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Letting Go Of Her Fears
Posted:Dec 2, 2018 5:56 pm
Last Updated:Dec 5, 2018 5:28 am
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She looked at him and knew she could no longer hold back.

"Would you mind very much if I kissed you?" she asked.

"It's OK as long as it's not one of those pity kisses", he responded.

"Nope. I just want to kiss you. But I should warn you that it's not going to go anywhere, given my intimacy issues. I don't want you to think I am some kind of world-class tease." she cautioned.

"There's no doubt that you are world-class, but you are definitely not a tease. OK, so you have a few issues. So do I."

"Perhaps, but different issues though, don’t you think? "

"Issues are issues. We are wasting time here. Are you going to kiss me or not?", he asked sounding a little exasperated.

She boldly took a step forward, gripped his shoulders and crushed her mouth against his. Geez she was out of practice.

He didn't return her kiss. Instead, he caught her face between his hands and raised his head so that his mouth was an inch away from hers. "Remember what I said," he whispered, his voice a little ragged. "It's not like a trip to the dentist."

"I know. I just don't want to screw it up again."

"Then quit trying so hard. Relax. Go with what you feel. When you stop feeling it, we'll stop whatever it is we are doing at that moment and can take a break."

"You make it all sound so simple." she murmured.

"It is simple, Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it again.”

She couldn't help but giggle. It was so inappropriate for the situation but somehow the urge to giggle was uncontrollable. She tended to do that when she was nervous.

But he didn't laugh or giggle. However, in the glow of the light, she could see him smiling that very sexy, very masculine smile of his. It was just one of the many things she liked about him.

The part of her that had been locked up tightly for so long started to relax. She leaned into him and kissed him again, taking her time, feeling his reaction. His mouth was hot, his body was hard and lean, his erection was rigid, but he made no attempt to overwhelm or overtake her. He did not try to rush her.

Encouraged by her own reaction as well as his, she pressed herself more tightly against him. A long supressed urge rose within her. She wanted to touch and be touched. She wanted to be free to release and enjoy her sensual side. The kiss grew more intense. Electric. Arousing.

She guided his hands inside her robe and onto her breast. He let his fingers rest there but did not try to force anything else. He wanted her to be comfortable and to take the lead.

She slipped her hands up under his t-shirt, her arousal growing with the touch of his skin. She did not feel guilty. She began to explore him with a growing sense of urgency.

He responded to her needs. Cautiously, he let the pad of his thumb, trail across her breast and around her nipple.

It was as if he had flipped a switch. Desire began to dictate her every movement.

She kissed his ear lobe, his throat, the curve of his shoulder.

"There's no rush." he whispered.

"Yes there is."

"We've got all night." he assured her.

"You might have all night, but I don't. I need to do this now, before something goes wrong."

She seized his hand and started to lead him towards her bedroom.

"No!" he said.

He didn't try to drop her hand nor did he follow her, Instead, he simply stood there in the doorway.

The flicker of fear coursed through her. Had she screwed up somehow?

"What's wrong?" she tearfully asked. He pulled her gently back toward him. "We don't need a bed'"

Her heart sank. Oh my God, this was worse than she thought. He had no interest in taking things further.

She couldn't have been more wrong. He led her back across the living room and stopped at the leather reclining chair. As he lowered himself, he unzipped his jeans.

"Let's try it this way instead." he said. "You did say you wanted to be in control and on top."

He drew her down slowly, giving her tie to figure out a comfortable position.

He moved one hand along the inside of her thigh, touching her, stroking her in ways that made her want more. She closed her eyes, everything inside her went tight. She sucked in her breath and dug her nails into his shoulders. His fingers touched her in ways that she had never experienced before.

He eased her down onto his rigid manhood before she started climaxing. She was so sensitive and reactive that she could barely catch her breath.

She heard his hoarse, muffled groans. His climax shuddered through both of them. The night became very still and quiet. It was just the beginning.

Have you ever had to let go of your fears? Or helped someone else overcome theirs?

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Who Am I?
Posted:Nov 18, 2018 3:15 am
Last Updated:Jul 28, 2020 12:23 pm
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I am an all-natural, authentic woman.

I express my feelings openly and honestly.

I care about others, animals and about the world I live in.

I love unconditionally.

I am a true friend who will support you through thick and thin.

I make a difference through volunteering and giving back to my community.

I may not be rich, but I am valuable.

I am smart because I learn from my mistakes.

I have opinions and am not afraid to express them.

I might not be everyone's first choice, but I am a great choice.

I know I am not perfect and know I don’t have to be.

I look back on my life and I can see the pain I have endured, the mistakes I have made and the hard times I have suffered.

I am a survivor.

I look in the mirror and I can see how strong I have become from all the experiences I have had and the lessons I have learned.

I am PROUD of who I am today.

Accept me as I am and if you can’t, watch me as I walk away from you.
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Brain Games
Posted:Nov 16, 2018 12:10 pm
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2018 6:03 pm
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We are often reminded to exercise our bodies but neglect exercising our brains. Studies have shown that keeping the brain active is associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's.

