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Nathan Pacheco “Oh Holy Night” Thanksgiving Day 2011

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Who knew statistics could be so interesting?

200 Countries * 200 Years * 4 Minutes

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Nathan Pacheco at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

 
Nathan Pacheco Sings for Prince Charles at the British Embassy

Disney Artist Sings for Prince Charles

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eFolkMusic’s New Look

I’m not sure why I looked today, but I just looked at the eFolkMusic home page. The look is different, but the great music continues. They even have some videos of a few of the featured artists.

Volume Six: 106 Song CD/MP3 Sampler

Near the right lower corner of the page, there is information about the newest cd sampler:

All true, and you can have one! Get one of these CD/MP3s delivered 1st class snail-mail when you make a $30 or greater donation - 106 songs from 75 different artists, over SIX HOURS of music.

This is our ‘editor’s pick’ from the exceptional music we promote every day of the year, a great way to sample a unique collection of under-heard songs and artists, plus rare tracks from some of your better known folks including George Winston, Freebo, the Red Clay Ramblers, New Lost City Ramblers, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, Malcolm Holcombe, Mary Z Cox, Ola Belle Reed, on and on. Here’s a complete list of the songs.

Weird Duck is on the New 106 Song CD/MP3 Sampler

How great is that? :) I clicked the link  for the complete list of the songs, and much to my happy surprise, my “Weird Duck” song is there.

List of Songs and Artists on the New eFolkMusic Sampler

Here’s the complete list:

Sampler Six Song List

Sampler 6  —  106 songs, 6.4 hours, 499.2 MB; No downloading needed, just make a tax-deductible donation to this nonprofit and we’ll send you the physical CD with these 106 songs in MP3 format!

Click here to make a donation right now!!!

While You Sleep … Almond Greenway
Blackberry JamAndy May
Sweetest Story Ever ToldAndy May
Beg, Steal or BorrowArt Gomperz Band
Court In Session ... Art Gomperz Band
Advertisements Tell MeThe Bards of Balance
Scorpio and MeBennett Brier
Baby, You’ll Only Do GoodBennett Brier
Sail Away LadiesBethany and Rufus
Death Don’t Have no MercyBethany and Rufus
On the RoadBill Hudson
Boulevard of Broken DreamsBill Hudson
Long Way From Water Bill Jackson
Journey HomeBirdy
John Brown’s DreamBooger Holler String Band
Marmaduke’s HornpipeBooger Holler String Band
The Best YearsBryan Gorsira
SearchingBryan Gorsira
Melancholia .Chris Frank
The Feng Shui SongChristopher Prim
Three Score and TenCircus Envy
Jeanne’s MelodyDan Crace
Máire Bheag ÓDark Patrick
Chaotic (Under Control)Darynyck
I Remember It Well... David Porteous
A Day In The LifeDavid Porteous
Weird Duck Deborah L. Hord
Out of Chaos Came VictoryDonald DePoy (Me & Martha)
Another World...EASE
Carved In StoneEASE
Goodbye Angel… Elisa Di Napoli
When I Am GoneElisa Di Napoli
Bright Red RoadEllsworth
Standing Ovation Freebo
When There’s No Place Like HomeFreebo
OdysseyGeoffrey Hansplant
Swimming To The SunGeoffrey Hansplant
TwentyGeorge Cuthbertson
Time for Love …. George Winston
Burning CoalGhost Of a Dog
Walk Towards the PainGhost of a Dog
I Can’t Settle DownThe Gordons
Blackjack DaveyThe Gordons
Take Care Of My BrotherJ Peter Boles
When They AskJan Hauenstein
Lord FranklinJan Hauenstein
Give In To This LifeJann Klose
MindchangeJason Bennett
Stormy Weather Coming DownJason Bennett
The Landlord (feat. Nels Cline)Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls
Anarchist Girl (feat. Wayne Kramer)Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls
America, Its YouJohn and Rachel Nicholas
People Like UsJohn and Rachel Nicholas
Our TownJohn Lefebvre
Painted PonyJohn Lefebvre
Missing YouJohn Morrison
Hold Me UpJosh Bass
From Is to WasJugalbandi
Oh Baby Lie DownKendel Carson
Cherish the DayKristina Stykos
This I KnowKristina Stykos
If I Bcome RichKyota Sugai
SundaysMaggie Walters
Another Living RoomMaggie Walters
A Bigger PlanMalcolm Holcombe
Blue Martini & Belly DancerMalcolm McKinney
Dead or AliveMartha Ann Brooks
Little Mama Martha Ann Brooks
Trouble Is As Trouble DoesMarti Jones & Don Dixon
John Bowlin’s Groundhog Strut ... Mary Z Cox
Haggard Had It Right McAdoo Perkins
The RiverMcAdoo Perkins
Over the WaterfallMe & Martha
Blues and the HighwayMBIRD (Megan Birdsall)
Spy Hill Jail Mick Daniel and the Raynmen
Born To TryMike Kotulka
Selfish AvenueMike Kotulka
Shake ItMike Whellans
Smiles of Summer LoveMoira Nelson
Crow Black ChickenThe New Lost City Ramblers
Pretty Little MissThe New Lost City Ramblers
Look Down That Lonesome RoadOla Belle Reed
Green Paper Black LinesOrion Walsh
The Last WalkPaul Grimwood
Clouds and Gold ButtonsPaul Grimwood
The Wild FaeryPhil Holland
The New Land/Toda Una Vida Pratie Heads
The North Carolina Toast and Breakdown.….The Red Clay Ramblers
NeighborhoodRick Wales
Pommier, Rideau, PortemateauRobert Lamont
Tantos AnosRojos Calientes
CorazonRojos Calientes
Wishing WellRoosevelt Dime
Come BackRosie and Me
BonfiresRosie and Me
Coon in the CornScott C. Brooks
Blues Concerto for Slide Guitar Scott C. Brooks
Goodbye...Shantel Bolks
Where the Last Tide Runs Sheila K Cameron
Apparition...Steve Palmer
Sweet Escape Sunflower and the Seeds
Things A Man Needs to Say Todd Berry
Together We’ll BeWalt Cronin
Yet I DreamWalt Cronin
Airport GoodbyeJohn Zambricki
Where Was Your Mind?John Zambricki

