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Through the Keyhole - February 2023



Through the Keyhole

FEB 2023

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"This monumental public space is right in the heart of the capital of this country.  The length of this area is equivalent to more than 3 football fields, and the center of the country's long history. "

Can you guess the location?




Time for some SNOW...and Valentines

Just like last year, we did not receive much snow to date.  However, that may mean we just won't get any OR we are going to get walloped this month or next.  Someone said to me yesterday that they thought we would get snow into May... Ugh. Let's hope spring comes early and that silly Groundhog gives us some hope.  

Flowers, candy, red hearts and romance. That’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right? Well, maybe not.  

The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all.

 “Valentine was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time,” Father O’Gara explains. ” He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died.”

 “The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.”

 Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of Emperor Claudius the second. There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison.

 “One of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.”

 In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage.

 The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”  

 Isn't that romantic?  If anything, it is interesting...






























1. Social Media Scams Give Rise To A New Social Engineering Battleground

2. Catastrophic Attacks On Critical Infrastructure

3. Deepfake Attacks Become More Convincing

4. New Threats Emerge With The Metaverse

5. Organizations Shift Their Focus On Creating A Culture Of Security

Read complete Forbes article here.




Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was
Bob Calvano who guessed the right answer.  I appreciate all of the participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!





ANSWER: Venice, Italy







"With its many canals, bridges and boats, this city is easily navigated by water.  It is a fact that the population is dwindling year over year.  And It is thought that only tourists will be left by 2030 and only by day... "


Venice is a super cool place to visit and has many unique characteristics given its location, geography and canals.  Plenty of canals.


To begin with, the city rests on 118 islands separated by 150 canals. There are no cars in Venice.  Boats take the place of the cars and canals, the roads.


There are only 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal and one of them is wooden.


Interestingly, Venice was once and independent empire.  This only lasted from 697 AD to 1797 AD.  Just a little over a thousand years where they controled areas from Crete to the Balkan coastline and modern day places like Zadar, Croatia and Montenegro.  ...And it was extremely wealthy.


Venetian masks are not just souvenirs.  They were once used to mask ones identity during the less than savory activities during the middle ages.  


When you go to Venice, you will find that the artisans are known for their lace and hand blown glass.


Notably, Marco Polo was a Venetian.  If you have ever been around kids in a pool, you have certainly heard his name...


There are only around 400 gondolas that float throughout the city's canals today.  At one point, there were around 10,000 of them.  At that time, gondolas were treated like carriages- everyone had one equipped with a 'driver'.  I suppose that was during the extremely wealthy period on Venice.


Today one could make the argument that Venice is overtouristed (is that a word?), aging and dwindling in population.  But still, I'd visit if I had the chance.


























 Beautiful Venice in 4 minutes






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Rick Steves finds a Venetian delight ~2 minutes





Not so welcoming...











































Ice Sculpture Master





Deepfakes are scary...





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Thai Pile Driving





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Church Bulletins





Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.


For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days. 
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility. 
Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. 
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin. 
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door. 
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.





































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Beef Steaks Wellington







o  1 17.3 ounce package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry

o  8 5 ounce beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick

o  1 tablespoon cooking oil

o  1 3.5 ounce can liver pâté (1/2 cup)

o  ¼ cup soft bread crumbs

o  1 tablespoon snipped parsley

o  ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed

o  ¼ teaspoon garlic salt

o  dash pepper

o  1 ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms

o  ½ cup sliced green onion

o  ¼ cup butter or margarine

o  4 teaspoon cornstarch

o  ½ cup dry white wine

o  ½ cup water

o  1 ½ teaspoon instant beef bouillon granules


  Step 1

   Thaw pastry according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet brown steaks, half at a time, in hot oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute on each side. Drain on paper towels. Cool. Stir together pâté, crumbs, parsley, basil, garlic salt, and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon of pâté mixture on top of each steak.

Step 2

   On lightly floured surface, roll each sheet of puff pastry into an 11-inch square; cut each into four 51/2-inch squares. Place pastry squares on top of steaks; fold under meat. If necessary, trim pastry so only 1/2 inch remains folded under the meat. Reserve any pastry trimmings. If desired, cut small shapes from pastry trimmings; moisten and place on top of bundles.

 Step 3

   Place bundles, pastry side up, on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 450° oven 12 to 15 minutes or until pastry is brown and meat is medium-rare (140°). If necessary, cover loosely with foil during the last 5 minutes to prevent overbrowning. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

 Step 4

      Meanwhile, prepare sauce. In a medium saucepan cook mushrooms and onion in butter or margarine until tender. Stir in cornstarch. Add wine, water, and bouillon granules. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, then cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Serve with meat.




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