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For the Birds!

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For the Birds!

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“I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.” Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719)
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Are you attracting birds to your backyard? In the past few months, I have received numerous emails and calls from readers literally around the world asking questions about our flying friends. Many people have indicated that the bird population has increased in their landscaping, with some gardeners enjoying first time visitors.
Robins, sparrows, hummingbirds, crows, red tailed hawks, quail, mourning doves, jays, owls, chickadees, wrens, bushtits, mockingbirds, thrashers, robins, yellow warblers, finches, larks, wrens, orioles, blackbirds, tanagers, and many other species are calling Lamorinda home.
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This past week I adopted a one winged cockatiel named Spunky. He and I immediately bonded as he spawned the impetus to write about the benefits of birds.  Although I’m a novice at identifying many of these wonderful creatures, birds have always fascinated and entertained me as I’ve watched quail with their newly hatched covey convening on my lawn, or the robins annually lay eggs in the wreath on my back door. This year the airspace around my home is particularly jammed with crows cawing. I thought I was experiencing a remake of “The Birds” recently when a convention of turkey vultures and crows assembled on my rooftop. I snapped a photo of two before jumping into my car for safety as twenty other buzzards landed.
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How long have birds been on the planet? In 1859 Bavaria fossils were found dating to 140 million years ago that suggested that modern birds evolved from a feathered ancestor, Archaeopteryx, similar to a dinosaur. The size of a crow, Archaeopteryx is the probable ancestor of over 9,000 species of birds.
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The appeal of birds in our backyards is numerous. While watching their antics and enjoying their beautiful plumage as well as their melodious song is intriguing, the grand dividend for gardeners is their free assistance as garden helpers. Birds are constantly turning over leaves, scratching in mulch, or flitting from bush to tree finding their meal of insects we never see. Birds such as flycatchers and swallows decimate flying pests. Seed-eating birds will glean 95% of the weed seed that grows every season.  When we welcome birds to our backyards, we are creating a home landscape that will naturally ward off diseases and pests. Bacteria and spores struggle to survive as our gardens become more organic creating a natural balance between pests and plants.
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Here are ways to maintain flocks flying as your personal aerial garden rescue crew.
1. WATER: A water feature is a magnet for birds, especially in the hot summer months when water is scarce. Add birdbaths, ponds, and fountains for them to bathe, drink, and even forage. Birds can hear the sound of running water from great distances.
2. SHELTER: Birds need to be protected from the whims of Mother Nature. Many birds love brush piles that offer cover. They search for nest building areas and will find your birdhouses, especially those placed in sites that mimic natural surroundings. Some birds, like wrens, will reside nightly in a birdhouse to keep warm and safe. Install roosting boxes and shelves.  If you already have birdhouse, keep them clean. As Miguel de Cervantes wrote “Never look for this year’s birds in last year’s nests.”
3. FOOD: Birdfeeders offer a birds-eye view of their acrobatic displays. Plus, supplementing their meals could be the difference between life and death. Include seed, suet, fruit, nuts, and nectar for the hummingbirds. In the winter, make sure to continue feeding. If you plan to stop feeding your birds, slowly wean them so as not to cut off their food supply.
4. PLANTS: Plant evergreens, vines, shrubs, annuals, and perennials. Birds especially enjoy fruit bearing trees like peach, plum, apricot, and elderberry as well as seed bearing plants like Blackeyed Susan, cosmos, and sunflowers. Hummingbirds are attracted to red, deep-throated flowers with nectar. Include scarlet trumpet vine in your yard. Native species including mustard, wild pea, poppy, shooting star, milkweed, larkspur, lupine, columbine, anemone, bleeding heart, and verbena will draw hummingbirds, butterflies, and seed and insect eating birds to your backyard.
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Take care of your birds and they will take care of your garden. Life is for the birds!

Cynthia Brian’s Mid Month Garden Tips
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GRILL your fresh-picked eggplant, corn, watermelon, and peppers on the barbecue. Brush with olive oil and garlic, sprinkle with salt and sage or cilantro.
PICK pears and Asian pears. Slice up into salads or eat then fresh off the tree.
DIVIDE bearded iris. When iris rhizomes are crowded, they will not bloom. Use a sharp shovel to slice through the rhizomes, then re-plant in other areas or share with friends. Even small pieces will grow into plants.
SUCCESSION plant arugula, lettuce, carrots, beans, and beets for crops that will continue to feed you through fall.
ENJOY the birds. They are favorite friends of our landscapes providing entertainment, pest control, and nature nurture.

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!
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Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, speaker, coach, and host of the radio show, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasting live every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network.. She also is the creator and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501c3 charity.

