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Random Miscellania about…Nothing?

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

shutterstock_77804425BRRRR…it’s a cold morning for us Floridians. Where’s my cup of tea? (Where are my socks?!) Why do I constantly misplace my tea and never finish a hot cup?! Oh, there it is…my tea. “Hey Kid, (L-P) can you please nuke it for me… Thanks honey bunny!”

My breakfast: brain or body? Body a couple bites of yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Real healthy, eh? (oh, and a couple bites of a wheat English muffin.) Slept in late past eight. Hey, I don’t need to leave the house early today… A Saturday morning luxury: ignoring my alarm clock now and again. Fed Smudge, the kitty-cat, his meow mix. (He likes it crunchy outside and meaty inside.)

I’m with You Smudgey…. liking my brain food the same way. :)

Who needs an alarm clock anyway when you have 4 kids?? Up and active, loud and fully AWAKE! (They fed themselves what they wanted…. body food that is.) It’s spring break and they don’t have to think about school for a week. YEAH, right… however, homeschooling will continue as always…out of the institutional/conventional classroom…for a while. (Lots of spontaneous learning takes place when experiencing freedom from confinement to a desk!)

Chores await me. Beach Boys playing…”God only knows what I’d be without you?” and Crow: “If it makes you happy, why the hey are you so sad?”… Deep questions for a Saturday morning, huh?

Socks…I don’t think about or wear often…but this tile floor is cold for dancing…socks are great for s-l-i-d–i-n-g.

Slip sliding away…what was the purpose of this blog?! My brain is dilating along with my eyes. The sunshine is warm and I’m basking in front of my sliding glass doors…heart beating fast from exercise.

Random miscellania…organizing and managing…NOTHING.

Honestly, my description of “nothing” is really a something!;) Will I let this miscellania take a toll on me? How are you managing your misc.?

 Aqueous humor is a clear fluid that nourishes the lens, the iris, and the inside of the cornea. It is not the same as tears, which bathe the outside of the eye.

 Trebecular meshwork drains the fluid.

If the meshwork is …


Saturday, January 4th, 2014

shutterstock_234351641414 aka 1.4.14 aka January 4, 2014.

(For related context, Please check out post:1313)

It’s Hammer time…and joanie’s got one!…and you/u can’t touch this! -lol:)

(Well, that’s what the Wiggles & MC tell me anyway.) What do You tell me? What do Scientists, Leaders in their Field(s) and/or Religionists, Doctors, etc. tell me? The truth?? hmmmm…(the jury may still be out?)

It’s time to hammer some truth. To hammer, “zax” or … beat, forge, shape, form, mold, fashion, make…hammers good for making things and driving nails in place or breaking things up or aka in 1 on-line dictionary: “attack or criticize forcefully and relentlessly…”

{Schools in: Pay attention PLEASE!! or go play…(you need some exercise/brain or other, don’t ya?? As you know, sitting in front of the computer screen or other screen/filter too long, reading my stuff or other stuff, is not too good for Ya…get up and move-okay?! You can start by moving Your mind! :)}

1 quote about a topic of fascination: MIND:

“For those who have eyes to see and minds accustomed to reflect, in the minutest cells, in the blood, in the whole earth, and throughout the stellar universe . . . , there is intelligent and conscious direction; in a word, there is Mind.” ~ (Word(s)/noteworthy point(s) bolded by moi) Quote in mid-1800’s by: British biologist Alfred Russel Wallace who agreed with Charles Darwin on the theory of evolution by natural selection.

A Divine Mind?!
4 (or more): Related things about this topic: Intelligent, Conscious Direction: Mind aka Divine Mind:

“For [God’s] invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship.” ~ Observed 2,000 Years before Wallace, in 56 C. E., written at Romans 1:20 by Paul aka Saul, a distinguished lawyer who studied under the famous lawyer Gamaliel.

Science, Fiction, Allegory, Discovery, FACT?!

Many people, however, are unaware of the fact that Christendom’s leaders, including so-called creationists and fundamentalists, have spun the Bible account of creation into numerous tales that deviate from what the Bible really says. These interpretations fly in the face of scientific fact. Even though those tales are not found in the …

My Gratitude List 13-24

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

shutterstock_140694610Peace Psychcentral & Beyond!

Partners in Wellness have lots for which to be Grateful!


Today is December 24th and here’s my Gratitude List:13-24: (For related context check out: My Gratitude List 1-12)

Special THANKS to my Son, L-P, for helping me video the evening of the 23rd. THANKS to Hubby, Chato Stewart, Mental Health Humor for his editing today: December 25th!

