Posted by Stacy Cole


    Do petitions ever help?  I can't believe how many shows are being cancelled this season...I am sad but I guess that gives me some more free time to do yoga or train for a marathon.  

    CBS cancelled JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS' series, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT's "Ghost Whisperer."
        Also getting the axe were dramas "Cold Case," "Miami Medical" and "Numbers" along with comedies "Gary Unmarried" and "Accidentally on Purpose."

       However, "Ghost Whisperer" may not be dead altogether. Daily Variety magazine reports JEFF BADEN, the guy who schedules ABC shows, might want to pick up the show for Friday nights. 

  • This Might Be Why You Can't Sleep!!!

    Posted by Stacy Cole


    (CNN) -- J.D. Moyer decided recently to conduct a little experiment with artificial light and his sleep cycle.

    The sleep-deprived Oakland, California, resident had read that strong light -- whether it's beaming down from the sun or up from the screens of personal electronics -- can reset a person's internal sleep clock.

    So, for one month, whenever the sun set, he turned off all the gadgets and lights in his house -- from the bulb hidden in his refrigerator to his laptop computer.

    It worked. Instead of falling asleep at midnight, Moyer's head was hitting the pillow as early as 9 p.m. He felt so well-rested during the test, he said, that friends remarked on his unexpected morning perkiness.

    "I had the experience, a number of times, just feeling kind of unreasonably happy for no reason. And it was the sleep," he said. "Sure, you can get by with six or seven hours, but sleeping eight or nine hours -- it's a different state of mind."

    Moyer may be onto something.

    More than ever, consumer electronics -- particularly laptops, smartphones and Apple's new iPad -- are shining bright light into our eyes until just moments before we doze off.

    Now there's growing concern that these glowing gadgets may actually fool our brains into thinking it's daytime. Exposure can disturb sleep patterns and exacerbate insomnia, some sleep researchers said in interviews.

    "Potentially, yes, if you're using [the iPad or a laptop] close to bedtime ... that light can be sufficiently stimulating to the brain to make it more awake and delay your ability to sleep," said Phyllis Zee, a neuroscience professor at Northwestern University and director of the school's Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology.

    "And I think more importantly, it could also be sufficient to affect your circadian rhythm. This is the clock in your brain that determines when you sleep and when you wake up."

    Such concerns are not entirely new: One sleep researcher said Thomas Edison created these problems when he invented the light bulb. But they've been revived by the popularity of Apple's new slate computer, the iPad, which many consumers say is good for reading at night in bed, when the brain thinks the environment should be dark.

    Unlike paper books or e-book readers like the Amazon Kindle, which does not emit its own light, the iPad's screen shines light directly into the reader's eyes from a relatively close distance.

    That makes the iPad and laptops more likely to disrupt sleep patterns than, say, a television sitting across the bedroom or a lamp that illuminates a paper book, both of which shoot far less light straight into the eye, researchers said.

    "I wish people would just take a boring book -- an old-fashioned book -- and [read] by a lamp. Make sure that it's not too bright -- just so you can read," said Alon Avidan, associate director of the Sleep Disorders Center at UCLA. "And if they do that, I think they'll feel a lot better and they'll be able to relax."

    These concerns stem from the fact that people are biologically wired to be awake when the sun is out.

    When receptors in our eyes are hit with bright light for an extended period of time, they send a message to the brain saying it's time to be awake. The brain, in turn, stops secreting a hormone called melatonin, which makes people sleepy and helps regulate the internal sleep clock.

    Normally, our brains start giving us that hormonal sleep aid at about 9 or 10 p.m. But if bright lights are shining in our eyes, that may not happen as planned. That's what worries some sleep researchers.

    To make matters worse, our eyes are particularly sensitive to blue light, which is common during the day, but is less so in the evening. The fact that computer screens and phones tend to put out a lot of blue light could intensify the screen's awakening effects, even if the light isn't all that bright.

    There's no exact formula for determining how much light is needed to reset a person's internal clock. Several factors are at play, including how bright the light is, what hues are present, how large the light source is, how far it is from the person's eyes and what that person tends to do during the day.

    A farmer who is exposed to sunlight all day long would likely be less sensitive to artificial light at night than a person who works in a dimmer office environment, said Mariana Figueiro, an assistant professor and director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

    While there has been research to show that light -- even artificial light -- can affect human melatonin production, no research has been done specifically on whether the iPad and laptops disrupt sleep cycles.

