Can you copyright a recipe?

This topic came up during a cooking internet conversation.

One person felt that recipes can be protected by copyright or patent laws.

As my new Story Cookbook contains an essay on each page, which, incidentally I’ve written, and one that I’ve collected and used at my Lazy Bee B&B, this topic needed research.

According to Yahoo: “You can’t copyright a recipe. You can copyright the form in which they are presented.”

According to Abusive.Ne.rve: “I don’t think you can copyright recipes. Recipes have been freely traded for ages.”

So, there you have it. A basic recipe is a procedure for producing food. Recipes are not protected by copyright law unless they contained in a poem or other such form.

Don’t you think that the best recipes are those which are used over and over, as the many basic and simple recipes I write about in
Story Cookbook? I write comments on a new recipe: like/worked/didn’t
work/try if . . .

How do you keep track of your recipes?

Can you imagine being named Hitler and Himmler!

A New Jersey Superior court judge has ordered four children be permanently taken from their parents. It has nothing to do with being at risk of neglect or abuse but being named names which can lead to shunning and bullying.

Their parents, Heath and Deborarh Campbell, have given the children these abhorrent names: Adolf Hitler, Aryan Nations, Heinrich Himmler. The three oldest children, now six and five years old, were taken into state custody in 2009 when a supermarket refused to decorate a cake for Adolf Hitler’s third birthday.

The Nazi-loving couple were forced to give the youngest child, Hons, to child welfare officials last November. Even though their mother agrees that the Nazis were bad people, she reportedly said that her kids were little and weren’t going to grow up like that.

The home reportedly is swastika-decorated and the parents are Holocaust-deniers. The mother slipped a note under a neighbors door saying she feared her husband would kill her so the court maintains that it such evidence which is keeping the parents separated from their children.

The Campbells have been fighting to regain custody of their children for three years. According to a story in the Newark Star-Ledger, the father said, “If I have to give up my Nazism, then so be it. The children are more my heart and soul and everything.”

Need a U.S. Passport?

According to James Dale Davidson, author of Strategic Investment, new proposed regulations will make it more difficult to get a U.S. passport. Under these, attaining a U.S. passport would be complicated with an incredible of array of questions.

Among other things, you will have to list your mother’s residence one year before your birth, her place of employment with dates and names of her employer and the the employer’s address. Whether or not your mother received prenatal or postnatal medical care, the name of the doctor, dates of appointments.

You’d have to list who was present at your birth and their names and addresses.

List all your residences inside and outside the U.S. starting with birth until present.

Current and former places of employment in the U.S. and abroad.

All school attended with dates of attendance.

Full name, place and date of birth and citizenship of your relatives, living and dead. It would also require men to specify details of their circumcision, if applicable.

According to Davidson, a silent migration has been underway in which Americans are departing the U.S. to live in other countries at the rate of 742 per hour, so this is the incentive designed to make it more difficult for Americans to live abroad or obtain passports for travel.

As the author of Lebensborn, this is just another in a long list of similarities between the rules set up by
the Nazis prior to WWII and what’s currently happening in the U.S.

As a wise person once said, “To determine the future, study the past.”

Best of Times for a Writer

Steve Windwalker of KindleDailyNation sent a reprint from Joel Friedlander’s The Book Designer which asked:

Do you think there will be writers who are pushed aside by the technical requirements of the new era in publishing? Or will there always be publishers to take care of the business end of things for writers who want no part of it?

It would be “lovely” IF a writer today can find such a publisher to find readers. That’s NOT the way publishing is going.

Writers today are leaping over publishers and going right to readers. This is thrilling to me as a writer.

No one single person will make the decision as to whether or not they care to read what I’ve written.

That’s important. I’ve just uploaded two new manuscripts: Story Cookbook and Rusty Springs, the first in a contemporary Western trilogy.

Entering Computer Publishing wasn’t an easy way to spend the last two months.

