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.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

good week

Praying for...Sammy and Tyson, whose birthdays are both this week. Also praying for all my loved ones and gentle souls around the world to find joy, peace, comfort, sustenance, shelter, and safety.

Jesus' Word..."Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass," Psalm 37:3-5.

Dearest Children, God Is Near You 
by Charles L. Walker

Dearest children, God is near you,
Watching o'er you day and night,
And delights to own and bless you,
If you strive to do what's right.
He will bless you, He will bless you,
If you put your trust in him.

Dearest children, holy angels
Watch your actions night and day,
And they keep a faithful record
Of the good and bad you say.
Cherish virtue! Cherish virtue!
God will bless the pure in heart.

Children, God delights to teach you
By his Holy Spirit's voice.
Quickly heed its holy promptings.
Day by day you'll then rejoice.
Oh, prove faithful, Oh, prove faithful
To your God and Zion's cause.

Movement...Dash and I love our early morning walks of about 2 miles. Watching the sun come up, I feel so in tune with God. Afterward, we usually go for a bike ride with Dash sitting in her doggy basket. Rolling, stretching, and yoga in the evenings helps me iron out the kinks after a morning of sitting on preschool chairs and squatting next to floor work.

Sound of Music...trying to learn the new Disney song, Someone to Lava, which is a big hit with the children at school. They loved hearing me play violin, so I know they will get a real charge out of a real ukulele.

Teaching Little Children...Last Friday, a little girl named Charlotte said while reading tiny, Montessori flip books, 'Reading is so fun. I could do this all day.' I replied, 'Sometimes I DO read all day.' Then we smiled at each other conspiratorially. I've watched and assisted more than one child of three to learn all their sounds and move on to sounding out words, since I started teaching in June. Little children keep one young and lift the spirit. Trying hard to model gentle, smiling, non-verbal correction, as one aide get a bit harsh without realizing the tone of her voice

Dr. Ginger, Medicine Woman...found a good and inexpensive chiropractor and message therapist quite by accident. My axis has been stuck since a pile of folders fell off the shelf at WM in July. Now I can hold my head up. I really enjoyed a lecture by Dr. Klaper about the science of fat vs glycogen and their fat burning relationship with the first meal of the day.

Cucina Fresca...I'm just tired of chili beans. Most every week I make a pot of pintos or blacks for tostadas or rice and beans. With the left overs, I usually make chili beans. Well, my taste buds went on strike. The soup invented as a desperate replacement turned out to be quite tasty but lacks any sort of fancy name.

Vegetable and Soup

1 c dried beans, soaked, rinsed, and slow cooked until very tender OR left over beans and broth of the equivalent
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 stalks celery with leaves, sliced
1 carrot sliced
1 potato, diced
a handful of green beans chopped
3/4 inch piece of serrano pepper, minced
about a cup of minced parsley
bay leaf
big pinch of dried thyme

Dump it in the crock pot and cook for about 4 hours. This makes 4 hearty bowls of delicious soup. I'm going to try the same sort of thing with cannellini or limas beans and different herbs next.

I also roasted a bag of baby yellow potatoes (coated in a bit of balsamic vinegar, cayenne, smoked paprika, garlic and onion powders) and drizzled them with a few tablespoons of my world peace pesto for a yummy, light dinner. Of course the pesto was a third moringa, the most nutritious, easy to grow, super food on the planet.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

wonderful, remarkable, fabulous

Happy Birthday!

Nine years old is a wonderful age. It's a time to enjoy being a child with all your might, since you will be a young woman before you know it. I remember with fondness my nine-year-old year and those of my daughters. At nine I began using a dinner napkin to keep tidy. I was never a messy girl, but I finally realized how nice it was to keep the bbq sauce off my face and hands. I learned to play violin, a pursuit that has brought me much joy in my life. I began keeping my room clean, not because my parents demanded it, but because I liked it that way. I began getting myself off to school including making my own meals, because my mother went back to work. I began being responsible for my own choices, because my brother and I were our own after school care. I remember being responsible for the house, since soon after that birthday I was responsible for all the indoor chores and much of the dinner prep. I loved feeling confident and competent even though some times my choices got me into a bit of trouble from time to time. My girls all had different experiences at age nine, but it certainly was a turning point for all of them. We hope you look back at your age nine year someday and find it was a year of decision in the direction of competence, confidence, truth, goodness, and righteousness.

