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The Art of Aging September 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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As George Harrison sang in The Art of Dying:

They’ll come a time when all of us must leave here. 

He’s right, of course.

But until then . . . let’s enjoy The Art of Living. 

Or as Sophie Lumen calls it . . . The Art of Aging

Got to keep on dancing, keep on dancing! 

Got to keep on dancing, keep on dancing!

To visit Sophie Lumen on Facebook:  The Art of Aging

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. ~ George Santayana

No rules.  Just write!

Fun with Numbers: Your Role Model September 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, People.
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Role models abound. Positive role models, while in shorter supply, give us something to strive for in our lives.

But which role model to choose? 

Maybe this post will help you decide:

1) Pick your favorite number between 1 and 99:

E.g.  97

2) Multiply by 3 (yes, you can use a calculator):

97 x 3 = 291

3) Add 6:

97 x 3 = 291 + 6 = 297

4) Multiply by 3:

97 x 3 = 291 + 6 = 297 x 3 = 891

5) You should have either a 2 or 3 digit number: 


6) Add the digits together to form a single digit number:

a)  57 = 5 + 7 = 12 = 1 + 2 =  3

b) 14 = 1 + 4 = 5

c)  891 = 8 + 9 + 1 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9

Now, scroll down to discover your ROLE MODEL based on that single digit:

1. Albert Einstein
2. Mark Twain
3. Anne Frank
4. Abraham Lincoln
5. Princess Diana
6. The Dalai Lama
7. Leonardo Da Vinci
8. Nelson Mandela
9. ME! 

Wait . . . what are you doing???

Stop picking different numbers. 

I am your idol. 

Deal with it.

Related posts:  Fun with Math:  The Laugh Calculator * Certainty and Symmetry * Attitude is EverythingSPOOKY: Last post = DCLXVI (666)

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Inspiration: chain-mail from unknown math whiz

Ordinary Miracles September 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Each day is full of ordinary miracles, with moments of unexpected pleasure waiting around every corner.

When we remain mindful, fully connected with life and tuned in to the moment at hand, we catch these little gems as they are tossed our way.

Life becomes less a chore, and more an exciting endeavor, when we enter the flow of life, with gratitude in our heart and a smile on our lips.

Just for today, keep your eyes open for the ordinary miracles in your life:

Good Vibrations ~ a genuine smile from a stranger, a steaming mug of aromatic coffee or tea (reminding us that our cup overflows with joy), an enveloping  sense of well-being, a comforting hug

I-love-you-this-muchLove and laughter ~ a sticky hug from a child, a renewed connection with a cherished friend, steadfast devotion from a loyal pet (or spouse!), the delight of a well told joke

Flowing Grace ~ finding our car keys first try, a string of green lights, a parking spot in just the right spot, feeling good in our “skinny” jeans

Joy and Peace ~ a song that makes our heart soar, a breathtaking sunset or sunrise, a subtle breeze stirring the treetops or tugging our hair

Abundance and Nourishment ~ the taste of summer wrapped up in a perfect peach or saucy tomato, a hot bowl of hearty soup on a cool evening, a cold drink on a hot summer day

Beauty and Wonder ~ watching an eagle in flight or the silent flutter of butterflies, absorbing the night sky on a cloudless night, pondering the perfection of a single grain of sand

When we remain mindful of ordinary miracles, we begin to see, touch, taste, and FEEL the flow of life.

As the constant chatter of our monkey minds slows down, our awareness of simple pleasures grows, and we are showered with perfect moments with increasing frequency.

Be Here Now.

Rhyme Time September 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.
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As we “heard” earlier this year in Pronunciation Variations, and yesterday in A Few More Speed Bumps, learning to speak English is not intuitive.  

In fact, sometimes, it’s downright counter-intuitive.

Now, let’s have a little fun with Rhyme Thyme . . . 

Why do latch, match, catch, and batch rhyme, but not watch? 

Why do lash, mash, cash, and bash rhyme, but not wash?

Why do hand, land, band, and sand rhyme, but not wand?

If you’re thinking that the letter “W” is somehow responsible . . . think again.

Because let, met, bet, and wet all belong together during Rhyme Time. 

As do talk, balk, caulk, and walk.

And tall, ball, call, and wall.

Hmm . . .

No matter how long we wonder and ponder, the pronunciation variations of the English language are apt to remain a mystery.

It’s one/won of the reasons I love to write/right!

Want to join the fun?  Share a few of your favorite English language idiosyncracies below!

Related Post:  Foxes With Sockses

Best Peace Sign September 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, Nature, People.
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Did you hear the one about the Dog, the Cat, and the Rat?

You have now!

Greg Pike says he’s studied animal psychology for years.  What has he observed? 

They get along better than humans.

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