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Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passes Away at Age 67

Rock and Roll lost a legend this past week when drummer Neil Peart of Rush died at age 67 from brain cancer. Peart joined band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in 1974 when he replaced original drummer John Rutsey who left the band following the release of the first album. Neil Peart recorded eighteen … Continue reading “Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passes Away at Age 67”

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Recipe: Easy Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Ingredients 1 lb. Breakfast Sausage (Hot or Mild) 1/3 cup of All-Purpose Flour 3-4 cups of Whole Milk 2 tbsp of Butter 1/2 tsp of seasoned salt 2 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce Pan drippings Pillsbury Grands Southern Style Buttermilk Biscuits Cooking Instructions Brown breakfast sausage in skillet or frying pan. Remove … Continue reading “Recipe: Easy Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy”

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Header Design by Tyler J. Hicks

Stephen Johns Returned to the Stars Lineup Saturday

About a week ago, I wrote a short post about a hockey player in the Dallas Stars organization by the name of Stephen Johns who was finally cleared to return to the lineup to play hockey again following a twenty-two month recovery from a head injury Johns suffered as the result of a hit he … Continue reading “Stephen Johns Returned to the Stars Lineup Saturday”

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Header Design by Tyler J. Hicks

Igor Shesterkin's NHL Debut was a Win, Win

Last night’s NHL debut of New York Rangers’ elite goalie prospect Igor Shesterkin was a win, win in my opinion. While it didn’t take long for the young netminder to get a taste of the sometimes woeful Ranger defense, I thought he settled in nicely and made some good saves when they needed him to. … Continue reading “Igor Shesterkin's NHL Debut was a Win, Win”

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It’s A Long Road Back

http://www.defendingbigd.com/2020/1/8/21056912/dallas-stars-stephen-johns-texas-conditioning-assignment-health-post-traumatic-headaches Head injuries in professional sports are no joking matter. In contact sports such as football or hockey they are at times simply an inevitable part of the game. My oldest son having played both football and hockey at the scholastic level not too long ago, head injuries were once a major concern for us. … Continue reading “It’s A Long Road Back”

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Recipe: Easy Collard Greens and Smoked Pork Hocks

Ingredients & Preparation 2 lb Collard Greens 2 large Smoked Pork Hocks 2 qts Water 32 oz Chicken Broth 1/2 Purple Onion (chopped) 2 tsp Minced Garlic 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil Kosher Salt Fresh Ground Pepper Goya Ham Seasoning Packet (optional) Cooking Instructions In a large dutch oven style pot … Continue reading “Recipe: Easy Collard Greens and Smoked Pork Hocks”

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Appreciating Music As An Art Form

Author Georgia Cates in her book Beauty from Pain said that “Music is what feelings sound like out loud…” (Cates, 2013), that is profound on so many levels. American poet and writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) said that “music is the universal language of mankind” and while the list of insightful descriptions of music is … Continue reading “Appreciating Music As An Art Form”

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1968: One of the Most Historical Years in History

The world was changing in 1968 and it was quite possibly one of the most unforgettable years in American history because so many significant things took place that year. At the forefront of this commencing decade both the Vietnam War and The Civil Rights Movement were at full mast. 1968 was the year of the … Continue reading “1968: One of the Most Historical Years in History”

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Poem: Lust

A short poem from my collection of creative writing works.

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Recipe: French Onion Soup

Ingredients & Preparation 6 cans -Beef Consomme (10 oz.) 3 cups -Water or Beef broth (approximately 24 oz) 3 large -Onions (sliced) 1 stick -Butter 2 tsp -Worcestershire Sauce 1 lb. -Swiss Cheese Slices 1 cup -Grated Parmesan Cheese 3 cups -Seasoned Croutons 1 bunch -Triple Curl Parsley*thin sliced fresh mushrooms (optional) Cooking Instructions On … Continue reading “Recipe: French Onion Soup”

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Recipe: Grilled Chicken Stir-Fry with Rice or Noodles

Ingredients 4 lbs Boneless Chicken Breast 2 medium Onions 1 bunch Scallions 2 Broccoli Crowns 1 (16 oz) bag Carrots (shredded or chips) 2 Red Bell Peppers (de-seeded and sliced) 2 (14.5 oz) cans Baby Corn Nuggets 1 (16 oz) pkg Sliced Mushrooms (rinsed) 1 cup Uncooked White Rice, Jasmine Rice, or Lo-Mein Noodles 2 cups … Continue reading “Recipe: Grilled Chicken Stir-Fry with Rice or Noodles”

