Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Friendly DeFeat

6:28 PM 1 Comments
I'm not one to talk about my job nor to brag. However; there are exceptions to every rule. Without revealing a great deal about my current Career, I will venture to say that such has a lot to do with production. And without bragging, I will reveal the fact that no one at work will ever venture to call me by my middle name, Michelle. The reason being, from the beginning I was nicked-named ‘Jean The Machine ’; a compliment to my production speed in certain areas. The name has stuck with me and hence, self-expectation to constantly live up to such name has been my friend and enemy. A few months ago, I gladly shared with a Co-Worker some tips. She not only mastered my technique, she surpassed me. The goal was an output of 1,000 and she was the first Person to achieve this. And so some may assume the dance with the ego begins. However; I was proud to congratulate her and brag on her behalf. Admittedly though, I was determined to match her. We were like that, Friendly competition to keep us both on our toes. Perhaps something I thrived on from my early basketball days.

I remember at my old job, a Customer said; ‘you must have played basketball’. I never really thought about the skills such a sport gave me until that was said. There I was able to serve three Customers at a time. While one Customer would be counting chump change to pay for items, I’d be ringing up another Customer who would opt to write a check and while this Person wrote I would reach over and accept cash from another Customer while answering the Customer Service phone. And without missing a beat, I’d continue back to the loose change now counted/verified and receive the paper trail with proper id from the other Person. No one seemed to mind cause the line kept moving at a fast speed. Yes, the good old days of basketball and Team Spirit. I remember making my first hooped score that gave me a nice taste of confidence, nothing could stop me after that. In fact, we went on to win State Championship later that year!

St. Rose New Lexington,Ohio

#15 Jean The Machine

Still the competitive nature stays with me and so at last, a week later I matched my Co-Worker - as of today, with an unintentional output of 1, 001. Second Person to attain the goal! To be honest, I don’t know how I achieved this. Yet a sense of being Proud filled inside myself because the odds were against me. I had come close several other times. Once before my Co-Worker succeeded I had 964, however; Murphy’s Law took place that day and soon after the work ran out. So close, yet no go. Today was just another one of those unfortunate days where anything that could go wrong did, additionally; again the work was intermittent, slow in arriving, and at times nil. The hour of shift change was nearing. However; somehow I managed.

Coincidentally, I came home to find the answer to how I accomplished this feat, it was on my Blog in the Inspirational Quotes and Pictures box:

"The difference between the impossible
and the possible lies in a
person's determination."
- Tommy Lasorda

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Breast Cancer Doesn't Stop on 10/31

9:23 AM 2 Comments
October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, however; we must not stop on October 31 the Awareness about Breast Cancer and taking steps to help prevent and finding a cure for Breast Cancer.

As the Susan G. Komen RACE FOR THE CURE commences in my area of the LowCountry today at Daniel Island, SC; may we all become acquainted with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization. "Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one of hundreds of local chapters around the country working diligently to further the Foundation's mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment."

"Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded on a promise between two sisters." This is an emotionally touching true story about the two Sisters, Suzy and Nan. Nancy details the onset of the unfortunate diagnosis, “As if it were yesterday, I can remember the phone call I received from Suzy one Tuesday afternoon. Her doctor had found a lump in her breast that was not a cyst. He recommended a biopsy.” Nancy pours her heart out in words about the hopeful surgical procedure and chemically induced treatments her Sister had to endure. She talks about the year 1978 when we learnt about First Lady, Mrs. Ford being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing a mastectomy. Her Sister responding, "Nan," she said, "as soon as I get better, let's do something about this. You can find a way to speed up the research. I know you can. And I want to fix up this waiting room and make it pretty for the women who have to be here. This isn't right."

To date, Nancy G. Brinker writes; "As I look back over the last 25 years since I founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure, I am amazed at our accomplishments. What began as a promise to my dying sister, Susan G. Komen, has evolved into the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures…" Message From Our Founder

I encourage all to please visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure to learn more about this Organization and Breast Cancer.

Don’t STOP October 31, continue the Awareness

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jenkins Home for Children Yard Sale LowCountry SC

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Orphan Aid Society, Inc.

1st Annual

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Please drop off tax deductible items to:
3923 Azalea Drive
Charleston Heights
(Off Leads or N. Cosgrove)
(843) 744-2429

8 am. To 5 pm.

Binding Ink not associated with Orphan Aid Society, Inc. or Jenkins Home for Children

Information provided via flyer

Susan G. Komen for the Cure


October 20, 2007, 8 a.m.
Daniel Island, SC

Packet Pick-up
October 18 and 19, 2007
Daniel Island Medical Center
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Registration is also available on Race Day, October 20 starting at 7 a.m.

"The Lowcountry Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one of hundreds of local chapters around the country working diligently to further the Foundation's mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment."

Haunting Affair

4:03 AM 1 Comments

Compose for me a musical classic of a masterpiece love
Whence once upon a winter, golden harp strings strummed at their hearts
Until one day, Ebony and Ivory played 'Here Comes the Bride'
And upon the 3rd interlude have the triangle cling
As in the Fall came their new born Daughter Autumn.
Than one Spring trumpets blew with a military flag and 3-volley salute
For her true Love, her Maestro died while conducting war.
Now there is a rumor that when all instruments are tucked asleep
Somewhere betweenst their velvet cases, apertures, valves, and seemingly silent strings
An ensemble tutti echoes the story of how the Wife threw her heart upon the Maestros’ baton
And bled to death upon the orchestra floor.
True she is buried by him literally, as philharmonic in death as they were in life
Then once upon a Summer, Autumn took her stand at the podium
And as she drew her conducting stick to lead the Orchestra in the score, 'The Four Seasons'
You’ll hear it said that she drowned right there in her own tears.
Where upon the 6th interlude have the triangle cling
For in a graven graveyard there is a sympathetic symphony, where violins do weep
And every season, Operatic Angels sing about a Stradivarius love once played upon this stage called life,
Now exited forever more.

