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Being pulled in many different directions is something I am used to since I’m a mom with children who still need my help from time to time. The last couple of weeks have been crazy with activity and I tried to help all three of my kids through their recent transitions. That being said, I couldn’t do everything I wanted to do for each of them or do what I would have normally done for each of them, but I did the best I could. By focusing on the many things that could be accomplished, I did not let the few “unachievable” tasks stop me.

#1 – Makes Me Think
An aging brain and over 240 posts written make it difficult for me to remember whether I’ve already shared Makes Me Think. I’m pretty sure that I have, but it is a site well worth revisiting. Reading the often inspiring and often sad, but always thought-provoking, submissions validates my beliefs that life should be celebrated and that there is inherent goodness in man. Visit the site and read some submissions yourself, but if you don’t, here are a few examples:

Today, my cab driver showed back up at my house an hour later and knocked on my door to give me back my wallet, which another passenger found in his backseat. All of my cash and cards were intact.

Today, my dad saw the tears in my eyes and asked, “You’re not crying over him again, are you?” “Just let me be,” I said. He started walking out of the room, then turned around and said, “If someone won’t lift a finger to call you, see you and spend time with you, it’s time for you to lift five fingers and wave goodbye.”

Today, I ran into my favorite teacher from high school. He was my music teacher all four years. I saw him standing in line outside an unemployment office. I own my a small production company here in L.A. that does animated graphics, sound effects and background music for TV shows, commercials, and small-mid budget movies. I grabbed him out of the line, we chatted and I hired him on the spot. He’s going to be a priceless addition to the team.

Today, my cousin and I met for lunch for the first time in almost a year. He sat across from me with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen across his face and updated me on all the things going on in his life. He said all of his hard work was paying dividends and his small business was thriving. He also mentioned that he was thinking of proposing to “the most amazing woman he had ever met.” “I don’t know how else to say it,” he said sometime toward the end of our lunch, “I’m happy. I’m finally feeling comfortable in my own skin.” My cousin lost his life in a car accident on the way home from work this evening.

#2 – Osteoporosis
Concerned about osteoporosis? Read iVillage’s list of 7 Foods that Fight Osteoporosis and then check out these exercises in Good for Your Bones: Exercises to Prevent Osteoporosis.

#3 – Arctic Light
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of an arctic light display as captured in a short video by photographer Terje Sorgjerd! While on this site stay awhile and watch his other beautifully soothing videos.

#4 – Make It Short
Short stories make perfect reads when you are short on time. It takes a great deal of skill to craft a short story, because the writer has far fewer words than a novelist in which to grab a reader’s attention and develop characters and plot lines. Read and appreciate the art of short story writing at East of the Web, where different genres of short stories are available to read for free. The Short Stories application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch is free, so that you can read a short story anytime and anywhere you want!

#5 – 18/40/60 Rule
“I like Dr. Daniel Amen’s 18/40/60 Rule: When you’re 18, you worry about what everybody is thinking of you; when you’re 40, you don’t give a darn what anybody thinks of you; when you’re 60, you realize nobody’s been thinking about you at all.”
Jack Canfield

Enjoy your weekend!

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Two little birds were delighting in a round of Birdie Hokey Pokey – jumping in out and shaking all about – in the bubbling water of my fountain. The sun was low in the sky when I stood under a tree in my backyard hoping to snap a photo of these bathing beauties. With their thirst quenched and feathers cleaned and fluffed, the happy pair ignored the clicks of my camera and quickly flew off into the autumn sky. I don’t know who enjoyed the bird bath more – me or them.

#1 – Don’t Forget to Guess!
Don’t forget to email me your three guesses for the Birthday Contest. Click here to view the mystery photo and read the contest rules. Remember, I only have a point and shoot digital camera, but have a great imagination! The Contest ends on November 1st, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to win a unique prize!

#2 – What’s Your FRAX?
Osteoporosis is a concern for both men and women. According to the latest edition of Nutrition Action Health Letter, “One in two women and one in four men over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis . . . . By the time you are 40, your body starts losing more bone than it makes. Losing just 10% of your bone mass can double your risk of fracturing a spine or hip.” The article provides information to reach a site where you can use FRAX (Fracture Risk Assessment Tool) to estimate your risk of fracture. Open the page, click on Calculation Tool and then answer the 12 questions. It immediately calculates your percentages. Supposedly, you can still use the FRAX whether or not you have had your BMD (bone mineral densit) tested. I was pleased to discover that the ten year probability of my fracturing a hip was 0.0 percent!

#3 – 9 Yummy Drink Recipes for Fall and Winter
Couldn’t pass up this one up when I read the title in Mother Nature Network. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Spiked Apple Pie Punch, Eggnog Latte, and Cranberry Martinis were some of the recipes that looked interesting enough to try. Check out the recipes here to see if you agree!

#4 – Reusing Plastic Bottles and Caps
Thanks to those of you who sent me emails with this tip. With a sharp pair of scissors, very carefully cut off the “neck” of a plastic bottle (one with a threaded cap such as a water bottle or a soda bottle). Make sure to cut it so that no sharp or jagged areas remain that could possibly inflict injury. Recycle the bottom part of the bottle, but save the “neck” and cap. After rinsing and drying these parts, they can be used to seal plastic bags. Insert a plastic bag through the bottle neck, fold over some of the bag and then screw the cap back on. I found this worked better with thinner plastic bags such as produce bags. This idea didn’t work well on thick or stiff plastic bags such as cereal bags, but nonetheless, it’s a great idea and worth experimenting with larger plastic bottles and caps.

#5 – Don’t Underestimate Your Power
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Leo F. Buscaglia

Enjoy your weekend!

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