“Do not underestimate the power of the dark side”

What do men want?

In my family it’s Video Games. Forget World Peace or a Democratic united government, fresh water or food. Nope – it’s video games. My dearest other half –  working class blue collar and all American mentioned that for our Wedding Anniversary he would like http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/action/soulcaliburiv/news.html?sid=6191743   Soul Calibur 3 – which lead to cheers from the other children in the family. I am not a gamer – let me set that straight. Yet I can enjoy a well done animation and story and being a writer and artist – I believe that at their core Games are Art. My passion is Gardening and fighting the rodents for my vegetables, the rest of the family want to play Video Games, Xbox, Wii, Playstation, Nintendo whatever – if it comes with a box and a few controllers, they are in. The girls are too so it is not just a boy thing. My husband and I both grew up in very game/technology tolerant families. I would prefer everyone just put on some plays they have written and puppet shows and mabey even interpretive dance. I would love some poetry and paintings. I lean towards the Waldorf anti-technology lets make some bread and knit evenings but I am only one. Five other votes to battle or race or plan strategy to build civilizations cancel my plans. But not always as the childrens paintings, home made books and block cities do lay about the house. And we have three – no technology days where they do garden and can only play outside or read (books). Bedtime reading is a nightly ritual and everyone must play with their pets, cats and dogs.  Can I judge the pejorative connotations – violence and lack of awarness to one’s surroundings, competiveness that leads often to arguments and dissasfaction rather than unity?  Well I do and they debate their side and I find I am often teased about my own leisure time obsessions – Crypto-Zoology, Harry Potter and my Herb garden. Many of these can lead to arguments and time waste-ing as well.

So I have been weighing my conscious and thinking – it’s not so bad – they do have other (forced) interests and I will get them out to parks and to the lakes for fishing. I will make sure that the death struggle for controller two does not continue out of hand and that everyone gets a turn….I am teaching “peace”. That being finally settled in my mind I researched what the traditional 11th year gift would be. It just so happens that it is Steel – lucky man to want a game with Swords then. The only dilema then is the two versions of the SC game that he wants. Clever marketing tricksy marketing people. Villians all. They have made a few versions…and I know which one he wants.

I’m not sure what I want. In years past it was alone time. Time is the most prescious commodity in my world. This year though I think I will go for some maintance and something medative. A lower blood pressure mabey.

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If you dont have your health you have nothing. Excersize, meditate and eat healthy – Overweight? Cocoa May Cut Blood Pressure

Study: Dark Chocolate Bar, Cocoa Drinks May Lower Blood Pressure in Overweight Adults

By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Health News

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

July 11, 2008 — Cocoa, either in a dark chocolate bar or as a hot drink, may reduce blood pressure in overweight adults.

That’s what happened in a recent study of 45 healthy adults with BMI (body mass index) near the borderline between overweight and obese.

The researchers — who included David L. Katz, MD, MPH, of the Yale Prevention Research Center — gave some of the participants a dark chocolate bar containing 22 grams of cocoa. Other participants got a bar containing no cocoa.

Before-and-after blood pressure and ultrasound tests showed better blood pressure and better blood vessel function after participants ate the dark chocolate bar, compared to the cocoa-free bar.

Likewise, blood pressure and blood vessel function improved after participants drank two cups of cocoa, compared with drinking a beverage containing no cocoa.

How the cocoa drink was sweetened mattered. When it contained sugar, blood pressure and blood vessel function didn’t improve as much as when the cocoa was sugar-free.

Katz and colleagues reason that in the sugary cocoa drink — which contained about 45 grams of sugar per serving — the sugar may have offset cocoa’s effects to some degree.

The study — published in the July 1 edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — was partly sponsored by the Hershey Company.

Of course, eating too much chocolate or drinking too much cocoa isn’t a great idea. Blow your calorie budget and extra pounds will pile up, which is bad for your blood pressure.

SOURCES: Faridi, Z. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 1, 2008; vol 88: pp 58-63. WebMD Health News: “Cocoa for Diabetes?”

©2008 WebMD, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

In case you did not know this about Earth Worms…

They do not tolerate even the smallest amount of bleach – cleaned out the kids pool and even a few drops mixed with several gallons of water made all the earthworms flee from beneath the earth. I wonder if this is how they are farmed in the wild? http://www.redwormcomposting.com/raising-earth-worms/

The land here seems to have a mixture of worms – most likely due to the Springs and Lake so close.

Saved most of the ones effected by the cleaning –  in the garden and the robins got the others. Put a few in the wormery for the compost.

Oh and I learned mosquitos have 47 teeth today. Creepy. Yet I am three years behind the times of the average USA today reader…

USA Today article – Mosquitos have :Four sets of teeth  — four knife-like tools of serrated teeth that surround a pair of fine tubes — one for dripping a pain suppressor and one for sucking blood. A common house mosquito  stabs the skin with her sharp snout and saws in with her four knife tools to draw blood. She shoots in saliva laced with anesthetic (to escape notice) and an anticoagulant (to keep blood flowing). Then she sucks blood.

In 90 seconds, she sucks enough blood to nourish 100 eggs or more — and is too heavy to fly. She makes a controlled descent to a close safe spot where she squeezes in on her abdomen. Water oozes out of the blood, filtered through the abdominal wall, and forms a large drop. Light again, she takes off.

During her short adult life (two weeks to a month) she bites one to three times, says Larry Weber, naturalist and author of Spiders of the North Woods.

