Everyday Battles Around the World

In this time of world-wide MADNESS it’s easy to forget those who continue to fight for others who have no voice – be they human or animal. From local food banks and shelters to international non-profit organizations, their efforts do not stop.

Today marks the 10th Annual Global Tiger Day.

Panthera is a non-profit organization whose efforts are focused on protecting and conserving the world’s largest felines (Creatures which are particularly dear to my heart.) around the world.

“Panthera is the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s wild cats. Our team of leading biologists and law enforcement experts develop innovative strategies to address the dire threats facing cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards, and tigers.

We are on the front lines, fighting to stop poaching, prevent conflict with people, conserve wild cat habitats, and reduce unsustainable legal hunting. These proven strategies don’t just protect wild cats—they also protect their vast landscapes and the endless variety of life within them. These wild places are crucial to our planet’s health—and our own.”

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Eight of Pentacles and The Hierophant

Major Arcana (Trump cards) represent life lessons, karmic influences, and archetypal energies that are affecting you right now.

n. the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence,
viewed as deciding their fate in future existences

The 8 of Skulls (Pentacles) is called the Lord of Prudence and represents patience, development of skills, and apprenticeship. It’s message is that no matter what you want to accomplish, you’ve got to put in the work to see results. (Just look at the intense concentration on the face of the Necromancer.) But it’s not about the end result here that matters as much as it’s the journey you take getting there. Get lost in your work. Make sure your efforts are put toward something that you’re passionate about.

If someone is looking for a trashcan, don’t let it be your mind.
– Dalai Lama

The Hierophant is the Trump card of Taurus. Keywords:  The search for hidden truths, conformity, traditional values, institutions and belief systems, spirituality. Whether we’re talking about religious or new age spirituality, The Hierophant is your trusted advisor. Don’t give in to “group think”. Ignore the blather which surrounds us all right now and follow your Inner Guide. (Good advice for all of us.) Rituals of any kind are encouraged.

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In the Kitchen…Spiralizing

Because of the skin problems I’ve been dealing with these past few years (It appears the worst outbreaks, which were always on my back, are caused by psoriasis.) I’ve been reading and researching the various causes of said skin problems. Inflammation and stress were two that seemed to make the list most often. In a previous Post I mentioned Dr. Gundry’s book, The Plant Paradox, which discusses the connection between gut health (leaky gut), inflammation, etc. and inflammation in the body. Dr. Gundry cites many examples of patient successes, but there was one that stuck in my mind. I forget what diseases/ailments the woman was suffering from but after adhering to his diet all her issues had disappeared. On a trip to visit relatives in Europe (I want to say Italy, but it could’ve been Spain or Portugal) she “fell off the wagon” and consumed bread. Her problems did not resurface. Hooray, she was cured! Or so she thought…returning to the US she added bread back to her diet (assuming her body was not going to react adversely) and WHAM! All the symptoms she had suffered before going on the Gundry diet resurfaced. You see, the two differences in the wheat grown here versus Europe is (1) Most of the wheat grown in the US a hard red wheat variety and is higher in gluten than that of the soft wheat grown in Europe and (2) the heavy use of pesticides and GMO seeds here in the US (which are both heavily regulated if not banned in most European countries). Needless to say, once the woman cut out wheat her ailments once again disappeared.

While I don’t strictly follow a diet bereft of grains and veggies from the nightshade family (which includes tomatoes – bring on the Heirloom Tomato Salad – and potatoes), I have cut way back on bread, pasta, and potatoes and allow myself occasional indulgences. For a complete run-down on what to avoid I urge you to read The Plant Paradox and/or the companion book, The Plant Paradox Cookbook. Both should be available at your local library.

On of the suggestions, Dr. Gundry mentioned was using a spiralizer to create “noodles” from veggies! Brilliant. So I purchased one, bought the largest zucchini I could find, and put it to use.

After cooking the Zucchini Linguini in a bit of EVOO I tossed it with some leftover pasta sauce, and sprinkled Parmesan on top. It was heavenly. My favorite thing:  I didn’t feel weighed-down or in need of a nap like I normally do after eating pasta. Carrot spirals are next…great on top of salads.

This gadget should definitely be included in your kitchen toolbox.

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Before I get to 2020’s MLB and NBA season, I’d like to give props to three other sports organizations that have kept us entertained during these MADNESS-driven months:  WWE, AEW, and UFC.

UFC’s Dana White never took “never” for an answer and has given us some fantastic matches. Kudos! Of the two wrestling factions, AEW is clearly the winner but fans are still happy to have WWE provide weekly entertainment.

The 2020 MLB season is finally here! Double-header tonight starting NOW on ESPN. More on Friday. The NBA re-starts the season next week on July 30, 2020. Since the Warriors are out of the picture…GO CLIPPERS!!!! GO KAWHI!!!

On The Herd this morning, Colin suggested that the broadcasting companies place fans in the stands via CGI. That’s a fantastic idea and I hope the PTB listened in.

Before I go, here are a couple of sports-related ads I’ve seen this week that are particularly awesome. (See if you can spot one cat-lovin’ baller in the second video.)

(Now, back to the game…)

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Edible Delights::A light lunch and evening snack

I’ve mentioned before that I love salads. They are so versatile and (like soups) can make use of leftovers you have in your fridge. I’ve put everything from fruit, steamed vegetables, and cooked beans on mine.

I’ve heard it said that “You eat with your eyes first.” so I approach salad-making creatively…like painting a picture with edibles! Maybe more like a collage, but you get the idea.

Yesterday’s lunch was a simple salad of mixed baby greens, scallions, 1/2 of an avocado, and a handful of croutons for crunch. My go-to dressing is 1 Tbl EVOO mixed with a little balsamic vinegar (to taste). I like to coat the greens with the EVOO first, then add the vinegar and toss again. The greens go on the plate then I dress them up with whatever else I’m adding. A sprinkle of salt and pepper on top – and in this case a bit of Tajin seasoning – and Bon Appétit!

Getting psyched for last night’s AEW Dynamite show, I sat down with a glass of white wine and decided I was a bit hungry. (I had just finished my daily workout.) But I wasn’t in the mood for a meal. I don’t like to eat in the evening anyway, preferring to consume my calories during the day. What I wanted was a snack.

Hmmm, scanning the fridge I grabbed the other half of the avocado, a handful of strawberries, and some goat cheese. A sprinkle of my new favorite seasoning (Tajin) on the avocado and I was ready for wrestling!! The perfect “de-constructed” salad. Light yet satisfying. It was de-lish.

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