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"Millions of spiritual creatures walk
the Earth unseen, both when we sleep and when we wake."
John Milton, Renowned English Poet (1608-1674)
From the Inside Out...
for the Living
All Kinds of Minds
Repairs (Part 2)
What a Site!
City of Regret
BE the World
You Want to See!
Allowing ourselves to be 'open' to the possibilities 'out
there' can create a more serene and confident reality
in our everyday lives.
From the Inside Out
Do angels have a sense of humor?
You decide ... Diane Harrington, of Milwaukee, Oregon, had
just lost her job. Money would be very tight for awhile, and she'd
prayed to be watched over in a special way during this difficult
time. Diane had some professional papers due to a client, so she
went to CopyMax to prepare them, then drove into the city to deliver
everything. Pulling into a parking place, she reached into her purse
to grab her wallet to get change for the parking meter. There was
no wallet in her purse.
no! Cash was especially important right now. The wallet had been
in her purse at CopyMax, she remembered. So, after delivering the
documents, Diane drove back to CopyMax, hoping someone had found
the wallet and turned it in.
CopyMax store is on a hillside," Diane explains, "and
its parking lot slopes down to a major traffic thoroughfare. There
is a bank directly below the store, and many cars are always parked
in the mall's lot. I parked close to the door of CopyMax, at the
top of the hill."
entered the store, and immediately saw her wallet behind the counter
on a table. Relief flooded her, even more strongly when she discovered
that her money was still inside. She thanked the store personnel,
put her wallet in her purse, and went out to her car. The car was
was not turning out to be a good day. Refusing to become hysterical
(yet), Diane asked other shoppers if anyone had seen the car. "A
1997 Ford Contour, taupe color, parked RIGHT HERE." No one
had seen anything. One passerby commented on how easily cars could
be hot-wired and stolen today, which did little to stem Diane's
rising anxiety. What if the car was trashed, and her insurance didn't
cover all of it. She went back into CopyMax and phoned the police
to report a stolen vehicle.
still on the phone, Diane noticed a couple hurrying into the store,
their faces wreathed in smiles. "Your car is not stolen,"
the man called to her. "Come out and see this."
followed them outside. They led her across the parking lot, and
on and on. Why were they going so far away? If her car wasn't stolen,
then where was it? Suddenly, way in the distance, in the middle
of ANOTHER parking lot, Diane caught sight of her car. The couple
laughed. "You had to see it to believe it!" the woman
pointed out. "Your car rolled down the hill, swerved around
the bank and the other cars in the lot, exited at the driveway,
rolled through four lanes of traffic, then over an embankment at
the Jack-in-the-Box restaurant, hit a little tree and finally ended
up in THAT parking lot."
saw it happening, and came back here to find the owner," the
man added. Diane was stunned. All that traveling, and no collisions?
No one injured, no property damaged? Except the tree. She thanked
the couple and went inside the Jack-in-the-box to find the manager
and report the damaged tree.
pay for it," she assured him, thinking of her pinched budget,
but he shook his head. "It was a little tree," he pointed
out, "and you are safe, and that's all that matters."
Customers too had seen the car moving along. "It was incredible,"
one woman reported to Diane. "Your car rolled peacefully around
every obstacle in its way, almost as if someone were driving it!"
now a police officer had arrived, and was checking the runaway car.
Like the others, he shook his head. "I can't see any reason
to give you a ticket, Ma'am," he said. "Just be careful."
will," she assured him. She would be very careful, and before
she turned the car on, she would say a little prayer of thanks.
For truly, an angel must have driven her car through this amazing
obstacle course, and had shielded her from both physical and financial
harm. If she was this 'protected,' surely she would find the right
job too. She felt a smile coming from her toes, all the way through
her spirit, as she turned the key in the ignition.
Joan Wester Anderson © 2003
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been a Registered Nurse for over 35 years, and a Hospice nurse for
about 16 years. Several years ago I decided that the most important
part of the job that I do when I am with an individual family, is
teaching them about the dying process so they can get comfortable
being with their loved ones.
are often not comfortable around dying. And it can help to be familiar
with the actual dying process, the physiology of it and the spiritual
experiences of it, to know what is really going on. So I will describe
what happens when Hospice gets called in, when people are counting
their life in weeks or months rather than years.
main thing I would like people to know is that the dying process
is not something to be feared. It is a tremendously sacred experience,
and there is tremendous spiritual support for the transition. What
I have learned over time is that the dying process is perfectly
and naturally orchestrated, just like the pregnancy/labor/birth
process. It's just exquisite how the body naturally goes into the
matter what brings you to the dying process, whether it is cancer,
old age, lung disease, heart disease, whatever, the process is the
same. I get the picture of a funnel: everybody gets brought to this
place, and then they begin the same process; it becomes very recognizable.
