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Title: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Now re Bible)
Post by: Luck on November 01, 2013, 09:18:55 pm
(Last post in thread is most recent.)

Groundswell Against Sexual Assault: Photo Links

Project Unbreakable: from victim to victor
2012-03-13, Sydney Morning Herald (One of Australia's leading newspapers)
Posted: 2013-10-29 08:46:01

Grace Brown was sick of hearing about sexual assault. Having spoken with so many survivors over the years, she grew increasingly frustrated by her inability to help. Then, one night last October, another friend confessed that she too had been abused and it turned out to be the final straw. Brown went to bed determined to act and in the morning Project Unbreakable was born. The project uses photography to help survivors of sexual assault take back the power of the words used against them by their attacker/s and aid in the healing process. Participants write these phrases on a piece of cardboard and Brown, a 19-year-old freshman at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, takes their picture and uploads it on the project's website. Just as powerful are the images she creates. Amassing a tremendous amount of followers from around the world in just five short months, women and men as far as Australia, Europe and the Middle East have submitted their own photos to the site. What's especially striking is the number of people willing to show their faces, essentially outing themselves as survivors of sexual assault. "In the beginning most people didn't show their faces. It wasn't until maybe a month in. People are getting braver and it's been really amazing to watch it grow." Taking part in the project doesn't resolve the problem but it enables the healing to begin. For some, knowing they're not alone or confiding in someone can help kick-start the process and exposing the words used against you can release the hold that they have.

Note: To see powerful photos from Project Unbreakable,
click here
and here .
For the moving website of Project Unbreakable, click here .
For a treasure trove of great news articles which will inspire you to make a difference,
click here .
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on March 01, 2016, 05:15:26 pm
Utah teen with no arms or legs inspiring classmates on high school dance team
2016-01-08, Fox News

New $130 million project to cut food waste from field to table
2016-01-22, Christian Science Monitor

What if Schools Taught Kindness?
2016-02-01, Greater Good

How a Disappointing Restaurant Experience Turned Into an Effort That Now Feeds 1200 Kids
2016-02-06, Daily Good

What preppers and survivalists tell us about America's apocalyptic readiness
2016-02-10, The Guardian

Where to Invade Next (doing good deeds)
2016-02-11, Rolling Stone
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on April 01, 2016, 03:24:22 pm
Yuval Roth gives Palestinians a lift so they can get medical care in Israel
2016-03-10, Christian Science Monitor

Penguin travels every year to visit man who rescued him
2016-03-11, CBC

A former gangster morphs into a lawyer who helps troubled kids
2016-03-17, Christian Science Monitor

5 Prisons Improving Life on the Inside
2016-03-14, Yes!
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on April 30, 2016, 12:26:34 am
Prisoners Are Growing Their Own Food
2016-03-24, Yes!

Businesses find new opportunity in food that once went to waste
2016-04-19, San Francisco Chronicle

Breaking Down the Walls and Helping Vets Become 'Horse Whisperers'
2013-08-15, ABC News

Innocent man ends up pals with crooked cop that framed him
2016-04-15, CBS News

30 years after blast, people labor to clean Chernobyl’s nuclear traces
2016-04-20, San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press

10 Things I Learned From Dating a Cross-Dresser
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on May 18, 2016, 06:27:00 pm
When my next-door neighbour discovered she couldn’t have children, I offered to carry them for her

Why US skies keep getting cleaner
2016-04-20, Christian Science Monitor

Meet the doctor who treats the homeless
2016-03-21, CNN

Palestinian ex-refugee Hanan al-Hroub wins $1m Global Teacher Prize for her work with refugee children
2016-03-14, The Independent

This New Restaurant Feeds Thousands of Hungry People Every Day
2016-04-29, Huffington Post

Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on July 01, 2016, 10:06:25 pm
Los Angeles Is Converting Motel Units Into 500 Apartments for Homeless Veterans

7-Year-Old Gets Dream Wheelchair-Accessible Tree House

Muhammad Ali Wrote His Own Eulogy And It's Just Perfect

9-Year-Old Raises $500 Through Lemonade Stand To Help Pay For Her Brother's Heart Surgery

Violence plunged after he brought the arts to a Tijuana neighborhood
2016-06-09, Christian Science Monitor

Chicago Police Officers Escort Girls Without Fathers To Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Baltimore Ravens Player Walks Into Shelter, Asks To Adopt A 'Dog That's Been Here A Long Time'

Watch Florida Cops Save a Birthday for Autistic Boy When No One Shows Up

Daughter Sends Balloon To Daddy In Heaven From Ohio, Found In Massachusetts Weeks Later

He Asked A Stranger To Buy Him Food

An Ice Cream Man Pulled Up With A Broken, Beat-Up Cooler. What Happened Next Is Amazing

‘Veggielante’ helps folks grow food in small spaces
2016-06-18, Sacramento Bee

$200,000 Gift for Ambulance Crew Sets Off Chain of Giving

You'll NEVER Guess How Old This Female Bodybuilder Is!

