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desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim
at doing something which shall really increase the happiness
and welfare and virtue of humankind this is a choice
which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven
to sail for."
Henry Van Dyke, American Educator & Author (18521933)
(George J. Elvey, 1858)
the Inside Out...
When We Give Thanks
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Align with Feng Shui (2)
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Breast Cancer & Miso Soup
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I Don't Wanna!
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There have been so many times in my life when things that
looked like disasters were really incredible GIFTS that
served as pivotal turning points. I am truly thankful for
persevering through all of my "mistakes."
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
always celebrated Dad's November birthday on Thanksgiving Day, even
after he entered a nursing home.
years went on, these events took on a double meaning for me -
a traditional birthday party for Dad, and a personal thanking for
all he had been to me in my life.
we knew that it might be his last birthday, the whole family decided
to rearrange Thanksgiving plans and come together for a huge Grandpa
Simon birthday celebration at the nursing home.
was a crowded party with lots of noise and abundant food. Dad was
having the time of his life. He was a marvelous storyteller, and
here was the biggest captive audience he'd ever had. The party crackled
a quiet moment, I announced that it was now Dad's turn to listen
to some stories for a change. I wanted everyone to tell Grandpa
Simon what we loved about him.
room became still, and even Dad was quiet as his family crowded
around him, like subjects around the throne.
after another, people told stories from their hearts, while Dad
listened with wet, flashing blue eyes. People recalled all kinds
of lost memories stories about when they were little, stories
about when Dad was young, stories that are shared family treasures.
someone told the story of Mother and the vase...
mother was a short stocky woman, who always bent over the table
to read the newspaper. Leaning her elbows on the table to support
her chin, her body made a perfect right angle.
night, Dad placed her precious gold-plated vase, a family heirloom,
right on her fanny at her body's angle. She couldn't move, couldn't
stop from laughing, and screamed for help through her tears, while
the vase teetered precariously. We all rolled on the floor laughing
until Dad finally rescued the vase.
stories flowed. Each one seemed to trigger the memory of two more.
the littlest grandchildren couldn't wait to tell Dad why they loved
him. For a man who had been kind to so many hundreds of people in
his life, here was our chance to celebrate him.
few months later, at Dad's memorial service, we more fully realized
what we had given Dad that night. Those were the stories people
normally tell at a funeral, after a loved one is no longer around
to hear the words. They are told, then, full of tears, with the
hope that the departed will somehow hear the outpouring of love.
we had given those loving memories to Dad in life, told through
laughter, accompanied by hugs and joy. He had them to hold and roll
over in his mind during his last months and days.
do matter, and they are enough. We just need to say them, to speak
them publicly to the ones we love, for everyone else to hear.
the way to give back love, and our chance to celebrate a person
~ By Sidney B. Simon
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ALIGN WITH FENG SHUI (Part
creates results in Feng Shui is the positive management of "chi,"
the flow of energy in an environment. Here are the next four tools
for putting chi to work for you in your life.
NUMBER TWO Your Front Door:
Energy moves through your home or office through your front door.
Think of your home, office, or garden as a body, with the door being
the mouth. The chi energy is the food and air traveling into the
body keeping it alive and vital. A mouth is essential for energy
can have immediate impact on the sense of positive energy in your
life by concentrating on your front door. It can be the single greatest
influence on the energy of your space. If you're working with space
for your business, car, website, or garden, the entrance is treated
the same as for a home.
NUMBER THREE Blocks to Energy, Prosperity & Health:
next greatest negative influence on the energy of your space can
be clutter. If positive energy is flowing into your house, clutter
will slow it down or absorb it. So after evaluating your house number
and how to use it to create balance, and making any minor adjustments
to the front door and entry to your home or office, walk around
and look for clutter.
clutter? Clutter is an accumulation of STUFF. It represents stuck
energy. It creates a restriction of flow. This daily visual affirmation
of things undone or clustering can eventually manifest into depression,
chaos, and exhaustion. It costs time and money because it drains
you of your precious energies. The more things you have the more
you are in service to it.
1. Physical Clutter - We live in a physical and energetic
universe. If you want the laws of manifestation to work in your
life it's good to make space in your life for goodness to come in.
Literally see yourself removing physical clutter and picking the
rocks from your stream of life "chi" as you clean a closet.
Ask yourself, "Do I use, need, or love this?" If not,
let it go to make room for new energy in your life.
Emotional Clutter - Clutter just isn't physical stuff, it's
also mental clutter in our minds like to do lists and memories,
regrets, and other negative emotions. Ask yourself, "Do I anger
easily? Do I hold grudges? How long do I hang onto negative events
in my day?" Identify when you are swept up in negative emotion
and choose something different. Any negative emotion can jam up
the flow of prosperity in your life.
