The Shirataki Experiment

Written by The Celtic Dame on . Posted in LIFESTYLES@HOME

Seeing wet noodles in bags in the “toad-food” department of Ingle’s, I was suspicious. But today I found the same thing all over the tofu department of GreenLife, so I decided to try them.

 

Healing and Feeling: Stress, Support and Breast Cancer

Written by Stanford University on . Posted in LIFESTYLES@HOME

They Teach It at Stanford

"I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker from the department of psychiatry said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

What Is It About 20-Somethings?

Written by News or Press Release on . Posted in WOMEN DAY to DAY

Robin Marantz Henig in The New York Times reports on the trend you yourself may have noticed lately: that a large percentage of twenty-somethings don't seem to be settling down at the same rate that this age group has done in the past. What you may not know is that some sociologiists and psychologists are calling upon social scientists to create a new age classification for the twenties (dare we say, tweenagers?) called emerging adults. The essay from the Times Magazine reports extentively on this trend, which is clearly supported by statistics showing higher age at marriage, higher rates of twenty-somethings living with their parents, more different jobs during the twenties, etc.

The Secret History of the War on Cancer

Written by News or Press Release on . Posted in HEALTH, FITNESS, NUTRITION

Davis, Devra Lee. The Secret History of the War on Cancer. New York: BasicBooks, 2007.

This work presents extremely disturbing  information about how virtually all information about the relationship between many synthetic chemicals and cancer have been blocked by both industry and government - leading to the conclusion that we are further behind in our understanding of this situation than researchers were in 1936. Dr. Davis also demonstrates the hypocrisy in which the same kind of experiments which are allowed to "prove" safety are considered inadequate to prove toxicity. Frankly, this makes the junk science of the Bush Administration look like a walk in the park.

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"Yes, we can!"

Written by Rev. Amanda Hendler-Voss on . Posted in SPIRITUALITY

    "Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound." Psalm 72:1,6-7

Did You Know?

Written by Center for Women's Business Research on . Posted in BUSINESS, WORK & MONEY

According to the Center for Women's Business Research 10.6 million privately held companies are now at least 50%-owned by women. And from 1997 to 2004, the estimated growth rate in the number of female-owned companies reached 17%, nearly twice that of all businesses, at 9%.

Appraisal Q&A

Written by Bonnie Rose on . Posted in LIFESTYLES@HOME

Q: We moved but some of our things did not arrive on the moving van. Can we still have them appraised?

A: Yes, you can. Hypothetical appraisals are used to estimate the value of property which is no longer available for inspection, such as property that has been stolen, destroyed by fire, or damaged or misplaced by the moving company. The value conclusions are based on critical assumptions, any one of which could render the appraisal useless, if inaccurate. All hypothetical appraisals must clearly be labeled as such and the reason for the appraisal being hypothetical must be included. In addition, all critical assumptions must be thoroughly identified.

These critical assumptions will be based on verbal descriptions you give to the appraiser, and through the use of photographs, invoices, receipts, cancelled checks, catalogs, sketches, etc. If you don’t have photographs, perhaps your friends, old neighbors, or relatives might have some that were taken in your home. If you cannot adequately describe what was lost, the appraiser will not be able to determine replacement values.

Consider having your valuable items appraised before you move again. If these objects become lost, stolen, or destroyed, a moving company or insurance company claims adjuster can rely on the appraisal to settle your claim. Things that have sentimental value that cannot be replaced, such as photo albums and family heirlooms, should be moved by you and not packed or loaded onto the moving van.

What's Not There

Written by Annelinde Metzner on . Posted in ENVIRONMENT

Evenings, a salt breeze cools the skin.
Pelicans plunge deep, intensely focused.

Educate a Girl. Change the World.

Written by News or Press Release on . Posted in EDUCATION & GENDER STUDIES

Why Just Girls? In 2001 the World Bank identified education of girls as the key to effective development, saying countries that promote women's rights and increase their access to schooling have lower poverty rates, faster economic growth, healthier populations and less government corruption than countries that don't. www.givegirlsachance.org

Planting Under the Moon

Written by G. Leigh Wilkerson on . Posted in FOOD, FARM, MARKETS

When I first started gardening in Yancey County the weekly trips to Troy's Greenhouse were more about talking with Wade as he worked behind the counter than buying marigolds or potting soil. My Grandmother's green thumb--wisdom on what to do in burning sun and Alabama clay--didn't translate to the cool fog and sandy soils of South Toe.

