Archives for June 2011

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide to Your Health

Digestive Health – PSYLLIUM – Go With the Natural Digestive Flow

An Alternative Source of Soluble Fiber

Psyllium seed husks are a source of soluble fiber and make for a healthy addition to your diet. Fiber adds roughage to the diet, so Psyllium plays an important role in digestion and elimination, and can promote regularity and colon health.

A study found that Psyllium is effective for relieving occasional constipation and improved many measured parameters that can affect digestion and constipation.

  • Plays an important role in digestion and elimination
  • Can promote regularity and colon health
  • Provides cleansing support throughout the day to help maintain healthy functioning of the GI tract
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels that are already within a normal range

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer


New Twitter #FF (or) Why I dig the 120 (or) Proof Mike Mueller is Spying on Me

So, as of late I have been spending more and more time on Twitter and, as a consequence, less time on Facebook. It really isn’t that I love one more than the other. I am just finding more usable information on Twitter (read Twitter makes my brain grow).

Because of the wondrous nature of Hootsuite, I have succeeded in developing quite the organized feed manager. The result, better connections with folks I already like, great information from people I trust on topics I am interested in, and new connections with people I think I might like and trust that I may create a connection with but can deep six with no harm no foul if we decide we aren’t right for each other (it’s not you, it’s me, really).

It occurred to me last night that I needed to resume my #FF (Follow Friday) posts. I also knew that I wanted to introduce you to these folks in a way that 120 just doesn’t handle (yeah, I know 140 – but the RT MAN, THE RT!!) So, I decided that, in the manner of Stilettitastic, I would always create a bloggy post to accompany my #FF. I went to sleep feeling very accomplished with my new idea.

THEN, I find THIS in my fantastic Hootsuite Feed

Before you get all FollowFridayGiggly please read my rant. It applies equally to #FF (please)

OOOOO….blasted full of constantly great ideas, Mike Mueller takes on Klout in an outstanding way and simultaneously upstaging my wonderfully brilliant idea. BAH – oh well, at least the company is good.

So here is my #FF Stilettitastic style

@startabuzz – This fab female CREATED the word “Stilettitastic” simply because I needed a word. She loves coffee, biscuits and following me. Her hobbies include jam up wordsmithing, taking over the world in a cape, and following me. What is there not to love?

@gladdoggett – If Twitter made cheerleader costumes, this chick would get a free one. An absolute BOTTOMLESS wealth of contribution, Glad lives up to her name everyday. And, she is solely responsible for one of my greatest joys – a 5 foot steel chicken named Beyonce (at least it wasn’t towels).

@JillianRowe – If I could live a parallel life, I would want one like this. She has no idea that I live vicariously through her on a regular basis and she is my constant reminder to have fun. Beautiful, talented, fearless, awesome in my twitter feed everyday.

@Inspired_D – Chica and I go way back. So far back that 6 or 7 years I could’ve written the sentence “I so appreciate this chica for learning me about MySpace blogging. We have been friends forever.” Yeah, I said MySpace. We rocked it. Twitter, we rock it too

@sgourley – I found this guy via TED Blog. I tweeted it, he followed me, I am stoked. Super smart cat, I read a bit of the website everyday to wrap my mind around the work of Quid. The use of data thrills me and my little mind strives to catch it. Also, he reminds my of my crush, Charlie.

@Ribeezie – This guy tried to smear me by suggesting on the interwebs that I am flaky enough to leave $5 coffee on the roof of my car and then drive off. He failed. Folks consider the source with that kind of thing. He is my friend and runs a rock solid project for blogging real estate agents – so, I gave him a pass. He also calls my husband “husband”…yeah, its weird, but its Ribeezie.

So there Mike Muller. Steal my thunder! The least you can do now is share and retweet 🙂

Nothing is Better Than Sisters – Even When We Are Different


Love is the ability and willingness
to allow those that you care for
to be what they choose for themselves
without any insistence that they satisfy you.

~Wayne Dyer

I am a bit under the weather and somewhat foggy in the head. So, I am taking the easy way out and focusing today on that one thing that makes me happy without having to think about it – my family.

We have a big family. We are scattered to three of the Earth’s four corners. Fortunately that doesn’t make us any less close-knit. My baby sister and family is in from Germany. I got to meet the child that was named after me. We also found out she is about to make our family another baby bigger. My middle sister shocked and awed with her surprise visit. Talk about delighting a house full of hearts.

While there are obvious similarities amongst the three sisters, there are obvious differences. We birth and parent our children different. We love our parents different. We enjoy down time different. Clothes, music, hobbies, food, weather – different.

Different – not bad, wrong or negative – just different. Does the different sometimes cause conflict? Sure, but between sisters, anything can cause conflict. Heck, we will make it up if it has been too long!

