The first astronomers thought they could keep time by following how long it took the sun to go from one high noon to the next. However, they soon realized the sun is not a good time keeper because the length of time it takes to do this changes with the seasons. The Earth is tilted as it moves around the sun. It rotates around the sun every 365.25 days and spins on its axis once every 24 hours. The Earths axis, a line extending from the Earths north and south poles is tilted 23.5 degrees. As the Earth reaches a particular point in its orbit about the sun, the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun while the southern hemisphere tilts away from it. The imaginary line that divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemispheres is the equator. Massachusetts is in the northern hemisphere. The season when we are tilted toward the Sun is our summer. During our summer, the daylight lasts more than 12 hours because the sun is at it’s northernmost position from the equator. During winter, daylight lasts less than 12 hours for the north because the sun is at its southernmost position from the equator. The farther north from the equator you are, the shorter the daylight hours.
Recently a friend discovered that she is lactose intolerant. There seem to be more and more people today with some sort of food sensitivity, and the number of options for recipes catering to these sensitivities has skyrocketed. She sent me a recipe for “5 minute ice cream” that isn’t ice cream at all. I was very skeptical at first but I tried it and it was DELICIOUS! I have made it twice so far. It tastes great with cinnamon and fresh blueberries.
This is the fastest, easiest, and most nutritious ice cream you can make. What’s more, not only does it taste great, you don’t need an ice cream machine to make this yummy treat. As long as you have a fairly high-powered blender, you can enjoy this soft-serve dessert.
2/3 cup raw, unsalted Brazil nuts
2/3 cup dates, pitted (about 8 dates, more if you prefer a sweeter ice cream)
1/2 cup water
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
20 medium-sized ice cubes
1. Blend the Brazil nuts, dates, water, and vanilla together until smooth.
2. Add the ice cubes and blend until smooth.
Options: add fresh strawberries or blueberries for a real treat.
Try it and enjoy!
Meditation can be a period of quiet self-reflection that allows the mind to slow down and offers us an opportunity to simply feel. Many eastern philosophies believe that we have an inherent openness, characterized by kindness and compassion. Finding time to meditate can allow us to access these traits and then embody them in our every day lives.
In today’s society we are always on the go, go, go. From a physiological standpoint meditation gives our mind and body the permission to stop and reflect. Some people find it hard to stop, or to stay still. Focusing on your inner energy field, or breathing, or just allowing the mind to race until it is quiet are all good ways to initiate the meditation.
Try it a little bit at a time and see how it feels. We cannot be present for others if we don’t take care of ourselves.