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you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about
to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing
one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to
stand on, or you will be taught how to fly."
Overton Educator, Poet, Playwright, Author, and Speaker
August 2, 2004
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Using All We Have
Yes You Can!...
Russia's Amber Room
Links That Shine...
National Smile Week
Nature or Nurture?
Laughing It Off...
Play on Words
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Daily Security Alerts
Overlooking Bad Habits
BE the World
You Want to See!
often make us realize that we have more courage than we think and
that one person CAN make a difference in the world ... even if it's
the world of one other person.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
USING ALL WE HAVE
November 18, 1995, world renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman, came
on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center
in New York City.
you have ever been to a Perlman concert, you know that getting on
stage is no small achievement for him. He was stricken with polio
as a child, and so he has braces on both legs and walks with the
aid of two crutches.
To see him walk across the stage one step at a time, painfully and
slowly, is an unforgettable sight.
When he reaches his chair, he sits down, slowly, puts his crutches
on the floor, undoes the clasps on his legs, tucks one foot back
and extends the other foot forward.
bends down and picks up the violin, puts it under his chin, nods
to the conductor and proceeds to play.
now, the audience is used to this ritual. They sit quietly while
he makes his way across the stage to his chair. They remain reverently
silent while he undoes the clasps on his legs. They wait until he
is ready to play.
this time, something went wrong. Just as he finished the first few
bars, one of the strings on his violin broke. You could hear it
snap it went off like gunfire across the room. There was
no mistaking what that sound meant. There was no mistaking what
he had to do.
who were there that night thought to themselves: We figured
that he would have to get up, put on the clasps again, pick up the
crutches and limp his way off stage to find another violin
or else find another string for this one.
he didnt. Instead, he waited a moment, closed his eyes and
signaled the conductor to begin again. The orchestra began, and
he played from where he had left off. And he played with such passion
and such power and such purity as they had never heard before. Of
course, anyone knows that it is impossible to play a symphonic work
with just three strings.
know that, and you know that, but that night Itzhak Perlman refused
to know that. You could see him modulating, changing, recomposing
the piece in his head. At one point, it sounded like he was de-tuning
the strings to get new sounds from them sounds they had never
he finished, there was an awesome silence in the room. And then
people rose and cheered. There was an extraordinary outburst of
applause from every corner of the auditorium. Everyone was on their
feet, screaming and cheering, doing everything they could to show
how much they appreciated what he had done.
smiled, wiped the sweat from his brow, raised his bow to quiet us,
and then said, not boastfully, but in a quiet, pensive, reverent
You know, sometimes it is the artists task to find out
how much music you can still make with what you have left.
a powerful line that is. And who knows? Perhaps that is the way
of life not just for artists but for all of us.
our task in this shaky, fast-changing, bewildering world in which
we live is to make music, at first with all that we have, and then,
when that is no longer possible, to make music with what we have
Perlman is noted for the warmth of his violin tone and
A child prodigy born in Tel Aviv, 1945, Perlman came to New York
and soon was propelled
into the international arena with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan
Show in 1958.
Following his studies at the Juilliard School he won the prestigious
Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career.
One of Perlman's proudest achievements was collaborating with film
John Williams in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning film Schindler's
in which he performed the violin solos. His
presence on stage, on camera and in
personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of
and the disabled, and his devotion to this cause is an integral
part of his life.
Itzhak Perlman lives in New York with his wife Toby and their family.
The Houston Chronicle
Yes You Can!
a moment before reading on ... WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND RIGHT
NOW? Are you wondering what this article is all about? Are you thinking
about what you are going to do next? Or are you thinking about what
you just did?
minds contain thousands and thousands of thoughts each day. And
each thought has a direct impact on our emotions and on our bodies.
Rarely do we experience the present moment. We are locked in the
past or planning the future. When was the last time you were truly
mindful of the moment? The usual answer is: When I was on
vacation and I saw a beautiful sunset. I was just there!
is possible to be on vacation every day. The skill involved
is the practice of 'mindfulness'. In mindfulness, we observe inward,
watching our thoughts without attachment to them. It's similar to
lying on the grass and watching the clouds go by. This art of non-attachment
to our thoughts results in great healing, peace, and insight.
and researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn (Full
Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face
Stress, Pain, and Illness and Wherever
You Go, There You Are : Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life)
has demonstrated through research that simply by being mindful of
physical and mental pain we can overcome, or rather, come through
and experience peace. His seven aspects of mindfulness include:
NON-JUDGING becoming an impartial witness to your own experience;
PATIENCE, BEGINNERS MIND willingness to see everything
as if for the first time; TRUST in yourself; NON-STRIVING
by doing nothing, all is done; ACCEPTANCE seeing things
as they actually are in the present; and LETTING GO. (From a
workshop on Hilton Head with Jon Kabat-Zinn)
practice is quite simple. To begin, set your alarm clock or stopwatch
for 5 minutes. Then sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes,
and focus on your breath. FEEL the breath coming and going, going
and coming, through your nose. Your breath becomes the vehicle to
carry you towards peace. Now notice how easily you become distracted
from the feel of your breath. A thought travels through your mind.
