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"When 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."

~ Patrick Overton Educator, Poet, Playwright, Author, and Speaker

August 2, 2004

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From the Inside Out...
Using All We Have

Yes You Can!...
Practice 'Mindfulness'

Far Horizons...
Russia's Amber Room

Links That Shine...
National Smile Week

Fascinating Facts...
Nature or Nurture?

Laughing It Off...
Play on Words

Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Computer Ease

Look at That!...
Newborn Bottle-Baby

Web-Wize Updates...
Daily Security Alerts

Joyful Lifestyles...
Overlooking Bad Habits

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From the Inside OutInspiration Online Magazine - Itzhak Pearlman

On 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.

If 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.

He bends down and picks up the violin, puts it under his chin, nods to the conductor and proceeds to play.

By 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.

But 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.

People 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.”

But he didn’t. 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.

I 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 made before.

When 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.

He smiled, wiped the sweat from his brow, raised his bow to quiet us, and then said, not boastfully, but in a quiet, pensive, reverent tone ...

“You know, sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.”

What a powerful line that is. And who knows? Perhaps that is the way of life — not just for artists but for all of us.

Perhaps 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 left.

Itzhak Perlman is noted for the warmth of his violin tone and brilliant technique.
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 Leventritt
Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career.
One of Perlman's proudest achievements was collaborating with film score composer
John Williams in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning film Schindler's List,
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 the handicapped
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.

~From The Houston Chronicle

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Stop 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?

Our 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!”

It 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.

Author 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, BEGINNER’S 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)

The 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.

Our 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.

When 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 Wisdom Within) 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 Llewellyn’s publisher’s new release
Energy Sourcebook: The Fundamentals of Personal Energy
For further information contact Dr. Henry at

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Stepping 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.
(Contributed by Beverly in St.Cloud, Florida)
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"National Smile Week August 2 - 8"

Children who are battling life-threatening illnesses like cancer sometimes don’t 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.”



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1. ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonald's

2. AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tried to do

The act of torching a mortgage

What a crook sees with

A short, ugly inmate

Workers who put together kitchen cabinets

: What an English barber does for a living

A clumsy ophthalmologist

What a guy in a boat does

What the robber did when his bag was full of money

11. MISTY:
How golfers create divots

Two physicians

What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower

A helper on the farm

What penguins see with

Removing your spouse from in front of the TV

: What trees do in the spring

What you do to relax your wife

What the owner of a seafood store does

Brought litigation against a government official

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"Airport Codes"
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?
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Mouse 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."

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A 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.


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Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly InsightsInspiration Online Magazine - Joy

What 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:

"Marshall 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').

"My 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.

"'Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s bad habits', said Mark Twain. So how do you deal with bad habits?

1. 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.

2. 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 can’t 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. I’m not sure what else they have going on in their relationship — but there’s no lag time between the announcement “Let’s 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 she’s prompt.

3. Be flexible in your inflexibility. Renee has a list of no-no’s. The top of the inventory has hygiene-related items — such as no B.O. or bad breath. If those behaviors are absent there’s: no smoking, no heavy drinking. And then there’s: cleans up after himself, doesn’t 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.

4. 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 person.

"Be 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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