Driving In Real-Life Versus Video Games

Hi my favorite readers. Something has come to my attention that, I believe, needs discussed. It involves driving in real-life versus video games.

It seems that many young drivers have difficulty deciphering between driving cars while playing a video game or driving a car in real life. So, to make it as easy as possible….Here are some helpful suggestions:

TURN YOUR NECK WHEN MANEUVERING YOUR VEHICLE. You do NOT keep looking straight ahead while pulling into the adjoining lane. You do NOT pull out in traffic without turning your head to EACH SIDE before moving. There will be traffic on both sides of your vehicle and the only way you can see it is BY TURNING YOUR NECK and USING YOUR EYES.

Check your surroundings. Look to be certain no kids or people, small dogs, toys, or other potential hazards are around. You cannot simply turn on a device and start driving at full speed. Safety first. That is not taught in video games.

MORAL OF STORY: Driving in “real life” is NOT like playing a video game, where you can stare straight ahead and not move your neck, head or eyes more than a slight, if any, degree.

Real-life versus video games driving involves more than simply turning your remote device slightly to the left or right while driving your on-screen vehicle in that high-speed chase or race. Real life driving utilizes your mental and physical capacities…that is if you..no, I won’t go there.

Get a grip on life and how things really operate. It is more than moving your joystick and/or thumbs on a device. It INVOLVES YOUR LIFE AND OTHER DRIVERS. You are not the center of the universe. The road is to be shared by all.

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Shortness of Breath As A Symptom

Hello everyone. It’s always interesting to read about taking care of your health and what the “experts” say. Sometimes it can bring on more questions than answers, though. The topic I will discuss here involves having shortness of breath as a “symptom”.

Start reading about heart disease and related heart problems. A common indication is listed as having shortness of breath. Articles recommend contacting your doctor when you find breathing difficult.

Many times, shortness of breath can signify more serious health conditions. This is according to studies by the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and others.

My question is, what if a person has a fractured C-1 included in their medical history? (A fractured C-1 is a fracture of the first cervical vertebrae. The cervical area is located in your neck. In layman terms, a fractured C-1 means you “broke your neck”. )

FYI: When I discuss the topic, I use the wording C-1 since the “broken neck” phrase is creepy. Anyways.. A fractured C-1 usually results in breathing difficulties.

Here is my question: What if a person lives with breathing difficulties for the majority of their live? My cervical fracture, for instance, happened 40+ years ago.

How is one supposed to tell whether it is a symptom of heart disease or just a part of life? This is truly perplexing to me. I certainly am not running to the doctor every time I have shortness of breath. I’d keep the profession in business.

My shortness of breath occurs daily. To some extent, it exists.

I am just pondering here. Anyone have any answers they would like to share?

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Shoe Lifts: Little Known Benefits

Hi my favorite readers! Wearing shoe lifts, whether they are noticeable or not, provides many benefits. It can be easy to focus on the negative, but what’s the point in that?

I previously wrote about being grateful for my 1.5 inch shoe lift. And..seeing that the post received such positive feedback, I thought I’d talk about it again. Enjoy!

Some may think that wearing shoe lifts is a hindrance. After all, not everyone wears one and the wearer could be on the receiving end of some strange looks. I know since I have been wearing a noticeable external lift for 42 years. I am still sensitive to the strange looks I sometimes get.

Part of my recuperation from my tkr includes having to adjust my shoe lift thicknesss. That is a process I hope none of you have to go through. Anyways, that is why I have figured out reasons to be grateful for wearing these beneficial orthotics.

Puddle Conquering. Depending upon the thickness of a shoe lift, puddles can easily be walked through. Your shoe will not get wet, unlike your regular shoe. This statement applies to shallow streams, also. Your feet will stay dry.

Self Defense Tool. If someone starts to give the wearer a hard time, shoe lifts can be used to place a heavy kick to the groin. The extra weight will make for an extra punch.

This maneuver only applies if you can lift your leg high enough to get a good kick in, though. Your leg muscles may not be strong enough. If you have difficulties lifting your leg, give a good kick to the shins. Ouch!

Convenient Bug Squasher. The extra weight of shoe lifts can provide for an easy elimination of bugs that are otherwise hard to kill (such as immensely oversized cockroaches known as Palmetto bugs. Eww..!!).

