Insomnia can make your life miserable. A living hell. You try to catch a quick nap with maybe a beer or wine to help, but that doesn't work. Your doctors don't take the problem seriously. Ambien, diazapam, ativan, valium--you try it all. Your brain is in 5th gear but your body is exhausted. Unfortunately, your tolerance for drugs increases and you need more pills. At the start you only used two and now it is up to six, with a shot of whiskey on the side. If you are lucky that should give you 3-5 hours of sleep.
I too have had insomnia for years. I guess Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole, Marilyn Monroe and Heath Ledger suffered through sleeplessness too. I wish insomnia were treated as a 'disease'. I know my insomnia is caused by my multiple sclerosis which affects the brain---sometimes my ankles move involuntarily for hours. All that can sure keep me wide awake. I have medications to help me sleep and I could not sleep without them. Insomnia can kill us! Too many pi…
Food from the Hmong transports the diner to a land and traditions that seem far away and very forgotten. However, after the Hmong diaspora in the 1970s, many families settled here n the Central Valley of California. I discovered my local produce stand is run by a wonderful Hmong couple.
Below is a recipe or two sampled from Hmong culture. "Simple, earthy, fiery, and fresh, Hmong food is an exciting but still little-known Southeast Asian cuisine" states http://www.hmongcooking.com/home/index.php.
The Cooking from the Heart cookbook has recipes such as Nqaij Qaib Hau Xyaw Tshuaj (Chicken Soup for New Mothers) and Dib Iab Ntim Nqaij Hau Ua Kua (Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup). Give them a try.
'Red Dress Manor' which still has clothes in the wardrobes, photographs on the walls and love letters strewn across the floorsThe derelict dairy farm in Llanymynech, Powys, mid-Wales built in 1725 looks like a real-life fairytale sceneThe owner, identified as Ellen Jones, died in the 1970s, leaving her red dress hanging in an empty wardrobeOfficially called Calcott Hall, the grade II listed in 1953 building is dubbed 'red dress manor' by localsClothes, letters, newspapers and photographs have been left untouched strewn across the floorsBy
Mia De Graa With love letters strewn across
the floor, a gown hung in the bedroom, and black-and-white photos under a
film of cobwebs, it looks like a scene from a fairytale. But this derelict dairy farm standing in the depths of the Welsh countryside is a real-life mystery. Dubbed
the 'Red Dress Manor', it is filled to the brim with personal
belongings - including a floor-length red satin dress and love letters. But there has…