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Nothing To Fear But...

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What are you afraid of?  Are you afraid of the dark?  Are you afraid of losing your job?— your hair?  Are you afraid of monsters—because there are monsters out there.  Everybody seems to have some sort of fear.  But can that fear be holding you back from realizing your dreams—or even just having a better quality of life.  Fear can get in the way of success or happiness.  It would be a tragedy if fear kept you from achieving optimal joy. Can Fear Be A Good Thing? Now, I’m not saying to throw caution to the wind.  It’s important to avoid doing things that would bring harm to someone.  I mean, there are real dangers that we have to look out for.  It’s a good idea to keep your eyes open and pay attention when you are using a really sharp knife.  If you go on a hike you want to dress appropriately, stay on the designated path, and keep your eyes open for rattlesnakes, bears, panthers, or whatever wild animal might live in your area. When Fear Takes Over But sometimes fear can overta

Where Is Riverside, California, And Is There Anything Interesting There?

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Last week I posted about the museum in Riverside , California, so I thought this week I would tell you a little bit more about the town itself.  Riverside is about an hour west of Los Angeles and just over six hours south of the capital of California—Sacramento.  Riverside was established in 1883 and became the county seat in 1893.  The city has continued to grow and has a population of over 330,000 as of 2021. Being fairly close to Mexico, Riverside can get quite warm.   Even during December and January temperatures can get as high as the mid to upper 80s.   In the summertime temperatures climb over 100.   This makes Riverside a popular recreational spot for the many water activities located in the area such as the Cove Waterpark and Splash Pads.   Riverside also has a Botanical Garden and several museums such as the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. There is also some great camping and fishing in the area.   I camped in the Jurupa Campground not too far from Riverside and it was pre

Freedom Friday: I Reached My 50 Pound Weight Loss Goal- How I Did It

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I finally reached my first big goal of losing 50 pounds.  I didn’t do it as quickly as I would have liked, but at least I did it.  That means I have lost 15% of my original body weight.  According to health specialists, losing 10% of your body weight can help to lower the possibility of heart disease issues.  It will also help to avert problems with the bones and joints. When I finally got serious about getting rid of these extra pounds, I knew I needed to make some serious changes and live a healthy lifestyle.  I have been overweight most of my life, but when I started down this path of improving my health, I was heavier than I had ever been.  I thought it would be hard to change my eating habits but oddly it didn’t end up that way.  I have made some good choices over the past three months.  I am going to tell you about a few ways I have benefited from these changes. When I first started my healthy lifestyle my blood pressure and heart rate were high, and I was prediabetic.  I ha

Ten Ways To Improve Your Mental, Emotional, And Physical Health

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Many people have been stressed out to the max for quite some time because of this pandemic.  Some people seem to be completely losing their minds.  There has been a lot of death and isolation over the past year and a half.  Those two issues alone can cause a lot of mental and emotional anguish.  Add all of the chaos that has been going on and it compounds the issue.  Since October is Emotional Wellness Month , I wanted to address this issue. Good emotional and mental status is crucial if a person is going to be able to maneuver through life’s challenges successfully .  I learned the hard way that poor mental or emotional health can affect physical health.  If mental or emotional health is compromised, coping skills are hampered.  Pain can develop in the form of headaches, back pain, chest pain, and other forms of pain.  Nausea can occur because of anxiety and agitation.  The ability to think straight can become extremely difficult. I know how difficult it can be to dig out of a sit

Escape

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Today I want to share a poem I wrote several years ago when I was going through counseling for the abuse I had experienced as a child.  I hope you enjoy it.  It's entitled Escape . If you watch it, you won’t see it. Sonny and Cher Yogi the Bear They will keep you from harm.   If you eat it, you won’t taste it. Suzy Q’s for a mile. A quarter for a Choc O’ Dile. No bitterness will arise.   If you drink it, you won’t feel it. Afternoon, Evening, Morning. Numbness keeps away the mourning. No need to worry for the ache.   If you listen to it, you won’t hear it. Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Cream. All drown out the silent inner scream. The perfect space.   If you live it, you won’t escape it. Memories, nightmares, heart-stabbing pain. Every day you smell the rain. The mountain ever grows higher. As a child, I used the television as an escape from the horrific life I was living.  If I watched TV, I could block everything else out.  Even now if I am

Critter Pass Ranch- A Refuge for Abused and Neglected Animals

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In Northern California there is a unique home where abused, special-needs and otherwise homeless animals go for a little TLC—and a whole lot of love.   Claire  Desrosier moved to Palermo , California, in 2006 .   Claire has experience as a Veterinarian Tech and had always dreamed of running a rescue “farm.”   However, she did not just want to care for large animals such as horses and cows.   Claire opened Critter Pass Ranch Rescue & Sanctuary in 2007 after she moved from Oregon to Palermo with her family and a couple of horses. Since then,  Desrosier  has rescued animals of all sizes, from mice and ferrets to ducks and horses. One of those special furry family members of Critter Pass Ranch (CPR) was Barney.   When Barney first came into Claire’s life, he had advanced Glaucoma.   One of his eyes had completely disintegrated and the other was grossly enlarged.   Both of Barney’s eyes had to be removed, rendering him completely blind.   When Claire brought Barney home, another of

How Should I Prepare For A Natural Disaster?

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So you live in a flood zone and want to be prepared- just in case.  Well, whether you are preparing for a flood, an earthquake, or any other natural disaster, there are certain things you do not want to be without.  The CDC recommends that you have at least three days of emergency supplies for each family member, and up to two weeks of needed food and water.  It is important to note that three days is the minimum number of days to prepare for.  Keep in mind though, that the disaster is not likely to be completely resolved within three days.  One needs to be prepared for days or weeks away from home, as officials may keep certain areas closed off for extended periods of time before they determine it is safe for people to be in those areas. What Should I Keep In My Emergency Kit? In addition to water, you may want to set aside things such as canned goods, dried fruit and jerky, powdered milk, and the like.  Some individuals will invest in meal packets such as those used by the milita