May Day Flowers: A pagan tradition brings positive health

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Photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell/flickr

May Day, which originated in the Northern Hemisphere during pre-Christian times,  began as a celebration of spring and fertility.

May Day occurs May 1 and was celebrated historically in a variety of ways: traditional festivities, dancing, maypoles, bonfires, food and drink, and profuse floral decorations.

May Day is an opportunity to bring the global community together to experience the promise of spring while reveling in the beauty it holds, uniting us all through its splendor.

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Honoring our planet: Earth Day

Photo courtesy of NASA

Photo courtesy of NASA

On April 22 each year, over one billion people worldwide come together in celebration of Mother Earth.

Over 192 countries participate in this event, which is sometimes celebrated over an entire week.

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

Earth Day is celebrated in a variety of ways, including media events, social media campaigns, parades, marathons, celebrity events, live entertainment, educational lectures, community-wide clean-up projects and more.

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April is Keep America Beautiful month

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Photos courtesy of Robert Couse-Baker, Angus MacRae, Werner Kunz, Nicolas Raymond, Neil Kremer, Ryan Bodenstein/flickr

Every April, individuals, businesses, government agencies and schools unite across America in an effort to prevent litter, reduce waste, encourage recycling and beautify their communities.

This is largely the result of the American non-profit organization, Keep America Beautiful, which was founded in 1953 with the support of concerned individuals and several major corporations.

The mission of Keep America Beautiful is “Engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment.”

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A 10th century remedy holds promise for curing modern-day MRSA

Photo courtesy of NIAID/NIH

Photo courtesy of NIAID/NIH

The World Health Organization reports that the threat of antibiotic resistant infections to the global community is of epic proportions, describing the phenomenon as the “post-antibiotic era.” This situation has led scientists to search for new – and old – cures for virulent infections.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a strain of staph bacteria which has become resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Infecting more than two million worldwide, MRSA claims more than 23,000 lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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The undeniable desire for a live Easter bunny

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Photo courtesy of Mike Procario/flickr

The lure of giving children an adorable live Easter bunny is easy to understand. And there is great potential for an Easter bunny to become a wonderful member of a loving family.

Bunnies are easily trained to perform minor tricks, even to use a litter box.  They make loving, quiet and adorable pets with a potential lifespan of 7, 10 or more years.

All that said, parents must proceed with great caution when considering buying a live bunny for their son or daughter’s Easter basket.

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Healthy springtime fare: Peach, plum and apricot crisp

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Photo courtesy of Jitze Couperus/flickr

The inspirational advent of spring brings a variety of glorious bounties from Mother Nature.

In addition to the springtime presence of an eclectic array of experiences including frogs croaking, melodious birdsong, and colorful budding flowers, it also provides a healthful selection of seasonal fruits.

Peaches, plums and apricots are a beautiful sight to behold at any local grocer or farmer’s market.

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Moore’s first-person portrayal of early-onset Alzheimer’s jolts awareness

Actress Julianne Moore’s Oscar-winning performance as Alice, in the movie “Still Alice,” is a big win for the awareness of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Based on the book written by neuroscientist turned novelist, Dr. Lisa Genova, Moore’s character was inspired by Genova’s personal experience of being a granddaughter of a grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 80.

According to Genova, in an interview with CBS News, in addition to conducting brain research with a professional neuroscientist, “I found what was lacking is an understanding of what it feels like to have it.”

Unlike Genova’s grandmother, Moore’s character Alice develops early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50.

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2015 Oscars affirm an inner yearning for authenticity

Photo courtesy of ABC, Sunday's Academy Award network host

Photo courtesy of ABC, Sunday’s Academy Award network host

There was a powerful message subliminally communicated throughout the recent Academy Awards show.

Amid the recent Oscar buzz, excitement, Sunday night awards and celebrations which followed, it is undeniable that six out of the eight Best Picture awards nominations were based in full or in part on a true story.

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Beyond Valentine’s Day: A matter of heart

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Photo courtesy of Britt-knee/flickr

As Valentine’s Day celebrations come to an end, senses have become heightened with the romantic promise of true love.

The inundation of bright red hearts all around on Valentine’s Day becomes a lasting memory, remaining immortalized as the undisputed symbol of love itself.

A human heart requires nurturing, attention and care if it is to be healthy and fully functioning.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men in the United States.

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Southern Caregiver Resource Center’s Donor Recognition Program

Thanks to Southern Caregiver Resource Center for recognizing our support at your February 5th Donor Recognition Program event!

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