A Cleansing That Doesn’t Require A Toilet.

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I hope my blog the other day, ‘ramblings of a tired, disgusted frumpster‘, didn’t bring you down or leave you feeling dirty. I think we are all in need of a good cleansing of our mind, body and soul after that one…

It’s amazing that we live in a world where so much bad stuff happens naturally and yet we still seek it out. I am just as guilty as the next person but it still makes me wonder. Why do we need/want negativity in our lives?

Why do we create, and watch by the masses shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, True Blood, Breaking Bad, Hannibal, and so many more. Just because our imaginations take us there doesn’t mean it’s good for us. Minus the vampires, zombies, and who knows what else is in some of those shows, a lot of the bad things acted out already happen in real life. So, why then do we feel the need to watch the same terrible things happen to hotter versions of people?

I don’t know. Maybe there are some scientific explanations or maybe it is something spiritual that we will never fully grasp. Either way, I know sometimes I just need a break from watching hot people get their faces eaten off.

So, here is a bunch of beautiful places and things to help your soul.

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and THIS < click to view someone who already did a better job than me.

and THIS < click here but maybe don’t click if you’re hungry

I hope this gave you a fill of goodness to counteract whatever weird thing you’re going to watch on t.v.

For a nice healthy balance of goodness with a little hint of the bad side…



The Walking Dead, The Polar Vortex, The Road & other stuff you should know…

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Well folks, it looks like today is going to be another scorcher here in North America. I know you are all probably tired of hearing about the weather already and the over zealously named………..


Still, I can’t not talk about it, partly cause everyone is doing it and hey that’s reason enough for me, but also because if I don’t keep typing continuously I fear my fingers will freeze and fall off.

So coming from someone who is becoming more and more obsessed with a survivalist lifestyle everyday, (I blame The Walking Dead) here’s my thought process.

I tend to take my time getting ready and really think about what I’m wearing. Not so much like “oh, that is super totes cute and goes perfectly with my Ugg boots!!” But more like “yep, if I wear that layer then if I fall and need a tourniquet I can tear that off and it will do just fine” and “obviously I’m going to wear the big boots, how else could I survive the apocalypse without my big boots?” If I’m not wearing it, it’s probably shoved into my purse or thrown in my car, ya know, just in case. However, since most people don’t seem too worried about the pending ‘end of days’ (and to those people I say go read or watch THE ROAD) I will spare you the details of my constant anxiety.

I would like to point out that while many of us don’t have to worry about such “silly” things as layering or starting fires, there is a fairly sizable number that do. We complain about the walk from our car with the heated seats to our homes with fireplaces that turn on with the flip of a switch. On days like this I ask you to take a moment and consider, what if that feeling dread you have when you think of leaving your warm bed simply to get into your hot shower was a feeling you knew would never go away. People all over the country who are without homes or who live in impoverished conditions are no doubt thinking about their survival today. It is reported that 700 homeless people die annually from hypothermia.

If you would like to help in your community or want to call in for someone who may need help here are a few numbers… (Thanks to Dan Diamond from Forbes.com for doing the leg work and providing this list.) 

  • Atlanta: 404-447-3678 for the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless
  • Baltimore: 311
  • Birmingham, Ala.: 205-252-9571 for the Firehouse Shelter
  • Boston: 617-534-2526 for Friends of Boston’s Homeless or dial 311
  • Chicago: 311
  • Denver: 720-944-1007 for Denver’s Road Home (during business hours)
  • Detroit: 1-800-274-3583 and 1-800-343-4427
  • Fort Collins, Colo.: 719-632-1822 for Springs Rescue Mission and 970-484-5010 for Catholic Charities-Larimer County
  • Kansas City, Mo.: 816-474-4599
  • Las Vegas: 702-369-4357 for HELP of Southern Nevada (from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday)
  • Minneapolis: 612-879-7624 for St. Stephen’s street outreach team
  • New York City: 311
  • Philadelphia: 215-232-1984 for the Project HOME Homeless Outreach Hotline
  • San Francisco: 311
  • St. Louis: 314-802-5444 for the Housing Resource Center hotline (between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Mon-Friday)
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario: 807-620-7678 for the SOS team (operates between 2 p.m. and 2 a.m.)
  • Toronto: 311
  • Washington, D.C.: 1-800-535-7252 for the Hypothermia Hotline

I’ve seen enough negative arguments back and forth in the comment boxes of articles and blogs to know that it’s hard to say anything without someone taking offense or wanting to tell their point of view. So generally I try to keep things lighthearted here at Le Monkey House. But, seeing as how we are finding ourselves in the middle of a POLAR VORTEX I figured I’d put on my big girl pants and risk rocking the boat. So here’s the way I see it. We may not all agree on why people are in the situations they are in. We may not all agree that it is our responsibility to help. But, in my head (and heart) I would like to assume that we can all agree it’s frickin’ cold out there and no one deserves to left without heat, or maybe more importantly,  hope. 


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