Reach Out and Touch Someone Digital Style


If you haven’t seen or read about this story yet this week then you have been super busy. Take a bit of time for the feel good story of the year.

The Columbus Dispatch posted a video (no longer available as there is a copyright issue) about Ted Williams, a homeless man who begged for money near a highway ramp here in Columbus.  He held a sign saying he had a golden voice. So an intrepid reporter stopped and in exchange for a buck asked him to prove he had a golden voice while video taping the encounter.

What I and all viewers heard was just amazing. AMAZING!!

The Dispatch posted the video every place it could think of, including on Twitter where I saw it and retweeted it to all of my followers on Tuesday morning. And at around the exact same time and over the next 48 hours millions of other people on You Tube, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites  were doing the exact same thing. They were sending the video to everyone they knew. Soon the video went viral and last I heard it had over 12 million views. In just three days!!!!!!

The rest as they say is history. The end result of all this attention is  Mr. Williams was on the Today Show yesterday, has reunited with his estranged mother, and has more than a few job offers, including one with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

The major networks have disallowed anyone from posting video of their interviews  with Mr. Williams. So I cannot include them here. But you can still see some on You Tube.  And the latest news is that he has accepted one of the job offers, but I could not find out which one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some people scoff at social media like Twitter and Facebook, make fun of it, and decry the end of civilization.

But something beautiful happened in the last few days.

This entire episode reminded me of something Bobby Kennedy said in South Africa way back in the summer of 1966. South Africa was still under the heinous apartheid system then. He gave a speech at the University of Cape Town to affirm and celebrate freedom. He said:

“Each time a [person] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others…he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

There were millions of people sitting at their computer or using their cell phone or iPod who saw a video of a man. And they were so moved by one man’s voice and one man’s plight that with the push of a button each person sent “forth a tiny ripple” all across this great nation and through the entire world “and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,” they offered help and hope for an unemployed fellow citizen.

And they were successful.

It was inspiring.

It was very moving.

One person truly can make a difference.

A push of 1 button x 12 million buttons = compassion + action.

Sometimes the world is a beautiful place.

Featured Recipe   Chicken Breasts with Potatoes and Peas

Whenever I have to wait too long in the grocery store check out lane I have this habit of reading the magazines to make the time go faster. Then when I am finished or when my groceries are being rung up I put the magazine back in the rack. I don’t buy the magazine. Revenge!!!!!

It can be a very useful habit. I often find a pretty good recipe that way. And if it is simple enough I can commit it to memory and make it at a later date. That is the case with the recipe I share with you today. I found it in Real Simple magazine.

It was so simple I could remember it without having to write it down. But I knew when I read it I would change it a bit.

The original recipe just used flour, salt and pepper to coat the chicken. I add to that garlic powder, grated Parmesan cheese, and some paprika. Makes the chicken much more flavorful and delicious. I can’t give you exact measurements for those ingredients. I just pour into the flour what I think I want. And the cheese makes the chicken just taste divine.

I also steam my potatoes rather than boil them in water and I melt the butter to pour on the potatoes and peas.

I must say that the paring of the red potatoes with the peas is inspired. It is so wonderful!!!

This dish is super quick and super easy as well as super delicious.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

3 skinless boneless chicken breasts

2-4 tablespoons of flour

Garlic powder

Grated Parmesan cheese


6 red new potatoes

½ package frozen peas

2 green onions sliced

3 tablespoon butter melted

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

This is what you do:

Wash the potatoes………

…………and place them in a steamer set in a pot with some water and steam, covered, until tender about 10-15 minutes depending on size. To test doneness you can insert a knife into a potato.

Clean and slice the green onions. Set aside.

Put the flour, cheese, garlic powder, paprika, and salt and pepepr on a plate or a piece of wax paper and mix together well with a fork.

Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.

Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. While the oil is heating  dredge the chicken in the flour shaking off any excess. I do this right next to the skillet so that I dredge, shake, and then place directly into the hot oil.

When the last piece of chicken is in the skillet I sprinkle a bit more paprika on top of the chicken. Gives it a real pretty color. And pretty is important with food.

Sauté the chicken about 6-7 minutes on each side till golden and done throughout.

Time to check on the potatoes. If they are done or nearly so add the peas and steam a minute or two. It will not take them long to cook at all.

Place the butter in a small pan over low heat to melt.

When the potatoes are done remove them and either smash them or cut into small pieces. I opt for the cutting. I am not a very good smasher. I think it has something to do with my poor 5th grade scissor skills.

Put the potatoes on a plate and drizzle with some of the melted butter. Add some of the green onions and some of the peas. Then add the chicken to the plate and put some of the green onions on top of the chicken too. Serve with a salad.

Yes. It is as delicious as it looks. More so really.

Bon Appetit!!!

If you would like to compare the Real Simple  magazine recipe with my version you can click the link.


3 chicken breasts                 $4.59             

2-4 tablespoons flour           $0.14

Garlic powder                      $0.30*

Grated Parmesan cheese      $0.89*

Paprika                               $0.05*

6 red new potatoes              $1.34

½ package frozen peas        $0.65

2 green onions sliced            $0.08

3 tablespoon butter              $0.45

1-2 tablespoons olive oil       $0.35

Salt & pepper to taste

Total cost = $8.84
Cost per person = $2.95

*Estimated cost.

Quote of the Day

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


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4 comments to Reach Out and Touch Someone Digital Style

  • Carol Sternberg

    Human kindness is alive and well. It doesn’t always reach the media. Great story! Also I did not know about adding paprika while frying for color. Thanks!

  • You always have a good message paired with a good recipe. Very thoughtful indeed. I have to confess. Even with all my social media zapping my blackberry, I was a little late catching wind of this story. Looks like day job is starting to get in the way as this years picks up steam. But, I have you to help me stay current. Thanks for posting.

    Cheers! Scott