Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - A MAXINE OBSERVATION


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - THE CHOICE

 

INTERESTING ARTICLE ON WASHING FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Interesting article on washing fruits and vegetables from "The Daily Meal" -  by Kristie Collado.   Below is an excerpt from the article with a link to the entire article. 


YOU'VE BEEN WASHING YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ALL WRONG

It’s seems like a no-brainer; if you’re going to eat the skin of a fruit or vegetable, rinse it under cold running water first. But most people are unaware that all fruits and vegetables should be washed — even those with inedible skins or rinds. Millions of people are sickened each year by contaminated food (as many as 48 million, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration) and many times the source of the outbreak is produce. 

Properly washing produce can help eliminate harmful germs or bacteria and can help prevent food-borne illness.

There are several ways that produce can become contaminated. As it is grown it comes into contact with animals, soil, water, and farm workers — all of which can introduce harmful substances to the fruits and vegetables. Once produce is harvested it passes through several sets of hands (as it is packed, shipped, purchased, prepared, and stored), each of which has the potential to contaminate the food with harmful bacteria and germs.

As a general rule, you should always wash your hands with warm soapy water both before and after preparing fresh produce. Almost all produce can be washed under cold running water (no need to use soaps or detergents) — produce that is either firm or thick-skinned should be gently scrubbed with a brush to help wash away hard-to-remove microbes.  Then, once your produce is washed, be sure to dry it with a clean towel or paper towel so that you don’t re-introduce germs. Once your produce is properly washed and dried, it can be peeled, sliced, or cut.

There are a few fruits and vegetables, however, which require special attention when it comes to cleaning — here's a quick guide to washing them.

To read the rest of the article - click HERE

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SMIRK FOR THE DAY - THINK ABOUT IT.


Joke told by President Ronald Reagan.

“There was once upon a time that to be a republican in this area in this area of the country felt a little bit like being Gary Cooper in High Noon. Outnumbered in a big way.

But I remember the story about a fella who was running for office as a republican. And he was in a rural area that wasn’t known to be a republican area and he stopped by a farm to do some campaigning.


And when the farmer heard he was a republican his jaw dropped and he said,  ‘Wait right here while I go get Ma. She’s never seen a republican before.’ So he got her. And the candidate looked around for a podium from which to give his speech.

And the only thing he could find was a pile of that stuff that Bess Truman took 35 years trying to get Harry to call fertilizer. So, he got up on the mound and when they came back he gave his speech.

And at the end of it the farmer said, ‘That is the first time I’ve every heard a republican speech.’

And the candidate said, ‘That is the first time I’ve every given a republican speech from a democratic platform.’ ”

Saturday, May 21, 2016

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - GRAY HAIR???


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - LAWS THAT FORBID THE CARRYING OF ARMS...

Cesare Bonesana-Beccaria, Marquis of Gualdrasco and Villareggio was an Italian criminologist, jurist, philosopher, and politician, who is widely considered as the most talented jurist and one of the greatest thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

SMIRK FOR THE DAY - THE WONDERING MIND


LAUGH FOR THE DAY - YOU'RE OLD


GREAT ARTICLE - 7 FOODS TO BOOST YOUR MENTAL PERFORMANCE

Great article about eating foods that are good for you.  And, once again, the much maligned egg is proving to be beneficial.  Below is an excerpt from the article along with a link to the entire article. 
 
 "Research shows that nutrients in food can have a significant positive impact on cognitive performance. Cognitive impairment is increasingly attributed to oxidative stress, a condition that involves excessive harmful molecules called free radicals or oxidants. Since these free radicals can lead to inflammation in the brain, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are critical to brain health. Try incorporating these seven foods into your diet to help boost your productivity and focus throughout the day, as well as maximize your long-term brain health."

To read the entire article -  CLICK HERE    

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A MOTHER'S LETTER ABOUT MOTHER'S DAY

What I Want for Mother’s Day!

Dear Children,

Mother’s Day is coming up, and I thought I should tell you what I want. This way there’s no guilty panic or last minute purchasing of flowers at the closest gas station. So, this is what I want, this year and every year after; it’s pretty simple really.

· I want you to be a decent human being.
· I want you to be who you are, but don’t be a jerk.
· I want you to work hard at everything you do, because life is too short not to give it everything you’ve got.
· I want you to ask for help when you need it.
· I want you to help others when they need it.
· I want you to learn how to cook, do your own laundry, pay your bills and know how to clean a bathroom.
· When you screw up, and you will, more than once, I want you to own it, because it’s the screw-ups that make the victories sweeter.
· I want you to travel, because the world is huge and you are one part of it.
· I want you to know that even when we disagree with each other, I will never stop loving you.
· I want you to play nicely with others.
· I want you to feed your curiosity.
· I want you to find a way to do what you love, and realize that that might look different than you originally thought.
· I want you to respect every human being’s right to be who they are.
· I want you to sometimes be more interested in someone else than in yourself.
· I want you to know that you are flawed and you are extraordinary. There is no one else like you.
· I want you to know that I would lay down my life for you any day of the week.
· I want you to realize how lucky you are every once in awhile even if only for an instant.
· I want you to know love, even if it means getting hurt.
· I want you to relax and not feel guilty about it.
· I want you to know life can be brutally hard sometimes.
· I want you to know that you can choose happiness even when the dark side offers you cookies.
· And I wouldn’t mind breakfast in bed.

See, simple.

Love,
Mom

LAUGH FOR THE DAY - AN EXAMPLE OF - "DON'T ASK A KID A QUESTION IF YOU DON'T WANT AN HONEST ANSWER"


IT'S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY - NOSTALGIA

 "Ghost Riders in the Sky" sung by Vaughn Monroe

"Ghost Riders in the Sky" was written by Stan Jones in 1948, based on his experience when he rode his horse out on the plains one day as a storm blew up with clouds ...
This was written 3 years after I was born, and I remember hearing it when I was about 5 years old.  I could just close my eyes and see the picture that was being painted by the words.  It has always been one of my most favorite songs, particularly the one sung by Vaughn Monroe.  Yes, I know that Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, and Frankie Lane also did recordings of this song, but to me, Vaughn Monroe's voice has the more "haunting" quality. 
CLICK HERE to listen