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Today's What are You Kidding Me Story of The Day
These are taken directly from the script that I write daily for these stories so they break every grammatical rule known to mankind!  

Out of Maryland … Cage Dancing
Tavon White doesn’t look like a sexy lady’s man but there is proof that this dude has got serious skills.  And the proof is…he has gotten 4 different ladies pregnant in just the last couple years.  Now you are thinking, that proves nothing…anyone can impregnate someone.  Yeah, but Tavon has been in jail for the last few years.  And the ladies he got pregnant were correction officers. 

Out of Pennsylvania … Timing is Everything
Michele and William Wanko have been married for some time, and some may say that their marriage has been somewhat rocky.  But everyone would agree that they like to get their drink on.  And this is a story of them doing just that, and I want you to decide who is the dumber of the two.  First you should know they had been drinking vodka and lemonade for about 6 hours when…when Michele says, “Willie, let’s get out your guns and you can teach me to shoot.”  Not so bright right?  But Willie says, “Why not" and they did just that.  Wille Wanko was 43.
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Today's What are You Kidding Me Stories of The Day
These are taken directly from the script that I write daily for these stories so they break every grammatical rule known to mankind!  

Out of Maryland … Cage Dancing
Tavon White doesn’t look like a sexy lady’s man but there is proof that this dude has got serious skills.  And the proof is…he has gotten 4 different ladies pregnant in just the last couple years.  Now you are thinking, that proves nothing…anyone can impregnate someone.  Yeah, but Tavon has been in jail for the last few years.  And the ladies he got pregnant were correction officers. 

Out of Pennsylvania … Timing is Everything
Michele and William Wanko have been married for some time, and some may say that their marriage has been somewhat rocky.  But everyone would agree that they like to get their drink on.  And this is a story of them doing just that, and I want you to decide who is the dumber of the two.  First you should know they had been drinking vodka and lemonade for about 6 hours when…when Michele says, “Willie, let’s get out your guns and you can teach me to shoot.”  Not so bright right?  But Willie says, “Why not" and they did just that.  Wille Wanko was 43.
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Say it ain't so that they let Tim Tebow go!


Well we all saw it coming, the Jets released Tm Tebow today.  This after trading for him and then sitting him on the bench for a year. I for one hope another team picks him up, but at the time of writing this he is still on the sidelines.  His critics say he isn't a great quarterback, but they all agree that he is an incredible athlete.  So why not let him play another position?  I honestly don't know much about the inner workings of football, but it just seems Tebow should be somewhere doing something!   



Here is how The New York Times handled the story:

On Monday the Jets cut Tebow with no pomp, a victim of circumstance. They acknowledged an experiment gone awry with a news release that said, simply, “Jets waive QB Tim Tebow.” There was no mention in that release of Tebow’s statistics with the team, perhaps in part because there were none worth mentioning.

He was more afterthought than asset, more distraction than revelation, a decoy who played a greater role on special teams than behind center. As the Jets’ season unraveled, Tebow, frustrated and misled, emerged as a symbol of the franchise’s recklessness in assembling the roster: for two draft picks and $2.53 million – roughly $1.5 million of which is still owed to Denver – the Jets acquired a cross-cultural phenomenon who played only 77 offensive snaps, rushed 32 times for 102 yards and completed 6 of 8 passes. He did not score a touchdown.

Almost all of the organization’s principals, including the owner Woody Johnson, the former general manager Mike Tannenbaum, Coach Rex Ryan and the deposed offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, played a role in one of the more misguided and myopic moves in franchise history. Tebow joined the Jets on March 21, 2012, as a flawed quarterback at the zenith of his brief N.F.L. career, two months after leading the Denver Broncos to several late victories and an overtime playoff win against Pittsburgh. His arrival spawned many a breathless proclamation, none of which were fulfilled.

Instead of managing the situation so that Tebow, 25, would have an opportunity to evolve into a major contributor, as he had predicted, Ryan watched it devolve into a fiasco, with members of the organization feeling empowered to criticize Tebow anonymously.

Tannenbaum vowed that Tebow would make the Jets’ offense “diverse, more dynamic” and “more difficult for opposing teams to defend,” when instead he made it more predictable – as in, Tebow, on his rare snaps at quarterback, would only run up the middle. That was the domain of Sparano, whose familiarity with the wildcat formation and read-option obscured a lack of imagination and creativity that doomed the Jets’ offense. Johnson would later say that he was only joking when he noted that “you can never have enough Tebow,” but his words loomed over the team all season, especially when the Jets had no Tebow at all.

Tebow, to a degree, is not exempt from culpability. It was he, after all, who chose to accept the trade to the Jets rather than play for Jacksonville, where he was reared. But Tebow could not have predicted what awaited him in New York. The former special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, in a memorable radio interview after the season, called the Jets’ mishandling of Tebow “a mess, it was an absolute mess.”

