Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
This was my granddaughter's first visit to the National Zoo in Washington this past Saturday with her parents. She looks so cute in her yellow rain coat. I told my daughter to see if she would say "hi" to her Gran Gran while at the zoo ... see for yourself!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Karen, my step-daughter from Santa Fe, NM, is visiting us for a few days. We are trying to cram everything in before she has to leave out on Sunday. She was here last year and spent some time with us and the year before that we had flown out for a weeks vacation. It's always fun to go to Santa Fe. So much to see and do there...a very artsy place. Her husband, Ron, has an art supply store there called Artisan-Santa Fe. Charming, Just Charming!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Storm coming in across the MS River from Louisiana.
U.S. Flag blowing in the wind atop old Hwy 80 bridge.
Train getting ready to cross the old bridge from LA before the storm sets in.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Charlie Mitchell, Executive Editor
The Vicksburg Post
Monday, September 21, 2009
The three pictures above were taken from the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce building. The kudzu is on trees directly across the street. The magnolia tree seen in the above picture to the right is located on their property.
Kudzu is called, "The Vine That Ate the South" and is everywhere in Vicksburg. This vine could possibly lead to an inexpensive way to treat type 2 diabetes. The University of Alabama at Birmingham scientist have found that adding kudzu root extract to the diet of laboratory rats, the rats' cholesterol, blood sugar, insulin, and blood pressure levels were lower than those of rats that did not receive the extract, with no apparent side effects. I am interested in this because my brother is a diabetic and my father was. The next step is to test it on humans.
It's an Asian vine that can grow a foot taller every day and was brought to the American Southeast in the 1930s in an attempt to control erosion. Unfortunately, the little green visitor liked it here so much that in the decades since, it has colonized 10 million acres of farms, woods, and has become a massive and costly nuisance.
Kudzu is common in China and Japan and has long been used as a dietary supplement in Asian countries, most commonly as a tea or powder. Although the incidence of type 2 diabetes in those countries has increased as people have adopted Western-style diets high in processed sugars and carbohydrates, traditional East Asian societies have low rates of diabetes. It's possible that the consumption of kudzu extract could be a factor in that good fortune. (Some comments taken from DiabetesHealth.com)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Did you know Gibraltar 's Airport runway and vehicular traffic crossings intersect at the same level? (Click on pictures to enlarge)