Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Hallowe’en

A fitting Hallowe’en dedicatory post. Always loved Vincent Price. King of the monsters.

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Happy Hallowe’en to all my readers and friends.

I’ve decided to be totally not serious, and not deal with reality in honor of it being Hallowe’en.

Some of you may remember these songs; for some of you they may be new.  But they’re some of my favorite “monster” songs, from when I was young.

The first is Vincent Price doing a wonderful cover of the Monster Mash.  For those of you who are too young to know the wonderful Mr. Price, he ruled the Horror films in the 50’s and 60’s, and did the ghoulish rap at end of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Flying Purple Eater is what was called a “novelty song” from the 60’s and it’s always been one of my favorites, never failing to make me laugh!

I have to go now, to chase the Zombies on the River!

Have a ghoulishly good day!

Monsterously yours,
Barbara

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C’mon Romeo

He’s a special boy!

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Romeo is such a good boy.  I think he would follow me anywhere!

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The Scientifically Challenged UK Media Strikes Back

A must read. The Telegraph in the UK featured an article written by Sarah Knapton. Ms. Knapton goes many steps further to malign sufferers of ME than the PACE trial report did, in her report of a follow-up study.

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When I first heard The Telegraph had featured an article concerning a follow-up study of the notorious PACE trial I was inclined to ignore it1. I’ve long become used to the appalling coverage of ME by the British media2 and felt I didn’t need to read any more disinformation disseminated via the Science Media Centre. However, I cracked and had the misfortune to read an article written by Sarah Knapton that is the worst I have seen in the thirty years I have been ill with this disease, which considering the competition is an impressive achievement1.

The article clearly implies ME is a non-illness, the suggestion in the headline that a bit of positivity and exercise could cure sufferers merits no other interpretation. One wonders what spin was put on the latest study by the SMC, as the results of this research bear no similarity…

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Writing letters of recommendation should be a supplement to the annual review format

Thank you to PsychologistMimi for this indepth post about reasons for recognizing the value of employees in the workplace.

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The last four weeks have been a series of crazy events for me during which I have had to also think of the great attributes of my colleagues of friends as I have been asked to write letters of recommendation on their behalf. It seems to be quite an honor to be asked; or so I believe. As such I take them very seriously not only for my colleagues’ sake but also for my own. By focusing on the great attributes I get to learn a lot as well as to what I value and what I deem to be integral to a good working environment.  And for that I am grateful to have been asked to write these letters of recommendation. I have yet to say no to such a request for there is always something that can be highlighted and acknowledged.

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Body Image Experiment

Speaking of making a statement!!

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For many decades, the media has idealized their image of the “perfect woman”, going so far as to photo-shop pictures of models to inhuman proportions. Culture dictates that looks are important. The message comes across to females of all ages and shapes that they do not measure up. For many women, this expectation can damage their self-esteem.
In recent years, a backlash has been building against the media’s message, and rightly so. Many women, along with some men, are speaking out, their message being that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. It is time for us to be comfortable in our own skin.
In the following video, presented by HLN, Amy Pence-Brown puts her message forth by stripping down to her underwear in the middle of an outdoor market. The response is heartwarming.

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The Bluejay Paid A Surprise Visit

 

I was surprised to see this Bluejay:  I don’t think I saw one here – it’s quite far south for this bird.  Now that I think about it, I did hear something about the coming winter being quite cold – colder than in the past.  Will the appearance of the Lonesome Dove (in the last post) and this Bluejay prove that forecast to be correct?  We will see.

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I didn't wake Rusty to take a look at the Bluejay. I won't tell him what he missed!

I didn’t wake Rusty to take a look at the Bluejay. I won’t tell him what he missed!

I was quite excited to catch the silhouette of the Bluejay on the Robellini Palm tree.

I was quite excited to catch the silhouette of the Bluejay on the Robellini Palm tree.

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Patches and the Closet

Nothing doing in the closet.

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Patches does not open the closet doors; Romeo does.  Romeo opens them, but forgets to close them.

Patches came along some time later, and saw the open door.  So, she does what normal cats do:  investigate.

I don’t think she found anything too interesting, because she came right out.

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The Bird Season Has Begun “In Full Bloom” In South Florida

 

The season has begun!!  Meet Mr. Great Blue Heron, as seen through my bedroom window.

Hi, Mr. Great Blue Heron.

Hi, Mr. Great Blue Heron.

Next, an unusual appearance of the dove.  I believe this is the first time I’ve seen one behind my house (I’ve been living here more than 18 years!).

Lonesome Dove.

Lonesome Dove.

 

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Dog Racing in Florida

Information about dog racing in the city of Miami and other parts of the state of Florida. Approximately thirty percent of the greyhound racing track in the United States are located in the state of Florida.”

The above quote prefaces the list of dog racing events and activities in the Miami area:  racing tracks and associations, etc.  Included in the list is a link to a website for the Florida Greyhound Association which represents breeders, owners, kennel operators, etc. and they are represented by a lobbying group in Tallahassee.

This is what happens when things go right.

This is what happens when things go right.

In fairness, there are some tracks that do show they care about the dogs.

This is what happens when things go wrong.

This is what happens when things go wrong.

On the other side of the coin, is a coalition of animal advocates, which just recently announced that it’s forming a political action committee called, “Committee to Protect Dogs,” which has as its purpose, to place on the ballot, reforms and a phasing out of greyhound racing in Florida.

There is also an advocacy group called, “Grey2K USA.”

“Greyhound racing in [Florida] is regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  In May 2013, GREY2K USA lobbied successfully for an animal welfare rule that contained several greyhound provisions and required that all greyhound deaths that occur at track facilities be reported.  Florida remains one of two states, along with Alabama, where greyhound injury reporting is not mandated.”

In today’s Sun-Sentinel, reporter Dan Sweeney posted his article, “Tougher Rules Sought For Racing Industry.”  The advocacy groups are slowly, surely, lobbying for better racing conditions and better holdings areas, and for the reporting of not only deaths, but also for injuries that befall these mistreated dogs.  Treating injuries means expenditures; killing the injured dogs is a viable option with some owners and trainers.

The best fulfillment of the advocacy would be for the dog racing to end; however, given the ingrained mentality of gambling and racing in general, here in Florida, this is not likely for the time being.  The gambling and racing enthusiasts and the tourism trade probably would not make it doable at this time.  The only possibility, as I see it right now, is for better and humane treatment, until there is a turnaround, and the dog racing institution will be closed down.

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M.E. awareness news from Norway – PM gave opening speech at awareness event

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Originally posted on A Prescription for M.E.:
I’ve started off my new blog with a “good news” story about M.E. awareness from Norway as this is a fitting end to a successful M.E. awareness month. An arts and crafts…