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Thursday, May 19, 2016

VEGAN and Vegetarian Potluck on Last Friday

VEGAN and Vegetarian Potluck on Last Fridays

The sun is shining and so is my solar oven! I created Sweet Potato chips, Cream of Mushroom soup, and Portabella garlic bread. It is exquisite VEGAN food!

For those of you who think i am avoiding animal products because of cruelty issues, health issues, those are good enough reasons, but what is making me turn the tide is environmental. We are now loosing 200 species a day due to almost 8 billion humans, a population exploding along with the animals we raise to kill. The web of life is collapsing due to animal based diets which translate into deforestation to create cow pastures - we've now lost half to 3/4 of our forests.

That's the reason for C02 in the atmosphere and loss of oxygen production, the loss of biodiversity and habitat.

80 percent of our agriculture resources are going to feed animals instead of us. We can feed 100 people for the price of one hamburger, and the environmental harm is not being calculated.

These animals are using up the dwindling oxygen supply and are responsible for the biggest share of METHANE gas - deadliest of the greenhouse gases. One or two more degrees of ocean warming and our Oxygen supply from the seas, the phytoplankton, will be wiped out, as they cannot handle temperature change.

This scenario of ocean warming has occurred before, due to volcanoes, and 95% of everything alive perished. Now it's entirely human created.

For those who are religious, re-visit Genesis. We were instructed to eat plant foods. The ten commandments instruct us not to kill.

No one wants to hear, or notice, or see, or connect the dots of what we are causing because few want to change anything about what they are and do. For those with eyes to see, the signs of the times are all around us.

I am only one person, but all change comes from right where you are. Every bite makes a difference. That is why I am focusing on plant based foods, host a VEGAN potluck every month in Boulder Creek on the last Friday for lunch at Saint Michael's Community Center.

RSVP at, holds images and recipes.

It is also why I am posting articles and science notes on social media, to raise awareness. Do you care enough to do what you can to reverse global warming and the 6th mass extinction wave currently accelerating?

Unless we re-green our world with food bearing trees, and loose our addictions to flesh, life is doomed to extinction at a rapidly accelerated rate 10,000 times normal extinction rates, and all the wars, global weather intensities, famines, and ills that are coming with it.

Tamara Lynn Scott Scott Com Broadcast Cable Series: Cable 27 - Santa Cruz, California Tuesday and Friday evenings, 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. Nationwide on Public Access Cable

Thursday, March 03, 2016

1994 Toyota 4 Runner - Radiators

Series This Old Car - 1994 Toyota 4 Runner - Radiators

Located on 114 Coral Street in Santa Cruz, Polar Automotive and Radiator came recommended to us as experts on all things radiators need.

We had the opportunity to stop by and chat briefly with Greg Woolever to have him share with us a few of his monitoring points when checking on the health of a radiator.

Our first step was to start the engine up and take a look at the monitor inside the dash to see if it was steady, or facilitating. We had not noticed any wild fluctuations previously, so this appeared to be acting normally.

We next popped open the hood and felt all the radiator hoses. They were all warm. A good sign.

We checked the air blowing off the fan and it was warm, as it should be.

When we turned the engine off, the fan stopped, also a good sign.

Greg checked the fan to see if he could feel any oil leaks, and the fan clutch appeared to be functional.

He suggested changing the radiator cap with any radiator fluid replacement, a minor cost to help assure no problems with cap failures.

Greg felt the original radiator clamps on the main radiator hose for proper placement just behind the ridge that exists on the radiator pipes to help keep the hoses in place.

He then took a look at the spillover container to see if it was dirty. It's important to clean this with any fluid change. He unclamped the hose and blew through it to ascertain if it was plugged up, and it seemed to be unplugged.

These quick assessments appeared normal.

We will be monitoring the radiator and returning if any major problems arise, when needed.

In the meantime, we will be replacing the radiator cap, as suggested.

