/ TOTALLY IRKED MAMA!!!: December 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

'Twas the day of Christmas



'Twas the day of Christmas and all through the house,
kids are running around not acting like a mouse.
Tearing up paper and playing with their toys,
all mommy and daddy want, is to hear no more noise.
Tired and sleepy, they watch their kids play,
While mommy and daddy try not to slip into a daze.

Lots of food and family we see,
the kids loved looking at the tree.
So full of color, so full of light,
its very hard for them to say goodnight.
All they want to do is sit there and play,
but its been a very long day.

It was fun to see their faces as they unwrapped their gifts,
now its time for mommy and daddy to slip into a drift.
Kids back in bed without a fight,
so Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

By Dana Marie Lockett

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Fake or Real??? Is it worth it???



Is it really worth a company or someone to create a fake video, to try and capture views??? We have seen  A LOT of videos and pictures on the web and news in the last few years, that have going viral. I first exposed to you about the "Black Lion", how some techies decided to pull a fast one over on all of us. All they did was use photoshop to "color" the lion black. (Would you like a coloring book or something???) But there is a new video that has been uncovered as being FAKE; The Golden Eagle picking up the Baby!

First of all you have to ask yourself; WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW, OR HEARD ABOUT A HUMAN BEING PICKED UP BY AN EAGLE??? No one has EVER reported anything  SO obscure in the history of man kind. I will admit, when I first saw it I was blown away! I couldn't believe what I saw! But yesterday (December 23rd, 2012) I was talking to my older brother I forget exactly how it got brought up (I think he mentioned it to me), but he was the one to inform me that it was fake. When he first found out about it, he went online and found the video. (Now here's one thing about my brother; he's into a lot of development stuff for phones and tablets; so he's curious about this stuff!) When he slowed down the video to milliseconds, he could see exactly that the eagle and baby didn't match up to make it real. As the eagle was dropping the baby, the eagle was in a downwards slop and when it "released" the baby, the baby was going up. 

Really!!! What was the whole purpose of making this video, and getting parents scared??? More than likely there were a lot of parents (who live in areas where there are eagles), who were afraid to take their child(ren) outside for the fear there child would be "swooped" up by an eagle. Come on people; use your imagination to create something different that won't freak people out. Make up something funny or something that could TRULY be believable!!! What's your take on these fake viral video's and photo's???




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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Why try and create a new Creature???

So my husband and myself, as well as probably many of you have seen, the pictures of the black lion. Now at first, I thought it was cool! I didn't think there was ever a black lion ever in existence, but I believed what I saw. Boy was I wrong!!! I should have went with my first thought, they don't exist. After looking on the web to see where these beautiful creatures were, I found out that they are NOT real! Once again, computer technology and someone trying to pull a fast one on today's society has happened. Yes, you have been fooled by technology once again!!!

While researching I came across another blogger, Dr. Karl Shuker, (http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2012/06/black-lions-manipulation-melanism-and.html) who was interested in them as well. He took the time and did a lot of research, and discovered that these lions were just photoshopped. What you are about to read is from author Dr. Karl Shuker. He has taken a lot of time out to investigate these creatures, and what you read will amaze you!!!

"Dr. Karl Shuker,

TUESDAY, 12 JUNE 2012

BLACK LIONS - MANIPULATION, MELANISM, AND MOZAICISM

Photoshopped black lion #1 (tumblr.com)

In recent weeks, two very stunning black lion photographs have been circulating online. One of them is the picture above, opening this ShukerNature blog post, and the other one is documented further down in it. Why they attracted such interest is that according to mainstream zoology, black lions simply do not exist. If they did, and were wholly black in colour, they would most probably be melanistic specimens, analogous if not homologous genetically with black panthers (melanistic leopards) and mutant all-black individuals of other felid species.

Sadly, for those hoping that these two photos therefore represented some major cryptozoological discovery, the reality, as is true ever more frequently nowadays, is that they are nothing more than Photoshopped images.