Here are some 'brain teasers' for you to try. No cheating . No calculators! You will have to scroll down to find the answers. Good luck!

1. House Numbers
My twin lives at the reverse of my house number. The difference between our house numbers ends in two. What are the lowest possible numbers of our house?

2. Egg Equation
If a hen and a half lay an egg and a half in a day and a half, how many eggs will half a dozen hens lay in half a dozen days?

3. Two By Two
You know 2 + 2 comes to the same as 2 x 2. Now find a set of three different whole numbers whose sum is equal to their total when multiplied.

4. Apple Harvest
Mrs. Jones was very proud of her apple tree. One autumn, after harvesting her apples, she called her three sons together. “Here are 150 apples,” she said. “I want you to take them to the market tomorrow and sell them for me.” She gave Paul 15 apples, Nick 50, and Ben 85. “Your job,” added Mrs. Jones, “is to sell the apples in such a way that each of you brings home the same amount of money.” How do they do it?

5. Inheritance
Granny Adams left half her money to her granddaughter and half that amount to her grandson. She left a sixth to her brother, and the remainder, $1,000, to the dogs’ home. How much did she leave altogether?

6. Brother puzzle
One brother says of his younger brother: “Two ago, I was three times as as my brother was. In three ’ time, I will be twice as as my brother.” How are they each now?

7. Rain Man
A man was walking in the rain. He was in the middle of nowhere. He had nothing and nowhere to hide. He came home all wet, but not a single hair on his head was wet. How is that possible?

8. Classroom Math
14 of the in the class are girls. 8 of the wear blue shirts. 2 of the are neither girls or wear a blue shirt. If 5 of the are girls who wear blue shirts how many are in the class?

9. The Man and His Car
A man pushes his car to a hotel and tells its owner that he is bankrupt. Why?

10. The Photograph
A man is looking at a photograph of someone. His friend asks who it is. The man replies, “Brothers and sisters, I have none. But that man’s father is my father’s .” Who was in the photograph?

How do you think you will do?

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Answers

1. The lowest possible numbers for our house are 19 and 91.

2. Two dozen. If you increase both the number of hens and the amount of time available four-fold, the number of eggs increases 16 times. 16 x 1.5 = 24.

3. The three different whole numbers whose sum is equal to their total when multiplied are 1, 2 and 3.

4. The first buyer purchases 12 dozen apples at $1 per dozen. Paul sells him one dozen and has three apples left; Nick sells him four-dozen and has two apples left; and Ben sells him seven-dozen and has one apple left. Then a second buyer comes along and buys all their remaining apples for $3 apiece. The three brothers head home with $10 each.

5. She left $12,000. One half plus one quarter plus one-sixth equals eleven-twelfths. So, the remainder, $1,000, is one-twelfth of the whole, which must have been $12,000.

6. The elder is 17, the younger 7. Two ago, they were 15 and 5 respectively, and in three years time, they will be 20 and 10.

7. The man was bald.

8. 19

9. He is playing Monopoly

10. His

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In Case Of Emergency
Posted:Nov 11, 2018 2:28 am
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2018 11:27 am
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Emergencies and natural disasters are usually unpredictable. A little preparation could mean the difference between life and death during those times. Here are some suggestions for how to be ready.

Outlet-free Chargers
Smartphones and laptops will still work when the power is out—as long as you’re prepared. Having a juiced-up portable battery or small generator will keep you in touch with loved ones and with any emergency updates.

Cordless Radio
Gathering around the radio might seem like a thing of the past, but it could prove vital in an emergency situation. It allows you to get in touch with what’s going on locally. You won’t miss any important messages warning you not to leave—or to get out fast. Make sure you have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio so it can work when the power is out.

Medications
Sometimes, the way medications are dispersed now, we have just a very small supply available. In a disaster, it might be hard to replenish those supplies. Talk to your doctor about writing a larger prescription so you have a couple weeks work on hand if you can’t reach the pharmacy.

Lantern
Handheld flashlights are convenient to carry and store, but their beams won’t light up a room the way your lamps do. In addition to battery-powered flashlights, pick up a lantern, which can brighten up a larger amount of space.

Batteries
If you’ve been using your phone as a flashlight and haven’t touched an actual torch in years, don’t be surprised if the batteries in your backups have worn out or corroded. A pack of extra batteries never hurts.

Non-perishable Food
Stocking up on food is a no-brainer if you know you won’t be able to get to a grocery store, but you might be surprised by just how much food to keep on hand. The Red Cross recommends keeping two weeks worth of food available in case you’re unexpectedly stuck at home, or enough to last three days if you’re evacuating. Get creative and stick with foods you actually want to eat.

Pet Food
Don’t forget your furry friends when you’re stocking up on food. Keep at least two weeks worth of dry food on hand so your pets can stay healthy and safe.

Extra Propane
If your home’s electricity or gas isn’t working, the oven and microwave would be out of the question. Keep extra propane on hand so you can fire up a BBQ or camping stove.

