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A Quote, A Tale & The Moral of the Story

Monday, January 23, 2012


"THERE IS A TIDE in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lives is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea, are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our fortunes." - - - William Shakespeare


I had a little bird in a cage. A cardinal that someone had trapped and kept locked up all his life. They hadn't taken very good care of him, and I was his rescuer.

I fed him and took care of him as best I could and one day I took his cage out into the yard and opened the door. Nothing happened. I left him there all day with the cage door open. Nothing.

Finally, I took him out of the cage and put him in a tree. He flew to the top branch. Hours later, I went around the back of the house, where I had dumped the cage. It was lying on its side in some weeds. The door was open and the little bird was inside.

He had been in his cage so long, he couldn't leave it. He died in it.


Is there something in your life you're waiting to do? Remember, "There is a tide..."
Don't let Opportunity pass you by too often. Face your fear and take your chance. It is said that people regret most the things they never did.

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SAMMIESMOM13 2/2/2012 9:54AM

    Great blog. Sad story. No more words, just alot of thinking!

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JUSTJO66 2/1/2012 2:14PM

    Great sad story. Thanks for sharing.


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MAYKATCOOPER 1/31/2012 7:57PM

    Poor little birdie... so beautiful and so horribly scarred. We need to remember that those who appear beautiful on the outside are perhaps in more pain than we can imagine. I know that was not the intent of the tale but touched me deeply. Thank you Kren. You touch lives!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/27/2012 4:08PM

    Great Story. Thanks for sharing.

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    Devil's advocate here. LOL. I get the moral and agree that we should never allow fear to keep us from doing what we want to do.................................

But I also wonder about the bird. LOL. Did he die immediately when he was given freedom or come back to live in the cage and die later?

Sometimes a cage is not viewed by people in the same way. To some free-spirited individuals marriage is a cage and to others it's a pleasurable way of life which they choose.

It could be that the bird had become happy living in the cage. I wouldn't like it but then I choose to be married and live pretty isolated in my "cage" in the country. I'm content and have no desire to leave. Adventure to some is danger to others.

For instance once we left one of the cage doors open to our chinchillas. This cage had 3 females in it. A mother and 2 daughters. In the morning Bun, the mother, and Wheeler, one of the most adventurous females in the group were out running loose getting into everything. Blocker was content to stay in the cage and have it all to herself. I guess she had everything she needed and wanted there. She has always liked her cage. Eventually she ran the others off so she could have it for herself. LOL.

One man's palace is another man's prison.

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SILLYHP1953 1/25/2012 9:42AM


The sound of thinking.

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ZEEDRA 1/24/2012 10:09AM

    I've had many of those tides come in when I've stayed in the shallows. And, yes, I now regret more what I didn't do rather than what I did do.
While I say: It's never too late, I also think that the muse or something in us dries up after a time if we don't tend it. It's like the "raisin in the sun" from Langston Hughes. Some of us have become so good at avoidance that any activity, other than the every day mundane, becomes excruciating.
Most people I know do not understand this and I'm slowly training myself to just shut up.
However, as I'm sitting in my nightgown at 11:03 on Tuesday morning (after NOT going to Elderobics once again), I see this wonderful, understanding blog...from Shakespeare via Karen. And the little bird story...it represents many of us.
Thanks for this important message, Karen.

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GEMINIAN1 1/23/2012 9:27PM

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VINGRAM 1/23/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing and the thought provoking! vista

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DGAIL51 1/23/2012 8:47PM

    I needed to hear that just now, these past several days especially. I love the way sometimes just the right words come our way.

Thanks. emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 1/23/2012 8:41PM

    Terrific story. Thanks for sharing.

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CAROLYNVIL 1/23/2012 7:27PM

    great story

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JUDY1676 1/23/2012 7:12PM

    Thanks for sharing the story. The moral is well taken.

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GABY1948 1/23/2012 6:06PM

    Karen, this is VERY moving and makes me think more than any of the other blogs I have read on fear...but my heart breaks for this little bird! HUGS

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ASHIELIZZ 1/23/2012 5:21PM

    What a moving story! Thanks for sharing.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

In my humble opinion –
There are two major things you can do to speed yourself along the road to a healthy weight and a healthy body.


