Monday, November 20, 2006


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This was written by Marianne Williamson in 1994 for Nelson Mandala’s inaugural speech.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thanksgiving Recipe - Pumpkin Soup

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6 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups cubed fresh pumpkin
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
5 whole black peppercorns


Cut pumpkin into 1/2-inch cubes.

Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.

Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.

Return to pan and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream.

Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

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More Parents Turning to Vitamins for Their Kids

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From The State Journal-Register Springfield, IL


One day it's Halloween candies. The next it's Thanksgiving feasts and holiday pastries, a continuous trickle of treats.

It is enough to throw a real scare into nutritional watchdogs that have children's best interests at heart.

Add the abundance of fast-food eateries and the promoted convenience foods, and the path to adulthood is littered with more mine fields than a combat zone.

The results are reflected in childhood obesity rates, which already approach 20 percent nationally. Compounding the problem are reductions in school physical education programs, which in many cases are an afterthought, if not an anachronism.

Yet amid the doom and gloom are encouraging signs. Among them is that healthier cafeteria fare has become a national priority. Federal and state governments are tightening nutrition regulations and banning junk food and sodas from campuses.

Providing further impetus is a burgeoning children's supplement industry. While no substitute for well-balanced diets, prudently designed formulations can provide nutritional insurance for kids who would no more eat fruits and vegetables than give up video games.

In her role as a sounding board for concerned parents for Henry's Farmers Markets, certified nutritionist Janet Little helps navigate many people in what is considered unchartered territory.

"With children's bodies growing so quickly, cells multiplying so fast, it is wise to use a simple multivitamin," Little said.

"Proper nutrition can give a child a real advantage. Sadly, most children, with parents not having time to cook, are eating all processed foods."

Many such foods are high in saturated and trans fats, which can damage membranes in the cells.

Fortunately, the resilience of youth is designed to withstand such abuse.

"Bodies respond wonderfully to healthy eating and changes in lifestyle," Little said. "But the more prolonged the damage, the harder it is to reverse."

Fueling the proliferation of vitamins is the notion that certain concentrated nutrients can promote brain health and development.

"In the past 10 years, there's been an explosion in children's vitamins," Little said. "They've grown 100-fold in that time, many targeting brain health."

Children's vitamins range from liquid multivitamins designed for toddlers to chewable varieties and soft gels, some of which come in ice-cream-like flavors. The potencies generally are scaled down to an eighth or a fourth of an adult dosage.

Since deficiencies in such essential fatty acids as omega-3 and omega-6 have been linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, manufacturers are quick to recommend a variety of choices in soft gel and liquid form.

Omega-3, a fish oil often taken by adults, is packaged more creatively for kids. Its occasional fishy taste is disguised by chocolate mint or other flavors.

A typical method for adults would be 1,000 milligrams to be taken three times a day. For children 4 and older, the suggested amount is 640 milligrams once or twice a day, Little said.

While not all experts recommend vitamins for children, most agree that a daily supplement can't hurt as long as the formulation doesn't exceed the recommended daily allowance for any ingredient.

"When parents ask about one brand or another, I tell them, 'Whatever the child will take,'" Little said.

If the child has health issues, however, it's best to consult with a physician before using vitamins.

Diet is always the first line of defense. Eliminating refined flours and sugars is a good place to start.

"It doesn't make sense to eat horribly and take vitamins to make up for it," Little said. "It's not going to work."

Find nutritional supplements you can trust at Life Extension Products.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Is Anything Really Free? The birth of Nu-free.

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The other day Sue and I were talking about whether anything was really free. Imagine if there were really free things. Wouldn't that violate the rules of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and karma.

My position was that every offer of free could be (or should be) put in the conditional if/then form to be honest.

Here's what I mean... IF you 'whatever' THEN you get free 'something'.

Sue said air was free. I said IF you breathe THEN you get air.
She said sunshine was free. I said IF you are on the sunny side of the planet THEN you get sunshine. Get the idea.

