Sleep benefits and deprivation [videos]

Enjoy the honey dew of slumber.  Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, quote

The benefits of a good night’s sleep – Shai Marcu by TED-Ed, on YouTube

The average amount of sleep we need is 8 hours; that is, one third in a 24-hour period.  But most of us, including me, push the limit of waking hours depriving us of that good-health-promoting slumber time.

It’s so ironic for me to think that I am freely given one third of that daily 24-hour period to doze off and yet, I lie wide awake on bed worrying… Why do you think bears hibernate – just to dream of honey fields??! Get to your cave and recharge . . . please! But, of course, you’ll say, “we’ll I’m not a bear.”

Why do we sleep?

Neuroscientist Russell Foster cited three reasons why via TED:

  1. Restoration
  2. Energy conservation
  3. Brain processing and memory consolidation
Why Do We Sleep? by Russell Foster, on TED

Restoration

After a whole day of activities, sleep is your avenue to restore used up energy.  Some parts of the brain, including specific genes, are more active when sleeping.

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.  Thomas Dekker quote

Energy conservation

We turn off our tv, computer and other electronic gadgets to conserve energy.  Similarly, we turn off our thoughts by hitting the sack.  Foster shared that about 110 calories per night is saved.

Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.  Frank H. Knight quote

Brain processing and memory consolidation

Studies suggest that blood circulation is regulated and long-term memory is consolidated through the last two stages of sleep…

The Non-REM (or No Rapid Eye Movement stage of) sleep is believed to be associated with transferring your declarative memory from short-term to long-term memory storage in the cortex.  This happens about 3 hours after you drifted into sleep.

REM sleep, the final stage on the other hand, helps in consolidating your procedural memory. (1)

In other words, depending on what was learned and when you slept, sleep aids in stabilizing that memory – promoting both quantitative and qualitative changes in brain activity. (2)  While slow wave sleep or SWS consolidates your newly acquired math equation even within 2 hours of dozing off, deep REM sleep will make you remember your piano scale when you wake up the next day. (3)

Quoting Foster: “After you try to learn a task, and you sleep-deprive individuals, the ability to learn that task is smashed…  Our ability to come up with novel solutions to complex problems is hugely enhanced by night of sleep.” (4)

Synapse is the passing of information between neurons in our brain.  The changes in connection caused by synapses is called synaptic plasticity.

Synaptic plasticity, which is particularly important to memory and learning, is boosted during sleep. (5)  Studies have shown that sleep establishes active consolidation of memories – “stimulating the idea that forming long-term memories represents a general function of sleep.” (6)

Sleep deprivation

If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.  Henny Youngman

Youngman, above, has hinted us that there will be ill effects for not going to bed at the right time.  I so agree because it makes me feel hungry that I end up raiding my fridge.  Plus, knowing that I didn’t hop onto my “sleep train” right away, I get stressed thinking what time it’s coming back to pick me up.  It usually comes around past midnight or somewhere close to dawn. (pitiful sigh)

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD

Studies also suggest “that sleep and mental illness aren’t simply associated, they are physically linked.”  Sleep disruption could be an early warning sign of schizophrenia (as schizophrenic patients seem confused between the right timing for sleep and wakefulness).  Sleep then becomes the doorway to begin therapy before the real onset of such mental illness. (7)

Now, let me end this article the way Foster cleverly ended his TED talk – by quoting…

Sleep is God.  Go Worship.  Jim Butcher quote

References:

  1. TED-Ed.  (2015, January 5).  The benefits of a good night’s sleep – Shai Marcu [Video file].  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=330&v=gedoSfZvBgE.
  2. Diekelmann, S.  and Born, J.  (2010, February).  The memory function of sleep.  Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20046194.
  3. Diekelmann, S., et.al.  (2009, October).  The whats and whens of sleep-dependent memory consolidation.  Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19251443.
  4. Foster, R.  (2013, June).  Why Do We Sleep? [Video file].  Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/russell_foster_why_do_we_sleep.
  5. Sehgal, A. and Mignot, E.  (2011, July 22).  Genetics of Sleep and Sleep disorders.  Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153991/.
  6. Rasch, B. and Born, J.  (2013, April).  About Sleep’s Role in Memory.  Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3768102/.
  7. Ha, T.  (2013, June 11).  The neuroscience of sleep: Russell Foster at TEDGlobal 2013. Retrieved from https://blog.ted.com/the-neuroscience-of-sleep-russell-foster-at-tedglobal-2013/.

