Jon Stewart Set To Storm Deadbeat Congress With Sick 9/11 Responders Demanding Healthcare


Jon Stewart may have left the Daily Show in August, but he isn’t quite done making a difference yet. With a post-9/11 bill aimed at helping First Responders who risked their lives on September 11, 2001, set to begin phasing out, the former TV host decided to help do something to change that.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named for a New York City police officer who died of a respiratory disease linked to his participation in rescue and recovery operations after the World Trade Center was attacked, came into being in 2010 after Congress was finally shamed — including by Stewart, who spent his final show of 2010 razing lawmakers for their uncaring attitude toward those responsible for dealing with the aftermath of the greatest tragedy in our nation’s history — into passing the legislation that would provide thousands of first responders with treatment for their injuries and compensation for their economic losses.

Unfortunately, the legislation is due to expire in this Congress, with the phase-out beginning next month — an issue that could leave many families without much-needed financial assistance. Stewart has joined with lawmakers and first responders who wish to avert catastrophe by reauthorizing the bill.

This time, instead of humiliating lawmakers on his show, the comedian will be taking a more direct approach. Stewart will join 100 first responders and walk the halls of Congress on September 16 to reason with an oddly-reluctant Congress in person. The Huffington Post reports:

Stewart first broached the idea with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.), the 9/11 bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate. Several responders were in the audience when the senator appeared on one of Stewart’s final shows in July, said Glen Caplin, a former Gillibrand aide who is coordinating the Capitol Hill push for his new employer, the Global Strategy Group.

The last 9/11 bill, named after an NYPD detective who died after exposure to the toxic site, passed in 2010, more than nine years after the attacks, when Congress was finally cajoled into addressing the mounting problems suffered by Americans who rushed from all over the nation to help in the aftermath.

But funding for the $1.6 billion health and monitoring effort ends in October. It has enough cash on hand to keep operating for up to another year, but the resulting uncertainty could cause problems for patients and push doctors to seek more permanent work. More than 72,000 responders and survivors from every Congressional district are enrolled in health programs funded by the bill.

To make matters worse, the $2.75 billion  Victims Compensation Fund — which hemorrhaged $90 million because of the “Sequester” in 2013, is set to end on October 3, 2016. Anyone diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness or cancer after that date will not be eligible for assistance.

“This is such bulls**t. It’s insane,” Stewart told Gillibrand during a Daily Show interview — and Stewart’s vow to assist in keeping these programs alive is not of small import to first responders.

“I have no role models, no heroes, but Jon Stewart comes as close as possible to that,” said John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation, a 9/11 advocacy group. “I like to think we pitched a good eight innings, and we called on Jon, who was our Mariano Rivera, to close it.”

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, whose purpose one can easily guess, has listed lawmakers who have no pledged their support — and it doesn’t look pretty on either side of the fence. Surprisingly Republicans, who reference 9/11 almost as much as they do Benghazi, offer little support to the reauthorization act– though Democrats do seem more willing to lend a hand in getting the bill to pass.

“Jon Stewart and our first responders shouldn’t have to be in Washington walking the halls of Congress to keep the health care program running that our heroes need and deserve,” Gillibrand told HuffPo. “Congress should do the right thing and treat our 9/11 heroes who answered the call of duty with the same dignity and respect as our veterans.”

“We’re asking for a permanent bill, but lets not kid ourselves,” Feal said of the proposed legislation. “There’s nothing permanent about 9/11 responders. We’re all going to die off.”

If you would like to help convince Congress to do the right thing, there’s an app for that. Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act allows you to search for your representatives so that you can let them know how you, as a voter, would feel if they neglected thousands and thousands of brave men and women who served our nation on September 11.

“This tool will allow 9/11 responders, survivors, their families and supporters to see where each member of Congress stands on renewing and extending the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and whether ‘Never Forgetting 9/11′ is just a hollow political statement or something that members of Congress are in fact committed to doing,” said deputy chief of the New York City Fire Department Richie Alles when the app was introduced.

