Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Cats On Tuesday

You probably have seen these books with titles that read like this, "Everything In "....", I Learned From....."-- then the title finishes with the word life, dog or sandbox or whatever. Today I am posting using this clever titling concept: "EVERYTHING ABOUT EATING I LEARNED FROM MY CAT ANELA."

1. Don't gobble your food. Eat slowly and pace yourself.

2. Don't eat all of your food in one sitting. Leave some to snack on later.

3. Always demand more food even if you have plenty. Those that don't ask for more don't get it. Plus it's good to have a full pantry, for people will want to visit you.

4. If you're not hungry, don't eat.

5. Eat in different locations to test the feng-shui of the various eating placements.

6. Eat raw as often as you can. There are more nutrients in uncooked food.

7. Snack throughout the day. Small meals are better for your digestion.

8. Never eat with your back to the door. (Another feng-shui principle practiced by Anela.)

9. Don't drink with your meal for the enzymes from your saliva need to be secreted for optimum digestion.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Birthday Party For This Blog--100th Post

My previous posting of Feb. 21st was my 100th posting on this blog. So I decided to throw a Birthday Party for The Art of Living and Dying Blog! Come one--come all. Pull up a tatami mat, some cushy pillows, or maybe a beach towel. We'll enjoy some tasty organic food and drink....and celebrate this blog! And listen up to my early morning reflections:

I awoke early this morning knowing I had to make some changes with my blogging habit, my blogging sidebars, and the amount of time I invest in my blogs. I counted up the number of posts I've made on my MAJOR blogs (not even counting my minor blogs), and I've made 1,029 posts! My partner guestimates I've been investing at the minimum 4 hours daily. That's a lot of work, a lot of writing, and a lot of time spent when I could be doing other important things. I asked myself why I have invested so much energy into blogging! Has it been worth it? Certainly it hasn't paid off in the form of financial income! Sure, I've made new friends. Hopefully, I've written something of some value to somebody somewhere. And yet, the feedback is sometimes very small, and I feel transformation is afoot. Something new is on it's way--I can feel it.

I began by deleting useless clutter on my sidebar--such as the Zoomclouds which I had added sometime back to my 10 blogs. However, they slowed down the loading time of my blogs, and I decided it was time to let them go. I also rid myself of extraneous blog rings which never bring me any readers...and so on and so forth. I already feel much lighter! Out with the old & in with the new! Simplicity is my motto from here on out. I have more stuff I can probably delete as well. I'm in a process of a mini-death for my blogs. This doesn't come without much sadness on my part because I've invested so much time, energy, and love in them. It is said that when a door closes the windows open. We shall see what these windows will be.

"Employ the power of positive quitting. Most of us view quitting as something
negative, but it’s not. ‘Winners never quit,’ we’re told, when, in reality,
winners quit all the time: choosing to stop doing things that aren’t creating
the results they desire. When you quit all the things that aren’t working for
you, when you quit tolerating all the negative things that hold you back, you’ll
create a positive ‘charge’ in your life as well as create the space in your life for more positive experiences."

-- Jim Allen

"I like thinking of possibilities. At any time, an entirely new possibility is
liable to come along and spin you off in an entirely new direction. The trick,
I've learned, is to be awake to the moment."

-- Doug Hall

Those two quotes speak to me, and thus, I am reviewing and reconsidering. Where do I want to go with my blogging-self? How much time do I wish to invest on a daily basis? Do my blogs matter at all? I'm staying awake (as the quote above states) and listening to what my new direction is. Maybe I'll simply post less. Maybe rarely. Maybe whenever the urge to scratch the itch strikes me as I need to express an inner truth relevant to each blog.

Recently Leanne , the creator of Thursday Thirteen, handed her blog over to two others and stepped down from managing this blog meme. At first I was sad that Thursday Thirteen was changing, and I felt the TWINGE of an era ending! However, this twinge made me think about what I am doing with my creative energies. Leanne will be concentrating on her art which made me consider perhaps it's time for me to resume working on my manuscripts as well. Maybe my books will stand the test of time, create a financial gain for me, and ultimately serve me better than blogging.

