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Editor’s Message Welcome to our Mother’s Day issue, this issue is dedicated to all Mothers – as a mother, I know all you do, and wish you a happy, guilt-free Mother’s Day, full of spoils. Mother’s Day is my favourite holiday of the entire year. Sure I love the festive family holidays like Christmas and New Year’s, the sweet sentiment of Valentine’s Day, and Easter weekend, but Mother’s Day feels like a day that’s all mine.  Mother’s Day is truly the only day of the year that I feel I am given a license to take the day off.  Even more than my birthday somehow, Mother’s Day feels to bear no expectations other than for me to enjoy myself and my family. Please join me in welcoming Naomi from Natrix, who has come on board as the contributor of our new monthly travel piece. If you need help planning your next holiday, look no further than Naomi and her team at Natrix. May is a full month with a lot happening, from Worker’s Day on the 1st to World No Tabaco Day on the 31st and not forgetting Mother’s Day. Please take a moment to read the article on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – a commonly misunderstood illness. (Page 12) As always I would like to thank our advertisers for making this magazine a reality, and remind our readers to please support the advertisers. Until next month – keep sharing our magazine – Happy Reading! May 2017

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Your mother is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you are not feeling well, she’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colours of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take. She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space…. Not even death. Unknown 4

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Pomsky - The New Designer Dog The Pompom Tree Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Breakfast in Bed for Mom Upupa Africana Travel with Natrix Communication in Marriage Environmental: Zero Waste to Landfill Grace - Part 15 Mother’s Day Home Spa Treatments

The History of Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is a holiday honouring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts. May 2017

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e live in an age where we design everything around us to suit our every need. That even extends to our pets. Our featured dog this month is the relatively new Pomsky. This designer pet was developed to satisfy pet owners who longed to own a Husky but simply didn’t have sufficient space and energy for the breed. The Pomsky is bred by crossing a Siberian Husky with a Pomeranian. You might ask yourself how that is even possible; breeding is done through artificial insemination to avoid the dangers of breeding these two very different sized dogs. The Pomsky is a great alternative to the Husky, but be warned they come at a price. The Pomsky is a hugely popular designer dog, and the puppies are the highest priced for any cross breed. This breed is new, they are hard to find and the cost of artificial insemination all add to this little furballs’ price tag.

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for one of these pups, a lot of breeders are jumping on the band wagon and there are a lot of scams around. The Pomsky is a fun, energetic, mischievous and playful dog that is also intelligent and confident. They are loving and affectionate to their family and will behave in a protective manner. Do not be surprised if your Pomsky is less than welcoming to strangers. They also tend to be wary around small children. This dog loves to chew, so when you add one to your family, be sure to supply a lot of chew toys to avoid your new little bundle from chewing on your furniture. The Pomsky, while a medium sized dog is rather energetic and will need a fair amount of exercise. If they do not get

While the breed is still being tweaked, breeders are aiming for a dog that looks like a Husky but is smaller. Please be careful if you start looking

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based training and early socialization and training are important. They are moderate shedding dogs who shed often, so you can expect to have hair on your clothes and furniture if you have one of these pups in your home. Daily brushing will help reduce the need for vacuuming. The Pomsky is a good watchdog and you can expect him to warn you of any intruders. They are occasional barkers and sometimes they will howl like the Husky.

enough exercise you can expect them to become destructive. Barking, howling, chewing and digging are all signs that your Pomsky needs more exercise. They are intelligent, so usually they train easily. However, they can be stubborn. They respond well to positive, reward May 2017

This new design dog is very desirable and the need for artificial insemination adds to making them an expensive dog. There are very few breeders around that are doing it right, so if you come across someone offering lower prices, be suspicious. Avoid online transactions and insist on visiting and meeting both parents before you make the investment.

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Mothers Are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never gives up despite the struggles.

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day

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The Pompom Tree

Dais Cotinifolia

in flower, it looks like candyfloss as it transforms into a cloud of soft pink balls. Its natural home is the Eastern parts If you have read Dr Seuss’s 30th Book – of South Africa where is grows on the The Lorax – to your children, I am sure margins of forests, wooded hill slopes and you will agree with me that the pompom tree just might be what inspired Dr Seuss. in stony kloofs. The pompom is a small tree, growing only The pompom tree is one of our best to 6 metres, with a lovely rounded, leafy known and well-loved indigenous trees. It is tough enough to be used as a street crown. It can be single or multi-stemmed, with the brown stems covered in small tree and small enough to fit into most speckles of whitish cork. The smooth, gardens. When the pompom tree is May 2017

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simple leaves are bright green, sometimes with a slight bluish tinge on the upper sides. The veins of the leaves are a translucent yellow colour, forming very clear patterns as they run through the leaves. The leaves are usually scattered up the branches or crowded at the ends of the branches. In very cold areas the trees are deciduous, but in warmer climates, they

only lose their leaves for a short time at the end of winter. The tree flowers in early summer, anytime from November to December. The new flower buds look like lollipops, with big round heads on long thin stems at the end of the branches. The green heads pop open with the many small flowers in tight bunches inside, looking like pink fluff balls. For about three weeks the tree flowers in profusion. The tiny black seeds are formed in the bottom of the little flowers and are ready to collect about a month or two after flowering. After flowering, the green cup shaped bracts that held the flowers, become hard and brown, remaining on the tree for many months. The dried “flowers� can be used for decorations.


Advertorial February 2008 signalled the launch of our business in Centurion, with the sole purpose to satisfy the needs of our clients at a reasonable price. Our company has grown and though we focus on building new homes and mini-malls and renovating the same – we still hold true to our original value – satisfy our client needs at a reasonable price.

