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for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."
~ Sydney J. Harris, US syndicated columnist "Strictly
July 19, 2004
I Could Turn Back
the Hands of Time "
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Yes You Can!...
Spot Foods that
Only Seem Healthy
The Blue Mosque
Links That Shine...
E-Nature Local Guides
Not Full Yet!
Laughing It Off...
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Fashion Goes to the Dogs
Just for You...
The Cat's Meow
Being the Perfect
BE the World
You Want to See!
to live our life with no regrets often stems from some painful experience
that we couldn't take back. When we realize we could have acted
differently, this important Awareness is then a gift that can guide
our future behavior towards inner peace.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
many people have heard of Bill Havens. But Bill became an unlikely
hero of sorts at least among those who knew him best. Here
is his story:
the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, the sport of canoe racing was added
to the list of international competitions. The favorite team in
the four-man canoe race was the United States team. One member of
that team was a young man by the name of Bill Havens.
the time for the Olympics neared, it became clear that Bill's wife
would give birth to their first child about the time that the US
team would be competing in the Paris games. In 1924 there were no
jet airliners from Paris to the United States, only slow ocean-going
so Bill found himself in a dilemma. Should he go to Paris and risk
not being at his wife's side when their baby was born? Or should
he withdraw from the team and remain with his family? Bill's wife
insisted that he go to Paris. After all, competing in the Olympics
was the culmination of a life-long dream. But Bill felt conflicted
and, after much soul-searching, decided to withdraw from the competition
and remain home where he could support his wife when the child arrived.
He considered being at her side his highest priority even
higher than going to Paris to fulfill his dream.
it turned out, the United States four-man canoe team won the gold
medal in Paris. And Bill's wife was late in giving birth to their
child. She was so late, in fact, that Bill could have competed in
the event and returned home in time to be with her when she gave
birth. People said, "What a shame." But Bill said he had
no regrets. For the rest of his life, he believed he had made the
Havens knew what was most important to him. Not everybody figures
that out. And he acted on what he believed was best. Not everybody
has the strength of character to say no to something he or she truly
wants in order to say yes to something that truly matters. But for
Bill, it was the only way to peace; the only way to no regrets.
is an interesting sequel to the story of Bill Havens... The child
eventually born to Bill and his wife was a boy, whom they named
Frank. Twenty-eight years later, in 1952, Bill received a cablegram
from Frank. It was sent from Helsinki, Finland, where the 1952 Olympics
were being held. The cablegram read: "Dad, I won. I'm bringing
home the gold medal you lost while waiting for me to be born."
Havens (see photo) had just won the gold medal for the United States
in the canoe-racing event, a medal his father had dreamed of winning
but never did. Like I said no regrets.
of the most common complaints I hear from families is that they
are not close. They may be close in proximity, but still not feel
close as a family. They may live next door or in the same house,
but not feel close emotionally.
is not about latitude; it's about attitude. We feel close when we
feel understood, when we feel loved and when we simply enjoy being
together. We may live far apart and still feel close, or we may
share a home yet feel distant.
is a family trait that grows over time. It is planted by love, watered
by honest sharing and fed by true listening. It grows slowly and
sometimes takes years to mature; but its roots grow deep. It can
weather most any storm and sustain a family through the most difficult
received a letter from a reader in Hawaii. She pointed out that
the CEO of one of the island's largest banks was considering a run
for governor. Since he is well-liked, he seemed to have a good chance
before filing papers, he changed his mind, stating that he wanted
to spend more time with his family. Not that elected officials cannot
be family-oriented, but he felt he needed more time at home than
the job allowed.
A. Young, in the Honolulu Advertiser, said this about the candidate's
decision: "No matter what you accomplish in the business world
or the social world, if you fail 'ohana' [family], then you have
not accomplished much. Failure or success does not lie in the material
wealth you provide them. It is measured by what of yourself you
give to them."
made a decision to give the best of himself to "ohana."
He chose family closeness first, despite pressure to put more time
elsewhere. It's likely a decision he'll never regret.
Kinkade eloquently said, "When we learn to say a deep, passionate
yes to the things that really matter... then peace begins to settle
onto our lives like golden sunlight sifting to a forest floor.
