FABULOUS! A Human Kaleidoscope!

18 Dec

This gave me chills – the good kind.  Spectacular! WATCH it!

Thanks Linda!

Chocolate is proof that God wants us to be Happy

17 Dec

Only time will tell

if I’ll go to hell

But at this moment in time

chocolate is sublime

Thanks Rick for the “spoof”

YOU are proof 

God loves me!

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Opened a surprise birthday season package today from my brother Rick.  He stuffed this “cocoa” mug with chocolate.  I unstuffed the mug and stuffed me.

What Cities Would Look Like if Lit Only by the Stars

16 Dec

“Carl Sagan once said anything shining in the night sky does so because of distant nuclear fusion. The physics involved are awesome, and so too are the billions and billions of stars seen from here on Earth. But with every passing day, increasing light and air pollution from growing cities diminishes our ability to observe the cosmos.”

‘“By combining two realities, I am making a third that you cannot see … but it exists! I am showing you the missing stars,” says Cohen. “Photography is way of showing things that we can’t see. Photography is a way to dream. I am not showing you post-apocalyptic cities, merely cities without electricity. I am bringing back the silence.”’  French artist Thierry Cohen

To really see the impact of the night sky view FULL size pictures at: Wired, Thierry Cohen, Darkened Cities

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‘“Photography is about poetry more than it is about reality,” says Cohen. “It is how you see the world. You can show the world you want to show.”’

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“French artist Thierry Cohen draws attention to this creeping loss in his seriesVilles éteintes (Darkened Cities), which imagines the world’s largest cities under clear night skies. His photographs are as impossible as they are beautiful. The dark urban landscapes and vibrant constellations are composites of two images—one of the city and one of the sky.”

Los Angeles, Disney Hall

Los Angeles, Disney Hall

“Cohen has visited nine cities including New York, San Francisco, Rio De Janeiro, and Hong Kong. Using an equatorial tripod mount and polar-scope, Cohen captures an urban landscape, then travels to a less populated location at the same latitude with greater atmospheric clarity. Using this method, the skies above Shanghai are actually in Western Sahara and Paris is illuminated by the stars over Montana.”

Darkened Cities is on show at East Wing Gallery, Abu Dhabi until November 20.

 

Paying Lip Service for RUBY

15 Dec

Pucker up your lips

pucker up rooooooobe red lips 

to round out the sound

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Color-bound Ruby

yearning for green “compliment”

stuck in monochrome

The ability to look forward . . . and behind – An unexpected encounter

14 Dec

Owls can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270 degrees  “. . .  owls have backup arteries, which offer a fresh supply of nutrients when blood vessels get closed off by rapid turning.

Their arteries also swell to collect any excess blood created in the process.”  National Geographic

imagesI bought paint today for the bedroom – grey paint, Grey Owl, the name on the paint chip.  A quick trip to the paint store.  “I like how you smile.  I just told my last customer that I like to see smiles.  I always say the first wrinkles I get will be right here”, she swipes her fingers around her mouth,  “from smiling,” the clerk behind the counter looks at me straight in the eye.  “I like how you smile”.

Maybe from 30 years of being a therapist, a scent people pick up just like Freddie my dog picks up with his nose –  scents that I can’t, don’t detect.  I watch her ring up my paint purchase.  

“I just have a happy disposition.  They say I’m like my mother. Always laughing.  If my Mother saw someone trip and fall out there” – she looks outside through the plate-glass window - “she would laugh and laugh. But people never know what you feel inside, people never know if you have just been in your car, crying.  People can’t see the sadness or pain inside.  You can swipe your credit card now”, she takes a breath, “My mother died when I was 4 years old.  I wasn’t allowed in the hospital.  Maybe my brothers got to see her, got to say goodbye.  I never saw her. I never said goodbye.  I have two boys and a girl.  My little girl always wants to be with me.  I try to imagine what it was like for my Mother.”

