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GIMME SHELTER - ATTRACTING FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS - PART 2

Would you like to hear some real Twitter? Then adopt a homeless avian family into your backyard by creating a safe and inviting environment for your favorite Colorado backyard bird.

In Part 1, we learned about birdfeeders, water and feed. Now we'll explore how to make your backyard welcoming if you'd like to observe a bird family grow up.

Magazine of the Month - Time

Time Magazine cover - The Protestor

The editors of Time Magazine have made their choice for the 85th Person of the Year - The Protestor.

In Editor Rick Stengel's words the Protestor was chosen - "for capturing and highlighting a global sense of restless promise, for upending governments and conventional wisdom, for combining the oldest of techniques with the newest of technologies to shine a light on human dignity and finally, for steering the planet on a more democratic though dangerous path for the 21st century."

FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS AND HOW TO ATTRACT THEM, PART 1

How do you combat the winter doldrums while adding life and music to your yard? By creating a birdfeeding habitat with a birdfeeder, water and some tasty seeds or mealworms.

Colorado's environment is so varied that we have around 400 species of birds. Some pass through in the fall, and others are year-round residents.

THE SKINNY ON AVOIDING HOLIDAY CALORIES

Are you dreading that day in January when you find that you can no longer zip your pants? You can pretend that you left them in the dryer too long, or you can avoid this situation altogether by following a few tips.

  • Try to balance out the calories throughout the day - if you're going to an evening party, eat less during the day.
  • Cut calories in the kitchen. Opt for low fat milk, fat free yogurt or light cream cheese. You can even substitute applesauce or yogurt for oil when baking.
  • Take the advice of the American Diabetes Association and create the "perfect plate": 1/2 non-starch vegetables (broccoli, carrots, salad), 1/4 starch (rice, potatoes, pasta), 1/4 protein (chicken, meat, fish, tofu).

Magazine of the Month - Godey's Lady's Book

Thanksgiving Day our national holiday

What is the connection between Thanksgiving Day and "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?

Published from 1830 - 1898 by Louis A. Godey, Godey's Lady's Book was one of the most successful women's magazines of the 19th century and a model for women's magazines for decades to come. By 1860 Godey's had a circulation of 150,000 and an estimated readership of one million. The magazine included fiction, poetry, biographical sketches, health tips, crafts, sheet music, house plans and recipes. But it was especially known for its hand colored fashion plates. The Denver Public Library has issues of Godey's from 1831 - 1878.

Uke Can Play the Melody

YouTube is full of Ukulele Girls (and Guys) today, but where would they be without the original "Ukulele Lady?"

May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) was a ukulele performer and teacher who helped popularize the Hawaiian instrument in the '20s and '30s. After receiving an unwanted ukulele as a gift, she tried to exchange it for a bathrobe. When the store wouldn't take it back, she decided to learn to play it instead.

ALLIED HEALTH CAREERS

Even though the national unemployment rate is hovering around 9.1%, a recent study by online job aggregator Indeed.com found that there are many opportunities available in the healthcare field, especially for registered nurses.

Thanks to aging baby boomers, other in-demand healthcare jobs include:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Patient Care Technician

To learn more, check out these online resources:

LISTEN UP!

Nipper and the Gramophone

According to a recent article in USA Today, Denver ranks as the 8th worst city in the nation for traffic congestion.

If you feel your blood pressure rise during your commute or while running errands, why not make use of that time and listen to a book on tape?

You could reread an old favorite, learn a new language or fill in those gaps in your knowledge by listening to a biography or classic you never got around to reading.

Magazine of the Month: Fortean Times

Blue spiders, horned women, surfing rats, alien abductions, canine telepathy - all stories you will find in the pages of Fortean Times - "The Worlds Weirdest News Stories."

Started in 1973, Fortean Times is a British monthly magazine devoted to strange news from around the world.

Putting your garden to bed

It's that time of the year for gardeners that is both bitter and sweet. It is sad to reflect on the end of the harvest of beautiful flowers, delicious fruits and vegetables. At the same time, it is wildly liberating to think that the endless weeding, watering and energy required to maintain that garden is drawing to a close. There's something almost cathartic about looking out on a snowy landscape knowing your gardening chores are mostly done.

All you have to do is remember these simple ABC's for end of the season gardening:

A - Amend the soil
Have your soil tested and make the necessary adjustments. If you do it in the fall, by spring your soil will be ready to plant. Contact your County Extension Office for soil testing laboratories.

B - Bring in the last of the fruits and vegetables that won't survive frost

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