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Jun. 24th, 2009


I passed

I passed this quarter.... barely.
85% in Anatomy & Physiology 3
88% in Massage.
I'm just going to say I'm grateful I passed, and hope for more in my next 2 quarters!

Jun. 16th, 2009


junk mails

So, I'm just checking emails  for a homework break.
(who'm I kidding, I put in a movie & got distracted! I really like the new Indiana Jones movie!)
And, I get lots of FWD'ed mails. I thought it was cute, and rather than forwearding to everyone.. I'd put it here:


1. My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife: 
    Marrying you has screwed up my life. 
2. I see your face when I am dreaming. 
    That's why I always wake up screaming. 

3. Kind, intelligent, loving and hot; 
This describes everything you are not. 

4. Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss, 
But I only slept with you 'cause I was p!ssed. 
5. I thought that I could love no other
-- that is until I met your brother. 
6. Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you. 
But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead, the sugar bowl's 
empty and so is your head. 
7. I want to feel your sweet embrace; 
But don't take that paper bag off your face. 
8. I love your smile, your face, and your eyes 
Damn, I'm good at telling lies! 
9. My love, you take my breath away. 
What have you stepped in to smell this way? 
10. My feelings for you no words can tell, 
Except for maybe 'Go to he!l.' 
11. What inspired this amorous rhyme? 
Two parts vodka, one part lime. 
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odd fact

Humans, primates, bats, and shrews are the only animals that have a menstrual cycle.

Jun. 10th, 2009


Roving Fever

I'm soooooooo ready to have a nomadic life!!! I'm extremely tired of being planted in 1 place.
People say bloom where you are planted, but I'm in the black swamp, and it gets stagnant & the skeeters bite too much.
I need to see the earth moving under my feet!!

"And the earth becomes my throne
I adapt to the unknown
Under wandering stars I've grown
By myself but not alone
I ask no one

And my ties are severed clean
Less I have the more I gain
Off the beaten path I reign

Roamer, wanderer
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will
Yeah, you wi-i-i-ill

But I'll take my time anywhere
I'm free to speak my mind anywhere
and I'll take my time anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home"


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Jun. 9th, 2009


(no subject)

How many times have I tried to help people out of abusive situations? Alot.
How many end up smacking me in the face & going back to the bad situation? Too many.

Somebody tell me why.
Not why do I do that time after time, because I'd rather not succeed in helping than become jaded and not try to help anymore.
But why do they go back to the bad stuff? Because it's what they are used to & it's more comfortable than being free & happy?!?
How could that be? I can't comprehend.

I've saved a couple here and there, but I've lost way more than I saved/helped.


What is Permaculture

What is Permaculture?

 PERMACULTURE, from PERMAment agriCULTURE, is a practical system of ecological design By learning to mirror the patterns found in healthy natural environments, you can build profitable, productive, sustainable, cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

Permaculture designs range from households to major agricultural enterprises and even whole bio-regions. It integrates disciplines relating to food, shelter, energy, water, waste mangement, economics and social sciences to create whole systems capable of recgenerating devastated lands and building sound social/economic systems. 

The Ethics of Permaculture

The difference is in the ethic: Most design systems are defined by a "market driven" ethic in which most considerations are subservient to the conclusions of a short term cost/benefit analysis, discounting or ignoring such factors as environmental degradation or destruction of human community. Permaculture departs from any other design system in that it is guided by a common sense ethical system which forms the criteria for design decisions. The ethic is

  •  Care of the Earth
  • Care of the People of the Earth
  • Conscious Frugality
  • System surpluses distributed to accomplish these aims

Briefly stated, if a design component isn't ecologically sound, community-building and careful in its use of resources, then it seems pretty unlikely that it will work out in the long run. This ethic also make excellent long-term business sense.

