SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

November 19, 2018

OUR WORLD IN TURMOIL

World, and me too

I know it’s been a while;  have been thru kind of a knot hole.  Regardless of plans, good food and habits,  hopes and wants,  well, stuff happens.  But one can overlay the (so-called)  aging body with the inordinate stress of a very strange political season. I did not ride it out as well as I should have.  The messing with the electoral system in so many, many races in many states.  .  and to keep on getting away with it, because almost all legal restraints have been so mangled and damaged.  How is anyone to fix it? 

Believe me I’m thrilled we have the house, but it’s not gonna be a cake walk!   IMO, America is lucky to have Pelosi, who has no peer when it comes to her  gutsy credentials.  She knows the ropes better than anyone – legally, and she wont let Republicans  keep walking all over the very things Americans want and need.  Of course, we have younger, possibly equally as smart but no one can outdo Nancy Pelosi in her abilities, sense of proportion and legal acumen.  She knows what to do. Knowing the “evils” which have been wrought with the singular-party rule. . .  we all know by this time, how limiting many of the political rules are and that some of them need changing, by golly.  What needs to be done will take a certain ‘expertise’ if we are to recapture ethics,  and proven principles and processes back into our system – BASED ON OUR VALUED LAWS.    Considering the season we just lived through  I am so very proud of our Democratic Party. All of em, whether winning, losing or re-counting.  Its the losing and recounting, for me which damned near killed me. But otherwise, am so very impressed with the courage of the magnificent women who have come thru and made it happen. Ya won’t be Pelosi within a week, but keep your eyes open, observe – – she loves you and wants your success,.. you’ll get there too.       

The way Washington is right now isn’t normal.  There is no “business as usual” being done, so everybody’s gonna have to rebuild and it seems the GOP has dug in.   America is hurting politically, of course.  But ecologically, earth has never seen such devastation and it is clear that the process is travelling at a more rapid speed now.  This may be due in part to the naysayers like Trump etc.,. who has tried his best to counter all the good things Our President Obama had put in place. Thank God many of the states aren’t fools like the leadership has been.  My home state of California has been devastated (tho I haven’t been there since 1994).  .  been living in almost solid RED OHIO, where, having defeated Cordray, they are working on  bills for “heartbeat-abortion”, and “stand-your-ground gun-laws.  How can civilized people go backwards like this?  It is difficult living in this environment and not fall into “resistance” mode.  But one must if desiring to move forward and seek positive change.  .  .  just checkin’ in, hope you are all doing well – – heart energy out to you all.  Thank you sincerely from my depths, for stopping in to connect,   Jan

November 8, 2018

So, now what?. . onward, I guess

Was a Great effort, tho costliest ever

And No One Got Everything they wanted!

Having lived through all the anguish of this political mid-season,  I can’t reveal to you  how upset I was to awaken on election day only to find that the world wasn’t available to me by any of my known visible means.  My computer, landline phone and TV are all bundled with ATT and for some unknown reason – – none were working — no service, signal lost.    Contacted them with my cell (with which I am not even a little proficient.  Every time I touch it, I seem to take another picture of my knee or foot)   But they couldn’t  get a service rep here til  7th.  With few alternate choices, tried to get info off the cell — know how capable the thing is — can do everything but contact your recently departed loved ones, apparently. Had called my son and a close friend to tell them my sad tale and both vowed to get back to me with news as it came along.  But it seems I screwed up my cell phone with trying to find news items on the race, which was sorta fruitless.  No one called me back  because I messed up – couldn’t accept calls.     

The ATT repair man was a wonderful, capable man who really had to dig in to find the problem – – it wasn’t inside my apartment, so out he went; it took time, but he found the answer was “Squirrels” . . they had built kind of a nest around some of the ATT equipment  and all five of the units in my building were affected.  We both laughed as he told me that ATT gets a lot of business because of squirrels and mice, etc.  So I lost touch for one day, a rotten day to be without outside contact, to be sure, but when my friend told me her loss happened the same day, her supplier  Spectrum (Warner Cable) won’t be showing up til sometime Friday.  That is totally unacceptable IMO.  We both assumed it was the big winds gusting around here and there which caused this outage, but not in my case. 

