SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

December 8, 2017

Looks like both parties R in ruins

I’M A FRANKEN FAN,  he’s a gent, true, fun, SMART

Maybe I’ve seen it all,. . .and maybe I’ve done a lot too, haven’t felt left out – -for sure.  Guts to spare passed down from Mother who doted on me – never put me down!  How could I not thrive, nourished as I was in her aura of love, creativity and brilliance?  And apart from the love – we were friends. 

There was no ‘ugly’ in the parental genetic line, so as I faced the adult ‘working world’. . possibly, like most any other fairly attractive young woman, I too faced ongoing ‘advances’ most of which were easily dismissed.  Not that I didn’t have a trauma or two which were sobering from which any of us can either wallow  or learn, but they weren’t work related.  Had it been, I would hope that I would have followed in Anita  Hill’s footsteps as she stepped forward to testify against Supreme Court justice candidate Clarence Thomas, braving chagrin and  criticism which resulted . . . just trying to do the ‘right thing.’  Tho stunned, I was floored she would so willingly be exposed to this public  experience and knowingly go through the ensuing ridicule. They seated him anyway!     How was such a thing possible?  But it was Anita Hill who showed us what women must do if we are ever to claim equal status, we must stand for it.

Indeed,  women have long gone thru indignities, lack of respect. . .unfair treatment.  To speak out could be difficult or even dangerous and sometimes livelihood-endangering.  The less important employee vs the well placed boss – no contest. 


Well, YES, I am pleased with the current surge of recognition over the lack of balance within our human ethical social evolution. .now in the works.  One would hope that some logic, balance, ethics  and adherence to principles of harmony be kept in mind.  In other words,  let’s not paint all men with the same paint brush – – let’s flush out the details. . check out  the so-called offenses!  Me too is acceptable for its usage with regard to volume-quantity.  But is not illuminating (or in my mind- relevant) without data, details, dates, etc.   

There is also a need for spelling out what it is which is NOT ALLOWED.  A  little kidding around is not the same thing as sexually molesting underage girls. . e.g. – an adult male (?) 30-year-old professional attorney whose chronic ‘hang out’ is a plaza where young teenage girls gather.  Not being privy to the workings of his mind/intent,  it does seem peculiar, if not devious;  that perhaps he sought pleasure, contact and sex with them.  Intent is questionable to say the least.  No parent of girls could overlook such behavior.   And, there are those charges and stories and gathering evidence. 

With the cascade of  ‘stories’.  .  .  tortured memories of countless women are suddenly finding courage to rise like a thundering herd to be heard.  It is almost overwhelming.  I do sympathize, having been similarly wounded emotionally as a child.  Children, generally have no tools with which to cope or understand.  Often, afraid to speak of it but carry fear and shame which aren’t merited.  Colors one’s perspective and ability to find ease socially.  “Life” is not cruel. .  .  all have much to learn, each in our own way;   most of us make it through. . and find purpose – – desire pushes us forward in order to carve out a path that works for us. . has for me.  Don’t mean to dwell on memory lane, for that is not where I find joy, but in my current pursuits that fill my life and give me reason to be.   But I do get it and truly welcome this rising change.

There is no question that we will be grieved to lose Conyers.  This can’t possibly deny/remove the value of his contribution but neither can we ignore the ‘charges’ against him.   Sadly he steps down (tho with denials).  Of course the entertainment field has really  rocked our boat. . .Charley Rose,  Matt Lauer and so on.  From the President on down – – all these men flatly deny any/all improper behavior altogether.   Deny, deny – has always worked. 

About Al Franken

But when you throw in the likes of Al Franken. .  a hugely popular comedian whose profession was schtick . . . how does one equate the humor of pretending to grope the breasts of his sleeping  co-performer as she slept, hiding under a helmet.  She clearly accepted his apology at the time for what he did – it was in fun, as both acknowledged – – they were entertaining,  on tour for our GI’s. The kiss she hated was  part of their skit.  She  had a right to NOT be subjected to that if it was her preference.  As this became an issue (recently), let’s remember – that was then, before joining the senate, he was taken aback and grieved and first to seek  an investigation of charges.  He owned up to it, never denied. . but felt it was being viewed (out-of-context)   His books are full of humor and smarts.  This man is a valuable mouthpiece as his interrogations on committees will attest.  What he did and admits to in no way compares in either intent or action to those who ARE invading women’s space and attempting to violate them for personal pleasure. . . and some of it is so beyond my understanding. 

Am not saying leave him alone because I happen to really like and appreciate who and what he is.  I’m saying please, for God’s sake, use some common sense – wake up and do this right.  This is not “TIME TO BRING DOWN THE MEN.”  We as a species must cooperate and understand more, respect more. . in order to BE more.    Get serious and lay some ground rules – – no one size fits all.    We’ve got enough crap going on now, can hardly keep up with the daily madness coming from the White House resident!

