Congress Votes to Ban the Sun as Studies Show it Causes People to Leave Their Homes

WASHINGTON, March 17

The United States Congress voted Thursday to enact a law eliminating the sun after numerous studies show it may cause people to leave their houses.

This law, called the Solar Stay-At-Home Act, goes into effect later this year, on the heels of Covid quarantine. Currently, twenty-nine countries, mainstream media outlets, and social media platforms are on board.

“Think of the possibilities,” said one congressman, “with no sunlight, proletariats won’t be motivated to leave their homes or get out of bed! It’s better for our future, better for our environment, and better for our world.”

This week, government officials will brief top social media influencers on the benefits of this change to quickly spread facts and propaganda.

One online poll found 99.6% of Americans are not in favor of eliminating the sun. And this, officials say, proves the Solar Stay-At-Home Act is truly a win-win for our democracy.


Cast your vote below: Congress Votes to Ban the Sun as Studies Show it Causes People to Leave Their Homes. True or Not True?

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5 Easy Ways to Make Friends in a New City

A move is an exciting chance for a fresh start! However, moving is hard, and making friends can be difficult. But, there’s hope.

Here are 5 personally-tested ways to make friends after a big move.

1. Be the Friend You Seek

Moving is a perfect time to reevaluate who you want as a friend. Then, be that person. If you want friends who prioritize fitness, join them in the gym. If you desire friends who chill over a beer, seek out a happy hour and be open to new conversations. If you hope for friends who share your faith, attend services regularly. Or all three! Be the person you want as a friend, and this investment will pay off in new relationships and personal growth.

Woman tying shoelaces at gym.

2. Frequent the Same Places 

It may feel monotonous but routinely visiting the same places makes an otherwise big city shrink to a small-town feel. Think of establishments you would regularly visit, like the grocery store, gas station, coffee shop, gym, or pub. Seek out places near your home (more opportunity for conversation starters) and stick to these, preferably on a schedule. You will soon spot familiar faces, and that is the beginning of a new place feeling like home.

Point of view of a man getting a cup of cappuccino from a barista in a coffee shop

3. Join Clubs, Groups, or Organizations 

One of the fastest ways to meet people and make friends is by participating in active groups in your area. You will regularly mingle with the same people who share your interests. And, when fun, service and hard work are involved, friendships are formed! Examples are running clubs, volunteer groups, sports teams, dance classes, or school activities. Seek these out before your move and reach out to the leaders. You will most likely find people waiting to greet you with open arms.

Volunteers with garbage bags cleaning up garbage outdoors - ecology concept.

4. Say Yes to Every Opportunity 

Say a big YES to every opportunity and invitation that comes your way, especially the first few months after a move. Even if the event is inconvenient, you are exhausted or are uninterested in the people who extended the invite. You never know who you will meet or what doors of opportunity will open for you by networking. Seize all the options while you are still the new kid on the block. 

Young people with backpacks stand in the forest from behind. Tourists on the tourist route.

5. Embrace Photography 

It may seem odd to wrap up this list with photography, but pictures are huge for social connections! Snap photos while around town, tag your location, then post on social platforms. Your tribe will be interested and start to take notice. When out with people, join in pictures and take some yourself. You will create conversations and opportunities to connect and tag on social media. Soon, you will look back on these photos and realize how many friends you have made since moving to your new city. 

Social media. Man holding smartphone, connecting to internet and chatting

Meeting people in a new city can seem overwhelming, but if you be the friend you want, visit the same places, get involved in groups, seize opportunities, and join in group photos, you will have that new circle of friends in no time.


I am a freelance creative passionate about building community. I’ve “started over” in several cities, including a year as an ex-pat in Japan and I have made numerous friends using these tips!

If you would ever like to collaborate on anything at all, please reach out. Thank you for visiting The Jar. πŸ’™ 


Cover Photo by Marina Khrapova on Unsplash. Embed photos Adobe.

Texas Replaces Vehicles with Horses Amid Gas Price Spike

All eyes are on Texas roads tomorrow, as it will not be an ordinary day. The Department of Public Safety, DPS, has unanimously endorsed horses and horse-drawn carriages to replace vehicles on all Texas highways and byways.

This decision comes amid gas price spikes that leave consumers feeling the pinch at the pump.

“It’s a win-win,” states Jacob Yeager, a driver for the new horse and buggy Uber service known as Hoober. “The public will be happy with no need to buy gas, and the government will have another excuse to keep the pipeline closed.”

