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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Not Your Mama's Gift Guide! ~ Unique Gifts by Theme ~ #Wicca #SteamPunk #420 #Novelty #Gadgets #HGG

Not Your Mama's Gift Guide!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Random Ramblings ~ The #Fear of 3! ~ #Cancer #Suicide #Drugs

The Fear of 3
My family has this superstition that all things come in 3. Whether it's pregnancy, births or deaths, once you hear about the second, it never fails to create the big guessing game of who the third will be. Well this week, my fear of 3 has me on edge and in extreme anxiety.

Because I do have anxiety, I tend to feel others emotions as if they are mine. What I mean by this is, if I see a deep emotional cry I can feel it deep inside my soul. So this past week I have had quite the experience with this issue because I also had my own feelings I was dealing with as well.

Number one, a very dear old friend of mine has been watching her mother struggle with fighting Cancer for the past few years. They have had a couple wonderful breaks of remission, but it seems it never fails to return. This last time, it returned so fast and spread so quickly it made her unable to have any more surgery and she was sent home on hospice. She lost her battle to Cancer a few days later.

Number two, My mother has an adopted work son. He is younger than me and my siblings but she has worked with him since the first day they both walked in the doors. He has a wife and three year old daughter. He had no family and would come to our family functions. He actually spent more time with my mother that we did since they worked together 6 days a week. He was having personal problems and asked to leave work early, they later found out he went home and hung himself. Although I did not know him as well as my mother, I feel her pain for him. Plus it's my mom. When she is hurting it hurts us all. She lost one of her best friends.

So then, what will be, number three.. The fear is real, deep inside, I wonder, who will it be?

So I get a call from a relative that another relative has possibly overdosed. What?!? Is this it? Is this number 3? Please don't let this be..

The phone again, dread sets in. Gram's been taken to the hospital and they are admitting her for congestive heart failure.. My heart drops to my stomach. She's 81 years old. She is so tired and sick of fighting, but this can't be how she goes. This can't be "3"
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Why I have a love hate relationship with Religion.. #Random #Ramblings

Before I even start, I am fully aware that there will be many people from every spectrum that will completely disagree with everything I say. I am okay with that. I don't change my views based on anther's opinion of my views and I never will. I could and have changed it based on facts given to me or a different perspective. However, with that being said, I am in my mid 30's and there isn't much anyone can say to me anymore to change my views. Although my thoughts on issues change sometimes on a daily basis, my moral core to all issues, stays grounded and sound!

How I view religion.

I believe the bible is one of the longest living legends known to man. A book that has been changed and modified numerous times by many different people from many different backgrounds and lifestyles. One persons interpretation of another persons interpretation of another persons interpretations of... etc etc of the original person's view.

Let's go back to grade school where were all sitting in a circle and one person wispers a word to the next and on down the line it goes, by the time it gets to the last person, the word is not even close to the original. Those are usually one word or phrase. The bible is thousands of words and phrases. Let that sink in.

But there are people who use the bible as a tool to help them in their life when they are facing hard decisions and struggles, use it as a sign of hope and strength when facing tragedy, use it for happiness and faith when conquering new goals and obstacles. These are all great attributes to take away, as a "tool" a guide. Meaning don't take it all to heart. Take the knowledge and stories and really understand the outcomes. Sometimes it's not always good. Some things are better left alone.

The whole world has changed over the many many years since the biblical creation of life. The way pioneers and our ancestors did things compared to the way they are done today, from giving birth, medical treatment, technology, pretty much every aspect of a person life and lifestyles has changed and evolved in one way or another. We have learned as a people that somethings just do not work while others can never be improved.

So I don't understand how someone can look at the bible as "gospel" and in there own eyes live and breath it. But not really. Some of these people are complete hypocrites. Actually I believe most "religious" people are. (See I told you I'd make some mad)

Picking and choosing what you want to follow and or not follow is not really living and breathing the bible. It's no different than someone who claims to be atheist or agnostic. (I don't claim to be anything, there is no label for me and never will be)

WHAT?!?! A christian and atheist are the same thing?!? Yep, that's kind of what I said.

