The Alternative struggle in Belize

I talk to Belizeans on the ground every day and the one thing that is certain in all the discussions is that they want a serious Alternative, not a bunch of individual units working together under a common idea. Belizeans see that as a larger more spread out version of the two party system. Currently we have PUP and UDP fighting for power, if the Alternatives win, it will be a larger struggle for power..

The lesser of two evils is still evil. And we keep doing the same insane thing of voting in evil every 5 years.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
– Albert Einstein

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Belizean Tiburon Rum

Belizean Tiburon Rum

So I cracked open my first bottle of Tiburon yesterday and I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by the smooth taste from that sexy bottle that feels like running your hand through fine silk, not that I was expecting anything too different. This is highly recommended.

I tried it in different ways:

  • on the rocks
  • with coconut water
  • with club soda
  • with sprite

and I must say that on the rocks and coconut water are my favorite ways. If you have suggestions let me know. I will be trying out some recipes and making up my own stay tuned for updates as I run the tests. Continue reading “Belizean Tiburon Rum”

Thought of the Day

I haven’t done this in a while but here is my TOD for today June 25, 2015

The problem is that we allowed our Colonial masters to instill in us that one race is superior to another and one group is to rule others and that certain “classes” of people are inferior and should be put to death even.
We have allowed ourselves to be led into the construct where we are classified like farm animals…
The system works on a divide and conquer method and we do all the work by being racists and bigots.
Until we learn that the construct of classifications is our enemy and we learn to break free and unite as one people regardless of color or orientation or any of the dividers they place between us we will remain where we are and things will only get worst.

Motion vs Progress

Many people confuse motion for progress. These are two completely different things..

Let’s see what the dictionary says about the two:

  • Motion: the action or process of moving or being moved.
  • Progress: forward or onward movement toward a destination.

They sound similar, but they’re not the same.

Rocking Chair
Don’t mistake motion for progress. A rocking chair moves but it goes nowhere.

Here are a few examples:

  • I go to the gym and sign up for membership, that is motion. I actually go to the gym to exercise, that is progress.
  • I plan for an awesome family vacation, that is motion. I actually go on vacation and enjoy the time with my family, that is progress.
  • Outlining ideas for projects to undertake, that is motion. Actually implementing and completing those ideas, that is progress.

While motion is important to plan and prepare for your end-goals, it will never get you to said end-goals unless you make progress. Too many times we find excuses to remain in the action phase instead of moving into the progress phase.

Never mistake activity for achievement.
– John Wooden

Attention Parents: Your Emotions Are Contagious

To stay healthy, people will do everything short of quarantining themselves to avoid getting coughed on, sneezed on, or breathed on by the sickly. As a parent, you’re probably well aware of how quickly contagious diseases like the flu can travel through a family—nay, a neighborhood. Teachers notice the same thing when they see student after student calling in sick until the class is but a mere figment of the imagination.

Research has also shown that in the workplace, one negative employee can spoil the bunch. A negative outlook on anything, whether it’s the administration, a client, or a department, can affect the morale of everyone around.

So what does this have to do with families? Believe it or not, the same research that shows how a negative attitude can “catch on” in families just as easily as it does in the office.

Tips for Parents

  • Let your child know if you are undergoing stress that has nothing to do with them. For example, if you have a headache when they come home from school, tell them about it. Warn them that you may be a bit grouchier than normal, but that it’s not their fault. This will minimize the contagiousness of your negative emotions.
  • Educate your family members about what to do when one is upset. “You can’t always change the person who is emoting,” says Corneau. “You need to teach others in your family to recognize that it’s not them, what people do and say isn’t their fault, even if they’re the receiver of all of it.”
  • Corneau emphasizes that some children are more sensitive than others. Zero in on a child who strongly picks up energies in the house, even if they are not directed at her. Help her learn to identify when people are in a bad mood, and try to support her through the bad days of other family members.
  • If one person’s mood seems to be contagious on a regular basis, support her and encourage her to get help. This might include seeing a therapist or trying to fix the issues that are causing the negative emotions (e.g., changing jobs, switching classes, finding new friends).

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Antibiotics: Killing Off Beneficial Bacteria … for Good?

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But implicit in that concept is the expectation that, after a while — after a course of antibiotics ends — the gut flora repopulate and their natural balance returns. Continue reading “Antibiotics: Killing Off Beneficial Bacteria … for Good?”