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Blog – Really, Bovine Flatulence? 3/25/2015

Really, Bovine Flatulence?

April 25th, 2015

Thank you Wayne Trembly for the suggestion.

When I got the request to blog bovine flatulence of course I thought it was udder bullshit. It is and it isn’t. it’s cow farts and even more so burps. According to AGResearch up to 95% of the greenhouse gases that come from cows come from the cattle’s mouth. Do Cow Farts Actually Contribute to Global Warming? Belching is an integral part of the cows digestive process.

Would you believe as of 2003 all the 1.3 to 1.5 billion heads of cattle we have came from about 80 heads 10,500 years ago. This is a huge factor in the interest of this blog. Obviously the more the cows the more the cow flatulence.

Methane is good old Bessy’s part in all this along with fuel production and organic waste. Below are percentages of the greenhouse gas mixture. Though there is 200 times more carbon dioxide than methane, methane contributes 28% of the global warming that carbon dioxide does because it a more powerful greenhouse gas.

Greenhouse Gases (2) fb

Fuel production and organic waste make up 10% of methane’s global warming leaving 18% to the flatulence of livestock (not to be confused with the 17% of total methane gas in the atmosphere). Cows alone are responsible for 4% of greenhouse gases alone and I believe that to be a very conservative number based on comparative articles. So is that enough to take notice of? It is for some scientist and the United States Government  as well as other governments around the world.

The US Government intends to slash an ambitious 25% of methane emissions by 2020. Of course the projection of a new tax or fee is part of the governments solution. EPA’s Air Pollution Target… I don’t see how charging farmers for their cattle will get less emissions unless they intend to take the meat off of the plate and the wool blankys off of the beds of most of the working class. The way I see it the farmers will have to charge more for beef, dairy and other livestock such as sheep and pigs to be able to pay the new flatulence tax. Unless your a vegetarian this is quite the unsavory solution.

95% of the time I think it’s better to turn to science for a remedy than politics and here’s an example of why. Scientist aim to get less flatulence, healthier cattle, and more cost effective diet (quite a bit less money for feed). Cow’s on diets? While scientist are years away from the threefold goal there are some answers for the sooner rather than later. To get a cow to digest grass like a kangaroo with almost no flatulence is a lot of work and a lot of time. Today some German scientist have developed a plant based pill that turns some of the cow’s methane gases into extra milk and British scientist are developing grasses with more sugar. The sugar helps the bovine to process food.

If there’s anything the last century (or last 10,500 years) has taught us, it’s that in a system where one thing is balanced to another a sweeping change will have ripples and they must have containment or breakers or both. I believe we’re up to the challenge. The Human Element‘s presents should actually provide more relief than it currently does. The answer to air pollution could be a matter of recompounding elemental space. HomeKeeperU takes a look at that very idea. Until next week keep your homes well.

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Blog – What Is Expected When I Grieve? 3/18/2015

What Is Expected When I Grieve?

March 18th, 2015

Thank you Jill Corey Rhone for the suggestion.

Though bereavement and grieving are often used interchangeably they are not the same thing. Bereavement is being in a state of loss while grieving is the reaction to bereavement.

As I briefly explained to Jill I was bounced around quite a bit as child due to family instability then as an early adult due to mine and my ex-wife’s military service. I formed relationships that lasted years until it was time for the next move; most of the folks in these relationships never to be heard from again. I think my grieving process is A-typical to many others. , My biological father, step father, foster father,grandfather and grandmother on both sides have all died. I also lost my foster brother when I was about 10. I feel profound emotion and experience crying at the bereavement then life moves on business as usual. For many the process is much more in depth and the focus of this blog is for them.

Many folks are familiar with the 5 Steps of Grieving.

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Some  subscribe to 7 steps, 7 Stages of Grief, and others 4, Grief. I was surprised to find these may not be as valid as folks once thought. Elizabeth Kubler Ross developed the most famous 5 in 1969 based on persons who had to come to terms with their own impending deaths. She never conducted a study on the bereavement of a loved one’s death. Her book is titled On Death and Dying.