Dog Rescued From Euthanasia Is Now Training To Be A Little Boy's Therapy Dog

5th Grader Uses His Allowance Money To Donate 100 Books To The Local Jail
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on August 03, 2016, 08:32:30 pm
(Update:) Foodstuffs: Buy a Meal from These N.H. Entrepreneurs and They'll Buy a Meal for Someone in Need

Rival Gangs Crips, Bloods and Esés Declared Peace in Los Angeles

Uber Driver Reunites Wallet Containing Life Savings with Newly Emigrated Man

How One Man Beat Depression With Exercise Will Inspire Everyone

Little Free Pantries Spread Goodies From Sidewalks, Let Neighbors Pay it Forward

Canadian woman offered to help a refugee family, appearing lost and confused at a train station

A Bolt of Insight Saved Him From Suicide; Now He’s Saving Kids in East L.A. With Meditation

Veteran Homelessness Has Dropped By Nearly 50% Since 2010

Teens Ask For Summer Jobs After Being Approached By Gangs

This Man Transformed A Bar Into A Safe Haven For Philly's Youth

Welcome To One Of The Most Humane Prisons In The World

This Syrian Refugee's Heroic Journey To Rio Will Inspire You

A Plane Just Flew Around The World Without A Single Drop Of Fuel

3 Inspiring Business Lessons From Billionaire Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey

How I Networked My Way Into The Heart of EchoSign's CEO

Sage Advice for Entrepreneurs From America's Greatest Risk Takers (five signers of the Declaration of Independence)

Buzz Aldrin Wants You to Know -- the Sky Is Not the Limit

Everyone, look at this Winnie-the-Pooh shaped cloud!

Former gang rivals providing affordable meals with ‘Trap Kitchen’

Strangers surprise man who walks 16 miles to 2 jobs with a new car
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on August 21, 2016, 12:52:04 pm
Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and How to Get Unstuck) by Alison Ledgerwood

Germany Announces Revolutionary Bike Highway
2016-07-13, Yes! Magazine

Tell Us About the Revolution Where You Live [unless it's about AGW hoax, because they won't listen]

My Walking Pilgrimage

Thinking of Moving? Why Staying Put Could Make You Happier

To Thrive, We Must Be In Touch With Each Other [what about being in touch with political opponents?]

When You Don’t Have a Traditional Job, This Is How You Get Creative

Sick of “White Nonsense”? This Social Media Posse Will Come to the Rescue

Why Bicycle Justice Isn’t a White Guy in Spandex

Master Chef Massimo Bottura Is Feeding Thousands Of Rio's Homeless With Olympic Leftovers

This School Tells Parents To Stay Away And Let The Kids Problem Solve On Their Own

Meet 10 Inspiring People Who Took Risks After 50

Meet 10 People Who Prove You Can Reinvent Your Career After 50

[Help] Global Art Project Turns Slums Into Creative Hubs

A Spiritual Psychology Perspective on Addiction & Recovery [In my case, I consider my urges to overeat to mean that I need foods that provide better nutrition, rather than meaning I have low self-esteem.]

10 Totally Bogus Stresses You Need to Let Go Of

11 Successful Kid Entrepreneurs Keeping Their Eyes on the Prize

5 Fascinating Facts About the First Man to Walk on the Moon

5 Success Stories About Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Places

How a $200 Bet Scared Me Off My Overweight Butt and Into Exercising Again

Woman with Down syndrome defies odds to celebrate her 75th birthday

Why drivers are actually delighted to get pulled over by these police officers

4-year-old fashion designer has booming internet business

Parents welcome ‘one in a million’ identical triplets

Woman loses 124 pounds after snapping a selfie a day

91-year-old man in hospice care knits hats for the homeless

Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on September 15, 2016, 12:23:32 pm
6 Ways We’re Already Leading an Economic Revolution, From the “buy local” movement to public banking

The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around

These Minneapolis Bicyclists Will Take You on a Spirited Tour—Of Their Polluted Neighborhood

These Companies Get It Right, The Good Work Code

Free College Tops Black Lives Reparations List [Brainwashing for free is better than paying for it]

Misdirected public outrage over the killing of a Washington wolf pack may do more harm than good

The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business [Organic Farmers?]

How To Make Friends And Connect With People In Challenging Times

Despite Growing Income Inequality, Learning Gaps Between Rich And Poor Kids Are Actually Closing

Now You Can Do Your Thrift Shopping Online

This Detroit Tiny House Community Will Turn Homeless People Into Homeowners

Five Ways to Help Misbehaving Kids

Can Sexting Increase Relationship Satisfaction?

How to Avoid Picking Up Prejudice from the Media [like prejudice against AGW deniers like me?]

Altruists Have More Sex

How parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late
Title: Re: Inspiring News (e.g. Muslims vs Christians)
Post by: Luck on September 27, 2016, 12:17:21 pm
Why Muslims Should Not Hate Christians

Muslims actually claim to be followers of Jesus and so do Christians, even though neither word was used much if at all in the Christian Bible.

The Quran says the Christian and Jewish bibles are God's word but that they have been corrupted. That's obviously true. The word for Hell was not originally in either of them. What was meant was death, the grave etc, not a place of eternal torment.

The Quran says Christians wrongly worship Jesus instead of the Creator. That's true of most Christians, but not all. The Christian bible actually says Jesus is our example or role model, whom we're supposed to be like, loving everyone. Muslims believe Jesus is savior, but not God, and that's correct. Jesus is a limited being, while God is unlimited. The bible never says Jesus is or was the Creator, which is God the Father. It says he is or was the Son of God, which obviously means, because he was "sinless" and loved everyone, he was like God in that respect.

The Christian religion was faithful to Jesus' teachings for about 300 years, until the Roman Empire corrupted it by turning it into a more pagan religion. It was a better pagan religion than what existed before, but it was worse than original Christianity.

Islam was somewhat faithful to the Quran's teachings for about 200 years, when it was corrupted by false Hadiths.

Zionists who want to restore a greater nation of Israel seem to be major players in manipulating Muslims and Christians to fight against each other. But all three religions should unify, instead of seeking to destroy each other. The early Christian religion was simply restoring the original meaning of the Jewish bible. The Jews had succumbed to some pagan beliefs during the Babylonian captivity.

