Category Wellness

Magnificent, Courageous “Batkid” Reminds of the Joys of Giving and Thanksgiving

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the touching, beautiful story of five-year old Miles Scott, in remission after a three-year battle with Leukemia.  Given his love of Batman and all thing superhero, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 13,000 San Francisco ‘volunteers’ showed up to help make his crime fighting dreams a reality.  Here he is getting the keys […]

Words To Create By: “The more you Learn …”

“The more you learn, the more you have a framework for that knowledge to fit into.” Bill Gates, 60 minutes interview ~~~ William Henry Gates III (1955 – ) Co-founder of Microsoft Father, husband, programmer, inventor, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, billionaire

Becoming Barbie — In Just 37 Seconds

Laura Willard posted a great video on Upworthy that has since gone viral, entitled See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In Just 37 Seconds… This is the best example I’ve seen of the destructive power of the endless “Barbie-izing” of women and girls. Both sexes get an exaggerated and unrealistic vision of what women look like. […]

BlogHer — Creating A Future History of Now

I often wonder what the future will be like when the history of now — enriched by the perspective of women (more than half of the world population) and the amazing diversity of cultural subsets in our society — is finally read. Will the media and our social interactions still be obsessively focused on power, profits, sex, […]

Martin Luther King Jr. - Creator of change

Words To Live By: “Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness …”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction… The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we […]

The Bluebird of Happiness — Do We Forget About The One In-Hand?

Have we raised our expectations for what will make us happy to unreasonable heights? I wonder. Too often it seems as if we are striving and searching for a bigger, better kind of happiness.  And always more, of course.  It’s as if we are determined to prove that when it comes to the Bluebird of […]

BTSN Book Feature: KISS CHRONICLES by Virginia Sanders

“A heartfelt journey of missed kisses, family cancer and fundraising.” I love personal journeys and people brave enough to share them.  In KISS CHRONICLES, author Virginia M. Sanders doesn’t hold back.  Frequently humorous and occasionally raw, her emotions are always real as she chronicles her journey through missed kisses, family cancer and ongoing ordeals in trying […]

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” vs. Beyoncé and Big Media – Objectification Wins Every Time

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” YouTube has gone viral with over 30 million views and tells us that women are their own worst enemies when it comes to assessing their looks.  Yet, in a society where men control the conversation at all levels of entertainment, advertising, news, commentary, and yes, politics, how can women not be […]

For The Joy Of Animals: Eating Like A Piglet

We’ve always been told “eating like a pig” was bad.  But who knew “eating like a piglet” could be so darn cute… ~ ~ There is just something seriously adorable about a baby pig. I don’t know if it is the little grunting sounds…the tiny hoofs…the oversize head…the open curiosity… ~ ~ ## Other animal […]

~ Pondering the Possibilities: Sweat Worthy Entertainment

In a world of ever-increasing energy expenses, it is not hard to envision a time in the not so distant future when the average family will be forced to reevaluate its energy priorities and restrict its energy consumption. So what will todays techno kids and adults do for entertainment? To Sweat or Not Raise on a […]

~ From BP To You, With Love

Don’t you just love presents?  Especially ones that keep on giving? Well, here’s a big one from BP.  Given with LOVE, I’m sure.  And it’s a gift that will keep on giving for many years to come. If you think you might just miss out on feeling all that BP love because you’re not a […]

~ Just Another Twisted Path to Health Care

Just when you think the road to Health Care Reform can’t get any more twisted, the Democrats uncover a new rule. The House of Representatives has a problem. They have a health care bill they need to pass, but it is so bad no one wants their name tied to it, so Speaker of the […]

~ Amending The Health Care Ghost

How do you amend a law before it exists? Lawrence O’Donnell, on Morning Joe, gives an every man’s explanation of how the parliamentary procedure of Reconciliation works, where the current health care legislation stands now, and why Reconciliation can’t be used to pass it. ____ Is this really how we want our government to work? […]

~ On FDR’s New Deal: The American People Sound Off

Almost daily there are headlines, numbers and analysis being thrown at FDR’s New Deal.  Obama Gives Us the Same Old New Deal. And, How Government Prolonged the Depression. Or, Stimulus: Can it work like Roosevelt’s New Deal?  And Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ Resurfaces in US Economic Stimulus Debate. But all of these discussions seem to overlook the […]

~ Gambling for Health Care

I was reading down a list of health care reform articles on Google yesterday and came across one that had me shaking my head at the way our government works. The title read: Senator Proposes Online Gambling Regulation to Offset Health Care Costs. Could Frank bill become Baucus bill amendment? The source was Pokerati. The idea […]

~ A Global Look at Health Care

Most of the discussions I’ve read or heard on what kind of health care systems exist in other countries seem to rely on one or two “facts” to make a case for or against, but provide very little insight in to how the individual systems actually function. So it was great to come across this […]

Keepon robot created by Michalowski & Kozima

~ It’s Yellow and Round

And it will make you smile. Okay it doesn’t hurt that it’s paired with a catchy tune. Still, I’ll bet you can’t play this only once. But Keepon, the little yellow spongiform “peeps” looking robot, was developed with a more serious side – dealing with autism. Keepon was created by Marek Michalowski at Carnegie Mellon […]