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Gillian and I were talking before bed the other night, and I asked, mostly rhetorically, if there’s a point when you stop feeling like a kid and start feeling more like a grown-up, whatever a grown-up is. I think for me (and probably most people), a grown-up is simply someone that’s a certain amount older than you. When I started kindergarten, those fifth-graders in the back of the bus were sooo big. In middle school, it was the eighth-graders, and when I walked into high school as a freshman, the seniors seemed like they were part of another world. Of course, when I actually reached fifth, then eighth, then twelfth grade, I didn’t feel very old.

The same is still true. We’re knocking on 30 here in the next couple years, which seemed like a lifetime away 10 years ago, but now that we’re almost there, not so much. I guess, in a sense, it is a lifetime away, because we’re really full-fledged adults now, and the things that we were worrying about in high school and college seem so trivial now. Which brings me back to my original question? Sure, we’re adults now, but when do you start feeling it? I still feel like I’m a kid (and if you ask S, perhaps I still am), but heck – we have a kid of our own now, I’ve had a full-time job for seven years, we own two homes, and nobody is responsible for us but ourselves. Somehow we made that transition relatively seamlessly and have managed to stay afloat.

As we were talking about this, I had another realization – that even though I still feel a lot like a kid, there are still some aspects in which I wish we could be even more childlike. I watch C every day, and his joy and energy are infectious. Can he make me want to pull my hair out? Absolutely, and he seems to relish it.

But mostly, he’s just doing what he was born to do.

He gets excited about the smallest things – snow, airplanes, balloons, seeing the dog every morning, Christmas lights, his stuffed monkey bath time; they all bring a smile and a “woooo” sound of delight.

His curiosity is boundless – he explores every path, tries new things daily, pushes the limits that we set for him.

He doesn’t hold grudges or have prejudices toward anyone – it may take him a minute to warm up to strangers (or it may not), but soon he’ll be holding a gibberish conversation with the lady he just met in the store.

He trusts us unconditionally.

Even though he does it unconsciously, he treats every new day like it may be his last, and if it’s going to be, then he might as well make sure he lives to his fullest.

In short, there’s a lot he can teach me. Whether I realize it or not, every day I’m trying to put limits on what he can or can’t do. Don’t throw your cup. Put your toys away. Don’t hit the dog. Obviously, some things are for his well-being, but some of them seem kind of arbitrarily set. Instead of trying to teach him, should we be going to him for instruction? I kinda believe that when I look at him, in many ways I’m seeing what humanity was meant to be in its purest form. Joy. Love. Curiosity. Bright blue eyes twinkling with laughter. I realize that as you grow up, life can surely beat you down, and you have new responsibilities and problems all the time, and sometimes you can get overwhelmed to the point of wanting to curl up and cry, but does it always have to be that way?

I think, no matter how old, everyone has a spark of that original joy and mystery and excitement, which is maybe why I still feel like I could be a kid. In some people, I think it gets so suppressed that they don’t realize it’s still there, but it is. Life gets in the way most of the time, but maybe I should let C take the reins once in a while, and forget about the mess and how childish it may seem to my far superior, grown-up mind (sarcasm, in case you missed it), and just run and play and be silly with him. Now of course, I’m not suggesting that you can just abandon everything and go be a hermit. With growing up comes some modicum of responsibility, whether we like it or not. But I am suggesting that we don’t always have to take life so seriously that we don’t enjoy it.

Did I answer my question? I’m not sure. But I’m not sure I need an answer.


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As Poppy was flying through the trees,

A cry for help was heard

Upon the leaf of a dandelion

She saw a tiny ladybird


Poppy settled down beside the ladybird

To find out what was wrong

The ladybird answered tearfully

All of my beautiful spots have gone


They were stolen by a pixie

When I was fast asleep

Poppy was quite angry

For she knew it was Pixie Pete


He was always being mischievous

So poppy sought the help of a friend

She asked Elvis the elf for assistance

To bring Pete’s thieving to an end


They scoured the forest together

They found Pixie Pete, who looked quite pale,

He was so sorry for his actions

But alas he was put into jail


All the spots were recovered

And taken back to the ladybird

Who was deliriously happy?

As for Poppy, three cheers could be heard.

