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Page 6C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press April 14, 2010 Happy Birthday, Mt. City! 'ark the date: Satur- day, May 1, celebrate .Mountain City's 160 th Birthda Tentatively, the day starts at 9:30 a.m. with a Farmer's Market- limited to produce and flowers grown in Mountain City. Tentatively, it will end at noon- after presentations by long-time mayor, ludge Beth Smith, and long-time-living near here, Bob Barton. OOQ Is it safe to say that all of us have weeds this spring? I'm pulling weeds and leaving horse herb as groundcover. A bluebirding friend, Keith Kridler, recently posted on "Bluebird-U' (an electronic conversation) an explanation of how chemicals used for grass and weeds reach wildlife. Most of the chemicals we end up using in our yards end up getting into the "blood stream" of our plants. These chemicals end up getting into the nectar and then into the insects that sip or drink the nectar. When you treat around your house foundation for termites, ants or roaches, the landscape plants pull up these chemi- cals. Most of these translocate within the plants and your trees from the roots, to the stems to the leaves and end up in the fruit or berries. When you use a "broad leafed" weedkiller on your lawn you kill only the "weeds" but the grass, nutsedges and other related families of plants still absorb and pull up these chemicals that end up getting into the blood streams of the insects and animals that eat the treated grasses. There are other selective "grass" killers that only kill cer- tain families of grass, but then these chemicals are absorbed and pulled up by the "broad leafed" weeds and will end up in the nectar ofthe"weeds and/or wildflowers" or the creatures that eat these. When they tested the honey bee hives, they found 121 different pesticides in just 800 different hives or bee or pollen samples. (For more, Google "disappearing bees pesti- cides".) What percentage of the hurnan diet is from plants that require pollination from hon- eybees? One-third! Major honeybee die-offs in the past four years are under investigation. Honeybee die-off casts much more affect on Mountain Cityians than Monarch butterfly die-off. The morning after I tidbit- ted about Monarchs, I found a dead Monarch. She was at least seven months old and, she had traveled back and forth to the mountains of Mexico. I won- dered if she found milkweed for her eggs when she came back to Texas. Texas Parks & Wildlife removed electronic text that downplayed the value of butterfly weed for Monarchs, after Montage spotlighted the paragraph. Now, TPWD says, "Butter- fly weed is used by Monarch butterflies as a caterpillar food plant. Butterfly weed really lives up to its name. It attracts a wide range of butterflies to the abun- dant nectar that it produces." Mark Klym, Information Specialist for TPWD Wildlife Diversity said, "Most of the butterfly weed found in the nurseries is Asclepias cursavica - a non-native from Mexico." He suggests Asclepias tuberosa which is native but is harder to transplant because of the tuber. QQ$ Most "Montage" tidbits are produced by me. I prefer tidbits from you; but, they are harder to come by. It's easy to transplant a tidbit- iust send to ptom5678@gmail.com or phone 512-268-5678. Thanks! Love, Pauline Meditation Continued from pg. 1C Be totally here with each breath where you're most aware of it in your body. Commit yourself to be fully awake, fully present with each breath. Let the breath happen by itself. 5. Centerin You will want to choose a centering focus. It may be the coming and going of the breath itself, or a word or short phrase which you repeat silently to yourself on the out-breath, or a visual scene. This centering focus serves as an anchor when gur mind wanders offinto oughts, worries, or any other mental activity. Whenever this wandering of the mind occurs, ever-so-gently notice it and re- turn to your breath and center- ing focus. If your mind wanders 1,000 times, gently bring it back to center 1,000 times, intention- ally cultivating an attitude of gentleness and patience with yourself. Anything that comes into the field of awareness is OK. Centering is a process of noticing and letting be, rejecting nothin dwelling in slilMess as the breath goes in and out. You may wish to choose a word that connects with your deepest beliefs as a center- ing focus. The physiological relaxation of centering medita- tion, when combined with your deepest beliefs, is a particularly potent combination to bring us home where we can rest in stillness. Examples of such words are peace, rest, Jesus, Mary, shalom, Allah, merw. What's important is not which word you choose, but the word as a symbol of your intention to spend time with God. You may also choose a neutral word, such as the number one as your centering focus. 6. Judging. Don't worry how you are doing. It's a habit of the mind to criticize and judge our performances. Just notice this habit, and gently return to the anchor of your breath and your centering focus. Your mind will not stop for more than seconds at a time, if at all, so don't expect it to be quiet for long at first. Just watch the coming and going of thoughts, and ever-so-gently retum to your anchor. The mind is much like the surface of the ocean: on the surface there may be a lot of action with mind waves, but as you descend below the surface, the water is calm and still.With practice, we let go of surface thoughts and descend into calmness and stillness. 7. Frequency. Practice once, preferably twice a day for a few minutes at first, lengthening to twenty minutes. Establish a regular time and place for your centering. Make it as regular a part of)our day as brushing your teem. Remember: A good centering is one you did. Scott Quinn is an educator and spiritual director at Seton Cove. FOR WE'RE HERE Since 1941, we've been a strong, local bank with deep roots and an unwavering commitment to our customers, our employees and our communities. So in addition to being here for almost 70 years, you can count on us being here today, tomorrow and into the future. We continue to help customers realize their dreams and continue to invest in the success of local business while giving back our time and resources to make the community better and brighter. At Broadway Bank, that's what we mean when we say, "we're here for good." B ROADWAY BANK We're here for good? gx2.z68.zozl [ 8oo.g]I.765o I broadwaybank.com 38 NEIGHBORHOOD BANKING CENTERS [ Member FDIC It