I say something rather innocuous struck by how beautiful – smooth skin, clear, dark kinky hair, color streaked, pulled tightly back in a careless knot, bright red lipstick.  Turning, gesturing, looking up, looking down at the computer she doesn’t stop moving, trapped behind the counter. She speaks fast, effortlessly, her words softened with Spanish sounding consonants. “My aunt raised me but I’ve never felt like a daughter.  I never felt loved. My aunt already had 6 children but she told my Mom she would take care of me.  My mother never told anyone she was dying.  She didn’t want anyone to worry.  I talk to my Mother.  I tell her when I’m angry. I want to give you a hug.” - an effortless, tight hug separated by a counter.  She picks up the ringing phone and motions me to get my paint.

Two gallons, one in each hand. They’re heavy, the wire handles digging painfully into my palms. She smiles and nods in my direction, still on the phone, as I walk out the automatic doors.

Grey Owl paint on the bedroom wall.  Surrounded by the stark white molding it looks fresh and soothing .  I’ll smile at the Grey Owl walls when I wake in the morning, a smile for the young woman in the paint store and her mother.  

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“The owl was honored as the keeper of spirits who had passed from one plane to another. Often myth indicates the owl accompanying a spirit to the underworld – winging its newly freed soul from the physical world into the realm of spirit.” animal-symbolism

Don’t worry about old age – it doesn’t last that long

13 Dec
It’s my birthday season, day 8.  For those of you I confused with my birthday season post – My birthday is in February – 62 days to go!
My friend Kathe sent me  Nine Thoughts to Ponder during this season of my birthday:
Ponder on that!
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9.   Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
8.    Life is sexually transmitted.
7.    Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
 
6.   Men have two emotions: hungry and horny, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.
 
5.    Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.
 
4.    Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
 
 3.    All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
 
2.    In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.
 
1.    Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.
Thanks Kathe, I think . . . 

 

Weed – figuratively smoke’n

12 Dec
Can’t get the pictures to post, NO MATTER WHAT I DO.  I give up.  You’ll have to click on the links below to see what I saw!
“They may be tiny yet they push through concrete. They are everywhere and yet unseen. But the more they get stepped on, the stronger they grow back. “
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This is a series of paintings of weeds, created as a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up, splitting a path for the rest of nature to follow. “
“I paint both invasive species and native wild plants. They have in common their inconspicuous way of trespassing enclosures, breaking them open, letting earth breathe. A single one may seem insignificant, but together they can break through concrete. In suffocated environments, these undesirables are the first to bring about the return of syntropy.” Mona Caron

 

Here’s to retirement! I’ll drink to that . . .

11 Dec

As retirement looms I’m finding inspiration everywhere.

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it doesn’t want to be black and blue

My mind should upend

unnatural ways to bend

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a beverage can’t be beat

Who would’a thunk

I could turn into a drunk

 

 

Year of the Fairy Tale – MAGIC!

10 Dec

Ta Da! Here’s the final FairyLand book.  Although I didn’t have the imagination/energy/where-with-all to contribute do take a look – it’s charming, the pictures are wonderful and what people think is “magic”, although inspired,  may be diagnostically significant!!!!

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Year of the Fairy Tale

Click here for Carla’s 2015 year long class

“Year of the Spark

It looks like fun.

 

My Birthday Season Studies, Aging on the “Fritz”

9 Dec

In preparation for my coming birthday I’m studying what “learned” people know about aging.  I just found out that  a definite perk of  “getting old” ensures me of ALWAYS being in the present moment!   Fritz Coleman (who is very “learned” says: “When you are old you can’t count on the future and you can’t remember the past.”

Fritz Coleman, Comedian

Senior Conference On Aging. Held at the First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena. Keynote Speaker Fritz Coleman NBC4’s weathercaster is a Southern California broadcasting icon”  and a . . .  comedian.

My Birthday Season – 70 is HOT!

8 Dec

Very well seasoned

been cook’n for a long time 

Get me while I’m hot

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a judy doodle

Been chewed up, spit out

Fiery personality

tastes too hot for some

 

Body slowing down

counting up to seventy

 as my brain cools off

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Haiku Horizons – prompt HOT

My Birthday Season Rules ! Counting up to 70

7 Dec

Seventy days of celebration for my 70th BIRTHDAY SEASON!  Starting December 6th.

This year is different: I am going to celebrate my birthday season starting 70 days BEFORE my actual birthday (rule #2).  

