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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

8 is the Infinite Number

The number 8 just happens to be my favorite.  It isn't necessarily a lucky number for me, I just like it. If it is shown sideways, it is the sign for infinity, and interestingly enough it is the same layout of human DNA!!!! I learned that at a physics lecture I attended recently in Aspen (free ones on Thursdays in August). There is definitely some sared geometry to this number and figure.

The Mobius Strip (when twisted) is the same figure. Take a peek at what this artist did with it.
The piece, Continuum, began as an exploration of the Mobius strip, a product of pure mathematics formed by joining two ends of a strip of paper after giving one end a 180 degree twist, thus creating only one edge. The center of the bronze sculpture symbolizes a black hole, while the edge shows the flow of matter through the center from positive to negative space and back again in a continuum.  
Sculpture by Charles O. Perry  Continuum (1976) at the entrance to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC.  Pictures taken by Raul654 around Washington DC on May 7, 2005. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The two circles in the 8 figure mean completion and new beginning to many interpreters of this awesome number. 

I have also read that mystics and healers tune into vibes that are 8 hertz to connect. The earth has a resonant frequency of 8 hertz. A hertz is a unit of frequency ( one Hertz has a periodic interval of one second), named after a German physicist who produced artificial electromagnetic waves (considered the first to do so). Nikola Tesla first documented the the earth information of 8Hz.

There is a lot of information about neuroscience and planet harmonics and the number 8 - go figure!


Friday, July 13, 2012

7/13 and Friday!

Does it matter that we are a superstitious bunch with the dreaded Friday the 13th taboos? I think it shows our rich ancestral memories that still give us a tickle when the date looms closer and closer and then the dark shadows can be seen clearer because, after all, it is Friday the 13th!!

I was looking at famous Friday 13th birthdays and I saw the actors, Orlando Bloom (1977), and Patrick Dempsey (1966) among the (un)fortunate still living folks. Certainly there are plenty more, maybe even some acting zombies successfully whetting appetites for the horrors of the 13th. 

An interesting superstitious theory is derived from The Last Supper and a Norse myth. It has to do with the belief that 13 people seated at a table results in the death of one diner. Really? H'm, most dinner parties are in an even number and there has been great attention to the death of the diner from The Last Supper. Maybe it's not just superstition.

Well, this is the last Friday 13th in 2012, so make it a lucky one!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Publishing Articles Online

I have been writing online for a coupe of years now, and found it to be work that is rewarding in a couple of ways. One is that the more I write the more I research. Learning about how to do research has been a wondrous journey because there are so many available sources on and offline. Mostly I write non-fiction articles and I have narrowed my articles to a main ezine (online magazine) that has a great forum and great articles. The administration is right on and willing to help in any way needed, as are the forum members.  If you look to the right of my post, and down, you will see my latest articles linked to the ezine, infobarrel. Please feel free to explore.

The second rewarding work result is making a bit of google adsense dollars. It hasn't happened fast for me, but I have received some income and hopefully it will grow. The more published articles, the more adsense money is made. It becomes a passive income for many writers who hit the jackpot immediately. Usually it takes a couple hundred articles to even start. So, one must enjoy writing, and not be in a hurry to make money from it because it doesn't happen that way. I am working on 200 articles at IB (infobarrel), and have 155 to date. I have articles on other sites, but haven't kept up on them since I started at IB. It's just that good of an ezine, so I have stuck with them.

Another reward is the online friends from all over the world that I have made. That is really exciting, and it leads to more possibilities for money and fame. An example is this - recently a fellow IB writer contacted me about using a photo of mine. He is on his 3rd book and was submitting my photo to his publisher to see if it would work. Unfortunately it didn't, but what an awesome possibility for an image to get credit in a book - all this from an online friend who happened to see my comment on another writer's piece about a photograph!

I have also have some wonderful connections with readers of this blog about an article I wrote about my dad piloting The Knockout Dropper in WWII.

Yes, publishing articles online has been a rewarding experience.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lunar Eclipse Today!

 This fabulous video shows what is happening, courtesy of NASA. Love it!

The lunar eclipse today follows the May 20th solar eclipse and pre-empts the Venus transit. The cosmos is speaking. I have been "listening" by following my inner voice that definitely woke me up this morning at 4:20am and said, "Get up and look outside." So, I did. The cosmos is speaking. I couldn't take my eyes off the moon. What a beauty. Full moon tonite, in Sagittarius. Strange and graceful tidings for one day. The view just made me grateful, enhanced my knowingness

I love this quote from an email received this morning and thought I'd share it with you.