Extended services: Certifying your private building

We are a NHBRC registered company and hence our guarantees are aligned with the laws of SA; we are also in good and regular standing with SARS.

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Our one contact point service encompasses the full spectrum of required building services and certificates, thus removing risk of unqualified service providers and delays in occupation.

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Our services include: Original designs and approved plans Certified construction of new buildings/homes Modern finishes All certificates including the occupation certificate

Certifying completed buildings/ homes buildings/homes Demolishing old buildings Site-clearance with heavy machinery We work closely with many top estate agents in some of the top estates in Pretoria and surrounds, which allows us to source stands reasonably quick. We are also able to build your holiday home, on the coast or elsewhere, while liaising with you at your local residence and giving you bi-monthly photo proof reports to the progress of the build.

Whatever your building need or concern is – talk to us – our solutions make it look easy. May 2017

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May is awareness month for

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis a serious yet misunderstood illness. by Nomsa Gamedze (Photo) & Retha Viviers

ME goes by many names, the most well-known being Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is a difficult illness to diagnose due to its lack of a known biomarker, which means that sufferers are widely disbelieved and stigmatised by the general public and the medical community. Most basic diagnostic tests come back normal, and the wide spectrum of severity confounds the process further; some sufferers can still work, whereas others cannot leave their beds or even hold conversations. Typical symptoms include fatigue, post exertional malaise (PEM)—a serious flare up of symptoms after exertion—unrefreshing sleep, cognitive difficulties, and muscle and joint pain. To minimise the impact of PEM it is advised that sufferers pace their activities carefully and take rests often. This makes working difficult. There are several other symptoms that occur with varying frequency in the population with ME. Due to the scepticism surrounding ME, the community suffers in various ways. ME patients lack of credibility with doctors means that many patients will be continually misdiagnosed or remain undiagnosed for years on end. People with ME are often misguidedly encouraged to ‘push through’ their symptoms by both doctors and loved ones, with devastating consequences. Most

sufferers have to stop working/ studying and face poverty as a result, while living in isolation has become a reality for many. However, there are promising solutions to some of these problems locally and overseas International research seems to be getting closer understanding this neurological and immunological illness and is working towards finding a biomarker to diagnose and treat the illness. THE ME CFS Foundation South Africa NPO was founded • To provide healthcare and counselling services for those patients who cannot afford them; • To raise awareness of ME/CFS, this includes educating Medical Practitioners in order to enable proper diagnoses and appropriate treatment; • To advocate for the rights and interests of persons living with ME/CFS; and • To form a network with overseas ME organisations and contribute to research.


The services provided by the Foundation include financial assistance where needed for symptomatic treatments as well as basic necessities where sufferers are without any form of income.

discussed my fatigue and she diagnosed me with ME. I continued studying full-time and my dependency on caffeine progressed to the point Nomsa Gamedze’s personal journey with where, in the exam season ME illustrates many of the obstacles the ME of the first semester of community faces. 2015—in the throes of a severe flare up—I was “I first fell ill at the age of 16, and received a consuming an average of diagnosis of glandular fever caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. As many ME patients do, I one and a half 500ml energy drinks per day. felt as though I had caught a bad flu and never I managed to pass and do relatively well in most of my courses but failed my statistics recovered. The GP who diagnosed me did course abysmally, resulting in my expulsion not inform my mother and myself of the risks from the programme. One symptom of ME is of not resting properly after contracting EBV deteriorating cognitive ability. In the second and, as such, I was not allowed to miss any school or cut down on my commitments. After semester, I was too ill to study and after a few weeks applied for my first Leave of Absence. this diagnosis in Grade 10, I pushed through the remainder of high school, maintaining my I have attempted once to return to my studies part-time but had to withdraw once again. I am academic and sporting standards, achieving awards in both spheres. Throughout this time, still not fit to study or work.” I believed that my constant fatigue and flare For more information on the illness, The ME ups were “relapses” of glandular fever, as my CFS FOUNDATION SOUTH AFRICA and GP suggested could occur. Holding myself how you could be helped or join an online to my pre-illness academic, sporting, and closed support group, contact info@mecfssa. social standards was increasingly punishing, org . The Foundation is also in need of funds but—becoming ever more dependent on to achieve its objectives. Kindly visit www. caffeine—I left school in 2013 as the Dux mecfssa.org for different ways to donate. scholar. I began studying actuarial science at UCT in 2014, moving to Cape Town from Johannesburg. I found the programme and the move extremely taxing, but assumed that my experience was normal, as the programme is famously demanding and I was performing fairly well. The fatigue still plagued me, but I still characterised it as “relapses” of EBV. I found a GP in Cape Town who I saw very often due to recurring acute infections. We


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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

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his year you do not have to dread your annual Mother’s Day breakfast, we have you covered. For some simply, easy breakfast ideas that the kids will be able to manage without too much hassle and which you will actually enjoy eating, visit the Featz website for an idea guide. Simply print it out and leave it laying around the house, or give it to your partner. With this guide, you will be able to relax in bed while you await your morning treat.

Choco-Berry Waffles

Little ones will love placing the berries and chocolate into each cavity. It’s like a delicious breakfast puzzle!

Bagels with Cucumber and Salmon (or Ham) If your bagels aren’t already halved, let dad do the slicing. Young kids can spread the cream cheese with the back of a spoon and layer the cucumber and salmon with their fingers.

Lemon-Poppy Yogurt Trifle Store-bought lemon-poppy muffins make easy work of this layered breakfast treat. With no cooking or cutting required, even the youngest kids can help prepare breakfast for Mom.