SO I DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE

As I scanned today’s paper,  then found only that horrible face all over TV on every channel revelling in all his satisfaction.  .  I don’t care what he said or why at this point.  Just turned it off.               

The enthusiasm, the numbers,   the approval ratings, tho close here and there, were so good!  It’s hard to accept the legitimacy of the results.  I heard the talk of the fix being in again – – but I couldn’t believe they would actually try this crap again! At this point. . guess I feel like what difference does it make?  Just too crushed by this. . .can’t take it,  don’t want to think about this stuff at all. . not now (and it may take some time for me to recapture my bearings).  Life being what it is, when choice is limited, ya gotta try harder, get more creative.    

We made some decent inroads in the house – which is big,  but we NEEDED THE SENATE TOO  if we are to have any chance to correct and stabilize our lives  so that we can rebuild. 

At this moment, all I really want to speak of is the remarkable energy,  passion and creative ability shown by so many Americans doing magnificently what they cared about – deeply. . . on both sides of the isle.  It is after all  One America,  . we are one people wanting the best for our country, so that we all can more fully enjoy the great life we see for ourselves.  And I continue to desire greater understanding for our citizens to become more skilled at choosing honest, well-meaning candidates who genuinely want/need to serve the people they know and love  for the highest and best good of all, not just themselves and what “they” can get out of it personally for ego or wealth. 

All must remain alert;  in less than one day, we already have a plateful of new issues to think about and challenge.    A know-nothing Joe Schmo to replace Jeff Sessions. . .c’mon!    Seriously, take care of stuff ‘that is’  but also, start thinking about what you really WANT our leadership to be. . .and then be gutsy enough to hang tuff til ya get it.  We shouldn’t have to be choosing from 2 or 3 who aren’t really what we want or need.  We’ll be different, of course, but my God, there should be standards beyond which we refuse to go.      . . . just sayin’                        Jan

November 3, 2018

Joyous over the ‘Turnout’

Whole World is Watching 

In case anyone is wondering,  I still care – way too much.  Have really had to dial it back — was too saturated with it all and it wasn’t healthy for me.  Can no longer tolerate the look or sound of this man who has turned our lives and world upside down.  Nor can I overlook or forgive the injustice of it all.  It remains to be seen how we’re gonna cope trying to bring any semblance of normalcy back to our way of life,  so that decent, caring people can be safe without threat of violence and attendant fears.  Hateful, menacing emotions and actions pop-up indescrimently.  .  .  stunning what’s left of our equanimity. 

My health seems to have weakened and my ability to maintain emotional balance in order to juggle the various parts of my life along with it.  It isn’t reasonable to my mind that millions of sane people can allow and enable one man such powers of civil destruction to be unleashed, welcoming mayhem, hatred and violence where ever it chooses to erupt; while simultaneously  severing our most trusted allies, and cuddling up with the vile/cruel leaders of so-called enemy states.  This man is a liar, vindictive,  totally self-absorbed — without an ounce of compassion or dignity.   He  isn’t fit to slop pigs, let alone sit in the chair of a person who is deemed the most powerful individual in the world.  He is not that!  HE IS UNFIT TO SERVE and is destroying our country.  Any court in the land would so attest (unless Kavanaugh sits therein).     

As is easily seen,  I’m really not fit to discuss this. . . it defies logic and is too incredible.  I may be losing it, or already have. 

But,  I AM grateful to all of you and the millions of other “voters” who are taking appropriate action — out there and getting it done.  The American ‘spirit’ ain’t dead and refuses to be put down!  I love you all.  How I’ve enjoyed Oprah and Barack and so many other marvellous voices . . . it soothes my soul.   .  .  God bless us all, and our glorious  nation.           Jan

November 1, 2018

Do ya ‘get’ Inflammation?

