Did you know that seventy percent of disease processes are directly related to stress,  which triggers hormones that suppress the immune system,  raise blood pressure and can lead to fatal obstructions in arteries?

Cortisol and adrenaline are activated during times of stress, hostility and rage.  Adrenalin bombards the heart, forcing it to beat as if in a constant state of fight or flight.  Mental stress can cause inflammatory reactions that lead to fat and cholesterol build-up in the coronary arteries and ultimately to a heart attack.

Research has confirmed that intense laughter causes the body to produce dopamine, a natural stress-reducer, which  has a vital role in protecting health, provides a general calming and anti-depressing effect and can help reduce  potentially more-serious illnesses.
Dopamine lowers cortisol, a culprit for fat around our midsection and central organs.

Hearty laughter:

  • lowers blood pressure by increasing the diameter of the blood vessel which allows more blood flow.
  • boosts the immune system by increasing infection-fighting antibodies and T-cells (natural killer cells that destroy viruses and tumors). Many doctors attribute cancer patient’s longevity to their choice of a positive outlook by looking for the humor in every situation.
  • increases respiratory rate and enhances oxygen consumption, stimulating the heart and lungs and aiding muscle relaxation. Dr. Michael Miller, director of the Center of Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, recommends laughter as part of a heart healthy program for patients.
  • reduces pain. Researchers at Oxford University found that those who laughed at comedies tend to withstand pain longer, while laughing along with others relieved pain better than laughing alone.

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, M.D wrote in  ‘A Book of Miracles: Inspiring True Stories of Healing, Gratitude, and Love’  that survivors who laugh, live longer.

Some effects of laughter are still present the next day.

Laughter is contagious.  When we see many people laughing, we end up laughing involuntarily, according to a study at University College of London.  Laughter connects us with those who make us laugh by making us feel more comfortable, and thus strengthens relationships.  Just try to watch this all the way through without laughing

Laughter has no side effects, is available for free, wherever you are. Choose to look for the humor in every situation in your daily life…and share your laughter with others.
A merry heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.(Proverbs 17:22)


Tulsage 2016

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For it is in giving that we receive.


  •     Those who help others often benefit as much, or more, as those they serve.
  •     Feeling needed provides a sense of satisfaction and a purpose for living.
  •     Helping others reduces stress and boosts overall well-being.
  •     Better health can lead to a longer, more fulfilled life.
  •     Volunteering provides numerous opportunities to build a social network.

The City of Tulsa issued a proclamation making  October Volunteer for Health and Happiness Month.  October 22, 2016 is National Make A Difference Day.

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Volunteer Work Can Open Doors to a Job & Better Health

Doctors and psychotherapists have long observed that those who help others tend to enjoy healthier, happier lives.

Often those who have been helped want to do something in return, preferring a hand up, to a hand out. Feeling needed and appreciated, and maintaining their dignity, is important to good physical and mental health.

Experts believe that those who suffer from “the blues” or those who have experienced a life-altering trauma, such as losing a spouse, often benefit from doing volunteer work as much, or more, as those they serve. When we believe that we’re making a difference here on earth, it gives us a purpose for living and sense of satisfaction, which can lead to a longer, more fulfilled life. Studies show the more consistently we do good for others, the happier we become.

When we give to others it activates the release of dopamine, the ‘Feel Good’ hormone, which triggers what is often referred to by psychologists as a “helper’s high”. MRI studies  found that this euphoria reduced chronic pain for several participants. Dopamine also reduces stress levels which has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety, boosting overall well-being and motivating us to do more kind acts, in order to get that “high”. Research revealed that dopamine also plays important roles in sleep, motor activity, and concentration which is important to learning.

Volunteer work can open doors

Although many business executives didn’t go to a private school or have parents who belonged to the country club they realized the importance of strong social connections to their success.  Volunteering in the community is a way to build a solid social network. The  more vast ones network, the more opportunities one has.

Most jobs are never posted to the public. Many companies identify potential job candidates through employee referrals. According to a recent study, referrals are the No. 1 source of new hires. A “social connection” inside a company may be in a position to make a recommendation for a job that is never advertised.

Companies encourage employees’ passion to make a difference in the community. Applicants who are heavily invested in the community bring much more to a company than just their credentials and education.  Aware that volunteer work can provide invaluable skills and knowledge HR Managers often look closely at it on an applicants resume.

Whether on the ascent up the corporate ladder or already sitting at the top, one is always part of a team. Business leaders who volunteer in the community often take notice of “team members” who show leadership potential.

