In the land of Neverland, where the music always plays, there is a ball, and royalty and common folk alike come on out to play.
Poor Cinderella, her evil step mother, the one they call Poppy Ruth, demands that she cannot go to the ball.
In an instant, like that awkward British Sci-Fi TV show that Trevor let me onto, called Chocky, the birds fix up Cinderella against the mean step sisters' wishes, and gets on into the ball. It is a marvelous dream.
But, we all know that when the music stops, the way only Betty Davis can make it, it's down to that lonely place, where a solitary tree grows in the sandy earth...
And then be rescued, under that tree, by a prince named Liam. Then the bent tree will become a symbol of natural adaptations for generations to come.
The hands of time tick, and it's odd, how it seems as if time practically stands still, moving way too slow, when we are children. Yet as we age, it goes faster and faster... The last couple of years whizzed past me, as Doris E. will tell you... It seems summer just started, and here we are in fall already.
Everywhere I go, I seem to be hearing that Angelo is Fleetwood Mac's booking agent, or are they some Little Lies to tell the single girls, to score by whispering sweet little lies. Maybe I need to be a groupie to find out.
But then, maybe that would be crazy, because maybe then, I'll have to call Ghost Busters to try to vacuum up the spirits in the staircase, or maybe Ruz will make me run those stairs for training like in Rocky... Or maybe I should just go look at The Cupboard Under the Stairs.
Or maybe just lay under the open sky, and watch the Full Moon with Irene and contemplate the meaning of life, and figure out if intelligent life on other planets really resemble Star Trek...
I often wondered if Marvin would have helped the human freaks, or, be mad at humans in general, but, seeing that he likes to blog, he has to be a good guy... But, just to make sure, I ask Dave Raider about if our Martian would have our backs in a situation such as Red Dawn. Of course.
There is good information there, and it's scary that our country has all of these "foods" that aren't really food. It doesn't help that we have so much that is convenient, but, that it's also unhealthy.
Even if we start with butter vs. margarine. Sure, margarine has much fewer calories. But, it's base is oil. Oil, in natural form, is a liquid. Think olive oil, canola oil, etc... So, how does it stay solid? It's a bunch of chemicals. Yes. Chemicals. Not natural food, that turns it into a solid. If you really don't want the calories of butter, which is natural, because it's from cows' milk fats, try using your own bottles and use olive oil, which has a rich buttery flavor if you mix half and half with butter, but, olive oil can also be infused with various herbs and spices, such as crushed garlic, or rosemary... Use that as a spread instead, and you have a flavorful yet healthy alternative to use.
This brings me to the use of aspartame or saccharine. Neither are natural, and I've heard warnings about sucralose (calorie free sweetener called Splenda). But, the worst is aspartame and saccharine. They, too, are not fit for consumption while pregnant, nursing or to be fed to your baby... Try nectar, honey or some other healthier sweeteners.
Back to the article... It's scary that some of our foods are in danger of making us sick, at the height where our children are becoming more and more obese at younger ages and in greater numbers. There's hormones in milk. Farmed fish, certain farms that have livestock having antibiotics and other steroid type things that are injected. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables. It's hard to keep track of what we ought to be eating.
Yet, a lot of us, suffering in this recession, can't afford $5.00 for organic milk, or $10.00/lb for wild salmon, or what ever it may be, that costs twice or more what the 'regular' things are going for... But, are your 'regular foods' really regular? Not compared to what our grandparents bought at the store. But, in cases of childhood hunger, what do we do? Kids can become sick, as well as unable to perform in school if they don't have enough to eat, which a lack of education can lead to poverty, which leads to lack of health care access, which of course, ultimately leads to death. But yet, what if these hormone induced foods that are genetically modified have long term effects that arecausing other problems such as higher cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, asthma, and other hormone problems that are causing early diseases that also lead to death? It's a no win situation when you can't afford what you need.
