Ralph Ellison enlightened me on writers and their social responsibilities--like with Hemingway, I'd just never thought of his writing in this sense: "Artists such as Hemingway were seeking a technical perfection [I agree with that] rather than moral insight. (Or should we say that theirs was a morality of technique? [Very interesting way of looking at it]) They desired a style stripped of unessentials, one that would appeal without resorting to what was considered worn-out rhetoric, or best of all without any rhetoric whatsoever. [Yes, true; no rhetoric!] It was felt that through the default of the powers that ruled society the artist had as his major task the 'pictorial presentation of the evolution of a personal problem.' [Yes, Hemingway as Hemingway as Hemingway] Instead of recreating and extending the national myth as he did this, the writer now restricted himself to elaborating his personal myth." [page 38, Shadow and Act, 1994.]
thegrowlingwolf MD ("The Doctor Is In")
I can save your life, perhaps; I've been a fan of almonds all my life. When I lived in New Orleans, I loved to go to Gallatoire's and eat trout almondine--oh God, the buttery and crisp goodness of those fresh rainbows, swimming in toasted almond slivers--Jesus, those were good times--but don't want to get sentimental--I hate crybabies--except when I was a kid and sort of believed in "rasslin'" for a mad while--I used to watch the weekly matches from Chicago we got on early CABLE television and one of my very favorite rasslers was Cry Baby Bob Corby. Oh jesus, poor old Bob used to get the crap beat and kicked out of him, so bad that he would back into a corner, get down on his knees, put his hands up in the praying stance (can hands stand? Sure they can hand stand and do the hand can-can at the same hands of time), and then start bawling like a baby and going "Pleeez, Pleeezz," and then just when his opponent was taking consideration of Bob's walloped appearance and finding kindness tugging at his heart, Bob would barrelass head-first into the considerate opponent's midsection and soon have the brute in one of his famous leg locks or half-nelson holds we kids called "tearjerkers."
But almonds, folks. I eat 2 lbs a day and have for--oh hell, let's see, 10 years--with the hulls; they've got to have the hulls. They think almonds originally came from China or Central Asia--hey, are my eyes turning almond? But they are beaucoup healthy, so thus saith this Zarathustra.
- Almonds are among the earliest cultivated foods in history.
- Almonds are thought to have originated in China and Central Asia.
- Explorers brought almonds back with them, and before long almond trees flourished.
- Almonds, like most nuts, were thought to have too much fat to be a healthy snack.
- But research has debunked that belief as an old myth.
- One study showed that three ounces of almonds a day actually lowered a person's cholesterol by 14 percent.
- Munching on almonds helps people feel satisfied and less inclined to overeat at dinner!
- Ninety percent of the fat in almonds is unsaturated fat, and frequent consumption, as a result, could help lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Of course, since almonds are a plant based food, they contain no cholesterol.
- Almonds are loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and other antioxidants and phytochemicals.
- Almonds have been shown to promote good health, especially when they are part of a healthful diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and low fat whole grain products.
- According to one study, almonds are a well balanced food.
- They contain the right kind of fats-monounsaturated and some polyunsaturated, so they help lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol, while not touching the high-density, or good cholesterol levels.
- The folic acid in almonds is believed to help lower levels of homocystein, the amino acid that is thought to contribute to the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries.
- And studies have shown links between nut (especially almond) consumption and lower risk of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses.
- In a nutshell, almonds are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, riboflavin, niacin and iron.
- Almonds are the most nutritious of all nuts.
What a site; health, news, scams, corporate lying exposed, even some trickbag shit being pulled by California almond growers. I may add this site to my sidebar over there with l hat and wood s lot (and I apologize to the Canadian beaver (he has to be busy as one to keep this wonderful site so full of info and interesting) for not diving into wood s lot lately--I will correct that swiftly).
thegrowlingwolf (not a real doctor)
for The Daily Growler