 Body’s Magic tool.. can fix and/or hurt 

But we would be foolishly unwise to curse it, for this happens to be one of our magic bullets the body has to ‘fix stuff.’ When we have an injury, a cut, gash or break of some kind – our body speeds it’s forces in to the rescue and does what it was built to do. . . via our beloved IMMUNE SYSTEM which is integral to our survival. There would be few to disagree with that, other than maybe BIG PhRMA.

A similar thing happens when we are sick in bed raging with a high temperature.  The body strives to burn the thing out and can and will – left to its own resources, but parents have been ‘educated’ to bring that darned temp “down” – ASAP.     (forgive another aside:)

I remember when I was about 35 being so afflicted. . my temp was around 104 or 105, . . hubby was frantic  –  called one of my closest friends (very medically-oriented and smart). She rushed down – quickly calculated all; took over,  wanted all those blankets removed and a cooling sponge-bath underneath the sheets to “COOL ME DOWN – IMMEDIATELY.”  I could be permanently  brain-damaged with all that heat! As they removed the blankets from my trembling, freezing (IMO) body,  guess I nearly lost it.  Vowed to never speak to Vickie again if she did any of that. But they continued on – torturing me, sponging  and I’m hating them both.

It was many days before I was up and able to go see my doctor.  He was iffy on the diagnosis – couldn’t be blamed for that, gave me meds of course.  I didn’t respond like I should have and maybe it could have been ‘Valley Fever’ – had been going around. . so he gave me more meds.  But when I wasn’t improving  like I should have, he  sent me to a specialist (pulmonary).. .  . showed me X RAYs, pointing, That, Mrs Turner is TB, until proven otherwise!  My God!. . what do I do?  Nothing – – we just wait and see the result of tests which will take some time.  Couldn’t believe my ears.

I couldn’t believe this doctor is implying I should go home . .expose my husband and son to this same fate. . doing nothing! Called the local TB society and told them my concerns and asked their advice;  they took action and got me into a sanitorium immediately. It was in Chavez Ravine  beautiful canyon where the Dodger Stadium was located.  They put me in a ward with other women and all I did was cry.  I was disturbing other patients, understandably. . for we all had our problems.  

They had a recent departure at the top of the elevator shaft-way up at the top of the building.  It was a smallish  room, would be alone,. . but had a bathroom – – would I find that agreeable?  I  leapt at it, gladly. It did turn out to be quite an experience.  My darling husband  had brought over tablets, inks and pens  for me to scribble around with my  art stuff,  sketching the nurses and doctors as they came up to see me or brought meds and food.  Felt so sorry for the staff who tended me as they had to climb those crotchety old stairs.  As it happened, I relished the scenery  – – all huge  pine trees and tons of birds. And this huge rooftop was like a private (tho rustic) terrace.  I would drape myself over the railing and wave down to my son Jeff  who had just started school – without his mommy. . and that’s what so saddened me.  But we spoke on the walky-talky which hubby had acquired for this purpose..   stayed almost three months until the little rabbit had given it’s life to prove that I had “NOT” had TB at all. 

Other than hating the ‘cure’ I had undergone. .  . (there was one shot in the butt which took around 5″ to inject, and got it once a week.  It produced an agonizing headache one didn’t soon forget).  This had been a strange adventure for which I had only myself to blame – – had I been a bit more normal instead of overly protective toward my loved ones, . would’ve stayed home and awaited the results as the doctor had said.  There was a ton of pills I had to take daily;  plus I had my husband bring down my own ‘trusted vitamins and such from home.  It was standard stuff to stay in bed and recuperate,  so I fiddled with Art Stuff, watched TV and enjoyed the towering fir trees and birds .  .  and ATE.  Good food, but without my rather active life to offset, I gained around forty pounds due to lack of movement,  much to my sorrow, as I saw what I had become on getting home. Ah, well.  .  . life can get messy while you’re trying to figure all this stuff out. 

Now, quite honestly, I’m not saying that one thing had anything to do with the other.  Maybe it was all just a big ‘coincidence’. Referring to the interference of the body trying desperately to burn out whatever it was working on.  No matter what strange things have happened from time to time, I have truly ALWAYS  felt like I was fortunate and very healthy.  But I do think that had Marty and Vickie not become so concerned and worried over my temperature  . . my body could have, would have done its job and I might have been totally fine in a few days of rest and none the worse for the experience.  Both my son and I had been prone to high temps – – we’re not all alike, but maybe a bit of trust in the magic within our body  can be useful beyond what the docs or books have to say. I’m no expert on such stuff,  but that’s kinda how I’ve thought and lived. 

