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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 …


Cageless Breathing-Fragile-Life: Zoo Miami

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

2013-06-20 13.39.28Isn’t he magnificent?! This tiger took my breath away–literally! His markings, stance and powerful walk…left me in AWE! LOVE at first sighting!!

These photos do not capture the true beauty/skills of these amazing creatures by any means.

Taking our little zoo to the big Zoo Miami and…the act of staring/watching other Breathing-Fragile-Life as they go about their business is somewhat strange/funny/and odd to me.

i find it weird, fun and funny…i’m already a zoo keeper, so felt right at home!

Personally, i’m not too into ‘interfering’ too much with the goings-on of Breathing-Fragile-Life/wildlife/animals…i like to let things be (when/if possible)…for fear, i would somehow damage their fragile eco-system(s)…thereby, cutting short their fragile life!  i kinda believe in gentle observation and/or gentle help/participation IF needed (and probably not needed by me -lol)…not trampling down/bulldozing my way into their space…so, i’m t-o-r-n in my feelings/thinking about what kind of participation/involvement i choose when it comes to wildlife…i totally RESPECT life and am not a big fan of man imposing his ideas of treatment on wildlife…which often lead to abuse.


Ecosystems of Breathing-Fragile-Life: Getting Squirrelly!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

shutterstock_68044729How resilient is your brain? Are You a squirrel brain? Ever experience brain freeze?! :) (May be, you need a hat??)

Recently read a fun article on two topics of interests: animals and brains.

Please check in & check it out:

A dozen arctic ground squirrels appear to have set a record —when their body temperature dropped to 26.8 degrees Fahrenheit (-2.9°C)! At that temperature, we would expect their brains to freeze.

Every two or three weeks during hibernation, the arctic ground squirrel shivers itself back to its normal body temperature of 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit (36.4°C) and does not get cold again for some 12 to 15 hours. Researchers say that this warming period, although brief, plays a role in the brain’s survival. Moreover, during hibernation the arctic ground squirrel’s head seems to remain slightly warmer than the rest of its body.

When the squirrel emerges from hibernation, its brain returns to normal activity within about two hours. In fact, one study suggests that the squirrel’s brain works even better after hibernation.

They compare it to new growth emerging from scorched earth within days of a forest fire. Researchers hope that their study of the arctic ground squirrel will help them understand the human brain’s potential more fully. (Excerpt from article: The Resilient Brain of the Arctic Ground Squirrel.)

What do You think: Was the Arctic Squirrel’s resilient brain designed?? and by whom?!

Researchers hope to learn ways to prevent or reverse cellular damage occurring in brain diseases. There is so much to learn from nature and the Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life inhabiting our beautiful planet, Earth. PLEASE, help protect the Multi-Major-Ecosystems of  Breathing-Fragile-Life!:)

What will you learn today? What compassionate choices will YOU make that contribute to Your brain health and the health of all Multi-Major-Ecosystems of Breathing-Fragile-Life upon this Beautiful Planet Earth?? Have you been hibernating? Asleep or …


A little Music–Transform Your Mind

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

shutterstock_121740856Being transformed…Many exercise/diet frequently spending a good portion of their time on their bodies. Some care a lot about: size, shape, health.

Why can’t people transform…their minds?…change your eating habits–change/transform your mind. People sculpt their bodies…why not mold/sculpt your brain?? Some go to great lengths to protect their health, their life. Why not protect your brain/mind?! What are you choosing to feed your mind? Junk food?! i hope NOT.
Eat Well. Live Well.
Read this interesting article (highlighted points): The Amazing World of Insects –METAMORPHOSIS—A New Look, a New Life-Style:

“Some insects totally revamp their appearance through a process called metamorphosis—literally, “change in form.” The changes can be quite dramatic. Maggots change into flies, caterpillars into butterflies, and aquatic larvae into airborne dragonflies. Hundreds of thousands of insects undergo metamorphosis. To produce such a transformation—comparable to converting a train into an airplane—huge modifications must take place inside the insect’s body. Consider the butterfly, for example. While the caterpillar is dormant in the chrysalis, most of its previous tissues and body organs break down and a whole set of new adult organs—such as wings, eyes, and antennas—develop. Often, the transformation involves taking on a new life-style. For example, while in the larval stage, the dragonfly captures small fish or tadpoles; but when it becomes a free-flying adult, it changes its diet to insects. This is the equivalent of a man spending his first 20 years swimming in the sea and the rest of his life flying around like a bird.”

