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Tuesday, Oct. 4

TUESDAY 10/4/11

Published for faculty and staff by the Luther College Public Information office • Copy deadline: Friday, 3 p.m., 75-word limit • Phone: (563) 387-1865 • Email: <tuesday>

Note: All campus telephone numbers are in the 563 area code, all campus email addresses end in @luther.edu • ©2011

ANNOUNCEMENTS

College Council executive summary

College Council met Sept. 21 and discussed the Task Group 150 report and the responses from the two campus forums, reviewed a 2011-12 action plan which summarizes goals for each member of the President's Cabinet (this document can be found on Katie under the Office of the President "course"), reviewed the Fall 2011 enrollment and retention report, and reviewed the position description and search process for the Vice President and Dean for Student Life.

Search committee for VP, Dean

I am pleased to announce the search committee for the position of vice president and dean for Student Life: Lise Kildegaard, chair, Dave Mitchell, Wintlett Taylor-Brown, Todd Pedlar, Kris Franzen, Janet Hunter and students Nicole Woodson and Tyler Wedemeier. A position description is posted at http://www.luther.edu/hr/staffvacancies. Nominations may be submitted to search coordinator Karen Martin-Schramm in the President's Office <kms>.  Vice President Ann Highum will retire in May after 20 years of exceptional service to students and to Luther College. 

-President Torgerson    

COLLEGE OPERATIONS

Traffic Hearing Board seeks member

The Traffic Hearing Board seeks an administrative staff member to join their ranks. The Traffic Hearing Board, which hears parking ticket appeals, is made up of faculty, support staff, administrative staff and students. The Board generally meets once a month when school is in session. If you are interested in serving on the Board, contact Bob Harri in Safety and Security, 387-2103.  

'Designing Problem-Posing Assignments'

Faculty are encouraged to sign up for "Designing Problem-Posing Writing Assignments" Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by Writing Director Martin Klammer, the session's focus will be on the design of problem-based writing assignments to promote critical thinking and active engagement with course subject matter. Lunch provided by the Dean's Office. Register at http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.

Founders Day Festival Dinner and DSAs

The Founders Day Festival Dinner and Celebration of Distinguished Service will be Friday, Oct. 14 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. dinner. All members of the Luther community are invited to attend this grand dinner celebration in honor of Luther's Sesquicentennial in a transformed Regents Center. All seating is reserved. RSVPs are arriving at a brisk pace. We anticipate as many as 600 guests, so we encourage you to register this week. Cost is $40 per person. Call 387-1861, drop by Loyalty Hall or register online at: www.luther.edu/homecoming/registration.

Sesquicentennial Fireworks Celebration

The Sesquicentennial Fireworks Celebration will be held Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. weather permitting. Come to Carlson Stadium or anywhere along the west bluff to view a spectacular fireworks display. The show will last approximately 15 minutes and is sure to please.

Davis Projects for Peace

Luther is invited to participate in the summer 2012 Davis Projects for Peace, funded by a $1-million gift by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist. Her gift will fund summer peace projects undertaken by students at the more than 90 Davis United World College Scholars institutions across the United States.

 Luther students, working alone or in groups, interested in designing and implementing their own grassroots projects for peace are encouraged to submit proposals of three pages or less by Jan. 13. Each project selected receives funding of $10,000.   

 For more details or application information, contact Jon Lund <lundjon> or Terry Sparkes <sparkete>.

LIS self service link remotely added

In the upcoming weeks, LIS will be adding a link to the new web-based Work Order Self Service system (https://helpdesk.luther.edu) on the desktops of all Windows based faculty/staff workstations. This process is done remotely and runs in the background. More information about LIS Self Service is available at
http://lis.luther.edu/learn/kboxselfservice. Note that you can still contact the LIS Technology Help Desk via email <helpdesk>, phone 387-1000, or by visiting the library.

Take student survey, win a free iPad

LIS is co-sponsoring a student survey to learn more about student ebook needs, administered by ebrary, one of the library’s ebook providers. All student participants have the option to register for a drawing for a free iPad. Survey closes Oct. 7. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GQXJXGD

United Way

Thank you to all Luther employees and emeriti who have already turned in their United Way pledge form to Human Resources. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 14 to be eligible for prizes.

As you consider supporting the local UW, note that payroll deduction is a convenient way to make a donation. Deductions are taken from your paycheck Jan. 1-Dec. 31. If you prefer a one-time deduction from your paycheck, please note this on your form.

Contact Kelly Wedmann, <kelly.wedmann> or 387-1066 for a form or with questions.  

