“Until one nation ceases its attempts to dominate another, there will never be true freedom. Until one religion relinquishes its quest to prove its god superior to that of another, there shall never be world peace. We will never truly prosper or experience lasting harmony, until we refrain from preaching the gospel of our own moral values and our personal preferences by forcing it upon others.”― Anthon St. Maarten
WHEN WILL THEY (ALL OF US) EVER LEARN….??? Where have all the flowers gone Long time passing Where have all the flowers gone Long time ago Where have all the flowers gone Young girls picked them, every one When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? Where have all the young girls gone … Read More
When I was a child in school as I sang the song “Let there be peace on earth” it always made me cry. Not in the “Miss America – I Want World Peace” kind of way but true deep tears. I’m not sure why this song hit me so hard as a young child … Read More
Slipping away from life What is it about life, one moment you believe the journey meant something. Then along comes that time when it crashes around you. The realisation of hurting is just to intense as you stop breathing cause you're hurting with a broken soul. Like shattered glass cutting deep, suddenly you can see … Read More
My HUSBAND is beautiful inside and out I bet he reads my blog (not really sure he does) My Mother told us kids a story long ago Oh, yeah we were rich kids Mother said “if Our Dad had no money she would live on a riverbank with Dad” Yes, I still remember those twinkling … Read More
‘That saber tooth looks like he wants free-range human for breakfast. Better grab my spear or get far away!’ Considering what our ancient ancestors dealt with they definitely needed highly developed survival instincts!
So to avoid becoming just another prehistoric statistic, our forefathers needed within their brain a highly evolved fear center which we now know to be the amygdala. They did, and it served them well.
The problem is that our brains are still wired much like our stone-age ancestors. While we live in modern cities free of lions, tigers, and bears our job stress, money problems, and relationship quarrels still trigger our fight, flight or freeze fear response daily.
With truck loads of scientific studies pointing to stress as the principal cause of disease, sorting out a way to sooth our primitive amygdala is critical in this high paced and stressful world we now live in.
In 2011, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers fMRI brain scanned 51 adults before and after 8 weeks of mindful meditation training. They found that these adults, who had never previously meditated before effectively silenced the electrical activity within their primitive amygdalae. This meant they had far fewer anxiety, worry, and fear signals being sent out to the prefrontal cortex.
However, what really made the neuroscientific community sit up and take notice was that the participants dramatically decreased the actual volume of their amygdalae! Even more amazing was it didn’t take years. Participants in the study accomplished this amazing feat in less than two months!
The implications of this finding are tremendous. Knowing that it’s possible to turn down our primitive brain, we can protect ourselves against the extensively documented negative effects of stress. Particularly anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Caroline dried the tears from her eyes, careful to avoid the black and blue bruises that now adorned her cheeks like dimples.
She turned away from the mirror and made her way to her children’s playroom. Pain shot through her side as she limped down the hall.
At times like these, her three children were the only thing that kept her going…
About a decade earlier, when she was only 16, Caroline had been married to George, a member of parliament.
As were most marriages at the time, it was a tactical union — one that was meant to ease her family’s poor financial situation. She knew it would help her mother, so she agreed to it without a fuss.
But George turned out to be a monster of a man who beat her regularly.
Caroline kept her distance from George and found comfort in writing. Her talent was quickly recognized and she was appointed editor of ‘La Belle Assemblée’ and ‘Court Magazine’. She began to gain her own financial independence.
Year after year passed in the terrible marriage, and soon it wasn’t just herself that Caroline had to worry for. She had three beautiful children that she cared for deeply. She wanted to take her family and leave George, but she knew that wasn’t possible. The year was 1836 and at this time, women who were divorced or separated received zero custody over their children…
Love, Marriage and Common Misconceptions About Divorce Dr. Danielle Teller, author of All the Ever Afters and Sacred Cows, joins us to discuss love and relationships. Dr. Teller shares her thoughts about marriage, societal misconceptions around divorce, and her inspirations behind writing her two books.