Fancy Breakfast Toast Toast and topping options are almost endless. Most of these tasks can be accomplished with a butter knife, but kids should enlist a grown-up for help peeling and pitting the avocado.

Cocoanana Smoothie

Smoothies are a nearly perfect food for kids to make. Toss everything into a blender and push a button -- just don’t forget to put the top on first! To more easily blend smoothies, put the liquid or yogurt in first and the ice or frozen fruit in last. This creamy drink will be the perfect start to your Mother’s Day. Peanut butter, banana, and cocoa...what’s not to love?

Ham and Cheese Crepes

Skip making homemade crepes and buy a bag at the supermarket. When kids pop these savory roll-ups into the oven they’ll need a bit of adult supervision. Otherwise, this delicious French-style breakfast is assembly-only.

Overnight Oatmeal and Quinoa Yes, you -- or your partner or an older kid -- prep this breakfast the night before. But in the morning all the little ones need to do is warm this healthy porridge up in the microwave and top it with fruit.

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Upupa Africana

The African Hoopoe The daily visit I receive from a lone Hoopoe in my garden is the inspiration behind this month’s bird choice. I often watch this regular visitor roaming my lawn, and I can’t help but wonder if he is lonely. The African Hoopoe is widely distributed throughout South Africa, so no matter where in the country you might find yourself, you have a good chance of seeing one of these unusual looking beauties. They are not particularly sociable birds and it is generally found either alone or in pairs.

and under-tail coverts are white, the eyes are black and the legs and feet are dark brown. The Hoopoe will grow to a length of between 25 to 29cm with a wingspan of 44 to 48cm and weighs around 66 to 68 grams when fully grown. The Hoopoe darts around the ground collecting insects and small reptiles – like lizards – which they find in the ground and in animal faecal matter. They disrupt and turn over fallen leaves and plant matter and probe the ground for insects and food, then use their sharp bills to locate their prey. They will also consume small amounts of seeds and occasionally berries, but not in large amounts, preferring insects and beetles.

The Hoopoe is instantly recognisable by its “Crest” of feathers, its chestnut colouring contrasted by the black and white stripes on its wings and tail. The crest is briefly raised when the bird is unsettled or startled. The Hoopoe’s bill is While the Hoopoe isn’t a sociable bird they are monogamous, however, this only long, dark and narrow and slightly down – or de-curved. The lower abdomen, belly lasts for a single breeding season. The

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Hoopoe is a cavity nester, and the nest is always chosen and protected by the male. They lay between four and seven eggs over a period of a few days. Once the female is finished laying all her eggs, she alone will incubate the eggs for 14 – 16 days. Once the eggs are hatched, the male does the hunting for the chicks for the first week of their lives and then the female gets involved in feeding her young. Some interesting Hoopoe Facts: • The Hoopoe is named after its call. • The Hoopoe is the national bird of Israel. • Hoopoes do not make a typical nest – they don’t gather twigs and find a nice nook on a tree branch – they look for holes in tree trunks, cliffs and walls. They will even move into a well-placed birdhouse. • Baby Hoopoes are far from helpless

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– They have the ability to secrete a stinky odour to ward off predators. They can also ward off predators by strategically aiming their droppings and they have been known to use their bills and wings to fight off intruders. • The Hoopoe’s beak is its most important tool – used to forage through vegetation, dig into the ground and quickly feed nestlings mid-flight. They also use their beaks aggressively in territorial fights. • The Hoopoe’s flight resembles that of a butterfly – it’s large, round wings moves like waves, only crossing half way. • Hoopoes engage in something called courtship feeding – the male presents insects to the female for her to eat – a type of “nuptial-gift”. • The Hoopoe can often be seen bathing in the sun and sand.

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Pretoria High School for Girls Life Science

Our scientists of tomorrow demonstrate their skill in a food practical during Life Science. The girls test for the presence of monosaccharaides, starch, lipids and proteins in different food types.

Breaking Ground

Pretoria High School for Girls is delighted to be replacing old asbestos prefabricated class rooms with brand new rooms. Headmistress, Karen du Toit broke ground on Wednesday 19th April 2017 to formally commission the start of the project. The new buildings will be erected in style of the original architect, J.S. Cleland, to match the design and charm of the current buildings which were built in 1915.

Consumer Science

Grade 11 Consumer Science students practice their Royal Icing skills on their perfectly baked biscuits.

Applications for 2018 Admission to Pretoria High School for Girls is strictly according to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) regulations.

Supporting documents to be returned with information forms: • Unabridged birth certificate of learner (or proof of having applied for one)

Applications for 2018 open on 2nd May 2017 at 08:00

• Identity documents of both parents

As per GDE regulations, application for Grade 8 in 2018 are required to be completed online. The website for registering and applying in the Gauteng Province is http://www.gdeadmissions. gov.za.

• Learner’s grade 6 final report and latest grade 7 report

The applications procedure is as follows: • Apply online. You will receive a reference number and an sms. • Collect Information forms from Pretoria High School for Girls

• Proof of residential address

• GDE number (from online application). PHSG may not accept any supporting documentation without printed proof of the online application. • Other documents may be required Our supplementary information forms will be available when applications open.


PRETORIA HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS in collaboration with Pretoria Boys High School and Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool presented Back to the 80’s – The Totally Awesome Musical by Neil Gooding Those who attended the show between the 19th and 23rd April were taken on a journey… A journey to a time when Michael Jackson and Rick Astley were the Kings of Pop… A journey back to a time when bubble skirts and blue eye shadow were cool… A journey back to a time when the Atari was cutting edge technology… A journey to the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year – as they experienced the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up – all set to the biggest hits of the 80s! Throw in a Live Aid type concert, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80’s party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result was a musical that not only delighted and amused the audience of all ages, but also inspired the multi-talented cast and orchestra.


