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While I Can Still
Posted:Dec 2, 2020 11:08 am
Last Updated:Sep 2, 2021 1:40 pm
While I can still…
See and hear,
Walk and talk,
Smell and taste,
Feel and touch,
Laugh and smile.
I will keep on going.

While I can still…
Dream and hope,
Forgive and let go,
Believe and trust,
Love and care,
I will keep on going.

While I can still...
Give thanks and appreciate,
Find peace and joy,
Keep the faith,
I will keep on going.

While I can still…
Breathe the ‘g.i.f.t.’ of life,
I will keep on going,
Till my journey ends.

Today Is World Aids Day
Posted:Dec 1, 2020 9:11 am
Last Updated:Dec 3, 2020 7:21 pm

In the 1980s, an epidemic began. Those who contracted the disease suffered from a compromised immune system, leaving them susceptible t.o cancer, pneumonia, and more life-threatening conditions. The disease, known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Despite not having a cure for HIV, there are plenty of treatments that keep symptoms in check and can help sufferers. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions about HIV sufferers.

December 1st is World AIDS Day, and it's used t.o help dispel misinformation about HIV and AIDS. Below are several HIV-related myths and their corresponding contradictory facts:

MYTH: To stop the spread of HIV, people simply need to give up promiscuous sex and drug use.
TRUTH: Sex and drug use are not the only ways that HIV can be contracted. There are five fluids that carry the virus: blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids and breast milk. That is why sharing needles during intravenous drug use and having unprotected sex can spread HIV. To protect yourself, avoid these fluids when interacting with strangers.

MYTH: HIV is the same as AIDS.
TRUTH: Though HIV causes AIDS, an HIV-positive individual does not necessarily have AIDS. Having AIDS implies that the sufferer’s immune system is compromised.

MYTH: HIV is a death sentence.
TRUTH: There are now many treatments available to help individuals living with HIV.

MYTH: I could get HIV through casual contact from an HIV-positive roommate, friend, relative or colleague.
TRUTH: There are five fluids that carry the virus: blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids and breast milk. Unless you share these fluids with your HIV-positive acquaintance, you cannot contract the virus from them. HIV is not transmitted through kissing, touching, coughing/sneezing or by sharing food, drinks, dishes, utensils, towels, linens or clothes. HIV cannot be transmitted by sharing a pool, bathtub or toilet seat.

MYTH: If both partners are HIV-positive, they don’t need to use a condom.
TRUTH: Different strains of HIV exist. Sharing them could cause complications in treatment. It is thus safer to practice safe sex, both to prevent contracting different strains of HIV or STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

Sagittarius ♐️
Posted:Nov 30, 2020 10:57 am
Last Updated:Dec 3, 2020 7:20 pm

November 22 – December 21
The archer is adventurous, dynamic and optimistic.
This is a fire sign that’s associated with travel and adventure, thriving in wide-open spaces and experiencing new and different ways of living. When enthusiasm for life goes quiet, may get down and want to hide. Best Colours: maroon & navy blue.

Best Traits
Adventurous, dynamic, philosophical, generous, idealistic, optimistic and keenly interested in philosophy and religion.

The sign of the gambler can be free and easy with . Tend t.o have periods of conservatism and cycles of big spending. Would rather have an awesome experience than be burdened with material objects. A highly motivated worker when engaged, but find it really hard t.o focus when bored.

Romance is one of their favourite things. Having adventures is really exciting, but can get annoyed if have t.o compromise their autonomy. Can fudge the truth or be overly blunt when upset. Sagittarians are very unlikely t.o be possessive or materialistic since their lives prioritize being able t.o change, move, and adapt easily. They are rarely jealous, extending the same freedoms t.o others that would also love to enjoy themselves.

Fun, exciting and often the life of the party and love being with friends. Can have lots of different kinds of friends from all walks of life and fit in just fine. Having joint projects, a favourite hang-out spot, or day trips with friends is important. Their friendships bring levity when things get hard.

Fun-loving but can be very aggressive when someone is doing things the wrong way. Need t.o learn t.o listen as enthusiastically as they are when speaking. Seen as the ultimate playmate parent, always dreaming up fun adventures for family t.o try. Sagittarius is a global, multicultural sign

Famous Sagittarians
Winston Churchill
Andrew Cuomo
Pope Francis
Florence Griffith-Joyner
Brad Pitt
Taylor Swift
Jimi Hendrix
Samuel L. Jackson

Today Is The Busiest Day For U.S. Plumbers
Posted:Nov 27, 2020 12:07 pm
Last Updated:Dec 3, 2020 7:18 pm

Here's something I hadn't heard before. Perhaps our U.S. members will relate

Many people know the Friday after U.S. Thanksgiving is known as ‘Black Friday’ in retail circles. But did you know it is referred as 'Brown Friday' for plumbers? It is also the busiest day of the year for them. Incoming calls, mostly for kitchen plumbing jobs, will jump 50% over an average Friday according one of the largest full-service commercial plumbing and drain cleaning services.

