SEE… My Dad Was Right!

See Dad Was Right

When I was a youngster we had rules at the dinner table. Some of the rules were unbreakable and some were my parents hopes. One hope they had, was that we would not feed our dog Trixie the vegetables we did not want to eat. 

One rule we had that we new we couldn't break was, drinking during dinner. My dad always said, if you drink when you eat you dilute the juices your stomach needs to digest your food properly. And so it was... Many times people have tried to encourage  me to drink at the dinner table and I always decline because, I can hear my dad explaining why we just don't do that. Well today I read an article written by my friend Red O'Laughlin Author, Speaker and Researcher on health and wellness topics. I know you will want to learn more about this fascinating subject so, I'm including his article for you below. Enjoy and please reach out to Red to get more fascinating facts and interesting ideas on staying healthy.

Our health begins with the foods we eat. Nutritional absorption of food begins in your mouth. The amount of saliva you mix with your food before swallowing determines how much of that food will be absorbed later in your body. The first thing to begin doing better is to chew your food more thoroughly.

Horace Fletcher was well known in the late 18th and early 19th centuries for his lectures on chewing. He was known as the Great Masticator. His health was poor and through chewing his food more his health improved. The process of digestion begins when you are chewing your food. It sends signals to the digestive organs in the body to prepare for the food being eaten.

If eaten too quickly, food is not properly ground up for absorption. Our bodies do a pretty good job of extracting the nutrients from the foods we eat. We can help that process by chewing the food till the consistency of applesauce or simple mush. This allows the saliva to begin the digestive process. Why not gain more nutrients from the same foods we eat so that our health benefits as much as it can?

The second thing is to not drink a lot of liquid with your meals. Your stomach acid is released when food is being chewed. It prepares your stomach to begin its digestive process. About 400 to 700 milliliters of hydrochloric acid is delivered to the stomach for a typical meal.

The pH of the stomach approaches 2.0 as stomach acid is produced. pH is a measure of acidity. The lower the number the more acidic something is. Neutral is given the number 7.0 and anything greater than 7.0 is considered alkaline. The entire range is from 1.0 to 14.0.

Adding water or other liquids to the stomach when eating increases the volume in your stomach and changes the pH of the stomach acid. Water or other liquid taken while chewing tends to lubricate the food to make it easier to swallow. It is one reason why we drink while eating. It makes it easier to swallow.

If foods were thoroughly chewed then additional liquid would not be needed. Stomach acid would be allowed to do its magic with maximum pH efficiency. You would gain more nutritional benefit from the foods you ate. Our food choices are critical for good health. Why not maximize the nutritional gain from those choices.

There are some other benefits of chewing longer without additional liquid. Your stomach is prepped properly for the incoming food. The food arrives more slowly compared to gulping down your food. As such, your body responds more quickly to a feeling of satiety or fullness.

Your body responds to the volume of food you eat. You receive signals telling you that you have eaten enough. If you stop when you feel them, you generally eat less food. Most of the time we feel that momentary ‘full’ feeling and ignore it.

The first time I read about this signaling process I was skeptical. I ate my next meal anxiously awaiting the ‘feeling’ of being full before I finished a normal meal. It came to me as advertised - about half-way through that meal. I had felt this before but had always ignored it.

I use smaller plates when I eat. I’ve been doing this for several years. I put less food on the plate at a meal. I don’t always chew my food to the consistency of applesauce unless I am thinking about it at the time. I do, however, not drink anything with my meals. I drink thirty minutes before a meal and thirty minutes or longer after a meal.

As we age, our stomach acid concentration begins to wane a bit. Adding additional liquids during the digestive processes reduces our ability to gain the nutrients we need.

Consider chewing your food longer and enjoy the true taste of the food. Consider not adding extra fluids during your meals. These are two things that can be done immediately and might help you become a bit healthier and possibly even lose a few pounds also.

Red O'Laughlin

Red O'Laughlin

Author Public Speaker and  Researcher. Writer and book publisher on health and wellness. Specialty niche is cause and effect. Red identifies the causes and effects of various health and wellness issues and provide solutions based on the cause of those problems.

Learn more about Red on his blog

I hope you enjoyed this article and learned something valuable. I know it fet good to me to hear my father teaching me again.

Feel free to contact me any way it feels right to you. I'm active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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Audio Podcasting

Podcasting News You Can Use

Podcasting News and Resourses

A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to.  Available by subscription where episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the listener’s computer, mobile phone, or portable media player.  Some have started calling these audio files Online Radio Shows or Audio on Demand. 

