AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH…

dna-noahs-ark-950632.jpgAs it was in days of Noah preservation of animal species to be done by modern scientists by DNA genetic data for future posterity. The team of 24 scientists from around the globe are hoping to collect and store genetic codes of 1.5 million species on Earth in a move to “revolutionise understanding of DNA.” The codes will be taken from a plethora of animals, plants and fungi. The £3.4 billion project can be used by scientists to discover more about evolution and how better to treat the environment. The library, created by the Smithsonian Institution, is being described as “most ambitious project in history of modern biology.” Aim of BioGenome Project as it is dubbed will be used for innovations in medicine, agriculture, conservation among other things. Only 0.2 percent of life on Earth has been sequenced. John Kress from Smithsonian Institution told The Times: “We will build a complete library of life that we can sample and delve into for whatever purpose. “We can use it for improving environments and ourselves, and revolutionising our understanding of the evolution of life.”dnaOnly 0.2 percent of life on Earth been sequenced. Researchers wrote in study published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences Increasing our understanding of Earth’s biodiversity and responsibly stewarding resources among the crucial scientific and social challenges of the new millennium.” It adds outcomes would “inform a broad range of major issues facing humanity, s impact of climate change of biodiversity conservation of the endangered species, ecosystems, preservation, enhancement of ecosystem services.“Unimaginable biological secrets are held in genomes of the millions of known and unknown organisms on our planet. This ‘dark matter’ of biology can hold the key to unlocking potential for sustaining planetary ecosystems on we depend to provide life support systems for a burgeoning world population.”

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FOOD AND MENTAL HEALTH

dieta-alzheimer-272x300Whenever it comes to taking care of your mental health one of the first things to consider if you’re feeling down in the dumps, stressed, unfocused, or anxious is the food you eat. Yes, that’s right what you eat, how clean or well-oiled food is so to speak affects stomach and bowels and has a lot to do with your moods and how you feel on top of doing things in life. Shauna Faulisi, holistic nutritionist and founder of a Soul Wellness Method told Elite Daily the stomach is a second brain of your body with relationship to serotonin production neurotransmitters in the body that regulates moods and overall immunity. Faulisi adds this idea is one of the first things tackled when she meets with new clients. Foods eaten will either feed the good or bad bacteria affecting mental health. And nourishing food diets by taking probiotics noticed a major improvement in own emotional well-being when she started doing both of these things. It seems obvious, at least in some way how food affects mood but truly science exists behind it all experts, say not something to be ignored when it comes to taking care of mental health. In fact, it might be one of the first things to consider if you’re feeling down in the dumps, stressed, unfocused, or anxious.pic Sugar is often snuck into foods eaten so feeds the bad bacteria and wreak havoc on good. Alcohol, refined carbohydrates and processed food Faulisi recommends focusing on foods feeding good bacteria, above-ground vegetables or bone broth, sauerkraut examples. Concentrating on incorporating kinds of such foods into your diet, means “your body and mind thank you,” says Faulisi. Dr. Michael Wald, MD, DC, dietician and board certified nutritionist breaks down this whole food and mood idea more for us. The direct link between the health of intestinal tract and brain,” he tells Elite Daily is essential. Gut’s more serotonin than brain is a chemical responsible for good feelings important intestinal tract and nervous system functions. It’s anti-inflammatory helps to promote better sleep. Neuroscience says the healthier your gut is it shows result of foods you eat. The better chance your body has to produce feel-good chemicals to improve your overall mood.logicas_cerebrais_podem_pesar_na_balanca_1__2015-04-23160411

