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Dr. Wilda Reviews health book: ‘The A to Z of Children’s Health’

30 Oct

Moi received a complimentary copy of the A to Z of Children’s Health. Here are the details from Amazon:

  • Paperback: 448 pages

  • Authors: Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Dr. Natasha Saunders, and Dr. Norman Saunders

  • Publisher: Robert Rose (September 19, 2013)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0778804607

  • ISBN-13: 978-0778804604

  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches

  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item

  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Here is what the authors say about the book:

The A to Z of Children’s Health

September 30, 2013

There has been an enormous increase in the amount of information at our fingertips since the growth of the Internet and, more recently, social media. The majority of parents in North America now have access to medical and parenting advice at the click of a mouse or with the touch of a fingertip. So why publish a book of medical advice for parents on how to deal with all of their children’s symptoms from A to Z and everything in between?

In some ways, the need is greater now than a generation or two ago, when Dr. Spock was one of our only options. The reason is that much of what you read on the web and information shared through social media is sincere in its intent but generally strongly held personal opinion and conviction. Convincing yes, but not always in context, accurate, or even true. Certainly, in most cases, not based on the latest scientific evidence or consensus among children’s health?care providers.

Our book meets this need for evidence-based information and advice published in an accessible format. We will guide you through your questions about your child’s health, advise you when you should be seeking help, and give you practical tips and strategies that will help you to avoid having to spend countless hours in your provider’s waiting room or, even worse, in an emergency care center.

This book is written by a dozen of the top pediatricians at the Hospital for Sick Children (a.k.a. SickKids), recognized internationally as one of the best children’s hospitals in the world. SickKids is not only renowned for the outstanding clinical care provided to its young patients and their families, but this hospital is a leader in educating patients, families, and the next generation of pediatric health-care providers, as well as a powerhouse of research, providing the evidence behind the latest and best treatments and care for children worldwide.

— Jeremy Friedman and Natasha Saunders

Here is background about the authors:

By:  Jeremy Friedman, MB.ChB, FRCPC, FAAP

By:  Natasha Saunders, MD, MSc, FRCPC

By:  Norman Saunders, MD, FRCP (C)

An indispensable reference that is sure to become the go-to health & wellness guide for parents.

This comprehensive and contemporary guide is written by the pediatric experts at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). It goes without saying that no one understands kids better than these experts.

The guide covers over 235 childhood conditions and illnesses in children ages newborn to ten in a friendly yet authoritative manner.
All the illnesses and conditions are arranged alphabetically, making it easy, quick and accessible for parents — for those situations when time really is of the essence!

Parents will find expert advice on how to cope with everything from common accidents and emergencies like fever and abdominal pain to conditions such as spina bifida, infective endocarditis and shingles. Photos and diagrams are featured throughout so parents can accurately pinpoint what potential condition and/or illness their child may be experiencing.

This book addresses virtually every question a parent might have, and knowing that this kind of help is available, on any topic that may arise, provides the reassurance every parent needs and wants.

Dr. Jeremy Friedman, MB.ChB, FRCPC, FAAP is the associate Pediatrician-in-Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is also the father of two young children.

Dr. Natasha Saunders, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is the mother of a busy toddler, and a staff pediatrician at the hospital for sick Children and Rouge Valley health system in Toronto. She’s completing an Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Norman Saunders, MD, FRCPC, was a renowned and hugely respected general pediatrician with over 3 decades of experience. He was also a staff paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children and an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto

The concise review is parents and caregivers should buy this book because it is an essential part of a caregivers tool kit. If you are attending a baby shower or welcoming new parents home from the hospital, you might consider making the book a gift.  Moi began her process of review by going to the Mayo Clinic site to find out the issues that folks seek information about.

The Mayo Clinic lists issues in Children’s Health Questions and Answers:

Children’s Health Questions and Answers

Review all Children’s Health questions and answers:


Next, moi started looking through the A to Z of Children’s Health.

The book is well organized alphabetically by topic. The charts are phenomenal. See, the chart for chronic abdominal pain at pp. 26-27. There are really useful info boxes throughout the book. Info heading include topics like:


What Causes ____

How Treated

Goals of Treatment


Questions to Ask the Doctor

Red Flags

Doc Talk

The book is well written and published on good quality paper. There are pictures of a diverse population. Information is highlighted so that those seeking information will easily find a topic.

Dr. Wilda HIGHLY RECOMMENDS the A to Z of Children’s Health.

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Dr. Wilda Reviews: ‘Tea of a Kind’

23 Oct

Moi received complimentary samples of Tea of a Kind. She sampled:

Peach Ginger Black Tea

Citrus Mint Green Tea

Pomegranate Acai White Tea

According to the founders of Tea of a Kind, because of the Gizmo brewing process which occurs in the bottle cap, the product is an evolution in the history of tea.

