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not brethren, they are not underlings;
They are other nations, caught with
ourselves in the net of life and time."
Beston, American Author, also known as
"The Vagabond of the Dunes"
"My Best Friend"
From the Inside Out...
the Weed War (1)
Science for Seniors
than a Quick Fix
What a Site!
Dismantling Our Walls (1)
BE the World
You Want to
16 years I was blessed
with the companionship of
"Ms. Mopsey of Mohave"
... a remarkable little wire-haired dachshund. Mopsey was a wise old "leprechaun"
who could intuitively reach into the heart of anyone she met.
From the Inside Out
lying on the side of the road in the snow, it was amazing that this little dog
was alive. The car that hit him apparently did not care enough to stop and take
care of him.
when a college student saw him, she picked him up and called Because You Care,
Inc. (BYC), the local animal rescue organization that I volunteer for. When I
received the call, the description I got of the Beagle's injuries convinced me
that he needed to be euthanized.
Sadly, I agreed to authorize payment of the vet bill and sent the woman and the
dog to a local veterinarian. Less than an hour later, I received a call from the
vet telling me that both of the Beagle's back legs were broken, as well as his
pelvis. What hope would there be for a dog with injuries like that?
the vet surprised me by telling me that he would like to get X-rays to see if
the breaks could be fixed. I agreed to the X-rays and got a call later telling
me that the vet was certain he could fix this dog. The catch -- it would cost
over $1000. How could our small nonprofit organization spare that much of our
hard-earned donations on one animal?
turned that question over to the other BYC members. The overwhelming response:
How can you place a price on a life? Nearly everyone I spoke to agreed that as
long as this dog could have a good quality of life after rehabilitation, his life
should be spared.
vet called me immediately after surgery to tell me how well the Beagle, now dubbed
Franklin, had fared. The following day, Franklin was sitting up -- something he
had not been able to do before surgery. He was ready to go to his foster home
to begin recuperation. Judy, one of our volunteers, had agreed to foster him during
this critical care stage since she has experience in this area.
were optimistic that Franklin would be able to stand on his own one month after
the surgery and that he would be walking and starting to run another month later.
Now it was time to pay for the surgery. We decided to take it to the community.
story was aired on several local newscasts and articles were written in two local
newspapers. Soon, nearly everybody knew the story of this remarkable little Beagle
and his strong will to live.
knowing what kind of response we would get, we were amazed when the donations
started rolling in. Our little nonprofit group created the Franklin Fund and the
community was generous. We were soon able to pay the $1400 vet bill with money
left over! (The fund will remain in place for future badly injured animals, and
we now know that we won't have to face the difficult decision of euthanizing an
animal because of lack of funds.) Interestingly, some local middle school students
heard about Franklin's story and decided to donate their lunch money for a day,
saying, "We can live without lunch for one day but Franklin cannot live without
Franklin is doing just fine. In fact, he has a whole website with his pictures
and story. You are welcomed to check it out at: www.BecauseYouCare.org
Steiner, Because You Care, Inc.
~ Reprinted from Petwarmers.com
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WIN THE WEED WAR (Part 1)
gardeners know what it's like to have their yards invaded by unwelcome plants.
Although there's no easy way to banish weeds, there are a few techniques you can
use to reclaim your turf at the least, you can limit hostile takeovers.
Be a mulching maniac. Mulch acts as a suffocating blanket by preventing light
from reaching weed seeds. At the same time, it holds moisture for your plants
and provides nutrients for your soil as it decomposes. Apply coarse mulch, such
as bark or wood chips, directly onto soil. Leaves, grass clippings, or straw work
better as a weed deterrent with a separating layer of newspaper, cardboard, or
fabric between them and the soil.
Water those weeds. Pulling weeds is easier and more efficient when the soil
is moist. You are more likely to get the whole root system, and your yanking won't
disturb surrounding plants as much either. No rain? Turn on the sprinkler or even
water individual weeds, leave for a few hours, then get your hands dirty. (Just
ignore the strange looks from your neighbors as you water your weeds.)
