THE EVOLUTION - As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems that characterized early New England, celebration of Halloween in colonial times was extremely limited there. It was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as the American Indians, meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included "play parties," public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other's fortunes, dance, and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country. In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland's potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today's "trick-or-treat" tradition. Young women believed that, on Halloween, they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season, and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything "frightening" or "grotesque" out of Halloween celebrations. Because of their efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century. By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time. By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated. Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived.
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Let’s face it. Achieving boundless energy, the body of your dreams, glowing beauty, and optimal health is tough! There’s no doubt that it’s probably the most difficult thing for any person to achieve and experience on a consistent basis. Sadly, most persons I encounter on a daily basis LOOK and FEEL sick and tired. If one takes a moment and look at the people around them they would see that they do NOT exhibit the kind of radiant energy and glowing health that WE all want and deserve. WE shorten and destroy our lives by the way we prepare and cook the food we eat and the combinations of food on a typical would leave anyone unhealthy. I wonder how it is that the plate does NOT broke or split in two because of it being unbalanced. We are literally poisoning ourselves SLOWLY but SURELY. Food is our source of life, but ANYTHING done in EXCESS cannot AND is not good for us. Yet we toy around with death NOT thinking OR caring that it can take US out.
I feel that in order for US to reach OUR high vibration level, WE have to be WHOLE n’ HEALTHY. It is @ this time WE can sense that we are aligned with all that is. I personally feel that WE are capable of HEALING ourselves which can result in US resonating CLOSER and CLOSER to our ideal selves. WE need to get OUR THOUGHTS, EMOTIONS, INTENTIONS, CHOICES and ACTIONS under control so that WE can contribute to a HEALTHY state. Let us CULTIVATE good eating habits that contribute to our physical health and strength. But this can ONLY be achieved if OUR DESIRE for change is STRONG. As WE evolve, WE need to observe the creatures that we are dominant over and take stock of how PERFECT NATURE IS. WE never see animals in their natural environment suffering from obesity OR any other diseases that now plague humans. They are as they should be. HEALTHY, FIT and SUITED for survival. However, what is interesting and sad, is that animals taken from the wild, and domesticated, start exhibiting similar symptoms and diseases that effect many people in our world. Obviously, something we are doing and eating is creating disease instead of promoting health, vitality, and energy! It’s time to change all of that for GOOD!
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RECOGNIZE DANGER. STROKE symptoms may include SUDDEN:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Confusion, trouble talking or difficulty understanding speech.
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Dizziness, difficulty walking, or loss of balance or coordination.
- Severe headache with no known cause
Seek EMERGENCY help @ the first sign of sudden symptoms. Doctors can treat an ISCHEMIC STROKE with tissue PLASMINOGEN activator (TPA), a clot-busting drug that can minimize the risk of lasting disability. But TPA must be given within three hours after STROKE symptoms being, so there is just a SMALL window opportunity. So do NOT wait for possible STROKE symptoms to WORSEN or IMPROVE. Even if symptoms vanish in moments, you still need to get help @ once. Temporary symptoms may be a sign of a transient ISCHEMIC attack (TIA), or MINI-STROKE. A TIA is a warning from your body that a FULL-BLOWN STROKE may happen soon.
It is better to prevent a STROKE than to treat one. To lower your STROKE risk:
- Know your blood pressure numbers. If your blood pressure is consistently above normal, work with your doctor to lower it.
- Drop the extra pounds. If you are overweight, losing as little as 5 percent to 10 percent of your total weight may help prevent a STROKE.
- Do not light up. Smoking doubles STROKE risk.
- Eat wisely. A healthful diet can help you control three risk factors for STROKE – high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and excess body weight. Eat plenty of fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Go easy on foods high in saturated fat, Trans fat, cholesterol and salt.
- Move more. Walking briskly every day for as little as 30 minutes may lower risk.
- Control diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar in the normal range helps lower your risk of STROKE.
- Ask about aspirin. If you are older than 50, ask your doctor if taking aspirin will help protect you from STROKE.
- Talk with your doctor if you have ATRIAL FIBRILLATION. A blood thinning medication may lower the increased risk of STROKE caused by this abnormal heart rhythm. Remember, a STROKE can change your life forever. Do everything you can to protect yourself.
Taking FAST action can save your brain. The most important thing to do @ the first sign of a STROKE is to get to a hospital quickly. Rapid medical treatment may limit damage to the brain and improve the chances of recovery. Use this simple FAST test to tell if medical attention is needed:
- Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms. Ask the person toe raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
- Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. An ambulance is the quickest way to get medical care.
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately!! And describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
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Get to know your body. The more familiar you are with your body, the more enjoyable anal sex can be. Each person's sphincter muscles react to penetration differently. Since the muscles control the opening and closing of the anus, you need to learn how yours works. Spend time safely exploring the sensitivity of your sphincter and how it reacts when you are relaxed or tense. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing. Use a small sex toy, and then gradually increase the size. Exploring the sensitivity of your sphincter is an exercise both you and your partner can enjoy prior to penetration. Openly communicate how you feel in certain situations: What makes you tense? What are your limits? Stop if you feel uncomfortable, experience pain or bleeding. The more you both know about your bodies, the better your anal sex experience.
Practice good hygiene. Many gay men shy away from anal sex because of the possible hygiene problems. Maintaining proper hygiene is not only important for an enjoyable anal sex experience, but your health as well. Cleaning can be overdone, however. Be careful with over the counter internal cleansing products. They contain harsh ingredients not formulated for the anus. Also, avoid over wiping as this can cause irritation and bleeding. Baby wipes also contain perfumes that can irritate the skin. To properly clean, use premoistened adult wipes, like Charmin Fresh Mates or Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Wipes.