Thursday, August 29, 2019

Is Honesty Still the Best Policy?

A story worth remembering, thinking about and repeating......  

A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.  Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different and called all the young executives in his company together.

He said "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.  I have decided to choose one of you."  The young executives were shocked as the boss continued.  "I am going to give each one of you a seed today.  This is one very SPECIAL seed.  I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this seed.  I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

Jim, one of the executives, went home and excitedly told his wife the story.  Together they got the pot, compost, and soil to plant the seed.  Every day, he watered it and watched it closely to see the progress.

Three weeks went by and the other executives were bragging how well their seeds were growing. Every day, when Jim checked his pot, there was no sign of growth.  After five weeks of this, Jim was pretty discouraged.

At the end of six months, Jim's pot still remained empty - no sign of growth.  He imagined he had overwatered it or got the wrong kind of fertilizer as his colleagues continued to brag about how tall their plants were growing; some of them were now trees.

Absolutely NO growth after one full year

The year was up and they were instructed to bring their plants into the office for the CEO to inspect them.  Jim told his wife how embarrassed he was to bring in an empty pot to the office, but she encouraged him to be honest.  Jim brought the pot to the board room and heard the snickers of the other executives.  Their plants were a variety of shapes and sizes.

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.  Jim tried to hide in the back, totally embarrassed.  The CEO was praising the executives on the growth and beauty of their plants.

"Today, I am pleased to announce that one of you will be my new CEO!"

From the front of the room, the CEO asked Jim to come up and Jim froze in fear that he was about to lose his job.  Walking slowly to the front of the room, there was pity on the faces of the other executives as they imagined Jim was going to be fired.

The boss asked Jim what happened to his seed and Jim told the story of how he nurtured and cared for the seed but it never grew.  The CEO then asked everyone to be seated except Jim as he announced, "I would like to introduce you all to your new Chief Executive Officer."

There were gasps and questions "How can he be the new boss when his plant didn't even grow?"

The CEO explained, "One year ago, I gave everyone in this room a seed.  What you did not know was that each seed had been boiled and was a dead seed.  It was absolutely impossible for any of them to grow."

Jim was the only one in this room with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. He did not substitute it with another seed like the rest of you did.  Therefore, he has shown courage, honesty, and integrity and I know he will run this company with a conscience."

In the beginning and in the end......

What is the moral of this story?

Please share your thoughts in comments

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Do You Know What Normal Looks Like?

Do you ever wonder what normal feels like?  For as long as I can remember, my life has not been 'normal.'  I know there are many others who can relate.  But am happy to report that this past month should be labeled as normal.  

There were no sudden catastrophes, no insane trauma to deal with, no impending 
problems that needed immediate attention -- just normal.

Work, play, work, eat, work, write, work, entertain.  Normal.  Loved it.

Footprints in the sand

Do You Enjoy Doing What You Do?

My talk show turned four years old last month.  It is hard to believe because I love
doing it and it feels like only a few months ago it launched.  Speaking of 
normal, the common thread with 100% of my guests is they went from 
extraordinary circumstances to 'normal.'  I respect each and every one of them and
their incredible stories.  I am thrilled to be in such remarkable company.  
Never Ever Give Up Hope is a show sharing stories of ORDINARY people who have experienced the extraordinary.

You do not need to take a vacation when you live

in a place everybody wants to come to for a vacation

Our friends from Alberta Canada are visiting this week.  Today they are salmon fishing with my hubby.  In the first hour, they caught four.  Tonight will be stuffed salmon on the barbie.  Ever make it?  Awesome is an understatement!

Fishing salmon

First catch of the day

The Greatest Highlight of any Month

Next week the grands will be here for the week.  What a wonderful way to end a 
super, fun-filled, busy summer with the perfect temperature for the entire time.  Love the West Coast!

Grand kids are the BEST

Grand kids
Wearing Gramma's Glasses

Deep in thought
3 years old but much to think about

Here's to a new normal!