Cut weeds down in their prime. Weeds love open soil. But if you till or cultivate,
then wait to plant, you can outmaneuver the weeds. Till the ground at least twice
before you plant. Your first digging will bring dormant weed seeds to the surface
where they can germinate. Watch and wait for a few weeks until they begin to grow.
Then slice up the weeds again with a tiller or a hoe, only don't dig as deep.
Now it should be safe to put precious plants into the soil.
Pass the salt. Try sweeping rock salt into crevices between paths. Although
more harsh, borax also works well. Be sure to wear rubber gloves with the latter
material. You might need to apply a few doses, but be aware of any surrounding
plants because both products kill the good plants along with the bad.
Lay down the law. Try using landscape fabric as a weed controller. Landscape
fabric is usually made of a non-woven, porous polypropylene fabric, which enables
air, water, and nutrients to reach the soil but keeps weed seeds in a dark, cool
environment where they can't germinate. You lay down the fabric, cut a hole where
your plants are positioned or will be planted, then cover the fabric with a 2-
to 4-inch layer of mulch or gravel. However, landscape fabric doesn't work well
on steep slopes or windy sites, where the mulch often slides off or is blown away,
exposing the fabric. Never use plastic, as it prevents moisture and air from reaching
your plants' roots.
Boil them alive. If you have pesky weeds in a spot with no nearby grass or
valuable plants, boil water and pour it over the unsuspecting weeds. To control
the stream of boiling water and to save surrounding plants and your toes from
a scalding, use a teakettle.
To compost or not to compost. After you've labored to rid your garden of weeds,
be careful that you don't throw weeds onto the compost heap where they can drop
seed and infect your entire yard. When you pull or till young weeds, leave them
where you chop them and let the sun dry them out, then use them as mulch. Throw
mature weeds on a hot compost pile where they should cook at 200 degrees or higher
for several weeks to ensure the seeds are killed.
Homes & Gardens
& Home MSN.com
|Far Horizons |
Predjama Castle in Slovenia stands inside an overhanging rock wall and there are
still remains of the older Erasmus Castle in the natural cave. At first the castle
was owned by the Patriarchs of Aquiliea and later Erasmus of Predjama. Archaeological
excavations in Erasmus Castle and the old stables have demonstrated the presence
of man from the Eneolithic to the Early Middle Ages. Below the castle is the entrance
to what used to be the stables, which are now open to the public.
Science for Seniors delivers the
discovery to seniors and their supporters with medical
health news and science.
THAN A QUICK FIX
In its December 2001 issue, Worth magazine selected Heifer International as one
of the top 100 Best Charities in the United States. According to Worth, Heifer
is "especially innovative" and one of the best relief and development
charities that " ... work effectively with other groups on the scene, sharing
information and resources. They focus tightly on their missions and don't venture
into areas in which they lack expertise. And they involve local leaders in program
design and implementation, which helps ensure lasting results after they move
the 1930s, a civil war raged in Spain. Dan West, a Midwestern farmer, ladled out
cups of milk to hungry children on both sides of the conflict. It struck him that
what these families needed was "not a cup, but a cow." He asked his
friends back home to donate heifers, a young cow that has not borne a calf, so
hungry families could feed themselves. In return, they could help another family
become self-reliant by passing on to them one of their gift animals female
idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught
on and has continued for more than 50 years.
to Worth, "... while many Americans enjoy relative luxuries, vast numbers
of people around the world live lives that are too short and afflicted with poverty,
disease, civil strife, and open warfare. Relief
and development charities all provide desperately needed assistance overseas.
