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DAVIDT'S THOUGHTS ON: "IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEAD.".....

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"If You can Keep Your head.".....

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  17:33:55  Show Profile


An excerpt from 'IF' by Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowances for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting'

Or be lied about...don't deal in lies

Or be hated...don't give way to hating'

And yet don't look too good...nor talk too wise;

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master

If you can think and not make thoughts your aim,

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

and treat those two imposter's just the same....

You will be a Man my son!

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  17:40:10  Show Profile


I think it is rather appropriate under the circumstances....don't You!

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  17:47:49  Show Profile


Thank You!

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  20:25:53  Show Profile

Getting back to the poem:

I think what Kipling was referring too was/is......

When you get angry, you lose the plot.....

When you lose the plot,you lose the battle.

Stick with the winners!

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  20:29:27  Show Profile
Being Spontaneous:

* I am open to have wonderful friendships come into my life.
* I now rejoice in the wonders of life.
* The spirit is within me now, I rejoice in this moment.
* I now invite joy to come into my life.
* I am spontaneous and open to receive wonderful experiences.
* I love to explore new and exciting things.
* I love being in the glorious here and now.
* I celebrate the wonders of life.
* I am open to the wonder life has to offer me.
* I am willing to risk being me.
* I love to live in the moment.
* I now embrace this very precious moment life has to offer.
* I am now open to have many wonderful things come into my life. Anon

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  20:36:52  Show Profile


----WHEN WE SHARE LAUGHTER----

There's twice the fun;
When we share success,
We surpass what we've done.

When we share problems,
There's half the pain;
When we share tears,
A rainbow follows rain.

When we share dreams,
They become more real;
When we share secrets,
It's our hearts we reveal.

If we share a smile,
Then our love shows;
If we share a hug,
Then our love grows.

If we share with someone
On who we depend,
That person becomes
Family or friend.

And what draws us closer
And makes us all care,
Is not what we have,
But the things that we share.

Anon

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  20:40:41  Show Profile
Someday when your feeling important
Someday when your ego's in bloom,
Someday when you have the feeling
Your the most important man in the room.
Take a bucket of water,
Stick your hand in it up to your wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that remains,
Is a measure of how much you'll be missed.
You may splash all you wish as you enter,
Stir the water around galore,
But you'll find when you finally leave it
It's exactly the same as before.
So as you follow your daily agenda
Always do the best you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember
There is no indispensable man!

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  20:43:15  Show Profile
Hi folk,

If like me you are a novice at computing,you may like this site for learning more about the internet


http//www.bbc.co.uk/webwise .....

'Browsing the Web'

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  20:58:07  Show Profile
An excellent site


http://bbc.co.uk/radio4/allinthemind

Cheers.......

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  21:00:10  Show Profile
Early in the millenium I was in trouble.My head was all over the place and as a result I felt the need for some 'Talking Treatment.' More medication on top of that which I am prescribed for my Heart condition wasn't an option.I enrolled with a Humanistic counsellor.

During the first session he informed me that the method he had adopted for treament was based on Humanistic Psychology.The period of consultation lasted four months at regular weekly intervals.

I had experienced several periods of counselling prior to that particular event...but non so fulfilling.

His methods were based on allowing the client to take control of their own treatment something I had never experienced before.

One of the chief architects of humanistic psychology was the late Doctor Carl Rogers an american psycholgist of renowned fame for his invaluable insight in to the Human condition.

He like Doctor Laing is well covered on the internet.Just type Carl Rogers into your browser and you will find many links in to his work.I do not think you will be disappointed.Yours in friendship David

PS.For the sake of convenience..if you visit my home /profile page I have pasted in my 'cool' links one of many web address's relating to Carl Rogers.

His empathy with those less fortunate,was not based on clinical concepts of formality.In my opinion he proved to be the psychologists psychologsist.A very rare individual indeed.


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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  21:05:21  Show Profile
A little over two year ago I had no personal experience of the internet other than the concept that it is the greatest instrument of communication in modern times...fast,efficient and reliable....well most of the time.
I never for one moment thought I would ever get around to participating in this wonderful contemporary invention.
Then,out the blue,a friend came to my door and presented me with a desktop PC. barely 18 months old with Windows XP.software.I was delighted being given such a gift but perplexed in equal measure for I had no experience whatsoever of computing.
The rest is history.I'll never be a whizz kid,but that doesn't matter.
The fact is I have global communication in my liviing room and oh how I utilise it to the maximum of my capability.
I subscribe to well over one hundred rss.news and media feeds daily and get lots of e-mails on all manner of subjects.
I am also a member of several mental health communities which I find very helpful as I dont get out and about much.
I would love to know how the internet may have improved your life.

Yours in community freindship David

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  21:07:58  Show Profile

'The Mental health Hot Line'


If your obsessive-compulsive,press 1 repeatedly.

If your co-dependent.please ask someone to press 2 for you.

If you have multiple personalities,press 3,4,5 and 6.

If you are paranoid,we know who you are and what you want.Stay on the line so we can trace your call.

If your delusional,press 7 and your call will transferred to the mothership.

If your schizophrenic,listen carefully and a small voice will tell you which number to press.

If your manic-depressive,it doesn't matter which number you press-no one will answer.

If your dyslexic, press 96969696969696.

If you have a nervous disorder,please fidget with the hash key until a representative comes on line.

If you have amnesia press 8 and state your name,address,phone numbers, date of birth,social security number and your mother's maiden name.

If you have post-traumatic stress disorder,slowly and carefully press 000.

If you have bi-polar disorder,please leave a message after the beep or before the beep.Or after the beep.Please wait for the beep.

If you have short term memory loss,press 9.If you have short term memory loss, press 9.If you have short term memory loss, press 9.If you have short term memory loss, press 9.

If you have low self-esteem,please hang up.All our operators are too busy to talk to you.

Anon.

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  21:14:55  Show Profile


"You can't control the length of your life-but you can control it's width and depth.You can't control the contour of your face-but you can control its expression.You can't control the weather-but you can control the atmosphere and integrity of your mind. Why worry about the things you are unable to control,when you can keep Yourself busy..controlling the things that depend on You"




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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  21:18:10  Show Profile
I believe that when we share ourselves warts and all,we are making possible an exchange between human beings at the level of that great common denominator human nature.
But nothing is beautiful unless it is is also honest in it's self...and anything that is truly itself is not only beautiful but loveable.
It has been a difficult conviction to live with,for it strips away any naive pretensions or prigishness,that may have existed within me.And it is a great feeling when you dare give yourself away and still feel safe! Which is how I feel in our community.
The God of my understanding sees all and forgives all.
If he can love me it is not because he has missed the rotteness within me,or that he has treated me more lightly.....than I would have treat myself,for his compassion embraces me despite my blemishes.
I am therefor in a position to no longer feel afraid for other people to see in me my faults....I am no longer a threat to them.
As a result they they may find it easier to lower their own defenses and I need no longer live in fear of being found out for what or who I am.

We are who we pretend to be..........David

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  21:20:40  Show Profile



Oft I recall my youth's first splendour

with joyous life just begun,

when all my limbs were soft and tender,

did I say all?....Well all but one.

But now the winds of age blow frigid

the halcyon days of youth have gone,

and all my limbs are stiff and rigid..

Did I say all?....Well all but one!

Anon......Well I would say that wouldn't I! lol

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  21:24:25  Show Profile
Triumph over Death!

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am the the thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sun on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there I did not die!

Anon


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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  21:31:00  Show Profile


Games People Play is the bestselling book by psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne that uncovered the dynamics of human relationships. Since its publication in 1964 to the newly released and updated 40th anniversary edition, over 5 million copies have been sold worldwide in over ten languages. The book remains immensely popular and has recently experienced a huge increase in sales due to renewed interest.

The book Games People Play represents many things to many people. One modern critic said:

"Games People Play is now widely recognized as the most original and influential popular psychology book of our time. It’s as powerful and eye-opening as ever."

The famous author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. said of Games People Play:

"An important book . . . a brilliant, amusing, and clear catalogue of the psychological theatricals that human beings play over and over again. The good Doctor has provided story lines that hacks will not exhaust in the next 10,000 years"


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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  22:04:01  Show Profile
The first thing you want to know when you get some test results back from the doctor is "are they normal?'

Vivienne Parry is not normal according to her friends but medically speaking she's mercifully within the normal range for most things. In this series, Vivienne finds out how the doctors decide what's normal in terms of our weight, height, cholesterol level and state of mind.

If you don't fit into the normal box, does that make you in need of medical treatment, or just different?

Visithttp//www.bbc.co.uk/radiofour/science to listen to this programme

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Posted - 11/03/2006 :  22:07:09  Show Profile
A Personal Perspective.

I write, not because I have the intelligence to do so, more because I feel the need to communicate.

Behind the need to communicate, is the need to share, behind the need to share is the need to be understood.

I want to be understood, much more than I want to be respected or praised, or even loved for that matter.

And this perhaps is what makes me different from others.

So when 'others' don't understand me, and have a go at at me .......it is 'water off a duck's back'. lol

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Posted - 11/04/2006 :  02:28:21  Show Profile
Can't quite work out whether this little fellow is angry or scared!

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Posted - 11/04/2006 :  06:49:38  Show Profile
Trying to explain a mental illness to someone who is mentally 'healthy' is in it's very nature problematic and challenging.This became even more apparent, when recently I tried to explain a mental health assessment to a close friend.

I think it would be fair to say, that some individuals can appreciate or even empathise with the anguish of mental distress.But can anyone truly understand what another individual is experiencing? Surely this is not possible hence the meaning of the word individual.

At least with a physical illness there is something to view in the context of a broken leg perhaps,or a wound.But what possibly creates a problem is that with the majority of most mental health issues there is no drastic physical change that can be viewed,but only small changes noticed in the individual's physicality.

Which to my mind only goes to highlight the difficulty for another individual to understand the immense distress that another person is going through without showing many signs to members of the outside world.

That is why I consider that therapeutic communities such as ours helpful,more than that, necessary to help eleviate frustration emanating from the world outside. David

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HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. HIV-2, seen more often in western Africa, has a slower course than HIV-1. There are many strains of both types and the virus mutates rapidly, a trait that has made it especially difficult for researchers to find an effective treatment or vaccine. In many cases, a person's immune system will fight off the invasion of HIV for many years, producing billions of CD4 cells daily, always trying to keep up with the HIV's mutations, before it succumbs and permits the well-known signs of AIDS to develop.

HIV is especially lethal because it attacks the very immune system cells (variously called T4, CD4, or T-helper lymphocytes) that would ordinarily fight off such a viral infection. Receptors on these cells appear to enable the viral RNA to enter the cell. As with all retroviruses, once the RNA is inside the cell, an enzyme called reverse transcriptase allows it to act as the template for its own RNA to DNA transcription. The resultant viral DNA inserts itself into a cell's DNA and is reproduced along with the cell and its daughters.

The exact origin of the virus in humans is unclear. Scientists surmise that it jumped from an animal population, probably African monkeys or chimpanzees, to humans via a bite or meat. The first case documented in humans dates from 1959. The virus was isolated by Luc Montagnier of France's Pasteur Institute in 1983. It went through several name changes before the official name, human immunodeficiency virus, was agreed upon.

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Posted - 11/04/2006 :  09:35:31  Show Profile
AIDS diagnoses and deaths USA.

In June 1981, the first cases of what is now known as AIDS were reported in the USA. During the 1980s, there were rapid increases in the number of AIDS cases and deaths of people with AIDS. Cases peaked with the 1993 expansion of the case definition3, and then declined. The most dramatic drops in both cases and deaths began in 1996, with the widespread use of combination antiretroviral therapy.

The rate of decrease in AIDS diagnoses slowed in the late 1990s. After reaching a plateau, the number of diagnoses increased slightly each year from 2001 to 2004. There were an estimated 42,514 diagnoses in 2004. In total, an estimated 944,306 people have been diagnosed with AIDS.

The number of deaths among people with AIDS remained relatively stable in the period 1999-2003, before dropping slightly to an estimated 15,798 deaths in 2004. Since the beginning of the epidemic, an estimated 529,113 people with AIDS have died in the USA.

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Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

-W.H. Auden (1907-1973)

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You can shed a tear that they have gone
or you can smile because they have lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that they wlll come back
or you can open your eyes and see they have left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see them
or you can be full of the love you have shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy about tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember them and only that they have gone
or you can cherish their memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,be empty and
turn your back
or you can do what they would want and smile:open your eyes,
Love and go on.

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Posted - 11/04/2006 :  11:30:24  Show Profile
As a 'recovering' alcoholic I write from personal experience.

I learned on doing a little research into Alcohol, that it is the worlds oldest and most destructive drug.Yes make no mistake about it, it is a drug.

The most powerful drug that you can buy legally.It depresses the central nervous system ,more than any other over the counter medicine you can obtain.

It enjoys both legal immunity and exalted social standing,because it is the drug the 'establishment' condone.........and it brings in considerable government revenue.

And if you can indulge sensibly,it is a good way to relax. However if you have an addictive personality, it could be your ruin!

Just a thought....

Cheers ...without a drink...David

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Studies show,That cup of coffee first thing in the morning that gets the glue out of your eyes may not only be good for its caffeine content, but a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that coffee may contain a substance that reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Coffee has been known to contain antioxidants which have proven to have many healthy affects, however one compound in general was the focus of the new study, Trigonelline.

According to JAMA, Trigonelline (N-methylnicotinic acid) is commonly found in various seeds, including coffee beans.2-3 While the roasting of the coffee beans converts some of the trigonelline into nicotinic acid, a significant amount remains after roasting and is present in brewed coffee.3-4

A 50 mg/kg dose of trigonelline was shown to have a hypoglycemic effect on alloxan-diabetic albino rats. However, experiments testing a 500-mg dose on diabetic patients yielded mixed results.

Another recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown women who consume less than 5 cups a day have a reduced risk of death from various causes including cardiovascular disease.

Although the studies also point out that caffeine does not contribute to the health effects and may in fact be a detriment to your health. Most of the studies have determined that it is the coffee bean and not the caffeine that has the most positive effect on your health.

So next time you want a healthy drink drink coffee and if you are really concerned about the caffeine have some decaf, it may just save your life some day.

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Posted - 11/04/2006 :  12:19:07  Show Profile


Walk Again

For so long I thought I needed you
Delusional thoughts I thought were true
Making me feel reliant,
On the angry giant.
But now I see …
The giant is me ...
And you were just a sick bully.
The times u hit
The times you spit
The times you made me feel like ****.
For those times I thought would never end
The pain, the fear the apprehend
You trapped me in your world of hate
Now I’ve escaped and it’s too late.
For you to come back into my life
Try to reel me in, make me your wife.
Though you pretend to move on
And try to prove to me our love is gone
I know that it is all a lie,
Deep down inside I make you cry.
In truth I do cry to that we never worked out
That our relationship went down the spout
And what I thought was my one true love ended in pain
But I will get up and walk again.

Sophie Marrache

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Posted - 11/04/2006 :  14:33:41  Show Profile
Who Am I?......written in therapeutic workshop.

I am a homosapien,one of the many living species that inhabit the planet Earth.As a human being I am aware that my intelligence gives me superiority over other living matter.I am however mindful that coexistence of a symbiotic nature with the 'lesser'inhabitants of the planet,is essential to the ecology of mother earth.

The issue of what,if not who I am, may seem obvious.I am bounded by my physicality.My personal territory,which stops at my outer skin.It is all that is visible to the world.But there is much more to me than can be seen.The real me is on the inside.

I regard all my major organs vital to my existence.They are designed to function in harmony with one and other;their efficiency crucial to my well being.

I see my heart not only as the pump of life but also as the centre of my compassion.I feel it is only with the heart I see rightly,that which is essential in my life,is often invisible to the eye.I would like to think I had a compassionate heart.I know I have experienced a 'broken' heart.That is the price I have paid for loving.The happiness then, is the heartache now.That's for sure.

I am fascinated by the workings of my brain.Remote from the rest of my body.It has no intrinsic moving parts,and yet every cell in my body is ruled by my brain.It's commanding presence order sensation,movement,thought and language.It is also the repository for my thoughts and dreams.

I see my central nervous system as my personal internet highway.It is the epicentre of my pleasure,joy and laughter;and equally valid sorrow grief and tears.The way that I think see and hear.How I discriminate between what I consider beautiful and ugly,good or bad.In other words it is very much what determines my individually.

I see my psychology as my mind,my mental state, my consciousness and unconsciousness as the 'software' of my brain.It is where my thoughts originate,my feeling develope and my behaviour is motivated.I consider it to be the most significant ingredient to who I am. I am after all, what my thoughts make me.And Who I am is all I want or need to be.DT.

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Posted - 11/04/2006 :  18:04:28  Show Profile
In reply to the inquisition I was subjected to little earlier in this thread.

I am 'Accountable' for my activity within this forum......but only to the Administration of this website site, like every other member!

And I have the right to disclose or withhold my mental health status , like every other member has such a right!

And if I wish to 'talk'/'reply' to myself, (as has been suggested), I shall do so. This is not a 'normal' community.....so expect the bazaar.I do every time I log on and I am never disappointed! lol .

Yours in community friendship David

PS., And re the cheap and irresponsible jibe, "Who appointed David peace maker" , I appointed myself. Because it is up to each and everyone of us to promote harmony, for the sake of the community as a whole!

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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  09:39:23  Show Profile
hi plughead,

I am most grateful for your kind words of encouragement. I intend to continue come what may.I don't need a visa/passport to to move around this forum. lol

Your comments elsewhere were noted also.....I thank you for that too!

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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  09:40:53  Show Profile
HighlightsOn This DayIn the NewsSay What?November 05, 2006


Art Garfunkel

Spotlight: Happy birthday to Art Garfunkel. The second half of singing duo Simon and Garfunkel turns 65 today. After the two went their separate ways in 1970, Garfunkel launched a solo career, releasing more than a dozen albums since then. His latest, Everything Waits to Be Noticed, is the first of his releases which includes many of his own lyrics. Garfunkel also tried his hand at acting, most notably in Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge.

Quote: "I did have a lucky thing going on there in my throat." — Art Garfunkel

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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  17:42:46  Show Profile

Cognitive Disorders
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http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/collection/cognitive_disorders

A subject close to my heart even though the problem is in my head! lol

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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  17:49:00  Show Profile

Quotable Quotes.........

* Violence is not the answer, however it is a pretty good guess.

* Violence is not the answer: Violence is the question; 'YES!' is the answer!

* Violence is a form of emotional retardation

* Violence is not the answer, it is the solution.

* Violence is the solution to every problem; if it's not solving the problem, you're not using enough of it.

* Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.


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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  18:24:12  Show Profile
Solo Living.....

I was forced into living on my own as a result of circumstances,not choice,when my partner of seventeen years died suddenly of a heart attack.

Adjusting to being on my own proved very difficult, but that was over twenty years ago......and time has indeed, has proved to be a a great healer.

Apart from a four year period in between, I have lived on my own ever since, but nowadays through choice not cicumstances.
These days because I am considerably older, and hopefully a little wiser,I can appreciate the independance that solo living provides.
I am far to old to be living with my parents,(had they still been around),far too single minded to be with a live in partner,and far too private in my personal habits to be sharing with a friend.
Besides you don't have to put with each others physical or emotional clutter...And if you want to get up at three in the morning for tea and toast...there is no one there to pass judgement,on your nocturnal habits.

All this sounds a little one sided....but then is mean't to be to get you thinking.

Soon I shall play 'devils adovcate'.. and look at the merits of 'living together'....If I can possibly think of any.
Better still, Why dont YOU tell me/us your opinion for and against solo living.

It would be nice to read your thought on living alone/together.

Best Wishes, David.

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NAMI Teams Up With New Online Community HOTSOUP.com


"The time is ripe for a community of people who take serious issues seriously, whether they're talking about politics, business, entertainment, sports, or my passion, cancer research. For a leader in any of these industries, an online gathering place for the nation's most influential people would be a powerful thing."

Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner


HOTSOUP.com is a forum where people like you can voice your opinions on issues that matter. Join national and grassroots leaders from across the country in meaningful and constructive dialogue.

NAMI is among the first to be part of this just-launched online community, along with Bill Clinton, Lance Armstrong, Mary Matlin, John McCain, Donna Brazile, Jon Bon Jovi, and countless others.

With your participation, we hope to use this platform to raise the profile of mental illness as a national issue, and ensure that the voices of those affected by mental illness are part of the national dialogue.

Come take part in NAMI's Issue Loop – Mental Illness and Society. Weigh in on topics such as "Is mental illness ever funny? Where does humor stop and stigma begin?", "How would you rate mental health care in your state?" and "How big a role does faith play in healing?"

Click here to check out NAMI's Issue Loop. Or simply search for "NAMI".

HOTSOUP.com offers: panels featuring well-known community members discussing today's hot issues, an interactive section that contains polls and opinions, and much more.

Just go to http://www.hotsoup.com click the "Sign in" link, and you're on your way to discussing and publishing what matters most – your opinion.

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Today in History

college football: Rutgers beat Princeton in the 1st intercollegiate game (1869)

October Revolution: began in St. Petersburg, Russia (1917)

Australia: voted to keep Queen Elizabeth as its head of state (1999)

Today's Birthdays

Ignace Jan Paderewski: composer who was the first premier of independent Poland (1860-1941)

James Naismith: inventor of basketball (1861-1939)

Sally Field: Oscar-winning actress (60)

Ethan Hawke: actor, Reality Bites (36)

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Spotlight: On this date in 1814, Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax was born. His father was a designer of musical instruments in Belgium and the younger Sax worked in his shop. He made many improvements to the bass clarinet and the clarinet. Later, as the proprietor of his own shop in Paris, Sax developed other instruments, the most successful of which were the saxhorn and the saxophone.

Quote: "Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you." — Charlie Parker

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Quotable Quotes


* Science is finding the truth, Religion is asumming it

* Satisfaction is the death of desire.

* Sarcasm without subtext is nothing at all.

* She's been around the block more times than a communist hooker.

* Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will still be among the stars.

* Should have, would have, could have but didn't.

* Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

* Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak.

* Six inches to the right and Lincoln would have seen the end of the play.

* So close, and yet so far away.

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This is a wonderful way to explore the World from your desk/laptop....and very popular!

Google Earth - System Requirements
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Posted - 11/06/2006 :  09:51:39  Show Profile


Hi Joy,

Many thanks for your response, and your good wishes.I am pleased that it has all come right in the end for you. As I have said, living alone is fine for me now, but it did take some time to adjust.In the early years I disliked my own company, to such an extent, I was out visiting more than I was at home.However the passage of time proved to be a good healer. Coupled with the fact, that when I took early retirement, post heart attack, I had neither the income, or the energy to gallivant.

I did have a lodger for a while, but like you, and the friend you stayed with last year, we had very little in common.It was doomed to fail and it did eventually.We get on better now than when we shared the same facilities.lol

I thought this topic would prove of interest, within the forum, as I am fairly sure that quite a number of members will live on their own because of circumstance, more than desire.

Good to hear from you as ever!