I traced Photo #1 (above) to the following specific link:http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4qd4hvuEr1rv9dvno1_400.jpg (on the following site: martincito1.tumblr.com – which has now vanished!), but I have no idea whether martincito1 created it, or simply added it from elsewhere to their galleries of images there. However, it is unmistakeably a product of photomanipulation, because I also traced the original photo that had been used – depicting a normal tawny lion photographed in Namibia and present on the Leopalmerphotography website (it can be accessed athttp://www.leopalmerphotography.co.uk/male%20lion.jpg).

Photoshopped black lion Photo #1 alongside the original Leopalmerphotography photo that the unknown photomanipulator has used to create it (tumblr.com/Leopalmerphotography.co.uk)

As for Photo #2 (below):

Photoshopped black lion #2 (PAulie-SVK/deviantART.com)

This is actually a photograph of a bona fide exotic lion – namely, a white lion – that has been skilfully converted digitally into a black one (I discovered the original photo on the following sitehttp://www.cutehomepets.com/the-white-lion). Moreover, as I learnt when he kindly posted details upon my Facebook wall on 10 June, cryptozoological colleague Mike Covell successfully traced Photo #2 to digital artist PAulie-SVK, who had created it and placed it in one of their galleries on the deviantART.com site, after which it had been posted elsewhere online by persons unknown wrongly assuming it to be a genuine specimen. (Here is the specific page: http://paulie-svk.deviantart.com/art/Black-Melanistic-Lion-292088989)

Photoshopped black lion #2 (PAulie-SVK/deviantART.com) with original white lion photograph beneath it (cutehomepets.com)

A third online image of a black lion, see Photo #3 (below), is another Photoshopped black lion by PAulie-SVK (this time manipulating an image of a normal tawny lion), produced in wallpaper format (available here: http://paulie-svk.deviantart.com/art/Black-Lion-wallpaper-306684136)

Photoshopped black lion #3 (PAulie-SVK/deviantART.com)

The original, tawny lion photograph (http://www.serengetibook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/lion-shutterstock.jpg) used to create the third black lion photo

But what about real black lions? What do we know of such ebony-furred enigmas? As already noted, no confirmed sightings exist and only a few sparse, unconfirmed reports, most of which I summarised as follows in my book Mystery Cats of the World(1989):

"According to W.L. Speight, in 1940, an experienced game warden once stated that he had spied a whole pride of pitch-black lions in the Kruger National Park. Half a century earlier, a very dark brown specimen had been killed by soldiers of the Luristan Regiment and was seen by archaeologist Sir Henry Layard at Ispahan in what is now Iran. And an account of a black lioness observed at very close quarters was included in Okavango, by June Kay."

Additionally, in a letter of 20 January 1980 to American cryptozoologist Loren Coleman (who has kindly shared its contents with me), wild cats author C.A.W. Guggisberg stated:

"While there are black leopards in the Aberdares, there never was any talk of black lions. A few years ago a rumour went round that black lion cubs were seen somewhere in western Tanzania, but this was never confirmed."

More recently, media reports emanating from South Africa in 2008 carried bizarre stories of big black lions that had allegedly escaped from the Kruger National Park and were now roaming the streets of Matsulu township outside the Mpumalanga capital, terrifying residents who claimed that they were too afraid to walk outside at night. No tangible evidence for their presence was produced, however, and even if lions were genuinely on the prowl there, they may well have simply been dark brown individuals, or normal lions that had rolled in black mud (like the specimens lately photographed at Madikwe, Tanzania, by Grant Marcus – click here http://www.grantmarcus.com/?p=670 to access his website with some superb photos of them). They might even have been nothing more remarkable than ordinary lions glimpsed at night, or during the day but with bright sunlight behind them.

Lion covered in black mud (Gerry van der Walt)

In 1975, at Glasgow (formerly Calder Park) Zoo in Scotland, a lion cub named Ranger was born with a black chest and one black leg. This was possibly an example of mozaicism – the development of fixed, irregular patches of pigment on an individual’s body – as these patches never expanded into other areas. Richard O’Grady, the zoo’s director, planned to breed Ranger when old enough with his mother, Kara, in the hope of producing an all-black specimen, but as I learnt from Richard, although such matings did occur on several occasions, no offspring resulted, even though Ranger and Kara were both in excellent health. Ranger was also mated with other lionesses, but always with the same non-result, suggesting that he may have been sterile. Ranger was euthanased in 1997.

