Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Martha BrettschneiderMy father died 39 years ago, just a few days after my thirteenth birthday. Since he chose to take his own life, Father’s Day triggered sadness and self-pity for many years.The more painful truth, though, is that when I learned he was gone, the deepest part of my young heartfelt relief for him.My earliest memories of my handsome, brilliant father—whose hands were once on the cover of Life magazine performing one of the earliest liver transplants—were fraught with mixed emotions.He loved me deeply, and let me know it. Despite that, I could never crack the core of his bipolar disorder-induced despair, no matter how hard I tried.His suffering was palpable to me and seeped into my own tender skin. So even while I wailed in my mother’s arms upon hearing the news of his death, a small voice whispered, “At least he’s not suffering anymore.”Years of therapy helped me realize that I could never have made him happy, could never have saved his life. Eventually, I stopped counting the days in the run-up to Father’s Day, stopped planning that I would be miserable, and got through the day in a relatively neutral frame of mind.How Mindfulness Has Nurtured a New Sense of Gratitude on Father’s DaySix years ago, while recovering from breast cancer, I stumbled into mindfulness practice quite by accident (if you believe in accidents, which, frankly, I don’t anymore).I discovered that I was spending most of my time focused on the future, with intermittent periods of being mired in the past. I was missing out on the beauty of life in the present moment, the only place where anything real happens, the only place I can take action.Most shocking of all was learning that I have a choice in which thoughts to buy into. I can allow thoughts that don’t serve me to float away. I can decide what memories to include in my highlight reel.Learning these truths on an intellectual level is one thing. Unleashing the full power of present moment awareness requires a whole lot of practice. In my own case, nurturing a daily meditation habit has been key to translating theory into results.My personal experience is in line with the mountain of neuroscience research results on the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Daily practice in the art of carving out a few minutes of stillness to observe my thought patterns has strengthened my capacity for:AcceptanceNon-judgmentCompassionEmpathyForgivenessSense of connectednessGratitudeMy Father’s Day Highlight ReelInstead of replaying the sad memories that trigger suffering, this Father’s Day my highlight reel will feature these memories:The times I stood on my father’s feet as a little girl while he danced us around the living room.The many mornings I watched him slather shaving cream over the stubble of his beard, pull his mouth to one side to stretch the cheek skin tight, and drag the razor through the white foam to clear smooth Zamboni tracks. Once both cheeks and his mustache were done, I held my breath while he shaved the thin casing of his throat.The smell of his Old Spice aftershave after he shook it from the ivory colored glass bottle with the strange metal stopper and slapped it onto his face. (Those were the days of only one Old Spice fragrance, not the dizzying array of choices my own sons have today.)The soft amber leather and black stitching of the baseball glove he bought and oiled for me before taking me to a park to play catch. The heft of the softball as I snatched it from the air.Riding the chairlift with him to the top of a black diamond ski run in Colorado when I was in kindergarten and coming across a mountain goat on the slow descent down. This is a mixed memory since I was petrified of the difficulty of the run but didn’t want to disappoint him. Looking back, however, I see the confidence he had in me as a gift.And finally, getting behind the wheel of my father’s car on my thirteenth birthday when he announced it was time for me to learn to drive. My feet barely hit the pedals and I suggested this might not be a good idea, but he insisted. When he died eight days later, I understood.For most of my life, I focused on the irresponsibility of that driving lesson. This Father’s Day, 39 years later, I’m reframing it as the final indication of his love for me. He knew he was checking out, but not before teaching his youngest child to drive.And those other memories linked to his depths of suffering, the ones I’m not choosing for my highlight reel? Those episodes made me stronger too. They taught me to live my life to the fullest, attend to my mental and physical health, and seek treatment for both when needed. They taught me to cherish the gift of life and loved ones since you never know how long any of us will be here.Having a positive highlight reel doesn’t mean burying the hard parts. With practice, we can honor the role of tough times in our lives and let the negative emotions go. Each stepping stone along the way, including the sharpest, most painful ones, shape us in positive ways if we stay open to learning the lessons.It took therapy to get me to a point of neutrality on Father’s Day. It took mindfulness to get me to a point of gratitude. Martha Brettschneider is the author of Blooming Into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me That Calm Is the New Happy Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSfather’s day Previous articleClark Gable, Rita Hayworth and the plight of a caregiver…Next articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
