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10 Heartwarming Stories That’ll Uplift Your Spirits — Wishbone App

**Freelance article I wrote for Wishbone. You may view the full article at the link below.**

Flightless Pigeon Bonds With Paralyzed Chihuahua

Lundy is unable to move his hind legs due to swimmer’s syndrome while Herman has an untreatable neurological disorder. The Mia Foundation’s founder, Sue Rogers, put them together, and they bonded immediately. The foundation has received thousands of dollars in donations since posting the dynamic duo on social media.

Two-Legged Dog Wants To Be The Next Cadbury Bunny

Lieutenant Dan is on track to become the Cadbury mascot. His fellow competitors include two cats named Eggbert and Lunchbox, a llama named Conswala, and a pig named Ducksong. Assuming he wins, he’ll receive $5,000 and star in a Cadbury commercial. UPDATE: Lieutenant Dan wone the contest!

A $2,500 Tip Leaves Restaurant Workers In Tears

Due to restaurant closures, The Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus, OH was preparing to shut down before one loyal patron left a $2,500 tip for a $29.75 check. Yes, you read that right! The patron requested to remain anonymous and for the tip to be split evenly amongst the staff. What an unbelievable act of kindness!

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Fitness and Health, Health & Lifestyle

Get Your Workout Fix with YouTube Workouts

At the moment, non-essential businesses are closed including gyms. I’ve never been a gym person, but I know quite a few people who lived at their local gym and don’t have the proper equipment at home. I prefer to workout at home and happily wear my raggediest clothes to sweat in. No shame.

Many people may not think of going to YouTube for workout videos, but there are a plethora of workouts for every body type and needs. Search for what you’re looking for at the moment, and you’ll find it. My tip, look for vids with a runtime of 20+ minutes. There are a lot of “clip” workouts that won’t give you the workout you need. Here are some workouts in my playlist.

I love LesMills Combat workouts because I’ve always preferred martial arts style fitness. I have a couple more workouts on my hard drive that aren’t on YouTube. I mix those workouts with P90X2 and P90X3 workouts.

Whether you’re on a fitness journey or just love working out, I hope these and other YouTube vids keep you motivated and active during this time.

 

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Entertainment, Video

Split/Second: One of the Best Underrated Racing Games

While searching through Gamestop a few years ago, I discovered Split/Second. I knew nothing about the game, but the sales associate said it’s worth the buy. I popped the game into my PS3 and instantly fell in love.

As a driver in Split/Second, you’re part of a reality TV stunt show. Your goal is to destroy your competitors by activating powerplays. These powerplays would destroy buildings, roads, and cause other massive explosions. Just try not to wreck yourself. Yes, I’ve done it several times. Split/Second is one game that made me curse way more than I should have while playing a video game. It was a combination of joyful frustration and laughs.

Split/Second was released in May 2010 but flew under the radar until years after its release. I don’t remember when I purchased it, but I estimate around 2013. The intense racing game eventually gained a cult following and petitions for a sequel to be made. Unfortunately, the developing company, Black Rock Studio, went out of business soon after Split/Second’s release. The game ended on a cliffhanger that fans may never get answers to.

I created this video years ago when I first started using Premiere Pro. The first half features my gameplay. Just watching it makes me want to play and beat the game for the third time. It will always be a favorite and no racing game has come close.

 

 

 

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food, Food Blogs, Random Thoughts

The History of the Fork

Random word of the day is “fork.”

Did you know the use of a fork was once seen as evil?

The origins of the fork date back to the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium but some of the earliest known table forks made their debut in Ancient Egypt. The Qijia, who resided in part of present-day China, also are known to have used forks. The utensil migrated west after Byzantine princess, Theodora Anna Doukaina married the Venetian doge in 1075, brought the utensil to Venice. God-fearing Venetians saw the fork as a monstrosity.

God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks – his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to Him to substitute artificial metallic forks for them when eating. -St. Peter Damian

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In the 16th century during the Italian Renaissance, the popularity of forks began to grow when Catherine de Medici brought along a set of eating forks from her native Florence to France. People also became more aware of hygiene and didn’t want their food covered in filth. Men still preferred to use their fingers as forks were deemed too feminine.

By the 18th century, the upper-class began carrying forks as part of their utensils set. During the industrialization period, the middle and lower-class gained access to the “split spoon.”

In 1633, John Winthrop, a founding father of the Massachusetts Bay Colony received a case of utensils accompanied by a note stating, “for the useful application of which I leave to your discretion.” At this time, the proper use of a fork was still unknown. Once the Americans grew accustomed to the fork, their dining etiquette was critiqued by international users. Everything from how Americans held the fork and whether or not the tines should be facing up or down as you ate the food was a source of controversy.

The popularity of forks blossomed and several variations were created.

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So the next time you use your fork, take a closer look. It had a long journey to become a staple in our lives.