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It's a prime time to be a podcaster

It's a fast-growing medium and you can create content for any audience, whether you are a Marketing professional, Fitness or Real Estate expert, or you’re wanting to take your career to the next level and meet the right people.

You can create a more meaningful connection with your audience

A podcast is an inexpensive and highly regarded marketing tool to develop an audience and promote your brand or message. The cost is mostly TIME.

  • 24 percent of Americans listen monthly to podcasts, up from 21 percent last year.
  • On average, podcast listeners listen to five different podcasts shows per week.
  • Podcast consumers listen to most or all of the episodes they download.
  • Monthly listeners growing from 21% to 24% year over year. Using smartphones as their primary podcast player. Listeners prefer home or in the car
  • On the smartphone, podcasting’s Share of Ear® is tied with AM/FM content

Share of Ear® research by Edison Research

How can you make an impact and drive traffic or create an income?

Patreon allows podcasters to get paid by running a membership business for your fans.


Inspirational Living is creating Motivational Podcasts with only 52 Pateons he makes $200.00 per month and growing. It has quickly become a  popular self-development podcast. They publish biweekly podcasts every Tuesday and Thursday using Public Domain content.

Do by Friday Challenge Podcast has 1,613 patrons donating $8,557 per month

Stories Podcast Creates Weekly Audio Stories for Kids with 527 patrons at $1,452 per month

Other ways to make money with your Podcast

The RV Entrepreneur with Heath Padgett makes money with sponsors and live events.

Dan Miller a psychologist and author of 48 Days to the Work You Love makes money with sponsors, live events and an online membership site for fans and job/career seekers.

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Get Creative...

Once you get an audience you can get SPONSORS!

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Want to make an impact but not worried about bringing in the DOUGH? Look at becoming a teacher or sharing your gifts on Insight Timer. They will publish your meditation podcast. examples are Audio recordings of Poems,, Healing and tools to improving life and MUCH MORE!

Home to more than 3,000,000 meditators, Insight Timer is rated as the top free meditation app on the Android and iOS stores.


Equipment and Software

Microphone - Audio Technica ATR2100 USB for around $80.00 and a Lavalier Microphone from RODE for around $80.00

Recording – Interviews Audio and Video using Skype with Pamela $25.00 month or Zoom $15.00 month. Audio interviews using Ringr $8.00 month
Where to Host your podcast - Libsyn $5.00-$75.00 month, Blubrry $12.00-$80.00 per month or Spreaker $6.00-$50.00 month

Where to Broadcast your podcast - iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Soundcloud and Stitcher

If you’re doing a live Audio show, Spreaker is a pretty good option. They have regular hosting as well but are heavily focused on live audio

Audacity – Audacity is a free open source digital audio editor and recording computer software application, available for Windows, macOS/OS X, Linux and other operating systems. - Your daily briefing for podcasting and on-demand - Popular 'how to' podcast about podcasting to help you launch or improve your own podcast  by Daniel J. Lewis

Follow-Up-LEADS is the easiest way to follow up with your contacts

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Directing The Conversations We Have With Ourselves

Directing the conversations with have with others is different than directing the conversations with ourselves. We CAN be serious about it, creating focused and intentional results.

Structured, focused visualization on an object or goal helps you physically see it and create it.

Example - If you’re searching for coffee online and you begin thinking about cell phones, this is going to render your search much more ineffective.

You may think, “Of course, I should think about what I'm looking for while I'm searching.” BUT... you know how the mind can drift off into many other thoughts. Having internal focus can be a challenge for all of us. There are easy was to keep the focus.

One way is to simply speak out loud. This will help you perform tasks better. Get into a firm habit to design your life starting with the small tasks and increasing your focus to larger and larger chores, tasks and life events.​

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Yes, I am a business owner and this will work well for business growth but, I'm also a human...a woman, a Mom, a sister, a friend, a pet owner, a neighbor, a shopper, a fellow driver, a customer, a partner, an audience member and more. I'm interacting with so many people including myself that I think it's time we all start thinking about how we can direct our conversations with each other including ourselves to create the focused and intentional results we really want.

Feel free to contact me any way it feels right to you. ​I'm active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Swim Up Bar

If you want to listen to some deep, beautiful music…

If you need/want to listen to some deep, beautiful music...

70's lite music.

