Saturday, December 7, 2013

Voice in my Silence By Helen Keller (1880-1968)


I Believe that God is in me,
as the sun is in color and fragrance
of a flower-
the light in my darkness,
the Voice in my silence.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Danilowicz approved as dean of OSU College of Arts and Sciences

Danilowicz approved as dean of OSU College of Arts and Sciences
Friday, 15 June 2012 17:25
Bret S. Danilowicz, Ph.D., is the new dean of the OSU College of Arts and Sciences.
Bret S. Danilowicz, Ph.D., is the new dean of the OSU College of Arts and Sciences.
The OSU/A&M Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Bret S. Danilowicz, Ph.D., as dean for the Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences. Danilowicz will assume his role Aug. 1.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Danilowicz to the OSU team and look forward to his vision and leadership in our largest and most diverse college,” said OSU Provost Bob Sternberg. “He brings a stellar academic record and a strong passion for engaging students and helping them achieve success.”

Danilowicz currently serves as dean of the Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology and professor of biology at Georgia Southern University.

“I am delighted to join Oklahoma State as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences where the faculty and staff are dedicated to addressing the challenges of student access and success, which are integral parts of the university’s land-grant mission,” Danilowicz said. “The breadth of scholarship and creative activities of the college’s faculty is remarkable and it is encouraging to see students partner with faculty on projects.”

Danilowicz says the college is rich in history and he also looks forward to learning about the experiences of its alumni and supporters. “I find it rewarding to connect alumni, faculty and students to further the reach of the college’s teaching, research and extension services,” he said.  

Under his leadership, Georgia Southern was ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation for minority students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs – STEM – by Forbes magazine.

Danilowicz created the Center for Sustainability at Georgia Southern, which was nationally ranked as one of the country’s greenest colleges by The Princeton Review.

He is the recipient of more than $10 million in grant and contract funding as a principal or co-principal investigator on research projects from sources including the National Science Foundation, European Union and the World Bank Group.

He received his doctorate in zoology with a statistics minor from Duke University, and a master of arts in education in leadership and management from The Open University in the United Kingdom. In May, he earned a master of business administration from Georgia Southern University.

Joining him in Stillwater will be his wife, Kay, and their four children.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Favorite Cook Books reviewed By Sarah Merrigan

Favourite cook books

Hi there,

My name is Sarah Merrigan (  and I write about my great passion - food. Like all food writers I have a lot, and I mean a lot, of cookbooks. It's not that I follow recipes every time I cook - far from it actually. My books are for flicking through, mooching over a cup of tea during those stolen moments of calm during the busy day. They sow the seeds of inspiration that send me off in a new direction at dinnertime or remind me of old favourites I've forgotten. Sometimes they're a starting point for when I sort of know what I want to make (rhubarb polenta cake recently) and don't really know where to start. Either way, whether you follow the recipes or not they're indispensible. With my posts I'd like to walk you through some of my favourite food writers and books then maybe share a recipe they've inspired as well.
With several bookshelves groaning under the weight of my collection I've told myself (repeatedly!!) that I have to stop collecting but when a new book by a food writer you love comes out I'm there. Nigel Slater is one such writer. If I had to recommend a book to any aspiring cook his Tender Vol 1 A cook and his vegetable patch and Vol 2 A cook's guide to the fruit garden (Fourth Estate) would be one of my first choices.

Why? Because Slater manages to breathe magic into everyday ingredients while always keeping things simple. His prose is amazing. You read him and want to eat.....everything. It all sounds good, from the "supper of golden pumpkin with a crisp crumb-crust flecked with parsley and garlic" to the pears "stuffed with whipped cream, florentines or ginger biscuits and trickled, Jackson Pollock style, with dark and piercingly bitter chocolate". The combinations rarely startle but it's far from dull. It's food you know but so much better.
These books focus on the fruit and vegetables he grows in his London garden and each volume is broken up into sections based around individual varieties. There's a preamble about the growing stage, hints, pitfalls and a comparison of different varieties which gardeners will love. Then we move onto the flavor and general uses of each fruit or vegetable. These riffs are a joy to read, packed with anecdotes and tips There are probably at least as many recipes and ideas here as there are in the more formal ones that follow. Then there's a list of possible pairings and seasonings which is brilliant if you're in a hurry and don't have time for prose. Some will seems obvious, Jerusalem artichokes and bacon, peas with mint.... while others suprise, parsnip and mace was a new one on me and it was a brilliant tip. From these sections alone even the casual cook can get started.
And then there's the recipes. From the very simple - the perfect roast potato to the more unusual pepper stuffed with memorabilia (pearl couscous), paprika, mint and coriander. All work beautifully. I can truly say I've never met a Nigel Slater recipe I didn't like. He's not a particularly prescriptive cook so there usually a little wiggle room - don't have sage? a little rosemary will work just fine. This kind of approach makes me nervous with a lesser cook but with Slater I trust and haven't been disappointed.

