Two great books as gifts for Christmas
This of course is my book ‘Living better on less’ which I believe to have some great tips and a good Christmas present.
Just click on books to go to Amazon
This is a report from USA today which I thought quite interesting. Note Texas is not mentioned.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis, which published in July its report for 2014 prices for household consumption across the country. Your dollar will go a lot farther — 30% farther, in fact — in states like Mississippi and Arkansas THAN say Washington, D.C., and Hawaii.
This of course is 2 years ago, there may be a few changes but basically it gives you an idea of where it would be cheaper to live. If you want to move.
The states where your dollar (rounded to the nearest cent) is worth the most are:
1. Mississippi ($1.15)
2. Arkansas ($1.14)
3. Alabama ($1.14)
4. South Dakota ($1.14)
5. Kentucky ($1.13)
6. West Virginia ($1.12)
7. Ohio ($1.12)
8. Missouri ($1.12)
9. Oklahoma ($1.11)
10. Tennessee ($1.11)
11. Iowa ($1.11)
The cost of living in 35 states was below the national average.
The areas where your dollar is worth the least are the District of Columbia (85 cents), Hawaii (86 cents), New York (86 cents), New Jersey (87 cents), and California (89 cents).
1.That it is my Son Jamin’s Birthday today. It is also our good friend Tim’s Birthday.Hope they both have a wonderful day.
2. The Rules to get the best seafood.
a. Buy low – Slash toxin exposure by buying seafood low on the food chain: scallops, oysters, shrimp and anchovies, catfish, clams, pollock, sardines, salmon squid and Tilapia.
b. To minimize mercury avoid predatory fish like: Shark, Marlin, Swordfish, Tilefish, Ahi, and bigeye tun, King mackerel and orange roughy.
c. Pick long living species like bluefish, albacore, yellow fin tuna and striped bass only occasionally.
3.You need to read the Ingredients of Sunscreens
Chemicals to avoid like Retinyl palmitate, a type of vitamin A found in many SPF products can speed skin Tumor growth. Oxybenzone, a chemical found in many sunscreens is not only bad for your skin it has been found to be killing coral reefs and other sea creatures. Because of sunscreen used while swimming the Oxybenzone harms the DNA of both adult coral and larval young.
Sunscreen chemicals interact with sunlight to hamper the growth of phytoplankton, causing the death of whales, fish and other species that rely on tiny plants for food.
Source : Prevention.com
4. That studies have found that runners who rinsed with minty mouthwash solution during workout are able to go faster than those who drank an icy sports drink. Menthol can make you feel cool all over and appears to reduce feelings of dryness and thirst that can slow you down.
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in sports
5. According to the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology that there is an impressive reduction of 25% in melanoma occurrence among people who drank one to four daily cups of coffee compared with non-coffee drinkers. Various antioxidants in coffee apparently interfere with the formation of cancer via UV light
18 Rules of Living
by the Dalai Lama
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R’s: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Human Eye Detects sound
Yes, sound. University research studies show that mild and incidental noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate.
According to David Louis’s book of Fascinating Facts, Uninvited noise bothers professions like surgeons, watchmakers and others who perform delicate work, because the sudden noise causes their pupils to change focus and maybe blur their vision.
The cornea has unmyelinated nerve endings sensitive to touch, temperature and chemicals; a touch of the cornea causes an involuntary reflex to close the eyelid.
A sneeze was believed the expulsion of some sort of evil, and the phrase was meant to ward off the evil’s re-entry.
The poison is found in its skin and feathers.
They call it the “garbage bird” because of its unpleasant smell, and avoid eating it because of the bitter taste and a tendency to make people sick. The Hooded Pitohui has batrachotoxin (BTX) in its dander, and in its skin and feathers, a neurotoxin identical to that used by deadly poison frogs in Colombia, South America.
The oldest living tree and hence one of the oldest known living things on earth
Is a bristlecone pine tree located in California, its actually over 4,600 years old. The ancient warped and twisted bristlecone pine tree, a big draw for photographers, painters and other artists.
This is an article that was brought to my attention, by someone very close to me whose name I will not mention. To my surprise and inward delight he was (oops did I say he) very impressed and admitted to being enlightened.
It is written by Haider Al-Mosawi
I have read many articles on harmonizing our lives, but I have to admit this one is certainly one of the better ones.