Ever the diplomat, Tebow rarely showed his emotions publicly. He handled questions about the awkward predicament with Mark Sanchez, the starting quarterback, as deftly as the attention he received for being an outspoken Christian. Only toward the end of the season, when he was passed over when Ryan benched Sanchez in favor of the third-stringer Greg McElroy, did Tebow offer a glimpse of the frustration that had been long simmering. He knew then that a departure was inevitable, regardless of Johnson’s claim from October that Tebow would be with the Jets for all three years of his contract. And it was made all the more obvious Friday when the Jets drafted Geno Smith, raising the number of quarterbacks on their roster to six. With a potentially uncomfortable situation in the looming end of the Sanchez era, the Jets finally parted ways with Tebow.

“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Ryan said in a statement. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this off-season. We wish him the best moving forward.”

Tebow’s next destination is a topic of intrigue. The Jets showed foresight in wanting to maximize his versatility, by lining him up at tight end, in the slot and at running back, but all Tebow wants is to play quarterback in the N.F.L. If he is unwilling to consider a full-time position switch – and there is no telling whether that would be a prudent move – his options may be limited. No teams were interested when the Jets tried to trade Tebow, who must now clear waivers. Teams have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to register a claim for the most famous backup quarterback in the league.

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Who will play in Fifty Shades of Grey the movie?



I have copied and pasted the information below from The Sip, which lets you ladies know who is up for the roles in the upcoming movie for the very saucy "Fifty Shades of Grey."  Now, before I get hate mail please NOTE that I have not read the book, but I have been told it is very naughty!  So this is not an endorsement of the book or the movie, but simply me passing on information.  Please click like and share my blog! :)

 

 

From The Sip:
Slowly, but surely, more details are emerging about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. It almost seems like the producers themselves are getting antsy! Because now, after hearing for months who fans want to play the lead roles, we're hearing who the suits behind the flick may be hoping to cast.

Yesterday, we caught wind of Alex Pettyferbeing the closest thing to a legit contender for Christian Grey -- thanks to director Gus Van Sant -- and today ... HollywoodLife.com is reporting that "an insider VERY close to the production" says if producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca have their way, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence will step into the role of Anastasia Steele. This insider also spilled on the production schedule and location ...

Apparently, they'll begin rolling in London (whaaa??) in a year -- as in spring 2014. Guess we can kiss that rumored summer 2014 release date goodbye. Not that surprising, though, being that they don't even have a script, and filming/post-production can take a year or more. That said, if this is true, seems as though we'll be seeing Christian and Ana on the big screen in 2015. Maybe!  And Jennifer Lawrence as Ana, eh? Sounds like the producers are just itching to work with her, because she's A Name and they want to bring Fifty Shades to the next level with some serious talent. I don't blame them, but at the same time, is she really the right fit? I'm not seeing it. Maybe as Kate Kavanaugh, but not as innocent, naive Ana. She may be the right age, but she comes off as too mature, edgy, sarcastic. Plus, she's got plenty on her plate with theHunger Games trilogy. Will she even be done playing Katniss by the time this starts filming? Doubtful.

But hey, if she does nab the part, they could do worse than a twice-nominated, once awarded Oscar-worthy actress!

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Could YOU really have PTSD?
I have recently learned that there are far more people walking around with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than I realized. Yes, we all realize that someone who has gone to war or witnessed a terrorist attack could easilyl have PTSD, but what about the average citizen?  I know this sounds dramatic, but we all go through traumatic experiences in our lifetime.  It can be anything from abuse or bullying that someone suffered as a child to being diagnosed with a specific illness.  PTSD can hit those who lost someone they cared about as a child or an adult, and it can even present itself after a car accident.  

Below you will see that I copy and pasted the symptoms from WebMD to help educate all of us.  If you or someone you know know has PTSD then it is important for you to find a good counselor to help you work through the pain and fear that you may be stuffing away.  When we stuff the pain away it may eventually make its way back into our lives either through anxiety, depression, or even an addiction.  

Symptoms of PTSD:

Reliving the event

Bad memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. You may feel like you're going through the event again. This is called a flashback. Sometimes there is a trigger: a sound or sight that causes you to relive the event. Triggers might include:

  • Hearing a car backfire, which can bring back memories of gunfire and war for a combat veteran.
  • Seeing a car accident, which can remind a crash survivor of his or her own accident.
  • Seeing a news report of a sexual assault, which may bring back memories of assault for a woman who was raped.

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.

  • A person who was in an earthquake may avoid watching television shows or movies in which there are earthquakes.
  • A person who was robbed at gunpoint while ordering at a hamburger drive-in may avoid fast-food restaurants.
  • Some people may keep very busy or avoid seeking help. This keeps them from having to think or talk about the event.