Ranger as a cub with his mother Kara (Richard O'Grady/Zoological Society of Glasgow & West of Scotland)

Finally: Before leaving the subject of black lions, it should be explained that the so-called 'black lion' that Marco Polo claimed to have spied in Kollam, India, during his alleged travels in Asia was actually nothing more than a melanistic leopard!"

By Dr. Karl Shuker
http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2012/06/black-lions-manipulation-melanism-and.html

So it shows you that you can't always trust what you read on the internet. So, do your research when something "NEW" goes circulating around the web. 


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Friday, December 21, 2012

What a Joke!!!

So everyone, well almost everyone, was freaking out about today being the end of the world; and guess what, NOTHING HAPPENED!!! I knew the world wasn't going to end on a specific date, due to the fact that half of our world is in another time zone. What, was death suppose to creep slowly over the earth? I don't think so!!!
One of my friends posted on Facebook a hillarious picture. The picture had on it a scholar, a scientist, and the Mayan calendar. The scholar was examining the calendar with a magnifying glass and says, "This thing does predict something, the end of twinkies!" Lol But enough is enough! Stop posting all these end of the world cartoons and sayings. Its getting boring now!
I was watching something on t.v. and it was discussing the facts that NASA found. There's nothing heading towards the Earth, and the Mayan calendar actually rolls over. Meaning, it starts a new cycle. So if it was at 13,999 its rolling over to 14,000. What's sad is that so many people truly believed that the world was ending, and merchants played off of this and made a lot of money selling "End of the World" stuff. No one knows the date or time the world is going to end.
So hopefully the next time, because you know someone is going to come up with a new "End of the World" date, please don't buy into it; literally!!!  Its a waste of your money, annoying to hear everyone talk about it, kids thretening other kids and schools get closed because of it, and its annoying to read! So on that note, I will be blogging some time tomorrow because we are here!
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tensions High or Just over Reacting???

Since Dec. 14th's tragic event, there has been a growing reaction from children across the nation. In Utah, a sixth grader brought a gun to school because, he feared for his life after what happened in Connecticut. In Michigan, Lapeer and Genesee counties have closed their schools due to, threats about the "End of the World" and what happened in Connecticut; (which there is no proof of any of these threats according to the school districts). There has even been an increase in bullet-proof backpacks because, parents are fearing for their children's lives.

Now, I can see how parents want to protect their children by buying them a bullet-proof backpack, I get that! I know every parent (I'm a parent of two) wants to protect their child(ren) in every way possible, but your child doesn't wear their backpack on their back all day. Most kids have lockers where they have to store their stuff. So, what good is it going to do your child if its in their locker. The students are not going to be allowed to go to their locker to get anything, if there was a shooter in the school. There is no good purpose to buying this backpack, especially if you drop-off and pick-up your children from school. So parents, think before you start buying all this stuff to protect your children. Ask yourself this question, will they have this item with them at ALL times while in school? If the answer is, NO, then save your money; or take that money and buy them self-defense classes. In Detroit, MI  there is a company called Detroit Threat Management Centers, where they teach children AND adults how to protect themselves from all different sorts of dangerous people. (www.threatmanagementcenters.com) In other areas, check around and see what is available. There is some type of self-defense classes to be found everywhere.

 I can even get the fact that the sixth grader wanted to protect himself. But, he should have thought about how people would react if they found out. (Which they did, and it didn't go lightly for the student) In this situation, a teacher said that another student, (we'll call him Jack), reported that the child with the gun, (we'll call him Bill), had pointed the gun at their head. Now there is NO evidence from the teacher or from "Jack" that this incident ever happened. So you have to ask this question, was the teacher over reacting due to "Bill" having the gun? When "Jack" was asked if this happened, he said it did not. "Bill" should have thought very carefully about what he was going to do, before he went and did it. It is unclear of what is going to happen to "Bill" for what he did.

