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The miraculous factory: You

As a hobby, Eric Holubow seeks out abandoned architectural spaces — like old factories, churches, theatres, and prisons. The spaces are usually in some state of decay, and Eric photographs them as an art project, but with a journalistic feel.

Here is one example, from the original article:

Designed in an inspiring Neo-classical style… the massive Richmond Power Station in northeastern Philadelphia was built in 1925…. The plant’s Turbine Hall, one of the biggest open rooms ever designed, once housed the world’s largest Westinghouse turbo-generators, which provided power to the city’s bustling industrial and residential sectors. Closed since 1985, the plant has been used as a set in a number of Hollywood feature films. Ironically, crews that use the structure have to provide their own power generators, as the dormant plant is… no longer connected to the region’s electrical grid.

factory/power plant - photo by eric holubow

I share his fascination for things crumbling, rusty, and history-laden — but that’s not what this post is about.

It’s about you.

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Your four hungers. And why you should stop feeling guilty for every craving.

your 4 hungers

You are a four-part person: heart, soul, mind, body; and each of these parts has its own hunger.

Your heart hungers to be known and loved, and to love in return.

Your soul hungers to be filled with truth and peace and to be awed by something bigger than you.

Your mind has a hunger to be challenged by learning, discovery, creativity, or problem solving.

And your body has a hunger for food and water.

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Fighting fake hunger pangs — and 7 other reasons to drink more water

image by susan burdick

Roughly 60 percent of your body is made of water. Drinking plenty vs not enough water affects how your body sends signals, regulates temperature, digests food (affecting nutrition), and more. Here are eight reasons to drink more water…

  • Being dehydrated creates fake hunger pangs that are really your body’s cry for water, not food. Next time you want a snack, try having a glass of ice water (or other unsweetened drink), and find something interesting to do for 10 minutes. This may make your hunger pangs go away.
  • Did you know that skin is the largest organ in your body? Some toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, resulting in clogged pores and acne. Plus, any inflammation in the body is an additional drain to your immune system.
  • Your stomach and colon need water to help them break down food, absorb nutrients, and flush out waste. If you don’t drink enough water, waste will collect in your body, causing a myriad of problems.
  • Also, the less hydrated you are, the harder it is to poo.
  • Your kidneys are also essential for waste removal, processing up to 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Not surprisingly, they also require fluids to work properly.
  • Because dehydration affects the viscosity of the blood (makes it thicker), it forces your heart to work harder to pump blood through your body.
  • Could drinking more water prevent cancer? Some research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50% for men. (Women showed no statistical difference for colon cancer, and were not included in the bladder cancer study.) (Sources: colon cancer-  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10404059;  bladder cancer – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/331514.stm)
  • My favorite? Drinking more water may improve your mental sharpness! Research looking at dehydration in atheletes “was associated with negative mood, including fatigue and confusion.” (Source: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2009/091123.htm)


Are you hooked on pop? Here’s a “baby steps” approach to weaning yourself off the sweet stuff.

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