This October 22nd, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite on National Make A Difference Day,  the largest single-day of volunteering in the country. That link will tell about the $10,000 prize you can win for the non-profit you choose.

Looking for some ideas? Here are a few.

You can also Click here so the page will reload, then scroll down toward the bottom to see responses from others.


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Super Foods


  • Apples contain soluble fiber, which may help lower cholesterol and slow the uptake of glucose, helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels. They’re also a super source of potassium, antioxidants and vitamin C.
  • Asparagus is high in lycopene, which has been found to protect the prostate and help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. In addition to lycopene, asparagus contains vitamin A, important for the immune system and eye health, and lots of fiber to help reduce cholesterol and encourage heart health. Asparagus also contains protein and iron — something you may not expect from these thin green spears. It helps rid your body of toxins!
  • Bell Peppers Vitamin C increases production of collagen, the skin’s building block. In other words, fewer fine lines around your eyes and mouth. Serving size: 1 cup fresh or ½ cup cooked per day
  • Blackberries Ellagic acid protects against UV rays and can help prevent wrinkles. Serving size: ½ cup fresh or frozen per day
  • Blueberries      Like apples, blueberries are high in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and slow the uptake of glucose, helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels. But there’s much more packed inside those blue skins: Vitamins C and K are the major players, as are antioxidants and the mineral manganese. —
  • Broccoli  It’s high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins such as A, C, B9 (folate) and K. That means your eyes, red blood cells, immune system, bones and tissues all benefit from this vegetable. Vitamin C increases production of collagen, the skin’s building block. In other words, fewer fine lines around your eyes and mouth. Serving size: 1 cup fresh or ½ cup cooked per day _Be sure to cook or steam it. —
  •  Butternut Squash      The versatile butternut squash brims with beta-carotene, which is important for eye health. The heart also benefits from the vitamin C in this winter squash and its high fiber content, which helps lower cholesterol and maintain good blood sugar levels.
  • Dark chocolate‘s antioxidants, including flavonoids and polyphenols, may help prevent heart attacks by protecting arteries from becoming clogged. Some studies indicate that consuming small amounts of dark (at least 70 percent cacao) chocolate on a regular basis can lower blood pressure and decrease the rate of stroke in women by 20 percent. Cocoa flavonols improve circulation and blood flow to the scalp, delivering nutrients that may help keep it and your hair healthy. Serving size: 1 ounce or 150 calories per day.
  • Coffee- The National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study found that people who drank coffee (regular or decaf) were less likely to die from heart and respiratory diseases, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes and infections. Coffee may also help protect women from breast cancer. Other research found that those who drank three to five cups of coffee a day in their 40s and 50s had a 65 percent lower rate of developing Alzheimer’s than those who drank two cups a day.
  • Fava BeansLow-fat, no-cholesterol fava (broad) beans have plenty of fiber and B vitamins, including folate, thiamin and riboflavin. Minerals such as manganese, iron and potassium also make these beans a nutrient-rich choice.
  • Greek yogurt contains fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and salt, and more protein and digestive-friendly probiotics than American-style yogurt. A serving of low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt may have twice the protein and half the sugar of its non-Greek counterpart. If you opt for full-fat versions, however, Greek yogurt has more saturated fat.
  • Leafy green kale packs a nutritional wallop — be sure to cook or steam it. It contains important omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting. It is high in fiber and is a rich source of calcium for bone health. It also provides lutein, which is important for eye health.
  • Oatmeal‘s top benefit comes from its high soluble-fiber content, which helps lower cholesterol. Oatmeal is low-fat, high in protein and loaded with iron and other minerals. One cup of cooked oatmeal is only 166 calories. But adding sugar or using instant oatmeal with sugar increases the calorie count.
  • Olive oil is high in monosaturated fat, which has been found to lower blood cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of heart disease. Research also shows that this type of fat may keep insulin levels low and improve the control of blood sugar. This healthy fat further contains vitamin K, which aids blood clotting, and vitamin E, an antioxidant important in the creation of red blood cells.
  • Pears are full of soluble fiber, which may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, lowering diabetes risk. It also fills you up so you tend to eat less, and may reduce the risk of colon cancer. The fruit is nutrient- and mineral-rich, providing vitamin C, folic acid, antioxidants and potassium.
  • Quinoa The South American grain quinoa is well-known to vegans and vegetarians because it’s a complete protein and filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, such as B2, magnesium, copper, iron and phosphorus. Quinoa is full of fiber, gluten-free and easy to use in place of other grains, pastas or white rice.
  • Raspberries Ellagic acid protects against UV rays and can help prevent wrinkles. Serving size: ½ cup fresh or frozen per day
  • Salmon has been called a “super fish” because, among other benefits, it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can reduce your risk of heart attack and irregular heartbeats. They can also help lower blood pressure and build brain cell membranes. When choosing between wild-caught and farm-raised salmon, keep in mind that farm-raised salmon often has more of the toxic chemicals known as PCBs.. Omega-3 fatty acids help the skin retain moisture, making it soft and supple. The nourishing ingredient also maintains the scalp’s natural oils. Serving size: 4 to 6 ounces, 3 times per week.
  • Sweet Potatoes Beta-carotene destroys free radicals, preventing damage to skin cells. The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which fights signs of aging. Serving size: One per day. Swap in carrots, cantaloupe, or mangoes for a comparable effect.
  • Tomatoes Lycopene may help prevent sun damage. The potent antioxidant works best when cooked, so homemade marinara sauce and tomato soup are both great options. Serving size: Aim for at least 1 portion (about ¼ cup of sauce or 4 tomato slices) 5 times per week.



