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"There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it,
perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.”
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March 26, 2007


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BE the World
You Want to See!

"Whether you believe you can do
a thing or believe you can't ...

This is one of my favorite quotes — from a young man who was the son of Irish immigrants in the rural 19th Century. At an early age his imagination was drawn to understanding how things worked and what new possibilities might lay ahead. In 1908 Henry Ford realized his dreams by producing the Model-T automobile ... which initiated a whole new era in personal transportation.

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From the Inside Out

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I was 18 years old — determined it was time to spread my wings, to set out on my own, to get my own place. So, this particular art show was more fun than most.

I looked around through my most critical eye for just the right piece to put in the new apartment I was going to rent.

Many of the pieces I saw were beautiful, but far too expensive for someone with more dreams than money.

However, one picture caught my eye. It was a bright yellow sun in a faded red frame — fairly abstract, more cartoon than art.

A face was painted on the sun ... blue eyes, big red mouth, turned upwards in a smile. It was happy, and looking at it made me happy.

A name was scrawled in the bottom left corner ... "Billy Williams."

Stepping back a little to study it further, I told myself I’d never spend money on a painting like that, because after all, I could paint one just like it if I really wanted one.

There didn’t seem to be a lot of artistic talent, and in fact, it looked like a child had done it. If a child could do something that caught my attention, I could do the same thing, only better! Yeah. That’s what I’d do. I’d paint my own sun picture!

As I began to move away from the booth, something caught my ear. Was someone talking to me? I didn’t see anyone.

I stopped and looked at the picture again. This time, I saw a fellow in a wheelchair trying to get my attention.

"Like it?" I thought I heard him ask. It was hard for me to hear him. The tent was crowded and very loud. I moved closer to the man.

"Do I like it? Yes, I really do, but..." He started talking again, but it was hard for me to understand him.

He talked very softly and slowly, drawing his words out to the point where my mind had a hard time following them.

"I liiiiike to paaaaaint," he said.

"Really?" I asked, noticing for the first time that there were many other paintings in his booth.

"I like your paintings very much," I continued. "How do you come up with so many things to paint?"

"It’s eeeeasy," he replied. "Aaaanyone can dooooo it. All youuu have to dooooo is get an ideeeeea in your heeeead, deciiiiide what you waaant to do, and dooooo it."

He then shared with me how he had painted the sun picture. The entire conversation took about 15 minutes.

Fifteen painful minutes. As he struggled to get the words out and I struggled to understand them, I learned a lesson I have never forgotten.

"How much for this painting?" I asked.

"Fiiiiive dollaaaaars," was the reply. I gave him the $5.00, put my prize under my arm, and left.

It had taken Billy Williams 15 painful minutes to teach me a lesson that I’ve kept close to my heart for the rest of my life. This awkward-looking young man, hands gnarled, legs twisted, tongue thick, had broken the code on a part of life I hadn’t even known existed.

The man who made one of the greatest impacts on my life is someone who will never know it. I’ve never seen him again.

He would never be able to overcome his physical challenges, but he had learned to deal with them.

He had learned that doing what he wanted to do was simply a matter of getting an idea, deciding what he wanted the outcome to look like, and making it happen.

He said anyone could do it. He was right.

~ By Stephanie Sparkman
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1. When I hard boil my eggs for 10 minutes, the shell sticks to the egg whites so they are very hard to peel. What is the secret to hard boiled eggs?

Ah, the old egg question! Everyone has his or her own method of hard-boiling eggs — and that's just fine. As with many kitchen tasks, there is not just one "correct" way. But since you asked, I'll tell you how I do it. This is the method I was taught in culinary school and, if timed properly, it always results in eggs that have bright yellow centers with no dark gray ring around the yolk. Here's how you do it: Place eggs straight from the refrigerator into a saucepan and fill with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. When the water begins to boil, reduce the heat so that the water boils only gently and begin timing the eggs. They need to boil for 10 minutes—exactly. No more, no less. Once they've boiled for 10 minutes, drain them in a colander and run under cold running water so that they cool quickly. Peel as soon as the eggs are cool enough to handle and refrigerate until needed. It's that simple!

2. How do I get the onion smell off of my hands after cutting onions? The smell drives me crazy!

If rubbing a little lemon juice on your hands doesn't do the trick, try this: simply rub the back of a stainless steel spoon all over your hands while holding both under cool running water. Something about the makeup of the spoon interacts with the chemicals causing the sulfurous onion smell, and the smell simply washes away.

