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Taking Care of the Shores Calendar of RSCA Events

Memorial for Crossing Guard Ray Robinson

e final days of winter were very wet! As we enter spring
we hope you’ll take a little time to take care
of yourself, your home, your neighbors, and Saturday, April 21st at 2:30pm (details on left)
Sounds of the Shores Summer Concerts
don’t forget to care for the Shores, and our

Live music and food trucks in the park on:

planet, by celebrating on Sunday,

Sunday, June 24th from 5-7pm @ Marlin Park

April 22nd, 2018.

Touch of Class Band (R&B, Soul, Oldies)

We can all do a little bit any time we’re out and about around
Sunday, July 22nd from 5-7pm @ Marlin Park
our beautiful Shores walkways, trails, or parks. Help keep our
Cocktail Monkeys (R&B, Funk & Soul)
shared resources nice and clean for all to enjoy. Our parks,
Sunday, August 19th from 5-7pm @ Marlin Park
trails, playgrounds and lagoons should be free of litter.
The Rip-Tides! (Beach Boys)
Dog owners have a double responsibility to keep their four-

Annual Levee Cleanup around the Shores

legged companions on a leash when out in public spaces, and
to make sure to pick up any waste that they may leave behind!
Whether you’re walking, strolling, running, biking, driving Saturday, August 25th (stay tuned for details)
or rowing around the Shores, enjoy, and stay safe! Don’t Halloween Parade in Marlin Park
Saturday, October 27th at 1pm
hesitate to call and let the police check out anything that

Santa Visits the Shores Library in December

looks suspicious or out of the ordinary — especially if there
is anyone lurking around the median signs on the parkways.
e sign on Marine Parkway has been vandalized repeatedly (stay tuned for details)
You can always find more information about these
and we’d appreciate your help locating the troublemaker.
If something doesn’t look right, call the and other community events on our web site at
Redwood City Police Department at 369-3333.
If it’s an emergency, you can always call 9-1-1 ! RSCA.org
Please take a few extra seconds to get where you’re going and
slow down on your way in or out of the Shores. Keep your
eyes on your surroundings and the road, not whatever
technology might distract you. Watch out for children,
pedestrians, bicyclists and animals.
Community members are invited to attend a memorial to Ray
Robinson’s special personality and tributes to Redwood Shores.
Please meet on the corner of Bridge Parkway at 2:30pm on
Saturday, April 21st and then meander to the library to meet
the family who would really like to meet members of the
community and have a little celebration of Ray’s life. anks
to all community members who donated for the memorial
rock and plaque that will be placed on Bridge Parkway.
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All ShoreS reSidentS need to Know
All Shores residents should be familiar with the term Covenants, Redwood Shores has a unique history with very specific
Codes & Restrictions (CC&Rs). CC&Rs indicate the existence development and maintenance issues. RSCA handles
of limitations associated with use of the purchased land. Whether architectural review for some areas as highlighted in the image
you live in one of our many Home owners Associations (HoAs) at left. RSCA also collaborates with city and county
or in the original sections of the Shores, eVeRy property in departments about maintenance of other areas of the Shores.
94065 has CC&Rs, including Shores Businesses (SBCA). Individual HoAs maintain their properties, but are also
e governing association map is as follows: governed by the RSoA.
Redwood Shores OwneRS Association
Authority for Architectural Review & enforcement
RSoA is the umbrella homeowners association for all
residential developments built in the Shores after 1981. RSoA
is a common interest development and membership is
mandatory by virtue of owning property within its
jurisdictional boundaries. RSoA’s mission is to maintain the
aesthetic integrity, identity, and appeal of its member
neighborhoods. is translates to ensuring that all
modifications are improvements and go through an orderly
process of review and approval, prior to construction of
modifications to exteriors, improvements to waterfront yards,
and new construction and redevelopment. (For more
Redwood Shores COMMunity Association information, see rsoa.info).
Authority for Architectural Review and enforcement
RSCA is a community association serving Redwood Shores since
1971. e Architectural Design Board of Redwood Shores whAt All ReSiDentS neeD tO knOw ABOut CC&RS:
(‘ADB’) is the legal custodian and administrator of the CC&Rs just as a homeowner is legally bound to follow the CC&Rs, the
for homes built prior to 1981. e CC&Rs are attached to the governing agency is required to enforce them. Governing
deed of property of most residences west of Shell Parkway. agencies may do inspections weekly, monthly, quarterly and will
Compliance with the CC&Rs is neither optional nor dependent send a notice by mail to outline what corrections need to be made,
upon RSCA membership. you should have received a copy of and the timeframe. All homeowners should be aware of the
the CC&Rs when you purchased your home. If you need a new CC&Rs they’ve agreed to upon purchase of their home, as well
copy of the CC&Rs, they can be purchased through RSCA by as bylaws and other governing documents in an HoA. examples
contacting <ADB@rsca.org>. and additional details will be provided in future months.
In addition to the ADB committee that governs homes in the why DO we hAve CC&RS?
Shores, RSCA is the advocate for important issues that affect Most planned developments make use of covenants for the
the home and family life of every Shores resident. RSCA benefit of all residential owners and their neighbors.
coordinates with the City of Redwood City and San Mateo neighborhoods with properly drafted and enforced covenants or
County for issues related to our streets, safety and community architectural standards have been shown to retain property value
services. RSCA is committed to communication to Shores better than those with poorly enforced covenants or no standards
residents and businesses through monthly mailing of e at all. neighborhoods that follow covenants and standards tend
PilOt magazine, median signage on Redwood Shores Parkway to be safer, look better, maintain better relationships with local
and Marine Parkway, and occasional mailings and emails with governments, and better retain or increase the investments that
Shores related information. RSCA plans several family friendly homeowners have made in their properties.
events throughout the year including the eGGstravaganza in
iMPORtAnt nOte fOR wAteRfROnt PROPeRtieS:
Marlin Park, Sounds of the Shores summer concerts, our annual
Levee Cleanup in August, october’s Halloween Parade and Homes adjacent to the lagoon have additional rules that must
Santa’s Visit to the Shores Library. All residents are asked to be followed to avoid compromising the levees and preventing
become members of RSCA through a voluntary membership other issues.
of $45/year. To make your contribution for 2018, please ank you all for making the Shores a gReAt place to live
contact <info@rsca.org>. & wORk. To volunteer in the Shores, email <info@rsca.org>.