Water
H2O seems like a given, but if anything goes wrong with your local water system, you’ll need to have backup. As a rule of thumb, make sure you have a gallon per person per day, ideally enough to last two weeks. If you don’t want to leave jugs of water sitting around all the time, fill clean, empty soda bottles or a large water dispenser when there’s a storm coming.

Cash
Don’t assume you can rely on plastic during an emergency. Card readers might not work, and ATMs could run out of money during a natural disaster, so keeping backup bills on hand could be a lifesaver. Talk to your family about how much you can afford to keep out of the bank and where the safest place in your home for it is.

Tool Kit
Even if you’re not used to making your own repairs, a toolbox could be a vital resource during an emergency situation. A basic toolkit with items such as a wrench, screwdrivers, and a hammer can help you fight back when your home and supplies are under stress.

Copies of Important Documents
It’s always a good idea to keep original copies of important documents like home ownership papers or insurance information, but keep a backup on hand too. Leave hard copies in a safe space (away from the originals), or save them digitally in a password-protected file in the cloud.

First Aid Kit
“A well-stocked first aid kit is critically important,” says Jensen. The Red Cross recommends keeping bandages, an instant ice pack, antiseptic wipes, scissors, and more.

Just-for-fun Items
When you’re rushing to pack your bags for an evacuation, a few non-essentials can actually be some of the best things for your mental well-being. “We need to find ways of comforting ourselves,” says Jensen. “Relax and take some time to realize it’s going to be OK.” He suggests packing a book, a ’s favorite stuffed animal, or playing cards. Letting yourself relax a bit will help normalize the situation and take your mind off the stress.

Are you prepared to handle an emergency or natural disaster?


@ Reader's Digest
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Medical Mysteries
Posted:Nov 8, 2018 11:53 am
Last Updated:Nov 8, 2018 11:31 pm
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Despite the advances research has provided, there are still some rare and complex conditions that modern medicine still struggles to understand. Here are a few.

The Girl Who Never Aged
Brooke Greenberg died at the age of 20 in 2013. But she didn’t look like your average 20-year-old because her body stopped developing at the age of five. Her hair and nails were the only parts of her body that continued to grow year by year. Despite being born premature, doctors remained perplexed as to why she stopped aging. Numerous DNA studies showed no abnormalities in her genes associated with aging. Nor did her parents have a history of abnormal development. Plus, all her sisters were normal and healthy. Scientists continued to refer to her condition as Syndrome X, a metabolic syndrome. Yet, her unusual condition remains unexplained by science.

Mermaid Syndrome
Sirenomelia is a birth defect that partially or completely fuses the legs together, similar to how a mermaid looks. Most newborns born with this condition, don’t survive long. However, Shiloh Pepin lived until she was ten and Tiffany Yorks, the oldest known survivor of the condition, died at age 27 in 2016. The exact cause of
Sirenomelia is still unknown because most cases occur randomly for no reason. Due to this randomness, researchers believe a new mutation or environmental factors may play a role in the development of the disorder.

Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory
If you give Jill Price a date, she can easily tell you what day of the week it fell on and what she did that day. Price was reported as the first known case of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) in 2006. Since then, more adults and even have been identified as having this ability. People with HSAM can recall almost anything from their memories in minute detail from events in their life to conversations they’ve had. The true mystery is why some people have this superhuman brainpower and others don’t. Brain images of people with HSAM have shown researchers that some parts of their brain structure are different from people who have a typical memory. But it’s not yet known if these brain differences cause HSAM or if they occur because the person uses areas of the brain associated with memory more.

Water Allergies
Fewer than 100 people in the world have been diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria, a rare condition where people break out in hives or rashes every time they’re exposed to water. However, researchers have not found an underlying cause for the condition. Some scientific theories suggest that the hives are caused by an allergen in the water or an interaction between the water and a substance found in or on the skin that generates a toxic material, which causes hives. Some doctors recommend patients only bathe in or drink purified water.

Stiff Person Syndrome
This rare, progressive syndrome known as Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) can cause people to experience extreme stiffness, rigidity, and painful spasms in their muscles. Sometimes, these muscle spasms are so strong they can even fracture bones. When the central nervous system, specifically in the brain and spinal cord, has decreased inhibition, it can cause a person’s muscle activity to increase, which can result in SPS. Scientists think the syndrome may have an autoimmune component and research has indicated that it may occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks the brain and spinal cord. Although scientists are on the cusp of discovering what could cause this disabling disorder, they still have yet to understand everything about SPS.

Disembarkment Syndrome
You know that feeling you get when you feel wobbly after you disembark a boat? You’ve probably heard someone say you’re “getting your land legs back.” For most people, this feeling of being in constant motion usually goes away after a few minutes or hours. But some people suffer from disembarkment syndrome, a condition where their bodies and brains can never shake that feeling of swaying and rocking. Unfortunately, it’s a hard condition to treat and usually goes away within a year. And it’s not just limited to being out on a boat either; riding in planes, trains, cars, even elevators can cause it too. Unfortunately, doctors still aren’t sure what really lies behind disembarkment syndrome. . People who get migraines and women ages 30 to 60 are more likely to get it, but experts are uncertain if hormones play a role or how migraines could be linked.