Sugar is evil! Yes, it tastes good. It is also addictive. Eating sugar makes you want more sugar. Your body doesn’t need it. Do an internet search for "Is sugar bad for you?" and start reading.

I doubt that anyone has ever said to you, “I THINK YOU NEED MORE SUGAR IN YOUR DIET”, lol.

I’m not telling you to search out every gram of sugar in a can of green beans. I’m asking you to avoid SWEETS, DESSERTS. You know what they are. Don’t eat them. Also, find a substitute for every sugary drink you slurp into your body. Sodas, “health drinks”, coffees laden with syrup and sugar. LIQUID is the FASTEST way to CONSUME THE MOST CALORIES. How long would it take you to eat enough healthy food to equal what you can DRINK that is loaded with sugar? And how fast is it to drink it?

Pop some sugar free gum in your mouth when you want sweets and drink some ice water with it. Make it a new habit.


No matter what diet or way of eating you prefer – low carb, high protein, low fat, low calorie – doesn’t matter. You can always ADD non starchy veggies to it and be more successful.

I’m not saying you can’t have some green peas or a potato now and then. I’m saying just focus on ADDING NON-STARCHY VEGGIES to your diet. Really work on it. Be creative with salads. Add fresh veggies to your canned soups, rice dishes, frozen dinners, etc. Put them on a cookie sheet, spray them with olive oil and roast them. Think about it every day. WHAT CAN I ADD TO MY FOOD TODAY that increases my consumption of fresh vegetables?

I doubt anyone has ever said to you, “I THINK YOU’RE EATING TOO MANY VEGGIES”, hmmmm?

We wake up every day a read about something else that has been “discovered” to be bad for us. That doesn’t happen to veggies – unless they are sprayed with DDT!

Non-starchy veggies are wonder foods. They are good for blood sugar, blood pressure, your liver, your pancreas, every organ in your body, including your largest organ, your skin. EAT MORE of them.

I’ve been eating a large salad for dinner every night. At first I got tired of salads. Then I became more creative. I try every green leaf that is sold in the produce department! I add sweet yellow, red and orange bell peppers, crunchy carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Artichoke hearts. Zuchinni. Bok Choy. I use a spoon of vinegar and a spoon of olive oil for dressing. Garlic and onions. I add legumes sometimes, tiny pieces of feta or blu cheese. I try everything and now I’m addicted to this large crunchy salad every day. If I’m eating out at night, I have the salad for lunch.

More than anything else, eating all these vegetables has changed the way my body feels. These plants are making my body happy, lol. I still eat steak and ribs and chicken once or twice a week. But my focus is on the veggies.

The less I consume sugar and processed foods and the more I eat lots of veggies, the better I feel!

Try it! What can you lose?


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FISHINGLADY66 1/18/2012 3:39PM

    Fabulous Blog Karen. I have my LARGE salad for lunch every day. If I feel I need some protein with it, I eat a hard boiled egg. The more leafy greens I have the better. Chick peas, or Garbanzo beans, are really good on salads too. I also like canned beets, drained and rinsed, I'm always thinking of variety in my salads. They say "Variety is the spice of life". Thanks for posting this Healthy Blog. emoticon emoticon
I clicked on I liked this blog.

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HOPE4THIRTY 1/18/2012 12:59PM

  great post!

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ZEEDRA 1/18/2012 12:39PM

    Great reminders. How many times do we have to read and hear this until we "get it"? For me: it's not over...I wish I could have a micro chip implanted in my brain. But, I'm glad that I have this site with people whose opinions I respect to drive it home to me and maybe today will be the day. Well, at 1:37 p.m., I've already succumbed to a "treat" but had a healthy lunch and breakfast. Thanks, Karen! I'm going out to walk now...second time today so far.

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VINGRAM 1/18/2012 11:37AM

    I like to add cole slaw mix to stews and soups - adds almost no calories and ups the veggie count per serving! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2012 10:28AM

    I do the same thing. I gave up drinking anything with caffiene, sugar, or calories years agi with the exception of milk. I eat lots of nonstarchy veggies a day.

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TOOTERFISH 1/18/2012 10:16AM

    Fabulous post.
I follow these philosophies too. You explained this wisdom very well. Really nicely written.

another important one for me is Drink Water. I believe the hydration part is also important in any health program. Only in rare instances would you be told to drink less water.

