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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Actually, the 7- to 12-year old children have no problem slitting throats while their parents cower inside their Prius listening to “All Things Considered.”
Sunday, December 28, 2008
" I say our house is a library with beds; I think I counted seven-hundred books in the living room alone!"
Saturday, December 27, 2008
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Italian researchers have concluded that one or two glasses of wine each day may have the effect of raising the amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in a person's blood.
The story, from Reuters Health, says that "omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, are thought to protect the heart by lowering triglycerides (a type of blood fat), reducing inflammation and preventing heart-rhythm disturbances, among other benefits. For its part, wine may boost blood levels of 'good' HDL cholesterol, reduce the chances of blood clots and improve the function of the blood vessel lining.
"Some lab research has suggested that moderate amounts of wine, or other types of alcohol, may also change the body's metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids."
Monday, December 22, 2008
If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they will never harm another,
and they will come to find
they hold everything you want.
If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they would no longer lift anything to your mouth
that might wound your precious land -
that sacred earth that is your body.
If you put your soul against this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs,
but from a holy realm that lives in us.
Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
When the moment cracks open,
ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.
Why lay yourself on the torturer's rack
of the past and future?
The mind that tries to shape tomorrow
beyond its capacities will find no rest.
Be kind to yourself, dear - to our innocent follies.
Forget any sounds or touch you knew
that did not help you dance.
You will come to see that all evolves us.
If you put your heart against the earth with me,
in serving every creature, our Beloved
will enter you from our sacred realm
and we will be, we will be so happy.
From Love Poems From God by Daniel Ladinsky
(I ask forgiveness for altering the line breaks.)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The winter solstice is one of the two times each year that the Sun is at its farthest point from the equator
Winter Solstice The winter solstice is one of the two times each year that the Sun is at its farthest point from the equator and appears to stand still. It occurs today at 7:04 A.M. EST. The wordsolstice is derived from the Latin sol, or "Sun," and stitium, or "stoppage." The Halcyon Days also occur around this time. According to ancient legend, a grieving wife named Alcyone, or Halcyon, threw herself into the sea upon discovering the drowned body of her beloved husband, Ceyx. The gods took pity on the pair, transforming them into kingfishers with the power to still the stormy seas for 14 days around the time of the winter solstice while they built their nest and hatched their young..
“ Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying." John Holt
" Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much of the world as we can into [their lives]; give children as much help and guidance as they ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest. " -
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
GMO food research....YUMMY!! Fears about dwindling fish stocks, coupled with the putative risk of pollutants from oily fish, have pushed some in academia and industry to investigate the extraction of omega-3 from alternative sources.
The principle of the GM approach is to add genes that convert shorter chain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, found naturally in the plants, into more bioavailable longer chain fatty acids.
The added genes come from a range of other organisms, but are mostly sourced from microorganisms such as fungi.
Garlic is effective pesticide ......China's Nanchang Agricultural Bureau said it has successfully extracted pesticide elements from garlic and developed an entirely nature-friendly pesticide that also boosts plant growth.
Plump, smooth-skinned, colored an unmistakable dark yellow – canary yellow, the color of egg yolks or the sun at noon.......
From: rick weinert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 10:54 AM
Subject: Plump, smooth-skinned, colored an unmistakable dark yellow – canary yellow, the color of egg yolks or the sun at noon.......
Traditional food studied in India.....Curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties, has been used in Indian traditional medicine for thousands of years.
"Indian communities that regularly eat curcumin have a surprisingly low incidence of Alzheimer''s, but we do not know why. Part of our research will investigate how curcumin may help protect the brain and prevent the disease."
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Beginning his career as a designer of stainedglass windows for the Milan Cathedral, Arcimboldo moved to Prague, where he became one of the favourite court painters to the Habsburg rulers Maximilian II and Rudolph II. He also painted settings for the court theatre there and developed an expertise for illusionistic trickery. His paintings contained allegorical meanings, puns, and jokes that were appreciated by his contemporaries but lost upon audiences of a later date. His eccentric vision is epitomized in his portraits"Summer" and "Winter" (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna).
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