Archive for September, 2010

Good Day,

Sometimes it feels as if our world is getting away from us. The difference between being happy and miserable is our dominion over our lives and our ability to take back control. What follows is a list of 50 different things we can do to reclaim our right to be joyous again. Reflect on these things (and add to this list if you like) when everything starts to feel as if it is all slipping away and enjoy!

50 Life Savers –

1.       Education

2.       Laugh more and use humor to heal

3.       Develop strategies for health threats

4.       Be more expressive

5.       Surround ourselves with like-minded people

6.       Recharge our energy by chilling out for a while

7.       Say good-bye to toxic relationships

8.       Be more childlike and less controlling of others

9.       Wear clothing that looks good on us

10.   Spend at least an hour a day on something that really matters to us

11.   Face our fears

12.   Settle outstanding disputes with others

13.   Start asking for what we need more often

14.   Be more open in our communications

15.   Be more creative and flamboyant

16.   Be more in the moment

17.   Recognize that we are all works in progress

18.   Start a journal

19.   Calculate our true value

20.   Collaborate with nature

21.   Read the 48 Laws of Power

22.   Learn the secrets of using publicly available sources

23.   Love

24.   Read, read, and read!

25.   Never take life for granted – appreciate every single second

26.   Swim, walk, run, hike, bike – workout

27.   Get more sleep

28.   Sit back at relax at least 15 minutes every day

29.   Buy ourselves a small gift to show our appreciation for all we do for others

30.   Get the facts before coming to conclusions

31.   Eat right

32.   Spend more time with friends and family members who honor what is “alive” in us

33.   Find work that fulfills us

34.   Indulge – be a little eccentric once in a while

35.   Color outside of the lines

36.   Plant a tree

37.   Ride in a hot air balloon

38.   Jump out of an airplane

39.   Fly a kite

40.   Make a speech

41.   Support a candidate – volunteer to help on his or her campaign

42.   Entertain again

43.   List all our successes and reflect on our accomplishments thus far

44.   Take up a challenge

45.   Ask someone out

46.   Practice our faith

47.   Sing out loud

48.   Learn to play an instrument

49.   Travel to a place we would never expect to go

50.   Be true to ourselves

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Hello There,

There are many things that cause us to feel depressed – among them are:  lack of support, relationship or family problems, grief over the loss of a friend, family member or a loved one, unemployment, financial uncertainty, family history of depression, pervasive health problems, chronic pain, abuse, abandonment and lonesomeness.

What follows is a partial list of some of the consequences of depression:

  • Damage to self-esteem
  • Predominant feelings of bitterness, anger and regret
  • Self-blame
  • Unhappy with intimate relationship
  • Not highly valued
  • Difficulty fulfilling emotional needs
  • Sensitive to criticism
  • Feelings of rejection
  • Negative expectations of people and events
  • Insecurely attached to job
  • Demands reassurance
  • Fears closeness in relationships
  • Feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Feeling invisible
  • Dismay
  • Overwhelmed by responsibilities
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Inability to cope with minor irritations
  • Lack of patience
  • Mistrust
  • Lack of confidence in decision-making process
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Pessimistic
  • More susceptible and reactive to acute stressors
  • Takes longer to get over an upset
  • Overly fatigued
  • Social withdrawal
  • More vulnerable to emotional triggers
  • Confusion
  • Detached and indifferent
  • Irritability
  • Anxiousness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of interest for favorite activities
  • Heaviness and crippling pain
  • Feeling flat, empty and numb

More Resources on the Subject –

Articles –

Understanding Depression – signs, symptoms, causes and help


Julia Ross’s book – “Mood Cure” – Author’s interview on radio program re: mood food

Part 1-3




Videos –

Depression symptoms and help – natural alternatives to depression medication


Current Opinion in Psychiatry –


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Good Day Everyone,

New Age and Alternative medicine healers are all about recognizing the body’s higher energies, controlling flow and proper balancing of life force.  Their intention is to assist others with their development by inspiring their own awareness, which ultimately, leads to a healthier life style and overall personal transformation.    Healing touch providers perceive the body in five ways:

  • As a spiritual body
  • Mental body
  • Emotional body
  • Etheric  body
  • Physical body

Healing techniques which are called energy healing include but are not limited to: Healing Touch, Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Bioenergy, Sakara, to name just a few.  The common denominator of all these healing applications is that the healing provider works with one or more of the client’s own energy fields or patterns to reinstate proper equilibrium and concurrence on many levels to promote physical healing.

