The Darker Side of Psychedelic Music

My interest in darker psychedelic music was reignited a few days ago when I heard The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” on the radio. I think it’s such an incredible song. Now I’m desperate to find more bands similar to The Doors, but it’s proving to be much more challenging than I had anticipated. Of course there are plenty of well-known psychedelic rock bands from the ’60s and ’70s, but I’m not just looking for the average psychedelic band. I think I’ve always been more drawn to The Doors than any other psychedelic band of the “hippie days” because they had a more somber, gloomy, and mystical side. It’s been said that Jim Morrison had an obsession with the dark side, particularly death, and I think that came across in quite a few of their songs.

The first time I really got into The Doors I was about 17 years old, and then I came across Mazzy Star’s music, which was heavily influenced by The Doors. I began searching more for this darker style of psychedelic music and discovered a genre of music from the ’80s that was influenced by 60’s psychedelic bands called Paisley Underground. This led me to discovering musicians like Rain Parade, Opal, Kendra Smith, and The Dream Syndicate. While all those music discoveries were enough to keep me satisfied at the time, now I’m back to wanting more. I want something as dark and mystical as The Doors, and maybe the closest I have come to it is a band called Phantom’s Divine Comedy. The lead singer of this band sounds so similar to Jim Morrison that I now understand the conspiracy about Jim Morrison faking his own death.

Here are some of my favorite psychedelic songs that lean toward the gloomy, dark side. If you can think of anything similar to these bands (besides the obvious psychedelic bands like Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, etc.), please leave recommendations in the comments section below. If you don’t know of any, hope you enjoy these!

Twenty 90’s Fashion Trends I Miss

Today’s post is a little more superficial and carefree than usual. Just wanted to take a minute here to step back on memory lane and comment on the 90’s fashion trends that I miss. Maybe I’m biased since I grew up in the ’90s, but I think it was such an awesome decade when it comes to music, fashion, and movies. My boyfriend tends to be a bit more nostalgic than I am, but we both enjoy reminiscing about “the good ol’ days” from time to time. We believe there was something special about the ’90s, and we’re grateful that we got to experience a time when things seemed simpler and technology hadn’t advanced far enough yet to the point that it consumed our lives.

In the past five or so years, lots of 90’s trends have been revisited, but there are some 90’s trends I won’t revisit because I feel that they simply look a tad too dated. When I’m out thrift store shopping, sometimes I have to refrain from buying those items that scream over the top that they were made in the ’90s. Not saying there’s necessarily anything wrong with looking that way, but I aim for a balance between timeless and vintage.

Now, onto those amazing trends I miss most.

1.) The ultimate 90’s trend that I miss most is velvet. Anything velvet. Velvet shirt, velvet dress, velvet blazer, velvet shoes, velvet purse, velvet leggings…I LOVE velvet! Fortunately, velvet has made a comeback, and there are still plenty of velvet things I can wear from the ’90s without feeling that my look is overly dated.

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2.) Colorful, shiny pleather was so fun and awesome! I remember a blue-violet pleather coat from Limited Too that I used to wear in 5th grade (close to the same color as the dress that Mira Sorvino is wearing below). I thought I was so cool, but then I got incredibly annoyed when another girl at my school started wearing the same exact coat.

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3.) Plaid miniskirts and cropped angora sweaters were staples in a teen girl’s wardrobe in the ’90s. Done the right way, I believe a similar look could be pulled off today. I bought a couple of plaid skirts from the ’90s a couple years ago, but I’ve never worn them since I haven’t been able to put together the right outfit.

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4.) I went through a phase about 3 years ago where I was obsessed with 90’s vests. These little babies are harder to find than I expected. Unfortunately, every thrift store I went to was overflowing with those hideous vests designed for grandmas, teachers, and crazy cat ladies.

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5.) Though satin dresses should be considered timeless, I often associate them with the ’90s, especially collared, button-up satin dresses like the one pictured below.

90s56.) Chunky, platform boots just look too dated these days, but I still think they’re better than the boots with super thin stiletto heels that many girls wear today.

