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Small article on Maxwell in the local rag
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:58:24 pm »
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012, 02:04:04 pm »
That story about your foster daughter brought me to tears of joy. You, sir, are a real hero.
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2012, 02:08:19 pm »
More importantly, what's this stroganoff recipe?
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2012, 02:21:00 pm »
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"Thanks for treating me like I was your kid,” she said.

David, Cheryl, and Faith... you guys could not be any more heroes in my book than you already are, but this line really choked me up. Blessings to you and your family from ours!

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2012, 02:25:30 pm »
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2012, 02:44:55 pm »
Awesome.  Not sure why it got so dusty in my office just now, but...you and your family are incredible people.

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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2012, 02:45:59 pm »
Congratulations to the graduate and a heartfelt thank you from the universe to you and your family. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2012, 02:53:23 pm »
Hope this doesn't sound weird but she looks like she could be your child. She kind of resembles you both. Anyway, it's wonderful work you do.
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2012, 03:41:00 pm »
Great job.
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2012, 03:56:36 pm »
Well done, Sir!

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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2012, 04:01:26 pm »
You two are a shining example of the good that can be done by people.
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2012, 04:07:45 pm »
Man, we could use some more Mr. and Mrs. Shive's in this world.
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2012, 04:08:55 pm »
Man, we could use some more Mr. and Mrs. Shive's in this world.

+1!
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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2012, 04:34:04 pm »
More importantly, what's this stroganoff recipe?

Always the gourmand, Biz...
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« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2012, 11:05:38 pm »
Man, we could use some more Mr. and Mrs. Shive's in this world.

And the world, would be a better place.
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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2012, 07:07:38 am »
That story about your foster daughter brought me to tears of joy. You, sir, are a real hero.

Amen to that. Thank you.

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« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2012, 07:54:55 am »
You two are a shining example of the good that can be done by people.

+1 

Thanks for you and your family's service to these foster children. 

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« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2012, 10:28:12 am »
Thanks, all.  It's a labor of love that satisfies a central part of our being and our reward is 1) in heaven and 2) seen in the eyes and felt in the arms of the kids we are fortunate enough to have in our home.  That said, you guys made my wife and I feel very appreciated so thank you for that.
Another trenchant comment by a jealous lesser intellect.

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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2012, 10:34:52 am »
More importantly, what's this stroganoff recipe?

Mushroom alternate is something I created for Carisse since she's a vegitarian:

2 lbs sirloin steak, cut into ¼” strips
    Vegetarian Alternate:  6 large portabella mushroom caps, cut into ¼” strips
1 large onion, finely chopped
16 oz. white mushrooms, thick sliced
4 Tbsp poppy seeds
3 Tbsp, minced garlic
2 Tbsp, onion powder
1 Tsp garlic powder
2 Tsp salt
1 Tsp ground pepper
3 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup red wine, cheap merlot works well
12-16 oz. sour creme
1 lb. Pennsylvania Dutch homestyle (next size larger than extra-broad) egg noodles

Melt butter in large pan.  Add garlic and poppy seeds to butter and sizzle for 30 seconds.  Add beef (or portabella mushrooms in vegetarian version), chopped onions and olive oil, sauté until beef or portabellas are browned.  Add onion powder, garlic powder, 2 Tbsp parsley, salt, and pepper and cook over medium flame for 3 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook for another 6 minutes.  Add cheap wine and sour creme and stir well.  Cook on medium-low for another 15 minutes or as long as it takes to release the tannins from the cheap red wine.  The longer it cooks, the better as it merges the layered flavors of the garlic/beef fat/sour crème/wine flavors with time.

Variations:  Amounts of sour crème and red wine can vary according to taste.  If you prefer more wine flavor, use small amounts of sifted potato starch to thicken to desired state.  Corn starch will work too.  If salt conscious, leave out and salt to taste at end or use salt substitute.

Separately, cook noodles according to the directions.  Shade towards 9 minutes instead of 11 minutes so the noodles are a bit more firm.  Serve over noodles, top with remaining parsley and enjoy the classic Russian peasant comfort food!  Goes well with a leafy green salad, some warm sourdough (if you are a glutton for carb punishment) and a Khvanchkara Red, if you can find it.  Serves a bunch.
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« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2012, 10:36:46 am »
You two are a shining example of the good that can be done by people.