To be a healing touch healer one has to understand the inner nature of their own actuality – who and what they are.  They must know with absolute certainty, that they have the healing instinct even when they are unsure what exactly they are called to do with it or, before they are essentially trained in how to use it.  This, awareness is essential for their further development as a novice energy-based healer so as they have a platform with which they can build on their natural intuitive abilities to become a well-qualified provider of healing touch applications.  A person who has decided to travel a healing path has to have a certain sense about who they are before they can be effective in the healing self-care and lives of others.

The way a professional with a healing spirit relates to the body is through sensing its energy fields.  To perpetuate healing he/she must modulate and manipulate one or more of the different energy bodies.  Some providers not only sense the subtle energy of the body but they can also see the overall shape of the person’s aura as well as any negative disturbances in these energy patterns (life forces) that might be the cause of a blockage – http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbs=isch:1&q=chakra&revid=15631507

There are more than a few techniques that fall under the heading of energy-based healing. A good deal of the time the person performing the techniques is being guided by spiritual inclination and not by a specific set of hand movements although; the training is highly structured and, not random in its practices and principles.

Healing touch (HT) energy-based treatments cover 30 integrated techniques practiced by a whole host of caregivers from: holistic physicians, nurses, multi-disciplined health care professionals and even lay persons who are trained in this healing practice.  The interventions include care for:

  • Mental well-being
  • Debilitating stress and various levels of nervous tension
  • Illness prevention
  • Management of sorrowfulness
  • The control of throbbing, stabbing or, chronic pain
  • Neck and back discomfort
  • Fear and apprehension
  • Wound care
  • Fracture healing

Therapeutic administrations are performed by a light touch to the body or by re-patterning the energy field a few inches above the body.  This care can be offered anywhere and is not restricted to a healing table but can also be given to persons sitting in a chair or to individuals who are bedridden.  What is most significant is that for the treatments to be complete the emotional and mental patterns of the person being cared for have to be addressed by the person as well. In other words, how a person feels and thinks about themselves and others is a strong determinant as to the efficacy of the treatment and its outcome.

Healing touch came into its own with the efforts of Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN, who was invited by her peers to develop the program, Batie, D. Howard, “Awakening the Healer Within” (2000) Llewellyn Publications.  In 1989 Mentgen was honored as holistic nurse of the year by the Holistic Nurses Association. Healing Touch was offered as a pilot program at the University of Tennessee and in Gainesville, Florida. In 1990 it became a certificate program of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) – primarily for nurses. The techniques of Healing Touch are continued to be supported and became endorsed by the American Holistic Medical Association mostly for holistically oriented medical doctors.   The educational resources were available from the AHNA to develop Mentgen’s vision http://healing.about.com/od/famoushealers/p/mentgen.htm with her material into sequenced, multilevel workshops and comprehensive training sessions.

The widespread worldwide interest in HT resulted in certification in other countries.  A separate credentialing authority was required, and Healing Touch International, Inc. was formed in 1996 for quality uniformity standards.  http://www.biofieldbalancing.com/healing-touch.html

Take Care,


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Yesterday, I was given a look at an amazing book and it so captivated my attention that I ran off to buy it at my local bookstore. Amazingly enough, the only book with the title they had was purchased just a while before I was able to arrive at the store to obtain it.  As I left the store a small paperback book caught my eye because its content was very unique. The book was entitled:  “How to Watch TV News” by Neil Postman who had written another interesting piece of nonfiction “Amazing Ourselves to Death.”  This book he co-authored with an academic, Steve Powers.   Although, this book had been written a while back I found it an interesting read and what follows are some Q and A’s I compiled from the treasured insights I was able to gleam from this gem I found late yesterday afternoon. I hope you too will be fascinated with all the efforts made by so many to produce a two minute segment of the news.  I am embarrassed to say that I had no idea (as is the case with so many things that are so readily available to me every day) what went into the actual mechanics of a nightly newscast.  If my facts need some updating because the book was not published just recently, feel free to comment and clarify.  Enjoy!

What are the top ten markets?

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit
  • Boston
  • Dallas
  • Washington D.C.
  • Houston

What is the biggest obstacle in television journalism?

Time because it works in opposition against understanding, coherence and even meaning.

How is writing Different for newscasts?

Facts must conform to the needs of television news – compressed and told in fifteen to twenty seconds and tailored to the anchor’s style and pace.  There is a lot of pressure because introductions to taped segments have to be written and live shots have to have explanations.

What is a prepackaged news story?

It is a story that has been assembled frame-by-frame, phase-by-phase with literally hundreds of cuts and edits that are strung together with seamless flowing connections – image after image until the “piece” is finally finished.

What type of professionals work on a “live” broadcast news story?

Persons who have been well-trained in the arts, camera work, writing, editing, narrating and journalism all have a hand in accomplishing the final televised news product.

What makes a story a “lead” story?

