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The Honor of Remembering


On calendars in the United States, today is a day dedicated to remembering, Memorial Day. We remember those service men and women who sacrificed everything for the sake of others and that is an important practice because it feels easier to forget difficult things. It makes sense to forget everything aside from the happy endings and the good news but there is something very important to remembering the journey as a whole.

Acknowledging the journey allows us to be gracious. It reminds us not to take our steps forward for granted and that time is limited. How we choose to spend it, whether it be in vain pursuit or for the betterment of ourselves will ultimately affect everyone. Remembering is important because it allows us to be informed as we start a new page today. Continue reading

Memorial Day Intent: Change the Broken VA System Despite Itself

Capacity and Competency: Liberate the oppressed.

It is a given that our current VA system is broken. The problem of combat stress and reintegration is as old as war. In the modern era, our own Civil War called it "soldier’s heart". World War I called it "shell shock." World War II said it was "combat neurosis." Vietnam came closest with the identification of Post Traumatic Stress.

After each war the military struggled unsuccessfully to solve the problem by punishment, shaming, and half-hearted attempts, until the population of veterans died off. Each time the government punted, and left the problem to the next generation. It’s always been an entitlement issue, a budget buster, a dirty secret.

Out here in Los Angeles I walk the halls of Community mental health centers, Veteran Centers, Veteran Administration Hospitals, schools, public health clinics, and none come close to reflecting the knowledge we all know from the Mental Acuity Program (MAP), successfully produced this past year.

Even The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that current health practices are 20 years behind the peer reviewed treatment models supported by research of the past 4 years.

We need to help the DoD and VA establish a distance learning, virtual classroom for health care providers to disseminate the advances we have learned from ground breaking research, and level the playing field of what works. Not five years from now after a commission studies the problem, not after an Army General at Fort Campbell orders his soldiers to NOT commit suicide because its bad for the Army?

We need to decide and act now. I do not believe the government is capable of solving this on its own. I think the money for this effort resides in the public domain, and the private sector.

When Uncle Sam gives the nations sons and daughters back to each hometown, its truly on each veteran to find his way, many get diverted by drugs and alcohol, to dull the pain, and never make it to the point of filling out the mountains of paperwork required of a broken, bureaucratic system.

In 14 states, they are denied “medical marijuana” which has proven effects to counter chronic pain and PTSD, in lieu of pharmaceutical chemicals that have horrible side effects.

Efforts such as the Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) set an example of the way forward.

You and I both know that on every military base there is a crusty, old Army doctor, who joined the military, not for love of country, but to pay off his college loans, and never left. He or she resists change through the age old – DOCTORS ARROGANCE: “If I didn’t think of it, or if my medical school didn’t teach it, its not sound medicine.”

So, our service members go home, back to all 50 States, and there is NOTHING in place — but a broken VSO that encourages them to join, wear a funny hat, and drink at the bar with all the other members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

There is no mental health or health care, employment readjustment support, or critically needed services that can make a dent against the influx of injured veterans from the nations longest war in its history.

Its about capacity and competency at the local level, where people actually live, its not about a program at Walter Reed, or in Washington, DC. We need a campaign that says – VETERAN HEAL THY SELF.

We must build accessible knowledge platforms that tell them where they can go to get help, to take care of each other, to spread the word, to volunteer.

We must educate friends and families that the worst thing they can do is simply throw a welcome home party that includes gallons of hard liquor and beer, followed by a pat on the back for their service, and a wish of good luck.

These vets need integration, information, a job, a sense of belonging. I believe this can be done on the Internet, with streaming video, one community at a time, one veteran at a time, despite the inability of the federal government to respond.

The word will get out.

We know where to go to get the peer reviewed, medical science. We know how to turn it into consumable material, to train the trainer, via our proven method of video production.

We just need to accept the fact that the Cavalry is not riding hard, over the hill to save us. We just have to do it ourselves, and hope they catch up.

That’s my pitch. Lets go find the money, and put this information in the public domain. We can go into immediate production 24-7 for the next two years creating content, and populating a GO-TO web site, where anyone can access the knowledge for free.

