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Who Would Have Thought That A Stick Man Needed An Emotional Lift?

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It really happened. He fell into a state of brokeness and dispair, until he met a swinging “stick chick” who loved dancing. Afterwards, his was a continual transformation. She inspired his brokenness to firm up, for a dance of spicy Asian love. The two danced and still dance to this present day.

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The use of Chopsticks creates a culinary dance of ‘pickups, swings and twirls’ in the Asian Cuisines. The rest is history…

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A Brief History of Chopsticks

We’ve discussed the story of the knife and fork, but there’s another set of utensils used by billions of people around the world—and it has a truly ancient past. The Chinese have been wielding chopsticks since at least 1200 B.C., and by A.D. 500 the slender batons had swept the Asian continent from Vietnam to Japan.

From their humble beginnings as cooking utensils to paper-wrapped bamboo sets at the sushi counter, there’s more to chopsticks than meets the eye.

The fabled ruins of Yin, in Henan province, provided not only the earliest examples of Chinese writing but also the first known chopsticks—bronze sets found in tombs at the site. Capable of reaching deep into boiling pots of water or oil, early chopsticks were used mainly for cooking. It wasn’t until A.D. 400 that people began eating with the utensils. This happened when a population boom across China sapped resources and forced cooks to develop cost-saving habits. They began chopping food into smaller pieces that required less cooking fuel—and happened to be perfect for the tweezers-like grip of chopsticks.

As food became bite-sized, knives became more or less obsolete. Their decline—and chopsticks’ ascent—also came courtesy of Confucius. As a vegetarian, he believed that sharp utensils at the dinner table would remind eaters of the slaughterhouse. He also thought that knives’ sharp points evoked violence and warfare, killing the happy, contended mood that should reign during meals. Thanks in part to his teachings, chopstick use quickly became widespread throughout Asia.

Different cultures adopted different chopstick styles. Perhaps in a nod to Confucius, Chinese chopsticks featured a blunt rather than pointed end. In Japan, chopsticks were 8 inches long for men and 7 inches long for women. In 1878 the Japanese became the first to create the now-ubiquitous disposable set, typically made of bamboo or wood. Wealthy diners could eat with ivory, jade, coral, brass or agate versions, while the most privileged used silver sets. It was believed that the silver would corrode and turn black if it came into contact with poisoned food.

Throughout history, chopsticks have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with another staple of Asian cuisine: rice. Naturally, eating with chopsticks lends itself to some types of food more than others. At first glance, you’d think that rice wouldn’t make the cut, but in Asia most rice is of the short- or medium-grain variety. The starches in these rices create a cooked product that is gummy and clumpy, unlike the fluffy and distinct grains of Western long-grain rice. As chopsticks come together to lift steaming bundles of sticky rice, it’s a match made in heaven.

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HOW TO USE CHOP STICKS

Eating Chinese food with a fork is great if you got take out and are planning to indulge yourself in front of the tv in your living room. But if you’ve ever gone to a swanky restaurant where chopsticks are the norm and forks aren’t even offered as cutlery you’ll be happy you read and re read this instructable!

Learn the proper hold of chop sticks and how to orient your fingers actually allow for flawless plate mouth food transport!

Let’s get started! Follow these 4 simple steps at link below:

How To Use Chopsticks

 
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“WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (Lyrics) – BETTE MIDLER”

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The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress

Bette Midler

for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler’s single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler’s version finished at No. 44 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

“Wind Beneath My Wings”

has also been recorded by Kerry Ellis, Lee Greenwood, B.J. Thomas, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, Patti LaBelle, Captain and Tennille, Joe Longthorne, Eddie and Gerald Levert, John Tesh, Judy Collins, Shirley Bassey, RyanDan, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Sonata Arctica, Chyi Yu, Perry Como, Sergio Franchi, Steven Houghton and Celine Dion, Nancy LaMott, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and R. Kelly. Paloma San Basilio (Spanish version “Gracias a ti”) Lou Rawls sang the song at the nationally-televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19, 1985, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

In a 2002 UK poll, “Wind Beneath My Wings” was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.[3]

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“A Blind Date When Opposites Attract”