90s97.) A complete opposite of the chunky platform boot, the strappy heel was also extremely common back then. Though I’m more drawn to chunky heels, I think the 90’s strappy high heel was quite flattering on women. It helped create more of an elegant, dainty look.

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8.) Wow, my head nearly exploded when I first saw these! They are a perfect combination of so many awesome 90’s fashion trends–velvet, strappy, and platform heels! I had a pair similar to these when I was young, except they were faux snakeskin.

90s109.) I’m guessing this look originated in the ’50s or ’60s, but I also associate plaid pants with the ’90s. I once had a bright green pair when I was in 4th/5th grade that I would only wear on Fridays since I reserved that as my dress-up and feel extra awesome day.

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10.) Who didn’t love when Drew Barrymore wore daisies in her hair?! Of course people still go for that hippie chic look today by wearing a halo of flowers around their head, but it’s still not the same as this 90’s look. Drew pulled it off so well.

90s611.) Here we are, back to velvet again, but this time it’s velvet duster jackets. When I saw this particular episode of Sex and the City where Carrie was wearing a velvet duster while out on a date with Aleksandr, I immediately wanted one just like it. It screams late ’90s, but I frickin’ love it! I eventually found a black one off eBay that fits perfectly.

90s1712.) Zig-zag parts were a lot of fun, and this is a trend that I’ve not been willing to give up. I still sport the zig-zag from time to time because a straight part just gets boring after a while.

90s1813.) Remember when Madonna and Gwen Stefani w0re Indian art like bindis on their forehead? Or TLC’s video for Unpretty that was inspired by Buddhist and Indian culture? I’m attracted to Indian culture and their fashion, so this is one trend that I truly miss.

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14.) Some of my favorite jewelry from the ’90s were yin and yang pendants and choker necklaces.

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15.) Butterflies became insanely popular back then! How predictable that my bedroom became butterfly-themed at one point. The only thing I don’t really miss are butterfly tattoos since they became so popular that they eventually turned into something totally predictable and generic.

90s2316.) One thing I really miss about the ’90s was that people seemed to be more interested in aliens and UFOs, or at least they were more comfortable expressing their interest by wearing those “I believe” t-shirts. It became part of our pop culture. There were tv shows like The X-Files, Roswell, and a few specials that aired on FOX that focused on alien encounters and the possibility of life existing on other planets.

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17.) I’ve always been a big fan of the 60’s/70’s hippie style, so it’s awesome that we experienced a hippie revival in the ’90s that included everything from lava lamps to mood rings to peace signs and smiley faces on everything.

90s2518.) Pretty much everyone I knew who grew up in the ’90s owned a pair of Doc Martens at some point. The 2 or 3 pairs I owned look hideous when compared to these cute electric blue patent leather mary janes.

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19.) Part of the ’70s revival, those groovy polyester shirts were back in style for a little while. My favorite was a short-sleeved brown one with blue and white daisies all over it.

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Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane! Are there any 90’s fashion trends that you miss? Or is there another decade that you prefer when it comes to fashion?

Best Ghost Videos

Due to my recent fascination with ghosts and hauntings, I’ve been watching videos on youtube where people claim to have proof of the existence of ghosts. Some of these videos are clearly fake. Then there are others that appear realistic, but I’m still not willing to trust that they’re real because too many people get a kick out of fooling people. It’s so aggravating when you’re convinced something is real, and then the original creator eventually admits that it’s fake. It makes it hard for me to watch ghost or UFO videos and not be skeptical. I want to trust that what I see is real, but too many dorks try to ruin it for me. The good thing is that in my search for evidence of ghosts and hauntings, I’ve encountered a few videos that I think are more believable than the typical ghost video and totally worth sharing.

When you have a bit of free time, check out the videos below and try to form your own opinion of whether or not you think they’re fake. Let me know if you see something suspicious or worth mentioning. Also, tell me if you know of any good ghost videos that I should watch.

