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Cultivating Heavy Soil

By Peter Molenaar

Transforming the USA along socialist lines is like propagating a garden in heavy soil.  Dense soils tend to impede germination and root development.  Yet, when properly conditioned, a “clay soil” is the most fertile and will produce glorious results.

Marxism teaches that external factors are the conditions of change, while internal contradictions are the basis.  If things are not right, the seed will not deliver us the flower.  Might hard work and perseverance render our desire?

As it happened…

An elder Korean woman from the community garden kindly gifted me several seed packets from her homeland.  The English label read “Blue Bell Root.”  In addition to its lovely flowers, this plant produces roots which will cure most diseases and extend our life spans.  So, the work was cut out for me.

Available to me were several raised beds which, since an early harvest of kimchi radishes, had been fallow beneath grass clippings and a top layer of composted cow manure.  So then, turn with spade, consolidate and chop with rake, deep hand trowel to expose and obliterate remaining clods, thoroughly mix ingredients until volume has doubled, reform bed with rake, shore up bed sides with foot, plant seeds, add water.

Such is the nature of the conscious factor within the revolutionary process.  But one’s own consciousness means only so much, while mass consciousness will someday move mountains.

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Honey-Mustard Fruit Slaw*

*Better Home and Gardens: Diabetic Cooking Made Easy

INGREDIENTS

1-½ Cups of green cabbage (shredded)

1 Cup carrots (shredded)

2/3 Cup apple or pear (coarsely chopped)

4 teaspoons salad oil

4 teaspoons coarse brown mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

2 small cloves garlic (minced)

2 tablespoons peanuts or cashews (chopped)

Step One – in a medium/large bowl toss together the cabbage, carrots, and apple or pear; set aside.

Step Two – For dressing, in a small screw-top jar combine salad oil, mustard, lemon juice, honey, and garlic.  Cover and shake well.  Pour dressing over cabbage mixture; toss gently to coat.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

Step Three – To serve, sprinkle the cabbage mixture with peanuts or cashews.

Nutritional facts per serving: 122 cal., 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 64 mg sodium, 14 g carbo., 3 g fiber, 2 g pro.

What makes this a recipe tailored for diabetics?

One of the typical aims of a good diabetic sensitive recipe is to cook with liquid fats in place of solids or to omit fat altogether.  The recipes are generally low in dairy, have limited use of sugars and are low in carbohydrates (which convert into sugar/glucose in the blood stream). With the Honey-Mustard Fruit Slaw, you are able to make a tasty slaw with a minimum of carbohydrates with still have a slightly sweet, light robust flavor.

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JOIN a Diabetes or Diabetes Prevention Core Group in Mid-August !!!

In collaboration with the City of Minneapolis, residents within the Backyard will be able to join a Diabetes/Diabetes Prevention (DDP) Family, Friends and Neighbors (FFN) group aimed at lifestyle changes for dealing with or preventing diabetes.

There will be 4 Diabetes/Diabetes Prevention Family, Friends, and Neighbors (DDP-FFN) core groups, with each one conducted for:

16 weeks of core classes

8 monthly post core follow-up group classes

Each core group will be hosted by a BYI Resident Recruiter/Host: Mr. Ray Thompson and Mr. Willie Younger of the Anchor Family *CHAT; Ms. Candis McKelvy of Growing the Backyard CHAT; and Miski Abdulle and Amged Yussef of the Project SELF CHAT. The Out in the Backyard CHAT and Phillips Neighborhood Clinic will be instrumental in the recruitment and referral of potential participants. There will also be a DPP Hybrid Group hosted at the Midtown Global Market.   The BYI Resource Center Staff will recruit from visitors of the BYI Resource Center and the Midtown Global Market for the Hybrid Group class. The difference between the FFN and Hybrid groups is the Hybrid participants may not be all families, friends, or neighbors to one another.  All participants in any of the groups will be screened for eligibility within the criteria established.  The first classes will begin in mid-August and other classes beginning in succession (creating a ripple affect). The Backyard DDP-FFN and Hybrid Program will be presented here in the Backyard through a contracted partnership with the Minneapolis Health Department. The Project is under the leadership of the Cultural Wellness Center, the BYI’s Lead Agency with assistance provide by Allina Health Community Benefits and Engagement.

*CHAT-Community Health Action Team

If you need additional information or are interested in the DDP FNN or Hybrid Programs, please contact Roberta Barnes at roberta
@culturalwellnesscenter.org, or 651-353-6211.  You are welcome to stop in at the Backyard Initiative Resource Center in the Midtown Global Market to obtain additional information through a face-to-face contact.

Some of the Topics Covered in the First Six Months

  • Be a Fat and Calorie Detective
  • Three Ways to Eat Less Fat and Fewer Calories
  • Move those Muscles
  • Take Charge of What’s Around You
  • Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
  • The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
  • You Can Manage Stress and more! … and new topics in the Second 6 Month Program.
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Caring for and Preventing Diabetes in the BACKYARD

Mr. Ray Thompson, Anchor Families CHAT leader and Callahan Clark, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, connecting after a BYI Dinner and Diabetes Dialogue (Triple D) event in April. (see following interview with Mr. Ray Thompson)

Connecting with Neighbors About Diabetes: an interview with Mr. Ray Thompson

What better way to learn about diabetes and how to live with it than to talk to someone who has diabetes and lives a full and active life? Powderhorn Park Neighborhood resident, Mr. Ray Thompson, discovered he had diabetes in 2006.  Mr. Ray, as he is known to his neighbors and to other resident leaders within the Backyard Initiative, is truly an inspiration to not just “learning to live with diabetes” but in taking charge of his own health and helping his neighbors do the same.

