Posts Tagged ‘makes me think’

Shape the Hive Two is better than one, three is better than two, four is better than three, and so on. Being a part of something larger and grander, lends us support and strength and gives us a better perspective. No matter what each of us is experiencing, good or bad, life is just better when shared with others.

#1 – Shape The Hive
Shape The Hive Be part of a creative community and help SHAPE THE HIVE, a digital interactive art piece. The website states: “SHAPE THE HIVE, at its foundation, is a creative community. Members contribute pieces that, when combined with others, will form a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.” Participants create and add images to cells using their own photographs. The built in software allows participants to manipulate their images to give their cells different kaleidoscopic effects. This is so easy and fun to do!

#2 – Makes Me Think
A while back I posted a link to a site called Makes Me Think: Today’s Thought-Provoking Life Stories. People submit entries about occurrences and observations that made them think (MMT). Recently, I came across this site again and I remembered to bookmark it on my computer this time. Reading the entries always engulfs me in an array of emotions and often times renews my faith in my fellow man. Here is a sampling:

Today, I went for a run and decided to go thru my town’s cemetery. While I was looking around, I came across an older women in a lawn chair reading a book next to a grave. I began talking to her, assuming she’d lost her husband recently, but it turns out she has done this every week for the past five years. Her love and devotion MMT.

Today, I am 16-years-old. I learned CPR yesterday in health class. I had no idea I would have to perform CPR on someone this afternoon. And when the paramedics arrived, they told me I undoubtedly saved my mom’s life. MMT

Today, instead of calling the cops on the homeless man that was caught stealing canned soup from the grocery store where I work, the store manager bought the homeless man an entire case of the canned soup he was stealing and told the man he’d prefer never to catch him stealing again. MMT

#3 – A Word To The Wise
Dishwasher Fires We’ve all heard about clothes dryer fires, but how many of us have heard about dishwasher fires? I normally don’t write about these types of things, but a friend recently shared her dishwasher fire experience with me and I think it is information well worth sharing. The interior of her home is being completely gutted, because of the extensive fire, water, heat, smoke, and soot damage. In her words,” . . . the common culprit appears to be an electrical defect in the control panel that was used by many manufacturers in the late 90s up through 2005-2009. Many, many models by many manufacturers are under recall – but nobody knows! Like many people, I did not register my appliances because I didn’t want to be flooded with junk mail/e-mail. Most manufacturers have a place on their website where you can check which serial numbers are under recall. Encourage people to do it – and to register appliances. Also, do not run the dishwasher when leaving the house or going to bed.”

Here are a few links I found regarding dishwasher fires:
General Electric Recalls 1.3 Million Dishwashers for Fire Hazzard
Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazzard
ABC Action News “Dishwasher Dangers”

#4 – When The Mind Says Goodbye
After listening to my friends tell me their stories of dealing with parents who have Alzheimer’s Disease and after watching this video, my eyes were opened to this sad and cruel disease.

#5 – Counting Hours
“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”

Show someone you care this weekend and your weekend will become infinitely better!

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Zooming in on three bees crawling on a purple thistle flower, I snap a photo and say to my husband, “Do you see what they’re doing?” As we stand in the warm Southern California sunshine, he replies, “Spreading pollen?” I look at him and say, “Yes, but they’re also ‘thistling’ while they work. Get it?”

#1 – Signs of Happiness
If you are happy, you will recognize these signs of happiness. If you are not happy, well, maybe it’s a sign that something needs to change in your life.
10 Signs of True Happiness - Networx

#2 – What About You, Now?
Mick Ebeling, the founder of the Not Impossible Foundation, poses these questions to people he meets, “If not now, then when? If not me, then who?” In this TED video he talks about how he and a team developed an invention that unlocked a paralyzed artist’s lost world.

#3 – Mind Games
Like your body, your brain needs exercise to stay in tip-top shape. After you do your morning stretches and exercises, sit down and play a few brain games. Play Mind Tree every day to keep your brain agile and alert. It will challenge your skills in logic, awareness, arithmetic and memory.

#4 – Love Stories

I’ve previously posted links to the blog Marc and Angel Hack Life and to its sister site Makes Me Think. I love reading both sites because they make me think and they inspire me to be better and to do more. 60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile is a nice combination of both blogs.

#5 – The Best Day of Your Life
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
Bob Moawad

Enjoy your weekend!

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Does the image above have a cartoon-painting-like quality to you? It did to me when I snapped a photo of glass flowers in a nursery. With the bright sun hitting them at just the right angle, they looked like a piece of art through my viewfinder. That is the joy of photography – seeing masterpieces in everyday life and capturing them!

#1 – Inspiration from J.K. Rowling
I came across the text of J.K.Rowling’s commencement speech that she gave to Harvard’s graduating class of 2008. Although, it may seem untimely for me to post this now – since most of us have just sent our kids off to school – her thoughts about failure and imagination are worth reading anytime of the year.

#2 – Hotel Sundries
To take or leave, that is the question. I read some controversy over whether it’s okay to take the unopened “complimentary” sundries from hotel rooms when you leave. Of course, I’m speaking about the travel-sized bottles of shampoo, lotions, soaps, etc. and not the rolls of toilet paper and towels! By taking them are we driving up the costs of hotel stays for everyone? Do maids have to spend time inspecting these products after each guest leaves to check for tampering? Don’t laugh – imagine if someone put Nair into your shampoo bottle! If so, by leaving them, are we adding to hotel waste if these consumable goods are disposed of after each guest?  I don’t know what the politically correct and environmentally correct answers are, but here are a few thoughts:

Reuse: If you use hotel sundries and have half-used bottles of lotion and shampoo and partially used bars of soap leftover, take them home so they are not wasted. In addition, used hotel shower caps make great shoe covers for travel! No more worries about your shoes soiling your garments when they are packed together! Flannel mitts used for polishing shoes can be washed once home and make good jewelry storage pouches.

Donate: If you collect these travel-sized sundries, donate them to various charities. Do a Google search to find out which charities or shelters are in need of these types of donations. I read that some local fire departments collect these items to make kits to pass out to those in need.

Refuse to Use: Don’t use any hotel sundries and pack your own sundries in small refillable containers.

#3 – One Meal’s Damage
The most recent edition of Nutrition Action Health Letter points out an ABC news segment that shows the damage one unhealthy meal can cause to our bodies. After having blood work and other diagnostic tests done on their blood vessels, a reporter and her producer sat down and ate a meal consisting of deep-fried macaroni and cheese from the Cheesecake Factory, a bacon cheeseburger wrapped in a quesadilla from Applebee’s, and a giant cookie covered with ice cream from Uno Chicago Grill. This meal provided each of them with a whopping 6,190 calories and 187 grams of saturated fat! To see the results of their posttest and find out what immediate damage was caused, watch the 2-1/2 minute video by clicking here.

#4 – Makes Me Think
This site collects thought-provoking entries about life. Some will make you smile and some will make you sad, but either way they will make you think.

#5 – Happiness
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” Unknown

Have a happy weekend!

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