What a Wonderful World

An absolutely wonderful rendition of the song “What a wonderful world”.  Enjoy.


Link: (https://youtu.be/auSo1MyWf8g)


Happy Easter

The Bunny Hokey Pokey:

The History of Easter: 

Things you might not know about Easter traditions we follow today:



For What Its Worth

Below is the timeless protest song from the 60’s “For What Its Worth” by Buffalo Springfield.  The song is listed as one of the top ten protest songs of all time in a survey done by Rolling Stone. The lyrics are just as relevant today as they were in 1967.

The story behind the song:



Sweet Revenge

Imagine walking in the grocery store and in front of you are two people. One of them has observable love handles, has a gut that comes over the belt, and appears to be obese.The person next to them is thin and appears to be of a healthy weight. Which one is healthy and which one isn’t?

We’ve all heard the following:

  • A calorie is a calorie no matter where it comes from
  • Obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little
  • All overweight obese people are sick
  • All thin people are basically healthy

Yet, a calorie isn’t just a calorie; it does depend on where it comes from and what happens once it is consumed. An overweight person can be healthy; and a thin person can be sick (TOFI). In this 2015 hour and half presentation done by Dr Lustig for the Stanford Health Library he discusses those items and more:

In 2014 Dr. Lustig did an hour long presentation for PBS (available on DVD) entitled, “Sweet Revenge: Turning the tables on processed food” that discusses the following:

  • How there are more thin sick people than obese sick people.
    • A person can be Thin on outside Fat on Inside (TOFI) and Obese on outside and healthy on the inside.
    • There are 240 million people in the US. 72 million fall into the obese category, 168 million into the normal weight category.
    • In total between the obese and normal weight groups 124 million fall into the sick category. 67 million come from the normal weight group and 57 million from the obese group.
  • In our food:
    • How fat is not just fat
    • How carbs are not just carbs
    • How calories are not just calories
  • How it isn’t just about diet and exercise
  • How our body digests food and the chemicals that tell us we are full
  • How processed food and sugar is our biggest enemy
    • That there are 56 different names for sugar in ingredient lists

The trailer is below:

The DVD also contains a bonus question and answer video with Dr. Lustig that is also worth the time to watch. Below is a 2013 TedTalk Dr. Lustig did on the same subject. It is about 22 minutes long:

Robert Lustig, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and the author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.



Tonight is the second, of three, supermoons that are occurring this year.  Below is a video by NASA that discusses the supermoon:

The supermoon on November 14th will be an extra supermoon; and the closest supermoon in the 21st century.  The next extra supermoon won’t be until November 25, 2034.


Novembers Spectacular Supermoon: (http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/novembers-spectacular-supermoon)

Supermoon video: (https://youtu.be/sWAN0FwfD5M)

Electoral Voted Presidents

Here is a Ted-Ed talk on how the Electoral College works: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9H3gvnN468)

Question: How many presidents were elected without winning the popular vote?  And which ones were they?

Answer: Five presidents took office without winning the popular vote. In other words they won the electoral college vote; not the popular vote.

They were:

  1. John Quincy Adams who lost by 44,804 votes to Andrew Jackson in 1824.  John Quincy Adams was elected by the House of Representatives after a tie in the electoral votes.
  2. Rutherford B. Hayes who lost by 264,292 votes to Samuel J. Tilden in 1876
  3. Benjamin Harrison who lost by 95,713 votes to Grover Cleveland in 1888
  4. George W. Bush who lost by 543,816 votes to Al Gore in 2000
  5. Donald Trump who is currently losing by 233,404 votes to Hillary Clinton in 2016

Election Day

Tomorrow it will finally be election day.  This election has been irksome to many people and I for one will relish when it is over.  Here is another Saturday Night Live skit from Nov 6 about this election:

From Save The Day a humorous video showing what it would be like to have our current Congress as a co-worker:

In all seriousness though it is important to have a plan for tomorrow:

Here are some tips for election day:

  • Make sure to have all required identification required by your state to vote.  Check with your states Secretary of State to find out what is required.
  • Make sure you know where your polling location is located.
    • Have a plan for how you will get to the polling location; ride share, bus, etc. Leave plenty of time to get there.
    • If the polling location is a school try to avoid the arrival and dismissal time.
  • It is helpful to go through the ballot before hand and figure out how you want to vote.  Bringing a copy of a sample ballot filled out into the polling place is very helpful.  However; do not leave it there, do not show it to anyone, and do not discuss how you are going to vote with anyone.
  • Do not actively campaign while in line.
  • Before snapping that picture in the polling booth, or of your ballot, check with your states Secretary of State on whether it is legal, illegal, falls into a cloudy area, or is just not a good idea.
  • Bring plenty of water to drink in the lines.

Remember that each vote, and each item being voted on, matter and can impact your life:

Registration Deadlines*:

There are still a few states that will allow last minute registrations.  Check with your states Secretary of State or local election official for up to date information:  https://www.usa.gov/election-office

  • Colorado
    • You may also register in person on Election Day.
  • Alaska
    • In a Presidential Election year, for November General Election only, you can register to vote on Election day.
  • Idaho 
    • You may also register in person on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency.
  • District of Columbia
    • You may also register in person on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency.
  • Connecticut
    • You may also register in person on Election Day, but only at designated locations.
  • Illinois
    • You may also register in person at designated locations on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency.
  • Iowa
    • You may also register in person on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency and identification.
  • Maine 
    •  You may also register in person on or before Election Day.
  • Minnesota
    • You may also register in person on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency.
  • Montana
    • You may register in person at the county election office on Election Day.
  • New Hampshire
    • You may register to vote on Election Day as long as the polls are open.
  • North Dakota
    • Only state without voter registration.
  • Rhode Island
    • You may register and vote for President/Vice-President only at your local Board of Canvassers on Election Day.
  • Wisconsin
    • You may also register in person on Election Day.
  • Wyoming 
    • You may also register in person on Election Day.

Disclaimer:  *Where I’ve made an effort to have accurate information only your states Secretary of States website has the official and current data.  Please check with them about when to register and what you will need on voting day.

Also I am not affiliated with any candidate, candidates party, or state election office.  They haven’t paid me for this or any other blog post I’ve written about voting.  I believe voting is a vital component of a democracy and it is up to everyone to vote.

The Al Smith Dinner

The day after the third presidential debate both candidates were at the Al Smith Dinner.  It is an annual charity dinner held to raise funds for Catholic charities and is named after Alfred E. Smith.  Since 1960 the almost all of the two main presidential candidates have attended to poke fun at themselves and their opponents.

Donald Trump was first to give his speech which turned from humor to part political rally.  He was booed at various parts of his speech.  His speech starts at 7:28 into the video.  Hillary Clinton followed and her speech in parts elicited a few groans.  Her speech starts at 25:42 into the video.

Here is the full video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGgxr4Sxoas):