Monday, December 24, 2012

Guess What?

ENVIRONMENT
There's no need to speculate what millions of Christian families will be doing tomorrow; as part of tradition, most families will celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts. As a result, a familiar melody of sounds will be played. You know? The lovely sound of wrapping paper being demolished. "Rip, [crush], toss. Rip, [crush], toss. It's a Christmas ritual for most families. Rip open the presents, crumple the pretty paper into a ball, toss it in a big trash bag and haul it out to the curb, where it eventually disappears in the back of a garbage truck." (Landwehr, 2006

As a woman who cares about mother earth and the children that occupy it I urge you to recycle. Instead, of allowing the garbage man to take your bags of wrapping paper, leave it for the recycling crew. Until next time...

Merry Christmas 
& Please Recycle 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Take Charge of Your Future by Uncovering Your Past

LITERATURE
Total Memory Makeover
Christmas is less than a week away and I hope that I find a few books under the tree come Christmas day. One book, in particular, that I hope to receive is Marilu Henner's Total Memory Makeover. According to Goodreads.com, "Henner presents an engaging, personal, and prescriptive guide to enhancing your life by improving your memory.Albert Einstein says, 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.' Marilu Henner takes it a step further, explaining, 'That’s not insanity; it’s bad memory.' Known for her relatable voice, sense of humor, and life-changing advice, Marilu now serves up an inspiring guide describing how an enhanced memory can help you to improve the quality of your life, come to terms with your past, and achieve your goals.

In 2010, millions of viewers tuned in to an episode of 60 Minutes which featured Marilu as someone with Superior Autobiographical Memory—an uncanny ability to recall details of every day of her life—a talent shared by only [a handful of] people in the world. Here, in expanded detail, Marilu reveals the benefits having a great autobiographical memory has had for her, and then shares her personal insights and experiences as to how having a reliable memory has helped her in countless scenarios. She also gives readers advice in making memory work for them…"

Click here, to preview it!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Hard Pill To Swallow?

ART & FASHION
Hot Topic 
According to Olivia Fleming of the Daily Mail, “Just two months ago, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's $39,000 alligator skin backpack sold out at Barneys. Now the design duo for The Row has gone one step further, releasing a $55,000 backpack adorned with prescription pills (see below). The bag is a collaboration between British artist Damien Hirst, whose paintings have sold for more than $3million, and the Olsen twins' label, The Row.


Created out of black patent leather from Nile crocodiles, the five-figure backpack is one of 12 being sold on behalf of Just One Eye, which includes plain and polka-dotted versions also.

Just One Eye co-founder Paola Russo said in a statement: 'We are longtime admirers of both Damien and The Row’s work, and our main focus here is to nurture work between artists working in different mediums.We couldn't have dreamed of a better way to debut this series of partnerships.'

Signed by the artist himself, each backpack 'blurs the line between high art and high fashion'…” (December 3, 2012)

Despite, the artistic appeal of the backpack some critics find it difficult to appreciate “as [the pill appliqu├ęs] seem to glamorize drug use.” (ONTD

Personally, as an artist, I can appreciate the design of the backpack. However, as a health advocate it is important to note that prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic with certain populations - youth, women, and older adults - being at risk. Consequently, I find the backpack to be more of a health awareness item than a fashion statement. 

What do you think? 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dirt & Dandelions For Breakfast

NUTRITION
Tim Ferriss' Edible Dirt 
Apparently, if you are in need of an energy booster you should eat dirt; according to Tim Ferriss edible dirt can zap fatigue when prepared with energy boosters like almond milk, coca powder, and coffee. Below is Tim Ferriss' recipe for edible dirt.


What You'll Need:
2 cups of almonds, raw and unsalted
11 cups water
1/2 cup black rice, uncooked
1/2 cup brewed coffee
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 raisins
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
2-finger pinch salt
3/4 cup pitted black olives
2 tbsp black sesame seeds
2 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp red miso

What To Do:
1.Combine the almonds with 6 cups of water in a blender and soak overnight.

2.The next day, turn on the blender and blend the almonds and water for about 3 minutes, until the almonds are pulverized and the almond milk is formed.