Steve Goodier © 2002 and 2003 Life
from his book: A
LIFE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Yes You Can!
SPOT FOODS THAT
ONLY SEEM HEALTHY
you're trying to lose those love handles, you've probably been avoiding
cheesecake and fries. Although this is definitely a good start,
there are many other foods out there that may seem "safe"
when, in fact, they are actually very high in calories or fat. Don't
be fooled; the following 11 foods are actually not as good for you
as you may have thought:
1. Frozen yogurt
In this case, you really have to read the label. While some brands
are relatively low-calorie, others have even more calories than
light ice cream. Thanks to a ton of added sugar, some premium brands
pack up to 185 calories per half-cup. The right choice: Make
sure that no matter what kind of low-fat frozen dessert you choose,
it has no more than 120 calories per half-cup.
2. Fat-free snacks
Most of these seemingly healthy snacks have almost no fiber and
are easy to eat in huge quantities because they're not satisfying
(and have extra salt and sugar for 'taste' appeal). Many even have
more calories per serving than the regular version in order to compensate
for the lack of tasty fat. The result? You could end up consuming
a lot more calories than if you just ate a reasonable portion of
the high-fat food you were craving in the first place. The right
choice: Simply choose a healthier snack such as veggies and
fat-free dip or buy fat-free snacks in small quantities in order
to avoid stuffing your face.
At the movies, you should definitely skip the popcorn. The smallest
child-size bag, without the extra butter, packs up to 300 calories
and 20 grams of fat. The microwave kind can be even worse; many
brands have almost 400 calories and 26 fat grams per bag. The
right choice: Air-pop it or choose a reduced-fat microwave version.
If you wish, season with garlic chili powder, or sprinkle on some
Tabasco sauce to add flavor.
4. Olive oil
With less than two grams of saturated fat per tablespoon, olive
oil is healthier than most vegetable oils and it may even reduce
your risk of heart disease. However, keep in mind that it's still
oil; one tablespoon contains 120 calories and 14 grams of fat, so
go easy if you don't want to sabotage your diet. The right choice:
Use only a small amount for cooking or try olive oil cooking spray.
A one-second spray has only seven calories and less than one gram
5. Frozen diet meals
They may be convenient, nutritious and low in fat and calories,
but most are full of sodium, which can raise both your blood pressure
and risk of heart attack. Plus, the minuscule portions are not satisfying
enough for most men, which can lead to overeating later. The
right choice: Don't eat more than one prepared food that contains
more than 600 milligrams of sodium per day. And look for the word
"healthy" on labels; it can't be used if the food has
more than 480 milligrams of sodium per serving.
6. Protein bars
These were designed for hard-core athletes, so drop that bar if
you're not one of them. Although they're not bad for you, they can
contain up to 300 calories and more protein than you need in an
entire day. Now is that really necessary? The right choice:
Before you work out, have a piece of whole-wheat toast with a tablespoon
of peanut butter (180 calories) or a fat-free yogurt and half a
banana (220 calories).
7. Fast-food grilled chicken
Although grilled is definitely better than fried, most fast-food
grilled chicken sandwiches are full of fat due to all the cheese
and creamy toppings they're smothered in. For example, Burger King's
BK Broiler chicken sandwich contains 530 calories and 26 fat grams.
The right choice: Ask them to hold the sauce or simply opt
for a healthier restaurant. A good choice is Subway's six-inch chicken
sub, which has only 332 calories and six grams of fat.
Granola may seem "natural" and healthy, but that doesn't
mean it won't make you fat. Most granola bars contain tons of hydrogenated
oil, which means that two-thirds of a cup adds up to about 380 calories
and 20 grams of fat. The right choice: The good thing about
granola is that it's a great source of fiber, with more than eight
grams per serving. Fortunately, there are many other sources of
fiber to choose from, such as a satisfying bowl of instant oatmeal
(Tip: Stick to the individual packets, which are a good serving
size). Or you can try low-fat granola with fruit and skim milk,
which will save you around 17 grams of fat and 170 calories per
Tuna salad sandwich
The tuna itself is very healthy; besides the fact that it is low
in calories and fat, it is a great source of protein and healthy
omega-3 fatty acids. The problem with this fishy favorite is all
the mayo that usually goes into it. Get this: A typical tuna sandwich
at a restaurant contains up to a whopping 720 calories and
43 grams of fat. The right choice: Try to avoid it altogether
when eating out because the Mayo is often already mixed in, which
makes it difficult to ask for less. At home, use fat-free Mayo and
whole-wheat bread to save up to 180 calories and 18 grams of fat.