View Comments 3. Hough’s Single But Not Ready to Mingle “I have to be single,” says Hough—and getting together with his co-stars is now off limits. “It literally feels like you are breaking up with somebody every time, and it can be heartbreaking. It’s better not to get [romantically] involved.” 4. The Perfect Broadway Role? Although he’s no longer a practicing Mormon, Hough doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee when he’s working on a show. He’s also starred in the West End in Footloose. All of which has got us dreamcasting him in a certain show at the Eugene O’Neill… Related Shows Five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough is a busy man, currently working two jobs on two coasts. He is starring alongside Tony winner Laura Benanti in the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, while appearing on DWTS’ 20th season in Los Angeles. Hough recently sat down with the New York Post and we discovered all sorts of delicious tidbits about the bi-coastal heartthrob and his projects. 5. Hough’s Definition of Fun Hough’s definition of fun is as impressive as his trophy collection. “I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if I did Dancing With the Stars on my days off?’” How does he manage it? “I say that I’m living on ‘NET’ time, as in No Extra Time.” Spring Spectacular runs at Radio City through May 3; DWTS airs on ABC on Mondays at 8/7C. 1. Spectacular is Different to Broadway “What’s so wonderful is that it’s not a Broadway show,” says Hough. “It’s not a play, it’s a spectacular.” He goes on to describe the piece as “more theatrical, magical and whimsical than anything I’ve ever seen before.” New York Spring Spectacular 2. April Showers Happen Inside 70 feet of water falls on Radio City Music Hall’s stage while Hough sashays through puddles to “Singin’ in the Rain.” His Gene Kelly moment comes complete with 36 umbrella-twirling Rockettes. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016
The maker of Botox, Allergan Inc. of Irvine, Calif., said Nov 29 that authorities had not been able to confirm that Botox had been administered to the four patients. The company said it was cooperating with federal and state health officials to investigate the cases. Dec 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Four people in Florida and New Jersey who might have been injected with the anti-wrinkle medication Botox are seriously ill with possible botulism, according to news services. Allergan also said only two vials of Botox were shipped to Advanced Integrated Medical Center this year and only one was shipped in the past 6 months. The company reported it had reviewed all manufacturing and quality-assurance processes related to the vials and found no problems. Also, the firm said it had received no reports of adverse events related to the manufacturing lots from which the vials came. The two patients in New Jersey were still connected to ventilators but were conscious and communicating through gestures, the newspaper, citing relatives of the patients, reported today. The stories identified the patients as Bach McComb and Alma “AJ” Hall, both employees at Advanced Integrated Medical Systems. They were hospitalized at Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center. The newspaper described McComb as a physician whose license was suspended by Florida health officials in 2003 after he was charged with trafficking in addictive pain medications. See also: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale said all four patients were on mechanical ventilators. Today the newspaper reported that the two patients in Florida, whom it identified as Eric S. Kaplan and his wife, Bonnie, were in serious but stable condition. Authorities have not confirmed that any of the patients had botulism. A Nov 30 report in the Sun-Sentinel said doctors at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center were treating the two cases there as botulism. The Florida Department of Health (FDH) said it was expecting laboratory tests to clarify the diagnoses later this week, according to the story. Calls to the FDH for more information were not returned in time for this story. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services issued a short statement Nov 29 saying that botulinum toxin poisoning had not been confirmed in the two patients. The statement said Florida health officials were taking the lead in investigating the cases and that New Jersey was cooperating with Florida and the CDC. The Associated Press (AP) reported that a man and woman in their 50s were in critical condition at Palm Beach Gardens (Florida) Medical Center on Nov 28. Dr. Charles Schallop, a neurologist who treated the couple, said they had gone to a Fort Lauderdale clinic called Advanced Integrated Medical Center Nov 24 for Botox injections, according to the AP report. Nov 30 Allergan news releasehttp://agn.client.shareholder.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=149490 Two other people were being treated at a hospital in New Jersey for possible botulism, the AP report said. Schallop said the Florida couple reported that the New Jersey patients were at the Florida clinic the same day they were there. Schallop said he suspected all four patients might have fallen ill because of contaminated doses of Botox or some other drug. Botox contains minute amounts of botulinum toxin, which causes muscle paralysis and is the most lethal known substance. The toxin, derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is one of the six biological agents considered most likely to be used by terrorists. Botulism is usually associated with contaminated food, particularly improperly home-canned food. Botox is used to smooth facial wrinkles and to treat certain muscle disorders. The Sun-Sentinel reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was investigating exactly what the four patients were injected with and who administered the injections. The newspaper quoted investigators as saying they were considering the possibility that patients were injected with foreign-made imitations of Botox and Myoblock, another anti-wrinkle drug that contains botulinum toxin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was helping with the FDH investigation by conducting lab tests, CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson told CIDRAP News yesterday. CIDRAP overview of botulism
The BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team travelled to Jennings County and lost 25-17, 25-10. The team played strong in game one, but lost momentum in game two. Kaylin Hinners led all servers with 5 points. Kaylie Raver added 3 points. While Laura Schwegman added 2 points, and Margaret Wilson earned one point for the Bulldogs.The BMS 8th Grade lost game one to Jennings County 25-13. Then in game two the Bulldogs were down 12-0 and brought it back to 15-10, but lost 25-17. Tiiffany Hawker earned 8 service points from the line. Laney Walsman chipped in 3 points. While Kennedy Westrick and Samantha Kessens each added 2 service points. In the front row Cayman Werner earned 2 kills. Kaitlyn Sarringhaus and Laney Walsman each earned a kill.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.
