Where all the water has gone

Many corporate industrial processes use a staggering amount of water to produce their products. In short it takes 42,747 gallons of water per day for you to wear the clothes you want, drink your mocha latte, feed your pets, drive the vehicle you bought and consume the beverage of your choice.

-270 gallons of water to produce $1 worth of sugar.

-200 gallons of water to make $1 worth of pet food.

-140 gallons of water to make $1 worth of milk.

-2,900 gallons of water to produce a single pair of jeans.

-180 to 328 gallons of water to produce a 2-liter bottle of soda.

-20 gallons of water to make a pint of beer.

-37 gallons of water to produce the ingredients to make a single cup of coffee.

-39,000 gallons of water to produce the average domestic car, including the tires.

So the next time you buy something consider the water shortage and call out the automotive manufacturers, coffee company’s, the clothing industry and pet food industry – otherwise known as Corporate America.

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ALS the Lou Gehrig’s Disease

I think the “Ice Bucket Challenge” is a great way to spread awareness for ALS . Visit the Ice Bucket Challenge website http://icebucketchallenge.org/about

The challenge has gone viral on social media and is all over the internet, hopefully one day there will be a cure, because no one person or family should ever have to endure this horrible disease. I know what it’s like to lose a loved one to ALS as my mother fought it for 5-years before it took her life….

ALS and My Mother

An amazing, strong and vibrant person who touched the lives of hundreds of people and was passionate about life passed away after a 5 year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She was a school teacher and loved teaching kids, it was her passion, until one day she had a difficult time writing on the white board. So we took her to the hospital and had a bunch of tests done, which later diagnosed her with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The doctors said she had 3-years to live and there is no cure for the disease she carries. I remember my mom sat my brother and I down at the kitchen table and told us a she is dying and that she doesn’t have much time left. She told us that she is sorry and that she really wanted to be around when we had kids but the disease will take her life before that happens….and she was right.

The next few years took a massive toll on my family as my step-dad, brother, sister-in-law and I did our best to be care takers and make my mothers last years as good as they can be. My sister-in-law spent hours with my mom, sitting and reading, feeding and copping with the illness. We watched as she went from walking and talking to needing a cane in the first year, then a walker and later a wheelchair. She was able to talk for a few years after the diagnoses, but that too became difficult and soon she could not speak. Her ability to eat soon became difficult, she would choke on her food, and later she would choke on her own saliva and gasp for air as her eye’s watered. In the end she couldn’t move a muscle in her body, and her head would bobble around in her wheelchair when we went outside. I remember sitting with her in the backyard soaking up the rays thinking to myself, I wish I could talk with my mom and have a conversation like we used to….but that favorite past time was long gone. The last few years of my moms life was the most difficult, the care she needed became more intense, her breathing became more difficult and each holiday that came around could be the last one we have together. It was the most helpless feeling any one person could have watching a loved one who was once so vibrant and full of life become the exact opposite because of a deadly disease that has no cure.

Watching my mother accept her condition and sustain a mostly positive attitude through it all has taught me so much about life and people and the short time we have with each other. I remember my mom telling me she was scared and that she missed her mother. There were times when I would lay my head down in her lap and lift her hand and put it on my head so I could feel her touch. The worst part about ALS is that while the body is deteriorating from the inside out, the mind is still complete and in tact. Though she could not move and had a difficult time swallowing her mind was completely healthy and functioned normal.

I was there when she took her last breath, she was calm & ready for her life to be over. I don’t think she wanted to live with the ALS disease any longer and stress and difficulties it brought to her family. The room was filled with family and we had football on the TV, I sat on the couch in front of her, my step-dad by her side holding her hand. She took her last breath ever so quietly as if she wanted to sneak out of the room without anybody noticing And just like that, the greatest person to ever be  in my life was gone. I think about her everyday, her smile, her laugh, the lessons she taught me & I can’t help but wonder what she would be doing today. But I know she is proud of me and that is enough – because one day…someday – I will see her again.

