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Happy Sunday and Happy Weekend!! Just wanted to share some more of our beautiful handmade necklaces!!

Stay blessed, everyone and remember, you are loved!! 💕

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Some more of our beautiful handmade necklaces!!

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Our Unique Handmade Jewelry!

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!! I know my family and I sure did. The weather was gorgeous with the sun shining high in the sky. Even took the time to go on a nice morning walk to get the blood flowing. It is definitely great to be alive!

Wanted to share with you all some of the latest handmade jewelry designs that my husband, Clay and I have been working on for our online store, CSParkerJewelry. Always with the wearer in mind, we want only the best for our customers as we incorporate gorgeous natural stones and glass beads into each piece of our jewelry. We carefully create each piece, whether it’s a necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, etc…. wholeheartedly with our very own hands from our home office. Clay and I are always consulting with one another for the best ideas, enjoying every moment as we let our creativity flow.

If you see anything you’d like to order, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you!!

 

Find us and our beautiful handmade jewelry at CSParkerJewelry on Etsy!

 

 

 

 

Necklaces & Bracelets.      Handmade Jewelry by CSParkerJewelry on Etsy!

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As always, stay blessed, everyone! Much Love & Light! ~ Clay & Sheila Parker

 

 

“I…. Am…. A Man!”

Joseph Carey Merrick, a.k.a. “The Elephant Man”.

On August 5,1862, Joseph Carey Merrick (who was often incorrectly referred to as John Merrick) was born in Leicester, England. His parents were Joseph Rockley Merrick and Mary Jane Merrick. During his early years in life, Joseph Carey began to suffer from extreme facial and body deformities. He appeared to have thick and lumpy skin. His lips became rather enlarged, and a bony lump started to grow on his forehead. One arm and both feet also grew to be enlarged and during his childhood he had fallen, damaging his left hip which caused him permanent lameness.

At the age of only eleven years old, Joseph Carey’s mother passed away. The cause of her death was bronchopneumonia. His father remarried not long after. Wrongly, he and his new wife rejected Joseph, treating him like an outcast. Joseph Carey was forced to leave home, finding shelter at the residence of his uncle, Charles Merrick.

At thirteen years old, Joseph gained employment working at Freeman’s Cigar Factory in Leicester. And then, in December 1879, at seventeen years of age, he joined the Leicester Union Workhouse. A few years later in 1884, Joseph got in contact with Sam Torr who was a showman. Joseph suggested that Sam should put Joseph up as an exhibit because of his unusual deformities.

Torr agreed on the proposition and along with a group of men who managed Joseph, they came up with Joseph’s exhibit’s name of “The Elephant Man”. After touring for some time, Joseph made a trip to London to be put on exhibit in a penny gaff located on Whitechapel Road which was rented by Tom Norman who was also a showman. Norman’s shop was located right across the street from the London Hospital.

Frederick Treves, who was a surgeon from the hospital, visited Norman’s shop. Dr. Treves automatically showed interest in Joseph Carey Merrick. The doctor invited Joseph to the hospital to be examined and photographed. This made Joseph feel uncomfortable, like an animal, and he refused to return to the London Hospital. This angered Dr. Treves and oddly enough, Norman’s shop was closed by local authorities. Upset by it all, Joseph decided to seek another opportunity elsewhere and joined a gentleman by the name of Sam Roper who owned a traveling circus that toured throughout Europe.

As time went on, Joseph was unfortunately robbed in Belgium, abandoned in Brussels, and finally made his way back to the London Hospital. Dr. Treves allowed Joseph to stay the remainder of his life at the hospital, free room and board. With daily visits from Dr. Treves, the two men quickly formed a remarkable friendship. Even the wealthy elite, including Alexandra, Princess of Wales visited Joseph.

And then, on April 11, 1890, Joseph Carey Merrick sadly died at the age of twenty-seven years old of asphyxia which is a condition where the body is seriously deprived of oxygen. It was believed that he was awake, attempting to get up from his bed just prior to his death. He was found stretched across his bed with a dislocated neck. Perhaps the weight of his head was too much for his neck to support. His skeletal remains can be found on display in the Royal London Hospital, which is a large educational facility in London, England.

It’s said that one of Joseph Carey Merrick’s favorite poems was:

“Tis true my form is something odd,                                                                               but blaming me is blaming God.                                                                                Could I create myself anew,                                                                                               I would not fail in pleasing you.

