THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN… COLUSA COUNTY… NEVADA COUNTY.. SUTTER COUNTY… NORTHWESTERN YOLO COUNTY.. YUBA COUNTY… BUTTE COUNTY… GLENN COUNTY… LAKE COUNTY… EXTREME WEST CENTRAL LASSEN COUNTY… WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY… SHASTA COUNTY… WESTERN SIERRA COUNTY… TEHAMA COUNTY… * UNTIL 315 PM PST FRIDAY * AT 315 PM PST BANDS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL ARE DEVELOPING OVER MUCH OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE NIGHT AND INTO FRIDAY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES WILL FALL OVER THE NEXT 3 HOURS ESPECIALLY AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. TOTAL AMOUNTS FROM 2 TO 3 INCHES OVER THE VALLEY AND 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER THE MOUNTAINS WILL OCCUR OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. THIS HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS FOR THE WARNED AREA. * RAPID RISES AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING WILL OCCUR IN MANY AREA STREAMS. SOME CREEKS THAT ARE LIKELY TO HAVE SIGNIFICANT FLOODING INCLUDE COW CREEK…COTTONWOOD CREEK…BATTLE CREEK…CLEAR CREEK…DRY CREEK…BUTTE CREEK. * MOUNTAIN RIVER AND STREAM FLOODING ABOVE THE RESERVOIRS WILL OCCUR ALONG WITH WIDESPREAD MUD AND ROCK SLIDES. * DEBRIS FLOWS WILL OCCUR…ESPECIALLY NEAR RECENT BURN SCARS IN SHASTA…TEHAMA…COLUSA…AND PLUMAS COUNTIES. * WEIR OVERFLOW THROUGH BYPASSES WILL OCCUR AS THE SACRAMENTO RIVER SYSTEM IN THE VALLEY WILL RISE. A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED. HOWEVER…ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED BRIDGES…DIPS…OR LOW WATER CROSSINGS. NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM…EVEN A SMALL ONE…ON FOOT. TO ESCAPE RISING WATER MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FLOOD WATERS. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER CAN QUICKLY CARRY AWAY YOUR VEHICLE. &&
The week after Thanksgiving and we are rushing toward Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza. Whatever your faith we wish you a happy holiday season. Ira Hays has some suggestions for holiday shopping Ira’s Shopping Tips and Carol reviews a movie and some books Carol Says the Peace Page continues discussing Gaza Peace and Gaza and The Fringe endeavors to “piss people off” The Fringe and Babies and we need to prepare for lots of water, falling from the sky. Some preparation tips right here. Get Ready Also Holiday on Main December 1 in Downieville, the Community Children’s Christmas Party in Sierra City on December 15 and then a Stroll Through the Snow Stroll in Sierra City the next day. This weeks picture of the Downie River in Downieville will be compared to next week’s when we see how high this storm makes it rise. Don’t forget to be in Downieville this Saturday for Holiday on Main, visit Santa and see the Pet Parade.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and all the preparations for the Miss Jody Community Thanksgiving Dinner are under way. Hope to see you there. This week I am so excited because we have a new movie reviewer. Movie Reviews by Carol is clever, funny and informative be sure to check out what she has to say each week. She will be reviewing both new in the theatre and DVD releases. So stay tuned. The usual Gabby, Java, Cooter, Disgruntled Fringe, Jerusha. Two guest articles one on the Peace Page and another about Drones are well worth reading. We need to think, these make us think. This week’s photo is from Lori Prorok and Don McIntosh’s home overlooking Downieville.
Unsinkable is the definitive memoir by film legend and Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds.
Actress, comedienne, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds shares the highs and lows of her life as an actress during Hollywood’s Golden Age, anecdotes about her lifelong friendship with Elizabeth Taylor and her experiences as the foremost collector of Hollywood memorabilia, and intimate details of her marriages and family life with her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher.
A story of heartbreak, hope, and survival, “America’s Sweetheart” Debbie Reynolds picks up where she left off in her first memoir, Debbie: My Life.
Unsinkable is illustrated with previously unpublished photos from Reynolds’s personal collection.
Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. John, the American movie star, thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian are forced into taking a holiday together; Nicola and Henry, husband and wife, have been shaken by seeing too much death practicing medicine; Anders hates his father’s business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone’s relief; the Walls are disappointed to have won this second-prize holiday in a contest where first prize was Paris; and Freda, the librarian, is afraid of her own psychic visions.
Sharing a week with this unlikely cast of characters is pure joy, full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor. Once again, she embraces us with her grand storytelling.
This book is written very simply. The sentences are simple and everyone in the book lives happily ever after (except for one).
It is about Chicky who lives in Ireland, and at the age of 18 (or so) she meets a man and follows him to America. Then very quickly in the story he is gone and she is 40 and moves back to Ireland to open a B&B. About each chapter is dedicated to a character in the book – first the employees then the people who come to visit the B&B in the very first week it opens. After reading the book I thought about each character, and even though it is a simple book, each person has gone through a life experience of someone we know. So that part was a little more realistic. But the book is simply written and if you are looking for light reading, this would be fine.
National Book Award Winner
One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.
While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.
Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.
- Have you ever been called “too black” or “not black enough”?
- Have you ever befriended or worked with a black person?
- Have you ever heard of black people?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you. Raised by a pro-black, Pan-Afrikan single mother during the crack years of 1980s Washington, DC, and educated at Sidwell Friends School and Harvard University, Baratunde Thurston has more than over thirty years’ experience being black. Now, through stories of his politically inspired Nigerian name, the heroics of his hippie mother, the murder of his drug-abusing father, and other revelatory black details, he shares with readers of all colors his wisdom and expertise in how to be black. Beyond memoir, this guidebook offers practical advice on everything from “How to Be the Black Friend” to “How to Be the (Next) Black President” to “How to Celebrate Black History Month.”
“The Queen of Katwe” by Tim Crothers
I don’t know where to start with this. So before I get into it, let me just say, read this book.
