Yearning For Yesterday/ A Rhyme



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How I long for the good ole’ days,

And a second chance to change my ways.

It seems I’m never satisfied.

Having more than enough yet feel denied.


Should be rejoicing blessings everywhere.

Not complaining ’bout things like weather and hair.

It’s the wrong color. It’s to straight.

I’m too skinny. I’m overweight.


I’ve deep brown eyes, wish they were blue.

I’m plain ole me wishing I was you.

Want a better job and a newer home.

Want a sweeter ride and a trip to Rome.


Want exotic food and finer clothes.

If you send an orchid I want a rose.

God gives me gifts HE’d have me have.

If He sends aloe I  then want salve


Forgive me Lord. Don’t turn away,

From a foolish lamb who has gone astray.

When I pray I always ask for more.

I shall inventory what is in my store.


I will thank you Lord from day to day,

For the blessings you have sent my way.

Deep down I know worthy I’m not.

You died for me I am blood bought.

Vitamin & Mineral Brief A-Z Plus




vitamin 2Dosage will be shown on container or provided by a physician.

ARetinal Vitamin A is included in most multivitamins, and the U.S. recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for adults is as follows: 900 micrograms daily (3,000 IU) for men and 700 micrograms daily (2,300 IU) for women; for pregnant women 19 years old and older, 770 micrograms daily (2,600 IU); and for lactating women 19 years old and older, 1,300 micrograms daily (4,300 IU). (Mayo Clinic) Overdose is toxic Vitamin A plays a vital role in bone growth,  hair, teeth, kidneys, bladder, lungs, healthy blood, heart health,  high cholesterol, thyroid health, reproduction and immune system health.  It also helps the skin including smoothing sandpaper like texture on the backs of arms, acne, wrinkles and mucous membranes, slows heavy menstrual bleeding, repels infection, bacteria and viruses more effectively. It is essential to delaying senility and healthy vision especially night blindness. It forms visual purple in the eye  & is a cyst deterrent.  It is a cancer preventative. It can be found in whole milk, sour cream, sweet cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, cheese, butter, eggs, the broccoli-cabbage family, carrots and other green yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, fish and cod liver oil. Beta carotene is an organic strongly colored red-orange pigment abundantly found in fruits and vegetables which the body converts to Vitamin A and uses to protect the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth, nose, throat, lungs and reproductive organs. It  is also instrumental in protecting the benefits of Vitamin C.

Amino Acid for the composition of cells & muscle tissue found in bamboo shoots, meat, eggs, dairy, poultry, tuna

Acidophilus normalizes the natural healthy flow of bacteria and flora in the intestine and is often destroyed by the use of antibiotics.

B1 Thiamine The following doses are the U.S. recommended daily allowance (RDA) of thiamine taken by mouth: in adults 19 and older, 1.2 milligrams for males and 1.1 milligrams for females; and in pregnant or breastfeeding women of any age, 1.4 milligrams. (Mayo Clinic) Purpose energy production by metabolism of sugar and starches, muscle promotion, brain & heart function, eye health, production of myelin sheaths which surround & protect nerves, growth promotion, eases fluid retention, depression, irritability,stress relief, heart function, appetite control and eases chapped lips and promotes healing. Vitamin B1 is  found in eggs, okra, unrefined oats and other grains, pork, beef, all peas, oranges & squash, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, soybeans, potatoes and whole milk.

B2 Riboflavin for growth, Red blood cell production, migraines found in dark green vegetables, cabbage-broccoli family, squash, almonds, dairy,

B3 Niacin for arthritis found in tuna, peas, squash, peanut butter, poultry

B5 Pantothenic Acid convert carbs to glucose, burn fat found in squash, avocado, corn, broccoli-cabbage family

B6 Pyridoxine for hair, skin, liver found in squash poultry, potato, beets, okra

B12 for heart & digestion found in eggs, dairy, mozzarella -Swiss-Parmesan cheeses, shrimp

Biotin for hair, fingernails, obesity found in eggs, almonds, dairy, beef, grain

Bromelain is an enzyme found only in pineapple & reduces swelling & inflammation especially in the nose & sinus

Boron for bones , mental function found in grain, raisins

C for tissue repair, general healing, cyst determent found in avocado, broccoli-cabbage family, potato, peppers, okra, citrus fruits

Calcium bones & teeth found in squash, almonds, dairy, cabbage-broccoli family, tortillas, bread

Choline for neurotransmitter between cells, membrane signaling found in eggs, dark green vegetables, cabbage-broccoli family, peanut butter, grain, beets, rice, pasta

