Service To Others

“Together our fundamental worth is intrinsic. It’s based on kindness, compassion and generosity, the ability to give and receive love. Service to others has a powerful effect on how we feel about ourselves as well as on how it makes others feel. There are many opportunities to serve, to switch our focus from ourselves to others.” — Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

The Helping Hand, Emile Renouf

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9fa6-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

What Does It Mean To Me?

“Doing what’s meaningful — acting on what really matters to a person — is the antidote to burnout…Face what’s happening. What does it mean to me? What really matters to me now? Is there a way I can act upon what’s meaningful to me?” — Daniel Goleman

Children of migratory Mexican field workers. The older one helps tie carrots in the field. Coachella Valley, California. Photograph by Dorothea Lange

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/97c9b2b0-8843-0136-77d4-7de99b31c5cb

Ripe Opportunity

“The stay-at-home edict has pushed so many of us into an external motivation mode that is making us face something that feels like lethargy and meaninglessness…At the same time it’s a ripe opportunity to think about what really matters to us…Doing what’s meaningful — acting on what really matters to a person — is the antidote to burnout…Face what’s happening. What does it mean to me? What really matters to me now? Is there a way I can act upon what’s meaningful to me?” — Daniel Goleman

Calipatria, Imperial Valley, In Farm Security Administration (FSA) emergency migratory labor camp. Daughter of ex-tenant farmers on thirds and fourths in cotton. Had fifty dollars when set out … Photo by Dorothea Lange 1939

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/3a598360-9415-0136-f078-7fd4677b7b2b

50 Questions

I culled these questions together from various places.

Have fun!

50 QUESTIONS APRIL 2020 BY CRITIC HOUSEWIFE
1 IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH A PERSON WHO IS DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
2 WHAT IS THE ONE SKILL THAT YOU DON’T HAVE, THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD?
3 IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, AND YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD THAT BE?
4 WHAT IS THE DUMBEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
5 WHAT’S THE BEST GIFT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
6 WHAT KEEPS YOU FROM DOING THE THINGS YOU REALLY WANT TO DO?
7 WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU ABSOLUTELY KNOW TO BE TRUE?
8 WHEN DO YOU OVERREACT?
9 WHAT IS YOUR PERFECT DAY?
10 IF YOU COULD PICK ONE YEAR TO COMPLETELY REMOVE FROM YOUR LIFE, WHAT YEAR WOULD IT BE, AND WHY?
11 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
12 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE BANDS?
13 WHO ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE SINGERS?
14 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITES TYPES OF MUSIC?
15 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE FOODS?
16 WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST REGRET RE SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD HAVE DONE, BUT DID NOT?
17 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE MOVIES?
18 IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYTHING MATERIALISTIC, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? LIST THREE.
19 WHO ARE THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU HAVE MET WHO IMPRESSED YOU?
20 DO YOU BELIEVE IN ALIENS?
21 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER, WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN ABOUT SPENDING MONEY?
22 WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FAMOUS? IN WHAT WAY?
23 BEFORE MAKING A PHONE CALL, DO YOU EVER REHEARSE WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SAY?
24 WHEN DID YOU LAST SING TO YOURSELF? TO SOMEONE ELSE?
25 WHAT SMELLS MAKE YOU HAPPY?
26 WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR HOUSE OR APARTMENT?
27 IF A CRYSTAL BALL COULD TELL YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT YOURSELF, YOUR LIFE, YOUR FUTURE OR ANYTHING ELSE, WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW?
28 IS THERE SOMETHING YOU HAVE DREAMT OF DOING FOR A LONG TIME? WHY HAVEN’T YOU DONE IT?
29 WHAT ARE THE THREE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF YOUR LIFE?
30 WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN A FRIENDSHIP?
31 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE LEAST FAVORITE HOUSE CHORES?
32 IF YOU KNEW THAT IN ONE YEAR YOU WOULD DIE SUDDENLY, WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU ARE NOW LIVING? WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
33 WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST THING YOU HAVE SEEN SOMEONE DO AT YOUR WORKPLACE?
34 WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
35 WHEN HAVE YOU FELT THE MOST CHALLENGED?
36 NAME THREE COUNTRIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL TO, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO THEM BEFORE.
37 WRITE 5-10 OF THE NICEST THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE DONE FOR YOU.
38 WHAT FOREIGN LANGUAGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MASTER?
39 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE DESSERTS?
40 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE WAYS TO EXERCISE?
41 DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS.
42 WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
43 WHAT IS THE TRAIT YOU DEPLORE IN OTHERS?
44 WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE?
45 WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU HAPPIEST?
46 WHO ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE ARTISTS?
47 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE FICTION BOOKS?
48 WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE NON-FICTION BOOKS?
49 WHO ARE YOUR THREE HEROES?
50 WHAT ARE THE THREE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN NATURE?

