Archive for September 29, 2018

Toxic Flame Retardants in Your Bed

Looking for furniture, mattress, or children’s items that do not contain toxic flame-retardant chemicals but are fire-resistant?  Go to   Chemical flame retardants do a good job but are harmful to your health and the health of the Earth. So why not give these others a try?

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We All Deserved It


Whomever is telling the truth, Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh, is NOT the issue. The Senate Judiciary Committee has treated both of them unfairly.

Ms. Ford was not allowed to present witnesses who would be subpoenaed to substantiate her claims under direct questioning  and oath. Yes, some submitted short statements, but, as any attorney will tell us, that doesn’t bring out as many facts that in-person, under-oath questioning does.

Judge Kavanau may have benefited from those witnesses, because they may have contradicted each other or said something to prove his side when under the heat of direct questioning. He, too, did not present in-person witnesses which could have bolstered his side of the story.

On both sides, a thorough FBI investigation would have uncovered truths, half-truths, and inconsistencies. Or a history that made one or the other or both suspect. That’s their job–the job they’ve done for accusations made in past nominations. But the Judiciary Committee decided to take on most of that task themselves.

Remember that this is a committee that is supposed to be non-politically biased, like a court. Yet they were drowning in political accusations, blame, and verbal fights. Both sides had political motives. So how could they make an unbiased decision, especially without knowing the whole story that an FBI investigation would foster?

Why are both parties being harmed? Neither has actually had their day in court. Neither is vindicated. Neither has had their good name cleared. Both have had themselves and their families go through a demeaning experience in these hearings. These are people, not pawns.

And our country loses, because we’ve added a person to the highest, most important, citizen-protecting court in our land who will always be surrounded by a cloud of suspicion as he makes serious decisions that affect our lives.

Why would a delay of a couple of weeks–with a vote still before the November elections–have been a bad thing?  Both of these people, and America, deserved it!


Do You Pray?

You probably do pray sometimes when you don’t recognize it as actual “prayer.”  Even atheists pray.

Sometimes I come across something I think is a beautiful way to look at things. I found this on the Facebook posting of a friend and want to pass it on to you for today’s Thursday Thought.

Those Darned Truckers!

Who hasn’t thought, “There goes another one of those massive pest-trucks, clogging up my highway”? I’m guilty. I won’t think it again, thanks to this video.

[Allow time for the video to load, then right-click and choose “unmute” to get sound.]

Truck Drivers

Truck drivers deserve more respect.

Posted by Well-Rounded Life on Sunday, September 23, 2018

They Don’t Deserve Teeth

If you’ve ever had your insurance company deny paying for a procedure because it wasn’t “a medical necessity,” read this article. Apparently, Texas doesn’t understand that having no teeth is more than a chewing issue; it affects a person’s total health. Not that it matters because, after all, prisoners don’t deserve teeth.

Texas prisons often deny dentures to inmates with no teeth

We’re Getting Hungrier

Droughts, floods, conflicts, and economic slowdowns: they, according to a U.N. report, are the major causes of people going hungry. They all adversely affect food production. The result is that an increasing number of human beings on our Earth are going hungry. In fact, the report says, the number of malnourished people worldwide has increased from 815 million in 2015 to 821 million in 2017, and the numbers keep rising.

What can we do? Take better care of our planet so there are fewer and less intense floods and droughts, work through groups and pressure our lawmakers to work toward peace, and help each other rebound from financial crises.

And, it goes without saying, feed the hungry, at home and abroad.

Grow a Healthy Adult

Help your kids avoid respiratory problems as adults by having greenery around your home now. So says new research. They’ve discovered that children who grow up playing in and around green space are less prone to asthma and wheezing during adulthood. Read more about this at

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Let Me Express My Gratitude

It started at an international gathering in Hawaii in 1965, this excellent idea. Those wise people thought that taking even one day a year to really think about what we’re grateful for is a healthy thing that would enhance our well-being and make us more content and happier. It’s a day off from focusing on our troubles and the bad things that happen to us and instead looking at all the little things–and people–that enrich our lives.

You, my readers, are part of what I give thanks for today.

Happy World Gratitude Day!



Fight that “Get Even” Thought

Want to strike back at that person who has been mean, cruel, or nasty to you? It’s a very human inclination. Today’s Thursday Thought quote explains why it can backfire.


Good person

Never regret being a good person!

Posted by Relationship Rules on Sunday, September 2, 2018

Pirating a Birth Day

Since today is my birthday, I was curious if maybe today wasn’t also a “National” or “Annual” day of celebration that I might participate in. I didn’t expect it to be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Because I write a blog and edit people’s precious manuscripts, resumes, and Doctoral dissertations, I didn’t think it was such a good idea for me.  But it might be fun to try some year.
Here’s a   description of the day: “International Talk Like A Pirate Day is a parody holiday annually held on September 19. Celebrated for the first time in 1995, the fun holiday encourages people to talk and dress like the sea plunderers of yesteryears.” You can learn more about the day (and maybe be inspired to join in the fun) by going to Fun Holiday — International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Ahoy, Matey!