Category Archives: Dear Hearts and Gentle People

Yelm’s Prairie Christian Center looking for Food Bank volunteers

The Yelm Prairie Christian Center is looking for volunteers for their God’s Portion Food Bank.  It’s quite an operation!

God’s Portion is located at 501 103rd Avenue in Yelm, at the church.yelm prairie church

The food bank is open for distribution to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am – noon.

Their daily operations are from 9 am – 6 pm.

Call 360-400-7777 for more information.

Risking their lives to wipe out polio forever

Polio remains endemic in just two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  A  disease is considered endemic if it is common among a particular people or region.

Tragically, these two nations are among the most dangerous for brave health care workers who are fighting to eradicate polio.

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If polio is wiped out, it will be the second disease ever eradicated, after smallpox.

World leaders met at their biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to discuss the global effort to eradicate polio.

The Commonwealth Network represents over fifty nations.

The Terror of Polio

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by the poliovirus.

The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.polio snip

Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio because it can lead to permanent disability and death.  Between 2 and 10 out of 100 people who have paralysis from poliovirus infection die because the virus affects the muscles that help them breathe. Continue reading Risking their lives to wipe out polio forever

Learn Fingerspelling (You May Need it One Day)

Are the kids stuck indoors, in the car, or just plain bored?

Have them learn “fingerspelling”–the one-handed American Manual Alphabet.  It’s an important part of American Sign Language.manual alphabet snip 1

It’s lots of fun, and it keeps kids occupied.  They also learn something useful that they may need someday, to communicate with someone who is deaf.

Isn’t it great to teach your kids something that they could later use to help a stranger?  Or help them chat with a deaf friend?

And it’s always fun to learn a special new code.  It’s really great for those times when kids need to keep quiet. Continue reading Learn Fingerspelling (You May Need it One Day)

Lapland’s Sami reindeer people–simple life, superfood diet

Simple life, superfood diet of Lapland’s Sami people

lapland mapLapland is a cultural region that spans the arctic areas of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the northwest tip of mainland Russia.

Traditional Laplanders are called the Sami people.  Many of them still live the way their ancestors did, herding reindeer that forage across the wide arctic expanse for lichens in the winter and green plants in the summer.

The Sami lifestyle is simple and peaceful.  The diet is rich in an array of superfoods.

The Sami people rely on reindeer for their very existence.  They eat reindeer meat, use the milk for cheese, and the skins for clothing, blankets, and shelter.  They create tools and decorations from the bones and antlers.

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The Sami also use reindeer as pack and harness animals.  Even the Lapland police use reindeer!  In arctic weather, reindeer are more reliable than motorized vehicles or other animals.

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All reindeer are considered domesticated in Lapland.  Reindeer hunting is illegal.

In this two minute video, a young Sami reindeer herder explains the connection he feels to his reindeer:

Continue reading Lapland’s Sami reindeer people–simple life, superfood diet

Kent hair braider defeats WA Dept. of Licensing

In the current political climate where government agencies shut down small businesses for irrational reasons, an African hair braider’s victory in Kent last year is a small but welcome blessing.

The mission of the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) is to advance public safety and consumer protection.  So how did this agency get tangled up in a federal lawsuit about hair braiding?

In June 2014, hair braider Salamata “Sally” Sylla filed a federal lawsuit against the Washington DOL, because the agency had ordered her to either get a cosmetology license, or shut down her business.  Sylla was represented in her lawsuit by the Institute for Justice.

Sylla sought a judicial order requiring the department to adhere to its own stated policy that African, or natural, hair braiding does not require a cosmetology license. Continue reading Kent hair braider defeats WA Dept. of Licensing