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How gardening helped me live with love and loss

When lockdown began, the forget-me-nots were blooming in the garden, a sea of pale blue. The lilac tree, too, was flowering, and the clematis I’d planted. They filled the air with scent as I sat outside on an unusually sunny April day, feeling fortunate to have this rented outdoor space, and thinking about my family, not knowing when I would next see them. These flowers all hold some significance for me – a lilac tree grew in the garden of my childhood home, as did clematis. There’s a photograph of me, aged about six, in a puff-sleeved dress, in front of a mass of pale pink blooms. In these strange times, the emotional resonance of plants has never felt more powerful.

The forget-me-nots came from my 86-year-old maternal grandmother Jean, my last remaining grandparent. They were the first thing I planted in this garden, four years ago. I have lived in the flat for almost a decade, but it was only in the summer of 2016 that we finally found the energy and enthusiasm to clear the 8ft-high knot of brambles. I was suffering from agoraphobia as a result of post- traumatic stress disorder, and my world had shrunk. So my then boyfriend, now husband, built me a garden. During that year, when I was frightened all the time, this sanctuary became my entire world. And so, during the pandemic, it has come to be again.

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An A to Z of old words to calm and inspire hope.

Have a ‘kaffeeklatsch’ until you become ‘unsoulclogged’: archaic soothing terms to use in troubling times

Paul Anthony Jones

Sat 23 May 2020 10.00 EDT

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Words of wellbeing: ‘Concubium’ is the soundest, calmest, deepest part of your sleep. Illustration: Eva Bee/The Observer
Like language, our emotions are universal and whatever fears and anxieties we are now experiencing, someone else in centuries gone by has felt the same way. Here is an A-Z of archaic and forgotten words that at some point in the past exactly described an elusive sense of peace, calm and delight. So, if you want to know your agathism from your euneirophrenia, read on and draw comfort from these linguistic oddities

Agathism It’s hard to be an optimist knowing that there are tough times ahead. But in lieu of optimism, there’s always agathism – a word coined in 1830 for the belief that all things eventually get better, though the means by which they do is not always easy. It is a word to remind us that though we may be in for hard times, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Bummel Our daily constitutional needn’t be an exhausting run around the block. Derived from a German word for “strolling”, a bummel is nothing more than a relaxing leisurely walk or wander.

Concubium Adopted into English from Latin in the 1600s, the concubium is the soundest, calmest, deepest part of your sleep. “That time of night when all men are at rest”, as one 17th-century dictionary put it.

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Dolorifuge Whatever it is that makes you happy, that is your dolorifuge: this 19th-century term describes anything or anyone that alleviates feelings of pain or sadness.

Euneirophrenia One of the strangest side-effects of our curtailed routines at the moment is that our brains are working overtime while we sleep, so the word “euneirophrenia” might come in useful. It describes the wholly pleasing feeling you have on waking from an equally pleasant dream.

Focillation Derived from the Latin for “nourish”, a focillation is a momentary act of comfort or refreshment. Take it as a reminder that it is perfectly fine to take some time out, whenever you need it.

Glee-dream If you find solace in films or music, or find that you’re dearly missing the theatre or cinema, the word you are looking for is glee-dream. The modern form of the Old English “gleodream”, the Oxford English Dictionary defines this as “delight of minstrelsy” – that is, the pleasure that comes from a musical performance or similar entertainment.

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About Sugar:

How Does Sugar Affect Kids’ Health?
The amount of sugar your child consumes needs to be monitored closely.

By Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, M.D., Contributor 

MOST GROCERY STORES have aisles packed with sugary treats, juices and other high-sugar drinks. However, with the rising trends in obesity and the long-term health issues related to a high-sugar diet, the amount of sugar your child consumes needs to be watched closely.

What are simple sugars, and what are their roles?

Simple sugars are the basic building of complex carbohydrates like starch. They are called monosaccharides (when one unit is present) or disaccharides (when two sugar moieties are present). Examples of monosaccharides include glucose and fructose, while disaccharides include sucrose (table sugar, which is made up of molecule of glucose and fructose) and lactose (sugar in milk, made up of molecule of glucose and another monosaccharide called galactose).

The two ways sugar gets into your child’s diet include:

Sugars that are added to juices, drinks and packaged, processed foods.
Adding extra sugar to foods at home. Nutrition labels now detail added sugars separately. They’re also listed in the ingredients. The forms of sugars added include corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, brown sugar, malt sugar and molasses. Also included may be foods ending in “ose,” such as dextrose, honey dextrose and sucrose.

What are the health issues associated with consuming a high-sugar diet?

Type 2 diabetes.
High cholesterol.
High blood pressure.
Fatty liver.
Tooth decay.
Some children on a high fructose diet can have bloating, gas and diarrhea, secondary to malabsorption. This is not uncommon, and those children with irritable bowel syndrome tend to have more symptoms. Also, lactose intolerance can cause similar symptoms, and this may be temporarily secondary to infections or other disorders affecting the lining of the small intestine, or from gradual reduction in the enzyme activity in the lining of the small intestine with age.

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April 15, 2020
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The sensation of sweetness starts on the tongue, but sugar molecules also trip sensors in the gut that directly signal the brain. This could explain why artificial sweeteners fail to satisfy the insatiable craving for sugar.

A little extra sugar can make us crave just about anything, from cookies to condiments to coffee smothered in whipped cream. But its sweetness doesn’t fully explain our desire. Instead, new research shows this magic molecule has a back channel to the brain.

Like other sweet-tasting things, sugar triggers specialized taste buds on the tongue. But it also switches on an entirely separate neurological pathway — one that begins in the gut, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Charles Zuker and colleagues report on April 15, 2020 in the journal Nature.

In the intestines, signals heralding sugar’s arrival travel to the brain, where they nurture an appetite for more, the team’s experiments with mice showed. This gut-to-brain pathway appears picky, responding only to sugar molecules — not artificial sweeteners.

Scientists already knew sugar exerted unique control over the brain. A 2008 study, for example, showed that mice without the ability to taste sweetness can still prefer sugar. Zuker’s team’s discovery of a sugar-sensing pathway helps explain why sugar is special — and points to ways we might quell our insatiable appetite for it.

