Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Living Without Money Video

Part of me wants to live this way. The other part says, "are you yodeling mad?"

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Insulin, Friend and Foe ...

Dr. Jason Fung explains the causes and non-pharmaceutical method of treating Type II Diabetes here:

OK, you say, but what about Type I Diabetes? Is it simply a matter of taking insulin, or are there other, complementary treatments that can be used by the diabetic?

This blog post says yes, there are other tactics. Low Carb High Fat diet is also helpful for Type I Diabetes. You say this contradicts your doctor's advice? Perhaps. But read the post all the way through before deciding if it makes sense for you.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Visualizing the Brotherhood of Humankind

On Facebook I posted the following:
What are we doing to heal racial hatred? In my opinion, we can't blame a flag, or the names of streets, or any one state, or any particular country in the world. Hate crimes have happened all over the world, with victims of every color, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual preference. I think we all have to learn to see everyone else as people like us. I will keep visualizing racial, ethnic, religious, and gender/preference harmony.

The underlying principle is that humanity is one being with many individual units. It would be so easy to assign blame, but it does not take us anywhere useful. I was blaming South Carolina yesterday, but then I dreamed of my Inner Teacher last night, and woke up with the realization that endemic human fear and hatred of difference is not unique to that state.

As people of goodwill promulgate the brotherhood of humankind, this kind of fear reaction is part of the change. Individuals cannot cope with the idea that the old fear of strangers is no longer applicable in the sense of killing the "outsider". This idea comes from ancient times, when village life was the norm. Now we live in a planetary reality. Everything and everyone is moving around, mixing, and intermingling. Insular cultures are resisting this trend, reacting with defensiveness, which includes killing those who are not like themselves.

The future of humankind is unknown. We fear those who look, act, or believe differently from ourselves. Maybe we can heal this, and I believe it begins on an individual level. Whom do I fear or hate? What religion do I dislike or fear? Do I despise the other gender, or even my own gender? What sexual preference do I look upon as antagonistic to my personal lifestyle? 

Finally, can I develop (in myself) a different belief system? Can I become a member of HUMANITY, and look beyond my own family, race, religion, culture, gender, sexual preference, nationality, and language?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Our Pets Are Killers

In what we laughingly refer to as "the natural world", whatever that was, there is a balance between predators and prey. Life lives on death, and everything has its predator.

Enter humankind. We domesticated and bred wild cats and dogs (wolves) to be smaller and cute, but they are still predators.

In the case of cats, in addition to owned cats, which kill between four and 18 birds and between eight and 21 small mammals each, each year, there are 30 million to 80 million feral cats in the USA alone, which pose an even greater threat to small mammals and birds. 

"According to the research, published today (Jan. 29) in the journal Nature Communications, cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion small mammals, such as meadow voles and chipmunks."

Source article: 
 Dogs are also a big threat to wildlife:
 "Free-roaming dogs can especially cause harm on islands, where ecosystems tend to be vulnerable in the face of non-native predators like dogs. For instance, in the late 1980s, researchers found that a single German shepherd on the loose in New Zealand's Waitangi State Forest was responsible for killing up to 500 kiwis. The dog had a collar, but was unregistered, and its owner was not found. 
In another example from 2006, 12 ownerless dogs were thought to be wiping out populations of the endangered Fijian ground frog on the tiny Viwa Island. The Fijian villagers' solution was to "befriend" the dogs by feeding them scraps of food. Ten of the canines were eventually tamed and shipped off the island and the remaining two were killed. 
Source article:

Friday, May 29, 2015


Full Disclosure:
We were not home for the flooding and extremely stormy weather the past week or so. I have nothing to complain about, but why should I let that stop me?

One of the FYI facts that should be given to all those moving to the Gulf Coast of Texas is, either the big faucet in the sky is ON or OFF. There is no moderation in the weather here. Most years there is a rainy period followed by drought conditions. This year, as you may already know, we have had terrible flooding, and there could be more on the way. Today it is sunny, with only one thunderstorm in the wee hours. Tomorrow and the rest of the coming week, most days are to include thunderstorms somewhere, at some time.

