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About chrissythehyphenated

I'm a 60 something wife, mom and grandmom who is homebound/disabled by severe hypersensitivity to chemicals. I fill my days with learning, loving and art. My favorite values are truth, generosity and gratitude.

2d Amendment 1; Gun Control Laws 0

GUN CONTROL criminals

The latest school shooting was over in less than a minute because a legally armed school resource officer fired off a shot at the illegally armed 17-year-old shooter.

  • Two students were wounded.
  • Their attacker is dead.

Predictably, Democrats are calling for more gun laws.

But it was ALREADY ILLEGAL for this young man to possess a handgun at all, never mind take it into his school and shoot at fellow students.

Meanwhile, the legally armed hero who prevented a potential massacre is a six-year military veteran with SWAT team training.

In other news, the Austin bomber is dead. There is still some concern that more bombs may have been mailed, so folks in the area still need to be vigilant.  Mama the Hyphenated is muy relieved, since some of her folks live and work in the area.



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How busy hands can alter our brain chemistry

Some researchers think busy hands may be key to making our brains very happy.

“When we engage in activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain,” said Kelly Lambert, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond.

In the 19th century doctors used to prescribe knitting to women who were overwrought with anxiety, “because they sensed that it calmed them down some. And it sounds, ‘Oh, that’s simplistic.’ But when you think about, OK, repetitive movement is increasing certain neurochemicals. And then if you produce something — a hat or a scarf — there’s the reward.”

Speaking of busy hands, one of the things I really enjoy is making miniatures, like “Grammy’s Easter Workshop”, which is traveling to Texas on Friday. I’m hoping it will become a cherished part of the Texas Grandkids’ annual Easter celebrations.

March 21, 2018: This is going to Texas on Friday.

Posted by Chrissy Bravo-Cullen on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

“Busy hands” hobbies are becoming more important in our culture. Between 1980 and 2015, jobs requiring social and analytical skills — desk jobs — increased 94%, while jobs requiring physical skills went up a mere 12%.

And that has Kelly Lambert concerned: “We just sit there. And we press buttons. And you start to lose a sense of control over your environment.”

She’s been using rodents to study the hand-brain connection. Lambert said that rats made to dig for a reward showed greater signs of mental health, when compared to what she calls her “trust fund rats,” who got a pass on doing any physical work.

“So, when we took an animal that was really in tune with the environment and we just gave them their rewards, without having to work for them, their stress hormones went up high — they lost all their benefits,” she said.

Through the years, I’ve learned that, if I don’t have a “busy hands” project going, I get crabby. When I was a kid, I loved messing around at my dad’s work bench. One of my favorite Christmas presents EVER was a kid-sized, ALL PINK chest of wood working tools! When I got older, my folks got me a sewing machine.

I’ve had a pretty hard life, what with PTSD and various health problems. But I can honestly say that, besides my faith, it’s been keeping my hands busy that has kept me the most sane and balanced. Besides sewing, carpentry and building miniatures, I’ve enjoyed painting, drawing, sculpting, stained glass, stonework, gardening, beading, making jewelry, and keeping tropical fish. I tried knitting once upon a time, but found I prefer crocheting, which is my current passion.

When I read the article linked below, I couldn’t help thinking of all the angry young people demanding this, that, and the other. Methinks it would be a really good idea if our kids spent a whole lot LESS time pushing buttons and a whole lot MORE time making and building real stuff with their own hands.

2018_03 21 Busy hands


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Bits & Bytes

If you can make that gesture you're not oppressed

AUSTIN MAIL BOMBS: A fifth package has exploded, this time at a FedEx facility about 60 miles southwest of Austin. Thankfully, it was on an automated conveyor belt and noone was injured.

PRO-LIFE: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant today signed a bill banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This is the earliest such law in the U.S. and will surely be tested in the courts.

REPENTANCE: Powerful pro-life testimony by a former abortionist. “I don’t believe a woman can remain unscathed after killing her child.”

PATHETIC: The Dominicans who run Providence College have refused to condemn the thugs who have threatened and harassed a student for affirming Catholic teaching on marriage. All they’ve done is move the victim to new housing in an undisclosed location!

JESUS: A low budget, independent, Christian message film is outperforming an expensive, highly touted, big studio production about a high school boy ‘coming out’ as gay. In their first week-ends, I Can Only Imagine took in about $14 million while Love, Simon took in about $12 million despite opening on 800 more screens.

