Monthly archive for November 2006

Have You Thanked Your Squanto

Some foreign sailors took him from a shoreline not far from his home. They took him to a strange land that was beyond anything he could have thought, even with the fertile imagination of a boy of wild dreams. The boy would learn the language of these strangers, learn their ways, but would never return to his family. It was a troubled start to a life that would change the course of history for so many. Squanto was a Native American from the Patuxet tribe. He died in November 1622; however, before his death, he saved a struggling camp of European immigrants from which would eventually spring the American colony. Squanto gained not only the language of these new people, but he also traveled and lived in their homeland of England and would observe the culture of the bustling cities and their sophistication. Most significantly, after additional difficult encounters with

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Five Reasons I am Thankful for Exercise

A Strong Heart At the age of 56 my father suffered his first heart attack. That is only a few years away for me, but according to my doctor and my most recent medical exam I have practically “wiped out my chances” of coronary heart disease because of my active lifestyle! Even a small amount of exercise is better than none and more is better than less. Exercise lowers our bad cholesterol, the kind that clogs arteries. It also reduces your blood pressure and relieves stress on your heart. Good Posture Being a small-boned person, I am at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis as I age. Exercise, together with a healthy calcium intake, builds strong bones. Studies show that weightbearing exercises, like running, walking and weight-lifting, help reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis as you grow older. A Sane Mind For years I exercised for vanity, but now I

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