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America’s Poorest 46 Million and Rising

July 20, 2017

America’s Poorest  –  46 Million and Rising

“Poverty is a drain on the quality of life of everyone.  Poverty should have been abolished as a possibility for anyone old or young during the hay day of America.  Instead avarice dominated the lives of the opulent leaving the dredges of the people to suffer from generation to generation with trauma.”

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22 million more people will be left uninsured by Congress – their health care is free

July 20, 2017

22 million more people will be left uninsured by Congress – Their health care is free

22 million more Americans would be left uninsured under revised version of Senate Republicans’ withdrawn health-care bill, CBO says
In their latest assessment of Senate Republican’s attempts to rewrite the Affordable Care Act, congressional budget analysts say a plan that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pulled from consideration earlier this week would increase the ranks of the uninsured by 22 million a decade from now — the same as a previous bill version.

The CBO forecast issued Thursday looked at a rejiggered iteration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which Senate GOP leaders unveiled a week ago in a so-far unsuccessful attempt to win enough support from the chamber’s Republican majority. Compared with earlier versions, It would give more money to states to help pay for insurance for high-cost patients and would preserve some ACA taxes. It would still eliminate the law’s requirement that most Americans carry health insurance, would phase out the law’s expansion of Medicaid and would transform the rest of Medicaid funding.


July 19, 2017

10 health benefits of purslane

The weed in the photo is called purslane. Lucky for you, purslane grows like crazy. It tastes good and is good for you. Here are 10 of the best health benefits of purslane:
1. Omega-3 fatty acids. You thought you could only get omega-3s through salmon and flaxseeds. You’ll be delighted to know that according to Mother Earth Living, the omega-3 fatty acids in purslane function as fuel for the brain, a preventative for heart attack, and a treatment for depression.
2. Antioxidants. Mother Earth Living says the plant is chock-full of antioxidants, which delay cell damage and slow aging.
3. Calcium and magnesium. Eat purslane to maintain healthy bones, teeth, and muscles.
4. Potassium. Add purslane to your daily diet, because the potassium in the leaves helps keep your blood pressure in check.
5. Iron. Most people think they can only get iron from red meat and beans. But according to Heal With Food, purslane is also a good source of iron.
6. Beta-carotene. You may not think purslane is a rich source of beta-carotene, given its green color, but according to the Chicago Tribune, this is one of the plant’s greatest advantages.
7. Hydration. Progressive Health reports purslane is 93 percent water. Eat the plant to refuel dehydrated cells.
8. Glutathione. This antioxidant helps produce melatonin. Progressive Health explains this is important because melatonin regulates sleep-wake circles.
9. Betalain. Progressive Health says purslane contains betalain, an antioxidant that prevents cholesterol from damaging blood vessels. This is why purslane is known to have a positive effect on LDL cholesterol levels.
10. Tryptophan. Purslane contains this important amino acid that regulates mood. Progressive Health says eating purslane can fight depression.
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Universal Edibility Test.    small amounts  are how we started and is always invaluable for stomach aches and poisoning

Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus and other species)

Amaranth Amaranthus retroflexus flower edible plants

Native to the Americas but found on most continents, amaranth is an edible weed. You can eat all parts of the plant, but be on the look out for spines that appear on some of the leaves. While not poisonous, amaranth leaves do contain oxalic acid and may contain large amounts of nitrates if grown in nitrate-rich soil. It’s recommended that you boil the leaves to remove the oxalic acid and nitrates. Don’t drink the water after you boil the plant. With that said, you can eat the plant raw if worse comes to worst.

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

wild Asparagus bunch along dirt road edible plants

The vegetable that makes your pee smell funny grows in the wild in most of Europe and parts of North Africa, West Asia, and North America. Wild asparagus has a much thinner stalk than the grocery-store variety. It’s a great source of source of vitamin C, thiamine, potassium, and vitamin B6. Eat it raw or boil it like you would your asparagus at home.

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Burdock Arctium lappa common edible plants

Medium to large-sized plant with big leaves and purplish thistle-like flower heads. The plant is native to the temperate areas of the Eastern Hemisphere; however, it has been naturalized in parts of the Western Hemisphere as well. Burdock is actually a popular food in Japan. You can eat the leaves and the peeled stalks of the plant either raw or boiled. The leaves have a bitter taste, so boiling them twice before eating is recommended to remove the bitterness. The root of the plant can also be peeled, boiled, and eaten.