Message from HR

Richard Remark, M.D., radiologist with Mayo Clinic Health System at Winneshiek Medical Center and the radiology staff experts discuss the 'why', 'how', and 'what if' questions many women contemplate when they plan for a mammogram at "THINK PINK: Mammography Saves Lives" Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room B on the lower level of the medical center.

There's always a door prize and the meetings are always free. A $5 box meal is available by calling 387-3113 in advance.

Writing Center available to students

Writing Director Martin Klammer invites faculty to encourage students to seek help with writing assignments in the Writing Center, Preus Library, 3-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Students talk with peer tutors at any stage in the writing process, from developing ideas to polishing a final draft. 

National Student Day Oct. 6

Know a Luther student who has volunteered for a service project this past year? The Book Shop would like to say "thanks." Have them stop by Thursday, Oct. 6, National Student Day, for drawings, games and snacks.

EVENTS

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Oct. 5:  Mike Blair
Thursday, Oct. 6:  Morning Prayer, CRH, Sandra Peter, cantor, Members of the Rose Ensemble, Center Stage Series Artists
Friday, Oct. 7:  Jim Martin-Schramm
Monday, Oct. 10:  Germano Streese

Events this week

Oct. 4: Guest Lecture Recital, Beth Ylvisaker, "Tracing My Musical Family Tree," 7:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

Oct. 5: Guest Lecture, Michael Barry, "The Forgiveness Project: Startling Discovery of How to Overcome Cancer, Find Health and Achieve Peace," 7 p.m., Valders Room 206

Oct. 6: Center Stage Series, The Rose Ensemble "II Poverello, Exploring the Life and Deeds of St. Francis of Assisi," 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Oct. 7: Guest Lecture and Discussion, Gretchen Alterowitz, "Re-imagining Femininity in Ballet," 3 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall

Oct. 7: Faculty Artist Series, Talus Trio, 7 p.m. Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall

Oct. 7: SAC Spotlight Performance, Dueling Pianos, 7:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé

Oct. 8: Guest Organ Masterclass, Christopher Houlihan, 10 a.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Oct. 9: Guest Organ Benefactor Recital, Christopher Houlihan, 4 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Oct. 11: Guest Lecture Demonstration, Stephen Austin, guest voice, scientist, teacher, singer, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Choir Room

Oct. 12: Guest Lecture, Loring Stead, "Advice on Medicine and How to Apply Your Luther Education to It," 3 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

'A Summer with Girls Inc.'

Kim Larson, WGST senior, will present her summer internship research titled "A Summer with Girls Inc." Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Atrium.

'Tracing My Musical Family Tree'

Beth Ylvisaker '88 will present "Tracing My Musical Family Tree," a guest lecture and recital Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the NRH. The program focuses on memoirs and music from Ylvisaker's days as a piano student to her vocation as a teacher and performer. It will highlight reflections from her current project of researching her teaching lineage, which leads back to Franz Liszt and Beethoven. Ylvisaker will be on campus the entire week in a Sesquicentennial Alumni Residency.

Arnone guest recital and lecture

Anthony Arnone will perform a guest cello recital Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Music Hall. Arnone will also give the lecture "Why we perform," Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9:40 a.m. in the Choir Room of Jenson-Noble Music Hall. Both events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Guest lecture Oct. 5

The Rev. Dr. Michael Barry, author of The Forgiveness Project, is guest lecturing at Luther Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Valders 206. The event, sponsored by the Luther Psychology Department, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

When beginning his research, Barry sought to answer the question, "Is there a link between forgiveness and physical health?" His work has shown that there is. 

CSS: The Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble will perform Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, available at the Box Office, 387-1357 or http://boxoffice.luther.edu. The Rose Ensemble is well known for their unique and distinctive programs. 

'Re-imagining Femininity in Ballet'

Gretchen Alterowitz, assistant professor of dance at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, will lead a lecture and discussion titled "Re-imagining Femininity in Ballet," Friday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. in the CFL. The event is hosted by Luther's theatre and dance department is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Midwest Dueling Pianos Oct. 7

Midwest Dueling Pianos, high-end entertainment group from Rochester, Minn., will perform Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Marty's CyberCafé.

Tickets are $10, available at the Luther Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 9-
10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Midwest Dueling Pianos is known for its interactive musical comedy experience, which has audience members singing, shouting, dancing and laughing.

FAS: Talus Trio Oct. 7

Faculty woodwind ensemble, the Talus Trio, including Heather Armstrong, oboe, Michael Chesher, clarinet, and Carol Hester, flute, will present a recital of chamber music Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall, open to the public with no charge for admission.