Anyway, the point I’m driving to is the fact that inflammation is not to be feared as it is a function (tool) of our immune system.

But  also, we can see our health diminished by a process called “inflammation” which can come about through faulty care of our body.  We’ve all been guilty of it one way or another.  Smoking cigarettes – Guilty,  over-use of alcohol. . . poor diets.. lack of exercise and many other big and small things which tear us down in so many ways. . .like chronic unhappiness or other similar woes.  Not going to address most of these,  only the dietary stuff, because it can have the greatest impact for the least effort and cost.  Mostly, it’s an area that all of us are just beginning to grasp.  Not everybody knows how we do this stuff to ourselves or how easy it is to correct. . .and it’s not costly either.  So, I was gonna try to splain it as best I could, when I remembered Dr Weil had done a terrific job of just that and far better and more completely than I had in mind.  So I want to try for a link to Dr Weil and his Anti-inflammatory Diet.  He has tips and %’s  food category ratios – – the whole 9 yards. And it’s pretty too.  I got a Picture from that site here,  but the url doesn’t want to come over for some reason.  May have to type it up and you can copy and paste into your own browser. 

Would like to share with you that essentially what Dr Weil recommends is very close to what I’ve been doing for quite some time now. As proof of the value of all this,  will tell you that I was visited by a nurse this week (for an altogether different reason, not medical, but was a requirement).  Anyway, he couldn’t pick up any trace of COPD,  found no problem with my ticker or blood pressure  or pulse, etc.. .temperature.  We had a good visit and lively conversation. . . what a guy — if only I were about 40 years younger!  Ten years ago, with all the medical care I was involved with, I was in physical trouble . . .one could say.  Serious AFib with all the meds for over 6 -7 years,  HBP which couldn’t be controlled – they wanted me to take still a 3rd med which I refused.

I learned thru my effort to take over my own medical needs, how to survive and also take no toxins into my body whatsoever. So no time to waste and it seemed to me that DIET was going to have to be even more important than I had previously given it credit for.  My dietary habits were good to begin with and my hobby and love was the kitchen, so it was a rewarding adventure. Even fun.   Had cut Animal proteins back substantially  repeatedly over the years.  I like meat and fowl and Salmon, but use minimal amounts – even less now.  I literally LOVE my veggies in so many forms,including juicing. And sweet potatoes almost every night. I am practically pickled in garlic – put it in almost everything but the coffee. Some might think I’m a nutcase, but I love making my fermented Rye bread which I enjoy daily. (Dr Weil suggests not using any products made with flour), but I still do have a few little weaknesses – which apparently aren’t hurting me all that much.   

If one can understand the plan which endeavors to eat only as fresh and natural a diet as nature grew it, just the way it is, simplify and go with it, you’ll find it rewarding, cheaper, easier. . . and delicious.  Before ya know it, energy returns, complexion  improves, digestion behaves,  life is sweeter.  You won’t know til you try it.        Jan

Well this link gets you over there, but not what I was after. Gotta look for the Diet and Nutrition Link @ top > Anti-Inflammatory

https://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/anti-inflammatory-diet/

 

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Here, I have copied an isolated couple of notes from the text beneath the picture on the front page of this healthy article.

 

October 21, 2018

FIND IT is fixed now

Filed under: Find It works now — Jan Turner @ 2:59 pm
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DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE

Find it  hasn’t been working for who knows how long.  I seldom check stuff like this anymore, its all I can do just to come and say ‘High’ as often as I can.  My apology to everyone.  This blog’s couple thousand posts are hard to muddle thru.    Find it was NOT  serving your needs of searching at all.       

Now, when you get there,  all 2500 (or so) are listed chronologically. . all 10 years of them.  So happy hunting. . some of the older posts all the way back to 2008 are by some thinking – – some of the best.  To each his own.

