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Mimic Not The Swan January 2, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Mindfulness, Poetry.
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Patrick Kavanagh, an Irish Poet, wrote a poem, Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin, which contains the following line:

A swan goes by, head low, with many apologies.


How many of us mimic the swan?

Rather than holding our heads high, and showing our worth to the world, we hang our heads low and apologize for our essence.

Unfettered, our Spirit shines brighter than stars in the night sky.

Mimic not the swan,
head low in apology.

The stars watch you shine.


When we know who we are . . . we know how to live.

Flying (Stats Helper) Monkeys . . . January 2, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Word Play.
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The Stats Helper Monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

New Year’s Resolution:  Do NOT argue with Monkeys.

Crunchy numbers

Featured imageEach year, about 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal.  This blog was viewed about 52,000 times in 2010. 

If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 1089 new posts. 

Does that mean I’m verbose?  Or just prolific?

The busiest day of the year was April 26th with 2,547 views. The most popular post that day was What The World Really Needs.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wordpress.com, mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, facebook.com, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for nrhatch spirit lights the way, how to attract positive energy, is it going to be a cold winter, breezer uptown 8, and nrhatch.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


What The World Really Needs April 2010
65 comments, 2,457 views  (Thanks to Freshly Pressed!)


The Chain: Harbingers of Things to Come August 2010
99 comments, 2,983 views, and 35 Likes  (Thanks to Freshly Pressed!)


brief bio February 2010
38 comments, 755 views


A Month of Meatless Meals October 2010
17 comments, 701 views  (Thanks to StumbleUpon!)


Caveat Emptor March 2010
7 comments, 496 views

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Thanks for swinging by and sharing your thoughts on SLTW in 2010. 

It’s been a blast getting to “meet” so many new faces in the blog-o-sphere this year.  

And here’s to 2011 . . . and having even more fun with the Flying (Stats Helper) Monkeys on WordPress.com!

Quote:  Everything you read in the [blogosphere] is absolutely true . . . except for the rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge. ~ Erwin Knoll

Related posts:  Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics * 2010 in Review (Maggie Madly Writing) * 2010 in Review (Aardvarkian Tales) * 2010 in Review (The Only Cin) * 2010 in Review (Write Up My Life) * 2010 My Literary Quest in Review * 2010 in Review (Footprints in the Sand) * Minute Fourteen of My Fifteen Minutes (JannaTWrite’s)

7 Tips to Keep Colds Away January 2, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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220px-Arthur-Pyle_The_Enchanter_MerlinNot long ago, I cleaned out our medicine cabinet and discarded all the expired cold medications.

It had been ages since either of us had had a cold.

Out went the dusty boxes of DayQuil and NyQuil.

The day after clutter busting, my throat felt a bit scratchy.

Warning!  Warning! 

The day after that, I woke up with a cold.

Of course.

You try it.  Just toss out your cold and flu medications, and see how long it takes you to come down with a case of the sniffles. 

{{Acchhooo ! ! ! }}

Since we had no cold medicine in the house, I took two aspirin and a Vitamin C caplet and proceeded to organize my writing files.

Despite feeling like Sneezy, I made great progress.

At day’s end, my writing nook looked organized . . . and snazzy.

Why snazzy?

Due to the cold’s effect on my respiratory system, I  ran through the tired old box of tissues on my desk in record time, and replaced it with a brand new snazzy box.

Unless you want to test my theory, here are seven tips to help keep colds and flu away:

1.  Stay away from sick people, and from people who might be sick.  Since it takes cold and flu bugs about 24 hours to manifest themselves in visible symptoms, you should assume that everyone might be sick.  Stay away from them. 

2.  Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.  Killing germs is the best way to avoid transmitting germs.

3.  Get enough sleep and eat right to keep your immune system functioning at maximum capacity.


4.  Drink plenty of fluids, including herbal teas.  Dry winter air takes its toll on nasal passageways.

5.  Most viruses enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth ~ so don’t touch your face.  And don’t let anyone else touch your face. 

6.  Eat garlic.  It does more than ward off vampires ~ it has antibacterial properties and helps detoxify the body.

7.  Be optimistic!  A recent study published in Psychological Science suggests that being positive and upbeat can directly boost the immune system.

Laughing each day keeps the doctor away!

For more information and tips:  Natural Cold & Flu Remedies * Minimizing Cold & Flu Germs At Home

And also:  Conquering Cold Season (Agrigirl’s Blog)