Mauritius

by Naomi Vermeulen

You cannot help but use the words Paradise and Mauritius in the same sentence! It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are looking for - vibe, tranquillity, action, relaxation, budget or super–luxury, family or honeymoon, young or old, Mauritius has something for you! This sparkling jewel is situated in the Indian Ocean and only a 4 hour flight from Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport. With its crystal clear water, your holiday will be incomplete if you do not explore the amazing marine life. Nature also fills a big part in Mauritius and presents a unique and rich diversity not normally found in such a small area. This unique island consists of a rich history along with different cultural influences which can be seen in the colours, tastes, styles and atmosphere from the beautiful town of Grand Baie to the main hub known as Port Louis and not forgetting the sandy white beaches with its well-known palm trees. Mauritius is known as one of the world’s top luxury destinations. This beautiful island consists of a variety of natural and man-made attractions, sub-tropical climate, clear and warm waters and a local population that is friendly and welcoming. It is obvious that you cannot help, but use the words Paradise and Mauritius in the same sentence! Mauritius and it’s hotels offer various motorised and non-motorised water sports that is easy accessible at the hotel of your choice. Some information if you are planning on visiting Mauritius: • South African Passport holders do not require a visa when travelling to Mauritius • No compulsory vaccinations needed • The local currency is Mauritian Rupees (MUR) but your bank cards can be used at the ATMs • English is official language and is commonly used in tourist areas. • The climate is Tropical but the best time to visit Mauritius is between May and December • The Electricity plug in Mauritius are 220230 volts, 50Hz (same as SA) Some of Mauritius’s tourist attractions include: • Indian Tamil Temple • The central market • National History museum • Caudan Waterfront situated in Port Louis • La Vanilla Crocodile Park • The Stamp Museum • Grand Bassin • Ille Aux Cerfs Island • Trou Aux Cerfs Crater

• Chamarel • Casela Bird Park • Pamplemousses Gardens • The Seven Coloured Earths What can you purchase while in Mauritius? • Silk • Embroidered items • Cashmere • Clothing • Jewellery • Basketwork • Ship models • Wooden carvings • Glasswork • Pottery • Vanilla tea • Spices Some tourist shops are duty-free, and passports are required to make a purchase. Buying products made from coral etc. is prohibited. Beware of fake jewellery.


Information on the Le Peninsula Bay Resort In the South East coast of the island, the most authentic area, a small people-friendly hotel awaits you around the best-preserved lagoon of Mauritius Island. Friendliness, charm and a lovely atmosphere, all combined together for an amazing holiday.

Le Peninsula Bay Resort offers a kids club for ages 3 to 11. All-year-round our English & French speaking experienced organisers will lead the children through sports or game activities and even make them participate in evening shows. The kids will love it!

Adults can keep themselves busy by participating in the following activities offered by the resort. Under the shades of a palm tree, admiring the Table tennis, darts, carom board games, beach background of the Blue Bay Marine Park, or volley, gym, billiards & table football. Some of enjoying the proposed leisure activities, each the water activities at the hotel includes canoes, and everybody will find their favourite spot for an kayaks, laser sailing boats pedal boats and much unforgettable holiday! more! Le Peninsula Bay Resort has a total of 88 rooms, fully renovated and re-decorated in 2015. The rooms have individual air conditioning, safe, dressing room, courtesy tray with tea/ coffee, en-suite bathroom (shower or bath) with hair-dryer, toilet, TV (15 Cable stations), telephone (international dialling access), fridges and balcony/terrace. The hotel is home to 3 restaurants where you can enjoy delicious food and refreshments

For those of you who require a bit more relaxation, the Spa is just for you! Indulge and treat yourself to an amazing moment of wellbeing in our Spa. Allow yourself to be pampered by our masseuses who will offer different massage and aesthetic care options. The sauna and Jacuzzi are also available for an exclusive moment!


Communication in Marriage – how to have a constructive argument Despite the best intentions and honed inter-personal skills, you will argue. This is normal. The classic stages of group dynamics hold in marriage too. Forming, storming, norming and performing except in a marriage the cycle never ends, storming, norming and performing, storming, norming and performing, storming, norming and performing, storming, norming and performing. When a married couple tell me that they have been married for 40 years and have never had an argument I am immediately sceptical. In my opinion they are either being dishonest (to create a good image) or they have a VERY hierarchical marriage and one of them is totally dominant and the other totally subservient. My advice here is two-fold. 1.

Just listen. d. On the second appointment, they report back with their thoughts and feelings relating to the issue. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO RESPOND. Just listen. I love this because it forces good communication. What we as humans do when someone gives us feedback is we instinctively react with our point of view. We want to defend ourselves. We react so quickly that we do not honour our partners sharing, opinion and feelings. This leaves them feeling unheard and frustrated.

Don’t bottle things up. I often ask to Jax after a heated discussion why she allowed her feelings to get to explosion stage instead of sharing Here is the truth about most arguments: earlier. Express your feelings (ideally YOU ARE BOTH RIGHT. From her in Adult -> Adult mode). perspective she is right and from his perspective he is right. Reality is very 2. Warning. This is incredibly difficult for both of you. It takes a lot of self- grey. Truth is very grey. Who decides what is right and wrong? Is one man’s meat not control. another man’s poison? Who is right about a. Make two appointments with religion? The Buddhist, the Muslim or the your spouse 24 hours apart. For Christian? Who is right about politics? The example, at 8pm on Wednesday Socialist or the Capitalist? night and 8pm on Thursday the next night. In my opinion, there are two types of arguments: b. Tell your partner that you have something you want to share that is 1. Both parties are interested in the bothering you. truth and want to sort the issue out no c. On the first appointment you tell them what is bothering you. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO RESPOND.

