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Going Raw

I used to walk into McDonalds and often times I wouldn't be charged for my food. Why? Because I went there so frequently and brought so many friends, that they knew I was good for business. My favorite meal was the Fishwich, a mighty sandwich made with a bun, american cheese, a deep fried fish patty, and a generous portion of tartar sauce. To fully sate my appetite I always supersized.

My parents had always encouraged me to eat healthy. I just didn't see the point. I felt good, I wasn't fat, and I never got sick. Why fix what isn't broken? I was thankful for my good metabolism and assumed that eating healthy was for people who didn't have it so good.

Then a couple years ago I watched Super Size Me. I watched it for entertainment, but it was the first time I began to believe that what I ate actually mattered. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. When subjected to a McDonalds only diet, the creator became depressed, lethargic, and generally didn't feel too well. That was the day I stopped eating fast food.

Early On a Sunday Morning (Mother ' s Day!)

On Where Pianos Roam

First of all .  .  .  . I have to admit that Mother's Day is one of my favorite days of the year.  In my case, I get to give my Mom a bit more TLC than usual.  Well, she truly is the one person who's stood by me, my sisters, and my brother all of our lives without fail.  This is a pretty amazing thing considering all the hardships we've been through. [caption id="attachment_927" align="aligncenter" width="463" caption="Guess who that baby is."][/caption] My Mom was given the name Lualhati and was born in a small town 3 hours north of Manila, Philippines in a very small farming town called Zaragoza (in the province of Nueva Ecija). Her Mom (my Grandmother) was Soccoro Roque, and her Father (my Grandfather) was Rafael Roque.  She was a schoolteacher, and he was both a tailor and a farmer.  They raised 4 children together in this sleepy little  town where everyone knew each other. My Mom would grow up to be a school teacher herself and has taught at the elementary and grade school level for many years.  She is arguably the most meticulous and organized person I know.  (Her towels and bedsheets, for example, are stacked and aligned with precision on a color coordinated grid.  I've always thought she might have had a wonderful career in the military. )   She's also the type of person who remembers other people's birthdays.  She's very perceptive and incredibly shrewd. Incidentally, she's also quite beautiful .  .  . She's part of a long line of very beautiful women in my life that goes all the way down to my sisters and my little niece Lai. If my Mom has taught me anything (and she's taught me a lot, by the way), she showed me, by way of example, the importance of being there for the people you care about.  My Mom continues to live a lifetime of being there for me and my whole family.  She has been consistently dependable and supportive all of my life. It is because of her that I make every effort to be at my nephew's championship football games.  It is because of her that I stay faithful to my closest friends.  It is because of her that there has been and always will be a lot of love in my life.    This is the stuff of life--a cherished lesson my Mom has unknowingly taught me. Happy Mother's Day, Mom, and thank you, for everything. Secondly .  .  . My Mom is not the only Mother in my family.  My older Sister Leth is raising 4 lively and adorable children with her husband Danny. Here is her life's work in progress .  .  .  . Here she is (yup, another beauty)  .  .  . She also has a cool blog called LuluBelleSunshine.  Check it out here.  She blogs about all kinds of cool knitting patterns, easy recipes for delicious food (She's a very good cook with a knack for seasoning), and our family. While my Mom might be one of the most organized people I know, my sister is probably one of the smartest--one of those kinds of people who barely listened in class but still managed to get good grades--(yeah, one of those).  She's a fast learner at just about anything, and as you can see by her knitting skills, she can succeed at anything she puts her mind to.  So far, it's quite apparent that her son Tyler has inherited this special gift. Happy Mother's Day, Sis!!  You get to celebrate this day for the rest of your life.  Your kids are lucky and blessed to have you. We are all going out for a Mother's Day lunch.  I'll take pictures and share them later. I hope this is a great day for everyone! -gordo

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