Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Delegating Responsibility

I have often wondered why people, especially people who are in business for themselves, actually HATE to hire other small business people.

It seems that the average small business owner thinks that they can do it all. Well maybe they can, but can they do it as well as a professional in that field?

Chances are that if you told them that YOU could do what they do just as well, then they would laugh at you, knowing the endless hours and dedication they have put into becoming a professional at what they do.

In prior decades, this "I can do it" syndrome seemed to apply mostly to men, but lately, women have acquired the same paradoxical syndrome.

Why?

Perhaps it's because they don't feel appreciated or properly recognized for their business achievements. Perhaps they're just tight-wads.

I once knew a man with above average income who refused to pay for lawn care, even though it was known to be detrimental to his health to continue to cut the lawn himself.

Sadly, he died in his mid-fifties.

Hiring other professionals is a form of delegating responsibility.


Why not let others who can do it better, quicker and with more finesse take on the tasks of life and business that do not fall into your forte in life?

Sure, you can probably fix the plumbing, but how long will it take you to get it right? Is it really worth the time and effort you will expend just to save a few bucks?

I think not.

Everything has to be looked at according to its relevance.


Sometimes it's hard to allow others to do the work that your parents may have done for themselves, but it's a different time and different priorities must be set.

This is not the 1950s. We are not in Kansas any more.

Think about it.

Delegating responsibility can give you more time to spend with your family on things that are actually fun, can give you more time to learn more about your own business, and can give you more time to donate to your favorite charity.

Or, you can keep doing everything for yourself, deprive your community members of your patronage, deprive your family of your good humor and fun, and deprive yourself of a few extra years to spend enjoying life.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Evolution Theory Mystery

I look at the theory of evolution for mankind sort of like a made for TV movie that is fictionalized, but based on factual structure for the basic theme and outcome of the story. Why? Because we still have too many missing steps to conclude that man indeed is evolved from an ape-like creature.

One of the logical problems I have with this theory is that the ape-like creatures remain, pretty much in tact from their origins. Other species have tended to evolve in order to survive, abandoning their former form completely.

In the study of human origins, paleoanthropology stares in frustration back to a dark age from three million to less than two million years ago. The missing mass in this case is the unfound fossils to document just when and under what circumstances our own genus Homo emerged.


The fact is that no homo fossils have been found that conclusively prove the evolution theory as it pertains to mankind. The Homo doesn't appear until about 200,000 years ago.

Hmmm... So why do we allow the people who write the science books and the history books the priviledge to decide what our children are taught, when they are quite clearly teaching theory without including the OTHER theory that has been accepted by generations of people around the world, including those great people who built this great country of America.

Interestingly enough, these same scientists may be on the verge of finding the so-called God particle.

Full Story at NY Times

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Global Warming in Alaska

Polar bears are doomed to extinction in Alaska.

Global warming is causing their demise.

It's too late to stop it but hopefully, we will still try.

By the year 2050, government scientists predict that their population will be decreased by two thirds.

That's a moderate guess.

The White House has no comment.

"As the sea ice goes, so goes the polar bear," said Steven Amstrup, lead biologist for the survey team.

The report was released as President George W. Bush was in Australia meeting with Asian leaders to try to agree on a strategy to address global warming. Bush will be host to major industrial nations in Washington this month to discuss the framework for a treaty on climate change.

Even in the unlikely event that all the major economies were to agree to rapid and drastic reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the floating Arctic ice cap will continue to shrink at a rapid pace for the next 50 years, wiping out much of the bears' habitat.



Full Story at IHT

Friday, September 07, 2007

Obesity

Fat people are poor.

Can you believe it?

Now they've done a study to compare the obesity rate to the neighborhood you live in.

Result?

The most deprived neighborhoods had a rate of 30% obesity, while the rich neighborhoods only had a 5% rate of obesity.

This distinction was more apparent in the south.

So how does this income level affect children? I guess it depends on the age of the child, but my children didn't notice things like money until they were at least 11 or 12, and even then the acknowledgement was minimal.

Whatever the reason, two-thirds of adults and 25 million children are obese or overweight in the US.

Full Story

Fat Virus

Yep, you read it right. They have discovered that one of the reasons some people become obese is due to a virus.

Lab tests showed that exposure to adenovirus-36 (Ad-36), which causes respiratory and eye infections, also causes stem cells to develop into fat cells.

Ad-36 stimulates human adult stem cells to become pre-fat cells and store more fat. Not only do they store fat, but they actually do it faster!