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and they will even lie or hide the truth to win the argument. They are obstinate that their way is correct [try to avoid these. No one can win].

find yourself in a big fight, have your argument, say what you need to but try your best not to get nasty. Then make up as quickly as you can. Apologise if you I believe this sentence is very enlightened need to and get on with life. and emotionally mature way of expressing Sometimes when Jax is angry with me an issue with a partner: “Stephen, after an argument I will ask her if she can sometimes the things you do annoy me. imagine a time in the future when she will I am not asking you to change because be friends with me again. The second she I accept you as you are, but please says, “Yes” I suggest with my naughty grin understand that when you do them, I will that she starts immediately and not waste generally react badly” the time in between ! When you are not able to manage the discussion in ADULT mode and you

This is an excerpt from the book, “So you’re married, now what? Written by the marriage expert, Stephen van Basten www.stephenvanbasten.co.za/author.html

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By: Pieter Kruger – The Waste Group

Zero waste is the ideal “dream” but is it and then to disposal, we could achieve achievable? Let’s first define zero waste to zero waste but involves a constant and very landfill from zero waste. strong commitment to eliminate waste. Zero waste to landfill means the diversion of waste away from landfills by ways of rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle and then remove. Ways of achieving these diversions from landfills for example would be by participating in recycling programs and projects as well as conducting alternative ways of recycling through composting or waste to energy plants and bio-digester plants.

The challenge for zero waste is however far more complicated and challenging as to zero waste to landfill. Challenges in this process would for instance be changing legislation, producers taking more responsibility, cleaner production systems and technology, better waste management designs for the environment, better correlation between government and the private sector in the waste industry, to mention a few. These challenges are Zero Waste on the other hand is far more therefore more long-term driven. complex and is a design principle for the 21st Century that seeks to redesign Unfortunately we are far from zero waste the way resources and materials flow and most certainly we are not yet geared through society. Zero Waste requires to implement zero waste principles and eliminating subsidies for raw material systems but we surely have to move in that extraction and waste disposal, and holding direction as the ultimate long-term vision producers responsible for their products and goal. To accomplish that we firstly and packaging ‘from cradle to cradle.’ need to focus on zero waste to landfill The goal is to promote clean production, methods and systems in order to reduce prevent pollution, and create communities the risk of losing our landfills as well as to in which all products are designed to be start protecting our environment and start cycled safely back into the economy or minimizing the extraction of our natural environment. resources. The moment we have achieved that, we could start moving to zero waste Zero waste would entail making the best systems and practices. choices with our natural resources – from extraction to production to consumption So how are we going to achieve this ? As

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already explained in previous publications, we need to start at our homes. We need to change our attitude and the way we think when buying and consuming as well as start educating our children who will eventually carry the dream forward. For example, start to participate in recycling projects and programs, whether it is in your community, the school or your work environment, it is absolutely crucial that we contribute towards a global goal in saving our planet. The sad part of it all is that our natural resources are deteriorating every second as we speak and our landfills filling up. It is not a question anymore of what is going to happen. We know what’s going to happen; it is only a question of when. The time is now to make a difference before it is too late; don’t ever think your little bag of recyclables won’t make a difference; every little contribution is a contribution to the bigger picture. Help us to help you to create a better environment for everybody to live in. Please contact us at (012) 562 0330 for any assistance in starting to participate in a recycling project and recycling programs such as curbside collections at you home and offices.

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The movie “The Big Blue” was released in 1988 and has since been a firm favorite of mine, and is a crucial part of my limited DVD collection.

diver is only permitted to use fins and The No Limits discipline where a weighted sled is used to take them down and an air balloon is used for a speedy ascent.

The movie is based on the life story of French National Jacques Mayol who was born in 1927.

Between 1966 and 1983 Mayol was eight times world champion in the No Limits category and was the first to break the 100m barrier with a dive of 101m in Italy. In 1981 he set the world record for the Constant weight discipline at 61m.

Jacques had a love for the ocean and dedicated his life to the sport of freediving. His philosophy was to explore his limits, he would reach a state of mind of relaxation through yoga, this assisted him with holding his breath for extended periods of time. Jacque’s friend and rival, Enzo Maiorca was the first person to freedive to 50m – shortly after this Mayol reached 60m and so the rivalry continued. They competed in two categories: The constant weight discipline – where the

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Medical tests showed that during his dives, Mayol managed to slow his heartbeat from 60 to 27 beats/minute – a reflex evident in seals, whales and dolphins. Mayol’s last deep dive was in 1983 when he reached a depth of 105m – he was 56 years old! Mayol had a fascination with dolphins and he worked as a commercial diver at an

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Aquarium in Florida. He developed a deep bond with the dolphins and spent a lot of time with them in the water learning to hold his breath for extended periods of time. His nickname was “The Dolphin Man” “My life is inspired by dolphins,” he said. “Dolphins are free creatures in the sea, able to dive to great depths - It’s a matter of retaining oxygen in the bloodstream, keeping it in the cells. I have worked on that through yoga, learning to ionize my air better than most people. Motionless, I can hold my breath for five minutes. In the sea and in action I can hold it up to four minutes. The average person can hold his breath for one minute. “I don’t dive to conquer the elements,” he said. “I melt into the ocean.” Today the No limits record stands at 253m by Herbert Nitsch and the Serbian Branko Petrovic holds the record for holding his breath for 11 mins and 54 seconds! Jacques Mayol died in 2001 – he had no living relatives.

