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~Seneca, Roman Statesman and
Philosopher ( 5 BC - 65 AD )
"Singing in the Rain"
From the Inside Out...
on Potato Chips
Makes It So
What a Site!
BE the World
You Want to See!
Life is an incredible
adventure when we learn to
"Go with the Flow"!
From the Inside Out
ON POTATO CHIPS
too long ago I had "one of those days". I was feeling
pressure from a writing deadline. I had company arriving in a couple
days and the toilet was clogged.
went to the bank, and the trainee teller processing my deposit had
to start over three times. I swung by the supermarket to pick up
a few things and the lines were serpentine.
the time I got home, I was frazzled and sweaty and in a hurry to
get something on the table for dinner. Deciding on Campbell's Cream
of Mushroom Soup, I grabbed a can opener, cranked open the can,
then remembered I had forgotten to buy milk at the store.
the soup idea. Setting the can aside, I went to plan B, which was
leftover baked beans. I grabbed a Tupperware from the fridge, popped
the seal, took a look and groaned.
husband isn't a picky eater, but even HE won't eat baked beans that
look like caterpillars. Really frustrated, now, I decided on a menu
that promised to be as foolproof as it is nutrition-free: hot dogs
and potato chips. Retrieving a brand new bag of chips from the cupboard,
I grabbed the cellophane and gave a hearty pull. The bag didn't
open. I tried again.
happened. I took a breath, doubled my muscle, and gave the bag a
hearty wrestle. With a loud pop, the cellophane suddenly gave way,
ripping wide from top to bottom. Chips flew sky high. I was left
holding the bag, and it was empty.
was the final straw. I let out a blood curdling scream. "I
CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!"
husband heard my unorthodox cry for help. Within seconds he was
standing at the doorway to the kitchen, where he surveyed the damage
an opened can of soup, melting groceries, moldy baked beans,
and one quivering wife standing ankle deep in potato chips.
husband then did the most helpful thing he could think of at the
moment. He took a flying leap, landing flat-footed in the pile of
chips. And then he began to stomp and dance and twirl, grinding
those chips into my linoleum in the process! I stared. I fumed.
soon I was working to stifle a smile. Eventually I had to laugh.
And finally I decided to join him. I, too, took a leap onto the
chips. And then I danced.
I'll be the first to admit that my husband's response wasn't the
one I was looking for. But the truth is, it was exactly what I needed.
I didn't need a cleanup crew as much as I needed an attitude adjustment,
and the laughter from that rather funky moment provided just that.
now I have a question for you, and it's simply this: Has the Universe
ever stomped on your chips? I know that, in my life, there have
been plenty of times when I've gotten myself into frustrating situations
and I've cried out for help, all the while hoping an angel would
show up with a celestial broom and clean up the mess I've made of
often happens, instead, is that my hopes are often answered in a
completely different manner than I had expected, but in a manner
that is actually best for me. Sometimes I can see right away that
it was the best one after all. Sometimes I have to wait weeks or
months before I begin to understand how and why. There are even
some situations that, years later, I'm still trying to understand.
I trust in the Goodness of Life? Am I going to stand on the sidelines
and sulk, or am I willing to learn the steps of a new dance when
it pops up? I'll be honest with you: Sometimes I sulk. Sometimes
I dance. I'm working on doing more of the latter than the former
... even when the chips are down.
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FIND SERENITY IN COLOR
a quiet fire, low-key color schemes radiate energy and intensity
without alarm. Their drama lies in the discovery of fine details
that are, above all, discreet.
Paige Rockett in New England says, "The quality of light is
my inspiration for a space full of neutral colors, natural textures,
and gold accents".
arrangements that make the eye wander add essential interest to
a room designed in soothing neutrals. Choose a piece of furniture
flush against a wall as a focal point, then build an arrangement
a table, desk, console, or sideboard, place a piece of art atop
it, and allow it to lean against the wall, or mount it low on the
wall just above the tabletop. This unexpectedly low height grabs
the eye. Then mount other pictures on both sides above it to lead
the eye upward.
balance high ceilings and to prevent the eye from becoming floor-bound,
arrange the upper pictures higher than expected more than
halfway up the wall. Or, if there's a chair rail, center the paintings
on the wall above it.
art in ample white mats and delicate gold frames keeps the wall
uncluttered. Don't forget diversity of scale; include a large object,
such as a floor-length mirror, to offset a wall of smaller pieces.
The mirror's reflection enhances the space to create an even airier
Justine Sancho in Washington, D.C. took this concept in two directions:
a creamy neutral scheme to update and brighten the space, and sculptural
forms to create energizing yet subtle visual rhythm.
a very easy, serene kind of a wandering," she says. "It
can be very slow your eye catches from one corner to the
next and just gradually moves over. There is always something that
can stop your eye."
neutral palette gains variety from variations in texture: the golden
sheen of a polished wood floor, the soft folds of linen drapes,
and a glint of golden art leads the eye smoothly from point to point.
pleated linen panel can fill the space between narrow windows, joining
them into a single visual element. To hang the panel and maintain
its pleats, install grommets in the fabric's header and slip the
grommets over brass nailheads.
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New Zealand's scenic icon is the picture-perfect
view of Mitre Peak mirrored in the glassy waters of Milford Sound.
