Friday, August 31, 2007

A Green Christmas in August

Sandy Carlson of the blog Writing in Faith tagged me with a green meme called A Green Christmas. Since this blog is of the "green" ilk, theme, and purpose, I'm playing along. Besides I like Sandy! As I'll be traveling soon, this will be my last post for awhile unless I make a random post here and there on the road.

Here are the questions:

What is your favorite Christmas gift?

Everyone in my family getting along with no one acting-out, being crabby, or ungrateful. I've seen my share of dysfunctional Christmas holidays, and I prefer the functional ones! :Smile:

What is your best memory of Christmas?

Smells and aromas: fresh pine from decorations and Christmas trees, pecan pies just out of the oven, burning logs in the fireplace, and cinnamon.

Depending upon where you live do you have a hot or cold Christmas?

Hot since I live in Maui, Hawaii.

Would you prefer to try the opposite weather at least just once?

I have tried the opposite weather as my early Christmas's were spent in chilly weather.

What do you prefer in a tree? Fake or real?

Most definitely REAL! Although there is something to be said for not having to clean up all the dry pine needles which seem to get everywhere.

What is your favorite Carol?

O Holy Night---I still get chicken-skin when I sing along with it.

What is your favorite Christmas dinner?

The traditional American dinner: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, yams, biscuits--the whole nine yards!

Do you wear a Santa hat at Christmas?

No, but I once posed in a Santa hat and bikini for photos.

Have you ever seen Santa delivering gifts?

No, not in the sense that I witnessed the mythic Santa shoot down the fireplace and tip toe over to my tree and pull the gifts out of his rucksack, but I have sat on many a costumed Santa lap with Santa handing me a gift. This counts, right?

Five I'm Tagging:

The Hot Dog Truck
Unplug Your Kids
New Suzanne R's Life

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day will happen on October 15, and I plan to participate by posting with most of my blogs. However, since I will be vacationing soon and might not have another opportunity to promote this worthy cause, I decided to do so today.

Here's a little bit of information taken from the Blog Action Day website:

"On October 15th - Blog Action Day, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone's mind.

In its inaugural year, Blog Action Day will be co-ordinating bloggers to tackle the issue of the environment."

If you feel drawn to be a part of this day, you can go to their website to sign up your blog.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Cats On Tuesday

I've been extremely busy lately and finding time for blogging has been hard to do. So this week I'm not going to write a long Anela story. I will say this: we've been offered (maybe!) two young African Grey Parrots, and I've said yes to them and had some concerns if Anela would bother them. She's such a well-behaved cat, but the distraction of having two talking, smart birds in our home might be a bit much for her. So since the owner hasn't called me back on the offer, I'm not going to get too worried about Anela freaking out. :Smile:

This video made me laugh. I hope it makes you laugh too.

Five Ways I Turn Back The Clock

Having often been asked my secrets to looking youthful, I've decided to post today about my choices, mistakes, and solutions to turning back the clock. Notice I said the word 'choices' for I truly believe that we aren't totally ruled by our genetics or the stars although they do have some power in the equation of looking youthful.

1. Scientific tests have revealed that those who cut calories as they age have better hearts, better blood insulin levels, and fewer signs of damage to their DNA. My choice: Skip meals, go on periodic, cleansing fasts, and eat smaller portions.

2. I drink LOTS of water and green tea to keep my skin dewy and hydrated, and I often spritz my face with an aromatherapy rejuvenating mist.

3. For many years I've chosen to keep my face out of the sun, and thus, the wrinkles are few from sun and wind exposure. Since I have fair skin with freckles, I have to really watch my sun exposure living in the Hawaiian Islands. My wake-up call came when I had to have surgery to remove two skin cancers, one of which was right next to my nose and one right on my nose. I had tried all sorts of alternative products, but the cancer wasn't going away. My dermatologist scared the living daylights out of me one day when he told me I could possibly lose my nose if I didn't have this skin cancer surgically removed. I've been left with a small scar as a remembrance of my folly in delay.

4. I've made a choice to limit my alcohol intake because of health and vanity reasons. Having made the mistake from time to time of drinking too much alcohol, I could see the immediate results the next morning in the mirror which freaked me out. I also don't smoke or choose to be around someone who smokes because my complexion and health suffers. Both alcohol and cigarettes are almost as bad as the sun for promoting wrinkles.

5. Eating processed food, fast food, sodas, or milk products makes you age faster. Instead I choose to eat local fresh fruit, vegetables, and wild salmon. Eating this ways not only keeps my weight down but makes my eyes shiny and sparkling.