“Dozens” of senators want Franken to step  down.  .  .   demanded he step down!   What happened to “Innocent til proven guilty”?  Where is the  process that is supposed to happen – the investigation?   Why are you sacrificing one of the most decent men I’ve seen from Washington without first checking it out?   Can you not sense decency when you look at it?  Don’t some of you (at the very least) see and know truth when it’s there?   Franken is not a Rose or Trump or Lauer or a creepy judge from Alabama – – indeed, he values women.    I literally wept as I listened to him today describe what he was being asked to do.   This is crazy and cruel that any of you would so easily sacrifice this honorable man (and I might add – depriving the party of one of our most valuable thinkers and able go-getters), creating an even larger imbalance in Washington when we can least handle it.)    I am ASHAMED of those of you who jump at this chance to take down one of our best.  Do you really think the Dems look superior or righteous at this point?  To me this is a clumsy attempt void-of-virtue at its worst.  You are backstabbing one of our own — without proof.  What a pathetic stupid move.    Jan


December 2, 2017

Trump – “Stop stripping USA’s goodies away!”

N E T     N E U T R A L I T Y

We’ve worked long to make our country Great and “fair”

 via 100’s of years of dreams and effort.  But in less than 1 year TRUMP is messin’ with all we LOVE.

CAN WE CONTINUE  to  ALLOW HIM this freedom?

I’ve touched on this subject a time or two (since Obama’s reign) because it seemed important to me (especially), and anyone else who delights in the wonder, freedom and privilege of searching the world – online.  When I was a young adult and homemaker, I wouldn’t even have imagined such a thing. . . having such power within reach of my own hands, almost instantly.  Nor such ability to reach out and touch others this way.  .   and occasionally, to hear back from some.  Pure magic.   Yet today, we all take it for granted.   

Anything we question, perhaps confused about,  all we need do is go online and there it is. . . easy, free to do (providing your monthly bills are paid). . we get the answer and move on.   Path cleared for decision or action.  Works the same for all, don’t need to be among the elite or privileged. . just the way stuff works – NOW.   If we “assume” anything, we suffer, can lose much,. . gotta take action for this as it is a real biggie, and time is short for the ruling   Please, be familiar with the facts here and take action on this movement to take away our freedoms.   Don’t rest on the fact that almost everyone in our country is opposed to this dreadful trouncing of our rights as presently existing,  and let them give control over to the corporate structure on this too!  Nice article follows from Bill Moyers and Company discussing the whole background we need to understand.   It is worth your time.           Jan


If Trump’s FCC Repeals Net Neutrality, Elites Will Rule the Internet — and the Future

“This naked corporatism is Washington at its worst,” says former FCC commissioner Michael Copps. By John Nichols


November 29, 2017

Meridians, continued. . .

The Rest of the Meridians

Decided that I would finish the job as I said I would.   Apologise for imperfections in cropping, etc.,.  . . not going to bother my son again for a redo;  he was more than kind to  sacrifice some of his limited time to try to help me accomplish what I was really wanting to do.   Almost done now, and I guess I’m kinda pleased.  Either some readers are into this or won’t be, but I’ve tried.  My purpose is  to help others help themselves.  Medicine today is ‘crazy’. .  .  far too costly to access – – worse to use and often injurious, leaving our masses in need, hurting and sometimes  dead.   .  .  a pill for every pain —  so far from what is needed.   

I’m at this blog just shy of ten years sharing my views on the beauty and wonder of our planet, touching on the arts, sciences and the ways we might find to keep it running smoothly and fairly in consideration of all total needs for balance, equilibrium and health for the flora, fauna, animals (of which we are a part),  and all the solid and liquid parts of earth.   Destroying  parts affects the whole. Every cell of every part of the cosmos has innate intelligence and generally will cooperate intelligently with the whole.  Because, every cell, every one of us. . .is part of the whole – we are linked,   and whether we ‘know it’ or not, we feel it – – s’ how it works.  We are one.

Anyway, Eden Energy is truly a natural (organic) path to bring about harmony within ourselves.  I can’t remember her dwelling on  dietary needs.   Because of her brilliant ability to “see” the body, it’s pathways and flow of energy – -she sees at a glance where the problems are and is capable of moving and aligning those energies into normal rhythm and function.  This essentially is what her books are about – the various techniques and movements in so doing.        I, on the other hand have approached health bliss primarily through quality of food, it’s intake, digestion and utilization.  Have ventured here and there with natural, herbal,  plant-based choices to subdue or eliminate unwanted conditions which many call diseases such as my own six > arthritis, heart/A-fib, HBP, COPD,  and Thyroid – which started it all. 

So my approach has worked for me i.e.. . . being as organic and clean and raw as possible, avoiding all or as much as  possible of prepared anything such as commercial cosmetics, dental care or cleaning products to minimize toxic taint in my abode or kitchen. . . even my small gardening efforts.  Tote my herbal/live  substance to the roses almost daily and scratch it into the loamy soil.  My enormous, happy house plants get about a full rounded 1/2 tsp of Kelp powder in the watering can. I do the best I can, because they love me back . . the way I love them.  When I must heat my place, the humidifier comes out to keep our tissues moist and healthy. 

There are many paths up that mountain. . . whatever works. . . . to each his own. . . we mix and match to suit our needs. . . don’t worry,  we’ll know. 

Back to the Meridians,  they are continued below;  not going to worry if you can read all as I might have preferred, once you get your book. . you can make any corrections or add own notes.     But until you do that,  just wanted to mention that I do  the “Tracings” at least 3 times each . .  sometimes more.  Also, the heart and Lungs, more,  for sure.   

