Archive | April, 2015

G = GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD)

19 Apr

GERD ~~ More serious than we acknowledge.

I Am Not Sick Boy

GI am, once again, a day late.  I knew the letter was ‘G’ and had no doubt what I would be writing about.  This one is emotional and personal to me.  I am sure that most people think GERD is a minor problem that most people deal with from time to time.  Who dies from heartburn?  Well, this is the cause of my son’s death when he was thirty years old.  And why I have this blog, to shout out to the world that children are not treated well in our current healthcare system and  to remind all practitioners working that our children are people too.  Also, that their families who have been living through it with them are overwhelmed, exhausted, and confused.  There is another way and it is my mission to introduce my vision and continue fighting for change until it is realized.  That is another subject for…

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One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year

16 Apr

Need more CEOs like him.

JoAnn Chateau

Dan Price, the founder and CEO of Gravity Payments in Seattle Dan Price, the founder and CEO of Gravity Payments

One business owner takes a stand on inequality. Founder of Gravity Payments Dan Price slashes his own salary in order give his employees a raise.

One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year

The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness. It showed that, for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives.
His idea bubbled into reality on Monday afternoon, when Mr. Price surprised his 120-person staff by announcing that he planned over the next three years to raise the salary of even the lowest-paid clerk, customer service representative and salesman to a minimum of $70,000. […]

If it’s a publicity stunt, it’s a costly one. Mr. Price, who started the Seattle-based credit-card payment processing firm in 2004 at the age of…

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Kinetictra – Backstory Beginnings

13 Apr

Rather than making my Super-Heroine Kinetictra a blind college professor I’ve decided to give her an Identity closer to home. Kinetictra public identity will be as a Security Guard at the Gotham Museum of Art aka One Million Hands Touching. Kinetictra’s Tag Line will be, “It’s time to shiver a little…!” Her Dread Locs will be weapons used to ensnare villains. Her magic spirals will capture and vanquish evil doers. They are composed of Zentangles swirling and whirling. These amazing locs are purple with deep blue highlights and can at will assume all shapes, forms, sizes, types of silky, satin curly koils.

Have not yet decided whether to place her on Early or Late Watch but I’m leaning towards Late/Night Watch. More morose, crazy, quirky, scary, stuff happens at night especially in the wee hours of the morning — between dusk and dawn Angels and demons battle for the souls of humans…………………………………

Two Men Contemplating the Moon Caspar David Friedrich (German, Greifswald 1774–1840 Dresden)
Two Men Contemplating the Moon
Caspar David Friedrich
(German, Greifswald 1774–1840 Dresden)
My name is Kinetictra, my day time hustle is as a Protector of Antiquities aka security officer at the Gotham Galleries located in an upscale neighborhood on the Upper North-West Side the Gold Coast of Gotham. A cultural institution where old money and new money meet, shake hands, make deals, and then stab each other behind the back when the other looks away. An eclectic menagerie of worldwide artworks that often seem to have no rhyme or reason in placement with just a focus on aesthetics.

As for our visitors especially the foreigners may as well be named, “One Million Hands Touching.” That’s one of the reasons why I moved from Day Shift to Night Watch. There’s only some much of saying, “Don’t Touch” and fielding questions about where are the bathrooms and restaurants are before you’re ready to pull your hair out and commit hari-kari. Yup, it was a relief to get off days and into the nocturnal peace, calm and tranquility. For me the sun’s rays are sting like an Albino left out on the beach mid-day 95 degree temps with no protection.

For years I dwelt with the bottom feeders. Those moronic visitors who feigned an interest in art but only really wanted to get out of the weather.

Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit

Spider web moon lit night Spider web moon lit night

Kinetictra – Backstory Beginnings

“Kinetic energy is an expression of the fact that a moving object can do work on anything it hits; it quantifies the amount of work the object could do as a result of its motion. The total mechanical energy of an object is the sum of its kinetic energy and potential energy. The total energy of an isolated system is subject to the conservation of energy principle.

Kinetic energy is the energy of motion. An object that has motion – whether it is vertical or horizontal motion – has kinetic energy. There are many forms of kinetic energy – vibrational (the energy due to vibrational motion), rotational (the energy due to rotational motion), and translational (the energy due to motion from one location to another). To keep matters simple, we will focus upon translational kinetic energy. The amount of translational kinetic…

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What No One Tells You About Emma Watson, New UN Goodwill Ambassador

12 Apr

Social Action.

When Women Inspire

Actress Emma Watson is more than just a celebrity Emma Watson: What no one tells you about her. Photo Source: By derivative work: Tabercil (talk). CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

If you haven’t heard the update yet, you may be surprised that the newest UN women’s goodwill ambassador is actress and model Emma Watson. The announcement came on July 8 about Watson’s new role in the organization that strives to achieve gender equality. Shock over the choice of 24-year-old Watson may certainly be the response if you know her best (or perhaps solely) as spunky Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series. However, the British actress also has a lot of volunteer work in her portfolio that no one seems to tell you about, which has helped to earn her the current UN honor. Here is more about her charity work:

Emma Watson’s Role in Hurricane Sandy

While the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy will never be forgotten, it is…

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Look to the Light, and Live!

5 Apr

Healing our wounds.

jisbell22

 journey

We each experience pain and heartache in our life.  These pains can become deep emotional scars that paralyze us from experiencing the joys that are to be found in this life.  Finding joy in the journey can be difficult when the pains and wounds are so deep that despair almost seems inevitable.  These wounds can become chains binding us from feeling anything but sorrow and despair.

Many times these pains come from those we have allowed into our lives, to be part of our life and to share our journey with. It can be from death to disagreements to rejection, anything,  that create this intense pain, sorrow and loss.  Sometimes they are family members, spouses, children, neighbors, friends and even our church leaders.  Whoever they may be, many times this heartache burns deep within our souls and left unattended can crush our ability and desire to press forward.  These sorrows for many…

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Day 5 

5 Apr

Ebony Beauty! Black is Beautiful!

Kiana's Poetic Awakenings

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Black and White Sunday: Religious Buildings

4 Apr

Let us open our Hearts and minds to Peace. Amen.

Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

© irene waters 2015 © irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015 © irene waters 2015

Known as the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica this cathedral was planned and built between 1863 – 1880 when Vietnam was a French Colony. Its official name is Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. All of the building materials were imported from France. The height of the cathedral to the top of the cross (not featured) on top of the bell towers is 60.5 metres.

On my visit I was overcome with an overwhelming sense of peace when entering the cathedral where a service was in progress. Perhaps it was the simplicity of the ceilings or perhaps it was escaping the reality that waited outside – war wounded beggars suffering amputations and disfigurements from the land mines that had and possibly still are lying in the fields.

War and Peace. If only the world could opt for peace.

In response to Paula’s…

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