A special friend sent me this video this morning. You can see his reflection in my glasses.
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I grew up in a small town where, if one did not have a horse….well…everyone DID have horses, so that’s a moot point. I spent many, many hours during my childhood and teen years barrel racing, both for fun and in competitions on Friday nights at the “Play Day” rodeo practice in a nearby town. Bet I could still do it today if I had a horse. I miss it! Anyway….my friend, Tommy just sent me this video. Said he thought of me. Ha. ha.
Thanks, Mr. W! 🙂
This topic interests me greatly, since my husband has a heart condition. Each year, Dr. Michael Greger does a search of the latest empirical research on nutrition and presents these facts in a series of videos on his website: nutritionfacts.org. His qualifications as an expert on nutrition are unsurpassed. He is a widely respected authority who bases his findings on valid, reliable science rather than bruhaha. In other words, he’s not in it to make money.
I have long been fascinated by the variety of works that can be accomplished through folding paper. My friend, Arlene Elizabeth, for instance, makes giant representational works from tiny origami cranes. I have her portrait of the Daili Lama hanging here in my office.
Japanese artist Yuko Nishimura takes things to another level by transforming single white sheets of special handmade paper into complex geometric wall reliefs.
Please visit the Yuko Nishimura website to see additional works and to read more about the artist.
One of the things that brought us together initially, was the fact that both John and I were (and still are) big opera fans. When we met, I had seasons tickets to the Houston Grand Opera , and we used to go together frequently….or I would go by myself….or I would go with my best mate, Katie or with my kids.
We are an opera family. While still a high school student, my son used to be an usher at the Houston Grand Opera, which allowed him to see all of the operas free of charge. He has loved opera since. I took all of my kids with me, however. Again…we are an opera family.
I saw Pavarotti sing Nessun Dorma and other of his “greatest hits” in person, upon a number of occasions, thanks to dear Katie, and still weep at the notion of his no longer being among the living. He was magnificent! I was never fortunate enough to see him in an actual opera, however.
John and I both adore Puccini’s operas and have been listening to them this morning with the windows open, the cool breeze blowing in and the flowers blooming everywhere outside. This is another day in which the temperature is mild and absolutely perfect. (These Portland springs and summers make the dark winters well worth the wait. )
As I write this, we are listening to Pavarotti sing Turandot. There are simply no words to describe how beautiful this music is! It really brings out the romance in my husband, too. 🙂
Fell in love with him all over again today.
This, my friends, is a beautiful day.
Thank you, opera.
Inspired by the delicious scones at Lauretta Jean’s, an awesome bakery down the street, I got up early this morning and made these for my husband.
It drives me up the wall that the woman in the video keeps calling these “scons” rather than “scones”…but whatever. This recipe is fast, easy and delicious. It is really hard to screw this one up. I make these in all kinds of flavors, but the cinnamon roll ones, I believe, are the best.
Instead of white flour, however, I use Bob’s Red Mill whole grain oat flour, and I use far less sugar than this woman uses…and I do not use processed white sugar at all. I use date sugar or coconut sugar or turbanado sugar. I usually don’t even keep sugar in the house….Same deal with butter…but when I make these, I gotta have it.
Sometimes, I make a fruit compote to fill the center…blueberry, marionberry, raspberry. Sometimes, I do an orange marmalade or a lemon curd with lots of zest, and those are good, too…but there is something comforting about the smell of fresh cinnamon scones baking in the oven. Makes the house smell good all day long.
This is pretty funny. Does this make any of you feel guilty?
Well worth the watch. Many good messages within.
Have posted this before….but right now, today, I love it more than ever. Listen and enjoy.
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Here is a list of documentaries about creativity that, like the one above, will expand your mind:
The Creative Brain – How Insight Works.
Design, The New Business
Press Pause Play
Infamy – A Graffiti Documentary
Influences – How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious
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Design Genius – Ghosts in the Machine
 Life In The Biosphere
Explore the wonder and interconnectedness of the biosphere through the magic of technology.
