George Leonard Allen
I think that man hath made no beauteous thing
More lovely than a glorious melody
That soars aloft in splendor, full and free,
And graceful as a swallow on the wing!
A melody that seems to move, and sing,
And quiver, in its radiant ecstasy,
That bends and rises like a slender tree
Which sways before the gentle winds of Spring!
Ah, men will ever love thee, holy art!
For thou, of all the blessings God hath given,
Canst best revive and cheer the wounded heart
And nearest bring the weary soul to Heaven!
Of all God’s precious gifts, it seems to me,
The choicest is the gift of melody.
5 Foods that Increase their Nutritional Value When Cooked (Use the Correct Cooking Method.
Cooking can sometimes enhance the nutritional value of vegetables by breaking down tough fibers, making certain nutrients more bioavailable, and neutralizing harmful substances. Here are a few examples of vegetables that are more nutritious when cooked:
- Spinach: Cooking spinach helps break down its oxalic acid content, which can interfere with the absorption of nutrients like calcium and iron.
- Tomatoes: Cooking tomatoes releases lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers.
- Carrots: Cooking carrots helps to break down the tough cellular walls, making it easier for your body to absorb more of the beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body.
- Asparagus: Cooking asparagus increases the availability of folate, a B vitamin important for cell growth and development.
- Mushrooms: Cooking mushrooms increases their levels of ergothioneine, an antioxidant that may help protect against cellular damage.
Some cooking methods can reduce the nutritional value of vegetables, such as boiling, which can leach out water-soluble vitamins. Steaming, sautéing, and roasting are generally considered to be better cooking methods for preserving nutrients.
“Focus on less and do more. If we try and divide our time and attention into too many different directions, we get wrapped up in being busy rather than being productive. Multi-tasking isn’t an efficient use of our time, because we lose time and concentration every time we switch tasks. . . . I have found that asking myself what do I need to accomplish to make today happy and productive is a great way to focus on less to finish what matters most.” ~ source
NOTE: I like to make a checklist of things I have to do before I go to bed. It helps my mind quiet down so I don’t think about them in the middle of the night. I also priotitize my list into two categories, must do and like to do. It takes a bit of discipline because I’d prefer doing the like to do before the must do. I always feel better when the must do are done.
Joe: “With the help of my psychologist I learned to resist everything.”
Joe: “That is everything but temptation.”
“May your troubles be less and your blessings be more.”
~ Irish Blessing
“Live in your hopes and not in your fears.“
~ Johnny Majors
NOTE: Hope is the fuel that drives us toward tomorrow. With hope, the impossible becomes possibles. We turn our dreams into reality. Never, ever, lose hope.