Sunday Rewind: Call the Cardiologist….Later

Sunday Rewind: Call the Cardiologist….Later

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Ranting Chef. I remember when you first entered this site. I have been following you since and have tried many of your recipes. Thanks for sharing your ideas in food

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Physical Therapy Hip Osteoarthrits Doubts

Patients getting physical therapy for hip OA improved in terms of pain and function – but so did those getting fake PT.

Source: Physical Therapy Hip Osteoarthrits Doubts

Why is that no one can fully agree if any of these procedures work. If you use natural or pharmaceutical methods. Please read this. I am one of those who suffer from this terrible disease

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Quanell X Sets White Female Bigot Straight About Black Culture & “Crazy White Boys” – Naturally Moi

Source: Quanell X Sets White Female Bigot Straight About Black Culture & “Crazy White Boys” – Naturally Moi

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Ecstasy Models

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It’s Good to Be Back

I had recently as of two months ago renewed my subscription to WordPress. Since the time, I have been away. I was fighting Oxycontin and nicotine addictions..( see my post on Battling  My Demons)  After several attempts, I finally succeeded and have been opiate free for three years and nicotine-free for several months.

I plan not to go back to smoking ever again. One important reason is, my son Lance asked me to quit. I replied, “Son, I will do it for you and the rest of the family so I will be around for a long time, like your grandfather on my side, he is 86 years old and quit when he was 35 years old”.

Since my absence from WordPress, I have tried other social media. The two I find that are truly unique, are WordPress and Google+. I don’t like Facebook, way too much drama. Twitter is okay. I don’t use Twitter for writing post, or use Tumblr that much maybe just to comment. Don’t get me wrong I like Tumblr, but it is another social site that I just share things of interest.

In my opinion, Google+ and WordPress are my preferred social sites. These are the two I will be using most of the time when I write or share post with other people out there in the world.

I am going to end  post. I will have much more to share in the next several days. I hope you will like my posts. Please feel free to comment on my post. I love comments and ideas from all you folks out there.

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New Round Of Lane Closures Begin On George Washington Bridge

It;s what the experts having been saying for a time about our infrastructure

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lane closures have returned for the upper deck of the George Washington Bridge.

From Monday night through Thursday night, three of the four inbound lanes to New York will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

On Monday and Tuesday night, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will also close outbound lanes to New Jersey.

They will be shut down between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the renovation of the bus station at the bridge.

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God is….

Lovely poem. Straight to the heart

Source of Inspiration

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The message is so
simple that we don’t
“get it!”

God is love
nothing more
nothing less.

And as we are
from God,
we are Love,
nothing more
nothing less.

“but, but, but…”
you cry, “so much
horror in the world.
How can we
be love?”

The seed is planted
in the ground and waits
to come forth
in all its beauty.

Water your seed
with Love and Light
and you will blossom
into a flower of love
in all its beauty

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Meals for Dietbetics: Oatmeal Brownies

This looks like an alternative to convention brownies. And they are healthy.

Oat Meal Brownieshttps://plus.google.com/117200263931048966063/posts/Z2zSLkazKAD

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Gourmet Meals for Dietbetics

My girlfriend has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after our son Lance was born. She receives her medical supplies from Arriva Medical.. After four months of deliveries of her supplies. She finally opened the packages, and found a new testing meter, blood glucose strips for testing, and syringes

Included in the packages, were for small recipes booklets for each season of the year.. After going through all the recipes. I came to the conclusion this information could be very useful to diabetics who have problems maintaining blood glucose levels. Incidentally, these recipe booklets from Arrival with cooperation from Betty  Crocker.

Browsing through rack recipe book. I was amazed on how many selections available. The meals look scrumptious even for non diabetics. I have yet to try these meals. I will post one recipe a day for each meal and the four seasons they represent. If you have a chance to try them before I do, please leave a comment and let me know how each recipe turned out.

Fiesta Taco Salad with Beanshttp://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/fiesta-taco-salad-with-beans/8d54f958-8390-41c5-81ce-8c907ebde3da

 

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Stumped

Two years and one month has gone by since I retired back in August 2011.  In retirement, I have joined Google+, Worldpress, and Tumbler. I have a Facebook account, but I hardly use it because there are too many comments and seductive photos that I find offensive, and lack any class at all. Hence Facebook is a no no for me.

During the past two years I have read many posts that are truly inspirational.. Some bloggers have started to lead me in the right path to being a better writer. Many bloggers I have been following use different blogging platforms. I have tried most of them, only to find out they are not what I am looking for in a blogging platform for posting their ideas or promoting a book or video they created to share with others on the web.

While in college, I had to write term papers for English composition . At the close of the school year. Our class had been instructed to write a fifteen page report about any subject. I chose to write on Alcoholism. After much research and putting my notes in order. I began the daunting task of writing my term paper. It would take me six grueling weeks of writing and a lot of revisions.

My term paper was returned to me with a big A+. I was to find out the same day, I was the only one for that year in class to receive the A+  I really was beaming. Today, when I look back at how I was able to write such a perfect term paper, I go back to what I learned in English class in college and start writing. /

Google+ and Worldpress are the only blogging platforms I use to write all my posts. They are the most user friendly platforms that I truly feel comfortable with that they are user-friendly and well designed. ON Google+, I am a member of several communities where the topics are very informational. They include the”, Inspirational Quotes, The Art of Posting, Writers Corner, and Inspirational Qoutes.

I joined these communities to gain more knowledge in order to redress what I learned in the past and what I can learn from the communities I have joined. “WHOA” I am actually writing. Good for me.

What I have learned so far, that writing is not easy. Write from the heart, as the author Blackmystory once told me, and keep on writing. By the way, itr has taken me two weeks to even write this post.

This Googler gave me a lot n of tips and rules that one should and follow. You should check out his post.

http://writerinthemountains.blogspot.com/2013/09/writing-in-memoir-style.html

Since I have been blogging. I now have sixty people following me on Google+, and 66 followers on Worldpress. I say not to shabby for one who has been out of practice in writing. So, I will keep on reading and writing.

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Our Best Friend

My son adopted a kitten two years ago. When he got her, she was given the name Jester. Jester was 1.8 months old and weighed in at 3.3 pounds. Jester, her mother and siblings were abandoned by the previous owners and because of that, she is very timid and does not like to be left alone.

As a kitten, Jester has never climbed on curtains or the furniture. She is a one family cat and shies away from the male cats in the neighborhood. She is a very loving cat. For some reason she seems to favor me the most. The probable reason is that I am only the one who changes her water everyday and feeds her.

Jester is a Maine Coon with markings of a tiger cat. I am not that fond of cats and usually just tolerate them. Jester has since changed view on cats. Like a dog, she follows me everywhere I go.

Whazzup!

