I’m not sure who coined the phrase, “Silence is golden” but I’m fairly sure he was married and his wife was Italian.
In marriage, we get so wrapped up in making sure we’re communicating we forget there are times when nothing needs to be said. It is entirely possible to say too much (usually while in the midst of an argument). You have to recognize that communicating with one another can be just as powerful, intimate, loving, and sarcastic without words.
My wife is a talker. Because of her profession (hair stylist), talking is how she builds trust with her clients and forges relationships that has built her a rather large book of loyal clients.
I’m of the belief; forcing conversation for the sake of conversation is what you do on your first date between the salad course and your entrée. Words can get in the way, especially if you happen to air on the side of idiocy more often than not (something I am quite prone to do). So I don’t try to initiate conversations when there is none to be had. I would much rather sit on my sofa with my wife, her feet up on my lap, enjoying the intimacy created by our innocent contact rather than force something that isn’t there.
Ann Fulton of Fountain Avenue Kitchen
As I was walking my boys home from school one day last spring, a friend of mine drove by and yelled a funny thing out her car window: “I love your maple Dijon vinaigrette and I use it on roasted vegetables! Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are the best!”
As she rolled on by (she never actually made a complete stop), I had to smile. Not only did she enjoy the recipe, she gave me a brilliant new use for it. To be specific, she tosses the vegetables in the vinaigrette, instead of olive oil, before roasting.
The story on this salad is that I ordered something similar at a restaurant a couple of years ago. I enjoyed the combination so much that I set out to recreate it. While a salad alone is easy enough to replicate, the dressing can be a bit trickier. Yet it is the dressing that has the potential to make a simple salad truly outstanding.
By Paul Gabrielsen
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A 5-month-old baby, with his mother, prepares for experiments in consciousness. (Photo by Sofie Gelskov)
For everyone who’s looked into an infant’s sparkling eyes and wondered what goes on in its little fuzzy head, there’s now an answer. New research shows that babies display glimmers of consciousness and memory as early as 5 months old.
For decades, neuroscientists have been searching for an unmistakable signal of consciousness in electrical brain activity. Such a sign could determine whether minimally conscious or anesthetized adults are aware-and when consciousness begins in babies.
Studies on adults show a particular pattern of brain activity: When your senses detect something, such as a moving object, the vision center of your brain activates, even if the object goes by too fast for you to notice. But if the object remains in your visual field for long enough, the signal travels from the back of the brain to the prefrontal cortex, which holds the image in your mind long enough for you to notice. Scientists see a spike in brain activity when the senses pick something up, and another signal, the “late slow wave,” when the prefrontal cortex gets the message. The whole process takes less than one-third of a second.
Submitted by Andrea Stoner Leaman
On the first and third Wednesday of each month, we’ll explore Creative Reuse crafting ideas for kids on LancMoms.com. As the Reuse Alliance describes it, “creative reuse” is when the addition of creativity brings a new function. Simply put, it is arts and crafts with materials that had another purpose than being used for arts and crafts. For example, wallpaper samples become fans and cardboard tubes become robots. This is also sometimes called “upcycling” or “repurposing.”
Why Creative Reuse?
1. Reuse helps children see things differently. The child who has seen the end of an orange juice concentrate can turn into a punch-tin Christmas ornament begins to understand you can conjure what you need with ingenuity. It is problem solving at work when a young artist needs ears for a cat face project and cuts an unwanted ad magnet into triangles to do the job.
2. Kids have better ideas then we do. There’s a place for identical-looking crafts for the same reason there’s a place for TV Dinners. It’s convenient. But
Hungry Stinkbug: A creative reuse creation.
kids thrive when given materials with a general idea to guide, and really surprise us when given materials with no direction at all. Think you’re not crafty? You don’t have to be! Put materials in front of your children, and they will see something in it. See the accompanying photo as Exhibit A: You can bet no one told this child, “Please turn these scraps into a giant stink bug eating fast food.”
3. It saves money we can use for something else, as well as fosters thriftiness. Kids love to create, yet craft supplies are expensive. Noticing what we can use from items around the house not only saves us money, but trains a child to be an adult who finds thrifty ways to reuse in many situations. It’s a skill to not see store-bought-new as the only option.
By SARA MOULTON
Barbecue chicken is one of my favorite summertime dishes. I like every part of it — the tomato-based sauce (the spicier the better), the crispy skin, even the bones.
Easy Baked Barbecue Chicken Breasts (AP/Matthew Mead photo)
And taste aside, it’s also relatively healthy, at least as compared to such sundry first cousins as grilled and/or smoked ribs, brisket or pulled pork. It’s chicken, after all, and it wears that lean protein halo. Unfortunately, when it’s prepared with its skin and bones, and slathered with a sugary sauce, barbecue chicken is very nearly as caloric as its brethren. Know why chicken skin is so delicious? It’s high in fat.