Now what I mean is, both live ways of the bible in the sense of do unto others, etc. Both can live completely same exact lifestyles and disagree on one thing. Creation. Both follow and disregard the way the bible says you should live. For instance, in the bible some men had many wives. Most people in society do not live that way. Even those who "live and breath" the "holy word" (But then again, there are other groups of people who do believe full heartedly in this part of the bible and have even chosen to make whole religions around certain aspects of the bible and totally ignore the other aspects)

So who am I to say any religion is right or wrong? Nobody. But it does make me question it more.

Many different versions of many different religions. So how is religion any different than a cult? Are they both not a group of people who come and join together based on their beliefs and moral core? Do they both not have "leaders"? Do they both not have set goals, views, consequences? Do people not choose which church or worship center to go to based on the people and ideas there? People congregate with people who agree with them and their views.

Now I did title this why I have a love hate relationship with religion and so far I have mostly written some of the reasons I hate it. But, I do honestly have a small love and admiration for religion, as well as a jealous sort of respect for it. (don't try to understand me, I don't lol)

I am just going to come out and say I do not believe there is a "God" I never have and never will. That is a whole other topic of discussion and maybe one day I will write it. But, just to give you an idea of where my head is with that, I also do not believe in the "big bang theory" I believe nobody alive today will ever know how "what is" became "what is" Scientist are as big of hypocrites as religious leaders. You can't say you don't believe a "God" created something out of nothing, but you believe a burst, of scientific something or other, can make something out of nothing.. Um.. Okay?

What I love about religion is the way it helps some people have faith and strength when faced with negativity. The peace that comes over people from a simple prayer,being able to live in calm "knowing" your going to "heaven" because you lived some kind of way. FAITH.

People who have faith awe me. I have faith in nothing. I wish I did or I could. I wish I was able to believe that just by living a morally sound life I could go to a "heaven" But my head does not work that way.

How do you know there is a heaven? What exactly is it? Why would I want to go to this "heaven" ran by this "God" who inspired this "Book" full of things I don't believe. Why would I want to go there? Well because the alternative is "Hell" Well what is "Hell"? Oh it's the place people go who don't believe in religion. It's for murderers, thieves, etc etc You know the bad people.

Okay wait.. So I'm confused. If I believe in "God" I go to heaven? If I don't, I go to "Hell" BUT!! If' I believe in God but murder someone then I'm going to "Hell"? Well no, because you believe in him, he'll still let you in to "heaven",  you just have to say your sorry. Oh. Well I don't believe in "God" But, I've never done nothing wrong in my whole life, and never murdered anyone. Oh well, to "Hell" you go! Guess you should have "believed" and had FAITH!!

So there you have it. I'm going to "Hell" But I'm okay with that. Why?

Because I don't believe "Hell" really exist. But even if I did, I'd rather go to a place full of people who made up their own mind instead of idly following someone else. Because if such a place exist, then "God" must have the biggest ego for expecting people to follow his every word. What a jerk. You can have your own opinion and make your own choices but if you disagree then you must repent and ask forgiveness to be allowed access into my kingdom. Wow.  (Ooops I went back on the hate side...)

See where my head goes. I questions everything. I can't have faith in something I don't know, see, hear, feel, witness, etc etc. My brain doesn't work that way. Someone once asked me, "You have faith the sun will come up tomorrow right? What's the difference?" A LOT! I have seen the sun rise and fall for 30+ years, I have been a witness to it more than once.
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Random Ramblings ~ ISIS Manipulates Thoughts Without You Knowing! Psychological Warfare..

ISIS plays on America's heart strings. Trying to cause chaos and distrust in our Country and with our government. It makes it hard to understand why the government and military take the actions they do or why they don't take the actions we think they should.

