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November 5 2008 Folklore and Mythology Newsletter


Greetings to Folks around the world from Northern Nevada.

We have come a very long way in America since our first historical Presidential election in 1789. This 2008 campaign and election will be remembered as one of historical "firsts".

George Washington is seen as a symbol of the United States. His devotion to civic virtue made him an exemplary figure among early American politicians. Washington died in 1799, and in his funeral oration, Henry Lee said that of all Americans, he was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Washington has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest Presidents of the United States of America.

Barack Obama is our new President. We must stand with him and support him to keep our country strong and united. Whether you voted for him or not, you are part of this historical event in America and will become part of the lore of the land in years to come. The candidates, their running mates and the voters truly showed the spirit of America. It is a time to remember, a time to reflect on and a time to stand up as one Nation and move forward with spirit and harmony.

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.
John F. Kennedy
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Thanksgiving is coming up fast - are you ready? For family gatherings there is nothing better than tales from the past and the lore that has been passed on for generations. Gather together some favorite stories that you have of your relatives and memories of the past, encourage the elders of the family to talk about their childhood memories and what their parents did on Thanksgiving, encourage the children to ask questions. Family heritage and culture is so important - do not let opportunities like this go by without documenting your heritage. Take pictures, lots of pictures. Have an autograph session and ask each person to write a little note about this Thanksgiving. You never know who may not be around at this time next year. Fill your scrapbooks and albums with memories to pass on to the next generations.

Remember, all the folks love their traditional family food favorites and talk about it every year. Here is one to add to your list of traditional dishes. I have a great recipe for Sweet Potato Pie that the folks love. Thanksgiving is a great time to make it for your family.

Sweet Potato Pie

3 or 4 large sweet potatoes
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pecan halves
1 egg, beaten
1 cup cream
cinnamon
nutmeg
1/2 tsp Vanilla

Peel, cut, boil and mash the potatoes. Mix in the egg, 1/2 cup cream and 1/2 cup brown sugar, put in casserole dish. In saucepan, melt butter, add 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pecans. Heat on medium and stir constantly for five minutes or so. Slowly add rest of cream and stir till thick and creamy. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour this sauce over the potatoes and bake till heated through. Serve hot with dinner.
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Till next time, Folks, may your home be filled with laughter and may it ring from floor to rafter. Blessings and may you walk in Beauty and Harmony.
Phyllis
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Here's the latest article from the Folklore site at BellaOnline.com.

Cowboy On The Go Breakfast
Days of my Dad's cowboy wanderings, his lore of the wild and his recipe for Saddle Cakes.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art17146.asp

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