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January 2016 (30 Day Blogging Challenge)
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January 10, 2016 at 7:33am
January 10, 2016 at 7:33am
YES can we just decriminalize marijuana and stop debating it already?

There is an abundance of data debating this topic and for some reason there is some real sensationalized information. Last week I saw the headline "New data on the deaths caused by marijuana". Of course i immediately opened and it and found the author state that again there have been exactly NO deaths attributed to the abuse of pot.

Rather that rehash all the reasons online which are definitely more compelling, thorough and evidence based, I will just offer my humble opinion and main reason for my answer.

I view marijuana in the same category of alcohol. People should be educated on the effects of usage and abuse, but then allowed to make their choices. In small quantities and responsible usage, this can be a pleasurable recreation. Frankly we allow our teenagers to legally buy cigarettes which is proven to cause cancer, but pot is illegal. Don't get me started on nicotine!

I do believe the selling of weed needs to be regulated and find it ironic that many of the legalized dispensaries are going "up in Smoke". But let's not hide the fact that people want to use it. Sometimes I think that the glamor is more about it being forbidden than about the effects

January 9, 2016 at 5:08am
January 9, 2016 at 5:08am
Over the years I have developed a strong belief system. Because I am not shy about sharing my beliefs I sometimes come across as opinionated and extremely direct, some may even say aggressive when if comes to a point I am passionate about emphasizing. In my world, I would much rather surround myself with passionate people who hare different beliefs to share than I would will individuals who simply follow the herd and use sound bites as a replacement for thoughtful value systems.

Additionally, I have noticed that many of my life tenants have changed, or more specifically been enhanced as I have aged. Core values have pretty much stayed the same, but experience has had an impact on the rest.

So how do I choose one belief and offer the arguments to sway you to my thinking? I could consider my beliefs that are grounded in nothing more than a feeling or a even a superstition. Or I could share my beliefs that are build on years of research, attention and understanding. However I am very busy this weekend and don't really feel much like writing so I will keep it simple, straightforward and non-controversial.

I believe in the benefits of yoga.

I sold technology solutions for many years and that experience has taught me that the best way to have someone buy (in this case buy the belief in my assertation on yoga) is to honestly present the reasoning and then define the benefits.

The reason I believe in the benefits of yoga is that I have done a significant amount of research over the past 10 years, credible sources have tolled the strengths of the practice, and most importantly for me I see the difference in myself when I am practicing.

Benefits include:
Physical Health:
Improved flexibility
Muscle building
Perfecting posture
Increased blood flood
Drops blood pressure
Also regulates adrenal gland or lowers cortisol levels (excessive cortisol levels are linked with depression osteoporosis and insulin resistance

Emotional Health
Increases serotonin levels which are correlated with greater levels of happiness
Helps you focus
Maintains nervous system

Personal Health
Gives you peach of mind
Increases self esteem
Builds awareness for transformation
Benefits your relationships
Helps you serve others (Karma yoga)

Just try it for a week and you will be a believer. Plus it can't hurt *Smile*
January 7, 2016 at 10:23pm
January 7, 2016 at 10:23pm

The best way to understand this word is to break it into the core components to highlight not only the syntax but the definition. As you can see we have four sections: the spec short for specimen, the tropho slang for trophy, the to representing direction and not very important to this word and the meter which is measurement terml.

Consider this a tool to measure the likelihood that a specimen would be great enough to receive a trophy. For clarity here are a few examples...

"She found that the hot vice president at the corporate fund raiser ranked a pure 10 on the spectrophotometer"

"The research was still in the early stages, but the spectrophotometer indicated the blood work would be amazing"

"We knew the spectrophotometer was broken when it gave Donald Trump a high rating"

Of course I am being silly and have actually seen this tool at a university thing. *Smile*
January 6, 2016 at 11:43pm
January 6, 2016 at 11:43pm
Although I have been a member for quite some time, I just recently reignited my presence here after more than a year. I am sorry to say that I have not gotten involved with the charitable organizations on WDC. Years ago I was somewhat involved in the imply positive group and have gifted points to help new members but I am embarrassed to say that is the extent of my efforts.

I will read everyone's post and choose at least one group to become active in over this next year. A quick review on my own has presented many

As a side note, I value community service and take pride in the organizations I support both financially and through active service. I have severed on a high school and hospital board and am currently on the board of a 4 year college, as well as a ballet company. I participate in women, leadership and entrepreneur societies as well as contribute financially to chosen local groups. The expression "it takes a village" is paramount.