 
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Dr. Sanjay’s Change of Heart: More Doctors are Coming Aboard

Recently, I have received a message from the ASA (Americans for Safe Access), about the DEA‘s stance on medical marijuana. The DEA has ruled marijuana as a class one drug in the same category as crack cocaine and heroin without extensive research on the benefits of medical cannabis and how it would treat illnesses that are not treated by conventional methods. That insight is now proving to be wrong as more states implement laws to provide patients with access to more holistic treatments such as medical cannabis

 I am a one of these patients who would rather use cannabis than use opiates or other more addictive drugs. People who use cannabis, tend to depend less on pharmaceutical medications.

 Dr Sanjay Gupta, medical correspondent for CNN, has done more research in other countries and communicated with patients, has had a change of heart. His response is that the public has been mislead by our government.

 I suffer from chronic pain and use medical cannabis  to relieve my symptoms from having spinal cord surgery in 2008.

Here is what CNN medical correspondent Dr.Sanjay Gupta has found and why he has changed his mind on medical weed as he calls the plant.

 

Dr Sanjay Gupta’s Change of Heart of Medical Cannabis

 Why I changed my mind on weed

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspon

 anjay upta: I’ve tried marijuana

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta says we have been “systematically misled” on marijuana

  • DEA lists marijuana as a schedule 1 substance with “high potential for abuse”

  • Most recent research on marijuana has been on its negative effects, Gupta says

  • Studies on marijuana require approval from National Institute on Drug Abuse

Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s groundbreaking documentary “WEED” at 8 p.m. ET August 11 on CNN.

(CNN) — Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called “Weed.” The title “Weed” may sound cavalier, but the content is not.

I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.

Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled “Why I would Vote No on Pot.”

Well, I am here to apologize.

I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.

Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have “no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.”

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent.

They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works. Take the case ofCharlotte Figi, who I met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.

I have seen more patients like Charlotte first hand, spent time with them and come to the realization that it is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana.

We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that. hope this article and upcoming documentary will help set the record straight.

 edcal facts of MarijuanaEED: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special

 

 Cannabis plant in full bloom

Marijuana Grow House
CNN Medical Correspondent Dr.Sanjay Gupta

On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. 

My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. “Since There is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and the effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue.”

Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Again, the year was 1970. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed. As my investigation continued, however, I realized Egeberg did in fact have important research already available to him, some of it from more than 25 years earlier.

High risk of abuse

In 1944, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia commissioned research to be performed by the New York Academy of Science. Among their conclusions: they found marijuana did not lead to significant addiction in the medical sense of the word. They also did not find any evidence marijuana led to morphine, heroin or cocaine addiction.

We now know that while estimates vary, marijuana leads to dependence in around 9 to 10% of its adult users. By comparison, cocaine, a schedule 2 substance “with less abuse potential than schedule 1 drugs” hooks 20% of those who use it. Around 25% of heroin users become addicted.

The worst is tobacco, where the number is closer to 30% of smokers, many of whom go on to die because of their addiction.

There is clear evidence that in some people marijuana use can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including insomnia, anxiety and nausea. Even considering this, it is hard to make a case that it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are nothing like those of the other drugs I’ve mentioned. I have seen the withdrawal from alcohol, and it can be life threatening.

I do want to mention a concern that I think about as a father. Young, developing brains are likely more susceptible to harm from marijuana than adult brains. Some recent studies suggest that regular use in teenage years leads to a permanent decrease in IQ. Other research hints at a possible heightened risk of developing psychosis.

Much in the same way I wouldn’t let my own children drink alcohol, I wouldn’t permit marijuana until they are adults. If they are adamant about trying marijuana, I will urge them to wait until they’re in their mid-20s when their brains are fully developed.

Medical benefit

While investigating, I realized something else quite important. Medical marijuana is not new, and the medical community has been writing about it for a long time. There were in fact hundreds of journal articles, mostly documenting the benefits. Most of those papers, however, were written between the years 1840 and 1930. The papers described the use of medical marijuana to treat “neuralgia, convulsive disorders, emaciation,” among other things.

A search through the U.S. National Library of Medicine this past year pulled up nearly 20,000 more recent papers. But the majority were research into the harm of marijuana, such as “Bad trip due to anticholinergic effect of cannabis,” or “Cannabis induced pancreatitits” and “Marijuana use and risk of lung cancer.”

In my quick running of the numbers, I calculated about 6% of the current U.S. Marijuana studies investigates the benefits of medical marijuana. The rest are designed to investigate harm. That imbalance paints a highly distorted picture.

The challenges of marijuana research

To do studies on marijuana in the United States today, you need two important things.

First of all, you need marijuana. And marijuana is illegal. You see the problem. Scientists can get research marijuana from a special farm in Mississippi, which is astonishingly located in the middle of the Ole Miss campus, but it is challenging. When I visited this year, there was no marijuana being grown.

The second thing you need is approval, and the scientists I interviewed kept reminding me how tedious that can be. While a cancer study may first be evaluated by the National Cancer Institute, or a pain study may go through the National Institute for Neurological Disorders, there is one more approval required for marijuana: NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is an organization that has a core mission of studying drug abuse, as opposed to benefit.

Stuck in the middle are the legitimate patients who depend on marijuana as a medicine, oftentimes as their only good option.

Keep in mind that up until 1943, marijuana was part of the United States drug pharmacopeia. One of the conditions for which it was prescribed was neuropathic pain. It is a miserable pain that’s tough to treat. My own patients have described it as “lancinating, burning and a barrage of pins and needles.” While marijuana has long been documented to be effective for this awful pain, the most common medications prescribed today come from the poppy plant, including morphine, oxycodone and dilaudid.

Here is the problem. Most of these medications don’t work very well for this kind of pain, and tolerance is a real problem.

Most frightening to me is that someone dies in the United States Every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, mostly accidental. Every 19 minutes. It is a horrifying statistic. As much as I searched, I could not find a documented case of death from marijuana overdose.

It is perhaps no surprise then that 76% of physicians recently surveyed said they would approve the use of marijuana to help ease a woman’s pain from breast cancer.

When marijuana became a schedule 1 substance, there was a request to fill a “void in our knowledge.” In the United States, that has been challenging because of the infrastructure surrounding the study of an illegal substance, with a drug abuse organization at the heart of the approval process. And yet, despite the hurdles, we have made considerable progress that continues today.

Looking forward, I am especially intrigued by studies like those in Spain and Israel looking at the anti-cancer effects of marijuana and its components. I’m intrigued by the neuro-protective study by Lev Meschoulam in Israel, and research in Israel and the United States on whether the drug might help alleviate symptoms of PTSD. I promise to do my part to help, genuinely and honestly, fill the remaining void in our knowledge.

Citizens in 20 states and the District of Columbia have now voted to approve marijuana for medical applications, and more states will be making that choice soon. As for Dr. Roger Egeberg, who wrote that letter in 1970, he passed away 16 years ago.

I wonder what he would think if he were alive today.

