My family in Kansas is very colorful. They tend to live for ever and have way too much free time on their hands. This is not a good combination. Apparently my 94 year old Avon Lady grandmother went to visit her sister (my great-aunt) in the nursing home over Easter. Keep in mind that my great-aunt has Alzheimer's and my grandmother doesn't think that is a real disease. She thinks that my great-aunt is being difficult when she can't remember and that she just needs to stop it. My great-aunt, who is the calmer of the two, tried to bash my grandmother with her cane. Again. Apparently this has happened before. My grandmother also walks with a cane now, so I am sure that one of these days there will be a cane fight in the old folks home. This time it just turned into a shouting match (again) that the staff had to break up before it was necessary to break out the fire hoses or tear gas. I don't know if every retirement home has bouncers, but that one probably has some on duty just for my family.
If you are a parent of a child who attends public school in Washington, and if you have even a vague recollection of the food pyramid , you probably will have noticed that the lunches that are served in school cafeterias are frequently at odds with the rules of good nutrition. The school is not wrong, however. They have just re-defined words and you are not keeping up. Pop quiz: Cheese belongs to what food group? *bzzz* - wrong. You said that cheese was in the diary food group , right? No! Pbth! How boringly accurate of you. Cheese magically transforms into a protein when it is served on pizza or in a bread stick! I know that you may be dubious, but I contacted Wendy Barkley, RD, who is the Acting Supervisor of School Nutrition Programs in the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and she assured me that it is so. To quote her email to me: " Pizza remains an option for schools for their menus. The cheese on pizza is counted as a protein in t