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Our Five (Maybe Six) Main Senses

April 20, 2018

We have five or six main senses, so I’m told. I’ll skip some that one might think of like ‘common sense’ which your parents tried to instill in you. Or maybe ‘sense of time’ which goes much faster when you’re having fun for some reason. There’s ‘sense of pain’ which can really hurt on your body or just in your heart. And then, ‘sense of direction’ which is more irrelevant in these days of gps units. There are a lot more, but I’ll cover them in a later article.

Some are easy to imagine and understand real easily. Like seeing, for instance. It’s easy to understand seeing. We use our eyes in this case, and we get certain perceptions from the size, color, and shape of those images. Seeing can be motivational, too. Whenever I see a fully chromed out bike, I want to get out on mine on the highway and go fast enough to get bugs in my teeth. But then what about seeing with our eyes closed? Are we seeing when our eyes are closed and we can imagine what it is there in front of us? Or what if we know someone is behind us and we know what they look like even though they aren’t in our direct vision? How do we know what size of person is there? If the thought of what they look like is present, and it’s just in our mind that we know something, then are we seeing with our brain, or our heart, or our imagination? Is that still seeing? I wonder. Sometimes we see things that make us cry even when they’re not really right there in view. Like when someone talks about the bravery or tragedy they have been involved in. Or imagining the sacrifice of our servicemen in some current foreign war. I cry when I think about that.

The next sense might be our hearing. Sometimes we can’t hear something that happened. If we didn’t hear it, was there still a sound? If the sound was in some range that our ears don’t pick up, did we hear it but not process it in our brain as a sound? Sound is a mechanical vibration in the air. How can vibrations in the air be recognized as anything but noise? And then they would just be a sound of soft or some degree of loud. When I’m driving along in traffic sometimes, some nice person might be playing his rap music at about 140 decibels and have all his windows open. When my whole car is shaking, is it hearing the music and trying to vibrate in time with the beat, or what? What if someone comes up behind and you can hear the rustle of their clothing, or striking of leather shoe on ground. That makes a wave length of some kind-so maybe different items make different wave lengths of noise. How do we know what it is if we’ve never heard that sound before? How does the frog in the desert know the sound of water? Very strange.

Tasting would be next. We can taste with our tongues, right? Can we taste with anything else? How about the rest of our mouth? Suppose you take a big gulp of a vanilla shake you got at the diner in one of those big silver tumblers they put under the mixing machine. Now if you swallow it right down, you get throat freeze and you can’t breathe, let alone taste anything. But if you slosh it around in your mouth, you can taste if fully and the vanilla flavor envelopes your whole body and makes you like the sensation so much you pour a little of your neighbor’s stash from their tumbler into yours when they’re not looking. You can do that by pointing out one of the posters on a wall to the right rear and keep talking about certain features to keep their head turned long enough to get away with it. So we’ve established that taste buds are throughout one’s mouth. Oh, I went to a party once where we were comparing the taste of different beers. We would go down the line and sample some of each beer. Some fools would spit theirs out into a bucket after tasting it, but that sounds stupid to any college student, so I swallowed mine. For some reason, the host had put all the worst tasting ones at the end of the line. All of them tasted pretty great. Which goes to show how a long line of something can enhance receptive taste buds.

What’s next, touching? Feeling? One or the other. Are they the same thing? I know if my favorite body of the opposite sex is sitting next to me, and she is touching me slightly, I have a certain kind of feeling. Most of the time we use our fingers to touch. If you’re playing touch football, it’s okay to touch the opponent with any part of your hand or body; so then that must mean that our whole body is a touch zone. Sort of like Auto Zone except you can’t get your battery charged the same way. When in the fall and you’re out in the yard after raking up all the leaves, you can stand under any tree and another leaf will fall down on you. This will happen for several weeks as fall lasts for that whole period of time. And when that leaf falls on you, you can feel it as it “touched” the skin on your head. On my head anyway since there isn’t much hair between the leaf and my scalp. Since the leaf is inanimate, and we’re not talking about inanimation at this time, then you could say you touched, or felt, the leaf. So we know that leaf touching is a sense if you don’t have much hair on your head. Come to think of it, people do say things about having sense in one’s head, but I digress. I know you can touch snow and your hand will feel cold; or you can have a cold and your mom will give you chicken soup and your nose will run and your cold will feel better. I’m not sure what that last part means, but it works.

