All About Avocados

Avocado Health Benefits

Who’d have thought avocados would be so good for you? Now, I’m used to hearing about how fatty they are, so I’ve always been careful about avocado intake. But it turns out they do have other benefits.

Readers, how do you like to eat avocados? My favorite is guacamole (of course!), and I also like them in salads and on sandwiches, as long as they’re seasoned or covered in dressing. I always thought they were pretty bland by themselves.

Has anybody had a chocolate-avocado dessert? I heard chocolate and avocados was a thing now, but I’ve never tried it; it seems a little weird.

(I would have reposted this article, but the Food Revolution Network doesn’t let you repost on this site.)

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Poems for Warriors

Today is National Voter Registration day here in the US. If you are a US citizen and meet all the criteria to vote, get registered today!

Right now, we are just over 40 days away from Election Day on November 3, 2020.

Go to vote.org to get registered today. It only takes about two minutes to register and this year most counties have mail-in voting options available.

Voting is a right and privilege that every American has to use their voice to make decisions about the direction our country should go in for the next four years and regarding the numerous ballot initiatives that you agree with and support or oppose.

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New Noodle Recipes

https://foodrevolution.org/blog/plant-based-pasta-noodle-recipes

I love noodles and pasta. Unfortunately, most of them are made from refined flour and are therefore unhealthy. The link at the top talks about plant-based noodles and pasta and has some good-sounding recipes.

Do any of you make plant-based pasta? What are your favorite recipes?

September

Chittering crickets.

The hot sun scorches bare arms.

The air smells like fall.

Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

https://www.averiecooks.com/thai-chicken-coconut-curry/

The link above takes you to a recipe for a delicious curry. I made a few changes; I used peppers instead of carrots and turmeric instead of coriander, but it still turned out well.

Zucchini Pizza

This is a recipe from my friend. It’s a good alternative to regular pizza dough, and it’s the perfect recipe for when you have giant zucchini you don’t know what to do with.

You need:

1 large zucchini

Your choice of toppings.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the zucchini either lengthwise or cross-sectional. Put your choice of toppings on the slices. Either bake for 10 minutes or bake and broil for 5 minutes each. Serve hot.

Publishing Price

I have a question for people who have published books of poetry. How much did you have to pay the publisher? I’ve found a publisher willing to publish my Earth poems, and the total price is $4,000. Is this normal?

Earth: Cenozoic, Part 6

The Human Minute
 
The upright, large-brained Homo sapiens
Wander from continent to continent.
Their minds and hands work as the glaciers melt.
Their brains mature as summer comes again.
Human brains, quick, alert, calculating,
Plan a new world in but a minute’s time.
 
Animal and plant domestication
Begins, and humans learn to till the soil.
Hands grow more skilled at fashioning new tools,
And creating new works and forms of art:
Paintings of figures on the walls of caves,
Tiny stone statues of people and gods.
 
Humans are fruitful; as they multiply,
The first cities rise from river valleys.
The citizens of these early cities
Trade with each other, form alliances.
And they develop written languages
For business and for reading poems and tales.
 
Cities and tribes learn to fight each other
With pointed spears and shining swords of bronze.
Later, they make weapons out of iron,
And steel; sharper, stronger killers of men.
Much later, they make explosive weapons
To kill men more brutally than before.
 
Humans build monuments, temples, and tombs,
Paint pictures and friezes, make pottery,
Write poetry, novels, essays, and plays,
Works of fine art to make up for killing
Each other in brutal and bloody wars.
Achievements and slaughter go hand in hand.
 
All human achievements and tragedies
Come to pass in only ten thousand years,
A minute in the history of Earth.
May humans live for more than a minute.
May our tragedies not be permanent.
And may our achievements last forever.

(This is the end of "Earth," and now I'm trying to get it published.  I've submitted it to a publisher. Wish me luck.)

Earth: Cenozoic, Part 5

Giants of the Ice
 
Again, a freeze settles over the Earth.
Tall glaciers in the north move farther south,
To cover once verdant and fruitful lands,
Scouring and remaking the ground beneath.
Again, snow falls and blankets the landscape.
Sea level drops, revealing land bridges.
 
Giant animals roam this wintry world.
Towering woolly mammoths walk the Earth,
With mastodons and straight-tusked elephants.
They lumber across the far-reaching steppes,
Grazing on grasses and browsing on leaves,
Their enormous tusks bobbing up and down.
 
Giant ground sloths inhabit the woodlands
Of the Americas, crawling slowly
Over the ground, feeding on tender leaves.
They share the land with giant deer, bison,
And woolly rhinoceros with thick fur,
All the herbivorous megafauna.
 
Giant carnivores hunt these herbivores:
Saber-toothed cats with long, protruding fangs,
Dire wolves, cave lions, cave bears, hyenas,
Chasing down fast-running deer and horses,
Or waiting in the grass, ready to pounce
On lumbering mammoths, sloths, and bison.
 
Small humans hunt down this megafauna,
The upright, large-brained Homo sapiens,
And Neanderthals, who use all their skills
And tools to survive the bitter winters:
Hunting, fire, warm furs, and shelter-building.
Ice giants must die for humans to live.

Earth: Cenozoic, Part 4

Tools
 
Ancestors of humans are tool users,
Comparable to clever chimpanzees,
Using stones to crack open hard nut shells,
Throwing rocks at hostile groups of ape-men,
Using sticks to fish for crawling termites,
Drinking water from cups made out of leaves.
 
Homo erectus evolve on the plains
Of Africa, but soon they emigrate,
Filled with wanderlust, to Asia, Europe,
Employing more sophisticated tools,
Chipping stone away to make hand axes,
Using flakes of stone to cut up their food.
 
Sparks tumble from two sticks rubbed together,
Falling onto patches of dry, dead grass.
Homo erectus has learned to make fire,
Learned to harness the powerful substance
That rages through forests from lightning strikes,
Or spills from volcanoes, scorching the land.
 
Fire has become humanity’s best friend,
Cooking their food, making it more tender,
Warming them when they move to cold climates,
Keeping bold, fearsome predators away,
Used in hunting to trap prey animals,
Used to harden weapons and cutting tools.
 
More advanced Homo heidelbergensis
Tie sharp-pointed stones to long stripped branches
To make spears, which they use in hunting prey.
Stocky and heavy-browed Neanderthals
Evolve in Europe and western Asia,
Make spears and fire, paint on the walls of caves.
 
At long last, Homo sapiens evolve
In Africa, inventing many tools:
Fishhooks and harpoons and bows and arrows.
Our ancient, intelligent relatives
Migrate much farther than their ancestors,
Spreading all over every continent.

Blueberry Pie

I made this pie using my grandmother’s recipe. I used Pillsbury ready-made piecrust, but you can make piecrust from scratch if you want.

2 pie crusts

2 pints of blueberries

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir sugar and flour together in a bowl, then add blueberries and mix, making sure the berries are coated with the flour and sugar mix. Put one piecrust into a pie pan and pour the blueberry mixture into it. Put the top piecrust on, seal the edges of both crusts together, and crimp the edge if you want to. Cut slits in the top piecrust. Bake the pie at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes. Serve the pie with whipped cream.