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Jan. 1, 2013 5:06 pm 
Updated: Jan. 17, 2013 6:42 am

2012 has been relegated to history. It seems, some of the most horrible traits of humanity were exposed and some of natures most horrible traits occurred. There were many acts of heroism, big and small. that marked the year, as well.

Locally, one of those heros is an eight year old boy whose lemonade stand was shut down by the city because he did not have a food license, license for a commercial venture and violating the zoning ordinance. This in itself was a transgression of authority but when it came to light that he was trying to earn some money for the family of a classmate stricken with cancer, the public went ballistic. They made such a loud uproar (including state and national news) that the city council, in special session, passed an ammendment to their ordinance to make such ventures by minors as wholly within the law. AND the council made their ammendment retroactive to a date prior to the shutdown to avoid the required fines and inspections.

When his stand was reopened, his customers stood in line to have a sip of his lemonade. One customer had a $100.00 bill to pay for his $0.50 cup and said, "Keep the change". Several very large donations were deposited in the account of the stricken family or applied to their hospital expenses.

Heros all. That's what humanity is. Each doing something to make the world a better place for our decendants, to ease misery, to offer hope, to make welcome. They do not get discouraged because the news does not report their effort. When evil strikes, their hearts are ripped out but they soon gather and repair themselves and continue the work of making the world more livable. Hundreds of thousands of these heroisms were not reported. But fame or reward were not expected and if offered were refused.

The most beautiful things we can witness are not those we find in books, photograph or wander through. The most beautiful things are intangible and priceless and come out when the human spirit is at it's most glowing best.It happens every day all around us. We only have to look with open minds and warm hearts.

Happy New Year,! Let us all make 2013 a very heroic year!
Jan. 1, 2013 5:26 pm
If you could see me - I am standing, applauding and repeating a resounding "BRAVO - BRAVO". Well said Mike - Happy New Year - - you've already made my "heros" list for this new year!
Jan. 1, 2013 5:34 pm
I second luv2cook! Happy New Year!
Jan. 1, 2013 6:11 pm
Well done Mike. Unfortunately tragedy hits the front pages and the hero's...well their lucky if they get small print if any at all.
Jan. 1, 2013 6:18 pm
I can't add to those above,they said it all.Thanks Mike.
Jan. 1, 2013 6:44 pm
Very nice point at the end.
Jan. 2, 2013 4:53 am
With all the public handouts, it is good to see a young person striving to work and earn money on his own. That desperately needs be encouraged in this Country, not discouraged. If only his elders would come to grip with the massive debt load being dumped on him and his generation, then maybe we could take pride in possibly giving him have a chance to realize the American dream as our parents gave to us.
Jan. 2, 2013 5:25 am
Hi, Nice and nice touch!!! This year, I will get it right --- Well, we can all only try. cheers
Jan. 2, 2013 6:14 am
Lovely Mike! I second the Bravos!
Jan. 2, 2013 6:25 am
Mike, I still have hope that it be a peaceful year. What a nice gesture- the boy with the charity lemonade stand.
Jan. 2, 2013 6:42 am
So glad you wrote this Mike. It helps us all put things in perspective and remind us to look beyond the sensational for the small daily miracles. Bravo!
Jan. 2, 2013 7:21 am
So sweet! If everyone was like the boy who sold lemonade, this world would be a better place
Jan. 2, 2013 7:53 am
If we all would just "pay it forward," or do one random act of kindness each day...what a difference we could make!
Jan. 2, 2013 9:10 am
Love your story, Mike! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! I have to shake my head at City Hall sometimes, and wonder if anyone with any sense at all goes into politics.
Jan. 2, 2013 11:24 am
Oh Mike! Well said and thank you for saying it. We often hear of the lemonade stand being shut down, but rarely do we hear about when it is allowed to reopen. Good on that young person for doing it, and good on the citizens for clamoring for justice to be done.
Jan. 2, 2013 11:25 am
And good on the city council too. They did what was right in the end.
Jan. 2, 2013 12:59 pm
great blog mike! a child acting as an adult and the adults acting as children. insane laws. i wish more folks could see more clearly as a child can...where help is truly needed and how best to achieve a goal. our newspapers need to include more stories about heros and not nut jobs. you live in a great community!
Jan. 2, 2013 7:45 pm
This is a situation where I can say "it takes one to know one" and mean it as a compliment. I have met a few heroes this past few months and without exception they deny that they have done anything extraordinary. But they all have made a positive difference in someone's life. Thanks for a beautiful blog.
Jan. 6, 2013 5:31 am
What a wonderful blog to start out the new year! It does put things in perspective. That young man with the lemonade stand could teach volumes on humanity to many adults.
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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.
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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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