 

 

 

 

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Battling My Demons: Part III

It’s been three days since I tried quitting nicotine. It is a tough battle indeed. I want to have  a cigarette of a sudden the urge go away quickly as they arrive.  I am almost through the withdrawal period on the Oxycontin. I learned from watching tv commercials and my doctors that cigarette smoking has over 4,000 harmful chemicals and at least  50 of them are known to be carcinogens. To confirm this. I visited a website that in fact proved what the expert confirmed. http://www.stop-smoking-programs.org/chemicals-in-cigarettes.html

After viewing another page from the same website, it listed the effects of smoking.. Every year hundreds of thousands of people here in the U.S and around the world, people die from smoking related diseases that are preventable. When I finished reading this, I was appalled and realized I did not want to be one of these statistics. I also learned from television ads and the website that people can end up being amputees from smoking. This is caused by the blood not getting enough oxygen. One and two will die from smoking with half of them in their middle age.  http://www.stop-smoking-programs.org/effects-of-smoking.html

I quit once 10 years ago for 5 years before my surgery and restated smoking again at 55, and now I am 60 years old and have an 8-year-old son that I come in to visit every day from my place to help his mother to raise him. My largest motivator is my son Lance. This  was to be the motivation derived from a question from my son Lance. He said, “Dad, Why do you smoke” ? I could not really answer that question but told him probably because of stress.

Lance’s grandfather wound up having open heart surgery last year and has not smoked since then. That is when I took a serious look about the dangerous effect that smoking does to the human body. That includes the exuberant cost to our healthcare system. I sure don’t want to be one of those  statistics and don’t want to leave this world early like my mother and her siblings who died from cigarette smoke in their sixties. I want to be around for my son and watch him grow up and graduate from both high school and college.

I still have a pack of smokes in my desk draw. I do have the cravings, but something is preventing me from smoking. Perhaps it is some higher power and   the  the combination of dangerous chemicals that are in smoking tobacco. Whatever it is refraining me from smoking. I am very thankful that I am on the right track to being a non-smoker for the second time.

Support from family and friends has been a blessing knowing the benefits of quitting outweigh the dangers the toxins have in smoking and know I am starting to feel better. I believe my spinal cord damage was due to smoking and may have been the reason for the damage to my nerve endings and my disability. Nicotine is the most addictive drug there is, passing cocaine and heroin addictions.

I am starting to reap the benefits of quitting tobacco and feeling pretty proud of myself that I was able to fight this battle again and be able to say, “I no longer smoke is perhaps the greatest gift I could ever give myself.  My demons are losing the battle. And IO am winning because I refuse to let addiction to keep a grasp on me. My no giving up attitude has kicked in once again.

I had a physical this year and everything cane back normal. One of the main reasons I quit smoking before health problems arised in the future. When I visit my doctor again and ask me if I smoke. I can reply no and he will be happy to hear I quit for good.

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Battling My Demons: Part 2 – Quitting Nicotine

Over the past 48 hours, I have not partake in the use any of nicotine based product . Since I have been rake Welbutrin 150mg twice a day and with the nicotine patches.

The first time I quit, I was fifty years old and enjoyed being a non smoke. I love rubbing this into smokers face. My thought if I could quit, then others should be able quit this dangerous practice that would someday change your life and your loved ones forever and the lost of a loved one may have may have  been around if they quit tobacco products.

I began smoking again after my having surgery in MaY 2008. I now I am kicking myself in the ass for starting up again.Some kind of trigger must have went off, and that came from chronic pain and taking way to many medication and not feeling fell most of the time

I know from my own experience after losing my mother;s side of the family. My mother passed away from cancer in 1994, and her sisters my aunts a few years.  And I want to live along enough to watch my only son to grow up, get married and have kids of his own.

Before I started this regimen, I went back in time analyze how I was successful for the first and now going through the sameb tactic I performed before I had surgery. I noticed in after a few  months,my urging were almost non existent.  I put in a plan maybe three weeks ago to gradually went down to five cigarettes to one a day util the medicnes began having a horrible and nasty taste. I had no more desire to smoke.

I am taking it one day at a time. Until I can say, I don;t smoke and the smell is already beginning to be distrustful Each day I see commercial telling how bad smoking is and all the dangerous chemicals that cause respiratory problems.  and with that in mind. I know I will succeed and my family including my eight year old son who asked me to quit. He was the real reason I quit tobacco.  products This is my second demon I am battling, just Like Jesus Christ avoiding Satan‘t temptation.

I will be informing you on my progress, so that I can help others who face the same demons. If you want more information , please click on the links below.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/copd/DS00916

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Battling My Demons: Part One

Almost five years now, and I am fighting the fight of my life. It is called drug addiction on oxycontin and nicotine addiction.

I am going to tell on how these problems came to light. In 2008, I was diagnosed for a condition known as Spinal Stenosis of the neck. And surgery would be required to fuse my neck bone using and inserting titanium rods, screws, and braces to the top and bottom of my neck. For more information about this condition, please click link below.After eight months on sick leave, with three of those months with a neck brace around my neck to keep me from moving my head and neck until the new bone would regenerate. I returned to work at the end of the year with a new position.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/spinal-stenosis/DS00515After surgery and two days in the hospital and fifteen days at a rehabilitation hospital, I finally was sent home with a prescription of Oxycontin to relieve my chronic pain. I had no inkling what demons I would face.

I had started using nicotine again after quitting five years earlier, knowing that cigarettes and other related nicotine products where highly dangerous to your health. That was the main reason I quit nicotine. Now I had two demons to deal with.

Images in my head took me back to the commercials on tv, my doctors, and what I read and heard from others. I knew I was on a long and perilous journey to kill both of my demons.http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/facts/drugstobacco

My primary physician referred me to a specialist in pain management. He became responsible for writing my prescriptions for oxycontin. He also prescribed medical marijuana. The medical marijuana took care of the nausea I was feeling and helped relieve pain. Believe me this stuff works. Little to my knowledge, I would be abruptly left without pain management.

In 2011, I wound up on Medical retirement and receive a monthly allotment from the state’s  Retirement System and my medical benefits that worked for twenty-five years.

I looked up other pain management doctors and called for a referral from my primary care physician to see another physician in pain management. A referal was forwarded to the new specialist. From my own experience, I knew it could take up to a month for a new doctor to see a new patient.

During the past month I went through a living hell. I was determined to get through this opiate addiction because I believe in  “Mind of Matter”  I know I can win this battle.

I am no longer on the Oxycontin. Since I have detoxed, I still suffer  chronic pain. What I have noticed, it is the osteoarthritis in my right hand, right hip is the major cause of my aches and pains in my shoulder and neck areas. Another thing was happening, my medications for my hypertension, anxiety, and severe arthritis are now performing as they should since I detoxed off the oxycontin. “You know what”. I am starting to feel like my old elf again before all these conditions persisted.

My primary care doctor is the only one I see now. That means no more visits every month to a pain management specialist. I will save a on co-pays and oxycontin refills since I am on a fixed income. Between the medical marijuana and my anti inflammatories, I am doing just fine.

My next task that I am working on is my nicotine addiction. But that is another story for the next post where I will be informing you all out there on my progress.

Since I will be quitting tobbaco. I will have plenty of time to post new articles and after all is said and done. I will finally be free again. I still disabled with the same conditions before my surgery. All they surgeons did was to prevent the injury as they called it, from getting worse.