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Cat Corner The Balinese was named for the exotically graceful dancers on the Indonesian island of Bali; it is a longhaired variety of the Siamese. It is unknown whether the long hair is a result of a natural mutation or due to cross breeding. While the longhaired Siamese appeared earlier, the cats did not begin to be developed as a breed until the 1940s and 1950s. Today the Balinese is a well-known breed, accepted by cat fanciers associations around the world.

make sure you supply toys to keep him both mentally and physically active. Your Balinese will play fetch and if trained from a young age will happily walk on a leash. Be warned, this cat will very quickly take over the household – in a good way.

While the Balinese and the Siamese may differ in coat length, under the skin these cats are two peas in a pod. The Balinese loves his people. He will follow you around and supervise every move you make – just to make sure you perform tasks to his standards. A Balinese is constantly underfoot, so he might not be the best choice for people who are not steady on their feet, or who walk with the assistance of a walker or a cane.

If you enjoy having someone to talk to all day long then the Balinese will be your best friend. Just make sure you have enough time to spend with this demanding, social cat before you decide to adopt him. The Balinese will not mind staying home alone while you go to work but expect him to demand your attention when you return home at the end of the day. If you work a full day, you might consider getting two cats so they can keep each other company. This guy will quickly The Balinese is not quite as loud as his pout and pine if he doesn’t get enough relative the Siamese, but he is equally as opinionated. You can expect him to tell you attention. what he thinks and he expects you to listen The active and social Balinese is perfect to his advice. This feline is guaranteed to for families with children and cat-friendly share your secrets with visitors, luckily for dogs. He will play fetch as well as any you, not many people speak Balinese very retriever and learns tricks very quickly. well. He loves the attention he receives from This cat is highly intelligent, agile and athletic. He loves to play, it is important to

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children and he will live peacefully with other cats and dogs – as long as they respect his authority.

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Identity Crisis

Part 15 Johan Jordaan

Previously we looked at sonship and how He did but in who He was – God’s son. to become a son and heir of God. But that The good news is that we as sons have is all just a lot of theology, what does it that same identity – ‘sons of God’ as mean in my life now? we saw. We do not have to perform to Well as I said previously; we inherit NOW. get that identity; just lay off your servant That in itself is big. But that is not what I hood (renounce the Law and works) and want to focus on this month. This month I become a son. want to look at our identity – the way we Now the world would have you believe see ourselves and the way God sees us. that you are a sinner and that is your We often find our identity in what we do identity. But if you see yourself as a sinner, (farmer, doctor, plumber etc.). But the you will sin. Sinners sin – period. But Paul Bible sees identity very differently; your never calls a follower of Jesus a sinner. identity is established by birth. That is Look at 1st Corinthians where he starts off why the phrase ‘son of’ is used so many by calling them saints and then proceeds times in the Bible (1241 times – KJV). Even to list their sins. You see, the fact that Jesus identified Himself as ‘Son of God’ you sin does not make you a sinner, it or ‘Son of man’. Jesus found His identity does not change your identity. Once a in His sonship and so should we. He was son, always a son. When you start seeing secure in Himself because he knew that yourself as a son your life will change. We His Father loved Him. He knew that He act the way we see ourselves. If you see did not have to do a single thing to be yourself as a dog you will bark. If you see accepted by His Father. When He left yourself as an adulterer that is what you the scene of His baptism His Father said: will do. Our actions do not identify us but ‘This is my beloved Son in whom I am well rather our identity determines our actions. pleased’ (Matt 3:17 KJV). That was before Jesus did a single miracle, saved a single If we were sinners, sin would come soul, healed a single person or forgiven a naturally and it would not bother us but single sin. See, His value was not in what because we are sons and saints it is not natural for us to sin and therefore it does May 2017

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bother us. It is not part of our nature.

Let that be the way you see yourself. Not the failure that the world might want We are of course also the wife of Christ you believe that you are. No, you are a and therefore we can find our identity in prince (or princess if you will) of our King that. For woman this might be somewhat and as such you will inherit the kingdom easier than seeing themselves as sons. and eventually reign with Him! If you are (But remember that son is simply another appointed head servant in the kingdom, name for heir.) But being the wife of the you are still a servant! The most junior King also makes us royalty. We reign with prince is still far above you and you must Him. We spend eternity with Him. Our obey him. And remember that a servant relationship with Him is an intimate one, can never have the intimate relationship even more so than that between a son with the Father or Jesus that we as sons and his father. We struggle to see our and bride can have – NEVER. It remains relationship with Jesus as this intimate a master-servant relationship. See Gal but that is how the Bible describes it. 4:9 where Pauls shows that we lose the Read Song of Solomon because that is intimate relationship with God when we a very graphical description of this very are servants or slaves. These people relationship. It describes the way the ‘knew God’ and ‘were known by God’ but bride sees her lover but also the way he they lost that intimacy by ‘going back’ sees her. And that is the way He sees to religion. That is what Paul implies just you – as beautiful beyond description. He like in verse 19 where He is in birth pains is in love with you and cannot wait to be forming Jesus in them again – their lawunited with you! abiding caused them to also lose Jesus! We are of course also a house for the Sonship implies this intimate relationship Holy Spirit. He lives in us. Now how with our Daddy. He chose (and probably intimate is that; he becomes part of our created) the father-son relationship being. He is with us all the time, available to mirror His relationship with us, and as a companion, a guide, a friend, a rock the same with marriage; to mirror our and our God. We do not have to come relationship with His Son. Isn’t that together in a group before He pitches, no something? He is with us always. He never deserts us; not even when we sin or are disobedient. Next month we look at the character of our Daddy. Our identity is who we really are at the spirit level and that ultimately determines Write to me, engage our conduct. Therefore a son will act like me and I will try to one once he realises who he is. For me answer any it was transformational when I realised questions that how important I was to my earthly dad – apart from my actions. I was important to you might have. Email: him simply because I was his son. Now featzmags@gmail.com allow that to sink in and define you. Your Subject: Grace Father loves and adores you just because you are His son. Let that identify you.