I wish someone had commented on this  . . Hey Jan – what am I supposed to do with FIND IT. .  it ain’t working? Why is it there?  Again,  very sorry. . . just another clue why I SHOULD  hang it up                   Jan

 

Step back; just go with it

Surviving Tough Times

When stuff seems upside-down,  confusing or even unbelievable – – what is there left to do but  ‘go-with-it’ .  at times?  We can and probably will come thru it  –  with new understanding and yes, choices,  much the same as all Earth’s inhabitants have done.  We can rail against, disparage, or give up and just lie down and await . . what ever.  In a sense – that’s a choice, too.      Life’s buffet awaits.

Let’s see,  railing against and feeling bad,  . . or exploring what is. . . and choosing that which feels better which you can harmonize with and grow and carry on .  .  we each choose           

Today’s “Abraham” message is a powerful reminder about the way stuff works and always has.  No one was put here to suffer, but to fully explore any and all of ‘that which is’ (the Contrast),  and choose per individual desire.  It’s ‘Desire” which brings the life force  to and through us.  How and why we do this is personal choice.  This is not anchored in right or wrong.  .  .  only how you feel, that should drive you.      So, enjoy              Jan

 

The beasts that came before you, who banged around on this planet, denoted at cellular conscious and unconscious levels, their preferences. And that is how the atmosphere was prepared for you. They did not write one thing on their “things to do today” pads. They just be’d and perceived and concluded and asked vibrationally. And the Universe expanded as a result of their willingness to have exposure to the contrast. And you are not different from them. You have no greater responsibility than they did. The contrast produces the desire within you, and the Universe expands as a result of it. The only question is, the question that we want so much to answer is, are you letting it in? Are you letting yourself experience the benefit of your precious focus and your vast experience in the here and now? You’ll never get it done. You cannot get it wrong. So don’t you think it’s time for you to lighten up and start having more fun with all of this, and accept that you are Eternal Beings? And since you are Eternal Beings, then there’s no point in rushing, because there’s never going to be a time when you don’t exist.

Excerpted from Boston, MA on 10/7/00

Our Love

Esther (Abraham and Jerry)

October 19, 2018

KID’S CEREAL w/ Herbicide

Found this in August, put aside for a little later, but neglected to post it.    Sorry.   We live in this toxic world now and it takes almost everything we’ve got to stay up with it.  .  .  and few can.     Seems we are faced with hard-pressing choices in all of life.  But we should not be having to choose between which poison is most threatening to us and our family. 

Spreading fear and loathing is not my choice of options either. . .  .  I’d much rather be speaking of our wonderful world and the remarkable people in it. Our strength and fortitude, creative energy and all the superb things we do with it.  Lets be real tho,  we have a lot of ‘crap’ which has taken over how stuff works in ‘Government’ – – got a lot to do with who we put in those departments to run things for us.  It is up to us tho!   Trust but verify. We have allowed it to get out of hand.  Not beating you or me over the head. . . . for this has been simmering for years if not decades.  We simply can’t allow it to continue.   Our home – planet Earth was magnificent and beautiful and pristine — not toxic.  We’ve done this to it through the bad choices and “greed” of the few.  Too many of us for many and varied reasons have let it get out of hand.  When we ‘connect’ to our earth, our hearts will guide us toward better choices.     Jan

Report finds traces of ‘Controversial Herbicide in

CHEERIOS and QUAKER OATS

New York Times

Mihir Zaveris

An environmental research and advocacy group has found traces of a controversial herbicide in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other breakfast foods that it says could increase cancer risk for children.

The report comes amid longstanding debate about the safety of the chemical glyphosate, which federal regulators maintain is not likely to cause cancer.

In its report, released Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group said that it tested 45 samples of breakfast foods made from oats grown in fields sprayed with herbicides. Then, using a strict standard the group developed, it found elevated levels of glyphosate in 31 of them.

“There are levels above what we could consider safe in very popular breakfast foods,” said Alexis Temkin, the group’s toxicologist who helped with the analysis in the report.

