Thirsty Thursday… Watermelon Beer

We know it’s not technically watermelon season yet, but the watermelon in the store looked so good it was hard to pass up. We got a quarter of a watermelon and trekked over to the beer section to find the perfect one to go with the watermelon; enter Shock Top Wheat Beer. Both the watermelon and the beer complement each other really well, and one doesn’t outshine the other. This is the perfect drink for a hot day after work when you just need a drink (or two) to unwind.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 watermelon, cut up into chunks
  • 2-4 White Beers or Wheat Beers, we used Shock Top

Instructions:

  1. Place the watermelon chunks in your blender. Puree until smooth, then pour into a sifter over a bowl. Strain until only the juice is left and there is no pulp -chill for at least an hour. Fill a glass with the beer and pour the watermelon juice on top. Serve immediately.

Microsoft Introduces the Surface 3

Microsoft continues to chase the crown with the latest addition to the company’s line of in-house tablets. Although these are not the only tablets on the market running Windows software, this will be the first to run the full version, making the device more like a laptop than any of its predecessors or competitors. Users will receive the added bonus of a free update to the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. At 8.1 mm depth the Surface 3 is still a bit chunkier than the iPad Air 2, which boasts an impressive 6.1, although it does provide standardized USB ports.

The Surface 3 will go on the market May 5 at Microsoft retailers worldwide for an attractive $499.99. In the meantime, watch the promotional advertisement below.

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Memorial Ash Beads: Artist Turns Your Loved Ones’ Ashes Into Jewelry

How would you like to keep the ashes of your loved ones? California-based artist Merry Coor would like to make them into beautiful memorial ash beads. These tangible mementos of your loved ones can be worn on the neck, to always keep them close to you. The bead is made from rods of special, colored, silvered glass, which are melted and formed into a bead. The ashes are then incorporated into its spiral pattern, and the entire assembly is then encased in glass. Finally, the customer has a choice of clasp and chain. The beads themselves are blue-green, representing whatever you think fit: the heavens, a planet, universe, and so forth.

Merry Coor has been making glass beads since the year 2000. It was only last year when a couple asked her to make a bead incorporating the remains of their friend who fell before his time. “The experience was amazing for me. As I made this special glass bead, I meditated, pondered, and let my mind free. I felt it was one of the most important beads I had ever made in my life, and I’ve made thousands of beads over the years.” It appears that the whole process of making memorial beads is a thing of almost religious importance.

Considering the nature of the service rendered, a certain amount of reverence that blends with over a decade worth of honed skill is really fitting.

More info: ashbeads.comEtsy

Florida Tries Again on Medical Marijuana

A bill to fast track some medical marijuana use in Florida is moving forward in the state legislature.

The Senate Health Policy Committee approved the legislation Tuesday in an 8-0 vote.

It would make changes to the law already passed by Florida lawmakers last spring. That measure has yet to help anyone because of legal challenges and bureaucratic delays

“There are just some flaws that need to be corrected in the bill that we passed,” sponsor Sen. Rob Bradley said to the committee as they considered the measure Tuesday.

The new bill expands the list of illnesses for which medical marijuana can be used. The new list includes HIV, epilepsy, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

The legislation also quadruples, to 20, the number of dispensing organizations allowed across the state.

Importantly, Bradley told the committee, it also establishes a time frame to issue those licenses, to speed up the process and get help to people in need.

“This… fulfills the promise we made to those families in 2014,” said Bradley.

Anneliese Clark’s family was one of those promised help last year. Her 10-year old daughter Christina takes a liquid form of medical cannabis twice a day to treat intractable epilepsy. She’s gone 100 days without a seizure. Clark had to take Christina to California for the treatment.

“Technically I am a criminal, because I chose to save my child rather than watch her suffer,” Clark said.

But Clark is not satisfied with the legislation that moved through the committee. She disputes language that says patients must exhaust all other treatments before turning to medical cannabis.

“We’ve done that and it’s left my daughter crippled, on a feeding tube, and I have millions of dollars in medical bills from trying all those things,” Clark siad outside the hearing.

Clark also argues the state needs to allow higher levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, or the drug won’t help patients like her daughter.

“The politicians didn’t decide how much Tylenol I can take they shouldn’t decide how much cannaboid therapy you can take either,” Clark argued.

Other critics of the legislation say the list of conditions that can be treated should be much longer.

Clark is calling on lawmakers to listen to the experts on medical marijuana, and get past the stigma.

She says the drug is helping patients in many states across the country and in countries around the world. The passionate mother and activist pledges to keep pushing for changes as this legislation moves through the legislature.

“It’s a step forward in that the conversation is continuing. It’s not the end,” she said.

23 states have laws that permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Eleven others allow limited access to marijuana products for treatment of illness.

A voter referendum last fall to legalize marijuana in Florida failed. Supporters say they plan to put the issue on the ballot again in 2016.