1994 Toyota 4 Runner and Radiator repairs

We now have a 1994 Toyota 4 runner, which is a 2 wheel drive automatic, that we are featuring in the series.

Our first needs have been replacing all the hoses from the radiator, which were all the original Toyota parts and have lasted over 20 years.

The best quality of parts for your vehicle is almost always the factory suggested parts, and Toyota of Santa Cruz is being featured for the main radiator hose being replaced, as well as the lower fan shroud and clips which were missing from the vehicle.

It is most likely, the lower fan shroud was not replaced by some previous mechanic, rather than being stolen or falling off.

Marc S. Lucas came recommended to us, and has a small shop in Felton. He was the first mechanic who noticed the fan shroud was missing.

He also was the first to notice the radiator clamp was loose and needed to be soldered back in place to prevent the radiator from moving about.

Marc began by placing a large fan on top of the motor to assist the engine in cooling down.

After 5 minutes or so, he grabbed a wrench he had specially notched to fit the clamps of the main radiator hose. His background of working with a tool and die maker has given him abilities to create his own tools.

He believes the original clamps Toyota puts on their hoses to be the best, as they always adjust themselves to keep a tight fit, unlike the previous mechanics who replaced the heater hoses, destroyed the original clips when removing them, and replacing them with the type of clamps you see frequently in plumbing applications, which will require monitoring and tightening. We will be looking into replacing those clamps as a result, with the original Toyota clamps.

The end of the hose attaching to the radiator was left in place with the hose pointing upward to prevent fluid leaking, as an extra means of allowing heat to dissipate from the radiator.

We began by first opening up the drain at the bottom of the radiator to drain off fluid having a large basin to capture the fluids.This did not begin in earnest until the radiator cap was removed.

Once the fluids had drained adequately, Marc began the process of grinding/sanding off the metal where the soldering of the joint was to occur. This allows a clean union for the flux and solder to be applied.

He followed with using an acid wash, and a detergent wash on the area.

He checked to make sure no pinholes or weak spots existed on the radiator.

Using a torch, he then preheated the area, applied some liquid flux, then solder with also had flux in it.

The grinder was used to remove any extra solder.

Now that the radiator was stable, the main hose was removed, the new hose fitted on with the original clamps fitting just behind a small ridge that exists on the radiator outlet, and the other pipe the hose fits on. This ridge helps the clamps further to hold in place and not slip off.

All the fluid was poured through a sieve which consisted of a simple cotton towel and looked to be clean, as it was only 2 weeks old from the prior replacement of heater hoses. Most mechanics just throw away the liquid and sell you new liquids. We liked Marc's filtering process better.

All the hoses should have been replaced at the same time, as they were all over 20 years old and wearing out, but the prior 2 mechanics who had each done a little, but not all, were remiss. It is the purpose of this article, this series, to help educate the public to be knowledgeable enough to recognize if their mechanics are conscientious. If they are not, hose failure will shortly occur and radiator fluids will be spraying the entire engine compartment.

The next step was to restore the bottom fan guard, an arched plastic piece that helps the fan keep the radiator cool, and which had been left off by some previous mechanic most likely.

A matt on the ground makes this job more comfortable and clean, and with the aid of a small flashlight, the guard was replaced with 2 metal clips that fit into grooves, and audibly can be heard to click in place when seated correctly.

The radiator fluid, in this case Prestone, a light green colored fluid and an American Made Company and product, was replaced in the radiator.

Next step was applying some pressure to allow all the bubbles to be driven out of the system, which we could see at the top of the radiator where a plastic basin device had been attached that allowed all the air to come bubbling out. Once no more bubbles occurred, the device and attachment from the radiator cap were removed, having allowed the fluid level to drop back down to the top of the radiator.

It is critically important never to add water to your radiator, as in short time, this will cause the radiator insides to rust. Only in dire emergencies when all fluids have been lost, due to some mechanical failure, is water only used to get you to the nearest service station where the proper radiator fluids can be replaced.

