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Global Gals

May 24, 2018

Attendees: Megan, Shea, Orchidea, Susan, Sharon, Julie

Dr. Linda Strauss and Tyler Strauss


Linda’s husband, Tyler’s dad, went through cancer treatment for glioblastoma. Tyler researched medical marijuana to help his father and to better understand how the plant works. After he passed away, Tyler decided he wanted to be more involved in medical cannabis market. Medical doctor’s “recommended” cannabis, it could not be prescribed because it was not/is not FDA approved drug. Have to replant every year after the plant dies.

Tyler worked for a cultivator and began his relationship with the plant. Female plant has the flowers and the cannabinoids; poly pharmaceutical. Cannabis and its metabolytes stick around, store in our fats. That is why it easily shows up positive on drug tests. Very productive plant.

Drug type >0.3% THC -drug plant. <0.3% THC is fiber plant. (non intoxicant)

People who use cannabis take fewer pills.

“Addiction” is habitual use that causes harm. Addiction is usually a symptom of a deeper problem. Better off to be addicted to marijuana than tobacco because tobacco has more negative health effects. Tobacco has poor lung function. Cannabis is a bronchial dilator and an expectorant. Cannabis as a risk factor is relatively low.

Affect on kids, brain development stops at age 25. THC accelerates the brain process.

Cannabinoids produced by the plant: THC and CBD. THC is similar to an anandamide (bliss).CBD regulates the bodies cannabinoid function.

“Pot is a gateway drug.” Access is the ultimate gateway. The dealer sells marijuana and also XTC, mushrooms, LSD. Talk with your children honestly and show responsible use.

CBD products do not produce a high. Can be both calming/sedating and alerting/clarity.

THC at low doses can be an effective anti-depressant. At high dosage, can become depressant. Too much THC can cause paranoia.

Lighting cannabinoid on fire converts THCA to THC. Edibles have THC that has already been heated.

Smoking is fast affect.

Dispensaries starting on July 1, testing and labeling standards become mandatory. Pretty much the same across the legalized states.

Cannabinoid listed by percentage by weight or by milligram per serving. smoking, vaporizer: try a little bit at a time. Wait to see how it makes you feel. Self regulate your use. Inhaling has the fastest effect.

Edibles wait 30 minutes to 2 hours. Any type of oral product, small amounts and wait a long time to have any more. Start at 2.5 milligrams.

Why does marijuana THC make you hungry? You feel less satisfied, less satiated. It blocks the satisfaction feeling. You are not hungry, you are just not satisfied.

Tyler’s business focuses on topical or tinctures. Randysclub.com. Line of products grown from hemp. Don’t contain THC, contain CBD. Use products that are efficient. Randysclub products are used to help with inflammation, pain, need to sleep, -itis -otis medical conditions. Use it for at least a month to figure out how it will work for you. Consistent regular use works best because your body’s deficiencies are supplemented by the cannabinoid.

Mexico has allowed for some importation of products. Remedios is applied topically, poultice, and more common in Mexico.





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Favorite San Diego Things Feb 2018

Global Gals Gathering 2/22/2018

Leigh, Jen, Megan, Heather, Julie, Janice, Marilyn

Favorite Things in San Diego

Leigh: free thing: Coronado beach. Walk through the Coronado neighborhood. Huge beach, doesn’t feel crowded. Dog beach is also nearby the navy/military property. Walk to Hotel Del, pay $15-$20 to have a cocktail.  Less amount of seaweed.

Janice: exercise, ride bikes to Broadway pier, took ferry across to Coronado and ride bike. Ferry drops at the opposite end of the island than the Hotel Del. View of downtown. Take bike with you on the ferry.

Heather: pay things: Cass St Bar & Grill has the best Chinese chicken salad and a beer. Cass St Bar & Grill has been in business in the same location for more than 30 years.

Megan: free thing: St Brigids Catholic Mass at 5:30 on Sundays. “Cass after Mass” the crowd goes to Cass St Bar & Grill.

Heather: Mike’s Taco Shop in OB, end of Newport Ave. Very small establishment. Get burrito and take plastic cup with rum drink. Ask for the shot of rum separately. (secret, don’t tell anyone)

Heather: free thing: Liberty Station every first Friday night. “Friday Night Liberty.” All shops are open. Plenty of parking. Women’s museum.

Megan: free thing: South Park Walkabout. All shops open. Can get treat or drink. “Ray at Night” in North Park, second Saturday of each month. Art galleries are open.

