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Manipulating our Web Site?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

It is amazing what we have seen over the past decades.

Most recently, Bettina Network’s Blog hit a readership of over 6,000 readers over a couple days.  Our server company reacted by turning off several country’s ability to access our web site and we were cut down to less than half the readership we had before the spike.

All by accident?  Good intentions gone wrong?  Arrogance? Inappropriately aggressive?

Isn’t that something called ‘power and control’?

It is now supposed to have been ‘fixed’.  If you know of anyone who has a problem accessing our web site, please let us know.

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More on GRITS!!!!!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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Wow! Grits being discussed as a serious topic.  Unbelievable.  Am I the only Yankee reading your blog?

I used to wonder what was the big deal about grits until I tasted the grits you have described and generously provided a recipe for.

Each time you add something I try it.  I thought the “Grits and Greens” were special.  That was just the introduction.

I would like to add my two cents to this discussion:

After leaving a Bettina Home with my stomach full of grits I went home, bought Arrowhead Mills Organic Grits and tried it for myself.  I started with grits and greens.  Came back to buy more grits and couldn’t believe those folks actually put “gluten free” on the box.  Didn’t know corn had gluten.

I tried your most recent recipe for grits and added the following:

After adding the 4 ounces of organic cream cheese I also added a package of frozen organic yellow corn and a 4 ounce package of raw organic sharp cheddar cheese.  I let them bubble awhile – stirred every once in a while until everything was combined nicely – and then ate the most fantastic pot of grits I’ve ever had.  I heartily recommend it to your readers.

Most people would talk about cutting the cheese into small cubes, etc. but i just put everything as it came from their packages into the pot and let them cook.  They melded on their own with just an occasional stirring from me.

What most surprised me was that I had a great dish without tons of butter.  You go girl!

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Playing with Words

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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So much pops up at breakfast and gives one enormous amounts to think about and digest over the day.

This morning it was how heavily laced with superiority and inferiority are our words.

For example;

sympathy – This word came up because of a Bettina Network Blog a guest had read on Sin.

She wanted our feed-back on her thoughts and she got it in strong terms.

She was contrasting sympathy and empathy.  We all show sympathy to our friends, colleagues, family, strangers – we sympathize with many we don’t know and many who are close to us.  It keeps us in a superior position to them.  Sympathy is always shown between and among unequals. I sympathize with you because there but for the grace of God goes I.  For a brief moment, I can pull myself up to be heads taller than you when I find something within you and your life with which to sympathize.

empathy – however is a different concept and a different word.  It brings us into equality with our friends, colleagues, etc.

Isn’t it interesting that the word we use most often is sympathy and the word which is not even in most of our vocabularies is empathy.

We stay away from the family, of our friends who have just died because we don’t know what to say to them.  We want to sympathize with them, but the right words don’t come and we become all thumbs and stutters and awkward.  We have not yet learned the facile way to sympathize – bringing ourselves up above them because we are not in that position of grief.  Maybe being awkward and not knowing how to sympathize with someone is a good thing.

If one practices empathy one goes inside oneself and pulls up those experiences when we were in that place and we become one with the person with whom we are trying to relate through empathy.  In that circumstance there is no lack of what to say or do. It is easy to meet and comfort a friend or family member with whom we feel empathy or can empathize.

There are many such words in the English language – paired concepts.  The most common word of such a  pair is always the word/concept which elevates us above the rest.  The other half of the pair, which we rarely use, are  the word/concepts which make us equal to.

We spent an incredible time over breakfast coming up with these pairs and trying to correct the way we talk and relate.  Amazingly, it wasn’t very difficult, it was a conversation and an exercise we took to like ducts to water.

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Kale Chips – Bettina Style

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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The hot new snack across the United States is Kale Chips.  They are beginning to come out in many versions – and are very expensive when purchased at food stores or anyplace else.

We tried for about a week to make them and have come up with a fantastic and healthy snack, which we make every day and which is eaten with not even a crumb left.

Buy organic green and/or red kale.  Make sure the leaves are perky, healthy looking and not limp.

Rinse the organic kale carefully.

Put it in a food spinner and push down on the top of the spinner for a couple minutes.  You need to make sure the organic kale is as dry as possible.

Pull the leaves of the organic kale off the stalks and put them on a cookie tray.  A large cookie tray is better.

Make sure you have only one layer of organic kale on the tray – don’t pile the organic kale onto the cookie tray making several layers because you won’t get a good result.  If you have more than enough for one layer – either wait to bake the rest or use two cookie trays.

Pour a bit of organic cold pressed olive oil over the organic kale.

Follow this with a sprinkling of himalayan salt, cayenne pepper and Tekka.

We have had great luck with tekka over popcorn and decided to give it a try over organic kale and it makes a huge difference.  Be careful with the salt.  The tendency is to use too much and then you run into the problem of having an addictive snack because the salt will grab your taste buds (and your blood pressure.)  Less is more is the guideline.

