Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

When Barry Plamondon was released from the hospital in 2013 his left side was paralyzed.

His second stroke also left him in a wheelchair.

The 25-year Maple Ridge resident sat at home for a couple of months acclimatizing to his new reality.

But after the second month he realized that he needed to do something to come to terms with his new disabilities.Plamondon picked up a pen and started writing.

Source: Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles.  Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits.  Why is it we just don’t “get” this?  When will it change?  Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul.  Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate

Full Story:   Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | Nicci Gerrard | Society | The Guardian

Bristol author promised homeless man a holiday if her book was published – now he’s off to the seaside – Bristol Post

A Bristol author made a promise to her friend, a homeless man, that if her book ever got published she would send him on a holiday. Now she is making good on her promise and he is leaving the streets of St George for a week at the seaside.

Read the full, sweet story at:  Bristol author promised homeless man a holiday if her book was published – now he’s off to the seaside – Bristol Post

He spent four decades collecting art, then gave it all away – Curbed New Orleans

Love the description of the now empty walls creating an “Empty Nest” syndrome.  Lovely story …

The pull of the unconventional led him to purchase an unusual home in New Orleans’s French Quarter and amass a stunning collection of provocative art. And once he’d filled the walls with remarkable pieces, he gave them all away, leaving the white walls empty. This story looks at the moment just before that happened, capturing a snapshot from a lifetime of collecting.

Source: He spent four decades collecting art, then gave it all away – Curbed New Orleans

Photographer Scott Grant divulges some keys to great summer pictures

This advice isn’t really for “pro” photogs, but it is great basic tips for anyone who wants to get some good summer or vacation photos.  Of course, pros should want to follow these as well, it’s just that they SHOULD know all this already.  🙂

It’s not necessarily about how to take a picture, but where you take a picture, according to longtime photographer Scott Grant.

Full Story:  Photographer Scott Grant divulges some keys to great summer pictures

The 10 Worst Foods For Your Heart – Time Magazine

As the wife of a heart-attack survivor, I’m always trying to keep up with what the most recent science is regarding nutrition.  Suffice it to say, this is not easy as there are a million different opinions out there and most of them can cite this study or that personal experience as proof.  I try to stay pretty mainstream with what I follow, but it’s scary to wonder if you are doing the right thing or not.

However, that being said, most of what appears in this article regarding these ten foods seems to be pretty much agreed upon across the board.

If heart disease runs in your family, please stay on top of info like this.  It’s so important to watch what we consume and I personally think most of us often eat mindlessly and really don’t give enough credence to the effect simple nutrition has on our bodies.  My main advice that I now follow:  EAT REAL FOOD  I try to avoid any and all processed or convenience food.  But read this article & others like it for yourself, and please – treat your bodies well.  🙂

The top 10 foods listed in this article are:

  • Fast-food burgers
  • Processed and cured meats
  • Deep-fried foods
  • Candy
  • Soft drinks and sugar-sweetened juices
  • Sugary cereals
  • Cookies and pastries
  • Margarine
  • Meat-lovers pizza
  • Diet soda

But please, read the article & get the details – it’s not quite as cut-and-dry as listing the ten, you need to understand the nuances behind each one.

Full article from Time Magazine:  The 10 Worst Foods For Your Heart

Hotel industry wakes up to the smartphone revolution | The Independent

Yet before you can go to your hotel room, you must queue to be given a key, or more likely a piece of plastic. Then, in my experience, return a few minutes later to the front desk to get the key re-coded when the magic plastic fails to perform. (Or, worse, as happened at the Hotel Uzbekistan in Tashkent last month, the key to room 504 does work but it already occupied by a suddenly very surprised couple.)

Starwood, now part of Marriott, began keyless check-in in 2014.

Now rival Hilton is in the game, energetically rolling out the “Digital Key” concept across the UK. Nine properties, from the Hampton by Hilton at Exeter airport to the Hilton Garden Inn in Aberdeen, are already equipped. That number will increase at an average of four a week to reach 100 by the end of the year.

Full story:  Hotel industry wakes up to the smartphone revolution | The Independent

Stacks Of Books, But Short On Cash: New England’s Public Libraries Face Funding Troubles 

On a sultry weekday morning, patrons escaped the heat and gathered at the Essex public library in Essex, Conn. for a weekly book discussion.”So what did you all think of the book?” asked librarian Emily Boucher. She was leading the discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1989 novel “The Remains of the Day.” Library copies of the book were littering the table — copies on loan from other public libraries, sent via the state’s interlibrary loan system — a system which library patron Bob Phoenix routinely relies on.”I constantly use it,” Phoenix said. “The only other resource for me is to go and buy a book, and so that if I had absolutely no access, this would cost me a good deal of money each year.”

Source: Stacks Of Books, But Short On Cash: New England’s Public Libraries Face Funding Troubles | The ARTery

You Can Make Your Own Backyard Movie Theater

At the drive-in, life does not recede when the movie begins. To the contrary, life asserts itself. People eat dinner in covered dishes. They drink cans of beer from coolers secreted past the gate. Kids stubbornly play on dimly lit playgrounds. I’ve seen vigorous games of ultimate Frisbee at drive-ins. And dogs.

Yes, we hang the speaker on the window. And sure, we take a gander at the movie, even from the backseat. But no one goes to a drive-in for the movie. We go to a drive-in to be somewhat outside as we watch our stories unfold 30 feet above us, against the sliver of sunset, the darkling light, the waxing disk of a summer moon.

Full article: You Can Make Your Own Backyard Movie Theater