Posts Tagged ‘Children’


Batman made its television premiere on this date (January 12) in 1966. The series ran until March 14, 1968.

The show was aired twice weekly for its first two seasons, resulting in the production of a total of 120 episodes!

Who remembers watching it?


My family had a black and white television in those days. I remember a friend of mine who’s family owned a colour TV set. He told me that Robin looked like a Xmas tree, he was so colourful!

I had the pleasure of seeing Adam West last summer when he appeared at Comic-Con Niagara Falls. Old but still spry, still witty, still charming.



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If breakfast is really the most important meal of the day, Nathan Shields has a leg up. For the last two years, he’s been preparing amazing art pancakes for his kids — shaped like everything from fractals to highly detailed characters from The Hobbit – and documenting his efforts online.

saipancakes-1(Image credit: Nathan Shields)

Shields is a former math teacher and a professional artist, specializing in speed-drawing videos — a skill set, he says, that’s been helpful at the griddle. His background in secondary mathematics education has found its way into his designs as well. He’s made pancakes in the likenesses of mathematicians from Maria Agnesi to Linus Pauling and platonic solids to delicate fractals.

saipancakes-3(Image credit: Nathan Shields)

So far, the more theoretical pancakes are mostly lost on their lucky recipients, five-year-old Gryphon and three-year-old Alice, who prefer more hands-on fare. “So far the kids’ favorites have been the interactive pancakes,” said Shields, “the Angry Birds that are served by flinging them through the air, or the monster and pirate faces made by mixing and matching features.”

saipancakes-4(Image credit: Nathan Shields)

For budding pancake artists, Shields offers the following advice: “A condiment bottle makes the batter easier to control.” Still, he says, skill isn’t everything: “If the purpose is to make your kids smile, then a weird, ugly pancake is still better than a round one.”

Check out the photos at his site Saipancakes.blogspot.


The above text is by Rachel Edidin in her article  “Hobbits, Fractals, and Jellyfish Become Ridiculously Detailed Pancakes” for Wired.com.

Image credit: Nathan Shields

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Ah, those darling damsels in distress.


I can’t get enough of them. Then there are days when I wish they’d think first. Just for once! 🙂

When I do work as a public defender, many of the people I represent are girls between the ages of 12 and 17.


Some are kids who were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Others are kids who make rotten choices when it comes to friends.


Some girls are devastated having spent a night in jail.

Some think it’s cool that they’ve spent some time in a juvenile detention centre.


And for a few sad cases, they don’t mind being in custody because the group home they’re housed in is a heck of a lot better than life at home. These girls are in no hurry to leave.

On the odd occasion, a brush with the law does the job and the kids straighten themselves up. Too few. Too far between.

For all of their nonsense, I really do enjoy helping these young people. I just wish they’d smarten up.


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Angela’s Reeses peanut butter no-bake bars

From my niece Angela, one of the most gorgeous women I know…
“Reeses peanut butter no-bake bars – I’ve been asked by many to repost this… so here you go!”
No-Bake-Reeses-Peanut-Butter-Bars-2(Image Credit: Sally’s Baking Addition [1])

1 cup salted butter (melted)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 (11 oz) bag milk chocolate chips

1. Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
2. Pour peanut butter mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.
3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (at 50% power) for 1-2 minutes. Stir chocolate and pour over the peanut butter mixture. Spread chocolate with a spatula. To even out chocolate, tap pan on the counter.
4. Refrigerate bars for one hour. Cut while bars are still cool.




[1] Please Note: The above recipe is not the same as the recipe found at Sally’s Baking Addiction. For that splendid recipe, click here!

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A very dear friend of mine sent me this photo, knowing it combined two of my favourite flavours…


Peanut butter and banana!

It appears that the sorcerers over at Kraft Canada Inc. have put something together especially for me!

Needless to say, I ran right out and bought myself a jar.


This morning, I toasted up a whole wheat bagel and applied the new BGP peanut butter liberally thereon.

Oh… my… goodness! It’s just great!

I added some thinly sliced bananas on top which only made it even more deliciouser!!

You have to try this stuff!!


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Those of you have been following this blog for awhile know that I have two children. I refer to them as Exhibit One and Exhibit Two. [1]

jon-britt35(The kiddie-winkers!)

This past Friday afternoon while I was driving through Crystal Beach, minding my own business, I received a surprise call on my cell phone from Exhibit One in Israel.

“Hi! I have some news!”

My first reaction was, “Uh oh! Good news or bad news!?”

last 085(Mazal tov! The couple in Jerusalem)

My lovely daughter announced that she was engaged.

I practically drove off the road and into a ditch with excitement.

???????????????????????????????(Fiancée and fiancé in Jerusalem)

I showered her with mazal tovs. I even got a chance to wish her fiancé a hearty mazal tov!

It was about this time that I noticed a police cruiser following me. I had to quickly end the call. Her Majesty’s government frowns on the use of handheld communication devices while driving.

???????????????????????????????(Fiancé and fiancée in Yaffo [aka Jaffa])

Exhibit One engaged. Wow!

Luckily for me, I highly approve of the fiancé. As a general rule, I dislike Israeli men. Bunch of blow-hard macho know-it-alls, if you ask me. This young man, however, is a refreshing exception to the stereotype. I like him a lot! Charming, witty, intelligent, kind, soft-spoken. A real mensch.

The wedding will be held in Israel. Not sure yet exactly when and where.

Details to follow in due course!


[1] To those new to this blog, a brief history: When I was a young rōnin, I was for several years in a relationship and living with an even younger partner. While I did not fully appreciate it at the time, we were in a common-law marriage. That person is, therefore, my ‘first spouse’ [‘SA’], as opposed to the person I legally married (then legally divorced) many years later [‘WHN’]. My children, Exhibits One and Two, were tendered into evidence during the second marriage.

Details: Exhibit One (23 year old girl), lives in Ramat Gan (east Tel Aviv), Israel. Exhibit Two (21 year old boy) just graduated from McMaster University in Canada and is also presently in Israel.

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