Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad Recipe

Courtesy of ScandinavianToday via YouTube.

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Video: “A Day in Toledo” – i.e. Toledo, Ohio; Not Toledo, Iowa; Not Toledo Spain.

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The Story of Boo Hansen. Boo’s News from The House of Boo. The Adventures of Boo Hansen.

Watch and listen to “The Story of Boo Hansen. Boo’s News from the House of Boo. The Adventures of Boo Hansen.”

You may also view and read the story over on the website of WTVG 13abc; just go on over to:
Dog featured on 13abc’s “Pet Project” now a therapy dog, Posted: Jul 06, 2014 10:18 AM EDT, Updated: Jul 06, 2014 2:56 PM EDT, Tony Geftos.

It was Tony Geftos who did the interview and then told the story of Boo Hansen on the Sunday, July 6, 2014 broadcast carried on WTVG abc. It was also Mr. Geftos who uploaded the story of Boo Hansen onto YouTube, both of which are above.

Mr. Geftos also provided the story of Boo Hansen over on the Facebook account of Tony Geftos 13abc – Tony Toledo. You may view that Tony Geftos 13abc – Tony Toledo Facebook posting in the embedded link contained herein.

Another Facebook wall also contains the story of Boo Hansen as you may see by going over to this embedded link: Meteorologist Ben Cathey via 13abc.

Christina Williams also referenced the story of Boo on her Facebook wall which you may see by following this embedded link.

The Story of Boo Hansen is catching on like wildfire. To the best of my knowledge, this story has been shared in the last couple days by over a dozen people on at least three social media venues (Facebook, Twitter, Google+).

I wonder if the Story of Boo Hansen is going viral.

Stay tuned as I am sure there will be more in the future of The Story of Boo Hansen with Boo’s News from The House of Boo in the telling of The Adventures of Boo Hansen.

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“America’s Independence Day” in dedication to the memory of Richard James Hansen

This year, in honor of Independence Day, here in the United States of America, aka The Fourth Of July, I ask that you take the time to visit and read the following related writings I have scribed.

Independence Day, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 1, 2006
Declaration, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 4, 2006
Have a Safeway Fourth of July, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 1, 2010
Independence Day, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 2, 2010
An Alcoholic Fourth of July, Roland’s Ramblings, Posted on July 3, 2010

The Fourth Of July, Independence Day, and Richard J. Hansen, Roland Hansen Commentary, Thursday, July 3, 2014

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There is a brand new electronic newletter that informs people about the activities and events  in downtown Toledo, Ohio.
For a look-see, just visit the link that is embedded below:

Welcome to the ToledoLoop
An email newsletter highlighting events in downtown Toledo

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Truth and Punishment

Truth is truth. However, ignorant people frequently attempt to silence and punish those who speak the truth.


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Who’s On First?

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A conversation with G-d. Baruch HaShem.

The following is a copy and paste of a beautiful piece that I received in the latest Chabad of Scottsdale weekly newsletter from Rabbi Yossi and Dina Levertov:

A friend sent this piece to me. Great reminder to all of us to appreciate all that we have.
A conversation with G-d:
Me:  G-d, can I ask You a question?
G-d:  Sure
Me:  You won’t get angry?
G-d:  I won’t
Me:  Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?
G-d:  What do you mean?
Me:  Well, I woke up late.
G-d:  Yes.
Me:  My car took forever to start.
G-d:  Okay.
Me:  At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.
G-d:  Huummm.
Me:  On the way home, my phone went DEAD just as I picked up a call.
G-d:  All right.
Me:  And on top of it all off, when I got home, I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax. BUT, it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?
G-d:  Let Me see, the Angel of Death was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled):  Oh.
G-d:  I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me (ashamed):  Um.
G-d:  The first person who made your sandwich today was sick. I didn’t want you to catch what they have, and I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed):  Okay.
G-d:  Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly):  I see, Hashem.
G-d:  Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me:  I’m sorry, Hashem.
G-d:  Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the good and the seemingly bad.
Me:  I will trust You.
G-d:  And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me:  I won’t, Hashem. And let me just tell You Hashem, thank You for everything today.
G-d:  You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your G-d and I love looking after My Children.