My battle with my first demon iis successful! I have done it and it proves I come from tuff stock.

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Solutions to Problems

I was reading a book that my son received from his aunt. The book ois titled Pink Bat- “Turning Problems Into Solutions”, and written by Michael McMillian. It is a book designed for elementary students in coping with problems and finding solutions for the problems that affect them and those around them.

The book’s Introduction begins with all the problems that exist today, famine, jobs, terrorism, the economy, disease, health care, trade barriers, education, and the list goes on. Most problems have solutions. We have to find that solution for the problem at hand. This is the first chapter that caught my mind.

MacMillan tells a story when he was a boy with two of his best friends, who played a sport optly named “Back Yard Baseball.”  As he and his friends grew, so did the number of broken windows.  The parents of the boys came up with a solution that would be a problem for the boys, and a solution for the parents.

Worry

The boys now had a problem and what options are available to find a solution. They knew unless a solution is found, there would be no backyard baseball. Another friend arrives with a whiffle ball. The friend came up with part of a solution. “Why not use a wiffle ball”? The others thought that was stupid.

Meanwhile, MacMillian heads toward the garage and after a few moments returns with a plastic bat that was once a dark red. The bat had shown many years of use to the point it turned pink. Problem solved. The boys were able to play once again. No body said they could not play baseball with a plastic ball and bat.

We face life’s challenges every day. Finding solutions to a problem as humans, is what we do best.

Thanks for Life

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How To Manage Your Arthritis Symptoms Successfully

I suffer from arthritis, and found a lot about my own condition. If you suffer from this ailment. Then, this is a must read.

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Many people seek out information on dealing with arthritis sufferers are worried about finding how to treat and prevent the condition. Although there is no cure for arthritis, many techniques and methods exist to prevent and treat this oftentimes debilitating disease. This article has some easy ways to deal with your arthritis easier to live with.

Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke, and quit if you already do smoke.Nicotine slows blood flow to the extremities which can reduce inflammation short term.In addition, smoking will corrupt your joints and sharpen the pain that you feel from arthritis.

Keep a daily life. A diary is good for identifying what exactly has been triggering your arthritis each time it flares up. It can also assist you to understand what helps. This information should be shared with your doctor which can use to determine a course of treatment. A diary is a beneficial tool to…

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When became a parent I was to find, can be and is the most difficult job that anyone has to face. This was to become more evident when I became a parent. First let me explain on how this all be on how all this all came about.

I met Jonette through my cousin Stanley at an establishment where he worked and she visited. Jonette introduced me to her daughter Melissa who was at the time for four years old and mom was pregnant eight months with a second daughter Stacie.  A month later Stacie would be born and I would be the first person to see her. This is when I and Jonette decided to become a family. Even though I was not the biological father, I felt like I was and was overjoyed to become Melissa and Stacie’s dad.

Jonette asked me if would like to move to Maine with her and the girls.  I replied “Why not”, after all I had nothing to hold me back living in Brockton Massachusetts and needed a new start. Hopefully Maine would open up more opportunities for me and the new family to get a fresh and to get a fresh start.

We moved to Maine when Stacie was six years old, and Melissa was four years old. We end up moving into our resident another six months later. Meanwhile,  I had been looking for employment and found employment at a Labor Service. Trouble was about to find me and I was about to find out what a parental responsibility was to entail.

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My first daughter Melissa, now 34 years old

Two years later, Jonette would give birth to a third daughter, whom I named Rachel Anne. The nightmare continued with my girls calling me from work to come home to take care of them. I realized I was in a dilemma,  and had to reach back in time to figure out what to do. I thought about the teaching that had been instilled in me when I was a child and all throughout my adult term before arriving in Maine.

Daughter Stacie

Daughter Stacie

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Rachel and daughters, Aja and Alyssa

After much thought and going back in time. I began to put in motion what Iearned from Mom and Dad.

  1. Prepare dinner
  2. Do homework
  3. Taker showers or bathe
  4. Get ready for bedtime at
  5. Be honest, kind, empathetic  and trustworthy.
  6. Be kind to people and most others will return the kindness.
  7. Always please and thank you.

The next years of  their development had not been all that great. My girls and I had to deal with their mother;s alcoholism, negative attitude, and vulgar language to them and me. Fortunately for my girls, I was there and to pick them up. My focus was to become the best Dad I could be. Just like my own father whose was not with me during my adolescent years. That is another story to be told at a later time.

I stayed with their mother for fifteen years so the state could not take them away from us. It would have happened if I had not stayed until. At the age of 44 years and after my mother passed away. I left own to get away from the abuse. The next few years I would stand by my daughter Stacie with her drug addiction and keeping my granddaughter Lexi bout from the grasp of the state.

Lexi with friend and baby Raylynn

Lexi with friend and baby Raylynn

Stacie would lose custody of Lexi for awhile and then get custody returned, only to lose her again. I was in shape to take over her care, as I was heading toward surgery in my neck.

Five years later, Stacie would give birth to Raylynne. Now Raylynne is almost three, and with Lexi is in foster care and will be adopted. Fortunately, it is an open adoption and Stacie will be able to see them. The state agrees the bond between mother and daughters is too strong. Lexi will be 9 years old, one year older than my son Lance. The one thing I am happy about, is they will have a stable  life like their older cousins Jose and Maria. They have grown up and have returned to the family.

All and all, God works wondrous ways. Even though the little one is going to another family close in Maine. Blood is thicker than water and I know they will get more opportunities and I want the best for them.  With that in mind. I know it won’t be long before they will return. Lexi, Raylynn, and Stacie, have a strong bond with me.

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Parents should not coach their children’s sporting events

My fiance attended a baseball game for our son Lance the other day. That night after the game, Jen informed me about the deplorable behavior of some adults have have kids in sports and the coaches have kids on the same team.

Lance is in the second grade and plays on a team of kids in the same grade and age. These teams who have parents coaching them, often leave other players at a disadvantage, because they are more concerned about their own kids’ involvement instead of the concerns of the whole team, and that is to have fun.

I went to my son’s ball game this last Tuesday and what I observed knocked me through the roof. The parents I found out have  no inkling what sportsmanship.is about.  They tend to forget is, sportsmanship means playing a game to the best of your abilities even if you don’t win. When Lancesturn came up to bat, the coach abruptly ended the game. Lance was very upset, According to some of the parents. Lance happens to be this best batter on his team. And that makes me very proud

My son’s team lost and the parents walked away disappointed. I observed the blankless look on their faces. Even though Lance’s team lost. I was still very proud of him no matter what he did. I told Lance, “Son, you gave it the best effort and I am proud of you for it”. Lance replied I have the best dad in the world. ”

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My son Lance baseball player

Naturally, Lance always brings a smile to my face. He is like his dad. And like me, he has a no quit attitude. I know in the future if he keeps that attitude. He will go further throughout the entire life. Unlike some parents, I want Lance to be a kid and enjoy his life while he is still a kid. A kid is supposed to have fun. Parents need to butt out and coaches need to be more impartial.

