Monday, February 28, 2011

Rudyard Kipling Quote

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Love Poem by Emily Dickinson

What If I Say

Love Poem by Emily Dickinson

What if I say I shall not wait?
What if I burst the fleshly gate
And pass, escaped, to thee?

What if I file this mortal off,
See where it hurt me, – that’s enough, -
And wade in liberty?

They cannot take me any more, -
Dungeons may call, and guns implore;
Unmeaning, now, to me

As laughter was an hour ago,
Or laces, or a traveling show,
Or who died yesterday!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Phrase of the day

"Not less excellent, except for our less susceptibility in the afternoon, was the charm, last evening, of a January sunset. The western clouds divided and subdivided themselves into pink flakes modulated with tints of unspeakable softness; and the air had so much life and sweetness, that it was a pain to come within doors. 

What was it that nature would say? Was there no meaning in the live repose of the valley behind the mill, and which Homer or Shakspeare could not reform for me in words? The leafless trees become spires of flame in the sunset, with the blue east for their back-ground, and the stars of the dead calices of flowers, and every withered stem and stubble rimed with frost, contribute something to the mute music."
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Chapter III)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Meditation of the day


“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, February 24, 2011

All in a glass of wine

Sometimes it's great to relax with a glass of wine and a nice meal,  after a long day. 
Red wine has many health benefits. 
When consumed in moderation, 
it can help to prevent heart disease, kidney stones, Alzheimer's disease, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, some cancers and stroke, 
just to name a few. 
Below are listed the studies these findings are based upon.
Alcohol and Wine’s Effects on Mortality - Findings From Around the World
United StatesEuropeAsia/Australia
Framingham Heart Study (MA)Seven Countries StudyJapanese Physicians
Kaiser Permanente (CA)British Regional Heart StudyBusselton Study (Austral)
Nurses Health Study (MA)British Doctors StudyDubbo Study (Austral)
Physicians Health Study (MA)Copenhagen City Heart StudyNew Zealand Cohort
Health Professionals (MA)MONICA (WHO)Shanghai China Cohort
NHANES (USA)Italian Rural Cohorts Study 
Honolulu Heart Study (HI)  

It may be due to resveratrol that exists naturally in grapes 
and red wine. Other foods that contain some resveratrol 
include peanuts, blueberries and cranberries. But the  studies
 are ongoing. So here's to you! Drink to your health! Kick up 
your heels! And enjoy a glass of your favorite red wine! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Take a moment and breathe...just breathe.....

After all the rain and stormy weather it's nice to just take a moment and breathe. Contemplate the week ahead. Start fresh and clear your mind for what lays ahead. It has been said that you can add years to your life if you let go of stress. This can be accomplished with meditation before you start your day and right before you head off to slumber. Try it! Let me know if you like it. Deepak Chopra has a center in San Diego and a new one in Santa Barbara where you can go for meditation classes, seminars, spa therapies and much more. May I wish you the best of weeks ahead! And just breathe...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

do you believe in angels?

Do you believe in angels? 

 Well we all know that when babies are born they are angels!!

But does anyone believe in angels of another variety? We're not talking "Charlie's Angels" either!
Although those that played the part of his Angels were very good in their roles!

I, for one, believe in angels. I believe they are like guardians on your shoulder! 

Always whispering in your ear what to do to stay out of harm's way!! That's why I always trust my instinct or my conscience.  I think they try to guide us to do the right thing! 

But that is just my personal view. Everyone has to decide for themselves if they do. 
But who can resist the cherubs of Michaelangelo, not me!!

This last one has to be my favorite! 
And they always say "Nurses are like angels" (so I may just be a little bit biased.)  It can't hurt to believe that there is something ethereal beyond the humdrum of everyday life.  
It brings a little miracle in our daily routine.  Something of wonder! 
That is just beautiful in the concept, alone.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quote of the Day

“All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.” by Immanuel Kant


Monday, February 14, 2011

Love Poem by Nikki B.

Quand Songera-t-il à Moi?

quand songera-t-il à moi?
quand je le verrai?
quand songera-t-il à moi?
quand mon angoisse disparaît?

combien de jours passeront?
sans savoir la réponse?
sans savoir ce qu'il faut faire ou dire?
sans le dénouement, la conséquence?

quand songera-t-il à moi?
me songe-t-il, maintenant?
est-ce qu'il désire ce qui s'sest passé?
ou il se demande, comment?

comment aurait pu le temps être si changé?
nos vies si loin,
en vivant séparément au futur,
n'était pas le premier plan.

quand songera-t-il à moi?
s'il ne me songe pas, lui?
quand il se souvenir
ce que nos mos signifient?

quand songera-t-il à moi?
mon amour toujours demeure
comme je me lui souvienne
nos jouissances et même douleurs.

(English version)
When Will He Think of Me?

when will he think of me?
when I see him again?
when will he think of me?
when my anxiety ends?

how many days will pass
without knowing the response?
without knowing what to do or say?
without the outcome, the consequence?

when will he think of me?
does he think of me now?
does he wish for what's been?
does he ask himself, how?

how could the time be so changed?
our lives so far apart?
living separately in the future,
was not the plan from the start.

when will he think of me?
if he does not, at present.
when will he remember
what our words had meant?

when will he think of me?
my love for him remains
as I still remember him,
our joys and also pains.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Quote of the Day

Deepak Chopra

“The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Welcome to my Menagerie

Kubla Khan

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately Pleasure-Dome decree,
Where Alph, the sacred river ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers was girdled ’round,
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
But, oh! That deep, romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill, athwart a cedarn cover:
A savage place! As holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath the waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her Demon Lover!
And from this chasm with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this Earth in fast, thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced,
Amid whose swift, half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail;
And ‘midst these dancing rocks at once and ever,
It flung up momently the sacred river!

Five miles meandering with ever a mazy motion,
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean.
And ‘mid this tumult, Kublai heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
The shadow of the Dome of Pleasure
Floated midway on the waves,
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device:
A sunny Pleasure-Dome with caves of ice!
A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.

Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such deep delight ‘twould win me
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome within the air!

That sunny dome, those caves of ice,
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry: “Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle ’round him thrice,
And close your eyes in holy dread:
For he on honeydew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise!”

Another Favorite Poem

Dover Beach    by Matthew Arnold 

The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits;--on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanch'd land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Aegean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl'd.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Poem


 What do you have to depend upon now?

Now that you've broken your promise, your oath, your solemn vow,

Not to maim, lie, cheat or steal,
Through it's destruction, to us, nature does reveal.

Where to run, from

Where to run, from

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Get the point


Recently I started going to an accupuncturist to aid with some poor, tired, aching muscles in my neck, back and right arm.

The tiny needles were placed in my back and heat was applied for up to 20 minutes. I was totally relaxed (and almost falling asleep). The muscles began to feel better. 

I am continuing therapy because for swelling in my right shoulder. Along with acupuncture, massages are recommended to help with the healing process.

 It has made a world of difference! I am definitely going back!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sunshine and Vitamin D

Believe it or not, if you have a chance to get outside in the sun for about 15 minutes a day, we get a daily doses of Vitamin D! 
Sunshine and Vitamin D is not only good for our bones, teeth, muscles and heart. But it definitely affects our energy levels, immunity and mood!

        If you can't get outside, Vitamin 
D can be found in a variety of foods such as; fish, milk and soymilk, seafood, orange juice, breakfast cereals, mushrooms, puddings, eggs, pork, ice cream, cheese and infant formula.
Well you get the idea.

Supplements are available but can lead to Vitamin D toxicity so should be used with caution. So let the sun shine in!