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"The more you praise and celebrate your life,
the more there is in life to celebrate. "

~ Oprah Winfrey, Motivational TV Talkshow Host

January 19, 2004




From the Inside Out...

A Celebration of Life

Yes You Can!...
Find Peace & Comfort

Far Horizons...
Bernini's Baldacchino

Links That Shine...
"Cancer Search"

Fascinating Facts...
Diffusing Knowledge

Laughing It Off...

Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Computer Ease

Look at That!...
Digital Dog Tag

Our Latest Discovery...

Joyful Lifestyles...
Journey towards Beauty
(Part 2)


BE the World
You Want to See!

My grandma was always 'biding her time' until she could get to Heaven. In the meantime, her life was fairly miserable and she treated my mother abusively. I learned a valuable lesson, however: "Create as much Heaven on Earth as possible with everyone near and dear."

~ Chelle ~

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From the Inside OutInspirational Rainbow

On my way home from coaching basketball yesterday, I was listening to WGN, my favorite talk radio station out of Chicago. I could tell right away that there was something wrong by the somber mood of the speaker. There had been a plane crash. Two small planes collided into each other over a northern suburb of Chicago.

What made the story hit close to home was that Bob Collins, the morning show man for WGN, was the pilot of one of the planes and had been killed. I'm sure that many readers have tuned in "Uncle Bobby" on their car radios in the Midwest. Later that night, as I made my forty-minute drive to my third shift job, I listened as the station reminisced and paid tribute to a man who was loved by many. They told story after story, describing him as the ultimate friend and a man who had lived life to the fullest. Genuine love and affection poured in from all over the country. The more I listened to how this man had influenced those around him, the more discouraged I became. "Why?" you ask?

I was discouraged because I wanted to know why we as a culture wait until somebody has passed away before we tell them how much we love them. Why do we wait until someone's ears can't hear before we let them how much they mean to us? Why do we wait until it is too late before we recall the good qualities of a person? Why do we build someone up after they have gone into eternity? What good does it do then?!

We share memory after memory, as we laugh, cry, and think back about what was positive in a person's life. Yes, it does help us cope with the grief of losing someone who was special to us, and, yes, it does bring those who are coping closer together. Unfortunately, as we lovingly remember this person, our words fall short of the ears that most needed to hear them.

Just once I would like to see a celebration of life instead of a gathering of death. A celebration where stories are told, eyes mist over, laughter rings out, and as the speaker concludes his or her loving tribute, the person they are honoring rises from their chair and gives them the biggest bear hug!

Wouldn't that be something! The special people get to hear the stories and come to the realization that they have made a difference on this earth, and all this is done well before they leave their earthly bodies and go into eternity. When the inevitable funerals finally come, we can say good-bye with the knowledge that they knew exactly how people felt about them while they were here on earth.

I now have a stronger resolve to tell those around me how much they mean to me. I am going to let my wife know just how loved and appreciated she is, not only by my words, but also by my actions. I am going to play Batman with my four-year-old more often, and in the middle of our romping, I am going to grab him, hug him tightly, and tell him how thankful I am that he is my son. I am going to sneak into my sleeping toddler's bedroom, place my lips on his chubby cheek, and thank Goodness for the bundle of joy he is in my life. Each day I will make a point to tell both of my boys how much I love them, whether they are four or eighteen! From there, I am going to let family and friends know the tremendous impact they have had on my life. Finally, I am going to let the high school players I coach know that I look forward to each and every minute that I get to spend with them in the gym.

Do you love someone? Then tell them! Has someone been an influence in your life? Then give them a call! Has someone made a difference in your life? Then write them a letter or send them an e-mail! Don't let another day go by without letting that person know. There is something special about a written letter that expresses feelings of love towards another. I don't know about you, but I have letters and cards from people that I have saved for years, and from time to time, I get them out and reread them. They can turn a depressing day into one where I realize just how blessed and lucky I am.

Life is too short to leave kind words unsaid. The words you say, or the letter you write, might just make all the difference in the world.

~ Michael T. Powers ©2000
Michael T. Powers is founder of and
and an author with stories in 19 inspirational books
including many in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.
E-Mail Michael at:



s You Can!


