Creamy Cabbage Stir-fry

Sensei Posted in Recipes and Health Facts
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Here is another healthy quick meal.
4 ounces uncooked egg noodles (eggless) (about 3 cups dry)
1 pound extra lean ground turkey or beef (7% fat) or lamb (not so healthy)
1 medium onion, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (10 ounces) reduced-fat cream of celery soup (choose soups that are less than 30% sodium)
4 cups chopped cabbage (about 10 ounces)
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.
Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Brown ground meat with onion and seasonings. Add cream soup and mix well. Add cabbage and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until cabbage is cooked to your liking. Add cooked noodles and mix well.
Notes: One serving is an excellent source of fiber. If you like cabbage more crisp, cook for the lesser amount of time. Ground turkey works best in this recipe. This recipe is also a good choice for a diabetic menu.

Meditation Point #41

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes
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People in the West are always getting ready to live.
— Chinese Proverb

While I understand their meaning I’m not sure I can agree with this entirely. Depending on your perspective living can be a journey of discovery focused on the outward or inward or a combination of both. To think that any people have a true understanding on what it is to live is just silly. If you are a do’er then your life is wasted if you sit continually in queit contemplation! Similarly if you are an introspective cerebral person then being constantly consumed with the pursuit of a task/results driven goal would similarly be a waste. That being said most people do waste their lives in a state of inaction regardless of their origin being in the West or East.

Making Money…

Sensei Posted in Site_News
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So I’ve been working on this site now for about a year which is hard to believe! When I first started I signed up for a Google AdSense account since it seemed to be the best way to make money on the web. Within a few months I had earned about $5.00 which given I was starting out seemed pretty good. Then I got a note from Google canceling my account for illegal click activity! You can imagine my surprise since I was careful never to click any of the links myself. So I appealed the action and they reversed it after some discussion and I was back in business! Then a month later they canceled it again even though I had only made about an additional dollar!! The reason given: my account had been associated with previous illegal click activity!! I attempted another appeal but got no response, so I forgot about Google. A few months later I found out that many people encounter the same problem with Google and are powerless to correct or even find out what the basis for the charges are!!
So I am trying a new ad service to see if I can help pay the bills associated with running this site! The service is AdBrite and so far I am very pleased with them. They have a nice interface and are very easy to setup. So if you have a chance visit some of the ads on the side panel or even better purchase an ad to promote your next event or product! If you have a web site then why don’t you check out…. Yes this was a shameless plug!

Acrobatic Martial Arts Moves…

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Here is a video I came across that makes Jackie Chan look slow!

Did you notice how close the jumper came to missing the roof? Check the video at 2:08 (time) and you’ll see he cleared the ledge by less then a foot to spare! And I didn’t see a safety net below him… Is all this jumping and twirling useful in the Martial Arts? Is it truely necessary? Well if you are in the situation portrayed in this next video I think the answer is yes! See what you think…

Before you try any of these moves remember how many pads were used in the first video to keep the practitioners safe, these moves are as dangerous to use as they are fun to watch. So please don’t try any roof jumping unless you are a trained professional with all the necessary safety props…unless there are 20 armed men chasing and you don’t have a shirt on!!

A Day at the beach…

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This may sound like crazy advice but think what you will.Watch Hill Beach
For the past two weeks I’ve been suffering with a torn and swollen pectoral muscle. I’ve tried medication, massage and rest which only offered marginal improvement. Today it feels great! After two days at the beach, it feels almost like new. The soreness and tender to the touch is gone! Now for the record I did not lay on the beach and sleep, my total blanket time was around 1 hour. I did spend a lot of time in the water and the rest walking the shore and a little time building a sand castle! 🙂 Now I don’t have any hard evidence but hopefully others will read this and comment on their experiences. But there is something magical in the sea air and water that helps to heal the body.

Meditation Point #40

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes
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It is also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now…with its aches and its pleasures…is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.
— Pema Chodron

I think this one needs to sink in for a while…

A new Bruce Lee Movie…

Sensei Posted in Entertainment
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No it isn’t a lost fottage compilation or some missing home video (did they have those then!?). No sir, Bruce Lee’s family plans to produce a film about the late martial-arts star. To be made in Hong Kong by a Chinese film company this will be the first movie the family has actively supervised. The film will be based on an upcoming biography about Bruce Lee written by his brother, Lee Chun-fai. This promises to be at the least an interesting movie since it is supposed to dispell many of the legends and rumors about Bruce Lee while paying homage to his real accomplishments. The dubbed version should be fun to watch!

Meditation Point #39

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes
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Learning to live is learning to let go.
— Sogyal Rinpoche

This is true on many levels. There’s the old famous high school quote…’if you love something let it go’. But I don’t think that is what this quote is about. I think this is expressing the need to just relax, let go, and let life happen. To often we try to control life which typically just leads to more frustration. So relax and go with the flow…don’t worry be happy…and have a happy Monday!

New Gallery Additions

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There are several new additions to the Gallery for your enjoyment!

Armed and patriotic = safer society

Sensei Posted in News, Self-Defense
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Here’s a story a friend of mine sent me with his comments… A knife-wielding grocery store employee attacked eight co-workers Friday, seriously injuring five before a witness pulled a gun and stopped him, police said. ‘Police arrived within minutes and took the attacker into custody…’
Moral of this story: Responsible citizens with guns save lives through deterrence of crime and stopping attacks in progress. There aren’t enough police around in any given emergency, they tend to show up too late since they are understaffed or misallocated in most places.
I could not have said it better! Thanks Gal. Yes this is a pro-gun view which I could easily write an entire book on for anyone interested in an open discussion:)