Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 6 of Juicing

Still going strong.  I had juice this morning with an orange, banana, papaya, three strawberries, and an apple.  Then I drank the whole thing down.  Delicious. My intestines are jumping for joy.  I had been so ill the week before and could barely walk.  I was afraid I was going to have to wear a girdle to hold things in place.  Since I started having these juices my whole body is improving.

So today on my way home I bought more veggies and fruits for my my juices.  Some of the things I bought were:
butternut squash

Now you know I mean business, I bought kale!  That is that green stuff.  Let's see what happens. Kale is supposed to be extremely healthly for you, so I am looking forward to seeing more results

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cruz de Malta, Maltese or Jerusalem Cross

 On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, I was able to take pictures of these beautiful Cruz de Malta.   In particular I enjoyed these because cross polination they combine to combine the brilliant reds and yellows to make striking hues.  They are just breathtaking.  I also photographed their cute berries.  Hope you like them.

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Jack La Lanne's Juicer

Very very pleased with my new juicer!  I just tested it and made my first genuine fresh juice.  I was only testing it out until I get my Juice Lady's,  Cherie Colborn, book on juicing.  I am very hopeful that I will be taking concrete steps to improve my health, accelerate my metabolism, and lose weight.   I put in an apple and an orange and instantly had fresh juice which tasted wonderful.  Yesterday I bought fresh veggies and fruits with which I plan to make these healthy juices and smoothies and as a side benefit begin to loose weight and lose inflammation in the process.

I will update you about my progress!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Amazing Dolphin Swims Up to Divers for Help!

What would you do if a dolphin swam up to you? Well this dolphin wasn't exactly looking for swim with a human but rather it was looking for help.  This dolphin swam up to some divers that frequently free other water creatures such as manta rays and turtles from the seemingly harmless fishing lines that fishermen often discard.  These fishing lines are far from harmless.  They in fact cause the death of many sea mammals unfortunately.  This dolphin was an exception.

What is amazing about this story is that this dolphin knew to approach these divers to "ask" for help.  Very very smart! Then the dolphin gently stayed in place until all the line was removed!  Isn't that something.

See the VIDEO

Monday, January 21, 2013

Native American Veteran Women at the Inaugural Parade

I enjoyed seeing this on the CBS news release how these Native American women had united to represent their nations in the inauguration.  They showed their patriotism as they had all served our country at great sacrifice while still tetaining their beautiful cultural heritage.   This achievement did not come easy having done so at great social odds. In interview they mentioned that many families on the reservation were victims of dysfunctional families with alcoholism, child abuse, poverty, and domestic violence.

You will also be able to see a video there about Native Americans women who had served in the Armed Forces, and it too is a worthy video and interview. Look for their beauty, listen for their music, and look for their confidence and determination.

Definitely worth your while.

Obama's 2nd Inaugural Ceremonies

Whether you are Democrat or Republican, an inauguration is something you always want to watch whether for the pomp and circumstance, or just to get a glimpse of this elite in Washington, D.C.  Or so as we say in Puerto Rico, so "that no one has to tell us about it." There was fashion, diverse cultural opportunities, the arts in music, poetry, and song.  There was patriotism, flags, crowds, and pagentry.  In other words there was something for everyone.

There were parts of the ceremony that I appreciated and some parts that I did not.  I did enjoy seeing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor swearing in the Vice President.  She is an American-Puerto Rican, so it is with delight that I saw her participating.  She has achieved so much already by being in the Supreme Court, so it was great to ser her up there.  Then Reverend DeLeon, also spoke a blessing in Spanish for both the President and Vice President, representing millions of Spanish speaking people in the United States.  Being a teacher,  I also enjoyed the poetry about how the sun shines on all of us and all the hard working people of America of course because I am also one of those hard working people.

There were some things, I found disappointing. Basically, because of the pressure to be politically correct many pastors find it difficult to end their prayers saying the name of the one who saved them.  In fact one candidate had to be dismissed because of a sermon he preached 20 years ago.  That is sad.  If you were invited to participate you had to be ecumentical and I understand that, but your faith is your faith.   Allow people to express one of the most sacred rights, the freedom of religion.  One minister did say the name of Jesus followed by "any other that is holy." Then pastor DeLeon said in "His Holy Name" which is vague, no doubt.  That phrase is often used when the person has expounded on whose holy name is being referred to. You have to qualify the pronoun.   I did appreciate the Greek Orthodox reverend who stayed faithful to his beliefs and who prayed in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that was later in the Capital building during lunch.  I don't know if that made a difference.

