Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Recycling all paper is part of our weekly routine, but putting meaningful messages in the recycling bin seems a sad way to deal with the cards from people we care about.
Clay Thompson of The Arizona Republic, January 0, 2012, B10, suggests that we might consider sending those cards to the St. Jude's Ranch for Children, "a home for kids rescued from abusive homes." According to Thompson's web search, St. Jude's Ranch for Children is the "biggest recycler of cards." The children reinvent the cards, earn money for doing so, engage in positive therapy, and learn business skills all at the same time. (See http://stjudesranch.org/ for more information).
How about sending out an email or posting a note telling your friends or coworkers your plan. Take a box to the next bagel- shop breakfast, to your workplace, your book club meeting, your church, or your fitness club to collect cards for you to send. What a good, simple way to help a child by sending cards touched by the people we love.
Interested? Here's the address:
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude’s Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
Thursday, January 5, 2012
An easy way for us to help the Veterans Behavioral Health Services is to collect coupons for personal care items so that the VA can increase its supply of those items to help these servicemen and women. Wherever we happen to be, we can find coupons in the Sunday newspaper, in magazines, and online. For those of us who are accomplished coupon clippers, more sources than those listed here are coupon goldmines.
Coupons that you can clip for razors, shaving gel, body wash, soap, lens cleaner, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes, feminine products, deodorant, body lotion, and other personal care items make it easier for the VA to provide for the veterans who have come back to face homelessness.
One address to use when you want to send an envelope of coupons, is the following:
Jamie Zewe, MA, LPC
Assistant Chief, Behavioral Health
Erie VA Medical Center
135 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16504
According to Sarah Gudgeon Public Affairs Specialist/My HealtheVet Coordinator, the following link also provides information: http://www.erie.va.gov/pressreleases/couponingteam.asp
What could be easier for us to do? Let's take a few minutes each month to clip coupons. In a small way, this easy act might help someone who has served our country in dangerous countries abroad and now finds himself or herself homeless back in the US.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Our Health: New Information on the Benefits of Shopping, Yoga, SuperFoods, and The Occasional Hangover
Saving money can make you happier. Of course! But healthier? What's the latest? Plavix lost its patent protection at the end of 2011. Those of us who include the blood thinner in our 'stay healthy' arsenal will save considerable money now that the generic is available.
Most of us like to shop, but does it help our health? The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health says, "Absolutely!" According to the study, shopping can actually lower the possibility of untimely death by 23%. Wonderful! Isn't this what we've been saying all along? But why does it help our health? How?
The researchers include the benefits of physical activity, socialization-either with shopping pals or with the salespeople we meet-time away from the house in the fresh air, the psychological lift of fresh veggies in the frig or new stuff to wear to work tomorrow, and to top off the health and happiness fix, the discovery of bargains to stretch our money a little.
At least one of our group suffers from atrial fibrillation-that very serious condition causing irregular heart beats. It's a danger because it might lead to stroke or to heart failure. In the study by Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, a group of a-fib sufferers were able to reduce episodes by 50%. How did they do it? A new med? No.
They were able to reduce their episodes of a-fib dramatically by following a plan that included participation in 45-minute yoga classes 3 times a week for 3 months. According to the researcher, this treatment also avoided side effects of those drugs usually prescribed for the disorder.
Are you living with aching caused by inflammation? Cherries have been noted as a good preventative. More suggests that we give aloe and/or prickly pear juice a try. Since recurring inflammation can lead to even more serious health issues such as heart disease and/or cancer, adding one of the juices listed might reduce the inflammation. And here's an unexpected plus! (One that we don't need, of course, but one that we can pass on to our imbibing friends.)
The prickly pear extract could help a hangover by attacking inflammation induced by alcohol.
And how about this nutrition booster: Sea buckthorn berries. What? Here's another edible that few of us have heard of. It is also known as the havtorn berry. These small berries are packed with Vitamins C and E, omega fatty acids, and beta-carotene. According to Washington, DC, dermatologist Noelle Sherber, these fruits "are powerful neutralizers of free radicals, and including them in your diet will minimize disease-causing inflammation and wrinkle-creating collagen breakdown." A berry that minimizes collagen breakdown? Hmm...now that's a bonus!
Wow! What a lot of information. No wonder I'm grateful to Dawn for steering me to this worthwhile publication. More focuses on those of us over 40. Of course, some of us are under that age, and many of us were 40 a few decades ago, but we can all enjoy the worthwhile info in a journal describing itself as the publication for "Women of Style and Substance".
If not in the snow, are you looking out on sunshine and feeling warm breezes coming through your window? Lucky you!
Wherever you are, you will enjoy fixing a hot cup of tea or coffee or sipping a cold iced tea, sitting back and enjoying "Symphony in White" sent to us by Bob A.
It's a perfect way to wind down after the holiday rush.
Check out this video on YouTube:
Created by Michelle Sherliza with music by Ernesto Cortazar