More often than not, different creates wondrous moments of discussion and invitation into the hearts of those that are closest to us. Different allows for beautiful moments of sharing and understanding. Theses differences move us to a place where we love each other more deeply for who the other is wholly instead of who they are positionally. I grow in love for them because I know them better as people – not simply out of sisterly obligation.

Today, I encourage you to embrace the different. Assess your initial gut reaction when you hear the word. Say it out loud – “different.” Is that exciting, positive, negative, scary, uncertain, apprehensive, neutral, something else entirely? Consider whether your disposition to the idea of different leaves you open to the possibilities or guarded against the unknown or misunderstood. Then reflect on whether or not your notion of different enriches or depletes. What a wonderful resource of growth and expansion can exist in those things which are outside of our normal.

Thanks for the coffee…

**Yep that’s us 🙂

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide to Your Health

Digestive Health – PROBIOTICS – Giving Bacteria a Good Name

Enrich Your Body with Beneficial Bacteria

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found naturally in the intestinal tract. Acidophilus, which is commonly found in yogurt, is one popular type of probiotic and is especially helpful for promoting a healthy intestinal balance. Probiotics nutritionally support the digestive system by promoting a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients.

Clinical trials show that probiotics (a general term for substances that promote the growth of microorganisms_ may help support gastrointestinal health by establishing “healthy colonies” within the intestines. A clinical trial that tested 137 subjects over four weeks showed that the probiotic Acidophilus was also effective in improving the health of the intestinal tract.

  • Crucial for cell formation
  • Promotes healthy bones
  • Involved in protein formation and nerve impulses
  • Helps promote menstrual health
  • Helpful for occasional muscle tension related to exercise

Yours in Health

Nikki Palmer


Back to the Coffee Shop – Maybe…

In 2007, I wrote this Blog Post ~ Going into the Coffee Shop for Hillary Clinton. You can read the thing in its entirety if you would like – we will wait. There is a State of the Union Post as well. However, for convenience, here is the part of that post that I would like to revisit here for today.

When I first started blogging, I understood the difficulties in “in the box” communication. With online talks and discussions you have a few characteristics that make some conversation difficult different.

There is no body language, no tone of voice, no real-time response. A person can read one post and not get the whole story or know me as a person and get the wrong idea. The ability to be anonymous emboldens some folks to say things they wouldn’t normally say.

So, in the beginning, I decided that there were two kinds of topics – blog topics and coffee shop topics. Some topics were fairly safe to talk about on the web while still being interesting. Others could be too easily misconstrued and would therefore be held for times when I could get together with a real person, face to face.

However, I have since realized that there is a wealth of opinionated and knowledgeable ideas out there with folks I know and trust. So, it is time to go into the coffee shop.

I will be honest, I am treading these waters very carefully. This is meant for great discussion. I may have a little or a lot to say. We will have to see.

The fact that I am a conservative should not be a surprise to anyone – but if you didn’t know, I am outing myself now. I haven’t picked my nominee yet because I like a few of them for different reasons. Immigration policy, Iraqi plans, tax reform, sanctity of life…those kinds of reasons.

I am considering reopening the coffee shop. The rant on Twitter with Russell Crowe made me want to scream. And then I just wanted to talk about it. You see, to see, he seems illogical and asinine – but what if I am wrong? Ok, so I really don’t think I am wrong on that one (he was an ass) – however, I am certain there are situations where I am. And, if not wrong, at least would benefit from understanding better the viewpoint with which I do not agree. I do not strive to argue or debate (sometimes) however, I would like to know that my thoughts are diverse and I have listen to those who think differently than I. And I would like to know that I have done my part in ensuring that my voice is also among the counted…not just Russell Crowe.

There is an election coming up, our fighting men and women are in harm’s way, our economy remains fragile, our children remain undereducated, and the 24 hour news cycle ensures all of it and more remains whipped up in a speculative frenzy so that advertisers continue to spend money with them.

That’s the thing I like about a coffee shop…we can just talk.

Just thought I would take a minute and get your two cents…

**Housekeeping ~ I do have Rules of Engagement over at MLWFY. It is the same over here 🙂

**Photo Credit to Ruben Alexander

Creative Coast and atdc Savannah Presents “Food for Thought”


Great start from John W. Chiaro’s “How to Succeed in Sales.”

Beauty in Solitude, Company, Diversity and Dynamic

There are days when solitude is
a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom,
others when it is a bitter tonic,
and still others when it is a poison
that makes you beat your head against the wall.


Okay all you introverts, hang with me through this first idea and I will get back to you on the second.

I am an extrovert. I will continue when the loud haws of feigned disbelief subside. It’s just the truth of it – I love talking, interacting, sharing, watching, knowing, being around people. I am fairly certain it is deep-rooted inside of my DNA.

