My Favorite Magazines to Give and Receive

Casual reading has become a luxury that most people can’t afford–literally and figuratively. The cost of magazines, demanding schedules, shorter days and the never ending to do list can make it impossible to take a break.

Sometimes, like children, we need a little nudge in the eight direction. Looking forward to thumbing through your favorite magazine can be a good way to encourage you or someone you know to take short breaks. Now before you trash my idea, let me say, after cancer I know for sure taking regular breaks are imperative to good health and wellness.

I’ll leave you with that thought and without further ado, here are some of my favorite magazines to give and receive.

Consumer Reports Magazine This magazine makes the top of my list of good buys. You can never go wrong with this magazine. Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. It was founded in 1936 when advertising flooded the market, and confused the consumer.

For 80 years, this magazine has provided evidence-based product testing and ratings, rigorous research, hard-hitting investigative journalism, public education, and steadfast policy action on behalf of consumers’ interests. This is good fit for everyone!

HGTV Magazine. This magazine is one of my favorite magazines. We happen to be in the middle of renovating our space, but even if you’re not, you’ll find useful tips and inspiration. This is the gift that keeps on giving (in the best possible way).

Magnolia Journal If you’ve been following me then you know I am a huge Fixer-Upper fan. I love all things Joanna Gaines. This magazine is pretty and inspiring. The downside is that it’s a little pricey in-store IMO. But, right now, you can get a one year subscription for $20.00 by going directly to Magnolia Market.

Rolling Stone Magazine. Still one of the best music magazines on the market. The journalists’ over there no how to tell a captivating story.

Fishing Magazines. Here’s a list of fishing magazines in case you know a fisherman who would like that.

AARP. This is a great magazine for someone above of the age of 55. It covers a variety of issues from traveling to life insurance. You will not be disappointed by this.

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The Media Should Stop Labeling Steven Paddock a Psychopath

(My heart, thoughts and prayers are with those personally impacted by the selfish act of violence in Las Vegas).

It was through a hotel room window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock started shooting at concert goers.

He killed 59 people (so far) and injured 500+ in what is now being called “the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.”

As the details of this massacre continues to unfold, reporters, police officers and survivors are labeling Paddock a “Psychopath.”

Psychopath: a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc. ~ Dictionary.Com

From a therapeutic perspective I understand this is their way of making sense of this horrible and deliberate crime.

But let’s not forget, it was a deliberate crime. It took pre-meditation. Paddock went into that hotel room with a lot of ammunition.

He was there three days. He knocked out two windows so he could cover a larger area. He shot at defenseless and innocent people including, children. He has terrorized a community and his damage has been felt across the nation.

According to a CNN interview with Paddocks brother, Eric, Stephen Paddock had no history of mental illness. He retired wealthy, had a girlfriend, was living in a nice community and enjoyed gambling.

” Stephen could afford anything he wanted and played $100-a-hand poker.” Eric said in interviews.

As I watched and listened to Eric speak, I could see the shock and confusion on his face. He says he has no idea why his brother committed that act of violence. The experts will enlighten us as time goes on.

Paddock is now dead by suicide. We may never truly know why he committed such a violent crime, especially given his age.

Regardless, labeling Paddock a psychopath minimizes his responsibility and his choice to commit that horrible crime.

And, it indirectly perpetuates discrimination against those diagnosed with a mental illness. Those properly medicated. People not considered dangerous.

I have already seen some in social media blaming medication and mental illness for this crime. And that’s what happens when people don’t understand mental illness. They make assumptions that can hurt others.

I think it’s best to call this crime what it is; murder.

Mass Murder is the act of murdering a number of people, typically simultaneously or over a relatively short period of time and in close geographic proximity. The FBI defines mass murder as murdering four or more persons during an event with no “cooling-off period” between the murders. A mass murder typically occurs in a single location where one or more people kill several others.


What is DACA?

You’ve heard the acronyms and the heated debates. The he said, she said. But do you know what DACA is? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Most people including the news reporters, had no idea what any of that jargon meant until DACA became an issue. So In case, like me, you’re wondering what DACA is, here it is in a nutshell:


source CNN