Archive | December 2014

My Letter to Santa Claus

Fans of Santa!

Imperator Fish

    Dear Santa,

    It’s not easy for me to write this letter.

    I have been an admirer of yours for many years.  I have been impressed with the way you have embraced reform within your own organisation, and not shied away from making brave decisions.

    I have supported you during the tough times, and when things have been good. I was right behind you when the elves launched legal proceedings after you made them all redundant and hired them back as independent contractors at half their hourly rates. What did they expect? That they could continue to do nothing for most of the time, working barely two months in a year while collecting a generous salary? And when you finally broke into the lucrative Chinese market I celebrated your success.

    But being a friend sometimes means having to be a critic. I want you to succeed, but I also want you…

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Your Pit Bull

Dear River,

I want to tell you a story about your dog, Zoe. We found her cowering at the pound. She wasn’t barking like the other dogs. She was simply laying there, looking up at us. The tag said, “lab mix” and she was slated to be killed in a week. We fell for it, thinking we were buying a lab.

She is not a lab. She is a pit bull.


As Zoe grew, we came to realize the pound had lied. I was scared. I felt irresponsible for letting this type of dog into my home. All of the stereotypes, preconceptions and worries filled my mind. Should I take her back? What would people think of us?

She is the definition of disenfranchised. When first time guests visit we lock her in her cage, not because she is dangerous, but because of unspoken fears. She receives wary glances from strangers as…

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Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on

Nice reads!

The Blog

Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014.

“Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine

“Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated — in secret — with Watterson. Their awesome idea: Watterson would silently step in and draw Pastis’ comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, for a few days, pretending to be a second grader. Pastis recounts the experience, offering a rare glimpse of Bigfoot.

Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.

“No Apology,” Mehreen Kasana

I will apologize for ISIS when every…

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Changing Brands Can Change Your LIfe

My quest for safer products began many years ago. It started out with me begin sick all the time. I had no clue why? I started going to an allergist as an last resort. I found out that I had so many allergies that range from my food intake, my animals, my cleaners, basically my whole house! I eliminated items very slowly cause I was on a budget. I took me a couple of years. Today my allergies are in control, I don’t get sick, I haven’t had the pneumonia in 19 years. I rarely get colds. Then I was able to have children again, for almost 9 yrs I had no immune system to produce eggs….yeah! I was really sick, I now have 6 kids,


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Switching cleaners was the hard part because, I liked the scent that cleaners left after you cleaned your home. I thought you had to hear the squeak every time you wiped. I had so many products for each thing that I cleaned. Once I made that switch, I had more room in my cabinets, I ended up liking the new scent, I was confident knowing that these products are safe for me to breath and my children. WOW! I ended up saving a ton of money! these cleaners are the best! every home should have them. Try it yourself!

get clean pic Shakelee cost comparisonLook at how much cheaper it is to use Shaklee, cost Pennies!

Shaklee Performance VS. Gatorade

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We all come to trust Gatorade. You can find it everywhere! right? If you an athlete or an parent of an athlete, you want the best for yourself and your child….right?

Even when you thirsty and you want to quench that thirst, you drink gatorade, right?

My challenge is for you to compare your favorite sports drink to “Shaklee Performance“, you will notice a difference in your endurance, performance, and stamina. All Naturally.

Here’s some facts to consider:

Shaklee Performance is a powdered hydration product from the sports nutrition line of Shaklee products.  Shaklee Performance® is clinically proven to hydrate better than water. Plus, Performance has more electrolytes and provides more energy than the leading hydration drink. The proprietary OPTI-LYTE electrolyte blend plus the unique mix of carbohydrates delivers instant and sustained energy and supports optimal hydration.

What that means is that you feel hydrated immediately after drinking it. And it gives you the endurance you need to keep the energy flowing while you are working out, competing, running, swimming……or even just gardening or doing yard work on a hot day. (My husband drinks this while baling hay on hot summer days.)

Performance was developed for the Daedalus project…the first human powdered flight across the Aegean Sea. Performance was the only product the pilot had with him during the flight…Here is the story .

