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, March 1, 2015

reached into my spirit

Praying For...Cole, our intelligent, handsome, ten-year-old grandson...that he will value the privilege of scholarship, safety, choice, and faith that life and liberty in the United States allow him...that his friends, neighbors, and enemies will come to know and accept the true peace offered by Jesus Christ. He is the only solution to personal and political strife in this world...that he will be safe, secure, and sound of body, mind, and spirit as he moves away from childhood and into young manhood.

Jesus Word..."Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work," Doctrine and Covenants 10:5. This prayer journal has transformed my spiritual life. Not only do I feel closer to my loved ones far away, whom I pray for every day. More importantly, I feel closer to God. He answers prayers. He waits to instruct me until I've asked for His help. I ask. He says. Oh, so you want to know about that now; do you? Here's the answer through scripture or inspiration. Line upon line...precept upon a little and there a little...

Bibliophilia...We sent Cole The Cricket in Times Square (such a delightful original story), Mindware Extreme Dot to Dots Animals (gotta love dot-to-dots). CITS is wonderful and can almost be considered a classic. It's one of those stories that comes along only rarely.

Sound of Music...When I was nine, I took up the violin and developed an immediate love of classical music. By classical music, I refer to an art form and not a musical time period. Anyway, probably my first favorite was Prokofiev's Peter & the Wolf. This week I sent a CD of this music narrated by Boris Karloff to Cole. I looked up the CD on YouTube and relived this favorite. Now that my body is stronger again and my injuries are healed, I miss my violin. When I get back home, where it waits on a shelf, I plan to pick it up again. Today in church, we sang Lead Kindly Light. It reminded me how much I love playing it, as I sort of got lost in the music and felt my self swaying as a violinist. OOPS! I almost forgot to get up to give the invocation. I also remembered my daughter singing it at her grandmother's funeral. How she CAN sing at the saddest times in her life; how does she sing through the tears?

Movement...Children these days just don't get enough exercise. This week I sent a hacky sac to Cole. Recently, I sent a kick ball to Quinn and a jump rope to Oakley. While I can't make them move, I believe providing the opportunity can be a good first step. STILL loving essentrics. Never before has movement reached into my spirit the way this one does. It reminds me so much of my dancing lessons as a child, which I loved equally as much. Although my childhood experience was fulfilling in a different way. I also enjoy walking to the market. Depending on which one I go to, my walk is an invigorating two-three miles.

Cucina Fresca...I love inventing recipes. This week was no exception. Anyone who enjoys mushrooms and kale will love this; maybe some who've never like either that much will enjoy it, too. This is very waistline friendly, being low in calories, fat, and other lb adding things.

2 portabello mushrooms, halved and sliced
1/2 onion, pureed
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 carrot, pureed
1 stalk celery, pureed
1 roma tomato, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 bunch kale, stripped and chiffonade
kale stems, sliced
1/4 c minced fresh parsley or 1 T dried
1/2 small lemon, juice and zest
2 T mild, white, soy and gluten free miso
1/4 t dried Italian herbs
dash red pepper flakes
2-4 c water

In a soup pot, bring 2 T water to a boil and add a little salt, onion, garlic, carrot, celery, mushrooms, and tomato. Turn down heat to low, cook until reduced by half and all liquid is evaporated. Add water, kale stems, zest, dried herbs, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and cook for 5-10 minutes. Add kale and cook for 5 more minutes. Mix miso with a little broth, then add to pot. Stir in bell pepper and lemon juice. Adjust flavors and serve. Potatoes or white beans are very good additions. To be honest, I eat the whole pot by myself. It's that good.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

civility and courtesy

Probably, grandchild-of-the-week is my favorite activity of the week with the gifts, letter, and prayers. I feel so much closer to my far away grands. The following letter is to a 10-year-old boy.

Hi Cole!

Well, our dear boy, you are our grandchild-of-the-week. As you know we'll be praying with you as a special focus this week. The usual things of course are often repeated: health, happiness, faith, friends, safety, security, scholarship, and so forth. Also, we will ask that you be blessed with a desire to develop patience, self-control, tolerance, gentleness, obedience, loyalty, and charity. Jesus is all these, and we dearly love Him. We hope you do, too.

We wonder what things you are doing these days. Do you play any sports or instruments? Do you love school or simply tolerate it? Do you have a close, loyal, gospel-strong friend? Do you get along well with your sisters? Do you enjoy any special times with your family like Family Home Evening and Family Prayer?

