Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sun in the Well


Dr Abe V Rotor


                                                                                                      
I dug for water
and looked to Heaven,
clouds I found none
but heard a voice instead
“Deeper”.


So I dug and dug.
without let up,
but of no avail.

This time I looked up to Heaven,
to ask, “How much deeper?”
And the voice came again.
“Until you see the sun, my son.”

I dug and dug and dug,
and a spring I soon struck,
reflected the sun above.~

Acknowledgement: Internet Photo


Monday, May 30, 2016

Riding on the Wind - Two Liners for Everyday Living (Series 1)


You can't tell where a sailboat goes
without keel, more so as the wind blows.

Dr Abe V Rotor 

 Sailboats pass the ruins of a lighthouse, detail of a mural by the author. 

Now and then I jot down ideas as they come spontaneously at work, leisure and even in the middle of the night.

Ideas are fleeting, they just disappear and are difficult to recall. Fortunately, with a notebook on hand, I was able to capture and
painstakingly transcribe a number of them into short verses. 

Here are some I wish to share in this blog and on Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-the-air) 


1. Wind, current, keel make a trio. 
only if they have one direction to go.

2. Love is sweeter after pain,
and perhaps never sweeter again. 

 3. Truthfulness sans kindness is like a cold, cruel steel;
kindness sans truthfulness is like a forgotten window sill.

4. That others will learn to trust you,
first, be trustworthy, kind and true.  

5. The greatest crisis ambitious men and women face
is loss of privacy trying to win a nameless race. 

6. When reality dies, it may become a dream,
and dream is reality again foreseen.


7. Kindness, however small,
is never wasted at all.

8.Patience is a virtue in disguise,
the art of the smart and wise. 

9. He who always says, "Yes".
is seeker of convenience,

10. It is always the big fish that got away, 
is an old story.  Lo! to the innocent prey.  


11. Unless cut and polished, a stone is stone,
like a gene lying deep, unknown and alone.

12. Ah, but what good is a rock when it misses
the essence of a clay on which life itself rises? ~

Definition (By Jacob M Braude)
Miracle: Something that someone does that cannot be done. 
Obstacles: those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Nervousness: when you feel in a hurry all over and can't get started. 
Old Maid: a woman in the prim of life.

Dust in my Room - Two-liners for Everyday Living (Series 2)


Nobly a life men can choose,
Yet prefer to live long and lose.

Dr Abe V Rotor


Now and then I jot down ideas as they come spontaneously at work, leisure and even in the middle of the night. 

Ideas are fleeting, they just disappear and are difficult to recall.  Fortunately, with a notebook on hand, I was able to capture  and painstakingly transcribe them into two-line verses. 

Here are some I wish to share in this blog and on Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-the-air)

1. Take it from the ant or stork,
Patience is silence at work.


2. A full vessel holds water to the brim,
Unless it bears a crack on the rim.

3. Pleasance to the youth, care to the old;
Where do they belong, the meek and the bold?

4. She is coy who speaks soft, writes light;
Fire starts with smoke before it ignites.

5. Moth, master of camouflage, don’t be dumb;
When you lose your art, you lose your freedom.

6. He finds reason for living
Who sees a new beginning.

7. Every promise you can’t keep
Drags you into a deeper pit.
 

 8. How do you know truth unspoken?
When the heart has spoken.

9. To the humble, a Genie rises from a great soul,
And I, a teacher, yet know not my goal.

10. Make believe growth and prosperity;
A vessel sounds louder when empty.

11. A child too soon behaves like man,
A good man, he means – on none.

12. The difference of being right and reasonable,
One is black or white, the other’s measurable
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Definition (From Jacob M Baude)

Gratitude: Memory of the heart. 
Dreams: the free movies of sleep
Luck: good planning, carefully executed
Kindness: a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stem Cell Burger, anyone?

And now stem cell burgers, and other products
     from lab meat - today’s Green Revolution –
so why farm the land, raise cattle on the ranch,
     hunt down the endangered species?
When you can grow food in test tube
     from stem cells of endless source:
animal, plant, moneran and protist – and human -      
     Stem cell burger, anyone?
Dr Abe V Rotor
Burger revolution: farm meat to lab meat
Burger made from stem cells in the laboratory,
     it could be beef, pork, chicken, fish, 
and in many different combinations no single
     recipe can define, menus in array.