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Fascinating People

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nna Marie Jarvis was born to Granville E. and Ann Marie (née Reeves) Jarvis on May 1, 1864, in Webster, Taylor County, West Virginia. Her birthplace, today is known as the Anna Jarvis House, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. Anna was the ninth of eleven children; seven of the siblings would die in infancy or early childhood. The family moved to Grafton, West Virginia, also in Taylor County, later in her childhood. Ann Reeves Jarvis was a social activist, founder of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, and a unifying force within her community during the American Civil War. Ann was friends with Julia Ward Howe, who had first advocated in 1870 for the idea of a Mother’s Day as a call for mothers throughout the world to work together for peace. As a woman defined by her faith, she was very active within the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church community. It was during one of her Sunday school lessons in 1876 that her daughter, Anna Jarvis, allegedly found her inspiration for Mother’s Day, as Ann closed her lesson with a prayer, stating:

I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it. — Ann Reeves Jarvis

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There are Angels God put on this earth Who care for us and guide us. You can feel their love and gentleness As they walk through life beside you. They do great things for us every day They whisper in our ears, They even hold us in their hearts When we are filled with all our fears. They are always there to give a hug And try to make us smile. They treat us with respect and love, they treat us like their child. God blessed me with an Angel, I’m proud to call my own. She’s been with me throughout my Life, been with me as I’ve grown.

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She’s guided me the best she can, She’s taught me like no other, And I’m thankful I’m the lucky one Who gets to call her… Mother Community Ch@ Magazine

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DIY Home Spa Treatments for

Mother’s Day That Kids Can Do!

In the spirit of giving back to all the kids who will Google ‘how to do a spa day for my Mom at home for Mother’s Day’ we have found some fun ideas to share using natural products we all have at home. Every mom loves some pampering and what fun to create a special spa experience for her without breaking the bank.  I really think kids feel such a sense of pride and gratification when they can do something for their mom by themselves and surprise her too (Dads, are you listening?!). Any of these fun ideas will make for a special day to remember and even if you aren’t a mom, these are great options for your own beauty regimen.  They are things learned over the years from natural facialists or massage therapists that remind one that expensive products are not the only way to get a great beauty result or some relaxation! Honey Facial

Lemon Elbow Treatment

Honey is naturally anti-bacterial and gentle to the skin making it a wonderful cleanser or nourishing mask. Apply 1-2 teaspoons of honey to a clean face and allow to sit on the skin for 10 minutes.  Moisten fingertips and rub in a gentle circular motion to help exfoliate the skin.  Allow the honey to sit 5 additional minutes and wash off with a clean washcloth. Coconut Oil Hand Treatment Coconut oil is a wonderful oil to add to foods and for the body.  A simple moisturizing hand treatment is to coat the hands with coconut oil and then put on disposable vinyl gloves (powder free).  If you have a heating pad or a hot water bottle, that can be warmed up and placed over the hands to help the oil soak in.  Remove the gloves after 10-15 minutes to find supple hands! May 2017

Rough elbows a problem? Cut a lemon in half and rub each half on the elbows.   With arms bent, the elbows can be placed in each half to sit while other treatments are going on too for extra help. Cool Cucumbers for Tired Eyes Placing cool cucumber slices on the eyes is known to reduce puffiness, help with dark circles and they are revitalizing and refreshing. Rose-Scented Milk Foot Soak with Cornmeal Scrub Soaking in milk baths dates back to Cleopatra and they’ve been revered through time as moisturizing treatment.  The lactic acid is believed to help get rid

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of dead skin while the fats moisturize. Adding a few drops of Rose-scented essential oils and rose petals make the experience all the more special.  To follow up an exfoliating scrub of cornmeal which was traditionally used by the Native Americans to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin.  It is also very invigorating especially on tired momfeet! Supplies: • A soaking container large enough to hold feet and 2 litres of milk without spilling over • 2 litres Milk • Rose-scented Essential Oil • 1-2 Roses, petals removed • Coconut Oil

or herb in a large jug of water or a large glass to serve as a relaxing drink during or after the spa treatments.

• Clean Cotton Socks

Plant-based Milk Smoothie

• 1 cup of coarse grind Cornmeal

Warm the Milk on the stove top or in the microwave (probably a job for Dad!). The milk should not be boiling but comfortably warm as Mom will soak for about 15 minutes.  Pour the milk into the soaking pan/container and add 2-3 drops of Rose-Scented Essential Oil and the rose petals.  After feet have soaked for 15 minutes, use a handful of dry cornmeal to scrub the feet focusing on any dry skin.  Rinse the cornmeal off in the milk bath, and then with clear water from a second container of warm water or with washcloths.  Coat feet with Coconut Oil and dry clean cotton socks to allow the coconut oil to be absorbed. Spa Water Drinking fruit and vegetable infused spa-water is hydrating and relaxing.  The combinations are endless however, some favourites are: cucumber and lime, mint, and orange.  Simply place a few slices of your favourite fruit, vegetable

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Another great refreshing drink option would be a plant-based milk smoothie. One of my favourites is a BananaPeach Almond Milk Smoothie using Unsweetened Almond Milk.  The smoothie recipe uses my favourite smoothie method too; using a frozen banana to make it like a creamy milkshake with no ice. Whipped Cream and Strawberries For a touch of simple decadence, have a bowl fresh strawberries and whipped cream for dipping!