Permaculture is unique among farming systems in that it works with a set of ethics that suggest we think and act responsibly in relation to each other and the earth. The ethics of permaculture provide a sense of place in the larger scheme of things, and serve as a guidepost to right livelihood in concert with the global community and the environment, rather than individualism and indifference. 

  1. Care of the Earth: includes all living and non-living things and plants, animals, land, water and air
  2. Care of People: promotes self-reliance and community responsibilityÇaccess to resources necessary for existence
  3. Conscious Frugality
  4. Setting Limits to Population & Consumption: gives surplus (time, labor, money, information, energy) to achieve the aims of earth and people care

Permaculture also acknowledges a basic life ethic, which recognizes intrinsic worth of every living thing. A tree has value in itself, even if it presents no commercial value to humans. That the tree is alive and functioning is worthwhile. It is doing its part in nature: recycling litter, producing sequestering carbon dioxide, sheltering animals, building soils, and so on.

The Practical Applications of Permaculture

There are many practical applications of permaculture. These range from agriculture and animal husbandry to energy efficient housing and community planning. Whether you're a farmer, rancher, environmentalist, landscape architect or builder, permaculture can help you move towards a productive, ethical, creative sustainability. Permaculture can also be adapted to any site, urban or rural, and can be used for many different needs, from a single home to an entire village/town, and from an urban park to a large production farm.


If you are a farmer, rancher, or landscape designer/architect:

As a farmer or rancher: Permaculture is used for much more than structuring your land for sustainable, profitable production of crops/animals and the building of soil fertility while fully developing your water resources. You can learn a host of techniques for eliminating the cost of most energy and material inputs for your operation as well as ways to avoid hidden costs, reduce waste in your systems, reduce your workload, and make good use of whatever "waste" you produce.

As a landscape designer/architect: Permaculture will give you a major creative boost. Designing earthforms, water, and plant assemblies with both aestheticAND functional considerations in mind will give your designs a new vitality as well as being environmentally sound. 

If you are an environmentalist, educator, or student: 

  • Educating yourself and others so as to better heal the planet?
  • Running a community garden?
  • Advising others on land use, farming, or pest control?
  • Teaching youth about science and the environment?
  • Want to work in sustainable development abroad?

Permaculture can give you a framework to incorporate all your study and experience as well as techniques for teaching others. Permaculture is also extremely effective as a tool for education and change. It has been designed from the ground up to be easily understood by people in many different fields of extpertise--from a farm worker in a developing country to regional planners in the industrial world. Many international opportunites are open to graduates of this course.

If you are a regional planner, architect, or builder:

Land/town planners use permaculture's cutting edge design strategies for managing water in the landscape, watershed enhancement, ecological town design, dramatic reduction in infrastructure costs, recharge of the groundwater, ecological entrepeneurship on public lands, wind management, biological sewage treatment, multipurpose road design, community food security, homeless transitional housing, urban farm initiatives, and regional energy management. Permaculture might just be what you need for your area's pressing problems.

Architects and builders use permaculture to create a smooth transition of structures into the environment. Learn how to evaluate a site's intrinsic characteristics to create heating/cooling, water, sewage and other systems which harmoniously root the structure into the landscape. 

How is Permaculture Used?

How permaculture is used varies widely depending upon the site, its intended use, and what resources are available. The one thing that all permaculture sites will have in common is moving in tandem with the ethics of permaculture. Amidst that container, there are many different techniques and techologies:

  • Gardening and recycling: edible landscaping, keyhole gardening, companion planting, trellising, sheet mulching, chicken tractors, solar greenhouses, spiral herb gardens, swales, and vermicomposting
  • Water collection, management, and re-use systems: Keyline, greywater, rain catchment, constructed wetlands, aquaponics (the integra-tion of hydroponics with recirculating aquaculture), and solar aquatic ponds (also known as Living Machines)
  • Energy saving (appropriate) technologies: Solar and wind power, solar greenhouses, composting toilets, energy efficient housing, and solar food cooking and drying
  • Farming systems and techniques: agroforestry, swales, contour plantings, Keyline agriculture (soil water management), hedgerows and windbreaks, integrated farming systems such as pond-dike aquaculture, aquaponics, intercropping, and polyculture