Our lives being structured  as they are currently, some things seem built-in, like STRESSORS . . we all must cope with this.  Too much is or can be ruinous to health, especially to the Adrenals (sitting atop the kidneys) which then materialize in so many body woes and pains. The book details the pathways of energies and one finds the organs or glands involved > then work on those particular pathways, and so on.    Triple Warmer is one which becomes dominant so easily (triggered by all the stressors we face whether they are dangerous or not), TW deems it is,  and fights for our life in a split second  – – could be a tiger behind the next move  – en garde!  So up goes our defenses (TW). . storming away, stress mounts, hurting us more.   TW needs calming down and SPLEEN needs to be strengthened.  So ya learn a few moves. . .carry on,  .  feeling better.  Sincerely hope  you find this helpful.  Jan












































































































































































November 27, 2017

Eden Energy techniques

Tracing Meridians

I started this post almost a month ago, seriously wanting to complete it.   So much stuff.   Computer problems. . .mouse died needed replacing.  Missing warmth and Sun (and California’s blessed weather – at least it was when I dwelt there). .  these bleak, wet,  darker days filled with unwelcome news  – – mostly more of the same,   but it does seem it’s building toward much anticipated conclusion; one can hope!

Most “smokinchoices” readers know that I highly endorse Donna Eden’s  “ENERGY MEDICINE”.  Have used it over the years  and feel that I have profited much from it. One can’t synopsize the content.   Nor does it capture ‘all  she knows’ – – possibly, nothing could.  For as she would probably agree .  .  she too is a work-in-progress, as is everybody else.  Tho she inherited many weakness and a frail body, a saving element was her family were ‘all sighted’  (so-called subtle vision),  as humans all once were, it is said  – and may still be. . I dunno. We have so many things to deal with when we  are new and small . . . how to use our body, . .figure out all we see and do and can’t yet find words for. . .unless there is verbalization and acceptance of it woven into our growth path. . . this ability, unused, generally fades til  seems gone.  But she covers her  youth and experiences which eventually forced her into deliberate trial and error as she was unable to secure any meaningful help to survive.  Medicine as we know it could not help her at all;   she was on her own.  She could see all her scrambled energies and set out to experiment and learn, continuing onward  until she became what we see now, an incomparable healer. .  .  bestowing those energies and lessons everywhere they are sought.  Our good fortune.

Have wondered [since owning her books], why my own sighted mother didn’t ever discuss or encourage along this line.  But even as I think about it, I feel I know ‘why.’  Her natural (?) visions and stories brought her much trauma, beatings and berating  – her own mother, calling her a witch!   Her stories were called lies, even tho they proved true. Mother had been second born of 12, and undoubtedly one of the most helpful and trustworthy of all their children.  In fact, as the awful illness which plagued our world in 1917,  developed and raged, flattened and even killed so many, little 7 year old Amaliana was the only one standing who could tend her family’s incredible needs.  Her excellence with chores and tending the oncoming babies secured her preference in those duties within the family.  Such things are mystifying, to say the least.    However, with this family history, it is logical that perhaps, she wouldn’t have wanted her own daughter to suffer as she had,  for no reason. . for speaking truth as she saw it.  Nor did she have to learn to see and say – it’s the way she was born. 

As I got into Donna’s  ENERGY MEDICINE  book, I was forever making notes to myself.  Learning that the techniques really worked and I enjoyed doing them.   Certain of the movements were for me, complicated to do and  commit to memory;   i.e. . .there were 14 meridians, each with it own paths (and rulerships of organs and energies) with starting and ending points.  The sketched renderings were on certain pages and the relevant direction in ‘words’ were found elsewhere.  What I needed, were the sketches and ‘how-to’s’ on the same page.  I wanted to craft a collection of these positions/ instructions, on a separate sheet devoted to each meridian –  at the same time.  This would allow my doing certain ones as needed, or some,  or all of them together with greater ease I could avail at will, without too much head scratching and flipping pages.  My artistic abilities weren’t as crafty or practised as once had been, but hey, it worked for me!  Printing each out, then pairing  as an example, I could have the LIVER and KIDNEY, back to back, secured in a sheet protector;   ditto with the HEART and LUNG;  the SPLEEN and TRIPLE-WARMER. . and so on.  It helped me a lot.   

One, of course, still needs to read the book carefully in order to “get” why we would even want to do this stuff. . learning the  full relevance as to why anyone would do it in the first place.  So, all those ‘paths’, their relevance to certain organs and learning the flow of energies;   how any meridian may be blocked and/or  unblocked. . . (one can dominate, block or usurp the energies of another meridian – – as in spleen and triple-warmer).  If left unrecognised, one can remain in almost perpetual fight or flight syndrome.  But resolving those energies with her ‘Tracing techniques’ (and others like strengthening some or reducing the levels when overactive) can then harmonize one’s energies to a place wherein we are free to move, act and choose according to our best judgement.   Anyway, for those who are maybe something like me  (can’t just inhale new stuff, easily), my plan is to bring these sketchings  such as they are here to “Smokinchoices” in order to share with any of you who might wish to try them for yourself. . .  .  but with a caveat —  please get the book in order to know what you are doing and why you even should.  So go for the book. . buy,  . lend from library,  . borrow it or steal it – no other way to really utilize this stuff for your greatest benefit.   . .  .  just do it                 

