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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday—Saving Six Companies Hospital

Why I think the historic Six Companies hospital is worth saving

Six Companies Hospital > Boulder City Hospital

It started with a BIG vision of the future...

Signing of the Six Companies contract_April 1931

1931 Surveyors_Future site of Boulder City, Nevada

Aerial view_Future home of Boulder City, Nevada

Future construction site of Boulder City, Nevada 1931

for the workers...

Worker transports to the dam
Dam workers collecting pay 1931

Ragtown residents_dam workers 1931

Government tents_Colorado River_Black Canyon 1931

U.S. Marshall checkpoint into Boulder City 1931

and their families...

Tent homes 1931

Mothers with children

Donna May Brown (4) & Betty Lea Brown (3)
Ragtown_13 August 1931

Men bringing water to Ragtown settlement_Black Canyon 1931

Edith Powell_first woman resident of Boulder City
in front of her tent home

who were fed...

Anderson dining hall 1931

Food being delivered to tent families 1931

and cared for...

Six Companies Hospital under construction 1931

Six Companies Hospital under construction 1931

A patient in Six Companies Hospital 1931
Originally, the hospital treated only the men who worked on the dam

and provided with homes...

First homes in Boulder City

Homes under construction in Boulder City
18 April 1931

A family home 1931

and roads...

A road under construction in Boulder City
10 April 1931

and a city was born...

Green Hut Cafe 1932
Became Harry's Diner > currently the Coffee Cup

Grace Community Church on Wyoming Street_1933

Boulder City airport TWA terminal & men on horses_1930s
Armistice Parade 1939

Boulder City Company Store 1932 thank those who helped the nation & built Hoover Dam.

The wedding of Minnie "Ma" Kennedy & Guy "Whataman" Hudson
at Observation Point overlooking the Hoover Dam site
19 September 1931

Hoover Dam intake towers 1935

Save The Hospital

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Finances—The Correction We've All Been Waiting For

An earthquake & a stock market correction all in one week!  

"Hold Onto Your Butts..."  ~Ray Arnold, Chief Engineer_Jurassic Park

A 10% drop in the stock market
is a "correction"

At the close of market yesterday...

  • DIJA:  16,459.75  -530.94  (-3.12%)
  • NASDAQ:  4,706.039  -171.448  (-3.52%)
  • S&P 500:  1,970.89  -64.84  (-3.19%)

  • DSMP (dontstealmypen):  -2.65%

What I did:  Built up my cash positions before the correction (everybody knew it was coming) & bought new stocks at lower prices.

What I will be doing this weekend:  Picking solid, long-term, bear-happy stocks to buy on Monday.

Good luck & happy hunting!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throw-Back Thursday—2 Hip Grammas

Looking good!


This looks like it was taken at their house on Earl Street in Las Vegas
My dad's mother_circa 1948


An awesome outfit that would work today!
My maternal grandmother

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday's Cupboard—Mushroom & Bacon Frittatas in a Potato Crust

Use frozen hash browns, precut onions & pre-sliced fresh mushrooms to speed up the prep 

As an alternative to muffin tins, use a 2-quart glass casserole dish

Mushroom & Bacon Frittatas
in a Hash brown Crust

Prep 25 minutes_Cook time 45 minutes
Serves 6

Preheat oven to 375°

Adapted from Weight Watcher's Magazine_September /October 2015

  • 2-qt. glass casserole dish or 6 large, nonstick muffin cups
  • Immersion hand blender
  • large mixing bowl
  • 2 medium-sized + 1 small heat-proof bowl

  • 1 pkg (6-8 oz) sliced Canadian bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 16 oz. package of frozen shredded hash browns
  • 1/2 c. sweet yellow onion
  • 1 package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 c. chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 4 large fresh eggs
  • 3/4 c. egg substitute (e.g. 2d Nature or Egg Beaters)
  • 1/2 c. nonfat milk
  • 1/4 c. flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper (1/2 tsp. each)
  • 1/2 c. crumbled goat cheese

Ready for the oven!

