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like a puppy licking your face."

~ Ben Williams, American Editor & Journalist (1877-1964)

July 5, 2004

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Emotional healing is a most amazing gift that's bestowed by our furry friends ... dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, et al. The choice to nurture a pet in our life can bring huge returns on our 'investment.'

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Are you afraid of the dark? Going outside at night? Joe Walker's family knew all about Andrea's fear, but were in for a little surprise when they found out how she was able to conquer her trepidations ...

Andrea isn't a wimp, exactly. She's just... nervous. Cautious. Skittish. Easily frightened. And she screams a lot.

Let's just say that my adult daughter has the characteristics of wimpishness without actually being one. Exactly.

She's afraid of clowns ... blame Stephen King's "It". She believes that any part of her body not covered by a blanket while she sleeps will be eaten by little green elves (I have no explanation for that one). She won't sleep in the big bedroom downstairs because she's nervous about sleeping down there alone. And to go outside — alone — after dark... well, that's unthinkable.

Which isn't a bad thing, necessarily. Bad things can happen to beautiful young women who are alone outside after dark, so we humor her on that one. But sometimes it isn't easy.

Take last night, for example.

We were all elbow deep in a family project, one that involved brothers-in-law, uncles and cousins. It wasn't fun, exactly, but it was as much fun as you can have moving refrigerators. With cold pizza, refrigerator parts and 19-month-old granddaughter Samantha all fecklessly flying every which way, the house was less "humble abode" and more "rock concert mosh pit."

Suddenly in the middle of all this, Andrea had to make deliveries to several different neighbors — and it was after dark.

She asked Jon to go with her, but he didn't want to go. Neither did Elizabeth. Neither did cousin Jake. I would have gone with her, but we were at the point in the project where my expertise was going to be needed ... nobody can tear duct tape off the roll like I can. And Anita... well, there was a CPA, a journalist and a college student tearing things apart in her kitchen. Would YOU be willing to leave at a time like that?

Finally, Andrea put on a brave face and boldly announced that she would make the trip around the neighborhood unaccompanied.

She looked around the room one last time, taking it all in just in case she was abducted by little green elves wearing clown masks. Then she heaved a heavy sigh, wrapped her jacket around her (actually, it was her mother's jacket, which she could get away with because her mother was busy trying to get the duct tape out of Jon's hair — and honestly, I have NO idea how it got there) and went out to face the cold, dark night — alone.

In less time than it took us to figure out that we needed to remove the hallway thermostat from the wall BEFORE we tried to squeeze the refrigerator past it, Andrea was home. Smiling.

"So you made it!" I said while rubbing what I was sure was the world's first elbow hernia.

"Yep!" she said happily. "Ben took care of me!"

Ben is the big yellow dog who lives with one of our neighbors. Lovable, playful and gentle as a lamb, Ben is the neighborhood mascot, drifting from house to house to play in every game and sample every barbecue. He goes on walks with us and patiently allows pawing and petting from our granddaughters, all of whom could say "Ben" before they could say "Poppa."

"It was like he could tell I was nervous," Andrea said. "He'd go up to each door before me and then look back as if to say, 'It's OK'. As long as Ben was there I knew I was fine."

Now, I can't say that I really understand that. I mean, I like Ben and everything, but I've never really been a pet person. But millions of people are, and each one of them has a story like that. And the way I see it, there must be something to it if that big yellow dog could give Andrea all the courage she needed to face the cold, dark night.

Clowns and little green elves notwithstanding.

~By Joseph Walker at SFPNN Value Speak
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It may surprise you, but Eastern spiritual thought and practices — including disciplines such as Buddhism and Zen — offer a world of useful guidance and ideas for even the most traditional Western businessperson. Here are seven tenets of Eastern philosophy that you should be applying each day to run your business, and perhaps your life, more efficiently.

1. If it's broke, fix it. Contrary to what many assume, Eastern thought and philosophy do not derive from blind faith. Eastern ideas are practical and results-oriented, geared to making things work. "Eastern ideas aren't dogma; they're very empirical," says Debbie Mandel, author of "Turn on Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul." "It's all based on direct observation and experience. If it works, great; if not, find something else." That means that if your distribution system isn't up to snuff, don't just wait for the problem to vanish. Fix it.