“Culture gives us touchstones that we can all relate to. It’s really important to have certain assumptions and not have to start every day from scratch.”
The Story (continued) …George began to sense that he was losing control of his family. So he became obsessed with destroying Caroline and taking the children for himself.
He brought Caroline to court and accused her of having an affair with the Home Secretary, Lord Melbourne. Although the allegations were proven false, Caroline’s reputation was ruined and she lost custody of her children.
Caroline had had enough.
The injustice of it all sickened her. How could this violent, prideful, joke of a man, take her children from her? How could laws possibly exist that allowed this?
She took her skills as a writer and put her thoughts and protests to paper. Her campaigns were instrumental in the passing of the Infant Custody Bill of 1839–3 years after she had been separated from her children. The bill allowed mothers primary custody of their children under seven.
At this point, Caroline should have been awarded guardianship of her children, but George was spiteful as ever. The bill only held jurisdiction in England and Wales, so he sent the three children to boarding school in Scotland.
He didn’t allow Caroline to visit until a year later when their 8-year old son fell off a horse. The injury was minor, but it was left untreated and a vicious infection seized him. George sent word to Caroline, but by the time she arrived, their son had passed.
Unfortunately, it took a tragedy of this magnitude to shake George half-awake. He allowed the other two children to return and live with their mother, but under strict conditions. She was never to have a relationship with another man and he could take the children back at any time.
Caroline lived in constant fear that he would return and take the children, so she never stopped protesting the laws.
Subsequent campaigns allowed mothers even more rights and contributed to the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Act of 1857. This lowered the cost of divorce and gave women the right to divorce a man if certain conditions were satisfied. Although this was far from equal treatment for men and women, it was a step in the right direction.
Caroline was… Caroline Norton. She was an author, editor, legal reformer, and hero to many women across England.
Although Caroline never lived to see the laws meet the standard of equality that she envisioned, she set in a motion a movement that gave women the courage to speak up and fight for the rights they deserved.
Luckily for us, we live in a society that now accepts and allows all kinds of relationships. But even still, there are many misconceptions about ‘real love’ and stigmas about divorce.
“Some of our cultural beliefs about marriage and divorce are quite sensible, but as you will soon realize, some don’t make much sense at all.”
Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.
Whether it’s taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favourite novel, jotting down some things you’re grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there’s plenty of psychological research to suggest that certain activities can help improve your mood and your health.
World Toilet Day…at first glance, this seems like an unlikely candidate for a holiday and more like some sort of joke, but the day is nowhere as trivial or humorous as it may seem. All in all, it strives to draw attention to various sanitation issues around the world and work towards resolving them.
Despite access to proper sanitation being declared a basic human right, one in three people across the globe, so some 2.5 billion people in total, do not have regular access to a toilet. Additionally, even amongst those who do have such access, unclean and unsafe toilets pose problems of their own, including contributing towards the spread of diseases like cholera, typhoid and hepatitis—in some parts of Africa, diarrhoea is one of the main child-killers.
Open defecation is also responsible for increasing the number of sexual assaults perpetrated on women and children. Furthermore, when young girls begin menstruating, the lack of privacy forces them to stay home from school, thus limiting their chances of getting a basic education and, what comes after that, a decent job in the future. World Toilet Day’s ultimate goal is to allow everyone on the planet to take care of their most basic needs without having to fear for their safety.
History of World Toilet Day World Toilet Day was created by the World Toilet Organization in 2001. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations said: “We have a moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk of assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”
He went on to talk about how having to defecate openly infringes on human safety and dignity, and how women and girls risk rape and abuse as they wait until night falls to relieve themselves because they lack of access to a toilet that offers privacy. Another issue is that toilets generally remain inadequate for populations with special needs, such as the disabled and elderly.
Since its inception, World Toilet Day has played a vital role in challenging governments, businesses and other groups to make changes. It has also worked towards breaking various taboos surrounding the topic, in order to facilitate discussion and lead to the creation of better, safer solutions.
