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"Every artist dips his brush into his soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures."

~ Henry Ward Beecher,
US Abolitionist & Clergyman (1813 - 1887)

February 2, 2004


"True Colors"


From the Inside Out...

Painting with a
Full Palette of Colors
(Part 2)

Yes You Can!...
Lose Weight

Far Horizons...
San Juan Fortress

Links That Shine...
"Missing Children"

Fascinating Facts...

Laughing It Off...
Gentle Thoughts

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

Look at That!...
Monkey Business

Joyful Lifestyles...
Clarity in
Family Dynamics
(Part 2)


BE the World
You Want to See!

When we start out in life we never know just what awaits us. Fearfully 'painting' in
black and white limits our possibilities and the full expression of our soul.

~ Chelle ~

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From the Inside OutColor Palette

Last week we explored basic color theory - today we look at qualities associated with each color and an illustration of how to use color as a helpful tool. I was first exposed to the idea of using color qualities many years ago from one of my teachers, William David. He gave me permission to use the qualities found in his book The Harmonies of Sound, Color and Vibration and I have added some of my own. David explains that the qualities of each color can be in balance while in an acceptance range or can be out of balance when pushed to extremes.

Some colors feel harmonious to us, while with others we feel resistance. For example, anger is one of the qualities of red. Using red within the balanced range, one feels her/his anger, allowing it to surface when there is an injustice and the need to take action. Pushed to an extreme, anger that is ignored can turn into rage where it can do harm to oneself (E.g.. accident-proneness, illness) or to another (E.g.. attacking with hurtful words or using physical force). Some of us may avoid painting with red because of early encounters with red personalities, while others enjoy the intensity and energy of red personalities.

Let us take a moment to look at a hypothetical example of using red, yellow, then blue to illustrate how one might end a relationship (substitute another issue you choose, such as changing jobs). Red may get fed up with the partner after expressing once that s/he is not happy. Seeing little or no progress, being impatient with the power-struggles, and not wanting to take the time to learn new communication patterns, red says in the heat of the moment, "I quit, I want a divorce."

Try yellow now. Yellow sees the problems because the situation has been analyzed for a long time. Confidence is lacking when yellow projects into the future imagining the single life, so creates affirmations for self-improvement, reads self-help books, and tries many times to make changes in the marriage. When all else fails, and yellow has a plan, then and only then, does yellow pull the plug.

Feel the difference now as blue experiences the ending of a relationship. Blue has been unhappy for a long time, does not like the way things are going, complains, but never does anything about it. Blue does not bring up issues or confront the partner unless the partner brings things up first. Blue is passive, not clear on what s/he wants, and prefers the status quo over the uncertainty of making a change. Blue allows the partner to call the shots. Therefore, blue feels powerless and victimized when the divorce papers arrive.

Take a look at you: For fun take a look in your closet and see what colors you prefer to wear. Consider arranging your clothing in order of the colors of the rainbow. Notice the colors you have lots of and those lacking in your wardrobe. When there is a missing color, you might buy a tee shirt or scarf in those colors, so you will have the full range of colors to experiment with and wear. Look at the colors you decorate with in your house and the color of your car. What might this say about you? Notice your tendencies for choosing colors in your home, office, and clothing and evaluate how they make you feel. Wear clothes, eat foods, or sleep on sheets with the colors you feel you need. Be more aware of how you already use color, what colors you need for nourishment and inner balance, and what is not needed. When you need a "color boost" nature is always there to nourish with the blue sky, white clouds, yellow sun, green trees, red and orange rocks, green water, and lavender and orange sunsets. Working with the colors in this way can be fun. It is not important to get it "right" but to recognize where your nourishment comes from in painting with color and which colors may give you a wider range of free will choice.

Now take a look at your food preferences. What colors dominate? Are there any you tend to leave out? Try experimenting with new choices of colors of food to include all the colors of the rainbow to not only balance your nutrition, but to broaden your choice of ways to bring more balance in your life. Be curious to see if this is true for you.

To return to our original premise, the journey of life is like learning to paint with a full palette of colors. Metaphorically you can do this by learning to work with, and paint with, all the colors of the rainbow. Here the "artist within" builds awareness with the qualities of each color. As you choose to squeeze a little of each color of the rainbow onto your artist's palette, you broaden your freewill choice in life. Having all the colors available balances the tendency to limit yourself. A full palette of colors empowers you to create life in a fuller, more aware way.


~ Suzanne E. Harrill, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT
Author of several self-help books, including Enlightening Cinderella,
Affirm Your Self Day by Day, and Inner Fitness for Creating a Better You
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Eat When You're Hungry: Not before, not after. Eating when hungry results in better digestion, giving one more energy and stronger body tissues. And, of course, it also helps make food wonderfully enjoyable. We need to be careful about this because it's all too easy to eat at almost any excuse - if it's "time" for breakfast, lunch, tea, etc. (whether we're hungry or not); if we have to be sociable, and eat when someone else is hungry; or if we're fed up or depressed, and so have a piece of cake to cheer ourselves up - or to reward ourselves for a job well done.

All such patterns of eating are, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, irrelevant to the requirements of our stomachs, and can harm us. Feeling like getting a second helping of food? Hold back for 10 minutes before you make your move. It takes at least that long for your brain to get the message that your stomach is full. Many of us can eat a double portion, or one very large portion, in less than 10 minutes - so you may be full and not even realize it. Before you act on the urge to refill your plate, sit down, drink a glass of water, and then ask yourself if you really need more food. Remember: Eat so that you're not hungry, not necessarily until you feel "stuffed."