13. Flowers: fresh and silk

14. Snow

15. The Genuine aka Pure in Heart: The non-deceivers.

16. Minds on Music

17.Tradition Breakers and Truth Seekers aka SURVIVORS…YOU!:)

18. Guitars…air or other

19.FREE Outsiders living (AGAPE aka Real Love) outside popular boxes shaped by conformity and fake ritual (that’s a mouthful)(i.e. box(es) of non-compassion, materialism, fake religion, etc.) notice: it’s just an empty box stripped of its fancy wrapping paper…worthless…a box worth tossing and not worth recycling, eh?!

20. Non-compulsory giving aka Year-round Cheerful givers (and cheerful receivers)!:)

21. Silver rides aka safe family transportation that picks up only compassion (hitch) hickers

22. Long-lasting classic, (Bubblicious) sugarless gum…i pop my own bubbles. Come on, you know you have some bubbles to pop…go for it!

23. Token(s)…of affection(s)

24. Hot Chocolate/Coco…YUM…mmmmy!

Going my way? I’m looking for compassion riders: Let’s leave this violent/dieing/selfish/deceptive town behind, okay?? Choose Narrow (Authentic) LIFE HIGHWAY…now!:)

Ready? to pop some bubbles? say (toxic) soapy ones…Sure, You are: with toxic soap in your eyes, how can you see clearly or clearly choose??

For me, the pursuit of accuracy or honesty IS the pursuit of compassion. It’s the pursuit of shedding (discarding) the false/fake. It’s choosing the REAL life…real/awake living/awake choosing.

(Well, IF you’re not up for any bubble popping right now–PLEASE don’t read on.)

The roots of Christmas are found, not in Scripture, but in ancient pagan festivals, such as the Roman Saturnalia, a celebration dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture. Likewise, according to their reckoning, devotees of the god Mithra celebrated December 25 as the “birthday of the invincible sun,” …

So What, So What, So WHAT!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

shutterstock_164821118SO: How many times have you said that before? 10,ooo times?!

(and how many times has it proved true? IF ever?)

A thinker of human thoughts…and why should I listen to YOU??

Can You cause a cloud to rain?

Can You quiet the wind with a shhh or hush of your lips?

“Is it by your understanding that the falcon soars, spreading its wings to the south?”

“Or is it at your order that an eagle flies upward and builds its nest high up” ??

So what!…pride talks lots.

but it’s Humility that walks/delivers/rescues/helps compassionately……….

(my) h***: (IS) like a bird

As Partner, Friend, Caregiver, Breathing-Fragile-Life, “Bird” (whatever description you choose)…”these” wise words (of a Master-Designer) are worth our “thinking”-“reading”-“listening” time:

“Before a crash the heart of a man is lofty, and before glory there is humility.” Proverbs 18:12

Patience is a positive quality closely related to humility…patience and humility promote peace, wellness and unity in all relationships.

For example: When a partner is sick and the healthy partner humbly helps and the sick partner humbly accepts, unity and cooperation exists. Instead of battling one another, we battle the illness together; each in their rotating roles of receiver and giver.

THANK YOU my READERS for pursuing PEACE and WELLNESS by acquiring wisdom!:)

To be reasonable is knowing/recognizing wisdom. To be reasonable also means: “not to insist on the perfect letter of the law.”

“The wisdom from above is…reasonable.” James 3:17

I LOVE that quality: Reasonableness…and strive to display it…(trying to reason/communicate/discuss any topic with someone who is haughtily unreasonable is a waste of energy/time.)

Recently read an insightful article full of wildlife wisdom: “The Energy-Efficient Flight of the Wandering Albatross”

“Birds that soar can stay airborne with minimum effort. The wandering albatross is an outstanding example. With a wingspan of 11 feet (3.4 m) and weighing nearly 20 pound (8.5 kg), this bird can fly thousands of miles using very little energy! Its secret lies in both its anatomy and its soaring technique.”

“During flight, an albatross engages special tendons that lock its wings in place when fully extended, thus allowing the muscles to …

Obvious Truth!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

shutterstock_157864709(1)Weather affects us. DUH! An Obvious Truth.

“If you live in a country like Sweden, with five, six months of snow, and the sun disappears totally for like two months, that would be reflected in the work of artists,” he said. “It’s definitely in the Swedish folk music, you can hear it in the Russian folk songs, you can hear in the music from Jean Sibelius or Edvard Grieg from Norway, you can see it in the eyes of Greta Garbo and you can hear it in the voice of Jussi Björling. And you can hear in the sound of Frida and Agnetha on some of our songs too.” ~Benny Andersson
Obvious Truth UNDENIABLE!
(Actually: Obvious Truth is a title to an old poem of mine way back when. At the time, I thought the title quite clever.)

