Thankful for Our Children, Our Future, Our World

Universal Children's Day, Celebrating Children, Child Protection

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Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden. -Unknown Author

We know how we feel when we see a video showing children living in deplorable conditions or being abused in some sick twisted way. Right now we are pausing to put a spotlight on all of our children around the globe. Today we commemorate Universal Children’s Day.

We observe this day to celebrate and promote the welfare of children around the world. In 1954, Universal Children’s Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly. The rights of a child mean the right to be protected from all forms of abuse (like child labor) and untold violence. So let’s continue to protect our future…our children. They need us, we need them and we are grateful that they are here.

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Walking Dead on a High

Drug Addiction, Drug Dealers, zombies

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Is there a killer on the loose? A killer who seduces its victims to indulge in unbelievable highs and drop dead lows? When asked to imagine your image of what a drug dealer looks like, such visualization quite often looks like a repugnant individual dealing illegal drugs, in a detestable low-income environment. Yet the crisis of drug addiction has far exceeded the stereotypical images of illegal street drugs in at-risk neighborhoods.

Drugs, Pills, Drug Addition, Drug Dealer, Pharmaceuticals

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Drug addiction is not a subject I am an expert in. I worked, however, as a volunteer in a residential center where the stories of recovering addicts left your heart pulsating with pain and anger. Many of the residents were addicted to illegal drugs and surprisingly a great number of them were also recovering from the effects of prescription meds. Yet, the interesting thing about these stories is how these addicts were judged and completely vilified for their addictions, as opposed to those predators who dealt them the narcotics in the first place. Although great attention is thrown towards ostracizing illegal drug users, those addicted to prescription meds from affluent communities are rising and being exposed in vast numbers. 

Cannibus, Marijuana, Drugs

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Splattered across practically every media outlet, the opioid addiction, crisis, epidemic, and overdoses have become a legal medicinal pandemic. Many report that the sanitized version of the new drug kingpin, drug pusher, drug baron or narcotrafficker is originating from the smoking gun of pharmaceutical companies, their top executives and legal counsel, marketers, many industry-specific specialists, and physicians, along with employees falling down that legalized drug chain. Although not all pharmaceutical companies are guilty of such scrutiny, evidence of the growing attraction to prescription meds is clearly seen through countless drug ads on television, printed publications and other media outlets.

Pharmacy, Meds, Pharmaceuticals

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There is also the question of where designer Zombie drugs like Flakka and Spice are coming from. Drug addiction, whether through legal or illegal means is a health, wellness, and societal problem, and quite frankly it has been for a while, regardless of what side of the tracks you are from. The question remains, what are we going to do to avoid a zombie apocalypse occurring as a result of the deadly influence of these drugs, legal or not?

Now quite honestly, we need medication for certain ailments, diseases, and disorders, but close encounters with addiction whether legal or illegal is dangerous and deadly. The consequences do not simply affect the individual who is addicted but it also dominos into more serious conditions for innocent bystanders who are injured or even killed by those under the influence of these mind-altering drugs. 

This is not a smear campaign about meds, but the normalcy of this very profitable systemic problem should not continue to grow on the backs of highly vulnerable victims, legal or not. As one conversation puts it, we can’t continue to give accountability-free passes to legalized dealers living in gated communities and mansions, any more than we do for illegal drug usage and the dealers who distribute them. Wow!

 

What Part of No Do You Not Understand?

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Abuse, Harassment, kymgmoore.com

No Means No

No to making me engage in something against my will
No to submitting myself to your oppressive humiliation
No to being a slave to your salacious appetite
No to silencing me with scare tactics and intimidation
No to devaluing my self-worth for your demented pleasure
No to compromising my self-respect and weakening my sanity
No to sending my spirit into a crawl space of shame
No more will you get away with shredding my sense of dignity.
No more bullying! No more victim! Game over. I win!
– ©Kym Gordon Moore

Intolerable behavior and disrespect is not an acceptable option with a “free get out of jail card” anymore. The news of sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations has been exploding with reports in unprecedented numbers. For centuries sexual harassment has been a swinging pendulum offenders have used to intimidate their victims to control them by silencing their voices. This is none other than the activation of that so-called “boy’s locker room talk.”

Although with greater exposure of this heinous crime, there will probably be many cases that still go unreported to authorities. This discussion is about boundaries, protection, and respect. No one is immune to these twisted offenses. Should you conduct an investigation among your family members, you may be surprised the many secrets many family members took to their graves or never talked about.

Stop, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Abuse

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We can’t imagine how many people (male and female) who have fallen victim to such violation, on so many levels (school, at home, in the workplace and religious institutions) and felt they were the cause of this type of behavior. These offenders use scare tactics and the process of intimidation to control their victims/accusers. Not anymore. Those days are fading away fast.

With the help of extensive news media and social media exposure, this crime against women and men is crashing like massive tidal waves and exposing the dirty little secrets of these bullies, regardless of their prominence, position or how much their net worth is.

Don’t be shamed into silence. This is your life. It’s long overdue to flip the script on these predators and if they are truly guilty, the truth will surface, exposing who and what they really are! Oh and let’s not forget that if found guilty, just like others they may judge, if you do the crime, then you do the time!

#StopSexualAssault

#StopSexualAbuse

You Are Getting Sleeeeeeppppppy!

Health, Sleeping, Sleep Deprivation

Can’t think? Can’t sleep? Can’t remember?

