Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Randomness #975: A Brief History of the Man who explains some of the Universe

This looks promising for a look into the life of a man (Stephen Hawking) who has changed some of the views we have on science and the universe.  While I may not agree with everything he has shared, I do appreciate many of  his contributions, not least of which is his perseverance.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Summer Movies #2: Places in The Heart

1930's Waxahachie, TX where a new widow takes in a boarder and a drifter who help her to keep her family homestead.  Released in 1984, we recently re-watched Robert Benton's film based on his home town.  Rated PG, the film does have some violence from racism and a tornado and a side story of the infidelity on the part of brother-in-law character.  The film strives for time period accuracy in furnishings, clothing, mannerisms and the like.  It's good example of  the depression era and it earned Sally Field her second Academy Award along with winning best original screenplay for 1985.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Randomness #261: And another insect (but this one's not for eating!)

This little critter was just outside our backdoor and we're glad he/she didn't get squashed by accident. Praying Mantis will eat any bug, both good and bad alike, but I still would rather have them in my yard than more pesticides.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Author #125: Daughter Leanne Campbell writes China Study Cookbook

The daughter of Dr. T. Colin Campbell (coauthor of The China Study) has written a cookbook titled (aptly) The China Study Cookbook.

We recently tried the Aztec Soup with onions, cayenne pepper, black beans, corn and lime juice in the base and topped with an avocado, tomato and cilantro salsa.  It was very filling and good at the same time.  It was better after a couple of days when the flavors had mellowed and blended more.  I think we may double the salsa next time since the avocado really added a mild creaminess to the soup which was of a spicy/sour blend with the cayenne and lime.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Author #124: Facts and Figures in the USA compiled by Dulberger

Michael D. Dulberger compares everything from Population Over Age 64 (Florida has the highest) to Grade 8 Science Proficiency Levels (North Dakota kids score highest) to Land Area (Alaska leads-dwarfing Texas by more than double the land area) to State Gasoline Tax ( Washington has the highest) to a slew of other categories.  It's a snapshot look at our nation and where each state ranks in Ranking America's Fifty States: A Comparison in Graphic Detail.  If you're any kind of a number cruncher, this book is for you.