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has long been a fearful thing for human beings ... and at
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life's possibilities are truly engaged only when we trust,
release and become part of The Flow of the Universe.
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CAN'T ORGANIZE THE OCEAN
excuse me if I'm a little pensive today.
is leaving, and I'm feeling kind of sad.
probably don't know Mark, but you might be lucky enough to know
someone just like him.
been the heart and soul of the office for a couple of years, combining
exemplary professional skills with a sweet nature and gentle disposition.
He's never been all that interested in getting credit for the terrific
work he does. He just wants to do his job, and to do it superbly
now he's moving on to an exciting new professional opportunity.
It sounds like it could be the chance of a lifetime, and we're genuinely,
sincerely pleased for him. But that doesn't make it any easier to
say goodbye to a dear friend and trusted colleague.
has a way of throwing these curve balls at us. Just when we start
to get comfortable with a person, a place or a situation, something
comes along to alter the recipe. A terrific neighbor moves away.
Someone in the family graduates. A child finds new love and loyalties
through marriage. The family's principle bread-winner is laid off.
ability to cope with change and disruption determines, to a great
degree, our peace, happiness and contentment in life.
how do we do that? Philosophers have considered the question for
centuries, and their responses have been varied. According to the
author of the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes, comfort can be found
in remembering that "to every thing there is a season, and
a time to every purpose under heaven." Kahlil Gibran urged
his listeners to "let today embrace the past with remembrance,
and the future with longing."
friend of mine who works for the government is fond of reminding
his fellow bureaucrats that "survivability depends upon
adaptability." And then there's Chris, the California surf-rat,
who once told me that the answer to life's problems can be summed
up in four words: "Go with the flow."
like surfing," Chris explained. "You can't organize
the ocean. Waves just happen. You ride 'em where they take you,
then you paddle back out there and catch the next one.
you're always hoping for the perfect wave where you can get, like,
you know, totally tubular. But mostly you just take 'em the way
they come. It's not like you're trying to nail Jell-O to a tree,
not exactly sure, but I think Chris was saying that life is a series
of events both good and bad. No matter how deft your organizational
skills, there will always be life-influencing factors over which
you have no control. The truly successful person expects the unexpected,
and is prepared to make adjustments should the need arise
as it almost always does.
doesn't mean you don't keep trying to make all your dreams come
true. It just means that when things come up that aren't exactly
in your plan, you work around them and then you move on.
course, some bumps along the road of life are easier to take than
others. A rained-out picnic, for example, is easier to cope with
than the sudden death of a loved one. But the principle is the same.
indeed, is painful, yet ever needful," said philosopher
Thomas Carlyle. "And if memory have its force and worth,
so also has hope."
going to miss Mark, just like you'll miss that graduate, that neighbor
or that newlywed. But rather than dwell on the sadness of our parting,
we'll focus on our hopes for a brighter future for him, and
for us. And then we'll go out and do everything we can to make that
our plans change ... again.
Waker who writes a nationally syndicated
called "Value Speak" and is author of the book shown below,
as well as
Can You Mend a Broken Spleen?: Home Remedies for an Ailing World
(Writing from the viewpoint of a reasonable, middle class
husband and father, Walker's
first book provides welcome perspective in a world that seems to
have lost its direction.)
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LOOK WHAT LOVE HAS DONE:
Five-Minute Messages to Lift Your Spirit
Everyone has days when things just don't go as planned and
life's burdens feel heavier than usual. With more than fifty
uplifting true stories, readers will feel embraced by the
Spirit and encouraged. Columnist Joseph Walker's collection
of vignettes is sure to refresh, reawaken, and engage one's
spiritual side. Each writing is only a couple pages long,
but touches upon heartfelt warmth, wisdom, and love. A delightful
book to learn from and cherish, whether one reads and reflects
upon a few messages at a time or all at once. For example,
"Some of us forget that forgiveness and accountability
are not mutually exclusive and being sorry and being
forgiven doesn't free us from the consequences of
the choices we make. We can be sorry, forgiven, and accountable.
Even if our mistake is big and everyone knows about it."
SINK OR SWIM ...
Is Quicksand as dangerous
as shown in old movies?
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SIMPLE TRUTHS OF APPRECIATION
Simple Truths of Appreciation" is a beautifully
crafted movie and book that incorporates amazing photography,
powerful quotes and inspirational stories about how
we can make a difference in the lives of others.