Chromium for metabolizing fat, insulin production found in potato, black pepper, wheat germ, green beans, raw tomato, raw onion, lettuce

Copper for iron absorption, red blood cell production, immune system found in dark green vegetables, broccoli-cabbage family, almonds, potato, grain, black pepper, asparagus, beans

D3 absorbs calcium for use in the body, migraines found in tuna, dairy

E is an antioxidant, aging inhibitor found in dark green vegetables, cabbage-broccoli family, squash, almonds, avocado, wheat germ

Folic Acid Fol-ate needed with B12 & C to create DNA found in dark green vegetables, cabbage-broccoli family, squash, almonds, avocado, peas, beans, cranberry, okra

Iodine for production of thyroid hormones, bone & brain development during pregnancy & infancy found in table salt, cranberries

Iron for red blood cell production & hemoglobin, anemia prevention, transfers oxygen to lungs & tissues source dark green vegs, cabbage-broccoli family, peas, avocado, beef, asparagus, beets

K for blood clotting, bones, heart health source dark green vegetables, cabbage-broccoli family, squash, avocado, asparagus, okra

Magnesium for migraines, 300+ biochemical reactions, regulates heart beat, regulates blood sugar, nerve & muscle functions, immune system functions source dark green vegetables, cabbage-broccoli family, squash, almonds, grain, beans, okra, tea

Manganese for brain & nerve function, connective tissues, sex hormones source squash, okra, grain, leafy vegetable, tea

Molybdenum crucial to break down enzymes & amino acids source beans, peas, cereal, leafy vegetables

Nickle trace amount needed for iron absorption, OVERDOSE TOXIC source cocoa, chocolate, oats

Omega 3 crucial for brain function, migraines source tuna

Phosphorus for growth & repair, bones & teeth source dairy, grain, beans

Potassium an electrolyte , electricity conductor, crucial for heart function & muscle contraction source squash, avocado, poyato, beans, banana

Probiotics for intestinal flora balance, immune health, restricts bacteria & infection found in yogurt, pickles, sauerkraut

Selenium makes antioxidants &enzymes which prevent cell damage found seafood, poultry, eggs

Vanadium for blood sugar control, heart health, anemia, edema, cancer preventative found in mushrooms, black pepper, parsley dill, beer, wine

Zinc for preventing cysts from forming, immune health, cell division, healing, smell & taste found in seafood, beans, peas, nuts, soy


1. Avoid high fructose corn syrup. It is simply concentrated fructose sugar

2. 600 IU = 75 mg

3. Avoid Olesto or Olean. It is a diet food additive and causes diarrhea


Additional Information

Bionics AKA Cybernetics



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Biological neural network  “Bionics” is the science which combines biological organs to technological interfaces. This direct interface technique uses a BNN (biological neural network. Some aspects of this technology are not new. The first heart pacemaker was implanted in 1960.  The older technology used electrodes to stimulate and manipulate existing biological organs. The pacemaker uses electrodes giving the heart muscle a mild electrical shock to stimulate a more consistent heart rhythm. The latest advancements use the direct neurological interface.  Technology has reached a level of sophistication allowing electrodes to be directly interfaced to human nerve tissue.  This direct interface uses what is known as biological neural networking. BNN has the ability to respond to thought. This process is known as open loop. It has the ability to stimulate feedback, known as closed loop. An individual who has a BNN closed loop artificial limb will have feeling in the limb. Imagine an artificial leg allowing the user to feel when he steps on a pebble.The Bnn is interfaced in the different methods of: interface to biology, biology to interface and biology to interface to biology.


Input-open loop BNN is a process called interface to biology and is the use of an electronic device to stimulate existing nerves. This is the first component of a BNN  interface and the simplest form of bionics. This is the oldest and most tested of bionic applications. The first example of of this procedure is the pacemaker. Devices have been implanted to stimulate hearing, sight, bladder control and breathing.


The second example of interface biology allows people without sight to see. Many blinding disorders are due to photoreceptor or outer retinal degeneration or destruction.  Lab experiments and clinical trials have been done in blind patients.  Results show that in an otherwise totally blind eye, controlled electrical stimulation in patterns can produce vision compatible with limited mobility and can generate shapes in the forms of large letters. These patients also often describe seeing color and direct movement.


A third example is for use in urogenital control. This is extremely useful for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). The function of this type of prosthesis is to aid in bladder control.


