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Hi all! I'm a caterer originally from Champaign, Il., and have lived my whole life in the midwest. (Illinois and Indiana.) My husband and I have been living in New Jersey for over 2 years now, and let's just say it's quite different from the midwest! It's very pretty here and all, but there's no place like HOME!! I of course LOVE to cook and bake, and have enjoyed SO MANY recipes from the zaar members here!!!! I can't believe how many recipes I would've never experienced had I not found this site! I really enjoy joining in the games, too!!! It's a great way to meet people!! I don't think I have ever even logged off since I first signed up! Ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil or crayon, I LOVED to draw!! Here's just a couple of the things I did. Just a pencil drawing I did in school when I was 14, and 2 zinc plate etchings I did when I was in HS and was 17 and then 18. About all I have! My mom has all my drawings! Grrr!!! (I'm actually lucky to have these though, as they were rescued from my locker after about half our school burned.) And just a couple of old pics of me and some of the music that I love!(The one of me crouched down on one knee, was one my Dad took when he was teaching me how to play football! HUT! GO CHICAGO BEARS!!!Haha!! I don't think I was even 2 yet, and already a football fan!!) Then along came the late 60's/early 70's...yep, I was a lil' flower child!!! That's me in the middle, my sister is on the left, and Jennie was the little girl I was babysitting for the afternoon! :) Bet my Mom wishes she still had that Camero!!!! Castle Campbell, where my ancestors roamed and lived in Scotland: Click play to see...more to come! (Click twice if needed) *Worth reading: All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum - an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten. ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are - when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Star Spangled Banner like you've never heard it! This was at Texas Tech University Basketball game . . . .The National Anthem is sung by five young ladies. You have never heard it performed better than this! An entire arena remains completely silent throughout the song. You could hear a pin drop. Take a moment to listen to this...you will not regret it. The two young girls on the right are six years old. The two in the middle are seven and the one on the left is eight. Wow!!!! To hear one of the most angelic voices, please turn up your speakers. She was one of my most favorite singers. Eva Cassidy. Rest in Peace, Eva. (Click Play twice if needed.)