    Some researchers are skeptical of the link.

    "I don't think it's an area of concern. I think it's an area of personal preference," said Mary Lou Jackson, director of vision rehabilitation at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

    People shouldn't be concerned about reading on backlit electronic devices at night unless they're experiencing insomnia, in which case they should dim the screen, Jackson said.

    Several iPad owners contacted by CNN said they enjoy reading on the device before bed and haven't noticed sleep problems.

    Apple did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

    George Brainard, director of the Light Research Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said it's more important for people to turn off their computers and gadgets at night -- so they have a dark sleeping environment -- than to worry about reading in bright conditions before bed.

    Electronics with glowing screens may create problems for people who are susceptible to insomnia, he said, but that research hasn't shown the link yet.

    "Can we jump from [the available research] to an iPad? Not quite yet," he said. "But you can begin to see the potential is there for low levels of light to potentially have a biological effect."

    Avidian, from UCLA, said several factors play into how well a person sleeps. It's possible iPads and laptops, when used late at night, may delay sleep because they require more focus and provide more potential distractions than books, he said.

    Still, the possible relationship between reading at night on backlit screens and insomnia has led some sleep doctors to prescribe zany solutions for patients.

    Figueiro, the professor at RPI, prescribes sunglasses with orange lenses.

    "Wearing these orange glasses definitely will take away any of the [blue] light that the circadian system is sensitive to," she said. "Your circadian system would basically be blind."

    Zee, the Northwestern doctor, said she has recommended the same. She also says people who have trouble sleeping should keep iPads and laptops out of the bedroom. It's best to stop using them one or two hours before going to bed, she said.

    Changing your computer or iPad's screen settings to make the display dimmer or take blue hues out of the display at night may also help, researchers said.

    A free, downloadable program called F.lux will automatically adjust the hues on your computer screen to eliminate blues when the sun starts setting -- and then replace them when it rises again.

    The program, which was developed by a computer programmer and an artist, is not scientific. Sleep researchers said they are unsure of its actual impact.

    Moyer, the Oakland resident who turned off all of his gadgets and lights at sundown for a month in 2009, said he hasn't kept up the rigid routine.

    But he has applied some lessons from his lights-off-at-night experiment.

    For one, he uses the computer less at night. And when he needs to use it, he employs F.lux to make the screen more red and less blue.

    He says he's happier and more rested for it.

  • The Male Lady Gaga?

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    What a talent....when mom begs you to continue your piano lessons, you might want to take her advice!


    Posted by Stacy Cole

    Hey Cougars!!!


    Men with younger wives tend to live longer than other men, research has found. But a new analysis by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research found that, for women, it's the size of the age gap that affects longevity, not whether she is older or younger than her spouse.


    The greater the difference in age, the shorter her life expectancy.


    That's not the case for men. A man whose wife is seven to nine years younger has an 11 percent lower chance of dying during a given time period than a man whose wife is the same age.


    The results were based on data from nearly 2 million Danish couples.


    Women who marry someone seven to nine years younger raise their mortality risk 20 percent, and a researcher had a theory about why.


    "One of the few possible explanations is that couples with younger husbands violate social norms and thus suffer from social sanctions," said Sven Drefahl. He said the social pressure could cause a less joyful and more stressful life, reduced health.


    He noted, however, that being married still raises longevity for both women and men, when compared to unmarried people.

  • Seven Decades With No Water, No Food

    Posted by Stacy Cole



    An 83-year-old Indian holy man who says he has spent seven decades without food or water has astounded a team of military doctors who studied him during a two-week observation period.

    Prahlad Jani spent a fortnight in a hospital in the western India state of Gujaratunder constant surveillance from a team of 30 medics equipped with cameras and closed circuit television.

    During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet.

    "We still do not know how he survives," neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters after the end of the experiment. "It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is."

    The long-haired and bearded yogi was sealed in a hospital in the city of Ahmedabad in a study initiated by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the state defence and military research institute.

    The DRDO hopes that the findings, set to be released in greater detail in several months, could help soldiers survive without food and drink, assist astronauts or even save the lives of people trapped in natural disasters.

    "(Jani's) only contact with any kind of fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically during the period," G. Ilavazahagan, director of India's Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), said in a statement.

    Jani has since returned to his village near Ambaji in northern Gujarat where he will resume his routine of yoga and meditation. He says that he was blessed by a goddess at a young age, which gave him special powers.

