Guest Blog Post: “Postpartum Education and Support” a video by David Hunt

Another informative guest post to da-AL’s blog by good friend, David Hunt …

About 30 percent of new mothers experience postpartum mood disorders, including anxiety and depression. Because women experiencing these symptoms often feel stigmatized or ashamed, and because health providers often fail to screen for maternal mental health issues, many women suffer in silence. For my final project for a master of arts in liberal studies at North Carolina State, I partnered with a nonprofit community organization, Postpartum Education and Support of North Carolina, to raise awareness of this issue and to promote the organization’s free peer support groups. I produced a short documentary-style video featuring the personal stories of four survivors of postpartum mood disorders. This video provides the organization with a new outreach tool that can be posted online and shared via social media and other electronic communication channels. This project was influenced by my coursework in multiple disciplines, including communication, political science, history, and gender studies.

Postpartum Education and Support of North Carolina offers a range of peer support services for women and families confronting postpartum mood disorders.

Call the Moms Supporting Moms Warmline at (919) 454-6946 or email support@pesnc.org.

David Hunt has produced documentaries and educational media for over 30 years. Clients have included the Leukemia Society of America, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Body Glove International.

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Guest Blog Post: “3 Quick Tips on How to Tame a Semi-Feral Cat” in Shadow’s exact words

Another first here at da-Al’s blog! This guest post is by a cat …

Shadow the PR cat
Shadow the PR cat.

Did you know that many of the homeless cats we call “strays” are actually feral or semi-feral cats? Because of their wild nature and fear of humans, these cats are rarely adopted and often euthanized.

When Alexis Chateau PR adopted me on December 13, 2016, I was a semi-feral cat. Here’s how our Managing Director, Alexis Chateau, helped me come around.

Food

When confined to a home or shelter, a semi-feral cat will not know how to find food, since he can no longer hunt. Use this to nurture a positive association between your presence and food. Keep in mind that a feral or semi-feral cat does not like to eat while you’re watching. Give us some space.

Shadow at first
Me on December 15, 2016. Still Semi-Feral, and cowering on the towel rack in the bathroom. This was my “you better not try to touch me, woman!” face. >_<

Catnip

Is your cat susceptible to catnip? If so, then taming them just became a lot easier. Catnip may either make your cat slow and lazy, or bold and active. Successfully catnipped kitties may show reduced levels of fear, and may be more open to playing with you. The more you play with a cat, the greater the bond you form.

Shadow relaxing
Me on January 3, 2017 – The first time I initiated contact and jumped up into her lap. I’ve been doing this every day, since. 🙂

Patience

Alexis Chateau was able to tame me in just three weeks. However, most feral and semi-feral cats may take up to six months or more, to bond with their Hoomanz.  Because of this, patience is important. Forcing a cat to bond with you by cornering him or through unwanted petting will only lead to hissing, biting, and scratching. Let us come to you.

With patience, positive associations, and a few pinches of catnip, I learned to accept and love my Hoomanz. If you follow these tips, your semi-feral may grow to love you, too. Don’t give up.

About Shadow the PR Cat

Shadow the PR Cat is the Goodwill Ambassador at Alexis Chateau PR. His job includes tweeting, purring, taking selfies, rolling in catnip, and advocating for animal rights. Follow his kitty adventures on Twitter at @ShadowThePRCat.

 

Guest Blog Post: “7 Legendary Star Wars Filming Locations You Can Visit in Tunisia” in Virginia Duran’s exact words

Tunisia for lovers of Star Wars, cinema, and travel — reblogged from another great site so we at da-AL’s blog could appreciate too …

Virginia Duran Blog

If you are planning a trip to Northern Africa soon, you may consider Tunisia as a potential candidate. No matter if you are a fan of Star Wars or simply enjoy architecture, these locations are worth a visit.

As an architect, I am fascinated by how these constructions previously existed and were accommodated in the film with so much respect for the local culture. In the same way, brand new creations blend quite well with the vernacular landscape. Most Tunisians, who haven’t even watched the movies, have kept the sets in remarkably good conditions. On one hand, they still make a lot of money out of it. However, I am more inclined to think they found something of their own in those excavated constructions made of earth materials – which wasn’t an accident by the way – and has become part of their current identity.

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Guest Blog Post: “The Big Question” in Story Teller’s exact words

Blogger the Story Teller shares his musings of 13th April with us here at da-AL’s blog. It’s autumn there in Cooroy, Queensland, a town in Australia…

Sunset yesterday, from the ’Story Hill.'
Sunset yesterday, from the ’Story Hill.’ I live on an old ‘Aboriginal Story Place’  a ‘place of power’  ‘a place of Stories.’

The big question for me is: ‘where did we come from, and where are we going to,’ or what is the point of ‘life and death?”

The other day, I was sitting in my garden. I was on my favorite garden seat, in the shade of a leafy green tree. Bees buzzed, insects clicked, birds sang… a genteel breeze moved the leaves and branches. Energy flowed like an invisible stream, I felt it on my cheek and the back of my hand. Some people call it the wind.

