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April 22, 2019

Quit Smoking the Easy Way – Sharing Our Experience (2019 update)

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I am happy to report that this January marks 6 years 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, I created the intention to quit smoking, and focused on the task at hand the solutions came my way quickly.

2019 Update: In January 2013 we were diagnosed with COPD Level II, which was nodules in the lungs (CT Scan), but too small to biopsy.  They said that they needed to do a CT Scan every three months to monitor and if in December the nodules are big enough then they would do a biopsy, and 99.99% start Chemotherapy immediately.  The appointment was booked ahead of time for three hours.  This is how sure they were. So the 2nd CT scan showed minor growth.  The third showed same as the 2nd.  Then the final CT scan showed that 95 % of the nodules were gone.  Yes gone!  The doctors said “This never happens!  COPD does not get cured, but you no longer have COPD!”.  My pulmonary doctor said “You can fire me. You no longer need me.” To this day every doctor who looks at my chart says the same thing “This never happens!” ans ask me what I did to cure my COPD.  I am a Reiki Level II Healer and every night I sent healing energy to my lungs and entire body.  I said 10 Hail Marys along with the healing. (I wanted to cover all bases) Thats it.  I totally believe there are some things we can self heal.

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. (Ask your doctor about a class or a recommendation)

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. (They rarel do) 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 on-line 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!”

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April 17, 2019

Facebook – The Sign

For those who have never been anywhere near the Facebook Headquarters on Hacker Way, Palo Alto there is a Facebook sign at where the intersection of Hackers way and Bay Front Expressway.  Hackers Way is the entrance and as you enter to your right is the Facebook sign.  We have been past this sign hundreds of times and have never seen it without people (Tourists mostly) in front of it taking “selfies”, taking pictures of friends in front of the sign,  or just taking pictures of the sign.  (At upper left of this post is the sign).  When we were driving for Uber we would get requests from visitors going to take the Facebook Tour, yes they have a tour and no we have never been on the tour, and the visitors would asked to be dropped off at the sign.

We have heard that the tour is pretty good, but the people are asked not to discuss when they leave.  It was our Uber experience that the people first go on the Google tour and then Uber to Facebook for their tour.

So one day we had a Doctors appointment at Stanford and we hitched a ride with a friend and had him drop us off at the Facebook sign.  Our friend then would continue on Bay Front to catch US 101 to San Francisco.  It’s cheaper to catch a Uber at Facebook so that is why we were dropped off there.  One day there was a group of about ten people in front of the sign so we walked over and asked where they were from.  The said Norway and that they stopped here before going on the tour.  They said they were having a good time visiting the US and wanted to get some pictures at the sign.  As the Norwegian group started to walk away a guy followed by another guy carrying a microphone boom and another guy carrying a professional looking camera walked up and said “Hello” to us.  They said they were from Germany and were documenting their trip to the US and asked if me and my friends would like to be in the video. We said, “They are also visitors but we will ask them”.  We called over to the Norwegian group and asked them if they would like to be in the video and they all said “sure”.  So back they came and everyone started taking in their native language but since we did not speak either Norwegian or German we blurted out “All of you are welcome to the US and we hope you all are having a great time!” We said this in Klingon, yes from Star Trek the Klingons.  When we lived in Southern California in the late eighties we were in a Star Trek Fan Club and we all learned how to speak Klingon so we could talk without other people knowing what we were talking about.  We have not used Kilngon since then and were surprised when we blurted out that statement.  Then to our surprise several Norwegians and the three Germans started talking Klingon back to us.   It sounded a bit weird and the more we talked we started laughing so hard we could hardly stand up.  Then people driving north bound on Bayfront when they got the stop light they would roll down their windows and ask what was going on and of course we would all say to them in Klingon “We are just having a good time with our new friends” and laugh all that much harder.  There were even a few people in the cars that said something in Klingon back to us, which of course prompted belly busting laughter.  The German guys were taping the whole event at the one guy was narrating while the camera man was panning the entire scene.