Realistically speaking, we live in a world where we cannot put complete trust/faith/confidence in so-called places of trust, faith, confidence (i.e. government, religion, media, economy, etc.). As Partners/Caregivers/Fragile-Life when making important choices, trust is critical.

Sadly Trust isn’t so commonplace. Obvious Truth: We need to build trust.  We need to carefully examine source, we need to carefully examine spin.

Doesn’t every body like to spin it like a spinning top or like a spider…where will it stop?!

Here: excerpt from an (not-for-profit) article: “Can You Trust the News Media?” {SMART question, eh?}

“Even if facts are as solid as bricks, how they are presented depends on the judgment of the journalist. What facts should be included in a story, and which should be left out?”

“Not all reporters are honest. Some journalists fabricate their stories.” […] Photos can also be manipulated to deceive the public.”

{Scientists and Researchers: do they fabricate and spin??}

Obvious Truth: Times have changed. What shocked GrandPa and GrandMa back in the 40’s and 50’s is quite lame/tame by today’s standards/examples. (Are there any hard or fast rules/standards today/anymore?)

What did parents worry about back then? Their kids smoking or drinking? Their kids’ education?…Chewing gum in school or skipping class or how about food fights in …

Halloween 2013

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

shutterstock_155981804Are You getting ready for Halloween Twenty Thirteen? Halloween is a favorite holiday for some.

Did You know? Halloween is a worldwide multi-billion dollar industry!

Imagine the combined commercial interests/(monies) of all popular holidays; staggering figures for sure.

I had relatives who lived in Salem, Massachusetts and that’s one town that goes all out. Celebrating all month long and then some. “Much of the city’s cultural identity is reflective of its role as the location of the Salem witch trials of 1692.” ~Wikipedia: You can read more on Salem/witch trials there IF You choose.

Partners and caregivers (and all of us) have so much on our plate already. Hey, I’m all for celebrating when appropriate, e.g. Partners in Wellness: It’s a Celebration! and having some balanced diversion/refreshing recreation helps with wellness.

However, when a holiday turns into an excuse/reason to openly stigmatize/discriminate/depict the mentally ill as “monsters” to be afraid of on Halloween: I’m NOT into that at all! Check it out: Haunted House Psycho Asylum or KKK – Which Perpetrates more Hate Crime?
What is one thing (just about) every government, religion and business have in common??

Special-nationalistic days and/or holidays throughout the year, right?

What purpose do these really serve??

Which of these elements really rule the world: Government? Religion? Business? Technology? Spooky Supernatural Forces?

All of these elements i.e. business, government, religion are intricately intertwined. All are in bed together and making lots of money off of you, me and the global masses of humanity. (Yet, so many of us unfairly: go hungry, homeless and without much needed mental or physical care.) Where does all the money go?? or may be ? we should ask: Where is all the money wasted??

FY: i’m not anti-government or authority, technology or business or celebration or fun. I do respect authority when authority doesn’t exploit and/or abuse its position. It can serve a compassionate purpose. Ideally: one of maintaining peace, …

International Literacy Day: What are You Reading Today?

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

shutterstock_136316324International Literacy Day is (officially) September 8th, 2013.

However, don’t You think: EVERY DAY should be International Literacy Day?!

Especially as Partners in Wellness, we want to be literate and up-to-date on various mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health topics contributing to wellness.  What are You reading today?!…Other than my blog;)

Is it good for You?! Is it good for Your mind/body/heart/soul?

I’m reading/flipping through 2 books Hubby gave me knowing 1. I enJOY smoothies. 2. I enJOY writing.

1. Super Smoothies 100 Recipes to SUPERCHARGE Your Immune System by Ellen Brown founding editor of USA Today with Karen Konopelski, M.S., R.D.

Nutty Almond Date Smoothie and Mexican Chocolate Banana Smoothie sound Super Yummy!:)

2. Grammar Essentials for Dummies: Distinguishing essential information from extras

“Sometimes your descriptions are longer than one word. If a description is essential to the meaning of the sentence, don’t put commas around it. If the description provides extra, non-essential information, set it off with commas.”

Choose Well! Choose Reading Material that will actually aid You. Accurate Knowledge on a wide-range of topics is beneficial in making wellness choices. Science and spirituality contribute immensely to our wellness. Both topics I find compatible and complementary. How literate are You on these topics?

Literacy helps one develop:

“[…]Common Sense and Sound Judgment.” Proverbs 3:21 -Contemporary English Version

PLEASE: Check this out:

Over the years, the notion of  literacy has evolved. The conventional concept limited to reading, writing and numeracy skills is still in wide use, as well as the notion of functional literacy which links literacy with socio-economic development. But other ways of understanding “literacy” or “literacies” have emerged to address the diverse learning needs  of individuals in knowledge-oriented and globalized societies.

