Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Mistletoe



When winter nights grow long,
And winds without blow cold,
We sit in a ring round the warm wood-fire,
And listen to stories old!
And we try to look grave, as maids should be,
When the men bring in boughs of the Laurel-tree.
O the Laurel, the evergreen tree!
The poets have laurels, and why not we?

How pleasant, when night falls down
And hides the wintry sun,
To see them come in to the blazing fire,
And know that their work is done;
Whilst many bring in, with a laugh or rhyme,
Green branches of Holly for Christmas time!
O the Holly, the bright green Holly,
It tells like a tongue that the times are jolly!

Sometimes in our grave house,
Observe, this happeneth not;
But, at times, the evergreen laurel boughs
And the holly are all forgot!
And then! what then? why, the men laugh low
And hang up a branch of the Mistletoe!
O brave is the Laurel! and brave is the Holly!
But the Mistletoe banisheth melancholy!
Ah, nobody knows, nor ever shall know,
What is done under the Mistletoe.

By Barry Cornwall

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Legendary American Astronaut John Glenn Dead at 95

Legendary American Astronaut John Glenn Dead at 95
John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016)

John H. Glenn Jr, the first American to orbit the Earth passed away in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 2016 at the age 95. America has lost one of its greatest pioneers.

Glenn was an aviator, engineer at NASA, astronaut, politician, and recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. He was an officer in the US Marine Corps and a war hero who served his country as a fighter pilot in the Pacific during WWII and during the Korean War. 

In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth. he flew the Friendship 7 mission and was also a backup pilot to Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom, on the Freedom 7 and Liberty Bell 7 respectively.

In 1974 he won elections for the US Senate and became a congressman representing the State of Ohio for a quarter of a century.

A legend and a true here, he will be missed by many.

Godspeed, John Glenn!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Introducing Liza, the Magnet Queen



We have known Liza Juliette DeCamp for many years now. Together with her husband Brian she runs a successful magnet company based in Nashville, TN, the MagnetQueen.

Liza and Brian are New Yorkers who have been making high quality magnets for eighteen years.

As the name of their company implies, they reign like a queen in their chosen business field and their magnets are second to none. They have an amazing range of products including:
  • save the date
  • wedding photos
  • favors
  • anniversaries
  • baby showers
  • baby announcements
  • baptism
  • first communion
  • bar and bat mitzvahs
  • birthdays
  • family or friends reunions
  • graduation 
  • magnet calendars
  • inspirational quotes
  • vacation photos
  • pet photos
to name only a few. 

Liza's and Brian's creativity has no end and they come up with ever new ideas. They can turn your child's artwork into attractive magnets, or make a magnet calendar that you can keep visible on your fridge, in your office, or anywhere where magnets can be attached. 


The company makes magnets in different sizes that can also be used to advertise your own business. The quality is superb whether you are using your own design or have Liza and Brian design one for you.

The Nashville based company proudly uses 100% USA made materials. There is a special loyalty program for returning customers called the "QUEEN'S Club." You can create an account and start earning points. When you refer a friend you will receive 500 points. Each purchase is translated to points as well and when you accumulate sufficient amount you will receive a substantial discount on your order. With every $10.00 spent you will get one point. 1500 points, for instance, will secure a discount of $10.00. 2500 points equal to $25.00! Points accumulate quickly, especially if you are ordering a "save the date" magnets or want to turn your vacations photos into lasting memories.


I believe that local, family based businesses deserve all the support they can get. Quality, value for money, and a friendly and efficient service are more important than ever. To see the difference you have to go and find out it for yourself. Place an order and you will be amazed.

By Dominique Allmon


To visit Liza's website please click here

To contact MagnetQUEEN write to: photos@magnetqueen.com or call 800.248.5605.

Like MagnetQueen on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/MAGNETQUEEN-93410200522/

P.S. This is an unsolicited review of a small business I support. I believe that in today's world artists, artisans and small businesses need support and  recognition.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Introducing Jimmo, The Artist Behind The Jimmo Shirts


Artist and designer James W. Allmon wearing his   own design - the Heinlein inspired "My Mistress" T-Shirt
Artist and designer James W. Allmon wearing his own
design - the Heinlein inspired "My Mistress" T-Shirt

With Black Friday around the corner and Christmas only a few weeks away, many people are looking for something original they can put under the tree.