That thought leads to another, and another. Finally you remember
that you are suppose to be feeling your breath, and you return.
But from where did you return? Where does the mind go? Experiment
again and this time you feel a pressure or pain in your body. You
follow that pain and another series of thoughts results. And again,
you return to the breath. Each time you return to the sensation
of your own breath on your nose you have gained a little more control
over your own mind.
own mind carries us away. Our thoughts are like unruly children,
constantly pulling us here and there. And this constant pulling
is the source of our stress and pain. Mindfulness is the skill that
allows us to watch our thoughts and feelings without being pulled
by them. Initially in practice all this mental chatter preoccupies
us. Then we begin to realize that we do have control. By noticing
and observing, we stop reacting. And it is our reactions to our
thoughts that bring us emotional stress and physical dis-ease.
you are ready, lengthen your 5 minute practice to 10 minutes or
20 minutes or more. Experiencing longer practice periods will allow
you to enter a space beyond your thoughts. The space of energy before
it is bound up within a thought. Deepak Chopra, M.D. (Ageless
Body, Timeless Mind, Unconditional
Life and The
describes this inner space as a void of pure possibilities,
impulses of energy and information, a space made up
of nothing, the womb of creation. Direct experience of this
void of no-thing can have a transformative and profoundly
healing effect on body, emotion, mind and life. So, are you ready?
Set aside at least 5 minutes every day to sit and feel your breath.
Enjoy your practice!
~Jill N. Henry, EdD is author of Llewellyns
publishers new release
Sourcebook: The Fundamentals of Personal Energy
further information contact Dr. Henry at www.MountainValleyCenter.com
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RUSSIA'S AMBER ROOM
inside the Amber Room in the Tzarskoje Selo Catherine Palace museum
outside St. Petersburg is like slipping into a fairy tale. Soaring
walls bloom with polished shards of amber crimson red, honey-blond,
milky-gold inset with jeweled mosaics and gilded trim. But
as with many Russian fairy tales, there is a dark side to the Amber
Room too, a shadow of legend and open-ended mystery. The original
plans for the room have been identified as initially planned by
Andreas Schluter, the chief architect of the Prussian royal court
in 1699. Schluter had the idea of using amber, a material never
before used for interior decoration, to complete one of the palace
rooms. The architect invited Gottfried Wolfram, the court amber
master of the Danish King Friedrich IV, from Copenhagen to work
on the Amber Room. In later years it acquired the immodest nickname
"the Eighth Wonder of the World," still to be found in
articles and guidebooks today. That, however, is more than can be
said for the first Amber Room itself, which disappeared during the
chaotic final months of World War II and can't be found at all.
by Beverly in St.Cloud, Florida)
"National Smile Week August 2 - 8"
Children who are battling life-threatening illnesses like cancer
sometimes dont have much to smile about; but during National
Smile Week, folks of all ages and abilities can give a suffering
child a reason to smile. You can join the efforts of an Internet-based
group called the HUGS and HOPE Club for Sick Children who send
smiles to critically ill kids by mailing hundreds of cheery cards
and small gifts each month. The club's founder, Marsha Jordan,
invites anyone who wants to share a smile to visit the web site,
read the stories, and send some happy mail to one
or more of the sick club kids.
NATURE OR NURTURE?
Laughing It Off
PLAY ON WORDS
ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonald's
AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tried to do
3. BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage
4. BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with
5. CONTROL: A short, ugly inmate
6. COUNTERFEITERS: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets
7. ECLIPSE: What an English barber does for a living
8. EYEDROPPER: A clumsy ophthalmologist
9. HEROES: What a guy in a boat does
10. LEFTBANK: What the robber did when his bag was full of money
11. MISTY: How golfers create divots
12. PARADOX: Two physicians
13. PARASITES: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower
14. PHARMACIST: A helper on the farm
15. POLARIZE: What penguins see with
16. PRIMATE: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV
17. RELIEF: What trees do in the spring
18. RUBBERNECK: What you do to relax your wife
19. SELFISH: What the owner of a seafood store does
20. SUDAFED: Brought litigation against a government official
~Contributed by Sherry in Miami, Florida
HUMOR ARCHIVES: ..