“We need to separate the concepts of sweet and sugar,” says Zuker, a neuroscientist at Columbia University. “Sweet is liking, sugar is wanting. This new work reveals the neural basis for sugar preference.”

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The term sugar is a catchall, encompassing a number of substances our bodies use as fuel. Eating sugar activates the brain’s reward system, making humans and mice alike feel good. However, in a world where refined sugar is plentiful, this deeply ingrained appetite can run amok. The average American’s annual sugar intake has skyrocketed from less than 10 pounds in the late 1800s to more than 100 pounds today. That increase has come at a cost: Studies have linked excess sugar consumption to numerous health problems, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Previously, Zuker’s work showed that sugar and artificial sweeteners switch on the same taste-sensing system. Once in the mouth, these molecules activate the sweet-taste receptors on taste buds, initiating signals that travel to the part of the brain that processes sweetness.

But sugar affects behavior in a way that artificial sweetener doesn’t. Zuker’s team ran a test pitting sugar against the sweetener Acesulfame K, which is used in diet soda, sweetening packets, and other products. Offered water with the sweetener or with sugar, mice at first drank both, but within two days switched almost exclusively to sugar water. “We reasoned this unquenchable motivation that the animal has for consuming sugar, rather than sweetness, might have a neural basis,” Zuker says.

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A gut-to-brain circuit drives sugar preference and may explain sugar cravings

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The County’s Acting Health Officer formally ordered short-term lodging facilities—including hotels, motels, and short-term residential-style rental units—to cease operations until the governor’s “Stay at Home” order and the County’s order prohibiting gatherings have been rescinded. The county issued the specific order Thursday to bring about compliance and assist in enforcement. Short-term lodging facilities may operate only if they are being used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment, such as serving the homeless population, or are being used to house workers supporting critical infrastructure. The county’s order also extends indefinitely the prohibition on gatherings, and continues the closure of all movie theaters, gyms, health clubs, bars, and other businesses. The order does not pertain to essential businesses.

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Anna Jones’ simple, staple recipes for lockdown
As we face a long haul in isolation, the need for easy and resourceful recipes is greater than ever. Our favourite vegetarian offers her 10 go-to meals …

styling: Louie Waller
My kitchen has never been busier. I’m cooking for five, as well as testing recipes for my next few columns, making bread and whipping up the occasional cake to keep spirits high. Cooking has been something to focus on, something I can do to help keep my mind quiet; its results keep us well and cheer us through these wild times.

We’ve been sitting together as a family for three meals a day, which is two more than usual. And it’s happening all over the country: we are going to come out of this better cooks. Without the possibility of nipping down to the shop for a missing ingredient, we are all making do – adapting and engaging with our cooking instincts. We waste less, think more, and value food in a completely different way, for the precious life-giving stuff it is.

Here are the recipes I’ve been making for my family these past weeks. They are simple things that use the lottery of produce that arrives in our veg box, also what’s in my spice rack, dry store and freezer. Fresh herbs and exotic aromatics have taken a back seat for now. Straightforward comfort cooking is in order. Stay home and cook.

1. Easy black bean tacos
A tin of beans has got me out of trouble many times when the fridge is bare. Pinto, black-eyed or black beans would all work here, as would any tortillas or wraps. The flavours will, I hope, bring a bit of sunshine in.

2. Lentil bolognese
A version of a family favourite, made mostly from tins. It uses some basic (and swappable) veg – the rest comes from your store cupboard.

3. No-waste ribollita

A great way of using up odds and ends of root veg, greens and hunks of bread. Bread, alongside olive oil, is used to top the soup, softening and thickening it, for a texture in which I find great comfort.

4. Pea, potato and feta traybake
This traybake revolves around three staples: a (small) sack of potatoes, a bag of frozen peas and a block of feta. If you have these three, you can then switch up the seasonings and herbs according to what else you have at home.

5. Golden turmeric noodle broth

This is what I make when anyone in the house gets the first sign of a cold. A simple broth with slurpable noodles.

6. Beetroot soda bread
A great starter bread to bake if you are new to bread-making or can’t get your hands on yeast. The beetroot can be swapped for any root vegetable you have around.

7. Carrot dal

A bowl of dal soothes like nothing else with its smooth consistency and riotous pops of flavour. This is a forgiving recipe, so leave out some of the spices or the curry leaves if you don’t have them.

8. Instant frozen fruit ice-cream
A bag of frozen fruit, a pot of creme fraiche or yoghurt and a blender magically make this ice-cream. Cheering for young and old.

9. Apple and double ginger cake

Cake has been a constant during these weeks at home, an afternoon ritual. This one might just be my all-time favourite.

10. Carrot and apple flapjacks
The rate of snacking has hit an all-time high in our house and these have come in useful. They’re sweetened with fruit and maple syrup, and packed with goodness too, conveniently.


The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything most of us have ever experienced.

One of the many things changing: How we eat. A lot of us are either eating more than we usually do, or not at all.

“With most people, the first thing to go when we’re stressed is self-care,” said Jennifer Wegmann, lecturer in health and wellness studies at Binghamton University, and author of the audio series “Resilience: The New Science of Mastering Stress and Living Well.” When Dr. Wegmann says self-care, she doesn’t mean things like massages and manicures, but the true basics: exercise, sleep and eating. “We let go of those things first because we think we need to be better for other people.”

Those affected by anxiety are the most likely to stop eating, said Debra Kissen, chief executive of Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center and member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. This goes back to our ancient ancestors. “When you’re about to be eaten by a lion, and you either need to fight or take flight, it’s not really efficient for your gut to be digesting food. It’s a waste of energy,” she said.

This kind of reaction makes sense for an immediate threat, though it isn’t the best way to handle food in the long term. It’s “a prehistoric way of surviving that for a modern life crisis can be ineffective,” she said.

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Why Bees Are Important to Our Planet

Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under-appreciated insect.

Our lives – and the world as a whole – would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist. To illustrate this fact, consider these numbers: bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant.

Honeybees and the other pollinators and the invaluable pollinating services they provide us with helped produce approximately $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the U.S. alone in 2010; that’s estimated to be one-third of everything we eat! The other animal pollinators such as bats, moths, butterflies, hummingbirds, ants, and beetles contributed to an estimated $10 billion in 2010! To say we rely on the pollination efforts of bees (and other animals) to sustain our modern food system is an understatement.

