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is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it,
perhaps for the rest
of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.
~ Dr. Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound Schools
March 26, 2007
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BE the World
You Want to See!
you believe you can do
a thing or believe you can't ...
YOU ARE RIGHT."
This is one of my favorite quotes from a young man who was the son of Irish
immigrants in the rural 19th Century. At an early age his imagination was drawn
to understanding how things worked and what new possibilities might lay ahead.
In 1908 Henry Ford realized his dreams by producing the Model-T automobile ...
which initiated a whole new era in personal transportation.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
... it takes
just a little to make a
BIG difference in the world!
From the Inside Out
SUN & FLOWERS" from
of preschool through university educators,
researchers, and others, from all
over the United States.
MORE THAN A PICASSO
was 18 years old determined it was time to spread my wings, to set out
on my own, to get my own place. So, this particular art show was more fun than
looked around through my most critical eye for just the right piece to put in
the new apartment I was going to rent.
Many of the pieces I saw were beautiful, but far too expensive for someone with
more dreams than money.
one picture caught my eye. It was a bright yellow sun in a faded red frame
fairly abstract, more cartoon than art.
face was painted on the sun ... blue eyes, big red mouth, turned upwards
in a smile. It was happy, and looking at it made me happy.
A name was scrawled in the bottom left corner ... "Billy Williams."
back a little to study it further, I told myself Id never spend money on
a painting like that, because after all, I could paint one just like it if I really
didnt seem to be a lot of artistic talent, and in fact, it looked like a
child had done it. If a child could do something that caught my attention, I could
do the same thing, only better! Yeah. Thats what Id do. Id paint
my own sun picture!
As I began to move away from the booth, something caught my ear. Was someone talking
to me? I didnt see anyone.
I stopped and looked at the picture again. This time, I saw a fellow in a wheelchair
trying to get my attention.
it?" I thought I heard him ask. It was hard for me to hear him. The tent
was crowded and very loud. I moved closer to the man.
I like it? Yes, I really do, but..." He started talking again, but it
was hard for me to understand him.
talked very softly and slowly, drawing his words out to the point where my mind
had a hard time following them.
liiiiike to paaaaaint," he said.
I asked, noticing for the first time that there were many other paintings in his
"I like your paintings very much," I continued. "How
do you come up with so many things to paint?"
eeeeasy," he replied. "Aaaanyone can dooooo it. All youuu have
to dooooo is get an ideeeeea in your heeeead, deciiiiide what you waaant to do,
and dooooo it."
He then shared with me how he had painted the sun picture. The entire conversation
took about 15 minutes.
painful minutes. As he struggled to get the words out and I struggled to understand
them, I learned a lesson I have never forgotten.
much for this painting?" I asked.
dollaaaaars," was the reply. I gave him the $5.00, put my prize under
my arm, and left.
It had taken Billy Williams 15 painful minutes to teach me a lesson that Ive
kept close to my heart for the rest of my life. This awkward-looking young man,
hands gnarled, legs twisted, tongue thick, had broken the code on a part of life
I hadnt even known existed.
The man who made one of the greatest impacts on my life is someone who will never
know it. Ive never seen him again.
would never be able to overcome his physical challenges, but he had learned to
deal with them.
had learned that doing what he wanted to do was simply a matter of getting an
idea, deciding what he wanted the outcome to look like, and making it happen.
said anyone could do it. He was right.
By Stephanie Sparkman
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Yes You Can!
LEARN NEW TRICKS
When I hard boil my eggs for 10 minutes, the shell sticks to the egg whites so
they are very hard to peel. What is the secret to hard boiled eggs?
the old egg question! Everyone has his or her own method of hard-boiling eggs
and that's just fine. As with many kitchen tasks, there is not just one
"correct" way. But since you asked, I'll tell you how I do it. This
is the method I was taught in culinary school and, if timed properly, it always
results in eggs that have bright yellow centers with no dark gray ring around
the yolk. Here's how you do it: Place eggs straight from the refrigerator into
a saucepan and fill with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. When
the water begins to boil, reduce the heat so that the water boils only gently
and begin timing the eggs. They need to boil for 10 minutesexactly. No more,
no less. Once they've boiled for 10 minutes, drain them in a colander and run
under cold running water so that they cool quickly. Peel as soon as the eggs are
cool enough to handle and refrigerate until needed. It's that simple!
How do I get the onion smell off of my hands after cutting onions? The smell drives
rubbing a little lemon juice on your hands doesn't do the trick, try this: simply
rub the back of a stainless steel spoon all over your hands while holding both
under cool running water. Something about the makeup of the spoon interacts with
the chemicals causing the sulfurous onion smell, and the smell simply washes away.
3. I've been told that dried spices do not have a shelf life of more than
one year. Is that true, and if so, does that also apply to bottled dried spices
that have been stored in a cool, dark cupboard? Can dried spices be frozen and
used effectively thereafter?
is true. In fact, most dried spices in powder form will start to lose potency
and flavor very quickly, within 6 months. It is advised that you buy spices by
the weight in small amounts to ensure that freshness and flavor are optimized.