 

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Random Thoughts

Answering Random Questions for Funsies

I’m using a random word generator for my word challenge and discovered the site also has a random question generator. I decided to answer some here for funsies.

What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren’t going to sell it anymore?
Toilet tissue. Let’s be honest, being able to wipe your ass is important.

If you inherited a private jet from a stranger, what would you do with it?
This is a tough one. My first thought is to travel the world, but the cost of maintenance, paying the pilots, and fuel would be expensive. The question states I only inherit the jet. No money. The best option would be to sell the jet and take the money.

Would you rather be able to breathe underwater or have the agility of a cat?
I would rather breathe underwater. Why would I want the agility of a cat? I don’t plan on falling out of trees.

If you could learn any language fluently, what would it be?
Quenya. It’s the Elvish language from Lord of the Rings. Did you expect me to say a commonly used language? 😀

When scrolling through social media, do you prefer posts from celebrities or from your best friends?
Neither. I rather look at food and cats!

If you had unlimited resources, how would you live your life?
If this meant unlimited money, I would live stress-free. I wouldn’t have to worry about affording a quality level of health insurance. I would explore the world without worrying about running out of money.

What do people do too much of today?
Make everything political. If a cat is playing with a red ball of yarn on Instagram, the comments can get political. Can the cat just be a cat and play with a ball of yarn? Sheesh. It’s as if people these days are just looking to start an argument.

At what age did you become an adult?
Legally, 18. Mentally? It depends on the day.

 

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Respect and Recognize Your Employees

Today’s word of the day is “employees.”

I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing people throughout my career. Everyone had diverse backgrounds, personalities, and specialty they could contribute to the job. I’m happy to say I’ve remained friends with many of them. The only problem, the employees weren’t appreciated by management and/or the CEOs.

I’ve worked with two teams that were dedicated to their job and wanted to see the company thrive. We came up with amazing ideas and presented them to management only to get shot down. Both of these jobs had managements that would outright call your idea stupid in front of everyone. Even when we all agreed how great the idea was, the managers would go into a full-on rant as to why we’re all wrong. Sometimes the debates would go way off topic, get personal, and become a shouting match. It was ridiculous. Then lo and behold, another company had the same idea, ran with it, and it was a success for them. Then management yelled at us for not thinking of that idea when they were the ones who shot it down three months prior.

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One job, if they had listened to its employees, could have been elevated to the virality of Buzzfeed. Instead, the CEOs were oblivious to trends and had other money goals that had nothing to do with us. They were failing so much, they were losing money. By the time they actually did listen to us, it was too late. We were laid off. Not only were we laid off for financial reasons, but we also discovered the CEOs hadn’t paid the rent in months and they were getting evicted.  I think this is possibly one of the biggest company fails I’ve experienced. We could have been great.

Management needs to respect and recognize their employees. A well-rounded group of talent doesn’t come that often. When you have a group that is visibly dedicated to their work, take note of those employees. Don’t dismiss them or their ideas. Let employees know they’re valued. They were hired for their expertise. Utilize it. Listen, absorb, and implement their ideas when it can add to the success of the team and company.

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food, Food Blogs

’90s Candy You Probably Forgot About

A friend and I were reminiscing about our childhoods and landed on a lengthy candy conversation. We were naming candies we used to love, forgot about, and wished we had at that moment. When we thought about the sweet treats we used to eat, we quickly realized our teeth should have fallen out a long time ago. Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

**I know some of these still exist and/or were in production before the ’90s.**

Bubble Jug

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Remember the powder we shook into our mouth that turned into bubblegum? We already had packs of bubblegum, so why anyone thought it was a good idea to turn it into a powder is beyond me.

Life Savers Holes

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Life Savers Gummies already existed, so maybe the company was trying to prevent waste by selling the holes they punched out of the ring gummies. I remember having these a handful of times before they quietly disappeared from stores.

Mamba

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Whenever I could afford these, I considered them an upgrade from Now & Later. THESE were delicious, but my circle of friends would try to sell or swap out the lemon flavor. Why does the lemon flavor always get the bad rap?

Mega Jawbreaker 

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The mega jawbreaker never made any sense to me. It took forever to finish a normal jawbreaker. Why would anyone want to buy a mega-size only to lick it for five years? OK, maybe not five years, but you get the point. My friends used to break it into pieces with a hammer.

String Thing

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You were either a Fruit Roll-ups or String Thing fan. String Thing, in my opinion, was long Twizzlers, but with better flavor.

Push Pop Candy

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I told my friend this was the best candy invention ever. The idea that kids were constantly running around playing and needed a candy that could retract back into its packaging and placed in their pocket was amazing.

Now and Later Candy

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These were my go-to! One mini pack cost 25¢ and a long pack cost 50¢. For the longest time, I never knew there was an “and” in the name. I referred to them as Now Laters.

