Hellcat News, (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 12, Ed. 1, August 2010 Page: 9 of 20
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you instead of going to Harvard on full scholarship. After all,
you can't learn everything about life from books. I sometimes
forget how backward I can be. I was wrong. I was a fool. I
have now come to my senses, and you have my full blessing
to marry my daughter. Sincerely, your future father-in-law.
P.S. Congratulations on winning this week's lottery.
MYSTERY ONE DAY BUS TRIP: Our local bank, "Com-
munity First Bank of Kokomo," schedules several bus trips
a year from one day to two weeks or more. The lady that
schedules the trips, scheduled an all-day mystery trip on St.
Patrick's Day, leaving Kokomo at 6 AM, returning at 10 PM
(that's a long day). She did not tell anyone where we were
going, not even her boss or the gals that work with her. We
all could guess and the one that came the closest would get
a prize. Our neighbors, Dick and Marie, my sister Patty, and
our niece Mabel Jo all signed up to go. I had guessed "My
Old Kentucky Home" in Kentucky; Ann guessed a resort in
Southern Indiana; Patty, Cincinnati; and Mabel didn't know.
When we got to Indianapolis, the bus driver made a left turn
and headed east on Interstate 70; that blew all three of our
chances for a prize.
Around 10:30 AM we pulled into Dublin, OH, not Dublin,
Ireland. The town of 50,000 people decorate each year for St.
Patrick's Day. The fire plugs were all painted green. The town
is built on top of limestone and they have limestone fences
that are like the fences in Dublin, Ireland. The top layer of the
stone fence is set on edge, therefore the sheep or other animals
will not jump over it for fear of getting hurt.
For lunch we ate at a very large supermarket where they
had a famous lady chef. She demonstrated making the food
that we were to eat. We had smoked salmon tart, mixed baby
green salad, Irish cheese and butter plate, corned beef and
cabbage, potato cabbage gratin, and Irish whiskey cake, very
delicious. We shopped before lunch and after lunch.
The last place we visited was Tehkun Tea Company, a tea
and coffee shop owned and operated by a very well educated
lady from Indonesia. She was born in Indonesia, then moved
to China, then came to America. She was an authority on tea,
she had been to college and she gave us the history of tea.
Historically, tea's origins date back to around 2700 BC. It
is thought to have first been discovered in the mountainous
areas of China's far western Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. It
was originally taken as a detoxifying medicine though it grew
to great social prominence during the Tang (620-907 AD) and
Sung (960-1279 AD) Dynasties. In addition to tea's attributed
health benefits, the high level of "tea culture" was appealing
to people outside of China as well. Since the fifth century
AD, tea has been exported by land and sea throughout Asia
and reached Europe in 1610. It was Dutch traders that first
brought tea to Europe, but the British who greatly developed
it, transplanting it to India in the early 1800s.
INTRODUCTION: Tea is an ancient beverage steeped in
history and romance and loved by many. In fact, so popular
is tea that it is the most commonly consumed beverage in
the world after water. Although tea had a modest beginning
(it was discovered by accident), its popularity spread from
its origins in China to Western Europe and the Americas.
Throughout history, tea has been believed by many to aid the
liver, destroy the typhoid germ, purify the body and preserve
mental equilibrium. Over the past few decades, scientists
have taken a closer look at the potential health benefits of tea
and have discovered that much of the folklore about tea may
actually be true.
HOW TEA WORKS IN THE BODY: Tea contains flavo-
noids, naturally occurring compounds that are believed to
have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants work to neutralize
free radicals, which scientists believe, over time, damage
elements in the body, such as genetic material and lipids, and
contribute to chronic disease. Recent research has explored
the potential health attributes of tea through studies in human
and animal models, and through in-vitro laboratory research.
For the most part, studies conducted on green and black tea,
which are both from the Camellia sinensis plant, have yielded
similar results. Recent research suggest that tea and tea
flavonoids may play important roles in various areas of health
and may operate through a number of different mechanisms
still being explored.
RECENT FINDINGS INCLUDE: The antioxidant proper-
ties of tea flavonoids may play a role in reducing the risk
of cardiovascular disease by decreasing lipid oxidation,
reducing the instances of heart attacks and stroke, and may
beneficially impact blood vessel function, an important
indicator of cardiovascular health. Tea flavonoids may lower
the risk of certain cancers by inhibiting the oxidative changes
in DNA from free radicals and some carcinogens. Tea may
also promote programmed cell death, or apoptosis, and inhibit
the rate of cell division, thereby decreasing the growth of
abnormal cells. Tea drinking has been associated with oral
health and bone health. Compounds in tea other than flavo-
noids have been shown to support the human immune system.
She lectured for over 40 minutes while we drank the six
different samples she served. One thing she stressed was the
use of tea bags; use only if you can't get loose tea.
Our tour trip around Dublin took us to the Jack Nicklaus
Famous Golf Course. There are 12 golf courses in Dublin.
We started back to Kokomo around 6:30 PM and arrived in
Kokomo at 9:30 PM, a very long day for us old people. A very
enjoyable day. We had a song fest before we reached Dublin;
we sang, My Wild Irish Rose, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,
I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover, Oh Danny Boy, and An
Another one of our stops was at the Anthony-Thomas Candy
Factory. This was a very large building built at the turn of the
century and is family owned. We were taken to the second
floor where we could look down on the workers who were
filling boxes of candy. After watching the candy operation we
were taken back to the main floor where they have a very
large display of all the different candy items including free
samples. There most famous candy was called "Buckeyes."
After the candy tour it's off to Kokomo.
PENNIES DO NOT COME FROM HEAVEN- THEY HAVE
TO BE EARNED HERE ON EARTH
Take care, until next month, keep a smile on your face, a
song in your heart, and a prayer on your lips for our service
men and women. Also a prayer for our President and his staff
to get our country back to God. ★
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