When I was drawing this toon I was going to compare the USA and Canada and a few other places especially the weight issues; Obesity is such a killer and our poor kids have no hope with fast food places springing up like - FAST food places! While researching W.H.O "Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Once associated with high-income countries, obesity is now also prevalent in low- and middle-income countries."
I also believed that Canada would be second behind the USA with the obesity
- Sorry Canada... my bad! We are actually 11th. 'Whew!'
The issue - who is the fattest- is NOT the issue.
These things are killing us and yes they are all legal.. and we just keep buying into it.
So WHY do we do it? It's the normal way of life. Where can you go and not be tempted by any of the 3 or have them in your face all the time. Storm and I have had several conversation about fast food lately. I've not been feeling great and cooking not my favorite past time as it is but - every time I eat fast food lately (with the exception of Burger priest or Swiss Chalet ) I'm talking McD's or KFC> I feel sick. So why - EASE and like the millions of you I was raised with this. IT IS LACK of Education.
TEACH your kids - if you do this now then chances are they might just want to be the incredible beings they are meant to be!! BE honest!! SHOW them the facts. Teach by example. I read some kids only ever get French Fries as their vegetable.
All things in life should be sampled if you are fortunate enough - but "super-size that and add gravy!" has to stop.
I wrote 'in the USA' because those are the facts. Mexico a close second.. If Canada was the fattest it would say it in this cartoon. Perhaps I should have said in the world but that is not true- too many people in the world have everything BUT Obesity to die from.
My wish for today is someone sees this cartoon and RE-thinks the next time they eat out,
pours another or buys another pack of smokes. EVEN that tiny thought can be a start.
Time to break away from the "sheeple" and do what is right. Look after each other.
How about spending a little less money on sending people to prison and spending on educating our children - properly - truthfully on HEALTH. KARMA and compassion.
Had to add this..
THIS IS GROSS.
On several levels. Pollution, death, lung cancer.
When walking my dogs the other day on the edge of the Walmart parking lot this is what you see the entire path.
THIS should be illegal.
This was just a tiny bit of the way.
IT IS like that the entire distance.
I've Got mail! My envelope from Josh...
Occupy your mind! This is exactly what my friend Josh did! Just this week I got a package in the mail from my good friend Joshua Boulet! Inside was the new book by Josh - DRAW OCCUPY -Wall St.
WHAT a fantastic idea! Josh who resides in Texas took it upon himself to visit NY and DRAW what was happening & I for one and thrilled he did!
I opened the book on my back deck thinking; I'll have a quick glance
, 2 coffees later the book read from cover to cover! I really could not put it down. My hubby did the same thing later that evening and Storm is reading it now.
I LOVE IT! For too many reason.
1st- we love Josh - we met a couple of years back at the first Treating Yourself EXPO - the next year he came and stayed with us for a few days, might have ended up a week or so - who knows - all I remember is Josh is a GREAT guy, perfect house guest, Loves the dogs (visa versa) and cut the grass!
MORE importantly - This book was so interesting - I had no idea of what it was really like watching from my home in Ontario Canada- The work, planning, community all worked together to make OCCUPY happen.
I laughed, giggled and thought - JOSH!! You are so lucky you did not get hurt! Or end up in Jail!
Josh braved the elements - the no showering, cold, damp weather and he documented it with drawings and words in this book! It is the ultimate souvenir especially fro those who were there - it is History. Check out Josh’s site - you can order prints of Occupy and get your own copy of this book to show your kids... this is what happens when people want to be heard and are tired of being treated poorly!
When asked Josh reminded people he was there to share LOVE.
Knowing Josh and the good vibes he already naturally puts out to the world I am sure he has done just that! Can’t wait to see what he is doing next! More of Josh : http://www.joshuaboulet.com
I spent the morning in the garden - my mom bought me this great little guy! I call him OmBoy HomeBoy!
He has the slightest little smile and I have moved him all over the back yard - finally resting in my gazebo where I meditate/pray the most in the summer. He looks like he was meant to be in my garden. Just the sight of him makes me feel more at peace.
What a beautiful day! I don't have a car and it was so nice I decided to take the dogs for a walk! As always it turned out to be somewhat of an adventure- surrounded by beauty (that almost didn't happen).
