Friday, February 23, 2018


Rare in Israel

it took years for reports to rise to the level of criminal allegations.


Laura Wolovitch, a neighbor of the family’s, told the Star Tribune she called police and child protection services numerous times over the years to report the family. She said she rarely saw the twins going to school, and always saw them carrying out trash or doing yard work.

On one cold winter day a couple years ago, she told the Star Tribune, she saw one of the twins outside in the backyard wearing only a T-shirt. For some reason, the girl wouldn’t move.

“It was like she was being punished,” Wolovitch said.

Fred Rogers


Brave Adam Rippon

Eating disorder

“Males are supposed to be stronger and not need psychological assistance,” he wrote in an email. But he said that eating disorders and disordered eating “are not discriminatory, they occur in both genders in all sports.”

Il Fornaio

The Baker!

Community Busters

There are FIVE folks on the city council that are trying to sabotage the community we love. Pay attention, Woonsocket.

Rage and Asthma are Good for Spring Cleaning

I've washed all of the curtains!

Diapered Duck


Stray Dog Wins Hearts


Immigration and DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

With three months left in medical school, her career may be slipping away.
By Maria Sacchetti February 22 at 5:49 PM

Tong Dee: Asian Market

One of many Woonsocket Asian Markets. This one is on Front Street.

Attention Woonsocket City Council

The 5 saboteurs of a 7 member Woonsocket City Council...

For whatever reason, there’s a faction in our country that sees public action for the public good, no matter how justified, as part of a conspiracy to destroy our freedom.

Anyway, this political faction is doing all it can to push us toward becoming a society in which individuals can’t count on the community to provide them with even the most basic guarantees of security — security from crazed gunmen, security from drunken drivers, security from exorbitant medical bills (which every other advanced country treats as a right, and does in fact manage to provide).

-Paul Krugman

Thank You, Paul Krugman

Friday, February 23, 2018
Thank You, Paul Krugman

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Nasty, Brutish and Trump
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Students staged a “lie-in” outside the White House on Monday to promote gun control reform. Credit Zach Gibson/Getty Images

On Wednesday, after listening to the heart-rending stories of those who lost children and friends in the Parkland school shooting — while holding a cue card with empathetic-sounding phrases — Donald Trump proposed his answer: arming schoolteachers.

It says something about the state of our national discourse that this wasn’t even among the vilest, stupidest reactions to the atrocity. No, those honors go to the assertions by many conservative figures that bereaved students were being manipulated by sinister forces, or even that they were paid actors.

Still, Trump’s horrible idea, taken straight from the N.R.A. playbook, was deeply revealing — and the revelation goes beyond issues of gun control. What’s going on in America right now isn’t just a culture war. It is, on the part of much of today’s right, a war on the very concept of community, of a society that uses the institution we call government to offer certain basic protections to all its members.

Before I get there, let me remind you of the obvious: We know very well how to limit gun violence, and arming civilians isn’t part of the answer.

No other advanced nation experiences frequent massacres the way we do. Why? Because they impose background checks for prospective gun owners, limit the prevalence of guns in general and ban assault weapons that allow a killer to shoot dozens of people before he (it’s always a he) can be taken down. And yes, these regulations work.

Take the case of Australia, which used to experience occasional American-style gun massacres. After a particularly horrific example in 1996, the government banned assault weapons and bought such weapons back from those who already had them. There have been no massacres since.

Meanwhile, anyone who imagines that amateurs packing heat can be counted on to save everyone from a crazed killer with a semiautomatic weapon — as opposed to shooting one another or third parties in the confusion — has seen too many bad action movies.

But as I said, this isn’t just about guns. To see why, consider the very case often used to illustrate how bizarrely we treat guns: how we treat car ownership and operation.

It’s true that it’s much harder to get a driver’s license than it is to buy a lethal weapon, and that we impose many safety standards on our vehicles. And traffic deaths — which used to be far more common than gun deaths — have declined a lot over time.

Yet traffic deaths could and should have fallen a lot more. We know this because, as my colleague David Leonhardt points out, traffic deaths have fallen much more in other advanced countries, which have used evidence-based policies like lower speed limits and tightened standards for drunken driving to improve their outcomes. Think the French are crazy drivers? Well, they used to be — but now they’re significantly safer in their cars than we are.

Oh, and there’s a lot of variation in car safety among states within the U.S., just as there’s a lot of variation in gun violence. America has a “car death belt” in the Deep South and the Great Plains; it corresponds quite closely to the firearms death belt defined by age-adjusted gun death rates. It also corresponds pretty closely to the Trump vote — and also to the states that have refused to expand Medicaid, gratuitously denying health care to millions of their citizens.

What I’d argue is that our lethal inaction on guns, but also on cars, reflects the same spirit that’s causing us to neglect infrastructure and privatize prisons, the spirit that wants to dismantle public education and turn Medicare into a voucher system rather than a guarantee of essential care. For whatever reason, there’s a faction in our country that sees public action for the public good, no matter how justified, as part of a conspiracy to destroy our freedom.

This paranoia strikes both deep and wide. Does anyone remember George Will declaring that liberals like trains, not because they make sense for urban transport, but because they serve the “goal of diminishing Americans’ individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism”? And it goes along with basically infantile fantasies about individual action — the “good guy with a gun” — taking the place of such fundamentally public functions as policing.

Anyway, this political faction is doing all it can to push us toward becoming a society in which individuals can’t count on the community to provide them with even the most basic guarantees of security — security from crazed gunmen, security from drunken drivers, security from exorbitant medical bills (which every other advanced country treats as a right, and does in fact manage to provide).

In short, you might want to think of our madness over guns as just one aspect of the drive to turn us into what Thomas Hobbes described long ago: a society “wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them.” And Hobbes famously told us what life in such a society is like: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

Yep, that sounds like Trump’s America.

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Sisterhood of Drummers

A sisterhood of drummers keep time to a Brazilian beat
The Batalá Washington is made up of 80 women of all ages
A sisterhood of drummers keep time to a Brazilian beat

The Lily News
February 19

“There’s something pretty incredible about having all women with these drums strapped around their waist,” Janine Sayles says. “It’s very empowering. And I think that we empower a lot of women who watch us.”
Conley decided to join “a couple months before my 65th birthday. It was my birthday present to myself.”

At 65, Conley is now the oldest current member of Batalá. And newcomers of all ages can be taught, even though there is no sheet music, video training or reference materials.

“The oral tradition of teaching and learning is really critical. That’s something we really embody with the music, and it also helps create community,” Rodden says.

It’s “consistent with the tradition of how the music was taught in Brazil,” Rosa Moreno says.

