Thursday, May 5, 2016

Quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Do what you can, 

with what you have, 

where you are."  

~ Theodore Roosevelt


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lateral thinking

Lateral Thinking

* Written by Wayne David Russell, creator of:  Lateral Thinking Course - A Definitive Guide To Solving The Impossible.

Brains waves have been monitored by science for almost 100 years. The first brain wave detected, the Alpha brain wave was discovered by Hans Berger in 1929 using an Electroencephalograph (EEG) machine.

Since then four other brain waves have been identified, which has stirred much research about their nature and purpose. So far science publicly acknowledges brain waves are an indication of the different states of mind. Behind the scenes science is discovering they do much more!

There are 5 known brain waves Alpha, Beta, Delta Theta and Gamma. These brain wave signals are at the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) range of 1 Hz to 40 Hz. ELF's have the ability to travel long distances penetrating land, sea and air. Ultra long distance sonar operates at ELF's of 50 Hz.

This raises a few questions, Why does our brain generate ELF's? And why does it generate signals that have the ability to travel ultra long distances?
Of even greater interest, What is the true function of ELF brain waves?
Science has shown creative minds generate more powerful Alpha waves than the general population. Intelligence generates stronger Gamma waves. Lateral thinking about brain waves reveals some profound "food for thought", (no pun intended).

Consider first how computers communicate. Their signal is wave that has only two positions high (1's) and low (0's). Most people know these high's and low's as 1's and 0's. Tech talk calls them bits and a string of eight bits represent bytes, the foundation of a binary code. This digital wave has only two positions, 1 when the signal is high and 0 when the signal is low. At any time you look at the signal it is either high or low, one or zero.

Yet with this simple binary wave a massive amount of information can be transmitted almost instantly. All the computers in the world communicate internally and with each other using this simple binary wave.

Now consider the five brain waves we generate. Each wave is more complex, there are slopes involved creating an infinite number of positions. Each brain wave is capable of transmitting far more information than the binary wave used by computers.

Imagine, if all the information mankind has accumulated can be transmitted and received on computers by a single simple wave, how much information is being transmitted by our 5 brain waves?

Our brain waves are capable of transmitting long distances in all directions through all states of matter broadcasting continuously like a 24 hour ELF beacon.

Why? (One of the best lateral thinking questions you can ask)  Countless experiments have shown we communicate with each other and all plants and animals. For example, read THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. An experiment was conducted where a room was filled with plants and each plant was hooked up to an EEG machine.

The plants generated a steady rhythmic signal, indicating a calm harmonious state. Then a man entered the room who immediately and violently ripped to shreds one of the plants. All the EEG's went crazy showing each plant was reacting to the violent attack! The man then left the room and all the plants settled down returning to their previous rhythmic calm.

What happened next astounded the researchers. They marched fifty people through the room one at a time and the EEG's all remained calm and steady for every person except one, the man who destroyed the one plant. When he entered the room all the EEG's went wild!

Draw your own conclusions but the evidence is obvious. We transmit our thoughts and feelings through our brain waves.

Have you ever been thinking of something and the person your with voices the same thoughts? Or you think of someone and they call or later that day you run into them? How about a gut feeling, intuition or an immediate connection with someone you just met? These are all accessing a sixth sense through our "transmission and reception" of brain waves. Signals we generate to communicate on a subconscious level with other minds and the world around us.
Most people write off this "sixth sense" as strange or weird and never give it another thought. Most do not realize that this ability is on the threshold of the next big advancement in human evolution.

The fully aware unrestricted connection between our trillion dollar machines (our bodies) and a collective infinite intelligence. This ability can be developed. There are techniques you can practice to stretch your imagination and build mind power. Lateral Thinking about things gives you all kinds of breakthroughs which lead to a better understanding and innovation.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 

" I've spent most of my life walking under that hovering cloud, 

jealousy, whose acid raindrops blurred my vision 

and burned holes in my heart. 