Stem cells are universal to all living things,
     plants the simplest, animals complex,
human ultimate, ethico-moral notwithstanding,
     but who can stop science, progress? 

Simple as seed germinating into stem and root,
     as zygote differentiating into tissues,
to organs, to systems, on to a complete being;
     from organelles to uni-celled protists.     

Analogy from simple to complex shows Nature
     at work, transferring life in patterns,
key to evolution's continuity and diversity -
     but these don't need man's intervention. 

Disobedience from the tree of knowledge persists,
     discovery by invention or serendipity,
man saw how a seed grows, an embryo forms,
     in vivo, in vitro, Eureka! 

If in test tube life grows, and tissue culture 
     replicates the mother, henceforth grow
stem cells harvested from the bone marrow,
     adipose, amniotic, umbilical - 

Would a mold make a bone, a heart, an eye,
     kidney? Or simpler, in situ - pronto!
it's bio-automation, two centuries after Ford;
     burgers in millions, nay in billions.  

Who cares about laboratory grown burgers
    to a hungry world, to teeming cities,
to slum dwellers, and – to affluence and fancy?
     It is hard to defect from the bandwagon.

Pavlov after all makes no exception, more so
     in consumerism, and Darwin’s
survival in fitness, and on the expense of others,
     is true from ancient to postmodern.

For why should man eat the bacteria in BT corn?
      The arctic flounder in tomato?
Daffodil in rice, human hormone in cow’s milk?
     Bio-pharmed plants, other Frankenfood?

Perhaps because he accepted coffeeless coffee,
     sugarless sugar, fatless fat;
sulfite, chromates, monosodium glutamates,
     irradiation, moieties and clones.  

And now stem cell burgers, and other products
     from lab meat - today’s Green Revolution –
so why farm the land, raise cattle on the ranch,
     hunt down the endangered species?

When you can grow food in test tube
     from stem cells of endless source:
animal, plant, moneran and protist – and human -      
     Stem cell burger, anyone?

Minerals in food increase sexual vitality

People who are well provided with calcium have large and heavy bones. They are workers and appear serious in life, but in fact, are patient and sexually active.
The most basic of all elements is Oxygen. It is the only element that we take in its free state. A slight deprivation of it will send one panting and gasping for air. Imagine if this happens during lovemaking.

Dr Abe V Rotor



  Native vegetables are rich in minerals and vitamins
Sexual vitality may decrease with age, unfulfilled relationship, or simply poor health.

Take time out to bring it back, perhaps even greater. Examine the food you take everyday. Do they contain the right kind and amount of minerals? Go over this article and make a assessment. For each of the ten items, score 3 if highly sufficient, 2  if just sufficient, and 1 if insufficient.                                                                        
                                         
1. Iodine is associated with the thyroid gland which is called the "emotional” gland. An under-active thyroid may be the cause of sterility, depression and unsatisfactory sex life. Iodine helps in the control and balance of other elements in the body, which include calcium, magnesium and certain trace elements. Seafoods constitute the main source of iodine in our diet. Iodized salt is the most practical solution to iodine deficiency problem.

2. Okra and celery provide sodium, known as the "youth element." People well provided with this element are usually medium built and very much on the go. They are endowed with great endurance, .strength and passion. They have strong sex appeal. Sodium, together with calcium, magnesium and potassium, neutralize acid in the body. It is found in the blood and all body fluids. It maintains nerve conduction and electromagnetic potential bf tissues.

3. Potassium, which we get from avocado and banana,' maintains our heart and muscles healthy and strong, thus keeping us alert and well-coordinated. People who have sufficient intake of potassium have positive and diplomatic attitude, and have a
good sense of humor.

