Archive for November, 2010

Hello There,

There are many ways with which to communicate our presence in this world, but all revolve around our ability to express ourselves as individuals.  Our knowledge of self, or lack of it, can send out messages of miscommunication that interfere with our ability to interface positively with others.  Self-expression is our signature. It tells people at an instant many things about us in graphic detail.  Our willingness to share who we are with the world is evident in many ways. Here are just a few:

  • Our manner of dress
  • The accessories we wear
  • Our eyewear
  • Sunglasses
  • Our hairstyle
  • Male facial hair
  • The way we apply cosmetics
  • Our weight and how we manage it or ignore it
  • Our voice – intonations and inflections of tone
  • Our facial expressions –smiles, grins, smirks, signs of sadness
  • Our carriage and our stance
  • Our overall body language
  • Our routine mannerisms
  • Our routines in general
  • Our preferences overall likes and our dislikes
  • The manner in which we furnish our homes or our offices
  • The attention we pay to their maintenance
  • The way we schedule our days or refuse to
  • The way we organize and use our belongings
  • The attention we pay to all the details and responsibilities we must attend to
  • The cars we drive
  • The style of bikes we ride
  • The motorcycles, boats or other recreational toys we own and operate and how frequently
  • The sports we like to watch and/or participate in
  • Our interest in leisure activities or lack of it
  • Our credentials and the areas we have devoted to study and self-improvement
  • Our handwriting
  • The words we use and how much we reveal when we speak, write or draw
  • The involvement in our children’s, grandchildren’s or in our other family member’s lives
  • The computers we own
  • How much time we spend on them
  • The email communications we sent out
  • What research we conduct and why – our interest in information or disinterest in certain subjects
  • The cell phones we choose – who we call and the conversations we have
  • What church we belong to, or our beliefs in spirituality overall
  • The way we view our government
  • The way we see beauty or our inability to experience aesthetic sensations
  • The type (s) of music we choose to listen to
  • Our taste in cuisine or determination to use food as only a fuel for our bodies
  • Our sensuality or our inhabitation toward intimacy
  • Our health and the maintenance of it
  • The way we treat our friends and/or the way we allow them to treat us
  • How much we entertain
  • How much time we spend with just ourselves and what we do when we are completely alone
  • The way we embrace or neglect our inner child
  • The way we choose to go about personal realization and transformation

It is these things and so much more that compile our personal profile and that we share or decide not to, that are responsible for the way in which we are interpreted in this world.  How simple or complex we want to appear is up to us.  There are always options and opportunities, but only if we embrace them and apply these alternatives to greater ways with which to express ourselves.  Theoretically, then, self-expression can really be super simple if we choose it to be.

Much More on this Topic –

For Advanced Theories of Development and Life among Children (and even our inner-child) – take a look at Mommy Ph.D.


Themes, Motifs and Symbols – an overview and review of book “The Awakening”


For greater Personal Insight, Healing and Self-Expression See…


U-Tube – Art as Self-Expression – an artistic model stating the obvious


Human Expression in the Face while viewing the Magnificence of Artistic Creation


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Curiosity is described as the desire to learn and to know.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

–          Albert Einstein

What inspires curiosity?

  • Inquisitiveness – persistent inquiries
  • Not just assuming anything
  • Experimenting
  • Enthusiasm about life –  getting excited about people, places and things
  • Always being on the lookout for something that is entertaining and enjoyable to do
  • Constant interest in a diverse range of subjects

8 Reasons Why People Lack the Knack of Curiosity…

  • Over exhaustion – too tired to be enthralled by anything, let alone something that takes a certain amount of energy to investigate
  • Distraction – something in our environment that is preventing us from concentrating
  • Lack of Proper Training – to acquire knowledge we must first be taught to cultivate a burning desire from within to learn
  • Poor diet – the brain lacks the sound nutritional foundation to keep it fully functioning
  • Chemicals misfiring in the brain
  • Daily tension, mounting pressures and stress commandeering one’s attention span
  • The habit of procrastination – simply too lazy, making the thought of probing into something new too much to do for the time being
  • An unhealthy lifestyle – lack of exercise and adequate rest – resulting in sluggishness and listlessness, maybe even depression