I received this wonderful award this week from Suzanne. Mahalo Nui Lo Suzanne!

And I'm passing on the award to:

Tom of Tom's Hideaway
Sue of Sueblimely
Deborah of Life In The Fast Lane
Jilly of Menton Daily Photo

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Link Love Thursday

One of my blog contacts, Hot Dog Man, is promoting this viral linking list, and so I'm participating because 1. viral linking helps all these blogging folks 2. it's better than a virus that'll make you sick 3. for the heck of it! :Smile:

Talk About Link Love Thursday!!!

Just copy and paste the list and add some of your favorite bloggers on top!

Life In The Fast Lane


Coffee, Tea or Baabooo
Blog -Blond
What U Did Today
One Old Green Bus
Tiny Voices in My Head
Comedy Plus
You are in My World Now
Life With Heathens
what I think about...
Wonderful Thoughts
Writing In Faith
The Hot Dog Stand
The Wired Kayaker
Who's Yo Mama?
A Bunch of Stuff
The Porch Light
Winning Football Picks
Valuable Lessons We Can Learn From Children
John Chow dot Com
The Life of Ben, a Polymer Man
Trik's Gulch
Peety Passion
Our Cheating Ways
$ Secret Money Blog $ By : Bob Matharoo
Notes of an Asian Gastronomist
Journey of a Lifetime
A little piece of me
NoDirectOn (not: NoDirection)
An American Peyote Scribble
Let's Share Feelings
Tales of Prinzcess Prinzcy
The Blogger's Block
Laane on the World
Danny Danny Wakeup It's A Beautiful Day Today
The Political Realm
How to Earn Money Blogging
Way Khool Sites
Electric Writer
About Every Little Thing
Dumb Ox Daily News
TwistedSister.....totally pissed off!
When I grow up...
Weird Websites
The Hot Dog Truck
My Interesting Files
The Dwacon Blog
Just a Girl From LA
Chronicles: Alan B. Rowley II - Success Coach
IdiotBrain - Because People are Stupid
The Kerala Articles
Eternal Echoes
The 15 Minute Dating Blog
Going The Wong Way
the hidden side of a leaf
Word Life!
Why Buy Used Cars
Cubicle Denizen
n E o A u T e U r
The Weight Loss Blog
Bimbo with a Twist
Terri Terri Quite Contrary
Syaf The Geek
Disjointed Intelligence
Aussie Bush Food
Growing Linux Events and News Spot
Joe Schroeder Uncovered
What the...?!Advertising for Success

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Cats On Tuesday--Animal Alerts

This EARLY EARLY morning Anela walked into our bedroom and let out a loud Roar! Anela never does this, so both my partner and myself were wondering what the heck was going on. He got up to investigate, and he saw nothing out of order. He fixed her an early breakfast and gave her some snacks, but the snacks (as of the moment I'm writing this post) are still sitting there which is not all normal as Anela gobbles them up quickly. Something is definitely UP, and I feel Anela was trying to warn us of something. What she was trying to tell us we're not entirely sure, but perhaps she is trying to tell us about impending earth changes or earth quakes.

BTW, this photo was taken two days ago when Anela was relaxed and not stressed as she is now. Don't you love it when they sleep like this with one paw up in the air?

So the second warning came to us from of all things a mynah bird. We have lots of mynah birds always flying around on our property, but never has one appeared to make a loud squacking noise directly in front of us while we're sitting in our jacuzzi this morning. Both of us were startled by this noise and close proximity! So now we have had alerts from a cat and a bird--we shall see if anything weird happens!

My other blog, Who's Yo Mama?, is getting ready to have her 400th Post Birthday Party! The countdown is on! Won't you drop by and wish her a Happy Birthday? And if you feel so inclined, I'm also hosting a blog contest there too!

Monday, August 20, 2007

The "C" Word Can Be Scary

One of the subjects which I read about in the alternative health news is *Cancer*. This word strikes fear into most people. Even with all the research involved in determining the cause of cancer, there are still way too many people dying from this horrible disease. Of course there are accusations the cure for cancer has been found and suppressed by greedy pharmaceutical companies and others who would stand to loose a lot should a cancer cure be found. The research/cause/complexities/and politics of cancer is a big one.