This year is different: 70 is OLD.  At least 70 was old when I was growing up.  And since my life expectancy is to live only 17 years and 4 months longer I figure I shouldn’t wait til I’m actually 70 to begin my birthday season.   (see post: I only have 17 years and 4 months to live)

This year is different:  Instead of eating doughnuts (rule #6).  I am going to do/make something CREATIVE every day (or eat junk food); Some of it I may post . . . some of it I may not . . .  I do NOT want to be held accountable because at my age I may not remember what I’m being held accountable for . . . and even if I remember I don’t care.

For those of you who are new blog readers (and for those of you who are OLD and don’t remember) I am reposting the story behind My Birthday Season and the rules (in case you want to celebrate your own birthday season).

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The Origins of My Birthday Season

Many years ago my good friend Bernice and I were sitting in a motel room (don’t go THERE – we were at the motel, attending an imagery conference) eating doughnuts for breakfast.  We picked this motel because it had FREE doughnuts and coffee every morning.   It was just before our birthdays which are a few weeks apart.

A bit giddy from not sleeping well on motel mattresses and slightly inebriated on chocolate covered doughnuts, we decided that if we were going to get older each year we would at least take advantage of our accumulating age.  We created our BIRTHDAY SEASON.

Birthday Season Rules

  1. Beginning on the day of your birth your season lasts the number of days you are old.  Consequently, every year your Birthday Season is one day longer.  
  2. You may start your Birthday Season before the day of your birth.  But you cannot exceed the number of days you are old.  With me so far?
  3. You are to celebrate your birth every day of the entire season by choosing whatever you wish to do, or NOT do.  So far so good!
  4. People give you presents the entire season.  SO GOOD, so far!
  5. You must be over 50* to qualify for Birthday Season status. 
  6. You must eat doughnuts everyday for breakfast during your season. (If you don’t like doughnuts you can choose anything you want as long as it isn’t healthy).
  7. Every day of your season you must be grateful for being born and still being alive.  (After your Birthday Season is over you can revert to moaning about your age).

*If  you are under the age of 50  you can celebrate your Birthday Season as long as you don’t tell anyone or demand presents. (Gargle thoroughly after breakfast to eliminate tell-tale “Birthday Season Breath”.)

Happy Birthday Season to Me!  Day 1

The little Drummer Boy

6 Dec

Don’t know why but ever since I was small I loved the song “The Little Drummer Boy”.  This A Capella version is great.  (may take a minute to load)

 Pentatonix, A Capella

The amazing A Capella group Pentatonix harmonize to a holiday classic favorite. Sitting on the side of a mountain they make music with their mouth that will take your breath away. Pentatonix found fame during the 3rd season of The Sing-Off and have entertained the world ever since.”
Thanks Kay for sharing!

 

 

Frankly Freddie – Feeling the Pinch

5 Dec

My human’s a Grinch

She won’t budge an inch.

It’s a cinch

I’ll be feeling the pinch

I’m not allowed any treats right now.  I have “crystals” in my bladder and am on a special diet to dissolve them before they turn into stones.  I LOVE my new diet.  It is paw-lick’n good.  My human-being is glad that I like it because she says it’s very expensive.  I remind her every minute of every day I am worth it.
Before PROPER Grooming
Freddie Parker Westerfield, Crystal Engineer
(I can’t feel my crystals even though they did irritate my bladder and made me pee blood one day.)
 
My Human-being is very stingy.  (She calls it frugal.) She told me that the $200 trip to my doctor was my Christmas present and the follow-up appointment for another x-ray in one month is my birthday present.  
I told her she should not retire if she’s going to be that stingy.  

 

Criticism is good when it’s feedback (parenthetically speaking)

4 Dec

This comes under the heading of “If I knew then what I know now”.  

After years of hearing from Daru Maer, my friend and colleague, about how wonderful, creative and incredibly accomplished her daughter Jenn Maer was I finally got to verify that myself when I met Jenn last year.

I’m sharing Jenn’s article that appeared in the San Francisco Egotist because it is timely.  During the holidays we are particularly sensitive to other’s expectations, needs, wants and their “feedback”.  Jenn’s realization that feedback, most of the time, is given for precisely the reasons she identifies is spot-on.  I wish I knew that when I was Jenn’s age.