Tensions are high, with out an doubt by school officials trying to protect their schools. They don't want another tragic event to happen. But what I can't get is were there truly true threats at these schools, or did the school districts make-up "so-called" threats just to start their Winter break early? To me, (this is my opinion, you may think differently), I think these districts just made something up; due to there being NO evidence, what-so-ever, of ANY threats. It is wrong to make up something like this, when our nation is copping with such a tragic event. It is not fair to scare parents nationwide, and think that school is no longer safe for their children. Some of my friends are starting to think about homeschooling their children, because of the fear they now have about sending their child(ren) to school.

No matter where you are at, where you go or your children go, there is always going to be "a chance" that they could get hurt or killed. There are sick, insane people out there that don't care about ANYBODY!!! You have to take actions into your own hands. Get defense classes for yourself, as well as your family. It is the best thing that you could do. You are the only one that can protect yourself when put into a bad situation. What do you think about from what you read?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

To All our Soldiers Near and Far!!!

The other day I received a Christmas card from my Grandfather. In the card was a very nice poem written by, Lance Corporal James M Schmidt. This is a very touching poem because, I have friends and family who are or were in one of the branches of military. Thank Lance Corporal James M Schmidt for writting this.

Twas' the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with present to give,
and to see just who in this house did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
and on the wall pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
a sobbering thought came to my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and so dreary,
the home of a soldier, now I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,
not how I pictured a United States soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

I realized the families that I saw this bight,
owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon around the world, the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry, this life is my choice;

I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more,
my life is my God, my country, my corps."
The soldier rolled over and soon drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,
and we both shivered from the cold evening's chill.

I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark, night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
whispered, "Carry on Santa, it's Christmas day, all is secure."
One look at my wach, and I knew he was right.
"Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."

By Lance Corporal James M Schmidt

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

People Kill People, Not Guns!!!

Since December 14th, 2012 there has been a HUGE controversy over the gun laws. If you think about it, everybody in the older days had a gun to protect themselves. There was no law to say if you could or couldn't carry one. There was no test to take or background checks to be performed. But God was respected then!!! He was allowed in the classrooms, in the stores, on the street; EVERYWHERE!!!

But today, God has been taken out of the schools, people are trying to get it removed from money and our Pledge of Allegiance. There are A LOT of people of do not know the God at all. People have been saying that guns should not be allowed in schools. But the thing is, guns should be allowed in. If just one of those staff members would have had certification to carry, just maybe, those precious babies would be with us right now. Its not just those babies, but other babies that have been taken from us due to acts like December 14th. I believe that every staff member in a school should be certified and made to carry a gun while in school. If they didn't want to carry it after school, then that's their choice. But protection like that needs to be in every school. No school will ever know if this will happen to them.

It gets on my nerves to hear everyone saying that guns are killing people; but that's NOT true!!! Its people killing people. Guns don't have a mind; but the person holding it DOES!!! The Nazis used gas to slaughter millions; the guy who used fertilizer to kill hundreds and wound hundreds of people didn't have a gun, 9/11 was caused by box cutters and planes (thousands of people were killed without a shot fired, because there was NO guns used); point is PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!!! So people need to stop thinking and saying this because, it TICKS me off! Its sad that people are blaming something that DOESN'T have a mind, and not the thing that DOES have a mind!!! Think about it!!!


Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Twas' 11 Days before Christmas" By: Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

As I was reading along my Facebook page, I saw a poem that my friend had liked. I read this and started crying, thinking about these precious darlings.  I am not the author. The author of this is Cameo Smith from Mt. Wolf, Pa. All credit is given to them. Please be respectful to her and not steal her poem, and to the creator, Nathan Green, of this image below titled "Story Time". If you are going to use this in anything, please give acknowledgement to them. 
(To those that reads this, this is referencing what happened on December 14 in Connecticut, USA. A insane gunman got into an elementary school killing 20 students and 6 adults) This poem goes out to the family and loved ones of:


Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto,27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6
Source: Connecticut State Police

Please pray for these families and friends! Thank you!





