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"I'm not afraid of
for I'm learning how to sail my ship."
~ Louisa May Alcott, Author & Women's Activist
November 10, 2003
"Rhythm of the Rain"
From the Inside Out...
They Ran through
Yes You Can!...
Be a Travel Pro
Penguins with Attitude
The History of Aspirin
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The Power of
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Hope, Faith and Belief transcend into clear KNOWINGNESS
we are then truly awake
to experience all that
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
THEY RAN THROUGH THE RAIN BELIEVING
I listen. That's where my stories come from.I speak. That's how I get to meet the most incredible people. But sometimes just listening from afar is enough to fill my heart.
I don't always need to say hello to bring a perfect stranger into my life. Conversations overheard are lessons in life sometimes even more powerful than those we are a part of. This brief encounter filled my day to capacity. If only they knew the gift they gave me.
She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful brown haired, freckled faced image of innocence. Her Mom looked like someone from the Walton's or a moment captured by Norman Rockwell. Not that she was old fashioned. Her brown hair was ear length with enough curl to appear natural. She had on a pair of tan shorts and light blue knit shirt. Her sneakers were white with a blue trim. She looked like a Mom.
It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes
over the tops of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the Earth it
has no time to flow down the spout. Drains in the nearby parking lot
were filled to capacity and some were blocked so that huge puddles laked
around parked cars. We all stood there under the awning and just inside
the door of the Wal-Mart. We waited, some patiently, others aggravated
because nature messed up their hurried day.
I am always
mesmerized by rain fall. I get lost in the sound and sight of the
heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of
running, splashing so carefree as a child come pouring in as a welcome
reprieve from the worries of my day.
Her voice was so sweet as
it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in. "Mom, let's run
through the rain," she said. "What?" Mom asked.
"Let's run through the rain!" she repeated. "No, honey.
We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied. This young
child waited about another minute and repeated her statement. "Mom.
Let's run through the rain."
"We'll get soaked if
we do," Mom said. "No we won't, Mom. That's not what you said
this morning," the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.
"This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not
"Don't you remember? When you were talking
to Daddy about his cancer, you said, "If Faith can get us through
this, we can get through anything!" The entire crowd stopped dead
silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood
silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.
paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would
laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what
was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life.
A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into
"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through
the rain. If we get wet, well maybe we just needed washing," Mom
said. Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as
they darted past the cars and yes through the puddles. They held their
shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they
were followed by a few believers who screamed and laughed like children
all the way to their cars. Perhaps inspired by their faith and trust.
I want to believe that somewhere down the road in life,
Mom will find herself reflecting back on moments they spent together,
captured like pictures in the scrapbook of her cherished memories. Maybe
when she watches proudly as her daughter graduates. Or as her Daddy
walks her down the aisle on her wedding day. She will laugh again. Her
heart will beat a little faster. Her smile will tell the world they love
each other. But only two people will share that precious moment when
they ran through the rain believing that Faith would get them through.
Yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed
~ Bob Perks, Motivational Speaker and Author
(Contributed by Phyllis from Santa Fe, New
BE A TRAVEL
How do you blend in when you don't
speak the language? How do you get around without looking like you're
lost? Whether you're on the road for business or pleasure, I've found
some travel tips that are very useful.
First, a definition
of "tourist":They act, sometimes, as if they are
out of place. Kristin Lasater, a marketing manager for a car rental
company in Tulsa, Okla., shared with me a long list of what she
considers the "dumb things" that amateur travelers do. These
include putting too much stuff in the overhead bin and "actually
talking with a seatmate on the plane." Cute, but I'm more concerned
with what happens after they arrive. How about looking the wrong
direction before crossing the street in Great Britain? (That's what I
did once, and it almost landed me in the hospital.) Or converting all of
your American cash to the currency in Jamaica? Your wallet will bulge
with about 10 times the number of bills, and you'll find that many
Jamaican businesses would rather take American money anyway.
OK, so we know what we don't want to do when we're on the road. So, how
do you travel like a pro?
Don't bring the kitchen sink.