(Sorry Jenn, I couldn’t resist the parenthetical feedback) 

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What I Learned in 2014: Jenn Maer, Design Director, IDEO

“This was the year I finally learned to take feedback.”

“Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been “addressing” feedback for my entire career. Early on, I mastered the art of smiling whenever somebody eviscerated my work—nodding thoughtfully while saying, “Hmm. Interesting. Let me have a think on that.” But until recently, I never truly meant it. Feedback was something to be dodged, outsmarted, and begrudgingly incorporated when pressed to do so.”

“I realize this makes me sound like a world-class a_ _ _ _ _ _ (Feedback: Sorry for the edit, Jen, but this is a PG 13 rated blog and your description is not appropriate for those of us emotionally under the age of consent). But I don’t think that’s the case: I love (and insist on) working collaboratively, I always look for opportunities to help other people shine, and I’m pretty easy-going all around. I think I just hated the feeling that I hadn’t done something perfectly right off the bat.”

“Then, after having a really enlightening conversation with a mentor of mine, something shifted in me. I would get a piece of feedback and listen to it. I mean, really listen to it. Like the kind of listening a therapist does, when you say, “I hate the color blue” and they hear you say, “I’ve got deep-seeded issues with my mother.” (Feedback:  Sorry Jen, your mother IS a therapist – how could you NOT have deep-seeded issues with her?)  (Sorry Daru, but since you are a therapist you know that all things lead back to the mother . . .)

“I stopped being so quietly, inwardly defensive, and realized that each piece of feedback is delivered in service of making things better. Now, with every comment or red-Sharpied suggestion, I ask myself, what’s behind the issue that’s being raised? How can I use this as a chance to make my work clearer, tighter, smarter, funnier…whatever it needs to be?”

“I’m not saying I’ve got this new skill down pat. There are certainly still moments when people make inane, counter-productive comments that make me want to bash their heads in with the Polycom. (Sorry Jen, but I don’t know what a Polycom is so if you want to bash in my head I hope it’s soft . . . ). But you know what? I’m learning to hear what’s beneath those comments, too. It’s usually something like, “I need to feel important here.” (Sorry Jenn, I am important here – it’s MY blog) Or, “I don’t know what’s happening and I’m freaked out about it.” And with a little bit of empathy, I can help them through those issues, as well.”  (Sorry Jen, if you don’t want to help me with my issue of compulsively commenting, maybe your Mom can?)

(ALL things are ultimately the mother’s fault –  You are one smart, insightful daughter)

Read more at San Francisco Egoist 

The ultimate Christmas present – a hand-held satellite!

3 Dec

When I was a child I didn’t understand what my father was talking about when he would explain to me that the future of all science was in what the naked eye couldn’t see. He was right.

“Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs’ Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster — by getting smaller. He introduces his tiny satellites — no bigger than 10 by 10 by 30 centimeters — that, when launched in a cluster, provide high-res images of the entire planet, updated daily.”

“He and his cofounders at Planet Labs want to show the earth what it looks like, in almost real time, via a new network of compact, capable satellites. They hope that up-to-date images will inform future humanitarian and commercial projects all over our planet and will help to enable people to make the best decisions for earth.”

 

 

Ya gotta admit THIS is Grrrrrrrreat Grrrrrrrraffiti

2 Dec

I adore it when people envision something I can’t see.  Thanks Sharon for sharing!

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GIVE me a break, it’s just haiku

30 Nov

Give, strange little word

neither melodic nor quaint

quixotic at best

 Give it to me now

give in, give out, so giving

Don’t ever give up

A give-or-take verb

Frankly I don’t give a darn

 a strange little word

I'm thinking about it . . .

“Give ME a break – Judy’s the one who’s strange . . .”

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Find out how it started

29 Nov

Meet the mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge – Great speaker!  Inspiring!

“When Nancy Frates’ 29-year-old son Pete hurt his wrist in a baseball game, he got an unexpected diagnosis: it wasn’t a broken bone, it was ALS, and there is no cure. In this inspiring talk, Nancy tells the story of what happened next.”

