“Never tell anyone that you’re: writing a book, going on a diet, exercising, taking a course, or quitting smoking. They’ll encourage you to death.”
- Lynn Johnston
Poem Showing absurdities of English Spelling
I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, lough and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead -
For goodness sake don’t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother,
And here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,
And then there’s dose and rose and lose -
Just look them up – and goose and choose,
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword,
And do and go and thwart and cart -
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I’d mastered it when I was five!
Heard it through the grapevine
An indication that a piece of information was obtained via an informal contact.
The first practical public demonstration of the telegraph was given in 1844, when Samuel Morse sent a message from Washington to Baltimore. The invention was widely welcomed as a means of rapidly communicating news. It soon became clear though that close communities already had effective word-of-mouth communications. Soon after the telegraph was invented the term ‘grapevine telegraph’ was coined – first recorded in a US dictionary in 1852. This distinguished the new direct ‘down-the-wire’ telegraph from the earlier method, which was likened to the coiling tendrils of a vine. It’s clear that the allusion was to interactions amongst people who could be expected to be found amongst grapevines, i.e. the rural poor.
In 1876, The Reno Evening Gazette ran an article about a bumper corn and grape crop. They commented on the fact that the people who were then called Indians and Negroes seemed to be already aware of it (hardly a surprise you might think as it would have been they who had harvested the crops):
“It would seem that the Indians have some mysterious means of conveying the news, like the famous grapevine telegraph of the negroes in the [American Civil] war. The Pioneer Press and Tribune says that, while the first telegraphic news of Custer’s death reached them at midnight, the Indians loafing about town were inquiring about it at noon.”
The term ‘bush telegraph’ originated in Australia, probably influenced by ‘grapevine telegraph’. That referred to the informal network that passed information about police movements to convicts who were hiding in the bush. It was recorded in 1878 by an Australian author called Morris:
“The police are baffled by the number and activity of the bush telegraphs.”
In the UK it was the ‘jungle telegraph’ – referring to communications in outposts of the British Empire around the same period.
Of course ‘heard it through the grapevine’ is best known to us as the Motown song, recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips in 1967 and by Marvin Gaye in 1968. It’s salutary that, whilst the telegraph is long gone, the person-to-person communication that preceded it is still going strong.
I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I’d think, no, actually I’m a giraffe.
- Richard Gere
The wisdom of the ancients taught us that compassion for others was a great virtue. They believed that love and compassion toward others can free us from the prison of our own suffering and negativity. They believed the qualities inherent in love and compassion directly affected our vitality, longevity, and our ability to resist disease.
Ancient superstition? I wouldn’t dismiss it that easily.
Perhaps the one thing that has puzzled geneticists the most over the last 50 years is why two-thirds of the human genetic code seems to be switched off. One theory was that it was just junk code, a result of the random convergence of amino acids that didn’t contribute to our physical being. Another theory also labeled it as junk code, but deemed it the garbage left behind from the process of evolution.
However, in the last four or five years some leading researchers have changed their thinking. These researchers now believe the human genetic code is a switchable code rather than a fixed code. They believe it is our thoughts, beliefs and emotions we have as we go through the challenges of life that determine which portions of our genetic code are switched on and switched off.
What that means to you is something I’ve written about many times in many different ways. Our thoughts, beliefs, and our responses to our emotions contribute to our mental, physical and spiritual health and well being. The positive qualities the ancients believed were inherent in the practice of love and compassion, some researchers now think may enhance our immune system.
Ancient wisdom may be old, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still wisdom of the highest order.
In May of 2005, in this very column, I wrote about mind over matter in which I quoted cellular researcher Dr. Bruce Lipton:
“For almost fifty years we have held the illusion that our health and fate were preprogrammed in our genes, a concept referred to as genetic determinacy. Cellular biologists now recognize that the environment (external universe and internal-physiology), and more importantly, our perception of the environment, directly controls the activity of our genes.”
In other words, what we think and believe, what we feel and do, works in concert with the universal laws to affect our physical being right down to the cellular level. Engaging in positive actions, thoughts and emotions switches on the genes that enhance the quality of our lives in emotional, spiritual, and physical ways. Engaging in negative actions, thoughts, and emotions switch on the genes that leave us prone to disease and other maladies.
