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Reading is my favorite past time and writing comes in a close second if  I’m not creating something from a recyclable item or just any craft that conjures that imaginary bulb to pop up in my mind and makes my creative juices flowing.

Writing makes me learn of  new things I wouldn’t have known if  I was not being paid to write about a subject.

I will admit I’m not at all techie about cellphones, smartphones, apps, iPads, laptops or whatever my young nieces, nephew and yuppies are raving about.  This for me is just plain commercialism, technical advancement growing so fast you have to dispose what is just barely old to purchase something new to keep up with the fad.

The folly of youth, not yet learning how to value money and save while they are still young enough to earn much. Oh well, they have to learn how to pull themselves out from their own sand pits, although parents and aunties are just an arm away to pull them up if needed and summoned.

Anyways, I was going to write about the joys of  writing not about the perils of  youthful spending on technical gadgets.

So here goes, last year without meaning to, I learned vicariously about  QR codes, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft’s 2011 Christmas promo the new horoscope date, spas, esoteric studies, Australian recipes and now about GPS tracking devices and sales coaching.

Oh my, how wonderful to be able to spin words and come up with something worth reading without actually being an expert on it. Although it takes me a lot of  time to compose an article after reading 5-10 references to be credible enough and know how to cite references to pass Copyscape, it is exhilarating after I finally finish my write-up and someone appreciates my efforts and pays me for it!

Aside from the monetary pleasure, though writing like reading broadens up the four corners of  my room, leading me into a world that was once virtually unknown to something I already know and enjoy.  Although, I’m still not a convert to the techie gadget’s fans club, nor have I turned into a sales guru ( haha … wishful thinking ) I am now conversant with many things, well at least the subjects I had the opportunity to write about.

Writing stretches and flexes my 50 plus brain cells and gray matter to make it supple enough to remember the almost forgotten English vocabulary, spelling, grammar lessons, idioms, metaphors I learned more than 30 years ago.  The punctuation rules is a dim memory, unfortunately.

Aye,  writing is an exercise of  the brain to fend off  the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease just like doing crossword puzzles and Rubik’s cube.

Okay, I’m done with my brain exercise for the day, till next time …

Breatharianism … huh? That was my first reaction when a friend told me she was changing into another eating lifestyle. Scratching my head, I thought, “wait, I haven’t even gotten into the full swing of being a vegetarian yet and here is something new and even more life changing. For an ignorant me,  being vegetarian was the ultimate sacrifice of turning back from the gastronomic delights I’ve been used to.

Decades ago, I was trying to lose weight  and was battling with a hormonal imbalance and a myoma that made me bleed profusely and was looking into an alternative treatment to avoid a hysterectomy.  A vegetarian doctor friend gave me a list of  food to avoid, I told him, “what can I eat? everything I’m eating is in your list.”  He just gave me a smug smile or was it a smirk and said, “that’s why you’re overweight and sick.”  Ouch … that hurt and pricked my pride!

And so, I embarked on and ON again OFF again foray into the world of vegetarianism. Not eating pork or meat was easy because I don’t really crave for it, but preparing a meal for two with one a carnivorous, whining elderly mother was, and still is a frustrating challenge. Her whining that she was not trying to lose weight and she felt weak if she can’t eat pork or beef once in awhile, made me gave up the cause of vegetarianism then.

But, I’m back again because there is someone else who will prepare the food for us and a younger sister who decided to live with us prefers vegetables than meat too. Alleluia!!!  For a month now, I’m pork free …yehey!!! I was feeling proud of myself when I heard there is another purer, cleaner diet … AIR!  Oh no, this is the ultimate penance for my sins …

Breatharianism or  Inedia is living on air and not even drinking … OH NO,  NO!!!  This can not be … hahaha huhuhu …. I’ll go crazy with nothing to munch on and feel the heaviness in my tummy. Oh sigh, this air diet is not for everyone, this is for special people who wants to expand their consciousness.  Although, I would like to experience this broadening awareness, I prefer to be conscious rather than be unconscious because of hunger.

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Big D Equipment recovered a generator and trailer worth $15,000 that were stolen from a location in Martin County, through GPS tracking devices according to a news report of NewsWest 9 on August 15, 2012.

The GPS tracking devices were installed in Big D Equipment’s oilfield machineries after an escalation of oilfield thefts in the area as a result of the oil boom. The recovery of  stolen goods from oilfield companies was becoming increasingly difficult for law enforcement officers in Martin County to address since they were getting twice as much call load.