If I could reach from pole to pole                                                                                      or grasp the ocean with a span,                                                                                         I would be measured by the soul.                                                                                 The mind’s the standard of the man.”

 

 

 

“I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a man!” ~ Joseph Carey Merrick, a.k.a. “The Elephant Man”.

 

Here is the artwork that I created in honor of Joseph Carey Merrick simply titled, “The Elephant Man”. Prints, pillows, blankets and even stationary…. available only at Fine Art America!

 

(“The Elephant Man” ~ by Sheila Renee Parker. Prints, tote bags, coffee mugs and so much more available only at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-elephant-man-sheila-renee-parker.html!)

 

 

 

 

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~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter: @sheilarparker.

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~ Art by Sheila Renee Parker available at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sheilarenee-parker.html

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“The Magnetism of Angelique Cottin”

It was an evening in January 1846 when a young peasant girl from Normandy discovered that her life was about to change forever. Fourteen year old, Angelique Cottin, among other girls were weaving away silk gloves on what was a rather large oak frame. When, all of a sudden, the heavy wooden frame started to move on its own. The young ladies attempted to keep the frame stationary, but were unable to do so. In a complete state of terror they called out to their neighbor for help, but he refused. Out of his disbelief he told the girls to go back to doing their job. As afraid as they were, the girls obeyed and continued with their work. The wooden frame remained still as each girl, one by one, approached it until Angelique was near. And then, immediately the frame started to shake again. Even though the other girls were frightened, Angelique was not, but she was however, intrigued.

Upon hearing the news of Angelique’s bizarre incident, her parents grew worried that their daughter could possibly be possessed by the devil. They sought help from the church, but the priest denied the Cottin’s request for exorcism. Why? Because his curiosity had the best of him, he wanted to witness the unusual phenomena for himself. Once he saw Angelique’s odd ability happen right in front of his very eyes, that was enough to make him believe that the Cottin’s daughter was, in fact, not possessed at all. Instead the priest urged them to take Angelique to be examined by a medical physician.

As time was leading up to her meeting with the doctor, Angelique’s ability heightened more and more with each passing day. The young lady would attempt to sit in a chair, but then the chair instantly was “forced” away. It was also said that with a simple touch, Angelique was able to float a heavy table in the air. The mere act of sleeping became difficult for her, too. While laying down, her bed would start to uncontrollably rock making it impossible for her to get a good night’s rest.

Other times as she approached small items, they would dart away from her without any plausible explanation, and this poor girl wouldn’t have to touch any of them. Often, if people were near her they would get shocked without even touching Angelique.

After visiting with a few doctors who were baffled by Angelique’s condition, one doctor took the Cottin family to Paris where they met with scientists who were eager to meet with Angelique. Once they conducted a battery of tests, the scientists concluded that Angelique’s ability was indeed the real thing. In 1846 renowned physicist Francois Arago documented that Angelique’s ability was due to electromagnetism, which he wrote about in his publication in The Journal des débats.

 

 

If any of you have an ability like this, we would love to hear about it! Don’t be afraid…. share your experience!

 

 

 

 

CSParkerJewelry on Etsy! https://www.etsy.com/shop/CSParkerJewelry  (Handmade Jewelry. Natural Stones. Glass Beads.)

Get a copy of my novel, The Spirit Within on Amazon!

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter: @sheilarparker.

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Facebook: Sheila Renee Parker – Author

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Instagram: @sheilareneeparker

~ Art by Sheila Renee Parker available at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sheilarenee-parker.html

~ Sheila Renee Parker on YouTube: Sheila Renee Parker

 

 

 

 

Interview with Chase Smith, store owner of Lotus CBD

Today I’m welcoming store owner, Chase Smith of Lotus CBD to share with us the benefits of CBD products. Thank you, Chase for stopping by!

 

 

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your company.

Hello, my name is Chase Smith and my wife’s name is Cortney Smith. We own and operate Lotus CBD in Foley, AL. It is the first CBD store in this area of its kind. We like to think of ourselves as a one stop shop for alternative healing. We sell pretty much anything with CBD incl. edibles, gummies, trans-dermal pain patches, bathbombs, vapables, face creams, under eye serums, hydrating lotions, subdermal topicals, Gel caps, dry capsules, CBD water, pet oils, pet edibles and of course, several different CBD oils.