I’m not sure what the next one is, oh, wait, maybe it’s smelling. Yes, smelling. Some of us smell more than others. As a former elementary school teacher, I can tell you that kids smell pretty bad sometimes. We often send them out to run around on the playground when it’s sunny and warm and they are wearing their classroom clothes. Many of them wear the same clothes all week, too. Some things smell pretty good. Chocolate comes to mind, as does baking zucchini bread. Dirty oil that’s just come out of your pickup’s transmission and smells burnt does not smell good. Sometimes the sense of smell gets mixed up with taste. Milk that’s been too warm and smells funny will always taste sour. Women who’ve just taken a shower but not put on any perfume or anything smell really good. Almost as good as chocolate. Their hair, too. Men don’t like all the add-on smells as much as clean. They like to breathe in the smell of a woman.

I can’t remember for sure what else. Maybe it’s french fries. French fries smell good, taste good, feel good, and even look good. Except for the scrawny ones that look like burnt up chicken feet-they’re not so good. They’re best when they come from Idaho. I don’t know why that is. (Most of the citizens of Idaho look like Mr. Potato Head, I understand. Can somebody confirm that?) Some people call french fries by the name of freedom fries. Then there’s your country fries and home fries. They’re the plumpest of all and come best when they’ve got some skin left on them. To have a good sense of french fries, you have to have the proper surroundings. Drive-in burger places are the best, especially if you are in a convertible. Restaurants that feature old 50s posters of movie stars that were popular then have pretty good fries, too. Most of the young women waitresses in those places don’t really know how to dress, however. You hardly ever see them with authentic poodle skirts and loafers with a penny in the front. And the guys don’t know you have to have black shoes with white socks, high water pants and your t-shirt should be rolled up with a pack of cigarettes in the sleeve. Of course, nowadays with the cost of a pack at about what a week’s pay was back then, maybe they should skip that. Fries that are real juicy are the best so you don’t need to break open so many of those little packs of ketchup of which half ends up on your hands. Then you smell like ketchup for the rest of the evening. That’s why it’s best to experience the sense of french fries last thing in the day so you can go home and take a shower.

And that’s that.

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Pierce Me!

March 20, 2018

There are various ways by which humans apply art to the body, these are called Body Art. Body art is done for the aesthetics, status, or identity. Some cultures adopt one and criticize the rest, or sometimes, adopt a fair share of one and condemn its ‘excessive use’. Body Art includes piercing (for the purpose of wearing jewelry or other ornaments), tattooing, branding, and scarification. I will treat ‘Body Piercing’ in this article.
I still don’t get the unfair criticism of Body Piercing. We express ourselves in different ways. I come from the Yoruba Tribe in Nigeria, a place where virtually all female pierce their ears, mostly from birth. And in this same society, nose piercing is considered as a sign of waywardness. I think nose piercing is cool, but really, they all don’t make sense to me, not even ear-piercing. I was at a gathering some time ago and I saw a woman probably in her mid-50s with her ears pierced in about 5 different locations each. She adorned the ears with beautiful jewelry. It was a beautiful sight, I must confess. But at that same gathering, I could see some people eyeing her with disdain. I don’t know if they were irritated by the fact that it was ugly to them or they just felt that it was wrong to pierce one’s ear in more than one spot.
Ever heard of The Taínos? It is a beautiful set of islanders in indigenous Columbus.

“The islanders were friendly and open to trade with the Spanish sailors. They traded anything for anything: balls of spun cotton, parrots, and spears for the sailors’ glass beads, red caps, and trinkets. Most interesting to the explorers, however, was the fact that the islanders had small pieces of gold pierced in their noses. In addition, they told Columbus that the inhabitants of other islands wore gold bands around their arms and legs. They also described countless islands, all like theirs. The Spaniards, believing that they had arrived in the Indies, soon called all islanders Indians.” -Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2009.

This is just to show that a pierced body doesn’t affect a person’s behavior, therefore stereotypes against body piercing is unreasonable and baseless. The next time you see a person with a pierced body, as unreasonable as it may seem to you, the worst you should do is keep your mouth shut.

If you see me with a pierced body, it isn’t just the piercing process that hurts, your words too pierce me.

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Plastic and The Earth

February 27, 2018

From mobile phones and PCs to bike head protectors and hospital IV sacks, plastic has shaped society from multiple points of view that make life both less demanding and more secure. Be that as it may, the engineered material likewise has left unsafe engravings on the earth and maybe human wellbeing, as per new compilation of articles composed of researchers from around the globe.

You must have witnessed that grocery shops nowadays don’t utilize plastic bags. They distribute every one of your things in either paper packs or fabric bags. So what happened to the plastic bags that we utilized? There is a reason plastic is gradually vanishing. Indeed, it is a conscious exertion by everybody as plastic is extremely destructive to our livelihood and environment. Obviously, now you would need to know why.