- How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
- The Magical Forest
- Ants: Nature’s Secret Power
- Mt. Everest: How It Was Made
- Mariana’s Trench: The Deepest Spot On Earth
- Natural World: The Andes
- Shining Mountains: The Rockies
- Grand Canyon: How It Was Made
- The Intelligence of Plants
 Creativity and Design:
Learn about all the amazing things that people create with their imaginations.
- Everything Is A Remix
- The Creative Brain: How Insight Works
- Design: The New Business
- PressPausePlay: Art and Creativity in the Digital Age
- Infamy: A Graffiti Documentary
- Influencers: How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious
- RIP: A Remix Manifesto
- Design: e² – Sustainable Architecture
- The Genius Of Design
 The Education Industrial Complex:
The modern school where young minds are moulded into standardized citizens by the state.
- The College Conspiracy
- Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk
- The Forbidden Education
- Default: The Student Loan Documentary
- College Inc.
- Education For A Sustainable Future
- Networked Society: The Future of Learning
- The Ultimate History Lesson With John Taylor Gatto
- The Education System in Communist China
- The War On Kids
 The Digital Revolution:
The Internet is now the driving force behind change and innovation in the world.
- The Age of Big Data
- Resonance: Beings of Frequency
- Life In A Day
- Networked Society: On The Brink
- Us Now: Social Media and Mass Collaboration
- WikiRebels: The WikiLeaks Story
- The Virtual Revolution: The Cost of Free
- How Hackers Changed the World
 A New Civilization:
We are at the dawn of a new golden age of human inventiveness.
- THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?
- Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward
- Paradise or Oblivion
- 2012: Time For Change
- The Crisis of Civilization
- The Collective Evolution II
- The Quickening: Awakening As One
- 2012 Crossing Over: A New Beginning
- The Awakening
Explore the politics of power and control and how it affects your life.
- Owned and Operated
- The Power Principle
- The True Story of Che Guevara
- Earth Days
- Capitalism Is The Crisis
- WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower
- The Putin System
- The War On Democracy
- Rise Like Lions: Occupy Wall Street and the Seeds of Revolution
 Biographies of Genius:
The biographies of modern geniuses who pushed humanity forward.
- Isaac Newton: The Last Magician
- The Unlimited Energy of Nicola Tesla
- The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla
- Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius
- How Albert Einstein’s Brain Worked
- The Extraordinary Genius of Albert Einstein
- Leonardo Da Vinci: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything
War is history’s oldest racket for stealing from the powerless and redistributing resources to the powerful.
- Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is Your Mind
- The Secret History of 9/11
- Robot Armies in the Future
- The Never Ending War in Afghanistan
- Shadow Company: Mercenaries In The Modern World
- Why We Fight
- The Fog Of War
- The Oil Factor: Behind The War On Terror
Learn about the financial system works and how people and societies are enslaved through debt.
- The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
- Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis
- The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World
- The One Percent
- Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street
- The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers
- The Four Horsemen
- Inside Job: The Biggest Robbery In Human History
- Capitalism A Love Story
- Money and Life
 Digital Entrepreneurship:
Profiles of the entrepreneurs who used technology to change the world.
- The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur
- Profile: Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin
- Profile: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
- Starting-Up in America
- Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
- Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy
- Elon Musk: Risk Takers
- The Story of Twitter
Watch the inspiring stories of amazing athletes.
- Fearless: The Jeb Corliss Story
- Carts of Darkness
- Usain Bolt: The World’s Fastest Man
- Wayne Gretzky: The Life and Times
- Mike Tyson: Beyond the Glory
- The Legacy Of Michael Jordan
- We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding
Find out more about the impact of exponential growth and the approaching Singularity.
- Ray Kurzweil: The Transcendent Man
- How Robots Will Change the World
- Human 2.0
- Trance-Formation: The Future of Humanity
- The Venus Project: Future By Design
- Bionics, Transhumanism And The End Of Evolution
- The Singularity Is Near
- Car Technology Of The Future
 Origins of Religion:
Explore the original religious experience of mankind at the dawn of civilization.
- Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within
- Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman
- Ancient Egypt and The Alternative Story of Mankind’s Origins
- The Hidden Knowledge of the Supernatural
- Re-Awaken: Open Your Heart, Expand Your Mind
- Shamans of the Amazon
- The Root of All Evil: The God Delusion
- Ancient Knowledge
- The Naked Truth
- Before Babel: In Search of the First Language
 Western Religion:
The fascinating history of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
- Secret Quest: The Path of the Christian Gnostics
- The Secret Gate of Eden
- Forbidden Knowledge: Lost Secrets of the Bible
- Banned From The Bible: Secrets Of The Apostles
- The Road To Armageddon
- Muhammad: The Legacy of a Prophet
- A Complete History of God
- Gnosis: The Untold History of the Bible
 Eastern Religion:
Expand your mind by also studying the entirely different religious worldviews of the East.
- Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
- The Life Of The Buddha
- The Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World
- Mysteries of the Cosmic OM: Ancient Vedic Science
- Where Science and Buddhism Meet
- The Yogis of Tibet
- Taj Mahal: Secrets To Blow Your Mind
- Light at the Edge of the World: Tibetan Science of the Mind
- Myths of Mankind: The Mahabharata
- Ayurveda: The Art of Being
Learn about the basic unity of existence and the miracle of consciousness.
- Athene’s Theory of Everything
- Theory of Everything: GOD, Devils, Dimensions, Dragons & The Illusion of Reality
- The God Within: Physics, Cosmology and Consciousness
- 5 Gateways: The Five Key Expansions of Consciousness
- Return to the Source: Philosophy and The Matrix
- The Holographic Universe
- DMT: The Spirit Molecule
- Neuroplasticity: The Brain That Changes Itself
Indiana Jones-style explorations into the unsolved mysteries of the past.
- Alchemy: Sacred Secrets Revealed
- The Day Before Disclosure
- The Pyramid Code
- The Secret Design of the Egyptian Pyramids
- Decoding the Past: Secrets of the Dollar Bill
- Origins of the Da Vinci Code
- Forbidden Knowledge: Ancient Medical Secrets
- Secret Mysteries of America’s Beginnings: The New Atlantis
- Secrets in Plain Sight
 Mass Culture:
Learn about how our thoughts and opinions are influenced by mass culture.
- The Century of the Self
- All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace
- The Power Of Nightmares
- Starsuckers: A Culture Obsessed By Celebrity
- Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century
- Obey: The Death of the Liberal Class
- Motivational Guru: The Story of Tony Robbins
- Bob Marley: Freedom Road
- Radiant City
 Corporate Media:
Discover how the mass media and advertisers channel our irrational impulses.
- Weapons of Mass Deceptions
- Secrets of the Superbrands
- Orwell Rolls in his Grave
- The Esoteric Agenda
- The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News
- Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
- Symbolism in Logos: Subliminal Messages or Ancient Archetypes
- Edward Snowden: A Truth Unveiled
- Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
 Art and Literature:
Explore the lives of famous artists and how art opens people’s minds.
- Cosm: Alex Gray’s Visionary Art
- Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop
- New Art and the Young Artists Behind It
- Salvador Dali: A Master of the Modern Era
- The Day Pictures Were Born
- Off-Book: Digital Age Creativity
- This Is Modern Art
Explore issues in health, how our bodies work and the incredible power of our brains.
- The Human Brain
- The Truth About Vitamins
- How To Live To 101
- America’s Obesity Epidemic
- The War On Health
- The Beautiful Truth
- Food Inc.
- The Truth About Food
- The Living Matrix
Documentaries on the effect of drugs — legal and illegal — on the body and mind.
- The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
- The Drugging Of Our Children
- How Marijuana Affects Your Health
- Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging
- Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
- LSD: The Beyond Within
- The War on Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex
- Are Illegal Drugs More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?
- The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
- Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story
Thought-provoking documentaries on the environmental movement and the growing threats to our biosphere.
