Say it isn’t so!

Say it isn’t so …

Haven’t we been taught that foods sold in the U.S. are basically, for-the-most-part, kinda, somewhat safe?

I mean, that’s what the FDA is for, right?

Hmmm … not exactly.

“For numerous suspicious and disturbing reasons, the U.S. has allowed foods that are banned in many other developed countries into our food supply,” warns nutritionist Mira Calton, who co-authored the new book, Rich Food, Poor Food.


Calton and her husband spent six years traveling the seven continents to investigate food additives and ingredients. From their research, they compiled a list of dubious products that, although forbidden by foreign governments for health reasons, are permitted in foods sold here in the U.S.

Here are the top 13 offenders:

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I find it disturbing that there are unhealthy ingredients in common foods and only detectable if you read the small print on the label. If a person does not try and educate themselves or if they eat lots of pre-packaged foods, is it any surprise so many are unhealthy?

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Cluck Cluck WOW!

You’ve thought about it, haven’t you?

Come on, admit it …

You’ve wondered what it would feel like to live in an era where women wore big hats dripping in feathers.


Mlle Germaine Le Blon by Herman Richir, 1908

Don’t blush.

A farmgirl flaunts the fact that she feels all


with the fanfare, fancy, and frill

of a flock she might wear that would help her step back in time.

I dare you

to divulge

that you have dreamed also …

of chickens.

Your secret is safe here.

So, let’s indulge together.

If you’re already a Mother Hen,

you cherish your charming clucks.

But, if you haven’t yet committed to a coop,

I have found a book that will send you swooning.

One glance through the gorgeous images within, and I guarantee …

there will be a flock in your future.

Behold … The Magnificent Chicken.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    While I would love to play dress-up in one of those lovely period piece dresses, I probably would prefer to go hat-less; just b/c I would enjoy showcasing one of their prettier up sweeps/hairdo’s. Many years ago (when we were celebrating my sister’s birthday) I decided to wear my hair in a similar fashion to one of the hairdo’s I had seen on a Southern Belle, in the miniseries, ‘North & South’. It was so much fun to try that hairstyle.

    As for the chickens, I have been learning a lot more about them recently. My husband has always wanted to own chickens, so we talk about them a lot. I’ve bought him books on chickens before & even sent away for information on how to raise chickens/where to buy chickens & related products . But some of the best information I’ve ever read about chicken’s came from one of your 6 main MaryJane Farmgirl writers.

    Just yesterday, I read Shery Jespersen’s latest Farmgirl story about choosing the right chicken. Until then, I hadn’t thought of varying egg production nor rooster temperament (heard some can be quite ornery) in some breeds. And Shery even discusses mothering skills or lack there-of in different types of chicken. So, last night, I shared all the information from Shery’s latest story on chicken’s with my husband. Hubby loves fresh eggs, so he was particularly interested in the French chefs’ favored chicken & its eggs. Fairly certain that pet chickens are in our future…however distant that may be? Until then, we’ll enjoy the fresh eggs hubby’s boss shares with him. My husband has even taken care of those chickens when his boss went on vacations; he Loved tending to those birds:-)

  2. CJ Armstrong says:

    Well, Mary Jane, the only thing I’m a “mother hen” for is our Farmgirls Southwest Henhouse. While I’ve met and spent time with many of the “chicks” in this henhouse, it’s basically virtual so I don’t get to gather them under my wings much. But I try to do what mother hen-ning I can do, from afar.

    As far as wearing a big, feathery hat . . . the ladies at our church used to have an annual Tea Party. It was an all day affair with lots of well planned decorations, food and a “progam”, with music, poetry, etc. One year our theme was Victorian and one of our guests has costumes that she rents out. For this occasion she just let us wear the ones we wanted to wear. I was decked out in a huge, beautiful hat with flowers and feathers and a skirt with a bustle. It was fun, but I’m glad I don’t have to dress like that . . . too cumbersome and too hot!

  3. Eileen Stone says:

    I LOVE HATS! And tea parties! I am building a garden area next to my cabin for tea parties! I LOVE to bake scones & muffins & tea breads, et-cettera!

  4. Jane Sprague says:

    Oh, my gosh, this is so me!! I love bygone eras and daydreaming of life then. But now, as I near retirement age, I fantasize constantly about … yes … tending chickens and raising my own fruits and vegetables, baking and canning, and gathering fresh laundry from the line. Not a day goes by I’m not thinking about my chicken coop, tilling soil, getting dirty (I always told my 3 boys when they were growing up that dirt was their friend), and immersing my heart into the life I’ve always wanted.

