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Actin’ Silly

Baby, funny, Playing

Don’t you just love those days when you can take the plunge into the “Silly Zone” and stay there for a while? It’s Hump Day so why not go for it?

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Funny Takes

 

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I’ll Take an Espresso with 2 Spoons of Fake News

Fake News, Rumors, Bogus News, Journalism, Broadcasting, Bots

I am fascinated by gems and minerals. Of course, many women love diamonds and precious gems, but when your wallet says soda pop prices with champagne tastes and caviar dreams, well then, you go for the trendy knockoffs. It may not be as valuable, but that all depends on the person buying it and what they intend to use it for. So I had to ask myself a gnawing question about the growing popularity of fake news and whether it is a more acceptable, fashionable, trend that has penetrated our moral values and the core ethics of journalism.

When email communications were more popular than texting and social media, I believe the epidemic of fake news began to spread more rapidly than a common cold back then. I would be irked by friends who sent an email to everyone in their address book about a “rumor” that would sound authentic, without checking whether or not it was true.

First, I hated the fact that the senders didn’t fact check these rumors which turned out to be a lie, that has now been sent to at least 50-75 people in their personal address book, AND they didn’t even bother to blind copy our names! Ugh! That’s when I used to turn to Snopes.com to see the latest rumors that spread more rampantly than any nosy neighbor sitting in their window spreading gossip. I kinda miss that nosy neighbor!

Fake news, a buzz keyword that conveniently and loosely flows from the lips of so many these days are sites and outlets that deliberately spin and publish hoaxes and propaganda asserting that the news is real, but is misleading because it isn’t. Or in some cases, you will find remnants of the “truth” embellished with sparkling fake jewels. In other words, in my dictionary, it’s a “lie.” Amazingly, so many people, and not just the illiterate or disenfranchised are believing these falsified facts, but also many highly educated, professional and rather intelligent individuals are duped by such news.

What has happened to honest fact-checking, credible, decent, authentic and good investigative journalism like it used to be you might ask? It still exists, but sensationalized lies seem to be the attention getters…you know the things that start arguments, fights, wars and gets thousands of followers? Now, just in a matter of hitting the send or enter key, millions of people all at once will receive quick access to lies perpetrated by the implementation of bots that can create a catastrophe scarier than any “A Nightmare on Elm Street” sequel I’ve seen.

Fake news or controversial bogus stories is a very real, dangerous threat to every fabric of our being, security of our country and in the way we tell the truth. When I think about the “Pizzagate” conspiracy and how damaging it was to the character of hard working citizens, innocent people and how horribly wrong things could have turned out, I cringe and am infuriated. I think anyone reporting “anything” or anyone internalizing and wanting to “share” controversial hearsay, has a responsibility to fact-check first. With such intent to falsify and spread scathing rumors, or to purposefully carry out character assassinations just for the hell of it, to me that in itself, is nothing more than sheer terrorism. That’s just my opinion.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in News

 

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Attitude Climate Change

Rainy Day, Poetry, Attitude, Weather

How do you embrace those days when inclement weather overshadows the good? Do you allow it to weigh you down, put you in a bad mood, or do you find a way to make the best of an inconvenient situation? Weather happens. Life happens. We can’t control either, no matter how much we try. But when the unexpected happens, and it will, your outlook can make a big difference on your mental health and physical wellness. 

Attitude Climate Change

Oh the rippling tide as morning unfolds
a storm or a dark cloud should never make you frown
the day is new, alive and ever evolving
a torrential downpour or Monday should never get you down

such boldness of a rainbow needs the sunshine and the rain
forming a perfect arch of brilliant Pantone hues
despite fragmented emotions and hearts of despair
one can change their climate by simply changing their attitudes.

 
 

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It’s National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day on Food Porn Friday

Chocolate Covered Raisins, National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day, Grapes, Raisins

Sunmaid Pure Milk Chocolate Raisins Image credit: amazon.com

Chocolate Covered Raisins, National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day, Grapes, Raisins

Kirkland Milk Chocolate Raisins Image credit: amazon.com

Would you believe today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day? That’s right! 

The historical origins of the chocolate covered raisin are unknown. They have a reputation in many countries of being food that is eaten in movie theaters. Most early references tend to originate from the Germanic-speaking regions of Europe.

