Miscellaneous

Now What?

I hope you have enjoyed my Refracted Friday blog series over the past few years as much as I have enjoyed putting them together. Finding a theme to write about helps convey a message. Whether it’s Aim for the Stars, A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living or the recent Periodical Table of TOPS, each blog had a different theme (that…

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The Periodic Table of TOPS: K is for KOPS

It may be hard to believe, but the last element is finally here. Potassium, symbolized by K, is both an electrolyte and a mineral. Electrolytes are needed to keep the body’s balance of fluids at the proper level and to maintain normal functions. The final element for the Periodic Table of TOPS is K to symbolize KOPS, which means Keep…

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The Periodic Table of TOPS: Co is for Cost

Finding the next natural element was easy this time. Co in nature symbolizes Cobalt, which has been used in compounds to provide a blue color to glazes and ceramics.  For my refracted purpose, Co symbolizes Cost. There has been much in the news about how prices have increased. It seems everything is increasing, and that includes my weight. This roller…

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The Periodic Table of TOPS: Ba is for Bacteria

In nature, Barium is symbolized by Ba. One of its compounds is used to provide X-ray images of the esophagus, stomach and intestines. Yes, your gut. For my refracted purpose in the Periodic Table of TOPS, Ba will symbolize Bacteria. Specifically, the Bacteria (Ba) found in our gut, also called the gut microbiome. As a retired microbiologist, I have over…

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