“Don’t be shy about anything,” Rodden says to newcomers about their demonstrative movements at a recent rehearsal. “If you think something is too much, take it two steps beyond.”

Katia Krafft

spent her life chasing volcano eruptions


WPD is recruiting! Any hope for a 57 year old lady to become a detective? If I could walk versus drive and swim versus run I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Woonsocket Cares

‘New Beginnings’ for Rathbun Street kitchen, serving meals to those in need

Chef G. Garvin

“Anything I do, it’s important to me. My time is more valuable to me than anything else, and committing the time to such a great cause, it’s very important. We are all regular people at the end of the day. I feel like its God’s planet and we are all responsible.”

Sylvia Harris, Jockey

How Horse Racing Trumped Bipolar Disorder for Jockey Sylvia Harris

Even as an adult, it felt like my voice and my input didn’t matter. And that was frustrating.

Being heard is an imperative aspect of health and healing.

What is it about horses that so engaged you and helped your illness?

Ever since I was child I was strongly attracted to animals – all little girls want a pony. As a kid, I spent a lot of time at Golden Gate Fields, Bay Meadows and Sonoma County Fairgrounds. My dad would usually take us and he would win. It was the excitement of a horse race. Plus it was just the horses. As big as they are, they don’t intentionally hurt you or judge you. They accept you. It’s an unconditional type of bond that is just therapeutic.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

12 Grain Cereal Bread

Never Again


The Amazing David Sedaris

Given my reputation as a strident non-smoker, it was funny how quickly I took to cigarettes. It was as if my life were a play, and the prop mistress had finally showed up. Suddenly there were packs to unwrap, matches to strike, ashtrays to fill and then empty. My hands were at one with their labor, the way a cook’s might be, or a knitter’s.

A light cigarette is like a regular one with a pinhole in it. With Kools, it’s the difference between being kicked by a donkey and being kicked by a donkey that has socks on. It took some getting used to, but by the time my mother was cremated I’d switched over.


David Sedaris

Why Aren't You Laughing?

A Real Neighborhood

I know it's a real neighborhood now because there are kids playing basketball and hide and seek in the rain and snow. Years ago it wasn't like this. Amen to waiting 22 years for positive change.

Deadbeat Dad

'Most Wanted Deadbeat Dad' Felled by Cherry Pit Scheme

America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.
Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) is a comedian, actor and author.

Ashley Nicholas

Opinion | Op-Ed Contributor
A Combat Zone, With Desks


Sofie Karasek

Opinion | Op-Ed Contributor
I’m a Campus Sexual Assault Activist. It’s Time to Reimagine How We Punish Sex Crimes.


Richard Hurowitz

“They did not seek martyrdom in the name of any extraordinary idea,” Inge Scholl recalled in her memoir of her siblings and White Rose comrades. “They wanted to make it possible for people like you and me to live in a humane society.” We are far from the darkness of fascism, but we do ourselves a service by remembering the sad but noble story of these beautiful souls on the anniversary of their tragic sacrifice.

Richard Hurowitz is an investor, writer and the publisher of The Octavian Report, a quarterly magazine of ideas.

Library English Muffins

All you need is a hotplate and skillet and saucepan. We could do this in the library!
Recipe by: LindaPinda
"I've used this delicious recipe for about 29 years. They are very good . . . much better than any store-bought English Muffins I've ever had."

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1/4 cup melted shortening
6 cups all-purpose flour

25 m

20 m

Ready In
2 h 15 m

Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in the sugar, stirring until dissolved. Let cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the milk, yeast mixture, shortening and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add salt and rest of flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Knead. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise.
Punch down. Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut rounds with biscuit cutter, drinking glass, or empty tuna can. Sprinkle waxed paper with cornmeal and set the rounds on this to rise. Dust tops of muffins with cornmeal also. Cover and let rise 1/2 hour.
Heat greased griddle. Cook muffins on griddle about 10 minutes on each side on medium heat. Keep baked muffins in a warm oven until all have been cooked. Allow to cool and place in plastic bags for storage. To use, split and toast. Great with orange butter, or cream cheese and jam.

Transmit Energy is Back after 13 Weeks

My husband has to remind me 17 times a day that this energy is for me.

Public Library Kitchen

The kids were so ready to learn. Adorable. Many of them are from Senegal which I learned was a place that ate lots of FRENCH bread. They loved it when I told them yeast is ALIVE!!! And they could punch down the risen dough the next day! They were age 13 and we all had fun and laughed a lot.

The King Arthur recipe for the kids was good too. Whole wheat 3c and white 3c and 1/4 c vegetable oil and 1/4 c sugar and they added cinnamon and sugar the next day for rolling. They made braided breads and knots and cinnamon buns.

I would love to teach them pretzels and semolina pizza crust.

My home baking recipe is sourdough starter and Bob's Red Mill ten grain cereal and cornmeal and oats mixed with 5 pounds of King Arthur bread flour. We live on bread for every meal! We freeze the extra loaves and make toast daily. The milled grain flavors come out when toasted.

In a perfect world I'd put a restaurant oven in the public library for teaching Woonsocket citizens how to bake and cook.

House of a Preacher: Dog Training, Child Rearing

She claimed to have obtained some of her most effective child-rearing techniques from a dog-training manual whose directives included keeping commands simple and at a minimum, seeing to it that they were obeyed, rewarding obedience with praise and being consistent.

Empathy Deficit: Code Orange Narcissist in Chief


A Wrenching Dilemma

Across the country, decades’ worth of rape kits are finally being tested, but no one can agree on what to do next. A story of good intentions — and government blunders.

Emily Snuggs BBC


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Oxford selected

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Anorexia: 'I knew I was going to end up dead'

A year ago, Emily Snuggs could have died at any moment after her anorexia caused her weight to plummet.

Now 18, the singer-songwriter, from Wantage, Oxfordshire, has recovered with the help of music - and wants others suffering from the eating disorder to know there is hope.

For details of organisations which offer advice and support with eating disorders, visit

19 Feb 2018
From the section Oxford

Bread for Venezuela
Going hungry in Venezuela

The Door Stops Here

My dentist's receptionist told me she ran out and bought 3 doorstops for her 3 nieces.

Katherine Rundell

Night Climbing
Katherine Rundell is the author, most recently, of the children’s novel “The Explorer.”

Everybody’s Better Than You-Know-Who

Gail Collins FEB. 21, 2018

Pollen Dot Com

Allergic Reaction and How to Control it

Scientists are unsure why some people have a heightened sensitivity to allergens, but they do know the ways in which the body reacts to increased allergen counts. What you feel when an allergen comes in contact with you is a result of the chain reaction to prevent an attack by a foreign substance. Those reactions cause the annoying symptoms we call allergies. These allergy symptoms, including hay fever, can be made to feel worse by the conditions of the recent weather forecast.

