A Secular Invocation


I afresh apparent that the Freedom from Adoration Foundation (FFRF) had created a Nothing Fails Like Prayer contest. Anyone in the country who delivers a civil abracadabra or an agnostic abode afore a authoritative physique is eligible, accouterment he or she provides a video and a archetype of the invocation.

I overcame my shy attributes and stood afore the adopted leaders of the St. Pete Beach City Commission on the black of November 28.

A Civil Abracadabra

I acceleration to action a civil abracadabra that speaks to all citizens of St. Pete Beach. No charge to bow your active or abutting your eyes to accede a few reflections aloft ethics and ethics that assuredly unite, as adjoin to banausic issues that briefly abstracted us.

We allotment ethics that override by abounding times the hot button issues of the day that bisect us. Yes, the humans of our town, like Americans in the abundant cities and rural communities beyond the land, acquire capricious passions about our leaders and political parties. We acquire actual altered preferences, for or against, gun control, accepted bloom care, changes to the tax code, women’s changeable rights, clearing policies, the admeasurement of all-around abating and religious privileges – and even a few not so abundant issues, like whether football players acquire a appropriate to yield a knee during the civic anthem.

But the ideals, the ethics we allotment usually abate or boldness our banausic perturbations. This nation’s ethics and ethics are not begin in angelic books, but in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Such ethics abode human rights, safeguards in favor of the family, accoutrement for apprenticeship of the young, affliction for the bloom and wellbeing of all the people, abutment for analytical thought, for reason, science and the following of happiness.

These civil treasures accord us our moral guides, behindhand of which religion, if any, we embrace. Let us allot beneath activity gluttonous favor from the Infinite, and added activity creating a little added banausic heaven actuality in St. Pete Beach. Let’s do what we can to advance a actuality of cheerfulness, beatitude and hope.

America’s greatest orator of the 19th century, Robert Green Ingersoll, accepted alternative of anticipation and announcement as our surest moral guide. Such freedoms attend the ethical, the abstraction of justice, of conscience, of alms and of self-denial, if necessary, for the accepted good.

Intellectual liberty is as angelic as our Constitution, as angelic as our flag. It is the bloom and bake-apple of justice, the aroma of mercy. Such liberty, in summary, is the berry and soil, the air and light, the dew and rain of American progress, adulation and joy.

Thank you so abundant for your plan – and for acceptance this invocation.


In March of 2016 in the Arizona State House of Representatives, a affiliate of that body, Democratic State Representative Juan Mendez, gave an abracadabra that aggressive my own.

He began by giving acknowledgment that he lived in a pluralistic association and that we are able of acquire our differences. He acclaimed that religious acceptance is not a claim for a moral ambit and that we don’t charge tomorrow’s affiance of rewards to do acceptable accomplishments today. He aswell reminded legislators that the Supreme Court, while cardinal in a 2014 case (Greece v. Galloway) that adoration is accustomed at government meetings, that the Court aswell absolutely declared that all faiths or those with no acceptance behavior accept to be accustomed to acquire their time.

A howl-fest of protestations and lamentations followed.

The Arizona House majority leader, Steve Montenegro, aswell a Christian minister, absitively that a austere god-fearin abracadabra was needed, so he alleged aloft a abbot in the admirers to accommodate a absolute rootin-tootin prayer to Jesus. Afterwards, abounding assembly bidding their anger with Mendez’s civil invocation. Some were offended, others afflicted and a few outraged.

I’m blessed to address that the boondocks board associates of St. Pete Beach were added courteous, advanced and advanced than the legislators in New Mexico afterwards Rep. Mendez’ invocation. Not a individual board affiliate ashore his arch out the window and screamed, I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not traveling to yield this anymore!

Type 2 Diabetes – Lower Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Readings Lead To Healthy Thinking

According to several scientists at the Maastricht University Medical Center at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands, controlling Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure can help ward off thinking problems that contribute to complicating the disease. Their study reported on in the journal of the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care, in August of 2017, included two thousand five hundred and thirty-one participants, six hundred and sixty-six of which had Type 2 diabetes. The participants with Type 2 diabetes scored a lower level in their mental tests including…

  • executive function,
  • attention, and
  • processing speed,

than did the nondiabetic participants.

