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International Womens Day

Today's post courtesy of Checkiday Celebrated each year on March 8, International Women's Day commemorates the movement for women's rights and celebrates the political, cultural, social, and economic achievements of women. It is also a day to continue fighting for gender equality: for equal pay and work opportunities for women, and for equality in access to education and healthcare worldwide. It is also a day to work to eradicate violence against women. It is celebrated around the world and supported by various groups. Small and large gatherings and conferences take place. It is a day of celebration, but also a day of taking new initiatives and action. In 1908, the streets of New York City were filled with 15,000 women marching for better pay, shorter hours, and voting rights. The first "National Woman's Day" was held on Sunday, February 29, 1909, in New York City, being organized by the Socialist Party of America; it was celebrated as such in the Uni

Learning About ... The History of Cereal

I suppose it isn't an interesting topic for you but I like to find out how things came to be what they are. Before I started researching this I figured grain cereals had been around forever turned out I was wrong. In the mid-1800 a fellow by the name of James Caleb Jackson invented the first cold cereal which he called Granula. It was used in his Sanatorium as a medicine. It never really caught on though because to be edible it had to soak overnight. George Hoyt created Wheatena  that he sold in boxes instead of by the scoop, thus paving the path for Kellogg and Post Yes, those are the two oldest names in cold cereal. Kellogg ran a health spa. It was basically vegetarian with granola as a supplement. After some experimentation, he created and marketed Cornflakes. Cornflakes were basically the first cold cereal to gain worldwide use. Post was a guest at the health spa and was impressed with their all-grain diet. After his release, he began to experiment with grain products

Lent Event Update

I was talking to the Professor last night and he helped me out with the Zero thing. When I set this up I figured I would just reduce the hours I would be able to have a can and if I missed the Window then I missed it for the day but I wonder if that is the best idea. The Professor suggested that instead of reducing the hour I could reduce the number of days I could have one until I reached one then none. I thought about it a bit and it really is a good idea and would work better than what I've been doing. Since I am almost done this week I figure next week I would allow myself a Zero every day except Wednesday Then the following week I would reduce it to every day except Monday & Wednesday etc. I still want to time it though so I decided that I can't have it until at least noon and not after 5 PM. Which will reduce the chance of Acid reflux waking me up in the middle of the night as well. I have done 4500 steps per day twice this week but I also had to rest the day af

Aspirin: Is it a cureall

Aspirin or Acetylsalicylic acid (A S A) is based on a compound made from willow leaves and has been in use in one form or another for 2400 years. Aspirin, as we know it today was first created in 1853 by a chemist, called Charles Frederic Gerhardt. Aspirin is one of the most widely used medications globally, with an estimated 40,000 tonnes (44,000 tons) (50 to 120 billion  pills ) consumed each year. [7] [13]  It is on the  World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines , the safest and most effective medicines needed in a  health system . ( wikipedia ) So is it a cureall? Aspirin , also known as  acetylsalicylic acid  ( ASA ), is a  medication  used to reduce  pain ,  fever , or  inflammation . [5]  Specific inflammatory conditions which aspirin is used to treat include  Kawasaki disease ,  pericarditis , and  rheumatic fever . [5]  Aspirin given shortly after a  heart attack  decreases the risk of death. [5]  Aspirin is also used long-term to help prevent further

Planning a Retreat

Today I felt the need to schedule some recovery time. On a retreat, you spend a lot of time getting to know yourself and I need to find a self I used to know. One that didn't find the world outside her door scary. For so long it feels like I've been hiding, keeping myself safe but you know what I don't know why I feel that way. And what's more, I'm getting tired of it. The Queen of Retreats  has extensive retreats you can pay for but I don't have that kind of money so I created one instead. I have a book, (don't I always), called "The Women's Retreat Book" by Jennifer Louden on Kindle that I picked up after I decided to change as many of my paper books for electronic ones as I could so I would always have them as a reference. Rabbi David Cooper in Silence, Simplicity and Solitude writes “All of us have a deep reservoir of mystical experience that sustains the part of what some call the soul. The soul yearns to be nourished, and if th

Music: Marching Fun

Definition first I think:  Marching   refers to the organized, uniformed, steady   walking   forward in either rhythmic or   route-step   time; and, typically, it refers to overland movements on foot of   military   troops   and   units   under   field orders . It is a major part of   military   basic training in most countries and usually involves a system of   drill commands . A soldier learning to march to   drum cadences ,   martial music   and shouted commands is considered an essential element of teaching military   discipline . Marching is often performed to  march music  and is typically associated with  military  and civilian ceremonial  parades . For rhythmic marching, individuals must maintain their  dress ,  cover ,  interval , and  distance  (DCID): dress  — alignment with the person to the side; cover  — alignment with the person in front; interval  — space between the person(s) to the side; distance  — space between the person in front. But since I'm th

Be Happy

I Want You to be Happy Day is dedicated to making others happy. It is a day when selfish feelings are set aside in order to focus on others. It is a day for giving them compliments, but also for listening to and doing things for them. So many holidays focus inward and are about self-happiness. That is not the case today—today we focus on the happiness of others! Today we endeavour to make others happy. Setting aside any unselfish feelings we have, we focus on others first. Although giving compliments and wishes of happiness is a good way to start, there is so much more that can be done. Finding out what makes them happy and focusing on those things is important. Being a good listener may be one of the best things you can do. Phone calls, cards, and notes can put others in a happy mood, and baking them a treat or making them a meal can make them feel valued. Paying it forward at a restaurant or a store can make someone you don't even know happy. On I Want You to be Happy Day,