It’s Wednesday, and I’m here to introduce you to a new way to refresh your week as we hit the “hump” day. There’s nothing more soothing than finding a few hours to yourself away from anything work related. Here’s a simple one — replace your social app with a book, or a magazine. It’s time to get lost in the reading realm, girlfriend! It is something so simple, yet hard for some of us to find time to do.
I have been an avid reader since I was a kid, I’m part of that study, yeah. And while this continues until today (a bit less these last couple years), this year I decided to give myself a number of books to read and indulge in. I would love to join a book club even — I used to host one myself, they are fun! So today as part of our weekly “Self-Love Wednesday“, I encourage you to find something you want to read, and dive in!
Not the book holding type? Try an audiobook! I haven’t tried that option yet but when I do I’ll make sure to share my thoughts. If it works, why not? I’m all for the intimate reading experience. I love to hold and smell books. I’m also a note taker. Keeping things minimal? Try a Kindle + Kindle app. I have an older gen of Kindle and it’s perfect for on the go and it saves money! I am still a book buyer, that will never leave me.
I love magazines, it’s no brainer I founded my very own last year. As I get back to my roots and dive deeper into wellness, and nutrition, I thought it would be great to find a publication that reflects just that. I love Thoughtfully Magazine, and can’t wait for their newest issue to it stands. As for now, issue 08 is the first issue I purchased (digital) and fell in love with. It truly captured my lifestyle and introduced me to some great new practices, and products.
Thoughtfully Magazine Issue 08 Cover. Image by Thoughtfully
As I get closer to God and build our relationship, this book is the perfect read for understanding His love for us. It’s funny, I purchased this book 2 years ago and started a couple chapters then but never finished it. I am glad that it happened this way because the woman I was back then isn’t the same as today. Today I understand more, and this book means a lot more to me. Francis Chan does a great job sharing God’s love with us.
I’m not going to lie, the title definitely took me by surprise! If there were a pill to avoid death I’m sure everyone would be on it. Well, how about our health? Have you ever thought about what you’re eating and how it is affecting your body? Dr. Micheal Greger, M.D and leading expert in nutrition and whole foods plant-based eating. He does a great job at sharing science-backed information on how healing plants are, on what to avoid and incorporate into your daily meals. How Not To Die Cookbook is now available, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
How Not To Die by Michael Greger, MD, and Gene Stone.
We try to be as fair as possible in our house… So, while I’m sharing birthday treats, I am going to have to share my daughter’s 11th birthday cake too. Her birthday was in November! (I’m very behind on my posts…) The bright side of having my daughter turn 11-years old was that she was … Continue reading →
When I review papers, I often read the introduction and methods, and then skip to the figures to see what I take away from them before reading the results. This can also be done the opposite way: read the results and imagine what they would look like in figure-form, then go look at the figures. I find this really useful when reviewing for making me get out of the passive reading of a manuscript and for encouraging me to think critically about the results. Sometimes, there’s a great match. Sometimes there isn’t and I realize I misunderstood something (which sometimes is just me messing up, but sometimes suggests something that is unclear in the paper). And sometimes I can’t figure out the reason for the discrepancy, which ends up being something I bring up in my review.
I was originally thinking about this as a tip for reviewing – as I said, it helps me think more deeply and critically about a paper. But, over time, I’ve realized it relates to a bigger issue: the accessibility of a paper. If you have a figure that clearly summarizes your results, your paper will be much more accessible to everyone from specialists in your area (the people who review your manuscript!) to non-specialists (including people who serve on search committees and award committees) and perhaps even to the general public.
As an instructor, I am always looking for interesting examples to use in class. Sometimes, there’s a figure that beautifully shows the results and that is accessible. I just read this paper and saw this figure and immediately thought that I need – need! – to add it to my lecture on food webs:
But, much more often, I see an interesting paper on a topic I teach about, but there’s no accessible figure that summarizes the results.
In 2001, Charles Krebs had a piece in the ESA Bulletin entitled “Why are my brilliant research findings not utilized in ecology textbooks?” In it, he suggests the following exercise:
Read a paper in Ecological Monographs (for example) that is not directly in your field of expertise, and try to extract a 1-2 sentence summary of findings reported in this paper, along with one figure to illustrate key results. You will find you cannot do this for most papers because the authors have not provided a succinct abstract or summary diagram to illustrate their findings. Now go back and look at your key papers and see if you have done the same thing.
