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Fistral Beach, Cornwall


A part of our green and pleasant land I had not experienced before, the world famous surfers' paradise.. Mild 6 degrees Celsius in January but raining, of course. Hardy surfers weren't deterred though...Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Standardized Protocols Needed To Improve Health Outcomes Related To Pregnancy Complications

(BPT) - The rates of maternal mortality and preterm birth continue to rise dramatically in the United States. According to the CDC and March of Dimes, more than 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. every year, and more than 1,000 babies are born prematurely every day. It's impossible to point to one specific cause for these serious issues, particularly because of how segmented our healthcare system is. But by standardizing protocols across the U.S. healthcare system, advocates say we could decrease harm and improve care for women and their unborn babies. While "healthcare" is often discussed as a monolith, a single system in need of repair, it's actually a fractured industry...
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The Top 5 Supplements Everyone Should Be Taking In The New Year

(BPT) - Are supplements part of your daily routine? If they are, you're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of all Americans take one or more supplements in their quest for better health. That's because even if you have an ultra-healthy diet (and many people don't), it's difficult to get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for optimal health from food alone. So supplementing your diet is a good idea. But going to a store or searching online for supplements can be confusing. There are a lot of choices out there, and not all supplements are created equal. So how do you know you'll actually be getting the benefits of the supplements you take? The...
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How Ancient Ingredients Can Give Your Winter Health A Boost Today

BPT) - Whether it's a hot drink of honey, lemon and brandy, or a steaming bowl of chicken soup, many families have age-old home remedies, passed down through the generations, that they still use today when winter kicks into high gear. Grandma knew a thing or two about soothing a sore throat, quieting a cough or settling a rumbling stomach without a trip to the pharmacy. Many of those passed-down secrets originated in ancient times, and were implemented to boost the immune system to help fight off bugs before they took hold. While some of those age-old remedies are still in use today, there are some more modern ways to help support your health. "Today, many of us rely on the convenience of vi...
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5 Self-Care Tips for Parents in the New Year

(BPT) - As we begin a new year, it's important to reflect on our successes and examine the areas we'd like to nurture more in the year ahead. One area that often gets deprioritized by busy parents, but is essential to our wellbeing, is self-care. Setting aside time to reenergize your own needs will not only impact your physical, emotional and mental health, but will also allow you to feel more present and patient toward others. Take some time to develop your self-care routine with these tips in the new year: 1. Nourish your mind and body: Eating nutritious whole foods is fundamental for our mental and physical wellbeing. Food affects our mood, so cutting back on sugar and processed foods wil...
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5 Dermatologist Tips for Winter Skincare

(BPT) - The chill, the dryness, the itch: As temperatures drop, winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, you can fight winter's wrath by taking a few smart, proactive steps. Winter skin woes are common, with 83 percent of Americans saying their skin feels differently during the winter than it does the rest of the year, according to a recent survey conducted online among 2,000 U.S. adults by Harris Poll on behalf of CeraVe. More specifically, 77 percent say their skin feels dry in winter and 41 percent even describe it as itchy. "Winter weather can affect all skin types," says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein. "Even though people are aware that their skin is dry, the...
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How You Can Take Control This Flu Season

(BPT) - The 2017-2018 flu season will unfortunately be remembered for years to come. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[i], the 2017-2018 flu season was the only season to be classified as "high severity" across all age groups. In addition, there were an estimated nearly 80,000 deaths according to the CDC - a record-breaking number by all accounts. These statistics are a devastating reminder that this viral infection can direly affect anyone. There are steps you can take to keep you and your family from getting the flu virus this season - most importantly is to get a flu shot. "The time is now to get your flu shot," says Norman Moore, PhD, Director of Scientifi...
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How to Eat...


....slow cooked beef in Guinness pie. Perfect supper for the cold tonight. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Kidnapped by Great Books


Kidnapped by Great Books and Still Reeling from National Novel Writing Month. Everyone has an excuse but I have some good ones. Really. The best ones are listed below. There are links to each book so you can get sucked in too. Trust me these are worth it.Sorry, that I haven't posted to my blog in a long time but once you read my reviews, you'll know why. First, there was that November Novel writing craziness. Then, add in some cooler weather, a few exhausting holidays, drops of rain, and not unlike Tom Hanks in Castaway, I had to crawl onto a couch with a book, or two or three. Okay, more like ten. Help! I'm stuck in a writer's imaginationeBook or otherwise, help! I almost drowned in a sea o...
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A Slash of Orange.