Due to these reasons and more, the decision to blast the country back to 1915 is giving rise to a bipartisan celebration.

But, don’t get too excited, warns local authorities, nothing is, of course, free. Lawmakers have proposed bills that will require plates, tags, inspections, speed limits and fines to riders, horses, and buggies found not in compliance. One ticket that will not be a concern is littering, as there is no law to scoop horse poop.

Tomorrow will be a big day in Texas as it once again leads the country in diplomacy and innovation. Just remember before you make those weekend plans, don’t drink and ride.

8 Dating Rules for Women In the Apocalypse

Dating is tough. Dating during the apocalypse is tougher. Follow these eight rules to find your apocalyptic partner.


πŸ”₯ 1. Must be in good enough shape to run and carry me if needed.

πŸ”₯ 2. Must be attractive. And by attractive, I mean you know how to kill something and get it ready to eat.

πŸ”₯ 3. Have you had the big jab? In the apocalypse, vaxed date vaxed and unvaxed date unvaxed. It’s just the way it is.

πŸ”₯ 4. No biting. Because, you know, zombies.

πŸ”₯ 5. Do you have a secret or not-so-secret obsession with steampunk? I’ll take you and your equipment.

πŸ”₯ 6. Age doesn’t matter; we aren’t looking for longevity here.

πŸ”₯ 7. I could be persuaded if you have a big…gun.

πŸ”₯ 8. If all else fails, in the apocalypse: There. Are. No. Rules.


For more dating tips visit my post: 10 Dating Tips For Men from Her to Him.

Do you have an apocalyptic dating rule? Share in the comments!

Cover photo by ΠΠ°Ρ‚Π°Π»ΡŒΡ Π‘ΠΈΡ€ΡŽΠΊΠΎΠ²Π°

5 Ways to Grow Spiritually Stronger Every Morning

1. Prayer

Prayer can seem intimidating, but it is simply connecting with our Creator. Acknowledging Divine presence in the morning creates a more peaceful and powerful day.

When Jesus taught how to pray In the Lord’s Prayer, in Matthew 6:9-13, he outlined an easy-to-follow format. I expound on this prayer guide in my post: How to Pray: Outlined.

πŸ’ͺ Do this: “Good morning, God, thank you for this day!”

2. Worship

Worship is one step beyond acknowledgment. It deliberately and vulnerably proclaims, God, we need you in our day, and we are thankful for you; through singing, spoken word, or silent thoughts.

We don’t always feel like worshipping. A former pastor once said, “Worship Him even if you don’t feel like it, and soon you will.”

πŸ’ͺ Do this: Speak what makes you grateful. “Thank you for my _________ today!”

3. Meditation

An old hymn reminds, “He’s as close as the mention of His name.” God is as close as the breath that we breathe. He dwells inside of us, and meditation helps us find Him.

Meditation is a powerful tool. It helps us observe our thoughts and feelings and become more in tune with God. See: How to Meditate for Beginners.

πŸ’ͺ Do this: Sit still and close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose for 4-counts and exhale from your mouth for 6-counts. Repeat five times while focusing on your breath.

4. Visualization

Visualization sharpens and trains our minds to align our lives with whom God says we are and what He has set in our hearts to accomplish.

Our brains are like a machine. If we fill it with desired desired data, it kicks in and acts accordingly.

πŸ’ͺ Do this: Think of a goal you’d like to meet or a character trait you’d like to adopt. Set a timer for three minutes, close your eyes, and imagine that it is reality. Visualize yourself in this scenario with as many details as possible, using color, sight, sound, smell, and touch.

5. Journal

Journaling grows us spiritually by bringing our inner world into the outer world. As we write, we reveal our priorities, alignment, and intentions for the day.

Journaling helps us better know ourselves and our God.

πŸ’ͺ Do this: Grab pen and paper or notes on your phone. Set a timer for 2 minutes and write anything that comes to mind. No rules. 

Remember that spiritual growth comes through consistency. A little bit of somethin’ is better than a whole lot of nothin’. Daily morning investments will, in time, build a stronger spiritual life.

If you have found value in this post, please, share, or comment. And, if you would ever like to collaborate on anything at all, please reach out! I would love to hear from you. πŸ’•

Grow Spiritually Stronger Every Morning with Journaling

Journaling promotes spiritual growth by bringing our inner world into the outer world. As we write, we reveal our priorities, alignment, and intentions for the day.

Journaling helps us better know ourselves and our God.

πŸ’ͺ Do this: Grab paper and a pen or notes on your phone. Set a timer for 2 minutes and write anything that comes to mind. No rules. 