Inexperienced travelers often believe they need to take everything on
their trip: cosmetics, a week's worth of clothes, extra batteries for a
laptop and so forth. But most of the civilized world now offers the
convenience of shopping malls and laundry facilities. Amber Brill, a
catastrophe adjuster in Jacksonville, Fla., fits everything into two
bags ("one small bag for essentials, like shoes and cosmetics, and
a larger bag for clothes"). Her advice: Travel light. Carrying
heavy suitcases really makes you look like a tourist. Might as well
paint a big target on your back while you're at it.
attitude. That's the advice of Joan Schmelzle, a retired teacher
from Rockford, Ill. "I try very hard to know the customs of the
place I am visiting," she says. "I try very hard to be a
gracious guest and never turn into the 'Ugly American.' " She also
tries to keep the wide-eyed expressions to a minimum ("Wow,
skyscrapers!") and to look as if she belongs. No, it's not always
easy to blend in. In Europe, people always tag me as an American because
I can't give up my comfortable boat shoes. But that doesn't stop me from
Know your destination. "Do as much research
as you can before leaving home," advises Jean Lutz, an artist from
Prescott, Ariz. "The more you know about your destination, the more
comfortable you'll be." For example, find out what the weather is
going to be like. (You don't want to show up in San Francisco wearing
shorts, for example.) Check a guidebook to see what other people think
of the place. Read the local newspaper online. You'll avoid the hotspots
(the dangerous places that attract both tourists and con artists or
troublemakers) and find it much easier to fit in.
part. How do the pros behave? As if they know what they're doing.
"I make sure I approach security gates and personnel with a
friendly demeanor and firm eye contact, taking care to exhibit no aura
of irritation or condescension, and greeting them in a pleasant
manner," says Ed Barrett, who works for a software developer in
Flanders, N.J. "I make a point of greeting and speaking to gate
personnel and flight attendants." That's not just something to do
on the plane; you should continue the sense of comfort with your
surroundings once you land. Instead of sporting a deer-in-the-headlights
look, you are polite and confident. Those are qualities that are likely
to keep you safe on the road.
At the same time, be prepared
for anything. Shirley Whalen, a Civil Air Patrol instructor in
Blairsden, Calif., doesn't leave anything to chance when she's
traveling. "I carry toilet seat covers, a couple of packages of
peanut butter and cheese crackers, some tissues and a spare set of
keys," she says. Why? Public toilets rarely meet the sanitary
standards of the civilized world. Airlines don't always serve in-flight
food and when they do, it's not always worth eating. And
accidents can happen. Tourists tend to forget that when they're on the
road, they're not at home. Seems obvious, but when you consider what
tourists pack and don't pack it really isn't so
With a little knowledge, effort and practice, it isn't
hard to look like you know what you're doing. But it may make for a much
more pleasant and safer trip.
~Christopher Elliott is the editor of Elliott's E-mail, a
free weekly newsletter for travelers, and the publisher of Triprights.com, a site
about travel rights.
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Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid, is a
derivative of salicylic acid that is a mild, nonnarcotic analgesic
useful in the relief of headache and muscle and joint aches. The drug
works by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, body chemicals
that are necessary for blood clotting and which also sensitize nerve
endings to pain. The father of modern medicine was Hippocrates, who
lived sometime between 460 B.C. and 377 BC Hippocrates was left
historical records of pain relief treatments, including the use of
powder made from the bark and leaves of the willow tree to help heal
headaches, pains and fevers.
By 1829, scientists
discovered that it was the compound called salicin in willow plants
which gave you the pain relief. Two Italians, Brugnatelli and Fontana,
had in fact already obtained salicin in 1826, but in a highly impure
form. By 1829, French chemist Henri Leroux had extracted salicin, in
crystalline form for the first time. In 1838, Raffaele Piria, an Italian
chemist then working at the Sorbonne in Paris, succeeded in obtaining
the salicylic acid in its pure state. The problem was that salicylic
acid was tough on stomachs and a means of 'buffering' the compound was
searched for. The first person to do so was French chemist Charles
Frederic Gerhardt. In 1853, Gerhardt neutralized salicylic acid by
buffering it with sodium salicylate and acetyl chloride, creating
acetylsalicylic acid. Gerhardt's product worked but he had no desire to
market it and abandoned his discovery.
