30 Days of New Foods: Day 5: Soursop Juice

It’s best not to read the ingredients before trying a new food, or in this case, drink.


Pour it into a glass to see what you are dealing with.


Looks like…Eew.

Taste it. Hmm. Tastes like guava. Finished the glass, felt sick a couple hours later, though that could have been from something else.

What exactly is a soursop? It’s the fruit of the Annona muricata tree. Good to know!

Don’t get stuck in your thinking

A few weeks ago I posted something about chronic pain and recently I realized that the same lesson could be applied to other areas as well. The revelation occurred to me when I was reading an article from the Southern Poverty Law Center about hate groups. I realized that in the past, I too, had occasionally had unpleasant encounters with people of different races. The difference between me and people who go onto become passionate in their hate for others is that I didn’t allow those negative experiences to entrench themselves in my mind. I just let them go. It seems that people actively involved in Hate really cling to their negative experiences, replay them in their minds, discuss them with like-minded people who reinforce their views, and thus cement their experiences as if they are truth.

As this video below shows, it can be challenging to take the leap to learning something new, but any thought path taken again and again will become easier and easier to follow. In this way, our thinking about certain topics, people, and experiences can become habitual. Some times that’s a good thing, like when we need to train ourselves to overcome a fear of public speaking, for example. Other times, it just leads to trouble, like when we convince ourselves through repeated thought patterns that someone or something is causing us pain or trouble, when there’s little or no factual basis for that assumption.



Because I like to up-end my own thinking when I can, this idea led me to ask myself what types of thinking are habitual for me, and how can I break of the limitations those habits impose on my ability to understand and learn new things? How can I become more flexible in my thinking? This is a work in progress.


Thanks Obama

Tote Bag I got from the DSCC

Tote Bag I got from the DSCC

We’ve been pretty spoiled these past eight years. I mean, Barack Obama hasn’t been perfect; who is? But having his intelligent self in the White House has been a pleasant shift from the Reign of Dumb that appears to have started with Ronald Reagan and Dan Quayle and has only been getting worse. Despite unprecedented obstruction from Congress, Mr. Obama managed to get a lot done these past eight years, undoing some of the mess made by George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Sure I’m biased. Voted for Mr. Obama both times, and I seem to get more liberal with every year I continue educating myself about the way the world works.

So I’m not sure what else I wanted to say, except Thanks, Obama. And no matter what anyone says, you are not a cactus.


30 Days of New Foods: Day 4: Bistec a la Criolla

Billed as a “Traditional Colombian Dish,” I got this lovely platter of food at Las Espuelas, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. I guess there’s no need to ask why a Mexican restaurant is serving Columbian food. After all, I’ve seen a place that serves both Japanese and Korean food, and one that serves both Indian and Chinese food. Additionally American food is often slipped in to the menu of just about any ethnic restaurant. Anyway, the dish was excellent, and now I have an excuse to direct you to a favorite song about Columbia.




30 Days of New Foods: Day 3: Vegan Meatloaf

It's magenta!

It’s magenta!

I went to the North Star Diner and ordered their vegan meatloaf. It was billed as being made of rice and black beans as I recall. When I received it, I was surprised to see its color, which to me indicates a heavy presence of beets. How did it taste? Well, I had no complaints. Since the gravy that normally comes with it is not gluten-free, they gave me a side of their smoky ketchup instead and that was pretty good with it. The dish also comes with potatoes, cauliflower and carrots.