Friday, March 29, 2013

Know Your Birthday Flower

 Dr Abe V Rotor 

Living with Nature School on Blog 
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday       
                                         


January Birth Flower - the Carnation or Snowdrop
February Birth Flower - the Violet or Primrose
March Birth Flower - the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus)
April Birth Flower - the Sweet pea or Daisy
May Birth Flower - the Lily of the Valley
June Birth Flower - the Rose
July Birth Flower - the Larkspur or Water Lily
August Birth Flower - the Gladiolus or Poppy
September Birth Flower - the Aster or Morning Glory
October Birth Flower - the Calendula (Marigold)
November Birth Flower - the Chrysanthemum
December Birth Flower - the Narcissus


Can you identify from these photographs the flower of your birth month?

1, 2

 3, 4
   5, 6 

 7, 8
 
 9, 10
 
 11, 12

13, 14

 15

 The Language of Flowers is a fine art of expressing affection, a tradition which started during the conservative Victorian era in England, as a matter of etiquette and social grace, when people then were inhibited to express their feelings openly. 

But it was the Romans, more than two thousand years ago, who institutionalized the flower with their goddess, Flora, a name we used today specially in the scientific circle. They held a Festival called Floralia in late April or early May, and two temples were built in her honor.  

Roman influence lives to this day with Flores de Mayo, a similar festival of merriment,  beauty contests and floral parades.  It is also in May young women offer flowers on the altar, a practice that has declined in modern times.     

The Language of Flowers has vastly expanded in today's liberated society, and has permeated into all walks of life in social gatherings and special events, or without any occasion in particular.  
Flowers, flowers, if you may, 
roses on Valentines Day; 
bouquet in June and May, 
and wreath on All Saints Day. 
                                            - AVR 2013

Flowers are perhaps the ultimate symbol of loving and caring, of remembering and consoling, congratulating, atoning, forgiving, or simply greeting.  Flowers open The Secret Garden of Hodgson Burnett, bring repentance in The Black Narcissus, stirs nationalism in the Sampaguita Song. Petals bring fairy tale on the wedding aisle, heavenly acolade in floral confetti.  Above all it is the flower that silenced a thousand guns. 

The flower is the most imitated gift of Nature, never equaled, never surpassed  - and never.

Trivia:  What is the science specialized in the cultivation of flowers? 
Acknowledgment:  Internet 


1 & 2 Gladiolus.
3. Aster
4. Narcissus
5 Cosmos
6 Daffodils
7 Chrysanthemum
8 Carnation
9 Violet
10 Pseudo Narcissus
11 Aster
12 Lily of the Valley
13 & 14 white and pink flowers of balibago


Fancy plants may be carriers of virus


Moses-in-a-boat (Rhoeo discolor) exhibits dimorphic coloration: healthy plants are green and robust, while the infected ones are pink and stunted pink (center). Such suspicious characteristic should be referred to specialists to prevent further spread.  Humans are the most common agents of transmission of viral and other diseases. 
 Tomato infected with mosaic virus may display unusual colors of fruits and leaves thought to be associated with soil nutrient deficiency and varietal characteristics.  The virus is cosmopolitan, and infects not only the members of the Family Solanaceae such as eggplant, tobacco, pepper, Irish potato, but a host of other plants belonging to other families. More than a hundred field crops are susceptible to the virus. 
Yellowish and stunted, the plant continues to grow, reproduce and complete its life cycle while carrying a virus that cause the bunchy top appearance of the plant - rosette arrangement of the leaves.  Local folks unaware of the condition of the plant just regard it as fancy, which then favors its spread in the banana plantation   
Red pepper (Capsicum annuum), healthy (left) and infected with mosaic virus (early stage) may appear the same, but plant pathologists can easily detect the difference. The virus does not kill the plant, it exaggerates the mosaic and chlorotic patterns as fancy characteristics.  This exacerbates the spread of the disease starting with touch to insect bite to plant-to-plant contact in the field. 

