The Original Peanut Butter

While the Aztecs and Incas may have ground peanuts into a paste, peanut butter as we know it arrived in the US in the 1800s. A Canadian chemist, Marcellus Edison, patented “peanut paste” made from roasted peanuts in 1884. Several years later, in 1985, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the cereal…

Thesaurus Cartoon

The thesaurus, a book that serves as a cross-reference for synonyms, and serves as a guide to effective and precise use of language, is a necessary tool of every writer and even some readers.

Dr. Mark Peter Roget (1779–1869) was a British natural theologian, physician, and lexicographer. He suffered from…

Advent Season

For those who follow the Christian tradition, we are now in the Advent season, the time of waiting expectantly, and preparing for the Birth of Jesus. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus “coming; arrival”. In Western Christianity it is the beginning of the liturgical year.

Several Advent practices include…

Author JL Huffman

I’m a retired Trauma surgeon/ICU doctor, a world traveler and gardener. I’ve published in the surgical literature; now I’m writing poetry, memoir & fiction.

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