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"If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit
of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated
by the new channels of thought and experience
and personality that you encounter."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt, Wife of President F. D. Roosevelt,
activist and UN diplomat (1884-1962)

January 5, 2004

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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE


From the Inside Out...

An Open Gate

Yes You Can!...
Find Healthy Solutions

Far Horizons...
Tijuca Forest

Links That Shine...
"Starshine"

Fascinating Facts...
Here Kitty, Kitty!

Laughing It Off...
Investment Tips
for 2004

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

Look at That!...
Love in Bloom

Joyful Lifestyles...
Choosing
New Feelings


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BE the World
You Want to See!

We will never know the difference that can be made
in our life and the lives of strangers unless we
choose to be open to all possibilities.

~ Chelle ~

 

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From the Inside Out
AN OPEN GATE

"The Lady With the White Paling" taught me to leave the gate to life open...

When my husband died of a brain tumor, I became very angry. Life was not fair. I hated being alone. After three years as a widow, I walked around with a face like a stiff mask.

One day, as I was driving down a busy street in town, I suddenly noticed a new paling, or picket fence, that was being erected around a house that I had always admired.

The more than 100-year-old house was a faded color of white and had a large veranda. It once lay secluded from the quiet road. But then the road was widened, traffic lights were put up, and the small town began to resemble a large city. Now the house had almost no front garden left.

But the garden down to the road was always neat and clean, and the flowerbeds were teeming with flowers in all the colors of the rainbow. I also noticed a little lady with an apron who raked, swept, and mowed the lawn in there. She even picked up the litter people threw out when they hurried by in their cars.

Every time I drove past the house, I watched the fast progress with the paling. The elderly carpenter also made a trellis for the roses and a small summerhouse. He painted it all bright white, and afterwards he painted the house in the same color.

One day I pulled off to the side to really admire the paling. The carpenter had done such a good job that my eyes almost welled up with tears. I could not tear myself away. I stopped the engine and went over and touched the paling. It still smelled of fresh paint. I could hear the lady was trying to start the lawn mover in the back garden.

“Hello!” I shouted and waved at her. “Well, hello!” She stood up and wiped her hands in the apron. “I — I — came to see the paling. It is beautiful.”

She smiled. “Come and sit down on the veranda, and I will tell you about it.”

We went up the back stairs, and she opened the door; it squeaked like the door in my childhood home. In the kitchen were some leftovers from a meal that had been cooked with fresh vegetables from the garden. We walked across the worn linoleum and the wooden floor to the veranda in front of the house.

“Sit down in the rocking chair,” she said smilingly. I was filled with joy from sitting here on the veranda, drinking ice tea, with the beautiful white paling around me.

“The paling is not there for my sake,” the lady explained me in a matter-of-fact voice. “I live alone. But so many people drive by every day, and I thought they might be glad to see something really nice. People see my paling and wave. A few stop like you and come up to the veranda to have a chat.”

“But weren’t you sad when they expanded the road and everything changed so much?” I boldly asked.

Her reply changed my life: “Change is a part of 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 bitter person or to become a better person.”

When I said goodbye, she said, “Drop in again any time. And leave the gate open. It looks more friendly.”

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 Author
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s You Can!

FIND HEALTHY SOLUTIONS

Has the festive season taken its toll: Does your face look drawn and weary? Here are some easy ways to restore your natural glow:

- Increase your intake of fish, nuts and seeds. They all contain oils that
.. are good for your skin.
- Turn the central heating down. A cooler and more humid atmosphere
.. is much kinder to the skin.
- Place bowls of water by radiators. Water in the atmosphere helps
..maintain the skin's plumpness.
- Apply a Jojoba and Green Tea-based facemask. Its antioxidant
.. properties are great for boosting collagen.
- Use a creamier cleanser for maximum hydration.
- Omit the toner step of your beauty routine for a few weeks.
.. Give your skin a chance to restore its natural oils.

Don't be an iron man: Most multivitamin formulas have too much iron for men. That's why "senior" formulas, which have little or no iron, are much more appropriate for adult men of any age. Look for a brand with 8mg or less. Men who eat an iron-fortified breakfast cereal will have already covered their daily iron needs. Getting substantially more iron than you need raises risks for a variety of conditions, including some that are potentially serious.

Don't boil your food if you have high blood pressure: When you boil vegetables, it leaches out the potassium that is essential in blood pressure control. Steam, bake, roast or microwave instead. A boiled potato, for example, loses up to half its potassium, as do most other vegetables. This is particularly true when you use large amounts of water that just gets poured down the drain.:

Grapefruit vs. medication: If you like grapefruit or grapefruit juice for breakfast, you might need to be aware of a potential medical risk to yourself. Grapefruit has a compound called Naringin that turns off an enzyme in your small intestine that helps metabolize specific drugs, such as calcium channel blockers used for high blood pressure and some heart problems, Seldane, which is taken for allergies, and Halcion (an anti-anxiety drug). Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice at the same time you take these medications could greatly increase the effect of these drugs. Most pharmacies give this information to their patients, but you should talk to your physician or pharmacist to be sure. You'll probably still be able to enjoy your grapefruit, but not along with your medication.