I'm going to stick my neck out here and make a logical error. I say that EVERY free offer is really a BRIBE. Usually it's a ethical bribe, because you get to decide if what you get has a value equal to or greater than what you give.

So I've created a new word that more meaningful (and honest). At least as far as I'm concerned. It's Nu-free.

What's nu-free? It comes from the phrase Not Unconditionally Free.

I don't really expect nu-free to become a word in common everyday usage. It's more an idea to remind you that there are strings attached to every offer of free.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Natural Protein Snacks

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If you are on a diet and you are cutting back on carbs, here's a snack you can try. It's jerky. Check out the flavors and jerky products you can get at Jerky Direct.

Note: Yes, this is MY Jerky Direct Store. I tried it, I liked it, my friends liked it. So I got the store to get the lowest prices.

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Natural Tonics for Health and Wellness

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I’m a great believer in natural tonics to strengthen or invigorate the healing system. - Dr. Andrew Weil

The American Heritage Dictionary says that a tonic is…

an agent, such as a medication, that restores or increases body tone, an invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent or influence. And a tonic is for producing or stimulating physical, mental, or emotional vigor.

Tonics are usually liquid preparations that have a combination of herbs, vitamins, minerals and other ingredients. No tonic has any magical healing effect on any disease. That may seem to be a strange thing to say in an article about Tonics for Health and Wellness. Let me explain.

The only thing that can heal a body is the body itself. Nature has designed a self repair system for the human body that will accomplish the seeming miraculous. Most of the time all we have to do is stay out of the way.

Sometimes a toxic agent, biological or chemical, can overwhelm the body’s capacity to heal itself. Medical science can assist by removing any overload. The body itself then takes over and does the actual healing. A tonic acts to supply the body’s repair mechanism with missing nutrients so that it functions at its best.

Is it possible to help the body by supplying things it needs to do its job? Of course it is. Ordinarily these nutrients come from the foods we eat. Often our foods don’t contain all the nutrients they should, for whatever reason. This is why we are beginning to see the medical profession suggesting we take a good multi vitamin and mineral supplement daily. Before this, our ancestors learned through experience, the value of getting certain substances into the body. They made tonics to supply these substances. Natural tonics can fill the gaps in our nutrition. Our own bodies will then do the rest.

You can find recipes for tonics that are made with just about any thing under the sun. Usually natural tonics are made with some single herb or a combination of herbs. Some of the more common are garlic, ginseng, ginger, and green tea. Mushrooms are also used as tonics. Chinese caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps sinensis) improves athletic performance and increases energy. Species like reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), shitake (Lentinella edodes), and maitake (Grifola frondosa) are used to boost immunity.

Even plain water can be a tonic for someone who is suffering from dehydration. After all, the human body is made up of 55 to 75 percent water.

It would seem the best way to incorporate all the minerals your body needs is to have a tonic made with something like seawater, but you can’t drink seawater. The salt content will kill you.

If you went to school in the 1960’s you might remember watching an educational film called Hemo the Magnificent. Hemo was the cartoon god of blood and with the real-life Dr. Frank C. Baxter, they made several films for Disney. Hemo proclaims that he’s the mysterious source of life, and the good Dr. informs him, "You know what you are? You’re just seawater!"

So like the seas that are essential to all life on earth, our blood is essentially seawater too. Science speculates that life began in the sea. Amniotic fluid is almost identical to seawater.

Rene Quinton, a French physician, performed a famous study on the effects of seawater. Quinton experiments proved seawater and blood plasma are remarkably similar in composition. As a result, Quinton said, "All living organisms are in fact a marine aquarium." He said seawater should be used to heal.

Because of the complete nutrient content of seawater, sea vegetables, growing in clean seawater, supply all of the minerals necessary for life. Sea vegetables have more minerals than any land plant. Between 7 and 38 percent of the dry weight of sea vegetables are minerals.

Any kind of high quality natural tonic made with sea vegetables should supply the body with every mineral it needs to function at its best. That just makes sense doesn’t it?

