Archive for October 30, 2014

Mother’s Wisdom

A reminder worth thinking about in this war-torn, intolerant world:

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”  (Mother Teresa of Calcutta)



How to Spend that Upcoming Extra Hour

Let’s plan ahead for Sunday, when we turn our clocks back an hour.  What will we do with the extra hour we’ve gained?  Why not share it with someone who doesn’t necessarily consider time a friend, like that neighbor or acquaintance who is too ill or shy to get out much.  We can spend time feeding hungry families at a kitchen, gathering food for local food pantries that serve them, visiting veterans at the VA, bringing a picnic lunch and conversation to Aunt Sally at the nursing home.  Or give that extra hour exclusively to our children, playing, reading, or just being together.  Or nurture our marriage with an uninterrupted hour together, being present to each other. Through that one hour, we won’t let stress, overwork, or other pressures interfere with our relationships. In short, rather than waste that morsel of extra time, we can use it to live life more fully, sharing our time and selves with others.



Happiness Up to the Wife

Apparently, “happy wife, happy life” is true.  Granted, the study looked at people age 50 or older, but I’d bet that it extends into younger marriages–and even maybe into how we treat each other in other relationships.

There are several reasons for this happiness factor (as well as the reverse: miserable wife, miserable life). They include the differing ways men and women are raised, societal roles, and the fact (surprise!) that men don’t communicate their feelings and women do (what a revelation!).  The cure for this disparity is better communication–like that’s gonna happen in most man/woman relationships….

For details of this study, read the Huffington Post article “Study Finds that ‘Happy Wife, Happy Life‘ is Pretty Dead On.



A Tree-Mendous Addition to Our Home

I’ve been accused of being a tree-hugger–time and time again.  Maybe that’s why I’m so exited by today’s addition to our home.  I admit, I hug redwoods, my favorite tree, every chance I get. Redwoods are majestic and beautiful, and they feed my love of symbolism.  That’s because redwoods have shallow roots.  They survive and thrive by growing close together and entwining their roots with each other.  That allows them to grow tall and strong.  Therein lies the lesson for human beings.

But the spot I have is for a single tree.  So I planted a Northern Catalpa.  It doesn’t look like much right now:

New Tree

.     .But with TLC and water, it will look like this:



I’ve been feeling tree-deprived for a long time.  Several years ago our next-door-neighbor got our beautiful street tree condemned and removed, and about five years ago our gorgeous ash in our back yard became diseased and had to go before its 45′ (or so) beauty crashed onto our house.  That left us with no trees.  Now that has changed.  I’m happy again.


Cleaning House? It’s a Breeze!

Give Mother Nature a chance to clean your house–for free.  You spend 90% of your time indoors, where pollution is 2-5 times worse than outdoors.  Open windows for a cross-breeze and use a whole-house fan.

Leaf 6

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Follow-Up on “Is there Something I’m Missing?”

I MUST add one more bit of questionable logic to Monday’s (10/20/14) posting on situations in our daily lives that make little sense.  Yesterday I saw that TV commercial yet again.  It’s for an ambulance-chaser–er, I mean, law firm–in which anyone who has been in an auto accident and has been either seriously injured or killed is urged to call their office.  Now, I know that long-distance companies have improved greatly over the years, but does the land-of-the-afterlife have phone service?



Man and the Beauty of Life

Reread these short twenty words several times.  They may cause you to look differently at the next sad, sour, homeless person you meet.  This is a Thursday Thought worth carrying with us.


“If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.” — Criss Jami



Koman Foundation, Pink Drill Bits, and Fracking

The Susan G. Koman Foundation can’t wait until scientists decide whether fracking causes cancer (there’s some evidence that chemicals used in the process do, indeed, cause cancer).  Contrary to their mission to find a cure for breast cancer, the Koman Foundation is accepting $100,000 (not the first donation from them) from a fracking company who, by the way, is producing 1000 pink drill bits.

It looks to many breast-cancer-cure advocates that Koman is playing both ends against the middle and allowing, even encouraging, the pink symbol to be used in questionable ways.   It seems more an effort to promote the foundation and fund-raising than it is to fight breast cancer.

For more details, read the NBC News article “Pink Drill Bits Bring Complaints of Koman Tie to Fracking.”

 Nice! Pink drill bit for breast cancer awareness

Is There Something I’m Missing?

I must be missing some bit of information or ability to understand.  Often things don’t seem,well, logical to me.  Let me give you three examples.

#1–My TV-provider just installed a new type of box on my TV.  The tech gave me one sheet of skimpy operating instructions, which left me with many questions.  He referred me to the Help topics on the TV.  After much trial and error, I found them (not much help).  Included there are instructions to install the box myself rather than using a technician.  My question is this: How do I get to “Help” or installation instructions if the box isn’t already installed and I know how to find what I need?

#2–When I phone in to the company handling my internet service so I can report a problem with my internet, I wait through “hold,” which includes a cheery reminder that I can get many of my internet problems solved by going to www.[and their address].  Which raises the question, How can I go to their website if my internet isn’t working?

#3–We have a local program to help the elderly and disabled with needed transportation.  Qualifications limit a person’s income, and anyone living close to as bus line doesn’t qualify.  Yet, a person must go to the agency’s office in person to apply, and they don’t provide transportation to the interview.  Question: If I’m elderly or disabled, can’t afford a taxi, and don’t live near a bus stop, how can I get there to prove that I’m elderly or disabled, can’t afford a taxi, and don’t live near a bus line?

Please, someone, explain this to me.

[If you have run across similar Catch-22s, I’d love to hear about them.  I can’t be the only confused person out here.]



Starbucks & Animal Welfare

Is your cup of coffee supporting animal cruelty?  Starbucks may have an animal welfare policy but it doesn’t follow it.  Watch a short video on how the eggs Starbucks uses are produced in battery cages, read more information, then sign the petition.  Go to the page now.