- Blue Gold: World Water Wars
- Shift: Beyond the Numbers of the Climate Crisis
- All Things Are Connected
- The Fight For Amazonia
- Flow: For Love Of Water
- Here Comes the Sun
- The World According To Monsanto
- The Story of Stuff
Expand your mind by exploring our indescribably large and beautiful Cosmos.
- The Search for Planets Similar to Earth
- Cosmic Journeys : The Largest Black Holes in the Universe
- The Mystery of the Milky Way
- Fractals: The Hidden Dimension
- Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking: The Story of Everything
- Pioneer Science: Discovering Deep Space
- Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
- The Strangest Things In The Universe
The history of scientific discovery and how scientific instruments expand our perception.
- The Complete History of Science
- Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell
- Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time
- Quantum Mechanics: Fabric of the Cosmos
- The Light Fantastic
- DNA: The Secret of Life
- Parallel Universes, Alternative Timelines & Multiverse
- What Is The Higgs Boson?
The story of our evolution and the emergence of self-aware human beings.
- The Origin of Life
- Homo Sapiens: The Birth of Humanity
- Beyond Me
- The Global Brain
- Metanoia: A New Vision of Nature
- Birth Of A New Humanity
- Ape Man: Adventures in Human Evolution
- The Incredible Human Journey
- The Human Family Tree
 Psychology and The Brain:
New research is shining a spotlight on how we can improve our brains.
- How Smart Can We Get?
- The Science of Lust
- The Secret You
- What Are Dreams?
- A Virus Called Fear
- Beyond Thought (Awareness Itself)
- The Human Brain
- Superconscious Mind: How To Double Your Brain’s Performance
- How Does Your Memory Work?
- Secrets of the Mind
 Modern History:
The story of the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the modern world.
- History of the World in Two Hours
- The Industrial Revolution
- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
- The French Revolution
- Big Sugar
- The American Revolution
 Pre-Modern History:
The story of the Americas and European history in the pre-modern world.
- Socrates, Aristotle and Plato
- The Medici: The Most Influencial Family In The World
- A History of Celtic Britain
- The Crusades: Victory and Defeat
- The Vikings: Voyage To America
- Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution
 Current Events:
Become more informed about current events that are shaping the world.
- Syria: The Reckoning
- Empire: Putin’s Russia
- The New Arms Race
- The Killing of Yasser Arafat
- Egypt In Crisis
- Inside Obama’s Presidency
- The Untouchables: How Obama Protected Wall Street
- Behind The Rhetoric: The Real Iran
- A History of the Middle East since WWII
- Climate Wars
 Ancient Civilizations:
Fascination explorations into the ancient civilizations of our past.
- The Persian Empire : Most Mysterious Civilization in the Ancient World
- What The Ancients Did For Us
- What the Ancients Knew
- Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids
- Secrets of the Ancient Empires
- Graham Hancock’s Quest For The Lost Civilization
- Atlantis: The Lost Continent
- Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
– See more at: http://www.thinkinghumanity.com/2014/03/300-plus-mind-expanding-documentaries.html#sthash.DPxFhhwR.dpuf
Ok….This guy needs to work on his guitar playing….and the first half of this song is yawnable….but …..BUT…..please listen to the second half. He brings it. Oh. My. God. Does he ever bring it!
Day #2 in her new home, and our sweet little honey bee has adjusted beautifully! Beatrix is a live wire and definitely on top of her game! I am already head over heels in love with her….and owe a bucket of love to the person that talked me into getting her. I took B. to Ingrid’s preschool this afternoon and all the children got to meet her. She was shy for the first 30 seconds, then lavished everyone with puppy kisses galore! She loved it there, and was so GOOD!
She is a great little dog. The children loved her and it was so much fun to witness their enthusiasm!
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Of course, by the end of the day, she was completely exhausted. She is lying in her bed in front of the fireplace as I write this. Look! She has a little smile on her face. This has been a great day!
I am grateful today. So grateful. We are all smiles around here these days.
Listen carefully to this woman’s words. She is spot on!