It was the 1950s, when people were looking for something new, cheap and powerful that can change the idea of building technology. Industrial advancement of non-renewable energy sources into a wide exhibit of plastics changed definitions in everything from insulation to mechanics to paint, and plastic is as yet a pervasive part of each building assembly. Tragically, the effects of plastic creation in its many structures are overwhelming in each period of its life cycle. While there is a typical general understanding that plastics have negative ecological affiliations, a closer comprehension of what sorts of plastics make what sorts of effects will engage us to enhance the poisonous footprint of our buildings.

Plastics are not innately terrible, and they have many redeeming environmental features; actually, a significant number of the procedures we use in our daily use include focusing on utilization of plastic products. Their formulation into adhesive commodities passes for the production of engineered hardwood and sheet commodities from recycled wood, and their formulation into the excellent padding and sealant goods increases the potential performance of our buildings.

The feedstock of plastic is fundamentally oil or natural-gas, despite the fact that bio-plastics are influencing advances in the general market to share of plastic items. Evidently issues develop in regards to the limited measure of accessible oil assets, and the contamination related to oil extraction and refinement; the monstrous Gulf Coast oil spill of 2010 is just a single of the more infamous of the many environmentally devastating mischances that are not every now and again considered notwithstanding the standard contamination effects of extraction and refinement, which are broad.

Poisonous chemical discharge amid manufacture is another noteworthy source of the negative ecological effect of plastics. An entire host of cancer-causing, neurotoxic, and hormone-problematic chemicals are standard ingredients and waste results of plastic manufacturing, and they definitely discover their way into our environment through water, land, and air contamination. A portion of the more natural mixes incorporates vinyl chloride (in PVC), dioxins (in PVC), benzene (in polystyrene), phthalates and different plasticizers (in PVC and others), formaldehyde, and bisphenol-An, or BPA (in polycarbonate). A considerable lot of these are steady natural poisons (POPs)- probably the most harming poisons on the planet, inferable from a blend of their determination in the earth and their large amounts of poisonous quality. These are examined in more noteworthy detail later in this part as a consideration of human well-being; be that as it may, their unmitigated discharge into the earth influences all terrestrial and aquatic existence with which they come into contact.

It is in the utilization stage that the advantages of plastics in strength and viability are generally obvious. Despite the fact that most plastics are benevolent in their proposed utilize shape, many discharge harmful gasses in their set up curing, (for example, splash froth) or by the prudence of their plan (as with PVC added substances off-gassing amid their utilization stage). Occupational exposure amid establishment, for example, inhalation of dust while cutting plastic pipe or off-gassing vapors of curing items, is likewise an extraordinary worry for human well-being and the environment.

The disposal of plastics-the “grave” stage, maybe it is one of the minimum perceived and most problematic zones of plastic’s effect on the environment. Unexpectedly, one of the plastic’s most attractive characteristics-its sturdiness and protection from disintegration-is likewise the wellspring of one of its most prominent liabilities with regards to the disposal of plastics. Natural life forms have an exceptionally troublesome time separating the manufactured compound bonds in plastic, making the enormous issue of the material’s ingenuity. A little measure of aggregate, plastic creation (under 10%) is viably reused; the remaining plastic is sent to landfills, where it is bound to remain buried in limbo for a huge number of years, or to incinerators, where its dangerous mixes are regurgitated all through the climate to be gathered in biotic structures all through the encompassing ecosystems.

The destructive impacts of plastic on oceanic life are pulverized and accelerating. In addition suffocation, ingestion, and other full scale particulate reasons for death in bigger birds, fish, and mammals, the plastic is ingested by smaller and smaller animals (as it separates into smaller and smaller particles) and bioaccumulates in more noteworthy and more concentrations up to the natural way of food chain and human beings at the top. Intensifying these issues of steadiness and bioaccumulation is plastic’s affinity to go about as a magnet and a sponge for persistent organic toxins, for example, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the pesticide DDT. In this way, in addition ingesting the physically and synthetically harming plastic mixers, oceanic life is additionally ingesting concentrated amounts of very bioaccumulative intensifies that are the absolute strongest poisons found on the planet. Once more, this bioaccumulation increment in focus as it works up the natural food chain order and into our eating diets.