In 1899, a German chemist
named Felix Hoffmann, who worked for a German company called Bayer,
rediscovered Gerhardt's formula. Felix Hoffmann made some of the formula
and gave it to his father who was suffering from the pain of arthritis.
With good results, Felix Hoffmann then convinced Bayer to market the new
Aspirin was patented on March 6, 1889. The folks
at Bayer came up with the name Aspirin, it comes from the 'A" in
acetyl chloride, the "spir" in spiraea ulmaria (the plant they
derived the salicylic acid from) and the 'in' was a then familiar name
ending for medicines. Aspirin was first sold as a powder, in 1899 the
first Aspirin bottle was sold (photo above), and in 1915, the first
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Laughing It Off
creator of Dilbert, receives many mangled quotes that his readers
have overheard and emailed to him. After staring at the list for
a while he realized that if he put them together they make an excellent
"We were sitting on our hands,
twiddling our thumbs, when suddenly the door opened. It made the hair on
my back stand on end."
"He was smoking like a fish and
swearing like a stuck pig. I could tell from his shifty eyes that he
might try to pull the fox over my leg."
have a pen?" he asked. "I need to make a mental note."
"I didn't want him to stick my pen into his ear,
but I also didn't think it would be a good idea to rattle the barrel
because the monkeys might shoot the fish. So I offered my
"'Do you seriously think I came up the river
on a banana tree?' he growled before slapping the pen from my
"I wanted to fight him, but I already had
too many hands in the fire."
"Still, you have to
kill the stone with the bird while you can."
slow as Moses. I kicked him where the moon don't shine."
"I didn't want to beat a dead bush, so I waited for
his next move."
"The ball was in his camp
"He didn't look like he had both oars in his basket,
but maybe I was trying too hard to read between the tea leaves."
-Scott Adams, Dilbert Newsletter
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Untangling the Web
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A cat sits on the Thomas Basin promenade in Ketchikan, Alaska, on
a foggy morning behind a helpful sign. Thomas Street, built over
the water, is one of the few wood-plank streets left in town. During
the season, just upstream from the Thomas Basin boat harbor, salmon
can be viewed swimming beside the boardwalk. ~MSNBC
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THE POWER OF
Each day we are challenged
to address our personal issues surrounding self-esteem ... to move
through them and validate ourselves from within. My own healing and
evolutionary process have shown me that years of 'tenacity' are finally
shifting into Clarity and Knowingness. Every day affirms the magic of
the Universe and the miracles that can happen through the power of
While I generally operate
from the premise that there is "no resistance," obstacles
still arise which stir up self-doubt and fear. Each time we step beyond
one of those imprisoning walls, we become more empowered ... and our
focus and intent become reinforced. Following is a legend from the
Middle Ages that I found inTHE MENTAL EQUIVALENT, a tiny booklet
by Emmet Fox (1886-1951), one of the most influential New Thought
authors of the 20th Century:
"A citizen was
arrested by one of the barons and shut up in a dungeon in his castle.
The citizen was taken down dark stairs ... down, down, down ... by a
ferocious-looking jailer who carried a great key a foot long. The door
of the cell was opened, and the citizen was thrust into a dark hole. The
door shut with a bang, and there he was.
twenty years the prisoner decided he could not stand it any longer. He
wanted to die, but he did not want to commit suicide; so he decided that
when the jailer came the next day, he would attack him. The jailer would
then kill him in self-defense, and thus his misery would end. He decided
to examine the door carefully so as to be ready for the following day.
Upon investigation, he found that there was NO LOCK on it, and there
never had been. For twenty years he had NOT been locked in ... EXCEPT IN
BELIEF. At any time in that period, he could have opened the door if
only he had know it was not locked. He was a captive, not of stone and
iron, but of false belief. He was not locked in; he only THOUGHT he
"We are all living in some kind of prison
... some in a prison of lack; some in a prison of remorse and
resentment; some in a prison of blind, unintelligent fear; some in a
prison of sickness. But always, the prison is in our thought and not in
the nature of things."
As Fox explains,
"There is a mental equivalent of every object or occurrence on the
physical plane." When we build a mental equivalent of what we want
with clarity and CHARGE IT WITH FEELING (LOVE), like an electric charge,
we have mastered the secret of manifestation.
~ Chelle Thompson ~
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