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An Old Shaving Mug

Life Unscripted

What good is an 80 year old shaving mug?  It’s a little hunk of carved out wood — a bowl really. Within the bowl fits a standard cake of shaving soap.  You can buy new ones for $10.00 and for all intents and purposes they never outlive their purpose.

And  yet…

I still have my father’s shaving mug — that’s it in the featured photo.  I didn’t keep his shaving brush — it was so worn down that it was like brushing shaving cream on with a toothbrush.  The badger bristles had done their job on his face and when I was old enough to shave I bought my own brush.  It wasn’t, and I couldn’t afford a fancy bone handled brush.  Mine, sad to say, is plastic handled.  But it is  badger bristle.  I have another one. It is boar bristle, but it doesn’t get as much use…

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Cops and their Coffee

This article is from America on Coffee. I think it’s two articles combined, but I wasn’t certain. It’s still interesting. My husband is an avid coffee drinker. Our poor coffee pot works non-stop most days. ~ Connie

Cops and their Coffee – How Much Do They Really Drink?
Fact is, journalists (including journalist bloggers) drink more coffee than cops
Imagine being stopped by a police officer — not for a speeding ticket or a noise complaint, but for a friendly cup of coffee at your local coffee shop.
It’s not an encounter with law enforcement that most people expect, and that’s exactly the point, Sgt. Chris Cognac of the Hawthorne Police Department in California says.
In 2011, Hawthorne police decided to restructure their department and become more community-oriented. As a result, Cognac was moved to Community Affairs. During hiring interviews to staff the new unit, candidate John Dixon suggested the agency sit down for coffee with people in the community to get to know them better.  – (CNN) Learn more.  Visit:

The Guardian
That’s true at least in the U.K., according to a story Friday from The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade. In a survey of 10,000 people from Pressat (a “news distribution service,” according to Twitter,) “85 per cent said they drink at least three cups of coffee a day, and nearly 70 per cent admitted that their working ability would be affected without a daily mug of coffee.”
Topping that list by profession was journalists, followed by police officers and then teachers. I haven’t found any surveys that break coffee drinking down by profession in the U.S., but in September of 2013, Dunkin Donuts surveyed more than 3,500 people and reported that “61 percent of workers who drink coffee drink at least two cups per day.” People in the Northeast drank the most coffee, but they only had Midwesterners beat by 1 percentage point.
In February I wrote about lost newsroom sounds and what sounds might vanish next. One reader wrote “The sizzle of the coffee drip on the burner. That sound will never go away as long as newsrooms have coffeemakers.”
If you haven’t seen this Tumblr yet, now is the perfect time to check it out. Mugs of NPR features, well, mugs at NPR. “varied, colorful, a little weird … nerdy. reflective. like us.”
How does the making or enjoying of coffee work into your day? When I worked full-time in my first newsroom, Nelda, the receptionist, prepared a fresh pot every afternoon. It was always enough to help me over the afternoon slump.

Tech workers are lagging behind in coffee consumption
By Phil Johnson, Writer/Editor at ITworld
Last week I wrote about how offering good coffee could be an important tool in recruiting programmers. That really isn’t so surprising, since the stereotypical view of a programmer, or a tech worker in general, is of a person huddled over a computer at all hours of the day and night, downing pots of coffee while debugging software or keeping systems running. Surely, then, when it comes to which occupations as a group drink the most coffee, tech workers are high on the list, right?
Not so much, actually.
A recent survey of 10,000 workers in the UK by Pressat found that tech workers are a little farther down the list of coffee consuming occupations than you might have suspected. Here are the top ten coffee drinking jobs in the UK:
Journalists and media staff
Police officers
Plumbers and trade workers
Nurses and medical staff
Company executives
IT technical support
Retail staff
Wow. OK, I can see how journalists, police officers and medical workers might down a lot of coffee since they can all work weird hours. But plumbers and teachers drinking more coffee than tech support workers? Seems surprising.
Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Well, that’s the UK. Do they even drink that much coffee there? I thought they loved tea.” The Pressat survey also found that 85% of respondents said they drink at least three cups of coffee per day and 70% said not having coffee would affect their ability to work. So, those UK workers seem to love their coffee.
But what about tech workers here in the US? Dunkin Donuts and CareerBuilder have teamed up to survey American workers on their coffee consumption habits in honor of National Coffee Day (coming up soon, September 29) for several years now. Last year’s survey didn’t break things down by occupation, but previous years’ surveys did. Based on a survey of more than 4,000 US workers in 2012, here are America’s top coffee-consuming occupations:
Food Preparation/Service Workers
Sales Representatives
Marketing/Public Relations Professionals
Nurses (Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant)
Editors/Writers/Media Workers
Business Executives
Teachers/ Instructors (K-12)
Engineering Technicians/Support
IT Managers/Network Administrators
It seems that IT workers in the US are lagging even farther behind than they are in the UK. In the 2011 Dunkin Donuts/CareerBuilder survey, no IT occupation even made the top 15. Shocking!
What’s going on, here, then? Maybe tech workers are getting their caffeine boost through other methods like sodas or energy drinks. Or maybe, just maybe, our stereotype is wrong and tech workers are and realizing that cutting back on the caffeine and getting more sleep can improve their job performance.

