In Bestia

The boys and I are back from a brief jaunt down to Texas to support the Puppy Up walk in the Woodlands and for a short visit with my family.  Quite happy to be back as I have missed my friend.  Crap, I still haven’t named him.  Um let’s go with…
I know some of you are saying, he’s talking about himself again – why does he do that?  And where’s the cancer blog? Like any capable contestant, I’ll take the second part first.  Trying to reduce, distill and refine all that I have learned over a decade of  travels in a few mere blogs is not only dreadfully difficult, it’s daunting, too, and on this I want to get it right.  Or mostly right which is more kin to my nature.  
In the past, there have been blogs I’ve powered through in just a few minutes with a fire and forget mentality.  Others haven taken days and even weeks for a paragraph or less.  And that’s not to mention that for every blog I publish, there are at least ten I don’t.  
But if it’s a sneak peak you want then I’ll give you a little taste of part 1:  Cancer is You.  You are Cancer.  From just the title alone perhaps you can estimate the enormity of the undertaking now.
Next, I used to get irritated by people – and there have been many – who want me to remove myself entirely from this story and stick to topic whatever that means.  Not only is that an odd request since it was me - ex animo - who created all of this – but I rather think I matter.  And I’m far from being done.  But as The Dude would say, that’s, like, only my opinion, man (Heads up for the F Bomb).  
Besides as I hinted at in the previous two blogs, all of these ‘distracting little posts’ about me are going somewhere and I suggest now would be the time to start paying attention if’n you want to begin this stretch of the journey alongside me.    
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Renwick 
That’s what I’ll call my friend!  Sounds a little pretentious and overly caricatured, too, but I’ll stick with it. Anyway back to the beginning – it’s good to see him again and we have continued our work together and this is what I wanted to share with you.  It’s important to note that I’m merely a student at this point but it’s pretty powerful stuff.  Especially altered states which I intend on speaking separately about.  
Whilst down at my folks house I came across an old photo album – actually I sought it out.  In part to retrace the tracks of my life and for another reason that will soon become evident.  And in it I discovered the above photo of a half naked me facing a bull cross fence at Big Momma’s house (that’s what we called my 80 lb grandmother cause man could she wield a skillet like a battle axe).  What struck me, other than how large my bollocks must’ve been but also how at peace I seem.  Maybe it was two beasts regarding each other and that’s why I was unafraid and perhaps even comforted by his presence.

I never have taken a liking to the term ‘beast’ or what I sense is its social nuance.  Its implication is negative and connotations derogatory.  To me it means true to ones nature; it is base, fundamental and instinctive.  From my research the etymology of the word remains unclear however, the root of ‘animal’ is Latin meaning breath or spirit. I suppose the distinction between the two words ‘beast’ and ‘animal’ is essence versus being but I’ll leave that one up to the scholarly sorts who have a ton of disposable time.  

To me and for now, they are synonymous.  I am reminded of a story I once read of a boy who, all alone and lost in the woods, becomes a beast to protect himself from the perils of the night and fight his way to safety.  But upon emerging from the forest unscathed the boy learns that he cannot unbecome.

So what’s the point of all of this?  What’s the purpose?  Somewhere along my journey I stopped asking the fundamental questions that preoccupied my youth.  Like tears in rain they became lost in life’s torrent of distractions, inanities and wasteful activities.

Renwick has helped me find who I am again and to truly know it for the first time.  I am a beast of a man.

What’s next – it’s damn time I learn how to train it.

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YBD’s Notes:  Interestingly in writing this blog I came across a Latin phrase of unknown origin –  cum vir se bestiam facitrelinquit dolorem humanitatis which means, ‘When a man makes himself a beast, he leaves behind the pain of humanity’.  Perhaps true.  Perhaps humanity is the problem. 

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In step

A happy little poodle in step with his owner. Love the boots!
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Plant-Based Nachos, 3 Ways

Vegan, Plant-Based Nachos, 3 Ways

I’ve talked before about how, in addition to being a long-time vegetarian, I’ve been making more of an effort to incorporate vegan and plant-based foods into my eating routine over the past year. I’ve also talked about how cheese is (in addition to sugar) my greatest weakness. I was actually vegan for a year a long time ago, and I basically cried myself to sleep on the regular because I missed cheese so much. At the time, there just weren’t any good dairy-free cheese substitutes, and I ultimately gave up (and ordered a large pizza with extra cheese with a massive stomachache for dessert, but we’ll save that unfortunate story for another time).

