Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stomach Bug In School - Building Immune System At Home

Stomach Bug In School - Building Immune System At Home - Ann Again and again
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Yesterday I hear, "Mom, where's the stomach medicine?"  It's in the same place it's always been but if the question's being asked that means she re-e-eally doesn't feel good and wants to be taken care of.  Mom to the rescue!  (Hopefully).  Time to brush up on foods/vitamins that help build the immune system.

Let's see... I've brought out a can of Lysol and a container of disinfecting wipes has made its rounds around the house this morning.  (I'm wondering if the rumbling in my stomach is something wrong or just the result of the cayenne pepper I put in my scrambled eggs.  Hello, hypochondria.  It's me, Ann.)  Time to visit WebMD and see what I need to stock up on:

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon
Vitamin C: berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green, or yellow peppers
Vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds
These foods are also rich in antioxidants:
  • Prunes
  • Apples
  • Raisins
  • Plums
  • Red grapes
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Beans
Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include:
Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals, and dairy products
Selenium: Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and other grain products
(Above information courtesy of WebMD)

I'm also going to add ginger ale and oyster crackers.  Those are things that are a "go-to" when one of us doesn't feel well.  Are there certain foods your family wants when they don't feel good?  
Oh geez, do I feel an itchy throat?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week 1 Day 2 - The Intellectual Devotional: Ulysses

Week 1 Day 2 - The Intellectual Devotional: Ulysses  at Ann Again and again

Literature is the topic on day 2 for the weeks lesson in The Intellectual Devotional.  Subject: Ulysses by James Joyce.  I haven't read this book.  Have you?  They make reference to his use of "stream-of-consciousness narrative" and I have read another author that used that style, William Faulkner (Oprah's Book Club ;-> ).  Wow. Talk about an exercise in concentration.

If you aren't familiar with this style of writing, here's an example from Ulysses:


"He is young Leopold, as in a retrospective arrangement, a mirror within a mirror (hey, presto!), he beholdeth himself. That young figure of then is seen, precious manly, walking on a nipping morning from the old house in Clambrassil to the high school, his book satchel on him bandolier wise, and in it a goodly hunk of wheaten loaf, a mother’s thought.”

Once you find your groove with the writer then it can be enjoyable, like a game.  But in the beginning it was difficult for me to relax with Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying".  Like I would hold my breath waiting for the end of the sentence that would never come.  But it does, eventually. And you breathe, gratefully, and relax with the writing, the telling of the story.

With regard to Ulysses its last chapter has more than 24,000 words and those words are broken up into 8 mammoth sentences.  whoa.  Sounds like a challenge.  I'll put this on my list of "Books To Read".  Have you read James Joyce "Ulysses"?  Did it have an impact on you?  I will say, even thought reading Faulkner was a trial at times, the images that his words created have stayed with me.  For better or worse ;->


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Beginning My 365 Daily Lessons - The Intellectual Devotional

Beginning My 365 Daily Lessons - The Intellectual Devotional - Ann Again and again

Today begins my journey with "The Intellectual Devotional:  Revive You Mind, Complete Your Education and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class".  I'm not as concerned about "roaming confidently with the cultured class" as I am about keeping my wits about me and sharpening my brain cells.  This book gives one page exercises in learning and reflection.  Between this, and the Lumosity app, hopefully I'll stop walking into a room and forgetting what I went in there for!

There are 365 lessons and today was History - Subject: The Alphabet.  Oh, those Egyptian's and their hieroglyphics.  Fascinating!  The alphabet was produced so the Egyptian's could communicate with their prisoner's of war a.k.a. their slaves. Hieroglyphics had over a thousand symbols and no one could keep them all straight, they needed a leaner, meaner way to tell people what to do. I could go on but I won't. (Go pick-up the book and do this with me!)

Let's see, the weeks ahead will include knowledge of History, Literature, Visual Arts, Science, Music, Philosophy and Religion. A different topic for each day of the week.  And with the information filling one page there's no way I can get bored ;->  It's a great way to spark your interest and guide you in a direction to learn even more about the daily topic.  At only a page a day, I can totally commit to that!

Tomorrow is about Literature. I'm looking forward to this reading project!




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Monday, October 13, 2014

Would You Have Yelled At Her Too?

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Last week my daughter shared that one of her class topics was about charity.  Not whether it was right or wrong but about the act of giving - was this a selfless act, or selfish?  We started thinking about why we give.  Do we take money from our pockets and put it in a strangers hand to make them feel better, or ourselves?  Once you've given money to someone do you share this act in a conversation with family or friends?  If so, is that to encourage them to give as well, or to show how generous you are?  Is giving actually helping you receive?

Recently a video has gone viral of a man yelling at an older woman who's getting into a newer model car.  This man is yelling that he has been giving her money for days while she stands on a street corner and now he discovers that she's driving a better car than his own.  He goes on shouting that the money he gave her was his lunch money and that he has gone without so that he could help her.  Now that he sees this nice car she's driving he will no longer be giving her his money that he is working so hard for.  Curious.

I told my daughter about this video and her first response was being upset with the woman too.  She felt sorry for the man who gave his money to this older woman.  And to be honest, at first so did I.  I remembered an investigative news story that showed some "pan handlers" and just how much money they made in a day and how they lived once the ragged, dirty clothes came off.  But then, I started thinking about his action of giving the money.  He gave it to her.  There was no promise of what she would do with it.  No hand-shake deal or signed contract.  It was a gift.  Over and done.  What she does with that money is up to her.

He yelled that he worked hard for his money and went hungry the days he gave her his lunch money.  Is that her fault?  She asked, he gave.  That's that.  If he hadn't spotted her in a shiny automobile he would have gone on for days feeling pride in his good deed, I'm sure.  But she got busted and he went ballistic.

What if he saw this woman in a nice, expensive restaurant enjoying a seven-course meal?  Could he argue that he can't afford to eat at that restaurant so she shouldn't either?

A gift of money was given and what the recipient does with it is up to them and their conscience.

What are your thoughts?

(Now, if you want to help those that are down you can hand them some paper that will truly help them.  See if your city has a division of The Homeless Alliance.  They have vouchers providing information on shelters and a bus ticket to get people there. )

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