Gratitude 5July17 Wrestling Blog Mania

A rather interesting development has emerged from the video #45 posted of himself last Sunday. You know, the one of his tackling a reporter from CNN and beating the shit out of him.

I’ll insert the disclaimer here from the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “The President in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary.”

bloggerAfter the video posted, a person on the social media website Reddit, HansAssholeSolo, who calls his site The_Donald, excitedly posted, “I wake up and have my coffee and who retweets my shitpost but the MAGA EMPORER himself!!! I am honored!!”

Unfortunately, for America, despite the crucial issues our country is facing with healthcare reform and the pending balancing of our national budget — our top news story over the holiday weekend was the atrocity of our nation’s elected leader attacking a member of the free press in a video under the guise of entertainment.

Personally, I was not entertained.

By Monday, the White House issued a statement and threw poor faithful “The_Donald” supporter HansAssholeSolo, under the bus, and stated that it was not his video 45 used. HansAssholeSolo, a bit heartbroken, posted in a discussion online that the “GIF matched the movements” but someone added music to it and an extra logo at the end.

People began to read HansAssholeSolo Reddit site. It turns out he is a racist, with racist comments specific to black Americans, anti-Islamic, and anti-Semitic based on his extensive and blatant post history and writing.

It did not take long in this age of technology for people to track down who was behind the curtain at the site of The_Donald and find out who HansAssholeSolo was and any information that the internet provides. When attempts were made to get a comment, there was silence.

Well, that was until yesterday. Yesterday HansAssholeSolo issued a lengthy two-page apology to the universe.

I would like to believe it was sincere.

However, like anyone who has gotten caught being who they are and are facing the reality of the consequences of those choices, he wrote: “I am in no way this kind of person, I love and accept people of all walks of life and have done so for my entire life.”

The sad reality is .. you are who you are. What he wrote and posted for the past several years is a good indicator of that. It’s is the same with me. If you went through the four years I have been blogging, a pattern emerges of who a person is.

I hope for him, this is a reality check. I do believe people have the potential to change.

HansAssholeSolo has deleted all of his social media accounts under his previous names. He contacted CNN to apologize for the video he made. He stated he fears for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family. CNN has agreed to not publish his name.

Today I am thankful

  • It is a writing day. As I say, up to my ass in words.
  • A new episode of Queen Sugar is on tonight.
  • I got a new Cowboy romance book. Yee-haw!
  • I am feeling especially grateful today. My brain is clear and I feel healthy.

In reviewing this blog, two offending videos were posted, one apology was issued. One out of two isn’t bad. Sincere or not, it revealed the bigger man. And a lesson for all bloggers, anyone can pretend to not re-post you, just ask HansAssholeSolo.

affectionately yours, Laura




Gratitude 4July17 Independence Day

I take great pride in being an American. The symbolism of our flag, the beauty of our country shore to shore, and the strength of all people who live here that make it this amazing country.

On July 2nd, 1776, in a document drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Continental Congress declared independence of thirteen colonies from England, an event which eventually led to the beginning of the United States of America.

It was not until several days later, on July 4th, 1776, that the Continental Congress approved all of the edits, changes, and final wording of the draft. It was on that day, the 4th, the Declaration of Independence is dated.

I remember a scene from Scandal where the President and Olivia went and saw the Declaration of Independence. Intrigued, I did research on it then. The “official” Declaration of Independence remained unsigned until August of 1776, and that is the copy that is on display at the National Archives in Washington.

That document, the Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the thirteen colonies their freedom from Great Britain’s rule, but it also asserted specific natural and legal rights and the role of the government.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Today, I sit in the conflict of an America I love and a government I question. I specifically challenge the respect for the Declaration of Independence by our current administration. I believe the American way has gone astray.

Written by our founding fathers, proclaiming those self-evident truths, at a time when slavery was legal, women did not have the right to vote, and if history is correct, the colonies were dominated by extremely diverse religious non-English Europeans.

Today, again, being challenged are the hard fought battles for civil rights, women’s rights, and religious rights. They have either disappeared from this current government’s role call or are in the process of being eliminated. Slowly and systematically these rights are being stripped away from these groups of people.

When I read that preamble, it is so empowering. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” It keeps me looking toward a better tomorrow. That one by one someone somewhere will read that and take it literally and join me to make it a reality.

