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universe is full of magical things
patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
~ Eden Phillpotts, British Novelist, Poet and Dramatist
August 16, 2004
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
The Daffodil Principle
Yes You Can!...
Fire Up Your Metabolism
Tata Somba in Benin
Links That Shine...
Whole Health MD
A Good Knight's Work
Laughing It Off...
Dilbert-y Manager Quotes
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
ONLY Dogs Allowed
Our Latest Discovery...
Taking A Breather
BE the World
You Want to See!
of my most important realizations was that all life is a process,
NOT an event. We often play devil's advocate to our greater good
when we become impatient with the natural and gradual blossoming
of our own consciousness.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPLE
times my daughter had telephoned to say, Mother, you must
come see the daffodils before they are over. I
wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead.
I will come next Tuesday, I promised, a little reluctantly,
on her third call.
Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove
there. When I finally walked into Carolyns house and hugged
and greeted my grandchildren, I said, Forget the daffodils,
Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there
is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want
to see bad enough to drive another inch!
daughter smiled calmly and said, We drive in this all the
time, Mother." "Well, you won't get me back on the road
until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured
her. "I was hoping youd take me over to the garage to
pick up my car just a few blocks away. Ill drive. Im
used to this. After several minutes, I had to ask, Where
are we going? This isnt the way to the garage! Carolyn
ginned, Were going to my garage by way of the daffodils.
please turn around, "I said sternly. "It's
all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if
you miss this experience."
about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw
a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand-lettered
sign that read, "DAFFODIL GARDEN".
got out of the car and each took a childs hand, and I followed
Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner and I looked up
and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as
though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over
the mountain peak and slopes.
flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns great
ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink,
saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted
as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with
its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers. "But
who has done this?" I asked Carolyn.
just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property.
That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house
that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory. We
walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. Answers
to the Questions I Know You Are Asking was the headline:
first answer was a simple one. 50,000 bulbs! it read.
second answer was, One at a time, by one woman. Two hands,
two feet, and very little brain.
third answer was, Began in 1958.
it was: THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPLE. For me, that moment was a life changing
experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more
than 35 years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her
vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top. Just planting
one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever
changed the world in which she lived. She had created something
of ineffable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.
principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles
of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires
one step at a time often just one baby-step at a time
and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation
of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments
of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent
things. We can change the world.
makes me sad in a way, I admitted to Carolyn. What might
I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal 35 years
ago and had worked away at it one bulb at a time through
all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!
My daughter summed up the message in her direct way. Start
tomorrow, she said.
Its pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. To
make learning a lesson a celebration instead of a cause for regret,
simply ask, How can I put this to use today?
~By Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards
(Contributed by Kathy in Huntington Beach, California)
Yes You Can!
FIRE UP YOUR METABOLISM
amphetamines are foods that act like 'speed' for the fat-melting
motor known as our metabolism. Only one catch: Like any good buzz,
this boost is temporary. "The only way to alter your resting
metabolism permanently is to gain or lose weight, or to build extra
muscle," says Janet Walberg-Rankin, Ph.D., a professor of exercise
physiology at Virginia Tech. But look at it this way: If you have
a few of these supercharged snacks and drinks throughout the day,
for enough days, you will lose weight. So grab a fork; it's time
to add fuel to the fire.
Booster Pack #1: Milk, Whole-Grain Cereal, and Oatmeal
Secret Ingredients: Calcium, complex carbohydrates, and fiber
How they work: Complex carbohydrates and fiber pump up metabolism
by keeping insulin levels low after you eat. That's good, because
spikes in the production of insulin send a signal to the body that
it's time to start storing fat. And in order to stockpile fat, your
body has to slow down your metabolism, causing you to burn fewer
calories, says Margaret McNurlan, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition
and medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Since oatmeal breaks down slowly in the stomach, it causes less
of a spike in insulin levels than foods like bagels, she says. Besides
helping to keep insulin production down, eating breakfast can also
help stoke your daily calorie burn. When the U.S. Navy studied the
metabolisms and eating habits of a group of its personnel, it found
that eating breakfast helped raise the men's metabolisms by as much
as 10 percent. "By skipping meals, you slow down your metabolism
and prime your body to store fat," says McNurlan. The
calcium in milk is a metabolic trigger as well. A University of
Tennessee study found that dieters who consumed between 1,200 and
1,300 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day lost nearly twice as much
weight as dieters getting less calcium.
