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Food and decor hacks that’ll spark up your plate and make your room feel sweeter.
Go Retro In The Kitchen
Pyrex has been in business for 100 years-enough time to get its virtually indestructible and easy-to-clean bakeware to more than 80 million people. To celebrate its centennial, the company has released a 13-piece collection that includes colorful storage dishes inspired by its 1967 “dots” pattern. We fully support any product that makes our leftovers look downright adorable on the dinnertable. 4-cup 100th-anniversary dot storage dish, $6.99; pyrexware.com.
Sprinkle on some spice
Ever find yourself shivering in the AC in the middle of summer wondering if you’re in a meat locker instead of an office building? Us too. Which is why we highly recommend having something spicy in your desk drawer, like this pequin chili salt from the Chili Lab. Just a pinch packs heat, so the bottle will last you a while, and it’ll give your turkey sandwich or microwave popcorn some serious zip while elevating your body temperature. $12; the chili lab.com for stores and more flavors.
MAKE YOUR GREENS LAST!
Farmers’ markets and supermarkets are teeming with tempting lettuces and the like, so you’ve got to keep them from liquefying in your fridge. Use this trick from Los Angeles-based chef Suzanne Goin: “I pick it apart, roll it in a soft kitchen towel, and then refrigerate it. I wait to wash it until just before using, because the cold water will refresh the leaves.”
Sneak some extra room
There are three stealthily brilliant space-saving tricks going on in this bedroom shot from blogger Kristin Jackson of the Hunted Interior. First, rather than squeezing in a desk, vanity, and bedside table, she used one pretty multitasker that does the work of all three and only takes up a few square feet. Hanging a giant mirror is a tried-and-true path to making a room feel bigger and brighter. And this acrylic chair is the clincher: It’s pretty, almost disappears, and is refreshingly affordable. Armchair Louis XV, $85; retrofurnish.com.
EAT LIKE A SOUTHERNER
Get comfy on the couch and grab a pen to take notes: Foodie brothers Matt and Ted Lee explore Southern cities like New Orleans, Dallas, and Louisville, KY, in their new series Southern Uncovered on Ovation TV. Part history lesson, part food tour, it showcases authentic traditions and hot spots in each city … and it’s pretty much guaranteed to give you the travel bug, or at least make you crave some down-home classics. We made the boys give us their recipe for pan-roasted okra with tomatoes and corn, which is “as iconic in the Southern food canon as fried chicken or red velvet cake,” says Ted, and perfectly in season right now. Get the recipe at redbookmag.com/okra.
Windsurfing may have sprung up in the 1970s, but its health and mental benefits will never date. Charmaine Yabsley sets sail.
Windsurfing Set sail
Sports such as paddleboarding or kiteboarding may be newer or look more exciting, but for a relatively gentle exercise that won’t leave you wrung out, head to your local lake or estuary. And not to sail a boat, but to use your body to direct a board where you want it to go, using a sail and wind as the engine.
Contrary to appearances, windsurfing uses very little arm strength, using mainly the legs, core and upper back to steer and balance the board and sail. “A lot of core strength is involved, to hold the board under your feet and the sail steady,” says Dr Ian Gilliam, accredited exercise physiologist and windsurfing enthusiast. “If you don’t have strong abdominal and back muscles – the muscles which wrap around your mid-section – then you get lower back pain.”
In a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the most common windsurfing injuries were reported to be lower back pain. “But after a few sessions you’ll find that your stomach muscles have already become much stronger. It is important to lift the sail from a half-squat position, using your quadriceps and buttock muscles, rather than placing excessive strain on the lower back.”
As our legs are our strongest muscle, you’ll be able to last longer out on the water, than if you were using your arms to pull on the sail. “Your arms should be mainly used to adjust the position of the sail to steer the board while you’re sailing, and if these are used to support the sail, the arm muscles can become fatigued very quickly,” he says.
