24 March 2017 Chalk Drawings, Fry Bread (recipe), The Evolution of Gratitude (The Daily Good), The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie’s song that is a cautionary tale), White Americans Are Dying From A Surge In ‘Deaths Of Despair’ (Ann Brenof, Huffington Post) and Types of Liars

Hello to you – hope this finds you well.  It’s Friday morning as I write to you.  For some reason the song by David Bowie, The Man Who Sold The World, has been coming up a lot for me lately.  The words just resonate with the vibe of our world these days.  It’s  not my favorite song he ever did, but for some reason it’s relevant right now.  I made some Fry Bread yesterday and couldn’t remember if I had shared the recipe with you before.  I probably have – call it blogitis – what happens after you’ve been blogging for awhile and start repeating yourself and don’t realize it lol.  We really enjoy it and what’s surprising for how simple it is, it ties us over for quite awhile after we eat it.  Kyle says it’s because of the Love I put into making it!  Anyhew.  Love from our house to yours.  Try to stay in your Heart space — choose Love not Hate.   


The Evolution of Gratitude

Mar 24, 2017— Malini Suchak, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology, and conservation at Canisius College, researches gratitude, discovering that “Gratitude is one of the fundamentally important parts of human life.” But why is it “as much a part of our social relationships as gossip?” Darwin himself suggested that humans and other animals share the “same emotions, even the more complex ones such as jealousy, suspicion, emulation, gratitude, and magnanimity.” As for gratitude — her initial research among chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys suggests that Darwin might be right.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. –Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Man Who Sold The World “Live” – David Bowie Featuring Klaus Nomi /Joey Arias

The Man Who Sold the World

David Bowie

We passed upon the stair
We spoke of was and when
Although I wasn’t there
He said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise
I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone
A long long time ago

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

I laughed and shook his hand
And made my way back home
I searched for form and land
For years and years I roamed
I gazed a gazley stare
At all the millions here
We must have died alone
A long long time ago

Who knows
Not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

Who knows
Not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

Songwriters: DAVID BOWIE

© EMI Music Publishing, Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, TINTORETTO MUSIC

For non-commercial use only.

Data from: LyricFind


This song is about a man who no longer recognizes himself and feels awful about it. For years, Bowie struggled with his identity and expressed himself through his songs, often creating characters to perform them. On the album cover, Bowie is wearing a dress.

Some of the lyrics are based on a poem by Hugh Mearns called The Psychoed:

As I was going up the stair
I met a man who was not there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish that man would go away

Some lyrical analysis: “We passed upon the stair” is a figurative representation of a crossroads in Bowie’s life, where Ziggy Stardust catches a glimpse of his former self, (being David Bowie) which he thought had died a long time ago. Then he (the old David Bowie) says: “Oh no, not me. I never lost control.” This indicates that Bowie never really lost sight of who he was, but he Sold The World (made them believe) that he had become Ziggy, and he thought it was funny (I laughed and shook his hand). He goes on to state, “For years and years I roamed,” which could refer to touring. “Gaze a gazely stare at all the millions here” are the fans at concerts.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/deaths-of-despair-white-americans_us_58d3e14de4b0f838c6301604 – I suggest going to this link, video is included that summarizes this article very well.  Here is evidence of what is truly at stake when you make promises you never intended to keep. 

White Americans Are Dying From A Surge In ‘Deaths Of Despair’

This may help explain Trump, according to economists studying mortality.

03/23/2017 08:16 pm ET

By Ann Brenoff

Dwindling jobs for white, poorly educated, middle-age Americans is not only destroying their livelihoods and marriages, but also their lives, two Princeton University economists argue in a paper released Thursday.

The mortality rate for whites with no more than a high school degree was about 30 percent higher than for blacks in 2015, according to the report, to be presented at the Brookings Institution on Friday. That’s a huge increase from 1999, when the mortality rate for this group of whites was about 30 percent lower than for blacks.

“This is a story of the collapse of the white working class,” said Angus Deaton, who co-wrote the paper with Anne Case. “The labor market has very much turned against them,” he told The New York Times.

Case and Deaton first noted the increase in mortality among middle-aged whites with high school educations in 2015. Their new report found that the trend has not abated over the past two years, and there’s been no reduction in what they call “deaths of despair” ― including those caused by suicide, drugs and alcohol.

The authors wrote that increases in deaths of despair are accompanied by a measurable deterioration in the economic and social well-being of whites lacking college education.

“It’s not just their careers that have gone down the tubes, but their marriage prospects, their ability to raise children,” Deaton told the Times. “That’s the kind of thing that can lead people to despair.”

