Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Top 10 reasons to lead a simple life.

The Top 10 reasons to lead a simple life.

 1 )  The simpler the system the less it breaks.

2 )  The simpler the system the easier it is to fix.

3 )  A simple life allows lots of room for life to flow...opportunities.

4 )  A simple life allows you to feel and hear what is really going on.

5 )  A simple life requires less energy...peace can fuel the whole thing.

6 )  A simple life costs less financially.

7 )  A simple life allows you to distinguish between the truly important and everything else.

8 )  Simplicity is attractive...complexity puts many people off.

9 )  Simplicity is a protection against being overwhelmed.

10)  Simplicity greatly reduces (and can perhaps eliminate) the need for dependence on adrenaline.

The Philosophies of Epictetus and Tardieu

A philosopher, by the name of Epictetus, wrote in The Enchiridon, in the 1st century A.D. :

"Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them."

Another man by the name of Andre' Tardieu wrote:

"Difficulties lie in our habits of thought rather than in the nature of things."

Emerson's Definition of Success

Palm Valley Lutheran Church
     Round Rock, Texas
Photography by Maxie

When ask to define a successful life, I instantly think of Ralph Waldo Emerson when he wrote:

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded." 

The Consciousness Of Selfhood

Photography by Maxie

"The consciousness of selfhood is the very core of our
physical being.  About it are gathered all the joys and all the miseries of life."

James R. Angell, Psychology, 1908 

Mark Twain

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."

Mark Twain, What Is Man?  1906

"The Passionate State of Mind"

Photography by Maxie

"It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are.  We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay."

Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954

What is as important as knowing?

"and what is as important as knowing?"
...ask the mind.

"caring and seeing with the heart."
...answered the soul.


Monday, May 30, 2011

5 Reasons You Should Start Your 'Bucket List' Today

If you haven’t already seen the movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, I recommend putting it on your to-do list.

In a nutshell, this is the list of:  The things you want to do, Places you want to go, People you want to meet.  It’s, basically, your personal TO DO LIST BEFORE YOU DIE…or, ‘Kick The Bucket’.

Surprisingly, most of us have a list…in our heads. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t write the list down, let alone make the list visual, let alone take action on the items within the list.

Here’s why I think it’s a good idea to invest your time creating your Bucket List:

1. Your LIST will remind you of your ‘why.’ So often, we are consumed by ‘how’ to do something (how to have a better life, make more money, spend time with family, etc.). In the process we overlook why we want these things, in essence, if we don’t know ‘why’, the ‘how’ makes little difference. The ‘why’ defines our purpose and helps to provide some motivation to persist in spite of the challenges along the way.

2. Reviewing your list is a great way to re-energize yourself. How often do we find ourselves so busy running on the ‘hamster-wheel’ of life that we lose sight of the bigger picture? Your LIST can refresh your perspective, sharpen your focus and get you back on track. Are you more motivated to work for what you want or what somebody else wants you to have?

3. Your LIST is also your reward. People find it difficult to reward themselves when we achieve a goal or milestone. It’s like buying yourself a birthday present. I mean, why not?…you work hard, don’t you? So you deserve something special. Once you make this list, you have no excuse to deprive yourself. Now, when you set some great personal or business goals, you select the reward that accompanies their achievement.

4. Stealing from the book ‘The Secret’, your LIST will create tension between you and the things on your list once it’s written. With The Law of Attraction working with you, you’ll find that things will show-up and fall in place in your life to allow you to accomplish your list. Don’t knock this phenomenon until you try it! Creating and sharing your list makes it possible for others to assist you in achieving your dreams. Couple this with a positive attitude and some discipline you’ll see it happen.

5. Add to or build your legacy. How would you like to be remembered? Years from now, when stories are being told about you and how you lived, what do you want your kids and their families to be saying? Consider the example you will set for future generations. What an awesome privilege and responsibility! To be known for your accomplishments, kindness, wisdom, and experience would be a great legacy to leave behind. And to be known for having fun doing it!

You are only limited by your imagination and creativity. My suggestion is to share your list with those around you and steal from theirs to build your own. There are no limits here.

“It comes down to a simple choice…you can get busy livin’ or you can get busy dying.”
– Shawshank Redemption


Travis Bell is passionate about motivating people to reach their true potential.
"I have always been fascinated with 'things' that make a difference in the lives of individuals and I love seeing people achieve things in their life that they never thought possible."

5 Reasons You Should Start Your ‘Bucket List’ Today



1. Recognize that LIFE is what you get when you're born...

...LIVING is what you do with it!
You can sit back and wait for life to happen to you or you can make it happen yourself. As Maya Angelou once said, 'Life likes to be taken by the lapel and told, I'm with you kid. Let's go!'

