Archive | June, 2011

Just Say Ahh…

Just Say Ahh…

by Taryn McColpin

Ahh…the highlight of summer…the Fourth of July, Independence Day.  A lot of us Baby Boomers have such fond memories of long days at the lake, cookouts in the evening, and fireworks that night, and are creating those memories for our own children.

But the significance of the day is a celebration of our nation’s independence, which brings to mind the question: What does freedom mean to you? What would you pay for liberty? At what cost do we gain independence?

By definition, independence is freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one’s own affairs without interference; sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

As children, we wait impatiently for independence from parental control, and, when that is achieved, often long for that once-hated dependence when real life sets its hungry eyes upon us and we begin to pay the price for our freedom, both financially and by having to live with the consequences of our independent decisions. As adults, we long for liberty from boring jobs, stale relationships, high debt…and as we age, sometimes we look forward to freedom from pain and suffering.

So are we ever really free?

Some quotes about independence:

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.  – Franklin D. Roosevelt

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. – Henry Ford

Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.  – George Bernard Shaw

True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right. – Brigham Young

…those who would joyously march in rank and file, they have already earned my contempt, for they were given a large brain by accident when a spinal cord would have sufficed. – Albert Einstein

The price for independence is often isolation and solitude.  – Steve Schmidt

Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don’t waste a second demolishing it brick by brick. – Candice Bergen

It’s easy to be independent when you’ve got money. But to be independent when you haven’t got a thing — that’s the Lord’s test.  – Mahalia Jackson

So on this Independence Day, take a moment and reflect on what freedom means to you, both as an American and an individual. We may never actually achieve true freedom from any and all, but as they say, it is not the destination, it is the journey.

Taryn McColpin is Newsletter Editor for Denton ABATE, the local Motorcyclists Rights Organization.  For more information on joining, or on rides and events, call 940-595-1144 or email

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Life in the iCloud

Life in the iCloud

by Caleb Wills

The vinyl record, tape cassette, CD and MP3 player all changed the way we listened and accessed music. And now, Apple, who is responsible for changing the way we satisfy our entertainment sweet tooth has done it again with the announcement of the iCloud. But before I go into what Apple is going to bring us, let me explain exactly what cloud computing is.

Chances are all the applications, music, contacts, photos and movies you have live on your computer, tablet or smart phone. In other words, it was downloaded or installed and stored locally on your device. What cloud computing does, is allow you to store and access files and information securely on a data server, and access them either through your data plan or through a wireless network. Think of it as your own personal hard drive in the sky.

On to Apple’s iCloud. First off, let me say yes. Yes Google and Amazon both offer a watered down version of cloud based storage. Yes they officially did it before Apple. Yes both of their services will crumble on what iCloud is going to offer us. So don’t waste your time with either one. It’s a Steve Job’s world and he lets us live in it and I am fine with that. Plus, iCloud is free.

So here are a few examples of what iCloud is going to do for us. You are at home on your desktop computer, and you purchase a song, tv show, or movie from iTunes. Once the transaction is complete you will be able to download it to any of your Apple devises without having to sync to your computer. Is this the end of syncing? Sort of. What iCloud will do is give us instant syncing. No more being tethered to your computer with a usb cord to transfer files.

Another great example is that iCloud isn’t just about music. Lets say you are eating dinner at a restaurant and you run into an old college friend. You add their phone number and email address to your contacts and snap a photo with your iPhone. The photo and contact information is immediately sent to iCloud and will be instantly listed in your contacts on all your other devises. iCloud will also sync other data like apps from the app store, calendars and text messages.

Though some of iCloud’s features are already showing up in iTunes and on the iPad and iPhone, it is still in it’s beta stage. iCloud will be fully available for free this fall when Apple releases iOS 5. As always, iOS updates are free.

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Beachy Keen

Beachy Keen

by Lauren McKelvey

The perfect summer beach look relies on several summer staples including the perfect swimsuit, the best beach bag, and ideal summer accessories.  For many, the thought of the perfect swimsuit may seem farfetched and absurd, but this season, have no fear, because there is a swim style for all.  From flattering monokinis to retro bandeaus, everyone can look stylish and feel great on the beach this summer.  The biggest trends in swimwear seem to be metallics, mixed prints, and bold colors, but the key to having fun in the sun is finding the perfect suit for each body type.

For the ladies with bigger busts, try a halter suit with underwire and possibly a thick band under the bust to provide maximum support.  Ruffles, bandeau tops, large prints, and string bikini tops should be avoided.  The curvy body type should try a monokini or a tankini in a plain color—remember, bright and bold is in style this season!  This body type will benefit from control tops with spandex material and should try to stay away from skirted suits and large patterns or stripes.  Pear-shaped bodies are perfect for bandeau tops and bottoms with a slight ruffle.  For this body shape, less fabric on bottom may draw attention to the bust area, while full skirts and boy shorts can actually highlight problem areas.  Tall and slender ladies should try wearing two pieces that create the illusion of a defined waistline or a monokini with dramatic cutouts in the side and should avoid plain suits with little detail or gathering.  Last but not least, the petite body type should experiment with outrageous detail that highlight the bust and butt areas of the suit such as fringe, skirts, cutouts, and allover patterns.  Remember to never rule out a style before you try it; when in doubt, try it out!

Beach bags, sunglasses, and sandals are essential accessories to complete this season’s beach look.  You cannot go wrong with an oversized beach bag that coordinates with your swimsuit and cover-up combination.  These bags come in a large variety of styles, colors, and prints and should be filled with some big, retro sunglasses, sunscreen, and a floppy hat.  Before flaunting your new summer fashion, do not forget to throw on a pair of stylish metallic sandals, platform summer wedges, or bohemian fringe sandals.