The United King Tea Council has some fascinating facts about the history of tea in The History of Tea:

Tea is so much a part of everyday life in Britain that we might never stop to think about how a unique plant from faraway China became the nation´s favourite drink. But the history of tea is fascinating, and in this section we can follow its story from the earliest times in Imperial China right up to its present place at the heart of British life.

Read about the exotic beginnings of tea in China and the Far East and in time how it was transported to the UK and America on the Tea Clippers.

Discover how tea was brought to England by a seventeenth century queen, and how important the tea trade was to the British East India Company, one of the most powerful commercial organisations the world has ever seen.

Learn how the phenomenal popularity of tea in the eighteenth century led to widespread smuggling and adulteration, and about the murderous lengths smugglers went to to protect their illegal trade.

Read also about the Boston Tea Party of 1773, which sparked off the American Revolution, and how rivalry between the English and the American tea traders in the nineteenth century led to the excitement of the Clipper races. And trace the social history of tea in Britain, from the early debates about its health-giving properties, to the rise of the tea bag, via the great tradition of the London Tea Auction and the role of tea in boosting morale in the World Wars.

Here is a bit about the history of tea:

The birth of tea in China

Tea is often thought of as being a quintessentially British drink, and we have been drinking it for over 350 years. But in fact the history of tea goes much further back.

The story of tea begins in China. According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.

tea was first introduced to Japan, by Japanese Buddhist monks

It is impossible to know whether there is any truth in this story. But tea drinking certainly became establishedin China manycenturies before it had even been heard of in the west. Containers for tea have been found in tombs dating from the Han dynasty(206 BC – 220 AD) but it was under the Tang dynasty (618-906 AD), that tea became firmly established as the national drink of China. It became such a favourite that during the late eighth century a writer called Lu Yu wrote the first book entirely about tea, the Ch’a Ching, or Tea Classic. It was shortly after this that tea was first introduced to Japan, by Japanese Buddhist monks who had travelled to China to study. Tea drinking has become a vital part of Japanese culture, as seen in the development of the Tea Ceremony, which may be rooted in the rituals described in the Ch’a Ching.

The growth of tea in Europe

So at this stage in the history of tea, Europe was rather lagging behind. In the latter half of the sixteenth century there are the first brief mentions of tea as a drink among Europeans. These are mostly from Portuguese who were living in the East as traders and missionaries. But although some of these individuals may have brought back samples of tea to their native country, it was not the Portuguese who were the first to ship back tea as a commercial import. This was done by the Dutch, who in the last years of the sixteenth century began to encroach on Portuguese trading routes in the East. By the turn of the century they had established a trading post on the island of Java, and it was via Java that in 1606 the first consignment of tea was shipped from China to Holland. Tea soon became a fashionable drink among the Dutch, and from there spread to other countries in continental western Europe, but because of its high price it remained a drink for the wealthy….

Tea of a Kind hopes to fill a niche for those who prefer a fresher brewed experience, even if it comes out of a bottle.

Here is a bit about the product and the “Gizmo” process:

Tea of a Kind Revolutionizes The Beverage Industry As The First Drink To Use The “Gizmo” Bottle Cap Technology

Innovative Ingredient Delivery System Enhances Flavor and Health Benefits

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The patented “Gizmo Closure and Delivery System,” an innovative, pressurized bottle cap design that infuses a drink with fresh, preservative-free ingredients upon opening, has been utilized for the first time in Tea of a Kind. Available in Peach Ginger Black Tea, Citrus Mint Green Tea, and Pomegranate Acai White Tea, Tea of a Kind is 100% natural, contains only 20 calories per 16 ounce bottle, and is loaded with antioxidants. The all natural flavors, real brewed tea, and powerful antioxidants are tucked safely away in the pressurized nitrogen chamber cap, keeping them fresh without the use of chemical preservatives. The chamber defends them against things like UV light, oxidation and other damaging conditions that degrade nutrients in most pre-mixed beverages. Once the cap is twisted, the ingredients burst into the bottle and self-mix, creating a color change and a visual confirmation that the drink is fresh and ready to consume.

Tea of Kind marks the first application of the Gizmo technology by Gizmo Beverages, run by the duo of Founder & CEO, Don Park, and Co-Founder & President, Walter Apodaca. It was Park who discovered the first incarnation of the Gizmo. Brainstorming off the simple idea that he could use it to mix fresh lime juice into beer, he immediately recognized the potential of the design in the beverage industry. Don appointed Walter Apodaca as President in 2010, drawing on his expertise from a 20-year career in the beverage industry. Apodaca, who had worked his way up from loading beverage trucks to become an Executive with Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, realized right away the

vast potential for the Gizmo technology. He compares it to the revolutionary impact the aluminum can had on the beverage industry.

The unique thing about this tea beverage is the brewing process which the company describes:

The Gizmo Innovation –
Goodness Preserved

It’s not enough to just source premium ingredients. In order to deliver a superior tea experience, Tea of a Kind must preserve the natural essence of our teas until you choose to drink them.

