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The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is in the news. A Spanish study showed that people at risk for heart disease eating a Mediterranean diet were 30% less likely to die of cardio-vascular disease than the control group who ate a standard low-fat diet. It is interesting to note that group who ate the Mediterranean Diet added extra helpings of extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts. The Mediterranean Diet in this study the Mediterranean diet is composed of plant-based foods:  olive oil, fruit, nuts, vegetables, legumes, and ...

City Farm

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I went to the city of Chicago to go to a farm. Yes, you are reading this right. Just a little west of downtown Chicago at Clybourn and Division streets there is a farm called City Farm. City Farm is run by a nonprofit organization that does farming and recycling. They lease vacant lots for free from the city of Chicago usually in some blighted areas and turns these lots into green oases of food production in the middle of a concrete jungle. The lease is good until the city decides ...

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” Elbert Hubbard Silence – An anechoic chamber is very quiet Breaking The Silence: How long… “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon Sundial -The Clock of Silence can you… Silence – Newton’s Cradle Animation book …Stay Silent? “In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.”Henry David Thoreau Code of Silence – Our red lips are sealed Code of Silence:  Our lips… I wash my hands ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

“The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm; Geometry and anguish.” Federico Garcia Lorca Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry Thank you all for your heartwarming messages… I can’t begin to express my gratitude to each of you… We still don’t have power or internet access , but, at least, the two huge trees that fell on our power-lines have been moved and, hopefully, we ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY…

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… A friendly face at the bakery Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Another friendly face at the store… Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Driving by Main St School, balloons from Make a Wish and JDRF waved… a nice surprise. Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… The barber rocked his animal print customer cover today. “Today is life – the ...

Simple Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake

Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake On our last visit to France, our daughter (Piglet in France) cooked this delicious Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake. She swore blind that she’d cooked it for us before, but I’m still convinced she was telling porkies! Serves four Ingredients 2 Courgettes 2 Aubergines 6 tomatoes Olive Oil Mixed Herbs chopped garlic (optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Method Grease an ovenproof dish with oil Slice tomatoes, but do not remove skins Remove skin from zucchini and aubergine and neatly slice Carefully arrange in the dish in alternate rows of ...

Vegan French Toast

French toast has always been a favorite breakfast food, but the eggs more or less made it a non-starter. Lately we have been testing alternatives and here is my current favorite. The best thing about this particular recipe is that it slightly sweet and toasts up to a wonderful golden brown. I promise you won’t miss the eggs at all! Vegan French Toast In a flat pan mash 2 bananas into a paste Wisk in 1 cup coconut milk 3/4 cups nut milk 1/2 tsp cinnamon OPTIONAL: 1 ...

Revision and Refinancing

Six years ago my husband and I decided to act on our dream of building our own home. We mocked up various floor plans, all of which kept getting larger and larger, including stained glass windows in our hand carved mahogany front door, and terracotta tiles imported from Italy. Oh yes our dream kept getting more and more extravagant with every new sketch. Then we came to our senses and re-membered our dream. To live in a cozy cabin on ...

Secrets

This painting ‘Secrets’ turned into quite a journey really. It became a series of works, which will be showing on Thursdays over the next few weeks.  Be sure to come back and check them out.  As a series, I’m really excited by these paintings – I managed to get into the flow and got ‘Resistance‘ out of the way.  Which is always awesome! Look For Next Thursday’s Post: ‘The Wedding’  - the ‘Secrets’ series continues…. Secrets 40″x40″. Oils on canvas.  

Bump In The Road

Update on new site: Those of you who have visited the new and improved Chubby Chatterbox now realize it hasn’t been improved much. I expected a few glitches along the way, and sure enough there are. My web designer is addressing the issue of leaving comments that aren’t microscopic, but the biggest problem is with Google. The Google Friend Connect (where folks join to become members) is no longer transferable. Without telling anyone, Google cancelled the ability to move this feature ...

BLOOM – A Collision of Art & Flowers

BLOOM by Anna Schuleit - Pink Heather Artist Ann Schuleit was commissioned to create an installation expressing the lack of fresh flowers found in the health care industry. Titled “BLOOM”, the installation was set in the Massachusetts Mental Health Care Center in Boston, MA. The hallways, previously filled with bustling nurses and sleepy eyed patients, were transformed into colourful walkways, resembling an over-filled garden. 28,000 potted blooming plants and 5,600 sq ft of live sod were installed by a colour specific ...

The FeMale Face of God

I consider myself to be a feminist. For me that means to place the real raw material me at the TOP of my list of priorities. This me, simply IS, before I assume any role I may choose to play, like Mother, daughter, sister, wife, etc. I find that to live this me, out-loud,  is most challenging when I attempt to share it with women. Of course there are a rare few who admit to this, but I find they ...

Plant Profile: Portulaca

I love this annual, in fact it made it into my favourite new varieties for both 2011 and 2012! 2011 – Portulaca, Duet Hawaiian Rose 2012 – Portulaca, Happy Hour Coconut As you can see, same plant, completely different varieties! Commonly called the moss rose, this is a sun loving plant and must be planted in full sun in order to thrive. They like sandy soil and do well with little maintenance. However they are adaptable and will grow in any well drained soil. Make sure ...

Fun Flower Facts: Clematis

Clematis (KLEM-uh-tis) is a genus of flowering plants native to China and Japan belonging to the Ranunculus family. They are known to be vigorous growers, but there are a few shrubs that won’t grow more than 4 feet tall. Some plants are deciduous, while others are evergreen. It produces masses of showy flowers in various colours including: purple, yellow, pink, blue and white. Many clematis are lightly scented. Flowers vary in shape and sizes. They can be flat, tubular or bell-shaped ...

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Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

Are You Confused? I Am!

Dear Readers:

Just a quick note to you about your email subscriptions.  As of late, my email subscribers have not been receiving my new posts.  I take this very seriously as most of you have been loyal readers.  Today, I have reset my email options, in order to try to reset the functionality of this service.  Hopefully, you got an email with a synopsis of the last few posts that might not of made it your way.

Feel free to email me directly, if you continue not to receive my emails and I will try some other changes to see if I can’t get my posts to you.

There, also, seems to be a problem with people not being able to leave comments.  If you aren’t able to comment on the bottom of my blog….please feel free to email me to let me know and I will continue my efforts to get that corrected.     [email protected]

Still the very conflicted and now very annoyed,

Cheryl P.

Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

A veteran of corporate moves from which I survived moving 21 times for my husband's job. I currently am a married, middle-aged (if I make it to 116) middle income, mom living in the very middle of the country, with time on her hands to jot down observations, judgements, and musings about past and current events.

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