All you need to do is get a quick whack! or stomp in and the little critter will be saved a lingering death. Plug your ears in case the critter has a hard shell. You do not want to hear the crunch..believe me. Be sure to apologize to them before the killing process, though. They usually do not mean any harm.

It Improves Mobility. Of course, the best reason for wearing a shoe lift is the fact that it improves your mobility. It balances out your musculoskeletal system and gait. As a walking aide, it makes getting around easier and less painful.

There’s nothing funny about this. Just a plain and simple, hard, cold fact. It has helped out tremendously since my total knee replacement.

Hoping this helps others going through the same thing. Do you have similar stories to share? Feel free to post your comments….

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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Jaw Book Update

Hi my favorite readers. Wanted you to know..I am updating my Storefront page to include my jaw book titled “Why Do You Talk Like That?” with the newly released Kindle version. My book is currently available for purchase via my Amazon ebook store.

As previously mentioned, my book is also available via Paypal in PDF format.
More information upcoming on other versions as they become available.

P.S. Anyone who makes a living doing HTML, web design, press releases and public relations, website updating, online publishing, etc., etc., deserves their keep. Kudos to your patience. That’s all I’m saying…I apologize for the excessive wordiness of book and Storefront description. This is taking it out of me. 😕

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Multivitamins…You Get What You Pay For

Hi my favorite readers! There is a time to cut back on spending, and a time to spend a little more for quality. Case in point worth sharing…

There are multivitamins and minerals available on the marketplace that contain all the needed ingredients. Since I was in the market for some replacements, I purchased a house brand that seemed to serve the purpose. The cost was less than other brands available on the shelve. So..I figured I was getting a good deal. When I got home…yikes…

The multivitamin did not have an indentation. Indentations make it easy to break the “pill” in half with your hands. Without the indentation, there is no way this elephant-sized item can be divided without using a knife. And…even the sharpest knife needs persuading to do the job. Bummer. Maybe I need to start viewing it as a morning exercise to strengthen my arm muscles. Ha!

(To answer your question about why it’s a big deal to break the vitamin/mineral in half….it’s easier to digest and be more quickly absorbed into your bloodstream. Taking the entire item as a whole can be too much of a shock on your system and cause a nauseated feeling.)

The morale of the story…”you get what you pay for.” Just sharing some news to help others going through the same thing.

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Pleased To Announce My Large Print Book

Hi my favorite readers! I am pleased to announce the new release of my “Dealing With Insomnia After A Total Knee Replacement” book in new formats. For those with vision concerns, you can now purchase my book in large print and read it on your Kindle.

The book is also available for sale through Amazon’s Whispernet format, meaning you can listen to it instead of reading it. It’s text-to-speech technology, at its best.

Anyways…you can visit my Storefront page for more information. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find a link to click on. That will take you to my Amazon store, where you can purchase the book.

Thanks and enjoy!

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A Patriotic Poem Worth Sharing

Hi my favorite readers! Here is a reprint of a patriotic poem that has received much positive feedback and holds true to this day:

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier–
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:

Be Patriotic and Pass On The Patriotism!
YOU can make a difference!

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The Benefits of Exercise While Living with HIV/AIDS

Hi my favorite readers! We all know the importance of exercising to stay healthy and recuperate from a total knee replacement. Exercise also plays a key role for improving overall health for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS.

Here is a guest post written by Jim Rollince from Gym Source that provides great insight. Thank you, Jim. Enjoy and learn!

Exercising is not the cure to HIV/AIDS, but it can work wonders when it comes to improving the quality of life and bettering the health of those living with the disease. Exercising daily can help to alleviate symptoms of HIV/AIDS and reduce the side effects of both the disease and the medications used to treat it.

There are many important benefits of exercising for those living with the HIV/AIDS disease. Exercise can increase muscle mass, along with strength and endurance to help those with the disease feel healthier. Exercise can also greatly increase the amount of energy felt that many people living with HIV/AIDS usually feel depleted of. Lung and heart endurance along with bone strength can also greatly improve with moderate daily exercise.

