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Re: 21) Inspiring News
« Reply #15 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


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Re: 30) Inspiring News
« Reply #16 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?


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Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
« Reply #17 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)?
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Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
« Reply #18 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


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Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
« Reply #19 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

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Re: 30) Inspirational Articles Monthly
« Reply #22 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


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Re: 30) Inspirational or Miscellaneous Articles Monthly
« Reply #23 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

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Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Immigration)
« Reply #25 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.


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Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Immigration)
« Reply #26 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:


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Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous
« Reply #27 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


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Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Lose Weight)
« Reply #28 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.


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Re: Inspirational or Miscellaneous (Communication)
« Reply #29 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!
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