I will be back soon. Just disgusted with our feeble minded president, and vice president who is clueless and should not be in the position she is in. I served my country, and am now embarrassed by it.
So just a break.
I will be back soon. Just disgusted with our feeble minded president, and vice president who is clueless and should not be in the position she is in. I served my country, and am now embarrassed by it.
So just a break.
Alyssa, Noodle and Chris!! the DREAM SBSK TEAM!!!!
I found SBSK one random day on Youtube and COULD NOT get enough! My first video was Ruby the Treasure. ANYONE who watches this will just be memorized and just fall in love!! She is the sweetest child!! Ruby suffers from Stromme’s Syndrome. She is definitely an angel who walks among us!
Stromme syndrome is essentially a birth defect that can alter the way several systems within the body work. Before receiving the name Stromme Syndrome, this condition was termed Apple Peel Syndrome with Microcephaly and Ocular Anomalies, which highlights the main three affected organs: intestines, eyes, and brain.
Then I started to watch different videos from the SBSK channel and just am truly amazed at these people.
The following will be taken from SBSK.org
Chris Ulmer is the Founder and CEO of this amazing organization. He was a Special-Ed teacher before this. He is so engaging and such a joy to watch the interviews he does. He HAS found his calling and is a gift from God.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University in Communications, with a specialty in Media Effects. After receiving a full-scholarship, Chris began studying at the University of the Cumberlands, where he coached the Men’s Soccer Team and received his Master of Arts in Teaching, with a specialty in Special Education. Upon his graduation, Chris began teaching in a special education classroom. In 2016 he utilized his diverse education and founded the non-profit Special Books by Special Kids. Today, He serves as SBSK’s CEO and enjoys traveling to film interviews and speaking at conferences, businesses, and schools. Taken fromsbsk.org
Alyssa Porter is the Executive Director. I came across her in videos as well. She comes across so intelligent and also strugles with 5 different mental illnesses. THAT does not define this woman! She is so loving and she spreads joy wherever she goes! You can just see it coming across in the videos!
Alyssa received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida. She then ventured to Indianapolis for graduate school where she was awarded the Allen Whitehill Clowes Museum Fellowship. As a Fellow she worked at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with a focus on service design and user experience. After receiving her Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Alyssa returned to Florida and accepted the position of Curator at the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville. As the Director of the Curatorial Department, Alyssa continued to expand her leadership experience and expertise in non-profit management. Alyssa transitioned into her role as Executive Director upon the founding of SBSK as a non-profit and enjoys managing all of the organization’s administrative needs. taken from sbsk.org
SBSK has put together such a rich woven tapestry of faces and backstories, that shed light on the medical issues you have never heard of! Listen to their motto: WELCOME TO SBSK! WE BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU TAKE THE TIME TO HEAR SOMEONE’S STORY AND VIEW LIFE FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE, YOU LEARN AND GROW AS A HUMAN. <— How amazing is that!!
Below is just a little of what they are all about!! taken from sbsk.org
Stories, providing individuals and families from the neurodiverse community with an audience to share their thoughts and experiences.
As an educational resource for all humans- from the disability community, to parents, teachers and service providers, to those unfamiliar with neurodiversity.
Societies around the world, building a global dialogue around neurodiversity and our response to it.
Please look at Special Books by Special Kids – YouTube You will want to spread the word like I am!! These people warm your soul, and provide you with a new outlook on life!
Not sponsored I wish.–This will be turned into a podcast on Spotify, Anchor, and others..see below.
Google Podcasts– Courtneysanity
I have wanted to cut down on coffee and sugary infused caffiene drinks for a little while. I do not drink that much really anymore, but I would like to taper off 100%. Once I perused their website, I found all sorts of yummy things that could possibly help me! I I have found something that really works for me. Let me give you their backstory.
