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The Gorilla and the Boy

You can’t go too many places right now without hearing people talk about the little boy who “slipped” into a Gorilla cage at the Cincinnati Zoo recently. Depending on where you read your news, you could be hearing many accounts on this event. The accounts that really have my blood boil revolve around statements stating this is all the mom’s fault. The article on CNN included in their headline, ‘critics blame mother’. Really? Whether reports are true that this woman had 4 or 5 kids at the zoo with her that day, when a 4 year-old child gets something on his mind it is difficult to stop him from doing that so-called thing. If you turn your back for a second to, I don’t know, sneeze or attend to another child that may need a moment of your time, a 4 year-old on a mission can be yards away before you turn back around. In this case, this boy jumped himself right into the Gorilla habitat.

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As I read some of the comments on Facebook or other sites covering this story, I can’t help but think, I wonder if the people making comments against this mother ever had any children themselves. I know, before I had a child, I was one to say, “When I have kids, my child will never…” or “When I have kids, I will be the most attentive mom and my kids will NEVER…” Well, I had a kid. All the mistakes that I said I would never make or things I said MY kid would never do…they happened. So, I reference the verse in the Bible, John 8:7, “Let he without sin cast the first stone.” Therefore, I will NOT be quick to judge this poor woman, who is already beating herself up about this, and I will remember until I walk a mile in this woman’s shoes, I will not assume her parenting, or lack of parenting, is at fault in this situation.

Media’s Spin on Things

One other thing that bothered me about this particular coverage is the quote: “It is unfortunate that to save the life of a child, an animal had to be sacrificed.” I understand that there are animal activists that may just turn against me here, but when did animal rights become more important than the rights of humans? I understand this species of gorilla is an endangered species, but the zoo officials did what they deemed necessary. In a post by Amanda O’Donoughue,  an expert in zoology, she gives a good account of why the zoo had to make the decision they made. Wild animals are unpredictable and don’t rely on logic when spooked. I am sad that we lost another silverback gorilla and that the gorilla was only doing what he knew to do to protect himself, but if it were my kid that jumped overboard, I know what I would encourage the zoo officials to do.

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Amanda O’Donoghue  feeding silverback gorilla (Facebook page photo)

As humans, we are pulled in by sensationalism. Stories like Cecil the Lion, Pit bulls that attack kids, and now “Gorilla-gate” are reported in a way where we don’t get all the facts at the beginning. People with cellphones are capturing video and posting them before police investigations are completed. Accusations are thrown out at the people in these stories before they have any time to share their side. I would love to see a day when the news is covered as just that, news, without the dramatic music, the sensationalism and the replay upon replay of devastating images that make my stomach turn.

Fashion Staples

On a lazy day (if I ever have the gift of having one of these so-called-days) I love to browse magazines and the worldwide web for the latest fashion trends. When I was younger, I took pride in owning pieces in my wardrobe that rivaled the trends in Hollywood and NY. I always found a deal and certainly didn’t shop in high-end stores, but on my budget, I could find items that spruced up my attire. In the 80’s, it was the pop of neon or oddly-patterned bulky sweaters with patent penny loafers, tightly cuffed stone-washed jeans and a coordinating scrunchi in the hair. The 90’s led to plaid Vans, combat boots, bib overalls, over-sized plaid button down flannels and maybe the “Rachel” as a haircut. The new century brought a mix of the 70’s and 90’s with boot-cut jeans, the cami under a cardigan or shrug, the comeback of the capri, from chunky shoes to flip-flops and hair with chunky low-lights and the occasional “crimped”strand for a surprise. 

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Staying up with these trends can really be exhausting!

Lately, I have found respite in the so-called “Staple” wardrobe. This wardrobe contains pieces that experts build on as a foundation to anybody’s style. These are your go-to pieces when you just don’t know what to wear for an occasion, or when you just don’t feel like putting together a trendy ensemble but still look and feel put-together.

According to New York Magazine’s The CUT You can put 50 “simple” items in your closet and you will own a solid wardrobe foundation. If 50 items are too much to manage, Elle Magazine narrows the foundation to 30 Essential Wardrobe Pieces that if you mix and match on any given day, will provide you with a “pulled together” look. Each of these expert lists contain items we would expect: the Little Black Dress, fitted blazer, the Pump, perfectly fitting jeans and a handbag, along with items that are not quite as obvious:  Matching Pajamas, wrap coat and a Bateau shirt.

