antonym of united

As worry and disappointment
overwhelm my well-being
I choose to calm these thoughts
through words

I wondered yesterday,
what is the best word for the opposite of “united”

Disunited?

As there was nothing united
about Flight 3411

Disunited? Airlines

By Jennifer Fifield

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11/108: paper journals

img_2303Why paper is the real ‘killer app’ (BBC.com)

Every January, Angela Ceberano sets goals for the 12 months ahead. And on Sunday nights, she plans and organises the coming week. But instead of spreadsheets and fancy smartphone apps, the Melbourne, Australia-based founder of public relations firm Flourish PR, uses notepads, an old-fashioned diary, coloured pens and a stack of magazines…Read More

See the full list at The Joyful Path

 

these leaves

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAa desire to blow leaves
awakens thee slumber
last three of four days,
we rise, and then wonder

gaseous fumes float,
over thy fence
an agitating buzz
breaks sweet silence

cannot the wind
delicate, yet stout
blow these leaves,
and toss them about?

Yes, I’m writing about leaf blowers… But it was either this, or call the City and complain that they are landscaping too early in the morning. Today, I chose poetry as my release…

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Photo taken by Jennifer Fifield

Sunday Traditions

Antique Typewriter Qwerty IXColumns on paper
are how it began
a love for the ink
and the stories that ran

From paper to screen
the change it did come
‘twas hard to regard
not for all, but for some

Scared we might be
that tangibles may die
no newspapers in hand
our old ways gone awry

Wishes of farewell
Journal of Wall Street
to Sunday traditions
a reader’s heart, bittersweet

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Bigstockphoto

See article: Goodbye From The WSJ Sunday

New Orleans Passes Sweeping Smoking Ban

Re-blogging a couple of lines from a recent article from Nola.com: New Orleans Passes Sweeping Smoking Ban

The New Orleans City Council has passed a sweeping ban against smoking in most places across the city. The vote was unanimous.

Councilman James Gray broke down at one point as he listed the names of friends and relatives who had died from lung cancer caused by smoking. 

Secondhand Opinion

smoke bing imagesAre you ever forced to smell the cigarette smoke of others? Maybe a neighbor who sits outside, a friend who enjoys lighting up after happy hour, or a coworker who smokes outside your workplace? It may seem harmless, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand smoke can be seriously harming your health.

An eerie fact about secondhand smoke is that it contains more than 7,000 chemicals – hundreds of which are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer. Nonsmokers are inhaling many of the same substances and poisons that can cause cancer in smokers (CDC).

Jennifer Fifield, a writer and blogger living in San Diego, became curious about how often she was being exposed and decided to run a month-long personal experiment to see how many times she was forced to smell the smoke of others.

Jennifer discovered that while living near the beach in California seems like a healthy environment, it is quite the opposite. She was exposed to cigarette smoke 91 times during the month of July 2014 (see list below). That is almost three times each day!

A few more findings:

  • She breathed other people’s smoke 28 of the 31 days in July.
  • If she had non-smoking neighbors, she would have been exposed 36 fewer times.
  • While running along the boardwalk, she was exposed to cigarette smoke 26 times.
  • Jennifer was exposed to smoke at least two times each time she went running.
  • She breathed smoke in her car, from drivers beside her, 7 times.
  • She would have avoided smoke 17 times if she didn’t take walks around her neighborhood.

More facts: According to the American Cancer Society, secondhand smoke is to blame for the estimated 42,000 heart disease-related deaths in current non-smokers each year in the U.S. Additionally, the CDC states on their website that since the Surgeon General’s Report of 1964 that 2.5 million nonsmoking adults have died because they breathed the secondhand smoke of others.

So what’s the solution?

  • Talk to your friends, family and neighbors who smoke. As much strife as it might cause, everyone should be able to breathe smoke-free air.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be an advocate of anti-smoking laws and bans that are occurring in your area.

Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Dates & Locations

01. 07/01/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
02. 07/01/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
03. 07/01/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
04. 07/01/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
05. 07/01/14: walking on campus, SDSU (smoke-free campus)
06. 07/01/14: parking lot, Target, Mission Valley
07. 07/01/14: parking lot, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Mission Valley
08. 07/02/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
09. 07/03/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
10. 07/04/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
11. 07/04/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
12. 07/04/14: fireworks show, parking lot across from Balboa Golf Course
13. 07/04/14: fireworks show, parking lot across from Balboa Golf Course
14. 07/06/14: Seaport Village
15. 07/06/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
16. 07/06/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
17. 07/07/14: walking on Turquoise Street
18. 07/07/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
19. 07/07/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
20. 07/07/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
21. 07/07/14: walking to the beach, Tourmaline
22. 07/09/14: in my car, Wells Fargo Bank drive thru
23. 07/09/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
24. 07/10/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
25. 07/10/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
26. 07/11/14: walking in alley, to get to Turquoise Street
27. 07/11/14: walking on Turquoise Street
28. 07/11/14: driving in my car, someone smoking in their car
29. 07/11/14: driving in my car, someone smoking in their car
30. 07/12/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
31. 07/12/14: walking on Del Monte Street
32. 07/12/14: driving in my car, someone smoking in their car
33. 07/12/14: walking along Sunset Cliffs Beach
34. 07/13/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
35. 07/13/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
36. 07/13/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
37. 07/13/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
38. 07/13/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
39. 07/14/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
40. 07/15/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
41. 07/15/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
42. 07/16/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
43. 07/16/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
44. 07/16/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
45. 07/16/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
46. 07/17/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
47. 07/17/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
48. 07/17/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
49. 07/17/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
50. 07/18/14: driving in my car, someone smoking in their car
51. 07/18/14: walking in alley, to get to Turquoise Street
52. 07/18/14: walking in alley, to get to Turquoise Street
53. 07/18/14: inside my house, neighbor in back
54. 07/20/14: walking in alley, to get to Turquoise Street
55. 07/20/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
56. 07/20/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
57. 07/20/14: walking in Ocean Beach
58. 07/20/14: Sunset Cliffs Beach
59. 07/21/14: inside my house, neighbor in back
60. 07/22/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
61. 07/23/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
62. 07/23/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
63. 07/23/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
64. 07/23/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
65. 07/23/14: inside my house, neighbor in back
66. 07/24/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
67. 07/25/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
68. 07/25/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
69. 07/25/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
70. 07/25/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
71. 07/25/14: driving in my car, someone smoking in their car
72. 07/25/14: driving in my car, someone smoking in their car
73. 07/26/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
74. 07/26/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
75. 07/26/14: walking along Mission Bay
76. 07/26/14: walking along Mission Bay
77. 07/27/14: inside my house, neighbor, not sure which one
78. 07/27/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
79. 07/28/14: walking on campus, SDSU (smoke-free campus)
80. 07/28/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
81. 07/28/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
82. 07/29/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
83. 07/29/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
84. 07/30/14: walking, car driving by
85. 07/30/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
86. 07/30/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way
87. 07/31/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
88. 07/31/14: running along the boardwalk, Pacific Beach
89. 07/31/14: walking around Mission Valley Mall
90. 07/31/14: walking around Mission Valley Mall
91. 07/31/14: inside my house, neighbor across the way

Also, see these related posts on The Writing Life:

References:

(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health effects of secondhand smoke. Retrieved on 8/23/2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/health_effects/index.htm

(2) American Cancer Society. Secondhand smoke. What is secondhand smoke. Retrieved 8/23/2014 from http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/secondhand-smoke

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Bing Images

bystander

green tree microsoftyou are killing me
with your rancid breeze
can’t you see
I beg you please

with each tobacco gust
I see him there
smoke if you must
selfish and unfair

silver swirls of memories
it’s torn my family apart
cut branches from trees
you are breaking my heart

a lonely bystander
closes her window
a melancholy neighbor
it fills her house, you know

it’s in the air
it wreaks of illness
lungs scar, harden and tear
complete and utter sadness

Jennifer A. Fifield

Also see the article: Smoking out new dangers from second-, third-hand smoke

Image: Microsoft Clip Art

Jennifer’s Jewel Juried

What a great day! Rancho San Diego Branch Library awarded my poem, Sea Stones, first place in their 2014 Poetry Contest. Winners read their poems at today’s Awards Ceremony.

Sea Stones
By Jennifer A. Fifield

waves rockes bing images

This Illinois heart
born in the fields of tall grass
belonged to the sea

Fine poem written
at the green age of seven
of ocean, unseen

An unfounded calm
September meditation
wet toes in pearl sand

Sparkling diamonds sway
peaceful sapphire greets opal
chalcedony gleams

The sun swiftly falls
citrine and topaz evolve
to light and dark rose

Moonstone light shines high
hazel eyes gaze to the stars
the sea coolly sings

Speaking trancedly
a lulling goodnight whisper
its welcome to thee

 

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