Monday, March 27, 2017

An East Coast Getaway

Road trips with the family are usually busy, stressful, and filled with endless picture taking. However, despite all the stress and the struggles to create memories, road trips are, without a doubt, extremely fun and enjoyable for everyone. I remember my autumn road trip from a couple years ago. I was twelve back then and my family from the Philippines came over here to the U.S. to visit us. My mom, grandparents, uncle, little sister, and I decided to go visit the east coast and to just keep driving by and stopping in hotels for the night only to continue to drive again in the morning. Our first stop was the capital of the United States: Washington D.C.

The White House and Capitol building were cool beyond belief (the White House had tall fences around it) but I preferred the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial over it. No joke, both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial were really breathtaking whether it be night or day. They way the water reflected the Washington Monument was beyond beautiful and was definitely worth the long trip. At the end of the day we went back to the hotel and rested until morning the next day.

Next stop was the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory in Pennsylvania! This might be my favorite. So much chocolate in one area so little time.My uncle, little sister, and I participated in the chocolate testing activity. I think I almost started crying out of happiness.

Actually, no. I take it back. The best place we went to during our road trip was Central Park in New York. Time Square was awesome in all its big screen glory but Central Park really hit it home for me. Since it was fall, the infinite trees had a variety or gold, amber, and ruby leaves adorning them or making a carpet throughout the park. The crisp breeze of a fresh fall day whipped through the air and brought the leaves flying up up and away. It really was the perfect day to be out and about.

But I think despite all the great places we went to, possibly my most memorable memory was actually being in the car. Being the only one willing to do so, I was put in the one back seat surrounded by every single food you could possibly imagine. I even had my own personal bread stock. It was great. That along with the other memory where I learned that coffee was a diuretic and that putting yourself to sleep is the only way to relieve the need to use the potty made an impact too.

All in all, this road trip was enjoyable because everyone let loose and allowed the gallivanting vacation spirit to take over them. My family is coming over again this summer. I’m looking forward to another memorable road trip.

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Advances in Medical Science


This is a broad topic, so I will specialize a bit. My main interest is in mental health, but the treatments have effects on physical health. Therefore both the mind and the body will be discussed. You can’t separate the mind from the body.

Peer Support

There is a peer support alternative in Boston in the South End at the following address:

Solomon Carter Fuller MHC Ground Floor

85 East Newton Street

Boston, MA 02118

Telephone: (617) 305-9976

This group is called the Transformation Center. It is also sometimes called the Boston Resource Center. The idea may be to create multiple Transformation Centers across the state.

There is also a Peer Education Recovery Center (PERC) in Jamaica Plain. See the references (5 & 6).


The carotenoids include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin. There could be carotenoids that have not yet been discovered. These are healthy to the eye as well as the fact that beta-carotene is considered to fight cancer.

Dietary Fiber

These fibers are also very beneficial. They fight obesity because they have no calories. They also fight cholesterol and cancer. They slow the rapid rise of blood sugar after eating. This is important both in diabetes mellitus and in hypoglycemia.

Lignin and pectin are beneficial fibers.


These are vitamin-like components. At one time they were called “vitamin P”. Then it became clear that there were a lot of different flavonoids. Examples are anthocyanidins, flavan-3-ols, flavones, etc. The cancer rates are lower in Japan, where they consume more isoflavones than in the US. This includes breast cancer rates. Isoflavones are in soybeans, which are consumer more in Japan.

My own theory is that flavonoids may also benefit mental illness. The rationale for this is complex, and is explained in my previous articles (see the references).

Beer does have flavonols, but not that much of them. Green tea leaves have much more. Green tea is also high in flavan-3-ols. It also has flavones, but not that much.

Anthocyanidins are in red wine. White wine has very little.

Chocolate has flavan-3-ols. However, I do not recommend chocolate because it has caffeine.

Buckwheat has flavonols.

Fruit juices and fruits have flavonoids. The fruits themselves have more.

Orthomolecular Psychiatry

The following organization is outstanding:

Orthomolecular Development

3100 N. Hillside,

Wichita, KS 67219




Amino Acids

One of the sources I have used on amino acids is the book “Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals, & Supplements: The Complete Guide” by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. This book was published in 1998.

