Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Au'inca Door of Hope for Native Elders and Families

Please support the Christmas and food programs for the families and children and elders of the reservations of the Southwestern USA.
Each night children go hungry. Each year children are unable to start school because they lack a pair of shoes and proper clothing. Mothers use old rags and scraps of newspaper for diapers.

Au' Inca, Door of Hope is committed to providing food, clothing, blankets, and other needed items to various indigent Native American Tribal Communities in the Southwest, with a strong focus placed on the children and the elderly in need. The organization encourages and educates the spiritual growth of those it serves.

Making Holidays Brighter
With the struggle just to survive, few families can afford anything for the holidays, but Au'inca can provide holiday food and gifts to girls and boys, families, and elders with your help this holiday season. Won't you give so an elder may eat well this Christmas, or a small child may have at least one gift to open?

Click on the link below:
Au'inca a charity helping Native America Indians

All information and photos are from the Au'inca web site.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

No More Hunger Anywhere

I am repeating this blog post about hunger that I wrote awhile ago because this issue is so important to me. 

Please help feed the hungry in your community or around the world!

Hunger is still the number one killer in our world today.

1/3 of the worlds hungry people live in India, and 5 Indians die every minute from hunger.

1.02 billion people around the globe do not have enough to eat.

Each and every year 15 million children die of hunger, over 16,000 children die every single day from hunger related causes.

More than 60% of the chronically hungry people on the planet are women.

This is simply unacceptable to me, and to most people on the planet I would imagine.

I have never been seriously hungry because, even during my times of greatest financial hardship, I had places and people to turn to for help.

However the majority of hungry people on earth today have nowhere to turn to, and no one to help them unless we do. You and I. Feeding hungry people, wherever and whenever we can. And without sermons or judgements. Just food to feed their hunger.

Can one person make a difference? Certainly to the people you bring food to, you may be the reason they did not go to sleep tonight crying from hunger. And that to me is huge.

If you do nothing else, please donate a box or bag of food to your local food bank. There are hungry people, hungry children, in your city who are going to sleep with an empty belly unless someone like you helps them. Today.

Or you can click on the hunger sites.
You've got a computer and Internet connection, now use them for good and click everyday. One click brings food to hungry people around the world.

If you want to do even more, sponsor a starving child through one of the various programs that are helping around the world. I can recommend Food For The Poor, One Spirit, and The Box Project, just to name a few worthy organizations helping the needy.

Your efforts at eradicating hunger around the world, together with my efforts, and those of many more people around the world, can mean many hundreds of children and families will not suffer through another hungry and desperate year.

Click on the links below to feed the hungry today.

Food For The Poor | Helping the Poor, Charitable Giving, International Relief | Serving the Poorest of the Poor

Click to Give @ The Hunger Site

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

One Spirit

Feeding America: Hunger-Relief Charity |

Welcome to LeSEA GLobal Feed The Hungry

The Box Project - Create a better tomorrow, make a difference today


There Really Is Good News

Anyone who watches or reads the news has got to be aware of the almost universal trend of over reporting the bad news and under reporting the good news.

Good news is everywhere in spite of what the mass media would have you believe.

If, like me, you are weary of this barrage of bad news and eager to discover where all the good news stories have been hiding, then check out these web sites and blogs that focus solely on reporting good news from around the world..

We need to let the people who force feed bad news to us daily that we are tired of it, and want to see the good news reported just as often. Let the networks, radio stations, magazines, and so on, know your thoughts about this issue please. Things won't change unless the people demand change.
The web sites below are all about good news.

Click on the link below:
Good News Broadcast

More good news:
Global Good News

Click for even more good news:
Huffpost Good News

Check out this good news web site:
Optimist World

Click for good news:
Gimundo Good News Served Daily

Another good news web site:
Good News Network

Even more good news:
Happy News

Check out this good news site:
Daily Good

Click here for good news:
Good News Daily

Friday, August 21, 2015

How to Live Well Even If You're Broke

Spending time in nature is free

More and more people are facing job loss or job insecurity, but you don't have to give up all the good things in life just because you're broke. There are so many ways to have a great quality of life on very little money.