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274 Redwood Shores Pkwy, PMB #603
Redwood Shores, CA 94065 - 1173
www.RSCA.org | info@rsca.org

2018 Board of Directors

Lynn Kathleen Adams Connie Munevar
nina Boire Sue nix
Kevin Brehmer Ben Ploshay
jim Cvengros Clemencia Rodriguez
Carol Ford Harris Rogers
Shannon Guzzetta Steven Tsujisaka
Don Long Bob Slusser
Mike Mancusi Andrew young

RSCA’s Board of Directors meet at the

Redwood Shores Library on the 2nd ursday of each
month at 7pm. our next Board Meeting will be:
April 12th, 2018
• Taking Care of the Shores ......................................Page 1
ArchitecturAl deSign review BoArd (non-HoA areas): • RSCA events Calendar ..........................................Page 1
• Memorial for Ray Robinson ..................................Page 1
jim Cvengros Carol Ford Sue nix
• All Shores Residents need to Know .......................Page 4
For CC&R copies & information, email <ADB@rsca.org>
• From the Mayor ....................................................Page 6
• RWC Spring Clean Up event ................................Page 6
DeADLIneS for e PILOT • Pirate Ship Workshop ............................................Page 6
• State of the City Address........................................Page 6
e deadline for space reservation is usually the end of the • At Home in the Shores: e Perfect Home office ....Page 8
first week of each month for the following month’s issue. • Biking & Shopping Cart nirvana ........................Page 10
Please email <ThePILOT@rsca.org> for a precise schedule. • Stanford Rowing Teams in the Shores ..................Page 10
PUBLISHER: Redwood Shores Community Association • Redwood Shores Tennis Club ..............................Page 10
• Redwood City Budget Proposal Cuts Services ........Page 10
e PILOT is the official monthly publication of
the Redwood Shores Community Association. • It’s elementary School Update .............................Page 12
• Sandpiper Student Participation & Honors.............Page 12
CIRCULATION: 6,000 Shores Households & Businesses
• STeAM Fest on the Square event ...........................Page 13
opinions published in e PilOt are solely those of the • Hiller Runway Run event........................................Page 13
authors and not the expressions of RSCA unless so officially • Lynn’s Kitchen: Black Bean Chili with Vegetables...Page 16
and expressly designated. • Library events for April .......................................Page 18
• Shores Business Classified Ads .............................Page 18
• St. Mark’s Corner.................................................Page 19
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froM the MAyor Redwood City
i A n B A i n , City Of ReDwOOD City Announcement
ere are two types of cities in California – “general law”
cities and “charter” cities. Redwood City is a charter city.
Being a charter city means that the legal authority for the SPRing CleAn uP event
City's actions originates with the Charter, rather than from April 21st is Redwood City’s Spring Cleanup! Are you
the laws of the State of California. e Charter, however, planning on helping keep Redwood City beautiful? join us
still has to generally be consistent with State laws. Redwood and bring your neighbors, friends or family! Breakfast will
City’s Charter can be viewed in full on the City’s website at be provided before your clean-up team sets out to one of
www.redwoodcity.org/city-hall/city-charter. Redwood City’s targeted areas. Afterward, enjoy a barbecue
As a charter city, Redwood City voters can exercise a greater lunch with other volunteers and new friends. is event
degree of local control than that provided by the California begins at 8:30am at Public Works Services (1400 Broadway).
Legislature, determine how their city government is is event is hosted by the City of Redwood City's Pride and
organized and can enact legislation different than that Beautification Committee. For more information, please
adopted by the State. A city charter can only be adopted contact the City Manager’s office at 650-780-7300.
and/or changed by a majority vote of city residents, not by
a vote of the City Council. I often tell people to think of it
as “e Constitution of Redwood City.” PiRAte ShiP PuBliC ARt & PlAygROunD
Redwood City’s charter was adopted in 1929, and voters wORkShOPS in APRil
have amended it many times since. Among other things, the e Pirate Ship Public Art & Playground project has been
City Charter gives the City Council the authority to adopt mentioned in several previous editions of e PILoT.
codes and ordinances to regulate issues within the City. e e City is developing plans for this project to be placed
Charter spells out the terms and number of council adjacent to the Redwood Shores Library. e Pirate Ship
members, and imposes other limitations upon the City will be a play structure, enclosed in ornamental fencing, and
Council. For example, the Charter specifies that the City connected to the childrens’ area side of the Library.