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Hi Day,

Thank you for your post.I suspect living on my own has a lot to do with it.I experience a lot of personal mind chatter, and I have few outlets to discharge same.

This forum has become my second home...and one of the very few places I feel comfortable, more than that, feel safe!

Once again Thank You for your generosity of spirit!!

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Co Counselling.....what is it?


I believe it to be the nearest thing to a do it yourself therapy for there are no professionals involved.Instead there are just two people who take it in turn,using counselling techniques to help each other.

Working in pairs each individual takes a turn of being counsellor and client,swapping roles with his or her partner after an hour.Dispensing with the traditional role of helper and helped,the method teaches that we all can, and do, fulfil both functions at different times in our everyday lives anyway.

Although I know a little about it I have never experienced it and wonder if there is anyone within our community who has actually taken part in same.David


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A good quality newspaper,delivered free to your computer daily:

http//www.TorontoStar.com

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Posted - 11/06/2006 :  16:01:31  Show Profile
Since 2003, NAMI's Web site has featured online information and tools to help you understand current legislation affecting people with mental illness and to take action by contacting your representatives.

Now we've made it even easier for you to affect change with the launch of our new and improved Legislative Action Center, which features:

Improved reliability: Over the past few years, Congress has taken steps to manage the volume of e-mails it receives, which in some cases has made it more difficult for you to contact your senators and representatives. NAMI is now partnered with CapWiz, an industry leader, to ensure that your online messages get through.


Congressional voting records: Find out how your legislators voted on issues important to you.


Elections and voting: Learn more about the candidates in your area, and in some cases, even register to vote online.


No sign-in required: Just click and go!



All of these tools and more are available when you visit NAMI's new Legislative Action Center. And with just a few clicks of your mouse you can contact your representatives by customizing a form letter from NAMI or composing a message of your own.

"The Web site information about elections and legislative activity is great! I was able to send a letter to my representative about mental healthcare parity and it was so easy on your site. Thanks so much! "

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Visit NAMI's Legislative Action Center now at: www.nami.org/advocacy. We hope you will take it for a spin and let us know what you think.

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I remind myself almost daily that I have a choice......when I forget, I slip into the 'I don't have a choice' mode.

That is when I feel hopelessly and helplessly lost!

It works for me, hopefully it may just work for you.

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An interesting website, don't take my word for it you decide!

http://www.psychjourney.com

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Today in History

Canadian Pacific Railway: was completed, linking Montreal with Port Moody, British Columbia (1885)

Galloping Gertie: bridge over the Tacoma Narrows collapsed, killing a *****er spaniel and becoming a textbook case of an engineering disaster (1940)

Magic Johnson: LA Lakers basketball star announced he had AIDS and was retiring (1991)

Today's Birthdays

Marie Curie: Nobelist in Physics and Chemistry (1867-1934)

Albert Camus: author of The Stranger (1913-1960)

Joni Mitchell: folk singer (63)

Today's Holiday: Election Day (US)

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Aromatherapy: The Scent of Dispute
By Kathleen Doheny
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Tues Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Aromatherapy is an affordable, accessible natural path to relief for a variety of health problems, ranging from arthritis pain to nausea to drowsiness, supporters insist.

But skeptics dismiss any claims that the use of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees can promote health in any way.

And both sides are unlikely to relinquish their positions anytime soon.

Aromatherapy "works for so many different things, it is amazing," said Kelly Holland Azzaro, a registered aromatherapist in Banner Elk, N.C., and vice president of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an industry trade group. "You can experience aromatherapy by inhalation by putting one drop of an essential oil on a tissue and inhaling," she said.

According to the NAHA, aromatherapy is the "art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit." These essences are then distilled into "essential oils" -- highly concentrated aromatic extracts -- that are derived from a "variety of aromatic plant material, including grasses, leaves, flowers, needles and twigs, peels of fruit, wood and roots."

Among the most popular essential oils, which are widely sold at health-food stores and over the Internet, are eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree, and according to the NAHA.

"Uplifting scents such as citrus can keep you awake at work," Azarro said. "To help increase alertness, use rosemary and lemon." And to combat nausea, try essence of peppermint, ginger and orange, she added.

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A quote from the late Dana Reeve that I think may speak to everyones condition.


"There will be many choices before you,some of which you will welcome

and celebrate,and there will be some over which you will anguish.

Some choices will choose you.How you face up to those choices,

these turns in the road,and with what kind of attitude,more than

the choices themselves....is what will define the context of your

life"

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What is a Podcast?
From Jennifer Kyrni

Facts and Myths About Podcasts
I've Posted my MP3, Isn't That a Podcast?

A podcast is not simply a link to an MP3 file that your customers can download off your Web page. While it is certainly possible for someone to listen to your recording on their iPod or other MP3 player, just putting the MP3 up does not make it a podcast.
What is a Podcast?

A podcast is an MP3 or other audio file delivered off a Web site via an RSS feed.

Let's break it down. Podcast is derived from the terms "iPod" and "broadcast". It is attributed to the original creators of podcasting who used iPods to listen to their RSS broadcasts. Then Apple added an RSS reader to the iTunes software, making it simple for anyone with an iPod to subscribe and listen to podcasts. All you need to know is the URL of the RSS or XML.
Subscriptions to Podcasts?

Unlike radio, you can listen to MP3 files at any time. However, podcasts combine the ability to subscribe to a Web site and learn about any new additions immediately with the MP3 downloads. So, unlike radio, when you sign up for a podcast, you can listen to either older editions of the podcast, or you can wait until the author creates and uploads a new one. You then set up your iPod to check periodically for updates. When a new podcast recording is available, iTunes downloads automatically.

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Skype

An Internet phone service (VoIP) from Skype Technologies, S.A. (www.skype.com). Skype is softphone based, and all PC-to-PC calls to and from Skype subscribers are free. SkypeOut lets users dial a regular telephone for a per-minute charge.

Supernode

If Skype cannot make a direct connection from one user to the other, it may elicit one of its users who has the Skype application loaded to become a supernode and relay the call. See supernode.

Explosive Growth

Introduced in July 2004, within a year, more than a hundred million people downloaded the software. In the fall of 2005, Skype claimed it had 40 million active users and was acquired by eBay for $2.6 billion.

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From: Wordsmith
Date: 11/06/06 10:15:11
To: linguaphile@wordsmith.org
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--bodacious


This week's selection features words coined by fusing two separate words.
What is unique about these words, as opposed to the words formed by simply
placing two words next to each other, e.g. lovesick, is that the former
are blended together in such a way that each participating word contributes
a fragment of its whole, both in letters and in meaning to the new word.
Such an amalgamated word is also known as a portmanteau (from French,
carrying case for clothes, usually with two compartments) since Lewis
Carroll gave them this moniker in his 1872 classic "Through the
Looking-Glass". Carroll himself coined some great portmanteaux, such
as chortle (chuckle + snort), and slithy (slimy + lithe).

Many of these portmanteaux words are clunky (infotainment: information +
entertainment) while others are fluid (smog: smoke + fog) but they all
serve a purpose and that's why they stay in the language.


bodacious (boh-DAY-shuhs) adjective

1. Outright, thorough.

2. Remarkable, impressive.

3. Gutsy, brazen.

4. Voluptuous.

[A blend of bold and audacious.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=bodacious

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Today in History

Louvre: former Paris palace opened as a museum (1793)

Days of Our Lives: soap opera premiered on TV (1965)

Three Gorges Dam: the Yangtze, China's largest river, was diverted in a massive ongoing construction project (1997)

Today's Birthdays

Edmond Halley: astronomer who discovered Halley's Comet (1656-1742)

Hermann Rorschach: Swiss psychiatrist who created the inkblot test (1884-1922)

Margaret Mitchell: novelist, Gone With the Wind (1900-1949)

Parker Posey: star of Best in Show (38)

Spotlight: Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, was born in Ireland on this date in 1847. Until he was seven years old, Stoker suffered illnesses that kept him bedridden. After graduating from Trinity College, he became a journalist and eventually moved to London, where he served as business manager for Sir Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre for 27 years. Over the years, he supplemented his income by writing stories and novels, the most famous of which was Dracula (1897).

Quote: "They're all crazy. They're all crazy except you and me. Sometimes I have me doubts about you." — Garrett Fort, Dracula (1931 film)

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AIDS Can Fight AIDS
from the numbers-games dept.
posted by ScuttleMonkey on Tuesday November 07, @02:22 (Biotech)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/024025

Adobe and Mozilla Foundation Collaborate on ECMAScript
from the shiny-happy-pengins dept.
posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 07, @09:23 (Mozilla)
http://developers.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1324224

The 13 Enemies of the Internet
from the we-get-to-pick dept.
posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 07, @09:56 (Censorship)
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1328259


Virtual Earth 3D Beta Launched
from the really-great-globe dept.
posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 07, @11:11 (Microsoft)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/15

Guitar Hero Is Big Hit With Bands
from the always-hard-to-rock-hard dept.
posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 07, @12:16 (Games)
http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1429200

Network Computing's 7th Annual Reader Survey
from the crab-fest dept.
posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 07, @12:35 (Networking)
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1617214

The Hacker Profiling Project
from the they-know-who-you-be-lads dept.
posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 07, @13:10 (Privacy)
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1717223

Voting Machine Glitches Already Being Reported
from the go-vote dept.
posted by Zonk on Tuesday November 07, @13:38 (United States)
http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1741223

Aggressive Botnet Activities Behind Spam Increase
from the spam-i-am dept.
posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @14:08 (Spam)
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1856205

IT Worker Shortages Everywhere
from the when-i-grow-up-i-wanna-write-programs dept.
posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @14:45 (Businesses)
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1926207

Information Technology and Voting
from the matter-of-trust dept.
posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @15:20 (Programming)
http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1949214

Space Telescope Catches Monster Flare
from the big-boom dept.
posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @16:00 (Space)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/2026257

Is An Uninformed Vote Better Than No Vote?
from the voter-responsibility dept.
posted by Cliff on Tuesday November 07, @16:33 (United States)
http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/2047248

Google Moving Strongly Into Radio Advertising
from the expanding-reach dept.
posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @17:14 (Google)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/2155232

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TORONTO (Reuters) - The United Church of Canada hopes an ad featuring a can of whipped cream and the question, "How much fun can sex be before it's a sin?" will fill its pews as Christmas nears.

The country's biggest Protestant denomination launched an advertising campaign on Tuesday meant to provoke debate on the "deep and persistent attitudes and images of organized religion".

"In order to get past those stereotypes, we thought we needed an ad campaign that was different, had a head-snap to it, that people would have a second look," Keith Howard, executive director of the campaign, said in an interview.

The C$10.5 million (4.89 million pounds) campaign targets 30- to 45-year-olds and rotates six images though December issues of Canadian magazines and newspapers as well as Web sites.



One asks, "Does anyone object?" to an image of two plastic toy grooms on a wedding cake. Another features a child sitting on Jesus's knee in the traditional Santa's village of a shopping mall, and asks, "Would you still take your kids?"

"We've had a long tradition of engaging the issues and concerns of the society that we are a part of," Howard said.

The United Church of Canada has a declining active membership of about 573,000, although almost 3 million people have some sort of affiliation with the church. Between 1994 and 2004, membership dropped about 20 percent, according to church statistics.

Last month, the church issued a statement defending federal legislation that allows same-sex marriage.


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I firmly believe that when we share ourselves warts and all,we are making possible an exchange between human beings at the level of that great common denominator human nature.

But nothing is beautiful unless it is is also honest in it's self...and anything that is truly itself is not only beautiful but lovable.

It has been a difficult conviction to live with,for it strips away any naive pretensions or priggishness, that may have existed within me.And it is a great feeling when you dare give yourself away and still feel safe! Which is how I feel in our community.

The God of my understanding sees all and forgives all.
If he can love me it is not because he has missed the rottenness within me,or that he has treated me more lightly.....than I would have treat myself,for his compassion embraces me despite my blemishes.
I am therefor in a position to no longer feel afraid for other people to see in me my faults....I am no longer a threat to them.
As a result they they may find it easier to lower their own defenses and I need no longer live in fear of being found out for what or who I am. David

We are who we pretend to be..........
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Dorothy Parker
Born August 22, 1893
Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Died June 7, 1967
New York, New York, USA

Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American writer and poet, best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles.

Also known as Dot or Dottie, Parker was born Dorothy Rothschild in the West End district of Long Branch, New Jersey, where her parents had a summer home. She liked to say that her parents got her back to their Manhattan apartment shortly after Labor Day, so she can be called a true New Yorker. Her friends found her both a source of fun and of tragedy; she attempted suicide at least three times.

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A poem by the late great Dorothy Parker.....

Symphony Recital

I do not like my state of mind;
I'm bitter, querulous, unkind.
I hate my legs, I hate my hands,
I do not yearn for lovelier lands.
I dread the dawn's recurrent light;
I have to go to bed at night.
I snoot at simple, earnest folk.
I cannot take the gentlest joke.
I find no peace in paint or type.
My world is but a lot of tripe.
I'm disillusioned, empty-breasted.
I am not sick, I am not well.
My quondam dreams are shot to hell.
My soul is crushed, my spirit sore;
I do not like me anymore.
I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse.
I ponder on the narrow house.
I shudder at the thought of men....
I'm due to fall in love again.


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A Quote:


You can't control the length of your life-but you can control it's width and depth.
You can't control the contour of your face-but you can control its expression.
You can't control the weather-but you can control the atmosphere and integrity of your mind.
Why worry about the things you are unable to control,when you can keep Yourself busy..controlling the things that depend on You. ANON

Much easier said than done.....But

It is my belief, that we can change more than we think,even if it's less than we would like too!

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Triumph over Death!.....


Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am the the thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sun on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there I did not die!

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Milestones On My Recovery Road

1) Hospital care, diagnosis and drug therapy which eventually brought my psychosis under precarious control and allowed me to return into the community.

2) Luck/chance that I survived a determined suicide attempt.

3) The discovery that a computer could hold my attention and improve my concentration when nothing else could.

4) The realisation that I should unconditionally accept myself as I am with all my imperfections.

5) Following a demonstration of clairvoyance and mediumship at our village hall I began to learn and understand the concept of reincarnation which slowly led to my spiritual awakening. This understanding that we are here for a reason gave me a purpose for remaining in this world and eventually released my suicidal thoughts.

6) I began to love myself unconditionally.

7) The understanding that “you are what you think” ~ change your thoughts and you will change yourself ~ unfortunately it’s not possible to do this while psychotic.

8) Although I’m not active in the financial economy I’m active in the social economy of volunteering which has been of great benefit and has helped me enormously.

9) Through time and hard won experience I have learned to live within my limitations and to know what to expect if I’m foolish enough not to do so.

These major milestones on my road to recovery have so far covered a period of 7 years. No one milestone is more or less important than another and each contains a story. Although I’m not cured from my mental illness I’ve recovered sufficiently to want to live and participate in my community and wider society having regained my lost self esteem. Throughout I have been helped and encouraged by professionals, fellow patients, family and friends. The journey continues.

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These steps were taken down from the Twelve Steps and Traditions written by the Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Book

For my own purposes at home I do not use God as my Greater Power because I am agnostic. My Greater Power is my own deep belief I can truly fight my addictions with the help of counselling and moral support from my social worker and all my doctors. Also I think I have a guardian angle looking over me.

I spent years practicing with drugs and lots of years in an alcoholic haze. The 12 Steps helped my along the way, although I did not rely on them exclusively. You need outside help as well.
These 12 steps can be used to overcome any drug addiction not only alcoholism - with support, guidance and counselling.

How It Works

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.
Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it - then you are ready to take certain steps. At some of these we balked. thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.
Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power that One is God. May you find Him now! Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. we asked His protection and care with complete abandon

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AA...The twelve Steps....

1.
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
2.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5.
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


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Most people think fear has a primal source. If you're afraid of dogs, the thinking goes, a dog must have bitten you. But very few people with phobias recall these kinds of "conditioning events," To explain this, psychologists developed the notion that we are hardwired to fear certain things. Fear of snakes, for example, helped our ancestors avoid poisonous bites. Scared but safe, they passed on their snake-fear genes.

But this theory doesn't come close to explaining most phobias.

Why, would we have an evolutionary fear of spiders if the vast majority are not poisonous to humans?" His answer? "Spiders and snakes move quickly and unpredictably. They are highly discrepant from human form. It may not be so much that we are biologically prepared to fear spiders because they threatened our early ancestors but that certain things related to spiders happen to elicit fear."

Certain things trip wires in our brains. As we get older, most of us outgrow these fears. Some of us don't. And some of us apparently have extraordinarily sensitive fear alarms.

Which is why, in the future, phobias may be referred to as a kind of "fear circuitry disorder."

Not everyone who is scared by a spider or who feels anxious in a crowded elevator or airplane has a phobia. Phobias are learned behaviors. And while they can't be unlearned, it's possible to override them with new learning.

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The man who invented condensed milk, Gail Borden, was born 205 years ago today. Borden was a dairy farmer, surveyor, newspaperman and inventor. He laid out the cities of Galveston and Houston, TX. In the 1840s, Borden returned to New York, his birthplace, and began working on an invention to condense milk. He received a patent for his process in 1856 and the Borden Milk Co. opened its first evaporating factory two years later.

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"When Rabbit said, 'Honey or condensed milk with your bread?' he was so excited that he said, 'Both,' and then, so as not to seem greedy, he added, 'But don't bother about the bread, please." — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Today in History

Kristallnacht: Jews were beaten and killed by Nazis and their homes and shops destroyed during "the night of the broken glass" (1938)

Northeast Blackout of 1965: 25 million residents of Ontario and 7 US states lost power for up to half a day

Berlin Wall: E. Germany allowed free travel for first time in 28 years (1989)

Today's Birthdays

Elijah Lovejoy: abolitionist newspaper editor who was killed by a mob while defending his press (1802-1837)

Carl Sagan: astronomer who searched for extraterrestrial life (1934-1996)

Mary Travers: Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary (70)

Nick Lachey: singer, costar of MTV's Newlyweds (33)


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A Truly Open Linux Phone
from the apt-get-phone-software dept.
posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @19:49 (Communications)
http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/08/004230

Foundation Commissions $50 Million Online Study
from the participation-gap dept.
posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @20:56 (The Internet)
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Sun To Choose GPL For Open-Sourcing Java
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posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @22:10 (Sun Microsystems)
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Novell Gets $348 Million From Microsoft
from the money-is-the-root-of-all dept.
posted by kdawson on Tuesday November 07, @23:21 (Novell)
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Managing Money With Linux Apps
from the accounting-for-it dept.
posted by kdawson on Wednesday November 08, @01:45 (The Almighty Buck)
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An Indian On the Moon By 2020
from the joining-the-club dept.
posted by kdawson on Wednesday November 08, @04:36 (Moon)
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Wave-Powered Desalination
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posted by kdawson on Wednesday November 08, @06:32 (Power)
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Worst Christmas Ever For Gadgets?
from the please-santa dept.
posted by kdawson on Wednesday November 08, @07:58 (Toys)
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Flickr Patenting "Interestingness"
from the yeah-thats-unique dept.
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http://www.straight.com

Canada's Largest Urban Weekly

No other city publication knows more about Vancouver than the Georgia Straight. Established as the lifestyle and entertainment weekly in Vancouver for over 30 years, the Georgia Straight is an integral part of the active urban West Coast lifestyle with a per issue readership of almost 340,000.

Every Thursday, the Georgia Straight delivers an award-winning editorial package of features, articles, news and reviews.

Regular weekly coverage includes NEWS, ARTS, MUSIC, MOVIES, FASHION, TRAVEL, BUSINESS, HIGH TECH, FOOD and RESTAURANTS, plus Vancouver's most comprehensive listings of entertainment activities and special events.

Throughout the year, the Georgia Straight also produces a series of reader polls covering a variety of interest that are entertaining and informative.

The Best Of Vancouver - September
The Golden Plate Awards - March
The Georgia Straight Annual Sex Survey - February

The Georgia Straight also produces the following lift-out magazines:

* Georgia Straight Living: Publishing dates for 2006 are February 23, May 25, October 12 and November 30.
* Georgia Straight Style: Publishing dates for 2006 are April 6 and August 31.
* MindBodySoul: Publishing dates for 2006 are January 26, April 27, July 13 and October 26.



The Georgia Straight is audited by Verified Audit Circulation (VAC).

The Georgia Straight is also a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN), a diverse group of 126 non-daily free-circulation papers that are distributed in all of the major metropolitan areas of North America.

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Oct. 30, 2006 -- Scientists report promising results with a male contraceptive drug tested on rats.

The drug, called Adjudin, is a long way from human use. But lab tests on rats showed no signs of side effects, and the drug's effects wore off in 20 weeks.

The researchers included Chuen-yan Cheng, PhD, of the Population Council's Center for Biomedical Research. The Population Council is a New York-based international nonprofit organization that conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research.

About Adjudin

Basically, Adjudin nips wannabe sperm cells in the bud. Those cells, called germ cells, ordinarily develop into sperm. But they need the help of other cells, called Sertoli cells, to reach that destiny.

Adjudin interferes with the process.

Cheng's team previously reported from other animal tests that Adjudin, given orally by itself, was too toxic to be a suitable contraceptive because it caused liver inflammation and muscle shrinkage (atrophy).

So the scientists bundled Adjudin with a synthetic version of the sex hormone FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and injected it into the bellies of four male rats.

The researchers played matchmaker four, six, 12, and 20 weeks later, putting the treated rats in cages with virgin female rats for two to four days.

For comparison, they put male rats that hadn't gotten the contraceptive in other cages with female rats.

The male and female rats mated, as expected.

All the male rats that had gotten the contraceptive shots were infertile four and six weeks after treatment. Their fertilityfertility resumed 20 weeks after getting the shots. That shows the contraceptive is "reversible," the researchers write.

In comparison, all the female rats that mated with the untreated male rats gave birth to baby rats.

No side effects were reported in the treated rats.

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My Story....A Quote

I have never told anyone like this before. I feel like I'm going crazy. It's so hard to get these words to look right on the page.

People don't realise how messed up my head is, not even those closest to me. I used to cut myself but people saw that. I don't want that attention, I just want to help myself in the only way I know. I stopped cutting myself and people stopped asking me how I was.

That’s how I like it, it's like my secret. To everyone else I have everything. I'm 17 and I have a car, a flat and a puppy. I am grateful but I'm slowly dying inside.

I don't know what's wrong with me. I can only hope that it won't last forever but it just keeps getting worse and worse. I don't even know what IT is. I can't explain it, that’s why counselling and stuff doesn't work. I just can't put my feelings into words.

I smoke pot and pretend that helps, but deep down I know it's making things worse.

All these feelings build up inside and occasionally I have a breakdown. I just go mad. Once I told my mum I hated her. I feel so, so guilty for that. I feel guilty for a lot of things.

Sometimes I get so angry. I used to cut myself but now I just bang my head against the wall and smash things up. No one knows then and it calms me down, I suppose because I almost knock myself out. But then I get this headache which makes me angry again.

