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Joannie Ham
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One of my defining characteristics is curiosity. I am curious about the world and want to learn new things. I am interested in art, music, education, science (especially nutrition, food science, biology, geology, and anthropology), camping, nature, books, games, words, and Christianity.
I know quite a bit about nutrition, food, biology, diabetes, heart disease, parenting, homeschooling, editing, doing science at home, Science Olympiad, American Heritage Girls, and church. I know a little about sleep apnea, chemistry, and geology. I'd like to know more about Latin, geology, art, ball room dance, opera, and God.
I write because I'm a natural-born storyteller and a teacher.
I am unique, because I have a BA in Anthropology and PhD in Nutritional Sciences, have edited field journals for a Nobel Laureate, have been homeschooling for 12 years, have lived in 5 different states, was the editor-in-chief of my church's Sunday School curriculum, and am an assistant coach of the TN state championship Science Olympiad team.

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Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Essential Kitchen Gear: buying cutting boards

Cutting boards are a necessary tool for any good cook. Find out what to look for when buying a cutting board and how to keep it well-maintained once you've you it.

History
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
A Brief History of Potatoes

Trace the potato's history from its ancient origins among the Inca to the Irish Potato Famine to the now ubiquitous russet variety.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Nutritious and Delicious Cruciferous Vegetables

Credit: Rachel Ham Cruciferous, brassica, cole - all are terms that refer to the same family of vegetables, the cabbages. Cruciferous comes from the Latin for cross, crux, since many of these vegetables have a cross-shaped flower with four equal petals. Brassica also comes from Latin; it's the word for...

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Beans, Beans, Good for the Heart

The childhood rhyme, "Beans, beans, good for the heart, the more you eat, ..." is a perfect little ditty to express all the goodness in legumes, aka starchy, protein packed beans. Learn a little nutrition and some tasty ways of making these good-for-you seeds.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
How to roast pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a tasty and nutritious snack. Learn why they are so good for you and how to roast your own.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Perfect Roasts

Roasting meats is not as difficult as it may seem. Try these tips for perfectly roast beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and, of course, turkey.

Technology
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
5 Questions about Glaciers

Glaciers are a shrinking commodity on our planet right now, although they are the pre-eminent former of our landscape. Learn more about these massive sheets of ice that cover 10% of our land surface.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Facts about igneous rocks

Igneous rock are formed in fire, thus the name. Igneous rocks are classified as extrusive (cooling outside the Earth) or intrusive (cooling inside the Earth). Learn about some common and not so common igneous rocks, such as basalt, granite, and pumice.

Health
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Facts about Garlic

Garlic, one of the oldest foods known to mankind, can be used as a seasoning for many cuisines. Here are lots of interesting facts about cousin to onions.

Health
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
20 Ways to Reduce Food Borne Diseases

One in every six Americans gets a food borne illness each year. Here are 20 tips to reduce your chances of getting food poisoning.

Health
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
3 Categories of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is rather common in the U.S. One out of every three Americans have at least one bout of food poisoning each year. It usually leads to irritation and inflammation of the G.I. tract. The symptoms include stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Learn about the three categories of food bron illness: infections, intoxications, and toxicoinfections.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
A Brief History of Bread

Bread is one of the most important foods in our history. Learn how it achieved such prominence.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Acid Base Indicators in Your Kitchen

Acids and bases are a part of everyday life. An easy way to teach elementary school and middle school students about them is by using purple cabbage and tea. Both purple cabbage and tea are acid base indicators, that is they show whether something is an acid or a base by simple color changes. Here's an easy way to explore this important chemistry concept in your kitchen.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Types of sweeteners and how they affect baking

Learn what role sugar plays in doughs, batters, and cookies. Replacing sugar is not just replacing a sweetener, it is replacing a structure and texture builder. Less refined sweeteners -honey, molasses, and maple syrup - can be substituted for sugar successfully, as long as you know how the change will affect your end product.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Enzymes for Middle Schoolers

Teaching middle school kids about science should always include hands-on, concrete activities. Enzymes, or biological catalysts, can be a difficult concept for some kids. Try these hands-on, easy to demonstrate labs to teach middle schoolers about enzymes.

Health
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Mercury in HFCS

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is the most common sweetener in the US. Unfortunately, it may contain an added and unwanted element, mercury. What to do? Switch to organic, naturally sweetened products, of course. Not so fast, they may contain another toxic element, arsenic. Perhaps the best choice is to follow Michael Pollan's advice - eat all the junk food you want as long as it's homemade.

Health
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
The brain fish connection

Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA are essential for the brain. The brain is 60% fat, nearly half of which is DHA. Fish provides the best source of bioavailable omega-3 fatty acids in our diets.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
How to buy fresh fish safely

Fresh fish is tasty and safe to eat, if you handle it properly. This article describes the four phases of fish spoilage, so you can know when to eat your catch and when to throw it out.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
How to teach about caves at home

Make a model of a cave using sugar cubes and learn some interesting geology along the way.

Lifestyle
by Joannie Ham
7 years ago
Teaching about volcanoes and calderas at home

Teaching geology at home can be intimidating. Here's an easy to prepare, engaging lesson abut volcanoes and their aftermath, calderas.

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