Showing posts from June 19, 2016

Daily Inspirational Quote for June 25, 2016

“Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”

Well, why would they? If they’re unaware that they are, in fact, surrounded by darkness they would have no reason to positively seek out the light would they? Perhaps ignorance is bliss in this case? However, those of us fortunate enough to, not only have successfully sought out the light, but remain within its radiance, are very fortunate indeed. Perhaps if we make our light accessible to all, more people will be drawn into the light and become as fortunate as we are….how great would that be?


Rebecca Solnit: Falling Together

Rebecca Solnit, author and contributing editor of Harper's, seeks "to describe nuances and shades of meaning, to celebrate public life and solitary find another way of telling." Her profound books defy category as she chronicles untold histories of redemptive change in places like post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans because, "when all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brother's keepers." Read on for more of her thoughts in an interview by Krista Tippet.

Daily Inspirational Quote for June 24, 2016

“Life is a great big canvas….and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”

You can picture this can’t you? Imagine we all begin life as a huge totally blank canvas and, as we move through life, our experiences, both good and bad, positive and not so positive, become the paints that color our canvas. Wouldn’t that be something to see? Would your own personal canvas be dominated by the dark dreary colors of disappointments, sadness, un-fulfillment and lost opportunities, or the bright, vibrant colors of love, happiness, contentment and achievement? I know which one I’m working on day by day and hope you do too?


The Chicken Lady

An article in a local newspaper spurred Amy Murphy to ask a local fried chicken restaurant if she could have their leftovers at the end of the night. With the help of friends, the Chicken Lady sets up the equivalent of a pop-up restaurant every Monday to serve her homeless friends. Murphy does not consider what she does "feeding the homeless," rather, it is serving friends. They are part of the same community -- she is a part of their lives, and they are a part of hers.

10 Signs Your Allergies Are Out of Control

No. 1: The Allergic Salute

You vacuum with a HEPA filter. You stay indoors when the pollen count is high. You take medications like your doctor tells you to. But do you really have your symptoms under control? If you're constantly doing the "allergic salute," the answer is probably no. This gesture -- a swipe at the tip of an itchy, runny nose -- is especially common in children.
No. 2: Raccoon Eyes

Dark circles are another sign of allergies. You get them when you're always rubbing itchy eyes. Take antihistamines to put a stop to symptoms like itchy, teary eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose. If you already take them but they don’t work really well, talk to your doctor about changing your treatment plan.
No. 3: Chronic Congestion

If you have a cold or the flu, your stuffy nose should go away in a week or two. If congestion goes on and on, allergies are more likely to blame. During an allergic reaction, the lining of your nasal passages swells and makes extra mucus. You might…

Do You Eat Too Much, Too Often?

Weight Gain and Obesity

If you eat a lot of food in a short amount of time on a regular basis, you might have binge eating disorder (BED). It can affect your health in a lot of ways, but two of the main risks are weight gain and obesity. Two-thirds of those with BED are obese, though average-sized people can have it, too.
What to Do About the Extra Weight

Set a goal to shed those added pounds. You can reach a healthy weight with exercise, portion control, and smart food choices. But you might need a special program that also treats eating disorders. Your doctor can help you find the right one.
Type 2 Diabetes

Overeating can lead to diabetes. That means your body can’t use the hormone insulin correctly, which makes your blood sugar levels harder to control. Over time, this can damage your kidneys, your eyes, and your heart.
How to Handle Your Diabetes

The more you know about diabetes, the better you can take control of your condition. You’ll need to keep track of your blood sugar levels, eat …

Can You Incentivize Generosity?

ByJill Suttie

According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.

Economists have long assumed that people act in their own best interest when making decisions. But research in behavioral economics and psychology has called that assumption into question, showing the many ways that moral sentiments and altruism also play a role in human behavior. InThe Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens, author Samuel Bowles argues that most economists are way behind the curve in understanding what motivates people to behave honestly, fairly, and generously in economic interactions. Bowles, a behavioral economist at theSanta Fe Institute, reveals fascinating new research on economic decision making and encourages us to rethink the ways we design our workplaces and our communities. How incentives affect our behaviorYale University Press, 2016, 288 pages Bowles provides ample evidence in his authoritative book t…

Daily Inspirational Quote for June 23, 2016

“When you reach the end of your rope….tie a knot in it, and hang on.”

Well it makes more sense than no knot and just sliding off the end of your rope down into who knows what? Ooooh scary! I know I have often reached the end of my personal “rope” or ability to cope or deal with a situation or someone causing me stress or upset and I’m sure you have to. What do we do when we reach the end of our rope? Say, “That’s it! I’ve had enough. I can’t deal with this anymore?” However, it’s not going anywhere is it? So, nothing else for it really but to “tie a knot in it” and hang on in there for dear life, until we consider it resolved and consign it to the bin of “past life resolutions” forever.


50 Years Ago She Did Something No Woman Ever Had

Fifty years ago, Bobbi Gibb applied to run the Boston Marathon and was informed that, "Women are not physiologically able to run a marathon." So she decided to enter anonymously and ended up being the first woman to finish it. "In those days, if you were a woman and you were lucky enough to go to college [Gibb attended Tufts University School of Special Studies], you were expected to get engaged your senior year and then get married. There was no way for women to support themselves economically. Women couldn't own a house; they couldn't get a mortgage; they couldn't get a credit card... I wanted to be married and have children -- but that's not all. I wanted to use my mind and my body. Part of what I was doing with running was getting away from all of that, finding a kind of freedom I didn't have in society. I knew I wasn't going to change, so the world had to change."

--by Jessica Sebor

The 2016 Boston Marathon marked the 50th anniversary of…

12 Ways Working Can Wreck Your Health

Hand and Wrist Injuries

Carpal tunnel syndrome, numbness that’s caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist, takes a lot of heat for computer-related hand and wrist injuries. But you’re more likely to get it if you work with tools that vibrate, or use a repetitive, twisting motion to get your job done. Blame sore hands and wrists from keyboard use on a different cause: repetitive stress injuries. To Help Prevent It: Take frequent breaks. Talk to your doctor or an occupational therapist to see if bracing or a change in position may help.

Back Pain

Whether you work outside pushing a mower or in a cube pushing paper, your back can take a beating. Who has time to remember to lift heavy objects the proper way, practice good posture when you sit, and get up to walk around every half hour or so (or take a break if you’re on your feet all day)? And if you have a few extra pounds, that only makes things worse. Back pain among workers ages 40-65 costs employers more than $7 billion a year. To Prevent…

If Your Feet Could Speak, What Would They Say?

Cold Feet, Many Culprits

If your toes are always cold, one reason could be poor blood flow -- a circulatory problem sometimes linked to smoking, high blood pressure, or heart disease. The nerve damage of uncontrolled diabetes can also make your feet feel cold. Other possible causes include hypothyroidism and anemia. A doctor can look for any underlying problems -- or let you know that you simply have cold feet.

Foot Pain

When feet ache after a long day, you might just curse your shoes. After all, eight out of 10 women say their shoes hurt. But pain that’s not due to sky-high heels may come from a stress fracture, a small crack in a bone. One possible cause: Exercise that was too intense, particularly high-impact sports like basketball and distance running. Also, weakened bones due to osteoporosis increases the risk.

Red, White, and Blue Toes

Raynaud’s disease can cause toes to turn white, then bluish, and then redden again and return to their natural tone. The cause is a sudden narrowing…