The last thought of plastic disposal originates from the arrival of POPs and other dangerous chemicals into the earth from the plastics themselves. These mixes display a large group of biological and human medical problems and, similar to plastic, are additionally bioaccumulative. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is especially toxic, inferable from its figured consideration of halogenated aggravates (those containing bromine or chlorine), and are especially hazardous if consumed, in which case dioxins are delivered, some of which are among the most unsafe of all human-made mixes. Consider, at that point, the fantastic wellbeing risk of introduction through unintentional or unwitting burning or house fire.

The incandescent lamp is likewise sourced from a class of fire retardants that are generally planned into an assortment of plastic items found in the building business, especially polystyrene protection (XPS, EPS); the impacts of fire retardants are examined in the following segment. All in all, these unsafe chemicals are known to cause the accompanying serious medical issues: malignancy, endometriosis, neurological harm, endocrine disturbance, birth deformities and kid formative issue, regenerative harm, insusceptible harm, asthma, and different organ harm.

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Importance of a Spa to Improve Beauty

February 27, 2018

Spa massage treatments for the skin and body are important to keep the body going. Despite knowing how wonderful these spa massage therapies can be, we hardly put out a little bit of our time for them.

Before it is too late, we need to take some time out from these busy schedules of ours to pamper ourselves with a variety of spa massage treatments which can add new life and enhance our youth and beauty.

Spa massage treatments can do wonders in enhancing the beauty both from inside and outside. They help in rejuvenating our skin and body. It also relaxes our mind and soul in a soothing environment. These therapies also help in increasing the beauty and helps in maintaining our natural look, making us look gorgeous over a longer period of time.

These spa massage therapies use different kinds of oils, herbs and natural ingredients (like water, clay, minerals, stones) which play a remarkable role in enhancing our beauty as well as have a huge impact on our skin and body.

Some of the benefits of therapies on beauty are:
Smoother Complexion and Refined Pores: Due to the dust and pollution, dirt and bacteria tend to settle and accumulate on our skin, causing breakouts, black heads and white heads. During a facial Spa massage, the therapist carefully extracts the blackheads, white heads and accumulated dirt and oil out of the skin, which gives the skin a more refined and smoother texture.

Renewed Skin: A portion of the facial spa consists of exfoliating our skin’s outermost layers. This helps in shedding away dead skin cells, removing bacteria, dirt out of our skin and unclogging the pores away.

A Fresher You: Due to exfoliation and extraction, our face will bring out new, fresh layer of skin to the surface, paving a path for any beauty creams, serums, moisturizers and anti aging creams to easily absorb into our skin, allowing maximum hydration to the skin. Hence, boosting the collagen production, increasing the plumpness of skin. As a bonus, appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is reduced with even toned skin.

No matter your age or gender, your body’s largest organ is your skin. If you want your skin to look the best and to stay healthy, you must take care of it. Healthy looking skin begins with skin care.

Spa massage therapy is an essential ingredient of your overall skin care.

Reap the best benefits to get beautiful, clear, smooth and shiny skin with the various spa massages available at O2 Spa.

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If I Were A Boy

February 27, 2018

In 2008 Beyonce Knowles released a song “if I were a boy”, where she belts her heart out on all the things she will be able to do and will be accepted by society if she was a boy instead of a girl. This really had all the ladies thinking what if I woke up as a boy? How will life be so different for me?

Many respond to this answer by saying “they will have so much sex”, “I would make mistakes I didn’t mean”, “I’d be one of the lads”.

All these response for this question shows how flawed our society is, how men and women are allowed to act a certain way. Women are expected to follow guidelines on how to behave and act whilst men are allowed to roam freely. We are looked down upon for being sexually active, living freely and most importantly can be seen as objects. Most females will rather be men in today’s society because of all the perks that comes with the gender.

On the other side, it is not all peaches and cream being a man. Some females responded to this question that if they woke up as a man they would have troubles dealing with their emotions or will feel misunderstood. Though men do get to feel dominant and get away with things one thing society does not allow them to show is their emotions.

The idea that a gender has to act a “specific” way due to their biological traits is very upsetting and needs to be dismissed in our today society. We should be treated equally and also allowed to act the same. Men should be allowed to be able to express their emotions and women should be allowed to express being sexually active. There should not be rules and guidelines on how we can act due to our gender. It is 2017 and we are still facing problems in this topic, hopefully in years to come this mindset will soon be gone. No more “I would act like this if I were a boy” but instead women will be able to do anything they pleased without being judged by society. Men allowed to be expressive of their emotion and not be seen any less of a man because of that. If we can change how society thinks a man/woman should behave, it will be a much better world. Not only for women, but for all.

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Tarot Reading Through a Mobile App – Convenient or Controversial?