The trio will be joined in concert by Luther colleagues Tarn Travers, violin, Spencer Martin, viola, Eric Kutz, cello, and Jessica Paul, piano.

'Shakespeare in Love'

"Shakespeare in Love" is the second offering in a "Shakespeare on Film" series organized as part of Mark Z. Muggli's "Our Shakespeare" 2011-13 Jones Humanities Professorship. The film, directed by John Madden, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Geoffrey Rush, will be shown Friday, Oct. 7 in Valders 262. Introduction at 4 p.m., film at 4:10 p.m. and optional brief discussion afterwards. Pizza and sweet breads provided.

Student Council for Exceptional Children event

The Luther Student Council for Exceptional Children will hold a mentoring event at Baker Commons Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-noon. All area students in preK-eighth grade who receive any special services through the schools are invited to attend. There will be activities, games, crafts and treats. For more information, please contact: <delhma01>, <mulhli01> or <bruneaod>.

Sharing Sylvia Oct. 8

Come to Sharing Sylvia Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. in Marty's for a night of music, dance and celebration to raise money for the family of Sylvia Gift Nabukeera. Free will donations will be accepted. Featured performers will be Luther's Gospel Choir, Eklipse, Latin Grooves, Ameilia Kundel and World Rhythm, Isabellas and an ISAA fashion show.

'Chiaroscuro' lecture and class setting

Stephen Austin, associate professor of voice at the University of North Texas, will give a guest lecture titled "'Chiaroscuro': Don't be Afraid of the Dark," Tuesday,
Oct. 11 at 9:40 a.m. in the Choir Room of Jenson-Noble Music Hall.

Students and the public are invited to work with Austin in a class setting Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. Both sessions to be held in Noble Recital Hall.

Royal Visit details

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway will visit Luther on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The Royal couple will also tour and take part in ceremonies at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.

The visit will feature a 45-minute ceremony in the Center for Faith and Life. No more tickets are available, but the event will be streamed live online at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 13 at http://www.luther.edu/royalvisit and on KDEC/KWLC 1240 AM radio.

'Look This Way' Oct. 18

Anna DeMers will perform "Look This Way" Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m., Studio II in the Center for the Arts. Her performance examines the relationship of the artist and technology through the lens of a camera. She performs a series of dance sequences that are blended and projected onto a screen blurring the viewers' perceptions of whether the video is live or recorded. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Diwali celebration Oct. 30

Join College Ministries and the Diversity Center for a meal featuring dishes from various regions of India and a program about the festival of Diwali at "Interfaith Holiday Meal Celebration—Diwali," Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., Peace Dining Room. Space is limited.

Tickets available at the Luther College Box Office through Oct. 21. Cost: $3 plus meal plan swipe or $8 for students without a meal plan, all others $12. Questions? Contact <interfaith>.

Alumni art exhibit on display

The Luther Art Department will host an alumni art exhibit in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial and the 75th anniversary of its art department. The exhibit is on display Sept. 12-Oct. 16 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery. A gallery reception for all exhibiting artists will be held as part of the art department’s open house Oct. 15 following the Homecoming football game at 3:30 p.m. 

Student recitals

Chad Sonka '12 will perform a baritone recital Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.

Hannah Shatzer '13 will perform an oboe and English horn recital Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

Ethan Schultz  '12 will perform a baritone recital Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

Student recitals are held in Nobel Recital Hall with receptions to follow. Recitals and receptions are open to the public, no charge for admission.

COMMUNITY

Welcome new staff

Please welcome Sheryl Sievert to the Office of Human Resources. Sheryl is transferring to human resources as the assistant. Sheryl has served as the administrative assistant for Modern Languages for several years.

ARTICLES, CREATIONS, HONORS

Luther College has received a silver rating in recognition of sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education through the STARS program. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Mark D. Johns is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Internet Researchers, which has just published its revised guidelines for ethical internet research methods at http://aoirethics.ijire.net/.

Laura Peterson gave a talk "Chemical clues in ocean sediments: Reconstructing past climate change" to chemistry, geology, biology and environmental studies students and faculty at Beloit College. Her visit was sponsored by the Mid-States Consortium for Math and Science.

Philip Freeman will release his latest book, "Oh My Gods" in January 2012. The book, a modern retelling of Greek and Roman myths, will be released by Simon and Schuster. Freeman has also been selected as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for January 2012. At IAS, one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry, Freeman will conduct research on women in early Irish Christianity.

Cellist Eric Kutz appears on a new CD recording issued by the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester. The disc, titled "There is No Rose," features Kutz as cello soloist with the ensemble in the title track, a work he premiered with the group in 2004 and performed and recorded again with them last December.