"Hold integrity in all that you are and all that you do. Learn to travel light. Know you are stepping into the veil and opening up the connections between yourselves and all the shifts about to be. There is nothing to fear. it is just new. You are ahead of the curve of many. So, you will be faced with many who don't understand what you are doing or why. You are not here to follow their paths or their fears. You are here to know what you need to do. You are here to be courageous and trust what your inner knowing tells you." Guardian Advice

*quote from Angela Peregoff, The Morning Blessing. 6/4/12. Her website is  www.angelaperegoff.com


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Michelangelo

photo courtesy wikimedia

He was born on March 6th, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. He was baptized Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. What a beautiful name for such a great talent! He is mainly known for his fabulous paintings and sculptures, but he was also an architect, poet and letter writer. It is said that 500 of his letters remain, none of his poetry. There is some mystery surrounding him and his work, especially about secret codes he supposedly put in the Sistine Chapel ceiling. See this article for more intrigue. It is from the UK Daily Telegraph from 2008.

I find his birth date of interest, and the little I have learned about him that grows my curiosity, especially in this 2012 year of revelations (Maya prophecy, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Rudolph Steiner, and many others). I read that he was drawn (no pun intended) to ancient stone carvings and sculptures, and that he preferred sculpting to painting. What is with stone that so many relate to? 

I recall studies with a native American Grandmother who taught me about the Stone Nation. I love that title, and the Tree nation, etc. There is life and spirit and beauty in stone, Michelangelo saw people, mainly biblical figures in stone. He was one of a kind genius artist who is still telling his admirers the stone stories, and possible secrets in codes in his paintings, too. 

Do we need to further study his work and read his letters to see a clearer message, or is that all conjecture and conspiracy theory? Maybe something will come to light this year, for sure it would be nice to greet one like him in this age of raised conscious - not exactly a Renaissance, but the cycle could come around again.

Anyways, Happy Birthday Michelangelo, wherever you are <3 <3<3

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Some Days are Just Like That


Having a discombobulated yet still hanging in there day? Unfortunately (or not) baby boomers notice aches and pains and creaks that weren't there before. Before what, one may ask. Just before. Nothing having to do with anything but before. Of course we may tend to analyze out of our head into the universal thought world that the cause of our notification is because of this or that, and cuckoo enough, this or that happened before!

Eventually we may be granted some grace to be present. The focus changes mysteriously, to now. A sigh of relief comes because the truth is, that NOW is all we have. It is brought more and more to my attention as the living from the heart, seeing from the heart, hearing from the heart just seems to be the way of living now, not before. The happy thing about this is that we are all so imperfect and we can stay humble in this awareness. That is an awesome gift, like forgiveness always being there for the asking.

We can see the beauty among the broken. Some days are just like that.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine Specials

February brings it on for merchants and clients of all ages. What with all the ads for flowers, chocolate, love gifts, cards, and anything at all stretched to have anything remotely affiliated with the Valentine celebration on February 14th, the world is inundated with commercialism in the name of love.

I have a few suggestions for gifts either to oneself or the receiver of Cupid's arrow. The first is for communication via the cell phone. Wirefly is having some fabulous February sales. The site is Boomer friendly, it even has a page of How To's.

If you are looking for brand name perfumes and skin (beauty) products, Perfume.com is a great place to shop online. It is an Internet Retailer Top 500 site that offers international shipping! It has products for all sexes.

Looking to travel over the big romantic day? Met Global  (DHR.com) really entices with these offerings:
  • Huge Selection of Hotels- choose from over 150,000 hotels in over 198 countries
  • Convenience- search for rooms by price, ratings, location, customer reviews and more.
  • Hotels sorted by themes including Business, Spa, Luxury, Budget hotels and more 
  • No service fee or amendment fee 
Worldwide discounted hotel bookings are their specialty.

Last but never least is a good e-book to curl up and enjoy a steamy romance novel.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HAPPY VALENTINES DAY COMING UP SOON ~~~~~~~~~~~

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Cosmic Paradigm Tear-Down

Does it ever feel like humans are entering not only a cosmic paradigm tear-down (linear thinking is out) yet at the same time a hold-up in progress as far as human decency and kindness on a global level is happening?

From future technology to the ongoing debate about birth control, the need for control is endless. Now the Catholic chieftains are whining about Obama's healthcare mandate that includes birth control and abortion (day after pills) means to be available for employees. The Church claims it isn't about the right to choose issues, but it is about the government telling the Church what to do. Sticky. Both sides are valid, yet if it isn't included in the healthcare required for employees then insurance companies could fight it. What a mess.

This is what I mean about the hold-up in time. It feels like the middle ages, the dark times of Church control is overhanging, like they have to hang on to any control they feel they actually have over other humans. Human decency and kindness translates into support for each other - no matter what faith, what sex, or what nation one hails from. Women don't want others to control or try to control their health, or their pregnancies. Geesh.

The Church needs to move on and get over it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Entertaining Ideas using Fiber Rich Foods

Easy entertaining ideas can be the solution to beat the horror of having a party and not knowing what to do or what easy entertaining recipes to make and serve. Even if you are attending a party but unsure of what party dishes to bring, these ideas will help. The most dreadful part of entertaining is not providing fiber rich food dishes. People that are in the party mood rarely pace themselves when it comes to snacking. Usually that full feeling creeps up, and the regret of eating so much, or so much of highly processed, fatty, rich party food puts a damper on the party glow.

