Tonight’s Temperature? A Low of Three!

Zoiks!  I have so had enough of this winter!

I hate winter, I hate snow, I hate cold.

Apparently though, it doesn’t matter!  The cold will continue through this evening despite my protestations.

Try to stay safe and warm folks.  Watch out for that black ice.  Be prepared to go slow through intersection with stop lights because sometimes the cold messes with their proper functioning.

Just be safe okay?  Bundle up, put on some sweaters and fuzzy socks.  Wear a hat if you have to.  Drink water so you don’t dehydrate because our bodies might be working a little harder than usual to maintain our regular temperatures,  and  please don’t go outside for extended periods unless you have to and you are protected from the weather.







I wish I could settle the angst in the Ukraine with the wave of a wand.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like wand waving is going to help the conflict that is going on there.  Yanakovych who was their democratically elected president agreed to continue trade with Russia which probably made Russia happy, but many people in the country objected to that relationship because they preferred more of an alignment with the EU.

One of the problems seems to be that Ukraine is already doing a large part of it’s trading with Russia and countries like Turkey.  While  residents of Ukraine want better jobs, better living conditions and “better trade opportunities” we have to remember that the EU has been going through some financial setbacks just like we have here in the US.  It isn’t likely that members of the EU will embrace all the Ukrainians that would want jobs and business from EU member states.  So there is a mess.  Russia is very interested in Ukrainian pipe lines for energy, and while I’m sure the EU would like to exert some control over those same energy lines…Russia is already there and active in the region.  So when we hear that Russia has sent armed men to the Ukraine 8 planes and they’ve “borrowed airports”…the Russians believe that they are protecting rights that they’ve already received commitments on.  According to their point of view they are following the letter of the law.

While John McCain is saying ” We are all Ukrainians” or something very much like that the truth is the US doesn’t have a lot of power or control over this situation.  The countries surrounding the Ukraine really need to come forward first and make strong statements first.  Until that happens, I would hope that the US doesn’t engage in any conflict with Russia.

It is incredibly sad that there have been deaths over this.  It’s horrible. I don’t want to say “only 12 people have died and less than a hundred have been injured” because there shouldn’t be death over political protests.  There often has been throughout history, but it’s wrong!   Still, reason must prevail.  We can’t sink into something like a world war because Ukrainians disagree with their former/current leader.  ( I wrote it that way because he says he’s still the leader,  of course he’s saying that at a Russian press conference.)

I’m just a simple person reading through the global news.  I had a really hard time looking at one news photo…it showed a candle glowing behind a picture of a protesters face.  The image was part of a luminary display.  The pictures are of people who are now dead.

It’s too sad.



Educated Readers Please?!

When I ask for educated readers I’m not asking  for people with a particular degree of intelligence, no, what I want is people to go find their own information based on facts I drag back here for them.  I want that for a couple of reasons…first, I want it because I’m not a specialist in any of the things I think about. I am an average Jane.  I am not diagnosing, or recommending treatment for anyone.  If I talk about something and it touches a nerve or an interest in you I hope you’ll go and search for more information.  I don’t want the responsibility!  I love my readers but I’m not taking any responsibility for you all 🙂

Secondly, I’m a little lazy.  I do not link where I should, and I don’t worry about writing according to the MLA.  I just type.  This isn’t a well edited journal.  It’s my thought space.  So I really do love my readers and I’m really glad you’ve come to visit me here, but I’m writing here after reading the news that interests me.  I can tell you where I go for science news, or news about health, or news about the world, but you’d have to ask me for it cause it’s not my job to tell you everything!  I have a job.

I like thinking about things.  I don’t have an agenda as far as I’m aware.  I see things and drag them back here.  Sometimes I’m lucky enough to have a critical reader who catches me, or who questions something I say.  I actually enjoy that.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and for reading some of my posts.  If anyone sees something that they need more information on, please send me an email at mogallant@gmail.com.  I will respond there, or you can comment here.  I’ll answer you here as well.  But be critical readers okay?




More Health Stuff :)

Over at AOL today they are talking about a “condiment” that can help lose belly fat.  Well, when you read the article you’ll find that the condiment they are talking about is apple cider vinegar, which isn’t something I put on my food most of the time.  So while I wouldn’t exactly call it a condiment, I do have to admit I have a bottle in my refrigerator that I bought at a whole foods store and I bought it from there because I wanted something called the “mother” in it.

What is the mother? Well, it’s a bit of the fermented apple.  It hasn’t been removed to make it nice and see through.  I do actually ingest this stuff, although not as often as I probably should because according to the study over at AOL researchers found that adding a bit to the diet every day lowered blood glucose levels.  I like the sound of that.  There are however some cautions about adding apple cider vinegar to your diet. First it’s an acid- acetic acid, and it can burn your throat, or skin as you ingest it.  For most folks it won’t be a serious burn, just a little uncomfortable, but you don’t want to do that regularly because you don’t want to mess around with your nice esophagus!  What I do is pour two tablespoons into a glass of water and drink it. It isn’t all that bad in my opinion but I like things with a bit of a kick.