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
Airports around the world are universally known by a unique three-letter
code: the "Location Identifier." It's obviously much easier
for pilots, controllers, travel agents, frequent flyers, computers
and baggage handlers to say and write ORD than the O'Hare International
Airport in Chicago, Illinois
but how did this practice start, and why are some easy to understand
while others seem to make absolutely no sense?
List of World Airport Codes:
Click Woes? ...
Do you have a tough time double clicking fast enough to open files
and programs? Or maybe the opposite problem. Guess what? Your double-click
speed can be adjusted! Just click the Start button, Settings,
Control Panel, then open the Mouse icon. (XP users, hit
the Start button, Control Panel, then open the Mouse
icon). From the little screen that pops up, you should be able to
adjust your double-click sensitivity. Most of the time you'll see
a checkbox that says something like "Make double-clicking easier."
Look at THAT!
zookeeper feeds a newly-born hippopotamus...
at a safari park in Guangzhou, southern China. The hippopotamus,
whose name means "river horse", is a plant-eating water-loving
giant and a relative of camels, pigs, and deer. They are brownish
gray on top and a light pink color underneath. The hippo has its
ears, nose, and eyes positioned on the top of its head so it can
remain submerged and still keep track of what's going on around
it. When it submerges it closes its nostrils and ears so water won't
get in. The hippopotamus is very buoyant, has no trouble getting
around underwater and can stay under for about 15 minutes. It is
herbivorous and comes out of the water primarily at night to graze,
eating about 100 pounds of vegetation each evening. ~Reuters
DAILY SECURITY ALERTS
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
OVERLOOKING BAD HABITS
are you willing to endure when it comes to the bad habits of partners?
Can you actually love a person who talks with his mouth full?
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rhona
Raskin, shares some personal experiences and guidelines:
lives with my girlfriend. She overlooks anything he does because
not only is the sex great, but he also laughs at all her jokes.
You, on the other hand, might want to toss Marsh out on his well-formed
butt if you had to listen to his mind-numbing golf stories. (
'I hit a ball with a club and it went in the hole / got close
to the hole / missed the hole').
cousin Sal is married to a smart and witty man who is a terrific
cook and is attractive too. His drawback is that he has no clue
about cutting his toenails. She obsesses about how it would sound
explaining to a judge that she is divorcing this man due to a
lack of lower quadrant hygiene. Just as bad, he goes into overdrive
every time he jumps into a car. He announces Best Route, Driving
Style Errors and Early Danger Warnings in a loud and insistent
voice. Sal blocks him out by cranking up the radio.
so needs reforming as other peoples bad habits', said Mark
Twain. So how do you deal with bad habits?
Remember: Change is difficult. I was at a party last week
and overheard a woman saying, I figure that the bad habits
he had when I met him and he brought into the relationship with
my full knowledge are his to keep. Anything he acquired AFTER
we connected is fair game. She has a healthy attitude. She
has no designs on renovating the man she fell in love with
but also has standards.
Be careful what you ask for. My friend Mike said he had never
met a woman who could leave the house in the same condition he
found her. Women cant just jump up and head for the
door they have to feed the cat, or brush their hair or
change their T-shirt. So he connected with an eccentric,
recycling, makeup-free girl. Im not sure what else they
have going on in their relationship but theres no
lag time between the announcement Lets hustle
and the door slamming on the way out. So they are happy. Good
for them. Mike will put up with a woman who chews with her mouth
open as long as shes prompt.
Be flexible in your inflexibility. Renee has a list of no-nos.
The top of the inventory has hygiene-related items such
as no B.O. or bad breath. If those behaviors are absent theres:
no smoking, no heavy drinking. And then theres: cleans up
after himself, doesnt have a co-dependent relationship with
a therapist, ex-lover or mother. Renee is open to suggestions
on any other personal eccentricities or flaws. She did however,
disengage from a man who liked to borrow her underwear. Some might
call her picky; others, incredibly perceptive.
Know what your deal breakers are. Whatever the offending manner,
habit or penchant, it must be one you can glide over. You might
respond with an eyeball roll, a laugh or sigh. But if your response
is anger, embarrassment or withdrawal, you are with the wrong
sure the collection of personality traits you find so adorable
in the beginning is going to fit in with all YOUR quirks and routines
in the future. As Benjamin Franklin observed: 'Your net worth
to the world is usually determined by what remains after your
bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.'"
~Chelle ("Shay") Thompson, Editor
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