March 21, 2020

Poem: My Children Will Always Be Strangers

digital illustration by S. King, based on a photo by Rene Bernal

My children will always be strangers.
The defining events of their lives,
The bright flags on their timelines;
I saw these as a jaded adult
With decades of perspective
To temper my understanding.
I cannot fathom the imprint
These days leave on young minds.
Whatever shaped me long ago,
The circumstances of my youth,
Are gone or changed forever.
When, someday, I am asked
To answer for the choices made today,
I doubt any reasons will suffice
To those who still remember all
With the stark intensity of childhood.
Each generation has to ask forgiveness
From all the ones who follow.

December 3, 2019

Salted Pecans Recipe

This is my mother-in-law's recipe for salted pecans. I'm posting it here because, well, why not?
It's very simple, and I suppose you could use whatever nut you have in your neck of the woods instead of pecans.

Salted Pecans
Photo by futurestreet

  • One pound pecan halves
  • One stick ( 1/2 cup ) Land O Lakes salted butter
  • Small amount of salt
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Cut up butter and put it on a cookie pan (approximately 12x16). Melt the butter in the oven while it is preheating.  Stir nuts in pan until completely covered in butter. Lightly salt.  Cut off oven and put nuts in and leave until the oven is completely cooled.  More salt can be added when the nuts are taken out.  If the nuts are too salty or have too much butter, shake them in a paper bag to remove the excess.

June 28, 2019

How to Delete the Adobe Cache in MacOS X

All the informational posts I found about this are videos, so here are simple, text-based instructions.

  1. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Media Cache Files
  2. Delete everything in there.
  3. Go up one level to the Media Cache folder & delete everything in there, too.
  4. Now go to ~/Library/Caches/Adobe.
  5. Pick one of the applications and navigate to [Application Name]/[Version No.]/Disk Cache.
  6. Delete everything in there.
  7. Go back to the list of Adobe applications and repeat steps 5 & 6 until you're satisfied. Some applications may not have a Disk Cache.
  8. Empty the trash.