Stewart can be expected to go the long haul with this fight. Earlier this year he said that lawmakers’ seeming unwillingness to pass the bill makes him so angry he “can’t even think straight.”

“Let’s schedule a call, and let’s schedule a ritual shaming around that time,” Stewart said earlier this year. “I obviously at that point will be knee-deep in, more than likely, grain alcohol.


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Why Do You Need to Dominate Your Profession on LinkedIn Search?

Because you still can! 

Unlike Google, Bing, and Yahoo, who have algorithms that weigh keyword density,
relevance, links, and SENIORITY (that’s right – if you have had dominance for a keyword for years, it’s darn hard for anyone tobump you from it) LinkedIn is still relatively virgin territory.

For business owners in the more popular competitive fields it is virtually impossible to beg, steal, or borrow a top page one ranking on Google. The smart larger firms started optimizing for SEO ages ago.  They hire rooms full of people in Bangalore or Shanghai to sit around for $2.20 a day and stuff keywords into content, Meta tags, Meta descriptions, photo titles,pop-ups, dropdowns, and URL’s.

LinkedIn is still doable, and it’s more than just keyword stuffing.  If you research the appropriate words to compete with, and integrate them into valuable content it does not detract from the integrity of your profile.  For several of my clients I have been able to get keywords like “real estate – 95131” ranked not just on the first page, but NUMBER ONE, on LinkedIn: The fastest growing search medium for professional services.  Check it out at

I would also invite you to check out my small business blog (great tips) at:


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How To Keep Blood Pressure Under Control With Natural Hypertension Remedies?

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Stresx capsules are the best natural hypertension remedies to keep blood pressure under control and improve overall health.
Hypertension is one among the common health issues reported in today’s busy lifestyle. How to keep blood pressure under control without creating any difficulty? This is a common query heard from people. As per research, including white beans in daily diet is found to be very useful to cure health issues like hypertension. In order to achieve great results, feel free to prepare and consume salads made with white beans.
Similar to white beans, fat free plain yogurt is one among the natural hypertension remedies to alleviate the troubles due to hypertension. In order to alleviate the troubles due to hypertension, feel free to include yogurt in daily diet. At times, including tilapia in daily diet is found to be very effective to treat a wide range of health issue like hypertension. As per research, this food source is found to be free from toxins like mercury and PCBs. Hence try to make use of this food source in daily diet. Also, follow a lifestyle free from habits like smoking and alcohol consumption.
Today, there are many herbal products available in market that boasts off cure from health issues like hypertension. If you are planning to buy any herbal product from store, make sure that you select the right product from store. Do you like to include kiwi fruit in daily diet? As per studies, including kiwi fruit in daily diet is found to be very effective to treat hypertension troubles. Presence of vitamin C compound is a key feature of kiwi fruit. In order to achieve the best result, include kiwi fruit in daily diet schedule.
Similar to kiwi fruit, you can also make use of peaches to eliminate the difficulties due to hypertension. Presence of calcium, magnesium and potassium in peaches naturally reduces the risk of health issues in human body. Banana, enriched with potassium is another food source to reduce the risk of hypertension troubles. To get effective result, drink a cup of banana shake every day.
Similar to banana, you can also make use of kale to reduce the troubles due to hypertension problems. You can use kale as both cooked and raw. It assures reduced action of free radical mechanism devoid of side effects. For the best health advantage, feel free to include baby kale leaves in salads that you prepare and consume. Red bell pepper is another food source to regulate rise in blood pressure level. It promotes fat metabolism and reduces the risk of hypertension. Presence of capsaicin compound is another key feature of red bell pepper. In order to achieve good result, include bell peppers in daily food items that you prepare and eat.
Broccoli is another food item that can reduce the troubles due to hypertension. Studies say that this vegetable is a potent composition of phytonutrients called glucosinolates. Hence feel free to include this food source in salads that you prepare and consume. Stresx capsule is one among the top sold products to control hypertension troubles. It is a potent composition of ingredients that promote blood circulation throughout the body. TodayFree Web Content, you can easily get this herbal product from online store.
James Nicolas is a passionate writer who has written numerous articles on topics concerning ayurvedic remedies for men health and women health. He writes informative articles on health-related issues and the use of natural health supplements.