Childhood memory: crayon art

I know the one that thinks differently, and sometimes criticized by others, is the one who is very imaginative and artistic. Way to go! 😊

Ryan Hughes

I have a distinct and distant memory of doing an elementary school assignment that involved using crayons to color code some sort of chart.

I got in a hurry so I misunderstood the instructions and put the colors in the wrong place. I remember my classmates chiding me and I felt embarrassed. The teacher told me to do it over, but I thought the colors looked good where I put them. I tried to color over what I had made, but crayon on crayon doesn’t work well at all so I had a messy color chart that didn’t make any sense to anyone except me.

Many years passed and I “forgot” about the incident. It came back to me when I was making these crayon drawings last week. (I found some crayons in a closet while staying at my parents house.) Part of me felt mad about the memory and…

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Allen Klein quote: what your attitude is like

Allen Klein said: Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor and your picture begins to lighten up.

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor and your picture begins to lighten up.

Allen Klein

Stuart Seaton quote: the most unusual instrument

Stuart Seaton said: The human brain is a most unusual instrument of elegant and as yet unknown capacity.

The human brain is a most unusual instrument of elegant and as yet unknown capacity.

Stuart Seaton

Mild traumatic brain injury links to mental health

Worth reading and sharing… 😊 🧠

Exploring science world

A mild traumatic brain injury such from a fall, car accident, the violent assault may result in mental health problem if not well treated and follow up by practitioners a new study suggests.

In the study published in JAMA Psychiatry, the researchers compared the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients who had experienced mild traumatic brain injury and those who had experienced another type of traumatic injuries such as broken legs but not head injury.

The recent study examined 1,155 patients with mild traumatic brain injuries between three, six and 12months after their injuries and 230 patients with non-head injuries from 11 hospitals with trauma centres across the United States, between 2014 and 2016.

The result shows that patients with mild traumatic brain injury were more likely to experience PTSD and depressive disorder compared to non-head injuries patients.

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Brain Injury Awareness Month: looking at TBI from different angles

It’s good to be brain-aware… 🧠

Collection Spotlight from the National Rehabilitation Information Center

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the Brain Injury Association of American encourages everyone to #ChangeYourMind about brain injury. Sometimes, all we need to change our understanding of a disability like traumatic brain injury (TBI) is to learn about it from a different angle. If facts and figures don’t click for you, maybe a video interview with a TBI survivor will connect the dots. If you’re a visual learner, perhaps a comic or infographic will help get the message through. Maybe data tables and charts are your key to understanding the impact of TBI. Here are some examples from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere which may give you a fresh perspective on TBI:

  • Break it down to the basics! The NIDILRR-funded
    Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) offers a collection of TBI factsheets,
    developed with researchers, on everything from big picture of Understanding TBI
    to individual topics…

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George Jessel quote: when the brains starts and stops

George Jessel said: The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

George Jessel

When and when not to drink water a day

When we breathe, perspire and pass urine, we lose liquid in our bodies.  If we begin to lose about 2% of water, we become thirsty – the signal that tells us it is time to hydrate. Here is a schedule that will help you remember to drink water everyday.

Water is life.  Such a commonplace statement and so true.  We clean with it, cook with it, work with it, etc.  Without water, our brains and entire bodily system will not function.  Since our adult bodies are composed of 55-60% water, it is basic to replenish the bodily fluids we lose everyday.

Water is the driving force of all nature.

Leonardo da Vinci

Aside from Da Vinci’s statement about water being the driving force, science also defines water as the primary building block of cells.  It aids in swallowing and digesting food.  It also regulates internal body temperature, helps lubricate the joints, carries nutrients within our bodies and maintains good cognitive functions, such as attention and *memory*.

