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turn out best for the people who
make the best out of the way things turn out."
~ Art Linkletter, Radio/TV Personality & Author (1912-
September 27, 2004
Heart Will Go On"
(Theme from 'Titanic')
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
76 Days Adrift
Yes You Can!...
Select a Comfy
Links That Shine...
My Collie Haven
Just for YOU..
Laughing It Off...
Criteria for the Clever Cat
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Koko Calls a Dentist...
Daily Security Alerts
BE the World
You Want to See!
things that happen
in life we can choose to call "gifts" ... though it's
often difficult to see the treasure in a tragedy. As time passes
and extenuating circumstances reveal themselves, however, I believe
we can always find the 'diamond that arrived... wrapped in a square
of toilet paper.'
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
76 DAYS ADRIFT
In 1982 Steven Callahan was crossing the Atlantic alone in his sailboat
when it struck something and sank. He was out of the shipping lanes
and floating in a life raft, alone. His supplies were few. His chances
were small. Yet when three fishermen found him seventy-six days
later (the longest anyone has survived a shipwreck on a life raft
alone), he was alive much skinnier than he was when he started,
account of how he survived is fascinating.
His ingenuity how he managed to catch fish, how he fixed
his solar still (evaporates sea water to make fresh) is very
the thing that caught my eye was how he managed to keep himself
going when all hope seemed lost, when there seemed no point in continuing
the struggle, when he was suffering greatly, when his life raft
was punctured and after more than a week struggling with his weak
body to fix it, it was still leaking air and wearing him out to
keep pumping it up. He was starved. He was desperately dehydrated.
He was thoroughly exhausted. Giving up would have seemed the only
people survive these kinds of circumstances, they do something with
their minds that gives them the courage to keep going. Many people
in similarly desperate circumstances give in or go mad. Something
the survivors do with their thoughts helps them find the guts to
carry on in spite of overwhelming odds. "I tell myself I can
handle it," wrote Callahan in his narrative. "Compared
to what others have been through, I'm fortunate. I tell myself these
things over and over, building up fortitude...." I wrote that
down after I read it. It struck me as something important. And I've
told myself the same thing when my own goals seemed far off or when
my problems seemed too overwhelming. And every time I've said it,
I have always come back to my senses.
truth is, our circumstances are only bad compared to something better.
But others have been through much worse. I've read enough history
to know you and I are lucky to be where we are, when we are, no
matter how bad it seems to us compared to our fantasies. It's a
sane thought and worth thinking. So here, coming to us from the
extreme edge of survival, are words that can give us strength. Whatever
you're going through, tell yourself you can handle it. Compared
to what others have been through, you're fortunate. Tell this to
yourself over and over, and it will help you get through the rough
spots with a little more fortitude.
UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE: Two sailors ran into each other in a
pub. Over a few beers, one of the men told the other about his last
voyage: "After a month at sea," he said, "we discovered
our masts had been eaten through by termites! Almost nothing left
of them." "That's
terrible," said the second sailor. "That's what I thought
at first too," the first sailor said, "but it turned out
to be good luck. As soon as we took the sails down to fix the masts,
we were hit by a squall so suddenly and so hard, it would surely
have blown us over if our sails were up at the time."
lucky!" exclaimed the second sailor. "That's
exactly what I thought at the time, too. But because our sails were
down, we couldn't steer ourselves, and because of the wind, we were
blown onto a reef. The hole in the hull was too big to fix. We were
is bad luck indeed," lamented the second sailor. "That's
what I thought, too, when it first happened. But we all made it
to the beach alive and had plenty to eat. But now here's the real
kicker: While we were on the island whining about our terrible fate,
we discovered a buried treasure!"
this story illustrates, you don't know if an event is "good"
or "bad" except maybe in retrospect, and even then you
don't really know because life keeps going. The story's not over
yet. Just because something hasn't turned out to be an advantage
yet doesn't mean it is not ever going to. Therefore,
you can simply assume whatever happens is "good." I know
that sounds awfully airy-fairy, but it's very practical. If you
think an event is good, it's easy to maintain a positive attitude.
And your attitude affects your health, it affects the way people
treat you and how you treat others, and it affects your energy level.
