All posts by Adam White

Mission Impossible: STIRFRY

You are what you eat, so I want to be a yellow pepper not a ROLO.

Cooking is an art, for me – its a job because its a task that don’t come easy. Plus when it involves food preparation, it feels like brain surgery. But I gotta eat, have a measure of independence, so ‘stirfry’ seem like a great meal idea to try work on my cooking skill.

My friend wrote me out a list what stirfry should be. See photo below.

So with a good like of ingredients – I had some idea my first stirfry should be. My Mom took most of the responsibility to cook the first bowl: kale slaw, mushrooms, onions, I think green peppers too;

the second bowl – I had more control: yellow and green peppers, mushrooms, onions

and the third bowl I almost burnt the house down: tofu, green peppers (which are burnt), mushrooms

In that stirfry mission, I thought I would attempt to cook tofu. It was the ‘regular’ kind, very soft. I also thought I would cook with soya sauce, probably added too much coconut oil and stove was on to HIGH a level. The house slowly filled with smoke, set-off the smoke detector and my Dad trumpeting about burning the house down with the family inside.

Once the smoke was gone with the drama, I sat down to eat what I ‘cooked’. My Dad said, “Tofu is not suppose to be that dark.” I told him that was the green peppers. He than replied that they didn’t look very green. Happy situation turned humorous. The tofu was actually best thing I ate on that plate. My Mom said she would look after the stirfry cooking, so I haven’t cooked stirfry since.

Community Garden is Community Growing

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Wegrowfood, had a community potluck and drum circle at Alexandria Bounty Community Garden today. I had just recently joined the Alexandria Bounty Community Garden Facebook group after learning about it from Pepper Patch Community Garden Facebook group. I mentioned that i would bring my jembe and some beet flavored potato chips. i didn’t know what to expect, it would be my first time to Alexandria Bounty and I was getting there by myself. Being a wayfarer, I revel in these happenings. With faith in community – I knew I be looked after.

As I arrived, my friends, Sonya and Daniel were arriving too. (Synchronicity is like a game for me these days.) I got acquainted with most everybody and everybody was caring and down to earth. Melody, who I conversed with on Alexandria Bounty’s Facebook page, got me a chair. Daniel helped me by getting a plate filled with food for me. As I sat eating, I noticed a golden retriever. She felt like an old soul. I wanted to pet her and say “Hi”.

During the drum circle, this dog (Izzy)  interrupted my playing to be petted. When I stopped petting her to play with the drum circle, he tuck his head under my left forearm or put his paw up to my left hand or lick me. Melody told her to lay down. I still gave her a few gentle scratches on her forehead.

The night ended with, walking with Daniel and holding Sonya’s hand to the sidewalk, so I got there safely. I waited for the 401 Simcoe DRT to head downtown.

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Departing the 401 at Centre St. and King St., I decided to go to Coffee Culture. I wasn’t sure if I was going to order anything, I just wanted a place to chill and collect my thoughts. There was a stack of Oshawa This Week papers. I grabed one and sat down. The front page headline got me excited about community and education: “DURHAM HIGH SCHOOLS SOON TO BECOME A ‘HUB’ OF ACTIVITY IN EVENINGS, WEEKENDS.” I took out my pink hilighter because I knew this was gonna be good.

Through partnerships with DDSB, like YMCA, Abilities Centre, Girls Inc., and Durham Region Health Department, a “youth hub” is going to be built into schools this year: Henry Street High School, Ajax High School, Brock High School and G.I. Roberts C.V.I.

These projects, is about kids hanging out at school in evenings, taking part in community partner activities, connecting community and being a “positive social development.”

“A DDSB official say some elements might include: comfy couches; music and sound equipment, cellphone charging stations, WiFi; snacks, a microwave, sink and coffee maker; video game systes, board games; computers; and ping pong or azir hockey tables.”

I feel this was what The Vault and 3V Co-op Marketplace strived to be, but more gear to entrepreneurial artists and community animators. And I feel stronger than ever that this kinda business model for the arts community, to have a hub – a living space, can root itself into downtown and transform it through community and education.

I would meet my friend Chrissy at Coffee Culture. It was a random happening. I told her about what I read. She had to go and meet someone for business. I checked my smartphone for Facebook updates and learnt my buddy Carmen was performing open mic at Gravity Lounge.

It was like 8:30pm, open mic starts at 10pm, so had some time to move on from Coffee Culture and do something else till it was 10pm.

