Mark Zuckerberg – IQ vs EQ

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In the movie The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg’s character came across as a genius – and a jackass.

After his girlfriend broke up with him, he slammed her on his blog and hacked into Harvard University’s computer network, creating a site that degraded her as well as women in general.  Talk about revenge!

Initially getting the idea for an exclusive “social network” from fellow classmates at Harvard who wanted him on their entrepreneurial team, he stole their idea and avoided them like the plague until “The Facebook”  was launched. 

Extremely envious of his only true friend Eduardo’s acceptance into a highly influential campus club, he insulted him with snide comments. Zuckerberg used him for financial backing, then, under the influence of Napster founder Sean Parker, eventually cheated him out of financial gain from Facebook.

Zuckerberg apparently has a high IQ and ended up with scads of money, but his emotional intelligence leaves a lot to be desired. 

The Internet provides a variety of definitions of emotional intelligence, but I like this one: “the awareness of and ability to manage one’s emotions in a healthy and productive manner,” as defined by the All dictionary.

I equate emotional intelligence (EI) with common sense, because being able to deal with our feelings helps us resolve life’s problems, which often involve emotional issues.  EI also means getting along with other people and relating to them in an emotionally healthy way.

As described by the Help Guide website, “social awareness” is just one of the four core abilities that make up EI.  As shown in the movie, Zuckerberg’s character was definitely lacking in this aspect. He was highly intelligent, yet had an inferiority complex and was socially inept. 

What do you think, fellow Social Network viewers?  Was Zuckerberg emotionally inadequate (aka, a jerk), or simply misunderstood? 

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Happy Haunting!

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Get ready all you wanna-be witches, zombies, and vampires out there – All Hallow’s Eve will soon be here!

I have some fond memories of Halloween. 

When I was a kid, I was either a “bum” or a “gypsy,” (probably not today’s politically correct terms) depending on what kind of old clothes I could scrounge up from the basement.  My mom and dad would never think of wasting money by taking me to K-Mart to buy a neat-o costume with a mask (you remember, the ones with five holes in them, two for your eyes, one for each nostril, and one for the mouth). Mom’s objection: “You can barely breathe in those things, and that rubber band will hurt your head!” Dad’s objection: “I said NO!”

Technicalities, my friends.  I still wanted a store-bought costume.  Never happened. 

So, after making that all-important costume decision, my brother and I would go to the linen closet and find that other crucial Halloween necessity:  The biggest pillowcases we could find. No wimpy plastic or paper bags for us. Pillowcases were generally strong enough to carry all the candy we would gather, by traveling miles through the neighborhood (though one time my pillowcase did break, within yards of our front porch; that was a heckuva year for Halloween loot).

We never gave one thought to safety issues back in the sixties.  Hey, we knew all our neighbors – the ones who gave us apples (“Walk right by that door, sis,” my brother would say) and the ones who gave out the BIG Hershey bars (by the way, when I was a kid, candy bars were a nickel, yep, five cents each; those were the good old days for dentists). And seriously, parents were not allowed to walk around with us on Halloween night – no way!

Times have changed.  I don’t know if this is because there really is more to fear, or that we’re just more fearful because the media tells us to be.  I guess it doesn’t matter.  We all want our kids to be safe.  And on that note, I found some ideas to do just that. 

How To Stay Safe On Halloween
The FDA Offers Its Safety Ideas For Halloween

Do you simply love Halloween?  Check out the Halloween Magazine for costume and decoration ideas, halloween recipes, and more. 

For more Halloween fun:
Spooky and Delicious Halloween Dishes

Family Fun Magazines 15 Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Snacks

Have a ghoulish halloween, everyone! 
When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
’tis near halloween.
(author unknown)

Surprising Health Benefits of Spices & Herbs

I’ve never really thought of spices and herbs as being good for us, have you?  Then the other day in one of my magazines I read that adding cinnamon to foods can help us avoid type 2 diabetes.  Pretty amazing, hmm? 
That’s just one of cinnamon’s benefits.  For example, guys, did you know that cinnamon can cure baldness? Yep, no more need for Hair Club for Men, or that spray-on stuff they used to advertise. 

Alright, I made that up. 