 
  "Frog eye" spots and chlorotic venation, including stunting and early defoliation are attributed to a complex of pathogens, with the virus as among the primary causes.  Host is Terminalia catappa   



Facts about plant viral diseases.

1. Viruses in general cannot be seen with the naked eye. Not even the laboratory light microscope. With the electron microscope we can see and study them.

2. The largest group are mosaic viruses.  They cause yellow and green spotting of leaves, stems blossoms and fruits.

3. Mosaic destroys chlorophyll, resulting to stunted growth, and therefore poor harvest, and may lead to the death of the plants usually in the later stage. 

4. Another group of viruses is called yellows, that causes yellowing, leaf curling and dwarfing.Mode of attack is to block the plant's vascular system, preventing water and nutrients to pass through. Infected plants show no symptoms, and therefore transmit the disease without detection. 

5. Plant viruses enter the cells directly through wounds caused by weather, humans, and vectors like aphids, whiteflies, and leafhoppers, mealy bugs, and other organisms which pierce the plant and such its sap. Horticultural practices like grafting and inarching direct transfer the virus.  

6. Viral infected plants cannot be cured.  It is through prevention that can stop the disease from being introduced or from spreading.

7. Foremost is quarantine.  Second is to plant only virus free seeds, because viral disease is systemic, that is, all parts of the plant carries the virus.

8. Rouging infected plants and burning them is a common method on the farm. Eliminate volunteer crops as these may serve a continuing or alternate host of the virus.

9. Crop rotation and fallowing (allowing the farm to rest) breaks the life cycle of the disease.

10. Tobacco mosaic caused by a virus, Marmor tabaci, is cosmopolitan.  It is known to infect more than 150 types of plants which include vegetables, flowering plants and weeds. 

11. The most important plants infected belong to Family Solanaceae which is composed of commercial crops valued at billions of dollars in world agriculture and trade - tomato, tobacco, eggplant, pepper, Irish potato.

12. Virus-infected plants are mistaken for overdose in pesticide spray, side effect of herbicides, pollution in various forms, but the most confusing likeness is deficiency in  minerals like iron, zinc, and boron, although these are needed by plants in trace quantities.  Ferrous deficiency causing chlorosis and stunting, often thought to be incipient viral signs.

13. Viruses differ from fungi and bacteria in that they do not produce spores or other structures capable of penetrating plant parts. Viruses enter through wounds, and spread through farming practices.

14. Tobacco virus survives manufacturing process - drying, redrying and making cigars and cigarettes.  It remains dormant up to 20 years .  Then it resurrects on a healthy tobacco plant or any member of the solanaceous family – by the mere touch of a smoker – and the virus in no time spreads like fire infecting field after field.
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15. On entering a host the virus begins to multiply by inducing host cells to produce more of its kind. Viruses do not cause disease by consuming or killing cells but by taking over the metabolic cell processes, resulting in abnormal cell functioning. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Can you make a tree smile?

Dr Abe V Rotor
Tagaytay, March 24 2013

Can you really make a tree smile?
Yes, you can, not only for a while,
even when the sky's dark and gray, 
it heralds rain is on the way.

When you know that trees catch the rain
and guide flood water down the drain,
or impound it for the garden and field,
and buffer the storm like a shield. 

When you know the great miracle: 
sunlight transformed to life of all,
and the air is cleaned and cooled
for the comfort of young and old. 
  
When not to cut for Christmas tree,
firewood, toys, for sale or free;
not for the most beautiful craft, 
for the tree is the finest art.    

When it's home and place to play, 
for transients and tenants to stay,
landmark of the march of seasons 
and the passing of generations. 
   
