The Power & Pain of Being an Introvert – TedTalk

24 Oct

People have me confused. You can read that in several ways but for now let’s just take it as most people think I am something I’m not.  

I was painfully shy in grade school.  So much so that my parents worried about my socialization skills.  They pushed me, encouraged me to put myself “out there” which being the obedient, wanting to please child that I was I complied.  I joined clubs, ran for office, went to dances all the while feeling like I didn’t really belong and was a bit of an imposter.

All that practice in school - putting myself “out there” has been helpful as an adult.  Most people would describe me as extroverted. But in the privacy of my own heart I’d rather be by myself. It’s simple - I NEED to be alone to regenerate my physical energy and stimulate my thinking.

I’m an introvert.  Susan Cain will explain it in this excellent TedTalk:

Watch it even if you are an extrovert it will help explain most of your friends or family members!

 

Let’s FACE it I’m finally an under-achiever . . .

23 Oct

Ah, the days of my youth when I was always striving toward a goal and the criteria for reaching those goals were defined, set and enforced by others. In high school and college I would be mortified if I didn’t do every assignment ON TIME.  And there was no way I would drop a course.  It was an unwritten law that what I started I finished.

No slacking. There were people taking attendance, people grading my work, people watching my progress.

The age of technology has changed all that. I’ve discovered the beauty about taking on-line courses - if you miss the class  (in my case the entire course) no one knows.  I signed up for Carla Sonheim’s Faces class a few years back and never did the exercises.  So here it is again.  I’m already 3 days behind a 5 day course. (That is also the beauty of Carla’s on-line classes – you can do them at your own speed and time and take them again for free!)

Here’s day one - Faces from our imagination:  Paint a blob of water-color the shape of a face, put hair on it and make a face with pencil:

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The assignment was to do 8 faces.  I pooped out after 5.  So now I’m only 2 days and 3 faces behind.

 That’s also the beauty of on-line - I can finally be an under-achiever!

A Sugar Shun to Snicker at

22 Oct
Snickers is my favorite candy bar.  It’s very good frozen or fresh.  Since I’m THINKING ABOUT DECIDING to go back on my Sugar Shun I’m reading a lot about sugar in preparation.
I found  a  recipe that meets my criteria for 4 ingredients or less from http://www.food.com/recipe/snickers-dip-the-secret-is-out-481616
(I have slightly altered the directions to make it more practical and tastier. )1920px-Snickers-broken
Snickers Party Dip
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  • ounces Cool Whip 
  • 10 regular sized Snickers candy bars, chop 6 of the bars into small chunks
  • lb small pretzels, for dipping (or large slotted spoon)

Directions:

  1. soften cream cheese.
  2. (eat one of the snickers bars to make sure they are fresh)
  3. cream the cream cheese until fluffy.
  4. (eat one of the snickers bars to renew your energy from all the creaming)
  5. add brown sugar and cream cheese until well blended.
  6. (eat one of the snickers bars to renew your energy from all the blending)
  7. carefully stir in the cool whip and 6 chopped snickers bars until combined.
  8. (use a large spoon to stir, licking  it frequently to determine when all the ingredients are properly blended)
  9. Place in covered container overnight, so flavors blend.
  10. (eat one of the snickers bars the next morning to make sure they are still fresh)
  11. Garnish with chopped peanuts,(if  it is lacking in crunch) shaved chocolate, or a carmel drizzle (if it is not sweet enough)
  12. serve with mini pretzels or eat with a slotted spoon so the calories can leach out.
Hammy Hamster sez: "BYOP (Bring your own pretzel)

Hammy Hamster sez:
“BYOP”
(Bring your own pretzels)

Do you remember Englebert Humperdink?

20 Oct

Haiku “Ode” to Fibromyalgia

(haiku prompt “RELEASE”)

Fibromyalgia!

Please release me let me go!

romance is kaput

* * *

Unrequited love

I don’t want you anymore

time to get a life

 

How about adopting this song as the National Chronic Conditions Anthem!!  Wadda ya think?

Please release me let me go
for I don’t love you anymore
To waste our lives would be a sin
Release me and let me love again

I have found a new love dear
And I will always want her near
her lips are warm while yours are cold
Release me my darling let me go

for I don’t love you anymore
So release me and let me love again

Please release me can’t you see
you’d be A fool to cling to me
To live a lie would bring us pain
So release me and let me love again

I'm thinking about it . . .

I’m thinking about it . . .

“Release Me” (sometimes rendered as “Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)”), is a popular song written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and James Pebworth[1] under the pseudonym Dub Williams,[2][3] published in 1946 . (Wikipedia)

Only watch this if you sleep. On second thought – watch this if you DON’T sleep

19 Oct

Did you know your brain creates waste all day and gets rid of waste all night? Not enough sleep may be a key to Alzheimer’s disease research.

“The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.”

 

Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss & chocolate cake recipe with sneaky ingredients

18 Oct

I did REALLY well all September in cutting out refined sugar . . . then October happened and I starting practicing eating candy in preparation for Halloween . . .  Dr Joel Fuhrman, he don’t like sugar, no how.  Here’s some of his ways to stay away from sugar AND lose weight:

Dr. Fuhrman’s Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss

1. Eat a large green salad as your main dish at least once a day, with a healthy dressing. (I put spinach in my fruit smoothie, does that count?)

2. Eat two ounces of nuts and seeds a day. Include walnuts and flax seeds.  (I only eat brownies that have walnuts in them)

3. Eat some beans every day, in a soup, chili or burger. (I bought a can of beans)

4. Eat a large serving of cooked green vegetables every day.  (I put spinach in my fruit smoothies, see #1)

5. Eat one fresh fruit with each meal (I put spinach in my fruit smoothies, see #4)

Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Healthy Chocolate Cake

This recipe that has some sneaky healthy ingredients.