During General Conference, one speaker talked directly to Primary-aged children, which I feel inspired to share with you. "Think of the influence that the faith of a Primary-aged [child] can have on [their] family. Our daughter's faith blessed our family when we lost our young son at an amusement park. The family rushed around frantically looking for him. Finally, our 10-year-old daughter tugged on my arm and said, "Mom, shouldn't we pray?" She was right! The family gathered in the middle of a crowd of onlookers and prayed to find our child. We found him. To all the Primary [children] I say, "Please keep reminding your parents to pray!" If I remember correctly, parents need the help of their children to remember things like family prayer and scriptures. It boggles the mind how many things parents have to remember.

So...we are living in a city this tax season. It's my first time being a city dweller. I must admit, even though the city holds its charms, I prefer the country or at the very least the suburbs. Around here there is LOTS of wild life in the form of crows. They are like rats in other cities. In the evenings, they flock and fly in the hundreds during dusk and dawn. It is creepy, sort of like that scene in The Wizard of Oz when the sky was dark with flying monkeys. Although I love wildlife and nature walks, I don't especially like this back to nature experience. What's with all the crows anyway?

While we are here, we take the ferry to the island for church each Sunday. I was going to go to regular adult classes, but my old Primary class would hear none of it. Even their new teacher wanted me to be part of the class, while we are here for tax season. So, each Sunday I go to Primary with those dear children.

Their teacher decided to have a Valentine's class party and invited me. It was so much fun. We played clothespin drop with an antique milk bottle. We decorated cookies and cards. We played a sort of Jenga game with conversation hearts. The children tried to guess how many candied hearts were in a jar. We made all sorts of silly things with pipe cleaners. All had a wonderful time, even Gracie.

I got to bring her, since she didn't have school or child care that day. We took the ferry over early and went to the beach. Yes, it was sort of chilly and a bit wet, but a day at the beach is always fun if you dress right. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes and shoes. By the time I got her home, it was well passed dark and her bedtime. She was sound asleep. I wish I could take you and your sisters to the beach or the lake or somewhere fun like that sometime.

I was reading scripture today, when the Holy Ghost whispered I should discuss this scripture with you. "But I say unto you. That whosover is angry with his brother shall be in danger of His [God's] judgement...," 3 Nephi 12:21. The world tells us it is OK to get angry if somebody or something makes us mad. It doesn't seem that is what Jesus said at all. We should refuse to become offended according to Elder Bednar. That means we should realize that most people don't mean to be rude but sometimes cause misunderstanding. We should talk out our differences with civility and courtesy instead of contention. If that isn't possible, we should listen to President Hinckley and choose The Thumper Rule. "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Elder Hales put it this way. "Some people mistakenly think responses such as silence, meekness, forgiveness, and bearing humble testimony are passive or weak. But, to 'love our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and pray for them which despitefully use us, and persecute us' takes faith, strength, and, most of all, Christian courage." Be nice to people, and you'll go farther in this life.

Now, I don't know if you have an anger issue or not. It doesn't matter. Jesus taught these ideas to all the world of which you and I are a part. So...I'll pass it along as instructed. I love you and want you to know I have a testimony of the scriptures and the gospel. Life is so much happier, when we try to be like Jesus. It really is. Every time I see you Cole, you have the most beautiful smile. You must be one of the happiest people I know. That's a great blessing. Don't stop smiling, OK?

Love Ya Lots!
Papa and Grammy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

orchards and gardens and cottages and greenhouses

"...Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him...Behold the fowls of the air for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?"

This brings me such comfort. So...I'll continue to plant orchards and gardens and build cottages with attached greenhouses in my writings, while I go where He would have me go, lodge where He would have me lodge, and do what He would have me do.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

so much more meaningful

"But I say unto you. That whosover is angry with his brother shall be in danger of His [God's] judgement...," 3 Nephi 12:21 and Matthew 5:22.

When I studied this morning, I felt inspired to use this scripture in my letter this Saturday to my oldest grandson, Cole. Now, I don't know if Cole has an anger issue or not. It doesn't matter. Jesus taught this to all the world of which Cole and I are a part. So...I'll pass it along as instructed.

Another bit of inspiration struck me for the same purpose.

“Think of the influence that the faith of a Primary-aged [child] can have on her family. Our daughter’s faith blessed our family when we lost our young son at an amusement park. The family rushed around frantically looking for him. Finally, our 10-year-old daughter tugged on my arm and said, “Mom, shouldn’t we pray?” She was right! The family gathered in the middle of a crowd of onlookers and prayed to find our child. We found him. To all the Primary [children] I say, “Please keep reminding your parents to pray!”