I found out that my mother and step-father are going on this primarily vegetarian/vegan diet during the week, and splurging only on weekends... I agree that especially as Americans, we NEED to take in more veggies, fiber and a lot less saturated fat, refined starch/sugars, and what not... And I commend them for trying, since it's not fun struggling with extra weight, and even if it's not a weight issue, it's still healthier in the long run.
But, here is what the difference is between a vegetarian and a vegan... As a vegetarian, you don't eat animal flesh of any kind. That includes not eating fish, because it's still the flesh of a type of animal. But, will still partake in animal products such as milk, eggs, and what not, because a living being didn't have to sacrifice their lives for it. Plus these are healthier choices to eating a high fat content protein, such as 73% lean ground beef (yuck, it's gross). Plus, you're not cooking away 1/3 of your food out in draining out the fat, so, there's a bit of extra money saved there... But, just to be careful, you need to eat a variety so you get enough of a broad spectrum of amino acids to fuel your muscles properly.
Vegans, on the other hand, don't take advantage of animals at all, and do not eat ANY animal products, not even eggs, cheese or honey, because they don't want to steal from the animals at all.
It's still difficult to pull off, because, especially during the winter, have you seen the prices of fresh produce? And how do you buy local food when it's February in Wisconsin, and it's almost like a frozen tundra out there? It's not an easy task to eat healthy AND save money.
Sure, we can use canned, but, it's not like we need extra salt in our diets either, because we already consume more than what we need, and canned foods have a lot of salt, MSG, and other preservatives that just are NOT good to consume in large amounts, and many people have a sensitivity to these preservatives. They end up ailing one way or another, and think it was bad food - as in spoiled. It may be because you can't handle the high amounts of preservatives. That reeks havoc in my son, who could be laughing and full of energy one moment, and a can of soup later, be vomiting like crazy. Natural foods are important, and we eat as much as we can afford.
Food for thought, and it's crazy how it all works out, doesn't it?
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Life is short. Sometimes, too short. We get so caught up in our daily lives, that often, we end up forgetting those who mean most to us, and feel sheepish about trying to make something up to them, so long after the fact... But we need to know that time is precious. Never would we want to have to say... If only we told grandma 'I love you'... If only I made time when my children were small to enjoy the simple things in life... Go do it now, because eventually, we will be saying if only we had more time, or if only that Bree would pick such a romantically vague topic for Blogophilia...
I sometimes hear about people lamenting about how they pace in a boustrophedon pattern, because they're at a loss, or bored with nothing better to do, or something... But you know, I really don't know about that personally. I've always kept busy, and bored was never part of my vocabulary. The only times that I've walked back and forth as if I'm in some kind of boustrophedon type labyrinth, is when my son, now a teenager, was small baby, and was sick... I'd put him up onto my shoulders, where he would rest his head comfortably, with both arms over, and he'd fall asleep... I would get comfortable with him before putting him into his little bed, and think what life would be like without him... empty... I'm sure that Barbara K. can relate with me on this one.
But, maybe, without him, I'd be a stripper. But then I have to laugh, because there is this Baby Dolls group, which is an agency of the adult entertainment kind, and they actually wear those silly old fashioned versions of those baby doll underwear, that really looks more like something to put on a baby, NOT a full grown woman, and I seriously can't believe that grown men want their grown women to be big babies, and not women. The thought is preposterous, but then again, maybe Trevor has this type of fetish, I don't know...
On the other hand, maybe someone needs to untie me, or cut the apron strings, or set me free -
Well, maybe it takes an animal like Jay Cheetos to help me loosen up, or maybe I just need a good bosom buddy. But, of course, I'm getting set in my life, and out of all of the jobs I've had, from receptionist to cashier, to customer service, to teacher, to coach, to a nursing aid, I'd have to say that the best job by far, is being Mom. Well, of course tanning at the beach or nude sunbathing would be interesting...