Many people say to me, "How do I know when my loved one is
ready for hospice?" Or, "When have they begun dying?"
I ask if the person has changed their relationship to food, because
what I see is that the body has this natural withdrawal from that
which sustained physical life. It's really switching from a physical
energy source to a spiritual energy source, so usually there is
loss of appetite with some degree of weight loss.
one of the criteria when we are assessing if we can put someone
on Hospice. If there is a valid weight loss and other factors, we
can say okay, they have probably started the process. The other
thing we do as we enter the dying process is we start to withdraw
from the outer world and turn inward. There is a disconnecting from
social things, from those out-in-the-world kind of things; people
in the dying process don't have energy for that anymore.
first thing to go it goes in layers
are our social connections; we stop having energy for that.
to go is our close circle of friends, and then pretty soon the only
people we have energy for are our core people, the people for whom
we don't have to put on a social face.
the dying process, we are doing what conserves energy. Eating lighter
food because our body can't digest the food. And energetically or
physically, withdrawing from activities, doing less and less and
spending more time doing what we the living think is sleeping. We
say they are sleeping, and the truth is they are doing a lot of
this internal work, the work of dying.
is work, it is hard work, and some of that is the work of introspection.
I believe that not all of that is done on a conscious level. Just
like our dreams are healing, I believe we go into these different
states of consciousness, and we are able to do clearing or reordering,
for want of a better word. This introspective work takes place on
what I observe, one of the things that we do is to start taking
stock of our lives, our relationships. We ask, "What has our
life meant?" "Does anything feel unfinished?" We
start to think about the things that we haven't done, the relationships
where we may not feel complete, or wish we were in a different place.
We start to do that, and from what people have told me as they get
closer to actually dying, there is an experience of getting to see
the "other" side.
from "DYING ... A NATURAL PROCESS"
Denys Cope, RN, BSN
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Mangroves along Suriname River
lies on the northern coast of South America, between Guyana and
French Guiana, and Brazil to the south. While Paramaribo, Suriname's
capital, holds its fair share of Dutch colonial architecture, it's
the well-ordered system of nature reserves that are most alluring.
Paramaribo is a curious hybrid of northern Europe and tropical America.
Imposing brick buildings overlook grassy squares and wooden houses
crowd narrow streets, but towering palms shade many areas and mangroves
still hug the riverside. Suriname's food is an exotic mix of East
Indian, Indian, Creole and Chinese cuisine... here Javanese
vendors peddle satay and Dutch-speaking Creoles enjoy peanut soup
in sidewalk cafés.
"All Kinds of Minds"
This site highlights the work of Dr. Mel Levine, who shows students
how to compensate for their specific learning dysfunctions. Of particular
interest: the library of articles, case studies, and activities
to help identify learning problems and correct them.
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VITAL HOME REPAIRS (Part
procrastination can ruin a house. Dont let water, pests, faulty
wiring, dirty chimneys or old appliances get the upper hand. Here
are six more repair items to look out for in your home:
Peeling paint: Paint is like a homes skin. Its the
first line of defense against incursions by water and pests. Water
that seeps into wood can lead to rot. At the other extreme, unpainted
wood can quickly get too dry and crack. The
off the old paint, sand the surface smooth and apply a coat or two
of fresh color. (Be cautious in homes built before 1978, since many
still have lead paint. Dust and chips from such paint can cause
irreversible brain damage in children and nerve damage in adults.
Consider hiring professionals to test your home and remove any lead
paint. Your local or state health department should be able to provide
referrals to testing labs and contractors.)
Smoky chimney: Heres another way neglect can kill your
family, since chimneys that arent properly cleaned and maintained
can catch fire. Creosote, a byproduct of wood burning, can build
up in the flue and ignite unless removed, said inspector Hy Naiditch
of Accuspect Home Inspection Services in Chicago. The
fix: Get your chimney swept and inspected annually; the
cost is about $100. (You can find certified chimney sweeps via the
Safety Institute of America.) Use only seasoned wood,
and build small, hot fires, rather than big smoky ones. Never burn
trash, cardboard or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
Dirty, or missing, air conditioner filter: Overloaded or missing
filters allow dirt and dust to settle on the air conditioners
coils. Warm air passing over the coils causes condensation. What
you get is mud and a perfect medium for mold to grow and
be blown all over the house. Enough gunk can block air from getting
into the system causing it to catch fire. The
fix: Replace the filter once a month while the air conditioner
is in use. Get your system checked annually. With a $2 filter you
can preserve a $6,000 air conditioning system.
