NIH Funding to Speed a Cure

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21st Century Cures Initiative - #cures2015On May 14, 2015, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health marked-up and unanimously passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (H.R. 292/S.849). Great news for those with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. The cure is out there, and we are one step closer.
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Clever medicine case for home and travel

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Does this seem familiar?
You can’t remember if you took your pills…
Did you take your vitamin with breakfast?
Are you tired of opening prescription bottles all day?
Traveling with medicine bottles is clumsy…
You don’t reorder pills because you don’t know when you are running low…

Having found this MedCenter product to manage pill-taking throughout the day, I thought I would show you some of the clever options. The system, both a pill organizer and a reminder system, was invented by a man who wanted a better way for his parents to take the right dose at the right time.

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Taking the correct medications at the right time is crucial for managing your health. The MedCenter System is an all-in-one pill kit that sits nearby and holds compartments for four daily doses, that you can fill just once each month. A travel version packs a week of pills in a protective case.

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Thoughtful design details help avoid errors in taking pills. include a color code, so you know if you’ve taken the day’s full dose, when the container is red side up or if the green side is up, there may be pills remaining.

The large kit holds a 31 day supply, and each daily dose plastic stack includes four compartments clearly marked for Morning, Noon, Evening, and Night doses. An optional, removable digital clock includes a talking voice alarm to remind you if you miss a dose. You can set up to four alarms, or if you just need a reminder at bedtime, use just the Night reminder. Instead of an ineffective or annoying beep, the alarm, the reminder is a friendly voice with a specific message, such as “Please take your morning pills for the 20th”. The user presses the button to acknowledge the message, and it is set for the next dose.

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For peace of mind and independence in medicine management, the MedCenter System is by far the best product I’ve seen. As a care-partner and neighbor to several people with chronic health issues, I can easily see whether they are taking pills at the right time, and whether they need to renew a prescription.

The website at http://www.medcentersystems.com/Store.html shows you the full product line, ranging from a one-day clip-on case  to the carefree 31-day setup, color coded, labeled and sitting in a sturdy table-top case. The talking alarm feature is an option, and can be purchased as a stand alone reminder for anyone taking daily medications.

For product sizes and prices see MedCenterSystems.com, invented by a man who knew there had to be a better way to help his parents manage medicine doses.

And now there is.

Our National Parks 2015 fee-free days!

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Natural wonders, outdoor recreation, American history and incredible vistas are all accessible in our National Parks. And, as you’ll see below, many are available at no cost.

Take Note: 2015 Fee-Free Days

America’s national parks are offering free admission to all visitors for nine days in 2015! One fee-free day was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and eight fee-free days still remain.

January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
April 18-19: Opening weekend of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 26: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

Put the special days in your phone, jot them down on your printed calendar, do whatever you need so you won’t forget. Join us in making this an unforgettable year full of national park fun. Plan adventures with your friends and family and tell us all about them!

Whether you’re looking to visit old favorites, or setting out to experience new places, we can help you find parks that match your interests. Check out our free online Owner’s Guides for great ideas and unique tips!

Save the dates:

January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
April 18-19: Opening weekend of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 26: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

Winter Warmth in the Heart of Arizona

Is there a more inviting place to spend the holidays than the American Southwest?
Saguaro & Luminarias

I don’t think anything beats the desert with gorgeous sunsets, the night sky aglow with stars, and the warmth of lights and fireplaces with the pinon scent lulling the world to sleep.

The Phoenix area lights the world with over 8,000 hand-lit Luminarias during Las Noches de las Luminarias on selected evenings during November and December.

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The Phoenix Zoo could keep the animals up all night with spectacular lighting displays and the nearby town of Tempe creates a Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, with about 50 boats on the lake for one night in December…

Fantasy architecture in Orlando

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There is big news about Orlando, Florida’s first National Historic Landmark.

The Maitland Art Center (MAC), a secluded artist studio designed during the Great Depression, was recently named the newest National Historic Landmark.

Built in 1937 as an inspirational colony for artists to exercise creativity and collaboration, MAC is one of the Southeast’s only remaining examples of “fantasy architecture.” Visitors surround themselves with that era while exploring the collection of 12 buildings set on 2.84 acres that are filled with ornate architecture, modern artwork and lush gardens.

Here is only one magnificent example of what’s in store at the Maitland Art Center!  I am requesting more photos and will post as soon as available.

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Maitland Art Center

Travel via Google Glass

No, I am not one of the fortunate people first allowed to experiment with Google Glass. Even if chosen, I would not have paid the $1,500 for the privilege. [Note: Since his article in 2013, the price has dropped to $225.] As a travel writer, it would be great to have screens of desired data available in a tiny screen above the eye. Or woudl it?

Gary Shteyngart, the author of Little Failure, did get to experience the device firsthand, while walking through New York City, riding on public transit, and even during a psychotherapy session.beyond the argument for good technology advances and the creep-factor of people using the glasses to spy on citizens, Shteyngart raised another interesting point for us, as travelers and as writers:  Read the full New Yorker story here and see what you think of the future technology that’s already here.  Love it?  Hate it?  Scared?  Comment and let us know….  http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/08/05/o-k-glass?currentPage=all

The novel was set in an unspecified near future, because setting a novel in the present in a time of unprecedented technological and social dislocation seemed to me shortsighted. For example, the word “phone” has meant almost entirely one thing for close to a century, but by 2007 it meant a device that was also a personal stereo, a stockbroker, a weather prognosticator, and a flashlight. By 2013, my glasses serve not only as a phone but also as a video phone. To write a book set in the present, circa 2013, is to write about the distant past.