Americans full of pride and ready to fight. Defending our nation against those who threaten our civilization and ways of life. It's not a secret that America is land of the free and home of the brave.

ISIS knows we will want to fight back. Knows it will anger some and awaken resentments and pull those evil thoughts through from a few.

They are fighting a mental war with devastation, torture and fear, while the military is fighting a physical battle against them.

Don't let ISIS win.

They get in your head and manipulate your thoughts by showing you people who in your head look just like you, could be your neighbor, friend, family... It causes hate, resentment and fear to your very core. But what do you do with that aggression building up inside of you?

You can't take it out on ISIS because they are not here, they know that and what they are hoping in their psychological warfare is that you will become so consumed by your hatred for them and their actions that you will blame the only obvious person you can at the moment.

Your own government.

Why? Well because it is their duty to protect us and shelter us from these militants. They're right there. In the middle of a field. Fly over, drop a bomb and kill them!! What are you waiting for?

Am I right?

But... When they are not bombing, were mad because they're not doing anything. When they are bombing were mad because they could have injured an innocent bystander. Again psychological warfare.

Don't give them the satisfaction of getting into your head. The journalist who travel over there know they are putting their life at risk, as do the activist and aid workers. I am  not saying it's their fault they are being kidnapped and beheaded, just that they were aware of the dangers and still chose of their own free will to go anyways.

While their torture and death is repulsing to us and the anger, hatred and fear we all feel for them and about them is completely justified and appropriate, don't let it take you so far down into the abyss that you can't find your way back to the surface.

It's not the governments fault. It's not the military's fault. It's jihad John and his cowardly sheeple who are committing these crimes. It is not Islam. It is not Muslims. It is the coward who covers his face, jihad John and his cowardly sheeples behind the video camera who are to blame!

Let me put this the best way I can...

These are extremely intelligent, socially knowledgeable, radical thinkers who have an ability to manipulate your thoughts which in essence affects your actions. The more you throw blame at everyone else the less you are looking at them. They know this and hope you never figure it out.

Don't let them deflect their part in these crimes while your busy blaming everyone else.

They're just people.
People with irrational thoughts.
Murderers.
Cowards who won't even show their face!

Don't let them in your head!
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

When your faced with a #dilemma of moral and personal ramifications? #Ebola

So your standing there watching a woman die right before your eyes, after being denied access to a hospital not once or twice but multiple times. There are no beds. There is no hope.

You know your odds are not good. Your faced with a dilemma of moral and personal ramifications.

If you stay, where half of everyone sick is dying, the odds are stacked against you. Resources are being exhausted on a daily basis. The waiting to find out if your sick or not could play horrible tricks on your mind and soul.

But if you leave you have the moral dilemma of possibly transmitting a horribly deadly disease across the ocean into innocent clean land. While morally it may not be the right thing to do your odds of surviving are greatly increased. And the bottom line is you don't even know if your sick..

The people on the news say your not contagious cause you have no signs or symptoms of sickness.

It's now or never. Go before/if you get sick and increase your odds or do the morally correct thing stay find out you have been infected then wait around to die.

I don't know about you.. but I'm getting on a plane and taking my chances of increasing my odds. The only other alternative is death.

Friday, October 3, 2014

What if Ebola hits your town or community?

~EBOLA~

Ebola is becoming an everyday topic within my circle of friends and family. The general consensus seems to be that there hasn't been enough information given freely.

I realize the health professionals are trying to figure out all the details and sort through the constant on pouring of facts and fiction, as well as set up a process to help keep this disease at bay. I realize it's probably just as (if not more so) stressful for them as the rest of us watching from the outside.

BUT... they didn't start out very open with details. I personally feel if they would have come out and said. The flight #, name of schools and businesses etc that the first patient had visited or may have left forms of contamination, there may not have been an onslaught of angry citizens and reporters demanding answers. Perhaps more patient confidentiality could have been awarded. They didn't want to cause mass hysteria, but ironically, are close to doing just that.

