Monday, 30 January 2023

Sugarcane Sticks Sold in the Mexican Grocery – Food 36

I used to chew sugarcane sticks, off course after removing its outer layers, when I was a kid long time ago.



Image 1- Sugarcane sticks sold in the grocery.

Fun memory to select a good tree, cut tree with proper sizes, peel off the outer layers, and chewing its. Tastes so sweet.

I loved to drink sugarcane juice as well. As suggested by Raw Pressery (2021: 13 Amazing Health Benefits of Sugarcane Juice) that sugarcane juice has plenty of health benefits.

Just for few examples, sugarcane juice contains highly minerals, high source of vitamin C, low fats and low Glycemic index.



Image 2- Pine fruits, illustration only

By the way, when we visited an ethnic, Mexican grocery recently, we found sticks of sugarcane on the shelves.



Image 3- Sugarcane juice, sold in Walmart

Yes, USA has sugarcane farmings which produce millions ton of sugars, but first time saw sugarcane sticks on the market.

Have you chewed sugarcane sticks?

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Saturday, 28 January 2023

Impacts of Winter Storms – Nature 49

We talked about “Winter Storms during Cold Season” at previous post:

- Rainbow Before Evening : Winter Storms during Cold Season – Nature 48



Image 1- Snow, several years ago.

Impact not only to an individual, but also to communities, and even to animals (pets or farming).

High speed and chilly winds may cause personal injuries, and sometimes deaths.

It is often that the storm has strong effect on many activities:

- travels
- business
- and school activities.



Image 02- Frozen, two years ago

Hundreds of flights may be canceled.

House maintenance is expensive during cold season. Snow and ice could cause on water pressure, sump pump and water temperature, then lead to plumbing problems.



Image 3- Frozen Ice at the backyard

Please avoiding hypothermia where our body may become freeze due to lack of blood circulation, thus body has extra worked when exposure to extreme cold by pushing more blood to keep lungs and heartwarming and working properly.

Finally, take care yourself during extreme temperature of cold storm.

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Thursday, 26 January 2023

White Hominy Pearls Tossed with Coconut Shreds – Part 3 – Food 32

You may read previous posting (Part 1):



Image 1- Sweet white hominy pearls tossed with coconut shreds

Hominy is a product of corn, so it is free from gluten, high fiber, low fat and low carb.

Just for your illustration that one cup (165 g) of hominy contents about 120 calories, and 4 g(16% daily value) of fibers.

For today consumption, I use hominy from Juanita's. I empty hominy into the pot, rinse, and cover with water. 



Image 2- A nutcracker, illustration only



Image 3- The raw corn, illustration

Put the pot on medium high and bring to boil, then add some sugar, stir a few times. When the texture is softer, we should drain, and toss with coconut shreds. Ready to enjoy!

Do you like hominy? What is your favorite hominy recipe?

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Monday, 23 January 2023

Winter Storms during Cold Season – Nature 48

We got first winter storm in early January this year. The storm brought freezing rains and snow to many states of USA.



Image 1- Icy in our place, last year photo, illustration.

The snowfall was approximately 5.1 cm (2 inches) per hour in several states such as:

- Nebraska
- South Dakota
- Minnesota

It was predicted in the coming days that winter storms will again visit several parts of USA.



Image 2- Just for illustration

As you might be know that severe storms due to a blast of cold air from Arctic region sometimes, and as one of important factors.



Image 3- A squirrel, illustration only

Temperature is expected to drop to F below zero or around 17 C minus, so much below the freezing point with might be more than a one feet snow.



Image 4- Pile of snow in backyard, several years ago

Since winter storms cause temperature dropping and bring snow, and snow could cover many spots, thus very hazardous to walk or drive in this condition.

What do you think?

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Saturday, 21 January 2023

The First Exhibition of a Local Artist – Art 12

We may see artworks are hung on one side of our city library entrance regularly. The wall is a good spot for art exhibitions.



Image 1- The forest, painted by Tamara Heidenthal, a local artist

All stage artists use the wall to promote their artworks. Some of them have been posted in the blog:

Few days ago, we saw a new local artist, Tamara Heidenthal made her first paintings exhibition in the city library, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Surprisingly, she just complete her one week of 40 hours class each year. She did it for 3 consecutive years that are in 2020, 2021 and 2022.



Image 2- Two coconut trees



Image 3- Mountains covered by snow

So, totally, she completed 3 weeks or 120 hours painting courses in Florida, then the result is excellent for my opinion.

The 3 above paintings as you might be know are landscape paintings, the depictions of forest, trees on the beach and mountains.