Our dog Bear has developed thunder anxiety, and he scans the skies (well, the ceilings) worriedly when he hears rain or thunder. We got him a ThunderShirt, which is supposed to help, and maybe it is starting to ease the anxiety somewhat. He hides behind and under furniture and shakes uncontrollably, so it is hard to witness. I also bought a homeopathic remedy for him in case the vest does not do the whole job. Poor old Bear!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Galveston Adventure

OK, Saturday May 9, I went to Galveston to pick up my daughter and niece, who had been on a cruise to the Yucatan. They told me the disembarkation would be at 8:30AM. There were several doubts in my mind even at the time I was told this would be the time to pick them up:

  • there were over 2,000 people on the ship; getting all of them off would take a long, long time
  • it was hard to believe that they would shove people off the ship without breakfast etc.

But, I assumed (more fool me) that they knew what they were talking about. I headed off to Galveston around 8AM. I was thankful it was early because traffic headed to Galveston Island on Saturday is hellish in the extreme, and it only gets worse as the day wears on.

I drove the 20 minutes to I-45, the freeway to Galveston, and then had to pull over because I got a text from my daughter saying their disembarkation time would be 11:30. She advised me to turn around. Instead I drove down to Galveston anyway, to avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic I knew would happen shortly.

I drove around the island, which is quite picturesque, and took some short video clips of the surf on the seawall. It was very breezy and pleasant. I also bought a windsock at a kite emporium.

By the time I got back to the cruise ship terminal it was after 11, so I got in line, thinking it could take  an hour or more just to get up to the curb where I would pick them up. It was a very slow trip, but they had not made it out of the ship. They sent me a text saying they had not even gotten to customs yet. I was informed I could not park and wait for them, because, like at the airport, security does not allow people to wait, so I had to drive around and kill time until I heard from them.

There was a LOT going on that day in Galveston; another cruise ship was loading at the same time theirs was unloading; there was a festival on one of the piers, which was belching out dopey pedestrians by the hundreds. All this made driving pretty crazy and slow. On top of that there were the usual beachgoers. There is only parking for a fee, which is frustrating.

When they were liberated from the ship, we drove home; I swore I would never do this again (at least never on a Saturday!).

I had a good time in spite of being frustrated and irritated by the situations I described. What can I say? I was impatient and expected to be home around midday.

Do Newer Cars Lack Turn Signals?

More and more people seem to assume I will know what they are about to do, especially when it comes to turning or changing lanes. What on earth do they think those signals are for?

I have to assume a lot of them are on the phone, handheld, and have only one hand free. However, I can put on a turn signal with the hand I use to steer, without losing control of my vehicle. Am I a freak of nature or what?

Turn signals are SAFETY FEATURES for f**k's sake! This is an unnerving trend. Along with texting while driving, and driving while eating and drinking, as well as drunk driving, there are a lot of ways people can drive poorly. The rest of us are just trying to make it to our destination intact.

The Husband says new cars are built without turn signals. I am beginning to think he may be right.

My sainted father told me, "drive as if every other driver was out to kill you, because they are." That advice has served me well. They may not be conscious of their murderous ways, but that does not negate the facts.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015



I take the dogs for a walk in my neighborhood, which is definitely quieter than some other places in the world, and I hear:
prop planes
leaf blowers
string weed thingies
air conditioners


OK now I will shut up for a spell.

Thank you for listening.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Rant of the Day

Why is it that humans want to kill every living thing on the planet?

Hmm? Like bees, wasps, mosquitoes, mice, rats, snakes, spiders, leopards, lions, etc. YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. Come on, now, at a certain point we will have high-rise apartments but NOTHING TO EAT. Kill all the insects, and BLAMMO, no food for us. Even if you are simply self-interested, that should hit home. For example, people use products that kill or repel a broad range of insects, simply to make their sterile grass plots free of potential stingers.