The Guitar Man by Bread

As I'm sitting here at my desk working on Fathers Day with no one around, I am thinking to myself, what would make me feel better. 

A list soon started developing in my head..

Spending the day with my daughter and grandkids

Listening to some soft beautiful music

Roller Skating - ha...NO, erase that one

My friend drives up in her Motorhome with Cheryl Lynn playing  "Got To Be Real" on the stereo and invites me to take a drive to the National Park so we can have a day of fun and share a picnic.​ A walk in nature...ahh

Swimming in a BIG adult pool with a swim up bar serving my favorite adult beverages...

I'm imagining that I'm in a large pool, it’s a warm summer day, it's hot and I'm thirsty.  I hear beautiful music playing in the distance. Not too loud and just the right beats. I decide to swim in the cool pool and find my way up to the swim up bar and order a nice. BIG, frozen margarita. The bartender is friendly and even has a few jokes to share.

All my troubles are fading away as I start to feel more and more relaxed. 

I'm experiencing a level of comfort  that makes me glad to be alive. The location of my cottage is the perfect setting to show off the gorgeous mountains, the cool palm tress, the ocean, and fantastic food the chefs have ​prepared for me and my friends.

The RV Entrepreneur

June is National Camping Month

Have you ever wondered if you could truly be free from a stationary office? If you could make your living even while on vacation? Well this couple has not only done it but, they are interviewing many others who are doing it too.

​The RV Entrepreneur is a weekly podcast where Heath and Alyssa interview nomadic entrepreneurs who are running a business while full-time RVing

The entrepreneurs they interview haven’t launched multi-million dollar companies or have hundreds of employees, they’re just normal people who have started businesses that allow them to travel full-time and live a nomadic lifestyle.​

Ok, I guess I better get back to work now 🙂




How Do You Respond When People Hurt You?

When people hurt you, how do you respond?
When people hurt your kids, how do you help them cope? I found a fantastic article I know you will want to read.

​“Everyone in your life serves a purpose. Everyone has something to teach you and while people who are kind and friendly help teach you who you do want to be, those who are not kind and friendly teach you who you don’t want to be.

So when you encounter someone who hurts your feelings, lean into that feeling. Ask yourself what they did to make you feel that way. Was it the words they chose? Their tone? The way they picked favorites and then ignored everyone else?

Whatever they did, make a pledge. Promise yourself that you’ll never treat anyone the way they treated you. This is how you become a kinder and more compassionate person. This is how you learn from their mistakes. And when you meet someone you really like, lean into that feeling, too. Ask yourself what they did to make you feel so good. Then make a pledge to yourself to be more like them.

This is also how you become a kinder and more compassionate person. Regardless of how anyone treats you, you stand to benefit. While some people teach you who you do want to be, others teach you who you don’t want to be. And it’s the people who teach you who you don’t want to be that provide some of the most lasting and memorable lessons on social graces, human dignity, and the importance of acting with integrity.”​  ~Renowned author and speaker Kari Kampakis

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Thanks for taking the time to drop in and I do look forward to meeting and greeting you so don't be shy...reach out and chat with me. Let's start the conversation.

Moving Forward!

Life is so interesting!



Life is so fascinating. Pretty early in our childhood, we catch on that life is not fair and somebody is messing with the plan. Once we start to realize that it happens to all of us, and it seems to be the norm, we start looking for the source of all this unfairness. If we spend too much time searching for the cause of our unhappiness, we notice that it causes even more unhappiness.

Instead of looking for the bad guy or gal, we can save so much time, energy and drama, by looking for what makes us happy. What are the things that cause us to experience joy and gratitude? We can make a list of the things that make us feel good, inspired, eager to move forward, happy, calm and excited.

With every problem and with every challenging situation we find ourselves in, comes a true blessing, a great lesson. Something we need to learn or master. Something that will help us grow, expand and evolve. Why not try looking at our bad days, at our problems and difficulties and negatives as opportunities.

Learn to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want ~ Jim Rohn

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Special invitation to my community

I have created a group on Facebook called Mindful Awareness Club and I would like to invite you to join us.

This group of mindful, kind, supportive people has a cool Facebook forum AND a meeting online in a video chat every week on Tuesdays - 8:00pm CT 9:00pm ET.

The structure is: We start with introductions and then the leader reads a selected quote or poem and the topic for the evening, (Please volunteer to be the leader anytime) You can select the quote and topic or we will supply it for you. Next we begin sharing our feelings and thoughts about the topic. Maybe something came up for you, or it reminded you of something, or it was exactly what you needed to hear today. 