5 EXPRESSIONS OF MINDFUL LIVING
It’s sometimes difficult to give the principles we wish to uphold practical expression in our lives. That’s because we don’t know what they truly look like in the real world.
A good way to overcome this obstacle is to incorporate mindful expressions into your daily vocabulary. This will help you become aware of your principles and apply them to everyday challenges.
I find the following five expressions extremely valuable in adding more meaning and mindfulness into my life, and I hope they will have a similar effect on yours.
1. “I don’t know.”
Contrary to popular belief, being “enlightened” doesn’t mean that you know everything there is to know about the world, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you pretend to know everything.
Ignorance isn’t a weakness. It’s a fact of life.
Choosing to ignore your ignorance will only add to your ignorance, as it will prevent you from embracing learning opportunities.
We can feel shy to admit that we don’t know, especially when everyone else seems to know. But pretending to know only masks the fact that we don’t.
Enlightened living isn’t about pretending, but about accepting reality.
If we don’t know, then we don’t know, and there’s no use in hiding this fact.
When it comes to learning, it’s essential that we focus on the “half empty” portion of the cup, so we can develop the desire to take in more knowledge rather than feeling satisfied with what we already know.
You may even want to consider the cup as being completely empty, so that you can see a subject with fresh eyes, without basing your opinions on your existing assumptions.
That way you become more open to accepting a radically new outlook, without resisting it because it’s wrong, based on your current views.
2. “I was wrong.”
One of the biggest impediments to our happiness is identification with our own opinions, and refusing to accept that they might be wrong.
We shut ourselves off from new information, avoid making any observations that conflict with our views, and ignore what others want to tell us, simply because we fear that our beliefs will be challenged.
So what if we’re wrong?
As human beings we’re bound to make mistakes in understanding the world. That’s part of our learning journey and it’s nothing to feel ashamed about.
Being able to admit when we are wrong will help diffuse a great deal of tension in dealing with others, as we’ll no longer feel the need to take a defensive stance to protect our opinions.
3. “I made a mistake.”
The amount of time, effort, and energy we spend coming up with excuses and rationalizations for our mistakes can be better spent on moving our lives forward.
You may have noticed that most of our struggles in life don’t come from the problems we face, but the fact that we refuse to face them. Why? Because we’re not willing to admit a past mistake, and so we resort to evasion or blaming others for our own mistakes.
By accepting that you’ve made a mistake and acknowledging it verbally, you free yourself from the need to come up with excuses or shift the blame to avoid taking responsibility.
I should stress that you make mistakes. You’re not the mistakes you make, and you shouldn’t identify with these mistakes.
See them as poor decisions that you can learn from for the future and not as character traits that you will continue to possess for the rest of your life.
4. “It happens.”
We feel frustration when our expectations aren’t met and we struggle to make sense of why things happened the way they happened.
To diffuse that frustration and to accept reality as it is, you can remind yourself that what happens happens, and there’s no need to fight it.
You certainly don’t need to arrive at an answer for “why did this happen to me?” before you are able to move on. Some things just happen, to good people and bad people.
Beauty and serenity come with accepting reality the way it is, without demanding that it conform to our own wishes and whims.
Once we become more accepting of reality, we can become more effective in dealing with the challenges we face in life.
5. “How can I help?”
There’s a difference between saying “can I help you?” and “how can I help?”
The first infuses your ability (and willingness) to help with doubt. It supposes that you can either help or can’t help, and is often used to resist the opportunities to help others.
But the second question begins with the assumption that you can help. All that matters is how you can help. It’s definitely more welcoming, and allows you to exercise a greater level of creativity in finding ways to help others, or in advancing your own life.
Sprinkle your life with these mindful expressions and you’ll find it much easier to put your principles into practice.
What other expressions can you use to help you live more mindfully?
Haider Al-Mosawi writes about holistic growth through balanced living at PersonalGrowthMap.com, and believes that we must embrace being human – with all that it entails – in order to lead meaningful and harmonious lives.
SOURCE: Tiny Buddha
Are the kids showing no sign of leaving home?
Maybe they flew the nest only to find that the cost of rent, food, study fees and maybe a broken romance gave them the excuse to return to the fold.
I have been there. I love my children very much but their return to home was not as enjoyable as it seemed to them. My privacy went out the door and peace and quiet. I did though put down some rules which I stuck to. It made my life a lot less confrontational and they knew that the rules were written in stone never to be broken.
The rules were:-