As far as I am concerned, the best gifts are the ones that are designed by artists and are not found in mass market stores.

My favorite designs come from my husband, James, who is an artist and creator of the Jimmo brand.

https://jimmoshirts.com/collections/space-age-nostalgia-science-fiction/products/my-mistress-unisex-short-sleeve-t-shirt-for-sci-fi-lovers

Avid reader, cinema lover and collector, James is a Roswell, NM, based artist and graphic designer with big interest in science fiction, fantasy, humor and comic art. He has created his Jimmo brand almost exactly one year ago and specializes in designing graphic t-shirts and mugs. He owns a web based Jimmo store, and his designs are currently also sold on Amazon and Redbubble.

https://jimmoshirts.com/collections/mugs-by-jimmo/products/space-age-nostalgia-limited-editon-rocket-mug-by-jimmo

The Jimmo collection began with a few fun designs and now features apparel for men, women and children, mugs, home decor, cell phone accessories, stationery, and more. And while the Jimmo's Amazon Store sells only t-shirts, Jimmo's website specializes mostly in apparel and beverage mugs. Home decor, wall art, stationary, cell phone accessories, and clocks can be purchased on Redbubble.

https://jimmoshirts.com/collections/coffee-lovers-collection/products/no-frills-coffee-short-sleeve-womens-t-shirt-for-coffee-lovers?variant=27271785091

Many of Jimmo's designs are playful or even funny, but many also show serious consideration for the environment and social causes.  Like many artists in his line of business, Jimmo is not responsible for the production or the shipping process, but he receives royalties when products are sold. His designs are exclusively made to order. And while he has no control over this part of business, he has chosen to work with environmentally and socially responsible companies. The products are not made in sweatshops and the order fulfillment centers strive to use as environmentally sane packaging as possible.

https://jimmoshirts.com/collections/the-unicorn-collection/products/unicorn-magic-unicorn-lovers-mug

The fourth quarter is the busiest time of the year and the order fulfillment centers are working overtime right now. Most have set up delivery deadlines for the Holidays. Last order has to be placed as early as December 12 if you want your products form the Jimmo Store to arrive on time for Christmas. Orders to Canada or Great Britain need even longer time for the delivery and customs. Redbubble ships worldwide and has its own deadlines depending on the country you are ordering from. Amazon ships artist designed t-shirts only within the United States and promises free second day delivery with Amazon Prime, but even there I would not wait till the last minute.

https://jimmoshirts.com/collections/winter/products/snowflake-unisex-beanie-hat

Unless you have seen an artist work on his designs, you cannot fully appreciate all the work that went into creation of a product. I am one of the lucky few who were allowed to watch and believe that no artist in this business receives enough money for the work he puts into a design. Hence my vivid support for James and other artists working hard to make a living.

https://jimmoshirts.com/collections/christmas/products/supersonic-santa-short-sleeve-womens-t-shirt-for-the-holiday-season?variant=27073264195
Supersonic Santa Christmas T-Shirt by Jimmo

Feel free to visit Jimmo's stores. I am certain you will find something original there. Bookmark the websites for later and share the information with someone who might want to support James, his three cats and his super cool dog.

By Dominique Allmon

Visit Jimmo's website to purchase Jimmo's cool designs like the Jimmo Shirts No Frills Coffee T-Shirt

http://www.redbubble.com/people/eljimmo/works/23755079-christmas-dove?c=592300-christmas&p=chiffon-top&rel=carousel
Christmas Dove - Incredibly elegant evening chiffon top designed 
by Jimmo. Not just for Christmas. Sold only on Redbubble

Visit Jimmo's page on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/JimmoShirts/

All images and the designs are copyrighted James W. Allmon©2016

P.S. This is an unsolicited review of a business I support. I believe that in today's world artists, artisans and small businesses need support and  recognition.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

President Trump!


Yesterday, on November 8, 2016, Americans have chosen their 45th president! The "inconvenient" candidate Donald J. Trump was elected to run the country for the next four years.  

Trump won in a smashing victory that surprised many, himself included. His supporters hoped that he will win, but no one predicted such great turn out. 

It was a difficult campaign since Trump had not only the mainstream media and the progressive Left against himself, but also the Republican establishment president George Bush included, the Congress, the globalists, the moralists of all colors, the big money, certain foreign powers and personalities that donated heavily to his opponent, and even the pope in Rome! 