It's possible that Brahmanism and Buddhism were founded by Abrahamites too.
Title: Re: Inspiring News (e.g. Muslims vs Christians)
Post by: Luck on October 03, 2016, 01:01:00 pm
(See previous recent post for why Muslims should not hate Christians)

Local Illinois businessman spends $15K posting bail for people accused of minor offenses

Michigan Student Suspended [from brainwashing] for Taking Photo Of Disgusting School Water

Advising My Laid-Off Mom About Freelance Work

A Strategy to Stop the Funding Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline

Strangers Become Family at This Multigenerational Housing Project

The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America: Communities finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own

Finally, Jobs That Work for Parenting, like freelance work

National Prison Strike Exposes Need for Labor Rights Behind Bars

Stop police violence
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on October 24, 2016, 10:59:10 pm
How this NGO strives to 'make a difference in the lives of the poorest
2016-08-31, Christian Science Monitor

The School That Put Local, Healthy, and Homemade on the Lunch Menu

8 Cities Have New Co-op-Style Black Worker Centers—And They’re Tackling Unemployment

We Need Young Farmers, and Colleges Can Help

6 Ways to Make Our Money Bring Us More Happiness

Divest From Prisons, Invest in People — What Justice for Black Lives Really Looks Like

“I Work Like an Independent Worker, and I Feel Happy”

What If Twitter Were Owned by the Users Who Love It

Why Would Police Arrest a Woman for Biking to Work?

How to Help Children Unleash Their Potential

How to Awaken Joy in Kids

Eight Ways to Help Teens Get More Sleep

What Happens When We Shield Kids from Boredom?

People Who Trust Technology Are Happier

Scaling the Empathy Wall
Title: Re: Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on November 14, 2016, 07:37:50 pm
Half of All Indigenous Languages Are Disappearing. Inside the Rush to Save Them

On a Remote Homestead, the Work You Do Is Not Just a Job—It’s Your Life

Maryland Parolees Finally Won the Right to Vote

Seven Ways to Cultivate Joy and Empathy in Math Class

How You Can Find the Good in a Nasty Election Cycle

Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias

How to Stop the Culture of Complaining in Schools [Make school voluntary]

Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

Before his coma he spoke English; after waking up he's fluent in Spanish
2016-10-25, CNN News

Coast of Antarctica Will Host World’s Largest Marine Reserve
2016-10-27, New York Times

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded
2016-11-04, New York Times

Wine and yoga-loving woman is turning 105 and she looks incredible
2016-10-29, Metro

I spent 28 years on death row
2016-10-21, The Guardian
Title: Re: 21 Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on December 08, 2016, 10:02:40 am
Get Ready for Our Favorite Solutions Across the U.S.

Most Americans Agree: God Granted the U.S. a Special Place in History

Please Stop Thinking You’re Better Than Trump Supporters

How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification

The Secret Link Between Gratitude and Performance

20 Ways to Take a Bigger, Louder Stand in the Post-Election World

This Organic Food Company Doesn’t Discriminate Against Ex-Offenders—It Seeks Them Out

How Northwest Tribes Joined Forces to Beat Fossil Fuel Initiatives

Voters Win More Solar Energy Options Despite Opposition From Big Energy

They Lost Their Jungles to Plantations, But These Indigenous Women Grew Them Back

The Numbers That Tell the Story of This Standing Rock Victory

Meet the Guy Corralling Billionaires to Fight Inequality

It Was a Blighted City Block. But This Woman Is Turning It Into a Solar-Powered Ecovillage
Title: Re: 21) Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on December 27, 2016, 06:30:46 pm
A Healthier Democracy Starts Right Where You Live

Trump Played to Anger, but We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer

6 Solutions That Support Native Sovereignty—From Tribal Schooling to Bison Herds

The Fix-It Shop Where Neighbors Repair Your Clothes and Electronics

The Team Helping LA’s Thai Human-Trafficking Survivors Find Justice—And Jobs

How Community Land Trusts Can Fix Detroit’s Foreclosure Mess

From Growing Edible Forests to Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions to Keeping Your Food Local

What Can Americans Dream Now?

How to Help Kids Learn to Love Giving

How to Budget for More Happiness

Why Sex Gets Better in Old Age

Women vs the Beast (Katy Perry et al)
Title: Re: 21) Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on February 01, 2017, 09:17:11 pm
Nashville Teens Mapped Their Daily Routes—And Got a New Bike Lane as a Result

Creating an LGBTQIA Safe Space in Rural America

Worried About Rent Hikes, 301 Families Came Together to Buy Their Mobile Home Park

What It Takes to Get Women Out of Prison—and Stay Out

Nader Calls for a Different 1 Percent that will expose “conditions of deprivation and abuse” and champion “basic fair play”

This Small Town Refused to Settle for Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed

What It Looks Like When Communities Make Racial Justice a Priority

From Grocery Stores to Labor Unions, Cooperatives Were the Answer

Tribes Find New Ways to Keep Pipelines—and Their Oil—Out of the Great Lakes

Ten Inspiring Moments from 2016

What Does a Compassionate Workplace Look Like?

How to Reduce Rudeness in the Workplace

Why 2016 Was Actually One of the Best Years on Record

The Four Keys to a Meaningful Life

Can Empathy Bridge Political Divides?

