The Legend of the Willow Tree

I came across this legend and thought it interesting with Easter approaching. After his marriage to Bathsheba, David felt happy and played his harp. Two angels appeared and accused him of great sin. ( I’m assuming because his wife wasn’t Christian?)  For 40 days and nights, David wept tears of repentance and  his tears formed two streams. From the  streams, sprang two trees.nature-water-garden-trees.jpg One was the willow, which weeps and mourns incessantly. The other was the frankincense tree, which sheds large tears in remembrance of David’s repentance.

Animals Sniffing Flowers Is The Cutest Thing Ever


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Animals Sniffing Flowers Is The Cutest Thing Ever

Flowers have the most alluring smell, and not only to the impressionable bees. We have made a list of photos that show animals enjoying a whiff or two from a petal or bloom. Kittens, nature’s cuddliest critters, look even better when they’re enjoying the sweet scents of flowers. Same goes for bunnies!

Flowers use scent to attract various small critters to carry around their pollen and help them reproduce. Some plants will take any comers, while other have developed an…

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Foods that Fight Inflammation

The Nutritious Noodle

Inflammation is a normal bodily function that occurs when you are injured or you have an illness, such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, IBD or other common diseases. Inflammation has been shown to be the root cause of these diseases and many more. Evidence has shown that dietary patterns rich in foods of plant origin, such as fruits and vegetables, can help lower the risk of diseases.

Inflammation is not necessarily bad for the body, since it helps protect the body from illnesses and is the bodies way of healing. You may notice that the area of injury will swell, as well as become hot and red. This is the immune systems response to injury. However, if the immune system overreaches to illnesses or injuries, it may cause autoimmune disorders, causing arthritis or IBD.

Eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help promote a healthy inflammatory response.

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Spring Cleaning for the Homeless

pexels-photo-434163.jpegAs spring approaches and many of us go through stuff to be discarded, stop and reflect. While doing volunteer work, I found out that St. Vincent’s  sticks things aside for the homeless. Don’t toss out your back packs. Apparently, this is a hot item for the homeless.



Here is a great photo I took of an elk. It looks like he is laughing.IMG_0879

Applesauce Bread

20180217_123441 applesauce bread I made this bread and decided to share it. Here is the recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 small loaf pans or 1 large loaf pan. Set aside. You will need these ingredients:

  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 3 T. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. chopped dried dates

In a large bowl, add the oil, eggs, maple extract, milk, and sugars. Mix well. Add the spices and dry ingredients. Blend well. Add the applesauce, dates, and raisins. Stir until blended. Divide dough into 2 small loaf pans or 1 large pan. Bake for 45 minutes for smaller loaves or 1 hour for large loaf. Cool on a rack.

The Mystery of the Migraine

Migraines are caused by an oversensitive brain and genetic predisposition. Anyone can have a headache, but migraines are more painful and are usually on one side of the head. The symptoms vary from each person. They can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light, smells, and touch. Some researchers have discovered that migraines also have phases that within hours or days result into full blown migraines.

Phase one: Prodrome

Symptoms include: food cravings, sleep issues, increased thirst, repetitive yawning, and difficulty speaking. 30-40% of migraine sufferers experience the prodome phase.

Phase two: Aura

Symptoms include: blurry vision, seeing flashing lights or wavy lines, losing vision for a short period, confusion, loss of hearing, hiccups, and tingling sensations. 1 in 5 sufferers develop auras.

Phase Three: Headache

Symptoms include: nasal congestion, hot flashes, dizziness, vertigo, mild head pain, and sometimes anxiety.

Phase Four: Postdrome

Symptoms include: poor concentration, depression, and euphoria. Typically lasts from 2-24 hours.

More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraines according to the National Headache Foundation. Episodic migraines are those sufferers that have migraines every few months or less. Chronic migraines are labeled on people that suffer 15 or more days per month with migraines. Overtime, people with episodic migraines may develop more headaches for various reasons, such as increased stress, illness, or a change in hormones. Both genetics and environment play a role in who gets migraines. If one parent has migraines, then you have a 50% of getting migraines. If both parents suffer from migraines, then you have a 75% chance of developing migraines. Caffeine, certain foods, stress, and changes in weather are triggers for an attack.

No one knows for sure what causes migraines, but changes in the levels of serotonin and other neurochemicals are involved. It affects the trigeminal nerve system, a constellation of nerves in the face and head. Many women develop migraines before or during their periods and the migraines lessen after menopause. Some people can manage their triggers, while others need medications.

Healthy sleep is an important factor for preventing migraines and managing the prodome phase. Try some chamomile or ginger tea to help relax your senses and ease the feelings of nausea. Drink plenty of water to fight dehydration. Try an ice pack to ease discomfort from hot flashes and pain. Recovering from a migraine takes time. Try a relaxing bubble bath or a massage.IMG_0765


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