Three cheers for veggies - Captain Vegetable would be proud :)

**came back to say - I clicked the Like button on your blog (my first time ever doing so) because I believe what you have written here should be shared with everyone - it's like Common Sense

Comment edited on: 1/18/2012 10:24:17 AM

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BELTONWALKER67 1/18/2012 9:18AM

    Great info! I love the veggies and need to try more varieties! I do get most of my sweet stuff from the fruits I enjoy. Like PJ, I can't bring those Lays Chips home or the binging begins! Never tried Kale...will have to pick some up next grocery trip. emoticon

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DGAIL51 1/18/2012 8:53AM

    THANK YOU!!! I really need to work on the adding more veggies. Adding fruit is no problem for me & I do like veggies. I think I don't like to take the time to prepare them when I eat alone. I just need to get over that & just do it. Next grocery shopping trip, I will concentrate on the veggies.

I do get a lot of carrots-- in my breakfast fruit and yogurt smoothie. It really adds to the flavor. I love carrots & celery as crunchy sides when I make chili. I love sweet potatoes, cooked dried beans of any kind, but those are strachy. I have work to do to add more "fresh" veggies.

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--KREN 1/18/2012 8:47AM

    IMHO, the only way to manage chips is NEVER BRING THEM HOME, LOL. I did like kale chips. Extremely light and crunchy. Joe, however, spit them out! Karen

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TUFFYBIRD 1/18/2012 8:45AM

    I'm not overly fond of sweets and I love veggies so that helps - a lot. My downfall is startches and salt ... like PJ, the chip bag is my big temptation.

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PJSTIME 1/18/2012 8:15AM

    I don't have a problem liking veggies I just get in a rut and need to try new ones. I am going to try some kale this week. Breaking them in small pieces with some olive oil an a little salt. They say they are delicious and crunchy like chips. That would solve a huge problem and keep me out of the chip bag.

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GABY1948 1/18/2012 7:47AM

    GREAT advice, Karen, as always...I agree with you so much! But, for me, I want to add things sweetened with artificial sweetener of any kind. I just can't have it...I binge every time! HUGS!

P.S. Already, when I have my one Kashi frozen entree each day, I add one or two servings of veggie like green beans and it not only makes more of the Kashi food I love with their spices, but I get the veggies!

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Facebook and Tweet buttons on SP

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nothing you write on the internet is private. Any one can copy and paste and spread it around. That doesn't mean we always want to encourage that or make it happen without people really thinking about it.

On your blogs there are now buttons where anyone who reads your blog can share it on Facebook or Tweet it. You'll never know about it.

If you want to remove that option from your blogs, click EDIT MY SPARK PAGE and uncheck the box at the right that says - "Show share bar on my blog posts." Then scroll all the way down to the bottom and click SAVE. The share buttons should be gone.

Then, at the bottom of your blog, you may also see a different SHARE THIS POST WITH OTHERS button. I did. Click on it and you get MANY ways to spread the blog around. There is an OPT OUT there too, which gives you a long message about privacy and you can OPT OUT of that sharing on that same page. (Opt out doesn't seem to stop sharing, though. I tried it.)

You will also find these share buttons on the top of every TEAM PAGE, including a Private Team. I have yet to find a way to remove those. As leader of a private team, I tried EDIT THIS TEAM but there is no opt out box there.

If anyone knows how to REMOVE THE SHARE BUTTONS AT THE TOP OF THE TEAM PAGE, please let me know.


This link is courtesy of Coach Nancy:


There is lots more about these share buttons in the comments when you go to that link.

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SILLYHP1953 1/18/2012 2:48PM

    Thank you! I'm getting ready to go do that.

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    I can't imagine why they think I want the world to know I'm fat. LOL. I unchecked mine.

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ZEEDRA 1/15/2012 11:03PM

    Thank you, Karen.

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SOUPY18 1/15/2012 1:33PM

    Thank you! I wonder where the decision to "share" without writers permission is from. What is written on a personal blog should not be public.

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BARCLE 1/15/2012 1:15PM

    Thanks for the info emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 1/15/2012 12:39PM

    Thanks Karen for this very important message. I will not be blogging for a while, to see what happens with this (TOOL?) idea ... for Sparkpeople.