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‘Be careful, she’ll blow up,’ he said

 by  –

All napkin illustrations by Anisa Rawhani. Used with permission.

I should start from the beginning.

My boyfriend and I hop on the subway. The man standing next to us strikes up a conversation. We laugh and chat, enjoying the company of a stranger.

Then the man begins to speculate about my white boyfriend’s background, to which he responds that he’s British.

Then it’s my turn.

“And you, you must be Portuguese or Italian,” the man says.

“I’m actually Persian-Iranian.”

The man turns to my boyfriend.

“Be careful. She’s going to blow up.”

Unwanted attention. Everyone has experienced it, albeit to varying degrees.

Most women experience it when they’re belittled because of their gender. Catcalls, harassment, day-to-day indignities — all to make us feel like we don’t have a right to the space we’re occupying.

None of that is new to me, and each time one of these gender-based indignities happens, I grow a little less shocked and a little more outraged. Each incident piles on and crawls further under my skin, echoing every other time it’s happened to me or a friend.

But when I heard a man say I’d blow up, I entered uncharted territory. Suddenly, my race was the target.

At first, neither of us understood what he meant. My boyfriend thought “blow up” implied I’d get emotional. I thought it meant I’d get fat. Seeing our confused expressions the man clarified: He was talking about bombs.

Maybe if he’d said that to someone browner — someone more “ethnic” — the penny would have dropped faster. When it finally did, I remember feeling shocked and disappointed. That was about it.

It wasn’t like those times men harassed me because of my gender. This man’s words didn’t inspire deep emotions because there were no memories to be recalled. There was no wound for him to reopen and exploit.

Indifference in the face of racism is an unbelievable luxury.

That someone was unable to cause me pain or reduce me to a feeling of nothingness with mere words is not a mark of my own strength, but a mark of my experiences — or lack thereof.

That I’m not insecure about my race isn’t because I’m a confident woman; it’s because I so rarely have to think about it. I’m not constantly being reminded.

After the man on the subway clarified what blowing up meant, I remember:

Feeling my face fall, seeing my boyfriend’s jaw flex, the man sensing the change and backtracking because we were taking what he said too seriously. He wasn’t racist. His girlfriend was Indian and Muslim, which he explained smugly.

When I see racism from the outside I leap to my feet; I’m ready to take on anything. But when it was about me, I couldn’t do it.

I just wanted to be as far from that man as possible.

In the time that immediately followed, I thought about all my non-white friends who’d confided in me about moments like this. I thought back on all the times my friends told me about racist encounters with classmates, professors, and strangers. How often I’d thought: Why didn’t you do anything?

I know now what an unfair standard that was.

When you become the target of racism, you’re stripped of valid choices. That doesn’t mean you’re powerless, but you’re working within a set of circumstances that are fundamentally unjust. You’re expected to rise to the occasion when someone’s attempted to strike you down. It’s easy for people with their feet planted firmly beneath them to say stand up for yourself.

We’ve all heard about racist incidents — many far more disturbing than what I described. Many of us (myself included) would like to think if we were in that situation we’d have a witty response on hand — or at the very least that we’d give them a piece of our mind.

It’s rarely so simple.

Option A: You can try to back up and disengage.

Option B: You can blow up. You have every right to be upset, so you confront the person’s prejudice. You make it clear just how out of line they are.

Option C: You can speak up. When you’re the victim of a racist incident, you’re immediately racialized. When you speak, you aren’t speaking as yourself, you’re speaking as an ambassador of “your people.” That’s a lot of pressure.

It’s great in theory, but difficult and emotionally taxing in practice, especially when you’re not exactly prepared for it.

