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  • A high school student over the PA said the Pledge of Allegance in Arabic...

    4/26/2015 5:35:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic said over the public address system a high school. In a different newspaper article it said, "It said the pledge had been recited in other languages throughout the week." I challenge you to make an opinion about that. Maybe write it down. Then... read the fol... Read more

  • 75 SP recipes for spring time eating! : )

    4/26/2015 12:22:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    ◦The best time to harvest the greens is in early spring, when they’re young, before they begin to flower. As they get older, they become bitter, but can still be used if you boil or sauté them ◦The tenderest, sweetest part of the plant is the “crown”, the cluster of new buds th... Read more

  • Georges Hébert: Methode Naturelle

    4/25/2015 6:02:12 PM, by PETALIA

    Parkour was founded by David Belle in the 1980s. It was inspired by Georges Hébert, a French naval officer, who developed the Methode Naturelle after 1902. Georges Hébert wrote: The final goal of physical education is to make strong beings. In the purely physical sense, the... Read more

  • Kitty praying...

    4/22/2015 10:48:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    picture from DEBBIEDAY It is so purr-fect for me today! Thanks Debbie! chris... Read more

  • eat to Beat Cancer --web site link updated

    4/22/2015 9:54:26 PM, by CTUPTON Read more

  • Hug a tree for Earth Day 2015

    4/22/2015 8:11:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    If you have never done this--and most people have not--try it, you'll like it. It makes you feel very strong and grounded. Yes, it makes you feel a little silly, too, but so what. It is way easier if you have kids to do it with. chris... Read more

  • just for funzies!

    4/21/2015 7:45:29 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Because I'm Happy!!!

    4/21/2015 5:16:39 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    My niece is putting together a video of all the members of my family dancing to Pharrell Williams "Happy" song for my brother's 65th birthday. We are sending her clips that she will piece together. Today, in beginning Zumba class, we danced to that song and I had a classmate videotape part of it ... Read more

  • Henry Rollins: on anger

    4/19/2015 7:41:04 PM, by PETALIA

    "My anger does not manifest itself in destruction of objects, swearing in traffic, or attempting to get beaten up by another male several years my junior. Actually, it gets me up early, on the road and down it. I believe that contentment or any sustained period of joy that doesn't inspire thou... Read more

  • frustrations of moving--have a ffew laughs...

    4/18/2015 7:31:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    I wish.... 1. You have to choose between spending the money and hiring movers or guilting your friends into helping you in exchange for a Papa John’s single topping pizza. The struggle is that if the movers scratch your coffee table, you’re insured. If your friend does it the only thing ... Read more

  • I have been getting more done lately by this method:

    4/18/2015 7:06:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I find if I make a to do list for tomorrow--I get lots more done. In the morning I have energy but don't know where to start. So I have the pre-written list! At night I have lots of ideas but no energy to move things around. It is easy for me to just write down the ideas to be done the nex... Read more

  • Stuff I got rid of --yeah!

    4/18/2015 6:57:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    already gone -two vans full of trash from the basement to the dump, including old computer equipment -many tall kitchen garbage bags of my old clothes for the VVA truck pickup-my daughter forced me to focus on these and pushed me to get rid of lots of the clothes! I thank her for that. -man... Read more

  • My little asparagus harvest and house projects

    4/18/2015 3:53:25 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I decided to go ahead and harvest a little of my asparagus this year. The plants are two years old. I planted them as one year old plants last spring so this is the first year that they have actually produced asparagus. Next year, they should produce significantly more. Here's my little harves... Read more

  • No pun intended--well maybe pun intended...

    4/17/2015 8:03:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    Which is your favorite? And do you have a favorite pun or play on words? Thanks for stopping by my blogs, chris Imagine living in China! China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control There really is an online articl... Read more

  • "Nicecream" with frozen cherries and frozen bananas

    4/17/2015 7:14:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Recipe: Frozen bananas blended with frozen cherries, fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, a tad of coconut water, and a dash of cinnamon! Nice cream for dayzzzz....Enjoy my friends! from the website Fully Raw... Read more

  • My thoughts --the moral bucket list

    4/17/2015 6:56:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mother Theresa and walking on water: As a teenager I had great aspirations. And I was said to always be "brooding." I was fairly unhappy and thought I should be saving the world. Dial ahead to now. I feel I am barely able to keep my own life together rather than out saving those starving peopl... Read more

  • The moral bucket list--this sure made me think!

    4/17/2015 6:23:39 AM, by CTUPTON
    he-moral-bucket-list.html?_r=0 In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime. This is a philosophy... Read more

  • Herbs vs spices--who knew!