Glanz (who also wrote
Ways to Spread Contagious Enthusiasm
) has created an instant classic
that takes you on a journey through 10 key principles
of appreciation: www.SimpleTruths.com
by Rosemarie in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania)
THIS SIMPLE TRUTHS FILM HERE
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Yes You Can!
HAVE FUN ON A
Volunteer Week April 27 - May 3, 2008 has
been celebrated every year since 1974 and is now sponsored
by the Points of Light Foundation. This week honors and
recognizes individuals who have made a difference in our
communities and alerts others to the need for more voluntary
service to help solve our nation's serious social problems.
Several other countries now have National Volunteer Week
celebrations. For general information, see the official
annual information at these sites: Canada
Ireland ... Australia.
this year's theme is Volunteer to Change the World,
the following article will help you take a meaningful holiday
that can change the world one step at a time. The book
Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and
by Bill McMillan was written for the increasing number
of people looking for ways to make a difference while on
vacation, this fully updated edition is filled with in-depth
information, including contacts, locations, costs, dates,
more project details, and profiles of 150 select organizations
running thousands of programs in the United States and around
the world. Including new details about long-term projects
and organizations specifically tailored for seniors and
the disabled, this definitive sourcebook provides a wealth
of opportunities for travelers interested in making a difference
and provides new anecdotes about all kinds of jobs and the
meaning they brought to volunteers' lives.
to Do Good
to the Travel Industry Association of America, more than
55 million Americans have participated in a volunteer vacation,
and about 100 million more are considering taking one ...
tractor tires and soda bottles weren't the only items stuck
in the mud along the banks of the Little Sioux River in
Iowa. As Dillon Hicks, 11, stepped from the canoe he shared
with his grandfather, Doug, he sunk into the soft muck at
water's edge, lost his balance, and tumbled into the river.
After thrashing about for a moment, the life-jacket-clad
boy managed to climb up the muddy bank and yell to his grandfather,
"That must have been 20 feet deep!"
in ankle-deep mud and getting soaked in chilly water were
two hazards that Doug and his wife, Denice, and their grandchildren
Dillon and Brianne, 13, faced during their week of canoeing
and camping. But the trip was more than just family fun
the Hicks were cleaning up trash along one of Iowa's
waterways through an annual volunteer program, Project
AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition),
hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
idea of using a vacation to do good is appealing to many
families, yet volunteer travel isn't simply an alternative
to typical vacations it's an opportunity to immerse
your family in a new culture or part of the country while
helping others. Although international volunteer vacations
often draw families to exotic locales, opportunities may
exist in your own backyard. Whether you volunteer within
your state or region for a weekend, or travel to a part
of the country you've never visited before, your family
is bound to come away with a sense of accomplishment
and wonderful memories.
the Project Narrow Down the Choices
of volunteer organizations across the country are in need
of help. Consider where you'd like to visit, what sort of
work you wish to do, and how much money you're willing to
spend, then learn as much as you can about the projects
you're interested in and how your family can contribute.
someone in your household is particularly good with his
or her hands, sign up to help build houses with Habitat
for Humanity in a part of the country that
you want to explore. Have a budding archaeologist under
your roof? Consider spending a week digging alongside archaeologists
and learning about Pueblo culture at Crow
Canyon Archeological Center in Colorado.
projects, such as Global
Volunteers' programs in low-income areas
of Mississippi and West Virginia, involve working on community
improvement projects and tutoring children. Others, including
opportunities with the Sierra
Volunteers , American
Hiking Society and National Park Service
program, let you roll up your sleeves and help maintain
some of the country's most stunning national parks and state
Carol North of St. Paul, Minnesota, working side by side
with her children to help communities in need is a pivotal
part of many vacations. Carol has taken her family on several
volunteer trips, including to rural Mexico and the Navajo
want them to experience life in a developing community and
the best way to do that is by living alongside local people,"
Carol says. "It's a perspective that they wouldn't
get in a hotel or resort community."
