The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 9, 1997
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HOME & GARDEN THE SALINA JOURNAL GARDENING AS THERAPY Gardeners realize link between soil, soul Digging in the dirt provides us with a sanctuary — a place of refuge from the profane world By JANET KINOSIAN I jis Angeles Times Syndicate Do you believe that getting your hands dirty planting petunias will sooth your soul? If so, you're not alone. Visit your local nursery on a warm weekend, notice the crowds, and you'll know there's a movement afoot to — as Joni Mitchell's early '70s song "Woodstock" pleads — "get ourselves back to the garden." "People are realizing when we garden, we're doing a lot more than just lawn maintenance," said Judith Handelsman, author of the book "Growing Myself, a Spiritual Journey Through Gardening" (Button, 1996). "We are nature (ourselves), looking after and tending nature, and that not very complex act somehow takes on a spiritual and healing overtone," she said. Said simply: If you want to increase joyful feelings in yourself, find a garden. "It's hard to quantify joy, peace and serenity in a scientific sense," said Sarah Conn, Ph.D., who is an eco-psychologist teaching psychology at Harvard Medical School. Eco-psychology is a burgeoning field that studies human mental and emotional health with regard to things such as gardening, prayer, star-gazing and marathon running. "Nature and plants are relatively indifferent to humans, so there's no performance anxiety, no stress," Conn said. "That's why people like to hang out in gardens so much." Handelsman said most people intuit this, and that's why gardens and gardeners can be found in both palaces and slums. "This might sound dramatic, but I think people realize things are disconnected and have concluded it's either transform or die," she said. "And they're reaching out to something very basic to help them do that: gardening." Gardeners agree on this: Tending plants teaches one about the true rhythm of life, that it can't be forced, only nurtured. "One of the most difficult aspects of my job is trying to sell the concept of a time lapse," says Sarah Munster, a Los Angeles landscape designer for 10 years. "Particularly here, where the perception of time is instant and so many people think in terms of illusion." Munster said she often will not hear from clients until a year after the garden is planted and then comes the ecstatic call. "They'll usually say they can't believe it," she said, " 'It looks so beautiful,' almost as if they couldn't accept it until they saw the results." She believes that one reason gardening slows us down is that gardens can't be hurried. At the heart of gardening is the feeling that one is dropping a timetable constructed around dental appointments, car maintenance and freeways to enter a realm of unlocked time. "(In gardening) people plunge headlong into a world entirely outside their control," noted Anna Pavord, a British gardening writer. "Nature and plants are relatively indifferent to humans, so there's no performance anxiety, no stress." Sarah Conn eco-psycholgist, Harvard Medical School Los Angeles Times Syndicate What happens when you garden, or even when you just spend time In the garden? Experts say the positive effects are many. ^ perhaps, a garden is a place in which to reckon with our inner being." There's something about a garden's silence, psychologists say, that lowers the level of self- chatter, allowing the inner eye a more unobstructed view of what's really going on inside. "I always tell people that I really just provide the environment," said Ginni Larson, head of the horticultural therapy program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "I just bring people to the soil and let the earth do its own magic." She said that this therapy without words — like art, dance or music therapy — can be very powerful as it touches right- brain emotions. So, if you would like to get in touch with your kinder, gentler side, the plant kingdom can