How can we find positive, sustainable comfort in this age of anxiety? A comfort that connects us to ourselves, and the Divine, regardless of our religion or spiritual tradition? In my life, meditation is a key that turns the lock and opens the mind and heart, as it shifts us from unconsciousness back into consciousness.

In my mediation practice and the groups I lead we experience the positive pleasure of being alive. Meditation allows us to reduce our pains, and rekindle our hopes and dreams. It takes us to an inner sanctuary where our inner resources can fuel our outer expression, as they return us to our center, the surest place of comfort in our soul.

Meditation is nothing new, yet in our modern world, it has become widely respected as an essential way to reduce stress, enhance well-being and, for some people, feel closer to Divine Source. Studies have shown that meditation is a way to maintain your spiritual center regardless of religion and it can be as simple as carving out 10 minutes a day to just "BE."

Stress-related disorders are on the rise due to our complex and constantly changing world and we are seeing symptoms of fear and anxiety that have skyrocketed in the past decade. These directly impact our quality of life and our health.

Meditation helps us to take a break from chaos. As we move away from the stimuli of the moment, we are able to gain more clarity, focus and peace of mind. The key to meditation is that it allows us to calm our fears and move into the present moment, and in that moment we can tap into a sense of peace - rather than worrying about the past or obsessing about the future.

Give yourself a meditation break: If you make some form of meditation a regular part of your well-being routine you will find that you waste less and less energy on worry and reactive behavior and that your capacity for coping with life's ups and downs increases. You will begin to adopt a new sense of mindfulness and awareness that will give you the power to participate more fully in your own life. You will learn that your "home" is inside you, and that you can take it with you wherever you go and retreat to it wherever you are. This means that even if you are traveling - by train or plane or hanging out at the office or a beautiful park, you can take time out to center yourself through meditation.

The breath is the key to meditation: When we are tense or anxious, we tend to hold our breath. The breath is the key to finding inner peace and harmony. It is our link with our bodies and the world. For most of us, breathing is something we never think about, yet for the most part we are breathing shallow breathes into our chest. This shallow breathing actually can create a stressful condition in our minds and bodies. By slowing down your breath, you will instantly relax your body and bring clarity into your mind. (Continued next week...)

~Barbara Biziou, leading expert on rituals and meditation.
Author of The Joys of Everyday Ritual and The Joy of Family Rituals
she is also creator and producer of the "Momentary Meditations"
DVD featuring five powerful guided mediations geared to
help people stay centered at home and on the road.
Visit Barbara at and

Far Horizons


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The history of St. Peter’s in Rome goes back to the year A.D. 319, when the emperor Constantine built a basilica over the site of the tomb of St. Peter. St. Peter’s spectacular Baldacchino, directly beneath Michelangelo’s dome at the intersection of the nave and transept, was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). This 1633 canopy, commissioned by Pope Urban VIII, stands as tall as a five-story building. The four columns are almost 100 feet high. It was rumored by 17th-Century wags that bronze stripped from crossbeams of the Pantheon’s portico was melted down to make the Baldacchino.

Travel ArchivesTravel Archives

Links That Shine

"Search Cancer"

Finding reliable cancer information can
be daunting. This website is a portal
to learn more about cancer treatments,
therapies, clinical trials and research.


Fascinating Facts

Who established the Smithsonian?

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Computer cat
Laughing It Off

Does a clean house indicate that the computer is broken ... maybe your cat ate the 'mouse'?

Is there ever a day when mattresses are NOT on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator in hopes that something new to eat has materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give their vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic garbage bag will open from the end you first try?

How do those dead bugs get into closed light fixtures?

Considering all the lint you get in your dryer, if you kept drying your clothes would they eventually just disappear?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

Is it true that the only difference between a yard sale and a trash pickup is how close to the road the stuff is placed?

In winter, why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

Why is it that inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened?

Why are the needy only thought of during the holidays? Aren't they just as needy throughout the rest of the year?