Feeling numb

You may find it hard to express your feelings. This is another way to avoid memories.

  • You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
  • You may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy.
  • You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.

Feeling keyed up

You may be alert and on the lookout for danger. This is known as increased emotional arousal. It can cause you to:

  • Suddenly become angry or irritable.
  • Have a hard time sleeping.
  • Have trouble concentrating.
  • Fear for your safety and always feel on guard.
  • Be very startled when someone surprises you.

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How about this weather?
Yes we have long dark winters here, but when the sun appears we realize that we live in paradise!  And get ready for another couple of beautiful days according to NWCN:
 
Another cold start to the morning across parts of the Pacific Northwest with temps in the teens, 20s and 30s. The coldest readings should occur between 4am and 7am in lower Columbia basin of Oregon and Washington, in Yakima Valley and in the Foothills. Then, the heat is on as we go from warm to warmer!

Highs will range from the low 60s to upper 70s.

High pressure will continue to protect us from storms, while promoting offshore winds and sunny skies for the next few days. 

A push of ocean air will cool western Washington down on Thursday, though the rest of the region will stay mainly sunny. Rain free days will extend into the first part of the day Saturday. Then, look for an increasing chance of rain Saturday evening and on Sunday.
 
 
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When Stars Drink & Drive

If you or I got pulled over and given a DUI our life would not be over, but it would feel like it!  I can't image waking up the next morning and realizing that not only had I just been arrested for a DUI, but that everyone in my community would know about it soon.  However, ask anyone who has gotten a DUI and they will tell you that is the feeling they have when waking up.  
 

There is a huge sense of guilt followed by the thought, "Everyone is going to know about this."  Well for celebrities it isn't just everyone in their community...it is everyone in the world, but that doesn't seem to deter many of them from drinking and driving.  I wonder if it is because most of them just get messed up and mess up, or if they know they will not suffer the consequences that the average citizen will face.  Let's be honest, if you are a celebrity and get busted for drinking and driving no one seems to care as long as no one was injured.  Below you see a good example of that and you will also witness the VERY FIRST GUY EVER to only have had one drink and blow a .139 on a breathalyzer (Toth said he only had one drink)!!

From TMZ

Reese Witherspoon Mugshot

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6:33 AM PT -- Reese and Jim won't be in court today ... they had their cases continued until hearings set in Atlanta for May 22 and May 23, respectively.

9:40 PM PT-- Reese has just released a statement, saying, 

"Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that was no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I am very sorry for my behavior."

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Reese Witherspoon
 pulled her celebrity card out while her husband was getting arrested for DUI, telling the officer who ended up busting her, "You're about to find out who I am."

The arrests went down in Atlanta early Friday morning. Cops say they spotted Reese and her husband Jim Toth's car -- a silver Ford Fusion -- weaving in and out of lanes, so they pulled them over. 

As officers dealt with Jim, Reese allegedly started acting up, telling cops, "Do you know my name?" The officer answered by saying, "No, I don't need to know your name." 

Witherspoon then came back with, "You're about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news."

During Jim's arrest, Reese allegedly became ornery, demonstrating visual and verbal frustration over how long it was taking to arrest her husband. At one point, she got out of her car and the officer ordered her back inside. When she got out a second time, he arrested her for disorderly conduct, a municipal ordinance.

They were both taken to jail, booked, and released a short time later. 

As for Toth's part of the arrest ... the officer in the report described him by saying his "eye lids were droopy" and his eyes were "blood shot and watery." The officer said he smelled a "strong odor" of alcohol coming from Toth.

The officer stated that Toth told him he only had one drink, but -- as first reported by Variety -- when given a Breathalyzer test, Toth's blood alcohol level was .139.

In Reese's defense maybe she played the celeb card because she had as much to drink as her hubby. Just sayin' ...
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What is Earth Day
I have to be honest and say that when I moved to the Northwest that I thought recycling was stupid, saving the whales was crazy, and actually being "green" was just a silly product of Al Gore.  Well, I'm proud to say that I have come to my senses and that I believe to not attempt to be "green" goes against one of the reasons why the good Lord put us here on earth.  yes I have tried to give up my backward hillbilly ways!  God said we were put here to take care of the earth and her creature, and so I'm trying to do my part where I can.  Today is Earth Day and so I thought I would go to Wikipedia and copy and paste below what that means.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual holiday, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In 2013 the day is 43 years old. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[1] and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year.[2]

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, the date proposed was March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant at theUnited Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmentalteach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work.[3] While this April 23 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.[4][5] Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.