Whether someone speaks harmful words out of ignorance or because they have deep-rooted hatred, they tend to grow defensive very quickly when confronted with their indiscretion.

Not every ear is willing to listen, not every person is worth pursuing, and it’s not the responsibility of victims to educate their assailants.

For those of us who aren’t victims (or rarely are), remember that raising expectations and what-ifs, or questioning why a victim responded the way they did, isn’t helpful.

After the man rambled on about why what he said wasn’t offensive, the train started to slow and my boyfriend said this was our stop. We left the car and waited on the platform for the next train to come.

Some things about this incident remain unclear, but one thing I know for certain: As I waited on that subway platform for the next train to come, I was sure glad I wasn’t alone.

This post first appeared on Raw Honey and is reprinted here with permission.


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How Do I Know If My Guides Are Contacting Me? 5 Tips And Tricks For Tuning In

By Katie IndiCrow
A common question that I get from people working on opening up to their spiritual selves is, “How do I know if my spirit guides are contacting me?” Like most things in the spiritual world, who you are and which symbols are meaningful to you will largely determine the pattern that these interactions will take. This list features 5 common ways guides try to contact us.
1) Physical responses like chills, goosebumps, and tapping
As most of you probably know, when we are in the presence of spirit our bodies can have a physical response like getting chills or goosebumps. The energetic shift instigated by their presence makes our hair stand on end! Other people feel a warm, loving feeling like an embrace or a hand on their arm or cheek. Commonly, these very same sensations can indicate that our guides are offering validation, love, and support to us. Are you contemplating a major life shift and all of a sudden you feel a strand of cold energy moving up and down your legs or spine? That’s very likely validation from your guide that this is a good direction for you to go. On the contrary, a ‘negative’ feeling indicates a ‘no’.
2) Hearing words, your name, or a buzz in your ear
Similar to feeling shifts in energy when spirit enters your environment, you can also hear them. So many people experience a buzzing (like a bee) or a ringing in their ears as indications that their guides are present. It’s like your body is saying, “Oh hey – there is someone in your presence you need to pay attention to. Listen up!” Another common way that our guides try to talk to us is through clairaudience. They’ll say our names in our ears or speak key words or sentences to us. This can be SCARY at first. When I was 16, my first guide tried to contact me by silencing super loud environments and speaking my name to me. He would just call, “Katie. Kaaaaaatie.” At the time, this scared the crap out of me and I shut communication down in that way. I’ve heard similar stories from others who would hear their guides trying to talk to them and feel thrown off by the unexpected voices. I’ve since opened back up and now truly enjoy this method. It’s nice to hear their voices! If this is happening to you and you want to a) ensure it’s a guide talking to you and b) refine this method, I would recommend that you declare yourself open to speak only to high vibrational entities.
3)  Feathers
Another way that people experience communication with their guides is through the appearance of feathers and number patterns. Similar to the validation experience through feeling, guides can also communicate with us through feathers. Having a deep thought and you come to a feather? It’s possible that is a message of support or reassurance from your guide. Seeing feathers everywhere you go? You’re supported and very likely on the right path. Differently colored or positioned feathers can indicate various responses. (More on how to wok that out in a future piece!)
4) Numbers
Numbers and number combinations often operate according to the same principles as feathers. For example, the number 1111 that many people are seeing now represents the opening of a new beginning or new journey which is resultant from your thoughts. It’s a, “You’re on the right path”. 555 is known to represent changes. There are many helpful guides online such as ‘Sacred Scribes’ that can help you decode what each number means.
5) Music
This is a fun one and most definitely a key way that I get messages in my day to day life. Ever listen to a song and all of a sudden you zone in on lyrics that seem to provide an answer or some form of support to you and the situation you’re going through? Have a song stuck in your head that you don’t even really listen to but is oddly relevant to your situation? Hear the same song everywhere you go (that isn’t a new pop standard)? There’s a good chance that you are receiving love, support, and/or information from your guides this way. One time I had flown to Ireland for Christmas vacation. Being a TA at the time, I had a set of exams with me which I was supposed to correct over the holiday (yeah right). On the flight back, I put the tests in my big suitcase which went in cargo. Guess whose suitcase didn’t arrive for a week? Mine. One day while I was SWEATING it about the situation the phrase, “Peg, it will come back to you” from Steely Dan’s ‘Peg’ started repeating in my mind and I got warm chills. In that moment, I knew that the suitcase would come back. Sure enough, it did. Right on time.
I will conclude this piece by saying that these are only a few of the many possible methods that spirit may be using to contact you. If you feel your guides are contacting you in a way that doesn’t appear on this list, you’re probably right! Don’t discount a message if it’s not coming through in any of the ways described here. If you’re in question, listen to your heart. It’s never wrong.
Love always,
Katie IndiCrow
About the author: Katie is an energy teacher, healer, and aligner. Visit her facebook page, IndiCrow Energetics, to see her current offerings and access her larger body of work:

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5 Intimate Qualities of An Enlightened Partner
Have you ever wondered why it is possible to walk into a room and immediately been drawn to someone you don’t even know? Like there is a magnetic force field between you, drawing you in, bring you closer and closer until finally without even knowing it, you are lost in conversation full of sexual charge.

5 Intimate Qualities of An Enlightened Partner
We all possess powerful, electrical and magnetic forces within us. Alike to a magnet, we exert a force of attraction to others and between lovers, this magnetic energy is amplified, as we fixate on what it is that we are attracted to.
When we can learn to embrace this powerful energy, we can wield it to elevate our consciousness through the sacred act of sex.
An enlightened partner is aware of this and will use this same magnetic energy, to elevate the experience to heights you never thought possible. As if they are reading your mind, your sensitive spots, likes and dislikes without speaking a word.
If you are an unenlightened person or someone who is not in tune with their own energy, you may be unaware of what is actually happening.
So how can we know, other than just great sex, if your partner is enlightened?
1.They are in the present moment.
An enlightened partner understands that sex can be meditative experience. Facilitating the three qualities of seeking an inward
meditative state. Breath control, withdrawing the senses and concentration. When you are with an enlightened partner their mind isn’t wandering.
They aren’t thinking about anything other than what is being experienced in this very moment. The sensual touching and the energy being shared. The joy of the energy bodies igniting, becoming en-kindled in each other in order to heal and balance.
2. Sex Isn’t Just About Sex
An enlightened partner knows that there is no end game when it comes to sex and there is no rush. Sex isn’t about the release, it is about the experience.
5 Intimate Qualities of An Enlightened PartnerWhen intimately connected, sex becomes more about deepening the emotional, psychological and spiritual bond.
3. They Look Deeply Into Your Eyes
An enlightened partner wants to see your soul and connect with your spirit. By staring deeply into your partners eyes you can bridge the connection, from soul to soul and spirit to spirit and the
energy flows freely between the pair.
4. They are Not Selfish
A person who is selfish in general, is likely to be selfish in bed. A selfish lover won’t be connected to you emotionally and may stick
to one position that works for them.
How to Arouse Your KundaliniAn enlightened partner will try taking things slow and will embrace various positions, to gain the proper energy flow.
This also is to ensure both partners are enjoying themselves as sex shouldn’t be about hard work.
5. Their Energy is Magnetic
An enlightened partner can play with your energy body. Using the positive and negative charge to draw up the energy from your sacral chakra, moving it up your spine with the intent to release it through the top of your head.
An enlightened partner wants you to experience… enlightenment!
by LJ Vanier

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Its A Bit Like Apollo 13, Only Global And Worse!

