What If Wednesday: Strengthening Humanity

Humanity

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Civilization. What if the quality of our existence depends on how we treat people outside our tribe? Where would we be without people?

Remember humanity and reflect on how you want to be perceived and treated as a person. In our pursuit in all areas of happiness, we have the power to unite and strengthen humanity when we stop labeling, trolling, bullying and stereotyping innocent people. Simply remember the elements of decency and respect we want to receive from others and then imagine how much better uniting humanity would be for our health, our world and our spirit. What if?

#WhatIfWednesday

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Poetry of the Day: Drowning in My Sorrows

Drunk, Bar

Drowning in My Sorrows

In an inebriated stupor
I lie in a zone of entrapment
a shallowness of irresponsibility
where sobriety is hurt and absent

a desolate message in the bottle
memory loss from drunkard suffering
sucked in a riptide unable to swim
in a sea of sorrows, I am drowning

oh castaway on a lonely sandy shore
predatory problems refuse to drift away
I cast thy eyes on an inflated life jacket
and wade to the sober lighthouse of a new day.

© Kym Gordon Moore

The Art and Soul of Textiles

Fabric, Textiles

Sewing is something that I miss doing, whether it was out of necessity or for pleasure. Yet, although I enjoy making clothes and other decorative items to accent my home, I really have to be in the mood to sit down and engage in this artistic, domestic task.

Fabric, Textiles

There is a certain charm about the colors, textures, design elements, and flow of fabrics. Whether they are made from silk, cotton, leather, rayon, linen, hemp or wool, the fashions these textiles are shaped into, add more artistic flavor to the creation than the image itself.

Fabric, Textiles

I do believe looking at these fabrics are inspiring me to take my sewing machine out and begin stitching away!

textiles, fabric

Fabric, Textiles

Textiles

Fabric, Textiles

Fabric, Textiles

textiles

 

Tandoori Chicken on Food Porn Friday

 

Tandoori Chicken, Food Porn Friday, Indian Cuisine

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Today we are featuring Tandoori Chicken, a beloved popular Indian dish prepared by Vahchef from Vah Reh Vah that consists of chicken marinated in a combination of yogurt and spices. This dish is traditionally cooked in a tandoor (a cylindrical clay oven) but can also be prepared on your regular barbecue grill.

Tandoori Chicken

Prep time
20 mins Cook time
35 mins Total time
55 mins Tandoori Chicken

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Servings: 4 persons

  1. Ingredients
    • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
    • Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
    • Cumin powder – 1 tablespoon
    • Red chili powder – 2 tablespoons
    • Red color water – 1 teaspoon
    • Salt – to taste
    • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tea spoon
    • Yogurt – 6 tablespoons.
    • Chat masala – 1 teaspoon
    • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
    • Chicken legs – 6 numbers
    • Kasuri methi powder (dry fenu greek leaves powder) – 1/2 teaspoon
    • Lemon juice – 1 number.• Oil – 2 tablespoons
    • Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
    • Mixed vegetable – 150 grams

Method:
• Clean and cut 2 or 3 long slits on each piece.
• Apply salt, chili powder and 1/2 lime juice all over the chicken and keep aside for 15 minutes.
• Make marination with coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilies, kasuri methi, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, red color, salt and mix well with yogurt.
• Apply it all over the chicken making sure to apply well between all the slits and inside.
• Preheat your oven to 425-degrees and cook for 25 to 35 minutes till the chicken is tender.
• Remove from oven and serve hot.
• Garnished with sliced onions and lime wedges and also can be heated on a griddle if serving later.

For more information about this delicious dish and to watch the entertaining step-by-step video by Vahchef for making Tandoori Chicken, check out Vah Reh Vah. Bon appetit!

Happy #FoodPornFriday

Poetry of the Day: Ode to Queen Nefertari

Queen Nefertari's Jewels, Egyptian Queen, Nefertari, King Rameses II, Nubian Queen

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Nefertari, an Egyptian queen and the first of the Great Royal Wives of Ramesses the Great was also known as Nefertari Meritmut.

Ode to Queen Nefertari

Nefertari, you are herald as the Nubian queen
who married King Rameses II of Egypt for peace
a union that brought fighting
between Nubia and Egypt to an end
a truce lasting well over a hundred years.

Initially a savvy political move
a gamble you were willing to take
you didn’t fear for your life
when King Rameses asked you to be his wife
as this forbidden union
became one of the greatest love affairs in history.

It took a great deal of courage
such an incredible sacrifice you made
inhabiting a land
that was hostile to your people
for peace, was a brave path you paved.

And so, in the Valley of the Queens
as the Great Royal Wife you are laid to rest
above all others in his harem, beautiful companion
it is obvious King Rameses loved you the best.

© 2013 Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry

What If Wednesday: To Love Each Day

Love, Valentines Day

Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day, but do we only turn up the volume of our love meter on this day? Can you imagine how much more tranquil and united we would be if we gave the gift of love each day as passionately as we do on this 14th day of February? Imagine that?

Happy Valentine’s Day on #WhatIfWednesday

I Am So Not a Fan of Roundabouts

Roundabout Interchange, Traffic Circle, Roundabout, Road Circle

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Efficient? So they say, but I honestly see it as a stressful addition to an already problematic situation. Roundabout, a British term meaning traffic circle or merry-go-round, is a circular intersection where traffic is supposed to flow continuously in one direction around a central island.

Our area is experiencing growth spurts that are exceeding the projected population growth. The addition of roundabouts is supposed to decongest busy intersections, reduce driver confusion and the likelihood of collisions while maintaining a continuous traffic flow. My issue with roundabouts results when vehicles enter these road circles, and some drivers do not always yield for others to enter. Plus, what happens when you make the mistake of merging on a road you didn’t intend to go, while traffic is backed up waiting to get on the roundabout if you need to do a u-turn to get back on track? Ugh!

Roundabout Interchange, Traffic Circle, Roundabout, Road Circle

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I think I am a seasoned driver and can adapt to change. The test of my driving skills came at the age of 16 when I was a high school bus driver and had to use my cognitive and motor skills (no pun intended) to drive as cautiously and responsibly as I could for the sake of the lives of all of my student passengers.

According to some reports, roundabouts represent significant improvements in operations and safety. Many people highly favor these road modifications. I’m not there yet. My dissatisfaction comes from my experience with ‘yielding issues’ on a moderately light traffic time of the day when entering a roundabout. I shudder to think about roundabouts with pedestrian crossings. The aerial view is geometrically pleasing, but Lord help us when driverless vehicles begin entering the scene!