Results of Earth Day 1970

The first Earth Day family had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. More importantly, it "brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform."[6] It now is observed in 192 countries, and coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, chaired by the first Earth Day 1970 organizer Denis Hayes, according to whom Earth Day is now "the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year."[7] Environmental groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action which changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.[8]

[edit]Earth Day 1970 in New York City

In the winter of 1969-1970, a group of students met at Columbia University to hear Denis Hayes talk about his plans for Earth Day. Among the group were Fred Kent, Pete Grannis, and Kristin and William Hubbard. This New York group agreed to head up the New York City part of the national movement. Fred Kent took the lead in renting an office and recruiting volunteers. "The big break came when Mayor Lindsay agreed to shut down Fifth Avenue for the event. A giant cheer went up in the office on that day," according to Kristin Hubbard (now Kristin Alexandre). 'From that time on we used Mayor Lindsay's offices and even his staff. I was Speaker Coordinator but had tremendous help from Lindsay staffer Judith Crichton."

In addition to shutting down Fifth Avenue, Mayor John Lindsay made Central Park available for Earth Day. The crowd was estimated as more than one million—by far the largest in the nation. Since Manhattan was also the home of NBC, CBS, ABC, the New York Times, Time, and Newsweek, it provided the best possible anchor for national coverage from their reporters throughout the country.[9]

[edit]Earth Day 1970 in Philadelphia

U.S. Senator Edmund Muskiespeaking to an estimated 40-60,000 at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia on Earth Day, 1970

U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie was the keynote speaker on Earth Day in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Other notable attendees included consumer protection activist and presidential candidate Ralph Nader; Landscape Architect Ian McHarg; Nobel prize-winning Harvard Biochemist,George Wald; U.S. Senate Minority Leader, Hugh Scott; and poet, Allen Ginsberg. Photos, video, and other previously unpublished information are available to the public at EarthWeek1970.org.

[edit]Earth Day 20 and Earth Day 1990

Mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues onto the world stage, Earth Day activities in 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Unlike the first Earth Day in 1970, this 20th Anniversary was waged with stronger marketing tools, greater access to television and radio, and multimillion-dollar budgets.[10]

Two separate groups formed to sponsor Earth Day events in 1990: The Earth Day 20 Foundation, assembled by Edward Furia (Project Director of Earth Week in 1970), and Earth Day 1990, assembled by Denis Hayes (National Coordinator for Earth Day 1970). Senator Gaylord Nelson, the original founder of Earth Day, was honorary chairman for both groups. The two did not combine forces over disagreements about leadership of combined organization and incompatible structures and strategies.[10] Among the disagreements, key Earth Day 20 Foundation organizers were critical of Earth Day 1990 for including on their board Hewlett Packard, a company that at the time was the second-biggest emitter of chlorofluorocarbons in Silicon Valley and refused to switch to alternative solvents.[10] In terms of marketing, Earth Day 20 had a grassroots approach to organizing and relied largely on locally based groups like the National Toxics Campaign, a Boston-based coalition of 1,000 local groups concerned with industrial pollution. Earth Day 1990 employed strategies including focus group testing, direct mail fund raising, and email marketing.[10]

The Earth Day 20 Foundation highlighted its April 22 activities in George, Washington, near the Columbia River with a live satellite phone call with members of the historic Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb who called from their base camp on Mount Everest to pledge their support for world peace and attention to environmental issues.[11] The Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb was led by Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest (many years earlier), and marked the first time in history that mountaineers from theUnited StatesSoviet Union, and China had roped together to climb a mountain, let alone Mt. Everest.[11] The group also collected more than two tons of trash (transported down the mountain by support groups along the way) that was left behind on Mount Everest from previous climbing expeditions. The master of ceremonies for the Columbia Gorge event was the TV star, John Ratzenberger, from "Cheers", and the headlining musician was the "Father of Rock and Roll," Chuck Berry.[11]

Warner Bros. Records released a single in 1990 entitled, "Tomorrow's World", written by Kix Brooks (who would later become one-half ofBrooks & Dunn) and Pam Tillis.[12] The song featured vocals from Lynn AndersonButch BakerShane BarmbyBilly HillSuzy Bogguss, Kix Brooks, T. Graham Brown, the Burch SistersHolly DunnFoster & LloydVince GillWilliam Lee GoldenHighway 101,Shelby LynneJohnny RodriguezDan SealsLes Taylor, Pam Tillis, Mac Wiseman, and Kevin Welch. It charted at number 74 on theHot Country Songs chart dated May 5, 1990.[13]

[edit]Earth Day 2000

Earth Day 2000 combined the ambitious spirit of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. This was the first year that Earth Day used theInternet as its principal organizing tool, and it proved invaluable domestically and internationally. Kelly Evans, a professional political organizer, served as executive director of the 2000 campaign. The event ultimately enlisted more than 5,000 environmental groups outside the United States, reaching hundreds of millions of people in a record 183 countries.[14]Leonardo DiCaprio was the official host for the event,[14] and about 400,000 participants stood in the cold rain during the course of the day.

