Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Does money really bring Happiness

Does money really bring happiness? The person who came up with the old saying, "Money doesn't buy happiness, " must have been poor. I don't think I've ever heard a rich person complaining about having money. Can you see Donald Trump out at a cocktail party saying to other rich folk, like Paris Hilton "Yup, my wife and I are going to the Cayman Islands for a month, having money sucks."

So in other words, a person who had no money was trying to make himself and other non monied people feel better about being poor, by saying, "Money doesn't buy happiness."

If money doesn't buy happiness, then why are so many people trying to get more money? Why do women whore themselves, sleeping with men they don't know to attain this money thing? Why do  men chase after after those older women called cougars? Last I heard, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez were dating younger, more virile men, nearly half their age. Weren't these guys their backup dancers?

Money can't buy you good genes, having you look great into middle age. Money can't buy you good genes ensuring you grow into a healthy 90 year old. And money can't buy you ever lasting life. But money can make you feel better about yourself and your life---thus making you feel happier. Money can buy  Botox treatments, face lifts, plastic surgery to make you look younger, thus happier.
Money can buy vacations to warm tropical islands where someone massages your back, teaches you to dance, and serves you delicious foods.

Personally, this would make me feel a whole lot better about life!

When you think about driving a new expensive car loaded with all those extras like heat, air conditioning, Sirius Radio, reclining heated seats, and a remote car starter are just examples of how having money can make your life better, if not happier.

If money doesn't buy happiness, then why are so many people miserable since we've been in an economic recession for the past four years? Why are so many people working two and three jobs, if they are well off?

Whoever created the saying, "Money doesn't buy happiness." must have been poor, and never experienced what having money can do to make you happier. COPYRIGHT(c) 2013!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What's the worst breakfast you could possibly eat? by Kate Johns

What is the worst breakfast you could ever possibly eat? It's been said for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Usually, most people do not have the time or the energy to make a six course breakfast every morning, ensuring they have a great day. Retirees, or millionaire lottery winners have the time and the money to make an awesome breakfast every morning.

For most people, you are lucky to drive through a fast food place before work starts, grabbing an on the go cup of Joe and a greasy fast food grossness making you heartburn bound two hours later.
What was the worst thing you ever ate and drank for breakfast?

Here are five of perhaps the worst breakfasts you can eat, or drink:

1. Nothing. That's possibly the worst thing you can do in the morning is not eat anything. Especially when you are female, pregnant and you are running late for work, eating nothing. this is especially really bad to do when you are pregnant, because you will end up starved two hours later.

2. Pepsi and two Tums antacids. Did you go out and drink to much last night? then you might be looking for the Tylenol, tums and a glass of water right now. Copyright 2013

3. How's this for a delicious, nutritious, heartburn churning good time---a piece of cake and a Pepsi before running out the door to drive 30 minutes to work? YUM! Nothing says nutrition like a piece of chocolate cake at 7 a.m.

4. A slice of pizza, and an attempt at balancing things out with a large glass of orange juice. Left over hot wings from the night before, and a can of Pepsi, perhaps? Ten juicy,  suicide wings would totally complete this morning breakfast!

5. Ever try this one? How about having a taco or two and a coke or Pepsi for breakfast? You can actually make this a healthy meal by cooking a taco with healthier options by replacing the hamburger with a healthier lean turkey breast, or replace any meat with good tasting vegetables and fruit. You can even put ranch dressing on lettuce, and tomatoes, and  throw in some cooked bacon for a hearty, tasty breakfast.

These breakfasts are the absolute worst semi food items you can eat for breakfast!COPYRIGHT 2012!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ten Simple, Common Sense Rules of Life

With stardom comes a certain price tag. Stars are seen by numerous fans and non fans wherever they go. If they appear intoxicated, and half naked in a public place, then people will take pictures and talk about them.
 When Prince Harry took off all of his clothes at a party in his room, he had to know people would take pictures, and he'd get negative publicity. Kate Middleton had to know she would be photographed topless with her husband when she was on vacation at a more private home.
It only goes to say that stars who want their careers to last for a long time, act with class, and keep a down to earth approach to life, as Jennifer Aniston has. Members of the Royal Family must adhere to a certain code of conduct. Have we ever seen Queen Elizabeth getting drunk at a royal outing, spewing obscenities at everyone she sees? No----she was raised as a princess is raised, not exposing her breasts for the world to see.

Here are ten common sense, simple rules of life:

1.If you don't want to be photographed topless or naked while outside, or in your hotel room, keep your clothes on.

2.If you want a job, then go get one.

3. If you don't want to be known as a Ho, then don't act like one.

4. If you want to be your own boss, then start your own business.

5.Don't say anything on Social media that you would say to a person face to face. This will save you from arguments, fighting, and hate mail when you say positive, upbeat things on facebook. Or stick to talking about neutral topics like the weather!

6. Keep your shirt on.

7. Never eat Italian food at a family restaurant.

8. Don't play golf when it is lightning outside.

9. Don't spit into the wind.

10. Always cross with traffic.

Pretty straight forward, simple and easy to remember, these ten rules of life will get you through just about any scenario. And if you don't want to be known as a Ho, these rules will help you obtain a decent lifestyle, where your breasts do not make front page news. Unless of course, you want your breasts appearing as front page news. COPYRIGHT 2012!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Story of Political Intolerance Sweeping Through America by Kate Johns

Radio talk show host, Glenn Beck mentioned on his Tuesday talk show that he was poorly treated by an American Airlines steward, and  restaurant staff, In New York City. He and his family left New York City, with his wife saying, "I will never go back to New York again."
I thought  political intolerance was a new thing, when I realized I was wrong. Americans have been shouting each other down, telling each other who to vote for, and how we should think for many years now.
It all started very quietly in the late 1970's, with people being told to give new, longer names for other people, groups, jobs, etc. This was the start of the politically correct movement.
But the real story I wanted to tell you, was something that happened to my baby and I, while I was giving birth that I can completely sympathize with Glenn Beck.

My husband was a political talk show host in a mid-sized, run-down American city in the Northeast for 10 years. He was doing a Conservative political talk show, in a Democratic town where either people agreed strongly with or they argued vehemently against.

When I was giving birth to our second child, my husband took our eldest child to a friend's home while we waited for my husband's parents to drive two hours to our city. The nurse marched into my room, said in rude tone of voice, "The doctor will be here, shortly."
Then as she told me to sit forward, she shoved a pillow behind my back, knocking me forward. She then said, in a nasty voice, "Is your husband the one on the radio?" I said, "Yes." She answered with, "Oh, I hate him." He says the rudest things." With that she gave me a dirty look, and walked out of the room.
I sat there as my mouth dropped open, stunned that anyone could be that rude, and yes, ignorant.
Outside in the hall, I heard the same nurse yell to what I could only guess to be another nurse, "That's Mrs Johns. You know that radio talk show host's wife. She's giving birth to that Asshole's baby!"
At this point I was looking for a way to get out of this hospital. I figured, I didn't have  a car, but might be able to catch a bus home. And it was way too sketchy a situation to stay where I was waiting for my husband---the supposed "Asshole."

When my husband was gone for what felt like two days, my heartbeat, and my blood pressure went up. He was probably gone for about 90 minutes. The doctor showed up two hours later. And I was left alone in this hospital room for the entire time. None of the ever so professional nurses came to check on me. No one looked at the monitors. No one asked if I was okay. It was just me and the baby inside me.
Finally my husband came back. I asked how our son was, and he said. "He seemed happy to be out of this place." I told him what happened, as the Nasty Nurse finally came to check on me.
She gave my husband a dirty look. I hurriedly asked when I would get that pain shot I asked for two hours earlier. She said, "We are waiting for the doctor to get here."
I whispered to  my husband, "See, they hate you, so now they hate me. She's going to let me suffer, as my body was hit with a wave of contractions,striking my back, and my sides.
I was in major pain. I told my husband to get my coat, and shoes, that I was going home.
That's when the doctor walked in.
She arrived with a reassuring smile, and asked, "How are you doing, Mrs. Johns?"
I said, "I've been better." I added, "The nurse never gave me anything for the pain, and she has been very rude."
My doctor said, "Oh she has, has she? She never gave you your painkiller? I okayed it two hours ago."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Mindset List for Class of 2016; Or Stuff kids born 18 years ago will never experience

