Heart Health Thought for July

“Think about it: Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes.  Without drugs or surgery.”  — Dean Ornish M.D.

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/heart_disease_2.html#GYvIX0HeqQm0xMYb.99

Healthy Living A to Z: O is for Orange

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Today we are talking about the color orange. The orange color in carrots, pumpkin, squash, oranges, apricots, cantaloupe, nectarines, yams (and others) comes from carotenoids, the best known of which is Beta Carotene. It is also found in dark green leafy vegetables, another reason to eat your spinach.

Orange is not just a bright, happy color, it has health benefits. In addition to being an immune system booster, and promoting eye health, beta carotene helps create Vitamin A, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps reduce the harmful effects of free radicals and potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The best way to get beta carotene is through food. If orange foods have not been a staple of your diet, you get to explore ways to use them. An adventure, Oh Boy! So make some pumpkin soup, sweet potato oven fries, mashed sweet potatoes or pumpkin pasta (but don’t forget the carrots and oranges) and have fun.

Need Advice from a Kitty or a Cat Parent

Kitty on Stove Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins

Kitty on Stove
Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins


This is Callie snugged up around the burners on my stove top. She has always looked for warm places, but since we moved she always wants to be on the stove when it is hot.

I turn my back for a minute and there she is looking like she’s sitting around a campfire. I’m waiting for her to start roasting marshmallows and singing Kumbayah.

But all kidding aside, this is getting to the point of being dangerous. We are afraid she is going to get burned. All our usual training and disciplinary measures  are having no effect. We  turn our backs and she’s right back at it.

So, first, is heat seeking behavior “normal” for cats? Hershey didn’t do anything like this. And of course, any suggestions for getting the dangerous stuff under control?  I know I have kitties and cat parents following me here and I need your help.

Thought for Today

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                                                                        Photo Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins


“Sometimes we are called to proclaim God’s love even when we are not yet fully able to live it. Does that mean we are hypocrites? Only when our own words no longer call us to conversion. Nobody completely lives up to his or her own ideals and visions. But by proclaiming our ideals and visions with great conviction and great humility, we may gradually grow into the truth we speak.” — Henri Nouwen [Source: Daily Meditation June 21, 2013 http://www.henrinouwen.org/%5D

Thought for Today

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Photo Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins


“No relationship can thrive without the sense of spaciousness that comes with stillness. Meditate or spend silent time in nature together. When going for a walk or sitting in the car or at home, become comfortable with being in stillness together. Stillness cannot and need not be created. Just be receptive to the stillness that is already there, but is usually obscured by mental noise.” — Eckhart Tolle [Source: Weekly Present Moment Reminders]