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Friday, April 25, 2014

Tid Bits from Health Mags; Free at your Local Health Food Store or Organic Grocery Store/ Food Coop

I'm on the Healthy Living Patrol, again, or HLP. Here's what I have for this week: Extraordinary Health: 1. at p. 32 Probiotics and Weight Loss; 2. What'st he Big Deal about Guayaki Brand Yerba Mate; 3. p. 34 LIghter Fare Recipes; 4. p. 40 Hot Books and Apps; p. 52. What's Trending. Nutrition News; "True Healer-Aloe Vera" A scholarly newsletter with a bibliography, which is refreshing. Among other things, aloe vera promotes the body's own antioxidants. In a local ad and elsehwere, Organic Blue and Raw Agave is being promoted as "A swewt mild taste perfect for sweetening beferages, baking, and as a multi purpose sweetener." Edible Spring 2014: Features "Iowa Barn Whiskey" by Bob Saar, "Making things Grow" encouraging kids to garden, "FarmHer" phot essay by Marji Guyler-Alaniz by Robert Leonard, "Recipe Files" for Mizuna Salad with Cumin Roasted Cauliflower. Better Nutrition: "Foods for Gallbladder Health;" "Organic vs. Non-GMO;" "Gluten free Irish Soda Bread;" "Vegan Cheese: Make it at Home;" "Eat Drink Coconut; 5 ways to Cook with Coconut Butter."

Original Tips 17-19

17. Read others on the environment: Loren Eisley, Annie Dillard, MFK Fisher, Sand County Almanac, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Old Grange and Farm wives magazines, William Wordsworth and all the Romantic Poets, The Bronte Sisters, especially Emily, on the beauty of the Moors and the landscape. Even vintage Gothic novels like the Castle of Otranto emphasize the importance of environment and landscape, as well as classic architecture on society. 18. Visit historical landmarks and national parks. State parks are also valuable places to learn. If you live near the ocean, lakes, or rivers, learn the riparian lore of your community. If you really love to read and want a challenge, read Hugo Grotius, The Law of the Sea. 19. Teach children to collect fossils, shells, rocks, minerals, and petrified wood. Take them to shows to show them how these natural resources helped shape life and the earth, and explain the role fossil fuels still play in the environment.

Never Forget! Maus

You may register now for the Iowa Council for Holocaust Education's Webinar on the graphic novel, "Maus" Date of Webinar: 6 - 7 pm CDT May 20, 2014 University of Northern Iowa Professors Stephen Gaies and Harry Brod will share insights about Art Spiegelman's Holocaust-themed graphic novel, Maus, and suggest ways in which it may be taught. "Maus has been described as memoir, biography, history, fiction, autobiography, or a mix of genres. In 1992 it became the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize." Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9027565866598998530 For additional information contact gaies@uni.edu A program by the Iowa Council for Holocaust Education, the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. Webinar ID 111-665-611

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Belated Happy Earth Day and Birthday Wishes to Mr. William Shakespeare

Another Earth Day has come and gone. I invite my readers to explore the origins of ED, which have ties to my other field of criminal justice and The Unicorn Killer. We send birthday wishes to Mr. William Shakespeare, allegedly born per his baptismal records on this day, and also died on this day. Sharing the same dates of birth and death re year, Miquel de Cervantes, who wrote of course, Don Quixote de la Mancha. Sharing the date of his death, James Joyce. And of course, today is St. George's Day. I mowed my yard Saturday with the manual, old fashioned mower for the first time and was very proud of myself. I have taken control fo the yard. Today, I have thwarted the garbage trespassers from next door. If only I felt better. Trying probiotoics and organic foods to battle some tough conditions. Spring is indeed here, and my daffodils and dandelions are up. I was happy to see the sunshiny yello. The gnome village is nearly set up, fairy gardens on the way, but it dipped to 22 degrees last night, dewpoint 29. Happy Spring and Planting, more soon.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Better Nutrition and Some Periodicals

Happy Day after Easter, even Greek Orthodox Easter was on the same day. I found a great article on the origins and dates of Easter at About.com, search Easter. Here are some of the relevant articles from Better Nutrition this month; you can find this periodcial free at most local health food stores: 1. Best of Natural Beauty Awards: best beauty products at health food stores nad drug stores. Article by Vera Tweed. 2. Beauty Foods; in the same theme 3. Waste not;want Not on saving energy and water plus other resources 60 ways. 4. Food Matters; Dining out Allergy Free Some Gluten Free Products advertised include: Way Better Tortilla Chips, Nut Thins, Edward and Sons Mashed Ptoatoes nad Hall Merry Snacks Cookies and Macaroons Also, something I hve not tried but a new supplement Perfect Food RAW Organic Green Super Food,check at www.GardenOfLife.com Finally, I was able to get free copies of The Radish and a booklet about Carlson Norwegian Fish Oil. More of the original tips soon, and some spring crafts and May Basket Ideas. Live Green and Prosper! Tip: Don't waste ice cubes at the bottom of the glass; use them to water plants. It is working on my office plants very well.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Relevant Reading that is Interesting and Quick

I see myself coming and going anymore. The word "vacation" is not in my vocab; I don't even have time to spell out "vocab" as it should be. But, here are a few articles in May's Reader's Digest, just FHI. I don't work for RD. This is an onging gift to me from my uncle, and I I appreciate it very much, as I have for the last 26 years. It is a remnant of what my life used to be. Without further ado: Danger in our Food Supply, One Earth Magazine; Golden Rules of Health/RD Original; Eating Tricks that Soothe your Belly/21-Day Tummy, and 50 Secrets your Pet Won't Tell You/RD oriignal. Thanks ot Theriault's.com for the Image of the Spring Lady Half doll, and visit me at Dr. E's Doll Museum and Doll Collecting at About.com.

