Merry Christmas 2014

Well, it’s time for us to take a break and enjoy the Christmas season.  It is hard to believe that another year has already gone by, isn’t it? We’re looking forward to bringing you another year of fun and useful tips, information, and resources.  We’ll post one more quote tomorrow, and then we plan to…

Carnitine

Carnitine is another nutrient that was not considered a vitamin until recently.  However, it has been proven to support vital functions, particularly the metabolism.  Carnitine has a regulatory effect on the metabolism because it is involved in fatty acid transport.  It takes long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria (the “power plants” of the cells) to…

The Roots of Cattle Driving: Part 3

From Texas to New York Another major cattle drive was carried out by a young man named Thomas Candy Ponting.  Ponting had grown up herding cattle in his native England.  When he came to America, he continued in the trade, but soon found his plans growing beyond what he had originally expected. Ponting heard that…

A Kid’s EcoJournal Series

If your children love the outdoors and also love to write, they may enjoy A Kid’s EcoJournal series by Toni Albert. There are four of these books (spring, summer, fall, and winter), but they all follow a similar format. After some tips on exploring and writing about nature comes space for entries. Each entry has…

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is best known for aiding in the synthesis of the proteins necessary for blood clotting.  However, research suggests that this vitamin is much more versatile than was once thought.  Vitamin K is involved in the synthesis of other proteins, as well.  Scientists do not yet know the role that many of these proteins…

The Roots of Cattle Driving: Part 2

The Opelousas Trail The settlers of Texas were by no means behind their fellow Southerners in herding cattle. Well before the days of the Chisholm Trail, they were driving Texas Longhorns to market along the Opelousas Trail, also known as the Beef Trail. The trail began near Liberty, Texas, and followed Indian paths to various…