So I set myself the task of coming up with a recipe for a leaner version of barbecue chicken that somehow still boasted the most lovable aspects of the classic version — a mouth-watering sauce and an element of crunch.
I started by enlisting the usual lean poultry suspect, the boneless, skinless chicken breast. The one problem with this virtuous ingredient is that it’s tough to cook just right. Undercook it and you risk getting sick. Overcook it and you’re faced with a slab of protein as dry and tough as cardboard.
And then, as I discovered while developing this recipe, there’s another problem — chicken breasts come in all different sizes and thicknesses. Generally, if it’s labeled “cutlet,” it’s fairly thin. If it’s labeled “chicken breast,” it’s rather thick. But there’s a range of thickness within these categories, too. I tried both and opted for the latter because the thicker breasts were simply harder to overcook.
By AMY LORENTZEN
This publicity product photo provided by Lori Bergmann shows a vintage glass chain Leopard Lanyard by Lori Bergmann (LoriBergmann.etsy.com), with handmade lampwork Leopard glass beads, that uses simple wire wrapping techniques, April 2013. (AP Photo/Lori Bergmann)
Making a pretty chain for Mom’s eyeglasses can be a simple, personal and practical Mother’s Day gift. Depending on your skill level, you could make anything from a basic beaded lanyard to something more elaborate and embellished.
Traditional chains connect to both arms of the glasses, while newer styles offer a center loop on which you hang the glasses by one of their temple pieces.
“Eyeglass chains are a great way to accentuate your personality while also providing a utilitarian use,” keeping glasses safe and handy, says Michelle Sacia, a craft specialist with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
“Just like jewelry, eyeglass chains can be created to match your everyday style while showcasing your glasses,” she says.
Lori Bergmann, who creates glass beads and custom jewelry at her studio in Maple Valley, Wash., says supplies for making eyeglass chains are readily available online and at craft stores. And depending on the style you choose, it can take only minutes to put together.
By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.
Experts aren’t sure what’s behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies? Or are mom and dad paying closer attention to rashes and reactions, and more likely to call it an allergy?
“We don’t really have the answer,” said Dr. Lara Akinbami of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the senior author of the new report released Thursday.
The CDC survey suggests that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies. That’s a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s. For eczema and other skin allergies, it’s 1 in 8 children, an increase of 69 percent. It found no increase, however, in hay fever or other respiratory allergies.
Already familiar with the trend in food allergies are school nurses, who have grown busier with allergy-related duties, like banishing peanuts at school parties or stocking emergency allergy medicine.
Sally Schoessler started as school nurse in 1992 in New York state, and didn’t encounter a child with a food allergy for a few years. But by the time she left school nursing in 2005, “there were children in the majority of classrooms” with the disorder, said Schoessler, who now works at the National Association of School Nurses in Silver Spring, Md.
Dr. Pia Fenimore
Q: My daughter has had a rash around her mouth for the past month or more. She is six months old. It started when she was almost five months old right after she was in the hospital with RSV. Do you think it is just a teething rash, or could she likely be allergic to something in my diet? We have just started giving her food the past week or so, so I don’t think it is anything she is eating. She does use a pacifier and has had a runny nose off and on since her RSV. She
has a bit around her eye also. Thanks!
A: I am so sorry, but this is the one type of question that is impossible to answer in this forum. A rash can be so many things and is typically diagnosed by its appearance, which I can’t do this way. From your description it could be anything from impetigo to food allergy to eczema to baby acne.
I am sorry, but I have to recommend that you see your pediatrician to get it diagnosed and treated. Most rashes at her age are pretty easy to get rid of with the right treatment.
This undated publicity photo provided by C-Preme shows a Raskullz Classic Zebra Mohawk helmet. Head protection for kids has gotten very creative in recent years. Raskullz helmets for youngsters feature characters and animals with Mohawks, horns, cat ears and fins, blending imaginative play with safety (www.raskullz.com). (AP Photo/C-Preme, Chela Williams)
By KIM COOK
Kids who balk at the idea of wearing head protection for outdoor activities might find it harder these days to argue that helmets aren’t cool.
From dry-erase helmets to ones shaped like animals and bugs to others in bright colors, many of today’s helmets are designed to make kids want to wear them long after the bike is parked or the snowboard stowed.
“We’ll lay out 10 different character helmets at a skate park and let 20 kids try them on and play with them. We’re able to see immediately which designs resonate with them,” says Brad Blankinship, a spokesman at Los Angeles-based C-Preme, which makes helmets and other skate and bike gear.
Some of what’s new:
C-Preme’s helmet line Raskullz has a wide range of styles shaped or painted like dinos, sharks, ladybugs and pussycats complete with appendages like fins, antennae and ears. There are lightning bolts, zebra stripes and a Mohawk trim. A new toddler Miniz version of the lineup was added this spring, and in May the Raskullz line adds additional 3-D animal attachments like raccoon tails and feathers. www.raskullz.com