"When you change the way you see things, the things you see change." - Author Unknown
 

      
 

Go Light Your World

This song, written by the American singer-songwriter Chris Rice, has landed its secure place among my all-time favorite songs. Though it is generally considered to be a piece of contemporary Christian music, I feel that it can speak to and inspire people of all religions and backgrounds. This excerpt, the song's simple but elegant chorus, embodies the heart of the song's message by using an extended metaphor: Our candles are our spirits, and we have the power to inspire and influence others, to change their days, outlooks, maybe even lives.

Kindness, like fire, does not dwindle when given away. It only spreads. Lighting someone else's candle does not diminish the size of your own flame. But it does add another light to the night sky, another bright spirit, shining all its own. And chances are, that candle will go on to light many more, leaving a trail of flames in its wake. Just the same, giving someone a small act of kindness or love does not diminish what you own.



My mother FINALLY successfully made bread in muffin tins and this bread, now in its 6th edition, is SO SOFT and FLUFFY it's like ahhhhh.. So I told her she got a 10 out of 10 and now she's dancing around the kitchen holding bread and chanting "10 out of 10! 10 out of 10!" xD

*spoiler alert * i'm going to get really really fat off bread now just a totally necessary heads-up

*spoiler alert 2 * yes, i am still using that same famous mug.

The Freshman

Second day of freshman year and I'm stuck here playing violin for more than TWO HOURS after school. (Good job Mrs. J, I think that's a record) I actually believe Mrs. J (our orchestra director) is basically the most powerful person in the school. I am not even joking. She directly impacts more than 400 students AND their private music lesson teachers plus she can scare me into *spoiler alert* ACTUALLY PRACTICING ALL major and minor scales with up to 4 sharps/flats! Ahaha blehgahptoo. So basically here is an adorable picture of me playing violin with my adorable new-ish glasses because I feel like it.

2015 Mission Vacation

Just got back from #StLouis *whew* It is so unexpectedly hot over there it is not even funny.

When I come back to school expect me to have gained like 20 pounds from hot pot and ice cream (very self control such wow many respect).

Anyways #yay I had such a great time but I'm glad to be back too just in time for school :D rainbows and sprinkles you all.

Enjoy the last, like, not even a week of summer.

Fun (or not) Facts:
1) The distance from our home to the Crown Plaza hotel where we stayed in St. Louis is 395 miles.

2) It took us 6 hours on the road in the car. We enjoyed the ice-cream-cone-eating season without blinking an eye about the 280 calories each contains.

3) The average high temperature when we stayed there was 93 degrees Fahrenheit. You don't immediately feel the impact of that when you wander from place to place in the sun, until, of course, a terrible throbbing headache attacks you in the evening.

4) The Arch, which was completed in 1965, spans 630 feet wide and stands 630 feet tall. My dad and I rode the Journey to the Top (4 minutes up, 3 minutes down) while my mother puttered around below.

5) 0 out of 4 nights involved comfortable sleeping (for my mother, at least) due to frequent and heavy thunderstorms issued by somebody (NOT ME) -_-

Mission #M013 Completed

At last all the summer moles have been successfully whacked. *Epic dance moves that involve a lot of punching the air.* I guess I kind of simultaneously lost and gained a sense of direction in my summer stay-at-home-and-listen-to-tuneless-music sort of life.

Unfortunately, though, that doesn't mean I can demolish my hammer in a huge sizzling bonfire -- you see, my mole-whacking days won't completely over soon. Memory retention... oh fie...

But either way, we've got sufficient reason to celebrate. *Fireworks and sparkling-juice-instead-of-champagne-because-I'm-not-21-yet* Wasabi peas, anyone?

(Image Credit: B the T)


Today is the last day of summer school, I'm afraid I won't have the chance to read my favorite books in the hot car anymore. Good or bad?

Help People

For the people who are poor, sick, and suffering.



7 Reasons Why I Don't Eat Mammals

Sizzling, succulent, strips of bacon just out of the frying pan passes a certain charisma: the thin layer of shiny grease, crispy edges, and curvy physiognomy - how utterly and irresistibly... attractive.

But not to me. That breakfast plate won't be one you see sitting in front of me. Here are the top seven reasons why I don't eat mammals:

7) Eating red meat is not only nutritionally unnecessary - too much of it is actually detrimental. High in cholesterol, red meat also increases one's risk of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

6) Pigs and cows share 98% of human DNA. In fact, medical researchers have recently found that it is possible to use organs from pigs for life-saving human organ transplants. Considering that, pigs, cows, and humans are much more alike than we tend to give them credit for.

