Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Transformation of this Formerly Obese Texas Woman WiIl Blow Your Mind!

It has been nearly four (4) years since I last wrote an update about Myra Rosales. She is the Texas woman who weighed over 600 pounds, and who falsely confessed to killing her nephew by rolling over onto him. My past updates are here, here, here, and here.

So, I looked Mayra up on Facebook, and I found her latest photos. All I can say is: What a transformation! Mayra, you are a beautiful woman, and I am so glad that you are inspiring other women to find their own inner beauty! Keep up the amazing work, and God bless you!

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Definition of Insanity: Am I a Fool or Just Hopelessly ... Stupid?

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. In fact, the saying is attributed to none other than Albert Einstein. So it must be brilliant, right?

So, some who know me will wonder why I am again venturing into another business opportunity that seems to recreate my fiasco from two years ago. That was the six-to-eight months of my life when I attempted an online business and ended up $50,000 in debt, with nothing to show for it but a bruised ego. My marriage survived, mostly because my husband is an amazing man who knows that I am desperately trying to get out of the rat race and be independent from my sit-at-a-desk-all-day-while-going-nowhere job at a nonprofit . I simply want to control my own destiny. I am blessed to have him.

But here are some other sayings attributed to Einstein (at least they show up with his picture when I did a Google search for the above quote) that both inspire me and give me pause.

This quote cuts both ways. I created problems when I invested in the Paramount Concepts marketing program for my website Antlers and Chews in the first half of 2014. Now, two years later, I just made my last payment on the $50,000 in credit card debt that I so stupidly generated in that venture. I am glad to have that behind me, and I want to be prudent in moving forward. Problem solved. Or is it?

I have to wonder: am I using that same-old same-old thinking to solve my lingering problem (being enslaved to an employment situation that I abhor) with this latest business venture? I tell my "No," because I am not investing $50,000 again. I would sooner cut off my right arm than get bilked out of that kind of money again. At a time when Hubby and I are saving for retirement and hoping to move to Florida in a year or two, that kind of financial hit really hurt. And I doubt my marriage would survive another such (idiotic) "investment."

Was I stupid to think I could be my own boss and make a living off my own hard work?

I'd like to think I am a genius. But more likely I am a fish trying to climb a tree. Or am I actually realizing and believing that I am amphibious -- like a frog that has lived in the water all my life, but with the capacity and opportunity to now live on land? And maybe even learn to climb a tree?

Where is all of this going? I guess I am back to the definition of insanity that I started out with, wondering if I am insane to embark upon this new venture. I prefer to call it an ADventure though. Which brings me to a final Einstein quote.

What is different this time is that I did not go out in pursuit of this new opportunity. In fact, I had contented myself to leaving things the same, resigned to working the desk job that drives me crazy until such time as Hubby and I can break away from the metropolitan quagmire where we reside. Insanely, I still had hope that things would change. And that is when this opportunity came to me. I was minding my own business when a family member (or two) approached me with the proposition. And it just made so much sense that I could not refuse. In fact, I would be insane to refuse because I still hope that things will change. So I have to NOT leave everything the same. I have to make the changes. I have to pursue this.

Stay tuned. Please.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Friday, December 5, 2014

American Tourist in South Africa Slices Open Pregnant Dead Shark to Save Pups

I visited south Africa in 2005, but I did not make it to the Cape. That is one of the premier locations  in the world where sharks thrive, and Shark Week episodes have been filmed there by Discovery Channel.

Recently an American family was on vacation in Capetown when they came across a dying shark on the beach. Seeing movement in the body, the father decided to slice into her to see if there were viable baby sharks. The remarkable event was caught on video. The chatter from those viewing the scene, and the reactions of the man doing the cutting are priceless.

If only there was this much interest in saving unborn human babies...


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dallas Man Decapitates Himself by Driving Van with Noose Attached to Fire Hydrant

Christmas is notoriously a time of year when suicides increase. Whether people are depressed that they have no one to spend the holidays with or mental illness just becomes overwhelming, there is no single answer to why people take their own lives. A disturbing story from Dallas this morning raises questions not only of why this man committed suicide, but why he did it in such a bizarre and gruesome manner. First this short video that essentially states the fact that a body was found.

Then come the news stories flesh out the details, but cannot answer the "why" questions.

The horrific nature of this man's death is mind-boggling. If the message he scrawled indeed translates to "no more severed heads," the choice of dying by beheading is unfathomable.

 Perhaps the man himself had been involved in beheadings, and was confessing his own sins with his final act. Or maybe he has lost a loved one trough beheading in Mexico and wants to bring renewed focus to this brutal means of killing. Whatever the reason, his actions certainly have focused attention on the tragedy of death by decapitation in a far different way than the ISIS beheadings of late.


New Movie about General Tso's Chicken Tempts My Palate

Seen any good movies lately? There are several on my list that I plan to see in the coming weeks. This morning I came across one that I had not heard of but which is now at the top of my list, just below Mockingjay (Part I). The movie is titled The Search for General Tso, and it is about--you guessed it--General Tso. More precisely, it asks Who is General Tso? Here is one of the movie's trailers.

 If you are as intrigued as I am, here is the trailer from the movie's official website.

On the movie website, I was excited to see they include a recipe for General Tso's chicken.

 And a fascinating fact as well is that one of the funders for this movie was none other than teen-idol-turned-movie-mogul Justin Beiber.

Wait. That's Beeber with two Es. Wrong guy. But it was fun while it lasted. I'll bet Justin Bieber likes General Tso's chicken anyway.

I am thinking that a movie about Moo Goo Gai Pan could be the perfect sequel...

Variety called the movie a "finger-lickin' good documentary." Being from Kentucky, I am not so sure I would agree with that (stolen) characterization. Especially since you eat General Tso's chicken with chopsticks (or a fork for the weak of fingers). But still, it is lip-smackin' good eatin'.

Now, I am off to my favorite Chinese restaurant to meet General Tso myself ... again.