Archive for December, 2012


Friday, December 21st, 2012

Inspiring video of a dog born without his front legs.


10 Foods That Promote Brain Health

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Who doesn’t want to become smarter? Who wants to look better or feel healthier? Many recent studies have shown how certain nutrients can positively affect the brain, specifically in areas of the brain related to cognitive processing or feelings and emotions. Generally speaking, you want to follow a healthy diet for your brain that will lead to strong blood flow, maintenance of mental sharpness and reduce the risk of heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

We know that foods play a great role in our brain, as concluded in several studies led by a phenomenal neuroscientist at UCLA, Gomez Pinilla.

According to one study, the super fats your brain needs most are omega-3 fatty acids. Your brain converts them into DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which enhances neuronal communication and promotes neuronal growth.

Food and nutrients represent fuel to our bodies the same way that when we use our car we need to fill the gas tank. Unfortunately, we generally take better care of our cars than our bodies. Why is that? We are hearing frequently that consuming the right nutrients can help our health, aging process, and more efficient brain-body functioning.

With that said, I want to share with you ten foods you must keep in your diet to maintain brain health:

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5 Cry-Worthy Rescues of Desperate Dogs

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Dogs in dire straits are sometimes helpless to save themselves. The lucky ones are saved by human heroes. Here are five such stories.

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In remembrance

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The end of my chapter “This Mortal Coil,” from my book, Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man, comes to mind at this sad time in our history. I offer it up in remembrance, not only for the victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre but all the other senseless deaths we’ve had to bear.

Lines from Wordsworth’s Intimations of Immortality came to mind. . . .

Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
Of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.

Cat and bunny cuddle video

Monday, December 17th, 2012


Dogs Driving Cars: New Zealand SPCA Puts Canines Behind The Wheel (VIDEO)

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

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Why Are Baby Elephants Being Sold to Entertainment Companies?

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Last week Rose-tu, an Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo, made headlines for giving birth to a healthy 300 pound baby girl who is now the center of a campaign to find her a name and a controversy over her future.

“The outpouring support for the zoo and its newest resident has been incredible,” said Kim Smith, zoo director. “Rose-Tu and her calf are doing well. They’re bonding and comfortable with each other. Now it’s time to give the calf a name that suits her.”

What the zoo failed to tell everyone was that they don’t own this little one. According to the Seattle Times, the newborn is property of Have Trunk Will Travel, a private company that “rents out pachyderms to the entertainment industry, stages circus like events and offers elephant rides at $500 an hour.”

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Billy the dog rescued from cage that had rusted shut

Friday, December 14th, 2012

For today’s animal video, we’re bringing you not only cute but also cry.

Billy was rescued from a cage that had rusted shut. In an instant, his rescuer became his new best friend.


The tyranny of happy endings

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

British librarians recently tallied up the number of times they’ve loaned out 50 classic novels over the past 20 years. They found that some authors — specifically Charles Dickens and Jane Austen — are more widely read than before, while others — George Eliot and Thomas Hardy — have suffered a decline in popularity. Determining what people are actually reading (as opposed to which books they merely buy or download — with the best of intentions!) is a lot trickier than you might think. But if anyone has a decent grasp on which literary works are standing the test of time with the average reader, it’s librarians.

Asked by the Telegraph newspaper to explain why Eliot and Hardy have fallen out of favor with the public, John Bowen, a professor of 19th-century literature, suggested that readers increasingly prefer “more optimistic and comic novels, with happy endings.” A staffer of the agency that conducted the survey noted that libraries always see an upsurge in loans of books by authors whose work has been dramatized on film or television. (Elizabeth Gaskell got one of the biggest boosts during the two-decade span, thanks to a popular BBC adaptation of her novella “Cranford.”)

Happy endings and film adaptations: That might sound like two different explanations for a surge or dip in readership, but in essence they’re one and the same.


Mysteries of cat purring

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Hugging a purring cat is an experience like no other. The whole animal vibrates at the same frequency that causes rainbows and unicorns to generate spontaneously. Purring leaves little doubt that the lap-warming predators we love so much are wizard aliens sent to commandeer our couches, destroy our houseplants, and charm us out of as many treats as possible.

The most fascinating thing about purring: Science cannot fully explain it. Here are four unsolved mysteries about purring.



Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.