And those can help pave the way for things to turn out well. A good
attitude is a good thing. And a bad attitude does you no good at
get in the habit of saying "That's good!" Since you don't
know for sure whether something will eventually work to your advantage
or not, you might as well assume it will. It is counterproductive
to assume otherwise. Think about it. If someone ahead of you in
line at a store is slowing everything down, say to yourself, "That's
good!" They may have saved you from getting into an accident
when you get back in your car. Or maybe, because you slowed down,
you might meet a friend you would have missed. You never know.
truth is ... life is uncertain. And even that can work to your advantage.
Khan is the Author of "Self-Help
Stuff That Works" and
has been published in Prevention Magazine, Cosmopolitan,
The Body Bulletin, Think and Grow Rich Newsletter
and At Your Best
"one of the best adventure books of all time" (National
Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea....By Stephen Callahan
Callahan: Adrift at Sea....By Holly Cefrey
Yes You Can!
SELECT A COMFY
about more than aisle and window seat pitch, leg room and
bathroom proximity can all directly impact how comfortable you are
on your next flight. Travel agents and websites allow to you to
select a particular seat when you fly, but other than window or
aisle, how do you make an informed choice?
Travel experts recommend two easy-to-use sites www.SeatGuru.com
for details about the best and worst seats, and some in between,
on every type of aircraft flown by large carriers.
are rated on such factors as legroom, engine and lavatory noise,
how well they recline, underseat storage capacity, view and more.
example, on American Airlines' Boeing 777-200s, which mainly fly
Asian Pacific routes, seats 25 A, B, H and J are rated "bad"
by Seatguru, because "you'll hear the lavatory flush all flight
long." Seats 31 H and J, meanwhile, are "the best coach
seats on the plane with tons of legroom and power ports."
Air Lines also flies Boeing 777-200s, although its planes are configured
differently, making row 44 the tops in coach class, despite the
lack of a good view, according to Seatguru.
people would be surprised to learn that, even on an airline that
has an all-coach configuration, all seats are not the same size,"
said Randy Petersen, editor of Inside Flyer magazine.
fact, not all first-class seats are created equally either.
Northwest Airlines' Airbus 319s, Seatguru says "be aware!"
of all seats in row 4, because "only a curtain" separates
them from the coach cabin, which can be noisy. Also, because food
service begins in row 1 in the first-class cabin, passengers in
row 4 "most likely won't get a meal choice."
the coach cabin, the conventional wisdom is that bulkhead and exit
seats are the best. But this is not always the case. For instance,
on Delta's MD-88s, seats 24 D and E are in an exit row, but "the
aging door seals often make the area cold."
this is not true on Delta's entire fleet of MD-88s, Seatguru advises,
since the Atlanta-based carrier bought a handful of these aircraft
from another airline that did not configure them the same way.
you've got a travel agent who knows all the different permutations
for seat configurations, which vary by carrier and plane type, experts
said it is a good idea to do a little advance research.
computer reservation systems used by travel agents denote exit
and bulkhead seating, but that is where the details end,
said Terry Trippler, a travel consultant with Cheapseats.com in
Minneapolis. The average travel agent wouldn't know "whether
a particular seat doesn't recline," Trippler said.
travel sites show airplane seat configurations and real-time availability,
but they do not offer qualitative descriptions.
course, landing a plum seat requires more than just the knowledge
available at seatguru.com
travel experts said. There
are often fewer than a dozen coach-class seats on any given airplane
that are considered above-average or better and these are often
reserved for first-class or full-fare travelers. That is why on
Internet travel sites, which cater to budget-conscious travelers,
the premium seats will usually show up as unavailable.
said, the information available at seatguru.com
can help travelers avoid unwittingly selecting the worst seats available.
Brad Foss, The Associated Press, MSNBCNews.com
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The Amber Museum - Dominican Republic
The Silver Port of Puerto Plata lies 130 miles
northwest of Santo Domingo. Near its Victorian town square youll
find the Amber Museum, housed since 1982 in the elegant 1919
Villa Benz mansion. Amber is not unique to the Dominican Republic,
but the greatest reserves are mined near Puerto Plata. When removed
from geologic layers, amber looks like an unspectacular stone. Cutting
and polishing, however, reveals its true nature not a stone
at all but a translucent fossilized sap. Amber ranges from pale
yellow to dark brown, depending on the soil. A rare blue-tinted
amber is colored by volcanic gas. The most treasured pieces are
those that have inclusions, entrapping leaves, insects or even small
reptiles. In the Cofresi resort area, the brand new Ocean World
isn't about strolling past gigantic aquariums it's about
actually getting inside. This is the first park of its kind, where
you're interactive with all the sea lions, dolphins, sharks, stingrays,
tropical fish and tropical birds.