When to Buy Organic

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Avoid Pesticides on Fruit and Vegetable Skins

A post from Shine.com

10 dirty fruits and veggies

By Ashley Macha 

Are the fruits and vegetables you buy clean enough to eat?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) studied 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create a list of 49 of the dirtiest and cleanest produce.

So before you hit the grocery store, see how some of your favorite fruits and veggies measured up.

Did one of your favorites make the list? Don’t worry, the EWG recommends purchasing organic or locally grown varieties, which can lower pesticide intake by 80% versus conventionally grown produce.

Celery
This stalky vegetable tops the dirty list. Research showed that a single celery stalk had 13 pesticides, while, on the whole, celery contained as many as 67 pesticides.

Chemicals fester on this vegetable as it has no protective skin and its stems cup inward, making it difficult to wash the entire surface of the stalk. It’s not easy to find locally grown celery, so if you like this crunchy veggie, go organic.

Peaches
Peaches are laced with 67 different chemicals, placing it second on the list of most contaminated fruits and vegetables. They have soft fuzzy skin, a delicate structure, and high susceptibility to most pests, causing them to sprayed more frequently.

Strawberries
This red, juicy fruit has a soft, seedy skin, allowing easier absorption of pesticides. Research showed that strawberries contained 53 pesticides. Try to buy strawberries at a local farmer’s market for a sweet dessert.

Apples
Apples are high-maintenance fruit, needing many pesticides to stave off mold, pests, and diseases. The EWG found 47 different kinds of pesticides on apples, and while produce washes can help remove some of the residue, they’re not 100% effective.

Blueberries (domestic)
These antioxidant-rich berries have a thin layer of skin that allows chemicals to more easily contaminate the fruit. Domestic blueberries were loaded with 13 pesticides on a single sample, according to the EWG. Imported blueberries also made the list at No. 14 for the dirtiest produce.

Sweet bell pepper
This crunchy, yet thin-skinned, vegetable is highly susceptible to pesticides. According to the EWG, sweet bell peppers showed traces of 63 types of pesticides. While some pesticides can be washed away, many still remain.

Spinach, kale, collard greens
These leafy green vegetables are on the list, with spinach loaded with 45 different kinds of pesticides and kale 57.

In 2006, Dole recalled bagged baby spinach after multiple E. coli illnesses associated with the vegetable made their way across the country.

Grapes (imported)
These tiny fruit have extremely thin skins, allowing for easy absorption of pesticides. And think twice before buying imported wine. The grapes that go into the wine could be coming from vineyards that use too many pesticides.