The description makes you think the whole book is about Phiona. But it isn’t. She is a “thread” in the first half, and finally, a little after the second half, she really comes into the book. A few people I talked with said they picked up the book and thought it was all about Phiona, and it was confusing when she was hardly in the first half of the book. But they just rolled with it and appreciated what was being read.
But you have to read the first half to really fully appreciate the second half. Now let me say here, the word “incredible” is often overused. I have a friend and everything is “incredible” to him. So when he says something is incredible, then I know it was just really good.
If you want to learn what incredible really means, read about the people in this book. They live in incredibly horrible conditions, and they are incredible people due to the drive they have in their character, and what they achieve. The hope and courage these people have is uplifting.
Be sure to read the acknowledgments.
Reaching for the Stars and Beyond, by Peter Heubner
I’m going to try to not write a book about a book. When reading this book, it felt like Peter just sat down and poured out his heart and his story, and said: Here. Here it is.
The book is in three parts (or so it feels to me). The first part is about Peter’s life in Germany and then a little bit about in the United States. Peter was 4 ½ when WW2 came to his town. His account of the war is heart breaking. Now I have to tell you, I have read books on victims of the Holocaust, but never a book about the average citizen living in Germany and having the Russian and Mongolian troops storm into your town and victimize everyone they saw. Brutally. There were times I put the book down to really think about what happened, the terror they felt, the Russian & Mongolian troops atrocities on the German citizens (women and children), and the life Peter and his family lived during the war.
Then we have after the war, and one sees the warmth and kindness of the Peter we all know. I know Peter as a friendly acquaintance, but obviously never really knew about his life. It just makes one think, again, of the people you know and what you don’t know about the life they have lived. But I digress…..Peter writes about his work in the restaurant/hotel business, and I could just picture it all. Mostly, how people responded to him because he is so genuinely warm and friendly.
That is the main part I want to tell you about the book. The book goes on to moving to the US and his life thereafter. Then there is Part 2 (as I call it) has the sailing crossings of his vessel, Lady Lee and the Log of Lady Lee. Part 3 (again, as I call it) is a story about his dog, Ziggy.
If you want to purchase this book, and I hope you do, you can contact Peter at: email@example.com or P O Box 349, Sierra City, CA 96125-0349.
After you have read this book, be sure to read “A Conversation with Lisa Genova”. There you learn her credentials for writing this book and all of the deep research she did for this book. Now about the book – my sister told me about the book and that she loved it. She also said that it is not a happy book, but not a “downer”. It is a remarkable book, and I loved this book and did not want to put it down. Alice, who is 50, has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. While the characters in this book are fictional, and all of the medical information is actual (except for the made up medication they are testing, and at the end of the book the author tells you that information). In writing this book, the author interviewed people with this disease and learned how they thought and felt and coped. The characters in this book are likeable (the husband likeable enough, not a bad guy at all, just struggling with decisions about his career and what is best for his wife), but the context and what the book is really about is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and actually, Alzheimers. And what can be done medically to slow it down, and how they can determine if you have Alzheimers. I found one can also get tested to find out if you have the DNA for it. The book just so insightful to what a person feels and thinks with the onset of Alzheimer’s (the author did her research!). This book is about Alice and what is going through her mind as she notices the changes in her (getting lost, losing things, forgetting things) with the onset of Alzheimers. This book may sound depressing, but the love and support of her family is inspiring. It helped me to know more about what a person may feel and think, the frustrations, the support (from family and the medical field). What really interested me about this book is that it helped me to learn more about the onset of Alzheimers. And I thought my friends would not understand when I told them the following, but they did – reading this made me calmer with understanding what happens with this disease. Now my thoughts go deeper with this, but just had to put that out there.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – 2011
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. Director: Lasse Hallström Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Paul Torday (novel) Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked |
11/28/12 Carol broadens her scope of reviews this week; She says –
Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home
by Laura & Lisa Ling
On March 17, 2009, while filming a documentary on the Chinese–North Korean border, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers, charged with trespassing and “hostile acts,” and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il’s notoriously secretive Communist state. Kept totally apart, they endured months of interrogations and a trial before North Korea’s highest court that led to a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in a North Korean prison camp.
When news of the arrest reached Laura’s sister, journalist Lisa Ling, she immediately began a campaign to get Laura released. Her efforts led her from the State Department to the higher echelons of the media world and eventually to the White House. Lisa takes us deep into the drama between people in the highest levels of government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and eventually former President Bill Clinton, who arrived in North Korea in mid-August for a suspenseful rescue.
OK, I cannot put this book down. Even though I know how it ends. The chapters switch between Laura and Lisa (sisters – Laura in in North Korea and her sister is here in California), and what is happening with each of them – their perspective – of what is happening about the situation and what is being done to resolve it. Laura’s description of North Korea is just so interesting. But everything in this book is interesting. Laura explains they were in China filming about human trafficing of women from North Korea into China. I got really frustrated that they would go onto North Korea soil (but it was for such a worthy cause and I figure they just got too caught up in their documentary) and create so much trouble for Laura and her crew member, Euna, and for the U S government. I have to be honest about that thought. It was interesting to read about the documentarys they have produced, the connections they have in government and the world of news, but those were just side notes, in a way. Laura writes about her guards, inprisonment (not in a prison, but inprisonment) interrigations, etc. But I tell you, every aspect of the book is just so well written, descriptive (but not too wordy!) that you should do yourself a favor and read this book.
11/21/12 Three movies get reviewed this week, and here they are:
LINCOLN- Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
and Carol says:
In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award® winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane? Flight is directed by Academy Award winner Robert Zemekis and stars Denzel Washington, John Goodman,Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo.
And Carol says:
Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis–the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko
By Gabby Fringette
Ma went into the valley of death to bring me into this world.
Even if your ma isn’t actually the one who gave birth to you, she can still mean as much, if she still talks to you, helps you with your homework, feeds you, she’s still your ma.
Mothers’ day is the day of the year that we give our hard working moms’ a small token of gratitude.
This is a tribute to mom, my hard working mom, who takes care of me when I’m sick, nags me on my homework, takes away my computer when I skip my math, and generally tries to make me a better, non-slob person.
