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Mardoch the Iguana

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Mardoch the Iguana

Iguana

green scales

creeping smelling lazing

Iguanas can see shapes, shadows, colors and movement at long distances.

cunning, plant-eating, coloring

long tailed

Lizard

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New and Improved for You

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Choose-A-Size Paper Towels
Property of Grandmother Musings

“New and Improved” and “Better than Ever”.  These are slogans all buyers should be wary of when they are shopping.  I have found that they do not generally mean that the product is better, just different.  

Take my paper towels for example.  First, the manufacturers said that they had “improved” their product when they changed from full sheet to choose-a-size sheets.  Soon, when I went shopping, the only paper towels I could find were the choose-a-size type.  I put them in my cart figuring that I could always use two sheets if I needed more.

I realized after one roll, that I liked the choose-a-size much better than the full sheet paper towels.  It was wonderful to use only what I needed, when I needed it.  It saved me money, too.  Now, I will only buy the choose-a-size type of paper towels.

That is of course, until the paper towel manufacturers figured out that if I am saving money by using the choose-a-size paper towels, they are losing money!  Yesterday, when I went grocery shopping, I discovered that I could no longer buy my favorite brand in choose-a-size. I now am only offered the “New and Improved” full sheet paper towels.  See what I mean about those sneaky slogans?

They have also used the Olympics to trick me. Suddenly, my old laundry detergent is inferior to the new detergent with the Olympic logo.  The fact is they changed the label so much that I failed to purchase my detergent.  I was foolishly led to believe that my type of detergent was out of stock.  After looking for a week at three different stores, I realized the detergent was not out of stock. They had just changed the label.  Now, instead of Bleach Alternative, the label says, Vivid & Bright.  It is so frustrating!

Consequently, all buyers should beware of the ad campaigns that tout slogans like “Better than Ever” and the like.  Truthfully, those slogans typically mean that more profits are needed for the company.  Moreover, if you are reading this paper towel manufacturer, I beg you to quit messing with my choose-a-size paper towels!

 

 

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Limerick: 20 Lines or Less Challenge

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photographed by David Ahern

There once was a dog from Brazil

Who came from a puppy mill

He tried to look cute

and less like a brute

A matter that bothers him still.

 

 

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When Healing Becomes A Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and Therapies by Kenny Ausubel

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When Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative TherapiesWhen Healing Becomes a Crime: The Amazing Story of the Hoxsey Cancer Clinics and the Return of Alternative Therapies by Kenny Ausubel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This Exposé is the story of Harry Hoxsey and of the politics of cancer. It is an eye-opening look at the dirty secrets of oncology. The author, Kenny Ausubel, shares the intriguing story of Harry Hoxsey, whose great-grandfather stumbled upon a cure for cancer. Harry received the recipe for the herbal salve and tonic from his grandfather on his deathbed. He told Harry to guard the secret with his life because there people out there who would want it at any cost. He also told Harry not to charge those who lacked funds to pay for the treatment.

Harry Hoxsey followed his grandfather’s creed until his death. He cured thousands of cancer patients and at one time had the largest cancer treatment center in Texas with branches in 17 states. He was also touted to be the biggest snake oil salesman who ever lived.

How can a man who saves so many lives be a quack? Well according to Morris Fishbein, the editor of the American Medical Association (AMA) Journal, the Hoxey Formula was useless folk medicine against cancer. Fishbein wielded his influence to have Hoxey arrested, harassed, and his clinics closed down.

In the second half of the book, we learn that there are many alternative methods to treat cancer. Most of these methods are never shared with the American public because of the politics involved. We learn what roles the AMA, the FDA, and the National Institute of Health, play in the treatment of cancer. The standard treatment in our country is surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. They have been the only option for those who are suffering from cancer.

The author does extensive research into alternative methods and the Hoxey Formula. Scientific testing done on individual herbs used in the Hoxsey formula has been proven to have anti-cancer properties to cure some forms of cancer.

This is a must read book for anyone who has cancer or has a loved one with cancer. Although, there are not cures in this book, there are many citations of research directed at alternative methods. Warning: This book will make you furious about the state of Cancer Treatment in America at this time. The money and politics involved in the big business of cancer creates a barrier for alternative methods of treatment to be used.

Kenny Ausubel also made an award-winning documentary entitled, “Project Censored’s “Best Censored Story” that follows the Hoxsey story with live footage of Hoxey and his clinic.

You may also wish to listen to Ausubel’s interview on Coast-to-Coast AM at http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/20…

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

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Photo taken by David Ahern

This photo was taken by a friend in a field close to his workplace.  I am not sure of the name of this wild flower, however, they grow with abandon in Illinois.  It must be some sort of prairie flower.   The color is a perfect example of purple. 

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Quotes From the Masters: Ovid

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“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.” Ovid

The first two –weeks after my daughter was born was my introduction to being a worrier. I worried whether she was eating enough. When she would sleep too long, I could not enjoy the peace; instead, I would go and check on her every few minutes to see if she were still breathing. My mother must have wanted to change her phone number, because I would call her at all hours to ask her questions.

