Posted by: Miriclaire | June 20, 2010

Thank you, Sumer, for the Zero

No calculator? Use your fingers- and toes, if needed. Right? Well, you would be accessing the deep recesses of your genetic history to count the ways the ancients did. Because humans typically have 10 digits, most counting systems, even today, use 10 as its base. But let’s not jump ahead! There’s a long history behind counting.

Hexadecimal Counting

The development of writing and counting are very closely connected, and both evolved from the growth of agriculture as civilization flourished. Because of the blossoming of trade and other commercial transactions based on agriculture, methods of record-keeping were needed. But coming up with the notion of numerals didn’t just appear overnight.

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Posted by: Miriclaire | June 20, 2010

Mesothelioma: Cause, Symptoms & Treatment

Mesothelioma: An overview of Symptoms, Diagnoses & Treatment

In the early 1970s, a local junior high school had   just received a fresh coating of asbestos. The gray, gravelled monstrosity, while an ugly blight on the landscape of the tiny town I grew up in, was a modern wonder thanks to its newly fireproofed exterior. The odd texture invited hands to run along its pebbled surface. Of course, no one had any idea that asbestos would turn out to be the killer it is, known widely today as the major cause of the devastating disease of malignant mesothelioma.

What is Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that occurs in the soft lining that protects our organs, most commonly the lungs and chest wall.  It can also develop in other organs and their linings such as the heart and abdomen.  When occurring in the lining of the lungs or chest cavity it is called Pleural Mesothelioma. When in the abdominal region it is referred to as Peritoneal Mesothelioma and when affecting the heart lining it is called Pericardial mesothelioma. Read More…

Posted by: Miriclaire | June 20, 2010

Sunscreens 101 ~ What you need to know

The business of selecting a sunscreen is not as straightforward as sunscreen companies would like us to believe. Forget the attractive packaging and misleading  labeling claims; it’s time to learn  how  to protect yourself and your family against skin cancer, cell damage and premature aging.

The two classes of ultra-violet rays that we need most protection from are UVA and UVB rays. Think of it this way: A is for aging – B is for burning. Both cause damage and  are linked to skin cancer.

UVA rays penetrate past the surface of your skin, causing connective-tissue damage and premature aging, potentially causing skin cancer by suppressing your immune system. But, there are two types of UVA rays, to further complicate things. There is a long wave and a short wave. Not all sunscreens will have ingredients that will protect you against long-wave UVA. Read More…

Posted by: Miriclaire | June 20, 2010

Mineral powder make-up ~ 101

Titanium dioxide powder

Make up fads come and go and a true breakthrough in cosmetics is a rare thing. But with the advent of mineral powder, all that has changed. It is safe to say, mineral powders are here to stay and for very good reasons.

What makes mineral powders so special?  Cosmetic mineral powders are, as suggested, powders manufactured from finely crushed minerals which include titanium oxide and zinc oxide.

Titanium dioxide is used as a pigment and is found in nearly all sunscreens because of its high refractive index and its strong UV light absorbing capabilities. Basically, it helps protect the skin from ultraviolet light and the subsequent damage that causes cell change and premature aging. Read More…

Posted by: Miriclaire | June 20, 2010

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

What deep-rooted connection to Sun and Earth and each other vibrates within us, that we greet Midsummer with such homage and joy?  Known as Litha, Midsummer, or the Gathering Time, many worldwide, with varying beliefs, cultures and backgrounds celebrate this solar festival typically on June 21st. Some celebrations will be simple family gatherings around bonfires; others will be met with ceremonies and rituals, private or shared. But even those unaware of the rich traditions of the Summer Solstice may feel an inner excitement as the Sun reaches its highest apex.

And that is what is so remarkable about the seasons, the sacred days, the wheel of time that moves beyond and around us ~ they move within us, as well. Read More…

Posted by: Miriclaire | May 16, 2010

The Eyes Have It ~ Make-Up Tips for Mature Women

Many women are interested in the latest fashion and beauty trends, but what looks good on the run-way model may not come together for the average woman who lives a busy life. Furthermore, quite often the current trends are geared toward youth without consideration to the growing population of older women. Let’s face it ~ the smokey eye look just might not be the most attractive option for aging eyes .  Older women want to continue to look their best, however. So there are a few things to keep in mind. Read More…

Posted by: Miriclaire | September 5, 2009

Zen and the Art of List Making

Just this morning, it seemed like a good time to write. The sun hadn’t yet blazed its trail through the clouds. The familiar sounds of a new day were mysteriously mute – except for the cheerful babble of coffee perking. (I had never before noticed how merry and wholesome is that sound ). Soon the refrigerator joined the chorus, humming and vibrating, declaring a rare moment of dominance in a world so often occupied with clamor. And words — wonderful, melodious words — streamed easily and pleasingly through my mind. But they had no reservoir in which to settle and sadly, with all the futility of one trying to grasp running water, I was left dry. The sun at once announced itself in my room, placing gray shadows on my chilly walls. The neighbors arose. I turned on my computer.

That computer. I surrender once again to its whirlwind mediocrity, a frantic monument to my impotence, a cacophonic testimony to my ineffectiveness. Read More…