Mom can be annoying, even when she’s trying to do her best, and often when she’s doing what’s right. It seems like a pain in the butt, like when she insist I do my homework instead of creative writing, but she’s right, I can destroy pixilated villains after my science assignment.
Of course, not every thing mom does is to keep me in line, and to stop me from taking over computer game worlds. Sometimes she gives me extra money when we go to the bakery or the candy store. Often times, she gives us an “work free” day.
Of course, mom is her own person, she likes some candies more than others, likes different colors, and flowers. Her tastes in movies and food often affect what we eat for dinner, and what we watch while eating it.
Don’t protest, it won’t make any difference, just learn to love tofu and British mysteries without salt or laser fire.
What to give such a generous person is hard, so this year I’m going to give her chocolate and a good grade. She needs to know all her effort isn’t wasted.
Moms are great; they put up with so much. I think they should have a whole week, not just a day. Remember, all you mother’s children out there.
By Gabby Fringette
Moving could be dancing, but it could also mean uprooting my stuff and planting it somewhere else.
One of the worst things about moving is you can’t find half your stuff. That’s why my sister is wearing my underwear and a clothespin; we couldn’t even find a hair tie!
Another thing about moving is you find lots of stuff you had, but didn’t need, or want. Now all that stuff is in bags and cluttery piles for you to deal with. I found a consolation prize from the second grade. It was taken apart and some of the pieces were lost, gone to the Davy-Jones locker of my room. What was the point of keeping the prize, I asked my self, they hand these things out like psyche meds. But another part of me said: it’s a small part of your child hood, blah, blah, blah. You be glad you kept it.
It turned out to be a very small part.
I don’t mean to rant and be all curmudgeonly, (of course I do, ignore her), but another thing about moving is the heating. You don’t know if the last people in the house cleaned out the heating ducts, but it’s probably a cake of mold with a dust and cat hair frosting. You should just naturally assume that when (if) you turn it on, it won’t go for a minute, but then hot air is going to blow it all out of the vent onto your bed and clothes.
So, until we figure out another heat system, we’ll be putting things in the fridge to keep them warm, and camping by the electric heater.
Now the good things about moving:
It’s a new adventure, your get to meet new people find cool shops, or, if you’ve moved out into the sticks, a beautiful piece of land to run around on.
Believe it or not, we need a certain amount of chaos, and moving is the right amount.
Ok, I’ve run out of nice things, now back to complaining.
I did not cover losing things well enough- wait! I found another nice thing to say! Sometimes, you lost stuff before the move, and then it turns up!
I lost a shirt eight months ago, and then as I was digging for clothes, I found my missing shirt! (And some money that was in one pocket).
Moving isn’t all bad. Just some of it. And when you’ve settled in, every thing is a new normal again!
By Gabby Fringette
The derogatory term ‘chicken’ means, cowardly, lily liver, scaredy cat.
Real chickens are carnivorous, crafty, spry, fierce, and adaptive.
(Their Latin name is Gallus domesticus)
Why is it that being called chicken is bad? Why should it be an insult, not an honor, to be called chicken? They move out of our way when we walk by, but humans, the smart ones, move out of the way of big-rigs when they come by.
Chickens are carnivores. A six-foot tall chicken would look, and hunt like, a veloceraptor with a hooked beak. Chickens are smart, when they go out and forage or hunt, the old ones lead the young ones to the best places for worms, seeds, and other morsels. The old ones know from experience where the best places for berries are, or what places creepy crawleies are most likely to be at.
Chickens are spry. Even the heaviest of the chickens can leap four feet into the air to get at some flying thing, or run fast enough to catch an escaping snack.
Chickens are fierce. Many a time a bird has gotten caught in the chicken wire, and been torn beak to feather and eaten. I have seen chickens with gardener snakes in their beaks. I have also found large numbers of headless ripped up snakes. The chickens, it seems, only want the heads of the snakes, as though it is an honor to eat the snake’s head.
Chickens are adaptive. They can go from eating grain as a chick, to being free ranged, and they will know what to eat: every thing.
It tastes like chicken. Every thing taste like chicken, because chickens will eat every thing.
I have known many chickens, none of them cowards. Some of them skittish and alert, some of them benign, but many were ornery, some were almost war like, some were sweet, and some were dramatic, loud and clever.
I know from experience every thing I have said in this Gabby, now being equipped with this knowledge, decide if being called ‘chicken’ means you are a coward.
By Gabby Fringette
The essence of living things is to reproduce. Among human society having children is a big issue. But, if you check the statistics, you’ll find that one in five women don’t have children by the age of forty.
There are several reasons for this:
- Economic instability. (Not being able to find a job.)
- Not being able to find a suitable mate.
- The belief that one is too old (fertility in women declines after thirty-five).
- The belief that one will be a crummy parent.
- Disgust or fear of pregnancy or child birth.
- The belief that it’s wrong to bring a child into this world.
- Doesn’t want the problem or turmoil of kids.
- It costs $390,000 to raise one child from birth to eighteen.
Back in the 70’s one woman out of ten did not have children. In the 70’s most women were still married, and the men were the main providers, his job paying for food and the car and the house, and the woman often got a part time job, paying for vacations and holidays and birthdays.
In day-to –day life, childless people are as happy or happier than parents. But, looking back, parents were more satisfied and fulfilled than people without children.
There are seven billion people on earth, right now.
By Gabby Fringette
This week I’ve joined hundreds of thousands of kids all over the U.S in taking standardized tests. For three days, stuck in a strage class room, with a bunch of other kids. I’m probably going to get a head cold. Why? Funding. The state measures the schools by how the kids did in the tests, and then they decide how much money to give the schools.
This is not the only standardized test. There is the SAT, which is an empty acronym. The SAT determines where you place in the competition for a place in collage.
But how does that measure who we are? What does that say about us? How does it label us? A kid smarter than the teacher could fall prey to the traps set in the test, and do badly, but an average kid could just be so good at guessing and estimating, and pass the test with flying colors.
I have here an example from practice tests. The practice test are made up from standardized test questions from years past.
This is one from a fifth grade science book.
For which of the following do many plants depend on animals?