The Mindset List for the Class of 2016
For this current generation of college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.This list was written by Beloit College, which they write every year. While it sounds kind of cynical, many of their reflections are true. By the way, all the way at the bottom of the page, I have included the copyright, just in case. I took out the last 15 observations, because I thought the list was too long:
  1. They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation.
  2. They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
  3. The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.
  4. Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”
  5. If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.
  6. Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.
  7. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker's long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
  8. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
  9. They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
  10. On TV and in films, the ditzy dumb blonde female generally has been replaced by a couple of Dumb and Dumber males.
  11. For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department.
  12. They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
  13. There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles.
  14. Having grown up with MP3s and iPods, they never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all.
  15. Since they've been born, the United States has measured progress by a 2 percent jump in unemployment and a 16 cent rise in the price of a first class postage stamp.
  16. Benjamin Braddock, having given up both a career in plastics and a relationship with Mrs. Robinson, could be their grandfather.
  17. Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf.
  18. The Green Bay Packers have always celebrated with the Lambeau Leap.
  19. Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends.
  20. A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.
  21. The Real World has always stopped being polite and started getting real on MTV.
  22. Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.
  23. White House security has never felt it necessary to wear rubber gloves when gay groups have visited.
  24. They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
  25. Having made the acquaintance of Furby at an early age, they have expected their toy friends to do ever more unpredictable things.
  26. Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for “save,” a telephone for “phone,” and a snail mail envelope for “mail” have oddly decorated their tablets and smart phone screens.
  27. Star Wars has always been just a film, not a defense strategy.
  28. They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as “tapes.”
  29. There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones.’
  30. Along with online viewbooks, parents have always been able to check the crime stats for the colleges their kids have selected.
  31. Newt Gingrich has always been a key figure in politics, trying to change the way America thinks about everything.
  32. They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America’s future.
  33. Billy Graham is as familiar to them as Otto Graham was to their parents.
  34. Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends.
  35. Stephen Breyer has always been an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  36. Martin Lawrence has always been banned from hosting Saturday Night Live.
  37. Slavery has always been unconstitutional in Mississippi, and Southern Baptists have always been apologizing for supporting it in the first place.
  38. The Metropolitan Opera House in New York has always translated operas on seatback screens.
  39. A bit of the late Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, has always existed in space.
  40. Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers.
  41. Gene therapy has always been an available treatment.
  42. They were too young to enjoy the 1994 World Series, but then no one else got to enjoy it either.
  43. Their folks have always been able to grab an Aleve when the kids started giving them a migraine.
  44. While the iconic TV series for their older siblings was the sci-fi show Lost, for them it’s Breaking Bad, a gritty crime story motivated by desperate economic circumstances.
  45. Simba has always had trouble waiting to be King.
  46. Before they purchase an assigned textbook, they will investigate whether it is available for rent or purchase as an e-book.
  47. They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room.
  48. There has always been a World Trade Organization.
  49. L.L. Bean hunting shoes have always been known as just plain Bean Boots.
  50. They have always been able to see Starz on Direct TV.
  51. Ice skating competitions have always been jumping matches.
  52. There has always been a Santa Clause.
  53. NBC has never shown A Wonderful Life more than twice during the holidays.
  54. Mr. Burns has replaced J.R.Ewing as the most shot-at man on American television.
  55. They have always enjoyed school and summer camp memories with a digital yearbook.
  56. Herr Schindler has always had a List; Mr. Spielberg has always had an Oscar.
  57. Selena's fans have always been in mourning.
  58. They know many established film stars by their voices on computer-animated blockbusters.
  59. History has always had its own channel. COPYRIGHT 2012!!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ten ways to get your boyfriend's/spouses attention besides poisoning him by Kate Johns

Here's an outrageous story of how a Pennsylvania woman poisoned her boyfriend by putting Visine in his water " to get his attention,"  when it was originally written on Yahoo most people figured this woman needs psychiatric help, because she lost all contact with reality, or she was trying to lie her way of going to jail.

Here are ten ways to get your spouses/boyfriend's attention without putting Visine in his drinks:

1. Talking  oh so sweetly, to your spouse might do the trick. Say in a really nice voice, "Honey, could you sit next to me so we can cuddle?"

2.  Use electronic gadgets to chat with your spouse/boyfriend. Texting is a convenient option. Sexting is an option to use when young children are not lingering about.

3. Holding up a sign will gain your loved one's attention.

4. Flirting with your boyfriend is a great way to get his attention. It's also a great way to get a guy's attention at a bar, club!

5. Rubbing your guy's neck or back works incredibly well!

6. Getting your spouse a drink of non poisoned Visine will get his attention. A beer or glass of wine will make him feel relaxed, and hopefully happier.

7. Dressing sleazy will get your man's attention. Wearing clothing with some cleavage  showing or super short shorts.

8. Get your boyfriend/spouse's attention by writing a message on the mirror ----using lipstick!

9. Besides poisoning your guy, make him cupcakes, brownies, or cake.

10. Get your boyfriend/spouse's attention by getting your hair cut a completely different way.
Of course there are many more ways of getting your boyfriend's/spouse's attention that are safer than poisoning him with Visine such as cooking a really good dinner, sending him I miss you emails, and doing something sexy!! COPYRIGHT 2012!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

How to handle rude, crude, crass Internet comments by Kate Johns

I love reading the comments on my blogs. They are very entertaining. I will go as far to say, they are fun to read. They are rude, crude, kind, meaningful, sometimes meaningless, funny, well meant, and at times very immature.

I told one of my Facebook friends the other day, " People think it is okay to say whatever they want on the Internet, because it doesn't matter." But it does matter.You are talking to a real person who just poured their hearts out to a mass, unknown audience. You will also get a computer, not a real person, but yes many times there is a person on that other end reading what you just said! Kate Johns
After receiving rude, crude, immature crass comments, I decide how to handle them. I have decided to not let immature, petty people bother me.

When you search for a certain topic,coming across a writer's article, leaving a comment  means what I just wrote made you feel a certain way. When a person leaves a comment no matter what it is, that means my writing gave you the choice of reacting or not reacting.You can choose to send kind, inspirational words of encouragement, or you can choose to read what a writer says making rude, crass, immature comments.

I've read the comments people leave on numerous Yahoo stories. Usually they are rude, crude, demonstrating how seriously immature people really are.

You might think many of these rude, crude, immature comments have been made by young children, preteens playing games or young teens just having fun. But many times, it is an upset adult , or someone who is supposed to be an adult, thinking they are venting or telling you something you should know. Or it is someone who grew up using the Internet thinking it is okay to swear at other people. And many times it is an immature person sending low level, guttural garbage; trying to look tough to their friends!

Anyone of any age can make comments on the Internet; you just need an email, and a password, but when you swear, you reach new levels beyond the lowest of lows, that shows you have a problem----you are immature, rude, and crude.

 Now that I have been writing on the Internet for five years, I have seen many horrible writers and some so good I wonder why they haven't been grabbed up for lucrative book writing contracts. When I was writing for a certain website, a fellow writer, just learning the English language wrote a website email telling me to give up writing, and get another job.  After showing my husband the crude remark, he said, "You have made someone jealous. You need to expect crude comments as well as the good ones!"

After getting good grades in high school, and college for my writing, being told by one teacher, "You have a wonderfully analytical mind." Yet another teacher told me , "You are so amazingly creative." I decided that writing was what I wanted to do, and nothing will deter my long sought goals.
I'm going to keep writing, making some people laugh, others cry, and perhaps make others jealous or angry. I will not be deterred, by rude, crude, nasty, immature Internet comments!! COPYRIGHT 2012!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ten things to do besides arguing about politics by Kate Johns

With the presidential election coming up this November (finally), people have been arguing about politics for what seems like four really long years now. Arguments abound in numerous forums everywhere: on TV news talk shows, on radio stations, on the Internet and even between kids younger than 18 on social networking sites. Adults have been telling each other who to vote for getting into heated arguments.

Even if we reach  that uncomfortable, we have nothing to talk about moment at a party, event, get together, or a family reunion, it's not worth it, to upset an older relative by asking, "So who are you going to vote for in November?"

That's why I came up with a list of of ten things to do besides arguing about politics:

1. Do not watch TV---the political ads are everywhere. They are very one sided, and will have you yelling at the TV. Read a book instead----but not one about politics.

2.Go for a walk. I suggest a long walk, to clear your head.

3. Work two jobs instead of just one. If you aren't already working two or three jobs to make ends meet in this lousy economy, with gas and food prices increasing daily, then get another job so you are so busy you can't possibly have the time to argue about politics.

4. At  social gatherings avoid talking about Mitt Romney and President Obama. Instead choose a neutral topic----like the weather, who the new judges will be on American Idol, cute kittens, puppies, or the seriously funny TV show----Big Bang Theory.

