Monthly Archive: December 2016

Dec 18

A few more notable passings – 2016

In my post titled, Looking Back at 2016, I mentioned a number of notable passings. Well, the year was not quite finished at the time of that posting and a few more individuals worthy of memorial have gone to the great beyond. Lawrence Colburn – a man of great integrity. Worthy of note because in …

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Dec 17

Winter Solstice – 2016

On Wednesday December 21st, 2016 at 5:44 AM EST the Winter Solstice will arrive. The Winter Solstice is known as the “shortest day of the year”. Actually this means that this day will have the shortest number of daylight hours – and each day forward the minutes of daylight will continue to grow until the …

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Dec 15

Election year blues.

I was out of the country on election day but I was able to read the news from 12 times zones away. As the year comes to a close, I am compelled to comment. In my entire life I have never witnessed such a spectacle as this year’s presidential run-up. Representing the two major political …

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Dec 13

Apple Cider Vinegar

In autumn there is always an abundance of apples in farm country. Apples are a delicious fruit eaten raw or they can be cooked to make sauce, pies, chutney and cider for drinking. Cider can be “hard” (meaning the juice has been fermented to produce alcohol) or sweet – an unfiltered juice. Here is a …

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Dec 12

Ginseng

Known for its health benefits, ginseng has been used in Asia for more than 3,000 years. Ginseng – genus Panax., a perennial plant with fleshy root, found in cooler climates of North America and Eastern Asia. Studies have been done in Asia and Russia to assess the far reaching claims that ginseng as an adaptogen …

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Dec 12

Dylan’s Nobel Prize Speech

In mid-October, I posted a brief piece about singer-songwriter Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize in literature. While Dylan did acknowledge the honor, he was slow to offer an official reply to the committee. Well, just a couple of days ago he sent his acceptance speech to be read via surrogate, Azita Raji, the United …

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Dec 11

Pumpkin Pie and…?

Autumn is a time to harvest a variety of richly colorful foods. Winter squash and pumpkins are members of the family of cucurbitaceae that we mentioned in a previous article. This link shares some of the many different varieties of pumpkins. Like many foods, pumpkins lend themselves to a wide range of uses. Of course, …

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Dec 11

Cranberries

Cranberries are a colorful fruit that grow in bogs. One of the indigenous fruit producing plants of North America. Massachusetts is the cranberry capital of the U.S. and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association promotes that agribusiness through this website with a great recipe section! Follow this link to learn of the many health benefits …

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Dec 01

Looking back at 2016

Another busy year slips by. I’ve said it before but it seems truer with each passing year – as I grow older I am amazed how fast time seems to pass. Perhaps I should not be looking back!…but if I didn’t look back I would not have the memories of good times and special people …

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