And... Ad-36 is much more prevalent among obese people than thin people.

This could be HUGE (no pun intended)!

Imagine what a difference a vaccine or antibiotic could make for those who are affected by this virus, which causes them to gain weight through no fault of their own.

The researchers also identified a gene in the Ad-36 virus known as E4Orfl, that appears to be directly responsible for the promotion of fat growth. The identification of this gene provides a target for future anti-obesity therapies, the team said.

Oh happy day!

Full Story.

Researchers Cite Health Risks

Early to bed, early to rise
makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise?

Not so, according to a recent study which showed that those who rose early were at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and stroke.

This same study also concludes that sleep deprivation puts additional stress on the heart, also leading to cardiovascular disease and even death.

Full story at Yahoo.

Another study found that people with depression are generally in worse health than those suffering from chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, angina and diabetes.

Plus, if the depressed person has another chronic condition, the depression will make it worse.

Depression effects health more than the chronic conditions.

Interesting, since our government now only allows mental health benefits to those who are suicidal or psychotic, posing a threat or danger to themselves or others.

What does that mean for our future?

Preventive medicine MUST become a priority in this nation.

Full Story.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Young People Love God

The AP released an article last night that covered the results of a poll which was taken back in April of this year, 2007.

The majority of teens and young people ages 13 to 24 place God at a high priority for leading a happy life.

Tolerance of other faiths was also impressive among America's youth.

Some major newspapers reported on the poll, as well as all of the typical media moguls, but the article was posted at night, as opposed to during the day when more people would have noticed.

Due to the AP copyright message I have seen everywhere, I guess I can't list any specifics, but I can direct you to the article itself...

God Vital To Young Americans

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Health Care in Canada

FYI: Canada proudly has one of the highest life expectancies (about 80 years) and lowest infant mortality rates of industrialized countries, which many attribute to Canada's health care system.

Canada's health care system is a group of socialized health insurance plans that provides coverage to all Canadian citizens. It is publicly funded and administered on a provincial or territorial basis, within guidelines set by the federal government.

But now the Canadian Medical Association has recommended allowing private competition to enter its national healthcare system.

That way lies disaster, Dr. Arnold S. Relman argued last week on globeandmail.com, the online partner of The Globe and Mail in Toronto.

"If Canada were so unwise as to allow privatization to grow in its health-care system, it would sooner or later experience all of the problems driving the US system toward collapse," wrote Relman, a Harvard emeritus professor and former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. "When medical care and health insurance are allowed to become private businesses, costs go up and patients with little or no resources do not get the care they need. That is the lesson Canadians should learn from the United States."


Quoted from Boston Globe.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Majority Rules

Democracy - what does it mean?
a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

So why is it that small minority groups who scream louder than maninstream America are able to get bills and laws passed that cater to their specific interests?

What has happened to "the majority rules" point in democracy?

It's time to make our politicians and judges adhere to some accountability for the decisions they make.

If the majority of Americans are "for or against" a particular issue, do our representatives not "OWE" us the obligation of voting in our (the majority's) best interest?

Why do we continue to vote repeat offenders of "majority rule" back into the same office they so obviously abuse?

Are they following the money?

Or do they just give in because of the media coverage which obviously caters to minority opinions?

The media wants the juicy story, and the best story is one where a group of citizens are marching, protesting, and screaming for action - even if their point of view is in the minority.

Well, the media isn't to blame. I expect more character and honest, deliberated choices representative of his/her constituents from an elected representative than I do a paid journalist who is competing for top dollar billing on TV or radio, or internet sites.

America is getting tired of this type of politician. Take a little heat from the media, your popularity amongst the voters may surprise you.

Presidential candidates on health care

There are many important issues facing our presidential candidates. One of my top issues is their position on health care in the US. I am in favor of a universal health care plan deserving of the citizens of the richest nation on earth.

So far, Chris Dodd (D) has the best health care plan IMO. The following is from his website ... ChrisDodd.com

* The Dodd plan will create a health insurance marketplace called Universal HealthMart that is based on, and parallel to, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP).

* Individuals and businesses will contribute to Universal HealthMart based on their ability to pay.

* Coverage will be portable -- insurance purchased in Universal HealthMart will follow individuals.


My comment: Pefect. Simple. Easy to implement because it already exists in every state in the US for Federal employees.

As for the other Democratic candidates:

Biden (D) wants to insure everyone 18 and under which is not acceptable.