Once I learned to use the umbrella of confidence,

 the skies cleared up for me 

and the sunshine called joy 

became my faithful companion. "

~ Astrid Alauda

Friday, April 29, 2016

Attract Hummingbirds

Attract Hummingbirds

* Written by: Cheryl D. Jones, who shares gardening tips and landscape ideas through her blog, newsletters and her nursery's website - 

A lot of people think that hanging out a quick hummingbird feeder is enough to encourage hummers into their gardens. While hummingbirds will stop by and eat from these feeders, they tend to quickly move on to more welcoming gardens. Creating an ideal garden for hummingbirds offers more than just food. They offer all of the basic essentials for bird life. Hummingbirds come and stay in gardens that are perfectly suited for them. Here's what you need to create an ideal garden for hummingbirds.

Many hummingbirds are a migratory species of bird that spend the winters in South and Central America, and in the spring travel all the way up to North America and even into parts of Canada where they spend the warm season breeding, raising young, and preparing to fly south again. Hummingbirds rely on the nectar found in flowers, which they get plenty of in South America. But, they need the abundant insects found in the spring and summer in the lands of North America and Canada to successfully raise healthy babies. They also spend a lot of time resting- usually about 80% of their lives is spent sitting and resting their tiny bodies. Providing a garden that's full of healthy insect activity with lots of nectar sources and plenty of thin twigs, branches, and other similar places to rest are all going to entice a hummer to stick around. Even more important, providing a safe place to nest will help the hummingbirds stay through the season, and return yearly.

Rely on plants that hummingbirds enjoy to eat from. Tubular red, blue, and purple perennial flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds. The wild versions of plants usually create the most nectar which will encourage hummingbirds to come back again and again, but this isn't a hard-set rule. Many cultivars provide plenty of nectar for hummingbirds.
Hummingbird plants include:
  • Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
  • Azalea
  • Honeysuckles
  • Weigela
  • Monarda (Bee Balm)
  • Agastache
  • Hosta
  • Foxglove
  • Yucca
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Viburnum
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Summersweet (Clethra)
  • Hydrangea
  • Mockorange
  • Potentilla
  • Trumpet Vine
  • Salvia
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Mints
Consider tying up a thin line if you don't have a clothesline already. Hummingbirds of North America are well adapted to life with people and their homes and are quite fond of perching and resting on clotheslines, wires, extension cords, chicken wire fences, or any thin and stable cables. Trees and shrubs are also very welcome resting spots too.

Offer a moving source of water for hummers to bathe in and drink from. Despite assuming that these small birds get all of the water they need from nectar, they are still observed using birdbaths consistently.

In the garden, try to refrain from using chemical commercial pesticides. They are long acting, so even if you use them in a specific area they often stick around and continue to kill for weeks after the application. Instead, encourage a healthy bug population. If you're over-run by grasshoppers or Japanese beetles for example, there are plenty of specific traps that work to capture these pets and bring their numbers down to a less destructive number. One option is to use a natural organic insecticidal soap for aphid infestations that won't harm hummingbirds if it's ingested in small amounts.

So... go beyond the hummingbird feeder for attracting and keeping those gorgeous winged jewels in your garden.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

celebrating !

-- Celebrating --

Dave and I celebrated our 26th anniversary! wow, eh? lol 

Actually we celebrate 2 anniversaries, the day we decided we were going to date exclusively and our wedding anniversary which occurred in July some 8 years later. The first is more important to us though as we looked at the marriage as a more official, paper kinda thing. 

In keeping I chose this quote, kind of a thought to consider for true love and long term relationships.

