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Since the invention of the printing press, books have fed the human
animal's irrepressible hunger for truth and meaning. Books offer refuge
and companionship during lonely childhoods. The following piece opens
the pages of a wonderful collection of essays about why we read and how
books transform us from some of the most inspiring humans in our world:
artists, writers, scientists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, musicians,
and adventurers whose character has been shaped by a life of reading.
Mary Oliver was one of the most beloved poets of our times. A writer who
was dazzled by her daily experience of life, and dazzled the rest of us
by telling about it in her poems and essays. She deliberately stayed
out of the public eye and what follows is one of her rare interviews -- a
conversation with On Being's Krista Tippett. Read on for a glimpse of
the remarkable woman who once wrote: "When it's over, I want to say:
all my life/I was a bride married to amazement./I was the bridegroom,
taking the world into my arms."
Six-year-old Jada feels a persistent expectation of danger. She overreacts to provocative situations and has difficulty managing her emotions, which often flare up without warning. To her teachers, Jada appears touchy, temperamental, and aggressive. She is easily frustrated, which makes her susceptible to bullying. When something happens at school that triggers Jada, she may lash out in fury.
How can teachers manage a kid like Jada who may have suffered trauma, but whose emotional reactions make it difficult for her to learn? Not by getting angry, for sure. That would just trigger her, because she’s hypersensitive to criticism.
In my new book, The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, I present key, alternative strategies teachers and schools can use to help kids who’ve experienced trauma to do better in school. I’ve found that when teachers recognize the …
What does it mean to live wisely and well and what does it take? How can
we cultivate qualities such as love, wisdom, kindness, and compassion?
Dr. Roger Walsh's lifework, addresses these questions. A man with an
eclectic past, Roger has explored contemplative life as a professor,
physician, therapist, celebrated author, spouse, spiritual practitioner,
and inquisitive human being. He is a former circus acrobat, as well
as a record holder in the fields of high diving and trampolining. Roger
claims to have no final answers about life and meaning; yet through a
combination of spiritual wisdom and practical tools, he offers hope and
healing for us all, individually and globally.
Americans are more divided along party lines than ever before.
In the past two decades, the percentage of Americans who consistently hold liberal or conservative beliefs—rather than a mix of the two, which is the case for most people—has jumped from 10 percent to over 20. At the same time, beliefs about the other side are becoming more negative. Since 1994, the number of Americans who see the opposing political party as a threat to “the nation’s well-being” has doubled. This deepening polarization has predictable results: government shutdowns, violent protests, and scathing attacks on elected officials.
Why are we becoming more polarized?
There are probably many reasons. Could social media be driving polarization? Many people think so—and, indeed, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter have all become sites of ferocious political argum…
"Ever abiding within and without, overlaid with the mutable patchwork
garment we know as this visible universe, silence forms the woof and
warp of all things seen and unseen. Yet at any instant it is immanent
and accessible. To the mystic, silence is the ground, the core of
reality. All else relates to and emanates from it. The deeper elements
in all religions point to this silence. It is God, it is Buddha; it is
Allah. But, to paraphrase Lao Tzu, to name it is to elude its essence.
It can only be experienced. The fifteenth century Muslim born saint
Kabir wittily observed, "I laugh when I hear the fish in the water is
thirsty." This paradox, which asserts that we are forever surrounded by
silence yet all the while occluded to its existence, forms the key
dilemma in spirituality."
If you are the parent to a toddler or preschooler, then you know: Tantrums happen. Sometimes, try as you might, there is simply no avoiding an epic meltdown, whether it’s at mealtime (no, just because you add milk to a bowl of rainbow sprinkles does not mean they count as breakfast cereal), bedtime (no, we can’t read the same book just one more time), or out in public (no, we can’t actually buy this entire shelf of toys at Target).
Encounter the mystery of life and living with Krista Tippet and Dr.
Rachel Naomi Remen, wise physician, author and founder of the Remen
Institute for the study of Health and Illness. Through hearing these powerful stories we can sense that our losses, our
illnesses have helped us to live fully and to heal not only ourselves
but those whose lives we touch. Life is full of losses and
disappointments, and the art of living is to make of them something that
can nourish others.
Get More Fruits and Veggies
Try to add one more of each to every meal. Store cut-up raw veggies in the front of the fridge and fruit on the counter where you'll see it. Keep healthy dips on hand, like hummus, peanut butter, and low-fat yogurt. Load extras into your sandwiches, pizzas, salads, soups, and omelets. Pureed options like butternut squash can thicken soup and add nutrients. Mix cauliflower puree in with mashed potatoes for a healthy boost. Swipe to advance 2/16
Cut Down on Fast Food
Try to reduce fast-food temptations. Take a different route so you don't have to pass drive-through places. Keep fruit or nuts with you to tide you over until you get home or to work. If you have to hit up a restaurant, choose lower-calorie items like grilled chicken. Look for fruit or veggie options like a salad (watch the dressing) or a plain baked potato as a side. Order regular or small sizes, and avoid value meals. Sip water or diet soda instead of sugary soda. Swipe to advance 3/16
When I was 15, my mother died in a car accident. Not knowing how to deal with the enormity of my loss and grief, I threw myself into homework and activities, never missing a day of school and trying to control everything in my life.
This strategy succeeded in some ways—I was able to get good grades, for example. But the inner cost of pushing away my grief and sadness showed up in other ways. I became anxious around things I couldn’t control, like unexpected changes of plans and minor injuries.
And as I grew older, I started to harbor irrational worries, such as the fear of exposing my baby in utero to toxic fumes when walking past a strange smell. It was not until my first child was born, with the help of a therapist, that I was able to fully grieve the loss of my mother and feel all of the emotions I had spent so many years trying to ward away.
Have ever asked yourself, why am I moved to tears or laughter at the
sight of a soaring bird? Have you ever felt deeply drawn to a tree, a
river, an ocean or a mountain? Settle in and watch this video. Come home
to who you are in this wide wonderful world. Learn how even your
smallest daily choices can be deeply meaningful and fulfilling once you
understand the your deep connections to the vastness of the universe.
I recently slipped through a sidewalk cellar door to enter the basement
of Freebird Books, a large space crammed with books organized into
different sections, where I spent the evening reading letters from
prison inmates and selecting and packaging books for them. At least
twice a week, volunteers go through the 700-800 letters NYC Books
Through Bars, a collective based in New York City, New York, receives
from inmates every month and fulfill their requests.