The movement he created took a root in the hearts and minds of people tired of the detrimental policies of the current administration; people tired of the economic decline and ever growing gap between the poor and the financially privileged; people tired of lies and corruption in the country; people tired of racial polarization; people tired of erratic immigration policy and unprotected borders; people tired of political correctness and semi-fascist rhetoric that dominated political discourse for such a long time. The "basket of deplorables," as Trump supporters were called by Mrs. Clinton, have had enough and voted for a real change this time. 

Trump will certainly have a difficult job, but with his vision and determination, and great love for the country and its people, he will start working hard on day one of his presidency.  

Every new presidency brings hope for a change and change is badly needed in a country with an almost invisible growth and national debt that grew exponentially over the last eight years. People need jobs and financial security. They need clear foreign policy. They want their dignity and respect for the country restored. And they do not want to ever again see their president disembarking through a service door of Air Force One! 

Despite his age, Trump has an incredible stamina. He promised to make America great again and he will work hard, but he cannot do it alone. Americans have to forget their artificially created divisions and must apply themselves to the task at hand. Those who do not wish so can quietly sneak out through the still wide open borders. They can try their luck in Canada, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela or Iran. Grass seems always to be a bit more greener on the other side of the fence.

Trump is a businessman and a good negotiator, but most importantly, he is a New Yorker who has a "big mouth" and is not afraid to speak his mind. He was supported by many amazing personalities and I cannot wait to see his cabinet being formed. There will be many changes and I am sure he will surround himself with people who really love America and put her first.

Allow me to speculate. I imagine that his presidency will be something between JFK and Reagan. It will be a presidency for all Americans. Trump will not bend in half before a Saudi king or anybody else. He is pragmatic and wants to restore America to the position of a superpower - a country to be reckoned with on a world scene. The world has to be kindly reminded that America is exceptional and Trump is the one who will do it from day one. 

By Dominique Allmon


    

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Splendor


When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year.

By Carol L. Riser, Autumn

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Curious Case of Young Mister Tee


For James

They say that you see your entire life passing by before your mind's eye the moment you die, but this was definitely not the case with the young Mr. Tee. 

One year has passed and I am still horrified to look back to that ominous All Hallows' Eve dinner in upper Manhattan. None of us has ever mentioned what happened that evening and we quickly went back to our busy lives avoiding each other as much as we possibly could. But time heals all the horrors and you eventually have to move on, or so they say.

We were a really crazy bunch. Freshly out of Harvard, four of us moved to New York to make big money and live the high life one could only see in Hollywood movies. In the 1980s they would have called us "yuppies," but we were much more sophisticated. We ate less sushi, listened to better music, traveled more, collected better art, and with legends like the Lehman Brothers gone, we were less arrogant and understood the value of money better than anyone before us.

Mr. Tee, as we called Twardowski, was a very clever guy with enormous energy and incredible talent. He made his name on the trading floor very quickly and established his own firm less than six month after graduating summa cum laude. We all knew that he would succeed, but his stardom came somewhat too quickly and there was a lot of gossip.

See, Mr. Tee sold his soul to the devil. No, really. I mean, really. He was not only the most talented of the four of us, he was very greedy and probably the most ambitious. He wanted things to happen fast and did not care how.

One morning a few years ago, the story goes, he looked in the mirror and summoned the devil. Just like in a cheap off Broadway production, the bathroom darkened and amid a hellish swishing and dust swirls, the devil showed up and introduced himself: "You called me and here I am, Master. How can I be of help?"

I would have lost my cool in a wink of an eye, but not Mr. Tee. Oh, no! He was too determined to get rich very quickly and told the devil half jokingly that he needed his help. The devil smiled deceptively and suggested, that Mr. Tee already had a lot of money and with talent such as his he did not need any supernatural help. All that was true, but Mr. Tee wanted some special powers and agreed to a deal that looked like a bargain: He would become the most successful finance expert ever and everything he touched would turn into big money. All he had to do was to agree that the devil took his soul when time was ripe.

The deal was good. Money, fame, power, freedom! What else could one ask for? And all the devil wanted was his tiny soul. Tee wasn't even sure that he had one.

