Archive for December, 2011

Have You Ever Seen a Kiwi Berry?

One day, I was shopping at Whole Foods and I saw a small display of Kiwi Berries (Actinidia arguta). I had never seen or heard of such a thing and I had no idea what to expect, but I love trying new foods, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try something new! I brought them home and cut one open to see that it’s exactly like a miniature kiwi fruit with no hair on the outside!

I was pleasantly surprised, and glad I made this impulse buy!


From Wikipedia: Actinidia arguta (hardy kiwi) is a perennial vine native to Korea, Northern China, and Russian Siberia. It produces a small fruit resembling the kiwifruit. The fruit are referred to as Hardy kiwifruit, kiwi berry, arctic kiwi, baby kiwi, dessert kiwi or cocktail kiwi and are edible, berry or grape-sized fruit similar to kiwifruit in taste and appearance, but are green or purple with smooth skin. Often sweeter than the kiwifruit, hardy kiwifruit can be eaten whole and need not be peeled. Thin-walled, its exterior is smooth and leathery. Full Article

Have You Ever Wanted to Change The World, Your Country, Your Family, Spouse or Significant Other?  YOU CAN… But It HAS TO Start With YOU!!

Start With Yourself

The following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican bishop (1000 A.D.) in the crypts of Westminster Abbey:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If only I had changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world.

I often get asked, “How can I get my boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife to get in shape?” Here’s the answer: START WITH YOU.  We can’t change other people. We HAVE TO focus on OURSELVES FIRST.  BE THE CHANGE you wish to see in the world, your country, your family, your loved ones.