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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chemicals, carcinogens and cancer...oh my!

Chemicals in a cigarette

I came from a nonsmoking household. 

I have never smoked and thankfully my parents never did either. My first sleep over with a non- relative was a friend whose parents both smoked. I had never come in contact with cigarette smoke and it had a huge impact on me. I had a pounding head ache and vomited my entire week end. We thought I had the flu until I became well within hours of returning home, and had a similar experience each and every time I was exposed to cigarette smoke. This was the beginning of my many unpleasant experiences with cigarette smoke. 

I am fortunate to have allergies.

Our body creates an allergic reaction to help protect us from things it recognizes as harmful to us. It is part of our immune system. I didn’t need research studies and the surgeon general’s warning labels to make me aware of the dangers of cigarette smoke, but some people are not as fortunate as I am. Their body does not give them these signals. Perhaps their signal will come when one day they are diagnosed with cancer or emphysema or one of their loved ones are because of being exposed to the carcinogens which were released from their smoking.  

Each year there are four million fatalities related to cigarette/cigar smoking. 

Smoking depletes our bodies of necessary nutrition, like vitamin C needed to keep us healthy while (smoking) and bombards us with many toxic carcinogens which are frightening alone, but deadly when combined.There are tools everywhere now to help quit smoking and you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to give it a try. If you can't cut it out, at least cut down until you are able to cut it out altogether. 

This post is linked to ABC Wednesday. Your visit is so appreciated. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

Thanks for the lend of the photo from Air.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Is your pain larger than you?

No child should have to live in fear!

If you are someone who awakes in the morning after having a “few too many” and cannot remember the night before, or if you are someone who has on more than one occasion disappointed or hurt the one’s you love because you were just having a “few drinks” or if you have been unable to function well enough to perform your family or work responsibilities, maybe it is time to take a closer look at your recreational drug or alcohol use; a habit you don’t want to call an addiction.

Growing up as a child in a home where one parent felt it was okay to put away a six pack while working in his shop and then come in the house and take whatever anger had been repressed throughout the day on my sister and I, I can tell you that a few drinks just to help one relax can quickly become a few drinks that make things spiral out of control. My sister and I took more than our fair share of our father’s anger; anger that spilled out into angry tirades and beatings.

Alcohol doesn’t relieve anxiety but enhances it. In order for one to truly face their inner demons they may need to undergo expert counseling like what is offered at Atlanta alcohol rehab. When we were growing up, it was considered weak to own up to emotional baggage. One was just told to “snap out of it”, which led them to find whatever means they could to temporarily cope. A substance, be it alcohol or drugs, is just a temporary fix and truly exacerbates the problem. You owe it to yourself, your family and your loved ones to get better. The pain will become larger than you if you do not address the issue and get help. Atlanta drug abuse rehab centers has a program for every need and will help you with whatever issue is creating the pain in your life, not just the addiction. I wish my father had gotten help with all my heart. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for those you love. 

Thank you for your visit today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless! 

Photo borrowed from Inquistr.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

If I were a Flower

Summer collage

Sun peeking out on a cloudy day


You paint the sky
To catch my eye.

If I were a flower
Would you grant a shower?

Once I was good and wet
You would not forget

To warm me with
Your brightest  rays.

And help me bloom
And grow for days?

 I sway to and fro
In the gentle breeze

And sit below your
Majestic trees.

Nature by God
poem by Judy

This post linked to both  Macro Monday, and Mosaic Monday

Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Words from my Android

Baby boy wanted to upgrade so sold me his Android for a fraction of the cost. Now I am playing with the features. They say an old dog can't learn new tricks, but we learn them every day; don't we?

I found an interesting link to over a thousand free downloadable apps for  Androids, so am trying one on for size. I have already returned a few comments using my Android but have to be careful because while typing text the screen loves to suggest words. I'm not as fast as these teens are, yet and I'm not ready to sell my laptop but am trying to get with the latest technology. If it can save me some time, I am all for that!!

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

A World of Plenty

Reflection of the golden rain tree

A little birdie told me...

Were you listening?

The birdie has a tale to tell

And he tells it 

Oh so well

With his tummy

Plump and round

He's grateful

For the food he's found

He tells of 

A loving God

Who leaves us plenty

In the sod.


nature by God

poem by Judy

This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday and Weekend Reflection. A Shadow quotation for you: 

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.

Thanks so much for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!! 

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

What Season are you?

Orange skies, chicory and Rose of Sharon

During a very difficult time in my life, when I hit my 30th birthday and also my papers showing my divorce had finalized, my mother sent me a book called Color Me Beautiful. My first marriage was hard for my three children and I. My husband, their father was gone more than he was home. In heated arguments I would accuse him of being married to the street, not me. Gambling and drinking was his first love and we fell by the wayside. It took me all the courage I could muster to give him an ultimatum, either go for counseling or I was getting a divorce. 

I beat myself up over the fact that I was not more important to my husband than his "habits". I cried for the kids and I. I called my mother long distance from NYC to Michigan and told her my children would never have a father and I would never be happily married. I felt so unloved and undesirable, and my mom in her desire to help tried to boost my ego. Moms are so loving. They always see their child in the best light.  

If you get a chance, check out this book. It divides people into four color groups. Mine is summer. So as I took pictures and put them together to post on RedGage, it dawned on me, this is my color palette. The colors of your season will bring a glow to your cheeks and help you to look your very best. 

1. Have you ever noticed that certain colors cause your complexion to look washed out and make you look tired?

2. What are your best colors?

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Logic

Black cat

Passed down from one generation to the next are many superstitions. Some of them we accept simply because we are told they are true, others logic takes over and we begin to question their validity.  Merriam's Websters defines a superstition as "a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation." I have gathered only a few superstitions you may have heard, as there are many, many!! Here are a few:

  1. A black cat crossing your path means bad luck.

  2. Finding a four leaf clover means you will have good luck

  3. Wearing red to someone's funeral is an indication that you may be responsible for their death

  4. If someone sweeps your feet with a broom it may ruin your chance of getting married.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Deathrate Doubles


If you heard on the news that the death rate had doubled, surely it would grab your attention? But the death rate HAS doubled, for trees that is; according to a survey performed, titled the U.S. Geological Survey. The death rate is across the board for many different species and not directly related to fire or pollution. A dying tree releases more carbon than a healthy one absorbs, and although some are denying the effects of global warming, the study concludes that our tree population loss is related to a "widespread ecosystem collapse". 

I may not be correct about this particular tree species and would only be too happy to be corrected, as I love to learn. In the photo collage the  upper left block is of a chestnut found at my *second source. The other photos were taken by me a few nights ago along the river bank, and I am relying totally on a verbal description I gave my friend for it's identification, but here are some interesting tidbits about the chestnut tree:

  • In 1904 the American chestnut tree was wiped out by blight caused by fungal disease and we are trying to recreate a  tree similar to our American chestnut by cross breeding.
  • The other types of chestnut tree are; 
    • Japanese, grows to approximately 30 feet high, has an unpleasant tasting nuts, and is being used to propagate other types.
    • Dwarf Chestnut which has small yellow flowers, grows only about 15 feet and needs a lot of water to survive.
    • Chinese chestnut thrives in hot, dry climates, can grow up 50 feet tall and produces a savory tasting nut. It produces a huge tree which is excellent for shade, but the fruit is not as sweet as the American chestnut.

This post linked to  Macro Monday, and Mosaic Monday!! Thank you for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy (don't make like a tree?) and God bless!


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