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Header design by Tyler J. Hicks

Five Guitar Gods That Left A Lasting Impression On Me

My personal love for BB King and his music comes from the early days of learning how to play guitar as a young teen. At a time in life when learning how to play a blues scale was one of the most important parts of equally learning how to jam. While BB King and Lucille … Continue reading “Five Guitar Gods That Left A Lasting Impression On Me”

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Recipe: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients and Preparation1- Whole Chicken 3-5 lbs.3- Leeks (separated and rinsed thoroughly)1- large Onion (outer skin removed)1- bag Parsnip (rinsed and cut into discs)1- 16 oz. bag Carrots (whole baby carrots or sliced)4- stalks Celery (chopped)1- bunch Dill (rinsed)1- bunch Parsley (rinsed)1- 24 oz. bag of Egg Noodles (any variety of choice)Kosher SaltFresh ground pepper … Continue reading “Recipe: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup”

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Adults Returning to College Ought to Consider a General Studies Degree Plan

Returning to school as an adult can be a frightening notion, not just for the prospective student but in most instances for the entire family as well. For adults, the decision to return to school might have substantial implications nevertheless if the opportunity comes along, seize the moment. It is by far one of the … Continue reading “Adults Returning to College Ought to Consider a General Studies Degree Plan”

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In My Opinion Political Parties Keep Would-Be Voters From the Polls

Arbitrarily might our nation be better off if political parties did not exist. Political parties are said to be an essential part of creating balanced power, but have we not learned from history that notions of true bipartisanship in our government has been at best, an inglorious afterthought. If democracy is defined as a government … Continue reading “In My Opinion Political Parties Keep Would-Be Voters From the Polls”

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Recipe: Four Alarm Green Pepper Chili

Ingredients & Preparation 2.25 lbs. ground beef or turkey meat 2 poblano peppers (seeded, chopped) 2 jalapeno peppers (seeded, chopped) 2 green chili peppers (seeded, chopped) 2 tsp garlic (minced or pressed with a garlic press) 1 large onion (chopped) 1 bunch fresh cilantro 2 cans diced tomatoes 14.5 oz. (do not drain) 1 lb. … Continue reading “Recipe: Four Alarm Green Pepper Chili”

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Recipe: Baked Macaroni & Cheese-Texas Style

Ingredients 1 lb -thick cut bacon (cooked, chopped) 1 lb -macaroni elbows (large) 1/3 cup +1/4 cup -butter (divided) 1 -8 oz plain cream cheese 3/4 cup -onion (finely chopped) 6 tbsp -all-purpose flour 1 tsp -ground mustard 3/4 tsp -kosher salt 1/4 tsp -ground black pepper 4-1/2 cups -whole milk 4 cups -shredded sharp … Continue reading “Recipe: Baked Macaroni & Cheese-Texas Style”

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Hockey In My Family Is A Generational Thing

Like some sort of rare family heirloom, an inheritance, or a birthright: Hockey, Madison Square Garden, and the New York Rangers for our family is a generational thing now four generations strong. Mike The legacy started back in the early 1950’s when our grandfather Anthony, “Butch” as he was better known, started taking our dad … Continue reading “Hockey In My Family Is A Generational Thing”

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Ranger Rants: Food For Thought From a Loyal Fan

Heck, I’ve been called a hockey maniac before, so I’m going to do the unthinkable here and put myself out there and see what happens. Go ahead and hammer me if you like, but I’m going to say what I feel and see if anybody at all sees the same things that I see. Somebody … Continue reading “Ranger Rants: Food For Thought From a Loyal Fan”

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Header Design by Tyler J. Hicks

Dallas Stars Will Hold Onto Julius Honka

The NHL (RFA) Restricted Free Agents had till 5:00pm today to sign with their teams in order to remain eligible to play in the big league this season but the deadline has passed, and Dallas Stars defenseman Julius Honka did not sign his offer. Within the last few hours it was reported that although teams … Continue reading “Dallas Stars Will Hold Onto Julius Honka”

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Header Design by Tyler J. Hicks

New York Rangers Wrap Up November 2019

The New York Rangers ended the month of November on a high note by trouncing the New Jersey Devils in a 4-0 shutout at the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon. The New Jersey Devils’ season woes continue as they sit at the bottom of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division 9-12-4 having played the same 25 games … Continue reading “New York Rangers Wrap Up November 2019”

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