Carol served as a team leader for Global
Citizens Network, which sends volunteers
to help rural communities around the world. Carol's team
was involved in a community-building project with the Quileute
Native American tribe in La Push, Washington. Her daughter,
Madeline, 16, and her sisters-in-law accompanied her on
the trip. While performing tasks such as weeding, mowing,
cleaning, and cooking, the volunteers met tribal leaders
and elders, children, storytellers, woodcarvers, and fishermen,
among others. "Everyone in the town was very welcoming
and proud of their heritage. It was inspiring," Madeline
Service Programs, a subset of Elderhostel,
matches seniors (defined as those 55 or older) with working
vacations. Its Web site promises vacationers the chance
to "put your time and energy to work for worthy
causes," ranging from tutoring schoolchildren in
China to building homes in Guatemala to assisting with dolphin
research in Belize. Costs vary depending on the trip.
opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life
is an alluring aspect of volunteering. In La Push, Washington,
Carol and her family listened as the Quileute
people shared their culture and stories with the volunteers.
"We were not treated as tourists, but as community
members and friends," Carol says.
recalls the highlight of the trip when Madeline was recognized
for her work during a healing and drumming circle that the
volunteers attended. The evening included the Quileute tradition
of gifting blankets, most of which were given away to community
members. At the end of the evening, Frank, the volunteers'
primary contact for the week, also gave a blanket to Madeline
for her quiet, behind-the-scenes leadership. Madeline recalls
that moment fondly, but it's the bigger lessons of the week
that will stay with her. "I learned that you can't
just go into a village and have an idea about how you want
to change it," Madeline says. "You have
to join together with the community."
Rewards Learn a Little, Contribute a Lot
labor-intensive projects aren't all sweat and hard work.
Most service vacations also provide the opportunity to make
friends, see spectacular sites, and even learn something
new. "Project AWARE wasn't just working, it was
fun," says Denice Hicks, whose family helped collect
enough trash to fill more than 23 dump trucks during the
we set up our tents and had our showers each night, we'd
have some relaxation time, but we also had different programs."
The volunteers had the opportunity to learn about such
topics as geology, wild edibles, nature photography, astronomy,
and butterfly gardening. "We acquired a stronger
belief in the value of protecting our natural resources.
Plus, the beauty of the river definitely stays in your mind,
and the time we spent with our grandchildren is invaluable,"
cost, many volunteer vacations are comparable to or more
reasonable than traditional leisure travel. As an added
perk, parts of your trip may be tax deductible. Some service
trips cost little more than the gas money it takes to get
to your destination. Once they reached the Little Sioux
River, the Hicks' week amounted to about $15 per person
each day. To take part in American Hiking Society's one-
or two-week vacations, participants pay a fee of $120, or
$95 for members, as well as their share of the provided
food and personal transportation costs to get to the site.
Some trips may be priced as much as a typical vacation,
however. Global Volunteers projects in the United States
run from $650 to $750, excluding airfare. An Earthwatch
Institute project ranges from $995 to $2,595, not including
selecting a project, be sure to check age restrictions.
Many volunteer vacations require participants to be 16 years
or older, but all-ages trips are becoming available. Earthwatch,
for example, offers archaeology programs for families with
young children at places such as the Mammoth Site in South
you too might reminisce about that vacation when you picked
up enough trash to fill a house. Perhaps the results will
be even more tangible. "Some people make life-altering
decisions after living in a developing village. Decisions
to downsize, change careers, even something as simple as
making a conscious decision to waste less water. It can
be a profound experience," Carol says. You can
Vacation" for more ideas.
Family and travel writer Julie Collins
Magnificent Mount Kilamanjaro in Africa's Tanzania.
Take a walk on the wild side in this quintessential African
landscape. Step out into the vast open plains of Tanzania
and you suddenly feel very, very small. And so you should.
You've just joined one of the largest, wildest animal populations
in the world. Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah,
crocodile, gazelle, flamingo they're all out there.
Despite troubles from rowdy neighbors and a weak economy,
Tanzania is one of the most enchanting countries in eastern
Africa. Its majestic national parks are a paradise for wildlife
lovers and if that's not your thing then you have a wealth
of other options from scaling the slopes of the incredible
Mt Kilimanjaro to exploring the seductive island of Zanzibar.
history of human habitation in Tanzania goes back almost
two million years, and the fossils found at Olduvai Gorge
by Louis and Mary Leakey now stand among the most important
artifacts of the origins of our species. Artifacts of later
Paleolithic cultures have also been found in Tanzania. There
is evidence that communities along the Tanzanian coast were
engaging in overseas trade by the beginning of the first
millennium AD. By 900 AD those communities had attracted
immigrants from India as well as from southwest Asia, and
direct trade extended as far as China. The Omani dynasty
of the Bu Said replaced the region's Yarubi leaders in 1741,
and they proceeded to further develop trade. In Tanzania's
interior, at about the same time, the cattle-grazing Maasai
migrated south from Kenya into central Tanzania. Soon afterward
the great age of European exploration of the African continent
began, and with it came colonial domination. Tanzania fell
under German control in 1886, but was handed over to Britain
after WWI. Present day Tanzania is the result of a merger
between the mainland (previously Tanganyika) and
Zanzibar in 1964, after both had gained independence.