Cattail (Typha)

Cattail Typha common edible plants in wild

Known as cattails or punks in North America and bullrush and reedmace in England, the typha genus of plants is usually found near the edges of freshwater wetlands. Cattails were a staple in the diet of many Native American tribes. Most of a cattail is edible. You can boil or eat raw the rootstock, or rhizomes, of the plant. The rootstock is usually found underground. Make sure to wash off all the mud. The best part of the stem is near the bottom where the plant is mainly white. Either boil or eat the stem raw. Boil the leaves like you would spinach. The corn dog-looking female flower spike can be broken off and eaten like corn on the cob in the early summer when the plant is first developing. It actually has a corn-like taste to it.

Clovers (Trifolium)

Clovers Trifolium close up common edible plants in wild

Lucky you — clovers are actually edible. And they’re found just about everywhere there’s an open grassy area. You can spot them by their distinctive trefoil leaflets. You can eat clovers raw, but they taste better boiled.

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Chicory cichorium intybus in wild common edible plants

You’ll find chicory growing in Europe, North America, and Australia. It’s a bushy plant with small blue, lavender, and white flowers. You can eat the entire plant. Pluck off the young leaves and eat them raw or boil them. The chicory’s roots will become tasty after boiling. And you can pop the flowers in your mouth for a quick snack.

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Chickweed Stellaria media in wild common edible plants

You’ll find this herb in temperate and arctic zones. The leaves are pretty hefty, and you’ll often find small white flowers on the plant. They usually appear between May and July. You can eat the leaves raw or boiled. They’re high in vitamins and minerals.

Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)

curled dock plant in wild common edible plants

You can find curled dock in Europe, North America, South America, and Australia. It’s distinguished by a long, bright red stalk that can reach heights of three feet. You can eat the stalk raw or boiled. Just peel off the outer layers first. It’s recommend that you boil the leaves with several changes of water in order to remove its naturally bitter taste.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

dandelion close up plant in wild common edible plants

Sure, it’s an obnoxious weed on your perfectly mowed lawn, but when you’re out in the wild this little plant can save your life. The entire plant is edible — roots, leaves, and flower. Eat the leaves while they’re still young; mature leaves taste bitter. If you do decide to eat the mature leaves, boil them first to remove their bitter taste. Boil the roots before eating as well. You can drink the water you boiled the roots in as a tea and use the flower as a garnish for your dandelion salad.

Field Pennycress (Thalspi vulgaris)

field pennycress plant in wild common edible plants

Field pennycress is a weed found in most parts of the world. Its growing season is early spring to late winter. You can eat the seeds and leaves of field pennycress raw or boiled. The only caveat with field pennycress is not to eat it if it’s growing in contaminated soil. Pennycress is a hyperaccumulator of minerals, meaning it sucks up any and all minerals around it. General rule is don’t eat pennycress if it’s growing by the side of the road or is near a Superfund site.

Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

fireweed plant in wild common edible plants

This pretty little plant is found primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. You can identify fireweed by its purple flower and the unique structure of the leaves’ veins; the veins are circular rather than terminating on the edges of the leaves. Several Native American tribes included fireweed in their diet. It’s best eaten young when the leaves are tender. Mature fireweed plants have tough and bitter tasting leaves. You can eat the stalk of the plant as well. The flowers and seeds have a peppery taste. Fireweed is a great source of vitamins A and C.

Green Seaweed (Ulva lactuca)

green seaweed plant in wild common edible plants

If you’re ever shipwrecked on a deserted island, fish the waters near the beach for some green seaweed. This stuff is found in oceans all over the world. After you pull green seaweed from the water, rinse with fresh water if available and let it dry. You can eat it raw or include it in a soup. Or if you’re particularly enterprising, catch a fish with your homemade spear and use the seaweed to make sushi rolls, sans rice.

Kelp (Alaria esculenta)

kelp plant in wild common edible plants

Kelp is another form of seaweed. You can find it in most parts of the world. Eat it raw or include it in a soup. Kelp is a great source of folate, vitamin K, and lignans.

Plantain (Plantago)

plantain plant in wild common edible plants

Found in all parts of the world, the plantain plant (not to be confused with the banana-like plantain) has been used for millennia by humans as a food and herbal remedy for all sorts of maladies. You can usually find plantains in wet areas like marshes and bogs, but they’ll also sprout up in alpine areas. The oval, ribbed, short-stemmed leaves tend to hug the ground. The leaves may grow up to about 6″ long and 4″ wide. It’s best to eat the leaves when they’re young. Like most plants, the leaves tend to get bitter tasting as they mature. Plantain is very high in vitamin A and calcium. It also provides a bit of vitamin C.

