Uplifting Quotes from Buddha

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Recently I have gone from being fairly healthy (or so I thought), to developing pancreatitis (unknown causes), to finding out that more is wrong with my body than I ever imagined, thanks to all the extra tests, which led to one, which led to another. I feel like I am always at the doctors lately. The doctors have so many tests they want to run, which I can’t afford, and really have had to take a look at all the different results and decided what I need to prioritize. Working full time at the same time. Nothing immediately life threatening, thank goodness, but life limiting possibly. Anyhow, I needed some inspiration in an attempt not to get depressed about what is in my future health-wise. These are a couple of great quotes, so please enjoy!


“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

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“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.”

According to aboutbuddhism.org, The original Buddah was Buddha Shakyamuni. He gave eighty-four thousand teachings. His intention in founding Buddhism was to lead living beings to permanent liberation from suffering. He realized temporary liberation from suffering and difficulties is not enough. Motivated by love and compassion his aim was to help living beings find lasting peace or nirvana.
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Tips and Tricks from a Seasoned Yellowstone Employee with 10 Best Hikes

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Contrary to popular belief, Yellowstone National Park is not a drive through wildlife safari or petting zoo. The animals will bite, gore and tear you to shreds if you pet them while taking a selfie.

I’ve spent 2 summers working at Canyon Lodge and Lake Lodge engaging with hundreds of visitors per day. I haven’t seen it all, but I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen a father put his 2 year old on the back of a bison laying down for a photo op, cars with all four doors open stopped in the middle of the road with the passengers all taking pictures of the mamma bear and cubs 20 ft away, tourists trying to pet the newborn elk with the mother charging towards them, visitors doing handstands off trail on the edge of the very unstable Grand Canyon, families who yell at me…

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Field Trip Time: New Military and History Museum in Oklahoma

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The new Military Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma has a large collection of military and historical memorabilia from the first World War up to the present day conflicts in the Middle East. I was very impressed with the variety of artifacts to view. The first room we viewed had articles from the first and second world wars. There were captured Japanese flags, military uniforms, field equipment, snowshoes made of a basket-type material that the Russians wore during the winter, models of planes and ships used during that era, along with stories to read and many original documents. Another room had a bamboo cage with a soldier locked inside, which was a model of one used to hold prisoners during the Vietnam War (very sad, but informative). There were also many more manikins dressed in uniform and samples of weapons along with a very large collection of model ships, tanks and airplanes. The museum is donation only, and we had a wonderful, informative guide who was a pilot in the US Air Force. I feel like my daughter and I learned a lot and my grandson had a great time enjoying all the airplane models. He even got to sit in a mini-airplane which was at the front of the museum. Visiting this museum really makes history come alive!

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George Washington was here!

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I am quite a history buff, so I couldn’t resist staying in Bedford, Pennsylvania on our last cross country drive to New York. I was telling my kids, “This town has historical significance”. Their reply, “Like what?”. Well for one thing, George Washington actually spent a great amount of time here. Something I can’t claim for any place in Oklahoma. According to motherbedford.com, “A boastful claim made by quite a number of owners of venerable, old houses throughout the eastern seaboard is that the Father of Our Country, George Washington visited (and slept), if even for only a single night, in their house. Many of those claims can be verified and proven by available public records, but perhaps just as many are simply tall tales spun through the years by families who believed their importance to be just a little bit greater than their neighbors. For the record, George Washington did, in fact, sleep at Bedford”. Well, that got their attention!

According to motherbedford.com, “Bedford, PA, was the location of Fort Bedford. Fort Bedford was built as one of the staging sites for the construction of Forbes’ Road during the French and Indian War. It was garrisoned by the British during that period and was “captured” by James Smith and his Black Boys in 1769, making it the first British fort to fall to American rebels. The structure was used as a place of refuge during the Revolution by the local settlers”.