I have been interested in the food composition of amino acids because of my theories on mental health. One of my theories is that amino acids are flooding the brain cells in the various forms of mental illness including Alzheimer’s disease. This means that it may be useful to cut back on amino acids in the diet.


Tryptophan is in barley, brown rice, cottage cheese, fish, shellfish, crab, meats, milk, peanuts, soybeans, etc. For the normal person, tryptophan is healthy. However, if your brain is allergic to it, it becomes a problem. This is true of almost any amino acid.


Tyrosine is in canned beans, cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, fish, ice cream, lima beans, meat, miso, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, shellfish, soybeans, etc. Miso is made from soybeans. It is a Japanese soup.


The general rule on amino acids is that they are found in higher concentrations in animal products except for butter. My theory is that the various forms of mental illness, including Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s chorea, schizophrenia, depression, etc. are all errors in amino acid metabolism. The brain must be fine tuned by nutrition. More information on this is given in the references.


1. National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association. 730 N. Franklin, Suite 501, Chicago, IL 60610-7204. (800) 826-3632 or (312) 642-7243.

2. National Foundation for Depressive Illness, Inc. PO Box 2257, New York, NY 10016. (212) 268-4260 or (800) 239-1265.


1. “Depression.” World of Scientific Discovery. Ed. Kimberley A. McGrath and Bridget Travers. Online. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007. Science Resource Center. Gale. 28 December 2008

2. “Depressive disorders.” World of Health. Ed. Brigham Narins. Online. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007. Science Resource Center. Gale. 29 December 2008

3. Papolos, Demitri, and Janice Papolos. Overcoming Depression, 3rd ed. New York: Guilford Press, 1997.




7. “The molecular neurobiology of depression.(INSIGHT REVIEW)(Clinical report).” Nature, Oct 16, 2008 v455 i7215 p894(9). Science Resource Center. Gale. 29 December 2008




11. “Corporate self interest and Vagus Nerve Stimulation for depression: an American corporation has pressured the FDA and psychiatric organizations, researchers, clinicians, and patients to use its expensive arid unproven Vagus Nerve Stimulation device for serious depression. This advocacy compromises scientific and medical integrity.(Questionable Medical Treatments).” Skeptical Inquirer, Sept-Oct 2008 v32 i5 p35(6). Science Resource Center. Gale. 29 December 2008

12. “Association between folate intake and the risk of depressive episodes.(Nutrition & Health).” Nutrition Research Newsletter, August 2008 v27 i8 p3(2). Science Resource Center. Gale. 29 December 2008

13. “Increased omega-3 fatty acid consumption lowers depression in the elderly.(Diet & Geriatrics).” Nutrition Research Newsletter, June 2008 v27 i6 p15(2). Science Resource Center. Gale. 29 December 2008

14. “Don’t talk down antidepressants.(Mindfields).” New Scientist, March 8, 2008 v197 i2646 p49(1). Science Resource Center. Gale. 29 December 2008


16.Sildenafil as treatment for antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction.

Harinstein L.

JAMA. 2008 Nov 26;300(20):2365; author reply 2365-6.

17.Check your vitamin D intake to avoid multiple health consequences. Three 2008 studies link low vitamin D levels to depression, hip fractures, and increased risk of death.

[No authors listed]

Health News. 2008 Nov;14(11):9-10.

18.Statin-associated psychiatric adverse events: a case/non-case evaluation of an italian database of spontaneous adverse drug reaction reporting.

Tuccori M, Lapi F, Testi A, Coli D, Moretti U, Vannacci A, Motola D, Salvo F, Rivolta AL, Blandizzi C, Mugelli A, Del Tacca M.

Drug Saf. 2008;31(12):1115-23. doi: 10.2165/0002018-200831120-00007.

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Aches & Pains

You get up to turn off the alarm clock, your joints stiffen, and your mobility is hindered. Getting up in the morning is hard enough, much less with a nagging ache or pain.