News audiences like to see action drama. Fires and disaster situations usually involved fatalities, and when people are killed there is drama and a sense of immediacy and stimulation.

How does a news story for a broadcast take shape?  What is the A-Z process?

A.      Witness to a story calls the television station speaks to an operator

B.      The operator connect s the call to the newsroom

C.      A desk assistant takes the call and advises the assignment editor of the details

D.      The assignment editor calls the fire department, policy department or other agency to confirm and to obtain additional details

E.       The managing editor orders the desk assistant to contact a reporter and a crew, sending them to the area where the incident is occurring or has happened

F.       The desk assistant begins to cross-reference resources (phone numbers, addresses etc) and if people are involved in a breaking story at a specific location, makes contact.

G.     If a story is newsworthy and urgent (appears to have the ear marks of a major event) the desk assistant advises the managing editor

H.      A reporter or a producer does a recorded interview

I.        As more confirming information flows into the newsroom, the managing editor calls the news director

J.        They decide together whether or not a helicopter is required on the scene – if a crew and a reporter

K.      A “live” news vehicle is ordered to the scene with its own – power cameras, recorders, monitors, and microwave transmitting equipment so that the broadcast can be seen “live”

L.       The news truck is positioned in a location where it can send signals back to the station via microwave when the crew raises the antenna and runs a cable from the truck to the camera.

M.    The reporter on the scene sets up a “command post “generally with the first responders to the scene (EMT – emergency medical technicians, fire fighters, police etc).

N.     The reporter initiates the taping process and radios back this information plus any one-on-one firsthand knowledge and interviews he / she has gathered from eye witnesses and others at the news event

O.     The producer contacts the newsroom that a major story is developing and more than likely will be the broadcaster’s lead story for the newscast

P.      The helicopter hovers over the news scene and camera crew proceed to take “live” shots for the news program

Q.     Writers and editors begin to read copy from wire services

R.      The news director makes the call as to whether or not the story will qualify to be the lead news piece on the broadcast

S.       The graphics department is notified (so they can began to put together a depiction of the event)

T.       Engineering is placed on standby for images from chopper and “live” news vehicle

U.     The desk assistant continues to take in newly reported and details connected with ongoing information

V.      The reporters are kept advised since they are out on the scene are isolated from all the news sources that are flowing into the newsroom – field producers from the scene make certain that the information is transmitted back to editors and a writer is assigned to screen and edit it with a technician

W.    The piece is edited sequence after sequence, with shots dubbed and played back scene by scene in the desired order.  The sound may be used including interview and where the reporter (narrates) the “voice-overs” are added in and when it is complete, the final draft is made up of dozens of edits

X.      The final version generally is no more than a couple of minutes in length with the reporter writer sometimes writing a suggested lead for the news anchor. He or she compiles a list of the persons involved in the story in the order they appear on the screen, along with the dates and locations to help in identify everyone

Y.       All elements are assembled and the producer makes the call as to which stories will be aired in which order

Z.       Everything is complete – the writers have written their portions of the scripts and the anchor reviews them and the directors for the newscast and technical staff has all the information explaining the order, source and the time specifications for each story and the broadcast show is aired.

Flashes of News Broadcasting


Behind the Scenes Broadcasting – News 2010


Some Creative Applications of Computer Graphics


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Good Sunday Morning,

My Favorite Prayer – for Stress and Uncertainty

With God’s Help I am now releasing all fear, anxiety and insecurity. God is now filling my mind with peace and courage and, quiet self-assurance. God will see me through this situation. God will protect me from all harm. I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I do not believe in defeat.

Questions to Ask That Invite a More Spiritual Point of View –

Spiritual Drivers – What can I recall from my life experiences with any or, all of my senses that reinforces the reality that there truly is a God?

Spiritual Good Sense – What would Jesus have done if in a similar situation?

Spiritual Courage – What spiritually based words of comfort can I call to mind when I am alone and feeling afraid?

Spiritual Steadiness – How have the spiritual traditions I learned growing up nourished my stability in adult life?

Spiritual Enthusiasm – What spiritual catalysis’s can you recall that immediately put you in a spiritual frame of mind (think of a song, a scene from a spiritual movie or a recent sermon you have heard?

What Mystical Spiritual Force is always Alive in you and becomes apparent in your everyday actions? What demonstrates that God’s presence is reflected in you?