Yes, you can, and make the world
happy too, in deed and kind word,
as custodian of trees and others,
all living things are your brothers. ~



I am Nature Crucified – A Lenten Offering

Dr Abe V Rotor
                                                            Silhouette of a tree skeleton, Manila


I am Nature crucified, Paradise lost to my own guardian
whom my Creator assigned custodian of the living earth;

I am Nature crucified by loggers, my kin and neighbors 
annihilated, forever removed from their place of birth;

I am Nature crucified by slash-and-burn farming dreaded
- once lush forests now bare, desertification their fate;

I am Nature crucified, greedy men with giant machines
take hours to destroy what I built for thousands of years;

I am Nature crucified in the name of progress, countries 
vying for wealth and power, fighting among themselves; 

I am Nature crucified, rivers are dammed, lakes dried up,
swamps drained, estuaries blocked, waterways silted;

I am Nature crucified, the landscape littered with wastes,
gases into the air form acid rain, and thin the ozone layer;

I am Nature crucified, flora and fauna losing their natural
gene pools by selective breeding and genetic engineering;

I am Nature crucified, the earth is in fever steadily rising,
ice caps and glaciers melting, raising the level of the sea;  

I am Nature crucified, privacy and rest becoming a luxury
in a runaway population living on fast lanes, and rat race.  

I am Nature crucified, inequitable distribution of wealth
the source of conflict, greed and poverty, unhappiness;

I am Nature crucified by the promise of heaven in afterlife,
the faithful restrained to regain Paradise while on earth.

I am Nature crucified by scholars of never ending debates,
on the goodness of the human race in fraternal praises;

I am Nature crucified by the many denominations of faith,
pitting God against one another in endless proselytizing;

I am Nature crucified by licenses of freedom in extremism,
human rights and democracy - tools of inaction and abuse;   

I am Nature crucified by mad scientists splitting the atom,
building cities, tearing the earth, probing ocean and space;

I am Nature crucified by capitalism, consumerism its tool
to stir economy worldwide, wastefulness it consequence;

I am Nature crucified by the unending pursuit of progress,
the goal and measure of superiority, nation against nation;

I am Nature crucified by man’s folly to become immortal:
cryonics, cloning, robotics - triumvirates for singularity.

I am Nature crucified, hungry, thirsty, imprisoned, naked,
abandoned – wishing some souls to stop, look and listen. ~                                                       

The Last Sentinel

Dr Abe V Rotor


   Sentinel on Tagaytay Ridge - but for how long? March 24, 2013  

I braved the wind and storm, drought and rain,
     vandals and lovers carving their pledge, 
the beetle and caterpillar, all that has to gain
     from me standing on this ridge at its edge.

I was as proud as a king, tallest among my kin,
     home of countless tenants and refugees;
by height and place I was keen at touching the sky,
     though so little I felt on Babel's knees.

The view around was lush and green, verdant 
     in the sun as mist and fog would unfold;
a woodland was my world, I was once a part,
     until humans came to replace the old.

My neighbors are gone, I lost track of my lineage, 
     I've no one to talk to, though humans can 
in queer sound far from the gentleness of breeze
     all day long and after the sun is down. 

I lost sight overlooking the famed volcano, 
     its lake within a lake shining in the sun;
my vantage is blocked by roofs and walls and smog,
     an orphan I became by progress of man. 

I no longer hear plaintive and joyful songs,
     recitation of verses under my wing; 
weary travelers no longer stop to take a nap,
     nor birds nest in my branches and sing.

I live in fear for the woodsman, the engineer,
     but I've lived with fear enough to understand
the world of man: fear akin to his existence
     hidden in want - guideless, boundless in band. 

Man's era shall reign over nature, but for how long?
     I can only tell from my ancestors' story:
once upon a time there was a Paradise 
    abandoned by man in search for glory. ~

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gem Perched on a Tree

Brightest Gem Perched on a Tree
Dr Abe V Rotor
 
 
Atop Tagaytay Ridge, March 24 2013


A gem perched on a tree is looking through,
     to watch in its shadow a wholesome three;   
to whose care but the world and humanity, 
    the greatest gift to the loving and true.


