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Perspectives: Emergency Room Bills

Sarah Kliff's I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned. provides telling insight and shocking, all too real examples, of recent Gallup poll findings that American's borrowed an estimated $88 billion in the past 12 months to pay for health care, -- 45% of U.S. adults are concerned that a major health event could lead to bankruptcy, and -- 65 million adults had a health issue but did not seek treatment due to costs in the past 12 months.

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Important reads!

Book Review: THE GLOVEMAKER by Ann Weisgarber

Precise, pitch-perfect writing — a tale about members of the Mormon community in rugged 1888 Utah. Read More…

Music: UNDERWATER by Black Lab

Are We More Food Naive Than Food Savvy?

A bit of food for an “April Fools” thought… Most of us would consider ourselves to be something of a foodie — we take great pleasure in our food and eating. We know where to get the best buffalo wings,… Continue Reading →

For The Joy Of Animals: Mouse Maid

Apparently Cinderella isn’t the only one with a mouse helper. Handy & compact maybe having a mouse maid will be the next little thing… A mouse has been captured tidying up bits and bobs in a pensioner's shed. Stephen McKears… Continue Reading →

Perspectives: Family Dairy Farm

Abe Voelker's ON THE DEATH OF MY FAMILY'S DAIRY FARM shares an in-depth and well-researched insider's perspective on family farming, Dairy farming and the systemic changes brought by big agra and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) over the last 100 years. Voelker explores not just why it is leading to the death of family farms and farmer suicides, but what we are all losing in the process.

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Much food for thought and well worth the time!

Growing Designer Snowflakes

There is something magical and compelling in the delicate artistry of snowflakes. It’s as if nature decided to show off one of its finest creations in a study of contrasts and contradictions.  After all, how can snowflakes fall at a… Continue Reading →

Have You Tried Black Soybeans?

Looking to reduce carbs in your diet and love beans? You might want to try Black Soybeans! Black soybeans are merely a black variety of the soybean. They are grown to be eaten similar to other legumes, either dried or… Continue Reading →

Book Review: WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan

Oh how I loved WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan! I was in need of lovely, sensory language and an engaging tale – and perhaps, more so, I was in need of a journey with incredibly rich characters. As the book… Continue Reading →

Words: “Be An Intelligent Toiler… “

May we each understand the need, and strive to be, an intelligent toiler...
"An infallible test of civilization is that a man claiming to be civilized should be an intelligent toiler, that he should understand the dignity of labor, and that his work should be such as to advance the interests of the community to which he belongs."   ~~ Mahatma Gandhi (or Mohandas K. Gandhi)

From THE ESSENTIAL GANDHI: An Anthology of his Writings on his Life, Work, and Ideas; Louis Fisher, Editor, p. 82

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For The Joy of Animals: A Tail Dragging Bald Eagle

When you watch bald eagles being raised in near blizzard conditions, you might get the impression that they are pretty impervious to the cold. But, as one bald eagle found out the hard way, given the right circumstances mother nature… Continue Reading →

Bring Some Mardi Gras Spirit To Your Dinner Table

Mardi Gras is just around the corner and the Gulf Coast residents have started to prepare for the celebration. Several weeks before, towns across the coast hold Krewe parties, Mardi Gras balls and Krewe parades culminating in the Grand Parade… Continue Reading →

Words: “Water …The Vital Humour Of This Arid Earth”

Leonardo Da Vinci was a keen observer and student of nature.  His notes on The Nature of Water, from The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci , Translation by Edward MacCurdy (1955) are perceptive and eloquent: “Water is that which serves the vital… Continue Reading →

Grain-Free French Bread Worth Sharing

I think every one would agree the best time to eat bread is fresh from the oven. So I generally double this recipe for grain-free french bread.  The first loaf we slather with butter and enjoy as soon as it… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer

I picked THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer for our book club, as I thought it would be so much fun to have a corresponding “go to the movies night” to compare the novel with the new movie featuring Glenn Close…. Continue Reading →

The Easiest Recipe For Butternut Squash Soup

I am not a fan of peeling butternut squash but I do like the vegetable. So I have developed an easy to make butternut squash soup and you won’t miss all the work. The best part of all is that… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE NATURE FIX by Florence Williams

I don’t review a great number of nonfiction on Goodreads, but to those who know me (and my penchant for fiction writing that includes sensory nature descriptions), it’s probably no surprise that THE NATURE FIX: WHY NATURE MAKES US HAPPIER,… Continue Reading →

Downed Power Line PSA — This Might Shock You

We never know what situations we are going to encounter in life.  So, just in case you find yourself around downed power lines that are live — this downed power line PSA from Puget Sound Energy shares some key information… Continue Reading →

This little book took me by surprise in a big way. A debut with a long list of well-deserved literary honors.

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