My Most Beloved Spiritual Enforcers –

Videos –

Miracle of Lourdes –


Amazing Grace – Scottish Bagpipes –


Scenes from the Trailer of “Nun Story”


Young Beautiful Actress Left Hollywood to Become a Cloistered Nun


Convent Haircut – Movie Trailer


Namgyal Monks Chanting


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Hugging means different things to different people. I personally love to get hugs and I love to give hugs, but I do not just hand our random hugs.  I am selective about whom I hug and why I hug them. I make the effort to hug when I want to let a person know just how precious they are to me.  I believe hugging should always come from the heart.  My loving nature is demonstrated when I reach for someone and bring them close to me in an embrace. The word hug comes from the old English word “Logian” meaning to care for.  I always feel special when someone hugs me  and, while they are wrapping their arms around me snugly, I definitely feel as if they care for me too.

Hugging has a long illustrious history with me as it does with most people. As a toddler I can recall being hugged every night before bed. In our home it was a ritual. Later, as a young child I would be ordered to give hugs to adults (mainly family members and remote relatives who would occasionally visit us )both upon their arrival and, again just before their departure. When I grew older, during my high school years, I used to get people (mainly boys) who would come up from behind and give me a hug, specifically, as a joke to take me off guard. I always hated that. It made me feel like we were both going to topple over.  I was never comfortable because of all the attention it would draw to us.

By VR 2010

Some people do not like to be hugged – period, my husband is one of them.  Europeans are not big fans of public displays of affection, at least not socially anyway. Many think that we are ridiculous about the way we insist on hugging one another constantly.

You can pretty much tell who does and does not like to be hugged the minute you attempt to clasp the person in your arms. An individual who is not comfortable being embraced will begin instantly to turn to his or her body to the side, giving the hugger, what is commonly referred to as; “the cold shoulder”  to signify a certain degree of  aloofness.

Hugging is holistic. It is thought to strengthen the immune system and reduce anxiety.  It is considered good for depression – lessening its effects.  A nice responsive hug offers its own unique brand of reassurance.  It somehow gives the impression of closure. How many times has someone said “Don’t worry, everything will turn out alright” Now, come here and, give me a nice big hug.  In these instances, I am always left wondering, who is really the one providing the consolation, the hugger or the hugee?

More About Hugging –

Formal Explanation



Human Connection through Hugging – the 5 Principles of Hugging from the author of the “Hugging Life”


Music video on Hugging


How to Give the Perfect Man Hug – Videojug.com



Romantic Hugs Explored


Hugging and Air Kissing


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Hello Everyone,

What follows are some reminisces that portray a brief glimpse into the once elegant lifestyle of Victorian Families. A native and third generation San Franciscan, I cannot remember when I first became interested in the Victorian era. I just know I was engulfed in it from day one, surrounded by everything Victorian which I always thought made “the city” incomparably romantic as opposed to other urban locals throughout the country. In my estimation, the Victorian period was an incredible era – one that was glamorous and, extremely luxurious. Here is a fascinating glance of the gaiety, furnishings and accessories that made up an elaborate  lifestyle that once was, and, most likely, will never be again.

  • Proud prominent family heritage
  • Reigning socialites, tradesmen and kitchen servants
  • Lavish social events – formal debutant balls and other festivities
  • Dances and signed dance cards
  • Scandals of the 19th century
  • Heirlooms – treasures in the attic
  • A taste for cherry wood and walnut furnishings with marble tops
  • Perfume trade cards and other paper collectibles
  • Mansard-roofed residences
  • Victorians and other historic landmarks
  • Impressionist art
  • Gracious entertaining
  • Afternoon tea parties with tea cakes and petit fours, cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches
  • Stained glass windows
  • Polished silver
  • Sparkling crystal
  • Antiques – gilded harps and Steinway pianos
  • Games, parties, celebrations and merriment
  • Cultured pearls and long trailing black velvet gowns
  • Country flowers in ever so delicate hand painted vases
  • Butterfly collections
  • Delicate English china tea cups and antique eyelet, white table linen cloths
  • Black lacquer oriental  screens
  • Letters contained in envelopes addressed by hand and sealed with wax
  • Maids uniforms
  • Butler’s pantry’s
  • 12 ½ foot ceilings with plaster moldings
  • Claw-foot bathtubs
  • Grandfather clocks in entry ways
  • Gas lightening fixtures
  • Porcelain dolls
  • Elaborate hat boxes and ornate hat pins
  • Gorgeous landscaped gardens with high shrubs and rose bushes
  • Freestanding gazebos and trellises as sunshade
  • Daybeds draped with tightly tufted handmade quilts
  • Crocheted dresser scarves
  • Gramophones
  • Gothic revival benches
  • Mosaic tiles
  • Vintage textiles
  • Well-appointed quest rooms with painted silk walls
  • Doctor’s permanently packed black bags for house calls
  • Whistle stop campaigns
  • Cigar smoking
  • Hall trees and curios
  • Tiffany lamps and chandeliers
  • Bric-a-brac and outmoded clutter
  • Victorian row houses

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