 

 

 

What was the inspiration behind your business, Lotus CBD?

In 2017 my wife had 5 seizures that I had to revive her from, she stopped breathing. She had become debilitated from severe migraines, sleeping 16 hrs a day and developed drop foot. After 4 neurologist, multiple MRI’s and 2 Lumbar punctures we found out she has 12 dime sized lesions in her brain; she received a diagnosis of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) in early 2018. She was given a prescription for medication that would have cost us $9,000 a month… with insurance!!! After weeks of research we discovered CBD oil and all of its wonderful health benefits; we decided to at the very least give the natural path a try… what could it hurt right??? Well since she has been using our water soluble full spectrum CBD oil, she has not had a single seizure! The debilitating migraines she once had several times a month have stopped all together and we truly believe in the medical benefits of CBD. It’s been almost 2 years since she has had a seizure and I am happy to say she is doing incredibly well given her diagnosis!!!

 

 

 

Why “Lotus” in your company’s name, does the lotus flower itself have any symbolism to you?

Well, as you may know a lotus has to rise through the mirk and mud to reach the surface of the water, then it beautifully blooms. Despite all those obstacles and conditions the flower grows from the mud and rises to the surface clean. The lotus may appear fragile on the surface but it’s flexible and strong; securely anchored under the surface of the water. We liked that metaphoric imagery of this fragile yet strong flower and how it represented many people’s day to day struggles. Be that addiction, pain, anxiety or whatever else; we know with a little help everyone can bloom to their full potential.

 

 

 

What are the benefits of CBD products and are there any known side effects?

So, I may go a little long winded and in depth, but it all starts with the Endocannabinoid System. Scientists discovered this in the last century and it’s a biological system made up of endocannabinoids. They are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body and in all mammal brains. CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids found in hemp and these cannabinoid receptors play a huge role in physiological processes such as mood, memory and pain.

 

There are two types of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2 that are located on cells throughout the body. CB1 receptors are primarily located on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system and are very abundant in the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and hippocampus. These CB1 receptors have been found to play a role in memory processing, motor regulation, pain sensation, mood, and sleep. CB2 receptors are primarily found on cells in the immune system and its associated structures.

 

When these receptors are activated with CBD, they stimulate a response that fights inflammation which can reduce pain and minimize damage to tissues. Cannabinoids help coordinate and regulate how we feel and think by binding with the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. They fit like puzzle pieces, cannabinoids are designed to link together with the cannabinoid receptors. This linking of receptors activates the receiving neuron into action. This then triggers a set of events to pass along the message and carry out a variety of cellular responses needed for homeostasis and healthy functioning.

 

Since the use of CBD oil in the last 30-40 years, there are no known side effects.

 

 

 

What would you say to someone who may be on the fence about trying CBD products?

If you have suffered, tired of hurting, anxious, stressed and on pharmaceuticals for any of those…and looking for relief then why not give this natural, safe alternative a try!? At the most it will be the best decision you ever made and at worst you have tried an alternative route that doesn’t harm you in any way. CBD extracted from HEMP is LEGAL and safe, if you get a product with THC it will NOT get you high.

 

 

 

Are there any kinds of medications that someone may be on that shouldn’t be accompanied with any CBD products? Any precautionary words of advice?

So, there are a few drug interactions but any knowledgeable and reputable store will tell you to watch out for these. Mostly these are statin drugs or any drug using the CYP-450 enzyme to break it down (usually there is a grapefruit or citrus warning on these medications). You can google the medication you take and CYP-450 enzyme and usually you will find a list, this doesn’t mean you can’t use CBD… it just means you need to space out the time between the two.

 

 

 

Tell everyone how they can contact you and the location of your store. What are your hours of operation and please share with us any links you have so people can follow you via social media.

We are on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lotuscbd/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lotus_foley/)

We are located in Foley, AL at 3872 S. McKenzie Street. Hours of operation are 10-7 Monday through Saturday.

You can also contact us via phone at anytime 404.386.3683

 

 

 

Anything else you would like to inform everyone about in regards to CBD products?

NOT ALL CBD PRODUCTS ARE THE SAME, NOT ALL STORES ARE THE SAME… If you are going to buy something to improve your health PLEASE buy it from a reputable and knowledgeable source. If you ask where the CBD is sourced, what was used to extract the oil and they can’t explain ANY question you pose then just walk away. If you don’t get told about the analytics and they are not readily available, updated every few months… JUST DON’T DO IT!! Not all ailments are solved by one product, the store should know what products work best for which ailments.

