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Practicing the Art of Preponderance

The problem with being perplexed is that one has to be patient when pondering

 Out of the paleness of one’s potentiality, the vibrancy of precision can be produced if one is purposeful

Precious as the rarest of all pearls is the wisdom of one’s positive projections of self

Precocious by nature but with a personality that has grown protective after years of providing food for prejudice, pilfering away at one’s pride

Promising paradigm shifts but stuck in patterns of preponderance

more persistent than not

Parlaying a prominent protagonist philosophy only providing more puzzlement to the pot

Preposterous proclamations lend nothing to the precarious situation

Feelings of persecution result in pessimism for which there is no preparing

Pleasure can only be permitted if the power of prayer presides

Principles prevail over problems offering professional progressiveness if there is no procrastination

Planning and preparedness pave the way for future profit and unlimited possibilities

For each of us has the potential to be prophets of the people and protest one should not

Prudence provides the platform for preservation of purpose

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“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” 
Friedrich Nietzsche

 There is nothing more enchanting than watching people dance; their spirit always seems to rise to the occasion. 


When the music starts one simply cannot sit still, every part of one’s being is affected.  

There are so many different moves to observe; at times it seems impossible to take them all in.


Dancing is an art form, one that satisfies a person’s desire to experience the freedom of openness.

It is difficult to view a ballet without feeling the dancer’s movements on a very personal level.

Tap dancing is enthralling and invigorating, whereas the Tango is just downright sexy.

And, what could be more sensuous than belly dancing?

Everyone knows that a good waltz can make one feel as if he or she has wings on his or her heels.

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage 

Sensational Scenes from More Than Memorable Moments of Dance

Scene From Film “Scent of A Woman”  

Scene From Scent of A Woman


Liza Minnelli’s performance in the movie “Cabaret”


35 Best Dance Sequences in Film


Sizzling Dance Scenes


Riverdance – Irish Dancing


American Indian Dancing


East Indian Dancing


Traditional Japanese Dancing


Trailers and Clips from Entries to Contest – Best Dance Scenes in Film


Youthful Dance Number


American Bandstand – Celebration of the 4 decades from 1950’s to 1990’s


 Quotes about Dancing


More Quotes Re: Dancing


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Allows for…









Self-imposed Isolation


Stillness and Silence 

Additional Resources on the Sweetness of Solitude

Wisdom Quotes Video – You Tube  


Funny loneliness


Article on Overcoming Loneliness


142 Songs on the Subject of Loneliness & Isolation – Songfacts



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For as long as I can remember, I have always been able to predict with vivid imagery, a certain amount of accuracy of  future events.  At first, I just thought it was just a mere coincidence, an occasional probability, but after a while I begin to notice that I would frequently have very specific hunches and whatever it was that was emerging through my subconscious intuition would eventually, come to pass, which was immensely encouraging because I had dramatic evidence that supported my mental visions.

Over the years only a few of my closet friends have been made aware of my intuitive powers and will sometimes ask me to predict an outcome of a future event for them.  If I work at it I can get a strong indication of what could come about, but I am cautious since my vision can be tainted; I find that I want to give my friends evidence that will help meet their highest expectations as opposed to what may in fact, be just the opposite conclusions.  As a result, I keep a lot of my revelations to myself until the natural course of events is unveiled and discovered by them.

It seems that as I mature my range of future knowledge about people, places and things has become more instinctual to me and I find myself more trusting of my intuitive feelings. I know that if I perceive something before it actually manifests it is because there are many psychic clues along the way to what eventually appears evident long before its time. 

I am far from alone; there are many people who I have met throughout my lifetime who have shared their memories, dreams and their own special reflections relating to precognition.  One thing all people with future sight have in common is that after a while we all start to detect similar patterns in our awareness and if we choose to take them seriously, sooner or later, we increase our abilities through recognizing the value of our visions and following our insights.

More on this Topic –

Video Precognition


Precognition Test




Conscious Universe


Develop Clairvoyance


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New friends are like brightly wrapped gifts, by just looking at the package we can never be sure if what is inside is going to be

a real treasure.

It is difficult to make new friendships but necessary if we want to avoid social isolation, especially if we are extraverted personality types.  Inviting new people into our lives requires some serious social management if we want to circumvent connecting with the wrong types who are not in sync with our thoughts or our  ideas about life. 