Ngorongoro crater heralded as the eighth wonder of
the world is an awe-inspiring caldera; enclosed by
sheer walls the crater is breathtaking; this Garden of Eden
flourishes with flora and fauna. The Northern Circuit has
equally exceptional game sanctuaries such as Tarangire National
Park, which during the dry season has teeming herds of wildebeest,
zebra and gazelle passing through in search of water; and
patiently the predators follow these grazers. Tarangire
also boasts many hundreds of bird species. Lake Manyara
National Park you'll find tree-climbing lions sprawled on
stout limbs of acacia. Be sure to see the lovely Arusha
National Park nestling against Mount Meru; the fascinating
and remote soda lakes of Natron and Eyasi; and Olduvai Gorge
which is known as the cradle of humankind. Mount
Kilimanjaro provides some exotic eye-pleasure with its snowcapped
peaks. Kilimanjaro As far as you can see, as wide
as the whole world and unbelievably white as the sun
this is Kilimanjaro through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway.
At 5895m this is Africas highest point and the worlds
highest mountain. Incredibly, the snowcapped peak is only
a few hours away from a tropical coastline. It is fascinating
to experience this mountain as it rises majestically above
the hazy African plains and to trek to the summit from equatorial
Africa to arctic conditions, passing through tropical rain
forest, moorland, alpine desert onto snow and ice.
of the most fascinating islands in Tanzania, is the 'Spice
Island' of Zanzibar. Located on the eastern coast of Tanzania,
this island has several historical ruins and palaces and
is a vital heritage site. Stone Town is a captivating place,
built by Arab and Indian merchants in the 19th century from
the islands coral stone. A walk through the disordered
twisting alleys, past intricately-carved wooden doors and
beneath ornate balconies, and with the lingering scent of
spices in the air, takes one back in time. Beyond the town
are the scintillating crystal seas and sun bleached white
sands. The palm fringed coastline looks out over the warm
turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Tranquil coral lagoons
shelter underwater coral gardens, boasting some of the best
diving in the world. Ancient ruins rest among whispering
easuarinas (she-oak) and palms, enticing you to explore
from the natural attractions of Tanzania, there are several
archeological and historical places too in the country.
Some of the vital archeological sites include Laetoli, Palace
of Husuni Kubwa, Engaruka and Kalambo Falls. Olduvai Gorge
Museum is also a major tourist attraction in Tanzania. The
Arusha Cultural Heritage Center and the Mafuta House has
also developed as places of attraction in Tanzania.
Videos of Tanzania and Zanzibar HERE
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A dhow sails just off the shores of Zanzibar's Stone Town.
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From The Child Within:
and Self-recovery Through Re-Creation Therapy (2nd
recovery workbook is an incredibly powerful healing
tool that helps readers discover how childhood trauma
has caused much of the emotional suffering in their
lives today. The author Barbara Sinor, PhD, has had
extensive professional and personal experience in
this area, and uses self-disclosure to present some
very powerful examples about her own healing. Sinor
states, "Today there are signs that after
a long and tumultuous courtship, spirituality and
psychology may be finding common ground." Connecting
all of these aspects of oneself leads to a holistic
healing. She teaches you how to get in touch with
your inner child to release negative emotions and
recreate childhood beliefs and experiences: "You
can learn to live in the present by releasing the
retained hurt and not allowing it to direct your life.
You can accomplish this by using self-empowerment,
by acknowledging your personal power." There
are seven key steps to the process: Acknowledgment;
Self-Awareness; Meeting Your Child Within; Emotional
Release Exercises; The Re-creation Process; For-Giving;
and Letting Go. Each step is fully explained and for
deeper exploration, at the end of each chapter, are
thought-provoking Child Within exercises, affirmations,
directions for auto-hypnosis and blank pages for journaling.
By using these tools to recreate your past, you will
be able to change your present reality and thereby
alter your future.