What do you think?

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Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Learning Process Based on My Own Experienced – Part 3– Science 28



Image 1- The painting by a local artist

Moreover, I able to analyze and distinguish for every shock such as etiology, process, signs and symptoms, and prognosis.

The causes of shock is not merely heart disease but also caused by infection (Septic shock), dehydration and burns also cause shock (Hypovolemic Shock).

I able to explain how pain and fear can lead shock (Vasogenic or Neurogenic Shock), and how do the foods, medications, venom, and latex lead shock (anaphylatic shock) (analyzing level).



Image 2- A cat on the street, illustration

Finally, based on this experience, I have reached the analyzing level in Bloom's Taxonomy levels.



Image 3- The banquet of flowers

I have prepared for the diagnosis of the complexity of human diseases, and the investigation of sign and symptoms.

Those are to prepared for future education and training in areas of human medicine.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Mockingbirds are Permanent Residents of Our State – Nature 47

Since my photos are not sharp enough, just using a cellphone, I doubt to say what species of the bird I saw.



Image 1- A lonely mockingbird.

Through Google ID searching by image, the result said that the bird is the Northern Mockingbird.

Then, I believe with at least two reasons:

- the length size is quite similar to Robin
- length of tail is almost the same with its body
- body shape is slender

Moreover, why are Mockingbirds permanent residents of Louisiana state?



Image 2- A corner of suburban areas of our city

We may observe the Northern Mockingbirds through all seasons all seasons in our state, Louisiana.



Image 3- A Mockingbird sitting on the twig.

Hence, they are permanent residents of our state, not migratory birds come in from other states or regions.

In fact, mockingbirds are common birds. They seem well adapt to the city and residential areas. I often see this bird seeks insects nearby our neighborhood.

Did you observe Mockingbirds in your areas?

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Sunday, 15 January 2023

Joker, PBA, and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 12

If you are a moviegoer, then, you might enjoy watching this kind of movie, called as the Joker.



Image 1- Joker 2019 and the others.

Proud about the enthusiastic of folks in this world about this movie. Hence, no surprising that a week after opening in Hollywood, Joker had made $548.2 million globally.

We knew, there is no joke in this Joker, actually. The reviewers give many opinions about this rated R movie.

Many pros and cons about the characters and violence of this villain.



Image 2- A New Year gift, just for illustration



Image 3- A dog is running on yard, just for illustration.

One of my best friends, Connie, is a movie-goer. She went to Movie Tavern Citiplace at our city, Baton Rouge, LA to enjoy this drama (thriller) with two hours duration.

The next day I asked her what was the most interesting about the movie. Her answer is his laugh.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Friday, 13 January 2023

Flowers as Objects of Paintings - Part 1 - Art 11

I and you might be knowing that a flower is one of favorite objects for artists to be painted on many different surfaces.



Image 1- The sunflowers, painted by Vivian, a local artist

There are many surfaces for paintings, I believe the most well known surface is canvass. Other surfaces could be unusual or odds such as:

- woods
- metals
- glass or plastics
- papers
- vinyl, ceramics and walls



Image 2- Flowers, an artwork by an artist

Whatever types of surfaces, people look at many other values of paintings, include styles and objects.



Image 3- Sunflowers, painted by Vincent Van Gogh

In respect to object, absolutely, there are plenty of them. Some kinds of objects could be forms, shapes, values, lines and colors.

Then, we might be wonder or ask ourselves: why are flowers so crucial in paintings or arts?

# To be continued to Part 2

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Thursday, 12 January 2023

Brain Changes during Reproduction Process – Part 2 – Brain Plasticity 2

You may read the previous post (Part 1):

- Brain Changes during Reproduction Process – Part 1 – Brain Plasticity 2



Image 1- Grass in the winter

In respect to human brain parts, scientists have been observed changes in the areas of:

- amygdala
- and hippocampus.

Both amygdala and hippocampus are part of limbic system which occupy below cortex and above brain stem.



Image 2- Activities at community, illustration

Just few examples, they are responsible for emotions, survival instincts, motivation and memory.



Image 3- Just illustration

The learning capacity, memory and emotional responsible are the three main function of hippocampus.

This brain structure is complex and quite easy to be damaged by many factors. The damages may lead to several disorders, mainly relate to psychological or neurological disorders.



Image 4- A truck, just for illustration

The main function of amygdala is to control emotional changes such as to respond threatening (dangerous) stimuli,

In addition, amygdala induces hormone productions of stress, anxiety and fear reductions.

# To be continued to part 3

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