"You Have It Within YOU"
and happiness remind me of sticky peanut
butter. When you spread them around, you
can't help but end up getting some on yourself!
~Marcia Jordan, Hugs & Hope
Today's Tune (on/off):
"What the World Needs Now"
From the Inside Out...
Hugs, Hope &
Yes You Can!...
To Be a Blessing
Phrases for Students
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Sound of Veggies
Our Behavior Matters
BE the World
You Want to See!
When we step out of our 'little selves' and reach
out to others, it's then that our own lives begin to SHINE.
From the Inside Out
HOPE & PEANUT BUTTER
my little grandson received third degree burns, I learned firsthand
about feeling helpless when a little one is suffering and you can't
take away the pain. This experience helps me to empathize with parents
of critically ill children.
mother of an 11-year-old child dying from brain cancer once told
me that she felt like running into the street screaming, "My
child is sick. Won't somebody help me?" So many parents desperately
search for SOMEONE to care and to help them through the ordeal of
watching their helpless child suffer.
decided to BE that someone and do as much as I could. It's amazing
how much I CAN do, even though I'm disabled. The disability has
given me the time that most people can't spare. And I know what
it's like to be sick, frustrated, and afraid. So I use my situation
to be a blessing to others.
1998, due to complications of an auto-immune disease, I lost my
eyesight. When I regained some vision, I was no longer able to work.
Suddenly, with so much time on my hands, I could have chosen to
be depressed about life being empty and without purpose. Instead
I followed my inner urging to let God lead me forward. Gradually
this path allowed me to create the Hugs and Hope Club for Sick Children..
disability was a new beginning for me. The web site has received
hundreds of e-mails from parents, reaching out for help and begging
to post their child's story. Though suffering parents may know mentally
that God cares about them, during their time of struggle they sometimes
need a real live person to SHOW that love to them.
what the club's volunteer "hug-givers and hope restorers"
do. They mail out hundreds of packages of "happy mail"
to the kids and provide much needed support to their parents.
Hugs and Hope web site features children from all over the world
and now receives hundreds of hits each day. It also features a chat
room so that families of children who need help regaining their
health may communicate with each other, sharing ideas, providing
encouragement, and contacting organizations and individuals to help
families of children such as Nathan.
and his little brother PJ have the fatal Batten's Disease. Their
parents must raise the $100,000 they need each month for medical
treatment to save their boys. After their story was posted on our
web site, musicians volunteered to do a big benefit that helped
to raise money for the family. We wrote to television stations and,
as a result, the boys were featured on the show "48 HOURS."
I read somewhere, "pain is inevitable, but misery is optional."
Many Hugs and Hope volunteers suffer with serious illnesses or other
problems. Yet, by focusing on this vision that is larger than they
are, they wind up blessing people. Many of the moms and dads suffer
from depression. The support they get from Hugs and Hope volunteers
has literally saved their lives.
we focus on uplifting others, we experience peace and happiness.
One person CAN make a difference in this world. This work of love
is making a difference, one smile at a time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marsha Jordan, selected "Angel of the month" by HerPlanet.com,
was named one of The Phenomenal Women of the Web. She grew up
in a suburb of Chicago. Now a disabled grandma, she lives in the
North woods of Wisconsin with her husband of 26 years and their
toy poodle, King Louie, who rules the household with an iron paw.
Through her Hugs and Hope Club, she shares a message of hope and
love. She's been published in 29 online newsletters and e-zines
including Heart Warmers, Power to Share, and Warm Fuzzy Stories.
Honey Judith Rubin
Be a Blessing
WRITE OFF VACATIONS
Internal Revenue Service concedes that you're entitled to deduct
expenses for taking a business trip or attending a business convention.
While such trips must benefit or advance your business to qualify
as a tax deduction, there's no reason why the trip or convention
couldn't coincide with your vacation. Why do you think that most
large conventions are held in cities like New York, Palm Springs
and business travel expenses are deductible to both employees and
the self-employed. Such expenses would include convention costs,
hotels, meals and entertainment, and travel expenses to and from
the convention. If a business purpose can be established, the expenses
of your spouse may also be deductible. The business conventions
or seminars must specifically relate to your business or profession.
amount of time you spend on business will be a factor in answering
the question of whether the trip was mostly for fun or work. For
example, if you spend 5 days conducting business and 3 days sightseeing,
the trip will be considered primarily for business and all of your
transportation will be deductible. Alternatively, if you conducted
business for 2 days and enjoyed the sights for the remaining 6 days,
the trip would be considered primarily personal and no transportation
expenses would be allowed.