In any event, let's toast The Art of Living and Dying with our glass of sparkling cider today--Hip Hip Hooray! TAOLAD--you crone--you've made it to 100! Good job!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Let Me Know How You're Feeling

Solarized Image of Anela within created by Marjorie. Can you see Anela?
For those that have been following the storyline about Blu, here's another part of the story that I have touched upon but not gone into in any great depth. For those that haven't been following the saga of Blu, here's a brief back story: Blu lost his voice early on when some kids were strangling him, and by the time he was adopted by our family, he was without a voice.

However, he regained his voice, and he became known around the neighborhood as The Talking Cat! If only YouTube had been around when Blu was alive, he could have been famous! Here's the part of the story I wish to share with you today:

Once Blu died, Anela (who had always been a quiet kitty) suddenly took up where Blu left off, and she became a talking cat too! She has maintained her 'talk' all these years, and as soon as I can figure out how to upload to YouTube, I plan to feature her too! We laugh about her talking, and we say to each other, "She's channeling Blu!"

I think talking cats are funny, and this is why I'm sharing this funny Talking Cats on YouTube with you today. Let me know if you find it hilarious also!

On Another Note, a bit of Shameless Blog Promotion: my posting about Puffy Eyes from this blog is being featured on My Blog Log.

On top of this, another one of my blogs, Way Khool Sites is featured on Fuel My Blogs as the Blog of the Day. Check it out, and give me a little click-love.... pretty please with frosting on top.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ecology Gets Its Groove Going

Photo: Charles Pfeil

Make no mistake about it, green is the politically correct statement of the day. Check out the website featured today on my other blog Way Khool Sites. Even brides are becoming ecologically conscious. A recent article in the New York Times,"How Green Was My Wedding", addressed the new popularity of green weddings.

A quote from this article sums up the new way the wedding business and brides are looking at weddings: "People in the wedding business say the eco-friendly or "green" wedding has arrived, its appeal having expanded to spur a mini-industry of stores and Web sites offering couples biodegradable plates made of sugar cane fiber and flowers grown according to sustainable farming practices. The quality and choice of products has so steadily improved that the green concept is spreading to other kinds of parties, allowing hosts to embrace the earth without sacrificing style, party planners and others say."

I have a lot of great links in my sidebar as well if you wish to explore more green products. I'm always looking around the net to see what's new in the eco world, and I discover new sites weekly. This is my find of the week: Worn Again, an English shoe manufacturer.

Their athletic shoes are made from all kinds of improbable recycled products: firemen's trousers, car seats, coffee bags, recycled leather fibers, old bike innertubes and more. They make both men and women's shoes, and their shoe line looks really cool! They also offer tips on how to reduce your ecological footprint.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

This photo is a Valentine's Day gift from my artistic friend Marjorie blending my cat Anela (angel in Hawaiian) with me! I love it! It brings new meaning to the word Catwoman!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Cats on Tuesday

Some people feel/think animals have no emotions, or at the very least don't express them. That shows how little they have been around animals for I have witnessed many animals mourn. Take Anela (pictured above with her former cuddle-buddy Blu) when she grieved over Blu--she would walk back and forth making horrible howls for nearly a month after we returned to discover Blu had died and had been taken away for burial by our gardener.

We couldn't quiet Anela as she needed to express her grief. She had been raised with Blu since her kitten days, and his death was a huge loss to her. So she marched back and forth atop a banister expressing herself for nearly a month with plaintive howls. One day I had an idea. What if I bought her a stuffed animal? I wasn't ready to adopt another cat as I was still grieving myself.

I found a large stuffed tiger, and this tiger (photographed above) seemed to calm her. She slept by it, and in some magical way, it quieted her howling and consoled her.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Hope Blooms

Every now and then I read something very promising in the news which gives me hope. This week I'd like to share with you TWO such news items in this category.

1. "Sir Richard Branson offered $25 million prize for scientists who find a way to help save the planet from the effects of climate change." Read the full article here.

My take: It's clearly time. Bravo Branson!