“This cake tastes so good, you’ll never believe that it’s packed with veggies.”  (This is a quote from Dr Fhurman.  Please make it and let me know – I only make recipes that have less than 4 ingredients, including the package mix)

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup shredded beets
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini

Chocolate-nut Icing:

  • 4 tbsp natural nonalkalized cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews
  • 1 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup Brazil nuts or hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla flavor

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flours, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside. In blender or food processor, puree 3 cups dates with the pineapple, banana and apple.

Slice remaining 1/2 cup dates into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. In a large bowl, mix sliced dates, beets, carrots, zucchini, cocoa powder, currants, walnuts, water, vanilla and flour mixture.

Add the fruit puree and mix well. Spread mixture in a 9.5-x-13.5-inch nonstick baking pan. Bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Or to make individual servings, bake in muffin tins lined with paper liners. Reduce cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

For the chocolate-nut icing, combine the remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve or spread on cooled cake.

I Dare You to Listen like a 7 Year Old

16 Oct

Even if your ears are past the age of 7 take a few minutes to listen with your heart – to the message . . .  and the music.

Pianist Daria van den Bercken in this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of Handel’s music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.  Plato

We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high…”  The Baha’i World Faith

Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy

Psalms 95:1 – O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.


Frankly Freddie, Canine Dog Entrepreneur & Fairy TAIL

15 Oct

My Human-being has the “vapors”** and is resting so I  am helping her by keeping the blog going in her absence.

Besides being a Canine Dog Therapist (CDT) I am also an entrepreneur*.  (Few people know that I am the brains and the driving force behind my Human Being’s financial stability.)

Since you’ve been following this blog you know that my Human has been able to keep her sense of humor by taking Carla Sonheim’s Year of the Fairy Tale class.  She seems amused – she amuses rather easily – by drawing silly things that bear little resemblance to reality – like this:

Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing

Horsey, Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing

If you want to amuse yourself Ms Sonheim is repeating two of her really easy and CHEAP online classes starting next Monday, October 20, 2014: “Faces 101” and “Imaginary Creatures.”  

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE

Canine Dog Entrepreneur

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE

* I would like a doggie treat kickback.

P.S.  Don’t tell my human being about this “arrangement” because she would not approve.  But a Dog’s gotta do what a Dog’s gotta do to make a living.

**“The term referring to illnesses known as the vapours (or vapors) is an archaic form for certain mental or physical states,[1] such as hysteriamaniaclinical depressionbipolar disorderfaintingwithdrawal syndromemood swings, or PMS, ascribed primarily to women and thought to be caused by internal emanations. This is related to the similar term female hysteria“. Wikipedia

 

Year of the Fairy TAIL – Horace the Horse

14 Oct

Smile!

Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing!

Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing!

I was asked if the eye-closed drawings get better the more you draw that way.  NOPE!  Better isn’t the goal. The more you draw with your eyes closed the funnier they get.  My goal is smiling!

Are the Rumors True that I’m Retiring?

13 Oct

I’ve bitten the bullet (while I still have my teeth) and am taking the leap (while I still can leap) into the next phase of my life (which is getting shorter by the day)!  

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judy’s journal

My office lease is up this February 2015 and coincides with my (gulp) 70th birthday.  

I have wrestled with whether to sign a new lease, rent space from another clinician, buy a van to set up a Therapist-on-the-Go practice (kidding), move to the South of France (sorta kidding) or fade into memory . . .  I will close my office along with my 69th year (no kidding).

Being a psychotherapist has been one of the most gratifying things I’ve done in my life. I’ve been blessed to have had thousands (yup, count ‘em thousands) of people profoundly touch my life.  Therapy is a two-way street.  I’ve learned and grown along with my clients.  Their pain, hopes, struggles and faith have helped inform my choices, strengthen my faith and deepen my belief in human courage, resiliency  and ability to learn & change.

It is almost inconceivable to me that I will be 70 years old and have been “practicing” psychotherapy for 30 years.  It is hard to admit that in the last several years I have less physical energy and resiliency.  But it’s true.  (I like to blame my declining energy on fibromyalgia more than aging  because fibromyalgia should be good for SOMETHING).

As I take the leap I will try not to lose my grip on the cord of these words that I do my darndest to tether me in my life:

  • “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.  (THIS is a hard one!!)
  • Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.
  • Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.
  • Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.  (GOTTA WORK on this – my speech isn’t always guarded as my friends can attest)
  • Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. 
  • Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.
  • Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.
  • Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive.
  • Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
  • Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”  (A TALL ORDER for us humans – one “leap” at a time).

(The Baha’i World Faith, Baha’u’llah)

I’ll keep you “posted” (on this blog) where I land.  

Say a prayer that I land on my feet and not my head . . .

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If you don’t watch this you are stooooopid

12 Oct

Yes, I’m name calling to get your attention.  Watch this TO THE END!

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. . . .”

ERIN, THANK YOU for telling me about this!!!

 

Am I Whining? you bet!

11 Oct

“Thou Shalt Not Whine”  is a hand embroidered sign in my office that was given to me by my good friend Sharon.

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I do try to live up to that motto but today I am whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiining.   I have a headache, my body aches all over, my feet are burning, my brain is fogged and the only energy I had was depleted by the effort it took me to get in bed and take a nap*.  Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!  Woe is me! Oh! woe is me!

"I'm not lissssssstening"

“I’m not lissssssstening”

Like all (or many) of us living with chronic conditions the key is life-style management to keep the symptoms at a low simmer instead of a rolling boil.  In the last several decades I’ve perfected life-style management:

judy’s Life-Style Management 

Overdo it quick

take advantage of the lull

then crash, moan and groan.

Whimper quietly

when no one is listening

It’s free therapy

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Did whining make me feel better?  Nope.  But it’s nice to know that even if I’m not feeling well

 my inner child is alive and kicking.

