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Sep. 18, 2013 5:23 pm 

Mexican Food and Backflips
It was 1979. The United States Gymnastics Federation was having its annual convention in St. Louis. I’d been recruited to coach gymnastics in 1974 in Lima Ohio. Was my life goal to coach gymnastics? No. It just worked out that way. That year 1979, gymnastics looked like it would be my amazing career. I knew income would be modest. I knew judges were – human, quite capable of error, and this was not the sport of swimming, that my Dad and his twin sister were champions. I’d only coached a few years. The frustrating subjectivity of judges often made me wish I was coaching a sport where he who crosses the finish line or touches a wall first – wins.
At this convention during some social time, a partner at the time, Olympian Jim Culhane introduced me to some of the gymnastic elite coaches. Yes – elite. Elite gymnasts are USA’s best. If there were no elite coaches – there’s be no elite athletes. When you see a great athlete – look for the coach, therein lay the knowledge. As hardy partying grew I noticed famous coaches, most likely in their 50s – having handstand contests. Doing back handsprings! It occurred to me – wow – I might not make a lot of money coaching gymnastics, but when I’m old – I’ll still be able to do back handsprings (back flips)!
Interesting this was St. Louis, land of my father’s family for 200 years. My dad chose the US Military for his career in 1946. We visited our gilded roots in St. Louis. It took a few decades to disassociate the misery of alcohol with wealth. His family was in the coal business and transporting coal (barges) up and down the Mississippi. Money is a tool – how that tool is used – therein lays the differences between heaven and hell. What if your only currency of heaven is your investment in love while on this temporal earth?
2013, I wake up after roughly five hours of sleep from an amazing dream. I am in heaven. We’re preparing Mexican food – oh yes this is heaven! Mexican food! Now my ability to tumble in a glorified body is one of the great things about heaven. Tumbling is the most fun of floor exercise. Also the only judges that get to heaven – are righteous. No judging scams allowed in heaven. And the Mexican food is not fattening to glorified bodies. I have all the wisdom constraints that ‘time’ gave for those temporary years on earth. My garden in heaven – has no bugs eating my crops, and there are no rocks in the soil! The pepper plants yield wonderfully hot cayenne and jalapeños while blooming gardenias fill the air.
We are all talking about what ‘tricks’ we are working on and what tricks we are teaching to our loved ones. Oh yes – in our glorified bodies – with eternity – I will teach all my loved ones the total joy of throwing your body in air and landing on your feet. With perfect technique, oh yes – in heaven we have all it takes to learn perfect technique. The aesthetic beauty of floor exercise eclipses Michelangelo’s work. After all – Michelangelo’s stuff is stuck on walls or frozen in marble. Michelangelo’s work doesn’t even move! Oh yeah – my first ambition in life was be an artist. Drawing, painting etc. is a lot different from choreography. Actually choreography is moving sculpture set to music . . . with live human beings. In heaven with glorified bodies – such a deal! So ‘artistic gymnastics’ was core until a car accident in 1991 ‘retired’ my leotard.  I’m only thirty eight, no more backflip. Oh well, I can still walk . . . slowly.
 2000 in Haiti – I observed young kids spotting each other doing rudimentary back handsprings – okay ‘back flips’ are the words ‘non gymnasts’ use for that action. Even in the poorest land of the Western Hemisphere – joy can be found – by throwing your body in air – rotating – then landing on your feet. My heart is blooming inside– how much fun to observing the joy. Poverty and hunger eclipsed by the sheer fun of tumbling.
August 11, 2013 – WHAT A FUN DREAM – so glad to be up so early!! OMG – this took almost 2 hours to write-yikes!  Late for church!
© Victoria Schiffer-Wall

 
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My father was career military. Running our household kitchen began for me when I was 16 . . . the first year was a catastrophe but by the time I was 18 planning meals, grocery shopping . . . had it down. Got to be employed at Walt Disney World in 5 different jobs in 'foods' - great learning, worked with a few fine chefs.
My favorite things to cook
Baking - that can be made into 'art'
My favorite family cooking traditions
When fasting – breaking the fast with noodles made from scratch – rolled out – then incorporated into Fettuccini Alfredo When my oldest was a child in Columbus OH - serious art of Christmas cookies - decorated intensely – that grew into friends coming over to do Easter cookies, Halloween cookies Thanksgiving cookies – and so much fun. When my youngest was little I made some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chips – he said no more birthday cakes he wanted the cupcakes. The second birthday chocolate cupcakes being pinched for time – I had the kids frost and decorate the cupcakes. It was such a hit – we did that for years.
My cooking triumphs
I had the patience to make croissants from scratch – ugh . . . generally what I do is work a recipe until the recipe works . . .today with the internet – oh – it is sooooooooooo great to find information and share experiences. I like to make something edible visually beautiful.
My cooking tragedies
In high school in Tampa FL my dad stationed at MacDill AFB trained Iranian Air Force officers. One day he called telling me we were hosting a party that weekend and prepare for it . . . panicking I called my grandmother in St. Louis . . . “Get an electric knife and buy a ham.” More than half the guests were Iranians . . . I learned their religion forbids ham. Half ate the ham and drank the beer!!
 
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