Most people have dealt with aches and pains upon getting up in the morning after a good workout, which are not only bothersome, but may also prevent us from having a productive day. However, For some it is a day-to-day occurrence and a constant reminder to become more active.

Truth is, most of these aches could have been prevented. If left unchecked, it could lead to muscle imbalances, and improper movement dysfunction. Whether it is from not stretching after an intense workout, living a sedentary lifestyle, or improper ergonomics at one’s work place that, in worst cases can lead to injuries.

“Most injuries probably could have been prevented. I put them into two qualifications. One is being in an unsafe position, so they could have prevented that. Another way injuries happen is if that person has an unbalanced muscle structure whether they are playing a sport, or during a recreational activity, and there’s not a good muscle balance or they have tight muscles,” explained Craig Cryer, Director of Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine at the Memorial Hermann Wellness Center.

Corrective exercise might seem foreign to most gym goers, but they serve beneficial purposes for most. Corrective exercise, as described by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), is a systematic process of identifying a neuromuscular dysfunction, developing a plan of action and implementing the corrective strategy. Simply put, the process includes identifying the muscle imbalances in your body that inhibit proper range of motion, followed by stretching the over active muscles, and strengthening the under active muscles from the imbalance.

Corrective exercise would be best to implement at the beginning of a workout program, especially if it is your first time back in the gym in a while.

“For a de-conditioned person, once you put them into an exercise program, they have a higher chance of getting hurt. If they are hurt, they can’t train. If they can’t train, they’re going to quit. If a de-conditioned client comes to you, you have to get them exercise-ready first. That is the first step of what you’re going to do with them, and then you can start to begin to implement a program for their specific goals,” clarified Bryan Caldwell, a strength and conditioning trainer, who holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Wellness and a Masters of Science degree in Physiology, from Oklahoma State University.

Corrective exercise will not shield someone from being injury-free. There are certainly some injuries that can not be prevented; even high level athletes who are fine tuned can still get hurt. Although in good shape, an athlete can still benefit from having a balanced muscle structure, as can those who are just getting back into the swing of things.

“For athletes, having a corrective exercise program implemented with their normal training program, will have the most success. I would say improving range of motion, for instance with a boxer, is something that is important. In training, you want to increase flexibility. You want to make sure a boxer’s core, and lower back are in place so he can stay healthy and not get hurt as much,” explained Caldwell, who has trained with World Class boxers such as Adam Richards, and Houston natives Juan Diaz and Rocky Juarez.

The first step in a corrective exercise program is to assess movement patterns, distinguish movement dysfunction, and muscle imbalances.

A common example of a muscle imbalance seen by trainers is having a posture with rounded shoulders. This widespread muscle imbalance is mostly found in people who have desk jobs and are sitting in front of a computer most of the day. This improper posture is typically caused from improper ergonomics at the work place by having your spine to go into flexion, and creates the impression of a hunched over back.

“When you have somebody who has a desk job, they sit there all day long. If their ergonomics isn’t right, their range of motion for their neck, shoulders, and their back is not going to be well,” said Leslie Lawson, Massage Therapist, and owner of Balanced Health Massage Therapy. “I call it Cumulative trauma. If you do the same thing over and over again everyday and your posture isn’t good, whether it’s your job, your sport, or how you sleep, you are going to keep those muscles extremely tight.”

Once the muscle imbalances are identified, the next step is to relax the over active muscles through some form of inhibition. This can be performed by inhibiting the muscle through self-Myofascial release through the use of a foam roller or by receiving a massage. This step is used to decrease the over activity of muscle fascia found in over active muscles.

Aside from having relaxed muscles, a massage could also extend other benefits as well.

“The massage helps to rid the body of toxins. When you increase the blood circulation to the heart, it opens our lymphatic ducts, and in doing so, it dumps those impurities into the bloodstream. Also, increase your water intake to help the kidneys filter it all out, but your going to see lactic acid build up in those muscles too so the massage helps to rid that as well,” specified Lawson.

Once the over active muscles are brought down to a relaxed state, the next step is to elongate the previously shortened muscle and connective tissue to increase range of motion in the tissue and joint. In this case, this includes stretching the overactive pectoralis major/minor muscle group, and the Latissimus Dorsi.

