Where is America going …? Food for the mind and the body: Project 365/6 [Feb.9, 2012]

Food for thought: Parenting singly, wilfully

Unprotected, impulsive sex is becoming easier – a university in Pennysylvania shows the way … by providing a vending machine in the student health centre on campus to dispense morning-after pills!

At the same time, an American columnist writes about the importance of a supportive family environment for raising kids…

“Liberals sometimes feel that it is narrow-minded to favor traditional marriage. Over time, my reporting on poverty has led me to disagree: Solid marriages have a huge beneficial impact on the lives of the poor more so than in the lives of the middle class, who have more cushion when things go wrong… One study of low-income delinquent young men in Boston found that one of the factors that had the greatest impact in turning them away from crime was marrying women they cared about. As Steven Pinker notes in his recent book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: ‘The idea that young men are civilized by women and marriage may seem as corny as Kansas in August, but it has become a commonplace of modern criminology.’ ”

via The White Underclass – NYTimes.com.

Food for the palate: Cobri Mithai [Coconut burfi]

Heat 1 ounce of water in a pan, add 6 ounces of sugar, and when the sugar has dissolved, add 6 ounces of fresh coconut shredded or grated.  Add a drop of rose food colouring and a drop of rose essence [both these are optional]. Keep stirring till mixture begins to leave sides of pan. Pour on plate greased with a spot of ghee, let cool and draw into small sections. When completely cooled, break into pieces and store. If the cakes do not happen, you can still have a delicious dessert – just roll the mixture into balls.

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