Jen: free thing: back side of Cowles Mountain. Boulder Lake Rd. “Back Side Loop.” Mission Trails has many hiking options. App: AllTrails will show local hiking trails – for hikers.

Janice: pay State Park fee: Torrey Pines hiking. Only place in the US with Torrey Pines.

Jen: pay thing: Café Gratitude in Little Italy.

Julie: Afoot & Afield in San Diego County  book written by local author in 1986.

Julie: pay thing: San Diego Zoo or Safari Park.

Julie: pay thing: Chula Vista Nature Park

Megan: pay thing: Cabrillo National Park tide pools, pay for parking, national park. Go about an hour before low tide.

Marilyn: Warner Springs about 1 ½ hour from San Diego. Used to have spa and hot springs. Favorite restaurant: The Prado in Balboa Park,

Megan: free thing: Balboa Park/Spanish Village. Climb the tower, includes entrance to Museum of Man. Awesome view from tower. Explorer Pass is $250 for a family of four. Museums free every Tuesday, something free.

Julie: free thing: Old Town

Jen: free thing: Earth Day

Leigh: pay thing: lunch at George’s at the Cove or Top of the Cove in the village of La Jolla. Amazing view.

Megan: pay thing: Top of the Hyatt downtown or Mister A’s in Bankers Hill for an expensive drink and gorgeous views.

Janice: free thing: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (used to be Olympic Training Center) can take a free tour.

Megan: Embarcadero and Harbor Drive walk from Star of India to Seaport Village.

Janice: free thing: San Diego Library downtown.  Variety of events and book signings.

Julie: pay thing: The Mission for breakfast. Various locations: Mission Beach, East Village, North Park.

Jen: pay or free: downtown La Mesa. Octoberfest in October. Restaurants and shops on the main drag. Can take the trolley from San Diego.

Janice: pay or free: downtown Chula Vista. Shops and restaurants. Lots of quinceanara shops.

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Global Gals Gathering Planning 2018

Planning Meeting – Jan 17, 2018

Shea, Susan, Megan, Sharon, Suzanne, Janice, Andrea, Leigh, Jen, Heather, Alexis

10 year anniversary this year!  Suzanne L actually has the first email I sent back in May 2008.

Things to MAKE besides money:










A Difference


Andrea: presentation from Casa de Luz. $4,500 to build a house in Tijuana,Mexico. Casadeluz.org

Cathy, the organizer, is amazingly passionate about helping those in need. Built about 90 homes. 15-40 volunteers. 1 full Saturday, and 2/3 day on Sunday. Stay overnight in local orphanage.  $50 per person for lodging and meals. Also take donations for furnishing, bedding, toys, kitchen equipment.

Three point people

  • Deal with money
  • Logistics
  • Furnishings, tangible donations


Speaker Ideas:

Medical Marijuana – Sharon knows Dr. Linda Straus

Paint & Wine – Julie

Pottery/candles in Liberty Station

Medical – women’s health. Oncologist.

Nutrition – Sharon Vicki Newman


Aging – Dementia – Healthy Aging – Susan and Julie


Meditation – Sharon

Feeding America – Megan

Passion Party – Julie

Cooking Classes – Sur Le Table – Hip Cooks – Megan

Accessory Exchange

Book Exchange

Stella & Dot – Susan would host

Time Management – Janice

Travelogue – best trips, show 10 pictures

Fun Getaway Weekend

Travel Agent – Megan

Favorite Hidden San Diego things

Adopt A Family – Julie

Dress for Success – Jen

Kambucha – Jen

Food related

Paying for college

Menopause –

Walk on the Beach

Day of Week: Wed or Thurs or Tuesday

Hosts this year: Megan, Susan, Andrea, Jen will host in the summer, Janice, Alexis

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Few of Our Favorite Things – 2017 – Global Gals

Global Gals  10/11/2017

Attendees: Susan, Jen, Andrea, Debbie, Kristen, Shea, Megan, Mila, Isabel

Announcement from Andrea: Build a house in Mexico. Volunteer. $4,500 money raised. One night Mexico. Meet the family. Casas de Luz is the name of the program. Topic January planning meeting. To determine interest. www.casasdeluz.org

Announcement about holidays: SAY San Diego: Adopt a Family and Adopt a Hope kit. They are changing the program. More info coming soon.

