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a pup and your money
will buy you love unflinching."
Kipling, English Writer & Nobel Laureate
(Contributed by Jim in Galena, Illinois)
"Peaceful Easy Feeling"
From the Inside Out...
Late Life Depression
Bulge in the Burbs
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times we come home from work overwhelmed with the stresses
of the day. It's amazing how just a few minutes of hugging
and petting with our loving dogs (and cats) can give us
back that peaceful easy feeling.
From the Inside Out
love animals, but I had more than the usual feelings for Augie Doggie,
my son's Labrador, when we first met. I
saw love and loyalty in his large brown eyes. My instinct was later
my son's third child was born, he and his family were moving into
a new home. I welcomed the chance to spend time with the new baby
and Sophie and Gerald, my other grandchildren, who were 3 and 2.
We now know what we didn't know for the first years of Sophie's
life she suffers from autism.
the beginning, it was evident she and Augie had a special relationship.
They still do. Sophie's favorite toy is her doctor's set and Augie
is always patient as he has his blood pressure taken and his imaginary
remember the activity in the house that first day the moving
vans, the furniture being carried, the call of directions. Behind
the new house was a wooded area stands of trees penetrated
by sunlight and containing a paddock for horses.
with carrots for the horses, the children were happy to leave the
bustle for a walk through the woods with grandma. As always, Augie
accompanied us. Although he ran ahead, he waited for us to catch
up, and barked at anything threatening, like squirrels.
children looked under rocks and uprooted trees, and shared their
discoveries. We happened upon a small stream where the activity
of choice became throwing stones into the water. Augie retrieved
stones, splashed and sniffed and generally became covered with mud.
Gerald stumbled into the half-inch of barely moving water and began
to howl. I turned to rescue him and when I turned back, Sophie and
Augie were gone. Dragging Gerald behind me, I hunted frantically
along the paths we had traveled, but there was no sign of Sophie
daughter-in-law and I combed the woods to no avail, and then she
phoned my son. An autistic child lacks normal fear. I don't know
why Sophie ran away, but she ran through the woods until she reached
the highway, and began walking on the side of the busy road.
was with her every step of the way. Witnesses said he was "clipped"
in the rear by cars, but wouldn't leave Sophie's side or move out
of the way of traffic. Motorists stopped to help, but Sophie wouldn't
respond. Even if she had, she didn't know where she lived.
police investigation led to the mailman, who knew the address of
a new family in the neighborhood. Sophie was transported home in
a police car. Augie, I guess, found his own way home.
newspapers reported on the dog who protected a small girl despite
danger to himself.
life is difficult now. He has arthritis, difficulty raising his
hindquarters and moves slowly. The bittersweet truth of life's ending
will have to be faced. Augie will not be there to run through the
woods and splash in the water, to warn us of dangerous squirrels,
or, the greatest loss, to love a little girl who finds something
in him, as he does in her, that the less initiated of us do not
Doggie is not a "little" dog. His body is big. But in
no measure as big as his heart.
Reprinted from Petwarmers.com
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TREAT LATE LIFE DEPRESSION
Sure you live in a nice area of the world, but this does not necessarily
mean happiness. Do you ever sit there and wonder why you feel unhappy?
Do you find that you do not feel like going out of the house? Has
sleeping become a problem? Have trouble reading or concentrating
on anything, or just can't follow a conversation because your mind
wanders? ? Do you find yourself eating more or eating less? Most
important, do you have feelings of suicide or thoughts of death?
If you have one or more of these symptoms then you may be suffering
from depression or "Late Life Depression"
CAUSES DEPRESSION? The causes of depression are unknown. It
can be brought on by certain stresses in life such as the death
of a loved one, a stressful change in lifestyle or an overload of
daily stresses. Late life depression usually occurs in older people
after the age of 60. It can be caused by small stroke-like damage
to certain areas of the brain or it can be a chemical imbalance
in the brain.
can also be an inherited family condition. If you have ever had
a family member who suffered with depression, then this can put
you at a higher risk. It is also thought that a decrease in certain
chemicals in the brain or a misfiring of impulses in the brain can
also be a cause.
is a serious medical problem. A depressed person cannot fix the
problem himself or herself. If you had diabetes you can no more
fix this problem by yourself than you could depression. Depression
can become a significant disability and worsen the outcome of major
health problems such as heart disease, cancer and strokes.
main thing to remember is that this does not make you a "nut
case" and it can be fixed very easily. THERE IS HOPE!! A good
doctor and medication can make a world of difference in a very short
GOOD NEWS: This is a condition that is very treatable. In the
last ten years there have been many new drugs that have come onto
the market that are extremely good at treating this condition. Over
60 - 80% of people with late life depression can be treated and
can lead a perfectly normal life. And don't forget...it is a condition
and does not mean you are crazy.
treatment usually starts with a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Many
of these are advertised on television, but it is really something
to discuss only with a qualified doctor. When a doctor prescribes
one of these medications for you, it is important to make sure that
they are aware of your other medications, to prevent drug interactions.
conjunction with medication it may also be helpful to receive psychotherapy.