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Mitzvah. Mitzvot.

Today, I preface this Roland’s Ramblings entry with a little background story about Chuck, a friend of mine who I have known for the past 60 years. Chuck and I were very good friends throughout our school years from first grade all the way to high school graduation in Toledo, Ohio where we attended Washington Local Schools.

Chuck had the neighborhood newspaper route of The Blade and was the newspaper carrier; I was his substitute carrier.  When we were a bit older, Chuck had another part-time job as a janitor at a local “truck stop” restaurant; when he moved on from that, he arranged for me to be his replacement.

After high school, I went to The University of Toledo for further education; Chuck left Toledo. If I recall correctly, he served some time in the United States Navy before entering Grace Theological Seminary.

Chuck eventually became an Evangelical Missionary spending many, many years in Costa Rica. After Costa Rica, he joined the faculty of Cairn University where he served as Director, Missions Program and taught courses in intercultural ministry, Bible exposition and theology, etc. After Cairn University, my friend joined World Team as Director of Member Care and then becoming Director of Training Services and just last year began duties with Global Research and Coaching.

FYI, per its own description of itself, “World Team is an interdenominational missionary agency with 350+ workers in 28 countries working among 55+ people groups around the world. We exist to glorify God by working together to establish reproducing churches focusing on the unreached peoples of the world.”

Well, at any rate, earlier today, I noticed that Chuck had updated his Linkedin account annotating it with “Honor and Awards – Ph. D., Intercultural Studies (Trinity Intl. University; 1997).”

I couldn’t just read his updated Linkedin account notation without making a comment.
So, I wrote, “You have done well, my lifelong friend!”

My friend, Chuck, responded to my comment, “And so with you, Roland. I have always been impressed with your commitment to public service. That is an area in which I fear to tread! I was with some friends at church yesterday, discussing a close friend, very brilliant, who just died at age 57. The comment was made (in spite of this person’s many weighty accomplishments), that we never see U-Hauls behind hearses. We came into the world with nothing and we leave it with nothing, barring what we take away from a relationship with God through Jesus. It gave me pause to remember how we measure ‘success’ on this side of reality. Your thoughts?”

Responding to Chuck, who has always known of and has appreciated my Jewish religion, I wrote, “To me, success is doing mitzvahs, i.e. acts of kindness in the performance of good deeds in helping people and our worldwide community.”

Now, on with the titled Roland’s Ramblings entry.

First off, this definition from Judaism 101:
Mitzvah (MITS-vuh); pl: Mitzvot (mits-VOHT)
Lit. commandment. Any of the 613 commandments that Jews are obligated to observe. It can also refer to any Jewish religious obligation, or more generally to any good deed.
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From My Jewish Learning, we read, “One often hears someone Jewish saying, ‘It’s a mitzvah!’ usually referring to a charitable, beneficial act performed by another person. However, while its Yiddish parallel ‘mitzveh’ does have this connotation, the Hebrew word mitzvah does not mean ‘a good deed’ in that sense.”
For further explanation, please go over to the embedded link to read the entire article, Mitzvot: A Mitzvah Is a Commandment.

Here are a few excerpts from another article, courtesy of
-> “Mitzvah observance gives the promise of living an enlightened and meaningful existence.”
-> “The mitzvot reflect the infinite and eternal nature of their Author.”
-> “The importance of the mitzvah system is that it relates to the very nature of the Jewish people.”
-> “Judaism is not as much a religion as it is a relationship. It is only through mitzvah observance that man can build a deep, enduring, and meaningful relationship with God.”
Of course, you may go over to the following embedded link to read that entire article, What is a Mitzvah? by Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene.

You may also visit to read the web page of Mitzvah; Mitzvot that I have placed as an embedded link in its title.

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In Memory of MGySgt Rich Hansen, R.I.P.

My brother, Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard Hansen, died from pancreatic cancer six months ago today on August 16, 2013.