Favorite Things:

Shea: tasting samples. Amarula cream liqueur . From sub equatorial Africa, marula fruit. At Bevmo for $20.  Good for the holidays. Shea traveled to Botswana while working at the Zoo and saw the drink everywhere.

Isabel: French textbook, favorite class. Spanish got boring, French is a new exciting language. Next favorite thing, Hummus Pita chips snack pack from Trader Joes.

Mila: moisturizer Mario Badescu from Urban Outfitters $7.  Spray on your face or your hair, smells like roses. Next favorite thing: scrunchie for your hair, better than hair ties, softer than hair ties. Scrunchies can be bought at Target, Urban Outfitters (little more expensive), Rite Aid, Amazon.   Can be worn during sports, Isabel wears during sports activities.

Kristin: Halo Bolt. Portable super charger. Can jump start your car. QVC special $100. Full charge can get you through the day. Has its own carry case. Exclusive of QVC. Another favorite thing – Deebot cheaper than Roomba. Wipes: Herban Essentials essential oil lemon wipes.

Megan: Face products from Arbonne. And, Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion. Put on makeup at 7:00 a.m. and it stays all day. Arbonne makeup primer, foundation, eyeshadow primer, eye shadow, blush, Arbonne translucent face powder, add a bit more blush. Translucent powder is Megan’s favorite.

Susan: TJ Maxx and Marshalls for shopping. Susan’s outfit from TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Book series: Mysteries from Victorian England The Barker and Luellen series by Will Thomas. Another series, set in by  Donna Leon.  The protagonist Quido Brunetti. Set in Venice Italy.

Jen: Under $1, brought one for every adult. Tupperware citrus peeler. Under $20, bra by Jockey. Bought at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Over $135, Rodan & Fields, Enhancements Lash Boost – buy from Jen. Lasts 9 months. Does not require prescription.

Andrea: Basil pot, Trader Joes $3.50. Nice looking on your window sill. Use in caprese, eggs, etc. Soup: Spicy Coconut Rotisserie Chicken Soup. Andrea shared the recipe.

Debbie: Trader Joe’s crackers: Pumpkin Cranberry, Raisin and Rosemary, Fig & Olive crackers honey goat cheese, also from Trader Joe’s.  Second favorite thing: TJ Maxx, Baggalini. Easy purse for travelling. Another favorite thing: orthopedic flip flops bought at DSW. Another favorite thing: Author: Dr Travis Bradberry. Good blogs. From San Diego. “13 questions That Change Your Life”

Julie: Bath & Bodyworks candles and scented shower gel. Sweet Pea.

Suzanne Smith couldn’t attend, but she wanted to share the title of her favorite book: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh

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Family Estate Planning – Global Gals

Sept 13, 2017

Presenter:  Heidi Klippel, Attorney


Handouts from Heidi: heidi klippel

Attendes: Jennifer, Debbie, Sandra, Jen, Orchidea, Megan, Kirsten, Susan, Julie

Estate planning is State specific such as Florida vs California. Everything discussed tonight will be based on California law. If you move from California, have your estate plan reviewed in the new state.

Trust, Will, Durable POA, Advanced Health Care Directive

Health Care Directive:  Don’t need a lawyer. UCSD and Kaiser health care have forms for free. Important to have first, second, third choice. Make copies and send to those that are named. Keep Advance Directive copies with you, in your care, your neighbor, your doctors.

Who are the people making your health care decisions. Lower capacity threshold. Power of Attorney for Health. Specify where/how you want to be buried, specify donation preference. For donation, specify how you want organs and tissues to be used such as cosmetic, save a life, scientific research.

Share document with people named on form. Discuss with people named.

Destroy outdated documents, tell lawyer to destroy revoked documents.

DPOA for Financial- document to have once you turn 18. If you lose capacity, court process called a Conservatorship for loved ones to make financial decisions. DPOA for Finance is about $150-$300.

Trusts: If you own real property, put it in a trust.  If its not in a trust and owned by an individual then the property will go through probate if you die. Fees determined by total value of asset. I.e. $150,000 condo has probate fees of $15,000. “Time share” is considered real property. Time Share Exit Team is a company that helps people get out of “time shares.” Real property is real estate.

Going through probate has nothing to do with the Will. Probate has to do with the assets you own and their value.

Different choices for trusts when you are married. What happens after the death of the first spouse.

Trust names a “successor trustee” to be in charge of the assets, finances. Can include pet clause to take care of your pets.