Make It!
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Place rack in lower third of oven.
  3. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with butter-flavored PAM
  4. Add 1 T. olive oil to a large, non-stick skillet; set over medium-high heat. 
  5. Add Canadian bacon & cook until just brown, about 3 minutes.  Remove from heat, put bacon into a small heat-proof bowl & set aside. 
  6. Add onions & cook for 1 minute; add frozen hash browns to skillet & stir occasionally until hash browns are heated through & start to brown, 7-9 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat & put hash browns into a heat-proof bowl; set aside.
  8. Add 1 T. olive oil to the skillet; set over med-high heat.  
  9. Add mushrooms & green onions.
  10. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes.  
  11. Add coriander & thyme; stir to combine & cook for 1-2 minutes; remove mushroom mixture from heat & set aside.
  12. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, egg substitute, milk, salt & pepper to taste.  Stir in mushroom mixture & bacon.
  13. Press hash browns into bottom of the baking dish.  Pour egg, bacon & mushroom mixture over the top of the hash browns.  
  14. Add a pinch of fresh chopped parsley to each cup.  
  15. Top with crumbled goat cheese.
  16. Bake frittata until egg is cooked through, 30-35 minutes.  
  17. Let cool slightly before serving, allowing eggs to set.  

Store leftovers for one or two days.  This dish is delicious heated up & served between 2 slices of toasted wheat bread! 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday Money Sense—Getting Together on the Basics

Great tips from Fidelity Viewpoints!

The Basics for Couples

Getting to know your money

Getting Started

1.  Do you know how much money your spouse makes?

2.  Is there a list of all the financial accounts (checking, savings, mortgage, credit cards, investments, 401(k), IRAs)?

  • Consider a virtual safe (e.g. FidSafe) as a secure & easy way to store your account numbers.

3.  Do the financial accounts have named beneficiaries (IRAs, 401(k), insurance policies, bank accounts, brokerage accounts)?

4.  Do you have a trust & individual pour-over wills?  

Imho, a trust is better than a will because it avoids probate court, in which case a probate judge and an attorney get to decide how to administer your estate.  A trust avoids probate altogether and is administered by your appointed successor trustee.  

If you have a trust with the accompanying pour-over wills, it's a good idea to review your documents every 3 years.  

5.  Do you have a Power of Attorney?  

A power of attorney appoints an agent to act on your behalf regarding financial & legal matters should you become incapacitated.  This is usually done when the trust is prepared.

6.  Do you have a health care proxy (a.k.a. Living Will)?  

This document names a person or persons who can make health care decision for you if you are unable to communicate.  It outlines your wishes regarding life-prolonging medical treatments.  This is usually completed along with the Power of Attorney.  

7.  Do you know where all of the important documents are kept?  Designate a specific place & include the following:  

  • Last 2 years of tax returns
  • Marriage and birth certificates
  • Insurance policies
  • Wills or Trust
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxies
  • Medical information (doctors, meds, health related info)

Read this quick article by Fidelity Viewpoints: 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Photoshop Gallery—Creating Original New Textures

1 texture 4 ways using Camera Raw in PSCC_Lesson #28 2B Combo by Kim Klassen

My tweaks in Photoshop to create new fx
Original texture "dollard_gentle" by Kim Klassen

"Old Rose" photo by dsmp
Original dollard "gentle" texture by Kim Klassen
Post-processing in PSCC & Lightroom + RadLab by dsmp

Same photo with one of my new textures
Post-processing in PSCC_Lightroom_RadLab_by dsmp

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Throw-Back Thursday—1972 Softball Champs

Girl jocks — August 1972 — Omaha, Nebraska_City & League Championships

2 Days...2 Championships

Bakers Supermarket Girls Softball Team
My sister, Brooke, second to the left_back row
BFF Lawrence of Arabia, 4th from the right_back row
Coaches, Carol Olsen (second from the right back row) & George Sader
Yours truly, bottom right_on the end
Happy August!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Good for You, Good For The Home—Big Shades!