Mr. Tee saw no problem here, but clever as he was, he inserted a clause into the contract. "OK, OK! You can have my soul when we meet in Rome, or no deal at all. And you will have it in writing." Scratching his head the devil had no choice, but to accept and put his seal on the parchment.

As months went by, everybody wondered about Mr. Tee's fortune. He was one of the very few people who made big money and never lost a penny amid deep financial crisis that span across the globe. Everything he touched turned into gold. He was the modern alchemist par excellence.

People were jealous, of course, and there was even an investigation, but since there was no sign of any wrongdoing, Mr. Tee was exonerated. Those, however, who accused him of dark machinations went out of business as quickly as they pointed their fingers at our friend. Everybody wondered. Nobody said another word.

To celebrate his success, we decided to have a dinner together. Like in old times. Our friendship was as strong as ever and we missed our nightly escapades. Maybe because the three of us simply had to work a bit harder to keep up with the pace dictated by Mr. Tee. I was getting older and had very little energy left for Tee's noisy parties. I preferred to go to bed alone than end up drinking too much champagne after a tough day. I became a bore, he said to me one day, and both of us wondered what happened to that carefree cheerleader that I once was. Life caught up with me, I guessed correctly.

To repair the damage in my reputation I booked a table for a Halloween dinner in a very famous Italian restaurant. Their Halloween menu was spectacular with black colored pasta and other creepy things. They also scheduled a spooky horror show for that night and invited a prominent magician. The guests were to dress up in Halloween costumes. This sounded like real fun.

We decided to meet for a before dinner drink in the upscale Death & Company bar. Mr. Tee arrived dressed up as a 16th century Polish nobleman. He said something about his family history, but I did not pay much attention to it. I had a tough day and after my second Sweet Hereafter cocktail I felt that freshly made squid ink pasta was exactly what I needed if I wanted to keep my witch's hat on my head for the rest of the evening.  Someone paid for the drinks while I held on to my broomstick and hailed a cab. A smiling Jamaican driver with a diamond in his tooth pulled over. "You look cool, maaan" he said, and as soon as we all settled comfortably in his cab, he drove off with a hellish squeak.

The place looked great! Decorations were spooky and everybody, including the patron and the waiters, wore a Halloween costume. Our Extremely Bloody Mary apéritifs arrived promptly together with the almost black Beluga caviar canapés.

Before we could even say a word about the menu or the ambience, a character dressed up like a devil, horns and all, appeared at our table and introduced himself to Mr. Tee as "his faithful servant." I did not know that Tee had a servant. He always looked like someone who could manage everything by himself, but I figured that Tee's fortune and newly acquired social standing demanded some decorum. That sinister guy was probably his butler, or so, I thought.

Mr. Tee invited his servant to take a seat and offered him a drink. I got chills when that creepy guy with eyes like glowing coals refused the drink and went straight to business: "I came here for your soul Master Tee," he said. We started laughing. What a great entertainer! My tiredness disappeared and I truly started enjoying that evening. Tee stretched his arm majestically as if to brush off a speck of dust and, laughing loudly, told the man to get lost. It wasn't his time to go, he said. But the man in a devil costume became very serious and produced a piece of paper that looked like a parchment with an ancient looking seal affixed to it. Spreading the paper on the table he pointed his skinny finger at a passage in the text. "Here it is, my dear Master! I will come for your soul when you go to Rome!"

We burst out laughing. This was better than anything I have seen before. Mr. Tee raised his hand and spoke like a Polish noble: "My dear Mr. Devil, I understand your urgency, but we are here, in Manhattan. Look around and tell me what you see." The man looked around and laughed. "Your time is up, my dear Master. You might be in Manhattan, but this fine establishment is called 'Bella Roma' or Beautiful Rome, if you prefer. You are in Rome, Master! Your soul is mine and I came here to collect it!" Before anyone of us could utter a word, the devil character snatched Mr. Tee and carried him away leaving behind Tee's ancient feathered hat and a burning smell of sulfur. I recall hearing a laud scream. They were arguing, I think, but all that noise seemed to have come from very far away.

No one in the restaurant have noticed what transpired only an instant earlier. The music was a bit too laud, people laughed or chattered wildly, waiters were busy, and the spooky magic show was about to begin.