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How Bad Is It To do These Shortcuts in the Kitchen?

Do you really know when it’s OK to cut corners—and when you might sacrifice safety and taste?


  • TO BAKE WITH COLD EGGS? Somewhat Bad.
  • TO SKIP THE PASTA RINSE? Not Bad at All.
  • TO NOT LET MEAT REST? Really Bad.

TO SEE WHY, go here

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70+ Ways the Internet Has Changed Our lives.

  • Travel agents —> Priceline, Expedia
  • Hotels —> HomeAway and Airbnb
  • Bookstores—> e-books
  • Realtors —> finding it on line and use flat-fee service
  • Big box department stores —>…. (wonder why the malls no longer look like they did in the past?)
  • Traditional stockbrokers and the financial industry—> trading our own stocks online
  • Record companies —> ITunes
  • Local Gas prices—–> GasBuddy tells the lowest prices.
  • Land lines —> carrying our phone with us wherever we go; no long distance charges and no need for a wrist watch…with a cell phone. Sorry Timex.
  • Phone booths – Cell phones
  • Newspaper delivery —> reading on line
  • Attorneys for Trusts and wills—> buying forms online and it is perfectly legal.
  • Car ownership buying a car and paying for insurance, tags, gas, parking and maintenance —> Uber and Lyft
  • Grocery delivery —> ordering online and have the groceries waiting for you at the store or delivered
  • Video stores —> Netflix
  • Friends introducing you—-> online dating
  • Getting a drivers license at 16 to meet friends —> Texting, Facebook, Cell phones
  • Cable —> Netflix, SmartTvs with apps and other content providers and devices
  • Encyclopedias —> Google
  • Doctors appointments —> Doctor on demand (Telemedicine)
  • Going before a judge —> video arraignments
  • Driving to meetings —> video conferencing
  • Telegrams —> cell phones and emails
  • Fax machines —> scanning and e-mailing
  • Yellow pages reps —> googling
  • Background checks —> googling
  • Maps —->GPS
  • Cookbooks —> googling
  • Check deposits at the bank —> with a smartphone
  • High School reunions —> Facebook
  • Having some privacy —> having very little.
  • Greeting cards /Christmas cards —> eCards and Facebook birthday wishes
  • Sharing pictures of family —> email them
  • Getting to school on time —> Online school
  • Invitations and RSVP —> online
  • Movie theatres —> Amazon Prime, Netflix
  • “How to” Books—> Youtube
  • Teachers lesson plans —> Online
  • Courthouse records, county assessor, casenet —> all on line so everyone can be a private investigator
  • Newspaper archives —> always available.
  • Genealogy records —> available without going to the Church of Latter Day Saints fiche (Findagrave,
  • Friends fixing you up with a really cool guy —> eHarmony
  • Magazines —> celebrity gossip on line
  • Politics —> everyone seems to have something to say and it is in your face.
  • Wedding registries—> The Knot
  • Latest sales —> here or sent to you so you don’t have to go store to store to find the best price (See also retailmenot or groupon
  • Meeting friends to go Christmas shopping —> Shop in the middle of the night from home.
  • Wondering whatever happened to that cute little girl in 2nd grade —> Facebook
  • reviews before purchasing an item.
  • 6:00 news  – news 24/7
  • Tied to an office —> Telecommuting
  • Simply taking whatever your doctor prescribes —>Typing in the name of the pharmaceutical and next to it the word lawsuit
  • Telling your doctor about a side effect of medicine —> Check side effects here
  • Pharmacist or doctor —> quickly checking for drug interactions yourself
  • Coupon clipping —> Showing the clerk your smartphone
  • Pinterest!
  • Classified ads fees—> Craiglist is free
  • Keeping in touch with family——> keeping in touch everyday with all of them on Facebook
  • Photo processing booth —>smartphones
  • Watching the news to hear the weather report —> Get it anytime, any day
  • Job searches —> From how you look for a job to how you send your resume.
  • Dictionary or Thesaurus —> Online dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Yard sales in newspaper   —> Online
  • Seed catalogs, especially finding non-gmo —> online
  • Counting your words when writing a story —> Check them instantly
  • Check your grammar or spelling or punctuation —> Grammar spelling punctuation
  • Wishing we could lower our bills —> We learn how
  • Messy underwear drawers —> Folding our underwear
  • Toys for toddlers to play with in their strollers —-> Mom’s smartphone
  • Bill paying —–> Done in minutes online.
  • Enjoying the scenery while driving —–>Googling or texting (Not me.)
  • Watching a TV program  from the past —–> Youtube
  • Calling a business between 8-5 —–> Chatting on line with customer service anytime of the day or night.
  • Swatches of paint chips —->googling paint colors
  • Calculators ——> There is one on your smartphone
  • Pedometers—-> Free apps on smartphone
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Heirloom Seed Library in Oklahoma?