However, cinnamon has been used as a home remedy to: 
  • Minimize the pain of arthritis
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Get rid of bad breath, and more

And what about ginger?  I’m sure many of us have heard about its ability to help an upset stomach.  It’s a creepy looking root, for sure; but it also has healing properties. For example, did you know it can be used to prevent and treat the common cold?

Did you ever wonder why restaurants garnish your food with a sprig of parsley?  It could be to give you a hint to freshen your breath after you eat, and you can do this by chewing the parsley itself

Parsley sounds like a “wonder herb.”  This little green powerhouse contains several vitamins and also folic acid, which is good for the heart.  It has more vitamin C than oranges, and twice as much iron as spinach. Researchers have found through animal studies that parsley may even fight cancer!

According to the Global Healing Center, Cayenne pepper can rev up your metabolism, helping you lose weight. You can find 16 more benefits of this spice here. If you can take the heat, you can benefit your health with cayenne! 
These are just a few of the spices and herbs that have the ability to give our health a boost.  It’s truly amazing, the things that can be found in the natural world that can enhance our well-being!
Here’s an interesting and informative article from the Blog Critics Science/Tech link about the history and benefits of spices: 
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Women + Friends = Wellness

So I heard an old song on XM radio this morning on my way to work. The song was Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto. If you’re a boomer, you’ve probably heard it. It was popular in the U.S. in 1963.

Anyway, the song reminded me of  my  women friends/former co-workers, the self-titled “clerkettes.” They work in the City Clerk’s office of the city where I live and work.  A couple of years ago, after attaching ourselves to that song, we decided it needed English lyrics.  It would be a song dedicated to us, the clerkettes!  And thanks to my friend Ms. Vivian VaVoom (name changed to protect the innocent), clerkette extraordinaire, a new song was born. 

“What’s your point, Bea?” I can hear you asking. “Quit your jabbering and make a point, already!”

Ok.  The point is simply this.  Women need girlfriends.  Friendship = Wellness.  And if you are lucky enough to have female co-workers who can be your buddies, too, then you are blessed, as I was. 
  • We need friends so we have an excuse for a GNO (girl’s night out, for you uninitiated folks out there) or even better, a Girl’s week-end where the shopping, gossiping, eating, and general carousing never stops. 
  • We need friends to relieve the stresses of everyday living (you know, hubbies or significant others who nag you, kids who think your middle name is ATM, pets that cough up hairballs onto your new cream colored carpet, jobs that suck, hot flashes).
  • We need friends, especially those friends who have been around since, like, forever, because they know you best.  They know how to make you laugh, stop your tears, give you a kick in the butt when you need it.

So to all my girlfriends out there, and especially you clerkettes, Bea says “thanks!” Thanks for being there, being awesome, and for saving me from the loony bin.
Oh yeah.  Look for me and my friends at the nursing home in about 25 or 30 years.  We’ll be dancing with our walkers, sneak-drinking Bailey’s on the rocks, and generally causing a ruckus.  Whoo-hoo!
Further reading about why we need our girlfriends: 

The Art of Friendship – What Men Can Learn From Women

Hey, readers, I’d love to hear a story about you and your girlfriends!  How do you stay in touch?  Who’s your best friend or do you have more than one, like I do? 

Just Breathe.

When my mother-in-law was in her 70’s, she had heart bypass surgery.  Marie, a tough old bird, made it through the surgery with no problems.  However, after the surgery, her lungs were too weak for her to breathe on her own.  She had to depend on a respirator.  For several months, until her final breaths of life, she remained on this respirator.  Unable to breathe on her own, or talk to her loved ones. 
She hated it. 

It wasn’t a good way to die. And because I really loved the “old lady,” as we affectionately called her, I had hoped she would have been able to hang around here on earth a lot longer – at least until my daughter grew up and got to know her better. 

Marie, aka “Old Lady”
 I’d like to be able to keep breathing for a long time – considering that we breathe about 25,000 times a day,  I wouldn’t mind taking at least 29,200,000 more breaths, which would take me to around 85 years old.  (Then again, can I afford to live that long?  Won’t my social security checks run out long before then?)

Every day, I take my breathing, and my lungs, for granted.  But hey, it’s Healthy Lung Monthand, as I just found out on Google, 2010 has been proclaimed the Year of the Lung.  Anything that gets a whole year of awareness must be pretty important, wouldn’t you say? 

