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"If you approach each new
you meet in a spirit
of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly
by the new channels of thought and experience
and personality that you
~ Eleanor Roosevelt, Wife of President F. D.
activist and UN diplomat (1884-1962)
January 5, 2004
"Whistle a Happy
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Yes You Can!...
Find Healthy Solutions
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What a Site!
Look at That!...
Love in Bloom
BE the World
You Want to See!
We will never know the
can be made
in our life and the lives of strangers unless we
choose to be open to all possibilities.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
AN OPEN GATE
"The Lady With the White Paling"
me to leave the gate to life open...
When my husband died of a brain tumor, I
angry. Life was not fair. I hated being alone. After three
as a widow, I walked around with a face like a stiff
One day, as I was driving down a busy street in
I suddenly noticed a new paling, or picket fence, that was
erected around a house that I had always admired.
The more than 100-year-old house was a faded
white and had a large veranda. It once lay secluded from
road. But then the road was widened, traffic lights were
and the small town began to resemble a large city. Now the
had almost no front garden left.
But the garden down to the road was always neat
and the flowerbeds were teeming with flowers in all the
the rainbow. I also noticed a little lady with an apron
swept, and mowed the lawn in there. She even picked up the
people threw out when they hurried by in their cars.
Every time I drove past the house, I watched
progress with the paling. The elderly carpenter also made
for the roses and a small summerhouse. He painted it all
white, and afterwards he painted the house in the same
One day I pulled off to the side to really
paling. The carpenter had done such a good job that my
welled up with tears. I could not tear myself away. I
engine and went over and touched the paling. It still
fresh paint. I could hear the lady was trying to start the
mover in the back garden.
Hello! I shouted and waved at her.
hello! She stood up and wiped her hands in the
I came to see the paling. It is
She smiled. Come and sit down on the
I will tell you about it.
We went up the back stairs, and she opened the
it squeaked like the door in my childhood home. In the
some leftovers from a meal that had been cooked with fresh
from the garden. We walked across the worn linoleum and
floor to the veranda in front of the house.
Sit down in the rocking chair, she
I was filled with joy from sitting here on the veranda,
ice tea, with the beautiful white paling around
The paling is not there for my
lady explained me in a matter-of-fact voice. I live
But so many people drive by every day, and I thought they
be glad to see something really nice. People see my paling
A few stop like you and come up to the veranda to have a
But werent you sad when they
road and everything changed so much? I boldly asked.
Her reply changed my life: Change is a
life and takes part in making us who we are. When
something we do
not like happens to us, we have two options: to become a
person or to become a better person.
When I said goodbye, she said, Drop in
time. And leave the gate open. It looks more
I carefully left the gate open and drove on with a new
sensation inside me. I could not tell what it was, but I could feel
the thick stone wall around my angry heart crumbling away. And instead
a pretty white paling was built. I decided that I would keep the
gate open for everything and everyone that came my way.
~ Marion Bond West, Motivational
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Has the festive season taken its toll: Does your
drawn and weary? Here are some easy ways to restore your
- Increase your intake of fish, nuts and seeds. They all
.. are good for your
- Turn the central heating down. A cooler and more humid
.. is much kinder to the
- Place bowls of water by radiators. Water in the
..maintain the skin's
- Apply a Jojoba and Green Tea-based facemask. Its
.. properties are great for
- Use a creamier cleanser for maximum hydration.
- Omit the toner step of your beauty routine for a few
.. Give your skin a chance to
its natural oils.
Don't be an iron man: Most multivitamin formulas
much iron for men. That's why "senior" formulas,
have little or no iron, are much more appropriate for
of any age. Look for a brand with 8mg or less. Men who eat
breakfast cereal will have already covered their daily
Getting substantially more iron than you need raises risks
variety of conditions, including some that are potentially
Don't boil your food if you have high blood
you boil vegetables, it leaches out the potassium that is
in blood pressure control. Steam, bake, roast or microwave
A boiled potato, for example, loses up to half its
do most other vegetables. This is particularly true when
large amounts of water that just gets poured down the
Grapefruit vs. medication: If you like grapefruit
juice for breakfast, you might need to be aware of a
risk to yourself. Grapefruit has a compound called
turns off an enzyme in your small intestine that helps
specific drugs, such as calcium channel blockers used for
pressure and some heart problems, Seldane, which is taken
and Halcion (an anti-anxiety drug). Eating grapefruit or
grapefruit juice at the same time you take these
greatly increase the effect of these drugs. Most
this information to their patients, but you should talk to
physician or pharmacist to be sure. You'll probably still
to enjoy your grapefruit, but not along with your
Great use for frozen peas: Next time you're
an ice pack, try this tip. Use a bag of frozen vegetables.
are great because they can change shape to fit any body
wrap the bag in a thin towel and apply wherever your
you to place ice. When you're done with your "ice
cook the vegetables for a healthy meal!
