Monthly Archives: January 2012

Herb of the Day, Animal of the day, and Quote of the Day


The Herb of the Day:  Thyme

This is a genus comprising  of numerous species that are very diverse in appearance and come from very different parts of the world .  They are found as far as Greenland and western Asia, although the majority of this genus grows in the Mediterranean region.  This ancient herb was used by the Egyptians in oil used for embalming.  The Greeks used it in their baths and as an incense in their temples.  Tea made from thyme can be used as a gargle of mouthwash, and it is an excellent cure for a sore throat and infected gums.  It is also good for hangovers.  The essential oil in thyme is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and it is used in the making of toothpaste, and mouthwash.  The oil is also added to massage oils.  Lastly, the oil can be used to kill mosquito larva in the summer time.


The Animal of the Day: The Golden Potto

Pottos move slowly and carefully, always gripping a branch with at least two limbs. They are also quiet creatures. Their most common call is a high-pitched “tsic”, which is used mainly between mother and offspring.

Studies of stomach contents have shown the potto diet consists of about 65% fruit, 21% tree gums and 10% insects. Pottos have also occasionally been known to catch bats and small birds. Their strong jaws enable them to eat fruits and lumps of dried gum that are too tough for other tree-dwellers. The insects they eat tend to have a strong smell, possibly because more palatable insects are snatched up by faster-moving creatures.

The Quote of the day:

“My day doesn’t start until about noon; then it’s time for my afternoon nap.”

-Bob Hope



A Food Rule (from Michael Pollan’s book “Food Rules”)


Food Rule #29. Drink That Spinach Water

Another bit of traditional wisdom with good science behind it: The water in which vegetables are cooked is rich in vitamins and other healthful plant chemicals.  Save it for soup or add it to sauces.



A nice little tidbit that I wanted to share.

Quotes to Fill Your Thoughts as Food fills Your Stomach

A   “After all is said and done, more is said than done.”    Aesop
  “When I was born, I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.    Gracie Allen
  “I’m not afraid to die.  I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”    Woody Allen
  “The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do.”    Anonymous
  “Love is not about who you live with. It’s about who you can’t live without.”    Anonymous
  “A real friend is someone who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”    Anonymous
  “Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.”    Anonymous
  “Good supervision is the art of getting average people to do superior work.”    Anonymous
  “Wit is educated insolence.”    Aristotle
  “Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.”    Aristotle
  “One swallow does not make the spring.”    Aristotle
  “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”    Aristotle
  “We are what we repeatedly do.”    Aristotle
  “Wishing to be friends is quick work,  but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”    Aristotle
  “There is safety in numbers.”    Anonymous


  “The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.”   Sir Francis Bacon
  “Knowledge is power.”    Sir Francis Bacon

  “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”    Honore de Balzac
  “An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. “   Orlando A. Battista
  “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed
door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
  Alexander Graham Bell
  “Happiness lies in good health and a bad memory.”    Ingrid Bergman
  “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”   Otto von Bismarck
  “Ability is nothing without opportunity.”     Napoleon Bonaparte
  “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”    Napoleon Bonaparte
  “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”    Napoleon Bonaparte
  “The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.”    Jacques Bossuet


  “Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.”    Miguel de Cervantes
  “There are people who have money and people who are rich.”    Coco Chanel
  “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”    G. K. Chesterton
  “A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.”          G. K. Chesterton
 “The price of greatness is responsibility.”    Winston Churchill
  “We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.”    Winston Churchill
  “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every
   Winston Churchill
  “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”    Winston Churchill
  “If you are going through hell, keep going.”    Winston Churchill
  “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”    Winston Churchill
  “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”    Winston Churchill
  “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.    Cicero
  “Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.”    E.M. Cioran
  “I believe in luck; how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?”    Jean Cocteau
  “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”    Conficius
  “Respect yourself and others will respect you.”   Conficius
  “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.”    Marie Curie