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Lance is practicing his passing off with a football

Lance stretching for his baseball practice

Lance is stretching for his baseball practice

Lance on his way to practice with mom

Lance on his way to practice with mom

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States Rights versus the Government

Maine moves forward to legalize marijuana for 21 and older:

People in Maine, like many other states, have a medical marijuana law to help people who suffer from chronic pain or illnesses that are not treated by conventional methods. Now, Maine and other states are moving forward to legalize marijuana for recreational use for citizens over the age of 21 years.

I agree, it should be taxed and regulated like cigarettes and alcohol, and it could throw a wrench that could deter drug cartels in the sales and cultivation. Therefore, people will no longer be at the mercy of black market dealers who only care for the cash. Besides, black market pot could pose health risk.

Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.

Federal Measure Introduced to Form National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) has introduced federal legislation that would establish a National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy. The proposed commission, inspired by the 1971 Shafer Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, would be tasked with undertaking a comprehensive review of how federal policy should interact with state laws that make marijuana legal for medicinal and personal use, the cost of our current marijuana prohibition and potential revenue from marijuana regulation and taxation, the impact of federal banking and tax laws on marijuana related businesses, the health benefits of risk […]

‘Respect State Marijuana Laws Act’ Introduced In Congress

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with a bipartisan coalition of three Republicans (Reps. Rohrabacher, Rep. Justin Amash [R-MI], and Don Young [R-AK] and three Democrats (Reps. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR], Steve Cohen [D-TN] and Jared Polis [D-CO]) today introduced House Bill 1523 the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act. The measure would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exempt from federal prosecution individuals and businesses, including marijuana dispensaries and/or retail outlets, who comply with state marijuana laws.

Federal Measure Introduced to Form National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) has introduced federal legislation that would establish a National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy. The proposed commission, inspired by the 1971 Shafer Commission on marijuana and Drug Abuse, would be tasked with undertaking a comprehensive review of how federal policy should interact with state laws that make marijuana legal for medicinal and personal use, the cost of our current marijuana prohibition and potential revenue from marijuana regulation and taxation, the impact of federal banking and tax laws on marijuana related businesses, the health benefits of risk […]

White House Drug Control Budget: Failed Drug War Tactics Prioritized Over Prevention and Treatment

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

The Obama Administration has released its National Drug Control Budget for the FY 2014 and despite their claims that “the war on drugs is over” and that they have “bigger fish to fry” the Office National Drug Control Policy is still prioritizing failed drug war tactics over prevention and treatment. The new budget calls for 9.6 billion dollars to be spent on domestic law enforcement, 3.7 billion for interdiction, and 1.4 billion for international drug control efforts. Prevention, in the form of education and outreach efforts, receives a paltry $1.4 […]

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Update Patient Rights versus the Federal Government

As more states implement medical cannabis laws, our federal government is now taking a closer look of it”s present law involving the use of medical cannabis as some states are in the process of legalization for adults 21 years or older.

Since the inception of stater laws governing medical cannabis, the govenment and researchers are now doing more studies and are finding more positives than negatives when it comes to cannabis as more states pass legislation on marajuana laws. Studies have been performed tto see what advantages are available in the use of marajuana.  According, to NORML, patients with diabeties can also reap the benefits of medical marajuana.

Here are some of findings of the research that has been done:

Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar.

Although marijuana has a well-deserved reputation for increasing appetite via what stoners call “the munchies,” the new research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, is not the first to find that the drug has a two-faced relationship to weight. Three prior studies have shown that marijuana users are less likely to be obese, have a lower risk for diabetes and have lower body-mass-index measurements. And these trends occurred despite the fact that they seemed to take in more calories.

Why? “The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers,” says Murray Mittleman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead author of the study. “Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level.”

The research included over 4,600 men and women participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2010. Among them, 48% had smoked marijuana at least once in their lives, and 12% were current cannabis smokers. The authors controlled for other factors like age, sex, income, alcohol use, cigarette smoking and physical activity that could also affect diabetes risk.

Even after these adjustments, the current marijuana users showed fasting insulin levels that were 16% lower than those of former or never users, along with a 17% reduction in another measure of insulin resistance as well. Higher levels on both tests are associated with Type 2 diabetes, which is linked with obesity. Marijuana users also had higher levels of high-density lipoprotein, the so-called good cholesterol, which can protect against heart disease. And the regular smokers also boasted smaller waistlines: on average, they were 1.5 in. (3.8 cm) slimmer than the former users and those who had never smoked cannabis.

Researchers don’t yet know how to explain these correlations — and since the study was not a controlled trial, it’s not clear whether marijuana or some other factor in marijuana users’ lifestyles actually accounted for the beneficial effects. Studies showed, however, that the cannabinoid brain receptors affected by marijuana are deeply involved in appetite and metabolism. But the exact details of how the compound alters the relationship between appetite, caloric intake and insulin response isn’t obvious yet.

One clue, however, may lie in the effects of a diet drug that was developed to have the opposite effect that marijuana has on the brain. That drug, rimonabant, produced significant weight loss and a drop in fasting insulin levels by affecting certain cannabinoid receptors in the exact opposite way that THC, marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient, does. This action is complex: rimonabant doesn’t simply block the receptor and keep the natural cannabinoids from activating it. Instead, while the natural cannabinoids elevate the normal level of activity already going on in the system, rimonabant lowers it so the result is precisely the reverse of activating the receptor naturally. However, because of psychiatric side effects like increasing suicide risk, rimonabant was pulled from the European market and never approved in the U.S.

(MORE: Reverse Engineering the Marijuana ‘Munchies’: What Causes Binge Eating?)

How could both marijuana and a compound that has the opposite effect of pot act on the same brain receptors and lead to weight loss? Natural marijuana includes many different potentially active compounds, and one of them — rather than THC — could be responsible for this effect. One potential candidate is a substance called cannabidiol, which also affects cannabinoid receptors, but in a different way from the way THC or rimonabant does.

Another possibility involves tolerance: repeated use of a drug can make receptors less sensitive over time. “The most likely explanation is that prolonged cannabis use causes the [receptors] to lose sensitivity and become inactive,” says Daniele Piomelli, a professor of pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine, who was not associated with the new research. “This has been shown to happen in people who smoke marijuana. This weakening of [these receptors] translates into a lower risk for obesity and diabetes because the inactive receptor would be unable to respond to our own cannabis-like molecules, which we know are important in keeping us chubby.” While marijuana may initially promote appetite and overeating, in the long run it has the opposite effect because it desensitizes cannabinoid receptors and may even protect against obesity.

So don’t skip the gym and break out the bong just yet: there’s still not enough data to tell whether marijuana, like alcohol, could have health benefits in moderation. Mittleman says the study relied on self-reported use of marijuana, which can be unreliable. However, he points out that since people are more likely to hide drug use than they are to falsely claim it, the findings could even underestimate marijuana’s effects.

