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Juggling An Overbooked Schedule March 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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My schedule is overbooked this week
I’m walking down both sides of the street
I’m multi-tasking as fast as I can
And juggling three things with only one hand

I’ve looked high and I’ve looked low
No more time in sight . . . something has to go
So if my comments are few and far between
It’s because my “free time” has become quite lean

Aah . . . that’s better!

Hairy Heirs ~ Pet Bequests March 17, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Life Balance, People.
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Want to set up a kitty for kitty?

This article on the ins and outs of setting up a pet trust may be of interest to the animal lover in you:

What’s In The Kitty?  Pet Bequests Aren’t Only For The Rich And Famous

Special considerations apply if your pet has a l-o-n-g life expectancy, like a tortoise or a parrot.

Knowing your beloved pet(s) will be cared for however long they live may provide you with the peace of mind you need to breathe easy right here and now!

Aah . . . that’s better!

No iPod Required March 13, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Life Balance, Nature.
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Have you ever noticed that bikers, walkers and runners wearing headsets look decidedly less relaxed and happy than those without cords sticking out of their ears?

On more than one occasion, I’ve noticed that those sprouting ear buds feature frowns on their faces as they move through their paces.

In contrast, those without a techno-gadget clipped to their belt, or held in their hand, seem more inclined to radiate happiness as they commune with sky, trees, water, birds, flowers, and the occasional splash of flying fish.

Connecting with nature connects us with the moment.  As we tune in to the here and now, our inner bliss surfaces suffusing us with joy.

No iPod required.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

A Quick Quiz March 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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What iconic landmark springs to mind when someone says:

“Architecturally and culturally speaking, it’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

C’mon.  Give it a go!

What world famous building or structure is worthy to be referred to as “Miami’s Eiffel Tower”?

It’s famous.
World famous.

It’s iconic.
It’s a landmark.

It’s located in Miami.

C’mon.
This should be the easiest quiz ever!

Then again, maybe, just maybe, the description threw you off.

Maybe the structure in question is NONE of those things.

Here it is . . .

aerial view of Miami Marine Stadium

Do you recognize it?

Would you describe it by saying:

“Architecturally and culturally speaking, it’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

No?
Neither would I.

Maybe the inflated description used by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to describe Miami’s Marine Stadium is just ridiculous hyperbole used in an attempt to elevate the mundane to the magical.

Why do people use such ridiculous hyperbole?

To gain airspace?
To get people to tune in and listen?

To raise money for “good causes”?
To assuage low self-esteem?

More to the point ~> how can we make them stop?

I know!  Maybe we need to get better at tuning them out.

Mais oui!
Exactement!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Miami Marine Stadium’s History and Planned Restoration

A Wink March 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery.
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I seldom recommend novels to neighbors and friends.

Even if I’ve read something worthy of a recommendation, tastes in reading material tend to be somewhat personal.

That said, I saw 3 tennis players at the clubhouse last week.  Ellie F. was in the middle.

“Ellie, do you enjoy reading murder mysteries?”

“Not really.”

“I’m reading one about a murder at the U.S. Open.  It’s not too gruesome.”

Ellie perked up at the description. “What’s the title?”

“Drop Shot by Harlan Coben.”

“That’s amazing.  My brother used to play tennis professionally.  He’s mentioned in that book.  I’ve been meaning to read it.”

“What’s his name?”

“Tim Mayotte.”

I agreed to toss the book her way on completion.

I finished the book yesterday.  Tim is mentioned on page 26.

Aah . . . that’s synchronicity!

 

RX = Nature March 2, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, head to the park for some R&R.

Doctors orders!

Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways to improve your health and happiness. It’s been shown to lower stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while encouraging physical activity and buoying mood and mental health. Some research even suggests that green space is associated with a lower risk of developing psychiatric disorders — all findings that doctors are increasingly taking seriously and relaying to their patients.

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The medical community is increasingly viewing green space as a place for their patients to reap physical and mental health benefits. Some physicians, like Dr. Robert Zarr, a pediatrician in Washington, D.C., are even writing prescriptions for it.

These “nature prescriptions” — therapies that are redeemable only outdoors, in the fresh air of a local park — advise patients to spend an hour each week playing tennis, for instance, or to explore all the soccer fields near their home. The scripts are recorded in his patients’ electronic health records.

To read more:  Here’s What Being Outside Can Do For Your Health

Aah . . . that’s better!