    During the 15-day observation, which ended on Thursday, the doctors took scans of Jani's organs, brain, and blood vessels, as well as doing tests on his heart, lungs and memory capacity.

    "The reports were all in the pre-determined safety range through the observation period," Shah told reporters at a press conference last week.

    Other results from DNA analysis, molecular biological studies and tests on his hormones, enzymes, energy metabolism and genes will take months to come through.

    "If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one," said Shah.

    "As medical practitioners we cannot shut our eyes to possibilities, to a source of energy other than calories."

  • SIGH

    Posted by Stacy Cole


    Why We Sigh (It's a Human Reset Button)

    Taking the occasional deep breath keeps the respiratory system nimble, research shows.

    By Larry O'Hanlon | Mon May 10, 2010 08:48 AM ET

    Scientists studying breathing patterns think they have found the reason we sigh: To reset breathing patterns that are getting out of whack and keep our respiratory system flexible.

    The study entailed rigging up eight men and 34 women with sensor-equipped shirts that record their breathing, heart rates and blood carbon dioxide levels over 20 minutes of quiet sitting.

    What the researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium were looking for were specific changes over one-minute periods encompassing sighs that could confirm or contradict the "re-setter hypothesis" for the function of sighing. And they think they found it.

    "Our results show that the respiratory dynamics are different before and after a sigh," writes Elke Vlemincx and her co-authors in the latest issue of the journal Biological Psychology. "We hypothesize that a sigh acts as a general re-setter of the respiratory system."

    The re-setter hypothesis is based on the idea that breathing is an inherently dynamic and rather chaotic system, with all sorts of internal and external factors changing how much oxygen we need and keeping our lungs healthy and ready for action.

    This sort of system requires a balance of meaningful signals and random noise to operate correctly.

    Occasional noise in a physiological system -- like the respiratory system -- is essential because it enables the body to learn how to respond flexibly to the unexpected, Vlemincx said.

    Read more here!


    Posted by Stacy Cole


    Would I be the one interviewing Vince Gill about his new material? Hanging with Tim McGraw and Faith backstage or babysitting their kids (you can laugh-it's okay)?  Okay--life takes you to other places and I'm quite pleased with where I am. I admit, I love it when a country artist crosses over to Top 40--I secretly grin a little.  But, I love me some Lady Gaga, Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Usher-you get my point.

    Seeing the pictures of Nashville breaks my heart.  And what really bugs me is the lack of attention its getting in the media.  Well, y'all, that stops here.  I am a media member and I just purchased my shirt...won't you help in some way?  Donate to the Red Cross or buy a shirt...------>


    Or you can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by visiting to donate online, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting REDCROSS to 90999

  • Are You Sad?

    Posted by Stacy Cole


    I'm a sponge.  I pick up on the moods around me and the material around me.  When all of the negative news out there starts to eat at me, I go to a place where nothing is bad.  No, it's not a beach or an island, it's a live webcam.  Two of them, actually.   This webcam is a very unique cam.  It's a squirrel cam that has different scenes so it appears that the squirrel is interacting with the scenery.  Of course, there aren't always squirrels present so it can be a bust-but the scenery is funny. 

    My favorite webcam is a in Indiana near a stream.  The owner puts out corn and sunflowers and then wildlife goes crazy.  Birds of all kinds-cardinals, blue jays, red winged black birds, crows, doves, woodpeckers, ducks....later in the day and evening, you may see the beavers that live nearby.  Also, raccoons show up to's a hoot.  The sounds are very relaxing and I often have it on in the background while I work in another tab on my computer.  If the news of oil spills, floods, terrorist attack attempts, political unrest is starting to overload you, try these "happy" places--I do!


    Posted by Stacy Cole

    white castle

    To commemorate the 18th annual celebration of National Hamburger Month, White Castle has teamed up with Laura Slatkin, often called the "queen" of home fragrances, to introduce a candle with the steam-grilled-on-a-bed-of-onions scent of America's first fast-food hamburger. Packaged in a ceramic holder that reproduces the signature cardboard sleeve of the White Castle Slyder. Net proceeds donated to support Autism Speaks.

  • Craig Ferguson-candid look inside

    Posted by Stacy Cole

    An interesting look inside-Craig Ferguson talks very openly about getting laughs and NOT attacking certain may seem long but it captivated me.  He is very honest in this clip.  Quite refreshing.