". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tanning for a "HEALTHY GLOW"? Think AGAIN...

Sun worshipers, 
cancer bed goers, 
Spring is peeking around the corner! 
Many start thinking about 
bathing suits... 
and of course, 
their TAN... 
You've heard the warnings at least a million times... right?? But many refuse to heed the warnings. The evidence is CLEAR... 
WHAT will it TAKE? 
I have friends from early teens continuing into adulthood go frequently to tanning beds and their favorite past time was "laying out" to "WORK" on their tan. Now THAT's and ambitious endeavor... but in their minds it was the ultimate goal. I even had a good childhood friend/neighbor who's mom was out "working" on her tan almost daily! Was she tan? Definitely! But she was also under 35 with skin of leather and wrinkles emerging... 
That was three decades ago and on the other side of the country... I can't help but wonder if she is still around. Is that a good trade off? Even THEN, in the 70's we had warnings about cancer and limiting exposure. The evidence continues to GROW! So what is so compelling that draws people to crave the almighty tan? 
*Sense of visible achievement
*Feels good

The following related videos 
are quite informative! 
I hope you'll watch at least one!
Indoor tanning's dark side: 

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75% increased risk is pretty steep! 

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So what are some alternatives to that good tan feeling? 

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And the best prescription for a healthy glow is of course:

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 If you just HAVE to have that tan, go for: 
*Sunless self-tanning lotion 
*Spray tans 
Get the "LOOK" without the risk! 
If you spend a lot of time in the Summer sun, 
 protect yourself with sunscreen! 
You can get added protection from 
a large brimmed hat and sunglasses, too. 
I have fair skin and I do NOT tan. 
I'm not saying that I've never gone to a 
tanning bed or laid out on the beach... 
I seriously CAN NOT TAN! 
I burn and I freckle! 
When I was a teen, I went a few times before a pageant to a tanning bed. I have to admit that I will burn even in one session... so I would cut the time of the sessions down. Did I sport a nice tan for the event? Hardly... Later there was a guy that gave me a gift card for 10 tanning sessions because he thought I'd look better with a tan... after 3 times and the resulting multiplied darker freckles... he said, "Don't go anymore..." LOL!! Don't get me wrong, I don't HATE my freckles, but I definitely don't want them to be how my appearance is described! "That's her, the one with all the freckles..." I just don't desire to purposely multiply and darken them. 
(how I would have looked had I continued tanning...)
Faded is fine with me... 
(Me in 10th grade...
DON'T make fun of the tie!! 
That was IN!! LOL!)

Perhaps I'm one of the lucky ones! Because of my fair skin and difficulty in the "field of tanning", I am forced to use more caution when it comes to my skin exposure. In more recent years, bright light also triggers migraines. (Now I actually avoid bright light... go figure...College boy calls me "creature of the night/dark" Smartypants!!) I may be lacking the benefits of absorbing vitamin D... I'll take the supplements, thanks...  

 All videos: The TODAY Show
Images link to their source
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Expressions:How Do I Love Thee?

I love to hear Elder Jeffrey R Holland! 
Here, he gives a powerful message 
about how you can better show love 
for your friends, family, dates or spouse 
by following the example of Jesus Christ.
(Less than 3 minutes...)
Such a great reminder of HOW we 
SHOULD show love for our fellow man. 
This is my favorite part: 
"Think the best of each other, 
especially of those you say you love. 
Assume the good and doubt the bad."
Prayers are always needed for our country and world. Especially in Japan and Libya right now... 
My friend's sweet boy has been in the hospital with continuous seizures. He has them so frequently... so sad! I know this must totally drain their family with worry. They, too, are always on my list! 
Have a beautiful Sunday!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Creation: Ice Cream, Pie, and DIGISCRAP

This was my "new recipe" in Feb! 
Chocolate Chip Vanilla Ice Cream! 
This past Monday I made my first 
pie crust from SCRATCH!! 
I made pecan pie in it. 
I was busy looking for something and it ended up being in 10 minutes too long... so it's hard to really tell how GOOD the crust TASTED... It wasn't BAD, but the pecans and crust edges were very... TOASTY... *sigh* It still tasted great on the inside... LOL! 

17. Make my own pie crust from scratch
18. Make a new recipe once a month minimum. 
I made enchilada squares and spaced taking a pic when we were about done scarfing it down. WHAT? We were hungry! LOL! March: CHECK  ;D
44. Digiscrap pages (=1 a week)
2 out of 52!! LOL!! See above...
46. Date night at least 2/month
I think I can consider date nights covered for this month on the cruise... We'll probably go on another before the month is through, though.
48. *K.I.S.S. with photography 
Well, since my license is soon to lapse, I'm in a dilemma about whether or not to renew. It's such a pain to reset things up... but I don't plan on doing much for a while. I have decided to put weddings on hold until I'm functioning more consistently. Faking it all day on some occasions is a challenge at times. It really takes a LOT out of me. Yesterday's event was quite a fiasco and not for the typical reasons... I'll go into that more on Monday. So that in itself, even if I DO renew the license, will simplify tremendously. 
51. Visit Mom and Pop at LEAST once a month!
Went and visited them yesterday. POP was doing SO GREAT compared to the last few times we've seen them!! It was just hubby and I. We need to bring the kids over again so they can see how good he's doing!  ;D

A touching clip: loyal dog in Japan. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day: Celtic Woman and Relief Society Birthday: Alex Boye

I thought this song could speak to EVERYONE,  
What is THE VOICE for YOU?? 
(PAULA, you will LIKE THIS!) 
This was SO INCREDIBLE in concert!! 
I took my mom for Mother's Day last year.  
Máiréad (on the fiddle), 
Lisa (vocals),  
the atmosphere created... 
If you enjoy Irish Dance, 
here's YOUR Irish TREAT! 
So how would YOU interpret this dance? LOL! 
And of course we can't forget... 
Happy birthday to the Relief Society!! 
This is a secular style song, 
(and not exactly my "style" of music) 
but it has an awesome message 
for the sisters of the Relief Society. 
Thanks Alex BOYE!! You ROCK!! 
Hopefully EVERYONE could 
find something that appealed! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Awareness: Preparedness *NUDGE*NUDGE* is IMPORTANT!

