Women Supporting Women - Let's Be a Force
Strong women pick each other up.  We acknowledge each others’ talents, gifts, and hearts.  Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Valentina Tereshkova, Malala Yousafzai, and Mary Barra are just a few examples of fierce women in history.  Strong women cannot be successful in a vacuum, however.  Maybe more so than their male counterparts, women need a support system that not only provides help bearing some heavy weight, but also a team of cheerleaders, and occasionally the shoulder to cry on.      Women Supporting Women was created for this purpose.  Do you have a professional accomplishment that you’re proud of?  Share here and let’s all celebrate in your success.  You may even inspire other professional women to go where they want to go, but lack confidence and need that little dose of you-can-do-it.  Are you frustrated with breaking through a glass ceiling?  We are here for you.  It’s not a man’s world like it used to be; woman power is growing, but we have more ground to cover.  Let’s build here.  Do you just need some good ole fashioned girlfriend time?  Let’s share in the laughs, the cries, the vents and the joys.  We are women and we are multifaceted.    Are you a strong woman or do you want to become a stronger one?  Here are some thoughts on this:    A strong woman has an awareness of the obstacles in her way and the misogynistic expectations people have for her, but she decides for herself what she wants and works to achieve it. Furthermore, a strong woman is willing to find help or gain strength from supportive friends, family members, and mentors–despite the notion that women should be ‘independent’ and “do it all.”  A strong woman is also someone who isn’t afraid to share her opinions and speak her truth. She listens, but she doesn’t allow others problems to bring her down.    A strong woman is a busy, vibrant, and goal-orientated woman who doesn’t wait for a man to validate her existence. A strong woman works hard, she chases what she believes in, and she does it all for herself. No one else. She loves endlessly and shows appreciation to those around her. Most importantly, she isn’t selfish, and once she makes it, she reaches back to help others.  A strong woman gets up every time she falls. She pushes forward, even when all odds are against her. She doesn’t let others influence her decisions. She’s resilient.  A strong woman knows when to be selfish and when to be selfless, when to follow her head and when to follow her heart. She has a good, stable head on her shoulders, and she knows when to play the hand she’s dealt and when to fold and hope the next one’s better.    A strong woman is someone who isn’t afraid to share her opinions and speak her truth. She listens, but she doesn’t allow others problems to bring her down.  She is filled with kindness, generosity, compassion, integrity, a willingness to be vulnerable, and authenticity. No matter what she is true to herself.   
Second Amendment Patriots
Dedicated to supporting the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.   If you are interested in being Admin for this Group, contact Dr. Seuzz. The Second Amendment may be one of the most controversial, yet most important amendments of the Constitution...and gun owner rights are on shaky grounds right now.  Second Amendment Patriots is for people who support our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms and want to discuss guns, freedom, the Constitution, gun control, and related topics.  It is also for those that believe in the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms.  Please note we aren’t suggesting you get legal advice here, as it’s best to seek counsel BEFORE you might need it; we are here for discussions only.  More than 1.7 million guns were sold in May 2020, which is an incredible amount compared to previous years.  With gun ownership numbers skyrocketing, this is no doubt a relevant topic.  What exactly is a CCW, or carry conceal permit? Do you know what is allowed and what is not?  Concealed carry, or carrying a concealed weapon (CCW), is the practice of carrying a weapon, such as a handgun, in public in a concealed manner, either on one's person or in close proximity. Not all weapons that fall under CCW laws are lethal. For example, in Florida, carrying more than 2 oz. of pepper spray requires a CCW permit.  As of 2019 there have been 18.66 million concealed weapon permits issued in the United States.  Do you know what brandishing is?  Oh, it can sound like a good idea, but is it?  And can you get in trouble?  Brandishing means showing the weapon, or exhibiting it to another person, in a rude, angry or threatening manner or using it in a fight or quarrel.  You don’t need to point the weapon at the other person, but if you think waving your gun in a road rage incident to scare off the other driver is smart, think again.  Have you heard of Stand Your Ground?  What about the Castle Doctrine or Castle Law?  These are very key when it comes to gun ownership and self-protection.  A stand-your-ground law provides that people may use deadly force when they reasonably believe it to be necessary to defend against a threat of death, serious bodily harm, kidnapping, rape, or other serious crimes. Under such a law, people do not have to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense, so long as they are in a place where they are lawfully present.  Stand-your-ground laws cannot be invoked by someone who is the initial aggressor, or who is otherwise engaged in criminal activity. The exact details vary by jurisdiction.  Akin to this is the Castle Doctrine, which states that a person's abode or any legally occupied place (like your home or vehicle) as a place in which that person has the right, in certain circumstances, to use force, including deadly force, to defend oneself against an intruder.    The Second Amendment has a lot of facets so let’s discuss!  Welcome to the group!  Please note that these discussions should not be taken as legal advice.  Consult with an attorney before you need to.  Sorry, no buying or selling allowed in this group; it’s the law.   
Vegetarian Recipes and Lifestyle
If you are interested in being Admin for this Group, contact Dr. Seuzz. Vegetarian diets are increasingly becoming popular due to many reasons including health, religious convictions, and concerns about animal welfare or the use of antibiotics and hormones in livestock.  Regardless of your reasoning, this group is about sharing recipes, pictures, article, asking questions, and having some good discussions.  This group is not about pseudo-diets, pseudo-science, negative “educating”, or anything along those lines.    Generally speaking, the term vegetarian can have a variety of meanings, but overall, it means excluding meat from one’s diet.....but several different types exist.  For example, lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them, however, dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included.  Ovo-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but allow eggs.  Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish and poultry, but allow dairy products and eggs.  Pescatarian diets exclude meat and poultry, dairy, and eggs, but allow fish.  And finally, vegan diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products — and foods that contain these products.  Recent studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. In case you didn’t know, Betty White is vegan.  Maybe that’s one of her secrets for longevity with a working brain 😉  Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sound, but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses. According to the American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."  Compared with meat eaters, vegetarians tend to consume less saturated fat and cholesterol.  Vegetarians also consume more vitamins C and E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), such as carotenoids and flavonoids. As a result, they're likely to have lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and lower body mass index (BMI), all of which are associated with longevity and a reduced risk for many chronic diseases.    So, if you’re thinking about becoming a veg-head, are you convinced yet?  Vegetarians eat the good life.  Vegetarians know side dishes are your friends!  Vegetarians live longer to love longer.