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are two primary choices in life;
to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility for changing them. "
~ Denis Waitley, Motivational Speaker & Author
June 7, 2004
"Islands in the Stream"
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Bridges of Love
Yes You Can!...
Fight On-the-Job Stress
Pearl of the Orient
Links That Shine...
Doggy in the Window
Laughing It Off...
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Our Latest Discovery...
Search Engine Optimization
Just for YOU...
A Special Event
The Person You Become
BE the World
You Want to See!
never know when some small kindness will forever make a difference
in the lives of total strangers. Continuously performing good deeds
... even without recognition ... will create a trail of miracles
in our wake.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
BRIDGES OF LOVE
Karin Peterson-Sitrin reshaped her early beginnings as an orphan
in Germany into a proactive, positive force. She created her own
web site, called www.OrphanConnect.com,
as a place for other orphans to share their story. Each story creates
a Mentor Orphan ... giving hope and a sense that "I am not
alone" to orphans around the world.
Karin explains that many orphans grow up with lingering feelings
of not belonging to anyone or to anything. They have a strong desire
to be accepted. There is also a sense of separation, of longing
always searching for an identity rather than being labeled
an "orphan" or an "outcast." Yet, there are
many orphans who have not allowed these feelings to guide their
lives and have learned to understand and accept who they are. And,
they in turn, have reached out and helped others. They have not
hidden behind the "label".
Karin is assisting Dennis Hayman's BRIDGES OF LOVE project in arranging
a reunion between World War II orphans from Belgium with US Soldiers
of that time period. In the winter of 1944, during the Battle of
the Bulge, a group of WWII P-47 fighter pilots came together with
the children at the Orphanage of Dongelberg, Belgium. The ever-present
and pervading fear that existed in the lives of those children and
young soldiers was transformed into a love that touched each of
them. Dennis discovered their story while researching the life of
his uncle, 1Lt. William M. Miller, a member of this fighter squadron,
who was killed in action on Christmas Day, 1944.
six months during the fall and winter of 1944-1945, this unit was
stationed at Le Culot Airfield near Louvain, Belgium. The officers
of the 412th Fighter Squadron were living at the Castle de Dongelberg,
about 7 miles from the airfield. There were several buildings on
the grounds and the pilots 'bunked' in the Villa. Close by was an
orphanage that was located in the Chateau and one smaller building.
day there was much interaction between the men and the children.
Not all of these children were orphans. Some were placed there temporarily
because their father had been killed in the war and their mother
was unable to support them. Others were Jewish children being hidden
from the Gestapo. The orphanage, the Oeuvre Nationale de LEnfance
(O.N.E), though no longer at Dongelberg, is still in existence today.
Noyes, one of the pilots of the 412th FS, recalls that they decided
to throw a Christmas party for the children of the orphanage:
collected all of our Belgian francs and whatever we could use for
bartering. A volunteer contingent went to Louvain and bought every
toy, doll and game that they could find. We wrapped the toys until
we ran out of materials including gift-wrappings from home and pages
from the Stars & Stripes, the official newspaper of the Allied
the toys were ready, we raided the mess hall and collected some
Spam, coffee, marmalade, peanut butter and other items. We even
included for the Sisters some liqueurs that had been given us by
General Patton. (His troops captured stocks of booze
from the Germans who had liberated it from the French.
General Patton passed it on to us as an expression of thanks
for the support provided his forces by Jug pilots.)
Peters, Bill Mather, Bill Miller and several other pilots delivered
the goodies to the orphans. It was a festive occasion. As the gifts
were passed out, there wasnt a dry eye in the house. 'That
was the day I SAW Santa Claus.'
Col. Glen T. Noyes, USAF (Retired)
From Chapter 26 of "Watching the Bulge Grow" - Glen's
book about his 28 years of USAF service
almost 60 years later, these soldiers and now-grown orphans are
finding each other again. As of January, 2004, at least seven women
have come forward and identified themselves as having been at the
orphanage during the time that the 412th officers were there. The
people Dennis has talked with have been confirmed by the orphanage
records. One woman even recognized herself and her sister in some
of the pictures he forwarded to Belgium, which he had obtained from
the men of the 412th.
BRIDGES OF LOVE hopes to find a way to bring these people together
for a reunion in the US in September of this year. The project is
seeking help from interested parties in the construction of these
"bridges of love." They will need to finance the Belgian
contingents travel, as well as recording this event, so everyone
may have a record for their families.
For more information and photos, visit the BRIDGES OF LOVE section
Karin's Orphan Connection website: http://www.OrphanConnect.com/bear1.html
contact: Dennis E. Hayman, P.O. Box
319, Morris, NY 13808
Phone: (607) 263-5399; E-mail: email@example.com
Karin Peterson-Sitrin, The Orphan Connection Foundation
PO Box 59 Marlboro, NY 12542 (845) 236-2557
Yes You Can!
your job stress you out?
than half of workers report working under stress, according to a
survey. Stress and worry on the job can be harmful, causing problems
that damage your health and performance. Signs of work stress can
include headaches, loss of morale, lack of concentration, upset
stomach, and short temper. In his recent book Office
Spa: Stress Relief for the Working Week, relaxation expert
Darrin Zeer suggests some everyday items you can keep at your desk
to alleviate the pressures during your time at the office.
