August 15 -
September 15, 2017
Words of Encouragement
As a group of
pessimistic frogs were traveling through the woods, two of them
fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs crowded around the
pit and saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that there
was no hope for them. The pit was simply too deep to jump out
However, the two frogs
ignored what the others were saying. They jumped with all their
might. They kept at it for a good while. Every time they failed,
the frogs at the top waved and shouted that they should give up.
There was no way to make it out. Why not save their strength to
enjoy what they could? Plenty of insects flew into the hole to
support the frogs. Water dripped in from rains, but drained away
too quickly for it to float them upward. Still, it was enough to
Eventually, one of the
frogs took heed to what the others were saying. He gave up, and
settled into his new life in the pit. The other frog continued
to jump as hard as he could. Again, the crowd of frogs at the
top yelled at him to stop the pain and just relax.
He jumped even harder,
finally putting in his mightiest jump yet. And he made it out of
the hole. The other frogs gathered around to congratulate him.
“But,” they said, “Why did you bother? We kept telling you it
was too high. You should have listened to us.”
The frog waved at his
ears, letting them know he was deaf, and thanking them for
to get out of the hole.
Moral of the story:
Words have as much power as we allow. Close your ears to
~ Elisa McNinch
Fruits and Vegetables Fresh Longer
fruits and vegetables produce a gas called ethylene as they
ripen. This gas can prematurely ripen foods that are sensitive
to it, so keep ethylene-producing foods away from
ethylene-sensitive foods. Avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, kiwis,
mangoes, nectarines, pears, plums, and tomatoes, for example,
should be stored in a different compartment than apples,
broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, and watermelon.
unripe fleshy fruits, like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis,
mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons, and bananas on the counter.
Once they're ripe, move them to the fridge. Banana peels will
turn dark brown, but it won't affect the flesh.
salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with a little air
and sealed tightly.
fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes, will do
fine for up to a week in a cool, dark place, away from direct
sunlight, but you can lengthen their lives by storing them in
the fridge in a mesh or perforated plastic bag.
celery in aluminum foil and store it in the veggie bin in the
lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they're picked,
so place these in separate sealed plastic baggies in the crisper
in your fridge ASAP. Make sure
they're completely dry since moisture speeds up spoiling.
wash fruits or vegetables until you’re ready to eat them, as
moisture encourages them to spoil faster. If you like to wash,
dry, and cut your fruits and veggies all at once, dry them
thoroughly, then store them in covered glass containers on top
of paper towels. You'll not only be able to see them — which
reminds you to eat them — but you'll also keep moisture out.
rotting produce immediately, as that will cause the other
produce to spoil faster.
We Thought It Was
Coffee is a diuretic—it makes you go to the bathroom more often,
so it must make you feel dehydrated, right? Turns out that idea
dates back to a 1928 study, and it wasn’t exactly rigorous
research. Nonetheless, the results spread, and ever since, many
people believe that drinking coffee draws excess fluids from
your body, making you dehydrated. A recent study proves that
coffee—and caffeine in other drinks—won’t cause dehydration.
true that a diuretic increases the body’s production of urine,
but that doesn’t lead to dehydration unless you fail to drink
more fluids. Coffee, just like any liquid, will hydrate you. Not
as well as water, though. Read on...
1928 coffee study involved just three people, and only revealed
that when those three people abstained from caffeine for more
than 60 days, drinking just a half cup of coffee, increased
urination by a greater amount than the same quantity of water.
This lead to the erroneous conclusion that drinking coffee will
lead to dangerously high levels of urination and therefore a
risk of dehydration. Quite a stretch.
recently, British researchers published a study in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which compared
popular beverages to the hydrating effects of water. Their
findings? Yes, you can hydrate with coffee, though it had the
weakest replenishing effects of all the beverages they looked
at, including beer. The best hydrating drink? Skim milk.
Physical fitness should start early, so here are a few exercises
disguised as play that you can do with children as young as two
Find a small bouncy ball, and have your child hold it between
his or her knees. Then challenge the child to walk farther and
farther without dropping it.
Have your child take the
longest step he or she can, then stop for a moment all stretched
out. Then have the child stand up straight and take a giant step
with the other foot. Try giant walking all the way to the car or
taps. Place small dot on the wall. Challenge your child to
stretch up to it. Also move it higher and challenge them to jump
up to it. Monitor them so they don’t crash into the wall!