Let’s take a look at the amazing world of bees and acknowledge all they do for us:

Different Types of Bees
Worldwide, there are around 25,000 different types of bee species (around 4,000 in the U.S.). This huge number is divided into over 4,000 genera of bees, which are then further subdivided into just nine families of bees. The Apidae family is perhaps the most well known family, with familiar members such as the honeybee, carpenter bee, and bumblebee.

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Nigel Slater’s baked cheese with roasted roots recipe
Crusty molten Tunworth or camembert with tender vegetables

The recipe
You will need a whole Tunworth or camembert in its thin wooden box. Set the oven at 200C/gas mark 6.

Peel a couple of medium-sized red onions and cut them into about 8 segments and put them in a mixing bowl. Peel 700g of jerusalem artichokes, cut them in half and drop them into a bowl of cold water to which you have added the juice of half a lemon. The acidity will stop them browning.

Scrunch a sheet of kitchen foil tightly around the base and sides of the box holding the cheese, then place in a roasting tin.

Drain the artichokes, add them to the onions and pour in 5 tbsp of olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Remove the needles from 2 sprigs of rosemary and finely chop them, then add to the bowl with 4 sprigs of thyme and toss everything together.

Tip the vegetables around the cheese and bake for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and toasted and the cheese is molten under its crust. Serve the vegetables, spooning the cheese over them. Serves 2.

The trick
Check that the box is the sort secured with staples rather than glue. The latter will come open in the oven. Wrapping the base and sides of the box tightly in a layer of kitchen foil helps to secure the cheese and catch any that might ooze from its crust. If the cheese is ready before the rest, then carefully remove it and keep it warm, then put the vegetables in for 10 minutes longer.

The twist
Use small, halved potatoes in place of artichokes, but cook them for a little longer. Serve the dish fondue-style, dipping the vegetables into the cheese with your fingers.

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The purpose of Reach Out Morongo Basin is to network with area congregations and partnership with local agencies to provide support, assistance, education and referral services to people with needs in the Morongo Basin.

Reach Out Morongo Basin matches volunteers with seniors and the disabled for seemingly ordinary tasks but tasks that make a huge difference in the lives of our neighbors. Volunteers visit, shop, help with personal business, minor home repairs and yard work. We invite you to learn more about how volunteers are putting their faith into action every day in our desert home, the Morongo Basin, CA.

Reach Out Morongo Basin is an Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving Program designed to network with area agencies and local congregations to provide support, assistance, education and referrals to those in need in the Morongo Basin.


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Alfredo Figueroa, an 85-year-old former miner, can rattle off the name of every major geographic feature rising from the desert floor outside of Blythe, Calif., a town of 19,000 off the Interstate 10 freeway, halfway between Los Angeles and Phoenix.

On a warm winter day, the descendant of the Chemehuevi and Yaqui tribes hiked along a mesa dotted with petroglyphs, and waved his walking stick at a chunky mountain peak 20 miles in the distance, bathed in orange by sunshine. “That’s Palen,” he chuckled, pointing at the formation. “See his chin sticking up?”

All of the peaks are part of creation stories, he says, from birth in the Big Maria range to death in the Mule Mountains just behind him. But it’s the time-varnished desert floor that concerns him right now.

Two industrial solar farm projects — called Crimson Solar and Desert Quartzite — are proposed for just below where he’s standing. And between here and Desert Center, 20 miles west, another 10 have been built, are under construction or are seeking approvals.

Mandated by law in 2018, California is attempting to engineer a monumental shift to zero-emission electricity by 2045. To get there, the state is adopting various measures, including a first-in-the-nation law that went into effect Jan. 1 requiring rooftop solar panels on nearly all new homes.

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The black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), also known as the American desert hare, is a common hare of the western United States and Mexico, where it is found at elevations from sea level up to 10,000 ft (3,000 m). Reaching a length around 2 ft (61 cm), and a weight from 3 to 6 lb (1.4 to 2.7 kg), the black-tailed jackrabbit is the one of the largest North American hare. Black-tailed jackrabbits occupy mixed shrub-grassland terrains. Their breeding depends on the location; it typically peaks in spring, but may continue all year round in warm climates. Young are born fully furred with eyes open; they are well camouflaged and are mobile within minutes of birth, thus females do not protect or even stay with the young except during nursing. The average litter size is around four, but may be as low as two and as high as seven in warm regions.

The black-tailed jackrabbit does not migrate or hibernate during winter and uses the same habitat of 0.4 to 1.2 mi2 (1–3 km2) year-round. Its diet is composed of various shrubs, small trees, grasses, and forbs. Shrubs generally comprise the bulk of fall and winter diets, while grasses and forbs are used in spring and early summer, but the pattern and plant species vary with climate. The black-tailed jackrabbit is an important prey species for raptors and carnivorous mammals, such as eagles, hawks, owls, coyotes, foxes, and wild cats. The rabbits host many ectoparasites including fleas, ticks, lice, and mites; for this reason, hunters often avoid collecting them.

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A sexual dream about my boss has made me very uncomfortable
I need advice on how to get over this, as I can’t look at my boss without thinking about it

Recently, I had a sexual dream involving my boss, which has left me very confused and a bit disturbed. I can’t look at my boss without thinking about it and it’s very uncomfortable. I was wondering if you have any advice on how to forget this or how to get over it?

You do not need to feel uncomfortable at work because your dream was not about your boss. When we dream about people we know, they are symbols – representations of something or someone. Ask yourself: “What does my boss represent to me?” For example, if they represent authority, then the dream could mean you are “flirting” with a need to take charge of your life more effectively.

Even the sexual aspect of your dream does not necessarily reflect an erotic attachment or interest in anyone or anything. But your actual sexual desire can also be hidden and studies have shown that subtle signs of courtship behaviour – such as stretching publicly and leaning over a person’s chair – are common in the workplace, so it is also possible that your boss may have made an unconscious erotic connection with you.

Dreams hold important information about our unconscious minds and are worth exploring properly. Find an expert dream-tender to help you make sense of your night-time novellas.

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If you look on social media, it’s all love stories and no divorce. But that’s not life
Derecka Purnell
We should be free to live our relationships and breakups, online and off

I have not deleted every picture of us. And that is fine. Divorce means that a relationship has ended, not that it has been erased.

