Day #146 – Quinoa

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Day #146 – Quinoa

In the pre-Columbian civilizations located in the Andes Mountains of  South America, quinoa was held sacred. The Incas called it, chisaya mama, or the mother of all grains.   It was so important to the well-being of these indigenous peoples that the Spanish conquistadors tried to eliminate all traces of quinoa in an effort to destroy the native cultures.   But Mother Nature won out,  (as she usually does), and currently there are 1,800 documented varieties that grow in the Andes. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is considered by many to be one of the world’s super-foods.  This plant, which...

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Day #145 – Mustangs

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Day #145 – Mustangs

I heard her whisper as I turned the corner.  “I can see it in your eyes.  You want me to take you for a ride.”  And there she stood . . . my first love.  Oh so many years older, but still sleek and lookin’ fine.  It took me back to that first time. I was just eighteen when I first saw her at a distance. April 17th, 1964.  Dressed in powder blue with her white top down just to give me a thrill.   I figured right then, I’d never be able to hold her, to feel her power beneath me, but I was wrong.  My friends called her the regular man’s corvette.  She featured a base 170-cubic inch six-cylinder...

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Day #144 – Mesas

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Day #144 – Mesas

They stood still in the pre-dawn darkness, waiting, as the cold, slightly mist-laden air swirled around them.   The young father knelt on the hard, desert earth; his wife sank down beside him.  He held his beloved new-born son in his arms.  The child was twenty days old today. On this day, he would be given a name. The horizon took on a hue of blues and lavenders as the first rays of the coming sunrise peaked over the edge of the earth chasing the fog away.  The sun’s rays crept across the land; it would be a few minutes before they blessed the top of the sacred mesa with their light....

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Day #143 – Shitake Mushrooms

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Day #143 – Shitake Mushrooms

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Day #142 – Coffee

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Day #142 – Coffee

Aaahhhhhhhh….Java.  Joy Juice.  Hot, dark motivation.  Nectar of the Gods.  Your Morning Elixir.  The Essence of Life as we know it.  The “best way to Wake up each Day”. No matter what you call coffee . . . just remember, the next time you’re sipping a caramel macchiato, a flavored latte, or an iced peppermint, white chocolate mocha, you can thank your lucky stars that around the 9th century in Ethiopia (800 A.D.), a little-known shepherd named Kaldi discovered the joys of coffee. Legend has it Kaldi saw his goats dancing after eating a red fruit (which turned out to be...

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Day #141 – Marigolds

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Day #141 – Marigolds

Each year, at the small country church near my home, I watch as one of its members faithfully plants a small patch of marigolds outside the front door. These yellow and orange flowers create a beautiful backdrop for all the pictures taken after ceremonies. The weddings, baptisms and confirmations this garden has helped commemorate are countless. In times of antiquity, on certain holy days, Christians would adorn statues of the Virgin Mary with these beautiful flowers calling them “Mary’s gold”, hence its name, Marigold. But even before it got its current name, this flower was considered...

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