[edit]Subsequent Earth Day events

To turn Earth Day into a sustainable annual event rather than one that occurred every 10 years, Nelson and Bruce Anderson, New Hampshire's lead organizer in 1990, formed Earth Day USA. Building on the momentum created by thousands of community organizers around the world, Earth Day USA coordinated the next five Earth Day celebrations through 1995, including the launch of EarthDay.org. Following the 25th Anniversary in 1995, the coordination baton was handed to Earth Day Network.

As the millennium approached, Hayes agreed to spearhead another campaign, this time focusing on global warming and pushing forclean energy. The April 22 Earth Day in 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. For 2000, Earth Day had the Internet to help link activists around the world. By the time April 22 came around, 5,000 environmental groups around the world were on board, reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries. Events varied: A talking drum chain traveled from village to village in GabonAfrica, for example, while hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., USA.

Earth Day 2007 was one of the largest Earth Days to date, with many people participating, in the activities, in thousands of places including KievUkraineCaracasVenezuelaTuvaluManilaPhilippinesTogoMadridSpainLondon; and New York.

On 2012 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) group brings back Earth Day to human overpopulation as the main concern.[15] Earth day founder Gaylord Nelson stated in 2013, that he was disappointed in followers for neglecting overpopulation.[16]

[edit]The Earth Day name

According to Nelson, the moniker "Earth Day" was "an obvious and logical name" suggested by "a number of people" in the fall of 1969, including, he writes, both "a friend of mine who had been in the field of public relations" and "a New York advertising executive," Julian Koenig.[17] Koenig, who had been on Nelson's organizing committee in 1969, has said that the idea came to him by the coincidence of his birthday with the day selected, April 22; "Earth Day" rhyming with "birthday," the connection seemed natural.[18][19] Other names circulated during preparations—Nelson himself continued to call it the National Environment Teach-In, but national coordinator Denis Hayes used the term Earth Day in his communications and press coverage of the event was "practically unanimous" in its use of "Earth Day," so the name stuck.[17]

[edit]Earth Day Network

The Earth Day Network was founded in 1993 with a goal of creating an international network dedicated to supporting grassroots Earth Day organizing. Earth Day New York and San Diego Earth Day kept the fledgling entity going for a number of years but ultimately invited Denis Hayes to become chairman of the organization in time for Earth Day 2000. Under Denis’ leadership the Network organized the world-wide events for the 30th Anniversary and has grown into an established Washington, DC-based organization that promotes environmental activism and year-round progressive action, domestically and internationally. Earth Day Network members include NGOs, quasi-governmental agencies, local governments, activists, and others. Earth Day Network members focus on environmental education; local, national, and global policies; public environmental campaigns; and organizing national and local earth day events to promote activism and environmental protection. The international network reaches more than 25,000 organizations in 192 countries, while the domestic program engages 10,000 groups and more than 100,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental-protection activities throughout the year.[20]

In observance of the 40th anniversary of the April 22 Earth Day, Earth Day Network created multiple global initiatives, ranging from a Global Day of Conversation with mayors worldwide, focusing on bringing green investment and building a green economy; Athletes for the Earth Campaign that brings Olympic, professional, and every day athletes' voices to help promote a solution to climate change; a Billion Acts of Green Campaign which will aggregate the millions of environmental service commitments that individuals and organizations around the world make each year;[21] to Artist for the Earth, a campaign the involves hundreds of arts institutions and artists worldwide to create environmental awareness. EDN mobilized 1.5 billion people in 190 countries to participate in these global events and programs, and helped create Earth Day organizations worldwide.

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What a Week!

This was without a doubt one of the more tragic weeks that I can personally remember.  And while most of America watched from a great distance we are still all impacted by either an explosion in Boston or a plant in West, Texas.  We didn't feel the pressure of the blast, but we feel the pressure of sadness, confusion, and fear.  It is during these times that we are reminded that life is unpredictable and we don't like that...so we can become isolated, anxious, and depressed if we aren't careful.  Everyone, regardless of whether you were directly impacted or impacted from a distance must remember to care for their personal and emotional well being.  Again, while those directly affected by tragedy are experiencing emotions most of us can't image...we are all experiencing some form of an impact on our hearts and souls.  

We also must remember our children who are watching these things take place on the television.  No we don't want them to see it, but all it takes is walking into a room for 15 seconds and they may see and hear things that they can't comprehend.  So we need to protect them for as long as we can do so.  We need them to continue being children with heads full of dreams, and a naive sense of safety.  