The Myths of it’s Five Stages considers a very different kind of grieving process; one that doesn’t demand or even expect the long term and negatively charged emotions that we’ve come to associate with the grieving process. Some persons actually thrive in face of these types of stressers and losses.

My sympathy fully extends to those with a more heightened experience of grief than what my personal conditioning allows. I found Making Space for Grieving not to be the most professionally written but certainly the most comforting of all the materials I’ve read. There are many thoughts put to the page about recovering from grief. I believe the challenge is finding what works for you. Hopefully this blog will give you some insight into that.

In the articles I read there seem to be one common answer. The question is when has grief become abnormal? Answer; when you get stuck on a step or stage or feel as you did when the event first took place, months even years after the fact. You may be experiencing  Complicated Grief and should seek professional help. It’s nothing to a shamed of and treatment will help you reclaim your life. You may always feel a small void in life. You simply miss a particular loved one and always will. As long as grief hasn’t taken over your long term routine. Ultimately that’s the most important facet of recovery. Getting your life back.  Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Blog – How Do I Potty Train My Boy? 3/11/2015

How Do I Potty Train My Boy?

March 11th, 2015

Thank you Angela Davenport for the Suggestion.

I’m only going to introduce 2 links in this blog. This first link is pretty much a 3 page advertisement for a product you may or may not want to buy. I included this article because the author demonstrates how you can emotionally hit rock bottom while trying to potty train your child. She also shares a few myths about potty training that you may be guilty of. Sorry! This is no longer a good link. I’ll have to rewrite this blog during the next update. Potty Training: The Top 3 Potty Training Myths.

My ex-wife and I have an only child and she’s a girl. Still her potty training counts here because I think boys should be taught the same way initially. After they use the potty regularly they can be taught to stand up and I have little flashes of memory about what that was like. This article, How to Potty Train Boys, concurs with many of my beliefs on this issue.

When potty training my daughter I can remember how important it was that every time she was in the bathroom it was a positive experience. I have no problem raising the pitch of my voice so that potty training was like one continuous celebration. Many professionals believe children respond better to higher pitches. Every time she entered the bathroom I’d ask her if she had to go potty. She’d come to know what potty meant by association. Her mother and I were not modest about using the bathroom around her and we’d simply repeat the word potty a couple of times when we were on the toilet. We’d also invite her to sit on her potty chair as well. By the way I sat to urinate while we were training her.

At first you want t get the pants down as quickly as possible so it’s ill advised to let them work their own pants at the start. Once she’d gotten an idea of the importance of getting her pants down we’d encourage her to start pulling them down herself (pull ups are definitely a big help here).

We’d ask “Do you have to use the potty every time she was in the bathroom and certain times outside of the bathroom (if she grunted or held her genitalia) until it was totally random (asking during the middle of a movie). When ever she did her business on the potty we’d add applause to the ongoing celebration. I think if you choose to use a treat or goodie along with the applause it wouldn’t be out of line. Just remember before you start down that road you’ll have to ween them off and that may be a little anti-climactic.

When the most probable happens; an accident, clean them, set them on the potty and repeat the word potty a couple of times; maybe in a less festive but not negative voice.

With a boy you have to teach him to work with his equipment even when sitting. You simply hold pennis down for him the first few times but use his hand to hold it down eventually and always associate it with words like “hold your penis down”. It’s essential that he understands the importance of what he’s doing so work with him until he has had a few successes. Some prefer the hands free method and both can get messy but he has to learn to manipulate his penis inevitably.  He will catch on quickly.

Finally I had never seen a man stand up to urinate until I witnessed it in a public rest room at a urinal. I have the vaguest memory of feeling that “I’ll be a man if I can stand up and pee”. So dad’s and brothers if you don’t think it’s too weird let the already potty trained toddler see you standing. He’ll want to do it too. This is where the previous handling of equipment will pay off.