 *You don’t have to wash your hands after reading this post.  I’m not contagious.  It’s just fibromyalgia letting me know who’s in charge.

Beyond Comprehension

9 Oct

Birds of a “feather” High Coo

6 Oct

 High Coo

Imagination

taking flight without boundaries

The sky’s the limit

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Oil pastel

Oil pastel

 

Haiku Horizons - prompt SKY

Haiku Horizons – prompt SKY

Year of the Fairy TAIL – you can lead a horse to water . . .

4 Oct

The Magic Horse is our new fairy tale.  Gotta draw 11,000 horses with my eyes closed, one-liners and scribbly.  Every since our 7 week summer hiatus I’ve not gotten my drawing-umph back.  But here are 6 of the 11,000 horseys drawn with my eyes closed.  We are suppose to pick one that is our favorite to paint.

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Favorite Bald Horse #1 – That’s his TAIL.
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Favorite Bald horse #2 with an udder

HOME on the range warmed over

1 Oct

Gene Autry singing Home, Home on the Range inspired my original Haiku ( posted the last time the prompt was “home”).  For your literary pleasure I’ve added a another “homey” haiku.

Bob the Blobfish sez: "Here she goes again. . ."

Bob the Blobfish sez:
“Here she goes again. . .”

Panic on the Prairie Haiku

Home, home on the range
it’s much more comfortable
when the gas is off

by judy's brain

by judy

When the cold wind blows

be careful warming your buns

by the home fires

Frankly Freddie (parenthetically speaking) CHOC it up to Blu

30 Sep
(Dear Human-beings,
I am writing to you and not your canine owners because it’s you human beings who we allow to make the big-picture decisions.
My human-being told me that Blu is going to Disneyland.  I’ve never gone to Disneyland.  
Huge, distorted creatures live there judging  by the pictures Blu sent. 
Blu and Mini

Blubear and Minibear

Blu is taking  his human-beings who sent this announcement): “This adventure is a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Orange County.  Please support Blu by walking with us through Disneyland and California Adventure on Sunday morning, Oct. 12th. You can sign up by going to CHOCWalk.org and look for Team Blu.   If you are unable to join us, your sponsorship to either Adele or Bryan Green would be appreciated.”
Blu
Adelbear, Blubear, Ginormousbear & Bryanbear
“Blu and family understands that we all have limited resources.   If you are unable to help, your prayers and thoughts are welcomed. Blu needs all the help he can to be good while walking through Disneyland to remember that he can’t use the park’s fire hydrants for his personal use!”  (Even if  huge, distorted creatures live at Disneyland I would take my chances and go there to check out the fire hydrants.  ALL the fire hydrants around here are already mine).
Sincerely yours,
Freddie Parker Westerfield, philanthropist

 P.S. Blu has his own facebook page for the children at the hospital: 

www.facebook.com/chocblubear

(I don’t have my own Facebook page.  If it’s as good as a fire hydrant I want one too)

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT Philanthropist

Freddie Bear

Frankly Freddie (Parenthetically Speaking) Cody

28 Sep

Dear Gloria Human-Being,

 You wrote me about your owner Cody and I will try to help you understand him to improve your relationship.

  • “Cody rarely barks except when he thinks I (Gloria) am too slow in answering the front door or taking him for walks”.  (All humans are too slow because they insist on getting about on only two limbs).
  • “He thinks everyone that comes over, came over to see him”. (Gloria Human-Being, don’t be so sure that’s not true)
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    Cody Brookins
  • “He has a doggie door but if he thinks he’s not getting enough attention, (If he thinks he’s not getting enough attention, he’s NOT getting enough attention) he goes out his door and comes around to the family room door and barks to let me know he’s out there.” (how else is he going to let you know he’s out there? . . . make sure Cody carries his smart phone so he can text message you)
  • When the doggie door is closed and has to potty, he finds me in the house and scratches my leg a couple of times to let me know he’s there”. (Gloria Human-being, of course he scratches your leg.  Bend down so he can reach your shoulder)
  • “He’ll scratch my leg like that for attention if I’m in the office, to let me know the timer is buzzing when I’m watering my trees”. (We doggies are very conscious of conserving our natural resources – especially since water is the only one we are allowed to drink)
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    Cody, full “blown” Westie
  • “If you’re eating something, he will look at you with his ears perked up, but you tell him it’s “mine” his ears drop and walks away.  (Gloria Human-being, you must learn to be more generous and share). Although if someone feeds him a snack he may stick around for more.  I try to tell my friends to give him carrots or dog treats only.” (Is that what you feed your friends – carrots or dog treats?)
  • “Cody has been a treasure to have as he and I are buddies.  He loves going to grandma’s house as he usually gets a piece of chicken or meat to taste”. (Grandma rocks!  I would like to have her for my Grandma.  Please ask her.)

Sincerely yours,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT

Canine Dog Therapist and Animal Behaviorist

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT Animal Behaviorist

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT
Animal Behaviorist

Cody

Cody, contemplating how to better train his Human-Being.

Spice up your memory

27 Sep

I drink a concoction of spices which is quite good that I first saw on Dr Oz.  Dr Sanjay Gupta drinks this every evening for calming.  Now that there is more in the news about the cognitive benefits of turmeric on Alzheimer patients and the anti-inflamatory effects of ginger and cinnamon I thought I’d share.

1 cup almond milk – either vanilla or chocolate

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1 tsp honey to drizzle over top

Heat the almond milk in microwave. Stir in spices.  Drizzle honey on top. (You can add a packet of Stevia to the mix if you like your drinks sweet)  I like the dark chocolate almond milk and don’t add honey or stevia.

I buy bulk turmeric, cinnamon and ginger in the market and mix up a batch to have on hand.   I add  1-3/4 tsp of mixed spices to one cup of almond milk.

