Dalai Lama Quote of the Week

Snow Lion Publications offers an email subscription service for a quote of the week from the Dalai Lama. I love getting these every week, so I’m sharing the inspiration.  Below is today’s example. You can subscribe to this service at Snow Lion. “…we all have a feeling of closeness to ourselves. Even in cases of…

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Cat Naps

Quoting results from a February 12, 2007 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, Medical News Today reported on February 19, 2007, “researchers found that midday napping (siestas) reduced coronary mortality by about one third among men and women.” Medical News Today continues, “The results showed that people who regularly took siestas, defined by the…

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Impossible Dreams

Use your brain to follow your dreams

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Balance

I know that my many interests and abilities revolve around a constant. The constant is my belief in the Divinity of life. The desire for Divine meaning, purpose, or connection has always been a palpable force within me – as obvious as my heartbeat and breath. Over the years I have expended a lot of…

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airplane

Things I always take on a plane

Besides a few snacks, magazines and my iPod, I always travel with a few things to protect myself from “plane air.” First and foremost, I try not to think about it too much. Next, I relax by doing a few things that offer me a little extra protection from real or imagined things floating around…

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When Loui Falls Over

Loui is one of our big black cats. We met him the day he was born in my closet, on a black bath mat, with his two black siblings, sleeping with his black mother. It was a mass of black fur, difficult to differentiate in the darkness of an unlit closet. The only difference between…

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Suburban Nature

  I moved to Florida from upstate New York 5 years ago. From dirt to sand, from country farms to neighborhoods, from nature to suburbia. Into a white house, with yellow shutters, a couple of trees and too much grass. Our yard was flat and trim, like every other yard on the block. In every…

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In A Heartbeat

It’s happening all the time, the rhythm of your heart. Stopping for a moment to think about it can be a bit mind boggling. On average, our human hearts beat about 70 times per minute when we are sitting around at rest. It only takes 0.857 seconds for a single heartbeat. For each of these…

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Social Media for the Anti-Social

When I first heard about how the internet was going to bring us closer, by allowing us to be physically further apart while we communicated, I wondered if I was missing something. I usually score low on those Reader’s Digest Mensa sample questions. Still, something felt “off” as I watched a newscaster being “close” to…

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Summer Solstice, 2009

“…our Earth is taking part in a fantastic cosmic ballet. First, it pulls us through space at a speed of nearly twenty miles per second during its annual journey around the Sun. The Sun then drags the Earth with it during its voyage through the Milky Way at a speed of 140 miles per second.…

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