- seed dispersal
What do you think the answer is?
Well, I was angry, confused, and cursing when I found out the answer was C.
Critics of standardized testing say that it’s not an effective measurement of how smart a student is, it requires no thinking or creative ability.
The high-stakes testing is having negative affects on many students, teachers have seen them do things like: crying, vomiting, and being violent to others.
Although, there are some who say that standardized testing seems to work, the only way they can measure it is with a standardized test.
It’s not a great idea, it labels us like cows, but that’s just my opinion.
Barking at the ants
By Gabby Fringette
The Old Man made vegetable soup last night, and it got me thinking about vomit.
Warning, educational content; may cause sickness.
How about a language class? Here’s how to say ‘vomit’ in four different languages:
- French; vomir
- German; erbrechen
- Italian; vomitare.
- Latin; vomo.
The word ‘vomit’ is both a verb and a noun.
The scientific term for vomit is ‘emesis.’
Vomiting is the expulsion of stomach content through mouth and nose. Frequent or unexplained vomiting can be cause for medical concern.
Some times once one person barfs, others do too. This is known as sympathetic barfing, or chain barfing.
There are different kinds of barfing. There is the thick stuff that’s rich in chunks, the stuff that qualifies as ‘Technicolor yawn’. Then there is the acidic watery stuff, that’s ‘nostril sauce’.
Then there is the dry heaves. You heave and heave but nothing comes. Then you heave more. That is the ‘heave’ or the ‘gale force burp’.
There are so many phrases and names for vomit, I only have room for the cream of the yodeled groceries.
Now let’s get descriptive!
- Toss your cookies
- Blow chunks
- Technicolor yawn
- Yodel groceries
- Bow to the porcelain god
- Chow shower
- Doing the hoaky choaky
- Gale force burp
- Nostril sauce
- Loose you lunch
- Feed the chickens
- Bark at the ants. My favorite.
No thanks necessary thank The Old Man’s soup.
By Gabby Fringette
April fools day and Easter are close together, and I wanted to do write them both. I have come up with the solution. I will combine the holidays, to create Easter fools; and I have Easter pranks!
First I have a non-Easter prank. Very funny.
All you need is T.P (toilet paper, non-used, this is an all ages approved prank,) non-toxic wash-off glue, and a shoe some one is going to wear later (preferably a nice shoe). Use about five squares of T.P and glue one end to the underside of the shoe, and then stuff the other end under the front of the shoe so they don’t notice. Ha ha ha! What a dork!
Now I have an Easter prank to play on the organizationally obsessed. This is a nerd prank taught to me by my mother.
When someone is not using the computer, go and change it’s settings, and desktop to Easter-y things, then, if possible, change the screen lock password to ‘April fools’.
Now I have another non-Easter prank:
Wait until some one is boiling water, then when they leave the room turn another burner on, and move the pot, then go to them and say: “your water is boiling all over the stove”.
When they say the water’s not boiling all over the stove, say: “yes it is, it was just boiling over here.”
I have one last prank:
On April Fools day, take one plastic egg, put garlic chunks or other stinky things in it, and give it to the prankee, telling him or her you found it from yesterday.
Happy Easter Fools day every one!
By Gabby Fringette
That’s right, today is the first day of spring, when all the snow magically melts and the flowers bloom, the days grow warm, and all the birds have chicks.
Spring is the time when you can go out side in a T-shirt and snow boots, when a light jacket is recommended. The air is clear and the land has been purged after cold temperatures and moisture.
Winter is nature’s cleaning lady, she’s cold, and dangerous if you’re not careful.
But spring, spring is the best friend who comes over after the cleaning lady so you can take back the place, then blame it on summer and fall, spring’s sisters.
Spring, though, is when things happen. People are no longer kept inside by the elements, there is enough snow left for winter activities, but it’s warm enough for every one. Spring is when people shake off the last of the cabin fever, and get to know each other again.
Spring is therapeutic.
If you live with lots of snow, the change from winter to spring can be almost surreal.
The streams are breaking through, and crisscrossing where ever they please, and whole islands can be created inside streams, the water is cold but the dirt is wet and warm, and there are caps of snow on the islands, melting. The trees and white thorn are green, but the snow still clings to them. Wherever there is ground; grass is growing on it, fighting the snow. The first plants are cut down by late frosts, but then they win.
Things lost to the snow start peeking out, while others are still in twisted pillars, where the snow has melted and sunk down. This contrast creates a mystical wonderland, till’ the sun kills the great still beasts of snow and summer-like temperatures cover the land.
Till’ fall, that is.
The hero’s journey
By Gabby Fringette
A hero’s journey is where the hero under goes a life change. Most often the hero puts his neck on the line for a larger cause, but always the hero grows as person.
Joseph Campbell gave the idea of the hero’s journey to us.
The hero encounters many characters. There are six character archetypes,
Protagonist (hero), nemesis (enemy), Atracttor (love interest, trickster (friend-enemy), and mentor (teacher), and magical friend (person who helps the hero, but doesn’t tech him, or turn him in to the enemy).
This is what happens on a hero’s journey:
The hero lives in his or her (let’s just call the hero ‘the hero’) world, but something is missing, or the hero is uncomfterble, or has to hide something. Then something happens, and the hero starts on the journey. It could be something like a war breaks out and the hero is drafted, or the hero could just be a chess whiz, but has to cope with his empathy if the hero wants to win. Then the hero either refuses, or goes. But, if the hero is going to be a hero, then the hero goes one way or another. Then the hero meets the teacher, and the love interest. Now the love interest isn’t exclusively a possible mate, the love interest could just be a friend or a loved one, some one who the hero wants to protect. The teacher and/or the atracttor could be some one the hero has known his/her whole life, or it could be some one he just met. Sometimes the enemy is not apparent until the end of the journey. But, the enemy, the atracttor, the mentor, the trickster, the magical friend, they are all hero’s in their own stories. Then the New World, the strange world that the hero has his challenges in. Next, the hero (the one we are focusing on) has his tests, tests that will prepare the hero, ones that will see if the hero is worthy. Then the approach to the inmost challenge. The one that will change the hero for good. Each hero had his/hers. Luke Skywalker’s was the destruction of the Death star, Katniss Everdeen had fooling the Capitol with the berries, Odyssey had taking back his home, and Dorothy had escaping the Witch. After that is the death and resurrection. The death of the old self, and the resurrection of the new self. Sometimes it is literally a death and resurrection, like when Jason got eaten by the dragon, and he was brought back to life. Then there is the road back. This in when the hero reflects on every thing that has happened. Then the return. The Old World is strange to the hero, it is different, but now the hero has unity. The hero is the hero’s true self.