Barbara's Website ... www.DrSinor.com
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
to Enhance Your Life & Enrich Your Spirit
some perspective! Big and small
are such subjective terms. For example, you might think
that the Earth is large. In reality, it isnt the
largest planet in the galaxy. And there are countless
planets and stars outside of our galaxy. Well, Nikons
Universcale will help you put things in context. You can
see how the Earth measures up against other planets. Or
you can see how a carbon nanotube compares to a blood
cell. You can start at the universal end of the scale,
or you can start by exploring the microworld. Either way,
youll appreciate the new perspective this site gives
(Contributed by Rosemarie who lives in Beaver Falls,
Uplifting News Stories
CUSTOM WHEELS FOR DISABLED PETS
the German Shepherd took her cart to the beach the very
same day it arrived.
11-year-old auburn Welsh Corgi named Max is healthy except
for the degenerative myelopathy progressively paralyzing
both back legs.
FALLS, Mass. When Gary Mikus learned that an incurable
nerve disease was starting to paralyze the hind legs of his
German shepherd, he immediately dismissed the idea of putting
the dog to sleep. Then he spotted an ad in a pet food store:
Eddies Wheels For Pets. Help for Handicapped Pets.
Now the dog named Bear, which has been Mikus constant
companion for a decade, has a lot of living left to do
much of it in his new pet wheelchair. A growing number of
pet owners are turning to custom-built wheelchairs to restore
mobility to furry friends whose legs, hips or backs dont
work. The owners goals are simple: to reward their pets
unconditional love with whatever it takes for the animals
to live normally. The two-wheel
the dogs midsection with
a padded saddle, and are secured with a shoulder yoke and
chest strap. Most dogs have rear-wheel carts to compensate
for lame hind legs, though a growing number of front-wheel
carts are being ordered for animals with front-leg
problems. Donna Blains 7-year-old Maltese named Gizmo
(See Video) hopped and hobbled on his deformed
front legs before she adopted him a year ago. She ordered
his cart after learning the odd gait had damaged his spine
and would have required surgery. Now
he wheels himself around for hours on sidewalks, in parks
and anywhere he can find treats and praise.
and Leslie Grinnell, founders of Eddies
Wheels, built their first pet wheelchair in 1989 when their
10-year-old Doberman, Buddha, lost the use of her rear legs
because of disc disease and spinal problems. Their veterinarian,
impressed by Buddhas revived mobility and vitality,
started referring others to the Grinnells. In 1998, they started
their own business. Since launching the business, Eddies
Wheels has shipped carts worldwide the largest to a
220-pound Saint Bernard in Great Britain and has made
wheelchairs for several cats
(See Boots' Video), a ferret, alpacas, goats,
sheep, a rabbit and a possum. Eddie built his first quad
cart for an 80 lb. Basset Hound named Jake,
who was quadriplegic following an unsuccessful operation on
his neck. Smaller dogs can lay
down in the carts using a pillow to make it
extra comfortable. Many of the dogs who need the chairs become
disabled from degenerative myelopathy, a neurological disease
common in German shepherds, golden retrievers, Labradors and
other large sporting breeds. Others, like Corgis
and Dachshunds, are vulnerable to disc and spine problems
that eventually leave them lame. Dogs dont
understand why this is going on, but theyre very accepting:
Oh, this is the way I am today. So when we put
them in the cart, theyre like: Oh, now Im
back to normal. I can go where I want, Leslie Grinnell
said. That was the case with Max, an 8-year-old German shepherd
whose owners, Gordon and Linda Landry of Granby, said his
degenerative myelopathy left him dejected and hobbling behind
their other dog, Molly. As he tried his new cart for the first
time, the dog whimpered at the door to go outside and promptly
wheeled his way down the walkway, around the parking lot and
past Molly as she peered at him from the Landrys truck.
This just amazes me, Linda Landry said
as she watched him, laughing at his vigor. We never
get to see him like this anymore. Its like having a
younger Max back. Visit the website at: www.EddiesWheels.com
See Delightful Videos Below of Pets Using Eddie's Wheels:
Crippled Kitten in Malaysia HERE
Pippi at Tokyo Retrieving Contest HERE
And More Videos HERE
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Kara's first ski adventure at the age of 17
who says you're too old to take up a new sport!
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word circulation implies that something
is going round and round.
Whether it be money, love or good will,
whatever you spread around
is going to come back to you. In order to
be on the receiving end
of our desires, we must spread around to
others exactly what
we want. In addition, we must do it with
a grateful heart."
~By Adrain Calabrese, Ph.D. Author of
To Get Everything You Ever Wanted"
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