Then, when my daughter began to crawl, I worried that she would find something on the floor that would hurt her.  I worried when she did not seem to want to pull herself up on the coffee table. I worried that she was not walking soon enough. Consequently, I spent most of her childhood worrying.

When I think back on all the worrying I did, I realize that all the worry actually kept me from enjoying the stages of my daughter’s childhood.  It is sad, because I will never be able to retrieve those moments again.

It seems that the world is filled with reasons to worry.  I worry about my kids and grandkids, I worry about the economy, and I worry about making the car payment on time. There is a never-ending stream of things to worry about.  Sometimes it seems that if I did not have worry, I would not have anything. 

Breaking the chains of worry, as Ovid suggests, would make me a happier person.  However, it is hard to give up the habit of worrying. I have been doing it for so long.

The benefit of letting go of my worry often goes unnoticed in my daily life. I just know that I feel better. A kind of mental freedom washes over me telling me that everything is okay.  The air suddenly smells fresher, people seem nicer, and things just fall into place.

If I could take Ovid’s suggestion to let go of the worry and choose happiness, my world may be a better place.  At least my own piece of the world could be better. Maybe I should announce one day of the year as “Worry-Free” Day. On this day, I am not allowed to fret, to be inhibited, or agonize over anything. I am only to be concerned with living each moment fully and completely. I will not let the future or the past interfere with my day.

Just some musings. Thank you to Robin at Bringing Europe Home for giving me the Quotes From the Master – Ovid to help in getting my inspiration.   

 

 

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Wonder has a name: DERECHO

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A long lived Derecho storm system moved across the Chicago metro area yesterday morning.” This system according to The Examiner caused considerable damage and power outages to many in the Chicagoland area.

My question is…what is a Derecho and where did this term come from all of a sudden? It seems that in the last week or so, many meteorologists and weather reporters have been spotlighting this new word. The word is so new, that at Dictionary.com, the only entry they have for the word is its Spanish origin.  There is not a definition.  If you want a definition, there is one at Wikipedia.com.  It states that a Derecho, pronounced (day-RAY-cho), is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms.

Source: The USA TODAY Weather Book by Jack Williams
As the line of thunderstorms moves along, usually to the east, humid air flows up into the storms. Cold air from aloft descends to create winds.

That is great, except that we had a word for this type of windstorm.  It was called a Squall Line. However, I looked the term Squall line up and found some differences between a Derecho and a Squall line. A Squall Line is defined in The American Heritage Science Dictionary “…as a line of sudden, sometimes violent thunderstorms that develop on the leading edge of a cold front. Squall lines can form up to 50 to 149 miles in front of an advancing cold front and can be more than 99 miles long. The thunderstorms of a squall line can produce severe weather conditions, such as hail and rain accompanied by winds of over 60 miles per hour; they are also associated with tornadoes, especially in spring and early summer.”

This all sounds very similar to the newly touted Derecho, but according to Jack Williams at USA Today, “Derechos are the result of squall-line thunderstorms that create one downburst after another as they move along. Downbursts are winds that blast down from thunderstorms.  Occasionally, a Derecho thunderstorm will spin out a small tornado or two, but straight-line winds do most of their damage.  Derechos are most common on the central and northern Plains and across the Midwest into the Ohio Valley in the late spring and during the summer.”

Hmm… I guess a Derecho is not a Squall line after all.  However, why have I never heard of this weather term before? In my research, I found out that a man named Gustavus Hinrichs, the director of the Iowa Weather Service in the 1880’s coined the name, Derecho.  It comes from a Spanish word meaning, “straight ahead” or “direct”.  Hinrichs intended it to contrast with “tornado” which comes from the Spanish word for “turn”.  Okay, so the word has been around for a while. I just wonder why the meteorologists and weather reporters feel the need to bring “Derecho” out of the closet, now?

Jack Williams states in his article at USA Today, “…that while most people in the Midwest are unfamiliar with the “Derechoes”, these windy storms are very common.”  Well, darn, if they are so very common, why haven’t they been mentioned more often?

 I have two possible answers to this question.  The first is that meteorologists and weather reporters want to look super intelligent, so they pulled out this weather term to impress their viewers.  The second is that our weather is changing so rapidly and is so erratic that a term to describe it had to be found.  Consequently, the super intelligent people in charge of the weather scoured through the tomes of weather history to find just the right word, “Derecho”.  I suppose it is feasible that our record-breaking weather this year is beyond even the experts’ description.

I am wondering how the fall and winter weather will be. If the last seven months have given any indication, we are in for a few more record-breaking days and possibly a few new words from the back of the meteorologist’s closet. I have one they can use… “Deep-poo”.

References

Derecho. (2012, 7 23). Retrieved from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derecho

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. (2002). Retrieved 7 25, 2012, from Dictionary.com : http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/squall%20line

Williams, J. (2005, 5 20). ‘Derechos’ are lines of windy thunderstorms. Retrieved from USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wtsm1.htm

 

 

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