I know of many people who have topped off their radiators with water. Keep your radiator fluid with you at all times in the trunk of your car.

Our radiator cap is rated according to Toyota specs, at 15 pounds pressure. For every pound there is temperature degree variance and using the wrong cap with the wrong pressure can overstress your radiator.

We started the engine to check on the fan operation, and Marc used a red laser beam device to check the various parts of the radiator for temperature variance. 126 degrees was noted on the outer areas and 86 degrees in the center which suggested that there might be some blockages in the radiator needed flushed and cleaned out.

Final step was attaching a pressure device to assure that no leaks were occurring.

Our next procedure may be to have a radiator expert flush and clean the tank.

We were informed that the radiator would need to be removed from the vehicle for a proper, conclusive procedure.

Radiators in the original Toyotas are metal and pricey - around $400.00. They are, however, the longest lasting ,compared to the plastic ones at a cheaper price, usually made in China.

We would like to ascertain we need replacement, so will be investigating further the radiator flush.

Thursday, January 07, 2016


I recently purchased a 1994 Toyota, Automatic, 4 Runner, which is actually a 2 Runner, which actually has only one wheel actively engaged.

I made this choice because the gas mileage is much better without the weight of a 4 wheel drive.

My first repair episode was the radiator hoses wearing out, erupting in much steam and radiator fluid splashing all about.

My repair experience was poor with dropping the vehicle into the hands of the first service station I came across, in Felton.

First, my vehicle was used as a teaching tool for untrained mechanics who ended up damaging 2 other essential parts on the car.

This resulted in the Engine Light coming on, and code 22 signifying which part had been broken by over tightening the hose.

The second damaged part resulted in my car not being able to start up properly from a cold start.

The station brushed off the Engine check light and not running their computer screen to verify the damage, or not wanting to accept responsibility for having broken off the plastic that the hose attached to.

The result of this was my car exploding the next morning when the hose broke off and radiator fluid once again soaked the engine.

I took my vehicle to a different mechanic in Boulder Creek for the $355.00 in damage repair.

The second part broken was responsible for my car not being able to start.

Saving All Life On Earth

Recent letter to the Editors of several local newspapers:

I have response to the recent article on Global Warming. Co2 is not the major cause. Co2 is needed by plants to create Oxygen and we can replant our forests, now decimated by 1/2 , made into cow pastures, to help ease the imbalance.

Methane Gas is the most deadly and destructive of all the greenhouse gases, created by 8 billion humans and their livestock, most notably cows. It accounts for 28 percent currently and outweighs all the Co2 sources combined.

This is the inconvenient truth Al Gore does not mention because his family is living off cattle ranching, and your article writer, Gamble, missed this as well.

Methane is something each of us must do something about. We need no government to curtail what we choose to eat.

Unless we can return to Eden, remember the Fruits of the Trees, and all growing, plant based foods as our intended "Meat", all life is being destroyed for our ignorance and violence. There is every good reason to stop the practice of eating flesh.

To those who argue that the bible gives them the right to kill, and site practices from 1 A.D,overlooking Genesis,

What do you think God would say to the current extinctions of all life being driven by out of control population numbers of humans and animals raised to kill for their flesh?

Can you sacrifice your desire for flesh and return to the Garden of Eden, where no violence was committed, where we were instructed to eat the fruits of the trees?

We are in Biblical times of Armageddon and Revelations where 60% of everything living is currently dying.

We have become the beast.

Unless we enlighten and rethink our destruction and violence on earth, all life is currently collapsing.

Only we can stop the killing, the destruction, and pray we can do it in time to avert the current collapse.

To the scientists of the world, who weep for the current path of destruction, do not give up on your outreach. The entire cycle of life is crying out to us to enlighten.