I was in my 30’s before I even began to consider the benefits of occasionally choosing solitude. And there are many. It hasn’t been until very recently that I have been able to participate in this foreign art and enjoy its fruits. In this age of constant connectivity and information availability, even the introvert can constantly surround himself with people with minimal effort.

There is a lost appreciation (or in my case an unknown one) for that time you spend with that one person you need to know best – yourself. Developing an understanding of another person takes intention and focus with little distraction. Keeping in touch with your inner compass is no different.

Alrighty introverts, idea two. Because our preferences change and adjust from time to time, does not make a statement on our devotion or character. It is painful to watch a dynamic person continually attempt to keep themselves in a static box because of expectations – either from themselves or others. I find it amazing when folks who adore and celebrate diversity and eclecticism everywhere else fail to see the beauty of it in themselves.

Like to be alone today, with a whole gaggle tomorrow and a few close friends the day after that? Great – all normal. There is nothing wrong with a varying desire for interaction. It does not make you a loner, attention starved, elitist, unable to be by yourself, uncomfortable in your own skin, wishy washy, recluse – or any other label others attempt to put on you so they can feel more comfortable with the dynamic.

Today, I encourage you to take inventory of your own inner dialogue. Do you talk with yourself enough? Do you listen? Do you allow for the time you need to check in with your inner compass to ensure you are still tracking? Yes? Great. Move forward into your next interaction at whatever level that might be. No? Great (there is no judgement here). Consider if this is the best course of action. If it works, beautiful. If not, take that time for yourself and go ahead and decide upfront that you are not going to let other people’s perception of this move throw you off your game.

Thanks for the coffee…

**Featured Photo from Jose Antonio
**Colette Photo found on I Am A Flippy Doodle. Interestingly enough, he had posted the same quote. I spent a bit of time on his blog…check it out.

Imitation is NOT a Dirty Word (it isn’t even four letters)

This is the Day 11 Prompt of the #Trust30 challenge.

Day 1 Challenge | Fabian Kruse | Divine Idea

Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write down in which areas of your life you have to overcome these suicidal tendencies of imitation, and how you can transform them into a newborn you – one that doesn’t hide its uniqueness, but thrives on it. There is a “divine idea which each of us represents” – which is yours?

Ok. I am trying really hard to pull the positive intention out of today’s thought. With all due respect to Fabian, I am just over this whole idea. Sometimes hyperbole can be taken too far. This, in my opinion, is one of those times.

Suicidal tendencies…never imitate…really? Sounds a bit…much to me.

Understand, while I do not have the pleasure of knowing him, I can tell by Fabian’s work at The Friendly Anarchist that there are many things we would agree on, some we would not, and some that would just have to be sorted out due to semantics. I think this one may be semantics, but I cannot be sure. So, I will do my best to articulate my point of view.

First, the word “unique” is a can of worms all by itself. According to Merriam Webster, the history of the word “unique” has been a challenged one. It contains in its various meanings both the properties of being sole and without like to distinctively characteristic and unusual. The original definition was found to be “affected and useless.” The word did not come back into popular usage until the latter definition allowed for a greater appropriateness of use.

Therefore being “unique” does not require that you be “sole.” (I feel the urge to now draw a comparison with the word “soul,” but I will spare you the self-indulgence.) “Unique” is simply “distinctive.” And I can assure you, thankfully, there are other pots out there just as cracked as you or I.

Imitation, in and of itself, is not a terrible thing. It is how we teach our children, learn different abilities, get comfortable with new tasks – we imitate those before us. Even when we are breaking out of the box, we are employing tactics of box breaking that have been used before. Since we were a minute and a half old, we cease to ever be able to operate on a wholly blank slate. We are a product of those things we know to have gone before us. Whether we operate in support of or in rebellion against a previous example, we cannot deny the influence of that example.

Representing that divine idea in my authentic self does not require that I push off the positive influences and examples provided by others. I am appreciative of the model to follow, the lessons learned thereby avoiding mistakes already made for a host of new ones I will make myself.

So, I will continue imitating where I feel it is useful and appropriated without fear or guilt of others believing that I am suicidal or in some other way deficient on my own two feet. I am, in actuality, confident enough to appreciate the wealth of ability in both myself and you. Teach me a better way and I will imitate it – and buy you lunch for your ingenuity and willingness to share.

**Photo credit by  David M. Goehring

Vitamins & Supplements to Live by Guide for Your Health

Bone Care – MAGNESIUM – Nerves, Bones, Cells and More

A Major Mineral for Strong Bones

Surveys suggest that the diets of most adult Americans do not provide the recommended amounts of Magnesium. This makes supplementation even more important, as Magnesium is crucial for cell formation, helps promote healthy bones and is a component in over 200 enzymes in the body.

Researchers from Austria found that Magnesium supplements could play an important role in maintaining bone health.

