Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tuesday, April 7,2009 Good News Now Stories

Marjie Gilliam: Ignoring knee pain increases likelihood of injury

"An estimated 2 million people each year are treated for aches, pain and stiffness in the knee joint. The patella (kneecap) is a free-floating bone held in place by four ligaments that act as stabilizers. These ligaments also allow for flexibility and give the knee, thigh and lower shin the ability to work together. Patellofemoral dysfunction, often referred to as runner's knee, occurs when the kneecap is under stress and/or tracks out of normal alignment. The kneecap may be pressing against the femur, or it may be misaligned, causing it to glide, tilt, rotate or move to the front or back."

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When All You Have Left Is Your Pride

"Look around you. On the train platform, at the bus stop, in the car pool lane: these days someone there is probably faking it, maintaining a job routine without having a job to go to."

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"The idea of growing bamboo sparks intrigue and fear in gardeners. We've all heard about bamboo running amuck, making their term 'invasive' seem tame. But we've also seen a lot of garden magazines exhibiting gorgeous golden, striped and even black rustling graceful, plants, we know, would look wonderful in our own gardens. Is it worth the risk? "

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The Road Less Taken

"It is time for another of my children to recite “The Road not Taken.” I always look forward to it. They are also asked to memorize another Robert Frost favorite, “Stopping by Woods on Snowy Evening.” While the latter is more appropriate winter fare, I also ask them to tackle the “Road Not Taken” to coincide with Lent. It fits perfectly with the idea of dying to self that Lent inspires."

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Mercy nun a finalist for Time list of world's most influential people

"You wouldn't expect to see a Philadelphia nun who works with the homeless on a list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Mercy Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder and executive director of Project HOME, has been named a finalist in Time magazine's 2009 annual most influential list, which calls her 'Philadelphia's Mother Teresa.'"

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