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I stumbled across an article published yesterday from NBC San Diego about a 118 year old Mexican woman who attributes a lot of her health and longevity to eating a variety of desert plants of Mexico in her diet. One plant that stuck out among all the others was Pointleaf Manzanita. When I first moved to Anza California in 1981, I met the Benjamin Larios family who lived in an old Adobe farm house on Agri-Empire land southeast of town. I'm not even sure it's even there anymore. He worked for Agri-Empire and they were all originally from Sonora Mexico. Anyway, she used to make goat cheese by curdling the milk with Pointleaf Manzanita berries made into a cider vinegar. Anything acid will curdle milk and this was a long held traditional way of doing that in Mexico.

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I stumbled across an article published yesterday from NBC San Diego about a 118 year old Mexican woman who attributes a lot of her health and longevity to eating a variety of desert plants of Mexico in her diet. One plant that stuck out among all the others was Pointleaf Manzanita. When I first moved to Anza California in 1981, I met the Benjamin Larios family who lived in an old Adobe farm house on Agri-Empire land southeast of town. I'm not even sure it's even there anymore. He worked for Agri-Empire and they were all originally from Sonora Mexico. Anyway, she used to make goat cheese by curdling the milk with Pointleaf Manzanita berries made into a cider vinegar. Anything acid will curdle milk and this was a long held traditional way of doing that in Mexico.

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I stumbled across an article published yesterday from NBC San Diego about a 118 year old Mexican woman who attributes a lot of her health and longevity to eating a variety of desert plants of Mexico in her diet. One plant that stuck out among all the others was Pointleaf Manzanita. When I first moved to Anza California in 1981, I met the Benjamin Larios family who lived in an old Adobe farm house on Agri-Empire land southeast of town. I'm not even sure it's even there anymore. He worked for Agri-Empire and they were all originally from Sonora Mexico. Anyway, she used to make goat cheese by curdling the milk with Pointleaf Manzanita berries made into a cider vinegar. Anything acid will curdle milk and this was a long held traditional way of doing that in Mexico.

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Pointleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens): Health Benefits from Desert Plants ???
Image by Imelda Marcias First time I ever heard of the use of Manzanita berries down in Mexico was from a family (Benjamin Larios family) I use to visit who lived on an old Adobe walled farm house in Anza California back in the early 1980s. The husband (Ben...
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Wow, what a year in Scandinavia. I use to joke about when Global Warming was every going to arrive in Northern Europe (especially here in Sweden). Now we have major bush fires everywhere. I'm originally from the deserts in Southwestern United States. Hate the cold. But I also hate what climate disruption (caused by the misuse and abuse of Science, despite what scientist propagandize), is doing to our natural world. I'm viewing all manner of before and after photos on various subjects these days unrelated to Nature and yet you can see dramatic changes to the natural world's vegetation in these photos almost everywhere on the planet in every single type of ecosystem. Here's one of those examples.

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Wow, what a year in Scandinavia. I use to joke about when Global Warming was every going to arrive in Northern Europe (especially here in Sweden). Now we have major bush fires everywhere. I'm originally from the deserts in Southwestern United States. Hate the cold. But I also hate what climate disruption (caused by the misuse and abuse of Science, despite what scientist propagandize), is doing to our natural world. I'm viewing all manner of before and after photos on various subjects these days unrelated to Nature and yet you can see dramatic changes to the natural world's vegetation in these photos almost everywhere on the planet in every single type of ecosystem. Here's one of those examples.

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Wow, what a year in Scandinavia. I use to joke about when Global Warming was every going to arrive in Northern Europe (especially here in Sweden). Now we have major bush fires everywhere. I'm originally from the deserts in Southwestern United States. Hate the cold. But I also hate what climate disruption (caused by the misuse and abuse of Science, despite what scientist propagandize), is doing to our natural world. I'm viewing all manner of before and after photos on various subjects these days unrelated to Nature and yet you can see dramatic changes to the natural world's vegetation in these photos almost everywhere on the planet in every single type of ecosystem. Here's one of those examples.

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Before & After Photos: What do you see as different ???
This isn't Rocket Science. Yet almost everyone misses the obvious! 😕 If it was a Rattlesnake, you'd be dead. 😲 Image - Steve Schmollinger (1973) This was posted on a Facebook page by a user in the group, Abandoned Rails. The member, Jon Severson, provided...
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Bitter-Sweet Vacation in Southern California (April 2018)
Cambrian College Grapgic Design   [definition -  "pleasant but including or marked by elements of suffering or regret" ] Image - David Broberg First the Bitter:  I suppose this really starts with the world being turned upside down over the past two years si...
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