The findings by the group, which has opposed the use of pesticides that may end up in food, were  found in children’s breakfast food. But the question of whether glyphosate is safe is not so simple.

In fact, it is central to a raging international debate about the chemical that has spawned thousands of lawsuits, allegations of faulty research supporting and opposing the chemical and a vigorous defense of the herbicide from Monsanto, the company that helped develop it 40 years ago and helped turn it into the most popular weedkiller in the world. . .

Central to critiques of the glyphosate, which prevents plants from photosynthesizing, is a 2015 decision by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer to declare glyphosate a probable carcinogen.

That spurred a federal case in the United States over such claims and prompted California to declare it a chemical that is known to cause cancer.

Last week, a California jury found that Monsanto had failed to warn a school groundskeeper of the cancer risks posed by its weedkiller, Roundup, of which glyphosate is an active ingredient. The man’s lawyers said he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using the weedkiller as part of his job as a pest control manager for a California county school system.

Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages. The company says it is facing more than 5,200 similar lawsuits.

Read the entire piece at the Times. Here’s the EWG report: Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup? Weed Killer in $289 Million Cancer Verdict Found in Oat Cereal and Granola Bars.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the Brazilian minister of agriculture has the fantods over a court-ordered ban of the weed-killer:

A potential ban on the popular herbicide glyphosate in Brazil over concerns it may cause cancer in humans would be a “disaster” for the country’s agricultural industry, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Thursday.

A Brazilian court ruled on Aug. 3 that new products containing the chemical could not be registered in the country and existing registrations would be suspended starting from September, until health authority Anvisa issues a decision on its re-evaluation of glyphosate’s safety.

Maggi said that glyphosate is used on around 95 percent of soy, corn and cotton harvested in the country and that there is no readily available substitute. Brazil is the world’s top exporter of soy and a major producer and exporter of corn. . . .

The Brazilian court case is part of a global pushback against the chemical. A U.S. judge ruled last week that Monsanto must pay $289 million in damages to a man who alleged its glyphosate-based products like Roundup caused his cancer.

Monsanto, taken over earlier this year by Bayer AG , said in a statement that more than 800 reviews, including those by the U.S. environmental and health authorities, support that glyphosate does not cause cancer. The company is appealing the U.S. court ruling. . . .

October 16, 2018

Deep in Voting thing

Almost ready to Vote

These are very important times for all of us right now.  We are running as fast as we can and still falling behind – at least I am.  Also feeling some shame that I’ve been neglecting my blog which allows me to reach out to all of you (for whom I am most grateful),  as it is simply one of my greatest joys in this part of my life.  A good thing!    Living long does not kill passion!  Most of you know that I am a passionate ‘political junkie’  –  and as I keep living, .  .  I’m realizing that I don’t know nearly enuff to be doing this right.  So, as usual, I am knee-deep in political papers, articles and notes I’ve amassed to help me figure this out.  IT AIN’T EASY! 

One of our main goals should be to try for balance to insure our sanity and health, while all around us people are shouting that they are right and the others are wrong!  There has been a lopsided Republican dominance for so long and in so many states, that many feel this is how it aught to be.  So when Dems want some equal time  and voice  — they’re said to be shouting, maniacal,  acting like wild mobs.  I, for one however, will not be forgetting the Kavanaugh episode nor the diabolic shenanigans the GOP demonstrated.  Nor will history . .  .  as an example of how NOT to get things done if we wish to be proud of our American way, what we stand for.  We may not yet know how ‘fixable’ our mess is,  only time will tell    Meanwhile, lets not forget who we are.  Keep our focus.