help. Just as working with anything else perceived as smaller and in need of nurtu- rance (children and animals, for example) releases a nurturing side in a nonthreatening way, tending plants helps people, experts say. Said Kelly Ball, a gardener of 20 years living in Venice, Calif.: "Plants help mo see any little barbarian sides of my personality. If I'm not gentle, if I'm ripping away at the plants, it stands out. And I can translate it into my outside-the-garden life." "This, of course, is not a conscious feeling. When I wander out the back door to do some casual gardening, I don't say, 'Fancy that. I'm part of the great diurnal round.' I just get on with the weeding." But with the absorption comes the notice of nature: the shrub in the dusk, the lavender in the light, "and that's the added dimension gardening adds," she said, "that you're actively involved in the process. It's like the good book and unlike TV." "Gardens are also a place of refuge, a sanctuary from the profane world," wrote Julie Moir Messervy, author of "The Inward Garden: Creating a Place of Beauty and Meaning" (Little, Brown: 1995). "And most important, Reaping the benefits What happens when you garden? Experts note many positive effects, among them: • One hour in the garden will reduce your blood pressure the same as If you had meditated for that hour. • Numerous hospitals and correctional agencies that have gardening programs report dramatic decreases in violent and antisocial behavior when gardening is part of the program. • Gardening is the one art that stimulates all of the senses: You can smell, touch, see and taste plants, and hear them blowing in the breeze. • Physiologists report heightened muscle relaxation, slower breathing and increased endorphin production. • Psychologists say self-esteem, patience levels and generosity are boosted when gardening. on the home front I 11 urst your bubble: | * J If a bubble forms while you're wallpapering and you can't smooth it out, try this trick. Using a razor blade, cut a small 'x' in the bubble. Dab some wallpaper adhesive onto the paper at the edges of the incision, smooth the paper back in place, and remove any excess adhesive with a damp, clean sponge. House-hunting: When you look at a house, bring along a camera to take snapshots inside and out, a pad and pencil for notes and a tape measure to make sure your furniture will fit the space provided. KS1V HOME & GARDEN TELEVISION Tips and tricks gleaned from Home and Garden TV. THIS YEAR GIVE MOM MORE THANOT'FLOWERS For Mother's Day, give her more than just another bouquet.. .give her a live perennial flower to remind her of her special day for years to come. Each plant purchased we will provide you with a permanent ceramic disc for the plant, which reads "Happy Mother's Day" We have gift baskets and other gift ideas for Mom as well.. .stop by and we'll help you pick the right gift for that special lady. Green Twig Garden Center & Landscaping Services ( l )13).S2S T\YI(, 1332 E. Schilling Salina,KS 67401 Hours: Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 12-41 South Middle School Anderson, Bill-English 7310 Bainter, Lyman - Pre Algebra 7330 Bainter, Lyman - Algebra ....7326 Barhydt, Joan - LD 7323 Beams, Juanita - Reading ....7312 Bell, Jeff-Social Studies 7315 Bell, Jeff- English 7311 Berglund, Kay - Math 7316 Brown, David - Science ...7319 Clark, Virginia-Science 7322 Domann, Wendy-English 7325 Ferguson,Terry -PreAlgebra 7328 Ferguson, Terry-Algebra 7344 Gansel, Sheryl - English 7304 Hilyard, Jack - History 7321 Hoelting,Daryl-Math 7313 Hoelting, Daryl - Science 7355 Horst,Deena-Ait 7334 Knutson, Cyndy - Science _ 7302 Moser, Lonnie - Social Studies 7306 Platt, Jeff-History 7354 Ratcliff, Joyce - English 7309 Rathlef. John - History 7336 Reinking, Merilyn - Explo/FACS....7353 Riddle, Theresa-Science 7320 Schmidt, Mary - Malh 7301 Seim, Lesa - Math 7305 Shriver, Jeff - Social Studies 7317 Sturges, Jennifer - Science 7314 Tirnmel, Bette - Spanish 7335 Walle, Barbara - Explo/FACS 7343 Wilkins, Sudana- Spanish 7356 Winslow, Susan - English 7352 Roosevelt Lincoln Claric, Joseph - Science........................5240 Crank, Chris - History 5060 Deforest, Karma-- English.;................5080 Duncan, Brian - Exploratory 5441 Elders, Kate - Pre Algebra..............;...5090 Eilders, Kate - Math 5091 Elders, Kate -Algebra 5092 Rtepatrick, Ray - Enriched English... 