Then someone pointed up and said “What is that?” We looked up and low and behold there was a drone about fifty feet hovering over us.  When we all looked up the drone came down to about ten feet above us and a voice said “Is there a problem with someone or are you all just having a good time.  We are part of the Facebook security team and it was reported that traffic at the main entrance was backing up because a group of people at the sign were seemed to be having a really great time or there might be an issue.” We said “We are just having a great time talking Klingon to each other and taking pictures of the sign.  We did not notice that traffic was at a standstill and did not see that KRON 4 News truck parked across the street.  We will beak up so that these people can move over to the main complex so they could take the tour.”  The drone said, “Can you wait about ten minutes because we have a Star Trek Group here at Facebook and they want to come and join you at the sign.  The all speak Klingon and rarely do they get to meet other people who know the language.”  Sure enough, we peaked around the sign and could see about fifty people coming our way out the door of the building.   Now we had a fairly large group all taking Klingon to each other and of course laughing and hugging from meeting new friends.  One of the Facebook guys said “Let’s please start moving toward the main building entrance so you all can take your tour and continue to chat.”  We stood in place as the Norwegians and Germans’ started moving toward the main building.  The Face book guy asked “Aren’t you coming?” We said “No, we need to catch an Uber and get to Stanford for a doctors appointment.  We just met those people when we stooped her.”  The guy then said “Look behind you, total traffic tie up and I doubt if you will get an Uber in the next thirty minutes so why not join us and we shall make sure you get to Stanford.”  So we did.

We all ended up in a large conference room where the people going on the tour introduced them selves and the German guys continued recording.  Many of the Facebook “Star Trekkies” folks were exchanging emails with the visitors.  After about forty-five minutes they started the tour and an intern came up to me and said “Please follow me.  One of the VP’s has a meeting at Stanford and said you can ride over with him.”  So I followed and went up several flights of stairs.  We though it odd that we were going up, but assumed we were going to the VP’s office.  Then when the intern swung open a door marked roof, we could see and hear a helicopter.  We were being waved over to get in and so we did.  The VP said “This should cure the traffic issue huh?” and we both laughed.  Over too the Stanford Helicopter pad we went and the view was awesome.  In just a few minutes we arrived and we thanked the VP for the ride and wished him good luck in his meeting.

Best day in a long time ever!  We have nothing else to report except that when the nurse checked my blood-pressure it was on the high side when I woke up from the anesthesia.

Thanks all for stopping by and taking a few moments of your precious time.  God Bless you!

(qaStaHvIS tIq poH reH nIvbogh jaj!  pagh latlh ja’ wIghaj jIQongqa’laHbe’ ‘e’ HeghDI’ ‘Iw-joH rop checked rachwI’ Dop jen HeghDI’ vemmoH jIH vo’ anesthesia. roSenQatlh Hoch jaS mev ‘ej puS ghomchoH SumImchugh precious.  pIghov) <<<Klingon for those who can speak the language

April 14, 2019

Tiger Woods Wins the 2019 Masters

Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters and he is back and even better !!!

We have NOTHING to add at this time, but if you watched on TV then you saw a MIRACLE and saw that we humans do not have limitations !  We can do anything we choose !

More later……

April 4, 2019

Balancing Chakra’s Meditation 101

We mention often that our Chakra’s get out of balance, mainly because if your Sun Sign is Cancer the Chakra’s get out of balance easily.  However, for all of us, when you feel scattered, or can’t seem to keep anything in focus, it could be that your Chakra’s are out of balance.  In general, keeping our Chakra’s in balance also cleans the negative energy out of a given Chakra.  There are hundreds of Chakra’s in our bodies, but to start we will include a link to a meditation video that will display in the following order the color identified with each Chakra and as the meditation progresses the colors will change.  We use the color as a visualization of the energy we are sending to a given Chakra.  Some call this a fine tuning of our spiritual body.

Order of Meditation:

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       Chakra Name                           Body Location                        Sanskrit Name                            Color

  1.  Root Chakra                     Base of spine                         Muladhara                                Red
  2.  Sacral Chakra                   2 inches above Root            Swadhisthana                           Orange
  3.  Solar Plexus Chakra        2 inch above Sacral              Manipura                                  Yellow
  4.  Heart Chakra                    Middle of chest                    Anahata                                     Green
  5.  Throat Chakra                  Base of throat                       Vishudha                                   Blue
  6.  Third Eye Chakra             Middle of Forehead             Ajna                                            Indigo
  7.  Crown Chakra                  Top of Head                         Sahasrara                                  Violet

Mediation pose or posture is in general sitting cross legged, back straight, arms on knees, and palms resting on knees face up.  We mostly sit in a chair feet securely on floor, arms resting in lap, with palms up.