Surveys have shown that Americans are under the impression that as much as 20
percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. In truth, the figure is less
than 1 percent."
has helped 4 million families in 115 countries move toward self-sufficiency by
giving them one of 25 types of breeding livestock (cows, goats, geese, chickens,
etc.) for plowing power or for food and income (from milk or eggs). Families spend
a year in training and agree to pass on the first female animal offspring and
their own know-how to other needy families. Heifer animals offer hungry families
around the world a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant. Children receive
nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school, health care and better
housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate needs to fulfilling dreams. Farmers
learn sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural techniques.
by Rosa of Homestead, Florida
did the traditions of bridesmaids,
best man and wedding cake begin?
Laughing It Off
Alarms --- rearrange the letters
--- Alas! No More Z's
--- rearrange the letters
--- Dirty Room
Morse Code -- rearrange the letters
--- Here Come Dots
Machines --- rearrange the letters
--- Cash Lost In 'Em
--- rearrange the letters
--- Is No Amity
one small step for a man, one
giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong
--- rearrange the letters ---
"A thin man ran; makes a large stride,
left planet, pins flag on moon!
On to Mars!"
Decimal Point --- rearrange the letters
--- I'm a Dot in Place
Plus Two --- rearrange the letters
--- Twelve plus one
Public Art Galleries --- rearrange the letters
--- Large Picture Halls,
Guinness --- rearrange the letters
--- Genuine Class
the grand finale (this one is incredible):
be or not to be: that is the question,
whether its nobler in the mind to suffer
slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
--- rearrange the letters
In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies,
our insistent hero,
Hamlet, queries on two
fronts about how life turns rotten.
Locate shelters and rescue groups...
caring for adoptable pets at Petfinder.com. Browse their petcare resource library.
Post classified ads for lost or found pets, pets wanted, and pets needing homes.
Sign up to be a volunteer to help your local shelter or rescue group.
10 Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web...
The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW thats not indexed by the
search engines. Most of us think that that search powerhouses like Google and
Bing see everything. Unfortunately, they cant because they are just web
spiders who index pages by following one hyperlink after the other. Lets
get to know a few resources which will be our deep diving vessel for the Invisible
Web. Some of these are invisible web search engines with specifically indexed
Look at THAT!
Pygmy seahorse is smaller than
and lives in coral in the tropical waters of the western
orange marine animals had been seen before, but scientists thought they were looking
at the offspring of a larger type of seahorse. The new species is a master of
camouflage and that may have protected it from the over-exploitation threatening
other types of seahorses. However, it still faces many potential threats
including underwater tourism.
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
DISMANTLING OUR WALLS (Part
important in developing a joyful lifestyle that we shift out of irrational beliefs
like If this happens, then Ill be happy or Someday my
prince will come, then Ill be happy ... and replace them with I
CHOOSE to make HAPPINESS my priority. This is the situation; how can I perceive
it so I am happy?
all know the lyric line, Ships are safe within the harbor, but is that what
ships are for? Well, its time to embark on an Adventure of Self-Discovery
or an Experiment in Perceptual Alternatives. Most peoples perception of
difficult situations softens over time anyway; so were just choosing to
shorten that time span by learning a new approach to these situations.
Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D. has found that what we need to do is dismantle our self-restrictive
walls and patterns from childhood. Each time we were hurt or disappointed as a
child, we put up an emotional wall as protection. That emotional wall traps the
original energy of the pain, anger or sadness inside us and keeps our love from
getting out and other peoples love from getting in.
old feelings behind those walls suddenly express themselves and cause us to overreact,
we experience emotional flashbacks. These flashbacks can influence us to form
personal meanings that may be DISTORTIONS of what actually exists.
up a pen with the hand you dont normally use (this bypasses brain pathways
to access the unconscious mind). Close your eyes and imagine youre 6 or
7 years old writing about how it felt to live in your house and what you wish
would change and what you want to say. Now, ask your child what it feels and needs.
Open your eyes and allow the feelings that come up to flow onto the paper. Rewrite
it with your usual writing hand so it will be legible later. (Continued next week.)
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