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Going Wrong . . . Happily September 29, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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santa on the beachIs it better to be “right” or “happy”?

Stated another way:

If a belief makes us happy, does it matter that it’s based on a mistaken assumption?

Let’s take a child’s naive faith in a divine, caring, paternalistic deity.

Or in Santa Claus, if you prefer.

Is that naive belief a “stepping stone” to greater understanding of the cosmos and the child’s place in it?

Or is it a crutch?

220px-EdisonDiscLabelBunkIf a child is happy believing in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy . . . should we burst his bubble?

Should we point out the fallacy of mistaken beliefs, even if it causes “happy idiots” to become “troubled existentialists”?

Is it better to be “right” or “happy”?

Stay tuned ~> maybe we don’t have to choose!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Old Goats September 26, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Travel & Leisure.
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A group of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Switzerland.  At a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat’s milk was used.

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She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing.

“These,” she explained, “are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce.”

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She then asked, “What do you do in America with your old goats?”

A spry old gentleman answered, “They send us on bus tours!”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  e-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Sophie’s Audience With King Tigger September 23, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor.
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On neighborhood watch one night, Tigger eyes Sophie walking her owner.

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Tigger extends an invite for a brief meet and greet (or smell and tell).

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In short order, Tigger boots Sophie to the curb with a quick warning swipe.

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After telling Sophie to “back off,” Tigger relaxes and surveys his domain.

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Sophie sits and waits, hoping for a further audience with His Majesty, The Cat.

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Tigger remains aloof . . . which, after all, is what cats do best.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Chicken Soup . . . For The Writer In You September 22, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Writing & Writers.
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Chicken-Little-PosterFor those of you who enjoy writing and storytelling, Kate Crimmons shared a link that might be of interest:

Upcoming Book Topics in the Chicken Soup Series

Topics come and go.  Right now, submissions are being welcomed on the following topics:

Alzheimer’s and Dementias Family Caregiving ~ October 30, 2015.

Angels and Miracles ~ November 30, 2015.

Blended Families ~ June 30, 2016.

Dreams and Synchronicities ~ March 31, 2016.

Military Families ~ November 30, 2015.

My Very Good, Very Bad Cat ~ The deadline date for story and poem submissions has been extended to SEPTEMBER 27, 2015.

My Very Good, Very Bad Dog ~ The deadline date for story and poem submissions has been extended to SEPTEMBER 27, 2015.

Stories about Teachers and Teaching ~ June 30, 2016.

The Joy of Less ~ October 30, 2015.

The Spirit of America ~ November 30, 2015.

Donald-Duck-DivingThe site contains additional information and submission guidelines.

C’mon . . . don’t be Chicken!

Dive in!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Sustainable Eating September 21, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Sustainable Living.
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3D-CowThe best and fastest way to break out of a rut is to try something new.

Sometimes the something new we choose moo-ves us to greater simplicity and sustainability, saving us time and money.

With a few easy tweaks we can benefit ourselves AND the planet by changing our diet, our buying habits, and even how we vacation.

By way of example:

Donald-Duck-DrivingEating vegetarian meals is better for the planet.

In fact, what we eat has more impact on the environment than what we drive.

PLUS going “meatless” is better for our health, our wallets, and for the animals we would otherwise be consuming.

It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN!

When we moved from “meat” to “meatless” (circa 1997), we started small by swapping out the meat in our favorite recipes.

  • Instead of chicken curry, we made broccoli curry.
  • Instead of beef tacos, we made veggie tacos.
  • Instead of lasagna with meat sauce, we made veggie lasagna with broccoli, spinach, and grated carrot.

We found that the food tasted better and we felt better.

AND we saved money by shopping for fresh produce instead of meat.
AND cooking was less messy (without worry about cross contamination).
AND less time consuming ~ I’ve cooked Thanksgiving Dinner in an hour.

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“Every time we sit down to eat, each of us can make the world a better place simply by leaving animals off our plates.” ~TryVeg.com

To request a FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide, visit  TryVeg.com

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more menu ideas:  A Month of Meatless Meals

The Pizza Project September 19, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor.
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BFF and I decided we needed a new project.  After extensive evaluation and consideration, we agreed on “The Pizza Project.”

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It will be just like The Manhattan Project except (1) it won’t be conducted in secret and (2) nothing will get blown up.

Except, perhaps, our waists.

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Each week we’ll pick a pie to “sample.”  Any pizza that doesn’t meet our exacting specifications will be CHOPPED.

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Winning pies will move forward to the next round (which makes sense given their shape).

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We’ll continue this project until we tire of eating pizza (yeah, like that day is ever going to arrive) or we take on a new challenge ~> The Chocolate Project!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

What are you working on?