INSOMNIA: “Scientists are beginning to suspect there is a strong, if as yet unproven, link between gut health – the diversity and well-being of bacteria in the stomach, small and large intestines – and sleep health.

COMMIEFORNIA: Los Alamitos, a small Orange County, California, town has decided to opt out of the state’s new sanctuary laws, which keeps cities and towns from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

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The Downfall of Delusional America

2018_03 Trump Wall

The enemy is the Press.

The great and lasting good the Trump Presidency will do, with consequences reaching farther than any other policy, change, or legislation this Administration will accomplish, is to break down the smothering wall of falsehood so long erected around the mental plantation of the victims and perpetrators of Political Correctness.  Shattering that wall is as monumental an act as shattering the Berlin Wall.

The Trump has taken a sledgehammer to that wall with just two words: Fake News.

Freeing the economy from the insanity of over regulation, appointing judges respectful of the Constitution and its wording, deterring foes abroad and regaining control of immigration at home, are all of them good things with good short term consequences. But all this pales in comparison to the long-term consequences of freeing the minds of an entire generation of Americans from the sticky webbing of delirium and falsehood deceiving their eyes and deadening their souls.

I do not exaggerate when I liken the downfall of the Fake News hegemony to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The News in America was and is an evil empire. It is just as devoted to socialist totalitarianism, show trials, and false narratives as the Soviet Union. The sole difference is that it is maintained by words, not by swords.

Like the fall of the Soviet Union, the collapse will come with shocking suddenness. Lies do not erode; they evaporate. When the Berlin Wall of Fake News falls … not even rubble will be left.

Delusional America is nothing but a bad dream. It will vanish when it goes like a bad dream. Men will wake, and gaze at each other with strange laughter, and wonder why for so long they so pliantly let themselves be lied to, and lied about. Why did we tolerate and support for so many years a news media that told so many lies, that hated us so much?

Even with his other accomplishments and victories left aside, this alone will award Donald Trump the right to say that he made America great again.

From “The Downfall of Delusional America: Assessing the Legacy of Trump” by John C. Wright, as published in Maga 2020 & Beyond, edited by Rennie, Witzke, & Fontaine [2017]. Pages 160-161.

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Hillary’s Fauxpology

2016 Hillary basket of deplorables

From Twitchy:

Last week, Hillary was overseas and between slips in a bathtub and a near tumble down a bunch of stairs, she somehow found time to insult each and every person who didn’t vote for her as sexist, racist, backward-thinking bigots who don’t believe in equality and want to keep minorities unemployed.

Yeah, she’s a real PEACH ain’t she?

Well, seems ‘The Devil Wears Bad Pantsuits’ is getting quite a bit of pushback (even from members of her own party like Dick Durbin) SO she clarified and sort of apologized … on Facebook.

Excerpts from Hillary’s Fauxpology:

“I understand how some of what I said upset people and can be misinterpreted. I meant no disrespect to any individual or group. And I want to look to the future as much as anybody.”

“As much as I hate the possibility, and hate saying it, it’s not that crazy when you think about our ongoing struggle to reach gender balance – even within the same household. I did not realize how hard it would hit many who heard it.”

I hope the clarification “helps to explain the point I was trying to make.”

Best tweets:

  • “I called all white women dumb … but, like, no offense?”
  • “I meant no disrespect calling 60 million Americans loathsome irredeemables.”
  • “Hey guys, I’m super sorry you are too dumb to understand what I was REALLY saying, so my bad and stuff.”
  • And she wonders why she lost.

2016 Trump v Hillary campaigns



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Making Unicorns Cry

From Twitchy: As news broke across social media that Sessions had taken the advice of the FBI disciplinary office and had fired Andrew McCabe the Left went into a serious meltdown.

Like more serious than usual.

Hey, we know, they freak out at the drop of a hat (which is hilarious) but this was a MAJOR freak out, thousands of them screaming that Trump was corrupt for this, that it was political, that Sessions should go TO JAIL (we see you, Rosie) … we’re talking a meltdown of nuclear levels where unicorns cry.

They acted this same way with James Comey; they HATED HIM and wanted him destroyed in 2016 when they blamed him for Hillary and then they decided they totally loved him when Trump fired him.

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I just saw this hug photo on Facebook.

2018_03 Paradigm Joram Jezebel

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The United States is NOT a Democracy

This video is excellent! Please find ten minutes to watch it.

The Truth About Political Systems


2018_03 Personal freedom is maximized

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