Archive for November, 2006

The Gratitude Pool: A Grain Of Gratitude

November 24, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

May you each and all find one thing for which to be grateful. For on the worst of days, one small bit of gratitude can lift you higher than you can imagine; ease the largest pain and calm the most riotous mind.

Such is the power of a grain of gratitude.

Blessings In Light and Love,

Florence Ondré


Quote For The Day

November 21, 2006

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”

Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977)

Quote For The Day

November 20, 2006

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”

H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, andncritic (1880-1956)

The Gratitude Pool: Ode To Health Helpers

November 20, 2006

by  Florence Ondré

I’m grateful for homeopathic medicine and herbal remedies and all those who put the time into making these goodies for us all to have better health on a daily basis.

It’s been the flu achoo show here and these little pez dispensers from the health food store ameliorated the worst symptoms of that drama.

The alternative to cough syrup with alcohol and whoppingingly expensive prescriptions drugs that send you over the moon with side effects is a gentler way to get through the whole change of season mess.

Now don’t get me wrong, when I’m feeling crappy, there’s nothing more than a nice trip over any moon. I’d rather be anywhere but actually consciously in the flu zone.

“Take me out!” my brain tells my body. “Drugs…yeah, that’s what I need. Get me out of this achey pain and away from its friends, attractive nasal drip and assorted other grimey activities that make you promise God, and whoever is up there, your first born or whatever else it’ll take to seal the heal; negotiate giving up any bad habit and three of your best friends for a quick cure; and beg on bended knee to enter the witness protection program or, better yet, shed your Earthsuit permanenty.

Yeah, that’s a real head trip and it stays exactly there for me… inside my cranium, swollen with aliens; little germs gathering like Lord Of The Rings, underground armies, rattling their head aching sabers and scraping my ear canals raw with their arrgghh shrieking.

Then somewhere in the cacaphony, a blessed being of calm gives respite. A ray of light, coherence, creeps into the forefront of inner riot and, in whispers, reminds me of these magic words to win this siege….

“Drink lots of water, keep up your vitamins, take your homeopathics and rest.”

My ‘I-could-have-had-a V-eight’ moment passes quickly into a hallelujah chorus of comprehension. I head toward the medicine chest, grab my little, magic vials, tylenol for the fever and a tall glass of agua and head to my pallet of pillows and soft sheets.

For three days, I’m burrowed under comforters as I allow the healing to take it’s natural course….in a gentler more flexible way and time.

Thanks people who helped make the journey easier. I may never meet you, yet I am grateful for your artisty in the field of complementary medicine. You make my life and that of others more healthfull .

Day In Haiku: Flip Flop Temps

November 20, 2006

Cold, hot, cool, warming
We’re doing the best we can
Weathering weather

Quote For The Day

November 18, 2006

“Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.”
John Maynard Keynes, economist (1883-1946)

H2-OH No You Didn’t!

November 18, 2006


As seen just outside the Ski and Snowboard Expo at Qwest Field Arena.

Hey asshole, if your car mindless behemoth is too big for a parking spot that is appropriately sized for the rest of humanity, this might not be the best way to “compensate.”

From Florence: Thanks Courtney at Seattlest for another whopping WTF.

And may I add that, to my knowledge, flipping of the earth’s axis hasn’t yet occurred (tho many sci fi writers have described this end of the world scenario where a hummer – of any kind – would be a handy thing to have for survival in the frozen wasteland) nor have we become the outback of anywhere.

I know the tough urban streets may feel like a fight for life during rush hour traffic but if I see you out there in your big ass monster machine, hogging the pavement, I’m bound to flash you the “What Could You Be Thinking?” card. (It says WTF on the flipside.)

I envision a phalanx of motorized wheelchair-bound people slapping chains on this sucker and hauling the hunk o junk to the dump while gaily humming, “We Shall Overcome or Aint No Mountain High Enough.”

Imagine the lyrical look of duh on the selfish egomaniac owner’s face when he comes out to find the reflection of his blank look mirroring up from the concrete. “Now where did I park my johnson-oops-expression of my lack of self-oops-roadhog-oops-vehicle?”

Well, buddy, when you find it (if you do), haul on up to the north forty. The fields need a plowin, the tractor’s broke and the horse won’t pull.

Now there’s a use for an ass.

How To Weigh Yourself Correctly

November 17, 2006

This just sent to me from Marilyn:

Weighing yourself to get the most accurate result


I can’t believe I was doing it wrong all these years!

Thanks Marilyn and thanks Joe for your great sense of humor

Quote For The Day

November 17, 2006

“All envy would be extinguished, if it were universally known that there are none to be envied.”

Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

Pooh, Pooh…Who’s Got The Flu?

November 17, 2006

Florence Ondré

Oh the ache
Of bones that quake
The stomach grip
The reeling ship
Of balance gone awry
Is that the floor or that the sky?
Woozy and no appetite
Have zero oomph to talk or fight
Ears all stuffed and nose is too
Eyes too teary with each achoo
How could this be
It still is Fall
Warm, not nearly Winter’s call
Sunny like a late Spring day
I should be out is what I say
Denial sets anew each morn
When I arise to face the dawn
Thinking ah it’s gone away
Within minutes, it’s back to stay
Another day with plans all ruined
When will it leave? Just stay tuned!

The Gratitude Pool

November 15, 2006

To all the good hearted people who extend warmth of heart and generosity of spirit, I send you the light of gratitude. You uplift us all with your positive energy. Each gesture, smile, hug, or helping hand touches the world.
In Light and Love,

Quote For The Day

November 15, 2006

“I will not play at tug o’ war. / I’d rather play at hug o’ war, / Where everyone hugs instead of tugs.”
Shel Silverstein, writer (1930-1999)

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