In addition to the above processes, when we breathe, perspire and pass urine, we lose liquid from our bodies as well.  If we begin to lose about 2% internal water, we become thirsty or, in extreme cases, get dehydrated.

Water dehydration

What would happen if you didn’t drink water? – Mia Nacamulli by TED-Ed, on YouTube

Drinking water is like washing out your insides.  The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues.

Kevin R. Stone

Water replenishment

We have 24 hours a day, with 8 hours devoted to sleep.  That leaves us with 16 hours to hydrate with potable water.  Divide 16 hours by 2 and we get 8.  That means we need to drink ever 2 hours, right?

I always have water, tons of water.  It’s even in my bathroom because I used to be so bad at drinking water, and I want to stay hydrated.

Selena Gomez

If you are like me (and Selena Gomez) who forgets to drink eight daily glasses of water (or could not even drink a half glass of water right after meal), you can try my personal drink-water-a-day program (in lieu of any mobile phone drink-water-reminder app).

  1. Drink water after waking up in the morning.  I rise up at 6am.
  2. Drink water (30 minutes***) after eating breakfast (or maybe between 7 to 9 for you?).
  3. Drink water around 10am or 2 hours after your last hydration.
  4. Drink water (30 minutes***) after lunch.  Your food recharge could be 12 noon or 1pm.
  5. Drink water around 2pm or during your coffee, err, water break.
  6. Drink water at 4pm or maybe after your bathroom break.
  7. Drink water at 6pm or (30 minutes***) after your dinner.
  8. Drink water at 8pm or 2 hours before (not right before) you sleep.

The above is a schedule “I try” to do and I hope it kinda gives you an idea.  You can be more creative on your own day-to-day routine.  If you can drink 2 glasses at a time, good for you then!  (That may also mean lesser bathroom breaks. 😆)

Also, please note that water is not only consumed by just merely drinking it.  Some of the food we eat already contain water.  Celery, strawberry, cucumber and even broccoli, to name a few, will help replenish lost bodily fluids while supplementing fiber and nutrients.  Water is also in the rice or noodle soup you had during lunchtime (which means I don’t have to feel bad if I was only able to drink 1/4 glass of my water 😀).

Water intoxication

Before you start watching BRIGHT SIDE’s video below, I’d like to point this out…

***Some, including BRIGHT SIDE, say drinking water right after meals is not good because it dilutes the digestive juices necessary to break down food.  Dr. Michael Picco contradicts this, via Mayo Clinic, saying water does not interfere with digestion.  In fact, it aids in absorbing nutrients.

I am yet to find clinical studies and scientific evidences to explain the biological truth about drinking water right after meals.  But for now, I’ll stick to drinking at least 30 minutes after eating breakfast, lunch and dinner.***

9 Situations When You Really Shouldn’t drink Water by BRIGHT SIDE, on YouTube

Conclusion

Optimal hydration or getting the right amount of water is proven to be effective in keeping your body, mind and *memory* healthy.  On the other hand, over-hydration will cause more harm.

Like they say, too much of a good thing is bad.  So, just be cautious of your own body.  If you thirst, then that is the signal you already lost 2% of your bodily fluid.  Let’s drink to that! 🍹

References:
(1) Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D., How Much of Your Body Is Water?, September 28, 2018, https://www.thoughtco.com/how-much-of-your-body-is-water-609406
(2) Pico, Michael F., M.D., Does drinking water during or after a meal disturb digestion?, May 3, 2018, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/digestion/faq-20058348

History of world poetry day

March 21st is World Poetry Day, an annual celebration of poems and poets adopted by UNESCO.

In 1999, during its 30th General Conference in Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared March 21st as World Poetry Day. The aims are to support “linguistic diversity through poetic expression” as well as increase “the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.”

World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media.

UNESCO, World Poetry Day

Reference:
World Poetry Day. (n.d.). Retrieved March 17, 2019 from https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldpoetryday.

