First Day Of Fall 2013: The Autumnal Equinox Is Here

Green – The Huffington Post
First Day Of Fall 2013: The Autumnal Equinox Is Here
Alas, summer is coming to a close because September 22 is, however unfortunate, the first day of fall.

The season officially begins at 8:44 p.m. EDT during the autumnal equinox, when the sun crosses directly over the Earth’s equator and both day and night are about equal. Fall will last a solid three months until the beginning of Winter on December 21, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.

But all is not lost!

There are quite a few reasons to appreciate the season, including some spectacular foliage.

It’s basically the time for trees to reevaluate their priorities and start anew.

And it really is the perfect time for a hot cup of tea.

And campfires.

Really, it’s just a time for nature to be beautiful.

There are fall breezes.

And some stellar food. Because there’s nothing better than a warm cookie on a cold night.

It’s a time to reflect, and settle in to a new post-summer groove.

So, fall, we welcome you with open arms. Bring on the pie.

A Jaguar Car Is A Bookshelf In This Unbelievable Underground Home (PHOTOS)
Design firm Denieuwegeneratie has decided to take sustainable living to a whole new level with their Dutch Mountain home.

According to their website, this house is semi-underground and built into the moorland in the Netherlands. Design Milk notes the cool features like the interior spaces made from wooden structures. But we’re completely blown away by the Jaguar (yes, the car) hanging vertically in one room and acting as the most awesome bookshelf ever. According to FreshHome, this place is energy efficient and clearly beautiful.

Scroll through our slideshow to see this amazing house, and be sure to head over to Denieuwegeneratie’s website, Design Milk and FreshHome for more information.

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‘Lucky’ The Wallaby Saved From Creek By Recent CPR Trainee
Would you perform CPR on a wallaby? One Australian man was able to utilize his newly-learned rescue skills on a very unlikely victim.

Mick Hussin was on holiday in Byron Bay, New South Wales enjoying a beer when he saw a pack of dogs chase a wallaby joey into a nearby creek, according to NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).

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Hussin jumped into the creek and was able to grab the animal by the tail and pull it to shore. Hussin cupped his hands into a funnel and began performing CPR on the joey.

I thought I might’ve been wasting my time, but I thought I would keep trying anyway,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“After ten minutes of performing CPR, the wallaby’s hands started to move. It was the greatest feeling when I saw its paws move,” Hussin said according to a WIRES press release.

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Hussin dried the wallaby and wrapped it in towels before contacting WIRES.

“It is sad that a few seconds and the ability to deliver CPR is the difference between life and death. WIRES is very pleased that Mr Hussin chose to breathe the kiss of life into this beautiful creature,” the organization’s general manager said in a press release.

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This wasn’t the first animal rescue operation for Hussin, who had only completed his CPR training a few weeks before saving the wallaby.

10 years ago, he rescued an injured puppy from a puddle. Now “it’s a 68 kilo Rottweiler-cross-Great Dane and still living with us … he could fit in your hand when we found him,” he told the ABC.

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How to Become a Hotel Eco-Guest
I was raised to be a conscientious citizen of the world. I recycle, take public transportation, turn off the lights when I leave the room, and recently started composting. For years traveling around the world I would smile when I read hotel signs that asked guests to hang up their towels instead of requesting new ones. I would also delight when I walked into a new hotel room and see that there was a recycling bin alongside the trash bin.

With hotels across the globe taking steps to show their commitment to the environment, is there a way for us to become even better eco-guests, whether you stay at large hotels chains or local boutique establishments known for their eco-practices? You bet! Here are a few simple things you can do during your next hotel stay to leave a smaller footprint.

Bring Your Own Toiletries Every company makes travel size toiletries these days. By bringing your own shampoo and conditioner, you save plastic, as the hotel doesn’t have to replace the products you used during your short stay. If you just can’t resist trying a new product, make sure you finish the product and take it with you to refill and reuse on your next trip.