How to celebrate World Toilet Day I think by now it’s been made abundantly clear that World Toilet Day is far from being a joke, dealing instead with the protection of one of humanity’s most basic rights. So how can you help? There are a number of things you could do. For starters, why not visit the World Toilet Day website, Facebook page or Twitter account and share the message across social media platforms?
This may seem like a tiny, unimportant gesture, but raising awareness about serious problems is one of the things social media does best, aside from bombarding you with pictures of babies and kittens. The more people know about a problem, the more money can be raised to fight it, as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge so perfectly demonstrated. So don’t think your clicking “share” means nothing. It doesn’t.
Another thing you could do as a way of observing World Toilet Day Would be of course to make a donation, so if you have the means, know that every dollar helps.
When it comes to tea, you have a lot of options and Black Tea could just be one among the long list. And this is probably why a major portion of the tea lovers skip the drink.
But did you know that black tea has many health benefits? If you didn’t, read on to find out some of the health benefits of the drink.
Improves Heart Health: Many studies have found that people who consume the drink regularly have a decreased risk of heart diseases. This is because it has the ability to increase the antioxidant levels in your body. Fights Cancer: It can reduce the risk of developing skin, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers. In Women, the drink increases the globulin hormones which in turn keep cancer away. Also, the presence of theaflavins in the tea destroys abnormal cells in the body. Digestive relief: The healing and anti-inflammatory properties of the drink makes it a great remedy if you are having digestive problems.
Ingredients ½ gallon purified water ½ lemon, sliced ½ lime, sliced ½ grapefruit, sliced 1 cup cucumber, sliced 1 tsp ginger, sliced (add more if you like) A small handful of peppermint leaves Instructions In a large picture add all of your ingredients and give it a mix. Add some ice cubes if you like. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before drinking. Discard the water after 24 hours if you don’t drink it all. Recipe slightly modified from Skinny Mommy Notes Please be sure not to drink it after 24 hours, as the fruit tend to get soggy, strong tasting from the citrus.
Also, you can also add sliced oranges if you like.
No calories in this drink! Drink as much as you like and enjoy!
1 inch Ginger Root, peeled and sliced
1 cup Frozen Mango- fresh is fine too
To peel the ginger use the back of a spoon or a vegetable peeler, just peel the part that you will be using.
Using a sharp knife slice ginger into 3-4 coin sized slices.
You want them about the size and thickness of the coin.
Drop into your pitcher and add in the mango.
Top with 3 cups of ice and then add with water.(the ice is important, it holds down the ginger and mango to help infuse the water)
Place in your fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.
When serving add a couple frozen mango chunks in a pretty glass for ice cubes.
This will keep in the fridge for 24 hours.
You can use fresh or frozen mango, I like frozen because I don’t have to cut and it is always picked at the peak of the season and frozen so if I can’t get mangoes in season I can still always have some in the house.
Plus they are like little ice cubes here, fun!
I highly recommend you use fresh ginger, the powdered just does not taste the same and will clump in your water.
Grapefruit, Orange and Cucumber Water
After days of having the holiday feast, you should also have the time to cleanse and detoxify your body. With this Grapefruit, Orange, and Cucumber Water recipe below, you will surely get back on the right track!
Why detox, you ask? Detoxifying is the internal cleaning of your body. Just as you like your homes after the holidays, it is also a great idea to have a fresh start for the New Year by cleaning out your body as well. After all, a clean and healthy body just feels awesome!
Get your recommended 8-10 glasses a day with this tasty and healthy infused water. Take a look at the Grapefruit, Orange, and Cucumber Water recipe below!
1 sliced grapefruit
1 sliced orange
1 sliced cucumber
½ gal of water
Place the fruits in a large pitcher.
Add water and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Serve and enjoy!