My son came over, put them into his phone, created a file, put it on my desktop so I could access for input on “Smokinchoices.”  So, let’s see if I can do it


So hard to read this one,   here goes. ..   .   Place fingers under ball of each foot, middle finger in line with space between first and 2nd toes.     Draw fingers up to inside of each foot,   circle behind the inside of each ankle bone;  then go up the inside of the legs and front of the body to K 27 (which are) the Kidney Points beneath the clavicle at the top of the sternum.  Vigorously massage these points.


































































































































Well, I’ve gotten this far. . but I’m not overly happy with images.  Cropping is off; Originals are crisp black on clear white sheets.  This post is gonna run too big (long).     If anybody is 1/2 way into this – tell me, or else. . I’ll have to think about next effort.    Jan

Still morphing w/Fruit thing

Love the Fruit, but needing some protein 

The Fruit thing –  –  not ready to say I’m rejecting it. . . still accept and get the reasoning behind it.  That’s why I’m doing it.  At 88, perhaps it wasn’t the most natural thing I could have done . . say at 25 or 48  or whatever age.  But how could I KNOW unless I tested it in the only laboratory I have > my body?  After a few weeks I had to start adding back in my (kitchen sink) kind of salads. . . why?. . well of course I missed them, needed them.  Was overjoyed and strove on.  Had also had to include, one by one, of my personalized protocol I had done my best to develop, test – then do (rather successfully. . I might add). . ya really gotta do what it takes when it comes to the blessed heart, no farting around with new theories; already done that when I removed myself from allopathic medical care. . . periodically, even have experienced normal blood pressure. . which my assortment of docs and specialists couldn’t do.  And of course, there’s nuthin’ to be done for my COPD or Alzheimer’s issues, right?   Still, what’s to be concluded from the still functioning pulmonary system? . . or the valiant brain, still kicking-butt [at least, limping along] for over 15 years.  My June blood test was professionally done. .  . as close to XLNT as ya can get for ‘any octogenarian’.     So I wasn’t near death’s door when I started all this. .   .   just wanted to see how much ‘better’ maybe, I could get.   What follows is not proof of any kind.  It’s just one elder playing around.. .who maybe shouldn’t have been, I dunno. . .  .  

. .  . .  so, for whatever it’s worth;  if one has  even a limited degree of self discipline, .  .it works,. . can work!  I’ve done it  only adding back in more raw veggies for salad, .   .  at other times, kale and cabbage, onions, peppers, garlic, cauliflower or whatever else is in frig to the mix for a ravishingly  delicious omelet fried up in butter from grass-fed cows.  Oh, my Gawd  – to die for.  A time or two, have roasted (minimally) cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, etc about 20″ to go with a  sweet potato topped off with coconut oil salt and garlic. . get weak just to think about it.  But per Dr Morse’s book, fruits and veggies are the desired, optimal preference for humans,  so all okay.  Am living primarily on fruit tho and generally satisfied.  So how am I doing?           Actually, not so good.  Still trying to keep up with everything as before and it’s much harder.  Low on energy, drive, desire to do.   Usually have one project fighting another,  for time and attention (Gemini Moon, ya know – afflicted by Saturn – – for any interested in such stuff)    The thing is,  not really any protein; gave away all my animal proteins . . and nuts and cheeses, and sardines since I knew if this stuff was in the house, I’d search them out no matter where they were hiding.   Lastly,  what confuses me  – -my pee is still pretty, pale yellow and clear as a bell.    Supposed to be some sediment or ugly stuff in it – – where the hell is my garbage going?  I don’t have any cysts, tumors, congestion, bulges or lumps.  Tho I look pretty darned healthy. . my struggle isn’t seeming to be worth it.  It’s over two months and countin’. – you’d think I’d have some other stuff in my pee by now,  but there either isn’t any.  .  .  or  maybe I have simply misunderstood something relevant and perhaps, this path may not be as good for me as I thought it would be.   It isn’t possible for me to be any stricter on this effort without falling on my face,  just not willing to test it that far.  Because I do enjoy the fruit and it’s type of higher-vibrational energy, that I have experienced, I’m willing to continue with it – – but modified to include some animal protein, nuts and cheese here and there.   I can not overlook the loss in energy and desire to do.  It equates with going over the hill.  Very uncomfortable. .  . as if  I’ve given up.  Not a bad thing if that is one’s choice. . .  but didn’t think I had.  Gonna struggle with this a bit more for an acceptable solution

When my son stopped by today, after hearing my quandary and noticing my lack of energy. . ventured a brief, humorous logic which I recognised as his way of engaging a difference of opinion minus the lecture which clearly reminded. . if ya need energy, eat some protein.    It was good to see that he was speaking what I had already begun to accept.    Then, he took care of my dilemma of  ‘how to get my illustrations for a post I have been trying to finish for over a month on Tracing Meridians I learned from Donna Eden.’   So  Monday, I’ll try to get the job finished. . .which I gotta tell ya – will sure make me happy. 

