Category Archives: Just thinking

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

When ever I came in the house crying about “so-and-so called me a “whatchamacallit” (That is a real word!). Mom was right there with that phrase.

Words cannot hurt you. They may make you cry but they are not going to break your bones. Recently however, schools and universities, have published codes or policies prohibiting speech that offends any group based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. You can’t make me feel bad. It’s my right to feel good. Don’t be offensive to me.

And they are having to change it all back to the way it was because of a little thing called the 1st Amendment.

Not to be offended is not a right. If something or someone is offending you, the onus is on you to look away.

The truth is you can only be offended if you allow yourself to become offended. I get offended all the time. Someone cuts in line, or flips me off for cutting him off. We were both offended.

But you can fix it. Having a Martini helps me but there are better ways out there. Lots of stuff on the web. This blog has some good stuff, http://www.deliberateblog.com/2011/05/03/how-to-stop-being-offended/

All this PC stuff crap is here so we don’t offend someone or make them feel bad. The emphasis is on the wrong person. If, in not being PC, I offend you then don’t come around until you have fixed yourself. It’s not going to bother me!

 

Drones in the back yard. A new fact of life.

Personal drones. For sale everywhere, i.e. Walmart. Look-out, the drones are falling. And that is just what happened in my neighbor’s backyard. She saw a thing with red and blue lights on her patio and promptly tried to put the thing out its suffering with a bucket of water.Then seeing me out in the yard asked for help. “There’s some Christmas light thing here.”

I reluctantly headed for her yard and found . . . yes, a drone! About the size of my hand, red and green lights and 8 propellers – not working I think because of the water. I picked it up and headed out of her yard. The propellers came on a couple of times, hitting my thumb (Ow!) once.

Continue reading Drones in the back yard. A new fact of life.

Who knew?

Having survived a second Pulmonary Embolism in as many years I wanted to share some information.

  • Deaths from Pulmonary Embolism are the leading form of accidental death for hospitalized patients, and the second most common cause of unexpected death in the general population.
  • Over 200,000 deaths will occur in the U.S. this year as a result of Pulmonary Embolisms.
  • The most common cause of Pulmonary Embolisms are Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
  • Approximately one in twenty people develop DVT during their lifetime.
  • Approximately 60,000 hospitalizations for DVT will occur in the U.S. this year. Pulmonary embolism occurs when blood clots (emboli) become lodged in a lung artery, blocking blood flow to lung tissue. Blood clots often originate in the legs.

pulmonaryembolismEmbolisms are treated with Warfarin. It is commonly called a blood thinner but really is an anti-coagulant. Treatment is for 6-12 months. A second embolism will put you on Warfarin for life.

Long flights and long drives can cause clots (DVT) although they aren’t the only cause. Pulmonary embolism can be caused by air bubbles, fat droplets, or even clumps of parasites or tumor cells that obstruct the pulmonary vessels.

The next time you are heading out for a trip in the RV don’t drive for 5 hours straight. Stop every couple of hours and walk around for 10 minutes. Take the dog out and around. Park at the far end of the rest area so you have a longer walk. Stop and smell the roses.

This time of year.

I hate this time of year. Hate – I know. A strong word for just a season. Yeah. The season of darkness! And all that fancy, smancy talk about tilt and axis and orbit.

The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the planet’s daily rotation keep the axis of rotation pointed at the same point in the sky. As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the same hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer.

Blah-blah-blah. Its still dark. I want the sun “up there” not “over there.”  Makes it appear to be cocktail time around 3:30 and I know its 5:00 somewhere but that’s a little early even for me. “Hey! Where’s the sun? Well golly, it’s over there.” Gets me upset and nervous and anxious. Makes me hungry too.

136 days until Spring. I can’t wait!

tilt
Fancy, smancy illustration.