Longtime friends Betsy Scanlan, Kelly Brock, and David Nicholson created The Good Patch with one simple idea in mind: when the people around you feel good, life is more beautiful. The company came together in 2017 when David and Kelly, owners of award-winning spas, and Betsy, an accomplished advocate in the hemp industry, all met for coffee one morning to talk wellness and the power of plant-based ingredients. Combining each of their past expertise in the wellness industry, The Good Patch was born. thegoodpatch.com
The Good Patch offers a variety of wellness products and patches for life’s common ailments. We use tried-and-true ingredients that are plant-based and 3rd party tested for purity and quality. You can them at http://www.thegoodpatch.com or in a number of national retailers such as Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s and Target, along with spas and boutiques across the country.
Given, I was skeptical at first..whaaaa? No way. I read some reviews which are mostly positive and I always try something despite what people say anyway. Always try something you really want too..no matter what people say!! Make up your own mind!! Then I though of all the patches in use today..birth control, nitro, pain patches etc. So, I ordered the B12 Awake and Relax ones at first. I LOVED them right off the bat. You add them to your inner arm or upper back. Typically they are said to last 8-12 hrs. I gave my friend one and it really lasted on her until 3:30 AM. (Hi Melissa). I used them up and then ordered those 2 in bulk and added the Nite Nite ones. I do have such trouble staying asleep. AND THEY WORKED!! Those include Hemp and Melatonin. ( When you order in bulk, prices lower)
My next one to try will be CBD and Soothe. I have always been a fan of CBD anything, as it does have terrific pain relieving and soothing properties.
Below are the patches and what they include.
As someone who resides in Texas, this issue has always lit a fire under me. Let us discuss how it is not fair to the Border Patrol officers, the families who are promised things if they come to America, and Americans in general. I know it is horrible to see children alone but this has to be done right.. for the protection of our nations citizens, and the people coming in. I do not know what it is like or pretend to know what it is like living in their shoes. I do know that rules and regulations WERE in place for a reason and now being ignored and changed to the detriment of America.
There are immigrants from all over the world who come to America the right way, following the law and the correct process to become legal.
Not all lawful permanent residents choose to pursue U.S. citizenship. Those who wish to do so may apply after meeting certain requirements, including having lived in the U.S. for five years. In fiscal year 2019, about 800,000 immigrants applied for naturalization. The number of naturalization applications has climbed in recent years, though the annual totals remain below the 1.4 million applications filed in 2007.
Generally, most immigrants eligible for naturalization apply to become citizens. However, Mexican lawful immigrants have the lowest naturalization rate overall. Language and personal barriers, lack of interest and financial barriers are among the top reasons for choosing not to naturalize cited by Mexican-born green card holders, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey. -pewresearch.org
Even Mexico has worries and concerns according to American Military news.
Reuters reported Wednesday that Mexican officials are “worried the new U.S. administration’s asylum policies are stoking illegal immigration and creating business for organized crime.” Customs and Border Protection’s new data released Wednesday showed that over 100,000 migrants were apprehended in February, almost triple the apprehensions in February 2020. reuters.com
“They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said referring to Biden the morning after a meeting with the president. “We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”
According to the report, Mexican intelligence believes the cartels are expanding their smuggling methods as the U.S. implements policies that “incentivize migration.”
One Mexican official familiar with the situation said the cartels started improving their methods “from the day Biden took office” and are now showing “unprecedented” refinement in their techniques.
“Migrants have become a commodity,” the official said, adding that people have become as valuable as drugs for the gangs. “But if a packet of drugs is lost in the sea, it’s gone. If migrants are lost, it’s human beings we’re talking about.”
Among the cartels’ changes is their tendency to travel in small groups instead of large caravans, allowing them to take more dangerous, less-traveled routes, the Mexican official said.
The gangs are using social media – including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and YouTube – to communicate with migrants, updating them on checkpoints, freight trains, locations to stay at, and navigating immigration laws.
Smugglers are also training migrants to register complaints with authorities claiming they are being targeted by street gangs, and advising they use children to make asylum approval more likely.
Officials within the Mexican government are reportedly turning to improving infrastructure on its own southern border with Guatemala, standing in stark contrast to Biden’s decision to halt construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall.
