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Complete Protein Without the Meat

How to make quinoa, the powerhouse seed

An article by Teri Hall at Shine.yahoo.com

Commonly considered a grain, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a seed which is related to leafy green vegetables such as spinach, chard, and beets.  Once considered the “mother seed” of the Incas, this South American native is a nutritional powerhouse, and its wide array of potential culinary uses makes it one of the most practical foods to store in your pantry.

The remarkable thing about quinoa is that it is one of the rare plant-based foods that supplies all nine essential amino acids, including the elusive lysine,  making it a complete protein. While food from animal sources almost always contains complete proteins, vegetable sources of protein are most often lacking in one or more essential amino acids. This makes quinoa an excellent option for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone interested in adding non-meat proteins to their diet.

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If you want to learn about playwriting, here’s a good class at Foothill College.

Study Playwriting at Foothill College Class is in person and/or online. Registration begins Dec. 7th for new and former students. Continuing students (currently registered at Foothill) can signup now. Sign up early. Classes get canceled if there are not enough students. This is a good class and you don’t want to miss it.

Instructor Carol Wolf’s plays have been produced on both coasts and on five continents. Her play, The Thousandth Night, has won the London Fringe First, the L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Award, the Bay Area Theater Critic’s Award…

In the past year, Wolf’s students’ work have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, San Francisco…

The class is structured, step by step, to teach students to transfer their ideas, passions, dreams, into working, producible plays for the theater.  About 15-20% of students win prizes, contests, readings, and/or productions after taking this course.

Registration begins December 7 for Winter Term, January 3 – March 20
Twenty places available. $110.50 for 12-week 4-unit college course, transferable to UC/CSU

For further information, and to register for the course:



Fake Writing Jobs: RealWritingJobs.com

Thanks to Hope Clark for these warnings.


Fake Writing Jobs: RealWritingJobs.com.

How to Write an Electrifying Murder Mystery Villain (via Global Mysteries)

Nancy has struck a home run again on succinct pointers for mystery writing. Thanks, Nancy.

How to Write an Electrifying Murder Mystery Villain In a murder mystery the antagonist or villain is just as important as the story hero. He is usually the murderer. The antagonist is the character needed to create the conflict essential to the mystery novel. He is always the obstacle that seeks to prevent the protagonist getting what she wants. Without the antagonist, there is no story. It is critical to understand that the villain is a main character and must be treated as such. He needs to be a … Read More

via Global Mysteries

Get Rich Slow Scheme. Examiner.com

Get rich slow scheme, Verrrry slow.


I have a bunch of little articles on Examiner.com. Arts and Entertainment in the Bay area. If you go out and click on them, I get an ooch for each view. Something entirely insignificant, like a penny each. Or half an ooch. But every click counts. If you get a chance, please go clicking. 🙂


You can also click on the Examiner.com badge to the right

What Really Happens When You Land a Traditional Book Deal?

Landing a book deal can come with unexpected surprises. Here’s what writers need to know about traditional publishing contracts.

via What Really Happens When You Land a Traditional Book Deal?.

New photos and artwork at Fine Art America

I have added some new paintings and a lot of new photographs to my account at Fineartamerica.com



7 stretches to beat piano back (computer backs too)



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The Romantic Heroine in a Mystery Novel (via Global Mysteries)

Nancy’s comments are to the point, as usual. Thanks.

The Romantic Heroine in a Mystery Novel With the rise in popularity of the romantic mystery in recent years, an interesting new character has arrived on the scene—the romantic heroine. In the mystery novel the romantic heroine’s love life is not the primary focus. Her principal function in the story is chasing down clues and solving crimes. Her romantic escapades add a bit of spice to the plot but play a secondary role. This is one of the major differences between the mystery novel her … Read More

via Global Mysteries

AARP article with information on TSA scanners..

AARP article with information on flying and TSA scanners..