Put the cookie tray in the oven at 300 degrees for about an hour.

Take your fantastic organic kale snack out of the oven.  Use a spatula to get it off the tray and serve on a beautiful pedestal cake plate.

And NO! You don’t have to wait for it to cool, it is ready for eating straight out of the oven.

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The Listening Ear

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Give me the listening ear.  I seek this day the ear that will not shrink from the word that corrects and admonishes  –  the word that holds up before me the image of myself that causes me to pause and reconsider -the word that challenges me to deeper consecration and higher resolve – the word that lays bare needs that make my own days uneasy, that seizes upon every good decent impulse of my nature, channeling it into paths of healing in the lives of others.

Give me the listening ear.  I seek this day the disciplined mind, the disciplined heart, the disciplined life that makes my ear the focus of attention through which I may become mindful of expressions of life foreign to my own.

I seek the stimulation that lifts me out of old ruts and established habits which keep me conscious of my self, my needs, my personal interests.

Give me this day – the eye that is willing to see the meaning of the ordinary, the familiar, the commonplace – the eye that is willing to see my own faults for what they are – – the eye that is willing to see the likable qualities in those I may not like   – the mistake in what I thought was correct – the strength in what I had labeled as weakness

Give me the eye that is willing to see that Thou has not left Thyself without a witness in every living thing.

Thus to walk with reverence and sensitiveness through all the days of my life.

Give me the listening ear

The eye that is willing to see.”

Howard Thurman

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GRITS/RICE – A Great Addition

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Thanks for your recipe for Creole Grits.

I would like to make an addition, which we have used for quite a long time and feel it has added to our family’s health and good looks:)

Once the water has started to boil, add a heaping tablespoon of Organic Turmeric, preferably the kind with active curcumin which you can get from Frontier Coop, among other places.

Don’t put in the Organic Turmeric before the water comes to a boil, that would be a waste of its active ingredients.  Don’t put in the Orlganic Turmeric and then bring the water to a boil, that is not an option if you want to enjoy whatever health benefits you can get from the curcumin in the Organic Turmeric.  Then cook the grits as usual.  Their color will intensify and look very healthy.

We also put Organic Turmeric in rice when the water boils and just at the point where we put the rice into the pot.  It also intensifies the color of the rice, but we find that a distinct improvement.

If you are not sure what kind of Organic Turmeric to buy, call Frontier Coop and ask for Megan.

I love your blog.  Keep up the good work.  Sending you this blog is the first time I have used my membership in Bettina Network’s Lifestyle Community and will probably begin to get more involved.

Before I wrote this blog to you I checked your visitors’  counter and am really impressed that in one day you had over 2,000 reading the blog.

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Describe Sin!

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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We had an interesting question over breakfast and an even more interesting answer.

The question was – can you describe sin?

The answer was – sin is the lack of empathy no matter how or where it surfaces.  The most common way it surfaces is in racism and sexism, but it is prevalent in all areas of society, anyplace where human beings live and in anything we do and in any way we function.

The conversation went on – what is the most painful experience in the world?

The answer was – lack of empathy.

Why?  – Because we are all connected and someone showing/feeling lack of empathy towards another human being has let go of, cut off that connectedness and experiences moving off into the darkness and un-known-ness of space alone to experience the cold, depression, addiction, extreme loneliness of one cut off from him or herself.

Does everyone experience lack of empathy?

The answer was – yes, at some time or other and in different degrees.

Is there an antidote?

The answer was – yes, but I don’t know what it is.

The question was – how do we know we are experiencing lack of empathy?

The answer was – by the strength of our denial when confronted with our lack of empathy.

It was a very strange and intense conversation and we hope the above captures it to pass its content along.

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GRITS – Creole Style

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

copyright Bettina Network, inc. 2014 – by Marceline Donaldson

I have had several requests for my grits recipe.  Sorry it has taken so long to respond, but I really didn’t want to share this family secret. I have two recipes that I hold close. One is the oyster dressing recipe for Thanksgiving turkey that I have already shared and this one for grits.  It is simple to make, but as a child my day started with grits for breakfast and I have many great breakfast memories that I keep to myself.

1) Use only organic grits.  We use grits from Deaf Smith County and Arrowhead Mills.  Why Deaf Smith County?  The claim is that they are the only place in the United States where you can get food grown in soil which does not have a DDT residue.  I don’t know if that is true or not, but I choose to believe there is at least one place in this country free of all the stuff we poured into our soil poisoning us and the soil.

2)  Put one cup grits into four cups water.  Add one teaspoon Himalayan Salt.  Sometimes I only use 3 1/2 cups water if I want grits with more substance.  Stir with a wire whisk for a couple minutes to make sure you don’t have lumps and then stir occasionally with a large spoon.  The grits can cook over low heat for as long as you want to cook the grits.  The longer, the better, but nothing under 1/2 hour.