We have done this with the patented Gizmo closure, which protects the beneficial characteristics of our teas from degradation. Our innovative delivery system defends against exposure to UV light, oxidation, and other damaging conditions that bottled beverages confront in the warehouse, on the delivery truck and on the store shelf.

So when you twist the Gizmo cap and see your Tea of a Kind burst in a plume of color, you can be confident that we are fulfilling our promise.

Goodness grown. Goodness preserved. Goodness delivered.

Moi actually enjoyed the Tea of a Kind.  Its favor is enhanced by the temperature being ice cold. Moi drank one bottle slightly chilled and didn’t like it as much. Tea of a Kind may be purchased through the website and a case costs $29.95. There are twelve bottles in a case.

The problem for Tea of a Kind is not its artistically designed bottle, which is sleek or the taste. It tastes good. The problem is whether it can hold its own in a marketplace where Amazon is advertising a competitor for $19.95 per case and with an average price of about $2.50 per bottle or whether consumers will choose their local barista’s tea products which are similarly priced.

Overall, Tea of a Kind is a very good product with a good taste. The question is whether the average consumer will find it a good value.

Moi gives Tea of a Kind a thumbs up on taste.


Tea of a Kind

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Here is a press release posted at the Wall Street Journal:


    • April 18, 2013, 8:01 a.m. ET

Tea of a Kind Gains Significant Market Share with Expansion into Northern California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico

New Customer Base Experiences the "Gizmo" Innovation as Retail Growth Continues

LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Tea of a Kind, the innovative RTD tea beverage that utilizes the patented “Gizmo Closure and Delivery System,” continues to build momentum in 2013, securing distribution through hundreds of new retail channels. The product is the first offering from Gizmo Beverages, and the first to utilize their patented “Gizmo” cap technology, which holds fresh, functional ingredients in a nitrogen pressurized chamber until the point of consumption.


The product, which recently won Best Ready-to-Drink Tea Beverage at the 2012 Interbev Awards in Las Vegas, has secured a significant market share in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, with Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, and Colorado rolling out in the next 60 days. Tea of a Kind works with Southern Wines and Spirits, the number one beverage distributor in the country, and secured dozens of new retail accounts in the first quarter, including BevMo (130 accounts), Vons Pavilions (all Southern CA), Kroger (Ralph’s, Fry’s, Smith’s), Bashas’ (AZ), AJ’s Fine Foods (AZ), Walgreens (NM), Bristol Farms (all Southern CA), Albertsons (all Southern CA), and Andronico’s (Northern CA).

In addition to grocery stores and high-end health food markets, Tea of a Kind’s distribution strategy largely targets on-premise locations, including restaurants and bars; hotels and resorts; golf courses; and sports arenas.

“On-premise is where brands are built,” explains SVP of sales and marketing, Brad Foster. “Consuming beverage is a social experience, and with Tea of a Kind, the excitement of experiencing the Gizmo is part of the fun. When people try Tea of a Kind in a social setting, they immediately want to show their friends what their drink just did.”

On-premise locations where Tea of a Kind is now available include W Hotels in Southern CA (Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco) and Arizona (Scottsdale); Las Vegas resorts, including The Bellagio, The Riviera, Four Seasons, and MGM Grand; the St. Regis Hotel (Dana Point, CA); La Costa Resort (Carslbad, CA); Talking Stick Golf Course (Scottsdale, AZ); Torrey Pines Golf Course (La Jolla, CA); and select Marriott Hotels across all markets. In addition, Tea of a Kind is the official beverage of the Pheonix Coyotes NHL team, with availability in the suites and luxury box seats at the Arena, and the “Paw Patrol” cheer team and mascot acting as Tea of a Kind brand ambassadors at major regional events.

Available in Peach Ginger Black Tea, Citrus Mint Green Tea, and Pomegranate Acai White Tea, Tea of a Kind is 100% natural, contains only 20 calories per 16 ounce bottle, and is loaded with antioxidants.

To find a location near you or buy online, visit

Text the word “liketea” to 99000 for a product demonstration and to connect to our community.

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Dr. Wilda Reviews art exhibit: Seattle Art Museum presents ‘Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon’

18 Oct

“Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

William Penn

Moi attended the press briefing for ‘Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon’ at the Seattle Art Museum(SAM).  Here are the details of the exhibit:

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon

October 17, 2013–January 5, 2014

SAM Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

The ‘Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon’ exhibit had several themes running through the exhibit:

  1. The artifacts assembled for the exhibit had never been in one place together before. They came from Peruvian museums, museums, from all over the world and private collections. Hence the William Penn quote to open this review.
  2. These artifacts represent the 3,000 year journey toward a Peruvian national identity.
  3. Peru is one of the six cradles of civilization along with Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Mexico.
  4. The craftsman exhibited by the items represent the indigenous innovation which occurred in Peru which was independent of innovation which was occurring in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
  5. There is a duality evident in the religion, art, and culture of Peru. Peru is both an ancient culture and modern country.

