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The Kiwiberry

The kiwiberry is the ultimate popper.

Kiwiberries arrived in grocery stores this week so grab a half pint container while you can.  If you’ve never heard of a kiwiberry, then you’re not alone.

Relatively new to the US, a kiwiberry is a small green fruit (about the size of a cherry tomato or a large green olive) with a smooth (no fuzz) edible skin and a concentrated very sweet kiwi flavor that will have you popping them in your mouth as fast as you can chew them (which is really fast).  Because of their size, the kiwiberry can be eaten like a grape but the little green fruits can also be cut in half or quartered and added to a fruit salad. Read more »


Where does $1 to the Arthritis Foundation go?

The Arthritis Foundation, Inc. (AF) is a 501 (c)(3) whose mission is to improve the lives of those suffering from arthritis through advocacy (lobbying for access to treatment and medications), program services, community programs, professional education, and supporting research.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, AF has a national office (a not-for-profit Georgia corporation) and chartered entities (offices in virtually every state which serves local communities) throughout the United States which are separate 501 (c)(3)’s and consequently, file separate 990’s. Beginning in 2014, AF started consolidating the chartered entities into the national office to obtain economies of scale and centralize certain administrative functions. Read more »



We all know that good oral health is critical for our overall well-being so we brush our teeth two or three times a day, floss, and see a dental hygienist once or twice a year to professionally clean our teeth. Walking out of the dentist’s office with sparkly clean teeth is a great feeling but it never lasts long. So what can we do to maintain healthy gums and teeth? The answer:  use Livionex: a tooth gel that removes more plaque than other commercial toothpaste.

Several months ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a certain traveler’s must-haves. On that list was Livionex dental gel. Intrigued, I went to the company website and read about the benefits of using Livionex compared to regular commercial toothpaste.  The website told me that Livionex: Read more »


Who is the Freedom Caucus?

Over the past few weeks as I’ve listened to arguments over healthcare, the “Freedom Caucus” keeps coming up which made me wonder “Who is the Freedom Caucus?” The answer:  a congressional caucus made up of 30 men, almost all (28) of whom are white and middle-aged or seniors. The other two men include a middle-aged man who was born in Puerto Rico and an Arab-American.

The Freedom Caucus is a conservative group of congressmen who claim to represent the interests of their constituents.  There are no women and no African-American members of the Freedom Caucus, and this fringe group only has 30 members (7%) out of 435 members of Congress, which is telling. And, yet the Freedom Caucus is a powerful group in that they can withhold enough votes to stop the Republican party from pushing forward their agenda (which actually helps the Democrats much to their dismay). Read more »



Finally, a dairy-free alternative to Half and Half…..

For people contemplating eliminating dairy products from their diet, there are usually three roadblocks to success:  summer ice cream cones, cheese, and creamy milk in the morning cup of coffee. The plant-based community is making strides in creating delicious alternatives to ice cream, cheese, and milk by using various nuts (almond, cashew, macadamia, coconut) and legumes (pea) instead of cow milk but finding a nut-based milk that blends well with coffee has been elusive….until now. Read more »



A picture is worth a thousand words.

People often talk about the power of words but consider for a moment the power of pictures. The well-known saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is easily understood when we think of the Mona Lisa or American Gothic but the meaning takes on a whole new dimension when applied to a children’s picture book called Journey by Aaron Becker, a man who has been known to say his favorite destination remains in his imagination. Read more »


Where Does $100 to Samaritan’s Purse Go?

Samaritan’s Purse – based out of Boone, North Carolina – is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) established in 1970 by Bob Pierce who died in 1978. W. Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham) became Chairman, President, and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse in 1979 and has held the position since although he is also an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization that provides “spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.” Read more »


10 Things You Can Do To Make The World A Better Place

Sometimes the problems in our world seem so overwhelming that we underestimate the power of our ability to make a difference in ourselves (both physically and mentally), the environment, and in the lives of other beings. We all tend to think of ourselves first but life would have little meaning if not for others. So, in the spirit of making the world a better place, consider doing one or all of the following “little” things to make a “big” change in your world: Read more »


“Don’t Wait Until Your Doctor Kicks the Habit”

I don’t mind dying. I just don’t want it to be my fault.                                          ~ Dr. Kim A. Williams, MD, Past Pres of ACC

When Dr. Williams was elected President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in 2015, he became the first vegan president of a very prestigious medical association concerned with education of cardiovascular health. Imagine a cardiologist who promotes a plant-based diet as a way to reverse heart disease and Type II diabetes, lower blood pressure, and lose weight? Read more »


Freida’s Mandarinquats

Eating the skin of a citrus fruit is unfathomable for some people because almost every citrus fruit has to be peeled with the fruit of our efforts in the sweet flesh. But a kumquat (a tiny citrus fruit about the size of an olive) is different in that the skin is sweet and the flesh is sour.  Ideal for jams and marmalade, kumquats provide the perfect ying and yang when it comes to making a fruit spread for our toast or bagels, but have never really caught the public’s attention like the Mandarin, Honey Bell, Navel, or Sumo. Read more »