October 31, 2015

A few practical tips

From Inc's Big Ideas Exercise May Make You More Creative,

Maybe you feel like you've been nagged enough about exercise. Working up a sweat, you've no doubt been told (repeatedly), can help you beat the afternoon slump, improve your sense of work-life balance, and even reduce stress in order to help you be a better manager. Oh, and it'll fight off the horrible effects of sitting too much and keep you healthy too, of course.

New York University neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki. In it she explains what her work is uncovering about the benefits of exercise in an unexpected new domain — creativity….. Apparently, the best way for healthy folks to stimulate the hippocampus and generate new brain cells in the area is to get up and get moving. “

Among the best I've seen. 16 Brilliant Moving Hacks

When you take apart furniture for the move, store the bolts, screws and other parts in a sandwich bag and then tape them to the pieces of furniture. You may also want to label the bags with a felt pen, just in case they are separated.

10 things you can do right now to be more organized

6, End the missing sock nightmare. There are four people in my house. For years, sorting socks was a nightmare. They all ended up in the same laundry basket, and we played Rock Paper Scissors to identify the poor soul who had to sort them. Today, everyone has a mesh laundry bag for socks. Put the socks in the bag, tie it up, and put the bag in the washer. Socks come out clean and more importantly, sorted.

Avocado hacks

 Avocado Hacks

Have one small carabiner or safety pin on your key ring so you can hook them on a belt loop or inside your pocket whenever you are worried about losing them.  Keep another small carabiner  on your purse strap to hook it to a shopping cart or a chair in a bar or restaurant,

9 Ways to Open a Bottle Without an Opener  Among them a car door latch and a piece of paper.

Check out faster at the supermarket
Pick a queue that is mostly men they are less patient than women and more likely to give up
Veer to the left most people are right-handed so we have a natural inclination to turn right. Do the opposite, queues on the left may be emptier

From 23 Genius Travel Hacks

1. Throw the hotel bar soap into your dirty laundry bag so it doesn’t stink up your suitcase for the rest of your trip. Don’t have any bar soap lying around? Use a dryer sheet.

3. Pack items like your laptop in smaller bags so you have options when you’re out and about. You don’t want to have to lug your carry-on bag with you everywhere, do you?

4. Store your power cords in an old sunglass case. It’ll keep you from losing your damn mind. We promise.
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Miscellany 22

Richard Silver and his astonishing photos of churches in NYC


“Starry Night” Painted In Bacteria

15 Untranslatable Love Words That Don’t Have English Equivalents From the French “retrouvailles” (the joy of reuniting after long separation) to Tamil “oodal” (the fake anger lovers show after a tiff), they all show the more subtle angles of love.

Talented Jack Russell leaps from 12 foot high cliffs in synchronized dives with her owner in Malta

 Diving Jack Russell Malta

11 Smells that are slowly disappearing Burning leaves, freshly-opened Polaroid film, magic markets, bubble gum cards, cap guns and chalk dust are smells that only some of us remember.

A nation of tall cheese-eaters.  The Dutch drink a lot of milk, eat a lot of cheese, and are now the tallest people in the world.

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October 30, 2015

Living in recognition of reality

From Rod Dreher's Into the Dark Wood

Dostoevsky and some of his followers would say ethics is not about good and evil; it’s about truth and falsehood, reality and illusion. The right way to live doesn’t amount to a series of approved actions. It’s about living in recognition of reality.

One psychologist says living in recognition of reality is the key sign you've become an adult

Jeffrey Arnett, Ph.D., a Clark University psychologist who's studied the experiences of emerging adults (between ages 18 and 29) as well as established adults (between ages 25 and 39).

He's found that one key marker of the transition to adulthood is accepting, and being content with, reality. "Part of what it means to be an adult is you make your choices," and you stop constantly hoping for something better. You realize that the range of possibilities that is open to you is not unlimited."

Which brings to mind this post by Robert Royal

Andre Malraux, French novelist and anti-Nazi Resistance fighter, tells a story in the first pages of his Anti-Memoirs ... about putting a question one evening, after a long day of firefights, to a comrade-in-arms, who was also a priest: “You hear confessions, father, you must learn a lot about human nature.” The priest demurred. No it’s Christ, not me there, forgiving. But after a few more glasses of wine, he said: “Actually, there are two things. First, people are much more unhappy they you would think.” Malraux replied that, as a novelist, he already understood that quite well: “And the other thing, mon père?” “There are no real adults.”
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Blogger and Editor's Note

After a month away, I'm now back to blogging.  I think I was just burned out for a while and besides it was a very busy month for me.

However, I did save many links which I will post over the next month

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