Geocaching and Letter-Boxing

On May 3 2000, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt” and posted it in an internet GPS users’ group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.

The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple:

“Take some stuff, leave some stuff.”

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

*A great summer activity.* Some helpful websites:

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.

Maybe Geocaching is a little like Pokémon Go, but it has been going for a long time… even before GPS, when compasses were used for scavenger hunts. It is a fun way to explore and learn more about the local area that you live in!

June is here, let’s Celebrate

Month of JUNE events:

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month Gay and Lesbian Pride Month International Picnic Month
National Dairy Month National Fresh Fruit/Veggie Month National Iced Tea Month

National Rose Month National Safety Month Recycling Month
Turkey Lover’s Month Zoo and Aquarium Month The Third Sunday in June is Father’s Day

What are you going to do for JUNE? The weather is nice. You could have a walk with your FAMILY or YOUR TEAM at work.  Plan a picnic. These are great low cost events. Pot Lucks, Ice cream break time, and swapping chili and BBQ sauce recipes are all fun to do with your friends, family or work groups. Get outside and enjoy the summer!  Plant a tree, take a hike, clean a beach!

Interspersed in this list are a few interesting historical events to this month, so you can think back in time.

Great Hand Massage Technique

Since Mother’s Day is this Sunday, I have prepared an early Mother’s Day gift for you …it’s a gift that helps you give the gift of love and health to your Mom or a loved one with your own hands (yes, even if the model in the video is not my mom! ) CLICK HERE TO OPEN THIS GIFT

This YouTube from our friend Lisa, gives you a technique that is simple yet powerful. I’ve tried it- relaxing, easy to share, wonderful to ‘give’ to a friend! Yes, the gift of massage can change someone’s life! It can erase pain, increase a sense of well-belng and even calm a person that feels bereft or hopeless. I suppose there is not a clinical studs on this  – but maybe you’ll accept it, because that is my experience.  It’s a few minutes long and this video is helpful. — the editor

If you like it, you can learn 7 other simple massages in our Bonding Touch video series, which is our THANK YOU gift to you when you make a tax deductible donation of $30 or more to support our work. This offer is good through Mother’s Day.

Our mission is to help people get in touch with their inner doctor and foster harmonious relationships with each other. Our Bonding Touch videos series is one of the tools we use to achieve this mission.

To help us improve our products so that we can better serve you, please post your comments and suggestions on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CenterForHealingByDesign

We wish your Mother’s Day weekend is filled with love and fun bonding time with all the mothers in your life!

Lisa K.Y. Wong, L.Ac.
Executive Director and Founder
On behalf of the Center for Healing By Design Team

A Garden of Inspiration: Quotes

Gardeners will love this book! Full of beloved quotes and new ideas too, all about gardening. Who has Spring Fever? They will love this book.

“We gardeners are healthy, joyous, natural creatures. We are practical, patient, optimistic. We declare our optimism every year, every season with every act of planting.” — Carol Deppe author of the book The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times.

From the book of Quotations: A Garden of Inspiration.

Real Garden Schools

Not many nonprofit organizations listget your hands dirty” as one of its core values.

For REAL School Gardens, that’s exactly what it’s all about. Since 2003, the organization has built more than 100 learning gardens at low-income elementary schools throughout Texas. It then implements a multiyear training program on how to best use the garden as a teaching tool, based on each school’s unique design.

According to the organization, schools with gardens have seen standardized test score pass rates increase by 12-15 percent.

When I first started reading to kids we often read stories about gardens or growing plants. When I asked them about BEES, they often yelled “I hate bees” or “I’m scared of bees”…. this lead me to talk more about gardens and add information about pollination. We also discuss how bees navigate, where honey comes from, what the Queen and Workers do! It is a great way to learn science. When they start their spring time gardens at school, I have noticed that they are more curious. Gardening opens minds, inspires kids and encourages curiosity. — the editor

The gardens also have a number of immeasurable outcomes, “from the teacher who can truly engage her students in a meaningful way, to the student who maybe doesn’t get some of the teaching when it’s in the classroom, but out here (in the garden), boom, a light bulb comes on — and they know what it means because they can see it, touch it and feel it,” said Lannie McClelen, senior project manager for REAL School Gardens.

Companies Going Green & Employee Engagement

Have you noticed how many companies are going green (or at least trying to convince us that they are)? Going green is good for the environment. It is good for the bottom line. It can also be good for employee engagement. People are proud to work for companies that do good green deeds. Pride in the workplace is one form of inherent recognition (recognition that comes from the work and workplace). So, a sincere “green” effort would contribute to this sense of pride. What can your team do to go green?