There are about 300 pieces of art and artifacts which represent 3,000 years of the different periods in Peruvian history. Lonely Planet gives a good capsule view of Peruvian history.


Knowing a bit about Peru really does enhance the visitor’s’ understanding of the exhibition. Here is a country brief from the Australian government  An advance warning, you will probably want to plan a return visit to really get a feel for the treasures on display. Better yet, the visitor will want to participate in some of the activities planned around the show. Here are a few of the planned activities:




SAM Downtown / 5–8 pm

Join us as SAM celebrates educators! This FREE event is open to all K–12 educators interested in getting a sneak peek of the special exhibition, Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon. Get free …






SAM Downtown / 7–8 pm

Victor Pimentel, Curator of Pre-Columbian Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and curator of Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon, discusses the breathtaking new exhibition at SAM, which includes rarely se…






SAM Downtown / 6:30–9:30 pm

Patron, Friend and Fellow members are invited to a festive evening of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and entertainment in celebration of Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon. Premier Members will receive ma…





SAM Downtown / noon–1 pm

Martín Chambi created a comprehensive body of photographs from 1920-1950 of Andean culture and history, documenting archeological sites, native peoples, and local customs. His sensitive and penetrating works reveal the social complexity of Andean culture in …






SAM Downtown / 11 am–12:15 pm

The ACCESS program provides monthly docent-led tours of the museum’s collection to visitors with low or no vision. ACCESS SAM is a docent-led initiative to increase docent skills in meeting the needs of all SAM visitors. This month’s tour explores the museum’s special exhibitionREAD MORE




SAM Downtown / 1:15–2:15 pm

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon is a landmark exhibition that features over two hundred works of art. In this 60-minute tour, visitors will encounter wonders of Peruvian culture spanning from ancient to moder…

The ‘Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon’ is simply breathtaking, not only in the scope, but the quality of the individual items. Seattle is privileged to be the only city in the U.S. to host this exhibit and everyone is urged to go at least once. To paraphrase William Penn, an exhibit of this quality from Peru may never come this way again.

This is a definite thumbs up, must attend.


Slideshow: “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art                                                                                                  

Peru : Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon – YouTube                                          


Here is the press release from SAM:

For Immediate Release

Contact: Wendy Malloy, SAM Public Relations
(206) 654-3151; email:


SAM is the only U.S. venue for this comprehensive collection of rare Peruvian treasures covering 3,000 years of history

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon
October 17, 2013–January 5, 2014

 CONTACT: Cara Egan, Seattle Art Museum P.R., 206-748-9285/

Wendy Malloy, Seattle Art Museum P.R., 206- 654-3151/


October 17, 2013-January 5, 2014

SAM is the only U.S. venue for this comprehensive collection of rare Peruvian treasures covering 3,000 years of history

SEATTLE – July 31, 2013 – This fall, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will present Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon. On display from October 17, 2013 through

January 5, 2014, the exhibition features more than 300 spectacular treasures chronicling Peru’s rich cultural history from the Pre-Hispanic era to the Colonial period and from independence to the modern art movement of Indigenism.

SAM is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition and its first location after its world premiere at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).

Uncover a millennia-old culture now considered one of the six cradles of civilization along with Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Mexico. Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon invites visitors to discover Peru’s vibrant history and experience this vital and ancient country during its most influential and identity-forming periods.

“SAM is honored to be the only museum in the United States to host this breathtaking exhibition of rare Peruvian art spanning 30 centuries” said Kimerly Rorschach, SAM’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director. “The exhibition provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the power, beauty and mystery of these remarkable objects and the window they provide into history.”

Many of Peru’s ancient treasures and artifacts are included in this spectacular exhibition, including a rare Mochica forehead ornament (pictured above) made of gold and shells. It is being exhibited for the first time in the United States since its return to Peru in 2006. Crafted for a Mochica ruler between 100 and 800 A.D., this ornament is believed to have been buried at a site on Peru’s northern coast. Looted in 1988, and later recovered by Scotland Yard in London, the piece was returned to Peru in 2006.


Superb and rarely seen works of sculpture, metalwork, painting and textiles from the Mochica, Chimú and Inca cultures give visitors a taste of Pre-Columbian Peru’s rich cultural heritage. One of the most complete sets of adornments known today is included in the exhibition. The seven-piece set of head and body ornaments, made of an alloy of gold, silver and copper, gives an idea of the rich body ornamentation belonging to the Chimú elite.

Paintings of saints and liturgical processions provide insight into the initial overlay of Christianity and the syncretism drawing from indigenous and Spanish religious traditions following the Spanish conquest in 1532. A selection of Peruvian post-independence artworks is showcased illustrating the re-emergence of native aesthetic identities and the reaffirmation of Peru’s local heritage after independence from Spain in 1821 and into modern times.