We can populate an oversight board of nationally recognized experts to validate the content. We can do this.

Our governments current behavior is like that of the Catholic Church that insisted no one could talk to God, except through a Priest, until the Bible was translated from Latin into the language of the masses and a global reformations changed the world as they knew it.

Our Special Forces motto is De Oppresso Liber. So I say, lets get on with it, and liberate knowledge, and make it accessible to the masses.

Ken Robinson – Beverly Hills, California

6 Natural Options for Sun Protection This Summer!

So there I was… wandering around CVS Memorial Day weekend unable to find the sunscreen I knew we had in the house and trying to find a natural suncreen before we headed to SeaWorld. Alas, nothing. Nada. Zilch. So I guiltily grabbed an Aveeno and hoped that no one saw me and sprayed just a small minimal amoount on the kids’ arms and told my son he HAD to wear his hat because I just couldn’t bring myself to spray any on his face.

What I long way I’ve come since I started writing this blog three years ago and in truth, when I forget to plan ahead and have to buy the next best thing, which isn’t the next green thing, I feel kind of bad.

SunburnHoping that you stock up in time for July 4th, here’s a small list of sun protection options and sunscreens with ingredients you can at least pronounce. Do they offer full spectrum protection? Well, I’ll say this: I don’t know for sure they don’t and it’s pretty much the same answer for the stuff that has questionable ingredients, so…

1. Mexitan, SPF 30, $16.95

2. Soleo Organic, SPF 30, $24

3. UPF 50 Wide Brim Hat

4. Buy zinc oxide wholesale and mix with the lotion/oil of your choice (buy the 1 oz sample for $9 bucks!)

5. If possible, go out after peak sun hours (peak sun is 10a to 2pm).

6. Lastly, if you get sunburn try these sugestions from Kayla Fioravanti, Vice President, Chief Formulator, ARC Registered & Certified Aromatherapist for Essential Wholesale and its lab division Essential Labs. 

Kayla says if you get a sunburn apply some lavender essential oil to the areas.  You can either use it directly out of the bottle onto your burns, which is perfect if you have a very bad burn.  Or you can drop some into a cool bath and/or you can add a few drops to some Aloe Vera gel before applying. 

"I always go for the straight stuff right onto my burned skin. Lavender is the most used essential oil in aromatherapy.  It also has amazing properties that come from the natural chemistry of the plant to soothe burns.  It offers amazing relief for sunburns and it is safe enough to be applied directly to the sunburn."

If you’ve got some suggestions, please leave them!

Memorial Day

“Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter
Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter
Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade.”
~Bob Merrill and Jule Styne

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who have died on distant shores, drowned in far away seas, seared on hot desert sands or have battled in desolate jungles all while performing their military service to our country. When Memorial Day began, the casualties of the American Civil War were the center of remembrance with its original name being Decoration Day – a day when many still leave flowers at cemeteries. Today Memorial Day is acknowledged in the United States as a Federal Holiday on the last Monday of May and as a time to remember those who have passed on, whether in war or otherwise.

Many people thoughtfully observe the importance of this day by participating in a national moment of remembrance, by flying the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon, by visiting burial grounds such as the Arlington National Cemetery where volunteers place an American flag on each gravesite or by visiting monuments of remembrance such as the minimal yet moving Vietnam War Memorial by sculptor and architect Maya Lin in Washington, DC.

Beyond all of the solemnity – if sunny, warm and lovely – it’s also a day committed to ball games, picnics, side-walk sales, veterans selling poppies, small town parades, barbecues, department store sales, and the formal “kick-off” of summer.

Having grown up in the small town of Lansing on the south side of Chicago, I enjoyed all of the hokey things that life there had to offer. The traditional Memorial Day parade, an extravaganza that involved Girl Scouts, Brownies, the Little League, the local high school band accompanied by a bevy of buxom ladies from the pep-squad, fezz-ed’ shriners in their little cars, the local fire and police departments, the representatives from the Knights of Columbus and of course our local veterans – almost two thirds of the town watching the other one-third march.