It seems to me that people just want the truth. Good, bad or indifferent, the truth is always the best route. It's hard to watch the news channels and see different professionals come on and argue, disagree, correct one another and figure out what's what. What is an average citizen to do when all the information seems like a bunch of jumbled up facts mixed in with propaganda and fear mongering. And for anyone who says there is no fear mongering, your out of your mind. Every time they talk about isolation or an extreme outbreak, there happens to be commercials for prepper sites, food storage, etc etc Every time!

While I don't really get why they have to make everything seem so drastic, I do like to know what's going on and the news although sometimes blatantly throwing things out of proportion on occasion, they are at least (or seem to me) more open and honest than the Medical Professionals and Government agencies in charge of this particular outbreak. For that I thank them. But how do you prepare for something most don't even understand?

It's times like this that we need to take control of our own personal safety.
Do you and your family have a plan in place if Ebola hits your town?

The very first thing people need to do in order to prepare for a city wide pandemic is get educated! Research Ebola and learn exactly what it is. How it is transmitted, the signs, symptoms, images, stories, etc. Don't rely on one site to give you all the information you need. Research means you utilize many tools to find information and gain knowledge. Keep common sense in mind, if it doesn't sound right, ask questions, research some more. Do this until you have a great understanding of what this disease is and how it can effect you and your family. Without having this knowledge you will not completely understand the possible severity of such an event. Without that knowledge you will not be completely open to doing certain things you need to do. Such as isolation.

If you found out you had been in contact with someone who had Ebola, how would you react? Would you be able to abide by the 21 day isolation period. What if you were alone, no family or friends? I personally would have an extremely hard time with this. Especially if I couldn't be with my children. Although, if there were a chance I could have contracted a horrible, deadly disease, you bet I'd make sure my kids weren't anywhere near me in anyway shape or form. BUT.... If it were my child who had to be isolated and me not with them... Oh I can't even think about that..

Here are a few things I have been thinking about. Some seem like common sense, but, when your not used to doing something on a daily basis and it's not a part of your normal routine, you can tend to forget or ignore important details.

~ Time to postpone overseas trips. The last place I would want to be is in an airport where people are coming and going from so many different places. Especially if it was in your town already. Not happening.

~ Maintain a cautious awareness when in a public area. Look for signs of sickness. Don't shake people hands. It's not rude when your trying to keep yourself and your family safe!

~ Keep Hand Sanitizer on hand at all times. The little ones fit in your pocket!

~ Avoid crowded areas with close contact flow of traffic. If you must go to a store don't use a cart, or keep anti bacterial wipes on hand, wear gloves.

~ Avoid high contact machines such as ATM's, vending machines, water fountains etc etc.. especially in hospitals and doctors offices. People are there because they are not feeling well, take that into consideration when determining where and when to go.

~ Handle health issues at the first signs of illness.

~ Keep stocked up on staples and other necessary medical supplies in case of an isolation. Most likely it would not be a complete city on lock down, but don't assume there will be someone to bring you food and other needed supplies.

The most important tip as I said above is get educated, the next or maybe tied for first is don't panic. Proper sanitation, grooming, cautious awareness and common sense can go a long way. Don't be ignorant of the situations in the world. Stay up to date with current events so you'll know when and if you need to act.

~ my two cents of the day ~
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

ranting...

I'm not trying to instill fear mongering or feed the propaganda being pushed by our media and our government. What I am trying to say is we as Americans are to comfortable, too trusting and two unaware of what's happening in our country and the world around us.

Let's just go with some of this weeks top stories.

Woman behead in Oklahoma. Yep! On American soil. Oh.. you haven't heard?? Imagine that. This is real. Look it up.

But... it's just workplace violence the guy was just fired...

Ok.. so people who get fired now All Of A Sudden decide to behead someone?? What??

A little further investigation determined the criminal has recently converted to the Muslim religion and has been know to try and convert coworkers..