Six ways to Improve our Inquisitiveness

  • Pay closer attention
  • Research and read commentary from experts
  • Focus on specifics
  • Expand memory
  • Increase speed of intellectual receptivity
  • Be more flexible in our observances and open to potential paradigm shifts

Things we can do to bypass critical self-analysis to better Inspire our curiosity and our creativity

  • View ourselves from many different perspectives (both as right-brained artistic types and as technically savvy / left-brained people)
  • Self-education – learn more about what factors are holding us back from being our Omni-creative selves
  • Feedback solicitation – ask friends and family to give us their impressions, sometimes promoting a completely different understanding of who we are
  • By giving ourselves permission to charter untraveled territory
  • By lowering our expectations and accepting that we may be “less than perfect” in some instances and that is okay too

Resources –

Where Do Ideas Come From?


Curiosity – A Matter-of-Life-or-Death!


A Look Inside the Book: Don’t Be Stupid! – A guide With Which to Better Navigate the Academic Terrain by Dustin M. Wax



Personal Development – How to Regain A Healthy Amount of Curiosity about Everything


Kolbs Learning Styles


Increase Creativity by Developing the Curiosity Habit


Curiosity  Not just for Kids


Ever Wonder These Things???


A Song about Curiosity


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Countless people are concerned about the way they look and especially with the aspect of showing signs of aging. As we grow older; serenity and cerebral wisdom become more evident in our rationale regarding subjects related to the beauty of our outer shell.

If we permit it, our progressive maturity helps us reevaluate the definition of “true beauty” from more of a sacred point of view. Many of us begin to reevaluate our physical attractiveness in a way that reflects more on the teachings of the Bible and how we can address this subject.

Later in our lives, many of us start to abandon the habits that held us hostage to aesthetic conformity in our cultures for so many decades. We begin, at some point, to rethink our interpretation of our physical worth, redefining our image to include the noticeable changes that naturally come with the passage of years.

The Bible encourages us to make the most of ourselves and to work from the inside out.  We are instructed to begin our relationship from within, where our “real beauty resides” and work outward.  We are urged to go beyond the fashion “must haves,” and the upcoming trends of tomorrow. We are reminded of the aesthetic rhythm of spiritual beauty and the radiance it exudes.

Take a look at what the “Book of God” has to say on the subject:

Matthew 23:28 – “In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

Matthew 7:20 – “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

If we allow ourselves to focus more on the guidance of the Bible as our skin begins to become weathered and marked with texture from time and the strength of its vigor begins to relax, we realize we no longer have to be the disciples of aesthetic desires. The products and procedures that once ruled our worlds no longer have the same allure and hold on us. There is yet to be discovered another type of beauty that prevails with age and is so magnificent in its splendor that it turns heads when we walk into a room and makes people marvel at what it is that makes us so divine in the last decades of our lives.

Both men and women who have discovered the aesthetic dictates described in the Bible know that once you cross a certain decade (whatever we deem that phase of our life to be) there is another form of beauty that awaits exploration. It is our way of being in this world and there is nothing imperfect about it. It merely is, and it mirrors the vision of God that he had in mind when he created us.

It is an image that holds its purity amidst all the artificiality of the years which preceded it. There is an acceptance that announces “I am one with the Divine,” I am no longer worried about appearing dated or dowdy. The special attention I receive now comes from the result of “good taste” and moderation in my aesthetic choices, modesty, decency and propriety.  I have with the grace of God, come to realization that what God conceives, is as, it is to be. There is such a thing as “celestial beauty” and it tolerates the test of time because, it is timeless in its execution to begin with.

Teaching our youth early about what the Bible has to say and other profound aspects related to healthy attitudes regarding appearance creates a sound platform for high self-esteem early on. Offering numerous opportunities to cultivate unshakable confidence about one’s physical presence and its value as one gradually moves through the process of finding one’s own special identity.