Many illnesses can be traced to mineral imbalances in the body. Minerals are responsible for many functions in our bodies, such as helping to keep our body repair systems working. Adequate minerals should be ingested every day.

Unlike medicines, which can have an immediate effect on symptoms, you may not see immediate results with tonics. Allowing your body to heal itself may take some time. Use a tonic regularly for a few months. You are letting your body do what it knows how to do. Give it what it needs and trust it to heal itself.

See if you have an increased sense of well-being or more energy when taking a tonic. Even if you don’t notice immediate effects, pay attention to how you respond to physical and emotional stress. See if you become less susceptible to illnesses. Give natural tonics an honest try.

NOTE: I wrote this article to help bring attention to a natural tonic I personally use. Find out more about My Natural Tonic.

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Calorie Restriction - Doctors Devise New Diet That Can Help Asthma And Arthritis

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from The Independent on Sunday 06-19-06

Scientists claim to have discovered a new diet that not only ensures weight loss but also tackles diseases and could even prolong life, according to a new report.

Doctors and scientists, who have been testing the diet on themselves for three years, say it can have health benefits on diverse conditions ranging from asthma to heart disease.

Dr James Johnson, who co-wrote the report with colleagues from Stanford and New Orleans universities, said the diet involves eating normally one day and then cutting food intake the next day to between 20 and 50 per cent.

Dr Johnson, who reports having lost 35lbs in the first 11 weeks of being on the diet, said: "We have observed improvement in a variety of disease conditions, starting within two weeks, including insulin resistance, asthma, seasonal allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, infectious disease, periodontal disease, and cardiac arrhythmias."

For people who want to lose weight, according to the report, the diet has the psychological advantage of not subjecting them to permanent food deprivation. But the scientists said what they call "up-day, down-day" dieting also has health-promoting effects.

"For three years we have experimented with an alternate day pattern of eating in which intake is limited to 20-50 per cent of estimated daily requirement one day followed by ad lib eating the next day," the report said. "This alternate day calorie restriction appears to have health-promoting effects in the absence of weight loss."

The report added: "Based onabroad range of calorie-restriction studies in animals in which virtually all diseases are delayed, prevented or ameliorated by calorie restriction, we propose that this dietary pattern will delay, prevent or improve a wide variety of human diseases, including multiple sclerosis. '

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About Goals

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This quote by Thoreau really sums up the process of achievement.

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success." – Henry David Thoreau

My interpretation of the 'leap in the dark' would be allowing (and trusting or expecting) the unconscious part of us, to find the path to the goal. Some would call this 'faith'.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Strange Wisdom of Homer Simpson

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Here's a great bit of insight from Homer Simpson...

To be loved, you have to be nice to others EVERYDAY!. To be hated, you don't have to do squat. -Homer Simpson

Think about how true that is and put a bit of effort in all your interactions with others.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

An Apple a Day Does keep the Doctor Away

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Researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine have discovered how apples keep us healthy.

They found that apple extract was able to protect cells from damage and death by interfering with communication between cells.

Here's the abstract from the Experimental Biology and Medicine Journal.
Eat More Apples

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Why Atrocities Happen

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Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself—a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred.

- from Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Finding Happiness

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"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere." - Agnes Repplier

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Yahoo 360

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Social Networking is all the rage right now. Did you ever hear of MySpace? YAHOO also has a place to network. It's called YAHOO 360.

Here's my YAHOO 360 page.

Stop by and add yourself to my friends list.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Defining Moments

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"We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us."
- Virginia Satir

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Life Lessons

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One of the most important lessons that experience teaches is that, on the whole, success depends more upon character than upon either intellect or fortune
- William Edward Hartpole Lecky

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Doing it the hard way!

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"In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest." – Henry Miller

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Lose weight

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Not having an incentive to lose weight, makes weight loss impossible.

"Thank you for calling the Weight Loss Hotline. If you'd like to lose a half pound right now, press 1 eighteen thousand times." ~ Randy Glasbergen

Hypnosis is a powerful weight-loss tool. Find out how hypnosis can help you lose weight!