There's a certain level of luxury that comes with wearing posh pajamas. This silk set by Journelle is the kind you can lounge in all day and still not feel like a slob.  Journelle Garbo PJ Set, $225; journelle.com There's something mature and luxurious about this wrap coat, like you'd rather be swathed in cashmere and tied at the waist than buttoned up in a peacoat. It's low-key glam–a daily aspiration for us all. 	Toteme Chelsea Coat, $760; toteme-nyc.com There's a reason why this classic striped shirt has been worn by every intellectual, actor, and artist of the 20th century. This nautical-inspired top will become a mainstay in your closet. Seriously, you'll have to control yourself from wearing it every day. Saint James Naval II, $139; saintjamesboutique.com  Images from elle.com

And don’t think I forgot about the men that are looking for ways to step up their game! You also can build your wardrobe around staple pieces to ensure you have something for every occasion. Forbes narrows your staples to 10 must have items.Khaki pants, the perfect fitting solid-colored pair of jeans, watch and blue blazer are just a handful of items you may want to have on hand.

Khaki PantsSolid Color JeansBlue Blazer Images from forbes.com

If you are on a budget, try shopping at Nordstrom Rack, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. You can find name brand named or not-so-known brand name items that will help you build your wardrobe foundation that won’t break your bank.

Now that you have the tools to pick staple pieces for your wardrobe, grab a friend and go shopping!

Marijuana vs Alcohol

 

Look at the facts and decide what is more harmful, Marijuana or Alcohol


Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths are attributed to alcohol use alone. The CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana.

People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientist, reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs. Marijuana is one of, if not the least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. Thus, there has never been a case of an individual dying from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile, according to the CDC, hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur in the United States each year.

The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers. The annual health-related cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana.

Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we’ve heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains.

Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver, and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer.In fact, marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers and marijuana smoking was not associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. People who smoked marijuana actually had lower incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug.

Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas marijuana has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance.

Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Marijuana use does not. Many people who have consumed alcohol, or know others who have consumed alcohol, would not be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the risk of serious injury. Research published in 2011 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that 36% of hospitalized assaults and 21% of all injuries are attributable to alcohol use by the injured person. Meanwhile, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that lifetime use of marijuana is rarely associated with emergency room visits.


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I believe we have a clear winner, Alcohol is far more harmful that Marijuana ever could be. That might surprise a lot of you but the fact remains. Marijuana has a stigma attached to it because of the so called war on drugs. We have been conditioned to believe that Marijuana is hard drug, right along side cocaine and heroine because in 1970 it was added at the schedule 1 drug controlled substance act. Which was when the federal government started requiring minimum prison sentences for drug crimes, such as possessing marijuana. Since then the government has made billions arresting and jailing citizens who posses marijuana. In 2014 alone there were over 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges, thats roughly one arrest every 51 seconds over the entire year.


Im not an advocat for Marijuana but it really bothers me that alcohol is legal and marijuana is not, especially since alcohol is proven to be more harmful that marijuana ever could be. I have seen drunk people and i have seen stoned people, the drunks are far more dangerous in general. When people are drunk they will get into fights, have unprotected sex, cheat, fight/argue with loved ones, drink and drive, black out, and do things they would never normaly do. When people are stoned they are far less likely to get into a confrontation of any kind, its a peaceful experience but i still wouldn’t ever drive stoned.


But hey you don’t have to take my word on this, please watch CNN report on Marijuana. It gets very interesting around the 4:25 mark.

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Facebook Obsession

Facebook has become a household name around the world. People log on every day to post about their activities, likes, dislikes, and converse with friends. The social media site has a lot to offer users. It allows them to store pictures, create life time lines, listen to their favorite music, share videos, etc.

But who is really gaining here; Facebook users, or Facebook itself?

Every day users enter endless data about themselves into this social media site. It is scary to look at the future plans of Facebook and what they might be doing with this information. This video goes into more detail about the progression of the worlds most popular way to connect.