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One of my favorite bedtime snacks

My mom use to make me rice with brown sugar, butter on top and then she'd pour milk over it all.
She liked it for breakfast, I liked it better for a bedtime snack.

I make it now for myself, but with brown rice since it's loaded of B vitamins and fiber, that are
stripped from the white rice. And I think brown rice tastes SO good! And feels a bit hearty.
Normally I just make it with the rice, brown sugar and a little olive oil, plus some kind milk.  But last night we had an extra kiwi so I threw that in along with some raisins and walnuts. 
I like to make a batch of brown rice and then freeze it in serving quantities  so I can just pull it out when we want it.
I recently learned how to make the brown rice in my crockpot. I add extra water so it will be creamy,  but if I were using the rice for dinner, I wouldn't want it to be mushy like this.  But with brown sugar and milk, it's perfect!

And just this week I heard on a radio program that we sleep better and longer if we e…

How can she be so cheerful?

Back in the 1990s Tyler and I use to watch this program on the Hallmark channel called The Home
and Family Show. He was just a little boy so he probably wasn't really watching it, but he was with
me a lot back then, and did catch some of it.

The main host, Cristina Ferrare and her partner on the show, Michael Burger began to feel sort of like
family. That's what happens when you watch a program nearly every day.

After several years it disappeared, but came back in 2012. Of course Tyler was long gone and onto
bigger and better things....but I still will often watch the program for a few minutes most mornings
while eating breakfast.

So why am I telling you all this?

Five months ago Cristina was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. She is scheduled to enter The City
of Hope on May 2nd for a stem cell transplant.

I've been, for lack of a better word,...impressed how she has been sharing her journey on Facebook.
She even says she's going to film from City of Hope when she gets t…

He'll explain later

My laptop is fixed, again, so now I'm working on a video from a family party last week.....
but for now,  I want to share with you a poem I read this morning. I especially love the last line...

"If clouds instead of sun spread shadows o'er our heart If pain inflicts us, never mind; we will soon know who Thou art. Jesus guides us with His hand, and He will tell us why; If we listen to His voice, He will tell us by and by. Confide in God unwaveringly, and let Him us sustain; Sing His glory endlessly, for later He'll explain."
from the lyrics of the hymn, “Not now but in the Coming Years” found in the Portuguese hymnal.... read at our General Conference this month by Elder Elisses Soares. 

I know so many many people who are going through hard challenges right now, including some 
in my own family. I do believe that when the day comes and we are on the other side, we will 
learn so much about our earth life and we'll say....So THAT'S why we had to go through that!

Hanging out with people better than us

I don't know anything about Hanya Yanagihara or who 
he is, but I love what he said here:

“You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are — not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving — and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad — or good — it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.”
— Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

They banned my 91 year old uncle for life?

My Mom's brother, and only living sibling, no way no how deserved this. 
He's 91 and I know him to have excellent integrity. A very 
honorable man who was the managing editor of The Fresno Bee  
until his retirement. 

After all, he was raised by the same parents as my Mom.
So last week he sent me, and a few others, this email:
(I've removed his name for his privacy)
Family and friends, As unsettling as the incident described below was, it has had one happy outcome: I found a new pharmacy. Outwardly, it’s a Mom and Pop operation,   but Pop is a tall, 30-something named Mohammad. He’s smart, efficient and likable. He and his staff handled three transfers 
from CVS and did it in 24 hours, while smiling. He called me at 7 last night to confirm a med that costs $90 a month. I did. No 
personalized service like that at industrialized CVS. For Fresnans, the store is WellPlus at the southwest corner of Bullard and Marks. 
Here’s my letter to CVS. In the unlikely event of a response, I’ll let yo…

TV and children

Tyler got me started on TED talks, and here's another good one.

I especially like what this pediatrician said about Mister Rogers 
since my youngest two watched more of him, back in the day, than 
anything else.

My first two sons had no patience for Mister Rogers. Looking back, 
since I was a younger parent then, I wonder if it actually were me
who did not appreciate him...until I got a little older. So maybe I
didn't promote him as much back then? I'm not sure.

If we see it enough as acceptable...

There was this one idea I heard last week that bothered me.
It was on what I'd always considered a wholesome TV show.

They had an author reviewing his book on how to get the most from hotel stays.
Author segments are my favorite, so I cued in.

He was talking about how some hotels require 24 hour cancellation notice, or they will charge you 
for those missed days. Life happens and sometimes people don't have 24 hours notice. But who
wants to have to pay for a hotel stay that you don't even get to use?

So this author said he had a great solution. Here's what you do, he said. Call the hotel that morning
and tell them, "I won't be able to make it today, but I will need a room a week from now." Then
the next morning, the author says call the hotel and cancel that new reservation.

The hosts and other visiting guests on the show that day cheered him on, thinking this was a great

For 1/2 a second I thought....great idea. But then just as quick, I paused a…