WASHINGTON, D.C — Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country.Remittances to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent to $445 billion, representing a loss of a crucial financing lifeline for many vulnerable households.Studies show that remittances alleviate poverty in lower- and middle-income countries, improve nutritional outcomes, are associated with higher spending on education, and reduce child labor in disadvantaged households.A fall in remittances affects families’ ability to spend on these areas as more of their finances will be directed to solve food shortages and immediate livelihoods needs.“Remittances are a vital source of income for developing countries. The ongoing economic recession caused by COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the ability to send money home and makes it all the more vital that we shorten the time to recovery for advanced economies,” said World Bank Group President David Malpass.Within the Caribbean countries, money transfer agencies like Western Union have seen a spike in the number of people that have turned up at their locations to collect funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.Many Caribbean residents, including the newly unemployed, poor and vulnerable, have been forced to depend on income from their family and friends overseas to survive. The challenge is that many Caribbean immigrants and even seasonal workers now have no income and thus, little to no money to send back home.Remittance flows are expected to fall across all World Bank Group regions, most notably in Europe and Central Asia (27.5 percent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (19.3 percent).World Bank
Interestingly, oak trees can live up to 200 years or more, and mature trees have the capacity of absorbing more than 50 gallons of water in one day.In the year 2004, the oak was officially declared as the National Tree of the United States of America, symbolizing the country’s sheer strength.The oak tree is associated with several mythologies. Norse, Greek and Slavic myths present it as the sacred trees of the chief gods Thor, Zeus, and Perun respectively. The Bible also mentions an oak tree located in the city of Shechem, the place where Jacob had buried the foreign gods of the people.For the reasons aforementioned and more, any establishment with the oak tree as its emblem is bound to stand the test of time. Not many clubs formed over 100 years ago are still in existence and many have sunk into total oblivion not because they were shorn of the materials to propel the team, but because they lacked the courage and the durability that Accra Hearts of Oak easily possess.In 2000, Hearts claimed the treble after winning the Ghana FA Cup, the Ghana Premier League and the Caf Champions League. The season kicked off with the return of striker Ishmael Addo from trials in Europe and the signing of the brilliant Charles Asampong Taylor. It was in that very year that they inflicted a memorable 4-0 defeat on their archrivals Asante Kotoko on their way to winning the league with several matches to spare.With a motto as instructive as “Never say die until the bones are rotten”, it is evidently clear that the Phobians do not easily give up. Time and again, they have won games at the depth of full time when all hopes seem to have been lost. And that is the spirit that has kept this great team kicking for 102 years. Today marks another great milestone in the life of Ghana’s oldest team, arguably the best ever to grace Ghanaian club football. In 2001, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), a reputable organisation recognized by FIFA, ranked Hearts 83rd out of 100 clubs in the world. This was no fluke as the club won almost every trophy they competed for. In that same year, Hearts were rated 8th best club in the world by CNN/World Soccer Magazine.Throughout its history, the club has had the privilege of having very talented players don the famous rainbow jersey. Several others who are fortunate enough to have been associated with the club in one way or the other are recognised worldwide as genuine stars who can compete at any level of professional football.Hearts’ Emmanuel Chris Briandt was the first ever captain of the Black Stars, and when the senior national team won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 1963, then Ghana skipper Edward Aggrey Fynn doubled as captain of Hearts. Stephen Appiah, leader of the Black Stars squads that qualified Ghana for its only two World Cup appearances in 2006 and 2010, was nurtured and brought to stardom by Hearts.There is the need for a united front so Hearts can relive the good old times. The memories from the past have been great, yet the future certainly looks brighter Other notable players produced are Charles Kumi Gyamfi, Offei Ansah, Yaw Amankwaa Mireku, Sammy Adjei, Adolf Armah, Mohammed Polo, Shamo Quaye, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Bernard Dong-Bortey, Ablade Kumah (captain of the Black Meteors batch that won Africa’s 1st ever Olympic soccer bronze medal at Barcelona 1992 – and Ishmael Addo, Golden Boot winner at the Fifa U17 World Cup in New Zealand in 1999 and three-time Ghana Premier League goal king, achieving the latter feat in consecutive seasons.Hearts of Oak boast arguably the largest fan base in Ghana, one which probably stretches beyond the borders of the country. Football fanatics around the world who know anything about club soccer in Africa are likely conscious of the institution Hearts is and what it stands for. Undeniably, the successes of the club hinges on its massive following, especially the “Musical Chapter 0” arm which offers a unique brand of both the ‘kpanlogo and kolomashie” kinds of indigenous music which spurs the players on to give off their best.Over the years, the club has had the honour and privilege of being led by astute leaders, too, visionaries in soccer philosophies who have shown dedicated service to the cause and progress of the club.Among the most distinguished of these include the likes of Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, late President JEA Mills, Harry Zakkour (‘Millennium Chairman’), Fawaz Zowk, Ernest Thompson, Tommy Okine/Nii Ayi Bonte II (Gbese Mantse), E.M Commodore Mensah, Frank Nelson Nwokolo, Ato Ahwoi, Togbe Afede (Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State), and current Managing Director Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe.On the 102nd anniversary of hard work and great achievements, it is indeed important to rally every tom, dick and harry round the oak tree draped in rainbow colours for a common good.There is the need for a united front so Hearts can relive the good old times. The memories from the past have been great, yet the future certainly looks brighter. Long Live the Oak Tree!Long live the Phobian Family!!Long Live Hearts of Oak!!!