Sunday, July 30, 2006

Blueberries for your health

Recent research shows that blueberries, besides being a tasty and attractive fruit, have health benefits greater than most other fruits.

To begin with the basics: one cup of blueberries provides 4 grams of fiber, 85 milligrams of potassium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, about 30% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, and 80 calories. They also contain vitamin A, in addition to beta- carotene; folic acid; and ellagic acid. No fat, no cholesterol and a very small amount of sodium.

Pint for pint, these little blue jewels may contain more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable.

So, if you are feeling blue.. start pickin' some berries today!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Red Planet

This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter
that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in
recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is
in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on
Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be
certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth
in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as
60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when
Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and
will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in
the night sky.

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

An honesty is opening deep and wide;
It comes without asking and emerges with painful clarity.
Life is change.

Thank God.

Fumbled and re-planted in Portland Oregon just as the Village Building Convergence was shaping the soul sidewalks of its city, i too began to build from within.

Renouncing a car for a bike, a job for the time to do the real inner work, a safety net for an abyss of uncertainty.. Naked, sober and raw, i had to face the world as i am.

Here Now.

Yet, all the sustainable community had left me feeling a bit over-constructed. So..

naturally, i blew into the Southwest. Skies almost matching the vast ambiguities of my mind, thoughts free as clouds. My sister in the Pecos and i in the Rio Grande. Yoga mat hung from a Juniper. Days in the sun. Nights with the thunder. Finally, dreaming again.

I am home for now: to breath, paint, practice contentment and courage.

And with a meager cyber blink into my feeble and strange existence, along with quotes, poetry, and photography, i will begin to share something more...more real.

Dear reader, if we tear up mental cobwebs, soak our egos with tall tales or just quietly strum a familiar chord..

may we keep it real, keep it flowing..