Mythical Peru, the cradle of Andean civilization, and its Pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern history is examined and explored in sections organized thematically and historically.

The organization of this exhibition provides insights of breadth and depth into the ebb and flow of ancient cultures and their art, the artistry that resulted from Spanish and native interactions, and the works of the modern era that re-established a Peruvian aesthetic and identity. The principal thematic thread that unifies the show is the reverence for the past and pride in having one of the longest histories of artistic excellence and invention.

“The sophistication of the Peruvian artistry stands out in this exhibition,” said Barbara Brotherton, SAM’s Curator of Native American Art. “Beautifully crafted works in ceramic, noble metals, precious stones and alpaca fiber dazzle the eye and speak to the importance of art and its connection to political and visual diplomacy. Stunning paintings and sculptures attest to the inventive ways artists negotiated two different world views while, after independence, modern Peruvian artists who envisioned an inclusive society used prints, photographs, paintings and popular arts to deploy their messages. ”


The first section explains how archaeology rewrote Peru’s national history with photographs of Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel, by American explorer Hiram Bingham during his excavation of the site beginning in 1911. It continues through to more recent restitutions of artworks back to Peru, describing along the way how each archeological discovery acted as a source of identity for Peruvians during the era of nation building in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The second section focuses on the myths and rituals of the early civilizations of the Andes including the discovery in 1987 of the first intact tomb of a ruler of ancient Peru which lead to the discovery of a total of 15 royal tombs. The human remains of the “Lord of Sipán” were found in a wooden coffin along with an impressive set of ornaments and emblems in gold, silver and turquoise. This discovery, by archeologist Walter Alva, is the most significant find in Peru since that of Machu Picchu.

The relationship with death, particularly the constant dialogue between the world of the living and the dead, is an essential component of Andean spirituality. This section of the exhibition will focus on objects associated with the sacrificial ceremonies practiced by the Mochica people (200 to 800 C. E.) and the funerary rites of the Chimú and Lambayeque cultures (11th and 15th century C.E.).

The third section illustrates the perpetuation, concealment, and hybridization of the indigenous culture during the colonial period. Beginning with the Spanish conquest in the 16th century C.E. and continuing until Peru’s independence in 1821, this section features paintings and ceremonial objects that illustrate both the adoption of Catholicism and the syncretism and blending of Christianity with indigenous religious practices and cultural values.

The final section highlights the rediscovery of indigenous Peruvian culture in the 20th century and the revalorization of ancient symbols of identity in contemporary Peruvian iconography. Works in this section demonstrate the idealization of Peru’s Pre-Hispanic past, especially the Inca Empire, as well as an overarching interest with the contemporary local subjects of indigenous peoples and the Peruvian countryside, exploring the way this recombination of the past with the present has transformed Peruvian art in the Modern period.

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon exhibition is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Seattle presentation of this exhibition is made possible with critical funding provided by SAM’s Fund for Special Exhibitions.


Exhibition Sponsors are Microsoft and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Major Sponsors are Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Snoqualmie Tribe, Starbucks and Wells Fargo. Additional support is provided by Port Madison Enterprises and the Kreielsheimer Exhibition Endowment. Print Media Sponsor is The Seattle Times. Official Airlines Sponsor is Delta Air Lines.


Seattle Art Museum (SAM) provides a welcoming place for people to connect with art and to consider its relationship to their lives. SAM is one museum in three locations: SAM Downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the downtown waterfront. SAM collects, preserves and exhibits objects from across time and across cultures, exploring the dynamic connections between past and present.


Frontal ornament with feline head and octopus tentacles ending in catfish heads, 100 – 800 AD, Gold, chrysocolla, shells, 11 1/4 × 16 5/16 × 1 3/4in. (28.5 × 41.4 × 4.5cm), Photo: Daniel Giannoni

Set of Ornaments, Chimú culture, North coast, AD 1000-1476, Gold, silver and copper alloy, 46.6 x 21.9 cm (approx.), Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera, Lima.

Inhabitant of the Peruvian Highlands, 1855, Francisco Laso, Peruvian, 1823 – 1869, Oil on canvas, 54 5/16 × 34 5/8in. (138 × 88cm), Pinacoteca Municipal “Ignacio Merino” de la Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima

Ornament in the shape of a human head, 100 – 800 A.D, Mochica, Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, 6 1/8 × 6in. (15.5 × 15.2cm), Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque

Earspool depicting a warrior, 100 – 800 A.D., Mochica, Gold, turquoise, wood, 3 5/8in. (9.2cm), Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque,

Virgin of the Fifth Seal, About 1740, Polychromed wood, silver, 26 1/2in. (67.3cm), New Orleans Museum of Art

