Monday, June 25, 2012

Clint Eastwood Comments on Gay Marriage

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood comments on gay marriage which surprised many, including me. I agree with him 100%. The people are being forced to focus on issues that they should not be focused on. There are more important issues to be faced such as hunger, jobs, homelessness, war, etc.


    Clint Eastwood: ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ if gays marry (via Raw Story )
       Don’t expect to see him marching in a Pride parade anytime soon, but gays may have found an unexpected ally in Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood. In the October issue of GQ magazine, Eastwood said that Republicans were making a big mistake by opposing same sex marriage. “These people who are…



Friday, June 22, 2012

People of Faith Should Care About Health Care for All

health care
Living in Arizona, I see so many people without health insurance and just like in South Carolina (my home state), if a woman does not have a qualifying child, she does not qualify for help with health care. It seems to me that people of faith should care about health care for all people, regardless of their race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or job status. See Matthew 25.31-46.
How do you get health insurance?
Keep in mind that in order to have health insurance, one must usually have a spouse so that they can afford insurance, or - one must have a full-time job that offers group insurance. Even then, sometimes the insurance premiums are so high that one cannot afford to pay them and continue to feed the family every day.
What about college students?
If you’re working part-time and going to college, you have no coverage whatsoever. I know, because my daughter has two part-time jobs and no health insurance coverage. She is barely 21 and is already in debt. No, she doesn't have a credit card or an iPhone, and she isn't throwing her money away. She is in debt to the hospital, to doctors and to the ambulance that picked her up when she almost died from choking due to an ongoing problem with her esophagus.
What about unexpected dental issues and other emergencies?

Try handling the removal of wisdom teeth, repairing broken teeth and dealing with strep throat without insurance to pay for the office visits, the x-rays, the procedures and then the medications.

What about potential life altering and life threatening conditions?

Try finding out you have a cyst on your pineal gland that is larger than the gland itself and that you need to have an MRI every 3 months to monitor the growth of the tumor growing in your brain. Since I have no insurance and don't qualify for help, I will trust God to handle this cyst for me. It's my only choice. 
Yes my dear Republican Christian friends, thanks to your so-called "conservative" views, I cannot have any help whatsoever. People of faith should care about health care for all. If you don't agree, then familiarize yourself with the teachings of Jesus as stated in Matthew 25.31-46.
Since when is it okay for any humans, especially those of the Christian faith, to NOT care enough about people by DOING something like making sure this country provides affordable health care! People of faith should care about health care for all - otherwise, to me at least, you are a hypocrite.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Good Leaders Have Different Brain Waves

Good leaders have different brain waves
New research using details about people's lives as well as measuring particular output using electroencephalography (EEG), has led researchers to believe that good leaders have different brain waves than others.  

This is important because in the past, we have thought that the reasons were solely based on psychology. 

However, studies still show that listening to classical music does have positive effects on the brain. 

This fact alone, should still remind us that we must nurture our children properly and not turn them over to video games and television sets to be entertained. 

Regardless of brain wave activity, the proper atmosphere can enhance a person's mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

As parents, we all want to do what we can to ensure that our children are those of whom this study speaks. If good leaders have different brain waves, then we want to contribute to helping our children have those particular brain waves. 

Leaders are usually achievers, which brings them back into the cycle of leadership and accomplishing great goals. The feelings of success and accomplishment appear to be great motivators. This fact gives parents a greater responsibility to explore many areas of interest that might spark a flame of inspiration in their child. 

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, transcendental meditation seems to increase these factors in the brains of those who practice meditation regularly. 

Quiet time is so rare these days. I believe that when the Old Testament of the Bible stated in Psalm 46.10: "Be still and know that I am God," that the most important concept he was trying to convey was to be still. Be still physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Be still and allow, be still and know, be still and be well.

Perhaps more children should be exposed to Yoga, martial arts, and contemplative prayer. Writing in a journal every night might be another way to help children make sense of the world around them, as well as help them unwind from the daily stress and prepare them for a good night's sleep. 

Below is a quote from the website with the details on the study. You can read more about how they concluded that good leaders have different brain waves at the link below.

The researchers have developed a new theory, a Unified Theory of Performance, which suggests that higher levels of mind-brain development form a platform for higher performance, regardless of profession or activity.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Defining Genius

Most people think of Einstein when they hear the word genius. But defining genius is actually based on such strict criteria that very few people can ever hope to be among those who hold the title.  

For instance, while looking for methods of defining genius, I naturally started at the beginning... with the dictionary.

According to, Genius is defined as:

an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc. 

and as:

a person having an extraordinarily high intelligence rating on a psychological test, as an IQ above 140.

 For many years, science has been noticing the parallels of the genius mind with the mentally ill mind, thereby giving us even stranger ways of defining genius.

Vincent Van Gogh certainly struggled with his own demons and even went so far as to cut off his own ear. Yet, he has left us some of the  most beautiful art in the world, and is my favorite artist.

Likewise, Edgar Allen Poe was considered mentally ill. I find this interesting because as a young student during what are now called middle school years, I found this man's writings to be the most fascinating in the world. As a parent, I introduced my children to his work when they reached the appropriate age, or when they began to study his works in school.

It appears that those who are bipolar have something going on in the brain when they are coming out of a depressive state that links them to accepting numerous thoughts - I like to call it multi-thinking.

According to Life's Little Mysteries, most people will filter out the unnecessary thoughts and focus on those things that are related to what they need at the moment, while bipolar disorder enables people to overload on information that can stimulate creativity.

It would appear to me that defining genius actually has little to do with the IQ score, unless we omit certain defining values from the term genius. Perhaps all geniuses are not meant to be creative, which is one of the values that certainly defines a genius in my way of thinking.

I wonder what people such as Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, and Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame would have been considered? Were they true geniuses?

I believe they were. It took a certain amount of insanity to continue on their paths when all around them considered them to be wasting their time. Edison had many failures before the light bulb worked. Why did he continue?

Abraham Lincoln lost more elections than he won - considerably more. Why did he continue to pursue the highest office in the land?

Colonel Sanders took his recipe to numerous restaurants before he found one - the one - who would actually give it a try. How did he know that he would eventually find that one person who would say yes?

Perhaps the true genius knows that eventually, the creative individual will succeed. The true test is not so much in an IQ score, but in one's perseverance and determination to achieve a particular outcome.

Of course, as happened in the case of Van Gogh, the fame and success came after his demise.

However, we might correctly assume that his intention was to change and bless the world with his visions of beauty on canvas.

Blessing the world with creativity is certainly one of the highest callings there can be, and in my book always qualifies one who does so as a genius.

Friday, June 01, 2012

How Many Words Per Minute

Have you ever wondered how many words per minute you can read?

Well, I have, and now there's a test over at Staples that will tell you how many words per minute you can read and still comprehend the text.

I did pretty well, but actually thought I would do better. I read 426 words per minute, which is 70% better than the national average.

If you decide to take the reading test, here's a secret - they will ask you 3 questions at the end of the reading, so pay attention because it's also about reading comprehension.

This would be an excellent test to give students to see how well they are progressing in the education process.

After the reading test, your score will be shown along with average scores for different groups of people, such as 6th graders, college students, college professors, etc.

Click on the image below to take the reading test and find out how many words per minute you can read and comprehend.

Good luck!

Here's my favorite reader - 
the Kindle Fire!  

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