Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Art Clokey: How Gumby got his name

Good article...But even better is the video "Gumbasia".

Check it out:
Art Clokey: How Gumby got his name

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fruit or Vegetable? Who Cares? Have One!

Is it a fruit or is it a vegetable? Unravel the mysteries of the ruby-red beauty also known as the tomato.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says tomatoes come in 25,000 varieties and it appears demand for this nutritious and delicious produce is ever-increasing. Americans have increased their tomato consumption 30 percent over the last 20 years, mostly in processed forms such as sauce, paste, and salsa. Canada is the largest producer of greenhouse tomatoes in North America.

Yet, still the question remains, is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

The answer is simple. The tomato is a fruit, but it is used as a vegetable in cooking. Many think of tomatoes as a vegetable, because most recipes that involve tomatoes involve savory cooking instead of sweet.

Tomatoes deliver a lot more than their rich color and robust flavor. They also have a red-hot reputation as guardians of good health. Tomatoes are great sources of Vitamins C, K, and A, and are loaded with beta-carotene, lycopene, potassium, and fiber.

So what does it mean health-wise to eat this fruit raw, grilled, roasted, stewed, sautéed, or even puréed? Tomatoes contribute to better heart and bone health. Their powerful nutrients may also help lower the risk of pancreatic and other cancers, reduce migraine pain, and aid in blood sugar control.

by Soleatha Ransom

Friday, July 15, 2011

For "Rental Only" DVD's

This is a trend that I’m finding very aggravating!!

Basically, the movie studios and rental companies have come up with what they hope is a way to make the consumer purchase more DVD’s by renting you a disc that has only the feature film on it…They still have the menus for the bonus content and deleted scenes etc…Except, when you try to view it the message “Purchase this DVD from your local retailer to view this content” is displayed.

“What the Hell?!?” I need to go spend $19.99 to see 3 minutes of deleted scenes? Who in the hell do they think they are?

To add insult to injury…these discs usually have all preview “skipping” options, like fast-forward, Next chapter\title, and jump to the menu DISABLED! So, the renter must watch 5 or more minutes of commercials and previews to even get to the limited content.

Not cool movie\rental industry!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011



Never confuse movement with action.
(Ernest Hemingway)

Never dare to to judge till you have heard the other side.

Never dull your shine for somebody else.
(Tyra Banks)

Never ascribe to an opponent's motives meaner than your own.
(J. M. Barrie)

Never continue in a job you don't enjoy.
(Johnny Carson)

Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is.
(Millicent Fenwick)

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
(Ernest Hemingway)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
(Margaret Mead)

Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
(Leroy "Satchel" Paige)

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
(William Makepeace Thackeray)

Never depend on immersion in another person for your personal growth.
(Caitlin Thomas)

Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much.
(Margaret Willour)

Never rise to speak till you have something to say; and when you have said it, cease.
(John Witherspoon)

There are are nearly 2,000 more examples in Grothe's new book "Neverisms: A Quotation Lover's Guide to Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, or Never Forget" (HarperCollins, 2011).

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My daughter drew this...

...or maybe I should say she "dotted" it. It was made using a pen to 'dot' the outlines and shading.

Ran another 5K Plus today!

3.89 miles...I'm still at a 12+ minute pace, but it's feeling easier every time now.

I'm also starting to track my runs at MapMyRun.com. It's a pretty nice site that allows you to map your routes using Google Maps (or similar) technology, then with some input from you like time it took to complete etc. it tells you your pace...how many calories you burned etc. You should check it out.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I ran just over a 5K today at lunch!

Felt good. My longest run so far (3.67 miles)

I have about a 12min mile pace...slow, but sustainable :)

I'm training to run a 1/2 Marathon in April. Hope I make it.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lame Duck Sessions are "Lame"

There's a great John Woo film called "Broken Arrow" -- if you haven't seen it, you should check it out.

One of my favorite scenes goes like this:
  • Actor 1 - "What's a Broken Arrow?"
  • Actor 2 - "That's what we call it when we lose a nuclear warhead."
  • Actor 1 - "I don't know what's scarier...the fact that we've lost one, or the fact that we lose one often enough that we have a name for it."
I think we should feel the same way about a lame duck session of our governing body.

Did we elect a bunch of kinder-gardeners into office...so they could bicker, kick, and whine for us? Or, did we elect a group of mature adults to collectively work together to make our lives, country, and world better than what we could do individually -- on our own?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Favorite Song Lyric from Pepe Deluxe

It is not irritating to be where one is...

It is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

12 Superfoods for Faster Weight Loss

"Nuts" The New American Diet smart bombs. They’re packed with monounsaturated fatty acids, those good-for-you fats that lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and, according to new research, help you control your appetite.

