National Trail Mix Day

Surfers and trail mix?  Well, yea man.  Both Hadley Fruit Orchards and Harmony Foods (California growers) claim that trail mix was first invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.  But trail mixed is mentioned twice in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel “The Dharma Bums”.. Who really knows?  Enjoy it though! 



Just one recipe this month and it’s got to be peaches.  Peach pie and ice cream to be exact, reminds me of Summer!  Instead of recipes though, let’s focus on the ingredients.  So what’s the best variety for making a peach pie?  The “Sun Haven” peach resists “browning”, the Intrepid peach gets high marks in flavor and texture and the 4th of July peach, a semi-freestone top the list – more tips can be found at this kitschy site


Labor Day

Labor Day is just around the corner.  It’s also in the top 100 deadliest days of the year for car crashes, July 4 is number 1.  So you’ve survived that holiday.  Let’s be sure you make it through this one.  Here’s some tips on the best way to safely deal with Labor Day traffic, besides staying home.  Little things, like the best time travel (Thursday afternoon, after 2p), why who you are matters, and more..

WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 20, 2013: Traffic jams occur after pol

WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 20, 2013: Traffic jams occur after police begin street closures around 9th and F streets in NW Washington, D.C., late Sunday afternoon. (Photo by ASTRID RIECKEN For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

National Eye Exam Month

Globally, 80% of all visual impairments can be prevented or cured.  1st, visit your doctor and get your eyes examined.  2nd, are there any supplements you can take to prevent or slow eye diseases like vision loss and age-related macular degeneration?  You better believe it, with hard science to back it up.. Read on… 

healthy eyes

healthy eyes of a young girl

National Dog Day

Dogs are the oldest recorded domesticated animal and are common in fossil records up to 14,000 years ago.  Specimens from before 26,500 years ago are very rare, likely due to the last glacial maximum.  Remains of a canine found in Russia date back 33,000 years and have been determined to be the oldest preserved fossil at this time..  Scientists have been trying to pinpoint the evolution of dogs from wolves.  Where did dogs arise and when? Read on 


“Lie To Me”

“Lie To Me” the popular t.v. show starring Tim Roth as Cal Lightman, a scientist whose expertise is detecting and interpreting “micro” expressions- involuntary facial expressions that last just a moment- a useful skill if you want to figure out whether someone is lying, and why. Is actually based on clinical psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman, who we quote a bit on this blog.  In case you missed “Lie to Me”  during it’s 2009-2011 run here’s a cool clip that sums it all up. 

tim roth

Vesuvius Day

Is An Eruption Imminent?  Back in 2014, Paula Gordon featured this article by Dr. Paul Ekman, titled “Who Can We Believe?” focusing on some of the most “spectacular liars” in history and why they do it, Politicians.  Will this 2014 editorial seem dated?  Nah, not so much.  May it give you some respite from the ‘pit” and more to ponder.

David Mamet

Water Quality Month

So how does the San Joaquin Valley’s water quality rate?  Not very well for drinking. Nitrate contamination is a very real concern.  What can you do?  Pretty simple, you can purchase a water filter and it doesn’t have to be expensive.  Most of the lower cost water filters will filter at least 60% of nitrates.  Is that enough for Stanislaus County water, to remain below the 10 ppm?  Here’s a report of not only water quantity, but quality for this part of the Valley created by Modesto Irrigation District – skip to pages 64 – 85 to determine what you should be doing. 


Rio Summer Olympics Ended Yesterday

So many AMAZING fetes throughout the entire event.  Let’s go back to look at one of the most incredible finishes in the history of the Olympics.  You will love this story of the first Women’s Marathon in 1984 and one woman’s exhibit of pure determination.  I’ve given you your choice; the long version (10:00)  or the snapshot at (1:07)   Not so subtle of  what makes the Olympics great and why we  keep them.