Restoring Creativity

It’s the first of the year – yeah!?  February rather slips in after January… after all the hoopla we get wrapped into.  January… we deal with cleaning up from the holidays, feel guilty as we know we spent too much and gained too much weight and know resolutions don’t work.  February we are trying valiantly to refocus and get our head in the game.  But all that refocusing can dampen our core, our vibrancy – our creativity!

Our creativity sparks our life- lights it up, feeds our soul.  It could be said it is an entity unto itself that lives within us.  Creativity can’t be contained in a jar or in one direction.  Most creatives need exposure to multiple outlets to hone their best work. They often have a varied career switching fields of endeavor.  February is given to us as a month to slow down (not hunker down) and refresh our creative soul.   Continue reading “Restoring Creativity”

When is Enough Enough?

Beware -I feel a rant coming on…

My husband and I were having a discussion over morning coffee time today.  We started discussing the economy and technology.  He is a fourth generation in a line of engineers.  Although he loves designing ways to make things work better, whether it be carpentry, electrical or managing a business, he can’t see technology for technology’s sake.  I have to admit there is a fine line between technological innovations that better people’s lives and those that just give a false impression that because it’s new it must be a better way to go.  The philosophy that if it is moving the economy toward new heights we must be growing and growing is essential – right?  Which brings us back to the economy.  There was a New York Times article on October 28, 2012 about a man diagnosed with lung cancer and given six months to live.  He made the choice to go to Greece to die.  Now we all know Greece is a struggling country economically.  In the region he chose to live, the people live primitively by Western standards.  They eat very simply – home made bread, what they grow in their gardens, yogurt they make, beans and vegetables, occasionally meat.  They drink tea of mostly local herbs, goats’ milk and home made wine.  They work at what the local economy can support, visit each other a good portion of the day, nap in the afternoon, dance and sing with friends at night – and yes get plenty of sun every day.  The area has a large portion of its population that lives to be over 100.  Our man with the cancer opted for no chemotherapy, hospitals, hospices or gravestone.  Actually he didn’t make funeral arrangements because he passed his 6 month time period and just kept living.  He lived where the economy was not “growing”.   Did he rob the economy of what it could have made from the medical  and funeral costs. Did he cheat the lawyer  out of fees, the city and county out of taxes, the real estate agent to pass on or sell his house and “things”?  An automobile industry wouldn’t have flourished because of him, as he opted for no car.  He lived simply and happily without disease.

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Plumbing -How Outside Design Impacts Your Interior

A relative’s recent experience with the twenty year old home she just moved into taught us a few facts worth sharing.  Water started appearing in her home along one side of her home.  Her floors are large marble tiles as she lives in Florida where they are common.  When water started seeping up in between the tiles when stepped on, she went on high alert and got a plumber in pronto.  After probing for a good long while, he found water standing under the house.  This eliminated the sprinkler system surrounding the exterior or a completely broken pipe that would have gushed.  A slow leaking hot water pipe was discovered behind the drywall in the office.  Once capped off, it stopped the leak but further work will have to find the other end of the pipe to finalize the repair and make sure there are no other contributing spots.

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