I suspect that most people would not be able to do this for most of my papers, which suggests this is something I need to work on! And that’s even with having received this advice as a grad student. Back then, someone who read a draft of a manuscript I was working on said something along the lines of: “This could end up being a textbook example. Make the figure one that could go in a textbook.” As a graduate student, that was something I hadn’t considered, but it was good advice and made me think really hard about how the figure should look. Even if your work doesn’t end up in a textbook (and, as far as I know, mine hasn’t), it never hurts to have a clear, accessible figure!
So why is it so hard to find papers that do a good job of meeting Krebs’ target? In some cases, it might be unavoidable that there isn’t one key figure that tells the paper’s story – some results are more nuanced. But, even in those cases where there isn’t one key, broadly accessible figure in the paper, it should be possible to create a graphic that tells your story clearly. As one example, my postdoc Nina Wale recently had a paper come out based on her thesis work, and worked with the Penn State press office to create this visual synthesis of her work:
Making a synthetic figure like this takes time, but it also leads to more people reading your work. One journal found that adding visual abstracts to tweets led to 2.7 times more people clicking the link to read the paper. I find them useful for teaching, too – for example, I use this graphical abstract in my class:
as a way of setting up the experiment before showing them some data from it.
So, I think I need to set myself a new goal for manuscripts: when making the figures for them, I should think harder about whether one of the figures can synthesize my story. And, if there isn’t one figure that I can point to, I should consider making a synthetic figure that can be used as a visual abstract. Krebs noted:
Graphical summaries or flow diagrams are particularly economical ways of communicating research findings, yet very few papers use them to encapsulate the discussion and synthesis of results.
This is a great excuse to use some of my #readinghour time this semester to read Edward Tufte’s Beautiful Evidence (which I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t gotten to yet)!
Do you think your papers would meet Krebs’ target? When preparing a manuscript, do you think about making your figures textbook-ready? Have you used visual abstracts or created a graphical summary? I’d love to hear from readers about their experiences and tips!
Since this is a blog on health, the information given is the basic foundation so that we can easier understand our reality and the functioning of our body.
In the above-mentioned article, I explain how motion in the field of energy produces circles. They collide creating various trigonometric forms which we call the sacred geometry.
One of the most important geometric shapes is an oval form we call the Vesica Piscis.
This form is where the light and the electricity are formed. Since the electricity is associated with the light, there has to be magnetism and gravitational fields involved. This automatically proves our science to be wrong when our physicists claim that the light has no mass and that for it has no weight.
Presence of electricity creates the MAGRAV (magnetic and gravitational) fields. The gravity gives the light its weight.
Since the light is a movement of energy it has its frequency. Different frequencies of light are expressed in different colors. As such, the light is a wave and the different frequencies represent the different wavelengths. When light passes through liquid or crystal, the different wavelengths will bend in different angles and in this way separate one from each other. This produces the visible colors of a rainbow.
From my above-mentioned article, you had learned that the light can manifest itself also in a particle form.
Now, this is disputed by some experts and rightly so, because the light has always a waveform.
Now the question arises, what is the double-slit experiment all about then?
The double-slit experiment shows us several important things.
First that the light is conscientious of its existence. It changed its behavior when it was observed and behaved as if it was in a particle form.
What is even more astonishing is the fact that even when the light is observed just before it hit the wall, it behaved as if it was in a particle form. This means that it passed the slits in a waveform since it was not observed there but since it hit the wall as a particle this means that the light didn’t want to disappoint the observer and it has changed its attitude by correcting its past. It is like if the light backtracked back to the slits and passed them in the particle form just to satisfy our expectation.
How can a simple observation change the behavior of the light?
Well, it cannot. Simple observation will not change the expression of the light. We are observing sunlight and the colors of the rainbow. The light is in the waveform even though we are observing it.
So what made the light change its form when it was observed in the laboratory?
The behavior of the light was influenced by the expectation. Not only did the light know that it was being observed, the light knew what did the observer expect to see and it simply didn’t want to disappoint the observer.
Isn’t this something extraordinary? This is the proof of the instant manifestation.
Now we have something that does not exist, a light in a particle form, and we gave it a name. We call it the photon.
Photon is the smallest particle from which all matter is made from.
Mathematician Nassim Haramein has mathematically proved that photons squeezed into a small globe create the sacred geometry of the flower of life and we observe it as an electron. This means that the foundation of an atom is something that does not really exist. Isn’t this amazing?
Right here at the very beginning learning about the foundation of the quantum physics, you have learned that our reality is pure fiction.
