Published on August 31, 2021

Plow under your pride, reap the rewards

By Shirley Prihoda
The Bulletin

Back in the 1950’s, most East Texans were fond of idioms.

My mother had her favorite idioms, and in her top 10 was: “This world is going to hell in a hand basket.”
Trying not repeat the sayings and mannerisms of our parents, I recently found myself uttering those exact words.

The motivation to become my mother occurred in our local Walmart parking lot. I am emphasizing PARKING here because the aisle that was supposedly designed to allow cars to process into a parking place was now designated as a place to park and converse with the driver of the vehicle in front of me. I am patient, but after a while, all the patience in my tank, along with the gas in my car, was nearing empty.

So, I tooted my horn. Not an obnoxious toot, but a light one. In return, I received a one-finger salute. It doesn’t take much to set someone off today.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, He said, “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

In 1989, Kevin Costner starred in the movie, “Field of Dreams”, about an Iowa farmer who heard a voice in the night calling him to build a baseball field. To do this would require his plowing under his livelihood: his corn crop. He listened and responded and received an award far greater than he could have imagined.

The voice calling out in 2 Chronicles promises a reward far greater if we humble ourselves to admit we are not the god of our lives. This is the plowing under the corn part. Next, we seek the face of the One who is God and His ways. This is the playing by the rules of baseball part. Then, out of the darkness, the Father appears … and the unimaginable happens. We, and our land, are healed.

As any true list-makers knows, it is those check marks on a list indicating another goal accomplished and being one step closer to the finish line that is almost intoxicating.

Pasta is one of my comfort foods. This pasta makes me quote my mother: “This one fits the bill.”

Shrimp and Alfredo Pasta


1 lb. (pound) of Shrimp, peeled and deveined
Black pepper
1 Garlic clove; (I like 2 cloves.)
3 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Quart Heavy Cream (you can use Half & Half in a pinch)
1 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 lb. of Fettuccini Pasta

Instructions for cooking the shrimp

Season the raw shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides. Pour the olive oil into a large skillet and bring it to medium-high heat. Cook the shrimp on both sides for a total of 7-8 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set them aside for later.

Now, it’s time to make the sauce.

In the same pan the shrimp were cooked in, add the butter and minced garlic. Let the garlic cook over medium heat for about 1 minute. Caution: Do not exceed the one-minute cooking time on the garlic.
Garlic cooked longer may not appear burned, but it will have a burned taste.

Pour in the heavy cream and bring the heat to medium-high. Let the heavy cream come to a simmer then remove it from the heat and add the Parmesan cheese.

Stir the Parmesan cheese thoroughly, then add the cooked pasta and shrimp. Season with more salt as needed. Then garnish with chopped parsley for extra flavor. Carb overload with some cheesy garlic bread!

(To contact Shirley, please send emails to john.bulletin@gmail.com or write to The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton, Tx. 77516)