How to get started
When you get onto a windsurfer, the first thing you’ll probably do is fall off. “Balance is critical,” Gilliam says. “As is understanding the alignment of the board to the wind. Once you’re in the water, the board will then rotate under your feet unless you use your feet to stabilise the position of the board. You need to learn how and when to align the board correctly to the angle of the wind.”
And this is where your body comes into its own. “There is a centre of effort in the sail, and centre of natural resistance underneath the water,” Gilliam says. “With a windsurf, there’s nothing to hold the sail up; your body is the structure.” So when you’re moving the board back and forth, you’re using your entire body to do so. “Once your skills and balance improves, you’ll use your feet, rather than your body to steer,” he says.
“At first, getting the board and sail steady is quite a difficult, so you’ll probably need somebody to help you keep the board on the right line in relation to the wind,” Gilliam says. “Another pair of hands may save you unnecessary bruises.”
At one with nature
According to the University of Rochester Medical Centre, “repeatedly lifting the sail out of the water as you learn the sport may be the most vigorous workout you get while windsurfing. Once you learn how to windsurf, it’s not as much of a workout, but it can help improve balance.”
Gilliam agrees that windsurfing isn’t just about burning calories and toning, it’s about helping you to connect with nature through your body, the wind and the board.
“Windsurfing is a fairly low-aerobic sport, so unless you’re sail pumping, where you ‘pump the sail by pulling it towards you and pushing it away to create an artificial wind, you’re not getting an exhaustive workout,” says Gilliam, a spokesman for Exercise and Sports Science Australia (essa.org.au). If the wind is strong, then your workout level will increase, as your heart will beat faster due to the force of the wind on the sail and to change direction according to the winds. However, the slightly lower aerobic benefits (compared to other sports) are far outweighed by the mental health benefits of setting sail. “I find windsurfing particularly relaxing as you can get away from the crowd,” he says. “Instead, you’re your own boss. You’re with nature, using wind to move yourself along.”
For ex-Australian champion Justin Lord, (windsurfingreligion.com) windsurfing is about feeling the force of nature. “I feel at peace when I’m out windsurfing. When you hold the sail, you feel like you have a bird’s wing in your hand. And because the sail is independent, you feel the board and fin through your feet. While the two forces are separated, they’re two worlds together. I feel like a fish swimming and a bird flying.”
The great Bell continued to sound during the next 45 years in Barth’s lectures
discussions and books, and particularly in his massive and unfinished Church Dogmatics. Controversy continued as well.
Emil Brunner, another distinguished German Protestant thinker, denounced Barth for his rejection of natural theology. In the United States, Reinhold Niebuhr, a Lutheran, called Barth’s denial of natural ethics irresponsible and irrelevant. Karl Barth continued to preach, mostly to those in prison.
Barth once thought of the Reformation as a necessary split in Christianity. The Reformers had to reject a Roman Catholic theology that was based on what Barth saw as Thomas Aquinas’s misunderstanding of the analogy of being. But two Swiss Catholics made him reconsider this judgment.
Hans Urs von Balthasar showed him that Aquinas and the Catholic Church taught a theology close to his own. From Hans Kung Barth learned with “shock” and “considerable amazement” that he and the Council of Trent said almost the same thing about justification-the central doctrinal issue of the Reformation.
While Barth was re-evaluating Catholicism, Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk in the hills of Kentucky, was re-evaluating Protestantism-which as a youthful writer he had called a “well-meaning stupidity.” Merton read Barth and became, as he said, “very fond” of him. In fact he called Barth “almost the one among theologians alive today that I like best.”
Thomas Merton was four years old when Barth began ringing his great Bell. But Merton knew nothing of this, and with no religious training he grew up to consider himself an atheist. Later he would renounce his atheism to become a Catholic and, at the age of 26, a Cistercian monk in the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky.
When this young Trappist wrote his autobiography
, it too rang out over the Christian world. Baptist seminarians and Episcopal bishops were among the visitors to his monastery; and Eldridge Cleaver, the black activist, read “Brother Merton” in prison.
The Seven Storey Mountain quickly became a best-seller. In it, Merton recalled his restless journeys across Europe, his troubled life at Cambridge University and his academic probings in the classrooms of Columbia University in New York City.