Executive function is…

  • the ability to plan,
  • carry out projects,
  • observe, and
  • try some other plan if necessary.

Among the participants with Type 2 diabetes…

  • high blood sugar levels were linked strongly with poorer mental abilities, and
  • high blood pressure readings (hypertension) had a slightly lower link with poor test results.

The investigators concluded blood sugar and hypertension were related to poor mental function in this test, but they pointed out the study is cross-sectional. Cross-sectional studies look at all things at the same time. In the future, a study looking at blood sugar, blood pressure, and mental abilities changing over time could make the results more compelling.

In May of 2015, the North American Journal of Medical Science published the results of a similar study performed at Cooper University in New Jersey, United States. Researchers found…

  • 19.5 percent of Type 2 diabetic participants 60 years of age or younger, had impaired mental functions.
  • the HbA1c reading was also weakly linked with thinking functions.
  • there was also a slight connection with the number of years participants had diabetes and lowered mental scores.

On the bright side, there was a small link between education and better mental scores.

Blood sugar levels affect the whole body by affecting the blood vessels and keeping them from delivering sufficient oxygen and nutrients. High blood pressure makes the heart struggle to provide enough blood to the entire body, including the brain. Keeping blood sugar levels and blood pressure under control is good for the whole body.

Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure are monitored by many of the same things. Eating a healthy diet…

  • obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight, and
  • getting enough physical activity,

contribute to healthy blood pressure readings and blood sugar levels. When necessary take medications religiously for healthy mental function and overall good health.

The Real Truth About Eye Exercises To Improve Your Vision Naturally

Eye exercises are natural techniques which have lately received a great deal of criticism on the web. For instance, these techniques that are tailor made to improve your vision naturally have been perceived as eye related quackery by several different sites on the web. These criticisms are related to claims that these natural vision improvement techniques are not scientifically proven. These techniques are therefore being dismissed as hogwash by the traditional eye care industry. There are some mistruths about these techniques that are being spread all over the internet. For this reason, you are not being told the truth about eye exercises by these sites. The real truth about eye exercises on the web is actually very uncommon.

Eye exercises are being portrayed as ineffective natural vision improvement techniques that don’t really improve the health of the visual system. In other cases they are also being portrayed as self- directed natural eye care programs that are basically scams. Much of the theory related to vision training also commonly called eye exercises, according to the American Journal of Optometry, is taught in all of the schools and colleges of optometry. All of the state licensing agencies examine applicants for their clinical and theoretical knowledge of optometric vision training or vision therapy.

Therefore, eye exercises are endorsed even by state licensing medical agencies. These agencies require their applicants in medical eye care fields to have a good knowledge of optometric vision training. They are required to have a good knowledge of these techniques that are non- surgical and theoretical in terms of clinical knowledge. This is evidence that points to the fact that these natural techniques are considered effective and important enough to make them a mandatory requirement for students who are being trained in medical eye care field. This is done so that they can pass the educational requirements for this particular field of optometry.

Eye exercises are techniques that are tailor made to improve your vision naturally and correct eye problems. Lately these techniques have received a great deal of criticism from the traditional eye care industry. False claims are being made concerning the effectiveness of these techniques. Evidence exists that these techniques are effective in curing vision ailments. Some of this evidence comes from the medical journals of the American Optometric Associations and organizations themselves. These associations even require knowledge of vision training also known as eye exercises as part of the educational requirements for students who are going into the field of optometric vision training and therapy. Evidence even exists in these same medical eye care journals that knowledge of vision therapy or optometric vision training is recognized as a legitimate medical discipline due to the fact that the theories are thought in all of the medical schools and colleges of optometry. Ultimately, this evidence shows that vision training also known as eye exercises is a legitimate occupation in the medical industry.