A patient can explore different aspects of their life, past and
present, and can be a constructive way to assess how you look at
and deal with your thought processes. This can be cognitive-behavioral
therapy, problem-solving or interpersonal therapy. These two therapies
together provide the best hope for recovery.
DO I GET TREATMENT: The first stop should be your family doctor.
Try to get his last appointment of the day where he will be able
to give you the extra time you need. Try to talk to him as openly
and honestly as you can. Remember he is there to help you and you
are not the first person he has seen with this problem. You are
not alone. He should be able to help you locate a professional in
your area who will have the knowledge to treat the condition. He
will be specially trained for this.
you have a loved one that has this condition, it is strongly advised
that you do everything you can to get them to a doctor. They may
not have the ability to see their problem clearly and may not have
the energy to do anything about it. You must help them to help themselves.
if you go to the doctor alone and explain the situation, he should
be able to help you. For the person who is depressed it can be very
hard to recognize the problem and seek help. They are in a downward
spiral, the same as a drowning victim. Please help them.
for depression these days is so much better than it was just 10
years ago. If you have it just take the step of going to your doctor.
He really, really can help.
I had a friend who was suffering from depression. She is a much
person, (in her 80's) and the thought of going to a shrink horrified
She insisted she was not crazy and was afraid she would be locked
Old memories die hard. She was having sleeping problems and the
family decided to get her help from a "sleep doctor".
That she was willing to accept.
course the doctor recognized what the problem was and treated
her accordingly, but always under the guise of her "sleep problems".
At 84 she is now very active, going to the gym 3 times a week, miles
of walking every week, out with friends and much happier
than she was a few years back.
Jean Sutherland, Columnist
Cabinet" Ojo del Lago
The Great Hall
England, is a town of Roman origin that was settled for over a thousand
years before the Norman invasion in 1066. The top attraction here
is the world famous Winchester Cathedral, which houses a 12th-century
Bible. The Great Hall, created during William the Conquerer's reign,
is the site of the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh in 1603. This thirteenth
century hall is the only part of Winchester Castle that has survived
time. What was long thought to be the legendary table of King Arthur
and his knights has been hanging in the Great Hall for 600 years.
The table was painted during the reign of King Henry VIII, some
700 years after the death of King Arthur, and depicts Arthur dressed
in Tudor robes with the face of Henry VIII.
~Topic contributed by Julie in Winchester, UK
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THE BULGE IN THE BURBS (Part
shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us,
Winston Churchill once said. Today, theres new meaning to
Churchills often cited quote: A growing number of public health
researchers blame our sprawling suburban landscapes in part for
Americans bulging bellies. No doubt youve seen the statistics
on obesity in America. Perhaps youve seen them on yourself.
Wasserman, an anti-sprawl advocate formerly with the Michigan Land
Use Institute, says that when he moved from his native Philadelphia,
where he biked everywhere, to suburban Traverse City, Mich., he
put on 35 pounds. The move to Ann Arbor, where I logged 15,000
miles a year driving, gained me 15 pounds, even though I was still
biking to work, says Wasserman. But the move to Traverse
City gained me another 20.
are becoming less physically active, not so much out of laziness
but because of changes in the urban form that are dictating
more sedentary behavior, according to a new line of thinking in
public health. Advocates of anti-sprawl smart growth,
like Wasserman, say the theory adds ammunition to the arguments
against suburban development, which has been blamed for loss of
farmland and open space, as well as increasing traffic congestion.
not just a matter of our having super-sized our meals
or that we dont exercise enough, says Thomas Schmid,
a public health researcher at the Centers for Disease Control. Weve
also drastically reduced the amount of regular walking, biking or
getting around under our own steam as part of our daily activities,
scale of the epidemic and the speed with which it has grown
seem to challenge the idea that laziness or genetics alone
can be blamed, argues Schmid and other researchers, including Lawrence
Frank, co-author of the recently released
"Health and Community Design : The
Impact of the Built Environment on Physical Activity"
(Click for more info).
Schmid says a major reason why were so inactive is that we
have built houses, streets, roads and schools too spread out
to walk between, creating the type of low-density urban design known
as sprawl. We know that if you look at all the
factors that have come into play during the last two decades, one
of the most significant is that people are driving more and more
and have less time for discretionary, leisure activities,
says Frank. (Continued next week)
YOUR ENVIRONMENT Columnist, MSNBC
the technical definition of
a Sunset or Sunrise?
