A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.   – Steve Martin

I don’t mean to sound whiny, but I miss the sunshine already!  It’s not even winter yet – we have another month before winter even begins!  Does the fall back time change affect anyone else like this?  I’m not prone to be depressed, but the time change gives me the blues.

Every year I hear the same story – they’re going to discontinue the fall back time change and stay on daylight savings time.  Blah blah blah…  I’ve heard that every year – yet here we are – changing our clocks and trying to cope with the aftermath for weeks afterward!  I’ll be honest – I’m getting older and this time change is not the piece of cake it used to be.  Like most middle-aged people, I find change to be more difficult than ever before.

Reverting to standard time is generally thought to be less physically stressful than the clock springing-forward, since people get an extra hour to sleep that morning, research indicates that even a relatively small 60-minute time change can have effects on the body, health and even traffic safety.  We know that the Monday morning after DST is in effect, there is a significant increase in traffic accidents – but the same is true when we fall back!

It all has to do with the body’s circadian rhythm.  Obviously our sleep patterns are messed up – granted, it’s only an hour, but it really messes with older people – trust me!

Do you get more hungry for comfort food after the fall back time change?  Well, I’ll be the first to admit – I do!  I could easily eat an entire Knolla’s pizza all by myself!  I can’t explain it except to say when it is dark outside and there’s a little chill in the air, I just want to snuggle in and hibernate – and eat pizza!  It’s sad to admit that my ambition does not extend beyond that scenario, but it is what it is I suppose.  I want to go on the record though – it’s not the holiday season that makes us gain weight – it’s this stupid change back to standard time!  I don’t indulge in a big holiday feast with lots of people – but when the time changes I can lose control in the quiet of my house.  It’s not Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas that keep me tipping the scales.

There is a 7% increase in traffic accidents the week after DST comes to an end, according to a study done by Texas A&M University.  It’s like having jet lag – performance is diminished and cognitive abilities decrease because we’re groggy.  Our rhythms aren’t adjusted to the change and that means we will make mistakes.  It’s roughly the same statistic for the week of DST – so whether we are falling back or springing ahead – the change is reflected in an increase in traffic accidents.  Those statistics alone should be sufficient evidence that this time changing is not a good idea!

Since it’s dark by the time we get off work, we have to adjust to driving home in the dark, which may be to blame for more accidents in the evening.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns, it may take some time to adjust to low-light driving when you are used to commuting home in broad daylight.

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I hope that one day the powers that be decide that this time change takes too much of a toll on people – and END IT!  Those of us who are older and have become creatures of habit and set in our ways would surely appreciate it!  🙂

 

 

 

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NATIONAL BUNDT PAN DAY

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Some of my favorite food comes from a Bundt pan!  I worked with a sweet lady who brought monkey bread for every special occasion.  I think we made up special occasions just so we could eat monkey bread!

Of course, that was before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994.  Things have changed in my diet significantly since then!  But I can still write about monkey bread and all sorts of goodies without my blood glucose being affected – and that’s a good thing!

I like what Lucinda has to say about monkey bread – for sure!  🙂

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Don’t you particularly appreciate the last stanza of her poem?  I sure do!  I’m so thankful that God sticks close by my side and that His angels watch over us as we live our everyday lives.  It’s great to know that He has every life situation under control – even when we wonder if it is under control – ya know?  😉

Here’s a traditional recipe for monkey bread – ooey gooey and sticky good!

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Here’s an alternate recipe that cuts a whopping 300 calories per serving and saves on sodium as well – I think you’ll like it.  One note I will add – I never use sugar, as you know.  I always use Splenda and Splenda brown sugar.  You can use it cup for cup – just use it as you would sugar.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/monkey-bread-0

For 234 calories per serving, you can afford to splurge a bit today!  I would guess it would be even fewer calories if you use the Splenda sugars.

You know, one thing my mother taught me was that when we bake for someone, we’re really showing them love!  There are so many ways of telling someone you love them – and that’s why we call comfort food – well…  comfort food!  Share some monkey bread with a friend or loved one today – along with God’s love!

Hopefully you will have an opportunity to make one of these great recipes today – and use that Bundt pan that’s been setting in the cupboard for such a long time – feeling all neglected and sad.  😦

 

 

WORLD DIABETES AWARENESS DAY

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No matter what type of diabetes we have, none of us want to be part of this “club”.  This is a frightening disease because it’s so unpredictable.  What will it attack next?  According to a recent study published online in JAMA, nearly 50% of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person already has elevated blood sugar and is at risk to develop diabetes.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and have so far managed alright.  My hemoglobin A1c is not at goal yet, but I’m working on it.  Diabetics can only manage symptoms now.  There is no cure for diabetes type 1, and if people like me with type 2 can lose weight, it’s possible to maintain a healthy blood sugar – but a type 2 diabetic will always be a type 2 diabetic regardless.

