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If Only There Were Light

Yesterday evening went perfect! I was comfortably lazying in my bed, working hard to protect the house from strangers, and stray cats, when I hear the garage open. DADS HOME! I jump up out of bed and run to the front door. I know dad’s always upset when I don’t meet him IN the doorway. (He needs my support on all things, so I begrudgingly am up in his business at all Cmes) So Dad and the liMle one bring all their things inside.

I know he’s already forgoMen it’s dinner Cme, so I help him remember by singing so# hymns. About 60 seconds aTer he’s come in the house he FINALLY gets my food. I wonder if he is trying to starve me.

Later the liMle one is at the table with mom. I don’t know why dad insists on feeding me this way. It is a lot slower, and a LOT messier, but every night aTer dinner, they have the liMle one give me my dessert slowly dropping it to the floor while he’s siJng at the table.

Anyway, the night goes on as usual. And I go to sleep in my usual spots. Right outside dads door, outside the liMle ones door (guarding the bringer of dessert), on the couch, middle of the floor…

When suddenly I’m woken up by mom yelling, laying on the ground aTer she had kicked me! Rude. I don’t understand it. She knows I sleep everywhere at night. Why can’t she just turn on the light.

Now I have to move to the couch again, ugh.


Its A Strange Old World: Bizzare News You May Have Missed

A shop in Dublin has banned people from paying for their goods using cash stashed in their bras. As temperatures soared in Ireland’s summer heat wave, bed salesman Michael Flynn had to insist customers keep their money in more “sanitary” places. 

A submarine launched by the NOAA’s North Atlantic expedition has discovered a real-life SpongeBob and Patrick. The vessel’s live feed caught a bright yellow sea sponge sitting beside a pink Chondraster grandis starfish at the bottom of the ocean.

A Russian pilot is under investigation for allowing a daredevil to duct tape himself to the bottom of his helicopter while flying over an airfield. Alexander Nazarov has had his license suspended by the authorities.

Do You Want To Keep Your Brain Healthy? Here’s How

Forgetting where we put our glasses or taking longer to solve math problems can easily cause us to panic that our brains are slowing down as we get older, but thankfully, research by neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta has shown that there are plenty of things we can do right now to keep our minds in tip-top condition as the years creep by. 

One of the simplest and least taxing ways to improve the functions of the brain is to get the right amount of sleep. Spending a good amount of time resting not only allows your mind to reset, it also gives a boost to your brain’s ability to take on new knowledge. 

Exercising more often is another step we can take that has a surprisingly positive impact on the brain alongside the more well-known benefits for the rest of your body. Regular exercise has been shown to help with the growth of new neural cells and improve their performance.

Gupta has also found that regular connection with others is great for a healthy brain. Socializing with others keeps your mind working and may actually help improve memory, whether it is in person, virtually or even on social media!

Finally, keeping your brain stimulated with activities that require reasoning, active learning and problem-solving, such as taking a class in a new subject or learning a language with a tutor, goes hand in hand with social contact as a surefire way to improve your mental abilities.


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Worth Quoting

This month, some famous quotes on light:

In honor of the invention of the incandescent electric lamp by Thomas Edison in October 1879, here are some quotes about light:

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

Travel light, live light, spread light, be the light.
Yogi Bhajan

But my darling, there’s no such thing as the light at the end of the tunnel, you must realize that you are the light.



You Can Negotiate Like A Pro with L.A.T.T.E

Whether it’s a business deal at work, a domestic issue at home or a group decision with friends, negotiating a difficult situation to get an outcome that works for you can be a daunting prospect. Thankfully, there’s a tried and tested technique you can use to improve your ability to negotiate. Enter “L.A.T.T.E.,” a useful acronym coined by negotiation expert Jacqueline Twillie that will put you on your way to a successful outcome.

L: Look at the details. Making sure you’re fully informed about every detail and potential outcome will help you to decide what decisions you can make.

A: Anticipate the challenges. It’s probably a given that you’ll receive some pushback or have some hurdles to overcome during the conversation. Make sure you’re ready for 

What Underwater Sculpture Is Doing for Ocean Life

The concrete structures we humans create are all too often associated with an ugly and damaging imprint we’re leaving on the natural world. But British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor is proving that it doesn’t have to be that way, with his stunning underwater sculptures having a positive impact on the marine environment alongside their visual beauty.

