Rules of Life

Since I have been posting more personal stuff than mathematics lately, I thought that I would post some rules of life that I wrote as a response to another blog.

1. Be yourself.
2. You decide who you are, not other people.
3. Sometimes, you may not be able to be yourself, out of fear, or worries about your own safety. This is alright. Next time, you may behave differently. Not everyone can be brave, all the time.
4. Some of the people who express negative feelings towards you are doing so out of fear, or ignorance. They are afraid that they will be hurt if they don’t go along with the more hateful people. They may have heard bad things about you, or about someone they think is similar to you. These things do not excuse their behavior. Yet, it is possible that some of these people may go on to question their own actions, and to have second thoughts, and to mature as individuals. Some of them may even end up being your allies.
5. Not everyone will like you. Not everyone should like you. But, you still deserve to be treated with respect. As does everyone.
6. Now, you understand suffering. This is a gift. In life, you will encounter others who are suffering in many ways, maybe in the same way that you have suffered. You are now ideally equipped to show kindness and compassion to that suffering person. What a gift!
7. It is good to have a home base. A group of people who you love, and who love and accept you no matter what. Know who these people are. Be good to them. The great big world is a wonderful place, and having a stable core of people around you will help you to explore that world.

These rules came pretty easy: I wrote them in about an hour.  I guess that means they they are close to my heart.

How to make 8 each apple and pear pies.

1.  Go to an orchard and buy 1/2 bushel each of pears and apples.  I paid $12.00 a half bushel. Better yet, find some wild trees and pick your own.  I was disappointed by what I bought at the orchard, compared to what I have found wild in years past.

applesEach half bushel will make 8 pies.  Here are the apple pie ingredients:

  • 4 packages of frozen deep dish pie crusts (2 crusts per package)
  • 1 bag sugar (5 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla

For the pear pies, ditch the cinnamon and vanilla and use 2 tablespoons or so of ginger.

2.  Peel, core, and slice the fruit. Get help from friends.  Use some lemon juice so the fruit doesn’t turn too brown.

13 quart roaster

3.  In your 13 quart aluminum roaster, mix all ingredients.  (did you just say 13 quart roaster?)

mixing all ingredients

4.  Arrange 2 pie crusts on a large aluminum cookie sheet.  At 2 cookie sheets per oven, you can do 4 pies per batch.

pies are in the oven

When I first tried this I somewhat over  optimistically thought that I could just put some aluminum foil on the oven racks, and squeeze 8 pies in the oven at a time.  Disaster.

5.  Cook in preheated 375 degree oven for 50 minutes or so.

finished pies

dishing out apple pie6.  Wrap and freeze pies.  Our party is in two weeks, and this is an easy thing to do early.  I love cooking big!