Join me in praying for the many who have been directly affected by these tragedies.  And let's also pray for all of us who are trying to find peace in the storm.   


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Mariners fall in 14 after Felix starts impressive duel

From The Mariners Website:

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez has had the Tigers' number in recent years, but even that history didn't help the Mariners ace reach an elusive 100th career victory on Wednesday.

Hernandez dueled Detroit's Max Scherzer to a draw for eight innings on a chilly night at Safeco Field before the Tigers finally pulled out a 2-1 win in the 14th with a bases-loaded groundout pushing home the go-ahead run.

The Mariners nearly tied the game in the bottom of the 14th, but Justin Smoak was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on a double by Dustin Ackley for the final out as catcher Brayan Pena held onto the ball after a big collision with Smoak.

"I knew off the bat I was trying to score," Smoak said. "They had to make a perfect relay throw to get me. He was up the line there and I really had nowhere to go. I had to do what I had to do. I just lowered my shoulder and hoped for the best. I hope he's all right, but it's part of the game."

Manager Eric Wedge had no problem with third-base coach Jeff Datz's decision to send Smoak in an attempt to win a game where the two teams combined for 40 strikeouts and just 18 hits.

"We're working all night to try to score a run and you've got a chance to potentially do it, you've got to send him right there," said Wedge. "Either it's a bad relay and you're in there, or it's that type of play where you've got to bang at home plate and maybe he drops the ball. The catcher did a good job of hanging on."

Pena said he was dizzy for a few moments after the collision, but immediately held up the ball for the umpire to see after taking Prince Fielder's relay throw from right fielder Torii Hunter.

"My main goal in that situation was to hold onto the baseball and absorb the hit," Pena said. "It was one of those plays that was do or die. I knew he was coming after me, and credit Prince Fielder. He made a good throw and Torii made sure he got the baseball as fast as possible."

Hernandez has dominated Detroit over the years, going 9-0 with a 2.55 ERA now his last 11 starts dating back to 2007, but he wound up a with a tough no-decision in the four-hour, 27-minute marathon.

Relievers Tom Wilhelmsen, Carter Capps, Oliver Perez and Charlie Furbush shut out the Tigers from the ninth through the 13th innings before Detroit cracked the code. The Tigers' first two batters reached base against Furbush in the 14th and newly converted reliever Blake Beavan came on and couldn't quite stem the tide.

Jhonny Peralta laid down a sacrifice bunt, but catcher Jesus Montero threw late to third to load the bases. Pena then pushed across the go-ahead run with a hard grounder that shortstop Robert Andino stopped with a dive to his left, but only had time to get the out at first while pinch-runner Don Kelly scored.

The six Mariners pitchers combined for club-record-tying 21 strikeouts and just four walks, with Detroit hitters tying their own franchise record for most strikeouts in a game.

The Mariners struck out 19 times themselves and had four walks on a night they outhit the Tigers 11-7.

"Great starting pitching tonight," Wedge said. "Felix was outstanding. It was a great effort and tight ballgame throughout, obviously. Both teams were fighting offensively, but it went all the way to the end there on the last play. We had multiple opportunities with one hit to win the ballgame, just nobody really stepped up for us."

The win was the fourth straight for Detroit (9-5), while the Mariners fell to 6-10.

The Tigers only tally off Hernandez was an unearned run in the fifth and he allowed just four hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts.

It was the third straight time Hernandez came up shy of his milestone victory since kicking off the season with his 99th win on Opening Day in Oakland. He remains 1-2 on the season while lowering his ERA to 2.20.

After giving up 16 hits in back-to-back 4-3 losses to the White Sox and Rangers, Hernandez was razor sharp in front of 14,981 fans and a boisterous King's Court rooting section.

But Scherzer was every bit his match, allowing just a lone run in the seventh while holding Seattle to six hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts in his eight matching innings.

"That was a great game for both sides," Hernandez said. "Scherzer was pretty good, too. He was changing speeds, throwing good breaking balls. I was trying to match it up and do my job. With that kind of lineup, you've got to be aggressive and be in attack mode. And that's what I did today."

It was just the sixth game in Mariners history where both starters reached double-digit strikeouts and the first ever at Safeco Field. The last time two starting pitchers allowed one or fewer earned runs with 12-plus strikeouts was Randy Johnson and Mark Langston in 1992.

The Tigers got their unearned run in the fifth after Victor Martinez led off with a hard-hit one hopper that deflected off Brendan Ryan for a rare error on the shortstop. Andy Dirks then doubled to right-center to put runners on second and third with no outs.

Hernandez got Peralta on a grounder to short and Ryan looked home and appeared to have a shot at Martinez, but instead opted to go to first for the sure out as the run scored. Hernandez shut the door there with two quick outs and the Mariners held the hard-hitting Tigers scoreless for the next nine innings.

