The Cure is on your plate!

The Cure is on your plate! Back in the Nixon Era, war was declared on cancer. Strangely, even though a prevention and a cure has been found, the powers that be still fund and fight this war. Obviously, the conflict of interest and motive is profit over health. The China Study and practically a zillion others have found the answer. Cancer, like ALL other degenerative disease, is a food born illness curable by consuming greens, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The healthiest people in the world eat little or no meat. Likewise, God's Word teaches that plants are the best foods for man. It's an issue of perspective. You can't exercise away a dirty diet. Is your body a garbage disposal or a temple?

Paradigm Shift

"When people make comprehensive lifestyle changes, including a plant-based diet, they often feel so much better, so quickly, that it reframes the reason for making these changes from fear of dying, which usually is not sustainable, to joy of living, which often is," Dean Ornish.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

confidence and competence

Praying For...Gayle that she will have a safe, innocent, and delightful childhood...that she will know and follow Jesus Christ...that her neighbors, in the Biblical sense, will love her and inspire goodness...that leaders of nations will soften their hearts toward the God-given rights and liberties of their citizens, the sanctity of the family, and the fragile beauty of childhood...

Teaching Little Children...I absolutely adore little children. Right now I volunteer at a local Montessori preschool. This age child is so charming especially in an environment that builds confidence and competence. One little girl is barely higher than my knee, but she speaks intelligently and clearly about interesting things. She's a tiny but encouraged person instead of a helpless little child. Anyway, I work in the sound area, listening to children practice letter sounds or read little books if they already read. When Sammy and Quinn visit, I won't work at the school though.

Cucina Fresca...We've been eating a lot of light meals, since the heat sort of saps the appetite. Veggie sushi is easy on the tummy and delightful on the taste buds. I came up with a new name for my oil-free, plant-based pesto. It is now known as World Peace Pesto...get it? Whirled Peas--World Peace!!

World Peace Pesto

1 1/2 c tightly packed fresh basil leaves (can use part curry leaves, spinach, morninga, and/or parsley)
1 1/2 c frozen peas, thawed
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 T chickpea miso (or other white pesto if you aren't sensitive to soy)
1 T nutritional yeast
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 t Mrs. Dash Table Blend
celtic sea salt or not
dash cayenne

Add all ingredients and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Stir into half a pound of hot, cooked brown rice pasta. Garnish with minced red bell pepper, additional basil leaves, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Correction: This revised version tastes amazingly like traditional pesto, but without the heavy, oily aftertaste. Plus, peas and greens (basil is a green) are good sources of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Pen and Brush...I've got an idea for a sort of life map drawing/painting that I want to work on. Usually, I draw or paint in a journal. Afterwards, I shut the cover, never looking at it again. My life map might just stay in my journal too, but it's a piece that will take more time. The problem is that I don't have enough skill yet to make my pictures look, as I see them in my head.

Canine Capers...I'm thrilled with our tiny Yorkie, Dash. At first she was so upset to leave her little doggie family, she ate and drank very little. She was also quite timid. She was 4.5 lbs on the 9th. Thursday, the 26th, found her 4.1 lbs. Kinda scary but something clicked to make her start eating yesterday. After nearly three weeks, she eats and thinks we are pretty wonderful. It is fun to watch her play and run. Plus, she's a great little snuggler.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

spooky

Hi Gayle!

We hope this finds you happy, healthy, and having fun. We're sure having fun with our new puppy.

For several months, we've been looking for the perfect little Yorkie to keep me company. One thing after another fell through. It's true that none of them were exactly what I was looking for. However, to have a sweet little cuddle bug, I was willing to compromise. Then one day I followed an inspiration to look for breeders in UT. The one I settled on recently moved to Las Vegas, which is several hours closer to Phoenix. Hurray! AND the little girl we brought home was a reduced price for several reasons.

Anyway...she is the sweetest little Yorkie ever, who never yaps or chews furniture or any other terrible behavior. She's a 4 lb. living doll named Dash. I got a basket for my bike, so we can take her on rides with us. The first time she wasn't too sure. Now, she is crazy about riding in her little convertible with the wind blowing through her hair.

What's new with you these days? Are you in session or on vacation? I've been volunteering at a local preschool. Those little children are so charming and may just reverse my aging. My job is to help them learn sounds and listen to the readers practice reading. One little tiny thing named Riley loves lessons with me so much that she shows up two or three times a day. I have to send her off to find other work after her one time with me. If I could take them all home to love, I would.

This morning while reading in 2 Nephi 11, the phrase "my soul delighteth" was repeated three times. It got me thinking. What does my soul delight in? Of course there's the scriptures, the beauties of the earth, family, my new puppy, bike riding, planting trees, teaching little children, homemaking, genealogy, temple work, my life of safety, security, and plenty, but probably my soul delights the most in my testimony and love of Jesus Christ. Jesus has done many wonderful things for us, not before His birth, on the earth, and after His atoning sacrifice. Jesus did and does these things to fulfill Heavenly Father's plan of salvation for us. With Jesus' atoning grace, we can live this plan, return to Heavenly Father's presence, and live forever with family, Him, and Heavenly Father. My testimony of this reality keeps me going during tough times.