2. Be in the moment. That emphasis on the practical translates into one of the most salient principles of Eastern thought: immersion in the moment. Put another way, that means paying attention to what you're doing — putting complete focus on a new marketing campaign rather than worrying about what to make for dinner. If you find your attention wandering, take a moment to pull it back to where it belongs. "Everyone complains they're so tired when they come home from work, but a lot of that has to do with all these other problems that they're carrying in with them to work," says Mandel, a New York-based stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer.

3. De-emphasize time. We all have to wrestle with deadlines, but time shouldn't dictate all. Much of Eastern philosophy suggests that things are completed in due time, no matter if you're keeping one eye on the clock. Translated: Be aware of deadlines, but don't let them dictate what you do and when. Looking beyond time as an enemy is not only stress relieving, but it furthers your focus on completing the task at hand. "The reality is that when you really have to get something done, it usually gets done," Mandel says. "That happens even when you initially thought you didn't have enough time."

4. Be a team player. The West exalts the individualist. But that archetype may not flourish in a business setting, where people and parts must function as one. That means keeping in mind the Eastern notion that all things, in some manner or another, are connected. "We're all part of the same universe," Mandel says. "At work, that translates to a support system, helping others and asking for help. Being a team player is not only effective, it can really reduce stress."

5. Take the "me" out of business. Many businesspeople have egos that would make Rush Limbaugh look self-effacing. Unfortunately, that focus on the first-person singular can prove problematic; it translates into the notion that if someone "wins" in business, someone else must lose. Not so with many Eastern approaches, where the emphasis is on a determination to solve problems so that everyone benefits. "In my own business, I found that when I began to focus on giving and letting go of my ego, my business doubled," says Bruce Van Horn, author of "Yoga for Men" and founder and CEO of Yoga for Business.

6. Do the same with employees and customers. Far too often, business looks at employees and customers as mere cogs in the wheel or a wallet waiting to be tapped. But including them in a group-minded approach may improve your bottom line and ensure your employees and customers don't leave you. "If you look at your employees as people with goals and aspirations, you can develop a rapport that goes beyond an employer-employee relationship," Van Horn says. "They'll give more to your business because you may be the first person to ever treat them like that. From the customer side, figure out how you can help customers rather than worrying about closing a sale. Your relationship may last longer than the lifespan of a particular product."

7. Strive for balance and more balance. We've all endured workdays that resembled a car going over a cliff. Those are occasionally unavoidable, but bear in mind the critical importance of striking an overall balance in your workday. Rather than grinding it out from sunup to sundown, take frequent breaks: Go for a walk, stretch, or take a few minutes to meditate at your desk to clear your mind. And, true to the Eastern emphasis on going with what truly works, mixing in balancing breaks doesn't mandate extensive downtime. Just a few minutes here and there can work wonders.

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~By Jeff Wuorio is an award-winning writer and columnist, and author of
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In July, 1911, Professor Hiram Bingham was deep in the Andes. The weather was turning bad, and everyone was ready to call it a day, but an innkeeper captured Bingham's interest with a tale about a nearby lost city, “Machu Picchu” (which means "Old Peak"). While his team stayed back to wash their clothes, Bingham was guided by a 10-year-old boy up a steep mountain and over Incan terraces. Professor Bingham wrote: “Suddenly I was standing in front of ruins from the best quality of Incan building art. In the shade of bamboo bushes and climbing plants were walls of white granite blocks chopped in the highest precision. I found brilliant temples, royal houses, a big square and tens of houses. It looked like a dream.”
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As a metaphor, the sky stands for the great unknown, the space unexplored by our earthbound feet. The rapture of a beautiful outdoor vista is often difficult to describe. This site compiles photos that let the colors of the sky's palette do the talking. Fluffy clouds float by in many of the shots, inspiring viewers to gaze at their amorphous forms and truly get lost in their beauty. Some pictures are saturated with hues of purples and oranges, while others display the majesty of distant peaks looming on the horizon. There's nothing corny about any of these photos, although some of them are quite dreamy. You'll have nothin' but blue skies from now on.
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If it's supposed to be zero degrees outside today and the forecast says it will be TWICE as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?

After eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour before getting OUT of the water?

Why don't they just make mouse-flavored cat food?

If you're sending a friend some Styrofoam, what do you pack it in?

Whose cruel idea was it for the word "lisp" to have an "s" in it?

Since light travels faster than sound, is that why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?

How come abbreviated is such a long word?

Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts.