Rare Beauty in the Plant World

Dr Abe V Rotor
Epiphytic liana on a tree trunk creates a fairy tale scene in Honey I Shrunk the Kids.  It offers a good subject for cartoons and abstract art. Crust of blue green is composed of lichen, an association of alga and fungus, a perfect example of survival through co-evolution.  Lichens are among the oldest living creatures on earth.
Buds emerge in summer on the highland, braving alternate heat and cold of day and night, which explains its rare color - red pigment dominating the normal green color of the plant, a biological phenomenon.   
Euphorbia displays extreme features: tender and colorful flowers in cluster perched on cruel and thorny stem - sharing somehow the romantic attribute of the rose, and the mythical imagery of "beauty and the beast."     

A pair of aster flowers emerges at the edge of a hedge, appearing "imprisoned" by striated ornamental grass. Such a scene is romantically associated with stories about "beauty behind bars."  
   
This leguminous shrub of the genus Cassia attracts attention by its unique pack of golden flowers and fine foliage even as other ornamental plants around have gone into aestivation in summer heat. A bumble bee settles down for nectar - a good subject of biology and photography.    
Bangbangsit, which means odorous, Lantana has lately invaded gardens, not because of its notorious nature as cosmopolitan weed, but gardeners have learned to like it for to reasons: its attractive multi-colored hybrid flowers, and its repellant property in protecting surrounding plants from pest. 
 
Angel's trumpets dangle in the morning sun on a Palm Sunday, as if muted by the observance of Christ passion.  They appear attractive and lovely nonetheless. The flowers are claimed to have marijuana-like properties so that the presence of this shrub in the garden creates suspicion in its purpose other than being an ornamental.~    
 
Inflorescence of Cyperus, a relative of the papyrus, adds unique ambiance in flower arrangement. Although devoid of fragrance and attractive color, its unique flower design and long vase life brought this common weed to the artist's eye and dining table. 

This sapling has two kinds of foliage, an example of dimorphism in biology - white to cream and tender when newly open to deep green and bold when mature. It grows up into a medium tree that has attractive orange inflorescence, which local folks fondly call the plant "queen of flowering plants." 


These specimens were photographed by the author in Tagaytay, March 24, 2013 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

40 Ways ro Spend Summer - A Checklist

Dr Abe V Rotor
Here is a list of responses of participants of Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (School-on-Air, 738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday with Ms Melly C Tenorio)

Details of murals by AVR

Beating summer heat, San Juan, Ilocos Sur

Summer is here. Generally, it is a season synonymous to vacation. To others a time of reflection, extra work, make-up for lost time, an opportunity. It is coming home; it is reunion. It is respite for body and soul. Make this summer a fruitful and memorable one.



Summer in 40 ways. Check those that apply to you.

1. Putting on cool clothes, comfortable field shoes, accessories against sun.

2. Enrolling in summer classes, back or advance subjects.

3. Having a digital camera and taking photos and arranging them in an album, or in the computer.

4. Not wasting the season watching TV and playing with the computer every day.

5. Getting into some classes in craft, art, sports, dance, driving, and the like.

6. Going on vacation to the province, pay respects to old folks. It is reunion with family and relatives, and friends - and having new acquaintances.

7. Going abroad, staying with relatives and friends there, seeing places, meeting people. To be in other countries expand our consciousness about different cultures, and discovering how beautiful our country is. It can make one really feel homesick.

8. Homecoming with former classmates. It is attending to a friend's wedding, or seeing one before leaving to live in another place, welcoming new neighbors and members of your organization.