He went on to tell of becoming a Catholic and then entering the Kentucky monastery, where he found spiritual joy and vowed to spend the rest of his life. But his final phrase suggested that he remained a restless believer: “Let the book come to an end, but not the search.” As additional books appeared, the troubled search continued.
Like Barth, Merton also wrote of climbing a church tower at night. His essay “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952″ has always been one of his most popular. While struggling to understand his vocation, he had taken his turn on the nightly fire-watch in his monastery. “The fire watch,” he wrote, “is an examination of conscience in which your task as watchman suddenly appears in its true light, a pretext devised by God to isolate you, and to search your soul with lamps and questions, in the heart of darkness.”
As he walks the darkened halls, the divine scrutiny reduces his human motives to nothing and his human desires to empty illusions. He climbs the broken stairs of the church tower and, coming to the belfry, asks, “Will it come like this, the moment of my death?” But God transcends the human world, and the only response is silence. Yet the silence seems to lift him up so that he can continue:
“A dialogue with you, uttered through the world, always ends by being a dialogue with my own reflection in the stream of time. With you there is no dialogue unless you choose a mountain and circle it with cloud and print your words in fire upon the mind of Moses. What was delivered to Moses on tables of stone, as the fruit of lightning and thunder, is now more thoroughly born in our own souls as quietly as the breath of our own being.”
This was at the center of his theology: We know the transcendent God only when this God reveals himself. For Merton that night, God’s revelation was his silence, yet out of the silence came “Mercy within Mercy within Mercy.”
That passage could have been written by Barth. Both of these men were part of a human church community. Both spoke to their fellow believers of a God who was among them, yet had revealed himself as radically other, as hidden in mystery beyond them. What better image could they find to deliver the message than that of ascending a darkened tower above the friendly church community?
The political figures of the world have changed since that day in 1968 when Richard Nixon announced his choice for Secretary of State. But the writings of both Merton and Barth, who died that day, are still studied and taken to prayer. Their books have become testaments of a sort left to the Christian churches, and by reading them Christians can still discover the vanity of their motives and a hunger for the unknown God. Then, beyond human vanity, they can enter the silence in which is found the mercy of God. After reading Barth or Merton, Christians can be less complacent about themselves and more confident about what God is doing.
Merton once reflected on the laborious quality of Barth’s prose, but added: “Fear not, Karl Barth! Trust in the divine mercy. Though you have grown up to be a theologian, Christ remains a child in you. Your books (and mine) matter less than we might think!”
I believe Karl Barth would have appreciated that advice. For, like Thomas Merton, he knew the Mercy, and even his massive volumes of Church Dogmatics are not as solemn as they appear. Barth and Merton left behind them an eloquent testimony to the transcendence that we easily forget. Thirty years after their passing, the image of climbing at night into a church tower still reminds the churches that the transcendent God dwells in a darkness above all the images we might devise. The great Bell and the great Silence continue to be heard.
Many families have problems. Sometimes families decide that these problems should not come to light and went into hiding. But there are some family problems that must be explained in the child’s school so they can understand the behavior and the possible absence of the child. Should be proactive and let the teacher know the problem and try to control a little child’s behavior.
Feeding our children generates lots of questions. Dr. Gloria and Dr. Peter Cabezuelo Frontera have hands in the dough and entered the kitchen to advise and prepare the most appropriate food for our children according to their age.
Meals for infants and young children are daily activities that cause more headaches for the parents, their major source of concern. Frequently asked questions received by pediatricians in their practices by parents are related to feeding their children. They are even more frequent than questions related to growth, psychomotor development, behavior, or sleep. What kind of milk should I give my child?, When should I start giving baby food?, Eat enough?, Will you need more?, Is it necessary to take fish?, Ready puree well, what does meat will best?
Babies need a special diet because all your organs and systems, especially the digestive system, are poorly developed, are very immature. If there is a misfeed even could harm them. To 5 or 6 months of age the baby should drink only milk diet, liquid. But also not just any milk. Only in the first place are adequate breast milk, and when you can not give it, some milks made exclusively for the baby, milk adapted.