Hillary Clinton (D) isn't sure how she's going to attack this issue, she is waiting on the public to give her ideas. Again, not acceptable.

John Edwards (D) speaks of a type of universal health care, but with no specific details. Not acceptable.

Mike Gravel (D) wants to issue vouchers based on projected needs. I don't quite understand how this will work and until I do, it is unacceptable.

Dennis Kucinich (D) has already introduced a bill for a not for profit health care system, which sounds ok, but I really don't think he will make it to the White House.

Barack Obama (D) claims that we can drive down the costs of health care with reform to insurance companies and pharmaceuticals. I think IMHO, that these types of bills would not pass quickly enough to help anyone in the near future.

Bill Richardson (D) wants to insure everyone under 5, and has some other suggestions, but no real plan IMHO.

Now for the Republican candidates (I saved them for last because they don't really offer us any hope on health care reform IMO) ...

Sam Brownback (R) wants a consumer driven insurance market. That still doesn't help those who can't afford health care so it is not acceptable.

Rudy Giuliani (R) prefers market based health care. Not acceptable.

Mike Huckabee (R), a baptist minister who bought his win in the Iowa straw poll, has the same idea as Giuliani.

Duncan Hunter (R) - same as Giuliani and Huckabee.

John McCain (R) is working on a plan, but is not in favor of universal health care, so IMHO he doesn't take this matter serious enough.

Ron Paul (R) - same as Giuliani, Huckabee and Hunter.

Mitt Romney (R) - same as Giuliani, Huckabee, Hunter and Paul.

Tom Tancredo (R) is also for market based health care, with state and federal help for those who need it. He is also against helping the illegal aliens with health care.

My comment: First we need to stop the migration of illegal aliens into our country. Once they're here, we can't just let them suffer and die because they are here illegally, or can we? I guess they don't deserve any better treatment than legal American citizens are receiving.

As I read over the health care postions of the candidates, I couldn't help but notice that many of the Republicans echo the same idea which apparently has been mandated to them by the Republican Party, which is just outrageous.

As an Independent voter, I vote on issues and the man, not the party.

As a Christian, I don't believe the President has any sway when it comes to pro-life matters, and therefore do not consider a candidate's position on that matter.

I want the best man or woman for the job of the President of the US. They don't have to share my beliefs on every issue, just the ones that are of extreme urgency to the citizens, and the issues where the President can actually make a difference.

You can read the full statements of the candidates concerning health care at
the New York Times website.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Living Longer

I hear it all the time - we're living longer.

Guess what?

"A baby born in the United States in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. That life expectancy ranks 42nd, down from 11th two decades earlier, according to international numbers provided by the Census Bureau and domestic numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics."

Yep, we rank 42 in the world!!

Sadly, the richest country in the world does not provide enough resources and attention to the health of its citizenry.

Let's see, cigarette smoking is down at very good rates from 10 years ago, yet we still do not live as long as we should?

Could we be poisoning ourselves with gas fumes?

What about other forms of air pollution? Asthma is on the rise, but cigarette smoking is not, so, I would have to assume that something else is the culprit.

Obesity, yes that's truly a problem in the US. We can take responsibility for that one ourselves, even though the FDA does not do its job properly.

How about insurance? Nope, I won't buy that one. I had health insurance and still couldn't afford the testing and the meds required to keep me at optimal health.

Basically, we need universal health care that won't cause us to lose doctors and other specialists because of their greed.

It's time for our politicians to start making a difference in America. Healthcare is at the top of the list.

I have two friends with lumps in their breasts. Twenty years ago, those lumps would have been removed. Not now. Even with good insurance, the insurance companies will not pay to have them removed unless they prove to be scary enough. You almost have to be certain that the lumps are malignant to have them removed. What if your Mother died of breast cancer? Not to worry, we still wait and see according to our excellent insurance (bottom dollar) based healthcare. Meanwhile, these women have to play the waiting game...

Let's watch it for a few months and see if they grow or change.

What does that do to a woman's psyche? Imagine the worry, stress, and anxiety she deals with. That's ok though, they have high blood pressure meds, and antidepressants and nerve pills to help them get through this waiting game.


Full Story Here.

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Church Funeral Denied

Would you attempt to graduate from a college you did not attend?  Ridiculous question, right? 

So where is the logic behind this dilemma?

A gay man who died while waiting on a heart transplant was first offered a funeral by the Church where his brother was employed as a janitor,  and then they rescinded the offer when they learned he was gay.  They did, however, offer to pay for a service elsewhere - the family did not accept.