5) "Meat" nowadays should be spelled with a capital M and quotation marks. A vast majority of meat on the market is cross-contaminated, injected with harmful substances, and treated with ammonia gas. Not to mention that a multitude of chemicals and synthetic hormones are implanted into those pigs and cows to make the meat more "appealing".

4) Our little bovine and porcine friends are immensely intelligent. Pigs are social, quick to learn, and capable of many cognitive processes. It has been said that pigs are more intelligent than dogs and dolphins, and they have even been compared to human three-year olds.

3) As Paul McCartney once so eloquently stated, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we'd all be vegetarian." Consider that for a second. An undercover investigation at a North Carolina slaughterhouse revealed the workers delivering daily beatings to the pigs. Sawing off their legs. Throwing piglets against concrete walls and floors. Raping sows with iron poles. Sticking electric prods in their eyes and ears. Skinning them alive. And none of this cruel abuse "enhances the flavor of the meat" whatsoever. These are purely brutal and sadistic actions performed by brutal and sadistic people.

I won't give you, reader, any more nightmares, so I won't tell you how pigs are slit at their throats alive at the slaughterhouse and hung upside-down to bleed. I won't tell you that billions of innocent animals worldwide succumb to this gruesome fate. And I won't tell you how one former worker admitted to have once slaughtered a pig: "He sliced off the end of the pig's snout, just like a piece of bologna... Then he took a handful of salt, and ground it into his nose." (Yes, all of this is true: check out Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals for more information.)

2) Tell me, then, why do we have a greater right to eat an animal than an animal has to live without suffering? Why is taste exempted from the ethical rules that govern all our other senses? What would we think of an artist who killed and mutilated animals because it was visually arresting? What would we think of a musician who tortured animals and recorded their groans because the sound was pleasing? And yet, what do we think of a person who kills and eats animals, just because it "tastes good"? As Jonathan Safran Foer once said, "Animal rights [are] the purest form of social-justice advocacy, because animals are the most vulnerable of the downtrodden."

To buy and consume this meat would be the equivalent of showing support and advocacy for the brutal slaughtering of innocent animals. Why should we support these horrible actions with our money, with our taste buds? Tell me, why should we?

1) That is not bacon on your plate.

That is a pig.


A pig that once lived and deserves to live just as much as you and I deserve to live and who was robbed of daylight just to satisfy the taste buds of some voracious human being. That is a pig who has - or once had - a soul of its own.

And to me, that is the most important reason of all.

Good Night


Coughs

A cough is a common reflex action that aims to clear the throat of mucus or foreign irritants.

What are the different types of coughs and causes?
A dry cough (non-productive cough) is a cough that does not produce any mucus, and is most often the result of viral infection caused by cold and flu viruses. It can also be triggered by atmospheric pollutants irritating your throat.

A wet cough (productive cough) is a cough that produces mucus (sputum), and depending on the color, may indicate a bacterial infection and inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia) and bronchi (bronchitis). Other specific causes of wet cough include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis (destruction and widening of the large airways), cystic fibrosis, and tuberculosis. Cancer of the lung is a common cause of a wet cough that may bring up bloody sputum (hemoptysis). Allergies involving the lungs (asthma) can also cause a wet cough.

What are remedies for cough?
.If you're having a wet cough, look for a cough medicine that says "expectorant" that loosens mucus to help you cough it up.
.If you're having a dry cough, a cough "suppressant" helps stop your urge to cough.
.Drink plenty of fluids, add honey in hot water, tea or lemon juice. Studies show honey can help ease a cough.
.Use a cool-mist humidifier to add moisture to the air, especially at night for a good sleep.
.Prop your head up on extra pillows at night and have a little honey before bed.

When should you see your doctor?
.If you're having a wet cough, just call and visit your doctor immediately.
.If you're having a dry cough and..
   .You're still coughing after 7 days without getting better
   .You have a fever that doesn't go away after 3 days
   .You're wheezing when your breath sounds like whistling, you may have asthma
   .You're short of breath, or have a tight chest


Information Sources:
www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/tc/coughs-topic-overview
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cough.html
www.avogel.co.uk/health/immune-system/cough/dry/

(Image Credit: BT)

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