Booster Pack #2: Jalapeño, Habañero, and Cayenne Peppers
Secret Ingredient: Capsaicin the chemical in peppers
that gives them their bite
How it works: By speeding up your heart rate. A study from
the late '80s found that eating a single spicy meal can boost your
metabolism by up to 25 percent, with the spike in calorie burning
lasting for up to 3 hours after you finish eating. More recently,
a study from Laval University in Quebec found that men who consumed
coffee plus red pepper-packed snacks and meals were able to burn
nearly 1,000 more calories a day than a control group. Small
snacks can also help keep your body from running out of fuel
preventing those 3 p.m. office blahs. "When you restrict the
number of calories your body has for fuel, your metabolic rate can
drop temporarily," says Susan Roberts, Ph.D., chief of the
energy-metabolism laboratory at Tufts University in Boston. That
makes it easier to pack on the pounds and harder to burn them off
Booster Pack #3: Green Tea and Coffee
Secret Ingredients: Caffeine and a chemical in the tea called
How they work: Caffeine helps speed up your heart rate. The
faster your heart beats, the more calories you burn. EGCG works
in a similar way, but instead of revving up your heart, it causes
your brain and nervous system to run more quickly again helping
you burn more calories. In
studies, researchers found that a combination of caffeine and a
90-mg dose of EGCG taken three times a day can help you burn an
extra 80 calories a day. And that's just when your body's at rest.
A study conducted by the Canadian government found that soldiers
who consumed caffeine in the 12 hours prior to a physical-fitness
test not only were able to work out longer before becoming exhausted,
but also consumed more oxygen while working out. The body's oxygen
requirements are directly related to the speed of your metabolism,
so the more oxygen you use, the more calories you burn.
Booster Pack #4: Lean Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Turkey
Secret Ingredient: Protein
How it works: It takes more energy for your body to digest
the protein in meat than it does for it to digest carbohydrates
or fat, according to Doug Kalman, R.D., director of nutrition at
Miami Research Associates. "That means that the more protein
you eat, the harder your body has to work to digest it, and the
more calories you'll burn in the process," he says. When
researchers at Arizona State University compared the benefits of
a high-protein diet with those of a high-carbohydrate diet, they
found that people who ate a high-protein diet burned more than twice
as many calories in the hours following their meal as those eating
carbs. Even better, researchers in Denmark found that men who substituted
protein for 20 percent of the carbs in their diets were able to
boost their metabolisms, increasing the number of calories they
burned each day by up to 5 percent.
Booster Pack #5: Salmon, Tuna, and Sardines
Secret Ingredient: Omega-3 fatty acids
How they work: By altering levels of a hormone called leptin
in your body. Several recent studies suggest that leptin directly
influences your metabolism, determining whether you burn calories
or store them as fat. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin
found that mice with low leptin levels have faster metabolisms and
are able to burn fat more quickly than animals with higher leptin
levels. The best way to lower your leptin? Eat fish. Mayo Clinic
researchers studying the diets of two African tribes one
of which frequently ate fish and one of which didn't-found that
fish eaters had leptin levels nearly five times lower than the levels
found in tribes that primarily ate vegetables. The
good news, if you don't like fish: Fish-oil supplements may work
just as well as the stuff with scales. French researchers found
that men who replaced 6 grams of fat in their diets with 6 grams
of fish oil were able to boost their metabolisms and lose an average
of 2 pounds in just 12 weeks.
Brian Good, http://Fitness.MSN.com
TATA SOMBA IN BENIN
The towns in the Republic of Benin in West Africa
may seem unremarkable to the short-term visitor. It's the kind of
place that hides its best features. Benin might be small and obscure,
but when it does something, it does it in a big way. While it shares
many of the problems of its neighbors, it is richer and economically
stronger and has the most beautiful beaches and landscapes. You
need to be patient and observant to glimpse many of its cultural
highlights. On the northwestern border at the Bokoumbé market
you can buy rare, authentic carvings and smoking pipes, as well
as fabulous fresh produce. Beninese food is some of the most delicious
in the region. The easiest place to organize a visit to a traditional
tata somba house is in Boukoumbe, where there is an Ecotourism
project with guides and information.
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A GOOD KNIGHT'S WORK
Laughing It Off
DILBERT-Y MANAGER QUOTES
A MAGAZINE RECENTLY RAN A "DILBERT QUOTES" CONTEST.
THEY WERE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO SUBMIT QUOTES
FROM THEIR REAL-LIFE DILBERT-TYPE MANAGERS.
HERE ARE THE TOP TEN FINALISTS:
"As of tomorrow, employees will be able to access the building
only with individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next
Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks."
(This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in
"What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems
we might encounter." (Lykes Lines Shipping)
"E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It
should be used only for company business." (Accounting manager,
Electric Boat Company)
"This project is so important, we can't let things that are
more important interfere with it."
(Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)
"Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule."
(Plant manager, Delco Corporation)
"No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We've
been working on it for months. Now, go act busy for a few weeks
and I'll let you know when it's time to tell them." (R&D
supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)
Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what
I say." (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)
My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday.
