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Month: May 2008

Bike lanes and Walking Paths

Lets face it! Cities in the United States were planned in the last few centuries with only cars as the source of transportaiton. This has led to cities being unsafe for bikers and pedestrians in many areas. So in most cities people who use them as their main means of transportation often do so at with major inconvenience and danger. There has been the only one city in the United States that has made in effort to plan for bikes. The small city of Davis, California has 65,000 people but over 100 miles of bike lanes and bike paths. Some of the path are by themselves. Their are bikes all over with maps and places to lock up your bike. Most city governments need to follow through with some of these ideas.

Having used bike lanes that are used by parked cars I believe the cities need to utilize lanes offered by places like the Netherlands. In the Netherlands in many areas contain Woonerf where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over autos.

Walkable Communties

Twin Cities on Two Wheels


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LAMB CHOPS WITH ARTICHOKES, originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.

I have not made lamb in a long time mostly because good cut are a bit difficult to come around here. The last time I purchase some lamb it was very bad. I found these the other day at the grocery stone and they looked good. You will find this recipe very easy and a nice recipe that add to the flavor of the lamb.

Lamb chops ( i had 4 large ones)

I marinaded them for 1 hour in this marinade which I just mixed together but these are the approximate amounts.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
salt as needed
pepper, as needed

Make the artichoke and zucchini Sauté


3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 zucchini, cut into julienne pieces
1 tomato chopped into pieces
1 can artichoke bottoms or 5 cooked artichoke bottoms, sliced
salt, as needed
pepper, as needed

Sauté the onion and garlic in the oil. Add the zucchini and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until moisture form the zucchini has cooked away.
Add the chopped tomatoes and artichoke, Continue to sauté until hot, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper.

Prepare the chops:

Cook the lamb on a grill or broiler unit done to the desired doneness. 135°F/63°C for rare up to 170°F/75°C for well done.

Serve the chops on a bed of the artichoke mixture, Garnish with artichoke leaves if you used cooked artichokes.

Punctuation is powerful!

A Proof of which Gender is Intelligent An English professor wrote the words: ” A woman without her man is nothing” on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote : “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All the females in the class wrote : “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

Punctuation is powerful!!

Bioprocessing Rice

Kansas Officials Announce Agreement for Bioprocessing Facility in Junction City Facility for plant-made pharmaceuticals continues Kansas’ advancement in biotechnology.This is actually old needs and seems to have not made any noise in the employment desperate area of Kansas. This company was protested by rice farmers in both California or Missouri only to be catered to by the state of Kansas.

“Agriculture has long been the backbone of the Kansas economy, so it’s appropriate we would embrace this opportunity to make the most of scientific advances in plant-made pharmaceuticals,” said Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius in a statement. “I welcome Ventria Bio science to Kansas and look forward to their contributions to the health of children worldwide.” as quoted in the Ventria Bioscience website.

This Frankenstein farming make me nervous. At least rice in not grown in Kansas so mixing with others rice fields is not a concern.

Later this come from the web site. “This is as an important development for Kansas farmers, who stand to benefit from the additional income,” he said. “They also have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping provide affordable health care products to children who desperately need it.” When I see that affordable health care I will believe it.

Complaining about life!

Complaining! Doesn’t it seems to be a natural thing to do. It seems to be a habit that we all learn. Most of us start at a very young age. We learn to sulk and evolve into eye rolls and other forms of protests when life does not go as planned.

In Job 6:4 you will read, “Does the wild Ass bray when he has grass, or ox low over his fodder?” Wow! Does complaining serve a purpose. Really!

I suppose it is so easy to do. I just got on a plane to go to Californian from Kansas. I was a little excited because I got a window seat. This has not been possible when I flew in the past. I live to look and and see the earth at 40,000 feet. When we got in the air guess what I saw, Clouds! Only clouds! What a disappointment. As I was thinking to myself of my desire to complain Psalms 131:1-2 to my mind.

This week I am going to try to hold my tongue, I am going to work on redirecting my disappointments and grievances to the LORD this week and see if he doesn’t listen and act on my behalf. Maybe I will be a better person to be around. Who wants to be a whiner anyways and who wants to be around one.

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