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is mostly froth and bubble,
two things stand like stone: kindness in
another's trouble, courage in your own."
Adam Lindsay Gordon , Famed Australian Poet (1833-1870)
(Contributed by Mary Lynn in Peoria, Illinois)
"This Little Light of Mine,
I'm Gonna Let It Shine"
From the Inside Out...
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Art of Haiti
Wildlife Conservation Society
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Fears that Hold Us Back (Part 2)
BE the World
You Want to See!
In the analytical Drama
a 'persecutor' often has self-esteem as low as a 'rescuer',
who in turn can be as needy as a 'victim' ... for the roles
are, in fact, interchangeable. Becoming aware of these dynamics
is the key to transformation.
From the Inside Out
old saying goes that you are what you eat. I hope that's wrong.
I don't think I'd like to awaken one morning to discover I've morphed
into a super size McBurger meal (with a Diet Coke gotta counteract
those biggie fries somehow!)
still, there is an old proverb that hits the mark much truer: "As
a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." Thousands of people
suffer from low self-esteem, the product of wrong belief about one's
self. "I'm dumb", or "I'm ugly", or
"No one will ever love me" these wrong thoughts
soak into the very belief system of the low self-esteem sufferer.
It is reality as they see it.
often suffer low self-esteem because they believe a lie. Along the
line somewhere in their life, somebody told them they were stupid,
or ugly, or would never amount to anything. That somebody could
be a father- or mother-figure, a teacher, a schoolmate... somebody
trusted and respected. Perhaps they were teased at school, singled
out for cruel, childhood ridicule. Whatever the reason, they heard
the lie. And they believed it.
who run other people down and cause them pain have two common denominators:
1) They are bullies. 2) They, too, have low self-esteem.
become bullies to overcompensate for some psychological shortcoming
they have. They tend to attack the weaknesses they perceive in others
that are the same as (or close to) the weaknesses they see in themselves.
One of the hardest things for self-loathing individuals to do is
look in a mirror. I don't necessarily mean that literally, but figuratively.
at one's self, the very essence of who they are, is painfully tough
(if not excruciating) for those with self-image problems. True,
healthy inner reflection is not one of the benchmarks of low self-esteem.
Realizing this, here are three steps to help people with low self-esteem:
YOU ARE NOT DEFINED BY OTHERS. No other human being has the right
to impose his or her judgment on you. Often times, bullies are just
casting off dispersions they've received and cannot handle. When
bullies attack you verbally, remember: they do not know your heart,
so don't let them judge your heart.
LOVE THE BULLIES. When people bully, they are merely acting out
of anger and pain because they know no other way to deal with it.
The only way to reach through a heart of stone is to soften it with
love. A lump of moistened clay is much more malleable than a hard
brick. Love is the answer (isn't love always the answer?). If you
will refuse to accept the lies of the bully and, instead, show him
love, one of two things will happen: either the bully will go away
and leave you alone, or you'll have won a friend and softened a
heart. Either way, you win.
LOVE YOURSELF. Love others as you love yourself. However, if you
don't love yourself, it's a bit hard to love those around you. Forget
the lies you've been told. Recognize that you have gifts, talents
and beauty. Just because someone else hasn't noticed doesn't mean
they aren't there. Before anybody can see the good in you, you have
to show it to them. If it's hidden, who's going to see it?
write this in love, because I used to be a sufferer of low self-esteem.
I couldn't see any value in myself. But, let me tell you, once I
grabbed hold of the truth that I am a creative, beautiful, lovable
(and much loved) being, my life began to change.
go look in that mirror. It's OK. Don't be frightened by what you
see. Look even deeper and you'll find there is an awful lot of good
Chris Courtney ,
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FIND MORE AT GOOGLE
While it may not be apparent from the sparse-looking homepage, there's
a lot more to Google than meets the eye. There are five tabs on
the Google homepage. The first one is labeled ''Web,'' which allows
you to search billions of Web pages. If
you're searching for multiple pieces of information, using ''OR''
can be a time saver. Google's help file (google.com/help) offers
the following example: vacation London OR Paris will search for
vacation information about both cities. Note that OR is capitalized.
also recognizes something called ''advanced operators.'' One that
I use frequently is the ''site'' operator, which searches within
a single website. If the search function on a site I'm perusing
isn't very good, I go to Google and enter my keywords followed by
''site:'' and the name of the site I'd like to search. So entering
alumni site:umd.edu returns pages with the word alumni from the
site umd.edu. Note that there's no space between the colon and the
address of the site.