We keep the shares to about 3 minutes. If we want to share other news, comments and recommendations, we will do so after the everyone has had their time to share.

You don't HAVE to come to the Video chat to participate in the group but, we would LOVE to see you there!

Mindful Awareness

Thank you for joining me in this adventure called life. I'm always excited to hear from you so, reach out and connect. Don't put it off another day!

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Connect with Your Community

Hi Friends!

I think of you often and wanted to connect. I am a social butterfly and I really enjoy sharing and catching up. I want to know what's going on in your life just as much as I want to share what's going on in my life with you. Today I have something to share... something so exciting that I couldn't wait another minute to show you.

As many of you know I'm working with Agency258 now and we are creating some FANTASTIC products and services. One that we released recently is, creating video for business owners that want to enhance their social media marketing. If you know any business owners that could benefit, I sure would appreciate it if you could pass this on to them.

Social Media Video

Take a look at a few examples that have received very positive results at VIDEO EXAMPLES

I look forward to hearing from you. LET'S NOT WAIT ANOTHER DAY!​

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Dumping your garbage on me

The Garbage Truck Story

I'm thrilled to be able to share this story as it has helped me tremendously. I'm sure it will help you too!

The Garbage Truck Story

David Pollay was in a New York City taxi cab and here's what happened to him.

"I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, the car skidded, the tires squealed, and at the very last moment our car stopped just one inch from the other car’s back-end.I couldn’t believe it. But then I couldn’t believe what happened next. The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. How do I know? Ask any New Yorker, some words in New York come with a special face. And he even threw in a one finger salute! I couldn’t believe it!

But then here’s what really blew me away. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, “Why did you just do that!? This guy could have killed us!” And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck' He said:“Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier."

So I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the street? It was then that I said, “I don’t want their garbage and I’m not going to spread it anymore.”I began to see Garbage Trucks. Like in the movie “The Sixth Sense,” the little boy said, “I see Dead People.” Well now “I see Garbage Trucks.” I see the load they’re carrying. I see them coming to dump it. And like my taxi driver, I don’t take it personally; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on."

This story helps us all to remember to have empathy for people who are full of garbage. If they dump on us we don't need to pick it up and take it personally. 

What A Beautiful Day

Today is February 12th 2016 and it's a sunny, pleasant 79 degrees here in Houston today. No humidity to deal with, so we all feel very good about our decision to live here. It's been an all around really good day. It started out with my mastermind group meeting online and MAN did we get some good work in. We made lots of progress. We use a software called Zoom to meet online each week and then we meet in person once a month. Right now we are concentrating on our CTA. (Call To Action). My call to action was to get a networking schedule together and to write a nice response to all the people who want to connect with me online. I get requests from LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook mostly, Here is what I came up with...'Let me know if you think it's ok'...

Thank You for connecting with me. I look forward to getting to know more about you. Let's take this offline and actually have a 10 min chat when you have some free time. I have something I would love to share with you.

Have you ever considered being the STAR of your own show? Sharing your message with the world is easier than you think with this new trending technology. Learn more about how we 'Do it all for YOU' so you can relax and do what you do best. I'm excited to share with you our new Live Streaming Web TV Shows and Podcasting Services for businesses that want to grow. Come to our new website to learn ALL about this and more or call 713-659-9767

I have several versions depending on where they connect with me. 

I also made a trip to the Apple Store which I've been putting off for too long. I don't suggest doing that without an appointment as they have a mile long wait. The first appointment I could get was Sunday. YIKES...

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I've got much more to chat about and I want to hear whats going on with you so, let's stay in touch. Connect with me if you have time so we can catch up and create some smiles in our lives. 

Stay true to yourself and be kind to everyone you meet!

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Don’t Give Up

What would you tell someone you care about if they were in your shoes?

Would you advise your friend or child to give up when it seems like they may not reach their goal? Or, would you practice your finest motivational pep talk and help them see what you see in their potential? I'm sure you would push them to be their best, so set yourself up for success and do the same for yourself.  Be your own best friend. You, more than anyone you know, deserve your belief and motivation. Keep working toward your goal. Remember that each positive choice you make is affecting you in hidden ways that will add up to BIG change over time!

Take a different approach if you need to. Ask for help, ask for an extension, hire a mentor or coach, or create a distraction. No matter what, don’t give up!!

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