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A land called Brasil," a legend
in Europe as early as the 9th Century, was where bresilium came
from, a wood much in demand for dyeing cloth red. The first European
ships sent back from the South American continent were loaded with
brazilwood, and Brazil, or Brasil, became
the common name for the new country. Fifteen minutes from downtown
Rio, lies Tijuca, the worlds largest urban forest, filled
with native brazilwood trees, exotic waterfalls and hundreds of
species of plants and wildlife. Youll also find the murals
at Mayrink Chapel; Museu do Açude, built on a picturesque
weir; and Vista Chinesas bamboo pagoda with a view extending
all the way to the beaches of Ipanema.
Here's a wonderful presentation from
our friends at Self-Healing Expressions!
This 2-minute "Starshine" movie will
uplift and inspire you for the New Year.
Give it a few minutes to upload
it's well worth the wait!
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Laughing It Off
INVESTMENT TIPS FOR 2004
For those of you with any money left In the
the Exxon/Mobil deal and the AOL/TimeWarner implode
aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in
ground floor and make some BIG bucks. Watch for these
1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller
and W. R.Grace Co. will merge and become:
Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace
2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers
forces and become:
Poly, Warner Cracker
3. 3M will merge with Goodyear in the coming new year
4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and
will merge and become:
5. FedEx is expected to join its major competitor,
Service-UPS, and become:
6. A Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers
7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to
8. Knott's Berry Farm and the National Organization
~Contributed by Jim in Galena, Illinois
Untangling the Web
"2001 - A Space Odyssey"
Once in a great while, a work of art comes
along that challenges your intellect,
and sets you to reflecting on the
wonders of life and what it all means.
If you single click on the Volume Icon in the tray area (lower right
corner of taskbar), a small box appears with a slider control and
a mute box. From here you can control the volume comingfrom your
Look at THAT!
Photo: Henry Romero
Shuan shuan, one of three female
at Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo, nibbles a bamboo shoot in
her pen. Keepers at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said they have high hopes for
the meeting between 16-year-old female, from the Chapultepec Zoo
in Mexico City, and Ling Ling, the Ueno Zoo's last living panda.
On December 2, 2003, Shuan Shuan left the zoo at daybreak in a covered
pick-up truck and passed through customs before boarding a commercial
Japan Airlines plane. Weighing a hefty 130 kg (286 lbs), she traveled
in a huge wooden box with two curtained sides, accompanied by a
vet and keeper from the zoo. Following her arrival at Ueno Zoo Shuan
Shaun dined on bamboo leaves, boiled carrots and a fruit-and-vegetable
milkshake made from a Mexican recipe. "She appears very upbeat
despite the long journey," said zoo spokesman Masanori Ono.
"She had a big appetite last night."
While we dont have much control over how
take in data, and theres nothing we can do to
personal history, there are things we CAN DO. Here is a
three-step formula developed by Doctors Gary McKay and
to help us remember the necessary process for choosing
In their book How You Feel Is up to You ...The Power of Emotional Choice, they
THE A.C.E. FORMULA. (See book information
A - ACCEPT yourself and your feelings
involves first accepting yourself, realizing that
an imperfect human being. Youre not perfect ...
that? Well, how about accepting yourself as you are,
and all. Self-acceptance can pave the way for more
your life by helping you see yourself from a new
When you can accept your imperfections, you have the
be imperfect. When you accept yourself as you are, with
you no longer need to pretend. Pretense hinders
and impedes your happiness. If you dont accept
you cant accept your feelings, and if you
your feelings, you cant change them. As you begin
your feelings, youll make mistakes. At these
becomes crucial to your self-esteem. Learn to rate only
not your personal worth. Whenever you have difficulty
yourself or your feelings, accept the fact that
C - CHOOSE new purposes, beliefs and
Emotions serve a purpose. Learn to recognize what
trying to achieve by a certain feeling. Decide if
purpose will benefit you in the long run. If your
been to be perfect and protect yourself, your BELIEF has
Im only acceptable when others think of me
and knowing everything. To change, you need to be
to accept your limitations. Try this new belief:
an imperfect human being who works hard but makes
Or your PURPOSE may have been to be in control. You may
when you dont get your way, or you might feel like
up or getting even. These feelings stem from your BELIEF
I must be in control to have life work
By examining your beliefs and modifying your demanding
you can choose new beliefs: I like to make
be in charge, but I recognize life wont always
give me what
I want. I can accept that without spending a lot of
trying to get my way. Remember, your beliefs
feelings. When you choose to look at disturbing events
rather than awful, or as opportunities rather than
youll create new feelings. As you develop the
risk making a mistake, you become free to see yourself,
and the world more realistically.
E - EXECUTE your new choices Change
Its not enough to simply think about how your
be different ... you must make it different through
taken the basic step of accepting your imperfections.
to yourself, I have the courage to be imperfect. I
myself as I am. You can begin to experiment with
to put joy and humor in your life. You can do what you
can risk failure. You can heal your spirit by acting on
purposes, beliefs and feelings.
~ Chelle Thompson,
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show What Is Possible . By choosing new perspectives,
we can change ourselves from the inside out to improve our relationships,
our community and our planet."
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