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Men’s Evolutionary Role

I love BBC Health News and find the most amazing stories there, things I don’t see anywhere else. Today’s has to do with women living longer, and studies on aging.

Women, not men, ensure the success of future generations, work suggests.
Grans surviving beyond the menopause appeared to increase the likelihood that their own children went on to have children, a Sheffield team found.

Yet grandfathers had very little influence on their offspring’s reproductive success, Proceedings of the Royal Society B reports.

But experts were quick to stress that both grandparents play a vital role in families and society.

The Sheffield University authors reason that women thrive following the menopause from caring for their own children and grandchildren.

In their study, grandmothers gained two extra grandchildren for every 10 years they survived beyond the menopause.

This link was not found with aged granddads, however.

Instead, the scientists say the “evolutionary” argument for a man’s survival to a ripe old age is to continue to churn out sperm and procreate.

You can read more about the study, conducted in Finland, HERE.

July 31, 2007 Posted by | Family Issues, Generational, Health Issues, Mating Behavior, Uncategorized, Women's Issues | 3 Comments

Long Sleeves in Seattle

The weather is back to Seattle’s normal for late July – early August – absolutely gorgeous. At sundown, we watch the light shift over the mountains and the sound, watch the cruise ships coming and going, watch the clouds change colors until they go that bright smokey fushia just before all color disappears. The sky does not actually become dark until after nine at night.

And it can be chilly! My first day here, I got to wear a little long sleeved hoodie I haven’t worn since February! It was overcast and rainy, and there was an occasional chill wind blowing . . . brrrr! I love it! Even though it can be cold, it isn’t really cold, just a tiny bit cold, just enough to make you move a little faster and get the blood going, and you will be warm enough. I love it.

The weather is shifting, and should be like spring in Kuwait – in the high 70’s, low 80’s Fahrenheit.

My Mom is looking great. We did a little shopping, had a great lunch . . . it has been a hard year for her, with my father’s death, and she is still recovering. Today she will have her hair trimmed up; she knows her birthday is coming and that will mean PHOTOS. My entire family is as camera-happy as I am, and an event like a birthday means a minimum five cameras. I am amazed at how good she looks!


July 31, 2007 Posted by | ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Seattle, Weather | 7 Comments

Five Mountains

Every now and then flying into Seattle you can see a whole line of mountains, from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Hood, the remains of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and sometimes, way off in the distance, Mt. Shasta.

I think you can see three easily in this photo; Mt. Rainier in the center, one to the left and one to the right.


East of the mountains, it is totally clear. West of the mountains, there is cloud cover:


My car is waiting, my bags are off the plane first – is my travel karma back? I don’t dare count on it, but I’m thankful for all travel mercies.

July 31, 2007 Posted by | ExPat Life, Geography / Maps, Lumix, Photos, Travel, Weather | 8 Comments

Cannabis WORSE than Tobacco

From BBC Health News:

Cannabis harm worse than tobacco

The impact of cannabis is worsened by how joints are smoked.

A single cannabis joint could damage the lungs as much as smoking up to five tobacco cigarettes one after another, scientists in New Zealand have said.
The research, published in the journal Thorax, found cannabis damaged the large airways in the lungs causing symptoms such as coughing and wheezing.

Read the rest of the story HERE.

And don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t addictive as well as damaging to your health.

July 31, 2007 Posted by | Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Experiment, Family Issues, Generational, Health Issues | 10 Comments