There are a few on-line retailers, as well as larger gourmet groceries such as
Whole Foods, which sell spices by the weight. I would not recommend freezing spices
because they may pick-up flavors from the freezer.
4. What can you
tell me about grapeseed oil? Is it healthy as an all-around oil?
and used by European and Middle Eastern chefs for centuries, grapeseed oil is
made from the seeds of grapes left over after the grapes have been pressed in
order to make wine. It is quite healthy, and has a very high smoke point, around
475°F, which makes it the cooking oil with the highest smoke point. Grapeseed
oil can be used in all aspects of cooking and baking, and is very healthy for
you. Studies suggest that it can even increase your bodies HDL levels, which act
to lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the body. It has a very mild, almost
neutral flavor, which makes it suitable for vinaigrettes and mayonnaise. Grapeseed
oil is starting to gain popularity in professional kitchens as the cooking oil
How do I unclump clumped brown sugar?
a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place the hardened sugar
in a roasting pan, and in the pan with it, place a small baking dish or ramekin
filled with water. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, unwrap, and use the softened sugar immediately, as it will
re-harden as it cools. In a microwave, place the hardened sugar in a microwave-safe
dish. Add an apple wedge, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and microwave on High
for 30 seconds. Let stand for 30 seconds, unwrap carefully, then use.
Is there some way to determine which watermelon is best for purchasing?
sure that you are aware that there are countless varieties of watermelons but
in the United States, the most popular is the long oval-shaped melon that has
a variegated skin. There are also the dark green, more round watermelons that
are favored in the South. If the skin has blemishes or dark spots, steer away
from that. And the melon should just barely yield to pressure. And if you slap
the melon with you hand and there is a hollow thump sound that melon should
be a winner.
Is it a good idea to remove meat from the refrigerator and allow it to reach room
temperature before cooking?
I answer that question, I'd like to stress a few important facts to remember about
cooking meats. First, always defrost meat fully wrapped in the refrigerator, not
at room temperature, and placed inside a container to catch any drips. Second,
always keep raw meat away from other raw ingredients, such as fresh vegetables,
to avoid cross-contamination, and use separate platters and cutting boards. And
third, wash everything, including your hands, with hot, soapy water, before proceeding
to the next cooking step. That said, yes, it's not a bad idea to bring meats to
room temperature before cooking, as this allows the meat to cook evenly to temperature,
particularly if you like your meat a little rare. Keep in mind that you shouldn't
leave it out at room temperature for more than 30 minutes; after this time, it
must be cooked.
GET BETTER BREATH WITH YOGURT
"Yogurt intake may improve
oral hygiene, namely tongue-coating bacteria and halitosis," study author
Dr. Kenichi Hojo of Tsurumi University in Yokohama, Japan told Reuters Health.
He and his colleagues found that study participants who consumed 90 grams of yogurt
twice a day for six weeks tended to have lower levels of hydrogen sulfide and
other volatile sulfide compounds that contribute to bad breath.
studies have also pointed to the benefits of regular yogurt consumption. One report
found that women who ate yogurt at least three times a week were less likely to
have recently developed a urinary tract infection than women who ate such pro-biotic
bacteria-containing foods less than once a week. Other studies have found that
yogurt plays a role in the prevention and management of bowel disease and other
gastrointestinal conditions. Furthermore, another study showed that people who
eat yogurt regularly may have a lower risk of cavities.
During the first
two weeks of Hojo's study, the 24 participants were told to maintain a diet free
of yogurt as well as cheese, pickled vegetables and any other products that might
contain streptococci and lactobacilli. The participants then consumed sugar-free
yogurt fermented with streptococci and lactobacilli twice daily between
breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner for six weeks.
the investigators analyzed samples collected from the study participants' saliva
and tongue. They found that (80 percent of the study participants identified as
having halitosis had lower levels of volatile sulfide compounds after eating yogurt
every day compared with the earlier two-week period when they did not eat any
yogurt. These study participants also had significantly less plaque and gingivitis
as a result of their eating yogurt, according to Hojo and his team.
findings suggest that yogurt intake may reduce the components leading to halitosis
and harmful bacteria, they report. Whether the grocery-store variety of sugar-free
yogurt would be just as beneficial, however, remains to be seen. "I do
not know that just any sugar-free plain-flavored yogurt would have the same effect,"
Excerpted from www.Emerils.com/cooking
and Reuters Health News
Santa Barbara National Park, Honduras
is often described as off the beaten path of Central American tourism, save for
a few international attractions such as the Mayan ruins of Copan and the Bay Islands.
The town of Santa Barbara is further still off that beaten path and offers what
those high-profile destinations lack: an engaging experience with the real Honduras.