Negative Beliefs About Your Self or the World - This
is a huge one, and sometimes the hardest to identify. Not only is
it a "block" but also it many times provides emotional
protection and safety for you. It can be a double-edged sword indeed.
Ask, "What do I believe to be true about my self that holds
me back from where I want to be? What higher purpose is served for
that belief?" Again, work with your coach to get to the bottom
of the beliefs that limit you. Limited beliefs = limited success.
golden rule of clutter is... if you don't use it, love it,
or need it, get rid of it! Find useful ways to recycle those energies
for positive results elsewhere. Donate clothes or sell them at a
consignment shop, you can do the same with household items in good
NUMBER FOUR Mirrors:
Mirrors reflect energy-good or bad. If you put mirrors in your office,
it doubles the work. Put mirrors where you want to energize the
area, not magnify negative thoughts or work. If
you enjoy working out - running on a treadmill, pumping iron,
dancing, or riding a stationary bike - never ever do it in
front of a mirror. Wall-to-wall mirrors may be common in virtually
every gym and dance studio, but Canadian researchers have determined
that looking at oneself in a mirror while exercising creates feelings
of discouragement, reports Reuters. It can even make you feel more
study - Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton,
Ontario surveyed 58 women with an average age of 22 who typically
exercised less than 15 minutes a week. Each took turns working out
on stationary bicycles in front of a mirror and then with the mirror
hidden by a curtain.
results - No matter what the women thought of their bodies,
when they worked out for 20 minutes in front of a mirror, they felt
worse or at least no better and less at peace with themselves. When
they exercised without seeing themselves in a mirror, they felt
calmer, more positive, and more revitalized at the end of the session.
"The mirrors make women more self-aware, they think of their
shortcomings," lead study author Kathleen Martin Ginis told
Reuters. "Things like: 'I look fat, I should be more active.'
When women are more introspective, they might feel 'I'm not that
great' unfortunately." While Ginis is not advocating that every
gym rip out the mirrors, she does advise gyms to create a place
without mirrors just for novices. "For beginner exercisers,
mirrors can be daunting," she told Reuters. And to those who
are considering starting an exercise program, Ginis advises choosing
an exercise that can be done without a mirror, such as walking or
hiking. The study findings were published in the journal Health
TOOL NUMBER FIVE Confusing or Choosing? Consider This!
A Feng Shui book or coach should provide adequate answers to the
following questions if not, you may want to consider other
What school of Feng Shui do they practice? With whom did they study?
What is the teacher's background or philosophy?
Is there scientific basis to aspects of the type of Feng Shui they
practice or is it all mystery?
What results does this type of Feng Shui bring to people? (Get real
life examples. Don't accept that they cannot discuss client's personal
life, they can tell you about clients without violating their privacy.)
What code of ethics do they follow? What professional associations
or certifications do they have?
What training do they have in architecture, art, design, decorating,
healing, gardening, eco-effectiveness, or environmental protection?
We live in a multicultural society; practices from closed societies
are rapidly losing relevance. Does this approach integrate cultural
values from your background and from modern life? Is this approach
respectful to differences in lifestyle, age, and ethnicity?
is important that we update our homes in a conscious manner to reflect
our newest selves and the newest vision we have for our lives. It
is not important that we go out and spend a lot of money and stress
ourselves out over making changes and learning new things we find
Shui can be gentle and supportive of the results you seek to create
in your life. If you encounter a book or guide on Feng Shui that
makes you feel you have a huge to do list or complicated rules,
that approach may not be for you. It certainly won't be commonsense
~Feng Shui the Commonsense Way
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established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches.
Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained
relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition
and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the
lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth
of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful
beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins. The golden age of the
Dubrovnik Republic was brought by seaborne trade in the 15th and
16th century. From the entrance to the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is
the first port protected by islands on the maritime route to the
West. Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation,
Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along
the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated
here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted
the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the
powerful Kingdom of Croatia.
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BREAST CANCER & MISO SOUP
risk of developing breast cancer was nearly halved among Japanese
women who had miso soup at least three times a day compared with
those who had one or less bowl of the traditional soya-based dish
per day. A team of Japanese researchers concluded that "frequent
miso soup and isoflavone consumption was associated with a reduced
risk of breast cancer," in the study published in the US-based
Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Miso is pureed steamed
soybeans, mixed with salt and other fermenting agents.
research team at Japan's National Cancer Center, tracked 21,852
Japanese women, aged 40 to 59 years old, across Japan over 10 years
from 1990, and studied their consumption of soyabean products, such
as miso soup and tofu. "Consumption of miso soup and isoflavones
... was inversely associated with the risk of breast cancer,"
said Seiichiro Yamamoto, leading author of the study. Laboratory
studies have already shown that isoflavones, a group of compounds
that the soyabean contains in abundance, inhibit breast cancer.
