Be aware

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Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused from the exposure to the mineral asbestos. Asbestos was once praised for its heat-resistant properties and was consequentially used in just about anything from drywall in your house to a military aircraft carrier. Since the harmful effects of asbestos have been discovered, its use has been largely relegated, however many people are still at risk of developing mesothelioma due to its 20-50 year latency period. This makes most of the mesothelioma diagnoses and those at risk of developing this cancer senior citizens.
The Mesothelioma Center is a free resource and service center who is there to provide the most up-to-date information on everything asbestos and mesothelioma as well as answer any and all questions you may have. See here for more information on mesothelioma.

Jigsaw completed

Jubilation was evident when the puzzle was finally completed. It hadn’t taken as long as expected. But you will note that three pieces are missing. Such a pity! The pieces came in a sealed plastic bag and I was very careful, so I think they did not come in the pack.

Did I derive any of the possible benefits? I’m not sure. But I loved the activity. It was almost an addiction. I felt deprived if bedtime came and I had not found time to add new pieces to the picture. I would sometimes be doing the jigsaw when I should have been doing something else.

Jigsaw Blog

My husband noted the endless patience I demonstrated in completing the picture and patience is not normally one of my strengths. I would love to start another one. Hopefully soon.

Why are jigsaws good for us?

When my grandsons were primary school age the whole family would work on a jigsaw during the school holidays. Everyone would have a go, often in a group, or sometimes alone. Social interaction wa as much fun as actually completing the puzzle.

Recently I have had an urge to undertake a jigsaw puzzle. Questioning my idea, I wondered if I was just indulging a whim or were there benefits in doing jigsaw puzzles. Undertaking jigsaw puzzles is actually very good for our brains. They challenge our dexterity by exercising our hands, spatial reasoning and logic while also improving our concentration and patience. The process works both sides of our brain which enhances out memory and accelerates our ingenuity and creativity.

Good enough reason I thought, to invest in a puzzle. So I set up a little table and set to work. I have a system, trying to get the edges done first and any blocks I can see in the puzzle. But this is the first one I have done alone, not sure how I will go.

Jigsaw 1               Jigsaw 2

Making progress, slowly. I will keep you posted

Now we know ! True man

What is meant by the modern term referred to as “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS”…The definition is found in 4 telegrams at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

 The following are copies of four telegrams between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945.

 The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war – not a word has been added or deleted!

 (1) Tokyo, Japan   0800-September 1,1945

 To: President Harry S Truman 

From: General D A MacArthur

 Tomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents, any last minute instructions?

 (2) Washington, D C   1300-September 1, 1945

 To: D A MacArthur

From: H S Truman Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct!

 (3) Tokyo, Japan  1630-September 1, 1945

 To: H S Truman

From: D A MacArthur and C H Nimitz 

Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what does the term politically correct mean?

 (4) Washington, D C  2120-September 1, 1945

 To: D A MacArthur/C H Nimitz

From: H S Truman

Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end!            

 Now, with special thanks to the Truman Museum and Harry himself, you and I finally have a full understanding of what ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’ really means…..