How to Combat America’s Creativity Crisis

How Adults Communicate Bias to Children
Title: Re: 30) Inspiring News
Post by: Luck on March 11, 2017, 10:57:35 am
Visual learning lesson will get students thinking about solar power and unbelievable inventions

Los Angeles Finally Decriminalizing Street Vending

6 States With Criminal Justice Reform Wins to Celebrate

University of California Next In Line To Dump Wells Fargo Contracts

To Survive, the Democratic Party Needs to Stand Up to Wall Street and Global Corporations

Black Communities, not Trump Executive Orders, Will End “Carnage”

This Town Adopted Trauma-Informed Care—And Saw a Decrease in Crime and Suspension Rates

We Aren’t So Different—3 Steps to Overcome Hate and Fear

The Woman Giving Refugee Kids Free Lawyers

Why Defending Human Rights Is Women’s Work

This Invention Lets Rural Hondurans Clean Their Water—And Own the Treatment Plants

Defunding Police—How Antiracist Organizers Got Seattle to Listen

How to Nurture Empathic Joy in Your Classroom

New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people

Why You Need More Nature in Your Life

What You Can Learn from Polyamory

Can You Change Your Personality?

How to Help Students Feel Powerful at School

Why leaders can be so dismissive of creative ideas—and how to change this mindset

How Dogs Help People Get Along Better

How women’s voices can benefit business and society

Why Don’t We Prepare Enough for Disasters?
Title: Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
Post by: Luck on March 20, 2017, 09:59:59 am
(Recent article titles & links are posted above.)

My Latest Inspiration: (Update below)
Daily Family Communication

Start each supper with communication: ask everyone to share about how they can help the family be happier.

+ Step 11 + God concept
Big Book page 62: Selfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the
root of our troubles. ... First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. ... When we sincerely took such a position, all sorts of remarkable things followed. We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well.

I agreed about the problem of selfishness, but my Reaction to that last sentence was: Yeah, right. God provides what we need IF we perform His work well. But God can always say, too bad, you didn't quite follow my directions as I intended. You didn't do your work well enough, so I won't be providing you what you need. Then I realized that's how Dad acted as my former employer: judgmental, hard-nosed, unfriendly. I then tried to improve my God concept, since I knew God wasn't like Dad, but it took me 2 or 3 years to find a better believable concept. I had been living in Denver a couple weeks and going to meetings often. Walking to a meeting one day I felt lonely, since I was still living alone and had no close friends. I had previously thought that the feeling meant I needed to find companionship, but this time I asked myself if there might be any falsehood behind that emotion, since there usually is falsehood behind most unpleasant emotions.

As soon as I asked, I realized there is falsehood behind it. Since God is always with us, I realized we're never really alone. So the feeling of being alone is an illusion. So I asked why I felt alone. Again the answer came immediately. It was because I was leary of getting close to God, because I still felt like God is judgmental, hard-nosed and unfriendly. And then I realized God isn't like that at all. God doesn't want to be a slave driver or make life miserable for us. God only wants to be our friend, help us find true happiness and give advice any time we ask for it. And it made sense then to ask God for advice as often as possible. Since then I've tried to ask God's advice often each day. And I learned later to ask for what I may need by thanking God in advance for it.

+ Roadblocks to communication
While trying to have daily family communication during supper, it's best if everyone watch out for common roadblocks to communication, at least when someone has an unpleasant emotion.
- Ordering, Directing: "Stop feeling sorry for yourself..."
- Warning, Threatening: "You'll never make friends if..." "You'd better stop worrying so much or..."
- Moralizing, Preaching: "Life is not a bowl of cherries..." "You shouldn't feel that way..." "Patience is a virtue you should learn..."
- Advising, Giving Solutions: "What I would do is...", "Why don't you..." "Let me suggest..."
- Persuading with Logic, Arguing: "Here is why you are wrong..." "The facts are..." "Yes, but..."
- Judging, Criticizing, Blaming: "You are not thinking maturely..." "You are just lazy..." "Maybe you started the fight first..."
- Praising, Agreeing: "Well, I think you're doing a great job!" "You're right!--that teacher sounds awful."
- Name-calling, Ridiculing: "Crybaby--", "That's stupid to worry about one low test grade."
- Analyzing, Diagnosing: "What's wrong with you is..." "You're just tired." "What you really mean is..."
- Reassuring, Sympathizing: "Don't worry." "You'll feel better." "Oh, cheer up!"
- Questioning, Probing: "Why..." "Who...?" "What did you...?" "How...?"
- Diverting, Sarcasm, Withdrawal: "Let's talk about pleasant things..." "Why don't you try running the world!?" Remaining silent, turning away
-- Two things to know about "Roadblocks":
- These are roadblocks when the person is experiencing a problem or strong feelings (The Other Owns the Problem). When the relationship is in the "No Problem Area" many of these are not roadblocks (e.g., joking, asking questions, etc.). Some, like name-calling and ridiculing are always risky and cause problems.
- You are not a "bad" parent because you use roadblocks. You are doing what you have been taught to do to help others. P.E.T. will provide you with more effective alternatives to begin using instead of these common roadblocks.

+ Communication differences between men & women
- In communication between a man and a woman:
- the man should listen for the woman's emotions, not for solutions to her problems unless she asks and not try to remember all the details of her statements.
- The woman should make her statement clear and to the point. If making a large and complicated point, break it down into chunks that he can fully understand before moving onto your next point. Also try not to interrupt him when he's talking.