The last example is the breathing pacemaker. These are designed to improve the life of people with ailments such as: SCI or disease, including quadriplegia,  central alveolar hypoventilation, decreased day or night ventilator drive (i.e. sleep apnea, Ondine’s Curse, brain stem injury or disease, including co-morbidity of hiccups, diaphragm myoclonus and diaphragmatic/phrenic nerve stimulator that provides support for patients with chronic ventilator insufficiency whose diaphragm, lungs and phrenic nerves have residual function.


Output-open loop is the process of biology to interface allowing the subject to interact directly with the device. The emergence of this technology involves allowing the patient to interact directly with a computer or electronic device. This is the second component of a BNN interface and is connected primarily with human output.  The major output that researchers are working to integrate is communication.The main purpose of this process is to provide speech where it would otherwise be impossible.


Input and out-closed loop is the process of biology to interface biology. This process is used in artificial limbs. These devices incorporate the other two types of interfaces into one technological miracle.  This system receives signals from the neurological system and processes those signals into movement, then sends a sensory signal back to the biological neural system that movement was successful. These actions stimulate actual feeling in some cases subjects with severed spinal columns have been able to move both legs. Much once thought impossible grows more possible by the moment.

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Pimento And Cheese 2020

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Grate 1 lb Colby or sharp cheddar cheese

add 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip your choice

add 1/2 cup diced pimento and mix well

Choose the bread of your choice toasted or fresh

spread with cheese mixture

add your choice:

crisp bacon slices or crumbles

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tomato slices

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fried green tomato slices

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avocado slices

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lettuce or watercress

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snipped green onion

1 tbsp drained picante

sliced fresh or grilled peppers

sliced black olives

bread & butter or garlic pickle slices

My favorite: bacon, avocado, black olive, sliced tomato and lettuce on seeded cracked wheat toast.


Biometrics: Unique Physical Body Demographics



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Biometric technology is used in the security industry. It in integrated  with other authentication applications and technologies such as: domain access, single sign-on, smart cards, encryption, remote access and digital signatures. Biometrics authenticates a person based on physical body demographics and or behavioral characteristics. You are your own password. Passwords and pin numbers can be easily compromised Biometrics gives  stronger alternative security.


The biometric solution can be based on physical or characteristic attribute recognition. Examples of physical attributes include ear, face, finger geometry, fingerprint, hand geometry, iris and retina. Characteristic attributes include gait, odor, signature, typing pattern and voice. These are the most common biometric solutions available.


Fingerprinting is the most common biometric technology. It is the common ink-and-roll procedure used in booking suspects or conducting criminal investigations. Forensic scientists use fingerprint applications in large scale (million plus)  database searches. Today’s most popular fingerprint scanning techniques include optical, silicon and ultrasound. Optical scanning is the oldest and most commonly used. The user typically places their finger on a clear scanning platform. A device converts the image using dark ridges and light valleys into a digital signal using an automatic contrast adjuster.


Silicon technology began in the late 1990’s. It has gained acceptance since its inception. It relies on direct-current capacitance. A silicon sensor acts as one plate of a capacitor with a finger being another. Software converts capacitance between plate and finger into a digital image. Generally silicon produces a better quality image than an optical approach. The newest and most accurate technology is the ultrasound. It can penetrate dirt and residue. Optical’s inability to master this is its main drawback. Ultrasound scans are more expensive but more precise.


Integrity with biometric scanning systems is crucial. An example is assuming that input was presented by the legitimate owner and that the system matched the input pattern with genuinely enrolled patten samples. There are two serious criticisms of biometric technologies. First that an assailant or hacker could gain access to or replicate the  individual identifier. The second criticism is that once an identifier has been compromised the recourse method of revocation and replacing is then  rightfully questioned.

There are three main social-cultural concerns associated with biometrics. They are informational privacy, physical privacy and religious objections. The most serious informational issues concern the threat of function creep and tracking capabilities. Function creep or mission creep expands the original purpose of obtaining biometric information to include additional purposes.  Information obtained using this method can be done without the originator’s knowledge. Definite ethical issues arise when this occurs.


Tracking is thought of by some as a specific type of functional creeping. Tracking is the ability to monitor in real time or to search databases containing information about a specific individual. In some ways biometrics provides better security,  as the biometric identifier is much more difficult to steal or counterfeit.  Physical privacy concerns include the stigma associated with some biometrics such as fingerprints,  the possibility of actual harm to individual participants and the concern that devices used to obtain or read the biometric may be unhygienic. People may not feel comfortable putting their faces against a reader to have a retina scan after knowing that others have done so or touching a hand scanner during the flu season in the U.S.


