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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Merry Christmas from the Asphy Family 2017

Merry Christmas from the Asphy Family 2017.  Be Blessed and have a Blessed New Year. 



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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bloggers Meet and Greet Christmas Party 2017

Do you really know the meaning of Christmas? Are we celebrating the season for the right reasons? Did you know according to the Jewish Calendar Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th?

History of Christmas


I will discuss the History of Christmas at this Blogger's Meet and Greet Blog Party


1. Jesus Christ

For Today's Meet and greet we will talk about Jesus Christ and Christmas. Now according to the Jewish Calendar, Jesus Christ was born on October 4, BC 4. So where does December 25, 2017 Christmas originate?


Oliver Cromwell and Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to cancel Christmas. From 1659 to 1681 Christmas was outlawed in Boston and anyone exhibiting Christmas spirit was fined 5 shillings. Christmas was declared a federal holiday June 26,1870. Although it has been referred to as a pagan holiday people started embracing Christmas in the 19 century.

Today, Christmas is one of the biggest money makers for retailers and other organizations.


2. Santa Claus

Do you know when Santa Claus originated? According to History.com the legend of Santa Clause dates back to a monk named St. Nicholas; around 280 A.D. in Patara. The Anniversary of his death December 6 was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. Stores began to advertise Christmas shopping in 1820. Christmas became a legal holiday in 1870 which was declared by President Ulysses S. Grant.

I recall my children coming to me and telling me they needed to talk to me. They said, “ Momma there is no Santa Claus.” I replied, “How do you know?” Their answer was, “That Santa Claus you took us to see had a black beard showing up under the white beard.” (Out of the mouths of babes),



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Friday, December 1, 2017

Do you Know the 3 Pros and Cons of a GPS?

The GPS (Global Positioning System) is something that is all to common now. You don't want to be without using it.


GPS Navigation 


Who would have ever thought that we would have maps to use in real-time. If George Washington could see this, what would he say?

* * * Below is listed just a few pros and cons of a GPS:


PROS:

1. Traveling

One great thing about using this system in real time is the fact that you can be alerted if traffic is heavier due to an accident or construction ahead of you.

The system will even go as far as to re-route you. Now many years ago before CB'ers (Citizen Bands) were alerting you from their trucks, you would have no way of knowing about traffic heaviness until you were actually in it. Also, if you happen to miss your exit it will automatically reroute you.




2. Your Car

A GPS on your car is a plus for those of you that have it. Then you can give your phone a rest.

Note: In the past there have been times, I thought I knew where I was going and sometimes ended up somewhere else. A GPS could have resolved all of that.

3. Time

The GPS system calculates the estimated time that you should arrive at your destination. You can even preview the route from start to stop, you can find the nearest restaurants, gas stations, and rest stops as well.

Note:

Did you know that DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is working on an Atomic GPS that would not require a satellite, cellphones would not need signals from space any longer, self-driving cars, and there would be drone deliveries for some fast foods?  How awesome.





CONS:

1. Not Exact

The system may take you to the back of a place instead of the front, because of traffic and positioning. I recall getting to my destination. The system says you have arrived. I discovered I was at the back of the apartment building, even though visibly it did not appear so.


2. Internet Out

I have had the GPS to go out intermittently because the internet dropped. This especially can be a problem up in the mountains.

3. Back Roads

Sometimes the system will take you through a lot of back routes and side steeps as oppose to a straight route without all the turns and stops.

Note:

Did you know that you can receive real-time weather alerts from the GPS system?


* * * * It is good to use a GPS going and coming if you are not familiar with an area, because on your return route it could be slightly different because of one ways or even construction that may have started recently.

Also, according to Cnet.com., some of the best GPS systems are Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Magellan SmartGPS, or Garmin nuvi Essentials. Now you may want to use one of these or just do like me; Use your smartphone for FREE.

Do you use a GPS   when traveling long distances or to places that you are not familiar with?


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Friday, November 24, 2017

6 Secrets to be Pain Free

It is a blessing to be pain free. I have several friends that have complained about being in pain most of the time. I could not imagine. There may be a few things that you can do to ease your pain.

Pain Management



I did some research regarding pain. There are a few things that you can do to manage pain. I once had a friend tell me, “Arthur is acting up today.” I did not have a clue as to what she was talking about. She then asked, “You have not heard about Arthur?” I replied, “No.” She explained that she was talking about “arthritis.”

