MRS. MURFREESBORO: Weekly news binge quite informative

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Wednesday is my deadline for this article and also my favorite day to read the newspapers. Actually, I read three papers a day and it can take up a lot of time, depending on how much I have to spend.

I was saddened to read that Newsweek is no longer being published in its written form.

Because I am married to someone who made his living in the printing industry, I am naturally biased toward printed material and recently asked Becca Andrews, editor of MTSU’s Sidelines, how she felt about it since she is younger and more likely to get her news from the Internet.

She said she grew up reading Newsweek and it made her sad too.

With the exception of staying glued to the news this week because of hurricane Sandy – my daughter and her family were spared, gratefully – I rarely watch television news anymore.

Almost everything my husband, Tommy, and I watch are football games (love them) and/or series that are recorded (including CBS Sunday Morning) in addition to his British DVRs from the library.

Sometimes when I am in my sewing room in the afternoon, I might catch a “talk” show if the guest is special and was surprised to see that all three Nashville channels start their news segments at 4 p.m. and continue them until 7 p.m. That’s a lot of news.

Last Wednesday there was so much of interest to read that I want to share some of it with you.

If you were in New York last week you could have met Tony Bennett in person prior to the opening of a documentary about him, “The Zen of Tony Bennett.”

I’ve always like this crooner and would love to have meet him in person and ask about his artwork, which appeals to me. Sorry I couldn’t make it.

I also learned that scientists at Duke University have named a new genus of ferns for Lady Gaga, initiated by their resemblance to to a costume she wore to the 2010 Grammy awards.

The scientists said they valued Lady Gaga’s “fervent defense of equality and individual expression” and named two of them “Gaga germanotta” (based on her last name) and “Gaga monstraparva “ (she calls her fans “little monsters”). You’ve gotta love scientists with a sense of humor.

And did you know there is a new ordinance in Rome, Italy, that outlaws eating and drinking around the Coliseum, Pantheon and the Spanish Steps, among other famous sites, that comes with a $650 fine? No humor found there.

But my favorite part of Wednesday papers are the dining sections; they highlight recipes, restaurant reviews, dining trends, etc. The New York Times frequently features one of my favorite chefs, Mark Bittman, and I have found all of his recipes reliable and delicious.

Last week current NYT critic Pete Wells reviewed the 21 Club, a legendary restaurant frequently patronized by stars, sportswriters and other famous people.

I have never been to the 21 Club but was impressed by its ironwork and colorful jockeys as I walked by.

My parents went more than 50 years ago and never failed to talk about it.

My daughters and their husbands visited once; unfortunately coats were required then (no longer) and they were not appropriately dressed. When they returned later, in appropriate attire, someone took their photo, which sits on my bookshelf now. It is encased in a silver frame with the word “Courage” engraved beneath. FYI, Mr. Wells said “the future of 21” might be grim if it had to survive as a restaurant.” Ouch!

Finally, isn’t it alarming that 304 people in 17 states have been introduced to a tainted drug that caused meningitis and are waiting to see if their dose is fatal?

I heard on the radio yesterday there have been 11 deaths in Tennessee from this drug, and the article said the company that owns the factory making the drug also owns a recycling center at the same site (ergo: it’s not very clean). How very sad.

I’m off to read some more and plan to surf the Internet after I’ve caught up with my chores.

Then I plan to make a quiche from a tempting recipe (crust: 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 stick cold butter & three tablespoons ice water, pulsed together in food processor and refrigerated several hours) and google Tony Bennett to see his paintings.

Hope you’ll be enjoying similar “journeys.”

‘Til next week.

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