Since “truth” appears to be such a variable these days, it’s kinda hard to figure stuff out.  Some will say almost anything to make themselves appear superior to their opponent.  Thank  God for OPED’s  and endorsements from those you trust. It’d be so much easier to just go vote the party line and forget the rest.  After the work I’ve done to this point, I think it might be safe to do.  Ohio has been locked down by the GOP forever it seems – – Strickland (Dem) was Governor when I arrived, but soon gone.   More than forty years ago the Education in OH was deemed deficient and required to change much – – it hasn’t.  The needy of the state is truly abominable!  Yet, there is half-billion-dollar surplus in the program to assist the poorest of poor Ohioans. . just sitting there – not used, which is expected to grow even more this year.  Why?  How can this be possible? Our education system is faulty with an F rating in too many areas — only the well-to-do are satisfied with their schools.  Our Drug problem statewide with the mounting death-rates is almost the highest of the nation.  There hasn’t been proper action in dealing with the high homicide rates or revamping ‘gun laws’.  Obviously, I’m NOT interested in preserving the ‘status quo’ — big change is needed.  It’s vitally important.   I know it’s not all on my back,  but I take this stuff seriously.  My absentee ballot is staring at me every day, and time is short.  Plus,  I move slower these days. 

I want to applaud all that i see happening with Democratic action everywhere.. .  phone calls about voting,   people at my door to give me candidate or voting info.  .  .  volunteers doing everything.  It’s thrilling — especially the young people doing their share.  We gotta do all this because the unfair tactics from the GOP (which looks strangely like madness) keeps dreaming up new changes and obstacles. . like North Dakota and the disgraceful way they are treating our native American Indian tribes – heartbreaking and cruel. And extremely important as our Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp is vital to our goal of a healthy share of the House and Senate

I am thankful daily that my troubled heart and brain continue to keep cooperating with my desires.  And so it can be for each of you; trust that our cooperative effort which is a positive thing, meant for the general good of ALL-OF-US can uplift out country and heal our  wounds.  We want a fair shake for each of us.  We must all do our share to keep our fires burning and coffers able to provide a decent, happy, life  — whatever our choices, with every one of us paying a commensurate share according to our ability. .  .  and this does, in fact, apply to the extremely-well-to-do – equally.  One of these days,   justice just might start erupting in the good ole USA. Chin up and Hope – high               til next time      Jan

October 9, 2018

My ribs doin’ great!

Rib injury, only a memory now 

Wanted to update those who might be interested in the saga about my injured ribs and the torture I fancy I went through.  Crashed the ribs into the edge of the kitchen countertop the evening of 9-11-18.  Will never know if I broke  or severely hurt anything.  This was so painful I had no idea what to do, it immobilized me quite a bit.   Tears don’t help a thing of course. . .but couldn’t stop them.       

Have described all in prior posts, no need to rehash.  Since I’ve never hurt a bone before, it is hard for me to judge my actions and how effective (or not) they have been.    Told you about the ROCK SAUCE and ROCK TAPE,  the Curcumin (and Piperine) for pain and using EFT.  Did the pain stuff and EFT 2 X daily first week, really had to, as could barely get around  and getting in and out of bed was awful. Each day got better and rather quickly IMO.     

2nd week, just did EFT going to bed, and skipped Curcumin several times due to faulty scheduling.   (I take stuff – my protocol for heart and brain – the Amino Acids @ specific times) and this is my top priority – has to be!  As I noticed how much better I was moving, was sleeping better (comfortably and rested in a.m.), I used less of everything.        3rd week, hadn’t used the ROCK stuff at all and very few times with Curcumin. Began to test rolling over onto left side to see if injured ribs would finally allow this without pain. And I could. So I guess I’m practically home free.  It’ll be a month on the 11th.  I’m moving around, able to do almost everything I could before. . and having no pain.  Only a little in 3rd week, and nothing the 4th. Thru it all, still haven’t had to ingest anything toxic. . .which is such a benefit to the body so that my own immunity can do it’s job of healing.     