But don't worry.. Move along.. Nothing to see here....

Regardless of this murderers reasons, my point here is he was ONE person. Capable of beheading and brutally injuring another...

Another guy tried to set an airport on fire and commit suicide. He failed at both but the chaos he left behind affected thousands of people, flights and other airports...

One person... affected that many people.

People keep saying ISIS, IS, the Islamic State or whatever you want to call them today, is a small group of people. They don't have enough power to take over America..

Okay. I agree they will NEVER take over America,, But they do have the power, money and knowledge to cause a lot of damage.

I'm just saying it's time Americans start paying attention. My kids are hearing about this stuff in school but half of the people I talk to have no clue what's going on in the world and most of them don't even know what ISIS is..

It's like this (for me) students and military families have knowledge of what's going on.. everyone else.. Clueless..

Where do you stand?
What do you know??

This is a war over religion, power and moral rights. Nothing more. Think about that.. people are being killed over the rights we as Americans take for granted.

These radicals are giving the whole Muslim and Islamic community a bad name. This is not fair.

People instead of getting informed and really understanding the who what and why of things are instead assuming judging and acting against innocent peaceful people.

That would be like judging all of America based on christian based radical groups like the KKK, the black panthers or the white supremest..

Wake up America.. before you never get a chance to wake up again.

I know I'm jumping all over the place on this post but I'm so agitated by the stuff I have been hearing from family and friends who have no clue and make stupid comments and remarks.

I'm not saying we're in imminent immediate danger, but yes we are at risk. There are 100 of thousands of people in the United States that have Islamic views, if the Islamic State is able to convert even 1 % of them that's a dangerous number. On top of that there are millions of Americans and quite a few have their own battles and insecurities, hatred, emotionally disturbed etc. If they convert even .5% of them that is A LOT of people..

Say what you want about how small of a group they are instead of how to make them smaller and we're all at risk. Period.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Well it's official.. 18 and Life to go.... #ANoteToMyChild

18 and Life...

As I sit and watch you struggle with turning into an adult, wondering what this means for your future and having anxiety over what the next chapter of your life will bring you, I can't help but smile because I know you got this! You think I have to say these things, you think I am just being positive, you think because I am your mother it is my duty. You are wrong.

For 18 years I got to watch you grown into the woman you are today. I have seen smiles and tears, struggles and accomplishments. You have seen hard times and have overcome demons most people have never or will never encounter. You have what some would consider physical limitations that you do not allow to limit you. You have a compassion for all living things, love unconditionally, forgive in a heartbeat, crave knowledge and learning, listen with intensity, rejoice in positives, change negatives, grow daily and most importantly face adversity with a smile on your face and determination in your heart. You are everything I ever wanted you to be and so much more. You make me want to be a better person and I think I am because of you.

Life does not get harder because you become an adult, It doesn't change you because all of a sudden your 18, life is still just life. You still wake up with a smile on your face and take it day by day. You still have goals and figuring out how to accomplish them is just another part of life you take day by day. Don't make it something it's not because you feel you have to have something.

The one thing above all else that you taught me as my first born is that life changes. You can do and be anything you want and when your done with that you have the right to change your mind. Every day is a new day. You don't have to plan your life. You don't have to have all the answers. The only thing I can tell you is you will figure it out. You got this. You are strong, well rounded, intelligent, have a heart of gold and a lot of ambition. Your whole life is ahead of you waiting to be explored.

You think I don't understand or I'm just blowing it off. I'm not.

Your first 18 years were mine. My chance to teach you life lessons and all the other crazy things us parents think you ought to know. Now it's your turn. You get to take the world on in your own way. Just because I am not there to lead you, does not mean I'm not beside you, always. It's your turn to lead and branch off into your own path. But just remember this branch is not broken, it's roots are tangled in mine and together we'll flourish and grow. Each taking different paths, but always connected.

I can not wait to see where you are five years from now and at the same time, I wish you were still five.
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