Thursday, April 19, 2012

Look For The Lesson And Move ON

You simply cannot pay anyone back for something they did to you. Look for the lesson and move on. If one man or woman treats you badly, rejects you, abandons you, abuses or disrespects you, you cannot hold all men or women accountable. Look for the lesson and move on.
If your ex-wife or husband took your money, lied to you, neglected your children and your home, it does not mean that all men and women cannot be trusted. Look for the lesson and move on. If some white people are racist; some black people thieves; some intellectual people condescending; some uneducated people lazy; some light people uppity; some dark people ignorant; it does not give you the right or the authority to treat all people any way you choose, based on your past experiences. Ask yourself, what can I learn from this situation? What can I do this time that I did not do before? If there is nothing, simply move on.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

Speakers Sherry Turkle: Cultural analyst

Sherry Turkle studies how technology is shaping our modern relationships: with others, with ourselves, with it.
.Why you should listen to her: .Since her pathbreaking The Second Self: Computers and The Human Spirit in 1984 psychologist and sociologist Sherry Turkle has been studying how technology changes not only what we do but who we are. In 1995's Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, Turkle explored how the Internet provided new possibilities for exploring identity.
Described as "the Margaret Mead of digital cuture," Turkle has now turned her attention to the world of social media and sociable robots. As she puts it, these are technologies that propose themselves "as the architect of our intimacies." In her most recent book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, Turkle argues that the social media we encounter on a daily basis are confronting us with a moment of temptation. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, we confuse postings and online sharing with authentic communication. We are drawn to sacrifice conversation for mere connection. Turkle suggests that just because we grew up with the Internet, we tend to see it as all grown up, but it is not: Digital technology is still in its infancy and there is ample time for us to reshape how we build it and use it.
Turkle is a professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.
"What technology makes easy is not always what nurtures the human spirit."
Sherry Turkle

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Quotes by Sherry Turkle.“The feeling that ‘no one is listening to me’ make us want to spend time with machines that seem to care about us.”

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“We're letting [technology] take us places that we don't want to go.”

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“We expect more from technology and less from each other.”

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“We're lonely, but we're afraid of intimacy. And so from social networks to sociable robots, we're designing technologies that will give us the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.”

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“If we're not able to be alone, we're going to be more lonely. And if we don't teach our children to be alone, they're only going to know how to be lonely.”

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“We're smitten with technology. And we're afraid, like young lovers, that too much talking might spoil the romance. But it's time to talk.”

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“We all really need to listen to each other, including to the boring bits.”

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Canine Retirement Portfolio

Our Elected Representatives ?

Any way you measure it, the happiest and most successful people in the world are those with the most political and economic freedom. Our elected representatives are working overtime in the opposite direction.
Wes Alexander

Rescue Dog Turned Therapy Dog Helps Save Owner

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Monday, April 2, 2012

We Live In A World Of Boundaries

"The simple fact is that we live in a world of conflict and opposites because we live in a world of boundaries.  Since every boundary line is also a battle line, here is the human  predicament:  the firmer one's boundaries, the more entrenched are one's battles. The more I hold onto pleasure, the more I necessarily fear pain.  The more I pursue goodness, the more I am obsessed with evil.  The more I seek success, the more I must dread failure.  The harder I cling to life, the more terrifying death becomes.  The more I value anything, the more obsessed I become with its loss.  Most of our problems, in other words, are problems of boundaries and the opposites they create."

Excerpted passage from Ken Wilber's book entitled, NO BOUNDARY Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
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From The Secret Daily Teachings

A Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne
Creator of The Secret

From The Secret Daily Teachings
Our natural state of being is joy, and it takes so much energy to think negative thoughts, to speak negative words, and to feel miserable. The easy path is good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.
Take the easy path.
May the joy be with you,

Rhonda Byrne
The Secret... bringing joy to billions

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What is Success attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of flase 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."

*Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

James R. Angell

"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

Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954

"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

A philosopher by the name of Epictetus once wrote...

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

Epictetus in the 1st century A.D.


Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. As part of the universal city that is the universe, human beings have a duty to care for all fellow humans. The person who follows these precepts will achieve happiness and peace of mind.


9 Spices With Super Healing Powers | Yahoo! Health

9 Spices With Super Healing Powers | Yahoo! Health

Have you checked your spice rack lately? Spices and herbs can do a lot more than add pizzazz to your cooking -- they can also promote heart health, fight cancer, reduce inflammation and more. Here are nine super spices and herbs that are good for you and taste good, too.