A great way to reduce sun exposure from the outside!

Coolaroo 8' x 8' cordless roll-up vinyl shade on our bedroom door

Roll-Up Outdoor Shades

  • 95% harmful UV block 
  • easy top-rail mounted roller
  • convenient side-mounted hand crank
  • flexible weather-proof vinyl woven material
  • bottom latches for a secure hold
  • provides complete privacy
  • lets some light through
  • neat finished look
  • fits standard sliding glass doors

2 sizes:  8' x 8' and 6' x 8'

Get them on Amazon Prime  $104.01

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday's Cupboard—Easy Summer Crab Salad

This flavor-packed, light & easy salad is perfect for outdoor dining!

Garden greens, shredded carrots, red onion, crunchy snap peas, mangos,
avos & crab tossed in sesame oil, rice wine vinegar & Ponzu sauce

Easy Summer Crab Salad
for two


  • 16 oz. of lump crab meat
  • a generous handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 cup fresh mango salsa (mild)
  • 1/4 c. sliced red onion
  • 2 cups snap peas, julienned
  • Mixed greens
  • 2 T. sesame oil
  • 3 T. rice wine vinegar
  • several shakes of Kikkoman citrus-flavored Ponzu sauce

Make It!

Combine top 5 ingredients in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with oil, rice vinegar & Ponzu sauce; toss well.

Divide into 2 servings.  Top greens with crab meat mixture.  Add freshly ground cracked pepper & serve! 

bon app├ętit

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday—The Internet Meme Corner

Q.  When should bigotry be tolerated in order to keep the family peace?

A.  Never.

Dumb Peace

In some family cultures, maintaining the peace is paramount.  Avoiding a confrontation with a gay-bashing stepgrandfather who utters homophobic slurs at a family wedding is simply being considerate.  Allowing bigots to spread their own personal brand of hate while politely ignoring their narrow-minded intolerance is being respectful.

And, when a newlywed starts sharing hate propaganda with her in-laws on facebook and blithely asks everyone on her friends list to Like and Share, then it's up to every member of the family to slap on a muzzle and protect her.  Meanwhile, another single mother with minimal insurance or an intinerant worker struggling with English faces a society that judges indiscriminately and tolerates everyday hate messages with polite indignation.    

"A peace built on silence & censorship is a dumb peace."  

I wish I'd said it, but this was a response from advice columnist, Ester Bloom, in answer to one of her readers who was worried about confronting bigoted relatives.  She points out that his concerns are driven by fear, the fear of causing ripples and losing favor with family members.  Emotional blackmail is the weapon of choice among families who pride themselves in eternal togetherness.  

The problem is, it doesn't always work.  

Not with independently-minded mature adults, anyway.  There is no real peace in an environment of fear, especially one that protects bigotry and social messages of hate.  As Ester points out, the peace is already broken by the person who said something hurtful and offensive in public.  And, it was their choice to put it out there.  

Silenced by Argument

So, we must each choose how to respond.  Which has more value, family harmony or being true to yourself?  If family harmony rules, then be prepared to keep your opinions to yourself.  Plain and simple, zip it and let the bigotry fly.  

If you choose to take a stand on your principles, then be prepared to wrap anything you say in a soft baby blanket because people who spread bias and intolerance and those who protect the status quo don't like to be challenged.  It hurts their feelings.  It's okay for bigots to be hurtful, but if you respond, you had better do it nicely so as not to offend—especially if you're a woman.  

"Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument endeavors to silence by persecution — in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue."  ~Charles Simmons, author

And, while you're politely asking the bigots to pipe down, it helps to devalue the sacrifices of the civil rights humanitarians who fought bigotry with angry indignation and fierce conviction.    