The Mariners' only run came in the seventh when Michael Morse doubled and scored on a single by Raul Ibanez.

It wasn't a new story for Hernandez. The 27-year-old is 92-24 with a 2.95 ERA in 153 career starts when the Mariners have given him two or more runs of support, but he's received one run or less of support in 89 of his 242 starts.

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This is a blog post from a Boston Marathon Runner




 
I want to share a a blog posting from "Seeking Boston Marathon."  Click on the link and I believe it gives us all a little insight into the roller coaster of emotions people went through that tragic day.  
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Boston Marathon
Serious distance runners usually have two dreams.  As a youngster we dream of wanting to run in the Olympics and then one day run the Boston Marathon.  So yesterday's tragedy strikes deep into the heart of all runners.  The terrorist tarnished our sacred race.  They turned a dream into a nightmare for many of us.  However, the tragedy isn't in the tarnishing of a race or a dream...it is the fact that people were seriously injured, some lost their life, and worst of all...parents lost a child.  May God somehow bring peace to all those directly affected by this senseless act, and may He help all of us try to live our life focused on the good around us and not fear the evil that obviously exists.  
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Georgia Florida Line's "Cruise" (Feat. Nellie)
Unfortunately this is the only copy I could find for us.  Not that they young man in the video doesn't do a greet job of lip syncing but I would have preferred to find another version for you! 

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Police Busted a Drug Ring in Florida Run By an 81-Year-Old Grandpa


Police in Florida just busted a guy for running a prescription drug ring, and he looks exactly like MR. MAGOO.  On Tuesday, cops in Seminole County, Florida arrested 81-YEAR-OLD Arthur Cox after undercover agents witnessed him selling a guy $1,000 worth of painkillers.


They also arrested the four other drug dealers working with Arthur.  Arthur is a small, white grandfather with white hair and squinty eyes.  The four others are all black and between 23 and 31 years old.

The cops say Arthur got hooked up with them through his 26-year-old grandson.  All of them are facing several drug charges.  In an interview, he told a reporter, quote, "Listen, son, all this is a big bunch of crap.  I'm 81 years old, I've never been in trouble in my life."  That's not entirely true.  In 1983, he was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior in Orlando.  He says that was ALSO bogus, he was just using a bathroom when an undercover cop accused him of, quote, "shaking my [penis] at him."  

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LeAnn & Eddie on Primetime?

 
The Boot is reporting that LeAnn Rimes and her hubby Eddie Bibrian are pitching a sitcom to the networks.  At first I thought they wanted to do a reality show, which would be a horrible idea.  However, if she wants to give Reba a little competion on TV then why not give it a try.  What do you think...can you see LeAnn playing herself on TV?
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What do you do when life isn't going well?
As you probably know I am a licensed counselor, which in my case hasn't helped much during this difficult time in my life.  All the training and books go out the window when the therapist is the one who needs a therapist.  Why stress right now?  

My wife had Melanoma a couple of years ago and now the dermatologist is telling us that while it isn't Melanoma she does have skin cancer on her back again.  Yes there is a brief sigh of relief in knowing it isn't Melanoma, but then you are hit with the reality that it is still "The C Word."  And to give more anxiety to the situation they found a precancerous spot on my lip which they froze off.  I know, I should be jumping for joy that it was labeled precancerous and not cancer.  However, I have what is called "health anxiety" so I don't react well to any form of diagnosis....especially pre-ANYTHING.  And I made the mistake of doing some Dr. Google research and that has made it worse.  So what do you do when life deals you a big batch of stress?  
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ACM Awards

The ACM awards were absolutely great last night. Yes I know Luke Bryan wasn't the best host in the world, but he was at least likable and personable. And if you didn't warm up to him when he won entertainer of the year then you are beyond cold hearted.

And how about Hunter Hayes? This young man has gone from being a blip on the radar to jamming with Brad Paisley, performing one of his own songs, AND closing the show with Stevie Wonder. And what does that tell us? Well in some situations it just means that someone in Nashville is going to spend enough money to make someone a star regardless of whether they deserve it or not. In this case, they are putting a lot of money behind an incredibly talented artist that deserves it.

If you didn't get to watch the awards then I have attached a video at the bottom of Eric Church singing "She loves me like Jesus", because it was unreal!  And here is a list of the winners last night:

Vocal Event of the Year
“The Only Way I Know” – Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church

Video of the Year
“Tornado” – Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year
Thompson Square

Album of the Year
Chief – Eric Church

New Artist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town

Song of the Year
“Over You” – Miranda Lambert (written by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert)

Record of the Year
“Over You” – Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan

 

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Wired Up

From Medical News Today:

Anxiety can be treated medically, with psychological counseling, or independently. Ultimately, the treatment path depends on the cause of the anxiety and the patient's preferences. Often treatments will consist of a combination of psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and medications.