Your nose serves an important function for your lungs - it acts as a filter to clean entering air. Your nose will be assaulted by more allergens if the weather forecast predicts high wind and dry air. When the weather forecast says rain, breathing may be easier! Nose hairs trap airborne substances, including allergens, preventing them from reaching your lungs. Small quantities of harmless allergy particles, such as pollen, have no damaging effect on the lungs. This is because the nose's filtration process works to ensure nothing passes through their first line of defense. Only when harmful substances are present should the nerves cause a dilation of the blood vessels inside the nose to block entry to foreign particles.

This system works fine with non-allergic individuals during allergy season. However for allergy sufferers, the nose overdoes it and dilates the blood vessels unnecessarily. The result is the swelling, itching, and inflammation common to airborne allergy reactions. Hay Fever is a true suffering. These truly unlucky allergy sufferers also experience excess fluid (mucus) release, to the delight of tissue manufacturers worldwide!

Similar symptoms occur in the eyes. Your eyelids have the same job as your nose hairs in that they trap airborne substances, such as allergens. Overly protective defense reactions cause your eyes to turn red and itchy, as well as to produce an overabundance of tears. Check your local allergy report to see how the coming week's weather will affect you.

Controlling Histamine means Controlling Allergy Symptoms

The best way to understand how allergy drugs work is to first look at the label on your medicine. The word "antihistamine" will appear as part of the drug's name. This means the medicine has the ability to stop histamine (anti-histamine). But what is histamine? Where does it come from? And why does your medicine need to stop it?

Histamine is an inflammatory chemical that the body releases in the case of an allergic reaction. The release of histamine causes the dilation of capillaries, the contraction of smooth muscles (like the ones in your stomach and bladder), and the stimulation of gastric secretion. What gives the body the trigger to release such a chemical? The answer is the immune system.

The immune system protects your body against invading agents (like bacteria and viruses). In the case of allergies, your body reacts to a false alarm because airborne substances or other types of allergens that are usually not harmful. The immune system of the allergic person mistakenly considers allergens to be an invading agent, and tries to mobilize and attack. This is why those with allergies take medicine, to stop the release of histamine.

The agent in the body responsible for the attack is called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). IgE is an antibody (also a protein) that is released by the body in large amounts to battle the alleged invaders.

Your body is extremely complex. One of its capabilities is to store foreign agent information so it can remember what invading agents look like. The body can then respond much faster in the case of a second attack by the same agent. Your body creates a huge library of different types of IgE. The recognition is made because the structure of IgE and antigen are like a key fitting into a lock. So each key can only be used in one specific lock.

Where is the IgE protector found in the body? It is found attached to mast cells (tissue cells) and basophils (blood cells). When the allergen attaches to IgE it triggers a chain of reactions that results in histamine being released by mast cells or basophils. It is this unnecessary release of histamine that allergy medication (the anti-histamine) is designed to counteract.

You can check the severity of your allergy symptoms by visiting an allergy report that displays the allergy counts in your area on

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Spring has Sprung

Romeo and I went out this morning and everyone was out. I ran into people on every corner. I ran into two loose dogs that darted across the street to meet Romeo. Luckily there were no cars driving by at that moment. I ran into my boiler man, You look very svelte, I said noticing his big pink ears lit up from behind.
I've lost 35 pounds because I'm about to have back surgery March 9th. I've waited 3 months to get the appointment, he said. They're gonna scrape out where the nerves go, he said. L6 and L7. I'll be walking in no time, he said.
I'm going to Hasbro, the children's hospital in Providence.
You're a big kid anyway, I said.
I ran into the Mayor's mom in the BK parking lot and I told her about my bread baking class. She listened and smiled.
I ran into a woman who has bad allergies and left her asthma inhaler at home. You gotta carry it with you. I always carry mine but last Sunday when I needed it the medicine had expired and the pharmacy was closing! You don't want to end up not breathing. Take care of yourself. Do it for your kids," I said.
I'm exhausted!

Director on His ‘Authentic Self’

Climate Change

Shana Miranda Rosenthal

Pia Guerra

Artist rendering

Ariel Dorfman

Opinion | Op-Ed Contributor
A Lesson on Immigration From Pablo Neruda


Ariel Dorfman is the author of the book of essays “Homeland Security Ate My Speech” and the novel “Darwin’s Ghosts.”

They had a chance to stop it today.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mobile Devices are Ubiquitous

Do Cell Phones Belong in the Classroom?

Robert Earl May 18, 2012 U.S.

There may not be one right way of educating. The Waldorf School philosophy of pen and paper, blackboards and chalk, can work fine for some students. But computers in the classroom can also work. What's clear either way is that students must be taught to love learning -- to embrace the process of finding answers. In a recent New York Times article titled "A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute," Paul Thomas, a former teacher and an associate professor of education at Furman University was quoted as saying, "Teaching is a human experience. Technology is a distraction when we need literacy, numacy, and critical thinking."

And students need more than just discipline in the classroom. They also need to be inspired to learn about the wonders of life, of humanity, of nature, of our planet, of the cosmos. School policies outlawing cell phones are clearly not enough -- the effective teacher must connect with his or her students in order to hold their attention. There must be a magnetism, a bond between them, a sparking of a brotherhood in the battle for knowledge -- a quest to figure things out, to understand, and to marvel and rejoice in that insight.

All of this may seem easier said than done, and the most idealistic teachers often find themselves running up against unimaginative curricula and restrictive policies. But the incessant cell phone use going on in our classrooms must serve as a challenge, forcing us to remember what education is really about. The teacher's goal must be to instill an insatiable desire to learn. Because both inside and outside the classroom, there's so much to do and so little time.

The Iceman Cometh Out

Stephanie Burt is a professor of English at Harvard. Her latest book of poems is “Advice From the Lights.”

Book Review | Essay
The Iceman Cometh Out


Sina Grace, who is gay, has suggested in interviews that Bobby’s coming out reflects the experience of men he has known. It also reflects — or just is — a way that superhero comics, at least the ones with mutants, have themselves come out: belatedly, by stages, awkwardly, slowly, still trying to find out what else they can do or be, without abandoning their older roles, and making good on the promises so many of us found there when we were young. It’s satisfying in too many ways to count, even as it leaves some of us wondering — as Kitty, and Bobby’s other friends, are wondering — how on earth it took so long.

Glenda Jackson Quitting Parlament to Return to the Stage

Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway

After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”


“I’m a pretty antisocial Socialist.”

