Fear of Fireworks

Although we may have enjoyed fireworks long ago, those of us with MS, Neurological Diseases and PTSD run and hide from the snaps, crackles and booms that come with the beautiful displays.

The sudden, loud sounds are a severe shock to the system, causing agitation, unease and downright panic in some. A lot of people around us don’t understand this reaction at all and may make light of it or just brush us off as “Nervous Nellies”… The equivalent of being cowardly or unable to handle a little fun.

It’s at times of national celebrations, such as our 4rth Of July today in the US, that a large part of our population tries to hide from the noises, many curling up under the blankets until it’s all over. With that in mind, here are some tips you might find useful :

If you’re ok in crowds, you could still watch the outdoor celebrations while wearing ear plugs plus noise cancelling headphones…. Don’t forget your insect repellent, those bites can add to your agitation.

IF you can’t go out in the summer heat like me, here are the tricks I use to get through it all.

1. I take an herb or prescription med to calm nerves before any noises begin (and in Arkansas, where fireworks are legal) my “calming” supplements start early in the day. I use 5mg of Valium or kava kava with chamomile+lavender iced tea as needed through the day and evening. Never take kava with any CNS suppressants or muscle relaxers !

2. When fireworks really get going I put in earplugs and wear noise cancelling headphones to listen to radio or a book. If you don’t have these things you can turn up a radio or your tv to drown out the outside noise.

3. I wear my sunglasses to shut out bright flashes.

4. I let myself have any treat I want….hmm, I’d better check my freezer right now for coffee gelato and Chunky Monkey !

If you have any tips please tweet them so others can find the relief they need and I hope you can enjoy your holiday.. Just give yourself extra special care.

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The Blind Muralist

Artists, could you paint blind? I stopped painting due to double vision but this man has inspired me. I’ll try an art piece with my eyes closed and find out what happens. Maybe this man will inspire you too.

Blind artist draws murals by feeling the paint

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48562806

Art by John Bramblitt

It’s Thursday….

Kung Fu Hustle on Netflix !

“In a time of social unrest and disorder the gangs run amok. The most feared is the Axe Gang. Only in the poorest districts, which hold no interest for the gangs, can people live in peace. ”

If you love Chinese Kung Fu movies, twisted humor, great special affects, incredible action, weird and wonderful directing with love and inner strength triumphing over all.. Then this is the film for you.

Why is it one of my all time favorite flicks ? Because I find it unique and because it mashes together all the fun of the old Kung Fu movies with plot themes of Chinese mythology. The characters are surprising and weird. The choreography of fight scenes is done from unusual camera angles.

Written, directed and acted by Stephen Chow, you can see the best version… In the original Canton with English subtitles.

Yes, yes.. It is violent, and I usually avoid violence in my movies, but it is done with a purpose, much like the Kill Bill films.

Am I biased because this movie’s plot weaves around a humorous take on Buddhist martial arts.. Definitely !

So, if you get Netflix, I highly recommend this movie. You can also find it available on other platforms.

Come back and tell me what you think after you’ve watched “Kung Fu Hustle”.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s Pi Day !

You Need Pie.

Stop The Hate Before It Is Too Late For All Of Us

I’m going to get serious for just a moment. This came about because I saw an app for people who are Conservatives/Republicans to find a safe place to dine out. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, but then, I also can’t believe it when total strangers gang up and terrorize people they have decided are bad and must be gotten rid of.. Because their political choices are different.

I never thought I’d see a day when people here were being attacked in public, shouted and screamed at until they fled a restaurant, barred from shops and eateries.

Below you’ll find a link to a great radio presentation of the science fiction story by Theodore Sturgeon, “Mr. Costello, Hero”. I’m presenting it as an example of a very frightening thing going on in our society right now, people labeling others as bad just because they have a different opinion. This has happened before… In Germany 1939.

I hope you will listen to it this radio show.

I hope you will still welcome all people into your world with an open heart and mind.

Mr. Costello, Hero

Here’s a bit of tech info you all might find useful. It explains how to download older versions of your favorite apps that won’t function after an ios12 update. This article covers both iPhone and iPad apps.

Have fun ! 😉

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