It’s a hero’s journey when you go to college, because part of your old world leaves you. When you become a parent, you become a mentor, and that is a hero’s journey too.
Every one has hero’s journeys, big ones and small ones; you have had hero’s journeys in your life.
By Gabby Fringette
Electromagnetic pulses happen all the time. When you turn on or off a light, or an appliance, like a toaster or dryer. Those are tiny. They can also be caused by nature. The sun makes them, and the sun makes them huge. A massive one in 1859 caused all the telegraph lines in the world to go haywire. The sparks caused the telegraph paper to start on fire, and a few telegraph operators were electrocuted.
If that happened today every electronic on the planet, and in the space around the planet, would stop functioning. This would be a good thing.
- Most Americans are illiterate without a computer. This change would cause us to read and write on paper. It’s good for us.
- We have grown lazy, and stupid. If we had to do things without help of computers and appliance, we would probably be smarter, and we would learn how to get off of our butts.
- This one is the biggest reason. The probable destruction of the government. There is no place to hide on earth, and probably most of the inner solar system. The government is watching us, and have absolute control over us. They know I wrote this, and they are watching you read it.
Did I mention we are almost due for an electromagnetic pulse?
Ok, now for the cons list.
1. Ok, most Americans don’t know how to survive on their own, and a lot of hospitals will go down, and the cities are so packed, there will be rioting, and about 70% of Americans will die in the first year.
2. America is large, and will probably split up into many smaller countries, maybe not a bad thing, but you can count on war between them.
Is it bad or good? Well that depends on if you live in a city or not.
By Gabby Fringette
Thinking is a mental calculation. There it the basic kind of thinking: naïve, where you make no distinction between emotion and thought. Critical thinking has two kinds:
Selfish critical, where you passionately challenge the other argument, and fair minded or objective critical thinking.
This kind of thinking challenges all premises, and thinks about it dispassionately. Since ‘passionately’ means ‘with passion’ or strong feeling, ‘dispassionately’ means ‘without passion’. Passion affects arguments and choices, so when looking for the best solutions, use critical thinking, not naïve thinking.
Now that we know this, we need to have an argument to put it to. I think it should be breast-feeding in public. Every so often some poor woman’s baby gets hungry in a public place, so she feeds her baby the way nature intended. From her body, with breast milk. There is nothing wrong with her, it just the culture insisting that breasts are bad. Lets look at the facts: corporations make millions off of cloths to make women more appealing. They even sell slutty clothes to young girls.
The breast is out only a split second, and even then, the baby, who is using the breast for it’s main purpose, covers it, leaving everything to the imagination.
It won’t scar any one for life. Boys will see many breasts in their life, and women have breasts, so seeing one under a hungry baby won’t hurt them. Logically, it should be O.K for a woman to feed her child in public.
Can you tell if that argument was selfish critical thinking or fair minded critical thinking?
By Gabby Fringette
Recently I have been trying to save money, and this means cutting out chocolate.
It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but believe me, the chocolate I buy is no chocolate chip, not by a long shot. The chocolate I buy is hand crafted by little old ladies in the back of the shop. If that isn’t enough, try to imagine how it tastes. The dark chocolate is so rich that at first my head buzzes. The chocolate melts like butter in my mouth, releasing the rich chocolate flavor, often with a little cinnamon in it. It tastes like a sun ray in the dark.
But of course this has it’s con as well as its pros. Am I setting myself up for a life of drug addiction? I don’t think so, but isn’t that what drug addicts say?
But on the other hand, if I avoid foods that I like, such as fine cheese, salami, chocolate, olives, things like that, I’ll wind up being a Nun.
There’s nothing wrong with being a Nun, I’m sure it’s fine, if it’s not me who’s the Nun.
Chocolate also has many healthy things. It helps when you have a migraine, and it prevents many diseases. So chocolate is good for me. Of course, that might be my inner drug addict talking!!
Probably not though. Its good to have a little indulgence, and I think, if I keep it to chocolate, I’ll be fine. Besides, I have enough money, I will let my self go, and have a little chocolate.
By Gabby Fringette
Saint Valentine was a celibate Roman Catholic saint, who died on the 14th of February. Now he is the patron of lovers. He was celibate, and today’s Valentine’s day is about lovers, so how did that happen?
As if that’s not odd enough, we are actually celebrating on the day of his death with chocolate and flowers. Any body see what’s wrong with the picture?
I’m not dissing St. Valentine’s day, I think it’s a nice thought, except for the part where we totally forget what its about and go on to impressing possible mates. Maybe we can put that on a different day, maybe in May. There are more flowers in May, and it sounds nicer than February.
Another item on my agenda is hearts. Not the vital organ that pumps blood, but the symbol of childish crushes.
The one that looks like this:
It looks like the silhouette of boob, and it you turn it upside down, it looks like the silhouette of a woman’s butt. I suppose that it is a fitting symbol for love. A butt.
Now for the last item on the agenda. Flowers.
Yes, I know, they are pretty elegant, a symbol of nature, blah blah, etc etc. What they really are is plant genitals. You see, they hold the plant’s reproductive organs, the lovely blossoms and scent are to attract bees to pollinate them. Again, not an unfitting symbol for love.
Happy Valentine’s day.
By Gabby Fringette
A lot of people think all Neanderthals have died out. That might not be exactly true.
There were many branches of humanoids around the time Homo sapiens left Africa. They would have come across other tribes of humanoids. They would have fought, traded, and inter-bred.