From the 5 or 6 months of age the baby can start to make a semi-liquid food, baby food. But not just any baby food. It is carefully regulated both the type of slurry that must take the baby and the timing of its introduction. If not followed correctly, the baby is not getting the nutrients it needs to grow and develop properly and may have what are called “nutritional deficiency” and even compromise growth.
The introduction, little by little, from a varied diet and appropriate and inappropriate foods at each age is also an issue that often concerns parents. Young children need a self catering especially for them, that they feel good food. Until it is too old the child can not “eat everything” food prepared in the same way as for the rest of the family. There are even forbidden foods for young children, which can hurt for different reasons.
Many times pediatricians do not have the time or the time to explain in detail, and above all practical, all that parents ask their questions about feeding their children. For this reason, in collaboration with Peter Border, I have written the book The pediatrician in the kitchen just edited editions of Rowan.
This book explains what foods to make babies and children in every age and in what quantities. In addition, both authors come into the kitchen and put her apron to prepare their own bottles, baby food, purees, croquettes, boiled rice. The practical details of the preparation of a slurry or a plate for the child are as important as its composition. The appetite of the children is very variable, sometimes erratic, and often is the consistency or taste of a dish the determining factor for a child to take either or, conversely, reject it, much to the chagrin of the parents.
The feeding of infants and children should be adequate, and contain the nutrients necessary for the child to grow and thrive. This book follows the latest nutrition recommendations from the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Spanish Association of Pediatrics. It comes with many recipes, especially for small children, as well as healthy and tasty are easy to prepare. This facilitates the efforts of parents, often busy with little time to cook.
Now in his latest book, Common Sense Pediatrics, Dr. Eduard Estivill just common sense appeal to raise and educate children. From their point of view, makes us reflect on some aspects of the education of children of great concern to the parents of the future as the friendship between parents and children, to the one shown for and against maintaining the role of parents.
Educating children for the future. Dr. Eduard Estivill, a pediatrician
The myths are many and really only one: to the extent that you are aware of what your child sees on television, you may find a great ally in your training and you achieve it through not only space for recreation, but also an opportunity to live and raise the fun part of you that will facilitate communication with him.
Guillermina Baena Paz, academic of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), explained that any type of entertainment technology is harmful, provided there is a close eye on what children see and accustom time spent on this: “it is normal that small pass in front of the TV two hours at most, either daily or three times a week is a reasonable time not causing harm, when it is exceeded then the conditions change and we can refer to an addiction to television.
The key to making this functional means of entertainment, advises the specialist, you designate a short time for your child to watch TV, try to be a time when you can be at your side, to monitor what you see. Remember that a high percentage of what you learn is through you, so be careful on the type of program that will have their first contact, ensures that educational, that will leave a positive message about some aspect of life and learning, for therein lies the value of a television program.
“It is also important that parents do not see this device in a ‘nanny’ who can keep their children quiet. They should ensure that this time becomes quality time, dialogue and rapprochement with the child. For example, parents can comment on the content of the program, what was the part you liked and make a comment, in the end only to reinforce the message of love can say ‘I really enjoyed this moment with you, it was fun and learned a lot’ This will strengthen self-esteem in children, will make you feel safe and give you a different perception of this type of entertainment, “said Dr. Guillermina Baeza.
Technology does not have to be an enemy, but a channel to help you introduce your little knowledge and raise concern for learning, but to achieve this goal you must remember that the most important pillar and firm in their education is you, so it is imperative that you take love, time and effort to their training.
What you should not forget
- Television should not be a substitute for your presence, or the game, or physical activity.
- Set a time to watch TV and do respect.
- Take care that the content of the programs go according to the age of your child. Avoid programs with a heavy dose of violence and bad words (even if they are cartoons)
- Find coloring books, reading, puzzles or board games, the favorite of your child, are other forms of entertainment to help you learn.
- Timeshares television with your child and be a propitious occasion to communicate.