You can  actually  check out purple carrots, freckled lettuces and a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes at the  Tulsa City-County Library  where Tulsans can share home-saved garden seeds.

The seed library  is a  public, circulating collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds. Check out seeds from the library, grow your garden and save seeds from your best plants to return to the library for others. You can select for hardiness, pest- or disease-resistance, drought-tolerance, flavor, even looks.

Why bother saving seeds at home, and why share what you save? Resilience is a buzzword you hear a lot these days—it’s the new “sustainable”— but in ecology it means something concrete: the ability to withstand and recover from damage. Ecosystems get this elasticity from inefficiency, redundancy and layers. The seed library fosters both ecological and community resilience by sharing access to seeds and the seeds themselves.

The seed library increases access to seeds, to gardening, to healthy food and healthy exercise. 38% of Tulsa is considered a food desert and, while home gardening is a very minor remedy, we should take every chance we get to dissolve barriers to health. Home seed-saving is hands-on science and a way to connect with your garden. It’s also a way to share and honor the growing cultures and traditions Tulsa is rich in.

By encouraging garden diversity, with open-pollinated varieties that are a little off the beaten path, the seed library encourages biological diversity, strengthening the layers and niches that make an ecosystem healthy. And whatever you think about climate change, Oklahoma weather is weird. We ask a lot of a plant to put up with our extremes, more than national seed companies can always promise.

By saving seeds where we live we can ensure plants that thrive where we live. Seed-savers can select for our particular climate, pests, diseases, gradually curating varieties uniquely suited for Tulsa. When we grow plants that are happy here, we can work less for better harvests: less watering, less spraying, less disappointment. That also means more water for us to drink, more butterflies and bees and more joy in the garden.
And most importantly, we can eat better food.

Why have seeds at the library? Because each seed is a tiny packet of information, the story of its breeding and its future, and sharing information is what libraries do.

How many can be checked out and where do we get them?
Check out up to five packets per season of vegetable, herb and flower seeds at Glenpool, Suburban Acres, Nathan Hale, Zarrow or the Bookmobile—or request seeds from the catalog and pick them up at your favorite branch.

Three simple steps

  • Choose from easy-to-save, medium or advanced-to-save, depending on your skills and commitment.
  • Grow your garden and let the best plants go to seed.
  • Collect the seed, dry, label and return some to the library.

Are there any fines or penalties if we have a bad year?
There are on fines on seeds. If a plant doesn’t thrive for you, the library does not want it back.

Can we donate seeds?
We welcome donations of open-pollinated seeds!

For more info, check out:
There is a Facebook community of seed savers, Tulsa Seed Commons:


You can  purchase seeds from  a company right here in OK
Clear Creek Seed Company – High Quality, non-GMO Heirloom seeds right here in OK

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