''allinurl'' and Google will find websites with a specific word
in the address. If I wanted to find websites with ''boston'' in
the address I'd enter allinurl:Boston
Adding a ''-'' to your search query forces Google to ignore pages
that include that word. Example: Boston -fenway will overlook pages
that contain both Boston and fenway. A ''+'' does the opposite,
requiring a word or phrase to be included.
that ''Advanced Search'' link just to the right of the search box?
Under there you'll find all kinds of ways to slice and dice a search,
including by date, language, or file type (handy if you want to
search just pdf files, for instance).
below Advanced Search is ''Preferences.'' Here you can change Google
to any one of a long list of languages from Afrikaans to Zulu.
Speaking of languages, just under Preferences is the ''Language
Tools'' link where you can translate a phrase or an entire Web page
or restrict your search to Web pages in a specific language.
back to the tabs. The second one, ''Images,'' searches for photos
and graphics. Don't overlook the advanced search where you can specify
that images be a certain size (icon, medium, large), full color,
or black and white.
next tab, ''Groups,'' will search discussion forums where people
yak about every possible topic imaginable. I find this most useful
when I'm researching a purchase and want to see if anyone's complained
about the product. The advance Groups search lets you further refine
by criteria such as author and date.
up is ''Directory,'' which presents you with a neatly categorized
list of topics, such as Arts, Computers, and Shopping. Even though
the last tab, ''News,'' has been around for a while, it's a ''beta''
or test version of Google's news search. The best thing about this
feature is freshness. Breaking news stories from around the world
can appear here within minutes.
may not have noticed the ''Services & Tools'' link at the bottom
of the Google homepage. If not, click it and explore. Here you'll
find a couple of my favorite shopping aids: froogle.google .com,
a comparison shopping tool and catalogs.google.com. There's also
answers.google.com where researchers will answer a question for
a fee, and don't overlook that link to ''Google Labs'' (labs.google
.com). There's quirky stuff here that's still in development.
Johnson, Freelance Writer
Excerpted from article Personal Tech, Boston Globe
by Jim in Galena, Illinois.
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THE ART OF HAITI
Painting: Jean Claude Legagneur Medalia.net
art, especially painting and sculpture, is among the most prized
in the world. Haitian artists from many generations have earned
international acclaim. Everybody: the shoe repairman and fisherman,
river washerwoman and marketstall holder, paints everything: cloth,
cardboard, cans, wooden boards, walls, whatever presents itself.
They paint in a great outburst of splendor, with the seven souls
of the rainbow. Numerous pieces of Haitian Art now belong to to
museums permanent collections and are cherished and sought by private
is at work in 53 nations across Africa, Asia, Latin America and
North America, protecting wild landscapes that are home to a vast
variety of species from butterflies to tigers. These activities
change individual attitudes toward nature and help people imagine
wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction on both a
local and a global scale.
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CATARACT SURGERY EVOLVES
this month, I learned that I have a small-sized cataract in each
my eyes .... what a shock it was at first. Once I processed my fears
about needing surgery of any kind, I realized how fortunate I am
that cataract surgery has evolved tremendously in recent years.
I also have the opportunity to actually improve my vision by having
corrective vision lenses implanted next month during this procedure.
What exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's
internal lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. It works
much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina at the back
of the eye. The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein
is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets
light pass through it. But as we age, some of the protein may clump
together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. Over time,
it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder
to see and may occur as early as age 40.
do not spread from one eye to the other, although they may develop
in both eyes at the same time. Cataracts usually develop gradually
over many years and are not related to cancer. They are not caused
by overuse of the eye nor does use of the eye make the condition
worse. There is no evidence to indicate that working at a CRT computer
screen causes cataracts. Scientists have studied eye characteristics
in long term computer users and have not found any evidence of increased
risk for cataract. However, there are a number of symptoms that
may be experienced by computer operators: Computer
Vision Syndrome .
are no absolute rules regarding the timing of cataract surgery.
It could take weeks or years between the time of diagnosis and surgery.
Think about surgery when your cataracts have progressed enough to
seriously impair your vision and affect your daily life. Many people
consider poor vision an inevitable fact of aging, but cataract surgery
is a simple, relatively painless procedure to regain vision. Cataract
surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is the
most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with over
1.5 million cataract surgeries done each year. During surgery, the
surgeon will remove your clouded lens, and in most cases replace
it with a clear, plastic intraocular lens (IOL). Nine out of 10
people who have cataract surgery regain very good vision, somewhere
between 20/20 and 20/40.
More about Cataracts at the Vision Channel.net
did the @ sign come from?
Laughing It Off
bad a mistake can you make on your résumé?
Here are some real-life examples:
in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store."
Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science, curses in accounting."
Married, 1992 Chevrolet."
have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse."
"I am a rabid typist."
