Kaylin’s June 2011 Newsletter

“”Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence.” – George Santayana
Dear Friends and Avid Readers:

Life is full of choices. We can view the ending of a chapter in our lives as just that — an end. Or we can view it as the beginning of the next chapter, brimming with possibilities for new experiences, opportunities, challenges and rewards. After spending years behind the scene, applauding my husband’s and children’s triumphs, I recently choose the latter point of view. Certainly I’ve enjoyed the amazing journey I have spent in everyone’s blossoming life. I’ve been fortunate in developing long-lasting relationships with business, civic and political leaders from all over the world. But a time comes in our lives when we need to reexamine our personal goals — our hopes, dreams…ambitions. We need to remember that it’s never too late to become the person we could have been. To not let time become our enemy. Not as long as there’s a door within reach — a soul-satisfying opportunity just waiting to be found. True success and accomplishment involves taking risks, discovering true potential, and leaving our indelible mark in this world. So why sit alone on a footstool when you can shoot for the stars?

Quote of the Month:

“It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses. When pleasant sights salute the eyes, and pleasant scents the noses.” – Nathaniel Parker Willis

Fun June Facts and Beliefs:

June marks the beginning of Summer in the northern hemisphere and the month of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in England.

June is the sixth month of the year and takes its name from the Roman goddess Junno, the goddess of marriage. For this reason, June has always been looked upon as the best month in which to marry:

The flower for June is the red rose. The red rose is the symbol of:love.

The rose also has a special importance on Midsummer’s Eve.

At different times during June there are ceremonies called well dressings. Springs and wells of fresh water that come from the underground streams have always seem to be magical things, so some wells are honored with decorations.
These decorations consist of branches of greenery and amazingly beautiful pictures made of flower petals and moss.

The official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is marked each year on June 13th by a military parade and march-past, known as Trooping the Color (Carrying of the Flag)

The longest day of the year is June 21st or 22nd. It is the day when the sun is at its most northerly point and this is why it is “the longest day”. In Wiltshire, there is a circle of huge stones at a place called Stonehenge, and hundreds of people go there to watch the sun rise on June 21st.

Midsummers Day, June 24th, is a time associated with witches, magic, fairies and dancing.

On the eve of Midsummer’s Day, many bonfires used to be burnt all over the country. This was in praise of the sun, for the days were getting shorter and the sun appeared to be getting weaker, so people would light fires to try and strengthen the sun.

Midsummer’s Superstitions:

Roses are of special importance on Midsummer’s Eve. It is said that any rose picked on Midsummer’s Eve, or Midsummer’s Day will keep fresh until Christmas. At midnight on Midsummer’s Eve, young girls should scatter rose petals before them and say:

Rose leaves, rose leaves,
Rose leaves I strew.
He that will love me
Come after me now.

Then the next day, Midsummer’s Day, their true love will visit them.

Recommended Reads:

Beneath a Marble Sky: A Love Story by John Shors. While historians agree that the Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in the seventeenth century who was grieving the loss of his wife, the true details surrounding this story have been lost. Shors imagines them in Beneath a Marble Sky, bringing to life a story of love, war, beauty and tragedy.

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christine Watson. Watson’s nuanced portrayal of daily life in Nigeria is peopled with flawed but tenacious characters who fight not only for survival but for dignity. Blessing is a wonderful narrator whose vivid impressions enliven Watson’s sensual prose.

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult. This is a controversial and heart-wrenching story of a family with two daughters. The second, Willow, was born with brittle bone disease, a condition that makes her bones break easily and that limits her height and movement. When Willow is four, her parents decide to sue their OB for “wrongful birth,” claiming that Willow’s condition should have been diagnosed earlier in the pregnancy so that they could have had an abortion.

A Favorite June Recipe: Kaylin’s Lime Chicken Rice

This tasty, colorful dish can be served with chicken and is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The piquant flavors blend into the rice perfectly. A delicious and delightful dish that everyone will enjoy!


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast half – cut into bite-size pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 onion, chopped
2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tomatoes – peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
salt to taste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 lime, juiced
2 bay leaves
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro


Mix olive oil, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Toss chicken in marinade, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook chicken and set aside. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and cook garlic and onion until translucent. Stir in jalapeno, chopped tomatoes, salt, and turmeric; cook for 2 minutes to soften tomato. Stir in the rice, mixing thoroughly. Stir in half of the lime juice, bay leaves, chicken stock, water, and cooked chicken. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until the rice has cooked. Remove from heat, discard the bay leaves; stir in the remaining lime juice and cilantro.

Here’s a little something to make your smile:

A Cork travel agent looked out through his window to see an old lady and an old man gazing longingly at his display of posters for exotic holiday resorts. As a publicity gimmick he decided to offer them a free round-the-world cruise with all expenses paid. When they returned some months later he asked the old lady if they had enjoyed themselves.

“Wonderfully,” she replied, “but tell me one thing, who was that old man I had to sleep with every night?”

So remember … Stay positive, give happiness away, and be sure to recommend Flaherty’s Crossing to everyone you know!

Have a great month!


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Author joins husband as top alum at Highline College in Des Moines

SeaTac News – Highline Times – The Des Moines News

Highline Community College in Des Moines has selected Linda Yoshida – nonprofit leader, award-winning author and entrepreneur – its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award winner for her dedication to philanthropic work.

She will be honored 3 p.m. June 9 during the college’s commencement ceremony at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

“In addition to being a successful business woman and author, she uses her talents to serve her community,” said vice president of Institutional Advancement Lisa Skari, who nominated Yoshida for the award. “Linda has a special place in her heart for Highline, and she has recognized Highline for its part in her success.”

Yoshida discovered her passion for writing while attending Highline and graduated with her Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in literature and business administration in 1974.

She has won numerous literary awards and was a 2008 finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest that promotes excellence in the romance genre. Her first novel, “Flaherty’s Crossing,” is being considered for a Hallmark Channel film.

Highline is also significant for Yoshida because she met her future husband, Junki Yoshida, while on the campus. Junki Yoshida was named Highline’s 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

In the early 1980s, Linda Yoshida helped her husband in the marketing and development of Yoshida’s Gourmet Sauce. The well-known teriyaki-based cooking sauce led to the development of their first company, Yoshida Food Products. Now, the Oregon-based Yoshida Group is a multimillion-dollar conglomerate.

Linda Yoshida has translated her leadership skills from the business world toward making a difference in the community. She recently created the Soulful Giving Foundation, which works toward expanding research, care and treatment to cancer patients and their families.

She has also served as the director of the Yoshida Fine Art Gallery and on numerous nonprofit boards and councils in Oregon.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors a former Highline student who has made outstanding contributions through community service, noteworthy professional achievement and/or recognized leadership.

Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, who attended Highline in 1968-69, was the first recipient of the award in 1990. Other past honorees include Ezra Teshome, agent with State Farm Insurance and Time magazine global health hero; Dr. Linda Petter, a local health care advocate; and Deborah King, civility and etiquette expert.

For more information about past honorees, visit www.funds4highline.org.

Highline Community College was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. With approximately 18,900 students and 350,000 alumni, it is one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education. The college offers a wide range of academic transfer and professional-technical education programs, with day, evening and weekend classes.

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The Greatest Angel

A baby asked God, “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”

“Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”

The child further inquired, “But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.”

God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.”

Again the child asked, “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?”

God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”

“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”

God said, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.”

“Who will protect me?”

God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it’s life.”

“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”

God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.”

“You will simply call her, ‘Mom.'”


Happy Mother’s Day, ladies!

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