I sometimes feel awkward about the pictures, memories and poetic birthday posts that I shared online for years. Every time I think about changing my last name, rocks fill the bottom of my belly. In pre-marital counseling, I was discouraged from using a hyphen. I was 18 and desperately wanted to be a good Christian and submissive wife. Now my passport, degrees, social security card, children and even this writing all possess a name that feels more like an artifact. Its presence serves as a fact of my past life.

My last relationship, like many, ended more quietly than it began. Many of our friends watched two good people get married, start a family, move to three different cities, start and finish school, and so much more. We didn’t tell anyone for almost a year because we were afraid of what people might think. My main focus at the time was not flunking law school or failing the bar exam because of all the emotional stress. When it ended, people demanded the “what happened” story. “See girl,” a dear friend told me, “this is why I don’t post anything about my relationships online.” Once your relationship has an online audience, that has consequences.

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Scientists determine four personality types based on new data
Comprehensive data analysis dispels established paradigms in psychology

Northwestern University
Researchers have sifted through data from more than 1.5 million questionnaire respondents and found at least four distinct clusters of personality types exist: average, reserved, self-centered and role model. They are based on the five widely accepted basic personality traits: neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. The findings challenge existing paradigms in psychology and potentially could be of interest to hiring managers and mental health care providers.

After developing new algorithms, four clusters emerged:

Average Average people are high in neuroticism and extraversion, while low in openness. “I would expect that the typical person would be in this cluster,” said Martin Gerlach, a postdoctoral fellow in Amaral’s lab and the paper’s first author. Females are more likely than males to fall into the Average type.
Reserved The Reserved type is emotionally stable, but not open or neurotic. They are not particularly extraverted but are somewhat agreeable and conscientious.
Role Models Role Models score low in neuroticism and high in all the other traits. The likelihood that someone is a role model increases dramatically with age. “These are people who are dependable and open to new ideas,” Amaral said. “These are good people to be in charge of things. In fact, life is easier if you have more dealings with role models.” More women than men are likely to be role models.
Self-Centered Self-Centered people score very high in extraversion and below average in openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. “These are people you don’t want to hang out with,” Revelle said. There is a very dramatic decrease in the number of self-centered types as people age, both with women and men.

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An army of micro-robots can wipe out dental plaque

A visit to the dentist typically involves time-consuming and sometimes unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque from teeth. What if, instead, a dentist could deploy a small army of tiny robots to precisely and non-invasively remove that buildup?

A team of engineers, dentists, and biologists from the University of Pennsylvania developed a microscopic robotic cleaning crew. With two types of robotic systems — one designed to work on surfaces and the other to operate inside confined spaces — the scientists showed that robots with catalytic activity could ably destroy biofilms, sticky amalgamations of bacteria enmeshed in a protective scaffolding. Such robotic biofilm-removal systems could be valuable in a wide range of potential applications, from keeping water pipes and catheters clean to reducing the risk of tooth decay, endodontic infections, and implant contamination.

The work, published in Science Robotics, was led by Hyun (Michel) Koo of the School of Dental Medicine and Edward Steager of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“This was a truly synergistic and multidisciplinary interaction,” says Koo. “We’re leveraging the expertise of microbiologists and clinician-scientists as well as engineers to design the best microbial eradication system possible. This is important to other biomedical fields facing drug-resistant biofilms as we approach a post-antibiotic era.”

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Just 20 minutes of contact with nature will lower stress hormone levels, reveals new study

Taking at least twenty minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. That’s the finding of a study that has established for the first time the most effective dose of an urban nature experience. Healthcare practitioners can use this discovery, published in Frontiers in Psychology, to prescribe ‘nature-pills’ in the knowledge that they have a real measurable effect.

“We know that spending time in nature reduces stress, but until now it was unclear how much is enough, how often to do it, or even what kind of nature experience will benefit us,” says Dr. MaryCarol Hunter, an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and lead author of this research. “Our study shows that for the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature.”

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Using a portable storage container to transport your belongings to a new home may sound appealing, but there are things you need to understand before you book a unit.

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Every customer has different needs and requirements while searching for the services of shipping container higher or shipping container for sale. Always make sure to keep your requirements on priority so that you can go for the right size and type of the shipping container. You never want to go for a smaller size that will be insufficient for storage. In the same way, you never want to pay extra for a container having extra size. Make sure to check out the requirements for the storage and shipping so that you can go for the right size and type of shipping container.

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Smart plastic storage containers that connect to the internet can alert users when the contents of their fridge are about to go out of date.

The containers have light-up colour-coded electronic discs called ‘smart tags’ that glow different colours to signal the freshness of the food inside.

Ovie Smarterware, a Chicago-based start-up, claim to ‘make it easy for you to keep track of what’s in your fridge and waste less food’.

SmartTags can tell you about the tagged items in your fridge via the app, as well as send notifications when something is about to go bad.

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Shipping container build-outs aren’t just for off-grid tiny homes anymore, and local general contractor Newco Design Build, besides making a name for itself in shipping container construction, also is practicing what it preaches.

The company recently has moved to a new location at 4131 Roger B. Chaffee Memorial Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids, and many of the offices are made from shipping containers. The warehouse-style building features six 20-foot containers stacked like Legos, offering an interesting and space-maximizing layout.

While Newco Design Build has been around chiefly as a general contractor since 2010, the company early on got interested in containers as a building medium and developed an entire container modification and fabrication division under the name Blox.

Brothers Chris Van Doeselaar, president of Newco, and Craig Van Doeselaar, vice president and director of operations, started getting into shipping container builds in 2011 mainly to set themselves apart from other builders in the area.

Architecture & Design, Construction, and Small Business & Startups Newco sails into shipping containers Build-outs are prefabricated and offer space-maximizing benefits.

