Fun Fact About the Perennial Eggplant

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DID YOU KNOW? Eggplant (Solanum melongena esculentum) is a tender perennial plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). It is erect, bushy with stem sometimes armed with few spikes. Its leaves are large, ovate and slightly lobed. The shape and color of fruits depend on the variety. Eggplant is extensively grown in the eastern and southern Asia …

5 Basic Rules to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

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A healthy lifestyle means a happy and long life. That’s every other person’s goal, right? But how are we going to achieve that goal? The road to a healthy and long life is encapsulated in the chart above. You see, the first and second rules are about eating the right foods. Less meat, more vegetables …

What Makes the Mediterranean Diet Healthful?


The Mediterranean people, especially those living on the island of Crete, were noticeably lean and physically healthy, not known to have suffered from heart diseases. The Cretans’ diet used to consist mainly of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, and some fish. More than 40% of their caloric consumption is from olive oil. The …

The Buried Secrets of Peonies – Book Review

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The voices of suffering Book Review The Buried Secrets of Peonies By Mernegar Dorgoly Mernegar Dorgoly’s The Buried Secrets of Peonies is a collection of eight short stories. Set in Iran during Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s rule, each story reflects the lives of ordinary people under the new theocratic government. Looking back to history, Ayatollah Ruhollah …

Domestic Geese: Are they Friend or Foe?

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On the lighter side of things Geese can be naughty or nice. They charge at anyone without provocation, testing your running ability. Have you experienced being chased by a goose? Well, I think if you have gone to an animal farm, you know what I'm talking about. I'm sharing this just for the fun of …

Uses of Baking Soda in Cooking and Other Kitchen Chores


There's more to baking in baking soda Baking soda is an all-around helper.  Indeed! Not only is it good at baking, but also in other kitchen chores. Here are more ways you can bank on baking soda. [For Tips #1, 2, 3-7, click here] Tip #8 - Cleans fruits and vegetables Unless you grow your …

Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive – Book Review

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A wild ride through drug trafficking Book Review Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive by; Dan "Tito" Davis and Peter Conti Gringo: My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive is a true-to-life adventure of Dan “Tito” Davis. It’s technically written or arranged for publication by Peter Conti, but the …

McDowell – Book Review


Life is all about who you are!  Book Review McDowell by William H. Coles A character is what you build of yourself. Reputation is what people perceive of you. And the sad truth is that people can be so judgmental. William H. Coles’ book, McDowell, tells the life story of a famous surgeon and skilled …

Baking Soda Eases Heartburn and Other Discomfort

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More tips on how to maximize the use of this baking ingredient Here are 5 more ways to use baking soda, apart from being a good facial wash (Tip #1) and acne remover (Tip #2) Tip #3 - Eases heartburn and acid indigestion I can personally attest to the efficacy of baking soda in easing …