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Prove them wrong, every last one of them!

I get email or Facebook or Twitter posts all the time from people telling me stories or telling me web pages to go see. Sometimes I get ones where there's a series of cats doing dumb things or paintings of Jesus by 3 year olds or their vacation to West Memphis. I'm not sure why anybody thinks I want to see that… But I got one a few years ago and it's too good to pass up. I saw this guy and his son on Espy's: Espy's Team Hoyt    (((be sure you watch the video, near the bottom)))
The guy's name is Dick Hoyt and his son is Rick. Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day. They have run the Boston marathon every year for the last 31 years.

When Rick was born he was strangled by his umbilical cord, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his arms and legs. The doctors told them ``He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life'' … Rick's parents didn't believe it.  They noticed the way Rick's eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help Rick communicate. ``No way, There's nothing going on in his brain.'' His dad said "Tell him a joke''. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain. Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. After a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, ``Dad, I want to do that.'' So Rick and his dad entered the race and ran / walked to the end. That changed Rick's life. ``Dad,'' he typed, ``when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

  … if you're at work you might want to turn you speakers down, there's music on the video …. Watch Rick's face when he's on the bike with his dad or running with him…. It's magic … Don't watch this with pity. there's no pity. This is Joy and pride and victory in it's purest form. As a friend of mine says: Prove them wrong, every last one of them!  Rick Hoyt and his Dad

God's like that: Sometimes you're laying in bed feeling like you can't communicate with God or anybody, like nobody hears anything you're saying. Then other days you feel like you're not disabled any more, like you're free ….. God's there every day, no matter how you feel ….. It's not how you feel, it's the way it is..

This week was Macky week. Go change the world...


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Mediterranean Diet:
(This is all Keto)

Slaw = Cabbage??? What do you do with it? How do you get rid of that weird smell? And what's that water stuff in the bottom?

Here's a trick: 1 head of cabbage, finely shredded + 1 tsp Salt..

Put it in a colander and mix it up so that the salt is well incorporated.

Let it sit for an hour or 2, the rinse with water. Squeeze out the water with your hands as much as you can then put the cabbage in a towel and roll around it and keep rolling from both ends to squeeze as much water out as possible…

Now you're ready to make slaw..

Here's 3 recipes:

This one is from Mark Bittman from the New York Times. He's the author of my favorite beginner cookbook "How to cook everything: The Basics"


1 small head white cabbage, about 1 pound, cored and shredded

1/2 small head red cabbage, about 1/2 pound cored and shredded

1 or 2 carrots, peeled, trimmed and shredded

Salt as needed

Extra virgin olive oil to taste

Vinegar or lemon juice to taste

Black pepper to taste

Chopped fresh parsley leaves, optional


Toss shredded/pre-salted/rinsed/squeezed-dry cabbages and carrots with oil, vinegar or lemon juice, and pepper; you may even need a little salt. Serve, garnished with parsley if you like.


This one is from Linton Hopkins. His restaurant is Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta.

3 1/2 pounds green cabbage, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 very large Vidalia or other sweet onion (1 1/4 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces

1 pound carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 cup sugar

1 cup distilled white vinegar

3/4 cup peanut oil

1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1 teaspoon celery seeds

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves


Toss shredded/pre-salted/rinsed/squeezed-dry cabbages and carrots with the sugar.

In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, oil, dry mustard, celery seeds and salt and bring to a boil. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss well. Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, drain the slaw and stir in the parsley.


This is from Grace Parisi who contributes to Food & Wine

There's no cabbage in this one, but you can still salt and squeeze the broccoli for the same effect.

Crunchy Broccoli slaw

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons pure vegetable oil

1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Stems from 3 pounds of broccoli, peeled and julienned (3 cups)

2 carrots, finely julienned

2 scallions, white and green parts cut into 1-inch lengths and thinly sliced lengthwise

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons salted roasted sunflower seeds

In a food processor, process the mayonnaise, vinegar, oil and ginger until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the broccoli, carrots, scallions and cilantro and toss. Garnish with the sunflower seeds and serve.


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you online this weekend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 10:56 AM