Couple of things got my attention here… first of all, why wouldn’t the family of ANY person who is not affiliated with a church simply have a service at the funeral home or graveside? Working at a Church does not make you a member of a Church, just an employee, and the employee in this case was the deceased's brother.

Secondly, all churches have a set of rules, a doctrine, not usually created by the pastor, unless he has been with them since the beginning, which may or may not have rules regarding who can use their services.

Like it or not, it is a community or “club,” of people who are registered “members,” who share common thoughts, beliefs, likes and dislikes and who contribute to the funding and operation of that church with their own money, so yes, they are entitled to make their own rules. We may not like the rules, but it’s not our place to judge them.   The general public is not entitled to any service from any church.

You don’t apply for graduation from a school if you didn’t attend the school, so why should you expect full acceptance and a proper send-off from a church you were not a member of and didn’t help support?   No, it's not about the money, it's about membership and stewardship.  A little logic and common sense would help here. Churches basically serve members and their families, not outsiders.  Since this man's brother was a janitor at the church, not a member, they had no obligation to break their own rules.

All churches are not involved in their community providing community help and/or services. They should be, but not all church members are spiritually enlightened. They are on a journey of learning and evolving as a follower of Christ, hopefully, but I will not condemn them just because they are still babes.

Find another church. Simple.

I don’t know about this particular person, whether or not he professed to be a Christian.

Word of warning though, you can’t expect a Christian sendoff from any church if you are not a Christian.  The church is not federally funded, and therefore you are not entitled to any special treatment from a church where you are not a registered member.

Now if you really think this is wrong, then you will have to apply that logic to other groups that require membership, such as country clubs (I'd love to go swimming) and warehouse shopping clubs (Sams, Costco) and the list could go on and on...  get the benefits without being a member?  Don't hold your breath.

At least churches don't REQUIRE you to pay, you just have to become a member to receive member benefits. 
Tithing is optional.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Merv Griffin

Sadly, Merv Griffin is gravely ill following a recurrence of  prostate cancer which first struck him in 1996.  Now 82 years old, Merv is hospitalized and fighting the battle of his life.

I remember as a child watching The Merv Griffin Show on TV every day.  I didn't realize at that time how influential he was on television.  I thought he was just a talk show host.  I also watched the Mike Douglas Show, but that's another story.

Merv Griffin - the genius mind of television - gave us such shows as Jeopardy and  Wheel of Fortune.  There were several more shows that didn't quite make it as a hit with American viewers.  However, he has a new show coming out in the fall of 2007 - a crossword puzzle game show.

Merv is also responsible for discovering the talents of Whitney Houston,  Steve Martin,  Richard Pryor,  Ryan Seacrest and his latest find, the British medium with her own TV show "Life Amongh The Dead", Lisa Williams.  Lisa is a bit different from some of the psychics and mediums we are accustomed to.  I watched some of the first season of her show and was quite impressed.  I look forward to the coming season.

Mr. Griffin is also a singer, thoroughbred racehorse breeder, and a real estate mogul.  You can learn more about him at his web site, http://www.merv.com/  where I believe they play the original talk show theme.


Congratulations to Merv Griffin who hasn't stopped the creative process which is so vital to us humans.  Merv has asked that instead of sending him flowers, that people would consider supporting the Young Musician's Foundation which is mentioned on his site.

My prayers are with you, Merv.

God bless, and thanks.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Subliminal Hypnosis

No doubt you've heard of affirmations and subliminal hypnosis, both of which are being implemented by literally thousands of people with amazing results.  What you may not know is that we all have the ability to talk to ourselves and achieve the same result without purchasing the tools.  The only drawback to doing it yourself is that you probably will not dedicate the time each day to actually achieve your goal. 

Success comes when the positive feedback is experienced for at least 20 to 30 minutes per day, every day, for at least 30 days.  Some people have testified to amazing results in less than two weeks, however, many more claim that it takes closer to a month to even begin to see the payoffs.

Therefore, I highly recommend purchasing the tools, such as a CD, DVD or book to help you commit to spending that time with yourself each and every day for as long as it takes to achieve positive results.

Maybe you would like to record your own voice using the affirmations.  This is easy to do.  You can access the information, instructions and precautions at http://mentalhelp.net/...

