Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
love for one and all? It¡¯s still not to late!
(Sandy Lauzon is a Shaklee Distributor located at
200 4th St, in Dolores. 970.759.9740)
Health & Nurturing
by Sandy Lauzon
Smoking is an ancient method of food preserva-
tion that adds an interesting flavor to meat, fish,
poultry, and other foods; allows foods such as
hams to be stored at room temperature; and
slightly dries and preserves some foods, such as
sliced salmon, that are eaten raw.
Smoking dates back centuries, especially for fish,
which is highly perishable. Archeological evi-
dence suggests that 9th-century residents of Po-
land smoked large quantities of fish. In medieval
Europe, the religious practice of avoiding meat on
certain days created a huge demand for fish, and
enormous quantities of salmon and herring were
salted and smoked in seaside towns before being
shipped to the interior. Pork was also a popular
meat for smoking since pigs were slaughtered in
the fall and the meat could be preserved to last
all winter. In South America, long strips of dried
meat called charqui, became ¡®jerky¡¯ in English as a
snack made from beef or turkey.
Smoking is a preservative containing chemical
compounds that retard the growth of harmful bac-
teria. Carbonyl compounds in smoke contribute to
the distinctive flavor and aroma of smoked meat,
while the carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide
help produce the bright red pigment. Phenolic
compounds in smoke play a role in protecting fat
from oxidizing and turning rancid, which is no
doubt a major reason why fatty foods, such as her-
ring or pork, were (and are) so often smoked.
Love in Bloom
Spring has finally arrived in the four corners and
not a moment to soon for most. Sure, we need
more moisture, but please let it be in the form of
nice gentle soil saturating wet rain. I¡¯ve put my
snow shovel in the shed and taken out the garden
Bounia was a no nonsense kind of woman. She
had no time for day-dreaming or unproductive
activity. She seemed always to be ahead of the
coming season, anticipating the weather changes
in New England and the saying from the old tim-
ers was, and still is, ¡°If you don¡¯t like the weather
in New England, just wait a minute.¡± Bounia
always waited that extra minute. As soon as the
ground in her garden thawed, she went into ac-
tion, and as she aged, so did my father and uncles.
Whatever was put in the shed in the fall was
hauled out in the spring. Older cousins were also
engaged in the springtime activity, much to their
I have come to realize that in her quiet way, it was
her way of showing love. Her love was evidenced
in the manner that she explained to the younger
crowd why she was doing what she was doing.
Why did the earth needed to be turned up to
dry up the soggy compost she had pressed the
younger cousins to help her cover whatever plants
needed to be protected from the harsh New Eng-
land winter. Why her garden needed additional
amendments to get ready for next months seeds
that she had collected from last seasons yield.
Why the earthworms were so important for the
soil to aerate. Why it was so necessary not to kill
everything in sight just for the convenience. No
chemicals in her garden. Why every living crea-
ture had a right to exist, and if it was necessary to
kill some creature for food, why it was important
to appreciate the blessing and to be grateful for
the food. That was what meal blessings were for.
How I wish I had paid closer attention to her
wisdom. I was just happy to be in her company.
Bounia¡¯s wisdom would be a tremendous blessing
for the planet in this day. How have we come to a
place where if you are not in total agreement with
your friend, co-worker or neighbor, war is de-
clared? Why is tolerance a dirty word, unless my
position totally agrees with yours? When will dif-
ferent ideas lead to a better life for all and a secure
future for our children and grand-children? Why
does it matter where I was born or where my fam-
ily of origin came from in order to be accepted?
Bounia was a total outsider in her community.
She struggled to be accepted and appreciated. She
had no option but to endure her lot. She shared
a life and love that was open-ended. She shared
life with the folks that claimed residence since the
Mayflower landed. Those that came from other
countries, as she did, and were processed through
Ellis Island - the new generation of first-borns in
America - old ways blending into the new - new
things coming and flourishing - or not.
The holy season of
Easter lasts until Pen-
tecost (March 30¨CMay
19). It doesn¡¯t matter
so much what your
faith is, but this a great
time to ponder what
is working for this
society and what may
need to be adjusted.