The new study found that the highest mortality rates from drugs, alcohol and suicide among whites ages 45 to 54 are no longer limited geographically. In 2000, these deaths were centered in the Southwest. By the mid-2000s, they had spread to Appalachia, Florida, and the West Coast. Today, they are nationwide.

The trend affects whites of both sexes. Education level is significant because people with a college degree report better health and greater happiness than those who never attended. And while the death rate for whites without a college degree is rising, the rate for whites who are college graduates has dropped, Case and Deaton found.

Less-educated white Americans who struggle in the job market in early adulthood are likely to experience a “cumulative disadvantage” over time, according to the study.

“Ultimately, we see our story as about the collapse of the white, high-school-educated working class after its heyday in the early 1970s, and the pathologies that accompany that decline,” they concluded.

The research also speaks to the story of Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency. Trump won widespread support among whites with only a high school diploma, suggesting that this demographic saw him as a savior for their struggles.

Deaton pointed out to The Times that Trump’s first months as president have presented those supporters with a cruel twist, singling out the Republican health care legislation, which Trump supports.

“The policies that you see seem almost perfectly designed to hurt the very people who voted for him,” Deaton told the Times.

Reversing mortality trends that in many cases began in the 1970s could take years, the study said ― regardless of Trump’s policies. But some immediate steps could help. Deaton told the Times that routine prescriptions for opioids should be curbed, for example. More than 30,000 Americans died of opioid overuse in 2015

*I was curious about the difference in the types of liars when thinking about certain people in our headlines: 


What is the Difference Between a Sociopath, a Compulsive, a Pathological, a Chronic, and a Habitual Liar?

A Sociopath

A sociopath is typically defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused—it is done to get one’s way). Sociopaths have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others. Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways (see lovefraud, for more on sociopaths).

Compulsive Liar

A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right. Compulsive lying is usually thought to develop in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary. For the most part, compulsive liars are not overly manipulative and cunning (unlike sociopaths), rather they simply lie out of habit—an automatic response which is hard to break and one that takes its toll on a relationship (see how to cope with a compulsive liar).

The terms Pathological Liar, Habitual Liar and Chronic Liar are often used to refer to a Compulsive Liar

Take a quick survey and see how your lying compares with others – compulsive lying quiz.

For recent research on the topic of lying, visit our blog.

Related Information:

Truth About Deception – back to our home page.





8 comments on “24 March 2017 Chalk Drawings, Fry Bread (recipe), The Evolution of Gratitude (The Daily Good), The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie’s song that is a cautionary tale), White Americans Are Dying From A Surge In ‘Deaths Of Despair’ (Ann Brenof, Huffington Post) and Types of Liars

    • Your welcome my friend. I know you were a Bowie fan too. A lot of his songs, as I read the lyrics more carefully now, seem almost prophetic in nature at times! The tattoo on my arm is temporary. I use washable inks designed just for do-it-yourself temporary body art. This particular design was me thinking about the Fruit of Life and the power of stars. Lately the Fruit of Life from Sacred Geometry has really been resonating with me. Much love to you all there today. It’s raining for us here – an indoors kind of day.

    • Good morning Margarita! Yes, it’s empowering and feels like protection I want to say. It’s also a way of having a tattoo without the permanence of it lol. Another way to experience the transitory nature of things. I got the idea about this from a young woman I met during one of my stays at Mesa Springs. She said she started doing it originally to keep herself from cutting behaviors (self-mutilation).

      • Margarita are you asking about the chalkboard or arm? The symbol stuff on the chalkboard kind of makes me think of something I’ve seen from my Catholic days – like a chalice and instead of a host as the circle, I was thinking of the sun. The other stuff is just what seemed to fit with it. Sometimes I think when I make squiggly letters I’m tapping into my Office Careers class from High School when I was learning shorthand lol. When I do drawings like this I just draw whatever comes and don’t question the meaning. Sometimes it is just gobbedly-gook or nonsense but sometimes, later, when I come back to it, it will be a message for me. That has been the case with my pen and ink sketches for years. Thank you for asking! As for the arm, it’s the Fruit of Life with the power of stars. When I drew a larger version outside today (I’ll share tomorrow) I felt so much peace looking at it.

      • I was asking about the arm. It’s all so fascinating, Jackie, how there’s so much to communicate, so many languages, and we don’t always immediately understand the messages. Looking forward to seeing the larger drawing! 😉 xoxoM

      • I know it’s kind of weird for a woman my age to be drawing on herself like that lol but for some reason after I met that girl in the hospital who was coming up with her own languages and doing this, it just resonated with me. So empowering! Again, thank you for asking. Love you!

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