Why do people read?

I assume the most basic explanation or response to the question: why do people read? is that reading is a likable activity for the most part.  It yields good results.  But to question, Why do people read, wondering about reading and deeper learning by students from a critical perspective–this is a personal effort to improve myself as a teacher.  I like the process of inquiry and reflection and practice, ad infinitum.  I hope this knowledge continues to yield good results.  Report on the rise of e-reading and the general reading habits of Americans


A new way to travel in Thailand


This website helps us to find good ways to experience Thailand from a different perspective that mere entertainment or commerce

Transmedia Storytelling

I am finding opportunities and work in a new field of teaching (new, for myself)—Transmedia Storytelling.  I am supposed to teach this subject so it’s a good time to define what transmedia storytelling is, and how students can learn from it.  I found this good article that helps as an introduction.  I am looking forward to integrating digital media, dance, music, spoken words, aromas and other sensory tools into creative and scholarly work!


Malaria Info by Country

I’m planning for upcoming trips to Karachi Pakistan, Shanghai, Bangkok and farming areas in central Thailand, and the Philippines in the southern areas of Siquijor and Bukidnon, at least.  Looks like I’ll be taking CHLOROQUINE in the foreseeable future.  I must avoid malaria (and dengue) at all costs without going paranoid.  I must do more research about chloroquine’s nutritional and biochemical effects, and how it will cooperate with the pile of other meds that I take on a daily basis.  Appreciate any knowledge that can be shared on this topic.  Maybe it’s also a good time to start researching quinine and other more traditional ways of avoiding mosquito bites in the first place.  Perhaps, gin and tonic as an antimalarial?

I guess my old understanding, from the 60s, that Vitamin B11 helps against mosquito bites is a myth or at least questionable.



Rainbow Millet Tabbouleh

In Place of Other Grains: Rainbow Millet TabboulehTABBOULEH-with-BARLEY-Raw-Vegan-1200x774

Millet is capable of doing the job of pretty much any other grain. For example, tabbouleh is usually made with bulgur but a gluten-free version can be made with millet. It’s delicious by itself or served with your favorite Mediterranean dishes. The different colored vegetables give it a rainbow appearance. And you know your food is healthy when it has all the colors of a rainbow. To make Rainbow Millet Tabbouleh: First get the millet cooking. It takes about 20 minutes and during that time, the rest of the ingredients can be prepped and ready to go. Add 1 cup millet into a medium saucepan and add 2 cups of broth or water (or a combination of both). Add a pinch of salt, cover the pot and over a medium-high heat, bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes until the millet is fluffy.

While the millet is cooking, get all the veggies and herbs seeded and chopped up. Seed and/or chop 2 cucumbers, 3 plum tomatoes, 1 yellow bell pepper, 5 scallions, 1 cup fresh parsley and ½ cup fresh mint. When it’s ready, transfer the millet to a large bowl and let it cool. To the bowl of fluffy millet, add the cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper and scallions. Add the parsley and mint and toss well. Dress the tabbouleh with 3 Tbs. olive oil, 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. kosher salt and ¼ tsp. black pepper and mix it well. Taste to see if any adjustments are necessary. You should be able to taste the fluffiness of the millet, the crunch of the veggies, the freshness of the mint and the brightness of the lemon.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Some Sagitarian things about me that I should improve

I recently read that Sagitarian folks like me share these characteristics in our relationships:

1. You can’t deal with attention-seeking partners.
2. You are too blunt with your words.
3. You lose interest too easily.
4. You don’t respect other people’s boundaries and personal lines.
5. You make promises that are bigger than you.
6. You like your single status, but you always want some “benefits” of a relationship.
7. You’re a highly impatient person.

Hmmm.  At this point in life I am willing to acknowledge the probability that I am guilty of most or all those characteristics, to some lesser or greater extent.  Time to change myself for the better!  Better late than never as they say.  How?  I go one breath at a time, knowing that patience is a virtue.

What are some of the beautiful natural wonders in Iran?

My bucket list of places to visit in Iran, with this mini-list focusing on the natural environment:

Kaluts, Kerman
Keshit canyon, Kerman
Hormoz colorful landscapes, Persian Gulf
Yalan great dunes, Kerman
Bisheh waterfall, Lorestan
Badabsourt, Mazandaran
Arasbaran forests, Tabriz
Damavand peak, Tehran
Tabas kaleh jenni, Yazd
Alisadr cave, Hamedan