For 2018

"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


The following is taken from

I love this -

""Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces
with your bare hands-- and then eat just one of the pieces." ~
Judith Viorst

Cadbury...Godiva...Ghirardelli... Hershey... Lindt. Chocoholics
beware: Today is National Chocolate Day. As if you needed the
perfect excuse to devour some delectable "feel good" food.

Actress Katharine Hepburn, a notorious brownie lover, once
said, "What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a
lifetime of chocolate."

Chocolate is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree,
the obroma cacao, which means "food of the gods." Cacao grows 15-20
feet tall with fruits shaped like pods. Each pod holds about 20-50

The first known cacao plantations were established in South
America's Yucatan by the Mayans in 600 A.D. According to Aztec
Indian legend, the cacao tree came from Paradise and eating its
fruit gave man wisdom and power.

"Once in a while I say, `Go for it' and I eat chocolate," confessed
model Claudia Schiffer. Obviously, the luxury of chocolate is worth
the calories.

It is believed that in 1502, Christopher Columbus brought back cacao
beans to King Ferdinand from the New World. The first chocolate bar
was made in 1828 when Conrad Van Houten, a Dutch chemist, invented a
cocoa press that mixed cocoa butter with finely ground sugar.

Writer Geneen Roth explained, "Chocolate is no ordinary food. It is
not something you can take or leave, something you like only
moderately. You don't like chocolate. You don't even love chocolate.
Chocolate is something you have an affair with."

AND Chocolate can be good for you in small doses. Research has shown
that the cocoa-based confection, which contains chemicals called
flavanols, can improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure.
Flavanols are found in apples, red wine, and green tea.

Studies also showed that chocolate contains, phenyl ethylamine, the
same chemical that your brain produces when you fall in love. So,

~~Chocolate, anyone?"

I like what they said about strength - strength is taking a bar of chocolate, breaking it into four pieces, and eating just one piece.

Here's to our strength -


Corgidogmama~ said...

Hi ya Chatty...I've always enjoyed writings by Judith Viorst.

Chocolate takes great willpower to resist.
Can you believe that '08 is "history" after tomorrow?
Where does time go after age 55?

Chatty Crone said...

My neck hurts from watching the years fly by so fast.

JeanMac said...

I love chocolate - Christmas is the only time I indulge and boy, do I ever!

Chatty Crone said...

You only eat chocolate once a year? That is will power. I must confess I eat one piece daily!