I asked the folks in my group, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, if they had anything in particular to add to my post today.  Here’s the one response I received:

I think every day should be Diabetes Awareness Day. It is a work in progress for many of us. You have it on your mind all the time, and if you ignore it, it can cause so many complications.  – John Manganiello

Some of us express our thoughts and feelings through the designs we make.  I guess I’m in that category.  Here are a few I’ve come up with that say what I need to say:

AS WE MANAGE

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It hurts to be judged – especially when it is something as intensely personal as your body and your weight where your health is concerned.  I had a chiropractor ask me in a very flip and off-hand manner, “Why don’t you just lose the weight and get rid of the diabetes?”  I never went back to him.  I wonder why???

Judging doesn’t help!  People think they can shame a type 2 into compliance and obedience.  It works the opposite way for me.  I’ll speak for myself – but if someone belittles me all the time – nags me about my eating habits and crushes my spirit – I’m going to eat more.  No, I can’t explain it – but it’s true.  I suppose I just think “Well, I can’t do anything right, so why try?” 

Now…  encourage me and I’ll go the distance and I will reach a goal.  It doesn’t have to be much of a compliment – just a little one will set me in motion heading in a positive direction!  It’s how I’m wired – how God made me!  If I do good and I’m told it’s good – I’ll keep it up! 

I’m thankful for the support I get online and on facebook in the diabetic community.  They seem to understand and that really helps when I feel like I’m the only one struggling.  🙂

#PRAYFORPARIS

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This will be a short post, but I want to express my deep personal sorrow to the victim’s families in Paris.  They are indeed in my thoughts and prayers.

How ironic that on WORLD KINDNESS DAY this tragedy should take place.  It is both sad and sickening.  This is a rare moment when I am at a loss for words.

Let’s keep Paris and the entire world, for that matter, in our prayers.  ❤

 

 

LUKE 11:13 ON 11/13

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 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!  – Luke 11:13

Right away we are reminded that we’re evil by nature.  Indeed we are, but we still know how to be good to our children.  As parents we do our very best to make sure they are well cared for, yet our heavenly Father gives His precious Holy Spirit to His children because He loves us even more than we love our kids.

Do your children have to beg for you to feed them?  Did you know that you don’t have to beg God to receive His Holy Spirit?  He wants to give His Spirit to you – and He will give it to you gladly! 

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What a timely post since we are just weeks away from the largest gift-giving time of the year – Christmas!   We do give good gifts to children, but just imagine how much more God wants to give to you.  It boggles the mind to imagine how much the Father loves us and wants to help us every day!

Whether we know it or not, we need God’s Holy Spirit in our lives to guide us down the narrow road.  In this day we think we need fame and fortune, but we need to count those crosses along the way – Amen! 

So today, with God’s Holy Spirit living in our hearts, we have all the help we need to face our challenges.  We don’t even have to be afraid of Friday the 13th…  yes, that’s today.  No worries…  God’s got this!  😉

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  – Victor Hugo

Walt Disney’s Song Of South was released on this day in 1946.

History never looks like history when you are living through it.  – John Gardner

If you’re a child of the 1960’s like me, you watched a lot of Walt Disney movies!  Yes I know, by today’s standards this movie would never have been made – but back in 1946 it was a different story.  As a kid I saw Uncle Remus as a nice man with a song in his heart and a wonderful outlook on life – who happened to talk to cartoon friends.  Nothing weird or racist about that (well, except the whole talking to cartoon friends thing).  There’s nothing wrong with starting the day with a Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah attitude, is there?

In my defense, I was five years old when I saw the movie, so I’m not exactly the most qualified critic.  As a matter of fact, I think I may have fallen asleep the night my family went to see it at the Landmark Drive-In here in Wichita – on that summer night in 1966.  Our local drive-in had DISNEY MOVIE FRIDAYS when I was a kid.  We packed a picnic basket with my mom’s fried chicken & fixin’s… took the ol’ Rambler station wagon – backed into a spot and put the tailgate down.  Sat there and ate dinner while we watched the movie.  I almost never saw the end of the movie because after all that good food…  well – I went to sleep!  :-/

Disney has kept the film locked in its vault for the past 25 years.  If you were born after 1980, you’ve almost certainly never seen it in full, and it’s unlikely that will change anytime soon.  For better or for worse…  who knows?

I still like this song!

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How something as benign and pure as Uncle Remus could incur the scorn of some people indicates a warped mind.  These days it seems to me that some folks are looking for things to call racist.  Why can’t we celebrate diversity instead of allowing ourselves to be divided by it?  Song of the South, the performance, cartoons and especially the music were designed to bring a smile to children’s faces.  By the time I saw the movie in 1966, it was already 20 years old – and it brought a smile to my face!  It did what it was intended to do. 

Disney bought the rights to Uncle Remus’ Tales by Joel Chandler Harris in 1939 and built the movie scenario from there.  I found a wonderful website dedicated to this movie.  Everything you would ever want to know (and a few things you didn’t think you cared about) are here.  There are trailers and all sorts of facts about the movie.

http://www.songofthesouth.net/

I hope we don’t over-analyze these older movies and determine that they should be banned based on ideals that were clearly not considered at the time the movies were made.  It really was a different era in the late 1940’s.  World War II was finally over and people were needing someone to come along and make them feel happy.  That person was Uncle Remus and we have Walt Disney to thank for bringing Song of the South to us.  🙂