One resource I am working with now is produced by a Reiki healer who has written many books on the subject.  You receive  a DVD and a CD for one low price.  I am in no way affiliated with that site, I am simply passing on what I perceive to be valuable information.

http://www.healingreiki.com/

Heat Wave causes Mood Swings

Ok, this might not be scientifically or psychologically proven, but oh my gosh it is so true.  Extreme heat waves can cause anger, anxiety, frustration, and every other negative emotion we humans can conjure up.

The heat index here in South Carolina is 118 again today. 

My little tin can has a temperature of 90 in the den and I am just about to go crazy and tell everybody that is messing with me today just exactly what I think of them. 

The temperature in my dining area where my computer is located is certainly worse than 90, but my only proof is my perspiration and my mood.  I have a wet rag around my neck, and I am wearing the largest loosest sleeveless gown that I can find.

Days have gone by, with more promised, that will have our heat index well above 100.  The first few days I just felt tired, then yesterday I became the clumsiest person alive - falling, stumping my little toe and nearly ripping off the nail, bumping into things, and then finally just taking respite on the sofa with a fan blowing in my face until the day ended. 

Today, I have been angry and I can't seem to rid myself of it.  I even typed a nice long email venting my feelings to the one responsible for my anger, explaining the absurdity of the comments that ignited my anger, and then saving it in my draft folder.  I always do that before I send a "rant" email, because after some reflection, I may see that there is no real purpose served in sending such a letter.  So far, I haven't deleted it, but maybe the sun going down will alter my mood and perspective.

As a matter of fact, I feel better now, just sharing my feelings with the potential world, I say potential because I know not many people will read this, but oh well.

Now for some facts...

A recent survey sponsored by The Weather Channel links steamy weather with stormy moods.

Of the 1,000 adults surveyed coast to coast, more than 75% of the respondents in the North Central states said high heat and humidity has a strong negative influence on their frame of mind.

Almost half the total survey respondents said heat and humidity makes them feel lazy or tired. About one-third said sticky weather makes them sick or uncomfortable. Forty-six percent said it slows them down, decreases their productivity. About one-fourth said it makes them irritable, even angry.

Get the full story from another article...

In the Mood

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Back from Mexico

My 16 year old daughter just returned from a week long trip to the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, where she was helping to build houses for the homeless, playing with the children and conducting Vacation Bible Schools.

She was a real trooper! 

First of all, she traveled alone, flying from home to San Diego, where she met up with her team.

After arriving in Mexico, she became accustomed to port-a-potties, showers that consisted basically of a water hose with curtains, sleeping in tents, and being covered in sand most of the time, and... NO Mountain Dew!

All jokes aside, she really found it to be a meaningful experience.  She was amazed at how happy and contented the people were, even though most of them were homeless and many of them were ill or disabled. 

If you have a teen who might be interested in a missionary trip, just head over to http://www.globalexpeditions.com for more information.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Cancelling Online Payments

You would think that if a company will ACCEPT your subscription payment without a hard copy that they would also process your cancellation in the same method.

NOT SO.

Some of them want you to print out a form and fill it out (in detail) then snail mail it to them before they will cancel your account.

How ironic. They don't make sure it is actually you who starts paying them, but they want to make sure it is actually you who stops paying them.

Or...

You submit a cancelllation request form, and then wait, wait, wait...

You usually wait another month so they can milk you out of every last cent they can legally get.

I'm fed up with it all.

What happened to business ethics?

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wire Creations

A blog of note... Bent Objects. If you haven't seen this guy's work, you need to. It's simply amazing.

The one I like best is called "Kite" and was posted in May... Here's the link.

They say a picture paints a thousand words...

This man is a true artist; his wire creations definitely speak thousands of words and aptly represent conditions of today's society, humor and politics.

Take a look, you'll be glad you did.

He even offers a brief tutorial on how to create art with wire.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Freedom

Listening to Lee Greenwood's song, "God Bless the USA," has stirred more than a little patriotism in my heart today of all days, July 4th.

I cannot understand the ramblings of those so opposed to helping our brothers and sisters in other countries get on the road to true freedom.

As we help them achieve freedom from dictators, tyrants, murderers and masters, we not only help them, but we ensure our own freedom.

The only true path to safety on this land is to provide safety in other lands.

I stumbled across another blogger today, from Iraq, and found his insights quite moving, as I am sure many of you will.

General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker will present their report about the situation in Iraq, military and political, at some point in September.

One thing I hope the decision-makers and the media do when they read the report is to not isolate the war in Iraq from the war on terror and al-Qaeda as a whole, and at the same time put in mind the difference between war and nation-building. The latter takes much more time than winning a military conflict but requires different tools.