New Relationship:

Dear prospective GF, if you like to help people, would you like to discuss ideas for a non-profit organization, or a non-profit hospital, or something like that (after our first date)?
Title: Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
Post by: Luck on April 20, 2017, 08:33:49 am
In a Bad Mood? Studies Show Why That Can Be a Good Thing

In Berlin, a Model for Creative and Affordable Housing

Winners (and Losers) in New York’s Plan to Make College Free

Self-Compassion Opens Our Hearts

No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies

How One Person’s Small, Brave Compost Pile Changed New York City

How to Turn Neighborhoods Into Hubs of Resilience

Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being

How Doctors Can Communicate Better with Patients

A new study examines how different practices benefit people who worry a lot

Why to Thank Your Partner for Doing the Chores

How to Be Successful and Still Compassionate

Nine Ways to Help Siblings Get Along Better

Four Ways to Make Gossip Less Toxic

What’s the Best Strategy for Empathy?

How to Better Understand Your Child

Learning to express anger in a healthy way will help couples resolve conflicts, instead of letting them simmer

When Teens Need Their Friends More Than Their Parents

Change your life through the power of learning
Title: Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
Post by: Luck on June 18, 2017, 02:59:07 pm
Update: Rescue Dog Saves 3-Year-Old Girl's Life, Finds Her Curled Up In A Ditch

Starting a private nation in space (

(I'd rather do it on the oceans, or in Antarctica or Greenland.)

1 Addicted 2 Success

2 Motivation Grid

3 Pick the Brain

4 Get Motivation

5 Tiny Buddha

6 Dumb Little Man

7 Alden Tan

8 The Utopian Life

9 Deep Existence

10 I Need Motivation

11 Become the Lion

12 MenProvement

13 Planet of Success

14 Everyday Power Blog

15 Success Consciousness

16 Life Hack

17 Motivation for Dreamers

18 Motivation to Move

19 The Positivity Blog

20 Productivity 501

21 Motive In Motion

22 Fearless Motivation

23 Zen Habits

24 Motivational Memo

25 Scott H Young

xxvi Fear of lists

Title: Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
Post by: Luck on August 04, 2017, 02:29:09 pm
Four Reasons Why Endings Can Make You Happier

How the Science of Well-Being Is Evolving

Three Surprising Insights about Success and Happiness

How to Deal with Social Awkwardness

How Looking at Puppies Can Improve Your Marriage

Which Factors Shape Our Empathy?
Title: Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
Post by: Luck on September 02, 2017, 04:40:48 pm
I Am the Reason My Husband Infuriates Me

Why Sex [with the right person] Is So Good for Your Relationship

How Students Benefit from School Diversity

Drug Addiction, Social Connection, and the Brain

Mindfulness training can benefit stressed-out employees.

How the Science of Happiness Can Help You Connect with Others

Five Limits Your Brain Puts on Generosity
Title: Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
Post by: Luck on November 15, 2017, 12:00:00 pm
Long-term study concludes that only one hour of exercise per week (10 minutes a day) could reduce depression risk by 44% [The thought of doing boring exercise is depressing. How about exercise that's fun?]

Different types of meditation strengthen different parts of the brain

Being busy is killing our ability to think creatively

The art of self-control

Stepping outside your comfort zone: Ten uncomfortable challenges that will pay off forever

Seven ways to improve your understanding of others and to be better understood

Research finds positive personality traits make people more physically attractive to others

Study finds some children may not experience lasting mental scars from bullying

Questions to ask yourself that can change your life

Are moods contagious? In a word - yes

Reading rewires your brain for more intelligence & empathy

Study suggests magic mushrooms may 'reset' depressed patients' brains

Dark humor: The funniest sign of high intelligence

Anger is temporary madness [That's why it's called being mad maybe]

Researchers discover what happens to the eyes of children when they play outside

Wellbeing enhanced more by places than objects

How our visual memories are made

Your dog can smell your emotional state, and will adopt these feelings as their own

Ease the pain of rejection with soothing touch

Robert Sapolsky and the biological case for criminal justice reform: The "punishment mindset" must go

Can we ever know whether or not our universe is a simulation?

Psychedelics more effective at reducing crime than police, says new study

The physiological & psychological benefits of nature are well documented

The way you walk may provide insight into your personality

Study suggests a tendency to daydream may indicate a higher level of intelligence and creativity

11 habits of very happy people

Website collects stories of near-death experiences
Title: Re: 30) Inspirational or Miscellaneous Articles Monthly
Post by: Luck on March 21, 2018, 11:52:39 am

Cornstarch Uses
_Laundry Bleach Pen
Add 2T cornstarch to 1 cup water in pan; stir to dissolve; stir over heat till boiling, then cool; add 5-6T bleach; mix well; put in squeeze bottle.
_Clothing Spray Starch
Add 1T heaping to 1pt warm water; shake or stir till dissolved; maybe add some drops of essential oil; pour into spray bottle.
_Face Powder
_Dry Shampoo

Add 4-5 drops rosemary essential oil to 1/4 cup cornstarch.
Mix 1/8 cup cornstarch & 1/8 cup baking soda; stir in 2-3T liquified coconut oil; maybe add few drops essential oil.
_Foot Powder
Sprinkle in shoes & help prevent athlete's foot.
_Finger Paint
Add 2T cornstarch to 1 cup water in pan; stir to dissolve; stir over heat till medium thick; separate into containers; mix different organic food coloring into each.
_Matte Nail Polish
Mix cornstarch with nail polish, then apply immediately to the nails.
Knot Detangling
Oil Stain Removing
Wash Windows
Face Blush & Bronzer
Hand Grip
Scorch Mark Removal
Blood Stain Removal
Fur Cleaning
Floor Desqueaking

Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous
Post by: Luck on April 01, 2018, 11:36:25 pm

A Friend in You, Anime

After the Rain Anime

Anime Night

Beautiful Anime 90s

Other Beautiful Anime videos

Top 10 Most Beautiful Anime that aren't Movies

Most Beautiful Anime Scenes

Beautiful anime landscape
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Immigration)
Post by: Luck on April 05, 2018, 05:29:29 pm

A Story About Legal Immigration (

By a Marine Corps Veteran, Retired Correctional Lieutenant, and Oath Keeper

We are a nation of laws, a Constitutional Republic! As such we already have immigration laws. I know this because of my beautiful wife. She and her family came here legally from the Philippines.