Deputy Chance Rainer of the Martin County Sheriff Department was very well pleased with the call he received from Big D Equipment reporting the theft and the location where it can be found which was 400 miles away in Van Zandt County. He said, “Since the boom started, our call load has drastically increased. “I’d say we are getting at least one to two cases a day, like I say this is one of the first ones that I’ve had where we can actually follow up and have some good information as far as GPS to find it.”

The installation of GPS tracking devices by oilfield companies have indeed made it easier and faster for law enforcement officers to recover stolen goods. Before, it was difficult for them to recover stolen oilfield equipment, because most business owners do not keep a record of serial numbers and other important data that will help them in locating and identifying the items  especially if it has been moved very much farther from their area of jurisdiction.

Big D Equipment’s investment on the installation of GPS tracking devices in their oilfield machineries not only prevented the loss of valuable machinery it also made the job easier and faster for law enforcement officers in the area where they have their oilfield location to go after thieves who have no idea that they can now be easily be tracked down and caught red-handed before they can dispose and enjoy the spoils of their ill-begotten wealth.

After years of throwing garbage indiscriminately, residents of  the Philippines in Metro Manila and other provinces that were affected by the deluge last week, experienced nature’s backlash when it vomitted back to land the thrash dumped into its waterways.

Unless we change our “nimby” (not in my back yard) attitude in disposing our solid wastes, floods caused by garbage clogging up our rivers and  canals will be a perennial problem everywhere. Garbage thrown into waterways from one area will be washed up into other shores and vice versa. What comes around, goes around.

Why have we not changed our ways after experiencing so many floods and witnessing the mounds of debris and trash washed up on shores,  stocked on the streets and sometimes left hanging on trees and woodpoles?  Are we not supposed to learn from our experiences? Or don’t we realize that nature like our human bodies expel what it can no longer process?

Nature has its ability to recycle and decompose solid wastes, but if it exceeds its carrying capacity then the outnumbered decomposers who I imagine are stuffed up to their gills and overworked with munching through mounds of garbage can not keep up with the increasing supply however tempting to their taste it may be. So, tons of garbage are left floating around to be washed up on shores during inappropriate times.

Add up the plastic materials that are not easily degradable and are just thrown away without thinking of  its impact when it clog up culverts and canals preventing rainwater to flow where it is supposed to flow, a catch basin of garbage is collected. What a sight  it is to see, how smelly, how icky! Still, it has to be cleaned up and disposed properly by street cleaners and concerned volunteers, until the next heavy rain comes and another cycle begins, not unless we already understood the dynamics of nature during a respite and dispose our garbage in the right way, because it is true that what comes around, goes around.

What man throws to nature, nature throws back to man. Man, you ought to clean up your act!    

Rain, rain go away

Come again another day …

This is the kindergarten song that I hummed yesterday as I anxiously prayed while watching the TV coverage of the flood inundating several coastal towns and cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Philippines.

… Little children want to play

Although, there were children and adults in some flooded areas who were playing, swimming and diving as if the murky waters were  swimming pools, I could not help worrying about the threat of Leptospirosis ( a bacterial disease caused by floodwaters contaminated with urine of animals infected with the Leptospira bacteria that can damage the kidney, inflame the membrane around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), failure of  the liver,  distress of the respiratory system that might lead to death if untreated)  to these innocent fun seekers even in the midst of a terrible disaster.

The heavy rain triggered by the summer monsoon became a deluge due to the effect of Tropical storm Haikui which made a landfall in China on Wednesday morning.  What if  the storm was in the Philippines?  The damage would have been horrendous  and terrifying to imagine!  With this grace, I thank God for sparing the Philippines from a more terrible destruction to property, agricultural products and loss of lives.

Once again, questions on what caused this unprecedented deluge come to mind as you see tons of garbage floating in rivers and estuaries, landslides in mountains sprouting houses instead of trees, housing development in flood prone areas, etc. When will we ever learn to live harmoniously with nature?

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WHM Syndrome, do you know what those letters mean and how they describe  conditions that are often experienced by women in their perimenopausal, menopausal and mid life stages? If  not, so did I,  and perhaps so many women out there are ignorant of this condition that triggers what others call as MBF or “menopausal brain fog.”

In her book, “Menopause and the Mind: The Complete Guide to Coping with Memory Loss, Foggy Thinking, Verbal Confusion, and Other Cognitive Effects of Perimenopause and Menopause,” Dr. Claire Warga, a research neuropsychologist and a licensed New York psychologist coined the term WHM syndrome, which means Warga’s Hormonal Misconnection Syndrome. This is a first ever scientific explanation for a set of  40 cognitive symptoms that affect different aspect of women’s mind who are in their perimenopause and menopausal stage: thinking, speech, attention, memory, spatial skills, the 3 R’s (reading, writing and ‘rithmetic).

