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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 11,2011 rron 11 So what's new? Graphic designer Lydia Leith began selling royal-wedding sick bags, for those who might not be able to stomach the coverage of the upcoming wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. The first edition of the sick bags sold out quickly. Speaking of weddings, my marriage was made in heavenl It was filled with thunder and lightning! Ha! HaY Ha! A former aid of Sarah Palin wrote a book that contains hundreds of her e-mails, in- cluding one in which she says, as governor of Alaska, "I hate this damn job." Palin, it was also revealed this week, maintains a Facebook page under an assumed name, "Lou Sarah," in which she praises and "likes" whatever Sarah Palin says. You may get a kick out of this! A 9-year- old boy has been suspended from his New York City school for sticking a "Kick Me" sign on a classmate's back. Principal Darryl Alhadeff informed the boy's parents that the classic prank, a feature of schoolyard life for generations, is now "classified as "infraction A37" -- engaging in bullying behavior" and carries an automatic two-day suspension. Puffing news! Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week signed into law a bill that would ban smoking in city parks and on public beaches, as well as in pedestrian plazas such as Times Square. The law which takes effect in May, calls for a $50 fine on viola- tors, but enforcement will be left largely to park rangers, rather than police, while also relying on social pressure from New York- ers themselves. Citizens are divided on the law's merits. City council member Rosie Mendez, a nonsmoker, said, "I think we've taken a step too far today in curtailing people's civil liberties." Carlo Scostumato, says, "Don't smoke in bed if you don't want to make an ash of yourself." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill says, "It's better for a person to be smoking here on earth than in the hereafter." Despite reports indicating she would make the final cut, Sarah Ferguson was not invited to the royal wedding, said People.corru Though a member of the royal family, the Duchess of York, 51, won't be among the 1,900 guests witnessing the nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Ferguson was filmed last year soliciting a bribe from an undercover reporter in exchange for access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. "She will not be attending," says a spokesperson for Ferguson. "She never expected to be invited." Speaking of fish, Tom Analetto of Medford, claims, more big fish have been caught with words than with hook, line and sinker. Wow! A Chinese man who complained of headaches has had a 4-inch knife blade removed from his brain. Li Fu, 37, was attacked and stabbed by a knife-wielding robber in 2006, but was apparently unaware that the blade of the knife had snapped off in his brain until a routine X-ray revealed it. Surgeon Luo Zhiwei said Li's survival was "a medical miracle. The knife was almost intact when we removed it." Weather report! In Nowata, Oklahoma, it was minus 31 degrees and snowy on February 10; a week later, it was a balmy 79 degrees -- a swing of 110 degrees. The astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "The weatherman can never be sure about the weather, and we can never be sure about the weatherman." The charming and brilliant Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "This is a free country: if you don't like the weather where you live, you can go elsewhere and not like the weather there also." Ah, Robyn Waters! The attractive and brainy Robyn will be celebrating her birth- day on March 24. This we do know, Robyn was born on a Tuesday at 7:51 P.M. Sorry, we cannot reveal the year. Be assured, Robyn will be celebrating her birthday with her wondrous husband Paul and her hand- some and brilliant son Kyle. Happy birthday dear daughter! WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZ ETTE.COM .i,4' Women know every- thing! "Ever consider O O O what dogs ~, must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!" So says the noted writer Anne Tyler. The late actress Loretta Young once stated about crying: "Certainly tears are given to us to use. Like all good gifts, they should be used properly." Katherine Hepburn says, "Some- times I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then." The noted American social critic Gail Sheehy, says, "When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking." And the great TV commentator Barbara Waiters, says, "Show me someone who never gossips, and I'll show you some- one who isn't interested in people." How true! Ah, Zsa Zsa Gabor! Zsa Zsa once stated she wanted a man who's kind and under- standing. "Is this too much to ask of a millionaire?" Heading for Los Angeles? Be sure to visit The Hollywood Museum. Located in the Max Factor building, this is simply one of the most remarkable entertainment museums on the planet. Here you will dis- cover many of Marilyn Monroe's posses- sions. For example, her refrigerator. Other treasures, W.C. Field's famous top hat. The golden curls of silent screen legend Mary Pickford. A large, Roman canopy bed from the movie, Gladiator. Boxing gloves, signed by Sylvester Stallone, from the 1976 