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July 15 2008


Quote of the Day

 September 22

Wealth is the ability to fully
experience life.

Henry David Thoreau










Gold Medal Ceremony: Congress to Honor Filipino Veterans of World War II  notepad

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, October 25, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate will present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Filipino veterans of World War II for their service and sacrifice during the war.

From July 1941 to December 1946, 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers served and fought for the United States and the Philippines to topple Axis powers during World War II. In July of 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called all organized military forces of the Philippines into the service of the United States. Their bravery, heroism, and dedication played an integral part in leading Allied powers to victory over Nazi and fascist forces.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will take part in the bipartisan, bicameral ceremony.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the United States can bestow. In accordance with Public Law No: 114-265, a single gold medal has been struck to honor the Filipino veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated service during the war.

The ceremony will take place on October 25 at 11:00 a.m. in Emancipation Hall and will be live-streamed on speaker.gov/live. For more on the history of the Congressional Gold Medal, check out this behind-the-scenes video.













A True Pro-Life Story

Why this Mom rejected chemo and chose to die of cancer



The headaches began sometime in March. They didn’t think much of them, other than that they were possible migraines — until she started vomiting.

An initial scan showed a mass in Carrie DeKlyen’s brain. More tests showed that it was a form of cancer, possibly lymphoma, but treatable. But a pathology exam revealed a more grim diagnosis. The 37-year-old mother of five from Wyoming, Mich., had glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. If lucky, she could live for five more years.

The tumor was taken out during a surgery in April, her husband, Nick DeKlyen, said. Not even a month later, the couple received two pieces of shocking news. Carrie’s tumor was back — and she was eight weeks pregnant.

They had two options. They could try to prolong Carrie’s life through chemotherapy, but that meant ending her pregnancy. Or they could keep the baby, but Carrie would not live long enough to see the child.

It was a difficult but obvious choice for the DeKlyens, who live strongly by their faith. After a second surgery to remove the tumor that came back, the couple went home, knowing full well that Carrie had only months left. Thirty-four more weeks. Nick said that's how long his wife needed to live.“That’s what she wanted,” Nick said. “We love the Lord. We’re pro-life. We believe that God gave us this baby.”
By the end of June, the tumor was back again, but this time, it was inoperable. Doctors told the DeKlyens that all they could do was to keep taking out the fluid accumulating in Carrie’s brain to relieve the pain, Nick said.

Carrie was rushed back to the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor by mid-July. She was screaming in pain and was convulsing. That was the last time she was conscious.

“They said that she had a massive stroke,” Nick said. “They said the fluid built up so much the cranium had no place to go.”

Carrie was 19 weeks pregnant by then. Nick said doctors told him they would do what they could to keep the child growing. But Carrie would probably not wake up again, and if she did, she wouldn’t recognize her family. She had suffered significant brain damage from the stroke. For the next several weeks, a feeding tube and a breathing machine would keep the mother and her child alive.

Two weeks later, another stroke. Carrie’s brain was so swollen that doctors had to remove her skull, Nick said. By the time Carrie was 22 weeks pregnant, her baby wasn't growing fast enough, weighing only 378 grams, or eight-tenths of pound. To survive birth, the baby had to be at least 500 grams, just a little more than a pound, Nick said. Another two weeks went by. Good news came: The baby weighed 625 grams. The bad news was the baby was not moving.

Nick said he was given two options. He could do nothing and hope the baby starts moving and continues growing. But doing nothing meant his child could die within an hour. Or he could authorize a Caesarean section. Nick chose the latter.

His daughter, Life Lynn DeKlyen, was born at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. She weighed 1 pound 4 ounces. Nick said he and his wife came up with the name before Carrie got sick.

“It was kind of bittersweet because my wife’s not awake. She’s going to pass away,” Nick said. “After that, I went to the surgeon and said my wife had enough. She’s gone through so much pain these last five months.”

Carrie lived briefly after doctors unhooked her life support.

“I sat by her the whole time. I kind of held her hand and kissing her, telling her that she did good,” Nick said. “I told her, ‘I love you, and I’ll see you in heaven.’ ”

Early on Friday morning, Carrie opened her eyes, Nick said, then closed them again. She clenched her hands tightly, then slowly, she stopped breathing. Carrie died at 4:30 a.m.

Carrie’s story was chronicled in a Facebook page called Cure 4 Carrie, which has since attracted more than 16,000 followers.

Now, four days after his daughter was born and two days after his wife died, Nick is dividing his time between planning a funeral and visiting his newborn, who has to remain in intensive care for several weeks. Nick lives temporarily in the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor, just a short walk from the hospital. On weekends, he drives two hours back to Wyoming to visit his other children, ages 18, 16, 11, 4 and 2.

The 39-year-old is still figuring out his family’s future. Four years ago, he said, he started a vending machine company that he later sold to his brother. But right now, he does not have a source of income.

