Newsletter March 2015

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News for the fun of it! March 2015

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

An old man lived alone in a village. He wanted to prepare his potato garden, but it was hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison.The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:

Dear Son,

I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden, because your mother always loved planting time. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison.

Love, Dad

Shortly, the old man received a telegram back from his son: “For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden! That’s where I buried the GUNS!”

At 6:00 the next morning, a dozen agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.

Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened, and asked him what to do next.

His son’s reply was: “Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It’s the best I could do for you from here.”

No matter what your circumstances in the world, if you have the will to help somone, you can find a way.

Holi, Festival Of Colors

Holi, the “festival of colors,” is celebrated mainly in India at the time of the full moon – March 6 this year. Steeped in tradition and ancient legend, the core focus of Holi is to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, and to welcome spring and banish winter.

Holi is gradually finding its way into other countries and cultures, and you might find a Holi celebration near you this year.

The festival kicks off on Holi eve, when bonfires are lit to symbolize the banishment of evil. Then at dawn, Holi Day breaks with raucous crowds intent on painting the world in a vibrant rainbow—smearing and splattering each other with paints and dyes known as gulal.

Traditionally, natural powders and paints were used, but the bulk of the colors on today’s modern palette are chemical compositions that are often toxic, resulting in caustic skin reactions or worse. Many citizens coat their skin with oil on Holi day to help protect against absorption of toxins. Gulal is either mixed with water to form a paint, or strewn in its powder form directly from small bags purchased from street vendors.

Anyone who ventures outside on Holi day can expect to be splattered head to foot in color. When the festival ends, the landscape (as well as the revelers) remains a riot of color—on buildings, vehicles, streets, and sidewalks—as many of the dyes leave stains that cannot be removed by washing. Instead they fade with time.

Why Honey Doesn’t Spoil

Honey is almost unique among organic compounds in that it constitutes a "perfect storm" of attributes against spoilage:

Most of the honey is a supersaturated solution of sugar. Sugar is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water. Bacteria and other microorganisms that come in contact with this solution are desiccated (water is drawn from them into the solution). The same happens to yeast and other fungal spores, leaving almost no organisms in the honey that can spoil it. This supersaturation of sugar also inhibits the growth of yeast and other fungal spores.

Furthermore, bees process honey by means of an enzyme called glucose oxidase. You might know glucose oxidase from something else...it used to be called "Penicillin A," which destroys bacteria.

Never leave a jar of honey standing open. The supersaturated sugar solution will absorb moisture from the air and gradually become weaker, losing its anti-bacterial properties.

Drinking Can Damage Your Teeth

Coffee and cola might be bad for your teeth, but energy and sports drinks aren’t much better. The reason? The type of acid they contain. According to the journal General Dentistry, bottled lemonades and energy drinks can erode the enamel on your teeth over 10 times more than colas.

If you do consume drinks that might cause enamel damage, you should rinse your mouth with water and wait about 30 minutes before you brush, because if the drink has softened your enamel then even mildly abrasive toothpaste can cause more damage.

   

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. ~ Jack Welch

Why Do Couples Start To Look Alike?

You may be familiar with the saying, “opposites attract.” But in reality, what the heart wants is not an opposite, but someone who is similar. That similarity increases the longer two people stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity.

   

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain

Barrie and District home sales post healthy month of January

Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 218 units in January 2015. This was an increase of 12.4 per cent from January 2014. Within the City of Barrie sales activity rose 17.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis. The City of Barrie saw 125 residential sales in January. A year-over-year increase of 5.7 per cent was recorded in surrounding areas, where sales activity totalled 93 units. January marked a solid start to 2015 for home sales in the Barrie region, with activity coming in above both the five and 10-year averages for the month. With months of supply running near record lows, the average home price continues to rise.

The average price for all homes sold via the Association’s MLS® System in January 2015 was $337,718, up 6.4 per cent from January 2014. The average price figure for homes sold within the City of Barrie was $319,332. This was a 9.2 per cent increase compared to the average selling price in January 2014. The average price figure for the surrounding areas was $362,431, an increase of 4.2 per cent from the previous January.

January posted another increase in new supply. New supply has risen by double-digit figures on a year-over-year basis in eight of nine past months. New residential listings rose 10.0 per cent from January 2014 to 507 units in January 2015. Overall supply remains below most of the past decade. Active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System numbered 916 units at the end of January 2015, down just three units from year-ago levels. There were 4.2 months of inventory at the end of January 2015. This was down from the end of January 2014 and stood below the long-run average for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

Sales of all property types in the Barrie region numbered 228 units in January, rising 14.0 per cent compared to January 2014. The total value of all properties sold in January 2015 was $75.9 million, up 21.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

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