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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 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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Nov 24

Two Temples in Taipei

In Taiwan there is a noticeable difference from Mainland China with respect to the practice of religion within the culture. In the previous article I mentioned that Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai Shek became Christians. There are many Christians in Taiwan as well as practitioners of Eastern religions of Buddhism and Taoism. During this trip …

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Nov 21

Jinan – my second city.

Jinan has become my second city and as always I am grateful for the many friends I know there. This was my 4th visit to The City of Springs. You can read about previous trips here, and here, and here. My usual routine is to fly into Beijing and then spend the night in a …

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Oct 21

Acorns

  From the little acorn grows the mighty oak. * Acorns are the seed fruit of the oak tree. Here in the Eastern U.S. we have an abundance of acorns that come falling down with the leaves in autumn. As children we used to gather large bags of them for weeks and then have a …

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Oct 19

Cucurbitaceae

I bet this is a new word for most readers. Cucurbitaceae (follow the link to learn how to pronounce this and many other new or difficult words) are a family of more than 900 plants in about 95 genera. Follow this link to learn more about plant families. The most important among the cucurbitaceae are; …

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Oct 09

Old cameras, collectibles and curios.

*Climbing winding roads up through sandstone walled canyons that trace back into the heart of frozen granite rock and icy water – a place where the rivers change direction.* * The Front Range of the Colorado Rockies runs north and south along the I-25 corridor between Pueblo, Colorado. and Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is a stunningly …

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Oct 31

TIME CHANGE IN THE U.S.

I’ve posted about it before. To me it is a big nuisance and makes for a few confusing days of scheduling before I fully adjust. It really doesn’t effect most of my students, but I always post an advisory in case I miscalculate the time of someone’s lesson. Tonight we change our clocks back one …

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