April 21, 2014

Nuclear Family

Parents and child walking holding hands

The nuclear family isn’t just a family exposed to heavy doses of radiation. Jokes aside, the nuclear family is an important concept to understand because the nuclear family is a vital component of every culture and civilization that has ever existed.

The best definition of nuclear family is the parents and children living in the same household. Nuclear families are named because it is the nucleus, or central structure, around which other members of the family may be anchored. An example of other relatives anchored to the nuclear family is the extended family, meaning aunts, grandparents, etc. The nuclear family, according to some thinkers, could include an adopted sibling, stepchildren, a stepmother, or stepfather. However, others limit nuclear families only to full blooded children with the biological mother and father.

The nuclear family as the primary family unit is a rather new concept. Before the nuclear families, the extended family was the norm (1). The extended family was largely necessary for financial and other support. This can be seen in ancient works such as the Bible, where families are spoken of in very broad terms. For example, the nuclear family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are mentioned in Luke traveling with a large enough group of relatives to accidentally leave Jesus behind in Jerusalem.

Once it became possible for the nuclear family to survive financially, the extended family fell out of favor in the USA. As the USA industrialized, children often traveled to cities to make money, leaving their extended families behind in the country. These facts account for the reality that many in nuclear families rarely even saw their relatives. However, in some European and most developing countries, the nuclear family is still closely connected to the extended family.

Although the unquestioned norm since the 1950s, the nuclear family is in danger of declining even in the United States through single motherhood and financial pressures. In many communities, more fathers leave than stay and take the nuclear family ideal with them. As unemployment and underemployment rise, especially for the father, the dominance of the nuclear family has given way to the extended family as impoverished family members integrate with grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. in other to survive.

Some religious thinkers have lamented the decline of the nuclear family, seeing a mom and a dad and a child as essential to Western and Anglo civilization (2). Other experts downplay the nuclear family, noting the extended family is a more traditional concept and think focusing on nuclear families sacrifices the wisdom of the community. For example, the rise of the nuclear family has also coincided with the coming of nursing homes. Before the nuclear family became the norm, family typically looked out for its older members.

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1. http://patriot.net/~crouch/artj/allen.html
2. http://www.gty.org/Resources/Articles/A297_The-Nucleus-of-Civilization

Best Friend Quotes

Autumn scene with a quoteI love my best friend. So, a few years ago I was searching for a gift that included engraved best friend quotes. I searched on the internet for best friend quotes, but just found a bunch of random sayings about friendship. I didn’t like how these sites had really boring best friends quotes so I went out and did my own research. It took awhile, but I found the most amazing best friend quotes on the entire internet. Below are my all time favorite, hand picked best friends quotes. I hope you like these as much as I do. I also hope you share them with your family, friends, and even a popular teacher you may know. It will make their day too! Trust me!

Best Friend Quotes A-F

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies
-Aristotle

Thus nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support; and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship.
-Cicero

Friends are relatives you make for yourself
-Eustache Deschamps

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
-Marlene Dietrich

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world
-Thomas Edison

-It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

My best friend is the one who brings out the best of me.
- Henry Ford

Best Friend Quotes G-M

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
-Francesco Guicciardini

The friendship that can cease has never been real.
- Saint Jerome

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair
-Samuel Johnson

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival
-C. S. Lewis

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
-Abraham Lincoln

Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Best Friend Quotes N-Z

In my friend, I find a second self
-Isabel Norton

Friends have all things in common.
- Plato

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when memory fails.
-Donna Roberts

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.
-Margaret Lee Runbeck

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend
-Henry David Thoreau

-No road is long with good company.
-Turkish Proverb

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down
-Oprah Winfrey

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends
-Virginia Woolf

I hope you enjoyed these best friend quotes. You may want to share these best friends quotes with someone you love. I know that this list of best friend quotes meant a lot to those special people in my life.

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Love Messages (For A Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Etc)

A android phone with I luv u on itHave you ever thought about writing love messages to that special someone? Like for a boyfriend? For a girlfriend? Well, you have come to the right place, because I am going to tell you how to write and text the best love messages possible, and also tell you the best way to send them. I am not going to give you free messages that I created. If you want a few free love text messages, then click on that last phrase, and I’ll give you a few sample ones (note: you will also learn how to write your own texts there too!).  