6 Irish Blessings and 1 limerick for St. Paddy’s Day

I love these inspiring Irish Blessings . . . worth sharing and re-blogging!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️

Life Unraveled

”May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten.”

beach woman sunrise silhouette Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

”May the clouds in your life be only a background for a lovely sunset.”

calm blue sea during golden hour Photo by Sasha Martynov on Pexels.com

“May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky, and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and  fly.

several soaring seagulls Photo by Engin Akyurt on Pexels.com

“May you get all your wishes but one so you always have something to strive for.”

dandelion macro photography Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com“May you get all your wishes but one so you always have something to strive for.”

“May good luck be your friend in whatever you do. And may trouble be always a stranger to you.”

shallow focus photography of four leaf clover Photo by Djalma Paiva Armelin on Pexels.com

Today’s featured limerick was written by Sharon Horvath. It’s not too late to write yours!

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Some trivia for St. Paddy’s Day

To be honest, I can only answer nos. 1 and 4 . . . then I’ll peek at the answers.
The flying squirrel choice is so funny. Haha. 😆 Thanks for sharing!

Pete's Kiwi Korner

1/ What is the scientific symbol for gold?

2/ Haggis is the traditional dish of what country?

3/ The island of Cyprus gained independence from what country in 1960?

4/ A ziggurat is a pyramidal tower, a bolt of lightning, or a flying squirrel?

5/ What crop failure caused the Irish famine?

Answers: https://peteswriteplace.blogspot.com/2019/02/answers-to-trivia-quizz-on-friday.html

An Irish pub on St Paddies Day

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History of St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. St. Paddy’s Day, for some, is actually the day of this non-Irish’s death. Yes, the revered patron saint of Ireland, is not Irish. He was born in Britain and named as Maewyn Succat. He adopted a Christian name, Patricius, when he became a bishop. Patrick is the nickname.

The History of Saint Patrick – a Short Story by jeremiahjw, on YouTube

At age 16, Succat was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to tend sheep in Ireland. During that time, he prayed a lot to God. Once he dreamed of escaping and believed it was God leading him out of slavery. He did find a ship which took him back to his family in Britain.

Back home, he studied to become a priest. When he became a bishop, he decided to sail back to pagan-stricken Ireland. He was followed by many converts into Christianity. Celtic priests were not happy. Even his former master killed himself for not being able to bear the thought of Patrick’s success.

Bishop Patricius died on March 17, 461 AD after 30 years of service. He was not canonized as saint until the 12th or 17th Century.

To this day, his death anniversary is honored as a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Montserrat and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is not only celebrated by those of Irish Christian heritage but also other cultures, including non-Christians and even atheists. It has become a tradition of parades, drinking and merry-making.

St. Patrick’s Green

St. Patrick’s Day or SPD symbols include the color green which is thought to be attributed to one of Ireland’s flag colors.

The country itself is also referred to as the Emerald Isle due to its lush green landscape, including shamrocks.

A usual three-leaf shamrock, which symbolizes Irish Christianity, is believed to have been used by Bishop Patricius to explain the Holy Trinity.

Connecting the dot, finding a four-leaf version of it is lucky.

It is just like finding a pot of gold that leads to its mythical owner, a leprechaun. This small bearded fairy is of Irish folklore.

So, as we trace back…

  1. a leprechaun,
  2. pot of gold,
  3. luck,
  4. shamrock, and
  5. Ireland green

…have all become the symbols for St. Patrick’s Day. (Let us know if we have missed something.)

Friday funnies for St. Patrick’s Day

I enjoyed this!  I hope you will, too… ☺️

Leonard's Lines

Happy Friday!  You know spring is on the way when you see St. Patrick’s Day on the calendar!  So, I dug deep into the internet to find a few St. Paddy jokes just for you.

Enjoy!

Would you call a leprechaun’s vacation home a lepre-condo?

Would you call a vanishing leprechaun a lepre-gone?

Would you call an Irish criminal with a serious skin disease a leper con?

Do you know that an Irishman is having a good time when he is Dublin over with laughter?

Do leprechauns make good secretaries because they are good at shorthand?

Did the leprechaun beat the Irishman to the pot of gold by taking a shortcut?

Did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland because he could not afford air fare?

Is a leprechaun’s favorite food to barbecue short ribs?