Morgellons Disease
People with this skin condition typically feel like something is stinging or crawling all over their skin. Morgellons Disease is an uncommon skin condition, characterized by small fibres or particles emerging from skin sores. Some doctors think the condition is all in the patient’s head and try to treat them with cognitive behavioural therapy, antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, or counselling, while others in the medical field think the fibres could be caused by an infection from the bacterium Agrobacterium, commonly found to cause tumours in plants. There’s still no official guidelines on diagnosis and treatment.

The Boy Who Doesn’t Feel Hungry
In October 2013, Landon Jones, a 12-year-old boy from Iowa, suddenly woke up without an appetite or thirst. It only took a year for the boy to go from a healthy 104 pounds to a meager 68 pounds. Doctors were baffled by his condition after countless brain scans, psychiatric evaluations, and medical evaluations for digestive problems or eating disorders showed nothing. Some doctors wonder if he suffers from a rare brain dysfunction, particularly in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls hunger and thirst. In 2014, his parents reached out to the National Institutes of Health to help evaluate Landon and possibly treat him for this rare disease. But there’s been no news to-date to say if doctors have determined a diagnosis.

Had you previously heard of any of these conditions?
Any others you are aware of?


(@Reader's Digest)
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Pets and Politics
Posted:Nov 6, 2018 12:03 pm
Last Updated:Nov 21, 2018 4:07 am
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As our American friends are busy with the mid-term elections, I thought this information about some of the more unusual pets that have lived at the White House, would bring some smiles and laughs. Hope you enjoy!

Pete the Squirrel
President Warren G. Harding and his wife, Florence, had several canaries and two dogs (Laddie Boy and Old Boy), but their most interesting pet was Pete the Squirrel. Pete lived on the White House grounds and would eat right out of people’s hands. Even Navy Secretary Edwin Denby made friends with Pete on the White House lawn.

Ducks
President John F. Kennedy’s , Caroline, kept pet ducks that would waddle across the White House lawn. The Kennedy also owned a pony called Macaroni.

Parrots
Some could accuse presidents of being parrots of their party, but George Washington and James Madison had actual parrots in their families. Their wives each had one. Andrew Jackson also had a parrot, which learned how to swear. Someone brought the parrot to Old Hickory’s funeral, but it became unruly because of its persistent swearing.

Alligators
John Quincy Adams received an alligator from Marquis de Lafayette. The gator apparently lived in a bathroom, and Adams sometimes used it to scare guests. Herbert Hoover’s , Allan, later owned a pair of gators at the White House.

Guinea Pigs, Badger, Lion, Hyena, Zebra, and Bears—oh my!
Teddy Roosevelt, the man who once got shot during a speech and finished it, had a veritable zoo on the White House grounds. He kept snakes, a badger, a lion, a hyena, a zebra, and five bears. These were in addition to the traditional pets around the place, such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, rats, and guinea pigs. The guinea pigs were named Dr. Johnson, Bishop Doane, Fighting Bob Evans, Father O’Grady, and Admiral Dewey.

Sheep
Woodrow Wilson used to keep sheep on the White House grounds to help … with lawn maintenance. It was part of a cost-cutting measure during World War I. Included in the flock was Old Ike, a tobacco-chewing ram.

Raccoon
Calvin Coolidge also kept a small zoo at the White House. Coolidge had a bobcat, a wallaby, two lion cubs, a pygmy hippo, a bear, and a domesticated raccoon. The raccoon, named Rebecca, was kept by Coolidge’s wife, Grace, and was allowed to walk around the White House. The raccoon was even led by a leash at other times, though it was originally sent to the family for Thanksgiving to be eaten with the meal. But the family found the raccoon too domesticated to consume. Instead, the raccoon got her own place to stay in a tree and grew to enjoy playing with a bar of soap in a bathtub filled with a little water. Other Coolidge pets included a duiker (a small antelope), ducks, two canaries named Nip and Tuck, a goose called Enoch, and Smoky the bobcat.

Opossums
Benjamin Harrison had two opossums during his presidency. The opossums were named Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection; reciprocity and protection were part of the 1892 Republican Party platform.

Gamecocks
Ulysses S. Grant kept gamecocks at the White House during his presidential term. The birds actually belonged to his Jesse Grant.

Tiger Cubs
The Sultan of Oman gifted Martin Van Buren two tiger cubs. Van Buren later gave the cubs to a zoo.

Pauline the Cow
William Howard Taft kept a cow named Pauline around so he and his family could enjoy milk. Pauline was the most recent cow to live at the White House.

Grizzly Bear
Thomas Jefferson, known as a man of science, received a pair of grizzly bears from explorer Zebulon Pike. They stayed on the White House lawn in cages for several months until they were taken to a museum in Philadelphia.

Eagle
James Buchanan kept an eagle during his term.

Mice
Andrew Johnson, the first president to be impeached, kept mice he found in the White House and fed them.