Great use for frozen peas: Next time you're looking for an ice pack, try this tip. Use a bag of frozen vegetables. Peas are great because they can change shape to fit any body part. Simply wrap the bag in a thin towel and apply wherever your doctor advises you to place ice. When you're done with your "ice pack," cook the vegetables for a healthy meal!

~YahooHealth.com




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Far Horizons

TIJUCA FOREST

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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 world’s largest urban forest, filled with native brazilwood trees, exotic waterfalls and hundreds of species of plants and wildlife. You’ll also find the murals at Mayrink Chapel; Museu do Açude, built on a picturesque weir; and Vista Chinesa’s bamboo pagoda with a view extending all the way to the beaches of Ipanema.

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Links That Shine

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"Starshine"


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Fascinating Facts
HERE KITTY, KITTY!


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Laughing It Off
INVESTMENT TIPS FOR 2004

For those of you with any money left In the wake of the Exxon/Mobil deal and the AOL/TimeWarner implode ... be aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks. Watch for these consolidations in 2004:

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W. R.Grace Co. will merge and become:

Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace

2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and become:

Poly, Warner Cracker

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear in the coming new year and issue forth as:

MMMGood

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become:

ZipAudiDoDa

5. FedEx is expected to join its major competitor, United Parcel Service-UPS, and become:

FedUP

6. A Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers merger will become:

Fairwell Honeychild

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become:

Poupon Pants

8. Knott's Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become:

Knott NOW!

~Contributed by Jim in Galena, Illinois
Humor Archives

Untangling the Web

Inspiration
WHAT A SITE!

"2001 - A Space Odyssey" Explained
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.
www.Kubrick2001.com


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Volume Control...
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 computer's speakers
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Look at THAT!
LOVE IN BLOOM

Mexico
Photo: Henry Romero /Reuters
Shuan shuan, one of three female Pandas...
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." ~Reuters

 

Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
CHOOSING NEW FEELINGS

While we don’t have much control over how our senses take in data, and there’s nothing we can do to change our personal history, there are things we CAN DO. Here is a simple three-step formula developed by Doctors Gary McKay and Don Dinkmeyer to help us remember the necessary process for choosing new feelings. In their book How You Feel Is up to You ...The Power of Emotional Choice, they offer “THE A.C.E. FORMULA.” (See book information below this article.)

A - ACCEPT yourself and your feelings Change involves first accepting yourself, realizing that you’re an imperfect human being. You’re not perfect ... you knew that? Well, how about accepting yourself as you are, “warts and all.” Self-acceptance can pave the way for more joy in your life by helping you see yourself from a new perspective. When you can accept your imperfections, you have the courage to be imperfect. When you accept yourself as you are, with your mistakes, you no longer need to pretend. Pretense hinders self-acceptance and impedes your happiness. If you don’t accept yourself, you can’t accept your feelings, and if you don’t accept your feelings, you can’t change them. As you begin to change your feelings, you’ll make mistakes. At these times, acceptance becomes crucial to your self-esteem. Learn to rate only your behavior, not your personal worth. Whenever you have difficulty accepting yourself or your feelings, accept the fact that you’re not accepting yourself!

C - CHOOSE new purposes, beliefs and feelings Emotions serve a purpose. Learn to recognize what you’re trying to achieve by a certain feeling. Decide if achieving that purpose will benefit you in the long run. If your PURPOSE has been to be perfect and protect yourself, your BELIEF has been, “I’m only acceptable when others think of me as right and knowing everything.” To change, you need to be willing to accept your limitations. Try this new belief: “I’m an imperfect human being who works hard but makes mistakes.” Or your PURPOSE may have been to be in control. You may feel angry when you don’t get your way, or you might feel like giving up or getting even. These feelings stem from your BELIEF that “I must be in control to have life work perfectly”. By examining your beliefs and modifying your demanding approach, you can choose new beliefs: “I like to make decisions and be in charge, but I recognize life won’t always give me what I want. I can accept that without spending a lot of negative energy trying to get my way.” Remember, your beliefs create your feelings. When you choose to look at disturbing events as unfortunate rather than awful, or as opportunities rather than obstacles, you’ll create new feelings. As you develop the courage to risk making a mistake, you become free to see yourself, others and the world more realistically.

E - EXECUTE your new choices Change requires action. It’s not enough to simply think about how your behavior can be different ... you must make it different through action. You’ve taken the basic step of accepting your imperfections. You say to yourself, “I have the courage to be imperfect. I accept myself as I am.” You can begin to experiment with new ways to put joy and humor in your life. You can do what you love. You can risk failure. You can heal your spirit by acting on your new purposes, beliefs and feelings.

~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~

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