A Turkey’s Tail by Freddie

27 Nov

Dear Human Beings,

Time for my annual Thanksgiving ‘Ode To Tom’ and tell you what I’m thankful for:

  • I’m thankful that I was not born in a country where they eat dogs.
  • I’m thankful you are all my best friends!
  • I’m thankful for all the treats I get even if I don’t get as many as I deserve
  • I’m thankful I am soft and fluffy so people want to pet me
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    Freddie Parker Westerfield,                  
              Poet Laureate

A Turkey’s Tale

by Freddie Parker Westerfield

A turkey named Tom lived on a farm

His story is such, so they say

Waking at dawn

he’d peck at the lawn,

searching for bugs,

nibbling on slugs

of which he was particularly fond.

Then on Thanksgiving day

Gobbledy gobbledy gone.

So if  YOU took Tom from off his farm

in the middle of the night

please give him due thanks

for gracing your table.  (It’s  fitting and only right).

And for all the bugs and many slugs

which make him an organic delight

P.S.  I was told to tell you that my Human-being wishes you all things to be grateful for in your life, like me for example.

 

 

Retirement is in STORE – I could try this!

24 Nov

What’s in store for me

besides the pangs of my youth?

Retirement looms

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Stored deep in my heart 

silver lame and muscles

shimmer and quiver

Looking at all my possibilities in retirement.  Anyone know where I can get silver lame Spanx*?

 

Thanks Bernice. Can I borrow *yours?

Something to Relish – cranberries & HORSERADISH! and experimenting on guests

23 Nov

I like to experiment on my guests.   I rarely cook (or have dinner parties) so when I do I want to try new recipes (except for my 500 degree 7 minute per pound turkey).   People who have been to my “experimental dinners” know that,  after tasting something I made and don’t like, I announce “This tastes terrible”.  First time guests always try to appease me saying, with a forced smile on their face: “It’s good”.  

Most (not all) friends and family know that I take NO offense if a dish doesn’t taste great and will offer their opinions too.  I also make sure to tell them if they like something  “Eat up cuz I will probably never make it again.”

It makes cooking an adventure and takes all pressure off of me worrying about whether others will enjoy the meal!

ALthough we aren’t having anyone over for Thanksgiving this year I just may try this recipe because it’s strange and interesting.  I’ll freeze it for my experimental dinner party next year . . .

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Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish 

(complements of Susan Stamberg)

2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed

1 small onion

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar (“red is a bit milder than white”)

  • Grind the raw berries and onion together. (Use an old-fashioned meat grinder or  food processor that will give you a chunky grind — not a puree.)
  • Add everything else and mix.
  • Put in a plastic container and freeze.
  • Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw.

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Makes 1 1/2 pints.

 

How to shed 160 pounds a year . . . or less

22 Nov

Moderation is NOT my middle name. October did me in - I started celebrating Halloween early and haven’t stopped.  Am I trying to hoist myself back on to my sugar shun track?  Yup.  Listen to this!  Astounding!

Thanks Ida for tuning me into Nutrition Facts

Here’s my original post that helped me eliminate refined sugar for an entire month - 8 Steps to Kick Sugar Cravings to the Curb – Ouch!

 

How to Painlessly Cook a Turkey (painless for you, not the turkey)

21 Nov

Originally posted on Curious to the MAX:

It’s that time of year again for “Cooking with Judy”  Here’s a re-post of my yearly Thanksgiving post — cuz it’s tooooo good not to be shared!  
 
I have a reputation, among those who love me,  to have an “interesting” sense of humor.  Even though this sounds like a joke IT IS NO JOKE.
I read about this and tried it.  The turkey comes out brown, beautiful and MOIST.
 I’ve done this every year for almost two decades and it’s never failed.  (One time I did a 20-plus pounder and parts were not completely cooked so I zapped the parts in the appliance of choice – my microwave)
I’ve shared this with many others and it has failed only once — the woman bought a ButterBall Turkey . . . and has never eaten turkey since. To see why, keep reading.

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Earth Smarts

20 Nov

Science always amazes me even if I can’t understand it.  Watch the flow of carbon dioxide traveling across the planet come alive in spectacular color.