Scruffy! Little power house that she is was so excited she tugged me as I was putting on her leash and my glasses fell and I stepped on them! ARRRRGGGGGGH! Oh well, I was already on my way and was not going to let that stop me! So off we went! Wild flowers everywhere! Daisy's!! Tomorrow I am going back to pick myself a bouquet of Daisy's! The girls loved it of course and we know Daisy LOVES water from the pool but I had no idea!
ONLY in Keswick you say! - Behind the Walmart plaza is a pond with a boat launch! LOL!! DAISY found a little slice of heaven! The second she spotted it she was in! Chasing dragon flies, butterflies - all in the water! I LOVE dogs. They remind us to LIVE in the moment! I sat for a while - even though I could not see much in the distance! It was wonderful. I think tomorrow I'll pack a little picnic;-)
My girls below and my little Om Boy.. Today! LIVE in the moment! xox <><
When it comes to HEMP - I am proud of Canada - We grow and export Hemp all over the world. We got that right! I saw this short vid. this a.m. on the Hemp car made way back when!!> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLKDTfQMhfg&feature=player_embedded
WOW! IF only... Hemp is used in so many ways all around the world, building material, FOOD, clothing, furniture - it is endless. So NOT to grow it is just - insane!
Think about it!?
WHY would anyone NOT grow HEMP knowing all it can do? Because someone might sneak some cannabis in there to get a little buzz.... PLEASE! That is just an excuse!
It's all about the $$$ people - want to be a little better educated on HEMP today ?
Watch this: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/hemp-revolution/
Watch it! It is interesting!
Education is the key to ending the insanity!
What have you got to lose .. I mean, besides your children's future?
HEMP HEMP HORAY!!! I live in a Country that LOVES it's HEMP!
If you don't speak up! - VOTE.
Questions are being asked. I've been reading how Obama knows he just might win IF he legalizes Cannabis, although you have to wonder - once bitten, twice shy? It is in the news,
not just FOX. People are asking questions! Will you know the answers? I do!!!
IF your children ask - tell them the truth! Educate them properly - not with lies that they will only end up resenting you for in the future - because it is in fact their FUTURE! Educate them on Cannabis AND HEMP! Help them make their world a better place for their children.
As it says above... BECAUSE it works!!
That is why this little plant (weed if you prefer) IS STILL HERE.
People are willing to fight for it. I know I am.
Cannabis is medicine.
I Love Daisy's! I'll give you a daisy a day dear... (remember that song?) Even our dog is named Daisy and she is as pretty as a Daisy - HAPPY! A Daisy is a happy Flower! Tall and strong - who has not = "she loves me... she loves me not..." with a Daisy at some point in their life? So my bouquet of PEACE would definitely be Daisy's!
We can't go wrong if we plant these seeds! LOVE, HOPE and COMPASSION.
You can not help but grow GOODNESS when you plant such ideas in the minds and hearts of those you interact with.
So never mind Cannabis today (We'll be right back on track with that Monday morning!)
Plant some LOVIN' NOW! If only in your own mind and heart - it's a start!!!
From time to time I am asked 'will you tell people my product is great' - ALSO happens when your friend #'s get up on FB - stuff just starts to appear on your page - promoting other peoples 'stuff'. For this reason I had to remove the option for people to post on my page. IF someone had a great product I feel it speaks for itself. I will not say I LIKE something - If I don't - or do not even know about it - only if have tried it first hand will I comment - or else I'd be lying. I don't know about you but money is hard to come by and I try to decide wisely what to spend it on. So - thinking many of us are the same - how could I promote something - not knowing? If someone were to say - "Oh' I read..." or
"Georgia said ..." If I DON'T like it I'm NOT going to promote it. Simple.
This past week as things would have it I have been asked to sample 2 products - So I have decided - When I like something - I WILL mention it!! Too many times we are quick to complain about service or a product - but do we tell someone when they are doing a great job? Not usually. Start today! Like something? Tell someone.
One of the products was a PLENTY Vaporizer! You will have to read about this in an up coming issue of Treating Yourself! I was thrilled to do it! My first 'official' product review.
Here is the second.. this past week in the mail I was sent a gift from http://www.hempwick.com
-Simply - I love it! It has many uses - we have a outdoor fire, candles all over our backyard and of course can be used when lighting your smoking apparel- I have used a wick for a long time, I do not like to use lighters and inhale lighter fluid - and I do not like the sulphur from matches. So I was already using this product (not this brand).