By © - Jeane Michelle Culp

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ndpthepoetress is back in the Blogosphere!

9:41 PM 8 Comments
As some may know and others may not, my hiatus was due to personal and Professional reasons. Personally, I had a few emotional issues to deal with and recently it’s been revealed to a few People that I had some unrelated health matters. Professionally, my Blog site had some minor issues that had to be addressed. Several have been resolved or are resolving themselves. There are still a few concerns in re to MyBlogLog. One matter I’ve been assured by a MyBlogLog Team Member, will be taken into consideration. However; I’ve yet to follow up on this. Health wise I am still trying to regain my strength to the fullest, so please take it easy on tagging me for memes until after October 25 :). I want to thank Author Seaman for holding me up and blog sitting. To my Special Spiritually connected Friends (you all know who you are), Thank You for your kind words and support. I plan to have a few new posts up in the next two days. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyones' posts and commenting once again! Hugs from the Universe!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Guest Post Featuring Franscud

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Blog Site: Caught In The Stream

Dated: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Not wasting a chance to reference T.S. Eliot

Today marks the 119th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Stearns Eliot, the great modernist poet and dramatist probably best remembered for his controversial work The Waste Land. Published in 1922 and arising out of the devastation of World War I, many associate the poem with a post-bellum European mood of despair and a sense of societal spiritual decay. Hidden in the complex verse is a seed of hope, however; one that I too try to grasp in our own time of overwhelming cynicism.

There is much about life in 21st century America that makes me imagine a wasted future: Our economy mired in fossil-fueled denial; Our resources consumed by endless war; Our fears stoked in hate filled fantasies; Our rights eroded by violence addicted leaders; Our minds undone by our own indifference; Our souls corrupted by false righteousness.

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
(Lines 19-30)
Within that seemingly barren context, though, there is a real possibility for change and growth. Our fatalistic attitudes lag behind the pace of positive social developments; feeling alienated, isolated, and alone behind our self-built prison walls we are blind to the new empowering opportunities for connection, belonging and shared experience. For within the dying carcass of old habits grows the germ of a new idea. By casting aside our former modes of seeing, we can envision a new world sprouting through the cracked and arid earth.
In this decayed hole among the mountains
In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing
Over the tumbled graves, about the chapel
There is the empty chapel, only the wind's home.
It has no windows, and the door swings,
Dry bones can harm no one.
Only a cock stood on the rooftree
Co co rico co co rico
In a flash of lightning. Then a damp gust
Bringing rain
(Lines 385-394)

Click here to see the full text of the poem

Originally Written and Posted by franscud

Permission to Reprint Granted to Binding Ink

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Informed Voters Make the Difference

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Know the 2008 Presidential Candidates: Democrat, Republican, Other

Visit Vote Smart for each Candidate complete bio, etc.

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Get Informed, Make A Difference

Signed Author

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Someone Left The Cake Out In The Rain

4:36 PM 3 Comments

Using Blog Interviewer's new widget Blog Rush, a widget to rush traffic to your site; I found this post called The War on Cakes that almost explains the incompetence of our Nations' politics, real sweet. Than toward the end the post goes flat and gets real sap soggy, like what happened Bro?

I’m not promoting the blog itself, just the post. However; if you want to use the new Blog Interviewer widget, write me so I can send you an invite and ndpthepoetress earns credits!

Signed Author

Saturday, September 08, 2007

It Was Blogged To Happen-Women

8:07 PM 2 Comments
Long ago whence I first began posting on my blog site and what seemed like a lengthy time afterwards, I received my first comment. Excited, I followed the link from my Commenter and found a wonderfully delightful blog site, now called In Search of Isis. There were posted poems, posts with humor, and much more enjoyment in-between. Since; I have had the pleasure of reading many posts at “In Search of Isis” and amidst the written words, I caught small glimpses of a man known only as eastcoastdweller. A guy with vast interests such as being intrigued with insects, petrifiedly saving a loathsome bat, he has a fondness for the classics, poetry, music, and he is a man addicted to cigarette smoke. In his own words, he is a “capnolagiac -- a man who finds a woman's smoking to be incredibly, intensely erotic.” A man who perhaps one day may “summon the courage to pay some hotel room escort to blow her cigarette smoke at me until I die in ecstasy from a secondhand nicotine overdose.” Yes, my Friends this is the spectacular one of a kind, eastcoastdweller! A Guy who realizes that “men who love Women love Their ears right along with the rest of the miracle that is Her.”

Throughout his various posts I have had the pleasure to experience this Gentleman’s mannerism of articulating his great respect, admiration for us Women and our sites. Since his sidebar links have lengthened to include a number of Women’s sites. And so recently eastcoastdweller has decided to expand his Blog Site to include all us Woman! In his own words:

New concept for this blog

I had an idea this morning, an exciting idea – perhaps fueled in part by my happy mood since Sweetie’s sinus infection appears to be very minor this time. Thank heaven for Advil and the 24-hour Walgreen’s that sold it to me late last night. I’d crawl into hell on my hands and knees or at least make a middle of the night drive for my Goddess’ sake.

This blog exists to celebrate, adore, empower, uplift and rejoice in the magnificence of, Women. Not just magazine models – all Women, for every Woman in the world is beautiful in Her own way, a being of incredible power and potential and worth.

That is why I exist, too, to share this important message, and it is my joy and my passion.

Lovely red-headed Dawn (whose blog I have not visited in a day or two – sorry Dawn, I promise to visit tonight!) has offered me technical guidance in setting up a website that will be dedicated to the above goal, in a way that a blog cannot.