As you might suspect, Ms. Jackson’s approach to acting appears to be unclouded by mysticism or sentimentality. She sees performing as a collaborative effort, above all. (“I was taught to leave my ego outside the stage door,” she said to me several times.) In discussing “Lear,” she kept insisting that the play is not only about its title monarch. “There’s not a bad part in it.”

The fact that she was a woman playing a man turned out to be a nonissue. “What interested me,” she said, “was that as we age, those seemingly unbreakable barriers that define us, our gender, they begin to crack, to blur; they’re not absolutes anymore.”

As for how she shapes her character, “it’s all in the text,” she said. She does little if any research on a part beyond reading the script again and again and again. When she showed up for the first day of rehearsals of “Lear,” she had already memorized her lines.

Appearing before a live audience again, she says she felt no more nervous than she had before any performance from decades earlier — which is to say, she was terrified. “You can go onto that stage every night, and it’s always the equivalent of going onto the topmost diving board, and you don’t know if there’s any water in the pool.
Glenda Jackson in the title role of “King Lear,” with Rhys Ifans as the Fool, at the Old Vic in London. Credit Rex Features, via Associated Press

“Every time I say, ‘Yes, I’ll do it,’ I think, ‘My God I don’t know how to do it. I can’t do it.’ We are sadomasochists as well as being brave, actors, and we torment ourselves.”

“I hate traveling,” she said, sounding almost nervous, for once. “I hate luggage.”

What it means to be Hispanic and Native American

Indian Slavery Once Thrived in New Mexico. Latinos Are Finding Family Ties to It.


ALBUQUERQUE — Lenny Trujillo made a startling discovery when he began researching his descent from one of New Mexico’s pioneering Hispanic families: One of his ancestors was a slave.

“I didn’t know about New Mexico’s slave trade, so I was just stunned,” said Mr. Trujillo, 66, a retired postal worker who lives in Los Angeles. “Then I discovered how slavery was a defining feature of my family’s history.”

Mr. Trujillo is one of many Latinos who are finding ancestral connections to a flourishing slave trade on the blood-soaked frontier now known as the American Southwest. Their captive forebears were Native Americans — slaves frequently known as Genízaros (pronounced heh-NEE-sah-ros) who were sold to Hispanic families when the region was under Spanish control from the 16th to 19th centuries. Many Indian slaves remained in bondage when Mexico and later the United States governed New Mexico.

The revelations have prompted some painful personal reckonings over identity and heritage. But they have also fueled a larger, politically charged debate on what it means to be Hispanic and Native American.

A growing number of Latinos who have made such discoveries are embracing their indigenous backgrounds, challenging a long tradition in New Mexico in which families prize Spanish ancestry. Some are starting to identify as Genízaros. Historians estimate that Genízaros accounted for as much as one-third of New Mexico’s population of 29,000 in the late 18th century.

“We’re discovering things that complicate the hell out of our history, demanding that we reject the myths we’ve been taught,” said Gregorio Gonzáles, 29, an anthropologist and self-described Genízaro who writes about the legacies of Indian enslavement.
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Those legacies were born of a tortuous story of colonial conquest and forced assimilation.

Amazing News in Immunotherapy

“Incredible things happen, and against all the odds,” she said.

Philly's Response to Opioid Epidemic


Senegalese Bread Baker: Mamadou Mbaye


He brought his French breads from Senegal to Massachusetts. Ten years later, he is a local institution.

Mamadou Mbaye prepares loaves to be baked at Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery.
By Alison Arnett Globe correspondent January 17, 2017

WINCHESTER — Every morning Mamadou Mbaye rises long before dawn to start the baguettes. Each of the long, slender loaves must be shaped laboriously by hand, so that the interior is soft but the crust crackles with each bite.

For almost 10 years, Mbaye has been selling bread and French pastries here in his spare bakery, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery; at many farmers’ markets; and elsewhere. His business has become an institution. He knows that the 50 to 100 baguettes he makes will be gone by the end of each morning, and that hundreds more loaves of French sourdough, multigrain, and other varieties will mostly be sold by nightfall.

He carries on a tradition of classic French baking honed over centuries. But in his case, it’s a tradition that traveled from France to his native Senegal and finally to Massachusetts.

On a typical busy day, Mbaye says, he’ll bake 300 to 400 loaves, 500 on weekends — baguettes, multigrain, semolina cranberry fennel, Asiago and cheddar cheese, cranberry-pecan, French country sourdough, olive bread. “It’s a lot of work,” he says, lamenting that two workers left within the last year and he’s now baking by himself. And yet, he adds, “baking is the easy part” of the business.

Monday, February 19, 2018

An Anthropologist on Mars

An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales is a 1995 book by neurologist Oliver Sacks consisting of seven medical case histories of individuals with neurological conditions such as autism and Tourette syndrome. An Anthropologist on Mars follows up on many of the themes Sacks explored in his earlier book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, but here the essays are significantly longer and Sacks has more of an opportunity to discuss each subject with more depth and to explore historical case studies of patients with similar symptoms. In addition, Sacks studies his patients outside the hospital, often traveling considerable distances to interact with his subjects in their own environments. Sacks concludes that "defects, disorders, [and] diseases... can play a paradoxical role, by bringing out latent powers, developments, evolutions, forms of life that might never be seen, or even be imaginable, in their absence" (p. xvi).


"The Case of the Colorblind Painter" discusses an accomplished artist who is suddenly struck by cerebral achromatopsia or the inability to perceive color due to brain damage.
"The Last Hippie" describes the case of a man suffering from the effects of a massive brain tumor, including anterograde amnesia, which prevents him from remembering anything that has happened since the late 1960s. Sacks' discussion of the case includes a comparison with Phineas Gage, the American railroad worker who survived for eleven years after an accident in which a large iron rod was driven completely through his head.
"A Surgeon's Life" describes Sacks' interactions with Dr. Carl Bennett, a surgeon and amateur pilot with Tourette syndrome. The surgeon is often beset by tics, but these tics vanish when he is operating.
"To See and Not See" is the tale of Shirl Jennings, a man who was blind from early childhood, but was able to recover some of his sight after surgery. This is one of an extremely small number of cases where an individual regained sight lost at such an early age, and as with many of the other cases, the patient found the experience to be deeply disturbing.
"The Landscape of His Dreams" discusses Sacks' interactions with Franco Magnani, an artist obsessed with his home village of Pontito in Tuscany. Although Magnani has not seen his village in many years, he has constructed a detailed, highly accurate, three-dimensional model of Pontito in his head.
"Prodigies" describes Sacks' relationship with Stephen Wiltshire, a young autistic savant described by Hugh Casson as "possibly the best child artist in Britain."
"An Anthropologist on Mars" describes Sacks' meeting with Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who is a world-renowned designer of humane livestock facilities and a professor at Colorado State University. The title of this essay comes from a phrase Grandin uses to describe how she often feels in social interactions.

