Monday, December 26

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Take heed that when effort is too strenuous it leads to strain and when too slack to laziness. So make a firm determination that you will adopt the middle way, not allowing yourself to struggle or to slacken, but recognizing that faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom are the fruits of a calm and equable way.


Originally uploaded by bmitd67.

Jaliyah is the middle girl of my bro-in-law and she is a Showstopper! She's got a huge personality and she'll be 6 in March.

This is just one of the photosfrom Christmas I have added to flickr.

Sunday, December 25

Happy Holy Days

Hope everybody is have a great weekend celebrating whatever they celebrate.

In Nashvegas we will be eating, opening presents at the in-laws' houses (mother/brother respectively) and going to a movie. Most importantly, Christmas shopping season is DONE!

Have a great day.
The management.

Wednesday, December 21

Pre-written greeting cards

Is it a waste of money to send a greeting card without personalizing it?

You know the cards that have all the poetic stuff written in them. Say you find one you like then you sign your name and mail it. Is that any less valuable - is it a waste of money - than finding the card you like, writing an additional note and then mailing it?

Is so, why? Isn't the point of the pre-written cards that they say something you like, in a way you want to say it?

I ask this b/c I had a discussion about Christmas cards and the idea that just sending a pre-written card w/o personalization is a waste of money, that you shouldn't even bother to send it if you aren't gonna add something to it.

Am I wrong to think that when you find the card that states your idea you don't need to embellish?

Today is a blue day

Despite being away from the store, despite having most of the day with Tara, despite have an interview with a library branch manager, despite getting to go see CoN:LWW, it is a blue day.

12 ways to fight soaring heating bills

This after we get a heating bill that went from $75 to $220!
The Energy Information Administration forecasts that households in the Midwest could spend 71% more this winter for natural gas and 40% more for propane than last winter; those in the Northeast that use heating oil could spend 33% more; and Southern households could see a 17% rise in their electricity bills. Nationwide, we’ll see an overall increase of 24% in winter heat bills, the EIA forecasts.

Improve & Repair - MSN Real Estate (subscription req'd)

Monday, December 19

Ginga to the rescue

Ronaldinho wins FIFA Player of the Year

Shown here with Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon & Barcelona) and Frank Lampard (England & Chelsea).

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Develop a meditation that is like water. Doing this, you will find that the thoughts and impressions that possess you will flow away. Just as people wash away their body liquids, their sweat and spittle, pus and blood, and yet the water is not troubled or disgusted--so this water meditation will bring you peace.
Majjhima Nikaya

Friday, December 16

One of my Mom's favorites...

Lou Rawls' Last Days?
Don't count me out, brother. There's been many people who have been diagnosed with this kind of thing, and they're still jumpin' and pumpin'.
Lou Rawls

Thursday, December 15

Buddhist Thought of the Day - Christmas Edition

All the wealth you've acquired
from beginningless time until now
has failed to fulfill all your desires.
Cultivate therefore this wish-granting gem
of moderation, O fortunate ones.
Milarepa, "Drinking the Mountain Stream"

Sunday, December 11

Buddhist Thought of the Day

I like to walk alone on country paths, rice plants and wild grasses on both sides, putting each foot down on the earth in mindfulness, knowing that I walk on the wondrous earth. In such moments, existence is a miraculous and mysterious reality.

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child--our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh, "Miracle of Mindfulness"

Saturday, December 10

Wednesday, December 7

Blogging Starter Checklist - Updated

I've done most of these and I've got at least 3 loyal readers!
Life Beyond Code

Dental Surgery and whatnot

So, I went back for my first post-op exam and my DDS says:
Wow! Either I'm really good or you are a great healer.
If you have to go to a dentist those are the kind of words you wanna hear! I was proud of myself - considering the circumstances. You know, best case scenario would have never included the surgery.

Now, I have to maintain my diligence and mentally prepare for round two, which should be easier since I know what to expect, he won't be removing any wisdoms and he won't have the fronts to deal with. B/c of cost it will happen probably Feb.

I picked up Reversing Gum Disease Naturally and decided to use some of its suggestions of certain herbal remedies I don't know how much it contributed. Also, I started to use Eco-Dent Mouth Rinse, it's expensive but it's natural and it tastes good.

Thursday, December 1

Your own practice can show you the truth. Your own experience is all that counts.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"

Buddhist Thought of the Day

When all the myriad streams that flow in different places, each with its own color and taste, enter the great ocean, they blend and become just one taste, with one name. In the same way, stupidity and wisdom both become one in the awakened mind. When one first starts along the path, there seems to be a distinction that this is stupidity and that is wisdom. But later, when one penetrates more deeply, one finds there is no difference between stupidity and wisdom.
Visuddhi Magga