The Power Of Words


I have mentioned several times I have great friends all over the U.S. and the world  who email me all the time.  In addition to just news and keeping up with friends they send me all sorts of things: pictures, picture essays, information on all manner of topics and funny and/or inspiring stories.

I tend to let these emails build up in my in-box. So when there gets to be way too many I have to sort through them and start deleting.  I take a Saturday morning and rummage through the emails. I re-read them and I laugh, and cry and sit in awe at the beauty of the world and thank my lucky stars I have such great friends.

I had such a day a few weeks ago, and I found a story or fable I thought you might like.

The Power of Words

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into  a deep pit.  All the other frogs gathered around the pit.  When they saw how  deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.
The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs
 were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?

 The frog explained to them that he was deaf.  He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
There is power of life and death in the tongue.  An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.
Be careful what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path.
 Author Unknown

Words are alive. Cut them and they bleed.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless.  Mother Theresa

The key to being a good listener and friend is validation: listening to people without judgment, correction, or advice.  Unknown

Featured Recipe        Corn on the Cob with Chili Butter

Today I have another scrumptiously delicious and fast and easy to make vegetable side dish.

Actually you can make this recipe with any flavor or combination of flavors you want. But more on that a bit later.

And like with Wednesday’s recipe, I am steaming the corn to help save nutrients.

The recipe can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled ad infinitum.

This is a  Recession Buster Recipe©

This is what you will need for 2 people:

2 ears corn on the cob

2 tablespoons butter at room temperature

½ teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic or onion salt

Optional: more salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Set the butter out to bring to room temperature. That just means to make it soft enough to mix something into it.

Remove the leaves or husk off the corn and tear them off. Get as much of the silk off as you can at this point too. Discard.

Use a corn brush remove the remaining silk from the corn. You can also remove the silk by using a damp paper towel and rubbing it down the corn several times. Be sure to get all of the silk off the corn.

I then cut off a tiny bit of the corn at the top and cut off the stalk too. I prefer to cut off the stalk as opposed to breaking it off as most directions recommend. I like flat edges on both ends of the corn as it is easier to put corn holders in them when the corn is cooked.

Then cook your corn. You can do this by placing the corn in water and cooking, roasting, grilling, microwave-steam it, or steam it on the stove top. I am steaming on the stove today. Steaming is faster, saves nutrients, and preserves the gorgeous yellow color of the corn.

NOTE: I have included directions for how to cook corn in water, microwave, or roast at the end of this post. When cooked through just add the flavored butter.

Fill the pot with about an inch of water.

Place the pot and the steaming basket on the stove over medium high heat. Put the corn in the basket. .

Cover the pot. Let the corn steam for 5-15 minutes depending on size and how firm you like your corn. I like mine firm so I steam for about 7 minutes.

While the corn is steaming place the softened butter in a bowl and add the seasoning.

Mix and incorporate the seasonings very well.

When the corn is cooked to your taste remove with tongs or a tea towel. I prefer the tea towels as some times tongs can cut the corn.

Place a tablespoon or so of the chili butter on each ear of corn. Serve immediately. The butter will immediately start melting and dripping down the corn. Yummy!

If you are adding any more salt and pepper do it now. I added no additional seasonings. Serve.

Microwaving Corn on the Cob

Place corn on a microwave safe steamer set in a pan with about an inch of water. Cover. Place in the microwave and cook 4-6 minutes or to taste.

Stovetop Cooking in Boiling Water

Fill a pot large enough to hold the corn you want to cook half way with cold water. Bring the water to a boil. Bring the water to boiling and using tongs add each ear of corn. Cover the pot. Bring the water back to a boil and cook 4-7 minutes until done to taste.

Roasting Corn

Pre heat oven to 350 degreesF. Placethe corn in their husks on a rack and roast for about 30 minutes or until corn is soft.


You can make any flavored butter you want to top your corn with.

I checked my spice cabinet and here were a few spices I have or could add to the butter in place of the chili powder:

taco flavoring, paprika, curry powder, flavor mixes, citrus salt.

You could also mix basil, or tarragon, oregano or rosemary in your butter too. The possibilities are endless.

If you are truly adventurous you could try cinnamon and allspice mixture. For those who like hot spices there are myriad flavors you could use.

What spices and flavorings do you like with your corn?  Leave your favorites in the comment section below.

Bon appétit!!!


This is a Recession Buster Recipe©

2 ears corn on the cob                      $0.50

2 tablespoons butter                         $0.16

½ tspn chili powder                          $0.06

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt                     $0.04

Total cost = $0.76
Cost per person = $0.38

Quote of the Day

I don’t like gourmet cooking or “this” cooking or “that” cooking. I like good cooking.


James Beard


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2 comments to The Power Of Words

  • I love the chili butter on the corn. I can’t wait to try it.

    In another part of my life I get asked by men quite often how to get a woman’s attention and I tell them the same thing every time. Look her in the eye and talk to her and pay attention to what she says. The ones who get that achieve and maintain a good relationship.

    Sadly some thing talking at a woman for 5 minutes and then spend 3 hours talking about themselves will work. It never does. 🙂

    Great post.

    • Roberta

      Thanks for all the nice words, Maureen. You hit the nail square on the head about men getting the attention of a woman.