In 1966 after graduating from nursing school in the Philippines, my wife’s oldest sister and two other young women were sponsored by a hospital to come here as nurses. They did and found a small apartment within walking distance of their work. They did not buy cars or fancy clothes but all worked hard and took all the overtime that was available, for the sole purpose of sending money home to better their respective families.

In the case of my wife’s family the decision was made that the ten remaining siblings would all go to college for the chance to come to America, the land of milk and honey. The other two nurses were doing the exact same thing. It would be ten years before the first family members would come and one was my wife.

This was an arduous task as education was but one condition. There were numerous health and good standing requirements as well as the requirement to be sponsored by a United States citizen. My wife and another sister came here with nothing but their clothes and determination to work hard for the betterment of the remaining family members. Both of these ladies had to leave their children behind in an effort to create a better life. It would be two years before they would see their children again.

Even though both women had college educations, the educational requirements were different between the two countries. My wife and her sister cleaned houses, raked leaves, cleaned yards, and any other legal work that they could do so that they could go back to college and make up any educational requirements to better their lot.

They lived in a one bedroom apartment to save money. Then two years later their father along with their two children came. He was 72 at the time and came on a work visa. He secured a job with the county on a tree planting crew. He kept this job for fifteen years. Shortly after his arrival all that were here decided to become United States citizens. They studied, applied, were accepted, tested and sworn in.

Now there were four adults and two children living in a one bedroom apartment. Because everyone was working they decided that shifts had to be changed in order to provide for the children. Everyone was working every minute of overtime available to create a semblance of wealth. Some was sent home to provide for the rest and the remaining was banked for the future.

Three years passed and my wife and her older sister decided to buy a house in order to provide space for the family. They wrote a check and bought a home. Then more came and all went to work. My wife’s older brother came here with his wife and two young boys and was unable to secure a job, so he enlisted in the Army and made a career of it. His younger brother seeing this also joined the Army but after four years he left active duty and transferred to the National Guard. He also worked and eventually became a postman.

A second home was purchased and it was one block from the first. Then all came here and everyone became productive United States citizens. In total with the children there were 23 that came.

Not one of my wife’s family members, at any time, accepted or requested any aid, welfare or any handout of any kind. They are very proud of this fact.

Everyone can remember where they were on 9/11. As I watched the events unfold and I was getting ready for work as a Correctional Sergeant, my statement to my wife was, “This is the greatest nation on earth.” She said to me, “Yes it is but you don’t understand!” She continued to say that since I was born here I really had no idea. That she and her family, if they had stayed in the Philippines, would have never had to opportunity or great life that they enjoy. In America if you are willing to work hard that you can achieve your dreams.

My wife is very vocal on immigration. She believes in it as she and her entire family have prospered because of it. However she thinks and states that it is not only illegal, but extremely unfair, to allow any illegal to stay and reap benefits from taxpayers. We already have a path to citizenship that is legal.

Even though our friends on the left use buzzwords like undocumented, amnesty, and a path to citizenship, that does not change the fact that we are being overwhelmed by this burden. Despite what some may think, this is nothing more than a usurpation of our laws by giving illegals citizenship in order to buy Democrat votes.

Either we have laws or we don’t.
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Immigration)
Post by: Luck on May 01, 2018, 12:20:06 am

Jokes: Muslim girl says: In my country I'm forced to keep my mouth shut. Here in your country I'm free to talk trash about your country in hopes it changes into a country where I'm forced to keep my mouth shut.
Seen on this video:
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous
Post by: Luck on June 13, 2018, 07:21:02 pm

Study suggests blondes have slightly higher IQs

Yale scientist's breakthrough in brain reanimation

Why society needs more troublemakers

JB Peterson on the absolute necessity of fathers

Early toxic stress changes brain structure in children

Overcoming the constant self-doubt that undermines real achievement

The Biophilia effect for kids

Artistic college majors linked to serious mental illness [BS]

The brain may perceive objects outside of our view

Science says noise hurts and silence heals

Parental conflict leads to emotional problems in children

Why are we living in an age of anger?

After my breakdown, wild birds helped me to heal

Scientists identify physical source of anxiety in the brain

Transgender children's brains more similar to those of their preferred gender

Practicing situational awareness can save your life

Does clutter cause anxiety & stress?

Pelican attack sparks graduation ceremony chaos

Conservative filmmaker hires unsuspecting actors to read the real facts on feminism

Chinese police advice on how to survive a knife attack

Starbucks 180,000 employees radicalized after anti-bias training

Daring raccoon captivates the internet by scaling St. Paul skyscraper

Free Will Is Not An Illusion

Responsibility is the antidote to tyranny

How expectations influence performance

Two relationship patterns that are most harmful to couples

Being in a group can lower your IQ

Does It Make Sense To Believe in God?