Why do you press harder on a remote-control when you know the battery is dead?

Why are they called buildings, when they're already finished? Shouldn't they be called builts?

Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?

When two airplanes almost collide why do they call it a near miss? It sounds like a near hit to me!!

Why are there 5 syllables in the word "monosyllabic"?

Why do they call it the Department of Interior when they are in charge of everything outdoors?

If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

Why is it, when a door is open it's ajar, but when a jar is open, it's not a door?

Why are they called apartments, when they're all stuck together?

Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.

How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?

Why is it lemon juice contains mostly artificial ingredients, but dishwashing liquid contains real lemons?

Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

Isn't the best way to save face to keep the lower part shut?

War doesn't determine who's right, just who's left.

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This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server. Various query formats are allowed; for example:
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A young novice from the Golden Horse temple ...
in Mae Chan, 800 km (500 miles) north of Bangkok, rides his horse through a fast-moving creek. The Golden Horse monks keep over 100 horses, using them to reach remote communities in the mountainous jungle regions along Thailand's border. They travel to hill tribe villages hundreds of kilometers apart, helping to rehabilitate drug addicts in an area that was for decades a center of the regional opium and heroin trade. Mae Chan, home to 120,000 people, is a fitting place for the program. A hilly and lush farming district, it is in the northern Chiang Rai province, part of the infamous drug-producing "Golden Triangle" straddling the border regions of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Chiang Rai is also the AIDS capital of Thailand. Its 1.25 million people comprise just 1.9 percent of the country's population of 62 million but account for 10 percent of its AIDS cases. Dr. Somsak Supawitkul, deputy chief of the provincial health office, realized the clergy's power to provide spiritual healing. He cleared a room in Mae Chan's one community hospital where 50 monks now take turns giving sermons every weekday, a soothing balm to many who were shunned by society or were near death.


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Subscribers have asked about my spiritual path ... the answer actually goes back to 1985, when I finally began a more introspective approach to life. At that point "all the pieces started falling into place, and the Universe opened to show me what was possible" (from Field of Dreams). In October of 1991, I moved from Southern California to Santa Fe, New Mexico, (where I knew no one) to "give something back" to the world.

Through a series of synchronistic events, I found myself establishing a holistic center called Lightship of Santa Fe that offered workshops for both metaphysical and traditional seekers of physical, emotional and spiritual development. The term "Lightship" refers to a state of being in which our soul's Essence or Nature is fully embodied ... i.e. relationship with "The Light" or "Spirit" or "God" (however you personally choose).

The following poem was written about a month after I arrived, and gives insight into my personal process:


Snow fell on the adobe, the air was chilled with frost, I'd made the trek to Santa Fe, abandoning all cost;
It wasn't due to boredom or discontent I'd gone, 'twas spiritual evolvement, a purpose yet undone.

Why I'd quit my bubble of security and friends, was a matter of intention ... to inspire a Cosmic Spin;
My head succumbed to heart-sense as I shifted into Soul, creating the allowance in which miracles unfold.

Gifts showed up at every turn, the picture became clear, pieces slipped in place with ease, I only had to "hear";
The choice to step out fearlessly and trust the Truth that IS, encouraged and impelled me to keep following my Bliss.

En route I faced a snowstorm, another chance to know, that fear is but illusion, we're safe within The Flow;
As I surrendered and released, inner peace returned, Spirit took the wheel again ... the metaphor re-learned.

When I arrived in Santa Fe, I felt embraced yet free, surrounded by an atmosphere of sacred energy;
Artistic in its beauty, historic in its span, a consciousness of Oneness to perpetuate The Plan.

Two weeks in town I asked myself, "Why haven't I done more?"... the Voice Within reminded me what I'd moved here for;
My worth lies not in doing, it's BEING that's my task; bringing in the Light we ARE is why we're on The Path.

At first the nights were lonely, a time to be with me; the Essence of my spirit was bursting from its seed;
The stars seemed so much brighter, a kinship and a bond, a link in space to all I AM ... and destinies beyond.

Magical occurrences enraptured and amazed, I never knew the outcome until I turned the page;
No predicting and dissecting details by degree, my focus now was centered, revealing Me to me.

Days of insight brought me keys for opening up my heart, unlocking portals in the walls that kept me set apart.
Distance is still distance when I give but don't receive: separation's not the answer ... it's vulnerability.

©1991 Chelle Thompson, Editor


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