Voices from the Days of Slavery – Faces and Voices from the Presentation (American Memory from the Library of Congress)

Fountain Hughes
Fountain Hughes

This page from the Library of Congress allows you to hear in their own words the voices of those who were enslaved, who the confederacy fought to keep enslaved. It’s surreal to me to listen to Fountain Hughes talk about how his grandfather was owned by Thomas Jefferson. I’m so glad that slavery no longer exists but we still have a long way to go to remove the stain of hate from such a legacy. Removing monuments & plaques which seek to honor those who fought to preserve such an oppressive existence is just the beginning.

The Voices from the Days of Slavery Collection provides sound recordings of former slaves describing their lives. The former slaves discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, how slaves were coerced, their families, and freedom. Those interviewed spoke sixty or more years after the end of their enslavement, and it is their full lives, rather than their lives during slavery, that are reflected in these audio interviews.

Source: Voices from the Days of Slavery – Faces and Voices from the Presentation (American Memory from the Library of Congress)

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Sign placed where Confederate monument was removed in Franklin – WCPO Cincinnati

A Picture of the Sign, The monument was hauled away overnight. Image Source: WCPO
A Picture of the Sign, The monument was hauled away overnight. Image Source: WCPO

As an Ohioan I’m utterly ashamed of anyone who would advocate for anything honoring the confederacy. Ohio raised nearly 320,000 soldiers for the Union army, third behind only New York and Pennsylvania in total manpower contributed to the military. Ohio played an important part in the Underground Railroad prior to the war, and remained a haven for escaped and runaway slaves during the war years. Several leading generals were from Ohio, including Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan. Five Ohio-born Civil War officers would later serve as the President of the United States. Anyone fighting for the confederacy was a traitor to our country and while we shouldn’t forget what happened we should not honor them by giving them monuments and plaques in places of honor, those things should be in museums where people can learn & ask questions.

Someone stuck a sign in the ground where a Confederate plaque once stood in Franklin.

Source: Sign placed where Confederate monument was removed in Franklin – WCPO Cincinnati, OH

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Dinner Tonight was…

Lasagna
Lasagna

Tonight I made Homemade Lasagna & Cheesy Garlic Bread, the recipes are after the break.

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Homemade Pizza, recipe & Pictures!

Fresh out of the Oven
Fresh out of the Oven
  • 1 cup warm water (between 100°-110°F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 normal sized packet) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (approximate)
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite Italian seasoning.
  1. Measure water in a measuring cup, then add the yeast and sugar. Stir gently, then let sit until it’s active and foamy. This will happen within 5 minutes. If it doesn’t, your water may have been too hot or cold or your yeast may be old. It is important to use a thermometer to measure your water temp. An instant read thermometer is best but in a pinch a meat thermometer will do.
  2. Stand mixer preparation: add salt, oil, Italian seasoning, and 2 cups of flour to the mixing bowl. Attach the dough hook to the stand mixer. Stir the flour mixture gently while adding the proofed yeast mixture. Run the mixer on low speed until the mixture is combined and wet and then add the third cup of flour. The mixture should come together into a ball that is just a bit sticky.
  3. By hand preparation: stir salt, oil, Italian seasoning, and 2 cups flour in a large mixing bowl, stirring in the yeast mixture as you go, using a wooden spoon or a fork, personally I prefer a fork. Add the third cup of flour and then stir until you can’t anymore. Remove the spoon and then use your hands to work the dough into a ball that is slightly sticky.
  4. Spray a second large bowl with nonstick cooking spray, add your pizza dough ball, then spray the top lightly with cooking spray and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm area of the kitchen (I will normally put the dough in my not heated oven) and let rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
    • At this point you can choose to wrap the dough and freeze it for up to three months, or you can choose to use it immediately. If you wish to freeze it for later, just remove it from the freezer to the fridge to thaw the night before you use it.
    • Note: this pizza dough can make 1 thicker crust or 2 thin crust 10-12” pizzas, or 4-6 small personal sized pizzas.
  5. Cut a piece of parchment paper to the size of your pizza pan.
  6. When ready to make the pizza: Remove dough from bowl and knead it gently in your hands you may want to dust it lightly with flour. Then turn it out onto lightly floured parchment paper. dust with more flour if needed so you can stretch and flatten the dough into your desired size. Personally I use a rolling pin.
  7. Preheat oven to 500°F. Place pizza pan in the oven while the oven is preheating. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle on Italian seasoning if desired, then add your choice of toppings and cheese.
  8. Once the oven is up to temperature, carefully transfer the pizza to the hot pan (be careful – pan is HOT). Cook until the cheese is melted and crust is slightly browned. In my gas oven it generally only takes about 13 minutes.
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Too funny!

OMG that’s too funny! gigglegigglegigglegiggle

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In 1943, the US War Department released this video to tell Americans not to fall for fascist rhetoric.

Please take a few moments and watch this, then share it.

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Homemade pizza crust

This evening I made my own pizza crust, but I neglected to take any pictures. The resulting pizza was a success with the family. I don’t believe I will ever buy an already made crust again. I’ll make sure to get pictures next time. I think I’m also going to try my hand at bread sticks.

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On August 02, 2017 at 07:17PM Mark Said…

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Fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies cooling off….

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