Showing posts from October 9, 2016

Why Your Back Hurts

What Is Low Back Pain?

Low back pain is a universal human experience -- almost everyone has it at some point. The lower back, which starts below the ribcage, is called the lumbar region. Pain here can be intense and is one of the top causes of missed work. Fortunately, low back pain often gets better on its own. When it doesn't, there are effective treatments.

Symptoms of Low Back Pain

Symptoms range from a dull ache to a stabbing or shooting sensation. The pain may make it hard to move or stand up straight. Acute back pain comes on suddenly, often after an injury from sports or heavy lifting. Pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic. If your pain is not better within 72 hours, you should consult a doctor.

Symptoms That Require Urgent Care

Severe back pain after a fall or injury should be checked out by a health care professional. Other warning signs include a loss of bowel or bladder control, leg weakness, fever, and pain when coughing or urinating. If you have any…

Inspirational Quote for October 15, 2016

“Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.”

Amen to that. This is the wisdom hard won by overcoming worrying times financially, dealing with a broken heart because of a failed relationship or the loss of a loved one, job, career or business difficulties, etc. It helps us learn the lessons we’re being taught, whether we realize it or not, in recognizing the pain for what it is, a lesson in wisdom that we will keep with us for the future and which will, no doubt, be added to in time. That’s just life as we know it.


How to Talk to Strangers

Kio Stark enjoys interacting with people she doesn't know. Not in an "anonymous acts of kindness" sort of way, but in an adventurous way. Author of the book, "When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You," Stark has always been fascinated and enamored by the experience of interacting with strangers. Most people don't give these encounters a second thought, but Stark encourages people to take notice of how special they can be. If we reframe them as learning experiences and things to cherish, they become very meaningful and even worth going out of our way to try to have. With mindfulness and reflection, one can discover empathy, moments of connectedness, joy, self-knowledge, humility, or more. In this excerpt from her book, Stark suggests five "expeditions" to take on a quest for an encounter with a stranger, sure to yield unpredictable yet rewarding results.…

Is Pride Really a Sin?

ByJill Suttie

According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.
Pride is often considered a negative force in human existence—the opposite of humility and a source of social friction. It’s even been called the “deadliest sin.” But is it? Not according to psychologist Jessica Tracy, author of the new bookTake Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. She argues that pride, like other human emotions, is part of our evolutionary heritage, helping us to survive and thrive in cooperative societies by inspiring us to be the best humans we can be. Pride makes us feel good, and it’s an indication to ourselves that we are behaving in a way congruent with the values of our society, says Tracy. The pride display—chest out, head back, and a slight smile—is recognizable in cultures around the world, she adds, connoting status, encouraging deference from others, and motivating us to work hard to gain approval from our communities. “Pr…

Inspirational Quote for October 14, 2016

“It doesn’t matter what others are doing. It matters what YOU are doing.”

In our media culture it seems that everybody, especially the young and impressionable, are besieged by what some “celebrity” is wearing, who is in a relationship with who, what their handbag or shoes cost, the list goes on and on. You know what I mean don’t you? Of course you do because you have the sense to realize that it’s all fantasy, you will only be permitted to see what they want you to see, nothing more. Leave them to their shallow lives and focus on what YOU want to achieve in and from YOUR life. Always remember, YOU are important, YOU matter, and YOU impact on those around you. So, up to YOU now! YOUR choice!


Whistling in the Wind: Preserving a Language Without Words

The last speakers of a language without words reside on La Gomera, one of the smallest islands in Spains Canary Islands. "El Silbo," a whistled communication used in rural and isolated areas, is dying out as islanders embrace digital communication and move to cities and the mainland. Even so, El Silbo has a firm place in the island's culture. Some of La Gomera's schools are teaching the language and in 2009, UNESCO declared it a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This video shares more.

14 Fruits and Vegetables You Need to Eat This Fall

Autumn Harvest

Cranberries and gourds have had a nice run, but it’s time for them to share the spotlight with some other fall fruits and veggies. You may have to look outside your local grocery store for a few of them, but they’re worth the trip off the beaten path.


These tree fruits came to California via China and Japan in the 19th century. Most are best eaten when they’re still crispy. But one kind called hachiya, grown mostly in Japan, is meant to be eaten only after the flesh gets soft as jelly.


You can use the leaves as an herb -- the aroma and taste are like licorice without the sweetness. And you can roast the roots, or “bulbs,” with other root vegetables -- turnips, carrots, rutabaga, parsnips -- for a perfect fall side dish.


Though often yellow, white, or purple in color, it’s one of the great variety of peppery salad “greens” harvested in the fall. That’s when they begin to soften and sweeten. Slightly bitter, with a refreshing crunch, one kind of endive…

What Happens When We Shield Kids from Boredom

ByTeresa Belton

When we offer kids endless entertainment and activities, do we end up stifling their imaginations?

From books, arts, and sports classes to iPads and television, many parents do everything in their power to entertain and educate their children. But what would happen if children were just left to be bored from time to time? How would it affect their development? I began to think about boredom and children when I was researching theinfluence of television on children’s storytellingin the 1990s. Surprised at the lack of imagination in many of the hundreds of stories I read by 10- to 12-year-old children in five different Norfolk schools, I wondered if this might partly be an effect of TV viewing. Findings of earlier research had revealed that television does indeed reduce children’s imaginative capacities. For instance, a large-scale study carried out in Canada in the 1980s, as television was gradually being extended across the country, compared children in three communities—o…