Trivia Green

Some tidbits, after a trying few weeks, dealing with clones of the former bad attack neighbors dumping their trash in my garbage cart. All beer bottles and liquor; I took it out and set it by theirs on the curb. Well, I'm tired by being colonize by Yahoos, of the variety Swift wrote about. They are carbon copies of the last bad bunch, Prof Rober Rabbit and his Fishwife, whose children used our law for a public toilet, broke windows, attacked other kids, broke into houses for treats, you name it. Their daughters even have the same name, which my late cat also had, but poor little feline came by hers honestly. Here are my husbands' pictures of the Blood Moon, and our residential city turkey? Is she a girl or a boy?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mississippi Fossils

I have always loved old things, preferring them to the new and the shiny. I take it to heart that more and more of our old buildings are being imploded for the sake of progress, The Armory, Lincoln School, Audubon School, The Huber Home, have all been victims. Eyesores, some have called them, dangerous buildings, accidents waiting to happen. History, I say, that will never be repeated or enjoyed again, like the cafeteria on the mezzanine of McCabe’s Department store or the ice cream counter at Pitcher’s on 30th in Rock Island. There are some landmarks, though, that can’t be bulldozed. They will find their way into our consciousness, even in a disaster. Cases in point; the fossils found along the shores of our own Mississippi. Paleontologists will tell you that these fossils, by definition, evidence of prehistoric life, become exposed when the River’s water levels drop, or after the waters of a great flood have receded. See, they will find us, come “hell or high-water.” They also show up where you least expect them; trilobites and fossil ferns showed up in the limestone rock borders of my parent’s garden in Rock Island. Huge rocks encrusted with fossils with exotic names like Cladopora, Cephalpods, Anthozoa, Platyrachella, Productella-they made a home for a water snake that slithered out when I lifted up his rock roof to see the fossils close up. Twenty five years ago or so, they showed up at the gift shop of the Putnam, pre-IMAX, and in the sands near the Cordoba Nuclear plant, where we fieldtripped for Summer Biology in 1975. Our fossil landmarks are far older than the demolished school buildings amid whose walls our teachers first introduced them to us. They hail from the Devonian Period of prehistory, between 410 and 360 million years ago. Appropriately, many of these were marine animals, and fish Later ,the new kids on the block appeared during the Ice Age, the wooly mammoth, giant ground sloth, the land animals, ancient at 10,000 to 2 million years old, but familiar. They coincided with us, with the humans, who learned later to destroy so well. Fossils humble us, these often tiny pieces of prehistory. They have already outlasted us; they lived in some form or another for hundreds of millions years. We have only lived in this Valley for some 10-fiftenn thousand years. If by chance my fossilized remains should survive a million years, and some archaeologist in the far distant future finds me, I hope I have that little fossil fern and the trilobite clutched in my bony hand. And I hope I’m part of prehistory lesson that’s taught in a school that isn’t in danger of being demolished.

Nature Trivia

A few random topics today, and a thank you to the person who left us a comment. We'd love to consider a future collaboration, but right now, we are spread a little too thin. I would love to read your blog, however. Yesterday, along a busy suburban street, a saw a wild turkey sitting in the grass, posssibly a female, contendedly gazing as the cars drove by. She almost looked as if she were smiling. Maybe we are the turkey version of net flix. I overheard a newstory regardng feeding processed foods to rats. Apparently, the lab rats were not as eager for a reward if they were fed low fat, sugary, refined flour foods. Translation is that the same happens to humans, and results of the rat study will be published soon. I dedicate this story to my late, great lab rat Wilbur, who was always eager for a reward and a cuddle, as are my two big kittens, Tuxedo and Bangles. The price of beef is oging up, in large part due to demands from McDonalds, Burger King, and other fast food moguls, but also because cattle heards have thinned because of the harsh weather to population levels like those in 1951, Well, eat salad and sushi, I say. Still the guide at About.com Doll collecting, where the newsletters and comments are free. Finally, there are tulips and daffodils pushing themselves up, and grass is getting greener. A Blessed Passover and Happy Easter to those celebrating.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Step Into the Bata Shoe Museum: The Beauty of Beads

A Step Into the Bata Shoe Museum: The Beauty of Beads: By Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator   Small, luminous and colourful, beads have been used to decorate footwear around the world...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Doll Museum: Bru, Jumeau, and more

Doll Museum: Bru, Jumeau, and more: The 19th century web museum exhibt will soon continue our chronology. Thanks for being patient for our digressions and for my bad typing. ...