Next, a lot of folks have been worried about gluten.  Well, there are some folks saying that gluten isn’t just bothering our digestion systems, it also might be bothering our brains.  Check out something called zonolin.  I have to do more research on my own, but there might be a problem with a cascade in the body when it ingests too much sugar, or too  many carbohydrates.  Gluten is one of the things that we find in a lot of carbs.  So think about it.  Remember in the old days we talked about Wheat belly, now there is Grain Brain 🙂

Now I am unpleasantly plump, so please do not take my word for health behaviors that will result in a thin and comely YOU.  No, I can just pass along information that intrigues me.  I am heavier than I’d like to be and I try to diet regularly, but it doesn’t seem to take.  I know there are a lot of folks out there who will say calories in equals weight.  And folks like that are welcome to doubt my sincerity when I say that there has to be something else that keeps the weight on me because I try not to overindulge.

So now that you know that I’m not talking down to anyone,  I am seriously thinking about this stuff, and this is the last thing that interests me, I was thinking the other day about the temperature in our environments these days. In the old days people were a lot less toasty in my opinion.  I can’t tell you how many times I  read something that talks about way back when folks were outdoors in the cold, or how they slept in chilly rooms with windows open year round?  These days we are locked into our temperature controlled spaces and that made me wonder if there was any possibility that temperature had an impact on weight?

Turns out there was a study done recently about how room temps affect humans.  Warmer temperatures, warm, not hot, increase body weight. Well, in truth there were several that I saw.

What was really fascinating to me was that the longer humans are in cold temperatures, the more they accommodate themselves to them.  If you spend a couple of weeks at 59 degrees, your body will think that is a comfortable temperature to live at.  IT makes a lot of sense to me, because I notice that I can be outdoors on a warm winter afternoon and barely feel the chill at 52 degrees, and yet, I am sure that physiologically my body is compensating for the temperature change.  I need to maintain my body heat, and being outdoors when it is chilly will force my body to work to increase my body temps.  That isn’t rocket science is it?

So as winter continues make sure you take care of yourself. Walk when you can, eat healthy foods, think about that condiment we were talking about earlier and spend some quality time outdoors in the cold.

I’m going to try!




My Reading Frenzy Continues

I have recently read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, then I read Tallgrass  by Sandra Dallas. I also read Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story and I read Monica Holloway’s memoir Playing with Dead People.  I continued reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I finished this weekend’s reading with Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.

My brain is tired.   My eyes are tired.  But I don’t think I’m ever going to be done reading.

I think that is a good thing, and a bad thing.  It’s a good thing because I’m really in love with the characters I find in the stories I read.  Author’s go to the trouble of crafting these wonderful personalities and they are locked in their book jackets until someone takes them out and opens up their lives.  I like being one of those people.  It’s a bad thing to read so much because there is never going to be an end to the list. The books keep coming.  There are more stories in this world than I’ll ever have time to read.  That is kind of sad.

A lot of books have similar stories, but every author has a unique voice, even if their writing isn’t all that compelling!  Each story stands alone.

I mean look at the list I’ve read recently  I can compare Kerouac’s book with the book by Vizzini and the book about Dante and Aristotle by Saenz, but they are all completely different.  One is about a man finding himself and getting caught up in the teen angst that separates boys from men…oh no, wait, they are all about that topic!  But with Kerouac there is this intimate connection with a male character…oh right, the same is true with Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante…and Bobby makes a strong impression on Ned Vizzini’s young man.

I wish I could express how I feel with the same acumen that these authors do.  I don’t write that way.

Monica Holloway’s book struck a chord with me.  I’m still a little dazed by her book.

So many voices saying ” I’m afraid, I’m alone, I feel like an outsider.”

Terry Pratchett doesn’t say that!  Terry Pratchett is probably ecstatic that he’s an oddball which is part of the reason I like to have a book by him around when the other books are a bit too heavy.  Reading a book from his Disc World is like listening to a lecture  given by a speaker who keeps inhaling helium.  It’s so wrong, it’s hysterical.

Oh, I forgot that I also read a graphic novel called the Umbrella Academy.  The pictures were wild, but the story was a little odd.  My daughter tells me that is the way it is with graphic novels so I shouldn’t get all bent out of shape about it.  I’ll try to keep an open mind.

I’m going to keep reading, but I’m pretty pleased with the titles I’ve read so far and I’d love to share them.  If you want a good book just stop by the library and I’m sure we’ll find you something!



aka Miss Maureen 🙂


DJ’s Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson Have Some Splainin to Do!

In the past couple of days there has been a lot of noise about a birthday party for a little girl named Sophia who was said to have had gay parents and the story was that when the child’s family sent out invitations one mother objected and said her child “tommy” wouldn’t be attending because she didn’t approve of the gay lifestyle.  She gave her phone number in case the parents wanted to contact her directly.  The two DJ’s published the information.

Well, it’ss all made up, at least that is what the two tricksters are saying now.

Personally I can’t believe that we are led by our emotions in the first place.   What good does it do for a hundred thousand people to get themselves all inflamed over nonsense?  If it was true that there was a real mother that was being so outlandishly rude then that is on her!

I’m more disturbed that the “gatekeepers” or professionals in the media would make up a story like this and portray it as sincere.

Sheesh, I’ll probably find out that they didn’t actually post any information on it, and they didn’t say it wasn’t true later, and in fact they don’t even exist 🙂

Remember back when we only worried about things that had an impact on our own lives?

I’m not linking you to anything because there is nothing important to link to in my personal opinion.  But in case any of you had heard the story, and you thought it was for real, I thought I’d just let you down easy before it’s all over the news.