Stress and even depression can oftentimes come alongside of HIV/AIDS diagnosis. Exercise can help with this as well as it is a fantastic way to reduce stress and improve sense of well-being. Many times it may be difficult to sleep and eat as well, but luckily exercising can help increase appetite and help people living with HIV/AIDS to fall asleep more quickly and with better quality rest.

Exercising can also stabilize and prevent declines in CD4 cell count, which are white blood cells also known as T-4 cells. These cells play an important role in the immune system as they help to fight off diseases and lead attacks against infections. Increasing the amount of physical activity in daily life can decrease levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and fat in the body as well as improve the body’s control of glucose, or blood sugar.

The amount of exercise people living with HIV/AIDS receive can be increased easily. A great way to incorporate more exercise into daily life is to purchase some decent quality home gym equipment. Treadmills or ellipticals will easily fit into a living room or bedroom, and will make it much easier and more convenient to get exercise needed daily without the hassle of getting out of the house and going to the gym.

Those living with HIV/AIDS should remember not to overdo exercise with a compromised immune system. Always drink adequate amounts of water while exercising. Over exercising can cause lean body mass loss, which may lead to AIDS wasting. This should not worry those who exercise moderately and should not keep those with HIV/AIDS from exercising due to fear. Always be careful when doing any physical activity as not to get hurt or injured.

Exercise can help people living with HIV/AIDS immensely to reclaim health and feel better on a daily basis. There are many health benefits that increasing physical activity can deliver. One of the most important ways people living with the HIV/AIDS disease can improve their quality of life and feel better on a daily basis is to add exercise into their daily routine. Boosting the immune system through exercise is one of the best things to do for the body to help it fight off an HIV/AIDS infection.

About the Author: Jim Rollince serves as the Head of Creative Writing at Gym Source. He has written about numerous Health and Fitness related issues over the years, and continues to learn and write about new things everyday. Email him at jimr@gymsource.net

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers. And, happy BELATED Canada Day to my Canadian readers.

While you’re enjoying your parties, friendships, food, fireworks and patriotic music…please take a moment to give thanks for our military who have sacrificed so we can enjoy our freedoms.

Note: If you’re not in the patriotic frame of mind and want to relax while enjoying a movie….watch the all-time classic “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, starring James Cagney. It is about George M. Cohan, the first nonmilitary personnel to ever be award the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor for his lifelong work in creatively promoting and supporting America.


Remember….Red, White and Blue never grow old. Stars & Stripes Forever!!!

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Quick & Easy Energy Bars

It’s great to have a high-protein snack or drink to replenish your body after a good workout. This is especially true after doing those difficult tkr recuperation exercises. How tiring are those? Even after you’ve passed the rehab stage, you need to replenish yourself.

With so many energy bars available on the marketplace anymore, it can be confusing about what to buy. Plus, have you read the ingredients on these bars? There is a way for you to take control over what you put into your body while getting away from eating those commercially manufactured bars. Make your own energy bars. It’s quicker and easier than you may think.

By making your own energy bars you know exactly what goes into the end product. Homemade versions contain no additives, flavorings, artificial sweeteners or harmful preservatives. Since all recipes contain some sort of fat, as a binding agent, you can adjust which type you use to satisfy your personal taste and health needs. Making your own also allows you to determine how large a portion you want.

Here’s a recipe I adapted from a local television station to suit my tastes. You can also adjust ingredients to suit your taste buds.

You will need:
9×13” baking pan
medium saucepan
medium mixing bowl
cookie sheet
large mixing bowl

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups oats
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup crushed walnuts
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup chopped dates
¼ cup dried apricots, chopped

Wet Ingredients:
¼ cup honey
¼ maple syrup
¼ cup barley malt syrup
1 cup peanut or almond butter, creamy variety
2 T canola or sunflower oil

Preheat oven to 350.
Evenly spread oats and nuts onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, until lightly brown.

Combine wet ingredients in medium saucepan.
Cook over low to medium heat until blended, about 10 minutes.
Stir continuously.

Combine wet and dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Toss until dry mixture is thoroughly coated with wet mixture.

Place mixture into 9×13” baking dish. Firmly press into place until the entire pan is filled.

Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until mixture is firm.

Cut into your desired serving sizes.


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