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.”

What Happens When Your Brain Doesn’t Sleep?

19 Nov

I think my brain is suffering:  Impaired Wit, Cerebral shrinkage, Eating binges, Hallucinations, Risky decisions, Anger, Lost memories, False memories, Head-in-the-clouds, slurred speech are some of the impacts from diminished or non-restorative sleep.

However, I won’t tell you which of those my brain is suffering from.  You’ll have to read my blog posts to figure it out.

I can’t read this chart.  The print is too small so click here for a larger image: What Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Brain.

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I wonder if diminished sleep and diminished eyesight are related . . . .

NEWS! My Cherry Pie Scoop

18 Nov

When I’m tired I crave something sweet:  Frozen cherry pie, on sale, can’t be beat . . . unless I drop it on my feet . . . .

Drop it upside down

Fastest way to cool a pie

Would you like a scoop?

DSCN6135Unretouched photo of cherry pie scraped off the bottom of the oven.*

*Since this is a cherry pie I cannot tell a lie.  If it were apple I would have scraped it into a pan and called it cobbler.

The Arctic Circle of My Mind

17 Nov

Indecision strikes

in the heat of the moment

Frozen in my tracks

Waiting for the thaw

mind mindlessly numbed with cold

limbs frozen in space

passion beckons me

slowly move forward in time

melting my reserve

Lotsa ways of keeping warm!

In the Arctic ya gotta keep moving to not freeze in place!

"she's soooo transparent"

“This is my life” – all 17 years and 3 months left*

15 Nov

I’m searching for my focus in this next phase in my life.   (I’ve probably always been searching – this is the first time it’s conscious).  In my search I found this Holstee Manifesto video.

My 3 favorites are:

  • If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
  • Getting Lost will help you find yourself
  • Stop over analyzing
  • We are united in our differences

The more I think about it the more I realize I’m in a pickle.  The Holstee Manifesto says:  “Do what your love”.  Well,  I love my job and  . . .  I’m quitting.  Now I’ll have more time to watch TV . . .  I’m feeling more and more lost.  But it feels good to know we are all united differently in the same search  . . .  I’m very confused.

Holstee Manifesto
https://www.holstee.com/pages/manifesto

*My Life Expectancy 

A Smile Goes a Mile – It IS a New Age

14 Nov

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Thanks Linda!

EXCELLENT presentation on Brain research & Chronic Pain conditions – Stanford University

13 Nov

If you have a brain in your head WATCH this!   Important information for everyone, whether or not you or anyone you know has a chronic pain condition (including – MCS, irritable Bowell, TMJ, Interstitial Cystitis, Back pain etc.).  It’s well worth your time.

Although the focus is fibromyalgia Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D explains how the emotions, the workings of the brain impact our physical well-being.

His presentation is 51 minutes long and then takes questions and answers.

Rosemary Lee, Seeking Equilibrium posted this on her excellent blog Seeking Equilibrium.  Rosemary keeps up with the latest research and I highly recommend her blog

FIGHTING for Peace – an Oxymoron

12 Nov

 “God has created the world as one—the boundaries are marked out by man.”

‘Abdu’l-Baha

Earth’s soil fertilized

artificial poppies grow

in human blood, bones

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Fallen in battle 

 It’s time for falling in love

Soul’s soil fertilized

SEa of Poppies

Sea of Ceramic Poppies, Tower of London, England

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The exhibition entitled Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, is the work of Derbyshire-based ceramic artist Paul Cummins, and was set up to Commemorate the 100 years since the beginning of the First World War Each poppy representing each British and Commonwealth death during the conflict.

See view from drone http://bcove.me/qgvfevz2

poppy installation London Tower 6

One of the reasons I follow the Baha’i World Faith:

“To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.” 

Abdu’l-Bahá

Haiku Horizons - prompt FULL

Haiku Horizons – prompt FULL

Holiday Dinner Party – pass the water (bottled) please

11 Nov

It’s not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu!

Sandy and Richard Riccardi, Holiday Dinner Party

The Perfect “Body” by Victoria’s Secret – What is “perfection” anyway?