Today I am thankful

  • The blessing of being a citizen of this great nation.
  • I am excited for time with family.
  • So far, it is a beautiful day.
  • I love talking to my babies.

Stay safe. Enjoy your family and friends. Take a moment to remember why we celebrate this holiday. All we do today, we do because of the freedom allowed us by our nation.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 29June17 Pennies From Heaven

When I was little, my Granny told me a story that when you are missing someone who has gone to heaven, an angel sends down a penny for you to find. It was the angel’s way of letting you know your special person is thinking of you, too. She told me to never pass up a penny I found.

img_5815Yesterday, as I walked out of my writing group, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I was really excited because it was facing heads up, meaning it was mine to find. Finding one always comes as a welcome and happy surprise.

Greek mythology believed that metals, and especially copper had unique properties. It is one of the oldest metals to be used by man. Copper was thought to ward off evil spirits and attract love. Copper was used for making coins.

Historically, finding a penny is associated with good luck. It is a sign that the heavens are raining good fortune upon you. It is also thought that even though a penny is just one-cent, it still adds to your fortune!

Today I am thankful

  • Thinking about those who have gone before me today.
  • Very content to be at home.
  • I am excited about an event tonight at the library.

I have a crystal box on my dresser that holds coins and small trinkets I have found over the years. Every now and again, I go through it. I can’t seem to part with any of the contents. Somehow, each treasure seems lucky. Superstitious? Probably.

affectionately yours, Laura

*** revised from 25October13

Gratitude 28June17 PSA: Summer and Medication

sunshineI have always enjoyed the sunshine and the feel of the heat of a summer day. Being out in the sunshine is one of my favorite things to do.

Being half French-Canadian, my skin browns quickly and I have never had a problem with burning or skin issues. All of my life I have always been able to endure the heat for extended periods of time.

This summer has been unique for me. It started with sunburns on my face after my daily walks. I increased my sunscreen to a very high SPF. Then I experienced several incidents with multiple symptoms of overheating after short periods time in the sun and moderate activity.

I contacted my primary care provider with my concerns. My symptoms were those that mimicked heat-related illnesses.

Heat-related illness happens when your body’s normal temperature control system is unable to maintain its internal temperature. To chill the body, our blood goes to the skin away from the major organs, which is why heat-related illnesses can be so fatal.

Symptoms of heat-related illness are significant sweating, cramping, dizziness or lightheadedness, fainting, headache, nausea, vomiting, heat rash, disorientation.

All of my current testings were healthy, so, we began to go back through by medical history for the past year. During the winter I had a medication change of dosage. And it is a medicine that is sensitive to sunlight.

I asked my doctor how many people pay attention to how their prescriptions correlated with the change of seasons and affect their bodies. She said what happened to me is quite common.

My PSA and call to action for you is to take a minute to look at your prescription bottles and look at the side-effects. Many medications have the ability to cause sensitivity to sun and heat.

Today I am thankful

  • What a show Mother Nature put on last night! That was quite a thunderstorm.
  • A busy day today. Always an adventure.
  • I am thinking of those I love today. Some days I am more lonesome than others.

With summer upon us, if you are on a medicine that is sensitive to sunshine and heat, here is what I have learned.

  1. Stay hydrated. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but alcoholic beverages do not count. Sip nonalcoholic beverages throughout the day. Water is always good.
  2. Be very sun-safe. Use a sunscreen daily and often. Also, dress accordingly in clothes that protect your skin and in a wide-brimmed hat.
  3. Stay in the shade as much as possible and avoid being outside at the hottest time of day.
  4. Stay Cool by doing outside activities early in the day and later in the evening. On sweltering days remain in the air-conditioning.
  5. Be aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses. If you develop any of them, lie down in a cool room with your feet above your heart. Apply clothes to your skin or cold packs to neck, armpits, and groin area. Keep a sports drink on hand and drink a half-cup every 15 minutes.

Those at risk of heat-related illness and should take extra precaution are infants and children, elderly, people overweight, those with chronic diseases or on a particular medication.

Stay healthy and safe this summer.

affectionately yours, Laura





Gratitude 27June17 Who Needs Pants?

summerA new study by Benjamin P. Chapman and Lewis R. Goldberg, The Personality and Individual Differences, has determined that people who like to be naked at home are more intelligent.