I went to 15 Sports and Grill. I thought I would order a coke, watch Blue Jays game and than pop into Gravity Lounge to show my support for my friends performing at open mic. Instead I was given a Tedley tea with a small cup of cream and container of packages of sugars on the side. Lol.

I stayed till Jays game was over. It was 9:45pm. I got to Gravity Lounge at 9:50pm. I saw Carmen, gave her a hug, wished her a good show, told her to say “Hi” to Paul for me, and that I had to go home to rest. Friday, I got a Knowledge Cafe with Brian at Brew Wizards for noonish and than a date with 3 friends to Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) at Regent Theatre. And, I need to shave and shower. Lol.

Okay, I’m going to go shave and shower (at least try too), and than its “Bed Time for Pedro.”.

Goodnight.

Do You Know What Is In Your Drinking Water?

Do you know what is in your drinking water? And what if what you thought, fluoride was a way to prevent tooth decay, was really misinformation and puts your body at risk of numerous diseases. Whether your pro or anti-fluoridation, an open forum is needed to debate the facts and make a consciousness decision about putting fluoride into your drinking water.

On Tuesday, January 9,  2014, Free Durham From Fluoride held a “Learn about the hazardous health effects of water fluoridation in Durham Region” event, with guess speaker Dr. Paul Connett (world-renowed toxicologist and leading expert).He spoke with plain English about the averse effects fluoride in water has on the population.

It has been a long time since I visited this social issue. Simply, your toothpastes says to not shallow your fluoridated toothpaste, yet its okay to drink fluoridated water? I wish this cause got another such event. I’m putting that intention out there. 🙂

I like to hear your comments about pro or anti-fluoridation.

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Here are some videos to help you understand the arguments about pro and anti-fluoridation.

I Love Oshawa

*UPDATE: Emporium of I and I Mugs

“I Love Oshawa”, for some residents its too hard to say, because they seem to have joy about calling Oshawa ‘The Dirty Shwa’ or ‘Armpit of Ontario.’ Language is a big part of culture, its how society understands or identifies with itself, other communities, towns, Cities, etc. I Love Oshawa I guess is a campaign for the City to love itself and be whole. I worked with a friend to create an “I Love Oshawa” design I want to have on t-shirts and mugs. The original design (see below image) was created at The Open Vault, 2014, with my design concept, by MoxArt. I will update in another blog post with a preview of the new “I Love Oshawa” design. Stay tune.

Small notes of Entrepreneurial Wisdom

I been working on how to launch EOII for 6+ years. During those years, I read and study from lots of books. See Resources and browse EOII Bookshelf. I often would have a date with a book over coffee and jot down notes. I have many journals, duo tangs, binders and loose papers to account for. Because I was lazy (lol), I hardly left a reference to where I got those notes from. I recently been organizing my entrepreneurial notes and discovered 3 small pieces of ringed journal paper with 4 written notes stapled together. When I find out where I got them from, I will post an update to this blog post. I believe I got them from, The Organic Entrepreneur by Maxine Hyndman.

 

Creativity
Merge ideas with Purpose, the best ideas are collaborated and connected with nature.
Visualize the outcome your evoking, take stock of accomplishments, get past the wall.

 

Your Thoughts Create Reality
Your imagination is fueled by desires and passions to manifest thoughts out of actions. By aligning life with thoughts you will create the reality from intentions and discipline.

The committment to your vision is a challenge. It has to be because value comes from the fruits of labour. Its not the task at hand that matter – its the end result. Success is relied on focus on goals and decision making. Identify your talents, work to your strengthens, and ask for help. (Just asK). Don’t make assumptions or presume others will help, ask and speak up to make it known. You are responsible for your own actions.

 

7 Market Questions
1. what do i do each day to attract customers?
2. what do i do each day to turn potential opportunities into actual business?
3. what do i do to monitor my business everyday?
4. what do i do to nurture the love factor in my customer relationship?
5. how discipline am i about my time?
6. how do i build on my curent knowledge and skill?
7. how am i turning information in knowledge and knowledge into wisdom for myself and for my customer?

 

Emotion Motivate Through Consciousness
1. identify the feeling or emotion
2. do something, one tiny thing, to maintain conscious movemment, even if it is to stop and breath awhile.
3. find out how you really feel about success now.
4. decide if you still want the goal.
5. detach from fear, imbue transformation for good to empower yourself and environment.
6. have empathy and tcm. be vigilant and evaluate your emotional state.

