Julia Childs
I was 28 years old when “The French Chef” first appeared on American television in 1963, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that this Julia Child had improved the quality of life around our house.

I really started cooking real dishes like French onion soup, duck à l’orange, coq au vin, mousse au chocolate. Some of the more ambitious dishes, like the duck or the mousse, were pointed toward weekend company.

Every so often I would watch “The French Chef” with my mother in the den on the weekends, it came on late in the afternoon and because we had only one television back then, the kids also were forced to watch the show along with us.
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I remember when I was much, much younger.  My mother use to force us to site down at the kitchen table to eat breakfast before dashing to the school bus heading for a long, long day at school. 

But of course as I got older the times sitting at the breakfast table became shorter and the days in school didn't.  I guess those days prepared me for what lay ahead.

It would be nice to see people sit down and consume their food at the kitchen table, but what can I say?  People I guess have to eat breakfast on the run.

We live in a culture where things have to get done in a short period of time.  If you want to lose or maintain your weight, you'll have to have a meal plan.

Something that YOU will realistically be able to eat every morning before heading out for the day.  Something like instant oatmeal, toast with peanut butter & jelly, or something nutritious.
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One of the many things that we have lost over the years is the ability to write to people.  No emails or texts, but really write a thank you card or letter to someone who really means so much to you.  Or someone who has or had made such a difference in your life.
 
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