You wanna cuddle a cow for 300 bucks?
You can at Mountain Horse Farm in Albany, New York. It’s called “The Horse & Cow Experience.” The farm’s website describes it thusly “… a unique way of connecting, interacting, getting close, playing, learning, sharing space, finding wellness and having fun with our herd of horses and cows.”
Sheesh, how many psycho babble phrases can you cram into a sentence? I guess for $300 bucks a pop you just can’t say “Come on out and play with our cows.”
Participants are invited to participate in “…brushing, petting, playing, sharing space or snuggling up to the cows when they are lying down.”
Seems like to me the good folks at Mountain Horse Farm have found a way to get folks to pay to do their farm work. Aside from the cuddling part. I know a lot of people who raise cows. Cuddling them isn’t high on the list of their things to do today.
Now calves, calves are cute. You may want to hug a calf when it is little. But I would advise keeping a close eye on mamma. She may take exception to your attentiveness. An upset 800-pound animal can do a fair bit of damage.
I’m never ceased to be amazed at how people will spend money. I’d look long and hard at 300 smackers before shelling them out to spend quality time with a bovine.
On a serious note I think this whole thing shows that we have a large portion of the country that has a disconnect when it comes to the land. It’s no longer common for kids to spend summers in the country with their grandparents.
We have a generation that has never known the joys of shelling peas, picking figs, hoeing the garden or swimming in the creek. Can’t do that stuff on a smartphone. There is no app that can teach you the value of hard work after a day spent throwing and stacking square hay bales.
Want to learn to appreciate the little things? Spend a day doing yard work. Then you’ll learn the value of shade. And cool breezes.
I think I’ll go and “find some wellness” this weekend out in the country. I’ll ponder the meaning of life while cutting grass. I’ll consider the duality of man as I watch the sunset over the farm pond, with a cold one in my hand. I’ll nod to the cows as I ride out on the four-wheeler.
Won’t do the cuddle thing though. Even if I could catch ‘em.
An aside: In last week’s column I wrote about the uniqueness on my native region and what makes the South so special. I wrote about the difference in “naked” and “nekkid.” It was pointed out by a reader that description was first penned by the late, great Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard. I have heard that description most of my adult life, but didn’t know who first came up with it.
This is a belated accreditation to Grizzard, and a hat tip to the reader. I’ll be more careful next time.
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Bandy X. Lee has been ringing the alarm bell for three years. Now she’s wheeling out the gong.
The Yale University forensic psychiatrist published a book in 2017 called “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” in which she and more than two-dozen other mental-health experts warned — despite the “Goldwater rule,” which prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing someone they have not personally examined — that the new president’s mental capacity was in doubt.
Lee and her colleagues have now pored over former special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report into Russia’s election interference and President Trump’s “obstructive behavior,” and used it to put together a new mental-health analysis of the president. The information in the Mueller Report, they concluded, is even better than a personal clinical examination of the president.
In their analysis, Lee told Raw Story this week, “we highlighted the greater importance of collateral information in a functional, not diagnostic, exam — in other words, reports on [Trump’s] capacity to fulfill the duties of his office by co-workers and close associates are more valuable than a personal interview, which can distort the actual situation by presenting a desired scenario of events rather than reality.”
“In sum,” the mental-health experts wrote in their Mueller Report analysis, “[Trump] failed every criterion of sound mental capacity to make rational, reality-based decisions, which are critical to functioning in the role of President.”
Below you can watch a short video of Lee discussing their analysis:
Lee says Congress and the American people need to act soon to prevent catastrophe.
“There is very little time now,” she says. “Things will likely escalate from here … This is how the chaos, violence and fear so apparent in Donald Trump’s psychology translates into chaos, violence and fear in the White House, the nation and the world at large.”
Lee and four of her colleagues will summarize their analysis of the Mueller Report — and answer questions — during an “online town hall” on July 16. Mueller is scheduled to testify before Congress the next day, but reports Friday indicate the former special counsel’s testimony might be postponed by a week.
Still haven’t read the Mueller Report? “Black Hawk Down” author Mark Bowden has summarized it, complete with comic-book-style illustrations, so that it “reads in parts like a thriller, like a comedy, like a tragedy.”
— Douglas Perry
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Lack of sleep may be considered an animal welfare concern, and scientists hope to lay the foundation for future research, reports Dairy Herd Management.
A variety of factors may influence sleep. Cattle in the 2019 study were housed at different farms and exposed to different management routines. While the timing of sleep differed among farms, the overall duration of sleep remained similar, suggesting management routine did not influence total sleep hours. Rather, differences in sleep over the lactation cycle may be influenced by cows’ day-to-day needs.
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The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes have started to stack up, and I thought for Saturday’s round-up, I’d look back at past palettes released by the brand–both limited edition and permanent–and see how they’ve performed overall. They’re some of the palettes I find myself reaching for if I need something to pair with one-off eyeshadows (say a few single, super metallic eyeshadows or some cream eyeshadows) or for fun.