Why do people need literacy skills? How is literacy shaped by culture, history, language, religion and socio-economic conditions? What are the impacts of technological advancement on literacy? Is it possible to determine in a diverse world a minimum set of basic literacy skills?

I LOVE books. 66 in particular, a masterpiece written originally in Hebrew and …

Geek Speak: Say WHAT?

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

shutterstock_116997754Geek speak can be a conundrum. Geek speak or oblique speak…can make it challenging for some relationships to thrive (e.g., Doctors and Patients, Caregivers and Care-Receivers, Parents and Children, Teachers and Students, Partners and Friends, Me-Tarzan, You-Jane or joan -lol and So-called Leaders and So-called Followers, etc.)

In case You need to know, i have nothing whatsoever against geeks (aka Super-Smart and/or Experts in their given field)…i use this term “geek” endearingly!..i’ve known (appreciated, liked very much) many geeks in my life and consider myself…a wannabe lol:) Hey, don’t we all wannabe…something?! giggle, giggle:)

Yes, some subjects are ineffable. Personally (don’t mind), i prefer terse verse. i “attempt” pellucidity! Though, my ebulliently discursive posts..may speak/tell/shout/whisper/reveal otherwise. ;)

Deep comprehension and clear understanding in communication is crucial to wellness. When an atmosphere of trust, dignity, respect, mutual understanding, love exists, communication is open and free. Pride, haughtiness and sometimes…big words-lol…can cause confusion, misunderstanding or be damaging/lethal to any relationship (and/or post/communication/conversation)!

Humility is a key component to compassionate communication and word choice. i’m always working on this quality (humility) or (the quality of this positive trait) because i don’t want my (attempts of) so-called “aiding” any Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life to be (and/or come off as) officious or presumptuous.

Don’t all of us want to be understood?? To be heard?? or be helped when needed??…IF You’ve ever been ignored, misunderstood or misjudged–you get–you know–you understand–it can be life-threatening depending on context/circumstance! To be fully understood means to be fully appreciated. To be fully appreciated means to be fully valued. (To be fully valued means justice.) Justice takes time to unfold. Same with appreciation. Same with comprehension. Ah, patience…(i need more!)

Who doesn’t want to be fully appreciated and fully valued and fully heard or have your words, thoughts and feelings matter??  Then, perhaps, we need to modify our speech. Change our language to better suit our hearing or unhearing audience…

Take for example, the juxtaposition of a timid whisperer and a bold shouter. May be, IF we are timid whisperers, we need to become bold …

Walking Without Crutches

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

shutterstock_136936943Is it necessary for You to walk with crutches?!

I broke my leg You say. OKAY–You need crutches. I sprained my ankle You say. OKAY–You “temporarily” need crutches. Notice the commonality: injury, accident, illness…a measure of health missing requires crutches.

However, as soon as You are WELL enough, You shed the crutches, right?! Does it make sense to continue to walk with crutches long after an injury has healed? IF You read my post back in October: World Mental Health Day: When the Caregiver is a Child when i sprained my ankle…i couldn’t wait to walk on my own again without crutches!

Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 5.

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

shutterstock_83267182Shut up!-Part 5, really??…YEP!-lol:) For current context check out: Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency: Part 1 Tweeting Bird: Say What? aka Boyle, Sagan: Scientific and Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 2 Boyle, Sagan: Scientific and Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 3 Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency: Part 4

Warning: IF your individual digestive needs (as in brain/mind/perception/scientific/spiritual food digestive needs) do not require any green leafy vegetables or you are averse to eating/sampling any food that is different (i.e. hot or spicy, gooey or sour and not necessarily sweet and texturally what you are comfortably accustomed to regularly consuming or If You have any brain/mind allergies)…PLEASE, don’t read on!:)

IF you eat only what you like: Read at your own risk, okay? OKAY-lol:) Are you an advertuous mind-food sampler/eater?? Curiosity can be deadly…but, you’re not a, i’m sure you’ll be fine! -lol:)

Ah, this post intro reminds me of when my kids were babies and feeding them different veggies to sample for the first time…you know, the song singing, the whirling of the spoon up and down and all around, trying to get them to open up and eat: You’re not gonna spit this post back at me…are YOU?!-lol:)


From: joanie

To: my blog Readers:
i care about Your Wellness or i wouldn’t write! :)
i’m telling ya, this post series covers a variety of  ingredients/topic(s) of science and spirituality…compassion calls for vegetable soup; Yummy. My last post on this topic series: Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency: Part 4 spot lighted Sagan….this one will focus on Boyle. …


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