Have a Pooh Kind of Holiday

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I consider Pooh Bear to be one of the great thinkers of all time. Right up with Marcus Aurelius, Nietzsche, and Bob Dylan. He’s slightly ahead of John Lennon and far ahead of me!
Enjoy the moments!
Happy thanksgiving
Happy Hanukkah
And Merry Christmas!
Think like Pooh!

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Think! Live! Love!
Namaste

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Women and depression

I just wanted to reblog this post because seasonal depression is a real issue. Shorter days of winter and the stress of holidays with or without our loved ones makes this time difficult.
Talk to someone!
Namaste

Answers From April

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Women and depression

Have you ever had those days when the blues just seem to overwhelm you and it’s all you can do just to get out of bed? Do those days last longer than just a few, growing into an endless battle with life’s most mundane of tasks?
We have to face the issue that depression can have a massive effect on your family, work, and relationships.
Often depression is a symptom of something going on in your life as well as your brain. If you find yourself depressed after the loss of a loved one or a failed relationship or job, those topics need to be broached with a councilor, good friend, or a healthcare professional. This does not mean you are crazy or need life long medication. Our flash here on earth is lit with ups and downs. It’s when you no longer recognize the ups that…

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I HATE BRAS!!!!

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Okay so I’m not the only woman that walks in the door and takes off her bra before kicking off her shoes or setting her purse down. I know this because you’ve all told me you do it. Unless you took it off in the car on the way home, which I have done. So why, if we hate them so much do we subject ourselves to it. I was convinced a man invented bras but that is not the case. Both early patents where issued to women, one in Europe and one in America.
Bras were invented for modesty and to adhere to the standards of fashion.
Well, I’m not that modest or that fashionable I suppose!

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These are just a few au naturale photos and I just don’t care! I’ll never fit the norms of the perfect breast size so I say forget the bra. I use modesty inserts when needed and I have to wear a bra to work with most clothing but I also live in yoga clothes.
“Bra designers liken designing a bra to building a bridge, because similar forces are at work. Just as a bridge is affected vertically by gravity and horizontally by earth movement and wind, forces affecting a bra’s design include gravity and sometimes tangential forces created when a woman runs or turns her body.” , according to Wikipedia.

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I don’t want to wear a suspension bridge any longer! haha!
So, someone told us that our breasts would sag without a bra. My mother told me mine wouldn’t grow without a bra. I’ve done my time, worked in a corporate world, breast fed 3 children until they were 18-33 months old and I’m done.
“Women’s breasts naturally sag as a woman grows older. Bras don’t prevent breasts from sagging, with regard to stretching of the breast ligaments and drooping in later life, that occurs very regularly anyway, and that’s a function of the weight, often of heavy breasts, and these women are wearing bras and it doesn’t prevent it.”
Breast tissue is fat and cannot be toned like muscle. It makes no sense to me fight this and be miserable so I say,
“Burn the bra” ladies as long as you don’t embarrass your kids or boss!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

Super Typhoon Haiyan

After a terrifying 7.2 earthquake last month, the Philippines has once again been rocked by devastation as super typhoon Haiyan surged the islands. My publishing liaison and his family live in the Philippines and I was horrified to see how little news coverage this has received on the networks. I emailed Julius to check on him and this is what he had to say,
“Thank you for writing and for your concerns. I hope I can express all the fears and sadness we have in this letter. There were so many lives that were lost compared as to what was counted over the news as well as thousands of houses and livelihood were devastated. Here in Cebu City were I work, took only less damages compared to Northern Visayas and Eastern Region were most of my family, relatives and friends resides – where lives and properties were lost. They need food, clothes, shelter and medicine and I don’t know if help coming from different countries can accommodate the majority.”

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The US has deployed an aircraft carrier and navy ships, while the UK is sending a naval destroyer.
The Philippines have been a major non-NATO alliance to the United States for 50 years, and we sit and discuss healthcare reform when thousands of our allies are going without medicine and drinking water.

