There are a gazillion websites on the internet. And yet, you’ve chosen to visit mine.

I’m humbled.

I’m thankful.

I appreciate you. (Yes, you!)

Without an audience, I’m just talkin’ to the wall. Not that I mind talkin’ to the wall, but unfortunately, the wall doesn’t talk back. And that’s no fun at all. I mean, who wants to be right all the time? 🙂

In 1994, for example, there were fewer than 3,000 websites online. By 2014, there were more than 1 billion. That represents a 33 million percent increase in 20 years…

The weird thing is, most of these sites exist without being seen. The average person doesn’t venture very far across the web, only visiting 96 separate domains per month, according to a Nielsen estimate in 2013…

By 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, Google was serving more than 3.5 billion searches per day—equivalent to 40,000 searches every second…


From Google:

ballsy:  tough and courageous
“a cool, ballsy woman who could not be intimidated”


ballsy:  boldly aggressive or courageous
“a ballsy gal who isn’t afraid of anyone”

“I’m ballsy. Well, sometimes I’m ballsy.”  Norah Jones


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(Photos taken 1/27/2016.)

Okay, I went a little crazy with the ball photos, but I’m blaming that on my obsession with balls. Thanks for viewing. 🙂

In Growing Economies, Some People Are Left Behind

By most measures, metro areas such as Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; and Raleigh, N.C.; have enjoyed some of the strongest economic growth in recent years. The resulting prosperity, however, isn’t spreading across all segments of the workforce, particularly to the lower rungs of the economic ladder.

These three regions and others have enjoyed strong job gains but earned low marks on measures of economic inclusion in a Brookings Institution report released Thursday. The study, while assessing overall growth and prosperity, also examines the extent to which standards of living have improved for all people within metro areas…

Brookings ranked the 100 largest metro areas using a series of indicators in four areas: economic growth, prosperity, economic inclusion and inclusion by race. Most metro areas registered gains in economic growth and prosperity, but few improved on measures of inclusion…

Consider the Austin metro area: It recorded the strongest growth nationally in both total jobs and gross metropolitan product. At the same time, its inflation-adjusted median wage still declined and the relative income poverty rate climbed faster than in all but 18 other areas…

Albuquerque, N.M.; Augusta, Ga.; and Columbia, S.C.; were the lowest-ranked metro areas for changes in overall inclusion in the Brookings report…

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Hunger Pains

While I sit here snacking on saltine crackers — which aren’t doing anything for my hunger — I began to think about hunger pains.

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused physical pain? I’ve gone days without eating, and sure, a growling stomach is unpleasant, but is it pain? Considering the levels of my daily pain, hunger pains really don’t count.

But think about this…

What if your hunger was not for food, but for drugs? Just like with food, we’re talking about a painful, daily hunger, which is never really satisfied.

How many of us would be able to turn down food, especially when we’re hungry? How many of those who suffer from addiction can turn down drugs?

When you read about hunger pains, just exchange the food for drugs, and you’ll probably have a small understanding of what it’s like to suffer from drug addiction.

The most common origin of hunger pains is the fact that the individual has not consumed food or drink for an extended period of time. Muscle contractions begin to occur when the stomach has been empty for several hours. As the contractions take place, the sensation may be somewhat unpleasant and interpreted as painful…–them.html

We basically feel hungry if our fat levels drop or the stomach is empty. That hungry feeling is caused by the brain triggering the release of a hormone called ghrelin…  Another major signalling system is the vagus nerve that links the gut to the brain…

‘Studies looking at the sensory part of the brain being activated by food have found it is not as active in obese people — so theoretically they would have to consume more food to get the same pleasure as someone else.’ This could help explain why they are driven to eat more…

Professor O’Rahilly adds: ‘Generally, fat people are fat because their brains are wired differently and make them feel hungry all the time. It’s very hard not to listen to your appetite as it’s insistent and difficult to ignore.’ …

‘Although we may be born with a genetic predisposition for a large appetite, we can retrain the brain and teach ourselves to eat smaller portions and not snack,’ says Professor Zammit. ‘Obviously it takes great effort — the first day would be horrendous and the next few weeks very difficult but eventually we’d get used to it as the brain would make new connections.’ …

Dieting doesn’t mean that you stop eating food. Perhaps we should treat drug addiction the same way.