9. Working on your body at a local gym, play badminton, volleyball, pingpong, other sports.

10. A walk in the park, on the beach, walk with nature – nature trail.

11. Learning to market, to cook and prepare the table – specially for girls.

12. Renting a beach house for the whole family and building a campfire.

13. Having an inflatable swimming pool on the garden, for kids - and adults, too.

14. Planting tree seedlings at the onset of rain, and preparing the home garden as well.

15. Putting up a lemonade stand and going into business. Selling halo-halo, gulaman, buko juice,

16. Relaxing at the beach watching the ocean – meditating and recharging energy.

17. Creative writing – poetry, short story, essay, feature.

18. Writing in your journal – The Story of my Life
19. Giving more chance for the body to recovery faster from ailment and infirmity.

20. Seeing the family doctor, scheduling a thorough checkup – and getting a clean bill of health.

21. Making a family video of an occasion, better still a documentary. It is organizing family photos, report cards, birthday cards, artwork, concert programs and other keepsakes from the past year into a scrapbook.

22. Remembering the departed, offering candles and prayers in their memory; above all a whisper or act of gratitude for all the goodness they did for us.

23. Bonding with pets, making them happy and healthy - and teaching your dog new tricks.

24. Learning a new language. The best way is to go to a place where the language you wish to learn is the only language.

25. Improving your English - speaking and writing. And reviving the art of handwriting.

26. Learning to play a musical instrument. Music enhances the mind in many ways. Studies have shown that children who study music at an early age do better in school than those who don’t. Aside from that, it is also just plain fun.

27. Learning to sew, making and mending clothes. Older and more skilled children can even make their own clothes for the coming school year.

28. Taking a special computer class - but make it fun. Learn to type properly, use a spreadsheet or database, design websites, make presentations, etc. Most jobs these days involve computer use, so knowing as much as you can about computers might help you get a higher salary.

29. Sorting through your stuff . Go through your clothes and things and prune out those you no longer want or need. You could donate the things you no longer need or hold a garage or yard sale and make some money to put into your college or retirement savings.

30. Getting a summer job, “earning to learn,” specially for working students.

31. Indexing your books, other references, documents with the computer or the conventional way.

32. Cleaning out your computer. If there are programs you don’t use, uninstall them. If there are files that you no longer need, delete them. Keeping your hard drive from getting too full will extend its life.

33. Mall Walking - Walking in an indoor, air-conditioned mall is a great way to get exercise away from the heat and smog, and you can also save on sunscreen. You can even window-shop during your walks, but if you think you might get too tempted, leave your money and credit card at home.

34. Learning to swim. Swimming is another low-impact exercise (safer than running) which increases endurance, muscle and cardiovascular strength. Try to swim in an indoor pool whenever possible or wait until early evening to avoid sunburn.

35. Joining prayer rallies, healthy religious activities, bible studies.

36. Making sweet, jams, jellies, for hobby and money. Summer is fruit season.

37. Joining community projects like Clean and Green, supporting environmental campaign such as beach cleaning, prevention of brush fire.

38. Reviving traditional games like kite flying, sipa, spinning top, yoyo – make, don’t buy.

39. Repair, repair, repair. Name it and it needs repair (toys, house, figurine, kitchen wares, china, garden tools, books, etc)

40. Fiestas, celebrations, festivities. It is also a time of retreat and reflection.

From these responses, it is good to keep always in mind this guide.

  • Be frugal and simple,
  • Be productive,
  • Have fun, and
  • Share with others.
NOTE: This is an open ended list. Please share your experiences and add them to the list. ~

Sister Macarius Lacuesta, SPC - religious, scholar and poetess.


Dr Abe V Rotor

If imagery is more vivid than vision, take it from Sr. Macarius – religious, scholar and poetess.

“Fly on my little kite
Ride on the wings of the wind…
Over plains and dales,
Reach on to the heights,
Hear the whispers of the treetops,
And the secrets of the clouds.”


- Fly on My Little Kite

She samples us with the timelessness, and the vastness of imagery that transcends to all ages – the young and the old, the past and present – and beyond. It unleashes the searching mind to freedom, liberating the soul with the confidence of a hand that holds the string of that kite.

