Archive for August 31, 2017

Making Problems Disappear

Today’s Thursday Thought quote tells us how.


How to Tell if that Organic is Worth It

Organic or not, always wash fruit and veggies before eating them. But first you have to buy them. There’s so much hype about how much healthier organics are.  Sometimes, though, paying for organic isn’t worth the money.

A rule of thumb is  whether or not the fruit or vegetable has a thick skin that chemicals can’t get through.  If so, call them the “Clean Ones.”  If not, call them the “Dirty Ones.”  Here’s a helpful list.

“Dirty Ones” (buy organic)

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

“Clean Ones” (don’t waste $$$ on organic)

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit


Avoid Theft of your Child’s Identity

It can happen when your child is a newborn, or as a teenager, or anytime in between: identity theft.  In fact, 1/4 of our kids will have their identities stolen before they reach their 18th birthday.

Morgan Stanley has published an important “Guide for Parents” that addresses this issue.  It gives warning  signs and strategies.  Topics include

  • A Target Even at Birth
  • Watch for these Warning Signs
  • Key Strategies for Parents

The commercial for Morgan Stanley doesn’t come in until their last topic, Helping to Keep Your Family’s Identity Secure.  Even that section contains ideas that are useful whether or not you’re a Morgan Stanley client.

If you’re a parent of a baby–whether newborn or teen–this article is worth a read.


There’s a “Service Dog” in Every Home

I felt like starting the week on a lighter note. No message or  moralizing.  This is just about dogs who perform services for us every day.  But you just need to be an animal-lover in general to enjoy it.  (If it doesn’t play right, go to



Some Info. if You Drink Nestles Brands of Bottled Water

You may not even know that you do.  Nestle brands include Arrowhead, Calistoga, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Poland Spring, Zephyrhills, Perrier, San Pellegrino, and Pure Life.

Nestle pays $524 a year (that’s all!) to fill bottles that cost us $2.00 each.  They take the water from the San Bernadino National Forest, draining our public watersheds.  They claim that they can do that because water doesn’t belong to anyone, ignoring the fact that the PUBLIC NATIONAL forest that is trying to recover from drought is sustained by that very water.  Topping that, they’re taking the water on an expired lease!

A group called Courage Campaign has taken Nestle to court over this in what, so far, has been a two-year battle.  Nestle is spending an unimaginable amount to fight this–at $2.00 a bottle they can afford it.

If this bothers you as much as it does me, boycott all Nestle products, especially water, and let Nestle know why you’re doing it. You can find their phone number and a contact form at

We’re talking about OUR water and OUR forests!


Oddball Fact…With or Without Pepperoni

Every once in awhile, I like to break things up by passing on an oddball fact that I, with my sideways  mind, find interesting.  Try working this one into a conversation.

Every single second in America, 350 slices of pizza are being sold.

Now, chew on that!   

I’m Re-Thinking

Today’s Thursday Thought, along with a discussion with my son, is causing  me to re-think my support for bringing down those statues.

“I don’t think it is wise or possible to hide from history.” — Andrew Young


Are They Selfish or a Narcissist?

“Narcissist” is the new buzz-word-label for people we find hard to get along with.  To clarify, psychologists say that a person is a narcissist if he/she has AT LEAST FIVE of these symptoms.  Otherwise, they’re probably just self-centered, which, of course, is also hard to deal with.

Here are the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder:

  • Exaggerates own importance
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence or ideal romance
  • Believes he or she is special and can only be understood by other special people or institutions
  • Requires constant attention and admiration from others
  • Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
  • Tkes advantage of others to reach his or her own goals
  • Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy
  • Is often envious of others or believes other people are envious of him or her
  • Shows arrogant behaviors and attitudes

Side note: 50% – 75% of narcissists are male.

917 Hate Groups in the U.S.–Do You Donate?

Do you unwittingly donate to a hate group?  You can’t always tell by their names. Examples: Christian Revival Center, Free American, Israel United in Christ, Vineland Clothing, Family Research Council, and Insight USA.  These are among the 917 Hate Groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as currently active in our country.

To find out which ones operate in your state, look at the list of hate groups by state.

Identifying them is the first step.  Eradicating them and all they stand for is the ultimate step.

Have Some Fun on Eclipse-Day

Who shot arrows into the sky to rekindle the sun?  Who eats the sun but, burning his mouth, spits it out? Who thought that the sun and moon were lovers and the eclipse happened because of, well, the heat of their passion?  Should pregnant women wear metal to protect their baby during the eclipse?

Find  the answers to these and other burning (sorry about that) questions at