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"I am still learning
how to take joy in all the
people I am, how to use all my selves in the
service of what I believe, how to accept
when I fail and rejoice when I succeed."
~Audre Lorde, African-American Author (1934-1992)
"I Believe I Can Fly"
From the Inside Out...
Breaking Out of
$ with Cars
Wolf to Dog
What a Site!
CAN Be Different
BE the World
You Want to See!
We lose little by taking a chance on ourselves, yet
lose much by remaining stagnant.
From the Inside Out
OUT OF YOUR COCOON
is ending. We've been wrapped in a cocoon of a warm house and/or
warm clothes to stay comfortable and protected from the elements.
spring is arriving. The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming
and the clear skies and sun are pulling us out into the beautiful
world. We no longer need our protective cocoon.
changing of the seasons draws us out of our cocoon of warmth to
the warming rays of the sun. As the butterfly spreads its wings
as it emerges from it's cocoon, it's life is transformed.
caterpillar was limited to crawling slowing from leaf to leaf. The
world has opened up to the butterfly; it is no longer bound to the
area it could crawl to.
life can be transformed like the butterfly's. Most of us live in
a cocoon of safety, called our comfort zone, to protect ourselves
from the elements. We are accustomed to the routine of our lives.
We know what to expect each day as we crawl out from under our warm
comfort zone keeps us safe. But our comfort zone limits us, just
as the caterpillar is limited when compared to the butterfly. To
the caterpillar, life is fine. There are branches to climb. There
are leaves to eat. It can even use the leaves to hide from the birds
to the observer who can see the whole picture, the reality of the
caterpillar's life is very limited. That observer can see the possibilities
of transformation that lie ahead for the caterpillar. That observer
can also see the possibilities of transformation that can lie ahead
comfort zone limits us in the same way the caterpillar is limited.
The vision of the caterpillar is limited to a few feet around it.
It cannot even imagine a life beyond it's vision. But the caterpillar
is lucky. Nature has provided a path that will transform it into
a butterfly with a hugely expanded vision. It doesn't have a choice.
also have a path of possibilities. But instead of nature making
the transformation for us, we have to do it ourselves. We do have
do have a vision beyond our comfort zone. But our comfort zone wraps
us tightly to keep us safe. We may not be able to even imagine the
possibilities in store for us that the observer can see, but we
do have a vision beyond our life today.
out of your limiting comfort zone, just like the butterfly emerges
from it's cocoon. Do what is uncomfortable. Do what scares you.
Do what stretches your limits. The more you do, the more your vision
expands and the more you can see is possible for you.
out of your comfort zone does amazing things for you. It transforms
your life, just like the butterfly's life is transformed. Today,
just like the caterpillar, you cannot even imagine what your life
can be like. But you too can emerge from your comfort zone into
a life of limitless possibilities and beauty.
Russ Stiffler, I Desire Success.com
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AVOID WASTING $ WITH CARS
Walking the line between automobile obsession and neglect means
you never spend a nickel without a good reason and good reasons
can include spending money on something thats not broken.
Here, then, are some ways you could be wasting money on your car.
gas instead of regular. Buy the cheapest gasoline that doesnt
make your car engine knock. All octane does is prevent knock; a
grade higher than the maker of your car recommends is not a treat.
oil changes. Manufacturers typically suggest 5,000 miles, 7,500
miles or even longer intervals between oil changes. Twice a year
changes are the minimum.
the dealers maintenance schedule instead of the factorys.