+a million

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« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2012, 10:45:47 am »
So the sauce is red? Interesting. Sounds great (and all the other stuff is pretty good too).
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« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2012, 10:51:15 am »
So the sauce is red? Interesting. Sounds great (and all the other stuff is pretty good too).

You're a hoot, Biz! The rest of us are talking about DAS's life-changing work, and you're inquiring about the DAS's color of sauce?
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« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2012, 10:51:40 am »
You're a hoot, Biz! The rest of us are talking about DAS's life-changing work, and you're inquiring about the DAS's color of sauce?

I said the other stuff was good too.
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« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2012, 11:09:44 am »
Thanks, all.  It's a labor of love that satisfies a central part of our being and our reward is 1) in heaven and 2) seen in the eyes and felt in the arms of the kids we are fortunate enough to have in our home.  That said, you guys made my wife and I feel very appreciated so thank you for that.

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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2012, 11:13:41 am »
I said the other stuff was good too.

Just playing with you, my maign. How's the move to the Big Apple going? My co-author of my latest book is there now doing some interviews around the book, thereby sparing me that "fun."

There was a time when I would have basked in the limelight of being "interviewed," but it's not that time anymore. I far prefer the peace and tranquility of home too much to travel much. She speaks all over the world, and I won't leave the United States for any reason whatsoever, so it's good to have her there to take on those tasks.
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« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2012, 11:18:51 am »
Good so far - headed back to Dallas today to spend the weekend with the family (they aren't coming out until early August probably).

I don't know if anyone has ever noticed before, but this city is quite expensive. Just dropped shirts off to get laundered for $3.50 a pop. Sausages last night at DBGB were $16 bucks (PER SAUSAGE).
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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2012, 11:21:30 am »
Good so far - headed back to Dallas today to spend the weekend with the family (they aren't coming out until early August probably).

I don't know if anyone has ever noticed before, but this city is quite expensive. Just dropped shirts off to get laundered for $3.50 a pop. Sausages last night at DBGB were $16 bucks (PER SAUSAGE).

Yes. I notice it in my moneyclip every time I go up there. But, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, so it's up to you!
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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2012, 11:33:13 am »
Sausages last night at DBGB were $16 bucks (PER SAUSAGE).

That made me laugh out loud for some reason.

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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2012, 11:33:53 am »
That made me laugh out loud for some reason.

Did you happen to see Alkie in there?

Never met the bastard, and he ignored my offer to grab drinks last time I was here.
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« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2012, 11:41:05 am »
Never met the bastard, and he ignored my offer to grab drinks last time I was here.

Alkie, who I've never met either, is a strange bird.
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« Reply #30 on: June 22, 2012, 11:57:38 am »
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« Reply #31 on: June 22, 2012, 11:58:52 am »
That story about your foster daughter brought me to tears of joy. You, sir, are a real hero.

+1  Das, you're a rock star.

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« Reply #33 on: June 22, 2012, 12:46:07 pm »
So the sauce is red? Interesting. Sounds great (and all the other stuff is pretty good too).

Nasomuch red, there's quite a bit of sour creme to overcome.  It can go a little pink if you go heavy on the merlot.  Over time, that's the way my family has asked me to tweak it.
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« Reply #34 on: June 22, 2012, 01:03:00 pm »
Nasomuch red, there's quite a bit of sour creme to overcome.  It can go a little pink if you go heavy on the merlot.  Over time, that's the way my family has asked me to tweak it.

So you're saying the sauce is pink then

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« Reply #35 on: June 22, 2012, 01:28:34 pm »
Never met the bastard, and he ignored my offer to grab drinks last time I was here.

i tried too a couple of years ago. too busy, doncha know.
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« Reply #36 on: June 22, 2012, 01:40:24 pm »
i tried too a couple of years ago. too busy, doncha know.

In his defense, I posted it here and not much evidence he's even lurking these days.
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« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2012, 02:30:49 pm »
In his defense, I posted it here and not much evidence he's even lurking these days.

I heard he killed two attendants and escaped...
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« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2012, 11:33:39 pm »
i tried too a couple of years ago. too busy, doncha know.

