Olympic Tree Brings Back Poignant Memories

first_imgA tree is a great way to remember an event like the Olympics. A living, growing treehelps refocus fading memories.Trees represent a renewing of life over generations and an investment in the future.Tree planting can mark the passage of time and great events and accomplishments.One particular tree’s life marks many things, including the Olympics. On the Universityof Georgia campus, just southwest of Stegeman Coliseum, grows a small tree with a roundedcrown. Planted in 1936, the German oak (Quercus robur) is native to centralGermany.In the forests where it grows, the German oak is wide-spreading and broad. German oakscan grow to more than 100 feet tall. The leaves have six to 10 lobes, are roughlythree-by-five inches and are similar to our American white oak (Quercus alba). Theacorns are fairly large and dangle from long stems.In 1936 the Olympic Games were in Berlin. The city, stadium and other venues were awashin the harsh banners of fascism. The National Socialist party had been brought to powerthree years earlier by Adolf Hitler, who saw the Olympics as a way to show cultural andracial superiority to the world.The German oak grows across Europe. Every country where it grows calls it by thatcountry’s name — French oak, Italian oak, Austrian oak and Spanish oak.Here in the United States and in the South, the most common name is English oak.Regardless of its common name, the tree is large, strong and beautiful.The massive size and strength of this native oak symbolized for Hitler the greatness ofthe “Fatherland.” Olympic winners were given a small German oak as well as theOlympic medals.The Olympic athletes carried these young oaks back to the far reaches of the world.Most of the trees didn’t survive.In Georgia, German oak has a hard time growing. Many pests attack it. But by far theworst problems are the warm winters and occasional spring freezes. German oak doesn’t godeep into dormancy during our winters and then tends to grow much too early in spring.Frost is always damaging it.German oak doesn’t handle the hot summer well, either — especially our warm nights.Several plantings in Georgia have died or had to be removed because of growth problems. Atree growing poorly and under constant stress is ripe for attack by many pests and can’trespond well to damage.The German oak on the University of Georgia campus is the tree given to Forrest Towns,who was the university’s first Olympic gold medal winner. Mr. Towns held the world recordin the 110-meter high hurdles for 12 years. For 37 years, he coached track for theBulldogs.The German oak on campus symbolizes many things to the university community. Asmemories fade, the tree grows and reminds us of the Olympic spirit of athletic endeavorsand excellence. The rich green tree reminds us of the man and his accomplishment. Mr.Towns passed away in 1991.Sadder times are caught up in those dark green leaves, too. A few years after hisvictory in Berlin, Mr. Towns lost his brother in the European theater of World War II. Atree lives to help us remember.Maybe you should plant a tree to commemorate your own Olympic experiences.last_img read more

Ginger-Sesame Meat Loaf

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Meat loaf is a hearty dish that is traditionally made using ground beef. This recipe changes things up a bit, using chicken and an assortment of ingredients like ginger, stir-fry sauce, and lemongrass for a flavor that is distinctly Asian. Pad-thai noodles with green onions make a great side.nutrition facts * Servings Per Recipe 8 servings * Calories308 * Total Fat (g)8 * Saturated Fat (g)2, * Monounsaturated Fat (g)2, * Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1, * Cholesterol (mg)112, * Sodium (mg)723, * Carbohydrate (g)33, * Total Sugar (g)4, * Fiber (g)3, * Protein (g)24, * Vitamin A (DV%)0, * Vitamin C (DV%)12, * Calcium (DV%)7, * Iron (DV%)11, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie dietTop ideas for dinner tonight:•30-minute (or less) spring dinners•Quick and easy chicken dishes•Garden-fresh entrée saladsingredientsNonstick cooking spray2 eggs, lightly beaten1 cup chopped green onion1 cup finely shredded carrot1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce4 cloves garlic, minced2 Tbsp. sesame seeds1 Tbsp. finely chopped lemongrass or 2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel (optional)1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger2 tsp. chili powder1-1/2 lb. uncooked ground chicken8 oz. Pad Thai noodles (rice noodles)2/3 cup purchased Pad Thai stir-fry sauce2 Tbsp. chicken brothSliced green onions and/or sesame seeds (optional)directions1.Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside. In bowl combine eggs, onions, carrots, soy sauce, garlic, sesame seeds, lemongrass, ginger, and chili powder; add chicken. Mix well. Pat into pan.2.Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of loaf registers 165F. Let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.3.Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to package directions; drain. Toss with 1/3 cup of the Pad Thai sauce. Return to pan; heat through. In a small saucepan heat remaining Pad Thai sauce and broth just to boiling. To serve, slice meat loaf; divide noodles among plates; top with meat loaf slices. Drizzle with Pad Thai-broth mixture. Sprinkle with onions and/or sesame seeds. Makes 8 servings.Receipe Source: Better Homes and Gardens Tweet Sharecenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Ginger-Sesame Meat Loaf by: – July 25, 2011 Share 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Messi playing through pain barrier in Barcelona injury crisis