So to recap,

  • Keep the bathroom and process a positive package at all times.
  • Role model sitting down (I suggest a separate potty chair). Children love to mimic.
  • After some success encourage independence.
  • Lavish praise. Good girl, or atta boy. My daughter says I speak to toddlers the same way I speak to pets. I do.
  • Then role model standing up. He’ll understand he’s going through stages.

Daycare can come into play for some parents. Personally I think it’s far too important of a bonding process to be handled institutionally. Some parents don’t have a choice. Train at home the same way they train at daycare. It will be a lot easier on the child and be given to more success.

Potty training my girl was a blast and very successful. I hope you meet with the same kind of success with your little girl or in this case boy. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Blog – How Do I Talk Government To My Kids?

How Do I Talk Government To My Kids?

March 4th. 2015

Thank you Chritsy Rose for the suggestion.

I am a horrible parent because I couldn’t get my daughter to learn this. I tried bribery (told her I’d buy her a dress). She was all for it then backed out at the last minute. I tried blackmail (told her I’d take away her technology if she didn’t learn it (her mom took her side on that one). Finally I told her I would stop doing all the little extra favors I do for her (shopping with my credit card, cooking for her at all hours of the night and day, or making store runs for her at a whim). I’m going to stick to that one. She needs to know a relationship is two sided.

If Occupational Parenting was a reality I’d be a better parent, you’d be a better parent, and even those who believe their parenting can’t be improved upon would be better parents.

Will your kids learn US Government from you? I can’t answer that but if you find it important enough you can try. My daughter informs me that she’s just learning Government now in the 8th grade. This is disturbing to me because our Government structure is made so easy to learn. It should be taught in the 5th grade or earlier and reinforced every year into college. It’s that important. Our kids would be so much more politically informed than we are. They could actually save this country that some believe is taking it’s dieing breaths.

Rather you want to teach your child partisan or non-partisan government I think the best approach will be to teach them the Structure and blueprint of the US Government. Pictures are great for this lesson no matter the age.

There are other powers of the three branches I’ve not written about but for a better look at the diagrams I’ve used and many others click on the italicized links below the diagrams.

Structure of the US Government

With any of the diagrams, left to right, the Legislative Branch or Congress, the Executive Branch or the President and his or her Cabinet, and the Judicial Branch or the Chief Justice and other Supreme Court justices. I consider the number of the members of each branch to be part of the the structure.

The Legislative Branch consist of 2 parts. There is the Senate made up of 2 members per/ state or 100 Senators. The  second part of Congress is The House of Representatives. It is to have no more than 435 members, based on the population of each state, giving the US Congress a combined total of 535 members.

 

The Executive Branch consist of the President, Vice President, and 14 members of the Cabinet. The Vice President is considered the 15th member of the Presidents Cabinet. The other members of the Cabinet are the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veteran’s Affairs, and the Attorney General.

The Judicial Branch consist of 1 Chief Justice and 8 other Supreme Court Justices.

 

 

 

So that’s the structure. The blueprint is how one aspect of the structure effects other aspects or the checks and balances.

US Government Checks and Balances

I’ll start with Executive Branch my personal favorite. It can adjourn Congress and veto the bills that Congress writes. It also appoints Judges to the Supreme Court.

The Legislative Branch can override a veto, withhold funding, reject appointments to the Supreme Court, and it can impeach the President. Congress can also amend the Constitution, and impeach Supreme Court Justices.

The Judicial Branch can declare laws unconstitutional, and may declare Executive actions unconstitutional.

Now that there’s a structure and blueprint you’re ready to move on to parties and agendas if you choose to do so. Hopefully you’ll have better luck with your children than I’m having with my daughter. I haven’t given up yet. If you’re good with rhymes you could use a song. You could also write the the information in a story. Until next week; keep your homes well.

 

 

 

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