Thankfully, there is now a dairy-free cheese available that is so delicious and so close to the real thing that I think eating a completely plant-based diet would be infinitely less challenging for me should I decide to take that step again. You may remember me talking about the brand (Daiya Foods) before, when I shared a couple of yummy fall-inspired grilled “cheese” recipes made with their Cheddar Style Slices and a plant-based party tray created using their Farmhouse Blocks. Their products are delicious, so when I heard that they were launching several new products at the Natural Products Expo West on March 10th (today!), and was given the opportunity to try some of them in advance, I was obviously thrilled.  I was especially excited to play around with the Shreds from Daiya’s new Cutting Board Collection. And because, as you all know, I am obsessed with Mexican-inspired foods, it just made sense to come up with some different types of nachos. Today I’m sharing the three that ended up being my favorite.

PLANT-BASED NACHOS, 3 WAYS: CLASSIC // SPICY BLACK BEAN // PIZZA
Serves 3-5

INGREDIENTS

1/2-3/4 bag quality gluten-free tortilla chips (choose one with just corn, corn oil, and salt)

For Classic Nachos
2/3 cup Daiya Cutting Board Collection Cheddar Style Shreds
1-2 fresh jalapeños, sliced
Handful of cilantro
Chili powder, to taste

For Spicy Black Bean Nachos
2/3 cup Daiya Cutting Board Collection Pepperjack Style Shreds
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 avocado, cubed
1/2 lime
Chili powder, to taste

For Spinach and Tomato Pizza Nachos
2/3 cup Daiya Cutting Board Collection Mozzarella Style Shreds
1/3 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup baby spinach
Dried oregano or Italian seasoning, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with tortilla chips in a single layer. On 1/3 of the sheet, sprinkle with Cheddar Shreds until covered. Do the same on 1/3 with Pepperjack Style Shreds, and on the final 1/3 with Mozzarella Style Shreds. On the Cheddar Style Shreds section top with fresh jalapeño and sprinkle with chili powder. On the Pepperjack Style Shreds section, top with black beans and sprinkle with chili powder. On the Mozzarella Style Shreds section, top with cherry tomato slices and sprinkle with oregano. Bake for 5 minutes or until shreds are full melted. Remove from oven. Use a spatula to move each section onto its own plate. Top the Cheddar Style Shred section (Classic) with a handful of cilantro and another sprinkle of chili powder. Top the Pepperjack Style Shred section (Spicy Black Bean) with avocado cubes, fresh squeezed lime, and another sprinkle of chili powder. Top the Mozzarella Style Shred section (Pizza Nachos) with baby spinach and another sprinkle of oregano. Eat!

While I prepare the baked method, you can also prepare each variety on a separate plate, and microwave each for 30-60 seconds. I sometimes do this if I’m in a rush or just making one variety.

These nachos are a perfect snack to serve if you’re hosting a party, and even make a super tasty, satisfying lunch. The Cutting Board Collection Shreds melt so nicely and have a really incredible flavor, and, like all of Daiya Foods‘ products, are 100% plant based and free of dairy, gluten and soy. I’m also a huge fan of their newly formulated Cheeze Slices, which are now made with coconut oil. They come in Cheddar Style, Swiss Style, Provolone Style, and the brand new American Style, and have the same melt, stretch and taste as dairy-based cheese. I also love that they can be enjoyed hot or cold (I’ve been eating them on rye sandwiches with tomato and mustard several times a week). Added bonus? The Slices are formulated without titanium dioxide and carrageenan. I’ve said it before but I’ll mention it again – Daiya rules. If you’re vegan, are dairy intolerant, or just like to live a healthier lifestyle but love your cheese, Daiya is the answer, man.

Plant-Based Nachos, 3 Ways

If you make and (or all) of these nachos, I’d love to hear what you think. Or if you have any other favorite cheese-based recipes, let me know so I can recreate them with Daiya!

This post is in partnership with Daiya Foods. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible. 

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Depp Hits A Financial Low!