Hand Sanitizer: Make Your Own

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We have some aloe vera plants. I decided to make my own hand sanitizer. I watched a couple videos about how to extract aloe vera gel.

I cut off an older leaf. I cut off the ends and sides. With a knife I sliced off the skin on one side. It was hard to slice off the skin because the skin on our plant is thin. (I watched other videos where the leaf has a thicker skin, and the thicker skin looked easier to slice off.) I tried various kitchen utensils to scrape off the gel: a fork (too shreddy), a spoon worked good. I also used a razor blade. I also just squeezed it.

I got 2 Tablespoons of gel. I put the gel and 4 Tablespoons of 70% rubbing alcohol in a food processor and blended it. The ratio is 1 part aloe vera to 2 parts rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol has to be at least 60% alcohol. I strained it into a dispenser and now I can use it. It made 1/4 cup; good to know how much one leaf made.

Take care!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My chocolate chip cookies look pretty wild, but they are very tasty. We like eating them after dinner while we are watching our large screen. Or I guess they are good for breakfast and a post-lunch snack too. They are cheap to make and cost less than ice cream (depending on what ice cream you purchase).

I have always made “Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.” I even scanned the recipe from the back of the chocolate chip cookie packaging (see below). You put in the whole 12 oz package of chips. Sometimes I use 6 oz of chopped up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and 6 oz of chocolate chips.

Enjoy!

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Loubieh Wa Hommus Bi-Ziet Recipe

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Hi! I am going to start adding some of my favorite recipes to my blog. This recipe I adapted from Saveur Magazine. It’s called Loubieh Wa Hommus Bi-Ziet, and in English it means Lebanese-Style Green Beans With Chickpeas in Olive Oil. I first made this in 2011, nine years ago. I made it yesterday, and it’s very delicious. The photo above is before I put the water in it. I trim off each green bean end with scissors. What gives this dish its rich taste is the cumin seeds cooked in olive oil, and the onions sautéed in tomato paste (get some tomato paste in a tube) and paprika. Serve it over rice. Let me know if you try it. I hope you like it.

Here is the recipe:

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Own It

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“Take whatever weird little opportunity you can find and own it.”

Tara Schuster, author of Buy Yourself the Fucking Lilies

I read an article by Tara and my interpretation about the article is this: If you don’t have much to do when you start a new job, or you don’t feel like you are qualified, how can you stay busy, improve things, or show your worth? “Take whatever weird little opportunity you can find and own it…Best case scenario: someone cool will notice. Worst case? You’ll know and take pride, even if the task sucks.”

We can apply this to NOW in our personal lives. Take the time to call someone who you haven’t spoken to in awhile and get caught up. Cuz some of us certainly have the time.

Changes

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Hello! I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

I made some changes to my site. I found out that my previous theme called Bueno (which I had been using since 2012) is no longer supported by WordPress, so I had to install a new theme. I hope you like it. The new one is called Penscratch 2. I chose it because I like having a sidebar.

Now that I have more time at home because of COVID, I am going to post on my blog more.

Take care and talk to you soon.

Confined To REM

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Dreaming isn’t confined to REM sleep; it’s also possible to dream as we fall asleep and right before we wake up.

Why We Dream by Alice Robb

This happens to me a lot – I have fallen asleep at 9:30pm and wake up at 10:30am, having had a full, deep dream. Or I wake up at 4:30am to use the restroom, fall back asleep, wake up at 5:30am and have had a full-on dream.

How about you?