Plates littered with leftovers find their way to the kitchen sink and often end up being dumped down the garbage disposal. Some of the worst things to put down the drain are pasta, casseroles, turkey or chicken bones, stringy-fibrous vegetables (asparagus, artichokes, carrot skins, celery, potato skins and corn husks) and eggshells.

Additional strain is also put on plumbing systems while people host extra guests which leads to more showers, baths, flushes and perhaps extra loads of laundry.
An Offer For Revenge
Posted:Nov 24, 2020 1:25 pm
Last Updated:Dec 24, 2020 7:11 am

She stared a.t this powerful, dangerous stranger, whom she had never seen nor met before.

He slowly and concisely listed ‘the’ conditions.

1.She had ‘seventy.two’ hours t.o provide a name.

2. If she said no, the offer would disappear. Forever.

3. And if she said yes, there was no going bac.k. No changing her mind.

It was strictly a once-in-a-lifetime offer. A deal that would change her life. A deal that would certainly change someone else’s. And one that she could not reveal t.o anyone else.

After tonight, regardless of her answer, she would never see him again.

She had no idea how she was going to respond, but realized, it was a deal being offered by evil incarnate
Money-Saving Tricks Using Everyday Items
Posted:Nov 22, 2020 12:20 pm
Last Updated:Nov 24, 2020 11:16 am
Everyone enjoys saving money, especially when it comes to improving your home. Check out these handy hints using everyday items.

Use a Ceramic Mug as a Sharpening Stone

If you find yourself in need of sharpening a utility knife, pocket blade or scissors and don’t have access to a sharpening stone, you can simply flip over a ceramic coffee mug and use the outer edge of the bottom, the non-glazed part, as an emergency sharpening stone. This isn’t a perfect solution for continually sharpening your blades, but will do in a pinch.

Bring Dead Markers Back to Life

To bring your permanent marker back to life, simply remove the back from the maker. This will be different for each brand of permanent marker; for Sharpies simply remove the back nib. Next, deposit a few drops of isopropyl rubbing alcohol onto the felt material inside. Shake the marker a bit to ensure the rubbing alcohol is absorbed. It’s the solvent that the ink is mixed with that dries out first, making the pigment unable to flow.

DIY Emergency Candle

Cut a stick of butter in half, each half should burn for about four hours. (You may have to relight it a couple of times.) Next, cut a toilet paper square into four squares. Now fold one square diagonally and twist. Make a hole in the stick of butter to the base with a toothpick and place wick inside. Rub the top of the wick in the butter for starter fuel. Now light. You can also wrap the toilet paper wick around a toothpick so it does not fold over as the emergency candle burns.

The Miracle of a Walnut!

Furniture gets beat up over time, but you don’t have to live with the unsightly scratches. Simply rub a walnut over a scratch in wood several times. Then, with your fingers rub the scratched area. This will help the wood absorb the oil from the nut. Lastly, use a soft cloth to buff the area. Now the scratch is sealed and gone.

Pool Noodle Wrist Rest

Keep your wrists from getting fatigued during a long day at the computer by making this pool noodle wrist rest. First mark where you want to cut the noodle. Make the height slightly less than half of the full noodle diameter. (You could cut the noodle exactly in half and make two equally sized wrist rests.) Use a utility knife to slice the pool noodle lengthwise at the marks; then pull the pieces apart. Clean up any areas along the cuts and then place one of the pieces flat-side-down in front of your keyboard.

Homemade Heating Pad

Next time you have a sore neck or back, don’t head to the store for an electric heating pad. Instead, fill a sock with uncooked rice, tie the end and microwave it for two or three minutes. It will conform to whatever body part needs heat. You can even put in some fragrant herbs like cinnamon or lavender to make it smell nice.
Saturday Brain Teaser
Posted:Nov 21, 2020 11:46 am
Last Updated:Nov 15, 2021 8:37 pm

See if you can figure out what these seven words all have in common!

It may not be as obvious as you think. ..








Are you peeking or have you already given up?

Give it another Try..

Look at each word carefully.

You'll kick yourself when you discover the answer.

No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters.