The town itself is a treasure trove of buildings from the 1700  and 1800s. This is amazing to me, as Oklahoma, where we live, only has structures that date back to the early 1900’s. We took the morning to drive around the old town, and enjoy a walk by the river which ran through town. There are also a lot of shops and restaurants to visit. One place which I would highly recommend is Old Bedford Village, which is a historically accurate re-creation of a colonial village. It is amazing!

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Oh Tea! Black, Oolong, Green, White, which will you choose?

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Here are some fun facts about tea to enjoy as you sip a cup of your favorite brew! Source: notimeliketeatime.com

  1. Legend has it that in 2737 BC, Shen Nung, the second emperor of China, discovered tea when leaves blew into his pot of boiling water. Who knows? He might have took a taste and found it delightful?
  2. The east, specifically China, is the birth place of tea.
  3. On an estimate, there are about 1,500 kinds of tea and there could be more. So you just don’t say “tea”. You have to be specific which of those 1,500 kinds you are referring to.
  4. Coming next to water, tea is the second most consumed drink in the whole wide world.
  5. Tea tasting is no easy job you have to have a keen eye for tea leaves, a sharp taste for brewed teas, a sense of touch for the tea leaves and a keen smell to determine whether the aroma of brewed tea is good or not.
  6. Camellia sinensis is the single plant where all varieties of tea came from.
  7. Black tea in the United States is called ‘red tea’ in China.
  8. Teas don’t taste the same. Their taste would depend largely on the temperature and taste of water and the time they took to brew. That’s why the Chinese recommend fresh water from lakes and rivers, they said it’s the best but I’m not pretty sure there’s much cleaner water around, eh?
  9. During the mid-1700s, tea became drink of Great Britain; the nation’s favorite topping over gin.
  10. If you don’t want to feel mosquito bites on your skin, dampen tea leaves to harness their scent and voila! You have a natural mosquito repellent at your home.

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Inspirational, Motivational and just Great Quotes to Ponder while Sipping Tea

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“Live each day as if your life had just begun.”– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom”. – Rumi

Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” —Mark Twain

#100HappyDaysChallenge post #14 Hiking in the Morning Woods, and Oh! Is that a SNAKE??!

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Is that a snake?? I almost stepped on this little guy. I don’t know if it was poisonous, but I was not waiting to find out.

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A flowering bush by the start of the trail.

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Not sure what they of plant this was. Some kind of fern, but the flowers looked almost tropical.

In my quest to recover from pancreatitis, I attempt to walk a little further each day. The neighborhood walks of late have become very boring, so I decided to head down to a local nature center for my morning walk, camera in hand. (Does stopping and taking pictures while walking count as exercise?). I was bitten my a lot of mosquitoes whenever I stopped, so these were quick pictures. It rained heavily last night, and the trees were laden with water. It was so still in the woods, that one could hear the water dripping from the trees. Peaceful. This was the first time I have gone hiking at a nature center by myself, since I have always had children with me, so it was a great time for introspection also.

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Great ideas on starting a wildlife habitat in your backyard.

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Allow nature to teach you stillness.

I like it! So true. Being still is highly underrated in our fast paced society. Get more done, quick, now! That seems to be the mantra. My job is crazy busy, in a hospital, where I don’t get any fresh air all day. So on my days off, I crave stillness and the outside. I think there would be a lot less mental illness and stress related problems if people just took the time to be still and spend time outside.

A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces

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Everything  natural – every  flower,  tree,  and  animal – has important  lessons  to  teach  us  if  we  only stop,  look,  and  listen.
Allow  nature  to  teach  you stillness.

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Why You Should Play the Lottery??!!

Great article! The author does not REALLY think you should play the lottery. Spending a buck or two on a ticket can allow you to dream big, then instead of waiting for the magic lottery ticket, do what you can to make it happen!

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We talked this morning about the pitfalls of gambling and how playing the lottery is a terrible use of your hard earned cash.  I was scanning Forbes.com and found an article that caught my eye because the author advises playing the lottery!!  But, there’s a catch to his premise.  Check it out here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpagliarini/2013/12/17/why-playing-the-lottery-is-a-good-investment/

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