Published January 25th, 2018 by

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger

 

Published March 21st, 2017 by

On Monday evening while walking to the new county park, I decided to video why it is necessary for the neighborhood need for sidewalks for safety prevention in the 5th district of Commissioners Bruce Holmes.  Take a watch:

 


Sonya Buchanan/12:20pm

Published March 15th, 2017 by

There is a scripture in Proverbs 6:6 that speak about the nature of the ant.  Here are 10 amazing things about the ant, but first, Proverbs 6:6- 8

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.


10 interesting facts about ants you need to know

1. They have superhuman strength!

Yes, you did read that correctly. Ants are ridiculously strong. They have the ability to carry between 10 and 50 times their own body weight!  The amount an ant can carry depends on the species. The Asian weaver ant, for example, can lift 100 times its own mass.

Why are ants strong?

This amazing strength is a result of their small size believe it or not. The Arizona State University report that because of their small size, ants’ muscles have a greater cross-sectional area relative to their body size compared to larger animals. This means they can produce more force.

2. Ants don’t have lungs

Due to their small size, ants don’t have the room to accommodate a complex respiratory system such as ours. Instead, they have their own ways of respiration to help transport oxygen around their bodies.

How do ants breathe?

Ants breathe in oxygen through spiracles which are a series of holes located around the sides of their bodies.

The spiracles are connected through a network of tubes which help distribute the oxygen to almost every cell in their body.

Their movement helps the oxygen to circulate through the tubes, with the released carbon dioxide exiting through said tubes as well.

3. Ants don’t have ears

Unlike other pests such as rats, ants don’t have ears. But that doesn’t mean they are deaf.

How do ants hear?

Ants use vibrations to hear, using it when foraging for food or as an alarm signal. They use the vibrations in the ground to hear by picking them up in the subgenual organ which is located below the knee.

4.There are a lot of ants in the world

I think the phrase “a lot” is an understatement when describing the amount of ants current in existence. To put things in perspective, it is estimated that there are around 1 million ants for every 1 human in the world!

Ants have pretty much conquered the entire globe. With the exception of Antarctica, the Arctic, and a handful of islands, there are at least one native species found on every continent.

Entomologist Ted Schultz says that the ants presence across the world is “arguably the greatest success story in the history of terrestrial metazoa”.

5. Some ant species are Asexual

Rather than going down the traditional route of reproduction, some Amazonian ants have taken to reproduce via cloning. It is reported that the queen ants copy themselves to genetically produce daughters, resulting in a colony with no males.

6. Ants are farmers

You may be thinking “what?!”. But it’s true, besides humans, ants are the only creatures which will farm other creatures.

Just like we raise cows, sheep, pigs, chicken and fish in order to obtain a food source, ants will do the same with other insects. The most common occurrence of this is with aphids.

Ants will protect aphids from natural predators, and shelter them in their nests from heavy rain showers in order to gain a constant supply of honeydew.

7. Ants have two stomachs

That’s right ants have two stomachs, and it’s not because they are greedy.  One of their stomachs is for holding food for their own consumption, whilst the second one is to hold food to be shared with other ants.

This process is known as trophallaxis and allows a colony to work extremely efficiently. It allows for the ants who forage for food to feed those which stay behind and tend to the duties of the queen and the nest.

8. Ants can swim

Well, not all ants can swim, it depends on the species. They haven’t mastered the butterfly or breaststroke, yet, but they do have the ability to survive in water by using their own version of the doggy paddle, and can also float for long periods of time.

To put it simply, ants are amazing survivors. Not only can they hold their breath underwater for long periods of time, but they will also build lifeboats to survive floods.

9. Some species are slave-makers

This may sound strange but hear me out. Some species of ant, such as the Polyergus Lucidus are known as slave-making ants. They invade neighbouring ant colonies, capturing its inhabitants and forcing them to work for them, this process is known as ‘slave raiding’.

Slave-making ants are specialized to parasite a single species or a group of related species which are often close relatives of them. The captured ants will work as if they were in their own colony while the slave-making workers will only concentrate on replenishing their labour force.

Slave-making ants come in two formats: permanent social parasites and facultative slave-makers. Permanent social parasites rely on the enslaved ants throughout their lives whilst facultative slave-makers do not.

10. Ants are as old as dinosaurs

A study from Harvard and Florida State Universities discovered that ants first rose during the Cretaceous period around 130 million years ago! They have survived the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T extinction) which killed the dinosaurs as well as the ice age.

Don’t believe me? Check out this video below:

Credits:  


Sonya Buchanan/5:30am

 

 

Published September 13th, 2016 by

 

For more videos updates: Sonya Buchanan Channel

 

Comforting Promises/6:10am

Published September 3rd, 2016 by

Hi
I’m starting my own Community Facility to serve others. This has been a desire for many years to give back. My plan and desired goal is to give back in the area by providing emergency items such as: Fans during summer, portable heaters during winter, food, teaching simple gardening, school supplies and personal hygiene supplies for the elderly, families and local charities.

Hi my name is Sonya Buchanan. I’m the founder of Comforting Promises. We have established a place where people individual uniqueness is encouraged by being the best you!

We were established in April 2011. Our community efforts on our website focuses on many forms of encouragement in many different area’s of a person’s well being.

With 5 years meeting our expected goals with our online community efforts.  Now we are taking the same concept, which is a success, as like our online community to the street community.