Juniper and Mold

The weather had been crazy for my allergies. We are now in the juniper and mold season. Thank god for allergy medicine.

Making Dough

I made bread dough with ten kids today. They had a blast. Tomorrow we'll bake it!


My saxophone teacher had a nude statue of a standing woman. I noticed she had three vaginas!

The Bottle Thief

The bottle thief comes every Monday at 7AM and raids all of the trash bins in my neighbor's yard making a huge mess. I know this is how he makes his living but he is not being considerate of the neighbors and the damage he causes.


I dreamed I was sleeping standing up next to my bed.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Club No One Wants to Join

A Message From the Club No One Wants to Join

New York Times Sunday Review
FEB. 17, 2018

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — My sister Wendy died by suicide with a gun and my son, Galen, was killed in a school shooting. Lately, I’ve been working with fellow survivors to pass sensible gun laws, volunteering for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. We survivors have had children, spouses and relatives shot and killed by strangers, partners, or by their own hand.

If we wanted it to stop, Himes said, we’d do something about it.

Gregory Gibson is the author of “Gone Boy: A Father’s Search for the Truth in His Son’s Murder” and “Hubert’s Freaks."

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Expired Asthma Inhaler: Holiday Weekend!

Asthma attack: 6 things to do if you do not have an inhaler with you.

Sit upright. Stop whatever you are doing and sit upright. Bending over or lying down can constrict your breathing even more.
Take long, deep breaths. This helps to slow down your breathing and prevent hyperventilation. Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.
Stay calm. Staying calm may prevent further tightening of your chest muscles and make your breathing easier.
Get away from the trigger. The asthma attack could be triggered by dust, cigarette smoke or the smell of chemicals (e.g., ammonia, chlorine gas, sulphur dioxide). Get away from the trigger as soon as possible and go to an air-conditioned environment or any place with clean air.
Take a hot caffeinated beverage. Hot caffeinated drinks like coffee can help to open up the airways slightly, providing some relief for an hour or two.
Seek emergency medical help. If the wheezing, coughing and breathing difficulty do not subside after a period of rest, seek immediate medical attention.

​See the next page for tips on how to treat and control your asthma.
Update: spoke to Doctor on call and she renewed my asthma rescue inhaler just in time before the Sunday pharmacy closed. What a relief! I could breathe again and sleep well.

Asthma Season


My Friend Mags

My friend Mags goes on vacation with her goldfish, cat, dog, and two teen kids all squeezed into her 1995 Honda. Love it.

Friendly Market

415 Arnold St Woonsocket RI
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone number (401) 597-0400
from YELP:
First to Review

The name totally says it all.

Still on the prowl for a proper Asian market in the Woonie Bin, I stumbled upon a positive review for "Asian Fresh Produce Market." We took a quickie spin down the bizarre-looking Cato side street & winded up with convenient parking & an extremely spacious and well stocked 'lil market.

I -LOVE- their product section. So many inexpensive, fresh choices. Bok choy for $1.49? Mint, cilantro and basil for .99 cents? Seriously?! ....I winded up getting nothing I originally went in for after checking out their tea/beverage section. DIY boba-tea was calling my name. I also found my absolutely favourite pear/apple Korean BBQ sauce that even Asiana doesn't appear to carry anymore. Super psyched.

Toward the front there was also an extremely gracious array of prepared, tasty looking treats.

It is worth noting that they primarily carry southeast Asian grub so if you're looking to fix up a plate of Som Tam or Pad Thai you're in the right place. Oden or (Japanese) ramen? Not so much.

The owners are extremely friendly (the name, people, the name!) and since the last review in 2011, I do believe they accept credit now. (I spied a card processor on the counter but paid in cash.)

SO going back.

Beauty and Ugly Truth

Sexual abuse

Shoveling since 4 AM

I thought today was Saturday. Another sign of transmit-mode. I shoveled out the parking lot and stairs and sidewalks as a valentine to my neighbors. I made round sourdough toast. I showered. I raged. And now I feel like an Olympian.

Selling the USA to the Russians

Puppets and play-toys.

My HERO: Edel Rodriguez

Meet The Preeminent Illustrator Of The Trump Era
Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban immigrant with an uncanny gift for satire, is America’s illustrator in chief.

Thank You, Honor Jones


Slum Landlords

You can always spot a slum landlord. They never plow the parking lots after a snow storm but they always show up to collect the rent.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Recurring Pipe Dreams

Every February and August I dream of setting up an aquarium, moving my sewing machine into my office, and putting in a wood-stove. The joke is they are pipe dreams that surface 2 times a year for over 23 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ailanthus Allergy

Marty Pearson: Stone Comfort

We met Marty Pearson yesterday at Woonsocket Neighborworks. He is going to build us an oven!

Marty Pearson and his family have been enjoying their Tulikivi soapstone fireplace since 1988. Marty, a stone & brick mason, fell in love with his soapstone fireplace and was so impressed with Tulikivi’s superior quality and craftsmanship, he started Stone Comfort Fireplace Gallery (“Stone Comfort”) to bring soapstone fireplaces to New England.

Stone Comfort has been introducing families to the warm, radiant heat properties of soapstone for over 15 years and we are committed to the highest customer service standards in the industry. Explore our website and learn why soapstone is called the “Stone with Soul.”

Communal Table

In my fantasy I would like to make a communal table that is 2 miles long running down my street which runs across state lines. Let's just stop and break bread together for a few hours. I'll bake the bread. Somebody else might make the soup. You get the idea.

Snow Storm is Coming!

We have 6-8 inches of snow forecast for tonight. I have to run around and make sure I have all of the ingredients for hunkering down. Milk, bread, eggs, check.

This is My Brain on February

February and August are my two favorite months because the rapid changing light makes me hypo-manic.

When You Live in a Country Run by a Code Red Narcissist

How Many Megasheckels is that?

(shopping for computer)

Snow then Summer!

Increasing clouds, with a high near 39. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Snow, mainly before 5am. Low around 29. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
A chance of snow before 7am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 45. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Light and variable wind.
Washington's Birthday
A chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. South wind 3 to 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday Night
Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.
Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Anthony Ervin

Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin says Tourette Syndrome gave him an advantage in the pool

Michael Phelps

“Well I’m actually taking working out more seriously now. It was like a handful of times a week, and now, probably from my high point, I’ve probably lost 12 to 15 pounds. I wanted to get back into some kind of shape and then kind of start lifting. And for me, I think the biggest thing is just knowing that for me to be the best husband, the best dad, the hardest worker, I need to work out. And it’s something that I have to do at least five or six times a week.”

