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August 24, 2016

Italian Earthquake 2016

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family’s touched by the earthquake.

We have nothing to add but will follow this story via CNN.

August 17, 2016

MAPIE – West Chicago Illinois — Employment Issue

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 8:31 pm
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MAPAIThe following post (Below) was by one of my friends on Facebook and I have known her bother for more than 40 years.

My brother was recently diagnosed with cancer. The day before his treatment started he had a massive stoke, which left him with left-sided paralysis and has delayed his cancer treatment. His employer, Mapei in West Chicago, just sent him a letter denying his short-term disability, terminating his employment, and ending his insurance. If anybody can recommend legal aid or a lawyer that does pro bono work, please let me know. We want to know if this is legal.

I suggested filing a complaint with the EEOC (Federal) or any Illinois Department that deals with Employment issues.

If you are a lawyer that specializes in ILL Employment issues please leave a comment with your name and phone number where you can be reached.  I will pass all comments on to the folks needing the assistance.  If anyone out there in cyberland wants to suggest a specific possible solution, please leave a comment.

We have nothing to add except that this is total BS on MAPEI’s part and we need to do the right thing.  Corporate MAPEI is in Milan Italy and we are reaching out to them also.

July 21, 2016

Quit Smoking the Easy Way Part 1

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I initially posted this in October 2015, but since as request from Doctor Nair at Stanford Heath Care, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine asked me to post as often as possible here it is again.

I am happy to report that today marks 1 year and 7 months since I last smoked a cigarette. An accomplishment I am very proud of and I am going to share with others who are attempting to quit smoking but struggling with the task. So if you are a non-smoker you might move on to another site, but then again you might wish to share this site to someone you know that is attempting to quit smoking.
I found that when I decided to quit, created the intention to quit smoking, and focused on the task at hand the solutions came my way quickly.

I was smoking one pack a day at the time, and I was going though a severe chest cold which seemed to a fairly regular event at back then. I also had been smoking for over five decades, yes folks, more than fifty years without ever seriously attempting to quit. So here is my solution to quitting which turned out to be easier than expected.

First I met a doctor that had organized a group of folks that under her supervision had quit smoking using a medication named Wellbutrin. The instructions were one pill a day for three days and then start with two pills a day and continue to smoke. When the third day arrived I had already cut down from 20 to 15 cigarettes a day. I found that I had a reaction to taking the second pill and the doctor said to just stay with the one a day. Within 10 days I was at 3 cigarettes a day and seemed to get stuck at three.

Then one day I was on my Facebook page when I saw a symbol on the right side that was a cigarette with a red crossed “X” over it. I stared at the symbol because I never click on those “pages you need to visit” symbols, but I went with a gut feeling and clicked on it. I then went to a page about quitting smoking by Alan Carr and it led me to a PDF download of a book named “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” written by Alan Carr in 1985. I downloaded the file and read the book in one sitting. I have not smoked a cigarette since completing the book. (Thank you Allen)

Click here for a link to the Quit smoking site PDF File

What this book did for me was to point out that all the thoughts about why I liked smoking or why that cigarette with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning tasted so good, or yeah there is a chance of getting cancer, but not me, etc. The answer is those thoughts are coming from your ADDICTION! Yes your addiction is pointing out how much you enjoy smoking and how special you are for smoking without any issues and of course you are so special that cancer is not an option.

So the actual quitting was easy. I found the tough part was about 2-3 weeks later when I felt an urge for a cigarette when a situation occurred that when I was smoking, would smoke a cigarette. I have talked with other people who said this was the part that when they felt some stress, they automatically went back to smoking thinking they would attempt to quit at a later date. My though was “I did not quit smoking to go right back to it!” So what I did was I immediately noticed the situation that was causing the urge and then stopped what I was doing. I sat down and started a simple meditation where I focused on my in and out breath knowing that the urge would pass in about 20 seconds. Sure enough, it did and the next time the same situation came up the urge was non-existent. I did this ever time I had the smoking urge and eventually it was a rare event.

These days focusing on your breathing during a meditation is called “Mindfulness Meditation” and classes on how to do Mindfulness Mediation are being offered by most hospitals across the country (For a fee). If you are luck enough to live in or near Redwood City California the Insight Meditation Center offers classes for free (Donations are accepted). Check their web site for more information

Click here for a link to Insight Meditation Center Redwood City California

If you are interested in on-line classes here is a link to the Google Mindfulness online course, yes folks, Goggle has a course on mindfulness and from what we understand they support their employees in using this method to meditate. You even get a certificate when you complete the course.