Thanks Ida for tuning me into  Michael Greger M.D. and NutritionFacts.org.  Great information!

Warning! Google “Hanging Naked Men Orchids” at your own risk

26 Sep

Remember my 100 flowers drawing assignment (41 Flowers to go  and who’s counting) from Year of the Fairy Tale?  I still have 36 flowers to draw and occasionally I get sent “interesting” flower pictures from family and friends . . . .

ORCHIDS, no comment

ORCHIDS, no comment

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It is called Orchis Italica, or The Naked Man Orchid.

They come in all sorts of shapes and . . . sizes.

I’m not telling you who sent these pictures to me cuz I don’t want to EXPOSE them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frankly Freddie: Pudsey’s Got a Partner with Talent

25 Sep

My human being . . .  just can’t get her to twirl and roll over.  She tries but just doesn’t have the talent it takes.  Pudsey is lucky that he has a younger and more limber student.

Pudsey and Ashleigh 

Me, exhausted after trying to teach my HumanBeing to roll over

Me, exhausted after trying to teach my Human Being to roll over

Listen at your own risk . . . of encountering enchanted imagination.

24 Sep

Stop!  Listen!  Smile!

“Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn’t children’s books be? In this charming talk, author Mac Barnett speaks about writing as a doorway to wonder — at any age

P.S.  Who said you couldn’t have a pet whale?  

 

Bet You Can’t Shake Your Booty Like this J-Lo!

21 Sep

It takes a second for the video to load cuz there’s a whole lot of shake’n go ‘n on . . .

Butt JUST in case you’ve not seen the Peacock Spider’s competition here’s J-Lo & Iggy’s booties.  (I wonder how they would shake “IT” if they had 8 feet . . . )

Thanks Ida! Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrety Incrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrredible (The spider, not J-Lo)

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT, Chapter 1

20 Sep

Once upon a time, in a land by the sea, physically far, far away and imaginatively very close, there lived a brrrrriliant psychotherapist who specialized in human psychology and foibles.  He took care of two humans who he unexpectedly found wandering in life.  Freddie Parker was a keen observer of human nature and able to pick up on changes in the human psyche long before the human psyche knew it was changing  . . .

just judy, Judith & Freddie, CDT

 judy, Judith & Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT

Sleep deprivation, late life eroticism, memory loss, wrinkles? – Bring it on!

19 Sep

James Hillman explains why he believes that a person’s true character only emerges in old age. 

(only 11 1/2 minutes – LISTEN!)

*Jungian psychologist James Hillman is the author of “The Force of Character and The Lasting Life”.

Thanks Laurie F.  Hibernationnow for this grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat interview!

Sugar Shun – Swimming towards Pie (parenthetically, mathematically and metaphorically speaking)

18 Sep

True confessions:  I’m addicted to sugar and Stefan Bucher.  Stefan draws,  actually, Stefan gives birth to a daily monster.  (The labor pains have been decades in the makings).  

Stefan drew Monster #292, asked a question and I replied.  My response was, I’m sure, “fed” (pun intended) by my most recent vow to not imbibe in refined sugar for this month.  Stefan’s reply to my comment was to refer me to this comedy video.  I would have found it to be quite funny if it hadn’t set off obsessive thoughts about key lime, berry, lemon, apple, cherry and chocolate fudge.

I checked out Wikipedia looking to satisfy my cravings more rationally only to find that it is perfectly logical to be irrational on the subject of pie.

Pi” “Being an irrational number, (obsessive thinking regarding pie is always irrational) π cannot be expressed exactly as a common fraction, (because once you eat a delicious piece of pie it never again can be a fraction of a piece of pie nor considered common) although fractions such as 22/7 and other rational numbers are commonly used to approximate π. Consequently its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern. The digits appear to be randomly distributed although, to date, no proof of this has been discovered. Also, π is a transcendental number (if you’ve ever tasted a morsel of mouth-watering pi you are indeed having a transcendental experience)– a number that is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients. This transcendence of π implies that it is impossible to solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and straight-edge.”

(We all know pies  are round:)  “Because its definition relates to the circle, π is found in many formulae in trigonometry and geometry, (gastronomy) especially those concerning circles, ellipses or spheres. It is also found in formulae used in other branches of science such as cosmologynumber theory,statisticsfractalsthermodynamicsmechanics, (french pastry) and electromagnetism. The ubiquity of π makes it one of the most widely known mathematical constants (and culinary delights) both inside and outside the scientific community: Several (cook)books devoted to it have been published, the number is celebrated on Pi Day where calculations of the digits of π in record-setting pie eating contests)  often result in news headlines. Attempts to memorize (and digest) the value of π with increasing precision have led to records of over 67,000 digits” (of ant-acid tablets).

 After re-reading this post it is clear to me my body is glucose-deprived and not enough oxygen is getting to my brain.  I’m off to Marie Callenders for clarity.

http://www.dailymonster.com/344_loves_you/2014/09/daily-monster-papers-292.html

What if . . . . ?

16 Sep

The European Space Agency has spent $1.7 million, 10+ years, crossing 4 billion miles of deep space travel to arrive at Comet 67P/C-G.  The Agency is planning on landing on the Comet in November.

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Comet 67P/C-G.

 What if . . . 

it’s a popcorn kernel?PopcornKernel

“The $1.7 billion (1.3 billion euros) Rosetta mission arrived at Comet 67P/C-G in early August, and since then, scientists have been using the spacecraft’s instruments to scope out the terrain of the comet in the hopes of finding a good site to set down Philae. If all goes according to plan, Philae should be released to the comet’s surface on Nov. 11.”