For a minute or two the three of us still thought that we had just witnessed one of Tee's extravagant spectacles, but when he did not come back to enjoy the rest of our Halloween dinner party, we became a bit worried. Only a bit. After a very short deliberation we decided to finish the meal without our Mr. Tee and even managed to enjoy the show. It was such a fun to be together again. We agreed to call Mr. Tee in the morning and arranged to meet for lunch. We deserved some explanation, Halloween or not.

I got back to my condo, but could not wait till the morning. I called Tee right away. There was no answer. There was no answer in the morning either. He did not show up in his office, missed his meetings, and left his business affairs unattended. This was highly unusual. Someone had to notify the police.

Weeks have passed, but there was no demand for ransom. And there was no body. Nothing. Not a trace! The investigating officer, Inspector O'Sullivan, told me later that they found a journal of sorts in Tee's bedroom. On one page covered with occult symbols Mr. Tee wrote about his meeting with the devil and his skepticism about the existence of human soul. The opposite page was adorned with a darkly beautiful drawing of a horned man who looked just like the guy that appeared in "Bella Roma." At the bottom of the page Tee wrote: "I tricked the devil today. If I have a soul, it will be mine forever since I do not intend to travel to Rome. Ever!"

Who knew that a dinner in a trendy Italian restaurant in upper Manhattan would mean Mr. Tee's tragic  unmaking...

~ Wishing everybody a very spooky Halloween ~ Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2016


    

Saturday, October 1, 2016

My Breast Cancer Detox Juice Recipe


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have no cancer history in my family and considering my life-style I will most probably never have one. I know that I am very lucky in this regard, but I also put hard work to keep it this way.

I am not a biochemist and not a medical doctor, but I started my personal anti-aging and longevity research in my mid-twenties. Already as a very young person I knew that disease can be prevented or even reversed and all we needed was good food and a positive outlook on life. This was what my mother lived by.

So much in our lives depends on the choices we make, but it is very difficult to make the right choice if we do not have the necessary knowledge. But we are really blessed! We live in an information age and can access enormous data base virtually within seconds. The more we know the better because knowledge can save lives.

The ongoing cancer research is widely accessible since research papers can now published online. Scientists understand the cancer survival mechanisms and test variety of plants for their ability to kill cancer cells. Foods such as beets, raspberries and ginger, for instance, have been widely documented for their cancer fighting potential. But we also know that the body produces countless cancer cells every day. A healthy, strong immune system has the ability to neutralize these cells before they turn into tumors. What we need, is to support our immune system so that it can perform this action for as long as we live. Enriching our diet with foods that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and other active compounds will help us stay healthy and hopefully cancer-free for life.

~ My Cancer Detox Juice ~

Ingredients:
  • 6 beets, washed, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 inch ginger root (use more if you prefer)

Method:
  • Pass all the ingredients through the juicer.
  • Pour the ready juice into chilled glasses and enjoy in good company!

If you treat your good health as a gift and remember to always eat healthy food and keep your weight within the healthy norm,  you will never give breast cancer a chance! Prevention is better than cure.

By Dominique Allmon

Dominique Allmon©2016


    

    

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Unlimited Vision



I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom - how great is that? - Soledad O'Brien


    

Image: James Gurney Steampunk Specs

Image source unknown but greatly appreciated

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What's Left is Magic


Science is best defined as a careful, disciplined, logical search for knowledge about any and all aspects of the universe, obtained by examination of the best available evidence and always subject to correction and improvement upon discovery of better evidence. What's left is magic. And it doesn't work. - James Randi

    

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Never Forget 9/11


 One World Trade Center, New York City

Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.”  - U.S. President George W. Bush

One World Trade Center under constructions as seen  in 2014
from the Westin Hotel window in Newport Jersey City, NJ

It’s been 15 years since the most devastating attack to hit U.S. soil on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people died in the assault, which was orchestrated by the cowardly al Qaeda terrorists who hijacked four passenger airplanes and crashed them into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Virginia, and a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

All I ever needed to know about islam
I learned in five minutes on 9/11.
- Quote from Conservative Infidel website

For many people born after 9/11 the events of that day are just history, but those who witnessed the attacks in person or on television will never forget that day. The attacks touched so many people and changed the way we live and see the world today. And while people across the Middle East celebrated the attacks, some of us became New Yorkers.

September 11 is also an anniversary of a 2012 terrorist attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya where four lives were lost. The former Secretary of State still did not take the responsibility of her inaction on that day...