5100 Rtzpatrick, Ray - English........;...........5101 Frable, Lenore - LD English 8th 5586 Frable, Lenore - LD English 7th.,.......5191 Frable, Lenore - Study Skills 8th 5194 Frable, Lenore- Study Skills 7th 5195 Geiger, Sue - English 8th 5120 Geiger, Sue - English 7th 5130 Gruen, Danette - Spanish 8lh 5141 Hutchinson, Cassandra - Reading 5160 Johnston, Lisa - Vocal Music 5170 Johnston, Lisa- Slang Gang „ 5171 Johnston, Lisa - Orchestra 5050 Jones, Daniel - Social Studies 5180 Lambert, Vaughn - Science 5200 Larson, Cindy - BD 5420 Laubahn, Glenn - Math 8 5210 Laubahn, Glenn - Pre Algebra,., ,5213 Laubahn, Glenn -Algebra 5212 Lenkiewicz, Len - History -5221 McDaniel, Brenda - Social Studies ....5250 McMillen, Gayle - Band 7 5260 McMillen, Gayle - Band 8 5261 Morrison, Beth - Social Studies 7th... 5472 Morrison,Be(h - Social Studies 8th...5473 Murphy, Dawn - English 5020 Murphy, Steve^ Science 8th................5280 Murphy, Steve - Science 7th 5190 Noonan, Becky -Math 8..... „.;.......5290 Noonan, Becky - Pre-Algebra 5291 Noonan, Becky-Algebra.. .....5292 Nowak, Brian - Exploratory 5441 Pemey, Kathryne- Science..................5300 Pridey, Joanne - Science 5510 Ramsey, Mark- Pre Algebra 5520 Ramsey, Mark-Math 7 5521 Ramsey, Mark - Math 7th and 8th 5522 Reddig, Julie - Enriched English 5530 Reddig, Julie-English 5531 Ribble, Nancy - LD Social Studies....5540 Ribble, Nancy -LD Reading 5541 Ribble, Nancy - LD Reading/Skills....5542 Ribble, Nancy - LD English 8 5543 Ribble, Nancy - LD English 7 5546 Ruder. Chris - Math 7 522Q Ruder, Chris-Pre Algebra 5140 Sactaier, Barbara -P,E 5550 Shivers, Karen - LD History 5580 Shivers, Karen - LD Reading..,.....,,,.,,.?581 Shivers, Karen - LD Reading/Skills...5582 . .Shivers, Karen - LD Math 8 ...........5584 Shivers, Karen - LD Math 7 (5th hour).5583 Wilkins, Sudana - Spanish 7th............5431 Wiltons, Sudana - Spanish 8th 5432 Wilson, Mitch - Industrial Tech 5441 To hear your child's teacher you must use a touch-tone phone. Dial 825-6000. Press the 4-digit category number by the teacher's name. Call Deb Nelson at 823-6363 if you have questions. *" Saluia Jour tuil lino Newspaper In Education MOTHER'S DAY Great gift ideas for Mom plus storewide savings for the family! FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY! One and two-piece dresses SALE! 59.99-79.99 Misses', petites' and women's. Reg. 69.00-99.00. Misses' tops & matching shorts SALE! 9.99-19.99 From a collection. Reg. 14.00-28.00 ea. pc. Misses' casual woven tops SALE! 11.99-24.99 Large collection to choose from) Reg. 16.00-32.00. Misses' Rafaella* separates EXTRA 30% OFF Reg. 19.99-39.99, SALE 13.99-27.99. Sag Harbor 8 'separates 30% OFF Misses' sizes. Reg. 22.00-36.00, SALE 15.40-25.20. Misses' novelty pant sets SALE! 14.99-19.99 Reg. 19.99-28.00. Women's career dressing 25% OFF Orig. 28.00-50.00, SALE 21.00-37.50. Selected satin sleepwear 25% OFF Sizes S-M-L Reg. 24.00-64.00, SALE 18.00-48.00. Foundations & Da/wear 25%-50%* OFF 'After manufacturer's mail-in rebate. Ladies' cotton lounge dresses 30% OFF Reg. 26.00-34.00, SALE 18.20-23.80. Dolce Vita* handbags SALE! 19.99 Drawstrings, satchels, totes. Reg. 24.00-25.00. Ladies' summer sandals SALE! 19.99-39.99 Mia*, Candies', Bass', Azaleia*. Reg. 24.00-50.00. SAVINGS FOR HIM! Men's casual & athletic shoes SALE! 39.99-49.99-59.99 Nunn Bush* Nib*, Reebok* & morel Reg. 45.00-90.00. Men's sport shirts EXTRA 25% OFF Kniti & wovens. Orig. 16.00-28.00, SALE 8.99-15.74. Just a sample of the savings you'll find. Interim marldowns may have been taken. Styles, sizes & colors may vary by store. HP STAG E CENTRALMALL Mon.-Sat. 10-9 Sun. 12-6

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