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How to Avoid Anemia as a Vegetarian

Classic grilled cheese from Green Bliss Cafe

Classic grilled cheese from Green Bliss Cafe

I received an email from someone the other day asking for advice on what foods he should eat to help get rid of his anemia. For those of you who don’t know, anemia is actually a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Without the right amount of hemoglobin your red blood cells can’t use the oxygen that you breathe into your body, your cells and organs in your body do not function properly and you eventually feel fatigued.

Anemia is considered the most common blood condition in the U.S., as it affects about 3.5 million Americans. Women, and people with chronic diseases, are often at increased risk of anemia. Some of the conditions associated with anemia are sickle cell anemia, Iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin deficiency and bone marrow and stem cell problems, but there are known foods that can help get rid of, prevent, or reduce the severity of anemia. Read the rest of this page »

Red Wine

"Age like a fine wine" by Derek Gavey

“Age like a fine wine” by Derek Gavey via Flickr

A chill runs through the curvature of my spine,
An alarming reminder of the approaching winter.
So here I sit alone sipping my dark red wine,
Letting the drink fall to my center.
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Writing Prompt: The Ripples Left Behind

When I finally leave this world, hopefully after many years of wonderful life, I hope to leave behind a legacy that inspires others. I hope that everything from the pieces of writing that I have written, advice that I have given and any helpful actions that I have done will encourage people to venture out into the world, treat others with kindness and think critically about their surroundings.

When my life’s river stops flowing and the land around my earth dries up, I hope the remaining rippling memories of my existence reach out far and touch those that I have come across. Like many who wander out into the world, I would like my life on this plane to mean something. And when it’s time to cross over to the other side I want to be able to look back and be happy with the life I have led.

Coachella Recap: Weekend One

The first weekend at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California nearly blew everyone in the desert, literally. The wind was so bad that it almost turned the music festival into a dust bowl. Headling artists, Pharrell Williams and Lorde, drew some of the biggest crowds at the Outdoor Theatre Stage despite the gusty winds. However, it looked as though everyone was generally having a good time. Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani made surprise appearances, which was amazing. I think it’s safe to say that concert goers hope that the wind doesn’t make any more surprise appearances and try to ruin the festival  next weekend for weekend two.

 

Missed Coachella this weekend and want to see the highlights? Here are some acts from the first weekend that you can view right here.

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Spicy Pasta

Here’s a good pasta dish that I found on All Recipes that was already vegetarian.

Makes 6 servings

What you will need:
1 (12 ounce) package rotini pasta
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 onion, diced
2 red chile peppers, seeded and chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 drops hot pepper sauce
salt and ground black pepper to taste
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What Is Heartbleed and How to Protect Yourself

heartbleed1As published on Examiner.com

It is probably a safe bet if you changed all of your online account passwords right now if you haven’t done so today already. There’s a huge security computer bug in OpenSSL, a popular data encryption standard, called Heartbleed which has gone undetected for two years. The bug allows hackers the ability to extract very important data from the online services we assume are mostly secure and that we use every day.

OpenSSL works by encrypting your data, or making it so that the stuff being sent from one computer to another looks like complete nonsense to anyone but the intended recipient. The heartbeat happens when one computer occasional checks to see that there is still a computer at the other end of the secure connection by asking for a response. Heartbleed takes advantage of this but mimicking the heartbeat in order to trick your computer and steal all your data. Read the rest of this page »

Death Over Coffee

Photo by Doug88888 via Flikr

Photo by Doug88888
via Flikr

I sat in the far corner of the local café sipping my hot cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer. I double checked to make sure I had my recorder so I could get everything on tape for later recall. I looked at the ticking clock on the wall behind the busy barista at the counter. My interviewee was 45 minutes late, and I was worried he had changed his mind.

I had received a tip from a mutual friend of a friend, who is now most likely deceased, about the misappropriation of funds from our city’s government. I had a file filled with evidence in my possession of where the funds were taken, and into what personal bank accounts they were put into. I now needed names, witnesses and a bit more information before I could send the whole thing to print and expose the truth. Read the rest of this page »

Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy (Cover) by Daniela Andrade

I absolutely love this cover version of Gnarls Barkley’s song, Crazy, by singer, Daniela Andrade.  She has a sweet soulful voice that grabs your attention and draws you in.

The Honduran-Canadian has recently put out her own EP titled, “Things We’ve Said,” which was produced by Jesse Barrera at TheJBCave, and she has a cover album called “Covers by Daniela Andrade, Vol. 1” as well. She is also playing a sold out show tonight in Toronto ON, Canada at the Lula Lounge, and she is in the process of writing her first full-length album.

In the meantime, check out her YouTube channel for more covers, music videos and updates.

How To Keep Fruits and Vegetables Lasting Longer

I’m in love with avocados, they taste amazing, they’re versatile, they’re packed full of vitamins, protein and good fats, but when I cut open the fruit I eat about half since it also is a lot of calories. However, when I used to throw the other half of the avocado in the fridge, it would quickly begin to brown. What I learned from all of my avocado eating is that there are also ways of storing fruits and veggies so that they last longer.

What you initially need to know is that some fruits give off ethylene gas which makes a lot of vegetables ripen and spoil too quickly. That whole, “one bad apple will spoil the whole bunch,” is kind of true unless you know how to store your produce. When you do store perishable fresh fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms, do so in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40° F or below. Any and all produce that is purchased pre-cut or peeled also need to be refrigerated. When you do cut produce with skin such as apples, avocados and potatoes whose insides brown quickly, lightly brushing lemon juice on the exposed area to keep their color longer.
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The Deadly Secret

Photo by Mark Crossfield via Flickr

Photo by Mark Crossfield via Flickr

“Act calm as to not alert anyone, but everyone around you is not who they say they are,” I paused to look around the newsroom and see if any coworkers were attempting to see my reaction to this silly joke but all I saw were frantic journalists on talking loudly on telephones while simultaneously typing on their Mac desktop computers. I then continued to read. “You need to quietly get out of there and meet me at the spot where you had your first kiss. You know the place. My name is Mark.” -Everything You Know is a Lie

I had made my way to the back of the movie theater building in town and met up with this “friend of a friend” passing along information in a file. I walked back to my car in the parking lot looking for anyone that could have seen the exchange and locked the car doors as I quickly climbed in. I received a text right afterwards from my editor telling me to come back in to the newsroom. And I had realized in that moment that I couldn’t trust anyone if I took on the story. Someone had already gone missing after looking into the case, and I didn’t want to be next. Read the rest of this page »

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