Take to heart the old quote that you are broke and not poor. The two words mean entirely different things. Broke is a temporary state, that can change in an hour, while poor is a definition of someone who has basically lost hope and can see no way out of poverty. You are broke, not poor, and there is hope for you.

Investigate the services and aid that can help you through this time. For example, do you qualify for Unemployment? Have you applied for food stamps? Assisted housing? Signed up to receive a free food box from your local food bank? Enjoyed lunch at a local soup kitchen? Check out your states services to the poor and struggling people who live there (or your country if you are not a citizen of the USA), and take advantage of everything that you qualify for. That's what these services are for, to help struggling people survive.

If you still have more than one car, get rid of all but one of them, and make sure that it's the most fuel-efficient and usefull vehicle you have. If you're really desperate, sell all your vehicles and use public transportation, or buy a bicycle with carrying ability, or walk everywhere.

Check out all of the places in your area that offer free entertainment. It will be different in every city, but likely your public library can help you with this, they probably have some free entertainment and free activities themselves, as well as knowing what's going on in your town.

Make new friends with people you meet in the same situation as you. Standing in line at the food bank or checking out the library's stack of books on frugal living, you just might run into someone who's already living good while broke. If you ask, they just might share what they know with you.

Learn a new, but inexpensive hobby. Either for fun and entertainment, or as a way to have some future earnings, or both. If you always wanted to learn to crochet or sew for example, now might be a good time. You might get good enough to sell what you make. Many do.

If you own one of those huge "mega-houses", this might be a good time to sell it and buy a much more energy-efficient, smaller and easier to heat and cool house. You might consider moving to a cheaper area too. Where you live, and your choice of home, can make the difference between surviving this period of being broke, or not.

If you still have some money in savings, put some of it to good use and stock up on several months worth of food. A full pantry will ease your mind down the road when little or no money is coming in, because at least your belly will be full.

  • Try to think "out of the box." Just because you're broke, doesn't mean you have lost your ability to reason and figure out solutions to problems.
  • Stay close, or get closer, to your loved ones and friends. Now's not the time to "go it alone."
  • Learn to make do, do without, use it up, and wear it out. No more disposables or throw away products. You just can't afford that now.
  • Give something to others, whether time, energy, or something you have that they need, that you no longer use. Other people are in the same boat, and good people help each other through things.
  • It's not the end of the world if you're broke, so watch out for depression and hopeless thinking.

Beans and Rice Delicious Recipes

Baqala Polo; Rice With Beans and Dill Weed (here served with lamb) recipe from Iran

Baqala Polo Iranian Rice With Beans and Dill Weed
(This is VERY good!)

3 cups long-grain rice, well-rinsed
* 8 cups water
* 1/4 cup melted butter
* 1/8 teaspoon saffron, dissolved in 2 tbs warm water (optional)
* 1 lb frozen lima Beans
* 1/4 cup dried dill weed, or 3/4 cup fresh
* Iranian yogurt and spinach (Borani-Ye Esfenaj)
* 1 lb spinach, fresh or frozen
* 2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper
* 1 cup plain yogurt

Directions To Prepare Iranian Rice with Beans and Dill Weed (Baqala Polo)
* Cook lima Beans until done.
* Drain.
* Set aside.
* Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
* Add rice to water.
* Boil 5-10 minutes , until rice is no longer crunchy, but still firm.
* Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
* Drain rice in colander.
* Mix Beans and dill weed with the rice.
* Put half of the melted margarine in the bottom of the rice pot.
* Put the rice back into the pot, a spoonful at a time, heaping it into a mound, not touching sides of pot.
* With a chopstick or similar tool, poke holes in the rice in several places.
* Pour the remaining melted margarine over the rice.
* Cover the underside of the pot lid with a dish towel, and put lid tightly on pot.
* Cook rice about 20 minutes over medium heat, then turn heat to low, and cook for another 30 minutes.
* The rice on the bottom of the pot should become golden and crispy.
* Soak bottom of pot in cold water for a few minutes, to loosen this.