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It’s Your Face

Is permanent make-up really permanant?

Technically, permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. However, as with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, color re-enhancement or color re-freshing. It is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting your permanent cosmetic makeup technician.

Is it painful?

Most people experience little to no discomfort. This may vary according to each individual’s pain threshold and the skills of the technician performing the service. However, there are different options available to help with pain management. Your technician should discuss these methods with you to determine which one will best suit you.

Are the inks/pigments natural or synthetic?

Most all tattoo inks are synthetic.  FDA has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin. This applies to all tattoo pigments or inks, natural or synthetic.  Inks containing iron oxide rarely cause allergic reactions therefore it has been shown to be the safest pigment while anything that is vegetable based, organic, or natural is the most risky.  Some doctors recommend permanent cosmetic procedures for allergy patience because they can replace cosmetic products that you may be sensitive to.

It is very important that you, as a client, feel comfortable when deciding on your procedure.  Interaction between the client and the technician should be of utmost importance. In choosing your artist rest assured that it is okay to ask as many questions as you need to.  It is “your” face after all!

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It’s Hot Dog Month

It’s Hot Dog Month

It’s a Weiner Nation! No, I’m not talking about the Congressman that’s caught in hot water – I’m talking about America’s love of hot dogs. According to a recent study, almost two billion dollars of hot dogs are consumed annually. Nearly 30 million dogs are eaten in ballparks alone!

Although sales of conventional hot dogs have been declining over the past four years, the sales of the organic hot dogs, a relative newcomer, have been skyrocketing. Organic hot dogs have seen an increase in sales of more than 50% in the last four years, which is doubly surprising when you consider that organic hot dogs often cost significantly more than those produced conventionally.

The history of the hot dog explains the terms “frankfurter” and “wiener.” The hot dog traces back to the 15th-century Viennese sausage, or “wienerwurst” in German. Johann Georghehner, a butcher from Coburg, Bavaria, is credited with inventing the “little dog” sausage in the 17th century, and brought it to Frankfurt. Yet, it was still a sausage eaten with a knife and fork, no bun.

The hot dog, a slender sausage in a bun, was undeniably an American invention. A German immigrant named Charles Feltman began selling sausages in rolls at a stand in Coney Island in 1871. The 1893 World Exposition in Chicago marked the debut of the hot dog vendor, and according to National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, around this time the hot dog made its first appearance at a ballpark. The first published mention of the term “hot dog” as a food first appeared in print in the September 1893 issue of The Knoxville Journal. However, it was well established prior to then.


1 lb ground beef,cooked

1 medium onion, small diced
1 tbl chili seasoning

1 tbl mustard
1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup white sugar
1 large bottle, Heinz ketchup

Brown hamburger in a medium saucepan; while meat is browning, dice up onion and add to meat. Cook meat and onion until no longer pink. (If meat is fatty, drain but leave some grease for flavor.) Add the chili seasoning and mustard to meat mixture, while keeping a low flame under saucepan, stir. Add vinegar and sugar. Stir this mixture slightly. While stirring, add ketchup a little at a time to desired consistency. Cook for 45 – 50 minutes on low heat, stirring often.

Note:  If you cook the sauce uncovered, it will become somewhat thicker, if you have added too much ketchup.


1 lb ground chuck

1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 six ounce can tomato paste
1 cup water

1 tbl sugar
1 tbl prepared yellow mustard

1 tbl dried, minced onion
2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp ground cumin (heaping)

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Brown ground beef in a skillet, adding onions half way through. Add minced garlic when meat is nearly done. Add remaining ingredients; stir well to combine.  Simmer over low heat 15 minutes.  Serve over hot dogs, Coney Island style!

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Summer Fun with your Pet

Summer Fun with your Pet

Traveling with Your Pet

•  Always check websites like or before leaving to make sure your hotel accepts pets, and call the hotel to check on any restrictions or fees.

•  Make sure you keep a list of Emergency Veterinary Clinics in the areas you will be traveling.

•  Rabies vaccinations are a must and required for all travel local and abroad. Check with your vet for the complete range of vaccinations required, and of course, check with the airline and country that you might be visiting.

•  Unfortunately, if you’re not traveling by car, domestic travel in the US is problematic. While some local transportation businesses may allow pets, Amtrak and Greyhound buses do not.

•  Car trips can be hazardous to your pet. A sudden stop, or accident can send your pet flying, if they are sitting on your lap or seat. There are special harnesses for dogs like seatbelts, and a cat-carrier can always be used to transport your cat safely.

•  Some dogs and cats do not travel well in a car. Consider speaking with your vet about sedatives. If your pet gets car sick, consider travel-sickness pills. Check with your vet for recommendations and dosage.

•  There have been too many incidents of cats and dogs suffering from heatstroke after being left in a hot car. Leave at least two windows (for cross draft) open slightly to provide fresh air. However, we strongly recommend that you do not leave animals in the car in hot climates or during the warmer months, as even a short time in a hot vehicle can be injurious to your pet.

The Fourth of July and Your Pet

July 4th is filled with barbeques, loud music, and most of all, fireworks. As with every family gathering, your pet will want to take part! It is important to keep in mind that the festivities can present dangerous and stressful situations for your pet.

•  Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays. This may sound like fun, but the loud noises and bright lights may aggravate even the most stable of pets.

•  If you know your pet is stressed by loud noises like thunder, consult your veterinarian for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety they experience during fireworks displays. Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep them company while you’re attending picnics or parades.

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