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia)

prickly pear cactus plant in wild common edible plants

Found in the deserts of North America, the prickly pear cactus is a very tasty and nutritional plant that can help you survive the next time you’re stranded in the desert. The fruit of the prickly pear cactus looks like a red or purplish pear. Hence the name. Before eating the plant, carefully remove the small spines on the outer skin or else it will feel like you’re swallowing a porcupine. You can also eat the young stem of the prickly pear cactus. It’s best to boil the stems before eating.

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

purslane plant in wild common edible plants

While considered an obnoxious weed in the United States, purslane can provide much needed vitamins and minerals in a wilderness survival situation. Ghandi actually numbered purslane among his favorite foods. It’s a small plant with smooth fat leaves that have a refreshingly sour taste. Purslane grows from the beginning of summer to the start of fall. You can eat purslane raw or boiled. If you’d like to remove the sour taste, boil the leaves before eating.

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

sheep sorrel plant in wild common edible plants

Sheep sorrel is native to Europe and Asia but has been naturalized in North America. It’s a common weed in fields, grasslands, and woodlands. It flourishes in highly acidic soil. Sheep sorrel has a tall, reddish stem and can reach heights of 18 inches. Sheep sorrel contains oxalates and shouldn’t be eaten in large quantities. You can eat the leaves raw. They have a nice tart, almost lemony flavor.

White Mustard (Synapsis alba)

white mustard plant in wild common edible plants

White mustard is found in the wild in many parts of the world. It blooms between February and March. You can eat all parts of the plant — seeds, flowers, and leaves.

Wood Sorrel (Oxalis)

wood sorrel plant in wild common edible plants

You’ll find wood sorrel in all parts of the world; species diversity is particularly rich in South America. Humans have used wood sorrel for food and medicine for millennia. The Kiowa Indians chewed on wood sorrel to alleviate thirst, and the Cherokee ate the plant to cure mouth sores. The leaves are a great source of vitamin C. The roots of the wood sorrel can be boiled. They’re starchy and taste a bit like a potato.

Many Wild Edibles have invaluable properties for health and nutrition:  sages, sorrel, wild strawberries, elderberries, blackberries, wild cherries, rose hips, nasturtiums, dandelion, chamomile, daisies, alums, mushrooms, lilies, currants, chives, osha root, mints, miner’s lettuce, chicory, dill, wild carrot,  fennel, lemon grass, clover, nettles, chickweed, sun flowers, mullein, dock, sumac, cacti, pines, cattails, salsify, yucca, yarrow, amaranth, plantain, rhubarb, comfrey (pictured below), 

Cynoglossum virginianum - Wild Comfrey.jpg

Edible Plants of Colorado

Amaranth, Red root pigweed

Bergamot, Oregano de la Sierra

Clasping Leaved Twisted Stalk

Common Cattail

Common Mallow, Buttonweed, Cheeseplant, Cheeseweed


False Solomon’s Seal

Hookers Thistle, White Thistle


Kochia, Ragweed, Fireweed

Mariposa Lily, Sego Lily

Narrow-leaved Cottonwood

Oregon Grape, Holly Grape


Pin Cherry

Pinyon Pine

Plains Prickly Pear, Tuna

Ponderosa Pine

Prickly Pear

Prickly Rose, Dog rose


Quaking Aspen

Raspberry, Red Raspberry

Russian Olive

Showy Milkweed



Thistle, Creeping thistle, Canada thistle

Western Blue Flax

Wild Garlic, Field Garlic

Wild Lettuce, Prickly Lettuce

Wild Mint, Field Mint

Wild Onion, Geyer’s Onion

Wild Strawberry

Wood Strawberry


Yellow Salsify, Goat’s Beard

Yucca, Narrow leaved Yucca


There are many others – this is a synopsis of some of them.