If your engine doesn't "miss" skip a beat or make
other odd noises dont change the spark plugs or wires
until the manufacturer says so.
a dealer for major services. Independent shops almost always
will do the same work much cheaper. Some dealers may tell you using
outside garages violates the cars warranty. This is a lie.
a dealer for oil changes. Dealers sometimes run dirt-cheap specials,
but otherwise youll usually find oil changes cheaper elsewhere.
replacing your air filter and wiper blades yourself. Buy them
on sale at a discount auto parts store rather than having a garage
or dealer replace them. A good schedule for new air filters is every
other oil change in a dusty climate; elsewhere at least once every
20,000 miles. Treat yourself to new wipers (whole blade, not the
refill) once a year.
your antifreeze every winter. Change only when a hydro- meter
suggests it will no longer withstand temperatures 30 degrees below
the coldest your area sees in winter. Your dealer or oil-change
shop should be happy to check it for free. Every two years is about
right. Also keep your cooling system happy by running the air conditioner
every few weeks in winter to keep it lubricated, checking for puddles
under the car and replacing belts and hoses before they dry and
tires when you should be replacing shocks. If your tires are
wearing unevenly or peculiarly, your car may be out of alignment
or your shocks or struts worn out.
a brake squeal turn into a brake job. Your first check
you can probably see your front brakes through the wheels on your
car is to look at the thickness of the pads. Pads thicker
than a quarter-inch are probably fine. If your brakes emit a constant,
high-pitched whine and the pads are thinner than a quarter-inch,
replace them. If your car shimmies or you feel grinding through
the pedal, then your brake rotors need to be turned or replaced.
complaining when your warranty claim is rejected. Check Alldata
and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)
to see if a technical service bulletin (TSB) has been issued about
the component in question. Manufacturers often will repair known
defects outside the warranty period (sometimes called a secret warranty).
an extended warranty. Most manufacturers allow you to wait until
just before the regular warranty expires to decide. By then you
should know whether your car is troublesome enough to require the
extended warranty. Most of them arent worth the price.
changing the fuel filter. Have it replaced as a part of your
maintenance every two years or according to the manufacturers
schedule rather than when it becomes clogged with grit.
keeping your tires properly inflated. Check them once a month;
otherwise, youre wasting gasoline, risking a blowout and wearing
them out more quickly.
Begun in 1248, construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place
in several stages and the Cologne Cathedral was not fully completed
until 1880. Over seven centuries, successive builders were inspired
by the same faith and a spirit of absolute fidelity to the original
plans. Cologne, which means "colony", has been an important
city since its founding in about 50 AD. In 1904 Christian Huelsmeyer
successfully set up his anti-collision invention the Telemobilskop
(a precursor of modern radar) on the arched Hohenzollern Bridge,
spanning the historic Rhine River.
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FROM WOLF TO DOG
relationships are so laden with mutual benefit as that between man
and dog. Much of the credit for this unusual state of affairs, it
now turns out, may lie on the canine side of the equation. Three
studies in November's issue of Science shed light on the questions
of when, where and how dogs were first domesticated from wolves.
suggests that a few wolves, perhaps from the same population somewhere
in east Asia, are the mothers of almost all dogs alive today. A
second study, based on DNA retrieved from ancient dog bones from
Mexico, Bolivia and Peru, found that all the pre-Columbian dogs
belonged to Eurasian dog lineages. A third study probes the psychology
of dogs, showing that although chimpanzees may have brain power
of far greater wattage, there is one task at which dogs excel, that
of picking up cues from human behavior. Chimpanzees will notice
where a person is looking but do not take the hint that the box
being looked at is the one holding the hidden food. Dogs get the
picture immediately. This interpretive skill was perhaps the ability
for which they were selected.
though very smart, are much less adept than dogs at following human
cues, suggesting that dogs may have been chosen for this ability.
So were dogs' ancestors selected for tameability or trainability?