 

 

 

Any positive words of wisdom you’d care to share?

We have been in the CBD industry for 3 years now and I have seen the miraculous things this plant can do, we use these products daily, we believe in them and I offer a money back satisfaction guarantee.  If you have heard about CBD and want to give it a try, come to a place you know what you’re getting! We can discuss all your options and see all the products we have for a healthier you!

 

Thanks,

Chase Smith

 

 

 

 

“An Inspiring Young Man!”

Graduated magna cum laude from Foley High School in Foley, Alabama, on Tuesday night, this bright young man has already got his gears in motion for his next big chapter in life! This Fall he will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida, where he will get his degree as an astronautical engineer.

Why am I writing an article about such an amazing individual? Because for the past eighteen years my husband and I have had the wonderful privilege of raising him. Not only has our son, Talon, made his father and I extremely proud parents, he has also inspired us in so many ways with his compassion, devotion and eagerness to learn. He has always been selfless, willing to help and assist others without any hesitations, and is simply just an all around phenomenal guy!

I can’t help but to constantly keep flashing back to the very first moment when we got to hold him in our arms right after we gave birth to him. Looking at his sweet, precious face… seems like it was only yesterday. The years have truly flown by! Talon was a very active Cub Scout from the time he was in kindergarten until he was in the fourth grade, participating in den meetings, camp outs, Pinewood Derbies, and so much more. Then, as he got older, he was in the Beta Club in middle school. Throughout his childhood, my husband and I watched our son play sports. Soccer when he was five and six years old, then football every year after that.

Two years ago he even traveled abroad during the summer. It was a school trip lasting eight days. Along with his classmates and his teacher, they were able to tour historical sites in Paris, Normandy and in London. They visited The Louvre Museum in Paris where they got to see the iconic painting, The Mona Lisa by Di Vinci, amongst other great pieces of art. They also got the opportunity to go up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and then, Omaha Beach where the Invasion of Normandy took place during World War II. While in Normandy, the class got to visit Mont-Saint-Michel. In Amboise, France, they got to see Leonardo Di Vinci’s tomb. After all that, they traveled to London, England, toured the city and even went to Wiltshire to see Stonehenge. The entire trip was quite impressive. Talon took tons of photos and learned a lot from his European experience! Recently, during spring break, he took a cruise with his friends to Mexico for a last “hoorah” before everyone graduated from high school.

With that being said, all the while, Talon has always maintained high performance grades that eventually awarded him scholarships that will help him later to pay for college. Talon has been very fortunate to receive a gracious local scholarship, and with his outstanding academic background, he has also received the presidential scholarship from Embry-Riddle!

As he goes off to college in the Fall, it will be a hard transition as parents to watch him go because no matter what, he will always be our little boy. But, my husband and I can easily rest assure that he will be fine because we are confident of our young man chasing his dream of being an astronautical engineer and turning it into a much deserved reality!

So, we want to take this moment to shine the spotlight on our son for all of his fantastic achievements!

 

 

 

A major congratulations to you, Talon, and thank you for being the inspiring young man that you are!!! We love you!!!  ~ Mom & Dad 

 

 

 

 

Graduated magna cum laude, Talon Parker…. Class of 2019! Congratulations!!!!

Just like a diamond…..

“Just like a diamond with its many facets and prismatic colors, we as the unique individuals that we are, are special in our own ways. Our personalities, our diversities are what define us as intricate beings. Just like the exquisite beauty of a snowflake, there are no two alike. Never be afraid to be who you are. Remember, magnificence comes in all forms.”:  ~ Sheila Renee Parker

 

 

 

Love & Light to you all! Have a great day, everyone!! ❤ , Sheila

 

 

 

 

CSParkerJewelry on Etsy! https://www.etsy.com/shop/CSParkerJewelry  (Handmade Jewelry. Natural Stones. Glass Beads.)

Get a copy of my novel, The Spirit Within on Amazon!

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter: @sheilarparker.

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Facebook: Sheila Renee Parker – Author

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Instagram: @sheilareneeparker

~ Art by Sheila Renee Parker available at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sheilarenee-parker.html

~ Sheila Renee Parker on YouTube: Sheila Renee Parker

 

 

 

 

 

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