During the ceremony there were other things that I enjoyed. I appreciated the music. For example, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," which in reality is a hymn to honor Christ and country.  Some haven't caught on to that.  That is fine by me, really.  The singing of "My Country Tis of Thee," by Kelly Clarkson was powerful and resounding. In fact the master of ceremony,  Senator Schumer, could not help but say,"Wow!" and wasn't that the truth!  James Taylor was easy going in "O Beautiful!" and Beyonce's singing was lovely as well.

After the ceremony, the President and Vice President and their wives went to have lunch in the Capital Building.  Everything was going fine.  Vice President Joe Biden, had someone raise a toast to him. Very nice words, then Mr. Biden began to say very nice things about the President and so I thought he was going to say a toast to him when he suddenly changed about whom he was talking.  The President as well as everybody else thought he was toasting the President, but no he wasn't.  Everyone laughed but the President.  It looked like the President was caught off guard and had a hurt look on his face. I actually felt sorry for him but he brushed it off.  Who knows what was really going on.  It could have been that Biden indeed had started to toast the President but then realized he was out of protocle and stopped midway when he caught his mistake.  Awkward.

The theme of the inaugural address and activities of course was inclusiveness, though that word was not uttered.  Frankly, I believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect.  Every human being is entitled to that.  There are things on the Democratic platform that I do not agree with as well, but treating everyone with kindness, and grace I am not against because it was and is on Christ's platform first.  He was the first to touch lepers, accept affection and adoration from a prostitute, exalt a Samaritan for his compassion, and basically love his enemies to the very end of his life though they were killing him.  He pardoned sinners and healed their sicknesses.  So it is on a very narrow line that we walk on but hatred, rejection, superiority, and ridicule is not the response Christ would give.  In fact, Christ told the woman caught in adultery to go and sin no more yet He did not stone her.

We need to be people who know how to love others, tell them the truth according the holy word of God, but not hurt them.  I think if we lived more like our Master then perhaps people would be more tolerant of us.  In the mean time we need to live out our beliefs in love,  but not shirk away from them, and if we are rejected,  we bear it.  We would be in good company if we do.

I want to share another writer's perspective on President Obama's inaugural.  He interpreted and responded to Mr. Obama's speech and it is well we consider.

Mr. Michael Brown at Charisma


I am so pleased with my purchase of the Jack La Lanne juicer.  It is not loud and is easy to clean. I have already made two juices.  Yesterday, I was conservative and juiced an orange and an apple.  Delicious and energetic.  I could feel the energy rush to my head to my surprise.   So today I decided to add some green.  I juiced some broccoli, having never juiced a green, I wanted to make a juice I could drink.   To the broccoli,  I added an apple, a tangerine without the peel,  two strawberries, and some baby carrots.  I am going slow but I am going strong.  The juice tasted fine, actually sweet with the apple and tangerine as a base.

If I am going to all this trouble, I plan to go organic. Today I plan to buy some organic carrots to add to my drinks.  My reasoning is that I am doing this for health purposes, so why would I consume vegetables that are treated with pesticides? Hopefully the organics will be fresher as well.

What has been the result so far?  First it gave me an energy boost right away but I am also seeing less water retention, so I have positive expectations that I am only going to see excellent results as I juice every day. I am going to juice every morning because I believe having a juice in the morning will regulate my digestion the rest of the day.  I am already seeing some changes but will confirm them at the end of the week.

So I am all smiles and it looks like life is coming up roses! Oh, I mean veggies and fruits!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Apopka, The Big Potato, Florida

I lived in this lovely town, just north of Orlando, for over 8 years.  They were some of the best years in my life and it is still a place I love going back to visit over and over.  This week WESH online news has a pictorial display of Apopka's history.  It is one for the books really.  I learned so many things about Apopka.  For example there had been a terrible tornado in 1918 that destroyed the town's one room school house.  Later the town rebuilt a much larger school with sturdy concrete and bricks.  Just fun to look at and mentally locate where each picture was taken.  See link here.