The answer is below in the Comment section! Before looking, try once more to see if you can solve it.
Do Empaths Exist
Posted:Nov 20, 2020 12:00 pm
Last Updated:Sep 23, 2021 2:00 pm
The phrase 'being an empath' is a relatively new term to m.e. . Someone I know referred to themselves as one and it wasn't clear to m.e what they meant.

As someone who always wants to learn more, I decided to look into it. Here are some things I found out:

What is an empath?
Being an empath and being empathetic are two different things. “Being empathetic is when your heart goes out to someone else; being an empath means you can actually feel another person’s happiness or sadness in your own body,” according to Judith Orloff, MD, a psychiatrist and author of 'The Empath’s Survival Guide'.

Another way to describe it is that an empath is like an “emotional sponge”—they absorb both the joys and the pains of the world around them. An empath does not simply understand someone else’s pain, they sense and feel the emotions and feelings of their loved ones as part of their own experience.

The empathy scale
Empathy exists on a scale, ranging from narcissists and sociopaths, who are unable and uninterested in how others feel, to “super empaths,” who feel others’ emotions so much that they may be unable to differentiate between their own feelings and someone else’s, says Helena Rempala, a clinical psychologist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Empaths are a type of ‘highly sensitive person,’ a term used to describe those who are highly attuned to outside physical, social, and emotional stimuli. It’s not just a mental response—others’ emotions trigger a cascade of reactions in the empath’s nervous system, leading them to become highly activated by it.

Not everyone agrees that empaths exist as a separate category and the label is more pop-culture than clinical. It's somewhat self-imposed and does not have the support of data that would illustrate the empath as a distinct personality type or even a set of personality traits.

The word means different things to different people; some believe ’empath’ is just a new name for ‘codependent,’ while others see it as a metaphysical or spiritual or even a special ability.

Are empaths born or made?
Like most psychological traits it’s hard to separate the influence of genetics versus environment but empaths are likely born with some predilection for increased empathy and then they learn to cultivate it as they grow. Research shows that empathy is a learned behaviour, with observable empathic development as early as the years.

How common are empaths?
It seems like everyone knows at least one person who is deeply empathetic, a good listener, and manages to get others to talk about their feelings, but full empaths are likely rarer.

About one to two percent of the population are true empaths, according to a study published in 'Nature Neuroscience'. While previous research has relied on self-report, this first-of-its-kind study aimed to objectively measure empathic abilities through studying mirror-touch synesthesia, a phenomenon where someone feels as if they are being touched when they see someone else being touched. Researchers conducted surveys of self-reported empathy and then correlated that with brain scans to confirm whether or not the person experienced this type of physical empathy. The numbers may be higher, as 10 to 15 percent of people meet the criteria for “highly sensitive,” and may experience being an emotional empath without the physical component, Rempala says.

Is being an empath a good or a bad thing?
It can be both. There’s a risk of becoming overwhelmed by taking on others’ emotions, especially if you can feel their pain but you don’t have enough information or tools to fix it. Helping others taken to the extreme may also cause you to neglect your own life and responsibilities.

Being highly sensitive can come with significant consequences, including anxiety, depression, and even a decline in physical health.

Breaking Her Own Rules
Posted:Nov 19, 2020 11:59 am
Last Updated:Jan 25, 2021 9:01 pm
When considering joining an online, dating site, she did a lot of thinking about her own boundaries. What was she not willing to compromise on?

She considered herself a rational and intelligent woman and after much contemplation, she determined there was no way, she would consider someone the same age or younger than her own . To her, that would just be too weird and reek of being desperate. She knew she wasn’t one of those mature women who needed to validate their sex appeal by being with someone much younger.

She pre-booked a room in the luxury hotel so that once the tech. conference meetings and sessions were finished, she could relax and enjoy an evening out. Her friends that were at the conference, had all scurried off to fulfill their own plans and barely thought twice about leaving her on her own. It didn’t bother her as she couldn’t wait to kick off her heels and enjoy a long, hot shower.

With her hair wrapped in a towel, she donned the hotel-issued soft, fluffy bathrobe and poured herself a glass of chilled, white wine. She sat on the over-sized couch and glanced around the beautiful room as her mind started to wander. She kept thinking of his words, ‘If you ever change your mind, just let me know.’ Could she? Did she have the nerve to contact him?

Finally, she decided she had nothing to lose. ‘He’s probably out anyway so what are the chances he’ll actually respond,’ she convinced herself.

‘Guess where I am?’ she typed into her iPhone and hesitated briefly before pressing Send.

She was shocked when she quickly heard the ding of an incoming message.