* Put rice onto a serving platter, surrounded by chunks of crispy rice.
* Take 2/3 cup of the rice, mix it with the dissolved saffron, and sprinkle over the rest of the rice as a garnish.

* Cook spinach in lightly salted water until tender
* Drain well.
* Chop.
* Set aside.
* Heat margarine or oil in a pan.
* Add onions, and fry until golden.
* Add spinach and fry together briefly.
* Turn off heat.
* Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
* Transfer to serving bowl or dish.
* Mix in yogurt.

-Middle Eastern comfort food, made with lentils, rice, and onions.

What you need
1 Cup Lentils
1 Cup Rice
3 1/2 Cups Water
4 Onions
1 Tea­spoon Cumin
1 Tea­spoon Salt
1/2 Tea­spoon Pep­per
2 Table­spoons Veg­etable Oil
Serves 4–6

How to put it together

Slice the onions. The onions should be sliced long, so they look like a rain­bow ver­sus diced into small pieces.
Heat pot on med-high heat. Add 1 Table­spoon of Veg­etable Oil and 1/2 an onion. Cook until onion is caramelized.
Add lentils, water, salt and pep­per. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and sim­mer for 20 minutes.
After 20 min­utes, add rice and 1 Tea­spoon Cumin. Cover and sim­mer for addi­tional 20 minutes.
Heat a fry­ing pan over med-high heat. Add the remain­ing 1 Table­spoon of Veg­etable Oil and remain­ing onions. Cook until fully caramelized and blackened.
We used green lentils & yel­low onions for this dish.
We usu­ally serve our Mujadara with hum­mus & pita.

Belize Rice and Beans Recipe

Let’s start with the most Belizean of all dishes: rice-and-beans, the staple of Belize Cuisine. Although originally considered primarily a Creole dish, today it’s eaten daily by all and is simply called Belizean rice and beans. While, of course, nobody can make rice-and-beans as delicious as the grandmother of the first Belizean you ever talk to, the following is pretty much a recipe for a successful ‘beans’ as it is commonly called by weekend partygoers when they stop to purchase a plate late night in downtown Belize City from a variety of street-side sellers. Picture: Belize Beans and Rice is a variation of Rice and Beans.
Recipe for Belizean rice-and-beans derived from the original Meighans Beans recipe:
1 lb. Red Kidney Beans 2 plugs Garlic (crushed)
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup coconut Milk (either squeezed from grated coconut or bought prepared, canned, or made from powered variety)
½ tsp. Black pepper
½ tsp. Thyme
2 lbs. cleaned Rice
1 medium Onion (sliced)
6-8 cups of water
(optional) 1 small pigtail or salt beef or pieces of bacon
1. Wash the beans, then soak beans for 4 hours, using the 6-8 cups of water. If you are using distilled water, then soaked beans only needs 2 hours to soften.
2. Boil beans until tender, with the garlic, onion and pig’s tail/or salted beef or bacon pieces. Note: pre-wash the pigtail or salt beef and cut off excess fat. You can use a pressure cooker to cut down on the time.
3. Season beans with black pepper, thyme and salt. Note: You may opt not to add the salt if you used salt beef or pigtail above.
4. Add coconut milk. Stir and then let boil.
5. Add rice to seasoned beans. Stir, then cover. Cook on low heat until the water is absorbed and rice is tender. If necessary, add more water gradually until rice is tender. Note: Usually, one cup of rice absorbs two cups of water, although rice grains can vary in the amount of water they absorb. To warm up leftover rice-and-beans, you can sprinkle with water to re-moisten.
Belize Rice-and-beans, with its several accompaniments, can be found on most restaurants’ menus. A variation is rice-and-peas (made with black-eyed peas instead of with red kidney beans).
And a sister dish, but definitely different, is beans-and-rice, which is the stewed beans served with white rice (not cooked together like its sister dish) and also served with either potato salad or cole slaw, plantain, and your choice of meat or fish.
You might also want to check out our related Belize Tilapia Fried Fish Recipe Page.
One of its distinctive ingredients, coconut milk, is also a main ingredient in several other Belizean dishes. One of these is seré, which is a delectable dish, usually made with fish, swimming in a seasoned coconut milk sauce laced with okra and ground foods like cassava and cocoa. The sere is eaten with grated green plantain or often with white rice.
-from, Belize recipes.