See, I have you all beat.  I'm the one who flaked on Alkie when I was in NYC last July.

das, inspiring work.
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« Reply #39 on: June 24, 2012, 12:06:52 am »
See, I have you all beat.  I'm the one who flaked on Alkie when I was in NYC last July.

das, inspiring work.

Who knows what Alkie is doing now, other than living in the Big Apple and not coming around here anymore?
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« Reply #40 on: June 24, 2012, 01:44:24 am »
Who knows what Alkie is doing now, other than living in the Big Apple and not coming around here anymore?

He's doing great running a car wash up on Jerome Avenue.
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« Reply #41 on: June 25, 2012, 11:24:13 am »
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« Reply #42 on: June 25, 2012, 11:50:21 am »
As someone who has spent his career looking for folks like Mr. & Mrs. DAS to be foster parents, I can't begin to tell you how rare they are.  Good foster parents, are more than worth their weight in gold.  The standard I ask my staff to strive for is "would you place your children (niece, nephew, grandchild, friends child) in this home?" If the answer is not really then we don't approve them.  I can tell you based on that article, the DAS family get's a strong YES from me. 

Let me know if you guys ever get the urge to move to East Tn.  We have weather here too ya know.

On another note - major cudos to the two young ladies who graduated.  Youth in foster care have so much to deal with, they often struggle in school.  It is clear that they have some strong internal resources as well as outstanding foster parents. 
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« Reply #43 on: June 25, 2012, 01:40:24 pm »
On another note - major cudos to the two young ladies who graduated.  Youth in foster care have so much to deal with, they often struggle in school.  It is clear that they have some strong internal resources as well as outstanding foster parents.  

Thanks for the kind words.  Proud papa comment:

The girl in the article raised her GPA over a full point to 3.54 in the semester she was with us.  Her admitting university said that was the reason she was admitted despite a lackluster academic history before that.  

The other had to choose between Johns Hopkins medical, the Air Force Academy (with two congressional nominations!), Univ. of Maryland Biology and was courted by Harvard (but declined), this after being out of school for over a year prior to the two years she has been with us.  I won't say which she chose but regarding both girls, it was not overbearing parental micro-management that made this happen, rather, it was simply providing a safe, nurturing, loving place for them to heal and allow their existant strengths to flourish.

I say this because 1) I am proud of them but mostly 2) so that anyone that reads this will know that the abilities and talents that most of us have as parents can be used for to make a real difference in someone(s) life.  So, I'll leave you all with a question:

If not you, then who?
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« Reply #44 on: June 25, 2012, 02:14:23 pm »
Thanks for the kind words.  Proud papa comment:


If not you, then who?

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« Reply #45 on: June 25, 2012, 03:03:56 pm »
Thanks for the kind words.  Proud papa comment:

The girl in the article raised her GPA over a full point to 3.54 in the semester she was with us.  Her admitting university said that was the reason she was admitted despite a lackluster academic history before that.  

The other had to choose between Johns Hopkins medical, the Air Force Academy (with two congressional nominations!), Univ. of Maryland Biology and was courted by Harvard (but declined), this after being out of school for over a year prior to the two years she has been with us.  I won't say which she chose but regarding both girls, it was not overbearing parental micro-management that made this happen, rather, it was simply providing a safe, nurturing, loving place for them to heal and allow their existant strengths to flourish.

I say this because 1) I am proud of them but mostly 2) so that anyone that reads this will know that the abilities and talents that most of us have as parents can be used for to make a real difference in someone(s) life.  So, I'll leave you all with a question:

If not you, then who?

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« Reply #46 on: June 25, 2012, 09:55:29 pm »
Who knows what Alkie is doing now, other than living in the Big Apple and not coming around here anymore?

Something about masturbating like a red assed monkey watch the banana channel?
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« Reply #47 on: June 25, 2012, 10:42:39 pm »

I say this because 1) I am proud of them but mostly 2) so that anyone that reads this will know that the abilities and talents that most of us have as parents can be used for to make a real difference in someone(s) life.  So, I'll leave you all with a question:

If not you, then who?

I believe that being a foster parent is a calling.  Yes people can get better at it but it is not for everyone.  However caring about what happens to kids in the foster care system and supporting foster parents is for everyone.  There are many different ways that people can support foster youth and those who foster them.  Feel free to send me a DM or I am sure that DAS or 94cougargrad could add their ideas as well.
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