Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mother Teresa 's advice on not letting the world get you down.

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

-This version is credited to Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was known for her saintly and compassionate wisdom. This wonderful excerpt is credited to her and it is wisdom that stands the test of time. Take this advise to heart and don’t be discouraged by those who would drag you down. Though the world may try to hinder you, do it anyway.

Science fiction is inherently rational and forward-looking. That puts it at odds with contemporary liberalism.

Science Fiction Is Inherently Conservative

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A modern grief observed.......

Memorial Day. The unofficial kickoff to summer. Barbecues sizzling. Lawn sprinklers hissing. Local marching bands tooting out Sousa. Red, white, and blue bunting hanging from the porch railings, and on TV, someone begins a recitation of Lt. Col. John McCrae’s classic poem: In Flanders field, the poppies blow/Between the crosses row on row …
In the run-up to every Memorial Day weekend, for the past several years, a certain photo takes top spot in those most circulated among my fellow military and veteran wives. On blogs, on social media sites, it is shared and “liked” over and over. Taken by the photographer Todd Heisler from his 2005 award-winning series for The Rocky Mountain News, “Jim Comes Home” — which documents the return and burial of Second Lt. Jim Cathey of the Marines, who lost his life in Iraq — the photo shows his pregnant widow, Katherine, lying on an air mattress in front of his coffin. She’s staring at her laptop, listening to songs that remind her of Jim. Her expression is vacant, her grief almost palpable.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Folic Acid Tied to Lower Rate of Two Childhood Cancers

Folic Acid Tied to Lower Rate of Two Childhood Cancers
Folic acid enrichment of grain products has significantly reduced the rates of neural tube defects in infants. Now a new study suggests a further possible benefit: a reduction in rates of two types of childhood cancer.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Indescribable is the way I feel, thank you Jesus for your Greater Love

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:16

Memorial Day Weekend, a solemn time around here. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for those who have lay down their lives to protect our freedom. It is a time we contemplate the kind of life choices we make so that those that died in order for us to live, did not die in vain.

"They hover as a cloud of witness above this nation" Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Olympic bobsledder to retire; pursues spec ops - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

United States bobsledder John Napier is leaving the sport and will try to become a member of an elite military unit.

"After Afghanistan, I had a lot of rational and irrational ideas about sport," Napier said, according to the Times Union. "I never got the taste of selflessness that I did in Afghanistan. There is not a morning that I don't wake up and miss it."
Olympic bobsledder to retire; pursues spec ops - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Comforting Creamy Century Egg with Silken Tofu Soup

Century Egg, Tofu and green bean Creamy Soup with Green Onion Pancake
If you love century egg porridge as much as I do, you will love this soup. It is very easy to make with a can of creamy Campbells chicken soup.

Century Egg (Chinese: 皮蛋; pinyin: pídàn)

Add chicken stock and water to make the soup consistency of your creamy soup base. I use more water and stock as I like it more liquid.If you like it thicker, follow the Campbell's instructions. But a thicker soup is harder to stir tofu, century egg and vegetables, so cook them separately and then mix everything up only for a minute or so.

I also recommend replacing half the water quantity with chicken stock to give that really slow cook taste. For a more watery soupy consistency, you can heat on low after mixing the condensed soup and water-stock mixture to form a creamy soup.   Then add cubed silken tofu and cubed century egg. Use any diced vegetables you have, I pick cooked green beans only because I have some left overs. The idea is to pick a fragrant vegetables, you can use kale, spinach, carrots, peas etc. But cook the vegetables first. This way, it will only take about 5 minutes to cook the soup.

Key note : be very careful as you stir the soup, very low heat, and push gently outwards away from your body with a flat spatchala. Do not push inwards towards the body, only out and lift up and out again...very gently. This way, your tofu will not break up and look like throw-up. Also, use a wok or a wide pot, it helps the tofu float better and less contact with everything else. This is an exquisite soup, the century egg really adds a depth of taste.

If you are a first timer with century eggs, you can try this soup, it takes away all the funky taste of the century egg, Century eggs are like aged cheese, it is an acquired taste. It is also alkaline and combined with any stock high in calcium or any other nutritional value, helps the body absorb the nutrition. This soup can also be made from scratch with a roux but it will take more time.

Other fabulous Century Egg dishes include :
sliced century eggs served as an hors d'oeuvre with slices of pickled ginger root adjacent jelly fish is a popular starter

A must try - Congee with century eggs : out of this world good

sliced eggs with silken tofu and pork floss drizzled with thick soy sauce

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Looking into my future, in front of the therapist....

If we are diligent, we might get this thin in 50 years time. 
After 60 years of marriage, a husband and wife came for counseling.

When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the years they had been married.

On and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured.

Finally, after allowing this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched -with a raised eyebrow.

The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze.  The therapist turned to the husband and said, "This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?"
"Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I fish."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tuna Coleslaw Onigiri

Plain Rice Balls with left over ham, cheese and spaghetti Sauce
What to do with a can of Tuna, left over coleslaw and Nori Komi Furikake ( seaweed and sesame flakes) ?