5.  Avoid arguing about politics by starting a new hobby like painting craft items, reading books.

6. Watch TV shows by buying DVD series of your favorite TV series such as----"The Sopranos", "Star Trek", "Star Wars". Buy, rent or view your favorite movies and TV shows on the Internet--- ad free!

7. This is the best time to start a new exercise program. Yoga, water workouts, walking or jogging can be done for low prices at your local YMCA. Dance at home to music you adore. Lift heavy books. Walk around the block---all alternatives to more expensive workout programs.

8. Besides arguing about politics, play a board game like Monopoly, word games, crossword puzzles, video games, or start a new game at home with family and friends.

9. Volunteer your time for organizations that need a helping hand such as your local pet shelter, church, Meals on Wheels, orphans, local hospitals. Volunteering for an organization, business may lead to a better job, and certainly will help to create a better resume.

10. Join online groups that make you happy. Join non-political groups, or Internet groups that are more narrowly focused!

Hoisting a few drinks isn't the only way you can stop arguing about politics. Divert your attention elsewhere such as talking to friends and relatives, read a book or two, listen to new music, or workout.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Signs your child is using drugs

Signs that your child is using drugs are numerous but often times unnoticeable because you aren't looking for them. What is truly scary is that kids under the age of the teen years are now drinking alcohol and doing drugs. You have to look for the signs when they start middle school. This is usually the typical age when children start using drugs. But they may start younger and some kids may start in their later teen years.

 TEN signs that your child could be using drugs:

1. Your child's behavior suddenly changes.  Don't let it slide and ignore her rudeness, or bad behavior. Your child could change her behavior from being very shy and quiet to suddenly becoming the life of the party. Again, you be the judge, and don't attack her, but ask questions. Spend some time with your child. Remember teens aren't the only ones using drugs, kids may start as young as in third grade if the drugs are available. A child can also access the drugs in a household from a drawer or a medicine cabinet. Be aware of where the drugs in your house are.

2. Your child suddenly has an entire new cache of friends to hang out with. If suddenly all her old friends are out, and strange friends show up at your front door, chances are she could be doing drugs. When the friends are drastically different than your child's old friends, and her personality, it is time to investigate. Go through her backpack. Look through her room when she is not home. Invite the friends over and do your best to listen to them talk with your child.

3. Your child  has become very secretive. She spends hours alone in her room, or she won't let you in her room. Start showing up at school to volunteer for what ever you can think of. Drive your child to school, offer to pick her up, instead of letting her ride the bus home. Find out what your child is doing during school, and who her friends are. She might just be trying to fit in by doing drugs. Help your child adjust to a new school by helping her join groups and activities.

4. When your child starts dressing differently and dyeing her hair, she could be doing drugs. Or she may be going through a phase. But if she wants to dress only in black and dye her hair black she might be doing drugs. Talk to her school counselor to see if anyone else noticed major changes with your child. Schedule meetings with her teachers.

5. Another sign that your child may be using drugs is that he has major ups and downs. Hormones play a huge role in this. But when this continues to be a problem, you need to take action. A sign of drug use can be your child pacing nervously during the time he usually is sleeping . He may be stoned when he comes home from school. Get your child involved with activities that he is interested in such as sports, debate team, or another groups that he finds interesting.

6. Another sign is your child loses a lot of weight very quickly. She could be using stimulants such as meth, or speed, that can make a person lose weight fast. Take her to the doctor for a checkup and check her eyes. Sometimes when a person is on drugs the eyes will tell by the iris becoming smaller or very large. Ask your family doctor what the physical signs of drug usage are, so that you can pinpoint them in your child.

7 Your child takes actions that are harmful such as cutting himself, or becoming the kid that runs out into traffic. He may be abusing his body, or getting into physical fights with other kids. Check his room, check your medicine cabinet. Check his Internet usage, whatever it takes to help your child, you need to take action now.

8. He becomes very depressed, or just the opposite-super happy and laughs at everything. He could just be having hormone issues, personal problems, or be depressed. But drugs could be playing a role. Ask if anything is wrong. Ask him to invite friends over to your house. Have his friends over for dinner, to find out what they are like.

9. Another sign is your child gets into trouble a lot at school. He may just be seeking attention, but he might be on drugs. Pay attention to your child. Take him places he likes to go to. Become the coach for his little league team or YMCA team. This way you can have bonding time with your child.

10. A sign that your child could be using drugs is that he suddenly hates you and your life partner, He hates you, your friends the neighbors, his life, the dog, the cat, his room, and his little sister. Every teenager goes through a period of self discovery, when they realize they are going to grow up to be just like you. But that does not mean he has to hate you and everything you stand for. He grew up in your home, he should be somewhat used to what happens there.

Ask his teachers if they have noticed any negative changes in your child. Always keep the lines of communication open with your children. Always ask how school was. Ask to help with his homework. Be involved with your child's life. Be apart of his life. Volunteer your time, for what he is interested in. Show up to his sporting games, and be supportive. Have dinner together as a family several times a week. Research has shown that having dinner together keeps families together, and healthy as a family unit.

How to cure a hangover

How do you cure a hangover? You either don't drink at all or you stop when you start feeling really good. Too late for that, huh?  Here are ten hangover cures: written by kate Johns


*Here is a hangover cure to use before you start pounding back those great tasting pilsners-eat a full meal.

*This will help slow down the alcohol from absorbing into your bloodstream.

*Make sure you eat a meal loaded with carbohydrates. Pasta and bread will soak up the alcohol, and help slow it down.


*According to the Times Online, you should drink a lot of water the next day for a hangover cure.

*Drinking, alcohol causes your body to dehydrate, and then you will ache all over from the acid build up.


*According to Ask Men.com, a hangover cure is to drink juice or take vitamins the next morning when you wake up with a terrible headache, and nausea from a hangover.

*Natural sugar in the juice and the vitamins will help to bring up your blood sugar levels making you feel a little more human.


*Another way to cure a hangover is to go for a short walk.

*This will help eliminate the lactic acid that builds up when you drink alcohol.


*Avoid having a lot of sugar the night before, to avoid having to use a hangover cure. *It's the same as when you eat a ton of candy, you end up with a headache.

* Stick with beer.


*Avoid mixing alcohol with beer, and cocktails.

*This is your mantra to say when drinking to stay safe: "Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you're in the clear."


*Reaching for headache medication is another hangover cure.

Although, avoid taking acetaminophen while drinking or the next day.

* Take ibuprofen instead.

*Alcohol when mixed with acetaminophen can become toxic to your liver. Your liver can't process it fast enough and you can end up with major flu symptoms, or even worse, dead.


*For another hangover cure, avoid caffeine the next day.

*Caffeine will just speed up your metabolism, causing you to be a wide-awake drunk.


*Hangover cure number nine is to drink flat ginger ale the morning after a major bender.

*According to Askmen.com, flat ginger ale helps soothe your queasy stomach. Written by Kate Johns


*Don't mix  rum, brandy and red wine  together, because they contain high concentrations of congeners that are compounds that make a hangover worse.

Of course you know the best hangover cure, right? Don't get drunk. Take it easy, don't mix drinks, eat a large meal the night before, and drink tons of water all night long to dilute the alcohol. COPYRIGHT 2012!!


A Father's Day tribute to my husband!

My husband is the most wonderful, awesome, terrific, inspiring, father ever. My husband should win Father of the Year Award every year for what a great Dad he is.Written by Kate Johns
My husband is not one of those nut job Dads that loses his children at home, going on TV pleading for their very lives, when in fact the little cherubs are playing hide n seek in the garage attic. No, my husband is the real deal. He is an old fashioned, admittedly boring kind of guy, but he is the "Best Dad Ever."
When we became pregnant the father of my children was the happiest man in the world. When I gave birth to our firstborn child, who was a boy baby, my husband beamed. He held our son every chance he got. He held him so much, I told him to stop fearing he would spoil him. My husband gleefully took the overnight feedings while I lay in bed trying to sleep.When we had our second child, my husband happily took over night feedings, and managed to be quiet all day so I could hold our new baby and feed her during the day.
He has lost several jobs in his search for himself over the years. But that did not stop my husband, he pursued better jobs in an earnest effort to stay off the unemployment line.He cried when he would lose a job, and then say,that he felt badly for the kids. My husband was the guy that worked three or four jobs so our kids would have a roof over their heads, and food in their bellies.
He has protected our children through many years, always dependable, reliable, always there for them. When our oldest child was in college, he did a better job of calming our son down when school became too tough for him. Our son would call me , attempting to get sympathy and what he got from his father was a major motivational speech.
My husband has always been the man  right for the job of Father. He stepped into the role, ready, willing and able to give hugs, yell when necessary, and back me up when I need it. Hey, it may have taken him a couple of years to get the Father role down to perfection, but he did it, and never considered being a Dad a job too tough to handle. COPYRIGHT 2012!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How to get your mother-in- law to like you


I've been married for twenty five years now. It hasn't been an easy twenty five years either. We have had more than our share of difficult times, We could very easily have become a divorce statistic. Somehow we managed to survive and thrive in our marriage.