"Whole Grains" When Harvard University researchers analyzed the diets of more than 27,000 people over 8 years, they discovered that those who ate whole grains daily weighed 2.5 pounds less than those who ate only refined-grain foods.

"Avocados and Other Healthy Fats" Just because a food has plenty of fat and calories doesn’t mean it’s fattening. See, certain foods cause you to gain weight because they provoke hormonal changes that trigger cravings, or “rebound hunger.”

"Meats (Pasture-Raised and Free-Range)" Grass-fed beef, chicken, and pork are leaner and healthier than conventional livestock—and can help trim away pounds.

"Environmentally Sustainable Fish" Choosing seafood these days isn't easy. Some species (swordfish, farmed salmon) contain obesity-promoting pollutants (dioxins, PCBs).

"Raspberries and Other Berries" A recent study by researchers at Yale University school of medicine discovered that after eating a high-carb, high-sugar meal, free radicals (rogue molecules produced when your body breaks down food) attack the neurons that tell us when we’re full. The result: It’s hard to judge when hunger is satisfied. Escape the cycle of overindulgence by eating foods that are rich in antioxidants. And berries top the charts.

"Instant Oats" Fiber is the secret to losing weight without going hungry. One U.S. Department of Agriculture study found that those who increased their daily fiber intake from 12 grams to 24 absorbed 90 fewer calories per day than those who ate the same amount of food but less fiber.

"Cruciferous Vegetables and Other Folate-Rich Greens" The more folate you have in your diet, the lower your risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and depression. And a recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that those with the highest folate levels lose 8.5 times more weight when dieting.

"Apples and Other Fruits" What makes the apple so potent? In part, it’s because most of us eat the peel: It’s a great way to add fiber and nutrients to your diet.

"Navy Beans and Other Legumes" Study after study reveals that bean eaters live longer and weigh less. One study showed that people who eat 3/4 cup of beans daily weigh 6.6 pounds less than those who don't eat beans.

"Dark Chocolate" A new study from Denmark found that those who eat dark chocolate consume 15 percent fewer calories at their next meal and are less interested in fatty, salty, and sugary foods.

"Ice Cream and Other Healthy Desserts" Calcium-rich desserts like ice cream bind to fatty acids in the digestive tract, blocking their absorption. In one study, participants who ate 1,735 mg of calcium from low-fat dairy products (about as much as in five 8-ounce glasses of milk) blocked the equivalent of 85 calories a day.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Eat your Ketchup

I love ketchup...ketchup is made from tomatoes...tomatoes contain LYCOPENE:

Lycopene is something that is found in certain fruits and vegetables and the body uses it as an antioxidant. It is a great addition to any men's health regimen. But, there are also other lycopene benefits. Some of them have nothing to do with men's health. Here is a short list:

  • Cancer, especially prostate cancer, mouth cancer, and others.

  • Guards against aging of the skin.

  • Helps with problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular system issues and disease.

  • May prevent osteoporosis.

  • Can assist with fertility problems in men.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Use Fiber for Weight Control

Excerpt from, Fiber: The Number One Supplement for Weight Control:
When you take fiber supplements with water before meals, the water soluble fiber binds to water in the stomach, making you feel full, and therefore less likely to overeat. It also suppresses hunger. In addition, fiber supplements have been shown to enhance blood-sugar control and insulin effects and even to reduce the number of calories (adding up to about three to 18 pounds per year!) that the body absorbs. And a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a diet with 50 grams of fiber per day lowered insulin levels in the blood. (Remember, insulin is known as "the fat storage hormone" for good reason.)
I'm eating my fiber in the foods I eat...but, if you want to lose weight and don't like eating fiber...try supplements!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

9 Power Foods That Boost Immunity

You're washing your hands, using Purell like crazy, and sneezing into your shirtsleeves. Now add these superfoods to your family's meals for extra flu-fighting punch.

By Amanda MacMillan and Tamara Schryver, RD
Foods that Fight Illness
1. Yogurt
2. Oats and Barley
3. Garlic
4. Fish
5. Chicken Soup
6. Tea
7. Beef
8. Sweet Potatoes
9. Mushrooms

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Great Fiber "Rich" lunch recipe

So, as you might already know...I'm very much INTO fiber these days. Here's a great fiber-full lunch:

Wow! Tastes like a Thanksgiving feast (I think because of the cranberries) and you get about 19 grams of dietary fiber!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

This is cool...I did not know how awesome the sesame seed was:

Not only are sesame seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers calledlignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

I learned this from "The World's Healthiest Foods"