“Could evolution orchestrate these incredible transformations? How could a caterpillar simply appear on the scene, programmed to transform itself into a butterfly? For that matter, which came first—the caterpillar or the butterfly? One cannot exist without the other, for only the butterfly breeds and lays eggs….Surely, the process of metamorphosis gives convincing evidence of a Master Designer.”
Points for Pondering:
IF there is a Master Designer: why not draw close to this Designer? Talk about neurons, intelligence-way-beyond-genius and then some. Couldn’t the Master Designer of the Brain…know how to transform the brain/mind/body? (Who wouldn’t want …


Love, Flowers & Chocolates

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

veggieheartcrpdFebruary 14th. What does that date mean to you? A day of love, flowers, chocolates and cupid??

“Cupid (Lat[in] cupido, desire, love). The Roman god of love, identified with the Greek Eros. He is usually represented as a beautiful winged boy, blindfolded, and carrying a bow and arrows.” ~Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

The World Book Encyclopedia: “Valentine’s Day comes on the feast day of two different Christian martyrs named Valentine. But the customs connected with the day . . . probably come from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia which took place every February 15. The festival honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, the god of nature.”—(1973), Vol. 20, p. 204.

Don’t get yourself in a “panic” IF you don’t get any flowers, chocolates or arrows today

“The roots of what is now called Valentine Day can be traced back to ancient Greece, where worship of Pan flourished. This mythical half-man-half-goat fertility god had a wild, unpredictable nature that struck terror into humans. Aptly the English word “panic” literally means “of Pan.”

“Pan was supposed to watch the flocks while playing his pipes. However, he was easily distracted. Pan had many love affairs with nymphs and goddesses. One sculpture shows Pan making advances to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Eros, the god of love, hovers above them flapping his wings—much like the Cupid found on valentines today.”

“In Rome many worshiped a similar god named Faunus. He too was depicted as half man and half goat. Worship of Faunus was prominent at Lupercalia, an orgiastic festival that was observed each year on February 15. During this festival scantily clad men raced around a hill, brandishing goatskin whips. Women who wanted to bear children stood near the path of these runners. Striking a woman with a whip, the Romans believed, would ensure her fertility.

No thanks, I don’t worship Faunus…and i’d rather NOT be struck by any whip -lol:) As a married mother of 4, i can honestly attest to the fact that Juno, Pan (and/or a goatskin whip) had nothing whatsoever to do with my fertility! …


Mmm, mmm GOOD–a Cup of Comfort Soup!

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Hungry? Of course! We all are. Some are learning to cope with excruciating hunger pangs! Some are sadly in a state of starvation; self-inflicted or other.

Are you experiencing a famine? I’m not talking just hunger for sustenance for the body (though that is critical to life, too). This is hunger for the soul, the mind, the heart. This is hunger for answers to deeper questions like Why?? Why are we here?? Why do we die?? Why do good people suffer?? Why are people so mean to each other?? Why do people scheme instead of honest communication?? Why can’t we all get along?? Why care about anybody but yourself?? Why do my efforts to help seem in vain?? Why war?? Why peace??

Why ask why?

Okay big deal, so we’re hungry and we’re thirsty, too! Those (ordinary) base needs must be filled. However, in order to be happy, i believe our Top (extraordinary) Need is a “spiritual” hunger that must be satisfied.

Yet, as caregivers and Partners in Wellness, we are constantly flooded/bombarded/force-fed information! We are drowning in info. It’s a Tsunami coming at us from all directions, all sources. i.e. the internet, the media, etc.

Is your head above water?! Are you staying afloat or being consumed/saturated or washed away, swallowed up?!

So how is it we can be force-fed/chugging/drowning/flooded by information for our mind, heart, soul and yet be in a continuous state of dehydration and/or polydipsia?! Are you compulsively drinking? Are you parched? Do you have an unquenchable thirst?