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While millions of American dollars are spent at war and supporting countries that despise us, our friends in the Pacific Ocean are suffering.
“We need help. Nothing is happening. We haven’t eaten since yesterday afternoon,” pleaded a weeping Aristone Balute, an 81-year-old woman who failed to get a flight out of Tacloban for Manila, the capital. Her clothes were soaked from a pouring rain and tears streamed down her face.
Tacloban, a city of about 220,000 people on Leyte island, bore the full force of the winds and the tsunami-like storm surges Friday. Most of the city is in ruins, a tangled mess of destroyed houses, cars and trees. Malls, garages and shops have all been stripped of food and water by hungry residents.
Doctors in Tacloban said they were desperate for medicine.
I’ll be sending medicine. After the last Super Typhoon, I sent antibiotic creams, bandages, socks, shoes and anti fungal powders because when this kind of devastation hits, a small infection can be life threatening and these are inexpensive items here. Items such as toothbrushes and soap that may cost less than a dollar here are much needed there. I’m not sure how I’ll be handling my shipping yet so if you have any ideas let me know. I just feel that as a healthcare provider with children, knowing I could help someone I have a business relationship with, feels like a requirement. Same with Katrina, same with the India earthquakes. I’m calling on others to do the same.

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When I asked Julius what I could do to help, he humbly responded,
“Madam, whatever form of help will be appreciated. My colleagues plan to go North over the weekend and offered me a free ride. I can only bring some few stocks of food and water and some used clothes from my friends. I don’t know how soon your help can get to us. I am thankful for your assistance and i am praying to God to shower you with more blessings and your family.”
I will be shipping a package tomorrow.
So many veterans speak highly of The Philippines and the time they spent there. The great love of the people towards their family and friends alike is world known.
The Royal Australian Air Force also landed at Cebu, delivering a portable field hospital that was soon sent on its way to Tacloban. Taiwanese troops also arrived with medical aid, and Doctors Without Borders said three of nine cargo shipments it has planned also arrived in Cebu on Wednesday.
The slowness of delivery of food and basic medical aid is the biggest threat to lives.
“There are people there right now who can be saved. And it could be as simple as antibiotics that cost a penny.”

Contribute to Doctors Without Borders if nothing else!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

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I’m just a human mother

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I don’t consider myself a super mom by any stretch of the imagination. My kids get their vaccinations and make straight A’s, generally. I’ve never put as much pressure on grades as I have on learning. I need time to myself to unwind and I’m usually pretty grumpy in the mornings.
Luckily, my family is supportive in my quest for betterment and they live with my faults.
I had a delightful girls weekend in Awesome, Texas (Austin) over November 8-10. We went to visit my son and attend the Wanderlust Festival for yoga training. Yes, it was a double trip, to check up on him and get away to do yoga! We also felt the need to see some live music and rock the night away. Which we did!
I took some awesome classes and completely fell in love with a new form of yoga that I had never practiced even after 15 years. More about that later.

I made it home after a relatively eventful weekend to a mostly clean house and lots of laundry with a washer that won’t spin. (It will eventually but you have to jump start it and a real repairman actually tried to fix it). I had to wait for him today as well as a car part.
So I’m expecting a quiet day at home with the kids at school, but my daughter complained about a sore throat last night and she never complains. After over the counter pain relievers that didn’t help (being the pharmacist that I am), I tried this tea.
I added honey for its soothing effect but she didn’t like it sweetened. It made a huge difference. No, she didn’t make it to school today and my day of rest was interrupted by a beautiful, sick daughter.
I may not be the perfect mom but I do the best that I can.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste

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Namaste’

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What a beautiful word for a beautiful concept. Yoga can be an essential influence on your mental health as well as your physical health! Sometimes it simply feels good to breathe. Find your spot and practice 10 minutes. Just to quiet our troubled lives and complicated routines, give yourself 10 minutes a day to breathe!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste
April

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