I’m very excited about the mini 15-pan palettes (Sunrise), and I hope we’ll see more variations from the brand in this form, which is more affordable and still contains plenty of product. There are times when I’ve thought about purchasing the 28-pans because I have very early editions, and I’m curious if there have been some tweaks down the line–the brand has changed their formula noticeably over the years (shimmers are less creamy to the touch but wear better for me, mattes are more substantial, more consistent).
The palettes that I feel like I’ve used the most are: Sunset, Nude, Gold, Cranberry, Biba, Lila (Mini), and Lila, while I don’t feel like I’ve gone back to Tropic much, if at all.
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Sara Hurley says the current prototypes are looking ‘favourable’ in terms of providing clinical results.
Speaking today at the Westminster Health Forum, the chief dental officer gave a brief update on dental contract reform.
Ms Hurley says she believes there is sufficient evidence to continue on the current path of contract reform.
‘It’s taking a long time, but we’re getting there,’ Sara Hurley, CDO for England, said.
‘We’re still waiting for ministerial ink on the bottom of that piece of paper.
‘But corporates like it (the prototypes), patients appreciate it.
‘Feedback from associates and therapists involved say it’s a far less stressful and more enjoyable way to do dentistry because prevention is a part of it.’
Dental contract progression
The aim of any new dental contract will be to improve the oral health of the nation and increase access.
Despite the delay, Ms Hurley says she does feel there has been progression over the last few years.
She explained that it can take more than seven years to get any meaningful results from prototypes.
‘It does sometimes feel like we’re in the middle of a very long tunnel,’ Ms Hurley continued.
‘But a number of initiatives that weren’t even blue sky thinking four years ago are now coming to fruition.
‘Be it the Starting Well initiative, be it the BSPD’s Dental Check by One.
‘It doesn’t feel like it to many people out there, maybe some of the impacts we’ve had aren’t cascading down.
‘But we’ve learnt a lot in the past few years, it’s all about communication, communication, communication.’
NHS England has been testing a new clinical pathway and remuneration model for dentists over the last few years.
A new wave of prototypes was announced last year with the aim to include 50 more practices this year.
The BDA has previously expressed its frustration at the slow pace of change.
‘The clinical pathway being tested across the programme has been widely welcomed and supported by both patients and clinicians,’ a BDA spokesperson said on the launch of the most recent prototypes.
‘However, the prototype business model has not operated consistently with the same degree of success.
‘Some practices, including those coming direct from the UDA system in the third wave, have struggled to achieve contractual targets without additional investment and, like GDS practices, face clawback.’
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When you sweat, you don’t just lose water, you lose electrolytes.
Electrolytes are the minerals that help deliver fluids to the cells that need them and are essential for muscle and brain health. According to Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, humans can lose from 0.2g of salt per litre of sweat to 12.5g. We also lose chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
How to know when it’s time to replace electrolytes?
- You’re exercising for more than one hour.
- You sweat a lot — and it’s salty.
- You’re exercising in very hot, humid weather.
- Fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea and headaches can all point to dehydration and a loss of electrolytes — but you never want it to get this far.
If you’re experiencing any of the above, make sure you rehydrate not only with water, but with a mixture of electrolytes. Remember too much water can lead to hyponatremia (aka a too-low sodium concentration in the blood).
READ MORE: What You Should Eat And Drink During A Race
Your electrolyte solutions:
1/ Powerade ION4 Advanced Mineral System Concentrated Sports Drink
It contains 90mg/100ml of ION4 minerals: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium. It’s also very affordable as concentrate. And you can make it as diluted as you like.
Perfect for: Those who like to train with a bottle to give them a boost between box jumps.
2/ Mi Fulvic Water
Mi Fulvic Water is a revolutionary new beverage harnessing the power of natural fulvic and humic acid with pure RO water to produce possibly the ultimate natural hydration beverage. Huh? What acid? Fossilised organic deposits sourced from plant matter in the most bio-available format possible. Simply: it’s a blackish coloured liquid that tastes like water. No sugar or flavours. No preservatives. Nice.
Perfect for: Drink two to three days prior to a big endurance race or stage race – and just whenever you’re thirsty. I have a pack under my desk. Psssst: Dis-Chem currently has a special on, so go check it out: Buy 2, get 1 free!
4/ Biogen Electrolyte Plus Blackcurrant 30’s
Electrolyte Plus is an easy and effective way to replace electrolytes lost during physical activity. It’s a rehydrator and may help reduce exercise-related muscle cramping. Add one effervescent tablet (4g) to 500ml water and wait until dissolved. Take a few sips every 15 to 20 minutes during physical activity.
Perfect for: Travelling! I always take a tube of these with me whenever I travel – and that includes travelling for races. You can also pop a couple into your cycling bottles or use for recovery. And they’ve rescued me from a few post-race-party hangovers too.
READ MORE: Exactly What To Do If You Start Cramping During A Race
3/ Oshee Isotonic Sports Drink
Oshee contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, biotin, niacin and pantothenic acid, plus 0.14g sodium per 750ml. An ‘isotonic’ drink is easily absorbed and quickly leaves the stomach, to ensure optimal efficiency and comfortable digestion.
