by Roberta Downing
January 28, 2018
Joel was born on January 6, 1980 in Elk City, Oklahoma and was an avid storm chaser who worked with Reed Timmer in the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers series. Joel died suddenly on January 23rd at the age of 38. His death brought his family, storm chasers and his fans unbearable grief.
Joel was a kind and loving person, had a wonderful sense of humor as he liked to play practical jokes, had a great smile and wonderful laugh and he sometimes took things quite personally. Many of these qualities could be seen clearly on the reality television series.
Reed Timmer who was Joel’s best friend tweeted “RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner. I am shocked and absolutely devastated. We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase.”
Taylor had a real passion for chasing storms, a deep respect for the tornadoes that a lot of the supercells spawned. He put his life in danger many times as a first responder to help with search and rescue for victims after violent tornadoes.
Joel was also vital in helping to gather data with Timmer to help better understand the how and why tornadoes form and to help increase warning times.
Chasing storms is a dangerous business and it doesn’t matter if you are driving, sitting in the back seat or stopping to get video of a twister that is eating everything it comes in contact with. Joel was cautious and level headed in helping to keep whatever team he was working with safe. Though the look on his face when he actually got up close and personal inside his first tornado was beyond priceless!
With tornado season quickly approaching, many chasers will no doubt be in some city and have a memory of Joel and smile and of course many may also feel out of sorts with his absence. The only thing that can be said to possibly console those who miss him is that he has joined with Tim and Paul Samaras, Carl Young, Matt Hughes, Kelley Williamson, Randall Yarnall and Corbin Jaeger and that all of those people are looking out for the rest of the storm chasers to keep them safe.
Rest in peace my friend. Know that we will always love and remember you.
January 8, 2018
By Roberta Downing
This year’s Golden Globe Awards was most certainly a very loud statement against the sexual predators in Hollywood and a call to put an end to the heinous acts. Many actors spoke about the topic at the event however the one person who was not present, that has more firsthand knowledge about the pedophiles and sexual crimes in Hollywood, was Corey Feldman.
Feldman has been publicly speaking about the grave injustices being done to children in the film industry since 1998 and even had it as a topic in his television show with Corey Haim. He has said that “They look for children who come from a broken home. They look for these kids because these kids need a friend and they are easy targets.”
In a personal video Feldman released on his twitter page on January 7th, he states “I was not invited” to be there with his peers. It is an outrage when it looks as if all of Hollywood is coming together, making it appear as if they are using one voice and yet exclude the one man who has found the courage and heart to stand up and call out those who are responsible for harming children in the industry. Feldman is a real hero. He is someone that children can look up to and know that someone is fighting for them.
It isn’t easy to speak up about abuse. An abuser will do anything, say anything to keep their victim under control including spreading lies to make their victim appear to be liars, unreliable or even make them look as if they have mental issues so that when the person does find the courage to tell the truth that person has already been silently seen as unstable by those who could help them.
Hollywood is a country all to itself with so many men with almost unlimited wealth in control of the film industry and that makes it very dangerous for anyone to come forward with allegations of any kind of wrong doing especially any kind of sexual misconduct. The danger comes in many forms from harassment, trolling, spreading of lies and most importantly the money to hire teams of lawyers to defend the person who has been accused and the ability to blacklist the accuser. Feldman has stated that these men are “darkness” and are “against God.”
It is a very sad day when someone who is dedicating his life to expose the truth must have 24 hour protection from those who safeguard those who have harmed him.
All this begs the question why not hurt these Hollywood pedophiles where it hurts and boycott their work? Boycotting movies that have known actors, producers or directors who have been accused of pedophilia is a clear and concise message that their actions are not acceptable and in turn helps to take some of the financial control out of their hands.
To help Corey with his fan funded project: https://www.gofundme.com/coreystruthsecured
I had a hysterectomy at the age of 32 and after the first few hot flashes, that was my body’s way of adjusting, I did not need hormone therapy.
I just recently hit the big 50 and though it is certainly something to celebrate, it also brings with it some not so pleasant events because I am now menopausal/ post-menopausal and in a new relationship.
According to the North American Menopausal Society, 17-45% of women during their menopausal and post-menopausal have uncomfortable or painful intercourse which can also lead to vaginal bleeding because often times our estrogen levels are low. Two things can cause this; dyspareunia and another diagnosis is vulvovaginal atrophy.
Shockingly, the women I know that meet this age bracket are not talking about it. They have zipped their lips and most probably because it is something that we feel embarrassed about.
The uncomfortable or painful feelings are usually because the woman has not had intercourse in some time or she has anxiety that these feelings will happen during sex. The reason for my pain is because I had not been in a relationship or had intercourse for more than nine years. Yeah, don’t look so shocked- it happens to a lot of women!
So I started thinking, what we can do to keep this from happening or stop it from happening that also won’t expose us to future health issues from big pharma. First and foremost, talk to your primary care doctor or your gynecologist about the problem because there could also be underlying issues that could be causing this other than the obvious. Your doctor may want to run some lab tests to make sure what you have is in fact vulvovaginal atrophy.
