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Thoughts To Ponder January 23, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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1. Jokes, like life, don’t benefit from over analysis.

2. Just ask:  Will this make my life Simpler?  Happier?  More Joyful?

3. Inhale/Exhale ~> where does a circle start?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Cat & The Caterpillar January 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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When I got to the fork, I saw a giant mushroom.  On it perched a Hookah Smoking Caterpillar.

“Hmm . . . curious and curiouser.”

From a floating smile, the Cheshire Cat emerged.

I asked the Cat and the Caterpillar, “Which way should I go?”

The Cat just grinned.

With that, the Caterpillar sat and started to chat, rather randomly at first and then with increasing clarity and wisdom:

Happiness is not waiting for us at the end of the road ~ it’s found here and now, by enjoying each step along the way!

“A good traveler has no set plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

I decided I was already exactly where I needed to be . . . so I sat to chat.

With the Cat and the Caterpillar.

And that was that.

I never reached the bend in the road.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Mama Juana! January 4, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink.
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We “finished Christmas” today by getting together with my sister’s family (upon their return from a week’s stay in the Dominican Republic to celebrate my brother-in-law’s 60th Birthday).

The most interesting gift I received was a bottle of Mama Juana ~ the official beverage of the Dominican Republic.

From Trip Advisor:

Mamajuana is the indigenous drink of the Dominican Republic. It is a brew of twigs and bark and herbs, with rum and red wine and honey. Some love it, some hate it! Some claim that it is an aphrodisiac for men, but also that it cures all of what ails you, purifying organs and acting as a medicinal supplement.

More intel:

Today’s Mamajuana combines rum, red wine, honey and various tree barks, herbs and other assorted sticks, roots and leaves to create a powerfully-pungent flavor experience best left to the fearless. Lots of other ingredients can be added, and usually are based on old family traditions, whims and experimentation.

To read more and see a telling photo of the tincture:  Mamajuana, The Taste of Adventure

Game for a bit of adventure, we opened the bottle, poured shots all around, and toasted the island.

Check out the twigs in the bottle!

Of the 10 adults present, no one spit it out . . . but more than a few grimaces were observed.

It might be an acquired taste.  After all, it’s been around for 800 years!

Aah . . . that’s Mama Juana!

Here’s To The Roaring Twenties! December 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, People.
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The 1920’s brought in a decade of change, known as the Roaring Twenties:

The Roaring Twenties got their name from the exuberant, freewheeling popular culture that defines the decade. The most obvious examples of this are jazz bands and flappers.

It was the decade that bought dramatic social and political change, flare and freedom to women, and advances in science and technology.

Also known as the Jazz Age, the decade of the 1920s featured economic prosperity and carefree living for many. The 1920s was a decade of change that began with a roar and ended with a crash.

Maybe the 2020’s will be a reprise!

Let’s hope the decade doesn’t end with a *CRASH*

Happy New Year . . . and Decade!

Need A Lyft? December 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, People.
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If you plan to use Uber or Lyft over the holidays (or thereafter), this is a useful read with good tips:

Staying Safe When Using Ride Hailing Services (Consumer Reports)

Merry Christmas!

Life Continues After Death December 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, People.
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An Iowa convict convicted of murder in 1997 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole filed his third petition for post-conviction relief on his own behalf, without counsel.

He claimed that, during a 2015 hospitalization, he was legally dead for a period of time before he was revived by the doctors’ efforts.

Therefore, he argued, his “death” completed his life sentence, and he should be free to go.

The courts did not buy his argument:

The district court granted the state’s motion to dismiss the petition without an evidentiary hearing, and refused to appoint counsel for him. On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Iowa, in an opinion by Judge Amanda Potterfield, affirmed the lower court’s decision.

She wrote, “Schreiber is either still alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is actually dead, in which case this appeal is moot.”  She further noted that since Schreiber had signed the PCR application and his motion for reconsideration, the latter did not seem likely.

Aah . . . poetic justice!

Source: Disciplinary Board, PA Supreme Court, December 2019 Newsletter

O Little Town of Bethlehem December 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Happiness, Humor, People.
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We joined a Bethlehem Walk last night at a local church.

The re-creation was authentic down to the last detail (except for the Christmas lights decorating the “inns,” the microphones, the loudspeakers, and the asphalt upon which Mary & Joseph trudged while looking for shelter).

The event, oddly reminiscent of Noah’s Ark, included 2 spitting llamas, 2 Aflac-ing ducks, 2 bleating goats and a miniature horse who remained silent for the duration (no doubt annoyed that his mate had stood him up).

We sang carols (off key of course) while diners seated on the outside patio at The Waterfront restaurant looked on in awe.

After Mary & Joseph got settled into “the stable,” they invited us in to meet the star of the show ~> Baby Jesus!

Following a brief introduction to the bonny boy, the people who peopled the procession stayed to enjoy cookies, sandwiches and chips (a menu served at all the finest establishments in Bethlehem back in the day).

I doubt it will become an annual tradition for us, but it was an eclectic ecclesiastic event.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Yes, I Am Postive! December 5, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Want to be a more positive person . . . along with all the perky perks that entails?

Here are 6 tips:

Reframe or Divert ~ Accept what you cannot change. You can shake your fist at the sky all you want, but it won’t stop the rain from falling.  Look for opportunities among the obstacles.  Find the silver lining.

Savor the Good ~ Focus on the positives.  Enjoy the luxury of a sunny day. Relish your meal.  Enjoy the tastes, sights, and sounds around you.  Be Mindful of the present of the present.

Set Reminders ~ Flexing your positivity muscle is a habit-in-the-making. Posting post-its around to remind yourself to see the good is a good way to shift your focus from “what’s wrong” to “what’s right.”

Do Something Nice for Someone Else ~ Sometimes the best way to improve our day is to improve someone else’s day.  So be kind to others and enjoy the boomerang effect of those positive feelings.

Phone A Friend ~ Knowing that someone has your back can be an automatic mood booster.  When you’re down in the dumps, don’t dump a pile on negativity of your friend’s shoulder.  Instead, boost your view by piggy-backing on his or her positivity for a while until your own resilience returns.

Say Thanks ~ An attitude of gratitude improves our aptitude and altitude in life.  When we shift our perspective from “what’s wrong” to “what’s right,” we feel an immediate shift from negative to positive.  It’s not what happens that determines our mood, it’s how we CHOOSE to view what’s happened.  Developing an attitude of gratitude pays BIG dividends.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  How To Be A More Positive Person (TIME)

Tired Of Turkey? November 29, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Carrot Dogs

For the carrot dogs:

6 medium-large carrots (hot dog bun length), peeled
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For serving:

6 hot dog buns
Pushcart Onions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the carrots and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until just fork tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, garlic and smoked paprika. Transfer mixture & carrots to a sealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Mix to coat, then marinate in the refrigerator overnight (or up to 24 hours), keeping the carrots in a single layer.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat for several minutes. Place the carrots on the hot grill, after shaking off excess marinade.  Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, rotating the carrots once or twice. Remove to a plate.  Garnish & Serve.

Read more at Oh My Veggies

Aah . . . that’s simple!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! November 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Humor, Joke.
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As a kid, I loved playing with an Etch-A-Sketch.

As an adult, I still do.

Aah . . . that’s better!