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  • Airplanes

    Posted on December 30th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    As a young engineer in a medium sized town of Indiana, I bought a BC12D Taylorcraft. It was a big purchase of $1200 for a guy who made $8.4K. The wife thought I was crazy and threatened all sorts of things in a soft sort of way. After a year or so of me coming home unscathed she went for a ride. I think it was the first and last due to my insensitivity to the “spin” that I thought she could handle. I paid for that one for a decade.

    Into, the mid-80’s I had gravitated to motorcycles of great power ( think Suzuki 1150+ and Kawasaki 1000 expanded ). Later, a wise spouse refused to ride with me anymore due to our daughter arriving on the scene and a new phase occurred in my life! It was back to airplanes and the purchase of a PA-28 150 hp Warrior. Man, I loved this plane and got a lot of ratings in her. Many aero adventures have passed since then and a few friends have passed.

  • Merry Christmas 2021

    Posted on December 25th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    We made it around another year to Christmas. SAM’s Christmas present was a Krup GX550 coffee grinder. She was very happy!

    Later, I set it up and put in some recently roasted Pikes Place coffee beans, set it to 6.5 medium grind and 6 cups worth. The whole beans looked great, smelled heavenly and glistened with oils. In a few seconds the beans were ground and the quantity seemed large for 6 cups.

    KRUPS Precision Grinder Flat Burr Coffee for Drip/Espresso/PourOver/ColdBrew, 12 cup, Black

    I put 1/8 cup measure into the drip machine filter and added enough water for 6 cups. The machine dripped for several minutes and all the while I was salivating. The brew that resulted was abrasive and did not taste like a Starbucks Pike Place at all – it was just like Maxwell House. Later in the day I made a pot with 1/8 cup and 4 cups of water. This was better and SAM said so. Tomorrow will be 1/4 cup coffee to 6 cups of water.

    I will let you know how the adventure proceeds.

  • 21st Century Update

    Posted on December 21st, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    The More Than Enough blog was transferred to another server and updated, finally, to WordPress 5.8.x. Next comes the PHP update. So if things look strange then this may be the reason.

  • Congressional Insider Trading

    Posted on December 12th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    48 members of Congress have violated a law designed to stop insider trading and prevent conflicts-of-interest

    By state

    Senators (2 Democrats; 4 Republicans)

    • AL (R) – Tommy Tuberville
    • AZ (D) – Mark Kelly
    • CA (D) – Dianne Feinstein
    • KS (R) – Roger Marshall
    • KY (R) – Rand Paul
    • WY (R) – Cynthia Lummis

    Representatives (17 Democrats; 24 Republicans)

    • AL (R) – Mo Brooks
    • CA (D) – Alan Lowenthal
    • CO (D) – Ed Perlmutter
    • FL (R) – Brian Mast
    • FL (D) – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    • FL (R) – John Rutherford
    • FL (D) – Kathy Castor
    • GA (R) – Austin Scott
    • GA (R) – Rick Allen
    • IA (D) – Cindy Axne
    • IL (D) – Cheri Bustos
    • IN (R) – Jim Banks
    • IN (R) – Victoria Spartz
    • MA (D) – Katherine Clark
    • MA (D) – Lori Trahan
    • MS (R) – Michael Guest
    • NJ (D) – Mikie Sherrill
    • NJ (D) – Tom Malinowski
    • NV (D) – Susie Lee
    • NY (D) – Brian Higgins
    • NY (R) – Chris Jacobs
    • NY (D) – Sean Patrick Maloney
    • NY (D) – Tom Suozzi
    • OH (R) – Steve Chabot
    • OH (R) – Warren Davidson
    • OK (R) – Kevin Hern
    • PA (R) – Dan Meuser
    • PA (R) – Mike Kelly
    • TN (R) – Chuck Fleischmann
    • TN (R) – Diana Harshbarger
    • TX (R) – August Pfluger
    • TX (R) – Blake Moore
    • TX (R) – Dan Crenshaw
    • TX (R) – Lance Gooden
    • TX (R) – Pat Fallon
    • TX (R) – Pete Sessions
    • TX (R) – Roger Williams
    • VT (D) – Peter Welch
    • VA (D) – Bobby Scott
    • VA (R) – Rob Wittman
    • WA (D)-Kim Schrier


  • 7 Superfoods to Eat

    Posted on December 10th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    by Kimberly Goad, AARP, December 9, 2021

    1. Nuts

    ​It’s easy to see why nuts land on every list of superfoods. “They’re a dense source of nutrients that can support our immune system and metabolism, balance inflammation and gut health, promote brain and heart health, as well as offer cancer preventive properties,” says Stacy Kennedy, a registered dietitian in Wellesley, Massachusetts. No wonder they promote longevity

    different nuts in and out of their shells a walnut peanut pistachio almond hazelnut

    In a study published in BMC Medicine, researchers enlisted more than 7,000 adults between the ages of 55 and 80 who were at high risk for cardiovascular disease and asked them to follow one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra nuts, the same diet but with additional extra virgin olive oil instead of nuts, or a low-fat diet. After five years, those who consumed more than three one-ounce servings of nuts per week had a 39 percent lower overall mortality risk than the non-nut eaters. In fact, over the course of the study, the nut eaters had the lowest total death risk. “Nuts give us fiber, protein, healthy fats and key vitamins and minerals like omega-3s, vitamin E, calcium and selenium,” Kennedy says.  