But this blog will continue along with that site. And I had an idea this morning to share the steering wheel.

What if Isis could become a true community where trusted Ladies who visit here often, could have posting privileges alongside me, posting whatever came into Their brilliant minds, plugging Their own delightful blogs shamelessly, adding appropriate links, adding resources that They, as Women, believe are important for other Women?

Can you imagine the cybervoices of possibly hundreds of Women, sharing each other's concerns, offering advice on everything that matters to Women, right here on this little blog?

I am so excited about this idea that I could burst. What do you all think?

Related post: Progress of "For the Love of Woman"

I am happy here at Binding Ink to share the news with you all that "For the Love of Woman" has been launched! And I invite each and everyone to please come and enjoy!

"For the Love of Woman"

“A circle of Sisters on the web and a few blessed men who rejoice to know Them. A safe place. A helpful place. For the glory of Women, the progress of Women, the uplift of Women and the health of Women in body, mind and spirit.”

  • ...Kat
  • -Jeane Michelle Culp
  • yek
  • Christy
  • Laura Stamps
  • PixieDust
  • Nadiyya
  • Lyn
  • Lone Grey Squirrel
  • eastcoastdweller
  • Carmen
  • Dawn

  • Sunday, September 02, 2007

    Labor Day Working Together

    11:32 AM 2 Comments
    Labor Day, a Federal Holiday Day for the Working to be off from their daily chores. A three day week-end for some! Yet for many this is just another day, as they must work. For that we Thank them, especially those in the Military whom are unable to enjoy this time, as they continue to uphold their duties to America and all us Citizens. Even on this Holiday, the “Mission of Love” continues to spread throughout the Blog World - Blogosphere on the Wings of The Blog Fairy and from our hearts. For Love is not a task, rather a gift to everyone - every day; around the internet and beyond; as such a precious gift flows into our daily lives. And so as some celebrate this Holiday, let us not forget all the Armed Forces nor Love; let us continue to work and work together, unite-united hand in hand!


    Let's Work Together by Canned Heat

    Together we'll stand
    Divided we'll fall
    Come on now people
    Let's get on the ball
    And work together
    Come on, come on
    Let's work together
    (Now now people)
    Because together we will stand
    Every boy, every girl and man
    People, when things go wrong
    As they sometimes will
    And the road you travel
    It stays all uphill
    Let's work together
    Come on, come on
    Let's work together
    You know together we will stand
    Every boy, girl, woman and man
    Oh well now, two or three minutes
    Two or three hours
    What does it matter now
    In this life of ours
    Let's work together
    Come on, come on
    Let's work together
    (Now now people)
    Because together we will stand
    Every boy, every woman and man
    Ahhh, come on now...
    Ahhh, come on, let's work together...
    Well now, make someone happy
    Make someone smile
    Let's all work together
    And make life worthwhile
    Let's work together
    Come on, come on
    Let's work together
    (Now now people)
    Because together we will stand
    Every boy, girl, woman and man
    Oh well now, come on you people
    Walk hand in hand
    Let's make this world of ours
    A good place to stand
    And work together
    Come on, come on
    Let's work together
    (Now now people)
    Because together we will stand
    Every boy, girl, woman and man
    Well now together we will stand
    Every boy, girl, woman and man

    Sunday, August 26, 2007

    The Blog Fairy Is Now The Queen of Angels

    8:23 AM 8 Comments

    (In Loving Memory Of Francesca Faerie a tribute from Gracie Belle - Her Beloved Daughter...)

    Blue Ribbon Bloggers “In loving memory of our beloved Blog Fairy the 1st, Francesca” A place for all who love The Blog Fairy.

    “There will be memorials here and remembrances. We welcome and encourage all of you who would like to contribute your remembrance, memorials, or thoughts about this wonderfully loving Lady, "The Blog Fairy" to post at the Blue Ribbon Bloggers.

    This is a sad time throughout the blogosphere and World, as all fairy wand plants and flowers bow their heads to weep with us. For the news has been made official, The Blog Fairy of the legendary “Blue Ribbon Blogger Award”, has gone on. We may call this death and wrestle with the repercussions that tug mournfully at our hearts. The Blog Fairy however; would probably refer to this as merely trading in her glistening Fairy Wings for a larger pair that represents the true Angel she is and was to everyone. Perhaps The Blog Fairy knew these Angel Wings awaited her, as on her MyBlogLog profile she posted a quote "The Land of Heart's Desire" by William Butler Yeats; "Faeries, come take me out of this dull world..." Ultimately, The Blog Fairy has “rode upon the wind, ran a top the disheveled tide, and danced upon the mountains like a flame”. And as we honor The Blog Fairy, let us surround her Family and Friends at this time with Universal Hugs. Especially “Gracie Belle, beloved daughter of Francesca and grandaughter of The Earth Fairy”, whom now carries on The Blog Fairy tradition of “sharing love and enlightenment to those who believe”. Please join in the embracement of Gracie Belle, the Blog Fairy II at MyBlogLog. We would also like to thank Zubli Zainordin, whom shares in this journey with Gracie Belle to continue, “Francesca, The Blog Fairy's mission of love”.

