I Sing the Motor Electric

October 3, 2019

“The changing of Bodies into Light, and Light into Bodies, is very conformable to the Course of Nature, which seems delighted with Transmutations.”
~ Sir Isaac Newton, Opticks (1730 ed.)


My first car was a 1962 Mercury Comet that I purchased for $1,100 from a co-worker.  Cherry red, with red, ivory and silver interior, it was my pride and joy for years.  As it was my only car, its coolness was eventually outweighed by my need for reliable transportation, and I was forced to sell it in favor of a newer, more practical Toyota.

Although climate change and its effects on the future of life on our planet are concerns I take very seriously, my career requires me to have a car.  For years that’s been a hybrid, and when my long-running gem finally asks to be retired, I plan to move to an all-electric model.

Believing fossil fuels need to become a thing of the past, I never dreamed that my future would ever include a car as cool as my first.  Now, thanks to companies like Zelectric Motors, who are putting Tesla motors into classic cars, a steely beauty with an electric motor may one day be my reality.


The 1962 Mercury Comet s-22


Currently, Zelectric’s conversions are limited to early Porsches and 1958-66 VWs, such as the Beetle, Microbus and Karmann Ghia.  However, as this technology becomes more common, the electric vehicle of your tomorrows could include a ’67 Corvette, a ’57 T-Bird or a 1968-73 Opel GT.

See you at the local charging station.  I’ll be driving away in the ’62 cherry-red electric Comet.

You can find more information about California company Zelectric Motors here.

These short videos will give you a preview:




One Bowl Brownies mean less preparation energy and a cleaner-running kitchen.


One Bowl Brownies
I invented this recipe late one night when I was overcome with a chocolate craving.  You mix and bake these in one pan.

You will need an 8″ x 8″ glass baking pan for these.

1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup organic sugar
1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon water or brewed coffee
2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, broken up
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, almonds or cocoa nibs (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F

Place the sugar, butter and water or coffee in your 8″ square glass baking pan.  Microwave on high 1 minute at a time, for 3 to 4 minutes total or until mixture bubbles, stirring afterwards.  Add the baking chocolate and stir until melted.

Add the egg and beat mixture well.  Stir in the vanilla.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt; stir to gradually incorporate.  Stir in the nuts or cocoa nibs, if using.

Clean up the sides of the baking pan with a spatula so that batter is spread evenly and cleanly in the pan.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out a little bit sticky.  Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.  Cut into bars.

Makes 12 yummy little brownies.


One Response to “I Sing the Motor Electric”

  1. Marie G

    This is beyond next level. Super!