As all my (male) editors point out, only female mosquitoes draw blood (for needed protein). The males feed on nectar and plant juices.

Mosquito — designed by God to make us think better of flies.— Anonymous

Bees and Butterflies – Bugs all and all bugs are effected by the massive spraying of insecticides that are everywhere, like teflon in everyones blood all over the planet. Without the Butterflies what will people in Brazil do for rain?

Kit Kats rule

This spectacular blue marble image is the most detailed true-color ...

Reuters This spectacular blue marble image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date, using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer of Earth.

 PARIS (Reuters) – A French air hostess will become one of Europe’s pioneer space tourists after picking a chocolate wrapper out of the rubbish and finding a winning number in a competition to fly to the upper reaches of the earth’s atmosphere.

Mathilde Epron, 32, said she had bought a Kit Kat chocolate bar at her local supermarket but initially threw the wrapper in the bin, telling herself that “it’s only others who win.”

Two hours later, thinking back to the competition, she decided to try her luck and fished the wrapper out of the bin, only to find a code marked inside.

“For someone who works in air travel it’s really a dream come true,” she told France Info radio.

A spokeswoman for Nestle in France confirmed that Epron had won the prize to take a flight on a four-seater, fighter-sized aircraft built by Rocketplane, a company that builds aircraft intended to provide cheap flights into space.

She will receive four days of astronaut training in Oklahoma City in the United States before boarding the Rocketplane XP aircraft which will reach an altitude of 100 km (60 miles) and allow a five-minute experience of weightlessness.

~~ I thought this was pretty cool but it would have been cooler if it was not hers to begin with. Still fabulous. Here is RPs link in case you want to live decadently in space too. http://www.rocketplane.com/ .

I am myself, such as it is…not a space gal. I like the Sci-Fi and Utopian ideas of a stylized futuristic world so I would choose something more like Time Travel http://www.timetravelfund.com/ or with my current job and focus something more with the sea – ala Beebe and Teddy, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ice/sfeature/beebe.html

I do agree that Kit Kats are one of the more delicious candy bars.

Peacemongers –

For Susan, http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=LUQ_xVjzXUA

Check out this site she forwarded. Amazing. All (Okay most) of our college kids are to busy text messaging to hook up and watching OC and reading tabloids about Chiuahua’s and Tori Spelling to actually have some thoughts about our Grandmothers getting thrown in Prison for Protesting and spreading truths about wars over OIL and Holy wars.  I know only a few exceptions.  What the heck when Universities are cracking down on Free Speach and not one TV station covers Green Party events or Independents. There are after all only two parties right? The Wiggs and the Torries? Oh sorry I mean the Reps and the Dems. One in the same. Same coin and Masters.

Here’s a bed time story for you….

The Cherokee Indians of North America – had a history of war and violence, they were after all neighbors of very strong warrior nations. They developed over time the wisdom to have a War Chief and a Peace Chief – Four of them – two of each, two men, two women – usually elders who had seen a thing or two but never forgot to plan down the line 7 generations (at least).  When in War they planned for Peace and in times of Peace they planned for the safety of the clans. Trusting in the goodness of others they often made mistakes and put their trust in those not worthy of it. Loosing them their land, lives, children and almost their culture. They live on however and those of us – the descendents of the “People” – remember the Grandmother’s Council. An association of Women who had the final input over the tribes major descisions. Never would the Chiefs dare to take action without seeking their sensitive and powerful opinions. The years before the Trail of Tears the council was not sought and the Men of our Tribe looked less to the Women of our seven clans for reflection and wisdom. They looked to their peers taking over the Great land and saw that the Men of the European World did not revere their women and keep their council. The women of this new age did not even get to vote or own property – or even have dominion over their own person.

Our Fathers wanted to be more like these new men and forget the ways of their Mothers, Grandmothers and the Great Spirit herself – who is both Father and Mother – one and the same. They began to dress in the Western fashion and to believe in the  love of money and possesion. They did not see the coming storm and did not teach their children to remember.

The Deer Clan sent a message to all the other clans that a great storm was coming. The messages were largely ignored and the storm did come and took the Cherokee’s children and their land and scattered the people across the land of their Grandmothers. The Mother’s remembered and fought, the fathers woke up and fought and slowly the people remember who they are and remember the Grandmother’s council.

If you do not remember the Past you will relive it. If your treasure is Oil or Money or Power – there is your heart. If you let your children die without comment you will have forgotten who you are – and that you are more than an animal and do not serve at the whim of man.

The Grandmothers are speaking. We need to listen.

America is built upon not only the taking of other people’s land but on being able to repress the speaking about it.  People have fought long and hard to have freedom of speech and expression in an orderly and peaceful manner. The internet is a miraculous forum for sharing of knowledge and ideaology and fun songs and receipies. It is a leap in the manner of erudition and a sharing of philosophy and a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means. Blogs being the exception as people are sharing their experiences – mundane – profound and otherwise, more than in any other time in history. What if Ghandi had a blog? Or in my case Sequoyah (Invented the Cherokee Alphabet) http://www.manataka.org/page81.html

or even the witches in the burning times….

We are very lucky to have such freedom now. The other side of that coin is … at what price freedom. Freedom is never Free.

Good luck Susan and all the lovely free thinking Grandmothers out there.

xoxo

Mommy brain and never any time to think….

-What are you doing?

– I’m working

– What kind of work?
– Thinking…

– Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky

 

“Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget lest we forget! “

The Recessional, Rudyard Kipling

Wake up Copper top – as if the Great Mother would let some troll throttle her. Wake up!

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