I then had an acquaintance state that she did not want to live to be 80 or 90 years old. I asked her, “Why?” She then went on to tell me of all of her ailments and added things were not getting any better. I then replied, “Yes, but you are here and not dead and gone.” It did cause me to think about how important quality of life really is because  I am a spiritual being.  I renew my spirit daily with the word of God. Your physical body may deteriorate daily, but you do everything that you can to maintain your spiritual body just as you do your physical body. What can you do for the physical pain that you may be experiencing?


1.  Back Pain

According to Web Md, simple exercise such as walking may be the best medicine for back pain. They further add to do this in moderation.


2.  Neck/Shoulder Pain

Did you know that stretches can help ease neck and shoulder pain? Yes Dr. Peter F. Ullrich Jr. talks about how a stiff neck sometimes accompanies back pain. He further adds that by flexing and gently bringing the chin to the chest can aide in easing the pain. I wish that I knew about this earlier in my life. I recall myself and coworkers in the office often complaining of shoulder and neck pain while on the telephone at the computer. I would go home and have my children line up and give me shoulder and neck massages to ease the muscle tension and pain. Now massages are nice that is something to not be ruled out. Plus there is so much power in that physical touch.


3.  Shoulder Rotation

I personally have found that when I sometimes have been setting at the computer just a little too long, rotating my shoulders forward, upwards, and backwards does wonders for shoulder pain.

Have you observed in the hospital or doctor's office that the nurse will sometimes ask you, “On a scale of 1-10 how do you rate your pain?"    I am glad that they do that, because everyone's tolerance of pain is different.


4.  Deep Breathing

I have found that deep breathing is an excellent way to release muscle tension. Sometimes you may become anxious without even being aware of it. Just take about 10 deep breathes and slowly blow out. It has a calming effect on your entire system. So it is good for the mind also. I have learned also that this is so important for mothers during delivery of their babies. I recall how deep breathing was so helpful for me in delivering my babies.

5.  Sore Throat

Have you ever had a sore throat? I used to get them all of the time. I recall my neck hurting and being so stiff it was almost unbearable. It did require medical attention, so do not hesitate if you have the stiff neck with a sore throat. You could have strep throat. Do not try and self-diagnose, but rather go to the doctor and be sure to gt it checked out. If medication is needed, be sure to take all of it.

6.  Heat

Editors for Consumer Guides suggest using heat such as wet towels, hot water bottle, or a hot shower to relax those tense muscles. I have even found that a heating pad just works wonders for those sore muscles. They further suggest practicing good posture. I know this to be true, because many times I find myself slouching at the computer. So I remind myself to use good posture.  What do you do for pain relief?

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America Asks AboutBack Pain, By Carolyn Sayre

Stretching for BackPain Relief,by Peter F. Ullrich,Jr.,MD Orthopedic Surgeon (retired)


15 Home Remedies forNeck Pain, by Editors of Consumer Guide
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Black Tea Versus Green Tea

Although I never considered the differences in black tea, green tea, or orange pekoe tea, I discovered that I do like black tea sometimes called breakfast tea.
 
Black Tea with Lemon
On one occasion when I was at breakfast, the restaurant did not have any orange pekoe tea, so I tried the black tea and discovered I could not tell a great difference between the two.
Note: Did you know that some waitresses are not aware as to whether the restaurant where they are working serves black tea which is 100% natural?
1. Antioxidants
I have often heard that black and green tea was good for you, but I never really knew why. Did you know that Green and black teas have 10 times the amount of antioxidants that fruits and vegetables have? This is according to Web M.D.
So possibly instead of having that morning cup of coffee, you might want to have a morning cup of tea. Web MD further states that both green and black tea come from the same plant called Camellia sinensis.


2. Differences Between black and green tea.
Green tea leaves are fermented and do not go through the process that black tea does, green tea leaves contain ¼ the caffeine that coffee does, black tea contains 1/3 the amount of caffeine that coffee does, and black tea is more acidic. These are a few of the differences according to times of india.com
3. Black Tea
Black tea contributes to over 90% of the tea sold in the West, according to healthdairies.com. Among some of the health benefits of black tea are cancer prevention, skin and hair health, digestive tract function, brain and nervous system, and the immune system. I remember someone commenting to me about how clear my skin was. Although, I did not think about it at the time, that is something I may had taken for granted. I do drink tea as opposed to drinking coffee.
4. Green Tea
Green teas have basically some of the same health benefits as black tea. It has been shown that routine Green tea consumption for over 10 years is associated with decreasing osteoporosis fractures according to Fitsday.com They further add that this may be a breakthrough for the elderly, since it has been shown that they are more prone to fractures when they fall.
Jill Corleone at Livestrong.com mentions that Green Tea may help fight off cavities and the flu in children, but to be sure to consult your children's pediatrician before giving them green tea. They further added that the catechins in Green tea may protect your child from the flu according to a study done in 2011 by the Journal of Nutrition.
5. Fluoride Content
Black and Green Tea are good for healthy bones and teeth, but black tea gives you more fluoride per serving than Green Tea according to livestrong.com. Sylvie further adds that fluoride hardens your teeth as well as prevents cavities. I have become a believer of black tea. I do drink it and I like it.