Today I am not doing a big 
Awareness PUSH... 
rather a nudge. 
Maybe a BIG ONE...

With the tragedy on the other side of the world, I am reminded of how important it is to be prepared for emergencies. It is true that there is nothing that those caught directly in the disaster could have done. I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is that we all CAN take some precautions that may be lifesaving for our families in the aftermath of various  disasters. 

One thing the nuclear explosions reminded us of is that we don't have iodine pills or particle masks. The iodine is recommended one a day for nuclear exposure (half for a child). This prevents thyroid cancer. In the event that these are sold out, kelp and potassium taken simultaneously will do the same thing. 
We do have some food and water stored up; so if we were advised to stay inside for whatever reason, we would get by for quite some time without needing to go to a store... that wouldn't be available...  We also have 72 hr kits we could grab and go with if needed. We also have an external hard drive with our most important files on that we would grab in the threat of losing our home. 

We are not looney hoarders... we are trying to be self reliant in the event of an emergency. If you think FEMA is going to be there in your time of need, enjoy the wait. I don't think it will be too delightful. 

Need help in the right direction? 
Here are some great resources!

You can stay on top of current threats 
at the iAlert Blog

Emergency Preparedness is also about making sure family members have a clue what to do and where important things are in different types of situations. 
As for my pets... 
they ARE coming with me. 
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Diamante: Serenity to Anxiety - MMOM 38 - Japan

patient, tranquil 
calming, quieting, harmonizing
peaceful, content, 
worry, panic  
stressing, doubting, dreading
irritated, trepidation 
~Holly Jackson 
This is a diamante poem I wrote concerning the transition from serenity to anxiety. Unfortunately, this is frequently a quick and easy transition for me. 



1.  Do you have a fireplace in your home? 
2! Both are gas; 
one in the family room and 
one in the master bedroom. 
2.  Can you drive a stick shift? 
I actually LEARNED on a stick shift. 
My dad said if I learned on it, 
automatic is easy and I could drive either. 
3.  How many computers are in your home? 
WOW!! Can I plead the 5th here? LOL! We are a very TECHNICAL family and use different computers for different things. If you add old and new plus laptops, we're at 7. 

4.  Are your taxes done yet?  NO

Do you do them yourself? 
Sometimes... this year? Probably NOT... 
5.  What is your favorite meal of the day? 
Probably dinner because the most thought USUALLY goes into it. I say USUALLY because lately I've been thinking "Hmmm... there's dog food, cat food, fish food, rabbit food... wouldn't life be easier if we had PEOPLE FOOD?? MY POOR FAMILY!!! 
The situation in Japan isn't looking any better as the days go by. More tragedies in the aftermath of the earthquake/tsunami paint a grim picture. Hubby posted many great links to show all the most critical information to date. Such a sad situation. They will be in my prayers for a LONG time. Go check it out! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Expressions: Relief Society Birthday and Prayers for Victims

This week, the RELIEF SOCIETY 
shares it's birthday with the IRISH! 
For those of you that would like a smaller glimpse into what the organization is all about, this clip sums it up nicely. ;D
Have a beautiful Sunday! 
This week my heart and prayers go out to those affected by the earthquake, tsunami, fires and flooding, as well as the aftermath!! 
I'm also praying for the suicide victim (rumor has it lost her family in the disaster in Japan) that jumped inside the Salt Lake City Library and those present. (My college son is an employee there and witnessed the body... NOT a good memory to have!)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Creation: Blog Design and Significance

My St Patrick's Day blog design is 
my only claim to creativity this week! 
It won't be here long, but 
I couldn't leave the HEARTS! 
So does this one count for a week 
I missed last month? LOL!! 
For those of you that have been around a while, you'll notice that the framed pictures on the side are always part of the design. They are kind of like the blog trademark. They actually do have significance. So if you're at all curious, I'll fill you in. 
  • At the top you'll notice the drama masks. I DO love the theater and participated in it in my younger years. But the masks also show a happy face and a sad face that show the opposite poles of my bipolar disorder. 
  • Next you see images that represent my family and photography. All persons in them are family (daughter and husband are silhouettes in the sunset, and another daughter and her youngest are in the other). 
  • The middle images in black and white are actually me as a teen. YEAH... Used to be just doesn't count anymore... does it... (statement, not a question... LOL!) 
  • The next 2 are my dogs Jake and Jasmine... aka Chubs and Jazzi. They are important in my life, too. 
  • The bottom ones represent my religion (LDS temples) and also my photography again, as I did take them.
My signature 

and divider have significance, too. 
is somethings I frequently sign off with, 
and since my name is Holly, 
the holly border now stays year round. 

NOW you KNOW! ;D

#38: March background design
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