One can see where Turner got his inspiration in our chilly, dark country where sunlight is rationed by the Gods. On my morning walk these days I can manage to see around the fields without a torch. Day breaks at around 7.30. I am always in awe of the vastness of the sky and how small I am in the scheme of things. Just me and the hound under the sky.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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The End is the Beginning


The news is rife with tragedy all over the world, suffering indeed is universal. I've had a terrible week but as always, the universe sent me a message.I saw a rainbow on my morning walk today and both ends of the arc. I saw where the rainbow began and where it ended. The metaphor for my traumatic week was an exquisite reminder that I shouldn't regret any chance for happiness which is inevitably ephemeral.I also found this hare killed by a fox. Hares are nocturnal and it is rare for a fox to catch them (as they can usually outrun their predators). By the time I found him (an adult male weighing 9.7 pounds) he could only have been dead for a couple of hours.  Not a scratch on his body apart f...
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Searching For The Peace Within

Is it wrong to want to know everything? Perhaps not, but wanting more can cost you the chance of finding true inner peace, and even destroying your very soul.   In today’s busy world, there are so many perceptions of what happiness is, what beauty is, and most importantly what love is.   The right thought process to find peace is simply finding one’s identity. When you know who you’re supposed to be, you’ll have a road map to follow. The rest of the way will be a journey of faith, so don’t stress about it. Choose to find and learn to love you.   The journey of life is like climbing stairs, as you take each step you are required to stretch higher, and may become fatigue, but with a committed ...
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Magic

Magic
Magic is our term to label something we can’t explain. It is unexpected and usually harmless. A magician’s cape that hides the live rabbit. The swords that go through the magician’s body but don’t. Sleight of hand is a form of art that brings smiles of amazement to all ages. We are going through very difficult times. It seems as if evil and chaos are even more out of control. It will take a real magician to bring smiles back. Except that we all have our own capes. Given to us at birth. Each of us is so unique. There are people who are waiting for us. We love bringing smiles to children. Isn’t a child’s laugh the best?? The last magician magic I saw was at a Navy reunion. There was this teamm...
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New beginnings


Each day brings the promise of renewed hope. This Christmas hearts will be broken, our faith in others challenged and it will seem that nothing will ever be the same again. The sun always rises and sets, a reminder to ourselves that everything passes good or bad.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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How to launch a video channel and create a community

(BPT) - Today's teens can easily connect with like-minded people by making videos and sharing them. For some 85 percent of U.S. teens, a smartphone is their tool of choice to watch, share and publish videos, according to Pew Research Center. Video and social media platforms are great tools for teens to explore their interests, express themselves creatively and connect with communities around the world. Many creative teens have built personal brands and vibrant communities for people who like fashion, beauty products and video games. Some teens even partner with companies like Star Stable - makers of the world's most popular online, horse adventure game - to create video channels for a global...
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5 ways to get financially fit this New Year

(BPT) - In 2019, many Americans are planning for a "better me" in the year ahead. Gym memberships and diets are at the top of many lists, but what about financial health? Losing debt can be just as important as losing pounds, and financial fitness just as important as physical fitness. According to a new survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R), 74 percent of Americans think their financial well-being has an impact on their overall health and 64 percent feel they are not in the best financial shape they could be. On top of that, half of those surveyed (50 percent) think it's easier to get into better physical shape than financial shape and 59 percent consider tracking expenses and budgeting to...
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New Year, Healthy You

(BPT) - The new year is often a time filled with self-reflection and thoughts of personal transformation, prompting individuals to start hitting the gym, eating right and reconnecting with old friends. However, New Year's resolutions can often be short-lived, frequently not even lasting through February. Instead of taking on large, difficult-to-maintain resolutions, there are smaller, simpler steps and habits that can be embraced, bringing a lasting healthier you into the new year. Self-care isn't selfish When too many obligations and plans with family and friends become a burden, it's OK to take a pass. If needed, spending a night at home or retreating to the comfort of your bed can help ke...
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Make traveling somewhere exciting your New Year's resolution

(BPT) - Have you ever made a New Year's resolution before? If you have, chances are you've tried to lose weight, advance your career, learn a new hobby or achieve some other such goal to reinvent yourself. All of these goals require a long-standing commitment and many fizzle out, leaving you feeling unsatisfied. Now's the time to change things up. Instead of committing yourself to a long-term obligation, set a New Year's resolution around fun and excitement, the kind you simply won't find at home. Set your resolution to leave your same-old, same-old behind to travel and explore someplace new and exciting. Myrtle Beach can be that area for you and your family. With numerous attractions, it's ...
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Fighting an illness?

(BPT) - The winter months bring cold and flu season, which can take a toll on your health. While flu shots and rest are common advice for prevention, a strong immune system is critical to keeping you healthy all year long. According to Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE, a Registered Dietitian at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, "Your body's ability to fight infection and disease depends on your immune system." Margaret provides one-on-one nutrition consultations for people with cancer who have a weakened immune system due to the effects of treatment, but she says keeping a healthy immune system is important for everyone. "Boosting your immune system during and after cancer treatment can help...
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Merry Christmas and Peace to People of Goodwill!


What a difference a year makes! Twelve months filled with emotion and challenges. I am prone to negativity because of my family experiences but I was reminded yesterday by my love that seeing the worst only brings you down and turns you into a loser rather than someone who should see all that is good in life. In other words, if you think bad thoughts, an aura of gloom will forever fester over you.The good news in 2018 was that I found love and will forever be grateful that an old goat like me still has some life in her. Christmas is about love. Jesus asked that we love one another as he loved us. May I wish you all a Happy Christmas filled with joy and peace and LOVE.Photo copyright IC.Origi...
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