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Bees- Pest or the best?

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Did you know that one out of every three bites of food we eat was made possible by bees and other insect pollinators?

Did you also know that pesticides are rendering these insects endangered?

Bees Matter is a great website to learn more about bees and what you can do to keep them alive and striving. I highly recommend you go over there & take a look. They have a ton of infographics & articles too.

Friends of the Earth also have several interesting articles on the bee situation around the world.

The Honey Council has even more information and some good resources.

What can you do to help? Order a free flower kit from Bee's Matter or go to the dollar store & pick up a few of the ones pictured on their front page (near bottom) and plant them anywhere you see some dirt.

IBD- Do you have it?

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You must be getting tired of all this health stuff but as my doctor keeps reminding me the more you understand your body and what can happen to it the abler you are to take preventive measures. Today I will talk about IBS.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) represents a group of intestinal disorders that cause prolonged inflammation of the digestive tract.
The digestive tract comprises the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It’s responsible for breaking down food, extracting the nutrients, and removing any unusable material and waste products. Inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract disrupts this normal process. IBD can be very painful and disruptive, and in some cases, it may even be life-threatening. There are symptoms you can look for but first, you need to understand that like Chronic Fatigue there are many different forms IBD takes. The two most common are Crohn disease which affects the end of the small intestine and ulcerative colitis which affec…

Free-Culture Movement

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The free-culture movement is a social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify the creative works of others in the form of free content or open contentwithout compensation to, or the consent of, the work's original creators, by using the Internet and other forms of media.
Sounds like a good idea to me! I strongly believe that music, books & art should be free to everyone. It seems to me a good writer should just want to get their story out there but everyone wants to make money. It really sucks!

Creative Commons is most often used for Open Content. However to actually access good Creative Commons items you have to pay an exorbitant fee to a catalogue service like iStock or Shutterstock. These catalogue services charge per download for instance this piece of clipart from iStock  will cost you $36 and the only difference it would have from this one is all the iStock watermarks would be gone.

When I was doing Artist Trading Cards and other paper-based art it would…

For the Pun of it!

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I have a guilty secret ... I love puns!  Not so good about making them but they always make me laugh. So when I saw that there is a day to celebrate them I just had to check it out.

The O. Henry Pun-Off is a yearly spoken word competition that takes place every May at the O. Henry Museum in Austin, Texas. Started in 1978, the Pun-Off gathers fans of wordplay to celebrate the pun, which English poet and literary critic John Dryden called "the lowest and most grovelling kind of wit."

The event has been organized and run since 1990 by Austinite Gary Hallock. A support group of former and current contestants was formed in 1990 to formalize the unwritten rules of the competition(s) and provide guidance and support for future events. 

Under the umbrella title of "Punsters United Nearly Yearly" (a.k.a. PUNY), this collection of loosely knit wits continues to be the public face of the event through its website, Yahoo Group and Facebook page. Gary Hallock retired as a produce…

Hug A Tree

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Today is Hug a tree day! I would be hugging my favourite tree but they cut it down this spring so I'm on the lookout for another tree to hug for today. There are one or two options in the area.

Do you have any idea how much trees do for us? I always hate it when a tree is cut down rather they needed it like this one or not.

On the other side of that fence is a table with two chairs that I like to sit at as I drink my first cup of the day. That tree provided perfect shade but as you can kinda see it is hollow in the middle and had to be cut down so it wouldn't damage the fence or our building in the next big wind storm.

Just a little ways further up the street is a younger tree and it is the one I chose to hug today. Bloody phone wouldn't take a picture of the hug so I has to settle for something almost as good.

A selfie with the tree behind me! As a rule I don't take selfies but when I saw this one come up on my phone screen I thought it was perfect so I snapped it.

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Conscientious Objectors

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The International Conscientious Objectors’ Day was initiated by the International Conscientious Objectors' Meeting (ICOM). The ICOM was an annual meeting of COs and their supporters held throughout the world to exchange ideas and offer solidarity. In 1985, at a time when compulsory conscription was still commonplace, it decided to use 15 May, to develop a sharper focus for action on conscientious objection.

The Conscientious Objectors Stone here in Tavistock Square, London was unveiled on May 15 1994 by Sir Michael Tippett, Peace Pledge Union President and a one time conscientious objector

My son-in-law is a conscientious objector. After a tour in Afghanistan, he returned home to what would have been a nice safe office job recruiting others to join. He refused and left the US with a very short time left in his service because he would not send other young men and women to face what he faced.

I have listened to his story and after what he experienced over there I did not blame him one…

How do you know if you are having a stroke?

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For heart & stroke awareness.When you wear red be proud and send out positive vibes to our sisters with heart disease.

When I saw my little red dress pin I thought it was the cutest thing and I wore it as often as I could. Like many things, it has been lost but I still remember it and what it stands for. 

Which brings me to todays' topic how do you recognize that you are having a heart attack or a stroke?

Women may report symptoms not often associated with strokes in men. These can include:
nausea or vomitingseizureshiccupstrouble breathingpainfainting or loss of consciousnessgeneral weaknessBecause these symptoms are unique to women, it may be difficult to immediately connect them to stroke. This can delay treatment, which may hinder recovery. Odd behaviours, such as sudden drowsiness, can also indicate a stroke. Clinicians call these symptoms “altered mental status.” These symptoms include: unresponsivenessdisorientationconfusionsudden behavioural changeagitationhallucinationResear…