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August 15, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: ‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.’ ~Victor Frankl
★~ Relaxation Day:
One of the best places to go on the web to relax is Susan Piver meditation web site. Sign up for her Basic Free Mediation package and she will email you two newsletters each week. Each newsletter contains a brand new 10-minute guided instructional video to help you build a steady meditation practice. Susan guides, she never sells or pushes, even her web site is a relaxing mindful place to visit. I mediate with Susan every week, it’s a wonderful way to slow down, reflect and relax.
★~ Lemon Meringue Pie:
Pucker up, sweet stuff — today is Lemon Meringue Pie Day!
Since Medieval times, we’ve had an affinity for lemon pies and custards, but meringue didn’t start rearing its pillowy head until the 1600s. Alexander Frehse had the bright idea of combining this tangy-sweet duo into a pie in the nineteenth century.
I’ve never made a lemon meringue pie, but I have heard that the lemon curd and cornstarch filling can be a fickle feat to pull off. However, I do have it on good authority that the recipe on the side of the cornstarch box works like a charm, and if you’re ever unsure about the consistency, cook it just a minute longer. I know taking cooking tips from the blogger who doesn’t cook might not seem like a good idea, but I’m masterful at befriending good cooks, so give the tip a try and enjoy some lemon meringue pie!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1877 – Thomas Edison wrote the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, “hello” would be a more appropriate greeting than“ahoy,” as suggested by Alexander Graham Bell when answering the telephone. And so it is that we pick up the phone anywhere in the world and say: “Allo. Alo. Bueno. Pronto. Hallo. Aloha. Mo simosi. Hello.”
♥~ 1943 – Because of his special talent to use food scraps in both unusual and appetizing recipes, the War Department awarded Sgt. Edward Dzuba the Legion of Merit.
♥~1969 – Three Dog Night (Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron) was awarded a gold record for the album, Three Dog Night. Where’d the name of the group come from? In Australia, the aborigine tribes of several regions slept outside all year. As the temperatures got colder, the tribesmen would sleep with a dog to keep warm. In colder weather, they would huddle with two dogs. It must have been an extremely cold night when the group was formed…
♥~1969- Woodstock Anniversary – The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened on this day in an alfalfa field on or near Yasgur’s Farm at Bethel, NY. The three-day rock concert featured 24 bands and drew a crowd of more than 400,000 people. Click for more fascinating Woodstock facts.
♥~ 1977 – 8-year-old Rebecca Chase sank a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 fifth hole at Oak Knoll golf course in The Dalles, Oregon. It was the first hole she ever played
♥~ 2002 – Authorities in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, charged a 30-year-old man for public drunkenness after the slowest police chase on record. The man was cruising down the street at 3 miles an hour on a child’s Fisher Price Power Wheels car.
♥~ 1912 – Juiia Child – America’s beloved food authority, who didn’t take a cooking lesson until she was in her 30s, was born at Pasadena, CA. Child’s cookbooks and television shows (most famously, “The French Chef”) encouraged Americans to cook and eat well and to be skeptical of food fads and diet strictures. “Cooking is not a chore; it is a joy,” Child believed. She died at Santa Barbara, CA, Aug 13, 2004.
♥~ 1968 – Debra Messing actress: Will & Grace, N.Y.P.D. Blue, Ned and Stacey
♥~ 1972 – Ben Affleck actor: Pearl Harbor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glory Daze, Good Will Hunting, Armageddon, Forces of Nature, Reindeer Games
★~ Good to Know:
Are you ready to be a warrior for inner peace? Doing less and organizing more simplifies for sure. But until you deal with the ways you get knotted up inside, here are a few suggestions to loosen up.
♥~ When you are triggered, rather than playing it out in the usual way, stop and breathe.
♥~ Simply notice the thought patterns, feelings, and bodily sensations that are present. Just explore, be curious. What are you thinking? What is the energy behind the thoughts? What feelings and physical sensations are present? These questions allow you to become familiar with how your habits work so they no longer control you.
♥~ Find the most loving place inside you – the soft spot that melts when you encounter puppies, babies, or those most dear to you. Pour this love into the tension and painful feelings. This is the healing balm that untangles the knot.
♥~ Rinse and repeat every time you are struggling.
♥~ Move forward in a way that supports your clarity, happiness, and well being.
One of my favorite ways to relax is to pop open a little coke and sit on the patio watching my pups play. I’m also very fond of reflexology. A 30 minute foot massage can chase all my cares away. And of-course laughing hard, is guaranteed to put me in a better frame of mind.
How do your like to unwind?
Wishing you a terrific Thursday!
Odd Loves Company!