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Month: February 2006 (page 1 of 21)

My Name IS………….A Poem

This was written by a young Indian girl who was in jail for drug charges and was addicted to meth. She wrote this while in jail. As you will soon read, she fully grasped the horrors of the drug, as she tells in this simple, yet profound poem. She was released from jail, but true to her story, the drug owned her. They found her dead not long after, with the needle still in her armPlease keep praying for our Children, Teens, Young adults Understand, this thing is worse than any of us realize…

My Name: “Is Meth”

I destroy homes, I tear families apart,
take your children, and that’s just the start.
I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.

If you need me, remember I’m easily found,
I live all around you – in schools and in town I live
with the rich; I live with the poor, I live down the street, and
maybe next door.

I’m made in a lab, but not like you think,
I can be made under the kitchen sink.
In your child’s closet, and even in the woods,
If this scares you to death, well it certainly should.

I have many names, but there’s one you know best,
I’m sure you’ve heard of me, my name is crystal meth.
My power is awesome; try me you’ll see,
But if you do, you may never break free.

Just try me once and I might let you go,
But try me twice, and I’ll own your soul.
When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie,
You do what you have to — just to get high.

The crimes you’ll commit for my narcotic charms
Will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms, your lungs yournose.
You’ll lie to your mother; you’ll steal from your dad,
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.

But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised,
I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids,
I turn people from God, and separate friends.

I’ll take everything from you, your looks and your pride, I’ll be
with you always — right by your side.
You’ll give up everything – your family, your home,
Your friends, your money, then you’ll be alone.

I’ll take and take, till you have nothing more to give,
When I’m finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live.
If you try me be warned – this is no game,
If given the chance, I’ll drive you insane.

I’ll ravish your body, I’ll control your mind,
I’ll own you completely, your soul will be mine.
The nightmares I’ll give you while lying in bed,
The voices you’ll hear, from inside your head.

The sweats, the shakes, the visions you’ll see,
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
But then it’s too late, and you’ll know in your heart,
That you are mine, and we shall not part.

You’ll regret that you tried me, they always do,
But you came to me, not I to you.
You knew this would happen, many times you were told,
But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.

You could have said no, and just walked away,
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I’ll be your master, you will be my slave,
I’ll even go with you, when you go to your grave.

Now that you have met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not?
Itt’s all up to you.
I can bring you more misery than words can tell,

Come take my hand,
let me lead you to hell.
If you care enough,
please forward this profound poem and share the deadly outcome of this drug that is killing our young people & even our old.

Rose Gray-Finnell

Meth affects nerve endings throughout a user’s body.
Many people feel a sensation of small bugs, known as “Meth Mites”, moving right under their skin. They scratch, pick and dig the spots, trying to relieve the itching.



Yield: 6-8 appetizer servings


1 1/2 lb. Beef flank steak
1/2 cup minced yellow onion
1/3 Ketchup Soy sauce
1/4 cup Dark sesame oil
3 Tablespoons Brown sugar
6 cloves Garlic, minced
4 teaspoons Jalapeño, minced
Juice of ½ lime, plus wedges for garnish
1 tablspoon chile paste
2 teaspoons minced gingerroot
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup peanut butter


1. Split the steak lengthwise and cut against the grain into thin strips. Whisk the onion, ketchup, soy
sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice, chili paste, ginger, and salt with 1 cup
water in a glass bowl. Pour into a resealable plastic bag and add the steak. Close, squeeze several
times to distribute the marinade, and refrigerate for 1-12 hours.

2. Remove the beef from the marinade and thread lengthwise onto 16 skewers. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and reserve.

3. Prepare a grill for a hot fire. Grill the beef on the first side until browned, about 2 minutes. Turn over and grill to the desired doneness, about 2 minutes more for medium-rare.

4. Bring the marinade to a full boil. Add the peanut butter and stir until smooth, thinning with water as necessary to give it a saucelike consistency. Serve the beef with the sauce, garnished with the lime wedges.

Juji’s Naan (Leavened Flat Breads) – Madhur Jaffrey

3 1/4 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups plain yogurt
unsalted butter — (optional) softened

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Slowly add as much
yogurt as you need to gather the flour together and make a soft, resilient
dough. Knead for about 10 minutes and form a ball. Put the ball in a bowl
and cover the bowl with a damp dishcloth. Set aside in a warm place for
1-1/2 to 2 hours. Knead the dough again and divide into nine equal parts.
Keep them covered.

Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over a lowish flame, and preheat the

Take one of the parts of dough and make a ball out of it. Flatten it and
then roll out on a lightly floured surface until you have a round that is
about 1/8 inch thick. When the skillet is very hot, pick up the naan and
slap it onto the heated surface. Let it cook slowly for about 4 to 5
minutes. Now put the skillet under the broiler for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or
until the puffing-up process is complete and there are a few reddish spots
on the naan. Remove the naan with a spatula and brush with butter if you
like. Make all the naans this way, keeping them stacked and covered with a
clean dishcloth. Serve hot.