Ground-fault circuit interrupters:
These electrical outlets, with their distinctive red and black buttons,
are designed to prevent deadly shocks. Outlets in bathrooms and
those in kitchens within six feet of the sink should be replaced
with GFCI outlets. The exception: Dont put a refrigerator
on a GFCI. A fridges normal on-and-off surges can trip the
interrupter and leave you with an icebox full of rotting groceries.
Flexible gas connectors: Gas appliances installed more than
10 years ago may still have dangerous brass connectors that can
fail, according to the safety commission, leading to fires or explosions.
These should be replaced with an approved connector, typically stainless
steel. But dont move the appliance to inspect, since even
a slight motion can cause the weak soldered connection to break.
Have a professional appliance repairperson check and make any changes.
Dryer vents: The lowly clothes dryer causes more than 15,000
fires every year, often caused by lint buildup in the duct that
vents to the outside. Clean the ducts regularly and replace plastic
ducts with metal versions.
Pullman Weston, MoneyCentral.MSN.com
O. Henry end up in jail?
Laughing It Off
Computer: A device designed to speed and automate errors.
When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant for
it to happen.
The first place to look for information is in the section of the
manual where you least expect to find it.
Remember, you don't need to enter your password on the microwave.
Smash forehead on keyboard to continue...
To err is human... to blame your computer for your mistakes is even
more human, it is downright natural.
He who laughs last probably made a back-up.
Press any key to continue or any other key to quit...
A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have
evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
Error! Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue.
A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but rarely
what you want to do.
<-------- The information went data way.
Buy a Pentium 586/90 so you can REBOOT faster.
Southern DOS: Y'all reckon? (Yep/Nope).
When you move into a new house, be sure to Netscape before you landscape.
RAM disk is NOT an installation procedure.
SENILE.COM found ... Out Of Memory ...
Cannot find REALITY.SYS. Universe halted.
by Jane at The-Cat's-Meow
The world's ugliest bridesmaid dresses...
However awful the dress you were required to
wear for your best friend's wedding, it could
have been much, much worse.
the past few months haven't...
convinced Windows users that keeping up to date on software
patches is an important computer-maintenance priority for security
reasons, we can't imagine what would. Go to The
Software Patch for help.
Look at THAT!
WHAT'S THE BUZZ?
Ron Winn /Herald & News
A pollen-covered black bumblebee...
hovers over a pumpkin flower in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Bumblebees
don't make much honey, only enough to feed their young. How do you
know if you are upsetting a bumblebee? If the bee is on a flower
or other surface and is feeling threatened it will raise one of
its middle legs. This is a sign that you are too close and should
back off a bit. In cold weather the bee may even fall to the ground
to avoid you, as it hasn't built up enough heat to fly off. It is
said that bumblebees don't like human breath, so if you want to
observe one closely then don't breathe on it.
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
LEAVING THE CITY OF REGRET
is a wonderful metaphorical story by Larry
Harp, which appeared recently in The-Cat's-Meow
Ezine, entitled ... "Leaving
The City of Regret" ...
had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and
yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was
going to be unpleasant, and I knew in advance that no real good
would come of it. I'm talking about my annual Guilt Trip.
"I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines.
It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which I could
not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted
down with a thousand memories of What Might Have Been.
No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City
International Airport. I say international because people from
all over the world come to this dismal town. As I checked into
the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting
the year's most important event, the annual Pity Party.
I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the
town's leading citizens would be there.
"First, there would be the Done family, you know,
Should Have, Would Have, and Could Have.
Then came the I Had family. You probably know ol' Wish
and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present,
Missed and Lost. The biggest family would be the
Yesterday's. There are far too many of them to count, but
each one would have a very sad story to share. Then Shattered
Dreams would surely make an appearance. And It's Their
Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things
had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded
by Don't Blame Me and I Couldn't Help It.
"Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing
party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so.
And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about
all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it
occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent "pity
party" could be canceled by ME! I started to truly realize
that I did not have to be there. I didn't have to be depressed.
One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN'T CHANGE YESTERDAY,
BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can
be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging.
Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no
forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the past?
YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.
"So, if you're planning a trip back to the City of Regret,
please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip
to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that
I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the
I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful.
By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy baggage because
the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. Congratulations
upon finding this great town. If you can find it, it's in your
own heart. Please look me up. I live on I Can Do It street."
~by Larry Harp
Chelle Thompson ~
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