Altruism: Are we all programmed differently?

The first time I heard the word “altruism”, I thought it was someone who plays truant all the time. Guess there was enough onomatopoeia happening there for me to assume that. Just to be doubly sure though, I looked it up in the dictionary and imagine my surprise when I found out that altruism meant “unselfish concern”. It had nothing to do with truancy. OK then!

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The Folklore Food Blog: Cooking Can Empower!

This is a great article on how to get your children interested in prepping and cooking. It also helps provide a platform to bond with your child especially give daily rigamarole.

The Folklore Food Blog


By cooking with our children, we create associative memories of family togetherness and create some deep emotional bonds. There are seven primary learning styles, but one has been forgotten the 8th teaching method, olfactory. The olfactory bulb has direct access to the amygdala, which processes emotion, and the hippocampus, which is responsible for associative learning.
Who remembers mom’s cookies, grandma’s pies, the roasting turkey of Thanksgiving? Smells, the olfactory bulb is part of the brain’s limbic system, an area closely associated with memory and feeling it’s sometimes called the “emotional brain.” The smell can call up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously. By cooking wonderful aromatic foods, we can create positive memories for our children, and by association, we can create positive memories of math, science, history, language and arts. Like the eighth wonder of the world, I add olfactory to standard seven methods of teaching.

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Sigourney Weaver and all things Alien

Sigourney Weaver. For me, that name is synonymous with Alien movies. As a teenager, I devoured those movies with passion. While other girls my age were watching chick flicks, I was watching Sigourney wear space suits and fight aliens with dripping saliva and chomping double jaws. There was a grit, a resilience to her that captivated me. I’ve watched her Alien movies SO MANY TIMES that seeing anyone other than her in one made me morose. Continue reading “Sigourney Weaver and all things Alien”

How time flies

May 24th, 2016.

The date in etched in my brain. Tomorrow, marks the first anniversary for my blog – A Penny for my Thoughts. This day last year I made the conscious choice to write my thoughts online, to share them with an audience larger than just me. After a rather trying year, May 24th, 2017 has come a full 180 degrees. How time flies!

I’ve grown this past year by leaps and bounds, learned things about myself I never knew existed. I’ve hit rock bottom and risen back to the top not necessarily a winner,  but definitely stronger, calmer and a lot happier than I was a year ago.

What a difference 365 days can make. Here’s to many many more such years of thriving! Happy birthday, blog!

Love is a strange thing

I was listening to this TED Radio podcast this morning where they discussed at length “7 Deadly Sins”, one of them being – LUST. They talked about how you can be married or in a monogamous relationship and still not be able to completely deny LUST. The expert even had a perfect example for it. He said “Just because you’ve chosen to become a vegetarian, doesn’t mean bacon doesn’t smell good.” Hah!

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Magic rain….come again

It rains steadily outside my window. In school, we used to call it “raining cats and dogs” which I always thought was funny because it would be one painful downpour if that happened, for the cats, the dogs and all those being rained upon. Hah! I look at the trees and the grass and looks like new life has been breathed into them. They don’t just look less tired. They look positively radiant, almost like they are turning their heads up to the rain to catch it on their faces. Continue reading “Magic rain….come again”