2. A woman with a prosthetic arm regains sense of touch thanks to a new development. Click here for the full story.

As the popular Native American story goes: "We are the ones we've been waiting for." It seems to me that lots of incredible beings are showing up!

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Help With Crossing-Over

With the unexpected, tragic death yesterday of Anna Nicole Smith, once again I have been pondering death. One of the main intentions for this blog was to write articles about death, dying, grieving, and all topics related to this subject.

And I'd like to share with my readers a wonderful resource: In Repose.

Death comes to us all, and it's wise to not be in a state of denial about it. When many die, they leave conflicting wills, loose-ends, mysteries to unravel, and not only sorrow and grief for their friends and family, but also lots of work! I've been test-driving this website, so to speak, for you never know when it's your time to cross over. Death can come unexpectedly as it did with Anna Nicole Smith.

In Repose allows you to assign a facilitator who will turn on your online memorial after you have crossed over. Other features are: messages to be delivered to individuals; an email list for others to be informed; an online memorial where you have a selection of music,photos, and videos; forums & information; and details to be attended to by the facilitator. The fee is small for this service, and I feel it's well worth it!

Here is a video of Carl Jung, one of history's most famous psychologists, speaking about the spiritual component of death: Click here.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Puffy Eyes

Probably many of my readers have a friend who is a walking encyclopedia or know-it-all. I do. And one day several years ago, we were discussing Bill Clinton's puffy eyes as we were watching television together. My friend is what you would call a "wise-woman": well versed in natural cures, medicine, helpful housekeeping remedies, and everything else! She was a fount of information, so I always listened to what she had to say.

She told me the number one reason Clinton had puffy eyes was that his kidneys were out of whack. And the kidneys always signified fear. Thus, she ascertained doing a face-read of him, he needed to have his kidneys checked out plus needed to release his fears.

So as I was reading Jenny's February 2nd "5 Tips for Reducing Puffy Eyes" Bath Body Junky blog today, I decided to do a little online research to research her tips. (By the way, she has a nice blog with helpful information on how to care for skin, home spa ideas, and yummy products too.)

Sure 'nuf, most of what I researched agrees with Jenny's tips. Here's a bit more: puffy eyes are a sign of insufficient lymphatic drainage, poor elimination of toxins (especially alcohol), feather pillows for those that might be allergic, bad sleeping habits, hormonal problems, genetics, thyroid problems, and yes, the internal disorders in the kidneys, stomach, and nervous system.

Besides facial products, the old-time solutions are grated potatoes, teabags, cucumbers, witch hazel, and another popular one: Preparation H!

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Cats on Tuesday

Last week I wrote about the death of our cat Blu, and I mentioned I had left a message with the Maui Humane Society. My phone call was returned, and I was updated. Here's a reporting of what I was told:

For twelve years every autumn someone performed what is called "pleasure poisoning." This was done by putting the deadly poison paraquat inside meat which was thrown by the roadway for the animals to eat. Paraquat is used to clean fields; it has a long shelf life; it's a concentrated liquid; a minute amount of this tainted meat will kill an animal, and there is no cure or antidote for it--it is highly fatal. The smell and taste of paraquat is yukky, and thus, the meat is wrapped around it to disguise the smell and taste from the animals. It is made by a company called Brewer Chemical, and they were one of the companies who offered the $10,000 reward for the killer. Paraquat used in this fashion is more often used in Hawaii to kill animals than any place in the world!

The killer stalked our neighborhood always in the autumn, and that's why the authorities surmised it might be someone either living in our neighborhood or a snowbird (those that come to the Islands in the winter months). What happens to an animal is horrible and painful, and they eventually suffocate to death. If the symptoms suggest a "classic paraquat" poisoning, the best thing to do is put your animal down to save them misery.

