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Maksim Grinman
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Today was day 1 of my venture into cooking: Osso "Buko". It's lamb braised for 2 hours in the dutch oven in white wine (I used Chardonnay) with carrots and tomatoes. Hands on time was only about 10 minutes!
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2013/02 Cooking experiment #1: Osso Buko
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Take a moment to make a change..
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Friends and Colleagues: Please take a moment to sign an online petition that seeks to eliminate "fox/coyote hunt pens" in my home state of North Carolina. These pens are currently legal if licensed by the state wildlife commission---HOWEVER, they are cruel and inhumane. Here's what happens: people trap alive foxes (red and gray) and coyotes and sell them to fox pen operators. The operators then keep these wild animals in penned/fenced areas that may encompass anywhere from several hundred square feet to several acres. Hunting dogs are then trained to bay the foxes and coyotes, and the dogs often injure and kill them in the process. It's entirely unfair odds with several dogs set on each coyote or fox. Because the foxes and coyotes are killed, often by mauling, more are needed to keep the pens running and this means more foxes and coyotes are trapped from the wild to keep the cycle going. Opponents to the pens say that sometimes competitions are run where dogs are scored on how fast they can bay or kill the foxes or coyotes. In my opinion, this is not any different than dog fighting. And if dog fights are illegal, then why are we allowing our wildlife to be killed in such a gruesome, inhumane and unnecessary manner? Please, take two minutes to add your name to this petition. Thank you.
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It is amazing to me that nature has so many things to show... that there are so many curious things I've never seen.
The Strange Boab Tree - Derby, Australia
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Everyone should be the object of our kindness, especially those that provoke within us negative feelings!
It's very easy to practice kindness and compassion (compassion doesn't always look kind btw... like if my presence in someone's life hurts them... LEAVING is compassionate) with those that we care deeply for. 

It's another story altogether to be compassionate to those we feel don't deserve it. Usually someone who has hurt us or acted in a way seemingly cruel or unkind. 

In reality it's those people who need it the most.

If we treat people the way we feel about ourselves then how sad and full of self hatred some people must be. I, however, have no control over others... only myself. And if I treat the cruel person with cruelty what is that saying about how I feel about myself? 

thud. I know I know ... confusing a bit. 

My behavior cannot be contingent on anything other than who I am. If I retaliate in a knee jerk fashion... if I exhibit the same behavior as those I'm railing against... what makes me different from them? 

Now I'm not saying lay there and take it... whatever it may look like. Kindness is not slathered in whipped cur victimhood. But there is such a thing as standing up for yourself with integrity and remaining above board. My Dad taught me that a long long time ago... unfortunately I still forget from time to time. He would say...

"Amy Marie there is never an excuse to act poorly no matter what anyone does to you. Above board means acting in a way that fits with who you are even when someone is cruel. Just because someone is hurtful and unkind doesn't mean they're right. Your own opinion matters more than anyone else's. Above board. Always."

Smart man my Dad. Never heard him speak badly about someone behind their back. My Mom on the other hand is the Queen of the Stabbing of the Back. She revels in other people's behaviors and how "awful" they are. I asked Dad once "How do you deal with all her smack talking?" He replied, "It's how she copes with her emotions. I can't talk badly about HER talking badly now can I? That would be hypocritical. I just smile and nod and then walk away. We've been married 45 years... it works for us." 

Smart guy that Dad of mine. Ranks right up there with ole' Al down there methinks. Compassion. Always. Above board. This is my goal for today. 
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True words! I should take example and also give myself this constant reminder..
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Interesting study on a person who is self aware despite extensive brain damage to the three regions believed critical for self-awareness.
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must see. stroke reveals new understanding of life to scientist as she experiences it.

Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight #TED : http://on.ted.com/f5nP
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