National Kidney Month

This post is a bit late for me, but I want to bring to your attention that this month is Kidney Disease Awareness. Information taken from Davita Dialysis website:

Kidney disease develops when kidneys lose their ability to remove waste and maintain fluid and chemical balances in the body. It effects 1 in every 7 adults in the United States. There are minimal to no signs of kidney disease, which, unfortunately, makes it sometimes impossible for individuals to be aware that he or she is experiencing an issue until it reaches later stages. Individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, or even cardiovascular disease pose a higher risk of developing the disease. While the disease doesn’t discriminate, African Americans are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with Kidney failure than any other ethnic group.

If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., it is important that you consult with you physician and have a kidney screening. For more information on raising awareness for kidney disease, please visit DaVita.com/KidneyAware .

“Captain Marvel” 2019 Review (Spoiler Alert!!!)

 

Seeing as this is only my SECOND blog post, let me preface this by saying I’m a HUGE Marvel fan. There- you’ve learned something new about me. And in celebration of Marvel’s latest offering, I’d like to give a brief overview of the movie. Wanna hear it, here is goes… Soooo me and my partner went to see “Captain Marvel” last night and let me tell you, we thoroughly enjoyed it! The film is set in the 90s and stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. For this post, I will refer to each as Carol and Fury, respectively.

Not your typical origin story in the Marvel sense, but a very good one indeed. The movie finds Carol (a sarcastic, hot-head) struggling to find her true identity, having had her memories suppressed by the Kree- a formidable alien race comparable to the Klingons of Star Trek. While fighting as a member of the Kree task force, aptly named Starforce, Carol is kidnapped by the Skrulls (a green alien species of shape-shifting abilities). In the film, the Skrulls are a refugee people, trying to escape extinction by the Kree while searching for a home. As such, they have invaded Earth, seeking to find a device capable of generating light speed so that they may find a planet far beyond the reach of the Kree. In the midst of all of this, flashes of Carol’s past takes her to planet Earth, where she and Fury go on a journey of discovery. It is here where Carols learns of the Skrull invasion and seeks to find out why the Skrulls are on Earth. Through multiple plot twists, we find that the Skrulls are not the enemy they were originally believed to be. Rather, they are a humble species, simply trying to survive. With the help of Fury, Carol unlocks her past and the source of her powers, which derives from the tessaract. By the end of the film, and after overcoming many obstacles, Carol finds her strength- embracing who she is and takes down the Kree. With a newfound sensibility, Carol leaves behind her family and friends on Earth in order to help the Skrulls find a home and to end the Kree-Skrull War.

Upon first viewing, I would grade this movie a solid B+. I loved the 90s nostalgia. I loved the camaraderie between Carol and Fury. I loved the performances by Lashana Lynch (who plays Maria Rambeau) and Ben Mendelsohn (who plays Talos). I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Annette Bening plays Mar-Vell, as Mar-Vell is a ‘he’ in the comics. The movie seemed a bit disjointed in places. It starts a bit slow and at times, I found myself wondering where the movie would take me. I would compare it to the 3-point thesis essays from my college days. You had an introduction, 3 major points of interest, and then a conclusion. This movie seemed to have developed in the same fashion. We are introduced to this powerful character (Carol), who fights for the people she believes she belongs, works to discover who she really is, and helps to secure a safe haven for a race she once believed to be the enemy. Overall, the movie is a great addition to the MCU and very much plays to the 90s era. I highly recommend this movie. I look forward to seeing what ‘Captain Marvel’ brings to the Avengers team in their quest to stop Thanos in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Happy National Nap Day

Happy National Nap Day!

As I have grown older, napping has become one of my very favorite things to do, especially when it rains. I try and take a nap everyday but it doesn’t always happen. For me, it’s both rejuvenating and comforting mentally and physically. I find that after napping, I’m in a much better mood and I’m more apt to want to tackle the remainder of the day. Surprisingly, when I do take a nap, I’m down for at least 2 hours, as anything less is a just tease. Haha. Napping carries a lot of great benefits.

According to Web MD, here are some benefits of taking a nap:

1). It can help improve your memory
2). It can help keep you more consistent
3). It may lift your mood
4). It helps with alertness

Napping can help us function more efficiently in our daily lives. So, take advantage of a little extra sleep a day. I hope you all are enjoying whatever day you are having and if you get the opportunity to enjoy one- TAKE A NAP!