No one wants to fail at their friendships because linking up with people takes time and energy and it is disheartening when our efforts are less than successful.  The important thing to remember is that our friends are merely on loan to us, and that from time-to-time people change, and so do we.

How to recognize when friendships are badly out of balance; here are some patterns to be on the lookout for:

a major disconnection between the two of you

mismatched geography making it difficult to get together

your plagued by boredom and distraction when you are in his or her company

there is resentment on the part of either one of you

when you discover disloyalty

or  insincerity

or there are changes in perceptions that you once shared

your friend demonstrates impatience with your schedule or with your life’s responsibilities

there is constant one-upmanship between the two of you

there are discrepancies in values

he or she utters anti-Semitic remarks

or racial smears

there are differences in your  ideals

something inside of you tells you that there is something missing in the relationship

he or she constantly exaggerates

you are subjected to constant gossiping

you notice other forms of unethical and unacceptable behaviors

When Not to End a Friendship

  • when the two of you engage in a heated debate or a highly spirited dialogue about something you both feel very passionate about but cannot agree on
  • when one of your friends is undergoing life changes such as: moving in with a lover, undergoing a divorce or planning a marriage, or in the process of giving birth to a new baby
  •  when there are sharp discrepancies in your social classes
  • when you discover personality traits that occasionally irritate you
  • when the criticism that is being directed at you is constructive and not intended to hurt or humiliate you

Possible Candidates for Friendships

  • neighbors
  • facilitators of seminars or workshops
  • coaches
  • wardrobe or interior designers
  • facialists
  • yoga or exercise instructors
  • concierge of local hotels or managers / owners of bed and breakfast establishments
  • people you volunteer with
  • friends of relatives or co-workers
  • members of your faith-based communities
  • community activists
  • dentist or dental hygienists
  • accountants
  • lawyers
  • boutique owners
  • people you meet while your golfing, playing tennis or swimming
  • Persons who attend the same sporting events
  • People you meet at book signings or museums or art showings
  • Individuals who you run into at local coffee shops or restaurants

Understanding our own feelings about the value of friendship is essential if we want to draw people to us that have the capacity to appreciate our inner nature and our special way of relating to others. We are all gifts to one another and at times, our presence in each other’s lives can be life changing, not to mention, in some instances, even life saving.   

Timing off? The Ebb and Flow of Friendships


When Friends walk Away


How to Make New Friends


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According to Jean Langlois, ScD, an investigator in epidemiology at the National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD, women over the age of 50 that lose a lot of weight are actually at greater risk of fracturing their hips.  In fact, the study showed that when women lost 10% of their weight or more after the age of 50 their chance of fracturing their hip more than doubled. As a precautionary measure, physicians recommend that women reach an optimal weight and stay at that size, taking into account, however, that heart disease associated with being overweight is even more dangerous than a hip fracture. 

Exercise is always good for reducing pounds and inches but did you know that women who participate in aerobic workouts up to three times per week have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Amazingly, anorexia is not an eating disorder that affects young women reports Paul L. Hewitt PhD, associate professor of psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  Only 25% of the women who die from anorexia are overachieving, young women, in fact, the majority, four out of five, who lose their lives due to anorexia nervosa, are a shocking 45 years of age or even older.

Many women are closet smokers who use nicotine as a measure to control their appetites and because of this strategy suffer years later even after they have given up smoking because they are two to three times more likely to suffer from incontinence than those who never smoked cigarettes at all. Studies indicate that nicotine constricts the bladder, causing unintentional urine leakage. 

The foods mature women eat have a big influence on their overall health. Few women meet their calcium requirements says Ethel Siris, MD, professor of clinical medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City. Bone thinning is grossly undiagnosed in women over 50. Women with low bone density suffer broken bones at twice the rate of those with normal bone density and those with osteoporosis, four times the rate.  The recommended intake of calcium for women 25 to 50 years of age is 300 mg of calcium, eight ounces of milk or yogurt.