    4/15/2015 4:36:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    Only the green leafy parts of a plant are considered herbs. Flavourings from other parts are called spices. Thus, parsley, sage, rosemary, mint and thyme are all herbs. Seeds like nutmeg and peppercorns are spices, as are barks like cinnamon, buds like cloves, and flower parts like saffron. A few pl... Read more

  • Cleaning out my basement for putting our condo on the market....

    4/13/2015 7:05:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had the truck pick up my donations!! 334 He took lots of stuff, including 2 dressers I had for my daughter when she was little. She is now almost 33 (May 29th!). I am sure I bought them at a flea market! 224 I painted one mint green and a pinkish color with a little yellow trim. the other I pai... Read more

  • Do you have a dishwasher you like?

    4/13/2015 10:42:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mine died in just a couple of years. I am selling the condo and I have to replace it. There is a store near me with used appliances that look new. I want to get one there. I don't' want to pay a thousand dollars! OMG! Please don't tell me your horror stories------- I need positive inf... Read more

  • Maine coon cat is very long and big--but we got him as a tiny kitten!

    4/12/2015 7:53:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Native to the state of Maine, these good-natured, intelligent cats can grow to be quite large. In fact the "Guiness Book of World Records" (2006) lists a male Maine Coon cat as the longest cat in the world. He measured 48 inches long (120 cm), including the length of his tail, and weighed a staggeri... Read more

  • From FROSTY99-- about PINEAPPLES! Eat more pineapples!

    4/12/2015 5:58:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    A Simple Pineapple The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual flowe... Read more

  • Why Man cannot form a humane society even after all these many years of wars and turmoil.

    4/12/2015 3:36:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have contemplated that question many times. I can't believe I did not come to a good answer. The book Utopia by Thomas More popped up on my computer. I read a bit about it and it got me thinking. Many societies have been engineered and fall apart. And obviously we are still producing wars at an... Read more

  • Spring clean up...inside and out!

    4/11/2015 7:26:06 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    This week has been a very busy week in terms of house projects. With the warm weather coming back, we seem to have awakened from our winter slumber and decided to tackle several projects. We knew we wanted to get the outside of our house painted this year. With the ice storm doing a number ... Read more

  • Falling down....Literally and Physically.

    4/11/2015 12:43:35 AM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    It's been a while. On February 27, a Friday evening. I was going out to walk my almost 3 year old, Boston Terrior. We went out the front door and I slipped on ice, a solid sheet, on my front porch. Fortunately all I did was bruise my right buttock and my right forearm. Two weeks later, Friday... Read more

  • 10 Healthy restaurant--including IHOP!

    4/10/2015 5:28:07 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Is Swerve Sweetner healthy and good tasting???

    4/10/2015 4:51:21 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • I am craving caramel sauce for my yogurt

    4/10/2015 4:46:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    The Best Low Carb Caramel Sauce Yield: About 1 cup Serving Size: 2 tbsp The Best Low Carb Caramel Sauce This is the only low carb, sugar-free caramel sauce recipe you will ever need. It's ooey, it's gooey and it stays pourable! Best of... Read more

  • Tiny asparagus...loving fitbit...summer plans?

    4/9/2015 7:54:04 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Happy Thurday All! It's really warming up here. High today will be around 80 degrees. Yesterday, I did a lot of yard work cleaning up the flowerbeds and spreading mulch. It's on sale. My asparagus crop was really too small to harvest this year, so I'm just going to let it grow. I have ab... Read more

  • Easy burrito baked casserole--I need easy!

    4/8/2015 3:47:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    Brown rice, lean chicken, and spinach up the health factor of this dish. Serves 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: 1 15 oz. can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained 1 16 oz. containers plus 6 tablespoons of Wholly Guacamole (Classic), divided... Read more

  • Back to business

    4/7/2015 3:05:14 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Hi there, strangers! Back to work today. Holiday is over, I am rested, just had a haircut and ready to rock and roll. Again it is raining, but we have had wonderful weather. I,ve read a olt of books and watched a lot of boxed sets, Zumbaed, swam, and now it's back to normal. How've you all bee... Read more

  • No means yes! Thanks, NJENGEN!

    4/7/2015 7:02:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    No means yes!! "No" to the cookie means yes to a healthier choice! "No" to chips or crackers means yes to better health, fewer joint problems. "No" to more nuts means yes to the ability to be more active more of the time! "No" to unnecessary food means yes to the kind of lif... Read more

  • Easiest face sun protection?

