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Inspirational Quote for September 10, 2016

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

This reminds me of friends we had who, although they were English and resident in the UK, preferred living in the house they had bought in Florida. However, due to immigration rules they were restricted to spending 3 months in Florida then the UK for 3 months, so they made two 3 month trips every year. However, when they were in the UK they marked the days off one by one on a calendar, and lived very frugally, preferring to save every penny for their return to Florida. This used to really “get” to me, the fact they weren’t “living” life to the full because, you and I know, that nothing is certain in life especially as regards health especially when we get a bit older. They didn’t care. I gave up pointing out that they wouldn’t get back the days they were so eager to cross off. They had their way of life and that was it. They have been doing it for a several years now and plan to do it for several more. I will never ever understand, never!

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A Special Kind of Grace: The Remarkable Story of the Devadosses

He is a writer and an artist whose captivating pen-and-ink drawings, books and greeting cards reflect the beauty of southern India. His wife helped compose his work. What makes their story extraordinary? Manohar Devadoss is near blind. His art is produced through a painstaking process of extraordinary will-power and dedication. His wife Mahema was paralyzed below the shoulders, the result of a car accident when they were in their early thirties. Despite the odds, this couple crafted a life together of tremendous beauty, joy and generosity touching many hearts along the way. This piece shares a glimpse of their journey, their art and inspiration.

Debunking Myths about Awe

ByMaria Polonchek

What inspires awe? Who experiences it the most?Dacher Keltner discusses common misconceptions about an elusive emotion.

According to researchers across the country, experiencing awe can lower stress levels,expand our perception of time, and improve social well-being. As a parent, I’m especially intrigued by findings that awe encouragesaltruismand empathy,discourages entitlement and narcissism, and boosts creativity and academic performance.  Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley and a founding director of the GGSC, is the guy to talk to about awe. He co-authoreda paper on awe in 2003considered to be foundational, and has been involved incountless other studies since. A self-described “transcendence junkie,” I know what awe has meant for me, but I was curious about other people. Who experiences awe? What triggers awe? What does it mean for our children? When I met with Dacher to ask him a few questions, I realized I had a lot of mistaken assumptions about …

Inspirational Quote for September 9, 2016

“Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.”

Now I know this to be true because, looking back, I can see where and when it happened for me. We have all experienced times when we rail against Fate, the Universe, etc., because we feel we have been selected, from all the billions of people on Earth, to suffer a particular hardship, experience a troubling situation, or deal with grief. However, think about when this happened to you in the past. Now, can you recollect the days, weeks or even months that followed? Yes? Did you consequently find yourself in a better place either emotionally, physically or financially? Well then, hopefully, instead of going “into one” the next time things don’t go your way, you’ll wait to see how things actually turn out first…..


A Fun Way to Stop Buying Things You Don't Need

"A few years ago, illustrator and editorial cartoonist Sarah Lazarovic felt like she was buying too much junk. So she stopped shopping for a year, then documented her withdrawals and, eventually, all the lessons and tips and tricks she learned about not buying things. Instead of buying the items she coveted, she made paintings of them.  During that time, instead of buying the items she coveted, she made paintings of them. That led to the illustrated book called 'A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy'. It also led to doing that same "covet counseling" for others. She calls her project the "Office of Divestment." She will draw the thing you want to buy. You get the painting, and you won't have to buy the thing. A deal."

Animal Lovers Rejoice! There’s Now a Wine For Your Furry Friends

After you’ve had a long day at the office and all you want to do is crack open a bottle of red in order to properly relax and close out the evening, you now no longer have to worry about finding a drinking partner to accompany your habits.

This 100% organic, non-alcoholic wine is created in the foothills of the Colorado mountains by a pet pampering company known as Apollo Peak.

Whether you’re a cat owner who can’t find the right companionship in humans anymore, or a dog owner who just wants to have some fun with their pooch, anyone can empathize with this company’s motto: why drink alone when you can drink with the special somebody that has always understood you?

The two feline flavors, Pinot Meow and MosCATo, are infused with salmon oil, organically grown beets, and catnip, making for a sweet treat for any pussycat in your home.

The dog wines, CharDOGnay and Zinfantail, are not just tasty – the natural concoction of ingredients can also help your dog relax and sooth digestion.

White Racism May Hurt the Health of Both Whites and Blacks

ByYasmin Anwar

According to a new study, there are more heart-disease-related deaths in overtly racist communities.

Living in unabashedly racist communities can shorten the lives of both blacks and whites, according tonew researchpublished in Psychological Science. Researchers compared the racial biases of nearly 1.4 million people nationwide to death rates in more than 1,700 US counties. Their findings suggest that blacks and, to a lesser degree, whites who reside in overtly racist communities are more prone to dying from heart disease and other circulatory diseases. “This suggests that living in a racially hostile environment might be detrimental to both the group targeted by this bias, in this case blacks, as well as the group that harbors the bias, in this case whites,” said study lead author Jordan Leitner, a postdoctoral fellow in psychology at UC Berkeley. Researchers also found a racial gap in perceived access to affordable health care. The study found that blacks living in more bi…

Inspirational Quote for September 8, 2016

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”

Definitely! 100% spot on! That’s why I personally try to give every day the best of me I can. Not always easy, not always possible but at least I try my best. I always appreciate my life, my family, my friends and my passion for what I do. Every night, when I put my head on my pillow and reflect on the day that will soon morph into tomorrow, I give thanks and feel happy, content and satisfied that what I’ve accomplished today will, hopefully, be carried forward into all my tomorrows. I hope you can say the same?


The Fine Art of Taking Time

"When I tell people I'm an artist they usually tell me they can't draw. I'm not sure when art became conflated with realistically representing things by making marks on surfaces, but I bet it was before cameras and copy machines. I carved this rickshaw for my friend to print onto fabric so she could have a rickshaw skirt. The lack of perfection is part of the art. However, transferring information from your eyes through your hands is a fascinating activity, and has much more to do with seeing than drawing. Actually seeing is pretty intense..." So begins this lovely, meandering reflection by artist Ellie Cross that includes among a slew of other intriguing elements, a former street cat, the festival of Holi, sundry artistic endeavors in India, and the fine art of taking time.

How to Avoid Picking Up Prejudice from the Media

ByAmanda Sharples,Elizabeth Page-Gould

News, entertainment, and social media shape how we behave toward different groups of people. How can we limit negative influences?

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, killing more than a thousand people and leaving tens of thousands homeless. A woman begs for help in the wake of Hurricane KatrinaTed Jackson, New Orleans Times-Picayune That was terrible. But news media may have turned this natural disaster into a disaster for American race relations byrepeatedly broadcastingimages of black people who were often described as “looting” in the catastrophic wake of the storm. According to a study by James Johnson and colleagues, these types of images may lead white people to endorse harsh treatment of black evacuees (by, for example, not allowing them to seek refuge in another parish). Participants were not any less likely to help white evacuees, suggesting that racial stereotypes of blacksas criminals may have played a role. News media aren’…