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New Beginnings Ezine
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— and as usual, a few of my favorite quotes:

Walking with a friend in the dark
is better than walking alone
in the light.

~ Helen Keller

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person
to die.

~ Carrie Fisher from her one woman show Wishful Drinking

There is a past that is gone forever, but there is a future that is still
our own.

~ Anonymous

“You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
Michael Pritchard

If you devote your life to seeking revenge, first dig two graves.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today is a gift. That's why it's called 'the present.
~ Loretta LaRochel

Of course America had often been discovered before, but it had always been hushed up.
~ Oscar Wilde

Anything adjustable will sooner or later need adjustment.

"Decide to be happy, knowing it's an attitude, a habit gained from daily practice, and not a result or payoff."
~ Denis Waitley

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Welcome everyone to my October newsletter.

September was an Equinox month and in celebration of this event, I thought it would be fun to pass on some Equinox facts.

Earth lighting at equinox

An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the Sun being vertically above a point on the Equator. The name “equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day are of equal length, or at least too close to notice any difference.

An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location on the Earth's Equator where the centre of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around March 20/21 and September 22/23 each year.

There are different names that we can use to refer to this phenomenon:

* Vernal equinox and autumnal equinox: these classical names are direct derivatives of Latin (ver = spring and autumnus = autumn).

* March equinox and September equinox: a usage becoming the preferred standard to avoid Northern Hemisphere bias (implied by assuming that March is in the springtime and September is autumnal—true for those in the Northern Hemisphere but exactly opposite in the Southern Hemisphere). >

This is something I did not know; one effect of equinoctial periods is the temporary disruption of communications satellites. For all geostationary satellites, there are a few days near the equinox when the sun goes directly behind the satellite relative to Earth for a short period each day. The Sun's immense power and broad radiation spectrum overload the Earth station's reception circuits with noise and, depending on antenna size and other factors, temporarily disrupt or degrade the circuit. The duration of those effects varies but can range from a few minutes to an hour.

With days of equal light and dark, what a perfect time for every one of us to think about balance in our lives. We all need balance, some of us more than others. A big part of “balance” is love. We need to find a balance in the love we give and the love we take and to my mind most importantly of all is the love we share with those who come into our lives both human and animal.

Here is a story I found that has just been sitting on my computer for some time now. I don’t know where I got it and I don’t know who wrote it, but I want to share it all with you. It may make you cry a little bit and it will make you smile a bit. Again, balance. We all need to cry from time to time just as much as we all need to smile and laugh.

If you are reading this and it is your story, please let me know. I would love to share more stories of Chase and Crook with my readers if you’ll let me.


Chase and Crook

I used to work at the front desk of a shelter doing intakes and adoptions, I saw hundreds of animals come and go. One day a man came in with two cats; black and white older males, almost identical other than a spot on one's nose. When asked why he needed to bring his cats in he teared up and said that if it wasn't for his newborn he never would have.

His son was so allergic to their animals that he was still at the hospital. They had already sold the house, moved somewhere else and placed their dogs in new homes. Last to leave were his cats, whom he had adopted as babies ten years ago. When I asked him to describe them he said that Chase was “shy and timid but so very loving” and Crook had the spot and he was “just Crook”.

I had never seen such love expressed so simply before and I remember as I checked them in that I wanted to get to know the cats that brought such happiness into someone's life.

It took a few weeks for them to be cleared so that they could be put up for adoption. I decided to skip lunch one day to spend some time with them and before my lunch was over I was crying and they were coming home with me.

I had been going through a hard time for a long time and then they came into my life and they brought back the joy and love and happiness I had been missing. They sleep with me each night and greet me at the door when I come home, and there is nothing that I wouldn't do for them.

That man expressed his love so simply because there is nothing else you could say about my boys; my Chase is shy and timid but so very loving and Crook has a spot on his nose and he is just my Crook.

He had to give up his boys to save his son; now they are my boys and they saved me.

Linda Simmon C.Ht
New Beginnings

And now, some —


  • The Scent That Soothes Stress.
    Take some time to smell the roses -- and a whole horde of other lovely flowers, plants, and fruits that seem to zap stress. Roses -- as well as lavender, basil, orange, grape, mango, and lemon -- all contain a special compound called linalool, the smell of which apparently reduces anxiety. In animal studies, the vapors of linalool helped induce calm. Blood cells called neutrophils and lymphocytes, which change in response to stress, were brought into equilibrium by the aroma. In fact, the scent of linalool even appeared to favorably affect the way the body is programmed to handle stress on a genetic level.
  • Lift Your Lungs with This Wonder Food.
    It’s versatile, it’s low in fat, and it’s high in protein. And it just might help your lungs stay lusty and young. We’re talking about soy. Don’t blanch just yet. Prepared correctly, soy can taste sublime. Certain kinds, like tofu, easily take on the flavor of whatever you cook with. And research suggests that some extra tofu or edamame in your diet may slash your risk of pulmonary diseases to boot. Specifically, early research shows that eating soy foods is associated with a reduced risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). That’s a category of lung ailments that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In one recent Japanese study, those with the highest intakes of soy foods not only had lower risk of COPD but also had better overall lung function.
  • Adopt This Lazy Habit for Heart Health.
    Napping, sleeping in, and going to bed early . . . we think of them as lazy indulgences. But your heart really wants you to do it. In fact, getting an ideal amount of sleep could help keep plaques from forming in your coronary arteries. And that means less risk of heart disease and heart attacks. So sleep tight!

    All Night Long. In a 5-year study of middle-aged adults, the more sleep people got, the lower their rate of arterial calcium deposits. Good news, because calcium deposits help form the plaques that can clog arteries. Because the study had only a handful of people that slept more than 8 hours a night, it’s not clear if there is a cap to getting health benefits from extra sleep. And more research is needed to confirm the study results in general. But it all seems to add to the evidence that healthy sleep habits are good for your RealAge.

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