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the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
~ John Muir...
March 27, 2006
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of the Loons
Yes You Can!...
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of the lovely things
about living in Santa Fe,
New Mexico, is the tangible
energy that this area is
famous for. New Mexico's called
of Enchantment" and
Nature conjures up true magic
prairie chickens, roadrunners,
Golden eagles, and more
heavenly harmony in
our majestic local mountains,
rugged rocks, Ponderosa
and clear blue skies.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
From the Inside Out
CALLING OF THE LOONS
morning's stillness was broken by the strange, laughing call of a loon.
touched his grandfather lightly on the shoulder. Their two-man tent was getting
warm from the early burst of sun. "Time to get up." Colin spoke in a
whisper, "Listen. Listen. It's them again!"
quickly got dressed and joined his grandson outside. He had his binoculars and
passed them to Colin. Colin was nervous as he focused on his target. The dark
outline of the loon showed bright and clear, its head and neck was blackish with
narrow patches of white on the throat. Granddad said that loons were usually in
pairs. And they picked out their own favorite lake.
was not pleasant at home and Granddad felt that a little camping weekend would
be good for Colin. Colin's eyes blurred as he looked through the binoculars. If
only his parents could be here to see this.
Colin! They're diving for some small fish for breakfast." Colin
knew they could stay underwater for a long time and then surface much further
turned and gave the binoculars back to his grandfather. "How about breakfast?"
his grandfather asked. Colin's
thoughts were mixed up as he watched his grandfather work on the campfire. "Okay,
I guess," he said sadly.
helped a little, then a lot and the dark cloud finally left his thoughts.
"Granddad, do loons ever fight?" he asked.
don't know. If they don't, I'm sure it's because they realize there is so much
space to share."
wished humans could be like that. "It's not possible for a perfect world,"
Granddad's voice interrupted.
it's not fair. We should be working together just like the loons!" Colin
remembered his grandfather telling him that loons produced two eggs. And when
they traveled on the water each parent looked after one of the young loons-
to protect and care for them.
breakfast, the boy and his grandfather prepared for a little canoe trip. They
carried, and then pushed the canoe into two feet of water and got in. Colin's
paddle thumped loudly on the thwart. "Did I scare away the loons, Granddad?"
resting somewhere right now, Colin. But we'll see them again tonight."
day passed swiftly as the canoe moved from one inlet to another. During that time,
they saw chipmunks, a porcupine, a deer and many kinds of birds. The chickadee
was Colin's favorite bird. Its piping call seemed to say "This is
my land!" And Colin knew he would help to protect it.
was a delicious meal of steak and beans. "I want tonight to be just perfect,"
his grandfather said. "Good food and good camping with my grandson."
lots of love," Colin added. "And no fighting," his lips whispered.
Colin thought about his mother and father. Maybe he should say the things he felt
inside about how kind Granddad is and how the loons send a thrill up and
down his back. Maybe he should do a little more at home, like the dishes. And
even help Dad with the firewood. When Dad got grouchy, Colin would try not to
growl back. Or slam his bedroom door when he was upset. Colin
wanted everyone to give each other another chance. They could be like the loons.
They could work it out.
they both got their sleeping bags ready. Then they dressed in warm clothes, put
mosquito repellent on and walked quietly to the edge of the lake. They sat together
on the log. Colin leaned on Granddad's shoulder. Granddad's arm circled his precious
trickle of sound crept across the water. The wind laid its breath upon the growing
symphony and carried it to the man and boy waiting eagerly. They were not disappointed.
The loons called one to another in playful chords. It was as if they knew they
had an audience. Sounds of peace and caring and a melodic beauty crisscrossed
the lake. And they were absorbed into a little boy's heart. His own song was one
of love for his family. Like the loons, he would bring back a message of a family
put his arm around his grandfather's shoulder. Colin squeezed really hard.
1994 Richard L. Provencher
Sept 1996 Kids World Magazine, Toronto, Ontario)
Richard and his wife, Esther,
live in Truro, Nova Scotia, and he still writes stories and poems,
as he continues
to recuperate from a stroke six years ago. He confirms, "Prayers do work."
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BREAK THE FAILURE
during Julie's fetal development, she's bombarded with dark emotions from her
mother who doesn't want her, deeply distressed by this pregnancy. As Julie develops
in the womb emotionally starved, feeling unwanted, a deep unconscious fear crystallizes.
If her uncaring mother abandons her, can she take care of herself and survive?
an infant, each time Julie becomes hungry, her fear of being abandoned arises.
A profound belief takes shape: if she isn't hungry, she can avoid feeling unloved;
she will survive. As an adult, fighting her weight, the fear of being hungry haunts
her. Julie is unaware of why she gets anxious when no food is readily available.
Her failure code is tucked away in her psyche, concealed from view.