Potatoes
Have you ever indulged in a potato skin at your favorite restaurant? You might want to think twice before eating the skin. This spud was highly laced with pesticides—36, according to the EWG—that are needed to prevent pests and diseases.

Cherries
Cherries, like blueberries, strawberries, and peaches, have a thin coating of skin—often not enough to protect the fruit from harmful pesticides.

Research showed cherries grown in the U.S. had three times the amount of pesticides as imported cherries. Because cherries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that neutralizes carcinogens, it’s worthwhile to buy organic or seek imported ones.zz

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Eating for Happiness

Foods that Promote Happiness

By Dr. Maoshing Ni
Jan 21, 2011

If you’re feeling as blue as the skies above, you will be happy to know that a few spoonfuls of the right foods may turn that frown upside down! Whole foods contain vital nutrients that provide both physical and psychological benefits. Read on to discover which foods contain those mood-boosters to help you smile your way to longevity.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun with Folate

Eat folate-rich foods: Leafy greens like kale, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, bok choy, legumes, sunflower seeds, oranges, melons, beets, and fortified whole grains

Why? Folate, also know as folic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is necessary for cell division, DNA synthesis, and healthy blood cell production. Research at the University of York and Hull York Medical School has found a link between depression and low levels of folate. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for men and women is 400 micrograms and 600 micrograms for pregnant women. To keep you smiling, increase your intake of folate-rich foods. A cup of cooked lentils provides 90% of the RDA of folic acid. Plus, the fiber and protein will satisfy you longer, stabilize blood sugar, and also promote a better mood. Additional bonuses: Folate can also decrease homocysteine, an amino acid that is linked to heart disease. Low levels of folate can cause anemia, while pregnant women must increase their folate levels to prevent fetal neural tube deficiencies. 

Boost Your B6

Eat B6 foods: bananas, chicken breast, garlic, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, sunflower seeds, broccoli, red bell peppers, watermelon, avocados, and potatoes

Why? Vitamin B6 plays a role in red blood cell metabolism, protein metabolism, and synthesis of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. It also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and increases the amount of oxygen carried to your tissues. Low levels can lead to an increase of homocysteine, anemia, headaches, and depression. The RDA for adults from age 19 to 50 is 1.3 mg/day and approximately 1.6 mg for individuals over 50. The next time you’re feeling down, grab a banana and munch your blues away! 

Go Fish!

Eat omega-3-rich foods: fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, and herring, flaxseeds, walnuts, and algae

Why? DHA omega-3 essential fatty acid maintains healthy brain function and is vital for fetal brain and eye development. Current research also demonstrates the association between intake of omega-3 fatty acids and depression. A meta-analysis study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that depression was significantly improved in patients with unipolar and bipolar disorders after taking three daily fish capsules for eight weeks. Eat the oily fish listed above — a 3-ounce serving of salmon contains between 1.1 – 1.9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Supplementing with high quality fish oil capsules may be an alternative if you don’t consume fish on a regular basis. Vegetarian sources of omega-3 can be found in flaxseeds, walnuts, and algae. Toss a tablespoon of sunflower seeds or walnuts into a creamy cup of unsweetened low-fat yogurt for a mega mood boost! 

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs

Eat good carbs: whole grains, fruits, vegetables

Why? Not all carbohydrates are created equal. Whole grains, fruits, and veggies supply us with prolonged energy, fiber, and multiple nutrients that our bodies need for optimal health. Good quality carbohydrates can also trigger serotonin synthesis. Recognized as the “happy hormone,” serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that affects our mood and sleep. The next time you feel blue, instead of reaching for that bag of chips or sugary cookies, opt for unrefined, unprocessed carbohydrates that will provide you with sustained energy and an improved mood. Toss that muffin and enjoy a whole grain cracker with a tablespoon of natural nut butter for a delicious and uplifting snack!

You can find many more ways to live to 100 in Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100, which is now available on Kindle. Also, check out my new book Secrets of Longevity 8-Week Program, a journal that offers the best healthy habits to live to 100.

You can find many more ways to live to 100 in Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100, which is now available on Kindle. Also, check out my new book Secrets of Longevity 8-Week Program, a journal that offers the best healthy habits to live to 100.

I hope you eat foods for many long, happy years. I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

—Dr. Mao

This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.

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12 Common Pet Myths

by Amy D. Shojai (Subscribe to Amy D. Shojai’s posts)

Jan 21st 2011 @ 11:00AM Filed Under: Cats, Pet Health

 Alamy

Amy D. Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of 23 pet care books, including “Complete Care for Your Aging Cat” and “Complete Care for Your Aging Dog.”


