Tag Archives: Love

Springtime revives me… and my plants!

18 Mar

Spring has sprung! Well, officially not yet, but my tulips, garlic, catnip (that somehow lasted all winter), and daffodils have sprung! I, too, am feeling a sense of refreshed motivation to take on the world and inspire my students!
I am fully aware this may be from my new organic espresso or my spinach protein shake, however, I attribute it in part to the sun, and the lovely green I am beginning to see in my garden!

The thought of the sun actually existing in the sky (in Upstate NY) really motivates me to tackle so much, including re-vamping this old blog! Of course, it will continue to be coffee-fueled, minus the Thesis updates! Although, I have a lot of research ideas (and multiple have-started articles) so there might be some new musings about that in this revived blog, too. Although I’m not sure which direction I will take this blog in 2016, I just know I love to write, so we’ll see how the blog transforms in the next few months. Enjoy the journey with me!

Back to my garden… I have just started, in between grading midterms, plotting how I will organize my plants and expand my garden this season. I do this annually using colored pencils, which makes the planning so much more exciting. You can say it’s my version of the coloring for adults fad going on right now, which is great, don’t get me wrong, just very pricy considering the costs of children’s coloring books are less than half. It’s a good fad to pick up, as it truly can help limit stress and keep areas of the brain that may have become dormant, more active.

I’ve been using colored pencils, pens, and crayons since my major sTBI back in ’07 to help me organize and to keep my amygdala in check (stress-reduction). I find that planning your garden with color is more cognitively stimulating than simply coloring in the lines of a pre-created image. You activate much more of your cerebral cortex by creating your own canvas (garden), organizing by length and width (to account for each plants’ necessity), and finally, in drawing the “full-in-bloom” version of your Spring 2016 Dream Garden.

Now, I’m no Neurologist, but I feel like I know a thing or two about stress and anxiety. (Just read any posting while I was completing grad school and my Masters Thesis and you’ll see! 😛 ) When I brought up the idea last year to my neurologist of plotting my garden like this, making time each day to work in it, and update the drawings, he was impressed with my rationale for doing this as an alternative to staying on meds to reduce stress. Plus, the extra o^2 from the plants can’t hurt! He might have just been humoring me, but hey, I’m definitely less stressed a year later. And, thanks to my indoor plant/planning during the winter, still no daily rx… I might be onto something! 🙂 Continue reading


New Year’s Resolutions… Be a rebel!

16 Jan

Everyone does it, so I will too. Not this year! I had a realization on New Year’s Eve eve (December 30th) that New Year’s resolutions are pretty much meant to be broken – so 2013 was my year not to make any!

Of course in the past I had tried them all; weight loss, my vow to be a nicer person (whatever that means), visit relatives more often, study harder, and the works. They always worked for a while until I got bored of them. Sometimes they stuck – I always visited my family but the ones closer got the most visits for obvious reasons. It was easier!

But this year I proclaimed the revelation year for no New Year’s Resolutions.

Instead, when I am ¡inspired! about something, or have a great revelation about anything in life, I will make a Chyna’s-olution on the topic to better myself, my family, or the world around me.

More to come on this… in the mean time make your own <insert name>-olution’s as they occur! 🙂 Image

Life’s too short not to!

It’s Chyna’s Fun Fact Friday!

12 Jan

Hello lovely readers!

Every Friday from this point on, I solemnly pledge every Friday to post 10-15 “Fun Facts of Life” that I have acquired in the week preceding.

Now, if you are on your way to your Google search bar to peruse the World Wide Web for something you think more worthy of your Friday blog reads than Chyna’s Friday Facts of Knowledge… Kindly, stop right there!

These facts of life, both the random and the specific, will be relevant to your life, at some point – I give my 77% promise! If this percentile fails to convince you to return every Friday, I also solemnly pledge that you have the right to sue me after your death should this promise fail to fulfill.


  1. A cat’s nose turns white when it is warm and pink when it is cold. This may or may not be true of all cats, but is of my kittens FreddyBear and TeresaBella. Image
  2. The chain of command in a non-profit organization: The executive director is not always the highest in the Chain. Sometimes the Board Member’s vote rules higher.
  3. The first name you pick for your personal blog most likely will not be the last. My mentor told me this. I’d like to add that I feel the second name stands a better chance for a Mystery book title. The book will not do well in your lifetime.
  4. Median wage earning for a Communication Graduate Student (Masters) is $12,000 more than Bachelor holding students. This is good news to learn from a US News article and Georgetown Center for Education study!
  5. Thrift stores have pretty cool things – especially if you have an overactive imagination! #win Image
  6. A simple smile with an ear willing to listen for 5-minutes can positively alter the outcome of a co-workers day. Try it!
  7. Standing or walking around for 10-minutes every hour at work can improve your life-span! Live longer – stand up!
  8. Post-Holiday dieting? Apparently, just over a quarter of dieters, such as myself at the present time, will become life-long pathological dieters if they are not careful. Keeping a healthy balance between the intake of fruits, veggies, lean meats and moderate, occasional exercise is a key to sticking to a healthier lifestyle!
  9. I am an idea machine when I have too much coffee after 3pm. Need an idea for a paper or a story – buy me a cup-o-Joe and watch my magic.
  10. “Sometimes, changing your mind is the right decision” – I came across this in an article on The Chronicle website. The article was interestingly enough about Ph.D. pursuits, but this line struck me in other areas of my life!

My blog.

29 Nov

Piacere, wonderful world of Blogging!

I have been wracking my brain for a while trying to figure out what topic I feel passionate enough about to revisit weekly with new and fresh related posts for this blog. I have been told that I should write about some topic in which I am an expert. The only thing I have realized since my brainstorming began is that I tend to be a semi-expert in a variety of topics at one time or another, then move onto something new. In the process, I perfect whatever project I take on for this brief period of time. To write about all of these topics  would be pointless, and make me seem a bit more scattered that I like to think I am. Therefore, I think the most logical topic to blog about would be the one in which I have studied for 5-6 years, hold membership in 3+ related societies, and have multiple intellectual crushes on experts in the same field, many of them dead – Communications!

For a Communication Grad Student (all completed except my thesis – look for it in Communication and Mass Media Complete in your university database come Summer 2013) I must say, indecision and lack of logical articulation relating to concepts surrounding myself come very sparse, contrary to what one might assume. I digress.

Welcome to my new blog – Cultivated Communication Connoisseur! Stay tuned – next blog I will excite you with my take on Aristotle’s Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in the 22nd Century and tell you a bit about myself too!

Dennis Cardiff

Poems & Prose

Mass Communication Theory

Mass Communication Theory: from Theory to Practical Application

The Catholic Astronomer

Blog of the Vatican Observatory Foundation

El Punto Ciego

Futbol americano, deportes y más

The Thesis Whisperer

Just like the horse whisperer - but with more pages

Gotta Find a Home

Conversations with Street People

Dynasty Fantasy Football Central

Your source for all things dynasty