When my husband and I were first dating I'll let you in on a secret; my mother in law didn't like me. She was polite enough to me, but I could tell that she didn't think I was good enough for her son. Even though she never would admit that, I could tell early on that she didn't think I was right for her son.

Show your mother in law your good qualities. Do what it takes to let your mother in law see what a terrific person you really are. Your husband married you for a reason. Now you need to let your mother in law know what that reason is.Be very kind to your new mother in law and her son while you are with them. Talk respectfully to your mother in law. Offer to help make dinner and clean up the kitchen after dinner. Keep your home clean, and take care of her son. This is her baby you have ripped away from her. You are the other woman!
Be kind to your mother in law. This may be the first time she has to accept a new daughter in law into her life.Think of it this way; your new mother in law, is thinking she is losing her son. But you can help her with those fears by becoming her new relative.If you have to, kiss her butt. Compliment your mother in law. Tell  her she looks great, and that her home is beautiful. Compliment her dinner preparation. Invite her to your home for a meal you will prepare.

Ask your mother in law to share your new life. Invite her to your home. Don't make her feel left out. Go over to her home and share an engaging activity together. Go to garage and rummage sales  together.Go out with your mother in law to dinner. Go out for lunch, or go to craft shows. Do something that she likes to do, such as playing tennis, walking, throwing parties. This way, you can develop a relationship with your mother in law by doing something the two of you enjoy doing.

Treat your mother in law with the utmost of respect. Do not boss her around. Do not talk behind your mother in law's back. You have become a member of your husband's family by marrying him. This means you may have gained so many relatives that it becomes a daunting task to remember their names. Always talk nicely to your mother in law and to her relatives. Even if they are rude to you, and disrespectful, do your best to keep it together. Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing.

Your mother in law may act like a pitbull in a fighting ring. But that doesn't mean you should stoop to her level. Always take the high road, by being kind to your mother in law. While many women luck out by gaining wonderful, loving, trusting mothers in law, some don't. Handle your mother in law with care, and hopefully sooner or later she will come around to see what a great catch you are.Copyright 2012, (c).

How to make your marriage better

When you have been married for awhile, you end up doing the same old thing. You start taking each other for granted. Your relationship status becomes the same thing. You have to spice it up, to keep the love alive. That's why you need to go on weekly, or at the very least monthly dates.
Even though you are living together, having many responsibilities, you must take time out of your hectic daily lives, to reconnect with your marriage partner.

Remember all those fun, thrilling dates you had when you were courting? Well going on dates with your spouse will make you feel like a giggly teenager again. Okay that's a stretch, but I promise it will make you feel renewed and happy. If not, then you need marriage counseling.

Going out on weekly dates when you are married gives the two of you time to reconnect away from home. You will be doing something different from watching the same old boring television programs. You will have time to spend with each other. Sometimes you need that time away from the sameness of home life. You certainly need time away from the stresses of home life when you have small children at home. Small kids usually demand constant attention with diaper changing, and "Mom look at me." Therefore you need to get away from it all to bring back the bond that brought you together in the first place.

Try to get away from it all at least once a month married couples! Dine out, go to a play, a movie, even going for a walk while the kids are being babysat by an adult will renew your love, and possibly even your passion. When you truly can't afford to go out for a night on the town, just try to do something different. Put the kids to bed early. Turn off the blathering idiot box. Turn your attention to your spouse. Do not do like my husband does, and hide behind a computer screen. Sit outside together on a warm sparkling night. Sit together on the couch enjoying cuddle time.

Put the effort into your marriage, ensuring a long lasting, loving relationship. By all means don't talk about finances while cuddling, or household chores. Talk to each other about each other, your dreams, something funny that happened during the day.Remember with half of American marriages ending up in divorce court, you can help raise the statistics. Copyright 2012, (c), written by professional author, Kate Johns.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Eight Personal Freedoms Americans have Given Up!

Americans are losing more personal freedoms every year. The government, Big Brother, whatever you want to call it, has been slowly taking away our personal freedoms away from us more every year.  And then the government charges us more taxes to have the pleasure of doing so.

Here are just a few of the freedoms that have been taken away from us:

1. Driving without a seat belt. That law came down in the early 1980's. You must wear a seat belt, or else get a ticket by a policeman for not doing so. There were even seat belt stop points where cops pulled people over to check and see if everyone had their seat belts on, and if the baby sitting in his car seat had a seat belt strapped onto the seat also.

2. Smoking in public. At first local governments made laws telling smokers they couldn't smoke at work. You would have to go outside to smoke , and get another break from working---kind of a reward to all people who smoked and a bit of unfairness to non-smokers.Then many cities administered new laws that people could not smoke at bars, or restaurants. Soon, every public place would not allow a smoker to light up.

3. How's this for taking away your personal freedoms? Some cities, neighborhoods in America have been enforcing this for many years; telling homeowners, condo and townhouse owners what kind of pools, fences, colors of homes, mailboxes, and other items they can have or not have at their very own homes. Where my in laws live their neighborhood association tells residents they can't have garage or yard sales.

4. Buying a drink larger than 32 ounces in New York City. Mayor Bloomberg is trying to make this a law of major big brother enforcement. If Bloomberg has his way, no restaurant will be able to sell a drink to anyone that is over 32 ounces.

5. Telling people they can't engage in certain activities in city parks, such as: roller skating, skateboarding, walking a dog, riding bikes. Usually it is the cities where there is no place for kids to skateboard, and ride bikes that try to restrict these activities. That's when kids will ride their skateboards on city streets, and walking paths, because they are bored, and have no other place to do so.

6.Using a cellphone while driving. Personally I can see allowing people to talk on their cellphones while driving. But texting takes more concentration, and should not be allowed while driving.  Sometimes texting should be banned while walking.

7. Allowing farm animals to live in the city. We lived in a medium sized city for 13 years, and a strange ordinance came about. The city declared that  farm animals such as chickens, pigs, goats, sheep etc, could not live in the city. Personally, I figured if they could find a decent place for decent rent then what was the problem?

8. Being politically correct. Why do we have to speak in politically correct language? It's ridiculous to have to think of longer words to say, that mean one thing. You can't say someone is FAT, you have to say, a person is on the slightly plump side.You  can't say anything anymore, for fear of getting sued, or hurting another person's feelings. You may say---'it seems like, or allegedly.' You can't say 'black person', anymore, you must say 'African American person.' So why is it still politically correct to say 'white person?' Shouldn't that be--"Anglo- American person?'

Seriously!! How many more personal freedoms will be taken away from us this year? Now that we can't own farm animals in the city, drink Big Gulps, or smoke at a bar, we might as well move to Australia, where freedoms are more prevalent. Copyright (c), 2012, written by Kate Johns

Does it really matter that Ellen De Generes is gay and is promoting J. C. Penny's? by Kate Johns

 A relative of mine recently said she was not shopping at J. C. Penney's anymore because they supported gay people. I told her  that didn't matter to me, and it didn't make a difference to me if someone who is gay or not gay supports a product.

What it comes down to is Ellen De Generes married her girlfriend Portia De Rossi, and they are openly gay. Ellen is the spokesperson for the newest marketing scheme Penney's came up with. Which by the way, the marketing scheme is not working for Penny's as overall sales continue to plummet. Sales have been down for J. C. Penney's for the last two years, when they devised a completely new ad/marketing scheme which makes absolutely no sense. (I'd rather get a coupon in the mail for ten bucks off, thank you!)

Really when you think about, Penney's is not supporting gay people---they have one openly gay woman being paid to do their ads, thus promoting the store. I guess you could say, Penny's is supporting two gay people then, because one is getting paid to publicly promote the store, and do ads for Penny's---thus also helping Portia live in a really nice house with Ellen.

Personally, it doesn't matter to me if a person is gay and works in a certain profession. Ellen De Generes is gay and has one of the highest rated talk shows on television right now. Her show is very positive, well done, funny, and makes light of life in general; just the way Ellen De Generes is.