    Oh, and I love hats, too! I have a few fancy ones with feathers and a few more straw hats for working in the sunshine. I get teased about them, but I don’t care! ;>)

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A wise woman once said … nothing.

Do you tend to …

  • shy away from certain kinds of group activities?
  • express yourself in writing?
  • enjoy solitude?
  • dislike small talk?
  • listen more than you talk?
  • do your best work on your own?
  • avoid conflict?
  • think before you speak?
  • feel drained after group interactions, even if you’ve enjoyed yourself?

Photo by Andrew Kudrin from Novosibirsk, Russia (CC-BY-2.0) via Wikimedia Commons

If you answered “yes” to most of my questions, join the club.

Don’t worry,

I’m not talking about a club where people party to the beat of loud music, or meet up in noisy restaurants, talking over one another.

I know that would make you uncomfortable.

I’m using the term “club” figuratively to describe 57 percent of the U.S. population

(that’s right, more than half)

who are introverts.

You may be wondering what exactly separates introverts from their polar opposites, extroverts.

“Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. They often seem bored by themselves, in both senses of the expression. Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially ‘on,’ we introverts need to turn off and recharge,” writes Johnathan Rauch of The Atlantic. “This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.”

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  1. Julie Kram says:

    Oh my goodness!! Thank you for posting this! I’m 47 years old and a high school teacher. I’ve been called anti-social for years, recently (last week) by my own mother. I work with 150 teenagers every day in a small district. In a place where everyone knows everybody and everything, sometimes it’s overwhelming. I’ll get to the point where I can’t stand to hear or speak another word. I MUST be left alone to just . . . whatever. I’m going to get this book.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I am an introvert but can function in groups well. Too much “people” stufff exhausts me. It feels overwhelming and chaotic if there is too much of group activity for long periods of time. I don’t apologize for being an introvert because people who know me accept me the for who I am. I feel very lucky to have this personal freedom!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    “But, the truth is, an introvert needs to embrace her need for alone time in order to truly flourish.”


    “I’m part of the “silent” majority struggling to adapt to an increasingly loud all CAPS world.”

    And again I say, AMEN!…but quietly & often to myself:-)

    MaryJane you put a smile on my face this morning just reading this & knowing/feeling it was meant for me to read at this very time. I am going to read this book. Thank you for caring enough to share some of what makes you; you.

  4. kathy van says:

    OMG! You just made my day! I have always felt like something was wrong with me. I will definately be reading this book. Thanks!

  5. pilar says:

    Oh so true! I need my alone time. I have missed or cancelled many things to have time to be with myself. I have been known to talk to myself during stressful times because none knows me better than me.

  6. Becky says:

    And I thought is was just me! Looks like a good book.

  7. Nancy says:

    Thank you for calling attention to the silent sufferers. Extroverts just do not understand that excessive noise and activity is painful for introverts. Now I’m off to find a quiet place.

  8. Kelle says:

    I’ve been an introvert all of my life. During my childhood it was definitely more evident as I was very much a introvert and shy. Even into my adulthood I struggled to blend in with extroverts. I have a better handle on being able to blend in now but there are times when the inner introvert in me longs to just enjoy quiet solitude. I don’t think I would enjoy complete alone-ness for a real long period of time, meaning I couldn’t live on an island all by myself without giving coconuts names and eventually making conversations with them, but for short periods of time it can be recharging to be alone. I enjoy gatherings with other people but do find that I enjoy it the most if it’s on my own terms and not something that I’m forced into.

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  10. Sandi King says:

    I didn’t realize over half the population is introverted. I also am an introvert. I don’t like big crowds and don’t go to concerts or races or where people crowd you. I need my space. I like small social gatherings or alone time most of the time. I am a country girl. I would love to read this book.

  11. Donna Kozak says:

    I am going out to buy this book right now…I’ve always known I was an introvert who loved to be alone with my animals and talk to my wonderful small group of friends once a week or so. One of my extrovert friends always said I was anti-social and I replied …”and I’m proud of it” ! I look forward to reading this book and passing it on to my friends and family.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

In honor of Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday, March 2 is Read Across America Day. So sit down with someone, read to them, or have them read to you. Go to far-off places … get a little lost.

read across america

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Or serve up a menu of Green Eggs and Ham!

  2. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I’m with the grandgirls, so I’m sure reading will be part of today!

  3. Marie Panesko says:

    My Great Aunt gave me Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book way back in the early ’60s. It took me years to finish reading it without falling asleep! Years later, when I had children of my own, it became a favorite of theirs, too. I always include Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book in every baby shower gift basket, along with A.A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Reading Dr. Seuss to the kiddos is a very good thing.

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