“My wife’s gone. I have six kids, three are under the age of 5. I’m just going to focus on my daughter right now, getting her home,” he said. “As far as what I'm going to do after that, I can’t tell you.”

A GoFundMe page to help the family has raised more than $100,000 as of Sunday afternoon.

Nick dismissed critics who questioned the couple’s decision to put their faith first, saying keeping their child showed his wife’s selflessness.

“She gave up her life for the baby,” he said, adding later: “I just want people to know that my wife loved the Lord. She loved her kids. She put anybody in front of her needs. … She put my daughter above herself.”

Kristine Phillips

The Washington Post






























Queen Elizabeth Hates Eating Garlic
It's actually been banned from Buckingham Palace



Queen Elizabeth Hates Garlic
We already know Queen Elizabeth II enjoys a daily cocktail or two and stays away from potatoes and pasta, but there's another ingredient she despises so much that it's not even allowed in the Buckingham Palace kitchen: garlic.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady dishes to RecipesPlus: "We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions," McGrady says. "We also couldn't serve meat that was rare, as she liked her meat more well done."

John Higgins, another former chef who cooked for the Queen, shared similar thoughts with National Post, saying, "The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp."

So what does the Queen enjoy eating? McGrady says the Queen likes to eat what's in season. "You can send strawberries every day to The Queen during summer at Balmoral and she'll never say a word," he shares. "Try including strawberries on the menu in January and she'll scrub out the line and say don't dare send me genetically modified strawberries. She absolutely does eat seasonal."
Queen E also has a sweet tooth and is a big fan of chocolate biscuit cake. Overall, the Queen seems like a pretty healthy eater, which is probably why she still looks fantastic at 91.












Boiling may be the easiest way you can deal with eggs. Poaching gets messy, frying may require the flip of a spatula, scrambled eggs risk becoming rubbery and omelets still mystify many professional chefs. But with boiled eggs, you just pop those beauties in some water, shell and all, and let time pass.

Here’s where some precision is required: Everyone likes their yolks their own particular way, whether it’s runny like liquid gold or rock hard like a golf ball. (We’re pretty sure no one likes them with the green ring around the outside, which forms when you overcook your eggs.) So we’ve made a guide for you! 

This chart shows you exactly what your yolks will look like based on the times you set when using the cooking method described below. (If you prefer the “boil, cover and turn off the heat” method, this visual guide won’t apply. And cooking eggs at high altitudes yields different results, too.)












From the Tasting Table

The Difference Between Seltzer, Soda Water and Tonic

What is the difference between seltzer, club soda, mineral and tonic water. But one thing’s for sure: Not all carbonated

waters are created equal. If you’ve ever mistakenly received tonic water instead of club soda or seltzer in your cocktail, you know right away something doesn’t taste right.

Seltzer: This one’s simple. Seltzer is water that has been carbonated with carbon dioxide. It is available plain, as well as in a variety of citrus flavors. The crisp, clean taste is a great mixer with your favorite vodka.

Club Soda: Club soda is similar to seltzer in terms of added carbonation; however, it has a slightly saltier taste, which comes from additional ingredients like potassium bicarbonate or potassium sulfate. Club soda also mixes well with your favorite alcohol.

Tonic Water: The only thing tonic water and the other bubblies have in common is the bubbles themselves; tonic water is more like soda than it is water. It’s the only one of the group that actually contains calories and is typically sweetened with sugar and quinine. Regarding pairing, this one you’ll want to keep classic with a no-nonsense gin and tonic.

Mineral Water: This is one of those rare times when the product’s name perfectly describes itself. Mineral water is usually sourced from springs or wells that contain natural minerals like salts and sulfur compounds. Enjoy it plain or with a fresh lemon or lime wedge.

Learn the difference between these other common ingredients:
• Gelato vs. Ice Cream
• Wet-Aged vs. Dry-Aged Steak












Drink Coffee, Live Longer  AARP

As many as four cups a day could provide a health boost

by Austin O'Connor, AARP, July 11, 2017|Comments: 41

A pair of new studies show drinking more coffee offers life-extending benefits.

Good news (in a venti cup!) for those who love coffee: Two new studies show that drinking more java could help you live a longer life.

The health effects of drinking coffee have been a point of debate over the years, with some studies showing negative effects and others positive. These just-released studies should calm the jitters for those who rely on their daily jolt — or jolts — of caffeine to get through the day. The first study, conducted by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Imperial College London, surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study on the correlation between coffee and mortality ever conducted in a European population. Its finding: Drinking more coffee significantly reduces the risk of death.


BUT  Eat This, Not That!

© Provided by Eat This, Not That!