Looking forward to more community participation here 😳
January 6, 2016 at 9:18am
January 6, 2016 at 9:18am
This is an interesting prompt.

Initially I thought "WOW I wouldn't want anything in exchange for being a governmental lab rat". My former sister in law (whom I did not like at all) used to participate in university studies for money and frankly some of them were pretty weird - especially in the sleep center. However, when I went back to school to get my Masters in Psychology I saw first-hand the importance of volunteers in experiments. I have participated in several as well. These experiments though follow guidelines for human participation including IRB approval and Informed Consent so I really don't think I was in any real danger. It is so much different now than back when the Standford Experiment was conducted.

Of course, that's not really what this prompt is about. The question in my mind is more of a "what would you do to get what you want " challenge. On this topic I think I am rather consistent. I believe in that adage "nothing is for free". I have very clear limits - I will not do anything degrading, embarrassing, humiliating or illegal for money. However i think if someone I love was in trouble and needed help, I would probably do just about anything. Oh wait - if I could be assured unending health and beauty I may be able to degrade myself a bit. How is that for consistent and succinct? HAHAHA

Recap: Would not be a government lab rat for a promise to have anything and everything I want.

January 5, 2016 at 4:44am
January 5, 2016 at 4:44am
Ah Facebbok! How did we ever live without it? Now old high school acquaintances can know where you had dinner last night and distant relatives can make sure your insane political views are exposed and you can be an exhibitionist and a voyeur in the same hour. What joy!

I am a proponent of moderation. I mean we all have our vices and guilty pleasures so if yours is Facebook games who am I to judge...especially when I have been known to Netflix binge on House of Cards. HOWEVER why announce to your "friend" network that this is how you are spending your days/nights? Personally I can't think of a bigger waste of time and sorry but if you invite me to play Candy Crush or asked me to feed some digital farm animal, I am going to think less of you. Now if your invites are peppered among photos of your latest trip to Thailand, and your most recent job promotion, and a review of the last 10 books you have read then maybe I will believe your game enthusiasm is simply a minor guilty pleasure.

I believe that after twenty years of Facebook we need to start viewing it as one of many many entertainment outlets as opposed to seeing it as the be all end all of daily activity and identity creation.
January 4, 2016 at 8:15am
January 4, 2016 at 8:15am
I am one of those crazy people who is constantly obsessing about my weight. In college I could go from a 6 to a 2 in a weekend. Since then I have tried numerous diets and exercise plans....that Size 2 is long gone. However I do live a fairly healthy lifestyle even though I really want to getback to that 4. Maybe the last 10 pounds will come off this year *Smile*

My husband and I spin 5 to 6 days a week and I do aerial yoga two days a week (you may have noticed form my photo). I love food and I love drink (Barolo wines and very dry vodka martinis). Because we have many social commitments it is difficult to refrain from a nice cocktail with friends. Also, fine dining is a major social activity for us, which again does not make it easy.

Here are my words of wisdom: Mindfulness and Moderation and Movement. Think a bout what you are are putting in your mouth - are you really hungry or are you stressed? As soon as you say you are giving something up, you want it more desperately. Eat what you want but in moderation. Choose better foods - ie you don't have to give up all sweets but maybe try to replace the refined sugar with agave or honey. Little changes make a big difference. And get off the couch! there are so many activities to choose from - just do something.

My favorite healthy recipe:

Saute garlic and onions in coconut oil. Add tumeric. Stir in navy beans and vegan imitation sausage bits (I use Don't be a Piggy brand) Then add bunches of escarole and vegetable broth. Simmer until the escarole is soft and add more vegetable broth to make it more of a soup than stew based on your desires. I like to top it with some Sirachi sauce. Yummy and healthy!

January 3, 2016 at 8:16am
January 3, 2016 at 8:16am
You need exactly ZERO weapons to enjoy an event, I get so enraged hearing that we need to protect ourselves as validation for avoidance of stricter gun laws or to validate assault weapon purchases. I blame fear and the people who promote it for this warped idea of safety.

If you need to carry the weapon for safety from mass marchers, how quickly could you grab it, aim and fire in a mass attack situation?

If you need to protect your house and items in it from robbery, how easily could that gun be turned against you or how would you feel killing a person because they took you stuff?