While my clients, children or myself won’t be flying over any seas…we love Performance. It has the hydration aspect but more importantly it doesn’t have….artificial ingredients…no colors or dyes that will stain your lips or tongue. It has a better mix of electrolytes than the other leading brands of sports drinks…so it doesn’t t leave you more thirsty than before.

Shaklee Performance contains three types of carbohydrates for energy and stamina (both simple and complex carbohydrates), glucose polymer, fructose, and glucose.
-It contains a balance of electrolytes to prevent dehydration; calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium ions (electrolytes are mineral ions which can be lost through perspiration or excessive loose stools).
-It comes in two all-natural flavors: Lemon-Lime or Orange.
It contains no fat, no cholesterol, no preservatives or artificial sweeteners.

Maximizing endurance:
Shaklee Performance helped maintain athletes* blood glucose levels for muscle energy and fluid levels for proper hydration. After more than three hours of vigorous cycling in the laboratory, during which time the cyclists consumed either Shaklee Performance or water, the speed was turned up even higher. At this sprint pace, Shaklee Performance drinkers endured for 33 minutes, while the water-only group lasted just two minutes!

In another test Cyclists rode stationary bicycles at 70% VO2 max for two to three hours. Shaklee Performance, other carbohydrate-electrolyte prototypes, and water were given to the athletes at the rate of one liter per hour. Shaklee Performance maintained blood glucose levels significantly higher than water throughout the test period, while maintaining plasma volume equal to that of water. Shaklee Performance also maintained a higher plasma osmolality than water, helping balance thirst with fluid needs and supporting the osmotic drive to drink. Shaklee performance was also the best-tolerated of all the carbohydrate-electrolyte prototypes.

performance blood glucose graph

Here is a chart of the results of a study done with Performance and blood glucose levels. You can see that the blood glucose levels were higher after 1-2 hrs. of working out than just water alone. Blood glucose levels…translate to more energy and endurance.

I found that when I started using Shaklee Performance – while I ran, it did not slosh around in my stomach, it absorbed right away. I didn’t get that nauseous feeling that I used to get when I drank Gatorade on long runs.

My favorite way to enjoy Performance is by mixing a serving of Lemon lime Performance with our Shaklee 180 Pomegranate energy tea and ice…mix it up on a water bottle and enjoy…. great energy along with the hydration.

Others like to enjoy it in the form if a Popsicle. Hot day, soccer game, swim meet, running race….pack a Popsicle and enjoy the natural hydration and not all the sugar.

Or try a slushy: use 2 huge scoops of Orange Juice Concentrate, 3 scoops of performance, 1 cup ice, up to 2 cups water… blend in blender till slush.

One more cool fact… this is an amazing product was used as a model for AstroAde to help NASA astronauts during reentry to prevent kidney damage! Shaklee produced and continues to provide space shuttle crews a unique customized re hydration beverage coined ‘AstroAde’.

If you want to try it, it comes in a 19 serving size container. Or if you are like me…lots of kids who are athletes and are active yourself….you will buy the value size/ team PAC. Enough to make 5 gallons of the drink, while you save $$.

I hope you like my comparison!

The Biography of a Book Chapter: A Short Photo Essay

Nice process in prewriting. The tone has a twist that puts the frustration out the door.

The Trickster Prince


It starts with the sources and stories; that’s where it always starts. Not stories that exist full-formed and discerned. No. These are stories that exist always-already in-the-process-of-becoming; stories that consist in half-thought ideas, half-glimpsed connections, half-baked moments. Intuition? Perhaps. Often I do not know where they come from. Always I suspect they are wrong but worth trying still.


It continues with the sources. Hard won over many years and forgotten long ago. To re-enter box files is to meet old friends or to be struck with the shock of the new. I told you I had forgotten these sources long ago. It continues as an archaeology of our accreted days and months in some dusty archive or other.


It stops. It stops just at the moment when you open a document to begin. The blank page takes on the haunting qualities of nightmare. The blank page seems a proxy for…

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