The truth is out there, and hopefully, within my lifetime, cancer will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, I read lots and lots of articles and scour the web for alternative cancer research websites and products as well as read mainstream medical articles and posts. There are so many websites and posts that it would take me a long time to list them all. Today I'm just going to share some of the *alternative* posts and websites I've surfed to RECENTLY:

"Moon, Breast-Cancer Surgery and Menstrual Cycles"

Natural Cancer Therapy

Vitamin B17

"An Astonishingly Bright Side Within Darkness"

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Battling For Life

This video has been seen by over 9 million people, but just in case you missed it, I'm posting it here on The Art Of Living and Dying blog. I've never seen a video which more exemplifies the battle for life. A pride of lions, a courageous herd of buffalo, and two crocodiles battle it out for a baby buffalo at a watering hole in South Africa. This video will surely take your breath away as it did mine!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

How To Maintain Your Stamina

Many people ask me how I accomplish so much--where do I get my energy? And I'm going to share with you some of what I tell others. My disclaimer: just as everyone else cycles through their own circadian rhythms, emotional issues, good days and bad, etc., so do I. There are some days, I don't get a lot done, and that's ok too. Pushing ourselves too hard has become an American way of life, and if you're pushing, you're not doing yourself any good. Energy should flow from a reservoir of good health.

One other point: I'm not associated with any specific companies, nor do I write Pay Per Posts. I'm not an affiliate, nor am I promoting one company over another. I'm constantly experimenting with new alternative products, and the ones I'm listing are simply the current ones I'm using.

With that said, here are the health products I'm using which sustain my energy:

Maca: good for stamina and energy, hormone balance, endocrine function, mental focus, and emotional balance. I prefer to use a maca product which is certified organic and in powdered form so I can stir it into juice.

Pure Brown Seaweed Extract: good for absorbing heavy metals and helps detox from lead, mercury, uranium, and strontium

Aloe Vera Juice: best made from 100% organically grown aloe vera leaves. and the benefits are too numerous too mention. Ancient civilizations considered the plant to be of the greatest value in healing.

Miracle II Neutralizer: truly a Miracle product. The high alkaline content helps tummy aches, heart-burn, and stress.

All Day Energy Greens: one of those green products with everything in it but the kitchen sink! One teaspoon added to drinks is all it takes to get your greens for the day.

Quantum Waters This is the only product I'm listing by company name because I know of no other company who makes the same kind of product. Maybe there are other companies, but I don't know about them. These quantum waters are subtle energy products, and I'm on my fourth week of their Four Step System. I've noticed a distinct improvement in my overall energy.

I also recommend wearing a product which protects you from electromagnetism, elf, etc. and to drink lots of organic green tea.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Cats on Tuesday--Anela Cubed

There was an earthquake today on another Hawaiian Island, and Anela was a bit edgy prior to the earthquake. Of course, I didn't know why she was acting this way. I thought perhaps she was sensing the arrival of the hurricane "Flossie".

For those of us on Maui, we're not expected to have an encounter with Flossie as Flossie is supposed to pass south of the Big Island, and the most we can expect is a bit of rain which I would welcome. However, one never knows about hurricanes as sometimes they change course.

I will keep a close eye on Anela to discern any signs of anxiety. In the meantime, I have cubed her using the Dumpr photo program. Doesn't she look lovely and unusual in this design?

Come and enter the blog contest I'm having at another one of my blogs, Who's Yo Mama?!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Growing Your Own Teeth

Have you ever had a tooth knocked out or lost teeth? If so, there are only several options at present: partials, bridges, and implants.

BUT the good news I read this week is that now there's a new device developed by scientists (to be on the market in a couple of years) which will help someone to grow back their OWN teeth! "The system needs to be activated for 20 minutes a day for four weeks for noticeable results."

Here's the link to the whole story.

Oh happy day!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Cats on Tuesday--Cats Growing Older

In my stumbles, I discovered a Cat Age Chart which compares cat ages to human ages, and I was shocked to realize how old Anela has grown. It seems like yesterday she was a little kitten.

Yes, Queenie Anela has now ripened to the cat age of SIXTY FIVE YEARS! She doesn't look all that old to me, and I don't see any new white hairs on her because she skillfully conceal them in her mostly white cat fur. Wait a minute--do cats go gray and get white hair like humans? I've never thought of this major question before today. Maybe some of you knowledgeable cat ladies know the answer???

Click HERE if you want to see how old your cat is.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Are There Super Beings?

Lately I've been drawn to research. Being a natural born investigator, researcher, and all-around-nosey-person, this 'research phase' I'm currently undergoing is exciting to me and pure bliss! I'm discovering puzzle pieces which relates to other pieces of information, so the pieces coming together are forming a grander perspective and understanding!