I'm so grateful to the Holy Ghost for inspiring my words to these beloved children. It's true; there is no way to know if it will make any difference. However, I learned a very hard lesson about listening to the promptings and inspiration of the Holy Ghost. It doesn't hurt me one bit to take an hour a week to write a letter, although it might make a tiny difference, too. Plus, it's fun to write to these children. They love it as is evidenced by their affection towards me. Sadly, I don't see any of them as often as I'd like, but I'll take what I can get. The Holy Ghost prompting me to bear testimony of Jesus Christ and His precepts has made that little bit so much more meaningful.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

light and love

Praying for...Gracie, who's getting to be a very sweet young lady at nearly six-years-old...that she will an innocent, healthy, happy, safe, secure, scholarly, loyal, obedient, and gentle childhood...that she will continue to grow and develop into the fine girl she's becoming...that her neighbors all over the world will choose to protect the sanctity of the family and the innocence of childhood...that they will choose to stay home with their families, plant gardens, and improve their own corner and conduct...that they will return to civility and find the Prince of Peace.

Jesus Word...“That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light," Doctrine and Covenants  50:24. Let us go to the source of light found in the scriptures, the Lord Jesus Christ. Every Sunday at church, I feel so HAPPY. I want to be better and do better; I feel light. I feel the love of God. Certainly, I feel this when I study scripture and pray, but somehow joy is intensified during worship times. I wish everyone knew the joy I feel worshipping Jesus Christ, the author of true peace.

Bibliophilia...I read a cute children's book, No Flying In The House. It was so cute, I sent it to Gracie for her mother to read to her this week along with a couple dot-to-dot books. When their weeks roll around, I'll send it to Oakley and Sammy. Another fun children's book I read this week is Eleven Birthdays, which I'll send to Gayle during her week. This pre-reading children's books is quite fun.

Genealogy...This week's most interesting discovery about my ancestry makes my heart sing. I found more native Americans. Virginians Chief Great Running Stream and Chief Morning Ripple of the Powhatan are my direct grandfathers many generations back. Probably, this will cause some unease to a close, older relative. It just goes to show that people ought not have prejudices or superior attitudes concerning people of diverse blood, because they usually find those very peoples in their ancestry.

Chief Morning Ripple of the Powhatan

Cucina Fresca...I love minestrone and potato soups. This week I tweaked a passed posted recipe and came up with this much better version.

White Minestrone

4 small potatoes
1 clove garlic, pressed
6-8 mushrooms, sliced
1/4 head of cauliflower, left in large pieces
1/2 onion
2 celery stalks with leaves attached
pinch dried Italian herbs
dash red pepper flakes
4-8 cups water
1 1/2 c cooked cannellini beans
2 T non-soy, non-gluten light miso
1 bunch lacinato kale, stripped
fresh minced parsley and basil (optional)
salt (optional)
Fresh pepper

Boil potatoes, garlic, mushrooms, onion, celery, dried herbs, and red pepper in water to cover until potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove onion, cauliflower, and celery to a blender and process until smooth. Add puree back to pot with beans, miso, and kale, continue to cook over low heat for 5-10 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Garnish with pepper, parsley, and basil.

Dr. Ginger, Medicine Woman...I'm not a medical professional of any kind. I simply enjoy studying about and trying folk medicines. Lately, one of my favorite medical doctors has been exploring turmeric's ability to combat inflammation and certain cancers. The latest news is that black pepper boosts the effects. This is great for me, because I love both spices that is when the turmeric is fresh or encapsulated. I've noticed lots of benefit from this combo. Many who read this little web journal know I have some pretty interesting auto-immune, inflammatory problems. Whenever I inadvertently ingest an allergen, my body goes crazy with these auto-immune responses. Turmeric/black pepper have helped quite a bit in calming my reactions and eliminating pain. It's fabulous that God created all sorts of plants to combat bodily issues. "...excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases...," Alma 46:40.

Movement...Life is good. Since our fridge is so tiny and won't keep veggies fresh for very long, I have been shopping for produce daily. Walking a couple miles most days in the fresh air and sunshine, I am energized. So that I can also buy bottled water, too, I got a little cart. Yes, I look like a silly old bag lady, but it is delightfully fun regardless. AND I absolutely LOVE essentrics. Neither of us can believe that such simple movements are responsible for better mobility, more energy, deeper sleep, and less pain in only 25 minutes per day. Another thing is most exercise programs are so boring, I can hardly wait to finish the sessions. Essentrics finds me surprised most days, when the session seems to be done almost before it begins. Plus, I feel like running a couple miles, when I'm done. I probably will wait on the running until I'm stronger, but I have never felt like running for no other reason than running in my whole life. Finally, the gentle, flowing movements don't make me hurt or feel tight like other exercise programs I have done in the past.