When I have these breakdowns there is only two people that ever see. They still don't really know how bad things are

I live in a 4th floor flat and I think about jumping but then I see my puppy and she needs me. I stay for her. I stay for my family because at least this way it is me that has all this pain and not them.

Sometimes I just stop thinking. I can't talk to anyone or do anything. I don't understand this, I don't understand anything.

Emma Thornley

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Hello Everyone,

I would like to take this opportunity, to say a big thank you for all the encouragement I have had, leading up to this my two thousandth post.

Without such motivation I would still be holding tight to what little I am in universal terms.

I would also like to record my gratitude to Doctor Long, and his team for their efforts in maintaining this wonderful community!

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Spotlight: Happy birthday to British fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, who turns 46 today. Well-known for his comics series, The Sandman, Gaiman is credited with bringing a new respectability to comic books. Some of his more famous novels are Good Omens (1990, with Terry Pratchett), American Gods (2001) and Anansi Boys (2005). Gaiman is also a screenwriter and wrote the BBC-TV series Neverwhere (later developed into a novel) and Mirrormask (2005, with Dave McKean).

Quote: "This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof." — Neil Gaiman

November 10, 2006 Today in History

Knute Rockne: college football coach delivered his famous "Win one for the Gipper" speech, and Notre Dame defeated Army (1928)

Iwo Jima Memorial: the Marine Corps War Memorial was dedicated in Rosslyn, Virginia (1954)

Sesame Street: children's show debuted on TV (1969)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: opened to visitors in D.C. (1982)

Today's Birthdays

Richard Burton: Welsh actor (1925-1984)

Tim Rice: lyricist of Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King (62)

Brittany Murphy: actor, Just Married (29)
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Quotable Quotes.......

* If you're too open-minded your brains will fall out.

* I'm going to live forever. Or die trying.
o from the TV show Blake's 7, also similar from Sci-Fi
author Spider Robinson

* In God We Trust, all others pay cash.
o Jean Shepherd

* In most instances, all an argument proves is that two people are present.

* Insanity: Expect different results by doing things the same way day in and day out.

* It always feels better to walk on the path you made yourself.

* It is always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.

* It doesn't matter how hard you believe something or how many people believe it: it doesn't make it true.

* It doesn't matter whether you view the glass as half full or half empty, there's still only half a glass' worth there.

* It is difficult to understand how a pyramid is built from sitting on the top of it.

* It is not ignorance that is the problem, but the illusion of knowledge.

* It's been a long week today.

* It's mind over matter. You don't mind, it don't matter.

* It's not a bug, it's a feature.

* It's not the fall that kills you — it's the sudden stop at the end.


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Jack Johnson - Losing Hope Lyrics

I got a faulty parachute

I got a stranger's friend

An exciting change in

My butchers blend

A symbol on the ceiling

With the flick of a switch

My new found hero

In the enemy's ditching



Well somebody's something was left in the room

And man now that its gone well of course we assume

That somebody else needed something so bad

That they took everything that somebody had



Losing hope is easy

When your only friend is gone

And every time you look around

Well, it all, it all just seems to change



The mark was left

Man it's never the same

Next time that you shoot

Make sure that you aim

Open windows with passing cars

A brand new night

With the same old stars



Losing hope is easy

When your only friend is gone

And every time you look around

Well, it all, it all just seems to change



Feed the fool

A piece of the pie

Make a fool of his system

Make a fool of his mind

Give him bottles of lies

And maybe he'll find

His place in heaven

Cause he might just die



Losing hope is easy

When your only friend is gone

And every time you look around

Well, it all, it all just seems to change

But hanging on is easy

When you've got a friend to call

When nothings making sense at all

You're not the only one who's afraid of change!

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The first thing you want to know when you get some test results back from the doctor is "are they normal?'

Vivienne Parry is not normal according to her friends but medically speaking she's mercifully within the normal range for most things. In this series, Vivienne finds out how the doctors decide what's normal in terms of our weight, height, cholesterol level and state of mind.

If you don't fit into the normal box, does that make you in need of medical treatment, or just different?

Visithttp//www.bbc.co.uk/radiofour/science to listen to this programme

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A personal comment.....

A stumbling block for most of us, is adapting to change. And because life is so 'transient', you'd think it would be a natural concept to do likewise, without much effort, but by gosh it's not.

We continue to be subjected by our predetermined thoughts....I think it is called conditioning, is it not, or negative learned behavior, of which I plead guilty!

David


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Not now I don't......

A Personal Reflection....

I find my activity within this forum very stimulating. It has a knock on affect, in the more I contribute, the more I want to do so. It takes a good deal of effort, and motivation, but I find it very rewarding, in therapeutic terms.

It truly is 'MY Therapy'.....for me!

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Thank You Joy!

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Today in History

Mayflower Compact: was signed by Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, setting up the basis of the government of Plymouth colony (1620)

Washington: the Evergreen State became No. 42 (1889)

WWI: ended as Allies, Germany signed armistice at 11 a.m. on 11/11 (1918)

Rocket J. Squirrel: debuted with Bullwinkle on Rocky & His Friends (1959)

Today's Birthdays

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: sci-fi author (84)

Barbara Boxer: US senator (D-Cal.) (66)

Demi Moore: actress, Ghost, Indecent Proposal (44)

Leonardo DiCaprio: star of Titanic (32)

Today's Holiday: Veterans Day (US)

Spotlight: George S. Patton, the WWII general who fought in N. Africa and in the Battle of the Bulge, was born on this date in 1885. Patton became an early expert on tanks, gaining experience with them during his WWI service. He later put that knowledge to use when he led the US Third Army to drive the Nazis back through France into Germany. Known by the nickname "Old Blood and Guts," Patton was famous for an incident in which he slapped a soldier whom he believed to be shirking duties because of cowardice. He later made a public apology.

Quote: "If everybody's thinking alike, somebody isn't thinking." — George S. Patton


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This is the story from my local paper, as you say it is in my neck of the woods. Sunderland is only 15 miles from me. Gay or not, I have never felt motivated to have a 'cracker' up my arse. Well not one packed with explosives. lol

Rocketman Dan Tilley told how he almost died after launching a firework from his backside.

The former soldier has had three emergency operations in four days since copying the stunt from Jackass: The Movie.

The 22-year-old, from Sunderland, faces more surgery and has been warned by doctors his backside may never function properly and he may never sit on the loo again.

Police and paramedics were called to Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, on November 5, following the stunt. He said his parents were so upset they could hardly speak to him, while his girlfriend has branded him "silly".

From Sunderland Royal Hospital, Dan said: "I can't believe I did something so stupid. The doctor has told me it could have killed me.

"I bent over, put the rocket between my cheeks and tried to light it, but couldn't reach. Someone else must have done it. The next thing I can remember is the massive bang.

"As the pain hit me, I remember this strong smell of burning. I thought it was the rocket, but it turns out it was my bum on fire. I started to feel dizzy and I heard people calling an ambulance. Then I collapsed on all fours with my pants down and my bum in the air.

"When the ambulance arrived, they managed to avoid laughing. They were really concerned and very professional. I feel a real prize pratt, to tell you the truth. I'm a grown man. I shouldn't be going around shooting fireworks out of my backside."

Dan first saw the firework stunt performed by Steve-O, 32, in Jackass: The Movie four-years-ago. He saw it repeated by joker Matthew Pritchard, 28, in Dirty Sanchez: The Movie, the night before he tried it himself.

Videophone footage of his stunt has now shown on the web. But the former member of the Household Cavalry, who dodged real rocket attacks before quitting earlier this year, has vowed never to play the Jackass again.

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I heard these word recited n hour or so ago as part of the annual celebration here in England commemorating those who lost their lives serving their country. I share them with You!

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels,
but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a tinkling symbol.

And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.

And if I dole out all my goods, and
if I deliver my body that I may boast
but have not love, nothing I am profited.

Love is long suffering,
love is kind,
it is not jealous,
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.

It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.
It does not rejoice over the wrong, but rejoices in the truth


It covers all things,
it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things,
it endures in all things.

Love never falls in ruins;
but whether prophecies, they will be abolished; or
tongues, they will cease; or
knowledge, it will be superseded.

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.

But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.

When I was an infant,
I spoke as an infant,
I reckoned as an infant;

when I became [an adult],
I abolished the things of the infant.

For now we see through a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know as also I was fully known.

But now remains
faith, hope, love,

these three;

but the greatest of these is love.

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Today in History

Leonids: meteor shower was recorded for the first time (1799)

Japan: war criminals sentenced to death, including PM Hideki Tojo (1948)

Today's Birthdays

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: co-founder of the Seneca Falls Convention (1815-1902)

Baha'u'llah: leader of the Baha'i faith (1817-1892)

Grace Kelly: actress, princess of Monaco (1929-1982)

Neil Young: rock musician (61)

Sammy Sosa: home run slugger (38)

Anne Hathaway: actress, The Devil Wears Prada (24)

Omarion: R&B singer (22)

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Hi Carlos711

Thank you for your kind words and good wishes.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome, once thought by some doctors to be a psychological problem or even a excuse for malingerers, is a real disease that affects more than a million Americans, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Early diagnosis and treatment of the disease are important for recovery -- even though it is not clear what the best treatments are, CDC officials said during a news conference late last week.

"CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) is a terrible illness that prevents many people from taking part in everyday activities and participating in the things they enjoy," CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said.

"Fortunately, there are therapies for CFS that can reduce much of the pain and suffering," she said.

The CDC launched an awareness campaign about chronic fatigue on Friday and published a dedicated Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/.

Up to 80 percent of people with chronic fatigue do not know they have it, the CDC said. Its causes are unknown but it can cause profound exhaustion, sleep difficulties, and problems concentrating and remembering.

Flu-like symptoms, including pain in the joints and muscles, tender lymph nodes, sore throat and headaches are also common. "A distinctive characteristic of the illness is a worsening of symptoms following physical or mental exertion," the CDC said in a statement.

"Diagnosis is primarily made by taking a patient's medical history, completing a physical exam and lab tests to rule out other conditions," it added.

"The CDC considers chronic fatigue syndrome to be a significant public health concern, and we are committed to research that will lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment of the illness," Gerberding said.

Several other illnesses have symptoms that mimic chronic fatigue, including fibromyalgia syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, neurasthenia, multiple chemical sensitivities, and chronic mononucleosis, the CDC noted.

"There are tens of millions of people with similar fatiguing illnesses who do not fully meet the strict research definition of CFS," the CDC added.

No one therapy works but reducing stress, dietary restrictions, gentle stretching and nutritional supplementation have all been shown to help. Drugs are sometimes prescribed.

"For instance, tricyclic antidepressants may not only improve mood, but may help with sleep and pain," the CDC said.

"Patients should be advised to avoid herbal remedies like comfrey, ephedra, kava, germander, chaparral, bitter orange, licorice root, yohimbe and any other supplements that are potentially dangerous," it added.

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AWADmail Issue 235
November 12, 2006

A Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day
and Other Interesting Tidbits about Words and Languages


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From: Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)
Subject: Subscriber stats; live chat

Subscriber demographics:
Here are the latest stats on the subscribers and what countries they
come from: http://wordsmith.org/awad/stats.html

If you run a mailing list, you can generate similar stats for your list:
http://wordsmith.org/anu/listat/

Wordsmith chat:
Don't forget the online chat on American dialects this Tuesday, Nov 14,
6 pm Pacific (GMT -8): http://wordsmith.org/chat

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Oranges aren't the only 'fruit'! lol

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I heard a really informative quote on the radio just now, that I'd like to share with you............

"Fashion is something you buy, style is something you own"

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Spotlight: Happy birthday to actor Chris Noth, who turns 52 today. Noth's TV breakthrough came in 1990 when he was cast as Detective Mike Logan on Law and Order. An audience favorite, his stormy relationship with the show's writers led to his dismissal from the show in 1995. He came back into the public eye in 1998 as Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw's on-again, off-again boyfriend, in HBO's Sex and the City. That year he also made a made-for-TV-movie, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie. In 2005, he returned to the crime series in its spin-off, Criminal Intent.

Quote: "Mr. Big has been sticking to me, and that makes me uncomfortable. I know it's meant well when people stop me in the street and say, 'Hey, Mr. Big!' But I don't ever want to be identified by any part I've played once it's over." — Chris Noth



Today in History

death & taxes: Benjamin Franklin listed life's two certainties in a letter (1789)

Holland Tunnel: the first long, mechanically-ventilated underwater tunnel linked New York and New Jersey (1927)

Fantasia: animated musical Disney film premiered (1940)

1970 Bhola cyclone: the 20th century's greatest natural disaster killed hundreds of thousands in Bangladesh

Today's Birthdays

St. Augustine: Church father who developed the doctrine of original sin (354-430)

Robert Louis Stevenson: writer, Treasure Island (1850-1894)

Whoopi Goldberg: actress, comedian, activist (51)





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LONDON (Reuters) - Britons can check if they are distantly related to Tom Cruise or Halle Berry with the help of a Web site which sheds light on the millions who migrated to the United States in search of a new life.

Passenger lists from thousands of ships that left Britain and Ireland packed with migrants between 1820 and 1960 were published on a genealogy Internet site on Thursday.

The ancestors of many famous Americans, including Hollywood actors Cruise and Berry, were among those who risked everything to make the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.


New arrivals helped swell the U.S. population from 9.6 million in 1820 to 76 million by 1900.

Migrants left Britain and Ireland for many reasons -- to escape poverty and persecution, to join their families or to try to make their fortune.

Simon Harper, managing director of the Web site, www.ancestry.co.uk, said it celebrates the "brave and colourful individuals who played a significant role in shaping what has become modern America".

According to the site, Oscar-winner Berry's maternal grandmother was less than a year old in 1912 when she sailed on the "Merion" from the port of Liverpool, northwest England.

In 1850, Cruise's great-great-grandfather Dylan Henry Mapother emigrated from the town of Flint, north Wales, to Louisville, Kentucky

Businessman Donald Trump has Scottish ancestry through his Gaelic-speaking mother, Mary, who set sail on the "Transylvania" in 1935.

Tales of unknown strangers falling in love and marrying at sea are also revealed.

Among those who tied the knot were Longford Manderson, 28, and Sarah Chalker, 23, who fell in love aboard the "Prince Albert" in 1858.

Ancestry.co.uk's database gives each migrant's name, age and job and their destination. Other details include the names of the family members travelling with them and who paid for their journey.


Access to the passenger lists is free until November 30.

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From: Wordsmith
Date: 11/13/06 11:15:47
To: linguaphile@wordsmith.org
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--alchemy


"Battery not included." Buy a $150 gadget and chances are it doesn't come
with batteries that cost, maybe, $2. I'm sure manufacturers have their
reasons, perhaps something to do with the shelf life of the batteries.

If this week's words came packaged, their box would say "Definite articles
included." No need to shop around for a definite article in the right size
and sex.

When English borrows a word from another language, it sometimes takes its
definite article too. We imported the word alligator from the Spanish el
lagarto (the lizard). Alcohol came from the Arabic al-kul (the powdered
antimony, and by association, substances obtained by sublimation or
distillation). Many, such as alkali, algebra, lacrosse (from French: the
cross), and others, are among the words bringing their own definite article,
but it's not always so obvious, as we'll see later this week.

An extreme example of this inadvertent duplication of definite articles
is in the name of the Los Angeles site of prehistoric fossils of animals
that had been stuck in tar pits. It's called The La Brea Tar Pits which
would literally translate as The The Tar Tar Pits.


alchemy (AL-kuh-mee) noun

1. A medieval predecessor of chemistry devoted to things such
as converting common metals into precious metals, finding
a universal solvent (alkahest), and finding a universal
remedy for diseases.

2. A mysterious or magical process of transformation.

[Via Old French and Medieval Latin from Arabic al-kimiya (the chemistry),
from Greek khemeia (transmutation).]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=alchemy

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Today in History

Nellie Bly: journalist began her around-the-world-in-72-days trip, meaning to beat the 80-day record of Phileas Fogg (1889)

Coventry: UK city was largely reduced to rubble by Nazi bombers (1940)

Apollo 12: second successful manned mission to the moon was launched (1969)

Today's Birthdays

Prince Charles: heir to the throne of Great Britain (58)

Condoleezza Rice: US secretary of state (52)

Yanni: "contemporary instrumental" musician (52)

Laura San Giacomo: Maya Gallo on Just Shoot Me (45)

Today's Holiday: World Usability Day

Spotlight: "Call me Ishmael." So opens one of the literary classics of the English language, Moby-Dick, which was published in New York 155 years ago today (1851). Written by Herman Melville, the novel tells of the obsession of Captain Ahab: to kill the great white whale which had ripped off his leg. Ishmael is the name of the story's narrator, the only surviving witness to the evolving events. Though the novel was not well-received at first — readers didn't understand the book's heavy symbolism — it eventually brought Melville accolades as one of America's great authors.

Quote: "For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books." — Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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LONDON (Reuters) - Patients are not the only people turning to the Internet for medical information.

Searching the worldwide web with engines such as Google may also help doctors to diagnose perplexing medical conditions, Australian researchers said on Friday.

"Our study suggests that in difficult cases, it is often useful to google for a diagnosis," said Hangwi Tang, of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

To test how good Google is, Tang and his colleagues selected three to five search terms for 26 difficult-to-diagnose illnesses reported in a medical journal and did a Google search.



After recording the top ranked answers that seemed to fit the symptoms and comparing them with the correct diagnosis, they found the Google searches came up with the right answer in 15, (58 percent) of cases.

"Web-based search engines such as Google are becoming the latest tools in clinical medicine, and doctors in training need to become proficient in their use," Tang said in the study published online by the British Medical Journal.


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Today in History

Pikes Peak: Colorado mountain towering more than 14,000 ft. was first spotted by explorer Zebulon Pike (1806)

March to the Sea: Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta and began a scorched earth policy in the South (1864)

Brazil: became a republic when Emperor Pedro II was deposed (1889)

Today's Birthdays

Georgia O'Keeffe: painter of flowers, landscapes and cow skulls (1887-1986)

Ed Asner: Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Screen Actors Guild ex-president (77)

Petula Clark: singer of "Downtown" (74)

Frida: ABBA singer (61)


Spotlight: Recycle! Concern for the environment has created a greater demand for recycling. With more garbage created than ever before, landfills are growing and there is increased pressure on our natural resources. Today is America Recycles Day, meant to encourage Americans to recycle and to use products made from recycled goods when they have a choice. In the US, 42 percent of paper, 40 percent of plastic soft drink bottles, 55 percent of aluminum beer and soft drink cans, and 57 percent of steel packaging are now recycled.

Quote: "The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value." — Theodore Roosevelt

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Today in History 16 November 2006

Jadwiga: blonde blue-eyed beauty became "king" of Poland (1384)

Oklahoma: the Sooner state became No. 46 of the US (1907)

USSR: established diplomatic relations with the US (1933)

The Sound of Music: Rodgers and Hammerstein musical debuted on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater (1959)

Today's Birthdays

W.C. Handy: one of the first blues composers (1873-1958)

Marg Helgenberger: actress, C.S.I. (48)

Lisa Bonet: Denise on The Cosby Show (39)

Maggie Gyllenhaal: star of Secretary (29)

Today's Holiday: The Great American Smokeout

Spotlight: Happy 42nd birthday to jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. In 1999, Krall won the Grammy for best jazz vocal for her CD When I Look in Your Eyes, which was the first jazz disc to be nominated for Album of the Year in twenty-five years. Three years later, her The Look of Love was a #1 bestseller in the US and a seven-time platinum album in her homeland, Canada. She wrote many of her own songs for her 2004 release, The Girl in the Other Room; six of the songs were co-written with her husband, Elvis Costello. Krall's latest release is From This Moment On.

Quote: "I'm not really on a mission to tell anybody anything. I'd rather be figured out." — Diana Krall

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From: Wordsmith
Date: 11/16/06 11:23:03
To: linguaphile@wordsmith.org
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--hoi polloi


This week's theme: words with a built-in definite article.

hoi polloi (hoi puh-LOI) noun

The common people, the masses.

[From Greek hoi polloi (the many).]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=hoi+polloi

The phrase is often mistakenly used to refer to the elite or the
snobbish, quite opposite of what it really means. That usage arises
probably from the first part sounding similar to "high" or from
confusion with the term hoity toity.

The term often appears as "the hoi polloi". Some pedants object to
that construction, claiming "the" is already part of the term. If
you find such people, tell them to go study gebra and drink cohol.

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Today in History

US Congress: held its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol building (1800)

Richard Nixon: declared, "I am not a crook," nine months before resigning over the Watergate scandal (1973)

Velvet Revolution: revolution began in Czechoslovakia, leading to the fall of the communist government (1989)

Today's Birthdays

Rock Hudson: 50s/60s film star (1925-1985)

Martin Scorsese: filmmaker, Goodfellas (64)

Danny DeVito: diminutive actor with a big personality (62)

Lorne Michaels: creator of Saturday Night Live (62)

Daisy Fuentes: former MTV hostess (40)

Spotlight

On this date in 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas. It took eleven years to complete the approximately 160 km (100 mi) long canal. France and Great Britain held main control of the canal until 1956, when it was declared neutral under international treaty. The Suez Canal was temporarily closed twice since then; once, when Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser attempted to nationalize it in 1956 (The Suez Crisis) and in 1967, during the Six-Day War.

Quote

"Ship me somewhere east of Suez, where the best is like the worst, Where there aren't no Ten Commandments an' a man can raise a thirst." — Rudyard Kipling, "Mandalay"


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Indians Use Google Earth and GPS to Protect Amazon
from the captain-eplanet dept.
posted by samzenpus on Wednesday November 15, @19:02 (Google)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/15/2324217

PGP Is 15 Years Old
from the happy-secure-birthday dept.
posted by samzenpus on Wednesday November 15, @20:08 (Encryption)
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/15/2330205


NASA Weighs Moon Plans
from the one-of-these-days-alice dept.
posted by samzenpus on Wednesday November 15, @22:36 (Space)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/0120246

Icebergs Sailing Past New Zealand
from the kiwi-smoothie dept.
posted by samzenpus on Wednesday November 15, @23:51 (Science)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/0123246

Thai IT Minister Slams Open Source
from the not-good-enough dept.
posted by samzenpus on Thursday November 16, @02:09 (Programming)
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/0323202

Physicist Trying To Send a Signal Back In Time
from the don't-be-so-gullible-McFly dept.
posted by samzenpus on Thursday November 16, @05:18 (Science)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/0337230

Microsoft One Step From World's Greenest Company
from the environmental-update dept.
posted by samzenpus on Thursday November 16, @07:40 (Power)
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/0344242

What Not To Do With Your Data
from the do-not-put-in-mouth dept.
posted by samzenpus on Thursday November 16, @10:11 (It's funny. Laugh.)
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/1454242

NASA Proposes Manned Asteroid Mission
from the summon-bruce-willis dept.
posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday November 16, @10:44 (Space)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/1456222

Mark Cuban Declares War on GooTube
from the settle-this-with-jello-wrestling dept.
posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday November 16, @11:27 (Google)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/1548215

Google and Yahoo! Working Together On Better Web Indexing
from the my-robots.txt-thanks-you dept.
posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday November 16, @12:10 (Google)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/1630259

Healthcare Giant Faces IT Nightmare
from the awesome-rpg-character-name dept.
posted by Zonk on Thursday November 16, @13:09 (Businesses)
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/181219

Are College Students Techno Idiots?
from the need-nerd-training-stat dept.
posted by Zonk on Thursday November 16, @13:41 (Education)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/1810230

Bill Gates On the Past, Future, and Google
from the but-google-is-microsoft's-future dept.
posted by Zonk on Thursday November 16, @14:14 (Microsoft)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/1838231

New Phone Uses GPS To Locate Your Contacts
from the oh-crap-here-comes-ted dept.
posted by Zonk on Thursday November 16, @15:19 (Privacy)
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/1947220



US Gambling Law May Cause Flouting of IP Laws
from the tit-for-tat dept.
posted by Zonk on Thursday November 16, @16:24 (United States)
http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/208250

Skype Unleashed on to Cell Phones
from the phree-as-in-phones dept.
posted by Zonk on Thursday November 16, @16:47 (Communications)
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/16/212251

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A mystery substance that caused some euro banknotes in Germany to fall to pieces may be linked to the party drug crystal speed, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday, quoting regional police.

