Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Good News From Mary Feb. 18, 2009

Knitting 'can delay' memory loss

Engaging in a hobby like reading a book, making a patchwork quilt or even playing computer games can delay the onset of dementia, a US study suggests.

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Mammoth skeleton found nearly intact in Los Angeles

The nearly complete skeleton of a massive Columbian mammoth who died during the last ice age has been dug out of a construction site near the La Brea Tar Pits in downtown Los Angeles, a remarkable find even in the fossil-rich area, scientists said Wednesday.

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It’s a Great Workout but Forget the View

Eighteen years ago, Ronnie Guie considered buying a treadmill or a stair-climbing machine to stay in shape. Then one day on his lunch hour at Con Edison in Astoria, Queens, two co-workers invited Mr. Guie to take a walk to the top of the 10-floor building. He was breathing heavily by the time he got there, but was hooked: he had found his workout for free.

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The Many Shades of Cancer Fatigue

I’m tired.

I found out 10 months ago that I had prostate cancer. Since then, I’ve had surgery, started hormone therapy and finished 33 sessions of radiation. And, man, it wears you out.

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Toy Fair Has Something for Everybody -- Even Kids

Thousands upon thousands of toys ... and not a child in sight. Welcome to the New York Toy Fair, the destination for adults who have decided what children will want under their Christmas trees next winter, whether the kids like it or not.

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Good News for February 18 (posted by Mary Beth)

Care Net Joins Suit to Defend Docs Serving in Pregnancy Centers

"Care Net, represented by attorneys from Advocates International, filed a motion to intervene Monday in three lawsuits involving a federal law protecting the rights of medical professionals to practice without being forced to perform abortions. Care Net is defending the interests of more than 470 medical pregnancy centers within its network and the licensed professionals that serve within these centers. Joining Care Net as intervenors are: Heartbeat International, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, Concerned Women for America, The Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants, and New Jersey Physicians Resource Council."

Read more about their stand on behalf of life here.

Miracle Cells: The Real Success Stories

"Many who listened to President Obama’s inaugural address believe he means to spend taxpayer money on research that destroys human embryos. Before he does, I hope somebody brings to his attention the story I’m about to tell."

The rest of Chuck Colson's commentary awaits you here.

Gardening boosts men's love lives, claims study

"Can doing work in the garden improve your love life? It can, according to this British study."

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Victoria Osteen on Balance

"Lakewood co-pastor Victoria Osteen juggles being a wife and mother of two with a demanding career. (And somehow she still has time to work out three to four times a week and bake a chocolate cake from scratch every week.)"

More on her busy life here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009~~Good News Stories (Margaret)

Facebook backtracks on terms of use after protests (AP)

"In an about-face following a torrent of online protests, Facebook is backing off a change in its user policies while it figures how best to resolve questions like who controls the information shared on the social networking site."

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Weed Control Without Chemicals

"'Weed control without chemicals' may conjure up unpleasant thoughts of getting down on your hands and knees in the yard on a hot day and pulling out stubborn weeds by hand. But weed control without chemicals needn't be so primitive, so mindless. In the resources to which I provide links below, I discuss a variety of weed-control components to be used in planting beds. They should be used in conjunction with each other. Weed control without chemicals can be tough work, and I want you to work smarter, not harder. No need to revert to the Stone Age!"

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Flunking out

"At long last, the federal government is set to spend a ton of money on America's public schools. The economic stimulus bill signed into law Tuesday roughly doubles, to $100 billion, emergency aid for public schools -- including more money for disadvantaged and disabled children, for Head Start, school renovation and more.

Now that Washington is spending so much to revitalize our schools, it's a good time to ask how our children are faring in the classroom compared with other youngsters around the world. The answer is: Not very well. "

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