anti-inflammatory spices and food

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Matcha (green tea latte)

Salmon (omega 3 fatty acids)

Olive Oil



Collard Greens

Shiitake Mushrooms

 Sauerkraut (vitamin A & C)



Working A Painting


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Paint a city scene full of light and energy. Simplify a complex composition into shapes and three values: lights, mid-tones, and darks. Begin with preliminary sketching necessary to distill the painting down to the essentials. You work light to darks while saving the whites, establishing focal points, architecture, and figures. Finally, add the darkest darks and tie the painting together with finishing touches.

Turmeric Root



When you use the word ‘turmeric’, the first image that flashes is that of the orange powder that is sprinkled in every Indian curry.

Turmeric has been used as a medicinal plant since time immemorial especially in India. Today it is popularly called ‘The Golden Spice’ or ‘The Spice of Life’.

An English turmeric was called Indian saffron.

Yellow turmeric comes under genus Curcuma which belongs to the ginger family.

Here is a list of top benefits of turmeric:
1. It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
2. It is a powerful antioxidant.
3. It has potent anti-microbial properties.
4. It has anti-cancer properties.
5. It has wound healing properties.
6. It protects skin health.
7. It regulates immune responses.
8. It is neuroprotective in nature and benefits brain health.
9. It protects heart health.
10. It works as a detoxifying agent and protects from heavy metal, a carcinogen, and drug-induced toxicity.
11. It supports both male and female reproductive health.
12. It is great for oral and dental hygiene.
13. It has pain relieving effect.
14. It benefits in metabolic diseases like diabetes, metabolic syndrome etc.
15. It preserves bone health and protects from arthritis, osteoporosis etc.

add turmeric root:

  • Add a 1-inch piece of turmeric root to smoothies. You can also include it in freshly pressed juices.
  • Use the freshly grated root in marinades for chicken, fish and beef. Simply add 1 teaspoon of the grated root to any marinade recipe for a flavor and color kick.
  • Stir freshly grated turmeric into salad dressings.
  • Intensify the flavor and color of pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins or a pumpkin loaf. Stir in 1 teaspoon of freshly shredded turmeric to the batter and bake as usual.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of freshly grated turmeric to your stir-fry. You can add it in while you’re sautéing the vegetables.
  • Sprinkle into egg dishes. It’s easy to add a teaspoon of turmeric to your scrambled egg mixture, or add into a frittata or quiche recipe. The color of the turmeric will enhance the color of the eggs.


Happy Easter


When you get a chance come visit me.


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Highly allergic to bees.

One thing good about winter and northeastern 



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Snowman or Snow Figure


Another Northeastern coming our way

My  snowman/snow figure I created in the last northeastern

I am tired of shoveling

So can this be the last northeastern with no accumulation?




“Orange” (May God Bless You) Watercolor Study on Stonehendge Paper


Watercolor study where I use transparent washes and glazes to form oranges. With a mixture of alizarin crimson and cadmium yellow. I block in the overall shapes of the oranges on damp paper. I allow this to dry before moving to the next stage. No

The next stage, I work wet-on-wet adding cadmium yellow. I build form and color, leaving small areas of the pale underwash and the white of the paper to create highlights.

I strengthened the form of the oranges with layers of transparent washes.

Finally, the cast shadow of the oranges is painted with washes and glazes of paynes gray and yellow ochre. A clean damp brush is used to soften the shadows. This also gives an impression that the oranges are sitting on a dish.

I also painted a thin glaze using cadmium orange over the entire piece.


Winslow Homer - Waiting for Dad


Winslow Homer is a painter of the 19th century.
Who was largely self-taught.
Homer started his career as an illustrator. He subsequently took up oil painting.
He worked extensively in watercolor creating plein air paintings.


Winslow Homer - The Gulf Stream

To My Mother by Robert Louis Stevenson



You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.
Happy Birthday, Mom!

John Singer Sargent

Spanish Dancer (woman) c 1879-82, private collection, oil, 87.7 x 59.5 in

Sargent did a number of quick studies. His use of line rather than form created sketches with dashes, swirls, and squiggles.
He was a master at massing light and dark values.

John Singer Sargeant : Sketch of a Spanish Dancer : 1879    Pencil on Paper : Gardner Museum,  Boston                                                                      Spanish Dancer

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