4. Iron aids in the oxygenation of the body through the lungs and blood. Since oxygen is essential to life, people who lack iron are anemic, docile and sickly. On the other hand, those who have adequate iron in their systems enjoy life. The most practical source of iron is green leafy vegetables. In fact, chlorophyll and Vitamin C enhance the absorption of iron from many food sources from dried fruits to fish and poultry.
Ginger and garlic are high in minerals and contain antibiotic properties

5. Lecithin, vitellin and acetylcholine are organic compounds high in phosphorus content. Phosphorus is important in the proper functioning of the brain and nerves, thus it is referred to as "brain element." Adequate phosphorus is derived from vegetables, meat and fish, grains, seeds and nuts. People enjoy good health as a result of phosphorus-rich food intake.
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6. The main source of magnesium is yellow food. Among the popular food sources of this mineral are banana and avocado. Not many people know that lack of magnesium is manifested by tension and restlessness, which affect our sleep and our personal and social life. Relaxation is closely identified with magnesium. Relaxation is the key to a pleasing personality and an enjoyable love life.

7. Manganese is a catalyst, which enhances enzyme reactions in our brain, particularly the hypothalamus which is the sex center, and our nerves, these being important to the enjoyment of sex life. Foods rich in iron are also rich in manganese. People who are not taking enough of this mineral are cruel and insensitive, forgetful and impatient. Prolonged deficiency may contribute to mental problems and nerve disorders.

8. Sulfur makes us glow, so to speak. It makes our eyes sparkle, our steps quick, and our body movement sexy. Our skin, hair, lips, cheeks may not need any makeup if we eat sulfur-rich foods like onions and garlic, leeks (leaf-onion), radish, cabbage
and cauliflower. People who love to eat these foods look healthy and attractive, and really, they are endowed with the gift of emotion and passion, which is a key to the enjoyment of love life.

9. Calcium is important to long life, because it does not only build but also rebuild tissues in the bones and muscles, in fact all cells of the body. Women deplete calcium faster than men, and this is apparent as they approach menopause. General health and long life depend to a large extent on regular intake of calcium-rich foods, such as milk, vegetables, cereals, onions, poultry and fish. It maintains balanced pH and production of hormones. People who are well provided with calcium have large and heavy bones. They are workers and appear serious in life, but in fact, are patient and sexually active.

10. Perhaps the most basic of all elements is Oxygen. It is the only element that we take in its free state. A slight deprivation of it will send one panting and gasping for air. Imagine if this happens during lovemaking. Oxygen makes 75 per cent of ourbody, and 20 per cent of our oxygen supply is used by the brain. People who exercise regularly and take balanced diet maintain a good level of oxygen supply.

Other than these minerals, most of the food mentioned contain vitamins that are equally important. You will also get from them calories, protein, fat, and trace elements needed by the body. Sexual vitality is dictated by our brains that control our thoughts, actions and emotions. It is important that we relax and avoid unnecessary stress.  Live well, there is no substitute to it. Be happy.  Be happy together with your partner.    

Rating 
25 - 30 sexual vitality high 
15 - 24 fair or average 
14 and below - poor

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wall Mural of Nature: Backdrop for Growing Up

Dr Abe V Rotor

Father and Son in a flood light seeping 
in a make believe scene,
a fantasy world looking real as imagined,
only by the inner eye seen.

Sit on a Galapagos Isle among marine iguanas;
be the child Darwin, the naturalist,
while others in gay and abandon miss the essence
of Nature's secret of love and peace.  

 No longer a girl, her dolls now locked up; 
they're good only for looking back;
so with the cradle, only by memories may rock,
for it's springtime for growing up,  
yonder the hills, fields and meadows lies
a road to walk on and never back. 




Tell the owl your secrets;
 a girl no more with no regrets;
wise as you think it so,
wish your dreams come true.~

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Develop your NATIVE INTELLIGENCE

Develop your NATIVE INTELLIGENCE
When the leaves of acacia start to fold and droop, it’s time to go home, else you will be walking in the dark.


Dr Abe V Rotor 
Native Intelligence list

1. Animals are uneasy before an earthquake. They can sense the preliminary vibration before the final snap (tectonic break).