Although they may seem healthy, most muffins are nothing but cake
in disguise. And I'm not just talking about those double-chocolate
monsters; even bran muffins will bust your diet with up to 600 calories
and 25 grams of fat. Plus, since most don't even have that much
bran, they're not the great source of fiber you thought they were.
As for fat-free muffins, be aware that many of them contain tons
of sugar to compensate for the lack of fat, which can be just as
bad for your waistline. The right choice: If you really can't
resist, choose a muffin with less than five grams of fat and six
grams of sugar, as well as about five grams of fiber. Or try a bowl
of bran cereal with fat-free fruit-flavored yogurt, which will save
you up to 400 calories and 24 grams of fat.
You're probably wondering how fattening lettuce could possibly be.
While it's true that most vegetables contain few calories, the culprit
in most salads is the dressing. In fact, if your salad is drowned
in creamy ranch or blue cheese dressing, you could be getting as
many calories as you would with a huge plate of fries. Believe it
or not, the most popular salad in the US, Chicken Caesar, is also
the most fattening. According to the Center for Science in the Public
Interest (CSPI), a typical chicken Caesar salad contains an unbelievable
660 calories and 46 grams of fat. The
right choice: Use fat-free dressing at home. When eating out,
ask for dressing on the side and use the "fork method."
Dip your fork into the dressing, shake the fork, then spear the
salad; you'll save up to 20 grams of fat.
~By Sabrina Rogers, Nutrition Consultant,
THE BLUE MOSQUE
might say that Istanbuls Blue Mosque was created in the spirit
of competition. In 1606 Ottoman ruler Sultan Ahmet, who was throned
at the age of 14, wanted to build an Islamic structure as extraordinary
as the St. Sophia Church. Ahmets architect did not disappoint
the young sultan, for this blue-tiled masterpiece was as stunning
as its Christiandom rival. Since the Blue Mosque was such an important
imperial mosque, it has six minarets instead of the usual four.
This caused quite a stir because it rivaled the mosque in Mecca.
Sultan Ahmet attempted to atone for this by donating a minaret to
Mecca; nevertheless, he was widely criticized for his arrogance.
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by Jane at TheCatsMeow.com
NOT FULL YET!
Laughing It Off
used to make us cherry pies
and call us on the phone;
She would talk to us for hours,
now she leaves us all alone.
miss her homemade biscuits
and I'll make this little bet
If you want to contact Grandma,
you'll have to surf the net.
used to be scared of a wee little mouse
Would scream if one got into her house;
Now she hugs one night and day
And would rather cuddle it than bake.
served her time with diapers and dishes,
Now she can do whatever she wishes;
And if that means staying up half the night
To point arrows at icons that's really all right.
all so confusing, it makes her head ache,
A byte was something you'd take from a cake;
But, she's learning more about it now
Her four year old grandchild showed her how.
could explore the world from her chair
Though mostly, she plays solitaire;
But, that's okay she doesn't care
About the weather in Zaire.
She's on her e-mail network with all
the e-friends she can get,
So if you want to talk to Grandma,
you'll have to surf the net.
won't believe the nuts she's met'
Though what she'd really like to know
Is where are those other grannies
who like to quilt and sew?
never surfed at Malibu
or caught a wave at Waikiki.
She's never seen a surf board;
'hang ten' don't mean a thing, you see.
never met a beach bum,
to her Moon Doggie is just a pup;
But when she heads to her computer,
you know the 'surf is up'.
getting older and
her eyes are getting dim;
Her random access memory is
half of what it's been.