(MORE: Marijuana Slims? Why Pot Smokers Are Less Obese)

But whether that’s true, and whether marijuana might be a window into understanding how to best control glucose and insulin to prevent diabetes, isn’t known yet. “It is much too early to say,” says Mittleman, “We need much more research to better understand the biologic responses to marijuana use. We really need more research to allow physicians and patients to make decisions based on solid evidence.” An editorial that accompanied the study also urged government action to reduce barriers to such research.

Even with 18 states now approving marijuana for medical uses, the politics of pot will always overshadow research efforts to understand how cannabinoids work in the brain — or affect disease. But, as Piomelli says, “the [new] study suggests that smoking marijuana [may] protect people against obesity and diabetes.” And following up on that finding could yield new insights into how to tackle one of our biggest public-health issues.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/05/21/marijuana-the-next-diabetes-drug/#ixzz2UKBHjzvr

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Spring is in Full Bloom

For the past several weeks,  I have observed the metamorphosis of the trees and flowering plants come to life along with the animals that encompass this area. Now the trees, bushes, and flowering plants are boasting their kaleidoscope of colors.

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Stealing Ingredients for the In-Laws

Going to try this tonight.

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

Every once in a while we will invite someone over for dinner. Often it is before we make the menu for the week so we can accommodate the extra mouths at the table. The other day we decided to invite over my in-laws for dinner. We made the invitation a scant number of minutes after I had already gone grocery shopping for the week. We had Beef Tips over Rice planned for that evening. Many recipes could be stretched, but one that is mostly meat is really hard to do that. Looking at the menu for the week, I knew I could sacrifice a later meal to steal ingredients.

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Nice tender beef with gravy.

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Luckily I had the ingredients to make more.

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Flouring the beef.

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Giving everything an initial brown.

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The liquids.

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All together.

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BEEF TIPS OVER RICE

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
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Spring is a Mood Changer for All of Us

April Blooming week one

Week one process began

Four AM is my usual waking time, seven days a week. Now that I am coming up to my second year of retirement, I have plenty of time on my hands before I start doing home projects with the new power tools I acquired during the winter month. I usually make my coffee and go outside to the porch, sit in my chair, and listen that are re-migrating northwards from their re-migration to the north from their feeding ground from the south Birds are chirping, squirrels are chattering in the almost fully blossomed trees making their noises and running around the top of the wooden fence.

As the sun began to rise each day. I would snap once a week to observe the trees, shrub and bushes come alive with different shades of green  Our lawn is showing a deep green color showing and is vibrant. It won;t be long before the flowers their transition to fully blown trees with their leaves fully expanded, and the aroma of the flowers sweep the air with an aromatic sense of delightment.

Here are some of the photos of the vegetation around the condo; starting from the Month of April. I hope you enjoy the photographs.

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First week in May

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Part Two: Disney Family Vacation

This part concludes Disney Family Vacation. This involves my son and his mother joining their immediate family for the vacation. It has been almost two weeks since my son and his mother returned from their yearly visit to Disney theme parks. The trip had been a tough one for Jen. She had to deal with the awful attitudes of her sister and father. Worst part, they forget their daughter has a mental illness and trips like this can be overwhelming for her to the point she gets very nervous,and starts having panic attacks. That is when she calls me, to help calm her down and get advice from me. After things began to settle down, they were able to start enjoying the sights. Despite the quarreling, name calling, and family can be vicious toward one another as everyone probably knows by now. Still, they had a great time and were able to visit a lot of attractions and take some breathtaking photos of their Disney trip. The trip in the end turned out to be successful.

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Part One: Disney Family Vacation

For the past couple of years after son-in-law Leeman and my daughter Rachel,  would purchase a vacation package for a week to Disneyland in Orlando,  Florida, with the money from his tax return for my two granddaughters, Alyssa and Aja.

These are photos from that trip.

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My daughter Rachel and grandkids

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Santa’s home in North Pole at Disneyland

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Rachel and the girls wth Tinkerbell and Peter Pan

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Rachel and her children with Mickey Mouse

I did not go on any of these trips, because of my serious medical condition, but I would have liked to have gone with both families.

 

 

 

 

 

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A New Chapter In Life

I am turning a new chapter in my life, and it is called retirement. When I been working and I have been working since I was fourteen learning floor care working with my cousin;s Stanley;s business.  Floor care. I ended up doing this until I hooked up with another family and friend who just happened to their own their cleaning business.

When I had a spinal fusion in my neck and with eight months of recovery at home which I did not appreciate at all, since I am a leader who leads by example. After, three and half years, I put in for medical retirement with 25 years in the Maine Peoples Retirement System with full medical benefits for life. Fortunately for me I made the right decision.

I pondered what I would like to do now I am retired and have plenty of time to do whatever I desired.  I though about woodcarving. Woodworking, dye, or hobbyist. The last three are definitely possible, as it would only require one appendage meaning my right hand to be able to produce some beautifully crafted items. Not for sale, because this not about money. It is about making retirement productive and just having fun.

So I created a checklist of portable power tool that were not easy to  use but were more versatile than their larger cousins. The tool kits I chose where the family of Dremel power tools and accessories. The major pluses of Dremel line for assscories purchased for anything from skill saw, , miter attachments, sanding, polishing, cutting, engraving, and basic do it yourself projects. Another feature is these tools can be bought anywhere. When purchasing these items, remember safety first and read all documentation.

During the winter months, I went out and purchased that came in kits. I recommend buying the kits because they come with attachments to get you off in the right direction.

One night I attended a cub scouts meeting when they were working on creating derby cars for competition. Some of the scout masters brought in industrial band saws that were too large and heavy to carry around with you. Attending Lance’s cub scout meeting, I found my new passion. I went out and purchased almost everything I need to get started before spring arrived

Now I purchased all this wonderful equipment, I now have to learn how to use them. Dremel has a site dedicated to all Dremel owners on what their tools will do and what supplies you may need, whether it is glass, laminate, cutting. In prospective, the Demel is the best tool system for anything around the home or for just having a hobby, and it  does not take long to master. These truly innovative and designed power tools are ideal for a person with hand disabilities such as myself.

During the winter months and using some of my tax return. I began my purchase of my multi-functom and compact Dremal tools. As kit the tools are a real bargain because you get more assccories and began starting those projects one has always wanted to do.

Now that spring is finally coming around the corner. I am getting excited about going outside to try practice and to make a good artist and do it yourself home projects. Funny thing is I have not done this type of hobby in years.

Here are photos of what I have purchased. Please follow the links

Before I leave, I would like to thank all the folks who have been reading my post. When I first started blogging, I had no followers. Now I have twenty people who have commented on my posts.

It has taken me several days to create this post because of my inexperience in blogging.

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Patient Rights vs The Govenment

There is no topic that has more researched than marijuana or cannabis. The federal government and well the states, have wasted billions of dollars trying to eradicate marijuana far back as J. Edger. Hover who blamed the introduction of marijuana in mainstream American on African American and Latin Jazz musicians to members of congress.

In my opinion, Hoover was a racist and no better than the criminals he arrested. In other words, a thug who would have seen African Americans and Latinos wiped out. The war on cannabis would continue until 1970, when advocacy groups like NORML(National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and the ASA (Americans for Safe Access).  They are some of the advocates for pot for medicinal and for pleasure.