Are leprechaun’s hard to get along with because they are short-tempered?

In Ireland…

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William McRaven quote: best way to get a good night sleep

William H. McRaven said: I think the best way to get a good night sleep is to work hard throughout the day. If you work hard and, of course, work out.

I think the best way to get a good night sleep is to work hard throughout the day. If you work hard and, of course, work out.

William H. McRaven

4 quick sleep tips per Dr. Amen

These are 4 things I recall from Dr. Amen’s audiobook…

  • Refrain from drinking coffee or any caffeinated drinks (or food) after 1pm.
  • About an hour before sleep, dim the lights if possible or stay in a dark room to prepare yourself for snoozing.
  • Only go to bed when you are drowsy.  Otherwise, get up and do something relaxing until you feel your eyes heavy.
  • Keep a consistent sleep-wake cycle as much as possible, even during the weekends or non-working days.

Are you getting enough sleep?

I have to share this one, too, as I’m not getting enough sleep . . . including last night… 😴

feelaliveuk

Woman awake in bed looking fed up as she cannot get to sleep

According to the Sleep Council one third of us in the UK sleep for just five to six hours per night. It’s generally accepted, and has been well-researched over many years, that the body needs more sleep than this, ideally around seven or eight hours each night. 

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So, what’s going wrong and why are we generally so sleep deprived?

Clinical nutritionist Suzie Sawyer takes a closer look at why our shut-eye is so important and shares some tips on how to get more.

Why is sleep so essential?

It’s no secret that the body repairs and re-generates during sleep. It’s also a time of growth as specific growth hormones are released during the night. However, when sleep is problematic, the body and brain are fatigued and it becomes increasingly difficult to function effectively.

The body’s sleep hormone, melatonin, is naturally released during the hours of darkness. This is likely to…

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We want better sleep but struggle to get it – 5 tips to help

Gotta reblog this! Worth re-reading…

Happy World Sleep Day!

Zenergy Active

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Today is World Sleep Day: according to the World Sleep Society’s global survey 35% of people feel they don’t get enough sleep, impacting both their physical and mental health. ‘There is a growing understanding that lack of sleep is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes and we’re more prone to infections after a period of reduced sleep’ according to Public Health England.

Breathing, relaxing, stretching, calming the mind and the body are all great ways to improve your chances of a great night’s sleep.  Sounds so simple yet finding time to do it is far more challenging.

That’s why I created my Zen Pilates concept – to enable busy people who are struggling to make time for themselves to be able to outsource their self-care. The Zen class also transforms gentle relaxation from a task into a mini spa style treat.

In Zen Pilates we first unfurl…

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14 sleep tips from Dr. Weil

I’ll take these tips to my heart! Thanks!

Health Hot Spot

  1. 1-2 hours before bed, turn off all blue light-emitting devices.  Melatonin regulates your sleep, and blue light from your electronic devices suppresses melatonin production.
  2. Charge your phone in another room to avoid the temptation to check it at night.
  3. Stop eating a few hours before bedtime.  Digestion can interrupt sleep.
  4. Take an after-dinner walk.
  5. Use lavender oil (relaxes you for sleep) or lemon balm oil (reduces restlessness and anxiety) in a warm bath or diffuser.
  6. Buy a supportive mattress and a comfortable pillow/sheets.
  7. Keep your bedroom temperature cool.
  8. Buy blackout curtains for your windows.
  9. Keep your room environment quiet.  A white noise or pink noise generator can help.
  10. Do a breathing exercise/meditation to help calm your thoughts.
  11. Reduce your caffeine intake, especially after 12:00 p.m.
  12. Get outside in the morning to expose yourself to the morning light.  Morning light increases quality sleep and lowers feelings of stress.
  13. Exercise. Exercising could…

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Sound sleep: a gift of God by Anamika’s Blog

Baby on a crib, sleeping with mouth open
Baby on a crib, sleeping with mouth open

Originally posted on Gift of God: SOUND SLEEP—A GIFT OF GOD William Shakespeare wrote in his play ‘ Macbeth ‘ , “………the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits the ravell’d sleave of care, the death of each day’s life, so labor ‘s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast…

