Out and About – Week of May 18th

Just about everyone in my family loves onions. Onions go with just about everything from a juicy hamburger to a peanut butter sandwich, and nothing makes liver taste any better than if you smother it with grilled onions. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like fresh onion rings.

There are different types of onions with different ways of using them. Here are five onion varieties and the best ways to use each:

Sweet Onion: Best for frying onion rings, gratins, and roasted vegetables.
Red Onion: Best for eating raw and using to make a sandwich. They are great pickled and if you mix them with guacamole, you’ll have a tasty dip. Salads taste better if onions are added.
White Onion: This is the crunchiest and has the sharpest zing.
Yellow Onion: Best for cooking. Great with meat roasts, braised meat dishes, sauces, soups, and stews.
Shallot: A shallot is milder and more subtle. Goes great in vinaigrettes, egg casseroles, and garnishes.
“Those who are happiest, are those who do the most for others.”

The Pregnancy Helpline Center in Three Rivers has had to cancel their annual County-Wide  Garage Sale due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, they will no longer be accepting garage sale items. However, they would still like everyone to continue saving their pennies. They are planning to build the world’s largest penny Pyramid at this year’s St. Joseph County Fair in September. They need 1.3 million pennies to break the Guinness record.

“Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man, and he will appreciate you.”

A week ago, I touched on the subject of hugging and the fact that due to the current pandemic, the practice of hugging is temporarily frowned upon. Hopefully it will soon be safe to show one’s feelings by exchanging hugs.

Some cultures do not use hugging as a sign of affection or love. Such is the Himba in Namibia.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, it is permissible for someone to hug one’s significant other during daylight hours, if one has self-control.

There are many benefits that go along with hugging. We hug each other when we’re excited, happy, sad, or trying to comfort someone. As a matter of fact, hugging is universally comforting. It makes us feel good, and it has been proven that hugging makes us healthier.

Is there power in hugs? Skin has little receptors that take in everything from the slightest breeze to a cut in the skin. When we hold someone’s hand, or hug them, we feel every bit of them and our brains react. When we reach out, a chemical called oxytocin kicks in and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. The effects of a warm embrace can linger long after the hug.

Oxytocin promotes feelings of trust, nurturing, and calm. A hug can even improve your physiological stability.

“It takes life to love life.”

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

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Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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