One of the first things we can do to help alleviate the discomfort and or pain is to use a lubricant that is close to your body’s natural lubricant. There are some exercises that can help with this as well and if you are able to do them you should!
Yoga, be it in a chair, beginner or advanced yoga will help. You will be using muscles that you may not have used in some time that need some stretching and strengthening.
Relaxation or meditation prior to a sexual interlude helps too although we cannot always “schedule” or guess when an encounter will happen so doing relaxation and mediation on a regular basis everyday can help with the tension and anxiety.
Believe it or not, regular sexual stimulation can also help to restore blood flow to the muscles.
Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor exercises will help strengthen the muscles that not only help you control incontinence but also those muscles that should be allowing you to experience pleasure instead of pain.
If you find that after doing any or all of these regimes the symptoms are not going away, it is time to talk to your medical doctor about big pharma treatments.
We live in a time where we are free to talk about sex and sexuality in ways that we couldn’t before. It is time to start talking about the issues with your friends because fifty is the new thirty!
Natural Ways to Relieve Symptoms from a Viral Upper Respiratory Infection
By Roberta Downing
January 2, 2018
Sneezing, coughing, ears popping, wheezing, sinus pain and headaches, fever and body aches. Sound familiar? Most people associate these symptoms during the winter as the flu however; doctors, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners across the nation are diagnosing millions of people with a viral upper respiratory infection.
A virus is a tricky thing. Almost all viruses of this kind cannot be treated with an antibiotic which means that the sick person must wait on the body to fight it off and that leaves the patient with no relief from the symptoms for which they are suffering.
Before doing any of the natural treatments below, please make sure that you see your primary care provider. The natural treatments below do not take the place of your primary care provider’s directions however can be added to speed up the process.
Natural relief can be found by doing the following:
For sinus pressure and nasal congestion: a moist hot wash rag across the eyes and cheeks will help unclog the sinus passageways allowing them to drain and helping to relieve the headache.
Turning on the hot water in the shower and closing the shower curtain and the bathroom door to allow the steam to fill the bathroom is also an effective way to relieve sinus pressure, headache and lung congestion associated with it.
Using a vaporizer that creates warm or hot steam and adding a few drops of essential oil wintergreen or menthol will help to relieve sinus pain and pressure.
Flushing the sinuses out using a nasal saline douche will help to dry out the sinuses and help keep the drainage from entering the lungs where it will cause congestion and eventually coughing up phlegm.
The use of Ricola cough drops can help alleviate or slow down the amount of coughing thereby helping to relieve sore muscles.
It is also very important to sleep. Sleep is another natural way for your body to speed up the healing process.
November 10, 2017
More than 10 years have passed since Tarana Burke started the Me Too campaign to bring awareness about the sexual abuse that women are subjected to. Now with Alyssa Milano giving it a reboot with #metoo, tens of thousands of women are coming forward to show the world that something must be done to stop the sexual harassment and abuse.
It just isn’t women who are coming forward. Corey Feldman has been saying for years that he was abused as a child and has recently come forward and publicly named his abusers. This is a huge step for the victims and the start of the downfall for the abusers in Hollywood.
What can we do to make people more aware? What can we do to change the behaviors of these sex offenders?
Firstly, if this has just happened to you, report it to the police. File charges. Secondly, check the federal and state laws on the statute of limitations for sex crimes and if the crime is within the time frame, file charges. Lastly, do as Corey Feldman has done and publicly name your abuser.
It is time for men and women who have been sexually abused, assaulted and harassed to stand up and hold those who have kept you silent due to threats or even your own embarrassment accountable for their actions.
The time has come where men need to alter their actions, thoughts and behaviors toward women. We do not live in country where women are owned by men nor are they second class citizens and children were married off at a very early age. We also do not live in the past where women were treated as such. As human beings we should be changing and evolving into someone and something better than what we are.
Just because we are subjected to a president who likes to “grab women by the pussy” doesn’t mean that it’s wanted. Acting and thinking that way is not only outdated, criminal but it is also no longer acceptable.
It doesn’t matter what a woman wears, how she puts on her make up or how attractive she is. Those are no longer a reason for the bad conduct.
We know that pedophiles are mentally wired wrong and that there is no permanent cure for their perverse attractions. Can we not say the same for all rapists and the majority of sex offenders? Perhaps they are mentally wired wrong as well. But can the non-pedophile sex offender be rehabilitated or cured? Would behavioral modification work? Perhaps those are things that can be studied and put into practice even though it would take time, effort and money to do.
None-the-less, these types of actions and behaviors are no longer acceptable. Soon, there will be nowhere for men and woman who commit these heinous crimes to hide as more and more people are coming forward to report and name those who commit these heinous crimes.
Those types of misconduct are no longer acceptable. Not in the church. Not in government. Not in Hollywood. Not anywhere. It is time to grow up and take responsibility for the way in which we think and act and how we speak and treat others.
Let there be no shadow left in which to hide!