Start by taking three deep cleansing breaths – inhale love energy and exhale negative energy.  On each breath feel all your muscles relaxing. It’s not required to use the meditation video but we have found the sound to be usually comforting and it’s good to get used to the sound because other video’s use the sound for healing.

Here is our sequence.  For example we would start by focusing on the Root Chakra and using Red energy send it to the Root Chakra.  We visualize a meter over the chakra that has one hand and it indicates where the current balance of the chakra is.  Say our Root is 50%, then the hand would point straight down and move toward the top as you bring in energy.  When the meter is pointing up, this indicates the chakra is in balance.  So relax and wait for the next chakra to come up on the video display or of you are not using the video, move on to the next chakra.  Feel free to create your own sequence or rhythm.  Because the order of meditation above is a standard used on most of the You Tube videos, our standard is the reverse and as you will see on our next posting “Balancing Chakra’s Advanced” we use eleven Chakra’s and make sure to send energy to Mother Earth.

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to email us.  If you are anywhere in the San Francisco area we could set up a meeting or groups meet and we will do a guided meditation and or discussion session.  Thanks all of you for yor support.

This post is dedicated to Doctor Mary Jane Reyes and who we will be sending Reiki Energy to for a week to assist in her meditation.

We have nothing to add at this time except God bless all.

March 27, 2019

Dating Sites – Beware of “Gold Diggers” or Shady Characters Warning Signs

Thanks to Zoosk.com for some the following information!  Usually the site your on has information about possible scams, but they leave it up to YOU for controlling your destiny and if your not paying attention, then you will probably lose money and forever think “What the hell was I thinking about? “.  The last guy I heard about lost $5,000.00 and his last words were “But I love her!” (He never met her/he).  The last lady I heard of lost $48,000.00 and her words were “But I loved him and he said he would pay me back!” (She never met him and he was 8,000 miles away in Ghana)

Though most dating sites take steps to protect their members, ultimately, you’re on-line and off line safety is in your hands. While meeting people on-line keep an eye out for these eight common scammed behaviors and report them right away to the support or security links on given site.

1. Asking you for money or financial information.
Never give out your financial information to someone you’ve met on an on-line dating site or app. Seems simple right? Well, it may seem like common sense to keep your information to yourself, but scammers can be convincing. If someone you’ve come to care about asks you to help pay for travel expenses so her or she can come see you, it may be tempting to hand your information over. Don’t do it. Asking for money to visit you is a common story that a lot of scammers use.

2. Contacting you from another country.
Many scammers come from another country or claim to be stuck in a foreign country. Be weary if the story someone tells doesn’t match the location or information in his or her profile. (We came across this one several times where the lady/guy said she was on assignment for UNICEF or S.O.S and said they could not get home because they did not have enough money)

3. Refusing to meet in person or talk on the phone.
Does the person you’re talking to only want to keep things online? Does he or she ignore you when you ask to meet in person? This is a common scammer move to watch out for.

4. Claiming to love you right away.
Often scammers will come on very strong right away and the language can be over the top and intense. It can be exciting to feel close to someone so quickly, especially when you’ve been wanting a serious relationship for a while, but be weary of someone who claims too much too fast. Scammers will push for a serious relationship without getting to know you or meeting in person first.

5. Pressuring you for your phone number, email, or other contact information.
If someone wants to communicate outside of the dating app you’re using right away, beware. It’s normal to ask someone for their phone number but it’s odd to ask someone for personal information right away.

6. Often repeating things or seeming disconnected from communications.
Does the person your chatting with have a hard time following the thread of the conversation? Do they never remember things you say or only speak about general topics? Many scammers work from a script and are talking to many people at once so their messages are disjointed and odd at times. If replies to your messages seem off-topic you could be speaking with a scammer.