Philae will harpoon itself to the comet once it reaches the chosen landing site. The lander will study the comet from the surface while Rosetta takes measurements from orbit. Rosetta is expected to travel with the comet through space until at least August 2015, when Comet 67P/C-G makes its closest approach with the sun in its 6.5-year orbit.”

“ESA launched the Rosetta spacecraft and Philae into space in 2004. The probes traveled for 10 years, crossing 4 billion miles (6 billion km) of deep space before finally reaching their comet target.”

Rosetta Comet Landing Site, click here for full article

 

It’s International Dot Day!

15 Sep

International Dot Day? How cool is it to celebrate the DOT!  It’s celebrated on September 15th and it’s all about encouraging kids to discover how they can make a difference. I didn’t know this until I read Mama Cormier’s last post!  

Peter Reynolds, The Dot

I wish I had this wonderful picture from Mama Cormier’s students for my “branch” post!  Is this a perfect picture to go with the branch haiku . . . or what!!!!

 Rooted in God’s love

we are all leaves of one tree

and fruits of one branch*

Mama Cormier's Art CLass
Mama Cormier’s 2nd & 3rd grade Art students!

*“A fundamental teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith,  is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, He says: “Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.”  

Thanks Mama C.!!! 

How to draw a stick figure and design haute couture

14 Sep

Comic Relief

Remember my Year of the Fairy Tale stick figures? 

Clothed in the latest see-though fashion

See-though couture right off the New York Fashion Week runway

Nature Tops “Where’s Waldo”

12 Sep

Masters of Camouflage

AnimalCamoMantisInFlower

Source: 123 Inspiration

AnimalCamoFishOnRocks

Source: Aqua

AnimalCamoOctopusInCoral

Source: Business Insider

AnimalCamoDoveInSnow

Source: 123 Inspiration

AnimalCamoAlligatorInSwamp

Source: EHD Walls

AnimalCamoCaterpillarOnTree

Source: 123 Inspiration

AnimalCamoSeahorseInPlants

Source: Rocket Boom

AnimalCamoSealOnRocks

Source: SOCSD Teachers

Source: Kick Vick

Source: Kick Vick

AnimalCamoGreatPotooOnTree

Source: New York Daily News

The Mask of Invisibility and Me

10 Sep

In 1996 I contracted an invisible “illness”.  I began experiencing excruciating burning pain in my hands, arms and legs followed by gastrointestinal, cardiological, dermatological, emotional “issues”.  The worst part is I was also in peri-menopause and experiencing mood swings, wildly, uncontrollably ric-o-shaying between happy, content to annoyed and upset.

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In1996 fibromyalgia was not recognized by the medical community as a “real” ailment. Doctors considered it to be a syndrome: Unexplainable, unverifiable and psychosomatic. It was a Hysterical Middle Aged Woman’s Syndrome, as doctor after doctor told me – based on test, after expensive test coming back negative – that nothing was wrong with me and to go home and “Get a life”.DSCN1413

Forever imprinted in my memory is the chief of neurology at one of the major medical centers in Los Angeles (the doctor and medical center shall remain nameless because this is a true story)  looked at me knowingly, like we shared a secret “You’re a psychotherapist. You know about psychological issues” – he leaned forward, compassionately touching me on the knee and winked.  “Go home, live a good life and take up a hobby like kick-boxing.”  The only reason I winked back was to blink away the tears that were threatening to disrupt the façade that I wasn’t a hysterical middle-aged woman.

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I looked for anyone - gynecologists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, environmental specialists, acupuncturists, immunologists, chiropractors – to put a name to what I had, to give what was invisible to everyone but myself a label other than HYPOCHONDRIAC.  I looked fine, acted fine, all tests were negative.  All I took away from the 100’s of doctor’s visits was a stack of psychiatrist’s cards doctors handed to me on the way out of their office.

After years of escalating pain, exhaustion, depression, countless doctors and tests I really did qualify on all counts as a hysterical middle-aged woman .

Well over a decade after my initial symptoms fibromyalgia was recognized by the medical community as “real” and research has since shown that it’s a central nervous system, brain processing disorder.  

I’m no longer middle-aged or hysterical.  But the doctors were right – it was, it is, all in my head.

This is National Invisible Illness Awareness Week

P.S.  There are hundreds of millions of people with “Invisible Illness” in this world.  Click above to  read more information.  Here’s a tiny sample:

  • Why, when you tell someone who is ill that they look good, they’re offended?
  • Practical ways you can encourage someone who is ill.
  • What’s the difference between a visible and invisible illness when it comes to one’s career?
  • What’s it like to go to college with an invisible chronic illness?

 Check out Carolyn Thomas’ My Heart Sisters -“You look great!” – and other things you should never say to heart patients and lots of other great posts about invisible illness.

Hooked on the Haiku BRANCH – tu haiku for yu

9 Sep

 Rooted in God’s love

we are all leaves of one tree

and fruits of one branch

“A fundamental teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith,  is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, He says: “Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.”  

“In this way His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh expressed the oneness of humankind whereas in all religious teachings of the past, the human world has been represented as divided into two parts, one known as the people of the Book of God or the pure tree and the other the people of infidelity and error or the evil tree.”

“The former were considered as belonging to the faithful and the others to the hosts of the irreligious and infidel; one part of humanity the recipients of divine mercy and the other the object of the wrath of their Creator.

His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh removed this by proclaiming the oneness of the world of humanity and this principle is specialized in His teachings for He has submerged all mankind in the sea of divine generosity. Some are asleep; they need to be awakened. Some are ailing; they need to be healed. Some are immature as children; they need to be trained. But all are recipients of the bounty and bestowals of God.”

Golden Snub Nose

Golden Snub Nose

When you’re stuck in mud

need to climb to higher ground

any branch will do

 

Haiku Horizons – prompt BRANCH

On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea, Becca Givens 

The Baha’i World Faith

Why can’t humans be friends like animals?