If we believe the ancients, if we believe the geneticists, we must concur that just as the art of practicing compassion and a loving attitude enhances the quality of our life, harboring resentment and hatred can decay the quality of our life. In so many ways, we really do create our own reality.
While the ancients knew there were qualities in love and compassion that affected our well being, it is unknown if they realized how our perception of our life experiences affect our well being.
If our mindset is one of fear, dissatisfaction, envy, hatred or other negative patterns, we diminish our ability to draw joy and contentment from life. The trouble is, our mindset is so ingrained we often don’t realize how detrimental our thought processes might be to our overall well being.
From time to time we need to take inventory of our beliefs and values. Only by honestly monitoring how we talk to ourselves and others can we discover our own negative predispositions and clear our mind of outdated fears and thought patterns that do not serve us well.
As you walk through your day at home, work, and at play, make mental notes of your inner responses and thoughts to the stimuli you encounter. What kind of self-images pop into your mind? What childhood memories come up? Do you notice the beauty around you? Do you see more positive traits or negative traits in the people you encounter? Do you regret you’re getting older and can’t do the things you used to do, or do you find new things that stimulate your mind and emotions? This is how we take inventory.
If you stick with it you’ll notice patterns of behavior, recurring attitudes and overriding themes in your life that will show you where you can make positive changes. When we break negative traits that have a hold on us and our new perception becomes reality, it can profoundly affect how we feel about ourselves, and indeed, our health, joy, and contentment with life.
All of our experiences begin in our minds. Our thoughts, perceptions and attitudes about ourselves and others signal to the cosmos the kinds of situations and people that we will attract. If you have a victim mentality you will experience a recurring cycle of disappointments and difficulties.
Positive beliefs flow from our higher self. Negative beliefs flow from subconcious conditioning and the discrepancies between our ego and our reality. A negative belief system drains our energy, causes a loss of focus, and suppresses our abilities. The good news is our belief system is a choice. We can choose to change our belief system and claim more control over our destiny. We need to root out the outdated beliefs, values and conditioning.
We begin by taking inventory of ourselves. We need to retrain our minds to see our lives as sacred. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start “preachin’ that religion” at you. One definition of sacred is “entitled to respect.” When we see our lives as sacred, it becomes more difficult to take it for granted. As we learn to place more value on ourselves, the negative begins to fall away. We begin to appreciate the beauty in life and to create a rewarding world within us and around us.
Ancient wisdom teaches us to love one another. Science and psychology cannot dispute the value of a loving attitude. Your mother even knew about it, after all, didn’t she teach you that if you can’t say something nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all?
Your mom was probably smarter than she, or you, realized.
Time or Money?
Q: My friend and I were discussing whether it’s better to give of your money or give of your time in charity causes. We disagreed which was more important, so we decided to let you settle it, if you would.
~ Rochelle S.
A: Thank you for caring.
Of course, if one thing is needed more by the charity than the other, it’s better to fill the need. All things being equal though, I’d say both are very important and almost equal.
If you think about it, most of us have to earn our money, and earning our money requires trading our time to gain our earnings, so in a sense, when you donate money you are donating your time.
Now, the reason I said they were almost equal isn’t because one is more important that the other, because both are needed. However, I think volunteering your time is sometimes better because that offers rewards that donating money doesn’t offer.
When you volunteer your time you are directly involved in bettering a situation. You connect with others heart to heart, and in some cases, may come into direct contact with those you help. You can actually SEE the good you do, and that rewards you with a sense of accomplishment and increased self-esteeem. With donating money, the help you give is more of an abstract concept and the emotional rewards often aren’t nearly as strong.
By giving time or money you bless another, and in return you will be blessed. Of course, those who donate time and money double-bless others and will be double-blessed in return. :
Miss Thailand ?
Isn’t he beautiful?
He definitely deserves to be the
2005 Miss Transvestite
What say you ?
Gotcha…. Don’t be fool by the look…. Or else u mite have sleep with a boy / man… hahahahahahahahhahaha
However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.– Henry David Thoreau:
I have been blogging quite sometimes, mostly towards political and serious current affairs issues. I am sick of all those wars, criminal, never ending evils things that the mankind do to this fragile world. I am going to start writing something that can bring joy, can be useful, worth reading or anything that interested me that I grabbed from the net. Do more war and fighting in this blog, I promise.