Users of crystal speed inhale it through the nose using rolled-up banknotes and chemists think impurities such as sulphates, mingled with sweat, could have created an acid that ate away at the notes, the magazine quoted police as saying.

Around 1,500 banknotes worth between 5 euros and 100 euros (3.40-67.65 pounds) crumbled shortly after being withdrawn from cash machines, the Bundesbank said earlier this month.

According to European Central Bank (ECB) President Jean-Claude Trichet, no other countries had reported the problem, and the crumbling notes were just a tiny fraction of the 5 billion euros worth in circulation in Germany.


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WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 100 recent cases of delirium, hallucinations and other unusual psychiatric behavior in Japanese patients treated with Tamiflu should have parents watching for similar reactions when treating their children with the flu drug.

That's the new advice from the Food and Drug Administration in adding a new precaution to the label of the influenza drug, prescribed about 2 million times a year in the United States.

The FDA updated the label after receiving the 103 reports of abnormal behavior, most of which involved children in Japan. Japan uses more Tamiflu than any other country in the world, with more than 30 million prescriptions since 2001. It's been prescribed about 8 million times in the United States since 1999. (Watch what side effects have been reported -- 1:29 Video)

The FDA said that a relationship between the drug and the behavior had not been established and that the updated label was "intended to mitigate a potential risk associated with Tamiflu." It recommends that close monitoring of patients begin immediately after starting treatment with the drug.

The changes bring the U.S. label more in line with the Japanese one, which already warned that such abnormal behavior could occur. The previous FDA-approved label mentioned only that "seizure and confusion" had been seen in some patients.

Tamiflu is made by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche Holding AG. Roche spokesman Terence Hurley said there was no evidence the drug caused the rarely occurring adverse events.

Both Roche and the FDA also said that severe cases of the flu can spark the abnormal behavior flagged in the updated label.

Furthermore, the FDA acknowledged that stopping treatment with Tamiflu could actually harm influenza patients if the virus is the cause of delirium, hallucinations and other abnormal behavior, such as aggression and suicidal thoughts.

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Thanks Rock for the feedback........

I do appreciate same!

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Today in History

William Tell: legendary archer shot an arrow through an apple on his son's head, thus saving his own life (1307)

Mickey Mouse: debuted in Steamboat Willie, an animated Disney film (1928)

Jonestown: over 900 people died in a murder/suicide pact led by preacher Jim Jones in Guyana (1978)

Today's Birthdays

Sir William Gilbert: lyricist, half of the duo Gilbert and Sullivan (1836-1911)

Alan Shepard: the first American in space (1923-1998)

Margaret Atwood: author of The Handmaid's Tale (67)

Owen Wilson: actor, Zoolander, Shanghai Noon (38)


Spotlight: George Horace Gallup was a pioneer in using statistical analysis of polling to measure public opinion. His method first became popular when he correctly predicted the outcome of the 1936 US presidential election between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alf Landon. Born on this date in 1901, Gallup created the Gallup Poll. His technique was successful in predicting the outcome in most of the elections since then, with a glaring exception of the 1948 pick of Thomas Dewey over incumbent Harry Truman.

Quote: "I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone — the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity." — George Gallup

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Today in History

Gettysburg Address: was delivered by US president Abraham Lincoln on the site of a Civil War battlefield (1863)

Anwar Sadat: became first Arab leader to officially visit Israel (1977)

Milli Vanilli: pop duo was stripped of its Grammy after it was revealed that neither member sang on their albums; they lip-synched in concert (1990)

Today's Birthdays

James Garfield: 20th POTUS, assassinated after several months in office (1831-1881)

Indira Gandhi: Indian prime minister (1917-1984)

Larry King: host of Larry King Live (73)

Meg Ryan: actress, When Harry Met Sally... (45)

Jodie Foster: actress, Contact (44)

Spotlight: Happy 70th birthday to perennial talk-show host Dick Cavett. Cavett made his own big break happen by hanging out near Tonight Show host Jack Paar's office and handing him an envelope containing several jokes Cavett had written for Paar's opening monologue. Paar used the jokes and within weeks, Cavett was working for the Tonight Show. In 1968, ABC gave Cavett a talk show of his own, The Dick Cavett Show. In 2000, Cavett appeared on Broadway in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show, as the Narrator.

Quote: "There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?" — Dick Cavett

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From: Faraaz Damji
Date: 19/11/2006 04:51:31
To: daily-article-l@mail.wikimedia.org
Subject: [Wikipedia Daily Article] November 19: Star


A star is a massive, compact body of plasma in outer space that is
held together by its own gravity and is sufficiently massive to
sustain nuclear fusion in a very dense, hot core region. This fusion
of atomic nuclei generates the energy that is continuously radiated
from the outer layers of the star during much of its life span.
Astronomers can determine many of the properties of a star by
observing its spectrum, luminosity and motion through space.
Individual stars differ in their total mass, chemical composition, and
age. The total mass of a star is the principal determinant in its
evolution and eventual fate. Other characteristics of a star that are
determined by its evolutionary history include the diameter, rotation,
movement and temperature. A plot of the star's temperature against
luminosity, known as a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, allows the current
age and evolutionary state of the star to be determined. Binary and
multi-star systems consist of two or more stars that are
gravitationally bound, and generally move around each other in stable
orbits. When two such stars have a relatively close orbit, their
gravitational interaction can have a significant impact on their
evolution.

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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  01:23:43  Show Profile
Nadine Gordimer See Spotlight......

Today in History

New Jersey: became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights (1789)

Nuremberg trials: Allied tribunal began trying Nazis for war crimes (1945)

Elizabeth II: wed Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey (1947)

Today's Birthdays

Edwin Powell Hubble: astronomer, namesake of the Hubble Space Telescope (1889-1953)

Robert F. Kennedy: US presidential candidate who was assassinated during his campaign (1925-1968)

John Bolton: American ambassador to the UN (58)

Bo Derek: actress who played a perfect 10 (50)

Spotlight: Happy birthday to South African author Nadine Gordimer, who turns 83 today. She is the winner of 1991's Nobel Prize for Literature; her novels and short stories focus on apartheid and race relations in S. Africa. Gordimer won the Booker Prize for The Conservationist (1974) and her other novels include Burger's Daughter (1979), My Son's Story (1990) and Get a Life (2005). In 1998, Gordimer was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program's "Decade for the Eradication of Poverty."

Quote: "People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped." — Nadine Gordimer

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Why do you learn new words? For some, it's the joy of discovering new
and unusual specimens in the language and stories behind them. For others,
it's to improve their vocabulary, whether for college or work. It's from
this latter group, we hear from time to time. "I'll never have a chance
to use these words," they write. You will. As you can see from the usage
examples taken from newspapers, magazines, and books -- words in AWAD are
not from a museum. They are words that are in current use, though not very
often.

Still, we take the point. What some are looking for are more practical words:
words they can use in an office memo or in a term paper; words they are
more likely to come across in a trade report or college exam. This week
we'll offer you five such practical words. Go ahead, employ them, put them
into practice.


exigent (EK-si-jent) adjective

1. Requiring urgent attention.

2. Demanding; exacting.

[From Latin exigent-, stem of exigens, present participle of exigere
(to demand, to drive out), from ex- + agere (to drive). Ultimately from
the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw) that is also the source of
such words as act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, and ambassador.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=exigent


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Posted - 11/20/2006 :  09:16:14  Show Profile


Sorry I don't have a picture of a gerbil a rat will have to suffice!

Heard the one about the guy who goes to the ER., with a cat stuck up his rear. Same thing happens a week later....Doctor refers him to a Psychiatrist for assessment. P.Doc, asks why is he doing this unusual cat act. Patient says, "I've got to try something, to dislodge the gerbil out of my arse"

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Dear Iam_Xtreme

Thank You for reading !


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Spot the bum hiding the gerbil......lol

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Cheers my friend!

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This guy has self confidence...if not self worth! lol


For more years than I can remember, I have had a problem with self worth. I am convinced that this was triggered by my mental health issues and in deed compounded by same!

As I have said before , on many occasions, my mind/thoughts continually work overtime, as a result of same, I have have just come up with a slogan for the want of a better word , to highlight such a 'plight' and deal with it in a positive way......

Being unsure of one's self worth is tantamount to a 'criminal' offence against the perpetrator of such thoughts!

I hope you like it. Cheers David

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Today in History

hot-air balloon: first manned free flight took Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier and a companion on a 9-km. flight over Paris (1783)

phonograph: new invention was announced by Thomas Edison (1877)

Piltdown Man: famous fossil was declared a fake (1953)

Today's Birthdays

Goldie Hawn: star of Private Benjamin (61)

Björk: Icelandic singer, songwriter, actor (41)

Troy Aikman: Dallas Cowboys quarterback (40)

Spotlight: French philosopher and writer Voltaire was born on this date in 1694. Voltaire was actually the nom de plume of François Marie Arouet. He was an outspoken defender of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, and he wrote essays condemning the Church and the French government. His satirical attacks landed him in jail numerous times, including a stint of nearly a year in the Bastille. Among Voltaire's most famous works are Candide (1759) and Dictionnaire philosophique (1764).

Quote: "No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible." — Voltaire

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Today in History November 22.....

Edward Teach: pirate known as Blackbeard was killed during a battle off the Virginia coast (1718)

JFK: was assassinated during a motorcade in Dallas (1963)

Margaret Thatcher: prime minister of England quit her post (1990)

Today's Birthdays

Charles de Gaulle: French leader (1890-1970)

Billie Jean King: tennis great who won the "Battle of the Sexes" against retired challenger Bobby Riggs (63)

Boris Becker: German tennis player who was the youngest winner of Wimbledon men's singles, men's grand slam (39)

Mark Ruffalo: actor, Just Like Heaven (39)

Scarlett Johansson: actress, Lost In Translation (22)


Spotlight: What would traveling to new destinations be without the guided tour? Born on this date in 1808, Thomas Cook came up with the idea for group excursions in 1841, leading several hundred campaigners from Leicester to Loughborough and charging them a flat rate for their train tickets and lunch. He established his own tourist agency and began leading groups around Europe and, eventually, to the United States.

Quote: "I sometimes think that Thomas Cook should be numbered among the secular saints. He took travel from the privileged and gave it to the people." — Robert Runcie

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More News...

Seattle beverage firm offers pea-flavoured soft drinks

Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:01 AM GMT
SEATTLE (Reuters) - After introducing the world to new soft-drink flavours like fish taco and salmon, Seattle specialty beverage maker Jones Soda Co. is offering a new flavour: Green pea.

Green pea, along with other unusual sodas such as turkey and gravy, dinner roll, sweet potato and antacid flavour, will be part of the company's $10 to $15 "holiday pack" of bottled drinks available nation-wide.

Peter van Stolk, chief executive of Jones Soda, said on Monday the collection of strange-flavoured sodas usually sell out quickly, even though he can not stomach the drinks. Past flavours included broccoli casserole, corn on the cob and Brussel sprout.

"Why people buy it is beyond me. I can't drink a bottle of this stuff," said van Stolk.



Jones Soda, which sells traditional sodas along side more exotic flavours like fufu berry and green apple, first introduced the holiday soda pack in 2003, gaining notoriety for its turkey and gravy flavour soda.

"We have the market share leader in turkey-flavoured beverages," said van Stolk. "We know we can't compete with Coke or Pepsi by playing their game, but we know they're not going to come out with a turkey flavour or antacid flavour."

Asked if there were any flavours that were off limits, van Stolk said he put his foot down when it came to curried chicken flavour.

"Fish taco was just nasty and we tried curried chicken. That was just wrong," he said.


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What is NAMI?

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.
What is the NAMI mission?

NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.
What does NAMI do?

Dedicated NAMI members, leaders, and friends work tireless across all levels to meet a shared NAMI mission of support, education, advocacy, and research for people living with mental illness through various activities, including:
Public Education and Information Activities

* www.nami.org ~ NAMI’s website receives over 5.4 million visitors a year who turn to NAMI for information, referral, and education;
* 888.999.6264 ~ NAMI’s toll-free HelpLine serves over 4,000 callers a month and is staffed by a dedicated team of volunteer associates, as well as state and affiliate HelpLines in communities across the country;
* Public awareness activities such as Mental Illness Awareness Week, held during the first week of each October, helps dispel the stigma surrounding mental illness and encourage early intervention and treatment.
* In Our Own Voice – Available in selected communities across the country, this educational speakers bureau is presented by trained consumers living with mental illness to groups from all aspects of the community and both educates the public and supports consumer recovery and empowerment while dispelling the stigma of mental illness.

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Cognitive Disorders
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http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/collection/cognitive_disorders

A subject close to my heart even though the problem is in my head! lol

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Today in History

Hollywood Ten: screenwriters were blacklisted by producers for being suspected Communists (1947)

Iran-contra affair: arms-sales scandal blew open; Oliver North was fired for planning to ship arms secretly to Iran (1986)

Elián González: 6-year-old Cuban émigré was rescued by fishermen off Florida's coast, sparking a political asylum/child custody battle (1999)

Today's Birthdays

Joe DiMaggio: legendary baseball player (1914-1999)

John F. Kennedy, Jr.: publisher (1960-1999)

Christina Applegate: actress who played Kelly Bundy on Married... With Children (35)

Jenna & Barbara Bush: twin daughters of George W. (25)


Spotlight: Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap premiered in London on this date in 1952. It would become the longest running play in theater history. The whodunit — a murder mystery — was first staged at the West End's New Ambassadors Theatre and moved to St. Martin's Theatre, where it is still playing. At the end of each performance, one of the actors asks the audience members to keep the identity of the killer a secret, so as not not to ruin the show for future attendees.

Quote: "Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend." — Agatha Christie

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Slashdot Daily Headline Mailer

Laser Turns All Metals Black
from the bzoooom-whaaaawwwww dept.
posted by Zonk on Thursday November 23, @20:40 (Science)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/23/231259

MP3 Transmitters Now Legal In the UK
from the yay-listening dept.
posted by Zonk on Thursday November 23, @22:30 (Communications)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/23/233255

The Great Firewall of Canada
from the didn't-know-they-could-build-things-up-north dept.
posted by Zonk on Friday November 24, @00:38 (Censorship)
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/24/054220

How To Get Rid of the Cubicle?
from the i-suggest-a-hammer-and-a-pry-bar dept.
posted by Zonk on Friday November 24, @02:48 (Businesses)
http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/24/0514215

World's Largest Supercooled Magnet Activated
from the my-watch-is-pulling-me-east dept.
posted by Zonk on Friday November 24, @04:28 (Power)
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/24/0519225

Using Enzymes To Counter Cancer Growth
from the using-all-the-toys-in-the-toy-box dept.
posted by Zonk on Friday November 24, @06:14 (Biotech)
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/24/0830218

Virtualization Disallowed For Vista Home
from the little-bossy dept.
posted by Zonk on Friday November 24, @08:10 (Microsoft)
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/24/0835208

When Beige Won't Do
from the so-90s dept.
posted by Zonk on Friday November 24, @09:05 (Toys)
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/24/1325223

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BBC WebWise Newsletter - The Spin: Issue 244


Welcome to The Spin from WebWise!

Here's our latest website updates and useful facts from BBC WebWise. Below we give you our question of the week from Ask Bruce, links to the latest news, information and top tips - the internet made simple for your inbox.

Computer Tutor at www.bbc.co.uk/computertutor for anyone you know who is scared to touch a mouse!

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The New Happiness Philosophers.....a quote

Socrates was fascinated with the concept of happiness. For our reporting on the subject we talked with experts who are doing work a lot like his - the "new" happiness philosophers, if you will. Most, but not all, work in a field known as positive psychology.

At the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, positive psychologist Barbara Fredrickson teaches freshmen how to be happy. Her students learn to savor moments to "extend the goodness" of an experience - for example, not multi-tasking while they're talking on the telephone to people they care about. "Once people learn to appreciate that positive emotions are beneficial to them... it calls us to pay more attention to those moments and not just rush through them," she said.

Dacher Keltner, a positive psychologist with the University of California-Berkeley, says our disposition has an almost "snowball-like" effect on our future. Studies suggest hostile, violent kids often carry their negativity through life, he notes. The same connection applies to happy children.

Barry Kerzin is a doctor but also a monk. Using meditation he can generate positive feelings in his brain by manipulating his thoughts. His good feelings show up in brain scans. I watched him do this for more than three hours inside an MRI machine. He came out tired but blissful. "Meditation is always helpful to calm the mind," he said. He says he's happier now than before he was a monk.

If you're unhappy or depressed, feeling better is a real possibility.

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Words of Wisdom

The following sayings and phrases can help you gain a better overall understanding of the meditation mindset, and we hope they prove to be both enlightening and uplifting.

"Every meditation should be aimed at liberation from the illusion of separate existence."

"There are no separate bodies - there is only one body with many parts."

"There are no separate emotions - there is only infinite love and bliss."

"There are no separate actions - there is only the experience of eternal love."

"There are no separate minds - there is only one consciousness."

"Cosmic consciousness is our birthright. The means of attaining this are humility, compassion, and meditation."

"There is consciousness everywhere; in, on, and between everything, and you are united with it infinitly, eternally."

"The selfish suffer."

"The feeling of the tip of your tongue against the back of your teeth is present now and virtually every moment we are silent. It has the potential to awaken you to the present and to deliver a present - sensual pleasure."

"Your body is a collection of atoms that has changed its' construction and composition 100% since you first started reading this. You are not your body. You are that which can witness its' changes."

"The tongue is the hardest sense instrument to tame. Our need to comment is obsessive and compulsive. Chasing after taste bud pleasure is slavery. Witness your inner silence and be free."

"It is good not to suffer. But suffering can also be seen to be good because it makes you humble and compassionate. Stop suffering from thinking suffering is only something that makes you suffer."

"Your inner beauty is pure, luminous, and glorious. This real essence is yours eternally. Don't worry for a second about your external beauty. If you're in touch with your inner beauty, your outer beauty will be beautiful."

"If you help less, you will be helpless."

"Every breath is a gift of love from above. Fill with this love with every inhale and send it out with every exhale."

"The most serene person is the most selfless person. The saddest person is the most selfish person."

"No mind = Know mind"

"If at first you don't succeed, that's what was supposed to happen."

"Empty your mind of negativity and the universe will fill it with love, wisdom, and bliss."

"A corpse has every organ, bone, and body system that you have. The only difference between you and it is the spark of life that you enjoy. This is your real Self and is eternal and infinite."

"We should simply be a channel for God's will."

"Success and good health are blessings. Failure and illness teach patience, humility, and compassion. Thus, they too are great blessings."

"Beauty is in the I of the Be-holder."

"Desire nothing. Be content with everything."

"Great wealth will not bring you peace. The minute you get it you start worrying you will lose it. Real peace is the greatest treasure."


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Food for thought ...or is it?

Someone once suggested to me , that in every conversation between two people there are always at least six people present.

What each person said; what each person meant to say are two more; and what each person understood the other to say are two more.

I suppose there is no reason to stop at six!

What I am trying to say is , that I do not believe that their is any one truth. It is up to us , (if we care about retaining our own individuality, as I believe we should), to accept only that which speaks to our condition, rejecting that which does not!

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"The measure of Love....is Love without measure"?


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The essence of a best selling book, of something like twenty five years ago.

I'm not OK...your OK,

I'm not OK..your not OK.

I'm OK...your not OK,

I'm OK ...your OK."

Author Thomas D Harris

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Today's Birthdays

Charles Schulz: creator of Charlie Brown (1922-2000)

Tina Turner: singer of "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (67)

Lil' Fizz: rapper, B2K (21)

Spotlight: Impressionists — a mainstay of entertainment variety shows for many years — make a living at impersonating famous politicians and celebrities. US presidents have always provided especially rich fodder for impressionists. It's hard to think of Rich Little, who turns 68 today, without recalling his Richard Nixon or Lyndon Johnson. Other comedians who have had rich careers as impersonators include Jim Carrey, David Frye, Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell and Harry Shearer.

Quote: "If you become president, you're guaranteed to develop some nervous habit." — Rich Little


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I find, if I am able keep my mind active in a positive way......

There is no room for negative thought!

I can think of no better way to do this, than by engaging in the My Therapy communities.

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Attributed to Charles Schulz: creator of Charlie Brown (1922-2000)

* If I were to be given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

* There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.

* The meaning of life is to go back to sleep and hope that tomorrow will be a better day.

* Happiness is a warm puppy.

* Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.

* If we don't do it, who will? [in reference to the controversial religous references in the nationally broadcast Charlie Brown Christmas special]


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Spotlight: On this date in 1924, Macy's department store in New York City held its first Thanksgiving Day parade. People, bands, live animals and floats made their way down a two-mile stretch of Broadway from Central Park West to Herald Square. In a tradition that remains today, Santa Claus was welcomed into Herald Square at the end of the parade. Felix the Cat was the first large animal-shaped balloon to be flown in the parade, debuting in 1927. Except for the World War II years, 1942-44, the parade has taken place annually, whatever the weather.

Quote: "Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade." — Barbra Streisand, from Bob Merrill's Funny Girl


Today in History

Pennsylvania Station: opened in NYC (1910)

Toulon, France: during WWII, the French Navy scuttled its own ships and submarines to prevent them from falling into German hands (1942)

Pope Paul VI: was the subject of an assassination attempt at the Manila International Airport in the Philippines (1970)

Today's Birthdays

Anders Celsius: Swedish astronomer who developed the thermometer scale (1701-1744)

Bruce Lee: martial arts actor (1940-1973)

Jimi Hendrix: rock guitarist (1942-1970)

Bill Nye: "the science guy" (51)

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Someday when your feeling important
Someday when your ego's in bloom,
Someday when you have the feeling
Your the most important man in the room.
Take a bucket of water,
Stick your hand in it up to your wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that remains,
Is a measure of how much you'll be missed.
You may splash all you wish as you enter,
Stir the water around galore,
But you'll find when you finally leave it
It's exactly the same as before.
So as you follow your daily agenda
Always do the best you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember
There is no indispensable man!

