The Monkey Trial

Have you ever heard of the “Monkey Trial”? In 1925 in the state of Tennessee the Butler Law was passed forbidding the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution in any public school or university. As continues, it states that, “in the spring of 1925, John T. Scopes walked into his classroom and read, from Dayton’s Tennessee-approved textbook Hunter’s Civic Biology, part of a chapter on the evolution of humankind and Darwin’s theory of natural selection. His arrest soon followed”. states that, “ the law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to ‘teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals’. Scopes enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense”. While Scopes was found guilty, and ordered to pay the minimum $100 fine (as continues to describe), he called the Defense attorney to the stand, and humiliated him. Five days after the verdict, the defense attorney laid down for a nap, and never woke up.

Two years after the trial, “the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality, but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment”.

Staying Safe on Your Motorcycle

The sun is out, what better time to get on your motorcycle and go for a ride. As with any road trip you take, safety is important. You should do a safety check on your motorcycle, to include checking tires, gas, electrical system, etc. And then from there, I found this list of other important safety checks for your ride. Here are a few from the list:

-A tire-plug kit and/or small pump along with portable GPS.
-A neck cooler for these warm days.
-Wrenches, sockets and other tools specific for your bike.
-First-Aid kit, Swiss Army knife, duct tape, and water (to stay hydrated).

There are many more items on the list, it is worth looking over, and maybe even printing out so that you have handy. Remember to stay safe out there, and if something does happen, protect yourself, and your rights.

To Tell the Truth is to Live Free

Telling the truth should come easy to us, but for some it is not so easy. “The Truth Will Set You Free” is not just a saying that you find in colleges, or in self-help groups, according to it is a biblical passage, John 8:32. It goes on to state that, “Jesus provides the best commentary for His own statement in verse 34. Jesus explains, ‘Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.’ Being a slave to sin is the ultimate bondage. So, to tell a lie is a sin, to hold on to it, is a sin, and it will wear at you. But once you can be truthful, once you can let the sin go, you will be set free. Whether you are religious or not, that is powerful. And in my line of work, it is important, in many ways. We all have to be responsible for our own truths in life, hold yourself accountable, and let go of any lies, they do not serve you.

Be Mindful of Others When on the Phone

July is Cell Phone courtesy month! Cell phones are everywhere, from kids and teens to parents and grandparents, everyone has one. One thing we all seem to forget with our phones, is that when using them in public, to have courtesy for the people around us. I started thinking about what cell phone etiquette is, so I found this article from Huffington Post that goes over the basics, I will skim over them.

-Lower your voice, and try not to have personal conversations when others can hear, when in public.
-Avoid taking calls, and texting when having face-to-face conversations.
-Put your phone on silent when in places that are supposed to be quiet (library, restaurant, theater, etc.).
-Hang up your phone when you are driving, no texting or social media.
-Sometimes phones have delays, or drop calls, be patient.
-Give people space if you see them on the phone, try not to invade their personal space.

Phones are probably going to continue to be more and more popular, so just think about where you are, and who is around you before taking a call. Keep it courteous!

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Independence Day! Today we celebrate the amazing country we live in, many of us do this with trips, food, fireworks and fun! Here are some tips to staying safe during this celebratory day, and tips for your four legged friends. Have fun with your family and friends, whether you took that trip, or stay home and BBQ. Most importantly, have fun, enjoy your day, and remember why you are celebrating!

Plastic Bags, Becoming a Thing of the Past?

Are you familiar with the fees and bans imposed on plastic bags in different states? Here in California, we pay for the bags we use, but, interestingly enough, many places banned plastic bags, and started charging for paper. Yes, even though we are not using plastic we are still being charged. The most interesting part of all of this, is that the plastic bag industry has started bringing lawsuits to the places that are banning plastic. San Francisco was the first city that banned them, and nothing really happened at that time, but when other cities started following, the industry took notice, as stated on this website. So how many states currently have plastic bag bans/ fees? Currently only a handful, with many more in the works, as you will find on this website. Whether you have the fees or not, it is a good idea to re-use bags as much as possible, just to cut down on resources reduce our carbon footprint. Happy Shopping!

Forgetfulness Happens to the Best of Us

Do you tend to be forgetful? Maybe you have difficulty remembering simple things like where you placed your car keys, or parked, or perhaps names escape you. There are some simple things you can do if you tend to be forgetful, such as placing items in the same place, or parking in the same place, so that what you forget turns into habit. Now how to remember names, and other things, click here, for some helpful tips and tricks. Everyone’s mind is different and we just need to do the best with what we have been given, and try not to be hard on yourself if you lose your train of thought.

Happy Social Media Day

It’s Social Media Day! Social Media has become quite the fixture in many of our lives. From the good ole’ days of MySpace, to Facebook, Instagram, Snap, Pinterest, and Twitter, there are so many places to share. We spend hours a day looking on social media, for news (real and fake), living vicariously through others, and of course looking at businesses for info we need. Social Media can definitely benefit our lives when used properly, but there are many who do not. The live videos for instance were not meant for committing crime, but we are watching more and more commit heinous acts via social media. On the flip side, we have watched people find hope and joy through inspirational stories. Whatever your use for social media; business using it to communicate with customers, personal using it to connect with friends and family, just remember whatever you post is there for the world, so think before you post. Click this link for an article on social media, and have fun with it!

The Importance of a Good Hug

Hugging is an integral part of life. Have you ever heard the saying, “they weren’t hugged enough as a child” there are studies to back this up. According to, “skin contact or physical touch, such as hugging, is one of the most important stimulation required to grow a healthy brain and strong body. Hugs are good for emotional health. Nothing can calm a tantrum faster than a hug from mom”. There are of course other reasons in the article such as helping to bond, and making happy kids, that are worth reading.

Hugging is not just good for children, as there are also health benefits for adults. According to an article from, “besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind. Believe it or not, a warm embrace might even help you avoid getting sick”.  Wow, imagine that, your immune system might actually be stronger just from simple hugs. The article goes on to state that, “a 2005 study from the University of North Carolina fond that pre-menopausal women who got more frequent hugs from their partners had lower blood pressure then peers who didn’t get as many”. The reason is believed to be in part to the hormone oxytocin which can be released during hugging.

The article is insightful, and a good read, if you are looking for ways to naturally stay healthy. Don’t delay, start hugging more now!