Image by: Nathan Green Titled: "Story Time"
www.nathangreene.com › Professional Collection › Storytime


"twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they 
saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT." "

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

http://olbroad.com/2012/12/16/written-by-cameo-smith-mt-wolf-pa/

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hold Your Loved Ones Close!!!

Today our nation woke up with heavy, mourning hearts for all the young lives that were lost yesterday in ConnecticutDecember 14, 2012 catastrophe has impacted many peoples lives. Some of us are not be related to any of these families, and some of us are; but a good majority of us have children, nieces, nephews, or God children. To think that this could happen anyone any where, makes everyone worried and holding their child(ren) tighter. I usually make my kids go to bed at 8 p.m. but yesterday, they stayed up an extra two hours.I cannot even imagine what these families and friends are going through. The thought of losing my children breaks my heart, and makes me sick to my stomach; but to actually lose them, words don't come to mind.

This senseless act of this guy has torn many hearts just before the holiday. There will be many unopened presents under the tree, and many birthdays not celebrated. But we have to look at the teachers and staff at the school who lost their lives with these precious children. They did there best to protect those children. Some teachers made it out, while some unfortunately lost theirs protecting these little ones. Our hearts go out to those teachers and the principal. Also to the janitor who ran down the hallways, screaming at the top of his lungs that there was a shooter in the school. It is unknown if this individual made it out alive, but we can thank this person for doing what he did. To the person in the office who turned on the p.a. to alert everyone, we thank you. What these two individuals did, saved many children's and teachers lives.

Yesterday's catastrophe could have been a lot worst than it was, but there were so many individuals who helped save so many lives. The mourning will continue for days, weeks, and even months; we have to come together as a nation and pray for these families and friends. We need to lend our support and prayers, and any way we can help them out we need to help them out. These families were not expecting to have to bury their babies days before Christmas. So please, if anything is set up for these families please help out.

Hold your loved ones close and give them lots of kisses, you never know when they will leave us! ~Dana Lockett

Friday, December 14, 2012

The "So Called" End of the World Approaches Us!!!

So, I'm sitting here on the couch not feeling to good! (Thanks kids for getting me sick) I was reading some articles from the news, and seeing how our world is so corrupt and going down the drain. One article I read was about a mother, her three sons, and two grandsons who were operating a drug ring out of a couple stores. Selling controlled substances that have been banned in the state. Then there's the article about the young Eastern Michigan University girl, whose life was taken away from her family and friends way to soon. A Breaking News article about a shooting happening at a elementary school in Connecticut. Then I started reading about how these players (football, baseball, etc...) are signing contracts for $80 million or more (some less). I'm sorry, but that is way to much money. With that amount of money you can live comfortably and help out the needy. It makes me sick to see all these millionaires and billionaires, sitting in these huge houses and driving these fancy cars; when there fellow men and women, even families are sitting in the cold, in the dark, starving, living on the street, just plain out STRUGGLING!!! You never know how that family or person got to that position they are in. You get to know them and decide if you're going to help them out.

Then I think about ALL these people scamming others out of their hard earned money. Take for instance the "So called" End of the World that is suppose to happen on December 21, 2012. REALLY??? I don't believe it at all!!! How stupid are you going to feel when December 22, 2012 rolls around, AND WE ARE STILL HERE, and you wasted ALL this money on celebrating the End of the World! I saw a little cartoon article and it had two Mayan guys in this cave. One was standing around and looking at another Mayan who was holding a big stone circle, and it read, Mayan holding the stone, "Won't they all laugh when they find out that we just ran out of room on the stone?" The other Mayan, "Yes they will!!!" But there are so many people creating a big event out of this "LAST DAY" selling materialistic things that people don't need, and trying to get people to throw HUGE parties. Wasting money that they should hold on to because, WE WILL BE HERE DECEMBER 22, 2012!!!

It's time to wake up and smell the roses people. Our society is in some major need of help. If all these rich people got together, and put their money together; they could benefit A LOT of people. Ex. Help keeping police enforcement on the street, help keep fire houses up and running, etc... But money makes you do things that you never thought you would be doing. It's like a drug, if you let it get to you it can destroy you. We need to come together and help each other out. Its time to stop thinking about ourselves, and start thinking about others.