Jun. 2nd, 2009


a weird place to see Divine

I'm sitting here on my rare day off & waking up. Tales from the Darkside on the telly.
And I suddenly see DIVINE!
So I searched and found it (yes, I believe it's the entire episode) so that I may share it:

Tales From The Darkside - 408 - Seymourlama.mpg

May. 7th, 2009


eating with god

Twinkies and Root Beer



A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and he started his journey.


When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons. 

The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie.


The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer.

Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?


"He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? God's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"


Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked," Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"

He replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added," You know, he's much younger than I expected."


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Embrace all equally!

~author unknown~

May. 4th, 2009


Joy to the World

Prayer, Mantra

The rock group Three Dog Night took the phrase from the familiar hymn and put it on the Top-40 charts:
"Joy to the world, all the boys and girls. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea. Joy to you and me."
The beat is so infectious, it is more suitable as a mantra than as a meditative breath prayer. Repeat the mantra wherever you are.

Joy to the World

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Apr. 15th, 2009


Hidden Toxins in the Kitchen

Eating for longevity begins in the kitchen. You may be eating only organic, antioxidant-rich foods, but if you cooked your food on the toxic surface of your stovetop in a carcinogenic no-stick pan, you just might be doing more harm than good. Find out how to make over your kitchen for health and long life!

Cut the Grease Without the Toxins
When you are facing a stovetop with a buildup of baked-on grease, don’t turn to commercial oven and stovetop cleaners - that is like cleaning with poison.

Instead, try baking soda. Just sprinkle baking soda on your stovetop, let it sit for five minutes and then scour the surface with either steel wool or scrubber. For the stubborn spots that refuse to be removed, try spraying this mixture on: mix dishwashing liquid, borax, and warm water together; let it sit for 20 minutes, and then scour it.

Nothing to Rave About
People in the U. S. think microwaves are an ingenious time-saving device and wonder how anyone ever lived without one. Think again!

Microwaves use super-fast particles to literally radiate the contents of water inside food and bring it to boil. Not only has microwave use been linked to causing infertility in men, but it also denatures many of the essential proteins in the food making them virtually indigestible.

If you must, use the low setting just to heat the foods. Or better yet, get a small toaster oven or steam oven and warm your foods. Take your time and warm up your food in a safe and healthy way.

Poisonous Pots and Pans
Are your pots and pans poisoning you? If you are using copper or aluminum cookware, they might be. These metals interact with heat and food, and leach into your diet; gradually these will accumulate in your body, sometimes reaching the point of toxicity.

Toxic levels of aluminum have been linked to memory loss, headaches, indigestion, and brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. High levels of copper can debilitate the immune system and enable cancer cells to proliferate.

After scouring with abrasives, even stainless steel can release small amounts of toxic metals like chromium and nickel. Nonstick pans - although convenient in the kitchen - contain Teflon, a plastic that in recent years has been linked to immune disorders and possible cancer conditions.

My suggestion is to use cookware with porcelain enamel coating or made of glass, cast iron, or lead-free, terra-cotta clay.

Bad News About Canned Goods
In today’s industrialized world, it is more important than ever to search out fresh food, as much for the health benefits of locally grown produce as for the health dangers presented by the alternative.

Canned foods, though easier to use than cooking from scratch, are a threat to your health. The substance bisphenol A, used to line food cans, is classified as an endocrine disruptor, a compound that can act like a hormone when it enters the human system.

Scientists have discovered that exposure to these chemicals can contribute to prostate cancer, breast cancer, cystic ovaries, and endometriosis.

I hope you receive the longevity rewards that come from making over your kitchen! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

—Dr. Mao

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