My favorite videos so far were from Joseph Chansuolme. He has recorded 8 separate videos in his apartment, which he believes is haunted. I’m pretty convinced that this is the real deal! Check out his channel and watch all 8 videos to decide for yourself if you think his apartment is really haunted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EkxpKConPk

Here’s another good one that shows strange events occurring in an office building at 3 a.m. I must admit, there are a couple things about this video that make me suspicious, but I was amazed when papers came flying out a folder in the filing cabinet. If this video is fake, I must say they did a good job!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n07myucGOGk

Who would’ve thought that a ghost would be hanging out at Blockbuster Video?! Nothing about this video makes me too suspicious of it being fake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cabFf5qI-Fc

My boyfriend told me about this one. It’s of a police car chasing another car that vanished after driving into a fence. In the comments section, some people say that the driver was able to drive underneath the fence without knocking it down. I’m not sure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62_eIsxLalA

So, this one isn’t exactly proof of the existence of ghosts, but it’s a short film called The Hopewell Haunting that is based on an interview that was conducted in the 1950s. A pastor claims that he encountered a ghost during the ’30s, and here is a reenactment of the event. I thought it was super creepy and much scarier than the average horror film. Before watching this film, I hoped that maybe one day I might see a ghost so I could have even more confirmation of their existence. Eh, after seeing the ghost in this video, I’ve changed my mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sImMmdeO0c

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

I recently learned that today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and someone in the cancer community encouraged me to pass along this information through my blog. Many of you may already know that mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, but here is a list of 8 things you should know about the disease. I was quite surprised to learn some of these facts myself.

Re-posted from: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/emily/8-things-you-should-know-about-mesothelioma.htm

8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma

Posted by Emily Walsh

8 Facts About MesotheliomaMesothelioma — a long word you may have heard on a commercial or two, but do you know what it means? This rare and deadly cancer is sadly lacking awareness. In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day this September 26, read on for the top 8 things you don’t know about this cancer, but should. Then share them. The key to saving lives starts with education.

1. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is invisible to the naked eye. Once inhaled, these fibers may infect the protective lining of the lungs, abdominal cavity, or cardiac cavity.

2. No amount of exposure is safe. Just exposing yourself once could put you at risk for developing the disease later on in life. If you were exposed today, you may not be aware until 2043, as the average latency period is about 30 – 40 years.

3. Asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 consumer products. These include household items, some of which may still be in use. Some of these even include hair dryers, crock pots, and cigarette filters.

4. It can be found in many older homes, schools, factories, and commercial buildings. Homes built prior to the 1970’s, along with a myriad of public buildings still could potentially contain asbestos because of the materials used in the original construction.

5. Asbestos exposure is still the LEADING CAUSE of occupational cancer in the US. Even after 30 years since the United States government issued stern warnings about the continued use of asbestos, many workers who were once exposed are now at risk of developing the disease.

6. United States Veterans are at the greatest risk. For many years, asbestos was used across all branches of the military. Many veterans and shipyard workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos from several different applications. US Navy veterans who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict unfortunately have the highest incidences of asbestos related disease, including mesothelioma.

7. Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Federal law requires the newly manufactured products contain no more than 1% asbestos. Although its use is regulated, roughly 30 million pounds are still being used each year.

8. Mesothelioma can be caused by secondary exposure. Family members of those who were directly affected by on-the-job asbestos exposure may also at risk of developing mesothelioma.

Celebrities have said hell no to chemo

A couple days ago I made a post about natural cures for cancer. You may find it interesting to learn that some celebrities and even former president Ronald Reagan refused to undergo chemotherapy once they were diagnosed with cancer. Instead of settling for American treatments, they sought gentler, more natural treatments. Some of these treatments they chose were only available in European countries. It has become apparent that some doctors and patients see the value in turning to nature instead of relying on harsh, synthetic treatments that are sometimes more like poison to the human body.

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Learn more about: Reagan’s treatment in Germany

Former model Jessica Richards’ dietary changes

Suzanne Somers rejected conventional treatments

Suzanne Somers has fought breast cancer once through alternative treatments. When she was later misdiagnosed with cancer, this is what she had to say regarding chemotherapy and her options: “If I had been a different kind of patient, Kathleen, when this doctor earlier this year wanted to start me on full body chemotherapy that day, I probably would have taken it. But because I have a lot of information, I was able to stand back and say first that I know I have time to think this through and I’m going to look for other options before I would ever consider that.”

