Archive for May, 2012

Whats the best advice to start adding seafood into my diet?

I have never had the urge to eat seafood in my first 20 years. I am moving down south in which a huge part of the culture is seafood. I almost feel obliged to start eating this diet. Whats some seafood i can eat that will draw me in and not gross me out? They have such an obsession with crab down in louisiana, whats the best way to eat crab? thanks for your replies!

Boiled or Grilled — Start with Salmon — it has a mild taste. I’ve had crab legs boiled and also had them grilled — it depends … both of those ways are good, and with a little melted butter (dip the meat in it — you will need to crack the shell), it tastes great.

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Posted by mark - May 23, 2012 at 4:18 am

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Grambling State University EA Sports 2005

Here is the GSU version of the EA Sports NCAA 2005 entrance…

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Posted by mark - May 22, 2012 at 3:52 am

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Why don’t Sports teams have names that reflect where they are?

You know like the Arizona Lizards, Louisiana Cajuns, etc.

Green Bay Packers – Indian Packing Company

Minnesota Vikings – 400% more immigrants from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland settle in Minnesota

Milwaukee Brewers – Beer capital of the world

Minnesota Twins – Twin Cities

Dallas Cowboys – Texas Longhorns

Miami Dolphins – LOTS of dolphins there

New York Jets – First commercial jet service between New York and England

San Francisco 49ers – What they called people during the Gold Rush

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Pirates used the port in Tampa

Pittsburgh Steelers – Steel capital of the world

Oakland Raiders – Also pirate reference, but relating to China

Seattle Seahawks – State bird

ANYWAY, I could go on, but this should make the point. Almost all teams have local names, but their meaning may have been lost over time. Hope it helps…Kes

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Posted by mark - May 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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Sticky: Literacy Pass It On



I Love You Bigger than The Sky! promotes literacy

Whoop! Whoop! umm, one more time. Whoop! Whoop! Hey y’all exciting news!! You can now get your copies of my childrens book “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!” locally:
Ann Marie’s Hallmark in Jennings at 419 Roberts Ave. is now carrying “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!” as well as signed matted prints of Laura’s artwork…. They will also have copies of my “If I were a French Quarter Rat” as soon as it is available. I will be doing a book signing there also for their Holiday Open House on November 6th at 10:00.  Y’all come! and at least for this time- See you in Jennings! :-)

Promote literacy in your home.  Read to your child, your grandchild, any child.  Literacy is a priceless gift, don’t be stingy.  Pass it on!

Sharon Denise Talbot


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Posted by mark - May 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

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Frogs, Logs, And The Stock Market

Last night, my daughter and I were up until 1:15AM completing a chemistry paper on the arguments for and against global warming. On our drive to school, we talked about the emotion attached to viewpoints.

Debate becomes an “all or nothing” proposition. One side must be wrong completely with ad hominem invective. Each side sustains argument with seemingly logical evidence. I suggested to Emily that we fail to find the middle ground within controversy, and we forget the commitment required for action-steps by relying on “talking points”. Most of us forget that debate is not a “zero-sum game”.

So what about the frogs?

Emily writes, “Global warming could possibly lead to the extinction of many species. When the climate changes drastically, many animals cannot adapt…species are lost forever. If global warming is not stopped, more than a million species worldwide could be extinct by 2050….”

Randolph Schmid and John Heilprin in their article, “Over fishing May Harm Seafood Population” do not address global warming, but their arguments against “over fishing” are strikingly similar.

Schmid and Heilprin quote Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia who says the data about “over fishing…shocked and disturbed (him with)…trends…beyond anything we suspected. At this point 29 percent of fish and seafood species have collapsed…their catch has declined by 90 percent…If the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime – by 2048.”

Notice the date? Notice the number of species lost? All consistent with the global warming argument.

So what about the logs (not the ones that float)?

Global warming logs assert that “The average global temperature has increased by about 0.5 degrees Celsius over the last century…over half of that increase has occurred in the last 30 years. Since 1980, the earth has experienced 19 of its 20 hottest years on record, with 1998 and 2005 tied for the hottest and 2002 and 2003 coming in second and third”, Emily and I discovered during our research.

Carbon dioxide atmospheric levels have “remained constant at around 280 parts per million (“ppm”). It is now nearly 380ppm, a level the earth has not experienced for at least 400,000 years.” Hence, some assert, the rising temperature of the earth…is driven by the consumption of fossil fuels.” Clearly, “This rise in temperature is altering the earth’s climate, which is leading to many other problems”, writes Emily. We are losing entire ecological communities!

Back to frogs for a moment, “Whether we looked at tide pools or studies over the entire world’s ocean, we saw the same picture emerging. In losing species we lose the productivity and stability of entire ecosystems,” said Boris Worm.

So what about the stock market?

The stock market is about money; in fact Solomon, an ancient wise man (differs from today’s “wiseacre”) said, “It’s ALL about money” (emphasis mine).

Whether we fish to deplete species or we pollute streams, ponds, lakes, and oceans, the results are the same. Manufacturing jobs are lost, the streams that feed economic-villages collapse, and business cycles fail where the ocean feeds cities. Solomon’s aphorism applies: where there is no money, social structure crumbles, and stock markets plummet.

Not far from where I write is a popular seafood restaurant called “Woodman’s”. Essex has a few “Yankee Magazine” seafood restaurants where fried clams and lobster feed salivating tourists every day. Folks travel miles to stand in long lines for a clam plate with french fries or a one pound lobster with cole slaw.

Two men, I know, earn their living preparing food at one of these eateries, another man works the clam flats year-round. Whether global warming or global pollution disrupts their income, the results could devastate all of them, and our community.

Former World Bank chief economist Sir Nicholas Stern was commissioned by the British Treasury to study the economics of global warming. Stern’s credentials are impeccable. His rudimentary conclusions warn governments that global warming must not be debated.

Any failure of government leadership to reverse “the trends” could lead to “the kind of downturn that has not been seen since the Great Depression and the two world wars”, says Britain’s chief scientist, Sir David King.

This is a formidable challenge for our global political system. In a world where consensus is eschewed, collective decision-making is an obligation of every nation, tribe, and people. Will we see the collective leadership necessary to grapple with these complexities?

Recent history does not encourage us. For example, it would have cost Thirty million [US] dollars to install an early-warning system to avoid the 150,000 deaths caused by the Asian tsunami. Prior to this climatic disaster, governments would not spend it.

Next April, Emily and I will spend a week tearing-down and building-up homes in Slidell, Louisiana. (New Orleans is across the bridge.) Original settlers built ships and manufactured bricks within a farm and timber region.

Slidell is now a bedroom community for the aerospace industry. NASA has a computer complex and test site nearby. Seafood and meat products, furniture, chemicals, boats, concrete, apparel, and machinery are all produced by Slidell’s residents.

Nine major industry groups, many publicly traded companies tied together by grocery stores, barbers, doctors, and movie theatres keep this community intact. As you know, Slidell suffered severe damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Corporations and governments must face tough decisions or whimper regrets to constituents. As voters, citizens, workers, and parents in our local and global economies, we are obligated to challenge our children to study, our politicians to plan, prepare, and act, while our religious leaders pray for wisdom.

Neglecting these issues imperils the hopes and lifestyle of every earthly inhabitant. Our choices may determine how many more generations enjoy the sight and resonant croak of a rotund bullfrog squatting on a log (that floats). How will you help? Our choices could determine the bottom line of every portfolio, including yours.

A Raymond Randall

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Posted by mark - May 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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