Anything with a Log-in and Password!!!

Most everyone today has at least one social network account and/email. Some of us use it to promote our businesses, some to keep in contact with friends and family, and then there are those to make your life a living NIGHTMARE.

As of yesterday, my Facebook page was hacked and I can not log into it anymore. I have contacted Facebook for the second time because, the first time was never resolved. Its frustrating when people purposely try to destroy your life. (So if any of my friends who are reading this, if you received anything from me, it wasn't me; DON'T OPEN IT!!!) This is a warning to everyone that has any type of account anywhere, either it be a social network, email, blog, or anything that requires you to have a log-in and password; people are out to try and make your life a living NIGHTMARE!!!

I'm not dogging any of these type of sites, I'm just saying; "BE CAREFUL!!!" Change your password every few weeks/every month. My husbands work makes them change their password every 60 days for security reasons. Their password can never be the same as an old one. Ex. Your first password is johnnie; that is stored into the memory of the system and you would never be able to use that again. So try and make sure not to repeat any passwords.

It is a shame that their are people out there trying to steal your identity. These people are nerve wrecking for people trying to have fun, and do things that they like to do. What is the purpose of trying to hack someones page??? So please, EVERYONE, be careful of what you click on, what you subscribe to, or anything you sign up for because, you may be the next victim.  

Monday, December 3, 2012

During the Holidays!!!


During the holidays we think about family and loved ones. Getting together and celebrating our holiday. For me, I celebrate Christmas. The day the Lord Jesus Christ was born. Now I know there are many of you out there that don't celebrate Christmas the way I do, or at all. Most people believe that Christmas is about trees, presents, and stockings. But it is not!!! Like I said, its about the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know I will probably get a lot of bad remarks about this article or people might stop reading, but I am only stating what I believe in and what I was taught to believe.

By believing in the Lord and trusting in the Lord, I have been truly blessed. Most people may say I am not because, my family does struggle everyday with finances, sickness's, and people trying to tear us apart. But the Lord has blessed me and my family TREMENDOUSLY!!! The Lord has always provided us with the money to take care of our stuff. It may not be in a timely matter, but He has always has gotten us out of tough situations. Take for example today; I had owed a good friend money for the work he had done on my car. It had been over a month since he did the work. I was becoming very upset and frustrated that I had not paid him yet. The Lord provided me with the money yesterday to pay him back. I could have used that money to go do what I wanted to do, buy a new Christmas tree and lights; but I did what I knew was right. By me doing the right thing, paying off a debt I had with a friend, I was blessed today. My older brother and Sister-in-law gave me the artificial tree they had, plus ornaments and lights. When I received that news today, I was SO happy. The Lord provided me with what I wanted, and at no cost to me. When a few people tried to separate this family on numerous occasions, the Lord has given us strength, guidance, and protection from those individuals. Our family thankfully has never been torn apart. Yes I have A LOT of illnesses, but the Lord has gotten me through them when they have flared up. My husband has been sick on and off since late 2005 with Cellulitis. He has been in the hospital for over a weeks time, each time he has gotten it. But the Lord has always healed him, and watched over me and the children while he has been away from home.

So this holiday, reflect on the things that you have been blessed with and situations you have been blessed out of! From me to you I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

~Dana Lockett

Sunday, December 2, 2012

What Everyone should be Doing!!!

When we think about the homeless we know they are cold, starving, and want some type of affection. We don't know how they got there, but more than likely they wish or pray that they were not on the streets anymore. Homelessness is not only in America, but all over the world.

As we know, New York is getting very cold this time of year; specially after Hurricane Sandy and getting hit by a Nor-Eastern storm. Just recently on November 30, 2012 Officer Larry DePrimo a New York police officer, was caught on tape giving a homeless man shoes and socks. What makes this story even nicer is, the clerk inside the shoe store found out what Officer Larry DePrimo was doing; and gave Officer Larry DePrimo his employee discount. One good action leads to another good action.