But when I think about my small trials compared to those living in extreme poverty or worse, I know I don't really have tough times like they do. Still, sometimes I grow short sighted to this reality. If I ever feel a cloud pass over my inner sunshine, I try to remember the advise of Ezra Taft Benson, prophet back when your parents were youngsters. "...recall your past victories and count the blessings that you do have with a sure hope of greater ones to follow if you are faithful...Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that God does not dwell in gloom and melancholy, but in light and love." Happiness is not something that happens to you but a choice, something you decide you want and choose to pursue.

So, we've seen a lot of those spooky coyotes again lately, especially since we brought Dash home. Two days ago, one sauntered through our back yard. This morning four of them were hanging out near and in our front yard. Needless to say, Dash only goes outside on a leash. Now I want a big, black German Shepherd or Doberman for protection as well as my little cuddle bug. If I get a big one, I'll name her Shadow and buy a little saddle for Dash to ride on her back. What do you think of that silly idea. Paints a pretty funny picture, don't you think? I'm not likely to get a big dog though.

I've been drawing a lot more lately.  I wonder, do you like to draw? Or is coloring more interesting to you? I like both. Today, I drew the cow jumping over the moon from the Mother Goose rhyme. 

During church, I take notes in a little journal. Sometimes, I also draw flower borders, little dogs, tiny cats, and flowers in pots. Drawing and taking notes helps me pay more attention to the talks. Church used to sometimes be sort of boring, because I have a very hard time sitting still. Don't tell your mom I said that about being bored in church. Anyway...now that draw, while I listen very carefully for inspiring things to write down, I am never bored. Now, Sacrament Meeting is my very favorite time of the week except maybe my weekly time at the temple.

Well, Gayle, we will pray especially for you this week. Your name is on the prayer roll of the Temple. Although we don't know if you have any issues that need attention, we pray that you will follow the straight and narrow way, that you will gain a love of studying the scriptures and personal prayer, that you will gain the character of Christ, that you will be an obedient daughter and wonderful sister, that you will choose gospel strong friends, that you learn to love learning, that you choose to be cheerful, and that you gain a testimony of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. We love you very much; never forget or doubt it. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

don't you forget it

Hi Cole!

It's your week to be even more special than usual. Hurray for you!

Well, you probably saw the picture of our new puppy that I sent your mom. We named her Dash for two reasons. First, Dash was the name of Queen Victoria's childhood dog. Since I love anything Victorian, it  was a shoe in. Second, she dashes all around; it's too cute. So, we really like her a lot. BUT...dun...dun...dun...so does the neighborhood  coyote. Or at least that mangy beast would like to get ahold of her. He climbed the fence into our backyard, while we were eating dinner. Dash barked and growled from the safety of the breakfast nook. Needless to say, we don't let her out of our sight.

Still she has lots of fun. Tonight we met a lady down the street who has a Yorkshire Terrier a month older than Dash. The two had a great time running around and chasing each other. Puppies are so much fun...BUT...the are also a lot of work. They have to be walked twice a day, fed, groomed (including brushing their teeth), house broken, chew toy directed, and obedience trained. Plus, you have to scoop their poop. It's not so bad with a little dog like Dash, but big dogs...um...well...you get the picture.

We wonder what you are up to lately and what sorts of things you are interested in doing. We like to do all sorts of things. Right now I am trying to watch fewer movies, so I am reading, biking, dog training/walking, and gardening more. Life is so fun and engaging, when we turn off electronic, mind-sapping, pseudo-entertainment. Did you know watching TV can cause people to have trouble concentrating. AND TV watching causes your brain to be in a submissive, passive, suggestible state, which advertisers exploit. Another study says it's even worse than that, because the brain slips into the same type of inactivity as deep sleep without getting the actual rest. When I remembered all this, I decided to change my bad habit. I'm enjoying life and feel a lot happier now.

Another thing I'm doing is being a volunteer grandma at a local preschool. It's a blast, playing with all the little children. I help them learn their sounds and listen to the readers practice.

This year our Stake is memorizing The Living Christ. Although I helped some of my children learn to memorize, I haven't done much memorizing in many years. I almost gave up until the Holy Ghost whispered a solution. I once read in the book Cheaper By the Dozen about a father that taught his children all sorts of things by posting them in the bathroom. Yup! I put a copy of The Living Christ in our bathroom. Every time I go in there, I spend a minute or so reciting. In less than a month, I've learned four sentences. I'm going to catch up with everyone else before too long. I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father cares enough about me to direct the Holy Ghost to inspire me. There are billions of people on this earth, and He cares enough to help me be obedient to my Stake President's direction AND find me the perfect little dog. Some say things like this are coincidence. Well, they can think what they want. I KNOW my Heavenly Father answers my prayers and loves me personally and intimately. How about that!

Well, Cole, choose to be a builder in your family. Build up love with your sisters. Build obedience and trust with your parents. Build kindness and more of your fun loving ways. Smile and encourage others. We love you, and don't you forget it.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

blessings of a happy life

Praying For...Cole, who is growing into a fine young man...he resembles Spencer very much. Their baby pics were almost identical. Anyway, I pray that he stays on the straight and narrow way....that he will be blessed with peace, safety, security, plenty, and other such blessings of a happy life.