9 Nov

When it comes to women’s bodies I strongly suspect that “perfection” is really in the eye of the beholder and not the eye of the possessor! _78846586_body Three British students took issue with Victoria’s Secret The Perfect Body ad campaign, resulting in the online advert being retracted, but no apology from the lingerie giant.

“According to the campaigners, the advert failed “to celebrate the amazing diversity of women’s bodies by choosing to call only one body type ‘perfect’.” They asked for the ad’s message to be changed, and for an apology from the company. As of Friday afternoon, the petition had attracted more than 29,000 signatures. US underwear company Dear Kate responded in turn, posting their own version of The Perfect Body, showcasing a variety of body types.” Here’s the full articleVictoria’s Secret Changes Course on ‘Perfect Body’ Ads

Take a look, if you haven’t already, at the video on What body part would you change?

If you could change one thing about your body . . . ?

8 Nov

“. . .  it is so easy to feel insecure about our appearance. Whether it is because of the mean comment that comes our way or the photoshopped image we see in magazines, it can be so easy to feel self-conscious about our body. When was the last time you felt comfortable in your own skin?”

“We are so excited to share with you our newest 50 people 1 question short – Comfortable. We hope that this video will inspire you to be more comfortable and confident in yourself. Beauty is not about what you don’t have, but about being comfortable in your own skin.   

Jubilee Project

 

I am thankful for
Not having been given the freedom
To choose my face, God,
I would have been
Tempted to copy that too
Or picked up
Pieces from the best looks
Here and there…

by Ramesh Sood

A Little More than Ordinary 

I have 17 years and 4 months to live

7 Nov

My life expectancy is 87.4 years.  I KNOW because I got it calculated by  the Social Security Administration and THEY KNOW since they will be paying me money every month for 17 years and 4 months.

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a judy doodle

The calculations don’t take into account health, heredity or history, not to mention socio-economic status or hair loss.  But SURPRISINGLY, at least surprising to me, I am actually a bit relieved to know I have only 17 years and 4 months left . . .  for a few reasons:

  1. I work best under deadline pressure.  I get things accomplished if there are outside parameters. Give me a deadline and I go into action.  Give me as much time I want it will take however much time I want and often not get finished . . .  or started.
  2.  Seventeen years seems doable.  It’s the 4 months I’m a bit worried about . . .

If you want to know your life expectancy

click here for the social Security Government Life Expectancy Calculator

 

Frankly Freddie, What’s lost is found – Canine Power!

6 Nov

I love my job being a Certified Canine Therapist lying around and comforting people,  My beagle type-buddies are not as suited for “calmer” professions as evidenced here:

Reading, writing and . . .  resting

Freddie Parker Westerfield On the clock

 

 

 

The Ultimate Water Conservation Landscaping

5 Nov
My good friend Sharon doesn’t know it but she’s a MURALIST.  Here is her latest “landscaping project” on the wall alongside her Cave Creek, Arizona home. AMAZINGSharon and her masterpiece1
Sharon and her masterpiece

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Amazing

4 Nov

I scraped the back bumper of my VW Beetle.  The scrape is hidden under this bumper sticker:  My small gesture of desire that all scars caused by us humans will someday be covered in loving harmony.

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<p>Video from <a href=”http://www.karmatube.org”>KarmaTube</a></p&gt;

“At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, “A lot of people don’t realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant. And it has a haunting, haunting plaintive quality to it that reaches past your arrogance, past your pride, and it speaks to that part of you that’s in bondage. And we feel it. We feel it. It’s just one of the most amazing melodies in all of human history.” After sharing the noteworthy history of the song, Mr. Phipps delivers a stirring performance that brings the audience to its feet!” 

Thank you LINDA.

Retirement is DAWNing

3 Nov

Retirement Dawns

in the dusk of my life

The moon lights the way

Someone asked, with concern,  how I was feeling about my impending retirement.  Sounded a bit like my impending demise!  I am actually feeling a bit of relief and am preferring to think of it as re-treading as opposed to retire-ment!

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My tires aren’t blown

just ready for re-treading

Fill up my gas tank!