July 19, 2017

Most of the time ticking away grasping holding on making a splash without a drop of water sizzling in a cauldron of desire offering grace doing chores that require lavished attention full of doubts bereft defiant to whatever end planned or not

Editorial self desperation running out to no where

Nowhere to Turn Nowhere to Hide Unwanted People Living and Being in Public Spaces

July 17, 2017

Most of the time ticking away grasping holding on making a splash without a drop of water sizzling in a cauldron of desire offering grace doing chores that require lavished attention full of doubts bereft defiant to whatever end planned or not

Editorial self desperation running out to no where


Nowhere to Turn Nowhere to Hide Unwanted People Living and Being in Public Spaces

“Homeless camping in bushes behind my home.”

“Homeless sleeping in park next to my home. I have reported this information to the police.”

This situation is rampant throughout the Front Range. People are staying in all of the parks, along all of the bike trails , along the river banks, there is no emergency disaster plan which has exacerbated the matter. Many churches and faith communities do not offer satisfactory alternatives and mentoring as was originally established in the plans to end people being and living in public spaces. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE for anyone who does not have the means to be safe. Your situation and that of the public servants is repeated everywhere and will increase as matters here become more and more like San Francisco, where the housing plan does not include people without a safe place to be. Imagine sleeping on a thrown out couch by the trash every night as a man does and sometimes couples near Cheesman Park and 13th Avenue in the alley off of Williams and High Streets? What is the quality of life of a young person who does not feel anyone wants him or her to be nearby?

I have lived in NYC as well my sister has all of her life in Manhattan. I matriculated from Bank Street College of Education in the mid-1970’s. I have worked with Covenant House when I was a graduate student at Bank Street at the time and wrote my thesis on working with the youth in Greenwich Village. These issues of drugs and the war on drugs that was created at the time is a fancy way of throwing people’s lives away. We lock them up. We use tactics that show a lack of compassion for the person. ALWAYS these are symptoms of trauma. Underlying trauma is generational poverty, not necessarily material either. We have never in my life time and I am nearly 70 dealt with the issue of trauma in early childhood. What is happening throughout America is a break down of families and children almost always are caught in these matters. Look at quarterly epidemiology reports for Denver and you’ll notice that the youth in grade school are beginning the rampant use of drugs. Your children already have connections with people who are their age who use and abuse drugs. They cannot be left out of ways to change this because this is usually where the issues arise.


Everyone needs safety from start to finish in our lives, many people who are suffering have no experience of what is a safe stable caring community in which to grow age and die. Many of the people who are most vulnerable are treated as if they did not exist or we’d rather that they were elsewhere. Their lives are integrated thoroughly with those who have adequate housing and a network of support.


first, no judgement listen be present. I can engage out reach at CCH Heather Beck and others at the main number 303 293 2217. Talk to Officer Snow White and the community out reach team. Persist in providing a resource, start with the Denver’s Road Home pamphlet, have a number of them to dissuade people from camping. Let them know that you cannot have this in your block or your alley, or wherever, but gently redirect the persons. MOST of us want direction and limits. They serve to remind us that we have a purpose and there is more than dwelling on mistakes to living. If I have references to individuals and sites I can help provide some people to contact the persons and let them know they cannot stay here. I feel indebted to those who loved me when I was down and did not care for my life and being alive was a constant struggle. In many ways a person cut off needs a person to listen and help them to find their own way. There are plenty of resources to accomplish feeling safe and offering a place for everyone especially if we consider this a disaster relief effort as some cities have adopted.
Finally, patience for many these losses have been from the first and we have to forgive ourselves and those who inflicted this misery on our lives. We also have to have deep compassion for the plight of someone who never had a network and truth is that all of us belong in the community.



“I knew a homeless man , knew him before he became homeless and knew his family.
Young collage student, drafted into Vietnam and was wounded. I don’t know if there was a head injury, traumatic head injury or sever PTSD. He returned but he never came back. He would only live on the streets, he would not talk to anyone. He didn’t bother anyone he just sat on steps or park benches or walked. He always had some money and friends would go into shops and buy something for him to eat and he would eat at soup kitchens if someone would bring something out for him. He would not go inside of a building. His dad would come sit with him for an hour or so every evening. Bring him a package of clean or new clothes every week and new shoes about every month. If it was going to be real cold he brought him extra blankets and packets of foot and hand warmers. From the day he returned from Vietnam for as long as I knew him he never went inside of a building and he never spoke to anyone. He didn’t drink and as far as anyone knew he didn’t use any drugs.
He was a big man, he never cut or combed his hair, he was always a mess and had a rather blank look in his eyes. I can understand how he would scare anyone. But I also know he was harmless. Over the years various people began just sitting down on a bench with him or the steps, just sitting for 10 15 minutes. I guess we just wanted him to know he was a human being. When I left the city he was still there. He would be getting along in years now and his parents have passed away. 
There are so many people out there for so many different reasons and there is not ever going to be one way to fix homelessness.
I know parts of a lot of other peoples stories. There just isn’t one fix”




July 13, 2017

An Iceberg the Size of Delaware Just Broke Away From Antarctica

A crack more than 120 miles long had developed over several years in a floating ice shelf called Larsen C, and scientists who have been monitoring it confirmed on Wednesday that the huge iceberg had finally separated.


