Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekend Wisdom Debut

I've wanted to start doing this for some time now, and in light of my coming across several interesting tidbits of information lately and it being winter and all, when I'll do just about anything to liven things up around me (including seeing just how long I can go on with a sentence before taking a breath and having it still make sense), I figured now was as good a time as any to start my "Weekend Wisdom" feature.

Sydney J. Harris
As a young(er) girl, I can remember reading syndicated newspaper columnist Sydney J. Harris' column, "Strictly Personal."  About once a week or so, he had a feature called, "Things I Learned While Looking Up Other Things."  I LOVED THAT.

With the internet giving us so much information at our fingertips and the ever-present temptation of going off on tangents (How did I end up here and what was it I was looking for again?), I'm always coming across interesting things that I either didn't know before or have long forgotten.  Being a lover of trivia, I know exactly why Mr. Harris felt compelled to share those things he encountered.

When I was in Little Rock, Arkansas, last May, I had a conversation with the charming Genevieve Schmidt of North Coast Gardening about doing this.  She thought it was a great idea and urged me to "Do it!!"  Your voice has been nagging me at the back of my brain all these months, so here you go, Gen - the first "Weekend Wisdom" post is in your honor.

You may read something you already knew.  You may read something that I already knew too, but found interesting enough to share.  It won't always be about gardening either and that's okay, because we gardeners are the sum of our parts and those parts don't always have dirt under their nails. My intent is to make Weekend Wisdom a weekly feature, appearing on either Saturday or Sunday, by definition. I hope you enjoy it.


Every Garden(er) Needs a Cat - and Here's Why

As if you needed yet another reason to love cats other than they're sweet and loveable, yet fiercely independent (or want you to think so), it seems that their purr is precisely the frequency to aid in the healing of bone injury and increase bone density.  It may even be a means for them to speed up their own healing when they've been injured.

You know we have several cats here, right?  My DEXA Scan shows that I have very good bone density for a 55-year-old woman.  Thanks, Baby.

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Lisa at Greenbow said...

Maybe this means I should learn to purrr. I think I will enjoy this exercise you have taken up.

Pamela said...

Fascinating! I also come across all sorts of tidbits...and amaze/annoy Mike with all the random things I know! But I can't say I knew that about cats' purrs...

Lea said...

Well, that is interesting!
Two cats here. One purrs loudly and follows us around the house to supervise whatever we are doing. The other has a very low purr and only comes to us when he wants to be petted (or he wants his food bowl re-filled!). Oddly, it is the smaller cat, the female, that purrs the loudest. Maybe its a maternal instinct.
Have a great day!
Lea's Menagerie

Kylee Baumle said...

Lisa ~ Purr away, Lisa! It can't hurt and hubby might like that! LOL!

Pamela ~ I think trivia makes life just that much more fun! You're just sharing good times with Mike, right? ;-)

Lea ~ We have a couple of very quiet purrers here and others, like Baby, are very loud. Our daughter Kara has a cat that is crazy loud! It almost doesn't sound like a purr, but a squeal!

Genevieve said...

That's fascinating! I already knew that I love it when my kitties sit and purr on my lap, but I had no idea they were keeping my bones strong with all that love! Awesome start to the series, Kylee. And I agree, every garden should have a few kitties to keep things interesting (and keep bones strong, apparently!).

(and meeting you was definitely one of the biggest highlights of my trip, Kylee! You have such a sweet, energetic spirit!)

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