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The young years
here comes the newcomer
I don’t know what’s going on but I just can’t seem to get enough hearty grain salads in my life. I’ve made it clear that I’m obsessing over some summer orzo salad, and quinoa salads – though technically a seed and not a grain – rock my world. Now, here comes the newcomer. Couscous. Couscous is not a grain that was very prominent in my life growing up. In fact, I could not tell you the last time I ate couscous. Until I went to Ireland, that is. I know, you thought I was going to say Morocco or Tunisia or somewhere in North Africa where couscous if prominent, but, no, I said Ireland. Funnily enough, that’s where I rediscovered the magical little grain called couscous that is so light and fluffy I want to make a pillow out of it on which to lay my head. Who else dreams their food is a pillow? Anyone with me? No? Alasdair and I spent 3 days in Ireland, and, while we did have our fair share of bangers and mash and fish and chips, we also ate at a mind-blowing vegetarian... (more)

Hari Raya
Ya..hari raya..seperti biasa, hari raya bagaikan tiada makna bagiku.. mungkin betul kata kak azam.. sebab aku ni bujang dan tiada komitment untuk keluarga.Ibu pun dah tiada dan aku dalam kebebasan, mungkin ada hikmahnya dan mungkin inilah yang aku inginkan supaya ibu tidak menanggung segala-galanya. Apapun hari raya bagi aku sejak ayah aku tiada... raya bagaikan tiada makna.. mungkin raya sangat meriah bagi kanak kanak.. ya .. aku merasakan hari raya sangat seronok semasa aku usia kanak kanak. Apapun hidup mesti diterukan ...

The Common Ills
Iraq snapshot
Iraq snapshot Thursday, July 24, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, Iraq gets a 'new' president, Brett McGurk appears before Congress again and is grilled by Senator Robert Menendez, US House Rep Frank Wolf notes the plight of Iraqi Christians, and much more. Yesterday morning, the State Dept's Brett McGurk and the Defense Dept's Elissa Slotkin appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Today, they appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They were the first panel. The second panel was former US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, retired Lt Gen Michael D. Barbero and Brookings Institute's Kenneth Pollack. Americans remain in Iraq, including many working out of the US Embassy in Baghdad. After Iranians repelled the US-installed Shah of Iran in 1979, they then seized the US Embassy in Tehran. A similar event in Iraq is one of the big fears in Congress and in the White House. Senator Barbara Boxer... (more)

Daily Devotion
God's Stretched Out Hand
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Today's Chapters: Isaiah 9-11 Message Title: God's Stretched Out Hand While many people get saved, there is something extra special about those who walk with Jesus. No, they are not sinless and they are not better than those who do not, but they do a shine a light around them that lets people know that Jesus is with them, or something is different about them. “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” - Ephesians 5:6-8. Those who live in the world, even Christians, are darkened by all the flesh pleasing devices used to keep them away from God. God constantly pleads with His people to remove these devices from their lives so they can see the Light around them. Sadly, many do not, and that is why judgment comes to our nations, God... (more)

Friday afternoon,
2.30 -

It is a cold, raw day. Afternoon sunlight draws patterns on the ochre-yellow wall, dancing when breezes catch at the blinds; shifting them lightly to and fro. A casual lunch became even more casual as I'd tired myself out doing something; then didn't have the standing time in my legs/feet to do the pasta I'd planned earlier! Never mind; I will have a rest this afternoon (starting right now!) and then later, tackle dinner. I was reflecting on things in the human spirit and how you can be so confused in how to respond when you don't know what is bothering someone. It's the same; I mean, it works the same with individuals too. You can't always figure out what's happening; or why! It is the most confounding thing too when you think you've got it all worked out, and then something happens that undoes everything you ever thought about the person. I've been there, done that too! What motivates certain behaviour; well we can't always know, but we sure can do whatever necessary to... (more)

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