Archive for December, 2012

Connecticut Cat Rescue Has “Kitten Therapy”

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Kitten Associates’ “Kitties for Kids” program lets youngsters cuddle with furry residents.
JaneA Kelley

I was as shocked and horrified as people all over the U.S. when I heard about the tragic events unfolding in Newtown, Connecticut, just a week ago. I have a special connection to Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School because Kitten Associates, the rescue from which I adopted my beloved Kissy, is located in the town. I couldn’t stand to watch the news; the Facebook posts my friends made as the day went on were more than heartbreaking enough.

When I woke up the next morning, I was surprised in a whole different way. Robin Olson and Sam Moore, who run Kitten Associates, had come up with an amazing idea: They would provide their traumatized hometown with a big dose of “kitten therapy” by opening their home-based rescue to children who needed a break from the pain — and also a reason to smile. Kitties for Kids was born.


A cat, a rat and a dog wrestle together

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

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Black Cat Is The World’s Most Loyal Crossing Guard (VIDEO)

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Every day, student crossing guards outside a middle school in Washington state get a helping hand from a black cat who arrives “like clockwork,” KAPP reports.

According to the station, 15-year-old cat Sable comes outside before the bell rings each afternoon at Enterprise Middle School in West Richland to watch the kids cross the road.


Deep Brain Stimulation Implant Tested In Alzheimer’s Trial

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Researchers are finding out if implanting a “pacemaker-like” device in the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s disease could help to stop the condition in its tracks.

“Recent failures in Alzheimer’s disease trials using drugs such as those designed to reduce the buildup of beta amyloid plaques in the brain have sharpened the need for alternative strategies,” study researcher Dr. Paul B. Rosenberg, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a statement.

But “this is a very different approach, whereby we are trying to enhance the function of the brain mechanically,” he added. “It’s a whole new avenue for potential treatment for a disease becoming all the more common with the aging of the population.”


Sulforaphane, Compound In Broccoli, Could Fight Leukemia

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

A powerful cancer fighter might be sitting right on your plate.

A new study from Baylor College of Medicine researchers shows that a compound found in cruciferous veggies, like broccoli, is able to kill leukemia cells in the laboratory.

The findings, published in the journal PLoS ONE, showed that incubating the compound, called sulforaphane, with cells of acute lymphoblastic leukemia caused the cancer cells to die. Plus, the sulforaphane didn’t seem to have any kind of effect on healthy cells.


Spider Does The Rumba (VIDEO)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

This cracks me up. Watch.

Longing for ecstasy

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Everyone who has had a peak experience tires to recapture it. Most are disappointed, because a moment of higher awareness isn’t the same as attaining higher consciousness. What is needed is a path to transformation guided by a vision of the possibilities that first taste inspires.

In the world’s wisdom traditions, the search for ecstasy is completely natural. Ecstasy is your original energy state. To return to it is to return home and make it your permanent abode.

There are many names for this goal: redemption, salvation, transcendence, and enlightenment. There are as many paths as there are faiths and spiritual teachers. But in the end a single truth is being espoused: The human soul longs to return to the place where ecstasy abides. There, union can be found with the mystery of God.

Adapted from The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).

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The Mouse That Saved a Life

Monday, December 24th, 2012

“The Amazing Friendship”
By Andrew Quilliam Brewer

There have been many stories about mice. They fill the shelves of children’s literature. What is so extraordinary about this story besides the fact that it actually happened, is the friendship that emerged between a man and a mouse. This is more the story of an amazing friendship. A real friendship that saved a life.

An old friend of mine named Michael came to visit our mountain hermitage on the backside of the volcano Haleakala on the Island of Maui. He was spending a month on a kind of healing retreat with us in a funky old cabin hidden in a circle of trees not far from the main house. One morning, after several weeks in relative seclusion, he arrived for breakfast, shaken and emotional, and he told me the following story.

He had gone to bed with tea and a good book, after turning off his portable Coleman stove. He left out a little of his dinner for a small mouse that had recently become his friend. Michael was not a person who was fond of mice, but he said the mouse had been so fearless and so cute that, despite his ambivalence, he decided to share his food and to strike up a friendship with the mouse. He named him Henry. He said that feeding Henry had oddly made him feel like a better person.

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Driving Dogs Pass Test In New Zealand (VIDEO)

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

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6 Foods That Make You Smell Good

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

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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.