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.
Monticello Book Read features Hmong Family MemoirBy The Monticello Times on April 4, 2013 by Gail Anderson Monticello Diversity Committee
if you have not read this book, you are welcome to come for the free
experience of hearing a young Hmong writer talk about her book The
Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang.
Yang will speak from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Monticello Middle School in the Media Center, about her book.
Hmong dancers will entertain briefly at 7 p.m. Discussion groups will
then begin with leaders from the Monticello Diversity Committee and a
simple treat will be served.
Yang will have books with her and will
be willing to autograph them. While Yang is a Minnesota author, she has
a national audience, has taught at a number of colleges and is well
known for her writing and speaking skills as well as for being an
Born in 1980 in Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand, Yang
came to St. Paul at the age of six with her imme…