Thursday, October 6, 2011

This Is Your Time

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Lately, I've been paying more attention to the ecomomy, politics, health care issues, and the state of America as a whole. To say the very least, it bothers me. A lot of it bothers me and I'm tired of seeing it slowly slide downhill.

Today, I'm making a vow to talk more about what's going on, to become more educated about it, and do something about it. My first step in this process is to start talking about it here and the biggest thing I want to talk about is the citizens of this country. So many news sites and blogs talk about the issues. They talk about democrats, republicans, bills, laws, and taxes. I would like to talk about the issues but, I would also like to talk about what normal busy people can do about any of it. What can we do about taxes? What can we do about all the craziness on our own? Well, I would like to address that.

Every Wednesday I'm going to write about the country and about us. My goal is to address JFK's famous quote from his 1961 Inaugural Speech, "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

I do truly believe that the common man/woman can do so much more than any politician could ever do. Let's see where that thought takes us :)

Oh goodness. I just heard President Obama say something in his presidential news conference on the economy and I had to repeat it here.

"All I can do is make the best argument, congress and the senate have to be responsive. The American people have to be responsive, and they have not been." I love it! Yes! That's the whole point of having rights, of having a voice! We must use them. We must!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Right, Wrong, and Everything in Between

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Sometimes, I wonder what happened to the universe. What happened to all of the morals, values, and ethics that I learned as a child? Sometimes, I wonder if they ever really existed. You know how you used to believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny? Maybe these ideas were the same, wonderful stories of fantastical things that don't really happen.

Truth, justice, honor, compassion, grace. They are all here and also, so rare to truly find. Mostly, I hear, "That's just life. That's just how people are. Things just happen. It's been like that forever. People just don't change." All of the reasons, the excuses, baffle me. None of those statements make sense to me.

Most of the time, it's not just life happening. It's people making certain choices, people thinking, people acting. People take all the credit for doing something wonderful, doing something worthy of praise and admiration. Most people don't give the universe credit for something they've done right. However, when something goes horribly wrong, people jump at the chance to blame something other than themselves.

I'm not the kind of person that would berate another person for an honest mistake. I wouldn't hold something over some one's head for the rest of their life. I just feel that people should take more personal responsibility for their actions. I feel that people should at least try to learn from their mistakes. I feel that people should think more before they do something. And, I include myself in the term "people". I try pretty hard to be the best person I can. I try to leave a positive impression on the lives of others. And I try to understand that actions affect more than just myself.

Sorry, if this post sounds a bit chaotic and ranty. This subject has been driving me nuts for a while. Just had to get it out.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Small Canvas

Lately, I've had a kind of obsession with nail art and design. Sometimes it's fun to try something different and really get creative. Here's some inspiration for your next nail painting adventure.

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Bring some summer fun into fall with this playful watermelon design.

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Let your flirty side come out with pretty polka-dots and bows.

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Throw on a T-shirt and jeans... just don't forget you sneaker inspired digits.

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Everyone has a story. Tell yours in five easy steps.

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Let you inner artist out with these impressionism inspired beauties.

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And... with Halloween right around the corner, how could I not include these. Whether you're a sultry vampire or a psycho killer beauty queen, these will be a finishing touch you just can't go without.

While creating and enjoying your new beautiful nails, always remember to use safer beauty practices. Never use dirty or unsterilized nail tools. And use polish that is free of health compromising chemicals. Stop by Zoya Natural Nails for all of your nail polish needs. Their nail polish formula is free of harmful chemicals like; toluene, formaldehyde, DBP, and camphor. They have 300 colors, 4 annual seasonal collections, and have won an award from Women's Health Magazine for longest wearing natural nail polish.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Frustration

Alright. For some reason the text for my new posts are really small. I've gone back to edit my posts several times. If I switch the font to large, it appears large on my blog. If I switch the font to small, it will appear small. However, if I change it to normal... it still appears small! What gives? Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I have no idea what it could be. Any help would be wonderful.

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An Interesting Compromise


Earlier today, I watched a Vanguard documentary on the black market sales of tiger body parts in China. It's always sad to see a strong, beautiful creature hunted almost into extinction because people are selfish. These poor animals are trying their best to survive, despite all of their hardships, and are losing the battle. As I continued to watch this documentary I learned that the pursuit of tiger poachers is less about fur and teeth and more about tiger bones. Tiger bones are where they make their real money; eyes, fur, and teeth are just a bonus check. The tiger bones are used to make Tiger Bone Wine, a medicinal wine that has been used in Chinese medicine for bone and joint health for thousands of years.


Since the tiger's move into extinction the Chinese government has made the sale and possession of tiger parts illegal. And there are now many Tiger Parks in China with the goal of breeding tigers and releasing them back into the wild. That sounds great, right? The poachers and sellers will be punished and the tigers will get a second chance at having a real population again. Unfortunately, neither of these things are really helping at all. Making it illegal to sell or possess tiger parts has pushed the price of tiger parts to an all time high. The people are still demanding Tiger Bone Wine to treat various bodily problems and they are willing to pay a lot of money and to break the law for it. It's a tradition that the people of China are clearly not willing to give up. This means that the poachers can charge an insane amount of money for the sale tigers, reaching upwards of $100,000 per tiger! Tiger poaching is one of the most highly paid of all black market careers.


So, what is the solution? How can we help this amazing animal on it's quest for survival? One man in the documentary said exactly what I was thinking. This economist/conservationist plainly said, "Why can we not farm tigers like cattle, chickens, sheep, and other livestock? This would fix the entire problem. You farm tigers for making Tiger Bone Wine and other various products. In the legal market, Tiger Bone Wine would be widely available and vastly cheaper to produce and sell, plus the added benefit of creating jobs for caretakers and farmers. It would push poachers out of the market place because they wouldn't be able to compete with the amount of product availability and reduced prices. There would be no reason at all to hunt wild tigers. There problem solved. Now, people generally have a problem with suggesting that we allow people to farm tigers but why? We could save one of the most captivating, inspiring, and magestic species on the planet.


What do you think?