    In honor, love, and great respect for The Blog Fairy, Zubli Zainordin wrote this poem, that with his permission I am proud to share with all:

    “In Memory of My Love of Francesca Faerie”

    Who is the man;
    among all men.
    Who on earth walks;
    nearing 50 still love he could not freely talk;
    And what love feeling as a whole or even in the beauty of a rose - contained in its bud, blooms, or its stalk.
    The searching and researching
    has been a tinkle almost endless;
    The more eager the pursuit the less is the gain nevertheless.
    A total change a turning point;
    after her touch…wholesome love I know, I feel, and I experience enabling all breaks I can now easily joint.
    That is after she came into my MyBlogLog a garden;
    She gracefully subtle moving into my life without any sign to be of a sudden;
    Three times does she privately say;
    She embraces me warmly in her loving me so that I no longer go astray;
    As I open more my mind and my heart in her I do progressively trust;
    She then gives me the giving of all the gifts like to her this is a must.
    How short was the moment we spend enjoying love as love really and actually is;
    the flow is surely one of an ease.
    As my eyes on her and then moving to view the huwmen in total;
    Her last will I did not understand the one that is placed at this social networking portal;
    I only taste the meaning after she already pass no longer at my side;
    Her pain inside I did not see while I was enjoying her shinning light outside.
    The Code, The Love Message, The will she placed in my responsibility;
    I am now love, sharing this with you to the ultimate joy of my ability.
    She may no longer seen beside me visibility is somewhat shut;
    Yet in the realm of invisibility she shall continuously be seen, as a purity of light in my memory a castle not a hut.
    And a vibration within my heart continues to sound beautiful;
    As I carry on her mission sharing all her loving with you to the full.

    August 24, 2007 1:08 AM

    sharing her ~~~ Kasih Dan Sayang! ~~~ just for you…

    Zubli Zainordin (She Walks In Beauty A Welcoming Of Gracie Belle The Blog Fairy II)

    In honor of all the lives The Blog Fairy has touched and as a gift to Gracie Belle The Blog Fairy II, I would like to form a “Blue Ribbon” link to all posts People wrote about the wonderful caring Blog Fairy and her legendary “Blue Ribbon Blogger Award”. Please if you are not on this list and have a post, please contact me, ndpthepoetress so I can add your link. Thank you. To begin, below is a small yet far from complete list, as I will continue to add links throughout the day, etc.:

    Blue Ribbon Bloggers

    Blue Ribbon BloggerA Nice Place In The Sun
    Blue Ribbon BloggerA Writer's Edge
    Blue Ribbon BloggerA Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye
    Blue Ribbon BloggerBinding Ink
    Blue Ribbon Bloggerbobbarama
    Blue Ribbon BloggerChristy's Coffee Break
    Blue Ribbon BloggerClimate of our Future
    Blue Ribbon BloggerCoffee2go
    Blue Ribbon BloggerLife With Heathens
    Blue Ribbon BloggerLynda's Loft
    Blue Ribbon BloggerMarzie
    Blue Ribbon BloggerMimi Writes.....
    Blue Ribbon BloggerMy View of "It"
    Blue Ribbon BloggerSanta Claus
    Blue Ribbon BloggerThe Impatient Blogger
    Blue Ribbon BloggerThe Kat House
    Blue Ribbon BloggerThe Painted Veil
    Blue Ribbon BloggerTwist & Skewer
    Blue Ribbon BloggerZubli Zainordin

    *From Sprite ..."may her angel wings still carry the faint jingle and sunlit glint of the forest dwellers -- albeit larger and much more beautiful!"

    This Tribute to Francesca Faerie, The Blog Fairy and her legendary Blue Ribbon Blogger Award is Now Proudly Displayed:

    Praises To Blog Fairy The 1st

    Additional links to this Tribute are always Welcomed

    Have a link? Add your link!

    Related Posts: Who Is The Blog Fairy?!

    Sunday, August 19, 2007

    Poem Death of A Star

    11:14 AM 4 Comments
    Long ago whence the World initially formed

    Lady Love fell atop the blanketed blackness

    Embracing all Lovers who were to be left heartbroken, in hopeless despair, with trampled dreams

    Her jagged nails grasped achingly into the night, parting holes throughout the ebony sky

    Peering down onto Earth with questions of why rummaging in her head

    She wept an eternity as the first rain quenched the barren ground far below

    And with every single tear drop, one crystallized star molded in each desolate opening

    Throughout history, to some the stars are a delight, a wish I may – I wish I might, a guide in the night

    But these twinkling ornaments are clearly from her above

    Whence in eons, fueled by smoldering embers of loves nevermore, many stars simply die

    Shattering exploded pieces of broken hearts across the sky

    And so when I per chance see their stellar remains, I’m reminded that Lady Love weeps for those like me.

    By © - Jeane Michelle Culp

    Related Posts:
    Abuzz over dying stars by Francis Scudellari

    Sunday, August 12, 2007

    Google Technorati Promote Your Blog!

    8:39 AM 0 Comments
    I am now a proud Member of the Blogging Den! The “Blogging Den is a place for all like-minded bloggers to hang out, promote their blogs and post reviews! You can join blogging den as an author today!" Mail aayush and request your Membership. (Aayush Bhatnagar is an Engineering Student at the University of Bombay.)

    About the Blogging Den:

    “This blog is an effort to unite all my fellow blogger friends ! Let me explain the concept of blogging Den.

    Aayush will add authors to this blog, who will in turn promote their blogs at blogging den. They can also submit posts about any topic they find interesting. They can tag their blogs under their relevant category.

    The blog authors will be free to promote their current blogs..quite obviously..and tag their blogs, along with their friends' blogs. The authors can write about anything they like to, and leave a link back to their blog. This will increase their GOOGLE Page Rank and TECHNORATI authority. Feel free to comment on other's posts as well.” … read more…

    The Blogging Den includes the Blogging Den FORUM! The topics are:

    Introduce yourselves!

    What's your blog?

    General Discussion (Discuss the things you love!)

    Interesting posts!

    Blogging help (Help other bloggers with their problems.)

    TECHNORATI ZONE (All things Technorati! Fave each other!)

    Exchange Links here!

    With all these terrific features to promote your own Blog, why not join in the fun and opportunities by becoming a Member!