For who would not like to fly on that kite in order to see the world, or at least to be taller from where he stands, or to turn the hands of time and be a child again even only for a while? That child in all of us, it must live forever. It lives in a dragonfly many years ago we captured for fun.

“Ah, you bring me back to my yesteryears
When I would run to catch you…
The sound your wings did make was music to me…
And then the childish whim satisfied, I set you free.”
- You Naughty Dragonfly

Adventure, simple as it may, carries us to the open field, and its pleasant memories make us feel reborn. Sister Macarius’ unique imagery comes at the heels of virtual reality as one reflects on her poems. Yet, on the other side of the poetess’ nature, she is real, she is here and now, “through open fields she walked… tired and weary, she slumped on the stump of an acacia tree.” From here she journeyed to the deep recesses of the roots of the sturdy tree. How forceful, how keen are her thoughts, true to being a devout religious.

“For their roots journey to the deep earth
Was a determined search for water,
Unmindful of the encounter with darkness,
Where cold and heat would not reach.”


- Journey to the Deep.

Faith is as deep as the roots of a sturdy tree. Such analogy refines the moral of the poem. It is a parable in itself. The poetess paused. In prayer she said in the last part of the poem, poignant yet firm and believing in the fullness of thrust and confidence of a Supreme Being.

“Lord, sink my roots into the depths of unwavering faith in You;
Help me believe that in my encounter
With darkness, hope may be borne
And my life will manifest all
The goodness, the beauty that is You.”

- Journey to the Deep

Dedicated to the memory of Sr Macarius Lacuesta, SPC

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Married Life is Bliss

Dr. Abe V. Rotor

Living with Nture School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday 



Truly it is difficult to know and say, “Yes, I have a successful married life.”

- On getting married and your friends are around, and you tell to the whole world, “Here is the person I will always love.”

- On having your first child and see the image of both of you and your spouse? (“Look he got my eyes, and chin of his dad.”)

- On having a third child and the economy has not recovered? (“I haven’t any increase in pay since last year.”)

- On driving the kids to school, then attend to chores you say, “It’s like a storm had left all the things out of their places.”

- On having your in-laws around and other relatives coming for weekends, then you realize you have an extended family.

- On having a home of your own, and say, “What I paid for rent, I now pay for amortization.” And it is investment.

- On having family disagreements now and then and you say, “Well, if everything is yes, you are sure only one is thinking.”

- On leaving your present job (or his) and start anew, even when you start again at square one, and say, “Tighten your belts.” Even so, you think you are happier now, so with my family.

- On winning an award, and say, “I owe this thing to all of you, especially to my family.”

- On going to other places and call up, “I’ll be home on Christmas.” It is only spring though.

- On experiencing a tragedy in the family, and find a strong shoulder to cry on, “He was meant to be with us only for sometime. He is our angel now.”

- On discovering a life threatening illness and you realize how each day passes with greater meaning and resolve. (“Each day is a bonus - my life is not mine anymore.”)

- On surviving and your hair is now gray, and the children have learned to adapt to life, the way you wish them to be.

- On receiving an award your children earned, and this time a sweet voice says, “This is you.” A drop of tear rolls on your wrinkled face. Words are not enough.

- On being alone; the children had left home and your spouse (bless his soul) had left something for you to live the rest of your life.

- On having grandchildren. “You naughty one you got my nose, and your chin is your grandfather’s.”

Success in married life - yes, it is the greatest success a man or woman can achieve. It is success that makes the world go round. It is the very foundation of a family and therefore of human society.

- It is a kind of success no one is denied to aspire for, irrespective of race, creed, education, or culture. Yet it is one many people failed to achieve in spite of their wealth and power.

- Success in family life is primordial. Between career and family, many people have chosen the latter, and say with a sigh, “Well, you cannot have the best of two worlds.” And they chose family.