You know, God only granted me one kid, but he sure has been a good one. .  my gratitude, beloved son                             Jan



November 20, 2017

Venus under ‘raging assault’. . still

 Assault on all levels continue, we fight back

Even as Eve tried showing her preference. . . back in ‘the’ garden, and was evicted from paradise;  it seems the burden of her fate, nevertheless – – permeated the eternal ether – – projecting forward throughout all time, as we have lived-witnessed it.  Is there to be no forgiveness?. . . so little comprehension of the absurdity/cruelty and absolute injustice to the so-called weaker, more frail of the two sexes?  Was our ‘creator’ really so offended? . . . did he/she actually have such a great need for total obedience/fealty?  To tell you the truth, I honestly don’t know.  As I grew into adulthood and forward,. .  .  my views have deepened and broadened to a comfortable, more global perspective of creativity, divinity, as in both loving force and universal glue.

The God of my childhood, I’m sorry to say was scary,  as I was terrified of HIM. . no matter how much Mother loved, trusted him and so often spoke to him as she poured out her heart.  Somehow, she was born to this intimacy and trust with the almighty  to whom she was totally devoted.  But then, she also adored her father (and she seemed to be, quaintly – his favorite among his 12) tho, he beat the unholy crap  out of her whenever he deemed it necessary.  Some stuff, I’ve never understood. .s’ beyond me.  Was an outsider along those lines, but toed whatever line was laid before me the best I could, because I believed Mother when she said God cold read my every thought. Kid you not – messed with my head, a lot.  Because she “could” read my mind – she said it was right there on my forehead, and  as I  had already learned. . it was and she could! 

But, all this aside.  .  it seems women (Venus) has never experienced true equality with men (Mars).  Sure, we’ve progressed beyond the caveman dragging his wench into the cave on demand, thank God.  But it’s not enough. 

Nature has wisely fashioned us in such a way that we do and will always need one another. . . it’s built into our design.   Spelled  out it’s SEXUAITY.    Of course, there is the physical dynamic which is a big driving force – men and women alike, admitted or not.  But it’s more than bedroom pleasure, it’s  also in daily camaraderie, give and take, the inborn attractions between us.  Some appetites are bigger than others, no matter – – we’ll always find a way toward balance and equilibrium, because of how, what and who we are.  It can be a learning  process.  If we weren’t taught as children to share, and say please. . ya know – get along, .  .  .  we become bullies and just grab what we think  we want – – cooperation not needed.  When these tactics don’t yield satisfaction (no GOOD feelings),  we can start to grope around for something else which can leave us feeling better;  further effort can bring successful living. . no matter what.   s’ the way it works. 

So, the ‘attraction’ part is an inborn given.  However, successful living is based on ethics,  morality, equality and the LAW.  All of this is truly needed for any of it to become norm.  So far,  it hasn’t happened.   Again progress has been made.  Venus has broken glass-ceilings in almost all the professions, arts and trades, the military, .  . . much of it having been hard-won over huge obstacles.  Venus is showing/ demonstrating to the world her capacity, capability, willingness, strength-of-purpose and desire to do what?    Her equality in strength in size or muscle – NO, nothing to do with that whatsoever;  her desire to be whatever she wishes for herself. . .her expression of who she is,  her right to be who and what she is capable of being.  Because, it’s fair, the right to BE, CHOOSE for oneself.   As it should be.  That’s what it is for our sons — why not the same for our daughters? 

These freedoms  – – our so-called RIGHTS aren’t gender-specific,  they are neutral.  .  apply to all.  Even so, certain extremists feel driven, compelled to assert restrictions over female reproductive systems.  Going on for centuries.  We do have laws which allow equal rights to all UNDER THE LAW.  Nevertheless,  as the number of states multiplies who have imposed HARSH RELIGIOUS  RESTRICTIONS with regard to personal choices, medically – – whether it is reproductive or not is totally without basis UNDER THE LAW!  Our Supreme courts do not serve the United States of GOD, . . but instead – THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  This is a country of people who chose these and make these decisions and America has already chosen to say BUT OUT – this is what we want. The Supreme Court honored this.  It is the Law! 

40 – 50 years ago, I was willing to go to the wall for this law, because it was and still is – THE RIGHT THING TO DO. Yes, I  would have died for this as I believe in it, tho I have no skin in the game.  My problem was always Why can’t I get a baby?    (Married 7 years befor son came along)  Government has no place, reason or cause to interfere with a woman’s right to care for her body and life decisions for her own personal  choice without explanation or justification. It’s nobody’s business but her own (and maybe her doctor).  It is certainly not the business of a bunch of biased, bigoted extremists to decide otherwise.  The bible isn’t into nor does it cover abortion.  But it has plenty to say about giving to Caesar, and honoring the Laws of the Land.

Don’t keep trying to test the FEMALE population of our country – – WE WON’T STAND FOR IT.   For God’s sake, why can’t you just but out – – live and let live?  Surely any 1/2 intelligent person could find something worthwhile to do with all their free-time to enrich rather than disrupt.         