Anon

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From: Wordsmith
Date: 27/11/2006 10:30:24



It's good to have modern computers around that can scan thousands
of lines of text in a jiffy and provide quick fixes with their handy
spellcheck and find-and-replace features. While these electronic
beasts are useful to keep our wayward fingers in check and take
care of sundry typos that creep in, they're no substitute for human
eyeballing. Stories abound where careless application of a spellchecker
has caused embarrassment or worse.

This week's words all give a hissy fit to the spellchecker. You could
use them to your advantage: to defeat your opponents in a game of
Scrabble, for example. These words appear to be misspellings of common
words but they are fully accredited, licensed, certified words from a
dictionary -- as official as any word can be in the English language.


prise (pryz) verb tr.

1. To force open or part something with a lever.

2. To extract information from someone with difficulty.

noun

A lever.

[From Old French prise, from Latin prehendere (to seize). Ultimately
from the Indo-European root ghend-/ghed- that is also the source of
pry, prey, spree, reprise, surprise, pregnant, osprey, prison, and get.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=prise

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Hi Serval,

Thank You for your kind remarks!


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I have said it before in a slightly different format.......

I have learned from personal experience, that the deadliest sin of all, is being unsure of one's own self worth!

It compacts considerably on our emotional well being!!!

We are what our thoughts make us, be sure of that.

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Spotlight: Happy 44th birthday to comedian/talk show host Jon Stewart. Called "the most trusted man in fake news" thanks to his success as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Stewart hosted MTV's first talk show, The Jon Stewart Show, which debuted in 1993. Stewart and The Daily Show have won numerous Emmys and two Peabody Awards, and Stewart's audio edition of America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction won a Grammy.

Quote: "If you want to compare your show to a comedy show, you're more than welcome to... You're on CNN. The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls." — Jon Stewart to Tucker Carlson, on CNN's Crossfire

Today in History

Ferdinand Magellan: reached the Pacific from the Atlantic by sailing through the Strait of Magellan (1520)

Albania: declared independence from the Ottoman Empire (1912)

Mauritania: became independent from France (1960)

Today's Birthdays

William Blake: English poet (1757-1827)

Randy Newman: singer, songwriter; Oscar-winner for "If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc. (63)

Ed Harris: actor/director, Pollock (56)

S. Epatha Merkerson: Law & Order 's Lt. Anita Van Buren (54)

Anna Nicole Smith: actress/model (39)

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Co Counselling.....what is it?


I believe it to be the nearest thing to a do it yourself therapy for there are no professionals involved.Instead there are just two people who take it in turn,using counselling techniques to help each other.

Working in pairs each individual takes a turn of being counsellor and client,swapping roles with his or her partner after an hour.Dispensing with the traditional role of helper and helped,the method teaches that we all can, and do, fulfil both functions at different times in our everyday lives anyway.

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Joy, your positive comments, make my efforts all the more worthwhile!

Yours in friendship, David

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Quotes from a great mind!

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

Henry David Thoreau
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

Henry David Thoreau
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

Henry David Thoreau
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

Henry David Thoreau

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Posted - 11/28/2006 :  18:34:11  Show Profile
C S Lewis. Born today in 1898

Today in History November 29, 2006

Army-Navy game: football rivalry began at West Point; Navy won 24-0 (1890)

Palestine: the UN voted to divide the region between Jews and Arabs (1947)

Warren Commission: was established by US president Lyndon Johnson to investigate JFK's assassination (1963)

Today's Birthdays

Louisa May Alcott: author of Little Women (1832-1888)

Madeleine L'Engle: author of A Wrinkle in Time (88)

Jacques Chirac: president of France (74)

Joel Coen: half of the Coen Brothers filmmaking duo, Raising Arizona, Fargo (52)

Spotlight:

C.S. Lewis, best known for his Chronicles of Narnia, was born on this date in 1898. A professed atheist, Lewis converted to Christianity after being influenced by his friend, J.R.R. Tolkien. Many of Lewis' writings were laced with references to Christianity and, during World War II, he hosted a BBC Radio series on Christianity. Both Lewis and Tolkien were members of the literary group the Inklings.

Quote: "The very man who has argued you down, will sometimes be found, years later, to have been influenced by what you said." — C.S. Lewis

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Who Am I?......written during a period of humanistic counselling in the Autumn of 2001

I am a homosapien, one of the many living species that inhabit the planet Earth. As a human being I am aware that my intelligence gives me superiority over other living matter.I am however mindful that coexistence of a symbiotic nature with the 'lesser'inhabitants of the planet,is essential to the ecology of mother earth.

The issue of what,if not who I am, may seem obvious.I am bounded by my physicality.My personal territory,which stops at my outer skin.It is all that is visible to the world.But there is much more to me than can be seen.The real me is on the inside.

I regard all my major organs vital to my existence.They are designed to function in harmony with one and other;their efficiency crucial to my well being.

I see my heart not only as the pump of life but also as the centre of my compassion.I feel it is only with the heart I see rightly,that which is essential in my life,is often invisible to the eye.I would like to think I had a compassionate heart.I know I have experienced a 'broken' heart.That is the price I have paid for loving.The happiness then, is the heartache now.That's for sure.

I am fascinated by the workings of my brain.Remote from the rest of my body.It has no intrinsic moving parts,and yet every cell in my body is ruled by my brain.It's commanding presence order sensation,movement,thought and language.It is also the repository for my thoughts and dreams.

I see my central nervous system as my personal internet highway.It is the epicentre of my pleasure,joy and laughter;and equally valid sorrow grief and tears.The way that I think see and hear.How I discriminate between what I consider beautiful and ugly,good or bad.In other words it is very much what determines my individually.

I see my psychology as my mind,my mental state, my consciousness and unconsciousness as the 'software' of my brain.It is where my thoughts originate,my feeling develope and my behaviour is motivated.I consider it to be the most significant ingredient to who I am. I am after all, what my thoughts make me.And Who I am is all I want or need to be.

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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  06:56:03  Show Profile

bbc.co.uk Interactive TV
Browsing the Web Message Boards
Chat Mobiles & PDAs
Broadband Scans, Cams & Pics
Cool Websites Searching
Download & Plug-ins Security & Viruses
E-mail Video & Sound

At www.bbc.co.uk/webwise

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Triumph over Death!

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am the the thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sun on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there I did not die!

Anon

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Come take part in NAMI's Issue Loop – Mental Illness and Society. Weigh in on topics such as "Is mental illness ever funny? Where does humor stop and stigma begin?", "How would you rate mental health care in your state?" and "How big a role does faith play in healing?"


HOTSOUP.com offers: panels featuring well-known community members discussing today's hot issues, an interactive section that contains polls and opinions, and much more.

Just go to http://www.hotsoup.com click the "Sign in" link, and you're on your way to discussing and publishing what matters most – your opinion.

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Hi Serval,

It's brilliant!

I like it so much, I have took the liberty of quoting it in 'My Epitaph'.....resurrecting a thread I have in Depression, (general discussion), hope you don't mind!

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Some miscellaneous quotes from Wikipedia.....

Half of writing history is hiding the truth.

Happiness is being married to your best friend.

He who is silent speaks volumes.

History shows that life is the cheapest commodity.

History is written by the victors.

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Today in History

Russo-Finnish War: began (1939)

Lucille Ball: wed Desi Arnaz (1940)

Ann Hodges: woman in Sylacauga, Alabama, became the only person on record to have been struck by a meteorite (1954)

Today's Birthdays

Mark Twain: author of Tom Sawyer (1835-1910)

Winston Churchill: British PM (1874-1965)

Dick Clark: "America's oldest living teenager" (77)

Colin Mochrie: actor, Whose Line is it Anyway? (49)

Ben Stiller: actor/director (41)

Elisha Cuthbert: Kim Bauer on 24 (24)


Spotlight: Today is Barbados Independence Day, celebrating the island's having gained independence from Great Britain on this date 40 years ago and becoming a state in the Commonwealth of Nations. Barbados had been under British control since settlers arrived there in the 1620s. Located in the Atlantic Ocean to the east of the Caribbean Sea, Barbados is considered a part of the Caribbean region's Lesser Antilles.

Quote: "And, of course, Barbados is the other place where I like to be." — Cliff Richard

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Quotable Quotes.....

Beauty is only skin deep. But, ugly is to the bone.

Beauty fades away, while ugly holds its own.

Better to have failed your Wassermann test than to have never loved at all.

Better smart than beautiful.

Believing isn't Seeing, Seeing is Believing.

Build something that's foolproof, and only a fool will use it.

Only a sperm knows how to swim better than a fish : Evans Rono

Borrow money from pessimists- They won't expect it back.


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More Quotable Quotes...


If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

If it's worth fighting for...it's worth fighting dirty for.

If I'm going down I'm taking somebody with me.

If the left half of the brain controls the right hand, and the right half the left, than left-handed people are the only ones in their right minds.

If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.

If you can't appreciate it, you don't deserve it.

If you can't convince, confuse!

If you can't dazzle them with your intelligence, baffle them with your bull****.

If you're too open-minded your brains will fall out.

I'm going to live forever. Or die trying.

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Thank You Rock for your kind words.....they make my efforts all the more worthwhile!

Best Regards David

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Winston Churchill born this day 1874 died 24 January 1965

Wikiquote of the day:

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it
intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good
thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for
more. -- Winston Churchill
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CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A young woman, confined to a wheelchair, is told to think about moving another wheelchair in front of her, first to the left and then forward.

As if by magic, the wheelchair follows her mental commands.

"She was controlling the chair with her imagination," said Timothy Surgenor, president and chief executive of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems.


Surgenor was using the video of the woman, who was paralyzed by a brain stem stroke, to demonstrate a technology called BrainGate to some 900 researchers, physicians and investors attending a meeting at the Cleveland Clinic earlier this month.

The woman had a tiny sensor that analyzes brain signals implanted on the part of her brain that controls hand movement.

A small plug protruding from just above her ear is connected to a computer that in turn has a wireless connection to the electronic wheelchair she was controlling.

"What we are doing now is just the tip of the iceberg," Dr. Ali Rezai, director of the Brain Neuromodulation Centers at the Cleveland Clinic, said in an interview. "This concept is evolving."


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Cognitive Disorders
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http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/collection/cognitive_disorders

A subject close to my heart even though the problem is in my head! lol

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Games People Play is the bestselling book by psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne that uncovered the dynamics of human relationships. Since its publication in 1964 to the newly released and updated 40th anniversary edition, over 5 million copies have been sold worldwide in over ten languages. The book remains immensely popular and has recently experienced a huge increase in sales due to renewed interest.

The book Games People Play represents many things to many people. One modern critic said:

"Games People Play is now widely recognized as the most original and influential popular psychology book of our time. It’s as powerful and eye-opening as ever."

The famous author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. said of Games People Play:

"An important book . . . a brilliant, amusing, and clear catalogue of the psychological theatricals that human beings play over and over again. The good Doctor has provided story lines that hacks will not exhaust in the next 10,000 years"


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I keep my paint brush with me, wherever I may go
In case I need to cover up,
So the real me doesn't show.
I'm afraid to show you me; afraid of what you'll see;
You might laugh, or say mean things;
I'm afraid I might lose you.
I'd like to remove all my paint coats,
To show you the real, true me,
But I want you to try and understand,
I need you to like what you see.
So, if you'll be patient and close your eyes,
I'll strip off my coats real slow;
Please understand how much it hurts,
To let the real me show.
Now my coats are stripped off. I feel naked, bare and cold.
If you still love me, with all that you see,
you are my friend, pure as gold.
I need to save my paint brush, though, and hold it in my hand,
I want to keep it handy, in case somebody doesn't understand.
So please protect me, my dear friend,
And thanks for loving me true;
But, please let me keep my paint brush with me,
Until I learn to love me too.
----Anon.

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Today in History

Nancy Astor: American-born society hostess became the first female member of the UK Parliament (1919)

Rosa Parks: was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott (1955)

Antarctic Treaty: said Antarctica "shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes" (1959)

Today's Birthdays

Rex Stout: author of Nero Wolfe mysteries (1886-1975)

Richard Pryor: comedian/actor (1940-2005)

Bette Midler: singer and actress on stage and screen (61)

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Spotlight: Happy birthday to comic filmmaker Woody Allen, who turns 71 today. Known for his neurotic, nebbishy persona, Allen won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1977 for his romantic comedy, Annie Hall. In the early 1960s, Allen decided to take a stab at stand-up comedy. He went on to write and star in the farce, What's New, *****cat?, and after a number of other films and a Broadway show (Don't Drink the Water, 1966), his screen career really took off with Take the Money and Run (1969). A long string of Allen's hits includes Bananas (1971), Sleeper (1973), Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1987, Best Screenplay Oscar), and many more. His most recent film is Scoop, starring Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson.

Quote: "I've often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me." — Woody Allen

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Hi Joy,

Thank You for your positive comment. Although this forum is very much about mental health issues ,( I probably wouldn't be here if it wasn't),
I think it is also important to embrace everyday life. And that is what I try to do!

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Today is World Aids Day.....

We can stop the spread of HIV
Take Action Today

Around forty million people are living with HIV throughout the world - and that number increases in every region every day. In the UK alone, more than 60,000 people are living with HIV and more than 7,000 more are diagnosed every year. Ignorance and prejudice are fuelling the spread of a preventable disease.

World AIDS Day, 1 December is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. This year, it's up to you, me and us to stop the spread of HIV and end prejudice.

This starts by taking action.

* You: Wear a red ribbon
* Me: Talk to people
* Us: Get involved in events

The National AIDS Trust (NAT) co-ordinates the UK World AIDS Day campaign. NAT is the UK's leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS. UNAIDS sets the international theme for World AIDS Day, which this year is Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise. Visit the World AIDS Campaign to find out what is happening outside the UK.


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Hi Serval,

I am pleased now that I did....Cheers for that! David

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Today in History

Napoleon Bonaparte: became emperor of France (1804)

Monroe Doctrine: the US told Europe to stay out of the Americas (1823)

Manifest Destiny: urged US expansion westward to the Pacific (1845)

Environmental Protection Agency: opened for business (1970)

Today's Birthdays

Alexander Haig: former US secretary of state (82)

Gianni Versace: Italian fashion designer (1946-1997)

Lucy Liu: actress/model, Charlie's Angels (38)

Rena Sofer: Emmy-winning dimpled actress (38)

Nelly Furtado: singer, "I'm Like a Bird" (28)

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Spotlight: Happy 25th birthday to singer/actress Britney Spears. The former Mouseketeer (1993-4) had her first #1 hit song when she was 17 years old. She went on to become the only woman in recording history to have her first four albums debut at #1. One of the world's top-selling recording artists, Spears has won multiple Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and a Grammy Award. Spears recently filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Kevin Federline.

Quote: "There's no master plan! I'm just gonna be me and hope it all works out!" — Britney Spears

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This is a wonderful way to explore the World from your desk/laptop....and very popular!

Google Earth - System Requirements
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A little over two years ago I had no personal experience of the internet other than the concept that it is the greatest instrument of communication in modern times...fast,efficient and reliable....well most of the time.

I never for one moment thought I would ever get around to participating in this wonderful contemporary invention.
Then,out the blue,a friend came to my door and presented me with a desktop PC. barely 18 months old with Windows XP.software.I was delighted being given such a gift but perplexed in equal measure for I had no experience whatsoever of computing.

The rest is history.I'll never be a whizz kid,but that doesn't matter.
The fact is I have global communication in my liviing room and oh how I utilise it to the maximum of my capability.

I subscribe to almost two hundred rss.news and media feeds daily and get lots of e-mails on all manner of subjects.
I am also a member of several mental health communities which I find very helpful as I dont get out and about much.

I would love to know how the internet may have improved your life.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome, once thought by some doctors to be a psychological problem or even a excuse for malingerers, is a real disease that affects more than a million Americans, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Early diagnosis and treatment of the disease are important for recovery -- even though it is not clear what the best treatments are, CDC officials said during a news conference late last week.

"CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) is a terrible illness that prevents many people from taking part in everyday activities and participating in the things they enjoy," CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said.

"Fortunately, there are therapies for CFS that can reduce much of the pain and suffering," she said.

The CDC launched an awareness campaign about chronic fatigue on Friday and published a dedicated Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/.

Up to 80 percent of people with chronic fatigue do not know they have it, the CDC said. Its causes are unknown but it can cause profound exhaustion, sleep difficulties, and problems concentrating and remembering.

Flu-like symptoms, including pain in the joints and muscles, tender lymph nodes, sore throat and headaches are also common. "A distinctive characteristic of the illness is a worsening of symptoms following physical or mental exertion," the CDC said in a statement.

"Diagnosis is primarily made by taking a patient's medical history, completing a physical exam and lab tests to rule out other conditions," it added.

"The CDC considers chronic fatigue syndrome to be a significant public health concern, and we are committed to research that will lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment of the illness," Gerberding said.

Several other illnesses have symptoms that mimic chronic fatigue, including fibromyalgia syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, neurasthenia, multiple chemical sensitivities, and chronic mononucleosis, the CDC noted.

"There are tens of millions of people with similar fatiguing illnesses who do not fully meet the strict research definition of CFS," the CDC added.

No one therapy works but reducing stress, dietary restrictions, gentle stretching and nutritional supplementation have all been shown to help. Drugs are sometimes prescribed.

"For instance, tricyclic antidepressants may not only improve mood, but may help with sleep and pain," the CDC said.

"Patients should be advised to avoid herbal remedies like comfrey, ephedra, kava, germander, chaparral, bitter orange, licorice root, yohimbe and any other supplements that are potentially dangerous," it added.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Humans must colonise planets in other solar systems travelling there using "Star Trek"-style propulsion or face extinction, renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking said on Thursday.

Referring to complex theories and the speed of light, Hawking, the wheel-chair bound Cambridge University physicist, told BBC radio that theoretical advances could revolutionise the velocity of space travel and make such colonies possible.

"Sooner or later disasters such as an asteroid collision or a nuclear war could wipe us all out," said Professor Hawking, who was crippled by a muscle disease at the age of 21 and who speaks through a computerised voice synthesiser.

"But once we spread out into space and establish independent colonies, our future should be safe," said Hawking, who was due to receive the world's oldest award for scientific achievement, the Copley medal, from the Royal Society on Thursday.


Previous winners include Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin.

In order to survive, humanity would have to venture off to other hospitable planets orbiting another star, but conventional chemical fuel rockets that took man to the moon on the Apollo mission would take 50,000 years to travel there, he said.

Hawking, a 64-year-old father of three who rarely gives interviews and who wrote the best-selling "A Brief History of Time", suggested propulsion like that used by the fictional starship Enterprise "to boldly go where no man has gone before" could help solve the problem.

"Science fiction has developed the idea of warp drive, which takes you instantly to your destination," said.

"Unfortunately, this would violate the scientific law which says that nothing can travel faster than light."


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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Marcus Aurelius

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
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Everything you could ever want to know about Stephen Hawking . . . Well, almost!

www.Hawking.org.uk

If you have ever wanted to know about the man who wrote the all-time best seller 'A Brief History of Time', and more recently the book that is still topping charts all over the world 'The Universe in a Nutshell' then this is an excellent place to start. These pages have been written so that you can learn more about not only Stephen, but also his work.


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A Happy Festive Season to you TOO Stig!

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Psychopaths' brains 'different'
There are biological brain differences that mark out psychopaths from other people, according to scientists.

Psychopaths showed less activity in brain areas involved in assessing the emotion of facial expressions, the British Journal of Psychiatry reports.

In particular, they were far less responsive to fearful faces than healthy volunteers.

The Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London team say this might partly explain psychopathic behaviour.

Remorseless

Criminal psychopaths are people with aggressive and anti-social personalities who lack emotional empathy.

They can commit hideous crimes, such as rape or murder, yet show no signs of remorse or guilt.

It has been suggested that people with psychopathic disorders lack empathy because they have defects in processing facial and vocal expressions of distress, such as fear and sadness, in others.


We are a long way from knowing how to treat psychopathy
Dr Nicola Gray, from Cardiff University's School of Psychology

Professor Declan Murphy and colleagues set out to test this using a scan that shows up brain activity.

They showed six psychopaths and nine healthy volunteers pictures of faces showing different emotions.

Both groups had increased activity in brain areas involved in processing facial expressions in response to happy faces compared with neutral faces, but this increase was smaller among the psychopaths.

By contrast, when processing fearful faces compared with neutral faces, the healthy volunteers showed increased activation and the psychopaths decreased activation in these brain regions.

Fearful faces

The researchers said: "These results suggest that the neural pathways for processing facial expressions of happiness are functionally intact in people with psychopathic disorder, although less responsive.

"In contrast, fear is processed in a very different way."

This failure to recognise and emotionally respond to facial and other signals of distress may underlie psychopaths' failure to block behaviour that causes distress in others and their lack of emotional empathy, the scientists suggest.

Dr Nicola Gray, from Cardiff University's School of Psychology, has also been studying what underpins psychopathy.

"What we are trying to understand are the cognitive deficits underpinning the behaviour of psychopaths.

"If people with psychopathy can't process the emotion of fear and that is mirrored in terms of their brain activity, as this study suggests, that will help us understand the cognitive deficits.

"But it is still a long way to finding out what to do about that. We are a long way from knowing how to treat psychopathy."



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Today's Birthdays

*Philip W Long MD Founder of My Therapy.com (62)

Martin Van Buren: 8th POTUS, known as "Old Kinderhook" or "OK"
(1782-1862)

Walt Disney: animator, filmmaker and the original voice of Mickey Mouse (1901-1966)

Frankie Muniz: actor, Malcolm in the Middle (21)


In the mid-1800s, the word "prohibition" went from indicating a ban on anything to meaning a ban on the manufacture, transportation, import, export and sale of alcoholic beverages. The Prohibition movement began in the 1840s in the US, but it wasn't until the 1880s that the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Prohibition Party were able to make legal headway in the drive to make America "dry," resulting in the passing of the 18th Amendment of the US Constitution in 1919. The much-disputed amendment was finally repealed on this date in 1933, when Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution.

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"Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes." — Abraham Lincoln
Today in History

Bermuda Triangle: US Navy squadron disappeared, as did an aircraft sent to search for it (1945)

Abbott and Costello: burlesque show debuted on television (1952)

AFL-CIO: federation of North American labor unions formed (1955)

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December 06, 2006

Today in History

The Washington Post: volume I was published (1877)

Irish Free State: precursor to today's Republic of Ireland was formed (1922)

Manhattan Project: WWII effort by the US to create nuclear weapons began (1941)

Today's Birthdays

Ira Gershwin: composer (1896-1983)

Dave Brubeck: jazz pianist/composer, "Take Five" (86)

Steven Wright: Oscar-winning comedian/actor (51)

Today's Holiday: Independence Day (Finland)

Spotlight: I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree... The poet who wrote those famous words, Joyce Kilmer, was born on this date in 1886. According to his son, Kenton, the poem was written as Kilmer sat in the window of his room overlooking "...our well-wooded lawn — trees of many kinds, from mature trees to thin saplings: oaks, maples, black and white birches, and I don't know what else." Kilmer served in the army during WWI, and was killed in France on a mission in the Second Battle of the Marne. He is buried there, in the Oise-Aisne Cemetery, but his family plot in New Jersey holds a cenotaph in his memory.