In some countries, chocolate covered raisins are also known as Raisinets, which is the earliest and one of the most popular brands of the product, currently made by Nestlé. Raisinets are the second largest selling candy in United States history.

Supermarket chains also sell them in bags, and they were traditionally sold by weight, from jars, in candy stores. The main ingredients in this confectionery are raisins, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate.

Chocolate Covered Raisins, National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day, Grapes, Raisins

Nestlé Raisinets Image credit: http://www.couponingtodisney.com

Have you ever tried your hands at making chocolate covered raisins? Did you know that in Australia, these sweets are more commonly referred to as chocolate-covered sultanas, rather than raisins? Yep, I heard it from the grapevine!

So today, on Food Porn Friday, whether you are a fan of Sun-Maid, Kirkland, Nestlé or any other chocolaty-covered raisiny treat that you can snack on any time of the day, celebrate the melt in your mouth decadence of National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day!

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Food, News

 

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Laugh Break: Bikinis and the Red-Eyed Tree Frogs

Frogs, Exercising, Yoga

When an accountability partner comes in handy!

“C’mon Gertrude, STRETCH!” Ethel coaxed. “It’s almost bikini season!”

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Funny Takes

 

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The Fluid of Our Life on World Water Day

World Water Day, Water Scarcity, Water Conservation

Do we take water for granted? How often do you think about the overall health of the water you drink, the showers and baths you take, the water you wash your hair with or the water in your swimming pool? Would you believe that over 663 million people still lack access to clean drinking water?

Well, today is World Water Day folks. I’d like for us to pause for a moment to observe, to learn and teach others how to take action and make a difference in caring for the health of the water in our homes, in our rivers, streams and oceans, the water used to irrigate crops and what livestock drink. How can we be more responsible water stewards?

The one critical thing we really miss outside of food during natural disasters or soil contamination is water. Our carelessness with pollutants infiltrating our oceans, creeks, streams, rivers and soil is a call to action for immediate changes in our habits, policies, and advocacy for clean water, regardless of who you are. Why? For one thing, water is one of the most essential elements to health that prevents dehydration and ensures survival. Furthermore, the human brain is made up of 95% water, the lungs consist of 90% water and the blood 82%.

We must also hold those corporations accountable who carelessly pollute our environment with chemicals that contaminate our soil which eventually work their way into our crops and water supply sources. The results of such recklessly and disregard regardless of whose responsibility it is can pose traumatic and deadly health issues to innocent people that no amount of money can cure.

So today, let’s not only pause to observe World Water Day but let’s do everything in our power to preserve and conserve this all-important necessity essential to our health and welfare.

 

 

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Book Bars: Read, Drink and Be Merry

The Bookshop Bar on Sukhumvit 38, Bangkok Bookstore Bar, Bookstore Bar

Although The Bookshop Bar on Sukhumvit 38 in Bangkok as shown is no longer in operation, the concept of this bookstore bar is absolutely artistic, whimsical and fabulous! Image source: http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/the-bookshop.htm

Even though many literary critics want to continue proclaiming that the traditional enjoyment of reading books, particularly hardcover or paperback books is passé, we are finding some amazing bars where people not only like to drink their favorite spirits but who also love to read. By combining these different forms of entertainment, socializing and/or relaxation, there are some fine establishments whose bartenders are mixing more than cocktails behind the bar.

Do you have a favorite watering hole or literary pub that integrates bookworms with bartenders? Tell us the name of your book bar and where it is located. Here are a few I found which received some very good reviews.

The Library Bar in Dallas
White Horse Trading Co., Seattle, Washington
The Wellesbourne in West Los Angeles
Hemingway’s Lounge in Hollywood
The Library Bar in New York City
The Laundromat Café in Reykjavik, Iceland
Books & Brews, Indianapolis, Indiana
Two Sisters Bar and Books in Hayes Valley, San Francisco
Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY
The Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, Asheville, North Carolina
Hyperion Tavern in Silver Lake, Los Angeles
Book Bar in Lhasa, Tibet
Elements: Books Coffee Beer, Biddeford, Maine
The Cedars Social in Dallas
Library Bar, Los Angeles
The Bookstore Bar at The Alexis Hotel in Seattle
Hudson Bar and Books in New York City
Týnská Bar and Books in Prague
BookBar, Denver, Colorado
Portsmouth Book & Bar, Portsmouth, NH

 

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