Many people who work in the entertainment industry are gay----but many of these people have not expressed their sexual orientation openly as Ellen did back in 1997 on her TV show called, "Ellen." Tom Cruise has been questioned on his sexual orientation for many years. Singer Adam Lambert is openly gay and is living with his boyfriend. Many gay people also design the beautiful clothing we wear.

Millions of people are gay, and could be working or living right next to you. That's the way life is, and there's no changing what people are. If we all thought this way of not supporting a person or a business because someone was gay, then life as we know it would probably cease to exist. If people who are gay took the political stance of saying they were only going to buy products made by other gay people, not by any heterosexuals, then where would we be? We'd probably be thrown into a civil war with everyone fighting about utter ridiculousness.

No wait a minute, aren't we already at that point? With people arguing over petty things,that really do not matter when you think we only have so long on this planet, and we should make the most of that time spent enjoying life, not arguing about it. Maybe we should stop doing what most of the politicians are doing; arguing about nothing, staying away from real issues that matter. We need to live life, not imitate what politicians, and untalented celebrities are doing and not argue over nothing.

By the way, if you see me, do not pull my hair, or start bitch fight!!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Facebook stock; The Emperor's New Clothes?

Guess I was right on this one. A little common sense goes a long way. And ---in your face!
I was right about how it wasn't and still isn't worth it to buy Facebook stock.
Millions of people must have agreed with what I was saying, because they didn't jump at the chance to buy Facebook stock, which is very much like the story of the Emperor's new clothes.

Facebook stock was originally valued at 42 dollars a share on May 18, 2012 when it first appeared on the American Stock Exchange. Meanwhile FB stock has plummeted to about 29 dollars a share, and continues it's downward spiral.

Even though the media pounced all over this much heralded stock just about saying Facebook stock was going to resurrect the stock market to new heights, bringing the economy out of a four year long slump of impending doom, it didn't happen. God did not come out of the heavens casting his glow on all of us, throwing  gold coins, and the world did not end.What did happen was a pitiful display of greed as FB stock fell.

What it comes down to is the biggest Internet company seems to be a farce. It's very much like the story of the Emperor's Clothes---where the Emperor pays a professional tailor to make beautiful clothing fit only for a king, and winds up strutting around naked. Everyone tells him he looks great in his new clothing, while essentially he is wearing none.

 This is what happened with Facebook. You see, a very popular company that has 800 million users really does not have 800 million users. Facebook has probably 100 million regular everyday users. The other 700 million users logged on, signed up and never came back. Or they hardly ever come back due to boredom, a busy life, or many everyday responsibilities. Therefore, Facebook is the new Fakebook---which I have been calling it for years!

Facebook does not have a  recognizable product that you can buy, put your hands on, use or really see. FB users, stock investors, advertisers, etc, can't physically put their hands on Facebook. That makes it a hard product to sell. And many people do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a product that just might go away as fast as MySpace did, and as fast as Google + is. That makes Facebook a kind of see through product where the people behind the scenes are making things up.

Are there really 800 million FB users?Is the Emperor really wearing any clothing or is he walking around stark naked with people saying he looks great when indeed he looks like a fool?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mick Jagger made last SNL show of the season worth watching! by Kate Johns

Anybody see Saturday Night Live's last show for the 2012 season which makes it what like 50 years SNL has been on the air now? I watched it, and if you didn't you missed the best SNL show to come down the pike in years!!
What made this last SNL of the season so incredibly funny was Mick Jagger hosting the show.
I tuned in, thinking "Oh who cares, Mick Jagger is just some old dude, lead singer for the Rolling Stones."
But he was super funny. Even the opening monologue from the Stones front man was funny as he told people how he was always asked stupid questions like , "Who is your favorite Stone?"
He answered with, "Who do you think I'm going to say----Myself, that's who!"

When SNL came back from an advertising extravaganza, Mick was introduced as a judge on yet another singing competition as none other than American Idol's Steven Tyler.
Mick did a spot on imitation of Steven Tyler. He was wearing a long, gray wig complete with a  big, ugly 1970's clip on feather. He was wearing exactly what Steven Tyler wears, some ugly 1970's gray jacket. He was so funny, smiling from ear to ear saying, "That was so awesome, Dude."

When you think about it, how hilarious is that--- an old, successful rock star imitating another old successful rock star!
SNL implemented Mick in several skits where he was equally as funny, and he sang two songs, moving like a 20 year old on stage not some 69 year old rockstar dude.

But alas one of the funniest people on SNL left this season, that of Kristen Wiig. SNL wasn't that great anymore anyways, but now that it's funniest female performer is gone, I for one will not be watching----unless they bring back Mick Jagger to strut around, or act like a shy working stiff.

Even better would be to have next fall's season opener with Steven Tyler imitating Mick Jagger!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Is it really worth the risk buying Facebook stock? by Kate Johns

Is it really worth it to buy Facebook stock?

Is it really worth it to dive into the fray buying numerous amounts of Facebook stock as soon as it becomes available? Facebook stock was opened up to public buying and trading on Friday May 18, for the first time in the short history of Facebook.

 Buying any kind of stock on the American Stock Exchange is risky business. It is very much like skydiving without a parachute, because you might just end up spending all of your money on an expensive airplane ride, only to find when you jump you don't have a parachute.
Buying stock is very much the same as diving out of a plane without a parachute, or playing the mega-millions lottery. You have a one in 100 billion chance to win when millions of people across America are vying for a chance to win 368 million dollars.

Buying and selling stocks is pretty much the same thing. With Facebook being a famous company, the stock was initially put on the buying block for 38 dollars, charging up to 42 bucks within a few short hours. Facebook stock could go up to 60 bucks in several days time, or it could plummet to 2 dollars by the following week. It's anybody's guess!

Facebook has grown exponetially since February 4, 2004, starting as a college campus dating service, called FaceMash. Today Facebook has  800 million users, fast approaching a billion users. But what most people might not be aware of is Facebook's 800 million users are NOT all regular FB users.
I jump on Facebook to check in with my writer friends several times a day. Out of my 228 FB friends, I'd say about 20 are regular users.  That means about 200 of my friends rarely go on Facebook. Many of them never go on Facebook.While others still log onto Facebook, look around essentially stalking other people, don't ever comment on anything and leave just as quietly.

What does this say---that Shakespeare's fanous play, "Much Ado About Nothing" is essentially what Facebook stock will soon become---much ado about nothing? Millions of people are looking at the stock, but many millions of people as of this writing, are not buying Facebook stock. They are waiting  to see if they can get the stock cheaper than 40 dollars. Savvy stock traders are also waiting to see if  an Internet social site will truly be worth the money. Facebook is not a product a person can touch, feel, smell or physically do anything with, such as Mc Donald's sells products people can eat.(But that doesn't stay with you for very long.)

Take the chance today, buying Facebook stock for forty some odd dollars, when in a few short weeks it may be worth eighty dollars, or have plummeted to a paltry two bucks. It's your risky shot at a once in a lifetime deal!Copyright 2012!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Boring Baby Names

What a boring series of names announced as the top 100 names of 2011. To top it off, this list of names, announced on the website named Baby Center has no source listed such as the United States Bureau of Statistics or something that would make this seem real for me. Every year a major American national government agency compiles a list of  how many babies were born, and what names were most popular.
Where is your creativity America? These are the same list of names from the last ten, perhaps twenty years, and I for one have found the lists to be quite dull, if not boring.
Come on, you mean to tell me that Madison is still on the list? Madison has been on this list since the name was created in the 1980's , (for girls, that is).

What I'm really surprised is with England gaining a new princess, why isn't Kate on this list at all? You would think that with fashion mavens copying Kate Middleton's every fancy move, that the name Kate would have been on this list---if not in the top ten.

Here are the top 15, for both boys and girls:

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Isabella
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Lily
7. Chloe
8. Madison
9. Emily
11. Addison
12. Mia
13. Madelyn
14. Ella
15. Hailey
1. Aiden
2. Jackson
3. Mason
4. Liam
5. Jacob
6. Jayden
7. Ethan
8. Noah
9. Lucas
10. Logan
11. Caleb
12. Caden
13. Jack
14. Ryan
15. Connor COPYRIGHT 2012!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Five common sense ways to lose weight

Recently a new study came out, stressing that 42 percent of Americans are obese. That means there are millions of Americans spending billions of dollars on new diets every new day. On the same day this study came out,  I saw an episode of 20/20 that made me cringe. I was so thoroughly grossed out as to what lengths people will go to lose weight. Millions of ideas abound, such as trying one of many numerous weight loss plans, exercise videos, celebrity endorsed weight loss plans, surgery, and now feeding tubes.

