Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fun Facts to Know and Tell...
Birdsong and Crime Rates

Whenever I am going to a party or event of some kind where I know that I want to talk about something more interesting than the weather, I try to find a fun little fact to "know and tell". Let me tell you about something that I came across this week.

I think we can all agree that the sounds of birds chirping away in the morning makes it easier to get out of bed. It signals the sky is clear and the sun is most likely on its way up. Those early birds are there to help us welcome the day! It is one of my most favorite sounds on earth!

The city of Lancaster, California is broadcasting on their Main Street a custom mixed soundtrack of birds chirping, soft piano music and the quiet sounds of water... and the claim is that this recording is helping to reduce the crime rate. The basic theory is...

Bird sounds can reduce cortisol and adrenaline, which are
produced by the human body in response to stress

Collage painting by Jacqueline McIntyre, Portland Oregon

Of course there is debate going on about whether or not this is actually lowering the crime but I say it's certainly worth a try... and at the very least making life for it's residents and visitors more pleasant.
Read the full article and listen to the Lancaster soundtrack here!

Friday, January 13, 2012

California Dreaming

Every year...about this time...when the grayness of Oregon's winter is all around me...I dream of moving to California! The hardest part for me would be deciding where would I want to live? Hmmmm. Tops on my list are Plymouth...a little tiny town about 45 minutes from Sacramento set in rolling hills and oak trees. Ojai...funky, hot and close enough to the beach... and today...top on my list is Playa del Rey...West Los Angeles area. But only if I can live in this house!

for sale $649,000

I am absolutely crazy about this house! This house is screaming my name! This is the house of my dreams on a cold and gray Oregon day.

I love all of the light brought in by the huge windows! Love the wooden beamed ceilings, love the open floor plan, love how it's hidden away from the street, love the simplicity and love that you can see the ocean off in the distance.

How about you? Are you enjoying your winter?