The Peeping Eye Doctor

Optometrist allegedly hid 'peeping Tom' recorder in restroom - latimes
Optometrist allegedly hid 'peeping Tom' recorder in restroom
By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
A Tarzana optometrist has been charged with allegedly concealing a small "peeping Tom" video recorder in an office restroom, the L.A. city attorney said Friday.
Foad Shirazian, 38, a resident of Calabasas, and a licensed doctor of optometry, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of violating the privacy of others by using a concealed video recording device.
"A person's privacy, especially in the most personal and intimate situations, must be respected and protected," City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said in a statement. "Persons who violate that privacy will be prosecuted and held accountable under the law."
If convicted, the optometrist faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each felony count.
One of Shirazian's female employees found the camera in February hidden behind a poster on the wall of a restroom in his Tarzana office, authorities said.

It's Not my President's Day

Friday, February 16, 2018

Adult Tricycle for Riding with 60 Pound Dog

I believe Romeo would totally love this.

Genghis Barbie

Sweet Dreams

Ban Leaf Blowers in Residential Areas

Noise and Lung Pollution

Jane Williamson started this petition to City of Albany, CA

Leaf blowers save time for professional gardeners, landscapers, maintenance crews and homeowners. And that is the one and only benefit they offer. Unfortunately the risk of harm blowers’ cause seriously outweighs the single benefit.

Using leaf blowers to clear away dirt and debris from surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways and parking areas, creates clouds of fine particulate dust that are harmful when inhaled. Dangerous dust including airborne feces, allergens, molds, and pollens are blown into the air, settling onto neighboring properties and through open windows and doors. All of these pollutants aggravate allergy and asthma problems. Studies done by the American Lung Association have found that street dust includes arsenic, cadmium, chromium, nickel and mercury.

In healthy people, short-term exposure to elevated pollution causes minor irritations and temporary symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritations; coughing, phlegm, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, wheezing, and fatigue. Groups at greater risk include the elderly with cardio-pulmonary problems; individuals who exercise outdoors, and young infants. According to a government study in 1997 titled, “The Relationship between Selected Causes of Infant Mortality and Particulate Air Pollution in the United States,” sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SID) has been associated with the negative effects and pollutants from leaf blowers.

Gas powered leaf blowers generate as much tailpipe emissions in one hour as a new automobile does in driving over 350 miles. While a car will emit that pollution over a long stretch of road, the leaf blower may concentrate it all in one neighborhood. Emissions include particulate materials of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons.

Blowers are a major contributor to noise pollution. According to as article written by Jane Dale Owen, Leaf Blowers: Stirring Up a Mess, “…leaf blower use at one residence impacts eight to fourteen neighbors. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the noise induced by leaf blowers at 90 decibels exceeds the threshold of danger at 85 decibels and can seriously impair hearing. Leaf blowers are used mainly in residential areas where many types of residents are exposed to their pollutants and noise. This population includes homemakers, retirees, day sleepers, young toddlers, the ill or disabled and pets.”

• Manual rakes and brooms.
• Vacuum-type equipment with dust collection device attachments. To name a few of the manufacturers who carry lawn/garden vacuums, they are, Greenworks, Craftsman, Billy Goat, and Swisher.

Please join my petition to ban leaf blowers in residential areas.

Ear Freshener

One my recent walks downtown I noticed movie music piped onto the sidewalks in front of City Hall. What's with that?

My 35 year old Dr. Marten's

My 35 year old Dr. Marten's are splitting apart in five places. I heard there's a lifetime guarantee if I am willing to spend 50 dollars to send them back. Oy vey! UPDATE this does not apply to my 35 year old boots. This is the NEW "For Life" collection.

Dr. Martens FOR LIFE boots and shoes come with a lifetime guarantee; if you wear them out we’ll repair or replace them, simple as that*.
Manufactured using processes, materials and components to enhance durability, comfort and the lifetime of the footwear.
For Dr. Martens, delivering value for money does not mean making things cheaper. It means giving you a product that will last.

Control Issues at the Table

Well - Tara Parker-Pope on Health
When a Mother-in-Law Controls the Food
By Tara Parker-Pope September 22, 2009 4:12 pm September 22, 2009 4:12 pm

Over at the Consults blog there’s a fascinating post about family eating issues. One reader talks about moving in with her mother-in-law, who quickly became controlling over her daughter-in-law’s eating habits.

I was not allowed to help myself to anything in the fridge or kitchen except bread and sometimes yogurt. We had to sneak out to the grocery store and “hide” our food in the refrigerator (way in the back) and eat when she was not there….Is there a name or term for someone who tries to control the eating habits of others in this way, or might this behavior simply be an eating disorder that is imposed upon others?

Dr. Kathryn Zerbe, professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and a longtime expert on eating disorders, notes it’s not uncommon to see someone who has an eating issue of their own impose it on others. Sometimes the behavior is obvious and other times it’s more subtle, resulting in a “contagion effect” of negative feelings about weight and body image.

To read more about the contagion effect, as well as the link between fathers, kids and self-image, read the full post, “Eating Disorders: All in the Family.” And then please join the discussion below. Have you had a friend or family member attempt to control your eating habits?

Eating Disorders: All in the Family

By The New York Times September 21, 2009 10:38 am September 21, 2009 10:38 am

Asthma Weather

Why does my asthma get worse with bad weather?

Aug 26, 2014 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

We often assume that rainstorms clean the air and clear pollens from the air. Because of that, the assumption is made that people with allergy and asthma will have less trouble during and after storms. However, the opposite is often true.

People with asthma and allergic rhinitis often notice increased symptoms during and after storms, especially thunderstorms. A possible reason for this is that the pollen grains likely break open during the storms, releasing much smaller Allergen particles that can further penetrate our airways. This can lead to so-called “thunderstorm asthma” during times of rain and of course thunderstorm. Even people that have a history of nasal allergies but do not have a known history of asthma may experience “thunderstorm asthma.”

Even though the rain does clear pollution out of the air, storms can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms in people prone to these conditions. It’s important, especially during times of year where storms are likely, to make sure that control of asthma and allergies are optimized to minimize trouble during storms, or any other factor that can worsen symptoms. Allergen immunotherapy and controller therapies for asthma are typically effective in helping prevent symptoms during storms.

If you have questions or concerns please talk to an allergist or to your primary care doctor.

