This video from nutritionfacts.org provides persuasive evidence that higher levels of TMAO (Trimethylamine N-oxide) lead to higher incidence of heart attacks and heart failure. TMAO comes from byproducts of eating animal products, dairy, eggs, meat. Continue reading “How to treat heart failure with diet”
John Green reminds us that the people we admire (maybe even feel envious of) may not have it all together like we imagine. And that’s okay. We all try to put our best “frame” forward, hoping no one will tilt the camera in a direction that reveals something we’re not ready to share. Continue reading “A reminder about the illusion of framing”
Here are two excellent “explainer” videos about what the Paris Climate Accord is, and the significance of the U.S. dropping out of the agreement. Continue reading “Excellent “Explainer” videos about the Paris Climate Accord”
Some think the seeds of life came from the Big Bang, but that misses a critical part of how the elements of life came to be. All the elements we have discovered and mapped on the periodic table contain a certain number of protons. For example, iron possesses 26 protons, and gold (Au), a much heavier element, contains 79.
The Big Bang produced ONLY elements with one and two protons, hydrogen and helium, along with trace amounts of three and four proton elements (you can look those up on the periodic table). However, life on earth requires carbon, which has six protons, as well as a bunch of other elements. Where did those heavier, more proton-dense elements come from if not from the Big Bang? Continue reading “We are stardust…literally”
At my wife’s behest, I attended the January, 2017, Portland Women’s Day March. I haven’t done anything like that since college. Continue reading “Portland Women’s Day March 2017”
Displayed below are a collection of photos taken during a few hikes in the Columbia River Gorge during 2015. Most from my phone, so quality isn’t super. Still, some good shots. Continue reading “Columbia River Gorge Hikes 2015”
Took a trip to the Oregon Coast, Seaside, and sites nearby.
Visited Portland Japanese Gardens last spring or summer. Gorgeous grounds. Very well maintained.
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We took a trip to Sisters and Bend, Oregon last summer, and passed by Smith Rock. Here are few snaps from the Smith Rock visit. I hadn’t visited before and was struck by its beauty the contrast of the rocks created against the rest of the terrain. Wish we had time to hike to the top. A must for next time. Continue reading “Smith Rock snaps”
In the video coverage of Trump’s visit with the Pope, the Pope rarely smiled and did not look engaged. Same goes for many of the photos published, like the one below. One blogger titled these portraits, Pope meets the Addams Family. Hilarious, but I wondered if this was a fair representation of the event. Continue reading “Pope actually smiled during Trump visit”