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

    Saturday, August 11, 2007

    Smoking Addiction

    7:12 AM 2 Comments
    Not something Santa would approve of, however; I do smoke cigarettes despite being diagnosed and treated for bronchitis, asthma, borderline COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and knowing one Family Member has emphysema. Throat cancer Patients have a laryngectomy, “which involves removing the larynx, inserting a one-way valve in its place and diverting the air flow to a hole cut into the back of the throat 1." Many People have seen or heard about these Patients whom smoke, simply cover this hole in their throat and continue to inhale the tempting rolled substance.

    The fact is that cigarette smoking is more than a habit. Smoking is an addiction. A habit is “a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance 2." Where as an addiction is a “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful 3." Without the poisonous psychoactive drug nicotine, smoking would merely be a habit.

    A Friend of mine, currently 67 years old; has smoked for over 40 years. Recently she tried the prescription Chantix to help her quit smoking. The drug caused a few nightmares, treatable oral blisters, and bland taste buds. However; within less than a month she had succeeded in not smoking. Quickly her oral blisters healed, her taste buds returned to normal, and to date she has not smoked.

    “How does CHANTIX work? First, you have to know how nicotine works. There are receptors for nicotine in the brain. When smoke is inhaled, nicotine attaches to these receptors. This sends a message to a different part of the brain to release a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine gives a feeling of pleasure. But it only lasts for a short time. The body wants to repeat this feeling. Based on research, it is believed that CHANTIX™ (varenicline) works by activating these receptors and blocking nicotine from attaching to them. However, CHANTIX does not contain nicotine 4."

    In other words, Chantix blocks the pleasure factor in the brain. I am uncertain in doing so, what other pleasures this medicine may block; such as over indulging in food… Perhaps Chantix is a modern oral lobotomy. The fact is, the drug worked for my Friend and I am in hopes to soon try this prescription.

    Meanwhile, these memories plague my mind. A Co-Worker had minor chest pains. Thinking such maybe a heart attack, he drove himself to the Emergency Room. However; before going in, he admitted wanting one more cigarette, so he sat in his truck and smoked. Later that day, after his initial examination, he underwent heart surgery for a placement of two stents.

    Once, a Gentleman in a wheelchair whom also merely had the use of two arms from the shoulder blade to above the elbow, had taped on one of his arms a fork. He asked me to place a cigarette in-between the fork prongs so he could smoke.

    Perhaps you have similar stories or posts about smoking. If so please share them here.

    Ultimately, I think Dennis Leary, (“a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, comedian, writer and director. He is known for his often angry comedic style and his frequent chain smoking5.”) surmised this addiction best when he said:

    “You could have cigarettes that come in a black pack, with a skull and a cross bones on the front, called tumors and smokers would be lined up around the block going, "I can't wait to get my hands on these f** things! 6"

    Related Posts:

    Thank yourself by not smoking by Francis Scudellari

    1. United Bristol Healthcare
    2. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
    3. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
    4. CHANTIX™
    5. Wikipedia
    6. Dennis Leary

    Monday, August 06, 2007

    Loving Flowers

    9:56 PM 4 Comments
    Do you ever wonder where love goes once two People separate due to any circumstance? Into the memory; perhaps to remind us of once finer days or to haunt us while trying to mend anew. For love can never truly die, only be unable to blossom any further. Many a flowery seed are scattered and planted on this Earth. However; not ever single one of those seeds develop or grow to their full potential. Other flowers are often made stagnate by weeds. Take the daffodils for example.

    Daffodils have been known for thousands of years. They figure in the myth of Narcissus, which is another name for the daffodil plant. Narcissus fell in love with his own image in a pool of water, and was turned into a flower. The drooping head of the daffodil flower represents Narcissus staring at himself in the water.”

    Narcissus may have taken self-love to the extreme, however; salvageable may be an important point from this Greek Mythology. Perhaps one must first love themselves before being able to love another. For a flower thrives via nurturing elements, mutualism (wherein both species benefit from the interaction) – not by means of codependency (parasitism wherein one organism benefits and the other is harmed.) Therefore; elaborating on love yourself first, perhaps a person also needs to be contented with themselves as not to depend or rely on another to fulfill that void in oneself and so on. If one can not give themselves these things or more, one should not expect another to make up for self-lack. Hence, allowing mutual adaption to coexist in a relationship, thus benefiting each other not out of want, rather interaction.

    According to TheFreeDictionary, “A famous land version of mutual symbiosis is the relationship of the Egyptian Plover bird and the crocodile. In this relationship, the bird is well known for preying on parasites that feed on crocodiles which are potentially harmful for the animal. To that end, the crocodile openly invites the bird to hunt on his body, even going so far as to open the jaws to allow the bird enter the mouth safely to hunt. For the bird's part, this relationship not only is a ready source of food, but a safe one considering that few predator species would dare strike at the bird at such proximity to its host.”

    And so here’s to flowers and their essences. Perhaps there is truth in the Bach Flower Remedies. “ Flower essences are dilute extracts of various types of flowers and plants that are used to treat animals and people. They are similar to homeopathic remedies in that they are diluted and potentized to make them more effective than just using the original flower as a herbal extract. The person who first developed the original flower remedies was Dr. Edward Bach, a famous English physician. He developed the Bach Flower Remedies when he was working as a homeopathic practitioner and devoted the last years of his life to researching and developing his remedies, from 1930 onwards. He wanted to find a simpler form of treatment that would not require anything to be destroyed or altered.

    Dr. Bach believed that diseases of the body come about as a result of imbalances or negativity at the level of the soul, and by correcting the problem here healing would result and the body would heal on all levels. The flower remedies act to balance in harmonies in the emotional and spiritual body, and bring about a gentle healing by bringing the body back in balance with itself. They act almost a catalysts to cause healing. There were originally thirty eight Bach Flower Remedies that at that time Dr. Bach felt would correct all imbalances that were possible. There are remedies such as Holly which he found would heal the state of anger, and open the heart, and remedies that deal with a variety of other emotions from lack of confidence to over enthusiasm and impatience.”

