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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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History You Can Touch. Feb 28 6:00pm Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

Taste of Core Sound - Winter Edition
Join us on Thursday, Februrary 28th for our Winter Edition of Taste of Core Sound. Presented by The Redhead Society & Neuse Sports Shop of Kinston, you won't want to miss this traditional feast of your favorite Core Sound delicacies. Wine & cheese begins at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00pm followed by a special presentation. And don't miss out on the silent auction as well!

Make your reservations now by calling the museum at: 252-278-1500; $100/couple - Museum Members; $125/couple - New Members (Includes Annual Membership); $50/$65 - Individual



Building on the foundation laid by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, the success of the Core Sound Decoy Festival and the vision of thousands who love Core Sound, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center stands as a testament to the determination of the Down East people and the generosity of people here and across the state and beyond who "share the vision of preserving and protecting the heritage of Core Sound."
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:59 PM (0 replies)

Why are NC sweet potatoes so desirable..? Meet Yamco in Snow Hill, NC, find recipes, nutrition and







Possible Applications for Yamco’s Aseptic Sweet Potato Puree:

Beverages: in turbid juices and drinks for color, taste & nutrition
Bakery: pies, muffins, cakes, donuts, bread, rolls, biscotti, etc., as dough inclusion and as a filling
Energy bar: as a nutritious ingredient and natural sweetener
Dairy fat replacer: a cost saving fat replacer in many applications including cheese sauces, spreads and sticks
Soups/sauces/gravies: healthy alternative to many ingredients, adds thickening properties, mouth feel, taste and nutrients
Baby food: excellent stand alone ingredient or can be added with other fruit or vegetable purees
Side dish: great with retail frozen dinners or Food service meals
Functional foods: healthy claims can be made using sweet potato puree as an ingredient regarding added vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber, beta carotene, potassium, etc.
Ice cream: as a unique flavor and healthy sweetener source
Healthy snack foods: add a nutritionally potent low calorie ingredient to snacks, both sweet and salty
Meats: cost effective meat and fat replacer with ground beef, pork, chicken at up to 25% extender
Pet Food: can be used as a source of fiber, carbs, protein, etc.
Confectioneries: can be used in fudges and other candies

So what exactly makes sweet potatoes so nutritious?

BETA CAROTENE & VITAMIN A When eaten with the skin on*, a medium sweet potato has four times the recommended daily intake for beta carotene! Beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, meaning the body coverts it to vitamin A and it plays a vital role in vision, bone development and immune function. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, so be sure to eat your sweet potato with a little bit of fat, like a pat of butter, for maximum vitamin absorption.

VITAMIN C Like citrus, sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, which helps fight infections, heal wounds and absorb iron. A medium sweet potato provides 35 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C.

MANGANESE Sweet potatoes are a good source of manganese, which helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and optimal thyroid function.

FIBER Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, a nutrient that bulks up food, keeping you full longer. Fiber also keeps your bowels healthy and lowers cholesterol. A medium sweet potato baked in its skin has 4 grams of fiber, more than a packet of instant oatmeal.

COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES Sweet potatoes are made of complex carbohydrates (energy) that is released at a steady pace for a constant source of vitality, so no sugar highs or lows to worry about.

ANTIOXIDANTS Sweet potatoes are high in antioxidant activity compared to other vegetables. Antioxidants help reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardio vascular disease.

LOW IN CALORIES A medium sweet potato (2 inches in diameter and 5 inches in length) is only about 100 calories when baked in the skin, making sweet potatoes an ideal food for weight management. It’s the all-natural 100-calorie pack – managing your weight just got easier!

Love, Peace and Shelter. lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:07 PM (2 replies)

UNC researchers say baby brains could presage Alzheimer’s or other adulthood diseases Read more her

CHAPEL HILL — Brain images from newborns are giving scientists a glimpse of the future – not just into the lives of their tiny subjects but also paths to treatment for adult patients with schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill found degeneration in the brains of 2-week-old infants, a result considered a “game changer” for the field of brain research, said Jay Giedd, a brain imaging specialist for the National Institute of Mental Health.

“Our original model was that the brain was fine until someone got the illness,” Giedd said. “This work shows that these changes are there probably from conception. It also suggests that while these traits don’t cause brain damage, they set up the brain to be slightly different.”

The researchers examined scans of 272 newborns. About 15 percent were found to have smaller medial temporal lobe sections.

