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golden moments in the stream of life rush past us,
and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to
visit us, and we only know them when they are gone."
Eliot, Pseudonym of Marian Evans,
"My Special Angel"
From the Inside Out...
Immunity with Tea
Joan Wester Anderson
Food Picks & Pans
What a Site!
Fires of Joy (1)
BE the World
You Want to See!
We've all had moments of Angelic Intervention ...
which have saved us from peril or brightened our existence.
The more we acknowledge these magical occurrences, the more
they'll feel 'invited' to return.
From the Inside Out
a college exchange student, John had been touring Germany, and had
lost his way. By the time he found the bus station, it was dark
and the last bus back to his hostel had gone. Now what to do? He
barely spoke German, and was uncertain about currency and direction.
As he walked to the door of the now-deserted depot, he noticed three
unsavory-looking men following him, like foxes circling a chicken.
Grimly, John clenched his fists.
then a car pulled up. "Jump in!" called a young woman
in the front seat. John did. His rescuers, a friendly middle-aged
couple, spoke English fluently,
Angels" by Charles Francois Sellier
agreed that it was fortunate they had happened to be passing the
station when he needed help. But when John told them where he was
staying, the woman looked doubtful. "That's on the other side
of the city," she said. "We live in a different direction."
drop me anywhere," John said quickly. "I don't want to
take you out of your way."
"Why don't you just come home with us?" the man suggested.
"We've plenty of room, and we can bring you back to the bus
station tomorrow morning on our way to work."
protested but the couple assured him he would be no bother at all.
They seemed completely sincere. Weren't Europeans noted for being
hospitable, perhaps more casual and trusting than North Americans?
John felt calm, and decided that this too was part of his adventure,
He would relax and enjoy it.
route became increasingly deserted into a forest on the outskirts
of town. The stretch they now traveled was dark, surrounded on both
sides by tall trees and dense vegetation. But this serene and attractive
couple by now Frieda and Hans chatted comfortably,
dispelling any doubts. John
asked Frieda where they were, and she mentioned the name of the
forest. "It's a bit on the quiet side," she told him,
"but we love it here."
the car stopped in front of a charming house. Frieda and Hans escorted
John to the kitchen; Hans whipped up a quick meal while Frieda arranged
the guest room. The three of them sat comfortably together, eating
and talking. John had never felt so warmly welcomed. John slept
blissfully, enjoyed a tasty breakfast the next morning and rode
with the couple all the way back to the bus terminal. "You've
been wonderful," John told them as he got out of the car. "I'll
never forget you." Quickly he scrawled the address Frieda gave
him in his notebook he would certainly keep in touch
and watched until their car merged into the busy traffic.
returned to Canada, and immediately wrote a thank you note to Hans
and Frieda. He was disappointed when they didn't respond, but he
was busy with other things. Memories of the trip, and his special
following December, John again vacationed in the same area of Germany.
While there he told people of his previous encounter, only to be
greeted by suspicious looks. "There's no house in that forest.
No one lives there," people told him. But John was adamant.
Finally, he drove to the post office that serviced the area where
Hans and Frieda lived. On the way he recognized the deserted route,
and the dense forest road.
when he reached the post office, officials confirmed what John had
already been told. The address he had written in his notebook was
nonexistent. There was no house at all in the forest. Nor, to anyone's
recollection, had there ever been. John's thank you note was never
returned to him. He thinks his hosts received it in one way
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BOOST IMMUNITY WITH TEA
Add germ fighting to the health benefits of tea. Sorry, java lovers
the crucial ingredient is in tea leaves, not coffee beans
tea itself doesn't kill germs. Leave that to tea's extremely rich
chemicals called alkylamines. Lots of germs also carry these chemicals.