  “The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.”   Salvador Dali
   “Have no fear of perfection;  you’ll never reach it.”    Salvador Dali
   “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most
responsive to change.”
   Charles Darwin
   “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”    Marlene Dietrich
    “Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.”      Benjamin Disraeli
  “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own.”    Benjamin Disraeli
  “Little things affect little minds.”    Benjamin Disraeli
  “The secret of success is constancy of purpose.”    Benjamin Disraeli
  “Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former
makes its exit.
  Alexandre Dumas
  “All for one and one for all.”    Alexandre Dumas


  “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”    Thomas Edison
  “Only two things are infinite – the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the  former.”    Albert Einstein
  “When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second.  When you sit on a red-hot cinder,
a second seems like an hour.  That’s relativity.”
   Albert Einstein
  “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”    Albert Einstein
  “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”    Albert Einstein
  “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”    Albert Einstein
  “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”    Albert Einstein
  “Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”    Albert Einstein
  “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”    Albert Einstein
  “Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.”    Albert Einstein
  “I never think of the future.  It comes soon enough.”    Albert Einstein
  “In case of dissension,  never dare to judge till you’ve heard the other side.”    Euripides
  “Man’s best possession is a sympathetic wife.”    Euripides


  “A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth, and that is why we call what he writes fiction.”    William Faulkner

  “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”    Henry Ford
  “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”    Henry Ford
  “The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.”     Malcolm Forbes

  “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan but also believe.”    Anatole France
  “Most fools think they are only ignorant.”    Benjamin Franklin
  “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”    Benjamin Franklin

  “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.”    Anna Freud 
  “Men are more moral than they think, and far more immoral than they can imagine.”    Sigmund Freud


  “We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”    Galileo Galilei

  “I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”    Mahatma Gandhi
  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”    Mahatma Gandhi
  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.    Mahatma Gandhi

  “Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence”    Charles de Gaulle
  “Graveyards are full of indispensable men.”    Charles de Gaulle
  “Formula for success :  rise early, work hard, strike oil.”     J. Paul Getty
  “Money isn’t everything but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.”    J. Paul Getty
  “If you can actually count your money, then you’re not a rich man.”    J. Paul Getty
  “All the world over I will back the masses against the classes.”    William Gladstone
  “Enjoy when you can and endure when you must.”    Johann  Wolfgang  van Goethe
  “Whatever you can do or dream, begin it.”    Johann  Wolfgang  van Goethe
  ” A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.”    Johann  Wolfgang  van Goethe
  “Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.”     Johann  Wolfgang  van Goethe


  “Never confuse movement with action.”    Ernest Hemmingway
  “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”    Alfred Hitchcock

  “Forty is the old age of youth;  fifty is the youth of old age.”    Victor Hugo
  “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”    Victor Hugo
  “Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.”           Victor Hugo
  “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”    Aldous Huxley


  In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”    Thomas Jefferson

  “Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”    Samuel Johnson
  “When making your choices in life, do not forget to live.”    Samuel Johnson
  “Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.”    Samuel Johnson


  “Science is organized knowledge.  Wisdom is organized life.”    Immanuel Kant

  “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”    John F. Kennedy
  “When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters.
One represents danger, the other represents opportunity.”
   John F. Kennedy
  “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”    John F. Kennedy
   “Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.    John F. Kennedy

  “Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.”    John Maynard Keynes

  “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”    Martin Luther King
  “Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.”    Rudyard Kipling
  “Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.”    Rudyard Kipling
  “The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvellously.”    Henry Kissinger
  “The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it’s their fault.”    Henry Kissinger


  “We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”    Dalai Lama

  “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.”    John Lennon

  “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in  your years.”    Abraham Lincoln
  “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”    Abraham Lincoln
  “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”    Abraham Lincoln
  “You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time,
but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
   Abraham Lincoln


  “No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”    Niccolo Machiavelli
  “People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.”    W. Somerset Maugham
  “It is cruel to discover one’s mediocrity only when it is too late.”    W. Somerset Maugham
  “To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.”    Thomas Moore


  “Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”    Isaac Newton

  “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”    Friedrich Nietzsche
  “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.”    Friedrich Nietzche
  “When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.”    Friedrich Nietzsche
   “We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.”    Anais Nin
   “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”    Anais Nin