Hang the Do Not Disturb Sign on the Door Your hotel room was cleaned just prior to your arrival and you are probably not spending enough time in it to make a massive mess. By hanging the Do Not Disturb sign on your door you are telling the hotel that no cleaning and no new towels are required. This simple act uses less electricity, (no vacuum), less chemical cleaning agents, and less water, as no washing of sheets or towels is required. If the thought of staying in a hotel and not having your room cleaned is too much for you, experiment; hang the Do Not Disturb sign every other day and see how you feel.

Request the Hotel Not Turn on the Radio/Lights Prior to Your Arrival When this first started happening on my travels, I would to look around thinking I just entered an occupied room. While the idea of entering a hotel room that feels less empty/lonely is nice, it’s not really doing anything to make us think we’re not away from home. Save the electricity and tell the front desk it’s not necessary.

Leave the Stationary Behind Are you really composing hand written notes these days? While it may be tempting to collect hotel stationary from exotic locales, why not take a picture of the stationary with your camera phone instead? Pictures last longer, plus you can post it on your Facebook wall.

Ask the Hotel to Email You the Bill Don’t waste another piece of paper by requesting a printed a copy of your stay. Everything is electronic these days so ask the front desk to email you a copy. Better yet, before settling your bill, ask for a digital copy instead of having it slipped under your door at night. As we know, every little bit helps!

Squeaky Toy Plus Pug Equals Tongue (VIDEO)
Which came first the squeaky toy or the tongue? Will we ever know the answer to this age-old riddle? Yes, probably.

Thank you anyway to Gary Moss for pointing out the inexplicable connection between the pug and the squeak. Is this dog named Pavlov?

Colorado Oilfield Flooding Causes Spills After Deadly Storms
DENVER — Coloradans watched for more spills in flooded oilfields as crews waited for the waters to recede so they could begin cleanup operations.

Four new spills were discovered Friday, including 2,400 gallons of oil from a toppled storage tank and almost 900 gallons from an unspecified source. Oil spilled from two other damaged tanks but authorities did not know how much. That brings the known volume of oil released since massive flooding began last week along Colorado’s Front Range to an estimated 22,060 gallons or about 525 barrels.

Most of the oil releases reported to date came from tanks operated by Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Co. At least four of the releases reported by the company were in Weld County and spilled oil into the South Platte River or a tributary, according to information submitted to regulators.

Other companies might have suffered similar problems since flooding began last week, but they have not yet been able to assess their damage.

An aerial survey of the flood area on Thursday revealed up to two dozen overturned oil storage tanks, state regulators said. Releases from those tanks could not be immediately confirmed.

With many roads in the area washed out, the sites remained largely inaccessible, preventing cleanup work from getting underway, said Anadarko spokesman John Christiansen.

“We’ve got a couple of amphibious vehicles and flat-bottom boats that we’re using, but really until things have a chance to dry out and some of the infrastructure issues are sorted out, it’s going to be difficult,” Christiansen said.

Authorities in Weld County have said their concern over spilled oil is eclipsed by much greater volumes of sewage and other contaminants washing into local waterways.

In other developments:

_ The number of people unaccounted for dropped to around 80 thanks to door-to-door searches and restored communications. Seven people have died and three others are missing and presumed dead.

_ The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $8 million in aid for homeowners and the number of FEMA personnel on the ground increased from 250 to 800.

_ Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said he was heartened to see residents in remote communities doing their own makeshift repairs to roads.

_ The new official in charge of recovery efforts, IHS Inc. executive chairman Jerre Stead, said his priorities are rebuilding the affected area equal or better than it was before.

_ Gov. John Hickenlooper approved another $20 million in emergency flood funding, bringing the total to $26 million, and expanded the disaster zone to include a total of 17 counties.

_ Schools are making arrangements for students in flooded towns to head back to class. Students in Lyons will attend school in nearby Longmont starting next week while students in another mountain town may have a teacher sent to them.

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Brown reported from Billings, Mont.

Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
University Of Michigan’s ‘Go Blue’ Skywriting Stunt Sparks Fundraising Campaign To Fight Cancer (PHOTO)
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The words “Go Blue” written in the sky near Spartan Stadium before last weekend’s Michigan State football game have sparked a fundraising campaign that’s raising thousands of dollars to fight cancer.

Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, was among the fans at Saturday’s game against Youngstown State in East Lansing who saw the big message – a reference to one of the colors of Michigan State’s in-state rival Michigan. Westerman, a pilot, estimated it cost a University of Michigan supporter a few thousand dollars to needle Michigan State fans. In response, Westerman started encouraging people to donate some green online to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. It had raised more than $9,000 as of late Tuesday.

“I don’t fault the Michigan fan who did it, but it felt like it would make sense to take our rivalry to a more productive level,” Westerman told MLive.com. He wants to see how much money Michigan State supporters raise and challenge Michigan alumni to match it.

Westerman’s wife, Colleen, is a two-time ovarian cancer survivor who received care at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The fundraising effort drew so much attention that it froze the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s PayPal account.

“It couldn’t keep up with the donations,” Michelle Shepherd, secretary on MiOCA’s board of directors, told the Detroit Free Press.

The Spartans beat Youngstown State 55-17, but the skywriting came up at Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s weekly news conference Tuesday. He joked that it was a reference to his high school in Zanesville, Ohio, The Detroit News reported.

“Yeah, my high school coach was here, they are the Blue Devils,” Dantonio said. “I figured somebody did that for him.”

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First Day Of Fall 2013: The Autumnal Equinox Is Here
Alas, summer is coming to a close because September 22 is, however unfortunate, the first day of fall.

The season officially begins at 8:44 p.m. EDT during the autumnal equinox, when the sun crosses directly over the Earth’s equator and both day and night are about equal. Fall will last a solid three months until the beginning of Winter on December 21, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.

But all is not lost!

There are quite a few reasons to appreciate the season, including some spectacular foliage.

It’s basically the time for trees to reevaluate their priorities and start anew.

And it really is the perfect time for a hot cup of tea.

And campfires.

Really, it’s just a time for nature to be beautiful.

There are fall breezes.

And some stellar food. Because there’s nothing better than a warm cookie on a cold night.

It’s a time to reflect, and settle in to a new post-summer groove.

So, fall, we welcome you with open arms. Bring on the pie.

Long Work Hours By Doctors Linked With Work-Home Conflict
A doctor’s work may be objectively meaningful, but all those long hours could be taking a toll on his or her own well-being and work-home balance, according to new research.

A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that about half of doctors experience work-home conflicts, which raises the risk of burnout.

The study is based on survey results from 7,288 doctors (75.2 percent of whom are men) and 891 partners of doctors (73 percent of whom are women), who were evaluated on their burnout, quality of life and depression symptoms, as well as satisfaction with work-life balance, relationships and career. They were also questioned about work-home conflicts.

The Mayo Clinic researchers found that 44.3 percent of doctors and 55.7 of employed partners reported work-home conflicts in the last three weeks, with more work hours correlating with greater work-home conflicts.

Plus, work-home conflict was linked with burnout, with 47.1 percent of doctors who recently had a conflict reporting burnout symptoms, compared with 26.6 percent of doctors who didn’t recently have a conflict.

Female doctors, younger doctors, and doctors working at academic medical centers seemed to be especially affected by work-home conflicts, researchers found.

They explained potential ramifications of work-home conflicts in the study:

Previous studies of surgeons suggest an association between WHC and professional burnout, symptoms of depression, poor quality of life, alcohol abuse/dependency, relationship difficulties, and career dissatisfaction. Another study found that physicians who experienced role conflicts (as they struggle to balance personal responsibilities with a demanding medical career) were more dissatisfied with their spouse and parental duties. In addition, WHC also appear associated with career decisions, such as intent to reduce clinical hours and leave the current practice, which may impact access to medical care.

The author of this study, Liselotte Dyrbye, found in past research that work hours and the presence and resolution of work-home conflicts have huge sway over burnout symptoms among doctors. Those findings, which were published in 2011 in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest “that work/home conflict and how that conflict is managed may be central factors for physician burnout in a variety of practice settings.”

Recently, a study in the journal Annals of Family Medicine showed that mindfulness training could be a useful tool in combating burnout in doctors and helping them better connect with their patients.

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