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I Have Become Hooked On Yoplait’s New ‘Oui’ French Yogurt In A Cute Glass Jar.

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I stumbled upon these cute ‘Oui‘ jars, serendipitously, in Cambridge, MA, when we were there yesterday for ‘Revels‘.

I eat some form of yogurt each day and have been doing so for 20-years.

Of late I have restricted myself to plain, Greek yogurt to keep away from the sugar and sweeteners.

But, I had a strawberry-flavored ‘Oui’ as a treat. I was hooked.

Today, when I was at Walmart I went looking for them. Much to my delight they had some. I bought 5 jars … key lime, mango, blueberry and raspberry.

But, this will be just over Christmas.

I have been too chicken to even look at the label. I am sure it is ultra-high in carbs. Yikes. This is not good for me. But, I cannot resist.


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Meditation For The Day — Step Into The Sandals Of The Figure In The Foreground.

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That thinker in the foreground, meant to be Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is thought to be likeness of fellow, contemporary great, Michelangelo of Sistine Chapel fame.


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Think – Today: Why Is There To Be 9-Days Of Official Mourning For Fidel Castro?

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Fidel Castro, who died on Friday, November 25, 2016, was to be cremated the next day, i.e., November 26. However, there is to be 9-days of official mourning for him. Why nine days?popebbb


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “The modern fork'” — the modern 4-pronged table fork is the baby-of-the-family when it comes to ‘European’ (or for that matter Asian (as in say Chinese)) table utensils. Knives and spoons were in wide use for centuries prior to the appearance of the table fork. Large two-pronged forks had been around for a long time — going back to the ancient Egyptians. But these large forks were used when cooking or for bailing hay. The three-pronged trident was associated with the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. As such Europeans eschewed three-prong forks, associating them with mini-tridents. The modern fork probably gained currency in France somewhere in the late 18th century. Check this article for more details.


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Think – Today: Who Came Up With The Modern Fork?

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1024px-assorted_forksWe, in the west, typically use one on a daily basis. But, have you given IT, i.e., a fork, any thought. Obviously the Chinese opted for chopsticks rather than forks. So, when did the fork come to be and who invented it?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “The word ‘think'” — It, surprisingly, is not from Latin or Greek! The Latin for ‘think’, cogitare gave us ‘cogitate‘ — a word that I am particularly fond of. The Greek equivalent is nomízo. “Think” is from the German denken.


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Think – Today: When Was It That We Determined That The ‘Milky Way’ Was A Galaxy?

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milkywatKind of interesting that the word ‘galaxy’ actually comes from the Greek for ‘Milky Way’. But, when did we, as humans, finally determine that the Milky Way was a galaxy? A designation based on a century would be fine. OK?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “How long to build the Empire State Building” — Start to finish was said to be 410 days! January 1930 to April 1931. Pretty amazing. 4 days per floor. Could we do it that quickly today?


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Think – Today: How Many Buddhas Have There Been?

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Not a trick question by any means. Did YOU really think that there has only been ONE Buddha? The last one? Gautama Buddha. Oh, dear! So, I ask again, how many Buddhas have there been?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Electoral College” — the U.S. ‘Founding Fathers’, after much deliberation and soul-searching, put it into ‘the system’ to serve as a ‘circuit breaker’ if things went awry during the election. Two hundred and fifty years ago the U.S. electorate was very different to now. There was NO Twitter, FaceBook, Fox News or CNN. A lot of the population lived in isolated, rural areas. They did not have access to up to-date or reliable news about politics. As such the Founding Fathers were worried that the rural populace might, inadvertently, elect a drunkard or criminal as President. (Sex molester were more rare in those days.) The Electoral College was there to override the popular vote IF they, an august body, believed that the people got it wrong. Akin to why the Democratic Party uses ‘Super Delegates‘. The Electoral College still has the power to overturn the vote — though they have never done so. 


