Wednesday, February 25th / 6:30PM
Ellwood’s Community Room
The End of Night by Paul Bogard | Website
Join us for the third meeting of Ellwood’s Book Club for a discussion lead by Brittney Scott, MFA, on this month’s selected book, The End of Night by Paul Bogard, local author and professor at James Madison University.
A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In THE END OF NIGHT, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.
From Las Vegas’ Luxor Beam–the brightest single spot on this planet–to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness–what we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regain–and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.
Brittney Scott, MFA
Reading is Brittney’s passion, whether its fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. She received her MFA from Hollins University and is the recipient of a Joy Harjo Prize for Poetry as well as the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her work was also selected for Best New Poets 2014. You can find her poems in Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Quarter After Eight. She teaches creative writing to adults, Girl-Scouts, and high-risk youth at Richmond’s Visual Arts Center, as well as English and composition at John Tyler Community College.
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Wednesday, February 18th // 6:00 to 7:00PM
Ellwood’s Community Room
Dr. Franklin Luke of River City Chiropractic Wellness
& member of Ellwood’s Health Team
Chronic inflammation is caused by an imbalance in the immune system. Not getting enough rest, too much stress and a high carbohydrate diet are all a good way to increase your risk of chronic inflammation. However, chronic inflammation responds very well to lifestyle changes which is great news! This workshop will teach you how to begin an anti-inflammation diet, what supplements can help, and how chiropractic adjustments can reduce inflammation.
FREE! (please RSVP ahead of time here so we can count you in for refreshments!)
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The Virginia General Assembly has been operating at fast and furious pace during this legislative “short session”. Every year the Virginia legislature produces “surprises” in the form of legislation seeking to become law. Health food advocates got their surprise this year in the form of House Bill 1591, introduced by Delegate Bill R. DeSteph, Jr. (R- Virginia Beach)
All around the country, numerous states have conducted voter referendums and considered legislation to require the labeling of food products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). All of those efforts have failed except in the state of Vermont, where the Vermont legislature passed a law requiring the labeling of food products containing GMOs in that state. Industry trade groups representing food manufacturers have sued the State of Vermont in an attempt to halt the implementation of the law in 2016.
Virginia’s version of a GMO labeling bill came as a surprise during this year’s legislative session in House Bill 1591. House Bill 1591 would require food containing GMOs to be prominently labeled and would make it a Class 3 misdemeanor in failing to do so.
I had a chance to discuss House Bill 1591 with Delegate DeSteph in his office at the Virginia State Capitol and his interest in GMO labeling legislation. Here are some excerpts from that conversation.
FOOD ADVOCATE: Can you tell me about the GMO labeling bill and why you introduced it?
DELEGATE DESTEPH: Sure. I talked to some citizens in my district. They were very interested in GMO labeling. You know, we want to know what’s going in our bodies. I’m kinda health conscious and I want to know what’s going in my body. That’s it. So I put it in. I knew it was going to be an uphill battle. I’d looked up the history of the GMO bills.
FOOD ADVOCATE: Do you think you’ll introduce the bill again, down the road?
DELEGATE DESTEPH: If I don’t, someone else will. But, I might do it again next year. We’ll wait and see.
FOOD ADVOCATE: How would you describe the opposition to the bill?
DELEGATE DESTEPH: Well, both sides were well organized. I’ll start with that. The opposition to the bill was pretty logical. It was “hey, we produce one product. We would rather not have to re-tool and set up another line to a second product labeling side”. And frankly, I understand where they’re coming from.
FOOD ADVOCATE: What can people do to support the cause of GMO labeling, in your mind?
DELEGATE DESTEPH: They can talk to their grocery stores. They can buy the stuff that has “GMO free” or is labeled exactly what’s in there. Just like gluten free, cholesterol free, fat free. You never saw that stuff twenty, thirty years ago. Now people are buying that over the full fat or full cholesterol or gluten stuff. So, it truly is… I think as manufacturers start putting it on there, they’re going to see that their product sells over the competition more and more and more.
House Bill 1591 was killed in committee the House of Delegates. If you would like to thank and encourage Delegate DeSteph for his efforts, you may email him at: DelBDeSteph@house.virginia.gov
February is often the hardest month of the year for folks to get through. It’s not uncommon for the winter blues to set in, and the desire to crawl into a hole until mid spring is strong. Sometimes this is fleeting and passes over a couple of days, and for others it settles into Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that can linger for a long time, and really mess with your hormones. As a general rule of thumb, there are plenty of lifestyle modifications that we can put in place to make the mid winter months more bearable.
Create Routine + A Creative Project
Settling into a creative and lifestyle slump is pretty normal in mid winter. At the very beginning of winter (and even right in the middle of it), create a solid foundational routine every single day of things that you need to get done or want to do. Like make breakfast every morning, attend your exercise class Monday, Wednesday and Friday, call your friends or family every Saturday, set an hour aside daily to clear out your inbox, etc. In addition, winter is a time when things just generally slow down. If you can find one good creative project to continue on throughout the winter months, it keeps the joy and inspiration alive. I know many people like to write short stories in the winter, or scrapbook, or read through a trilogy or series of books, or learn to knit wool blankets, or learn calligraphy…the possibilities are endless, and winter is a perfect time to take on a creative project.
This isn’t just about preparing for the summer months, it’s about keeping your bones, muscles, lymphatic system and brain active. Your emotions are can be stored up in your body, and if you’re not processing through them efficiently or physically getting them out, they’ll pop back up at the most random times. Attending a yoga class three times a week (or every day!), going to the gym, vigorously taking the stairs, parking far away from your work building or just sweating out the day with a hot bath it remarkably helpful. I know it’s hard to get out and moving when it’s cold, so things you can do at home are squats while brushing your teeth, grabbing a heavy hula hoop and using this while watching a TV show, walking around the block with a friend or partner, and even 5 minutes of jumping jacks will seriously feel like a workout if you’re more sedentary.
Supplement with Vitamin D
It’s alarming how many of us are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is normally produced through the synthesis of sunlight and our skin and we get significantly more of it when we’re outside in the spring and summer. During the winter, however, we get very very little vitamin D, and the lack of this essential vitamin (actually more aptly considered a hormone) can cause a number of health issues like depression, weak immune function, decreased calcium absorption, weaker bones, lethargy, headaches and even disrupted sleep. Unless you have had your vitamins D levels tested and have been recommended an appropriate does to take, aim for 2,000iu daily in the winter months via capsules or soft gels supplements.
Don’t always fight against being sad. Guess what – being sad is not a bad thing. It’s not a wrong thing. It’s actually completely necessary sometimes. Our culture has sort of pathologized being sad or depressed, and yes – in excess it can get out of control, but it’s a normal, common and acceptable human emotion. I recommend that when you’re feeling your personal Eeyore rear it’s gloomy head, just allow yourself 5 or 10 minutes to just succumb to it and be fully sad. Cry about it. Embrace the emotion for a little while but set yourself a time limit on it. Set a timer, and shift your thinking after a certain amount of time. If you find that your feeling sad more often than not, and are having a hard time switching your emotions, pop in for a health coaching appointment with me and we’ll have a longer chat about. There’s are lots of ways we can work with getting through this time of year.
Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN | HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com