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Washington Humane Society needs you to help save more lives than ever!

WHS is one of 49 shelters nationwide taking part in a friendly competition focused on increasing adoptions. As part of the “Save More Lives: ASPCA $100K Challenge”, the shelter who adopts the most animals during the months of August, September and October this year over their adoption numbers from those months last year, will win the grand prize of $100,000. Winning the grand prize would be amazing; however, the most important outcome of the Challenge is finding more homes for more of DC’s animals than ever before.

Food VS Nutrition

Modern nutrition determines the healthiness of a food by isolating its vitamins, proteins, minerals, fats, and other constituents.  Choosing your foods based on the results of nutritional analysis, while it may help you become aware of your health needs, does not help you to know food intimately, which is where true health lies.  It is not the beta-carotene found in squash or carrots that makes these vegetables important food choices.  Vitamin C is not a valid reason to eat citrus fruits, nor should lycopene be the reason for eating tomatoes.  For a medical professional or other dietary professional to prescribe or suggest to someone an isolate nutrient like those just mentioned is quite a shame, for it helps no one.  

Smithsonian's National Zoo's Front Royal Facility Celebrates Another Baby Boom

Smithsonian's National Zoo's Front Royal Facility Celebrates Another Baby Boom

 

The warm weather that heralds the onset of summer brought with it a baby boom at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. Red pandas, white-naped cranes, scimitar-horned oryxes, tufted deer and clouded leopards all had recent births, from May 13 through the middle of July. These species represent a few of the endangered species that the Zoo studies and breeds at its Front Royal facility. The species range from vulnerable (red pandas) to extinct in the wild (scimitar-horned oryx), according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Celebrating the Meaning of the Fourth!

Last night my family and I watched the fireworks. It has long been my feeling that for national holidays such as these, that everything should be closed. July Fourth, Memorial Day, and so on, end up being retail sales days.

I believe people forget the meaning of the actual day, especially children who haven’t really learned the meaning yet. Men and women have died in order to protect our country. As more and more people from different lands come to the United States to live, it is of great importance that they know the meaning of what they are celebrating, and then in turn, can teach their families.

So while we may have celebrated these holidays it is not too late to celebrate what they stand for and to wish the home of the brave and the land of the free a very Happy Birthday.  If you have not already, have this conversation tonight at dinner!

It’s a wonderful time to talk about your family values and the values of our country.

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

With more than 14 million Americans currently looking for work, it is definitely a buyer’s market out there.  Companies understandably want to hire the best candidates they can find.  With so many people to choose among, businesses are looking beyond black-and-white credentials such as education and experience to identify prospective employees who bring something more to the table, such as basic common sense. 

In this regard, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s recent fall from grace should serve as an object lesson for anyone who has a job...and especially for anyone who is seeking a job. 

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.