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Think – Today: Why Does The U.S. Elect The President Through An “Electoral College”?

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electorlMost people in the U.S., even those that voted, only really give any thought to the ‘U.S. Electoral College’ in election years such as this (i.e., 2016) when a win of the Electoral College does not adequately reflect what happened in the ‘popular vote’. So why has the U.S. had an Electoral College from the very start — i.e., since the Constitution was enacted?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “George” — is a very earthy name. It is from the Greek word ‘georgos‘ which basically denotes ‘a farmer’, one that tills the soil. So the next time you see or meet a ‘George’ you will know. 


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Think – Today: Do Trees Grow From The Bottom Or From The Top?

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Easy question, right? Just talking about height. Where does the height of a tree come from, the bottom or the top. Yes, the root system continues to expand and the trunk gets bigger, each year — which is why we get those ‘rings’ that can tell the age of a tree. But, what about getting taller?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’Name of the ‘Amazon’ river. The second Spanish explorer who set out to navigate the river, c. 1550, was viciously attacked by native warriors — most of whom were women. So he named the river ‘Amazon’ after Greek mythological race of women warriors. Neat?


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“Noosa” — A Fine Yogurt With Pepper-Spiced Heat, BUT Alas Too ‘Rich’ For Me.

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I swung by Hannaford in Alton to pick up some items this afternoon and came across a lady doing a taste demo for this yogurt — or yoghurt, as they call it. She made a point of telling me to try the yogurt with HEAT — i.e., yogurt with chilli peppers. Well I like pepper and as I have talked about before, I eat a yogurt each and every day and have been doing so for nearly 20 years.

I tried the “Blackberry/Serrano” and loved it. She gave me a 55 cent coupon and I bought a container. It is a double size container — i.e., twice as much as your normal yogurt container.

When I came home I read the label. I was SHOCKED. The fat and carbs are WAY ABOVE what I would normally indulge in. A very rich yogurt. But it sure tasted good. Yum. Yum. Would love to eat some everyday with the chilli but I couldn’t handle all that extra fat and carbs given that I, yet again, need to lose some weight!

I am going to try adding some chilli to my normal Greek yogurt. I will tell you if I crack the recipe. 


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Dannon’s ‘Activia’ Probiotic Yogurt — Effectiveness Appears To Plateau Then Peter Off.

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Until this past weekend I had been eating at least one ‘Activia’ Probiotic yogurt — typically the larger container — every day (bar maybe 4 days in total) since Monday, April 27, 2015. So that was 231 days of eating ‘Activia’.

To begin with it worked, as claimed, like a charm and I was signing its praises. I had started eating ‘Activia’ because I was sure that I would have been able to claim that the ‘Activia’ Challenge did not work and as such I needed my money back. But I was happy with ‘Activia’ for months. The Challenge Worked! I will gladly admit that.

What is even more interesting is that I was not a newcomer to eating daily yogurt. I had been eating a yogurt a day, bar a very, very occasional lapse, since 1998. So by the time I started eating ‘Activia’ I had been on daily yogurt for 17 years. And even with that I could tell that ‘Activia’ made a difference.

But of late I have been getting skeptical about ‘Activia’ benefits as it applied to I. The biggest problem being that the ‘Activia’ that we can readily buy in New Hampshire — i.e., regular ‘Activia’ — is VERY HIGH in Carbs. 18g of Carbohydrates per small container, 15g of that sugar. This was starting to impact my low-carb diet. Plus I had noticed that the ‘Activia’ was not as effective as it had been to start with it.

So, with reluctance, I decided to ditch the ‘Activia’ and go back to my Cabot Low-Fat Greek Yogurt, that I had been eating, daily, for about a year before I started ‘Activa’. One whole tub of the Cabot has about the same carbs as a small container of ‘Activia’. Yes, of course, it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good BUT I can’t afford to be this fat. Have to lose more weight. So that is my story.500_greek-vanilla-2lb


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