- Success is not always equated with money or power. But it is always associated with happiness. A philosopher once said, “Happiness is the only commodity, which if you divide it, will multiply.” Try this formula, and it will tell us, “A happy family is successful.”

- Family life to be successful does not depend on one formula though. It thrives on new frontiers. There are always new things to discover. It is the discovery itself that is important, that makes it original and unique. And it must be always mutual. Joy to one is joy to the other.

- Success cannot be kept in a treasure box and locked. They say, “You cannot rest on your laurels.” Trophies are symbols; they are not an end. In Greek mythology Jason, after his adventure with Hercules in search of the Golden Fleece, spent the rest of his life beside his ship, the Argon, which fell into pieces with age killing the great warrior.

- Success in married life is neither abstract, nor merely spiritual. It is real. It is to be shared. It must be contagious. Let it be expressed with the children. It must be felt and celebrated in one way or the other minus the pomposity of the Romans. It must be exemplified. It must strive to be a model.  It should be able to pass as a paradigm of not only what life really is – but what it should be. “Life,” according to Reader’s Digest, “is the most difficult art, yet it is the finest.”

- Asked what the great British Prime Minister and hero, Winston Churchill wanted if he were born again. He said with twinkle in his eyes looking at Mrs. Churchill. “I’d like to be Mrs. Churchill’s next husband.” Success in married life has an imprimatur. It leaves a mark. That mark even glows on the dead man’s face, and on the shine of his epitaph, and flowers that grace it.

- Trials are not enough to weather success. Yes, to a courageous person, who when asked, “Were you not afraid?” He simply said, “I was afraid, but I did the brave thing.” He picked up the pieces together and his family is once more solid and whole.

Family picnic on a beach

When I was invited to talk on this topic before faculty members and students, I said to myself. “Gush, I should know I am successful in my married life.” For whatever I have done so far – through thick and thin - I know my family has always been with me – on the stage, on camping trips, painting exhibits, on visitation of the tombs of our departed, in the church, on my sickbed, lectures, at the mall, workshop, at the farm, on rosary hour. Seldom do I encounter the four “Ws” and one “H” – the very things that make our life complex and uncertain – without my family helping me answer these questions. Life is truly worth living for.

As we switch on the vigil light and retire in the night, we are one happy family looking forward for the next day. For indeed, success must be lived with day after day, season after season, year after year.
At the end, we come to submit our credentials to the One who made us all, who gave us that star that guides our life, who welcomes us at His throne when we shall then have reached it. ~

The Zoo - Wildlife's Showcase

The Zoo - Wildlife's Showcase
Dr Abe V Rotor
 
    Tiger Cub - no room to play, no playmate,     

Tiger on the floor for the queen;
     on the wall a hunter's pride,
   emblems and wears and everywhere, 
save the tiger in the wild.   
Young Philippine Eagle displays deadly claws and fierce eyes   

Among the biggest birds in world,
this monkey-eating eagle once called,
tamed behind bars to cheers and awe,
 now an orphan if we only know.
  
 Reticulated python glistens with new skin after molting 

It waits for the next meal docile or asleep, 
this master of camouflage in the wild,
while a stream of guests come to view; 
comforting its seems for being mild. 
    

How firm and stable is your marriage? Here is a test.

How firm and stable is your marriage?  Here is a test.
Dr Abe V Rotor 

Living with Nature School on Blog 
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday                                                


Bouquet, acrylic

This is a test for married people. Check the items that apply to you, or you agree with. You can take the test as a couple.


1. A natural clock governs every person in his system. This is often referred to as biological rhythm. Although there is a general plan on how this internal clocks works, no two persons are tuned in to the same pattern - not even husband and wife. Try to live by your own biorhythms and learn to adjust with those of our partner.

2. Recognize your moods and energies that change with the time of the day and night, with months and seasons.

3. Lovemaking is mutually fulfilling when both partners have synchronized biorhythms. Generally human body is dynamic that it can reset itself daily and adapt to the changes in the environment.

