April 2016
Carla's thoughts for the month

Enjoy our Spring weather.  It will be hot soon and I promise not to complaint about it this year. Maybe.


For those of you (i.e. Carla) who lost your temper recently,  see my blog on
See what else is on my mind this month:
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) says eating 20 grams of black beans daily reduces the risk of dying by about 8 percent.  I'll take 8 percent.  Try my "Black Bean" Recipe included this month. 
  • Losing your temper affects your heart - see the article "Modern Research Reveals Your Heart Does Have a Mind of Its Own." 
  • Need a break out of town?  See the "36 hours in Austin" article for some new spots you may have missed.
Carla's Black Beans

Blog By: Carla Cotropia

I like to make Black Beans when I am putzing around the house. It is best when it cooks all day. See how to make Carla's Black Beans here.  A good pot of beans is not complete without chips, salsa and homemade Margarita's! Let the Fiesta begin!

Modern Research Reveals Your Heart Does Have a Mind of Its Own

By: Dr. Mercola
March 5, 2016

In the film "Of Hearts and Minds," science documentary filmmaker David Malone explores the human heart, juxtaposing the modern scientific view of the heart as a mere pump, versus its long history as a symbol of love and the center of innate wisdom and human character.
The film starts off in an operating room where open heart surgery is taking place, and Malone interviews Consultant Surgeon Francis Wells, who talks about the mechanistic and bioelectrical workings of the heart.

36 Hours in Austin, TX

By: Evan Rail
March 4, 2016  


The sprawling capital of Texas has welcomed over 100,000 new residents since 2010. Along with all the new Austinites, dozens of new shops, restaurants, bars and hotels have appeared, turning the formerly sleepy city into a thriving metropolis quickly approaching a million inhabitants. This month, the South by Southwest Festivals will only add to the bustle. To catch up on the cool arrivals, you'll need a rental car or a service like Uber or Lyft, as well as the patience to brave the city's traffic. If you're a first-time visitor, take time for the city's must-sees, like Lady Bird Lake, the State Capitol and the enormous bat colony that lives under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. With all the excitement in Austin, you might also find yourself considering moving here for good.

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