3) About ten minutes into the cooking process add four ounces of either a) organic creole cream cheese (preferred), b) organic cream cheese or c) neufchâtel cheese if you want something with less fat.  Put in the cream cheese and after letting it cook with the grits about five to ten minutes, stir until the cream cheese and grits become one.  And no, I am not giving out my recipe for creole cream cheese.

Some people use milk instead of water in their grits, but I find this a bit heavy.  Others drown their grits in butter, but I think this kills the taste of the grits.  You are using grits as a way to eat butter.

Enjoy!

What’s great about these grits – they can be reheated and you can’t tell the freshly cooked grits from the reheated grits.

To reheat.  Put the pot over a very low light and let it simmer until it looks the way it did when it was first cooked.  This will take about 20 minutes or more.

AND ALWAYS – ALWAYS cook your grits in a glass pot.  I keep a large stash of Corning pots.  My sense of security needs lots of Corning pots in all shapes and sizes, especially for stove top cooking when cast iron skillets are not appropriate for the food I am cooking.

Serve it with all kinds of things – creole shrimp; mushrooms cooked in balsamic vinegar; poached eggs served on top of the grits.  You are only limited by your imagination and the part of the country in which you were born and raised.  The classic is grits, ham and eggs.  If you are from the Carolinas and that part of the U. S. you will drool over and want to add red eye gravy.  If you are from New Orleans you will turn your nose up at putting this coffee-based gravy over your grits.  You also can’t serve grits without biscuits.  I have moved to making my biscuits with organic sprouted wheat flour – they are fantastic, although sometimes I just have to go back to biscuits with organic whole wheat flour.

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“Do Not Be Afraid”

Monday, October 6th, 2014

What follows is a link to a sermon preached on October 5, 2014 in Harvard’s Memorial Chapel by Rev. Jonathan Walton.  It quotes a powerful poem written by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, past president of Morehouse College.  We recommend a quiet space to listen to this very powerful sermon which addresses a lot of what ails us personally and as a society.

http://www.harvardmemorialchurch.org/media/sermon_audio/sermon_10.05.14_walton.mp3

A guest at breakfast quoted this poem in a most powerful way as he tried to sum up the sermon he had just heard.  He was especially moved on hearing the sermon since the poem was one he’d heard many times over his life and one which he committed to memory because he found it so moving.  What he found so moving was the context in which the Rev. Walton used the poem in his sermon.  We thought our guest should turn professional because his delivery added to the profoundness of the poem

 

For you – the poem is reprinted here:

Life Is Just A Minute

Life is just a minute—only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon you—can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it—didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to you to use it.
You must suffer if you lose it.
Give an account if you abuse it.
Just a tiny, little minute,
But eternity is in it!”

By Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Past President of Morehouse College

Ed Note:  Sorry for all the “powerfuls” in this blog.  Couldn’t find another word to fit.

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Problem Feet

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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I read your blog on ‘Old Feet’.  I thought it was great.  I would change your title from “Old Feet’ to “Problem Feet.”  Most women have a problem with their feet, usually caused by the fashion shoes we wear and as the years pass the stress on those feet from the high fashion shoes increases and puts lots of stress on the body.

I tried your exercises and they work wonders.  Combined with the exercises – and I think you may have this someplace else in your blog – I discovered soaking my feet in Organic Apple Cider.  It was a god-send.  I soaked my feet in a pail with 1/2 quart organic apple cider and I could then go dancing in any kind of shoes.  And – I have gotten so accustomed to those feet exercises that I find I do them unconsciously now whenever a few minutes turns up and I have either no stockings on or am waiting for some reason sitting in a chair in some office.  I take my feet out of my shoes and sit there exercising my toes.  (Yes, I am young enough to have jettisoned panti -hose.) The reaction of the people around me was hilarious.  People stare, but I have become immune to caring about what people think.  I have come to realize that we will suffer much to ‘fit in’ and not be considered ‘odd’.  Somehow, I have escaped this and am enjoying my lonely position immensely.

I was exercising my toes and feet without thinking and another woman came over to ask if I didn’t want to put my shoes back on?  Before I could shut my mouth, which had dropped open with her comment/question, a man sitting next to me was taking off his shoes and socks following my example.  Maybe we can change the world – although that woman will probably be the opposition trying to keep things as they are and us with all of our inhibitions.  It feels so great to get rid of even one and realize you are not alone, but others around are just waiting to follow your lead.

After soaking my feet for at least 1/2 hour, not only did my feet feel great, but the rest of me had energy for several days.  It was magical the way my feet responded to that Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  I also use it as a softener for my clothes.  So I put in a load of clothes, added the organic apple cider vinegar to the softening cycle, put the rest of the quart bottle of apple cider vinegar in a pail of very warm water, sat back with Egbert Tolle’s book and enjoyed a fantastic morning and was more than ready for the afternoon’s activities.  And NO! You cannot substitute White Vinegar.  It is a coal tar derivative or some such thing and not a substitute for anything.  I don’t even use White Vinegar to clean my house.  Only Organic Apple Cider Vinegar does the job.

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