Friday, December 28, 2012

"Pass The Butter ... Please”

This is interesting. . . .

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.  It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.... 

DO YOU KNOW... The difference between margarine and butter? 

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.  Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.  Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.  Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.  Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!   Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.  Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine. . . . .

Very High in Trans fatty acids.  Triples risk of coronary heart disease.  Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol).  Increases the risk of cancers up to five times.  Lowers quality of breast milk.  Decreases immune response.  Decreases insulin response. 

And here's the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING! 

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance). 

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie micro-organisms will not a find a home to grow.

Why, because it is nearly plastic.  Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends..... (If you want to butter them up')! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

 Christmas Eve
My Family

 Candlelight Vigil
in Honor of
Sandy Hook Tragedy
 Sara from "Over the Moon"
Bead Shop
Handing out Candles

 Cambridge, NY

This Special Tree
was Decorated
in Honor
Sandy Hook
Duchess on left side
of the
[Photo by Sara]
 BFP Annual Holiday
Friday, Dec 21

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Video created by "Brooklyn for Peace" Arts & Culture committee tackling the issue of this hot topic, and what it means to many Americans.  Click this link  to see the Grand Bargain Video [2-3 minutes]; produced by Joel Chaffee from interviews conducted by Veronica Nunn.

To learn more about "Brooklyn for Peace", go to

NOTE:  Take a moment to sign this petition ["Jobs Not War"] from Democracy In Action

 My Christmas theme
this year
Blue & Silver

Sheila and I
Bryant Park
December 14th

Enough with the Guns don't kill people; people kill people!  PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE!  Here are 10 laws Congress could enact immediately:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Progressive NYC Recovery

Senator Sanders:  Wall Street CEOs are the “Faces of Class Warfare”
Common Dreams Staff

Genetically Modified Seed Giant DuPont to Unleash Seed Police
Common Dreams Staff

8 Reasons Wall Street Greed Is the Cause, and the Solution, To Phony Fiscal Cliff Crisis
Les Leopold, AlterNet

How to Stop Psychopath CEOs From Looting and Destroying Their Own Companies
Mitchell Anderson, The Tyee

No More Boardwalks in the City After Hurricane Sandy

5 Ways to Beat the Plutocrats
Sam Pizzigati, AlterNet

Don't Slave Your Life Away: Why America Should Embrace a 4-Day Work Week
Workers today are expected to be on call 24/7
Bill Ivey, AlterNet

5 Companies that Treat Their Customers Like Crap
Lauren Kelley, AlterNet

3 Things You Have to Know About the Bogus “Fiscal Cliff”
Larry Beinhart, AlterNet

Thursday, December 06, 2012

 Holiday Gathering
with some Friends
Dec 2nd 
Some Members
NYC Friends of Tolkien
Anderson Cooper Live
to see Cast Members
[Dec 4th] 

Nov 1st finds me back at the office after a nice vacation and dealing with Hurricane Sandy.  Took me 2 ½ hours during my commute in the morning to get to the office.  Whew!

Nov 2nd, finds me back at the office once more, but at least a better commute in the morning with a ride into Manhattan.  Later on, after getting off the N train, I had to walk all the way home to northern Brooklyn.  That whole commute took 1.5 hours and it was cold with chilly winds.  Wasn’t feeling at all well upon arrival at home, and a wee bit ill.

Nov 3rd, I did volunteer work [along with others] at the Greenpoint Reform Church to help with food prep and bagging.  Other volunteers took the bagged goodies to hurricane ravaged areas in Coney Island, Rockaway’s and Red Hook.  I also rented some Doctor Who DVDs too.

Nov 4th, I attended my first yoga class in about 2 months, and worked with Fabrice, so as not to injure my foot.  Felt good to be back at yoga class and really missed it.

Nov 5th & 6th, there is still no G train service, so had to walk to/from the 7 train in Long Island City to get to work.

Nov 7th, I worked from home due to the nasty Nor’easter whipping through the tri-state area.

Nov 8th, as a board member with BFP, I attended our “open community” meeting this evening, which was informative and interesting.  We had a really nice turnout of 25+.

Nov 10th, I had my first “private” session with Fabrice at the yoga center.  This is to help me get back into yoga after being away from class for 2 months, plus work around my lung/back/foot issues.  In the afternoon, I did volunteer work at the Greenpoint Reformed Church to make up bagged meals for Hurricane Sandy victims in NYC area.

Nov 11th, I had a much needed acupuncture therapy appt with Dr Tan, who was away during October on a much deserved vacation.  Also, he has me back on the herbs.

Nov 12th, I participated in a BFP A&C committee conference call that stemmed from comments / conversation at the recent “open community” meeting on Nov 8th.

Nov 14th, in the evening I participated with Shawn and Charlotte regarding the BFP fundraising drive, which takes place during the whole month of November.  We made phone calls from Charlotte’s home to members of BFP who’ve contributed in the past.  Many BFP board members help out with this effort every year, and this is my first time, as an official board member, in helping out the fundraising.

Nov 15th, I had my second “private” session with Fabrice at the yoga center.

Nov 16th-18th, I visited with friends down in the DC / VA area for the weekend.  I got to visit Leesburg, Alexandria and a delightful tour of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

Nov 19th, I had an acupuncture therapy appt with Dr Tan after work.

Nov 20th, I participated in the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting with Joel, Veronica and Charlotte.  It was a terrific, productive meeting with many action items.

Nov 22nd, I volunteered with Project Find to assist homebound seniors with hot turkey dinners and bags of goodies.  I worked with Diane and Joan, plus ran into Kevin from previous years and we chatted abit.  He’s still working on “Nurse Jackie” cable TV series and lost weight.  Then I did some volunteering in my hood for Hurricane Sandy survivors.  Overall it was a blessed day.

Nov 23rd – 25th, I visited my parents in upstate NY, helped out around the house and took them out to brunch.  Also did some shopping, hair salon and photography.

Nov 26th, I had acupuncture therapy appt with Dr Tan after work.

Nov 29th, in the evening I participated with Shawn and Charlotte regarding the BFP fundraising drive, which takes place during the whole month of November.

Nov 30th, through work I volunteered with other EA’s at an E&Y Alumni event at the Crowne Plaza hotel from 6:30am to 1pm.  This meant that I could, and did, leave the office at 3:30pm.