Roosters
William McKinley kept roosters, but Teddy Roosevelt kept a one-legged rooster.

Would you judge a potential leader by the type of pets they have?
Have you had any ‘unusual’ pets?

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Turning Back The Clock
Posted:Nov 3, 2018 5:48 pm
Last Updated:Dec 23, 2018 7:07 am
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Daylight Saving Time (DST), also Daylight Savings Time (United States), also Summer Time (United Kingdom and others), and “Ora Legale" in Italy; involves turning clocks ahead during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer. In late autumn, they are turned back one hour so that daylight starts earlier.

DST is generally not observed near the equator, where sunrise times do not vary enough to justify it. Some countries observe it only in some regions; for example, southern Brazil observes it while equatorial Brazil does not. Only a minority of the world's population uses DST, because Asia and Africa generally do not observe it.

DST clock shifts sometimes complicate timekeeping and can disrupt travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns. Computer software, iPhones, TVs adjust clocks automatically.

Think you know everything about DST? Check below and see if you really do.

Biggest Myths About Daylight Saving Time

Myth: Benjamin Franklin Invented Daylight Saving Time
The Real Story: Thanks to 'An Economical Project', a satirical essay Franklin wrote in 1784 urging Parisians to adopt an earlier sleeping schedule, the Founding Father is often credited with “inventing” daylight saving time. Actually, that honour belongs to William Willett, a British builder. While on an early morning horseback ride on the outskirts of London in 1905, Willett theorized that if the United Kingdom moved its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October, Britons would be able to enjoy more sunlight. Willett spent much of his own personal fortune trying to persuade British Parliament to embrace the idea, but he died in 1915 without seeing his dream come to fruition.

Myth: Germans Were the First to Embrace Daylight Saving Time
The Real Story: Germany adopted daylight saving time (DST) in 1916 to conserve energy during World War I. While Germany was indeed the first country to observe the practice, certain regions of Canada were already following DST as early as 1908. On July 1 of that year, residents of Port Arthur in Ontario—what is now Thunder Bay—were the first in the world to turn their clocks forward by one hour. Regina, Sask. implemented DST in 1914 (where it was enormously popular with local townsfolk), and Winnipeg followed suit in 1916. The German Empire may have popularized daylight saving time, but Canadians beat them to the punch.

Myth: Daylight Saving Time is Observed Everywhere
The Real Story: Changing the clocks may be standard practice in Canada, but not all countries observe daylight saving time. Countries along or below the equator, for instance, don’t implement time shifts since daylight hours rarely change from season to season. Much of Asia and Africa opt out of DST as well, as do Iceland and parts of Australia. Closer to home, Arizona, Hawaii, and regions of Quebec and British Columbia choose not to observe DST either. There’s one exception, however: even though Antarctica has no daylight in the winter and 24-hour daylight in the summer, research crews living in the area observe DST to communicate with their home bases.

Myth: Daylight Saving Time Makes Us Healthy
The Real Story: More sunlight may mean more vitamin D, but numerous studies have also linked daylight saving time to a rise in road accidents and health problems. A 2008 Swedish study in the New England Journal of Medicine—based on information collected over a 20-year period—found a higher incidence of heart attacks in the first three weekdays after clocks move forward and fall back. Meanwhile, according to Manitoba Public Insurance, there was a 20 per cent increase in crashes on Manitoba roads when clocks moved forward an hour in the spring of 2014. Changes in circadian rhythm, too, can trigger cluster headaches and lead to days or weeks of discomfort.

Myth: Daylight Saving Time Helps Farmers
The Real Story: When the United States passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, it gave rise to the myth that the extra daylight would give farmers more time to harvest their produce in the morning. In reality, it has the opposite effect, and farmers tend to have been the loudest critics of DST over the past several decades. One of the main reasons DST picked up steam in North America after the World Wars was because department stores lobbied for the practice. Why? Well, more daylight means more business: commuters leaving work while the sun is still shining are more inclined to shop before they make their way home.

Do you have trouble adjusting to the time change? Is there a difference when losing an hour vs gaining an hour?

December 1/18: If you could turn back time, would you? Is there a time you would want to return to? Does the opportunity to ‘do over’ appeal to you?

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Wednesday Is More Than Hump Day
Posted:Nov 1, 2018 1:25 am
Last Updated:Nov 4, 2018 10:58 am
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Thinking of taking a day off? Experts say taking a Wednesday off can be more refreshing than taking a three-day weekend.

Taking a Wednesday off can break up the pace of a busy work week, allowing people a day to live on their own pace, explains Dawna Ballard, a communications professor at the University of Texas at Austin and a scholar of chronemics, the study of time and communication.

In an interview with Quartz, Ballard explained that the human experience of time is ordered by internal and external “pacers.” Internal pacers are unique to the individual (such as being a morning person or a night owl) while external pacers are put in place by the world.

The work week itself is an example of an external pacer, she said.