2. Define life... It leads to the fine life.

Life is not a slogan, no matter what Nike, McDonald's, ABC, NBC, or any other media giant might have you believe. While those 'Life is...' t-shirts are often witty, the philosophy they propose, like the shirts themselves, are rarely 'one size fits all.'

Define life and living on your own terms and you've a better chance of getting both.

3. Take charge of your life.

Geoffrey Abert said that when you take charge of your life '...there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.'

To start living your life you've got to be in
control of it.

4. Little things mean a lot.

Life throws a lot of little negative things in our way that must be dealt with or else they will greatly diminish how we enjoy our days.

Stephen Vincent Benet said it best: 'Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.'

5. 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 well creating the space in your life for more positive experiences.

6. Charge into your future!

As you recreate this positive force in your life, take big, massive leaps into your future. Be imaginative, bold, and brave! The results may surprise you.

7. Use everything.

You are blessed with a particular set of skills and talents that NO ONE else has. Use every skill and talent to live your life as joyfully and abundantly as possible. Leave this life as Erma Bombeck wished to: 'When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say
, 'I used everything you gave me.''
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Harry & Bess.
Harry Truman was a different kind of President.
He probably made as many,
or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him.

However, a measure of his greatness
may rest on what he did
 after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died
was the house he lived in,
which was in Independence Missouri .

 His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father, and other than their years in the White House,
they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952,
his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year.
Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated,
Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri
by themselves.
There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions for large salaries,
he declined, stating, "You don't want me.
You want the office of the President,
and that doesn't belong to me.
It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale.."

Even later, on May 6, 1971,
when Congress was preparing
to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday,
he refused to accept it, writing,
"I don 't consider that
 I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found
a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth.
Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy
 while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices  are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct
when he once mused,
"My choices in life were either to be a piano player
in a whore  house, or a politician.
And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!"
I say dig him up and clone him!!


HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY? (as written by kids)

1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY? (written by kids)

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8

Both don't want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10

When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7

-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
-- Howard, age 8

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child )

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
-- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is.......

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The 6 Biggest Mistakes Women Make With Men

Photography by Maxie

  The 6 Biggest Mistakes Women Make With Men

1.  Women act like mothers and treat men like children.

2.  Women sacrifice who they are and put themselves second in importance to the man they love.

3.  Women fall in love with a man's potential.

4.  Women cover up their excellence and competence.

5.  Women give up their power.

6.  Women act like little girls to get what they want from men.

Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know
The New York Times #1 Bestseller (1990 copyright)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Top 10 Definitions of Abundance

Southern Magnolia   (Photography by Maxie)
Magnolia grandiflora

The Top 10 Definitions of Abundance

 1.  Freedom to do what you want...
...for yourself and others.

 2.  Freedom to be who you really are...
...spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, financially, physically.

 3.  Freedom to give of yourself...
...without reservation, conditions, or expectations.

 4.  Freedom to march to the beat of your own drummer...
...not to anyone else's expectation of what you should or could be.

 5.  Freedom to open yourself up to the Universe...
...for new experiences, lessons, awareness, and purpose.

 6.  Knowing that the Universe...
...has more than enough for all of us.

 7.  Knowing that the Universe...
...wants only good things for you.

 8.  Freedom to live...
by your convictions, virtues, and values.

 9.  The ability to...
...discern and be discerning.

10.  Letting go...
...of the outcome.

by Life transition coach, Cramen Stine

Airline Humor when I was a Stewardess

Our 1966 - 1967 Uniform 

When I was a Stewardess...

Occasionally, airline attendants made an effort to make the "in-flight safety lecture" a bit more entertaining.  Here are some real examples that were heard or reported:

"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane..."

"Your seat cushions can be used for floatation, and in the event of an emergency water landing, please take them with our compliments."

"We do feature a smoking section on the flight; if you must smoke, contact a member of the flight crew and we will escort you to the wing of the airplane."

"Smoking in the lavatories is prohibited.  Any person caught smoking in the lavatories will be asked to leave the plane immediately."

Pilot -- "Folks, we have reached our cruising altitude now, so I am going to switch the seatbelt sign off.  Feel free to move about as you wish, but please stay inside the plane till we land... it's a bit cold outside, and if you walk on the wings it affects the flight pattern."

And, after landing:  "Thank you for flying American Airlines Business Express.  We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."