Another occurrence around June 2012 happened in China, when a American college/worker walked by a homeless woman and gave her fries and water. What makes this even nicer is that this young man sat down, ate and talked with this lady. This is not heard of or seen in China. This young man could have easily just walked by, and not cared; but he did care.

This type of generosity and caring is needed all around the world. People need to stop being so self absorbed and start thinking about those less fortunate. People think that just because a family has a roof over their head, they are doing fine. But if you got to know a family on your block, you would probably find out that that family is more than likely struggling everyday. That family could be struggling with trying to find a job, getting to places because they don't have a car/their car is broken, they don't have enough money for food, lost a loved one/spouse, about to lose their home, so many different things a family can be going through. Take the time to get to know someone you may be able offer them help in someone, and it more than likely may benefit you in some way. MEANING: You could be struggling with something and need someone to talk, or just to know someone is there if you ever do need someone.

More people need to start acting like Officer Larry DePrimo and this young American man that is in China. There are more than likely more people like Officer Larry DePrimo and this young man in China, but sadly they are not caught doing a good deed. It's not the publicity that makes you famous, its the person you just helped that makes you famous. You probably just made that persons day, week, month, or possibly even their year. People need to stop looking at each other with HATE and DISGUST; and start looking at each other with CARE and LOVE!!! After typing all of this, one song comes to mind and its by the Black Eyed Peas: "Where is the Love?"

~Dana Lockett

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Why Can't People Do Their Job???

So just the other day (Friday Nov. 30, 2012) my husband had his doctor's appointment. Well let me back this up for you.

On Nov. 4th, 2012 my husband was promoted to a new position at Staples. With the new promotion came a change in all of our insurance, disability pay out, and life insurance. We were suppose to get new cards and a benefit package from all the new companies we had to sign up with, but almost a month from starting the new position we received NOTHING in the mail. Well we had insurance with another company that we were able to use up till our last payment was made them, then our new health insurance kicked in. Seeing we never receive anything in the mail, we figured it had not kicked in yet; which brings us up to Friday Nov. 30, 2012.

My husband had went into the doctors on Nov. 26th, 2012, our old insurance was still active and working. So we set up to have a follow-up check up for his foot (he has a history of getting Cellulitis in his foot, which he has again). (Cellulitis is an infection within the skin of the body. It can happen anywhere on the body!) When he went to sign in, they informed him that his old insurance was no longer active. So that meant our new insurance was active now. But we had NO IDEA that it was active because, we STILL hadn't received anything in the mail. For two hours on Friday, my husband was bounced back and forth between the insurance company (we'll call them Company X) that we are covered under and another company (we'll call them Company Y). Company X told him that he was not insured or covered under them and that he need to call Company Y, to get his information to get seen. When he called Company Y, he was told that he was not covered under them and needed to call the company that he enrolled with at his job; which is Company X. So for two hours he was bounced back and forth between these companies. Fed up and beyond ticked off, he left the doctor's office without being seen.

So today, Saturday Dec. 1, 2012, I told my husband that I would call Company X to find out what was going on. But after sitting here and thinking about it, I would probably get the same problem that he ran into on Friday. So I went to Company X's website and entered ALL his information from enrollment and what would you know..... ALL of his information was with them all along; medical coverage information, temporary medical cards, request for NEW medical cards, EVERYTHING was there. Guess how long it took me.... 10 minutes top!!! So now, I have to set hubby up with another appointment with his doctor to make sure the medicine is working.

It is so shameful that these people are getting paid to do this, and can't even do it correctly. But me, someone who has never worked in that field before was able to find out all this information within a matter of minutes. It is truly sad that today's workers are becoming so LAZY, and not wanting to do their job. I'm not saying everyone is lazy; but there are some that shouldn't even have a job if they are not going to do it correctly. There are thousands of Americans in need of a job, who would do everything and anything to make sure they got and kept that job. American workers, stop complaining about your job and be THANKFUL you have one. If you don't like what you are doing, then take the steps to change that. Don't take your frustration and hatred for the job out on the people who PAY you to do your job.

~Dana Lockett