Although I dearly enjoyed the company and friendship of my former Microsoft consultant, it was tiring work for both of us. Hours upon hours. When it was finally completed, it felt so good. We worked together to upload the covers and the interiors of the books.

You’d think that my former work as a medical book editor might have simplified and made the process less stressful. It didn’t. Nor has uploading the books on Kindle been an easy walk either.

However, there are humans who will phone me back within a minute, if I run into a problem or have a question. One helpful CreateSpace representative even went one step beyond my initial question and sent a link to things I didn’t know existed such as AuthorCentral at Amazon.

Yes, these can be the best of times for a writer. Help is finally available. It comes to writers who will struggle, are dedicated and do make the effort. The end result can be delightful.

When a stranger says, “Yes, I’ve heard about your story, but I can’t remember where,” it means it’s a new world for those willing to try the technical way of publishing. You put it out there and some one may decide it’s interesting enough to read.

If I can be an internet writer/publisher with so little mechanical or computer savvy, any writer can . . . and should.

Can You Say a Few Words?

My new Western fiction, Rusty Springs, and the new Story Cookbook, now available on under Jo Ann Bender,
ARE ORPHANS who need your help. Please write a few words about each of them. They feel so longely all alone with no review at all. Rusty Springs is action fiction about a black jack dealer who is being stalked. It’s Montana wilderness living. Story Cookbook has a little story about the recipe or life on a small Washington ranch.
If I have a contest for recipe reviews, would you write a review?

Eugenics in 30 U.S. States

Know anyone who was judged in a “human” contest at an agriculture fair during the l930″s? Eugenics, as in Germany, was alive in over 30 U.S. states. In North Carolina,
victims have been documented and the legislature may soon award each one $50,000.

Because the Lebensborn program was for the creation of superior Aryans, I’ve been following eugenics in the United States.
When I learned last year that Bev Perdue, governor of North Carolina, wanted to compensate victims of her state’s program of several decades until the l970’s, I phoned her office and was told that no compensation had been authorized.
The next thing that happened was a call by the state for documentation of any person who had been sterilized against their wishes.
A few weeks ago, it was announced that each victim would receive fifty thousand dollars. A bill now is before the legislature to make the money available.
The history of eugenics in the U.S.
has some humor in it. During the l930’s, as an off-shoot of the Better Baby contests, several agriculture fairs created “human” pavilions to judge the characteristics of people. Not much seems to be available about the criteria needed to win. If anyone knows of someone who participated, it would be fascinating to hear how they were judged.
In the U.S. a sociology professor at the University of Vermont tells us that the compulsory sterilization laws adopted by over 30 states led to more than 60,000 individuals deemed to have a disability or to belong to a socially disadvantaged group.
While Germany has taken steps to commemorate the horrors of its past, including compulsory sterilization, there is not much
accounting of where and how this happened in U.S. states.
Here’s a link to more information
about each state’s participation:

My Rules for Living

It’s fun discerning one’s rules for living.  I was asked to do that recently when I was a guest on multi-award winning author Johnny Tan’s Dallas radio show.  (Here’s the link:

l)  Slow down the fast pace of life by going on a picnic, having a swing in a hammock, or by going on a walk.

2)  Believe in angels, in the magic which surrounds you every day if you only pause and look around, and the power of music.  It can sooth your soul.

3)  Have lunch only with people who will order a desert.

4)  Try everything, even if it’s only once, like Lutefisk or Disney’s rollercoaster which goes backwards in the dark.  Actually, don’t tackle that rollercoaster unless you have an iron-clad stommach and do hold onto your purse.  I lost my driver license when I held onto my purse too tightly and it squished out.

5)  When there is a an unset, or a technical difficulty, it may just be grace (the unrequested assistance of a higher power) at work.

6)  When dating, don’t get too close too soon.

7) Welcome the final moment of life as your biggest adventure.

Next post:  Launching two new ones:  The Story Cookbook and a Western contemporary fiction . . .

Rusty Springs.

Today, eight authors are showcasing their books for a Stevens County Library Foundation

benefit at the Chewelah Country Club.