Books vs eReaders?

I realized I said in my first post that I was going to try to make every post have some sort of meaning to it, but I observed a conversation/debate between two of my friends today that really got me thinking.  I’ll warn you in advance that this may not be the most interesting post; but I found the topic kind of intriguing (especially in today’s world with the constant advances in technology), so I’m hoping some of you will as well.

The conversation I’m talking about, has to do with reading books on eReaders, versus reading books the old-fashioned way.  You know them…  Those things you pick up and turn actual pages as opposed to electronic pages?  They went on for a good hour about the pros and cons, branching out to other topics; but always returning to the original issue.  One friend’s argument (we’ll call her Jane),  was that eReaders are, :  “A testament to the strides in technology our civilization is making.  Fifteen years ago, something like this would have seemed like space age technology, and the fact that they’re readily available everywhere, shows how far we’ve come, and hints at progression in other areas; such as cures for terminal illnesses, and preserving the earth.”  Jane went on to say that making books takes way too much energy and resources, in a time where we really need to focus on conservation and minimizing our carbon footprint.  Plus, she made the argument that there are thousands upon thousands more titles available on eReaders than in any bookstore.

My other friend (Tess), argued that, “Buying and reading books on eReaders is the signal to the end of simpler times,  and shows that we’ve gotten too dependent on all of our ‘toys’ that make life easier.”.   She made the point that in the past few decades since we’ve gotten easier access to almost everything, that we’ve all gotten spoiled, and if something were to happen, we’d be SOL, because we have no idea how to, in her words, “live off the land.”  She also said that in the last fifty we’ve done more damage to the earth than the previous 20,000 years combined.

Now, I honestly have no strong opinions on this; but I found it interesting to listen to/watch.  I absolutely love reading actual books.  Having them in your hands, turning the page, saving your place by dog-earing the page.  I love it.  I love seeing how far you’ve gotten in the book by not only the page number, but also each time you mark your place, it shows how deep into the book you’re getting.  Although, even though I don’t have one myself, I’m not opposed to eReaders.  I personally don’t see anything wrong with them, and I think it would be nice to have an almost endless abundance of books at your fingertips.

Either way,  I’m the type of person who, when she finishes a book, is so totally and completely devastated that (in some cases at least) I’m done with a book, and will never hear from these characters again, I swear a piece of my soul dies for a bit.  Okay… Maybe not that dramatic, but I absolutely HATE coming to the end of a book.  Even worse when it’s an entire series coming to an end.  Can you say head case?  Anyway, what do you guys think?  If there’s any of you out there reading, I’d love to hear different opinions about this.


Until next time!

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Some things I’ll just never understand…

So, while I was just browsing one of the many social media sites available to us today (I honestly don’t remember if it was FB/Twitter/whatever), I came across a picture of one of my high school friends with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, with the caption, “I don’t care what people think, smoking a cigarette every now and then is not that bad for you, and it’s a great de-stresser.”  I literally stared at the picture and its caption for a good 5 minutes.  My mind just couldn’t comprehend how this person I knew, and respected could think something like that.

Before I go to far into this topic, let me begin by telling you that two of my grandparents died from the effects of smoking, so I admit that this subject gets me worked up rather quickly.

I have to admit; whenever I see somebody smoking, I immediately lose some respect for them.  I just can’t help it.  I don’t lose all respect for them of course, but I will never; EVER understand how, A: People can smoke in the first place; and B: How people can think it’s not bad for you, even if it is just a few every now and then.  Even passive smoking (second hand smoking) has been proven to cause 53,000 people per year… That’s 1 every 10 minutes!  And that’s in people who don’t even smoke themselves; they’re just around it.  Yet you think smoking, even intermittently, won’t harm you?

Lets see here… I’ll post some facts/statistics, and then go deeper into my thoughts and such.

  •  One in every ten people die because of a disease related to smoking
  •  Ten million cigarettes are purchased in stores every minute throughout the world
  •  One person dies every ten seconds from smoking
  •  More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
  • It can cause multiple types of cancer, from cervical cancer to lung cancer
  • Everyday about ninety thousand children try a cigarette (luckily some don’t continue)
  •  One in every five of those children will become addicted to them for years
  •  Second hand smoke may be just as dangerous to children as smoking a cigarette themselves
  • Passive smoking increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer by 25%
  • Passive smoking increagses the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women by up to 70%
  • Exposure to second hand smoke increases the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia in those 50 and over.
  • It increases the risk of meningococcal infections in children

Now, please try to tell me again that smoking isn’t bad for you.  Because you know what?  I call BS.  Smoking is, in my opinion, one of the most idiotic and harmful things you can do to yourself, and/or your loved ones.  You are slowly killing yourself.  Even though you may not see the effects right this second, you’re body is being poisoned, and in all reality, you’re slowly but surely  killing yourself.

