Make Good Balsamic Vinegar BETTER!

Simply buy a (big) bottle of inexpensive Balsamic Vinegar and pour the whole bottle into a saucepan. Allow it to reach a boil…then turn down the heat and simmer the vinegar for 10-15 minutes, stirring. You can stir in a bit of honey if you’d like now. Then after it has REDUCED in volume by HALF, you’re done! It’s THAT easy!! Use it on Salad, Dip your Bread in it, Drizzle this lovely Balsamic Reduction on Fish, Parmesan Cheese or even Strawberries!

Lauren Parker is our Amazing new Working Woman of the Week!

Meet Lauren Parker! A second year Kindergarten-4th Grade Learning Center Teacher at Summerville Elementary School.

Lauren Parker and her lovely family!

Click this mp3 to listen to what Jan Wood says about Lauren Parker and to hear about all the cool stuff Lauren will receive thanks to our sponsors!

 

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Black Oak Casino $40.00 certificate to dine at: The Mill, The Kingpins Eatery, or the Black Oak Cafe, plus $5.00 in free slot play added to the Working Woman’s account.

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Abbey Carpet will provide a $25.00 gift certificate. Abbey Carpet, the first step to better floors!

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The Sonora Dentist Practice of Dr. Paul Berger treating the special lady to an Exam and Teeth whiting with a $299.00 value. Dr Paul Berger is located at Boulder Plaza on Mono Way.

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Mother Lode Coffee Roasting Co. will provide two, one pound bags of FRESHLY roasted Morning Star Cafe` Blend coffee to the Working Woman of the Week.

The Working Woman selected will have 30 days from the day she is honored to pick up her prize package at Clarke Broadcasting Corp. (342 So. Washington St. Sonora, Ca. 95370)

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How would you describe the Mona Lisa’s smile?

Scientists Think They Figured Out Mona Lisa’s Smile

It is a mystery that has vexed the art world for centuries: Is Mona Lisa’s famous smile happy? The answer is overwhelmingly “yes,” according to a new study. German researchers report that nearly everyone shown altered images of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous brunette perceived the original as happy. “We really were astonished,” neuroscientist Juergen Kornmeier said. The point of the analysis was to determine how people respond to visual clues such as facial expressions. Researchers chose to study reactions to the 16th-century masterpiece because of the “emotional ambiguity” of her expression. To some observers, they note, Mona Lisa’s slight smile appears to dissolve into a sneer the longer you stare at it. But overall, 97% of the people surveyed deemed her “happy.”

What does that smile say to you?

Just happy? Or is she a touch mischievous, or even flirtatious? If there was a word balloon in the picture, what would she be saying?

The Story of A Warrior in Life, and On The Field. Amy Graham.

 

 

Amy Graham

At the age of 48, she is one of the first women to compete in the sport of Medieval Combat. In 2014, she was crowned World Champion as part of the first Women’s Bohurt team from the USA.

Amy wasn’t always an athlete. Before she underwent bariatric surgery eight years ago, Amy weighed almost 400 lbs. Since discovering her love for steel combat, Amy hasn’t stopped training. She credits her ever-increasing health and confidence to her passion for her sport. Amy is an unconventional athlete with an inspiring story and an incredible attitude.

“I think my greatest Superpower is Tenacity. I refuse to give up, no matter the setback or disadvantage. I try to stay as positive as possible and I am confident that persistence and hard work bring success. My mantra is “Be Strong. Be Fearless. Be Valkyrie,” and it has helped me get through some hard times in my training and in personal challenges. It’s always easy to go back to the bad habits, to take the path of least resistance but pushing forward, making new goals, and living my life with courage, truth and happiness is so much better. I decided after I lost most of my weight I would live the rest of my celebrating, and that’s what I am doing, every moment of every day by being a Bad Ass Valkyrie. “

I am most proud of becoming a bariathlete (people who have shed their excess weight with the help of bariatric surgery and are now keeping it off by becoming extreme athletes). 8 years ago I would have never considered myself an athlete in any way, shape or form. Now, I have won a gold medal as part of the USA Knights, I am a steel sword fighter and I have competed in two World Championships in 2015 for IMCF (International Medieval Combat Federation) and Battle of the Nations. I have traveled the world to compete as a medieval martial artist and that still surprises me just a little bit every single day. At 48, I never thought my midlife crisis would involve medieval armor, steel swords and shield punching men twice my size but it does, and that makes me happy & proud!

Eight Specific Steps to a Happy & Healthy Marriage!

Experts have revealed the eight specific steps to a happy and healthy marriage, including never changing each other and complimenting each other!

1) Never change each other: Experts say those little quirks were what drew you to your partner in the first place so you should never try to change them. Therapists say the most successful couples are the ones who recognize and appreciate the differences between them and their partner.

2) Compliment them! Relationship expert John Gottman found out found that the happiest couples are the ones who voiced their appreciation for each other by sharing looks and touches of gratitude. If your partner is a good parent or a good voice of reason, tell them that!

3) Revisit the past; the strongest couples rewrite history by skimming over the bad parts and focusing on the positive memories and times they shared

4) Always listen; as draining as it may be listening to your partner’s gripes is an essential element of any long-term relationship. The most important factor? Never siding with the person your partner is venting about.

5) Don’t get too comfortable; whilst it can’t be easy to get into a routine of laying out in your pajamas and watching TV together, the happiest couples are the ones who date, tell each other how good they look and do fun things together to keep the spark alive.

6) Do chores together: One of the most common sources of tension in any relationship is household chores. So, to avoid arguments over who does the washing up, do it together. Experts say sitting down together to pay the bills, do the ironing and wash the dishes are rituals that will strengthen any relationship.

7) Work out together: Working out together is the key to a happy and healthy relationship. Even if you’re on the treadmill and he’s in the weight room it’s a way to vent your first frustrations together while keeping your mind and body healthy.

8) Take a weekly walk; every couple should take a 30 minute weekly walk together. Experts say it’s a great way to catch up on what’s going on in each other’s lives and walk away life’s stress.

What Color Are These Strawberries?

This photo was created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a psychology professor.  This above photo contains no red pixels.  Hard to believe,  but the strawberries are not red. The strawberries are actually made of grey pixels, but because of a concept called color constancy, your brain is filtering the image as if it’s just colored under a different light.  “When you look around the world, the light that enters your eye is made of different wavelengths that come from both the pigments of the objects around you and the light that illuminates them.”   says National Eye Institute’s Bevil Conway.

So, you’re eyes can be tricked, when it comes to true colors of objects.