Chuckles of the Day

God and Coffee

A group of professional higher education alumni, well established in their careers, were talking at their college reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in their work and lives.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups- porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite, telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the alumni had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

“Notice that all of the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While its normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups…and then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this:

Life is the coffee.

Your job, your money and wealth and your positions in society are the cups.

They are just tools to hold and contain Life.

The type of cup one has does not define, nor change the quality of life a person lives.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.

God makes the coffee, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Enjoy your coffee!

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Schultz, Creator of the “Peanuts” Comic Strip.

You don’t have to actually answer these 6 questions, just read them straight through:

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do with these 6 questions:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.


The lesson . . .

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They are the ones that care.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”






For Last-minute Labor Day Chicken Salad, Buy a Cooked Bird

Christopher Kimball wrote . . . . . . . . .

Sometimes the best way to change the way you cook is to not cook at all.

For some weeknight meals, we grab a cooked rotisserie chicken from the supermarket, which allows us to focus on loading up the shredded meat with flavor. It’s a trick we use for this impromptu chicken salad from our book “COOKish,” which limits recipes to just six ingredients without sacrificing flavor. And it’s the perfect thing to throw together at the last minute before that Labor Day cookout without having to turn on the oven during a hot summer day.

For this recipe, we skip the mayonnaise and instead use another shortcut that packs complex flavor into one ingredient — red pepper jelly. The slight bitterness and vegetal quality of the peppers helps to balance the sugars.

Two tablespoons of white vinegar brightens the dressing, and thinly sliced scallions or red onion contribute a sharp bite. And canned black-eyed peas are an easy way to add substance. We let the beans soak in the dressing for 10 minutes so they absorb more flavor, which also gives time to shred the chicken.

An average-size, store-bought rotisserie bird will yield enough shredded chicken for this recipe.

The salad is especially good on top of leafy greens or served with a hunk of cornbread. And it’s all done and ready to serve in under 30 minutes.

Chicken and Bean Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced OR ½ red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup red pepper jelly
2 tablespoons white vinegar OR hot sauce
2 tablespoons neutral oil
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
15-1/2 ounce can black-eyed peas OR kidney beans OR black beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups shredded cooked chicken

Stir together the scallions, jelly, vinegar, oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the beans, stir and let stand for about 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken, then season with salt and pepper.

Source: AP





Lunch Set of Sakura in Tokyo, Japan

Hors D’oeuvre with Orange, Salmon and Shrimp

Sliders with Bamboo Charcoal Bun

Roasted Sirloin Beef

桜 ホテルメトロポリタン





Could Your Blood Type Raise Your Odds for Stroke?

Amy Norton wrote . . . . . . . . .

The risk of suffering a stroke at an early age may depend partly on a person’s blood type, a large study suggests.

When it comes to the risk of ischemic stroke — the kind caused by a blood clot — studies have hinted that blood type plays a role. People with type O blood generally have a somewhat lower risk than those with types A, B or AB.

Now the new study suggests that blood type is more strongly tied to the risk of ischemic stroke at a younger age (before age 60) compared to later in life. And type A blood, specifically, stood out as a risk factor.

The researchers stressed that blood type is not a strong influence: On average, they found, people with type A blood had a 16% higher riskof having a stroke before age 60, versus people with other blood types. Meanwhile, type O blood was tied to a 12% decrease in the risk.

“People with blood type A should not be worried,” said researcher Braxton Mitchell, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore.

Many things affect a person’s stroke risk, he said, including factors that, unlike blood type, can be changed.

People can avoid smoking, get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, and gain control over high blood pressure, diabetes and other health conditions that raise stroke risk, he advised.

Why would blood type make a difference in stroke risk? Ischemic strokes — which account for most strokes — occur when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. And it’s known that non-O blood types have higher levels of certain proteins, called von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII, that contribute to clot formation.

Mitchell said the new findings suggest that a propensity toward blood-clotting may play a larger role in younger people’s strokes compared to those later in life.

Some other findings from the study support that idea: Blood type A was also linked to a heightened risk of venous thromboembolism — where clots form in the veins. And again, blood type made a bigger difference for people younger than 60, versus older adults.

Type O is the most common blood group. According to the American Red Cross, about 45% of white Americans have type O blood, while the rate is higher among Black and Hispanic Americans — at 51% and 57%, respectively. Type A is the second-most common blood group.

The new findings — published online Aug. 31 in the journal Neurology — come from 48 studies across the globe. They included roughly 17,000 people who had suffered an ischemic stroke before age 60, along with a group who suffered a stroke at an older age and a comparison group of healthy individuals.

Looking at the participants’ genetic profiles, the researchers searched for gene variants that were linked to the risk of early stroke. The only strong hit they turned up was a chromosome region that includes the ABO gene, which determines blood type.

People with type O blood had a decreased risk of stroke, with the link being stronger for early-onset than later: a 12% lower risk of early stroke, but only a 4% lower risk of stroke at age 60 or older.

Similarly, people with type A blood had a 16% higher risk of stroke before age 60, but only a 5% increase in risk at older ages.

Dr. Bharti Manwani is a vascular neurologist with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and a volunteer with the American Heart Association (AHA).

She called the study “very interesting,” and agreed it suggests that a propensity toward blood-clotting may play a more important role in stroke at a younger age.

But, Manwani stressed, the findings do not mean that type A blood will “doom you.”

Regardless of blood type, she said, people should focus on the stroke risk factors they can control.

But, both she and Mitchell said, it’s possible that people with type A blood could be more vulnerable to the effects of other factors that can promote blood clots, like oral contraceptives or smoking.

Mitchell and his colleagues found evidence of that in a preliminary study presented in March of last year at an American Stroke Association meeting: Women who used birth control pills and smoked were at increased risk of suffering a stroke before age 50, versus women who neither smoked nor used the Pill. And that risk was further increased when they had a non-O blood type.

Strokes are not common among young people, but they do happen. Of the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer a stroke each year, 10% to 15% are adults aged 45 or younger, according to the AHA.

And over the past few decades, the group says, the stroke rate among Americans under 50 has been rising — possibly because conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes have become more common among younger people.

Source: healthDay





Salted Chicken Wings


1-1/2 lb chicken wings

Poaching Liquid

3 tbsp coarse salt
2 aniseed stars
1 tsp Sichuan pepper
2 tbsp wine
2 slices ginger
2 stalks spring onion (sectioned)
5 cups water


  1. Parboil chicken wings in boiling water for a few minutes. Then put in cold water and soak.
  2. Add poaching liquid ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer until flavour comes out.
  3. Add chicken wings and bring to boil. Turn heat off and leave salted sauce to cool.
  4. Remove chicken wings. Brush with some sesame oil and serve.

Source: Low Cholesterol Recipes

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