Will: Pour Over Will is used with a trust. Second type of will is Testamentary. Avoiding probate means documents don’t become public record, for example, protecting children’s personal info from becoming public records.

IRA is not in the trust. Tax deferred assets don’t go into a trust. Always have 2-3 tiers of beneficiary.

Life Insurance: put trust as beneficiary.

Update estate plan: review the old, every 8-10 years. Estate Planning laws barely change. Income tax law tends to change more often. Change guardians, change power of attorney.  Update if you go through a life change: birth, death, divorce.

Homework for Heidi’s clients: where is the insurance? Passwords? How are bills paid?

Name the Trust as the  “pay on death” beneficiary.

Heidi’s firm is a flat fee: $2,500

Use State law in which you permanently reside.

Not a good idea to publish obituary.

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Dr Amy Chadwick – Hormone Friend or Foe? – Global Gals

July 12, 2017

Attendees: Kristin, Debbie, Jen, Kristin, Alexis, Susan, Beth, Vicki, Sandra, Shea, Kandace, Heather, Janice

Guest Speaker: Dr. Amy Chadwick, Naturopathic

Soaring Crane, Encinitas

Hormones: Friend or Foe?

A chemical or structure in the body that circulates through the blood stream and affects every cell in our body. Hormones work in orchestra or ensemble. Not effective to only look at one gland.  The only thing in the body that are there in every stage of life. Very individual on person’s patterns. Endocrine system manager of physiology.

What is the body trying to do and why is it doing it so intensely?

4 axes: Adrenals, Ovaries (testicles), thyroid, pancreas. Hormones come from Pituitary gland.

Autonomic nervous system: in charge of everything we don’t think about. Three stages: parasympathetic, alpha sympathetic activity (installing tension), movement (adrenaline) releases the tension and brings you back to resting state. ANS regulates the hormones to respond. Hormones will respond in each individual system.

Menopause is a demand on the whole system.

Hormones working in harmony and rhythm with each other. Impossible to give a hormone that matches the body rhythms. Very complex. The job of the axes is to adapt.

Body still making the hormones.

Ovaries are about reproduction. They stop their job at menopause. Hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, still being made in the body from fat. Doesn’t have to come from fat.

Lifestyle patterns: water, sleep, diet(individual physiology), exercise, massage, laughter, crying, full digestion of any emotion (fully feel and digest), meditation, yoga, reading, communicate your needs, socialize, knowing your needs, balance, nature, hobbies, purposeful activity, beach, animals, pets, community, spiritual connection, true nature, minimalist. What moments make us feel we are at complete essence with yourself?

Liver and colon has to be working well together to take stress off the whole system. Diet high in fiber is important. Have to have a lot of fiber. Fiber feeds healthy bacteria in gut. Low refined sugar. Sweetness is essential to life. What is sweet in our natural world? Healing happens from our wholeness and perfection.

Hormone supplementation during peri-menopause or menopause. 2002 Womens Helath Initiative study. Women had been prescribed Premarin. Bioidentical hormones are now considered better. The longer we extend our progesterone, testosterone, estrogen ??????? System management, may be our most effective tool for keeping our daily lives in balance.

Use water based lubricant.

Endocrine recycles in 7 years.

Herbal remedies for peri-menopause or menopause can be effective when precisely used. Most herbal formulas are safe to use, low dose may not be effective. Safe to try.

Vitamin D plays a role in calcium metabolism.

www.soaring craneclinic.com

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Dr. Beth book recommendation: How to Meditate, A Practical Guide to Make Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chodron – Buddhist Monk


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Public Education

Public Education 5/10/2017

8th largest school district in the nation San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Includes Scripps Ranch, down to Hwy 54 over west to the Coast including La Jolla, City Heights, Golden Hill, Clairemont, Del Cerro, College Area.

Independent study: schools available in SDUSD such as Mt. Everest in Clairemont (K-12). 

Can you choose my child’s teacher? Write a letter to the Principal asking for a match based on skill set, child’s needs, teaching styles. You can meet with the Principal. Depends on the administrator.

School choice: Take tours. You know your child, what fits with his/her personality and learning style. Take Kinder tour at your local school.

TK is very similar to Kindergarten. Most TK is a shared class with Kindergarten.

Show appreciation to the teachers.

USDOE – United States Department of Education

CDE – California Department of Education

OCR – Office Civil Rights

IDEA – Individuals Disabilities in Education Act

ADA – Americans with Disability Act

Vouchers, Charter Schools, and School Districts:

Vouchers comes from the State to attend a private school. Not available in California. Vouchers may not cover the whole cost of the private school. Can go to religious schools on federal/state government funds.