Sometimes alcoholism, depression, or other coexisting conditions have such a strong effect on the individual that treating the anxiety disorder must wait until the coexisting conditions are brought under control.

In some cases, anxiety may be treated at home, without a doctor's supervision. However, this may be limited to situations in which the duration of the anxiety is short and the cause is identified and can be eliminated or avoided. There are several exercises and actions that are recommended to cope with this type of anxiety:

 

  • Learn to manage stress in your life. Keep an eye on pressures and deadlines, and commit to taking time away from study or work.
  • Learn a variety of relaxation techniques. Information about physical relaxation methods and meditation techniques can be found in book stores and health food shops.
  • Practice deep abdominal breathing. This consists of breathing in deeply and slowly through your nose, taking the air right down to your abdomen, and then breathing out slowly and gently through your mouth. Breathing deeply for too long may lead to dizziness from the extra oxygen.
  • Learn to replace "negative self talk" with "coping self talk." Make a list of the negative thoughts you have, and write a list of positive, believable thoughts to replace them. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • Picture yourself successfully facing and conquering a specific fear.
  • Talk with a person who is supportive.
  • Meditate.
  • Exercise.
  • Take a long, warm bath.
  • Rest in a dark room.

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What causes anxiety?

If someone asked me to choose between depression or anxiety then I guess I would have to choose depression, because anxiety is extremely draining socially, relationally, and at times...occupationally!  Yes depression is very tough as well, but depression (in my life) really takes its toll.  

However, it would be nice to get rid of both.  The reality is that there are times we are all going to experience anxiety, but we aren't talking about the "normal" anxiety today...we are talking about the anxiety left unchecked and out of control.  


To the left you see a chart that describes how this occurs.  For some of us all it takes is a little spark of worry and we take it and turn it into a forest fire of anxiety.  So how can we avoid letting this happen?  

First you have to begin to breath!  When anxiety hits we tend to hold our breath or begin very shallow breathing, which leads to dizziness and other physiological symptoms.  And that of course leads to further anxiety!  So use the chart to the left hot understand how this process works.  Just knowing that your response to anxiety causes the dizziness and extra heart beats can help you calm yourself down.  Another thing that can help reduce anxiety is to quit being so self-focused.  We will talk more about this in upcoming blogs, but for now just think about how much time you spending thinking about and talking about you.

I'm not trying to say that those of us that are struggling with anxiety are usually self-absorbed, but...well...yes I'm saying we become self-absorbed.  And because we are so focused on our life, our health, our feelings, and our situation we allow it to consume us.  Now don't get me wrong, if you just got really bad news then you deserve some "you time."  This is more about those of us that tend to find ways to be anxious even when things are honestly going well.  

If you are struggling with depression or anxiety don't fight it alone!  Click here to find a therapist in your area that can help you live life to the fullest!  

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Confessions of A Hypochondriac

Confessions of A Hypochondriac 

Hi, my name is Tony and I am a Hypochondriac, but I prefer to label myself as having health anxiety.  And I only prefer to use that term because the word hypochondriac is just too long of a word.  Now I know many people say they are a hypochondriac, but I have seriously struggled with it.  This was especially true in my twenties when I would go to the doctor for blood work on almost a weekly basis.  I was also sure that I had every terminal illness known to mankind during those years.
In my thirties and forties I began to manage the anxiety somewhat, but if I got the least little bit sick then I would assume it was cancer.  I should have said that already...cancer has been my largest anxiety causing disease.  

So you can only imagine how I have felt the last couple of years as my wife has had to deal with Melanoma, other forms of skin caner, and then recently my dermatologist found a precancerous spot on my lip.  Yes these things would cause anyone to have anxiety, but when your entire adult life has been focused on the fear of the "C Word" then when it actually happens it rattles your anxious body all the way to the bone.  And it definitely throws a psychological wrench into how you deal with the anxiety.  

One of the reasons this is embarrassing for me to admit is because I am a licensed counselor so you would think that I could have cured myself, but that isn't the way it works.  So I have turned to some friends, gotten my own counselor, and started doing some research.  Below I have copied and pasted something from Dr. Alice Boyes' blog that I hope will help you if you are struggle with health anxiety.  It is something that I hope has caused much of my anxiety and it is called catastrophizing.  

When someone struggles with health anxiety they tend to believe every illness or symptom will be catastrophic.  In other words every symptom, illness, or perceived illness will lead to death, disfigurement, or all the above.  Even as I type this it makes me anxious to discuss.  Where does all the fear develop?  Well I'll talk more about that in upcoming blogs.  And I will share some techniques that should help us reduce anxiety...some of which I'm trying for the first time in my life.  
 
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