From the impression I got from Jeff (son) and friend who had broken ribs twice . . it was gonna take quite a bit longer.    It’s true,  I’m committed to remain toxin free, that has no doubt helped me a great deal.  Diet isn’t perfect (still making my fermented Rye bread – which I regard as healthy which shows I’m no purist); and making my Kefir – another healthy, fermented food I’m nuts over along with some aged cheese and organic yogurt.  Nor do I feel guilty.  Not overweight because I live mostly on vegetables and some fruit with just a little Salmon (wild-caught) and occasional smallish amount of grass-fed meat – – and 85% chocolate. I know,  I’m some kind of weirdo.  .   .   just sayin’.  .   Jan

October 7, 2018

Wrangling Jan, unloading

The WRANGLING

The winning Buckeye game was good, enjoyed — but didn’t have the power to soothe the scourge of inner frustration I’ve allowed to dwell in my mind of late.  I’m enraged that such stuff could be happening in our modern, sophisticated world. That we, as Americans have lost our way.  We have been tempted to nibble on the ‘evil apple’ . .  But what about “Choice”- that concept I so love and respect?   See that’s a problem for me as Freedom is interlocked with Choice.  How can I or anyone have this if the ‘other’ doesn’t?  s’ the way it works.  We are all ‘free’ to look at life’s buffett and choose that which we want, are comfortable with.   Again, that’s how it is — or should be.  And when it isn’t — STOP  EVERYTHING!  We gotta look and find out what is wrong.  Requires each to search out.

We all know that control seems to reside within the ranks of powerfully stationed leaders, who are in turn controlled by those who endow them with this privilege – – those whose wealth, ownership and demands are calling the shots.   Doesn’t happen overnight, for this kind of devious construct is built, block by block,  contact by contact,  year by year.  .  .  over whatever time it takes.  We all kinda know a bit about such stuff. . . few ever understand it        What most of us do know, because we are forced into it,  is how to survive – whatever it takes.  Sometimes, that takes all our effort with nothing  left over for the heart and soul.. . and this sorta leads to what we see everywhere – the great disparity.  (Read that as “not equal”  or “not the same”), whether its ‘under the law’ or income, or education, opportunity,   or having enough healthy food,  or choices  in pleasure and recreation.  Indeed, we are NOT all the same.

Can anyone be blamed if we aren’t all bright enough or ‘trained’ enough to figure all this crap out?  Isn’t it enuff that we Vote? No, not really.  The insiders count on our ‘lacks’ (time, knowing, understanding or even interest in all this small stuff),  so it’s easily pulled off. So there ya go. .  .  with those at the top – the deciders, pulling the strings on the leaders at the top; who then directs the flow of all that we see happening.   And it looks like we are stuck with it until and unless we can vote the present (fully paid for) leaders out — then, choose more carefully. . i.e.  ask more questions – really grill them. . .  .  til we get it right again.  That means, our representatives WILL ACT in our behalf, not more fully restrict our choices. 

Almost everyone ‘gets it’ . .  .  this was an egregious act by Congress, the President and the Senate. They have worked cohesively to get what they were after.  It broke all the rules!  It was indecent, amoral, and I’m believing it to be illegal. . .no matter what they say. Trump repeatedly lied stating he HAD  given authority to the FBI to do whatever was necessary!  HE DID NOT!  He has maligned the FBI since he took office. . . guess he is hoping this will do them in altogether.  DO NOT BE FOOLED.  They do know how to perform; they were simply restricted by Trump – the CON.   

All DON the CON wanted from the git-go was to destroy our government, way of life and to set one against the other. . .read that DISTRUST of everyone and everything.  Brothers and Sisters of all stripes, hues and colors, of all religions/faith or none,  of any political persuasion – Republican, Democratic or Independent – or Green or purple etc.,. . . remember who we are.  We are ONE COUNTRY, one nation under God. . . many feel ours is (was) the greatest country on earth!  That’s something!  That’s US.(or was) Take a look at our streets now.  Observe the vitriol, the language, the distrust and  a whole lot of hate!  THAT’S NOT US!  Nor should it ever be.  As Americans, we can and often do disagree (as we should if we are thinking, healthy beings) – – but we REASON together and work stuff out.  We make sure one hand washes the other – we don’t cut it off!     

None of this is your fault or mine — don’t for a minute forget that.  Don’t waste your precious energy on fault-finding, it is non-productive.  Instead, find inner calm any way that works for you,  .  .  then solutions will come.  Out of loving gentleness, all things emerge. . .including joy, health and yes even prosperity. . .  if we allow it to happen.  Can’t happen if we don’t cooperate.     Jan

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