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Governor Scott Walker PO Box 7863 Madison, WI 53707
Dear Gov. Walker;
I am asking that you move quickly to approve the Menominee Casino planned for Kenosha. The reason is simple: we need the jobs! We do not understand why there is even a debate over this. Any effort to create over 3,000 direct jobs, 1800 indirect jobs, and 1400 construction jobs should be welcome with open arms by your administration.
The Menominee Tribe is not asking for any state financial assistance or tax breaks, they need no laws changed, they need no environmental rules changed. They just want to be one of the biggest job creators in the state and the top taxpayer.
This proposal has been studied to death over the past 10 years. Dozens of hearings have been held and countless opportunities for the public and other tribes to comment. After taking all that into consideration the federal government finally approved this project. We don’t understand why it is necessary to wait any longer.
Unless you move quickly there is the danger of a casino being built in Waukegan or some other northern Illinois community. This will result in all these family supporting jobs going to Illinois. Where would that leave us?
Please approve the Kenosha casino. We have waited long enough for these good jobs.
I sit up during the middle of the night, not being able to sleep... The phone wire is filled with black birds, and I think of Nina feeding them because they are black birds singing in the dead of night. Their soulful bird calls remind me of the school season coming up, with less time to frolic in the fun sun.
Then I ponder if anyone else, such as Trevor having the Summertime Blues, because the routine is not as it is during the rest of the year...
Rather than moping that summer is almost over, my mind brings back memories of when I was a small child, and Japan's Foundation Day (similar to USA's Independence Day) was on my birthday, and then there were fireworks, parades, and all sorts of celebration with dragon parades and everything... So I wonder how it was like back in the day, when the Emperor would have his Seven Samurai as his personal army, in case of attack, and that it must have been really neat to live in those times, as The David often talks about The Magnificent Seven.
Back to reality... I think back to the birds on a wire, wishing that I could be volitorial like the birds. I wonder if Barbara K would like to fly with the birds, also?
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I had an interesting conversation on the phone. I seem to be the target of numerous phone calls, that if they're not asking for money for some group, most of them worthy to donate to, like the American Veterans, others, are more of an annoyance, because of it's content. Most of them don't leave a message, so I don't know what they're calling about. But, if I get several from a certain phone number, I'll call them back, because occasionally, they're looking to contact my ex - for an unpaid bill.
Anyway, this one was for some group about American Law Justice, or something along that line... So, he wanted to know if I still supported them. Sometimes. So he goes on this big schpeel about how Obama and the IRS targeted the Tea Party, a family rights group, and a marriage protection group, all affiliated with conservative groups, to be audited. Because those who are opposed to these groups are big buck players, a conservative millionaire would match each donation. Well, sorry, I have no money to give. I'm barely keeping up with my bills now. I could hear his disappointment over the phone.
So, I let him know, that I support The Constitution on our Freedom of Speech. That should never be muzzled, because it's at the corner of our very own foundation. I also said that because this same Constitution also says all men are created equal, it is just as wrong to have laws that say some people can't get married. He argues that the Tea Party is more about economics. Well, these other groups were mentioned as well. And, having family benefits are less expensive than individual benefits. He says that Obama care is going to add tons of dollars at the expense of taxpayers...
I continue to say that human life is more important than money. He agrees. Well, I had a friend, and know of other people who have died on the current health care system, because of lack of access to getting health care. Obama Care is trying to fix that... I got hung up on. I guess he didn't want to continue the conversation. Fine.
But here is what I can gather... His big gripe was the fact that his fellow conservative groups were muzzled to the point that they were supposedly not allowed to take part in the political system. Everybody is supposed to be able to take part. Here is the problem. The Tea Party got it's tax status as a charity non-profit, a 501c3. So did these other conservative groups to protect the Marriage Act, and take a pro-life stance. Fine. You have the right to take what ever stance you believe is right, and be vocal about it. It's the way the system here is celebrated. Our Founding Fathers wanted it this way, so that free people could participate in their own government without fear of imprisonment, outcasts, etc. I love the very cornerstone that we are built on.