As we waited just off the runway for another airliner to cross in front of us, some of the passengers were beginning to retrieve luggage from the overhead bin.  The head attendant announced on the intercom, "This aircraft is equipped with a video surveillance system that monitors the cabin during taxiing.  Any passengers not remaining in their seats until the aircraft comes to a full and complete stop at the gate will be strip-searched as they leave the aircraft."

Once on a Southwest flight, the pilot said, "We've reached our cruising altitude now, and I'm turning off the seatbelt sign.  I'm switching to autopilot, too, so I can come back there and visit with all of you for the rest of the flight."

As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice comes over the loudspeaker:  "Whoa, big fella....WHAO."

"Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area.  Please place the bag over your own mouth and nose before assisting children or adults acting like children."

Comment made by an American Airline Stewardess, "As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings.  Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants.  Please do not leave children or spouses."  "Last one off the plane must clean it."

And from the pilot during his welcome message:  "We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry...  Unfortunately none of them are on this flight...!

An American Airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard.  The airline had a policy that required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, give a smile, and a "Thanks for flying American Airline."  He said that in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment to make about the landing.  Finally everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady walking with a cane.  She said, "Sonny, mine if I ask you a question?'  "Why no Ma'am," said the pilot, "What is it?"  The little old lady said, "Did we land or were we shot down?"

Overheard by passengers after landing in Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day.  During the final approach the Captain really had to fight it.  After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant came on the PA and announced, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo.  Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!"

Another flight Attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing:  "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."

After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced:  "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as shootin everything has shifted."

From an airline attendant:  "Welcome aboard Flight XXX to YYY.  To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight.  It works just like every other seat belt, and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised."

"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling.  Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face.  if you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs.  If you are traveling with two small children decide now which one you love more and pick your favorite." 

"Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive.  Thank you, and remember nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."

Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City:  The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump and I know what y'all are thinking.  I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilots fault, it wasn't the flight attendants 'fault...it was the asphalt!"

After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the Flight Attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate.  And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."

Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement:  "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today.  And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of us here at XYZ Airways."


How To Stay Young


Try everything twice.
On one woman's tombstone she
said she wanted this epitaph:
"Tried everything twice.  Loved it both times!"

Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

Keep learning:
Learn more about the computer,
crafts, gardening, whatever...
Never let the brain get idle. 'An
idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

Enjoy the simple things.

Laugh often, long and loud.
laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,
spend lots and lots of time with Him/Her.

The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
LIVE while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants,
hobbies, whatever..
Your home is your refuge.

Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don't take guilt trips...
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county,
to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Forgive now those who made you cry.  You might not get a second chance..

Remember!  Lost time can never be found.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you
meet is fighting some kind of battle.

And remember Wine does not make you FAT...
- it makes you Lean...

(Against walls, tables, chairs, floors, and ugly people.)


Hope you will have a great day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


During his seventeen years with the Humane Society of the United States, including seven years as president and CEO, WAYNE PACELLE has played a leading role in making HSUS, the nation's largest animal protection charity, into a dynamic public force and voice for animals.  Taking a special interest in law reform, he has been the leading strategist in getting animal protection laws enacted by direct action of the electorate, designing winning campaigns in a dozen states for ballot initiatives that outlawed cockfighting, factory farming practices, bear baiting, and a host of other inhumane practices.  He has become the voice and face of the humane movement in this country.  Pacelle was named one of NonProfit Timer's "Executives of the Year"  for his leadership in responding to th Hurrican Katrina crisis.  A graduate of Yale University, Pacelle lives in Washington, D.C.

March 23, 2011

My New Book, The Bond: How You Can Get Involved

I’d like to enlist your help, and ask you to take a few moments and get involved in the promotion of my new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them to be published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, on April 5. The book is part manifesto, part memoir, but it’s certainly a big-picture look at the major debates about how humans treat animals—delving into the issues of seal hunting, whaling, factory farming, animal fighting, puppy mills, and other major concerns; chronicling the fights of the past years; highlighting the battles ahead; and calling out the people and groups standing in the way. 
In the beginning of the book, I explain my views on the instinctive connection we have with other animals—which I call the bond. In the middle part of the book, I describe how that bond has been broken in so many ways. And at the end, I try to provide a roadmap on how we can restore the bond and find a better way of living with animals and not leaving a trail of animal victims in our wake.
To get you in the right frame of mind, please take a look at the latest video about The Bond and see what others are saying about it.
Please Mute the Music On the Sidebar to your right before watching.
Next month, I’ll be visiting more than a dozen cities to talk about The Bond at local bookstores. Please join me if any of these locations are near you. I’m looking forward to sharing my story with you and reaching even more people about restoring the bond with animals and building a society that exhibits an active concern for other creatures.
P.S. You can find out how to preorder the book here.
P.P.S. By purchasing The Bond, you’ll also support the Humane Society of the United States’ work to celebrate animals and confront cruelty, since The HSUS is receiving a portion of the advances paid by the publisher and possible future royalties.

