Grandmother Dorchester Cookies
2 cups Brown sugar
2/3 cup shortening
2 teaspoons of water
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon of cloves
2 cups raisins
Cream together brown sugar and shortening
Add egg and water
Sift together the dry ingredients
Add to the sugar mixture
Add raisins and mix well
Dough will be quite stiff
Drop by large tablespoon on foil lined cookie sheet
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 -15 minutes
Makes 3 -5 dozen
This is a very old recipe and is named for the grandmother of my grandmother’s girlhood friend
There is a system of personality classification called Myers-Briggs or Keirsey Bates and I’ve had to take the tests many times and it always comes out the same INTJ. Allegedly one of the 2 rarest types between 1 and 2 percent of the population. The I stands for INTROVERSION, N is INTUITION, T is for THINKING and the J is for Judging. I add the websites for more information on another post. Who doesn’t like more information?
I bring this up because it’s Pagan Blog Post Day and my having this personality type is what drives people ape shit sometimes about and in particular, the letter “J” for judging. The J doesn’t really stand for Judgement as in something a judge does most of the time. It has more to do with the ability to make a decision and then go forward and not dither around seeking more information. I’m the person who in Circle is going to get annoyed at Pagan Standard Time.
I’m the one who wants you to set a date or make a decision. I’m the one who will annoy the Aquarian or the Libra. I’m usually not late unless everyone else is going to be late. I’m also the one with the least respect for authority other than my own. This is often thought to be arrogant or over confidence but it has more to do with the fact that I know what I know and I usually know very quickly what other people don’t know by what they say. This is my “Emperor’s New Clothes” side. I very quickly will figure out who is naked and who is not. The people who earn my respect rarely lose it and I will defend them to my last breath but woe betide the stupids (stupid in this case is willfully stupid) and the smoke blowers cause I’m liable to just ignore you at the least and if you piss me off, I will slice and dice. I do not suffer fools gladly. I know this about myself and I have to remember not to be a jerk about it.
A good example is a Yahoo group I’m a member of. I’ve met very few of these people in person and it’s probably a good thing. A while ago some nitwit was going on about Alexander the Great being evil because he burned the library in Alexandria. Uh, No! Most of the time I just lurk on this list but when other women jumped in agreeing I had to say something because it was so stupid. The Alexandrian library was built after Alexander was dead under Ptolemy the 1st and watched over by the rest of Ptolemies. And Julius Caesar was the first one to set it on fire and by accident I might add. Why the hell would Alexander burn library that hadn’t been built yet? Unless someone raised him from the dead.
I also get in trouble with some in the women’s spirituality community about weird and highly inaccurate ideas of science. And yes, then I’m very judgemental. I admit that about myself like I said willful stupidity in the face of facts makes me crazy. And facts aren’t mutable, facts are facts.
We are allegedly not empathetic. I would argue with that. I think we can be too empathetic and have to shut it down and wall it off unless it’s safe. INTJ’s have the ability to make rock hard shields which may look like we don’t care but we do and very deeply we just aren’t going to let anyone know it and use it against us.
I just read that INTJ’s tend to search out other INTJ’s. There is a problem with that when you are 1-2% of the population and might explain why I’ve been single for a very long time. Since our dominance is Intuition I don’t see how we can really be insensitive because intuition in great part is extreme sensitivity, otherwise, it wouldn’t work. We just don’t allow our feelings to overcome facts and logic, and harmony are more important. Spock is probably an INTJ and I hate to admit it, Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory as mean and hurtful as he can be sometimes but it does explain his relationship with Amy Farrah Fowler who is also an INTJ.
Or the fact that I tried pot once back in 1973, just as an experiment, ended up throwing up in the bushes and never smoked it again. End of my drug experimentation.
We’re big on experimentation and can be risk takers. This explains my attempt at flight at around two years of age. I had just seen Mary Martin in Peter Pan and jumping off the bed and the dresser didn’t work. Logic said get higher. Higher = roof. I still remember how much that hurt when I landed straight legged. End of experiment, didn’t tell my parents just went inside and said to myself, don’t do that again. It also might have contributed to the fear of heights or really, fear of falling I have, now. But it’s still a vivid memory and I know I was around two because I got my glasses at 2 ½ and I didn’t have them yet. Still don’t remember exactly how I got onto the roof but I think I climbed the grape arbor. It made sense at the time.
So J is for the judging part of the 4 personality delineators. The thing that makes me a “system builder”, a “Mastermind”, or one of the Rationals.
I never got to meet her. She died when my Dad was 2 after she had her youngest son she caught the Spanish flu in the great epidemic of 1918. This is her oldest son Frank with her.
So first Whitney and then a Beastie Boy and now, Donna Summer. The Great Gay Disco in the Sky is getting crowded.
At the ends of the universe is a blood red cord that binds life to death,
will to destiny, and each of us to the other.
Let the knot of that red sash, which cradles the hips of the Goddess, bind in us the ends of life and dream.
We are each of us with our own share of hopes and misgivings.
Let our thoughts lay together in peace.
At our deaths let the bubbles of blood on our lips taste as sweet as berries.
Give us not consolation, give us magic.
Give us the spell of living well. We rise and walk.
The sky arcs ever around and the world spreads itself beneath our feet.
We are bound mind to Mind and heart to Heart.
No shadow exists between our footsteps and the will of Goddess. We walk in harmony, heaven in heaven in one hand, earth in the other.
We are the knot where the two worlds meet.
Red magic courses through our veins like the blood of Isis ~ magic of Magic, spirit of Spirits.
We are proof of the power of Goddess. We are dust and water walking.
Translation Normandi Ellis “Awakening Osiris”