Politicians worry about their poll numbers. We all worry about the numbers in our budgets. Today I go some great numbers from my doctor:

Blood Pressure 115/64

Cholesterol 190 LDL 110 HDL 70 (Until I went on my Diabetic diet my Cholesterol was in the 250 range)

Body Mass Index 21.6

Blood Sugar level 120

Fortunately none of the test involved how well my brain cells do, or don’t, function.

“The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”
Doug Larson

1) The World In Pictures

a. The world of smiles and laughter

Havana, Cuba: Youths make a splash after a thunderstorm Photograph: Desmond Boylan/Reuters

b. The world of crying and tears.

Somali women displaced by severe drought conditions queue to get food handouts at a center operated by the government and local NGOs, south of Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo Feisal Omar/Reuters

c. The cement that binds communities together, moms and grand-moms and children.

Children watch as Sofia Alidad plays with her seven-month-old grandson, Asher Naeem, in front of her house in Rawalpindi, north-east Pakistan. Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/ AP

2)Defining Beauty – Ms. Wheelchair America

Santina Muha

From an article in the Asbury Park Press, by Laura Martin:

http://tinyurl.com/6x3cxxs

“Defining Beauty: Ms.Wheelchair America,” is a documentary film about five disabled women. But Toms River resident Santina Muha, who is featured in the film, doesn’t want people to view her that way.

“Being in a wheelchair is a part of me, but it is not my defining characteristic,” says Muha, who represented New Jersey in the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant, which is the setting for “Defining Beauty.” “I am so many other things.”

“Yet Muha says many people only see her disability, which is the result of a spinal cord injury caused by a car accident when she was 5 years old.

She hopes the message of “Defining Beauty” changes that. The film, narrated by actress Katey Sagal, will be shown July 9 at the Long Island Film Expo and has previously been shown at the Staten Island Film Festival where it won “Best Documentary Feature” and at the Newport Beach Film Festival where it received the title of “Audience Award Winner Documentary.” Muha says the film is already affecting public perception of people in wheelchairs.”

“One man said during a screening that when he first started watching, he just saw five girls in wheelchairs, but by the end he saw each woman for who they were individually,” she says. “That is kind of the point of the film for me.”

I am not a fan a beauty contest, too much emphasis on the body, not enough on the brain. However I do look forward to the day when someone like Muha has the opportunity to compete in any beauty contest.

3) Music Videos

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Midnight In Harlem

Jeff Lorber and Eric Darius Live At Java Jazz Festival 2008

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