Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So the artisianal bread made me think of Etsy's marketing trends for Spring. I did a post on that for the team yesterday. I also included a very brief photo tip tutorial thingy. If you are an Etsian, you might enjoy the links in that post and even learn something, which is good for your brain.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We are wearin' the green today. Well, maybe it's more of a blue, but it makes me think of William Wallace, and his Irish neighbors, fighting for freedom. We may not have political tyranny to fight, but so many people have fears and the lack of freedom that results. I am re-reading an excellent book by Beth Moore titled Breaking Free, so I guess that's why my light St. Patrick's Day post turned serious for a moment.
I look outside at bright sun and sky.
I see fast moving clouds going by,
and I think, no, I pray,
LORD, give me the heart of a child
to see your world free and wild.
My face is to the wind today.
I lift my arms and dream I can fly.
There, I wrote a poem for you, just like that on this wild March afternoon. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, and if the wind is not always at your back, may you dream you can fly.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I mentioned neuroplasticity to a friend the other day, and bless her heart, she went right over to Wikipedia and found out what I was talking about. I absolutely love the internet as a way to learn new things. Since Rory's dad had Alzheimer's before he died, and statistically we all have a 50% chance of a decline in brain function as we age, I decided to get proactive in learning what we can do to keep our brains healthy.
PBS put out a DVD called The Brain Fitness Program. In one hour it covers a lot of new scientific findings on neuroplasticity, and interviews a number of people who love brains, even someone who had damaged his brain and was able to recover significantly. The fitness part could have been covered in just a few minutes. So for those of you who are not running to the library to check out the DVD, I will recap.(After some brief visual stimulation.)
These things are bad for your brain and will increase your chances of function loss:
*Repetitive tasks, things you can do without thinking (like vacuuming and dishes and laundry - I knew there was a reason why I hated that stuff.)
*Stress, worry and anxiety (In the 37th Psalm, David said "do not fret, it leads only to evil" I can't think of anything more evil than ending life non compos mentis.)
Here is the list of positive things you can do to keep your brain healthy:
*Do the little things in a new way to engage your brain. Try brushing your teeth with the other hand. (Tell me if you come up with an engaging way to dust and do laundry!)
*Exercise to improve your cardio vascular health. The more oxygen you get into your blood stream, the more is also reviving your brain. (If you yawn a lot, it means your brain needs to get some fresh air.)
*Exercise helps in another way too. Brains are actually found to be much more active and engaged during physical exercise than while sitting still. There is a lot going on up there keeping us balanced and making the autonomic systems function together. For me, I love to take a walk in the middle of the morning, especially if I feel stuck in a project. I always come back with new inspiration and ideas.
*Rest and sleeping well is important too.
*Learning obviously is helpful to the brain. What is the last thing you learned? Was it High School Spanish? You can learn more Spanish and build on that foundation, keeping your brain healthy. (At the automated check out at the grocery store, I pushed the Espanole button even though I never studied Spanish, it was engaging to say the least.) Pick up a musical instrument again (if you've put it down) and increase your proficiency. Play chess. The cranium games are good too. We need to keep learning and trying new things.
Now I am going to take along walk through the neighborhood, and pray for the kids in school as I walk by. When I get back, I will be working on a couple of sewing patterns that people are waiting for. If I get stuck, I won't worry, I will read the Sermon on the Mount in Spanish and take a nap.
Hasta la vista, baby! and via con Dios, of course. My spell checker doesn't work in Spanish. I might have to actually learn it instead of just pretending.... 'cause I know some of you are in California, where English is the second language, but that is another story...
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
It feels so good when it's all over.
To be freshly cleaned and organized, is my goal by the end of this month.
Step one, put on an apron with pockets, that will help.
I really can't inspire you any more myself yet, so I will let these other beautiful art studios do it for me.