February 27, 2018

Free Tarot Readings, a rage in today’s times, are a very convenient method of getting correct guidance on our path of life. To understand its importance, we need to understand what Tarot card reading is all about.

Tarot card reading is an ancient form of ‘fortune telling’ where a gifted person with good intuitive powers and psyche, uses a special deck of cards to help you find answers to questions about relationships, love, career, finances, health and more. This is a powerful form of divination and gives accurate reading that’s personalised, based on the cards you choose and the order you pick them in.

Tarot card reading is an ‘occult’ tool. There is nothing sinister about the word ‘occult’. It simply means ‘hidden’, since it taps the inner astuteness which we all possess. Thus, with tarot cards, we ourselves arrive at a sensible decision with the help of the wisdom contained in them. The tarot reader simply guides us by using her psychic abilities to analyse the picture on the cards.

Over the centuries, Tarot card reading has moved from behind the curtains of a dark room to a public place outside. Tarot readers are found, sitting with their tables, in shopping malls and people are willing to approach them with their queries. The questions that were once asked by people, who maybe were not considered ‘right’ in their head, is now explored by all openly. People have realised the accuracy of tarot card readings and are happy with the guidance it provides.

It is important to remember that Tarot card readings are not used to predict the future. It is used simply to guide you, as you stand confused on that cross-road. When you concentrate and ask your questions, energies of the entire universe, including our personal one, come into play to guide you on the most beneficial path. Since these energies are in constant motion, what is true today may change next week. Thus, tarot readings should be used carefully and continually for guidance. One must not make any major life decisions based on a single reading.

At this juncture, we need to be thankful to technology that has made it convenient for us to be easily connected with good tarot card readers vis a vis various mobile apps that can be downloaded easily on our smart phones. Many of these apps come with the bonus of free tarot readings. Downloading these free tarot reading apps saves us the bother of making a bee-line towards a tarot reader every week to understand our life situations. Also, since the tarot card readers don’t come cheap, these free tarot readings are a blessing.

Controversy about these free tarot readings on mobiles is that, since there is no human touch between the reader and client, how can energy be channelized into the cards through a virtual medium? But this has been solved by softwares that use the same energy like the hands while shuffling and selecting the cards. The selected cards are interpreted and a description is printed out on your mobile.

These suggestions can then be used to effectively make a right decision. So, free tarot reading apps are definitely agreeable.

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Sculpture Anyone?

February 27, 2018

Are you experimenting and looking for another art outlet? Have you considered sculpting?

Sculpture has been with us for as long as man has been in existence. Archeologists have located many wooden, clay, and stone objects used by early human inhabitants of earth. There are collections of both art and craft articles which were made by early man.

Sculpture is a form of art expressing itself into a three-dimensional object. The object may be molded, chipped or cut depending on the medium used. It is art because it is beautiful. It is a craft if it has a practical function. The object can be both an art and a craft when it is both beautiful and functional.

Many of us were exposed to the art and craft of sculpture when we molded clay and chipped wood during our early years of school attendance. We may have been given the opportunity of more advanced projects during high school years.

The years have passed, but this may be the time as an adult to consider taking classes or teaching your self to create these two or three-dimensional art pieces.

The mediums of choice will include sand, clay, wood, sawdust, plastics, plaster of Paris, paper, paper Mache, wood, metal, snow, and ice. The sculptures may be constructed with human hands or using various types of tools.

It is recommended that you start with small projects. This is a less costly way to experiment with different mediums until making a final choice.

People Enjoy Sculpting Because:

  1. They enjoy touching and feeling the clay between their fingers and in their hands. It is a tactile art.
  2. Taking an ugly or throwaway object and creating beauty.
  3. Seeing something dirty becoming a shiny new object
  4. The enjoyment of carving an object from a block as though releasing a hidden secret
  5. The smiling faces of spectators enjoying the beautiful works of art.
  6. Just for the sake of creating something from nothing.
  7. Converting from a block a working and functional object, such as a stool, to bring comfort to humans
  8. Being able to materialize the mind’s vision into a physical object with your hands.

Mobile or Stationary:

Sculpting is no different from many arts in that it can be done anywhere.

  1. You can whittle a piece of wood while sitting on a chair on the front porch.
  2. It can be done in a working studio producing a larger amount of goods for retail.
  3. Work during the day or at night.
  4. Mold or carve indoors or outdoors.
  5. Gather and work with natural mediums or purchase newer developed products
  6. Work with hands or tools

Where will your imagination and artisan skills take you? Will you be sculpting statues, buildings, animals, plants, home décor accessories, vehicles, storybook characters, or abstract art? There are no limits to this creative process.

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