It is a good idea to jot down some messages to your loved ones, whether as love sms messages, or even on paper as good old fashioned love letters (do people still do that??). Why? Because people like getting love messages. I bet you have some ideas for love messages for your boyfriend and for your girlfriend. Everybody enjoys getting a little love message regularly from those they care for. A simple message from a loved one can make someone’s day. Also, a well placed love message can help you get in with somebody, simply because paying attention to people is one way to get on their radar. Below are a few tips to consider when writing love messages.

1. Write original love messages

This is a pet peeve of mine. Don’t steal people’s love messages or take them from TV shows, songs, etc, all the time. It is okay to use some of other people’s stuff, like a classic love poem or a friend’s love note, but you want to throw in some of your original material. Using original material has a couple of effects. First, it shows that you are smart. While nobody likes a know-it-all, people do value intelligence. If you can’t come up with something original, it makes you look dumb, and your boyfriend and girlfriend won’t think too much of you. Second, people value your attention, and they treasure it more if they are sure it is genuinely from you, not some goofy love quote or sms you stole off of  somebody else. Besides, who knows, some creeper sitting in his parents’ basement may be the one writing all those gushing love messages you have stolen – that is gross!

2. Keep it short and simple

People don’t have a lot of time these days. It is a shame, but this reality. Most people are good at cramming a message into around 150 characters, so we expect the love messages we receive to be brief and quickly reach their point. So, whether sending a love message on your phone by text or sending an email or letter, you don’t want to write too much. For one, if you write too much you can look needy and desperate. For example, if a guy sends a message that takes up five texts, it makes him look weird. What kind of guy has the time to text a message that is really long? Well, I say it is somebody that doesn’t have much of a life, who is probably organizing his comic book collection in his spare time. So, keep your messages short, simple, and to the point. If you do this, you will also look kind of mysterious, which means people will want to try to get to know you better.

3. Don’t Be Too Creepy 1: Don’t Go Too Fast

You can come across as a total creeper by doing a variety of things. One thing is by saying too much too fast. You may want to declare your love immediately, because the hormones swirling in your rapidly growing body are telling you to, but you don’t want to declare your love early in a relationship. If you say “I love you” too much or too early, you will look needy and desperate. Play it cool and advance your love messages slowly. You don’t want to look weird or like you need a relationship too badly. Neediness, whether you are a girl or boy, isn’t attractive and isn’t going to allow you to start or maintain a relationship. I suggest taking it easy, and like I mentioned above, playing it cool. The fastest way to turn someone off is to be too clingy too quickly.

4. Don’t Be Creepy 2: Don’t Get Upset in Your Love Messages

Another way you can come across as creepy in your love messages is to get jealous or become demanding. Did I mention you don’t want to be weird. Don’t threaten people, don’t use your love as weapon and “take your love and go home,” and don’t stalk anybody. If someone doesn’t back to you immediately, don’t worry about it. Even if you are upset, pretend you don’t care. In fact, pretend you were so busy doing cool things that you didn’t even notice he or she didn’t respond to your love message. Nobody wants to have to text somebody back immediately, and it makes you look very unstable and odd if you are getting upset because someone doesn’t text you back immediately. Just chillax! Now, if someone consistently doesn’t ever text you back, then just forget about them. They aren’t worth your time. However, most people will get back to you when they have time. One solution to this problem is to actually get a life, and fill your day with worthwhile activities, hobbies, such as sports and community events. Then, you won’t be worrying about whether your boyfriend or girlfriend responded in fifteen milliseconds flat.

You have just been given some effective tips to write better love messages. Remember, writing love messages is easy, if you know what you are doing (and you do now!).

Do you have any comments about these love messages? Have you gotten some horrible ones or some good ones? Leave a comment below, and be sure to share your comment with your BFFs on Facebook!

 

Bff Quotes

Two little girls huggingThe other day I was talking to my best friend and wanted to find bff quotes. I found a lot of quotes on friendship, but not any specific bff quote. While I understand that most people don’t want only bff quotes, I wasn’t happy with having just general friendship quotes. I wanted bff quotes that would tell my best friend forever exactly how I felt about her.

I gave Jenna, my true bff, these eleven bff quotes and she loved them. These bff quotes are all awesome and popular, but they’re a top eleven list, so number one is my favorite.  I hope you enjoy these handpicked quotes as much as I do. I think that a teen will like them especially.

