A New Spin on Autism Answers – When You Look Within the Autism You Find A Person, A Beautiful, Amazing, Courageous Person.

Shelley Pack is a comedic actress, writer and producer. One of her life passions is working with children who have a diagnosis of autism as well as other special needs. She uses her talents to bring attention to the possibilities and beauty of difference. Her short movie about Dash Chandler came to Lynette’s attention and impressed her with its simplicity and message. Together Shelley and Lynette discuss the joy of helping and producing film in an effort to share the beauty and possibility of the child within, any diagnosis.

Shelley and Lynette discuss at length the importance of improvisation and the attitude of ‘yes and’. This is a fundamental belief of theater groups using improvisation. Yes and means “accept the reality and add to it”. For example if the child says the blocks need to line up you can say “Yes and the chairs like it too.” Then follow that statement with the action of lining up chairs. Of course the next step is to create varied patterns and fun together but step on is always ‘yes and.’ And when the child adds a new thought like “No chairs are better in a circle.” You restate a new ‘Yes and shoes are best in a square.’ Etcetera.

THE GREAT GUEST GIVEAWAY guest is Ange Anderson with her new book Seren’s Christmas Encounter With Autism. As an author she uses the pseudonym Angela Morgan. The book is the third one in a series and perfect for families who want other’s to understand what family life is like when a member has autism.

Today’s question “Why show people autism?”

Today’s answer: “If you don’t show they don’t know.”

In Stories From The Road Lynette shares a story of the gift given through peer interaction, when a young girl, by virtue of her envy over a friend with autism, signals her own emotional challenges.

Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today – BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream: What Are They & What Do They Do? Dr Lycka & Dr Papantoniou

BB cream has actually been around since 1967, and has been followed with CC Cream and now, DD Cream. Help! What are they, what do they do and should you be using them? To save you wondering any more, and to stop you wasting money on the wrong creams for you, we have a great expert on these creams to share some practical information with you, this week on Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today. Your show host Edmonton Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Barry Lycka talks with Board Certified Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Kally Papantoniou, from her practice in New York City. Dr Papantoniou starts by giving the full names for these creams: Beauty Balm cream, or sometimes Blemish Balm cream, Colour Correcting cream, and “Dynamic Do-All” cream. She explains what each cream is, and what it is used for. The two doctors discuss the ‘ingredients’ that go in each one and the benefits that patients can expect from regular use of these types of creams.

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Since hosts Derek and Carolyn are still in the deep freeze from heavy snowfalls at their Pennylvania property, they look ahead 6 weeks and discuss flowers that will bloom in the snow, starting with witch hazels that will bloom at the first sign of a warming trend, followed by hellebores that are hardy perennials with evergreen leaves. At their home, Cedaridge Farm the Fells have partnered witch hazels with Hellebores so the two can bloom together. Next to bloom are the yellow aconites and white snowdrops that also bloom together as good companions. The Fells also recommend yellow Tete a Tete daffodils for winter bloom, along with blue snow irises and early flowering botanical tulips such as the greigii, fosteriana and greigi species. Their expert interview this session is with Winn Soldani who is a professional grower in Florida of the tender tropical hibiscus. Tropical hibiscus come in a wider range of colors than the hardy kind, but of course the tropicals can be grown in containers and moved into the house before frost to provide continuous color. In the email segment Derek tells a listener what is ailing her peach trees that are seeping a gummy substance, and responds to a gentleman who wants a good recipe for mint sauce. Also, a lady in Virginia wonders how to make her zucchini plants more productive. The Fells also remind listeners to visit avantgardener.info for details of their full color on-line newslleter, the Avant Gardener.