  • Crucial for cell formation
  • Promotes healthy bones
  • Involved in protein formation and nerve impulses
  • Helps promote menstrual health
  • Helpful for occasional muscle tension related to exercise

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer


Yeah, We Got It – You Can Get Belligerent : #trust30 Challenge

This is the Day 10 Prompt of the #Trust30 challenge.

This is the second #trust30 post at MLWFY. You can find an explanation for Day 7 and the post for Day 8 over at My Beautiful Chaos. Day 9 was Tweeted.

Day 10 Challenge | Eric Handler | Your Personal Message

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is burning deep inside of you? If you could spread your personal message RIGHT NOW to 1 million people, what would you say?

I understand that being a media junkie can have a negative effect on one’s personal outlook. Oh well – I will just have to remain vigilant. I am an information junkie. I am always on the lookout for a new story, a new view, a new blog, new method, whatever – well, at least new to me.

Living with immediate access to internet and a 24 hour news cycle, this is an easy monkey to feed. But the personal outlook assault is a very real danger. I am not going to name drop those who I feel to be the first offenders – you already know who they are. They never show up to promote anything. But man, they are always looking to tear something down – bashing, fighting, condescending, insulting, slandering, disrespecting, offending. Never mind that they do more to fuel separation, constrain ideas and stunt progress – they just continue to rip away. Nice – that works, we should keep doing that (sarcasm intentional).

I will be the first to admit that there are things that I don’t like I have no problem naming them – The sexualization of today’s children (namely girls) being on top of the list. Ask most people who know me if I can be a snarky smart…well you know…and they will laugh and say, “duh!” I am opinionated and passionate. I believe in a right and a wrong and understand that the gray has to be muddled through. I understand that injustices must be named in order to be righted.

I get it – you can be belligerent. But can you be benevolent?

It makes me nervous when I realize I am dealing with a person about whom I am not sure of the answer. I tend to disassociate when I realize the answer is “no.”

Now, I will name drop. The wrongs of the world are a fact of life. Wasting time and energy raging against their existence is futile – not to mention soul sucking. These folks know that things can be better. They have decided to spend time and energy doing that. The wrongs of the world stir the belligerent in their soul. The goodness of their hearts harnesses that energy into positive creation. And isn’t that the highest and best use of our energy – not to mention soul filling?

Mothers Fighting for Others – Yes, I will mention them as often as I can. This group of fighters saw the injustice. They chose to focus on creating an environment of love, support and empowerment.  Can we rage against the injustice that brought these children to this place? Sure. But what about these children? They need light now – and that’s what MFFO provides. A light, a love, a hope.

What I want for them is simple. I want them to feel loved. I want them to feel safe and secure. I want them to go to school and grow up to be great women. What I want for them is what their Mothers would have wanted. That is it. It’s that simple.

Creative Coast – Those who don’t know Savannah wouldn’t believe half of it if we told you. Like any family, we have our issues – we are working on that. Creative Coast has done amazing things in feeding the diversity and beauty of our beautiful city. The mission statement reads:

To nurture the members of the Savannah community engaged in creative or innovative endeavors and to cultivate an environment in which they can thrive.

Nurture, cultivate, thrive – seriously? How can that NOT be exponentially more effective that continually attempting to condescend and destroy?

Dinner: A Love Story – I love to cook. I have a big family, a big job and little unscheduled time. Some days, getting dinner on the table from something other than a bag or a box might as well be as challenging as milking the cow, churning the butter, killing the chicken and picking the vegetables. But I want to. Lots of us want to.

Meet Jenny Rosenstrach. This chick gets it

DALS is a website devoted (mostly) to helping parents figure out how to get family dinner on the table. You can assume I know how busy you are and how many other things are ahead of “thaw chicken for dinner” on today’s to-do list. I will never fault you for firing up a frozen pizza when you can’t bear to turn on the stove. I will never judge you for not coughing up the extra bucks for the organic broccoli. And I will never promise you that family dinner is something that can be figured out in five easy steps!

Yeah, she could belittle parents like me as parasites attempting to kill the children we secretly loathe. Curse us working moms who put career ahead of family. That would mostly certainly encourage me to listen to anything she has to say, right! Yeah, right after I daydreamed about punching her in neck, I would go find some other cooking momma to appreciate.

TED – Hands down, this group is the best example of building up instead of tearing down. Will TED call out wrongs? You bet they will. Do all the TED folks agree with each other? Nope. Do I agree with every TED idea? Haha – for certain not. But agreement is not necessary for meaningful discussion of ideas. Sharing a value of mutual respect is. And these folks have that crafted to an art. From the website and repeated on their facebook page:

TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So TED is building a clearinghouse of knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

Want to get belligerent – fantastic. Can’t wait to hear how that works out for you.

Want to do the really work of benevolence – fantastic. There is certain to be some effectual influence you are going to be proud of.

**Photo credit by Nancy McClure