Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Repeat after me—“all will be well.” Julian of Norwich’s famous saying applies here. Have faith that this election is not the end of the world! Have faith in the people of the United States to collectively make a decent choice. Have faith that our system—though far from perfect—has checks and balances aplenty and if it is broken (in many ways it is) we the people can move to fix it. If faith moves mountains, then let’s practice some of that faith and see what happens.I also hope you have someone in your life you can go through this detox. It helps to have a good listener around when you need to vent your election frustrations. Don’t forget, spiritual directors are trained to listen—without judgment—as you reflect on all aspects of life. If you need the support, I hope you seek it out.Teresa Blythe is an ordained United Church of Christ minister, and received an M.Div. and Diploma from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2000. Mama Mia 2 COMMENTS Practice humility. It’s in short supply and the ripple effect of people laying down their proverbial “swords and shields” will help our nation heal, especially after the election is over. It’s healthy to admit that you don’t know everything and what you do know could be wrong. There is such a thing as unintended consequences. So no matter who is elected—no matter how much we love or loathe them—we have no idea how their actions or policies will actually play out in the future. Remembering that makes us humble. Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSelectionSpiritual Detox Previous article4 Ways to Make Extra Money by Using Social MediaNext articleApopka teacher arrested, charged with 22 counts Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! October 30, 2016 at 9:26 pm Feeling addicted to political news and commentary? If so you’re not alone. You may need a spiritual detox from the ridiculous amount of information coming at you daily. You may need some help weaning yourself off watching your smartphone for breaking news. You probably need a break from clearing your email inbox of frantic requests for donations. Your system may need you to hit the reset button.Here are five ways to detox from this election:Vote early and get it over with. There are probably not going to be any surprises greater than what we’ve already learned about both candidates. Vote, be done with it, and let the stress go. Take media breaks. Some people I know fast completely from media for a few days. Others are selective—they might watch the evening news but not spend hours on Facebook and Twitter. Reflect on what kind of media hypes you up the most and cut back on that. For me, it’s smartphone news updates. I’m going to have to disable those pesky notifications (that appeared without my consent) so that I’m not tempted to click on them every time I see the icon at the top of my phone. No more allowing smartphone news to ruin my lunch breaks! The presidential candidates and their croonies can’t stay away from Florida. That are hungry for the Florida votes. Trump, Hillary, Pence, Bill Clinton, Kaine, and Biden. They are wearing out the tarmac landing and taking off. You would think this is the only state in the nation. They want to win Florida badly!!! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply October 31, 2016 at 10:12 pm Free your mind and the rest will follow. At least, that is what the saying states. How can you detox from this rabid political election and the rest of the political elections that are obviously going down the toilet in terms of decency? The election countdown clock that keeps ticking away is what is giving me anxiety. The doomsday deadline. Not unlike the past, with the Y2K scare, that the world was going to be in some serious turmoil come the New Year on Jan. 1, 2000. We survived, but some very serious happenings have besieged our planet since that date, and our daily lives are not as trouble- free as before, so maybe there was something to the Y2K, as the biblical researchers predicted. The world didn’t come to a crashing halt, but just look at the world happenings now, and how badly everything is getting, sad to say. Pray for all involved. Prayer is so much better for us than worrying or gnashing our teeth in anger. Our minds, bodies and spirits are much calmer when we choose contemplation over consternation. Jesus taught us to love and pray for our enemies, so if you feel one or more of the candidates is your enemy, pray for them. Take time from the news and re-posting to prayBy Teresa Blythe Reply
Ornamental plants like poinsettias, Christmas cacti, Christmas Kalanchoe, amaryllis bulbs and miniature Christmas trees are often given as gifts during the holiday season. Unfortunately, these plants usually don’t come with plant care information. And the gift getter may not have a green thumb.Many people mistakenly leave these plants outside without realizing they aren’t very cold hardy. Freezing winter temperatures can quickly turn your new plants to mush. Then your plant-gifts are only suited for the compost bin. Tropical immigrantsMost holiday gift plants are tropical or subtropical plant species that prefer lots of sunlight (but not direct sunlight), average humidity around 25-50 percent, and warm daily temperatures averaging 65-75 degrees F. They make excellent houseplants if you have a sunny window nearby. It’s important to keep the soil moist, but not wet for holiday gift plants. These plants often come wrapped in festive foil or plastic. This wrapping may keep the plant from dripping on the furniture, but it can keep the soil too wet. This can ultimately lead to root rot and leaf drop. Unwrap your plantsNow that the holidays are over, remove the wrapping and make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Some of the fancier containers don’t have drainage holes and you may need to repot the plant or drill holes in the bottom. Place a saucer or pan under the pot to catch any excess water. Don’t allow water to stand in the saucer for more than a few minutes. Once the soil has drained, dump the excess water. Most holiday plants should be watered only after the soil surface turns dry.If your holiday gift plant produces flowers, after a few weeks they will begin to drop the flowers and go into a resting state. Often, they will bloom again later in the year if they are provided the right conditions. Plant bulbs outside, move potted plants back and forthKeep in mind, some of these plants don’t normally bloom at Christmas and will revert to a natural bloom cycle. These plants were grown in greenhouse conditions and forced to bloom outside their natural cycles. Amaryllis bulbs are actually cold hardy to zone 7b, which includes metro-Atlanta and areas further south. So, if you live in zone 7b or 8, plant the bulbs outside in the fall for blooms in the spring (their natural flowering time). Bulbs that have already flowered this winter can be gradually acclimated to the outdoors in the spring. There they may bloom again later this year or next year.Repot for proper growthMost holiday plants will quickly outgrow their containers in the first year. To keep them as houseplants, in the spring, repot in a container that is about 1” inch wider than their current container-home. Use commercial potting soil labeled for houseplants. These soils are easier to handle, sterile and lightweight. Don’t use soil from your backyard as it’s often heavy with clay and will hold too much moisture in a container. When repotting, prune away gangly growth and overgrown areas. Dead branches can be pruned out at any time. Poinsettias respond well to pruning and pinching, which causes them to branch out and create more flower bracts next winter.Holiday gift plants can be moved outdoors with a little effort. In the spring, gradually acclimate them to outdoor temperatures to avoid plant shock and sun scald. A shady patio or covered porch out of direct sunlight is a good place to start. Place them there for a few weeks before moving them to a more sunny location. Bring them back indoors in the fall before the first frost. For more information, see UGA Extension publications B1318, Growing Indoor Plants with Success; C787, Gardening in Containers; and B1338, Gardening in Containers Using Tropical Plants. These publications can be found online at www.caes.uga.edu/publications or get print copies by calling your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.