St. Peter comes to call,
she'll say "I can't go quite yet";
He'll have to wait on Grandma,
'cause Granny's still surfin' the net.
~Contributed by Madeleine in Coral Gables, Florida
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Searchable archive of a weekly broadcast/Internet radio program
that focuses on all aspects of history: how we recall it, how we
preserve it, how we interpret it, how we transform it into myth,
and how we pass it on. The radio show is aimed at a non-professional
audience, and is dedicated to bridging the gap between the history
profession and a history-hungry public. Listen on RealPlayer or
Here's a neat little trick: Hold down the Control Key and
Left-click. If you are reading an email in Outlook Express it selects
all the text so you can copy it. If you are surfing the web with
Internet Explorer doing this will select the paragraph your cursor
is in. Try it in Word and it select the sentence you're in. In a
folder you can use this combination to select multiple files individually.
Pretty neat, huh. Try it in other programs and see what it does.
Look at THAT!
FASHION GOES TO THE DOGS
in the German state of Bavaria...
can now blend in with the local Alpine scenery wearing the same
traditional attire worn by their owners lederhosen.
Dogwear designer Hildegard Bergbauer dresses three-year-old dog
"Zoroline" in traditional Bavarian leather trousers in
Hailing, near the Bavarian town of Straubing. Bergbauer designs
traditional Bavarian dirndl and leather trousers known as Lederhosen
and combined her profession with her love of animals in a new traditional
collection for dogs. She also makes Tyrolean mountain hats and rainwear
for canines and says the leather outfits are best suited for dachshunds
and other small dogs but also looked good on poodles, spaniels and
boxers. "There are lederhosen for the males and Dirndls for
the females. The idea has gone down really well; people think it's
a lot of fun." ~Reuters
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Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
BEING THE PERFECT HOUSEGUEST
dear friend from Miami Edison High School, Jim who now lives in
Galena, Illinois, sent me a Travelocity Magazine article
which I'd like to share with all of you. Having developed a knack
for gracious freeloading, the crew at Travelocity put together
a few suggestions to make sure we get invited back when staying
with family and friends while on vacation. Follow these simple
suggestions and you'll be the perfect houseguest.
with friends rather than at a hotel can be a terrific opportunity
to catch up on the latest news, hang out, deepen long-distance
relationships and, of course, save some cash. But it can also
be a monstrous pain in the neck for everyone involved. Visitors
disrupt the normal routine of a household. And other peoples
households can be even dirtier, louder and more full of dog hair
than your own. Suffocating hosts can ruin a trip by placing burdens
on the comings and goings of guests.
Wash the dishes. If you wash dishes you ingratiate yourself forever,
plus you eat off clean plates.
2. Buy more than your share of the food, beverages, etc.
Dont even APPEAR to be a sponge.
3. Compliment the meals. The tuna noodle casserole may
be as tough to get through as your hosts vacation pictures,
but everyone likes to think he or shes a good cook. A little
appreciation goes a long way. You can always sneak out later for
4. Sleeping and bathing quarters should be kept neat at
all times. Beds ought to be made in the morning, towels picked
up and folded after use, whether you do this at home or not. Unless
specifically asked not to, always strip your bed at the end of
your visit, leaving linens ready to launder.
5. Leave a small parting gift. Doing so leaves a good taste
in the mouths of your hosts and can help them forgive you for
clogging up the toilet and wiping up the mess with their new towels.
6. Run a few errands, do small chores. A houseguest once
wrapped some of our Christmas presents. It took her all of thirty
minutes, but it almost made up for her clogging the toilet and
wiping up the mess with our new towels.
7. Rent your own car. Become dependent on others for transportation
and youll feel resentful like a teenager yearning for the
8. Entertain yourself. Your hosts have to get on with their
real world life. Dont make them feel guilty if they cant
spend as much time with you as you had anticipated.
9. Arrive and leave on time. Didnt someone say something
about fish and houseguests starting to smell after 3 days? Do
not overstay, or arrive unexpectedly, or a half a day late, any
of which will disrupt your hosts plans."
guests, we can demonstrate our appreciation by consciously tuning
in to the comfort of our hosts.
~Chelle Thompson, Editor
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