Give me a break!!

There are many free, common sense ways you can lose weight. Good old fashioned common sense comes in handy when you need a cheap alternative. Besides, some gorgeous star is not going to come to your house to help you lose weight. It'd be nice to have your dream star do that, but it won't happen, unless you pay Brad Pitt, or Angelina Jolie millions to do so!

I've never, ever paid someone, or some company to help me lose weight. I lost the weight by working hard to get rid of it. Hard work pays off, not throwing your money away making someone else rich. I had two kids, worked full time, stayed home with my kids, and I didn't use any of that as an excuse to gain weight.
Okay, one time when we moved away from home, I became depressed, started eating those oh so yummy Cheetos all day, and did not work out. I was depressed, blamed the world for my problems, and  I gained about twenty pounds.

I discovered there are five common sense ways to lose weight:

1. Eat less food. How can this be any simpler? Also it's a lot cheaper than spending tons of money on weight loss programs, books, videos, weight loss foods. Eat slowly so that the food has time to fill up your stomach making you feel better. It takes your stomach ten minutes to realize it is full---meaning you can still be stuffing food in your mouth, while you are already full.

2. Eat more filling, high fiber foods. Food rich in fiber such as apples, celery, puffed wheat, sugar-free cereals, and even salad containing cut carrots, and small croutons will help keep your stomach full. Create a salad with baked chicken, not fried, to get more protein, and keep your stomach from growling for several hours.

3. Maintaining a regular exercise program will help keep the pounds off. Going for walks, swimming, lifting weights with your arms, will help you lose weight. Lose weight dancing  or simply by moving around your house. Plan a schedule of when you will work out on certain days of the week, and how long each session will last. Thirty minutes of exercise  five times a  day has been stressed as the goal. But many people are working out longer for six days a week. Figure out which plan works best for you. I alternate by walking  outside or riding my indoor exercise bike five days a week.

4.  Another common sense way to lose weight is to not snack at night. Do not stuff those yummy Oreos, Cheetos, or other junk food into your mouth at night. It is so unhealthy! What happens to the food you eat at night before going to bed? It digests slowly, and you have no way of burning off those fattening calories. That's one reason why so many people end up with major weight gain in their midsections. If you feel hungry at night while watching TV, eat something healthy like sugar-free cereal, or a piece of fruit. Switch it up. You might just be snacking due to boredom.

5. Engage in physical activity.Turn off the TV and go outside. Go for a walk. Plant flowers. Take your dog or cat for a walk. While watching TV, or listening to the radio-engage in an activity. Lift small weights while watching TV. I watch TV and ride my bike , and or lift weights at the same time. My neighbor walks while lifting small weights. Wear wrist weights while walking.

Make up your mind that you are going to lose weight the common sense way. Set an attainable weight loss goal. Then create a plan of how much weight you will lose each week. Watch your calories. Eat natural, healthy , unprocessed foods. Eat low fat, low salt foods. Read the labels. I could go on and on. What it comes down to is using your common sense, and the ideals you have learned, or get a book and teach yourself what the best and healthiest foods are for you to eat to lose weight.Copyright 2012(c), written by professional author Kate Johns.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Common sense reasons why you may be obese, and what you can do about it by Kate Johns

42 percent of people in America are obese.
Why  are so many millions of people are overweight.----people are doing less. People are moving  less, they are using their bodies less, and are not using as many muscles to do ordinary things anymore.
Even Ellen DeGeneres said jokingly on her show, that people used to be thinner a long time ago, because they moved around more often.
But what Ellen said is one hundred percent true, people are moving, and doing  less.

People are sitting at computers, sometimes eight or more hours a day working at an office or at home, Many times people come home from work, and sit down at their computer looking things up, socializing etc.
Generally people are getting less exercise because we are using remotes to do everything for us. We are changing TV channels by the click of a remote instead of getting up, walking over to the TV and changing the channel. We are listening to music as Ellen suggested by using a computer, an iPod, cellphone, or other electronic device. No longer do we get up and walk over to our stereos physically changing the records, 45's, CDs, or tapes, because we use a remote to do it, or we have it attached to our bodies.

What can you do about this obesity dilema?
Put your iPod, cellphone, remote across the room so you have to get up and get it for starters!
We carry more electronic items with us, instead of running to the phone to answer it. We carry our iPods or cellphones with us talking to them telling them to play a certain song, order food, call a friend, make an appointment. Essentially we carry our lives with us, but we no longer get up from where we are sitting to make that phone call from our land line phones.
Considering that we are doing less as a society and we are staying in our homes more, we are venturing outside less to go for walks, talk to our neighbors, run outside in nasty weather to start the car--- there's a device for that, and probably a new cellphone app for that too.

We drive cars that parallel park for us, roll down the windows and pop the hood for us. We drive through a car wash, paying an automated machine to wash our cars for us, instead of washing our cars ourselves. We just sit in the safety and warmth of our cars without moving a muscle. Many of us, do  less physical yard work; we use riding mowers, instead of old fashioned push mowers.
We use power washers to wash our decks, patios, sidewalks, and house siding instead of sweeping or scrubbing those things. Many people don't pull weeds anymore, they spray chemicals on them instead. We don't chase our dogs when they run out of our yards anymore, the electric fence zaps them instead.

Guess what this does for us people? We might live longer because we don't get stressed out trying to clean off our snow-laden vehicles in the morning. But, we are doing less with our bodies. We are using less muscles. We are burning less calories. We are not developing and maintaining our muscles. We are becoming lazier. We are allowing devices and things to do just about everything for us.

We are also teaching future generations a poor body image and how to be lazy.

When your children and grandchildren see you sitting in front of a computer screen for many hours a day, using a cellphone, watching TV on your computer, or your Kindle, or your cellphone, those watchful, developing children will follow your lead and they too will learn faster than we ever will---how to use all of these devices.Children are growing up using handheld video games, carrying cellphones that contain their very existence. Kids are not, unless you make the effort learning how to exercise, play outside, ride bikes, play hopscotch, and all those things we did when we were kids.

Then when a new study comes out warning us that millions of kids are overweight, really who do we have to blame?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Should we fine people for swearing in public?

Have you noticed that more people than ever before are swearing in public places? Little kids, pre-teens, teens, young adults, moms and dads are all swearing. Many times you will hear parents, and kids swearing up a storm like it is the okay thing to do anywhere.

Well, maybe it is time to put your money where your mouth is. It's time to fine adults, over 18 years of age, for swearing in public places.
The only problem  is who is going to catch the swearing person?
Will cops have to walk through parks, playgrounds, restaurants, and public sidewalks handing out tickets to people that swear?

What I've noticed happening is people of every age seem to think we don't need to have any manners whatsoever anymore, and it is okay to swear everywhere we are.

I blame the Internet and TV. Kids are seeing and hearing swearing more than their parents did----unless the parents are younger than 25.With the advent of 24 hour TV, reality TV,and without any family viewing time left on TV, swearing, sex, violence, is available for kids to learn and learn from.The Internet is riddled with people airing their opinions and swearing up a storm. I'm not saying I'm perfect, because on Yahoo News, I found myself making crude comments also. But, I stopped swearing online---in chat rooms, and on very public forums, because it can be seen by anyone of any age.
What it comes back to is; should towns start metting out a monetary fine for swearing in public places?
My answer is yes, and a town in Massachusetts, is already considering doing just that.
The only problem is, who is going to hand out the tickets? Will undercover cops be dispatched to certain high crime swearing areas? Will we people feel even more restricted, and overburdened than we already do if such a fine system happens? Copyright(c), 2012, written by freelance author Kate Johns.

Polish dentist pulls out all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth by Kate Johns

Another reason to be scared of the dentist. Having the dentist put you out, and then yank out all of your teeth, or do something else just as horrible.You may have heard this story already making the rounds on the Internet about a jilted dentist who took out all of her former boyfriend's teeth----all 32 of them out of his mouth in one explosive rage!

The story goes like this----Polish dentist, Anna Mackowiak, who is 34 pulled out all of her ex's teeth after he, Marek Olszewski, 45, broke up with her. He went to her to get some work done.
She said, she would take care of his teeth. Instead she put him out with really strong drugs, and admittedly locked the office door. Then she proceeded to yank every single one of this teeth out. Do you have chills running up and down your spine yet? Can you say revenge or psycho?

Then she put a ton of gauze in his mouth and sent him on his way.

To his horror, when he left he discovered he was toothless. And he is pressing charges. Mackowiak could go to jail for several years due to her moment of rage.

