Saturday, December 8, 2018

Have You ever heard someone say, Smile................


Smiling increases face value 



Have you ever heard someone say, smile it increases your face value?  I have and want to share who wrote this., meet American Author: Robert Harling

Smile, it increases your face value. " A quote from the American writer Robert Harling states a reality-based quote which helps you to increase your beauty and appearance just from a natural jewelry that is free called as SMILE.

A few days ago I caught up with my friends and neighbors who I've gotten to know, all sharing laughter as we share stories and jokes around other topics that pop up during our afternoon or some wee hours of the evenings. When I caught up with them, they usual say, "here comes trouble," as I never know what I'm going to say, but it's always done with love and respect, the shared goal is laughter and smiling.

Boy do we smile, this evening just plain goofiness.  This past evening we spent a fair amount of time of laughing about the pronunciation of General Tso's Chicken, dark meat, white meat, and also Crab Rangoon the cream cheese puffs, we each had our own way of pronuncing these.

Another funny share...picture me eating candy and placing the wrappers in the one ladies jacket pockets, the prankster I am.   It was priceless, her going out another day and reaching into her pocket wondering where did this come from, "I bet it was Steve,." next day she asked me and I confessed yes and smiles and a hug.

Out of nowhere I say adult diapers can be bought in bulk, 4,000 shipped in boxes at $.89 each and we laughed on that.  Sometimes we just laugh off each others laughter and tonight was one of those nights.

Laughter and smiling release Endorphins which, "make us feel happier and less stressed. They also act as the body's natural painkillers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management, as can laughing off the pain when you bump an elbow or fall over."



(the photo credit Helpguide)


Many of us are up in age, me the baby at age 60 so we all suffer from one aliment or another but all with chronic pain.  So we laugh.



Photo's of friends and family 
in my life last November 2018







Monday, December 3, 2018

The Story of Bipolar Shorts


The idea for bipolar shorts came about when I was riding the bus through the Lincoln tunnel several years ago.  An accident occurred injuring "thirty-one people hurt after two Buses Collided In the Lincoln Tunnel".  The bus I was on not involved, but it triggered a severe panic attack.

Here's what took place, thanks to an educated passenger yelling to the bus driver he needs to get out, he's suffering a panic attack.   The Bus driver explaining he can't let passengers out in the tunnel, he finally does and I immediately calm down, a minute later I feel a hand on my shoulder from the driver of another bus, instructing me to come into his bus that had plenty of seats, air conditioning...as if I walked into an oxygen tent.   It was here that I drew upon deep breathing skills I learned also a woman offered me a bottle of water, one other holding my hand and another woman handed me a pen and paper saying try drawing or writing something that this will help you stay focused, I did as it worked and there began the creation of bipolar shorts. 

In addition to the above anxiety and panic disorders I struggle with, now my hands and wrist are becoming problematic due to peripheral neuropathy so when I write, I write short sentences, step away and go back and finish when I have flare-ups.


Pictured below are a series of photos of my creating bipolar shorts using pencils and post-it notes helping me space out the colored boxer shorts in photo number one. 







Next is image number two showing a clothesline inspired from my childhood apartment building, I remember clothes hanging back and forth.


A friend connected me with a graphic designer who created the last mage.  We met to talk about what I was wanting and she sent me a few to decide from and I decided on the image number three which is used in the blog cover photo.



If you suffer anxiety and possible panic disorder, neuropathy, arthritis or any other chronic medical or mental disorder and use meditation, breathing exercises maybe you too might want to write to help relax, it helps me.

Have fun writing.