7. Dodging your questions without providing answers.
While some scammers use elaborate stories to get you to trust them, other scammers like to keep the conversation vague. Instead of answering questions about his or her life, the scammer will try to keep you talking about yourself or only speak about emotions.

8. Trying to sell you products or services or offering you a job opportunity. 
If something sounds too good to be true, chances are it is. If someone is offering you a great deal on a used car, or a special discount on a product or service, be careful. It’s a common way to get you to give your information out.

If you suspect that someone you’re talking to may be a scammer, stop your communications and immediately report him or her. When you’re excited about someone and starting to develop feelings, it can be easy and even natural to want to do anything they ask. But it’s important to stay safe. Keep an eye out for these signs, learn more about someone before getting too close, and protect yourself and your information.  Remember the person at the other end might be a guy or a lady, you DON’T KNOW!

DATING MANTRA – Do not even consider sharing financial information or giving money to anyone until you meet them face-to-face or belly-to-belly!

Our TIPs!        1)  Before you join a site Google the site and ask for reviews.  We found several to say “RISKY” or prone to scams or hacking.

2)  Never send mail to any email that has a “.org” suffix!  These are usually hacker prone or the person who gave you the link is making money and the site is tracking   your every move online.  Google the full email name + site or just the site and read the results.  One common one is “citymail.org”.

We have nothing to add except here is the link to <<<<<<<ZOOSK.COM>>>>>>>>>>

Thank you everyone who stopped by and if you are using a dating site on-line and having an issue, don’t hesitate to inform the support department.  They probably have heard just about everything.  PEACE!

November 23, 2018

Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade – The End of Tradition 2018

For many years the Macy’s Day Parade had been our family tradition, where we all gather to watch the parades and enjoy the experience.

The last few years though, we have seen a change.  Who was the genius who decided to start the TV coverage with song routines from Broadway Shows?   This might be of interest to New Yorkers, but to anyone else it total BS.  To the children it’s like going on long trip by car and one of them has to pee, they start asking “When are we going to stop?  I have to go to the bathroom” over and over until we stop. When the Broadway routines start the children start saying “When is this going to be over?  We want to tee the parade!”.  Several adults chimed in too this year.  We all agreed last year if this is part of the TV viewing then this will be the end of a family tradition and we can just as easy take a long car trip.

This year the TV presentation was one LONG commercial; from the second it started to the second it ended.  First we have the Broadway Play commercials for the various plays.  But this year was special.  Yes folks, this year to some we had a controversy.  At the end of the Prom Play two women kissed.  It was not a short kiss, like is passing, it was fairly long and a bit passionate.  We smiled and though great, finally they are bold enough to show what life is really about. But to the billions of conservative families all over the world we could feel the horror of the parents when the children all said “Mommy!  You told us that girls never kiss girls!  Mom!  You lied to us!”  Nothing the parents could say would wipe the image out of the children’s minds and later when guests arrive to enjoy dinner, the children would greet them with “Did you see the two girls kissing?” The parents knew that this would be an ongoing for a very long time.  Todays news has some people pissed off  and others happy that this was included.  (We are happy)

After the Broadway Play commercials and in watching the parade we noticed that every float had some obscure singer on the float promoting their latest song release and lip syncing badly as the song blasted out.  Some of our children even noticed that the words did not match the mouth and we all laughed.  True there were two notables singing. Early in the parade Kelly Clarkson was on a float and Diana Ross later on.  All these years we though Diana was six feet under.  So at least we were informed she was alive and “well”.   Diana at first did not have a microphone in her hand and wasn’t singing even though her song was blasting out.  Then she started lip syncing but her hair was being flipped over her face so we could only see her lips moving.

Of course not only did every singer get in a commercial, but the sponsor of every float got a full minute commercial about their product line.  Then of course the TV station (NBC) had to do their official commercials along with everything else.  We remembered a time when the parade was commercial free and the entire event was aimed at families, but that must have been in a place far, far, away and in s different dimension.  Moving on there were commercial free bands from all over the country.  These were the only participants that were commercial free.  We always look for the balloons of various characters that of course had promotions going on, but we mentally tuned them out and enjoyed seeing the traditional characters and which ones were new.  Finally we saw Santa off in the distance and we knew the torture would soon be over.  When the announcer, said “And here is Santa arriving”, click when the remote and we were done.  By the way, we noticed that the announcers these days we usually people from early morning TV shows.  There was a time when “real stars” from TV did the TV announcing but now, all they do is sit there and read commercial scripts.