Whatever food is put into your mouth, she explains, is going to spend the next three days traveling through digestive tract, permeating intestinal walls to be absorbed into your body’s circulatory system and tissues. “Your overall health is significantly affected by what you eat, she tells Elite Daily. Dr. Trattner says the research really shows our guts are so sensitive and filled with impressionable nerves they are, indeed, as Faulisi said, often referred to as our second brain. “The digestive system doesn’t think for us, but it does play a key role in certain diseases and communicates with brain,” Dr. Trattner explains. So, along with the foods you eat, Dr. Trattner recommends making probiotics a regular part of your daily routine, avoid refined foods with lots of sugar, estrogens and fat. mental-health-and-nutrition-1-638 downloadTherefore keep away from all processed foods or at least make it a point to snack on them in moderation. You will notice boost in your mood and mind as result. The body of evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace as reports show level of mental health problems of eating fewer healthy foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables, organic foods and meals made from scratch are more healthy foods than the chips and crisps, chocolate, ready meals and takeaways. Food and mood, mind the mental health charity helps those with mental health problems to eat better good mood foods. Vegetables and fruit contain a lot of the minerals, vitamins and fibre we need to keep us physically and mentally healthy. Eating variety of the different coloured fruits and vegetables every day means you will get a good range of nutrients. Eating well for mental health says Royal College of Psychiatrists in health advice. Food-and-Mood-tips-for-your-mental-healthModern user-friendly evidence-based information on eating well, nutrition and mental health is produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The link between food and mental health by the Psychological Association recommends good nutrition to improve your mental health. So put all this newfound foodie knowledge to the test next time you’re shopping for groceries, and pop a few of the recommended foods like fermented coconut yogurt, sauerkraut along with probiotics, into your basket. Growing research literature answers Western-style dietary habits in particular under special scrutiny. The modern high rate of depression says what you eat affects mental health. A large body of evidence existing confirms diet is as important to mental health as it is to physical health,” says Felice Jacka, the president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research. “A healthy diet is protective and unhealthy diet is risk factor in depression anxiety.” So pay more attention to the food you eat to improve your mood and mental health.

 

DOUBLE CHROMATIC HARP

NMM 5728.  Double chromatic harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, NY, ca. 1895

This Image is Graese Gallery Double Chromatic Harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, ca. 1895 NMM 5728. Double chromatic harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, New York, ca. 1895. Birdseye-maple resonator and columns. Seventy-four strings; forty-three on neck to player’s left; thirty-one on neck to player’s right (FF-f4). Signed on interior of arch, at player’s left, in gold and black paint: H. GREENWAY / INVENTOR & MANUFACTURER / 545 ATLANTIC ST. / BROOKLYN, N.Y.

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Chromatic Double Harp CHROMATIC / HARP / H. GREENWAY / Inventor and Sole Maker. Gilded gesso ornamentation at tops, bottoms, and centers of columns, featuring roses, five-petal flowers, leaves, and a shield at columns’ crossing point. Interiors of neck arches and soundboard painted with gold scrolling, highlighted in black. Eight soundholes in back. No pedals. Height 165.6 cm (65-3/16″). Length of longest string: 56″ Purchase funds gift of Carole and Bruce Stavens Sioux City Iowa 1994 Harp_Lesson4_Girls_4_Harps_Interview_2 (1)harpist-on-stage-8 (1).jpg

References

1994 Acquisitions Include Rare Pianos, Harp, Woodwinds,” The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 2 (January 1995), p. 2.

André P. Larson, “Double Chromatic Harp by Henry Greenway,” South Dakota Musician, Vol. 29, No. 3 (Spring 1995), p. 28.

SWEET POTATO FAVOURITES

1494-2TSweet potatoes are always a versatile, healthy option for breakfast; they’re loaded with fiber, nutrients, including beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. Aside that, they can be grilled, baked, mashed and grilled. Another great way to enjoy sweet potatoes is to cook them into savory porridge. This delicious sweet potato recipe is perfect for cold weather; it’s a comfort food you can enjoy as breakfast or lunch, you only need few ingredients to make it tasty. To prepare sweet potato porridge see recipe for explanation.IMG_20180421_105154

Ingredients You Will Need

1. 5 medium sweet potatoes
2. 1 medium fish (mackerel or Salmon)
3. 5 medium tomatoes
4. 3 red bell peppers
5. 2 scotch bonnet peppers
6. 2 tablespoon ground crayfish
7. 2 stock cubes
8. 1 medium ginger
9. 1 chopped spring onion, ugu, spinach
10. 1 medium onion
11. 1-teaspoon turmeric powder
12. 1-teaspoon thyme
13. ¼ cup of peanut oilIMG_20180421_105130