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Hunter‐gatherers as models in public health

Hunter‐gatherer populations are remarkable for their excellent metabolic and cardiovascular health and thus are often used as models in public health, in an effort to understand the root, evolutionary causes of non‐communicable diseases. Here, we review recent work on health, activity, energetics and diet among hunter‐gatherers and other small‐scale societies (e.g. subsistence farmers, horticulturalists and pastoralists), as well as recent fossil and archaeological discoveries, to provide a more comprehensive perspective on lifestyle and health in these populations. We supplement these analyses with new data from the Hadza, a hunter‐gatherer population in northern Tanzania. Longevity among small‐scale populations approaches that of industrialized populations, and metabolic and cardiovascular disease are rare. Obesity prevalence is very low (<5%), and mean body fat percentage is modest (women: 24–28%, men: 9–18%). Activity levels are high, exceeding 100 min d−1 of moderate and vigorous physical activity, but daily energy expenditures are similar to industrialized populations. Diets in hunter‐gatherer and other small‐scale societies tend to be less energy dense and richer in fibre and micronutrients than modern diets but are not invariably low carbohydrate as sometimes argued. A more integrative understanding of hunter‐gatherer health and lifestyle, including elements beyond diet and activity, will improve public health efforts in industrialized populations. As epidemiology developed through the 20th century alongside a growing understanding of our species' evolution, it became common in public health to draw on our hunter‐gatherer past to explain the rise of non‐communicable diseases (diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease) in the developed world. By the 1980s and 1990s, this work had broadened into a focus on ‘diseases of civilization’ within a larger field of evolutionary medicine 3. The idea that modern, industrialized environments depart radically from the environments in which humans evolved and that these recent changes lead to disease is now well established and pervasive in public health. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) 4 states that obesity is caused in part by ‘an increase in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization’. Article Link

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The Average American
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(Bloomberg) — The average American is heavier than at the start of the 21st Century — and very close to being obese, according to Centers for Disease Control data on body metrics.

The average American man is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs 198 pounds; an average woman is 5-feet, 4-inches and 171 pounds, based on CDC data. That compares with 189.1 pounds and 163.6, respectively, at the start of the century.

A man of average height is considered overweight between 169 and 202 pounds and obese above 202 pounds. A woman of average height is considered overweight between 140 and 174 and obese above 175 pounds. The average non-Hispanic white American male weighs 202.2 pounds.
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Exercise may be as effective as prescribed drugs to lower high (140 mm Hg) blood pressure, suggests a pooled analysis of the available data, in what is thought to be the first study of its kind, and published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

But there are no direct head to head comparative trials of exercise and blood pressure lowering drugs, and the numbers of participants in some of the included studies were relatively small, caution the researchers.

While promising, the findings shouldn’t persuade patients to ditch their blood pressure lowering drugs in favour of an exercise regimen just yet, although patients might want to boost their physical activity levels, advises the lead study author in a linked podcast.

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(Bloomberg) — The average American is heavier than at the start of the 21st Century — and very close to being obese, according to Centers for Disease Control data on body metrics.

The average American man is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs 198 pounds; an average woman is 5-feet, 4-inches and 171 pounds, based on CDC data. That compares with 189.1 pounds and 163.6, respectively, at the start of the century.

A man of average height is considered overweight between 169 and 202 pounds and obese above 202 pounds. A woman of average height is considered overweight between 140 and 174 and obese above 175 pounds. The average non-Hispanic white American male weighs 202.2 pounds.

The Obesity Society, a scientific research organization, this month classified obesity as a worldwide, non-communicable chronic disease. “Obesity meets all criteria for being a disease, and therefore, should be characterized as such,“ said Cathy Kotz, the society’s vice president and a professor at the University of Minnesota.

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(Natural News) The search for the elusive fountain of youth is as old as man itself. Very few of us enjoy watching ourselves age, and while our outsides provide clear evidence of the ravages of time, on the inside we’re aging just as quickly – if not more so – as our cells break down and our organs age. Several studies have found that restricting calorie intake in the long-term by about 30 percent can slow down this process, extending lifespan and preventing many chronic diseases. However, very few of us have the discipline for this restrictive type of diet, and for some people it would be a positively unhealthy way to live. Besides, who wants to live longer but never be able to eat anything?

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(Natural News) People are quick to dismiss wounds, especially if they do not appear threatening. Little do people know that open wounds, when left untreated, could lead to severe infections. According to the Wound Care Centers (WCC), infected wounds are caused when the body’s immune system is overwhelmed by bacterial growth. Data from the WCC revealed that up to 70 percent of deaths among surgery patients are associated with wound infection. The most common bacteria that triggers wound infection is the Staphylococcus aureus and many other forms of Staphylococci. Unhygienic practices and poor wound dressing techniques increase the risk of wound infection. Diabetes patients and the elderly are at an increased risk of wound infection due in part to reduced immune system function. Complications associated with wound infection include non-healing, bacterial skin infection, and acute or chronic bacterial bone infection, the WCC added

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8 things science says predict divorce
Shana Lebowitz

No one can say with 100% certainty that a couple is heading for disaster.

But social scientists have gotten pretty good at predicting who’s most likely to wind up there. These couples share certain commonalities — in the way they fight and the way they describe their relationship, but also in their education level and employment status.

The best time to get married is when you feel ready, and when you’ve found someone you think you can spend a lifetime with. Don’t force anything — or put it off — because a study told you to do so.

That said, research does suggest that couples who marry in their teens and couples who marry in their mid-30s or later are at greater risk for divorce than couples in their late 20s and early 30s. The risk is especially high for teenage couples.

That’s according to research led by Nicholas Wolfinger, a professor at the University of Utah. After age 32, Wolfinger found, your odds of divorce increase by about 5% every year.

As Wolfinger wrote in a blog post for the conservative-leaning Institute for Family Studies, “For almost everyone, the late twenties seems to be the best time to tie the knot.”

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About Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree: Unexpected Stories of Desert Living and Dying.

One thing I found interesting about Joshua Tree National Park was its proximity to cities, its associations with people. Driving up to the gates, there are communities and houses right up to the National Park boundary. I started this year thinking of the NPs as wilderness sanctuaries where humans play fourth fiddle as visitors who are not to disturb the wilderness… but the parks also have their own stories of how they came to be protected, and that story inevitably involves people who fell in love with the land and fought for its designation as a NP.

In the case of Joshua Tree, its first champion was a wealthy socialite who lost her husband and son, and found solace and peace in the desert – creating in her a strong advocate for the preservation of this place as a sanctuary for us all. But part of Joshua Tree’s human story – and a longer part of its history – are the people who lived and worked in this desert, at a time when this land was farmed and mined, a source for human livelihood not a temple.