We loved having you as a guest in our home during July. Watching you work hard to learn to swim reminded me of your mother. She was a very determined, hard-working, ambitious child, which has brought her much success in life. She was and is not afraid of hard things, and I see you are not afraid either. I also saw a wonderful characteristic in you not seen in many people.

You watch others to learn who and what they are about. You are careful to consider the feelings of others before you act. You try to please others, which is good to a point. However, you must be sure to filter your actions through the character of Jesus Christ and never compromise gospel truths or your values. Ask yourself, 'What would Jesus do in this circumstance?' You can never go wrong following Him.

Would he steal, lie, swear, be jealous, be greedy, hold a grudge, be cruel or mean, hate, be immodest in dress or action, put aside his values, or anything else impure? No, he behaved and behaves with patience, tolerance, goodness and kindness, forgiveness, loyalty, love, gentleness, trustworthiness, bravery, compassion, purity, self-control, strength, serenity, and healthy self-worth. It takes a lifetime to learn to be like Jesus, but we can start immediately. When we fall short, we admit our failings, learn from them, and move forward. Dwelling on failures or sins after we have repented, we fall into Satan's trap of misery and hopelessness. God doesn't want this for us; so use His wonderful gift and tool of repentance to learn and grow into who He knows you can be.

You, dear, are a remarkable, intelligent, sensitive, funny almost young woman. We are grateful you are part of our family. We hope you remember that you are loved no matter what the future holds. Have a happy, happy birthday and wonderful, extraordinary, fabulous year nine.

makes you think

Happy Birthday Tyson!

Your eighth birthday is a very important one, as you well know. It is your first opportunity to choose baptism and membership in Jesus' kingdom. This decision is quite grown up and will affect you eternally. Choose well.

One gift we are sending needs a bit of explanation. The Pied Piper of Hamlin is a picture book, true, but it's not for little children at all. Based on a German medieval legend, Browning's classic poem, tells of a stranger who offers to rid the town of rats for a fee. When he plays his pipe, the rats follow him to their deaths in the river. When the piper asks for his money, the dishonest mayor refuses him. In revenge, the piper lures the children out of town into a cave, forever separating them from their parents.

So, why did we choose this for you? Yes, the poetry is beautiful and the illustrations lovely, but the book is worthwhile for another reason. The story makes one think. There are many who wish to entice people to follow them into sin, rebellion, and worse, as the piper did with the rats. If we refuse to listen to his song, then we cannot be tricked.

To whose song should we listen? Why, Jesus' song of redeeming love of course! Jesus is ever ready to show us the way to happiness and help us right our wrongs. He will never lead us into forbidden paths. Whenever choices are placed before you, stop and ask yourself, 'What would Jesus do?' If you pause and think like this, you will never go wrong. Sure you will still have trials and hardships; everyone does. But those trials and hardships won't be your fault if you act like Jesus. Understand the difference?

The other book we sent was one of Uncle Spencer's favorites at seven or eight, so we thought you might like it, too. Then there is the surprise, which we hope brings you a measure of happiness.

We are taking a trip to Arkansas in September. Can you find it on a map? We've never been to the southern part of the United States. Arkansas is in the deep south along with a few other states. Once upon a time, with the other southern states, they tried to leave the US because of a fight over horrible institution of slavery. A huge war was fought over this, finally making slavery illegal in the United States. My great-grandmother's grandfather was a slave. I loved her very much and can't imagine how it would be ok to make her a slave for any reason. Anyway, hopefully, we will see and do interesting things in Arkansas along with our business.