One example of religious objections might be based on a Christian group interpreting the use of biometrics as, “The mark of the beast” based on verses from the book of Revelations in the Christian bible. Revelation 13:16-18 “The beast causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond to receive  a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save that he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…and his number is six hundred, threescore, and six. ”

Most U. S. states driver’s licenses use biometrics having legislature requiring the collection of fingerprints. Those states include California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Oklahoma and Texas. The FBI, U. S. Department of Defense and other government controlled agencies use the collection of biometric information.

One of the most promising aspects concerning biometrics  is the conquering of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission identifies identity theft as  far outweighing all other fraud complaints.


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Elder Villanelle/ A Rhyme

 A nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of five tercets and a quatrain, with the first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and with both repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain.  (Miriam Webster definition)
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Just these old cranky bones, be sittin’ in the sun.
Once I would have sweat and broke out with a sigh,
Now  just soakin’ up the heat ’til the day is done.
When the world recalls them old regrets I’ve got none.
Life’s been hard sometimes, even made me cry.
Just these old cranky bones be sittin’ in the sun.
Now life’s so simple got me thinkin’ this is fun,
And when the sun is risen I’m the lucky guy,
Now just soakin’ up the heat ’til the day is done.
My roles not over yet, not until I’m done.
It’s a holdin’ on just enjoying the blue sky.
Just these old cranky bones, be sittin’ in the sun.
Young feller over there, thinking my race has been run,
Life will soon teach him, we write our own goodbye.
Now just soakin’ up the heat ’til the day is done.
Still got a lot in me, like a smokin’ gun.
I’m mighty thankful the old sun is risen high.
Just these old cranky bones be sittin’ in the sun
Now just soakin’ up the heat ’til the day is done.

Oh! Berries Are They Safe To Eat?



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Ahhh! Berries present themselves as tempting and appealing, but before you pop them in your mouth you should know certain berries are toxic. Yes some berries if eaten cause death. The berries on certain ornamental plants are dangerous. It only takes a few daphne berries to kill a child. Jessamine berries and red sage berries prove fatal if ingested. The berries and foliage of the Yew are fatal bringing death suddenly without warning. The berries of the mistletoe are medically recorded killers of both children and adults. All parts of the Nightshade are fatal, but it is their beautiful berries which deliver the most toxin. Growing up in rural Oklahoma is a challenge to the exploring pallette. Looking back at my childhood and remembering drinking the honeysuckle’s nectar I fully understand that it was God guiding those little hands.

Caution! Careful When Putting Bulbs To Bed



a bulbDid you know some common flower bulbs are toxic? As a child I remember my grandmother digging up her garden bulbs, drying them and storing them in cardboard flats out on the screened in back porch to freeze all winter and readying for spring planting. I’m certainly thankful that curiosity never created in me the desire to taste daffodil, narcissus or hyacinth bulbs. We had all 3 and they are all 3 toxic.

Must Be Rhubarb/ Leave the leaves Alone



a rhubarb pieOne of my Grandmother’s favorite desserts was rhubarb straight out of the garden sweetened with sugar and thickened with tapioca. Depending upon the season she might make a strawberry-rhubarb or a blackberry rhubarb pie. During my childhood when there was grief in our community, Estella, Oklahoma all of us came together to help. Box dinner and pie auctions were my favorite fund raising events. My dad Bob Cox was an auctioneer and he was often called on to motivate friends and neighbors into giving beyond their comfort zone.

Kitchens filled with wafting aromas of chicken frying and coconut cream pies coming fresh out of the oven. All those goodies were then placed in boxes, sacks and baskets and decorated with frilly ribbons and bows. If he knew that a box came from a celebrated chef he would disclose that driving the price sky high Grandma’s boxes always brought a pretty penny because folks knew there would be a rhubarb creation or a 7 layer orange cake or something of equal mouth watering goodness inside.

Many kids and even some adults have never heard of rhubarb let alone seen it growing in the garden. Today there is little talk about the safety of or the toxic reaction brought on by certain plants. I knew what oxalic acid was by the time I was allowed to go to the garden alone to cut the rhubarb. I knew not to put the leaf blade surrounding the stalk into my mouth as it contained that acid and if enough of it was ingested could bring on convulsions, kidney stones, coma and even sudden death.