Culture Meet up at Berry Hill Food Company and Other Happenings

Sunday September, 17, 2017 – I attended 3rd Culture Meet-up of the year at Berry Hill Food Company, 82 King Street West, Oshawa, hosted by the Cultural Leadership Council!

It was a fun atmosphere. I knew most the attendees. We all work in the arts, culture or heritage sector. We wore name tags. That was great because I had a hard time hearing. We were all there to socialize, network, “to know how you can get involved and become more connected with the many cultural organizations Oshawa has to offer.” It was a great opportunity to learn more about the cultural scene in Oshawa.

Annual Cultural Summit 2017

The Cultural Summit is an event organized by the City of Oshawa. The aim of the Cultural Summit is to provide an update on the City’s activities as well as to provide a learning exchange opportunity for cultural workers and supporters in the community.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Arts Resource Centre.

Please stay tuned for more information.

Hand outs from Culture Meetup, Culture Days and Opend Doors Oshawa

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I left at 3pmish. I took my wild berry smooches and lemon danish I ordered at Berry Hill and headed out to find a nice nature spot to eat and meditate; yet, I saw a commotion on King St., between Centre St. and Simcoe St. I saw that that part was blocked and patrol by security. I walked over to where the Michael Star build is, a crew member approached me, said this was a live film set and had to leave. I said I just like to take a picture and leave. I was allowed and I left without complaint.

I drank my wild berry smoothie, ate the lemon danish at the tables behind the Michael Star building than walked to Brew Wizards to study, work on my tablet and draft a “founders profile” for eoii.org.

At Brew Wizards, i ordered a medium double roost coffee, 2 cream, 1 raw sugar cube, and apple turnover.

Around 6pm, I left, went to Cocoa & Joe for open mic. my friend Shannon performed some songs on her uke. I request jewel – who could save your soul. it was great to hear. I ordered an avocado sandwich. i did karaoke: conway twitty – hello darlin’, crowded house – don’t dream it’s over and james blunt – you’re beautiful. sometime later, new friends showed up, randell and kate, and randell performed some tunes on his acoustic guitar.

i left around 8:40pm, I thought I may do karaoke. My buddy Mike decided to stay home. When I walked over to Gravity Lounge, I had second thoughts…I decided I would buy chinese food from family wok and go home.

I got to Family Wok, ordered a C2: sweet and sour chicken balls, general toa chicken and ask for veggie fried rice with sweet and sour sauce on it. Oh, and i get a spring roll, can of ginger ale and fortune cookie. i was told 5minutes. i left to sit outside infront of UOIT building Faculty of Education (11 Simcoe St. N).

As I was walking, an acquaintance bumped my right shoulder from behind, it startled me for a moment. he shook my hand, I don’t know his name. he asked to use my phone, but my phone was left at home. And that was actually an inconvenience, but i had my tablet.

So, after that I sat on the bench facing uoit building. alittle after, two friends came out of 15 Simcoe Sportbar & Grill and sat on a cement block apart of uoit building’s facade. they waved and smiled at me. i soon got up and walked over. we made little hearted conversation. i mention i was waiting on chinese food and had to leave. i ask them to watch for the Go Bus eastbound on King St. for me. They said okay.

when i got through the first door at Family Wok, an employee just mopped, and i was noway entering. i told him i would wait here for my order. i was soon give my order and left.

as i approached my friends, i ask them did they see the go bus, they said nope. we than wished each other a good night and i hurried to the Go Bus stop on King St. and Simcoe St.

The bus soon came. I ask for a request stop and the bus driver knew my request drop-off destination. And I’m home now. ready to eat, Peace.

Catch The DRIFF

The DRIFF is here, the Durham Region International Film Festival.

The Durham Region Film Festival (DRIFF) began in 2015 as a locally focused event, held at two distinct venues to showcase the remarkable world of films and filmmaking. Taking full advantage of Durham’s cultural landscape, it was held at the elegant Regent Theatre and extraordinary Docville Movie Set, offering the magical experience of film both on screen and behind the scenes. Dedicated to the promotion and celebration of emerging and established filmmakers, the world of cinema and talented artists, came together at this inaugural event, to elevate Durham’s strong and growing film community.

The evening of Friday, September 15, I found out about DRIFF though Derek Giberson, as a post in Facebook feed. DRIFF will be happening at:

Experience fantastic independent film-making from across Canada and around the world right here in the Durham Region!