Morning the Loss of a Beloved Pet

In Memory of White Rag

Mourning the Loss of a Beloved Pet
When I ran into a friend and casually asked how she was, she replied, "Fine..." and then burst into tears. She explained that her cat had died the week before, and my heart went out to her. She works at home and had relied on her kitty’s constant companionship and unwavering devotion. "Maybe it’s silly, but I almost feel as though I’ve lost my best friend," she said.
It is not at all silly—or uncommon—to feel bereft in such situations, given that many pet owners consider their dogs, cats and other lovable critters to be members of the family. Yet because some people regard a pet as "just an animal," they may not offer appropriate emotional support (as they would if you had lost a relative, for instance)—and the lack of understanding makes it harder to get through this difficult time. You may even doubt the legitimacy of your grief, believing it to be excessive, which also stymies attempts to mourn and move on.
I called psychologist and grief counselor Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, author of When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing, to discuss ways to ease the pain after the loss of a pet. His suggestions...
Recognize the depth of your grief as a reflection of the strength of your love. "The more profound the attachment to your pet was, the more profound your grief is likely to be," Dr. Wolfelt said.
Accept that all your feelings are valid. Along with sadness, you may experience a surprising array of emotions—anger, denial, confusion, relief (if the animal had been suffering), even guilt (if you euthanized your pet or were unable to keep it safe from harm). These feelings are normal.
Seek support from other pet lovers. Friends and relatives who care as deeply for their animals as you did for yours can sympathize, understanding the bond you shared with your pet. Also helpful: Pet grief support groups. Ask your veterinarian for a referral to a local group... or check www.Pet-Loss.net.
Express your grief. Write in a journal, compose a song, paint or sculpt—any activity into which you can pour your grief helps you process painful emotions, said Dr. Wolfelt.
Consider whether there is a deeper well of pain within you. If you seem stuck in your grief, perhaps losing your pet triggered a subconscious review of an earlier loss. Dr. Wolfelt explained, "You may not have mourned adequately for a previous death—for instance, of a parent. The pet’s death can bring out those repressed feelings, making your current grief seem out of proportion." If you suspect this, consult a therapist or grief counselor for help in finally mourning your earlier loss.
Create a ritual to honor your pet. Having a funeral or memorial service for your pet encourages family members to openly express their emotions, formally acknowledge the loss and share comforting memories. Also helpful: Create a scrapbook dedicated to your pet, with photos and small mementos such as a collar tag.
Think carefully before getting a new pet. The decision about whether or when to acquire another animal is highly individual, so only you can say when you’re ready. But: If you bring another pet into your home before you have truly accepted that your previous companion is gone and cannot be replaced, you may be disappointed. As Dr. Wolfelt said, "First you must allow yourself to mourn the death of your pet—because that is what lets you open your heart to the love and companionship a new pet can provide."
Source: Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, is a psychologist, founder and director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado, and faculty member in the department of family medicine at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver. He is the author of more than 25 books on grief and loss, including *When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing (Companion). www.CenterForLoss.com

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Animal Rights

The basic tenets of Animal Rights Strategy are the following:

*  Nonhuman animals have moral rights and should never be subjected to human-inflicted suffering.

*  Basic legal rights for animals are the primary goal of the animal rights movement.

*  Where animals are known to be suffering from the failure of the animal-welfare system, demand that authorities act to remedy the situation.

*  Educate about the ability of the welfare system to protect the animals.

*  Animal rights are a matter of justice.  Acting merely on compassion is insufficient to change the law.

*  Campaign to change practices, policies, regulations and laws that promote and support animal exploitation with public funds.

*  Work to eliminate the public-relations effort of government agencies and other publicly funded and subsidized entities.

Demand that public entities adhere to the principle of equal consideration of equal interests by strictly enforcing the Constitutional guarantees.

Animals Rights

Peter Singer, who is said to be the founder of the Animal Rights Liberation movement, points out that "humans grant moral consideration to other humans not on the basis of intelligence but on the basis of their ability to experience suffering.  Animals also experience suffering and excluding them is a form of discrimination known as "speciesism."

Book:  "Animal Liberation",  by Peter Singer
Full Name:  Pete Albert David Singer
Date of Birth:  July 6, 1946
Place of Birth:  Melbourne, Australia
Nationality:  Australian