Asthma Attacks Linked With Weather

Asthma Attacks Linked With Weather
By Tara Parker-Pope September 22, 2009 12:41 pm September 22, 2009 12:41 pm

Many patients with asthma know that their illness can vary with the seasons. But a new study suggests that it’s not just pollen counts or cold weather that can trigger an asthma attack, but any change in temperature or humidity.

Doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit reviewed emergency room visits due to asthma during 2004 and 2005. They matched the data with climate records for temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and airborne allergens.

The study of 25,000 children showed that in addition to factors like pollution and pollen counts, temperature and humidity changes also were linked to emergency room visits related to asthma. The study authors noted that many patients are well aware that weather fluctuations influence their asthma symptoms, but this is the first study to document the effect. In addition, it wasn’t just cold weather that triggered asthma problems but temperature increases as well. The research is published in the September issue of The Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

The study shows that people with allergies and asthma need to be vigilant about controlling their symptoms regardless of the season, said Dr. Richard G. Gower, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

“It’s been long known that in people with asthma who aren’t controlled, just swallowing cold or hot liquids can set off an asthma attack,’’’ Dr. Gower said. “The temperature sets off a bronchial spasm. We know that a change in temperature, down or up, can set it off.’’

Second Amendment is a Suicide Pact

The Second Amendment is being turned into a suicide pact

Woonsocket's Hearth and Home Baking Community

This morning I baked 19 loaves of multigrain sourdough bread. I rehearsed yesterday with Chef Roscoe and we will be teaching on Monday and Tuesday at the MILLRACE Woonsocket incubator Kitchen for Neighborworks teens on school break next week.

For my home bread I used hard red wheat bread flour blended with freshly milled grains, beans and seeds, including whole grain hard red wheat, rye, triticale, oat bran, oats, corn, barley, soy beans, brown rice, millet and flax-seed meal. It made a hearty, nutritious sourdough BREAD. Sourdough is natural preservative! Sourdough does not go stale for at least 7 days and it always gets devoured by then.

For the workshop we are using King Arthur Flour kit to bake with the teens and the breads will be donated to CCA Community Care Alliance in Woonsocket.

We are going over the plans with the builder for the outdoor wood fired bread oven in Market Square. I offered to make a mosaic of tiles with the neighborhood kids. Am I excited? Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 Loaves

I just pulled 19 loaves from my 1960's in the wall Thermador oven. They are sourdough multigrain. I have kept this culture alive since 2000 when I got the yeast in San Francisco. I buy my flour from Valerie Medierous at JAR Baker's Supply on Crow point Road in Lincoln RI. I buy 200 pounds of various flours (whole wheat, bread flour, semolina flour, and oats and sunflower seeds peanut butter and raisins and almonds. We go 4 times a year and fill the chest freezers. I have been invited to keep teaching. If people want to learn I am overjoyed to teach healthy home baking and cooking.

Shop Where the Rent is Low

If you want good meat fish grains produce for cheap shop in the poor neighborhood, my butcher told me. We are in agreement about these things. "I would never have a pizza delivered, he said. Me neither. I'd make it myself. You miss out on the good scents and good sense!

If you are sending away for a meal kit you are demonstrating fear of food, fear of leftovers, and ridiculous economic strategies, just sayin.' I have a friend who has purple potatoes delivered to her door at eight dollars a pound along with other triply priced grocery items.

If you are agoraphobic save your money for good therapy. There's a big world out there full of friendly inspiring people. Don't miss out.

I was terrified of meat and people but luckily my dogs taught me to get out every day 3 times a day and walk around. I got to know my community. Thank God for my dogs. There's a wonderful community out there.

Springtime for Plutocrats

noun: plutocrat; plural noun: plutocrats

a person whose power derives from their wealth.
synonyms: rich person, magnate, millionaire, billionaire, multimillionaire; More


Opinion | Op-Ed Columnist
Budgets, Bad Faith and ‘Balance’
Paul Krugman FEB. 15, 2018


Looking at all of this should make you very angry; it certainly infuriates me. But my anger isn’t mostly directed at Republicans; it’s directed at their enablers, the professional centrists, both-sides pundits, and news organizations that spent years refusing to acknowledge that the modern G.O.P. is what it so clearly is.


Why have Republicans become so overwhelmingly the party of bad faith? (And not just about budgets, of course; remember when Republicans cared deeply about a president’s sexual morality?) The main answer is probably that the party’s true agenda, dictated by the interests of a handful of super-wealthy donors, would be very unpopular if the public understood it. So the party must consistently lie about its priorities and intentions.


Rolling in Dough: Loaves of Love

Yesterday Chef Roscoe of Neighborworks Incubator Millrace Kitchen and I made a few batches of bread loves and rolls. I brought multigrain sourdough that I had set up the day before and a few favorite mini pie tins and a hamburger bun pan that I could carry in my shoulder bag walking over. We shaped the dough and used the fancy proofing oven and then the convection oven to bake the loaves. They came out great. Then together we went through the KING ARTHUR FLOUR recipe book kit for the class. We will be baking with local teens next week. We made braided loaves and they were gorgeous and delicious. King Arthur has a program where we bake loaves of bread and donate them to a shelter. Which is exactly what we'll be doing next week.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Garlic Diaries

Simple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

The Internet Bias

How the Internet Tricks You Into Thinking You're Always Right
Confirmation Bias
Argument Clinic
A guide to busting through confirmation bias, the cognitive fallacy that's destroying our discourse.


I like to eat dinner for breakfast.

Titanic Backstroke Drill


Malcom Gladwell

Article and 10 minute video
Watch: The author and New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell talks about school shootings.

We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.

There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.

Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.

Another Massacre: Thoughts Prayers and NRA Funding

OCT. 4, 2017

Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters and the National Rifle Association.

Below are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – among both current House and Senate members, along with their statements about the Las Vegas massacre. These representatives have a lot to say about it. All the while, they refuse to do anything to avoid the next massacre.

All of these representatives are Republican. The highest ranked Democrat in the House is Sanford Bishop, who ranks 41st in career donations from the N.R.A. Among the top 100 House recipients, 95 are Republican. In the Senate, the top two Democrats are Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who rank 52nd and 53rd — behind every Republican but Dan Sullivan of Alaska.

Finally, why are our numbers different from those in Bret Stephens's column on the Second Amendment? Because ours include money the N.R.A. spends on behalf of candidates, in addition to money it gives directly to candidates.

Shako Liu Video


Bread Rehearsal

Today we're having a bread rehearsal today for the Neighborworks bread class next week. I am so excited that I woke up at 3 AM to check on the dough. I've waited 30 years for this!