Sounds majestic grandeur is symbolized by this incredible
scene of sheer rock walls, 5,600 feet high, plummeting into the
black depths of the fjord. No wonder author Rudyard Kipling described
Milford as the Eighth Wonder of the World, and Arthur Michener thought
of it as the most stirring sight in the Pacific.
a Senior Citizen"
The goal of this remarkable website is that
Senior Citizens be neither ignored nor forgotten.
They provide an opportunity for people of all
ages, from around the world, to become
pen pals with Senior Citizens.
IT SO ...
is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so"
Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2. Apparently Shakespeare was right, because
researchers today say that older people can literally think themselves
into the grave by feeling bad about getting old.
who said they had more positive views about aging lived an average
7.6 years longer than those with negative perceptions, the researchers
report in the August issue of the Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association.
one feels about getting old is more important even than having low
blood pressure or cholesterol, said the researchers led by psychologist
Becca Levy of Yale University.
effect of more positive self-perceptions of aging on survival is
greater than the physiological measures of low systolic blood pressure
and cholesterol, each of which is associated with a longer lifespan
of four years or less," Levy's team wrote.
is also greater than the independent contributions of lower body
mass index, no history of smoking, and a tendency to exercise, each
of these factors has been found to contribute between one and three
years of added life."
researchers looked at a survey of 660 Ohio residents aged 50 and
older who took part in the Ohio Longitudinal Study of Aging and
Retirement as far back as 23 years. Some of the questions, which
have a yes or no answer, included, "As you get older, you are
study carries two messages. The discouraging one is that negative
self-perceptions can diminish life expectancy. The encouraging one
is that positive self-perceptions can prolong life expectancy,"
said the researchers, whose work was funded by the National Institute
Pluto really a planet?
Laughing It Off
SLOW OR THOROUGH?
When I take a long time...
I am slow
my boss takes a long time
he is thorough
When I don't do it...
I am lazy
my boss doesn't do it
he is too busy
When I do something without being told...
I am overstepping my boundaries
my boss does the same thing
that is initiative
When I take a stand...
I am stubborn
my boss does it
he is being firm
When I overlook a rule of etiquette...
I am rude
my boss slips a few rules
he is being original
When I please my boss...
I am apple polishing
my boss pleases his boss
he is cooperating
When I get ahead...
I am lucky
my boss gets ahead
that's hard work
Travel Safety Suggestions...
Experienced travelers often pay less attention to in-transit hazards
and zero in on safety at their intended destination. The U.S.
State Department issues travel warnings from time
to time, but it doesn't back them up with meaningful numbers. Look
beyond the US official line on travel security. The Canadian
government offers country-specific travel reports,
as does Australia.
Of course, the most important ingredient to take along on any trip
is Common Sense.
Returning Home ...
If you are surfing the web and want to return to the home page
you've set up, simply clear the url address space and type: ..
(two dots). This will automatically take you "home."
Look at THAT!
Photo: "Millennial Rosebush"
the 1,000 year old rosebush, symbolizes the prosperity
of Hildesheim, Germany. On March 22, 1945, when the city was bombed,
its cathedral crumbled. The collapsed ruins of the majestic Dom
sheltered the roots from flames, and eight weeks later, 25 buds
were growing strong. There is a local tradition that as long as
this rosebush exists, so will the city of Hildesheim. Today this
remarkable bush sends its branches to a height of 24 ft. and a breadth
of 30 ft., and is trained to interlace one of the windows.
~Contributed by Candy Pfau
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly
THE COSMIC BASEBALL
fourth fear that people have for making changes in their life
is the fear of letting go and losing control. Letting go may feel
scary, but its SO much easier than holding on to a familiar,
yet painful way of life that no longer serves us. Most of us have
a high tolerance for emotional pain. We wait until a crisis or
drama happens to finally take action. We wait until the pressure
is overwhelming, and THEN we get counseling, join a workshop,
start exercising or whatever.
of us have a high tolerance for emotional pain. We wait until
a crisis or drama happens to finally take action. We wait until
the pressure is overwhelming and then we get counseling, join
a workshop, start exercising or whatever.
If you had a lot of pain or drama in your childhood like I did,
you may have a high tolerance of emotional pain because you became
used to it while growing up. When we grow up in a home with alcoholism
or constant fighting, or if our parents were unhappy and there
was a lot of tension, we get accustomed to that kind of tension
in our own lives. Therefore, we may not fully acknowledge being
Psychologist Barbara DeAngeles, Ph.D., says that sometimes when
were standing on our mountain and not leaping, though we
know we need to, and our tolerance for emotional pain is high,
we get a swift kick from Beyond saying - You
know, theyre never going to take action unless I give them
when our partner comes home and says, Honey, this relationship
just isnt working, Im leaving. Or maybe were
in a job we know isnt right, but we havent gotten
around to quitting, and one day, all of a sudden, our boss sits
us down and says, Youre fired. I call this phenomenon
an Intervention by a Cosmic Baseball Bat."
in your life has something interceded and forced you to act, even
when you were holding back? Maybe it was a car accident that made
you lie in bed and reexamine your life, or an illness that forced
you to reevaluate how you take care of yourself. Why not compose
a list of these occurrences ... contemplate them and see what
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