Council hire only three employees, who report directly to e Library Director and Director of Parks, Recreation, and
the Council – the City Manager, the City Attorney and the Community Services (PRCS) have spoken to the RSCA
City Clerk. It expressly forbids council members from being Board, the Redwood Shores owners Association, adjacent
involved in the hiring or firing of any other city staff. homeowner associations, and those attending a public
e Charter also defines three Council appointed commissions meeting. Supported by the Library Board and the PRCS
– the Library Board, the Planning Commission and the Port Commission, the City will host additional public workshops
Commission. at means that if the Council wants to make to further the plans for this project. e dates selected for
changes to any of those boards or commissions, the voters these meetings are wednesday, April 18th at 6:30pm, and
must approve those changes. For example, if we wanted to Saturday, April 21st at 2:30pm at the Redwood Shores
increase or decrease the number of members, or impose term Library at 399 Marine Parkway.
limits, voters would need to approve those changes. other
boards, committees and commissions not mentioned in the
Charter do not require voter approval. StAte Of the City ADDReSS — MAy 14th
our Council-appointed boards, committees and commissions join the City Council of Redwood City for the 2018 State
play an important role in advancing the strategic priorities of the City! is year’s theme is ‘People: our Community’s
that I outlined in my last article. In future articles, I will write Greatest Asset’. enjoy refreshments at 6:30pm and stay to
more about these boards, committees and commissions and hear about City accomplishments, community stories and
how you can get involved. We have just begun another round City goals for the coming year. is event will be held in the
of recruitment, and more information can be found here: Council Chambers of City Hall (1017 Middlefield Road) on
http://www.redwoodcity.org/departments/city- Monday, May 14th at 7pm. is event is free and televised
clerk/advisory-boards-commissions-and-committees/advis live if you cannot attend in person.
ory-boards-commissions-and-committees-recruitment. Visit www.redwoodcity.org for additional information.
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How to Plan the Perfect Home Office
Have you ever found yourself perched on your sofa with a
laptop balanced precariously on your knee? It’s not the most
productive—nor ergonomic—way to get things done.
Working from home is now common practice, but well
designed home offices are not as universal. It’s easy to plan
the perfect home office, though, and just a few essential
items can make working at home efficient, productive, and
fun. I’ve outlined four steps to create your ideal workspace.
1. locate the perfect workspace.
no separate room for your office? Consider situating
your office in a dedicated area with fewer home life
distractions, such as a corner of the bedroom, a
converted closet, or under the stairs.
2. Choose a desk that maximizes your space.
need room for two desks? Try Room & Board—they
have customizable solutions as well as L-shaped desks in
different sizes and finishes. you can also mix and match
file cabinets if you need the storage space.
Another option is to call in a closet customization
company that can design a tailored solution for you.
3. Make it comfortable. Try a closet customization company to help you design the
Pay attention to the ergonomics. Says Alicia Beth of perfect workspace. Photo courtesy of e Container Store.
VocSolutions, “Many people believe they carry their Don’t forget to add some personality and color to your
stress in their shoulders and neck, but all too often the office. Well-chosen colors and your favorite artwork can
desk it too high or the chair is too low and not providing positively affect mood and productivity.
adequate support.” e right chair is worth the
investment because it improves comfort and prevents Liza Riguerra is a technology professional
backaches and repetitive stress injuries. is is especially turned award-winning interior designer who
true if you work long hours. lives in Redwood Shores. Connect with her on
Many people are opting for standing or adjustable height Houzz, LinkedIn or Twitter.
desks so they can sit or stand throughout their workday.
A good rule of thumb is to stand one-third of your day,
according to Beth. For either set-up, traditional or
adjustable height desk, make sure you consider a few
other office ergonomics—optimal desk and chair height,
computer screen position, and wrist position.
4. go wireless.
nowadays, you can have a completely wireless office set
up—printer, mouse, and keyboard. A wireless printer can
be tucked away somewhere like a closet instead of taking
up precious space on or under your desk. And, with fewer
wires, you reduce the clutter in your work area.