For centuries, people created fanciful stories to explain puzzling animal antics. Many of these myth-understandings about cat and dog behaviors linger on, even though modern veterinary and behavior experts have uncovered scientific explanations for these issues. Here we lay 12 common myths to rest.

Myth 1: Dogs and cats enjoy being hugged. People are by nature touchy-feely creatures. Dogs and cats on the other hand, grab and hold prey, and “hug” during mating or fighting. Pets may enjoy nuzzling and getting affection akin to hugging, or there may be a reason why they should be sensitized to being hugged, but it is good to remember that your pet may also confuse a hug with aggression.

Myth 2: Cats seek out people who hate cats. It can seem that way. A cat lover’s admiring stares and “kitty, kitty, kitty” calls can be off-putting. So in a crowded room, a cat often seeks the only person ignoring her. Besides, cat lovers may already smell like strange cats, so she’ll be more attracted to the cat-free-zone human.

Myth 3: Dogs that are aggressive are showing dominance. Actually, it is fearful dogs that most often aggress to make a scary situation go away. A top dog rarely aggresses because other dogs accept he’s the boss. You do however see pushy dogs learn to use snarls to get their way, or clueless adolescent dogs act up because they’ve gotten too big for their furry britches and want to challenge the real boss.

Myth 4: Dogs and cats are jealous of the phone. The phone rings and suddenly your pet demands attention. This can certainly be annoying but their behavior is logical when you realize why they’re doing it. From you pet’s perspective, you’re talking and there’s nobody else around — so you must be talking to your pet!

Myth 5: Dogs wag their tails when they are happy. Not always. Dogs wag when excited, when fearful, when happy or even to signal imminent attack. The position of the tail, and frequency of wags, is a better indicator of happiness. Low-held tails with slow, loose wags usually signal, “Come closer; I want to be friends.”

Myth 6: Dogs and cats learn only if you punish them.
No. Punishment actually can interfere with pets’ ability to learn. Punishment can make behaviors worse and can cause fear aggression. Instead, you need to teach an alternative to bad behavior.

Myth 7: Dogs catch on to house training more quickly when you rub their noses in their accidents. Absolutely not. But this does teach the dog that humans sometimes go nuts and seemingly want them to eat their poop! Talk about confusing. Punishing for a normal behavior like going to the bathroom encourages dogs to hide it better the next time. Instead, catch your dog in the act of targeting the right spot and reward with praise or treats for the most effective lesson.

Myth 8: Cats always land on their feet. It is true that cats have balance organs in the inner ear that allow a cat to contract and flex the spine, shoulders and flanks to land on her feet in amazing ways. But there are many factors involved. Falls from too short a distance — being dropped by a child, for example — won’t allow enough time for a paw landing. Conversely, landing feet first from a fall from a great height can break bones and seriously injure the cat.

Myth 9: Cats purr when they are happy. Often they do. But think of the cat’s purr as a feline smile — do you smile only when happy? Purring soothes kitty emotions (and humans as well), and the vibration relieves pain and speeds healing, so purring can happen when a cat is happy, injured or just needs to comfort himself.

Myth 10: Cats wet the bed and dogs destroy furniture and other items in the house because they are angry. There are many possible physical, emotional and/or instinctual reasons for these normal behaviors — none having to do with anger or vengefulness. Items that smell like you (bed, shoes, purse) are targeted because your scent comforts the pet. Consider that a back-handed compliment, not spite.

Myth 11: Cats suck the breath from babies. Yes, this old wives tale is still around. Curious cats may check out milky-smelling infant breath or be attracted to a warm crib. They are not trying to harm the baby, but pets should always be supervised around infants.

Myth 12: Dogs alpha roll each other. A study of captive wolves (later debunked) gave rise to this theory. Dogs roll onto their backs to expose their tummies to other animals — or people — and signal deference and nonthreat. Dogs willingly show their tummies to people or other dogs they want to placate or acquiesce. But even alpha dogs show their tummies to invite puppies and subordinate dogs to play. Dogs do not force other dogs onto their backs to prove leadership. Alpha rolling your dog may confuse or frighten him and some dogs even fight back. Don’t risk it!


In addition to being a certified animal behavior consultant, Amy also appears on Animal Planet’s “Cats-101″ and “Dogs-101,” and lives in North Texas with a senior citizen Siamese and smart-aleck German shepherd who have their share of behavior myth-takes. Read Amy’s blog on Red Room.

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