Water is essential and comes only second to oxygen for survival.
Furthermore, experts recommend drinking eight glasses of water a
day for optimal health. Keep a water bottle at your desk for a quick
refresher. Fatigue and sluggishness are signs of dehydration. Water
also makes you fuller and keeps you from eating when you're not
hungry. Many people turn to mindless snacking when they are working,
the ever-present water bottle will deter this and the calories spent.
You shouldn't starve yourself just because you are at a desk all
day, either. If your energy is zapped, you might need to eat something.
A headache may indicate the need to eat something, too. Keep imperishable
food at your desk for emergencies. Microwaveable popcorn, cereal
bars and dried fruit are good options. If you're going low carb,
try an Atkins bar or trail mix with raisins, nuts and seeds. And,
pudding, graham crackers, or fruit juice are sweet, yet nutritious
choices that satisfy your sweet tooth.
Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. In
addition to its long-term benefits, teas can also provide immediate
relief to work woes. Peppermint tea is fruity, refreshing, and aromatic.
It increases energy, stimulates brain activity, and increases fact
retention. Chamomile tea helps promote relaxation and is great for
unwinding reducing tension and stress and calming the nerves.
Ginseng tea is an energy booster and mental stimulator. It improves
blood sugar levels, improves thinking, and accelerates reaction
Take a walk. Breathing the fresh air and feeling your body move
is a natural stress relief. And, walking benefits brain power, stimulates
circulation, improves mood, and helps ward off depression. You don't
have to work up a sweat to feel the results. Even 10 minutes can
help. One sales rep puts on her shoes everyday to trek over a mile
round trip to get her lunch at a nearby store. "Getting away
from my computer and walking helps clear my brain and stretch my
legs. It's a great way to jump start my energy before the afternoon
blahs kick in," she says.
Ball or Empty Bottle
Keep a golf ball or empty bottle nearby for quick massages to relieve
arch strain or foot cramps. This can be extremely soothing whether
you work on your feet or at a desk. Foot massages are known to relieve
tension, mental and physical stress, fatigue and headaches.
Unwind by listening to your favorite tunes. Most computers today
have earphone jacks so you can listen to music without disturbing
your co-workers in neighboring cubes. Keep a variety of your favorite
CDs at your desk for different moods or situations if you
need to concentrate on a project, generate some comic relief, or
escape briefly. You can also see if your favorite radio station
broadcasts over the Internet, too.
course if burnout continues, headaches become more frequent, and
you still yearn for an escape, it might be a sign of a deeper problem.
It may be time to consider changing jobs or careers or even seeking
the help of a professional.
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For a small island, Sri Lanka has many nicknames: Serendib, Ceylon,
Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of
the Orient. This colorful collection reveals its richness and
beauty, and the intensity of affection which it has evoked in visitors.
Head for the rolling hill country to escape the heat of the plains
in the cool of tea plantations. The entire island is teeming with
bird life, and exotics like elephants and leopards are not uncommon.
To top it all off, the people are friendly, the food is delicious
and costs are low. Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka the finest island
of its size in all the world, and you'll likely agree after exploring
the country's fabled delights. What takes your fancy? Beaches? The
coastal stretch south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses
as far as the eye can see. Culture? Try the Kandyan dances, a procession
of elephants or the masked devil dances. Ruins? You'll find enough
ancient and inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura
and Polonnaruwa to satisfy that inner archaeologist. ~LonelyPlanet.com
With summer approaching, it's a good time to consider the possible
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information from the world's largest medical library, the National
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company or product.
DOGGY IN THE WINDOW
Laughing It Off
computing, whatever happens,
behave as though you meant it to happen.
When you get to the point where you really
understand your computer, it's probably obsolete.
The first place to look for information is in the section of the
manual where you least expect to find it.
When the going gets tough, upgrade.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
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.
A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have
evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
A computer program will always do what you tell it to do,
but rarely what you want to do:
try to learn your little quirks,
But at me you do smirk...
my screen, boot me off line,
Must you do that all the time!
will never get the better of me,
I'll turn you off you will see...
I turn you on you'd better behave and
my stuff, you better save.
my pictures, wavs, and faces,
And please don't take my favorite places!!!
tell me I have a major crash,
Or your monitor I will smash..
take away my Buddy List,
Give me my mail or I'm gonna be miffed...
give me that line about being busy,
Or you will throw me into a tizzy !!!
I want to do is surf the net,
You're not going to let me ... I'm willing to bet!
have email that I must send,
To all my terrific Online Friends!!!!