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The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense-Proverbs 27:9 (The Bible)

10
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives- Euripides

9
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit-Aristotle

8
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice-Samuel Johnson

7
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them -Ralph Waldo Emerson

6
Best friends are earthly, but best friends forever are from heaven- Jonathan R. Storm

5
True friends stab you in the front-Oscar Wilde

4
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies-Aristotle

3
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship -Francis Bacon

2
The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this – Henry David Thoreau

1
The only way to have a friend is to be one- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bonus Bff Quote!
The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb- German Proverb

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BFF

Baby and toddler huggingA bff is teenage and young adult slang for one’s best friend. Bff has the meaning of best friend forever and is pronounced bee-eff-eff. The plural, bffs, stands for best friends forever. Although a boy may have a best friend, the term bff is typically used by girls.

Judging by the number of girls texting about their bffs and the bff quotes found on the internet, it’s obvious that girls like having a bff. Below I have tips to get yourself a bff, advice to keep a bff if you already have one, and gift suggestions.

Meeting a BFF

1. Don’t Be A Snob

If you’re stuck up or think you’re better than everyone else, you’ll never have bffs. No girl wants to hang with a snob. If you think you could be stuck up and get bffs, you’re wrong. Sure, snobby people can have friends, but a bff is much more than a friend. It’s a person you’ll bond with on a deeper level. You have to be willing to open up and be nice if you want a bff.

2. Approach New People

I know meeting new people can be tough, but if you don’t have a bff among your current friends, you’ll have to find a way to meet new friends. I recommend being friendly, smiling a lot, and talking to everyone you meet in a day. It can be as easy as saying hello or asking how their day has been. While most of these people won’t end up as your bffs, chances are, if you do this long enough, you’ll find a bff.

Keeping a BFF

1. Don’t Over-Do It

While it’s fun to spend time with your bff, if you’re with her too much you’ll be soooooooo tired of her in no time. In fact spending too much time with your bff will make sure she’s not a bff for too long. The best bet is to spend time with other friends a couple nights a week, so you don’t get sick of her.

2. Have a Big Circle of Friends

You can still make the bff your favorite and give her most of your attention, but if the bff is your only friend, then you will rely on your her for your social life. Even a bffs needs a break from your drama (and you from theirs)! If you haven’t seen a friend in awhile, give them a call and hang out for a night. It’ll be a nice break from your bffs and help you create better friendships with your other friends.

3. Don’t Take Your BFFs For Granted

Just because she’s your bff doesn’t mean you have a right to dump on her. Next time you see your bff, thank her for all she’s done for you. A little gratitude for your bffs goes a long way.

If you want to show your bff some gratitude, why not get her gifts? In my experience, bffs love bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry. You don’t have to get your bff a unique gift. It can be practical too. Maybe she’d love make up or tickets to a concert. We have a lot of great products featured on this page that your bffs will love. Also, you may like our bff quotes.

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Asus Tranformer and Specs

I love my Asus Transformer!! I wrote some of this blog on the Asus Transfomer, so I have tested it in every conceivable way in the last few weeks since I bought it.

The market is flooded with all sorts of new tablet computers since the advent of the iPad.  iPads are nice, but they are simply too expensive for what you get (or what you don’t get, frankly).  Don’t forget, when you buy an Apple, most of what you are paying for is the glowing Logo on the back of the device.

Of course, with the advent of iPad, there have been several contenders to the tablet market.  Blackberry has had an entry as well as the ill-fated HP with Web OS.  Neither of these were contenders in the way that the Android Operating System from Google has been.

I have been using Android since it came out a couple of years ago, on the old G1 Machines.  Before that, I used Windows CE (Windows Mobile 5.0) which, for its day, was a pretty good OS in its own right.  But I have really enjoyed the flexibility of the Android OS, and have even dabbled with making some apps.

So when the tablets started coming out, I got taken (that is another article) by a manufacturer that promised more than they tablet could give.  And then, one day, I walked into Best Buy, and there is was, the Asus Transformer.  The Asus Transformer sat there with the other tablet computers, and specifically Android devices.  There the Asus Transformer was right beside the Motorola Xoom that I had been reading about for a few months.  The Xoom is a little lighter and has a higher Res screen, but what I saw next to the Asus transformer was nothing short of beautiful: a full sized clip on, Qwerty keyboard.