Uniting against al-Qaeda and even defeating it is not enough to solve all of Iraq's problems and the greater challenge of nation-building still lies ahead.

Quoted from IraqTheModel.blogspot.com


I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.

I'm proud to be an American because we strive to help others around the globe know the precious freedom that we have.

Happy 4th of July - Happy Birthday America!

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Take over

Iraqi medical students (40%) are wanting to leave Iraq after graduation, so the government has decided they will not issue the certifications so the students will be forced to stay!

These students feel that there is no way to change Iraq.

Sometimes I just wish we would take over the country entirely since they obviously have no idea what democracy is and don't appear to have the inclination to learn.

We could make them a self-governing commonwealth just like Puerto Rico.

Same goes with Mexico - take over and send someone down there to run the place.

That would solve the oil problem, which is the real reason we can't or won't enforce immigration laws. It would also solve their employment issues, as we could build companies down there yet force them to pay minimum wage just like in the states.

I know it sounds crazy, but in the long run, wouldn't it be cheaper, safer and provide a better future for them as well as us?

Call me crazy or call me logical?

What do you think?

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Whiter Teeth

Today is a rave!

Crest is offering a $7 coupon for their Crest Whitestrips...

Crest also has a sweestakes - free to enter - where you could win a trip to NY and a makeover.

Grand Prize includes:

• Trip for 2 to New York City for 3 days, 2 nights including airfare and hotel

• Beauty makeover by members of the Brighter 5 Team, including brow consultation, cosmetic dentistry consultation and make-up consultation for the winner

• $700 spending money

• Rental car or transportation to/from the hotel and makeover

I have no personal interest whatsoever in this offer, just passing it on.



Click here to enter.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

President Bush Job Rating

So glad to see that America is waking up and smelling the decay of our government and freedoms.

In a recent poll, President Bush's job rating approval hit a new low at just 29 percent.

That's no surprise, everybody is always bashing Bush, which is sad.

The good news is that people are starting to notice the performance of the Democratic Congress.

Only 23 percent of pollees approve of the job the democratic congress is doing.

"Also, 68 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, while just 19 percent say it's on the right track.

That's the lowest number in 15 years."

Read the Full Report at CBN.com

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Metabolism

My Mother lived to be 80. She was still living on her own, driving herself around, and appeared to be handling her health problems very well.

She had heart disease (quadruple bypass in her sixties) and asthma. Her hesitance to call for help during an asthma attack is what led to her death.

However, she did not have diabetes or high blood pressure.

I am trying to take notice of her healthy living strategies to improve my own life. She was in better shape at 80 than I am at 53! Her metabolism was high. She was always busy; I wondered how she thought of so many things to do!

Here are some of the things she taught me...

1.   Always eat breakfast - ALWAYS
Research has now proven that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. It "breaks the fast" as my Mother used to say.

2.  Eat a banana a day
The banana is rich in potassium, and helps keep blood pressure regulated.

3.  Exercise
Now my Mom couldn't do much, but she had a bicycle in the house, and a little stepper thingy she could use sitting down. Walking outdoors wasn't a good idea for her due to her asthma.

4.   Sunshine
My Mother loved her plants. Moving to a retirement center she had to give up her yard, but she still had plants on her balcony and she would sit out there at least 15 minutes a day just to soak up the sun.

5.   Beware of the sun
That may sound silly due to the previous statement, but Mother always had on long sleeves as she sat in the sun. Often, she would wear a hat too. She had beautiful white creamy skin and didn't look a day over 65 when she was 80.

6.   Eat 3 solid meals a day
Include a couple of good healthy snacks in between.

7.   Everything in moderation
Minimize your intake of sugars and carbohydrates, and caffeine.

8.   Eat Healthy
Eat brown rice, healthy bread (only 1 slice when possible) and avoid fried foods and salt.

9.   Drink plenty of water.

10.  Remember you are a spiritual being
This may be number 10 on the list, but it is certainly at the top of her list and mine. Connect to God on a daily basis - throughout the day. Your spiritual condition is vital to your physical and emotional condition. Praying, meditating, reading... all of these contribute to a healthy whole person.

11.   Be a good neighbor. Be a good friend.
Talk to people, smile at them and share your love whenever possible.

12.   Like what you see in the mirror
This should have been first, but I placed it lower because not everyone is at home all day. But if you are, get dressed and ready to face the day just as if you were going out to a job or appointment. I can't recall a single time I surprised my Mother at home to find her in lounging clothes. It just didn't happen. She was ready at a moment's notice to go out or to receive friends. This is one I still have trouble with (as I sit here in my sloppy clothes typing - lol).