More Quotes from the Bible can be accessed on the topics of dress and clothing excerpted from: “Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling Youth,” Miller A. Patricia, Miller R. Keith (2006) www.bakerbooks.com

Matthew 6:28-30, Mathew 6:32-33, Haggai 1:6, 1Timothy 6:6-8, Philippians 4:12, 1Corinthians 1:14; John 5:21, 1Corinthians 4:11, Deuteronomy 10:18-19, James 2:15-16, James 2:2-4, 1Timothy2:9-1, 1Peter3:3-4, Romans14:13; 1Corninthians 10:32, Samual16:7, Matthew 23-27-28

Beauty Inspired


Beauty and the Bible Trailer


Beauty Secrets from the Bible


Bible Verse on Beauty


A View of Feminine Beauty As Told from the Pages of the Bible


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Good Morning,

I love the holiday season. I like what it brings out in people. It seems to make them so nostalgic.  I hear the most inspirational stories from strangers I encounter during the Christmas season.  I also appreciate the beautifully orchestrated window themes in all the shop windows.  I even enjoy the holiday music played in my local grocery stores and in the elevators of the buildings in our nearby business district.

I do not like to think of the enormous demands placed on young parents by their children for presents that they really cannot afford.  I don’t appreciate driving around in endless circles until I come across a parking space when I have a ton of errands to run. I hate the thought of the bills coming due in the next couple of months after all the gift giving festivities have ended.  It is a chaotic time because my schedule becomes over taxed with all the extra engagements, and it seems as if there is never enough time to participate in all the merriment I would like to.

If I am not diligent, I find myself overdoing it, cutting corners on my self-care routines, exhausting my energy. Too much activity can easily cause a strain on my already overcompensated lifestyle.  My antidote is to reach for Dr. Rachel Harris’s book: “20 Minute Retreats.” There are more than 190 different retreats developed to soothe the trials of the season and any other mentally challenging situations that come up throughout the year.

Dr. Harris makes inner retreating so easy that we can place this vital inner-work in the same context as other daily rituals we perform such as brushing our teeth, reading the morning paper, or chatting on the phone. There is a selection of antidotes for tension or other concerns related to mental wellness that require no more of our time than a mere one-to-five minute departures from our holiday activities.

Here are Some Highlights I Excerpted from Her Exceptional Book that I Personally Found Extremely Valuable Amidst all the Business of the Season –

  • Ways in which we can experience the world of the spirit more in our daily lives
  • Embracing the magical qualities of life as they naturally unfold during the course of our day
  • Taking in all the comforts our homes provide when we return after a day of stressful working conditions
  • How to avoid becoming mired in the quicksand of negative thinking
  • How to practice mindful attention
  • Why it is so important to pause before uttering words of regret and some techniques to ensure that we can do so in the heat of the moment
  • Ways that we can recognize the magnificence of our personal journey as we travel down our own individual and very sacred path
  • How to bring about tranquility in what would otherwise be a very chaotic atmosphere
  • How to avoid feeling disconnected
  • Instructions for a series of twenty-minute retreats – step-by-step so they can be clearly interpreted and practiced
  • There are retreats for each aspect of our lives that focus on areas such as; our faith, forgiveness, gratitude, healing, intuition, joy, love, patience, peace and relaxation, self-acceptance and self-care

Dr. Harris makes the act of inner retreating so simple and easy to integrate into our hectic worlds.  She presents us with a way in which we can place them in the same context as other common rituals we perform without a second thought. The best way I can convey this is to reiterate the words I read from the text that compare her retreats to other simplistic activities such as the brushing of our teeth, reading the newspaper, or chatting on the phone. There is even a selection of stress-free antidotes that require no more of our time than one-to-five minutes.

Harris’s book is hailed by the most impressive list of supporters an author on this subject could hope for – including, but not limited to:  Dr. Phillip Goldberg coauthor of: Making Peace with Your Past, Daniel Gottenlieb, Ph.D., columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jennifer Louden, author of the Women’s Retreat Book and Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A Glimpse into Dr. Rachel Harris’s Book – “20 Minute Retreats” some excerpts




Invitation to a Daily Mini-Retreat


Spiritual Retreats – Part 2


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Hello There,

There is always something to celebrate, a gift to buy or a bill that needs to be paid. This is why, no matter how much we make, or, how much we are paid, budgeting is still vitally important.  Budgets, if well planned out, help us to cleverly stretch our hard-earned dollars without too much sacrifice.  What follows are twenty wonderful benefits active budgeting will provide to us:

  • We only spend what our allowance will support
  • It teaches us about money management
  • Makes us decide what we really want
  • Gives us more control over our money
  • Helps us decipher our occasional expenditures from our fixed expenditures
  • Provide us with a sound spending plan and a way with which to keep from veering off tract
  • Helps us to focus on our needs first as opposed to our wants
  • Creates a basis for a spending record which we can continuously monitor and immediately adjust when and, if, necessary
  • Allows for monetary adjustments should an unexpected emergency arise
  • Permits us to look ahead and place money aside in a saving account
  • Encourages us to be more cautious and search for bargains on purchases whenever possible
  • Helps us to be more flexible if the cost of living increases
  • Allows us to set aside money for entertainment, recreation and vacations
  • Instantly alerts us when it becomes clear that we must find a way to generate extra funding
  • Helps us to find and analyze ways with which we can grow our money
  • Makes it apparent how we can allocate some of our monetary means toward worthwhile investments
  • Gives us a means by which we can continue to balance our spending
  • Sharpens our money skills and makes us money wise
  • Helps us to take advantage of financial opportunities
  • Makes tax preparation easier

More Resources on this Subject:

Why Budget? Seven Things a Budget Can Do for You


How to Budget Your Money


Video on the Benefits of Living Cheaply


How to Live on a Budget


Free Interactive Personal Home Budget


Spreadsheet for Budgeting and Suggested Reading


Setting Up an Emergency Fund – How to Weather a Storm


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Good Morning Everyone and Happy Holiday,

I thought I would mention just a few of the special things in life that we can all be extra grateful for…

It has been said, that it is the little things that make life worth living.  I have compiled a list of my favorite links as a reminder of all there is in this wonderful world of ours to make us smile.  At the end of this post you will find a link to a site where people list 43 things they are extremely grateful for.  I compared my list and found that what I treasure the most is not so dissimilar than what these people posted.  Check it out yourself, and compare your list too, see how close the two lists measure up.  I am sure that you will be pleasantly surprised if you do.

Bowling 12 Strikes in 12 Lanes – You Have to see it to Believe It!


Amazing Pool Shots – You Will Not Believe


One in a million buzzer beater – Wow! What a Game!


The Greatest Hole in One in Golf Ever!


172 Foot High Dive by World Champion Dana Kunze


Longest Ride on A Mechanical Bull


Largest Wave Ever Surfed


Fastest Super Bike Race Ever


16 Real Giant Monsters


Cutest Babies Ever


Doberman That Loves Playing on the family Water Slide – What a Cool Dobe


Best Looking Men Ever


Best Looking Females Ever


Ten of the World’s Most Expensive Dishes


Greatest Music of All Time


Biggest Fish in the World


Most Beautiful Gardens in the World


Random Gratitude – 43 Things That People Are Most Grateful For on Thanksgiving


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Learning and working with a disability is a difficult situation at best.  There are many children and adults who suffer from the effects of dyslexia. Some very famous names are all too familiar with the disorder. What follows are some Q and A’s and a few videos I found to share on the subject. Hopefully, this post will help shed some new light on the topic.

Q. What is dyslexia?

A. It is a learning disability that makes it difficult to read, to write or to spell.

Q. What other challenges do people with this disorder have?

A. A person with this disability can also have difficulties with math, memory, speech, sense of direction and, with time.

Q. How many people does it affect?

A. Estimates gauge that dyslexia affects 40 Million children and adults.

Q. Who has been diagnosed with dyslexia?

  • Tom Cruise
  • Winston Churchill
  • Albert Einstein
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Agatha Christie
  • Beethoven
  • John Lennon
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy
  • Robin Williams
  • Michelangelo
  • Cher
  • Thomas Edison
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Walt Disney
  • Julius Caesar
  • Mozart
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

Q. Are there any positive aspects to this disorder?

A. People with this condition tend to process information visually by thinking in a series of pictures. They can solve problems very quickly but have trouble translating what they have reasoned through to others.

Q. What other unique attributes do people with dyslexia have?

A. They have a wonderful curiosity about life and are very aware of their surroundings. They tend to use all their senses. They are highly-intuitive and insightful. They are very imaginative and creative.

Some interesting videos on the subject:

Famous People with Dyslexia –




What’s it like to have dyslexia?


Learning Difficulties Awareness


Positive Aspects of Dyslexia


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