MIND YOUR PEAS & QS

Supper’s ready. Help yourself to some phytonutrients. Polyphenol antioxidants. Including kaempferol, a cardioprotective flavonoid. Syringic acid which inhibits activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. Betalains. Reddish-purple betacyanin pigments. And yellowish betaxanthin pigments. Nine betacyanin pigments, in fact. Including betanin, isobetanin, betanidin, and isobetanidin. And a staggering 19 betaxanthin pigments. Including histamine-betaxanthin, alanine-betaxanthin, tyramine-betaxanthin. And 3-methoxytyramine-betaxanthin. […]

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FEED YOUR HEAD

School. The place to get an education. Especially at lunch time. We learn to barter and trade. Your ham-and-cheese for my tuna sandwich. I’ll take your apple if you’ll take my banana. We also learn to buy and sell. Give you a quarter for those cookies. I’ll take fifty cents for this piece of pie. […]

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IT’S A MIRACLE

December 12. Just another day. But also somebody’s birthday. Gustave Flaubert. Edvard Munch. Edward G. Robinson. Frank Sinatra. Bob Barker. Remember him? (The Price Is Right!) Connie Francis. (Where the Boys Are…) Dionne Warwick. Cathy Rigby. Cathy who? It’s also the date many have died. Douglas Fairbanks. Winston Churchill’s wife, Clementine. A formidable person in […]

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THANK GOODNESS

Thank goodness. Thanksgiving. Thankfully it’s here. Thank you one and all. Thank yourself. Even if no one else does. Go ahead. Give yourself a pat on the back. Or a nice hug. No hubris implied. Nor vainglory. Just acknowledging yourself. For being there. Or knowing when to leave. For pitching in. Or staying out of […]

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GOT THE TIME?

Six o’clock. But it’s really seven o’clock. Or is it? Whatever it is, it messes us up. They call it Daylight Savings Time. DST. Which just ended. By decree. What a racket. What a joke. To think one can actually save daylight. And now it’s given back to us… As we turn our clocks back. […]

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BOO!

Hallow. Eve. Hollow. Weave. Holler. Fever. Witch’s cleaver. Gloomy ghoul. Ghostly gal. Spider web. Web-foot giant. Skeleton. Hairy monster. Skull and bones. Scary mobster. Dragon fire. Dinosaur. Big-tooth rat. Sneaky snake. Sword swallower. Creepy crawler. Goon. Cartoon. Baby doll. Fashion model. Headless horseman. Bug-eyed freak. Monk and nun. Wired geek. King and queen. Referee. Ball-and-chain. […]

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KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO’S THERE?

Know. Knew. Knowledge. Knit. Knot. Knead. Knife. Knee. Words with a silent “k.” As though they start with “N.” But it wasn’t always that-a-way. So says the Smithsonianmagazine. The “k” lived well into the 15thCentury. And was spoken as such. Who k-new? And even prevailed in northern England and Scotland through the 19thCentury. No kidding. […]

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