Blogger/Author The Story Teller
Blogger/Author The Story Teller

I felt profoundly happy and at peace with the world, I breathe in and fill my lungs with energy… I think about the big question. The energy of the universe fills my body, I am everything… everything is me. It’s blindingly simple…

I think and daydream; I’m in a big city someplace, I’m walking across a dusty road, rubbish spins listlessly on an unfelt breeze. Somebody in a dirty white shirt and unkempt trousers staggers towards me, he has no shoes and his feet are filthy. ‘Do you have the answer,’ he croaks as he gets closer.

I smile at the man, I don’t have to talk. I grabbed my shirt at the neck and ripped it open, standing there like King Kong with strips of shirt hanging from my fingers, the unformed universe fermenting in my chest. It was so black, it was before black; electrons shoot out like tiny white rods… they moved in a twisting, linear way.

I tell the man to step inside. I think to myself; “I am nothing… yet to me, I am everything.

Life is a conundrum, the mystery of it makes you smile, the possibilities endless.  Open your mind, dare to dream.

Thoughts on an autumn day down-under.

Read more of the Story Teller’s musing here.

Guest Blog Post: “How Did You Get into Fruit Wine Making?” in Michael’s exact words

Fellow blogger and commercial winemaker Michael shares with us here at da-AL’s blog his joy of making wine from fruit…

Fruit wine and deserts on a table

My elder cousin studied chemistry and told me how to do it. It was more an experiment than actual winemaking. We made elderberry wine. I was a teenager and experimented with fermentation. There is no more to say about that.

We had to pick numerous elderberries in early autumn and had to rub the small berries from the umbels. It was exhausting and lasted forever. In the end, we had a very small batch of elderberry juice. We fermented it in an open bucket covered only with a towel. Very country-style, but it worked! Very well.

We had to wait about three weeks and ended with a sweet berry wine. We used baker’s yeast and not wine yeast so the alcohol content was medium. We tasted it with parents and grandparents. Everybody got a small glass. Then it was all drunk up, no wine left. So much work, so long waiting only for a minute of joy and a sip of wine. I was disappointed. But I kept going. I fermented different fruits and over the years worked on to better equipment and bigger batches.

Berries on treeI served my homemade booze at family birthday parties and the aunts enjoyed the sweet raspberry wine the most. Years later I opened one bottle – it had aged very well. It tasted like dark sherry with a raspberry nose and it was delicious. I had been considering producing fruit wine commercially.After a long time, it had become clear that I should do it – at last – now!

I can combine the technical aspect of producing a bottle of wine with creativity and art. Winemaking is Art and Science. So is painting my labels. Yes — they are all painted by myself with watercolors. The names of the different wines were invented by myself. Winemaking involves much brainstorming and garnering of ideas.

Like the Hindberry logo. I own a miniature dog that looks like a small hind (deer). Hindberry is old English for raspberry. It is my best fruit wine. Raspberries are most often red, so the logo had to be red. The very short answer to a very long progress of finding the name and logo of my future brand.

Berries ready to be pickedThe making of fruit wine is fun. Getting to taste and smell lots and lots of fresh fruits is a huge bonus. Fruits are nutritious, especially dark berries. I have always a thing for functional foods that are also healthy benefits because I’ve studied food science and biotechnology. I am also interested in herbs and spices. They can be used to prevent and cure illnesses. It is not technically correct to call them ‘medicine,’ yet they are surely beneficial when taken in the right concentrations. You always add them to your meal because they taste so good but there is also a health benefit for your body. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Concentration) values of berries such as aronia, elderberry, cranberry, and blueberry are more than double the ORAC of red wine. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to call healthy but obviously fruit wines have higher ORAC values than red wines. It is definitely great news — yet one should never drink more than a small glass a day.

About the author: Blogger Michael is single and 35. He’s run a small batch fruit winery in Austria since Dec. 2016. It lies southeast of Pellendorf, Himberg, near Vienna and  Schwechat Airport. He invites visitors to Austria/Vienna to visit for a Tasting. He enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies, painting, craft activities, and DIY because there is always something that has to be done. In addition, he loves gardening, such as growing vegetables, fruit trees, and grapes in the house garden 😉

Guest Blog Post: “Modern Love” reblog from Baestasia

For anyone who feels alone, remember that you’re never really alone. Here at da-AL’s, also remember that it’s ok when misery loves company …

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all my unedited glory

Modern love is sappy instagram captions and an overuse of the heart emojis. It’s speedy replies, just as quick as how they’d get together. It’s having a year long streak and being each other’s number 1 best friend on snapchat. It’s ship names and coordinated whatsapp profile pictures. It’s being the very first person to comment ‘ flfc ‘. It’s late night calls that stretch for hours and hours, falling asleep to the sound of their voices instead of in their arms. It’s liking and commenting on every single posts or else it means you don’t love the person enough or maybe you don’t even care. It’s getting hints on her twitter through every indirect she posts about you. It’s changing your status to attached. It’s publicizing something meant to be private and personal. It’s showing off. It’s expressing love on a platform that leaves a mark. It’s messy, everyone…

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Guest Blog Post: “Make Life Better,” reblog from Chatter Master

Fab, fab, f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!!! Reblogged so we at da-Al’s can appreciate too …

The Chatter Blog

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