Sure iPad has keyboards, and you can plug USB keyboards into most devices coming out these days, but this Keyboard was MADE for the ASUS Transformer.  It easily clips right in, and then it looks like a normal laptop.  The keyboard is beautiful and easy to use too!  Like I said, I typed many of the posts on this website using it.

Together, the Asus Transformer and the keyboard are a little heavy, but not any more than a conventional laptop.  It is fast as lightening too- it came out of the box with Honeycomb, but had an instant upgrade waiting when I hooked it into the wi-fi at home.  It runs the apps beautifully, it has a great screen, and it is extremely fast.

Here is the absolute best part- aside from the fact that the Asus Transformer has HDMI ports, USB ports, a 5 MP camera in the back and a nice camera up from for Skyping with your neighbor, the best part is the battery life!  I have yet to run my Asus Transformer down with a normal day of use.  I have used it for two days straight, sometimes playing videos on it for hours through Wi-fi.  That is because the keyboard dock of the Asus Transformer has a battery in it too- and without a hard drive, the battery life seems limitless.  (Of course, nothing is limitless, right?)

The only complaint is that the audio isn’t great from the Asus Transformer.  The speakers are weak (weaker than my EVO Android phone) and the Mic isn’t anything to speak of.  However, you can hook earphones and a mic in.

I am very happy with my Asus Transformer.  If I need a tablet, I grab it and go- if I need something to type with, I make sure it is hooked into it’s keyboard dock- it is great to go to a place without havgin to worry about plugging into a socket for hours and hours!

 

 

Here are the Technical Specs of the Asus Transformer

Asus Transformer Specs:

General
Brand Name: Asus
Color: Espresso
Item Height: 0.51 inches
Item Width: 6.97 inches
Screen Size: 10.1 inches
Display Resolution Maximum: 1280×800 pixels
Processor
Processor Brand: NVIDIA
Processor Count: 1
Memory
RAM Size: 1000 MB
Memory Technology: SO-DIMM
Computer Memory Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Maximum Memory Supported: 1 GB
Hard Drive
Hard Drive Size: 16/32 GB
Hard Disk Description: Flash
Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA
Graphics
Graphics Coprocessor: No Information
Additional Specifications
Hardware Platform: PC
Operating System: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Battery Description: 1 Lithium Polymer Rechargeable
Average Battery Life (in hours): 9 hours
Lithium Battery Energy Content: 24.4 watt_hours
Lithium Battery Packaging: Batteries contained in equipment

Here are the Asus Transformer Specs for teh Keyboard Dock
Input/Output: 2 x USB 2.0
Card Reader: 1 x 4-in-1 Card Reader / MMC / SD (SDHC/SDXC)
Battery: 24.4 W/h Li-polymer battery (up to 6.5 hours)1
Dimensions: 10.67″ x7.28″ x 1.1″ inches (W x D x H)
Weight: 1.41 lbs (with battery)
Color: Espresso

Love SMS Text Messages

I luv you on a phoneAre you here searching for a love sms and free love sms text messages? I am going to give you a love sms or more that are very effective at getting you that girl, guy, boyfriend, or girlfriend you want. I have sorted these by “for guys” and for “ladies” so you can use them properly. Guys and girls don’t respond to romance in the same way, so it is vital that you not send the wrong type of love sms. However, I also want to give you a few inside secrets for writing and choosing an effective love sms, because I believe that an original love sms is far more appealing than a sample free love sms. Below you will find our collection. Feel free to use these, but scroll down to learn how to compose your own effective sms love text messages.

For guys to girls
u r pretty rad 4 a girl ;)
ur hotter a cayenne pepper floating on lava
it was awesome 4 u 2 meet me
u look hott today…take some clothes off
ur great, ur my 3rd fave girlfriend
i’m busy, will txt u later
ur lucky baby, since u get 2 date me

For girls to guys

u totally rock my world :)
i i have a surprise for u tonite ;)
u r the man of my dreams
u look hot today

These are just some examples. You will definitely want to learn how to write your own love sms and text messages. Below I explain how to do it, divided based on your sex.