True Crime in the Smart Device Era

Crime scenes and criminals are covered with hair follicles, droplets of blood and now, in the 21st century, data from smart devices.

In one instance, Connecticut police used multiple segments of data to bring in Richard Dabate for the alleged 2015 murder of his wife, Connie. His alibi, that a masked intruder tied him and killed his wife after he returned to inspect a home alarm signal, contradicted information harvested from Connie’s Fitbit wristband that recorded her movements after he said she was dead. Police later learned the alarm was triggered by his own key fob, and an email he claimed to send to his boss from the car was tied to an IP address associated with his home, The Post’s Jouvenal reported.

And in another case, an Ohio man in 2016 was charged with arson and insurance fraud after he claimed his house was ablaze as he slept. Police filed a search warrant for data from his pacemaker, and his heart rate and cardiac rhythms appeared to show he was awake at the time.

Social media appears to be a particularly malleable form of covering tracks, though it may not always be convincing: After Antoine’s sentencing, Ritter, the senior prosecutor, said it was “quite remarkable” how investigators used Facebook and other technology to build their case.


Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Success Stories In the information age it's important to choose wisely.

Amit Sood

"Physical exercise energizes the body and calms the mind. The more you focus on what you're doing while exercising, the calmer you become."
— Amit Sood, M.D.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Parents Insist on Micromanaging

Instead of trusting kids with choices — small at first, but bigger as adolescence progresses — many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message:

Stop. Instead of thinking of yourself as your child's boss or manager, try consultant.

The Key To Raising A Happy Child

For My Sweet Valentine

Goal for today:

Make a steak sandwich with mushrooms and onions just like they serve at Kay's

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Eggplant added to Kale Napa Cabbage

I chopped scallions cilantro, fresh basil, red cabbage, Napa Cabbage, almonds home roasted, sunflower seeds, home roasted with soy sauce added.
Add lemon or red wine vinegar salt and extra virgin olive oil, add grated ginger and fresh garlic.

32 years ago

32 Years ago today I graduated college and caught the flu.

Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 36 seconds longer.

Do you feel it?

Comeback for Cursive: The Love Letter

Woman on a Mission

Sewing Camp

Napa Cabbage Slaw

I improvised and made this last night. it's even BETTER today!

Napa cabbage
red cabbage
red onions
green scallions
regular thompson raisins

sriracha sauce
olive oil
wine vinegar
kosher salt
freshly grated ginger
fresh garlic clove
fresh basil leaves
fresh cilantro
prepared mustard

toasted almonds
toasted sunflower seeds

Coffee Fights Seasonal Allergies

Coffee 'fights allergies'
Coffee 'answers the prayers of hayfever sufferers'
Drinking a strong cup of coffee can relieve the symptoms of hayfever and prevent severe allergic reactions, claim researchers.
They said they had successfully prevented even acute allergic responses such as anaphylactic shock, which can kill.
Caffeine may be effective in chronic allergic disorders


Why does coffee seem to help with my morning allergies?

It is magic.

When you wake up in the morning sniffling and sneezing what's actually happening is that your body is producing histamines. In people with morning allergies, you're actually responding to pollen and similar stuff that settled on you while you slept. Your body's mast cells release these histamines into your body and you experience that as sniffling, sneezing, etc.

When you drink you coffee, magic happens. Coffee reduces the release of histamine from your mast cells. It's actually the caffeine in the coffee that makes it happen. Caffeine is sometimes used to treat asthma, too, for the same reason. The body's response to caffeine is complicated, but the detail you care about is the detail you've already discovered. Caffeine makes your body slow down its histamine production, and that helps your sniffling and sneezing subside.

Bonus Information: What's a histamine, you're wondering. A histamine is a nitrogen compound your body produces as a part of its immune response. When it feels like its under attack, it sends out these histamines as its first defense. Think of histamines as your body's pawns. They cause your smooth muscles to contract and your capillaries to dilate, which slows down whatever it is that the body thinks is trying to attack it.

Double Bonus Information: What's a mast cell, you're wondering. Mast cells are a specific type of white blood cell that make up the front line soldiers in your immune response system.

Links (if you want to learn more):

Coffee Fights Allergies (from BBC News from 2000)

Immune Response

Mast Cells

Ezra Block


Based in Boston's South End, Noury-Ello Architects was established in 2000 by Claudia Noury-Ello. The firm has an expertise in high-end residential work, ranging from urban renovations to summer homes. Noury-Ello Architects' designs have been praised for their clean, contemporary style and have been featured in publications such as Elle Decor, British House + Garden, House Beautiful, AD Le Belle Cucine, and Boston Home.


Claudia was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Master in Architecture degree from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal for leadership, service and promise of professional merit in architecture. She is a licensed architect.


Ezra has been with Noury-Ello Architects since 2010 and collaborates with Claudia on all projects. He brings a strong sense of design, humility and professionalism to each effort. He was born and raised in Greenwich, CT, holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University and is a licensed architect.



PFASs, chemicals commonly found in environment, may interfere with body weight regulation

I Love Leftovers

As a leftover lover and home cook, I cook a lot and freeze portions in my chest freezer. Also I worked and trained in health food restaurants since I was 17 which is how and where I really learned to cook. Ten gallons of vegetarian chili? 12 pecan pies. 36 chocolate puddings two trays of spinach pies gallons of tabouli hummus and 36 braided multigrain loaves. All in a days shift.

I have met three people in my life who refuse leftovers. I can't fathom this at all since EVERYTHING is better the next day.

Sex Education in America

America’s Sex Education: How We Are Failing Our Students

Fitness Back in the Day

The Federal Government Takes on Physical Fitness

Robot Revolution

Robot speaks in MSI's 'Robot Revolution' exhibit


I dreamed I was in a bookstore. The ceilings were high and the shelves were tall. I spotted a cookbook with a gold paper cover that was about 4 inches thick. I had to stand on my tiptoes to reach it. It was a Sardinian cookbook called called GET AT IT and inside were recipes and gorgeous black and white photos of deserted seaside and an outdoor kitchen with an 8-foot long wooden counter-top.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fluff Society


Valentine's Day at the Butcher Shop


Aging and Self-Esteem


Some Questions to Consider:

Do you feel an enormous amount of anxiety if someone doesn’t text you back right away? Do you get angry? Worried?
Do you get the sense someone doesn’t care enough about you if they aren’t readily available right when you need them? Do you assume they’re screening their calls and refusing to pick up when they see it is you?
Do you question your relationship when your partner says they need some time alone? Do you think they don’t love you as much as you love them or that they don’t love you as much as you think they should?