Apple Juice Lowers Fat: By drinking apple juice with your fast food meals, you may stop the damage from eating those high fat foods. Researchers from the University of California found recently that apple juice can help reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol up to 34 percent. So, opt for apple juice in place of a cola or other non-nutritional drink. You can easily carry the little single serving cans or boxes with you. And always be sure you're drinking only 100 percent juice.

Fill Up on Broth-based Soups: Research shows that when you start a meal with a broth-based soup, especially one swimming with vegetables, you'll likely consume about 100 fewer calories at that meal. Better yet, the studies show you're unlikely to make up those calories at your next meal, either. Tomato soups are particularly healthy - they have lycopene, thought to be a very powerful disease fighter. But steer clear of cream-based soups, which are packed with saturated fat and have lots of calories. If unsure, ask if the soup is made with cream.

Potatoes can be a dieter's secret weapon: Keep them away from the deep fryer or high-fat toppings, and they're excellent choices. On its own, a cooked medium-size potato has only about 200 calories, and it's very filling. Top it with yogurt and a sprinkling of chives - you'll never miss the sour cream. Potatoes are rich in protein, iron, potassium and, if you eat the skin, fiber. They also contain glutathione, an antioxidant that may help protect against cancer. Never store potatoes in the refrigerator - it makes them turn dark when cooked. Keep them in a cool, dark, ventilated place. Trim away any green spots before cooking

~Miavita Food Facts,


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Far Horizons


Puerto Rico
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In September, 1493, Columbus set sail from Cádiz, Spain on his second voyage to the New World. In November of that year, he discovered the lovely Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Columbus was met by the Taíno Indians who made the grave mistake of showing him gold nuggets in the river and telling him to take all he wanted. Puerto Rico (“rich port”) quickly became Spain’s most important outpost where, in 1521, they built colonial Old San Juan. A massive wall and several forts were erected around the city extending from Fort San Cristobal on the east side, to the turrets of El Morro standing guard over the western straights. Small, circular sentry boxes called "garitas" are unique to the forts here and have become a national symbol.

Travel ArchivesTravel Archives

Links That Shine

"National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children"

This site serves as a clearinghouse of information and provides technical assistance to individuals and law-enforcement agencies in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of cases involving missing and exploited children.





Fascinating Facts

What do a cat's whiskers do?

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Whassup Dog
Laughing It Off

1. When I'm feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor's dog go crazy wondering "whassup."

2. There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

3. Birds of a feather flock together and then mess right on your car.

4. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

5. A penny saved is a government oversight.

6. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

7. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.

8. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

9. He who hesitates is probably right.

10. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

11. The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really, really in trouble.

12. Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words "The" and "IRS" together it spells "THEIRS"?

13. Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are "XL"?

~Contributed by John in Mohave Valley, Arizona
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Untangling the Web


"Fact Check"
Annenberg Political Fact Check holds politicians accountable. The site creators examine recent statements by politicians or political organizations from any political party, and print the claim, test its truthfulness, and cite their sources.


Lost Outlook Express Folders....
To get your 'List' back, single-click on the View pull-down menu with your left mouse button. Now single-click on the Layout option. Under the Basic section, single-click inside the box titled, "Folder List". A small checkmark will appear inside the box to indicate that you have activated this feature. Now single-click on the Apply button, and single-click on OK . Your Folders List should reappear.

Look at THAT!

Photo: Andrew Wong /Reuters

The Year of the Monkey...
Chinese soothsayers predict, like the temperamental animal from which the Lunar New Year borrows its sign, 2004 will keep the world on their toes with transformation and change. It's a year highlighting: politicians, diplomats, writers, spokesmen, storytellers, orators, salesmen, and confidence games. A Chinese boy wears a monkey mask as he stands underneath trees decorated with lanterns at the Temple of the Earth in Beijing on the eve of Chinese New Year, January 21st. Brought to mankind by a mythical horse and tortoise, the Chinese fortune-telling system was codified in the "Book of Changes" or "I Ching". Devotees on the mainland, and millions of followers around the world, have kept alive this ancient art of the 12-year animal cycle.


Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly InsightsJoy

The patterns of codependency can emerge from any family system where the OVERT and COVERT rules close its members off from the outside world. These family systems discourage healthy communication of issues and feelings between themselves, destroy the family members' ability to trust themselves and to trust another in an intimate relationship, and freeze family members into unnatural roles, making constructive change difficult. The particular expression of codependent traits by each individual is often a function of the type of family in which a child grows up. For example, in Adult Children of Alcoholics Dr. Janet G. Woititz recognizes the following traits that are characteristic of adults who grew up in a family where alcoholism was present. These adult children of alcoholics:

1. guess at what normal behavior is
2. have difficulty in following a project through from beginning to end
3. lie, when it would be just as easy to tell the truth
4. judge themselves without mercy
5. have difficulty having fun
6. take themselves very seriously
7. have difficulty with intimate relationships
8. overreact to changes over which they have no control
9. constantly seek approval and affirmation
10. usually feel they are different than other people
11. are super responsible or super irresponsible
12. Are extremely loyal, even in the face of evidence the loyalty is undeserved
13. Are impulsive, and tend to lock themselves into a course of action without serious consideration to alternative behaviors or possible consequences.

(Next, we'll explore typical survival strategies of codependency... )

~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~



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