‘Hey, beautiful. It’s great to hear from you. What’s happening?’ his words lit up the screen.

‘The conference is finished and I am in my room at the Westin Hotel,’ she responded.

‘What else are you up to?’ he inquired.

‘I am just relaxing after having a long, hot shower,’ she replied.

‘Hmmm… so now you are naked and wanting some company?’ he teased.

Her heart started pounding as she debated how to respond. There was no doubt, that once she crossed the line, there would be no turning back.

‘Only if you would like to drop by,’ she entered and held her breath.

‘I can be there in 30 minutes. Will that be soon enough?’ he responded.

‘Yes, that would be perfect. I am in room #710. It’s at the end of the hall. Just come right up when you get here,’ she instructed.

Oh my gosh! What the heck had she just done? A single, tall, good looking, guy who was twenty-five years younger than her, was on his way over!

She didn’t have much time to get ready. Black mascara, ruby-red lipstick and her favourite perfume sprayed between her cleavage and on her wrists were all she needed before deciding what to wear. She knew she had to pick out just the right outfit to wow him when he arrived.

She slithered into her favourite full-length, black, fishnet bodysuit that hugged her curves and accentuated her breasts. Black stilettoes completed her ensemble. She took a long, slow sip of wine, checked herself in the mirror, and decided she was ready.

The knock on the door quickly reminded her, there was no turning back.

She took a deep breath, walked confidently to the door and as she slowly opened it, she stepped back so that he would get a full, head-to-toe look at her.

He strode in and devoured her with his eyes and placed a bottle of wine on the table next to her. He turned around and paused, and as leaned towards her, she felt his warm breath on her cheek, as he pulled her into his arms and kissed her.

She was pressed against his hard and lean body, as the scent of his musky cologne filled her nostrils. She couldn’t think. All she could was feel… feel the strength of him, the warmth of his mouth on hers, the sensual touch of his fingers across the small of her back and her hands pressed against the softness of his sweater.

An ache, starting deep in her soul, spread outward and throbbed for release as the pressure of his lips increased.

Her lips parted willingly and his tongue slipped into the recesses of her mouth, causing a shudder to pass through her. Her knees were weak and almost buckled beneath her.

Without letting go nor removing his lips from hers, he walked her backwards, until she felt the side of the bed brushing against the backs of her legs.

They lay down in unison, locked together in a passionate embrace.

She completely surrendered herself to him. Time was suspended. Age was immaterial. All that mattered was that two consenting adults gave themselves to each other unconditionally.

Exhausted, satiated and spent - she fell asleep.

When she awakened, she reached out and realized she was alone. While the smell of sex permeated the air, she noticed the handwritten note propped up on the pillow beside her, ‘I can’t wait to do this again. Let me know when you are available’.

She contentedly, snuggled deeper into the covers, knowing she would never initiate another instance.

Everyday Things Designed During WWI
Posted:Nov 13, 2020 11:13 am
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2020 2:39 am

There are many everyday items that we take for granted and likely have no idea of their origin. For example, gas mask filters were used as disposable handkerchiefs after the war. Often, Items created for the war had to be repurposed following the war. Here are some others:

Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery emerged as a way to treat soldiers with facial injuries. The modern idea of plastic surgery and the techniques used today originated in WWI due to the injuries from the use of explosives such as artillery, machine guns, and chemicals.Dr. Harry Gillies developed the techniques to rebuild faces after so many noses were lost, and performed over 11,000 plastic surgeries on the wounded during the war.

One hundred years ago, it wasn’t considered proper to talk about your period. During the war, army nurses did not have sanitary products provided to them. They found that the Cellucotton bandages made of wood pulp to treat wounds were five times more absorbent than other bandages, and used them as a makeshift sanitary napkin. After the war was over, Kimberly-Clarke executives were looking for ways to use the leftover Cellucotton, and marketed them as sanitary napkins.

Prosthetics were created during WWI to assist soldiers with devastating injuries. The Germans were leaders in prosthetics, which did exist before the war but were advanced during and after the war because of the substantial number of limbs that were lost. The increase in casualties resulted in developing more functional limbs, specifically for arms, so that soldiers could be more accepted and welcomed back into society.

Timepieces known as wristlets were sold during the 19th century. However, they failed to take off with men until World War I demonstrated their superiority to pocket watches in ­battle—particularly for military leaders who were co­ordinating precision attacks.

Blood Banks
Blood transfusions date back to the 1600s, but doctors rarely performed them before World War I, when they were accomplished by transfusing blood directly from one person to another. Capt. Oswald Robert­, a U.S. Army Reserve doctor consulting with the British army, recognized the need to stockpile blood before casualties occurred. In 1917, he helped establish the first blood bank on the western front.

