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“ We will also have our biggest ever midnight display to date – and ticket holders will be able to take advantage of watching from the Stirling Castle esplanade which will be the perfect spot for enjoying the event up close.”

It is now 29 years since the band – founded in Glasgow and famously named after a Steely Dan song “Deacon Blues” – released their million-selling debut album, Raintown in 1987. A string of best-sellers followed: When the World Knows Your Name [1989], Fellow Hoodlums [1991], Whatever You Say, Say Nothing [1993] and a double-platinum compilation Our Town – The Greatest Hits [1994] which included “Real Gone Kid”, “Fergus Sings the Blues”, “Dignity”, “Wages Day”, “Twist and Shout” and many others.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:00 . in the St. George Catholic Church, 259 West 200 North, St. George, UT. Interment will be at the Ivins City Cemetery, Ivins, Utah.

It just might be. Given some of what I’m reading around the interwebs these days, an alarming number of us Catholics seem temperamentally incapable of practicing Christ’s great commandment, to love the enemy (or even just someone with whom I have sharp ideological or theological disagreements). So this piece from  Notre Dame’s Timothy O’Malley really struck a chord: To love thy enemy is not to accept a benign and beige tolerance where serious disagreement is passed over. But it is to remember…  Read more

Sarah Jessica Parker in a Giles Deacon gown at Met Gala on May 6, 2013 in New York.   (Photo: Stephen Lovekin, FilmMagic)

Thank you for posting this very thoroughly researched review Dr. Champ & most especially for providing the details of the very practical means to achieve quality sleep. I almost didn’t get past your 2nd sentence because I don’t know anyone who wakes up on a saturday morning & doesn’t have any plans for the day – no work, no chores, no responsibility 😉 Seriously though, I’ve actually discontinued waking myself up with alarm clocks for years now after I realized how much more stressful it was to start the day with my heart pounding after being startled awake by the sudden loud blaring sound of my alarm clock. So long as I did not interrupt my daily internal circadium rhythm on the weekends with late nights I generally awake at about the same time without an alarm clock….your suggestion of setting a phone alarm in an adjacent room as backup would be especially useful in winter months when there’s not much natural light in the early hours of the morning as there is the rest of the year. I turn my phone off an hour before I turn in so I’m not charged up just before I try to go to sleep. I’ve even experimented with using a lamp set on a manual electric timer plug to introduce artificial light at a specified time each morning to avoid the jarring sound of an alarm clock. This was of course before the introduction of the gradual daylight device you’ve suggested. I’ve a few followup questions for you: 1. Does the body have a protective mechanism that covers nursing mothers who are woken up every few hours throughout the night for months after delivery to feed their infants? This has been going on since time immemorial but breast cancer has only just been rising in incidence post WWII. 2. I’ve seen the daily rise & fall in melatonin levels – from what I remember it appears to start rising or peaks at ~9PM & drops to minimum at 9AM or so….. what happens in people who get a full complement of 8hrs of sleep but turn in earlier at about 8PM & wake up at 4AM….do they sacrifice the melatonin producing time from 4AM to 9AM or does this shift accordingly/adjust itself? 3. What happens to the level of melatonin production & sleep quality with advancing age & is the detrimental effect of shift work at a younger age irreversible with a more regular sleep schedule later on in life? 4. I seem to remember seeing that statins diminish biochemical production of the chemical intermediate that melatonin is synthesized from in the body. Does that mean that the millions of people who’re put on statins to control their cholesterol levels suffer from poor sleep & face an increased risk of cancer? Once again, appreciate your efforts at shedding light on this important topic & your success in explaining very complex neuroscientific & physiological systems in layman terms.


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