Malcolm G Bradshaw

children’s  poet

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I’ve started on a see food diet.
I highly recommend you try it.
You eat whatever food you see;
a grape, a crepe, a pear, a pea,
a candy cane, some bubble gum,
a piece of pie, a peach, a plum,
banana pancakes, chicken legs,
a dozen donuts, deviled eggs,
spaghetti noodles, sirloin steaks,
vanilla ice cream, birthday cakes,
a hundred pizzas, chocolate mousse,
and gallon jugs of apple juice.

The see food diet. Just can’t beat it.

Whenever you see food, you eat it.
I’m pretty sure you won’t lose weight,
But, what the heck? The food is great!

–Kenn Nesbit

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In the morning when I awake
still half asleep yearning for more
I often stop to think
what life was like living before.
When man had to forage for food
no Supermarkets in the land
things were not bought in packets
nothing was to hand.
When bread had to be baked at home
vegetables grown in a field
tea imported from India or China
you ate what your father could yield.
Clothing was made by the Mother or Wife
cows were milked in the barn
no chemicals then to make things last
materials were made of Yarn.
No wasteage created because of bulk
food mountians never created
no such thing as salmonella
were many deaths today were fated.
No refrigerators to keep the food
freezers not yet used
so how come nowadays we still have waste?
food has been abused.
Sell by dates, best before?
never heard of in the past
food was kept in a larder
not in bulk just enough to last.
Do not eat this? don’t touch that
its enough to drive you insane
diets for this allergies for that
meaningless and inane.
How many people died of food poison
in the days before sell by dates?
statistics say not very many
its in our time this fad dictates. 
What did people do before the refrigerator? did you ever hear of sell by dates? best before years ago? no, because in this “careful” society of e numbers and what have you, people are scared into the fact that food cannot be eaten after a certian time? this is nonsense, eggs, milk etc never had sell by dates until recent times, fact.
Can you remember the days before refrigeration?

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Everyone has heard people say how fast food is either great or horrible. As with everything people say, there is usually some truth to it. We will go over the advantages and disadvantages of fast food in this article.

Most people eat fast food. Some eat it more often than others, and some like it more than others. Our taste buds tend to be different, so our opinions will vary from person to person. The following advantages and disadvantages are pretty standard and we have tried to be as unbiased as possible.

Advantages of Fast Food

There are three main advantages to fast food.

  • You can save money because fast food tends to be cheaper than the alternatives.
  • You can save time as there is very low or no waiting time for food to be served.
  • There are many healthy fast food options now so no need to eat fat-filled burgers and fries.

Save Money

Advantages and Disadvantages of Fast Food

This is probably the most important incentive for people to eat fast food. Fast food is usually much cheaper than homemade meals and dine-in restaurants. Because of that, it is the most common meal choice of lower class folks in our societies.

Having said that, fast food is eaten by almost everyone. Some of the most popular athletes in the world eat fast food. Even our president eats fast food here and there. It is definitely not limited to poor people, despite the way the media portrays it.

Save Time

The second most obvious reason is because fast food is, well, fast. There is very low or no waiting period. Food is usually prepared in matter of minutes and you can be on your way.

Most fast food restaurants also have drive-thru’s, which allow customers to order even more quickly. Now we don’t even have to get out of our cars to purchase food. When compared to traditional restaurants, you could be saving over an hour of time from ordering to finishing your meal.

Healthy Choices

Although fast food has a reputation for being high in calories and fat, that is slowly changing with the rise of the health-conscious population, which is increasing the demand for healthy food options.

Just about every fast food restaurant offers some kind of healthy alternatives today. Whether it’s grilled chicken sandwiches, wraps, or salads, there is usually something for everyone.

One thing to keep in mind is that healthier options generally tend to be a little more expensive. But because it is fast food, you are still going to save money over homemade foods.

Disadvantages of Fast Food

Fast food had many more disadvantages in the past couple of decades. Today, the industry is expanding into offering types of foods that cater to virtually anyone.

There are two main disadvantages we’ll take a look at:

  • Lower quality foods that are usually caused by a large-scale production process.
  • More fattening foods that are mainly caused by the lower quality food sources.

Lower Quality Food

There’s no doubt about it, fast food is made in a bulk production process, which tends to lower the overall quality of food. Granted, chicken is chicken, so we’re not talking about eating rat meat here.

A lot of the fast food restaurants such as Chipotle have started using organic vegetables, hormone-free beef, and cage-free chickens. This is greats news for both consumers and animals.

More Fattening

Historically speaking, fast food has been very fattening. The production process involved in creating fast food added a lot of greasy and fat content to foods. However, as mentioned in the healthy choices section above, this is quickly changing.