We are not purely Homo sapiens today, we have Neanderthal, and Denisoavan genes. (The Denisoavan are another form of humanoid we thought were completely extinct, they are not exactly human, or Neanderthal, and have many DNA traits that are unique to that variety of humanoids).
How often did Neanderthals and human party? Only about one hybrid birth per thirty years in a given area.
Almost all people of European decent have some Neanderthal blood, because human and Neanderthal clans met up in most of southern Europe.
Of course, the humans, Neanderthals, and Denisoavans all came from a common ancestor in Africa, they just left at different times, and different places, and evolved to survive there.
The Denisoavans weren’t in Europe, but in many island places, so today many humans of island decent may have up to 5% Denisoavan DNA.
The DNA of living Europeans and Asians is 2.5% Neanderthal.
This isn’t very much, so scientists think that human-Neanderthal relations didn’t happen too much.
There are certain diseases that people with Neanderthal DNA can resist. The same goes for those with Denisoavan heritage. There are kind of a lot of gaps, but it is still possible that people have physical traits because of the presence, or lack of, Neanderthal or Denisoavan DNA.
Ladies, this is why you have five a clock shadow in your arm pits.
This is backed up by logic, and the studies of Geneticist Dave Reich.
This thing called love
By Gabby Fringette
What is love? On TV women doll them selves up, men spend money, people fret about relationships, and do very stupid things.
Love is a collection of feelings and desires, and anyone, of any age, can fall in love.
Why do we do it, and how does it happen?
We fall in love so that we make more babies, if we didn’t there would be no humans. So yeah for love.
Love is part lust, which is caused by the brain chemicals, that are released when we see or think about someone we like. Dopamine, which is released when we do drugs, see someone we like, or eat something tasty. There is also adrenaline, which is released when we run, fight, or have sexual activity, like kissing, cuddling, or sex. The last one is seritones, that chemical is responsible for human doing stupid things when we’re in love. There are two others, oxytocin, it’s in breast milk, but it also helps bonding. The last one is vasopression, which is what forms long term relationships. It all falls into mate selection.
People choose mates that are attractive and have good body symmetry, and over all health, that’s why shiny hair and white teeth are important.
Women look for men with resources, and men look for women who are attractive, and young.
Next is children. Sex is necessary for the bearing of children, but not for raising children.
Humans spend a short time in the womb, but have a long childhood. This is because our brains are large.
Society tries to find ways of making sure the children are provided for, and one of those ways is marriage.
Marriage is social, sometimes religious, and always legal.
In the U.S both men and women can choose whom they marry, but in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries, there are still arranged marriages, they believe that love will grow over time.
I think that this is a fitting Gabby, being so close to Valentine’s Day.
And remember: any one can fall in love.
Low wages and hypertension
By Gabby Fringette
When you think ‘hypertension’, you tend to think older men.
But people, especially women, between 25 and 44, whose salary is at the low end of the pay scale, tend to have hypertension as well.
Hypertension affects 1-in-3 adults. $90 billion per year is spent on hypertension medication, missed work days, and disability. Hypertension also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke; both are leading causes of death, and disability. Hypertension occurs when the force of circulating blood against artery walls is too high, this often happens when someone is stressed.
There was a study in 1999, and it was determined that a ten percent increase in the pay, would reduce the amount of hypertension cases by 132,000. There were 110 million (working for $2.38 to $77 per hour) workers between the ages of 25 and 65, and if the wages were doubled there would be a 16% reduction in hypertension for males, and a 35% reduction for women.
In this study they found that being female or in the 25 to 44 age group you would be more likely to have hypertension, it was made worse by high alcohol content, or diabetes. They found that women were more likely to report a health problem than men, so maybe there were more men with hypertension.
There is a cost of health for cheap work. All workers should have fair wages.
The study’s co-author was Juan Du, the study was funded in part by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (grants R01 H008248-01 and U54 OH007550-11).
By Gabby Fringette
Today there are seven billion people in the world. One in seven are under nourished, many in Third World countries. Many in America are malnourished too. People here seem to have too much food.
There is a common that we are running out of food, and have been for years.
Well, the Americans sure are taking it lightly.
About half the food produced in America is wasted. Some of it disappears in the manufacturing process. The process of getting the food to the people is flawed, the machinery could spill the food, or shipping could take to long, or pests could get in the food.
But a large part of it, maybe 30% of the food in the U.S is wasted at the plate.
Super markets and buffets waste huge amounts of food. The food is almost perfect, only a little past the date. I’m sure the starving children in Africa would like that food.
The average American throws away a lot of food as well, they throw away leftovers instead of eating them the next day, and let food go over the date in the fridge.
Even more is wasted if you count the amount of excess calories Americans eat. Today, the average is about 1,400 calories per person. That’s five hundred more than in the 70’s. Humans were fine then, weren’t we?
If we went by a 900-calorie diet, then there are more than 100,000,000,000 excess calories in the U.S. that would feed millions of people in third world countries. (Information from Treehugger)
Here are graph on how much we waste, in booth food and water. (Also from Treehugger)
The odd and the clumsy
By Gabby Fringette
Adam Lanza, the young man who shot 28 teachers and students, including his mother, in Sandy Hook was described by people who knew him to be socially clumsy and “odd”. Asperger’s is a cognitive disorder that may cause a person to seem socially clumsy. We don’t know if Adam Lanza was diagnosed with Asperger’s, but his behavior was like that of people with Aperger’s Syndrome.
Four people per thousand, may be diagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome, considered to be an Autism Spectrum disorder. People with AS are described as intelligent but have trouble with emotions. Many people with AS and not only socially clumsy but are physically clumsy, too. this means they are not good at sports, and not popular at school.
It is not a mental illness, it is a developmental disorder, does not make them violent to others. There is no danger from interacting with people who have Asperger’s. In fact, they may more often be victims of violence because they are ostracized.
Hasn’t this caused enough sadness? Aren’t we just prolonging the tragedy by singling out socially the kids who are already getting picked on?
365 Day Fix
By Gabby Fringette
A New Year, 365, chances for someone to do something right.