3. I've been told that dried spices do not have a shelf life of more than one year. Is that true, and if so, does that also apply to bottled dried spices that have been stored in a cool, dark cupboard? Can dried spices be frozen and used effectively thereafter?

That is true. In fact, most dried spices in powder form will start to lose potency and flavor very quickly, within 6 months. It is advised that you buy spices by the weight in small amounts to ensure that freshness and flavor are optimized. There are a few on-line retailers, as well as larger gourmet groceries such as Whole Foods, which sell spices by the weight. I would not recommend freezing spices because they may pick-up flavors from the freezer.

4. What can you tell me about grapeseed oil? Is it healthy as an all-around oil?

Known and used by European and Middle Eastern chefs for centuries, grapeseed oil is made from the seeds of grapes left over after the grapes have been pressed in order to make wine. It is quite healthy, and has a very high smoke point, around 475°F, which makes it the cooking oil with the highest smoke point. Grapeseed oil can be used in all aspects of cooking and baking, and is very healthy for you. Studies suggest that it can even increase your bodies HDL levels, which act to lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the body. It has a very mild, almost neutral flavor, which makes it suitable for vinaigrettes and mayonnaise. Grapeseed oil is starting to gain popularity in professional kitchens as the cooking oil of choice.

5. How do I unclump clumped brown sugar?

In a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place the hardened sugar in a roasting pan, and in the pan with it, place a small baking dish or ramekin filled with water. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, unwrap, and use the softened sugar immediately, as it will re-harden as it cools. In a microwave, place the hardened sugar in a microwave-safe dish. Add an apple wedge, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and microwave on High for 30 seconds. Let stand for 30 seconds, unwrap carefully, then use.

6. Is there some way to determine which watermelon is best for purchasing?

I'm sure that you are aware that there are countless varieties of watermelons but in the United States, the most popular is the long oval-shaped melon that has a variegated skin. There are also the dark green, more round watermelons that are favored in the South. If the skin has blemishes or dark spots, steer away from that. And the melon should just barely yield to pressure. And if you slap the melon with you hand and there is a hollow thump sound — that melon should be a winner.

7. Is it a good idea to remove meat from the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before cooking?

Before I answer that question, I'd like to stress a few important facts to remember about cooking meats. First, always defrost meat fully wrapped in the refrigerator, not at room temperature, and placed inside a container to catch any drips. Second, always keep raw meat away from other raw ingredients, such as fresh vegetables, to avoid cross-contamination, and use separate platters and cutting boards. And third, wash everything, including your hands, with hot, soapy water, before proceeding to the next cooking step. That said, yes, it's not a bad idea to bring meats to room temperature before cooking, as this allows the meat to cook evenly to temperature, particularly if you like your meat a little rare. Keep in mind that you shouldn't leave it out at room temperature for more than 30 minutes; after this time, it must be cooked.


"Yogurt intake may improve oral hygiene, namely tongue-coating bacteria and halitosis," study author Dr. Kenichi Hojo of Tsurumi University in Yokohama, Japan told Reuters Health. He and his colleagues found that study participants who consumed 90 grams of yogurt twice a day for six weeks tended to have lower levels of hydrogen sulfide and other volatile sulfide compounds that contribute to bad breath.

Previous studies have also pointed to the benefits of regular yogurt consumption. One report found that women who ate yogurt at least three times a week were less likely to have recently developed a urinary tract infection than women who ate such pro-biotic bacteria-containing foods less than once a week. Other studies have found that yogurt plays a role in the prevention and management of bowel disease and other gastrointestinal conditions. Furthermore, another study showed that people who eat yogurt regularly may have a lower risk of cavities.

During the first two weeks of Hojo's study, the 24 participants were told to maintain a diet free of yogurt as well as cheese, pickled vegetables and any other products that might contain streptococci and lactobacilli. The participants then consumed sugar-free yogurt fermented with streptococci and lactobacilli twice daily — between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner — for six weeks.

Afterwards, the investigators analyzed samples collected from the study participants' saliva and tongue. They found that (80 percent of the study participants identified as having halitosis had lower levels of volatile sulfide compounds after eating yogurt every day compared with the earlier two-week period when they did not eat any yogurt. These study participants also had significantly less plaque and gingivitis as a result of their eating yogurt, according to Hojo and his team.