While most restaurants have your normal greasy burgers and fries, they have also started to offer grilled chicken, fish, salads, and healthy wraps. So whether you’re looking to eat a nice greasy meal or a healthy grilled sandwich, fast food restaurants have what you want.


As mentioned in this article, fast food restaurants and industry as a whole have come a long way. There are many more options now and a lot of those are much healthier than what we’re used to.

Some fast food restaurants such as Panera Bread and Subway have completely adopted a healthy food business model.

What do you think of our advantages and disadvantages of fast food?

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How common is sleepwalking?

Sleepwalking is a common problem. Up to 30% of children will sleepwalk at some point.

Although the behaviour is more common in children, the number of adults affected is higher than previously thought.

An American study carried out in 2012 found that of 15,929 adults surveyed, 573 (3.6%) reported having at least one sleepwalking episode in the previous year.

Night terrors and nightmares

The difference between the two, and advice on what to do

Sleepwalking is walking or carrying out complexactivities while not fully awake.

It usually occurs during deep sleep, which is at a maximum during the early part of the night, so it tends to occur in the first few hours after falling asleep.

Sleepwalking can start at any age but is more common in children. Most children will grow out of it by the time they reach puberty, but in some cases the behaviour can persist into adult life.

This page explains:

  • why some people sleepwalk
  • what happens when a person sleepwalks
  • what you should do if you find someone sleepwalking
  • treating sleepwalking 
  • preventing accidents 

Why some people sleepwalk

The exact cause of sleepwalking is unknown but it seems to run in families. You’re more likely to sleepwalk if one or both of your parents have a history of sleepwalking or night terrors.

The following factors can trigger sleepwalking or make it worse:

  • sleep deprivation
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • stress and anxiety
  • fever 
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • taking recreational drugs 
  • certain types of medication, such as some hypnotics
  • being startled by a sudden noise or touch and waking from deep sleep, or waking from deep sleep to pass urine 

Taking steps to prevent these triggers, such as ensuring that you get enough sleep and doing activities to relieve stress, will help. 

What happens when a person sleepwalks

Some people who sleepwalk just sit up in bed and look around, while others get out of bed and walk about, open cupboards, get dressed or eat. In extreme cases, some people have been known to walk out of the house and carry out complex activities, such as driving a car.

The person will usually have their eyes open while sleepwalking but will look straight through family members and not recognise them. However, they’re often able to manoeuvre around objects.

If you talk to a person who is sleepwalking, they may partially respond or say things that don’t make sense.

Most sleepwalking episodes don’t last longer than 10 minutes. At the end of the episode, the person may wake up or they may return to bed and go back to sleep. If woken while sleepwalking, the person will usually feel confused and won’t remember the episode.

What to do if you find someone sleepwalking

The best thing to do if you find someone sleepwalking is to make sure they’re safe. Don’t shout or startle the person so that they wake up.

Gently guide them back to bed. If undisturbed, they’ll often go back to sleep again. Sometimes, gently waking the person fully (particularly children) when they appear to be coming out of the episode, before settling them back to sleep, will prevent another episode occurring from the same deep sleep cycle.

Treating sleepwalking

There’s no specific treatment for sleepwalking, but it generally helps to try and get enough sleep and have a regular and relaxing routine before bedtime. Read more about how to establish a regular bedtime routine.

In adults, hypnotherapy is sometimes effective in treating sleepwalking. If episodes are frequent, sleep studies may be needed to rule out other sleep disorders that could be triggering the behaviours, such as obstructive sleep apnoea(OSA) or periodic leg movements in sleep often associated with restless leg syndrome (RLS).

Medication isn’t usually used to treat sleepwalking. However, it may sometimes be recommended for a few nights when an increase in the frequency of episodes is anticipated, or if a person is sleeping in an unfamiliar environment. In some cases, antidepressants may help reduce the frequency of sleepwalking episodes.

Occasional sleepwalking episodes don’t need further assessment. It’s only necessary to seek medical help if the number of sleepwalking episodes increases, or if the behaviours lead to dangerous activities which risk injury to the person sleepwalking or to others.

Preventing accidents

It’s important to keep the areas of your home where a person may sleepwalk free of breakable or potentially harmful objects, and to remove any items that they could trip over. It’s also a good idea to keep windows and doors locked.

If your child sleepwalks, don’t let them sleep on the top bed of a bunk bed. You may also want to fit safety gates at the top of the stairs.

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