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In the land of Daisies...I'm a Sunflower

Friday, July 26, 2013


possesses a large flowering head
{…some consider me smart…at any rate, I do a lot of thinking…}
It is often used to depict the sun.
{…I’m also a Leo…}.
The sunflower has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves,
and circular flower heads…..
{…at my age…yep that’s me…}
The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds,
often in the hundreds
{…I like to think of my blogs as seeds for thought…}

At 5’11” barefoot , I stand out in a crowd.
It bothered me when I was a kid and I felt like Heidi on steroids.
Big and Tall is not attractive for a woman…
But I got over that…......until yesterday.

I hate studies…yesterday I read this article

{…oh great…make my day…}

The problem with these medical forecasts is that it’s like having a fortune teller predict a gloomy future for you …
and then you live up to that expectation…
because someone told you that is your destiny.



Choose wisely and Get moving.

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    Well, Sheryl, here is a news flash - we are all going to die of something, at some time! Sorry if that offends, it's my attempt at sick humor.

    I too am tall enough for a woman ( 5'9") and not exactly on the tiny side even at my lowest adult age. As a young girl I hated it! The other kids would make fun of me and I stood a foot over all of the boys. As I grew into adulthood I began to appreciate my height. The boys finally grew taller as men. I am evenly proportioned so my height can hold a lot of weight and it won't show. I also have long, slender legs and small ankles which my DH loves.

    So all I know for sure is that I love my height and I don't worry about the future, but live one day at a time emoticon
    1781 days ago
    Hi Sheryl--- Thanks for your blog!

    In this nutty world, we can be scared about everything!--- but we can choose to control our health as best we can by good nutrition and exercise. Celebrate and be joyful about all the flowers in the garden--! Smile each day and spread kindness in our little piece of the world. It is the only standard of living that makes sense to me.

    I am also tall, over 5'10"--- and I have big feet !! Always in my classes, I was the tallest student. It bothered me so much back then--but now I am happy being tall. However, I do want to lose the excess pounds! Can't change my feet size, but I sure do WISH that shoe makers would realize that there are women who need to wear size 10 and 1/2 --- Ever notice--- 10 1/2 is very hard to find! For me 10 is too small, and the 11 is too loose. 6, 7, 8, 9, --all come in half sizes, but not for size 10.. Grr

    Keep on sparking, and find joy in each day!----
    1787 days ago
    tall short we all face health issues just depends who and what country makes the study. i remember they at first thought Mum deodorant and using a certain fry pan caused Alzheimer's disease. next week tall will be better off because they can see over short people in line and know how the wait is to into the movie. that is why i skip reading that stuff its like watching the News its can make you nuts and unhappy.
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    Comment edited on: 7/27/2013 5:40:11 PM
    It's amazing the stuff they come up with to "research" and the answers they get! I think that is ridiculous! And I'd rather be a sunflower than a daisy. Even though I'm average height, I want to stand tall and proud and although daisies are pretty, I don't want to be huddled down clustered together! I want to make my own way and not just be part of a bunch LOL.
    1789 days ago
    did not mean to post twice! got stuck in limbo, so I refreshed the page.
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    Comment edited on: 7/27/2013 6:31:15 AM
    I read the article here on SP, and I couldn't figure out what was tall. I'm was 68 inches (now 67) - am I tall?
    1789 days ago
    I agree Sheryl! Make great choices, I'm with you!!! You rock!!!

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    Hi Sheryl..........
    You will be the exception!!!!! And, I emoticon sunflowers.
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  • GEORGE815
    I agree. Stay moving!
    1790 days ago
    Almost anything, anyone has a plus and minus factor... emoticon
    1790 days ago
    What a crappy article. Depressing. Thank God I don't give much credence to these pop-up "scientific" marvels.

    I don't usually think of myself as a flower. I'm not sure what flower I would be. Probably something showy and vulgar but not stinky. Like a Jack-in-the-pulpit.