How did you discover you had diabetes? R.T: “ When I began to gain weight without necessarily changing my food intake amount and my feet were swelling and I was using the washroom much more frequently, I decided to go and see the doctor.”

What did the doctor do? R.T:  “The doctor told me I had diabetes and I needed to get on medication right away. So I took pills. But I just kept eating the same way I always did. My diabetes got worse so the doctor prescribed me insulin but I didn’t want to use insulin.  The doctor stayed on me and showed me a lot of concern.  That is why I like this doctor.”

I remember you saying at a Backyard Initiative Dinner and Diabetes Dialogue (Triple D) event that you were able to reduce your blood sugar level and stay on pill medication. How did that occur? R.T: “I was beginning to have foot pain associated with my diabetes and the doctor wanted to prescribe a medication for that, too. I told him I wasn’t taking any more medication. About the same time, I was listening to a radio show where people were talking about the incredible constant pain in their feet and legs from diabetes.  That scared me.  I had been active and done sports when I was younger and just didn’t want to end up sitting around in pain and living that kind of life. I began to pay more attention to my body. When I ate more sweets, I had more pain. When I ate less sweets, cake and pie, I had less pain.  I realized I can do more to take control over my diabetes.”

What is your diabetes like now? R.T: “I used to see the doctor every 2 weeks, now I see him every 4 to 6 months. I still take medication and I check my blood sugar level about 3 times a week. I pay attention to my body and watch my diet. Everybody needs to splurge once in awhile so I will have a donut or a burger and then really watch my carbs the next few days. I don’t eat white bread, sweets, potato chips, bad carbs and if I do, I can tell and then I lay completely off of them for a few days. I know I need to exercise more, too.” Read the rest of this entry »

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July 2017 Alley Newspaper

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Spirit of Phillips – July 2017

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Commentary: Cameras in the courtroom: fairness and equality will follow. “there’s none so blind as they that won’t see.”

BY CRAIG SEIFERT

The Yanez verdict demonstrates the need for cameras in the courtroom. Centuries of courtroom secrecy must end, cameras are the vehicle to bring about the needed and necessary changes in criminal, civil and family courts, and would have an immediate effect on equality and the fair administration of justice for all. Besides that, the cameras allow the voters the ability to observe and evaluate the past performance, judicial temperament and other factors for a judge seeking county-wide re-election. Courtroom cameras would enable voters to observe judges and evaluate an incumbent judge up for re-election and make a knowingly and intelligent choice when casting their vote based upon the past performance of the judge.

Judges’ are supposed to be neutral, like a referee in a hockey game, however, a skilled judge while giving the appearance of fairness, can subtly steer the outcome and verdict of a case unjustly.

For instance, Judge Leary’s withholding the prosecutions most crucial piece of evidence (BCA-video) from the jury subtly steered the juries’ outcome. First, the contemporaneous BCA-video captured Yanez immediately following the shooting and death. Without the BCA-video the jury was deprived of Yanez’s conflicting statements, but more important, deprived them from observing Yanez immediately in-the-moment and his answers to BCA questions and the observation of Yanez’s body language and demeanor to discern Yanez’s veracity.

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Phillips West Neighborhood Upcoming Events July 2017

July 6th (Thursday) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.Phillips West Monthly Community Meeting (Note No July Meeting due to proximity to 4th of July Holiday)

August 1st (Tuesday) 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Phillips West Neighborhood 21st Annual National Night Out Celebration!

Please join hundreds of Community Partners & Residents for one of the biggest National Night Out Celebrations in Minneapolis! EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL AGES WITH PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE!!!!! Event will be held along 27th Street between Columbus and Portland Avenues! A variety of FREE Picnic Food including Snow Cones, Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Watermelon, Cookies & Ice Cream! There will also be a variety of Entertainment including a Mariachi Band, Dancing Contest, Open Mic Rap Contest with opportunity to win Grand Prizes, Salsa Dancers, 3 Clowns, 2 Bounce Houses, a Puppet show, Face painters, Fish Pond, Children’s Games, McGruff the Crime Dog, twinkle the Mascot, Mickey Mouse, and a Giant Inflated Slide! Information on dozens of Community Resources will be available! If you would like an information table or would like to get involved contact Crystal at 612-879-5383 or email pwno2005@yahoo.com

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Pillars will be rebuilt, new ones added; Thanks to “Pillars of the Community”

By Sue Hunter Weir

It’s taken about 15 years but the restoration of the Cemetery’s historic fence is very close to completion. In April 2002, the Corcoran Neighborhood Organizations used $5,000 of their Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds to contract with McDonald & Mack, an architectural firm specializing in historic restoration, to review the conditions of the cemetery grounds and structures and to make recommendations about repairs and long-term maintenance.

They found that the fence, especially the steel pickets and gates, was in need of some attention. The limestone pillars were in somewhat better shape but still needed a significant amount of work. The concrete bases under many the pillars have started to crumble as the ground beneath them has settled and some of the patching of the mortar between the stones was not always done well or with the correct materials.

Given the size and complexity of the project work on the fence needed to be phased in over a period of several years. Work on the steel pickets began in 2010 with the Cedar Avenue and Lake Street gates and those sections of the fence that were in the worst shape were given first priority.

Fundraising for the restoration had started a year earlier in 2009. Funds came from the city and state and from donations from private citizens and descendants of those buried in the cemetery. Hundreds of people “adopted” one or more of the steel pickets in the fence. The State Historic Preservation Office provided funding through their State-Grant-in-Aid program and the Minnesota Historical Cultural Heritage Grant Program. The city provided money through the Capitol Long Range Improvement Program.

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EPIC Report-July 2017

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