Do you suffer from mood swings, disorientation, impaired performance, paranoia, clumsiness, hallucinations or somatic pain? Did you know that sleep deprivation can impair alertness when driving and is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of a controlled substance?

Although I’ve written about this topic a few times before, now, more than ever, we are seeing and reading about so many cases where the lack of proper sleep is becoming more problematic. Sleep deprivation affects your Circadian rhythm, decays the body and mind, causes depression, and could very well shave years off of your life.  Get to the root of your sleeping problem and solve it, because losing sleep could very well be a matter of life and death.

The Weight of Worry

Anxious, Fear, Worry, Depression, Health, Mind, Spirit, Body

The weight of worry is too heavy of a burden to carry.

Anxiousness and worry seem to be constant daily companions that won’t let us rest. It can leave you feeling cornered, worn out and depressed. It can exhaust your mind, body, and spirit.

This is a new day, beginning a new week and month. Be present in this moment and this time, for yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised. For that which you can do nothing about, you have to dig deep within your spirit and try hard not to worry about it. Easier said than done? Yes, it is, but still try anyway.

Can You Hear Me?

Deaf Awareness Week, Hearing Impaired, Hard of Hearing

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You know, it’s interesting to watch people who meet someone who is deaf suddenly get the urge to speak loud, almost shouting in some cases. Sadly, more often than not, we find that people tend to be uneasy around someone who is different from them, thus creating an atmosphere of awkwardness, exclusion, alienation, and marginalization.

I remember a community event I, along with another co-worker were assigned to do for a Springfest event in the mid-80’s. I worked for a cosmetics company in a major department store at that time and no one else in the department wanted to leave the store to participate in this assignment. The Buyer decided to “make” me and another counter manager attend the event…end of discussion. When my coworker and I found out that this presentation was for a statewide festival for deaf students, we were scared to death because we had no idea how we were going to communicate with them.

After we arrived at the location and checked in, we were taken to our area to set up for our presentation. As God would have it, there was an interpreter there for us, but we were not told that prior to our arrival. We felt a sigh of relief and commenced with our demonstrations. As it would be, these students were not any different from us. These attendees were able-bodied, normal and happy individuals, just with the inability to hear. That was it. Period.

Those students and interpreters have no idea how much they touched “our” lives, not vice versa. After we returned to work, of course, everyone wanted to know how disappointed we probably were and what a failure our presentation was. They were about as surprised as a deer in headlights when we told them we had an amazing time, plus we were invited to stay and eat lunch with the students.

Thank You in Sign Language, Deaf, Hearing Impaired

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Before we left, the one thing I asked them to show me how to sign were the words, “Thank you!” Their level of communication was far more advanced than mine. They “heard” and “listened” attentively with their hands. As I was sifting through tons of paper stored in a box one day not long ago, I found a few hand-written thank you letters from students we met that day. I sat on the floor, reread those letters and cried like a baby. It’s amazing how a simple handwritten thank you note can make you happy and humble!

This week, September 24-30, 2017 we are observing Deaf Awareness Week. Observed annually during the last full week in September, this observance is designed to focus on promoting the positive aspects of the deaf and hard of hearing (HOH) community. This commemoration helps to raise awareness about those organizations who support the deaf and to encourage social inclusion of the deaf and hard of hearing (HOH) communities.

It simply blows my mind how much those who are categorized as deaf or hearing impaired, listen far more intuitively than many of us who are categorized as normal “hearing” beings. They celebrate and have heartaches just like anybody else. They are not aliens, they are our brothers and sisters with unique skills and gifts. Instead of judging or ignoring them, we must exercise more compassion and a willingness to learn so we can better understand and discover how more alike we are than different. Do you hear me now?

Baked Honey Bacon Benedict, a Buzzworthy Delight during National Honey Month

Honey, Honey Recipes, Bees, National Honey Month

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Awww…honey! What a fabulous time to promote honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener, bee culture, as well as spotlighting the beekeeping industry. September is National Honey Month and a perfect time to celebrate HONEY and the health benefits that come with it!

From the kitchen of the National Honey Board, we are featuring this buzz-worthy recipe, Baked Honey Bacon Benedict. What a honey-licious way to start your day!

BAKED HONEY BACON BENEDICT

YIELD: Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
4 tablespoons butter
1 package English muffins split
1 lb. thick bacon
1/4 cup honey
1 dozen eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
For Hollandaise:
2 packages hollandaise sauce
2 cups 2% milk
1 stick butter
Fresh parsley or chives and paprika for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°

Spread each muffin half with butter and bake for 10 minutes on a sheet pan, set aside.

Spread the bacon out on a parchment lined sheet pan and drizzle with the honey. Bake for 20-25 minutes turning once. Remove each piece of bacon to a cooling rack to drain and cool. Cut each piece of bacon in half.

Prepare the hollandaise sauce according to the package directions and keep warm.

Place the muffin halves on a sheet pan and evenly divide the bacon over each muffin. Gently break one egg over each muffin half and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the eggs a cooked to your preference.

Serves immediately topped with warm hollandaise and garnished with fresh herbs and a sprinkle of paprika.

Tip: You can use the traditional method of poaching the eggs if you prefer, but this method of baking the eggs is much easier and great for entertaining.

Happy #NationalHoneyMonth on #FoodPornFriday