Codes are imprinted when two or more emotional/physical components are linked
together and experienced multiple times. A pregnant woman internally feeds her
baby what she eats and feels. What if a woman carrying a baby boy goes for desserts
or alcohol after arguments with her husband? Her growing fetus may not fully understand
the cause of the distress, but as the negative emotions pass through him, he becomes
agitated. When a wave of glucose hits him, like his mother, he's diverted with
a sugar high. Soon he's programmed to follow a similar pattern throughout his
life. We call unwanted behavioral patterns created in this way failure codes.
codes are generally programmed during pregnancy through pre-verbal infancy. These
patterns are instilled while the baby is still the most impressionable yet has
no ability to discern the validity of the beliefs being absorbed. Then any time
strong events and/or experiences occur, they reinforce those already-established
beliefs. A common example is the harrowing effects of a divorce on a child, which
accentuates her beliefs about relationships, safety, being loved, etc.
once met a four-year-old boy with an unusual gait, swinging his left leg around
in an arc as he walked. It was odd enough to stick in my mind. Months later, I
met his dad, who had the identical gait. Did this man deliberately teach his son
to walk that way? Of course not; it was an unconscious imprint. How many other
traits, attitudes, prejudices, and beliefs did this little boy absorb from his
parents and others in his environment? Just about all of them.
most insidious aspect of failure codes is that nearly everyone is initially unaware
they are operating by them. Totally blind to our inflexible patterning, we march
through life with unerring consistency. Eventually we may notice patterns repeating
over and over in our lives and reflect on them. For example, we may pick friends
who betray or disappoint us. Maybe this was Dad's view on friends, and we absorbed
it as unconsciously as mimicking his gait. When we find ourselves repeatedly facing
the same challenges and explore the causes, we may uncover hidden programs.
we see failure codes for what they are-rigid programs from which our behaviors
stem-we can then make a conscious choice to break the hold these patterns have
on us and shift into more life-affirming codes. Why many traditional therapeutic
programs can fail is because they focus on the effects that failure codes produce,
unknowingly skirting the deeper cause of unwanted behaviors.
insight to hidden agendas that may have been running your life can help illuminate
these failure codes. As this simple process of awareness unfolds, it allows you
to bypass the arduous work of fixing anything. Rather, it shows you how to move
beyond your failure codes so you can receive maximum insight and benefit from
new codes in place, filled with potential, you may find yourself becoming the
magnet that attracts a richness of life that can only come from the power of living
life from a newly embraced success code. You can lay the foundation to transform
issues and challenges that may have been plaguing you all your life.
by your imagination and desire, you can now ponder life from the fascinating question,
"How will my life unfold now that I have more good than I've ever known?"
2005 Lania Desmond
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(8 huge tree trunks used as sacred pillars for the Suwa Grand Shrines of Kamisha
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are like parachutes they function only when open.
A backward poet
A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
vu the same mustard as before.
Practice safe eating by always using
Gasoline with carrot juice gives you beta mileage.
hangover is the wrath of grapes.
A doctor who fell on his funny bone said
it was a humerus incident.
Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor
Sea captains don't like crew cuts.
Does the name Pavlov ring
A fruit basket from your psychiatrist will probably be shrink-wrapped.
always know the ground rules.
When two egotists meet, it's an I for an
In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.
cardboard belt would be a waist of paper.
When a clock is hungry, it goes
back four seconds
When the wheel was invented, it caused a revolution.
chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
A long knife that cuts
4 loaves of bread at a time is called a four loaf cleaver.
When you dream
in color, it's a pigment of your imagination.
A police dog is often the
scenter of a drug arrest.
Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down
He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
had a photographic memory that was never developed.
A zoo named a camel
with no humps: 'Humphrey'.
A successful diet is the triumph of mind over
A music store was robbed. The thief made away with the lute.
plateau is a high form of flattery.
A pet store had a bird contest with
no perches necessary.
Alcohol and calculus don't mix so don't drink and
It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.
you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
Those who jump off
a Paris bridge are in Seine.
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know
Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
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Shoe stores believe there's dignity in de feet.
tales have a tendency to dragon.
A peanut walking in a tough neighborhood
Ancient orators tended to Babylon.
by Kathy who lives in Atlanta, Georgia
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Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
KEEPING UP WITH YESTERDAY?
Motivational author and inspirational speaker Steve Goodier, whose daily e-newsletter
Life Support System reaches readers worldwide, shares the following
story with us today:
Myers in A
Treasury of Military Humor, tells an all-too-true story which
comes from the American Civil War. General Stonewall Jackson recruited a man named
Miles, who had a reputation as a superb bridge builder. Because bridges were needed
to be built or rebuilt quickly, Miles became a valuable asset to the army. One
day, retreating Union troops set fire to a bridge and Jackson called upon Miles
to get his men ready to prepare a foundation for a new bridge. He told him that
the engineers would have plans ready in record time. The next day, Jackson called
for Miles and asked him if the engineers had given him their plans yet. 'General,'
Miles drawled, 'we done got the foundation built but I cain't tell ya whether
them pictures is done or not.'
is a time for careful planning, it's true. But there is also a time for quick
and decisive action. Miles seemed to know that the urgency of the situation required
him to just do what needed to be done.
greatest obstacle to 'doing what needs to be done' is not careful planning. Though
many of us have admirable plans and worthy resolutions, we often simply never
get around to doing what we have determined to do! We procrastinate. And unfortunately,
we often miss an opportunity to do something decisive today, for as satirical
Marquis has said, 'Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.'
Or maybe you have been thinking that you would like to procrastinate less, but
just haven't gotten around to it yet. If so, perhaps these words attributed to
Edgar Guest will help:
was going to be all that a mortal could be... tomorrow.
None should be stronger
or braver than he... tomorrow.
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
be glad of a lift and who needed it, too,
On him he would call to see what
he could do... tomorrow.
Each morning he'd stack up the letters he'd write...
And he thought of the friends he would fill with delight... tomorrow.
was too bad indeed; he was busy each day,
And hadn't a minute to stop on his
"More time I'll give to others," he'd say... "tomorrow."
greatest of workers this man would have been... tomorrow.
The world would have
known him, had he ever seen... tomorrow.
But the fact is he died, and faded
And all that he left here when living was through
Was a mountain
of things he intended to do... tomorrow."
best way to get something done is to begin because
Tomorrow is often the busiest
day of the week...
Chelle (Pronounced 'Shay') Thompson
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