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ShoreS weAther
by Harvey Radin
With many of us here in the Shores not knowing for sure by Monique Seibel
whether Winter days would be wintery or summery, deciding After an exceptionally chilly winter, tennis players look
what to wear the past couple of months -- tank tops and shorts forward to April not only in hopes of warmer weather but
or jackets and scarves -- seemed more challenging than ever. also to something new for the RSTC: the first “open play”
Bike riding one chilly Saturday morning, I’m wearing a long of the season—on April 14—will be open to the tennis-
sleeve biking shirt and, to be on the safe side, a jacket. But it’s playing public. Subsequent open plays will be, as usual, for
soon getting warmer and I’m feeling ridiculous seeing joggers members only, so be sure to take advantage of this
wearing T-shirts and shorts. Well you know, there’s always opportunity. just bring your racquet and a spirit of friendly
some wind chill when you’re cruising along at your personal competitiveness! e next April event is the monthly
best, top speed. Maybe that justifies heavier clothing, but who tournament, which takes place on the 21st. It will be
knows? But then I recall another embarrassing bike-riding followed by an evening social at the home of a member.
moment several years ago, when after logging many miles For additional information about the club, or to join, visit
riding around the Shores, my neighbor and I decided to take www.rstc.org. Let’s play tennis!
on Mt. Tam. After struggling up a steep trail and finally
having to walk the bikes the rest of the way, other bikers are
peddling by, waving to us. ey’re even casually sipping from
their water bottles as my neighbor and I are gulping air. But
on to something else, this is way too embarrassing.
on to shopping at one of those really big stores out past the
Shores, and something so amazing! ere’s a whole fleet of
new shopping carts, those really big carts for big-store
shopping. When you’ve been driving older-model, supersized
carts along crowded aisles, an entirely new model with higher
performance characteristics is thrilling. And the new cart has
Redwood City’s Budget Proposal Cuts Services
it all. Better wheels for more precise maneuvering and
enhanced acceleration. And a little design tweak you’ll never
believe. e basket where you put your goods is at a slight During RSCA’s Annual Meeting in February, City Manager
angle, raised just enough so you can put huge packages of Melissa Stevenson Diaz listed financial sustainability as one of
paper towels or toilet paper in that extra space under the the city’s primary goals. now it’s budget season and the initial
basket without having to jam them in. e carts look sleeker, proposal includes elimination of several services that will
negatively affect Redwood Shores residents.
more stylized. I’m in nirvana, exclaiming to my wife the many
wonders of the new cart, while she’s looking at me like maybe e proposal includes a reduction in library hours for almost
I lost something back at Aisle 3? all libraries, including the Redwood Shores branch. Monday
mornings and after-work hours would be cut on Wednesdays
(After a career in corporate communication, Harvey Radin wrote
and ursdays, affecting HoAs and community organizations
books and articles about public opinion and PR. His articles
that utilize meeting space at our local library.
have been published in Business Insider, American Banker and
Talking Biz News. Email him at <hoastrategic@gmail.com>. Proposed budget cuts the following Public Safety services:
6 (vacant) police officers, 3 (vacant) fire fighters and 1