If you wish to have the naans later, wrap them in a plastic bag when they
have cooled. Before you eat, wrap as many as you need in aluminum foil and
heat in an oven at 400 F for 15 minutes.

* Source: World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking – by Madhur Jaffrey *
Published in: The Herb Companion – February/March 1993 *


1 1/2 lb Chicken breast — boned & skinned
Salt — to taste
1 teaspoon Chile powder
1 teaspoon Coriander seeds, ground
2 Tablespoon Lime juice
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
Ginger, fresh — grated
2 Tablspoon Oil
2/3 cup Yogurt, plain
Lime slices — to garnish

Rinse chicken, pat dry with paper towels and cut into 3/4-ich cubes.
Thread onto short skewers.

Put skewered chicken into a shallow non-metal dish. In a small bowl,
mix together yogurt, gingerroot, garlic, chile powder, coriander,
salt, lime juice and oil. Pour over skewered chicken and turn to coat
completely in marinade. Cover and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight to
allow chicken to absorb flavors.

Heat grill. Place skewered chicken on grill rack and cook 5 to 7
minutes, turning skewers and basting occasionally with any remaining
marinade. Serve hot, garnished with lime slices.

Pipi Kaula (Hawaiian Style Jerky)

2lb Flank steak
3/4c Soy sauce
2 tb Hawaiian salt
11/2 tb Sugar
1 ea Clove garlic — minced
1 ea Piece ginger — crushed
1 ea Red chili pepper — crushed(optional)

Cut beef into strips about 1 1/3 inch wide. Combine all other
ingredients and soak beef in the sauce overnight.If you have a drying
box, place the meat in hot sun for two days, bringing it in at night. If
drying in the oven, set oven to 175 degrees. Place meat on a rack such as a
cake cooking rack. Place reack on a cookie sheet and dry meat in oven for 7
hours. Keep in refrigerator.

Source: Ethnic Foods of Hawaii by Ann Kondo

Depression and Abuse

Depression and Abuse:
A person who is being abused is often depressed. It is almost inevitable.
Joy Stevens

Criteria for a Major Depressive Episode.

A person must exhibit either of the following almost daily for at least a two week period.

1. A persistent sad or depressed mood.

2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in usually pleasurable activities.

3. Plus at least any four of the following:

*significant weight loss or, atypically, weight gain
*insomnia, hypersomnia, or early morning awakening
*psychomotor agitation or retardation
*decreased energy or fatigue
*feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
*difficulty thinking,m concentrating, remembering or making decisions
*recurrent thoughts of death, suicidalidation, a suicide attempt, or a specific plan for suicide

Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, D.C., 1994

Three Monkeys

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing things as they are said to be
Said one to the others, “Now listen, you two,
There’s a rumor around that can’t be true
That man descended from our noble race
The very idea is a great disgrace.”

“No monkey has ever deserted his wife
Starved her babies and ruined her life
And you’ve never known a mother monk
To leave her babies with others to bunk
Or pass from one on to another
Till they scarcely knew who is their mother.”

“Here’s another thing a monkey won’t do
Go out at night and get in a stew
Or use a gun or club or knife
To take some other monkey’s life
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss
But, brother, he didn’t descend from us.”

Author unknown


“True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant. It clothes the naked, it
the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it
those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become
things to all men.” Menno Simons

Makki Ki Roti (Punjabi Corn Bread)

This is an Indian style hush puppy.

3 cups corn meal
1.25 cup boiling water
melted butter
salt to taste

Mix corn meal and salt in bowl.

Pour boiling water in center (like well) and knead to a stiff dough with a spatula or big spoon.

Divide it into about 10 balls and roll each out to a circular disc shape (about 1/8 inch thick, and 4 inches in diameter).

Cook breads in either on a skillet with oil or ghee until brown on both sides on low-medium heat.

Stack them by spreading melted butter on them.
Serve hot with Chutney.
You can make then a little different by adding cumin seeds, garam masala, chopped fresh coriander or other spices on this recipe.

Dublin Coddle -Pork Free Version

Dublin Coddle

1 pound bacon, beef or turkey, slices
2 pounds beef, lamb or turkey sausage links,
bacon fat or oil
2 large onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic
4 large potatoes, thickly sliced
2 carrots, thickly sliced
1 large bunch of fresh herbs, tied with string or in a cheesecloth bag
black pepper
apple cider
fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Lightly fry bacon in skillet until crisp; drain. Crumble the bacon and place in a large pot. Pour off most of the bacon grease. Brown sausage in the skillet. Remove and add to the pot with bacon. Soften sliced onions and whole garlic cloves in skillet over medium-low heat, then add to pot along with potatoes and carrots. Bury the bunch or bag of herbs in the middle of the mixture. Sprinkle with pepper. Cover with cider. Cook 1 1/2 hours over medium-low heat; do not boil. Garnish with chopped parsley

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