Quote: "It is stern work, it is perilous work to thrust your hand in the sun And pull out a spark of immortal flame to warm the hearts of men." — Joyce Kilmer

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From: Wordsmith
Date: 06/12/2006 10:36:21
To: linguaphile@wordsmith.org
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--cakewalk


This week's theme: desserts used metaphorically.

cakewalk (KAYK-wok) noun

Something very easy to do, having little or no opposition.

[In the 19th century, cakewalk was a popular contest among slaves on
the American plantations. It was a strutting dance, developed as a
parody of white owners, in which couples with the most stylish steps
won a cake as a prize. The dance may or may not have been easy but it
was certainly a lot of fun, and eventually the term cakewalk begin to
be used to refer to anything easy to do. The idiom "to take the cake"
has the same origin.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=cakewalk

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From: Faraaz Damji
Date: 06/12/2006 03:59:10
To: daily-article-l@mail.wikimedia.org
Subject: [Wikipedia Daily Article] December 6: Mount Rushmore


Mount Rushmore is a United States presidential memorial that
represents the first 150 years of the history of the United States of
America with the 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of former U.S. Presidents
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham
Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278 acres (5.17 km#65533;), and is
5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level. It is managed by the National
Park Service, a bureau of the United States Department of the
Interior. The memorial attracts around 2 million people annually. The
mountain known to the Lakota Sioux as Six Grandfathers, was renamed
after Charles E. Rushmore, a prominent New York lawyer, in 1885. The
project of carving Mount Rushmore originally started with the purpose
of increasing tourism in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. After
long negotiations involving a Congressional delegation and President
Calvin Coolidge, the project received Congressional approval. Under
the direction of sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the carving started in 1927
and ended in 1941.

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Today in History December 7

Delaware: the First State ratified the US Constitution and was admitted to the Union (1787)

Apollo 17: NASA's last moon mission was launched from Cape Canaveral (1972)

Today's Birthdays

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Italian sculptor, painter, architect (1598-1680)

Noam Chomsky: father of generative grammar theory (78)

Ellen Burstyn: Oscar and Tony-winning actress (74)

Harry Chapin: singer, "Cat's in the Cradle" (1942-1981)

Larry Bird: MVP basketball player and coach (50)

Tom Waits: Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/actor, Mule Variations (57)


Spotlight: A date which will live in infamy... President Franklin D. Roosevelt used these words to describe Sunday, December 7, 1941, the date on which Japan bombed the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, on the southern coast of Hawaii. More than 2,300 people were killed (including 68 civilians) and 1,100 wounded in the surprise attack. The US Congress declared war on Japan the next day, officially entering World War II.

Quote: "Take a good look at Pearl Harbor. Maybe it's something you'll want to remember." — John Ridgely, as Captain Quincannon in Dudley Nichols' 1943 film Air Force

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From: Wordsmith
Date: 07/12/2006 10:46:28
To: linguaphile@wordsmith.org
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--ambrosia


This week's theme: desserts used metaphorically.

ambrosia (am-BROE-zhuhuh) noun

1. In classical mythology, the food of the gods.

2. Something very pleasing to taste or smell.

3. A dessert made of oranges and shredded coconut.

[From Latin, from Greek ambrotos, from a- (not) + mbrotos (mortal).
Ultimately from the Indo-European root mer- (to rub away or to harm)
that is also the source of morse, mordant, amaranth, morbid, mortal,
mortgage, and nightmare.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=ambrosia

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NAMI
The Nation's Voice on Mental Illness
http://www.nami.org

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It is a good site Jody. What is more it is advertised here in the forum so it must be legitimate! David

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Thank You that!

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I remind myself almost daily that I have a choice......when I forget, I slip into the 'I don't have a choice' mode. So I must keep up the momentum.

Otherwise, I feel hopelessly and helplessly lost!

It works for me, hopefully it may just work for you.

Yours in community friendship David

PS.,It really is the simplest of tactics, that can make all the difference to the quality of our lives!

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This is a wonderful way to explore the World from your desk/laptop....and very popular!

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John Lennon died twenty six years ago today!


Today in History

Immaculate Conception: was defined as a dogma by Pope Pius IX (1854)

John Lennon: Beatle, rock icon, peacenik was shot to death outside his apartment in NYC (1980)

CIS: established instead of the USSR by Russia, Belarus and Ukraine (1991)

Today's Birthdays

Sammy Davis, Jr.: entertainer (1925-1990)

David Carradine: star of Kung Fu and Kill Bill (70)

Jim Morrison: lead singer of The Doors (1943-1971)

Kim Basinger: Oscar-winning actress, L.A. Confidential (53)

Teri Hatcher: Susan Mayer of Desperate Housewives (42)

Sinead O'Connor: singer/songwriter (40)



Spotlight: Mary Stuart, aka Mary Queen of Scots, was born on this date in 1542. She was only 6 days old when her father, James V, died and she became Queen of Scotland. Mary, a Catholic, was accused of scheming to murder her husband and was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle in 1567. A year later, she escaped and fled to England. Elizabeth I initially provided refuge and then had Mary imprisoned when she was implicated in additional plotting, including a scheme to murder Elizabeth. Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in 1587. When Elizabeth died, she was succeeded by Mary's son, James I of England.

Quote: "No more tears now; I will think upon revenge." — Mary Stuart, after the murder of David Rizzio in 1566 (attributed)

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Quote of the Day

May memory restore again and again
The smallest color of the smallest day:
Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.

~ Delmore Schwartz ~

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I like this poster.

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Thanks Joy, we do have 'knighthoods' over here in the UK, bestowed on you by the Queen. but I'm told she doesn't take to lesser 'Queens'.... if you get my drift. lol

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The first thing you want to know when you get some test results back from the doctor is "are they normal?'

Vivienne Parry is not normal according to her friends but medically speaking she's mercifully within the normal range for most things. In this series, Vivienne finds out how the doctors decide what's normal in terms of our weight, height, cholesterol level and state of mind.

If you don't fit into the normal box, does that make you in need of medical treatment, or just different?

Visithttp//www.bbc.co.uk/radiofour/science to listen to this programme

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Point taken Jody!

Thanks for putting me 'straight'... lol

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TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A team of Japanese scientists have found a gene closely linked to nicotine addiction, which could lead to more effective ways for smokers to kick the habit, a Japanese daily said on Wednesday.

The team at Osaka University found that among heavy smokers -- defined as those who light up as soon as they get up in the morning -- a gene responsible for producing an enzyme that breaks down nicotine is more active than others, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported.

After examining the gene CYP2A6 among 300 smokers and those who had smoked in the past, the scientists found that 70 percent of those with a highly active type of the gene were highly addicted to nicotine.

The percentage of heavy smokers among those with a less active CYP2A6 was lower at 40 percent, the finding showed.

If doctors can find out the type of the gene in patients who want to quit smoking, they can change treatment methods accordingly, such as adjusting the amount of nicotine patches prescribed to the smoker, the paper said.

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Today in History

American Minerva: New York's first daily newspaper began publication, edited by Noah Webster (1793)

John Birch Society: was founded under the banner "Less Government, More Responsibility, and With God's Help, A Better World" (1958

Coronation Street: longest-running British soap opera first aired (1960)

Today's Birthdays

Dame Judi Dench: actress who played M in recent Bond films, Oscar winner for Shakespeare in Love (72)

Felicity Huffman: Lynette on Desperate Housewives (44)

Crown Princess Masako: Harvard-educated wife of Crown Prince Naruhito (43)
Jesse Metcalfe: Desperate Housewives gardener (28)

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Spotlight: Happy 90th birthday to film icon Kirk Douglas. Born Issur Danielovitch, Douglas began acting in the 1940s, winning his first Oscar nomination for his role as a boxer in Champion (1949). He won two more nominations for his work in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Lust for Life (1956). In 1996 he won an honorary Oscar for his contributions to the motion picture industry. Douglas is remembered as one of the leaders in breaking the Hollywood blacklist when he stood by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo, insisting that Trumbo receive credit for writing the screenplay of Spartacus (1960), a movie that Douglas both starred in and produced.

Quote: When you become a star, you don't change — everyone else does. — Kirk Douglas

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Wrote while in a therapeutic community way back in '88

I firmly believe that when we share ourselves warts and all,we are making possible an exchange between human beings at the level of that great common denominator human nature.

But nothing is beautiful unless it is is also honest in it's self...and anything that is truly itself is not only beautiful but lovable.

It has been a difficult conviction to live with,for it strips away any naive pretensions or priggishness, that may have existed within me.And it is a great feeling when you dare give yourself away and still feel safe! Which is how I feel in our community.

The God of my understanding sees all and forgives all.
If he can love me it is not because he has missed the rottenness within me,or that he has treated me more lightly.....than I would have treat myself,for his compassion embraces me despite my blemishes.
I am therefor in a position to no longer feel afraid for other people to see in me my faults....I am no longer a threat to them.
As a result they they may find it easier to lower their own defenses and I need no longer live in fear of being found out for what or who I am! David

We are who we pretend to be..........
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Thank You Jody......You always help make my day, in a positive way!


Cheers for that my friend, David

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This is something that may not interest you...well not for a very long time Jody. lol

Several reasons it’s good to be fifty!

Nothing’s ever like it used to be, is it? No you’re quite right there, it’s not. In fact it’s a darned sight better now than it ever has been. Over 50? Lucky old you.

Forget all that twaddle about life beginning at 40. It’s a myth. It’s at 50 that things really start hotting up.

The over 50s are the new ‘big thing’ and everyone wants a piece of them – from politicians to advertisers.

If you’re over 50 you’ve pretty much got it made, if the recent survey by media agency OMD UK is anything to go by.

You’re likely to be comfortably off (over 50s make up 80% of the country's wealth, more than 80% own their own home and half have paid off their mortgage), feeling as frisky as ever (49% say they enjoy a healthy sex life), you’ll be willing to give-it-a-go if need be (19% would try online dating to find love) and still proud of your looks (a third consider themselves very attractive for their age, while 10% would consider plastic surgery to keep what they’ve got in peak condition).

Dubbed ‘Gotys (Getting Older, Thinking Younger), the over 50s are the largest and wealthiest consumer group in Britain. There are now 19.8 million people aged 50-plus in the UK and research by OMD seems to confirm official figures that show that many older people have more money and enjoy a better lifestyle than their parents did at the same age.

It’s not surprising then that 75% of people surveyed said they have a positive attitude to life.

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I concocted this in a therapeutic workshop on reconciliation circa 1980

I hope you like it. David



SO MANY EYES WATCH
never seeing
blurred non person shapes
minds never touching
too fast spinning world
too fast
what I am
will wither and die
you made not need
what I am
but please take
and handle with care
this made by God.
I don't want to watch
never seeing
I don't want to pass by
in a crowd
of non person people
holding tight
to what little I am
To be me I need you
minds touching
eyes seeing
living His peace
in a too fast
spinning world!

It speaks to my condition.....does it speak to yours?

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Today in History

Mississippi: the Magnolia State became No. 20 (1817)

Spanish-American War: came to an end (1898)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: was adopted by the UN; became the world's most translated document (1948)

Today's Birthdays

Emily Dickinson: reclusive poet (1830-1886)

Melvil Dewey: creator of the the Dewey Decimal System (1851-1931)

Raven-Symoné: actress/singer, That's So Raven (21)

Spotlight: Happy birthday to Kenneth Branagh, who turns 46 today. Especially known for his interpretation of Shakespeare's greatest plays, Branagh has won awards for his acting and directing of screen versions of both Henry V (1989) and Hamlet (1996). He has also been nominated for his television work, winning a Best Actor Emmy nomination for his performance as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Warm Springs (2005) and winning the Emmy for Best Actor for his role as Reinhard Heydrich in Conspiracy (2001).

Quote: "Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports." — Kenneth Branagh

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Spotlight: UNICEF is 60. On this date in 1946, the United Nations established the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, created to provide food, housing and medical aid to children in countries ravaged by World War II. A decade later, the organization had shifted its focus to helping needy children in developing countries, especially in the areas of medicine, nutrition and education. UNICEF won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965.

Quote: "Working with UNICEF made me grow up and recognize how fortunate I am." — Roger Moore

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Today in History......

Indiana: the Hoosier State became No. 19 (1816)

Edward VIII: king of Great Britain and Ireland became the first English monarch to abdicate the throne voluntarily; he did it for love (1936)

Chechnya: Moscow sent in troops to restore control over region (1994)

Today's Birthdays

Fiorello La Guardia: popular NYC mayor who supported social welfare and woman suffrage, fought corruption (1882-1947)

Naguib Mahfouz: first Arabic-language winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1911-2006)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Nobel-winning author (88)

Rita Moreno: actress who played Anita in West Side Story (75)

Mos Def: rapper/actor, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (33)


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Today in History

The Katzenjammer Kids: oldest ongoing comic strip debuted (1897)

radio: was transmitted across the Atlantic for the first time, by Guglielmo Marconi (1901)

Boys Town: youth center founded by Father Flanagan (1917)
Today's Birthdays

Gustave Flaubert: French writer, Madame Bovary (1821-1880)

Edvard Munch: Norwegian artist, The Scream (1863-1944)

Frank Sinatra: singer/actor, Oscar winner for From Here to Eternity (1915-1998)

Jennifer Connelly: Oscar-winning actress, A Beautiful Mind (36)


Spotlight: Happy 83rd birthday to game show host Bob Barker. After 18 years as the host of Truth or Consequences, Barker became host of The Price is Right, which has since become TV's longest-running game show. The winner of 17 daytime Emmy awards, twelve of them for Outstanding Game Show Host, he recently announced that he will retire from The Price is Right in June after 35 years as host of the show and 50 years overall in TV. Barker is an advocate for animal rights; for more than 20 years he has ended every show by saying, "Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered."

Quote: "I've learned my song, and I sing it." — Bob Barker

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This is an excellent totally free office suite for anyone interested.This latest software release only came out today.

2006-12-12

All,

The OpenOffice.org Community are proud to announce the release of
OpenOffice.org 2.1, the latest version of the leading open-source
office suite.

There are a number of important new features for users in this
release. The presentations application, Impress, now supports
multiple monitors, with the presenter choosing where to display the
presentation. The Calc spreadsheet has an improved HTML export
capability, using styles to better recreate in a browser the
appearance of the original spreadsheet. The database application,
Base, has a number of enhancements, including improved support for
Microsoft's Access product. The popular Quickstarter is now available
for GNU/Linux users as a GTK application. OpenOffice.org's impressive
language support is enhanced with five more localisations.

However, OpenOffice.org is not simply a great productivity suite for
end users. OpenOffice.org software technology is also available for
developers, systems integrators, and others to use in their own
applications. OpenOffice.org 2.1 extends support for version control
to extensions, simplifying the management of packages for those
developing extensions.

Version 2.1 is the third release of OpenOffice.org in 2006, and
reflects the Community's commitment to making new features available
to users every few months. To help make this as smooth as possible,
OpenOffice.org 2.1 also includes an improved on-line notifier, which
checks regularly and informs users if a new version is available
(users may choose to disable this option at any time).

OpenOffice.org 2.1 is now available for download free of charge.

* <http://download.openoffice.org/2.1/>
If the download servers are busy, there is an alternative legal peer-
to-peer (P2P) system.

* <http://distribution.openoffice.org/p2/>

Alternatively, OpenOffice.org Community Distributors supply the
software on CD-ROM in many countries.

* <http://distribution.openoffice.org/cdrom/?

OpenOffice.org's Native Language project can advise on the
availability of translations.

* <http://projects.openoffice.org/native-lang.html>


About OpenOffice.org

The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer
and sponsored contributors who develop, support, and promote the
leading open-source office productivity suite, OpenOffice.org®.
OpenOffice.org's leading edge software technology (UNO) is also
available for developers, systems integrators, etc to use in
OpenOffice.org extensions or in their own applications.

OpenOffice.org supports the Open Document Format for Office
Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as
legacy industry file formats and is available on major computing
platforms in over 70 languages. OpenOffice.org software is provided
under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used
free of charge for any purpose, private or commercial.

The OpenOffice.org Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a
number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor
and primary contributor.

NB. I would never promote any free software that I personally do not use myself. David Tomkinson

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Hi Day,

Good to hear from you, and your resolve to give up on the old nicotine. I am not there, quite yet, but I am determined, come the New year to do so. It may be a bit easier for me, as I smoke a pipe and don't consciously inhale but I must be breathing in the second hand stuff.

So me too, in less than three weeks HOPEFULLY!

Cheers for that, David

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Day,

Lets do it in tandem?

And anyone else who wishes to participate.

That way we can support each other along the way!

Cheers, David

PS., We can use your 'Smoking' thread to compare notes on a regular basis.

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And for anyone out there with an alcohol problem......

Might as well 'kill' to birds with one stone! lol

Cheers, (without a drink), David

From: 12-Step-Recovery group
Date: 13/12/2006 01:06:14
To: 12-Step-Recovery digest subscribers
Subject: 25 new messages in 4 topics - digest



12 Step Recovery
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Hi Day,

There is no time like the present....but in all fairness I did say the start the NEW Year!

I'd rather not go 'Cold Turkey' over Xmas...No Pun intended

David

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Spotlight Wednesday December 13, 2006

Charlotte's Web, the Film

E.B. White wrote Charlotte's Web in 1952. The story of a spider (Charlotte) who tries to save a pig (Wilbur) from slaughter became an instant hit with children and parents alike. Today at noon (EST), schools, libraries and other organizations around the globe are working to break the world record for the most people reading the same passage simultaneously in multiple locations by asking students, educators, librarians and fans of Charlotte's Web to gather in schools, hospitals, libraries and community centers to read a passage from the book. Dakota Fanning stars in a film version of the book, due to be released next week.

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"I don't understand it... When the words appeared, everybody said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle." — Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White




Today in History

Francis Drake: British explorer set out on three-year circumnavigation of the globe (1577)

President Bush: Al Gore conceded the presidency more than a month after the 2000 election

Saddam Hussein: Iraqi dictator was captured hiding in a spider hole near Tikrit (2003)

Today's Birthdays

David Tomkinson (My Therapy) (61)

Heinrich Heine: German lyric poet, essayist (1797-1856)

Dick Van Dyke: actor/singer, Mary Poppins and The Dick Van Dyke Show (81)

Ted Nugent: rock guitarist (58)

Jamie Foxx: actor, Oscar winner for Ray (39)

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Sorry I missed yesterday..I was indisposed! David

Today in History

Bill of Rights: Amendments I-X of the US Constitution became law (1791)

Gone With the Wind: Civil War-era epic film premiered in Atlanta (1939)

Romania: popular uprising began, leading to the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1989)

Today's Birthdays

Nero: emperor who "fiddled while Rome burned" (37-68)

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel: designer of the eponymous tower in Paris (1832-1923)

Adam Brody: Seth on The O.C. (27)

Thomas Herrion: football player (1981-2005)

Today's Holiday: Hanukkah (8-day Jewish festival begins at sundown)



A Timely Reminder! of the atrocities of War! David


Spotlight: Forty-five years ago today, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps. As head of the Gestapo's Jewish section, Eichmann was a zealous proponent of the use of gas chambers to exterminate the Jews in World War II. After the war, he escaped to Argentina. Israeli agents found him there and took him to Israel, where he was tried and found guilty of war crimes. He was hanged on June 1, 1962.

Quote: "The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic; they were... terribly and terrifyingly normal... This normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together." — Hannah Arendt



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A Timely reminder....


Some day when you are feeling important
Some day when you ego's in bloom,
Some day when you have the feeling
Your the most important person in the room,
Take a bucket of water
Stick your hand in it up to you wrist,
Pull it out and the whole that remains
Is a measure of how you will be missed.
You may splash all you wish as you enter,
Stir the water around galore,
But you will find when you finally leave it
It is exactly the same as before.
So as you follow your daily agenda
Always do the best you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember
THERE IS NO INDISPENSABLE MAN!

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Lyric.....sung beautifully by Nat King Cole, and very Now?

"Smile"

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...

If you smile
With your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just...

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just...

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...

If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile...

That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile!


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Today in History

Battle of the Bulge: WWII battle began in Belgium (1944)

Millau Viaduct: world's tallest vehicular bridge opened to traffic (2004)

Today's Birthdays

Ludwig van Beethoven: composer (1770-1827)

Jane Austen: author of Pride and Prejudice (1775-1817)

Arthur C. Clarke: author of 2001, A Space Odyssey (89)

Philip K. Dick: prolific sci-fi writer whose works inspired Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report (1928-1982)

Benjamin Bratt: actor, Law & Order, E-Ring (43)

Today's Holiday: Day of Reconciliation (South Africa)

Spotlight: On this date in 1773, Bostonians emptied the holds of three tea-bearing British ships into Boston Harbor to protest the British tax on tea imported to the colonies. A group of men led by Samuel Adams disguised themselves as Native Americans and dumped some 18,000 pounds of tea into the water. As punishment, Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts, which, among other things, effectively closed the Massachusetts port until restitution for the spoiled tea would be made. This served to further unite the colonies in their opposition to the British. The Boston Tea Party was one of a series of events that led to the American Revolution.

Quote: "It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds" — Samuel Adams



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Today in History

Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasant uprising began (1637)

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens published his story (1843)

Kitty Hawk: the Wright brothers successfully conducted the first controlled, sustained flight of a motor-powered airplane (1903)

NAFTA: trade agreement was signed by Canada, the US and Mexico (1992)

Today's Birthdays

Arthur Fiedler: conductor of the Boston Pops (1894-1979)

William Safire: conservative columnist (77)

Eugene Levy: actor/director/producer (60)

Bill Pullman: actor, While You Were Sleeping (53)

Milla Jovovich: actress/model/singer (31)


Spotlight: Willard Libby helped to revolutionize archeology with the development of radiocarbon dating, making it possible to determine the age of an artifact based on how much carbon 14 is contained in the object. He was awarded 1960's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work. Libby, born on this date in 1908, also worked on the Manhattan Project where he was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Quote: "True, the initial ideas are in general those of an individual, but the establishment of the reality and truth is in general the work of more than one person." — Willard F. Libby

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Subject: [Wikipedia Daily Article] December 17: Sound film


A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed
to a silent film. The first known public exhibition of projected sound
films took place in Paris in 1900, but it would be decades before
reliable synchronization was achieved in a commercially practical way.
The first commercial screening of movies with fully synchronized sound
took place in the United States in April 1923. In the early years
after the introduction of sound, films incorporating synchronized
dialogue were known as "talkies." The first feature-length movie
originally presented as a talkie was The Jazz Singer, released in
October 1927. By the early 1930s, the talkies were a global
phenomenon. In the United States, they helped secure Hollywood's
position as one of the world's most powerful cultural/commercial
systems.