Yep! A misconnection occurs in our brain during these stages of our womanhood due to hormonal imbalance, particularly changes with estrogen.

Perked your attention, did I? Perhaps you’ve experienced these behavioral changes and thought something was going wrong inside your brain and might be a precursor to a dreaded disease like Alzheimer or a brain tumor.

Relax a little, because if you have no other health condition that will trigger these behavioral changes, these symptoms are as common as hot flashes and can be reversed or alleviated according to Dr. Claire’s studies.

These are the conditions that comprise WHM syndrome which affects our cognition and memory:

  • Changes in thinking, losing train of thought and trouble prioritizing
  • Speech changes, difficulty in remembering names of people and places that you have known for a long time and relying on “filler words” like “you know what I mean” in trying to express herself
  • Attention changes such as being more distracted or listening but not really hearing
  • Memory changes both  short tem and long term such as taking longer to retrieve memories,  doing so with less accuracy and forgetting something you just did.
  • Behavioral changes such as briefly forgetting how to do something you once knew
  • Altered sense of time such as forgetting appointments and events of personal importance
  • Spatial skill changes-briefly forgetting how to get to familiar places or landmarks

There are many women who have experienced the symptoms of WHM syndrome and have suffered silently with these unexplained behavioral changes often relating it to signs of aging, but, hey this affects women in their mid 30s too and that is not yet old.

Fortunately for me, I stumbled upon the explanation of this condition and it was such a relief that the memory blanks I experienced and  the loss of focus have a scientific explanation.  WHM or Warga’s Hormonal Misconnection Syndrome is not a dreaded disease, women are silently fearful of,  it is just a hormonal imbalance caused by fluctuations in our body’s estrogen production.

Ancient men were  sensitive to the natural energy  flow of  nature  and the universe back when they   only have primitive tools like the plow,  arrow and spear as tools in helping them  with their survival and daily sustenance.

Working with oneness, that is  being conscious that man is interconnected to other  creatures  at that time was intrinsic for survival, but as men evolved and adapted to a rapidly changing world driven by materialism, they  lost their sensitivity to their environment and the natural rhythm of life.

As population increased, and men’s intelligence advanced, modernization and industrialization were deemed necessary  to help them cope with the increasing demands on their  time to provide food, clothing, shelter and education for their family and to make their  life more comfortable.  The  drive for social, intellectual and material advancement  wedged a  gap between men and nature.  Feeling superior to other creatures and the wrong misconception of stewardship, men took advantage of what nature has to offer.

Desecrating and pillaging nature by destroying mountains, forests and rivers  for land development and industrialization created an imbalance in the environment that soon took it’s toll. Air pollution, water pollution, flash floods and other natural catastrophe worsened by men’s activities claimed lives and properties quicker than the years it took to create the imbalance. We are now aware how important working with oneness is essential  for our  survival.

Working with oneness recognizes the feminine role  in  bringing about global healing and transformation because of  her  inherent consciousness of the interconnectivity of life and the presence of the sacred substance of creation in her  which is essential for the generation and regeneration of life.  This connection with the feminine is important for the reemergence of the Anima Mundi, the soul of the world which has been buried by masculine consciousness because the soul is crying out for man’s attention.  The world needs the feminine’s ancient wisdom and understanding of life’s oneness to redeem it.

In 1962, a feminine voice in the person of Rachel Carson who was a Biologist, Writer and Ecologist  wrote, “Silent Spring” to warn the public of the long term effects of misusing pesticides.  Through her book, she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world and the promulgation of  new policies that will protect human health and the environment.  Rachel  Carson, unknowingly took up the feminine role which launched the environmental  movement.

The environmental movement brought to man’s awareness how the environment was being defiled to profit just a few  which is an imbalance by itself in the natural  flow of  things. This brought  about a   shift  in the mindset of some individuals who took up the responsibility of protecting an ecosystem that will be harmed by non sustainable practices in the guise of  economic development.

Environmental laws to mitigate the negative impacts of  anthropogenic activities  on the air, water and land were implemented and monitored by government agencies and non-governmental organizations.  Man’s consciousness of  his oneness with nature and everything in it  was brought to the fore once again.

Working with oneness aims to make men be aware of their  being part of the world’s divine creation,  hoping that with their  increased awareness and consciousness of  their  roles, they will let go of their  egoistic stance and apathetic views to what is happening around them  and take an active role in redeeming the world from the damage and pollution we have inflicted to it.