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Dr. Wilda Reviews children’s book: ‘You Can Count on Gracie: She’s Got Your Numbers’

7 Oct

Moi received a complimentary review copy of “You Can Count on Gracie.” Here are the book details from Amazon:

  • Hardcover: 28 pages

  • Publisher: Little Minute Publishing; 1ST edition (2013)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0988619903

  • ISBN-13: 978-0988619906

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.5 inches

  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces

  • Average Customer Review:// 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Here is information about the author, Joan Harrison:

According to her mother, Joan Harrison was always into something”. A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Penn State University with a degree in printmaking. She painted, waitressed and learned to play the five string banjo en route to the world of photography. When she’s not shooting her golden muse, she can be found at the gym or performing with her bluegrass band “Too Blue”.
View her freelance photography work at

Gracie graduated Magna Cum Loudly from the Positive Paws Dog Training School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Voted “Most Likely to be the Subject of Her Own Book”, it appears that she has fullfilled her destiny and will become a household name among those who count (literally). She is currently asleep on the couch dreaming of the day she signs with Pixar to do a full length animated feature on her fascinating life.

Check out her profile on Dogster –

Here is current information about the book and author

The long and short of it, moi loved this little book. It is beautifully photographed on high quality paper with good production values. The key to a book or movie is really a good story which is easy to understand. The book is simple, Gracie is teaching children to count. The story is fun and without giving anything away, there is underlying wit which the adults will chuckle about. For example, check out the six books and you will laugh and wag your tail about the titles. All moi can say is well done and this is a high recommend for children and families.

Here is the press release:

Contact: Joan Harrison

P.O. Box 319, Stanfordville, NY 12581


Award-winning children’s picture book teaches children to count to ten with the help of Gracie, the amazing golden retriever. While caring for her aging parents, dog lover and first-time children’s book author Joan Harrison found a creative outlet in digital photography. Since her golden retriever Gracie was always at her side, Harrison used Gracie as a model as she honed her lighting and compositional skills. A variety of greeting cards featuring Gracie followed, and Harrison soon envisioned a larger project. Since kids love dogs, and because canines are so beneficial in many areas of education and therapy, Harrison was certain Gracie would be “the perfect goofball star of a children’s book.”

You Can Count on Gracie is the happy result. This uniquely imaginative journey through the land of one through ten offers bright, bold, humor-filled compositions alongside nimble rhyming verses that Harrison designed to “bring children and their parents together in laughter and an interactive learning experience as they discover how to count to ten.” From hats and carrots to books and fish to shoes and butterflies and more, Gracie stands at the ready to help children learn their numbers. Harrison quips, “A nose for fun and a sweet, smiling face – get ready to count with the amazing Ms. Grace!”

For its memorable combination of entertainment and education resulting in high quality rhymes, appealing humor, and eye-catching compositions, You Can Count on Gracie was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Children’s Picture Book category (ages seven and under).

“Designed to help youngsters learn to count, each page features a colorful and cleverly staged photo of Gracie, Joan’s picturesque golden retriever, with easily identifiable objects for young readers to find…The photography is striking, and Miss Gracie exudes an approachable personality that kids will love.” ~ John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

AUTHOR: A graduate of Penn State University with a fine arts degree in print making, Joan Harrison has chosen digital photography to express her creative vision. Aside from her freelance photography work, she also performs as the banjo player and lead singer for the bluegrass band “Too Blue.” She resides in upstate New York with her husband Brian, a sweet, sassy Pembroke Welsh Corg named Rosie, a golden retriever puppy named Patsy, and of course Gracie.

All moi can say is well down and this is a high recommend for children and families.

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Dr. Wilda Reviews book: ‘Proof of Divine’

1 Oct

Moi received a complimentary copy of Proof of Divine. Here is information about the book:

Proof of Divine

Andrew Murtagh

ISBN: 9781449771478
May, 2013
WestBow Press

Moi actually enjoyed reading Proof of Divine; it was a book one could easily finish because it flowed. The title is a misnomer. The book is really a journey of faith. Murtagh  might have convinced himself that his arguments was solid, but the arguments would really not convince anyone who was not predisposed to believe.  Chapter 1 really states the problem Murtagh faces when setting up his proof. The chapter begins with;

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. (Jer. 29:13)

This is really a passage about faith. What Murtagh really is reflecting upon is;

Matthew 18:4

King James Bible

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Dean L. Overman writes at page 104 of A Case for the Existence of God:

A rational discussion of religious faith is necessarily combined with a discussion of the means of encountering the divine. Evidence from religious experience can never be understood outside of a transforming relationship with the God who makes himself known to us in personal experience….

Murtagh is describing his encounters with the divine. Whether anyone who has not been on the faith journey or who is not willing to either seek or accept the gift of faith will accept Murtagh’s arguments as proof, remains to be seen. At the end of his journey, Murtagh arrives at Hebrews 11:

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Really, that is the point where  all people of faith eventually arrive.