    2. Olive oil

    Wondering why olive oil gets star billing on the Mediterranean diet? Researchers think the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats in olive oil — particularly the virgin and extra virgin variety — are a major factor. Olive oil is also loaded with polyphenols, potent antioxidants that may help protect against several age-associated ailments, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

    Obviously, both olive oil and nuts are calorie dense. How can you reap the benefits of these superfoods without gaining weight? “You don’t need to eat large portions of nuts or olive oil to get the benefits,” Kennedy says. She suggests adding a tablespoon of olive oil to sauces or as a dressing, or reaching for a small handful of nuts as a snack with fruit or to sprinkle over a salad or into oatmeal. 

    Obviously, both olive oil and nuts are calorie dense. How can you reap the benefits of these superfoods without gaining weight? “You don’t need to eat large portions of nuts or olive oil to get the benefits,” Kennedy says. She suggests adding a tablespoon of olive oil to sauces or as a dressing, or reaching for a small handful of nuts as a snack with fruit or to sprinkle over a salad or into oatmeal. 

    Aleksandra Piss

    3. Dark leafy greens

    overhead shot of a saute pan with cooking spinach

    Not that you need another reason to fill your plate with leafy green vegetables, but here it is: Eating spinach, kale, chard, collards, lettuce and the like on a regular basis may slow age-related cognitive decline, according to a study in the journal Neurology. Researchers compared study participants who ate around 1½ servings of greens a day with those who ate less than a serving a day and found that the rate of cognitive decline among those who consumed the most was the equivalent of being 11 years younger (in terms of brain health).

    4. Whole grains

    Eating more whole grains — think brown rice, bran, oatmeal, popcorn, couscous, quinoa — may reduce the risk of early death, according to a large review of studies published in Circulation. The researchers found that people who ate about four servings of whole grains per day had a lower risk of dying during the 40-year study period, compared with those who ate little or none at all. The health benefits are believed to be a result of the high fiber found in whole grain foods, which may lower cholesterol production. In addition, says Kirkpatrick, “whole grains can replace white, refined grains, which have a negative impact on insulin, blood sugar and satiation.”

    5. Fruits

    There’s no such thing as a bad fruit (unless, of course, it’s bathed in syrup and comes from a can). They all offer a variety of immune-supportive, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties like vitamin C, potassium and phytochemicals, those good-for-you compounds found in plants, Kennedy says. But “berries are particularly beneficial, as they are low in sugars, high in fiber and rich in nutrients,” she adds. “The vibrant color is one way you can tell they are good for you. The blue-purple family of nutrients, like in many berries, have unique properties for immunity, brain health and cardiovascular health.” In a study published in Applied Psychology, Nutrition and Metabolism, healthy people between the ages of 66 and 70 who drank concentrated blueberry juice every day showed improvements in brain activity. The study suggests their memory also improved.

    Eskay Lim / EyeEm / Getty Images

    6. Legumes

    various legumes including black eyed peas chickpeas and green lentils

    People who live in the Blue Zones — whether it’s Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; or Loma Linda, California — have a thing for plant-based foods, especially the many peas, beans and lentils that are part of the legume family. These centenarians eat at least four times as many beans as Americans do on average.

    “Legumes are low in fat and high in protein, folate, iron, potassium and magnesium,” Kirkpatrick says. That’s not all. A review published in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition found that beans are closely linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.

    7. Green tea 

    If you didn’t know better, you might think the secret to turning back the clock on aging can be found in a pot of green tea. You wouldn’t be far off. Research has linked green tea to a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity. No surprise, then, that one study of older Japanese adults found that those who drank the most green tea — five or more cups a day — were 26 percent less likely to die during the seven-year study period than those who drank one cup a day. What is it about green tea? Nutrient-rich foods that are high in antioxidants — like green tea — have been linked with longer telomeres. Like the plastic tips of a shoelace, telomeres can be found at the end of chromosomes and protect DNA. They naturally shorten as we age, but the process can be accelerated by things like smoking, stress and poor diet.

  • College Station area geocaches

    Posted on December 5th, 2021 cwmoore No comments

    We have started to Geocache again here in Texas. We have found 13± caches here and a few of those were 4+ difficulty. We are pretty happy with ourselves. Hopefully, the spirit does not wane and we continue throughout this season.