Like I said before, my grandparents both died from smoking.  My grandma passed away from a heart attack at only 64 years of age ten years ago;  and earlier this year, my “papa” passed away after an over 15 year battle with emphysema and C.O.P.D.  It was absolutely horrible… Watching somebody who was pretty much your dad, and you loved more than you can express get weaker, and decline right in front of you.  My papa was the strongest and most prideful person I have ever known.  He was always the one to help everybody out, not the other way around.  This may be a bit graphic for some people, but in the end, I had to help with everything from changing his sheets, to his diaper.  Don’t get me wrong, I was so so glad I was able to help him and be there for him like he had been for me all those years; but he HATED us seeing him like that.  But that’s what smoking did to him.  It killed him slowly from the inside out for years upon years.  I can guarantee you, that if it hadn’t been for smoking, my grandparents would still be alive today. Especially my grandpa…  His doctors said that if he had never picked up a cigarette, it would have lived a good 15 years longer, if not more.

So when I see somebody smoking; whether it’s friends, family, or strangers,  I always feel a little pang in my gut, because I know first hand what it can do to you.  Unfortunately, even after all of this, my mom and I are the only two people in my entire family who don’t smoke… My sister, cousins, aunt, everybody.  I love them SO much, and it hurts so much to know that they’re going down the same path.

I’d usually apologize or something, because I don’t want to upset people; but this is one topic where I just can’t.  So, I’m sorry that I’m not sorry if I offended you.  So, if you smoke, please please please think of not only yourself, but of your loved ones.  I could go on and on on this topic, but I think this is enough for tonight.

Until next time!

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Venturing into the world of blogging…

As the title says, I’m venturing in to the world of blogging… I’ve never blogged before in my life, so this could go 1 of 2 ways.  First- It could go no where.  I’ll write a couple of random blurbs, after which, I’ll either lose interest or motivation;  leaving this blog to fade away to nothingness.  The second option (which is, of course, what I hope will happen), is that I’ll have regular posts, that will lead to a long lived and successful blog.  We’ll see!

So, a bit about a me, and why I chose the title “Blissfully Flawed” as the title of my blog:

I’m a 20 something female (I definitely don’t consider myself a “girl” anymore, but it also sounds weird using the word “woman”),  who, even through the trials and tribulations of this crazy life, considers herself lucky.  Although small, I have an amazing family, and a great group of friends that I wouldn’t trade for the world.  Two of the most loving, adorable dogs on the face of this planet (I know, every dog owner probably says this).  And all in all, consider myself to be pretty smart.  While this may not be the most important feature, I’m one of those people who love learning new things, and if some obscure documentary comes on the History Channel, I get a small feeling of accomplishment when I actually know what they’re talking about.  There’s probably a bit more I could say about myself, but I’ll save that for later.

About this blog’s title…  Some people may say that it’s a “downer” to use the word flawed; but it’s really not.  To me, being blissfully flawed is a thing of power.  Yes, I realize I have flaws; who doesn’t?  But being able to be blissfully happy with yourself and accepting your flaws is a truly powerful feeling.  Now, I’m not saying that I’m that I have the ability to do this all the time;  but it’s something I strive for.  In short, what this blog will be about, will be about accepting who you are, and seeing how beautiful you are, no matter how life is going, and what you’re feeling.   Sometimes I’ll write long posts;  but sometimes, I’ll just throw a quote or two I’ve seen that I feel to be particularly uplifting.  These posts won’t always be pretty, upbeat, and heart warming;  but I’ll try to have each one at least have some substance, and mean something.  Don’t worry, there will be humor thrown in here an there as well, so it’s not all the same shade of grey when it comes to topics.

Alright, I’ll step down off of my soap box now.  Thanks for reading, and hopefully enjoyed it.  Feel free to comment if you’d like. I’m not expecting too much to begin with, but hopefully after a few weeks, things will pick up a bit 🙂

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