Described as “ecological underwater art,” the sculpture gardens installed at the bottom of the sea in Grenada and Cancun show a wonderful symbiosis between humanity and the ocean. A collection of concrete figures built to represent people in the local community have been strategically placed on the ocean floor and, as the years pass, marine life grows on the surfaces of the structures, creating brand-new habitats for creatures of the ocean.

the kind of questions or resistance you might face while negotiating and have your responses prepared.

T: Think about what you want to walk away with. Be clear in your mind about what you actually want from the negotiation, what you are prepared to be flexible on and which parts of your desired outcome are not up for negotiation. Also, be sure to consider what the other party wants from the conversation for a stronger approach.

T: Talk it through! Practicing talking through your points out loud will help you be confident and collected when it comes to the real thing. You may even find that hearing your points out loud helps you identify where your tone or approach might need to change.

E: Evaluate your options. Before making a final decision, give yourself time to review the outcomes you’ve been offered from the negotiations to make sure it’s what’s best 

Here Are 5 Tips to Combat Digital Fatigue.

As more of us find ourselves working remotely, communicating with friends via social media, consuming news and entertainment online and even using our devices for things like health monitoring and cooking timers, it can be increasingly difficult to peel ourselves away from our smartphones.
If you’re unable to keep away from your device and the mental exhaustion it brings, here are five tips to help you return to the real world.
Use an alarm clock. Using your phone as an alarm clock causes you to keep it near when you go to bed and presents the danger of immediately scrolling once

you’ve stopped the alarm in the morning. Reverting to a proper alarm clock like in the good old days will give you space to leave the phone outside your room and eliminate the desire to pick it up as soon as you wake.
Go for a walk without your phone. Keeping your phone physically away from your quality time will help you engage better with the people and things around you. It’s also much easier than it may seem; in no time, you’ll find yourself completely forgetting the urge to keep up with your digital notifications.
Rearrange your home screen. It can become simply a habit of muscle memory

o unlock your phone and open a social media app. The simple act of rearranging where your apps are placed can stop you from going through the motions of opening an app when you don’t really need to.
Keep a fixed-point charging station. While at home, leaving your devices charging in a specific place rather than loose in your pocket will help you resist the urge to pull it out at all times of the day.
Allocate one day a week to be completely phone free. Diarizing a day without your device will give you time to notify others that you’ll be off-grid,

The Scariest Thing

Healthcare facilities can be a terrifying place for a lot of people. It’s the fear of the unknown. “What are they going to do to me?” “Do I have XYZ?” 

I can’t count the number of people (not great at math) how many people I’ve urged to see their family doctors to ‘take a look’ at something. But no appointment was made. They would rather NOT KNOW.

“If I ignore it, it will go away, or won’t be as serious.” “I feel fine”…

But ignoring things doesn’t make them go away. And Ignorance isn’t bliss. To me one of the scariest things is NOT KNOWING. 

Often it’s not what you know that gets you, it’s what you DON’T KNOW, or what you are willing to ignore.

Last year I was pretty slack on my eating and exercising habits. Over time  I had put on roughly 15-20lbs or so… I’m a sucker for ice cream and cookies. 

I started to notice my pants not fitting ‘quite right’. You might be thinking, just get new pants! …But to me it was a signal that something needed to change. So I Started working out again 4-5x/ week (at night, after getting home from working all day, and putting kiddo to bed) and stopped eating cookies and ice cream. 

Many sweaty months, and cookie-free nights later, my pants fit again 🙂

Whats your signal? Maybe your pants are getting snug? Maybe your body makes more noises getting up in the morning. Maybe those aches aren’t going away anymore? Constant headaches?

When you recognize the signal, do something about it. Put the cookies down. Start to exercise. Make an appointment with your health care provider. After all, we aren’t that scary.

Pumpkin Pie Squares 

Yields 16

10 Medjool dates, pitted and diced (about 1 cup diced)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups oat flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk of choice (dairy or plant milk)
1 15 oz. can cooked pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
Optional: 1 cup frosting

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin pie spice and flour. In a blender, add soaked dates, date soak water, vanilla and milk and purée 1–2 minutes until smooth. Add to bowl with flour and spices along with pumpkin. Mix with wooden spoon until dry ingredients are incorporated. 

Pour batter into 8×8 baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25–30 minutes until lightly browned with some cracks. Cool for 10–15 minutes. Cut into squares before serving. Frost, if desired, before serving.



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