    After all, scented flowers do seem to soothe the memories of the heart. As well as from flowers, there seems much can be learnt about life, living, and love.

    e.e. cummings - in time of daffodils

    in time of daffodils(who know
    the goal of living is to grow)
    forgetting why,remember how

    in time of lilacs who proclaim
    the aim of waking is to dream,
    remember so(forgetting seem)

    in time of roses(who amaze
    our now and here with paradise)
    forgetting if,remember yes

    in time of all sweet things beyond
    whatever mind may comprehend,
    remember seek(forgetting find)

    and in a mystery to be
    (when time from time shall set us free)
    forgetting me,remember me

    Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    Out Of The Box! M.P.H.

    8:36 AM 2 Comments
    In 1998, I had called my Aunt and Uncle to let them know that my Mother’s Husband had departed from his battle with cancer. To this day I still remember my Aunt’s voice as she broke the news to me on the phone, my Uncle died unexpectedly in his sleep of a brain aneurysm. Serendipitously, both men died within 24 hours of one another. A few years later while sorting through the baited rat trap of boxes I had accumulated over the years, I had to face and embrace the memories of my Uncle Bill. Each photo found, showed him as a tall lanky Gentleman whom never seemed to age. Amidst my collection were letters from him and my Aunt; places they had been, things they were doing. A wonderful assortment of cherished birthday and holiday cards from them - expanding from my youth to that of an adult. And with each memorabilia, I found myself on a journey down memory lane filled with echoing heart felt laughter and love. My Uncle Bill made his living painting homes and in-between his brush decorated canvases with beautiful pictures. My favorite are those of trees and covered bridges. Recently franscud; Francis Scudellari Author of Caught In The Stream posted about Mr. Potato Head. I mention this because one of my fondest childhood memories is when my Aunt and Uncle took me on a trip with them to Tennessee, for their Daughter’s wedding. First, one must envision such a tall man being the owner of and driving a VW, back in the days when these adorable beetle bugs were petite. As a child, I always found it humorous and amazing how my Uncle Bill fit himself into this car. In Tennessee, Uncle Bill took me for my first double dipped ice cream cone! Outside the snack bar, my top scoop plummeted to the ground immediately. Uncle Bill merely smiled; gently taking my hand, he walked me into the ice cream shop again, for another delicious dip atop my cone! On our way back from the wedding, the heater in the VW decided to quit. When Uncle Bill stopped to get a few repair supplies, he made a side stop into a near by store where he bought me, yes – Mr. Potato Head! And so, with permission from Francis; for all those boxes that couldn’t hold all my treasures of yesterday; I present to you my Readers, Mr. Potato Head, for all to enjoy! May such a photo be liken a feather duster on the memory box in your minds and bring you treasured smiles also.

    When putting things back together again was simple:

    Here’s to you, my Uncle Bill!

    In Loving Memory, Here's to you Aunt Ella December 30, 1925-April 9, 2011

    Tuesday, July 24, 2007

    Humanity Links What's In It 4 You

    5:32 PM 7 Comments

    I have long wanted to participate in a new meme to “bring 'goodness, graciousness, and healing' to our world” started by Jennifer at GOODNESS GRACIOUSNESS. (Please visit Hold the Vision! for heartfelt details.) Now the question remained, how could I ‘help heal the world and hold that vision?’ By doing just that, holding my vision - I realized my aspiration. And so it is at this time I present my Vision to “bring ‘goodness, graciousness, and healing’ to our world”:

    Humanity! If we all could join together as "one" on all noteworthy humanitarian causes, regardless of topic; the combination of such positive aspects and efforts would be electrifying. And perhaps the ultimate answer to what People continuously seek. "United for Humanity" - we can make a difference. So let your "Humanitarian Cause" be known. Spread the word! If you have a "Humanitarian Cause" or know someone who does, that would like to be listed, supported, etc. please visit Humanitarian Causes - United for Humanity (HCU4H) and e-mail your link and site description.

    There is no cost, no gimmicks, no work for you to do! HCU4H will list your Humanitarian Web Site or Blog Site with all links going to your site. HCU4H will promote your Humanitarian Cause! HCU4H will construct an rss feed for your site to be included on the HCU4H Blog, with a ‘Share What You Know at BlinkBits’. (BlinkBits is a system designed to “share your bits of wisdom on any topic instantly”. )

    Why is Humanitarian Causes - United for Humanity doing this?

    So there can be a "one stop place" for People to list AND find Humanitarian Causes.

    What are Humanitarian Causes?

    Not only the large org sites, however; the blogs and web sites People have worked hard on to support these Causes in Humanity. Rather that be Health such as quit smoking, the Environment such as Climate and how it affects humankind, Ethnic groups, Art, etc…

    HCU4H is by the People for the People in “one place”, here at Humanity’s Street Corner, for People to list AND find all Humanitarian Causes.

    United For Humanity!

    So come on over People of the WWW to Humanity’s Street Corner at HCU4H! Visit - get listed! And be sure to visit the HCU4H Blog!

    Thank You again Jennifer for such a wonderful idea for a meme to help “bring 'goodness, graciousness, and healing' to our world”! As many People already have, may more People continue to Hold the Vision!

