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Harmony Fund – They are a fantastic group who do international animal rescue, specializing in helping small groups of underfunded rescuers around the globe. They’re running short on donations this month.FALLING TO OUR KNEES
It’s been one very beautiful summer raining miracles, one after another, right there in the light of day. So many rescues have jumped from your fingertips over to animals thousands of miles away. Honestly, not a day goes by that we don’t fall to our knees and give thanks, deep thanks, for our astonishingly kind supporters. As the Dalai Lama once said, “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
Thousands of dogs and cats in ‘underdog’ rescue centers all across this planet are counting on us to deliver their monthly food in just 11 days. We are the spoon that feeds rescued animals in Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Spain, Jamaica, Ukraine and beyond. Yet after responding to a handful of unexpected emergencies and suffering the usual summer slump in donations due to vacation season, we’re approaching the end of month with a bit of worry.
We need some help raising funds to prepare for the end-of-month food deliveries and we hope that you might be so kind as to respond to this message and to share it with animal lovers who might do the same.
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I wanted to see those faces. The video above is excerpted from the 1966 film, Le Message des Tibétains: Le Tantrisme (deuxième partie). For the quick skinny on the portrait sequence Ricard mentions, skip to 50:05 in the clip.
What struck him and became the catalyst for his lifelong journey, as he told Krista in a hotel room in Vancouver, was a particular point in one of these documentaries when he saw “a series of faces, of contemplatives … in silence” — of all shapes and sizes.
Pick your green or wax beans when they’re tender and snappy. Wash them and snip off the stem end. The other little sharp pointed tip won’t matter, so leave it on. Let the beans drain until fairly dry, or at least till the water has dripped off
An Old-Time Southern Method of Preserving Beans
This old-time Southern method of drying and preserving green beans and wax beans is a great organic way to store your bean crop for the winter.
By Grace V. Schillinger
If you’d like to try preserving beans (“leather britches”) in an old-time, way-down-south way, here’s how to do it:
Pick your green or wax beans when they’re tender and “snappy.” Wash them and snip off the stem end. The other little sharp pointed tip won’t matter, so leave it on. Let the beans drain until fairly dry, or at least till the water has dripped off.
Take a large darning needle and thread it with white store string. Kite string will do fine. Then thread your beans on the cord, sticking the needle through the middle of each bean. I don’t mean down the center of the bean, just through the center, so both ends of the bean are loose.
Fasten the first bean by wrapping the string around it and making a knot so it won’t pull through. Then go on stringing till your string’s full. Fasten the last bean the same as the first one.
Dry the beans by hanging on a wire in a clean, dry place. An attic or unused room would be okay. Or hang them in your kitchen. They’ll be gab grabbers, for sure! In the most high fallutin’ magazines you’ll see how decorators festoon rooms with the most unusual items. All right—go ahead with your leather britches!
The beans will become dry and wrinkled and you’ll wonder what in the world you’ll ever do with them, besides just letting them swing there.
In winter, take your dried beans down—several strings for a large kettle—and remove the strings. Rinse well, then put on to cook. When they boil up once, pour off the first water so you know they’re clean and to remove any bitter taste. Then pour in fresh water, toss in a ham bone and an onion to keep the beans company and salt and pepper to taste. Cook till tender.
You’ll come up with a mighty fine cold weather dish that’ll stick to your ribs. These beans will remind you of long-ago years when folks had to preserve much of their food by drying.
Posted: 07 Aug 2014 07:29 PM PDT
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