Could there be a link? A research team led by Jack F. Bukowski,
MD, PhD, of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, took a look.
enough, test-tube studies showed that alkylamines gave a big boost
to some of the most important immune cells in the human body. Once
these gamma-delta T cells saw them, they were primed to go after
a real test. Eleven healthy, non-tea-drinking volunteers drank five
or six cups about 21 ounces of Lipton tea every day
for two or four weeks. Another 10 non-tea, non-coffee drinking volunteers
drank five or six cups a day of Nescafe instant coffee.
groups of volunteers donated immune cells before and after drinking
tea or coffee. When the gamma delta cells from coffee drinkers saw
pieces of germs, nothing much happened. In contrast, immune cells
from tea drinkers went wild. Just two weeks after starting tea drinking,
cells from seven of the 11 volunteers jumped into action soon after
health benefit of tea may go farther than fighting germs. The same
kinds of immune responses are important in fighting cancer.
aren't just found in tea. There are smaller concentrations in foods
such as mushrooms, apples, and wine.
data provide evidence that dietary intake of tea and perhaps other
vegetables and fruits containing alkylamine ... may prime human
gamma delta T cells that they can provide natural resistance to
microbial infections and perhaps tumors," the researchers write.
study appears in an April, 2003 early online edition of the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences.
Wafer-thin cays and far-flung atolls, white sand beaches and lush
green volcanic mountains, a slow pace, friendly people - what's
not to like about the Cook Islands? Polynesian myth says that beautiful
Aitutaki Island is a giant fish tethered to the seabed by a vine
from the air. The light turquoise lagoon looks like a huge pale
oyster against the vivid blue ocean. The first European to visit
Aitutaki was Capt. William Bligh, who discovered it in 1789, a few
weeks before he was set adrift in Tonga by the mutinous crew of
the HMS Bounty.
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heaven." Joan has published more than 1,000 articles and short
stories in publications, including Woman's Day, Reader's Digest,
and the New York Times Syndicate.
FAST FOOD PICKS & PANS
Healthy choices at fast-food restaurants are getting easier to find,
but a new report shows the devil may lurk in the "deals".
The study from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
shows fast-food restaurants may be finding new ways to provide lower-fat,
more nutritious options, but it's still much too easy to eat more
than an entire day's worth of fat and calories in a value meal.
whose previous reports raised eyebrows about the hidden fat and
calories in movie popcorn, Chinese food, and Mexican foods, surveyed
current offerings at popular fast-food establishments and picked
the 5 best and worst dining options.
the "Best" category, new menu items based on fresh, low-fat
ingredients got raves for both taste and convenience. The top
5 picks were:
..Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salad; Burger
King Chicken Whopper Jr.; Subway's Low-Fat Subs; McDonald's Fruit
'n Yogurt Parfait; and Burger King BK Veggie Burger
chains are responding to consumer demand by adding foods that are
both good for you and delicious," says Jayne Hurley, CSPI senior
nutritionist, in a news release. "Fast-food salads like Wendy's
are replacing boring iceberg lettuce with more interesting salads
that don't taste like diet food."
Burger King garnered praise for two of its healthy menu items, it
also swept the "Worst" category with the following
items: ..Double Whopper with Cheese;
French Fries; Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shake; Hash Browns; Burger
King Value Meals. Researchers say the chain has the most fattening
hamburgers and french fries in the industry and a Burger King Double
Whopper Value Meal packs up to 2,100 calories, more than the total
recommended daily calories for most people.
dietitian Joan Carter says it's time to re-evaluate where the value
is when it comes to making healthy food choices. She says value
meals and super-sized portions are merely marketing tools and not
designed to maximize nutritional value. Although pointing out dietary
danger zones with reports like this is helpful, Carter says it's
more important to develop a healthy relationship with food. "Labeling
food as good and bad just feeds into this love-hate relationship
that gives food too much power," says Carter, who is also a
spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "Food
should be about giving joy and reinforcing connections with people,
your ethnicity, and the joys of table," Carter states. "Eating
through a drive-thru is not fulfilling what food is supposed to
and where were
the first eyeglasses made?
Laughing It Off
True Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Only a real Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit
and a conniption, and that you don't "HAVE" them, -
you "PITCH" them.
Only a true Southerner can show or point out to you the general
direction of "yonder."
Only a real Southerner knows exactly how long "directly"
is - as in: "Going to town, be back directly."