    Friday, July 20, 2007

    God’s Goose Bumps

    8:22 PM 8 Comments
    Am I a Humanitarian? Good question. My blog represents a Humanitarian Cause I firmly believe in about the Human Race. And that is, regardless of an Individuals' race or religion; the fact is we all bleed the same color blood, put our clothes on the same way, and use the toilet for the same purposes. How am I spreading the word about this? By standing firm on Edward George Bulwer Lytton’s quote, the pen is mightier than the sword. Cause that is the beauty about the internet, the web is the most non-prejudice place in the World! The majority of sites on the WWW being visited, enjoyed, and read – People seldom know the race and/or religion of the Author nor care. And if this information is known, most People will nonetheless feel comfortable visiting because there is no peer pressure around to censor or dictate their comings and goings. Comments are the same, unknown race and/or religion; only commentary from Individuals! That is why my blog slogan is, Binding Ink-Reinventing the Pen-for the sake of Humankind.

    In fact, Binding Ink is a year old this month! In celebration, I recently opened a new web site called Humanitarian Causes-United for Humanity (HCU4H) . A "one stop place" for People to list AND find Humanitarian Causes. However; don’t let the big words like Humanitarian and Humanity scare or fool anyone. HCU4H is not only the large org sites, however; the blogs and web sites People have worked hard on to support these important Causes in Humanity. Rather that be Health such as quit smoking, the Environment such as Climate and how it affects humankind, Ethnic groups, Art, etc. HCU4H is by the People for the People in “one place”, at ‘Humanity’s Street Corner’, for People to list AND find all Humanitarian Causes.

    However; am I a Humanitarian? Though I support Humanitarian Causes and have a Humanitarian Cause, I would have to say no, not yet. At least not until I have actually gotten out in the Communities to get my voice, feet, and hands worn-out and blistered. Nonetheless, I am a Non-Rich Philanthropist (A Person Who Cares About People)! If I were a rich Philanthropist, I still would become relatively poor rather quickly by gladly contributing to various Humanitarian Causes. Anyhow, in being a Philanthropist, currently it is my heart that is experiencing all the blisters. I don’t know how other Philanthropists, Humanitarians, Police Officers (Keepers of Public Peace), Fire Fighters, etc. Nurses, Psychiatrists, etc. Volunteers for Crisis, such as Red Cross, etc. Rape Crisis Volunteers, etc. cope. I understand that some Police Officers are mandated to see a Psychiatrist/Psychologist under certain circumstances that may affect their job performance. Perhaps Psychiatrists see Psychologists to vent that their Patients wore on their patients.

    Nevertheless; saddened, my heart heavy, and still trying to learn to cope with Peoples sorrows without falling apart myself in tears; the song by Skillet Eating Me Away echoes in my head – “Is this my legacy, Feel it eating me away”… Then in a recent post I asked, When Is It Ok To Scream? Well guess what! Sometimes when you scream loud enough, the Universe does hear you!


    Kristy said...
    “Unless it's a really, really odd coincidence, I think my boyfriend is a co-worker of the husband of YOUR co-worker who recently lost her father-in-law. Because he came home and told me that exact same story the other night. What a small, small world.

    And yes, sometimes it's okay to scream!”

    At first I agreed this was merely a coincidence. However I replied; ...my site is all about Serendipity and asked where she is from. When she stated where she was from, I got God’s Goose Bumps! Yes, we were neighbors. And yes I ping my blog in hopes to draw even local visitors to my site, yet the local interest in my subject matter has never been remotely appealing. That’s when I realized, as I replied to her:

    Yes this is Serendipity. Perhaps you were meant to read my post and I your comments, so some where in the blogosphere we can try to make some sense of this and the other tragedies; or at least find comfort in commonality. For this is Serendipity, a Universal symphony whose tune can be heard by the most tone deaf person. Thank you again Kristy. Hugs from the Universe to you! May we always remember, all the world is not S.I.C.K., For in-between all the torrid rains, there are rainbows. In-between the avalanches, there are snowmen.

    So Readers and Humanitarians, "When you are weary, ... When tears are in your eyes", I say – go ahead and Scream! Cause not only is the Universe listening, it will answer!

    Serendipity amid Civilization, a Universal symphony whose tune can be heard by the most tone deaf Person!

    Tuesday, July 17, 2007

    When Is It Okay To Scream?

    11:27 PM 5 Comments
    To list just a few of my current events, a Co-Worker has cancer (see The Red Carpet); a Co-Workers’ Best Friend since days at War together, has just been diagnosed with cancer and has 6 weeks to live. One Co-Worker had a stroke not to long ago and will be unable to return to work or his style of life and motorcycles. One Co-Worker recently unexpectedly under went immediate necessary brain surgery and died on the operating table. One Co-Worker just lost her Father-In-Law last night; as he drove home, he crashed into a tree; supposedly he had a heart attack. Another Co-Worker was telling me that she has had 4 deaths in her Family in the last 2 months. Understandably, she is unsure if she can handle the heart wrenching news if any more should occur, as other members in her Family are currently not well. In less than a few months, a champion Co-Worker has triumphed over her Daughters’ miscarriage, 3 cars in one month expensively breaking down, the loss of her Mother to inevitable cancer, and shortly afterwards, their Family dog dying - pending an astronomical vet bill. She accredits the Lord for her remarkable strength during this seeming trial. I widen my eyes and note, our City has just lost 9 Fire Fighters in one blaze. “The nation’s deadliest single disaster for firefighters since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.” This week, another rare event in our City took the lives of 5 People in a Highway accident involving an 18 wheeler. Compared to what everyone else is going through; I feel terrible to be complaining to myself, about my own mediocre confrontations amid dharma or karma. And yet with my heart being pulled in so many directions and many of my personal situations being intellectually challenged, I can’t help but want to scream.

    Related post: God’s Goose Bumps

    Saturday, July 14, 2007

    Upgrade Pay Benefits!