Stanford Rowing Teams in the Shores Waterways

emergency Preparedness outreach Coordinator. e CeRT
program that has been established under the current
Stanford Rowing Teams will be using the Shores waterways coordinator will be devastated if this proposal takes effect. e
on weekends this spring starting between 8-9am until about reduction in personnel is anticipated to increase in response
noon. Regatta racing will run from 9am to 12noon and 1pm times, which affects our safety and home values.
to 4pm on Saturdays and 9am to 1pm on Sundays. e budget proposal is available online at redwoodcity.org,
At all times, please use caution using the Shores waterways, and you can email comments to the city council at
and keep an eye out for these athletes. <council@redwoodcity.org>.
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it’S eleMentAry
current parcel tax. is will generate $325/student/year and help
close the gap between our current funding and the state average.
Additionally, we are cutting our costs and working with our non-
MiChAel Milliken, Ph.D. profit foundation SchoolForce to promote more parent donations.
BRSSD SuPeRintenDent Please contact me directly with any questions or comments at
650-620-2703 or <mmilliken@brssd.org>.
Spring is busy in our schools. We are enrolling students for the next
school year, cheering on students in robotics and science competitions,
and placing a parcel tax measure on the ballot for this June.
enROllMent Sandpiper Student Participation and Honors
our school district is continuing to grow, though at a slower rate Sandpiper Middle School 6th graders had the honor of participating
than in the past. is year, 601 students enrolled in February in the 2018 San Mateo County STeM Fair and Arts expo,
compared to 577 last February. However, the size of our incoming organized by the San Mateo County office of education. Led by
kindergarten class is slightly smaller than last year. is year, we Sandpiper science teacher Monique Burtschell, ten 6th grade teams
have 19 kindergarten classes and next year we expect to have 18 presented their STeM projects at the fair.
kindergarten classes. is is an ideal-sized cohort for our school e goal of the fair is to create interest in Science, Technology,
district as it allows for 75 kindergarteners at every elementary engineering, and Math education and STeM careers, foster
school for an average K-5 school size of 450 students. Interestingly, school-community cooperation in developing the scientific
we are seeing growth in 6th grade enrollment as well as our potential and communication skills of tomorrow’s leaders, and to
Transitional Kindergarten program, a state-mandated program for publicly recognize the achievements of talented science students,
4-year-olds who turn 5 years of age between September 2 and grades 5-12, in San Mateo County.
December 2. Started in 2012, Transitional Kindergarten is ree Sandpiper 6th grade teams received honors in their categories.
becoming increasingly popular as families learn about it. Teams that received first place are qualified to participate at the
Additionally, the middle grades program at Sandpiper will expand California State Science Fair in Los Angeles and the Broadcom
to include both 6th and 7th grade next year. is year 53 students MASTeRS (Math, Applied Science, Technology & engineering
enrolled in Sandpiper’s 6th grade, and next year we have 57 enrollees for Rising Stars) in Washington DC.
for 6th grade. is is a comfortable size as the program capacity is Soniya kamatkar won honorable mention in the Biological Systems
60 students/grade. All in all, we continue to see strong enrollment category for her project: “How Does Gravity Affect Root Growth?”
demand, which indicates that Belmont-Redwood Shores is a Swarra Joshi and inaaya Omer won first place in the Biological
popular community for families with school-aged children. Systems category for their project: “Does Radiation Impact Living
StuDent SuCCeSS in SCienCe AnD teChnOlOgy organisms?” John Merwin won first place in the engineering,
our students continue to excel in science and technology, thanks Technology and Application of Science category for his project:
to our committed teachers, engaged parents, and an oracle grant “DingDing - e Glove Mounted Bell - Wearable device for
that helps fund a science and mathematics coach for our school producing audible alert while bicycling or doing other activities.”
district. Recently, five Sandpiper robotics teams and one nesbit Congratulations to all of the Sandpiper 6th graders who participated
team qualified to compete in the VeX Robotics World in the 2018 San Mateo County STeM Fair and Arts expo: Skylar
Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, at the end of the month. Cottell, Colten Danielson, Annette Henderson, Rishi Iyengar,
Additionally, the local “Rainforest” robotics club, with a majority Swaraa joshi, Soniya Kamatkar, Krish Kittur, john Merwin, Inaaya
of Belmont-Redwood Shores students, is sending three teams to omer, jiyul (Lilly) Park, Cassandre Pesce, and Lucas Rudan.
the World Championship. Finally, three Sandpiper students won
first place in their categories at the San Mateo County Science
Fair and will move on to the State Science Fair in Los Angeles,
April 23-24. (See right for additional information and photo.)
Impressive stuff! We’ll keep you updated on their progress.
PARCel tAx On the June BAllOt
over the last several months, our school board has considered
whether to put a parcel tax measure on the ballot to preserve our
program quality given inadequate state funding. Belmont-
Redwood Shores’ funding from the state is $1,400/student/year
below the state average for K-8 school districts. e Board took
action at its March 8th meeting to place a measure on the june 5th
ballot. e measure is $118/parcel/year for 5 years, and provides
an automatic exemption for seniors that are exempted from the