The Larsen C Crack-Up in Antarctica: Why It Matters

Ice shelf breaking free is a big deal, but not in the way you might think

Dr. Richard Alley, an American geologist, explains the situation that previously occurred with the Larsen B shelf and what it means for Larsen C.

So the moment is here. After months of teasing scientists who have been watching a widening crack in the ice of Antarctica via satellite cameras and surveillance aircraft, a 2,200-square-mile ice shelf known as the Larsen C has finally broken free and is now adrift in the Southern Ocean. Given that Antarctica contains enough ice to raise sea levels about 220 feet, which would drown coastal cities and make Waterworld look less like a cheesy sci-fi movie than a grim prophecy, the break-up for Larsen C is certainly a big deal.

But it’s not necessarily a big deal in the way you might think. One reason the Larson C is getting a lot of attention is that it’s a made-for-media crack-up, one that has played out in a visible, dramatic way over the last few months and weeks. The crack in the ice was easy to photograph, easy to understand, easy to worry about.

It is also well-timed politically. Larsen C has broken off just a month or so after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, when people around the world are wondering just how much time we have left before the climate spins out of control – and what to do about it. A story in New York magazine about how climate change is cooking the planet kicked up a lot of debate about the usefulness of fear in inspiring political change. Meanwhile, the responsibility for the Larsen C crack-up is already being doled out: Climate activists have launched a campaign to rename the now-liberated Larsen C ice shelf as the Exxon Knew 1 iceberg.

But the break-up of Larsen C, in itself, is not what Penn State ice scientist Richard Alley calls an “end-of-the-world screaming hairy disaster conniption fit.” For one thing, 2,200 square miles of ice may sound like a lot, but in the context of Antarctica, which is the size of the U.S. and Mexico combined, it’s the continental equivalent of losing a fingernail. Second, the ice shelf was already floating, so when it breaks off and eventually melts, it won’t contribute much to sea-level rise, just as ice in a glass of water doesn’t raise the level as it melts. The land-based glaciers behind the ice shelf are of more concern – ice shelves work as buttresses, holding glaciers back from falling into the sea – but in the case of the Larsen C, they are not that big, and so even if they do speed up and begin sliding into the sea, the impact on sea levels will not be large. It’s also not even clear that the break-up of the Larsen C is related to climate change – ice shelves grow and collapse all the time. It is part of the natural rhythm of an ice sheet’s growth and evolution.

But that doesn’t mean that the crack-up of the Larsen C is inconsequential. If you are concerned about how the rapid warming of the climate can drive changes that will alter the planet as we know it, submerging billions of dollars of real estate and infrastructure and creating hundreds of millions of climate refugees, then Antarctica is one of the scariest places on the planet. (In fact, I’ve spent the last three years working on a new book called The Water Will Come about how sea level rise will reshape our world.) A few months ago, I outlined the risks of a rapid collapse of the ice sheets in Antarctica in a story about Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica. The dynamics at work on Thwaites are far more complex than what we’re seeing right now with the Larsen C. But if Thwaites really starts to go, we’re headed for a future with 6,000-foot-high ice shelves collapsing into the sea and dramatic sea level rise of as much as 10 feet. As Ohio State glaciologist Ian Howat told me earlier this year, “If there is going to be a climate catastrophe, it’s probably going to start at Thwaites.”

We are living at a scary moment, a time when even the best scientists are struggling to understand just how quickly and dramatically our world can change. Maybe the best way to think about the Larsen C is as a prelude to the coming catastrophe, and as a last-minute call to action. “The Larsen C is Mother Nature’s warning flag,” polar explorer Robert Swan said at the Sun Valley Institute’s annual forum last week. “It’s her way of saying, ‘Hey, pay attention to what you’re doing to the planet we all live on.’”


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July 11, 2017

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