What are you will-
ing to adjust in your
approach to life? How
does caring for mother
earth challenge your
habits? When will the
activity on Main Street
return? How many
stores will close before
we all get a clue? How
do you show your
An overweight man was put on a diet by his doc-
tor. ¡°I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then
skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks.
The next time I see you, you¡¯ll have lost at least 5
pounds,¡± the doctor said.
When the man returned, the doctor was shocked
that the man had lost nearly 20 pounds.
¡°Why, that¡¯s amazing!¡± the doctor said, ¡°Did you
follow my instructions?¡±
The man nodded, ¡°I¡¯ll tell you though, I thought I
was going to drop dead that 3rd day.¡±
¡°From hunger, you mean?¡± asked the doctor.
¡°No, from all that skipping.¡±
A woman phoned her dentist when she received a
huge bill. ¡°I¡¯m shocked!¡± she complained. ¡°This is
three times what you normally charge.¡±
¡°Yes, I know,¡± said the dentist. ¡°But you yelled so
loud, you scared away two other patients.¡±
A man returns from Africa and is feeling very ill.
He goes to the doctor, and is immediately rushed
to the hospital, to undergo a barrage of tests.
He wakes up after the tests in a private room.
Suddenly, the phone by his bed rings.
¡°This is your doctor. We¡¯ve gotten the results back
from your tests and we¡¯ve found that you have a
nasty virus, which is extremely contagious!¡±
¡°Oh my gosh,¡± cried the man, ¡°What are you go-
ing to do, doctor?¡±
¡°Well, we¡¯re going to put you on a diet of pizzas,
pancakes, and pita bread.¡±
¡°Will that cure me?¡± asked the man.
The doctor replied, ¡°Well no, but it¡¯s the only food
we can get under the door.¡±
A patient underwent intense therapy to rid him
of the delusion that a huge fortune awaited him.
He was expecting two letters: one would give him
sole title to a huge Spanish treasure lost by Fran-
cisco Orellena in the Amazon River; the other, of
course, from Publisher¡¯s Clearing House award-
ing him 11.7 million dollars.
Just when the psychiatrist was making real prog-
ress in curing the man, both letters arrived...
The Top 10 things you don¡¯t want to hear during
10- Better crank up that anesthesia.
9- Don¡¯t worry. I think it¡¯s sharp enough.
8- Gonna have to stop here, the insurance won¡¯t
pay for the rest.
7- Somebody ask the janitor what this is.
6- FIRE! Everyone out now!
5- Well, it¡¯s five o¡¯clock! We¡¯ll just put this off until
4- Oh nurse, I love you too!
3- Hmm, I don¡¯t think that¡¯s supposed to do that.
2- And now we remove the subject¡¯s brain.
Laugh Until It Hurts!
On Thursday nights from April 11-May 2nd,
adults and high-schoolers are invited to learn
the basics and essentials for the original form of
swing dance, the Lindy Hop at the Sherbino The-
ater! Lindy Hop is so versatile that you can use
it to dance to big-band, jazz, bluegrass, country,
rock ¡®n roll and pop music. Further, this is a dance
that is easy and fun to learn.
Instructors Chris and Wendy Shima will have
students dancing right away. Better, there is no
experience or a partner necessary! Chris Shima
has been teaching dance, music and theater for
over 14 years and has been performing on stage
since he was in high school. He has been cho-
reographing and directing musicals for middle
schoolers for over 11 years. He and his wife
Wendy have been Lindy Hop Swing instructors
since 1998, teaching both adults and high school-
ers. The Shimas just recently moved to Ridgway
from California, where Chris ran a large after
school ukulele program, taught social dancing for
Cool & Courteous Cotillion, and helped create the
Hermosa Youth Ballroom Dancesport program
with ¡®Dancing With The Stars¡¯ professionals, Jona-
than Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya.
Adult Swing/Lindy Hop for Beginners is on
Thursdays through May 2 at The Sherbino The-
ater from 6-7p. $50/person, a $10 discount is avail-
able when registering a ¡°couple¡± by phone. Call
Weehawken Creative Arts at 970.318.0150 or visit
www.weehawkenarts.org for info or to register.
Easy And Fun
A Flavorful Preservation