Features Briefs

July 11, 2014 


Virtuosi: Trailer McQuilkin and Bill Myers

A new exhibit, Virtuosi, by Trailer McQuilkin and Bill Myers, will run through Aug. 3 at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. A reception celebrating the exhibit will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 10 in the Albert Duckett Gallery at the Mary C.

A virtuoso is an artist whose technical accomplishments are so pronounced as to dazzle the public.

McQuilkin uses sheets of copper, copper wire, oil paints and natural materials to craft lifelike wildflowers. He creates each documentary sculpture with uncompromising attention to accurate details down to the tiniest fibers and even the occasional insect-bitten leaf. McQuilkin was born in New Orleans and now lives in Ocean Springs.

Bill Myers works in mixed media. From sculptures to drawings, all are built of layers of material and meaning. He was born in Moss Point and, after living all around the United States, he has returned to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

-- Sun Herald


The sleep diet -- it works!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is epidemic, and it has a particularly severe impact on kids. Nationwide, about 70 percent of school-age kids get eight or less hours of sleep a night (they need several hours more) and most preschoolers are getting less than the 11 to 13 hours a night they need. The result: Kids pack on pounds.

Researchers think this sleep-deprived fat-bump happens because insufficient sleep causes hormone shifts that crank up insulin production, a surefire pound-packer. Sleeplessness also can stimulate sugar cravings for refined, carb-loaded foods. Your kids end up with poor school performance, not to mention Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, sleep apnea and low self-esteem.

The solution?

Mom and Dad. When parents create an orderly sleep pattern, starting with themselves, their kids get enough sleep, too, and everyone in the family is far less likely to be overweight or obese. So try the sleep diet: Create a bedtime routine that includes a calming bath; a no-TV, no-computer, no-game zone; reading a book in bed; and lights out at the same time every night. Make yourselves the example, and the kids will follow your lead.

-- Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz

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