Here are some more interesting facts about weight loss involving women 40, 50 and beyond…

Facts about Women Losing Weight After 40 / 50

Losing Weight after 50


How to Lose Weight for Women Over 50


Fighting 40’s Flab


Losing Weight After 40


Weight loss through hypnosis


Here’s what to do tomorrow 1st thing if you cannot lose weight after 50


YouTube Video – Unbelievable Research to help eventually minimize the effects of aging


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It is through our blessings to one another, our toasts made special by our celebrations, our measurements in percentages and through the sanctity of our prayers, that we all come together, become unified, and our lives are given their special meaning.


May we spring up like vegetables, have turnip-noses, radish cheeks, and carroty hair, and may our hearts never be hard, like those cabbages, nor may we be rotten to the core.

–          Daniel Webster


It’s around the table that friends enjoy the warmth of being together.

–          Old Italian Saying

“May the saints protect you,

And sorrow neglect you,

And bad luck to the one,

That doesn’t respect you.”  

“Here’s to the health of your enemies’ enemies!”


“May you never make an enemy

when you can make a friend

unless you meet a fox among your chickens.”

“To warm words on a cold day.”

May we part with our troubles to advantage.”

Toasts Uttered in Movies –

Here’s to our friends and… the strength to put up with them.

From “Four Seasons” film –  directed by Alan Alda

Don’t cry because it’s over.”

“Smile Because it Happened!”

Prayers –

 Our Father…. Eternal light, You want all creation to live in harmony, Grace us with the instruments of good works and the desire to use them to build Your kingdom among us. We pray this through Christ, and in the Spirit. Amen.

–          Benedictine Prayer  

 More to Explore on this Topic:

 Charming YouTube Trailer from movie “Four Seasons”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9iAOP_Tddo&feature=related

 Video Slide presentation – Inspirational Quotes  


 Overthinkingit.com – 40 inspirational lines in 2 minutes


 100 Movies, 100 quotes and 100 numbers


 George’s Toast Scene – Funny People Movie


 Quotes from Movies


 Roasting Johnny Carson and Bob Hope


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There is strength to be found in agony and joy when we break free of our sorrows

There is polarity everywhere and contrasts abound, we are all vulnerable to the scales of balance, one day up, the next day down. 

We march to the tune of triumph or defeat, the choice is ours. The music we put out into the world constantly determines our gladness over our sadness, we decide.

The future is invisible; it is only in this instant that we can see the radiance of our highest good, beyond today, this very moment, is nothing but a promise of uncertainty.

 Negative Thought

  • Life is a struggle

 Positive Thought

  • Give me a plow

Negative Thought

  • There is nothing but despair and hope

Positive thought

  • I shall look up to the heavens

Negative Words

  • “Its winter and everything appears lifeless and dead”

Positive Words

  • “Look, there is a bulb pushing through the icy ground, it’s spring”

Negative Vision

  • Everything appears dark and gloomy

Positive Vision  

  • Look into the darkness and see clarity, use your own light to illuminate your way

We are all diamonds in the rough, in fact, slightly misshapen and definitely, less than perfect.

What Can Makes Us Shine

  • Research to find how we can improve our existence and ourselves with a little special polishing
  • A closer look from within to find a little luster and sheen that can be brought to the surface
  • Truth – only when a diamond is translucent can you see into the stone but never completely through it
  • Personal serenity – at our core there is a roundness and a smoothness that sustains us and helps us prevail
  • Substance and endurance – real stones sink when emerged in water, fake stones rise to the surface quickly
  • Energy and radiance – those who are experts,  trained to recognize a diamond are well aware of the test of electrical conductivity http://www.ehow.com/facts_5786645_electrical-conductivity-definition.html

More on these Subject –

How to Tell if You Have a Rough Diamond


Short  Video Slide Show – How to Live life to the Fullest


Short  Video Slide Show – Succeed With a Positive Attitude


How to Practice Positive Thinking


How to Change from a Pessimist to an Optimist


Prayers for Healing – 365 Blessings Poems and Meditations


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We live in a world filled with cures for crippling conditions and they are all completely natural.  Using food as a form of medicine is not a new concept. The Indians lived off the land and the water ways as did the early American settlers.  They knew the value of apples, avocados and beans. They tapped into the properties of blueberries as well as broccoli and carrots, benefited from the protective nutrients of nuts and oats, spinach and soy.  