Depp hits a financial low! Johnny Depp reportedly having a tough time as his financial condition is deteriorating and according to resources the actor’s lifestyle is responsible for the loss. He sued his own management company this month, claimed that after firing them, his new company find a huge default in accounts. Depp claimed that […]



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Jacksonville, Florida Dog Cafe Helps Adoptable Dogs

As all fans of felines know, a virtual clowder of cat cafes have made their mark in American popular culture in recent years. Now devotees of dogs are have having their day thanks to a venue that has…



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Stray dog joins monastery

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Millennials and Their Music

Today at the gym I got into one of those really useful insightful discussions with a bearded, man-bun BilaBong millennial – yeah those guys – about the best workout music so to get out of my ‘Why so serious?’ posts tonight I write about 80s dance music.
Warning – be prepared to relive your youth or learn how to really be hip

Exhibit A for the prosecution.  New York, New York by Micro Chip League (MCL).  A staple at Curfew Austin and when it played the whole club lit up with glow ropes.  Listening to it now it’s some strange synthetic segue from 50s swing to the rave scene incorporating the Atari man voice.  How cool is that?  
Exhibit B.  Why the newfound unhealthy obsession with Russia eludes me but hey kids this song came out before the wall came down when we were at the brink with communism.  Look if you’re going to spazz out about the return of the good ole USSR – at least do so to dance and what better than CCCP American Soviets 
Exhibit C.  And while you’re getting a history lesson I know this may burst your little snowflake bubbles but you didn’t invent protesting racism, sexism, fascism.  Gen 80s didn’t either but unlike the great lyricists before us viz., Lennon & Dylan, we made it all freaky cool.  Lose the anger on the FLOOR!  Consolidated.  
Definitely on the playlist tonight:  A Split Second Rigor Mortis, Front 242 Headhunter, Nitzer Ebb Join in the Chant 
There’s more – oh so many more – but at this point I fear the millennials are running for their safe zones.  
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YBD’s Notes 1:  Actually, I have a fondness for Millennials – they’re rather cute.  In all seriousness, fool is the one who doesn’t learn from the youth.  However….
YBD’s Notes 2:  The sooner millennials learn this French phrase the better prepared for life you’ll be:  ’Plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose.’  You’re really not that special my friends.  And your music kinda sucks although some of it is retro 80s now and getting interesting. 
YBD’s Notes 3:  Back in the day, us old timers didn’t have no Internet and we couldn’t understand a single thing most of these songs were saying.  But that wasn’t really the point to it.  So if’n one of you whippersnappers look up the lyrics, don’t waste yer time posting if you’re offended.  I don’t care and I’m too busy dancing.   

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Hrithik Roshan Diet Chart

Hrithik Roshan Diet Chart Hrithik Roshan who does not crave to own a body like his, it has got all one desires of, the body is well carved, polished and extremely attractive and  healthy inside but it’s also demands great maintenance. Hrithik’s personal life has not been under wraps, everyone knows the challenges he faced […]



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Maned wolves in the Shenandoah Mountains

They aren’t the most genetically distant canids from wolves. That would be the Urocyon species.

Reproductive technologies in domestic dogs will lead the way.

I have this bizarre fantasy of someone setting up a ranch in the Southwest for the purpose of rewilding maned wolves. The oldest fossil remains of maned wolves actually do come from the Southwestern US,but the species is now confined to South America.

 


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The Lost Brother

While at dinner with my family in San Antonio last week Jon said grace and in his prayer he thanked God that ‘Our lost brother has come home’.  
Today I leave Memphis to return to New England to tell this story.  As you know I’ve tried in the past and either the timing or platform or partners didn’t pan out.  Events that have transpired in recent months have convinced me the time is now.  
Admittedly the problem has primarily been me or more specifically the standards I set for it.  Just as with the two walks I wanted to do something no one else has before and relegating the story to the Christian book market or a PBS special was unacceptable.  Even a film festival documentary didn’t seem sufficient.  
The epidemic of cancer in our companions demands and deserves the widest audience possible and I’ve always pushed and pushed to that end.  But one lesson I’ve learned repeatedly is you cannot depend on anyone else to realize your vision and like life on the road it’s you and you alone.  
I now know how to tell this story and the manner in which to tell it so once again I set off into uncharted waters. 
Brother, I am lost no longer.  
YBD 2.27.17

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