There are also concerns.. and this has happened – human trafficking.
Drew Hernandez: “The cartels will literally tell these people, ‘If you have a minor with you we’ll give you a lower price of $3,200. We’ll give you safe passage.’ On top of child smuggling, “we have all these pedophiles, rapists, and kidnappers being released into the United States.”
A mass-migration surge along the U.S. southern border has so overwhelmed Mexican cartel-associated smugglers that they are requiring their customers to wear numbered, colored, and labeled wristbands to denote payment and help them manage their swelling human inventory. By Todd Bensman
Photos and video of the cartel wristbands, provided to the Center for Immigration Studies by Tripwires and Triggers website owner Jaeson Jones, show that migrants discard the wristbands once they have reached the Texas side of the Rio Grande. The discarded bands are especially prevalent in Starr County in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley sector.
A CBP official confirmed to CIS that Border Patrol agents have been finding the discarded wristbands for nearly two months, coinciding with a migrant surge spawned by President Joe Biden’s promises to open the border to all illegal immigrants once he took office.
“It’s an inventory system,” a CBP official confirmed. “They’re all over the place.”
Jones, a retired captain for the Texas Department of Public Safety who specialized for years in combatting Mexican cartels, told CIS the wrist bands demonstrate the extent to which migration volume forced the criminal organizations to manage the surge for maximum efficiency and profit.
“What this means is that the cartels and the smuggling organizations have created a process because they are being so overrun with people that, even for them, it’s difficult to keep up with who has paid and who hasn’t,” said Jones, whose website is dedicated to exposing cartel abuses and activities. “It goes to show the sheer challenge that even they are facing in trying to ensure that people don’t overwhelm them.”
Not all migrants can afford the steep smuggling fee, which Jones said currently is $2,500 for a migrant from Mexico. The cartel smuggling groups are charging $3,000 for migrants from Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Honduras. Chinese migrants pay $5,000. Russians and Arabs pay top dollar at $9,000, Jones said his sources inside the organizations told him.
In conclusion, President Biden who can barely speak without his wife or an earpiece telling what to say is already making America unsafe with just this one action. People need to come in the right way and be documented.. WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY everyone. OUR tax dollars are paying for these people- and why even work? They will get a check regardless.
KEEP THE WALLS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I type this from my phone, I think of all the things I personally take for granted. Let us begin with a hot shower. We all feel so much better having clean hair, being clean shaven, and smelling fresh. Coffee, nectar of the God’s, how I miss you. Did you know caffeine is a drug, and you suffer without it? Extreme headaches and bitchiness. Hot food in my belly, as I can only eat so many pringles and pop tarts. Internet..oo I miss my laptop. I miss my CPAP, as I stop breathing sometimes over a minute, as my sleep study showed.
Texas has never seen the likes of a storm like this, especially Central Texas. The power grid..overwhelmed. I pray for the elderly, disabled, and outside wildlife and pets.
I am thankful for cars to warm up in and to charge phones in. ALSO, MY HOUSE STILL HAS WATER..NEIGHBORS DO NOT!!! Speaking of phones..better stop blogging and conserve power.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments (military weapons and equipment) manufacturer Alfred Nobel, along with the prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. Since March 1901, it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses“. ( Wiki) So From this.. we see the root word if this special prize is PEACE.
Since it’s beginning, we can deduct that most of the winners or nominee’s are politically nominated. For instance, Mr. Obama, though dividing a nation through his actions and words, won this prize..oddly. Ghandi was nominated many times throughout his life and never won.
A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated Black Lives Matter, the global racial justice movement, for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Maybe if the lawmaker lived in one of the burning…looting cities..he would change his mind..
The definition of BLM-Black Lives Matter at the heart of those 3 words are true, as white, hispanic, jewish, and so on matter as well. What is being done in the name of BLM is not peaceful….so lets review the Nobel Process.
What are the criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize?
