"You Have It Within YOU"
"Worry is like a rocking chair
it gives you something to do,
but it doesn't get you anywhere."
~Dorothy Galyean, Author of "Grandmas
Today's Tune (on/off):
"Don't Worry, Baby"
From the Inside Out...
Yes You Can!...
Links That Shine...
Praise of Cod Liver Oil
Laughing It Off...
A Good Pun's
Its Own Reward
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Bird's a Caution!
of Fad Diets
BE the World
You Want to See!
Worry is one of the most
debilitating of all human emotions. Avoiding this particular
"school of thought" is something we each CAN CHOOSE
in order to create a healthy reality.
From the Inside Out
What, me worry? How many people get distracted by worry
point they lose focus? How much stress does worry cause?
six reasonable questions to ask that will eliminate worry
1. Will it matter a year from now?
Whatever it is that is really pressuring you, ask the
"will it matter a year from now?" This is a
mine, with co-workers, friends, and others. When I see
stressing out, I usually ask, "why?" The reason
something pretty simple, that they are looking at from a
Perhaps a co-worker is bothering them. Or, they lost an opportunity
at work. Maybe a bill is due that they are not sure they can pay
The reality is, almost all stresses are worked out, through time,
and by looking at it, a year from now, we remove the immediate pressure
of the stressor.
2. Are there ways to diffuse it (take direct personal action)?
If we can take the worry and look at it in a new way, from a fresh
perspective, this may relieve us. Also, there might be ways to eliminate
the worry, such as with a particular bill, by simply paying it.
That diffuses the worry. Taking action directly associated with
the worry is the best way to resolve the worry.
If you've been stressing about an issue you know you can resolve
personally, but it has seemed overwhelming to you, I have a mantra
you can use to help move beyond the worry:
"I can handle this, this is no big deal. I'm
on top of this."
Then, do the action you know will resolve the issue to
3. What can I do to delegate it to someone
Delegating issues to eliminate worry is the next best
resolve worry after taking direct personal action. The
this is that we still have to schedule a follow-up to make
the person who was delegated the task completed it.
If we have the option to delegate a task which is not our core,
so that we might focus on a task which IS our core, then delegation
4. Can someone else help me deal with it (find assistance)?
Getting assistance to help with the worry issue can be helpful.
Now you have a team to deal with it! Teamwork helps make the issue
seem less of a challenge because now there are multiple hands, multiple
eyes and ears assigned to the challenge. This is also a great way
to improve friendships.
5. How can I relax to distract myself from the worry issue?
If we cannot deal with the issue causing us worry, then perhaps
we can simply relax or go play a sport or hobby, to distract ourselves
from worry. I find this is highly effective unless I could have
taken action to diffuse the worry, first, in which case distractions
serve only as procrastination.
6. If I don't do it, will it really matter?
Then don't do it! Any time we worry, the reason usually has to do
with thinking "what if..." questions that are beyond our
control. "What if the market crashes?" "What if my
company lays people off?" "What if I get a new manager?"
These are all examples of "what if" questions that
we probably have no direct control over. Worrying about "what
if" questions does nothing for us but cause us stress.
By focusing on what is important NOW and taking action that I really
CAN DO now, a step at a time, worry subsides. And remember to smile
and breath deeply - these two actions will help you keep your stress
down. What, me worry? No more!
Yes You Can!
photography, there are two basic kinds of
thinking stuff the
way you take your photographs (planning, composing, and
and gear stuff (cameras and
either kind of stuff can improve your photography, most
to think that new gear will be the magic bullet that turns
shots into blue-ribbon winners. That reasoning may work
antiquated equipment, but new gear won't fix HOW you take
Although this is my personal list, I suspect you'll find
more of these techniques useful in improving your own
1. Stop making the same stupid mistakes: Identify
a reflective afternoon sorting through image archives.
emerged. Whether a result of time pressure or old habits,
that my lousy shots were all lousy in the same old,
Granted, there is a lot to remember before pressing the
release button, but, I finally had to
ask, how many ways could I find to screw up what should
good photo? For example, one embarrassing pattern was my
"snapshot" tendency: taking the obvious shot
alternatives that could give the image more impact and
2. Compare your shots to those you wish you'd
next afternoon I went through a stack of magazines, books,
I'd been collecting. I found pictures like the kind of
shots I most
often take, and then tore out the pictures or flagged
I got out my photo archive and matched up pictures by
For example, I stacked my nature shots alongside
shots, my still-life images next to professional
and so on. Then I compared them side by side. The goal of
was to determine ways in which I can improve my approach
types of photographs.
3. Wait a long time before you start shooting:
to get to know the subject, whether it is a location or a
almost always produces better photos than pointing and
a picture of the first subject that crosses the
viewfinder. To break
my pattern of taking obvious shots, I went to Pike Place
in Seattle one morning. I forced myself
to walk around and sit in various areas of the market and
I chatted with market vendors, munched a bagel and drank
and watched some more. I met people who allowed me to
vantage points that I wouldn't have had access to
of randomly shooting as I learned the scene or subject,
to shoot gave me a clear sense of where and what the best
4. Shoot instinctively and quickly: Although this seems
to contradict my previous guideline, I think of it as the complementary
flip side of waiting to shoot. In any scene, there are shots that
I see in an instant from the corner
of my eye or over my shoulder. There are also those "just right"
shots that demand no-hesitation shooting. Quick, instinctive shots
are bread-and-butter images for news and sports photographers, but
instinctive shooting doesn't come naturally to me. To capture the
spontaneous moments, I realized that I had to teach myself to literally
point and shoot, doing the best I could with settings and composition
without missing the shot. To get good quick shots, I have to know the camera controls inside
and out, backward and forward.