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Unable to bring their beloved Ozzy along for the ride, the Martins settle on the next best thing, a top-ofthe-line canine spa called Blue Creek. This picture perfect place turns out to be a facede constructed by its villainous owner to capture dogs. Ozzy will soon end up in the real Blue Creek, a prison for dogs, run by dogs. Ozzy will have to avoid danger and find strength in his new friends, Chester, Fronky and Doc to escape the prison and return home safely. The narrative of ‘Ozzy’ aims to follow in the footsteps of movies which employs Pixar-line quality and fun. ‘Ozzy’ is an animated comedy-adventure movie targeted for kids of all ages and represents family entertainment at its best. The story itself is based, almost entirely, around dogs. ‘Ozzy’ falls into the “prison movie” genre with funny tributes to the great prison classics. It’s a story about friendship, loyalty, courage and the ability to find the best in ourselves when facing a tough situation.

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“Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the allnew ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (KayaScodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (BrentonThwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.”  

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Book Review

CHASING THE STARS by Malorie Blackman. Olivia and her twin brother, Aidan, are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that completely wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family. Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive. Their lives unexpectedly collide. Nathan and Vee are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head over heels - like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased. And surrounded by rumours, deception even murder - is it possible to live out a happy ever after...?

by Bianca Adendorff

TIMMY FAILURE: THE CAT STOLE MY PANTS by Stephan Pastis. The best worst (or should that be worst best?) detective in the world is back. But this time his trusty partner has decamped and Timmy Failure finds himself in Florida celebrating a marriage that he isn’t sure has even taken place. That’s tough enough to handle, surely? But of course, crime is never far away and Timmy must enlist a new partner in crime-fighting—the nephew of the man who may or may not have married his mum. Oh, and while all this going on, his pants are stolen by a suspicious cat with an odd number of toes. More hilarious misadventure from the master of hapless sleuths.

THE NOT-SO-LITTLE PRINCESS: WHAT’S MY NAME by Wendy Finney & Tony Ross. Do you like your name? When you’re a little princess who is no longer quite so little—and not especially understanding, it must be said—there’s a fair chance that you don’t. But this not-so-little princess doesn’t know what hers is. The King and Queen realise they need to call the Little Princess by her real name now that she’s not so little any more. But there’s trouble... the Princess’s real name is so awful that no-body can pluck up the courage to tell her what it is! The Princess is determined to find out her true name. But what will happen when she does...?


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Famous Birthdays title came posthumously in the party of nuts that no one took year following her 1993 death. seriously at all … the man sitting next to me was Hitler. He made so little impression on me I can’t remember a second of it. He had no personality whatsoever.” May 3rd, 1903 – Bing Crosby This legendary crooner might be responsible for the Canadian Tuxedo. According to Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Crosby was turned away at a Canadian hotel in 1951 because his group was dressed from head-totoe denim. The hotel staff changed their minds when they realized Crosby was a celeb, but the news spread, and designers at Levi Strauss and Co. ended up making the star a custom jean tuxedo jacket to ensure that he was always appropriately dressed, even in denim.

May 5th, 1864 – Nellie Bly The pioneering journalist – real name Elizabeth Jane Cochrane – is best known for travelling around the world in 72 days, and for faking May 9th, 1860 – J.M.Barrie insanity to get committed to a mental institution in the name The author left the rights of investigative journalism. to Peter Pan to the Great Osmond Street Hospital, so Disney had to get animation rights from them to make the now-famous movie. The hospital didn’t receive any money from the merchandise sales as those weren’t included in the original contract, but Disney has since compensated them by helping raise more than $14.5 million for the hospital. May 6th, 1915 – Orsen Wells

May 4th, 1929 – Audrey H e p b u r n The outspoken actor, writer and director once told Dick Hepburn is one of the only Cavett: “The world leader 12 EGOTS – someone who that really came to nothing has won an Emmy, Grammy, as far as my memory was Oscar and Tony Award. concerned was Hitler… in the Unfortunately, the Grammy, days when the Nazis were May 11th, 1904 – Salvador Dali Emmy, and subsequent EGOT a comical kind of minority

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Speaking of Disney, the world’s most famous surrealist was once employed by The Mouse in 1954, but it ended up being a brief collaboration: the project, a film called Destino, folded after just three months in production. Fifty-four years later, Disney’s nephew Roy revived the project and a team of French animators were recruited to produce a short film based on Dali’s notes and storyboards.

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May 26th, 1951 – Sally Ride

May 12th, 1820 – Florence Nightingale Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing, a public health advocate, a statistician who helped develop the polar area diagram, and a speaker of French, German and Italian. She was a total cat lady. She owned 60 cats throughout her life and evidence of her affection for the feline species can be seen to this day: Some of her pets left ink paw prints on her letters.

Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983 (she was also the youngest American to ever do so), but her most impressive achievement might have been maintaining her composure while dealing with absurd and offensive questions from the media. In a June 1983 profile for People, journalist Michael Ryan recounted a few of the worst offenders, such as “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?” and “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?” To the later Ride replied, “How come nobody ever asks (a male fellow astronaut) those questions?”

May 29th, 1903 – Bob Hope As the comedian, actor and personality was dying in 2003, his wife Dolores asked where he’d like to be buried. In reply, Hope uttered his last words: “Surprise me.” May 26th, 1920 – Peggy Lee Bonnie Erickson, the creator behind Miss Piggy, originally called her Miss Piggy Lee after Peggy Lee, her mother’s favourite singer. The name got shortened before the character made it to air because Erickson

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