  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hello, September!


So come with me,
where dreams are born,
and time is never
planned. 
Just think of happy things, 
and your heart will fly on wings, 
forever,
in Never Never Land!


J.M. Barrie in "Peter Pan: Fairy Tales"

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What Would You Do If You Had to Vote Today?

Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate. - Orson Welles 
With the electoral primaries long gone, but not forgotten, many Americans are now left with a dilemma. According to various polls both parties' candidates have a serious likability problem, but there is a big, not only ideological, difference between them. While Donald J. Trump (Rep) has won the popular vote, but did not get the support of many prominent Republicans; the Democratic Party chairwoman allegedly orchestrated diversion of votes from a very popular democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, to the party's darling Hilary R. Clinton, an act that left millions of Bernie's supporters angry and disappointed. 

Things change with the flow of time, but not always for the better. The Republican Party is no longer the party of Ronald Reagan and the Democratic Party no longer that the one of John F. Kennedy. The conservative ideas range from constitutionalist libertarian  to the globalist Neocon while the democratic vision ranges from globalist to the extreme left, almost Marxist. Neither party can claim that there is an ideological unity of any kind and yet, each party has to produce a nominee for the presidential elections. Interestingly enough, despite controversy, Mrs Clinton received her party's total support. Her party decided she is the one and united behind her.  Mr Trump, on the other hand, received the nomination, but wasn't even endorsed by many prominent Republicans, or worse, was openly rejected by such party members as the  the presidential Bush family. What a shame!

What does this mean for the voters? Mrs Clinton came with many scandals, ongoing FBI investigation, lies, visible health problems, and very deep pockets. She is a globalist ensuring the continuation of president Obama's policies. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a wealthy businessman with no political experience, but a very sharp tongue and hot temper. He not only rejected donations from lobbyists, but also promised a complete reversal of the official GOP party line. Politicians do not like his ideas and most of them reject Trump. Is this important? Should undecided voters even care where the money comes from or whether a candidate has political experience? 

Many people in America feel that something must change. Growing national debt, stagnating economy, erratic immigration policy, unprotected Southern border, threat of terrorism, and shrinking middle class, are the same problems that were addressed by the presidential candidates of 2007. Not much has changed over the last seven and half years, except the fact that national debt exploded exponentially and more people are on food stamps than ever before. Financial insecurity, weak marketplace and "affordable healthcare" killed many businesses and forever changed the face of small town America. Social unrest and racial conflict unseen in America since the 1960s are signs of a society on the verge of collapse. 

Change is needed badly in a nation that ignores its own security, but obsesses with political correctness, pronouns and gender neutral bathrooms.

So, will it be Trump or Clinton? Or maybe one of the independently running candidates like the former New Mexico governor Garry Johnson - a freakish big government idiot posing as libertarian; the Transhumanist - writer and philosopher Zoltan Istvan; or the the "other woman" - the Green Party presidential front runner Dr. Jill Stein? And while some Americans may have already heard of Gary Johnson in 2011 presidential elections, who knew that there was a Green Party in America or that a Transhumanist will ever attempt to run for the presidency?

For many decades American elections looked like popularity contests. People wanted the guy who would show up on TV in their living rooms to be at least likeable. Right now many people cannot imagine getting stuck for four years with either Trump or Clinton. There is still enough time for the candidates to change this, or at least, to convince voters that they are the best for the job. Watch and listen carefully because at the end, you are the one who will have to decide.

By Dominique Allmon

Dominique Allmon@2016

    

    

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Magical Rose Garden

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. - Dale Carnegie

    

Monday, July 11, 2016

How to Easily Improve Your Memory

The Brain Pill
The Brain Pill

Like many other bodily functions, memory declines as we age. Those first signs of slipping memory can be a little alarming, especially if you know the dreariness of that route. You may first see it in your 40s, sometimes even younger, with declining memory symptoms like slower facial recall, where you left your keys or what was the number you were supposed to call. How many times did you go to a supermarket and wondered what groceries were you supposed to buy? Wait! You forgot your grocery list at home.

These episodes are often dismissed as harmless and may simply be the result of increased stress, but while it’s normal to forget things on occasion, it’s a pattern to watch. 

Gerontologists, psychologists, longevity researchers, and the makers of natural memory supplements like the Brain Pill, believe it’s important to keep your brain active. Use it or lose it. This is how simple it actually is.

