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The War on Drugs: A Joint Decision September 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Mindfulness, Nature.
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The Partnership for a Drug Free America (i.e., the war on drugs) is funded by the pharmaceutical companies, the liquor companies, and the tobacco companies.

Why?

They don’t want us having access to healthy drugs that we can grow in our own backyard . . . it might cut into their net profits.

Warning:  This video contains FOUL LANGUAGE . . . but it won’t cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, coma, or death. 

Think about it . . . have you EVER heard of someone overdosing on pot?

Related post:  Not In Our Town

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Who You Are Now . . . September 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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170px-Italienischer_Maler_des_17._Jahrhunderts_001Who You Are Now . . .

Is The Product . . .

Of  . . .

 What . . .

You . . .

Once . . .

Wanted.

Who you are is the result of choices you’ve made.

For a fun post on how we ended up where we are:  Dear Metabolism

Related posts:   Where Happiness ResidesTigger or Eeyore . . . It’s Your Call * How To Be Happy NOW * 5 Steps To A Happier You * 10 Ways to Attract Positive Energy * ABC’s of Happiness * More ABC’s of Happiness

Fun with Words: Gnome September 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.
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Wikipedia ~ Gnome (in Public Domain)

Gnome  n  1 : a word spelled one way and pronounced another  2 : a word invented by Noah Webster to put unemployed “G’s” back to work (doing nothing) and get them off the dole  3 : a dwarf of folklore, usually bearded,  who lives inside the earth and guards precious ore or treasure from greedy  beings above ground 4 : the mascot and diminuitive spokesperson for Travelocity, a discount travel agency

Not to be confused with Nome  1 :  a well-behaved word pronounced exactly as it looks 2 : a city in Alaska where parkas are required on all but 3 days a year 3 : cities in Norway, Texas, California, Australia, and North Dakota 4: a special function in Mathematics 5 : a spiritual teacher and author

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Related Note:  The Nome King of Oz

Originally named Roquat the Red, the Nome King later takes the name Ruggedo, which Baum first used in a stage adaptation.

Even after Ruggedo  loses his throne, he continues to think of himself as king, and Oz book authors humor his harmless delusion by  politely refering  to him that way whenever he’s within hearing range.

Nomes’ greatest fear is eggs.  Terrified of the white orbs, Roquat vehemently declares that “Eggs are poison to Nomes!”

No one knows why.

Related post:  Fun with Words: Ridiculosities

Fun with Food: Kids’ Lunches September 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Sustainable Living, Vegetarian Recipes.
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School’s back in session, and studies show a clear connection between the belly and the brain.  A  nutritious breakfast and lunch help kids learn and retain their ABC’s and their 123’s.

If you pack lunch for your kids, here are a few nutritious, delicious and easy vegetarian items to include in their brown bags and backpacks:

Hummus with pita triangles ~ pack store-bought or homemade hummus in 4 oz. containers with lids.  Toss one into their lunch box, bag, or tote, with pita triangles, tortilla chips, or pretzel twists for dipping.

Trail Mix ~ Mix together pretzels, raisins, dried cherries, cereal, peanuts, mixed nuts, chocolate chips (or M&M’s) and put in single serving containers for a high energy fix that’s fun to eat.

Cheese and whole wheat crackers ~ cut assorted cheeses (cheddar, monterey jack, mozzarella) into cubes or small squares for your kids to eat with crackers, pita, pretzels.

Veggie Wraps ~ fill with refried beans or salad fixings.  See Veggie Wraps.

Mini Kabobs ~ Skewer veggies and fruit on toothpicks to entice your kids to eat these vitamin-rich wonder foods.

Fruit kabobs:  grapes, pineapple, mandarin orange segments, watermelon cubes, cherries, strawberries.  Serve with a small cup of fruit yogurt as a dipping sauce.

Veggie kabobs:  blanched broccoli, crisp red pepper,  cherry tomatoes, grilled zucchini, chunks of cheese.  Serve with a small container of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Pasta Salads ~ small cups of macaroni or pasta salad with veggies (celery, red pepper, black olives, peas, diced carrots, etc.).

Three Bean Salad ~ mix cooked green beans with 2 cans of garbanzo, kidney, or black beans (drained and rinsed), add bottled italian dressing and chopped red pepper.  Serve in 4-6 oz. servings.

Other lunch ideas:  pb&j sandwiches cut in triangles or other cute shapes; yummy leftovers (pizza, quesadillas, baked beans, mac & cheese); celery stuffed with cheese, cream cheese, or peanut butter; carrot and celery sticks; pieces of whole fruit (banana, peach, apple); cups of fruit salad (apple, pineapple, grapes, oranges); fiber rich granola bars; and oatmeal-raisin cookies (with or without the chocolate chips).

Healthy Drinks ~ refillable containers of water, V-8 juice, 100% fruit juices, chocolate milk or soy milk.

How do I know so much about packing lunches for kids? 

Easy . . . I’ve got a BIG kid, and he’s always hungry. 

Related posts:  Bon Appetit! * 10 Ways To Fiber Up Your Diet * Healthy Eating (Positive Parenting)