As a kid I marched in every Memorial Day parade with the local high-school band. (Go Rebels!) We skillfully memorized the music to “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “A Horse With No Name,” “God Bless America” and “Bad-Bad Leroy Brown.”(It’s good to mix it up. The bystander’s stay surprised that way.) The parade would start on the north side of town and end up on the south side of town at a local park where refreshments were offered and the barbeques were warming.

You may be wondering why barbecue is sometimes spelled “barbeque” or "BBQ." (C’mon… don’t we have bigger fish to fry—or grill?) Evoking strong primal urges, barbecuing for many is a religious, zen-like experience with the combination of glowing coals and slow roasting; a ritualistic event that occurs in parks, backyards, your own personal “garden of eaten,” or anywhere one might fire up cookers. To describe barbequing from an enthusiast’s point of view, it’s about mindfully and patiently cooking, slathering and preparing food over an open flame to produce bold flavors in every tasty bite. It’s also about choosing regional and seasonal food that’s slow cooked so that the neighborhood, friends and family may enjoy, eat, nibble and slowly graze over it all.

On this National Holiday, in the event that you’re making plans to join the ranks at the outdoor-alter-of-gastronomy, here’s my recipe for what I consider the Best BBQ sauce:

• 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
• ½ cup of ketchup
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• ¼ cup steak sauce
• ¼ cup of brown sugar
• ¼ cup of Worcestershire sauce
• hot sauce to taste

Begin by sautéing the onions in olive oil until tender and clear. Then just add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about fifteen minutes on a low heat.

Then, may I suggest that you douse it on everything – get it everywhere – chops, ribs, burgers, tofu-pups, steaks, chicken, soy-burgers, mushrooms and even the corn – ours is an “equal opportunity” grill. And if you’re not covered with the stuff too, you’re clearly doing something wrong. (No paper-towels or napkins on Memorial Day. That’s what sleeves are made for!)

And when the parades and the picnics have ended and the spoils of the day lay before you, remember that all good things come to an end…even the stains.

For the best removal of the Best BBQ Sauce, first eliminate the surface “schmootz” and then rinse the stained areas with cold water from the reverse side of the offender. Follow by creating a mound of baking soda covering each stain, and finish with a drizzle of white vinegar on top. Then simply launder as usual. The bubbling and sizzling reaction will force the sauce out of your fabric, and hopefully – in perfect Memorial Day style – you can salute your stains good-bye, too.

Happy Memorial Day!

Psychic Mediums Remembering on Memorial Day

I just got an email card from Rob McConnell, the man who hosts shows on x-zone radio. The card reminded me to remember Memorial Day and what it means.   As I looked at the image of the American Flag in the card, I was reminded of how fortunate we are to have the free life we live in this country, and how those who have died in the military, in service to this country should be remembered like members of our own family who have passed into eternal life. The ARE part of our family and they have saved our lives and our freedom.

As a psychic medium, there have been many times that the spirits of those who were killed in wars, have come through in readings with messages for their loved ones.   As psychic mediums we are blessed with the spiritual opportunity of communicating with the spirits of brave young men and woman who literally gave their lives for us.

Regardless of ones politics and views on war, wars have happened, are happening and unfortunately may continue to happen.  Let us pray that one day there will be no war and that young people will not have to be taken to the world of spirit in their early years.  Let us give grateful thanks to all those who have given their lives for freedom.

Sometimes it can be all to easy to think of Memorial Day weekend as extra time off, picnics and sales in the stores.  I am glad that Rob sent me that card, as it was a wake up call for me to focus on and send love to all those who have died in service to our country.   It is also important to remember and be grateful to all who have served our country, those in spirit and those living.

My Mom and Dad, who are now in spirit, were active in  World War Two in the AFRS  (armed forces radio service)  My mom was known as G.I. Jill and did shows every week for American service men and women. My Dad did a show with her called “Jack and Jill.”   As I think about Memorial Day, I also think about all the members of my family who served our country: my mom, dad, uncles, brother in law, and my son in law’s brother who is currently serving.   God bless all who serve our country.

I pray for a time when the human race has evolved spiritually to a consciouness where we will find other ways to solve our differences and there will be no war.

Psychic Medium and Author Carole Lynne



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