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introduces a man to himself."

~Seneca, Roman Statesman and
Philosopher ( 5 BC - 65 AD )

April 7, 2003


"Singing in the Rain"


From the Inside Out...
on Potato Chips

Yes You Can!...
Find Serenity
in Color

Far Horizons...
Milford Sound

Links That Shine...
Write Seniors.com

Fascinating Facts...
Makes It So

Laughing It Off...
Slow or Thorough?

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

Look at That!...
Ancient Rosebush

Joyful Lifestyles...
The Cosmic
Baseball Bat


Uplifting World

BE the World
You Want to See!

Life is an incredible
adventure when we learn to
"Go with the Flow"!

~ Chelle ~


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From the Inside OutDance like Nobody's Watching

Not 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.

I 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.

By 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.

Nix 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.

My 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.

Nothing 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.

It was the final straw. I let out a blood curdling scream. "I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!"

My 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.

My 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.

Pretty 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.

Now 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.

So 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 things.

What 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.

Do 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.

~ Author Unknown




Sun Wave Yes You Can!

Like 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.

Designer 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".

Artful 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 around it.

For 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.

To 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.

Framing 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 look.

Designer 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.

"It's 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."

The 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.

A 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.

~ Better Homes & Gardens.com

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Far Horizons

New Zealand
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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.
Milford Sound’s 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’.

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The goal of this remarkable website is that
Senior Citizens be neither ignored nor forgotten.
They provide an opportunity for people of all
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Fascinating FactsMindpower

"There 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.

People 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.

How 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.

"The 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.

"It 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."

The 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 less useful."

"Our 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 on Aging.


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Just one more bite!

Laughing It Off

When I take a long time...

— I am slow

When my boss takes a long time
— he is thorough

When I don't do it...
— I am lazy

When my boss doesn't do it
— he is too busy

When I do something without being told...

— I am overstepping my boundaries

When my boss does the same thing
— that is initiative

When I take a stand...
— I am stubborn

When my boss does it
— he is being firm

When I overlook a rule of etiquette...
— I am rude

When my boss slips a few rules
— he is being original

When I please my boss...
— I am apple polishing

When my boss pleases his boss
— he is cooperating

When I get ahead...
— I am lucky

When my boss gets ahead
— that's hard work

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Untangling the Web

Penguin Programmer


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!

Endurance Symbol 
Photo: "Millennial Rosebush"

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"Tausendjähriger Rosenstock,"
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


JoyJoyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights

The 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 it’s 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.

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.

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 in pain.

Psychologist Barbara DeAngeles, Ph.D., says that sometimes when we’re 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, they’re never going to take action unless I give them a push!”

That’s when our partner comes home and says, “Honey, this relationship just isn’t working, I’m leaving.” Or maybe we’re in a job we know isn’t right, but we haven’t gotten around to quitting, and one day, all of a sudden, our boss sits us down and says, “You’re fired.” I call this phenomenon an “Intervention by a Cosmic Baseball Bat."

When 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 you learn.

~ Chelle Thompson ~

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