It's just easier if we don't think about their sacrifices.  

I made the choice to stand up to bigotry a long time ago.  My core personal principles were formed during the Civil Rights Movement, the Sexual Revolution, the Vietnam War, the Kennedy era, Women's Lib, Gay Rights, Kent State, the Space Race, and Watergate.  

The ferocity and passion of these social movements set the tone for the things that still matter to me the most.

I firmly believe that normalizing bigotry is the first step toward dehumanizing the most vulnerable among us.  I am weary of facebook posts that promote hate toward any group.  Obamacare haters, gun-toting nutjobs who kill lions, whatever it is...I'm tired of it.    

I AM ANGRY that it still happens, and I am disappointed in any member of my family who doesn't have the sense to know better.  

Breeding Complicity

I know where I stand with those who protect the newest bigot in the family.  If anyone needs me, I'll be under the bus while the newlyweds dodge their adult responsibilities and run to their overprotective parents the next time anyone challenges their intolerance.   

It all started with this original letter-to-the-editor written by Roger Starner Jones, MD, a physician who specializes in emergency medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  The letter was published by the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion Ledger on 23 August 2009.

Score one for another right-wing Internet meme:


Here's to a sane & peaceful week!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Saturday Finances—Animal Names for Stock Market Events

I see a bear...

The Wall Street Zoo


Bear Market  A market condition in which the prices of securities are falling.

Dead Cat Bounce  A temporary recovery from a prolonged decline or bear market followed by a continuation of the downtrend.

Bull Market  A financial market of a group of securities in which prices are expected to rise.

Stags  A category of market participants who are not interested in a bull or bear run.  They buy shares of a company's initial public offering (or IPO) & sell as soon as the stock is listed & trading commences.

Chickens  Individuals who are fearful of the stock market & stay away.  Fear overrides their need to make profit, so they stick to conservative financial instruments such as bonds, bank deposits & CDs.

Pigs  Individuals who overly embrace risk.  These individuals are impatient, willing to take high risks, and make investments based on hot tips. 

Wolves  Individuals who employ criminal &/or unethical means to make money.  A "wolf market" is sometimes used to describe the acts of various individuals working together to manipulate the market.

Dog  A "dog" is a stock that is a chronic underperformer & a drag on a portfolio.  A "dog" can also be a business with a small market share in a mature industry.  It does not generate a strong cash flow, nor does it require a hefty investment like a company with a larger market share & better performance.

Cash Cow  The division within a company that has a large market share within a mature industry.  Also, a business, product or asset that once acquired & paid off will produce consistent cash flow over its lifespan.

Ostriches  Individuals who stick their heads in the sand during bad markets hoping that their portfolios are not severely affected.  Investors who exhibit ostrich behavior ignore negative news in the hope that it will go away.

Herd Behavior  Large stock market trends involving periods of frenzied buying (bubbles/greed) or selling (crashes/fear) driven by emotions.

Sources:  Investopedia; Wikipedia

Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Photoshop Gallery—Original Textures from My Pix

Photoshop textures created from my original pix_2B Lesson #29 Let's Make Some Textures by Kim Klassen

4 new textures

4 new textures created from my pix

created from...old walls in Pioche

Old plastered wall_Pioche, Nevada_26 May 2007
This might be the outside wall of the old jail

Old painted wall_Pioche, Nevada_Memorial Day 2007
A section of wall from the Opera House

my way...

The Overland is the name of the hotel on Main Street.

The 7L Ranch was the name of the winter grazing land
where my great-grandfather Olinghouse kept their cattle.

The 8-Mile Ranch was the home where my grandma Pearle grew up.
It was 8 miles out of town.

The majority of graves on Boot Hill in Pioche belong to
ruffians & bad guys.  Most of these graves are unmarked.

dsmp BootHill texture applied to my photo
These are Roses of Sharon that fell from our bushes

Have a fantastic week!