As a founder of a non-profit, a 501c4, to push social issues to change political climate, laws, and what not, I also know that there is a HUGE difference between a social charity and a social political welfare nonprofit. A charity (501c3) gives to the community or group to help the needy that is defined in their mission. A social welfare (501c4) changes the political environment to promote change either in thinking or in defined law.
A 501c3, is supposed to be a charity. Think ASPCA, your Church or Synagogue, domestic violence shelters, and other do-good places. Their main purpose is to raise funds to protect abandoned or abused animals, practice your faith, protect abused women/children in a safe shelter, or other good things like help poor people get into a home. These types of groups are NOT allowed to spend more than 10% of their efforts and funds toward lobbying and changing social/political welfare. Thus, being more charitable, maybe say, by promoting or creating awareness.
A 501c4 can spend as much time and money as they want, to dedicate toward lobbying, pressing for different laws, etc... The awareness would go along with that, but, none of their funds or actions have to go toward charity, at all.
So, what is the Tea Party? Well, obviously, they're not a charity group to help needy tax payers, they want to change the tax laws to lower taxes, and let the charities help the poor in need. Same goes for the pro-life group. The defense of traditional marriage is more about keeping the law the same, to define it as a sanctity between a man and a woman. It's their right to do so, because the constitution allows it, but, they need to remember that they aren't working for a charity, they are working to press their personal stances on a political level. This means, if they sign up to be a 501c3 to be a charity, they better prepare to be investigated, even if it means to audit them to see where the group money is being spent. Don't like it? Then organize as a group of individuals to make your claim and stop hiding behind a charitable organization to push a political agenda.
The biggest thing of how I came to this opinion, and stand by it, is, here I have my own cause, called Youth Voice Initiative, to push laws to stiffen punishments on those who abuse our children, whether physically, sexually, mentally, grossly neglect, etc. yet the church I belong to won't put petitions up, because they won't cross the line of religion and policy making rules upon the other. Fair? Maybe not, but, it's an issue that stands with the program.
I almost forgot to mention... Charities get to receive donations that you can get a tax write off for. A political organization can only give tax write offs for the awareness part, not for the actual lobbying part... So, a group like the Tea Party filing as a charity 501c3 is a conflict of interest. And they wonder why they got targeted?
It was dark. I was trying to fall asleep, once upon a mid July night, then I practically jumped out of my skin when Ruggi came and rapped on my window, scaring my shadow off of my feet. Since I wasn't going to be able to go back to sleep, I figured I'd put my jacket on and see what was going on.
I open the window, wondering how Ruggi got up and down so fast... I come out, and chasing as fast as I could after her. In the moment of trying to keep up, I didn't hear the sound of the band playing classic rock...
So anyway, out of breath, I come up on a shed, which the doors had fallen off, and it had gotten repurposed to a make shift stage, and here is a jamming group, all dressed in olive green, and who called themselves Igneous. So, Katie Sanders, who happens to be a geologist or archeologist of some kind, tells me it's a type of olivine, a type of mineral that occurs naturally. Hmm. Pretty good rockers. Hey, they're Igneous Rock! Clever name...
As I watch the slamming guitars, I recognize that the drummer is DJ Myke's kid! How about that? These kids can knock out the music! As I get lost into the music, and become one with the beat, the band plays a jazz/rock fusion that just swings the guitar into awesomeness.
All of a sudden, the band disappears into thin air, taking Heather with them, and the group of Blogophilia Bloggers merges back into the mist and I can still hear Micki talking. I find myself sprawled all over my bed, sheets and blankets strewn all over the floor... I must have dreamed the whole thing, but I swear I was there! I shiver with cool sweat on my skin... Maybe that crazy kid hit me with that guitar...
Dang it all, the action wasn't real. Now I feel like this...
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