Cults, brainwashing, and mind control in America

Making lifestyle changes permanent

How to know when you are dealing with an emotional manipulator

Conscientious extroverts are happier after marriage

Feeling isolated? If so, you're not alone

Embracing an Ennobling Vision by Rejecting Cynicism and Nihilism

How the mind operates under high stress

Major academic journal publishes article admitting the evidence for psi is solid

The dark side to emotional intelligence - and how to protect yourself

Demons really are possessing people, warns psychiatrist

The antidote to a father's absence in the home
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Lose Weight)
Post by: Luck on August 06, 2018, 07:01:00 am



_Vitamin C in the treatment and/or prevention of obesity [This is quoting a scientific study]
_Obesity has emerged as one of the major health threats worldwide. Moreover, an excessive body fat accumulation, which defines this disease, could lead to several associated clinical manifestations such as cardiovascular events, type 2 diabetes, inflammation, and some types of cancer. The appearance of these co-morbidities has been often related to an unbalanced oxidative stress. Therefore, antioxidant-based treatments could be considered as interesting approaches to possibly counteract obesity fat accumulation complications. In this context, it has been observed that vitamin C intake (ascorbic acid) is negatively associated with the occurrence of several conditions such as hypertension, gallbladder disease, stroke, cancers, and atherosclerosis, and also with the onset of obesity in humans and animals. Among the possible beneficial effects of ascorbic acid on obesity-related mechanisms, it has been suggested that this vitamin may: (a) modulate adipocyte lipolysis [fatcells burning]; (b) regulate the glucocorticoid release from adrenal glands; (c) inhibit glucose metabolism and leptin secretion on isolated adipocytes [fatcells]; (d) lead to an improvement in hyperglycemia and decrease glycosylation in obese-diabetic models; and (e) reduce the inflammatory response. Possibly, all these features could be related with the outstanding antioxidant characteristics of this vitamin. Thus, the present article reviews the up-to-date evidence regarding in vitro and in vivo effects of vitamin C in obesity and its co-morbidities.

_Belly fat
_For body fat caused by cortisol [due to stress] I recommend adaptogenic herbs, vitamin C and pantothenic acid rich foods to build up the adrenal glands. For herbs I recommend schisandra berry, ashwagandha, amla, and nettle leaf. For foods I recommend watercress, rice bran, and nutritional yeast. Several of these herbs also promote the burning of body fat and support the thyroid.

_In this study a drug was used to induce damage to the hypothalamus gland [where the leptin center is] resulting in obesity. Pantethine helped offset the problems that were induced, resulting in lower food intake, less weight gain, better insulin and glucose levels, lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol, and improved activation of lipoprotein lipase in white adipose tissue. Pantethine is a potent nutrient to help maintain healthy fat burning and thus better leptin function.

Weight Loss Special PART 2 : James Sloane, estrogen, fat, & what to do

_Ancient Chinese white tea may fight obesity [by preventing formation of new fat cells]

_Ancient Chinese white tea may fight obesity
By Peter Foster in Beijing 11:43AM BST 01 May 2009
_White tea has previously been linked to the creation of stronger bones, lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of some cancers. The new research, published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism and was conducted by the German health foods company Beiersdorf AG, now claims that anti-fat properties can be added to that list. ... "We've shown that white tea may be an ideal natural source of slimming substances". Scientists tested extracts of white tea on laboratory-grown human fat cells or 'adipocytes' and found fat levels were reduced.
_[These are links to order Chinese white tea online:]

_Meat & Dairy
_Estrogens are given to farm animals to fatten them up and increase milk production. When we consume these meats and dairy we ingest these hormones. [Great Valu milk from Walmart is said to not have those hormones, but most cow meats have them.] These estrogens in turn cause problems such as cancers, weight gain, thyroid dysfunction, blood clots, etc. These are all well known side effects of estrogens.
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Communication)
Post by: Luck on August 19, 2018, 08:51:29 am


(The following website also has volunteers who help do mediation to resolve conflicts.)

Do It Yourself Mediation

Helpful Hints: Tips for turning conflict into opportunity!

Next time you are faced with a difficult situation with a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor, try using the tips below to avoid misunderstanding and create a productive conversation that addresses everyone’s needs and concerns.

1. Talk Directly
Assuming that there is not a threat of physical violence, talk directly to the person with whom you have the problem. Direct conversation is much more effective than sending a letter, banging on the wall, throwing a rock, or complaining to everyone else.

2. Choose a Good Time
Plan ahead and allow yourselves enough time for a thorough discussion. Don't start talking about the conflict just as the other person is leaving to make dinner. Try to talk in a quiet place where you can both be comfortable and undisturbed for as long as the discussion takes.

3. Plan Ahead
Think out what you want to say ahead of time. Explain what the problem is and how it affects you.

4. Don't Blame or Name Call
Antagonizing the other person only makes it harder for him or her to hear you and understand your concerns. Don't blame the other person for everything or begin the conversation with your opinion of what should be done.

5. Give Information
Don't interpret the other person's behavior: "You are blocking my driveway on purpose just to make me mad!" Instead, give information about your own feelings: "When your car blocks my driveway, I get angry because I can't get to work on time."

6. Listen
Give the other person a chance to tell his or her side of the conflict completely. Relax and listen, try to learn where the other person in coming from.

7. Show that you are Listening
Although you may not agree with what is being said, let the other person know that you hear her or him; repeat to them what you hear them saying to make sure that you understand correctly.

8. Talk it Through
Once you start, get all of the issues and feelings out into the open. Don't leave out the part that seems too "difficult" to discuss or too "insignificant" to be important. Your solution will work best if all issues are discussed thoroughly.