“Everyone has a different chronotype. Some people are slower moving, some people are faster moving,” Ballard said. “Our work, though, just goes and throws that out the window and says actually, this is how fast you have to work, this is when you have to work.”

Promotes harmony between internal and external pacers
If you’ve ever had a case of the Mondays, the friction between your internal and external pacers could be to blame. Ballard offered up a social science perspective for why Mondays can be so difficult. You’re coming off from a weekend, where you do have your own pace,” Ballard said. “It’s having to go from your pacer, back to this other pacer, there’s that friction.” However, having a free Wednesday can help interrupt the externally-dictated pacer of work. A mid-week break can give you a chance to get back to your internal rhythms, which can help to keep your external and internal pacers in sync. “You start the week knowing, I only have two days on this rhythm and then I get back to mine, ” Ballard says. “There’s a greater sense of calm and control.”

Disrupts the pace of the week
Taking a long weekend may give workers a longer stretch of time to be on their own schedules, but it doesn’t disrupt the pacing of the work week.

“A free Wednesday builds space on either side, and shifts the balance between your pace and work’s—in your favor,” writes Annaliese Griffin for Quartz.

Employees who have taken Wednesday off may even have a more positive mood to show for it.

“People’s moods are oftentimes buoyed when they’re looking forward to enjoyable activities,” Steven Meyers, professor of psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill., told HuffPost. “And that positive attitude can have residual effects, as people remember a fun, relaxing day, even after returning to reality.”

A mid-week breather could also translate to better results on work projects, Meyers said. “Some work tasks actually improve when we put them aside to get a refreshed perspective,” he said. “We can approach them with a fresh set of eyes and have new ideas about how to complete the task.”

Which day do you prefer to take off? How do you spend your time?

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Life vs. Horror Films 💀👻🎃
Posted:Oct 30, 2018 1:25 pm
Last Updated:Oct 31, 2018 9:32 pm
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Norman Bates, Leatherface and Freddy Krueger may be the stuff of nightmares—but they were all real.
Although I not a fan of the horror genre, I thought in keeping with the season, you may be interested in the 'story behind the movie'.

Jaws (1975)
Peter Benchley, who wrote the 1974 novel Jaws, got the idea for a killer shark story after chartering boat rides with a fisherman named Frank “Monster Man” Mundus (who claimed he was the inspiration for the gruff character Captain Quint). The book’s plot was inspired in part by the summer of 1916 when a rogue great white shark lurking in the waters off the Jersey shore killed five unlucky swimmers. Every time you hear the unmistakable, da-dum da-dum da-dum da-dum you are reminded of this movie. Note: Go see Sharkwater or Sharkwater Extinction and you will feel differently about sharks!

Psycho (1960)
When a sheriff visited Ed Gein’s Wisconsin farm in 1957, he was expecting to find a robbery suspect. Instead, he stumbled upon a true house of horrors: there was a bowl made from a human skull—and a chair, lampshade, and a suit made out of skin. After Gein was arrested, investigators discovered the remains of 10 women at his farm. He was committed to a mental institution for the rest of his life. In 1959, author Robert Bloch used Gein as the model for Norman Bates in his novel Psycho (including Gein’s unhealthy fascination with his domineering mother), and then Alfred Hitchcock turned it into a movie. Bonus: Gein also inspired Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs, and Bloody Face from the TV show American Horror Story. Note: Took me a long time to not be scared when using a shower curtain!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Writer-director Wes Craven was creeped out by a story in the L.A. Times about three immigrants who died in their sleep. In one case, the man’s family begged him to go to sleep, but he insisted that his nightmares were different from anything he’d ever experienced and was terrified he’d die if he went to sleep. When he finally did fall asleep…he died. Craven also said that villain Freddy Krueger was based on a real-life creep: “The hat was the kind worn by men when I was a , and there was one particular man who scared me. He was a drunk that came down the sidewalk and woke me up when I was sleeping. I went to the window to look…He looked right into my eyes. I went back and hid for what I thought was hours. I finally crept back to the window, and he was still there! Then he started walking almost half-backwards so that he could keep looking at me.”
Note: I have never seen this one

The Girl Next Door (2007)
This movie tells the story of two teenage girls who were orphaned by their parents’ death. They go to live with their aunt, and she holds them captive, beats them, and tortures them ultimately leading to their death. This is based off of the real life story of Sylvia Likens. Her parents left her with a family friend while they travelled for work. Similar to the events in the movie, the family friend terrorized Sylvia and eventually killed her. Note: never heard of this film

The Amityville Horror Films (1979 -2015), The Conjuring Films (2013-16) and Annabelle (2014)

In 1952, Ed Warren, a self-described “demonologist,” and his wife Lorraine, a “trance medium,” founded the New England Society for Psychic Research. Twenty later, the Warrens investigated the Lutz family home on Long Island, New York, where six murders had occurred. That case inspired The Amityville Horror franchise. The Warrens’ investigation of similar ghostly events involving the Perron family home in 1971 became The Conjuring. And the movie Annabelle came from a “haunted doll” case that the Warrens investigated in 1970. Note: Haven't seen any of these films

So....are you a fan of horror movies? Any that you love or that scare the daylights out of you?