We made a point of watching the “live” broadcast, and there was only one in our area on NBC. There were years when there were multiple, but not this year which might indicate that the popularity was waning.  We did notice that later in the day several channels were rerunning the parade and we wondered if the “Girl kiss” was edited out.”

So now our tradition has been whittled down to one parade.  That is the New Years Day Rose Parade that does not have Broadway Play promotions as of last year, and basically commercial free.  It’s okay with us that the float sponsors get talked about, because there is usually a story about each one.  The spectators are another story because the “true blue” ones usually camp overnight on the parade route or near as they can get and they usually get interviewed by roving reporters.  Everyone is welcome at the Rose Parade.

We wish all of our followers had a happy holiday and enjoyed Black Friday Shopping.  We will wait with excitement to see what you will be sending us later in the season (Joke).  We hope you make a point to donate some of that cash that you saved to various charity organizations.  Ours this year is to the forest fire victims that lost everything.

We have nothing else to report at this time except to thank everyone who voted in the USA mid-term election and to those outside of the USA thank you for taking the time to come to the USA and vote (Joke for Donnie).  Have a safe weekend and hope to see you soon.  By the way, we once attended the Pasadena Do Dah Parade and that at that time was held on Thanksgiving.  We rented a Winnebago and parked right on the parade route.  We had a blast.

 

 

March 27, 2018

American Idol 2018 Hollywood Episode

Up to this episode we have been enjoying the new American Idol on ABC and we enjoyed this episode up to the last group of the night.  This is where it got ugly.  Katy Perry decided to prank the group after all four were accepted.  She said to them “You are all accepted but we only need three, so one of you needs to volunteer to go home so the other three can move on.” This was so cruel to do to these ladies that have been under great stress and struggling for hours.  Katy might be too busy slobbering over every guy contestant and flirting with others.  She even went after a guy who has a girlfriend saying “They are not engaged”.  Here is  a mega-star making a fool out of herself on national TV.  She says she meditates and does Yoga, she must not be focusing on being a nice human being and treating others like she wants to be treated.  She needs to come and read our posts about how to make yourself a better person.  Maybe this outbreak of Katy’s head-games play is what guys get when they meet her.  No wonder she is single LOL

So after a few minutes, the redhead girl volunteer to leave so her friends could move on.  Katy then told her the truth, but we think she should have apologized big time.  The redhead girl  showed us that she is the kind of friend we all should have .  Her action by itself showed that she is an awesome soul and she is welcome to be our friend anytime.

Katy Parry might consider losing some of that extra weight so she can trap a guy.  Our nickname for Katy is “Thunder-thighs” which came to be when she fell on her chunky butt on one of the audition episodes.  You would thnk she can afford a trainer, but maybe she is too cheap.  We have no idea.  We don’t usually post negative remarks but we think Katy needs to be accountable and not just get off with “Oh sorry.”  Cruelty by someone makes us “gag with a spoon” here in California.

So we will continue watching because Lionel and Luke are flat out funny and knowledgeable.  Luke going to that wedding to surprise his fans was great.  It reminded us of the video for “Sugar by Maroon Five“.

So folks, now we are cranking up for The Masters Golf Tournament with Tiger Woods being the favorite even though he has just returned to golf a short time ago.  Now this is a guy that overcame huge issues and got his life back together and we look at him with awe and inspiration.  He quit golf to get his family and health back in order and because he focused on these, he did it.  The guy loves playing golf, but knows what is important and took care of business.

We have nothing else to report except for those who wonder if we watched 60 minutes we did not, but we did read the transcript and thought it was a “yawn”.  Donald “negativity maxed out” Trump will deny everything.