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today five bloggers are inviting you to catch a 
glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and 
buzz around my house, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado                  
Menopausal Mother                     
Spatulas on Parade                     
Go Mama O                                  

Friday, August 9, 2019

What Should the Penalty Be for Leaving a Dog in a Hot Car?

After rescuing a few dozen dogs, I have learned how to talk dog.  
It is an easy language to understand because dogs are commutative.  
All you have to do is to observe and listen.  They understand when you 
are sad, happy, or silly.  And they certainly know when you are planning 
on going out and leaving them alone.

Packing your suitcase for a trip is a sure trigger.  
You can hear them say, "Don't you realize that you 
will be leaving me behind?

Why can't I come with you?"

Dogs read humans effortlessly.  They learn to understand our moods and the tones
in our voice.  They can differentiate between a smile and a scowl.

Sitting next to you they love to press their body close to yours or put their paw 
on your arm or leg.  This way they can safely sleep knowing that if you change 
positions, they will wake up.  It is especially interesting to observe this with dogs 
who are rescues.  They need that assurance.

Talking to a dog is a conversation -- not a one-way street.  They want you to 
understand them as much as you want to understand what they are saying to 
you.  Isn't it funny that most of us raise our voices or speak baby-talk to our dog
no matter if he is a senior or a puppy?



One of my pet peeves is when people leave their dogs in a hot car.  Not only is it 
stupid, but dangerous.  Unless it is absolutely necessary to take your dog with you, 
leave them home on a hot day.  We've all been there -- walking through a parking 
lot and seeing a dog panting in car.  Upon observation, you may see the window 
cracked a of couple inches. I realize that might be the two inches between life and
death but it certainly does not render a comfortable atmosphere for a dog.  Ever 
try sitting in a hot car for a few minutes or worse yet -- an hour or more -- with 
the window cracked open a couple of inches?

Walking by, you can read it on their distressed faces.  They are begging you 
to rescue them from the insane heat.  I am thrilled that a law has been passed 
in many states which allows you to smash a car window to save a dog's life.

I don't like much about summer because I hate temperatures above 70 degrees, 
but I can't imagine what it would be like to be wearing a fur coat in hot weather.  
Notice that Rocky is in the SHADE - by choice.

Have you ever saved a dog in distress?  Would you hesitate to rescue one even 
if it meant breaking a car window?

My Secret Subject this month was submitted by 
asking the question:  Tell us about a hot summer day from a dog's perspective.

Here are the other bloggers who shared their secret questions and answers this month - 
ENJOY!  Remember to support them by leaving a comment and sharing.  
Much appreciated.

Baking In A Tornado                    
Wandering Web Designer             
Spatulas on Parade                     
The Bergham Chronicles               
Our Prime Years                           

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Are You a Victim of the Dirty Dozen?

What is the World's Biggest Con Job? Week 4 - the Dirty Dozen

A con job is making people believe something that is not true.  This is what the vitamin industry is doing.  To explain, I will recap the last two posts for those of you who have not read them.

company with integrity, dirty dozen vitamin ingredients

There are three different types of vitamins; synthetic, natural altered and natural unaltered.  Click here to read that post explaining the difference.  Of the three, only natural UNaltered can be utilized by the body.

The next post explains the single most important factor in choosing a vitamin -- is it alive or dead?   You need life to create life.  The con job is that you can swallow synthetic vitamins (many of them are labeled NATURAL) whose source is petroleum or coal tar and build health.  It is NOT possible. How can you tell the difference?  How can you know if the product you are taking is GMO-free? There are a couple tests you can do to help determine if your vitamins can be assimilated by your body. Read that post here.  
synthetic vitamins, world's biggest con job

Here are several stats that should make you stand up and take notice:  A common problem with many pharmacy-grade and health food store products is that they do not make the grade in Consumer Lab testing.  EVEN WORSE:  Many of these multi-vitamins contained EXCESSIVE amounts of lead - INCLUDING (and this is where I get ill) pre-natal multi-vitamins.