The official ALS can be reached in MA at http://www.als-ma.org – and nationally at http://www.alsa.org

Lou Gehrig

A first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees (1923–1939). Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, he played in  2,130 consecutive games which earned him his nickname “The Iron Horse.” Lou was a seven-time All-Star and six-time World Series champion, Gehrig won the Triple Crown in 1934 and was twice named theAmerican League’s (AL) Most Valuable Player. When the Yankees began their 1939 spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida, it was clear that Gehrig no longer possessed his once-formidable power. Even Gehrig’s base running was affected, and at one point he collapsed at Al Lang Field, then the Yankees’ spring training park. By the end of spring training, Gehrig had not hit a home run. Throughout his career, Gehrig was considered an excellent baserunner, but as the 1939 season got under way, his coordination and speed had deteriorated significantly

After six days of extensive testing at Mayo Clinic, the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was confirmed on June 19, Gehrig’s 36th birthday.

Gehrig was the first MLB player to have his uniform number retired, and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 and on July 4, 1939 Gehrig delivered what has been called “baseball’s Gettysburg Address” to a sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium:

Fans,  for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

When you look around, wouldn’t you consider it a privilege to associate yourself with such fine looking men as are standing in uniform in this ballpark today? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.

When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift—that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies—that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter—that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body—it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed—that’s the finest I know.

So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for. Thank you.

The Anti-Social Digital Society

  If you are like most people, you probably can’t remember the last time you un-plugged from the information overload device you call a smartphone, or the last time you turned it off and enjoyed the solitude of nature. It has been said that 96% of people who own a smartphone keep it within four feet of them at all times and there are 6 billion people who own a cellphone according to the world census report of 2013. Time Magazine published an article about a U.N. study which found that more people have cell phones than toilets. Out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones and only 4.5 billion have access to working toilets.

  Social Media is marketed as a social activity, however when you breakdown social media in today’s society it actually makes people un-sociable to the people in their immediate vicinity. Young kids and even adults ignore the environment around them and don’t communicate with the people in front of them while they are on their phone checking for Facebook updates, receiving text, etc. Social Media and cellphones have been distracting the youth for so long, that is becomes difficult for them to physically interact with people in the same room.

  In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to look someone in the eye when they are having a conversation. Society is becoming so dependent on the instant information that is constantly being pushed to us that it is hard for young kids to be creative and find something to do without the internet.The very bases of communication and the simple enjoyment of an in depth conversation is becoming a thing of the past. Look across the room, look around you in a restaurant, how many people are on their cellphone? In today’s fast paced information pushing society, when 4 people sit down at a booth in a restaurant, three of them will take out their cellphone and start communicating with someone who isn’t at the table.

  The enjoyment of receiving and reading a hand written letter from a loved is gone. Along with leaving a note on someone’s door because you stopped by when they were out. What has taken the place of these simple gestures is an unexplainable obsession with being connected to everybody all the time. What has happened in the civilian world of communication has hindered and excelled the society that we live in today.

  Digital communication has helped advance society and has pushed today’s business culture to respond more quickly to transactions, sales and prospecting because of it. It has also hindered our youth due to the mass amounts of communication that streams through the hand held devices. This has become a positive movement for businesses & the baby boomers, but it is also a negative movement for the younger generation. Without the advancement of the smartphone, social media would not be as popular. Think about it, if you could not update your status, add a picture from your phone or tag a friend in a post from your cellphone, would you spend the time to do so on the internet from your computer? This is just one form of instant communication that becomes a parallel to the instant gratification that American society looks for.

Football & Lions Clubs International for Diabetes

Lions clubs all over the world do great things in their communities from vision screening and providing eye glasses to fun events, community service and disaster relief.
Lions District 4-C1 is no different; the Lions Camp McCumber Diabetic Camp for kids is a project that helps young kids manage their diabetes on their own & the Lions All-Star Football Game is a fundraiser that raises money for the camp. Here is a small insight to what Lions Clubs all over the nation do in their local communities.