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Today's selected anniversaries:

1862:
American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order No.
11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Order_No._11_(1862))

1903:
Orville and Wilbur Wright aboard the Wright Flyer conducted the first
successful flight of a powered fixed-wing aircraft.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_brothers)

1944:
Malmedy massacre: Waffen-SS troops under Joachim Peiper shot at about
150 unarmed prisoners of war with machine guns near Malmedy, Belgium.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malmedy_massacre)

1989:
The Simpsons made their debut as an animated series on the Fox
television network.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons)


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Wikiquote of the day:

To even mention all the things the bird must constantly keep in mind
in order to fly securely through the air would take a considerable
part of the evening... The bird has learned this art of equilibrium,
and learned it so thoroughly that its skill is not apparent to our
sight. We only learn to appreciate it when we try to imitate it. --
Wilbur Wright
(http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wilbur_Wright)

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Today in History

Winston Churchill: became the first British prime minister to address a joint session of US Congress, warning against the Axis (1941)

Time magazine: Man of the Year was "the computer" (1982)

tsunami: huge wave triggered by Indian Ocean earthquake killed more than 216,000 (2004)

Today's Birthdays

Mao Zedong: communist leader, founder of the People's Republic of China (1893-1976)

Phil Spector: eccentric legendary music producer (66)

Spotlight: The 29th annual Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcast this evening on CBS-TV. This year's awards were presented earlier this month to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson and Steven Spielberg for their lifetime contributions to arts and to American culture. Presenters included Sarah Brightman, Itzhak Perlman, Reba McEntire, Aretha Franklin and Tom Hanks.

Quote: "Thank you, Steven, Smokey, Dolly, Zubin and Andrew... for the extraordinary joy and inspiration that you have given to millions and for helping the human spirit to soar." — Condoleezza Rice, at Kennedy Center Honors dinner



Today's Holiday: Kwanzaa (7-day African-American festival begins)

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www.bbc.co.uk/radiofour/allinthemind

Claudia Hammond examines the everyday psychological challenges we face and delves deeper into how our brains work.


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THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN OF APPEARING IN REALITY TV
If you go on a reality TV show these days you’ve probably seen enough of these programmes by now to know that everyone’s going to see you and probably see you at your worst. And you could argue that knowing that and still choosing to appear, makes you fair game. But what if you’re still a child?
As reality TV shows pepper the schedules we look at the effect of starring in one of these programmes on young minds.
Claudia Hammond speaks to the Melia family who appeared on Wife Swap in October. The family claim the children have suffering bullying, verbal and physical, since their appearance.
The Melia’s experience raises the question of how the whole range of reality TV programmes featuring children might be harming them. Claudia disusses the issue with: Margot Sunderland, Director of the Centre for Child Mental Health in London; and Dr Cynthia McVey who lectures in psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. She’s been involved in drawing up guidelines for the British Psychological Society for psychologists working for these kinds of programmes.


THE MAYTREE CENTRE
The Maytree Centre, a terraced house in North London, is an innovative suicide prevention initiative. Suicidal people can stay there and receive respite care. Their stay is limited to four nights and guests cannot return. Claudia Hammond visits the centre and speaks to Nigel, who stayed at the centre six weeks ago, and the centre's director and co-founder, Paddy Bazeley.

Maytree was set up in 2002 at a time when suicide prevention became a central part of government policy for mental health. It has offered 4-night stays to more than 160 guests since then and to coincide with its third anniversary, Dr Stephen Briggs of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust has completed a full Evaluation of the respite centre and a follow up study showing how guests fared after they left the Maytree. He explains his findings. The full report can be found on the Maytree website.


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Laughter is the best medicine.....


A store that sells new husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates: "You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increases as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!"

So, a woman goes to the store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign reads: "These men Have Jobs". The second floor sign reads: "These men Have Jobs and Love Kids". The third floor sign reads: "These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking."

"Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

At the fourth floor the sign reads: "These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework."

"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!"

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads: "These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak." She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads: "You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store."

To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opens a New Wives store just across the street. It too has six floors. The first floor has wives that love sex. The second floor has wives that love sex and have money. The third through sixth floors have never been visited.


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www.medicinenet.com

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) - What It Is and How to Cope
Dr. Melissa Stoppler, Editor of MedicineNet.com discusses what is chronic fatigue syndrome, how to cope with CFS, and how to manage the symptoms.

Listen now to Dr. Melissa Stoppler discuss what we know about chronic fatigue syndrome (MP3 1:50min 1.1MB)



The following is a partial transcript taken from this audio broadcast:

"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex disorder. It's characterized by profound fatigue that lasts six months or longer, that doesn't get better with bed rest and actually can get worse with physical and mental exertion. People with chronic fatigue syndrome often function at a substantially lower level than they did before they developed the condition. People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may also have non-specific symptoms such as: headache, weakness, muscle pain, joint pain...."

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Spotlight: Happy birthday to film star Jude Law, 34 today. Nominated for an Oscar for his roles in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003), he's currently on the silver screen in The Holiday, also starring Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Kate Winslet. Law started his career on the stage, playing in West End and Broadway productions of Indiscretions. He appeared as Nathan Thompson for two years on British television's daytime drama series Families. In 2004, People magazine named Law Sexiest Man Alive.

Quote: "My only obligation is to keep myself and other people guessing." — Jude LawToday in History

Thomas Becket: Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered in England (1170)
Texas: Lone Star State became No. 28 (1845)

Wounded Knee Massacre: last major confrontation between the Sioux and the US Army (1890)

Guatemala: peace treaty ended 36 years of civil strife (1996)

Today's Birthdays

Andrew Johnson: 17th US president, who led during Reconstruction (1808-1875)

Mary Tyler Moore: actress and comedienne (70)

Ted Danson: actor, Cheers, Three Men & a Baby, Becker (59)

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Explorer Jacques Cartier

Spotlight: How words can deceive. Explorer Jacques Cartier, born on this date in 1491, made three voyages to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence River, sent by King Francis I. On his second trip in the mid-sixteenth century, Cartier set up a camping site in the region of Quebec City and referred to the area as kanata, a Huron word for village. Over the ensuing three hundred years the name Canada came to refer to all the land north of the US and east of Alaska. Canada is now the world's second largest country.

Quote: "Have you ever, on a cloudless night, looked down from a passing aircraft flying over Canada? Endless, glowing strings of cities, towns, and homesteads. Stretching on and on, one province to the next. With only the stars in the distance." — Paul Martin

Today in History

light bulb: was first demonstrated by Thomas Edison, in Menlo Park, New Jersey (1879)
Times Square: Waterford crystal ball dropped for the first time (1907)
farthing: British coin in use since 13th cent. ceased to be legal tender (1960)
Today's Birthdays

Henri Matisse: French painter, leading Fauvist (1869-1954)

Simon Wiesenthal: Nazi hunter (1908-2005)

Anthony Hopkins: Oscar winner for Silence of the Lambs (69)

Ben Kingsley: Oscar-winning actor, Gandhi (63)

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Spotlight: The woman usually credited with sewing the first flag of the US, Betsy Ross, was born on this date 255 years ago. It is known that she was a seamstress and upholsterer in Philadelphia, PA, and that she made flags during the American Revolution. Her grandson related that Ross, on her deathbed, claimed that one night in June 1776, George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross visited her and presented her with the task of sewing the flag based on Washington's design.

Quote: "We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America." — Barack Obama




Today in History

The Times of London: first edition was published; was previously known as The Daily Universal Register (1788)

New York City: was chartered with 5 boroughs — Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island (1898)

euro: became the official currency for EU member states (2002)

Today's Birthdays

Paul Revere: US Revolutionary War figure (1735-1818)

J.D. Salinger: author of The Catcher in the Rye (88)

Flat Stanley: globetrotting fictional character (43)

Elin Nordegren: part-time model and Tiger Woods's wife (27)

Today's Holiday: New Year's Day

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From: Faraaz Damji
Date: 01/01/2007 22:55:19
To: David Tomkinson
Subject: [Wikipedia Daily Article] January 1: Influenza


Influenza is an infectious disease of birds and mammals caused by an
RNA virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae. Typically, influenza is
transmitted from infected mammals through the air by coughs or
sneezes, creating aerosols containing the virus, and from infected
birds through their droppings. Infections occur through contact with
these bodily fluids or with contaminated surfaces. Flu viruses can
remain infectious for over 30 days at 0°C (32°F), about one week at
human body temperature, and indefinitely at very cold temperatures.
Flu spreads around the world in seasonal epidemics, killing millions
of people in pandemic years and hundreds of thousands in non-pandemic
years. Three influenza pandemics occurred in the 20th century—each
following a major genetic change in the virus—and killed tens of
millions of people. Often, these pandemics result from the spread of a
flu virus between animal species. Since it first killed humans in Asia
in the 1990s a deadly avian strain of H5N1 has posed the greatest
influenza pandemic threat. Vaccinations against influenza are most
common in high-risk humans in industrialised countries and farmed
poultry. The most common human vaccine is the trivalent flu vaccine
that contains purified and inactivated material from three viral
strains.

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Today in History January 3

Meiji Restoration: re-established the authority of Japan's emperor and heralded the fall of the shoguns (1868)

the Curse of the Bambino: began with sale of Babe Ruth by the Red Sox to the Yankees (1920)

Alaska: territory once known as Seward's Folly became the 49th and largest state (1959)

Today's Birthdays

J.R.R. Tolkien: writer, LOTR trilogy (1892-1973)

Victor Borge: musical humorist (1909-2000)

Mel Gibson: actor/director, the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon films, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ (51)

Danica McKellar: Winnie on The Wonder Years (32)

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Fundraising is a big business in the world of nonprofit organizations. Charities, schools and political parties are among the groups that raise a good deal of their operating costs through soliciting of donations. On this date in 1938 the fundraising organization the March of Dimes was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise funds for the battle against poliomyelitis. The term March of Dimes was coined by Eddie Cantor when he urged Americans to "send their dimes" to the president. The organization later expanded its aim to preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) -- Forget windows, folders and boxes that pop up with text. When students in Thailand, Libya and other developing countries get their $150 computers from the One Laptop Per Child project in 2007, their experience will be unlike anything on standard PCs.

For most of these children the XO machine, as it's called, likely will be the first computer they've ever used. Because the students have no expectations for what PCs should be like, the laptop's creators started from scratch in designing a user interface they figured would be intuitive for children.

The result is as unusual as -- but possibly even riskier than -- other much-debated aspects of the machine, such as its economics and distinctive hand-pulled mechanism for charging its battery. (XO has been known as the $100 laptop because of the ultra-low cost its creators eventually hope to achieve through mass production.)

For example, students who turn on the small green-and-white computers will be greeted by a basic home screen with a stick-figure icon at the center, surrounded by a white ring. The entire desktop has a black frame with more icons.

This runic setup signifies the student at the middle. The ring contains programs the student is running, which can be launched by clicking the appropriate icon in the black frame.

When the student opts to view the entire "neighborhood" -- the XO's preferred term instead of "desktop" -- other stick figures in different colors might appear on the screen. Those indicate schoolmates who are nearby, as detected by the computers' built-in wireless networking capability.

Moving the PC's cursor over the classmates' icons will pull up their names or photos. With further clicks the students can chat with each other or collaborate on things -- an art project, say, or a music program on the computer, which has built-in speakers.

The design partly reflects a clever attempt to get the most from the machine's limited horsepower. To keep costs and power demands low, XO uses a slim version of the Linux operating system, a 366-megahertz processor from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and no hard disk drive. Instead it has 512 megabytes of flash memory, plus USB 2.0 ports where more storage could be attached.

But the main design motive was the project's goal of stimulating education better than previous computer endeavors have. Nicholas Negroponte, who launched the project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab two years ago before spinning One Laptop into a separate nonprofit, said he deliberately wanted to avoid giving children computers they might someday use in an office.

"In fact, one of the saddest but most common conditions in elementary school computer labs (when they exist in the developing world), is the children are being trained to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint," Negroponte wrote in an e-mail interview. "I consider that criminal, because children should be making things, communicating, exploring, sharing, not running office automation tools."

To that end, folders are not the organizing metaphor on these machines, unlike most computers since Apple Computer Inc. launched the first Mac in 1984. The knock on folders is that they force users to remember where they stored their information rather than what they used it for.

Instead, the XO machines are organized around a "journal," an automatically generated log of everything the user has done on the laptop. Students can review their journals to see their work and retrieve files created or altered in those sessions.

Despite these school-focused frameworks, its creators bristle at any suggestion XO is a mere toy. A wide range of programs can run on it, including a Web browser, a word processor and an RSS reader -- the software that delivers blog updates to information junkies.

The computer also has features anyone would love, notably a built-in camera and a color display that converts to monochrome so it's easier to see in sunlight.

"I have to laugh when people refer to XO as a weak or crippled machine and how kids should get a 'real' one," Negroponte wrote. "Trust me, I will give up my real one very soon and use only XO. It will be far better, in many new and important ways."

Although the end result is new, the lead software integrator, Chris Blizzard of Red Hat Inc., said 90 percent of the underlying programming code was cobbled together from technologies that long existed in the open-source programming community.

In keeping with that open nature, details and simulations of the user interface, nicknamed Sugar, have been available online, to mixed reviews.

Some bloggers have said that even as Sugar avoids complexities inherent in the familiar operating systems from Microsoft Corp. or Apple, it just creates a different set of complexities to be mastered.

How hard that is should be one key measure of the project's success. One Laptop plans to send a specialist to each school who will stay for a month helping teachers and students get started. But Negroponte believes that kids ultimately will learn the system by exploring it and then teaching each other.

Still, no one appears to doubt the technical savvy Sugar represents.

Wayan Vota, who launched the OLPCNews.com blog to monitor the project's development because he is skeptical it can achieve its aims, called Sugar "amazing -- a beautiful redesign."

"It doesn't feel like Linux. It doesn't feel like Windows. It doesn't feel like Apple," said Vota, who is director of Geekcorps, an organization that facilitates technology volunteers in developing countries. He emphasized that his opinions were his own and not on behalf of Geekcorps.

"I'm just impressed they built a new (user interface) that is different and hopefully better than anything we have today," he said. But he added: "Granted, I'm not a child. I don't know if it's going to be intuitive to children."

Indeed, the XO machines are still being tweaked, and Sugar isn't expected to be tested by any kids until February. By July or so, several million are expected to reach Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, Thailand and the Palestinian territory. Negroponte said three more African countries might sign on in the next two weeks. The Inter-American Development Bank is trying to get the laptops to multiple Central American countries.

The machines are being made by Quanta Computer Inc., and countries will get versions specific to their own languages. Governments or donors will buy the laptops for children to own, along with associated server equipment for their schools. The project itself has gotten at least $29 million in funding from companies including Google Inc., News Corp. and Red Hat.

But that's not to say everything has fallen into place for One Laptop.

India's government originally expressed interest but backed out. Even though Brazil plans to take part, it is hedging its bets by evaluating $400 "Classmate PCs" from Intel Corp. Brazil's government is a big fan of open-source software as a cost-saver, but at least in initial tests, officials have said those Classmate PCs just might run Windows.

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* Diane Keaton: Oscar winner for Annie Hall (61)

Today in History:

* x-rays: discovery by Wilhelm Roentgen was announced (1896)

* Fair Deal: domestic policy announced by Harry Truman in his State of the Union address (1949)

* Prague Spring: brief period of reform began in Czechoslovakia (1968)

Today's Birthdays:

* Alvin Ailey: choreographer who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1931-1989)

* Robert Duvall: Oscar-winning star of Tender Mercies (76)

* Juan Carlos: king of Spain (69)

* Diane Keaton: Oscar winner for Annie Hall (61)

* Bradley Cooper: Will Tippin on Alias (32)



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Today's Highlights
Friday, January 5, 2007

Spotlight: What do the Dalai Lama, Walt Disney, Bill Clinton, Stephen Hawking, Jodie Foster, Kermit the Frog and Umberto Eco have in common? They have all been awarded a doctorate honoris causa (cause for honor). Honorary degrees have been handed out by universities for about 500 years to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to society. Author, philosopher and critic Eco, who turns 75 today, has accumulated more than 30 honorary degrees for his writing of books like The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum and his work in semiotics and linguistics.
Quote: "Would you let an honorary mechanic fix your brand-new Mercedes?" — Neil Simon, recipient of honorary degrees from Hofstra University and Williams College


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CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Crocuses are pushing out of the ground in New Jersey. Ice fishing tournaments in Minnesota are being canceled for lack of ice. And golfers are hitting the links in Chicago in January.

Much of the Midwest and the East Coast are experiencing remarkably warm winter, with temperatures running 10 and 20 degrees higher than normal in many places.

"I'm not complaining. I can take this," said Rudolph Williams, a doorman in New York City who normally wears a hat this time of year but stood outside in 50-degree weather with his shaved head uncovered.

"The Earth is recalibrating itself: Last year, we had a cold winter, and it's balancing itself out now. In January, it feels like the middle of April."

New York City saw a November and December without snow for the first time since 1877. And New Jersey had its warmest December since records started being kept 111 years ago.

Maria Freitas said that not only are crocus bulbs blooming in her Rahway, New Jersey, backyard, but the asparagus is three inches high.

"They think it's spring. They're so confused," she said.

Meteorologists say the warm spell is due to a combination of factors.

El Nino, a cyclical warming trend now under way in the Pacific Ocean, can lead to milder weather, particularly in the Northeast.

The jet stream, the high-altitude air current that works like a barricade to hold back warm Southern air, is running much farther north than usual over the East Coast.

The weather is prone to short-term fluctuations, and forecasters said the mild winter does not necessarily mean global warming is upon us.

In fact, the Plains have been hit by back-to-back blizzards in the past two weeks.

"No cause for alarm. Enjoy it while you have it," said Mike Halpert, head of forecast operations at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center.

Whatever the explanation, Amanda Dickens was enjoying the weather Wednesday at Baltimore's Inner Harbor as she ate lunch outside with her husband and 3-year-old son.

Temperatures there were expected to reach 60 degrees.

At the Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago near Lake Michigan, 30 people teed off between 9 a.m. and noon, when there are usually no golfers at all this time of year.

Leonard Berg, the course's superintendent for maintenance, gestured to the fairways with pride: "Normally this time of year there would be a brown singe to it. Look at that nice emerald green."

At New York's Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the "everblooming" cherry trees are flowering more fully than usual, producing thousands of blooms instead of hundreds.

But the mild weather is also hurting some businesses and events.

In Minnesota, where a water skier in a wetsuit was recently seen on the Mississippi River near St. Paul, ice fishing tournaments have been canceled. The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships -- scheduled for January 19-21 in Minneapolis -- have only a 50-50 chance of being held.

And organizers of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, scheduled to begin late this month, said the ice is not thick enough to harvest into 1,400 blocks for the ice maze.

They may have to switch to plastic blocks.

"It would give the effect, but it's not exactly Minnesota winter," said Mary Huss, a spokeswoman for the event.

In Ohio, Dan Motz said sales for his firewood business in a Cincinnati suburb are down about 25 percent.

In Maryland, buds are appearing on apple and peach trees, raising the prospect of a poor spring crop if a sudden cold snap kills the blossoms. A gradual lowering of temperatures would minimize any damage.

In New Jersey, the Mountain Creek ski resort in Vernon is struggling to open more trails. There haven't been many nights cold enough to make snow.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed that the cold weather will get here soon," resort spokeswoman Shannon McSweeney said.

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Today in History

George Washington: wed Martha Dandridge Custis (1759); on the same date, George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce (1945)

New Mexico: the Land of Enchantment became No. 47 (1912)

Four Freedoms: listed by FDR in a speech to Congress (1941)
Today's Birthdays

Cicero: Roman orator, writer, statesman (106-43 BCE)

Carl Sandburg: "people's poet" who wrote about urban America in the poem "Chicago" (1878-1967)

Sun Myung Moon: founder of the Unification Church (87)

Rowan Atkinson: comedian, Blackadder, Mr. Bean (52)

Spotlight: Jeff Bezos, Sergei Brin, George Clooney, Larry Page, Jimmy Wales and Gabriel Garcia Marquez are all known for thinking outside the box. Perhaps it has something to do with the education they received using the Montessori method? A century ago today, Italy's first female physician, educator Maria Montessori, opened her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome. She believed that children have a natural ability and desire to learn and be creative, and was an outspoken proponent of children's rights.

Quote: "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed." — Maria Montessori


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Today in History Sunday January 7

Galilean moons: Jupiter's moons were first observed by Galileo (1610)

Khmer Rouge: Pol Pot's regime was toppled when Vietnam took Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh (1979)

Bill Clinton: impeachment trial began (1999)
Today's Birthdays

Zora Neale Hurston: Harlem Renaissance author, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1891-1960)

Charles Addams: macabre cartoonist, father of The Addams Family (1912-1988)

David Caruso: actor, NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami (51)

Nicolas Cage: Oscar winner for Leaving Las Vegas (43)

Natalie Gulbis: golfer and model (24)

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----WHEN WE SHARE LAUGHTER----

There's twice the fun;
When we share success,
We surpass what we've done.

When we share problems,
There's half the pain;
When we share tears,
A rainbow follows rain.

When we share dreams,
They become more real;
When we share secrets,
It's our hearts we reveal.

If we share a smile,
Then our love shows;
If we share a hug,
Then our love grows.

If we share with someone
On who we depend,
That person becomes
Family or friend.

And what draws us closer
And makes us all care,
Is not what we have,
But the things that we share.

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Spotlight: They just don't get much cuter than polar bears. The big, fluffy, white bears are covered in hair that is actually not white, but clear, and grows even on the soles of the bears' feet to protect them from the cold and make it easier to run on the ice. Polar bears live mainly in the Arctic regions on drifting ice floes. Global warming has been responsible for melting the ice that the bears need as a platform for hunting seals, which are their main source of food. The US government proposed recently to designate polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Quote: "Extinct is forever." — Kurt Benirschke, on work with endangered species at San Diego Zoo




Today in History

Battle of New Orleans: US defeated the British in the final battle of the War of 1812, after a peace treaty was signed (1815)

14 Points: Woodrow Wilson presented his plan for post-WWI peace in Europe (1918)

Music City Miracle: controversial pass won an NFL post-season game for the Tennessee Titans (2000)

Today's Birthdays

Soupy Sales: comedian (81)

Elvis Presley: rock 'n' roll legend (1935-1977)

Stephen Hawking: theoretical physicist (65)

R. L. Stine: writer of the Goosebumps series (64)

David Bowie: rock star who was "Ziggy Stardust" (60)


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There is no doubt in my mind......you will always reach your goal!


Hi Jody,

Good to see you back in the frame, and hope you are getting over your recent intimate setback. I fervently believe you'll get the love you so rightly deserve, when you least expect it!

You have so many exquisite qualities about you, you can't fail to succeed!

Love and Positive Thoughts, from Me x

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Thanks Jojo

You never fail to amaze me in a positive way!