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I had a chat with a seemingly nice female one year ago. Danah was her name. I must admit, she was charming when we chatted. I learned that she loved jazz, yoga, business meetups and belly dancing. I also learned that she loved lobsters, (“big spender am I”) so, we met for dinner at an exquisite seafood restaurant. Danah was stunning! She was wearing a navy blue silk low-cut dress that fitted snuggly around her waistline. She was curvaceous. I love a woman with big legs in high heels and Danah put that magic into my imagination. Now, with all my boasting on Danah’s looks, she was a peculiar young lady. I found it strange, her being my date and not engaging in any conversation with me. Instead, she ate the lobster dinner and left me to do all of the talking.

I boasted quite a bit about myself my spubliv speaking and athletic awards, but, I didn’t tell her that I had a twin. I told some jokes and tried hard to get her to open up; but she didn’t.

What could have gone wrong? We got along so well chatting online. End-of-story— we never had a second date. Why? ….because she never responded to my further contact attempts.

Well, that’s her bad luck, she missed out on a chance to hookup with a real nice guy and to know more about me, me…me-the smart Mason Dreyllis. The honor student, a genius mind and aspiring inventor. Also, I am super particular about my type of girl. Yeah, yeah, that’s the real reason why I’m pretty slow on the dating scene.

My twin Jason on the otherhand takes up dating as a favorite pastime. I tell you, he goes thru dating women fast and carelessly like an unstoppable train. And might add, he is not as smart as I am.

So, sharing my romantic hopes or dating failures with Jason would be an insult to my manhood and intelligence.

I will admit, my life is boring compared to Jason’s. When I am not at work, it’s me and my dog Baker, or. I am watching tv. And yes, I always frequent the internet, tirelessly surfing those dating sites. One day I received a discount coupon through the postal mail from a newly opened dog grooming business, I decided to keep it because my pomeranian Baker being fuzzy, really needed grooming.

On a lazy weekend during the late morning hours, Baker and I took a stroll over to the newly opened pet grooming shop. My hope was to bond with great service and courtesy with a smile, Upon entering the shop, I found it nice, colorful and diversified with a smart inventory to aid pet owners.

After fifteen minutes of checking out the layout, I went over and stood at the counter for service, and there stood Danah right in front of me. .

Our eyes met. I was shocked. “Danah” I said. Immediately she responded Blushing and smiling,
“my name is Dinah. You obviously have me mixed up with my twin sister Danah”. Of course I had great difficulty believing this. But without dispute, I said nothing. After all, Danah had told me nothing about herself.

Dinah and I were super attracted to each other. We talked talked and talked. I waited around for her to ckose shop. She was the dog groomer.

You would not believe this BUT before Dinah closed up, her twin sister Danah drops in and I am STARTLED because she is with my twin brother Jason. Call it unintended consequences but, with us, the love just kept blossoming. As twin couples, we are now married, with lovely children and more sets of twins.

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High Maintenance Men Are On The Scene, Move over Glamour Girls!


The Brazilian bikini wax for men is becoming an ever more popular for the body conscious gent. Some wonder, what man would willingly allow his more intimate parts to be exposed to hot wax before having that wax ripped from his body? The answer is more guys than you might think!

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Who is Wearing the Crown In Your Relationship?

HIGH MAINTENANCE MEN!

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You’ve no doubt heard about high maintenance women. They’re the manipulative princesses who become needy and moody when they don’t get their own way. But did you know there is also the high maintenance man? They’re a different breed altogether, but their behaviour is just as consuming.

HIGH MAINTENANCE MEN ARE THE GUYS WHO HAVE YOU MAKING SMALL ADJUSTMENTS IN YOUR LIFE IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THEIR INSECURITIES. YOU MAKE THESE ADJUSTMENTS BECAUSE THE DRAMA THAT FOLLOWS IF YOU DON’T, SIMPLY ISN’T WORTH IT. EACH SMALL ADJUSTMENT ON ITS OWN MIGHT SEEM LIKE NOTHING BUT EVENTUALLY YOU’RE TURNING YOURSELF INTO A CONTORTIONIST JUST TO KEEP THE PEACE. THE BIG PROBLEM WITH EACH OF THESE ADJUSTMENTS IS THAT YOU ARE RELINQUISHING A SMALL ASPECT OF YOURSELF EVERY TIME YOU ALLOW IT. EVENTUALLY YOU’LL FEEL LIKE A PRETZEL TWISTING TO ACCOMMODATE THIS PERSON AND AVOID THE DRAMA.