An important fact to remember is that many governing agencies do not differentiate between synthetic and natural sources.  TO REPEAT: many governing agencies do not differentiate between synthetic and natural sources.   If the product contains the 'amount' it claims - they get their stamp of approval - even if it is a petroleum natural source - not meant for human consumption.

Vitamin Companies with Integrity

You should also consider checking out the integrity of the company brand you are using.  It is really quite simple.  As I state in earlier posts, there are many questions you could ask the company.  Here are two more:

Does your food supplement company produce hormone products?  A company with integrity will not produce hormone products as this is something the body will produce on its own if given the proper tools - nutrients.  Taking hormones can create a dependency, an addiction, in which the body stops doing its own job of producing the hormone for itself.

vitamin con job - dirty dozen, integrity

Does your vitamin company have ANY of the DIRTY DOZEN bad ingredients in their nutritional supplements?  If they have even one of these ingredients in any of their products, it is NOT a company with integrity and personally, I would never trust them.

On "Good Morning America," ABC News senior health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser discussed these 12 ingredients - the DIRTY DOZEN. (Source:  Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Professional Version, June 2010)

1.  Aconite  Used for:  Joint pain, inflammation  Possible risks:  Toxicity, respiratory system paralysis, heart rhythm disorders, death.

2.  Bitter Orange  Used for:  Weight loss, allergies  Possible risks:  Heart-rhythm disorders, heart attack, stroke, death
3.  Chaparral  Used for:  Colds, weight loss, infections, inflammation, cancer  Possible risks:  Liver damage, kidney problems.
4.  Colloidal Silver  This one touches a sensitive spot with me.  My friend 'swore' by colloidal silver. Took it every day and I did everything conceivable to convince her how harmful it was -- she would not listen.  She died of cancer from toxic metal poisoning.
Used for:  Fungal and other infections, Lyme disease, rosacea, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, AIDS/HIV Possible risks:  Neurological problems, kidney damage
5.  Coltsfoot  Used for:  cough, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma  Possible risks:  Liver damage, cancer
6.  Comfrey  Used for: Cough, heavy menstrual periods, chest pain, cancer  Possible risks:  Liver damage, cancer
7.  Country Mallow  Used for:  Nasal congestion, allergies, asthma weight loss, bronchitis  Possible risks:  Heart attack, heart arrhythmia, stroke, death
8.  Germanium  Used for:  Pain, infections, glaucoma, liver problems, arthritis, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer  Possible risks:  Kidney damage, death
9.  Greater Celandine  Used for:  Upset stomach, IBS, liver disorders, cancer  Possible risks:  Liver damage
10.  Kava  Used for:  Anxiety  Possible risks:  Liver damage
11.  Lobelia  Used for:  Coughing, bronchitis, asthma, smoking cessation  Possible risks:  Toxicity, very low blood pressure, coma, possibly death
12.  Yohimbe  Used for:  Aphrodisiac, chest pain, diabetic complications, depression, erectile dysfunction  Possible risks:  High blood pressure,  High doses can cause severely low blood pressure, heart problems, death
These are ingredients that many vitamin companies use and try to con you into believing they will IMPROVE your health.  Ask your company if they use them -- You Be The Judge.

You have the right to ask these questions.  If you truly care about your health, your future, and your family's future, please take the time to check the food supplements you are using. If you want me to analyze them for you at no charge, please contact me.

Health posts in this series:

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Friday, July 19, 2019

What Do You Think of When You Think of Family?

Family.  This is a word that stirs up a variety of emotions.  I am grateful for the relationship I have with my siblings and speak with them or email them regularly.  Unfortunately, due to the distance between us, it is too rare that we can physically be together.  The last time was 13 years ago for one of my grand niece's wedding.  When another grand-niece announced her wedding date, I determined to make the trip a priority and it happened.  