Prepare Healthy Sweet Potato Porridge

1. Peel sweet potatoes, dice into medium sizes, rinse with water put into a pot.
2. Add water to cover the potatoes and place on heat to cook for 15 minutes.
3. As potatoes cook blend tomatoes with peppers, chop onion, spring onion.
4. Season and cook fish to extract rich stock, take out middle bones and shred the fish with a fork and set aside.
5. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, drain from the liquid and set aside, add peanut oil in wide pot placed on heat.
6. Add chopped onions and ginger to the oil and fry for 30 seconds till fragrant.3757241
13845411547417. Add blended tomatoes to oil and cook for 10 minutes for the liquid to reduce.
8. Season tomato sauce with turmeric powder, stock cubes, salt, thyme, pepper Cook the sauce until thickens.
9. Bring boiled potatoes to sauce, stir properly, add shredded fish and spring onion/spinach, stir well to incorporate.
Leave the porridge to cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Take it off heat and serve it warm or as you desire.Chicken-Sweet-Potato-and-Black-Bean-Stew-2-694x1024

Directions

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14-oz. can (small can) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz. can (small can) black beans, or 1.5 cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 heaping teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 small-medium sweet potatoes, diced (about 3-4 cups total)
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken (such as rotisserie)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnishSweet-Potato-Skins-recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place sweet potatoes on sheet tray and bake for 1 hour or until soft. Remove from oven and let stand till cool enough to handle. Split potatoes and remove the flesh to a medium sized bowl, reserving skins. In other bowl, add brown sugar, butter and cream cheese and the all of the spices and mash with fork or rubber spatula. Add butter and cream cheese mixture to the sweet potato flesh and fold in completely. Add the filling back to the potato skins and place on a half sheet tray. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

LYRID METEORS SHOWERS

Lyrid meteor shower 2018:The Lyrid meteor showers of April 2018: is best seen between April 16th and 25th with peak time from 22nd to 23rd. Lyrid Meteor Shower celestial phenomenon is a highlight of the astronomical calendar Skygazers can look forward to seeing 20 meteors per hour streak across the sky. The best time to view display of a Lyrid Meteor Shower usually active between night of Saturday, April 21 to morning of Sunday, April 22, people in Northern Hemisphere best located to view Lyrics. Those in mid-Southern Hemisphere can also see shower between midnight and dawn the best time to see shooting stars from Lyrids is after nightfall and before dawn, weather permitting.Lyrid meteor shower 2018:
Subsequently, the Lyrics are created by the debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit the Sun. It is the radiant point in the sky where the meteors emerge from near Vega, one of the brightest stars this time of the year. The higher Vega climbs into the sky, the more meteors you see. Between 9pm to 10pm the star Vega rises above horizon and climbs upward through night and by midnight Vega is high enough in sky so meteors radiating from her direction will streak across the night sky. Lyrid meteor shower 2018 is best seen in the night or dawn depending on location. The Lyrid meteor shower 2018 celestial phenomenon is visible at this weekend. Before dawn, the radiant point shines high overheard and this is reason why meteors always more numerous before dawn. The best way to see the meteor shower is make sure you are away from intrusive light pollution.Lyrid meteor shower 2018:
During the peak of the shower, you may see between 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors an hour on the morning of April 22, 2018. Lyrid meteor showers is one of oldest and is named after constellation Lyra.A meteor captured above the erupting Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano. Lyrid meteor shower 2018 best time to see the shooting stars from the Lyrids is after nightfall. The source of Lyrid meteor shower is Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1).A meteor captured above the erupting Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano [Caters News Agency]
Every year in late April as Earth crosses the orbital path of this comet so the bits of debris from the comet crash through the Earth’s atmosphere they vaporise and turn into colourful meteor shower. The vaporising debris streaks nighttime with medium-fast Lyrid meteors. You do not need any binoculars or a telescope to see the showers, as they will limit your view as the meteors will appear across the nightsky. The best way to view the shower is with the naked eye so just stare generally at the sky and the meteors should start to appear.