Just Say No to Spending!
financial planners are asked about how to save more money, one
suggestion that is often repeated is to declare a moratorium on
of it like fasting. When we fast, we reset our internal food
sensor. After a fast, we are more aware of the food we choose,
and we tend not to automatically reach for junk food or to
Similarly, when we cut ourselves off from spending, we reset our
internal money sensor.
It’s simple...but probably not easy. Here’s how to do a
Commit to spending absolutely no money for one day per month,
other than absolutely necessary expenses, such as gas or a bill
you have accomplished that goal, try stretching to two days. See
how many days in a row you can go.
You’ll discover how much
money you spend without thinking, and you’ll break the habit of
reaching for your wallet on impulse. You may also find you can
do without a lot of things you thought you needed to buy.
Tips for Taking Great Road Trips
road trip is an adventure where the journey is more important
than the destination. There are many ways to “do” a road trip,
and here are 4 ideas to whet your appetite:
Choose a theme.
water parks, museums, etc. Make the trip all about that. Map out
locations for theme items, then draw a line connecting your
Do a little research
to see if there
are any weird, random things to see along your route.
Make a documentary,
or a mockumentary, if you prefer.
Eat at small local "dives.”
are diners, road-side food shacks, and one-off restaurants.
few extra tips:
Bring a spare car key.
Get a cash-back
Bring a cell phone
Never let the gas go
6 Tricks for Detailing Your Car’s Interior
1. Use a foam paint brush
to clean dust from inside vents. Use a vacuum at the same time
to pick up the dust.
2. Use a toothbrush to
lightly scrub rough textured surfaces and get into tight seams.
3. Use a window squeegee
and a squirt of water to scrape pet hair from cloth seats.
4. Pick dirt from between
buttons and around the shifter by pressing kid's homemade slime
into those spaces and pulling out the dirt that sticks to it. To
make slime: Mix 1/2 cup of liquid starch, a small bottle of
Elmer’s glue, and 1/4 cup of water.
5. For grime on the inside
of the windshield, nothing works better than dry, crumpled
newspaper and elbow grease. Some people like to finish with an
anti-fogging solution, like Rain-X Anti Fog.
6. Removing stains.
Coffee, blood, lipstick, etc...all stains are chemical
compounds, and each should be removed using an “antidote”
specific to the type of chemical. Look up “How to remove ___
from car seats” to find the right solution for your type of
stain. Don’t just start squirting cleaner on every stain. That
could make it worse!
takes a disciplined spirit to endure the monastery on M in
Spain. One of the fundamental requirements of this religious
order is that the young men must maintain silence. Opportunities
to speak are scheduled only once every two years, at which time
they are allowed to speak only two words.
young initiate who had completed his first two years of
training, was invited by his superior to make his first two-word
terrible," the young man said.
years later the invitation was once again extended. The young
man used his forum to exclaim, "Bed lumpy."
two more years, he arrived at his superior's office and
proclaimed, "I quit." The superior looked at the young monk and
know, it doesn't surprise me a bit. All you've done since you
arrived is complain, complain, complain.”
People love to read motivational quotes. We love them on
t-shirts, on posters, and in tattoos. But why do we love them?
Perhaps it’s because, like poetry, a well-formed quote can pack
a lot of thought into a handy package, distilling large ideas
into simple recipes. Or like a church sermon, quotes remind us
of important life lessons that we get too busy to remember.
Here are a few popular
“If you want
to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
has no reason to change so long as you’re working within its
greatest limit on our ability to learn is our belief that we
what’s important before figuring out what’s next.”
you like reading and using motivational quotes, here’s a fun way
to get more from them: Make a list of some of your favorite
quotes. Pick a place to put one quote each day where you will
see it at a glance: on the bathroom mirror, on the car
dashboard, etc. Say the quote aloud, and think about how you
will apply that quote to your life that day. Be specific.
Bumblebees Leave “Footprints”
Bumblebees may be smarter than you think. According to
scientists at the University of Bristol, bumblebees mark the
flowers they feed from with “smelly footprints” so they can
distinguish between flowers that have been visited by members of
their nests and those fed on by strangers. This also allows them
to ignore flowers whose food is gone and identify better sources
one experiment, researchers trained bees to discriminate between
flowers marked by their nest mates and those scented by bees
from a different nest. In a second experiment, bees were seen
learning that flowers with footprints from their nest mates were
more rewarding than those marked with their own scent.
addition, the scientists discovered that bumblebees can tell the
difference between their own footprints and those of their nest
May & June 2017 Answer
(A riddle) What goes
up when rain comes down?
Answer: An Umbrella
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Frogs can be found on every continent in the world
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