This post comes from Cindy Ventrice a public speaker, Recognition Champion and author: Want help creating a program? The Secret to Recognition Programs That Work is a little book packed with ideas. You can find it at www.maketheirday.com in the Resource section. She also sends out weekly recognition ideas, sign up for them, they are inspired!

We call this faker greenies – green washing. Sometimes corporations get it wrong, and have done great good deeds, but don’t portray these efforts well. Sometimes they are fakers.

The same thing happens with people, there are fakers and there are wonderful green good deed doers.  MY PET PEEVE? Imagining that buying $100 organic cotton yoga clothes  (made in a sweatshop in Vietnam or China) somehow gives you the “mantle” of instant green.  UGH.  Look past the label! — the editor

Try this, read: Green Gone Wrong, a book.

 

It is TICK Season – Be Prepared

Don’t let ticks bother you! There is the avoidance method, Only walk on paved paths which means you are pretty safe. Or stay inside. However, if the great outdoors calls you, please consider this information about ticks.

Here is some Good Advice about ticks –

  1. AFTER hiking, playing outdoors, or as a general summer practice: Have your children check themselves and each other, closely. And parents check children and themselves, too,  Armpits, backs of knees, ears, shoulders, scalp, groin……
  2. Remember, ticks can be passed to humans by pets, farm animals and just a bit of dry grass may support an enterprising tick that can transfer to your skin/clothes as you walk by.

Here’s the really important (good) news about tick-borne diseases: they DON’T get passed over to us for SOME TIME after the ticks have attached themselves to us.

“(Wikipedia): For a person or companion animal to acquire a tick-borne disease requires that that individual gets bitten by a tick and that that tick feeds for a sufficient period of time. The feeding time required to transmit pathogens differs for different ticks and different pathogens. Transmission of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is well understood to require a substantial feeding period.”

That article sources from good  medical science. What is a substantial feeding period? Well, the researchers who probably have the most conservative view of how long say 24 hours after attachment.

And that was just for ticks in the eastern part of the US. Here’s a really good link about ticks and ways to keep from getting a tick-borne infection: http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/protect_yourself

Greeneroo has information about many hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hakone Matsuri Festival – Sunday May 21

Hakone Gardens festival URL   | Visitor Information

Address: 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: 408.741.4994

Hakone Matsuri Festival – May 21st, 2017

The Hakone Estate and Gardens are a cultural treasure, and located in Saratoga, CA.
Japanese cultural presentations include:  
  • Japanese music
  • Martial Arts
  • Japanese food
  • luxury Japanese wedding kimonos (uchikake gowns)
  • kids’ corner – which includes: Origami, Shuji (calligraphy) and Soroban (abacus)
  • Japanese tea ceremony
What’s new this year?  These beautiful luxury Japanese wedding kimonos (uchikake gowns) are available for purchase at a discounted price.  Price starts at $1,500 and up. (The estimate market value is $2,000 and up.)
 
Some confirmed performance: Tsugaru Shamisen, Aikido, Japanese Calligraphy, Shorinji Kenpo.
Japanese cultural activities for kids: Origami, Shuji(calligraphy), Soroban(abacus)
 
  • Date: Sunday May 21st, 2017
  • Time: 11am – 4pm
    Advance Admission ticket: only $5. Children aged 4 years old and younger, and Hakone members are free. Hakone members still need to get tickets. Tickets are $10 at the event.
  • Shuttle: 10am – 5pm (The first shuttle departs West Valley College at 10am. The last shuttle departs Hakone at 5pm.)
     
    The gardens are beautiful and the various events, food and demonstrations are not to be missed!
    Check the Hakone Facebook page for updates.

NOTE: You may not park or walk into the gardens on this festival day, you may take the shuttle from Parking Lot 5 at West Valley College.  Hakone will be closed for vehicle access and walk-in access for safety reasons.

  

CUESA Volunteer Orientation at the FERRY PLAZA

CUESA Volunteer Orientation, San Francisco Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Mariposa Donates During May

MANY MAY EVENTS  are happening at the Ferry Building: During the month of May, Mariposa bakeshop donates a portion of sales to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.

Any purchase made contributes to Celiac disease research. Mariposa believes in the transformation of health through food. And, they are committed to promote the health and well-being of anyone affected by Celiac Disease. Wishing you the best of health and of course, butterflies in your belly!