Do you remember the film Apollo 13, where Tom Hanks and his crew are on route to the moon and Kevin Bacon playing astronaut Jack Swigert has to flick on the switch to stir the Oxygen tanks? Suddenly the ship suffers a critical failure and we hear Tom Hanks’ infamous words on the radio to NASA control:

‘Houston, we have a problem’…

Who hasn’t used these few words in jest; ‘Houston, we have a problem!’ The restaurant is closed, or a red light comes up on a dashboard. My favourite bit is at 1 hour and 17 minutes into the film, when the 3 men are in the lunar module, and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are building up and poisoning the atmosphere.

The gauges have risen to 8; once they reach 15 it’s all over for the men. So what happens? Well back on earth a bunch of NASA scientists with a roll of Gaffa tape and some bits and pieces, make a square peg fit in a round hole. The rest of it you know; the astronauts make it back to earth safely! It is nail biting stuff.

However, for me it’s a scene that most parallels life now, here on Earth. As the CO2 levels in the earth’s atmosphere increase, we are in danger of provoking potentially cataclysmic climatic changes, that may ultimately destroy us. Examples of these changes are described every day in the media. So how do we stop it? Is someone going to get out a roll of Gaffa tape and patch the ozone layer up, or is the problem bigger than all of us to fix?

Under the 2008 Climate Change Act, which serves as a framework for how to reduce emissions, the UK has committed to reduce 80% of its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050. Five-year carbon budgets have been set up until the 2050 target. Each budget, throughout every sector will see greater use made of improved or radical ideas, technology, and energy efficiencies.

So how are we doing?

Business and the public sector are both big generators of CO2. Both have fought hard to reduce their levels of CO2. Business has reduced its emissions by 38% since 1990. The public sector followed reduced by approx. 37%.

In 2015 almost half of the UK’s electricity came from clean energy source. Low carbon sources such as wind, solar, biomass along with nuclear power, supplied a record 46% amount of power into the grid. Renewables outperformed coal for the first time. Coal supplied 22% of the energy, which was down 30% from the year before. Coal power is on the way to being phased out entirely by 2050.

The transport industry is responsible for around 25% of UK domestic green house gases (GHG). The sector is looking to reduce its impact with improved driving techniques, electric lorries, bio-fuels, and other hybrids. Vehicle fuel will have its greenhouse gas intensity cut by 10% in 2020. Improved freight routing, scheduling and increased vehicle capacity will also support its reduction.

Shipping, responsible for nearly 17% of the worlds (GHG) will look to reduce its soot and particulate generation. Slow steaming as it is called has seen virtually all tankers cut their cruising speeds by up to 55%, thus drastically reducing fuel consumption along with lowering GHG emissions. This is alongside revised propeller technology and improved engine performance. The use of hydrodynamics in ship design – Introducing new technology systems that blow bubbles under the ship’s hull to cut down friction between hull and water – could cut a further 35% of CO2.

The construction industry accounts for nearly half of the UK’s GHG emissions. But reductions can be made using improved building design, better insulation, increased use of solar panels on buildings, the use of better sustainable materials and alternative low-carbon cements that are less energy-intensive to produce. Improved transport logistics along with the correct ordering of material amounts would cut down on waste. The Directive for Energy Performance of Buildings requires that all new buildings be nearly zero energy by December 2020.

The agriculture and fishing industry generates about 9% of the total CO2, as well as significant amounts of methane and nitrous oxide. The industry is at the forefront of the effects of climate change as it needs to feed more people, yet at the same time create less impact. With increased demand and competition for resources, the food industry is looking to revise and adapt how food is produced, stored, processed, packaged, transported.

The aviation industry could use up a quarter of the worlds carbon budget in the next few years. Carbon off-setting is a small start, but international aviation is not helping the problem. Change is urgent.

Even my sector, the mobile phone industry is concerned.  Yes, communication via mobile phones leaves a carbon footprint; each time you make a phone call, text or use your mobile, each time you charge the device or download something from a server – you create CO2. The systems that power the mobile phone create a tremendous amount of carbon emitting gases 365 days of the year.

