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Did Ya' Know: 020402
Many superstitions have arisen over butterflies. Sicilians
believe that good luck will follow if a butterfly comes into
the house and will prevent it flying out again. British and
U.S. superstition recommends anyone who needs a new set of
clothes to bite the head off a butterfly.

In 1873 inventor Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested
a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco.

George Samuelson and Frank Harbo completed a 3,000-mile
journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat.  They
landed in England after having left New York on June 6th, 1894 .

1981 - MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01 a.m..
The first music video shown on the rock-video cable channel
was, appropriately, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the
Buggles.  MTV's original five veejays were Martha Quinn,
Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter.

From YOU The Reader's Dept.:
The Chicago Cubs are the oldest original franchise in
professional sports, dating back to the founding of the
National League by team president Walter A. Hubert in
1876.  Nicknamed the "lovable losers" of the North Side,
the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 and have
not played in the fall classic since 1945.
The Cincinnati Redstockings (later, of course, the
Reds) were the first professional team, long before the Cubs.
At the time, they were the only team of any sort, and traveled
the country by train playing other non-pro clubs. 
The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first truly
professional baseball team on May 4,1869.  The team beat
the Great Westerns 45-9 on that day, beginning a winning
trend that would last over a year. The Red Stockings were
finally defeated by the Brooklyn Atlantics on June 14 of
the following year, ending their 84-game streak.  --JDS

*grin* It makes people wonder!

Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs submitted by Susan

1 pound ground chicken
1 egg
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsps fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBLS olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 14 ounce can tomato sauce
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 box spaghetti
Place ground chicken, egg, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese,
breadcrumbs, garlic, oregano and 1/2 teaspoon salt in large bowl.
Knead mixture together with hands until evenly combined.
Divide mixture in half; break apart and shape into 1-inch balls.
In large, non-stick skillet, warm olive oil over medium-high heat.
Place meatballs in pan, up to eight at a time, and cook until
all sides are browned, approximately 5 minutes for each meatball.
Remove meatballs from pan with slotted spoon; place on plate.
Reduce heat on stove to medium-low. Add onion; sauté until tender,
about 3 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
Simmer mixture for 10 minutes. Gently add all meatballs to sauce,
cover pan and simmer 20 minutes.
Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt and freshly ground black pepper
into mixture.
While sauce is cooking, cook spaghetti according to package
Divide cooked spaghetti among 4 large, shallow bowls or plates.
Top with meatballs and sauce.
Pass 1 cup of Parmesan cheese separately for topping.  Serves 4.

Measure 2 cups of self-rising flour into a bowl; mix in one
cup of heavy/whipping cream, and gently mix until coarse
crumbs appear.  Gather loose dough bits into a ball and
place on a flat surface sprinkled with a little flour.
Knead 10 times, gathering more bits as you gently work the
dough.  Roll or pat about an inch thick for tall, flaky
biscuits (roll to half inch for shorter biscuits) and cut
with a 1 or 2-inch cutter.  Bake at 450 on a lightly-greased
baking sheet for 10-12 minutes.  I melt a little low-fat
butter on top of the biscuits just as they come hot out of
the oven to soften the tops.  I know heavy cream is fatty,
but without the usual fat from shortening, butter,
buttermilk, etc. the fat content comes out to be about the

Crockpot Pudding Cake submitted by Susan

1 (18 oz) box chocolate devil's food cake mix
1 (3 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
2 c. sour cream
4 eggs
1 c. water
1 c. oil
1 (6 oz) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
Whipped cream or ice cream
In mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, dry pudding mix,
sour cream, eggs, water and oil; beat with electric mixer
on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips.
Coat crock pot bowl with vegetable cooking spray;
pour batter into crockpot bowl; cover and cook on low 4
to 7 hours. Center should be just set. Finished cake will be
very moist. A toothpick inserted near center should come out
with moist crumbs when done.
To serve: Spoon into bowls while still hot and top with whipped
cream or vanilla ice cream. This is so good.

Today's thought is: 020402
We apologize for the technical problems that have prevented the
delivery of our Today's Gift e-mails since last Thursday.  We have
posted the missing meditations on our website at:

We believe we have the problem resolved for now and are working
on a permanent solution. In the interim, if we are unable to deliver
your e-mail, we will post a link to the e-mail's message from the announcements area toward the bottom of our homepage at www.hazelden.org.
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Today's Gift for April 2

It is wealth to be content.

On the evening of the first day of spring, a woman gave her
husband a bright right geranium in a clay pot.  To celebrate, he
placed it on the window sill, and together they marveled at the
delicate petals.

In the harsher light of the morning, though, the man frowned at the
geranium and said to his wife, "How shabby it makes the sofa
look."  They spent the day at the furniture store and came home
with a new couch, blue and red flowers, like the geranium.  They
placed the couch in the front of the window sill and admired
together its grace and line and fashionable upholstery.