Another thing that you have just learned is the power of your thoughts with which you influence the light to manifest for you, and to do so you use expectation.
Why it has to be an expectation? Why couldn’t it be simply your desire or your thought?
To manifest or as some call it to bent a light, you have to create an image of what you want to manifest and you have to be absolutely sure that this will happen.
Jesus Christ told us to be careful of what we want (because it can happen), but he also told us that to manifest we have to have faith. Jesus said that if you have faith you can move the mountains. You have to absolutely believe that what you want to manifest is going to happen.
When you are doing something, you expect certain things to happen. Those are the things that your brain can understand and it believes that they will occur. In this case, manifestation is easy and happens regularly and instantly.
When you stick your hand into a water, you expect it to get wet, and it does.
When you fall on your knee, you expect to experience a pain and to see your knee change the color, and it does.
Well, now you may say that this is normal and to be expected because of the properties of water or the hardness of the floor on which you had landed with your knee.
Is it really normal when we had just discovered that everything is only an illusion?
It is all normal because you expect it to be so. There is no other explanation for this.
Since the light has consciousness, this means that everything that exists in our “reality” is conscious of its existence. The realization of the fact that the light knows what you expect, is a proof of this.
Since all matter is an expression of the light under the influence of the brain’s expectation, this means that everything that forms our reality is conscious and knows what we are expecting to see or experience.
What you expect to see, you will see. What you expect to feel, you will feel, what you expect to happen will happen. What you expect, you automatically manifest.
The energy of consciousness, some call God, some call it Allah, some call it Vishnu… has created everything but through the eyes of the observer with expectations, a human.
Our life is just an experience of certain expectations. For this to be possible, our brain has to be loaded with certain programs of possibilities and the basic understanding of the game to be played.
We can experience as our reality only what we can understand. This is why it is so important to never stop learning. The more information our brain had deciphered, the more possibilities can be created.
The more understanding we have, the more we can expect to happen and in this way, we manifest more and more complicated things. We create our reality.
The basic program is telling us how we look, what are we and what are those things that we see as reality around us. We are told that we have to eat to grow and to live. The program tells us the description of the frequencies that surround us and the brain program manifests them into objects utilizing the light.
For a long time, we have been told that the matter manifests itself in three forms, as gas, as liquid and as solid. Only recently we have been allowed to recognize the fourth form of matter and that is the plasma.
Why haven’t we been told earlier about the existence of plasma?
This was because we have been held in the darkness as far as our reality goes, and plasma is the building block for the creation of the matter especially when it comes to the “living” things.
Now I will give you some time to digest all of this and I will continue this topic on the following blog.
Do I need to drink water from commercially produced disposable plastic bottles to stay hydrated? Uh, No.
I have access to high-quality Lake Michigan water flowing out of my faucet, but some people don’t have this luxury and bottled water is the only safe drinking water option for them. In that case, bottled water is OK.
Water is not something I am willing to pay the marked up $6.00 for at a sporting event. The water fountain is fine, thank you.
Anyway, this is not the first time I have taken to writing about bottled water. I wrote my senior honors thesis about it in college a whole 8 years ago (That is terrifying). I remember sitting at my desk, letting the words flow out, but they sounded too casual, too informal, too dare I say, like a blog.
My advisor made me lose the conversational tone and it made my thesis seem less like me. I didn’t want to talk at people with loads of science jargon about what makes bottled water a threat to our health, environment, and our wallets. I wanted to talk with people and engage with them about it.
So here I am. Eight years later. With a blog. That some people read.
Therefore, it is finally the time I discuss this topic how I wanted it to be discussed in the first place.
Each purchase and consumption of bottled water could be dangerous to one’s health, damaging to the environment, and adds up to water that is 1,900 times more expensive than tap water.
It doesn’t seem like common sense to continue purchasing bottled water due to the enormous ramifications it causes, but millions upon millions of people keep buying, keep drinking, and keep polluting every single day.
Stay tuned for more fun facts that I learned while writing my thesis!
Here’s another one of my favorite comfort food. Perfect on a rainy day, even better when you have sick people at home. It is soothing and comforting, now even easier to make in the IP – One pot rasam sadham … Continue reading →
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2018) – The deadline for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s 2017-18 Eco-Art Contest has been extended due to recent adverse weather conditions. Kentucky high school students are encouraged to submit their nominations by midnight on March 2, 2018. The contest, which is in its ninth year, provides an opportunity for students to …