8 Sep

Surprising: An Australian Magpie and a Jack Russel Terrier puppy playing together.  Astonishing: People still hang laundry outside to dry.

If Antonio Banderas is a Burrito Paul Newman was a Hotdog

7 Sep

When I was in college I slept with Paul Newman.  I shared a one bedroom apartment with two other “women” (I thought I was a W-O-M-A-N ala Helen Reddy).  We furnished the bedroom with $5 (it was in the 60’s) mattresses from Goodwill – no frames, no box springs, just sanitized -(I think) formerly-used mattresses on the floor.  Wall-to-wall mattresses – there was barely room to walk between them.  A gigantic floor to ceiling poster of Paul Newman informed our dreams and was our homage to decor.

In my middle years George Clooney (Hooked on haiku & George Clooney) took Paul’s place.  But now George is off the market (You Mean I Could Have George Clooney’s Baby)  and I’m hard pressed to find anyone as tasty.

After I watched this short video “How to Live Passionately NO Matter Your Age” I realized I’d better get cook’n . . .  again!

 

Isabelle Allende 

You have to listen all the way to the end for the “burrito” recipe

 

 

Sugar Shun (Parenthetically yours) 8 Steps to Kick Sugar Cravings to the Curb. OUCH!

6 Sep

(Day #5 and no refined sugar.  Thanks Lisa for this article from Woman’s Health Network!)   

My “editorial” comments below are in (RED)

8 Steps

“Craving — and eating — sugar is not simply about willpower or emotions. (That’s true because I’ve not had willpower for a long time and because I am a therapist I am in COMPLETE control of my emotions . . . ) We now understand that there may be several underlying physiologic causes feeding what feels like a desperate desire for sugar. For one thing, it can affect our brains in the same ways drugs and alcohol can, making it addictive.”

Sugar Roller Coaster

“Can’t lose weight — no matter what you do?

Extra sugar and carbohydrates that aren’t being used by the body are generally stored in the liver as glycogen. If the liver is full, your body will make fat from the extra sugar and store it in existing fat deposits around your body, (AROUND my body like a bloated hula-hoop) which is why there is such a direct link between sugar and weight gain.”

“Sugar can also directly affect you hormonally by turning off a gene that controls your sex hormones. Without this sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) gene, levels of testosterone and estrogen can become unregulated, leading to symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, irritability, and more.(MORE, there’s MORE?!)

So here’s what you can do to stop your sugar cravings and all the corresponding health effects:

Bob Blobfish sez: "Here she goes . . .again"

Bob Blobfish sez: “Here she goes . . .again”

“Step 1: Balance your hormones. Just before menstruation, when estrogen is low and progesterone is on its way down, beta-endorphin levels in your brain are at their lowest. These cyclical hormonal and neurotransmitter fluctuations may explain why many women who experience PMS and perimenopause also have sugar cravings and the accompanying serotonin–endorphin bursts that high-sugar foods can provide.”  (Hormones? – at my age there aren’t any left to balance)

Step 2: Add nutrients. Specific micronutrients like zinc, vitamin C and the B vitamins are particularly helpful in calming sugar cravings by influencing serotonin production. Equally important are omega-3’s, which are crucial for regulating mood and inflammation — factors that are both associated with cravings.”

Step 3: Mix protein (or fiber) with pleasure. Combining treats with a stick of cheese, a few nuts, a glass of milk, or some vegetables will help balance the sugar and insulin surge and allow a gentler increase in blood sugar and insulin. Protein shakes make great snacks, too.”

Step 4: Investigate intestinal yeast. (Investigate?  Sounds like yet another TV show – Intestinal Yeast Miami) Yeast thrives on sugar. If your intestinal (and vaginal) bacteria are out of balance, they are more likely to welcome yeasts like Candida.(Isn’t Candida is one of the stars on the TV show Mistresses?) An overgrowth of yeast in the intestine (or system-wide) can lead to extremely intense cravings for sugar, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, and digestive issues.  Going on a yeast-free diet is the first step to eliminating these sugar-hungry cells because they can’t live without sugar and refined carbohydrates. Take away their food and they go away.”

The BOOT

The BOOT

Step 5: Avoid acid-forming foods. Red meat is high in a pro-inflammatory molecule called arachidonic acid. Eating a lot of meat and refined carbohydrates tends to increase inflammation and acidity, causing the body to crave sweet foods in an attempt to maintain balance. Choosing anti-inflammatory foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as those that are alkalizing and antioxidant-rich, such as fruits and vegetables, can offset the damage and the cravings associated with this dynamic.”sensitivities

Step 6: Explore food sensitivities. Food are more and more common these days and they can lead to extra sugar intake by leaving us foggy-headed and fatigued. These symptoms logically drive many of us to a sugar pick-me-up to feel better or complete our daily tasks. (ah it is logical why  I drive to Ben & Jerry’s to pay a social visit) The most common food allergies are to gluten and dairy, but others to explore are corn, eggs, soy, peanuts, and citrus.

Step 7: Lower your stress. Any stressful situation can lead to less than optimal eating habits, but stress itself increases cortisol levels, which eventually increases hunger hormones. This can push many women with stressful jobs and lifestyles into a pattern of nighttime cravings, over-eating, and unwanted weight gain. (Tell me about it . . . ) Over time, these women reach adrenal imbalance and extreme exhaustion. And they find the only way to get through the day is to drink lots of caffeine and consume sugar for quick energy bursts.” (not to mention the only way to get through the night)

Step 8: Refrain from sugar for 3-5 days in a row.We know how hard it can be to do, but avoiding sugar for just three days can make a huge difference for some women. Trust us on this one! For others, it may take longer for their cravings to diminish. But eliminating the cyclical crash-and-burn bursts of serotonin and beta-endorphin from sugar and refined carbohydrates can help your body normalize its receptors and neurotransmitters. This way, your brain isn’t constantly sending the message that it needs more sugar.”  (I’m blessed that even with a completely fogged-out brain the message I need sugar still gets through)

For the entire unedited article click here: 8 Steps to Kick Sugar Cravings to the Curb

Bye Bye Summer, are you listening?

