Remembering those who are no longer with us.
Photo from Linda Kerwin
Submitted by Nancy Pharo
Anderson, Suzanne – Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure
Bigley, Louis – Wartime Lies
Blackstock, Terri – Miracles
Bryan, Helen – The Sisterhood
Bryan, Helen – War Brides
Clark, Mary Higgins – I’ll Walk Alone – LP
Delinsky, Barbara – Shades of Grace
Dunant, Sarah – Blood and Beauty
Francis, Clare – Night Sky
Grisham, John – Theodore Boone
Hamill, Pete – Snow in August
Hazel, Joan – The Last Guardian
Morrow, Karleene – Destinies
Preston, Douglas – The Monster of Florence
Rowell, David – The Train of Small Mercies
I came across a great resource to help anyone who needs a little help with their computer or other new technology. It’s a website run by a man called David Cox. There you will find many video tutorials on popular topics. No catch, absolutely free. Go to http://pcclassesonline.com/ to see all the courses.
Here is a good one on how to use an iPad.
Please click this link.
When you are visited by a swarm of honey bees (unlike a plague of locusts), it’s a good thing even though you don’t want to live with one. Wednesday morning I noticed some bee activity around a waste can outdoors, used for garden debris. By mid-afternoon, that activity had accelerated in both the number of bees as well as their frantic activity level. Something had to be done but what? Who you gonna call when you’re a city gal now living in the country? First, who you don’t call is Orkin which, after 10 minutes trying to up-sell me on an annual contract, said they would charge me $300 to remove the swarm.
By that time, it was after business hours and so I left a message with another company, We Care Pest Solutions in Petaluma. The call came in at 8 this morning and a friendly woman said “You need a beekeeper.” She assured me I could Google a resource.
Within 10 minutes, I was speaking with Nadya Clark, a Sonoma Beekeeper, who is on a list maintained by the Sonoma Beekeepers for Swarm Removal. And, by 10:30 she had arrived with everything needed to deal with the matter, including a lot of fascinating information about bees. So we donned the gear and went to work, or rather Nadya did while I observed. She carefully moved some of the contents of the bin into a wood hive box and then watched to see if more bees followed. If they did, that would mean that she had relocated the queen to the box and the rest would follow. Not being entirely sure that was the case, Nadya took the next step and carefully dumped the remaining bin contents onto a sheet and proceeded to carefully go through manually, separating out true garden debris until bees were no longer interested in the sheet. Finally, she placed the wood hive on a bin next to the garden bin, leaving enough of a gap for everyone to come home for the night.
Nadya returned around 8:30 tonight to remove the box (and the bees) and find another home for them. “How much for the service?” I asked. Nothing was the response. She was just happy that I had taken the time to call her so the bees could be relocated.
Now here’s the punch line of this tale: swarming bees reproduced in our area are already adapted to Temelec’s microclimate. So after a couple of days in Nadya’s care, the bees will be delivered to a beekeeper who (wait for it) lives in Creekside!
For your resource list: www.sonomabees.org, click on Swarm List, and then click on East Cluster for our area. There are several people listed for Sonoma.
By: Trish Rodimer
Here’s a description of QiGong from the instructor, Robert Young. Everyone is welcome and a $3 gratuity is appreciated.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.
The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.
Like any other system of health care, Qigong is not a panacea, but it is certainly a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine.
Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Most exercises do not involve the meridian system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasize the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.
The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Western scientific research confirms that Qigong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. One of the more important long-term effects is that Qigong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection.
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