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Hosts Derek and Carolyn report six inches of snow at Cedaridge Farm and comment on what a beautiful scene surrounds their home, having landscaped their property to look distinctive in snow. Not only can they see clouds of winterberry shrubs coated with snow, but they have been able to bring in armloads of berried branches to decorate the house for the holiday season, along with branches of holly and the hardy southern magnolia, Edith Hough with waxy evergreen leaves. They marvel at the ability of their ornamental grasses to look good in the winter landscape and how their favorite landscape tree, the ‘Heritage’ variety of river birch has beautiful honey-colored flaking bark that stands out in the landscape. Structures also enhance a snowy landscape, including strategically placed arbors, a Victorian style gazebo, fences and benches. Their expert this session is Gretchen Zwetzig, owner of Fleming’s Flower Fields, a 65-year company that specializes in breeding hardy perennials. Started by three brothers, the late Jim, Bob and Dave Fleming, Derek remembers meeting that at a convention and enjoying a conversation about their perennial breeding. Gretchen describes their pioneer work on the famous Fleming strain of hardy hibiscus with a color range that includes white, red, pink, purple, pale yellow and white, all with a contrasting red eye. The individual flowers can measure up to 12 inches across on plants that remain less than 4 ft. high. Hardy from zones 4 to 10, these hibiscus are ideal for locations with moist soil, such as beside a stream or pond. Gretchen also describes the work on the Filli series of dwarf hardy crepe myrtles and how good they can look in containers. In the email segment Derek provides an evaluation of dessert quality apple varieties, the growing of a rare bulb known as the blue amaryllis, an evaluation of heirloom tomatoes and advice to a listener who is planning a trip to Scotland to visit Scottish gardens. Derek reminds listeners that a sample issue of their on-line newsletter, the Avant Gardener can be viewed at avantgardener.info.

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Hosts Derek and Carolyn discuss more seed catalogs arriving in the mails and some of the seed varieties – new and old – that they will be planting in the coming year. A favorite is always the Seed Savers Exchange with its offerings of mostly heirloom varieties. The Fells were well pleased with an heirloom lima bean called the ‘Christmas’ lima bean, also known as ‘Large Speckled Calico’ because the beans are white with maroon markings. Also Derek notes that even after frost the pods hang on the vines for an indefinite period, allowing the beans to be harvested up to Christmas for use in soups and stews. Derek also likes to grow a sweet corn called Golden Bantam Improved. The original ‘Golden Bantam’ was introduced by Burpee Seeds in 1902, but the Improved strain has ears that are longer than the original. He also recommends a French heirloom lettuce, ‘Marvel of Four Seasons’ introduced in 1885. Although the variety will grow through four seasons in many parts of France, Derek cautions that over most parts of North America summers are too hot for it and so it is best planted as a crop to mature in spring or fall. It is a butterhead type with red leaves and a buttery-yellow center. The Totally Tomatoes catalog features a new tomato variety, ‘Indigo Rose’ (bred at Oregon State University) which is partially black and partially red and slightly larger than a cherry tomato. The interview with an expert this session is with Gary Doerr, North American marketing manager for Blooms of Bressingham, a British company that has bred many award winning perennial varieties including the hardy blue geranium, ‘Rozanne’ and shade-loving heuchera ‘Palace Purple.’ In the email segment Derek advises a listener on starting parsley from seed, and whether curly parsley or plain leaf parsley is the best variety to grow. Carolyn answers a lady who wants to know how to condition branches with winterberry so they last long in arrangements. Another listener, from Florida wants to know if poinsettias are poisonous since he has read contradictory reports about this, and also whether it is possible to save a poinsettia by planting it outdoors in a frost-free location.

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Hosts Derek and Carolyn have started to receive the new season’s seed catalogs and they comment on the impressive new full color 2014 edition of Baker Creek’s heirloom seed catalog, which contains 354 pages and billed as the largest seed catalog in the history of gardening. A veritable book, the catalog not only lists hundreds of heirloom vegetable and flower seeds, it also has interesting articles that include a trip the owners took to Thailand in search of new vegetables, and also their opinions about GMO (or Gene Modified) seed varieties. Derek likes the way the Baker Creek staff are shown with their pictures, and also the large size photographs of varieties that give you a very good idea of what to expect. Derek singles out Big Rainbow tomato among his favorites and also Chocolate Streamers sweet pea. He also notes that many of the varieties listed are not really heirlooms because they were introduced to the market too recently to be considered a true heirloom, but the company considers any non-hybrid capable of reproducing true to seed to be an heirloom. The expert this session is Jeannine Standard, spokesperson for Proven Winners, an organization that finds special varieties of annuals, perennials and shrubs and introduces them through garden centers nationwide. Jeannine explains the history of the organization and their testing of new varieties, and she has special praise for their Sunblaze coleus that can be grown in sun or shade; also new varieties of hydrangea, now the most popular shrub to grow for summer-long color. In the email segment Derek explains how to grow foxtail lilies so they come back as hardy perennials, how to grow a wildflower meadow and whether it is too late to take advantage of surplus bulb clearance sales in local garden centers.