In the East food has always been a way to deal with alignments and diseases.  Editable alternatives have the ability to booster the body’s immune system and ward off all kinds of invaders that cause havoc on human health.  In Japan the Japanese have fished the ocean searching for types of vegetation such as seaweed, high in mineral and nutrient content for centuries.

Middle Easterners know that herbs and spices are just as valuable for healing. The Bible boasts the benefits of olives and grapes off the vine and the evidence is supported with decades of scientific research papers as to the healing properties of foods such as: fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes.  Just ask anyone from Greece and they will sing the praises of yogurts and goat cheese, olive oils and lemon juice or listen to the Spaniards describe their diet for health made up of protein rich foods grilled or broiled.  The Italians have long known of the vitamins garnished from tomatoes and garlic which they grow and prepare in abundance for family and friends as a form of solidarity.

I love homemade meals made from scratch. To me, there is nothing in this world that is more appetizing than the real aromas of scrupulous food floating through the air from an active kitchen where its being prepared. When I visited Italy I watched in awe as an array of extremely palatable foods was being prepared for consumption.  I stood over stove and helped to stir the steaming soup made from a blend of vegetables brought in straight from the garden. I can still recall the sense of healthy satisfaction after eating a vegetarian feast of brightly colored, freshly grilled peppers, eggplant and zucchini accompanied by a loaf of freshly baked bread piping hot from the oven, all brown and crusty.  

Here is a list of just a few of the conditions that can be addressed by some very tasty and healing foods:

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • ADD
  • Cancer
  • Colds and influenza
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable bowel Syndrome
  • Kidney stones
  • Psoriasis
  • Urinary track infections
  • Wrinkles
  • Yeast infections

These are only a few of the disorders that can be prevented or modified and improved with more attention to our diet, best of all, we can make these changes through natural means. Many symptomatic problems are brought about by food or environmental influences and an overgrowth of microorganisms like bacteria or yeast which over a period of time, eating the wrong foods cause these negative invaders to lodge themselves in our intestines. 

For years the American diet has been high in saturated fats, we rarely grow our own foods but instead have added all kinds of chemicals to increase the flavor to appeal to our senses, neutralizing their natural taste until it is unrecognizable, and worst of all, stock our grocery store shelves with every non-nourishing and harmful fake food product imaginable.

Most frequently consumed restaurant or fast foods responsible for abdominal fat as reported from Reader’s Digest, Food Cures (2007). Pleasantville, NY  

  • Doughnuts
  • Danish rolls
  • French Fries
  • Breaded fish burgers
  • Breaded chicken nuggets
  • Crackers
  • Enchiladas  
  • Pies
  • Marbled meats
  • Foods laced with margarine
  • Foods prepared with vegetable shortening

 A few healing herbs and spices also reported in this publication are:

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Sage
  • Turmeric

 Brief Examples of Delicious Meals Mentioned that Support Good Health are:

  • Buckwheat pancakes
  • Hummus made from mashed garbanzo beans
  • Ginger butternut squash soup
  • Lentils with stewed tomatoes and basil
  • Three bean chili
  • Fish tacos
  • Turkey Cutlets
  • Zucchini  frittata

Food is to be enjoyed and flavorful, not fussed over or feared.  When we eat the way we should to support our bodily processes we celebrate every meal as a festive occasion that brings pleasure to our taste buds and better health to our bodies. By spending a little time to acquire knowledge of what good eating can do for us, we can improve our chances of living longer and more energetic lives.

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Everyone has their own experience of the 4th of July. In today’s blog I have placed a collection of some of the images that come to mind.  Enjoy!!!

Vivid Images of July 4th

Suggestions on How to Tap into the Fun of Independence Day Weekend!

  • A Day at Colonial Williamsburg


  • American Revolution course outline Universal Class 101


  • Revolutionary War Reenactment


  • What Should we be Celebrating on July the 4th


  • Attending a Blue Grass County Fair


  • A Look at some beautiful Amish Quilts


  • A Glimpse at an Antique Airplane Toy (Clip From Television Series Antique Road show)


  • Camping on 4th of July – check out the bear in the camp


  • We Have to Get Together This Summer


  • Remembering Summer Camp – teaching young people to overcome intolerance


  •  Summer Time is Pepsi time w/ Uncle Teddy


  • Attending a Fiddle Contest


  • Cub Scouts Parade


An Intriguing look at the Real George Washington


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