A Very Long Time

What would you say to a person you hadn’t seen in a very long time? For me that could be as long ago as 40 years (I’m 47) or longer. You would be different people. It would be a situation where life has come and gone. Facebook has been good at reuniting people but for many its a class reunion or a homecoming at school or a place of worship. Seeing someone you haven’t seen in a very long time is sweet and special. How would you react?

New Year Soup

A great winter soup that keeps the new year going!

The Soup Diva

This is my variation on Hoppin’ John, a traditional stew/soup served on New Year’s Day and beyond for good luck. It incorporates several Southern and other customs, which you can read about here.
  • 32 oz chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cups chopped or diced cooked ham (plus leftover bone, if available)
  • About 4 cups fresh greens of your choice, chopped as desired
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown (or black) rice*
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic or garlic paste
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
Place all ingredients in large slow cooker or stove pot. Cook on low 6-8 hours in slow cooker or medium-low 45-60 minutes…

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Mentioned In Good Company

A couple of bloggers recently mentioned my blog in their blogs and I was very honored to be among great company. I have been mentioned by other bloggers too and I thank them for their interest in what I do.

This is what Jason @ Opinionated Man had to say.

Tony Burgess – https://tonyburgess1969.net/

I’ll be very disappointed if Tony isn’t as great of a guy as I think he is. His posts are so unassuming and his humor strikes me in the right way. I’ve enjoyed my connection with this blogger and I would suggest his website to any new WordPress user.

This is what Jess @ Shopgirl Anonymous had to say

Blogger of the Year:Tony Burgess
When I first saw Tony’s blog I was at a loss, his posts were short, and at the time I would have called them status updates more than I would blog posts.   But for over a year I have followed him to work, enjoyed delicious dinners with he and his amazing wife.  I have gone to the movies with him, and enjoyed the sites of (one of my favorite spots in Tennessee) Chattanooga all from the comforts of my couch in my living room.  Tony is active in supporting his followers, and feels more like a friend and less like just another subscription on your blog wall.  He is your break from monotonous poetry and overstated advice columns, he is real, authentic, and a breath of fresh air. He is the guy, that everybody knows his name, you find some exotic new blog that’s way off the beaten path, chances are you will find his comments there too.

One thing about my blog is that I post about the world around me and what is going on in my head. Having come from Tumblr I have taken the concept of smaller, shorter posts here so you can visit, read and get on to the next post of mine or someone else. I want to thank Jess and Jason among others who have appreciated my brand of blogging.

Four things I would advise any blogger to do and none of these things is rocket science or brain surgery.

  • Post frequently – It builds an audience and keeps your skills sharp
  • Be authentic – Be yourself
  • Be the star of their own blog – Your blog is about you first
  • Keep on blogging – Never stop blogging


Figuring Something Out

The Internet is a spring of knowledge that is ever flowing but there comes a time when a problem stumps you and the Internet can’t help. There is pride and excitement about figuring something out but not everything can be resolved with a Google search. Perhaps its lack of experience or confidence in how to implement a solution without doing any damage. Giving up is not an admission of failure its knowing that you can’t do it all. My friends it’s OK to admit that you can’t do it all and perhaps figuring that out early is a good thing.