When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would
have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked
if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, "That would
be better for me." (Shipping executive, FTD Florists)
"We know that communication is a problem, but the company is
not going to discuss it with the employees." (Switching supervisor,
AT&T Long Lines Division)
One day my Boss asked me to submit a status report to him concerning
a project I was working on. I asked him if tomorrow would be soon
enough. He said, "If I wanted it tomorrow, I would have waited
until tomorrow to ask for it!" (Hallmark Cards executive)
~Contributed by Denys in Santa Fe, New Mexico
HUMOR ARCHIVES: ..
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
"Understanding the Common Cold"
This site provides a comprehensive, updated and referenced source
of information on the common cold. The goal is to provide a framework
for critical thinking which will allow informed decisions about
medical care for the common cold. Here you'll find: Anatomy of a
Nose, How Infection Occurs, What Causes Cold Symptoms, Common Cold
Myths, Treatment, Complications, Prevention and more.
trouble with sound?
Is it quiet even when your speaker is turned all the way up? Well,
one place you should check is the little speaker sitting in your
system tray (it's a gray speaker for XP, everyone else has a yellow
one)? Double-click it. It should open up a screen that lets you
adjust your volume. Make sure the Master is slid all the way up.
You may want to do the same with the other sliders if the sound
still isn't loud enough. ~WorldStart.com
Look at THAT!
ONLY DOGS ALLOWED
pooches soak up luxury treatments...
at a spa just for dogs. While traditional herbal treatments
have long been popular with Thais and tourists visiting the kingdom,
man's best friend can now enjoy them at a canines-only resort in
the Thai capital. The herbs help to make the dogs unwind
even fierce dogs are able to relax here," says veteran dog
trainer Jare Jansrisuriyawong who conceived the "Indoor Thai
Dog Resort and Spa". After a few lazy laps in the resort pool,
the typical customer may take in a massage in the traditional-style
pavilion, or bathe in a Balinese wooden tub infused with a mixture
of fresh coconut and aromatherapy oils. Next up for the pampered
pup is the application of cold river stones along the back
a Chinese technique designed to treat heart and skin problems and
ease tension. A hot-sand treatment, using compresses applied directly
to the skin by therapists who carefully part the fur of shaggier
clients, is reputed to ease the aches and pains of older dogs who
have trouble walking. The therapies obviously have a soothing effect,
as the assortment of dogs on the treatment tables snooze or lie
peacefully, and there's not a hint of yapping, snarling or sniffing.
Just for YOU
OUR LATEST DISCOVERY
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
is beginning to verify that nursing grudges will hurt you worse
than it hurts your offenders. New work shows it can contribute
to emotional problems and even heart disease. Mark Moran, MPH,
at MSN Web MD writes that research suggests that forgiveness can
lead to better health.
People have grown tired of simply pointing fingers and attributing
blame, says Michael McCullough, PhD, professor of psychology
at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Culturally,
people have begun to wonder whether there is something more positive
we can do. One
recent study, for instance, found that holding a grudge could
be bad for your heart and your health. Our research shows
that simply thinking about ones offender in a begrudging
way can have immediate physical ramifications, says author
Charlotte Witvliet, PhD, associate professor of psychology at
Hope College, in Michigan. Short, fleeting thoughts are
unlikely to have long-term health impact, but we know hostility
is a potent risk factor for heart disease. When we have deep wounds,
and hostility becomes an ingrained personality trait, then it
can be health eroding.
fundamental problem confronting researchers is how to define forgiveness.
Is it an emotional response, a mental process, or a complex combination?
Perhaps it can be defined by comparing it to its opposite
unforgiveness. I look at forgiveness as an emotional replacement
of unforgiving feelings with positive emotions, such as love,
empathy, or compassion, says Everett Worthington, Department
of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Some
personality types appear to be related to the capacity to forgive
or not. Anger and rumination may predispose individuals to being
unforgiving, while the converse of those traits agreeableness,
generosity, and empathy are likely to predispose one to
let go of grudges.
have been some steps toward understanding the brain and body chemistry
of forgiveness, drawing on the work of neuropsychologists who
look at the way feelings become embodied through the chemical
activity of the brain. In theory, it works like this: The body
produces muscle reactions and other bodily sensations in response
to any experience for instance, a slight, an insult, or
a violation. Those sensations are fed into the brain, which labels
the experience with a specific chemical response. Later, when
any similar slight or insult is experienced, the old embodied
emotion will be reproduced.
forgiveness may be a process sudden and profound, or time-consuming
and incremental by which old embodied feelings of anger
and resentment are replaced with new chemical reactions in the
body. Such a complete replacement of unforgiving feelings can
be difficult and painful to come by as anyone who has suffered
a profound grievance can testify. But even if true forgiveness
is impossible, Worthington says, there are many ways to reduce
Witvliet emphasizes that forgiveness isnt about letting
offenders off easy, but about liberating the offended from the
ill effects of vengefulness. Its about letting go
of the bitterness eating at us. By giving an unwarranted gift
to someone who doesnt deserve it, we find paradoxically
that it is we, ourselves, who are freed from that bondage.
~Chelle ("Shay") Thompson, Editor
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