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I Believe....
Posted:Oct 25, 2018 12:35 am
Last Updated:Oct 30, 2018 8:49 pm
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When you are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or are in a traumatic accident, you are confronted with your own mortality. It forces you to step back and think about what is really important to you and to confirm what you believe in. When you recover, your life is changed forever and you see things from a different perspective.

Here's what I know, I Believe in...

I Believe...God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.

I Believe...There are no coincidences, everything happens for a reason.

I Believe...No one has the right to judge me, except me and my God.

I Believe...In the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I Believe...Everyone should have the right to live their true, authentic selves.

I Believe...Every baby born can learn what’s wrong and right.

I Believe...In strong women

I Believe...In respect for elders.

I Believe...In Love

I Believe...In the importance of education.

I Believe...In being strong, even when everything seems to be going wrong.

I Believe...If you do what you love, you will love what you do.

I Believe...Happiness is something we can create.

I Believe...In sunshine

I Believe...You should live each day to the fullest, as you don't know what tomorrow will bring

I Believe...That each life is measured by the footprints left behind.

I Believe...The greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood and to be touched by them.

I Believe...In You

I Believe...I will wake up in the morning to face another day.

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What Do You Believe In?

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Halloween Fun Stuff
Posted:Oct 24, 2018 9:08 am
Last Updated:Oct 30, 2018 8:45 pm
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Rather than posting about scary, spooky stuff, I decided to take a different direction and post some fun and silly stuff. Enjoy!

Why We Love Halloween So Much?
Seeing scary movies actually makes us feel good. Researchers say that fear and fun engage the same neurotransmitter in your brain. That’s why when you get scared, your next reaction is to laugh. In fact, within five seconds of feeling fear, your brain begins releasing dopamine, the feel good chemical, to help relieve any pain you may experience.

It gives us permission to be someone else for a night. We get tired of always having to have our “public face” on. It’s what we to do to fit in with society 364 days of the year. But on Halloween, we’re allowed to let our alter egos run loose.

Here are a few fun Halloween riddles and jokes. Scroll down to the bottom to find the answers.

1. Mystery Object
The person who built it, sold it. The person who bought it never used it. The person who used it never saw it.

What is it?

2. Shattered Glass
The Smith family is a very wealthy family that lives in a big, circular home.
One morning, Mr. Smith woke up and found his mirror had been shattered. He knew it was one of his employees who had done it. So he asked them what they were doing in the morning, and he got these replies.

Driver: “I was outside washing the car.”
Maid: “I was dusting the corners of the house.”
Cook: “I was starting to make lunch for later.”

From the replies, he knew who it was. Who do you think it was?

3. of A Surgeon
A man was driving with his in his car. They got into an accident and were in
critical condition. Two ambulances from two different hospitals arrive. The man is taken to one hospital and his to a different one. The doctor walks into the operating room, looks at the little boy, and says, “I can’t operate on this boy. He is my .”

How can this be?

4. Halloween Treats
How do you spell candy in 2 letters ?

5. Grave Men
Two men are walking in a graveyard. The first man walks to a grave. The second man says, “Who is in that grave?” The first man points to the grave and says, “Brothers and sisters I have none. But that man’s father is my father’s
.”

Who is in the grave?

6. Hotel Confusion
In a hotel, a man was sleeping when he heard a knock on the door. He shifted the blanket and stepped down from the bed. He walked to the door and opened it to find a stranger standing outside. Upon opening the gate, that stranger said, “Pardon me, I must have made a mistake. I thought this was my room.” The stranger then walked the corridor and climbed down the stairs. The man closed the door and immediately called the security. He asked them to arrest that stranger immediately.

Why did he ask them to arrest that stranger? What made him suspicious?

7. What room do ghosts avoid?

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Answers

1. A coffin.

2. The maid. The house was circular; it didn’t have any corners.

3. The doctor is the boy’s Mom.

4. C and Y. (C-and-y)

5. “That man’s father is my father’s ” refers to the speaker. Since he’s pointing to
the grave, it means he’s in the grave.

6. The stranger said that he thought the room was his. If so, he would have had the
keys to the room and thus he would not have knocked.

7. The living room.

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Monday Morning Blues
Posted:Oct 22, 2018 11:21 am
Last Updated:Oct 24, 2018 9:05 pm
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Do you dread Mondays? It can bring on anxiety, sadness, stress, sluggishness and cardiovascular problems. Monday Blues are so prevalent, they have become a cultural phenomenon. By adjusting the way you view Mondays, you can take some of the control back and make yourself feel good.

1. Don’t live for the weekends.
Find something you love to do and do it on a weeknight. If you can feel joy on
the weekend you can feel it during the week. It may just take a little more
planning.

2. Relax. Don’t overload your weekends
You could end up feeling even more groggy and miserable during the week.

3. Don’t sleep in
The same sleep schedule all week will help you feel rested come Monday
morning. Studies have shown people who sleep in late on weekends could be
suffering from social jet lag.