Modern Passports
In hopes of restoring tourism throughout Europe, the League of Nations issued guidelines for uniform passports in 1920. The standard documents were to include a cover embossed with the issuing country’s name and coat of arms—the same basic look they have today in almost every country, including Canada.

The popularization of reliable contraception was for health purposes. Venereal disease [such as gonorrhea and syphilis] disabled many soldiers, and manpower was lost, creating a strong incentive to manage a contraception effort. Antibiotics had not yet been discovered to treat such infections, so “prophylactic stations” were set up to distribute condoms. One of the prophylactics that were available in France were called ‘French Letters.’ [For discretion] soldiers could go into a pharmacy and ask for a French Letter that came in a little envelope.”

*Source: Readers Digest November 10, 2020
Sunday Funnies
Posted:Nov 8, 2020 7:47 am
Last Updated:Sep 19, 2021 10:19 am
I don't usually post these but thought everyone could use a laugh.

Daylight Saving Time Myths and Facts
Posted:Oct 31, 2020 11:04 am
Last Updated:Mar 13, 2021 4:20 am
Don’t forget t.o turn your clocks back at two a.m. tomorrow morning.

If Daylight Saving Time is observed in your area, here are some common myths about it that you may not be aware of:

Myth: It’s Called “Daylight Savings Time”
The Real Story: In North America and Australia, the convention of setting our clocks ahead one hour in the spring and behind one hour in the fall is properly known as “Daylight Saving Time.” For whatever reason, people have developed a habit of referring to it conversationally as “Savings Time,” plural. Britons refer to DST as “Summer Time,” while in Italy, the practice is called “Ora Legale.”

Myth: Benjamin Franklin Invented Daylight Saving Time
The Real Story: Thanks to An Economical Project, a satirical essay Franklin wrote in 84 urging Parisians adopt an earlier sleeping schedule, Franklin is often credited with “inventing” daylight saving time. Actually, that honour belongs William Willett, a British builder. While an early morning horseback ride the outskirts of London in 1905, Willett theorized that if the United Kingdom moved its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October, Britons would be able to enjoy more sunlight. Willett spent much of his own personal fortune trying to persuade the British Parliament to embrace the idea, but he died in 19 without seeing his dream come fruition.

Myth: Germans Were the First T.0 Embrace Daylight Saving Time
The Real Story: Germany adopted daylight saving time (DST) in 19 conserve energy during World War I. However, certain regions of Canada were already following DST as early as 1908. On July 1 of that year, residents of Port Arthur in Ontario—what is now Thunder Bay—were the first in the world t.o turn their clocks forward by one hour. The German Empire may have popularized daylight saving time, but Canadians beat them t.o the punch.

Myth: Daylight Saving Time is Observed Everywhere
The Real Story: Countries along or below the equator, don’t implement time shifts since daylight hours rarely change from season to season. Much of Asia and Africa opt-out of DST as well, as does Iceland and parts of Australia. Even though Antarctica has no daylight in the winter and 24-hour daylight in the summer, research crews living in the area observe DST t.o communicate with their home bases.

Myth: Daylight Saving Time Makes Us Healthy
The Real Story: More sunlight may mean more vitamin D, but numerous studies have also linked daylight saving time to a rise in road accidents and health problems. A 2008 Swedish study in the New England Journal of Medicine —based on information collected over a 20-year period—found a higher incidence of heart attacks in the first weekdays after clocks move forward and fall back. Changes in circadian rhythm, too, can trigger cluster headaches and lead to days or weeks of discomfort.

Myth: Daylight Saving Time Helps Farmers
The Real Story: When the United States passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, it gave rise to the myth that the extra daylight would give farmers more time to harvest their produce in the morning. In reality, it has the opposite effect, and farmers tend to have been the loudest critics of DST over the past several decades.

Do you have trouble adjusting to the time change? Is there a difference when losing an hour vs gaining an hour?
Today Is World Suicide Prevention Day
Posted:Sep 10, 2020 12:16 pm
Last Updated:Oct 18, 2020 7:24 am

Observed on September 10th, every year, World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, , parent, friend or colleague.

Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention!

Learn the symptoms of mental illness, and how to handle them in your loved ones. Talk with your friends or family who may be suffering from a mental illness. Sometimes a simple check-in is all it takes to set a sufferer of mental illness on the right path to seek treatment.

We are all in this together and can play a part in preventing another loss of life.


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