"My Collie Haven"
My name is Angela Walker, and one day I was
doing a search on the Internet, and I saw that
you had featured my story 'Foster Mom Flunkie'
in the October
20, 2003 issue of Inspiration Line. Thank you so much!!
I have written another story that you might like...
You can read Angela's story at The Cat's Meow:
and visit her collie rescue site:
Just for YOU
Laughing It Off
CRITERIA FOR THE CLEVER CAT
Do not allow closed doors in any room. To get a door opened, stand
on hind legs and scratch the frame. You may also reach under the
door and pull clothing towards you; silks get the quickest reaction.
Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have
ordered an "outside" door opened, stand halfway in and
out and think about several things. This is particularly important
during very cold weather, when it's raining or snowing, or during
the height of the mosquito season.
CHAIRS AND RUGS
If you have to urp, get to an overstuffed chair quickly. If you
cannot manage this in time, get to an Oriental rug. If there are
no Oriental rugs, shag is a good substitute. When urping on shag,
be sure you project; it is a must that it stretch for as long as
a human's bare foot.
If one of your humans is engaged in some semi-closed activity and
the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called "helping";
humans are known to refer to it as hampering". The following
are the rules for "helping":
a) When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the
cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being
stepped on and then picked up and comforted.
b) For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and
book, unless you can lie across the book itself.
c) For knitting projects or paperwork, lie on the work in the most
appropriate manner so as to obscure as much of the work or at least
the most important part. Pretend to doze, but every so often reach
out and slap the pencil or knitting needles. The worker may try
to distract you; ignore it. Remember, the aim is to hamper work.
Embroidery and needlepoint projects make great hammocks in spite
of what the humans may tell you.
d) For people paying bills (monthly activity) or working on income
taxes or Christmas cards (annual activity), keep in mind the aim
- to help! First, sit on the paper being worked on. When dislodged,
watch sadly from the side of the table. When activity proceeds nicely,
roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of your ability.
After being removed for the second time, push pens, pencils, and
erasers off the table, one at a time.
e) When a human is holding the newspaper in front of him/her, be
sure to jump on the back of the paper. They love to jump.
As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front
of the human. Especially effective places to strike are: ...On
stairs, when they have something in their arms ...in the
dark ...and when they first get up in the morning. This exercise
helps with improving their coordination skills.
1: Only show interest in computers that are turned ON, the operator
will need your help.
2: Monitors are bad for human eyes. It might ruin your owner's sight
and cause them to buy less cat food. Always get in between the monitor
and the person operating the computer. For best results, stands
as close to the monitor as possible. If you are removed, go and
sulk in a corner for a minute, then repeat. Look as innocent as
3: Keyboards are great to lie down on. Make yourself as comfortable
as possible. Marching over the keyboard several times is fun too.
Practice aiming at alt-F4, N, and ctrl-alt-del.
4: Always chase the mouse. Your owner can't blame you for this,
since it's your feline instinct to chase mice.
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
How do you get out of paying full price for your meal at a restaurant
without having to scrub dishes? Simple, just buy Restaurant.com
Dining Certificates. Restaurant.com is an online network of thousands
of restaurants across the United States
including some of the hottest names in dining. Find a member restaurant
and buy Dining Certificates for a fraction of the actual value.
You can also buy gift certificates.
by Bob in St. Cloud, Florida )
Wheel Mouse Trick?
a cool trick for the scroll wheel mouse users out there... If you
are in a web browser (Explorer or Netscape) or reading an email
in Outlook Express, hold down your Ctrl key and spin the wheel.
It makes the text larger or smaller depending on which way you spin.
For Opera users, it magnifies both the images and the text.
Look at THAT!
KOKO CALLS A DENTIST
When Koko used the American Sign Language...
gesture for pain and pointed to her mouth, 12 specialists,
including three dentists, sprang into action. The result? Her first
full medical examination in about 20 years, an extracted tooth and
a clean bill of health. Koko, a 300-plus-pound ape who became famous
for mastering more than 1,000 signs, began telling her handlers
at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California, she was in pain.