These findings suggest that yogurt intake may reduce the components leading to halitosis and harmful bacteria, they report. Whether the grocery-store variety of sugar-free yogurt would be just as beneficial, however, remains to be seen. "I do not know that just any sugar-free plain-flavored yogurt would have the same effect," Hojo said.

~ Excerpted from and Reuters Health News

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Santa Barbara National Park, Honduras
Santa Barbara National Park, Honduras

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Honduras is often described as off the beaten path of Central American tourism, save for a few international attractions such as the Mayan ruins of Copan and the Bay Islands. The town of Santa Barbara is further still off that beaten path and offers what those high-profile destinations lack: an engaging experience with the real Honduras. Geographically, Santa Barbara is in west-central Honduras about 65 miles south of San Pedro Sula, Honduras' second largest city. Typical local culture, famous artisans and a breathtaking natural environment are some of the things that await you in Santa Barbara. Much of the architecture in and around here dates back to the Spanish colonial era. A hike up into the hills behind Santa Barbara takes you to the ruins of the Castillo Bogran, the country home of Luis Bogran, president of Honduras in the 1880s, which has an excellent view of the village and surrounding area. Some of the most popular attractions in Santa Barbara are the balnearios, which are private parks with swimming pools, restaurants and sports fields. The pools in the balnearios are continuously fed by rivers through aqueduct or pumping systems and are chemically treated to provide for a clean and natural swimming environment. A couple of blocks from the main square at the remodeled Casa Bogran you can learn about nearby Santa Barbara National Park, whose main star is the only mountain of its size in Central America that is completely limestone.

One of the most popular sites in Honduras is the Pulhapanzak Falls on the Rio Lindo. An impressive 141 ft (43-meter) waterfall, it makes a fine stop along the route from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula, or a day trip from Lago de Yojoa. The waterfall is surrounded by a lush park with places to swim in the river, and has a restaurant and basic facilities on-site. Deceptively calm when you first come across it, the Río Lindo slides lazily past; locals laughing, splashing, floating in rubber rings and occasionally washing their socks. If you want to get interactive with Nature, a dusty track leads you round to face the high wall of frothing white water from a safe distance, a faint mist rising from below. Footholds are fairly good but many of the boulders are coated with a layer of mud and slime, so watch yourself. Over the first obstacle is a natural pool, about seven feet deep — for those who don’t want to wait for the hissing spray to soak you to the skin, jumping into the middle will soon speed things up. Catch your breath and let your thumping heart slow in a secluded cave, while rainbows run brightly-colored rings around the rocks in front of you. Then it’s straight into a wall of thunderous spray that forces your eyes shut and invigorates your senses. Overlooking a second, shallower pool is a cliff ledge behind the falls: Shield your eyes and look up from here to see water pouring over a craggy outcrop in all directions, a natural power-shower. Watching from a distance can never do it justice.

Santa Barbara National Park, Honduras
Rope Bridge in the Santa Barbara National Park, Honduras

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Filtering out the "bad stuff" in your e-mail is a very good idea. Most e-mail providers have a feature called message rules (or message filters). The message rule is able to grab one of those "bad" incoming messages and make it history before you even lay eyes on it. So how can you set up the message rules to check for certain subject lines, e-mail addresses or even words?
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Be the Light
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Laughing It Off Angel Kisses

I only know the names of two angels — "Hark" and "Harold" ...
Gregory, Age 5

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it.
Antonia, Age 9

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science.
Henry, Age 8

What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.
Sarah, Age 7

Angels don't eat but they drink milk from holy cows.
Jack, Age 6

Angels work for God and watch over kids whenever He has to go do something else.
Mitchell, Age 7

Angels live in cloud houses made by God's son, who's a very good carpenter.
Jared, Age 8

I hear angels all the time in my dreams. And I'm sticking with that no matter how many people tell me I'm crazy.
Molly, Age 8

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado.
Regan, Age 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go north for the winter.
Sara, Age 6

It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to heaven, then there's still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
Matthew, Age 9

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.
Katelyn, Age 9

Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore. I forget why but scientists are working on it.
Olive, Age 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the kid get over it.
Vicki, Age 8

Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven. The basic message is where you went wrong before you got dead.
Daniel, Age 9

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