The will specifies three different criteria for awarding the Peace Prize: the promotion of fraternity between nations, the advancement of disarmament and arms control and the holding and promotion of peace congresses. I can assume the last criteria would be what BLM was nominated for. But the promotion of peace is not what has happened in the name of BLM.
So holding this sign-which those words are so true as they do matter, does not belong with that background behind it- looting, burning-hurting innocent police officers. So 99.9% of the population sees this on TV and it gives BLM a horrible name. I , personally do not believe that the destruction has been day in day out was truly what the founders of BLM wanted.
I have to end here as I will keep getting upset and at a lost for words. What is America coming too? Stay tuned for the next 4 yrs.
Dave Portnoy’s ‘Barstool Fund’ hits $20M, helping over 90 small businesses during pandemic
When I typed those words..that song is now in my head. So I thought I would stop venting as it gets me nowhere, and post something positive!!
Dave Portnoy was born in Massachusetts , and continued on to earn a degree in Education from University of Michigan. Later, he founded Barstool Sports. Barstool Sports is a digital media company that produces content focused on sports and pop-culture. As we all know, 2020 was filled with riots, death, disease and closing of major businesses.. big and small.
On Dec. 17, Portnoy, who also beat COVID, launched the fund for small businesses in need of a financial lifeline. Companies can apply via email for assistance with needs such as rent or tax payments, so long as they have continued to pay their employees throughout the pandemic. (which CNN refused to air his plea for small businesses). Figures anywhoo.
When asked by are reporter on what his company looks for before donating, it is as follows: “PORTNOY: So, basically, we solicit emails, we ask for people who need help to send an email, tell us a video, a story. There’s two requirements basically that we look for, A you were a successful business before the pandemic and B you still are paying your employees as best you can so we’re helping not only the business owner but the actual employees as well.”
The following headline made me smile :
Here is the link to his Fox Interview Dave Portnoy’s ‘Barstool Fund’ hits $20M, helping over 90 small businesses during pandemic | Fox News
If you would like to inquire about help for your business, please contact -firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate to help small businesses please go to The Barstool Fund | Barstool Sports
You can tack these six words onto really anything really. For example: yourself, the media, your spouse, or all man kind in general. I forgot the saying, but it is something like” what you put into the world, you get back tenfold” or something? I am starting get with that program. The overwhelming stench of humankind is my muse of this blog. By stench I mean as follows.
The destruction of history is happening daily, in the way of taking down historic statues and changing the names of buildings that are named after people that MADE history. Whether you take these items down or not, history is history. I do not effin care what color your skin is- get with that program. This is not the Matrix and a never ending patterns of 10101010000101010000010’s. I also do not care your political identifications. This is general fact. FACTS cannot be disputed. 1+1=2 FACT.
The destruction of buildings, and other properties by fire and mayhem for months on end are labeled as ” protests” are still happening. Who gives you the right? Skin color? no. When did your heart go missing? You are ruining innocent peoples livelihoods. Yet the destruction continues.
The destruction of the Capitol. Although you know who I am “pro” of, I do not agree with anything that has happened. I know we are all frustrated with what has been happening for years and the one time you have a chance.. you ruin things by destruction. 4 people died. Why did you have to beat a cop with a fire extinguisher? Now , you give upstanding citizens like myself a bad name – as pro-America. (although the guard was called out etc fast as lightening– not sure why they can’t mase and hose the rioters down in each burning city is beyond me..they should be in each location taking care of business)
When did everyone’s heart actually leave? I know it is not 2016 as lies and betrayal have happened since the dawn of man. This has become the new normal hasn’t it? Are we heading for a civil war?? In America? I shutter at that thought, but when does it end? When does the ruination of America by its own citizens end? I look at the TV and think that can’t be us, that can’t STILL be us months, years later.. it has to be somewhere overseas. The burning of flags-as a vet-pisses me off to no end- but why is that ok? Why did we stop saying the PLEDGE or praying in schools? When did our hearts take flight and say screw it.. MEMEMEMEMEME its all about MEMEMEEM.
