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09/01/2008 | by Susan Powter
Filed under: | Lifestyle |
Labor Day

A public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people, in the U.S. and Canada on the first Monday in September, in many other countries on May 1.

One of this world's finest....

Emma Goldman

A long and beautiful labor, for the right of the laborers
Gave her the title, "The Most Dangerous Woman in America"
Got her deported, as an American citizen
Her words, more prevelant today than ever

Noun, an action word....

If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
Emma Goldman

Morality and its victim, the mother - what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
Emma Goldman

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.
Emma Goldman

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.
Emma Goldman

The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul.
Emma Goldman

The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
Emma Goldman

The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
Emma Goldman

Since every effort in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other.
Emma Goldman

05/25/2008 | by Susan Powter
Filed under: | Lifestyle |
Sleeping with
A clove of
Garlic in my
Ear, first time
In years an
Ear infection...
Travel, it'll
Do it, every
Meantime, much
To put up, the
Training has
Begun, tonight
I'll sit, put it
All together
First, ear wellness
An afternoon
Fair with
My son
Peace and

Susan Powter

03/28/2008 | by Susan Powter
Filed under: | Lifestyle |
Grocery List:

Swiss chard
Wild greens
Baby potatoes (leek and potato soup)
Scallions (wild scallions and miso soup)

String beans (string beans, par boiled with lemon, sesame oil drizzle)
Spinach (hot spinach salad with walnuts)
Sesame oil

Apples (baked, raw, and apple sauce)
Pears ( baked, raw and pear/apple sauce)
Oranges (cousous, orange, raisen hot cereal with soy cream drizzle)
Banannas (rice cakes, bannannas, honey sandwich - snack)

Maple syrup (french toast, homemade energy bars)

Soy bacon (BLT's)

Soy cream
Soy cheese
Umeboshi vinegar (cucumber ume pickled salad)

Lima Beans (lima bean, spinach and lemon soup)
Garbonzo beans (hummus)

Cousous (morning cereal)
Tabouli (salad)
Cereal (wild berry crisps, soy cream cheese, walnuts energy bars)

Susan Powter

02/22/2008 | by Susan Powter
Filed under: | Lifestyle |
I’m sitting with my ginger and honey tea, having just had a lovely dinner of roasted red peppers (stuffed with brown rice, tofu and red chili peppers) topped with parsley.
Then, I found out what just some of that means to my body. All of it available, all of it simple and all of it, a privilege.

And now it’s time for, the first cook off!

Make it up, mix it up - send in your recipes using these three beautiful, bountiful ingredients or, find your own spices, foods and toppings and send it in.

Let the cook off begin!

Susan Powter

Health Benefits: Chief among parsley's beneficial properties is its ability to fight cancer. Animal studies have shown that it can inhibit tumor formation, particularly in the lungs. It's also known to neutralize carcinogens including those found in cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke.
Parsley is also a rich source of antioxidants and heart-protective nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene and folic acid.
How it's Used: Parsley comes in two popular varieties, curly and flat leaf. Fresh parsley is more flavorful than the dried variety. The curly version tends to have a more intense flavor than the flat-leaf variety. Use it in soups, salads and casseroles, or to top fish, meat, potatoes, vegetables and more.
Interesting Tidbit: Parsley is a great breath freshener at the end of a meal.

Red Chili Peppers
Health Benefits: These peppers, which include the popular cayenne pepper, contain capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps with pain relief. Chili peppers have been found to help:
• Clear congestion by clearing mucus from the lungs and nose
• Boost immunity
• Prevent stomach ulcers by killing bacteria
• Help with weight loss
• Reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation
• Prevent cancers, including stomach cancer
• Relieve pain
How it's Used: Chili peppers are, of course, great in Mexican dishes, but that's not all. Try them with other vegetables, tuna salad, chili, corn bread, dips, curries, soups, sauces and more.
Interesting Tidbit: The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. Some of the hottest chili peppers out there are the habañero, Scotch bonnet, and jalapeño peppers.

Health Benefits: The active ingredient in ginger is gingerol, a compound that's thought to relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain. It's commonly used as a digestive aid and contains compounds that ease motion sickness and nausea and inhibit vomiting. This makes it a helpful spice for morning sickness or for people suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy.
Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, which means it may be useful in fighting heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and arthritis. Plus, it's high in antioxidants that fight all kinds of diseases.
How it's Used: Ginger can be used freshly ground from the root (see picture) in Asian dishes, as well as in any type of meat, seafood or vegetable dish. Ginger is commonly served along with sushi. Dried ground ginger is typically used in desserts and baking (gingerbread cookies, etc.), and it's also available candied and pickled. Fresh ginger root can also be used to make a soothing ginger tea.
Interesting Tidbit: The health benefits of ginger were documented over 2,000 years ago!