With his death, I vowed to try to be a better person in respect to Rich who was one of the nicest, gentlest men that any person could ever meet. Yes, as brothers, we had our squabbles, but that was a “brother thing” and we always got beyond it.

Well, it is a struggle for me to be a nice guy all the time; but, I keep trying to improve myself.

So, today, in honor of my brother, Rich Hansen, I renew my vow to try to be a better person and I will continue my very best in my attempts to do so on a daily basis.

In his memory and to in his honor, I have written two previous Roland’s Ramblings as you can see and read if you open the following embedded linksn (they will automatically open in a new browser for you):
Richard James Hansen, In Memoriam, posted on August 17, 2013
What A Wonderful World, Dedicated to Richard James Hansen, posted on August 25, 2013

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Happy Birthday to Garry Hansen of Mesa, Arizona.

Today is the 63rd birthday of my younger brother, Garry. I wish I could be celebrating it with him while I am in my winter home here in Mesa, Arizona. Unfortunately, that is not possible as Garry has other plans.

Actually, my “winter home” is more than just a winter home because I live in it at various times throughout the year, not just in the winter as I wrote in the Roland’s Ramblings entry entitled “Splitters and Snowbirds” that I had posted on June 4, 2010 and in which I wrote of the role Garry had played in my decision to purchase a house in Dreamland Villa, a 55+ community in a Maricopa Island of Arizona that is completely surrounded by the City of Mesa.

My primary and “official” residence is in Toledo, Ohio, the city of birth for both Garry and me. My secondary home lies within the area of Mesa, Arizona as you may read over in the Roland’s Ramblings entry “Where to Retire” which I posted on September 21, 2007.

My Dreamland Villa home is about 1.5 miles from Garry as you may read in a previous birthday greeting to my ‘little brother’ in the Roland’s Ramblings blog entry “Garry T. Hansen” that I posted on February 15, 2009.

I had also written another birthday greeting to Garry when I posted the Roland’s Ramblings “Garry Is 60″ back on February 15, 2011. Then, on February 15, 2012, one year later to that blog entry I attached a comment in which I wished Garry a happy birthday for the 61st anniversary of his birth.

For a long time, I made no further blog entries to Roland’s Ramblings; but I have since started to blog here every now and again. AND, this is one of those times, so that once again (in addittion to the snail mail birthday card that I sent my brother) I may shout out:


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Real Friends

Real friends; I mean really true friends; I mean friends who are real friends and who are true friends are a treasure to be cherished. I find that way too many people use the word “friend” far too loosely. The word “acquaintance” is usually much more appropriate in the course of most conversations in which I have heard people use the term “friend” when making referece to someone whom they know and with whom they may even socialize.

A real friend, a true friend is someone who thinks about you, who keeps in touch with you over time no matter what geographical distance may separate you, who will come to your aid and comfort no matter what, who makes time for you rather than trying to schedule time for you, etc., etc. etc. I think you get the picture of what I am attempting to explain; speaking of which, look at these images for real friends and these images for true friends.

Oh, here is a very good example of one of my major guidelines in defining a friend:


If you wish, you may also click right here to open another browser that will provide you with every Roland’s Ramblings blog entry I have written that mentions the word “friends” – and if you are of a mind to do so, you may read whichever of them you so choose – or not.

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Happy Schnapps Combo – Puppets Clowns & Mimes

Q: Who doesn’t like puppets, clowns, and mimes?
A: The Happy Schnapps Combo, that’s who.

And now, for your listening pleasure:

If you may recall, I have written about the Happy Schnapps Combo before here in the wide, wide, wide wonderful world of Roland’s Ramblings. click below to view the listing of Happy Schnapps Combo blog entries here – and then, if you have a mind to, you can actually open each entry and read it — Yeah, right!
Roland’s Ramblings, Happy Schnapps Combo

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About Adam Hansen of Toledo, Ohio

Read about Adam Hansen from

Check out Adam Hansen of Toledo over on Linkedin.

Explore the Google search results for Adam Hansen of Toledo.

Read other stuff concerning Adam Hansen from among the previous entries of Roland’s Ramblings.

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