You wonder why I am such a proponent of legalization? First, I am a bayboommer, I am a father, grandfather, and I am sixty years old. I suffer from chronic pain, extreme nausea, poor gait, tremors in my legs, and numbness in my feet from having spinal cord surgery. I am prescribed for oxycontin 40 mg, 3 times a day, hence the nausea. I hate taking this medication, and I am finding the drug may ease the pain, marijuana takes care of a lot of my many ailments.

Today, the movement to legalize medical marijuana is becoming unstoppable a force to reckon with voters in states who have the law on their books and on our side. The federal government is starting to take a different view with physicians prescribing prescriptions for this needed medicine.

By the way, caregivers and dispensaries don’t like using the term pot, weed or herb. They tend to get a little pissed when you request the medicine in this matter. I have to tell you this stuff works. The nice thing is the medicine I purchase in my area is top grade. I purchase mine from a dispensary.

Maine is one these states that have been voted by majority vote of the votes. Other states in the northeast, are looking at how Maine has been successful at implementing its medical marijuana law.

What it comes down to, it;s all about states’s and patient rights to have a voice in their treatment. The federal government has no right to infringe on our right to choose.

Advocates and their missions

Introduction: NORML

A Voice for Responsible Marijuana Smokers

Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly.

Because NORML lobbies state and federal legislators, donations to NORML are not tax-deductible.

During the 1970s, NORML led the successful efforts to decriminalize minor marijuana offenses in 11 states and significantly lower marijuana penalties in all others.

Today NORML continues to lead the fight to reform state and federal marijuana laws, whether by voter initiative or through the elected legislatures. NORML serves as an informational resource to the national media on marijuana-related stories, providing a perspective to offset the anti-marijuana propagandafrom the government; lobbies state and federal legislators in support of reform legislation; publishes a regular newsletter; hosts, along with the NORML Foundation, an informative website and an annual conference; and serves as the umbrella group for a national network of citizen-activists committed to ending marijuana prohibition and legalizing marijuana.

Our sister organization, the NORML Foundation sponsors public advertising campaigns to better educate the public about marijuana and alternatives to current marijuana policy; provides legal assistance and support to victims of the current laws; and undertakes relevant research.

The oldest and largest marijuana legalization organization in the country, NORML maintains a professional staff in Washington, DC, headed by Executive Director Allen St. Pierre, and a network of volunteer state and local NORML Chapters across the country.

ASA Mission:

Founded ASA in 2002, Americans for Safe Access is the largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis. We engage a multifaceted strategy of public education, impact litigation, grassroots development and advocacy, media campaigns, and direct support services.

Until there’s safe access, we are Americans for Safe Access.

Our Mission & Vision

ASA’s mission is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic uses and research.

ASA executive director Steph Sherer founded ASA in 2002 with the purpose of building a strong grassroots movement to protect patients and their rights to safe and legal access. At the time, there were only 11 medical cannabis dispensaries in the nation, all of which were all operating outside of the law, and she got a crash course in this provocative, courageous world of patient defined medical cannabis advocacy.

Until ASA stood up for access, the national debate around medical cannabis was focused solely on the legality and ethics of arresting and prosecuting patients for cannabis use. That experience is real, but reflected only a fraction of the experiences that patients and this community were having on a daily basis. ASA brought the patient’s voice to the table, and we shifted the debate to the real concerns of patients: access and patients’ civil rights.

We created a vision for what safe access should look like, and the legal framework to support that vision, through the passing of state and local laws and numerous court battles. Our extensive monitoring of law enforcement activity has helped thousands of patients to navigate the legal system, held law enforcement accountable for their actions, and established major policy changes. On Capitol Hill, we have fought back against attempts to further undermine our state laws, and we continue to work with members of Congress and the Administration to resolve the federal conflict.

Cultivating a thorough understanding of the complex realities “on the ground” has been the key to catalyzing empowerment and collective action. We cannot create good policy without including the voices and experiences of patients and those who provide them with access to care. That is what ASA members have brought to this movement and that is what WE can bring to the states and country as a whole.

ASA has built an amazing movement, but we’re at a crossroads. Medical cannabis remains illegal under federal law, but 15 states and the District of Columbia allow its use. The laws vary in their details for patients and providers, and there are still enormous political and legal obstacles to overcome before the state laws are fully implemented. In October of 2009, then-U.S. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden indicated there would be a relaxation of federal opposition to medical cannabis. His memo to federal law enforcement and prosecutors served to reinforce earlier comments by the President, his staff, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The perception of a changing federal policy brought with it expanded interest in the nascent industry of medical cannabis. The pace at which new providers’ associations and related businesses opened escalated dramatically – and so did the visibility of the issue of medical cannabis nationwide. More recently, however, optimism that the Administration would finally move to harmonize federal law with state medical cannabis laws has faded in light of a growing backlash. In fact, we are now seeing renewed and more diverse federal interference and intimidation in the states.

Since October of 2009, ASA has documented more than 70 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids at medical cannabis facilities, which resulted in more than 20 indictments. Banks and merchant service providers are denying service to medical cannabis providers, sometimes closing long-established accounts. The Internal Revenue Service is auditing providers and disallowing significant portions of their usual deductions for business expenses based on the rationale that they are violating federal law.  And in an ominous new development, the U.S. Department of Justice is sending letters to state and local officials threatening them with prosecution for implementing state medical cannabis laws.

This renewed and expanded federal pressure on medical cannabis threatens to roll back safe access and curtail the gains we have made in the states. Advocates and industry leaders must prioritize building the movement for medical cannabis to protect the future of safe access and the emerging medical cannabis industry. How we move forward today will shape the story we tell future generations. We can tell our children and grandchildren about our brief experiment with medical cannabis, or we can tell them how we transformed healthcare in America. We intend to tell them the latter.

By participating in this movement, you are helping create the future of medical cannabis in your city, state, and nation. By donating to ASA, you can help ensure that we will reach our goals!

Until there’s safe access, we are Americans for Safe Access.

Welcome to the movement.

Marijuana in Maine

Talk of Maine

Last year, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of pot. Will Maine be the next state to follow suit?

By Jeff Clark

When state representative Diane Russell first decided to introduce a bill last year legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Maine, she feared the reaction from only one-quarter — her parents. “My mother is a nurse with a PhD, and she was instrumental in writing a lot of the anti-tobacco laws back in the 1990s,” Russell explains. “I figured she’d worry about secondhand smoke and the effects of smoking it. And my dad’s a truck driver! I thought I knew what he’d say.”

Instead, her parents were cool about it. “My mother said, ‘I don’t think prohibition works.’ My dad’s only comment was, ‘Tax the hell out of it!’ ”

Those two attitudes pretty much sum up a good deal of the reaction to Russell’s effort to legalize marijuana in Maine. From college students to local police chiefs, Russell has encountered little outright opposition to the idea and a good deal of private support.