Guys
You have to be confident, excellent, and funny when you write a love sms. It is okay to show your affection, but don’t be all mushy, passive, and needy. Although girls claim to want a guy that is extra “nice,” they really don’t, and you know it. If they did, the nice guys would have dates and the jerks would be sitting at home on weekends, but this is not the case. Women love confident guys, period. Part of the way you show your confidence is by being funny and by not caring too much. I can tell you, that if you aren’t confident, your chances of getting, and keeping, a girl are slim. If you obey her every order, and send her a sms to this effect, you will look weak and needy. The love messages I gave you above show confidence, and they are funny. They also show that you don’t care too much, which makes you look confident as can be. The one about being busy is very important. Don’t text her back immediately all the time. Make her wait a little. If you are excellent, you have things to do besides getting back to her right away, right? Trust me, if you basically show her that you can take or leave her, she will like you more. Again, nobody likes a needy dude.

Girls
It’s ok to gush over a guy, if you restrain yourself. He will appreciate it. However, don’t be too weird or act like a stalker. Guys like some space. If they think you aren’t giving them a basic amount of space, they will leave you. Many guys are afraid of commitment and will bail from a relationship very quickly if they think you are squeezing them. You want your love sms to be romantic, but not crazy. Don’t text things like “u r mine eternally” or “we r everlasting soul mates” or something like that. That will scare most guys off. I know guys very well, and I can tell you, they have a word for girls like this: psycho. Also, don’t send him an sms every hour, on the hour, or send him hundreds a day. I know many guys and most do not like being blasted with texts. Just be cool about it. Guys like to get your attention, but there can be too much of a good thing. Like I said, it is ok to be romantic, but don’t be a psycho!

See, writing your own love sms text messages is easy!

I Love Life

Water dripping from pine needlesI wake up every morning and remind myself that I love life. Yes, I love life and you can too. It is sad that some people do not love life, and will even sarcastically question why someone like me even says I love life. Let me explain below why I love life, and I will provide you some tips to help you enjoy your life more. Before you read this article, can you imagine that it really is possible to love life right now? Do you know that people can change their brain wiring to make positive changes easily?

I love life because life is so rich with meaning. Even the ordinary things, like the color of the sky or the smell of a summer day can be rich and meaningful experiences. I love life when I slow down to enjoy the moment. This is a concept called mindfulness. Here is a basic way to be mindful. Take a moment right now to just stop and focus on your breathing. Just be aware of your breath. Then allow your awareness to expand, to include whatever else you may be seeing, hearing, smelling, etc. You may find that you never really paid attention to life before. Mindfulness, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Wherever You Go, There You Are  is kind of like being a child again, by experiencing reality like it is new again. How can you ever say I love life if you never actually experience life? Take a moment to just pay attention and you may find that your experience of life will get better. To do so is almost spiritual, which is one reason why I enjoy and I love church.

I love life because every day is a new adventure. However, I didn’t always view lie like this. I would stay inside, watch TV, and the hours would just blur together. In this state, I can tell you that I would never have said I love life. However, eventually I decided to get off of my butt and live a little, and you can too. I ran outside more often, did some of my extra work at coffee shops instead of at home, walked around my neighborhood more, and began talking to more people wherever I went. Now when I do this I love life more than ever.

I love life because I choose to love it. One way I do this is to “re-frame” situations in my life. A re-frame is taking your perspective on an event or thought and changing it to create a better perspective. So, let’s say you get laid off from your job. One frame might be to feel sorry for yourself, make your family miserable, and sit around and mope depressed for the next few months. A better frame would be to realize that you didn’t like your job anyway, and getting laid off was just the push you needed to finally have time to start that business you always wanted to own. I love life because I can re-frame any situation to be more positive.

Overall, I love life and I am not afraid to say it. I love life because life is full of possibilities. A new day is a great chance to see what happens next. So I love life because I pay attention, life is full of adventures, and I actually choose to love life. Yes, that is right, you can choose to love life right this very minute. Choosing to do this is kind of like waking up. Once you do, you will be amazed how much of life you actually missed!

Do you love life? Tell everybody why you love life by leaving a comment below. Be sure to share it with your friends on Facebook too!

I Love Chocolate

A piece of milk chocolateDo I love chocolate? You bet. I’m a man, but sometimes I think I love chocolate as much as my wife, whether it is milk or dark, bars or boxed.  I love candy too, but not as much as chocolate. Below are the four (surprising) reasons why chocolate is the perfect food.

1. Chocolate Is Good for the Heart:

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is filled with antioxidants which may help lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and increase blood flow to both the heart and the brain (1). Milk chocolate contains antioxidants too. One of my tips to get more antioxidants (and chocolate!) is to add baking cocoa, which is low calorie to my morning coffee.