Until now, however, various epidemiological studies had shown inconsistent
associations between the breast cancer risk and consumption of soyabean
also believe frequent miso soup consumption may reduce the risk
of prostate cancer among men. But Yamamoto cautioned that miso is
no miracle food, as it contains a lot of salt, which can cause stomach
cancer and high blood pressure, among other diseases. He added,
though, a balanced diet containing a lot of soyabeans "is healthy
overall" and was believed to reduce the risk of developing
cancer. "Very generally speaking there is a perception that
the traditional Japanese diet is healthy. We will study what part
of it had what kind of effect on people. Some were good, some were
bad," Yamamoto said.
~Hiroshi Hiyama, AFP, Health at Discovery.com
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Laughing It Off
I DON'T WANNA ...
don't wanna do the dishes, I don't wanna do the wash...
I sprinkled clothes a week ago
And now my iron is lost!!
don't wanna rattle pots, I don't wanna rattle pans...
I see the mail light flashin' and
I wanna chat with friends!!
tables need some dustin' and the floor could sure be mopped,
But I know if I get started,
There'll be no place to stop.
closets are so full, things are falling off the shelves...
I wish for cleaning fairies
And magic little elves.
could sprinkle fairy dust and twitch their little nose...
The windows would be sparkling,
I would have no dirty clothes
I know that I'm just dreamin', my head is in the sky...
I must cook that meat that's greying
And bake that apple pie.
Hubby needs a bath, Doggy needs attention...
Oh... the other way around,
I mean, my brain is in suspension.
am runnin' round in circles, I am gettin' nothin' done...
I keep thinking of my web
I am missing all the fun!
I know I'm not addicted, though I hear that all the time,
But I guess this stuff can wait on me
'CAUSE TODAY I'LL BE ONLINE!
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Martha's instructions and pictures of the process.
Food professionals give helpful ingredient substitutions, favorite
Internet links and other
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POETRY IN MOTION?
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verse from over 500 years, a collection of poetry, entitled "Doggerel:
Poems about Dogs", celebrates the bark of dogs and
the wag of their tails. Other titles like "Most Loyal and Noble
Companion", "Puppy Love", "Have Leash Will Walk",
and "The Thrill of the Hunt" are categories for poems
by, among others, Lord Byron, W.H. Auden, Dylan Thomas and William
Wordsworth. Verse celebrating the virtue of particular breeds are
found in Paul Muldoon's "Beagles" and James Merrill's
"My Father's Irish Setters." ~Yahoo Oddly Enough
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
again our dear friend Steve Goodier at www.LifeSupportSystem.com
writes a thought-provoking piece about the importance of the simple
"Thank You". The following reading is found in Steve's
popular book ONE
MINUTE CAN CHANGE A LIFE -
Sixty-second Readings of Hope and Encouragement.
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by clicking on the above title.
William Stidger taught at Boston University, he once reflected
upon the great number of un-thanked people in his life. Those
who had helped nurture him, inspire him or who cared enough about
him to leave a lasting impression. One
was a schoolteacher he'd not heard of in many years. But he remembered
that she had gone out of her way to put a love of verse in him,
and Will had loved poetry all his life. He wrote a letter of thanks
to her. The reply he received, written in the feeble scrawl of
the aged, began, "My dear Willie." He was delighted.
Now over 50, bald and a professor, he didn't think there was a
person left in the world who would call him "Willie."
Here is that letter:
dear Willie, I cannot tell you how much your note meant to me.
I am in my eighties, living alone in a small room, cooking my
own meals, lonely and, like the last leaf of autumn, lingering
behind. You will be interested to know that I taught school for
50 years and yours is the first note of appreciation I ever received.
It came on a blue-cold morning and it cheered me as nothing has
in many years.'
prone to cry easily, Will wept over that note. She was one of
the great UN-thanked people from Will's past. You know them. We
all do. The teacher who made a difference. That coach we'll never
forget. The music instructor or Sunday school worker who helped
us to believe in ourselves. That scout leader who cared.
all remember people who shaped our lives in various ways. People
whose influence changed us. Will Stidger found a way to show his
appreciation - he wrote them letters. Who are some of the
UN-thanked people from your past? It may not be too late to say,
' Thanks'." (By Steve Goodier)
Chelle Thompson ~
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