AND since I'm also an open-minded person, I venture into (quite often) strange territory on the WWW! You know how it link on a sidebar catches your eye or imagination, and you click on it....and then on this just clicked page, you discover something else which fascinates you and which then leads you into the GIANT, addictive WWW labyrinth. Hours, days, and weeks later, I find myself with lots and lots of notes, print-outs, links, and information of which I hope to piece together for One Simple Blog Post either here or on my other blogs. Oy Vey! I ask myself as I sift through all this material---where do I begin?

Today, I'm going to post something no matter how whacko it seems because this poor blog hasn't seen any action for the longest time, and readers are probably wondering where I disappeared to--and sad to say, I wasn't on some fabulous vacation to Ibiza or Tuscany. No, I've been on Maui all summer working on my research projects, and my only vacation has been into the WWW and research!

With that lengthy, apologetic preamble, here's my post:

Yesterday my partner and I went to see the new blockbuster film, the Bourne Ultimatum.

"The Bourne Ultimatum, the third film in the popular series based on the Robert Ludlum novels, took first place at the U.S. box office with receipts of $70.2 million. Not only was it the best opening in the Bourne series, but the movie had one of the best openings ever for Paramount." according to Portable Planet.

We thoroughly enjoyed it, even though we found some of the premises and action scenes highly unlikely. We've learned improbability is the norm for movie-making in American action movies--for the most part, you could poke holes in every plot, theme, or character from a-z. Thus, we put our picky, detail-oriented, and critical minds in our pockets when we enter the theater to watch such a movie. We attempt to focus on the positives and cheap thrills.

How does the Bourne Identity link-up to my research? I found a website which described the persona of a man who was the super spy and fabulous hero of a former time period in history. He was WAY more awesome than Bourne. He showed -up all over the world, and he dazzled the Courts and other famous people with his gifts. He was the superhero of his time before there were movies. Here's a brief description of him from this website:

"During the early part of the eighteenth century there appeared in the diplomatic circles of Europe the most baffling personality of history--a man whose life was so near a synonym of mystery that the enigma of his true identity was as insolvable to his contemporaries as it has been to later investigators. The Comte de St.-Germain was recognized as the outstanding scholar and linguist of his day. His versatile accomplishments extended from chemistry and history to poetry and music. He played several musical instruments with great skill and among his numerous compositions was a short opera. He was also an artist of rare ability and the remarkably luminous effects which he created on canvas are believed to have been the result of his mixing powdered mother-of-pearl with his pigments. He gained worldwide distinction for his ability to reproduce in his paintings the original luster of the precious stones appearing upon the costumes of his subjects. His linguistic proficiency verged on the supernatural. He spoke German, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French with a Piedmontese accent, Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic, and Chinese with such fluency that in every land he visited he was accepted as a native. He was ambidextrous to such a degree that: he could write the same article with both hands simultaneously. When the two pieces of paper were afterwards placed together with a light behind them, the writing on one sheet exactly covered, letter for letter, the writing on the other.

As a historian, the Comte de St.-Germain possessed uncanny knowledge of every occurrence of the preceding two thousand years, and in his reminiscences he described in intimate detail events of previous centuries in which he had played important rôles. He assisted Mesmer in developing the theory of mesmerism, and in all probability was the actual discoverer of that science. His knowledge of chemistry was so profound that he could remove flaws from diamonds and other precious stones--a feat which he actually performed at the request of Louis XV in 1757. He was also recognized as an art critic without a peer and was often consulted regarding paintings accredited to the great masters. His claim to the possession of the fabled elixir of life was home witness to by Madame de Pompadour, who discovered, she declared, that he had presented a lady of the court with a certain priceless liquid which had had the effect of preserving her youthful vivacity and beauty for over twenty-five years beyond the normal term.

The startling accuracy of his prophetic utterances gained for him no small degree of fame. To Marie Antoinette he predicted the fall of the French monarchy, and he was also aware of the unhappy fate of the royal family years before the Revolution actually took place. The crowning evidence, however, of the Comte's genius was his penetrating grasp of the political situation of Europe and the consummate skill with which he parried the thrusts of his diplomatic adversaries. He was employed by a number of European governments, including the French, as a secret agent, and at all times bore credentials which gave him entrée to the most exclusive circles."

So there has has been an historical predecessor to the Bourne Identity's hero, Jason Bourne-- someone even more amazing!!! My question to you: Is there a desire for humans to create a super hero? Do we need to be thrilled by the exploits of super beings and heroes? Did the people of that age create a man of mystery, a hero of their time? Or are there really individuals who have magic abilities and defy logic? What do you think?