For the world:
- I want Monsanto to go out of business, it destroys small farms. And its Round-up ready food is poisonous.
- I want people to stop using oil, and start using Eco friendly things, like Hemp oil and solar panels.
- If there are any GMO foods left at the end of the year, (which there shouldn’t be), I want them to be labeled.
For the United States:
- I want Republicans to leave women alone on reproductive rights, its her choice, not theirs.
- I want the rich to pay more taxes and the money used to create public jobs and maybe there would be a little less crime.
- I want clothing and makeup companies to stop telling girls which mini skirts are cool and how much mascara is the right amount.
- I want homosexuals to have the right to marry.
- Artificially flavored soda should be off the market, and so should soda that has artificial sweetener.
- I want to get a perfect score on the STAR test.
- I want to increase my math scores.
With any luck, at least 4 of those should come through. I think that at least 1, 9 and 10 might pull through.
Have a happy New Year!
By Gabby Fringette
It’s the end of 2012, and it’s time to think up more New Year’s resolutions.
But what exactly is a New Year’s resolution?
A New Year’s resolution is when you are going to change you bad habit for a good one, or to change something about your self that you don’t like. For an example, say your resolution is to give up candy. Simple enough, get rid of the candy in your house, and don’t buy more. But suppose you got to a Valentines Day party of an Easter thing, and there are bowls of candy there. If you have a strong will you can resist? But if you really want a piece, you start thinking, what’s the harm? It’s only a little candy. Why am I doing this any way? What’s the reward? To this I say, this can be your reward, eat a bag of chips! Okay, something about that tells me I’m not getting it.
I’m going to tell you the number one reason people’s New Year resolutions fail; they don’t want to change. We are comfortable with our selves; we don’t like to change.
There are many kinds of resolutions, impossible to keep, like not going sunbathing if you live near the beaches of southern California. Then there is the 50/50 chance of crashing and burning, like giving up eating oatmeal cookies.
Then there are the fool proof ones, like giving up eating squid. Then there are the ones I like to call illusion resolutions. They seem easy, like giving up buying 5$ movies at some big department store, but it turns out to be hard, especially if you looking for a cheap gift or you see a movie you thought was funny, or a movie you heard very good things about.
I have one resolution, I will stop eating Buttermints. Their really only around at the very beginning and the end of the year, but the temptation is so great that I crack under pressure.
We’ll see how long it lasts.
Have a merry day after Christmas and a happy new year!
Grapefruit over Dose
By Gabby Fringette
The citric fruit, very healthy food, orange juice and grapefruit are popular breakfast foods: lemonade, the American classic, and limes, drenching salsa with their sour zesty juice, don’t even forget key lime pie.
But despite all the good things about citric fruit, in particular grapefruit, they react badly with eighty-five prescription drugs. From birth control to cancer prevention, about 43 of the 85 drugs are very dangerous when combined with grapefruit.
The affect differs from drug to drug. Some of them, it had no effect on others, it causes them to work less efficiently. But some are more dangerous. Causing things from hypertension to death.
The amount of grapefruit also has an effect. There is a big difference between the occasional small piece of grapefruit and eating a grapefruit every day.
What causes the reaction is an enzyme that deals with processing the drug in your liver and an enzyme in the citric messes it up.
Here are some things that someone taking any of the 85 drugs should know.
- You can’t simply take the drug and eat citric at different times, you must avoid citric the entire duration you are taking the drug, and have it in your system.
- There are different siverities of the affect, and that also depends on the amount of citric.
- If you can’t live without grapefruit, talk to your doctor before going off of a drug!
Here are all 85 drugs that react to citric Drug Interactions
Death by Doctor
By Gabby Fringette
Of all the things people in the US die of, doctors are the third most common cause of death.
Compared to other industrial countries we don’t rate that well. That’s compared to countries like Japan. We are rated for the following:
13th (last) for low-birth-weight percentages
13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall
11th for postneonatal mortality
13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes)
3rd for life expectancy at 80 years for females, 3rd for males
10th for age-adjusted mortality.
Its not the people them selves, individually we have pretty good health. For example, one source points out that American women don’t smoke more than the Danes, who have better health outcomes. American men smoke much less than the Japanese, who also have better health outcomes. We rank fifth lowest for alcohol consumption, and fifth lowest for the consumption of animal fats for men 55 to 64, a key age period for heart disease.
There is only one viable answer. The doctors.
I mean, it’s probably not intentional.
There are 700,000 Doctors in the US.
There are 7,000 deaths caused by over medication and mediation errors. (Don’t you think that’s a viable statistic? Every time you go to the doc it seems like he prescribes you something new.)
Another 12,000 deaths are caused by unnecessary surgery.
After that, 120,000 deaths are caused by infection, because the doctors didn’t wash their hands, or used dirty tools, and medical error because they weren’t following procedure.
Sources agree160,000 deaths are caused by negative reactions to medication.
Yikes! Doctors are dangerous.
They are way more dangerous than gun owners are. There are 80 million gun owners in the US, and there are only 1,500 gun deaths per year.
Compare that to the doctor statistics.
Still think it’s so nice your friend’s son is a doctor?
We should all eat an apple every day.
I’m Not Gonna Put any Thing Off -starting tomorrow
By Gabby Fringette
Have you ever had a deadline that seemed far enough away to put it off till’ tomorrow? It happens all the time. But after your days of fun, when you wake up Tomorrow, the deadline will hit you with full force, demanding to be honored.
This is called ‘procrastination’. It means, basically, putting this off until tomorrow. My dad also calls this ‘FO’ which means effing off.
I do it all the time, my folks do it all the time, but we find procrastination is less fun when the deadline is up.
Here are a few scenarios for you:
1: you need to get a birthday present for your foul-mouthed, beer drinking, motorcycle riding grandma, who is turning 98.
You put if off until the day of the party, and swing by the drug store and buy her an over priced tacky coffee mug.
You get to the party and realize you forgot to wrap it. So when you get there you peel the paper off of the side of a larger, better thought out gift (which was from your sister), and more-or-less wrap the cheap gift you got her.