GOD ON MEN DOING DISHES

IMG_20180418_124612In the Bible, 2 Kings 21:13 says God will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipes dishes, wiping and turning it upside down. And after washing dishes it is turned upside down or sideways to drain properly so to prevent the murky water festering to breed germs. It is interesting God says men wash and wipe dishes considered as women’s work or job. Its fascinating and surprising some men strongly feel housekeeping is women’s job. washingup-impressAlmighty God describes the real life dish washing by men and associates with the Biblical events mentioned to make an important point to warn people. God usually uses metaphors to highlight many messages to people about events that happened in living history. God points out to men washing dishes and remembering to turn them correctly not to breed and spread germs is alright and demands an applaud. IMG_20180418_120301Some will say God only used it to describe an action and so did not say that men should wash dishes. Millions of men wash dishes and cook everyday so is perfectly acceptable to do in some places throughout the world. Once a family went to buy washing machine from a big store. The salesman advised the boys in the family to convince their parents to buy a dish washer too so they do not have to do the dishes. IMG_20180418_120214.jpgHowever, this kind of thinking is flawed because the dishes have to be scraped of the leftover food bits into the bin before loading into a dishwasher. Such advise assumes those boys will not need to do domestic chores for women. Yet those boys used more cups, cutlery and plates in the family than anyone else so did not drink water from own clean cups more than once. Instead of washing own cups and plates just leave them piled high for the mother to wash. Even if a dishwasher machine cleans it is still moist or wet so has to be wiped before dishes are packed into the cupboards.  IMG_20180418_150132Despite the fact that both parents work all day long, paid their mortgage to keep the roof over their heads, buy and cooks food to feed them, pay bills. Still expect their dishes to be done exclusively only by mother. This idea is popular certain that jobs must only be done by women. Especially in paternalistic societies the macho men think that domestic chores belong to women. It was also assumed that it was the feminist movements that are responsible for demanding men do domestic chores in these modern times. IMG_20180418_124705So sometimes men vehemently object to domestic chores especially if the spouse is a full-time housewife. They argue that they provide the roof over the heads of the family, earn the bacon so domestic housework and childcare are women’s jobs. The reality is in fact those wanting a happy life need to know a happy wife is a happy life supported by all family to maintain their happiness too. Almighty God Yahweh approves of men washing dishes and wiping it dry and so men no longer have excuse its women’s job. 77836142-elderly-man-doing-the-dishes-isolated-on-white-backgroundGod could have said women washed the dishes and dry it for the Gospel message but chose men to do the dishwashing in the Bible. This does not mean only men must wash the dishes exclusively either for domestic chores require team work and wisdom. Anyone freely available than others can help with dishwashing to ease burden and load of housework. It is important to be aware Jerusalem is God’s City on earth a bone of contention of nation’s fighting to take it from God to stop Jesus’ Reign from Israel. man cleaning kitchenGod warns nations gathering together by military coalition against Israel that they succeeded in the past because HE ALLOWED them. Apocalyptic endtime attacks against Jerusalem will be dealt with by God HIMSELF. It seems nations dividing HIS City gaining an upper hand but God’s agenda unfolding Rapture and Armageddon battle take place according to Bible. God’s enemies wipe Jerusalem clean like dishes or plates wiped but all Israel shall be saved as God ordained by the 2 Witnesses and the 144,000 sealed evangelists in Israel.

ACTIVELY DEEP LISTENING

post_SilentListen_121816Actively deep listening to hear correctly, affirm and understand what people are saying means a lot to them. It is more than being a sounding board to help talk and discuss life matters. To be allowed into the deepest inner thoughts of a person takes courage so be present in here and now. Affirm by nodding and agreeing, saying “yes” to fully engage in the conversation is part of the process to ensure properly hearing person. And a feedback clarifies topics discussed to reassure person listening attentively. Be polite if speaker feels stressed, anxious, calm them, pay attention to help them open up to share innermost feelings or thoughts. It is encouraging to build their confidence to reflect on their plans and fears. Art of listening, hearing is act of love, takes commitment, ability to read between lines and desire to understand, appreciate person talking. Greatest gift coaches have is ability to help people to know where they are coming from. Listening (1)Understandably needs to provide a safe space to see life from their standpoint is so important and necessary. Life can feel lonely sometimes so knowing that someone really cares and understands matters. It is important to open up to share true feelings without thinking being judged. Health and wellbeing help the lonely or isolated to express inner thoughts and their ideas of life. A phone call to friend or passing time of the day with colleagues is what makes society happy and cohesive by including others. Idealised happiness of fantasy, domestic bliss on social media on the Facebook is unnatural needs so private, confidential space helps open up to deal with what is not working in life.Couple speaking on a benchCoach Kenny Mammarella D’Cruz, The Man Whisperer, talks of importance of men opening up, sharing “without any judgments, ‘shoulds’ or ridicule” as he regularly feels safe in his men’s groups. His workshops and meet-ups invaluable for men from teens to pensioners and offers support, understanding and the reassurance that someone really has got your back. Today ask someone about themselves, really listen, reflect and say something generous or insightful back. Watch their faces. Our ears never get us into trouble and here is a lovely quote, as David Augsburger’s thought sums up: “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.”