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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” Douglas Adams

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Salmon Bento Box

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Salmon Bento Box

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Taiko performers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Japanese Taiko drummers in motion

Lately, with kids away in college and my recent enrollment in a challenging certification program, lunch is the least reliable meal in my household. If I’m out and about, I eat where I am. If I’m home, I might have some leftovers or a simple fruit and yoghurt dish. However, when the kids come home for spring break, we eat out or at home. They are home now; one for the week and the other for the weekend.

Yesterday, we had lunch at the Palisades Mall in Rockland County and the Bento Box above was one of the meals we shared at a Japanese restaurant. The contents include: teriyaki salmon, pickled seaweed, avocado crab roll, batter covered veggies and shrimp, potato salad and a delicious mixed greens salad. Why the mall? Well, both kids love Uniqlo (a Japanese clothing store) and it had a grand opening at the mall yesterday. The store had some entertainment, we saw a group of female performers on Japanese drums known as Taiko. Also, if you spent a certain dollar amount, you received a gift with purchase. It was a fun outing that was topped off with a meal.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime Brown rice with sautéed veggies

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime Brown rice with sauteed veggies

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Avocado roll

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime. Avocado roll

The picture above, the rice and vegetable dish, is what I had for dinner on Thursday night and I added it to show what I might’ve had for lunch on Friday. It’s a quick and easy dish to make and ideal for times when we have hectic schedules. The avocado roll was an appetizer we had as we waited for our meal to be prepared and served. I wish I had a chance to read the full assignment for this challenge, I would’ve taken some photos of the sushi chefs… Next time. More below

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On Food: Hunger Steals The Memory…

“Hunger also changes the world – when eating can’t be a habit, than neither can seeing.” Maxine Hong Kingston

On Food: Hunger Steals The Memory… 2nd place Winner World Food Day Poster by M. Benol – Central African Republic (Age group 13 to 17)

HUNGER: what you need to know.

Volunteer your time
Reach out at your local farmer’s market
Raise money
Organize a food packaging event

When a poor family has no food to eat, every bit of energy is spent on finding ways to stave off hunger.  Hunger steals everything; our health, our memory, even our dignity.  World Food Day, celebrated on October 16th, is a reminder that the global battle for equitable food distribution continues. Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  picks a theme as its focus for World Food Day.   The theme for this year is Agricultural Cooperatives, and according to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, “Co-operatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue economic sustainability and social responsibility.” With 870 Million people still going hungry worldwide (130 less now than 20 years ago), and an FAO goal to half that number by 2015, the road to ending hunger is a long one. More below.

“Hunger steals the memory.” Louise Erdrich

On Food: Hunger Steals The Memory… 1st place Winner World Food Day Poster by A. Kawatkar – India (Age group 5 to 8)

Hungry Planet Episode 20 – Special Report

Activate your campus
Walk to end hunger
Engage your local schools
Arrange a Food and Fund Drive

Since that fateful day in November 1979 when FAO Member Countries chose October 16th, the anniversary of FAO’s founding in 1945,  as  World Food Day, FAO has battled global hunger issues. Its Millennium Development Goal targets hunger and is determined to half the proportion of hungry people in developing countries by 2015.  So far,  FAO data  shows that while Asia and Latin America have reduced their numbers of hungry people, the numbers in sub-Saharan Africa are on the rise. Since 1990,  data on the percentage of undernourished persons has been slowly shifting:
2010-2012 868 million (12%)
2007-2009 867 million (13%)
2004-2006 898 million (14%)
1991-2001 919 million (15%)
1990-1992 1000 million (19%)
More data below!

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Musings: Waiting To Be Happy…?

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” Alice Walker

Musings: Waiting To Be Happy…? Start NOW!

“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” Joel Osteen

I met my friend Cheryl for coffee at Starbucks today. We hadn’t seen each other in ages and we were excited to meet, share coffee and a good laugh, and catch up on our lives. Cheryl has always had a good sense of humor and an easy smile, and I wondered out loud how we let life’s unrelenting demands interrupt the flow of our friendship. Needless to say, a lot has happened since we last hung out and, as we joyfully shared our stories back and forth, we paused to comment on the magical quality of true friendship.

The bond of friendship remains strong even when we leave to meet other challenges. When we return, the joy and happiness flow freely like a stream that never dries up. We have to choose to return though, and, like happiness, waiting for the perfect time/day/hour/ moment to make that connection is a waste of precious energy. Our time to be happy, to bond with friends, to make amends, to abandon inconsiderate habits is now. We must decide to make peace with our old painful stories and move on for the sake of our happiness. What are we waiting for?

“Waiting for someone else to make you happy is the surest way to be sad.” Jeffrey Benjamin

Musings: Waiting To Be Happy…? Choose it.

“If you know you have to wait anyway, why not make a decision to enjoy your life while you’re waiting? Why not be happy while God is in the process of changing things? After all, there’s nothing we can really do to make it happen any faster. We might as well relax and enjoy our lives, knowing that at the appointed time God is going to bring his plan to pass.” Joel Osteen

After our coffee and chat, we walked over to Mrs Greens Market to see what new products they carried; they carry lots of organic products and window shopping there is a great way to learn about new produce and products in the marketplace. As we walked up and down the crowded aisles, we were struck by the explosion of color from all the displayed items competing for our attention. They had an endless selection of teas, soaps, skin care and food products for sale.

Aisle after aisle, I thought how fortunate some people are in the US to have such choices, yet, how sad it is that many in our world don’t have the option to choose their foods. When we stop to think about the inequities in society we realize that some might take longer to resolve and we can help by being proactive. We can volunteer our skills and knowledge, and commit to help/serve each other… Happiness will meet us there too. It is ironic that in the midst of such abundance, there is abject poverty here in the US. We can choose to make a difference; even if our lives are not perfect.  Soon, Cheryl and I came to a card display with tons of inspiring messages. I took lots of pictures; some I’ve shared here too. More below!

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