This food item can increase the risk of Breast Cancer
The number of breast cancer victims is on the rise. A lot of factors contribute to it but the most important one perhaps from the lot is the modern lifestyle. The lack of exercise and a messed up diet can lead one to the disease and a recent study suggests the same.
According to the International Journal of Cancer, it was found that processed meat has a direct impact on breast cancer. Consumption of the food item can increase the risk of cancer by 9%.
Earlier, processed meat was linked with many other cancers but the new study concludes that it contributes to the development of breast cancer as well.
Junk Food Withdrawal: Is it real?
A new study has found that Junk Food Withdrawal could be real.
The study published in the Journal Appetite, it was noted that people who cut back on eating highly processed snacks such as chips, fries and cookies experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms can include mood swings, cravings, headaches, anxiety and even bad sleep. Such symptoms are most intense between two and five days after reducing junk foods.
For the uninitiated, such withdrawals are similar to the ones that happen when one stops smoking cigarettes. So if you want to eat healthily and keep the processed food away, you better do it slowly.
But then again, the withdrawal symptoms depend on how much addicted you are to junk foods.
Healthy Lungs: Include these food items in your diet
The importance of keeping your lungs health cannot be stressed enough. The organ is as important as our heart when it comes to body functioning. However, we often overlook the things that can impact our lung badly.
Avoiding exposure to pollution and dropping the habit of smoking are two things that can instantly impact the health of your lung. Along with this, proper exercise can help you improve the lung health.
Lastly and most importantly, eating certain food items can help you. For the lungs, it is recommended to eat fatty fish which is rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, apples, walnuts and berries. Drinking plenty of water is also necessary. Spices, on the other hand, can help you combat the potential respiratory problems.
Coffee and Acne: Here’s the relationship
It’s no secret that your diet is directly linked with acne. And while we are aware of most of the food items which cause the issue, we often overlook coffee.
For most of us, Coffee is a routine. When we drink it, we usually don’t bother about the impact that it has on our health or skin. But the reality is: Coffee can lead to acne breakout.
Here’s what skin experts have to say about the phenomenon.
“Acne can be aggravated by excessive coffee intake; however, it’s not the cause. It is primarily due to hormonal imbalances. One should avoid processed food and sugar in their diet. Eat clean healthy fruits and veggies that are seasonal.”
So if you are struggling with acne, better try cutting down on your coffee intake.
Want to boost your mood? Try these food items
Do you want to boost your mood? Are you struggling to cope up with the mood swings and the negativity in your daily life?
Well, like always, food is the solution. While we are aware of the fact that food can impact your physical health, most of us overlook the fact that Food has a direct impact on our mental health as well. For instance, certain food items can boost your mood.
Legumes come first in the list. It has the ability to keep our blood sugar stable and in turn, makes us happy. Leafy Grains and Whole grains also have a positive impact on our mood due to the vitamins that it provides to our body. The presence of Vitamin B in these food items is what does the trick.
Stretch Marks: This Food item can help you get rid of it
Stretch Marks can be embarrassing. In this era, when everyone wants a flawless skins stretch marks are indeed a big headache. The same can appear due to many reasons like weight gain, weight loss or even pregnancy.
Getting rid of it is easier said than done. This is where coconut oil comes in. The food item is known to be a great remedy for the marks. All you have to do is take a few drops of the coconut oil and apply it on the areas which are affected.
Rather than using coconut oil alone, you can also mix coconut oil with castor oil, turmeric powder or salt and sugar. Mixing coconut oil with olive oil can be effective as well.
Get stronger Nails by adding these food items to your diet
Nails are something that we often overlook when it comes to beauty care. We might spend a lot of time to focus on our hair or our skin, but having strong nails is as important as skin care and hair care.
And you can get the same by making some changes to your diet. For instance, adding certain food items to your diet can give your nail stronger
Fish is one such food item. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which will do wonders for you. Similarly, Eggs, Green Peas and Oats are also good for a strong nail. Green Leafy vegetables is another alternative that you can try.