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


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Here's my take on the whole immigration mess.

Yes the border with Mexico is too porous... but then so is the border with Canada. And what about those coastlines. Come on Mr. Bush, tear down the wall.

Look here's an opportunity to solve another problem... Social Security. Set up employment agencies on the border, let every decent, honest human being who wants to work in the USA apply for a Social Security Card and get to work. In fact, you can even print them in green.

What if the Native Americans started building walls when they saw the first sailing ships drop anchor?

Sock it to me!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Sock it to me

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Sock it to me... I'd like to see that phrase come back into common use... as a reminder. We need something to keep us grounded in reality. Then maybe we can make some changes if we don't like what we see.

We, as human beings need to 'sock it to the politicians', and not allow them to 'stick it to us'. We need our doctors to 'sock it to us' and tell us we're too fat. Our family and friends need to 'sock it to us' when we're fools.

Maybe 'sock it to me' faded into obscurity because as Jack said, "You can't handle the truth!"

Sock it to me! Tell me what you think... leave a comment.

A brief history of the phrase "Sock it to me"

From Dictionary of Catchphrases (1995) by Nigel Rees
"Sock it to me!" spoken by the English actress Judy Carne, who became known as the Sock-It-To-Me Girl on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (NBC-TV, Jan 22, 1968 - May 14, 1973). She would appear and chant the phrase until, ever unsuspecting, something dreadful happened to her.

The actual phrase was taken from a hit record entitled 'Respect',(1967) recorded by Aretha Franklin, which featured a chorus repeating 'Sock it to me' quite rapidly in the background.

The phrase 'to sock it to someone' originally meant 'to put something bluntly 'and was used as such by Mark Twain.

Black musicians gave it a sexual meaning, as in 'I'd like to sock it to her.'

From Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang (1996) by Tom Dalzell
Sock it to me
1. Let me have it
2. Say what it is you have to say

From "A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur" (1889) by Mark Twain
"Well, observe the difference. You pay eight cents and four mills, we pay only four cents."

I prepared, now to sock it to him.

I said: "Look here, dear friend, what's become of your high wages you were bragging about a few minutes ago", and I looked round on the company with placid satisfaction.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

How do these people get elected?

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Just saw a news item on Drudge. Seems one of our esteemed New York politicians has suggested that we buy foreign ethanol to add to our gasoline.

Hey Chuckie... pay attention it's foreign oil that's got us by the gas now. Isn't it kind of odd that the governor just announced a new ethanol plant IN the state of New York? Shouldn't we be buying our ethanol from the corn produced by the hard working farmers in THIS state?

How does this guy keep getting elected?

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Rare Puppies - Free to Good Home

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Here's a really freaky picture of a new breed of dog. I believe the pups will be available in a few years.

Thanks to the miracle of genetic engineering these dogs will walk themselves,clean-up after themselves, and feed themselves. Sounds like the perfect pet for lazy people.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Funny Videos

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Lots of online funny videos here.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Was Michael Moore right?

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As I read the news concerning the turning over of major US ports to an Arab controlled company (with White House approval, of course) I am remembering some of the assertions made in a Michael Moore documentary.

Yes, I'm referring to "Fahrenheit 911" by Michael Moore. If you haven't seen it, basically it can be summed up by saying the Bush family and certain Arab families in certain Arab countries are very close business partners.

Now I don't consider myself a "Bush Basher", "Arab Basher", or a "Michael Moore Fan"...BUT, current events seem to add more than a little credibility to Mr. Moore's assertions and conclusions as relayed in his documentary "Fahrenheit 911".

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Welcome to Brrreeeport

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No, it's not a real place,(if it was it would probably be somewhere in upstate NY, brrr!) but a lot of bloggers are linking to "brrreeeport" as part of an experiment to gain some insight into the way certain search engines function.

If you want to read the article it's called "Brrreeeport: Scoble's Keyword Experiment" and you can find it at

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