The study was based on the Big Five Personality scale traits — extraversion, agreeableness, contentiousness, emotional stability, and intellect. 

The study used a dataset of questions that reflected intelligence level, personality, and habits. Researchers then tied the answers into an Act-Frequently Approach model.

That model is what identified the five personality traits.

Other interesting things to note; People high in agreeableness were most likely to sing in the shower.  I wonder if bad singing counts?

Those higher in intellect, or openness to experience, were more likely to swear around other people, buy organic food, and create art.

So, the next time my daughter Facetimes me, and I am sans pants, I will remind her, “Ahh, it’s my intelligence.”

Today I am thankful

  • Fantastic walk with my best friend
  • Settling in back home
  • A beautiful summer day

Wishing you a peaceful summer evening.

affectionately yours, Laura



Gratitude 22June17 Got Diabetes?

Mike Mulvaney, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), was asked if people should be denied healthcare if they can’t afford it.

DiabetesHIs response was that he believed in helping to provide “a safety net so that if you get cancer, you don’t end up broke.” Then, he went on to separate that from others that he called “ordinary healthcare,” that he thinks is at the heart of the healthcare debate.

Mulvaney stated, “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes.”

Interestingly enough, I have people in my life that I love who have diabetes. One, I lost at a young age to the illness. None of them are as Mulvaney has described of the variety that sits at home and eats poorly.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2014, approximately 9.3 of the United States adult population has a form of diabetes. That is about 29.1 million people.

Mulvaney statement is reckless that a requirement of determination and standard for being “deserving” of healthcare is required.

The new American Health Care Plan (ACHA) that is coming to the Senate floor for a vote next week will no longer cover pre-existing conditions for healthcare. Diabetes is one of those conditions.

Pre-existing conditions means expensive insurance premiums from high-risk pools. These policies come with imposed annual limits and lifetime limits on covered services.

It gives insurance carriers the right to ask permission from their state to “opt out” of covering chronic diseases like diabetes. (Please note: this includes people with coverage through their employers.)

With the future of Medicare hanging in the wind, this is critical. The bill presented today ends the Medicaid expansion, in addition to the budget cuts already voted on in the House.

For some the burden of diabetic medications and supplies under the ACA was burdensome. They need to get ready; the worst is to come.

The American Diabetes Association states on its website, ” Diabetes and its complications can be managed, and type 2 diabetes can often be prevented — if there is access to and availability of adequate and affordable health care.”

They might want to give Mike Mulvaney and Mitch McConnell a call this week.

You should call, too. 202.224.3121


Gratitude 22June17 Tell Me With Whom You Walk

There is a saying “Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are.” Along with that same line of thought, “Tell me whom you love, and I will tell you who you are.”

As my dear Granny would say, “Birds of a feather, flock together.”

circle of womenIn our life, I think it is often more important to look at who is in our life than what is happening in our life. For myself, I have found, what is happening is often driven by “who” is in my life.

I will always have many acquaintances. There are many people in my life that I am fond of and will always keep in touch.

I have come to understand that life is unpredictable. If I dream of someone or think of someone, I will contact that person. I believe that is our unconscious way of telling us to reach out.

The people I “walk” with are a smaller and refined group. Those are the people that I find are a reflection of my life. I use my relationships with them as a gauge of “am I the kind of person I want to be?”

It is interesting to discover that we don’t require daily contact with each other. We all respect and understand the requirements that every day lives call from us. Not all of us are single.

Several live across the country miles away. One is a kindred spirit I met online years ago that I could call in a heartbeat. Not all are my age. Not all are female. A few are souls that I have connected with and are always there if I need them. The majority of my closest friends, I have known most of my life.

The common traits they all share are loving, honest, intelligent, strong, and gifted. The characteristics I strive to emulate as I give gratitude for their friendship daily.

Today I am thankful

  • The circle of family and friends I am blessed to have.
  • Another rainy day in the ATL. Go figure.
  • A busy day for my “To Do” list
  • A sweet and sleepy grand puppy.

Take five minutes today and make a personal connection with someone you love. Send them a card or call them instead of sending a text. Don’t call while you’re driving or multi-tasking. Call when you can give your undivided attention. Five minutes.

Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are.

affectionately yours, Laura