Of course, it is time for Onigiri !

Very Light  Summer Lunch. Perfect with a cup of green tea. The tangy and sweet coleslaw makes it taste like sushi. So easy to make, took less than 2 minutes with already cooked jasmine rice.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Need I say more about Obama's competence?

President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.
Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

3 Smiling Carnations - Inspired by a Dream

3 Smiling Carnations
By Joan Greathouse

3 Smiling Carnations
Greeted me in my dream
One from each of my children
Cheerful and Pink

I stood down to their level
In order to hear them well
Their voices were meek
But their spirits were swell

Each sang a different melody
But together bore a jazzy touch
With eyes closed and ears wide
Their music melts my heart

Then they paused for a moment
And I opened my eyes
Curious, I asked
“That’s all ? Why? “

“We are the flowers of innocence”
The smallest of them declared,
"All of your Tenderness and Care,
Nurtured us to be fair”

“We want to Thank You”
said the largest of them all,
“For all of the Love and Time,
You've given us when you were called”

Then I saw the middle Carnation
All Puppy-eyed and shy
I turned to him and ask: “What’s wrong?  Pray Tell.”
A soft voice answered, “Could you please…..not yell.”

“ See we are Flowers of Innocence
But not for very long,
What we evolve to become
Depends much on what has been done.”

“The dust of Love and Patience
Ensured where greatness stems
So that someday, we will transform
To be ...Gems”

And with that, they went back singing
As freely as the Larks
As for me, I stood up.
Face to the wind
and GOD in my heart,
to do my part

Friday, May 11, 2012

Beautiful Moms Quotes
"Thank God, O women, for the quietude of your home, and that you are queen it it. Men come at eventide to the home; but all day long you are there, beautifying it, sanctifying it, adorning it, blessing it. Better be there than wear a queen's coronet. Better be there than carry the purse of a princess. It may be a very humble home. There may be no carpet on the floor. There may be no pictures on the wall. There may be no silks in the wardrobe; but, by your faith in God, and your cheerful demeanor, you may garniture that place with more splendor than the upholsterer's hand ever kindled." ---Reverend T. DeWitt Talmage, D.D

I Work For a King

"I work for a King. He has put me in charge of his home. When He comes to see how I have managed His possessions and His children, I do not want to be found wanting. I want to do my best. Everything I have is on loan from Him. I have room and board and a job to do, but it is all for Him. Therefore I want to dress my best and do my best in all my work. I also want to be creative, for this is a sincere attempt to glorify Him and His beautiful creation. How I manage my home is a form of worship to Him." --Lydia Sherman

 "A gentle and quiet spirit is not only imperishable; it is precious in the sight of God. It's also one of the hardest qualities to cultivate. Far from a sign of weakness, a gentle and quiet spirit is the sign of a woman who is strong in faith, mind and character." --Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin

"Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her." -JR Miller 


Raising Godly Children: THE GOSPEL: Articles and Books on the Gospel

The written word of today may be the preaching of the past. Following are selections from the vast ...

Children and Secondhand Stress

Most parents worry about the dangers of secondhand smoke. But few consider the dangers of secondhand stress. If you make yourself miserable to do a special favor for your child, he might enjoy it. But if he senses your negative feelings, he might come to share them. would be better for us and for our kids if we made fewer outings, got involved in fewer activities, took more breaks away from the kids, did whatever we could to get more help around the house, and make parental sanity a higher priority.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

What Obama meant on gay marriage.

When the president says to support gay marriage i.e. gay rights, then said it is a state issue, this is what he meant.

For one, since the president cannot unilaterally federalize gay marriage, there's no cost in saying it would be a mistake to do so. Of course trying to do something that  a President don't have the power to do is a mistake.

In other words, The president can certainly express his opinion that Congress shouldn't federalize gay marriage. It's just his opinion, and he has no power over Congress anyways.

"He's saying it would be best for states to create gay marriage, so the Supreme Court doesn't have to.
In other words, it would be a mistake for the states to make it a national issue."

 Obama on gay marriage: The fine print : SCOTUSblog

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency (MNA) using another digitally-altered image to depict its missile program. Only this time, the image is even more egregiously Photoshopped.

This is a real joke. Only Iran can use Star Wars photos to fool its people and get away with not paying royalty.

Busted: Iran's Jarring Photoshopped Missile Test Image

By John Hudson   |   May 4, 2012
Remember back in 2008, when Iran Photoshopped an extra missile into a photograph of its missile test? Turns out, bad habits die hard. The Atlantic Wire has caught Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency (MNA) using another digitally-altered image to depict its missile program. Only this time, the image is even more egregiously Photoshopped.
On the homepage of its website today, the image appears next to a story downplaying the threat of Iran's ballistic missile program. It's a small image but upon closer inspection, you can see that something is amiss.

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