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May 24, 2013


Suki: Are MOOCs Going to Destroy Education As We Know it?

Christine: Apigenin Turns Off Cancer Cells

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Felton Remembers: Memorial Day Parade
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(Holidays) MemorialDay_ChildFlag.jpgAs children in a small New England town of 2500 people, we flew the flag, watched a parade on Memorial Day and then went home for a gathering with friends --moms, dads, kids, dogs, swimming in the pond, hamburgs, hot dogs, potato salad and watermelon. The parade with grandfathers, fathers and husbands in uniforms and the marching bands had imparted a sense of nobility and awe.

We young children knew we were honoring soldiers but didn't really comprehend the sadness of loved ones lost to war nor did we understand the preciousness of the freedoms we took for granted. We grew up and began to put together our place in history, the frailties and strengths of people and nations. Regardless of our politics, we came to honor those who serve.

Times have changed. News is omnipresent. Still there are those who would wage war, yet there are more of us conscious of both world tensions and practicing humanitarian peace efforts.

Beginning in our homes, preschools and schools we teach our children non-violent communication skills. And for those occasions when confronted with a warring enemy, have we taught the children, our future leaders, enough history to give them the knowledge and skills to make right choices? I hope we humans are advancing. While we memorialize those who have served us, let us help our children aspire to qualities of integrity, valor and honor.


Enjoy being with families and friends this weekend and if you're traveling, be safe. Parmalee

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  Suki: Are MOOCs Going to Destroy Education As We Know it?

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MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, have lately been promoted as the new phenomenon that is going to destroy the university system. Why will people pay for a university education, the line of reasoning goes, if they can get the same thing online for free? And given that college grads are having so much trouble getting jobs to pay off their loans, won't people start seeing college as a bad investment?

As I've written before, I am not a fan of the "college for everyone" theory that has dominated American educational planning for the last generation. On a policy level, I think it's shortsighted to think that we'd want a country where everyone was college-educated, or that it was even feasible. On a personal level, college education simply doesn't suit everyone. All of us have our own individual paths in life, and sometimes a college education does not lead in the direction we need to go. I think that pushing more and more kids into college as the default option after high school has degraded the quality of our universities and led to less respect for all the important and valuable pursuits for which college is not a prerequisite.

As a homeschooler, however, I do think that MOOCs are a welcome new addition to the options for learning outside of structured environments, and I love the idea that the breadth of human knowledge is being made available to everyone, everywhere.

But will MOOCs make the whole idea of the university education obsolete? ...continued>>>

 

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  Christine: Apigenin Turns Off Cancer Cells

A very exciting cancer study was just published.  We may actually be getting to the heart of curing cancer!! Our approach so far has been to cut out cancer and then try to kill any cells left by killing anything that resembled cancer. In essence, we are whacking cancer cells with big sticks. Hence hair loss and other treatment problems. These researchers at Ohio State found that a plant compound called apigenin "fixes" cancer cells.

Here's some background. Cancer is very simple - it is cells that don't die. 


Programmed cell death is called apoptosis. This is normal. When this process fails, we get cancer - cells that don't die. We don't understand how this happens. We can see it happen, and we have seen some genes that make it likely, but we aren't sure how it is happening. We have no cures. All our cancer treatments are various methods to remove or kill these misbehaving cells.  There appear to be some foods that lead to lower cancer risks, but we don't know why. Now things may have changed.

A lab at Ohio State did some tests on the plant compound apigenin. They found that it stops the splicing, or modification, of RNA. This splicing allows the cancerous cells to continue living when they should die. Apigenin restored breast cancer cells to their original state and allowed them to die or made them more sensitive to chemotherapy drugs. Splicing is the cause in 80% of cancers.

(Graphics) PreventCancer.jpgPlants that have lots of apigenin include celery, parsley, and chamomile tea. Some spices such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil and coriander also have lots of apigenin. Note that these are common in what is called the Mediterranean Diet. If you want more solid food, artichokes and spinach are high. However, there is also good news. Licorice, red wine and peppermints are also on the list.

The experiment was only done in the lab. It hasn't been replicated, and so far there is nothing done in living creatures. These results are preliminary, but exciting. The results also fit other data from studies that seemed to indicate a relationship between certain foods and lower cancer risk.

My father died of cancer last year. I am glad to see that real answers seem to be on the near horizon.

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/apigenin.htm

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Give us your wiggly, rambunctious children and we'll give you a date night! Evening includes tumbling, yoga, healthy snacks and more.

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 Felton Remembers: Memorial Day Parade

Felton Remembers: Memorial Day Parade and Covered Bridge Festival - May 25, 2013

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5/25, 10am - 4pm

The Covered Bridge Festival is held at the Covered Bridge Park. The Festival has grown during the past five years into an event which features live music great food Hamburgers, Hot dogs, Tri-tip, watermelon, pastries and a beautiful Beer Garden with beer and Local wine, soft drinks and specialty items. Booths promoting local artists and non-profit organizations, Jump houses and festival games for the kids, are all part of the Festival.

Parade starts at 10:00 Highway 9, Starting at Henry Cowell State park to Graham Hill.

Festival Starts following the Parade @ 11:00 to 4:00.
Covered Bridge Park Graham Hill.

Please call Felton Feed at 831-335-1212 for more information.
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