"Exposure to German for two years, but many words are not appropriate
ability to track down and correct erors."
have become completely paranoid, trusting completely nothing and
absolutely no one."
interests: Donating blood. 15 gallons so far."
"Don't take the comments of my former employer too seriously,
they were unappreciative beggars and slave drivers."
None, I've left a path of destruction behind me."
goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in
meteroology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage."
procrastinate - especially when the task is unpleasant."
am loyal to my employer at all costs ... Please feel free to resond
to my resume on my office voicemanil."
"Disposed of $2.5 billion in assets."
background in accounting. I can also stand on my head!"
Oversight of entire department."
intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability
to complete projects on time is unspeakable."
Maps, Maps and MORE Maps...
The Library of Congress searchable collection is at.
SP-206) Map Collections, 1500-2003
You can also search broad topical areas: military campaign maps,
discovery/exploration, cities/towns, conservation/environment, transportation/communication.
Cities: Maps and Documents
features maps, documents, books and other relevant material concerning
the past, present and future of historic cities in Europe and the
to a Web Page!...
A quick way to get to a website if you know the URL and don't
want to wait for the home page of your Internet browser to load
first, is to click on Start and then Run. Type the
URL in the Run dialogue box and press the enter key. As long as
you are running Windows, your browser will automatically start,
and take you directly to that web page.
Look at THAT!
"IT'S MY TURN!"
Will Burgess /REUTERS
A meerkat warms itself under the glow...
of a heat lamp in its enclosure at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.
Weather officials say Sydney experienced its coldest maximum July
temperature in seven years, reaching 12 degrees Celsius (54 degrees
Fahrenheit), prompting zoo keepers to activate the lamps to help
warm the meerkats, which are native to Angola, Namibia, South Africa
and Southern Botswana. ~REUTERS
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
5 FEARS THAT HOLD US BACK (Part
Lisa McLeod of Lifetime
Television, continues today with the list of five universal
human fears from coaching guru Thomas J. Leonard. His advice on
overcoming these anxieties in order to live life to the fullest
are his legacy to the world.
# 3: It's too good to last.
Why is it that we believe happiness is fleeting? "My husband
will do something really sweet for me and I'll find myself waiting
for him to tell me he didn't mean it," says Amy, a 25-year-old
newlywed. "I'm always waiting for the other shoe to drop."
This deep-seated fear is usually rooted in past experiences that
can skew our perspective of the world. One example is growing
up listening to your parents fight about unpaid bills and then
believing that you weren't built to be financially secure. Sometimes
you sabotage your own happiness just to prove yourself right,
like when you pick
a fight with an adoring partner.
living strategy: Before you decide that a good situation
is temporary, ask yourself whether your assumption is based on
the past or the present. If voices from your past keep telling
you that you don't deserve to be happy, create a new mantra for
yourself. My personal favorite is "Everything always works
out great for me." Tack up your "I deserve happiness"
message above your desk or mirror; it's bound to have some effect.
Give yourself permission to enjoy good moments by focusing your
attention on the here and now and on all the things for which
you are grateful.
# 4: I'll be found out.
We all secretly believe that we're just faking it in the grown-up
world and pulling the wool over everyone else's eyes. Take me,
for example. I'm always afraid people are going to find out that
I'm not actually a real writer, the kind with profound thoughts
who speaks in prose. In my own mind, I'm just a funny woman who
reads a lot. Imagine my relief when my friend told me that despite
the huge success of her book and her syndicated relationship column,
she often feels that she isn't a real writer either.
living strategy: That little voice in your head doesn't
always know what it's talking about. After all, your admirers
are smart people, right? Next time somebody sends a compliment
your way, document the evidence. Write it down, save the e-mail,
engrave it on your head if you have to just have it available
the next time you need an ego boost. I've created a folder on
my computer desktop labeled Positive Reinforcement, so
I'm never more than a few clicks away from glowing praise.
# 5: My life doesn't matter.
If the everyday chaos of life, e-mail and car trouble has you
questioning the point of it all, you're not alone. We often get
so mired in daily details that we fail to see how all our small
victories and happy interactions add up to something special and
unique over the course of a lifetime. "Over the years I've
most of my fears, and I've helped my clients do the
same," says Kristi Lucariello, a personal coach. "But
I'm still figuring out how I can create a legacy for myself."
Even self-help gurus want to know their lives count for something
in the grand scheme of things.
living strategy: Take a step back and look at the big
picture. What gives your life value are the deep, true connections
you've forged with others. Whether it's your family, friends or
coworkers, your relationships are the legacy you leave to the
world. Focus on enriching
your bonds and you'll find yourself moving beyond your
fears to a life filled with joy and meaning. ~Lisa Earle McLeod
Sure Fire Strategies For
Business and Personal Success
By Thomas J. Leonard
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