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Hosts Derek and Carolyn begin by discussing an article in Readers Digest magazine criticizing Michael Pollan’s book titled The Omnivore’s Dilemma in which they say he makes a number of errors, like claiming that MacDonalds hamburger is unhealthy compared to organic hamburger when in fact many organic hamburgers have twice the calories of McDonalds and the problem of OVER EATING can apply to organic foods as much as non-organic. Derek also conducts an interview with wildflower expert, Ilene Boyle, from the Mt. Cuba Center, near Wilmington, Delaware. A former DuPont family estate, the institution today concerns itself with conservation, especially native wildflowers. The facility can be visited by going to Mt. Cuba’s website for details. A particularly good time to visit is in spring around the first week of May when their large trillium collection is in full bloom. During the interview Ilene gives tips on growing trillium from seed and other attractive wildflowers like wild blue phlox and cardinal flower. She also cautions listeners against digging up wild pink lady-slipper orchids from the wild since they do not transplant easily, and they are now an endangered species in the wild. Answering emails, Derek advises a listener about eelworms and problems they can cause with growing primroses. He also diagnoses a disease that kills seedlings soon after they germinate, and identifies strange black pea-sized growths that can occur along the stems of lilies. Derek reminds listeners that they can view a free issue of the on-line newsletter, the Avant Gardener by visiting avantgardener.info.

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Hosts Derek and Carolyn discuss foreign destinations they have toured with beautiful gardens to visit. Carolyn says her favorite of all garden destinations was New Zealand because she found the gardens so different from anywhere else in the world and the people so enthusiastic about gardening the top-rated television show is a gardening program.. Derek explains that north of Auckland the gardens tend to be tropical and south of Auckland they can be either temperate or tropical depending on their location. As her second favorite destination Carolyn votes for France because it is where they visited gardens associated with the French Impressionist painters, including Monet, Cezanne and Renoir, and how surprised she was to find that the gardens are so different even though the painters were linked by Impressionism. Carolyn also recalls fond memories of Tresco Island in the Isles of Scilly, 25 miles south of Lands End, England, because the entire 3 mile-long island is a natural garden, with the Tresco Abbey Gardens one of the most beautiful cultivated gardens she has ever visited. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the island has a frost-free micro climate so that tropical plants can be grown outdoors. Next on Carolyn’s list is Scotland, where she recalls touring the Highlands and visiting another great garden, Inverewe which also has a micro-climate, making it frost-free. For a good tropical destination, the Fells recommend Tahiti, especially a visit to the Gauguin Museum which includes a botanical garden, and also the sister island of Moorea, which they found more rural and more Polynesian and the scenery more spectacular. In the email segment Derek recommends some shrubs that will tolerate alkaline soil, like butterfly bush and suggests that a lady with shade start a collection of shade-tolerant hydrangeas. Derek reminds listeners to view a free issue of their on-line magazine, the Avant Gardener and also to send emails to his attention at derekfell@verizon.net.

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Hosts Derek and Carolyn discuss the spectacular fall coloring of their grove of hardy dawn redwoods at their farm in Pennsylvania, a tree that once covered most of North America and which formed the major North American coal deposits millions of years ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Thought to be extinct, and known only by fossil remains, a small grove of these beautiful trees was discovered in China in the 1940’s and re-introduced to North America by the Arnold Arboretum, Boston. Although a fast-growing conifer with a trunk resembling a bald cypress and leaves that resemble a hemlock, it is in fact deciduous and turns a golden russet color in fall before dropping its leaves. The Fells discuss its merits and how the ‘Heritage’ variety of river birch makes a good companion to the dawn redwood since both grow at the same fast rate of up to 5 ft. a year, and like a moist soil. The Fells also discuss headlines from their on-line newsletter, the Avant Gardener (avantgardener.info) including How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin up to 2,000 lbs in weight. Carolyn also provides her recipe for pumpkin soup using the beige-colored Pernnsylvania Neck Pumpkin or one of two French heirloom varieties that Derek recommends. Derek responds with his recipe for a hearty vegetable soup which he freezes for use later in the winter. The Fells also discuss changes in the seed industry, notably the change of ownership for Park Seeds, which recently fell on hard times, but is now back in the business of selling flower and vegetable seeds to home gardeners. Derek also notes the remarkable rise to fame of a new company, High Mowing Organic Seeds which quickly increased sales from $18,000.00 a year ten years ago, to $4.2 million today, and still growing. Answering emails, Derek tells a listener how to plant a windbreak hedge on a windy cliff; he advises another listener why her red-twig dogwood stems are failing to turn color, and whether the mole plant will in fact repel moles from your garden, as many seed catalogs claim..