Still, moi would recommend Proof of Divine as a wonderful journey of one man’s trip toward receiving the gift of faith. It will certainly help many feel less alone on their journey.

Here is the press release about the book: 616-309-4390

Debut Author Recounts His Personal Journey of Faith — from High School Hockey to the Heights of Biomedical Science — in Proof of Divine

“Proof of Divine will engage the reader, challenge unbelievers and strengthen believers.”

J.P. Moreland

Grand Rapids, Mich., May 7, 2013—Nothing was wrong as Andrew Murtagh sped home from his job as a biomedical engineer specializing in pacemakers. He had a promising career, a good family, and was married to his high school sweetheart. But late that afternoon, overcome by the beauty of the Nevada desert, Murtagh felt the need to take stock of his entire life and address the big questions, ones about the existence of God and the meaning of the cosmos. At the precipice of faith and skepticism, Murtagh embarks on a long journey of self-discovery, one he shares in Proof of Divine: The Journey of a Common Man’s Search for the Finger Print of God (WestBow Press, May).

Part scientific investigation, part spiritual memoir, Murtagh’s debut combines research into reasons for belief with scholarly insights and key events from his family’s history — from his grandfather’s unlikely escape from the Nazis in World War II, to his grandmother’s decision to become a nun late in life, to his father being held up at gunpoint while working the night shift. These anecdotes become the backdrop for Murtagh’s wide-ranging investigation, and help him answer whether we live in a world of coincidence, or one guided by the hand of God.

Murtagh also searches for intellectual proof of God, an endeavor he undertakes despite his layperson status. “I am not Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton. I am not a world-renowned historian, philosopher, or archeologist. I am not a multilingual Bible,” Murtagh writes. “I am, however, a persistent free-thinker. I can bring belief in God into critical investigation. I can examine the scientific, historical, and philosophical arguments for and against a Creator and form my own conclusions. I can look back at my life and examine the beauty and wonder of the expanse all around me. I can decide if I am an accident or an intention.”

Murtagh does just that, conducting his own critical investigation, and in the process, explores the origins of the universe and the philosophical arguments people make as a result — from atheism to deism to theism. Murtagh’s readers are thus encouraged to weigh the evidence with him, yet Murtagh never gets lost in the data, for while he addresses intellectual barriers to faith, he often returns to his personal story, which he sees as being just as valuable as the scholarly insights. Here we read about Murtagh’s successful stint as one of the youngest high school hockey coaches in Illinois, the anxiety-filled birth of 616-309-4390

his child and the near-tragedy that ensued, and the choices that led to his high-pressured career in biomedical science.

Peppered with quotes from scientists and theologians, Proof of Divine is Murtagh’s record of his faith journey and the intellectual concepts he wrestled with along the way, including evolution, whether morality without God is possible, and the historicity of the Bible. At the end of it all, Murtagh realizes that God can be neither proven nor disproven, but it is still possible to make an educated choice as to whether or not to believe. “But on the question of life’s meaning, there will always be unknowns as there is a leap of faith in truly believing in anything,” writes Murtagh. “For something in which there is no proof, it all amounts to a decision: will we consider the miraculous? For a number of reasons, I have considered the miraculous.”

Proof of Divine: The Journey of a Common Man’s Search for the Finger Print of God

By Andrew Murtagh



WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781449771478

Release Date: May 2013

About Andrew Murtagh:

Andrew Murtagh is a clinical sales representative for an international medical device company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He has worked in neuromodulation, supporting implantable spinal cord stimulation products for chronic pain and in cardiac rhythm management selling and supporting implantable cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators. In his role, he is present at the surgeries with the implanting physicians to assist programming and testing the devices.

Outside of work, he is an avid hockey fan. He played youth, junior, and college club hockey before moving onto coaching. He spent three years as Varsity Head Coach of a high school team in suburban Chicago and two years as Head Coach of a junior program in California where he recruited players from all over the U.S. and Canada to develop and transition to college hockey. He now coaches his son’s mite team. He and his family live in Pennsylvania. 616-309-4390

Endorsements for Proof of Divine

Proof of Divine recounts Andrew Murtagh’s focused, intentional journey back to warranted faith in God and Jesus Christ. Told in a warm, personal way, Murtagh’s pilgrimage is laced with evidence, argumentation, and fair assessment of the evidence for and against belief. A real strength of the book is its use of bullet points to highlight the central questions and issues that were at the core of Murtagh’s quest, and because he is a very intelligent, well-informed layman, the reader will find it easy to identify with the author. Proof of Divine will engage the reader, challenge unbelievers and strengthen believers. I highly recommend it.”

J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“This wonderfully-written account is that of a man pursuing the journey of life, in a quest to find ultimate meaning in the universe. It was exceptionally difficult to put down—I raced through it in one sitting. Weaving apologetics skillfully into a life story filled with ice hockey, college studies, marriage, and beginning to raise a family, Murtagh knows how to punch the right buttons … There is something here for everyone and I recommend it highly.”

Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair

Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University

“I love this book and the intellectual honesty and humility of the author. As a philosopher I am often disappointed when Christian apologetics wanders into my field, but the caution and finesse with which the author stayed within the limits of science and logic was impressive and the fact that he did it while affirming his faith in God was touching. Andrew is a story teller par excellence and when he weaves these stories with science using his keen intellect as an engineer, it becomes a must read.”

Steve A Johnson, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology

Columbia International University

“If you’re on the hunt for answers to life’s biggest questions, then Murtagh is your guy. Andrew takes complex questions and serves up creative digestible answers. This book is story filled, content rich, and could change your life forever.”

Bobby Conway, One Minute Apologist and Lead Pastor, Life Fellowship Church

“Murtagh’s book is a nice mix of apologetic data and warm story-telling. This is a good book for someone wanting to brush up on theological argument without losing the soul of why we share the story of Christ. This is a great read for someone trying to live in both worlds.”

John Wilkinson, author of No Argument For God 616-309-4390

Excerpts from Proof of Divine: The Journey of a Common Man’s Search for the Finger Print of God by Andrew Murtagh

“I was certainly familiar with the imagination of the theist, yet I was genuinely surprised at the imagination of the atheist. If we’ve left the realm of science with these theories—if these theories are stretching past testable, accurate, and reproducible facts—we’ve now arrived at theology.

To the dismay of the atheist, the science of atheism, as described above, is lacking quite a bit of science. And so it came to me that scientists are not the expert witnesses on God. Like an ink-blot test, the picture that is perceived rests in the eye of the beholder. Mine was simply to decide if I would prescribe to the religion of theism or the religion of atheism.

The religion of the atheist is that the universe and all living systems are naturally occurring, and the soon-to-be-discovered theory of everything will eventually answer the questions that are still on the table—science just needs more time. The majestic beauty of our universe and razor’s edge of order, from the gravitational constant down to our DNA, the universe, time, and life are simply freak accidents.

The religion of the theist is that God is the theory of everything, and there will never be a scientific finding that can explain how something came from nothing. For the theist, we’re an intention, not an accident. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Ps. 19:1).22 The agnostic remains somewhere in between.”

But in closing the chapter on this discussion, a deeper revelation came to me: we’re all religious; we just differ in dogma.” (Page 55)

“I was far from the proof of divine, but what I had discovered was how high the bar is for this particular branch of theism. Without a doubt, this was the greatest story ever told. Eyewitness testimony, historical and archeological corroboration, conversion of skeptics, and martyrdom of eyewitnesses—the entire story rests on the central tenets of love, forgiveness, and humility.

Is this a God worth loving? Call me sentimental, but if theism is my destination, I would require nothing less. Mine was to consider if the greatest story ever told is fact or fiction.” (Page 95)

“I had set out on an impossible journey, yet in it, I had found my way. It is impossible to prove the existence of God. It also is just as impossible to disprove the existence of God. Proof, by definition, requires evidence, validity, and certainty. Though atheism and theism both take 616-309-4390

evidence and validity and draw conclusions, there can be no certainty on the matter. It all amounts to a choice. Enter faith.” (Page 101)

“Each of us carries a timeline of memories and experiences that inspire a sense of nostalgia. Though we will all eventually consider whether or not these experiences carry an ultimate meaning, the task of the historian is no different from the task of the scientist. Both ask what and how—the why is left for the philosopher and the theologian. Interestingly, the most-popular–selling book in all of human history—the Holy Bible—is all about the question of why.” (Page 73)

“The Bible is simply a collection of books that are divided into the Old and New Testaments. It chronicles the creation of our universe and all living things, the nature of God, His commandments, the accounts of His followers, salvation, and eternity. Ultimately, the Bible describes the nature of God, His promises, and His relationship with each of us.

The Bible is an interesting document—it consistently mixes church and state, theology and history. But for something of biblical proportions (pardon the pun), how could anyone trust in a book that has been handed down over thousands of years? For the proof of divine, trust is earned, not given, so let’s go after it. Let’s challenge the integrity of this book. On the question of historicity, the first step would be to remove theology altogether and consider the Bible on its own merits as a historical document. If ancient copies of the earliest manuscripts have been discovered, and in them, actual people and places are mentioned, we have two distinct opportunities to dismiss the Bible in its entirety:

1) To compare the modern-day Bible to the early manuscripts

2) To compare the Bible to independent historical records and archeological findings

Like the childhood game of telephone, the Bible could simply be a collection of tall tales that were greatly exaggerated over time. Should it have evolved considerably from its earliest manuscripts, or if it contains historical and archeological contradictions, it could simply be regarded as misguided fiction.” (Page 73-74)

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