What Are High Fiber Foods?
Fiber is an essential part of human diet. Plant foods have indigestible parts, dietary fiber, that moves through our digestive system either staying intact or insoluble, or dissolved in water (soluble).
  1. Insoluble dietary fiber helps keep you regular, and clears out toxins. Whole grains are good examples of insoluble dietary fiber. Steel-cut oats, whole wheat, bran, brown rice, barley, and quinoa are some of the top grains.
  2. Soluble dietary fiber dissolves in water which slows digestion and lowers fats and blood sugar. Psyllium is one good example of soluble fiber because it is usually found as a powder to add to a liquid. Normally most fiber supplements aren't nearly as good as the actual food, but psyllium powder is derived from the husk of psyllium seeds so it does the trick quite well.

Flax is an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. It is important to grind flax seeds to flax meal in order to reap the wonderful benefits. It is touted for healthful omega-3 fatty acids making it great for those fish shunners. Flax meal can be added to baked foods for a nice boost, like muffins or scones.

Brown Rice Pudding with Raisins and Cinnamon
This high fiber desert is creamy and has zero trans fats. It yields 6 half-cup servings and can be served warm or chilled. A nice easy entertaining, high fiber food that can be made ahead of time and chilled.

2 C whole milk (I would use almond milk instead because I don't do cow's milk)
⅓ C sugar
¼ C golden raisins
1 (3-in.) cinnamon stick
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 C cooked brown basmati or long-grain rice
2 large eggs, separated
1 TB. unsalted butter
ground cinnamon

None of those ingredients are too expensive for a delicious desert. So here's how to put it all together.
  • Combine 1 ½  cups milk, sugar, raisins and cinnamon stick in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, and cook for about 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  • Stir in rice and vanilla extract, decrease heat to low, and cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes or until ingredients are thick and creamy. Keep the heat low to prevent sticking.
  • Whisk together egg yolks with remaining ½ cup of milk, in a separate bowl.
  • Beat egg whites to stiff peaks in another bowl.
  • Remove cinnamon stick from rice. Slowly stir in egg yolk mixture, over low heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, stir in butter until melted, then gently fold in egg whites.
  • Pour into a serving bowl or individual pudding cups, sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve warm or chilled!

One thing to remember about fiber is this - it is only present in carbohydrates. So, you may be flipping out at that because you watch carb intake instead of calorie intake, or you just figure carbs are bad. Certainly refined carbohydrates are more stressful to a body because they raise blood sugar levels quickly and stress the pancreas to pump out insulin. Refined carbs are less processed so a body has to work harder to process them. They are machine processed foods that have been stripped of the bran and germ from the whole grain. White rice and pasta made from white flour are examples. Although refined foods have a longer shelf life and a smooth texture, they are stripped of valuable nutrients.

Complex carbohydrates are; whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and items such as; dill pickles (made from cucumbers), soy milk made from soy beans and low fat yogurt. They take a long time to metabolize so glucose control is manageable and so is hunger control - you get full faster, and stay full longer. Carbs that are low on the glycemic index (effects of carbs on blood sugar levels) are high in fiber.

Interestingly enough, as fiber cruises through the digestive tract (recall that it is not digested) it doesn't add any calories to the food it's in. So, this is another reason to eat fiber rich, because eventually it contributes to weight loss.

New Year's Eve Entertaining Ideas
How long has it been since you had an adult sleepover? What a nice idea to have friends over, a small potluck perhaps, games, stories, maybe watch a film together. If champagne is offered or other alcohol, no one needs to worry about driving home. New Year's morning can be a light breakfast of fiber rich muffins and coffee or tea, or smoothies.

For families who get together on New Year's Eve and choose to stay away from the alcohol, this is a nice suggestion for entertaining. Have a dinner that everyone has agreed upon before hand. This gives a festive, looking forward to the meal atmosphere because everyone has had a say in it. Also, it can be geared toward healthy fiber rich food, and perhaps the older kids can prepare some of the cooking dishes. High fiber vegetables are a great addition or replacement for meat if non-meat eaters are involved. After eating, move away from the table and gather on pillows on the floor in front of a fire if you have one. Light a special family candle and take turns talking about the past year. Make a love pledge to some kind of change in one's life on behalf of those one loves. For example, pledge to become smoke free because one loves oneself and others. Say, "It hurts me to see me smoke and since you care about me, I pledge to try my best to become and stay smoke-free." When the pledges are made, everyone blows out the candle together.

This is a reprint of my article from Infobarrel. If you want to check out the associated photos and links, please click on this. Although it was written pre-New Years, one can have a sleep over anytime!

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