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Of Art: Claude Monet, Poppy Field near Argenteuil (1873)

I was browsing through a small album with paintings from the Musée D’Orsay and fell under the spell of this painting, a Monet showing a field of poppies near Argenteuil. It’s one of several such paintings of Coquelicots (poppies) he did when he lived in Argenteuil in the 1870s, and, from what I’ve seen online, my favorite. I love the way the reddish-orange poppies are suggested in different ways throughout the field, how sometimes they … More

Quick & Easy Recipe: Supremely Good GF Pepperoni Pizza

I wanted to leave this post for tomorrow, but I’ve tried this new GF pizza crust recipe today and the results have been spectacular, so I keep thinking about it. I never thought I would ever eat pizza this scrumptious again. I’m quite shaken with delight, I must say. Unlike many GF doughs, which yield gummy pastries on account of too much starch, this GF pizza dough comes together in a crust with amazing taste … More

Wishes from Children to Their Dad for Father’s Day Cards, and More

Father’s Day is coming up on June 20 in the US and I imagine many people are scrambling for the perfect words to accompany a card for their dad. Some people find these words easily, as a friend of mine who constantly says her parents are her heroes (which inspired me to make a card to that effect as well). Other people have trouble finding the right message, and they settle on things like “Have … More

Some Brief Notes on Marine Life in Coral Reefs, and a Few Puzzles

Today is World Oceans Day. A quick visit to the United Nations page about it informs us that oceans produce at least half the oxygen on our planet, while absorbing about 30% of the carbon dioxide released in the atmosphere. They are also home to about 15% of the Earth’s species. Unfortunately, coral reefs are suffering because of climate change, pollution, overfishing, and other factors. And coral reefs are important because a quarter of the … More

The Amazing Story of charity: water

According to Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, more people than twice the population of the United States drink dirty water, filled with worms and other visible creatures, and microorganisms sometimes powerful enough to cause diarrhea and various illnesses, and often the loss of lives. That’s 785 million—and that’s a conservative estimate. It seems like an insurmountable problem, and yet it costs charity: water only $40 to give one more person clean water. That’s where … More

Quick & Easy Recipe: Sweet & Tangy Spinach Apple Salad

This is a scrumptious yet healthier, pared-down version of an American recipe, made only with baby spinach, apples, walnuts, and cranberries. That’s a lot of texture and taste to savor, however, even without the addition of goat cheese or red onion or grapes—although you could add those too if you wanted. And that’s because of the marvelous dressing, a honey Dijon balsamic vinaigrette, which amps up the flavor of to a much higher level. And … More

How to Have More Energy. Part 2: 12+2 Small but Effective Tips

In a previous post I talked about the big factors that ensure we have good energy—how we should make sure we sleep enough and exercise (preferably in nature), take short and long breaks, and, in general, try to both relax and pamper our body a little. Now I’d like to share some small tips that can nevertheless have a great impact on our energy levels. Here they are: 1. Dance, Dance, Dance You may not … More

Cute Love Pillows for Kids

In these difficult times, kids need to be reassured that things are not as dire as they may seem, and that the love of their parents and dear ones around them will carry them through to better times. With these thoughts in mind and with the help of IMteam Designs, I created three pillows for kids, with two trees in spring, summer, and autumn, and two birds holding a “LOVE” banner from one tree to … More

TT: Before air travel, make sure your nose is not congested

Today’s tip (this will become a series as TT, to be published every now and then) is courtesy of my ENT doctor, whom I saw a few hours ago to have my earwax removed. As we got to talking, I mentioned having pain in my left ear the last time I was on a plane, when the pilot landed the plane rather abruptly. Disclaimer: I am not a medical or health practitioner, and no part … More

Quick & Easy Recipe: GF, SF Cocoa Cake with Forest Fruit Topping

This is a gluten-free, sugar-free cake recipe that is pared down to the minimum ingredients without sacrificing the taste. It tastes satisfying, and you can’t even tell it wasn’t made with real sugar. And then the forest fruit topping is oh so healthy! But don’t be mistaken, so is the chickpea flour and cocoa (and eggs and bananas) in the batter. Only the butter is so-so 🙂 And yes, all you need is 5 big … More

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