But the next morning, the man frowned at the couch and said,
"How shabby it makes the carpet look."  Soon they had a lavish
new carpet, which led to new curtains, lamps, and chairs.  When
the room was completely redone, they set the geranium back in the
window and surveyed the finest room in the neighborhood.  The
man frowned.  "The geranium," he said, "it's out of place.  It will
have to go."

Will I be able to appreciate life's simple pleasures today?

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Today's meditation comes from the book
Today's Gift by Anonymous copyright 1985, 1991
available through our online bookstore at:

Did Ya' Know: 020403
Steve Martin studied philosophy at California State University
at Long Beach, and for a time, considered becoming a philosophy
professor instead of an actor-comedian-writer.
How many karats is pure gold? (24) Twenty Four

Gold was first known to be used in parts of Central and
Eastern Europe in 4000 BC.

In 1803, North Carolina (not California) was the site of first
US gold rush.  The state supplied all the domestic gold coined
for currency by the US Mint in Philadelphia until 1828.

In medieval Europe, alchemists mixed powdered gold into
drinks to "comfort sore limbs," one of the earliest
references to arthritis.

In ancient Rome, gold salves were used for the treatment
of skin ulcers.  Today, gold leaf plays an important role
in the treatment of chronic ulcers.

As long as 4,500 years ago, the Egyptians used gold in
dentistry.  Remarkable examples of the artistry of these
early orthodontists have been found, perfectly preserved,
by archaeologists of our own time.

Today, American dentists use some 13 tons of gold each
year for crowns, bridges, inlays and dentures.  The
reason?  Gold is non-toxic, it can be shaped easily,
and it is tough -- it never wears, corrodes or tarnishes.

*grin* It makes people wonder!

& I know what my answer to this
would be, Do you!

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Today's thought is: 020403
To be wildly enthusiastic, or deadly serious-both are wrong. 
Both pass.  One must keep ever present a sense of humor.
--Katherine Mansfield

How familiar wild enthusiasm and deadly seriousness are to most
of us.  We experience life within the extremes.  The thrill of wild
enthusiasm we try to trap, to control.  We are exhilarated and feel
good.  Our serious side traps us, controls us, lowers a pall on all
our activities.  Both expressions keep us stuck.  Neither expression
allows the freedom of spontaneity so necessary to a full, healthy

Through our addiction-the liquor, the upper, the person, the
food-we were searching for a feeling we didn't feel.  We were
searching for an unnatural state of happiness, even perhaps wild
enthusiasm, because we had so little of any enthusiasm for life. 
Our search failed.  Again and again we'd "catch it," only to have it
elude us.

We may not have given up the search.  But we will come to accept
both states of mind as temporary and search instead for the middle
ground.  A sense of humor will make all of life's loads easier to
bear.  A sense of humor will offer us the balance that has been
missing for so many years.

Today will offer me a chance to be wildly enthusiastic and a
chance to be deadly serious.  I'll try to focus on the middle ground
and cultivate my sense of humor.
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Today's meditation comes from the book
Each Day a New Beginning by Karen Casey copyright 1982, 1991
available through our online bookstore at:


Two men have been arrested in widely separated instances involving threats
- one naming President Bush -- to use trucks to create explosions, new
sources reported.

Diesel Averages increase to $1.30
The increase in the price of diesel slowed its acceleration this week, but prices still rose by more than a cent, according to government figures released April 1. The average price of a gallon of diesel rose to $1.295, the highest price since October.
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Potato Latkes ( Jewish Pancakes )
Makes 32, three-inch long latkes (serves 6-8)

4 pounds white potatoes - about 16 small potatoes
juice from 2 medium lemons
1 medium onion-- peeled, in chunks
4 large eggs, lightly whisked
1/4 to 1/2 cup matzo meal
2-3 teaspoons salt and pepper (to taste)
Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Have ready 2 nonstick jelly-roll pans or
rimmed cookie sheets.
Grate the potatoes and onion, in batches, in a food
with the grating disk, pouring in the lemon juice as each batch gets
Dump the mixture into a large bowl. Squeeze out excess moisture
(this can be done with your hands, or by placing the mixture in
a towel and squeezing. Place the metal blade in the processor and return
some of the potato mixture to the processor bowl. Pulse a few times
to make a finer texture. Dump into another bowl. Repeat with remaining
mixture. (The amount that you can fit in the processor will vary with
the size of your equipment).
Mix the smaller quantity of matzo meal and the salt and pepper
into the potato mixture. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Place about 1/8" of peanut or canola oil in a large, heavy skillet
or electric pan. Heat to about 400 degrees- just under the smoking
point. Now you can make a taster pancake by spooning a
teaspoonful of potato mixture into the hot oil. Cook it until well
browned, flip, and brown the other side. Drain it on paper towels,
let cool slightly, and then taste it. Adjust by adding more matzo
meal or and/or salt and pepper to taste. The amount of matzo
meal to use will vary with the amount of moisture that you have
squeezed out of the potatoes, and the final texture that you like.
More matzo meal will make thicker pancakes.
For the actual pancakes, use a serving or other large spoon to
transfer potato batter into the hot oil. Flatten lightly.
the latkes should be about 3-4" long and about 1/2" thick.
Cook for 2 minutes on each side - they should be nicely browned,
but not crisp. It will be necessary to raise and lower the heat
depending upon how fast the latkes are cooking. The hotter the oil the
less greasy the pancakes will be. Add more oil, as necessary,
but do not add more potato batter until the oil comes back up to
temperature. Fry all of the pancakes, draining them on paper towels, and
placing them in the jelly roll pans, as they are finished. The partially
cooked pancakes can be baked immediately, left at room temperature for a
few hours, refrigerated or
frozen. Bake the pancakes for 10 minutes, turn and bake for 5 minutes on
the other side until both sides are well browned (longer if the pancakes
 have been refrigerated or frozen).
Remove and blot both sides with paper towels. The pancakes should crisp
as the excess oil is blotted from them and as they cool slightly.

