Monday, April 20, 2009
On Thursday, April 16 a few of us met in Quincy, MA to volunteer with the Prison Books Program. Prisoners are not allowed to receive any books from family or friends, so they are reliant on volunteer groups approved by the prison system to send them books. It was so rewarding to read prisoners' letters asking for books (on all kinds of topics) and browsing through the "bookstore" to fulfill their requests. Oh, and the bonus of the evening was going inside the crypt of the church to see the tombs of John & Abigail Adams as well as John Quincy & Louisa Adams.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Since this business is going well, they want to sell door-to-door, so Mrs. Eng Uy decided to ask for a loan to add to her savings to buy a motorbike to transport her products door-to-door. Mrs. Eng Uy is 25 years old and the mother of two children who are too young to work or study because they are two and four years old. Her husband is also in the photo."
Be sure to take a peek at the links above for updates on Eng Uy's progress!
Monday, September 29, 2008
We had a great meeting on Friday night at Lisa's home. Many thanks to Becky and Alyson for their engaging, delicious and truly eye-opening presentation on knowing the food we eat. Who knew that 20% of the "meat" in chicken nuggets is actually chicken skin? Or that extra-lean beef probably indicates meat taken from old/sick animals? I've been meaning to read such books as Fast Food Nation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and The Omnivore's Dilemma for quite a while, but now I'm on my way to the library! Becky and Alyson strongly encouraged us to make informed decisions about the food we eat--there is so much behind the scenes that we as consumers don't know. They also explained that moving toward sustainable eating is a gradual process and advocated starting with small, simple changes that do not feel too overwhelming.
- Buy organic produce--especially the "Dirty Dozen": peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes, pears, spinach & potatoes
- Buy organic whole milk dairy products
- Find a CSA (fresh, locally grown produce coop) at www.localharvest.org
- Limit sugar intake to 40g per day: avoid refined sugar and flour whenever possible.
- Use extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil or butter instead of vegetable oil, margarine or other highly processed butter/oil products
- Replace processed foods with whole grains: you need 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day
- Sodium Nitrate: Sure enough, there in the Oscar Meyer turkey hotdogs that my kids love.
- BHA and BHT: Oh my, this was in my Orbit sugarless gum and the packaging in our MiniWheats.
- Propyl Gallate: Didn't see this one in my cupboards, but apparently found in meat, chicken base in soups and gum.
- MSG: Wow. This was in my Campbell's soup, chicken bullion cubes and noodle mix.
- Trans-fats: I have been avoiding these, but found some in the cake mix I bought for my husband's birthday.
- Aspartame: There it was in my Orbit sugarless gum--yikes!
- Acesulfame: Sure enough, Orbit sugarless gum is the culprit again.
- Food Coloring: Found this in the cake mix, sugarless gum and the Listerine (of all places!)
- Potassium Bromate
- White Sugar: There it is, 5 lb. package in my pantry. Not to mention all that is in every other product out there.
- Sodium Chloride