Today we teach about traffic, strangers, big dogs and more but I doubt that many children have ever been told don’t eat the rhubarb leaf. What a difference 50 years has made

Zeno Merritt Sr. & Emma Jane Beck- Cox



Grandpa Zeno Merritt Cox & Grandma EmmaJane Beck-Cox & my brother CorkIntroducing myself: I was a Tulsa/Claremore/Chelsea/ NE Oklahoma real estate agent from 1987- 2004,  a home mortgage lender from 2005-2009, semi-retiring to Chelsea as a police and ambulance dispatcher until fully retiring in 2012. I loved new construction sales selling homes in Marlar Farms, Rose Glenn and many other subdivisions. My childhood readied me for a job in sales. My Grandmother was a Cherokee Medicine woman Emma Jane Beck-Cox. My father Bob Cox was an auctioneer and grocery store owner. Now I live in a new senior development called Claremore Village. It is the perfect retirement village with pool, exercise gym and fishing pond. All apartments are ground floor with all the amenities you could ask for including lovely large front porches. I enjoy keeping up with the real estate, mortgage & law enforcement industries. I hope you enjoy my posts and articles. Feel free to ask my opinion on anything that I’m knowledgeable about including flower and vegetable gardening, fishing, canning, old recipes, candy & cookie making, crocheting, religion, the Cherokee Nation, et al.   Photo of my Grandparents Zeno Merritt Cox & Emma Jane Beck-Cox. The child is my brother E.W.  Corky Cox

Saving The last 880 Wild Mountain Gorillas



a gorillaa gorilla 3It was Reported by Mark Jenkins, Gorillas VS Guerrillas, Natural Geographic Adventure, March 2009 that there were 720 (give or take) live wild mountain gorillas left on this earth. Today October 2017 The World Wildlife Organization reports 880 alive in Virunga National Park and across the border in Uganda and Rwanda.

In 2009 ten gorillas were killed in Virunga and Mark Jenkins went to investigate and report live for National Geographic. At that time the park was besieged in war by rebel guerrillas who were killing each other and butchering elephants to survive on. This war traces back to 1994 and the Rwanda genocide where more than 800,000 Tutsis were brutally mutilated and killed by Hutu warriors. During the 10 year period from 1999-2009 120 park rangers were killed caught in the crossfire of not only rebel warriors but also poachers. This was the largest loss of rangers ever reported by a national park in the world.

A faction headed up by Laurent Nkunda held the area of the park where the gorillas lived making it impossible to protect them or keep accurate records. Park director and Belgian anthropologist Emmanuel DeMerode negotiated with Nknda and regained access to this area.The progress with the gorillas numbers has been made as a direct result of “Wildlife Direct” a program put together by Emmanuel DeMerode and conservationist Richard Leakey.

DeMerode is a hero not only for the gorillas but for the forest land and the people. Over 2 1/2 million people lived in the area all cutting trees for fuel. DeMerode put 30,000 people to work making charcoal briquettes out of grass and dead leaves saving trees and bringing an economic boost to the area. One man with a brave heart, determination and a dream to improve the situation in a war torn land made this caliber of impact. What could be accomplished if we joined together in a common effort to educate ourselves, negotiate in war, save the animals and the planet while providing jobs for a nation in need? He is living proof that the possibilities are limitless.

Play On Words/ A Rhyme



a word 2Written words on a printed page wisely inscribed by an ancient sage,

Or simply mumbled and rolled about, rhyming phrases tumbled out.

Millions of words from which to select filled with wonder or sheer neglect,

Chosen precisely? Chosen well? Random choice? Now who can tell?

Only the soul that placed them there can define per chance or with great care.

So go figure then or not. The only 2 choices that you’ve got!

Ayers Rock, Australia




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There is 1 person per every 2 square miles in Australia’s 1925 mile wide outback. From December to March it’s too hot to travel through the “red rock gorge” If you’re gonna live in Coober Pedy you’re gonna live underground ( underground hotel featured in photo). The “Desert Cave Hotel” offers rooms 150 feet beneath the surface of the earth. Ayers Rock glows brilliant red giving the aborigines cause to believe it is holy. There are 15 foot long “Sweet Water” crocks running the rivers in Kakadu National Park making friends with huge monitor lizards and komodo dragons. How’d ya’ll like to live there? Don’t ask. I’m not going!!!!!!

How Did We Get Here?/ A Rhyme



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When I was young my biggest query was where did I come from? It left me leery!

Who made the earth? Who hung the moon? I never bought “Big Bang Kaboom!”

From a slimy amoeba, a hairy ape? These theories offered slight escape!

Thinking of a dragonfly or waterfall, it seemed that back behind it all,

I’d find artistic mastery of majestic capacity!

Watching a great green caterpillar crawl I glimpsed the mystery of it all.

There was a source for rustling leaves, the busy buzzing of the bees.

Behind the thunder and the rain. Who created everything?

It left no inkling of a doubt. God is what its all about!