Another side of that history are the artists inspired by the beauty of the land, including one who had determined it would be his final resting place. I had expected to learn all about the Mojave desert and rocks while here (and I did – thanks Rangers!), but unexpectedly I also heard so many human stories. Seeing how others found inspiration or built a life out here among the giant boulders and rocky gardens created in me a different appreciation for the land.

Joshua Tree is a vast desert, and its hard to think of settlers in this harsh landscape before the modern conveniences of running water and air conditioning. But we did a tour of the Keys Ranch, a century-plus old farm settlement tucked way up into a valley of rocks, and it brought to life the stories of the family who had lived in this corner of the desert for over a hundred years. Their history included con men and cattle hustlers, a backyard shoot-out and a murder, and a constant struggle for water in this little inhospitable corner of the world.

When we first walked up, it seemed inconceivable that a prospector lived here, not to mention with his wife and seven kids. But immersing ourselves in their story, wandering slowly around the remnants of their orchards and the recycled junkyard, seeing the small schoolhouse, general store and vacation cabins, a vision of what life might have been like here a hundred years ago became more real. And more admirable.

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Poor sleep is strongly linked to weight gain.

People with short sleep duration tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate sleep (1, 2).

In fact, short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity.

In one extensive review study, children and adults with short sleep duration were 89% and 55% more likely to become obese, respectively (3).

The effect of sleep on weight gain is believed to be mediated by numerous factors, including hormones and motivation to exercise (4).

If you’re trying to lose weight, getting quality sleep is absolutely crucial.

Short sleep duration is associated with a drastically increased risk of weight gain and obesity, in both children and adults.
2. Good Sleepers Tend to Eat Fewer Calories
Studies show that sleep-deprived individuals have a bigger appetite and tend to eat more calories.

Sleep deprivation disrupts the daily fluctuations in appetite hormones and is believed to cause poor appetite regulation (2, 5).

This includes higher levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite, and reduced levels of leptin, the hormone that suppresses appetite (6).

Poor sleep affects hormones that regulate appetite. Those who get adequate sleep tend to eat fewer calories than those who don’t.

3. Good Sleep Can Improve Concentration and Productivity
Sleep is important for various aspects of brain function.

This includes cognition, concentration, productivity and performance (7).

All of these are negatively affected by sleep deprivation.

A study on medical interns provides a good example.

Interns on a traditional schedule with extended work hours of more than 24 hours made 36% more serious medical errors than interns on a schedule that allowed more sleep (8).

Another study found that short sleep can negatively impact some aspects of brain function to a similar degree as alcohol intoxication (9).

On the other hand, good sleep has been shown to improve problem-solving skills and enhance memory performance of both children and adults (10, 11, 12).

Good sleep can maximize problem-solving skills and enhance memory. Poor sleep has been shown to impair brain function.

4. Good Sleep Can Maximize Athletic Performance
Sleep has been shown to enhance athletic performance.

In a study on basketball players, longer sleep was shown to significantly improve speed, accuracy, reaction times and mental wellbeing (13).

Less sleep duration has also been associated with poor exercise performance and functional limitation in elderly women.

A study in over 2,800 women found that poor sleep was linked to slower walking, lower grip strength and greater difficulty performing independent activities (14).

Longer sleep has been shown to improve many aspects of athletic and physical performance.
5. Poor Sleepers Have a Greater Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
It’s known that sleep quality and duration can have a major effect on many health risk factors.

These are the factors believed to drive chronic diseases, including heart disease.

A review of 15 studies found that people who don’t get enough sleep are at far greater risk of heart disease or stroke than those who sleep 7–8 hours per night (15).

Sleeping less than 7–8 hours per night is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
6. Sleep Affects Glucose Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Experimental sleep restriction affects blood sugar and reduces insulin sensitivity (16, 17).

In a study in healthy young men, restricting sleep to four hours per night for six nights in a row caused symptoms of prediabetes (18).

These symptoms resolved after one week of increased sleep duration.

Poor sleep habits are also strongly linked to adverse effects on blood sugar in the general population.

Those sleeping less than six hours per night have repeatedly been shown to be at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes (19, 20).

Sleep deprivation can cause prediabetes in healthy adults in as little as six days. Many studies show a strong link between short sleep duration and type 2 diabetes.
7. Poor Sleep Is Linked to Depression
Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders.

It has been estimated that 90% of people with depression complain about sleep quality (21).

Poor sleep is even associated with an increased risk of death by suicide (22).

Those with sleeping disorders like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also report significantly higher rates of depression than those without (23).

Poor sleeping patterns are strongly linked to depression, particularly for those with a sleeping disorder.
8. Sleep Improves Your Immune Function
Even a small loss of sleep has been shown to impair immune function (24).

One large two-week study monitored the development of the common cold after giving people nasal drops with the cold virus (25).

They found that those who slept less than seven hours were almost three times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept eight hours or more.

If you often get colds, ensuring that you get at least eight hours of sleep per night could be very helpful. Eating more garlic can help as well.

Getting at least eight hours of sleep can improve your immune function and help fight the common cold.
9. Poor Sleep Is Linked to Increased Inflammation
Sleep can have a major effect on inflammation in your body.

In fact, sleep loss is known to activate undesirable markers of inflammation and cell damage.

Poor sleep has been strongly linked to long-term inflammation of the digestive tract, in disorders known as inflammatory bowel diseases (26, 27).

One study observed that sleep-deprived people with Crohn’s disease were twice as likely to relapse as patients who slept well (28).

Researchers are even recommending sleep evaluation to help predict outcomes in individuals with long-term inflammatory issues (27).

Sleep affects your body’s inflammatory responses. Poor sleep is strongly linked to inflammatory bowel diseases and can increase your risk of disease recurrence.
10. Sleep Affects Emotions and Social Interactions
Sleep loss reduces your ability to interact socially.

Several studies confirmed this using emotional facial recognition tests (29, 30).

One study found that people who had not slept had a reduced ability to recognize expressions of anger and happiness (31).

Researchers believe that poor sleep affects your ability to recognize important social cues and process emotional information.