Perfect for: Cyclists – the bottles fit easily into cycling bottle cages – or for anyone doing an activity which lasts longer than an hour. Pssssst: Dis-Chem currently has a special on, so go check it out: Buy 2, get 1 free!
5/ REHIDRAT® Sport
The classic oral electrolyte mixture our moms used to give us after a tummy bug. Except it’s the sporty version. Take these after a hardcore training session, especially if you’re going to still be training the following day. Pack a couple of sachets into the back of your cycling pockets.
Perfect for: Everyone. You’ve got to keep some of these sachets in your medicine cabinet, but also in your race bag.
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In my last article I shared ways to reconsider what it means to say you are too “busy” when it comes to making room in your life for practices like meditation.
For many people the thought of adding a beautiful, spacious meditation into their day seems like a great idea, but most have no idea how to fit it in. If you haven’t read my article on how to re-think busy, start here.
Next, here are a few tips on what to do when you’re too busy to meditate:
1. Do an Honest Assessment
If you truly believe you don’t have even ten minutes a day to meditate, do an honest assessment of how you are using your time.
Without being hard on yourself, notice if you are spending your precious time on things that don’t add the same value to your life as meditation could. Spend a day tracking your normal activities and how you use your time.
You will likely notice some area you can reduce to give yourself the gift of a regular meditation session (the primary time stealers for most people are T.V., Social Media and scrolling your smartphone).
2. Take Something In, Let Something Out
One of my favourite methods to help keep my living space free from getting too cluttered is that I don’t bring something new in unless I am willing to let something I already have, go.
When you buy a new sofa, it is to replace the old one you no longer love to sit on. You don’t stack your new sofa on top of the old one. You sell or give that old piece of furniture away to make room in your home for the new one.
Strangely, many people do not think this way about how they use their time.
They don’t think that in order to bring in a new habit like meditation they may need to trade out the 20 minutes of hitting the snooze button in the morning or delegate a few tasks to other members of their household.
Avoid trying to cram more into your schedule and letting meditation become just another task on your to-do list. Instead make the conscious choice to trade out an activity or habit that is eating up your time with no real benefit and clear the way meditation.
3. Make a Date with Yourself…and Some Friends
When I first began exploring meditation I found it very difficult to stick to my commitment. My urgent “to-do list” often displaced my intention to meditate because it wasn’t a high level priority to me yet.
However, I knew that when I did keep my appointment with myself to meditate, I felt better and had a greater perspective with which to face the day. I decided to make a daily date with myself and invite a few friends to help me stay accountable.
I met with fellow yoga teachers before we began our classes for the day and we would sit together for an hour. On the days that wasn’t possible, I would jump on a Skype call with friends from all over North America and enjoy the connected silence of shared meditation.
Accountability is a powerful thing.
While I wish I was the type of person that always kept appointments with myself, in truth knowing that other people were counting on me to show up is was the inspirational push I needed to sit down and meditate some days.
Booking your meditation sessions on the calendar ahead of time might be all your need to do to give yourself the space. If not, use the power of meditation friends who can help you support your desire to carve out the room in your life to sit regularly.
If you are willing to look, you can find the time and energy to bring regular meditation into your life. We all have 24 hours each day and meditation is a practice that can help you appreciate the sacred nature of this beautiful life you are living.
I promise. You’ll be glad you did.
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One of the core goals of any good wine writer should be to give consumers the tools to educate themselves. Almost everyone agrees that wine is intimidating and makes people anxious. By making it seem less arcane, the thinking goes, consumers will be more likely to embrace wine as a pleasure, rather than shun it as a burden.
“I believe that the most valuable thing wine writers can do is to help consumers develop confidence enough to think for themselves.”
But do the bottle reviews help to achieve this goal? I would say they do not. In fact, they do the opposite. By subjecting seemingly every bottle to evaluation, year in and year out, these reviews convey the sense that the quality of a wine is random.
With nothing else to go on but these reviews, consumers are not liberated by knowledge; instead they are bound to reviewers, dependent on the direction of the critical thumb. The best consumers can do is to learn whether their own tastes correlate with one reviewer’s more than another’s.
I believe that the most valuable thing wine writers can do is to help consumers develop confidence enough to think for themselves. This can best be achieved by helping consumers gain enough knowledge to make their own buying decisions without the crutch of the bottle review.
For one thing, bottle reviews are not that trustworthy. More than any other beverage, wine is subject to the context in which it is drunk. Perceptions of a particular wine change depending on your mood, what you are eating, the weather, how long a bottle has been opened, how long it’s been in a glass, the temperature of the wine, whether you are listening to music and countless other considerations.
For that reason, reviewers often try to eliminate context by paring away these outside elements. All that is left, and all that is judged, the thinking goes, is what’s in the glass.
Is that a good thing? I’m not convinced. Usually, wines are scored in mass tastings where very little time can be devoted to each bottle. The critics taste, spit so as to diminish the effects of alcohol, evaluate, maybe taste and spit once more, and move on to the next glass.
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