Bibliophilia...sending Mozart's Magnificent Voyage by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham, and Duncan Yo Yo Trick Book by Steve Brown to Cole. The Classical Kids CDs are a favorite of the grands. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is a wonderful read. AND to show Cole that he can learn anything he wants to know about anything he's interested in, I'm sending him the Yo Yo Trick Book. I'm so happy I can contribute the education of my grands, while showing them how much I love them.

Cucina Fresca...In March I sprinkled herb seeds under all my newly planted trees and bushes. Around one gogi bush, the basil is growing like gang-busters. While searching for fat-free pesto recipes, I found plenty oil-free one's with a boat load of nuts but none without added fat. So, I made this one to begin utilizing my basil crop. Yummy!

Summer Fresh Pasta with Pesto

1 to 1 1/2 c tightly packed fresh basil leaves (can use part curry leaves, spinach, morninga, and/or parsley)
1 1/2 c frozen peas, thawed
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 T chickpea miso
1 T nutritional yeast
2-4 T veggie broth or water
3 T fresh lemon juice (Wah! I used my last homegrown lemon of the year.)
1 t lemon zest
celtic sea salt or not
dash cayenne

Add all ingredients to taste and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Stir into a pound of hot, cooked brown rice linguini. Garnish with additional basil leaves, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. This doesn't taste traditional, but I think it's better without the heavy, oily aftertaste. Plus, peas are a good source of protein.

Roasted Tomato Basil Pasta with Moringa

Tomatoes and basil are classic cousins for a reason. Morninga is an easy, mild addition. Morninga is a delicious spinach substitute with amazing amounts of many nutrients. It's peasant superfood that nearly anyone can grow in their yard or living room. It is widely used in Asia and Africa lately to combat several forms of malnutrition with huge success.

2 lbs. tomatoes quartered
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 t Mrs. Dash
1/2 t dried Italian herbs
pinch red pepper flakes
dash salt

Roast in oven or sun oven for an hour or more. Everything should look roasted with a bit of browning. Puree, adding a tablespoon or two of tomato paste if it is too thin. Stir into brown rice rotini pasta with a handful each of torn basil and moringa leaves. Garnish with more basil and cracked black pepper.

For Your Viewing Pleasure...watched If I Had Wings and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, it was a bit predictable and all that, but I loved the message. I loved that the handicapped kid refused to accept the label, refused to be pampered, and refused to let anyone get the best of him. He stood up for himself by being the best person he could be.

Dr. Ginger, Medicine Woman...so...I spoke too soon...I am still sensitive to wheat...wah...my belly swelled to pregnancy size for a few days. It's on its way back to normal, but I am bummed. Oh, well...I continue to ingest vitamin C rich foods and several forms of iron including: molasses, moringa, kale, spinach, black beans, floridex, furmarate, and citrate. Slowly, things are getting back to normal again.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

we'll see

Praying For...Gracie...that she will be safe and secure...that she will come to know Jesus...that her world will afford her a joyful childhood.

Jesus Word...“And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely,” Hosea 2:18.

Garden Gate...comfrey is growing like gang busters...mangos and apples are thriving...guandulas are doing pretty well...gogis are struggling...mulberries are ok...curry bushes are fine...moringa loves the heat and is pretty tasty...lots and lots of baby herbs growing and growing...BUT the mosquitos out there are eating me alive. I've started wearing long leggings and long sleeved shirts out in the garden, making it necessary to garden early in the morning. I spend other time planting the future garden in my head...it's going to be so shady and tasty and verdant and productive!!!!

Dr. Ginger, Medicine Woman...I used to get embarrassed if I got sick or something. After all I am very into preventative nutrition and alternative healing. I should be the model of health; shouldn't I? Well, I got into this stuff for the simple fact that medical physicians didn't meet the needs of my health. I was sick and tired of getting more sick and more tired. So, while I struggle from time to time with my health, I know it's not nutrition or medicine letting me down. It took over 40 years to get in the state I was when I made all my changes. I may never fully recover...BUT I can eat tiny bits of wheat products with no symptoms now (even though I continue to avoid them for the most part.) My naturopath said I might overcome some of my allergies if I healed enough. So, while I continue to struggle with a few things, I do have indications or tiny glimpses that I am getting better.

Needle News...planning to sew an eyelet summer dress on Grandma's machine, which I inherited...we'll see...

Pen and Brush...I joined an online drawing class, which has me drawing a bit more again. I'm really enjoying it!

Bibliophilia...reading an Albert Marrin book about D-Day that I should have read years ago. As with all his books, it's superb. I continue to read from the Orphan Train Adventures by and thoroughly enjoy it. Plus, I'm studying scripture most days as usual.

Movement...because of a health scare, I'm sticking closer to home. Just walking a mile and doing short essentric workouts in the morning. Adding foam rolling back in at night. When my problem is resolved, and it is resolving, I can't wait to take long bike rides again. Life is so good.