Monthly Archives: July 2012

HAPPINESS IS CONTAGIOUS, SO DANCE!

Some weeks ago I posted Pauline Hager’s ‘tale’ about the power of a smile. This posting is about the power of dance and how it brings joy to both participants and observers.

Although dance styles can be as varied as the people who perform them, the desire to dance seems to permeate all human societies across the globe.

And here is the special power of dance: It can rise above cultural, political, economic and religious differences to transmit happiness to those touched by it. It helps people from diverse backgrounds feel connected by the common bond of being members of the human race.

The video I’m about to share has a similar “feel good” feeling. Matt Harding put this video together while dancing in the streets of many different countries with the people who knew those streets best – those who lived there. Matt explains why he thinks travel is important. “It helps us learn what we’re capable of, that the path laid in front of us isn’t the only one we can choose, and that we don’t need to be so afraid of each other all the time.” It’s hard to watch his video  without smiling, so do take a moment to make that click on the link below to watch it. Not only will it make you smile, but it will make those around you smile as well. Remember, happiness is contagious.

Watch this video and smile!

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JUST LOVE THOSE GARDENS! by Lois W. Stern – Part 2


So as you can see, I love my gardens.

But sometimes my gardens don’t love me! 

 So as you can see, I love my gardens. I really do. But sometimes I think my gardens don’t love me. I don work gloves, a long sleeve shirt and long legged pants before I putter about, moving a rock here, pulling a weed there. But despite all precautions, poison ivy seems to find me. Last year was particularly bad. My skin turned raw and blistery. Prescription strength cortisone cream just didn’t seem to help. I was scratching in my sleep, waking several times during the night to apply hot water compresses. It was time to pay a visit to my dermatologist, Dr. Roger Koreen, who set me straight about a few myths and facts surrounding poison ivy.

It helps to be able to identify the plant, so let’s start there.

                Poison Ivy

                                                                                                                                              Poison Oak

Next, I thought this would be a good time to share some information I learned from dermatologist,  Dr. Roger Koreen, about the myths and truths surrounding poison ivy.

Myth: Once exposed, there is nothing you can do but wait and hope.

 Fact: If you are susceptible to poison ivy, take a hot water shower and scrub any exposed areas with soap immediately after gardening. But if you think you might have come in contact with the plant, don’t wait. Stop gardening, come inside and do that soap and water scrub down right away.

 Myth: It must be systemic as once it starts, I keep getting new breakouts.

 Fact: When we get outbreaks days or even weeks apart, it is not because the poison ivy is traveling through our system, but because we have been exposed to it more heavily on some parts of the body than others. Areas of increased exposure will erupt sooner.

 Myth: You must have direct contact with the plant to get poison ivy.

 Fact: You do not need direct contact with the plant to get poison ivy. On a windy day the offending agent, microscopic proteins called allergens, can blow in the air and attach themselves to you or other plants.  So it is possible to be exposed without actually touching the poison ivy plant.

 Myth: You can’t catch poison ivy from another human or animal.

 Fact: Although usually true, if you are in direct contact with a person or animal who was just exposed and has the active protein on their skin or fur, then you can be the unfortunate recipient of it as well.

 Myth: Since pets don’t get poison ivy, it won’t be a problem if they come in contact with the plant.

 Fact: Since the protein can remain on fur, it is possible that you can pick up poison ivy from your pet when you touch or cuddle it.

 Myth: The most effective way to treat severe cases of poison ivy is with steroid injections.

 Fact: Steroids often present other complications. If Cortisone Creams aren’t working for you (and they weren’t working for me), there are other drugs that can be effective. (The 0.05% Clobetasol Propionate Cream Dr. Koreen prescribed did the trick. I felt almost immediate relief. And that was indeed a relief!)

 Myth: Steroids should never be used to treat poison ivy.

 Fact: Although it is best to avoid oral steroids if possible, there are times when they are recommended. For example, if eyelids are swollen shut from a poison ivy outbreak, steroids might be the treatment of choice.

 Wishing you all the joys of gardening without the itch!

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JUST LOVE THOSE GARDENS! by Lois W. Stern

Won’t you take a stroll with me through my gardens? 

I love my gardens. I really do. I plan my assorted flowerbeds with care. My goal is to have different flowers blossoming in rotation for six or seven months of the year. Careful planning pays off. I am rewarded with burst of harmonizing colors, fragrant aromas and spectacular blossoms from early Spring until mid Autumn.

By April Fools’ Day,  I begin to see the fruits of my labors: white Snowdrops and pale yellow Daffodils, whose soft colors are a perfect compliment to the blue miniature Grape Hyacinths nestled beside them.

Next appear the yellow and white Daffodils and the buds of what open to multi-colored Tulips. There’s a short hiatus before my Iris clusters open, but worth the wait. Their vibrant colors cheer me as walk the path to my back yard.

Please join me along that path.

I refill my recycled baskets each Spring, and in short order have overflowing bursts of pink and rose Impatiens hanging around the perimeter of my porch.

As summer progresses and a Clematis vine twines itself higher on the mailbox post, climbing roses and blue Hydrangea spread out aside the backyard deck and snowball Hydrangea begin to flop over a post and rail fence.

Azaleas, Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron each in turn do their floral dance.

The wooded, shady areas of my back yard also get their due with a variety of Hosta plants, fern and Coral Bell.

 

Continuing to the left is my rock garden. Last year it sported a beautiful fountain.  But it met with a bit of a disaster this year. Somehow it got knocked over and cracked right through. Now its base has become of planter.

 

 

 

 

 

         

Talk about making lemonade from lemons!

But the best is yet to come. Back to the front  yard– the Oriental Lilies whose flowing petals and sweet fragrance vie for first prize!

So you can see, I love my gardens. But sometimes my gardens don’t love me. Stay tuned. Next time, I’ll explain why.

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