I love this one - I love what the company stands for, It's simplicity - Peace, love and keep it green message. LOL - My son clearly loves it too and my nice little box ended up on HIS coffee table! Would I tell you to buy/try HEMP WICK? YES.
** I have decided - since HEMPWICK - sent me a few funky samples! AND I also have some Canadian Skinnies - and Hemp rolling tips.. http://www.quintessentialtips.com/skinnies.php
I'm going to share the LOVE ;-) Who does NOT LOVE free stuff? (You can actually USE!!)
I do. ***I WILL include samples with every comic that is purchased - while supplies last!
I was just going to thank HEMP WICK with a note for the cool gift but I thought I would do it the best way I know how - since they have shared their talent with me - I drew for them. I hope they like it. I love when I have complete control to draw what ever I want - drawing hippies - too much fun ;-) xox <><
Today I feel hopeful. Well yes and no. I feel Cannabis is being recognized all around the world for what it is - MEDICINE. A plant. Many are talking Legalizing! EVEN better Decriminalizing! Of course there are now many that are saying - fine but let the government do it - put it in a pharmacy - ALL this will still have the problems - as with any prohibition. People will and should always be able to grow any plant on this planet that they use for food or medicine! It is our God given right.
I understand the importance of the Cannabis Medicine. Thank God.
BUT I have also learned on this journey just in FACT how safe Cannabis is compared to legal drugs like Alcohol and Tobacco and MUCH more - including Bath Salts! This has convinced me too many people are suffering - being teated as criminals for something that is NOT HARMING anyone. So Today I'm going to DREAM BIG! Decriminalization!
Really - Look how long it has been - and this fight wages on.
What's the longest war in History? The WAR ON DRUGS!
The failed war on drugs...
I have come to the conclusion this is the only way, re-educate and get rid of the reefer madness lies. The facts are there like a puzzle and you start to see why Cannabis is REALLY illegal and it is sad, very sad. It is all about $$ much like everything else. The difference is - people are suffering physically and mentally. Patience, farmers, Dr.s - everyone! Hopefully you can break the ice with a cartoon - Hopefully one of mine! ;-)
Start a conversation. Share some facts and if you don't know encourage people to research.
Statistics alone should be ending this war on Cannabis - How can a government tell us they are keeping it illegal for our best interest when 100's, 1000's are affected daily - by a much more harmful - many times deadly, LEGAL substance like Alcohol - or tobacco!?
It is not in our best interest - it is in theirs.
Time to look after ourselves, look after each other and stand up for what is right.
I posted this cartoon and saw that it was over 200 shares and I was crying. I can't explain.
At least 200 people shared it and then hopefully from their friends more will share it - It will get people thinking and that has me FEELING FANTASTIC! The day that I don't have to worry about my son being judged, discriminated, busted for his medicine - will be a very happy day in this moms life!
Today I am NOT drawing a Legalize cartoon - I am drawing a DECRIMINALIZE cartoon. Time to put his plant where it belongs back in the garden!
Let the police do their jobs - arrest real criminals - you know the kind that HURT, steal, rape, murder... not the ones growing plants.
Put all ideas aside for one minute please, and just think about this.
You have chronic pain, you have 2 choices
Cannabis: a medicinal herb used for centuries all around the world for pain and other conditions without one single fatality ever recorded in history.
OxyContin (just an example of a popular brand prescribed by Dr.s, widely available the past few years, side effects: constipation,
dizziness, lightheadedness, or feeling faint, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, lack of energy or tiredness, nausea or vomiting, sweating, depression or other mood or mental changes, fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat, feelings of unreality
hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there), itching
redness or flushing of face, skin rash, trembling or uncontrolled muscle movements
unusual excitement or restlessness, chest tightness or wheezing, cold, clammy skin
confusion, convulsions (seizures), fainting, pinpoint-sized pupils, severe drowsiness
signs of a severe allergic reaction (hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, throat, or tongue),slow heartbeat, slow or troubled breathing * NOT to mention highly addictive and people commonly crush and SNORT to abuse such a drug. It can also cause internal organ damage over time, people have overdosed on this medication some ending in death.
Which would you at least TRY first for your pain if you could -with no fear of being labeled a criminal?