Rain and Sparrows

Written by G. Leigh Wilkerson on . Posted in FOOD, FARM, MARKETS

The tomato vines were lush and chest high, the best I'd ever grown in my three years of vegetable gardening. The leaves were dark green and unblemished, the picture of plant vitality. My secret, I had decided, was a generous shovel of year-old compost every two weeks.

Appalachian Herbalist: A Profile

Written by Ellenburg on . Posted in FOOD, FARM, MARKETS

Two years ago I went to my grandmother's home to interview her. It was canning and freezing season, after the harvest, a beautiful late summer day. Her husband, Cecil was alive, but ill. “I hate to be a burden to you,” he told her, as he grew weaker and weaker with emphysema. “Don’t you say nothing,” she told him. “I’d rather wheel you around in that wheel barraw than be here without you.” Today Cecil is gone, and the vegetable and flower gardens in this article are smaller. She has seen so much pass away... the love of her life, the mountains, the clear rivers, the neighborliness of commu-nity, even that pure mountain dialect that turns a phrase in uncommon ways.

Ruby Wyatt said she was in the middle of canning, she just didn’t think she had time to be interviewed. Then she said she didn’t curl her hair until Tuesday nights, so she didn’t know about a photographer coming to her house. “Lord,” she finally admitted, “I won’t know what to say. I just don’t think I can do it.” But she did, and hidden beneath the shyness and the modesty is a mountain woman’s knowledge of the earth and its medicines.

Appalachian Herbalist: A Profile

Written by Ellenburg on . Posted in FOOD, FARM, MARKETS

Two years ago I went to my grandmother's home to interview her. It was canning and freezing season, after the harvest, a beautiful late summer day. Her husband, Cecil was alive, but ill. “I hate to be a burden to you,” he told her, as he grew weaker and weaker with emphysema. “Don’t you say nothing,” she told him. “I’d rather wheel you around in that wheel barraw than be here without you.” Today Cecil is gone, and the vegetable and flower gardens in this article are smaller. She has seen so much pass away... the love of her life, the mountains, the clear rivers, the neighborliness of commu-nity, even that pure mountain dialect that turns a phrase in uncommon ways.

Ruby Wyatt said she was in the middle of canning, she just didn’t think she had time to be interviewed. Then she said she didn’t curl her hair until Tuesday nights, so she didn’t know about a photographer coming to her house. “Lord,” she finally admitted, “I won’t know what to say. I just don’t think I can do it.” But she did, and hidden beneath the shyness and the modesty is a mountain woman’s knowledge of the earth and its medicines.

Planting Under the Moon

Written by G. Leigh Wilkerson on . Posted in FOOD, FARM, MARKETS

When I first started gardening in Yancey County the weekly trips to Troy's Greenhouse were more about talking with Wade as he worked behind the counter than buying marigolds or potting soil. My Grandmother's green thumb--wisdom on what to do in burning sun and Alabama clay--didn't translate to the cool fog and sandy soils of South Toe.

Rain and Sparrows

Written by G. Leigh Wilkerson on . Posted in FOOD, FARM, MARKETS

The tomato vines were lush and chest high, the best I'd ever grown in my three years of vegetable gardening. The leaves were dark green and unblemished, the picture of plant vitality. My secret, I had decided, was a generous shovel of year-old compost every two weeks. The vines were covered with swelling green tomatoes. I went around telling friends I had the prettiest tomato plants ever, despite the rainiest summer the North Carolina mountains had seen in years and a late start for lack of dry ground. From my window I could look out and see the huge green globes of fruit shining on the row.

Bring on the Russians: Adventures with Honeybees

Written by G. Leigh Wilkerson on . Posted in FOOD, FARM, MARKETS

Apples need them. North Carolina blueberries need them too. Cucumbers, squash, melons, strawberries, and watermelons all share the same small yellow-and-black requirement. Honeybees that is, lots of them.

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