Get so carried away sometimes. . if I touch the faucet – it just gushes out.   Moyers and Company did it to me again,. .and there I go  !          so,  ya can blame him     This is so special;  sorry, it really took me back a few years.  It’s so damned important.  Won’t say ‘enjoy’. . it’s not that kind of thing .    But Bill Moyer’s “NO CHOICE” is relevant and needing action + Bill’s message @ end of it                                                         Thanks for tolerating me            Jan

November 5, 2017

From chaos, change can rise

We’re all feeling this 

One might hope that readers who visit “Smokinchoices” will  understand that I have literally turned myself inside out in order to NOT discuss the current political climate; . . yes, my aversion runs that deep.  The bias and disgust surges out. . and I’ve tried so hard to not do that to myself – – or you.  Even tho it may seem somewhat passe these days,  still do truly enjoy – – yea, even thrive on intelligent discussion as expressed by others whom I very much admire.   so, I’m letting others do the engaging who abide by the rules of ‘good conduct’ without making fools of themselves as I have done (as with my tirades on Hillary last year before, in the end – voting for her [holding my nose]. . .   .  or the endless running on [and on] I did on the vulgar ‘fart’ who now resides on Pennsylvania Avenue.. . not that I could be accused of any such bad behavior. .!  So, you see what I mean? 

We mustn’t glorify who we are. . we’ve had a kinda strange history – – crack open any history book for proof.  We are basically a robust, capable, earthy and diverse complex of all known. . variety of our species,. . . with both fire and  braun. . yet manifesting a delicate. . even poetic gentleness among us.  We can be angelic, creative – builders, and some rowdy and daring and determined or courageous.  We can be raucous or dreamers, fighters or lovers.  We are diverse.  Not alike.   Nothing wrong with any of that. Because of individual backgrounds, ethnicity,  how we think,. . what drives us. . we ARE all different.  No way we can think alike. We aren’t going to agree on too many things.   

But mostly, we kinda like — PREFER our country; how we do things, the freedom to choose or be whatever ‘we decide’ because we know our rights to be and choose is guaranteed.  Comes with being an American.  We honor ethics here (tho our definition may differ), and integrity (tho  some are out to get anything they want any way at all).  Still, these principles run through our society and our educational systems.  It is easy to show and give respect to others, because,  essentially. . .that’s how we live and learn to do it.  It works.  Even tho we are not the same.  And in all this, we know how good this is because America excels in distinctive ways which we take for granted, because that’s how Democracy works. And most of us, wouldn’t have it any other way.  When one suffers – others do too;  because we care about one another,. .s’the way it works.   Much of the world admires/trusts us. . . who we are.

Multitudes become upset when status quos are jimmied, rules broken, systems disparaged – – when lies and deception become the norm. When our national mood of patriotism and cooperation goes up in a cloud of smoke born of trauma, fear and distrust and even pain.  But this is where many of us are now. . and getting scarier every day.  How could any of this be happening? Easy to sink into stress and concern when one’s world goes upside down.  Everything changes. Everyone knows this isn’t right – it shouldn’t be happening.  Our way of life worked – not perfectly, but had a proper routine which served the needs of all of us and was working to make it better. Instead we’re invaded by mad-men and haters and those who are pitting us one against the other, leaving us with chaos in the streets.           And it’s hard to avoid. . on TV nite and day, in the papers, etc.,. etc.,..  enough, already!

Because all the above which can’t be avoided,   I chose to offer something I found from Moyers and Company and automatically was reminded that cool heads can discuss any of this dispassionately without sinking into despair or ugliness. . . instead this insightful discussion reminded me of much about us; some of our strengths and how we have repeatedly come thru bitter times like these.  We can endure, become stronger and wiser and hopefully learn a thing or two.  Just might help renew our faith in ourselves. . we can get through this.   It helps that Bill Moyers is one whom I trust and a favorite source of life’s relevant stuff. And his discussion is with a brilliant historian/writer.   It’s quite a long discussion covering much while showing us that we have gone thru such weird times often in our history in both worse and lesser degrees.  I have attempted to whet your appetie with a couple of isolated paragraphs.  I was helped,  hope you are too.    Jan

Moyers: So Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker gave up, and others, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, gave in. And here are the headlines in The New York Times:


  • Acquiesce or Go Home
  • Party With Less and Less Room for Older Breed Of Conservative

In other words, Donald Trump owns the Republican Party.

Rick Perlstein: That’s right. It’s like Ivory soap, “99 and 1/100 percent pure,” remember? Oh, the apostasy of Jeff Flake. The senator from Arizona gives this very histrionic speech about how Trump has introduced evasion and demagoguery and all these awful things into the Republican Party — and then announces he’s quitting. He’s really saying, “I’m not going to fight it. I’m going to surrender to it.” Remember, he’s voted 90 percent of the time with the Trump/Republican agenda. And then later that day, he and the other brave, bold critic in the Republican establishment, Sen. Bob Corker, both voted to end the rule that would have allowed people to sue banks and credit card companies that rip them off. They get to have their cake and eat it, too. They basically make a material contribution to the very damage to the body politic in the afternoon that they decry in the morning.

.    .    .    .   .

Perlstein: Life’s unfair, no? So I’m saying, I wouldn’t get too hopeless. Some interesting things are happening now. 

Moyers: I don’t recommend any rose-colored glasses, Rick. You have written over and again that our society has never been one of consensus. Americans are always in conflict, polarized, competing and fighting.