first_img The problem is different from the injury that sidelined Messi for around six weeks at the start of the season. He missed five matches with a calf strain before eventually making his first appearance of the campaign as a substitute in Barca’s goalless draw with Dortmund in the Champions League in September. Since then, Messi has been involved in almost every game, only sitting out the league fixture against Getafe with a minor knock and the Copa del Rey match at Ibiza, when he was rested. Despite making a slow start to the season, and the problems with his thigh, Messi’s numbers remain good. He’s the top scorer in La Liga with 14 goals and has created more goals than anyone else in Spain’s top flight, laying on eight assists for his teammates. Ansu, who scored twice in Sunday’s win against Levante, is still technically registered to the club’s B team, meaning Setien only has 14 fit first-team players, with Neto and Arturo Vidal also injured. Vidal is expected back this week but the wait for Dembele’s return will go on. The 22-year-old winger had to drop out of training on Monday due to muscle fatigue, and the club have not confirmed when he’s expected back in action. Read Also:La Liga: Fati, Messi connection sees Barca hold on against Levante Barca’s depth will be tested with two tough away games in the space of four days this week as travel to Athletic Bilbao for a Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Thursday, before facing Real Betis in the league on Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Lionel Messi has been struggling with a thigh problem for several weeks but continues to play through the pain barrier with Barcelona’s attacking options severely depleted. Sources at the club say there are no major long-term concerns about the problem but there is an awareness that it needs to be managed carefully. Despite not operating at peak fitness, Messi’s performances on the pitch have been largely unaffected — he set up both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Levante. But sources said that the changes to training since Quique Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde as first-team coach in January have had a negative effect on the discomfort Messi has been managing in his left thigh. “The sessions are different and some of the drills are more intense,” one source told ESPN. “Some players seem to be feeling the fatigue a bit more and that’s when the pain can appear.” Barca could ill-afford to be without Messi at the best of times, and Setien’s small squad is now stretched to the limit. With Luis Suarez out until May and Ousmane Dembele still not recovered from a hamstring injury, the Spanish champions have just three fit forwards: Messi, Antoine Griezmann and 17-year-old Ansu Fati. Loading… last_img read more

Hammers boss seeks January boost

first_img Press Association Injuries to key first-team players have seriously hampered the Hammers so far this campaign, with the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal leaving them in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Co-chairman David Sullivan has publicly promised funds for additions next month, and Hammers boss Allardyce would like nothing more than to sign another Djorkaeff. Sam Allardyce hopes to find another Youri Djorkaeff to help West Ham stave off the threat of relegation.center_img The World Cup-winning forward’s career was winding down when he joined up with Allardyce at Bolton in 2002, yet his class proved just the tonic as the Trotters avoided the drop. “I can’t tell you exactly when Andy Carroll will be back,” the 59-year-old said when asked about injuries. “I am not medically qualified enough to say. “Winston Reid, Stewart Downing, Ricardo Vaz Te, James Collins and Ravel Morrison have all got to get fit as quickly as we possibly can. “If we have got two additions in January, my concern is to make sure they can hit the ground running. “I need them to jump into the team and deliver what we know he has delivered elsewhere from day one. That is a massive, massive task in this window, but we have to try and achieve it. “It would help if they had Premier League experience, but you have to take the CV of a player if they are from abroad, if he is a top, top player in the countries he has played, like a Djorkaeff. “He kept me up at Bolton many, many years ago when I was in this position. He came in January, scored the goals we needed, kept us in the division with two or three games to go. “A player with an impact like that would be important not just for the team and the results, but everybody at the club.” last_img read more