Peter Scholl's essay titled "Lessons from the China Missions: The Legacy of Nikolai Astrup Larsen" was published as a chapter in "Norwegian-American Essays 2011: Transnationalism and the Norwegian-American Experience," published by the Norwegian-American Historical Association-Norway, Oslo.

Communication Studies students Mikaela Belland, Mandie Mikkelson and Anne Proescholdt had research papers from the COMS 357 Research Methods course competitively accepted for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association Conference held in Des Moines, Sept. 23-25. Mikkelson and Proescholdt's papers were selected as top-three papers at the conference.

MISCELLANEOUS

Sesquicentennial Servants Banquet

College Ministries invites alumni: pastors, rostered church leaders and those serving as leaders in camps, volunteer corps and other ministries to join us for our Sesquicentennial Servants Banquet, Thursday, Oct. 13, Steyer Opera House in Hotel Winneshiek, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, paid in advance. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 5. Register via email at <ministry> or online at: https://www.luther.edu/ministries/servants_banquet/.

Discovery Club registration

Registration is open for fall Discovery Club, kindergarten-second grade featuring outdoor adventures after school. Get outside and learn about the wonders of the natural world through guided exploration, games, and activities. Pick-up after school available at St. Ben's and John Cline. Monday or Tuesday session: Sept. 26 – Nov. 22. $60, scholarships available. To register contact Emily Neal, <nealem01> or 387-2138. 

New Jazz Orchestra CD released

Luther's Jazz Orchestra has released its latest album, "Transformations: Celebrating Jazz at Luther," a compilation of works celebrating the achievements and vibrancy of the Luther jazz program and the college's Sesquicentennial. The CD is $20 and available on the Luther website, www.luther.edu/music/recordings.

The album title reflects the college's 2011 Sesquicentennial theme "Transformed by the Journey."

Community 'Messiah' at First Lutheran

The community is invited to join the First Lutheran Chancel Choir in a performance of part I of the "Messiah" by Georg Frideric Handel Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. Conducted by Spencer Martin, the choir will be joined by vocal soloists Kristin Hightower, Beth Ray-Westlund, Edwin Andereck and Andrew Whitfield. A chamber orchestra, comprised of First Lutheran Church members and Luther faculty and students, will accompany the performance. For more information, contact Spencer Martin, <martsp01> or the FLC office 382-2638.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Extreme Makeover Home Edition is coming to Northeast Iowa Oct. 2-9. We need at least 3,000 volunteers to make this happen. Please sign up today. We need skilled laborers and general help. Sign up: www.joinextreme.com/iowa. This is our chance to help make northeast Iowa shine. Contact Tracy L. Kruse, 562-3263.

NCUR applications due Oct. 28

Luther students are invited to submit abstracts for the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University, March 29-31. Know a student who could showcase research at a national conference? Luther will provide support for selected students to present at NCUR. Applications for the on-campus selection process are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct.  28. Application information is available in the Dean's Office, Dahl Centennial Union 262, or by email <deansoffice>.

Seeking volunteers

The Diversity Center, 387-1014, and Student Support Services, 387-1473, are looking for volunteers to cook soup and bake breads and delicious desserts for "Soup's On!" This is an event that brings together first and second year multicultural and international students as well as first and second year SSS students for a time to chat and connect with each other. The dates for these events are Oct. 6, Nov. 17 and Jan. 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. We look forward to your delicious cooking.

New tango ensemble seeks musicians

Interested in learning a challenging, exciting style of music from Argentina or new ways to approach your instrument? Come to an organizational meeting Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., in the Jenson-Noble Orchestra Room. Rehearsals start in February. Seeking musicians on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, flute, clarinet and voice. Contact Michael O'Brien, 387-1621 or <obrimi01> with questions.

Tickets for Flamingo Ball available

Don't miss this year's "Dance is Good!" Flamingo Ball. We will celebrate Luther's 150th anniversary and the end of Homecoming week. The ball will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 p.m. to midnight in the main gym of the Regents Center. The ball will be featuring the music of the R-Factor as well as classy decorations and treats. Tickets are $12 and available at the Box Office.

UNCLASSIFIED ADS

Wanted: Available to do mowing, raking and fall chores. Call 382-6022 and leave message.

For sale:  2004 Chevy Trailblazer 103,000 miles, black, tan interior, 4WD, power windows, power locks, CD player, cruise control, 4.2 V6 engine, new tires last year (about 6,000 miles on the tires), good clean vehicle, runs great, has some minor hail damage, $8,000 OBO.  Call 419-5077.