And here are some other great foods made with legumes and rice from around the world:
from India a delicious breakfast pancake made from rice and lentils

Mexican beans and rice

Spiced mung beans and rice, again from India

 red beans and rice from the American South

How to Earn Money Without a Job

Jobless? Trying to live on minimum wage or unemployment? Retired but need more income? There are ways to earn some cash when you need some, either for short-term financial help or as a long-term money-maker.

Here are some more ways you can earn money when you have lost your job, can't get a job, or maybe you are retired but need more money to live on, or you work a minimum wage job and need more money than that to support yourself. 

None of the jobs in this article are online or internet jobs, although there are plenty of those kinds of jobs available too.

There are a lot of businesses that need temporary or one-time help, and that is a good place to start looking for work. Examples include working as a department store Santa, selling Christmas trees or pumpkins at a store parking lot, picking fruit for a farmer, working summers in a National Park, or as a summer campground host, working at a carnival or county or state fair. They need a lot of help during the time the fair is running. That help could be you.

How can you find one of these temporary jobs? Often they are posted through your local employment office, or in your local newspapers, as well as online on job boards and places like craigslist.

Start checking about a month before the season starts for fairs and carnivals, and throughout the summer growing season for work with farmers. Also drive down country roads and see if any farmers have posted "help wanted" signs in their orchards or fields.

For holiday or seasonal jobs like playing santa or selling pumpkins, ask your local employment agencies where/how these people are hired, or again look on craigslist and job boards.

work a summer tourist job

Also some RV work sites have listings of jobs you can do if you live in an RV. Many Christmas tree lots hire people who live in RV's to stay on their tree lots for the season. These people are called work campers and a google search for your area may turn up a job like this. You don't need to live in the RV if you are already in the area though. Just something to keep in mind.

Another idea that has worked for some people is to offer your service for free for a week or so to someone needing help, then do a really good job at whatever work you're doing, because you're going to ask the boss for a paying job when the time is right. The hard part is putting yourself forward enough to do this, but you're job hunting anyway, which is also a challenge, so you might as well try anything that will get you through the door and earning.

If you know how to do anything that other people will pay you for, then start selling your skills or products. Figure out the amount you need to make a profit and start selling.

If you have a home of your own, maybe you can rent out a room or two to someone else. Yes you lose some privacy, but you'll probably gain some security and possibly a friend too. Don't do anything illegal, and have some sort of system for checking out the people you want to rent to.

Volunteer anywhere, and do a really good job. Two different volunteer jobs I had led to a paying job somewhere else because the people I worked for appreciated my hard work, and wanted to help me out. They recommended me for a job with someone they knew that needed a good worker once they knew I was reliable and hard-working and could do the job. This happened to me in two different states where I was volunteering on different projects, and I did not ask either of the people I volunteered with to help me find a job, they just did it.

Hold a yard or garage sale. Most people have heard of this, and many people have held their own garage sale at one time or another. To make money at it, you will need to be business-like, advertise with bright signs all over the area, set up a neat display area, have items clearly marked, and price your items reasonably.