They quickly constructed a pain chart, offering Koko a scale from
one to 10. When Koko started pointing to 9 or 10 too often, a dental
appointment was made. While gorillas in captivity are known to live
into their 50s, they are susceptible to heart disease and a thickening
of the arteries. Her teacher, Francine Patterson, was at her side
when the anesthesiologist prepared to put her under in the morning.
Afterwards, Koko asked to meet her specialists a Stanford
cardiologist, three anesthesiologists, three dentists, an ear and
throat specialist, two veterinarians, a gastroenterologist and a
gynecologist, who had all volunteered to help. Koko motioned one
woman to come closer. The woman, awed by this brilliant animal,
playfully handed Koko her business card, which Koko promptly ate. ~REUTERS
DAILY SECURITY ALERTS
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
DEVELOPING OUR HIGHER AWARENESS
dear friend and associate, Roger King at www.SoulTalkStories.com
shares the following wisdom with us today: "It's so important
that we develop our 'higher awareness' by feeding our unconscious
mind positive messages with passion from our conscious
mind. This, I believe, helps each of us experience our lives with
intimacy and compassion, as unique and responsible human beings,
with our lives working and manifesting our destiny to bring
healing and peace to this planet.
Creative Visualization, Shakti Gawain writes, 'Every
moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is
endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request and
everything your heart desires must come to you.' You and I are
not our mother's or father's fears, criticisms and beliefs; each
of us can dilute old beliefs by acting "AS IF"; then
believing, by consistently repeating the following thought passionately:
I now think all new thoughts ... fresh, creative and loving thoughts
which create my reality. Wherever you are now, write your
own affirmations ... as many as you can. There is a universal
magic that comes when you write and say out loud your positive
A Course In Miracles it says, 'Forgiveness recognizes
what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred.' I
awoke one morning with excitement and this affirmation formed
in my mind: I radiate love as I learn to let go of the past
by forgiving all who hurt me, including myself. I release the
past with positive insight and go within where I find new strength
to grow and change my consciousness. Leading my life with
my wounds was a hard journey; often my pain was the only deep
feeling I thought I could express to the world with any degree
of authenticity. Having a positive loving life seemed miles away
from my reality. This did not help to attract other loving souls;
I seemed to attract to me more hurting, angry and guilty souls.
Yet this was part of my journey. Now I see how I can change the
quality of my life by consistently choosing to go beyond my old
thought and feeling patterns. I am not denying my scars from old
wounds, yet I now give conscious forgiveness to those who made
those wounds, from a deeper Soul Consciousness that is expanding
and setting us all free. And I begin to give real thanks.
her book LIFE, Louise Hay tells us, 'What you give
out comes back to you, what you believe about yourself and about
life becomes true for you.' Limitations are old beliefs and habits
of thinking that have gone into and around the subconscious mind
for years. When I get up in the morning, I can so easily think
and do the same functional thoughts. Yet when I get on my spiritual
and mental bike, and get momentum by peddling conscious thoughts
that give thanks for being alive, it's like the Universal Mind
is immediately there with me. I at once notice a shift in energy.
When you wake up, repeat this affirmation with a passion: I
go beyond all self-imposed limitations and when I make mistakes,
I say to myself, 'I love you just as you are and I have the ability
to turn each mistake into a lesson of growth and change and I
Holmes said in The Science of Mind, 'Suffering is man-made,
through ignorance ... Someday we shall decide that we have had
enough suffering.' Affirm instead: I choose loving thoughts
to support my life now and in the future. As I thought this,
I remember that I wanted to say, "You are kidding yourself
there's too much pain from your past to think like that."
This critical thought came from old-patterned thinking of feeling
less intelligent than others when I was a child and teenager.
This old, lower-self thinking does not allow love and healing
energy to flow in or around me. So let's meditate on: I choose
positive, imaginative thoughts and they determine my experiences.
I prosper in all areas of my life, in time, work, health, money,
relationships and joy. And I give thanks. I attract people in
my life who respect me and I let go with love those who hurt me.
Remember, as you love your higher self the part of
you that has love at the core of you the more you will
grow in confidence. Your greater confidence diminishes the need
for conditional approval."
you, Roger ... you are indeed consciously manifesting your destiny
and assisting the world's evolutionary process....
~ Chelle ("Shay") Thompson, Editor
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show What Is Possible by choosing new perspectives,
we can change ourselves from the inside out to improve our relationships,
our community and our planet."
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