Praising The Workers At Scott’s Pastry Shoppe In Middleton

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Anyone who knows me understands my love of a cup of coffee ranks up there with a sweet roll heavily frosted, and perhaps some fruit filling oozing out all bright colored and sticky. And since James is most insistent that I not drink coffee without some carb-heavy delight (based on the advice of my Dean Care dietitian) I am rarely without the two side-by-side as I sit down to read the newspaper.    Since coffee can have the effect of curbing an appetite, and maintaining weight is very hard for me to do, it goes without saying that sweet rolls and coffee go hand-in-hand at this home.

Which leads me to offer a most sincere thanks to the workers who always present such welcoming faces at Scott’s Pastry Shoppe In Middleton.  Over the past two weeks I have had occasion to stop in a couple of times, and there is just something so wholesome and all-American about the young men and women who work behind the counter.  They not only have pleasant personalities, but also present themselves in friendly ways, not scared to communicate or laugh, and seem to really enjoy the place where they work.

I contend that one can tell much about a business by the people who are hired to be the ones that make contact with customers.  Clean-cut, expressive, energetic, and engaging people are most appealing.  Yesterday as I laughed about my desire  at some point to try one of their sampler cakes (the type made to showcase wedding party possibilities) as I had marveled at the varieties of yum in one concentrated circle a couple years ago while visiting the shoppe, I was met with a wonderful story about the birthday cake a worker was going to enjoy on December 31st.  (The same day my Mom was born.)  We laughed and chatted and I was again reminded that it was most apparent more than fine ingredients go into their products, but also a strong desire to make sure the sweets are handed out by top-notch individuals.

If it can be said that there is a small-town feel to a business in a large urban area let it be known it can be found at Scott’s Pastry Shoppe In Middleton.

Are The Wealthy Pushing Back On Pope Francis’ Message About The Poor?

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This is rather disheartening to read after a year in which Pope Francis has made it clear what the mission of the Catholic Church should be, along with the message the world needs to hear when it comes to the rich versus the poor.  Reminds me of Matthew 19:23-24.   And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Pope Francis’ critical comments about the wealthy and capitalism have at least one wealthy capitalist benefactor hesitant about giving financial support to one of the church’s major fundraising projects.

At issue is an effort to raise $180 million for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York being spearheaded by billionaire Ken Langone, the investor known for founding Home Depot, among other things.

Langone told CNBC that one potential seven-figure donor is concerned about statements from the pope criticizing market economies as “exclusionary,” urging the rich to give more to the poor and criticizing a “culture of prosperity” that leads some to become “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”

Langone said he’s raised the issue more than once with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, most recently at a breakfast in early December at which he updated him on fundraising progress. 

“I’ve told the cardinal, ‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country,’ ” he said.

Some of the statements in question are from Francis’ first teaching, or “exhortation,” a 224-page document issued in late November. In it, the pontiff criticizes what he calls “an economy of exclusion and inequality,” blaming ideologies that “defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation.”

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor To Lead Times Square Countdown On New Year’s Eve

Caffeinated Politics loves Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor.

New York City is going to kick in the new year with one of its own: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, has been tapped to lead the Times Square countdown on New Year’s Eve on Tuesday.

The announcement was made Sunday by the organizers of America’s highest-profile New Year’s Eve event, which typically features star performances and always concludes with the dropping of a ball to mark the stroke of midnight.

Sotomayor — who grew up in the Bronx housing projects and became the first Latina on the nation’s highest court in 2009 — will push the button to start the dropping of the ball, and will lead the final 60-second countdown to the new year, organizers said.

These Are The Ones Parents Do Not Want Their Children To Marry

As a I read this news story today I could only think that if I were a parent the ones mentioned in this article would not be the type good enough to marry my daughter or son.    If one has no other item on their agenda more important than camping out in the cold so they can buy marijuana they really need to reevaluate their lives, and come to terms with what is missing.  And if that means getting high with drugs, then they need to find a good counselor.

Toni Fox plans to open the doors of her Denver marijuana shop at 8 a.m. tomorrow to a line of customers including some who camped overnight to be the first in the U.S. to legally buy pot for recreational use.

Fox has arranged for canopy tents, heaters and a food truck to offer donuts and pastries to patrons waiting for the state-appointed hour. She expects sales at her 3D Cannabis Center, operating since 2010 as a medical-marijuana dispensary near the Denver Coliseum, to surge to at least $250,000 a month from $30,000, she said.

“We’ll have people out the door,” Fox, 42, a Salida resident, said by telephone. “It’s going to be a very festive atmosphere. We all feel like we’re walking on sunshine right now.”

I am not in favor, nor have I ever been in favor of the legalization of marijuana, except for medical purposes.  Some cancer patients find marijuana useful with pain relief and increasing appetite.  Legalization of marijuana runs counter to what I think is in the best interest of the nation.  I totally understand I am in the minority when it comes to legalization of this drug.

I suspect it may almost seem alien to admit I have never once tried marijuana.  I also have never once tried a cigarette.  Hard to believe perhaps, but true.

My dad smoked cigarettes in my youth, and as a result I never wanted any part of them.  In my early teen years my dad stopped smoking, and the whole family continually applauded him for the effort at making his health, and our lives better.

I have never felt the need to escape via drugs, or to have some alternative reality to cling to as a means of coping.  As a teenager I loved to go biking into the country, and now long walks with James clears the mind and adds perspective.

While I am very aware that a long list of notables on all sides of the political spectrum have weighed in over time on why legalization of marijuana and other drugs is a rational approach our government should be taking, I have never been able to agree.

Old-fashioned perhaps, but that is just how I feel.

Getting to the root causes of why someone has bouts of anger, boredom, depression, anxiety, (reasons many turn to marijuana) would be a far more useful and productive use of time than to light a joint.  Life will be much richer in a wide variety of ways if the higher path can be found, as opposed to a haze of smoke.

Meanwhile who wants those who line up for drugs in Denver to marry their son or daughter?