Oscar- winning film, Rocky. A suit worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo and Juliet. The actual bathroom from actor Roddy McDowall's home. And more fascinating stuff! In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum. Reynolds has amassed one of the world's largest collections of Hollywood memorabilia. Here is where you can see Marilyn Monroe's white dress made famous in The Seven Year Itch. Gee, you must be itchy to goY This summer be sure to take a trip to the National Monument to the Forefathers located on Allerton Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Erected in 1889, it is the largest solid granite monument in the United States. it was dedicated to honor the virtues of the Pilgrims: Faith, Liberty, Law, Education, and Morality. Forefathers Monument is also the orginal prototype for the Statue of Liberty. The stately, noted musicologist Albert Natale who is at times called New England's Lawrence Welk wants you to know in Strasburg, North D.a~ta is where you'll find the amazing Lawrence Welk Homestead. In brief, Lawrence Welk, who would grow up to be one of America's favorite bandleaders, was born on March 11, 1903, in the wood- sided sod house that still stands on the family farm site near Strasburg, North Da- kota. The son of Russian immigrants, Lawrence left home on his birthday in 1924 to pursue his musical career. Thirty-one years later, on July 2, 1955, he made his debut on national television, with a program that would be produced for the next 26 years. Many of the original furnishings have been placed in the sod house along with other antiques from the 1920s. Restored out- buildings, including the summer kitchen, carriage house, and blacksmith shop, are much as they were when Lawrence Welk was growing up on the farm. For the record, Albert A. "Al" Natale, the youngest of 12 Natale children was raised at 11 Sheafe Street in Boston's North End. The Natale home is still there and it in- cludes a plaque identifying, as the home of the Natale family. A1 Natale is today recog- nized as a philanthropist and a dedicated public servant. Bless him! Yes, 11 Sheafe Street is now a historical site! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME I . Homeland_ I COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED NONNA MARY'S RICE AND PEAS m Tomato Sauce 1 twenty-eiglft ounce can of 1/3 cup vegetable, canola crushed tomatoes 1 medium onion chopped 1 garlic clove chopped (optional) or olive oil 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 cup uncooked rice 1 cup frozen, fresh, or canned green peas Heat oil in a saucepan. Add chopped onion, garlic, and basil. Simmer until onion is opaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and stir thoroughly. Add half a cup of water if mixture appears to be too thick. Cover and bring to a slow boil. Simmer for about twenty to thirty minutes over medium/low heat. Check frequently. Two cups of tomato sauce will be needed to cook one cup of uncooked rice. Set remaining tomato sauce aside. In a separate saucepan, add rice to two cups of simmered sauce and stir. Cover and cook slowly for ten minutes. All the liquid will be absorbed in cooking the rice. Check frequently. Add more sauce or a little water to the rice if needed. Add frozen, fresh or canned peas. Stir and cover. Allow cooking until rice and peas are tender to your liking. Serve with a tablespoon of remaining heated sauce. Serves two. Optional: Instant rice can be used in this recipe by substituting tomato sauce for water in preparing the rice. Stir, cover and cook the instant rice in the sauce the length of time directed on the package. When using instant rice, allow peas to cook in the tomato sauce for about ten min- utes prior to adding the rice. Remove from burner and set aside. Heat before serving. NOTE: This is a meatless meal served frequently during The Depression. Enough was prepared for family members to have second helpings. Nonna Mary's favorite saying to our children was "Rice is nice." It always was when she prepared this recipe for the family, though our children sometimes balked about eating rice. When requested, she regularly had extra sauce available to add to her servings. Vita can be reached at vos St. Leonard Parish (Continued from Page 6) serves the comunity as local superior. The second event will take place on April 3rd, once again at Sacred Heart Church. The Saint Patrick Family Players will be per- forming "Resurrection", a Cantata/Music Drama by Jeffery Leech. The Cantata, now in its eleventh year, is an annual event that has played throughout the Archdiocese of Boston and beyond, with performances in Ireland and Italy in past seasons. The performance will take place in Sacred Heart's upper church and will be followed by light refreshments in Saint John Hall where concert goers will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast and the Corrigan Family, the driving force behind the inspirational musical. Ad- mission is free, the perfor- mance begins at 7:00pm on Sunday, April 3yd. For further information on both events please call Saint Leonard Parish office at 617-523- 2110. \:~T~x Or~l,,~Ntm SiXOPO~I 1st Generation Italian-American Vim Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOCul recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN ,J "i'.