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Is the NRA a Good Ol’ Boys Club?

The NRA (National Rifle Association of America) calls itself “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization.” By most definitions, civil rights refer to a “class of rights to protect individuals’ freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, and private individuals. They ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil and political life of the society and state without discrimination or repression.”* So, it only seems natural to look at the people – the officers, directors, and key employees – and the composition of the management of “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization” to see if this organization sets the standards for upholding civil rights in America.

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The Israeli Conflict in 700 Words

Every newspaper, magazine, and media outlet is spewing out articles about Israel these days – often with several related stories because there is simply so much information and an abundance of opinions, all of which can be overwhelming. The conflict between Israel and the rest of the world is daunting and polarizing which is all the more reason the public needs to be informed. With that in mind, the Israeli conflict is described below in 700 words:

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When in Philly, Go To Vedge

On a beautiful street lined with 4-story brick brownstones in downtown Philadelphia is one of the best restaurants in the city, if not the state or for that matter, the eastern seaboard. That the restaurant only serves vegan food is all the more surprising because fans of Vedge are an eclectic group of eaters:  carnivores, paleos, vegetarians, vegans, and more.  The common denominator is the shared passion for incredibly great tasting food which is what Vedge delivers consistently.

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How to Make Date Rolls

Dates really are nature’s candy with a super sweet flavor and a soft, creamy texture that given the chance, will become a family favorite because whatever dates lack in looks, they more than make up in flavor. Enjoy is as or simply pit, blend, and roll in chopped nuts to make a delicious date roll.

During the holiday season, when dates are readily available, date rolls can be purchased in most grocery stores or on-line but the best date rolls are the ones made at home with moist, chewy dates and crunchy toasted chopped nuts. Using toasted nuts as opposed to raw nuts gives more flavor and texture to the date roll (and the nuts are crunchier because they have not been sitting ton the date roll absorbing moisture for weeks).

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Who To Trust For Nutrition Advice?

Lifestyle choices are one of three aspects (the others being genetics and the environment) that greatly affect our health. We can’t pick our parents and environmental factors are not wholly within our control but we can focus on lifestyle choices that affect our health so who do we turn to for advice?

Everyone has an opinion about diet and nutrition which makes the amount of information to sift through a monumental and often overwhelming task that typically leads to confusion – which is just what the industries who are threatened by the power of nutrition want.

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17
Nov

Abide with Me

We can wonder if, for all our separate histories, we are not more alike than different after all.     ~Elizabeth Strout

In 1959, life in small town America revolved around family, school, work, and church which was pretty much the same decades before and decades since. Houses may have updated appliances, driveways new cars, and schools fitted with updated technology but people tend to stay the same. They root for a winner but can’t help finding fault, gossiping, and crucifying others for perceived slights, petty jealousies, or simply because they have nothing else to do. And, as soon as a person is knocked down to size, they come together to lift him or her up, rejoicing in their newfound redemption. Such is the story of the townspeople in a small northeastern town in Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout. Read more »

15
Nov

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans are so nutty scrumptious and so easy to make that you just may find yourself making these decadent treats weekly – especially around the holidays . Delicious on top of sweet potatoes, a hot fudge sundae (what’s a sundae without nuts?), or in a salad with chopped apples or dried cranberries, Candied Pecans add just the right amount of crunchy sweetness to a dessert, side dish, or salad. And, with just four common ingredients (including water), Candied Pecans are anything but complicated. Read more »

13
Nov

How To Pizzaz Up Homemade Soup

The base of most homemade soups starts with chopped onions, carrots, and celery along with water or broth. These days, most supermarkets, including Trader Joe’s sell containers of fresh diced vegetables which makes it easy to make a batch of soup in a jiffy. But, if you want to add some pizzaz to a homemade soup, consider adding a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dehydrated vegetables made by Harmony House Foods. Read more »

11
Nov

Where Does $100 to United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, Inc. Go?

When it comes to United Way, the basic question that most donors want to know is “how much of my donation goes to the organizations that provide health, education, and financial stability to members of the community.?” In other words, how much of my donation is awarded in grants to the local agencies? The answer depends on the community because United Way has more than 1,800 chapters worldwide. In North Carolina there are 54 United Way chapters with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, Inc. (UWABC) serving about 250,000 people spread over 660 square miles in western North Carolina. Read more »

9
Nov

Each Kindness

Each Kindness is a beautiful picture book with a powerful message about how we treat people and the regrets we may have.  Written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis, Each Kindness is told from the perspective of a young girl named Chloe who tells the story of what happened when a new girl named Maya joined her class in primary school (the book does not specify the grade but it appears to be about second or third grade).

Chloe recounts with brutal honesty how she shunned the new girl, made fun of her, and refused all attempts at friendship throughout the school year. When Ms. Albert, their teacher gives a lesson on kindness, Chloe wonders how much better the year could have been if she had shown Maya a little kindness and opened her heart to friendship. Read more »

7
Nov

Beets and Spinach

There are times a vegetable bowl will take my breath away – the vibrant colors of freshly cooked vegetables are literally eye candy but it’s the flavor that ends up reeling me in.  When I think of a veggie bowl, I try to combine veggies of different colors and textures like beets and spinach.

Beets get a bad rap (i.e.borscht) but freshly cooked red or yellow beets are not only striking but earthy, flavorful and perfect to use in a vegetable bowl. Add sautéed dark green fresh baby spinach and the ultimate snack veggie bowl is done. All you have to do is grab a fork and enjoy. Read more »

5
Nov

Food For Life® English Muffins

An english muffin’s most defining characteristics are its nooks and crannies but the ingredients to make this breakfast favorite are even more important because most of these round fork-split yeast-leavened breads are made with enriched white flour, sugar, oil, dairy products, and scary sounding ingredients (mono and diglycerides) which from a nutrition standpoint is not optimal. Read more »

3
Nov

Tips to Understanding an IRS Form 990

Most charitable organizations exempt from income tax under Section 501 are required to file an IRS Form 990, which details financial, management, program, and fundraising information.  These returns can often be hundreds of pages long which can be overwhelming to potential donors who are trying to understand where charitable dollars are spent. Although all of the information is important, there are key pieces of information to focus on if time is limited. With that in mind, here are 13 tips to gain a quick understanding of a non-profit. Read more »

1
Nov

Amy and Isabelle

Because if everyone just turns out like their mother, then what’s the rat’s-ass point?”

Elizabeth Strout is one of the few writers who has mastered the art of writing about difficult women we loathe but love to read about. In her Pulitzer-prize winning novel, Olive Kitteridge (2009), Strout gave us an opinionated, forthright, bossy, cantankerous, and self-righteous protagonist (Olive Kitteridge) who was also loyal, honest, and conscientious. Most readers identified in some way with Olive Kitteridge – the school teacher, the wife of the local  pharmacist, and the mother who loved imperfectly – but felt relieved the similarities only went so far.  Read more »

30
Oct

Nuttzo® Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Squares

When I was young I could never decide which was better:  chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal cookie dough.  When I grew up I still couldn’t decide if one was truly better than the other so after contemplating this dilemma for the better part of five decades, I had this breakthrough moment where I thought why not combine all three to make the ultimate cookie dough snack treat. Read more »