With over 83 million mobiles in the UK now, analysts predict this number of phones could double in the next 10 years. Longer battery life, better masts, improved mobile software, handsets with eco- ratings are all being developed to this end. But perhaps most important of all, research shows that consumers are keen to adopt CO2 reducing behaviours.

Come 2050, we have to have made the changes, our lives and the world we share depends on it. It’s a situation that reminds me of a quote by Dr. Askhari Johnson Hodari

‘If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired’.


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10 Incredibly Useful Mental Life Hacks

Do you ever wonder if there any hidden subconscious things that we all do, that if you were aware of them, you would be able to change or control any life situation much better? Well, it is something that has been running on my mind for a while.
After doing some online research on this subject, I found some valuable advice from reddit discussion thread. So I decided to compile the top advice given by other users on how to get the situational advantage. Check out these life hacks that will help you decode hidden messages people might be sending.
10 Life Hacks
1. When meeting people for the first time, take note of their eye color while flashing a good smile. It is probably because of you having to take a few more seconds to look at them in the eye but you might be surprises at how people are more responsive after that. It’s kind of like they feel more connected to you.
2. Give attention to a person’s feet. When approaching a group of people having a conversation, if you notice that they only turn their upper body without moving their feet to talk to you then that means they are not interested in having you in their conversation. Also, if you are talking to a work colleague who is seemingly paying attention to you but has his feet pointing to another direction then he wants to end the conversation. Book recommendation on this specific topic – Carol Kinset Goman’s “The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language”
3. Want to learn something new quickly? Well, teach a friend about it. Why does it work? Well, if you can teach something to someone then you probably know it very well.
4. Address people by their names. Everyone loves to be called by their names and this establishes rapport as well as trust right away.
5. Foot in the door concept. What this means is that a person will more likely do anything you want them to if you ask them to do simple and easy tasks at first. Gradual effort makes a person feel that you are fond of him or her.
6. If someone isn’t giving enough commitment in answering a question you’ve just asked, keep quiet and keep eye contact. They will most likely continue answering your question with more commitment.
7. Whenever you are in a situation that makes you nervous like a public speaking event or a bungee jumping session, simply chew a gum. I don’t know where exactly I have learned about it but if you are chewing something your brain will think that it is not in a dangerous situation since you won’t be chewing eating anything if you are in danger. This has helped me control my nervousness a couple of times.
8. You can prevent sidewalk shuffle by focusing your eyes in between people’s shoulder tops or heads in a group. This will show them which direction you are heading. People will usually create some space for you to pass through.
9. Assume everyone already likes you when you’re walking into a room or if you’re talking to people. This puts you in a more friendly and welcoming disposition, and people gravitate toward that. If you already have an “everyone hates me” mind-set, this can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, as people can sense the negative vibes you’re throwing off.
10. If you ask a person to do something small for you, a mental process called cognitive dissonance will make it seem for him that he must like you because they did that small thing for you. (Ben Franklin)

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To start from the very beginning would take much time, and although part of this story, a very distant part. Enough of it is said, that my first wife gave up on our marriage because she could not watch me swallow poison every day.

Breath of Fresh Air came into my life during that period, and saw in me, and gave me new hope.  Our love flourished, faltered, failed, and prevailed largely around the use of poison in our lives, and those of our dear friends.   Running Bear became part of a relationship that has us both dance with poison for the past 35 years.  As I write, the beast is on the proper side of the line in both of our lives.  I pray that the Universe keeps it so.

As life, trust, and love with Breath of Fresh Air grew, so did her tummy.   The Universe had created in her a being so honest and pure of heart, we could only know her as Shining Light, or Kayla.

To call her Shining Light Is no exaggeration, or mistake.   Since she was young, she would not speak until she could form a complete sentence.  She has always known that she is a teacher, and still that in her profession today.  Her teaching began with the first of our friends.  Those who removed their shoes at the campfire were graced with their immediate retrieval and offering by Kayla.  It was after all, not safe tto walk around the camp without covering for ones’ feet.   Shining light saw very little but good and bad.  There was little grey area to confuse her convictions.