 Note: 

Which is better? I believe that would be a personal opinion as to which is better for you. You need to try them and decide. Although I know both are good for you my personal preference is the black tea. I just really like it. Also Lipton and Earl Grey have excellent black teas.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

What I Learned About the Blue Whale Challenge Update: Parents Beware

Parents Become Informed

In this digital age it is not enough that parents are bombarded with protecting your children from online pedophiles and other stranger danger; but parents also are contending with gaming apps that are not in the best interest of children.

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I became concerned as I listened to the news when they mentioned “Blue Whale.” Naturally the first thing that came to my mind was a big fish. Possibly someone was physically attacked by one. As I continued to listen I discovered it was a great threat to children. It was a gaming app that encourages children with 50 challenges to harm themselves and ultimately committing suicide. Parents beware.

1. Creator of the Blue Whale Suicide online gaming app

I did some research and discovered the creator of this app. I kept wondering, “Why is this app still available?” The 22-year-old creator of this death game, Phillip Budeiki, was sentenced to 3 years in jail for causing Russian youths to kill themselves. This is according to The Times of India. Budeiki further added that he was doing society a favor by getting rid of these weak children that would provide no value to society. How cynical is that? He definitely did not have the right to take matters in his own hands and determine who should die.

Meet the 22-year-oldCreator of the Blue Whale Death Game

2. Observation 

Does your child wake up at 4:20 to watch a horror or psychedelic movie, carve a whale on his hand or arm with a razor, have multiple cuts on the arm along the vein, or draw a picture of a whale. These possibly could be signs your child is playing the blue whale game challenge online and needs help. This may be serious.

3. Blue Whale Challenge in Georgia

Besides the fact that children are dealing with cyberbullying there is the new threat of a challenge to commit suicide. The Blue Whale sinister challenge was reportedly started in Russia, but now is in the United States as well as several other countries all over the world. A 16-year-old boy in Georgia may have also been involved. According to CNN news a family shared their story of how a young girl, teenager, may have also been involved in this challenge.






Nadia's family research discovered that the Blue Whale is an online challenge presented to teens starting with a request for the teen to draw a picture of a blue whale. Then demands start to increase with requests for the teen to watch horror movies, or secretly cut themselves, and some have even been instructed to jump off of a tall building. With each challenge the curator asks for a photographic picture to assure the challenge was completed. All of the challenges becoming riskier during a 50 day period and finally on the 50th day players are instructed to commit suicide. They also emphasized once the teens start playing that there is no way back because the curator threatens to come after the teen and the teen's family.

I know this is something no parent wants to believe their child would try, but it is important to watch for signs such as any postings on social media that your child may be viewing involving the “Blue Whale,” getting up at 4:20 am.to watch scary movies, or listening to music that was sent to them from the curator of the Blue Whale.

4. Other Forms of this Game

Parents Beware. Unfortunately this banned game is now available under other names such as “A Silent House,” A Sea of Whatles, and Wake Me Up at 4:20 AM. It is the hope of Cyber security experts that Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo are more responsible and accountable. It is my prayer that they will also become more vigilant in that effort to protect children from this evil.


Unfortunately the  banned Blue Whale game is still available in various other names


5. What Can Parent's Do?



A few things that you can do to protect your child from this suicidal game is to allow internet usage in a family space, encourage outdoor activities, observe changes in your child such as mood swings or lack of communication, and monitoring online activity. This is according to mentalhealthzen.com
Remember you want to keep your children safe.

The Miami Police Department has created a video to explain The Blue Whale Challenge. The video shown below is quite revealing.

The Blue Whale Challenge





More Information About the Blue Whale Challenge:

Reported cases of Blue Whale Cases throughout the world including Georgia






Although Snopes.com states hundreds of deaths have not been proven to link to this challenge, the challenges are quite harmful. Any challenge for example that might ask teenagers to jump off a roof or to cut themselves is quite alarming and harmful.


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