Friday, April 26, 2013


My husband, John Cullum, and I promised ourselves a new NEW set of pots and pans.

(John in that picture, taken umpteen years ago, is holding the cover of a pan we'll be using tonight when we're cooking dinner.) 

We didn't get the the new NEW pans for Xmas -- stores were too crowded. The media, warning about the flu epidemic, said, "avoid crowds."

Today's a good time, though my twitter writer friend Peg Bechko, (she keeps me up-to-date on book publishing), said "Beware of silicon."

I Googled "pots and pans" and read: Beware of What you  Buy.  Also, checked Scientific American, Benefits/Hazards in the new rubberized cookware.

Yowie! Lotta warnings like pill warnings -- sure, go ahead and buy what you need, but beware of the symptoms. (the usual list).

Gee, I like no-stick pans. I've been using them for years, ever since I mentioned them in my one of my novels, "Somebody, Woman of the Century."
The heroine, Cordelia, broadcasting news back in 1938, was censored when she said breasts. On the break, an assistant suggested she talk about Bette Davis's new movie, "You fans will love it, and then, talk about new magic pans, Teflon."
       Cordelia said, "Anything new on the Teletype I can use?"
       "The Teletype mentioning an overseas fracas!, Miss Drew. Windows were broken last night in Berlin.  I'll get you more facts on Teflon."
        The red Go light on the mike lit up. Cordelia grabbed the Teletype bulletin and told her audience, "Ladies and gentlemen, while we in Chicago were finishing dinner yesterday, the streets of Berlin were being littered with broken glass -- thousands fled for their lives, twenty-five thousand Jews were carried off to concentration camps."

... Seventy-five years ago -- "breasts," concentration camps, Teflon...

,,, Today, we've got unmentionable words mentioned constantly, and if you're chatting with other humans, you use acronyms like LOL.

...Today -- OMG -- atomic warhead tested in N. Korea, melting polar caps, pollution in the air we breathe, we're running out water and food, and, OMG -- poison gas in Syria --  that endless list of things too scary to contemplate, with kooks in Boston, in Canada, kooks all over the world, who might be thinking of pressing the button -- that red button that could set off a bomb that would destroy the world.

Hey! Gee! I'm tacking my worry list on the kitchen cabinet door, the cabinet where I used to keep canned food that I never buy anymore because ...? I don't remember why, but canned goods aren't as good for you, as nutritious as ... whatever.

Remember Don't Eat Eggs -- Do eat eggs -- eggs are OK -- beware of eggs?

I'm heading for the cookware store right now.

Is there anything one can cook, eat, do, or think nowadays, that isn't attached to a beware? 


Anonymous said...

Love the picture of you and John fixing supper.
There seems to be too many things nowadays to worry about. I don't fret about any of it-just live life to the top instead. Life is too short to worry about this stuff. Thanks for posting and don't worry Em-life goes on! kam

Carola said...

What a great picture. I recently got one of these new-fangled non-stick-pans. Different from the old ones. I love it.

Poet_Carl_Watts said...

I posted a question earlier today "Is your attention on what you don't want or what you want?" The flip side is "you get what you put your attention on" which isn't a question. I worry about little if anything. I put my attention on what I want and move to make that happen.

There is cookware out there that doesn't carry a beware beyond it gets hot when heated :-) I'll share the URL if you like. It works great, I don't use teflon anymore :-)

I eat free range organic eggs with no attention on the dangers of eggs that do not exist!

Have a great day. @Poet_Carl_Watts

Mary Russell said...

Every since I heard Baz Luhrmann's "Sunscreen Song" way back when, I took on board his advice about tackling problems one at a time. No point worrying and fretting over what may or may not be. Just take things as they come.

Dustspeck said...

What was that guy's name who said that, "Everything solid melts into air"; you know? Well, he was right of course and though The World is still devoid of a singular consciousness welded together by almighty love; we have a chance, I believe. Faith that fosters only kindness and compassion are the skills that we should be sharing with one another; leading by example.
I love the word, (umpteen)! Thanks for that one Emily; nice usage, helped me to smile for a while.

Anonymous said...

thanks for share..

Maureen Jacobs said...

My cookware that I currently use was purchased by my mother when I was born. It is made by Farberware. I love it and decades later it looks as new as the day it was purchased. No Teflon, no silicon, no clear lids, no special coating, just plain old cookware. I am sure as I am writing this that my Farberware will most definitely survive many more decades. Older is better.