Sleep deprivation may reduce your social skills and ability to recognize people’s emotional expressions.
The Bottom Line
Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health.

You simply cannot achieve optimal health without taking care of your sleep.

Written by Joe Leech, MS on June 29, 2018

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While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey.

Our floodlit society has made sleep deprivation a lifestyle.
But we know more than ever about how we rest—and how it keeps us healthy.

Nearly every night of our lives, we undergo a startling metamorphosis.

Our brain profoundly alters its behavior and purpose, dimming our consciousness. For a while, we become almost entirely paralyzed. We can’t even shiver. Our eyes, however, periodically dart about behind closed lids as if seeing, and the tiny muscles in our middle ear, even in silence, move as though hearing. We are sexually stimulated, men and women both, repeatedly. We sometimes believe we can fly. We approach the frontiers of death. We sleep.

Around 350 B.C., Aristotle wrote an essay, “On Sleep and Sleeplessness,” wondering just what we were doing and why. For the next 2,300 years no one had a good answer. In 1924 German psychiatrist Hans Berger invented the electroencephalograph, which records electrical activity in the brain, and the study of sleep shifted from philosophy to science. It’s only in the past few decades, though, as imaging machines have allowed ever deeper glimpses of the brain’s inner workings, that we’ve approached a convincing answer to Aristotle.

Everything we’ve learned about sleep has emphasized its importance to our mental and physical health. Our sleep-wake pattern is a central feature of human biology—an adaptation to life on a spinning planet, with its endless wheel of day and night. The 2017 Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to three scientists who, in the 1980s and 1990s, identified the molecular clock inside our cells that aims to keep us in sync with the sun. When this circadian rhythm breaks down, recent research has shown, we are at increased risk for illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.

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Premonition At Twilight
by Philip Levine

The magpie in the Joshua tree
Has come to rest.
Darkness collects,
And what I cannot hear or see,
Broken limbs, the curious bird,
Become in darkness darkness too.

I had been going when I heard
The sound of something called the night;
I had been going but I stopped
To see the bird restrain his flight.

The bird in place, the shadows dropped
As if they waited in the light
Before I came for centuries
For something I could never see;
And what it was became itself,
And then the bird, and then the tree;
And then the force behind the breeze
Became at last the whole of me.

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Health Risk Factors by Sleep Duration
Adults who were short sleepers (less than 7 hours of sleep per 24-hour period) were more likely to report being obese, physically inactive, and current smokers compared to people who got enough sleep (7 or more hours per 24-hour period) (see Table 2).

Chronic Health Conditions by Sleep Duration
Adults who were short sleepers (less than 7 hours per 24-hour period) were more likely to report 10 chronic health conditions compared to those who got enough sleep (7 or more hours per 24-hour period) (see Table 3).

Table 3. Age-Adjusteda Percentage Reporting Chronic Health Conditions by Sleep Duration—Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2014

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Why Is Sleep Important?

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.

The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Healthy Brain Function and Emotional Well-Being
Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.

Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning. Whether you’re learning math, how to play the piano, how to perfect your golf swing, or how to drive a car, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills. Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.

Studies also show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.

Children and teens who are sleep deficient may have problems getting along with others. They may feel angry and impulsive, have mood swings, feel sad or depressed, or lack motivation. They also may have problems paying attention, and they may get lower grades and feel stressed.

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Mojave Desert

“A land of lost rivers, with little in it to love; yet a land that once visited must be come back to inevitably. If it were not so there would be little told of it.”
~ Mary Austin, Land of Little Rain

Land of Little Rain
Country of Lost Borders ~ Mary Austin

The land of little rain (1903), Austin’s first book, focuses on the arid and semi-arid regions of California between the High Sierras south of Yosemite: the Ceriso, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert; and towns such as Jimville, Kearsarge, and Las Uvas. She writes of the region’s climate, plants, and animals and of its people: the Ute, Paiute, Mojave, and Shoshone tribes; European-American gold prospectors and borax miners; and descendants of Hispanic settlers.

About the Mojave Desert

Morongo Basin
The Morongo Basin is located centrally in the southern portion of the state of California in the United States. The Morongo basin is part of the third largest metropolitan area in California (only after Los Angeles and San Fransisco) and the 14th largest in the United States, the Inland Empire. Joshua Tree National Park lies in the basin, as well as the following communities:

The Morongo Basin is located centrally in the southern portion of the state of California in the United States.

Poem k–Joshua Tree
Ageless rocks stand like desert monuments,
Trees with spiky arms reach toward the sky.
Roads snake into endless wilderness
Distant views bemuse the eye.

Sandy trails slice through unyielding brush
Where shy inhabitants slither, crawl and run,
Bold wildflowers in radiant colors
Lift their heads to the relentless sun.

Vast and wild, the park calls to adventurers
Who roar along its roads in fearless quest.
While those who come to look for sanctuary
Soon discover gifts of beauty, peace and rest.

Some say this place is where the spirits dwell
And who’s to know who has not felt its spell?

Dawn Huntley Spitz
Cape Cod Branch, MA


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PHO Vietnamese beef noodle soup history

The general theory held by most Vietnamese culinary experts is that the word “pho” is a corruption of the French “feu” or “fire.” Pho could be a Vietnamese adaptation of the French soup “pot au feu” or French beef stew, which the French brought to Vietnam when they came to rule the country.

Keywords: PHO, Vietnamese beef noodle soup.

Among all the Vietnamese dishes that came to the attention of the people in the western hemisphere, nothing else has received such tremendous acceptance as pho. Pho is considered as the national dish of Vietnam, and it has captured the fascination of so many people in the west because of its deceptive simplicity and its complex flavors. Pho is the perfect comfort food – warm, hearty and deliciously refreshing. In Vietnam it’s the common people’s food. It’s street food

Pho can also be seen as a mirror that reflects Vietnamese heritage and way of life. A dish that is steeped in tradition, pho is closely tied to Vietnam that the history of pho can read as a parallel to the history of its country of origin itself in the last hundred years. With the migration of Vietnamese across the globe after the Fall of Saigon in 1975, the national dish of Vietnam came to grace the tables of people of different heritages, thus leading to the colorful evolution of pho throughout the years. In this article I’ll discuss pho, its history and what makes pho many people’s favorite dish.