In her father, Spirit Fights with Mind, she saw only good.   There was indeed, much good, as Spirit is more powerful than Mind, but there was also much mind.   Mind sought to be numbed for whatever reasons, and swallowed much poison.  Shining Light saw the poison as bad, but still loved the blood spirit in her father from that point forward.  Through many many disappointments, she stood behind the Spirit, hopeful when it was present, and weeping when it was blocked by mind.

Breath of Fresh Air finally ran out of the energy to fight the demons that Spirit Fights with Mind, and this marriage ended in the shadow of the poison.  The love and friendship did not, and the disappointment she felt will be celebrated very much as a victory when Spirit finally accepts victory over mind and poison.

There were many many good times, and also much poison.  So many of the good times were coupled with poison that sometimes it was hard to tell much difference, if any.  Other times, like when Father fell asleep at the dinner table, it was plain to see.  Still Shining light had enough love and faith to allow Father the honor of playing the flute music for her 18th birthday.  This is an honor father will never forget.

Just as Kayla was there for her Father, she has been there for her sister Peace Between us.  Kayla was the first to arrive to help Mother Mary slay the dragon I unleashed when I submitted myself to a much overdue Medical Detoxification program.  I had put my heart at risk by drinking myself into a heart condition called A-fib, and knew that I had been swallowing enough poison that it would be dangerous for me to stop “cold turkey.”  I needed help, and I knew it was going to get ugly.

Kayla rubbed my back and tendons, as I was under restraints, and had the Spirit to laugh at the irony when I phierted in her face.   I will never forget the determined face of my fearful little girl, telling me that “you can do this daddy.”   It is my prayer, now, that after her 26 years of trying, the Spirit might grant her wish.

I will forever be saddened by the fact that all of this occurred on the celebration of the birth of Mother Mary.  I will, however, be honored and delighted to forever call March 7th, 2017 my sobriety day.  May this be more a testament to the love I have for her, than the embarrassment I caused her and her family on that day.  I did not even consider this when I submitted myself for medical help – only that it had to happen, not when.

Peace Between Us has had no easier time of the struggles with her father’s demons, and has had no margin less resolve.  She has literally carried me up to my tent, dead drunk, and acted the next morning happy to see that at least the poison had not claimed my life – only put shadow over my spirit.

She happily flew down to watch Dog with no Hate as Mother Mary had to take some well-deserved family time to celebrate the union of the first of her Nieces (or nephews).  Kelsey and I were both happy for her that she could get away from the day to day of the “recovery.”  Mary had been at my side every day since I submitted the family to this ordeal.

Kelsey met me at the hospital, waited for the doctors, waited for the wheel chair that never came, and happily “flew the coop” with Spirit Fights with Mind when the opportunity presented itself.  The Doctors, nurses, and staff at Kaiser were over the top.  I had one nurse that stayed up and watched me all but two of the 12 nights I was there.  Thank you Whitney, and the too many others to mention. It was symbolic that the final comment to the remaining staff for saving my life was that the wheelchair was a half hour late. Spirit Fights with Mind indeed.

Making no mention of this we proceeded to our next set of appointments.  On arriving at the facility, I saw a dent in the parking garage floor, and thought that it must have been a door.  It was, and it happened to be the door to the Pharmacy (where I was able to fill all the prescriptions the hospital left us with) the waiting area for my next appointment, and a source of food.  It was by the 2:30 and neither of us had had lunch.

We spent the time playing cards and talking about what all had happened, and how blessed we were.  The appointment went smoothly (amazingly so) and we were able to immerge with a long-term plan to keep the poison away from Spirit Fights with Mind.

Upon reflection that evening, Spirit Fights with Mind was searching for a proper tribute to those nearest and dearest to me who have believed in me for decades, years, or months.  It was Peace Between Us who suggested that we call Shining Light and discuss what had happened between us all, for so many years.  It was through that conversation that the Universe has chosen the words on these humble pages.



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