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DEC2DEC 1/15/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you! I saw those buttons and thought they were a HORRIBLE idea.

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GINNAR 1/15/2012 11:08AM

    I saw this for the first time yesterday and did edit my blog page in regards to sharing. I use FB, but I limit my use and prefer to set everything up for as much privacy as is possible on these sites. Thank you for keeping us informed.

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PJSTIME 1/15/2012 10:48AM

    Thanks again for the info I haven't blogging much and will be extremely cautious now

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MAMABUGAZ 1/15/2012 10:24AM

    Thanks, Karen.

~ Faith

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GABY1948 1/15/2012 10:11AM

    I had seen this yesterday on someone's blog...but thanks for spreading the word, Karen! As good as the internet CAN be, I believe the majority of it is evil in one way or another. I am just EXTREMELY careful what I say anywhere! Thanks, you are a great friend! Gaye

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NANCYRUBIO 1/15/2012 10:06AM

    Need to know and to be remined. emoticon

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NELLJONES 1/15/2012 9:52AM

    Thanks for the info, I have edited my page. However, in this high speed information age, I am careful about everything I write. Or say and do. Anyone with a teenager in the house knows that words spoken even in the sanctity of the home can be shared with many strangers, and without their knowledge.

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LCFELDMANN 1/15/2012 9:42AM

  Thanks for sharing this. I'm new to SparkPeople and haven't started my page and blot yet. This is good info to have.

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SUEO451 1/15/2012 9:28AM

    thank you for the info- have updated my page! emoticon

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Kids are so FUNNY!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

My cousin is a teacher and has 4 children. They all attend the school where she teaches. The teacher of her son recently told her this story.

Teacher asked the class, "Who can name the seasons of the year?"
My cousin's son was chosen to answer and he proudly stood up and replied:

Dove Season
Quail Season
Deer Season and
Duck Season!

Who's dad is a hunter? lol


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IFATFIRST77 1/9/2012 8:22AM

    lol too cute

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DGAIL51 1/5/2012 7:36PM

    emoticon a little girl I knew said.. Christmas, Easter, 4th of July & Thanksgiving.. totally different perspective but I see why one could think that.

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    LOL. they must live near me.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/4/2012 8:51PM

    Yep! I know those seasons. lol Smart kid.

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/4/2012 12:28PM

    That's a smart kid. His dad is probably proud of his son.

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JEANNE229 1/4/2012 11:19AM

    Guess we know who rules.

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TUFFYBIRD 1/4/2012 9:44AM

    emoticon I have a grandson just like that!

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GABY1948 1/4/2012 9:24AM

    I LOVE this...am going to send it to dh! Yourcousin's son is VERY smart! emoticon

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PJSTIME 1/4/2012 9:14AM

    I love it only from a family of hunters.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

I love funny signs. Some are really hillariously perplexing. Take this one indicating NO BIRDS ALLOWED. Huh? What are they going to do to the birds that show up? lol

The link below leads to 25 signs YOU may come across one day! Good luck!


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SILLYHP1953 1/10/2012 10:43AM

    I have never seen a no birds allowed sign, and it didn't seem to bother the birds!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2011 11:51PM

    LOL That's hilarious!! I guess he can't read or is deliberately blowing them off. What a crazy fine. I think I will put one like it with a cat on it because the neighbor's cat will not leave my bird feeder alone. LOL.

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JKURJACK1944 12/31/2011 9:25PM

    Happy New Year. Great signs.

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GGMOM06 12/31/2011 2:07PM

    emoticon HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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FISHINGLADY66 12/31/2011 11:47AM

    Thanks for the laugh.

Happy New Year!

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Happy new Year! vista emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/31/2011 10:33AM

    Thanks Kren. Have a Happy New Year.

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NELLJONES 12/31/2011 10:22AM

    Love it!

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GABY1948 12/31/2011 9:58AM

    Awesome! Thanks, Karen, and have the MOST AWESOME year yet in 2012! HUGS, Gaye

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ZEEDRA 12/31/2011 9:25AM

    You ain't the boss of me!!!

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MISSPEACHES3 12/31/2011 9:20AM

    Too Cute emoticon

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--KREN 12/31/2011 9:10AM

    Is that bird a REBEL or what? lol

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