It seems that Suzanne chose the smart route because she took the time to educate herself. Unfortunately, most people are ill-informed and blindly trust their doctor’s advice. They do not realize that there are alternative treatments that are not as harsh and that are possibly much more effective than the conventional methods offered in the U.S. It’s not just money but also education that are both crucial to good health and survival.

Here is the interview where Suzanne talks about the information she has acquired about cancer treatments through research, interviews, and personal experience with the illness:

A Simple Cure for Cancer

Would you think I was crazy if I told you that the cure for cancer might come down to something as simple as vitamins and herbs? Did you know that many people have been able to fight cancer by taking vitamin B-17? Did you know that in some tribes and civilizations across the world, cancer does not even exist? It is believed that those people all remain cancer free because of their healthy diets that are rich in B-17. I feel the need to get all this info out there since I didn’t know about any of it until a few weeks ago, and, of course, no one ever talks about it.

If you were ever diagnosed with cancer, what options would you have? Most people think of surgery and chemotherapy as the only options that are currently available. No one ever thinks of something so simple as nutrition and taking vitamins. We don’t consider cancer to be a vitamin deficiency because we have always been taught to see cancer as some strange, foreign thing that attacks or mutates the cells in our body. Is it possible that we have been deceived purposefully by doctors and the medical industry? What if they want us to see cancer as some strange mystery so that we will feel helpless and be willing to undergo any kind of treatment, no matter how harmful or severe, because we think it will help? Do doctors recommend these harsh, often ineffective treatments simply because they are profitable? Think about it. Cheap, simple cures and healthy people do not help doctors make money. They make money off of patients with chronic illness who require expensive surgeries and medications that don’t cure the illness. Besides, doctors cannot make any money off of vitamins. Vitamins obviously don’t require prescriptions from your doctor. Why would doctors promote nutrition as a means of fighting an illness like cancer? There is absolutely no money in that.

I watched a couple of really good documentaries (Cancer – The Forbidden Cures and A World Without Cancer), and I very strongly encourage you to watch those. It might change the way you see cancer. At the very least, I hope you will hang onto the knowledge you obtain through those videos so that you can consider all your options if you are ever diagnosed with cancer. I have already started increasing my intake of B-17 to help prevent cancer. The simplest way to do this is to start eating the seeds of fruits like apricots, peaches, nectarines, and apples. Crack open the pit of an apricot or a peach and inside you will find an almond shaped seed. The seed is edible but tastes quite bitter, so I find it helpful to chop the seed and mix it with some milk or juice.

Here’s one last thing that might get you thinking about the possibility of vitamins as a cure. B-17 has been banned in the U.S. since the 1970s. Hmm, kind of odd that a vitamin has been banned, don’t you think? The FDA claimed that B-17 contains cyanide and is poisonous. It’s true these seeds contain cyanide, but the cyanide is only released if there are cancerous cells in your body. The cyanide does not attack your normal, healthy cells. If someone tells you that eating the seeds of fruit is dangerous, don’t fall for it. I believe the only way you could be harmed by eating these seeds is if you ate an excessive number of them. Now isn’t it puzzling how chemotherapy is legal in the U.S., yet it is considered a carcinogen and attacks all the cells in your body, both the good and the bad? They’re fighting cancer with something that causes cancer? Oh yeah, that’s right. There’s lots of money in chemotherapy but none in vitamins.

I have read that if you want to buy B-17 capsules, you’ll have to order them from Mexico since they have been banned in the U.S. If you’re interested to know how effective B-17 is at fighting cancer, there’s a lot of testimony found on the internet of people who have fought cancer through vitamin treatment. I don’t want to go into too many more details because I just wanted to get the point across that adequate nutrition might be the cure for cancer. You can find a good amount of information about B-17 on the internet, but I’m also willing to try answering any questions that you may have. If you know someone who has cancer and is suffering, please pass this information along to them. Vitamin treatment just might save their life or, at the very least, help ease some of their pain and suffering. I think this is important knowledge that is being withheld from the public.