5 Sep

I’m jealous . . . I just read Laura’s Art from Trails End last post “Bye Bye Summer, It’s Been Fun”.  Geeeeeeeeeeesh – she went to a week-long poetry workshop, cruised the Rhine River, did art, entertained had house guests, contributed in meaningful ways to others and is writing a poetry book.

My summer:

  • Travel:  Watched HGTV House Hunters International.
  • Entertainment: Watched Golden Girls reruns on late night TV.
  • Accomplishments: Gained 6 pounds, blogged and worked.  
I'm not lisssssssstening . . .

I’m not lisssssssstening . . .

I decided to turn my jealousy into . . .  inspiration.  So I went to the Dana Point Harbor today to remind myself I live in a spectacularly beautiful part of this world. Thanks Laura for booting me out the door!

Dana Point Harbor, California

Dana Point Harbor, California

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I'm not lisssssssstening

I’m not lisssssssstening

 

Sugar Shun – No bags, no butter no oil!

4 Sep
Rosemary Lee Seeking Equilibrium is my hero:  She is doing the “shuck the sugar” for a month with me – and gasp! – she threw away Oreo cookies that were next to her bed:
She sent me this:
“This works!!  I had some with some cumin and salt for a southwest popcorn.
For the popcorn lovers!!!  Microwave popcorn, no bags, no butter, no oil!!!!  It’s genius really. Simple, simple genius.
Glass bowl + ceramic plate + popcorn kernels = perfectly popped popcorn in the microwave.  No bag. No butter or oil. Nothing to throw away afterward. And even no un-popped kernels.
  • Take 1/4 cup of dry popcorn kernels and place in the bottom of a microwave-safe glass bowl (pyrex is a great choice).
  • Place a microwave-safe plate on top of the bowl. Plate should be wide enough to go beyond the rim of the bowl.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes 45 seconds. Watch in glory as your popcorn pops perfectly into little puffs of heaven.”
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 Corny Facts

  • Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.
  • Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
  • Popcorn differs from other types of maize/corn in that is has a thicker pericarp/hull. The hull allows pressure from the heated water to build and eventually bursts open. The inside starch becomes gelatinous while being heated; when the hull bursts, the gelatinized starch spills out and cools, giving it its familiar popcorn shape.
  • Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it’s popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.
  • “Popability” is popcorn lingo that refers to the percentage of kernels that pop.
  • How high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.
  • The world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009.  It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.
  • If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!

P.S. Rosemary, there are only a few people (besides Laurie F.)  who would describe popped corn as “little puffs of heaven” and you are one of them! 

Sneek Peek into my Sketchy-Book – one (or 2) liners

3 Sep

One liners . . . plus a couple of extra lines.  Watching an introductory video of a Coursera Literature Class hoping to rekindle my love of reading fiction.

Professor of literature from Brown Univ. who shall remain nameless to protect his reputation . . . and mine
Professor of literature from Brown Univ. who shall remain nameless to protect his reputation . . . and mine.

I liked what the professor had to say about the study of literature - essentially it wouldn’t get anyone a “job”, teach a trade but it ultimately was about understanding the human condition and how we relate to one another.  He tells his students who ask him what the “work load” for the semester will be that it should be considered a “pleasure load”.  Reading is a pleasure.

Now the wonderful part about my having a liberal arts education was it prepared me to think - analyze and synthesize information.

The horrible part was that the English lit department of the school I attended was so skewed to the analysis of literature it literally killed my enjoyment of reading. Since graduating I can count the number of books of fiction I’ve read on one hand.  I am a voracious reader . . . but it’s all non-fiction.

Perhaps because of what he said, perhaps because of how he looked  . . . . . . the professor captured my imagination.  I “drew”  him as I listened using one continuous line each time (well, I might have thrown in an extra line by lifting my pencil and starting again . . .).

Check out Coursera – FREE on-line courses from MAJOR universities all over the world.

“Ode” to Sugar

31 Aug

Refined sugar is my drug of choice.   Lately I’ve been on a binge.   When my energy is flagging sugar is my go-to drug.  It’s also my choice when I’m bored . . .in pain . . . when I’m sad, happy . . . when it’s raining . . . snowing (anywhere in the world) . . . cloudy, clear, night or day . . .  

O’ lovely sugar

sweetest seductress ever

you never grow stale

*

O’  sugar of mine

as pure as the falling snow

cooling my senses

*

O’ sugar my love

with pangs in my head &  heart

you are a goner

I’ve not been feeling very well lately and no longer know which comes first – sugar or my symptoms.  Ultimately it makes no matter for I know that sugar is not good for me.  For the next month I’m going to ATTEMPT to keep refined sugar and it’s “carrier” white flour at least 10 feet from my lips.  (I was going to say mouth but I need those extra inches for safety.)

judy's journal, collage

judy’s journal, collage

I’ve tried abstaining from eating refined sugar before . . . . wish me strength of character and will (luck isn’t going to cut it). 

P.S.  Rosemary Lee, Seeking Equilibrium, is joining me.  Anyone else?  

Add your name in the comments box.  I dare you!

Year of the Fairy Tale – More 12 Dancing Princesses

30 Aug

Wanna see some incredible interpretations of the 12 Dancing Princesses?!  

Ya gotta click here: Carla Sonheim

judy journal, collage & "stuff"

judy’s journal, collage & “stuff”

Healthy Chocolate Cake – 2 (or 3) ingredients!