Haiku Horizons - prompt DAWN

Haiku Horizons – prompt DAWN

100 Monsters – Rorschach test, Flora

2 Nov

This is a Fly-By-Flora Monster.  

She thinks she was born-to-fly but can’t seem to get up the speed to get off the ground.  

 
Needs a make-over

Flora needs flight lessons, a good tail wind and teeth whitening.

Is this a Rorschach test, or what . . . . ?

Inspired by Stefan Bucher’s The Daily Monster

Mabel Mumster the Matriarch now looks tame by comparison . . .

 

 

Happy Hallowee’eeeeeeeeeeeen

31 Oct
    HAPPY  HALLOWEEN! (don’t blame me for this, blame my friend Sharon!)

Two brooms were hanging in the closet and 
after awhile they got to know each other so

  well, they decided to get married.

 
One broom was, of course, the bride broom

​​the other the groom broom.
 
The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was  lovely.  
 
After the wedding, at the wedding dinner, the 
bride-broom leaned over and said to the groom-broom, 
‘I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!’  
 

‘IMPOSSIBLE !’ said the groom broom.  
 

Are  you ready for this?
Brace yourself; this is  going to hurt!!!
 
 



 
‘WE  HAVEN’T EVEN SWEPT

​ ​

TOGETHER!’  

 

…………  …………  …………..
Oh  for goodness sake… Laugh, or at least  groan.
Life’s  too short not to enjoy…Even these  silly
….little  cute………….And clean  jokes!!!!!!!!!!!!!  


Sounds to me like she’s …….  !
……been sweeping around!!! 
(the BROOM, not my friend Sharon . . . ) 

One Hundred Monsters – Mabel Mumster is #1

31 Oct

This is a Mabel Mumster, Matriarch of the Monster Family.  

She’s a beauty as is evidenced by her beauty mark.  

She’s ambidextrous as is evidenced by her detachable arms.

She’s extremely intelligent as is evidenced by her exploding brain.

Mumster, ink

Mumster, ink blob

I just watched a video workshop Drawing Daily Monsters: Finding Inspiration in a Drop of Ink by Stefan Bucher.  Stefan teaches how he creates his monsters.  He challenged everyone to make some kind, any kind, of creation every day for 100 days.  Here’s my day one . . .  however, as you all know, I rarely finish any challenge to do 100 of anything.  (I used his ink-blob download for her cuz I don’t have no ink)

Psychological Truth from a “Venerable” Therapist

30 Oct

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Thanks GLORIA!!!  

 

MESMERIZING! Beyond Comprehension

29 Oct

  If this doesn’t help put things in perspective watch it twice!

“In the movie above, we get an eye-popping view of an epic arc of solar magnetic field rising above the surface carrying superheated 50,000-degree plasma with it. As the plasma cools, it forms blobs that rain back down along the magnetic field lines.”

“It’s an eerie, jaw-dropping view of solar reality. Make sure to make the video full-screen. If you can, let the whole four minutes and 16 seconds play out while you keep an eye out for small details. Watch the other parts of the surface boil and ripple. Later in the video, watch the bright patch on the lower right undergo its own smaller eruptions.”

“The recognition that this kind of Earth-dwarfing, mega-bomb-powered arcade of plasma hell is just another day at the office for the sun will, hopefully, remind you that there’s more going on out there than our worries.”

Read the entire article here.

P.S.  This was a MEDIUM sized flare – whoa! (make sure you watch long enough to see the image of the earth).

 

Am I dying . . . ? His honest answer

27 Oct

As I near my 70th year I am more than ever aware of what a blip in eternity my time is on this earth.

The 3 areas that the people who were dying shared with Mathew O’Reilly gave me pause for thought about what is important . . . and what isn’t.

  • Forgiveness – reflecting on their regrets
  • Remembrance – wanting a lasting connection with others
  • Meaning – having wasted life on meaningless tasks.

It’s very short video and worth a few minutes of your life.

“Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?” — and the personal choice he made to tell the truth.”

 

This is a Haiku, I HOPE

27 Oct

hope keeps us moving

sometimes the wrong direction

progressing backward 

judy's journal

judy’s journal

Haiku Horizons - prompt HOPE

Haiku Horizons – prompt HOPE

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)

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