2. Chocolate Is a Natural Relaxant

Yes, it seems that chocolate can actually make us less stressed! An ingredient in chocolate actually triggers a feeling of relaxation in the brain. Also, chocolate can release the natural opiates in the brain which help us feel good and relieves pain (2). No wonder so many of us crave chocolate. It actually helps our brain feel good.

3. Chocolate is an energy booster

Chocolate contains caffeine which means eating a little bit of chocolate can add some pep to a slow or sluggish day. It’s interesting that chocolate can both relax us mentally, but give us a physical boost. I think you can understand why I love chocolate now.

4. The varieties of chocolate are endless!

Gourmet chocolate? Belgian chocolate? You bet! Truffles? Got them! Chocolate bar or box of chocolates? Yep? Did someone ask for a chocolate bunny or a chocolate cross? We have that too. That’s what’s so cool about chocolate. It comes in so many different forms. And let’s not forget white chocolate. That’s my wife’s favorite.

5. Our bodies actually want chocolate!

No surprise to our chocoholics out there. Basically, our bodies love foods with high fat and sugar content. Our brain wants to make sure we survive and high fat and sugar foods to the trip. No wonder chocolate has been called a food of the gods.

However, just because we crave it doesn’t mean we can’t eat it. I am skinny and fit and I love chocolate. The key is moderation. I can enjoy chocolate everyday, even if it’s just a little bit.

Now you tell us why you love chocolate in the comments below. Make sure to check “post to Facebook” to share why you love chocolate with all your friends too!

Sources:

1. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/chocolate.aspx
2. http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=8326

I Love Cats

A portrait of a catI love cats for many reasons, as do millions of people across the world, now and in the past. I love cats just as the ancient Egyptians did. They were one of the first cultures to document their insane level of cat love. They made statues of cats, put them in their hieroglyphics, and made ornamental pieces in honor of the cats they loved. There is even a lovely cat story of how an Egyptian princess loved cats so much that  one was always with her. When the princess would bathe, she placed her rings on the cat’s tail. The beloved cat would then crook the tip of it’s tail to keep the rings secure.

I love cats because a cat keeps the rodent populations controlled in areas they live. This trait has helped even the toughest critic love cats. Cats probably first domesticated themselves by hanging around farms and grain stores. There they had their litters and many families first felt a love of cats watching their kittens romp and play. What parent could resist a small child who love cats and brings one into the house for a cuddle or two? Because cats were naturally curious and flexible (open to interaction), they were probably domesticated easily. Cats quickly learned getting love (and handouts) from gullible humans made survival easier. I know that because I love cats I am under their control, but big deal!

I love cats because they are emotionally intelligent. While a dog will pretty much do whatever you want, a cat will only do what it wants. You can call it, and call it until you are blue in the face, and it will still do what it wants. While this can be painfully frustrating when you want Fluffy to quit sleeping and shedding on your dear departed grandma’s prize winning quilt, nonetheless, I admire the ability of cats to do what they want to do! I love cats because it is like they are all alpha males and females or something.

There are many ways you can show you love cats. One is to become a cat lady. All you need are 24 cats, a small house, and a lack of proper cleaning materials and housekeeping skills. If that doesn’t float your boat, then you can show your cat love by doing what I do. I love cats and I find volunteering at an animal shelter one of the best ways to show it. Shelters need a lot of help, and because I love cats, I am happy to help them with cleaning and feeding. Your time and talents are a great donation and shows you love cats.

Recently I decided that not only do I love cats but that it was time to adopt one of my own. Since I love cats I picked a ten year old cat who was just as cute as a kitten, but much more laid back. Adopting an older cat is a great way to show you love cats, too. There are many homeless cats who need to be showered with your love of cats. You can show your new pet you love cats by meeting their needs, such as playing with them, cleaning their litter boxes, and buying them catnip toys.

Another great action is to adopt one at your local zoo or big cat preserve. Many zoos and preserves need help. Big cats need love too. Big cats can be expensive to feed and care for, but it is very rewarding. By adopting a big cat you can help show you love cats through helping the zoo care for their big cats. Zoos offer perks to people who show they love cats by adopting one of their cats. For example they may send you an information packet on the big cat you love and invite you to donor only events.

I love cats and show it! Do you love cats? Are you a cat lady? Do you know somebody that is slowly turning into one? Then shout it out below in the comments. Be sure to check “post to Facebook” to share your insights with all your friends!