The Royalty of the Insect World

Like stained glass on wings, the Monarch butterfly is as beautiful to gaze upon as it sits sipping nectar from a flower as it is in flight.

Full Splendor

Full Splendor

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Just a sip

Just a sip

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This fellow, battered and worn, has seen endless days of Oklahoma winds

This fellow, battered and worn, has seen endless days of Oklahoma winds

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All were taken at the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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The Danger of What We Eat

With Isis and Ebola taking over the airwaves, Internet and newsprint, our country is in a constant state of fear for the safety of our families.
But it is not what is attacking us from beyond our boarders that we should be concerned about, but the attack on the health and well being of our children from within our own government that should have us most concerned.
I recently watched the documentary narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up, an up-close look at the Big Food industry and how it is literally killing, not only our children, but eventually all Americans.

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I know this sounds a bit drastic and over the top, but the simple fact is that this is not a new problem and our government – influenced by Big Money from Big Foods, is jeopardizing America’s health in order to keep their pockets nice and fleeced.
Fed Up takes a look at nearly 40 years of cover-ups by the government. It will make you mad when you watch it; it did me. In fact, I watched it more than once and got angrier every time I did. But I’m a journalist, and nothing can be changed or influenced by anger, so I write.
Although I’m not a fan of Couric with her extreme liberal slants, she took an honest bi-partisan look into this current healthcare crisis.
The movie focuses on how Big Food has targeted our children to sell their products. Through commercials, Internet and toys designed to make them wanting to come back for more, children (and adults) are constantly bombarded with images, smells and tastes that all tell them to eat more.

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Full of countless interviews with experienced and respected professionals, Fed Up, uncovers the ugly truth about sugar. It is in almost all of our foods, whether it is really needed or not. In fact, one expert reported that American food shelves carry over 600,000 items and over 80 percent of them have added sugar.
Now sugar is addictive, very addictive, and it is introduced and fed to children – sometimes from birth (it is added to lactose-free formula). Children get it from morning until night – as do many adults. Like I said, the health reports on the danger of too much sugar have been covered up for over 40 years.
In the coming weeks, I will be sharing some of the more unsettling and blatant truths about sugar, Big Food and the government’s involvement with the cover-ups.
I would highly recommend that everyone watch this documentary. You can check it out from a library or buy it for under $10 on Amazon.com. If your still not sure if you want to watch Fed Up, check out the movie’s website at http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home.

A Girl’s Other Best Friend

Ooh! Fall! Time for fires, warm afghans and hot chocolate! Enjoy!

Through The Lens

We all know that a girl’s best friend is supposed to be a diamond. Or so the saying goes.

Sparkleies! I love sparkleies!

I’m not sure where the saying originated; probably some post war-era idea that a girl is not complete or happy unless she is engaged or married. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about that, but before you get all anti-femminisim on me – that’s not what this post is about. Although I do have to give a shout-out to all the strong young women who are not yet wed and are still waiting for Mr. Right to come along and propose.

For Me, I just like Sparkly things. Yes, I love being married too and will have been for 34 years this coming March, but I have to say, I just love the way gems sparkle and make me feel pretty. But again I digress. This post…

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