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the dreaded Daylight Savings Time

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

It's of my two least favorite weekends of the year. This Sunday we (i.e. people in most of US) move our clocks 'up' an hour. Total upset of physical routine...major upset of mental routine...I HATE IT.

The reasons for instituting DST have long since vanished (we have electric lights everywhere...duh)...and most people don't seem even to notice whether the sun's coming up or not--unless they are driving--and we just got to the point where my morning commute was in daylight. Now it will again be in darkness. Feels like the movie "Groundhog Day." We DID this once already this winter.

Since the only way to cope with the onslaught of DST is preparation, I'm rising 15 minutes earlier every 4 days; have been for half a week, so that when the clocks go forward Sunday morning...I'll already be there, grumpy and grousing--BUT AWAKE.

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LOLAJO54 3/5/2013 9:00PM

    yep I concur -- leave the clocks alone ---- I hate the fall back.. so we can spring ahead but never more change the times ..

great blog !!! emoticon emoticon

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BEACHWALKER86 3/5/2013 2:28PM

    I thought I was the only one that hates it! I totally agree with you and always plan to do what you are doing, but the date sneaks up on me.

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RAINBOWMF 3/5/2013 8:47AM

    Yes, I agree we are long over due for a change.
Leave the darn clocks where they are.

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Hugs Mary

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Why we should work out first thing in the morning...

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Swiped this off the 24-Hour Fitness Club site...thought it was worth sharing...

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KRISTINE99 2/2/2013 5:58PM

    Ah, I love it! Actually, I have been finding a lot of success with working out first thing in the morning. I missed too many evening workouts because I could find so many excuses not to go... Didn't think my night owl self would be able to make a 5:30 am workout, but it can be done emoticon

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NYARAMULA 1/4/2013 12:57AM

    I totally agree. Works for me.

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RAINBOWMF 1/1/2013 10:54PM

    Great one, I believe it too.

After 21 days it will be a habit and you will just want to do it.

Hugs Mary

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LOLAJO54 1/1/2013 10:33PM

    LOL good one ..
thanks Britomart.

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JAZABEE 1/1/2013 4:27PM

    Makes sense to me...Lets Do It.

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SANDYCRANE 1/1/2013 12:36PM

    Sounds about right. I always work out in the morning, if I did not, I would think of a 1000 excuses not to exercise.


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Regina Brett's life lessons

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This is written by Regina Brett, a well-known columnist and author, and, I think, host of some sort of talk show. Ms. Brett is also a cancer survivor. Originally, this was a column in to the �Plain Dealer� [publication] in Cleveland, Ohio. What a wise soul!! Enjoy!! (when I received it, her age was given as 90! In fact, however, she was born in 1956--making her my near-contemporary. That means there may be hope for me--us--to gain such wisdom. Because this has been published on the net many times, I doubt I'm infringing copyright.)


I like # 35: don't audit life.

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

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NESSY759 8/31/2012 8:59AM

    wow im glad i read this it actually moved me to tears i can so relate to alot of these . Thanks for sharing

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LOLAJO54 8/28/2012 4:06PM

    I loved them all but 29 stood out for me

thank you !

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BEACHWALKER86 8/28/2012 4:05PM

    Love these! Some old favorites here, and some new ones.

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BARBARAROSE54 8/28/2012 2:05PM

    emoticon these are great !

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RAINBOWMF 8/28/2012 2:04PM

    Thank you, I have seen a lot of them but new ones too.

My favourite--

Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

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PARAN0RMAL 8/28/2012 1:14PM

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. I've never seen it before but I've printed it out so I can keep all of this in mind. emoticon

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Do our bodies give us metaphors?

Friday, July 06, 2012

Very recently, a friend thought she was having a heart attack. Doctors found nothing wrong except (possibly) a virus that will heal on its own. She suffered great pain and fear, naturally.

What made me think is that this month is the 7th anniversary of her mother's death--her mother died after a long painful struggle with cardiomyopathy ('heart-muscle disease'--can be many things). My question: was my friend's "heart attack" her body's metaphor for reminding her to grieve? (She has trouble being open to herself emotionally).

Do our bodies interpret our lives in metaphors and symbols....the way our minds offer us dreams? If can we use this in our journey toward healthier lives?

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BECCABOO127 11/1/2012 12:04PM

    I think that our minds can imprint upon our bodies. Great blog!

I had great stress happen to me lately--won't bore you with the details, but I got shingles, colitis, and a bad back all in one day, and it all put a lot of pain in my lower back. I know it was the stress that brought it on. The stress of your friend's situation or being unable to go through the grieving process completely may have brought on what she experienced.

Our minds and bodies really are one.

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LOLAJO54 7/6/2012 4:55PM

    wow good food for thought ..

I believe that the universe keeps us aware of events in it's own way ..maybe this is one way...

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RAINBOWMF 7/6/2012 4:00PM

    I have to google those big words then I will be back emoticon

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and may it STAY that way...

Saturday, June 30, 2012



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RAINBOWMF 6/30/2012 8:19PM

    That is the best measuring I have ever seen.

LoL my kind- mmmm that pie looks good.

LoL good one!

Hugs Mary

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LOLAJO54 6/30/2012 8:12PM

    I saw this lol but I want to eat the rest of it..

good one Marjory

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