Okay, so yesterday was National Donut Day Friday June 7th 2019.

Someone in the office at Jack Cleveland Casino decided it would be a good idea to order some donuts for the staff and maybe a few distributed around the casino – during the day.

That person ordered from a local company 400 donuts. Four hundred donuts is a lot.

When the donuts arrived they discovered that the person who ordered the donuts mistakenly ordered 400 dozen donuts. So instead of 400, they got 4,800 donuts.

Now nobody except the person paying knows how much they cost, but the going rate is about a dollar a donut. So maybe they paid 50 cents each. Just guessing here. At 50 cents each, 400 donuts would cost $200.00.

What they thought was going to be a petty cash item of 200 dollars turned into a major expense at $2,400.00.

They accepted the donuts and made a lot of people happy, since they not only distributed them to employees and guests inside the casino, but then went outside onto Public Square with trays giving free donuts away.

What originated as a blunder may have turned into an unintentional advertisement strategy that spread some good will from the casino to the public.

Everybody had a big laugh which alone was probably worth the $2,400. Hope no one got yelled at.


Free Energy Saving Kits

Steve found an offer for free energy saving kits online or in his email, so he sent away for one – all free, no postage required. It took a couple of weeks to receive, but was I ever impressed when it arrived. This was some good high end stuff, again, all free.

About a year ago management where I live went around to every apartment and installed new aerators in the kitchen and shower heads in the bathroom to save on water. The problem was that it set the flow to an unusually slow pace – too slow for most people. Just because we’re old and slow-walking doesn’t mean we like slow running water. I don’t have the time to stand over the sink waiting while a slow stream fills a pasta pot with water. Washing dishes takes twice as long to rinse them, which annoys everyone.

The people who designed these aerators reached too far to save too much water and resulted in most people removing them until inspection time. So the experiment failed, because somebody got too greedy.

Now comes this new aerator that has a lever on it for two speeds of water release, slow and faster. Perfect fit, perfect functionality.

I turn to the bathroom shower head. When the guy went to install the shower head provided by management, he noticed I already had a water saver, gave me the one the management wanted me to use and simply said, when you move replace yours with this one. Not a problem. I was already saving water.

But this new shower head, so much better than mine. It has different speeds, the dial moves with ease and the massage feature is a lot stronger, while it still conserves on water. I’m a happy camper.

The furnace filter I couldn’t use, because we have electric heat.

The LED lightbulbs worked better than my squiggly energy saver ones. And the night lights that are sensitive to light work better than my old ones.

I know this offer is good in Ohio. I would think that every state has a similar program, so check it out. It is well worth the few minutes it takes to order them. No obligations required.

They want you to save energy and they’re giving you incentive to do it. A lot of people still use the old-fashioned lightbulbs and could be saving lots of dollars on their electric bills.

5 Things Rich People Avoid Doing


ALWAYS GRATEFUL never satisfied


that’s YOU

Be the strong link nobody has to worry about.

4U not JACK.

The Word Chef


We had the entire restaurant to ourselves. Quiet background music, take your time attitude, no eavesdroppers or rubberneckers hanging about, nobody shouting for attention, nobody there to stage an ‘ism’ or ‘ist’ attack. Just we 2. Perfect timing. Nice.

Clean, professional, no deodorizers to cover up odors, beer and wine limited, but a high end selection at fair prices, friendly, courteous, helpful, knowledgeable – ‘stay in the background until somebody needs you’ type of service.

Steve and I have a new favorite Asian restaurant and BROWN SUGAR IS IT. Lakewood, Ohio. On Warren Road – a few yards from Detroit Ave.

Yes, Steve eats TOFU!!

Expansive menu. Lots to choose from no matter your preferences.


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That’s you. Rising to the top of your game. Through your own effort.





by John Greenfield Whittier

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns

As everyone of us sometimes learns

And many a failure comes about

When [you] might have won had [you] stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – 

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out – 

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell just how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – 

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

This poem is in the public domain

√ editorial note: [You] was inserted to eliminate gender bias. The original version stated “he”.

Tomato Corn Stew


Lucky’s Market kept those vine-ripened tomatoes on sale longer than I expected. Of course we took advantage and stocked up once again. It’s been tomatoes with everything in our house – and it’s not even summer yet. When they’re sweet and juicy there’s no need to cook with them, but I did anyway – just because I felt like it. Today we’re combining fresh with canned. Why not? There’s no law against it. Well…not yet!

Makes 17 cups

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Sweet Corn and Tomato Saute


Fresh corn must be in season somewhere in the world, because it’s on sale at Lucky’s Market 2$/5 shucked ears or 1$/5 unshucked ears. Vine-ripened tomatoes were 88 cents/lb. So of course we were all in!

Serves 3 main dish or 6 sides

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Focus on the job and the job will take care of itself and you.

The Word Chef

You Want A Different Contract?

Do a different job.

Step up your performance in all categories.


Where’s your Madison Avenue smile?

People like to be around happy or serious, not sad or mad.

Pick your look, then perfect it.

Waiting To Start Tomorrow?

Do you have twenty years?

Because that’s the going rate of procrastination.

‘It’s never too late’ was invented by procrastinators.

I’ll be ready tomorrow?

How will you prepare for that?

Who cares?

Probably the person who wants your job.

They can have it?

Fight for it.

PROCRASTINATION – to do or not to do

do i need an entire book to learn how to do or not to do?

NO. I don’t. Have the time. To read. An entire book. On how to unlearn. A highly successful. Delaying. Tactic. Wow.


You don’t have to stop procrastinating. You have to start doing.

Make what you’re procrastinating interesting. 

Break it down into smaller parts. 

Take a leap or take a breath – either action will produce something rather than nothing.

When you lose yourself in the moment of immersion, you gain control over all events thereafter.


Therefore, it’s not about losing control; it’s about gaining control.

That’s what you wanted, right?

Okay then. Do what needs to be done.


Steve’s ANTIPASTO Soup |Sauce

No slice no dice. Two hands, a can opener, a pot and a spoon is all you need to make lunches for a week plus a few at-home-meals.

Packed full of flavors, textures and exclamation points – Fly to Italy, Greece, Spain without leaving your kitchen!

Makes 23 cups

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Fried Veggie Rice


Hey, the Chinese don’t tell me how to cook in my own home. They fry the rice; I fry the veggies and season the water the rice gets cooked in. It reduces calories and minimizes a big mess in the frying pan. I don’t care if it’s not the way the Asians make it. They never experiment with anything new. It’s always the same for thousands of years. More. Maybe they’ll like this new way too!

Makes 17 cups

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Broccoli Red Fried Rice And Quinoa



Ever  taste juicy fried grains? This is it! What a chew! Reduced fat too! Less than one teaspoon fat per one cup serving!

Steve’s on a fried rice kick, so thought I’d rearrange the foundation of fried rice by using quinoa plus red rice which functions as the meat. Success! He added a fresh ginger stick topper and smoky ketchup! Yup! His way!

Makes 9 cups

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Asian Barbecue Bean Soup


Can a barbecue bean soup really be Asian? Tastes like Asian to me. Maybe it’s the sesame oil. Maybe it’s the fresh garlic and ginger. Maybe it’s the barbecue in the beans. Maybe it’s all the ingredients combined. Steve picked out the ingredients and I made the soup per his request. He ate a quart of it over toasted bagel croutons. Guess he liked it. I loved it. I had the last cup this morning for breakfast. That’s when I knew why he ate so much. I would have done the same if there had been more!

Makes 5 cups

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