Looking at the picture, can you believe my brother is 81 years old?  He is still blonde and acts like a big kid.  It was two weeks of family time and lots of travel.  The first leg of the trip to Wisconsin took 30 hours but I was thrilled to finally see my sister after so many years.  After a day of rest (and shopping), we traveled to Michigan for the wedding.  Another 13 hours of sitting in a car!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Surviving the Loss of a Partner - Life Changing on Every Level

Breast Cancer

“I have breast cancer.”  Tears were welling up in Sandy’s eyes as she shared the doctor’s diagnosis.  I felt the warmth of tears as well but with it came an instant firm resolve that we would beat this monster. 

This journey is never one we take alone.  It affects our loved ones deeply.  As we began our five-year journey of surgery, chemo, radiation, and severe pain, Sandy never complained. 

Our journey was one of hope, followed by disappointments.  An emotional roller coaster each time cancer raised its ugly head, each time more aggressively than the last.  I tried to be strong but felt helpless.  Alone, I cried and prayed that God would show me a way to help Sandy, to allow me to bear some of her burdens.  All I was able to manage was to make her as comfortable as possible and to be there for her. I watched her brave battle as cancer slowly and radically gained the upper hand.  I never lost hope; praying and believing for a miracle.

And then.....she was Gone

And then…. she was gone.  Gone.  The battle was lost encountering a new one of extreme pain from that loss.  It seemed even more unbearable.  In a trance-like state, I progressed through the arrangements finding some comfort in fulfilling her last wishes.

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Only Explanation is that it was a Miracle

When you pride yourself as being organized and knowing where everything is, imagine what it feels like when you lose something of great value.  Last month I shared that my current circumstances were overwhelming on every front and stress can play many games on your psyche to the point of losing focus.  Have you ever experienced arriving at a destination without recollection of driving there?  You may have been so intense in your thoughts that your brain automatically took over for you.  That is the mode I functioned in for ten days last month.

Battered Hope

After a four-day successful speaking tour, I was flying high on adrenalin.  On the first day, I sold out of the boxes of books I had taken for the entire week.   The response was remarkable and many people were encouraged and motivated to make changes in their lives.  

I changed into my traveling clothes, put my jewelry in my purse, got into my car for the long trek home, turned on my phone and what I read caused me to start shaking.  In a couple of words -- I was the victim of fraud, identity theft, and our online business had been shut down.

Shock comes in many different forms

For the next five hours, I sat in my car talking on the phone trying to make sense of it all.  By the time I got home, I was a wreck and my head was spinning.  For the next ten days, I barely left the office trying to salvage the loss, closing bank accounts, and figuring out what to do next.

On day eleven, I had to finally look in a mirror, get dressed and go to work at our store.  When I opened my jewelry box, I noticed that my cherished ring was missing.   Just that one, everything else was there. The last place I wore it was when I was on the tour.  I retraced my steps, called the hotel where I stayed, and searched my car but came up empty.


topaz ring

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Are You Aware of the Toxins in Your Vitamins?

What is the World's Greatest Con Job - #3 - Test your Vitamins

natural vs synthetic vitamins, healthIs there a difference between types of vitamins?  Most definitely!  Is there a way to determine these differences?  Most definitely! The purpose of this series of posts is to bring some understanding to the choices we have when purchasing vitamins.  Synthetic vitamins act like drugs in the body and they are NEVER vitamins and NEVER good for you.  Yet, we blindly accept what the manufacturers tell us -- a lie.

First of all, let's recap last week's post.  There are three types of vitamins:  synthetic, natural altered and natural unaltered.

This is the very basic part of deciding what vitamins to buy and there are many other factors that come into play.  Even if the average consumer knows of the three different types there are to choose from, how do you determine which is which?  If you have not read the first post please do so here. It explains the difference.

food supplements, con job, health, natural