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Today in History...(January 9, 2007 here in the UK.)

Connecticut: home of the Fundamental Orders became the 5th US state (1788)

Panama Canal Zone: anti-American rioting began (1964)

Today's Birthdays

Richard Nixon: 37th POTUS, who resigned because of the Watergate scandal (1913-1994)

Bob Denver: actor, Gilligan's Island (1935-2005)

Joan Baez: folksinger and political activist (66)

Jimmy Page: Led Zeppelin guitarist (63)

Dave Matthews: of the Dave Matthews Band (40)


Spotlight: Today the UK's Royal Mail releases its latest salute to The Beatles: six commemorative stamps illustrated with their album covers, including With The Beatles (1963), Help! (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), Abbey Road (1969) and Let It Be (1970). Other collections for 2007 include six celestial images chosen by Sir Patrick Moore to commemorate the 50th year of his TV show The Sky at Night, UK inventions which changed the world, British Army uniforms and the centenary of the Scout Association.

Quote: "Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there." — Josh Billings




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Today in History January 10

Common Sense: Thomas Paine published (anonymously) his influential pamphlet calling for American independence from Britain via revolution (1776)

League of Nations: precursor to the United Nations was established (1920)

Vatican City: the US re established full diplomatic relations with the Holy See (1984)

Today's Birthdays

Tintin: fictional Belgian reporter in Hergé's comic book series The Adventures of Tintin (78)

Rod Stewart: singer/songwriter (62)

George Foreman: heavyweight boxing champ (58)

Spotlight: Baseball fans may be obsessed with statistics, but numbers tell only part of the story behind yesterday's election of Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ripken received 98.5% of the vote, the 3rd highest percentage in history (behind Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan). Gwynn's 97.6% ranks 7th. At the other extreme Mark McGwire's 583 home runs proved as futile a key to Cooperstown as Pete Rose's 4,256 hits. McGwire received less than a quarter of the votes cast, culminating a dramatic drop for a former hero.

Quote: "If every American worked the way Ripken and Gwynn do, America would have so few problems we could all go to more games." — George Will


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A Quote from Web MD

January 10 2007

In a happy marriage? Holding hands with your spouse may help you reduce stress stress.

That's what psychology experts from the University of Virginia found when they studied happily married couples.

James Coan, PhD, and colleagues conducted the study, which included 16 happily married couples who were in their early 30s, on average.

First, the husbands and wives rated the quality of their marriages on a scale of 0 to 151.

Scores lower than 100 were considered to be distressed marriages. To participate in the study, both husbands and wives had to have high scores.

Among couples chosen for the study, the husbands' average score was 126; the wives' average score was 127. That's a "generally high level of marital quality," the researchers write.

Holding Hands to Reduce Stress

The couples were told that the study was about holding hands -- and that mild electric shocks would be involved.

The wives wore electrodes on their ankles and watched screens that warned them when a shock was coming or assured them that they weren't due for a shock.

Meanwhile, the researchers scanned the wives' brains with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Coan's team had previously familiarized the couples with the fMRI machine.

As predicted, when the wives knew they were due for a shock, their brain scans showed activity in brain areas that handle threats.

But when the wives held their husbands' hands during the same threat, their brain scans looked calmer than when they weren't holding hands.

Holding a Stranger's Hand

For comparison, the wives were also tested while holding the hand of an unseen man they had never met.

While holding the stranger's hand, the wives' brain scans were less calm than while holding their husbands' hand, but calmer than while not holding any one's hand.

The wives also rated how unpleasant and stressful each experiment had been.

They said that while they felt physically calmer while holding any one's hand -- spouse or stranger -- only holding their husband's hand made the tests less unpleasant.

In short, holding the stranger's hand was better than holding no hand at all, but holding their husband's hand was best.

That finding is in line with other research showing the benefits of social connection, rather than isolation, and the importance of close emotional relationships.

Good Marriage Counts

All of the couples in the study were happily married. But some rated their marital quality higher than others.

The wives' brain scans showed that the effect of spousal handholding under threat was greater in stronger relationships.

That is, the wives in the best marriages appeared to have the calmest brains while holding their husbands' hands under threat.

The researchers didn't scan the husbands' brains. So it's not clear if husbands' brains are soothed under stress while holding their wives' hands.

The findings may not apply to couples in less happy relationships, Coan's team notes.


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Good point Jody !

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More good constructive criticism!

Thanks for those comments Mave

Cheers, David

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January 11
Spotlight: Starbucks is the latest member of the food industry to cut the trans fats from its baked goods. The company joins KFC, Wendy's, Taco Bell and McDonald's in the effort to fight obesity and reduce cholesterol in people's diets. New York City has banned the use of trans fats from most of its restaurants. A food that includes hydrogenated oils in its ingredients contains trans fats. The consumption of these fatty acids is blamed for obesity, liver dysfunction, cardiovascular disease and some kinds of cancer.

Quote: "I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol." — Stephen Wright

Today in History

Amelia Earhart: became first woman to fly solo across the Pacific, from Hawaii to California (1935)

cigarette smoking: US Surgeon General Luther Terry first reported the health hazards (1964)

sextuplets: world's first surviving set, the Rosenkowitz family, was born in Cape Town (1974)

Today's Birthdays

Alan Paton: South African author of Cry, The Beloved Country (1903-1988)

Jean Chrétien: former PM of Canada (73)

Mary J. Blige: hip-hop and soul singer (36)


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I think I'd prefer to have my coffee in this environment!


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Thanks a bunch for those articles!


Cheers David

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Spotlight: Starbucks is the latest member of the food industry to cut the trans fats from its baked goods. The company joins KFC, Wendy's, Taco Bell and McDonald's in the effort to fight obesity and reduce cholesterol in people's diets. New York City has banned the use of trans fats from most of its restaurants. A food that includes hydrogenated oils in its ingredients contains trans fats. The consumption of these fatty acids is blamed for obesity, liver dysfunction, cardiovascular disease and some kinds of cancer.

Quote: "I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol." — Stephen Wright

Today in History

Amelia Earhart: became first woman to fly solo across the Pacific, from Hawaii to California (1935)

cigarette smoking: US Surgeon General Luther Terry first reported the health hazards (1964)

sextuplets: world's first surviving set, the Rosenkowitz family, was born in Cape Town (1974)

Today's Birthdays

Alan Paton: South African author of Cry, The Beloved Country (1903-1988)

Jean Chrétien: former PM of Canada (73)

Mary J. Blige: hip-hop and soul singer (36)

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Being Spontaneous:

I am open to have wonderful friendships come into my life.
I now rejoice in the wonders of life.
The spirit is within me now, I rejoice in this moment.
I now invite joy to come into my life.
I am spontaneous and open to receive wonderful experiences.
I love to explore new and exciting things.
I love being in the glorious here and now.
I celebrate the wonders of life.
I am open to the wonder life has to offer me.
I am willing to risk being me.
I love to live in the moment.
I now embrace this very precious moment life has to offer.
I am now open to have many wonderful things come into my life. Anon


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Thanks Jody for that....

It's good to get feedback!

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Originally posted by davidtomkinson


Today in History January 12

Hattie Caraway: became the first woman elected to the US Senate (1932),

17 years after the House rejected suffrage for women
All in the Family: groundbreaking sitcom premiered on TV (1971)

Deep Impact: space probe launched from Cape Canaveral (2005)

Today's Birthdays

Jack London: writer, The Call of the Wild, White Fang
(1876-1916)

Rush Limbaugh: ultra-conservative talk-show host (56)

Howard Stern: "shock jock" radio host (53)

Vendela: Swedish model and actress (40)

Spotlight: The largest and most recognizable signature on the American Declaration of Independence is that of John Han*****, born on this date in 1737. In 1776, the British had issued a decree promising a reward for the capture of leaders of the Revolution. Han*****, the president of the Continental Congress, was the first to sign the document proclaiming America's independence from British rule. He signed with a flourish and was said to have uttered, "The British ministry can read that name without spectacles; let them double their reward." To this day, people place their John Han***** on documents of all kinds.

Quote: "The members took turns lighting sparklers and signing their John Han*****s to the Declaration, with one prankster even going so far as to actually write John Han*****." — Dave Barry

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Browsing the Web Message Boards
Chat Mobiles & PDAs
Broadband Scans, Cams & Pics
Cool Websites Searching
Download & Plug-ins Security & Viruses
E-mail Video & Sound

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This list was compiled from many on line and print resources.

1776: New Jersey gives the vote to women owning more than $250. Later the state reconsidered and women were no longer allowed to vote.

1837: Kentucky gives some women suffrage in school elections.

1861: Kansas enters the Union; the new state gives its women the right to vote in local school elections.

1869: Wyoming territory constitution grants women the right to vote and to hold public office.

1870: Utah territory gives full suffrage to women.

1893: The male electorate in Colorado votes "yes" on woman suffrage. (

1894: Some cities in Kentucky and Ohio give women the vote in school board elections.

1895: Utah amends its constitution to grant women suffrage.

1896: Idaho adopts a constitutional amendment granting suffrage to women.

1902: Kentucky repeals limited school board election voting rights for women.

1910: Washington state votes for woman suffrage.

1911: California gives women the vote.

1912: Male electorates in Michigan, Kansas, Oregon and Arizona approve state constitutional amendments for woman suffrage. Wisconsin defeats a proposed suffrage amendment.

1912: Kentucky restores limited voting rights for women in school board elections.

1920: On August 26, a constitutional amendment is adopted when Tennessee ratifies it, granting full woman suffrage in all states of the United States.

1971: The United States lowers the voting age for both men and women to eighteen.



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Have you ever watched someone look at the stars? The wonder, the longing, the warmth you can see in their eyes? Maybe it is some mystic belief, maybe a foretelling, but where else will the human race go when Earth is full?

Some would argue we are technologically challenged. Some would simply say “why bother?” But getting to live on different planets is simply a next step in the long and winding road of human kind evolving. At the rate we are growing in numbers, where else would we go? Underwater colonies are a solution, but limited still.

To see this, the first thing one has to do is rid themselves of short term perspectives. Yes, it might not happen in this lifetime or in the next hundred of years. But 3,000 years later? Who knows? Maybe we will find human race trapped in an immense collection of universes such as Frank Herbert has predicted in his Dune series.

Humans tend to be self destructive, true. We should then all thank Mother Nature, providence, or some other higher power of choice for creating life in such an adaptive and survivor-cut manner. No matter what cataclysm, no matter what weapons we turn on each other, there will be remaining traces of our civilization. And the aim to further grow will keep us going. Like the remains of fallen empires that helped new empires grow.

What is common knowledge is that mankind can never be content with what we have already achieved. We need to find out more, to answer our unlimited questions, to keep wandering on our never-ending road through new worlds. Therefore, if some identify the other planets and other galaxies as future targets, future frontiers to expand, one day it will all come true.


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A poem by the late great Dorothy Parker.....

Symphony Recital

I do not like my state of mind;
I'm bitter, querulous, unkind.
I hate my legs, I hate my hands,
I do not yearn for lovelier lands.
I dread the dawn's recurrent light;
I have to go to bed at night.
I snoot at simple, earnest folk.
I cannot take the gentlest joke.
I find no peace in paint or type.
My world is but a lot of tripe.
I'm disillusioned, empty-breasted.
I am not sick, I am not well.
My quondam dreams are shot to hell.
My soul is crushed, my spirit sore;
I do not like me anymore.
I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse.
I ponder on the narrow house.
I shudder at the thought of men....
I'm due to fall in love again.


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A Quote worth repeating....

You can't control the length of your life-but you can control it's width and depth.You can't control the contour of your face-but you can control its expression.You can't control the weather-but you can control the atmosphere and integrity of your mind. Why worry about the things you are unable to control,when you can keep Yourself busy.....controlling the things that depend on You!

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Groucho Marx Quotes

Those are my principles and if you don't like them...well I have others.

She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

Marriage is a fine institution but who wants to live in an institution.

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce

I made a killing on wall street a few years ago. I shot my broker

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening but this wasn't it.

If Chico made ten thousand dollars a day, he'd spend ten thousand dollars a day and I don't mind that. What bothers me is that he still sleeps better than I do.

I sent a letter to the club stating "please accept my resignation I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member"

Reason has always existed but not always in a reasonable form.

Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike nearly everything, money is handy.

Quote me as saying I was misquoted

Either he's dead or my watch has stopped

If you fall out of that window and break both your legs don't come running to me.

I intend to live forever or die trying

Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.


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Hi Mave,

Many Thanks, for your your patronage, I sometimes wonder if, this thread consists of only me and you! (In more recent times!)

Not that it will detract me from my deliberations; one in better than none. I have quality if not quantity on my side.

Cheers for that, David

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Today in History

J'accuse: French journalist Emile Zola published his defense of Alfred Dreyfus, the army captain falsely convicted of treason because he was Jewish (1898)

Henry Ford: patented the plastic car, which ran on ethanol; it was unsuccessful (1942)

The Fantasticks: off-Broadway musical ended after 17,162 shows and nearly 42 years (2002)

Today's Birthdays

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Elaine on Seinfeld (46)

Patrick Dempsey: Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy (41)

Orlando Bloom: Legolas in The Lord of the Rings (29)

Spotlight: Can you believe that instant noodles were once considered a luxury food in Japan? When they first came to market in 1958, the noodles (called "ramen") were so much more expensive than regular noodles that consumers assumed they must be very special. An instant hit, ramen noodles were being produced by nearly a dozen companies in Japan by the end of the year. The first instant noodle dish was called Chicken Ramen and was created by Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Foods. Ando died earlier this month at the age of 96.

Quote: "Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it." — Anonymous


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Spotlight: One of the ways in which the Golden Globe Awards (tonight on NBC) are different from Academy Awards is that a person can compete against himself for the same Golden Globes statuette. This year Leonardo DiCaprio will have to battle it out against himself and others for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Drama), nominated for his roles in Blood Diamond and The Departed. Clint Eastwood is up against himself as Best Director for his films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. And on the small screen, Helen Mirren competes against herself for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Miniseries or Television Movie) for her parts in Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect: The Final Act.

Quote: "I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it." — Walt Disney

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Today in History

British Museum, Pentagon: opened in 1759 and 1943, respectively
Chicago: Walter Parazaider, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Robert Lamm joined forces to form the legendary rock band (1967)

Super Bowl I: was played — Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10 (1967)

Today's Birthdays

Molière: French satirist playwright, actor and director,
Le Misanthrope (1622-1673)

Lloyd Bridges: actor, Sea Hunt, Airplane! (1913-1998)

Martin Luther King, Jr.: civil rights leader (1929-1968)

Today's Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (US)


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quote:Originally posted by davidtomkinson


Why don't you check this out?

Doctor Long has given it a positive mention!

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au)

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"Researchers at an Australian university have found that regular visits to therapeutic and educational web sites can successfully treat depression. Researchers directed patients to The MoodGYM, a cognitive behavior therapy site, and BluePages, a depression education site.

After 12 months, users of both web sites reported improvement, with the educational site working out better than the behavior therapy site. A psychotherapist who did not participate in the study says that the results aren't all that surprising. 'Cognitive behavioral strategies — sometimes in conjunction with medication — are the most effective means of treating depression,' and 'a person who is visiting an educational site like BluePages is taking the necessary steps with her own self-care. That's a key component of successful treatment for depression'"


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A Story To Live By.


My brother-in-law opened the bottom drawer of my sister's bureau and lifted out a tissue-wrapped package. "This," he said, "is not a slip. This is lingerie." He discarded the tissue and handed me the slip. It was exquisite; silk, handmade and trimmed with a cobweb of lace. The price tag with an astronomical figure on it was still attached. "Jan bought this the first time we went to New York, at least 8 or 9 years ago. She never wore it. She was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is the occasion." He took the slip from me and put it on the bed with the other clothes we were taking to the mortician. His hands lingered on the soft material for a moment, then he slammed the drawer shut and turned to me. "Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Every day you're alive is a special occasion."

I remembered those words through the funeral and the days that followed when I helped him and my niece attend to all the sad chores that follow an unexpected death. I thought about them on the plane returning to California from the Midwestern town where my sister's family lives. I thought about all the things that she hadn't seen or heard or done. I thought about the things that she had done without realizing that they were special. I'm still thinking about his words, and they've changed my life.

I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting on the deck and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden.

I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time in committee meetings. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experience to savor, not endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event-such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, the first camellia blossom.

I wear my good blazer to the market if I feel like it. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries without wincing.

I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties; clerks in hardware stores and tellers in banks have noses that function as well as my party-going friends'.

"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now. I'm not sure what my sister would have done had she known that she wouldn't be here for the tomorrow we all take for granted.

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew that my hours were limited. Angry because I put off seeing good friends whom I was going to get in touch with-someday. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write-one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and daughter often enough how much I truly love them.

I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is...a gift from God.

Article by Ann Wells in the Los Angeles Times.

I never get tired of repeating this story for those who have never read it before......David


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Today in History... January 16

Ivan the Terrible: was crowned first czar of Russia (1547)

US civil service: commission was reestablished by the Pendleton Act (1883)

Mickey Mantle: signed a $75,000-a-year contract, becoming the highest-paid baseball player at the time (1961)

Today's Birthdays

Ethel Merman: sassy star of Annie Get Your Gun (1909-1984)
Dian Fossey: zoologist who worked with mountain gorillas in Africa (1932-1985)

A.J. Foyt: four-time winner of the Indy 500 (72)

Kate Moss: waif-like model (33)

Aaliyah: singer, model, actress (1979-2001)

Spotlight: American Idol's 7th season debuts tonight on computer screens as well as on TV: this season's entire series will be streamed online. With the American Idol domain already bringing in some $500 million a year in TV ads, streaming makes it possible for more sponsors to pour even more money into the show. McDonald's and MasterCard have already signed on as sponsors of the online show. Tonight's premiere offers coverage of the Minneapolis, MN, auditions; the show will continue tomorrow night with auditions from Seattle, WA.

Quote: "That is the circus of American Idol. We go for the very, very best and the very, very worst. It's the boring people that we don't want to see on television." — Nigel Lythgoe


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Thank you Mave and Jody,

for your visit and kind words, your always welcome, that goes without saying. I'm not immune to friendship!

Cheers David



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Hi Mikook,

I singled you out, only because I don't think our paths have ever crossed before now. So a belated welcome aboard, what I describe as the Good Ship 'Hope'. Not forgetting the charity of Doctor Long, in his efforts to bring us all together. And last but not least, we the membership, for having faith in such a project. There I've covered the concept of 'Faith, Hope and Charity....if not in the right order.lol

Yes, I can see a similarity between Kipling's poem and your rap lyrics. Thank you that.

I could not help but notice, you have posted quite a bit today, that I find very heart warming. For we only get out of this forum , that which we are prepared to put in to it. Just like all of life, I suppose!

Keep up the good work, my cyberspace friend. I hope to read a lot more of you over time. Cheers, David



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Trying to explain a mental illness to someone who is mentally 'healthy' is in it's very nature problematic and challenging.This became even more apparent, when recently I tried to explain MY mental health 'diagnosis' to a close friend.

I think it would be fair to say, that some individuals can appreciate or even empathise with the anguish of mental distress.But can anyone truly understand what another individual is experiencing? Surely this is not possible hence the meaning of the word individual.

At least with a physical illness there is something to view in the context of a broken leg perhaps,or a wound.But what possibly creates a problem is that with the majority of most mental health issues there is no drastic physical change that can be viewed,but only small changes noticed in the individual's physicality.

Which to my mind only goes to highlight the difficulty for another individual to understand the immense distress that another person is going through without showing many signs to members of the outside world.

That is why I consider that therapeutic communities such as ours helpful,more than that, necessary to help alleviate frustration emanating from the world outside.

We are what our thoughts make us......fortunately or unfortunately as the case me be!



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Spotlight: Too many birthdays! We try to limit it to 3 but how are we supposed to choose between Andy Kaufman and the guy who played him? Do we have the courage to leave out Al Capone? We don't think so. Same goes for Muhammad Ali. And Popeye. And the guy who played Darth Vader (his voice, anyway). And can the world's greatest encyclodictionalmanacapedia ignore Ben Franklin? Not likely. So we're going to lose the Lost star Naveen Andrews. And the woman who played Trillian in H2G2, even though we love her name. She's a rocket scientist, she'll understand. Besides, in the 5th book her whole existence gets erased. So she really won't care.

Quote: "Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest." — Larry Lorenzoni

Today in History

Hawaii: Queen Liliuokalani was deposed by US sugar planters (1893)

Virgin Islands: were bought by the US from Denmark for $25 million (1917)

Gulf War: air offensive was launched to remove the Iraqi army from Kuwait (1991)

Today's Birthdays

Ben Franklin (1706-1790): the guy who might have invented the encyclodictionalmanacapedia if Al Gore had invented the Internet a tercentenary earlier

Al Capone (1899-1947), Popeye (78), James Earl Jones (76), Muhammad Ali (65): guys we're scared to leave off the list
Andy Kaufman (1949-1984), Jim Carrey (45): will the real Kaufman please stand up?



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Subject: [Wikipedia Daily Article] January 18: Restoration literature


Restoration literature is the literature written in English during the
period commonly referred to as the English Restoration, corresponding
with the last years of the direct Stuart reign in England, Scotland,
Wales, and Ireland. In general, the term is used to denote roughly
homogeneous styles of literature that centre on a celebration of or
reaction to the restored court of Charles II. It is a literature that
includes extremes, for it encloses both Paradise Lost and the Earl of
Rochester's Sodom, the high-spirited sexual comedy of The Country Wife
and the moral wisdom of Pilgrim's Progress. It saw Locke's Treatises
on Government, the founding of the Royal Society, the experiments and
holy meditations of Robert Boyle, the hysterical attacks on theatres
from Jeremy Collier, and the pioneering of literary criticism from
John Dryden and John Dennis. It saw news become a commodity, the essay
develop into a periodical artform, the beginnings of textual
criticism, and the emergence of the stock market.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restoration_literature


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Today's selected anniversaries:

1778:
Captain James Cook discovered the Sandwich Islands, now known as
Hawaii.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Hawaii)

1871:
King Wilhelm I of Prussia was proclaimed the first Kaiser of the
German Empire, a newly unified nation state.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_I_of_Germany)
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Empire)

1958:
Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins played his first game in the
National Hockey League, breaking the color barrier in professional ice
hockey.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_O'Ree)

1977:
The mysterious Legionnaires' disease was found to be caused by a novel
bacterium now known as Legionella.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionellosis)

2003:
The Canberra Firestorm: Bushfires burning out of control began blazing
through residential areas of Canberra, Australia.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canberra_bushfires_of_2003)


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Wikiquote of the day:

It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people
think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing
the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of
generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but
agnosticism about everything. -- Robert Anton Wilson
(http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Robert_Anton_Wilson)


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Beyond....

It’s taken many years
to see beyond just me
what a pleasant place we live
and how nice it can be

learning to accept ourselves
for who we really are
deserves a real pat on the back
and also a gold star

No one said that it was easy
and of course it’s not