Perlstein: Our national community builds in the act of transcending original wounds. If you think back to the late 18th century to the constitutional convention where delegates were trying to figure out a way to hold together a nascent commercial society in the North and a feudal society in the South, and doing it over the bodies of enslaved Africans and yet at the same time were superintended by a new Constitution professing ideals of liberty and individual dignity — man, that’s very heady stuff and not something that lends itself to easy accord. We’d like to believe that we’re united and at peace with ourselves and that we have the will to transcend and even repress those original psychic wounds— 

Moyers: But we’re yoked to reality, including human nature—

Perlstein: Which gets us in a heck of a lot of trouble. So I try to get people to face hard truths in the interest of a difficult healing and a grace that is not cheap. 

Moyers: The most somber realist in the White House, despite passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was Lyndon Johnson. He kept watching [Alabama Gov.] George Wallace campaigning in primaries rallying white Democratic voters. Wallace would in effect say things like, “I’m all for the New Deal. I’m just not for it for black folks.” Johnson saw the blowback coming.

Well, not successful getting the story over here. [I really should just hang-it-up as  seem to have forgotten how to do simple stuff.]  Of course one is granted freedom to share it anywhere, but I don’t remember how to get it from my email to my blog.. . Still not putting my glasses in the frig, but am the first to admit – just not as sharp, or agile as a year or two ago.  So I’ll type the link and you can copy and paste into your browser.    Hope it works,  you might find it truly worthwhile and informative.   J



October 24, 2017

Humans are Frugivores ?. . huh?

A peek @ the path I’m on now. . feel I owe you – need to share

It’s not what I’m used to — change can be a challenge,  but is sure easy, less costly to do.

Actually, I put this video up in mid-September when I discovered Dr Robert Morse, but somehow, it never became a post.  I was so blown away by the implications of possibility, that it was literally, impossible to let it go.  What if this is true!  If it is — how could humanity have veered so far away from our destined path.  Is it reasonable to expect answers?  Only way I’ll “know” is to test the premise for myself.  I have almost buried myself in the study, few books and much online search.   And for sure, I sent for his book “THE DETOX MIRACLE SOURCEBOOK.”  W/O the book, didn’t know what else to do but eat grapes and melons.  

Of course, I started the fruit diet within a few days – after a trip to the store. . and never looked back. Have to admit I enjoyed the fruit, bananas including honeydew and watermelon plus a ton of grapes. That was about a month ago.  Still like all, but with the cooling weather, I’m missing my warm food.   (have roasted zucchini, cauliflower and different colored peppers, plus a sweet potato/drowned in butter and garlic seasoned with sea-salt) one night when I was feeling a tad rebellious. I swooned with joy. Surprisingly, about 30 – 40 minutes later, I began to feel somewhat loggy, heavy. . dull.  I kid you not.  Had grown to expect that special “brightness” I’d had, but with just that one meal of cooked veggies (which are totally acceptable, organic, marvellous choices. . hands down!)  Never happened when I added gorgeous salads – quite often whenever I felt I needed more “food.”  So that remains an item I must figure out. 

Having watched Dr Morse on youtube so often – maybe 20 or 30 of those videos, I get it that more variety is okay, but cooking on this DETOXING  thing is not good (reduced/delayed). Valuable nutrient is destroyed by  heat. . and I do know that.  My plan includes to become as healthy as I didn’t know I “WASN’T”.  My June ’17 blood-draw was enviable. I’m really, by most standards,  a pretty healthy  person (even with my five chronic diseases which I seem to be handling fairly well)  Brain seems fine, heart is holding it’s own and nothing else matters as much to me as these two organs. .(dumb thing to say!) 

One of the things which set Dr Morse apart from any other practitioner (Naturopathic or not) is his huge emphasis on the importance of the lymphatic system (as the sewer of the body). It carries away the waste from every other feature, cell, organ, etc of the entire body.   Generally exits thru the kidneys and skin.   Actually – this was the biggest news for me when I realized that one could actually ‘see’ this in action.  When the lymphatic system is doing it’s job as it is designed to do, . . all systems are a go; one is healthy with no problems. (diseases)   One of the ways we have,  is to pee in a jar/put the lid on it/ place in refrigerator for four hours to 24.  If kidneys are filtering – there will be impurities appear and settle to the bottom of jar.  Could be a whole lot of ‘stuff’, stringy stuff, gelatinous stuff or even like a shaken snow-globe full-of-stuff.  Mine has nothing in it, just clear yellowish, kinda pretty urine.  That’s not good.  It needs garbage in it that my body  has sloughed off in just metabolising its food – and all the other glands and organs too.  It’s either exiting the body or it is messing stuff up inside us and we don’t know the damage until the whatever manifestation shows up as some “cause-unknown”disease.  No one knows why these things happen.  And we buy it – over and over.  One could say – the body is talking to us. . but who’s listening? . . who knew we should find meaning in this?  Well it makes sense to me, and I’m damned if I will wait a year tinkering around the edges’  my MO is whole hog, so I’m staying with it.