Dr. Ray Coppinger, a dog behavior expert at Hampshire College, believes
that neither is the case. Wolves domesticated themselves, Dr. Coppinger
argues in a recent book, "Dogs: A Startling New Understanding
of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution," written with his
wife, Lorna Coppinger. Wolves, which are scavengers as well as hunters,
would have hung around the campsite for scraps, and those that learned
to be less afraid of people survived and flourished, in his view.
was natural selection the dogs did it, not people,"
Dr. Coppinger said. From the half-tamed, camp-following wolves,
he believes, people may then have adopted some cubs into the household
and found that they could be trained. Once dogs had been domesticated,
they would have been of great value to hunter-gatherer societies,
though it is hard to know what specific quality the domesticators
two species live together for a long time, each usually influences
the genetically conferred qualities of the other. People may have
selected preferred abilities in the dog, but dogs too may have fostered
their favorite qualities in people not of course deliberately
but simply by giving people who used dogs a better chance of surviving
than people who did not. "This is a symbiotic relationship
with substantial time depth," said Dr. Richard Klein, a Stanford
University archaeologist. "You could imagine dogs would be
useful for giving warning signals, or tracking other animals, so
you can see how both sides would benefit."
were probably the first animal to be domesticated and seem to have
assumed considerable importance in early human societies. Dr. Darcy
Morey, a University of Kansas archaeologist who has studied dog
burials all over the world, speaks of the "incredible compatibility
of wolves and men." The finding that pre-Columbian settlers
brought their dogs with them from the Old World is an indication
of the animals' value to them.
Laughing It Off
KITCHEN SIGN LANGUAGE
DOESN'T live here!!
bell for maid service.
If no answer, do it yourself!
clean house every other day.
Today is the other day.
you write in the dust,
please don't date it!
you don't like my standards of cooking ...
lower your standards.
house was clean last week,
too bad you missed it!
came, I saw,
I decided to order take out.
messy kitchen is a happy kitchen,
and this kitchen is DELIRIOUS.
is NOT Burger King ...
you get it MY way or you don't get anything.
numbers of people have eaten in this kitchen
and gone on to lead normal lives.
balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
creative; you can't expect me to be tidy too!
are they who can laugh at themselves,
for they shall never cease to be amused.
by Kathy Benoy
If you love gardening...
there's a website that's just for you. Here you'll
find information about plants, regional gardening,
and even information about kitchen gardening.
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Look at THAT!
Photo: Andrew Winning /Reuters
Hundreds of Monarch butterflies...
line a tree trunk on the Cerro del Campanario, in
the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary on a 9,000 foot mountain in the
Mexican state of Michoacan, where they may number 4 million per
acre. These are the only migratory insects in their species and
make the 2,500 mile journey between their summer home
in Canada and their winter home in Mexico twice a year. The flashy
Monarch, nominated as the U.S. national insect, has been called
the Elvis of the insect world.. ~Reuters
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EVERYTHING CAN BE DIFFERENT
Our friend and gifted motivational author Steve Goodier at www.LifeSupportSystem.com
has a delightful
perspective on life and a terrific sense of humor ...
Highways magazine once reported a funny sign spotted
at the Road Runner Market in Quartzsite, Arizona. A sign on the
counter read: 'Your
patience is appreciated. New electronic cash register. Same old
the business machines were changing faster than the clerks! Which
isn't to say that people can't change. They can. In fact, our
greatest hope is birthed from knowing that we CAN change. We don't
have to remain the same. Things can be different than they are.
can change your life. It is something only YOU can do. New and
beautiful things await those who believe that things can be different.
known relationships to dramatically improve once the couple learned
this simple axiom: "You can't change your partner; but your
partner can change." We change because we want to and because
we believe we can. There is great hope in that.
unhappiest people change the least. They are not convinced they
can start over! They often believe that they cannot truly be different
and must continue leading unhappy lives forever. They should learn
know about shedding the past and putting on something new. Old
ways, old habits, old ideas and old attitudes don't fit forever.
Once outgrown, we can shed them and grow into a new skin. (Ever
thought you'd be learning a life lesson from a snake?)
will be different when you are different. It begins with two indispensable
ingredients - desire and belief. Those who WANT to shed
the old skin and who BELIEVE they can, will make needed changes.
And they will be happy." ~Steve Goodier
greatest impact we can have on this planet is by
becoming the best we can be ... through the 'ripple effect"
the world around us will then become a better place.
Chelle Thompson ~
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