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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch – June 21

by Jan Fielden Over the last part of the week we had a bunch of guests at the ranch for a “Ranch Day”. The guests came from South Carolina, Texas, Ohio, New York and Italy via Maryland/Washington DC.  We had a Texas BBQ with all the trimmings and a hayride with a tour of the ranch.  It seems that people in Italy believe that all Texans have BIG ranches and are “punching cows” all day, every day! Needless to say, these folks enjoyed themselves tremendously even though we didn’t punch one cow; just a little calf!  It was a wonderful time with The Colonel telling some of his famous “tales” and some of the guests, who know him very well, adding tales of their own about him! After the hayride tour and the BBQ, the three young ladies who were in the group wanted to feed Sundance some carrots so off we went.  We traveled down in the back of the pick-up truck; a real treat for the four adults and three young ladies, to the Yearling Pasture where the herd was running The man from Italy rode “shot-gun” inside the truck and at the very first gate, The Colonel explained the duties of that position; opening and closing all gates!  The carrots were handed out much to the delight of Sundance and the girls.  Even the adult guests...

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Hope to Health: Beginner Guide to Ketosis

by Tiffany Anderson The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low carbohydrate diet that has helped people lose weight by producing a molecule called ketones. Ketones serve as an alternative fuel source when your blood glucose is in short supply. On the ketogenic diet, a person’s carbohydrate intake is dropped to just 2 to 4 percent of their total caloric intake as well as being mindful of the amount of protein intake as well. The remainder of calories should come from natural fats such as meats, fish, butter, and cold pressed oils. Research shows a high success rate of weight loss when using the ketogenic diet. When your body produces ketones, it is considered a state of ketosis.   This is when your body burns fat first versus burning your food. As any “diet” or lifestyle change, we believe that some things work for one person while it may not work for another. There are many ways to get your body into ketosis.   The first way is to fast.   Although fasting is not good for all blood types, it will not harm you. They also sell pills that supposedly put your body in ketosis. If you want to try the ketogenic diet, you should be mindful if you have Crohn’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and skin problems. Many people are on the keto kick because it is something...

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Movie Review: Cars 3

by Bob Garver “Cars” is probably the most unpopular arm of the Pixar universe. The first film was only moderately well-received, the sequel was the first eligible Pixar film not to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, and the two “Planes” spinoffs (which are from a non-Pixar branch of Disney) are direct-to-DVD-quality garbage. To be clear, I liked the first two “Cars” movies and I don’t think Pixar has ever made a “bad” movie, but I don’t know why they’re dead-set on expending this franchise when they keep hitting a wall with anthropomorphic vehicles. The movie...

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Pet Talks: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

Have you ever wondered why turtles cross the road? There are a few reasons why these slow-pokes venture into the street, but no matter their agenda, we should be cautious of their presence while driving. “Turtles often cross the road after rain events,” said J. Jill Heatley, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Additionally, many times they are female turtles seeking an appropriate place to lay their eggs.” If you come across a turtle in the road while driving, the turtle may benefit from a helping hand to get to safety; however, Heatley said to be careful in doing so. “If you can pull safely off to the side of the road and traffic permits, you can safely move the turtle to the side of the road in the direction it was headed,” Heatley explained. “If the turtle is injured, you can also take the turtle to a rehabilitator or veterinarian for care.” Even if traffic permits you to save a turtle’s life, you should be careful handling certain turtles for your own safety. Heatley said some turtles, such as the alligator and common snapping turtle, can injure a person by biting or jabbing at them with the rear of the shell. “Only experienced individuals should handle these animals,” Heatley said. “But in the case of box turtles, soft-shelled turtles, and slider...

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In The Tree House: Learning to Let Them Crawl Again

by Samantha S. Daviss As a mother, I have learned to let go. When my babies started to crawl, I allowed them to become independent. When my babies started school, I was excited to see what their future held. And now that one of my kids is in the thick of his teenage years, I am not one of those moms that is holding him back and restraining him from becoming a young adult; because I know all he is doing is spreading his wings and trying to figure out who he is at this point in his life. However, I am noticing that there are some external influences in his life that affect his personality and his personality traits that are not favorable to me or his friends. And as a mother, I want him to be his own person, and be independent, but I don’t want him to make mistakes. I have been doing a lot of reading and a psychologist wrote, that teenagers are like toddlers. When they started crawling and walking, we didn’t scold them for their independence, or yell at them; so, we shouldn’t do that with our teens. However, we need to set boundaries with them. Just as we did our toddlers. We told our toddlers they couldn’t go near the pool, or stick their fingers in the light sockets, or be in...

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