-- Quote of the Day --

"His heart was as great as the world,
but there was no room in it
to hold the memory of a wrong."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Appreciation for proactive individuals

-- Chatter -- 

I've noticed so many things in our community that make me really sit up and absorb what I am seeing. So forgive me, but I do have to celebrate them today publicly:

Locally we have numerous organizations that benefit the community - one such organization is the Fields Forward group, which works with volunteers, government, farmers, markets, business, food producers, etc. to improve the "10 mile diet" we have going on here and also including "100 mile diet" for the interaction and cooperation with communities close to us as well. It really is amazing how this organization was able to connect the dots between all these enthusiastic individuals and groups, so they can now work effectively toward their goals. 

Numerous organizations host fund-raising auctions and bake sales, and many other types of fundraisers and events, benefiting all kinds of community projects on an almost daily basis. 

People are often spotlighted in the paper for the legacy donations to various causes - most recently the emergency room at our hospital got a $650,000 upgrade because of several legacy donations.

I learned that Canada has the highest number of volunteers per capita of all the nations. That's pretty cool! And in our community, we have an unusual number of volunteers, one of the highest in Canada. Nice, eh? 13 of these volunteers were officially recognized this year, each receiving the Sovereign's Medal this year for their amazing life-time contributions. 

Dave and I have noticed this wonderful retired-aged gentlemen who wanders around the city picking up litter and donating the $ from returnables to a couple of charities. He does it as a reason, or excuse, to get out and keep busy. Whenever we've seen him, we've been in the Jeep so we have not had a chance to say or do anything, but we keep saying we will one day (buy him a gift certificate or just say we appreciate him at least). So I was thrilled when I saw an article by him in the paper a few weeks ago about his experiences followed by a letter to the editor praising him just the other day in the newspaper. How cool is that? 

I've also seen all kinds of environmental programs from planting trees, to fish release, to community gardens and parks, to grants being awarded via the Columbia-Kootenay Waterbasin group (can't remember their official name, sorry). 

I wanted to take a moment to celebrate all of these amazing, positive, inspiring things that I have noticed in the last few weeks in our little city. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Journey to Health

-- Journey to Health, final portion --  

So, as you can see from the previous posts I did a series of small articles listing activities that are commonly recommended by experts to those that are struggling with challenges in life, you know - those moments when we are feeling a bit "lost in the dark", feeling our way "like a blind man".

If you are at all like me, I tend to bottle up what I am feeling. I disintegrate it, put it back together, disintegrate it again... for weeks, months, years. Sometimes having a good friend to just spill it out to can help you sort out the confusing feelings, determine what it is you are really looking at and what it means and what it definitely doesn't mean. Then you might also get some helpful advice as to what to do about it, or through simply talking about it you discover the words to explain what you are feeling. Sometimes it is hard to chain a bunch of words in the right way, especially if you are confused about what it is in the first place. Communication is important, but communicating in the most effective way, at the best time frame and with consideration - there lies the problem. So try to find a way to talk it out, even if you talk to the walls, or the universe or whatever. It really does help.

These are the very same steps I've taken on, reminding myself of things I knew before but wasn't fully practicing. Taking on physical health challenges was new to me - outside of the injuries from the accidents I've been relatively healthy and fairly lean all my life. To find out I was deficient in iron, slightly hypoglycemic (sluggish in processing sugars), chronically sleep deprived, and a bit heavy... well, that was new to me. These are all things that can be fixed with personal lifestyle changes - basically, taking better care of myself. With the new supplements I'm on I have more energy. With the sleeping pills I am getting 6 hours or more of sleep at a time. Better nutrition and sleep patterns led to me being able to eat properly at regular intervals and not throw up every other day, etc. But all of those physical symptoms really go back to letting things pile up and get that bad. I take ownership of that. I also take ownership of the journey back to health. 

I hope you have enjoyed the brief notes I've made here for you, sharing my personal map - the roads I took to recovery. I'm feeling much better, dropping pounds (actually, 20 lbs over the last couple years), but I am still on the road, and so I ask everyone to be patient with the process, as I am learning to be as well. 

I'll be back in the office regularly starting in May.. if all goes well. In the meantime I'll try to get posts up here on my blog every 2-3 days, OK?