When 6 months of planning finally becomes really really real: so excited to be at volunteer orientation night for the 2017 Durham Region International Film Festival!! 4 days away to this amazing weeklong festival of independent film screened across the region! Check out www.driff.ca for more more more
#driff
#nottiff
#aftertiff
#catchthedriff

I am stoke about this news. Friday, Septembeer 22, was a week away. I went to the Regent Theatre web page, navigated to find where to buy tickets. I was kinda in a hurry to do so, thinking an great happening like this will sellout easily. I was stocked that the price of a “Red Carpet” is $12. I bought 4, because wanted to bring 3 friends.

FILM SCREENINGS | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Pollyanna | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Roman Gubin | 02:23 mins | Short Film
A young girl’s internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.

Erika | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Hanna Jovin | 17:40 mins | Student Film
Set in 1940s Nazi occupied Bosnia, an unlikely friendship forms between two young girls on opposite sides of the war.

The Meaning of Life | Oakville, ON | Directed By: Cat Hostick | 91:22 mins | Feature Film
A struggling musician gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown, working to help a 9-year old leukemia patient get past her illness through music.

I have been to Regent Theatre a couple times, located at 50 King Street. its a classy theatre, it first open on October 16, 1919. None of my friends know about my scheme to invite 3 of them, lol. It’s gonna be a great happening.

Save yourself from chemo

I came across this article from my Facebook “On this day” post from 9.16.2009. Its a personal post. I am faced with a decision about radiation on my schwannomas on the brain and brain stem. I experience living with Neurofibromatosis Type 2, it is a lesson and trial in life. How you eat, exercise, think determines the nutrition of your body. “You are what you eat, your thoughts create reality” I also believe, your state of well-being is harmony with your higher-self, and should be priority number one for a preventinve measure for not having cancer and disease. I find this article agreeable, though I haven’t yet read it fully. Lol. I think even skimming it will “save” you from some grief and faith in clean living

Johns Hopkins Update. Good article.

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY

(‘TRY’, BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER,
JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY .

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3 When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size.. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a.. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells.. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14.. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15… Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1.. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter=2 0Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of=2 0fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.

Opening of Gallery 67

The Oshawa Art Association worked with Rick Kerr on his event called The Cycle. They asked him to help them find a home. The Holiday Inn Express has a vacant space for a big restaurant tenant. Rick pitched the concept for a pop-up art gallery. The OAA Board and the Inn together, they liked each other. Days later, Rick brought the decision-makers together along with Sue Lupton from Economic Development. Long story short, the OAA has got their home called Gallery 67.

The OAA founded in 1967 are launching their new art space called Gallery 67. An Exhibit and Grand Opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please join us at 6 p.m. and take a tour of the Holiday Inn Express! Ribbon Cutting and Official Opening Ceremonies to follow immediately at 7 p.m.

Thank you to all OAA volunteers who helped get the space ready for this opening, and to the collective effort of Oshawa’s Economic Development department, the facilitation of Councillor Rick Kerr, Oshawa BIA, Local Businesses and the full support of the hotel’s General Manager Sita Gardiner.

Contact information:

OAA Gallery 67 Manager – Tricia Van Oostveen
oaagallery67@gmail.com

OAA Gallery 67 Workshops Manager – Mary Gartlan
mary.gartlan123@gmail.com

Phone: 289-991-1067

Adding RSS to eoii.org

As I fill out eoii.org with content, I want to utilize tools to make the distribution of information easier and user friendly.

In the WordPress theme I’m using, InkHive, I have te option to add 5 social icons to link to social media. RSS is a new format to me I wanted to experiment with.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading.

I receive Charity Village newsletters called “Village Vibes” and it had a RSS tab I copy and post on a webpage. So, I Google Searched “Embed RSS” and found an articled called HOW TO EMBED AN RSS FEED IN YOUR WEB PAGE.

Embedding RSS feeds in a web page is certainly doable. However, it requires generating a JavaScript that will format how the RSS feed (the content sent out by the RSS source) is presented in your page.

A number of online resources are available for creating code to display RSS feed pages. One is RSSinclude. One advantage of using RSSinclude instead of other online RSS page-generator resources is that you can choose what kind of embedded code to use, and you also get the option of an iFrame tag.

RSSinclude offers free as well as pay-to-use templates for presenting RSS feeds. You do need to register with RSSinclude although you just need an e-mail address. After you register, follow these steps:

The article details a 9 Step process to embed a RSS feed. I follow them and that is how I got my RSS icon to link to Village Vibes RSS feed.