We hope you are happy these days, swimming at the pool, riding your bike, and just being a child. We hope you study hard in school and learn to love learning. We hope you love going to church and all the things you learn about the gospel there. We hope you choose to be and do good.

Monday, August 10, 2015

I feel good!

Praying For...children all over the world...I feel especially tender toward children, because they are the future, because they are so trusting, and because they are so vulnerable. Events during my childhood crushed my trust, something I hope many children never experience. "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones," Matthew 18:6.

Teaching Little looking forward to my volunteer work resuming soon. Teaching a child to read is like witnessing a miracle. It's one thing I'm good at, and it brings my great satisfaction.

Garden Gate...gardening in this harsh climate is going to be a challenge. I decided to stop watering by hand. Whatever can survive with the water from my automatic watering can live. Some things are barely hanging on. Some are thriving. Others perished. If I had to survive here in this desert, I would plant many, many moringa, a few mesquite, and nopales both of which grow and thrive with little water. Morninga provides all necessary nutrients, mesquite pods make delicious griddle cakes, while nopales gives a sort of vegetable and fruity sweetness. Thankfully, God sent me to a place and time of abundance. Still, I feel a need to grow my own as the song says. This fall I'm going to put in a dozen or more moringa and several other things.

Puppy Prattle...Dash had a potty relapse yesterday with, count them, 5 accidents. Gotta figure out what I'm doing wrong. I think I jinked myself. They day before, I started calling her jackpot. She's so sweet and gentle and affectionate. However, she has one HUGE flaw. Years ago, we had a miniature schnauzer with a similar issue. Finally, I installed a dog door and put his kennel up to the dog door opening. If he wanted in the house, he was allowed only in his kennel. After a week or so, we let him back inside, where he had only one more accident for the rest of his life; that one wasn't his fault. Easter morning, our children received Easter baskets filled with chocolate and other goodies. Our daughters somehow shut Fritz in their bedroom with the baskets within his reach. He ate everything in the baskets and proceeded to get ill out his backside. Nearly everything they left out was covered by his accident as was our white carpet. Like I said; that accident wasn't his fault.

Cucina Fresca...our meals have taken on a simpleness that agrees with me completely. Per Dr. Klaper, I don't eat unless I'm hungry. Right now that means 12 and 5. Each meal starts with a half pound or more of veggies in the form of soup, salad, or smoothie. Then I progress to legumes, grains, potatoes, or sweet potatoes for protein, satiation, and energy. Dessert is fruit if I desire. Salt, oil, sugar, and any of their counterfeits are banished. Even though I'm maintaining my weight, I feel lighter. My feet are not swollen anymore. Even my trunk has lost the bloating. I feel good!

Friday, August 7, 2015

instruction manual

This year Visiting Teaching messages focus on the attributes of the Savior. This month, we focus on meekness, which is vital for us to become more Christlike. Without it we won't be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control.

One of the sweetest and most powerful moments of Christ's ministry was when He washed the feet of His disciples. "He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded" (John 13:45).

As the Savior introduced this ordinance, the disciples may have been overwhelmed that their Lord and Master knelt before them and performed so meek a service. Jesus then explained the lessons He wanted them and all of us to learn:

"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you" (John 13:1415).

Striving to act with meekness and humility, we learn to love as the Savior did. Although I'm miles away from this goal, it is easier for me to behave with goodness, kindness, strength, serenity, self-worth, and self-control, when I remember Jesus example. This brings me to my major concerns of family, life, love, and my fellow men. It used to seem so hard to follow the commandments and try to be like Jesus. I'm not saying it's not still a mighty effort, but somehow knowing that all this was designed for me to be happier and reach my goals makes the doing much, much easier. It's like God says, 'Oh, you're ready to be happy are you? Well, then just follow the instructions in the scriptures. It is the human happiness instruction manual.'