Monthly Archives: March 2011

Happy April Fool’s Day!

What is April fool’s Day and how did it begin? April Fool’s Day, or All Fool’s Day as it used to be called , is a day to play pranks and silly games on friends and family. It is not … Continue reading

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Lost Cultures: The indigenous Huicholes

Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge The Huichol or Wixaritari are an indigenous ethnic group of western central Mexico, living in the Sierra Madre Occidental. The Huichol culture is one of the few that has remained pure to its roots since … Continue reading

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The True Origins of Easter

Easter is a worldwide tradition involving many customs that people believe to be Christian. How did rabbits, eggs and hot cross buns become associated with Christ’s Resurrection? As with almost all “Christian” holidays, Easter has a secular side as well. … Continue reading

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Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing … Continue reading

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Aguacolla/Peruvian Torch / Trichocereus peruvianus

NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION Peruvian Torch, Trichocereus peruvianus is found high in the Andean mountain deserts of Peru (specifically in the area of Huancabamba) and is a close relative of San Pedro Cactus, Richocereus pachanoi, but has longer spines and … Continue reading

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Capuchina /Nasturtium /Tropaeolum majus

Nasturtiums are loved for their rich, saturated – toned colors such as pale yellow, to vibrant oranges and reds. They’re one of the tastiest and easiest to grow. Hummingbirds like the bright flowers, but alas so also do black aphids. … Continue reading

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

One of the greatest Irish festivals, St. Patrick’s Day or Paddy’s Day commemorates the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. It is also celebrated with much enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Let’s pray for the people in Japan!

What’s happened to the people of Japan is breaking the world’s heart. We must give our brothers and sisters in Japan our prayers and assistance. Let’s pray! Lord, protect our planet, because we live here, and here we dwell with … Continue reading

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Bufo/ Cane Toad /Bufo marinus

Who would have thought a humble toad could end up as the killer of one of the world’s most fearsome creatures, the crocodile? The Cane toad, Bufo marinus, also known as the Giant Neotropical, is a large, terrestrial true toad … Continue reading

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Tomate de Arbol/Tamarillo/Cyphomandra betacea

What is a Tamarillo? You’ve probably seen or heard of Tamarillos before; you just may not have realized it. This fruit have remained a popular seasonal treat due to their unique flavor and nutritional qualities. I love Tamarillos, they taste … Continue reading

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