The first 5 years, we’ve giving food to families, help support families with school supplies, teaching classes on “who are you”, helped established spring vegetable gardens, gave emotional support online and face to face, and we have assisted families with moving to new residence during emergency hardship.

We ask for your help to expend our serving efforts.  We are excited to take our “Be The Best You” motto out to our communities.  I am excited about this project. I’ve been planning this covenant community service for over 20 years; to establish the foundation and now its time to expand the efforts.

We are running this GoFundMe campaign to establish Comforting Promises Community and take our services to the next level, encouraging, and provided what is needed by “Being The Best You”, our motto.

The money raised will go towards the community efforts.

Please donate small or large amount; every single dollar count.  Your donation, no matter how big or small  will certainly help the Comforting Promises Community Organization.

Thank you for contributing to the Comforting Promises Community Project!

Sonya Buchanan

Comforting Promises Community GoFundMe
comfortingpromises.com
sonyabuchanan.com
YouTube Channel

 

Comforting Promises/12:30pm

 

Published August 22nd, 2016 by

Comforting Promises/10:20pm

Published August 11th, 2016 by

August Definite

Comforting Promises/10:15am

Published August 4th, 2016 by

One of my greatest things to do is read about the creation and characteristics of the animal kingdom. Here are 24 amazing things about turtles.  Also, here is today’s Motivational Thursday video.

24 Facts about Turtles

1. Turtles, once they get a taste for human flesh, can eat nothing else ever again.

2. Baby turtles are called “Sparkies.”

3. Turtles can live up to 200 years, but most experts agree that they hit their “turtle peak” in their mid 70s. After this, they become too politically conservative to really be fun to talk to at a party.

4. Turtles do not wear clothes, even though there are lots of pictures of turtles wearing scarves.

5. The shell of a turtle is made of the same material as fingernails, leading some scientists to commonly refer to them as “stupid.”

6. Turtles can do rudimentary math, like addition and subtraction, but they lack the capacity to truly understand negative numbers.

7. Turtles only have one organ that handles all of a turtle’s bodily functions, such as digesting food, and making the turtle blink, and nothing else. That’s all turtles need to do.

8. If you compliment a turtle, it will blush super hard.

9. In turtle, the word for “hello” is the same as the word for “goodbye.”

10. Turtle soup is in fact not made from turtles, but rather from a vegetable broth and cheap horsemeat. Also: little bits of turtle.

SIDE FACT: turns out “horsemeat” is a word, and it is spelled exactly like that. I learned stuff today!

11. In turtle communities, blushing is viewed as a sign of weakness, and will incite aggression from turtle peers, and, in extreme cases, violence.

12. Turtles can hear if you scream in space.

13. Turtles are terrible gossips. If you tell a turtle you have a crush on Leslie, pretty soon everybody knows, even Leslie’s best friend, Sami. I bet Leslie knows now. Oh gosh! This is the worst! Thanks a lot, turtle!

14. Turtles actually experience time slower, which is why they move so slowly. To a turtle, we are moving at an unreasonably fast speed, which is why many scientists think they openly mock us.

15. Turtles are not color blind, but can in fact see one extra color, which humans cannot sense. The color is commonly referred to as “red,” and though many have tried, it is ultimately impossible for us to imagine.

16. Turtles reproduce asexually by a process called “binary fission.”

17. Catholics agree that the chief sin of the turtle is pride.

18. Turtles live in an honor-shame society, as described in Amy Chau’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which is why most turtle parents are unbearable.

19. Turtle clothes come in one size: husky.

20. Turtles are born live in litters of about 8 to 10. The mother will try to consume some of the turtles, to teach the remaining turtles the following lesson: I am very rude.

21. The turtle’s natural predator is rhythm and blues.

22. Turtles that can breathe underwater are known as “hydrorespiratory,” whereas turtles that cannot breathe underwater are known as “cowards.”

23. A turtle’s body is divided into three segments: the head, the thorax, and the swimsuit area.

24. A turtle’s shell is scientifically referred to as its “dust jacket.”

http://www.sparknotes.com/mindhut/2012/02/03/24-facts-about-turtles

 

Comforting Promises/3:25pm

Published July 16th, 2016 by

 

 

 

Comforting Promises/1:00pm

Published July 1st, 2016 by

 

 

Comforting Promises/10:00pm

Published May 27th, 2016 by

I saw this video early morning and thought it was crazy for anyone to think they are brave.

image

 

 

Comforting Promises/9:30pm

Published May 12th, 2016 by

Although the 2016 presidential election is still a long way off, 2016 polls for possible match-ups are already being taken. For each poll, the blue slice represents the named Democrat; red the named Republican, with the remainder other and/or undecided. Below each pie is the source, release date, sample size and margin of error.

Use the selection boxes to limit the display to specific match-ups. Only active candidates for whom polling is available are displayed.  Read More Click Here

What Happens If A Presidential Election Ends In A Tie?

 

Comforting Promises/8:14pm

Published May 1st, 2016 by

I really enjoy Ted Talk.  Here is a great video on the subject: Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

 

 

Comforting Promises/1:48pm

 

Published January 28th, 2016 by

This video is summing up every candidate.  Enjoy it but don’t make a decision based on the concept persented.  It is for entertainment purposes only.

 

 

 

Comforting Promises/6:30am

Published August 24th, 2015 by

 

Comforting Promises/9:25am

Published July 10th, 2015 by

SC Rep. Jenny Horne Delivers Impassioned Speech to Take Down the Confederate Flag

 Mark 3:24-29

24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

 

 

 

Comforting Promises/8:19am