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Spring Forward . . . Fall Back! November 6, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance.
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Today is the last day of daylight savings time for many of us.  We lose an hour in the Spring and reclaim it in the Fall.

As you “Fall Back” tonight . . .

Please take any necessary precautions to avoid serious injury.

Aah . . . that’s better!

World Kindness Day . . . Pass It On! November 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Just a quick heads up that World Kindness Day is right around the corner . . . on November 13th to be exact.

And it’s a Saturday.

But, of course, we should be kind to each other every day.

Why?  Because Kindness echoes!

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world.

The purpose of this day celebrated on November 13 of each year is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.

This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.

Aah . . . that’s better!

‘Tis The Season To Start Shopping! October 5, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . .

shop kitchen and dining

But I’m not ready to . . .

shop holiday home decor

Besides, it’s way too early to put out an Advent Calendar . . . no matter how nice or naughty.

There are only 25 doors!

Aah . . . that’s better!

How To Tie Your Own Laces October 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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How can you know what’s best

for someone you don’t know as well

as you know yourself?

Answer:  Chances are . . . you don’t.

And (of course) . . . vice versa.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Quick Quip September 29, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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There was a great quote on JoyRoses blog yesterday:

If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself, just say:

“He obviously does not know me very well since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned.” 

Aah. . . that’s better!

Moi? Lazy? Mais Non! September 24, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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I have it on GOOD authority that I am not lazy . . .

And neither are you!

In fact, according to social psychologist and author Devon Price, laziness does NOT exist.  In further point of fact, that’s the name of his book ~> Laziness Does Not Exist.

According to Devon Price, Ph.D.:

“Laziness is usually a warning sign from our bodies and our minds that something is not working and we really need a break,” says Price. “The human body is so incredible at signaling when it needs something. But we have all learned to ignore those signals as much as possible because they’re a threat to our productivity and our focus at work.”

The “laziness lie,” says Price, tells us that there’s always something more we could and should be doing — be it at home, at work or in our relationships — and that our worth is based on our productivity. It’s time to unlearn that. Instead of seeing laziness as a deficit or something that needs to be fixed, we should listen to the call that it’s time for a change.”

To read more (or listen to a 17 minute podcast):  You Aren’t Lazy.

But what’s the hurry?

Take a nap first.

You know you want to!

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Healing Mantra September 19, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation.
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Until the Age of Aquarius dawns (with peace to guide the planets and love to steer the stars) . . .

Until we come together (to smile on our brother and love one another) . . .

We can use ALL the healing energy we can get.

Here’s a healing mantra to calm your spirit and soothe your soul:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Happy Labor Day! September 6, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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For those of you in the States . . .

Enjoy a Happy & Safe Labor Day!

One that’s filled with relaxation, refreshment, respite, and rejuvenation.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Wash your cares away.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Seven Up! Strobe Effect August 15, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Life Balance, People.
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Are you familiar with the Seven Up! documentary series that’s been under production for the past 50+ years?

The Up series of documentary films follows the lives of ten males and four females in England beginning in 1964, when they were seven years old. The first film was titled Seven Up!, with later films adjusting the number in the title to match the age of the subjects at the time of filming.  The documentary has had nine episodes—one every seven years—thus spanning 56 years.

Film maker and Director, Michael Apted, followed the 14 children he selected for the series from the adorable age of 7 for the next 56 years, filming the trajectory of their lives through education, career, marriage, children, divorce, illness, vacations, moves, etc.

The documentary presents their lives with strobe-light like intensity ~> grade school * blink * secondary school * blink * university * blink * first job * blink * marriage * blink * children * blink * divorce * blink * retirement * blink * death

* blink *

The apt metaphor “life flies by in the blink of an eye” came to mind as we watched the existential ups and downs in 49 Up!

As each subject aged with spectacular rapidity, we considered how various life choices might be influenced just by knowing that there would be a “filmed reckoning” every 7 years ~ at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, and 63.

Would we be kinder?  More charitable?  More cooperative?  More forgiving? More generous?

Or just the opposite?

Judging from some of the random behavior caught on smart phones these days, it appears that many people don’t care who’s watching as they misbehave, throw tantrums, and have meltdowns in public places.

They refuse to change their stripes just because “the public” is watching.

In any event, the series may have ended with the recent demise of its director (who also directed Nell, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist, Class Action, Amazing Grace, et al).

After 63 Up! aired in 2019, Michael Apted up and died.  The two events are likely unrelated since Apted didn’t pass away until January 2021.  At that time, a few journalists speculated that Apted committed suicide.  I found no confirmation to support their unbridled sensationalism.

Perhaps Apted’s death is just one of the existential truths of his life ~ a forced retirement, if you will.

Life . . . we live it, or we miss it.

B~I~N~G~O August 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature.
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If you keep your eyes open, you never know what you may see . . .

Headlights heading for you . . .


Or a turtle far from sea . . .

Yo, dudes & dudettes! Wherefore art thou, NEMO?

Keep your eyes open as you pass passers by . . .

Can you find a fish, see a bird, or spot a butterfly?

Will you look up and see the moon shining from on high?

Or perhaps spy rain (or snow) falling from the sky?

LOOK!

Check out that branch over there . . .

I think that squirrel thinks you’re nuts

But don’t mind him.

What does he know?

He can’t even remember where he’s buried his treasure!

Look! I see a Daisy!

To play Nature’s BINGO, keep your eyes open as you look around

But be careful!

Don’t trip over your own two feet and land S~P~L~A~T on the ground!

Aah . . . B~I~N~G~O!