If you want to protect lyiurself from terrorism, do you really think your weapon it any match for a bomb?

If you need an Arsenal of weapons, how will you ensure those weapons do not wind up in the wrong hands?

If you need assault weapons as a hobby, what kind of sport is that and is it. Worth the dangers?

When does it end? We each get bigger and better weapons, injury our fellow human over anger bouts, and live in even more fear.

At its most base level, our challenges stem from a lack of compassion and appreciation for our fellow man...more specifically we need education, mental health help, legal restrictions and a sane realistic approach.

January 2, 2016 at 4:05am
January 2, 2016 at 4:05am
This seems like it should be an easy prompt. WIth all the birthdays I have had and all the celebrations enjoyed, you would think one would stand out. But I have been sitting here thinking about it for the past 20 minutes and not one of my "big days" takes the cake. I am a fraternal twin and I have shared some terrific birthdays with my sister - there was the 16th birthday party my parents threw us in the backyard (I seem to remember a coursage of candy and bubblegum with tons of friends). Then I remember my mid twenties when we all met at the house in Canada for a summer celebration where we met my brother's soon to be wife. I think about the birthday where I felt so OLD and spent the day throwing myself on the staircase crying and mourning of my perceived youth only to be surprised by my husband with the most luxurious mink coat! (I know all you PETA pals - but my minks created suicide in the forest just to keep me warm).

Still, my best birthday moment (moments actually) have to go to the celebrations for my son. He was born on January 23rd, after a long and difficult 9 months , alone with my husband in Detroit. Since then I can remember each and every 23rd. From his first birthday until he no longer wanted it, I would make him a specialty cake. We are talking giant reptiles, Harry Potter, detailed Batman and the amazing snowboarder on the mountain. The party venues were also memorable, with house parties moving to the zoo event , renting the aquarium for the night, aquatic centers, ski slopes and even renting the second floor for a surprise party at our club. All his friends and family would gather around an abundance of gifts and whatever my idea of entertainment was for that year. I thought I would never forget that clown - I was the queen of the childhood party circuit when I found that amazing character only to see him making balloons at a chain restaurant smelling like booze years later. Sadly I cannot even remember his name. Then there was the food - we threw a swim party for about 30 and because Max loved Chinese food my husband ordered his favorites. What a shock when they delivered it on a catering cart and the bill was over $450! Every guest left with a tray of sweet & sour chicken, fried rice or dumplings *Smile*.

As he grew up, he didn't care about the cakes or entertainment instead wanting to just have dinner and cash...no longer excited about the party. His first birthday I spent the day before on the red eye from the west coast to ensure I made it home to finish frosting the cakes (yes plural), pick up the balloons, cut hotdogs into octopus on macaroni oceans and to host our family . What a difference the years made. I missed the one in his high school life, being out of town on business and leaving it to my husband and he to celebrate. Last year he was away at college so the actual birth day was simply a call with well wishes.

This year he leaves to go back to school the 24th and now I am thinking we should make this his (my) best birthday memory. Do you think I he is too old for a clown?


January 1, 2016 at 7:03am
January 1, 2016 at 7:03am
Happy New Year my fellow bloggers! I can think of no better way than to start 2016 contemplating myself while responding to this blog prompt.

I am without a doubt Brick Red, sometimes confused with scarlet or vermillion, but scientifically referred to as #C62D42. This highly emotionally charged hue is associated with energy, power, passion and strength. All qualities which I believe represent my best self. However it is also the color of anger, which I am quick to, and the color of malice and wrath which I am not proud to say also reflect a less pleasant aspect of myself.

I wear my color figuratively and literally. My go-to power suit recruited for every new client pitch or critical presentation. My red soled shoes for the evenings that really matter. I wear my color and my color wears me.

It is often times challenging to live as this hue. The yellows, happy and comfortable, look to me for cover of their cowardice. The purples, our frustrated nobles, turn toward me for leadership and willpower. As generous and fertile as our greens appear, they point their envy and greed at me while the calm blues desire my fiery self to warm their coldness. I often dream of the purity white and desire the balance reflected by orange to address my indignant rainbow. Each day my color wheel turns, mixing a unique stain.

The Brick, complimenting and refining my red, acts as a stable force to keep me grounded and hold those passions at bay.

I am sure there are many reds that you know...consider Cupid or Putin or Elmo *Smile*

Will I personify my color today? Or will I struggle to slide the scale?

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