I am hosting VEGAN potlucks every first Friday in Boulder Creek, CA. at Saint Michael's community hall as a means of drawing media attention to this most serious problem of our times.

You can reach me at, or to RSVP at least 1 week in advance.

We are trying to showcase the most exquisite foods on our planet, the only ones capable of healing us and our world.

I am photographing the most interesting foods brought, along with recipes at my broadcast website: "

All who come are asked to participate by bringing their favorite dishes and are being asked to speak about how they created them.

Post your recipes to the email addresses listed for RSVP. I'll be posting them at my website and Facebook, and other appropriate outlets.

All are being asked to bring their own tablesettings, and assist with clean up, sweeping the halls, getting the dishes washed and the kitchen clean.

If you are a talented VEGAN chef you are most especially welcome, as this is intended as educational outreach and shifting thinking.

We sacrifice nothing by embracing a non-violent, plant based diet, and have all life to gain.

Tamara Lynn Scott Scott Com Broadcast Cable Series: Cable 27 - Santa Cruz, California Tuesday and Friday evenings, 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. Nationwide on Public Access Cable

Friday, September 11, 2015

VEGAN potluck - Press article in Connection Magazine - August - Page 28: " Return to Eden"

VEGAN potluck - Press article in Connection Magazine - August - Page 28: " Return to Eden"

Recent Connection Magazine August2015 Issue #ClippedOnIssuu article on VEGAN potlucks on First Fridays in Boulder Creek, CA.

Hosted by Tamara Lynn Scott

Connection Magazine August2015 Issue #ClippedOnIssuu

You must click on this link to open August edition, page 28.

Connection Magazine August2015 Issue #ClippedOnIssuu

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

VEGAN! " Great Gourmets" - Broadcast Series of Tamara Lynn Scott

Sample Plate of VEGAN Food: Portabella Pizza, 6 mushroom/roasted potato/onion/brussel sprout/asparagus, sweet peppers, celery, watermelon.

I am now hosting the only VEGAN potluck in the Santa Cruz Mountains every First Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the Saint Michael's Community Hall on Pine Street.

All are invited to participate, which means bringing your favorite VEGAN foods and drinks to share. I'll be photographing these foods. Post your recipes and any images you have of them at this website, or send to my email address at Let me know if you are planning to come and what you'll be bringing, and if you want to be added to the email list.

All must RSVP and all must participate in clean up of the hall.

Bring your own picnic basket with non-disposable table settings. We do this to eliminate clean up, breakage, and paper plates or plastic forks.

I'll be posting the best foods here at this website, along with other posting locations, and may invite some to be featured in the Broadcast Series: " Great Gourmets".

I am doing this because we are now loosing 200 species a DAY due to 8 billion humans on animal based diets killing everything that lives. This is an unprecedented loss of life caused by humans and only we can help turn this around by getting back to the garden, a " RETURN to EDEN."

I am now focused on presenting the best choices of diet, namely VEGAN, the only sustainable, environmentally friendly diet, as recommended to us in Genesis. Perhaps God knew something about what is happening now.

Here are a few of the foods being brought to the table.

Bring your own tuperware to take the left overs back home with you, and back out into the community for those who need it.

Everyone who comes is taking home more than they are bringing.

VEGAN mayonnaise, recipe included in this post, and other VEGAN gourmet foods.

Yield 3 1/2 cups. Units US 2 1⁄4 cups safflower oil 1 cup soymilk 1 tablespoon maple syrup or 1 tablespoon agave nectar 3⁄4 teaspoon sea salt (to taste) 3⁄4 teaspoon sea salt (to taste) 2 -2 1⁄2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, raw or 2 -2 1⁄2 teaspoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed

combine all ingredients except vinegar or lemon juice in blender, blending until smooth. Slowly add vinegar or lemon juice until liquid thickens.