Laughing It Off
LAWS OF CAT-OLOGY
of Energy Conservation
Cats know that energy can neither be created nor destroyed
and will, therefore, use as little energy as possible.
of Cat Motion
A cat will move in a straight line, unless there is a really
good reason to change direction.
of Cat Inertia
A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by
some outside force ... such as the opening of cat food,
or a nearby scurrying mouse.
of Cat Magnetism
All blue blazers and black sweaters attract cat hair in direct
proportion to the darkness of the fabric.
of Cat Stretching
A cat will stretch to a distance proportional to
the length of the nap just taken.
of Cat Obstruction
A cat must lay on the floor in such a position to obstruct
the maximum amount of human foot traffic.
of Cat Acceleration
A cat will accelerate at a constant rate,
until he gets good and ready to stop.
of Rug Configuration
No rug may remain in its naturally flat state for very long.
of Selective Listening
Although a cat can hear a can of tuna being opened a mile away,
she can't hear a simple command three feet away.
of Cat Embarrassment
A cat's irritation rises in direct proportion to her embarrassment,
times the amount of human laughter.
of Pill Rejection
Any pill given to a cat has the potential energy
to reach the speed of escape velocity.
of Cat Invisibility
Cats think that if they can't see you,
then you can't see them..
of Cat Composition
A cat is composed of:
Matter + Antimatter + It Doesn't Matter.
Lunar Orbiter Photo Atlas of the Moon...
(NASA SP-206) is considered the definitive reference manual to the
global photographic coverage of the Moon. The images are excellent
for studying lunar morphology because they were obtained at low
to moderate Sun angles. This digital archive consists of the complete
set of 675 plates contained in Bowker and Hughes.
Email & Internet Sound...
First, be sure sound notification is on:
On Outlook/Outlook Express
Tools menu, click "Options".
2. Click "General" or
"Advanced" E-Mail Options.
3. Under "When new items arrive",
or "Send/Receive", select the
"Play a Sound" check box.
Follow the same procedure on your
Internet Home Page Tools menu:
1. Click "Internet Options"
2. Click "Advanced" and
scroll down to "Multimedia"
3. Make sure "Play Sounds"
Look at THAT!
SMOKE & BUBBLES
Adlan Khasanov /REUTERS
Spanish performer Pep Bou does tricks ...
with giant soap bubbles and smoke in Moscow.
"The Theatre of Soap Bubbles," originates in Barcelona
and is unique in combining the magic dances of colorful
soap bubbles with charming classical music. The act is appearing
at the Bufaplanetes Children's Show in central Moscow. ~MSNBC
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
IS IT TIME TO MOVE AHEAD?
friend and author, Steve Goodier of Life
Support System.com, has some very meaningful
thoughts to share with us today:
you ever noticed how dependent we are on others? If you're good
at something, chances are, other people helped you along the way.
A musician is usually trained by another musician. An athlete
achieves excellence because she trains hard and is well coached.
A wise man became that way because of books, schools and centuries
of accumulated wisdom to draw upon. No matter your field, you
are probably good largely because of the work and help of others!
William A. Cohen, in his book "The Art of the Leader"(Prentice
Hall, 1990), tells about a man whom most people will recognize.
His name is Napoleon Hill, author of the top selling success book
of all-time, "Think and Grow Rich". Hill was a young
newsman around the turn of the last century. He interviewed steel
magnate Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was then one of the wealthiest
men alive. He convinced Hill to devote twenty years of his life
to a study of what made people successful. Carnegie helped Hill
by giving him introductions to the mightiest, wealthiest, and
best-known men of his day. These included Henry Ford, Theodore
Roosevelt, Charles Schwab, George Eastman, John D. Rockefeller,
Thomas Edison and others. (Personally, I wish the list contained
the names of women, too, but this was a hundred years ago.)
young Napoleon Hill discovered an amazing fact from his research.
None of these successful individuals became successful strictly
by themselves or by virtue of what they could do by themselves.
Every single one of the successful individuals that Napoleon Hill
interviewed excelled in their fields through the help of others.
Talented as these people may have been, they needed the expertise,
leadership and talents of other people in order to move to new
lesson we learn is this: We need other people - especially if
we are to improve. If you want to excel, if you are ready to move
to the next level professionally, economically, or in any other
way, there are those with the skills and the desire to assist.
You'll never do and be what you are capable of doing and being
until you turn to the right people to aid your success. There
are those better than you in the areas you want to improve. Find
them...and use them.
German proverb states, 'When one helps another, both are strong'.
Conversely, when two go it alone, both are weaker. It may be time
to reach out...and move ahead." ~Steve Goodier
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