So, googling again (I love the internet, don’t you?),  I took some time to learn about our lungs. 

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Our cells need oxygen, and our lungs, along with the rest of the respiratory system,  provide it for them. We breathe in air, then breathe out carbon dioxide, a “waste gas.”   This is called the “gas exchange.” The gas exchange and other lung functions are described at the American Lung Association website.

The ALA also talks about how to protect our lungs from pollutants, as well as how to prevent respiratory infections. 

If you have any warning signs of lung disease, as described here, or simply have questions about lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, or other lung conditions, you can call the “lung help line” and talk to a healthcare professional.

According to Access Excellence at the National Health Museum website, lung disease is the number three killer in our country and over 35 million Americans suffer from chronic lung diseases! 
This site also has links to a wide variety of resources relating to lung health, including resources for both students and teachers. 

Do you know someone with a chronic lung disease? In an article from the Your Lung Health website, find out how people with respiratory illnesses can “dance” their way to healthier lungs and lives.
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Flu Season Already?


A look I’d like to avoid this season. 

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’ve never gotten the annual flu shot.  Then last year, just after bragging to my husband that I don’t need to get it because I never get the flu, what do you think happened?  Well, of course, I got the flu. 

I have no excuse not to get the darn thing, really,  I’m a member of the Wellness Committee in my workplace, and every year we provide flu shots to our employees at a minimal cost.  So this year, I’m doing it.  Rolling up my sleeve and taking the shot like a man – I mean woman.  According to the CDC, this year’s vaccine will protect me from three flu viruses. 

I’ll also try to beef up my immune system and ward off germs.  How, you ask?  Well, if you want to join me in my quest to protect myself from the flu bug and those nasty colds that hang around forever, check out these strategies:

  • Wash your hands!  Several times and more a day.  And remember that you need to sing the Happy Birthday song, twice, in order to get your hands thoroughly clean! (In public restrooms, please refrain from singing this out loud, or the flu will be the least of your worries).  Dr. Joseph Brasco, M.D., even suggests using a system called “advanced hygiene,” as described here.

  • Wipe down those germ-laden areas at home and work: telephones, light switches, door knobs, the television remote, etc., using disinfectant wipes.

  • Believe it or not, eating yogurt can protect you against colds, because it contains probiotics. You can read more about that and other natural cold/flu prevention habits at WebMD.

  • While Big Macs and other fat-laden foods may be tasty, they sure don’t keep us healthy.  There are “super foods,” however; antioxidants that boost our immune systems and battle colds, flu, and other infections. 
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October: Dental Hygiene Month

Question of the day:  Why does a dental hygienist insist on carrying on a conversation with you while she’s scraping and poking at your teeth?  And you know as well as I do that it’s not a monologue.  She actually expects you to respond to her questions!  What is up with that?

I got my teeth cleaned recently. My hygienist, a lovely young woman, would not stop talking about her dog. And her cats. And the dogs in her neighborhood.  All the while, expecting more than a nod of the head from yours truly.  “And by the way, Mrs. Boomer, do you have a dog?” (scrape, scrape)  My answer: Mmmph. (Translation: Yes). “Oh, how lovely. What kind of dog do you have?”  My answer: Asha Aaasho Eeshon mmff. (Translation: Lhasa Apso Bichon mix)

The good thing about getting my teeth cleaned is that the process takes about twenty minutes and I’m done! This is a big improvement for me – I swear, years ago the hygienist would be attacking my teeth for what seemed like hours!

Nowadays, I floss religiously, use an electric toothbrush and stick to an every 6 month cleaning schedule.  My goal is to keep those teeth in my mouth for as long as I can, since losing a tooth at my age sure won’t get me a visit from the Tooth Fairy.


This is the tooth fairy?  I pictured her differently.  And what’s with that hammer?

So anyway, all this yapping of mine was just to tell you, fellow boomers, to take care of yer teeth!  Do you want to have to wear dentures when you’re old?  Do you want to have to gum at your food?  Do you want to be one of those senior citizens who has to clean their teeth in a cup and clamp ’em to their gums with poligrip???????????
Further reading:

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