Archive for April, 2006


For my friends who could use this

April 30, 2006

The True Path

Just before Ninakawa passed away the Zen master Ikkyu visited him. "Shall I lead you on?" Ikkyu asked.

Ninakawa replied: "I came here alone and I go alone. What help could you be to me?"

Ikkyu answered: "If you think you really come and go, that is your delusion. Let me show you the path on which there is no coming and no going."

With his words, Ikkyu had revealed the path so clearly that Ninakawa smilled and passed away.


Johari Window

April 30, 2006

A Johari window is a metaphorical tool intended to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships. It is used primarily in self-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristic exercise.

Terms selected only by the participant, but not by any of their peers, are placed into the Fa├žade quadrant, representing information about the participant of which their peers are unaware. It is then up to the participant whether or not to disclose this information.

Terms that are not selected by the participant but only by their peers are placed into the Blind Spot quadrant. These represent information of which the participant is not aware, but others are, and they can decide whether and how to inform the individual about these ” blind spots“.

Terms which were not selected by either the participant or their peers remain in the Unknown quadrant, representing the participant’s behaviors or motives which were not recognized by anyone participating. This may be because they do not apply, or because there is collective ignorance of the existence of that trait.

source – Wikipedia

C’mon, all the cool kids are doing it.

Click on the red letters below to
Do my Johari Window!


Wonderful ads

April 29, 2006
Happily Ever After  (this is probably not work friendly nor is it appropriate for children, but every adult should see it.)
Thanks, Sandie.

Homeschool goodness

April 28, 2006

So, we’re checking out the difference between wool, mohair, and my own hair.

Duck says that the roots of my hair look like rotten bananas.

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Homeschool goodness

April 28, 2006

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April 28, 2006

Got milk? Jill Youse does and she’s sending it to help babies in South Africa.

By ANNIE NELSON of the Tribune’s staff
Published Thursday, April 27, 2006
Columbia resident Jill Youse went from not wanting to breast-feed her daughter, Estella, to sending about 1,000 ounces of her milk to South Africa to feed HIV/AIDS-orphaned babies.
Don Shrubshell photo
Jill Youse displays some of the 1,000 ounces of breast milk she has frozen for shipment to AIDS orphans in South Africa.
Youse, 28, overproduces breast milk. In her first month of breast-feeding her daughter, now 9 months old, she realized she had more than Estella could ever use. Her freezer is so full with stored milk she said her family hasn’t eaten a frozen meal in months.
Youse began researching possible uses for the milk and came across iThemba Lethu, a not-for-profit organization in Durban, South Africa, that takes in HIV/AIDS orphans.
The organization has a breast milk bank, started in 2001 by Professor Anna Coutsoudis of the University of Kwa Zulu Natal Medical School, said Penny Reimer, the director of the bank, in an e-mail from South Africa.
“The first baby to be admitted, Musa, he was malnourished and ill. So Anna persuaded a friend who was breast-feeding her own baby to express a little extra milk for a few days,” Reimer wrote. “The result was so amazing that her dream began.”
The World Health Organization recently completed a study that found infants who were not fed breast milk in the first two months of life were six times more likely to die than those being breast-fed.
The iThemba Lethu breast milk bank was started with funding from the United Nations Children’s Fund, which estimates that 15 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents to AIDS. That number is expected to reach 25 million by 2010.
In Durban, Reimer said, each baby requires 1 liter of pasteurized breast milk a day. Youse’s donation equals nearly 30 liters of milk, or almost 8 gallons.
Youse said she had reservations about breast-feeding Estella for two reasons. She is a pharmaceutical sales representative and didn’t think it would fit in her busy schedule, and Youse’s mother didn’t breast-feed her. Youse was born in the ’70s when, she said, advertising for baby formula implied it was superior to anything the human body could create. Youse said her mother now wishes she had breast-fed.
Youse’s husband, Jeremy, a 26-year-old medical student, was seeing firsthand the benefits of breast-feeding a baby during his obstetrics and gynecology rotation. He started putting articles about breast-feeding on the fridge and around the house.
Finally, he and Youse’s grandmother, Mildred Early, persuaded her to breast-feed. When Youse discovered iThemba Lethu, Early became the first donor of $1,000 toward Youse’s own not-for-profit organization, the International Breast Milk Project.
Youse hopes her organization might one day supply what she calls “liquid gold” to milk banks around the world.
Breast milk, according to iThembu Lethu’s Web site, contains cells and antibodies that are active in fighting infection along with fatty acids not found in infant formulas that are important for brain development and other body processes.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also advocates breast milk as the optimal form of nutrition for infants.
Youse’s organization eventually will need financial support to ship the milk around the world but also will need milk to ship. “A mom could increase the number of times she pumps a day while still nursing her baby. That can help increase milk production,” said Youse’s lactation consultant, Patt Stewart, a registered nurse and an internationally board-certified lactation consultant.
A mother’s breast milk production responds to a baby’s demand, Stewart said. By doing extra pumping, the mother can trick her body into producing more milk.
For now, Youse is taking baby steps. Her next goal is to personally take a second shipment of breast milk to South Africa this summer. “That is one of my dreams,” she said. “To give those HIV orphans hugs and kisses this summer and meet Penny.”


‘Cause we all need a laugh

April 26, 2006
Woke up to a puking 4 year old (the day after his birthday!!!) and a feverish 5 year old.  NOT a good way to start the day (although, they both did let me get through my yoga before the illness started …) 
I came downstairs to wash yet another load of ick covered clothing / towels / blankets and checked my inbox and found this waiting for me from my favorite intercontinental friend.
May you all laugh and think of me in my sick house of youngsters.
1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything."

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says:"A beer please, and one for the road."

6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"

7. "Doc, I can’t stop singing "The Green, Green Grass of Home."
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?"
"Well, "It’s Not Unusual."

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.. Daisy says to Dolly,
"I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don’t believe you," says Dolly.
"It’s true, no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.

11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn’t find any.

12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, "Doctor, doctor, I can’t feel my legs!" The doctor replied, "I know you can’t – I’ve cut off your arms!"

13. I went to a seafood bar last week…and pulled a mussel.

14. What do you call a fish with no eye? "Fsh".

15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says "Dam!"

16. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him..(Oh, man, this is so bad, it’s good).. a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

17. Did you hear about the new corduroy pillow cases? They are making headlines everywhere.

18. Why do chicken coops have two doors? Because if they had four doors they would be chicken sedans.

19. A termite walks into a bar and says is the bar tender here?

20. A skeleton walks into a bar and says give me a beer and a mop….

21. A Neutron walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "how much for a beer?" Bartender, "for you, no charge."

22, Two hydrogen atoms were talking, "I lost my electron this morning." "Are you sure?" "Yes. I’m positive."


Oh my goodness, birthdays are so much fun

April 25, 2006

I could not resist posting these pictures of my birthday kid.



April 25, 2006

Stealth this morning

My crazy, adorable, caring, dare devil, loving, funny, gentle, sweet, gnarly, energetic, wild, adventurous, healing, wise, older than his years, inspiring son is 4 years old today. He made his entrance into the world at 11:23 am and the world has never been the same.

Mama loves you, Stealth. Happy birthday!


Morgan Spurlock is my hero

April 24, 2006
that is all.
Back to yor regularly scheduled goofing off.