    I tend to compare myself more with things like a breed of dog and, in that case, I'm a terrier. They aren't tiny and trembly like a tea cup doggie, not large and lumbering like a Saint Bernard. Terriers aren't prissy. They are short and sturdy and fairly wild. Speaking of which, I have to go. All of a sudden I feel a need to run around the yard pushing a ball with my nose.
    1790 days ago
  • DEEDEE1102
    I'm over 5'10" and do not have a hereditary factor for any cancers. The funny thing is the article said that taller women were less at risk for heart disease and stroke... and my mom died at 71 from a stroke. She had high blood pressure and heart disease. She was also my height! I'm going to continue to take care of myself and forget this article all together! I want you to do the same. Lets just be healthy and live our lives!
    1790 days ago
    If you noticed, most anything can cause cancer..helps funding for new wards and medical schools...In college chem, organic chemistry, we learned that any carbon based thing has the propensity to cause cancer...we can only try to minimize the risks..but to leave in fear is ridiculous (if we did that, how many of us never would have crossed the street by ourselves, let alone talk to strangers..I don't recall those instructions ever rescinded :) ) And be grateful you're not a daisy..when folks go they say they push those wonder they don't smell pretty! LOL And the sunflower seeds are how the education that you can impart to others...Have a great day, and put your thumb to your nose and waggle your fingers at those trying to ruin your mood... (and I'm around 5'8"..all my friends in school were about 5'2" -5'5"..I saw other talls starting to slouch around shorter people..I didn't want them to have that kind of control and thought of all the advantages of being tall, and kept standing tall and proud-especially as I love wearing 3-4" heels!)
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    Comment edited on: 7/26/2013 2:57:05 PM
    I guess this is one reason I should be glad that I'm short! There aren't too many of them (sigh)
    1790 days ago
    Great blog! There is always something printed to make us paranoid. Take the article with a grain of salt. God made you. Remember that you were made in His image! So that makes you beautiful! Have a great weekend!
    1790 days ago
    Sunflowers are beautiful!! emoticon And they can find/make-up a study about most you said, YOU create your future!!
    1790 days ago
    great blog. I have been to a few fortune tellers. The one that I thought was all wet because she told me I was going to have a weight problem for years and finally overcome it, (she told me this when I was a size 1) was the one that was most accurate. One told me that I was going to marry a rich man. Well that obviously didn't happen,
    1790 days ago
  • DALID414
    A fortune teller told me my relationship with the boyfriend wouldn't last... We've been in double digit years together for a while already... Maybe I'm stubborn? emoticon
    1790 days ago
    emoticon great blog Sheryl emoticon
    1790 days ago
    OMG! Sheryl, I wondered if you would see that! Have to take these things with a grain (keeping the intake under 2,300 mg., of course!) I'm sure, somewhere, there's a study showing disadvantages to being my stature too (i.e. SHORT! 4 ft. 10 in on a GOOD day!)

    HUGS and have a great weekend, my sunflower-y friend! Sunflowers are BEAUTIFUL.
    1790 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
    I love sunflowers and I loved your blog! emoticon
    1790 days ago
    I read the article and I think it is foolish! Large people drink "milk" and have more skin and are closer to the sun??? Idiots. I would not worry about this. Remember these "studies" are fianced by companies who want to promote a product. The facts many times are "adjusted" to suit a product.
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  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Those studies are simply a way to control people. Look around and you will find a study that says short people are at a higher cancer risk.

    Great positive blog.
    1790 days ago
    I really do not believe (nor read any more) these studies. All contradictory and financed by interest groups. And you can easily lie with statitics. You are absolutely right: our choices dictate our destiny. Hurray for sunflowers!
    1790 days ago
    I'll stand tall beside you. I'm 6'1 barefoot. We can do this.
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    I heard they were going to talk about that on the news last night and thoughtd though what a bunch of hooey.

    I always remind myself for every study and statistic, there are more studies and statistics that say the opposite.

    You are a beautiful sunflower!

    1790 days ago
    Great blog. I'm a mushroom myself. Short, stalky and like cool dark places and occasional sun. I agree that studies are there to drive you crazy. Just wait, in 6 months there will be a study that says being a tall woman will make you less likely to get a different type of cancer or heart disease. I remember when they said oranges cause cancer and a few months later that oranges prevent it. Hang in there, in a few months there will be a study to show sunflowers prevent the common cold. emoticon
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  • FLAME42
    Loved your blog! Both of these flowers have a place in my garden. Guess I would come closer to the daisy since I am only 5 foot 2 eyes of blue. You have such a great way with words.
    Keep up your positive outlook. emoticon
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  • KANOE10
    We all have genetical characteristics that could predict getting a disease. You are right..we do create our future with every choice we make!

    Thanks for sharing..that sunflower keeps staying positive and facing the sun!

    Have a great day/

    1790 days ago
    Love that comparison! Can't worry about "studies" and plan your life around them. emoticon
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  • 1935MARY
    On these studies you have to consider where they took place and how many were studied. About the daisy and sunflowers, I love both of these flowers they are both beautiful and unique in their own way, just like we are. Have a great day.
    1790 days ago
    Well done blog - we do make our own choices!
    1790 days ago
    Awww.... Keep your head up and looking toward the sunny side of life. Don't worry about tomorrow, today has enough worries of its own!
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    Thanks for sharing
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