March 11, 2018

Gun Control – Gun Control Laws – Post from 11/09/2017


We rarely post something not on the positive side but we could not sit here and not say anything about all those innocent victims of shootings starting with way back with Sandy Hook.  Nothing has been said much over the last ninety days and today I turn on the TV and see that the GOP is more interested in getting a phony tax bill passed than GUN CONTROL laws.  So I want to show you why the GOP is not and will not go up against the NRA.  Below is a list of the top 10 Senate and House members that receive donations from the NRA.  The list comes from the NY Times and we invite you to go Google and get the entire list.  Most GOP members get donations and about a handful of DMS.  You will be amazed.  Now its not against the law to accept donations, but if you look at the amounts you will see why they (GOP)  don’t want to risk losing the huge amounts.

The first line on list is the member name and State.  The next line is what they said when the shooting event took place.  The third is the NRA Amount they have received.  The comments see to be a template for each time a shooting happens.

Senate Top 10  

1.  John McCain   Ariz.

“Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.”

$7,740,521 FROM THE N.R.A.

2.  Richard Burr   N.C.

“My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.”

$6,986,620 FROM THE N.R.A.

3.  Roy Blunt     Mo.

“Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack.”

$4,551,146  FROM THE N.R.A.

4.  Thom Tillis    N.C.

“Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas.”

$4,418,012   FROM THE N.R.A.

5.  Cory Gardner   Co.

“My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night.”

$3,879,064  FROM THE N.R.A.

6.  Marco Rubio Fla.

“I’m praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting.”

$3,303,355  FROM THE N.R.A.

7.  Joni Ernst     Iowa

“My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence.”

$3,124,273  FROM THE N.R.A.

8. Rob Portman  Ohio

“Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.”

$3,061,941  FROM THE N.R.A.

9.  Todd Young  Ind.

“We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns.”

$2,896,732  FROM THE N.R.A.

10.  Bill Cassidy            La.

“Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families.”

$2,861,047  FROM THE N.R.A.

House  Top 10

1.  French Hill    Ark.

“Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. […] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror.”

$1,089,477  FROM THE N.R.A.

2.  Ken Buck     Co.

“I’m praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las Vegas last night. Our country must stand together in support of the families of the victims and the community.”

$800,544  FROM THE N.R.A.

3.  David Young Iowa

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends of the horrific and evil tragedy in Las Vegas.”

$707,662  FROM THE N.R.A.

4.  Mike Simpson   Idaho

“Though no words can heal our hurt, and no explanation will ever feel sufficient, I pray that all involved may find comfort as we process this devastating tragedy.”

$385,731  FROM THE N.R.A.

5. Greg Gianforte           Mont.

No statement released.

$344,630  FROM THE N.R.A.

6.  Don Young   Alaska

“Anne and I are praying for all those involved or impacted by this heinous act of violence.”

$245,720  FROM THE N.R.A.

7. Lloyd Smucker  Pa.

“Horrific act of violence in Las Vegas. Cindy and I pray for the victims, their families, and the first responders.”

$221,736  FROM THE N.R.A.

8.  Bruce Poliquin          Maine

“My thoughts are with all those effected in the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas. The nation is with you.”

$201,398  FROM THE N.R.A.

9.  Pete Sessions  Tex.

“My deepest sympathies are with all who were harmed by this horrific tragedy.”

$158,111  FROM THE N.R.A.

10.  Barbara Comstock   Va.

“I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.”

$137,232  FROM THE N.R.A.

There are numerous articles posted on the web.  We go the above list from the NY Times, but this is the shot list. Just about every GOP Senator and House member gets NRA donations. A few Democrats.  Go to GOOGLE and search “NRA GOP DONATIONS”.  Then sort trough the hundreds of links.

We have nothing to add except to say to the folks out there “Call your state rep and tell him or her that you want gun control not phony tax plans.” To all the victims we are praying for the families and all concerned.

March 10, 2018

Nabisco OREO Cookie Packaging Tribute

We are dedicating this post to all the people who came up with the new cookie packaging that opens on top and re-seals.  These people hopefully received a HUGE bonus from Nabisco.  We cookie junkies can hardly tell you how much we appreciate this packaging because it saves hours of time.  No more opening the package and removing a “tray” of cookies, then putting it back and hoping it will not go stale.  Actually they never go stale if they are within 30 feet of me.  A simple “Lift” and there they are just waiting for us to enjoy these delicious cookies.  Then if there are any left in the package simple close the flap and its sealed.  Can’t get much easier than that!