Charter Schools are public schools. Many are governed by non-profit entities. Required to comply with federal laws. In California, don’t have to follow state rules such as Unions, not bound by State education code. Have to follow California State curriculum. Provides school choice. Complaints can include “mis-use” of funds; creates competition against public schools; all funding comes from same State pot of money and takes money from District public schools. Charter school can take child from any District. If Charter school is not performing, the District will revoke charter and it will close. But, if a regular public school doesn’t perform, nothing happens.

IEP: Individual Education Plan

 California students who get expelled go to another school.

 Useful Links:

 The United States Department of Education (“USDOE”): https://www.ed.gov/

USDOE Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”): https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

California Department of Education (“CDE”): http://www.cde.ca.gov/

California Legislative Information: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/

San Diego Unified School District’s Policies &amp; Procedures:  https://www.sandiegounified.org/policies-procedures [most districts post this information]

Immunization info for California: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/

California Office of Administrative Hearings – Special Education Division:  http://www.dgs.ca.gov/oah/SpecialEducation.aspx

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GGG – November Election Review

Attendees: Janiçe, Megan, Kristen, Debbie, Heather, Suzanne, Susan

Whew. We made it through the State Props and San Diego measures. Use this guide to help you complete the ballot in the voting booth.

Resources:  League of Women Voters San Diego, Voice of San Diego, California Voter Information Guide, Sample Ballot & Voter Information

City and County Measures

Measure A – Fairly certain money would go to transportation plan.  Consensus Yes vote.

Measure B – General consensus is No vote.

Measure C – General consensus is No vote.

Measure D – General consensus is No vote.

Measure E – No arguments against E.  Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure F – No arguments against F. City Attorney office remains independent, less influential by politics. Consensus Yes vote.

Measure G – No arguments against. No fiscal impact.  Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure H – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure I – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure J – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure K – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure L – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure M – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure N – Taxing marijuana businesses. Consensus is Yes vote.


State Propositions

Proposition 51 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 52 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 53 – Consensus No vote.  Heather says to vote Yes.

Proposition 54 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 55 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 56 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 57 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 58 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 59 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 60 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 61 – We don’t know. We think it’s a Yes vote.

Proposition 62 – Yes if against death penalty. No if you support death penalty.

Proposition 63 – Yes is you are for a little bit more gun controls. Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 64 – Marijuana legalization. Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 65 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 66 – No if against death penalty.  Yes if you support the death penalty.

Proposition 67 – Consensus Yes vote.

U.S. Representative: Susan Davis

U.S. Senator: Kamala Harris

City Attorney: Mara Elliott

State Senator: Toni Atkins

State Assembly 79th District: Shirley Weber

School Board: John Lee Evans, Richard Barrera, ?

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Deb’s Favorite Salad Dressings – Global Gals

From our wonderful hostess, Debbie Mulcahey, comes an array of delicious, homemade salad dressing to accompany any fresh salad! Thanks, Deb, for hosting at your home on July 13.

A Few of Deb’s Favorite Salad Dressings

Honey Mustard dressing (from Bon Appetit magazine circa 1980s)

  • 6T oil – (corn, vegetable)
  • 2T cider vinegar
  • 2T honey
  • 2T Dijon mustard
  • 2T toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp pepper

Mix well and let sit for 15 minutes.

Debbie tossed together a spinach salad with hard boiled egg, mushrooms, bacon (baked), vidalia onion, and roasted almonds. 

Fruit Salad Dressing

Mix together equal parts fresh lemon juice, honey, and a fruit liquor.  Add sliced crystallized ginger to the fruit and toss with dressing.

You can use the dressing on any fruit salad, but Debbie put pieces of strawberry, banana, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and blueberrys and grapes. Ideal for a summer picnic or potluck. The fruit liqueur can be triple sec, madori, chambourd, gran marnier.

Maple Dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or other white wine vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Whisk mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar, and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-whisk before using.)

This is a perfect winder dressing. Debbie whipped up a winter salad for us with mixed greens, dries cherries, bacon, thinly sliced granny smith apples, and toasted walnuts.

And for even more salad dressing ideas, listen to NPR’s Here and Now episode found here:   http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/07/13/gunst-salad-dressings

Your Gal, Julie


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