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i am who i am

I must say that it took me a long time….longer than I thought as a young pup…..to figure out who I am as a person.  I think that as another birthday approaches, and the thought of another year of life has triggered this philosophical-ish post.  Growing up, I went through a lot of stages including the ‘I want to fit in’ stage.  Now, I take it as a compliment when my mother tells lovingly tells me, “you are not the child I raised.”  Although I may have some traits she is not so fond of, I am finally proud to say “I am who I am” and I like that person!  So, enough blabbing……my thoughts on this post were triggered by one of my favorite songs from Terra Naomi.  When I heard this song a few years ago, it really brought a lot of these thoughts into perspective.

I’m not saying I’m not religious, but this article is one of my main problems with religion……..JUDGEMENT OF OTHERS!

From the Huffington Post

‘Women and Girls’ Religious Pamphlet Claims ‘Ungodly’ Dressed Women Provoke Rape

This pamphlet surfaced in Bristol, Virginia and was signed “anonymous”……..go figure.  If you are going to have such a strong opinion…..OWN IT!  This pamphlet makes the claim that women are responsible for the crime perpetrated against them because of the way they dress.  A recipient of the pamphlet was informed that, “Even though nothing is showing, you’re being ungodly.  You MAKE men want to be sinful.”

I mean, REALLY??!! If I were walking around my yard naked, I would most likely expect to be arrested for indecent exposure, but NOT raped.  This pamphlet (piece of garbage) is implying that perpetrators of rape are not to blame because they can’t control it.  That’s like saying “I raped her because she was good looking.”

Music in general makes me happy.  Listening to music at work seems to make the day go by more smoothly.  Singing in my car lifts my mood.  Even when I sing depressing songs, I feel better.  Weird, I know.  I did some digging into this occurrence, and it just so happens there are studies that show music has therapeutic benefits!

According to an article from CNN, singing, which makes you lift up your body and expand your lungs, is perfect for neurological diseases.  Definitely something to think about!  So, go ahead…..crank up that radio and sing your ‘lil heart out!

One of my favs to sing out loud!

don’t you dare smile

I often ponder various questions of life.  Some philosophical and meaningful….some less important and just because my inquiring mind wants to know.  This weekend I had to chance to look through some old photographs, and recognize a constant theme……NO SMILING.  Even in photographs of weddings, usually a happy event, people seem so somber.  So, this made me wonder why people didn’t smile in photographs long ago?  Were they unhappy?  Or was it just a difference in culture?  So, of course, I thought I would google this question and see what the internet had to say.  Here are some things I found.

From Stumblerz:

In the 1870’s having a photo taken at a studio was a special occasion. It involved dressing in your best attire. It was almost like attending Sunday Mass. The whole experience was serious and people wanted to remain stoic to retain their life in pictures. In fact, some thought it might be the only picture they would ever take! That is how serious they were! The cameras were big and so were the pictures they produced. Pictures were delicate and protected on heavy card stock. In some cases, people would have to stand and sit for so long they would be exhausted.

They would actually prop them up with metal rods put down their backs. Just think of how uncomfortable that must have been. I would not be smiling. I would be cursing! Of course, life was very different then. Even children never had smiles in pictures. What could children be upset about? People had to work very hard just to make ends meat. Times were tough and so were the people. They suffered many hardships. Poverty, disease and poor hygiene. Not to mention war. That does not leave a lot to smile for a picture. After all smiling is a form of happiness. It can reflect contentment, joy and inner satisfaction.

People tend to smile less, as they get older. Women tend to smile more then men.   The weird part of it is that smiling can actually benefit your health and emotions. No wonder there were so much illness years ago. Even a surface smile can be better than nothing can. It will trick your brain to release those happy hormones called endorphins. Remember it takes more facial muscles to frown then to smile! It takes an amazing 35 muscles to frown and 4 to smile! If only people knew that year ago. Another reason many people did not smile was simply that they were taught not to. Pictures were taken at formal occasions and smiling was not proper etiquette. It could also be a cultural thing among certain peoples.

Just a little fun fact of the day!  Enjoy!

i love my momma

As I was watching 16 and Pregnant last night, I started thinking.  Now, sometimes this thinking thing can get me in trouble.  I had a revelation…..my mom is pretty freakin’ awesome.  She was 18 when I was born.  WOW, I literally cannot imagine having another person to take care of right now….let alone at 18.  At 18, most people don’t even have a clear sense of who they are as individuals and though society declares them adults, that is far from the truth.  My mom has made the statement, “we grew up together” when talking about my childhood.  This statement could not be more truthful!  I think of how much I have changed from 18 until now…..significantly.  Not only have I matured, I have also had a chance to discover the philosophical question, “who am I?”

My mom was a single mother.  She went to college, worked, and took care of me.  I specifically remember watch MTV with my mom when they actually still played music videos.  I could masterfully sing all the words to “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith!  All in all, I think I turned out pretty good.  So, thanks mom!

send a hug….literally

Hug E Gram

WHAT??!!

Valentine’s Day is almost here….and I have thought and thought ‘what does a guy want for Valentine’s Day?’  I wish I would have found this sooner!!  Not really….this is crazy…..ridiculousness.

My point exactly!

I don’t know how many times I have said that I would rather have a robe than a snuggie…..or just wear my robe backwards if I was feeling left out being snuggie-less.

cigarette tea?!

Cigarettea?!

Drink your cigarette, don't smoke it. What?

Creative – yes.

Clever?  – I’m not so sure.  I am a smoker, so this idea definitely intrigues me.  But I’m certain I would have a hard time putting this cigarette look-a-like in my tea cup!

guess that logo?

Companies spend a great deal of time and money to create a brand.  In most cases, the logo is one of the most important parts of the brand.  One strong, well-designed logo can portray the values of the company as well as, help develop and maintain trust from their customers.  We see logos everyday……in our face….everywhere.  But, it’s interesting to see how well our brand recognition actually is.  Test your logo recognition with this fun test from Guess the Logo.  Click on the highlighted text to test your recognition.    I didn’t do as well as I thought, especially with the popular logos of Amazon, Google, and eBay.

More fun quizzes:

Corporate Logo Quiz

via Can you name these companies from their logos? – sporcle.

I was watching the History Channel’s new show, Pawn Stars and I learned a random fact.  Like most random facts, it is useless but nonetheless interesting.  According to Wikipedia, The single “0” style roulette wheel was first introduced in 1834 by Frenchmen Fracois and Louis Blanc.  Most interestingly, the sum of all the numbers on the roulette wheel (from 1-36) is 666.  This is based on a legend that Louis Blanc supposedly made a deal with the devil to learn the secrets of roulette.

Intriguing.

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