If you’re between projects, remember the adage . . . “love what you do & you’ll never have to work another day in your life.”

Speak Up . . . Or Shut Up? September 16, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in People.
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I got “shushed” this week.

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For talking about how angry I am that the U.S. Government spies on “we, the people” ~ taping our phone calls, texts, e-mails, etc.

IMHO: Stealing our words, thoughts, and ideas and storing them for later use is devious, disingenuous, and . . . a disgraceful shame.

I expect more from a country self-identified as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

TimonBut it appears that digital “search and seizure” of private communications is not on the “approved discussion” list.

As soon as I brought the topic up, the shusher admonished me to cease and desist:

“WE NEED TO CHANGE THE CONVERSATION NOW . . . NO DISCUSSING POLITICS OR RELIGION!”

WTF?!

Donald-DuckaI decided to stop talking . . . why waste my breath? :/

But it bothers me that ANYONE would equate the erosion of civil liberties and increasing government intrusion as “politics” and, therefore, not open for public debate.

I think we’re doomed! 🙄

Aah . . . that’s better!

To learn more ~> CITIZENFOUR

7 Quick Links & Thinks September 15, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Joke.
40 comments

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Without fanfare, folderol, fuss or ado, 7 Quick Links & Thinks for you:

1. Fraudulent Truths

People often delude themselves.

When a “message” counters their deeply held “fraudulent truths,” they choose to ignore it.

Instead of re-evaluating the facts, they toss the messenger into the closest closet, slam the door, and ditch the key!

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Kate Shrewsday ~> Have Mynde

2. Living The Good Life

Contrary to popular belief, you do NOT need a yacht to live the good life.  All you need is a friend with a yacht!

Sylvia’s Sunday Photo ~> Living The Good Life In Key West.

300px-Paradiso_Canto_313. Conversing with the Dearly Departed

When a photo of dad scrolls up on the screensaver I say, “Hi, dad!”

Just in case he’s listening from beyond the Twilight Zone.

I’m not alone.

Kate ~> I Said “Hi” to My Brother (Did That Just Happen)

4. The Twilight Zone ~> Conversing with Customer Service 

“Your call is important to us . . . but not enough to let you talk to anyone who can help you.”

Kate Crimmons ~> In Recovery or Notes from the Loony Bin.

RWS_Tarot_01_Magician5. Going Wrong With Confidence

In an amusing post on Glasses, BunKaryudo noted:

“Yet despite their shortcomings, both remain extremely confident in their opinions about everything.”

Bun’s observation immediately brought Donald Trump (and Rush Limbaugh) to mind.

That, of course, got me thinking about the blind leading the blind.

Let’s hope only a few near-sighted voters like Mr. Magoo end up voting for that yahoo.

6. Forest Gump, Part Deux

For a lesson in learning to flow with life, like Mr. Magoo, check out The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared:

Allan Karlsson caps off his long and colorful life by escaping from his nursing home on his 100th birthday. In short order, he comes into a possession of a suitcase stuffed with cash. With his new friend Julius, Allan decides to take it on the lam.

The movie reminded me of Forest Gump with flashbacks revealing the flow of life.  A “dark” comedy, but fun.

Don’s post, HOPE ~> Life is what happens as we “go with the flow.”

Tree-Frog-Percheda7. Don’t Cry . . . It’s Only A Joke

“Knock Knock.”
“Come In.”

BunKaryudo ~> My Ideal Reader

Aah . . . that’s better!

Reality: Facebook September 12, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, People.
40 comments

7dwarfsFacebook allows us to share our lives with strangers while making new friends.  As an experiment, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook by applying the same basic principles:

Every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I ate for breakfast, how I feel, what I did the night before and what I plan to do tomorrow night.

grumpy_thinkingThen I show them pictures of my family, my dog, and me gardening and spending time in my pool.

I also listen to them and I tell them I’m laughing out loud. (Even if I’m not.)

It works!

I already have 3 people following me: a cop, a shrink, and a lawyer who says I’m eligible for social security disability due to “mental instability.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  e-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.) 

Long Live The Queen! September 9, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in People.
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Queen Elizabeth II has now reigned longer than any other British Monarch . . . passing the previous record held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

The Queen succeeds Victoria as the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch after 63 years and 218 days on the throne.

During that time, she has worked with a dozen British Prime Ministers and a dozen U.S. Presidents.

Long Live The Queen!

To read more:

Elizabeth & Victoria in Numbers (BBC)

33 Fun Facts and Photos as Elizabeth overtakes Victoria (The Telegraph)

Queen Elizabeth to Break Victoria’s Record (Toronto Star)