SOUND SLEEP……. A GIFT OF GOD — Anamika’s Blog

Good laugh and long sleep

Per Irish Proverb: A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

Irish Proverb

Oh, absolutely! Gotta share this! 😀

3 ways to sleep better with insomnia

How about if I start this myself… 😊 🛌

Amazingfacts

1. Arrange the perfect sleep environment

. Your bedroom got to be quiet, dark and cool believe it or not but after i bought a new mattress and pillow that were way more comfortable than my old ones and set the perfect temperature for myself relaxing became so much easier think of all those noises coming from the street if you live in a city a sound machine or earplugs can help you with those and blackout curtains and an eye mask will save you from all the annoying lights.

2. Pick a sleep schedule, and stick to it

. Easier said than done bot worth the effort make things easier for your biological clock by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.

3. Workout

. The national sleep foundation recommends exercising to float off to dreamland with ease walking works just fine for…

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Leonardo da Vinci quote: what brings happy sleep

Leonardo da Vinci said: A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

March 15th is World Sleep Day…

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.

Leonardo da Vinci

Happy World Sleep Day!

Child, sleeping with her stuffed monkey
Child, sleeping with her stuffed monkey

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Hillary Clinton

Celebrate March and Women’s History Month! 🍷

Teacups and Tyrants-Adele Fasick looks at people, books, and history

As we celebrate Women’s
History Month, we should note that more women are serving in Congress now than
have ever served before. And a majority of the candidates for the 2020
presidential election are women. This week one of the people most responsible
for this revolutionary change is leaving the active political scene. Hilary
Clinton has announced that she will not be a candidate for president in 2020.
It’s about time we recognized all that she has done to make the changes in our
political life possible.

Women in Congress

There have been other women candidates for President over the years. The notorious Victoria Woodhull ran for president as long ago as 1872, but no other woman has opened the door for a female president as wide as Hillary Clinton has. She has been opening doors for women now for more than a generation.

How many of us
remember…

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Women’s History Month

Hooray for women! 👏🏼

The Wickeds

Jessie: In New Hampshire where the signs of spring are doing a great job of remaining hidden!

March is Women’s History Month and I for one could not be more pleased! I love real history, historical fiction and unapologetic tall tales, myths and legends. I love all of thoses things even more when they feature women.

For those of you as enamoured of the topic as I, here are a few things I’ve encountered lately.

In 1715 Sybilla Masters was the first American Colonist, regardless of gender, to have a patent granted on an invention. Unfortunately, at the time British law did not allow married women to receive patents in their own names. The patent was granted to her husband, Thomas Masters, with a mention of the credit for it going to Sybilla.

A jury in Barrington, MA, August, 1781 agreed with Elizabeth Freeman, an enslaved African American woman…

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World wildlife day history

March 3rd is World Wildlife Day, an annual observance for flora and fauna which aims to promote wildlife conservation.

March 3rd is World Wildlife Day, an annual observance for flora and fauna.

History of World Wildlife Day

On March 3, 1973, the Thailand government, in consultation with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), submitted their proposal to promote “the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity” and “to ensure that no species entering into international trade is threatened with extinction.”

…We recognize the economic, social and environmental impacts of illicit trafficking in wildlife, where firm and strengthened action needs to be taken on both the supply and demand sides…

Thailand government and CITES, World Wildlife Day

With World Wildlife Day established, its importance are not only recognized, but also issues are internationally communicated; thus, enabling worldwide action to conserve it.

Reference:
Convention On International Trade In Endangered Species of Wild Fauna And Flora, Strategic Matters: World Wildlife Day. Retrieved March 2, 2019 from https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/cop/16/doc/E-CoP16-24.pdf.

National Day of Unplugging

The first Friday of March is National Unplugging Day. This year, it starts from 12:00am on March 1st and ends at 12:00mn on March 2nd. If you’re joining this move, enjoy your 24-hour period of no electronic gadgets. (sigh 🤪)

Geez! I wonder how my day would be… (lol)

woman’s right hand unplugging from an extension cord
Happy National 24-Hour Day of Unplugging
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