February 14th, 2007

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Happy Valentine's Day!!

Is everyone's heart a'flutter?    Nobody loves holidays more than I, and even I feel this one is a wee bit over-hyped, and I will enjoy it despite that.  It is the modern way.   Thanks to computers we are reminded in even more ways.  I could have candy, flowers, diamonds, all delivered right here with the click of my mouse.  Amazing!!

The Kansas state Board of Education has repealed science guidelines questioning evolution.  This is good news for this day, as now, we can feel even more clearly our individual intention to evolve expansion of our hearts   I also think it is a good day to imagine ourselves as dinosaurs, fish, birds, humans and to consider all hearts and to imagine what the rocks have seen over these years, and the Redwood trees.  It is a good day to embrace the beauty of this world in which we live.  I am grateful to be here, and I'm paying extra attention to the beating of my heart and may give it extra carrots and lettuce leaves for special treats.    Pat a heart today!!   It pats you all the time.   

Happy Valentine's Day!!

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Valentine's Day -

I check back to last Valentine's Day to see what was up.    I had my seventh chemo on this day last year.    My feet were really sore.   What a difference a year makes.  In the last month, my feet have begun to feel normal.   My brain continues to clear. 

I posted the following last year and I still like it, so I post it again.  Last year, everything on this day was posted in black.  This day, this year, I use red and pink,  expanding ripples of love, gratitude, ease, and care.

I don't know where this comes from so can't give credit.  Enjoy!

HEALTH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION - (perfect for Valentine's Day)

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer?   Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of yourrecommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine. That means they take the water out of the fruit, so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!!... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? HELLO. Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!!   It's the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming Whooooooo what a ride!".

Maybe I will re-think carrots and lettuce.  Chocolate and chardonnay work for me, though not my doctors and I get to see another one today.   Enjoy!!

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Heart Thoughts!

Yesterday, in Rosen movement, I spoke of how I had been holding my hand in a fist the last few days.  We worked with how the hand is connected through muscles and nerves, front and back, to the heart.  As I "tried" to work on the book, as I placed demands on myself, I tightened up, and nothing could come forth.   And there is a place for break.  This morning, I place no demand, and  my hand and fingers are fluid and loose.  Play is me.  I am play.  

My brother visited Mark Twain's home in CT. recently.  He has this to say.

In Mark Twain's house, his office was up on the third floor and it's where he wrote and also he and his buddies hung out.  No girls allowed.  They had a pool table right in his office and he had two desks, one of which faced the corner, away from the distraction of the pool table and the view of the river.  But he also had up against one wall a fairly large structure of cubbies in which he would throw different writing projects he had been working on and become stuck.  Then he would randomly go back through them at some point and find one that he could now rejoin with new enthusiasm and creativity.  You can't force creativity, sometimes you do just have to walk away.

Oddly, when I gave myself permission for a break from the book, something changed.  My writing this morning is what I have been waiting for.  Jane and I have found new places to bring forth as we look at how we were changed by this year and what writing has always meant to  us, and somehow without our even noticing, our vehicle has come to us, or we to it.  The writing is here and we are chauffeur-driven.   Thank you!!

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Prayer -

Elaine and I have been discussing how it felt to be buoyed on prayer when we were "ill," she with brain surgery and me with surgery, chemo, and radiation.  It was quite a lovely float!!

I am wondering today, this Heart Day, why this buoyancy has to be reserved for when we are ill. 

Let's all float today on prayers for ourselves and others.  Let's buoy the world!!

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What a day!!

I hate to gloat, but for those of us in the Bay area, today is a day beyond compare.  Wow!!   What a shift in energy this warmth and sunshine provides!!!

Jon Carroll was on vacation when Molly Ivins died.  I take some of her quotes from his column today.

    Jon Carroll:

    There's still hope for us all, of course. As she said herself, "Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory." The only good thing about the presidency of George W. Bush is that it introduced more people to the prose of Molly Ivins. She had seen him when he was young and callow, and she had his number. In 1999, she wrote: "If you think his daddy had trouble with 'the vision thing,' wait'll you meet this one."

    She was a target of opportunity for right-wing blowhards, but she had such disdain for fools and self-deceivers of all kinds that she didn't get mad, she just got more Molly: "I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn't actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle."

    Her tone was gentle even when her words were not. She reminded me of those Southern women who say "bless your heart" when they mean "you hopeless moron." There's this quote about Shrub, as she called him: "The poor man who is currently our president has reached such a point of befuddlement that he thinks stem cell research is the same as taking human lives, but that 40,000 dead Iraqi civilians are progress toward democracy."

    Truth is, I just want to keep quoting forever. She's alive in her words. "During a recent panel on the numerous failures of American journalism, I proposed that almost all stories about government should begin: 'Look out! They're about to smack you around again!' " So great.

    Just one more, my favorite: "The first rule of holes: When you're in one, stop digging."

Today I go to my local grocery and learn a new "story" from a long-term clerk.  She is thrilled with the new ownership and happy to have a job.  I have never seen her so cheerful.  The says the new owners are fixing up the place and Ralph's was just going to let it close and she wouldn't have had a job at all.  I see there is more organic and high-end produce now, so I am thrilled about that.  

Well, happy jumping into the beauty of this day - oh, my - talk about a stimulant for the heart.  This day is it, and I suppose that is true if you are back east in snow or luxuriating here in warmth.  Yesterday I was cold all day.  Today my turtleneck is coming off for a t-shirt.   Happy Beautiful flowing gift of Valentine's Day!!