Monthly Archives: November 2011

road to truth

Today’s inspirational spark from Buddhism:


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coordination is key

Today’s art spark:

Two words: Philippines and Bayanihan



older & wiser

Today’s inspirational spark:

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What’s your paradise?

Today’s musical spark:

Artists: Coldplay



Achy feet?

Have you been on your feet a lot?Β  Perhaps you hoofed it around town to take advantage of the holiday sales?Β  Maybe you stood in the kitchen a long time preparing a holiday feast?Β  You might have been one of the strong ones who spent time volunteering or worked in retail or at restaurants for hours on end.

When you get the chance to finally sit down, try rolling your achy feet over a tennis ball.Β  You can also do this little stretching exercise while standing up.

At first I was skeptical that something so simple (and free or cheap) would make much of a difference, but it actually does. πŸ™‚



Bwaaa ha ha

Today’s healthy (and funny) spark:

You can click here for a slideshow about foods that dogs should avoid in general.


From WebMD

Quick List of No-No’s:



Candy & Gum

Cocoa, Chocolate, & White Chocolate

Coffee, Tea, Soda, & Other Caffeine Including Chocolate

Fat Trimmings & Cooked Bones


Grapes & Raisins

Macadamia Nuts

Milk & Other Dairy Products


Persimmons, Peaches, & Plums (Beware of seeds and pits!)

Raw Stuff (e.g., meat, eggs, fish, etc.)

Salty Foods

Sugary Foods

Yeast Dough


The Safe List:

Cooked Lean Meats Without Bones

Certain Fresh Fruits Without Seeds/Seeds Removed: Apples, Bananas, and Watermelon

Certain Fresh Veggies: Carrot Sticks, Green Beans, Cucumbers, and Zucchini

Cooked White Rice or Plain Pasta



Don’t blame the lettuce.

Today’s inspirational & relationship spark:

β€œWhen you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you
don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not
doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or
less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have
problems with our friends or family, we blame the other
person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will
grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive
effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason
and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can
love, and the situation will change.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh


Feelin’ Good, Feelin’ Fine

Who doesn’t love a good head massage?

Aaaaah, the simple pleasures, right?




the weekend was too short

Yes, the weekend was too short and vacations are never as long as we would like them to be and kids grow up and birthdays go too fast and friendships may not last and students graduate and desserts get eaten and airport goodbyes are hard and so on, but…


on the importance of play

Have you played today?

Have you had fun with a friend or family member lately?

Let these two remind you of the importance of play.

And in case you don’t know where to start…

Start with the basics: a ball, rolling over, or a simple game of chase.




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