    7:27 AM 5 Comments
    The bitter sweetness of software upgrades, particularly at a place of employment! Someone must have added a dash of nuts to this bitter sweet candy bar, cause the improvements are driving me crazy! Some where behind the shroud – surely, someone in the Network Help Department is rofl right about now; as Monday morning, the Guinea pig-lab rats arrive. Shortly afterwards, the impending announcement: Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines! Suddenly, the sound of a thousand computers rebooting can be heard throughout the building. Beep, beep what the f** bleep bleep… and so on throughout the work week. Headache inducing, narrated overhead broadcast messages like, we have a data block – please log off and back on…. Suckers! Amplified transmission: Please log off again, stand by, log on…. Lollipops Suckers for everyone! Loudspeaker message, Please wait, network resources are low. Everyone log off. At least, as if for our entertainment; with each glitch, the assortment of voices from the above amp would differ. From time to time we could hear panic in a Help Department voice and thus feared we all were going to crash with the system, without any seat belts or refreshments! As echoed from the mikes, “We need EVERYONE to log off. Please log off NOW!” Nonetheless; the situation began to remind me of a not so convenient store, Stop n’ Go! What the heck, while I am here let me pick up a few items! Oh yes, Stress Management! Quick, on the Job Training; hands on experience! Oh wait, there’s Positive Thinking! System down is down time for Staff! Relax, put your feet up, have a break and just enjoy! Remember, Personnel are getting paid for any inconveniences! So to the one behind the invisible shroud, I say – who’s laughing now! Oh yea, coffee time galore!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007

    Philosophical Riddle

    11:15 PM 11 Comments

    (This post is accredited to JIM - Thanks for giving me the strength to push through another door)

    lansy from A Drop of Tear in Heaven has a saying, “change your emotion to change your life”. Recently, I have rephrased this or am using an old saying to fit a preponderance, “Change the Question to Change Your Life”. For to often circumstances can and will go wrong in life. Might we instead of asking - Why is this happening, ask rather - What can be done. For as I Hate Artists opened my eyes to, in saying Why; “you paint the picture that you are nothing but a victim”. And so begins my riddle. Say you change the Question and you do ‘What’ can be done about any given circumstance, yet the seemingly inevitable persist; circumstances continue to emerge as stumbling blocks. Does this mean that what a little old Lady in a wheel chair once said that “yea God loves me - but He hates you”, is true? (God being whatever entity one prefers). Now in helping figure out this riddle, bear in mind that we can’t argue ‘not the right timing’, because opportunity is abundant. And we can not argue, ‘not meant to be’; because there is an abundant of evidence to the contrary. Thanks for your input in re to this Philosophical Riddle and have fun!

    Friday, July 06, 2007

    Promise Me

    12:22 AM 0 Comments

    I'll Stand By You

    Oh, why you look so sad?
    Tears are in your eyes
    Come on and come to me now
    Dont be ashamed to cry
    Let me see you through
    cause Ive seen the dark side too
    When the night falls on you
    You dont know what to do
    Nothing you confess
    Could make me love you less

    Ill stand by you
    Ill stand by you
    Wont let nobody hurt you
    Ill stand by you

    So if youre mad, get mad
    Dont hold it all inside
    Come on and talk to me now
    Hey, what you got to hide?
    I get angry too
    Well Im a lot like you
    When youre standing at the crossroads
    And dont know which path to choose
    Let me come along
    cause even if youre wrong

    Ill stand by you
    Ill stand by you
    Wont let nobody hurt you
    Ill stand by you
    Take me in, into your darkest hour
    And Ill never desert you
    Ill stand by you

    And when...
    When the night falls on you, baby
    Youre feeling all alone
    You wont be on your own

    Ill stand by you
    Ill stand by you
    Wont let nobody hurt you

    Ill stand by you
    Take me in, into your darkest hour
    And Ill never desert you
    Ill stand by you
    Ill stand by you
    Wont let nobody hurt you
    Ill stand by you
    Wont let nobody hurt you
    Ill stand by you

    Thursday, July 05, 2007

    Who Is The Blog Fairy?!

    11:24 PM 4 Comments

    A Special Entity in the extensive blogosphere! Especially in the adult world, whence Fairy Tales have long since exposed their truth and lost their luster; suddenly a spark of old familiar magic is rekindled - thanks to The Blog Fairy! An Entity that prefers to remain anonymous, while spreading needed ‘blue ribbon’ joy amidst us Blog Writers! Still, who is The Blog Fairy? All we know is what is written on her profile:

    About Me : I keep watch 'oer the blogs and bloggers in the vast blogosphere. It is my joy to shine light on those that show love and kindness and to honor them.

    Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,

    For I would ride with you upon the wind,

    Run on the top of the disheveled tide,

    And dance upon the mountains like a flame.

    ~ William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894

    Sex: Female

    Well, in re to my much treasured ‘Blue Ribbon’ from her, on June 30 I wrote:

    Oh Dear theblogfairy in deed, please do read; I know not who ye are, be you near or far; yet I thank thee kindly Sprite, for this badge I now display with proud delight!

    Since, I’ll admit I’ve been trying to secretly keep up on The Blog Fairy! Like a kid wanting to catch of glimpse of whom she really is, what Fairy Land does she beckon from, etc.? Needless to say, The Blog Fairy has been hard at work! Yet as busy as she is, somehow this week she flickered by my place, almost unnoticed! A few days later I so happened looked up at MyBlogLog Tags for ndpthepoetress. There I noticed The Blog Fairy found time to leave me another sprinkle of Fairy dust! She tagged me blue ribbon blogger !

    It is at this time that I would like to further add:

    To you The Blog Fairy, we Thank You! May a thousand endless ‘blue ribbons’ interlace to your heart with our utmost appreciation for you and all you do!

    The Blog Fairy url intentionally left out of this post cause all Fairies should be found! Plus I don’t want to add to her already busy schedule!

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