Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Give the gift of hope this season

     I enjoy the autumn season, but with it comes cooler temperatures. There are millions of homeless and less fortunate individuals out there. They are struggling to stay warm, find a warm meal, and find shelter. Many of the larger cities offer shelters within a church or traditional homeless shelter. However, smaller communities lack enough resources to properly assist those in need. Food pantries may also be scarce or running low on supplies.

     I encourage you to go through your homes. Look for jackets that are no longer needed, extra blankets, warm clothing, hats, gloves, shoes, socks, anything to help warm someone in need. If there are no shelters or clothing pantries nearby, seek out those who are less fortunate. If you find a homeless person on the streets, offer a blanket and/or a few supplies. Visit a school and speak with the counselor about a potential family in need. Let them know what you have to offer. Social Services and DHS may know where to donate.

     Look through your own food cupboards or pantry. See if there is something, anything you could share with another family. No donation of food is too small to someone that is trying to figure out how to feed themselves or their children. I encourage you to give the gift of hope this season. I challenge you to make this part of a regular routine. While you are sitting in a heated room with a lovely meal on the table, another family may be freezing and severely hungry.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Free Beauty Events- Contest Link Included!

Free Beauty Events offers an array of fabulous current and upcoming events. What makes these events even more exciting? They are FREE! What woman doesn't like to be pampered every now and then?  Please remember that beauty does come from within. While you are still beautiful without enhancing your appearance, it is still nice to pamper yourself every now and then.


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October Beauty Basket Giveaway features a basket full of beauty products and cosmetics worth over $150! The Contest runs from 10/1/2014 to 10/31/2014, winners will be chosen on 11/1/2014 and notified by 11/15/2014

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Passed My Midterms!

The stress from preparing for my midterm exams is over. Now, I have a new goal. Pass the finals!! Why? I passed all of my midterm exams this week! What an amazing feeling it was to see the grades. Each time my exam was submitted, I would hold my breath and close my eyes. I'm pretty sure that my sigh of relief could be heard by others. I had a serious case of anxiety over these exams for the last couple weeks. The midterms and finals are the biggest percentage of our final grade.

Walking out of the classrooms, I had the biggest smile on my face. Have you seen the movie, "Pursuit of happiness"? Remember the part where he walks out of the building and throws his hands into the air as a celebratory gesture? I seriously felt like doing this very thing. It was the first of my college accomplishments. I did dance in my seat on the way home last night. Being at the college from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm was exhausting.

What's the verdict? My midterm exams netted me the following grades:

Biology Lab- A
Biology Lecture- B
Sociology- A
American History- A

We don't have a midterm exam in English Composition. I'm assuming that it is due to all of the essay assignments.

Thank you all for being with me on this journey! I'm 1/2 way to the end of my first semester!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chit Chat about Sociology assignment

My son had a school function last night. We were an hour early so I decided to connect to the school's WiFi. We had a required twenty-five minute video to watch for Sociology. I have to admit, this video was quite enlightening. We are mainly discussing various crimes and punishments this week.

Did you know that the Wall Street crash of 1929 was largely due to fraud? I didn't know this. Well, at least I don't remember hearing about it. It does make a lot of sense. Similar financial crisis' have been happening through the years. Many also being related to fraud. “White collar crimes” are extremely common. Many go “unnoticed” because, they have the resources and finances to buy their way out of the punishment.

One person in the video mentions that another financial crisis similar to the “Depression” is inevitable. I believe this to be true. I’ve said many times that I believe something similar is going to happen in our future. Preppers are normally the only ones who tend to agree with me though. Many people have the notion that another depression cannot happen due to the technology in the world today. Truth is, anything can happen. Nothing is impossible and our nation is already in a declining state.

It is unfair that the elite can get away with serious crimes. Those who are poor, working class, and middle class doesn’t stand half of the chance in receiving a fair punishment. Many “street crimes”, including minor offenses receive a harsher punishment than some of the more serious white collar crimes.

Take manslaughter for example. It’s been noted that a wealthy man who fled the scene of a fatal accident in which he caused by excessive speeding, was given an extremely light sentence. He was given 2 years house arrest in a luxurious condo, and paid a private settlement to the men’s widows. He did not apologize or show remorse for his actions. However, take a working class man who has an accident where fatalities are involved. He was drinking, but didn’t flee the accident. He was extremely remorseful. However, his actions were punishable offenses because, he was drinking while driving. The man receives an 8 year prison sentence, house arrest, probation, fines, and various other punishments. I’m sure that you could see how the accidents are similar, but the punishments were extremely different. The wealthy man was able to “buy” his way out of his own serious punishment.

Another example may be a homeless man who stole food because, he was hungry VS. a wealthy executive who skims money from the company to line his pockets. Or an example of a man who has a marijuana addiction that ends up receiving a life sentence for subsequent possessions. Is that a fair punishment? I don’t agree with it, but some might. All illegal crimes should be punished, but a fair sentence should be given to everyone. Not just those with lined pockets or higher social classes.

 It shouldn’t matter how much money, type of culture, or power the person has. They should receive the same treatment as everyone else. I could go on and on about this discussion, but I’d be here all night! It is definitely an interesting and heated subject. Truth is that yes, some white collar crimes are properly punished, but statistics show that a majority of the white collar crimes go unpunished, or receive lighter sentences than their lower class counterparts.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cultural Food Differences

I'm normally culturally diverse when it comes to trying new foods. There are some items that other cultures enjoy that I just cannot bring myself to try. Some cultures dine on domestic animals (cat, dog, horse, etc.), insects (grasshoppers, ants, worms, scorpions, etc.), and various other foods. There is a scientific claim that many of the insects are highly healthy for you. On the subject of scientific claims of insects... Did you know that scientists also claim that we eat insects while sleeping? Well, this is something I've heard, anyway.

How about this well known fact. Did you know that the FDA (U.S. Food and drug administration) allows certain levels of insect parts, larvae, rodent hairs, etc. in our food? The company doesn't even have to add a label with this information. (Hungry yet?). Don't worry, unsafe "levels" are not permitted....or so they say.

I found an interesting article for you. There are thousands of articles on the same thing. Just type in "Insect parts and FDA" within your Google search.

Huffington Post Article

On a side note. Have you realized that countries whom consumes insects have lower weight issues than in the United States? Many of them are also much healthier and live longer. Could we take a cue from other cultures? Certainly, but how willing are you to start consuming these delicacies?

Chocolate covered ants don't sound too bad! Or how about that worm in the bottom of your tequila bottle? Many specialty shops, and candy shops offer an array of products with insects. Maybe I will give something a try...Baby steps...

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