To stay mentally agile into old age you have to challenge your memory daily! Although not a muscle, your brain needs a workout just like the muscles of your body. And just like any other body organ, it also needs specific nutrition to support and retain its function. So, what can you do right now?

Here are some memory-boosting tips courtesy of Brain Pill:
  • Use Your Memory Daily – Your brain needs a workout just like the rest of your body. Try crosswords, for example, or read a section of the newspaper you’d normally skip. You might also take a different route to work, for example, or learn another language, or how to play a musical instrument.
  • Socialize – You’re not an island, darling. Depression and stress can both lead to dramatic decline of memory, which is why you’ll want to socialize often – especially if you live alone. Be with others and take them up on their invitations. Join a club, take dancing lessons, start a poetry circle. Anything. Just get social. Life gets better when you do.
  • Organize Your Life – You lose points with a cluttered home because you’re more likely to misplace stuff and forget where you put it. Make lists and notes of appointments and things to do in a special notebook or your calendar, or create a large board where you write down or pin important appointments and things you need to do. Or, if you are more comfortable with the technology, download an app on your iPod and write down what needs to get done. Speak it out loud too, to reinforce it in your memory, and check-off your tasks when completed.
  • Stay Focused - This is very important! Try to stay focused on the task at hand and limit distractions. Multi-tasking is great, but when your memory is in trouble, one thing at a time is better. You’re more likely to recall information if you concentrate specifically on that one thing rather than all the many things you were trying to accomplish at the same time. In other words, focus on what you want to remember later and you will recall it faster when needed.
  • Get Enough Sleep  – Shut-eye helps your memory!  Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night so make time for adequate rest. Go to bed earlier if you have to and work on your sleep hygiene. You will be surprised.  Your recall will improve with time and you will remember more stuff the next day.
  • Eat Healthy Food – Do you see any pattern here? Your brain likes healthy living. That extends to your diet, with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Opt for high quality protein, like fish and poultry. Add Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet and ditch the sugar. Drink plenty of water too, refrain from drugs and watch the alcohol intake. Consult a certified nutritionist for an optimal brain supporting nutrition plan and learn what foods support the memory function.
  • Exercise Daily – Exercise boosts blood flow throughout your body and to the brain. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, you need at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (like walking) each week, or 75 minutes of something with greater intensity, like jogging, although even a few 10 minute brisk walks per day will make a difference.
  • Watch Your Health – Chronic conditions can affect your memory, to say nothing about the rest of your health and well-being. Follow your doctor’s recommendations, be it for depression, your heart, kidneys, or anything else in your medical history. Review your medications often with your doctor as well since some medications can reduce your memory. As your fitness level improves you may need less and less medication. Lose weight if needed and have your blood tested for nutrient deficiencies. Take nutritional supplements to support healthy diet.

Try Brain Pill!

We can’t end an article on how to improve your memory without a mention about natural memory supporting supplements like the Brain Pill. No matter how good and healthy your diet is, you need specific nutrients to support your aging brain. Nutritional supplements are like rocket fuel for your brain. The Brain Pill is a cognitive booster with clinically proven nootropics like cognizine, vinpocetine and ginkgo biloba, that are known to increase alertness and the blood flow in your brain.

Studies suggest that the ingredients in Brain Pill enhance memory and may even prevent memory loss. Better memory is linked to higher cognitive function. Your brain is more efficient with a sharp memory. Your intelligence improves and you retain the ability to stay independent well into old age. 

The Brain Pill will help you
  • Boost Memory
  • Increase Cognitive Skills
  • Have Faster Recall of Facts
  • Focus Better
  • Enhance Brain Power
  • Perform Under Pressure
  • Have Better Problem-Solving Skills
  • Eliminate Brain Fog and More

Try the Brain Pill to improve your memory and follow the memory-boosting tips we’ve discussed in this article. Your memory will love it and people will be surprised to see the new, sharp you.

Article based on information provided by the Brain Pill website



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*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lost Dreams


I had grand dreams when I was younger. 
I imagined a life of fame and glory, 
but as real life caught up with me, 
I had to adjust my dreams. 
Today they are all meaningless. 
Life is small and grey, 
and I am no longer that dreamer...


Image: The Dying Rose by Dominique Allmon©2016