Candy/Bubblegum Cigarettes and Cigars

I remember my first pack of smokes. When you blew into the cigarettes, the sugar would act like smoke. They would never sell these to kids today for obvious reasons. Good thing I knew smoking was bad growing up. I can see how this could have led to kids wanting to smoke. Yikes!

Laffy Taffy

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My mouth watered when I thought of these. If I didn’t have enough money for Now and Laters, Laffy Taffy was my next option. I think they cost about 10¢ a piece.

Sugar Daddy and Sugar Babies

I can go on forever about candy from my childhood, but I’ll end it on this teeth buster. I didn’t eat these that often because the feeling of my teeth being ripped out wasn’t pleasant.

Button Candy

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I’m going to be 100% honest. This had to be one of the dumbest candy ever! The struggle to get a “button” off without peeling the paper was a struggle. I can’t count how many times I either tossed the “button” or ate it with the paper on because I didn’t want to waste candy. To make things worse, they weren’t even good.

If you ate any of these candies as a kid and still have your teeth, kudos! I know I didn’t list every candy. If your childhood favorite isn’t on the list, list yours in the comments.

 

 

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Random Thoughts

Random Word Challenge: Discouraged

Day four of my random word challenge!

Today’s word is “discouraged.”

If you’ve gone through life never being discouraged by anything, I applaud you. Do you have any advice? 😀

Honestly, I have to remind myself to not be discouraged each time I think of something creative. When it comes to creativity for clients or my job, it’s easy. When things get personal, I’m my own worst critic.

There’s always someone better than you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach yourself and up your game.

It’s easy to find people who are doing better than you, but how you view them makes a difference. I enjoy baking, painting, writing, and design. Whenever I see someone doing better than me in those areas, I can get discouraged, but what good will that do?  If anything, that’ll make me want to quit. Instead, I look at that person and know I’ll be like them someday as long as I keep improving my craft. Use them as motivation instead of being discouraged.

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The last thing you want to do is look back and realize the same amount of time you spent self-sabotaging yourself, you could have been elevating your skills. It’s easy to fall into a negative space, but monumental when you can turn it around and use it as a driving force to do better.

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Random Word Challenge: Chapters

It’s day three of my random word challenge. If you’re a bit confused, I’m using a random word generator to generate words in alphabetical order. Each day is a new letter and whatever word is generated is the word I write about.

Today’s word is “chapters.”

When I first saw this word, I couldn’t help but think of the chapters of life. I’ve met so many amazing people who have come and gone throughout my life. Whether through death or we drifted apart due to growing older. I’ve also met people who put on the facade of being good but they were narcissists, sociopaths, and downright disgusting people. There are some people I wish I’ve never met, but thinking back, they’ve only helped me get through the following chapters of my life.

Each person I’ve encountered in life is different and I’ve learned from them in some way. I’ve learned what real friendship is, what a user looks like, the subtle art of manipulation, how love feels, how love shouldn’t feel, and how my own personal values, morals, and worth plays a roll in all of my relationships.

I’ve known my closest friends for over 10 years. Although we’re still going strong as friends, we’ve had several chapters come to a close. These chapters include transitioning from teenagers to adults, going through our 20’s, helping each other through intimate relationships, arguing and disconnecting because of a disagreement, and reconnecting.

It’s amazing how we go through chapters in life learning little things, but we get the true ah-ha moment once we start reflecting. We may feel as though we ended a chapter, but sometimes we go back to it through memories and realize we’re still learning. After deep reflection, we end the chapter and feel more relief than when we first thought our minds were settled. Amazing how that works.

I’ve done some deep thinking over the past few years. Although I’m continuing with my life, my previous chapters are still there. Some more than others. Those chapters are the ones that are constant reminders to never put myself through something similar. One should never repeat a chapter of their life. Create new ones, but always remember the valuable lessons learned in previous chapters.

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Random Word Challenge: Bacon

Random Word of the Day: Bacon

I couldn’t help but laugh when this word appeared. This is day two of my random word challenge. It seems like it’s going to be interesting. 😀 OK, let’s talk briefly about bacon.

Remember when people put bacon on and in everything the way they do Flamin’ Hot Cheetos now? Well, they still do. I’m all for a nice crispy piece of bacon, but bacon milkshakes and bacon ice cream was going too far. OK, I’ll admit I did have a breakfast ice cream that included maple flavored ice cream with bits of waffles and bacon. It wasn’t bad, but the soggy bits of bacon distracted my tastebuds from fully enjoying it. If a bacon milkshake sounds interesting to you, here’s a recipe. Honestly, I may try this milkshake myself. It looks good. No shame here.

I’ll never forget when I first saw a bacon bouquet. My first thought was people are crazy. After giving it some thought, I wouldn’t be mad if my man gave me one of these instead of roses. I’d laugh my ass off, but I sure would eat it.

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If you want your own bacon bouquet, here’s a recipe that includes chocolate.

Alright, now I’m craving bacon. Let me get up and workout to take my mind off of food.

 

 

 

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