For a long time, I wasn’t eating healthy, which is surprising since my diet was mainly Middle Eastern food. It mostly consisted of beans, wheat (bread), grains, and even rice. I also used to eat lots of junk foods like chocolate and chips almost every day. At that point in my life, it was easier eating these foods, and I didn’t eat that many vegetables. I used to wonder when I ate certain foods why I would feel itchy and bloated, especially if I ate beans and wheat. I would also feel sluggish, have low energy, become pale, and get sick quite a bit. Along with that, I had low mental concentration, and my memory wasn’t the best.
I notice lots of people that use headphones listen to their music way too loud. They even set it on noise cancellation. My concern is many times they do not know what is going on around them. They are focused just on the music they are listening to. Someone might be trying to get their attention, but they do not hear or pay attention. They could also not hear important noises and get hit by a car. There have been many times that this has happened.
Some people don’t realize that when the noise is too loud from whatever device they are listening to, it can also affect their hearing. It is possible for the loud noise echoing in their ears to negatively affect the ear drums. A person could go deaf as a result and not hear noises in their surroundings. How do I know this, you ask? I was taking sign language (a few years back), and in the class, we talked about hearing loss. The instructor talked a lot about loud noises, and how this can affect the hearing. It thought it was interesting.
I would like to share my experience of having a pet dog. His name is Coco, and he’s a Bishonpoo (mixed poodle and bishop frise, pronounced “friz-zay’). He is a very sweet dog but high energy. The problem is my mom is too soft with him. She lets him do what he wants, like jump on her. He got spoiled quickly with her. Unfortunately, every time we have a small dog, that is what happens. Me and my dad are tough and disciplined him. But my mom thinks because Coco’s small we should be delicate with him. She thinks we are mean.
Around a few months after we got Coco, my mom would often take him to see our next door neighbor. She said it was so he would get used to people. I told her not to do this, but she wouldn't listen. I would get so mad, take my dog away, and my mom said people would think I was mean. Soon, he started to change. Coco would go crazy when he saw our neighbor, jumping, barking, crying, and pulling to go to her. Coco would hear the neighbor outside and get too excited. It would take some time to calm him down.
I’ve been hearing on television news that people in Arab countries are standing up against the dictator government, demanding freedom. I recall some time ago how Egyptians got together through Facebook and successfully held a protest. I felt happy for them. Not only because they stood up for what they wanted, but they never gave up. Unfortunately, many lost their lives, and there isn’t freedom for them yet. There are many Arab countries where these people have to suffer because of dictators. All these dictators care about is money, keeping their family rich, and living a lavish life. Meanwhile, their citizens are suffering because of them. They want to be like everyone else with good paying jobs and freedom, and for their country to thrive.
I believe that in the future there won’t be such things as books, only handheld devices to be read stories. Newspapers and magazines will no longer be printed or delivered to your homes. They will only be available online, and they be emailed to a person’s inbox. There are already some newspapers that are heading towards the online route, and consumers will not be able to view that particular newspaper if they don’t have access to the Internet.
It's that special time of year we look forward to every October. Yep, you guessed it—Halloween. Many young people and kids go to stores looking for the perfect costume to scare or delight those around them. Meanwhile, many adults are shopping for various kinds of treats to give away. The holiday isn't just for children because teenagers and even adults enjoy Halloween. It's a chance to enjoy ourselves for a few hours. Some people, even some businesses have parties and dress up. Adults have a little fun.
It has been some time since I have posted here. Ever since my dad passed away I have been really busy. I had to sell so many of my dad’s items, which it took lots of my time. There are still more I need to go through. Once things slow down, then I would get to my usual routine like before—social networking, and of course blogging.
I wanted to let everyone know that I will not post any new blog posts for a while. There is an illness in my family. My father is very sick with lung cancer. Sadly, the doctors said my dad does not have much time to live. This is so heart-breaking. So my mom and I would like to spend as much time with him as we can. When my father found out he had cancer, like anyone, it was heart-breaking to hear it.
It makes me wonder why a person gets cancer in the first place. I believe we are exposed to toxins every day. The air we breathe, the food we eat, even the things we touch can have a deep effect on our body. There were wars, and all those substances are still in the air, which we breathe. People work at jobs that deal with chemicals that they are exposed to every day. There are people who smoked cigarettes, did drugs, and even drank a lot of alcohol in the past. As the person gets older, it takes an effect on the body. That is my opinion. We can guess all we want, but we may never really know or understand why this happened.
Many young people meet in person with someone they met online, and as a sad result sometimes they are killed or raped. The problem lies in the fact that we put too much trust in technology. We feel safe online, but that may not always be the case. When talking on the internet, young people don’t realize it could be a pedophile on the other end.
Some of you must be wondering how Santa Claus came to be. It is said that there was a man by the name of St. Nicholas. He was born in Myra, Greece, which is now part of Turkey. His parents were wealthy, and when they passed away, he inherited their wealth. He became a priest and later a bishop. He was a great man and always helped others in need. He looked after his people and was loved both by children and adults alike.
In folklore, it is widely believed that there once was a man who had three daughters. He was poor and didn’t have enough money to feed them. The daughters were going to be sold as slaves because they couldn’t afford to live at home any longer. St. Nicholas wanted to help them so he slipped three small bags of gold through the window while they were sleeping. However, their father saw St. Nicholas’s good deed and was grateful. St. Nicholas, who didn’t want to be publicized, continued to help others secretly. It is believed that after St. Nicholas passed away, he was taken by angels to the Heavens, and every year the people celebrated St. Nicholas day. On that day, children and beggars received food and clothing.
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