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Inspirational Quote – November 04, 2017

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”

So many colors for our eyes to feast on. Isn’t nature wonderful? The changing of each season as it gradually unveils its own beautiful, inspirational, awesome splendid palette of color for our eyes to appreciate and marvel at. Man can never ever hope to compete with what Nature’s very own specialist art gallery has to offer. From the delicate, intricate patterns to be found on butterflies, insects, animals, birds, plants, trees, etc., to the landscapes that take our breath away. Long may nature’s art gallery always remain open for business. We are truly blessed.

It Was About Friendship, Not The Home

Author Colin Beavan discusses a memoir by Drew Philip called "A $500 House In Detroit" in which the author meets and befriends his new neighbors. The article chronicles Drew's journey, revealing that in his quest to do the right thing, he focused on friendship and worked to transcend and accept differences between him and others.

How to Make Everyday Moments Extraordinary

A new book suggests ways we can infuse more peak experiences into our work and everyday lives.BY JILL SUTTIE

Our lives are filled with memories of experiences we’ve had; but that doesn’t mean we can recall everything that happened to us. Why do we remember certain experiences and forget others—and how can we create more memories? Research suggests that we tend to remember things more if they elicit strong emotion—negative or positive—and if they are imbued with meaning. Think of your wedding day, or the first time you spoke in front of a crowd. These are experiences that lodge in our memory, sometimes filling us with happiness or pride or a sense of awe. Now, imagine if you could experience peak moments like these in your everyday life. Wouldn’t we all like more of that? This idea is at the heart of the new book The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Their book makes the case that peak moments are essential to a happy life and…

Inspirational Quote – November 03, 2017

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”

Oooo, this made me think! I’m not sure to be honest. What about you? Write a best seller, explore a far flung mysterious island, learn to pole dance, etc? However, I don’t think this is so much about attempting something you know you won’t fail at, as nudging you towards the realization that, just by the very act of making an attempt you have already tasted success! There is success in every failed attempt don’t you think? By the very intent and purpose of aiming for success you have proved yourself successful in thinking, planning and creating something to aim for. Even if it doesn’t prove “successful” in the way you’d hoped in the end, you will have learned valuable lessons and gained insight along the way. So, next time………


Anne Lamott Writes Down Every Single Thing She Knows

If you know Anne Lamott's writing, nothing more in the way of introduction is necessary. If you do not, this list of life lessons will become the magical touchstone you finger like rosary beads every time the world breaks you open in love or loss.

Do You Have a True Self?

And what does it mean to believe that there is a "true self" inside of everyone?BY ART MARKMAN

Chances are you have lots of beliefs about yourself and other people. You use these beliefs to help predict why people do what they do. If someone yells at you, you might forgive them because you know they are under a lot of strain. Or, you might mistrust them because you think that this person is always angry at you. Or, you might even think that—deep down—they are an angry person who should be avoided. That is, there are times when you believe that a person’s actions reflect the situation they are in or their current mental state. But, you also have times when you think that a person’s actions are a reflection of their true self. Psychologists have been interested in capturing the qualities that people think are part of someone’s true self and also in understanding how the idea of a true self affects people’s actions and their relationships with others. This research was summarized …

Inspirational Quote – November 02, 2017

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”

So simple, so true! I believe that we all begin life with the ability to achieve. Unfortunately, some of us are born into circumstances of poverty, careless or cruel parenting, physically handicapped, etc., therefore opportunities to achieve, if any, may be few and far between. That which defines us is not where we begin but where we ultimately end. If we use whatever we have, even if it is the single ability to overcome and endure, then that’s wonderful. We are utilizing what no one can take from us, because it is within us, ours to hold and nurture. We are all, every one of us, very, very special indeed.

The World's First Elephant-Friendly Farm

Tenzing dreamed of transforming his family's paddy and vegetable farm into an organic tea farm, though he was told that growing tea organically was impossible. When Tenzing saw the harmful effects pesticides had on his workers and farm animals, he persisted with his dream. In 2007, after a number of challenges, Tenzing's tea farm became the first and only farm out of 12,000 others in Assam to grow organic tea. Tenzing has created such an open and welcoming environment that even the elephants stop by to munch on his tea leaves, and he doesn't mind! Read on to learn more about this heart-warming spirit and the miracle he has created.

13 Things That Scare the Pants Off of You (and Why)

Roller Coasters

Our lives aren’t quite as exciting as they used to be -- no more running from predators, for example. But our brains are still wired for that chase. A thrill ride puts you in touch with your primal self: You get the rush of being scared without the stampeding woolly mammoth.

Horror Movies

These scary things don’t just appear -- we seek them out and pay money for them. Why in the name of Linda Blair do we do that? An older theory goes that some people aren’t afraid of horror as much as they’re excited by it. But a newer idea is that we can feel both positive and negative emotions at the same time: Some of us seriously enjoy being scared.


There’s just something creepy about a clown’s face -- close to normal, but not quite. Scientists have a word for this: “uncanny.” Whether it’s a clown or a mask, things that are uncanny often creep us out and make us uncomfortable.


A fear of being up too high is good for you -- it keeps you from playing hopscotch at the edge of …

Social Security Matters: Is that Phone Call From Us?

It’s the morning of a busy day at home and you get a call from an unknown number. You answer only to find yourself on the receiving end of a threatening message saying your Social Security benefits will stop immediately unless you provide your personal information. It happens every day to thousands of Americans.  And it’s not Social Security calling. Scammers have many ways to lure their victims into providing information and then stealing their identities. Sometimes they call under a guise of helping you complete a disability application. Protecting your information is an important part of Social Security’s mission to secure today and tomorrow. Any request from our agency will come to you as a written notice first. If you do receive a call from one of our representatives, they will provide you with a telephone number and extension. The Acting Inspector General for Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, urges everyone to stay vigilant of impersonation schemes and to not be afraid to ha…

Worst Foods for Constipation


If you get constipated often, do yourself a favor and take a look at your diet. Among the foods that may block you up: too much cheese and milk. But you may not have to give up dairy -- just eat less of it and change your choices. Try yogurt with probiotics, live bacteria that’s good for your digestive system. It may help relieve constipation.

Fast Or Prepared Foods

Does your busy lifestyle have you eating on the go? Those readymade meals may be convenient, but they could cause a backup. Most are low in fiber, which you need to help food move through your system. By taking time to slow down, you may speed up your digestion.

Fried Food

Aunt Helen’s chicken is almost impossible to pass up, but consider opting for an entrée with more fiber if you’re having a tough time on the toilet. Fried foods are full of fat and are hard to digest. When food moves through your colon slowly, too much water can be taken out of it. That makes for a hard, dry stool.


They’re high in protein but low in …

How to Enjoy Being Alone with Your Thoughts

It’s hard to think pleasant thoughts—but a new study suggests a quick way to make it easier.BY KIRA M. NEWMAN

Be optimistic. Think happy thoughts. Lots of happiness advice makes it sound as if we could flip a switch and fill our heads with puppies and rainbows—and wouldn’t that be great? But it turns out that positive thinking isn’t so easy. In an infamous 2014 study where people had 15 minutes to mentally entertain themselves, about 40 percent chose to help pass the time by—no, not meditating—receiving an electric shock. In fact, a recent study found that only 13 percent of people’s thoughts are positive and inner-directed, and they enjoy those thoughts more when they arise spontaneously. (In other words, they prefer that happy thoughts come naturally rather than putting in the effort to “think positive.”) Could this process be easier and more enjoyable? It’s not an idle question: According to the researchers behind the new study, if people were better able to generate pleasant thoughts,…