Why is it that men can react to broken bones as 'just a sprain' and deep wounds as 'just a scratch', but when they get the sniffles they are deathly ill 'with the flu' and have to be bedridden for weeks?

How come we never hear any father-in-law jokes?

Why do men forget everything and women remember everything?

Shouldn't all married men forget their mistakes? After all there's no sense in two people remembering the same things, right?

If at first you don't succeed, shouldn't you try doing it like your wife told you to?

~Contributed by Ron and Karen in La Follette,Tennessee
Humor Archives


Untangling the Web


"Spas of the World"
Are the winter blues getting you down?
Just looking at this site and all the wonderful spas around the world is enough to cheer you up and chase those blues away. This is a comprehensive site with hundreds of spas for you to see, including full descriptions and links that go directly to their home page.


How to close the preview pane? ....
For Outlook Express, click the View menu,
Layout, then uncheck the "Preview Pane" checkbox
. Hit OK and the preview pane will be gone. To re-instate it, just follow the steps above, but this time check the preview pane box. Voila, back to normal again!

Look at THAT!

Dog Tag
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For the wandering pooch...
The Dog-e-Tag enhances the chances that runaway Rover will be returned home and lets you write and display a veritable haiku about the pet's needs and idiosyncrasies. Don't yelp, it costs $40 US. For the money though, you DO get to input up to 40 lines of information and add such notes as: "I like my tummy rubbed" or "I can't hear, I'm deaf" or "I am 9 years old and I can't see very well." And should you lose your precious pooch abroad, don't despair: You can also display text in French, German, English, Italian and Spanish.


Just for YOU ...
You can create a life that is:
* Healthier
* Happier
* More Abundant

All this and more is possible with the power of sound!
Use music and powerful brainwave frequencies
to create the life you desire.

Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly InsightsJoy

This week we have a few more excerpts from the 'BEAUTY' issue of "Friends of Silence" out of Jericho, Vermont. This publication was sent to me by Jim in Galena, Illinois, who is a subscriber and long time friend from my high school days in Miami, Florida. The subject matter is indeed a lofty goal, for as Gandhi so perfectly said, "True beauty consists of purity of heart."

"Life is a spiral, slowly moving through the seasons and cycles of our lives. If we are balanced in our actions, creating beauty and harmony within our spiral, we are following the path of Right Action, the path we strive to follow. ... To balance the spiral we must participate in our becoming well. We must learn not to be judgmental, not to be dragged down by grief, anger and negativity, forgetting the joy, passion, generosity and kindness of life. Beauty is no threat to the wary. You can walk in beauty and still sack groceries or change diapers ..." (Sweetwater Wisdom: A Native American Spiritual Way by Wendy Crockett)

"Beyond finite beauty - the beauty that we see - is a depth of infinite beauty from which all created beauty comes, and to which it must return to find its fulfillment. This is the light in which all works of art must be immersed, if they are to touch the depth of all being and of all hearts. ...Every creature gifted with reason has received light to see in all created things both their own individual beauty and that of the Supreme being, from whom they have received their being, and who sustains them in it. ...Our gaze should pass beyond the shadows of created things in order that it may rest in the true Light hidden in beings without reason, but discovered by those who have reason. And with this Being we should strive to be in harmony." (Where Silence is Praise by Dom Augustin Guillerand)

"Beauty is luminous radiance. Beauty is lucent, mystical essence, the face that is unforgettably lovely, the dance with the exquisite movements that our minds cannot erase, the music whose notes repeat themselves endlessly in our hearts. Beauty infuses; beauty enthralls; beauty inspires and illumines; beauty lifts up and enlivens our souls." (Heart & Soul by Daphne Rose Kingma)

"I wonder what beauty is. I have been seeing lovely things all my life, but they never moved me, never presented themselves so poignantly as they have done since I entered into adversity. Now beauty appears as something more than itself. It seems to me a gateway into God. The thrilling, moving, tremendous thing about is not the special aspect under which it appears, not the tree, the flower, the bird note at dusk, but the occasional sense of otherwhereness, of something more, a marvelous Something —- complete ecstasy —- that beauty half reveals." (A Secret Journal by Jane Steger)

~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~


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