Faith Filled Friday: The Grinch

Don’t let the Grinch steal your joy at Christmas time. May you all have a safe and blessed holiday. ~ Connie

This is from an old post on From the Wall

Which GRINCH is trying to steal your Christmas?
Maybe it’s the Grinch of Unforgiveness.
Maybe it’s the Grinch of Bitterness or Resentment.
Regardless of which Grinch it is, we don’t have to let him get away with it!  Because of Jesus’ victory on the Cross, and His Presence in us, we have been given the strength to really let go of these things and be healed — such a wonderful Christmas Gift that is.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Colossians 3:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:8

Faith Filled Friday – A Soldier’s Night Before Christmas

A friend of mine got this from the DAV. It was written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
and to see just who in this home did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
and on the wall pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
a sobering thought came to my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and so dreary,
the home of a soldier, now I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
curled up on the floor in this one-bedroom home.
The face was so gently, the room in such disorder,
not how I pictured a Unites States soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

I realized the families that I saw this night,
owed their lies to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon round the world, the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year
because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone
on a cold Christmas eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
“Santa, don’t cry. This life is my choice;

I fight for freedom. I don’t ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my corps.”
The soldier rolled over and soon drifted to sleep.
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,
and we both shivered from the cold evening’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
whispered, “Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas day, all is secure.”
One look at my watch and I knew he was right.
“Merry Christmas, my friend, and to all a good night.”

Wedding on Ice

via A Wedding On Ice? May Be Slippery But There Are No Cold Feet Here!

Laughter, the Best Medicine

I thought some humor was needed for today. I’m feeling a bit off so laughter as the best medicine seemed in order. ~ Connie

The owner of a small deli was being questioned by an IRS agent about his tax return. He had reported a net profit of $80,000 for the year. “Why don’t you people leave me alone?” the deli owner said. “I work like a dog, everyone in my family helps out, the place is only closed three days a year…and you want to know how I made $80,000?”
“It’s not your income that bothers us,” the agent said. “It’s these deductions. You listed six trips to Bermuda for you and your wife.”
“Oh, that,” the owner said smiling. “Didn’t I mention? We deliver anywhere…”

A customer walks into a restaurant and notices a large sign on the wall: $500 IF WE FAIL TO FILL YOUR ORDER! When his waitress arrives, he orders elephant dung on rye. She calmly writes down his order and walks into the kitchen where all hell breaks loose! The restaurant owner comes storming out of the kitchen. He runs up to the customer’s table, slaps five $100 bills down on it and says, “You got me that time buddy, but I want you to know that’s the first time in ten years we’ve been out of rye bread!”

Professors Define a Kiss:
In math: Two divided by nothing.
In physics: The contraction of the mouth due to the expansion of the heart.
In accounting: It’s a credit, because it is profitable when returned.
In economics: A thing for which the demand is higher than the supply.
In dentistry: It’s infectious and antiseptic.

John was going around door to door looking for chores to do. He went to this house where an old man lived and the old man had a chore for him. He said he would pay him 50 dollars if he painted his porch in the back. John said OK and got to work. One hour and thirty-two minutes later he came out and told the old man he was done. The old man paid him and as John was walking away he said, “By the way, its not a Porsche…. its a Lincoln.” asked workers: What is rule number one in your profession? Here’s what came back:
Plumber: “Don’t chew your fingernails.”
Roofer: “You are fired before you hit the ground.”
Camp counselor: “Don’t lose the kid.”
Scuba diver: “If it moves, it wants to kill you.”
Photographer: “Take the lens cap off.”

Teacher comments on the students’ report cards in NYC public school system. (FYI: They were reprimanded):
The student has a ‘full six-pack’ but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.
The wheel is turning but the hamster is definitely dead.
It’s impossible to believe the sperm that created this child beat out 1,000,000 others.
If this student were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.
The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.

These comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country:
‘You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.’
‘Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.’
‘Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.’
‘You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?’
‘Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?’
‘Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I’m warning you not to do that again or I’ll give you another ticket.’
‘The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?’
‘Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.’
‘In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.’
‘How big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?’
‘No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we can.’
‘I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.’
‘You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we don’t. Sign here.’

9 Key Nutrients That Can Improve Your Happiness

The whole time growing up I heard “You are what you eat,” but I never thought much about how food can affect our feelings. This is an old article is from the HealthiestBlog. I hope you find it helpful. You might want to click on her name to see other articles she’s written. ~ Connie


A diet rich in 9 brain essential nutrients is a key to mental and physical health.
The human brain needs certain key nutrients in order to provide its best performance,  an international study reports.
These are:
1 S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe),
2 iron,
3 zinc,
4 magnesium,
5 vitamin D,
6 B12, folate,
7 omega-3,
8 choline,
9 and essential amino acids.
These nutrients are adequately found in a high quality and balanced diet such as the Mediterranean diet.
Dr Vicent Balanzá, a co-author of this study, explained: “Nutrition has become a key factor for the high prevalence and incidence of very frequent mental diseases, such as depression. A balanced diet is as important in psychiatry as it is in other medical specialties such as cardiology or endocrinology.
A balanced and high-quality diet, such as the Mediterranean, provides all of these, but in cases of deficiencies, nutritional supplements are advisable.
It has been proven that the quality of diet and the deficiencies in certain essential nutrients are determining factors for physical and mental health.”
However, despite the impact of nutrition on mental health, it has little attention in public health.
These key nutrients naturally work together to improve mental health; SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) is a good example of this. The effect of SAMe as a mood elevator is well established.
But, in order to produce this nutrient, the body needs to consume methionine, an essential amino acids found in high protein foods such as Brazil nuts, cheese, fish, and eggs.
Dr Balanzá said: “Expecting that anyone with mental health problems would recover only with medicines is a very limited view of reality.
In our article we argue that the future of psychiatry requires a broader approach in which nutritional factors are essential in order to provide better health outcomes, functioning and quality of life.”