While a cup of two of coffee can do your body good, you may want to think twice before sizing up to a large or indulging in a fourth cup of Joe. The reason: Doing so may make your bone brittle. "I try to avoid excessive caffeine," says Dr. Mamta M. Mamik, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "An adult can safely consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day (which is equivalent to four 8-ounce cups of coffee), but drinking any more than that can cause calcium excretion, which, over time, may lead to osteoporosis. Avoiding excess caffeine also helps to ward off uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like lethargy, insomnia, headaches, and irritability," she adds.





















 by Liza Agbanlog

 Arroz Caldo
It has been a busy weekend for me. Luckily, I had an extra day off on Monday and we were blessed with nice weather here in Vancouver. On Saturday, we celebrated Chinese New Year by having lunch at home. My oldest son and his wife came to celebrate with us. I had a busy morning so I did not get the chance to cook but instead we had take-out from our favorite local Chinese restaurant. It was a simple but cozy and enjoyable lunch. On Sunday, we went to my cousin’s place for her daughter’s birthday party. I brought the celebrant’s favorite, pineapple glazed ham and arroz caldo.

Arroz caldo is a Filipino congee in which rice and chicken are boiled in a large amount of water until the rice softens significantly.  In addition to onions and ginger; saffron, black peppers and fish sauce may be added to give this rice dish more flavors. This dish is often served as a meal on its own.

Arroz Caldo

Arroz caldo is one of my comfort food to have on a cold rainy day.        
I usually make this rice dish to my kids when they were growing up or when they are sick,   as it is a mild and easily digestible food. 
My favorite way of eating arroz caldo is to add a hint of lemon juice and garnish it with chopped green onions. Enjoy!

Prep Time 35 mins   Cook Time  50 mins    Total Time   1 hrs 25 mins

Arroz Caldo is a Filipino Style Congee that is made with pieces of chicken, eggs and spices. It's a comfort food and nice to have when feeling sick.

Cuisine: Filipino

Servings: 5 servings

Calories: 657 kcal

Author: Liza Agbanlog


2 lbs skinless chicken thighs or any chicken pieces of your choice

Salt and Pepper

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 thumb-size ginger, cut into strips

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon fish sauce or salt

1 1/2 cups uncooked rice, washed and drained

1/8 teaspoon saffron (optional)

7 cups water

4 hard boiled eggs

Chopped green onions


Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium high heat. Add ginger and onion and saute until onion has softened.

Add chicken pieces, stir and cook for 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

Add fish sauce and stir to combine flavor.

Add rice and saffron, if using. Stir to combine.

Add water; stir to mix ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender.

Add hard boiled eggs. Correct seasonings with fish sauce or salt.

Serve with chopped green onions and lemon wedges.Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving    Calories 657 Calories from Fat 126

Arroz Caldo (Filipino Style Congee)

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14g 22%    Saturated Fat 2g 10%    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g    Monounsaturated Fat 4g

Cholesterol 244mg 81%    Sodium 444mg 19%   Potassium 1311mg 37%   Total Carbohydrates 90g 30%

Dietary Fiber 7g 28%   Sugars 3g    Protein 54g 108%   Vitamin A 3%  Vitamin C 4%  Calcium 7%  Iron 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





How to make a Good Confession  : Fr. Mike Schmitz




How to go to Confession : Fr. John Riccardo




Making a good confession  :: Fr. John Corapi






























September as we observe National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

The trees at Graymoor are slowly starting to change. Eventually, the hillsides will be transformed into a mass of red and gold foliage.

This year we will celebrate "Recovery Sunday" with a Mass on September 17th. As we pray for those battling addiction please send us your intentions to be remembered in our prayers as we celebrate this special Mass.

Transformation is a word that is used a great deal on this Holy Mountain, especially in the month of September as we observe National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

It's not easy to take the first step into recovery. It's a scary prospect, requiring total faith and a willingness to trust strangers and leave behind everything familiar. It takes courage. Too often the men and women who come to us don't see themselves as courageous, but any time someone recognizes his or her problems and does something to change, that's courage in action.

Unfortunately, courage isn't enough; it requires education and support. That's where our Spiritual Life Center comes in. With your help, our Center provides men and women battling addiction with a safe place to begin the hard work of change. We give them access to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Al-Anon meetings, Matt Talbot and Dan Egan retreats, a Spirituality of the 12 Steps retreat, a Relapse Prevention Retreat and more.

We couldn't do any of this without you. We are so grateful for your generosity, your prayers and your understanding heart. It takes a special person to be able to understand addiction as the disease it is, and to see past its fascade to the true man or woman behind it.

When you send us your prayer petitions, if you can, please include an offering to help so we can continue our ministry of helping men and women step out of the shadows of addiction and into the light of recovery.

            God bless you for all you do to help those we serve.




Best Trails in the Carolinas

The Carolinas have hundreds of beautiful hiking trails to explore with everything from scenic walks to strenuous treks. From the mountains to the lowlands, there are hiking trails for every skill level. If you've been chomping at the bit to hit the trails, check out these beautiful hiking trails in the Carolinas.








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