We see others also have the package, but because we eat mainly Original Oreo’s Chocolate Sandwich just about every day our focus is with them.  Only 160 calories per 3 cookies. (This is the first time we ever read this).  On the back of the package is a little saying “Carry Love in your heart and Oreo Cookies everywhere else”!  There is also a bunch of really small print about Nutrition but we don’t want to take time to read, after all, we are going to eat them anyway.

We have nothing to else to report except now that we are taking about Oreo’s we are running out to get more and milk too.

Near Death Experience (NDE)

Recently a friend of mine was telling me about a dream he had.  The dream was one of those “unworldly, spiritual-like” dreams where complete peace is the result.

After listening and thinking about how these experiences come about, I was reminded of a Near Death Experience (NDE) that I experienced many years ago.  In fact, I had forgotten about it until now and hadn’t told many people about it until now.   I was in my teens at the time and when it was all over I thought I was lucky to have survived the incident along with the other kids involved.  More details on this below.

When my friend told me about the dream I did some research and found that many others have experienced NDEs. Most of these experiences, it seems, involved people who were in traumatic situations such as major surgeries where they find themselves hovering over the table in the operating room watching the operation take place.  Some involved auto accidents where they found themselves hovering over the scene, watching themselves and the others lying about.

Mine wasn’t like any of those and here is a quick description of the circumstances leading up to my NDE, the experience itself, and the outcome.

The time was approximately 2:30 AM CST and the place was Freeman Lake in Monticello Indiana.  I had just turned nineteen and I was one of twelve passengers in an overloaded boat that flipped over early that summer morning.  I was sitting in the front seat and there was one person to my left and four others to my right with the driver at the far right.  When the boat began to flip over I could feel the rear sink down and it began to roll to the right.  The last thing I remember is feeling water on my ankles.

The next thing I remember is being in total blackness with a very small light off in the distance in front of me.  I was moving toward the light and as I moved the area around me started to lighten to gray and grow brighter as I moved forward.  I sensed a wonderful peacefulness and calm.  I can only describe it a pure bliss.  Then all of a sudden I stopped moving and voice said, “We are sending you back.  You have many things you need to complete in your lifetime before you come back here.”  I remember thinking “Please don’t send me back I want to stay!”  I then began moving backward very fast.  All of a sudden I was back in the total darkness.

Still in a peaceful state of mind I noticed that my arms were extended above me.  When I pulled them down I rose up and broke the surface of the water I was in and found myself on the side of the overturned boat where I had started.  There were people all around the boat clinging to it.  Everyone seemed to be talking loudly at once and then finally the driver of the boat was on top of the hull and he yelled “Every one shut up and let’s count off!”  We did and two people were missing.  The driver promptly dove in to the water and retrieved the two people who were still under the boat and brought them to the surface.  He placed them on the hull out of the water and then because he knew I could not swim, pulled me up on the hull.  Other boats that were in the immediate area began pulling up and taking survivors aboard and eventually back to land.

Thankfully all twelve passengers survived the accident.  We all discussed the accident afterwards and I really don’t remember thinking about the NDE until about a week later and then because I was so thankful that everyone survived, it really did not mean that much to me at the time.

As I recalled it in days to follow, it seemed that NOTHING seemed to matter as much as prior to the experience.  The peacefulness stayed with me for quite a while and everything seemed to be in perfect place…no thoughts disturbed me.  Soon, the euphoria slowly slipped away and I was back to “normal,” with everyday concerns, schedules and so on.

I must say, I didn’t know what to make of it all since these occurrences were not widely spoken of at that time, but I knew that there was work for me to do and I heeded this message throughout my life.

I’m very interested in any comments and/or experiences you’d like to pass along.

I’ll surely enjoy reading anything you have to share.  If you would like, I can post your experience(s) in a separate blog on this subject.  Let me know.

I have nothing else to report at this time and want to say thank you folks out there in cyberland for taking the time to stop by to support our site.

Sweet dreams.

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