Spelling and Space


Today I share a couple of fun items with you.

First up is a poem. I read an article the other day. The author was complaining about teenagers and what bad spellers they are.

I can commiserate. I was always an excellent reader. But for some reason I was never a very good speller. They say the two go together. If so, then I am the exception.

Of course today high schoolers think spelling is obsolete. Why? Because computers come with spellcheck. But spellcheck is not perfect either. Following is a poem dedicated to spellcheckers every where.

I Spell Checked This Poem

Eye halve a spelling chequer

It came with my pea sea,

It plainly marques four my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.


Eye strike a key and type a word

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write,

Its shows me strait a weigh.


As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long,

And eye can put the error rite

Its rare lea ever wrong.


Eye have run this poem threw it,

I am shoe you pleased two no,

Its letter perfect awl the weigh,

My chequer tolled me sew!

I don’t even remember how I came into possession of this poem. I have had it for at least ten years. I often used it for reading and language arts in-services for teachers.

You will notice there is no author name with the poem. In preparing today’s post I wondered if I could find any information on the poems origins. Short answer; yes, I found the history of the poem.

The first, or original poem was only two stanzas long and was written by Mark Eckman, who worked for AT&T at the time of writing.

Since then it went viral on email and has had several new versions and revisions bu who knows who. He has also teamed up with another writer and they have expanded the poem into a version I have never seen before.

You can read the entire story and read the longer and newer version of the poem by clicking the following link: The Spell Checker Poem.

Second on the agenda today is a sad but classy farewell.

 Discovery, one of the orbiters in NASA’s Space Shuttle Fleet since 1984 landed for the last time on March 9, 2011. The Space Shuttle Fleet program has been ended and will fly no more.
Discovery was the shuttle that launched the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble has resulted in some amazing astronomical pictures.  Well, employees at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida., took a few moments to assemble for a historic aerial photo last Friday outside Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building. The event was organized in honor of the Space Shuttle Program’s 30-year legacy.



Featured Recipe           Lox and Bagels

As many of you know I love fresh Alaskan wild caught salmon. But living in landlocked Ohio finding fresh salmon in the winter is nearly impossible. Fresh wild caught salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3.

Even though I cannot get wild caught Alaskan salmon in winter I can still get some Omega-3’s by eating lox.

Lox is just salmon that has been cured and often cold smoked. It is usually sliced thin and served with cream cheese on a bagel. Sometimes it is served as an appetizer with red onions, capers and lemons. I love it either way.

I once saw a recipe for lox and scrambled eggs. I thought it sounded good. But it wasn’t.

So I stick to lox on a bagel or served like an appetizer.

I think almost everyone knows how to fix lox on a bagel.  In winter I try to have it about once a month or month and a half.  It is what I had for lunch today.

It is the ultimate open-faced sandwich. It is easy to fix which makes it idea for busy nights. Or even busier morning. I love lox on bagels for breakfast.

This meal is an extremely low cost for such a healthy meal. I use only ½ a bagel. It is quite filling, especially if you serve it with some fruit and a bowl of soup. This way, even many cash-strapped families could afford this meal. It would be a good way to get some Omega-3. Extra added benefit is it is quick and easy to prepare.     [See Note 1. below.]

This is what you will need for 1 person:

1.5 ounces of lox, preferably from Wild Alaskan salmon

About 2 tablespoons of cream cheese

About 1 tablespoons red onions

About 1 tablespoons capers

½ bagel

NOTES: 1. I only use ½ a bagel for a meal. And I can get two servings from the package of lox as well. So this will make 2 meals for me.  

                   2. Many people also put chopped tomatoes on their lox and bagels. I often do myself. But tomatoes have been terrible looking and extremely expensive lately. This is due in part to extreme cold this winter and rising gasoline prices. Tomatoes today were green and too expensive. So this time I left them off. I am not going to pay such a high price for such poor quality.

Here is what you do:

Cut the bagel in half.

Spread about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese over the bagel.

Cover the cream cheese with pieces of the lox.

Slice a small part of the onion off and dice till you have about a tablespoon.

NOTE: Please note I am saving some of the red skins (at the left of the cutting board again) to add to my stash of brown onion skins. Remember from Friday’s post? I am going to share a German Easter tradition with you as soon as I have enough onion skins.)

Add the onions and about 1 tablespoon of capers to the sandwich.

Your sandwich is ready to eat. Wasn’t that quick and easy?

Bon Appetit!!!!


3 ounces of lox                              $2.50

About 2 tblspn cream cheese          $0.18

About 1 tbspn red onions               $0.08

About 1 tbspn capers                     $0.38

 ½ bagel                                      $0.35

Total cost = $3.49
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