10 fun facts about Alabama

English: Alabama Historical Association marker...

Alabama Historical Association marker for the Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise, with the Boll Weevil Monument in the background to the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you planning to travel to the Yellowhammer State, Alabama? Here are some fun facts about Alabama to whet your appetite for your journey:

  1. Coretta Scott King (civil rights leader) and Rosa Parks (civil rights activist) both hailed from Alabama.
  2. Magnolia Springs is home to the only waterborne mail delivery system in the continental United States. The Magnolia River is the waterway which provides area residents their mail service.
  3. Alabama’s state bird, the Yellowhammer, was named in tribute to the Confederate soldiers. The soldiers had been bestowed the nickname due to the appearance of the yellow accessories which had been paired with their uniforms.
  4. Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama is host to the only memorial which has been erected to honor an insect. The Boll Weevil Monument was erected to serve as a reminder of the cotton boll-engorged beetle’s role in forever changing the agricultural landscape of the entire region.

The rest of the article continues, HERE.


Red Vines black licorice recalled due to discovery of excessive lead

Rainbow licorice candy

Licorice candy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Union City, California-based American Licorice Co. has issued a voluntary recall of their Red Vines Black Licorice Twists product due to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) discovery of 0.33 parts per million of lead in the product. It has been reported that amount equals a whopping 13.2 micrograms of lead per serving . . . which is a level more than double the recommended amount deemed safe for children or women who are pregnant.

This Red Vines recall affects the 1 pound (16-ounce) bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists which carry the label “Best Before Date” of 020413. The “Best Before Date” can be found, in black ink, on the reverse of the product package. The California Department of Health has suggested that consumers of the product on recall should discard the black licorice, immediately. Pregnant women–as well as the parents of children–who have consumed the product are cautioned to consult with members of the medical community in order to arrange for any medical tests which might be necessary.

The rest of the article, including related agency information and telephone numbers, concludes HERE.


Top 10 benefits of growing your own food

Red Chard growing in the garden of Slow Food N...

Red Chard growing in the garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tending a home garden doesn’t require a lot of space in order to be fruitful endeavor. Anyone can grow a healthful and attractive garden. From rural plots which are able to be set aside, specifically, for gardening purposes to the smallest of patio space available to the urban dweller – anyone receives improvement from the creation of personal garden spaces.

Here are 10 benefits of growing your own food this fall:

Article–and top 10 list–continues (with slideshow images) HERE.


Entertainer Jeff Civillico performing at the Imperial Palace

Jeff Civillico

Entertainer Jeff Civillico (Photo credit: Scott Ableman)

Readers interested in attending a quality, family show in Las Vegas need look no further than the Imperial Palace. Jeff Civillico’s aptly entitled show Comedy in Action can be found in the ample 700-seat Human Nature Theater. Civillico’s remarkable show is produced by none other than Las Vegas’ own headlining magician Nathan Burton. Jeff may also be found performing as a guest entertainer in the Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show at the Flamingo. Nathan Burton’s show is well-placed for the very active Jeff Civillico. The venue is located next door to the Imperial Palace.

Article (with Slideshow photographs) continues, HERE.

Jeff is asking for help from the public. He has a crowdfunding project established. To find out more information, or to donate, please go here: http://www.jeffcivillico.com/thepeoplesarch/

Thank you.


Glorious Guacamole recipe

Most lovers of food & recipes will tend to agree that very little in this world matches the satisfying, creamy richness of a delicious batch of fresh guacamole. Whether enjoying it with chips, dolloped atop eggs, as a filling within an omelet, to spice up a grilled cheese sandwich, in a taco salad, on burritos, tacos or quesadillas . . . this recipe is sure to please even the most particular guacamole aficionado.

Glorious Guacamole recipe


  • 2 ripened avocados
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stems and seeds removed, minced

Ingredients and preparation instructions continue, HERE.


Paleo breakfast: Open-faced Spanish omelet

If you love food and recipes, this is a great technique for you to try. Followers of the Paleo lifestyle will also enjoy this fresh approach to the classic Spanish omelet. Food and recipes for Paleo-friendly options in the morning can be difficult to find. This breakfast recipe certainly proves that Paleo cooking doesn’t have to be boring. Here is a flavorful breakfast recipe option for serving a quick and delicious breakfast, Paleo style.

Open-faced Spanish omelet recipe


  • 1/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 – 1 whole clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp saffron
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp grass-fed butter

Recipe and preparation instructions continue, HERE.


10 warning signs of heat exhaustion

Signs of Heat Illness, Muscle cramps

Signs of heat exhaustion include muscle cramps. (Photo credit: PNASH)

Summer has definitely arrived and the heat is on. Much of the United States has been plagued with excessive heat warnings during the last 2 weeks. For reasons of summer safety, it is helpful to know–and recognize–the 10 signs of heat exhaustion, no matter where you are . . . or where you are traveling during your summer escapes:

  1. Heavy sweating
  2. Fatigue
  3. Rapid, but weak, heart rate
  4. Dizziness
  5. Feeling faint
  6. Muscle cramps

List, and article, continues HERE.