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(How a Connecticut Yankee embraced California Cuisine)
– Lynn Kathleen Adams


or so the old saying goes. We still need more rainfall – bring
it on, but please let it be soothing gentle rain or even a
downpour during the evening hours when we are home
relaxing with family and friends, and not on the freeways
struggling with our daily commute and hordes of drivers who
seem to lose their patience and whatever driving skills they
may have learned years ago as soon as the pavement gets wet.
ose of us who were raised in colder climates seem to be
more adept at navigating those wet, slippery, snowy or icy
roadways! or at least we like to believe we are. BlACk BeAn Chili with vegetABleS
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Medium onion, chopped (small dice)
1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded, chopped (small dice)
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Large Carrot, peeled, chopped (small dice)
1 Pound Zucchini, chopped (medium dice)
1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Corn (defrosted if frozen)
2 Cups Vegetable Broth
3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon oregano
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 28 ounce Can Diced Tomatoes (we like Muir Glen)
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
We’re heading down to Palm Springs in early April – our 1 15 ounce Can Black Beans (low sodium), drained & rinsed
traditional annual trek to the desert for sunshine, rest, reading 1 Bunch Cilantro, chopped
and relaxation. years ago, we would drive to the desert – an 2 Teaspoons Agave nectar
always hilarious road trip adventure with good friends. Since juice from one Lime
I adore driving, I was always the designated driver. SF to Palm Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the onions and green
Springs – no problem – I was behind the wheel the entire bell peppers and cook until the onions are translucent, about 4
time. one of the best sights as we sped down the Grapevine – 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add
was seeing the adjacent hills ablaze with springtime golden the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne and black pepper,
poppies and blue lupine – it was such a spectacular sight that and cook, stirring constantly until the spices are fragrant. Mix
almost took your breath away. now we fly south, and I always in the carrots, zucchini and corn. Add the vegetable broth. e
miss those yellow and blue hills. vegetables should be submerged.
Some of our readers have asked for vegetarian recipes, so I Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer,
thought that I would share our daughter’s favorite easy, vegan covered, until the carrots are tender and the zucchini is soft,
Black Bean Chili and Vegetables recipe that she first made about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, black beans,
several years ago when they decided to become vegan for Lent. and cilantro. Cover and continue cooking until the mixture is
at well intentioned resolution did not last very long at all, slightly thickened – about 10 minutes. Mix in the agave and
but she still makes this great flavorful and easy chili recipe. If lime juice. Add more salt to taste, if necessary, and serve. Top
you aren’t vegan, you can always top the chili with a little with sliced avocado and sprigs of cilantro, or if you wish, grated
cheese and/or sour cream! cheddar cheese or Monterey jack cheese or sour cream. enjoy!
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St. MArK’S corner
when DOeS twO equAl ten AnD ten equAl twO
By Richard Watkins
Usually if something comes in the amount of 10, that thing is viewed
upon favorably. When a baby is born, parents immediately count the
number of fingers and toes to make sure there are 10 of each. At the
end of every year, there are slews and slews of top 10 lists. When
shopping, a 10 for $10 sale is great deal. 10 is the number of bowling
pins to start each frame, and the number of frames in each game. e
number of hot dogs per pack is 10. It’s the time of the morning I’d
prefer waking up if it weren’t for my wife and kids. And, wait for it…
there are 10 Commandments. of course not. But what jesus did was to take the 10 and break them
Let’s take a look at those Commandments. And let’s go with exodus down into two categories. Commandments one through four pertain
20 from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website to God and five though 10 apply to our neighbors.