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Pioneertown, California, is an unincorporated village in the Morongo Basin region of Southern California’s Inland Empire Metropolitan Area. It is located approximately 56 miles east of San Bernardino.


The town started as a live-in Old West motion picture set, built in the 1940s. The movie set was designed to provide a place for the actors to live, and at the same time to have their homes used as part of the movie set.[1] A number of Westerns and early television shows were filmed in Pioneertown, including The Cisco Kid and Edgar Buchanan’s Judge Roy Bean. Roy Rogers, Dick Curtis, and Russell Hayden were among the original developers and investors, and Gene Autry frequently taped his show at the six-lane bowling alley, opened by Rogers in 1949, and still in operation today. School-age children were hired as pinsetters until the installation of automatic pinsetting equipment in the 1950s. Autry also had his own room at the Pioneertown Motel, today a Western-themed establishment with individually decorated rooms.

As of 2006, the town of Pioneertown had a population of 350.

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The MBHS is committed to the purpose of caring for and arranging for the adoption of animals in need, providing humane education, advancing the reduction of the homeless animal population through spay and neuter, and encouraging the humane treatment and extended life of animals through involvement in our community.

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WASHINGTON, DC – On February 13, The American Wild Horse Campaign, The Cloud Foundation, and over 80 other groups and experts from across the country, called on Congress to maintain prohibitions on killing and slaughter of federally-protected wild horses and burros in final Fiscal Year 2018 spending legislation, which the House and Senate are currently negotiating.
The call for humane management was issued in the form of a Unified Statement – endorsed by 84 equine advocate, animal welfare, ecotourism, rescue, ranching and other citizen groups and experts. It was released a day after the Trump Administration issued its Fiscal Year 2019 budget, which again calls on Congress to lift the ban on killing and slaughtering mustangs.



Some new laws concerning pets will be in effect in California after the ball drops January 1, 2018. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…
Strange as it may seem, some people knowingly—or unknowingly—rent or lease dogs or cats. A new law will invalidate such contracts, and the person who is in possession of the animal as of January 1 will be granted ownership of the animal.
Residents in NEW housing developments will now be allowed to own one or more common household pets IF the state of California provided financing for the housing project.
And starting in January 2019, all California pet stores will be required to sell only rescue animals from shelters or adoption centers. Stores can be fined $500 for each animal that is not a rescue.


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Wonder Valley, California, in the heart of the Mojave Desert,

is a rural community of artists, musicians, and other desert dwellers. Visit the Palms Restaurant, the Glass Outhouse Gallery, and the Wonder Valley Thrift Store. Visit the beautiful Pinto and Bullion mountains. Minutes from Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Preserve.

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This is a slide show that showcases some of the historical events surrounding the “The Last Posse” which would be later known as “The Hunt for Willie Boy” that happened throughout the Morongo Basin in 1909.

The Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention…started by contactee George Van Tassel…Gaint Rock…Landers…Ca.

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The Integratron is the fusion of Art, Science and Magic…

The Integratron is a structure designed by Ufologist and Contactee George Van Tassel.

He built the structure in Landers, CA (near Joshua Tree) after he ‘received instructions provided by visitors from Venus’.

Tassel claimed the Integratron was capable of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel.

It is the only all-wood, acoustically perfect sound chamber in the United States.

The Integratron’s new owners operate it as a tourist attraction and offer “sound baths”, exposing groups of people to “harmonic sound frequencies”, which are produced by quartz bowls, and generate a deep calming effect.

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Coyotes make their homes in the park.

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The chief obstacles to survival in the desert are lack of water, shortage of food, and extreme temperatures. Mammals, including humans have the ability to maintain a constant body temperature regardless of external conditions. This has advantages and disadvantages in the desert. Mammals can endure a large range of air temperatures, but are unable to tolerate even a small change in body temperature without encountering problems.

When most mammals get hot they perspire, and the evaporation of this water cools them down and helps maintain a constant body temperature. Some mammals use panting to produce the same effect. Both methods work well, but they have an important drawback for life in the desert. They involve substantial loss of water. Where water is in short supply, animals must minimize water loss. Thus, few desert mammals use perspiration or panting as their main method of keeping cool.

Because scarcity of food in the desert limits the number of large mammals that can be supported, most desert mammals are small. Joshua Tree National Park is home to 52 species of mammals. Of these, 24 are small rodents. Being small has its advantages and disadvantages. Rodents can burrow into the ground or hide in rocky crevices to avoid the mid-day heat. But their small body size means that they can gain or lose body heat rapidly. Many of them plug the entrance to their burrows to keep out the hot, desiccating air.

Most small mammals make the most of the positive side of being small, spending the day in burrows and emerging at night when the temperature drops to a more comfortable level. The larger mammals, such as mule deer and mountain sheep stay close enough to springs to be able to drink daily.

A few desert mammals, such as the round-tailed ground squirrel, a diurnal rodent, enter a state of aestivation when the days become too hot and the vegetation too dry. They sleep away the hottest part of the summer. They also hibernate in winter to avoid the cold.

Many of our Joshua Tree mammals are paler in color than their relatives in more moderate environments. Pale colors not only ensure that the animal will absorb less heat from the environment, but help make it less conspicuous to predators in the bright, pallid landscape.

Most desert mammals are herbivores and derive water directly from the plants they eat. Some, like kangaroo rats, have extreme adaptations enabling them to live without ever drinking water. They have super efficient kidneys that extract most of the water from their urine and return it to the blood. And much of the water that would be lost in breathing is recaptured in the nasal cavities by specialized organs. If that weren’t enough, kangaroo rats actually manufacture water metabolically from the digestion of dry seeds!

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The Morongo Basin is located centrally in the southern portion of the state of California in the United States. The Morongo basin is part of the third largest metropolitan area in California (only after Los Angeles and San Fransisco) and the 14th largest in the United States, the Inland Empire. Joshua Tree National Park lies in the basin, as well as the following communities:


About Homo sapiens, the “wise man,”

We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment


A more apt name for our species would be Homo prospectus, because we thrive by considering our prospects. The power of prospection is what makes us wise. Looking into the future, consciously and unconsciously, is a central function of our large brain, as psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered — rather belatedly, because for the past century most researchers have assumed that we’re prisoners of the past and the present.

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