“One of the big lawyers who lives in my district [Russell represents the Munjoy Hill area of Portland] pulled me aside at the local coffee shop one morning and thanked me for introducing the bill,” she recalls. “I had another person who sells it tell me he wants it legal so he doesn’t have to worry about the IRS anymore. He wants to be able to report that income legally. He’s more scared of the IRS than he is of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).”

Maine has had a medical marijuana law on the books since 1999, but it lacked any mechanism for patients to acquire the drug legally. They could possess it; they just couldn’t buy it without breaking the law. In 2009, Maine voters approved a new measure that allowed the establishment of up to eight nonprofit marijuana dispensaries. It also gave patients the alternatives of growing up to six pot plants themselves or signing over the growing rights to a caregiver.

Russell, who says “I’m a bourbon girl myself,” wants to take the state’s marijuana laws a step further by decriminalizing marijuana completely and treating it essentially like alcohol and tobacco, with licensing of pot sellers and taxation. Her first legalization bill, introduced last year, was legislatively burned to ashes quicker than a badly rolled joint. Few legislators wanted to go on record as supporting a drug that the federal government still lumps with heroin and methamphetamine.
Then in November, voters in Colorado and Washington State passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana. (A poorly worded pot question in Oregon failed.) Suddenly weed had a new cachet.

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A Weblog to Blackmystory: The Story Never Changes for Knee Highs

My Brother. I am sixty years old and therefore I have come in contact with the Knee High woman. I have had some relations with some of these women, only for it to end in disaster. Some of these women only think about the present and not about their future, goals honesty, loyalty, are not enough for them. In my observations through my life. These women are out for themselves, care not for what is in the heart, and settle for material things including getting the best on what is , or how enlarged it may what is between our thighs.

I marvel at how you come straight to the point. I came across another Knee High who had five kids with different fathers, and no child support coming from the fathers.   When they start getting older, the men they were having all their independence with are no longer around and have moved on to better prospects. This is when they turn to the nice guys they rejected before. In other words,”Sugar Daddy”.  All they want is some good guy they rejected to take of them and their children, while running around with some other guy.

These Knee Highs, as you call them, think brothers owe them everything which is not the case have a relationship with them. That to me does not spell equality, and order for them to gain equality and our respect., is to get real with the fact that the brothers owe them nothing, and it is the black man who had to suffer, while they were having a grand old-time. They are not bad women, just good women turned bad. It is the choices, and that includes black men who are not given the same opportunities to be good guys, to take care of any children they leave behind. Even through my past and present relationships. I have always put my kids and their mother’s interest first. It is the duty of the father of these knee-high children to provide financial  support for their children. Perhaps, why there are so many women have to rely on public assistance to provide for these children of absent fathers, putting the burden on the fathers who do pay support for their children.  It is the children who suffer most. The absent father needs to be constantly reminded, he has a duty to fulfill. This has been resonating in my head since I became a father myself when my father uttered the same phrase.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was acceptable for a white man of  power to walk in with a black woman on his arm, but sent ripples when a black man did the same with a white woman. At that time racism ran high in those days. The Knee Highs are so damn mean, it is a wonder why the brothers went white. Take a good look back in history, this thing between black men and black women has been going on since Europeans set foot in Africa.

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Attitude

They could show more grattiude toward males of their race.

They could show more gratitude toward males of their race.

Knee Highs should do this

Knee Highs should do this

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Lost Soul: Rachel’s Story

 Mental disabilities affect people from all walks of life. This was to be evident when it attacked members of my family and extended family. I had no knowledge of mental disabilities, until my youngest sister was diagnosed with a mental ailment when she became a teenager. Later in life when I moved to Maine. I was to learn, that millions of Americans suffer from some kind of mental disability. The worst part of these ailments, is people who claim they are normal, always judge those who have this ailment as being crazy. The truth is that people with this dreadful disease are quite intelligent. With the right medications, they can live a normal life depending on the severity of their illness.There are those who want their independence, while other’s can but won’t. This is an issue that drives straight to the heart for me.

In the past week I have been following Disorderly Chickadee, Bipolar Bird tells All. It made me think of my youngest daughter Rachel, husband Leeman, Alyssa, and Aja, my granddaughters, and remembering the struggles they had gone through, it is amazing how far they have come together working as a team to raise their kids.

One day this past week. I received a notification in my Gmail account from Rachel via Facebook. It turned up to be a post on her life as a mother and the challenges she faced during that time frame. Here is her story the same format she wrote the post.

For those of you who haven’t seen this I’m posting it again and yes I did write this myself…please comment and tell me what you think🙂

Rachel and daughters, Aja and Alyssa

Rachel and daughters, Aja and Alyssa

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Son -in-law Leeman and daughter Rachel

Son -in-law Leeman and daughter Rachel

To be a mother

When I was 14 God said to me, ” my child I have a challenge for thee” At mind you are young but strong at heart and at soul so I bless you now with a child to behold. I see you are lost that your family is torn so I give to you this child to be born. Please Love her,guide her and teach her. Keep her close to your heart for she is your savior. Let her be your inspiration and help you change all your sinful behavior.

At that moment when god gave me the test I said good lord I will do my best to raise this child and put her before the rest. So I promised to put her needs before mine and any others at that very moment I chose to be a mother.

After a few years god clearly could see that I could handle the challenges he placed upon me. Through all the talk, the stares and glares my peers gave to me, I held my head high because they only wanted to see what they see. What they saw was a baby having a baby and what god saw was a strong person who don’t care about any others what God saw was me choosing to be a mother.

So god said I have tested you now for a while you are now a brave woman so I give you the gift of another child. Again hold them close to your heart take care of them and their love will never part. On that day when my princess was born I prayed with all my soul and promised god that our love will never be torn. I told god that I will cherish them for life there is just one more thing please make me a wife for I love their father with all my might and want him for my husband and me his wife, because I choose to be a mother but want the married life.

Then god said that would be quite alright for you have been though so much now that you deserve to rest at night. Take some time now for you, your life is shining bright. You have done right by your family and most of all others, you have done right because you chose to be a mother.

To those who chose to read this this is what I want to say..

I am not perfect the signs are everywhere, from the way I dress in the style of my hair. I may not have the best of things but my children are worth all the talk that it brings. My kids have everything that I could have but I put their needs first and that ain’t bad.
I could have all of life’s finer things like celebrity hair styles of diamond rings. So I put myself last so they can have all they dream from nice clothes to computers cause there is no better feeling than when your child’s face gleams. Again I choose to put them before any other again I choose nothing more than to be a mother

I may go out with pajamas and messed up hair but I do it with pride and without care. I don’t care what people see when they look at me. I don’t care about the things they say amongst each other they can talk all they want cause I chose to put my needs last and I chose to be a mother.

So for now I am me much more than what others can see. I handle it all , all god has put before me. Say what you Like and think what will you opinion don’t matter to me so just chill. So right now I choose to be who I am to never run and when my children are grown I will have my fun. So right now at this time in my life the one thing I choose above anything other is to be nothing more than what I am a wife and mother

~ Rachel White ~

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