Camellias

Named by Linnaeus in 1735 in honour of the Jesuit priest and naturalist Georg Josef Kamel, Camellia is a genus originating mainly from China but with a range covering a large area of South East Asia. The exact number of species is not clear but it is somewhere around 100. Camellia is an important commercial…

Gulf War Syndrome – Washington's Dirty Little Secret

In November of 2008, the Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses presented a 450 page report to Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake. The report stated that the Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), previously dismissed as a psychosomatic disorder, is a very real illness affecting between 25-50% of the 700,000 US Veterans who participated in the…

Little Frieda

I have often spoken about death. Sometimes it comes like a loud shout, a big bang but sometimes it is strangely quiet as if there is a royalty to its element. And then there is the earth that we fold the body physically into, throw dust on it and pay our respects or the ash…

Separation Anxiety

1) What exactly is separation anxiety? Separation anxiety in dogs is the fear of being away from their owners or left alone for any given amount of time. This fear of isolation often results in undesirable behavior. Separation anxiety is one of the most common causes of canine behavioral problems. It is the fear of…

The Power of Ganoderma in Oriental Medicine

Ganoderma, a rare variety of Mushroom credited with the highest medicinal qualities by the classic Chinese 'Seng Nong' is indeed a subject of much research from the ancient china of 100 BC or earlier to the modern times by various universities and research organizations. It is also known as Linghzi in China and Reishi in…

How To Stop Roof Tiles Being Blown Off

Wind pressure is a common cause of failure for tiled roofs. As the wind moves over the roof it produces upward forces causing the roofing tiles to rattle or be removed completely. Contrary to common belief, roofing tiles are not “blown off” a roof. The wind creates an upward force as it travels over the…

What Are the Health Benefits of Hot Yoga?

Yoga may conjure up images of pretzel-like poses performed in a shady, relaxing spot by the sea surrounded by gorgeous flowers and lush greenery. However, some people prefer to crank up the heat. Hot yoga is exactly what the name implies: doing yoga in a room heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of…

Power of Forgiveness: Super Glue for Marriages

How do you spell forgiveness? Have you ever felt your marriage needed some super glue to cement the bond? At a time when I really needed some good answers, a mentor arrived who was to change my life. Every month for a year, an elderly doctor flew into our town to spend long and memorable…

Vitamin D – What You DO NOT Know

The benefits of Vitamin D are not much talked about in the press. That could be why most folks are unaware of the major benefits of Vitamin D. But please do not think that Vitamin D is not for you. Vitamin D is another one of those fat soluble vitamins. Fat soluble means that Vitamin…

Leading Teams in Times of Change

Understanding how individuals cycle through change is also helpful to understand some of the major mistakes which leaders make when working with teams. Patrick Lencioni has identified five dysfunctions of teams which leaders should address in order to enhance team effectiveness. Understanding these dysfunctions is helpful in understanding how a first line manager can lead…