Hey, My Mother was a smart woman - Pay Attention!!

Scare Tactics

Wow. This is a perfect example of how a media headline can deliver a false alarm, scaring the public needlessly. Why do publishers resort to scare tactics to get you to read a not so interesting article?

Cruise Ships Viral Infections on the Rise

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and recently announced that a little over 5 people out of every 1000 cruises (not people) will develop viral gastroenteritis. Hmmm. Is that figure scary? NO!

What is interesting though, is that cruise ship travel has increased a whopping 600% in the last 20 years.

Back then, there was less than 1 incident on average out of every 1000 cruises.

Researchers recommended that travelers wash hands frequently, in particular after coming into contact with public surfaces such as elevator buttons and door handles.


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Friday, June 15, 2007

Free Speech in Church

Seems our legislators may have forgotten the meaning of free speech. There is a bill now on the table that will take away free speech - telling preachers what they cannot say from the pulpit.

Specifically, any negative statement regarding homosexuality will be considered a hate crime if this bill passes.

Personally, we don't talk about such matters in our church, and I don't really want to hear such talk from the pulpit. None the less, it is NOT the government's duty to monitor pastor's sermons.

That is definitely an infringement on freedom of religion and free speech.

If someone is offended by a pastor, they can simply leave, never to darken that church's doors again.

A pastor's sermon, even though it may be misguided sometimes, is still his right as a pastor, and as long as no individual person is targeted, nor any riots planned or encouraged, I do not see how it can be considered a "hate crime" by any stretch of the imagination!!

We must start monitoring the bills that come before our legislature before we find our freedoms have slipped away while we sat idly by - in ignorance.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Religion Kills

I read an interview of Christopher Hitchens concerning his recent book "God is Not Great" at TruthDig.com. While he made some interesing points, he left out a couple of important points pertaining to faith and why we as individuals and nations kill others.

First off, I must take issue with his definition of faith as only being related to dogma, which is not accurate. He says you can't have faith in science and reason because they are not dogma. However, dogma is defined as "An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true." So dogma would include science and reason, if you consider them to absolutely true. As a matter of fact, since God created science and gave us a mind of reason, they are also part of my own belief system.

Faith, by definition is...
1) Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
(My comment: Therefore, your faith CAN be in reason and science.)
2) Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.
(My comment: There is no logical proof or material evidence that wars and killing would end if there were no religions.)
3) Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.
4) often Faith Christianity. The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.
5) The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.
A set of principles or beliefs.


Since we as humans are susceptible to being allured by fame, power and wealth, the killing will go on regardless of religion or the lack of religion. It would just be replaced by some other set of traits.

Race? Class? Wealth? Health? Education?
Humans as individuals and as nations will always kill, they always have.

Why blame it all on Christians?

It's easy to do if you neglect to figure in the psychology of it all. It's about power - wanting everyone to do what you do, accept what you accept - then you feel important, worthy, and proud. It's the human condition.

NOTE: You is spoken in general, not specifically to the interviewer nor the interviewee.

If more Christians would get it right, and just follow the teachings and simple commandments of Love as instructed and given by Jesus Christ, then there would be no killing in the name of Christianity.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

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How do we know God is real?

I read posts daily denouncing his existence because there is no literal tangible proof, so I want to explain my belief as logically as I can.

How do you know the wind is real?

You can't see the wind, yet you know it exists.

Why?

You can feel it, you can hear it, and you can see the effects of it.

I know God in a similar way.

I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, I have heard his thoughts which have come to me in times of prayer as I was seeking direct guidance, and I have been the target of many of His blessings that can only be explained by His divine intervention of putting a suggestion or thought into another person's spirit to help me ...

These events are need specific and documented.

Such as needing $300 before the day ends - miracle completed.

The roof of my car leaked. I had no carport. The leaking was causing odor, mildew, etc., not to mention damaging the interior. I prayed for God to fix it - He did.

I needed a car to drive while waiting on my divorce settlement. Miracle was completed by a Christian car dealer I hardly knew who allowed me to drive a car from his lot only on a verbal commitment that I would purchase it with my settlement money, which took 3 months.

When I was searching for a place to set my mobile home I had no idea about the neighborhoods, prices, etc., so I asked God to send me a sign when I found the right place. I looked for several weeks, then one day I drove into a community and sitting on one of the lots was a flock of geese - all on one lot! Needless to say, I took it and have been very happy here for 18 months.

