It’s One Year on July 4th: How I Kicked the Habit

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While almost everyone seems to kick the habit as a new year’s resolution, I didn’t; instead, I chose a holiday in a month that celebrates independence: July 4th. It was so much easier to quit when I was active in places where you couldn’t smoke, so by the time winter came along, I already had months of not smoking under my belt. I’m not saying it was easy to quit, but it sure was a heck of a lot easier than previous goes, and this July 4th, I’ll be one year cigarette and cigar free. Other dates to consider quitting for you, your family, your friends and/or to honor someone or something are Memorial Day, Labor Day, a special birthday or anniversary. All you have to do is pick out a special day in your most active season and start the countdown! (And completely forget it on occasion just so you don’t drive yourself crazy.)

Oh and one other secret was starting a new activity. I boarded pets in my home; not only wouldn’t I smoke, but petting them and taking care of them took up tons of time and shunned the thought of smoking on more than one occasion! Since then, I adopted one of my boarder pets, so it’s a done deal. I’m committed.

Lastly, I wrote things down I didn’t like that I associated with the habit, such as smells and other adverse effects. I left the list where I could easily access it if I felt my resolve slipping.

Well, I hope these wee secrets help! Good luck and the best of health to you and yours!

Fact: From quitting smoking to skiing, we succeed to the degree we try, fail, and learn. Studies show that people who worry about mistakes shut down, but those who are relaxed about doing badly soon learn to do well. Success is built on failure. – Martha Beck, Sociologist

 

Your Cat and Thai Slavery

February 29, 2016 Leave a comment

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Well, that’s my cat up there; I adopted Luna a few months ago, but she only ate dry food. Since I felt this type of diet wasn’t good for her, I tried to find the best nutritious, wet (as in canned) cat food that she would enjoy. I tried numerous brands. Some she turned her nose up at, others she sniffed and eventually ate, and some she devoured.

Little did I know, one brand was from Thailand. At first, I was upset because I prefer to invest in American-made products. Then I was concerned the product might not be safe. After a quick google search, I found out Thailand strives to be the go-to exporter of pet food, but what I also found were disturbing articles related to slavery and the fishing industry in Thailand.

To be blunt, I cannot support companies that profit through slavery and hope others will do the same and not buy pet food from Thailand. While I tried to find petitions to add to this article, most were closed at this time. If more information develops, I will update this article. Readers, please feel free to share information in the comments section. Thank you.

“I cried,” said Mr. Long, 30, recounting how he was resold twice between fishing boats. After repeated escape attempts, one captain shackled him by the neck whenever other boats neared. – Excerpt from the article, “Sea Slaves: The Human Misery that Feeds Pets and Livestock” By Ian Urbina

 

 

#‎WhatCouldGoWrong‬ in 40 States

January 29, 2016 Leave a comment

 

MomsDemandAction and Comedian Rachel Dratch offer a glimpse into family life in the short video: ‪Loaded guns. Families with kids. And restaurants that serve alcohol. #‎WhatCouldGoWrong‬.

How many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys?
― Stephen King

 

 

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Welcome to Discover

November 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Introducing Discover, a destination site featuring the best writing, photography, art, and work published with WordPress.

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Support the Teal Pumpkin Project and Kids with Allergies

October 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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Don’t forget kids with allergies this Halloween! The Teal Pumpkin Project.org offers a list of treats including fun alternatives like stickers, bubbles, and crayons for our wee Halloween guests with allergies. Make it a Happy Halloween for all our Trick or Treaters and take the Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge this Hallows Eve.

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What do Bill Moyers, Jon Oliver & The Pope have in common? Prison Issues.

September 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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Unbelievably, the “home of the free” incarcerates more of its citizenry than any other nation. Moreover, it invests more in prisons than its educational system. In prisons today, we incarcerate the guilty, but also the poor, the sick, the old, the young, and the innocent. While the rich pay bail and go free, the poor are incarcerated until trial–if they don’t take a plea bargain. All the while, families are left without fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. In this blog post, Bill Moyers and Jon Oliver provide a wealth of information about our culture of imprisonment, and Pope Francis offers his sage advice.

As noted by a CNN Money graph entitled, Education vs Prison Costs, data from 40 states depict how much government money is spent per year to educate an elementary/secondary school student compared to the cost of keeping an inmate imprisoned.” In addition, Online Degrees provides a list of the 10 States That Spend More on Prisons Than Education.

krogh_040205_335cc-6ef52bb049898a969421a3026fe4f9ce89ec44f7-s6-c301Bill Moyers, Political Talk Show Host and Former White House Press Secretary, offers enlightening episodes via Moyers & Company in regards to incarceration, as you can see from the following episodic titles (which you can click on to see the episode):

  1. Stop Punishing People After They Have Been Released From Prison January 30, 2015 by Jeremy Haile
  2. These Five Corporations Are Making Millions From Mass Incarceration January 21, 2015 by James Kilgore
  3. The School-to-Prison Pipeline Starts in Preschool March 31, 2014 by Mychal Denzel Smith
  4. Higher Profits Explain Why There Are More People of Color in Private Prisons February 7, 2014 by Joshua Holland
  5. Just Kids (in Prison for Life) December 31, 2013 by Matt Stroud
  6. Land of the Free? US Has 25 Percent of the World’s Prisoners December 16, 2013 by Joshua Holland
  7. Report: “Low-Crime Tax” Keeps For-Profit Prisons Profitable September 20, 2013 by Joshua Holland

Not to be outdone (but he still needs a few episodes to catch up to Bill), Jon Oliver discusses our penchant for prison, mandatory minimums, and bail.john-oliver-last-week-tonight (2)

  1. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison
  2. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mandatory Minimums
  3. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Bail
  4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Public Defenders

By now, you’re asking yourself, what can I do? I know because you wouldn’t have read this far down the post, otherwise. So, yes, you can help. You can help by voicing your concerns to elected officials, advising them to invest in schools not prisons, and you can advocate for those who received sentences that do not or no longer fit the crime. We need pardons and commutations to reduce sentences that were mandatory, especially for judgments that no longer are applicable. You can also help “Witness to Innocence” produce a short documentary that shares the incredible journey of our many Witnesses to Innocence.”

Lastly, we can take the words of Pope Francis to heart and action:

“This time in your life can only have one purpose: to give you a hand in getting back on the right road, to give you a hand to help you rejoin society,” the pope said in the gymnasium of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. “All of us are part of that effort, all of us are invited to encourage, help and enable your rehabilitation.”

Pope Francis also rebuked society for not doing enough to rehabilitate prisoners. “It is painful when we see prison systems which are not concerned to care for wounds, to soothe pain, to offer new possibilities,” the pope said, speaking in Spanish through an interpreter. “It is painful when we see people who think that only others need to be cleansed, purified, and do not recognize that their weariness, pain and wounds are also the weariness, pain and wounds of society.”

Pope Francis greets inmates during his visit to Curran-Fromhold correctional facility.
Pope Francis greets inmates during his visit to Curran-Fromhold correctional facility. Photograph: David Maialetti/AP

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