Grandma is not pleased and curses you out, and having drunk a little too much, she threatened to leave you out of her will if you get her any thing less than a case of beer.
2: even simple chores can be a hassle, like removing a bowl of half eaten noodles from your room.
Every time my mom told me to take them from my room, I always said, ‘sure, in a minute.’ That minute turned into an hour and that hour turned to a day. Two weeks later, I had to do something else I had been avoiding till the last minute, and while I was looking for the science book, I found the bowl of…noodles? I was about to remove the bowl, (any thing was better than that science assignment), when I picked up the bowl, I heard thousands of tiny voices screaming in terror. What could I do but enter the bowl instead of the boring science report. I’ll admit that time it worked in my favor, but it usually doesn’t, for example, the co-co cheese stained the cup.
Starting tomorrow, I will do things right away instead of putting them off.
By Gabby Fringette
A collection of more-or-less categorized and aptly named ‘weird stuff.’
But there are also three ‘red herrings.’ See if you can spot them.
State and government weird stuff:
1. Benjamin Franklin gave guitar lessons
2. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.
3. Minnesota has 99 lakes named Mud Lake
4. It is Alaska law that you cannot look at a moose from an airplane
5. It is Kentucky law that you have to bathe at least once a year
1.A gozzard is a person who owned geese
2.By the time you say ’30,000 puppies,’ 30,000 puppies will have been born
3. The preying mantis male cannot mate with his head on, so a female rips his head of before they mate
4. A female starfish must consume up to three times her weight before mating.
Feed and health:
1.When Heinz catsup leaves the bottle it travels 25 feet per second
2.Pound per pound, a hamburger costs more than a new car
3.Eating half an orange a day will reduce your chance of a heart attack by 50%
4.Eating lemons makes you live longer
5. 64% of Americans won’t tell a friend if they have spinach in their teeth.
1.The electric chair was invented by a dentist
2.If you refrigerate rubber bands they last longer
3.The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”
The red herrings were: number 5 of ‘feed and health’ number 4 of ‘animal oddities’ and number 2 of ‘ state and government’.
Yeah, I would have thought the moose law and the bath law, but no.
A Chocolate Nobel Prize
By Gabby Fringette
Yes, this can mean only good if it has chocolate and Nobel Prizes.
I read this article the other day, about the chocolate consumption of countries, and how many Nobel Prize winners they had. The study showed that the countries with the highest yearly chocolate consumption had the most Nobel Prize winners. Yeah! Now, it didn’t state what kinds of Nobel Prizes, and it’s possible it was a Prize for chocolate consumption.
Unfortunately, there was no data on the chocolate consumption of the Nobel Prize winners.
Still though, there is hope for children with candy liberal parents. (Hint, hint, Mom; your daughter a Nobel Prize winner!).
Chocolate has been proven to be healthy, and it does have bio flavinods that are useful to the forming of a healthy brain. Even if you are an adult, you are learning new things. It just gets a little harder for your brain as you get older.
And if you eat good chocolate to help your brain stay healthy, since your older, your brain can understand things easier than if you were very young, so, it could be believable that you would be smarter.
But even so, this may be one of the times when it’s better to start when you’re young.
Yeah, that’s what I’m gonna do. If this is correct, when I eat more chocolate, my grades should go up.
Then I’ll get a Nobel Prize.
I’ll be the first one to decode Hen Speak. I already know the difference between the ‘I laid an egg ‘ song and the ‘something startled me’ alarm.
Back on topic, I’m going to point out some flaws of the study. Maybe the countries were very large and that’s why there was such a large chocolate consumption. In such a big country, there is bound to be a couple of Nobel Prize winners. Maybe it is a coincidence. Also: countries that can afford larger chocolate consumption are more likely to have more universities, so more Nobel Prize winners.
So in conclusion, chocolate is probably somewhat good for you, but maybe this whole this is ‘causation correlation’ mistake.
Enjoy your brain healthy chocolate.
The beautiful picture this week was taken by Jenny Varn from her home. Next week is Thanksgiving, a time when America joins family and friends to enjoy our lives and remember what we have and to be thankful for our bounty whether it be large or small. SCP reporter Ira Kane sent a link to information about the story of Thanksgiving, not just the fable of happy Indians and Pilgrims but it tells some of the truth about history both good and bad, it’s good to base your life in reality and not just the fairy tale ending. Reality can be good and when it’s bad it helps to remember so we don’t let it happen again. See here Thanksgiving Story . Meanwhile if you are in Downieville on Thanksgiving Day stop by the Miss Jody Community Thanksgiving Dinner, a fun event for all, locals, visitors and families sponsored by the Downieville Lion’s Club, the United Methodist and Assembly of God churches. For fun be sure to read Gabby, Java, Cooter, The Fringe and Mary (oh wait, he’s not funny).and Ask Jerusha . We have some great guest articles this week Sandy a Savior?, Radioactive Tea and of course The Peace Page .
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Don’t forget to go see Red Tails this Friday night at the Yuba Theatre. Want to see how Sierra County voted – go here – SC Election results . Lots of stories this week including Gabby, Java, Cooter, Jerusha, Fringe, Veterans. Sunday is Veterans Day and our picture this week is of an Eagle “Standing Guard” at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN by amateur photographer Frank Glick as it appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Image © 2011 Frank Glick, used with permission, all rights reserved. www.liketophoto.com See story here Eagle. Be sure not to miss the showing of Red Tails at the Yuba Theatre Friday night. The election is over, so we can all relax and work together to keep our country great. No more campaign ads…. yahooooo…..
Well some important issues arose that need to be seen right away so I am posting an extra issue. Firstly, the Downieville Warriors won their last Volleyball game of the season against Loyalton. Go Downieville see the happy post game meal here. The Winners . Veterans Day is Sunday November 11, we want Sierra County Vets to sign up for the annual Downieville Muster.Veterans Lunch Then there is the Parent Teacher Organization raffle PTO2 with some really really great prizes, find out who kissed the chicken and how to get your tickets here Chicken Kiss. Lastly, if you are a woman you might love this, I do, and if you love a woman you might want to listen to this. You Don’t Own Me