Shopping in the cereal aisle of a local supermarket the other day, I was struck by the plethora of cereals offered. Back when I was a child, the choices were limited — no chocolate flavored, no fruit, marshmallows, honey.
The first commercial cereals were not developed, as popularly believed, by Will Kellogg, but by the American Adventists who formed the Western Health Reform Institute in the 1860s.
In 1894, Kellogg was searching for a bread substitute to serve to hospital patients by boiling grain and then letting it stand until it softened. When he rolled the tempered cereal it emerged as a large, thin flake. Viola! Corn flakes were born.
My Dad’s favorite breakfast or bedtime snack was milk toast. I wonder, does anyone eat that any more? It was made by toasting slices of (usually homemade) bread until crispy, buttering it, topping with a little sugar and serving in a flat soup bowl covered with warm milk.
Foods have long been used to describe human conditions. Remember the comic strip from the 1940s or ’50s featuring the mild-mannered Mr. Milquetoast? Loved ones are sometimes called Honey, Sugar, Cupcake or Cutie Pie.
Cheesy indicates an inferior product, but being from Wisconsin, I take pride in being called a Cheesehead.
A task can be duck soup, a piece of cake or easy as pie. A smooth talker may be buttering somebody up or perhaps butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. A fiery speaker is peppery and salty describes one who uses risqué language. A flaky person lacks substance and then there are those who are nutty as a fruitcake.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
The Country Gospel Misfits, a new local musical group, rehearse and perform at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the music.
Wayne Todd will host a sing-a-long at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 3 in the Center Dining Room. Guests also may stay and enjoy a hot luncheon. Advance reservations can be made by calling (928) 474-4876. Cost of the meal is a $3 donation. No tax or tips.
Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. a classic movie will be shown at the Center. Fresh, hot muffins and coffee are served. There is no charge to attend.
June is membership month at the Center. For $10 a year, members receive a number of benefits including meal discounts, access to van transportation, legal assistance and aid with Medicare and insurance issues, social activities and learning opportunities. For a full schedule of events, stop in the Center Office to pick up the monthly menu and listings.
Benny Del Sol is volunteer of the month for the Senior Center and Thrift Store.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, is having a sale on men’s and women’s clothing during June. Garments marked with orange tags are 50 percent off and blue tags are 25 percent off.
The Thrift Store will be open until 8 p.m. for First Friday on Main Street activities. There will be live music provided by Wayne Todd, refreshments, hourly door prize drawings (need not be present to win) and a 10-percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Library Friends of Payson
The June monthly meeting of the Library Friends of Payson has been changed from its usual fourth Thursday to Friday, June 25 this month only. A guest from the Arizona Humanities Council will be the speaker. The meeting begins with a brief business session at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 10:30. A potluck luncheon will be served after the meeting.
There will be a free performance of Reggae and Caribbean Vibe Music by Dee Dread and Sister Care-I at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 4 in the coffee shop at East-West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto Street (Longhorn and Tonto Streets). The public is invited.
Learn to eat for your health at a Best 4 Health program 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 5 at East-West Exchange. There is no charge to attend.
Local author Mary Williams will be on site to meet the public and sign copies of her three books, including her most recent release, “Can I Go Home Now?” The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at East-West Exchange.
From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dora Calott Wang, psychiatrist and author of “The Kitchen Shrink” will discuss the unsettling realities of free-market medicine in today’s America.
For a full schedule of East-West Exchange activities, call (928) 468-2435.
Think about it: A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.