This can be done by performing various forms of stretching. NASM recommends beginning with a static stretch meaning to elongate the muscle to an end range and statically holding that position for a period of time.

Next step is to activate the under active muscles through isolated strengthening a technique used to increase intramuscular coordination of specific muscles and to isolate a particular muscle to increase force production capabilities. In this case the subject is dealing with under active rhomboids (middle to lower trapezius), rear deltoid muscle, and in some cases the Posterior Rotator Cuff.

“Every single issue is based on balance,” said Cryer. “Every muscle has an antagonist. If that antagonist is tight, or weak, then that muscle is not going to function properly,” explained Cryer, summing up the importance of achieving a balanced muscle structure.

Using the scenario of a person with improper posture and rounded shoulders, the process of activating under active muscles can be achieved by performing exercises to strengthen the rhomboids and rear deltoids. This can be achieved through scapula retraction by contracting the rhomboids and performing back rows. To increase strength in the rear deltoid, one could perform rear deltoid flys which would assist in stabilizing the shoulder girdle.

It is important to correct muscle imbalances in the proper amount of time, before adverse effects occur.

“If we don’t have proper range of motion, you’ll damage your joints, tendons, the ligaments, your vertebrae, your nerve endings there is so much that factors into it,” described Lawson.

Although it can be time consuming, it is a crucial step in getting the body to a balanced muscle structure. Having a balanced muscle structure can help with force output, proper range of motion, and relief from minor aches and pains.

“The reality is that we are an instant generation, a snap of the finger generation of people who want a cure quick,” exclaimed Cryer. “Usually comes in the form of a pill. Toughest part of exercise education is to convince clients this is the long term route. Yeah you can take the pill and the pain will go away, but it has a possibility of coming back.”

People who are looking to get back in shape and have not worked out for a while can benefit from having a clean slate in their muscle structure to steer clear from injury and complete an exercise program with minimal aches & pains.

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A Quick Study of Car Warranty Options

When you purchase a new vehicle from any car dealership it comes with a warranty. This warranty is usually called a Factory Warranty. The car manufacturer makes this warranty possible for a specific number of years or until you reach a certain number of miles. It covers most mechanical and electrical problems. This includes parts and labor. Normal wear and tear on your car is not covered under this warranty. This means that car seats, tires, brakes, etc. are not covered.

Some factory warranties offer Unlimited Mileage so that you don’t have to worry about reaching a set mileage thereby ending the warranty. If you have a factory warranty with unlimited mileage for three years you could drive one hundred thousand miles and above. It wouldn’t matter. You are covered for the full three years.

When it gets close to the ending of your factory warranty you will usually be offered an Extended Warranty. It comes by mail offered by the manufacturer, a warranty administrator, who works at the car dealership, or a corporation. Extended Warranties cost extra offering huge commissions to the seller, but if you are hard on cars it may be worth the investment in the long run.

Let’s say your factory warranty is good for two years then you may wish to purchase an extended warranty good for an additional year. The extended warranty would cover the same parts with labor as the factory warranty, but you may want to check to make sure.

Some companies do like to factor in a one-time deductible. Although an extended warranty is sometimes referred to as a Service Contract it differs in that it becomes effective when a factory warranty expires. A service contract is effective immediately and may end during the time of the factory warranty or before.

A Powertrain Warranty covers mainly the engine and transmission plus the parts that make up the four-wheel drive. It is another option you may wish to consider instead of buying an extended warranty.

When visiting the car dealership you may find that you want to purchase a Demo Car. A demonstration car has miles accrued upon it before you leave the parking lot. It may have been a loaner during repairs on another car or a test drive vehicle for a popular car name such as Saturn. Demo Cars may still be covered under the factory warranty depending upon mileage and time remaining in the factory warranty itself.

If you are in the market for a used car they often carry a Limited Warranty. This is a warranty that, like its name, covers limited parts and labor. When buying a used car you may hold the car dealership responsible for a car that doesn’t live up to state standards with an Implied Warranty unless the dealer specifies AS IS. By using the words “AS IS” on the price sticker it makes the Implied Warranty null and void. You take the risk when you buy the car.