3.Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth, and place it over a mixing bowl. Pour the almond milk through the cheesecloth and squeeze to extract all the milk. You'll have about 1 qt of almond milk. Transfer the almond milk to a jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

4.Place the almond pulp in a mixing bowl and set aside.

5.In a medium saucepan, combine the black rice, coffee, almond milk, 5 cups of water, cocoa powder, raisins, tamarind and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a high simmer for about 1 hour, until the rice is very soft.

6.Add a little water if the rice starts to dry out – you want it to be fairly moist, rather than completely dry, as it would be if you were serving it with dinner.

7.While waiting, preheat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with waxed paper or a reusable silicone mat.

8.When the rice sludge is done on the stove top, transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor. Add olives, sesame seeds, tamari, vinegar and miso and blend until smooth with a few small pieces remaining for texture.

9.Add this mixture to the lonely almond pulp and stir well to incorporate. This will color the pulp dirt-black.

10.Spread the new mixture over the prepared baking sheet, place in the oven and bake for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the dirt is dry with just a bit of moisture remaining like potting soil.

11. Cool on the baking sheet, then transfer to a large vase or a few small vases and garnish with edible flowers. (The dirt can be stored in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.)

12. Serve to friends and family and watch them squirm at the thought of eating a vase of dirt and flowers. lol


Also Try

Tim Ferriss' Dandelion Coffee
Another interesting recipe that is said to boost energy is Tim Ferriss' dandelion coffee. This alternative to regular coffee contains dandelion root, a substance often used by competitive wrestlers to help keep weight down. This medicinal herb has also been used for centuries to aid liver function, cure an upset stomach and more. It also increases energy and helps reduce excess water bloat. You can purchase ready-made dandelion powder or capsules at any health food store. Or buy it in chopped form and grind into powder on your own.

What You'll Need:
1-2 tbsp dandelion root powder
1/4 cup water
Coconut milk, to taste
Cardamom, to taste

What To Do:
1. Brew in a regular coffeemaker. Or use a drip method by placing ground dandelion in a coffee filter on top of a cup and pour water over it. 

2. Let steep for the perfect brew. 

3. Because dandelion tastes bitter, you may want to add some sweet and creamy coconut milk. Top with aromatic cardamom.


Sources 1, 2

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Groovin'

MUSIC
What I am Currently Listening to...
Since the start of December - the past 3 days -  I have been grooving to my favorite Christmas songs. Here I share with you my Christmas Cheer playlist:  

1. "The Christmas Shoes" by NewSong
2. "Little Drummer Girl" by Alicia Keys 
3. "The First Noel" by Whitney Houston 
4. "Opera of the Bells" by Destiny's Child 
5. "Mistletoe" by Colbie Caillat
6. "What Christmas Means to Me" by Stevie Wonder 
7. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Mariah Carey 
8. "All I Want For Chistmas Is You" (Original Version) by Mariah Carey 
9. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by the Jackson 5 
10. "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt 
11. "Winter Wonderland" by Aretha Franklin
12. "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" by Nat King Cole
13. "Silent Night" by the Temptations
14. "O Holy Night" by Mariah Carey 
15. "Who Would Imagine a King" by Whitney Houston 
16. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/ Gloria" by Mariah Carey 
17. "Someday at Christmas" by Stevie Wonder 
18. "Give Love on Christmas Day" by the Jackson 5
19. "Mistletoe" by Justin Bieber 
20. "Let it Snow" by BoyzIIMen 
21. "Fa La La" by Justin Bieber featuring BoyzIIMen
22. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by the Jackson 5
23. "8 Days of Christmas" by Destiny's Child 
24. "Jingle Bell Rock" by Brenda Lee
25. "The 12 Days of Christmas" by Straight No Chaser 
26. "White Christmas" by Destiny's Child
27. "Sleigh Ride" by Ella Fitzgerald
28."Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" by the Temptations
29. "Joy to the World" by Whitney Houston 
30. "Now Behold the Lamb" by Kirk Franklin 
31. Jesus Born on this Day" by Mariah Carey 

What are you listening to? 

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