Let’s all regroup and get through COVID if we can. Let us all take a time out and look around, because the words you put out are heard and what you say into the worlds does come back.
Hello and welcome to the inner workings of my mind over the state of the union , or lack their off. This will be an unruly post as preorganization and planning went out the window.
Hello everyone! When was the last time you sat down and really look at your clean face? Do you notice age spots, sun damage, fine lines or wrinkles? How about under-eye bags or swollen upper cheeks when you wake up? Does your skin feel parched at different times of the day? Notice a few neck wrinkles recently? Let us discuss some, not all as there are alot, of key ingredients for specific areas of skin care. The following definitions are from http://www.skinceuticals.com<—HAVE AMAZING SKINCARE PRODUCTS!! You can find products with amazing ingredients from drugstore to Luxe. You must try to find products with little or NO alcohol in them, as they dry out and age our skin horribly. Look at sheet masks ingredients, you can find some for each skin issue you may have. My favorite under-eye masks are grace & stella Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Masks .. they decrease my swollen bags or eye area and upper cheek area, I keep them in my beauty fridge!
Hyaluronic acid is the body’s natural hydrator, making it an excellent moisturizer when applied topically. A natural humectant, hyaluronic acid is capable of holding 1,000 times its own weight in water. (I look for this in almost all of my skin care products. It quenches my matte skin on my face all day for a dewy look. ) Here are so me ideas to help get you started: CeraVE Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Glossier, SkinCeuticals
Retinol is a form of vitamin A (retinoic acid) that is clinically proven to help improve the appearance of aging skin. Retinol is shown to help improve uneven skin tone, promote cell turnover, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (I use this every night before bed from my shoulders to my forehead in an upward sweeping motion. The neck shows age early in life, and my Retinol serum does 100% help) Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, CeraVE Retinol Serum, Herbivore
Ceramides are waxy lipid molecules naturally present in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin, that play a key role in skin lipid barrier function. Ceramides work synergistically to help increase skin hydration and promote optimal barrier function. Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, CeraVE, The Ordinary
Lauded as the gold standard in chemical exfoliation, glycolic acid is the smallest alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This potent ingredient is recognized for its ability to provide an even exfoliation to the skin by helping promote cellular turnover for improvement in the look of fine lines, skin texture, tone, and radiance. Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, Drunk Elephant, Murad
Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin found naturally in yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains. Topical application of niacinamide has been shown to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and reduce the appearance of discoloration and blotchiness. Here are some ideas to help you out: SkinCeuticals, Bioscience, The Ordinary, Dr. Dennis Gross
Naturally produced by certain fungi, kojic acid helps improve the appearance of discoloration and skin brightness. Here are some ideas to help you out: SkinCeuticals, PCA Skin Pigment Bar, Glytone.
Zinc oxide is a natural mineral used as a UV filter. This key sunscreen ingredient forms a barrier on skin to reflect and help protect against UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide demonstrates strong protection across the UVA spectrum and its distribution characteristics help provide an even spread without a whitening effect. Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, Glossier, Revision Skincare
Salicylic acid is a beneficial ingredient for those with oily and acne-prone skin, as well as other skin concerns. This beta hydroxy acid helps exfoliate the skin and refine the appearance of pores while reducing the formation of acne when used at the proper concentration. Here are some ideas to get you started: SkinCeuticals, Glossier, Drunk Elephant, Neutrogena, Tata Harper
Collagen, a protein naturally produced in the body, is also a popular supplement and beauty product ingredient that claims to improve the health of your skin. The marketing for collagen products claims they can improve skin elasticity, reduce visible wrinkles, and increase blood flow to the skin. (This is a must for me as well!!) Here are some ideas to help get you started: SkinCeuticals, Sisley, L’oreal, Elemis (a personal fav), Algenist
I hope the above few ingredients help you really read the back of your skin care products and focus on your skin. You need to nourish and protect your skin daily. Your face is uniquely yours, and needs pampering!