Click here for Google Link

We have nothing else to talk about at this time, but we invite you to post a comment if you would like more information or have a question or two. Be sure to include your email address and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as we can. Also if you don’t want your comment made public, please include a “NOT”.

NOTHING is better than a smoke free environment!”

July 12, 2016

Time for a Great Leap for Mankind – USA

Filed under: Back in the Day — alaboutnothing @ 10:57 am
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The following is from a post on Facebook by a friend Steve Greenberg and I agree 1,000% with what he said:

Food For Thought #5 – I was not yet 5 years old when Martin Luther was killed, I was not yet 6 when we landed on the moon. I grew up in a world in which science and technology is cool and everyone expects to work hard to move us ALL forward. As a society it is our common goal to break down the barriers and create true equality. I grew up in a small, diverse town in which we all were aware of the older generation’s prejudices, but we didn’t share them. I remember the cold war in which we lived in the constant fear of mutual destruction. I remember unsafe cars and foods, rampant pollution, high murder rates, Vietnam and Watergate, oil embargo and crashed economy. We have made a lot of progress, but there is a long way to go. Let’s live up to Martin Luther King’ vision and get to the Promised Land- it is now within reach. Let’s follow the example of that “Great Leap for Mankind” and make Great Leaps of our own forward to where all know we should and can be. It’s right over that next hill….

We have nothing to add except to all Peace and let’s take the leap!

July 7, 2016

A Sad Day for the United States of America

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The New Your City Protest and other protests where the shooting took place say it all.  We need some sort of change in this GREAT Country.  President Obama spoke about it today and seems to understand what the people of the USA but Congress and the US Senate are silent.  They are to busy playing politics to stop and listen to the American people they work for who are screaming for change.

Click here for NY City Protest article

We have nothing to add except that the families of the victims are in our prayers.

Happy Birthday Sydney !

Filed under: Back in the Day — alaboutnothing @ 10:30 am
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 We here at the AAN Team Headquarters wish to extend a very Happy Birthday to Sydney and we hope Sydney has the greatest birthday ever.  Also wishing Sydney a Happy Birthday is Gabrielle, Pup- Pup, Pandie, Jenna, Sheepishly, Stripes, Joann, Ray, Pearl Swirl, Bun Bun, Reggie, Nola, Blueberry, Stitch, Teddy, Deery, Red Panda, Peanut, Rocko, Wishful, Daisy, Ice Cude, Sting, Fetch, Halo, Nibble, Pepper, Shelby, Slush, Cancun, Legs, Penny, Swoops, Waddle, Zig-Zag, Safari, Speckles, Leona, Glamour, Bamboo, Babs, Spells, Lucy, Smurf, Hip, Ellie,  Spots, Hello Kitty’s, Candy, Penguino, and Freddie, all of which are doing the Happy Birthday Dance in the middle of the room.

 

We have nothing else to report except to repeat “HAPPY BIRTHDAY SYDNEY!!!

July 4, 2016

July 4th 2016

july4Happy 4th of July for all those out there in cyber-space and beyond from the AAN Team.

For those in cyber-space outside of any United States territory, “Have a great day of nothing also.”

We also would like to give a really special AAN shout-out to the British folks because if it wasn’t for them (way back when) we here in the U.S.A. would not have a three day weekend this year.  We are sending you guys a whole bunch of “NOTHING” that should help your economy.

Of course we wish to send our prayers out to all the US armed forces out there protecting us and not able to be here to enjoy the day.  THANK YOU!! X 1,000,000,000,000.00

July 3, 2016

Sad day for Baghdad and the World

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Baghdad!

We have nothing to add except that Bangladesh, Istanbul, and Orlando is still remembered in our prayers.

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July 2, 2016

Sad day for Bangladesh and the World

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 3:24 pm
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Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the folks from Dhaka Bangladesh !

 

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And our prayers and thoughts go out to all the folks from Istanbul !

We have nothing to add except that Orlando is still remembered in our prayers.

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June 29, 2016

A Sad Day for Turkey and the World

Filed under: Consumer — alaboutnothing @ 11:42 am
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Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the folks from Istanbul !

We have nothing to add except that Orlando is still remembered in our prayers.

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