9. Work on a Solution
When you both feel that you have expressed your concerns, been heard and clearly heard the other person’s concerns, start working on a solution. Two or more people cooperating are much more effective than one person telling the other to change. Be specific: "I will turn my music off at midnight" is better than a vague "I won't play loud music anymore."

10. Follow Through
Agree to check with each other at specific times to make sure that the agreement is still working….then really do it!
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Handle Feelings)
Post by: Luck on August 27, 2018, 01:14:32 pm

Feelings: Handle them before they handle you
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous
Post by: Luck on October 05, 2018, 01:42:01 am

It's time to develop a self-reliant mentality and stop being an entitled millennial

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person (and why it doesn't matter)

Study shows that people who live in rural areas are happier than those who live in big cities

Music lessons can improve language skills

Studies have shown that thoughts alone can improve vision, fitness, and strength

Being in a bad mood can help certain people think more efficiently

Self-control is the trait that can make people happier

People who are generous and cooperative can get punished by others for being 'too good'

Autism can bring extra abilities

Much of your happiness is under your control - the product of your habits and your outlook on life

Talk therapy could permanently change depressive personality traits

Being conscientious cuts the risk of developing Alzheimer's

Are the guilt-prone more trustworthy?

How to stay motivated in the midst of challenging times

5 brutally honest truths to help overcome anxiety

Why your brain will never run out of problems to find

The healing power of an attitude of gratitude

Pet owners happier, wealthier, more fit than non-owners - get a non-shedding dog or cat

Writing your way to wellbeing

How to take a stand against manipulation

What happens to someone's brain from complaining every day? [Practice makes perfect]

From breakdown to breakthrough

How to reset your internal timer and regain patience

Psychopathic oligarchs are [sometimes] keeping us asleep in the Matrix with narratives

Corporate psychopaths threaten us all

Those who can do, can't teach: A curse of genius

Advice for lack of motivation: Give advice, don't seek it

Why it matters that teens are reading less

The psychology of denial and how to make it through a disaster

Drawing is a good way to learn

Do people enjoy your company more than you think? Who cares?

Getting to know how others see you can help you see yourself [Nah]

A physically fit mind leads to a physically fit body

Strange Contagion of suicide clusters that claimed the lives of several hundred children in Silicon Valley

Why we don't have to get emotionally embroiled in every drama that comes our way

Raising independent, capable and happier kids: How the Let Grow Project is changing communities

Tips for raising mentally strong children
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous
Post by: Luck on January 15, 2019, 11:16:12 pm

The meaning of monstrosity has morphed dramatically over the course of history

Churches Behaving Badly: How Religions Succeed or Fail to Prevent Pathocracy

The pursuit in 'interestingness': Giving goals a fluidity that can accommodate new information

Insight, Or Why It's Not Just Your Boss Who Lacks Self-Awareness

Feeling lonely and depressed? Decrease your use of social media

Vacation is a poor substitute for leisure

Loneliness is bad for the brain

Soundscape: The importance of sound and silence

How the Big 5 Personality Traits Impact Who We Are, and Who We Can Become

People posting lots of pictures to social media became 25% more narcissistic in four months

Seeing and transforming the most negative parts of ourselves into something constructive

(Parents) Fearing fear itself

How dealing with past trauma may be the key to breaking addiction

Are schools teaching enough critical thinking skills?

Feminists find 'sexist' men more attractive than 'woke' men

Addiction and a lack of purpose

76% of people surveyed show serious signs of loneliness

Aim high: Do everything in your control to become your best self [Your best self will be your happiest]

Joy from giving outlives joy from getting

Are memories reliable? Expert explains how they change more than we realize

Women who emotionally abuse men

Attention is not a resource but a way of being alive to the world

The problem with completing household chores in a timely manner

Why children are ready to shift toward more independence around age 4

Couples show more humor and tenderness toward each other as marriage progresses

Why Most People Are Actually Mentally Ill

How the self-esteem myth has damaged society

The prolonged suffering of avoidant grievers

An alternative to the APA's new sexist guidelines for working with men and boys

Science has debunked the link between video games and real violence

You University: The Value and Art of Self-Education
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous
Post by: Luck on March 31, 2019, 09:36:21 am

How to actually, truly focus on what you're doing

The APA guidelines are wrong. It's ok to be stoic, competitive, dominant and aggressive - but don't take it to the extreme

The 'silent treatment' is a sign of an unhealthy relationship

Benefits of garden-based learning for children

The Transcendental Treasure of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Flies in The Face of Materialism And Postmodernism

Actively religious people are happier than those who don't participate in a faith

We could use new guidelines for working with men in therapy - just not the APA guidelines

Train your mind to work smarter, not harder

Why stress is one of the best predictors of high life satisfaction

How I ditched my phone and unbroke my brain

Why stress is one of the best predictors of high life satisfaction

Stop iPhone parenting and give your children the attention they need

How to de-clutter your thoughts and emotions

The power of neuroplasticity: Boy's brain rewires itself even with 1/6th of its contents missing

Our egos blind us to our own flaws

Vivid dreams and visions of dying people suggest comfort given from the other side

Dangers of moral zealotry, one of the most insidious motives for wicked behavior

There are seven moral rules that unite humanity

How Inuit parents teach kids to control their anger

Mothers are drowning in stress

Brain perceives objects better with attention

Atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method, prize-winning physicist says

How science fixed my wandering mind

Kids are missing out on climbing trees

Being 'constantly connected' through email, text and social media guarantees that you'll experience anxiety
Title: Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous
Post by: Luck on September 13, 2020, 12:50:00 pm
Darren Thompson re Bible


See also The Bible Is Libertarian