Brava to the Canadian teens (Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammed)who did this!

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. —Chinese proverb

"Gratitude is the music of the heart.. when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness." ~ author unknown

"In a real sense
all life is inter-related.
All are caught
in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny.
... Whatever affects one directly,
affects all indirectly.
I can never be what I ought to be
until you are what you ought to be,
and you can never be what you ought to be
until I am what I ought to be…
This is the inter-related structure of reality.

Power without love
is reckless and abusive,
and love without power
is sentimental and anemic.
Power at its best
is love implementing
the demands of justice,
and justice at its best
is power correcting
everything that stands against love."

Ever hear that the last Monday of the last full week of January is the most depressing day of the year?  This year, it falls on the 23rd.  According to Squidoo, "The original date of "Blue Monday" was mathematically calculated in 2005 by Dr. Cliff Arnall a researcher at Cardiff University.

Mr. Arnall created his formula for the most depressing day of the year by working six distinct factors into the equation: weather conditions (Gloomy old January and its typical lack of sunshine), debt level and our ability to pay that debt, time elapsed since Christmas, time elapsed since failing our New Years resolutions, our general seasonal motivational levels, and our need to take action and to have something to look forward to( During January, and depending on where you reside, there are no statutory holidays in the fore-see-able future. Gasp!)"

Bring back Christmas! 

"Whether one believes in a religion or not.. and whether one believes in rebirth or not.. there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion." ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"Better than a thousand hollow words.. is one word that brings peace."
~ Buddha

Messieurs Stewart and Colbert continue to elevate political discourse through high satire. It is ridiculous, the election finance laws and these loopholes about PACs and Super PACs.  And corporations are NOT PEOPLE!

How else would we get gems like this?

Phooey on my white guy patient who said "I don't know what Martin Luther King ever did for me, but I'm glad to have the day off."

Wait, MLK wouldn't approve of my disapproval.  "I have DECIDED to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. God is love."---MLK, Jr.

"Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart."---Rumi

"Those who are hardest to love need it the most."

"Real generosity to the future lies in giving all to the present."---Albert Camus

I think the Department of Tourism is on to something with its "It's More Fun in the Philippines" campaign.

Season 1 • Cora: "Are we to be friends then?"
Lady Grantham: "We are allies, my dear, which can be a good deal more effective."

• "I couldn't have electricity in the house, I wouldn't sleep a wink. All those vapors floating about."

• Cora: "I hope I don't hear sounds of a disagreement."
Lady Grantham: "Is that what they call discussion in New York?"

• "No one wants to kiss a girl in black."

• "What is a weekend?"

• "Last night! He looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."

• Cora: "I might send her over to visit my aunt.She could get to know New York."
Lady Grantham: "Oh, I don't think things are quite that desperate."

• "One can't go to pieces at the death of every foreigner. We'd all be in a constant state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper."

• Cora: "I hate to go behind Robert's back."
Lady Grantham: "That is a scruple no successful wife can afford."

• Lady Grantham: "Why would you want to go to a real school? You're not a doctor's daughter."
Sybil: "Nobody learns anything from a governess, apart from French and how to curtsy."
Lady Grantham: "What else do you need? Are you thinking of a career in banking?"
Cora: "Things are different in America."
Lady Grantham: "I know. They live in wigwams."

• Doctor: "Mrs. Crawley tells me she has recommended nitrate of silver and tincture of steel."
Lady Grantham: "Why, is she making a suit of armor?"

• Lord Grantham: "We better go in soon or it isn't fair to Mrs. Padmore."
Lady Grantham: "Oh, is her cooking so precisely timed? You couldn't tell."

• Lady Grantham: "You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal."
Mrs. Crawley: "I take that as a compliment."
Lady Grantham: "I must've said it wrong."

Season 2
  • ‘My, my, you’re very well-placed if you’re ever in trouble with the law.’
  • ‘The truth is neither here nor there. It’s the look of the thing that matters.’
  • ‘Do you think she’s mad, ill, or working for the Russians?’

  • ‘That’s a relief. I hate Greek drama, when everything happens off stage.’
  • ‘Cora’s flowers always look more suited to a First Holy Communion…in southern Italy.’
  • ‘So that’s Mary’s replacement. Well, I suppose looks aren’t everything.’
  • Edith: Why don't I drive you?" to Lady Sybil.
Lady Grantham: "She's taking enough chance with her life as it is."

"This one was designed by Alex Michaelis of Michaelis Boyd Associates, based in London, and was built in an environmentally sustainable, detached 5 bedroom two-storey townhouse built underground, complete with indoor pool and children’s play area. But the fun is not reserved just for kids. Some adults can not resist the temptation to slide down, Michaelis said. "We’ve been known after a big dinner party to use the slide," the architect told Cookie Magazine. "

I want one.


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