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I Should Have Known Better

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I should have known that any friend of Colleen's would be wonderful. I should have been prepared. I should have known that two friends of hers would be twice as wonderful.

Yet, somehow, I was still caught by surprise.

Mindy and Cheryl showed up at my door at 10:30 last night, road-worn, but not too much--because somehow we managed to stay up talking until 1:30 a.m! I had never met them before, my only previous experience having been seeing their names on comments on Colleen's blog. But Colleen is one of those types of girls that when you know her, you would do anything for her, so when she asked me to host her friends as they were passing through, of course I said yes.

They are single, I married with children. But other than that, we have so many things in common--all musicians, Mindy is going into missions, all with a love for Jesus, and all friends of Colleen! Our conversation last night brought me some badly needed encouragement. We laughed, we shared, we imbibed hot beverages. And then we exchanged text messages at 1:30 a.m. while we were waiting for the caffeine to wear off! :-)

When they came last night, they were Colleen's friends. When they left this morning, they were my friends, too.

Thank you, Lord, for the love you give that binds us together in unity.

As if I needed more justification, this article on Dr. Mercola today gave even more of an excuse for me to hang on to my tea habit! From the article:

A four-year study has found that tea slows down brain-cell degeneration, and thereby keeps your mind sharp into old age.

Catechins, a natural compound in tea, protect brain cells from damaging protein build-up over the years, maintaining your brain's cognitive capability.

In addition, the caffeine in tea, unlike that in coffee, contains the natural protein theanine, which counters the normal side effects of caffeine such as raised blood pressure, headaches and tiredness.

Researchers studied the tea-drinking habits of over 2,500 Chinese aged 55 and older and gave them memory tests.

While two-thirds of the tea-drinkers maintained their memory test scores two years later, 35 percent of non-tea-drinkers had a decline in their memory test scores, which indicates cognitive decline.

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  1. uh, wow, holy statistics abuse, Batman?!

    two thirds is roughly 66.666%. If 66% of tea-drinkers maintained their memory scores, that means that ~33.333% had a decline (assuming that they would have pointed out anyone who actually improved.)


    33+% of tea drinkers experienced a decline in memory test scores.

    35% of non-tea drinkers did the same.

    In a sampling of only 2500 people, this difference is not something I would call statistically significant.

  2. I'd also just like to point out that I read only the quotation you excerpted from the article.

    If the actual article contained genuine proof of "tea maintains memory significantly better than no-tea" then yay, but you should quote that part, not the irrelevant part :)

  3. Way to burst my bubble, bro. :-รพ

    It obviously hasn't been doing things for my cognitive abilities the last couple of days (I will refrain from giving specific examples, other than the fact that I posted the above article), but that probably has more to do with the five-and-a-half-hours of sleep per night for the last two nights.

    Thanks for keeping me humble. What are siblings for, eh?

  4. Yay for tea - and yay for coffee too.

    Blessings on the sale of your house & the pursuit of green cards.

    Arkansas - a totally different climate & culture than Alberta.

  5. Mom - Yep, yep!

    Paul - Thanks so much, Paul. Yes, this is going to be a big change, we are under no illusions as far as that's concerned! I'm sure you will all get to laugh at my culture shock in a few months! :-)


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