2.    Don’t gather
 all the eggs from the nest.  Leave some, otherwise the laying hen will not return to lay more eggs. (Applies in cottage poultry raising)

 Frogs croak for rain. Mating calls are heard at the start of the rainy season (habagat)
3.    Thunder and lightning spawn mushroom. Join the mushroom hunt a day or two after, in banana groves, termite mounds, haystacks.   

4.    Corn silk tea is good for the kidney. So with the pinaglagaan – water left in boiling green corn.



5.    Kapok laden with pods means there’s going to be a poor harvest. Kapok has shallow root system vulnerable to insufficient water.  

6.    Rub table salt on the cut stem of newly harvested fruits to hasten their ripening.
Also prevents rotting.

7.    Choose pakwan (watermelon) with wide, well-spaced “ribs.” It is sweeter and fleshier. Fruit has reached full maturity.  
 
8.    Poultice made of moss heals wounds and relieves pain. Antibiotic property.  

9.    Ring around the moon means a storm is coming. It means very high humidity (suspended water vapor).

    10. Red and gray sunsets are signs it’s going to rain.  Or a storm is coming. Rainclouds are forming.

11. Leaves of madre de cacao or kakawate hasten the ripening of fruits. Enclose green fruits in plastic to trap ethylene gas, ripens in a day or two.

12. Smudging induces flowering of fruit trees and protects fruits from pests. Secret of off-season fruiting.

13. Drosophila flies (mannuka) hasten vinegar making. They carry vinegar-making bacteria.


14. Chopped banana stalk makes a cold pack to reduce fever. Radiator principle.

15. Pruning induces growth and development of plants. A must in grapes.

16. To increase corn yield “decapitate” the standing crop. (detasseling)

17. When the leaves of acacia fold it’s time to go home. 

18. .Pinag-aasawa ang bulaklak ng kalabasa. (Pollination)

19. Sukang Iloko (Ilocos Vinegar) is home remedy for sore throat (gurgle), and fever (wipe gently forehead and body). Dilute with equal amount of water.

20. Old folks use garlic as insecticide. Crush and mix, one clove to a litter of tap water, filter and sprinkle on plants.
  
21. Sugar solution extends the life of cut flowers. At 10% for three hours immersion of freshly cut stem for better absorption.

22. Why mungo seeds won’t soften when cooked is due to a spell cast by deities in the field. Immature seeds are caramelized.  

23. Red or brown sugar is better than white or refined sugar. It’s natural with the original nutrients of cane sugar.  

24. It is a common practice of farmers to cover fruits with ash, sand or sawdust to delay their ripening and minimize losses. Controls atmospheric conditions like temperature, sunlight, humidity, microorganisms.  
  
25. Farmers plant tayum (Indigofera tinctoria) to fertilize their field. It is a legume and can fix Nitrogen into Nitrate.

26. Brown eggs are preferred over white eggs, especially in rural areas. Brown eggs are produced by native chicken raised on the farm without antibiotics and other chemicals.
 
27. Water remains cool in earthen pot (calamba or caramba) even in hot weather. Pores of the pot works on radiator principle.

28. Apply lime or alum on the butt end of cabbage to stay fresh and longer in the shelf.

29. To prevent glass from breaking, first put a metal spoon before pouring hot water.

30. Emergence of the June beetle ushers the start of rainy season.  Sometimes in comes out in May, hence also called May beetle.

31.  Dogs eat grass for self-medication, so with parrots eating clay - a biological instinct for survival.

32. To get better harvest, furrows must be parallel with the sun’s movement. Less overshadowing of plants enhances photosynthesis – and good harvest.

33. Ants on-the-move means a strong rain, if not a typhoon, is coming. Cockroaches come out of their abode and seek for shelter outside. They are Nature’s barometer.

34.  Mosquitoes bite more aggressively before rain - in preparation for egg laying.

Aedes egyptii female mosquito 
35. There are persons who are a favorite of mosquitoes. Please check if you belong to the favored group.


·         You don’t take a bath regularly. 
·         You wear dark clothes, especially black. 
·         Your body temperature is relatively higher.
·         Your rate of breathing is faster.
·         Your skin is relatively thin and tender. 
·         You love to stay in corners and poorly lighted places.
·         You are not protected by clothing, screen or off-lotion. ~