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Meditation and Brain Gyrification!

Hey, remember the other day I talked about meditating?  I’m still thinking about it but now I’m thinking about it because I read about the brains of folks who have engaged in meditation over time. Their brains have more ‘gyrification’ going on.

I bet you don’t know what that means do you?  I didn’t either!  Let’s see if I can give you a gloss on what happens in brains when folks are serious meditators.  Brains curl and furl in on themselves.  This seems to happen in order to give the brain more area for information storage.  Thus the more you meditate the greater brain storage you have.  At least that is what one study found in looking at the brains of long time meditators compared to controls.

Folks, I could really use more brain!

love,

mo

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My Kids Liked Hunger Games!

I have three girls.  The two eldest went to see  the movie Hunger Games.  My oldest daughter said she enjoyed it and she thought that it was a good representation of the book.  Her sister saw it and felt a little conflicted about the apocalyptic nature of the film.  She said she felt a little scared about that movie coloring her future.

It seems like the dreadful scenes were done in such a fast speed that viewers knew something awful was happening but they couldn’t clearly see anything actually happening.  I think that might be enough reason to keep younger children from seeing it because the power of imagination is a lot stronger sometimes than what any Hollywood film can create.

I don’t think I want to see it, but then I didn’t want to see the Star Wars Trilogy films and I didn’t  want to go see Harry Potter movies, and I didn’t want to see Twilight.  I think that means I’m old and boring! 🙂

love,

mo

 

 

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Owen J. Roberts Crew is Amazing!

I’m thoroughly enjoying my daughter’s experience with the Crew team at OJR.  The camaraderie that seems to have developed with those kids is awesome and I’m proud to be an OJR parent.

Today was the second Manny Flick Regatta down on the Schuykill River by Kelly Drive.  The weather was chilly and wet but that didn’t stop the parents from creating a little “condo” on the banks of the Schuykill.

And the kids?  Well, what can I say?  They were absolutely awesome.  I take my hat off to each of them.  The weather was awful and they were frozen, but they were true athletes.

I’ve been lucky enough to have kids that are interested in extra-curricular activities and I’ve got to say that it is my strong opinion that parents should try to get their kids to get involved in something.  There are so many choices and even though time is tight and parents aren’t always either financially able, or physically able to get involved- just send your kids!  These kids grow in ways that they just won’t experience in class.

Did I convey how much I enjoyed freezing my butt off this morning on the river?  Heh.

love,

mo

 

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Gagging Docs Over Fracking In PA!

I shook my head a few times after reading this little story over at Mother Jones.  Now I know that some people will feel that anything that news outlet writes is partisan and I’m not going to argue that here, but I am going to present the concern that I have after reading their article.

Here is a bit, see what you think!

Pennsylvania law states that companies must disclose the identity and amount of any chemicals used in fracking fluids to any health professional that requests that information in order to diagnosis or treat a patient that may have been exposed to a hazardous chemical. But the provision in the new bill requires those health professionals to sign a confidentiality agreement stating that they will not disclose that information to anyone else—not even the person they’re trying to treat.

“The whole goal of medical community is to protect public health,” said David Masur, director of PennEnvironment. He worries that the threat of a lawsuit from a big industry player like Halliburton or ExxonMobil for violating a confidentiality agreement could scare doctors away from research on potential impacts in the state. “If anything, we need more concrete information. This just stifles another way the public could have access to information from experts.”

The provision was not in the initial versions of the law debated in the state Senate or House in February; it was added in during conference between the two chambers, said State Senator Daylin Leach (D), which meant that many lawmakers did not even notice that this “broad, very troubling provision” had been added. “The importance of keeping it as proprietary secret seems minimal when compared to letting the public know what chemicals they and their children are being exposed to,” Leach told Mother Jones.

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Let’s Meditate!

Hey,  is anyone interested in starting a group locally that gets together for some meditation?

I know it’s a strange question, but I have experience as a ‘meditator’ and I’m interested in starting a group with a bunch of friendly folks who would like to get together and chill out.

Let me know by sending me an email at mogallant@gmail.com.

If I don’t hear from you, I’m going it alone!

love,

mo

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Never Marrieds!

Today in USA Today there is an article in the Life section that talks about women who have never been married.  It isn’t a very in depth look at the situation, but it’s interesting.

I’ve almost always been married.  I got married in my late teens and now I’m in my late 40’s.  I can say it feels like I’ve always been married! 🙂  Over the years marriage has meant a lot of different things to me.  When I was a young married woman I have to tell you, it was tough being yoked to another person.  It’s frightening.  I actually felt like I was losing my own personal identity sometimes and I can imagine that that feeling could drive other marriages apart!

After my husband and I were married for a few years we accommodated one another.  Isn’t that a terrible way to say it?  We put up with each other.  There were perks of course, like there was usually someone to talk to, or to help with the kids when we had them, but if anyone were to ask either of us I think  we sometimes felt more like brother and sister than romantic partners!

As the children got older our relationship changed again.  As we were more involved in our children’s activities there was less time for intimate conversations and we didn’t get much chance to think about time for the two of us.  This was a particularly fragile time in my own marriage.

So we started out as young pups in love, we moved to living as brother and sister and then we became “super parents” living like the proverbial two ships passing one another in the night.  This story isn’t a glowing account of a super marriage is it?

Last night, at a pizza parlor, my husband reached across the table, grabbed my hand and said he loved me.  See, we had been talking about our 29 years together.  My eyes were glazed and he saw what I was feeling and he scooped up my hands that were struggling to convey what I couldn’t say.  And when he said ” I love you” I felt connected to him in a way that I can’t explain.  In truth, I doubt most married couples could define it.

Love for me, is that bonded feeling.  I could say that I have a list of requirements that are necessary for “true love” but that would be ridiculous.  Love isn’t something that you own, or that you experience because someone else says to you ” I love you.”  It isn’t that simple.  You don’t love someone  because of  how they look, or who they are even!  There is a bond that is inexplicable that melds two people together.  They can hurt one another, and they can lose one another, and they can forget they love each other if they don’t actively work at it- but I think once you love someone, well, you just do.

Marriage isn’t an institution that makes love easy.  There is no magic in having a ring on your finger.  Filing taxes jointly doesn’t make life easier.  And it isn’t any indicator of whether adults have a capacity for love.  Instead I think it’s a life choice.  It’s a really good idea to do it with someone you feel passionate about because it makes it easier sometimes…but I’m sure it would be easier to be married to someone you didn’t care about too sometimes!

I haven’t cleared up a darn thing.

I guess I’m trying to say that life is complicated.  It’s both easier and a lot harder to go through it married.  It’s a choice.

Personally, I’m in love with my significant other!  He’s sort of cute!

love,

mo