For sale: Size 52s tuxedo. Includes pants, jacket, shirt, and vest. Only worn twice, less than a year old. $75. Contact Michael, 382-6527 or <smitmi01>.

For sale: Used Armstrong 104 flute in good shape, in a soft carrying case with the hard case. My daughter decided not to play after one year. Contact <leibolbr> or 387-1549 days, 532-9036 evenings.

For sale: TV, $20. It’s an old school, 2005, flat front Sanyo with remote and co-ax, two RCA hookups and one RBG hookup. Will deliver to campus. Contact Bethany, 387-7909 or norwexbethany@gmail.com.

For sale: 2002 Hans Schuster #505 violin. Value brand new is $550. We are asking $350. Call 379-7514.

Lost: Wedding ring. If you have found a wedding ring in a bathroom on campus, please call 379-7514. It is a two-tone ring with a series of small diamonds in one part of the band.

Available: Need intra-campus envelopes? We have an over abundance of both small and large intra-campus envelopes. Contact Bridget, 387-1015 or <chribr03>.

For sale: 2006 Ford Focus SE 4 door sedan with automatic transmission, cruise control, 44,500 miles. Seasonal use only. Never driven in winter season. Light tan. Very good condition. $6,950. Call 380-9137.

Room for rent: Comfortable room with shared kitchen in private home. Close to campus. Ideal for single professional. Non-smoker. $250 includes utilities. Call (612) 246-3255.

Wanted: Dishwasher in very sound condition with black door. Delivery would be appreciated but not necessary. Call (612) 246-3255.

For sale: Artwork including oil paintings, chalk pictures and China plates, and art supplies.  All prices are negotiable. View pictures at  https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/janet-hunter-art-sale-items/home.  Contact 380-3951 to view items in person.

House-cleaning available: Ren Hus Cleaning has openings for weekly and bi-weekly house cleaning. We furnish all cleaning products. Nothing left behind but a clean house. Much experience. Call 379-7996 or 380-8904.

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Sustainability tip

The pace of work and family life often has Americans on the go. Fortunately, it is easier than ever to take the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) with you as you commute, run errands, work and travel. Small changes to incorporate the three Rs in your on-the-go habits can make a positive difference for the environment. Use these ideas to think about ways you can make a difference wherever you are.

·       Bring your own bag. Of course, it’s easy to forget to bring your own bag when you are in a hurry, so keep one stashed in your car or bike pack as a backup. Consider buying a reusable bag for groceries or other shopping to avoid creating waste.

·       Have trash, will travel (with it). Sometimes it is difficult to avoid creating waste while on the go—receipts, soda cans, and other waste can add up quickly. Look for recycling bins near trashcans, and remember that grocery stores often have recycling centers. Or, keep a bag in your car for recyclable waste and empty it into your home recycling bin when you return.

·       Drive smart. If you rent a car while traveling or participate in a car-sharing program at home, try to choose one that runs on alternative fuel or gets high gas mileage.

·       Plan your route and combine errands. Combine errands into one trip instead of making many small trips. By planning your route to complete your errands, you can cut down on time and gas.

Borrowed from http://www.epa.gov.

Wellness tip

Fall soup recipe: Kitchari is the comfort food of India—a thick, creamy vegetarian soup for the soul. The name means "mixture," and kitchari is an easily digested mix of one bean plus one grain, providing a perfect complement of carbohydrates and protein in one steaming bowl.

There are many variations on this Indian classic, and adding different spices each time you make it will result in a completely unique soup every time.

The simple un-spiced version below helps bring balance to the body and has a mild, subtle flavor. Enjoy its warming effects throughout the fall season and enter winter feeling completely nourished.

Ingredients

·       1 ½ cup red lentils

·       1 cup short grain brown rice

·       3 cloves garlic

·       1 tablespoon sea salt

Measure the dry lentils and rice into a large soup pot. Wash and rinse them with cold water three times, swirling your hand through. When the water runs clear, you’ve successfully rinsed starch off the rice, which will help it cook more evenly and not clump.

Add eight cups of water and three cloves minced garlic to the pot. If you like, added a few strips of kombu seaweed. Kombu helps soften beans, making them easier to digest.

Bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes, then reduce heat to a nice simmer and cook for one hour, stirring occasionally. Once lentils are soft, stir in a tablespoon of salt. Adjust to taste, adding more salt if needed.

Borrowed from: http://joyfulheartfoundation.org/wordpress/?p=2870

And finally…

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure website encourages us to get involved in finding a cure through advocacy, events and donations. How can you help find a cure? See http://ww5.komen.org/GetInvolved/GetInvolved.html.

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.

-Emily Kimbrough