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Friends In the AiR 
May 18, 2011 8:25 am 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2011 5:58 pm
I was reviewing the comments from my previous blog posts and I am awe stuck by the folks here on All Recipes. Now that the health difficulties are behind me, I can more clearly understand what each of you has done for me. Whether two words or two hundred words each comment had it’s own positive impact. I’m sure you would become very tired of reading a million "thank you", so, instead, I ask that you accept this little ditty because you are my...

... Friends in the AiR

They hold out their hearts to touch yours
And make offerings of friendship
To make one person feel welcome
Another to feel encouraged
Yet another to find direction.
Their words reach across nations
Regardless of peace or strife
These friends in the air stand strong
For their friends whose lives they share
To comfort, to laugh, to care, to weep.
Perhaps, not in body do they come,
Although they certainly have,
But in the bonds of friendship they travel
And in the bounds of caring they stay
These friends in the air shall prevail.
Friends in the air... Thank you!
Friends in the air... God bless you!
May 18, 2011 8:29 am
Well stated Mike, I'm speechless!
May 18, 2011 8:44 am
Beautiful! Thank you!
May 18, 2011 9:14 am
Positively Beautiful Mike! Remember, you too have inspired many of us through YOUR words:D
May 18, 2011 9:37 am
Thank YOU Mike for sharing your journey, your humor and of course "your staff". :) Blessings to you. Beautiful!
May 18, 2011 9:40 am
Up up and away!
May 18, 2011 9:41 am
Aww! :-)
May 18, 2011 9:44 am
Wow Mike, so nice! Most of us feel this way about our AR friendships, and you said it so well. Glad your health difficulties are behind you!
May 18, 2011 9:49 am
Incredible! You have summed up the AR family with your beautiful poem.
May 18, 2011 9:55 am
Beautifully said!!
May 18, 2011 10:00 am
You are a poet and I didn't know it! Well done and stay well!
May 18, 2011 10:10 am
How sweet and beautiful that is! We just have to band together to help each other. No doubt about that. Thanks for your words.
May 18, 2011 10:12 am
*wiping a tiny tear* Very well said Mike! Thank you all My Friends ♥
May 18, 2011 10:31 am
Big hug Mike!
May 18, 2011 10:41 am
I am speechless. Awesome, Mike!
May 18, 2011 11:54 am
That was awesome.
May 18, 2011 12:30 pm
very nice! Mike.
May 18, 2011 12:50 pm
BEautifully said Mike and this truly is an awesome, wonderful group of friends!! Thank you for the lovely words!
May 18, 2011 3:01 pm
Wow! I knew there was a poet in there! What's to say? I think you said it beautifully!!
May 18, 2011 4:00 pm
That was beautiful and so kind, you are an inspiration for us all!
May 18, 2011 4:11 pm
Very kind of you Mike.
Old 'N' Still Cookin' 
May 18, 2011 4:35 pm
Hey Mike, How come you guy's from Kzoo get all the plaudits, and we Portage folks get none? Must be the poetry!!!
May 18, 2011 4:56 pm
A beautful and heartfelt poem. And, a very accurate description of the AR Community. Thank you Mike! I'm grateful for you too!
May 18, 2011 5:20 pm
How nice! And you are right, this really is an amazing community....
May 18, 2011 6:55 pm
Mike this describes our perfect Las Vegas weekend. Many of us came together.....but I know so many were with us in spirit. The kind and encouraging words are proof of that. Thanks again are a keeper!
May 18, 2011 7:23 pm
Tears streaming down my face as I type. I cry at the drop of a hat lately. Mike, you are one heck of a blogger and oh so humble. Thank You:) You my friend are 1 reason why we all are able to come together and have this Great site. It is more then a simple Food site, It is a Family site, who also happen to love food! Bless you ? Mike Thank you for such a nice way of saying Thank You!
May 18, 2011 7:24 pm
Ooopss, the ? was supposed to be a heart. ?
May 18, 2011 9:15 pm
Wow that was so beautiful. Thanks Mike. You are a treasure.
May 18, 2011 11:12 pm
Mike, I have been reading the "The Days of AR Lives" for nearly a year now. The Buzz is a life line for me in so many ways - because of people like you and posts like this. I have been touched by so many who don't even know how far their kindness reaches. You have captured the true atmosphere of the AiR here beautifully. Thank you for writing this definite keeper.
May 19, 2011 9:25 am
I'm speechless (okay, that never lasts long:) You have expressed perfectly the family atmosphere of this site. Thank YOU for giving of yourself to the rest of us who have experienced a need for friendship and comraderie. AR family is truly a blessing and you, my friend, top that list:)
May 19, 2011 7:05 pm
Just beautiful (sniff...) All very true.
May 19, 2011 7:25 pm
Mike - as we are close in age, I can certainly understand how the body fails us - - but your mind is as strong and sharp as the metal you work with. Your tribute in words is an "attitude of gratitude" - - well said!
May 20, 2011 6:33 am
Very touching~ What a blessing you are to so many, thank you for your special part of this AR community. So glad you are feeling better and now keep those health difficulties in the past.
May 20, 2011 11:17 am
Awesome sentiment! I think alot of us here are as appreciative of our friends on AR... but don't say it often enough... Well said!
May 20, 2011 2:08 pm
I was just checking Sassy's blog and seen you posted a pic of yourself, Mike. So great to finally see the man behind the words:)
May 21, 2011 6:31 pm
I caught the photo on Sassy's blog, too. You look suspiciously like one of my favorite uncles:)That's some cutie you're hanging out with in that pic!
May 23, 2011 12:51 pm
Very nice, Mike! I still have the poem saved you wrote a while back that was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us!
May 24, 2011 5:49 am
You're a class act, Mike. I'm so glad you're "here."
Jun. 2, 2011 4:23 am
Beautiful poem, Mike! How nice to offer such a personal thank you to all at AR. Keep your direction and DO take us along!
Jun. 4, 2011 5:58 pm
I don't know how I missed this, but how lovely. There are some very special folks here.
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About Me
At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog.
My cooking tragedies
Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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