He doesn’t like that dress you love? You stop wearing it. He doesn’t like one of your friends? You stop hanging out together. He doesn’t like your favourite bar? You stop going. In the short term, high maintenance men might seem worth your while, but in the long run the daily adjustments become exhausting and isolating.

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What are the early signs of high maintenance men? Jealousy, possessiveness or a mighty big chip on his shoulder. Anything you do that feels empowering or involves a life beyond the relationship will be seen as a threat so that’s usually where the drama begins. It’ll start with him not liking one or two of your friends, or criticising an activity you love to do. Eventually it’ll escalate to mocking various friends or demeaning something you’ve always loved doing. It wont necessarily be an outright assault either. It’ll usually come laced an a joke so that it’s your problem for taking things too seriously or being overly sensitive. Sarcasm and cynicism are tools widely wielded by the high maintenance man.

If you’re wondering if your man is high maintenance think about a future event with friends or family. If it’s easier if he’s not there, then he’s probably high maintenance. Or if you find yourself constantly making excuses for your partner ‘oh that’s just him, he doesn’t like it when (insert normal human interaction)’ then the chances are he’s high maintenance.

KEEP IN MIND, THIS RELATIONSHIP MIGHT BE DOABLE WHEN YOUR YOUNG AND HAVE YOUR OWN LIFE, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE HIS KIDS AND ARE DEPENDENT ON HIS INCOME, THIS BEHAVIOUR BECOMES POSSESSIVE & CONTROLLING.
Eventually life with this man is exhausting, isolating and above all, chips away at your self-esteem. You’ll feel you can’t tell your close friends about him as it’ll sound petty, because as discussed above, each individual thing on it’s own is no big deal. It’s the cumulation of living with these contortionist adjustments, day-in day-out, that becomes a huge problem.

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT A HIGH MAINTENANCE GUY IF YOU’RE ALREADY INVOLVED?
Push back! You’ve created a monster by allowing this behaviour to continue, so now it’s time to establish some healthy boundaries. All those things you’ve stopped doing because of him? Start doing them. Yes there’ll be drama from his end, but you can’t buy into it. It’s time to stand up to this immature bully before you have nothing left of authentic, divine you.

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“I’m so proud- Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions”

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Curtis Lee Mayfield

(June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, who was one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music. He first achieved success and recognition with the Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, and later worked as a solo artist.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mayfield started his musical career in a gospel choir. Moving to Chicago’s North Side he met Jerry Butler in 1956 at the age of 14, and joined vocal group the Impressions. As a songwriter, Mayfield became noted as one of the first musicians to bring more prevalent themes of social awareness into soul music. In 1965, he wrote “People Get Ready” for the Impressions, which displayed his more politically charged songwriting. Ranked at no. 24 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the song received numerous other awards, and was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, as well as being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Coconut Lattes

Coconut Lattes


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Homemade Coconut Lattes

yield: makes 1, is easily multiplied

total time: 15 minutes

 

ingredients:

coconut syrup

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

Make One Coconut Latte:

  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut syrup
  • 4 to 6 ounces steamed milk with foam
  • coconut sugar for sprinkling
  • toasted coconut for topping

Directions:

To make the coconut syrup, combine the water, coconut milk and coconut sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and bring the mixture to a bubble. Turn off the heat and allow to cool completely. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge.

To make the latte, brew one (or two!) shots of espresso. Whisk in 1 to 2 tablespoons of the coconut syrup (totally depends on how sweet you’d like it, how much coconut flavor you want) and pour in the steamed milk. Cover with a sprinkling of coconut sugar and toasted coconut.

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Iced Latte Green Mint (mix and blend to your creative taste)

Iced Latte Green Mint (mix and blend to your creative taste)

Refreshing summer drink containing 

  • ice pulp, 
  • milk, 
  • mint syrup, 
  • and coffee (also offered as version without coffee).

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