My daughter was waiting for a package concerning a missions trip she is taking. It was ten days late and time was running out. We prayed to bind all interference, interceptions, detours, and other negative influences concerning any events that were in His will and divinely given. Less than two hours later, the package appeared on our doorstep. Apparently it was delivered to the wrong address and the person had procrastinated in bringing it to us - until God or his messengers urged her/him to deliver it personally.

Still, we were short on time to raise the funds for the initial deposit for the trip. My niece mailed out our letter for us. The next day (today) my friend called from another town to inform me that she had received the letter (in 24 hours) and would be sending a check today!!!

Any time I need to make crucial and not so crucial decisions that are not easy for me to make, I just ask God to give me peace about one option and doubts or uneasiness for the wrong option. It always works.

Malachi (in the Old Testament) says that God told him to "Trust me, try me, prove me!"

That's all the proof I need.

If you think that all of these events are just mere coincidences, then think what you will. I have many more evidences, but not enough time to write them all down.

If you think it's God, and you want to know Him, just ask Him to reveal Himself to you and then PAY ATTENTION!!

You will NOT see a man in flowing white robes descend into your front yard. You will however, begin to notice that God is answering your prayers. A prayer is just a spiritual form of communication which can be spoken out loud or in silence with your thoughts.

Try it. God is watching you and waiting on you.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Victims

I just read the following blog post at Digg...

"Allan Stokke defended a cop who jerked off on a stripper during a routine traffic stop. He also defended a sheriff's son who was convicted of participating in a videotaped gang-rape. But he was offended when his daughter Allison Stokke was turned into internet sex icon."

This type of thinking is exactly what is wrong with our society's thinking as a whole. How many witnesses saw the cop do his dirty deed? How does the blogger KNOW the cop did it? The gang-rape was on video, so little doubt there. But isn't that the job of an attorney?

Furthermore, what part did the sherriff's son have in the gang-rape? Was he one of the rapists? Or an onlooker who did nothing to stop it? How old was the sheriff's son? How old were the others involved?

Sorry, but this is just not enough information to condemn the lawyer. Even if the lawyer defended people whom he knew to be guilty, he committed no crime (defense lawyers generally defend the guilty) and therefore it does not give me any pleasure to hear of his daughter's situation.

She was not out looking for trouble. She was not "in the wrong place," she was victimized in the ugliest sense of the word.

Should her Father change jobs? Maybe. Maybe not.

Do I condone a defense attorney's choices? NO. Do I defend their right in America to be defense attorneys and therefore do the job they have been hired to do?

Absolutely.



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Paris Hilton

Poor Paris is now in jail. Ok, I get it, most of you believe that she got what she deserves. That may be, I'm not one to question the wheels of justice. However, I am surprised at the lack of sympathy for such a young woman (now 26) who was handed the world on a silver platter and then proceeded to turn it upside down.

Although I wasn't born wealthy, I would be shamed if the world knew every little thing I did between the ages of 18 and 30. Who wouldn't be? No, I didn't do drugs or participate in video sex tapes, and no - I didn't end up in jail - but none the less, I would be ashamed given my pride and upbringing, if every minute detail of my life were known.

So here's to a little sympathy for Paris. Rather than ridicule and chastise her, I am going to pray for her. She is the epitomy of the "poor little rich girl" and I would not trade places with her at any stage of her life for all the money in the world.

Paris is still young, and perhaps these life lessons of jail and world wide humiliation will propel her to attain heights of charitable and noble fame for the duration of her life. She has been attending church, maybe for the publicity, but maybe some of it will motivate her to get to know her Creator and live the life she was put her to live.

That is my prayer.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Joining the Battle Cry

Have you ever noticed that chaos sometimes surrounds you or your group just before God is about to do something BIG?!? Well, I have had a week like that. But now, my daughter and our youth group are at Battle Cry in Virginia and they are having an awesome spiritually enlightening weekend.

You can learn more about the event at http://battlecry.com and you can keep up with the newly posted videos by visiting my You Tube site at http://www.youtube.com/bloglady.

As for this week, we had a teen couple break-up, physical problems that had to be stopped in their tracks by the Almighty, and plenty of stress. A special Wednesday evening prayer meeting worshipping, praising and seeking God's will pretty much handled everything! What a week! I'm actually excited because of the way God has shown how He can handle everything if we seek Him and keep the faith!

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