    4/7/2015 6:29:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am still lax putting on daily SPF creams -even though I had to have something removed from the center of my nose. 39 I was hoping there was a one step cream for this. I guess not. I thought I could use a tinted SPF protection cream. If you know a good one, please... Read more

  • largest immigrant population by state

    4/6/2015 8:26:13 PM, by CTUPTON
    as-immigrants/... Read more

  • Video: correct way to walk on stairs--who knew!

    4/5/2015 5:16:16 PM, by CTUPTON
    oing-Up-Stairs.html... Read more

  • Lose weight to decreas pressure on each knee. Duh! Another reaso for me to lose weight.

    4/5/2015 5:15:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    From 3 fat chicks on a diet: Dr. Peyton comments, “Every additional pound you carry equals 3 extra pounds of pressure on your hip joint, 4 extra pounds on your knee joint, and about 9 extra pounds on your patella femoral joint (which you use going up and down stairs, ... Read more

  • Chemistry of synovial fluid. Very tecchnical! Just a link.

    4/5/2015 4:27:18 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • More about synovial fluid. with a link

    4/5/2015 4:18:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    The inner membrane of synovial joints is called the synovial membrane and secretes synovial fluid into the joint cavity. The fluid contains hyaluronic acid secreted by fibroblast-like cells in the synovial membrane and interstitial fluid filtered from the blood plasma.[1][page needed] This fluid for... Read more

  • synovial fluid

    4/5/2015 4:13:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    Synovial fluid is a viscous, non-Newtonian fluid found in the cavities of synovial joints. With its yolk-like consistency ("synovial" partially derives from ovum, Latin for egg), the principal role of synovial fluid is to reduce friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints during move... Read more

  • Cortisone shots for knee pain--a very complicated process to understand.

    4/5/2015 4:07:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    Cortisone can actually prevent healing! I read about it after I got my shot! I think I had to get it. My pain was awful. Having read up on it, I am doing some things to have it heal if it can. I am bending it to make fluid be produced there. That fluid from my body can help it heal. The sw... Read more

  • Peeps diorama : Peeple and Scott Walker

    4/5/2015 3:38:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am finding more and more peeps dioramas. They are really clever. I hate politics but this was kind of interesting, Peeple! chris... Read more

  • Add more veggies to kashi pizza--delicious!

    4/5/2015 2:20:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    This might save me from those pizza cravings! I added no salt (drained) diced tomatoes, green pepper, and more grated parmesan cheese. chris... Read more

  • Sugar addiction is real! The brain acts like addiction to

    4/4/2015 6:46:28 PM, by CTUPTON
    when-you-give-sugar-lent But we knew this already. Right? Lots of fun pictures are in the link! In short, this means that repeated access to sugar over time leads to prolonged dopamine signalling, greater excitation of t... Read more

  • 100 calorie snacks that fill you up--well maybe....

    4/4/2015 6:37:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    Healthy eating isn’t all about calorie counting. Nutritious foods are key, but sometimes it’s nice to know you can grab a quick snack that doesn't deliver an entire meal's worth of calories. The next time hunger creeps up when it’s least convenient (like 30 minutes before a dinner reservation)... Read more

  • A week with my it!

    4/4/2015 5:43:23 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I've had my fitbit for slightly over a week now. I'm delighted with it. I have the ChargeHR version. One thing I'm very happy about with it is how well it syncs with Sparkpeople. It records my steps, active time, distance and sleep every day without me having to do a thing! Now, I only need to... Read more

  • I am not keeping a record of my exercise so no awards!!!

    4/4/2015 9:41:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    I changed the battery in my SPAT and after that it leaked in the pool. I dried it. It worked but leaked again. I asked on the message board. I got some direction. I am putting the little rubber O ring in the wrong place. the diagram is not very clear. I have not gotten around to fixing it yet. Way t... Read more

  • Misconceptions about aging--an excellent article!

    4/4/2015 8:06:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    I get emails from this website ( It is full of great information and even personal support from "people who have been there." I have several wweb sites that I regularly contact about being a caregiver, mostly. I list hem on my team postings as my signature. Hope this helps someon... Read more

  • Faithful Reflections...

    4/4/2015 3:20:06 AM, by _RAMONA

    I wrote this account of my local Via Dolorosa about 7 years ago. Today I share it anew... perhaps it will touch your own longing with grace... For 17 years now, our city holds an interdenominational 'Outdoor Stations of the Cross'. Our family attends every year b... Read more

  • A new ailment! Come on-I have had enough! Bumps on palm.

