Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Bubbles!

It’s like an invisible sheath shields bubbles.  They are obvious and yet not seen –or at least acknowledged.  So we had the housing bubble, the tech bubble, the hedge fund bubble and mini-bubbles, fads really, like cabbage patch dolls, toy rocks, and the like.

But what about the bubbles that surround us and have not yet burst – are not even seen as bubbles and have become part of the environment in which we live.  Like:

n  The violence bubble here at home and around the world.  Every day – shootings, bombings, kidnappings, indiscriminate slaughters.
n  The refugee bubble.  Millions of people whose lives have been disrupted and are on the move to find safety and peace.
n  The inequality bubble.  Here at home and around the world, the gap between the haves and have nots grows larger every day.
n  The American political farce bubble.  Endless conjecturing about Trump this or that or Clinton this or that, and all the others, which dominates the public debate for what – a year, a year and a half, two years?  And to what end, except to increase the power of money to dominate our political system.
n  The college football is a sport bubble.  Passions runneth over at stadia around the land.  The scoreboard tells us which team wins.  But the scoreboard that really matters is the one that tallies the billions of dollars that flow to those who win the most.

n  London’s West Ham football team has it right when their fans sing “I’m forever blowing bubbles,” before every game.  We are all blowing bubbles, whether we notice it or not.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In Case You Missed It!

Part of a skull from a 2-million-year-old baboon has been found in a cave in South Africa, the site where remains of our early ancestors have been found.  This is the first non-human primate found at this site.  So the question is: how come so many humans and so few baboons?  And should I care?

Another should I care item: the NY Times today describes the mechanism that moves growing nails forward.  Definitely more than I need to know about this subject.

The click-speaking Khoe-San people of southern Africa carry a genetic mutation that reduces pregnancy complications.  That’s a good thing.

A new study has found that certain gun laws lead to lower rates of firearm suicide.  Specifically, waiting periods for gun purchases, background checks, gun locks and open carry restrictions yield less suicides.  The author of the study says, “When you make a highly lethal method of suicide harder to access, you’re going to lower the suicide rate.”  Duhhh!

There is growing evidence that steroid shots commonly used for back pain work no better than placebos.  There may be short-term pain relief, but the injections don’t have long-lasting results nor do they reduce the need for surgery.  I wonder if the anti-steroid lobby is behind these new studies.


Finally, another question: Is there an effective treatment for dark under-eye circles?  Answer: It depends on what caused them.  An expert, the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, opines: “The earlier you do the correct thing (for your skin), the better it is for the long term.”  That definitely qualifies as another Duhhh!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On Gratitude!

Gratitude places you in the energy field of plentitude.  Perceiving life in a consciousness of gratitude is literally stepping into another dimension of living.  Suddenly the seeming ordinariness of your days takes on a divine sparkle.
n  Michael Beckwith

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.
n  Dr. Robert Holden

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before?  What if I knew I would never see it again?”
n  Rachel Carson

One of life’s most fulfilling moments occurs in the split-second when the familiar is suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new.
n  Edward B. Lindaman

While we cry ourselves to sleep, gratitude waits patiently to console and reassure us; there is a landscape larger than the one we can see.
n  Sarah Ban Breathnach

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
n  Willie Nelson


To be continued . . .

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Being Grateful!

Bad news gets the headlines.  They bombard me every day.  Murders, wars, indiscriminate killings, floods, accidents, refugees – it never ends.  To steal from Peggy Lee’s song I could say,  “Is that all there is?”  Especially as I grow older and am a little weary, even cynical, good news does indeed seem to be in short supply.

But really, is that all there is?  In “The Little Prince,” St. Exupery tells me: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  So, to conclude that’s all there is before I’ve given myself a chance to discover other gifts that will enrich my life is a tragic missed opportunity. 

These gifts belong to me, but I keep them stored away in the closet, unwrapped.  Failing to acknowledge them costs me, and it doesn’t have to be this way.  I can be aware of and grateful for the gifts that I sometimes don’t see, take for granted, or ignore.  How?  By being aware of and grateful for them.


To be continued . . .

Friday, August 07, 2015

From San Francisco!

News from San Francisco you may have missed:

Indicted Chinatown gang leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow has accused the mayor of taking bribes.  Mayor Lee says Shrimp Boy is blowing smoke – or words to that effect.

To reduce public urination, the city has begun painting walls upon which the public urination is likely to take place with a substance that in effect pees back at the pee-er.  How does this work?  I haven’t a clue.  Will it reduce peeing in public?  I doubt it.

Activists in the pro-nudity movement staged a demonstration at City Hall yesterday.  In what attire, you ask?  Let’s just say they were walking their talk.  Tourists from the Midwest were said to be interested in this added attraction offered by our fair city.

They say El Niño is on the way.  With El Niño comes rain.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that Southern California will likely get most of it.  A pox on the evil southland.

The Outside Lands Festival will take place in Golden Gate Park this weekend.  A chance for people to listen to music, drink beer and engage in other mood-altering activities.  And a chance for others to fight massive traffic jams and spillover partying.  Best advice:  Go by foot or on a bike.

On the San Francisco ballot this November:  housing, lobbying, development, airbnb, energy, and more.