5. Reshoot: As I reviewed my photos, I would look
picture and instantly know how I would shoot the image
While I regularly go back to scenes to reshoot, it's
get different lighting or to shoot from a different
or perspective. If the subject was worth shooting the
chances are good that it's worth shooting again, with and
new perspective, from a different angle or vantage point,
different light. More important, the more often you go
reshoot, the more you familiar you are with the subject,
better your images.
6. Get a second opinion: If you have friends who
photography, arrange a time when you can go through a
stack of each
other's photos and give honest feedback and ideas. Or just
Anyone with an eye for design, composition, and style can
valuable feedback. Even untrained friends will see
elements in your
photos that you may not have noticed. Almost all feedback
valuable insight and ideas.
~Charlotte K. Lowrie, MSNPhotos.com
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IN PRAISE OF COD LIVER OIL
Scientists have confirmed the age-old belief that cod
liver oil is good for the joints. Cardiff-based researchers say
taking the supplement could delay or even reverse the destruction
of joint cartilage and inflammatory pain associated with arthritic
disease. They believe it could even delay joint replacement surgery.
Severe arthritis causes significant disability for over three million
people. The condition can be life-threatening through its effect
on other organs in the body and increased susceptibility to infection.
In the Cardiff research, Professor Bruce
the School of Biomedicine at Cardiff University looked at
of Omega-3 fatty acids (the main component of cod liver
the discarded arthritic knees of people undergoing knee
surgery. Some were treated with Omega-3 fatty acids for 24
in a laboratory - others were not. A chemical was added to
an inflammatory response, and the samples examined four
When researchers looked at the cartilage pieces, they
particular kind of a body chemical called enzymes, which
for destroying cartilage in arthritis, was present in the
group. But they were 'turned off' in those treated with
fatty acids, as were the enzymes which cause inflammation
Professor Caterson said his research had been able to
theory cod liver oil could help the joints. Cod liver oil,
contains Omega-3 fatty acids can be very, very helpful and
in arthritic diseases. So in very simple terms, we've been
to show that we can slow down or remove the activities of
that degrade cartilage in arthritis, and as well, we
can keep inflammation down to a lower level.
Fergus Logan, chief executive of the Arthritis Research
which partly funded the research, said: "These
extremely exciting, and offer a scientific basis for why
oil helps people with arthritis and has done for
Not only does cod liver oil reduce pain and inflammation
joints of people with osteoarthritis but we now know it
off the enzymes responsible for destroying cartilage.
that something as simple and non-controversial as cod
has the potential to bring relief and restore quality of
so many people who suffer from osteoarthritis."
Laughing It Off
A GOOD PUN'S ITS OWN REWARD
Energizer Bunny arrested
charged with battery!!!
A pessimist's blood type is always
Practice safe eating
always use condiments.
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing, but mean your
A case of wife or death.
I used to work in a blanket factory, but it
If electricity comes from electrons
does that mean that morality comes from
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor
Sea captains don't like crew cuts.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
A successful diet
the triumph of mind over platter?
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a
A gossip is someone with a great sense of
Without geometry, life is pointless.
When you dream in color
is it a pigment of your imagination.
Reading whilst sun bathing makes you
When two egotists meet, it's an I for an
~Contributed by Sherry Rothfield
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Join people from around the world in a fun game of online sketching.
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sentence which the other players try to guess.
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is in the Folder List and you click Delete, the folder will be
deleted. You can't recover a folder from the deleted items folder.
When a folder is deleted, it's gone for good.
Look at THAT!
THAT BIRD'S A
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Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
BREAKING FREE OF FAD
Fads have always been a staple of the diet scene, ranging from
the cabbage diet to Atkins or Sugar Busters. If you're skeptical
of these diet crazes, you should be. "Discovery Channel"
nutrition consultant Bonnie Taub-Dix, M.A., R.D., gives us a healthy serving of the
Atkins Diet is a carbohydrate-free, high-protein, high-fat
A dose of truth: Atkins eliminates a ton of calories by
out carbs completely, which is especially unhealthy for
The high fat and protein intake taxes the kidneys,
and increases your risk of heart disease. Plus, you'll
energetic and less interested in exercise. As Bonnie
aren't really the problem; excessive amounts of carbs
the fad and limit your bread and pasta intake on your
Sugar Busters! eliminates sugar and white
A dose of truth: Sugar Busters! is commendable because
white breads and introduces healthy whole grains into
Still, it cuts out energy-packed sugars and, like
protein and high-fat foods much too heavily.
Dean Ornish's Life Choice Diet incorporates all food
into a low-fat diet.
A dose of truth: While Bonnie highly recommends a
balance of the
different food groups, she believes that this particular
is too low-fat and low-protein for anyone to be able to
for very long.
Richard Simmons has a reduced-calorie program that
Kudos!!!!: Simmons' program makes good sense and it is
middle-of-the-road. However, don't be pressured into
supplements. Bonnie says that the big plus about this
is that Simmons gets overweight people to
~ Here are five "Dieting Do's and
from Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix ~
1. DO feel free to modify "Dean
Life Choice Diet," the healthiest of the fad
so that it allows more protein and a little more
2. DO work on having a balanced diet and
3. DON'T change your life to fit the
choose your diet to fit your life.
4. DON'T have a "Don't
it's too restrictive and unrealistic.
5. DO eat foods that will help
and make you feel great such as soy, salad,
whole grain breads and blueberries.
We all want to feel great and live longer. One secret, of course,
can be found in choosing foods that nourish and empower our bodies.
For realistic tips on well-being, check Bonnie's website www.EatWisely.com.
~ Chelle Thompson ~
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