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Call them chickpeas, garbanzo beans, or ceci beans, the Cicer arietinum is a versatile bean that is enjoyed across cultures. As a kid, ceci and pasta was a staple—Italian soul food is how I refer to it in my book, Gravy Wars. As a young adult, I became accustomed to adding chickpeas to my salads. [...]
DISCLAIMER: The following list came to me via email and I found it so interesting that I wanted to share. Please note, I am not the originator of this list and regrettably do not know who is. It is being passed around without proper citation. 1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from [...]
Do you remember the childhood adage “Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me”? That saying seems to be less popular not. In fact, I can’t recall hearing it since my own childhood. Those were words to live by. Where did they go? Why did they go? Could it be [...]
Knowing that I teach Public Speaking, a friend recently asked what topic her daughter should speak about to guarantee an A for a college assignment. Well, there’s a loaded answer to that simple question. First, know that the topic won’t get the grade. Just like the visual aid or the Powerpoint won’t get the grade. [...]
The concept of American Exceptionalism is under attack. Forget about the Communist Russian leader Vladimir Putin—his agenda is to spread his flawed ideology. So, naturally he’ll attack the concept as an arrogant proclamation. We have elected officials in this country doing the same thing—misinterpreting the concept, on purpose or out of ignorance—just to push their [...]
It seems I’m not the only one off put by the big pumpkin push. My pal Vinnie the Crumb recently posted a rant on Facebook about the trend to turn everything pumpkin this time of year—pumpkin latte, pumpkin beer, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin soap, and so on. Vinnie is comical but he makes a really [...]
Here in the northeast it’s been an unusually rainy summer. August has been pleasantly cooler than usual, too. Weather happens. It’s cyclical. And we mere mortals have only been tracking it for about 200 years. So, I think it’s a bit pompous for us to believe humans have directly altered the course of nature [...]