From our leaf tours:
It is the Solstice, Blessed Be. As they days grow slowly longer, may we also grow to love one another and to learn to live in peace. Holi...
Images of my container garden.
Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day. I have been too sick to enjoy one of my favorite holidays. I didn't even get corned beef, or to w...
Happy Halloween; it is my favorite night of the year! We were low key this year, but we did get out our graveyards and pumpkins. A scarecr...
Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Solstice, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the C... : It is the Solstice; Blessed Be! I look forwar...
Look closely at how delicate I am. I am probably a may fly, but I am as detailed as the scarabs from an Egyptian royal tomb. No one a...
Proclamation of Thanksgiving Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national...
Fresh Greek Peasant Salad This is the salad I grew up with; it was our late night snack and early lunch. This one has home grown t...
Pasta with Mushroom Veloute Sauce, garnished with Hard Boiled Eggs One lb. pasta 2 hardboiled eggs One 6 ounce can cream of chicken sou...
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Friday, April 25, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Happy Day after Easter, even Greek Orthodox Easter was on the same day. I found a great article on the origins and dates of Easter at About.com, search Easter. Here are some of the relevant articles from Better Nutrition this month; you can find this periodcial free at most local health food stores: 1. Best of Natural Beauty Awards: best beauty products at health food stores nad drug stores. Article by Vera Tweed. 2. Beauty Foods; in the same theme 3. Waste not;want Not on saving energy and water plus other resources 60 ways. 4. Food Matters; Dining out Allergy Free Some Gluten Free Products advertised include: Way Better Tortilla Chips, Nut Thins, Edward and Sons Mashed Ptoatoes nad Hall Merry Snacks Cookies and Macaroons Also, something I hve not tried but a new supplement Perfect Food RAW Organic Green Super Food,check at www.GardenOfLife.com Finally, I was able to get free copies of The Radish and a booklet about Carlson Norwegian Fish Oil. More of the original tips soon, and some spring crafts and May Basket Ideas. Live Green and Prosper! Tip: Don't waste ice cubes at the bottom of the glass; use them to water plants. It is working on my office plants very well.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Some tidbits, after a trying few weeks, dealing with clones of the former bad attack neighbors dumping their trash in my garbage cart. All beer bottles and liquor; I took it out and set it by theirs on the curb. Well, I'm tired by being colonize by Yahoos, of the variety Swift wrote about. They are carbon copies of the last bad bunch, Prof Rober Rabbit and his Fishwife, whose children used our law for a public toilet, broke windows, attacked other kids, broke into houses for treats, you name it. Their daughters even have the same name, which my late cat also had, but poor little feline came by hers honestly. Here are my husbands' pictures of the Blood Moon, and our residential city turkey? Is she a girl or a boy?
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Whole Health Source: Calorie Intake and the US Obesity Epidemic: Between 1960 and 2008, the prevalence of obesity in US adults increased from 13 to 34 percent, and the prevalence of extreme obesity increas...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I have always loved old things, preferring them to the new and the shiny. I take it to heart that more and more of our old buildings are being imploded for the sake of progress, The Armory, Lincoln School, Audubon School, The Huber Home, have all been victims. Eyesores, some have called them, dangerous buildings, accidents waiting to happen. History, I say, that will never be repeated or enjoyed again, like the cafeteria on the mezzanine of McCabe’s Department store or the ice cream counter at Pitcher’s on 30th in Rock Island. There are some landmarks, though, that can’t be bulldozed. They will find their way into our consciousness, even in a disaster. Cases in point; the fossils found along the shores of our own Mississippi. Paleontologists will tell you that these fossils, by definition, evidence of prehistoric life, become exposed when the River’s water levels drop, or after the waters of a great flood have receded. See, they will find us, come “hell or high-water.” They also show up where you least expect them; trilobites and fossil ferns showed up in the limestone rock borders of my parent’s garden in Rock Island. Huge rocks encrusted with fossils with exotic names like Cladopora, Cephalpods, Anthozoa, Platyrachella, Productella-they made a home for a water snake that slithered out when I lifted up his rock roof to see the fossils close up. Twenty five years ago or so, they showed up at the gift shop of the Putnam, pre-IMAX, and in the sands near the Cordoba Nuclear plant, where we fieldtripped for Summer Biology in 1975. Our fossil landmarks are far older than the demolished school buildings amid whose walls our teachers first introduced them to us. They hail from the Devonian Period of prehistory, between 410 and 360 million years ago. Appropriately, many of these were marine animals, and fish Later ,the new kids on the block appeared during the Ice Age, the wooly mammoth, giant ground sloth, the land animals, ancient at 10,000 to 2 million years old, but familiar. They coincided with us, with the humans, who learned later to destroy so well. Fossils humble us, these often tiny pieces of prehistory. They have already outlasted us; they lived in some form or another for hundreds of millions years. We have only lived in this Valley for some 10-fiftenn thousand years. If by chance my fossilized remains should survive a million years, and some archaeologist in the far distant future finds me, I hope I have that little fossil fern and the trilobite clutched in my bony hand. And I hope I’m part of prehistory lesson that’s taught in a school that isn’t in danger of being demolished.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
A Step Into the Bata Shoe Museum: The Beauty of Beads: By Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator Small, luminous and colourful, beads have been used to decorate footwear around the world...