if the trip is mostly personal, any expenses you incur that are
mostly business-related meals, lodging or incidental expenses,
for example can be deducted. Alternatively, if the trip was
primarily for pleasure, none of the transportation expenses will
be deductible. In all other cases, all travel expenses must be allocated
between business and personal expenses (with travel days counting
as business days).
restrictions are imposed on foreign conventions. Three factors are
considered in determining the reasonableness of the convention location:
The purpose of the meeting and the activities taking place at the
The purpose and activities of the sponsoring organization or group;
The residence of the active members of the group and where prior
or future meetings will be held.
there is no limit on the number of foreign conventions/vacations
you can attend and deduct on your taxes, the rules change if you
try to do it on CRUISE SHIPS. Uncle Sam has a hard time understanding
how serious conventions are when held aboard luxury cruise liners,
UNLESS: The meeting is directly related to your trade or business;
The cruise ship is U.S. registered; All ports of call are located
in the US or its possessions. Even then, the maximum deduction is
$2,000 for each taxpayer and you must attach two written statements
to your return. The first statement, signed by you, must include
information as to the number of days that were devoted to scheduled
business activities. The other, signed by a representative of the
sponsoring organization, must include a schedule of the business
activities each day, and the number of hours you were in attendance.
that the key to deducting your vacation as a business expense is
prior planning. Make sure that you can substantiate your business
purpose for the trip and your expenses. I have found that perhaps
the easiest way to maintain a record to prove you really did work
on that trip to Tahiti is to keep a diary or account book of such
on an island in the late 1530s in Lake Mdlaren, Gripsholm Castle
is one of the best-preserved in Sweden. Called "the red fairy
tale castle" by historians, this fortress is a 5-minute walk
from the center of Mariefred, an idyllic small town known for its
vintage narrow-gauge railroad. During the reign of the 18th-Century
actor-king Gustavus III, a theater was built at the impressive castle
which boasts not only many stories and mysteries but a royal portrait
"TO BE A BLESSING"
exciting and joyful work-in-progress covering heartwarming stories
of miracles and blessings that touch the heart and expand our view
of life's possibilities. This web site is about the wonderful things
that happen in life small acts of kindness that make a big
difference, life saving and/or life changing events amazing
events that cannot be explained away, something that brings such
gladness that you must tell others about it.
INDIAN SPICE FOR ALZHEIMER'S?
British are investigating the possible connection between curcumin
and treatment for Alzheimer's disease and they aren't alone in this
effort. Researchers in the United States have been pursuing clues
to the effects of curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric
that is responsible for the yellow color of Indian curry and American
mustard. Studies show that elderly villagers in India appear to
have the lowest rate of Alzheimer's disease in the world. Researchers
speculate that curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
properties might play a role, because Indians eat turmeric with
almost every meal.
a recent study at the University of California at Los Angeles, scientists
fed curcumin to rats prone to accumulate beta-amyloid plaque in
their brains the abnormality associated with Alzheimer's
disease in humans. Curcumin blocked the accumulation of beta-amaloid
plaque and also appeared to reduce inflammation related to Alzheimer's
disease in neurologic tissue. The rats fed curcumin also performed
better on memory tests than rats on normal diets.
UCLA study isn't the only one that suggests that curcumin might
prove helpful for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's. Researchers
at the University of Illinois have also found that it helps prevent
plaque formation. And preliminary studies at Vanderbilt University
suggest that curcumin may block the progression of multiple sclerosis.
Mice with an MS-like illness showed little or no signs of disease
after being injected with curcumin, while their untreated counter
parts went on to severe paralysis. New research from Japan also
suggests that turmeric may help prevent colitis, an inflammation
of the colon.
friend Paul Schulick of New Chapter, Inc., who brought me up to
speed on the latest curcumin research, tells me that only low dose
curcumin reduced plaque in the Alzheimer's disease studies. This
is good news since it suggests that curcumin is most effective at
doses well below pharmaceutical strength. Schulick also emphasizes
that turmeric contains many other compounds besides curcumin and
points out that people in India consume the whole spice not an isolated
element. Turmeric appears to have significant anti-inflammatory
and cancer-protective effects as well, so I think it is good to
find ways to include it in our diets.
~Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.
Laughing It Off
P.C. PHRASES FOR STUDENTS
No one fails a class any more, he's merely "passing impaired."
