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Thanksgiving

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. We learned in school that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1621. What we may not remember is that the Pilgrims didn’t have many reasons to be thankful. H. U. Westermayer noted, “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” St. Paul wrote, in Philippians 4, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” We are not instructed … Continue reading Thanksgiving

Can You Use A Better Night’s Sleep?

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) We often talk about sleeping like a baby, but why do babies sleep so deeply? Here are a few facts about sleep: • Melatonin is produced in the brain by a small gland called the pineal gland • Melatonin production slows down as we age • Reduced melatonin production causes restless sleep patterns • There is a reflex point in the foot that reaches the pineal gland The pineal gland is a pea-sized, pinecone-shaped endocrine gland located in the geometrical … Continue reading Can You Use A Better Night’s Sleep?