Being aware of what is covered under any warranty is crucial to saving time and money. Ask your car dealership for the warranty documents on the car you purchase.

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All About Growing the Showy Milkweed

The showy milkweed is known botanically by either the name Ascepias speciosa or Asclepias giffordii. It is from the milkweed family of plants and is native to the United States.

Showy Milkweed Description

Growing one-and-a-half to three feet high, this perennial has large leaves and clusters of flowers. The leaves are blue-green, oval, and large while the flowers are showy, rose-colored, and on tops of the stems. Some blooms can be pink, green, or purple. It has a gray overtone to it and feels velvet-like to the touch. Stems are erect and it has a milky sap. Bloom season for the showy milkweed is between May and September.

Growing Guide

The showy milkweed prefers to grow in full sun and moist soils. It can be propagated by seed and by root cuttings. Root cuttings should be done in spring or fall and seed can be sown fresh in the fall or after two months of moist stratification in the spring.


This native is found through the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. It is in meadows, fields, and prairies.

Wildlife Attracted

It attracts hummingbirds to the landscape as well as butterflies. It is a larval host plant to the Monarch butterfly.


All milkweeds have a poisonous nature, but this is one of the least toxic of the milkweed family. It should not be ingested. The sap may cause some irritation in sensitive individuals.

Source: NPIN

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Aches and Pains when You Get Older

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote about aging and said, “The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.”

I took my parents for their annual physicals yesterday. After the routine blood work and blood pressure tests, the doctor asked them how they are feeling.

My mom said to the doctor, “I have some pain in my hip.”

The doctor smiled and said, “That hip is going to be 91 years old this year, it has every right to ache once in a while.”

My mom smiled and said, “Yes, but the rest of me is going to be 91, too, and it doesn’t appreciate being kept awake at night!”
He prescribed Aleve.

Mr. Emerson was right that old fiddles produce the best music and fine wine gets better with age, but the body doesn’t necessarily age gracefully. There will be aches and there will be pains, but there is splendor that comes in old age.

Proverbs 20:29, “The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.”

When we are young, we have few stories to share and much time to share them. As we age, there are stories to be told and less time to tell them. The audience may even leave the theater before the old finish the act. I was reminded of that at the park recently. A family picnic was taking place and the family gathered around a toddler to watch him challenge the slide. An older member of the family sat nearby, watching from the bench. I wondered what the old man was thinking and the stories he could tell but the audience had shifted away from him and the attention was given to the young.

In the words of William Wordsworth, ‘That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not; rather find strength in what remains behind.’

Though there is not much splendor in my mother’s old hip, it has traversed many miles on this planet, delivered four babies and, oh, the stories it could tell even though they are now muffled in aches.

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25 Favorite Thanksgiving Quotations

Thanksgiving may be one of the most beloved American holidays of the entire year. This day-long celebration of appreciation crosses denominational, relational and traditional boundaries. Over the years, as Thanksgiving traditions have remained or changed, several noteworthy Thanksgiving quotations have emerged.

Here are 25 of our favorite Thanksgiving quotations, arranged alphabetically by speaker (or author). Some are ponderous, while others may be simply humorous. Any of these might merit sharing and airing across the Thanksgiving banquet table.

Here they are … 25 favorite Thanksgiving quotations.

“It is therefore recommended … to set apart Thursday … for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor.”
Samuel Adams
(From the first Official Thanksgiving Proclamation)

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”
Erma Bombeck

“Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.”
Phillips Brooks

“On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge our dependence.”
William Jennings Bryan

“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.”
Johnny Carson

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

“My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.”
Phyllis Diller

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”
Estonian Proverb

“There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat … biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”
O. Henry

“It’s like being at the kids’ table at Thanksgiving – you can put your elbows on it, you don’t have to talk politics… no matter how old I get, there’s always a part of me that’s sitting there.”
John Hughes

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”
Irv Kupcinet

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“I love Thanksgiving turkey.
It’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”
William Shakespeare

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
George Bernard Shaw

“If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.”
Tony Snow

“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“If you cannot feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
Thornton Wilder

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.”
Author Unknown

Ways to Use Favorite Thanksgiving Quotations

How can families and friends use these 25 favorite Thanksgiving quotations during the celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday? Here are a few ideas.