What do you process?? What do you swallow?? What do you swim (believe) as the flood waters engulf your ideas, beliefs, “comfort” zone of living/learning? Do you protect your “cherished” possessions (i.e. perceptions, preconceived-ideas, beliefs, traditions, knowledge) or do you run to higher ground? Do you attempt to paddle along with the popular/current/information flow of the day? What do you do to keep from drowning? Do you swim against the current? Will someone throw us a life-jacket?


Sovereignty Soup: A World Kitchen

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Pea soupSovereignty Soup..somebody’s cookin’ and serving it up! Do you like soup? Chicken or Italian wedding soup or vegetable soup or soup du jour? How about stone soup? Soup a comfort food. You don’t have to be homeless to enjoy a slurp.

Some are homeless in the sense of not belonging…not fitting in–lacking “home” or feeling “less”/inadequate…lacking a place to lay their head or retreat in times of trouble. Please know, you’re not homeless when you read my blog–you’re welcome here! i will always share some soup–”comfort” food!:)

Some are homeless by choice…they choose the freedom of travel, gypsy-like, temporary-resident existence. May be, that’s a key to their survival, being free to pick up and leave at their choosing/when they need to…a nomadic life-style of neutrality.

Back to Soup! Everybody has their favorite/partial soup (religious soup, science soup, academic soup, political soup, fiction soup, opinion soup, soul soup, sovereignty soup) Which soup do you eat?? which soup is the most nutritious?? most beneficial for your over-all health: short-term/long?! Which soup will prolong your precious life?? Which soup gives you peace of mind?!

I know you’re hungry, but PLEASE choose your soup carefully!:) Will you let your hunger control you?! In case you didn’t know: you don’t have to eat ANY soup. One can choose not to eat from the choices forced upon one! i.e. Today, some may feel forced to choose their political soup. It’s either this soup or that soup…2 choices of soup: is that really the only choices you have?–i don’t think so! Especially, if you’re not sure of all the ingredients and you have serious allergies i.e. life or death ones.

Don’t forget, there are outstanding “historical” figures…men who have had great influence on the lives of millions (whether you personally believe/agree with them or not, that’s not the point) who had chosen to fast (from time to time) for what they considered important reasons:

“You wish to know what the marks of a man are who wants to realize Truth which is God,” he wrote. “He must reduce himself to zero and …


Wildlife Wellness: Harmony between Species

Friday, October 26th, 2012

“Globally Organized Crime Syndicates are penetrating secure wildlife populations.” “An immense, increasingly sophisticated illegal trade in wildlife parts conducted by organized crime [is] decimating the world’s most beloved species…on a scale never before seen.” ~ Wildlife Conservation Society, USA

Creative Commons License photo credit: Schimalto

The practitioners of this multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade are violent enemies of conservation. The internet is the growing medium for the sale of illegal wildlife parts. (Lingo: “wildlife parts” is kinda gruesome to me.) The wanton abuse, disregard and disrespect for “any” life (wild or otherwise) fueled by love of money (or some other stinky diesel) is sad, appalling, sickening to me! (Yeah, that was partly an “emotional” condemnatory statement. Let me follow it by a “logical” acknowledgement that all of us have “learned” a specific set of survival skills. Some a positive, civilized set and others a negative, barbaric set and/or everything in between the extreme set.) What is your survival skill set?

All of us, starting at a young age, have had a differing survival/values education of one kind or another. Each of us, depending on where (i.e. city mouse or country mouse) and when (decade/generation influences) we were born and to whom (our parents and their culture/education, etc.)–as well as other factors–provided the extensive variables that shaped and make up our personal/present value system/education. Hopefully, you were born to parents that highly valued you and loved/cherished you! Not everyone has had that privilege. Some have experienced betrayal at a very tender age.

For example, the despair learned by a young girl (i read about) named Sharada who was taken from her Asian village to a foreign city. Guess who sold her at age 9? Shockingly, Sharada’s father and for a measly $14 (U.S.). My heart breaks for Sharada and others like her who have been sold/forced into slavery. I wonder about Sharada’s father…like why he sold his daughter? Was he too sold at a young age and by whom…his father?!

Some of us have learned …


 

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