~Contributed by Jane at The-Cat's-Meow.com
HUMOR ARCHIVES: ..
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
"Take a Hike"
This is the global resource for hiking and walking. You will find
hikes that last only two hours and others that last a full day.
Some hikes will be possible for almost everyone they have
little elevation change and use a well-defined path. Others may
involve an arduous climb, clambering over rocks or wading through
streams. So, whether youre 7 or 70 years old you will find
something here to suit you. The one thing all our one-day hikes
have in common is that they are among the finest in the world. They
may take you to a natural wonder, such as a water-carved arch or
a cascading waterfall, or to places where you can encounter wildlife
in its natural environment, or back in time to the remains of ancient
civilizations. And they will all lead you through wonderful scenery
that you can only appreciate by walking.
Monitor Color ...
your monitor missing a color? You know, is the color red gone from
the screen? This could mean that your monitor is going, but before
you put out the money for a new one, check to see that it's plugged
in properly. If the connection is loose, it can cause this problem..
Look at THAT!
REUTERS/ Azeez Hakeem
A scientist measures the growth
six years after a spike in water temperature bleached and killed
two-thirds of the Maldives' precious coral reefs. Researchers battling to save the
reefs are using cone-shaped steel frames as nurseries for the corals,
passing a small electric current through the metal to form a layer
of limestone on which the brightly colored creatures can grow. Scientists
in the Maldives watched spellbound under the full moon of May, 2004,
as reproducing corals ejected pink-orange eggs and bundles of sperm
proof the islands' endangered
reefs are on the road to regeneration. "That was the first
time in the history of the Maldives that we had discovered coral
spawning," said marine biologist Azeez Hakeem. Azeez says he
was amazed on a trip last October to the southern Maldives to discover
that perhaps 80 percent of the coral cover had already been restored.
More than a gimmick, the artificial reefs use a building technique
developed by a German architect, Wolf Hilbertz, who teamed up in
1989 with Tom Goreau of the Global Coral Reef Alliance. Goreau says
the technique has proved its worth in almost 100 different projects
in more than a dozen countries and is frustrated the technology
is not used more widely. ~Reuters
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THE PERSON YOU BECOME
of our dear subscribers ... Diane in St. George, Utah ... shares
the following words of wisdom from Ralph Marston's Daily
can hide your thoughts, feelings and even your actions from others.
Yet the person you are to become will always know them. The person
you are to become is always watching the person you are right
now. What you think of yourself tomorrow depends on the actions
you watch yourself take today. Will you find strength and inspiration
in the future from the things you are doing this very day? The
you of tomorrow is watching every thought, every word, every action.
There is a very important person in your life who sees your every
move and knows your every thought. That person is you. Give yourself
good reason to think highly of yourself. Live so that the person
you become can look back with gratitude and admiration at the
person you are today."
Future You See Defines the Person You'll Be, Jim Cathcart,
psychological researcher and motivational writer with Nightingale-Conant,
explains: "'We are all made of star stuff.' When we
look up at the night sky and see thousands of bright points of
light, or when we look through a telescope and see the face in
the moon or the rings of a planet, we are reminded that we are
composed of the exact same elements as those fantastically distant
stars and planets. Its awe-inspiring to realize that the
same atomic and subatomic particles that compose hydrogen, carbon,
oxygen, helium and other elements can either make up a blazing
sun or a human being. Its all basic elements. Even more
profound is the fact that you are comprised of the exact same
elements as the greatest people of all time have been. We all
share the same basic building blocks, but how we are formed as
individuals is what makes us unique.
centuries a debate has raged in philosophical and scientific circles.
Is a person the result of the genetic structures within them,
or the result of their environment and their experiences, the
process of living? Is it our nature to turn out a certain way?
Were you born with the nature to be a polite person? An artistic
person? An angry person? Or were you nurtured into being that
way? Recent brain research has conclusively illustrated that the
human brain, as well as the rest of the body, is born with certain
predispositions and potentialities. These predispositions are
in the form of our genetics and how each brain and body is wired.
we each have the same elements, they will be put together differently
based on how we interact with the world as we develop and grow.
Our predispositions or potentialities only become full-blown realities
when our experiences activate them. And we find that some potentialities
atrophy and disappear altogether if not nurtured during the appropriate
phase of their development. Time magazine recently featured an
article on how a childs brain grows: 'Deprived of a stimulating
environment, a childs brain suffers. Researchers found that
children who dont play much or are rarely touched develop
brains twenty to thirty percent smaller than normal for their
"As you 'nurture your nature,' the results you seek will
come to you. The person you become will attract the relationships
and opportunities you desire. Possibilities will arise that you
could never have predicted. When you dedicate yourself to the
ongoing process of personal growth, good things will happen in
ways that will amaze you. Sure, youll have to work at it.
You may even have to develop some new habits. But personal growth
(the natural process which creates a successful life) is not drudgery.
It is fun!" ~ Jim Cathcart, www.Cathcart.com
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