Greek tomato Fritters from Santorini:

5 roma tomatoes, diced ¾ onion, finely diced* V1 garlic clove, pressed 1 tablespoon fresh parsley ½ teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon oregano Salt and pepper 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tablespoon bread crumbs (optional) ½ cup olive oil, for frying


2 cups bulgur or cracked wheat 2 cups very hot water 1 cucumber, chopped 2 small tomatoes, chopped 1 bunch green onions, (8) sliced 1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh chopped mint, to taste 2 cups fresh chopped parsley 1 clove garlic, minced (optional) Dressing: 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon pepper 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste Soak the cracked wheat in the hot water until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. When it's ready, drain any excess water, if necessary, and squeeze dry. Meantime, prepare the vegetables for the salad and mix the dressing ingredients together. Set aside. Stir the prepared bulghur, other salad ingredients, and dressing together in a medium bowl. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Makes about 8 cups, 12 to 16 servings.

VEGAN Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream with Raspberries Ingredients for VEGAN Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream 1 can(~1 3/4 cups) full fat quality coconut milk (organic when possible) 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp raw sugar ground in a coffee grinder (or sub honey) 3-4 vegan gluten free black bean brownies Instructions Place coconut and almond milk, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, vanilla and sugar in a blender and blend until well combined. Transfer to a mixing bowl, cover and refridgerate until chilled through - at least a couple hours. Once chilled, pour into pre-chilled ice cream maker and use according to directions. (Alternatively, pour into a freezer-safe container, cover and freezer, taking out to stir every couple hours to aerate.) Once the ice cream is at soft-serve consistency, add in brownie chunks. YOu can either do this at the end of the ice cream maker's churning process, or once you pour it into a container. Smooth the top with a spoon, cover and freeze until firm. Or, eat immediately though it will be quite soft.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

For Valentines' Day

You may not believe in eternity,
in love that never dies
but lives on from life to life,
but in my case, I know this to be.
I have dreams that cover many lives and times and experiences,
and I have recognized my true husband from many threads and many times.
It is not that important the time we have to spend with each other,
because we are never parted.
There is important work we have come into each incarnation to accomplish,
and there have been many years of being apart in each of these.
It does not diminish the love, but increases it, as we each know each other,
communicate over all time and space,
and know there is no end.
We are always in each others heart and mind
and our thoughts cross over all time.
The greatest love of all, serves all, and does not impede.
So today, as all days, I send my love, my heart, my understanding,
that in times of greatest need,
the needs of all are served by each of us,
doing what we most need to do and be,
joined in the eternal heart beat,
the eternal be.

( Written for the one who knows,
the one who hears and sees,
the one whose whisper is in a thousand dreams.
Over all time we will always be
in love that is greater than we.)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Back window Moter Replacement

The Back window Motor replacement is featured in this article on a 1991 Toyota 4-runner.

The process of assessing what was causing the problem began after smelling the odor of smoke emitted from the back window area, followed by loss of operation on the back window, as well as the front windows and door locks becoming inoperable.

We began the process by checking all the fuses under the car hood and inside the car. These all were functioning.

Mauricio Martinez was featured.

We also checked the motor to see if it was still functional and it was not.

George Galt of Boulder Creek also re-checked the fuses and the replacement motor.

The opened back door motor area:

We located the 35 amp fuse that needed to be re-set which is located on the driver's side of the car just in front of the door. This fuse as reset by pushing a small metal piece in through a hole on the fuse. This reset allowed the front windows and door locks to be operational.

The front controls for the back window where checked to see if functional and although they did not activate the back window, were deemed operational and the problem located between them and the back window motor.

We obtained a used motor for the back window and replaced the motor but without success in making the back window operational.

We next pulled the plastic finishing pieces from the rear of the car, opening up the side wall on the driver's side where the utility box was also lifted out to reveal the relay switch box bolted into the side of the car. Once removed we could smell a slight smoky odor from the switch, opened it and revealed that one of the components inside had whitish smoke residue and determined that the next step would be to replace this switch.