Remember that spiritual growth comes through consistency. A little bit of somethin’ is better than a whole lot of nothin’. Daily morning investments will, in time, build a stronger spiritual life.


Thank you for visiting The Jar! ✨

Social Media Slang for Parents

As a mom of three teenage boys and a preteen girl, I should probably stay up on this Sh*t.

I don’t know if I’m embarrassed that I was unaware of some of these terms or embarrassed that I know them now. Am I Cheugy? Most likely.

According to Bark, a parental control tool that monitors all your family devices, many of these are the most commonly used slang by teens today. I have used Bark and I highly recommend it. 

Here’s a short FYI of social media slang for parents like me:

  • Sneaky link: Secret sex partner
  • ATP: Answer The Phone
  • PSE : Porn Star Experience
  • Body count: Number of sexual partners
  • Cake: Ass 
  • Tea: Gossip
  • 🌽: Porn
  • DNI: Do not interact.
  • Zaddy : attractive, fashionable guy with swag/sex appeal
  • 🧒 Blue cap or Cappin’: Lying
  • No Cap: Telling the Truth
  • 🧠 : Oral sex
  • Meal: Someone who looks good enough to eat
  • Bussin: Really, really good or delicious
  • W: Win
  • Yeet: Throw
  • Cheugy: Basic, out of date

πŸ‘‰ How many of these terms did you know? Let me know in the comments!


To learn more about Bark and how it can protect your familiy visit: https://www.bark.us

Photo by Rob Hampson on Unsplash

Grow Spiritually Stronger Every Morning with Visualization

Visualizaton sharpens and trains our minds to align our lives with whom God says we are and what He has set in our hearts to accomplish.

Our brains operate like a machine. If we fill it with desired data, it kicks in and acts accordingly.

πŸ’ͺ Do this: Think of a goal you’d like to meet or a character trait you’d like to adopt. Set a timer for three minutes, close your eyes, and imagine that it is reality. Visualize yourself in this scenario with as many details as possible, using color, sight, sound, smell, and touch.

Remember that spiritual growth comes through consistency. A little bit of somethin’ is better than a whole lot of nothin‘. Daily morning investments will, in time, build a stronger spiritual life.


Thank you for visiting The Jar! ✨ I’d love to hear if visualization has helped you on your spiritual journey!

How to Meditate for Beginners

So, you’re interested in meditation. Many people are and ask me how to get started. I have been practicing meditation and mindfulness in some form since my early teens, then I took a deeper dive after divorce.

Benefits of Meditation:

  • Eases anxiety
  • Sharpens awareness of emotions
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Improves breathing and blood flow
  • Strengthens the brain

In our loud, fast-paced society, most are unaccustomed to being alone in the quiet. Maybe this idea seems overwhelming, perhaps scary. When just beginning a meditation practice, I recommend small increments that gradually increase with experience. There is a reason it is called a practice.

Start Small

Find a quiet place to sit or lay still. Set a timer for two minutes. Breath in through your nose for 4-counts and out your mouth for 6-counts, focusing on your breath. If this is easy, repeat for two more minutes.

Don’t worry if your thoughts wander. When this happens, return to focusing on your breathing.

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is an excellent way to learn how to meditate. My current go-to is Relax with Yogi Byran – found on most platforms.

I prefer early morning meditation but anytime is a good time. However, be warned; you may fall asleep and experience the best rest of your life. And lastly,

The Number One Reason to Meditate:

To go inside and listen to the soul speak.

For more on meditation and spiritual growth visit: Grow Spiritually Stronger Every Morning with Meditation.

Thank you for visiting The Jar! ✨ Let me know if the comments how meditation has helped you on your journey.

Grow Spiritually Stronger Every Morning with Meditation

An old hymn reminds, He’s as close as the mention of His name. God is as close as the breath that we breathe. He dwells inside of us, and meditation helps us find Him.

Meditation is a powerful tool helping to observe our thoughts and emotions and become more in tune with God.

πŸ’ͺ Do this: Sit or lay still and close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose for 4-counts and exhale from your mouth for 6-counts. Repeat five times while focusing on your breath.

To take your meditation practice a step further visit my post: How to Meditate for Beginners.

Spiritual growth comes through consistency. A little bit of somethin’ is better than a whole lot of nothin’. Daily morning investments will, in time, build a stronger spiritual life.


Thank you for visiting The Jar! ✨ Please comment if you have meditation tips or if meditation has helped you on your spiritual journey. 🧘🏻

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