The Silent Treatment

The silent treatment as we know means to withdraw from someone, ignore that person, or keep our love away. Perhaps at some point in our lives we’ve given someone the silent treatment or have been the recipient of it. The individual who sends out the silent treatment is probably trying to punish someone because of a wrongdoing or a perceived one. However, I feel that it is a punishment for both parties; it causes stress to the heart and as I stated in last week’s post, we all need to strive toward heart healthy habits. This week’s writing challenge asked bloggers to make “silence” a presence in their posts.

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In giving silence a presence in my post today, I will share about the silent “treatment” I give myself. I withdraw from speaking to others, not as a punishment, but as an act of love for myself and for the work I do.

About 15 years ago, my voice developed a hoarseness that was hard to shake. It bothered me because I always sounded tired and at times it had the quality of someone who had a terrible hangover. To ease my mind, I went to see an ENT specialist.

That doctor’s evaluation showed that I had vocal cord nodules and to get rid of them I needed to rest my voice. Rest my voice? How can I do that? I gave myself the silent “treatment” whenever possible. I carried around a yellow notepad which I used to communicate with my family. They tried their best to make me talk, but I was resistant to their charms. I recall now with a smile the weekend my husband took the children on a trip and I rested my voice for 36 hours!

The silent “treatment”, this withdrawal from speaking continues to work for me whenever my voice takes on that husky quality and when it is tired and fatigued.

Have you ever given yourself this kind of silent treatment? What do you do to take care of your voice? I’d love to hear from you!

February: Happy, Healthy, Heart

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If you were to ask me how I feel about Valentine’s Day, I would say it is highly commercialized, a money-making event, and a stressful time for many men and women. Doesn’t sound like I am a romantic, does it? I am a practical romantic. Years ago, I had a heart to heart talk with my husband and asked him not to get caught up in Valentine’s Day- we celebrate our love for each other daily.

We in America just celebrated Valentine’s Day- a day set aside to openly show your love with flowers, cards, chocolates, dinners, etc. Yet, this very day can add stress to one’s heart. The expectations can be too high. I’ve heard that about 15% of women send flowers to themselves? Why? Do they want to avoid questions/perceptions that might cause stress? I suppose so. Some may frown upon this, but, it can be a good thing. These women have their hearts set on protecting and taking care of their hearts. The healthcare industry also wants us to take care of our hearts.

February is dedicated as Heart Awareness Month and all across the nation the healthcare industry is encouraging people to take care of the heart. The American Heart Association wants us to have our hearts in the right place by choosing heart healthy behaviors and knowing the numbers by heart that impact us.

  1. If you smoke, stop.
  2. Keep your BMI lower than 25
  3. Get active
  4. Eat healthy, balanced meals
  5. Aim for below 200 cholesterol below 200
  6. Keep the blood pressure below 120/80
  7. Work toward a fasting blood sugar of below 100

If we are not currently aware of these seven things, let’s not lose heart, we can dedicate each day as a heart day and put our heart and soul into taking care of this muscle that we all want to keep throbbing for a long, long time. I do. Don’t you?

Let your heart beat for you first so it can beat for others.

To all my readers, please accept my heartfelt hugs!

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Fussy Customer: The Invention of Potato Chips

Have you ever seen diners at restaurants sending their food back to the kitchen because it wasn’t cooked right? I am guilty. However, I’ve only done it a few times in my life. I promise that’s the truth. Have you also heard horror stories about what happens with the plate once it goes back to the kitchen? I don’t want to believe that those stories are true, but chefs and kitchen staff are humans. They feel unappreciated, they get frustrated, and angry at times. If a customer gets too fussy, the chef might even try to annoy him. Sometimes what the chefs do to annoy fussy customers make the headlines in the news, become the talk of the town and go down in the history books.

That’s exactly what happened in 1853. French Fries were a popular item on the menu at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York where George Crum worked as a chef. One day, he made a set of fries for a customer but the customer didn’t like it. It was too thick. The customer sent it back. George Crum made a thinner serving of the fries, but still the customer felt it was too thick.

Can you imagine how George was feeling at that time? Other diners had to be served and George had to keep on trying to please this customer. George must have said to himself, “since you want to be picky and fussy, I’ll just show you; I’ll annoy you for sure now!” He set out to make yet another batch of fries, but this time he sliced the potato very thinly. Much to his surprise, the customer loved the third batch and potato chips were invented. George’s chips were originally called Saratoga Chips and potato crunches.

This Super Bowl weekend, many households and restaurants across the nation will consume bowls and bowls of potato chips and we have George Crum, an African-American to be thankful for this invention.

Potato Chips

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