    4/3/2015 9:12:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    These bumps have been developing for maybe 6 months. No pain mostly--on occasion a burning sensation. And the bumps are changing. Probably related to trigger finger but my fingers aren't acting that way. I have asked various professionals. They said if there is no pain--just leave it alone. ... Read more

  • I am liking this website "abouthome." This is another article from there.

    4/3/2015 4:24:57 PM, by CTUPTON
    rs.htm Using things like ketchup as a cleaning liquid! HUH! 40... Read more

  • Woolite laundry soap seems a bit expensive. Here are ways to make yur own.

    4/3/2015 4:20:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    I use Woolite for any hand washables even if I wash them on gentle in the machine. I really don't know which recipe is best here. The last ideas seem pretty good to me. I have a bar of Fels Naphtha soap in fact. Homemade Wool Wash #1 •4 cups soap flakes •4 cups boiling water •1 c... Read more

  • BINGO! Cause of Fibro is SIBO!

    4/3/2015 3:10:14 PM, by DOTSLADY

    I've had enough testing the last few years to KNOW this doctor is talking about me and my experience. Low tryptophan? Check! Low serotonin? Check! Low melatonin? Check! Gut dysbiosis? Check! and on an on. If you have fibro, but haven't had all the tests to know, just having your an... Read more

  • You surprised me--you read my statistics blog! Here's more...

    4/2/2015 10:00:31 AM, by CTUPTON

    enjoy! chris... Read more

  • Correlation is NOT causation! These are funny.... but it takes some brain power...

    4/1/2015 4:08:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    Don't let the formal "science" looking graphs discourage you. hmm--I'd better stop eating margarine! Read more

  • Go howl at the moon or.....

    4/1/2015 3:38:21 PM, by CTUPTON
    g/?articleId=69 It got me thinking anyway! chris... Read more

  • Mystic Mysteries

    3/31/2015 4:30:59 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Well before I go I just HAD to record this for posterity as it was super weird. You know how I like my freaky coincidences and mystical mysteries and oddities....well most of them apart from that youtube channel under my real name ....with all my fave songs....that had nothing to do with me a... Read more

  • April Focus & Spark Break

    3/30/2015 6:03:35 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I've decided for the month of April to 'stop running my mouth' lol also known as no more blogging for bloggings sake. On a more semi serious note though I am going to be taking a spark break for a number of reasons. Those who've known me since before Autumn will know I've expressed feeli... Read more


    3/29/2015 10:08:12 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • What to order at Panera Bread SP article

    3/29/2015 4:43:17 PM, by CTUPTON
    anera_bread I am quoting a bit of the article. There is lots of info in the actual article! "Panera has stepped up their nutritional game recently with their Power Menu, a selection of high-protein, low-carb entrees with some se... Read more

  • cheese storage bags and paper--on grommet

    3/28/2015 1:34:29 PM, by CTUPTON
    se-storage-bags... Read more

  • tacos for lunch today

    3/28/2015 10:23:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    I will use broken up corn chips on a plate and spoon on the taco filling No recipe used but here is what I did: brown ground turkey brown the onions use a dry mix of spices for tacos, low sodium add fresh and canned tomatoes (low sodium) add canned corn add some water ... Read more

  • Buffalo-- I am planning to move us there in a few months. Hard to get the packing and other things d

    3/28/2015 10:12:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    Why there? family But I grew up in that area and it has many, many advantages. Please don't discourage me. Comment only if you have positives to say about Erie County, Buffalo, greater Buffalo, Clarence_NY, snow, lake effect, cloudy weather, etc. Chris... Read more

  • Diet friendly "Boston Cream Pie"

    3/28/2015 10:04:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    Recipe Boston Cream Pie Parfait Nutrition factsAmount per Serving Calories: 128 Protein: 2.5g Total Fat: 4.5g - Saturated Fat: 2.0g Cholesterol: 60mg Total Carbohydrate: 19.0g - Dietary Fiber: 1.5g - Total Sugar: 11.5g Sodium: 120mg This recipe transforms a ... Read more

  • First full day with my fitbit...

    3/28/2015 9:03:21 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I finally broke down and got a Fitbit Charge HR Wednesday. So far, I'm really liking it. I'm impressed with how well it integrates with SparkPeople too. Yesterday, was the first day I wore it all day. I went to a line dancing class and a ballroom dancing class for a total of 2 hours of dancing.... Read more

  • Getting Naked-- a blog from IOWAGRAMMA

    3/28/2015 7:54:56 AM, by CTUPTON
    ?blog_id=5750626 I just loved this blog. Thank you for putting this into words. I suggest water exercising to everyone! I am like a preacher for this. Many people say they would not be seen in a bathing suit. And these are "thin" ... Read more