Non Dairy Whipped Topping by request
1 cup Cremora Non-Dairy Creamer or other non dairy creamer
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice from concentrate
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
In small chilled mixer bowl, combine Cremora,
water and lemon juice. 
Using chilled beaters, beat on high speed about 1 minute
or until soft peaks form. 
Gradually beat in sugar; continue beating about 2 minutes
or until stiff peaks form. 
Chill. Mixture stiffens after chilling; stir. 
Serve on cake, pie, fruit salad, gelatin or pudding. Refrigerate

Coconut Poke Cake

1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 (14 ounce) can cream of coconut
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (16 ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (8 ounce) package flaked coconut
Prepare and bake white cake mix according to package directions.
Remove cake from oven. While still hot, using a utility fork,
poke holes all over the top of the cake.
Mix cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk together.
Pour over the top of the still hot cake. Let cake cool completely
then frost with the whipped topping and top with the flaked coconut.
Keep cake refrigerated.
Makes a 9x13 in cake

The Seminar...

The company I work for sometimes puts on what they
call "Lunch and Learn" seminars during the employees'
lunchtime, dealing with a variety of physical and mental
health issues.  If the seminar lasts beyond the normal
lunch hours, we're supposed to get managerial approval
to attend.

So, last week, this flier came around:



(Get your manager's permission before attending)

Looks like that question's been answered ...


Late one night during bad weather, the following was heard
over the radio at an airport control tower:

Helicopter Pilot: "Tower, I'm holding at 3000 feet over
Heli-pad 1."

Second voice: "NO! You can't be doing that! I'm holding at
3000 over that pad!"

There was a brief moment of silence.

First voice again: "You idiot! You're my co-pilot!"

Did Ya' Know: 020404
Top 10 Hollywood Nicknames
  1.  The Blonde Bombshell - Betty Hutton
  2.  The Duke - John Wayne
  3.  The Italion Stallion  - Sylvester Stallone
  4.  The Look - Lauren Bacall
  5.  The Man of A Thousand Faces - Lon Chaney
  6.  The Muscles From Brussels - Jean-Claude Van Damme
  7.  The Platinum Blonde - Jean Harlowe
  8.  The Sex Kitten - Brigitte Bardot
  9.  The Sweater Girl - Lana Turner
 10.  The Vagabond Lover - Rudy Vallee

The main rotor on an autogyro - such as the one flown by
James Bond in the film "You Only Live Twice" - is not powered. 
It is only the motion of the aircraft through the air that
keeps the blades rotating.  Juan de la Cierva, a brilliant
Spanish mathematician, made the first successful flight
in a rotary wing aircraft in Madrid on June 9th 1923. 
Although the gyroplane never really became commercially
successful, the principle of the hinged, flapping rotor
blade, which was pioneered by its inventor, was a vital
step in the evolution of the helicopter.

Study the anatomy of the human body. It's fun, interactive,
and an ideal reference site for students or those who just
want to know more about the medical descriptions used by
doctors and nurses.

From YOU The Reader's Dept.:
>In medieval Europe, alchemists mixed powdered gold into
>drinks to "comfort sore limbs," one of the earliest
>references to arthritis.

Even today I have 3 taxi customers that I take in my cab for
their gold shots to treat their arthritis.  And the doctor
is no quack but a well respected physician in Sacramento.
 --Sacramento Mike

*grin* It makes people wonder!

Today's thought is: 020404
The hand that gives gathers.
--English proverb

Maybe we grew up believing somehow that to give is to lose.  We
were taught to believe, or came to the conclusion on our own, that
when we give away something, we have to do without it; to give
meant to experience loss.

Now, our spiritual friends show us a love that demands nothing in
return, and we have a different attitude.  We discover that when we
give in a spirit of generosity, we lose nothing at all.  When we
share our love with others, we feel loved.  When we share a
material possession, we feel rich.  The opposite is true, too, of
course.  When we withhold love, we feel unloved, and when we
don't share what we have, we feel the loss of something.

There is a spiritual maxim at work here.  We can give of ourselves
and have everything, or we can withhold ourselves and experience
spiritual poverty.

I give what I have.  It is the way to be truly happy.

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Today's meditation comes from the book
In God's Care by Karen Casey copyright 1991
available through our online bookstore at:

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