Weatherford Democrat

Lifestyles

November 30, 2007

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures

Jo Anne Boudreau, Democrat Columnist

People in our grandparents’ day didn’t suffer from stress the way we do today. They had plenty of stress but they knew how to get rid of it. Scientists feel that the problem today is not our stress level as it is our lack of stress-removing activities. The older generations unloaded their stress on a daily basis. They lived simple uncluttered lives, free of the gadgets that burden lives today. They wrote with a pen on paper and words flowed from the heart. They walked or rode horses; both the best exercise there is. And our ancestors ate food that was close to nature; grass fed and free range meat, home and local grown fruits and vegetables.

So many of us are so used to living with unresolved stress that we aren’t even aware of how it is affecting us. The American Institute of Stress lists stress symptoms as frequent headaches, trembling, neck, back, and muscle pain, dizziness, ringing in ears, frequent colds, infections, rashes, itching, allergies, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, difficult breathing, panic attacks, and irregular heartbeat. Also depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, trouble focusing and making decisions, lonliness, overreaction to petty annoyances, minor accidents, lack of productivity, defensiveness, social withdrawal, weight gain, tiredness, and use of over-the-counter drugs. Environmental pollution also takes its toll. Most of us live in polluted environments with constant intake of toxins that cause our bodies to work to get rid of them causing nonstop stress. Stress is hard to describe but we all know how it makes us feel. As crazy as it sounds, physical inactivity is a source of stress. The body is meant to move, and not doing so causes strain and stress. Dr. Paul J. Rosch, director of the American Stress Institure says stress is taking a terrible toll on the nation’s health and economy. The stress doctor goes on to say that every week 12 million people take medications for stress-related symptoms and it costs American business $150 billion every year in lost production, accidents, and medical insurance.

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    U.S. Army Pvt. Zachary A. Sterling has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia.

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  • 0727 soc dukeman.jpg Dukeman and Damerau unite in marriage

    Lois Michelle Dukeman and Collyn Layne Damerau joined together in marriage on June 14, 2014, in front of family and friends at MD Resorts in Aurora, Texas. Rejoicing with the couple were the bride’s parents, Roger and Brenda Dukeman; brother, James Dukeman; and grandmother, Lois Davenport. Also celebrating the couple were the parents of the groom, Dale and Robbin Damerau; sister, Courtney Damerau; brother, Cayden Damerau; and grandparents, Larry and Joyce Damerau, Lorrine Damerau and Robert and Alice Courtney.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0720 soc hudson engagement.jpg Hudson, Elswick to unite in marriage

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peach Food Winners - at award ceremony.jpg Parker County Peach Food Contest winners

    Several home cooks were crowned during Saturday’s Peach Food Contest, an outlet of the 30th Annual Parker County Peach Festival.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rev. Stephen Schmidt New pastor named to First United Methodist Weatherford

    Rev. Stephen Schmidt has been named as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Weatherford. He previously served for 12 years at Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove. In all, Rev. Schmidt has spent over 30 years as a Methodist minister.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

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    Glenn Jones, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, has retired after serving the church for nine years. Rev. Jones received his call to serve 50 years ago and has served about 16 churches during his tenure.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marlysia Earls Earls named state pageant finalist

    Marlysia Earls is a Texas state finalist in the Junior Teen Division of the National American Miss Pageant to be  held July 13 and 14 in Addison. If chosen, she will compete in the national competition held in Anaheim, California, in November. Marlysia will be starting her junior year at Weatherford High School in the fall. 

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Airman Ryan R. Powell Powell graduates basic training

    Air Force Airman Ryan R. Powell graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry Ellis.jpg Weatherford Art Association June meeting

    Local artist James Spurlock demonstrated to a packed house at the June Weatherford Art Association meeting last Monday. Spurlock demonstrated working with water mixable oils and completed a painting during the meeting. 

    June 29, 2014 3 Photos

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