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A Key West State of Mind January 31, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Happiness.
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I am partial to warm weather.

And palm trees.

And bright colors.

And sunny skies.

This painting by Joanne Sloan arrived in my in-box this morning.  Seeing it put me in a Key West state of mind.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Foxes With Sockses January 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Learning the English language is challenging.  It is filled with pitfalls and minefields that constantly keep us on our toes . . . whether or not we are hanging around with a Fox wearing Socks or a Cat in the Hat.

The following poem is not my original work, but it’s too cute not to share . . .

OK, class, let’s Start:

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.

One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
but though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.

“No wonder Dr. Seuss always had such FUN!”
Said the Cat in the Hat to Thing 2 and Thing 1.

Aah . . . that’s better!

An extended version: The English Lesson, by Richard Krogh

Good Vibrations January 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness.
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Tiggers-R-UsWhen we observe the world around us, we see that happiness is contagious, and travels at the speed of light (or sound).  We can elevate our moods merely by elevating the corners of our mouths . . . SMILE.

Laughing and smiling improves our moods, decreases our stress levels, and encourages others to follow our lead.

When we laugh and smile, we transmit positive energy to others, with no thought required on anyone’s part.  As easily as flicking a switch to illuminate a room, we can fill the world around us with good vibrations.

Cool, huh?

Oh, you’re not convinced yet?

True Story:  Guy in a prison.  No one looks at anyone.  No one smiles at anyone.  It is a dark and unfriendly place.

At the urging of Rick Fields, author of Chop Wood, Carry Water, the inmate experiments with good vibrations. He silently sends positive thoughts to the guards and other inmates.

Without saying a word, he sends thoughts of kindness, hope, compassion, love and gratitude to others.

Nothing happens.  The End.

Just kidding.  {{SMILE}}

Wikipedia ~ American Humor (in Public Domain)

Here’s the real ending to this story:

* As soon as this inmate started sending out positive thoughts,  he instantly noticed a transformation.

* Inmates (who had never looked up before) started to make eye contact with him.

* Guards (not known for pleasant personalities) smiled at him as they passed through the corridors.

He transformed the world around him into a friendlier, less hostile place merely by changing his thoughts.

And . . . not a single word was exchanged.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote:  Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

The Inner Path to Peace January 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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As we travel the spiritual path, we learn to listen to the still, silent guidance of Spirit (the true self), while tuning out the angry, confused voice of Ego (the false self).

We begin to see and accept ourselves as we really are, beneath the layers of social conditioning and familial expectations.

We realize we don’t need anyone’s approval, permission, understanding, or blessing to accept ourselves as we are in this moment.

We stop judging ourselves and others . . . and begin to accept life as it is.

We realize that critical analysis, intellectual egoism, and negativity suffuse our inner light and hold us back.

Instead of endless debate about the minutiae of life, we learn to let go of the Ego’s need for constant analysis,  evaluation, and approval.

We open our eyes and see the biased, subjective, and misleading nature of Ego’s judgments and interpretations which result from looking at life events through the dirty lens of past experience.

Once we see that the meaning we assign to events varies from moment to moment, as a reflection of our unique experiences in life, we stop wrestling with intellectual quandaries from the past, and immerse ourselves in living life in the present.

We realize that we need not change the world . . . just our perspective, our frame of reference.

We look within for guidance, rather than using others as our moral compass.  Using Spirit as an internal reference point, we begin to see things as they are.

We begin to see our unity with others, and learn how to transform the world from within.  We send out Good Vibrations, using smiles and laughter instead of words.

We no longer insist that others accept our view of the world, or demand that they follow our lead.

Happily engaged in the present moment, we focus on our interests, and allow others to stay or drift away, guided by their own preferences.

We develop our generosity of spirit, and act to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of others by helping them see how they add to their own suffering by hanging on to slights, real and imagined.

Donald-DirectorWe take offense less often, realizing that the opinions of others are biased and limited in perspective.

Rather than absorbing the impedimenta of daily life  into our being, we easily maneuver around the pebbles in our path.

We stop living for the moment, and start living in the moment, where happiness resides.

Whether we are chopping wood or carrying water, we embrace the moment at hand. We absorb into our being that which resonates, leaving the rest behind.

We enter the flow of life and find inner peace at last.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Florida ~ Home of the Brave January 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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BFF and I attended a jazz concert (guitar, bass, percussion) this week.

In Sarasota.
At mid-day.

As the price was right (FREE!), the auditorium was packed, with no vacant seats.

While welcoming the multitude of guests to the venue, one of the musicians expressed his sincere appreciation that the crowd had “braved the weather” to attend the concert.

The weather we braved?

Why it was absolutely wicked ~> in the mid-50’s and only partly sunny!

Aah . . . that’s Florida Funny!

Good Morning! January 17, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Home & Garden.
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Some mornings, Mr. Coffee sets the tone for the day . . .

With his cheery greeting and aromatic countenance, we are galvanized and fortified, energized and vitalized!

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s In Your Skillet? January 15, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor.
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Growing up, our Great Danes ate just like Marmaduke . . . chowing down on their food while spitting out the pills.

Other dogs, like Daisy, are opportunistic . . . and prefer people food.  I wonder if she’s ever had a Dagwood?

Pets . . . gotta love ’em!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Run Forrest Run! January 13, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Travel & Leisure.
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After the holidays, some of us (and we will not name names) gained a few unwanted pounds.  Before they settle in and get too comfortable, it’s time to kick it up a notch.

So, on our most recent trip to Universal, we stopped by Camp Jurassic to check out the playground.

It is awesome!

We climbed up.  We slid down.  We walked across rope bridges.  We bounced.

So much more fun than going for a boring jog!

No offense, Forrest!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tea For Three January 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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On New Year’s Eve, we invited a friend over for “Afternoon Tea” (a euphemism for over-indulging on baked goods and sweet treats).

I managed to put together an assortment of pastries from a number of high caloric offerings that had infiltrated our kitchen over the holidays ~> Cherry Squares, Stollen, Brownies, Grandma’s Coffee Cake, Macademia Nut Toffee.

Not wanting anyone to O.D. on sugar, I also put out some raw veggies with garlic herb dip, chips, fresh tomato salsa, and black olives.  (Not exactly a balanced meal, but not quite so lopsided as it looked at first blush.)

The good news:  we managed to make it through the holidays without succumbing to a sugar coma . . . or turning into roly-poly snowmen!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Hocus Pocus . . . Lost My Focus! January 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Mindfulness.
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While wandering around Toon Lagoon, we bumped into Hildegarde who had bumped into a light pole after what must have been a rather bumpy ride.

Hocus Pocus . . . she musta lost her focus!

And so did this pilot!

He going to need a good stiff drink after that landing!

Looks like he’s come to the right place!

Aah . . . that’s better!