4. Plan ahead Sunday night.
Figure out lunch and your outfit the night before and you won’t be scrambling
Monday morning. If you’ve got , get them organized as well to start
the week off right.

5. Get plenty of sleep
Being tired will only add to the stress of a hectic Monday.

6. Don’t skip breakfast.
This is true everyday but especially on Mondays when you’ve been out of your
routine for a few days.

7. Get pumped with some tunes.
Listening to a favourite song can help boost your Monday morning mood.

8. Get some exercise.
In the morning, before work. This will boost your endorphins, making you
happier throughout the day.

9. Look snazzy.
If you look good, you feel good. Wear something you absolutely love. If you
already feel groggy, dressing sloppy will only make you feel worse.

10. Smile.
Even if it’s forced, it can make you feel better.

11. Treat yourself.
Maybe splurge on a fancy latte or buy a new magazine for your morning
commute. Having something to look forward to on Mondays will make it feel
less daunting.

12. Take small breaks throughout the day.
Getting some fresh air and eating a proper lunch can do wonders for both
your attitude and productivity.

13. Figure out why Mondays are blue.
Is it time to switch careers? There’s something to be said for having a job that
doesn’t fill you with dread at the end of every weekend, and sometimes
even taking a pay cut to be happy is worth it. It is possible to like, or even
love, your work.

Do you feel stressed when you think about returning to work on Mondays? What do you do to overcome the 'blues'

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Just The Facts
Posted:Oct 19, 2018 12:32 am
Last Updated:Nov 29, 2018 6:04 pm
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I would like to post more often but have hit the proverbial 'brick wall' trying to think of new story ideas. Being the curious type, weird, whacky facts and trivia have always interested me. Perhaps you are the same and will enjoy these tidbits of information which were posted online by Reader's Digest:

Flamingos bend their legs at the ankle, not the knee
They essentially stand on tip-toe. Their knees are closer to the body and are covered by feathers.

Roller coasters were invented to distract Americans from sin
In the 1880s, hosiery businessman LaMarcus Thompson hated that Americans were tempted by hedonistic places like saloons and brothels. So he set out to straighten up one of the most immoral places he could think of: Coney Island in New York. There, he built America’s first roller coaster to give New Yorkers some good, clean fun.

Sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins can
By slowing their heart rates, sloths can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes. Dolphins need to come up for air after about 10 minutes.

Supermarket apples can be a year old
Those fresh apples aren’t all that fresh, per say. They’re usually picked between August and November, covered in wax, hot-air dried, and sent into cold storage. After six to 12 months, they finally land on your grocery store shelves.

It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose
You just tested it, didn’t you? Normally, when you hum, the air is able to escape through your nose to create the sound, and of course, it can’t do that when you’re holding it shut.

Octopuses have three hearts
Squids do too. One pumps blood to their whole systems, and two are dedicated just to the gills.

In the Philippines, McDonald’s serves spaghetti
The pasta comes with a beef tomato sauce and a piece of “McDo” fried chicken.

Lobsters taste with their feet
Tiny bristles inside a lobster’s little pincers are their equivalent to human taste buds. Meanwhile, lobsters’ teeth are in one of their three stomachs.

3 Musketeers bars got their name because they used to come with three flavours
The original 3 Musketeers bars of the 1930s came in three-packs, with a different nougat flavour in each: vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. World War II rations made that triple threat expensive, so the company cut down to one.

The shortest war in history lasted 38 minutes
When the sultan of British-protected Zanzibar died and a new one took over without British approval in 1896, the Brits were not happy. Tension escalated when Sultan Khalid bin Barghash refused to step down, but the British warships spent less than 40 minutes bombarding the palace before Khalid fled, marking the (very quick) end of the Anglo-Zanzibar War.

The world’s largest waterfall is underwater
Yes, there are waterfalls under the ocean. At the Denmark Straight, the cold water from the Nordic Sea is denser than the Irminger Sea’s warm water, making it drop almost two miles down at 123 million cubic feet per second.

Strawberries aren’t berries
Neither are raspberries and blackberries, according to botanists. True berries stem from one single-ovary flower and have two or more seeds. Strawberries don’t fit that bill, but bananas, kiwis, and watermelon do.

The U.S. treasury once printed $100,000 bills
Between December 18, 1934, and January 9, 1935, the notes with Woodrow Wilson’s face were issued to Federal Reserve Banks but never went out to the general public.

A flock of ravens is called an “unkindness”
They’re also known as a “conspiracy,” which is equally creepy.

Before toilet paper was invented, Americans used to use corn cobs
Alternatively, they’d use periodicals like the Farmers Almanac, which was designed with a hole so it could hang in outhouses.

William McKinley was shot right after giving away his good-luck charm
President McKinley always wore a red carnation for good luck but sometimes gave it out as a memento. When greeting the crowd in 1901, he handed a 12-year-old girl, Myrtle, the bloom off his lapel, saying “I must give this flower to another little flower.” Minutes later, he was fatally shot by a man in the crowd.

So......did you learn something new?

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