Only a true Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture
of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried
chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. (If the neighbor's
trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin'!)
A real Southerner knows that "fixin'" can be used as a
noun, a verb, or an adverb.
Only true Southerners make friends while standing in lines. We don't
do "queues", we do "lines," and when we're "in
line," we talk to everybody!
Only a real Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip
greens, peas, beans, etc. make up "a mess."
Every true Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and
coffee are perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast
food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
No real Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing
turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin' ...
," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
If something is really hard for a true Southerner to do, it's "like
trying to herd cats."
Only real Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet
milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it
- we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk"
means you don't want buttermilk.
Only true Southerners know how to recognize happiness - "If
things get any better, I may have to hire someone to help me enjoy
All real Southerners, even babies, know that "Gimme some sugar"
is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits
in a pretty little bowl on the middle of the table.
When the weather's really parched in the south ... "It's so
dry, the trees are bribing the dogs."
And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little
old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, "Bless
her heart" and go your own way.
by Geri Merrill - Image: www.Grits.com
Wonderful topics: healthy recipes, fad diets, fast food, diabetes,
food science, eating advice, obesity, and drinking water. The site
also features links to other sites. For example, one link leads
to a site about fast food and gives you the calories, fat grams,
cholesterol, fiber etc. for each food item.
within System Tools under Accessories, can give
you a constant overall measure. If you select this program, a
small icon will appear on your toolbar that, hopefully, is green.
If it's green, then you have lots of resources available. If it's
yellow, then you might want to close some applications. If it
turns red, then you must immediately close applications or risk
losing data. Many times, Windows will just begin crashing. Be
careful, if your resources reach yellow, it's very easy to go
to red VERY fast.
Look at THAT!
PANTING OFF POUNDS
Eriko Sugita /Reuters
Puppies run on a doggie treadmill...
during a workout at a pet hotel in Tokyo. As Japan undergoes
a pet boom and obesity among pampered dogs becomes a problem. On
a recent day, a Shetland sheep dog named 'Disney' panted gamely
on a tiny treadmill - made specially for animals - before
a long soak in a bubbling Jacuzzi, its waters fragrant with a special
concoction of tea tree and cypress oils combined with elements from
a noted Japanese hot spring. ~Reuters
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
STOKING THE FIRES OF JOY (Part
of our wonderful subscribers, Diane, who lives in St. George,
Utah, shares with us these words of wisdom by David Spangler,
called THE FIRES OF JOY. David is an internationally-known teacher,
lecturer, writer and former codirector of a spiritual community
in northern Scotland.
of my spiritual practice is to "stoke the fires of joy."
This seems to me especially important at a time when the antithesis
of joy seems unleashed upon us and upon the world once again.
are many images I could use to describe what I feel here. One
that comes to mind is of a lighthouse. When the storm breaks and
all is fierce winds and lashing waves, it is a lighthouse that
penetrates the darkness and keeps the ships from crashing into
"There are many things in our world such as new diseases
appearing and famine and pollution and starvation...the list goes
on and on...that confront us with stormy inner seas and challenge
us in our humanity. Yet, around all this and permeating it is
the presence of what I think of as the sacred and it has power,
too. Its power can be expressed individually or collectively,
transpersonally or personally, consciously or unconsciously. Its
power is rooted in love and in joy, the sheer joy of life, of
engagement, of making connections, of being part of wholenesses
larger than ourselves.
think of joy as an inner quality that is like medicine within
the world. It has a healing and restorative, vitalizing and protective
vibe to it. In the days ahead, the spiritual forces will be even
more called upon for healing and grace, regeneration and blessing.
They in turn are empowered by the inner "medicines"
we supply, the joy, the love, the vision, the forgiveness, the
gratefulness, the light that we can produce.
believe we forget the power of joy at our peril, for when we lose
it, we can sink beneath the waves and become, to switch metaphors,
breeding grounds for the very forces of despair and destruction,
frustration and fear. We become part of the storm forces not part
of the lighthouse."
week David offers two elements for embracing and maintaining joy
in our lives ....
~ Chelle Thompson ~
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