Have secured some herbs and stuff to help my body  in this task.  Which reminds me that I found another site where one can get most of the low-down on this group of people in how they operate, what they do, and how they  help one another.  It’s called “”  It has headings across the top row, and I started with HOME.  Had I found this earlier, wouldn’t have had to buy the book as almost everything is to be found there (and I’ve DL’d much). . just sayin’  . . .   Also,  one of the link references was a lady by the name of Susan Weeks who is knowledgeable with tinctures, etc.,.   Loved her site  – –  She teaches what she does as well as writing books, especially for menopausal women. I would seriously recommend her understanding of anything herbal. 

To detox, will rid the body of unwanted stuff from pharmaceuticals and other toxins, and all the stored waste product the body is not eliminating as it should.  Staying inside our body guarantees, it doesn’t just putrefy, it forms into cysts, pustulas, growths and tumors.   Glands and organs malfunction and corrupt and die; systems falter; we weaken, breakdown and die.  Sooner or later, we are all gonna die, but how much nicer to die in a whole, functioning body which serves us well til we no longer wish to do so.  Oh,  I’ve  lived long enough,  had a great life filled with spectacular people (family, friends and co-workers) and have kept finding new avenues of expression,  new reasons to be and enjoy; to love and revel at the wonder of it all.  This new path kinda fits with my need to be the best I can be. . . (not better than anyone else), just a personal thing. . like my mom,. . my husband,. . son, ya do it cuz ya can. . .if you want to.  Honestly, didn’t mean to get so endless. . .  .  just wanted to share this video – – I loved it a month ago and again tonite when I found it hiding out in my to-do stuff.   

I love the way Dr Morse ‘splains the process.  Adore the way he seems to have a passion for our souls. . without a trace of dogma. . seemingly universal, which I can handle well enough.  Mostly, I’m fascinated by his brilliance and distinguished background, tho he delivers all with such great simplicity and so caringly.  I do hope that each of you, in listening and watching this video will find a bit of info or enrichment to make it worth your while as you absorb  the message.   . . be well, and happy,  Jan


October 18, 2017

Clean your fresh food

Protecting your health

How to Clean Your Fruits and Vegetables Naturally

How to Clean Your Fruits and Vegetables Naturally
I found this article at the site which has improved my comfort zone (of safety) for all the fresh food I’m eating now.   Actually, that’s all I’m eating and  loving it.   Feeling better, lighter, brighter.  Food bill is lower now, as is my kitchen time less (tho I loved playing in the kitchen – just a big part of me) . . but I have other parts which are now granted more time. .and am liking some of the changes. 
I probably won’t be shouting from the rooftops on my latest lifestyle changes of living on raw foods (for now, mostly fruit).  Let’s face it, who’s gonna believe an 88 year-old who seems to have ‘lost it’ ?   My body (laboratory) is feeling happier, more energized and at a weight I haven’t experienced since I was in early 20’s.  Not hoping for miracles, but happy and willing to see where this will go – – how far. . can this actually restore my balance?   Since I don’t accept old age as a disease. . it was easy for me to open to the idea that all this loss of function and so on that elders seem to face is nothing more than breakdown of systems which have become disabled through inflammation-wrought toxicity. . .which is to say — acidic.  So-called disease flourishes within a toxic state (ACID as opposed to alkalinity).   Therefore, it pays to think of cause area in a whole different light.  To change, especially since I’ve long-stated.. “you are what you eat”. . (and can digest and utilize),  . . if I keep doing the same thing (which by current standards of informed thinkers — is actually excellent, if not near perfect. . I should expect the same result!   But that’s my problem — don’t want the same result;  to be truly healthy and reflect that in life,  one needs to be far more alkaline.  That’s kinda achievable with an open mind and a bit of effort and willingness to do.   That, I have. 
Anyway,  knowing that what I’m doing would sound alien to almost anybody – man, woman or child – well, kids would do okay, since they love and prefer fruits over almost anything else.  We’ve all grown up eating meat and potatoes,  and most of us love breads and dairy (actually, the major cause area of a large percentage of “diseases.”) and the massive percentage of protein based foods does us in. Even if it’s all the cleanest, most organic or expensive one can find.   It’s a question of acid or base.  I’m working on the detox phase (and probably will for some time)  befor I start with the rebuilding or next phase.   Not trying to be cagey or secretive.  I DID share this concept with you all when I stumbled onto Dr Robert Morse with a post called “How much Fruit are U eating” ?   There are a number of sites, plus a few hundred hours of videos on Youtube.  Gave a link on previous post,  but am putting another one below, where I got this interesting and informative article.  This is a good site.  If I had found it before, I no doubt  probably wouldn’t have bought the book, because it’s got the  “How-To’s” if anyone is interested.  But the book is  XLNT.  
Will not proselytise,  going on about how you or anyone should do this.  Really not expecting company on this journey, because it sounds too weird for most people — but this will be my focus henceforward.  This is a corner I’ve turned and will no doubt color any output I may have down the road.  Can’t promise anything. . just know, I’m still doing what I love,  enjoying it, but respect everyone’s right to choice;  therefore will not in any way criticise what you do with it.  We’re still kinda free.  take care,  Jan

October 4, 2017

5 to Stay alive/Oct 17

Too much beyond ‘our own control’

be informed – – gain control


Dr Harry back again for October covering some issues regarding Pain killers, Spin classes, Lyme disease Rhabdo                             and some vicious vaccines for all (starting with newborns).   Don’t want to miss this one.

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