In 1988 the Lions in Northern California started a youth diabetic camp at Lake McCumber in Northern California. This diabetic camp provides diabetic knowledge, nutrition facts and personal confidence to the youth and their families so they can manage and control their diabetes.  www.lionsdiabeticcamp.org This camp is just another example of Lions International meeting the needs of their community. This camp is a district project in Lions MD 4-C1 and every club has contributed money, service, man hours, food, cabins, and camper sponsorship for the last 24 years, which in return has helped thousands of kids manage their diabetes effectively.

One of the major contributors to Lions Diabetic Camp is the Lions All-Star Football Game in Northern California, which highlights the Northstates top high school football players in one of the biggest games of the year – the North vs South. www.lionsallstarfootballnorcal.com This game has been the stage for NFL players like Rickey Ray, Aaron Rodgers, Jason Sehorn Ryan O’Callaghan, Jordan Rodgers, Brett Ratliff & more. Northern California is home to one of the top football programs in the state of California – Enterprise High School. This is why the Lions All-Star Football game has been so successful producing top football talent, while supporting kids living with the stigma of diabetes. For the last handful of years this All-Star football game has contributed approximately $10,000 each year to the Lions Diabetic Camp at Lake McCumber. In District 4-C1, this diabetic camp among a few other district functions that is truly close to their heart.

These two things are just a few reasons why I am proud to be a Lion. To be able to change a young life and provide opportunities is a valuable asset to society. This is what we do as members of the Lions clubs, we meet the needs of our communities. 

 

Autumn is about Change

As the weather becomes colder and leaves fall from the sky scattered beneath your feet as you walk down the damp path, I am reminded of change. Watching the trees change color and lose their leaves only to gain them back bigger & stronger the next year, it seems as though mother nature follows a pattern that I have become a very big fan of -the changing of the seasons.

Autumn seems to be about change ~ November 1959: The American Football League was formed . And in November of 1997 The Milwaukee Brewers became the first major league baseball team to switch leagues during the 20th century. They moved from the American League to the National League. Change is inevitable, it makes us grow as people and it makes us excited for the new sports, recreation activities, family gatherings & business opportunity just to name a few.

With the autumn leaves and the change in the season, try something new this year. Get excited for the change of the season and look forward to the new that it will bring in the following year.

Thoughts of Aptitude & Attitude

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. Everybody at one point in their life has the chance to be great at something. If God gave you a gift, don’t shame him by throwing it away because determination today leads to success tomorrow. Has anybody ever told you that? Image

The truth is nothing can bring you peace but yourself, self trust is the first secret to success. So turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones and climb high, climb far…your goal is the sky, so you aim at the stars, Because the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

The secret of self-confidence and courage hinges on the kind of thoughts you think, so hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact. Because to give without thought of grain, to help without expectation of personal benefit, is the ultimate in loving concern. Giving is vital to spiritual growth!

I am not stealing or claiming to be the original creator of many of these sentences, I simply arranged them together in a string of lines to create encouragement and positive enlightenment.

I have learned that the tests of life are not meant to break you, but to make you. At least that’s what they say when you are going through the crazy bad times. But if you have been there, you know that you feel empty and alone. But a positive mental attitude is a belief that things are going to turn out well, and that you can overcome any kind of trouble or difficulty.

ImageSo learn to relax, your body is precious as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body. In contrast, the capacity to be either happy or unhappy is determined by the manner in which you react to whatever happens.

Through faith, man experiences the meaning of the world, through action he learns to give it meaning. Which brings me to remind you that to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens. Because this world is but a canvas to our imagination.

Uncomfortable Surroundings

It’s funny how full an empty room can feel when you are full of emotion, the uncomfortable surroundings that you walk through each hour of every day you are alive. Every day you look for answers to questions you don’t know, it’s funny how life can be when facing strategy. It’s scary how one can be when suffering from pain, it’s astonishing how quickly one life can stop with no rhyme or reason. I wake up every morning with heavy things I have learned on my mind and search for dreams I’ve never seen. People with no faces pass by, changing their lives and wondering why. It’s sad how easy departure can be when detached from reality in the uncomfortable surroundings of today.