Several suspicious persons had been questioned by the authorities, but they couldn't find the so-called 'smoking-gun', and thus there was nothing conclusive and no arrests were made. Several years ago, it is surmised the killer either died or moved away, because there have been no more incidences. Thus, the promissory rewards were withdrawn.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, after my cat Blu had (most likely knowing Blu!) downed this tainted meat, he died. We were traveling at the time, and my daughter said he came in our home crying. Then he took off, and she eventually found him curled up under a tree dead. We didn't find out about his death until returning home, because my daughter knew it would upset us. I didn't discover the Big Story until much later when I talked to a neighbor who also lost her cat.

That was when I decided to call a well-known animal communicator and spend some money to determine what was going on. I was told by the animal communicator the killer was a woman, and she didn't live in our neighborhood--about 30 minutes away. The reason: animal sacrifice to you-know-what. I don't even want to write the word! This really baffled me. Why OUR neighborhood?

I began driving around scrutinizing our neighborhood as I have never done before playing detective. If you're really looking, you will notice things you never noticed before. And I spotted one very odd home which has me puzzling about it to this day; a five-road crossroad; and some other assorted energetics. Other than these, our neighborhood is similar to many others.

Here is how Blu came into our lives: my daughter's teacher was an animal lover, and she was constantly picking up strays and giving them a home. Her home was over-run with animals of all kinds (even a miniature horse), and she couldn't handle ONE more! However, she was driving down the street one day and witnessed kids strangling a cat. She stopped her car, and ran over and grabbed the cat. Then she asked my daughter (always every teacher's pet!), if she might be able to take it.

My daughter brought home the most mangy, scrawny, pathetic looking cat I'd ever seen. Blu's vocal cords were damaged from being strangled, so he couldn't even meow. He bleated a tiny bleat-- the best he could do. My heart went out to him, and he was adopted and nursed by our family. Blu eventually grew the MOST magnificent long, fluffy tail, and his voice returned. Once his voice returned, he never stopped talking, and that was why we called him the "talking cat". He would walk through the yard and talk to himself when he wasn't talking to us or anyone else. It was hilarious! Since he had been so deprived as a young 'un, he had a voracious appetite, and he would always dominate Anela (our cat photographed above) by quickly gulping down his food and then push her aside and eat hers too! This huge appetite was what got him in trouble. To this day, Anela only eats so much of her food as she became used to eating a certain amount before Blu took over.

Thus, Ms. Anela maintains her figure. She's not a fat cat. She's just right!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Stopping The Theft of Time

Reading the February 1st posting on Mommy-Inc. titled "Thirteen Hints To Defeat The Time Stealers", I congratulated myself on the fact I apply most (not all) of Shannon's thirteen excellent hints. I'm sorry to say I learned to do this the hard way. Lots of my valuable time has been stolen! I plan to incorporate her sage advice into my daily routine.

For instance, take her hint number 13:

"Not enough time off. To be truly effective, you need to step back and re-energize yourself. Many people try to do more and more, thinking this proves their efficiency. But in reality, excessive busy-ness reduces productivity and distracts you from focusing on what is most important."

I keep learning this hint over and over. You would think I would apply it by now! I must have a childhood program still running in my head about being productive, for my days overflow with busy-ness. I use the word "busy" a lot. A friend will ask me what I've been up to, and usually I respond with "I've been busy...." Which I truly have! There are so many things which interest me...which beckon...which I have obligated myself to do....always managing many balls in the air.

I know I'm not alone in this. Americans as a whole are busy people. Europeans have noted this about Americans. We don't take siestas or long lunch hours. We work late or overtime. We hold down several jobs and wear many hats. How did Americans take on this work ethic? Are we all programmed to be busy bees?

No one I know seems to have 'enough time'. There is talk of our time running out with the Doomsday Clock clicking closer to midnight. The Mayan Calendar timeline speaks of a soon-to-be-approached end of time as we currently know it. And on top of all this, I read an MSNBC article titled,"WP: Clocks to spring forward early." You can read the article here.

The change takes effect this year on March 11! Now we will have even more confusion about time. We'll be racing to check our time to make sure we're really on time. I say enough! Let's just call a Time-Out and do what Shannon suggests: chill for a while. Take time off! Play. Relax. Nap. Rejuvenate. This sounds really good to me...a day when no one worked---only rested!

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