Seeing this story going round the Internet, I saw people making harsh statements such as, "He deserved it!" Women were saying, "He shouldn't have gone to her for treatment."
I chimed in right away with"She sounds like a lunatic and should be locked up."

She has a license to take care of people responsibly, not to use her dentistry education to enact revenge on people.
Do you think she should go to jail for several years, or do you think she was just getting back at him?

You've got my take---throw her in jail, and let her think about how much money she is losing and her expensive dental education. Hey, she could become the jail's new free dentist!Copyright(c) 2012, written by Kate Johns a freelance author since 2004.

Eight disgusting things John Edwards did, that we know of!! by Kate Johns

Former presidential candidate John Edwards has become a disgusting, egotistical maniac, And that's putting it nicely. I am so disgusted with John Edwards. He is corrupt, has no morals, no values and is using his eldest daughter to still try to make him look good.
Simply put----he is disgusting. He is grossing me out! He should be grossing you out too!!
Without going into a seriously long post about all the gross, disgusting things Edwards did, here are eight disgusting things John Edwards has done, (that we know of):

1. He had an affair with a woman while married to his wife.
2. He had a baby with a Riehl Hunter while married to his wife, Elizabeth.
3. He had an affair with a woman while married to his wife who had cancer.
4. He had an affair with Riehl Hunter who had his baby while his wife was dying of cancer, while the "insert swear word here," was  running for President of the United States.
5. John Edwards asked his aides to lie for him while running for president to his wife,and to the American public.
6.John Edwards allegedly used campaign money to support his mistress, hiding her from the public.
7. John Edwards used his children to run for political office, and is still using his eldest daughter in place of his dead wife to make himself look good.
8. While lying to his wife, and his family, okay he wasn't lying he just cheated on his dying wife---he ran for president and had his wife's undying support along the way.

Does that sum it up for you?
If there is any justice or moral fiber left in America, John Edwards shoudl go to jail for a long time.
The only good  things I can say  is John Edwards is giving the media pundits, and talk show hosts a lot of great jokes to punch up their TV and radio shows!
And John Edwards is taking the harsh limelight away from our current presidential election.

As Edward's trial moves on, I am quite certain we will discover more disgusting things John Edwards has done.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Black bears walk onto local live news show

We have black bears walking on to our local live TV news, bet you can't top that!

I was relaxing watching our local news here in the Pennsylvania countryside,(WNEP TV), when the commercial break ended. Coming back after the break to the two local anchors, they looked strangely at each other and then the one anchor said, "Well we were going to do the weather outside now, but can't because we have some visitors wandering around on our set. Our meteorologist came inside, not because of the bad weather. He came in because there are several black bears wandering around our set."
Then they cut to the meteorologist talking in full speed, about how he was preparing for the weather cast when a large, black Mama bear and her two cubs wandered onto their weather forecasting set, that has a patio look to it, complete with a rock wall, patio chairs, a running stream, and several bird feeders.

The camera crew showed the three bears wandering around looking for food to eat. Mama bear was sniffing the bird feeders and the air for food, as her cubs followed obediently behind her.
My husband was organizing his belongings for work the next morning, when I saw this happening, and I yelled, "You have to see this!" My husband said, "What?" So I yelled to him again; "You're missing it, there are bears taking over the local newscast!" So, after much complaining that I was ruining my husband's nightly routine, he ambled into the living room surveying the TV. Then we both started to laugh as we watched the three bears wander the local weatherman's TV set sniffing for food.

What was truly amazing was that the bears were not bothered in the least by the presence of the large outside TV news lights, cameras and the people that had just been standing outside two minutes before while the bears made their grand entrance. The weatherman was obviously excited by the bears' TV appearance, and said, "I was getting my weather cast ready when I heard a rustling and strange noises right behind me." "When I turned around I saw the bears coming through the trees on our set, and I ran like I stole something."

My husband and I laughed along with the two anchors who warned the viewing audience not to stick around when bears are in the area. They said, "Do not feed any bears, especially Mama bears with cubs. They  may look cute, but are very dangerous." Copyright 2012, (c).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Five ways to cope with stress by Kate Johns

Stress is a killer. Over a long period of time, stress will cause harm to your body that you have no control over. Stress can lead to high blood pressure, illness, even colds and some allergies are brought on by acute stress. So what can you do to combat stress, and send some positive endorphins throughout your body?
First let's discover some helpful information about stress:

When you are stressed  out, you feel it in your body. Your muscles become tense, you may experience headaches, your stomach becomes upset, and you can have difficulty sleeping. It's important to get rid of stress to feel better. You are ridding your body of the negative chemicals your body sends out in response to the stress.

Recognizing the symptoms of stress will help you deal with and handle it more effectively. Try these five stress- reducing techniques:

1.What is one of the best things you can do when you are in a stressful situation? You could break into a little dance while doing that all important presentation. But, that would probably get you fired. Instead break into a smile. Breaking into a 90 second smile will relieve all that tension in your body. It brings on positive hormones that make you feel better. And while you're at it, break into a silly laugh and feel that stress leave your body.

2.Try taking  deep breaths.The deep breathing technique forces the tension out of your body. When the kids are driving you crazy, go outside for two minutes. Count to ten slowly breathing in fresh air. Count to ten while slowly exhaling. Try this next time you are stuck in a traffic jam, or while listening to one of your relatives ranting on about another relative.

3.Take a break by giving yourself a mini-massage! You can massage the temples of your head or your shoulders right in the car, while you are stuck in traffic. Massage your tight, aching neck. Roll your shoulders forward and back to help loosen the tension out of the body. Repeat this about ten times, and you can just feel the tension melting away. Feels good now doesn't it?

4.Relax that jaw! Did you ever notice that when you really tense, you clench your jaw? Move your jaw around and give it a mini-massage to work out that tension. By unclenching your jaw, you release the tension buildup in your head, and your neck and sometimes your entire body.

5.Daydream your tension away. Compare daydreaming to sitting in a Jacuzzi, filled with hot sudsy water, soothing your aching body and releasing the tensions from your body. That is how daydreaming will make you feel, calmer, more relaxed and better able to handle the rest of your action-packed day.

Short-term stress can be a great motivator helping you accomplish tasks in a small amount of time. But long-term stress can harm your health. Ease stress out of your body by scheduling a few minutes every day for a massage, deep breathing and for some necessary daydreaming. Your body will thank you!

Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic

At one point in time I truly believed that everyone has the potential to do whatever they want. That even an alcoholic could go to a bar or a club and drink and have the potential to limit their drinking. After thinking about it, I concluded that an alcoholic is always an alcoholic. They will never change that, because an alcoholic will always have that genetic pre-disposition or that learned behavior that will always influence their drinking abilities.
He can't get away from the problem, it will always be there. An alcoholic can go out to clubs and bars and drink water, soda, or those drinks that smell and taste just like alcohol drinks, but he can't even take a sip of beer, or a mixed drink because his brain will suddenly fire up and crave more of the alcohol.

Alcoholics Anonymous tells people that once they find out that they are alcoholic they will also be alcoholics. It is a lifelong disease. An alcoholic can't just wake up one morning and say "I'm cured, I no longer am an alcoholic." It is a disease that they will have to live with all of their lives. The best thing an alcoholic can do is change his or her patterns and stop hanging out at the places he used to drink. That way temptation is kept at bay.

An alcoholic must learn how to live without drinking so that he can live a normal life, free of the bad stuff. An alcoholic has to go through counseling and may have to have another reformed alcoholic follow him for awhile to make certain the he doesn't hit the proverbial bottle again. He has to go through intense therapy to learn how to change his life and the patterns of his daily existence to do things differently. You may have a person that every day after work for years was going to a local bar and getting drunk. Through therapy he learns to go home and eat a healthy dinner, talk to his family, and go for a walk with his wife and play with the kids.

The alcoholic might just have too much stress in his life and he has to learn how to deal with that stress rather than tipping back a few. Therapy can help an alcoholic deal with those problems and he can learn how to thrive in ordinary society.

So, no an alcoholic can't drink alcohol in a social setting because he will be too tempted to keep up with everyone else and get drunk. He will get that one taste of alcohol and want more because his brain is wired to be an alcoholic. An alcoholic is always an alcoholic, and with therapy he learns to not drink and to deal with stress and life in other ways than drinking. Copyright 2012, (c).