(redacted for space) as our 10. We have: Here’s how: Let’s say that you did worship someone (or something)
You shall not have other gods beside me instead of God. And you made an idol of someone/something, bowed
You shall not make for yourself an idol…you shall not bow down down to it and pledged your allegiance to it. Would that be showing
before them or serve them love to God? or maybe you did worship God but you took the
You shall not invoke the name of the LORD, your God, in vain LoRD’s name in vain. Would that be an example of loving God? I
think we can all agree that it is not. So then, conversely, if one did love
Remember the Sabbath day—keep it holy
God with all of his heart, soul, and mind could he worship a false god?
Honor your father and your mother Could he not keep holy the Sabbath? no because the love for God,
You shall not kill with all one’s heart and soul and mind wouldn’t allow it.
You shall not commit adultery Similarly, how much love would be shown to a neighbor if you went
You shall not steal out and spread false rumors about him? Maybe you told a lie that got
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor him in trouble with a relative or another neighbor. or at work? or
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house… wife, his male or female worse, with the law? or maybe you stole a neighbor’s (fill in the blank
slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor here) because you really liked that (fill in the blank here) and wanted
it so much? or, if, because of coveting his wife, you killed the neighbor
Pretty straightforward, right? not much to misinterpret. And we have
and took her for your own (which, by the way, is what got David in
jesus who comes along and when asked by the Pharisees, “Teacher,
so much trouble with God).
which commandment in the law is the greatest,” jesus responded with:
You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all How can you honor your parents if you don’t love them? Would one
your soul, and with all your mind. is is the greatest and the first be showing love to a spouse if they were out committing adultery?
commandment (Matt. 22:37-38). And don’t give me any of that “my spouse is not my neighbor. We live
And then, for good measure, He added: in the same house” stuff. We must remember that when jesus said
“neighbor” he meant everyone else that is not you. And when I say
e second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. e
whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments everyone, I mean that guy who bags groceries at the store, the
(Matt. 22:39-40). construction worker building a new house in Indiana and the kid who
just skipped a rock 3 times across a contaminated and disease-ridden
Wait. What? Love? Moses’ Commandments never said anything about
pond in ethiopia. even though you may not know who these people
love. Moses’ Commandments were a list of thou shalts and shalt nots.
are or if they even exist, they are still considered your neighbor.
Do we go with what God dictated to Moses or with what jesus said?
And if we go with jesus, His first one isn’t even in the original 10 which Simply put, in order to keep the Commandments God gave us, there
is “you shall not have other gods beside me”. And for that matter, has to be love for everyone. you can’t love God and worship someone
neither is the one about loving your neighbor. ere is a mention of else. you can’t love your neighbor and steal from them. equally, you
bearing false witness and coveting against one’s neighbor, but Moses’ can’t bear false witness against and claim you love. your main priority
Commandments never said anything about having to love anyone. in life cannot be money or fame or popularity and say you love with
Was jesus paraphrasing the Commandments; condensing them down all your heart, soul and mind. If you did, God would be your priority,
so they would be easier to remember? Like the people living back in not money or fame or popularity.
those days had so much on their mind that they might forget all 10. So, in short, by obeying jesus’ two commandments, you are in keeping
“I have to get Hadarezer to sheep sheering practice by 4:00 then Dionysius with God’s 10. And by holding true to God’s 10 Commandments,
has fishing team tryouts at 4:30 then I have to pick up Malchiel from you are fulfilling jesus’ two.
basket weaving and I can’t remember commandments 5 through 7 and
I’m shaking on number 9. I wish there were only two I need to remember.” e PILOT April 2018 Page 19