  “Burdens become light when cheerfully borne.”    Ovid


  “In the field of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind.”    Louis Pasteur

  “The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.”    Pablo Picasso
  “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”    Plutarch

  “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”    Alexander Pope
  “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old;  you grow old because you stop laughing.”    Michael Pritchard

  “The voyage to discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”    Marcel Proust


  “If you wish to avoid seeing a fool, you must break your mirror.”    Francois Rabelais
  “A statesman is a successful politician who is dead.”    Thomas Brackett Reed

  “Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life.”    F.W. Robertson
   “Many people despise wealth but few know how to give it away.”    F. de la Rochefoucauld
   “Men give away  nothing so liberally as their advice.”    F. de la Rochefoucauld
  “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”    Franklin D. Roosevelt
   “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”    Theodore Roosevelt
   “If it can’t be cured, it must be endured.”    Salman Rushdie.
   “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”    John Ruskin


  “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left
to take away.”
   Antoine de Saint Exupery
   “Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together
in the same direction.”
   Antoine deSaint Exupery
  “Hell is other people.”    Jean-Paul Sartre
  “It is wise to learn; it is God-like to create.”    John Saxe
  “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”    Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  “Life is a play. It’s not its length, but its performance that counts.”    Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  “Action is eloquence.”    William Shakespeare
  “All that glitters is not gold.”    William Shakespeare
  “Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”    William Shakespeare
  “Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.”    George Bernard Shaw
  “The greatest of our evils and the worst of our crimes is poverty.”   George Bernard Shaw
  “Youth is a wonderful thing.  What a crime to waste it on children!”    George Bernard Shaw
  “Martyrdom … is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.”    George Bernard Shaw
  “We don’t stop playing because we grow old;  we grow old because we stop playing.”    George Bernard Shaw
  “Reasonable men adapt to the world.  Unreasonable men adapt the world to themselves.
That’s why all progress depends on unreasonable men.”
   George Bernard Shaw
  “Can a man who is warm understand one who is freezing?”    Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap … but by the seeds you plant!”    Robert Louis Stevenson
  “Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”    Robert Louis Stevenson
  “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”    Jonathan Swift
  “May you live every day of your life.”    Jonathan Swift


  “I am more afraid of an army of a hundred sheep led by a lion, than an army of a hundred lions
led by a sheep.”
  “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”    Alfred Lord Tennyson
  “A good laugh is sunshine in a house.”    William Thackery
  “Love is real only when a person can sacrifice himself for another.”    Leo Tolstoy
  “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove
all doubt.”
   Mark Twain
  “Be careful about reading health books.  You may die of a misprint.”    Mark Twain
  “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”    Mark Twain


  “The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure.”    Unknown
  “The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.”    Unknown
  “Many receive advice; only the wise profit from it.”    Unknown
     “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior, without your consent.”     Unknown
  “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”    Unknown
  “Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.”    Unknown
  “The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”    Unknown
  “Only those who keep trying eventually win.”    Unknown
  “Getting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an achievement.”    Unknown
  “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”    Unknown
  “The best time to do something worthwhile is between yesterday and tomorrow.”    Unknown


  “Conscience is a man’s compass.”   Vincent Van Gogh
  “The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.”    Voltaire

  “Anything that is too stupid to be spoken in sung.”    Voltaire
  “God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”    Voltaire
  “The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks.”   Voltaire
   “Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is an absurd one.”    Voltaire
   “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”    Voltaire


  “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”    Oscar Wilde
  “Some cause happiness wherever they go; other whenever they go.    Oscar Wilde
  “My own business always bores me to death;  I prefer other people’s.”    Oscar Wilde
  “Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.”    Oscar Wilde
  “Wisdom is knowing how little we know.”    Oscar Wilde
  “To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist, that’s all.”    Oscar Wilde
  “The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.”    Oscar Wilde
  “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”    Oscar Wilde
  “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”    Oscar Wilde
  “True friends stab you in the front.”       Oscar Wilde
  “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”    Oscar Wilde
  “All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.”   Tennessee Williams


  “Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire.”    William Butler Yeats  


  “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”    Emile Zola