4. Sex can become monotonous especially with modern life. Many people find little time to express tender love with sex. They employ a number of ways to vary their sexual expression as not merely satisfying a desire, feeling relieved and exhausted afterward - or just for the sake of giving in to their partner. Many more miss the spiritual element of lovemaking, whereby the act is a means to sustain a passionate emotion from which follow exhilaration, and a great feeling of satisfaction.

5. Food, Rest, Exercise and Sunlight = Health (FRESH). This formula is easy to remember. Watch out for the food that you take. Eat health foods, and avoid those in the list of Don’t Eat which your family doctor gave you.

6. There is no substitute to adequate sleep. Maintain a healthy sleeping habit. Take a rest between heavy schedules, and avoid buildup of tension. Relax. Exercise regularly within your natural capacity. Do not over exercise. .

7. Sunlight perks you up, breaks monotony, and takes out the blues in your life. It makes us closer to nature, and takes us to outdoor adventure. All these make a happy love life with your partner.

8. Sexual expression is not restricted to estrus periods or seasons of the year. Humans have the ability to match their sexual desires with their moods and feelings. Hormones influence, but not dictate, sex life.

9. Meaningful spiritual love and emotional feelings multiply the ecstasy of physical pleasure.

10. A woman’s menstrual cycle dictates her sexual moods. They feel sexiest at the midpoint of their menstrual cycle.

11. There are people who are sexier in the morning than at night. There are also those who feel sexier in summer than during cool months, or vice versa.

12. There are times when men become sexier and this is indicated by rapid growth of their mustache and beard.

13. Studies show that the most active time for sexual activity is in the evening, but lovemaking at this time is poor since the androgens (love hormones) are low. (They are highest between 8 to 12 a.m., and lowest at 6p.m.) Evening is convenient to most working people. If this is not enough, make up for it during weekends.

14. Reduce meal size as the day progresses and avoid high calorie snacks in the evening. But do not skip breakfast or lunch. Carbohydrates help calm and focus the mind. Protein food boosts mental energy, but avoid fatty foods when you want to be mentally alert.

15. When planning out an active evening, like going to a concert, holding a party, or having a date, reduce your dinner, with protein food preferred over fatty and carbohydrates food. Coffee makes you awake, and drinking may delay your regular bedtime or makes you fall asleep. If you want to wake up refreshed and alert do not take alcohol in the evening before.

16. An enduring and fulfilling love life is one that shared together by husband and wife. Here are the basic elements essential to a lifelong relationship: trust and confidence, empathy (feeling with the other person), and marriage. (Sex outside marriage cannot remain meaningful and does not usually last.)

17. Stay in touch with your creative side. Use your right brain – the seat of creativity – more often. Let your left brain – the seat of reason – rest for a while. Paint, draw, write verses, sing.

18. Share your jokes with loved ones and friends. Laughing together is a great bonding experience. Start your lecture or talk with a joke. Diffuse the electric atmosphere. Break the ice, so to speak with humor.

19. Laugh together. Light up the years. Reinvigorate. You can be young again. It is in the heart. Make up for the lost time you should have been together as a couple. Have a date, perhaps a second honeymoon, now that the children are on their own.

20. Love grows with time, with every child born, in celebrating memorable occasions, through kindness on relatives and friends on both sides, in job promotion, building a home, traveling together, graduation of the children, having grandchildren – plus 1001 little goodness that brings in sunshine every day in your relationship.

NOTE: These are guidelines to a happy and enduring married life. They serve as checklist, too. Any negative answer or doubtful response needs analysis. Talk it out with your partner. Find out what is bothering you. You may need advice. Maybe you need to research and know more about love and marriage.

Reference: Philippine Herbs to Increase Sexual Vitality, Ontengco D, Del Rosario R and A Rotor