The Healing Touch of Bees

My mother has years of experience with bee therapy. She has found that bee stings made her more mobile in spite of her MS, and they also help with arthritis and other conditions related to inflammation. She is a member of the American Apitherapy Society, which studies and promotes honey bee products for health benefits. She recommends having EpiPens in any house where bees are present, to provide an antidote to any severe reactions.

I used my new Canon Elura 100 camcorder to record this seven-minute interview with Mom in the kitchen of the Maine cottage. The results were markedly better in iMovie compared with the Pentax Optio 5 si, but by the time the video was uploaded to Hipcast and YouTube, the improvement is not so dramatic. I'm still experimenting...

This is the YouTube link.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

New Wheels for the Beach

My adventurous parents try out a new contraption for getting my mother onto the beach, a Beach Cruzr. The trip takes them past the old family cottage (the green one with white trim), where they spent their honeymoon 58 years ago, having driven up from Sudbury, Mass., in their Model A named Jezebel.

I'm posting this video podcast in two formats, Hipcast and YouTube, in hopes you might leave a comment saying which one gives the best viewing experience on your browser.

Here is the first one, hosted by YouTube. It takes you to the YouTube page, where you can make the image fill your screen by clicking on the lower right of the image.

Here is the second, hosted by Hipcast, formerly known as AudioBlog. The Hipcast window opens on this page and seems to be clearer on my computer, but the Hipcast image is smaller, and you can't make it any bigger.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Sunrise at Ocean Park

Even though I was up past midnight working on videos, I couldn't resist heading out to the beach this morning at quarter to five when I saw a fine sunrise developing outside the window of the cottage. As I watched the sun poke up over Prouts Neck, I had in mind some more piano music by Mario Ajero from the Podsafe Music Network. And sure enough, he had posted the perfect piece, Pachelbel's Canon in D Major.

Mario has a terrific blog site named Nio TV for his son, Nio, and part of my late night was checking out this video on his proud grandparents visiting. Just now Darlene and I admired Nio's piano playing in another video. The clarity of Mario's videos and some tech help he gave me in an e-mail yesterday inspired me to browse among the MiniDV camcorders at Best Buy and Circuit City today. I'm getting close to a major upgrade in equipment from my trusty Pentax Optio S5i, but I will miss the portability of this little wonder. And it did well by today's sunrise. The video lasts about four and a half minutes.

Monday, July 03, 2006

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