Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Winter Solstice!

little tree

by: e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

Little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
"Noel Noel"


island sweet said...

i wept when i read this poem robyn - it so explains how i'm feeling about my tree this year.
and i love your knitting projects...

Reiner Hoyer said...

Spirulina - the oldest food on Earth
by Reiner Hoyer
Spirulina is the oldest food on Earth, being the first plant life, unchanged for eons. It is arguably the most nutritious plant life on Earth as well.
A simple, one-cell organism - Green Algae - soaks up sunlight (solar energy) and converts it to Chlorophyll, at twice the strength found in Wheatgrass or Green Barley. It also contains very high concentrations of minerals and trace elements, notably Iron. It is 58 times richer in Bio-available Iron than Spinach. Spirulina is high in essential Amino Acids (an egg has all 8 Amino Acids, but Spirulina is even better than eggs).

It is very rich in Vitamins, and in Spirulina, they are all Bio-available, i.e., the body can absorb them all, unlike synthetic Vitamins. Bioflavenoids provide the Anti-oxidants, GLA and Arachidonic Acids - the Low Fats, and it is rich in easily digestible Carbohydrates and Essential Fatty Acids.

Its Proteins include Isoleucine (Growth, Intelligence, Nitrogen equilibrium) and natural Phenylalanine (not to be confused with the synthetic poison in artificial sweeteners). It is 65 to 71 percent complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance. In comparison, beef is only 22 percent protein. Spirulina has a photosynthetic conversion rate of 8 to 10 percent, compared to only 3 percent in such land-growing plants as soybeans.

In addition, Spirulina is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12, usually found only in animal tissues. A teaspoon of Spirulina supplies 2 1/2 times the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin B12 and contains over twice the amount of this vitamin found in an equivalent serving of liver. It is highly recommended for vegetarians.

(This Article based mainly on a Lecture on Spirulina, by Dr Ranganath Nayak, Leadership Seminar at Cidade de Goa Resort, Goa, India, October 2005. Dr Nayak is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, as well as an expert in Nutrition, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Reiner Hoyer

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