Print all of the Thanksgiving quotations, and cut them into individual strips of paper. Place these strips into a large basket or bowl, and pass it around the Thanksgiving table. Ask each attendee to pick out one quotation (without looking) and to read it aloud. Go around the table until all quotations have been read, perhaps stopping to discuss each Thanksgiving quotation or favorite ones along the way.

Set one printed Thanksgiving quotation at each place setting at the table. Ask each person to read aloud the one he or she has received.

What is your own favorite Thanksgiving quotation?

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All About Growing the Prairie Acacia

Also known as the fern acacia, prairie wattle, and the whiteball acacia, the prairie acacia is a native plant to the United States. It is a member of the pea family. Besides the common Acacia angustissima botanical name, it has synonyms of Acacia angustissima var. hirta, Acacia hirta, Acacia angustissima var. texensis, and Acacia texensis.

Prairie Acacia Description

Growing one to four feet high, this perennial shrub has deciduous leaves and white or salmon colored flowers. Stems are thornless and wand-like in appearance. Leaves are feathery and attractive. Flowers are shaped like globes and are said to resemble a shaving brush. The blooms come on the ends of stalks. Bloom season is between June and September. It typically has an open form for growth and is well liked in the landscape.

Growing Guide

The prairie acacia prefers to grow in full sun or partial shade with a dry soil. Propagate by seeds or softwood cuttings. Seed needs scarification. It is cold and heat tolerant, making for a well adaptable plant. After a hard frost the plant will die back to the ground.


This native is found in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, Florida, Arkansas, and Arizona. It is seen in prairies, plains, meadows, slopes, hillsides, and pastures.

Wildlife Attracted

This is a great attractor for butterflies. It is a larval host plant to the Spingicampa raspa. It makes for a good cover. Many types of animals and livestock will graze the prairie acacia, due to the seeds being so high in protein.

Source: NPIN

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A Cherry Blossom Tree is the Perfect Gift for Mother's Day

Cherry blossom trees are striking to the eye. As Mother Nature introduces us to April, streets are adorned with these trees accented with pink lush and weepy petals. The symbolism behind the cherry blossom tree can attract many people to purchase one at their local garden center to beautify their own lawns. Though a bit on the pricey side, the cherry blossom trees are extremely easy to care for and add a glint of splendor to any home. These trees can span over thirty feet, and the taller they are, the more lovely they seem to be. To many people, the cherry blossom trees are so exquisite that they journey to Washington D.C to witness the National Cherry Blossom Festival each year. It is here that over one million visitors experience true loveliness as the flourishing petals rain onto our motherland. The symbolism that lies behind the cherry blossom tree can also lure people into buying one for loved ones during the flowery, spring months. Purchasing a cherry blossom tree for your mother on Mother’s Day would be a very unique gift.

According to Chinese tradition, cherry blossom trees indicate beauty and feminine strength. Wouldn’t it be lovely to purchase one of these trees for your own mother to signify the vigor needed to raise you? Mothers need to feel empowered, especially in a society where mothers are considered to be ‘just housewives.’ If you purchase a cherry blossom tree for your mother on Mother’s Day, she would understand the genuine gratefulness that you want her to feel for providing you with such a warm and fulfilling life. In China, the cherry blossom tree can also represent female sexuality and love. Your mother would also be honored to receive this gift as a symbol of the devotion that she has offered to you, your siblings, and your father.

When you purchase a cherry blossom tree to embellish your mother’s lawn, the tree will stay strong and hold true to your hearts. You will stare at it for many different reasons and remember each time what it means to you and your mother. Your children or other special loved ones will also find hidden meaning in the lovely cherry blossoms as they scatter to the ground year after year. Just as the love for your mother grows year after year, the tree will grow even stronger as well. Purchase a cherry blossom tree at your local garden center. Perhaps you will want to take your mother with you so that together, you can choose the perfect cherry blossom tree for Mother’s Day.

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