With the 26th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival just having wrapped up, it’s a good time to contemplate the mystery of migration. Come spring, with clockwork regularity, billions of birds embark on their journeys northbound to mate and rear young.
Many people are familiar with the brain-drain effect: the scattered, glazed over numb feeling, the lack of focus and concentration. Ever wondered if there are tools to avoid those symptoms? Trish Herrmann offers a six-week “Healing Meditation Toolkit for These Times” course to address just those issues.
Play a familiar childhood song for Alzheimers patients who can’t remember their own daughters’ names, and they’ll light up and sing along to every word — music is that powerful. Numerous studies indicate that music lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and boosts natural opiates.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify the average sugar content of maple trees.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify information about members of hte Fox River Cattlemen’s Association.
Ask around, and attitudes toward the source of the meat people eat run the gamut from not wanting to see, touch or think about beef unless it’s shrink wrapped in a burger shape, to wanting breakfast eggs to come from a chicken who had a free range home and high self-esteem.
Of the 80 or so farms, homesteads, ranches, hatcheries and homestays that make up the Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms, or WWOOF, network in Alaska, Homer has a whopping 40 of them. From aquaponics to pig farming to permaculture design to cold hardy garlic breeding to survival bushcraft skills, Homer has a wealth of knowledge to pair with incoming helpers.