Potawatomi Adds Lodging

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Hey Chicago… Want more than a quick day trip to Potawatomi? After 20 years, they have added a 19-story hotel on the property in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Now great gaming, sevePotowatomi Casino Hoteln restaurants and live entertainment give you plenty of reasons to stay overnight or arrange a family trip for a great weekend of entertainment options for everyone.

There is plenty to do at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. In addition, Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, formerly an industrial and manufacturing area, has been transformed. Today, Menomonee Valley is one of the city’s premier corridors for entertainment, business and public space. It is an urban reclamation wonder, and the Forest County Potawatomi and Potawatomi Hotel & Casino played a primary role.

Suite – Potawatomi Hotel & Casino features 16 suites, outfitted with plush living and dining areas, a large master bedroom and bathroom and access to a connected standard bedroom.

Suite – Potawatomi Hotel & Casino features 16 suites, outfitted with plush living and dining areas, a large master bedroom and bathroom and access to a connected standard bedroom.

All standard rooms are equipped with an energy-saving intelligent thermostat, a flat-screen television, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.

All standard rooms are equipped with an energy-saving intelligent thermostat, a flat-screen television, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.

Locavore: Its menu offers bold flavors, composed of local produce, sustainable proteins and even some lesser-known foods. Menu items change according to the seasons and daily harvests.

Locavore: Its menu offers bold flavors, composed of local produce, sustainable proteins and even some lesser-known foods. Menu items change according to the seasons and daily harvests.

Book review: “Sunrise Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude”

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SunriseSunsetThis is a gorgeous, thoughtful book. The same vista. Never the same sun.

Much like life, the stage changes even when our vantage point doesn’t. And so it is with the daily rising and setting sun, no two are ever the same.

In Sunrise Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude, by Kim Weiss, every picture tells another color, shape and shadow story . . . whatever nature and Weiss’s camera unfold each day to reveals the diversity and beauty of life. Birds, insects, reptiles, trees, sandy shores all thrive under the majesty of the sun above.

Weiss offers all of this as a show of gratitude, a tribute to the awe of each new day. Sunrise Sunset is replete with glorious photographs of different days and different suns captured from the very same vantage point, the very same terrace.

Complementing her photographs are meditations, passages, poetry, reflections and contemplations from some of the best known and loved inspirational leaders of our time: Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff, M.J. Rose, Arielle Ford, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., Richard Bandler, Lisa McCourt, Betsey Chasse and many more.

This is the ultimate gift book for saying ‘thank you’, sharing a blessing or offering an oasis for spiritual awakening. From sunrise to sunset, this will be a perennial bestseller.”

IndieBound, independent booksellers

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Don’t let vacation season end

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WalkingIt’s been a quirky summer in the Midwest with changeable weather, swinging from hot to rainy and back. Much of the country has the same complaint but I think we are all glad for summer pleasures. From the abundant fresh food, outdoor festivals, and an easier pace to work for many. We also praise the workers who keep us safe, including fire and police forces, and those brave construction crews who work within inches of the traffic passing by.

A New York Times opinion piece on 8/10/14 by Daniel J. Levitin raised many good points about the “false break” of summer vacation. Too many people need to take a social media break along with the slower days of vacationing. Levitin explains: “The processing capacity of the conscious mind is limited, with two dominant modes of attention: task-positive and task-negative.” Task-negative is the mind-wandering mode that makes connections in the brain to refresh our thinking.

If you want to return to your post-Summer routine with more energy, Levitin writes “…science dictates that you should partition your day into project periods. He then cites research showing “a walk in nature or time spent listening to music can trigger the mind-wandering mode”  This, he says, acts as a neural reset button, and provides much needed perspective on what we are doing.

So let’s keep the best of summer with us by finding time to take a break, get some sun, take a walk, and relax.

When you return refreshed, take a look at Levitin’s book: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.

Have an aquatic vacation in our National Parks

Instead of waiting in long lines at man-made attractions, skip past the hot pavement and jump in the water at many of the National Parks this summer. Here are six featured on the NP site to get you packing…

From Cape Cod to Michigan, skip the high fees at water parks and experience the beauty of nature.

 Cape Cod National Seashore (Massachusetts)
Learn the art of saltwater fishing as you enjoy a quiet morning along the seashore.

De Soto National Memorial (Florida)
Paddle through time as you explore the waters that Native American Indians and Spaniards used hundreds of years ago.

Fort Washington Park (Maryland)
Cast a line along the Potomac as you hear about the history of the river and learn about the wildlife in the area.

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (Hawai’i)
Experience the tradition and history of Hawaiian sailing as you ride on a double-hulled canoe.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan)
Cool off as you float on a tube or raft down the Platte River, enjoying the wildflowers and birds along the way.

Virgin Islands National Park (Virgin Islands)
Discover the underwater world as you snorkel over a coral reef.

Browse the full range of summer aquatic options here. There is nothing ordinary about the National Park system, and nothing but fun for the family with these special journeys in our National Parks.

Here are a few more ideas:

  • Paddle through time as you explore the waters that Native American Indians and Spaniards used hundreds of years ago in De Soto National Memorial (Florida)
  • Capture and release small fish along the surf’s edge of the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world in Padre Island National Seashore (Texas)
  • Explore the wildlife and mangroves of Ten Thousand Islands by canoe in Everglades National Park (Florida)

Be sure to check out the National Park Service’s event calendar to find a fun activity to plunge into!

The National Park Foundations supports America’s over 400 parks by:
PROTECTING American’s national parks through critical conservation & preservation efforts; CONNECTING all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, rich history and the transformative community work of the National Park Service connect, and INSPIRING lifelong engagement with the next generation of park stewards.