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Natural disaster foods you will need just in case by Kate Johns

Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, snowstorms, floods--- these are just a few natural occurrences that can change your life in a flash. It is always best to be prepared for the eventuality that your family may be without electricity or heat or even a home for a few weeks. Emergency services may knock on your front door in the middle of the night to alert you to impending doom of a flood, a fire ravaging through the backwoods or a tornado coming your way. You may have to gather up your family and a few precious belongings in a matter of minutes.
What kinds of foods will you need in case of an emergency situation? You will need foods that can weather any kind of storm including water, cold, heat, and wind. You will need to find at least two large portable plastic containers that are easy to grab. They must be airtight containers that will keep the food free from harm, and that will keep the food fresh. You will need foods that are nutritious and that consider every family member's needs. Little kids may not want to eat beef jerky, or anything that isn't loaded with sugar or corn syrup. Start training your family now to eat a healthier diet. Considering that milk can curdle and become unhealthy to eat in several days time, you may want to switch to soy or rice milk that stays fresher longer. You may want to create emergency meals now for the family once a week, that are simple and easy to make and will contain ingredients from the list below such as cereal with soy milk, or crackers with jelly and peanut butter or some canned stew.

You will need to obtain foods that come in packaging that you open without electricity, and you may need food for several weeks time. You will need: A manual can opener and scissors to open cans and cut through bags and packaging to get at your food. You will also need the following items; utensils, bowls, zipper bags, salt, pepper, sugar, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. To determine what foods you will need for your family look inside your pantry. How many portable, and canned foods do you already have? Remember to restock your plastic containers every five months to maintain freshness.


Six cans of fruit with light syrup such as applesauce, pears, peaches and apricots.

Several cans of tuna fish

Several containers of soup

Two containers of rice or soy milk

Two cans of chili or stew

One jar of pasta sauce

One jar of jelly

One jar of peanut butter

Several cans of vegetables


Whole grain crackers

Dried fruits

Whole grain cereal

Granola bars

Beef or turkey jerky



Instant rice or potatoes

Animal cookies


Hot cocoa


You will need a gallon of water for each day.

You will need to provide an emergency meal plan for your family as well as trying to make meals that are healthy and nutritious. Pack vitamins for every family member  just in case you have really picky eaters.

Life Lesson; Live Life to the fullest before it's too late by Kate Johns

I suffered a stroke two days before my forty-eighth birthday, and six days before my daughter's tenth birthday. As I lay in my hospital bed, wondering if I would see morning's light, or my family ever again, I made a deal with God. I decided that if I lived I would be a better person.

I had a new lease on life.I decided over the days that became weeks of living until the next morning's light that I would be a more positive person and that I would live life in a more Christian lifestyle. I decided to give this thing called life one more shot. I decided to be more patient with people, and to try to be a better example for my children. I would no longer scream at other drivers and I would give it my best shot to smile and enjoy life.

It wasn't easy, but I knew I had to try to live life unhurried, and to stop and smell the roses. You see, I was always the person who rushed through everything and wanted complete satisfaction right now. But when you can't walk or use the left side of your body anymore, you see life from a different perspective.

I realized that God had spared me this time, and I had to make it through to stay alive and get better for my family. Once I made it through to a nearly complete recovery in a matter of eight months,I realized that I had a new lease on life. I started seeing things differently. Everything smelled and tasted better than it had before. Simple pleasures became fantastic. I had this overwhelming feeling that I wanted to live life. I wanted to call everyone I knew, and didn't know and yell, "I'm still alive!"

I started getting in trouble for being so overjoyed. I started babbling to my husband while he was at work, and to my son and my daughter. I started talking to strangers. My mother warned me many times when I was a kid not to talk to strangers and here I was babbling at them. I became Facebook friends with everyone I could think of. I also realized that everyone is too busy to smell the roses, and they need a new sensation to make them feel alive.

I am not saying that everyone needs to have a life- threatening event happen to him or her. But what you really need to do is stop and grab your loved ones. You need to realize that life is too short for all the drama, and escape remedies and numbing drugs. You need to feel life, to really live life to the absolute fullest.

I just wish I had learned this life affirming magic trick when I was in my twenties. Then I would have gone out and conquered the world. I also stopped feeling sorry for myself, which I had done for years. I felt overjoyed to be alive. It was enough to feel the sunshine on my face, the warm grass beneath my feet, and the love of my family. I tell my family members every day that I love them. I do my best to not yell at my kids anymore. I am also trying to reconnect with family members and old friends and new friends who don't realize that life is meant to live, not run through at hyper-speed.

Now, if only I can get my husband to slow down and take a vacation.

How to find out if a cat is a stray

My sister found a stray cat in our garage after school one day. No wait a minute, I've got that wrong, a stray cat found us one day. We were asking our parents for a new pet when a stray cat literally walked into our lives.

She became my best friend for about sixteen years, until she died from cancer. Our cat had been a stray, and I've always felt that it is very easy to identify a stray cat. A stray cat will be hungry, and may hide in the nearby bushes or meow at you to feed her. A stray can be very friendly because she is a pre-owned model. In other words, she may come running out of the bushes to meow at you as you walk to your backdoor, talking to your kids.

Or a stray may be scared, and shivering next to your backdoor, asking for the food she smells from inside your home. One method to tell if a cat is a stray or not is to check to see if she is wearing a collar that has any identification. A stray may or may not have i.d tags on her collar. Some people try to get rid of their cat when times are tough, by taking off the cat's collar, and letting the cat go into a nearby field, or out in the country.

When a cat doesn't have any identification tags, she still may have had a previous owner. Today animals are being outfitted with a global positioning device, (g.p.s.). You can take a stray to a nearby SPCA or an animal shelter to have them help you find the cat's owner. The shelter may be able to run a device over the cat to see if it has a g.p.s. chip in it, identifying the owner.

You can also identify whether a cat is a stray or not, by how the cat acts. Sometimes, the cat is a feral cat. That means that this cat will have been born in a wild situation, and is a wild cat. Feral cats, usually are skittish to humans, and can be very nasty. This is a cat that is not a stray, and has been living in a non-domesticated situation for it's entire life.

When you find a stray, ask neighbors if they lost a cat recently, and put up posters in your local area. If the cat does not have any identification, or a g.p.s. chip, you may have a new friend that can easily become part of your family. Copyright 2012, (c).

Things you should never reveal on Facebook

Things you should never reveal on Facebook---

Facebook has become one of the the most popular methods for socializing in the world. Having over 800 million users, Facebook commands the ultimate party scene. People can get carried away utilizing this social networking arena by giving away personal information to thousands of people, many of whom they do not really know. The rules of socializing still apply on Facebook, even though many of these are what your mom already told you.

Having become firmly entrenched on Facebook, having a great time connecting with old friends and making new friends, this is not the time to show that birthday suit. In fact, a man was recently jailed for posting naked pictures of his girlfriend on Facebook as a get-back, when they broke up. The lesson learned here is, don't post naked pictures of anyone, a friend or even a foe on Facebook. The possibility exists that a person could go to jail, or become the subject of harassment, or bullying.


Thinking safety comes in large numbers while searching, and commenting on the Internet is not true. Above all, Facebook users, do not include a personal address on the profile page. Anyone of the 800 million Facebook users can view a person's profile information. Do not include that vital piece of information, or only allow some profile information to be seen.The real life events of the Craig's List killer have already taken place, a person doesn't want to be the subject of the story, "The Facebook Killer"


Listing cell phone number means all of your Facebook friends can see it and have the potential to use it. Do you want everyone to have that personal information? That means a friend of a friend, or someone recently added to your friend's list has access to your personal cell number. Reconsider giving out a home, or cell phone number to a vast audience. Giving out a phone number to total strangers could mean getting harassing phone calls in the middle of the night, and receiving suggestive phone calls from a "weirdo".


Never reveal to Facebook users when you are going on vacation. Never reveal when you are going to be home alone or when you are going out, leaving the house empty, and don't tell Facebook viewers when older children will be home alone. It's a scary Internet world we live in today. Even when an address is not listed in the profile section of Facebook, people have other ways of discovering an address. Unscrupulous people may come to a home while you are having a great time in a warm, tropical locale, robbing your home.


A social security number is assigned to newborn babies, but that doesn't mean a sucker was born on the day you signed up with Facebook.Do not place your social security number on the profile section of Facebook. Do not fall prey to anyone asking for a social security number on Facebook either. Many times while applying for a job, a social security number is not needed, anymore.

The Internet can be a scary place, especially for younger children, who don't have the life experience to deal with Internet predators. Don't list personal information, or say or do anything you may regret on Facebook. Considering future employers are surfing Facebook looking to find what kind of employee you might be, don't do it..Stay safe out there in cyberland, Facebook users! Copyright(c)2012, written by freelance author Kate Johns