Geographically, Santa Barbara is in west-central Honduras about 65 miles south
of San Pedro Sula, Honduras' second largest city. Typical local culture, famous
artisans and a breathtaking natural environment are some of the things that await
you in Santa Barbara. Much of the architecture in and around here dates back to
the Spanish colonial era. A hike up into the hills behind Santa Barbara takes
you to the ruins of the Castillo Bogran, the country home of Luis Bogran, president
of Honduras in the 1880s, which has an excellent view of the village and surrounding
area. Some of the most popular attractions in Santa Barbara are the balnearios,
which are private parks with swimming pools, restaurants and sports fields. The
pools in the balnearios are continuously fed by rivers through aqueduct or pumping
systems and are chemically treated to provide for a clean and natural swimming
environment. A couple of blocks from the main square at the remodeled Casa Bogran
you can learn about nearby Santa Barbara National Park, whose main star is the
only mountain of its size in Central America that is completely limestone.
of the most popular sites in Honduras is the Pulhapanzak Falls on the Rio Lindo.
An impressive 141 ft (43-meter) waterfall, it makes a fine stop along the route
from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula, or a day trip from Lago de Yojoa. The waterfall
is surrounded by a lush park with places to swim in the river, and has a restaurant
and basic facilities on-site. Deceptively calm when you first come across it,
the Río Lindo slides lazily past; locals laughing, splashing, floating
in rubber rings and occasionally washing their socks. If you want to get interactive
with Nature, a dusty track leads you round to face the high wall of frothing white
water from a safe distance, a faint mist rising from below. Footholds are fairly
good but many of the boulders are coated with a layer of mud and slime, so watch
yourself. Over the first obstacle is a natural pool, about seven feet deep
for those who dont want to wait for the hissing spray to soak you to the
skin, jumping into the middle will soon speed things up. Catch your breath and
let your thumping heart slow in a secluded cave, while rainbows run brightly-colored
rings around the rocks in front of you. Then its straight into a wall of
thunderous spray that forces your eyes shut and invigorates your senses. Overlooking
a second, shallower pool is a cliff ledge behind the falls: Shield your eyes and
look up from here to see water pouring over a craggy outcrop in all directions,
a natural power-shower. Watching from a distance can never do it justice.
Bridge in the Santa Barbara National Park, Honduras
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WHAT A SITE!
"The Healing Project"
The Healing Project a not-for-profit organization
based in New York, is seeking stories from and about people dealing with life-changing
illnesses. The stories should offer comfort, knowledge, hope and encouragement
with the goal that a reader gains 'take away value' from the sharing of experiences.
Founded by breast cancer survivor, Debra LaChance, The Healing Project is dedicated
to establishing a community that inspires those individuals affected by serious
illnesses. For details on how to submit stories and for other ways people can
help, go to:
COMPUTER TIPS & 'TOONS
eMail Message Rules as a Filter
Filtering out the "bad stuff"
in your e-mail is a very good idea. Most e-mail providers have a feature called
message rules (or message filters). The message rule is able to
grab one of those "bad" incoming messages and make it history before
you even lay eyes on it. So how can you set up the message rules to check for
certain subject lines, e-mail addresses or even words?
OUR GIFT FOR BRIGHTENING
Light That Shines From All of Us and To All of Us"
Contrary to what the evening news would have us
believe, there is far more beauty, peace, joy and love in the world than its opposite,
the following is one example. To lift your spirits and shine a little light into
your life, here's a collaborative piece from Inspiration Line and Rick and Patricia
at HeartInspired.com. Regardless of how busy you are, or how tired you may be,
please give yourself permission to sit with this for just a short 4 minutes
and we believe you will find it well worth the time:
Gratitude We Become
The Giver And The Receiver
In Love We Become
In Beauty We Become Diverse
In Truth We Become Whole
We Become One
In Life We Become
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personal journey from brokenness to wholeness.
presentation is both intimate and powerful.
Journey to Wholeness By Vicki Woodyard
is about inner development first and foremost. My trials and challenges have been
almost unbearable. The loss of our daughter to cancer at age seven and my husband's
cancer death in December, 2004, brought lessons I would not have chosen to learn.
Walking in the light becomes easier as you go. Giving no thought for what lies
ahead, you put one foot in front of the other, watching the path unfold."
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talks about dealing with loss and walking on with hope.
The clear light of awareness shines through this CD.
ANGELS FROM A KID'S PERSPECTIVE
only know the names of two angels "Hark" and "Harold"
Gregory, Age 5
angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it.
Antonia, Age 9
guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science.
I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at
Sarah, Age 7
don't eat but they drink milk from holy cows.
Jack, Age 6
work for God and watch over kids whenever He has to go do something else.
Mitchell, Age 7
live in cloud houses made by God's son, who's a very good carpenter.
hear angels all the time in my dreams. And I'm sticking with that no matter how
many people tell me I'm crazy.
Molly, Age 8
an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets
out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado.
Regan, Age 10
have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes
in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold,
angels go north for the winter.
Sara, Age 6
not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to heaven, then there's
still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those
Matthew, Age 9
angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me
while she was still down here on earth.
Katelyn, Age 9
got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore. I forget why but scientists
are working on it.
of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they
don't make the animals get better, they help the kid get over it.
talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven. The basic message is where
you went wrong before you got dead.
Daniel, Age 9
by Jim who lives in Galena, Illinois
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