Collect scrap metal and resell this metal to the scrap metal dealers in your town or area.
You almost need a pickup or a van for this one, although it is possible to start small by cleaning out the scrap metal that is laying around your own place.
Ask around, many people will let you pick up their scrap metal, even pay you to do this, just because they can't be bothered to do it themselves.
There is a market for aluminum, copper, brass, and many other metals. To make any money at selling scrap metal you need to do some research into how to locate the metals to sell, how to identify each metal, what to avoid, and what things aren't worth picking up, and how to clean your items, as well as how to find the recycling centers.
I learned most of this from a book in my local library, but there is also information on the internet, or you can look up the scrap metal dealers in your phone book, call them, and ask them what they will take, and how to sell to them.

Collect pop bottles and cans for recycling. I doubt if anyone needs to know how this is done. I live in Oregon, where we recycle a lot, so nearly everyone takes their used cans to the grocery store here. You should do it too. Of course, you could also pick up cans beside the roads and in parking lots, and even in trash cans. (Why should these cans or bottles get thrown away, help save the planet, recycle!)

Donate your blood or plasma for money. I've never done this, but I know people who have. They earn money, and help the people who eventually receive the blood or plasma. The places that pay you for this usually advertise in some way, either in the local newspaper, or online. Ask local homeless shelters where to donate blood or plasma in your town. They should know. You won't make a lot doing this, and you can't do it all the time, but it might earn you enough to keep going.

Hire on as a parking lot attendant at your local fair grounds or event place. These jobs are advertised through employment offices usually. Or you might get a job as a ticket taker, working at the same place.

Grow lots of vegetables in your garden this summer and sell those extras. You might even start your own little vegetable stand beside your place. Make sure you take out a permit if you need to, to sell in your area.

Apply for work on a local farm. This means picking strawberries or lettuce or whatever the farmer grows in his fields. Some farmers hire people to help them during haying season too. (I grew up "haying" on a ranch, so be warned, this is hot, dirty, and hard work.) Look for these jobs in your local newspaper. Sometimes the farmers will pick up local workers in a bus or van too, to take you to the job site. Take water and a lunch!

Apply at your area tree farm, to help plant trees. This is big business in Oregon where I live. Christmas trees mostly. And it's very hard work, but if you need a job, you should look into it. Check the local newspaper for tree planting jobs. Sometimes the employment office lists them too.

Work as a seasonal firefighter. (This means forest fires.) In areas of the west and in Alaska, there is a real need for people who can do this work. It's very hard work, and can be dangerous, but it pays well during the fire season. Ask at your local employment office for the companies who hire fire fighters.

Apply at a local food cannery. In the area where I live, we have a lot of food processing jobs every summer. It's hard work, but only lasts a few weeks or a few months.

Don't forget to try those area "labor ready" associations. Each day, whoever is present and ready to work can get the work that the employers are needing workers for. These places seem to have different names in every city, but you've probably seen the long lines of men and women outside, waiting for any job available. Sign up with them and do good work whenever you do get one of these temporary jobs.
  • Think positively, you can earn enough without a "regular" job to live on. Millions do right now.
  • Be alert for opportunities. They are everywhere, you just need to recognize them
  • When one job is about to end, you need to start looking around for another one.
  • Ask the people you work for to write you a reference. It'll help when you apply for the next job.

Remember the pay might be minimal but it's more than you're making now. And if you do a good job in one of these seasonal jobs they often will invite you back the next year. It's happened to me before.
  • You'll need to put some time and energy into tracking down jobs because no one is going to do this for you.
  • Always be prepared, at anytime, to apply for any work going. You could be driving along a road and see a "help wanted" sign, or someone you know may mention a job opportunity and you'll have to move fast to have a chance at it.
  • You won't be able to do most of these jobs for more than a few weeks, or months, and sometimes they are only a one day or one weekend event type job, so you'll have to be prepared for that.
  • You probably won't have many, if any, job benefits.