You don't have detention, you're just one of the "exit delayed."
Your bedroom isn't cluttered, it's just "passage restrictive."
These days, a student isn't lazy. He's "energetically declined."
Your locker isn't overflowing with junk, it's just "closure
Kids don't get grounded any more. They merely "hit social speed
Your homework isn't missing, it's just having an "out-of-notebook
You're not sleeping in class, you're "rationing consciousness."
You're not late, you just have a "rescheduled arrival time."
You're not having a bad hair day, you're suffering from "rebellious
You don't have smelly gym socks, you have "odor-retentive athletic
No one's tall anymore. He's "vertically enhanced."
You're not shy. You're "conversationally selective."
You don't talk a lot. You're just "abundantly verbal."
You weren't passing notes in class. You were "participating
in the discreet exchange of penned meditations."
It's not called gossip any more. It's "the speedy transmission
of near-factual information."
The food at the school cafeteria isn't awful. It's "digestively
Convert just about anything ...
to anything else Temperature, distance,
speed, volume, power, finance, cooking, etc..
Going Home In Explorer 6:
When you want to go to your home page in Explorer, you can click
the Home button in the toolbar or you can press Alt
+ Home. There is one more way type two periods
into the Address Bar and then press Enter.
Look at THAT!
SOUND OF VEGGIES
Photo: "Carrot Flutes" /REUTERS
learn more click:
The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra
says it cooks up a storm with its carrot flutes, leek violins,
celery bongos and aubergine cymbals. Supported by the occasional
use of kitchen utensils such as spoons and food processors, the
orchestra has been a hit in its hometown Vienna. Before each performance,
the band tours local markets to find fresh vegetables of just the
right caliber and quality. The gurkophone is one of their classics,
made from a hollowed cucumber, a pepper and a carrot. Once the instruments
are worn out, the musicians, and a conductor who doubles as cook,
toss each one into a stewpot to make soup to be enjoyed by
the audience after the concert. ~REUTERS
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
OUR BEHAVIOR MATTERS (Part 1)
C. Parker, Ph.D., is a well-known psychotherapist who specializes
in relationship therapy. She has received many awards for her
work and is a warm, dynamic, professional speaker.
following lists, contributed today by www.InnerSelf.com,
are excerpted from
"If This Is Love, Why Am I So Lonely?" by Helene
C. Parker with Doreen L. Virtue.
That RUIN Relationships:
1. Tell your partner what to do.
2. Act like your partner's child.
3. Act as if you were your partner's parent.
4. Attack the partner rather than the issue.
5. Blame your partner.
6. Reply before you understand what was said.
7. Be hysterical.
8. Be hostile.
9. Use demeaning words and abusive behavior.
10. Treat your partner as a possession.
11. Avoid eye contact while your partner is talking.
12. Interrupt frequently while your partner is talking.
13. Criticize your partner, especially in public.
14. Ignore your own personal hygiene.
15. Take your stress out on your partner.
16. Don't tell your partner about your boundaries.
17. Expect your partner to read your mind.
18. Lie, deceive, and break promises to your partner.
19. Have an affair.
20. Discourage your partner from having any hobbies, outside
interests, or friends.
That NURTURE Relationships:
1. Tell your partner what you want.
2. Take responsibility for meeting your own needs and
3. Allow your partner to be responsible for meeting their
own needs and wants.
4. Attack the issue, not the person.
5. Take responsibility for making or negotiating necessary
6. Ask questions to be certain you understood what your
partner has said.
7. Stay calm.
8. Express anger respectfully.
9. Avoid abuse; consider counseling if abuse is pervasive
in the relationship.
10. Respect your partner's individuality.
11. Use active listening skills.
12. Allow your partner to complete his or her thought
13. Choose a private time to communicate and negotiate.
14. Show respect for yourself and your partner by taking
care of your hygiene.
15. Confront and resolve your problems at the source.
16. Teach your partner, from the beginning, about your
limits and expectations.
17. Tell your partner what you want, and negotiate solutions.
18. Be honest and keep your promises.
19. Discuss your wants with your partner.
20. Support and encourage your partner to state and negotiate
his or her own needs and wants.
can never sit and wait for the people around us to make changes.
One of my favorite sayings is, "If it's going to be,
it's up to ME."
THIS IS LOVE, WHY AM I SO LONELY?
Helene C. Parker, Ph.D. & Doreen L. Virtue
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