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Welcome to April 2015!
It's officially Spring in Central Virginia! It was a long, cold winter but it is finally over and the days are gradually getting longer and warmer. Daffodils are in full bloom and the forsythia and all the bushes and trees will soon be bursting forth with new growth and gorgeous green colors. Don't you just love spring?
Did you know that April is National Poetry Month, National Autism Awareness Month and Stress Awareness Month? April also has several notable dates, Good Friday is April 3rd, Easter is April 5th, and Arbor Day is April 24th. Don't forget that the April 22nd is Earth Day; get out and enjoy it! And, of course, dreaded Tax Day is Wednesday, April 15th; be sure to file your taxes by the 15th! Is it a coincidence that Tax Day falls in Stress Awareness Month? I don't think so!
Have a great April and we'll see you back here in May!
A Big Thank You to All of Our Sponsors: Chameleon & Company Salon, Dickinson's Store, Joe-Joes Super Heroes, Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital, Primp My Pet, Sabor A Mexico Restaurant and Small Country Campground. A Special Thank You to Dr. David G. Schwartz, M.D. for his "Health & Wellness" articles and Pastor Leroy Davis for his "Food for the Soul" articles. Many thanks to these local businesses and individuals for making this site possible! If You would like to sponsor this widely used local resource with over 1 million hits per year from the U.S.A. and over 3 million hits world-wide, please Contact Us.
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Sponsor Spotlight - Dickinson's Store
Whether you were born here, or new to our area, Dickinson's Store, an institution at Lake Anna, is your one-stop for everything you will need for a great day on the Lake! Dickinson's carries everything from your early (or late) morning cup of coffee from their choices on the coffee bar to your favorite late-night golden beverage and everything in-between.
Dickinson's Store has been continuously serving our community longer than almost any other store in our area. The store was first opened in 1863 and it has been growing ever since. It started out as a simple, wooden two-story building, a general store with two gas pumps out front. The family lived in a comfortable apartment above the store, as was the custom in those days. The general store was a gathering place in the community, a place for friends and neighbors to meet and socialize.
The weather is getting nicer by the day and it's time to get out and play! Activities are becoming more abundant as the warmer days and evenings arrive. In April, we have a number of wine festivals in Central Virginia to delight your taste buds. If you have not visited the Sargeant Museum, why not attend the Heritage Day events on April 25th? It's a great opportunity to learn about life in Louisa in the 1820's and have fun, too!
When it comes to playing local, nothing beats Small Country Campground for fun! Small Country has an 18-hold miniature golf course, fishing, a beach, land bounce pillows and much, much more! Have you engaged in the Water Wars yet? What a blast!! As the weather gets warmer, the activities increase to include swimming in the pool or Lake Ruth Ann, water bounce pillows, boating, hay rides and whatever else Bill, Ruth and the gang at Small Country can cook up.
So, ditch those winter blues and get out and enjoy Spring in Central Virginia!
Food for the Soul by Pastor Leroy Davis
Editor's Note: This will be Pastor Leroy Davis's last article for Food for the Soul. We are sad to see him go and thank him for all of the inspiring articles he has contributed to our community.
Flipping Their Switch
Have you ever noticed how some Grandfathers love to give gifts to their grandchildren that make annoying and irritating noises? My father was one of those. He received great joy in giving his grandchildren birthday or Christmas gifts that made sounds that both thrilled the kids and aggravated their parents. On one particular occasion, I recall vividly the expression on the faces of my sister and brother-in-law when Dad gave my nephew that “Bongo Monkey.” He was a cute little critter that made funny noises and banged cymbals together (the monkey, not my nephew). My nephew thought “Bongo Monkey” was amazing, but his parents thought, “Paw Paw, how could you?!”
Early on in this process, I discovered that most of these noisy toys, if you looked closely, had a switch. It was usually found on the back, oftentimes hidden under a tab, or behind some Velcro. This switch usually had a “play” setting (noise at full volume and duration), a “demo” setting (noise at full volume but only for five seconds), and an “off” setting (no noise). And I, as the interceptor of these toys, could flip the switch. I intercepted the gift, and in my flipping of the switch, I changed the gift’s function.
Your Health & Wellness Advice by Dr. David G. Schwartz M.D.
DETOXIFICATION, A VITAL IMPERATIVE – CORE PHYSIOLOGIC PROCESS #2
Detoxification is the second core physiological process in Dr. Jeffrey Bland’s, The Disease Delusion. (See previous articles.) It is covered extensively also in Clean, Green, and Lean, by Dr. Walter Crinnion, N.D., who has extensive experience helping patients detoxify and recover from many chronic illnesses.
This essential process is a normal function for the constant removal of by-products of normal (and abnormal) metabolism, fermentation products from gut bacteria, dead cells, dead bacteria, used hormones, substances in the foods we eat but cannot be used, as well as poisons we take in from the outside.
If detoxification is a regular, normal process, why worry about it?
First, if we don’t detoxify, we get sick.
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