The photographs by Jonathan Lovekin are nothing short of stunning and really add to the pleasure. A starting point for any kitchen library.

And now the recipe....

Nigel is known for his generous (ahem) use of bacon and while these combinations work wonderfully I'll admit I often dial down the amounts especially if there's dairy involved as well. In Tender he waxes most lyrical on the beauty of broad beans and ham together and he's so right - they're made for each other. My recipe is a very simple salad - broad beans and jamon serrano with mint. Great seasonal ingredients with minimal fuss....... Nigel style.

Broad beans with Serrano ham and mint (starter for 2 or a picky pre-dinner thing for more)

You'll need:

500gr broad beans podded
100gr Serrano ham  in very thin slices then torn into pieces
A sprig of fresh mint shredded
A drizzle of your best olive oil

Begin by steaming your beans. This will take about 2 minutes. When they're tender, rinse in plenty of cold water to stop any further cooking then pop them out of their skins. Do this by making an incision with your nail at the top of each bean then gently popping it out. I know, it seems a bit faffy but it's worth it. Heat a little oil in a pan. You only need regular olive oil rather than your pricey extra virgin for this. When the pan is nice and hot throw in the ham and toss for about 30 seconds before adding the beans. Toss everything together then take off the heat. All this should take no more than a minute. Drizzle the salad with oil, top with mint. Serve with crusty bread.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Fathers Song

Fathers carry hearts of gold,
To make a family complete.
They brave the winter cold,
Enduring summer heat.
Fathers are busy, but
There's always time for us.
They face the uphill trials
And barely fuss.

Fathers are awesome friends
making the ends meet,
They bring home love and meat,
With a father, fun never ends.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013



Everything that decays
will revive about us,
on the other side of the earth.
A green leaf marries the sunlight,
Green gazes flush the bride,
Power and Plants dominate May sight.
Distanced exchanges
fill the wireless cells,
A rose takes root in between,
New life rises in the light of our mouths.
The time will come
when we meet,
The time will follow us
when we feed each other our greed.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Polish and Comfort


Dust grows
on top of things,
as time passes,
Quantity changes
and eventually quality
If not removed,
It sticks like
glue on skins...
you got to know
the polish and comfort
in a relation
with attached strings.
She loved many men,
but might not mean
love in general senses.
One's mind shall not be
shaken if a richer man
comes to sight
to get you...
love him?
do you cook dinner for him?
do you work and use your own
money to buy gifts for him?
do you two speak
in equal manner
and ...???

Friday, July 5, 2013

A 55 word fiction by Summer Rain

Summer is leaving tomorrow,
Usha's heart is filled with sorrow;
Met him during her summer vacation,
Made best friends with no hesitation;
Everyday, they've spent quality time together,
Volcanic passions gather,
A romance's cooking;
Can't help feeling
And caring,
They made love
Inside a sailboat,
Oh, my,
Now, time to let it go afloat.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

No Rest for the Idle By Kay Ryan

The idle are shackled
to their oars. The waters
of idleness are borderless
of course and must always
be piled. Relief is foreign
on this wide and featureless ocean. There are no details:
No shores, no tides, no times,
when things lift up and then
subside, no sails or smoke stacks,
no gravel gathered up and spit back,
no plangencies, no seabirds startled;
the weather, without the Matthew Arnold.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I Am Africa by Makabongwe Nkambule


I am a son to my Father, I am born to my Africa, I am the Future!
I am my own Father, I am on my own an African in my Africa, I am my own Future!
I am to my son a Father, I am a People to my Africa, I am present in my Future!
I am now a man just like my Father, I am Africa, I am making history in my Future!
The father bears the son, the son is father to his own inner man, the man is father to a son.
The son is bonded to the father and father's father.
The son and father and father's father are the people,
the people are one.
One is united, united is Africa.
Africa is the man, the man is Africa!
I am Africa!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Music is Heaven by Gita Ashok Watson

Music appeals,
it also heals.
Music cheers,
but also brings tears.

Music inspires,
it never tires.
Music serenades,
it reverberates.

Music incites,
it also excites.
Music exhilarates,
also illuminates.

Music refreshes,
it also revives.
Music mesmerizes,
and also mystifies.

Music is magic,
music is love,
music is life,
music is Heaven.