“The medial temporal lobe plays an important role in memory,” said Rebecca Knickmeyer, a UNC assistant professor of psychiatry and co-author of the research, published last month in Cerebral Cortex, an online journal. “The idea is that this is an anatomical vulnerability. If you start out with less, you might hit active symptoms earlier in life.”

The researchers also found specific gene traits associated with Alzheimer’s in babies with the smaller media temporal lobes.

“We were interested because it was generally known that people’s genes contribute to psychiatric conditions later in life, but pretty much all the existing studies were in adults,” Knickmeyer said. “Our question was ‘When were these genes exerting their effect?’ Now we know it’s much earlier than previously thought, perhaps before birth.”

Research such as this would benefit from the Brain Activity Map under development through the National Institutes of Health. The project’s 10-year goal is to create a map of the brain’s nearly 30,000 genes as well as the circuitry system that transmits information via brain waves.

President Obama mentioned the project in his State of the Union address and is expected to include funding for the project in the upcoming federal budget. Foundations and some private companies have also expressed interest in assisting in the project, which is expected to push brain research to a higher level.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/20/2695264/unc-researchers-say-baby-brains.html#wgt=rcntnews#storylink=cpy
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:26 PM (3 replies)

You Wouldn't Expect: Downtown Wilson. Show runs 2/21, 2/22 and 2/23. Admission is free

You Wouldn't Expect recounts the horrific and true experiences of four of the almost 8,000 individuals forcibly sterilized under the NC Eugenics Program. A disproportionate number of these victims were poor, black women.

Time: Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Host: Marilynn Barner Anselmi
Location: Lauren Kennedy & Allan Campbell Theatre (Wilson, NC)
Barton College
Wilson, NC 27893





Downtown Wilson. Show runs 2/21, 2/22 and 2/23. Admission is free

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:21 PM (1 replies)

Let me know when you get the petition written.

will you use








http://twitition.com/ ?


Love, Peace and Shelter. lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:32 PM (0 replies)

The Cost of War


Please note that the Department of Defense was also permitted by legislation to transfer funds amongst operations (peacetime, Afghanistan, etc.) and so estimating war costs based on Congressional legislation is not enough.

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Love, Peace and Shelter. lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:21 PM (0 replies)

Take the test...


Me today:

Introvert(44%) iNtuitive(62%) Feeling(12%) Judging(33%)
You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (44%)
You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (62%)
You have slight preference of Feeling over Thinking (12%)
You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)

The Protector

Quietly forceful, original, and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people, and concerned for their feelings. Well-developed value systems which they strictly adhere to. Well-respected for their perseverance in doing the right thing. Likely to be individualistic, rather than leading or following.


Me March 5th:

Introvert(44%) iNtuitive(75%) Feeling(25%) Judging(22%)
You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (44%)
You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (75%)
You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (25%)
You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (22%)

March 9th

Introvert(67%) iNtuitive(62%) Feeling(38%) Judging(11%)
You have distinctive preference of Introversion over Extraversion (67%)
You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (62%)
You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (38%)
You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)

Love, Peace and Shelter.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:18 AM (105 replies)

You watched the video didn't you.

I should have warned you.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:59 PM (0 replies)

Warning signs of Dementia, Use this tool to Check Your Senator or Representative

Note: This list is for information only and not a substitute for a consultation with a qualified professional.
____1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s, especially
in the early stages, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or
events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or
electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own. What's typical?
Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.
____2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Some people may experience changes in their
ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar
recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do
things than they did before. What's typical? Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.
____3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. People with Alzheimer’s
often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar
location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game. What’s typical?
Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.
____4. Confusion with time or place. People with Alzheimer's can lose track of dates, seasons and the
passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately.
Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there. What's typical? Getting confused
about the day of the week but figuring it out later.
____5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. For some people, having vision
problems is a sign of Alzheimer's. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining
color or contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room.
They may not recognize their own reflection. What's typical? Vision changes related to cataracts.
____6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer's may have trouble
following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to
continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the
right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a watch a "hand clock". What's typical?
Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.
____7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. A person with Alzheimer’s disease
may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find
them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.
What's typical? Misplacing things from time to time, such as a pair of glasses or the remote control.
____8. Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer's may experience changes in judgment or
decision making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large
amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. What's
typical? Making a bad decision once in a while.
____9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. A person with Alzheimer's may start to remove
themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with
a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid being social
because of the changes they have experienced. What's typical? Sometimes feeling weary of work,
family and social obligations.
____10. Changes in mood and personality. The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer's can
change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset
at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. What's typical?
Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:44 PM (1 replies)

Thank you. n/t

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:32 PM (0 replies)
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