September 30th, 2010

Butterfly

(no subject)



Fog is dripping over the hill.  Life as we know it here returns.

Though all is well with me personally, there are so many problems in the world that I rest this morning in these words.



Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense
in any immediate context of history;
therefore, we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
therefore we are saved by love.


~ Reinhold Niebuhr ~


(Excerpt from The Irony of American History,
cited in Leading from Within, ed. by S. M. Intrator and M. Scribner)
great blue heron flying

telomeres -

 

Today I was talking to a friend whose husband had prostate cancer.  He did the work with Dean Ornish, regarding diet, social support, yoga, meditation etc. and he is fine.

She said Dean Ornish is working with the study of telomeres.  I had never heard of them, so naturally upon return to home, I googled.

This is very interesting:

http://longevity.about.com/od/researchandmedicine/p/telomeres.htm


If cancer is a condition in which certain cells in your body stop dying, then what does that mean?


Now, I had a glass or two of wonderful red wine with dinner, which was pasta with pesto from peak late September basil, and heirloom tomatoes and soft mozzarella cheese,  and so, I'm slightly tipsy, but I am with thoughts of immortality. Is cancer actually an amazing thing?

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/traits/telomeres/