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Wondering what it is?
(UK, Ozzie, Canuck & Kiwi folks may want to skip this part! ;-D)
December 26 is Boxing Day (St. Stephen's Day), a bank holiday for Great Britain (with the exception of Scotland), Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. If the day falls on a weekend, the holiday is observed on the following Monday.
When I first heard of Boxing Day, I envisioned a Dickensian England in which the day after Christmas was set aside for pugilist sporting events ~ sort of a get-together-with-the-family on the 25th then work-off-all-that-anxiety-and-aggression-with-a-punch-fest on the 26th sort of thing. ~:-D Wrong! Not that kind of "box." ;->
The traditional celebration was a charitable one ~ gifts were customarily proffered to charities, the poor, and service people like lamplighters and mailmen. The holiday is quite old, probably beginning in the early Middle Ages, and its origin seems to lie in the custom of the church to distribute the contents of alms boxes to the poor on the day after Christmas, and in the English nobility's 'gift boxes' to servants on that day.
In whatever way it is celebrated around the world today, I think it's a very sensible and highly civilized practice to have the day after Christmas as a holiday ~ wish the U.S. did the same! ;-)
So, in memory of happy times in London, I'm taking a tiny holiday of my own on this Boxing Day ~~ to greet some old acquaintances who have stopped in to say hello ~ and to drop a note or two on how to "stay in touch" with this column & each other!
Good to hear you are back, Heidi. Boy, you sure had a strange farm! Different than any dairy farm I ever worked on. Just kidding around, glad to hear about the new column. Take no diet prisoners. Blaine
LOL! Strange when I describe it, eh? 'Zat what yer trying to tell me? ;-> s'alright... I'll bet the farm was quite normal, until I arrived. What a life it is, eh? Do you miss it? Incredibly hard work, but daily rewards straight from the earth and sky. It's like a dream of magic for me, a mythical time imagined in childhood ~ a haunting reminiscence throughout my life.
Oh, and thank you for yesterday's Christmas & New Year wishes! Please give my love to your family and I dearly hope you all are prospering! [p.s.: you've got a Q in the queue which I have not forgotten. Coming soon! ;-D]
Hello Heidi: Your column is great. You and I have corresponded on the message board over the years - I am AN, the Armchair Nutritionist - also aka Content Police (way, way back). Anyhow, I have just come across a fascinating study published several years ago in Scientific American regarding "Corn Caused Disease Among Native Americans". An abstract of the article is available at the Dr. Mercola web site at http://www.mercola.com/2000/june/3/corn.htm. This may be old news, but I wanted to pass it on to you and Peter. Regards. Roy
Roy, great to hear from you! Thanks for the link to that article... quite an eye-opener. I'm posting it link here for anyone who hasn't read it -- well worth it, folks!
Lord, your message takes me back to the glory days of the old boards... Hey, what about "Spelling Police," "Grammar Police," et al.? We ran SUCH a clean shop, lol! Remember when sean did that perfect parody of my posts, and signed it Captain Kangaroo? I can still feel the bruise where I fell off my chair laughing. What a bunch. Everything from mages to mice ~ sheesh, we could have transfered the whole crowd direct to a medieval castle without missing a beat.
Wonder where the thaumaturges all flew off to? Write back with a map... :-D
Hi Heidi, I sent you a Xmas email but it bounced back - I guess you are no longer using SouthLodge@operamail.com If you feel like emailling, it would be great to hear from you. Merry Xmas and all the best, Deb
:-) Hi, Deb! FYI, I'm at email@example.com ~ Email on its way, and a very joyous holiday to you!!
So good to hear from you again. Seems like a much more efficient use of your time. I guessed that you are a Renaissance Woman, but your bio confirmed it. You have always been so kind and helpful to me. I look forward to the new addition to the website. I have been trying to start my own website on breast cancer coping-- breastcancercoping.org, but don't know how to do it, tried myself with programs and couldn't do it, and the friends that were to help didn't come through. Getting to the point that I'll just have to pay someone to do it. All I wanted it for is to post some of my writings, some of the research from the listserve Amazon on alterntive treatments and breast cancer and links--Dr. D being a big one! Looking forward to hearing from you--Keep up the good work. Fondly Marilyn
Hi, Sweetie! Hang in there, I'm sure there's a way to do this. Hey, can anyone here help Marilyn with her website? She is a breast cancer survivor, devout warrior in the holistic cause, and a purely wonderful person ~ any web-savvy folks out there who could help get her coping pages up & running on the Net? Drop us a line, I'll pass it along!
Marilyn, take care and keep the light shining ~ love you!
Would it be possible to organise Dr D'Adamo's, your & Dr Bron's column in date order or be able to search by date. I log in to your site everyday at work but don't work weekends & it takes a while to locate the missing days. Just a thought!! Helen
Well, it's secretly organized that way already. There's a trick to it and here's the trick: When you log in on a Monday, go to the column page and choose "list all topics." The first two at the top will be Saturday's and Sunday's. You can check this by hovering your mouse pointer over each link -- look at the bottom left corner of your browser. There you'll see the name of the link -- and the last four digits are the month & day of that column entry. Ta-Da! :-D Hope this helps keep you caught up, Helen! Thanks for the note!!
Hello Heidi! When will the message board archives be available for searching again? I finally got around to making fresh ginger juice last night and wanted to find all the posts about how much to take and when. Thanks! Dianne
:-} I haven't yet come up with a message board solution that doesn't cost hugely in bandwidth. Still trying... we'll revisit this problem in the new year and make a concerted effort to solve it. :-} Maybe I'm a bit late for that batch of ginger juice, but start with 1/2 teaspoon in the morning before breakfast. At first it seems fiery hot, but the "burn" won't hurt you. Work your way up slowly to a tablespoon if desired. Some folks fell so in love with GJ that they slurp a bit of it before each meal. Let me know how you do, and thanks for the MB reminder!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Early on after the demise of the message board, I went to the website: http://www.er4yt.homestead.com/index.html In regard to the chat room there, I don't understand it. What are you supposed to do? Is there really a chat room there? Phil
We do still have a chat room there, but you'd want to schedule a chat with others in order to get together at the same time. See below for an option at the BTD-UK board! thanks, Phil!!
Dear Heidi, Peter and Martha are so blessed to have you helping them out with your Q & A column, and so are we. Thank you so very much for all you do to encourage and help all who visit the site. God bless you! Mary
Oh, Mary, I'm the one blessed by doing it, in too many ways to tell. It is so wonderful to hear from you!! Don't be a stranger ~ A brilliant New Year to you, my friend! *:-D
^Heidi^! Guess I have been gone from the program for too long. What happened to the message board? My husband and I fell off the diet and decided last night that we get back on track full force today! Needed some inspiration from everyone darn it. Janet
Whoops! Hey there, Janet ~~ I highly, highly recommend Tom Greenfield's BTD-UK board ~ it's for everyone including us Yanks, and I hope you find a new home there in a community of kind, talkative and brilliant people ~ HERE it is! Pop it into your Favorites, and here's the link to copy & paste if desired: http://groups.msn.com/er4ytUK/_homepage.msnw?pgmarket=en-gb
Enjoy, dear ~ and keep in touch!!
that goes for everyone, by the way! and... Happy Boxing Day!! :-D