29 Aug

My motto: Never, ever give up on healthy eating when it comes to chocolate!

Brownie mix and pumpkin . . .  well you’ll have to read my first attempt 3 ingredients to Eat Healthier and lose cravings . . .  not so delectable.  So back to Google and trying cake mix instead of brownie mix.  I also used an ORGANIC brand of pumpkin but the “batter” was so stiff I couldn’t stir it.  So I plopped in an ORGANIC egg . . .  and of course, flax-seed to make it a COMPLETE health food.

judy, judy pumpkin eater

won’t let one failure beat  her

Duncan Hines, it’s on sale

this time she can’t fail.

ALL organic

ALL organic ingredients

Now she’s got a plan

one egg, organic pumpkin in a can

350 degrees, let it bake

Voila! a chocolate cake

Health Food Chocolate Cake
Health Food Chocolate Cake with organic garnish

 

Frankly Freddie, Discerningly Yours

28 Aug

Dear Human Beings,

I’ve been very busy bringing solace, comfort and smiles to my clients and my human being.   Solace, comfort and smile bringing is time-consuming, you know, so I’ve not had time to blog.  Yesterday I received a very nice surprise in my comments from Mr Suchled which inspired me. (I hope I may call you Suchled as I can’t find any other name on your blog Scattered Words)

Mr Suchled, Thank you for the poem you wrote JUST FOR ME.   I wrote a poem JUST FOR YOU too.

*        *        *

Fred was a mongrel puppy
When first I him did spy
A mangy frightened poodle cross
A cast in his left eye.
But as the years unfolded
His silky pelt revealed
A dog of great discernment
My broken heart he healed.

by Mr Suchled

*        *        *

Reading, writing and . . .  resting

Reading, writing and . . . resting with discernment

Humans are the best

Mr Suchled, you stand above the rest

Your poem can’t be beat

(but doggie cookies are a better treat)

by Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT

Canine Dog Therapist

Sneek a Peek into my sketchy book – Irritating Doodle Birds

27 Aug

Irritating Irritated Birds Haiku

Birds of a feather  

dislike flocking together 

When annoyed, wing it

Doodle w/ watercolor
Doodle Birds w/ watercolor

 

S’more Irritating Irritated Birds:

Irritated Birds collage in the Drink

Irritated torn paper Birds, the originals

Irritated Birds collage – Let Sleeping Birds Lie

3-Ingredients to eat healthier . . . . . and lose cravings

26 Aug

I’m eating more vegetables!  Pumpkin is very healthy so I googled pumpkin recipes.  Two-ingredient chocolate & pumpkin brownies!  I added flax seeds to make it a bona fide health food.  Can’t go wrong, right?

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judy, judy pumpkin eater

mixed chocolate with a beater

added it to a pumpkin batter

tasted so bad it didn’t matter*

Pumpkin-Flax-Chocolate Thing with walnut garnish

Pumpkin-Flax-Chocolate THING with walnut garnish

Not a brownie, not a pie

a waste of chocolate, I could cry

rather tasteless what a mess

no cravings here,  I’m blessed

* Original nursery rhyme
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

No Rhyme or Reason – Muffet & the Spider Pome

25 Aug

Little Miss Muffet and the Spider

by judy

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet

eating her chips and dips

along came a spider

who sat down beside her

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and said with dread,

“It’s my fate.

Chips & dips don’t go to my hips 

just straight to my thighs

times eight.”

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Fat-thighed, chip eating purple spider (only the purple ones gain weight)

 

 

 

Hooked on Haiku – No BONES about it

18 Aug

My bones are creaking

past sinking, future winking

ain’t it glorious!

judy journal page, mixed media

judy journal page, mixed media

Haiku Horizons - prompt BONE

Haiku Horizons – prompt BONES

Year of the Fairy Tale – Dance the Night Away

16 Aug

The last fairy tale The Twelve Brothers was too morbid for me - too much pathos – but The Twelve Dancing Princesses is my kinda story!

The Twelve Princesses are 12 very sneaky princesses.  Every night they secretly leave their castle to dance to dawn until their shoes are worn out and then they sneak back to bed.  The only evidence every morning is a pile of their worn-through shoes . . . .

Mixed media, pastel and pencil, The 12 Dancing Princesses
Mixed media, pastel chalk and pencil, The 12 Dancing Sneaky Princesses
Pencil sketch

Pencil sketch of One Dancing Princess – won’t show her face

because she’s sneaky

Want to read the story?  Click HERE

 

 

 

 

The Roving Typist

15 Aug

Ingenuity has no bounds!  This brought a smile to my heart!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/86963435″>The Roving Typist</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/mark”>Mark</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

A film by filmmaker, Mark Cersosimo)

http://rovingtypist.com/

How to Live Life with Your Head in the Clouds

14 Aug

I’d forgotten how I’d lay on a blanket on the front lawn when I was a child finding images in the passing clouds . . . until I saw this:

You don’t need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature’s finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.”

Cloud Appreciation Society

 

 

Sneek a Peek into my sketchbook – Elephant’s have their day

12 Aug

Elephants have always been one of my most favorite animals in THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.   I follow the blog Sunshine & Chaos and todays post is about World Elephant Day, August 12th!  

Click HERE and read Maureen’s really  informative post about elephants and World Elephant Day 

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For years and YEARS now I’ve been collaborating with Ramesh Sood on the unlikely tale of  Elephant & Ant.  (would love to publish but have not been able to figure out how!) Above are a few of  my preliminary sketches for the heart-throb male “lead”.

Elephant & Ant preview posts:

http://judithwesterfield.com/2012/01/07/elephant-ant-will-the-real-eleph-please-stand-up/

http://judithwesterfield.com/2012/08/05/elephant-ant/

and Ramesh’s blog:  A Little More Than Ordinary

 

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