Author Archives: Becky P

International Day of Happiness

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Today is the International Day of Happiness. This holiday was first declared by the UN in 2013.  The theme for 2019 is “Happy Together” and quite frankly I cannot think of a year when we need more happiness and togetherness. Here is the website where you can learn more about the UN’s efforts to bring happy back   http://www.dayofhappiness.net.  But I’d… Read more »

The Vote

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The recent vote taken at an international United Methodist church convention regarding LGBTQ rights has been highly publicized – far more than I would have considered necessary – but that’s the world we live in. Yes, I was disappointed by it.  No, I’m not going to switch churches over it.  Why?  There are a few reasons. #1 It doesn’t reflect the… Read more »

National Potato Chip Day

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Yes, today is indeed a wonderful day! Who doesn’t love potato chips?  They are the perfect accompaniment to sandwiches, essential for getting tasty dips into your mouth, and come in almost every flavor you can imagine.  Dill pickle?  Sure!  BBQ?  You bet!  Cheese?  All different kinds!  Chicken and biscuits?  Weirdly enough, yes! It really is true that “no one can… Read more »

But How?

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I’m a science nerd.  At one time I was seriously considering a career in medicine.  Even though my life took a few different turns since then I still find topics like microbiology, biochemistry and cell biology fascinating, especially when it involves the science of the human body.  We are all walking bags of millions of amazing chemicals reacting with each… Read more »

An Open Letter to Congressman Steve King

Steve- What could have possibly made you think that running for reelection in 2020 is a good idea? Your own party has banned you from serving on any committees in Congress because of your many hate-filled, racist rants.  Your coworkers on the Hill even held a vote to reject white supremacy because of the horrendous things that come out of… Read more »

Pink Day

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Today is Pink Day. While that would be cool, today is NOT designated to honor the pop singer Pink (who I adore).  Today is a day to take back power from bullies. This day was created to celebrate the actions of  two high school students named David Shepard and Travis Price in 2007.  They decided to help a classmate who… Read more »

Be Careful What You Wish For

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For years I’ve heard people say “We never get good old-fashioned blizzards anymore.  When I was a kid we’d be stranded for days!  I’d sure like to see one of those snowstorms again.” Well, if you happen to live in northern Iowa or southern Minnesota and have uttered this phrase in the past 20 years, congratulations.  You got your wish…. Read more »