Blue Zones, Diane Von Furstenberg, Gift of Affection

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Blue Zones, Diane Von Furstenberg, Gift of Affection

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With Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.
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What do you need to do to live to 100? Heather Brittany visits regions of the world where people routinely live to be centenarians. Is the food, water, lifestyle? Find out how to lengthen your lifespan.
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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG: A LIFE UNWRAPPED is a captivating portrait that does what no memoir can, offering a comprehensive view of the designer’s life and putting it into perspective as never before. Seasoned biographer Gioia Diliberto takes full measure of Diane’s past and present, revealing original details and untold stories, and drawing on scores of interviews th
family, friends, colleagues, employees, lovers, and the legendary designer herself—who shared information she’d never told anyone, “not even my children.”
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Affection is kinship with another, an emotional bond, a true fondness from the heart. Humans are programmed to give affection, but don’t know how to receive it. Cynthia Brian reads The Gift of Affection from Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference with tips on how to bring more love into your life.

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The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.
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Sulfates, Romancing the Stone, Money & Happiness By Cynthia Brian

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Sulfates, Romancing the Stone, Money & Happiness By Cynthia Brian

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Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  Our goal is to seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations that will get you talking around the dinner table.

What is the truth about sulfates. Lots of shampoos advertise “sulfate free”. What is it? Is good or bad for you? Ask our Health Hero, Heather Brittany as she uncovers the details in Health Matters. 

There is not enough water to subsidize our landscapes and many people are wondering how we can win the fight to minimize our usage of H2O and still have an attractive garden. One solution is to romance the stone. Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian will show you how to build an arroyo seco or dry creek.

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Does money make you happy? Statistics prove that wealthier people, communities, and countries are happier. Cynthia Brian investigates the link between happiness and increased income. Feel free to Listen at Voice America and Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions. Also Buy books by Cynthia Brian

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Read more from the Great Non Profit Article.

The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.

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Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead. Previous guests and fans of the program on World Talk Radio will always be able to access the archives. Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET at  and join our empowerment party.  For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more!

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Congratulations to Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany for 12 years of weekly LIVE broadcasting of StarStyle®-Be the Star you Are!® on Voice America/World Talk Radio. Tune in Wednesdays 4-5pm PT/7-8pm ET.  Archives, photos, descriptions and more are available at all times. The program is brought to the airwaves as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. 

Keeping your eyes hydrated is good! Look at what new medication can help dry eyes

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Keeping your eyes hydrated is good! Look at what new medication can help dry eyes

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Pure Water Soothes Dry Eye, Enhances Medications Announces Water and Health Researcher Sharon Kleyne in New Report.

An application of pure water still offers the best relief of dry eye complaints, says water and health researcher Sharon Kleyne. The statement was in response to media reports of new drugs for dry eye syndrome. While Kleyne supports these new medications, she continues to advocate pure water, applied to the eyes as a fine mist for dry eye prevention and symptomatic relief. 

Sharon Kleyne is a water and health researcher and founder of product development center, Bio Logic Aqua Research. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the company’s global signature product for dry eye and dry facial skin. As part of an ongoing commitment to educating the public about water and health, Kleyne hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes.

The new medications Kleyne notes, stimulate tear and lipid production to increase the amount of water in the tear film’s “aqueous” (water) and “lipid” (oil) layers. The tear film is 98% water, Kleyne explains, and the purpose of the microscopically thin lipid layer is to prevent the water from evaporating. Excessive tear film evaporation occurs when the air becomes too dry or polluted or the lipid producing meibomian glands in the eyelids malfunction.

Kleyne has discovered in her own research that when water evaporates, the salt, proteins and antibodies contained in the water do not evaporate. The over-concentration of salt causes symptoms such as itching and burning eyes. Discomfort is also caused by the reflexive production of inflammatory hormones when the tear film loses some of its water content.

For rapid absorption and instant, all-natural relief of dry eye symptoms, Kleyne advocates supplementing natural tear film moisture with an application of pure water. According to Kleyne, a pure, fresh water mist with no added ingredients may be safely applied as often as necessary. Kleyne’s research has found that when a fresh water mist is applied to the eyes immediately prior to the application of a formulated medication, the benefits of the medications are enhanced.

Sharon Kleyne believes that each individual has the power to become proactive in maintaining their own health • Sharon and her guests offer simple, logical, do-it-yourself solutions from a non-political, common sense perspective • Weekly shows have featured experts in medicine, pharmacology, health and healing, therapeutic healing research, nutrition, occupational safety and wellness, global climate change and more. The weekly “Power of Water” segment features guests discussing the scientific, recreational and aesthetic aspects of water.

Monday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel and Wednesday 12 Noon Pacific on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour

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