Monday, June 30, 2008
Are People Becoming Stupider?
First, here's an email which was sent to me today. I don't know who wrote this, but the message said to pass it on, so I'm doing this. If the owner/writer wishes credit for this, contact me.
This is too true to be funny.
The next time you hear a politician use the
word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about
whether you want the 'politicians' spending
YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
but one advertising agency did a good job of
putting that figure into some perspective in
one of it's releases.
A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were
living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
A billion dollars ago was only
8 hours and 20 minutes,
at the rate our government
is spending it.
While this thought is still fresh in our brain...
let's take a look at
It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
Mary Landrieu (D)
is presently asking Congress for
250 BILLION DOLLARS
what does it mean?
Well... if you are one of the 484,674 residents of
(every man, woman, and child)
you each get $516,528.
Or... if you have one of the 188,251 homes in
Or... if you are a family of four...
your family gets $2,066,012.
Washington, D. C
< HELLO! >
Are all your calculators broken??
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax <>
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago...
and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt...
We had the largest middle class in the world...
and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
Can you spell 'politicians!'
And I still have to
I hope this goes around the
at least 100 times
What the heck happened?????
The title is "Is Google Making Us Stupider?" Click here for the article.
NOW YOU TELL ME--what do YOU think?
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Sunday At The Beach
Plus there are so many things that happen that make us laugh. One guy nearly creamed another guy with his kayak as he picked it up and walked away--it just missed this guy's head by inches.
One father and totally nekkid young daughter ran and jumped into the ocean and frolicked. They were having so much fun it was pure joy watching them.
Naturally I always take lots and lots of photos, and this is one of my favorites of the day.
The day wasn't too hot or cold which was perfect for this Goldilocks. The beach was packed with people. It's hard to believe that tourism is down by the amount of people on the beach, cars on the road, people in the stores and restaurants, and people walking down South Kihei Road. Maui appears to be flourishing to me.
Maybe the tourism downturn rumor is merely one of those cyclical things. I certainly hope so, for I want Maui to thrive and offer a Sunday-At-The-Beach kind of day to those from elsewhere.
I've read that fewer flights will be coming to Maui, so if you're reading this post from elsewhere and want a Maui vacation, plan ahead and plan early.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
The Secret To Happiness
The Secret To Happiness is probably one of the most searched for items on Google besides images of Pamela Anderson--especially now with our U.S. economy in the dumpster.
So many people these days are seeking the answer to happiness, financial improvement, better health and change. How can they be happier? Is there a secret they should know about?
I recently discovered a news article titled, "The secret of happiness: grinning on the Internet". The link will be given at the end of this post.
And even though this article seemed like a fluff piece at first, after printing it out, re-reading it several times, and then contemplating what was written therein, I believe it's an excellent article and I'd like to share it with you.
The first first two sentences pack a wallop: "How happy you are is influenced by your social links you've never heard of and never met.
That's the conclusion of a US study looking for the spread of happiness and depression across social networks."
The article then goes on to say, "Happy people cluster together..."
Isn't that the old cliche, "Bird of a feather flock together"?
In real and in the virtual worlds, we join together with those with whom we resonate. And our happiness ripples out to our friends' friends' friends.
The contagion of others over long distances is finally being recognized. Our thought forms have power. Our happiness has power. Our GRINS have power.
Once you truly get-it that we live in a quantum universe, this insight will rock your world.
At the quantum level, we aren't energetically separated. We are our environment. We are our friends. We are our connections.
But as the article goes on to state, "Geographical distance is important--your friends are more influential the nearer they live."
However, my thoughts are this: if you're a global being with many friends on the net (as I am and undoubtedly many of you are, or you wouldn't be reading this post), you're perhaps very influenced by me-- and likewise, I'm influenced by you.
So here's GRINNING/Smiling/laughing with you my friends! Have a great weekend!
Click here for the link to the article.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Stuff Synchronicity Strikes Again
Click here if you'd like to read it.
Is Spirit giving me a nudge, ya think?
100 things seems way too little for me.
Maybe if I lived in a Japanese style home, I would be ok with less because that's the style.
This article pushed me to contemplate STUFF and ownership and possessions and our need to acquire, own, and hold onto things. This trait of collecting is even done by some animals. Remember the story of Ziggy the cat burglar who snuck out of her home every night to steal from others and bring the treasures home? And there is another cat who steals gardening gloves.
Did you see the Oprah special where the children of a pack-rat Mother and Father turned them into Oprah for help? This cluttered home was something scary! But of course, the Good Fairy Oprah resolved their Stuff Overload for them with her team.
But I don't even think Oprah's Team could pull my teddybears away from me!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Pack Rat Or Collector?
Like a lot of children, I never wanted to 'turn-into' my Mom, so I've been a person who likes to weed out the excess stuff in my life and pass it onto others--a never-ending task. I've been applying myself to weeding and organizing once again these last couple of months and excavating the layers of acquired stuff in our home with the thought that should we move, the less stuff we have to drag along with us.
And this weeding has been supremely successful, even though it's yet to be completed!
I'm now at the weeding phase where I'm asking myself: Do I really, truly need to hold onto my various collections? It seems I have a bit of my Mother in me after all. I prefer the word 'collector' to 'pack-rat', don't you?
Here are some of the things I've collected: teddy bears, t-shirts from international travels, photos, cards, thangkas, card decks, statues, crystals and stones, BOOKS, cd's, dvd's, and mermaid and faery paraphernalia and objects. Most of these collections are in boxes. So I've been asking myself over and over, "Can I part with one of these collections or maybe several?"
Part of me is very resistant to letting-go! The teddybear collection has a big place in my heart. The unique mermaid teddybear in the photo above was given to me as a gift (as were most of the stuff in my collections) by my pod-ner's nephew Brandon, a sweetheart if there ever was one. I don't know where he found it to give to me, but I've never seen another one like it.
In my teddybear collection, I have some collectibles and some that are antiques such as an ancient Smokey the Bear which has a battery and walks and talks!
Some of my smaller teddybears I have out of boxes, and the rest are screaming to be let out, but I don't want our home to be decorated with stuffed teddybears, so they're going to have to remain in boxes or finally find a home elsewhere.
If only the teddybears didn't look so cute and hold so many memories, it would be a lot easier.
Do you have collections of which you have a hard time letting-go?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Fantasy Of The Summer: Jetson Jet Pack
Apparently these personal turbine jet packs will soon be available for everyone and on the market for around $226,000 from Jet Pack International.
This is just what I need NOW to combat the summer blahs.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sending Ya'll A Maui Postcard
You are going to share this beautiful Maui postcard with your blog fans. Won't they ever be ready to hop on a plane and come for a vacation after seeing this!
The Famous Blog Queen--the One and Only KUANYIN
You too can send your very own Maui postcard. All you hafta do is click on the Visit Maui website, and scroll down to the bottom of the page and select one of the images (such as the beach image I used above), write your message, and email it. Simple, eh?
Dontcha wish your beach was as great as mine?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Recovering From Film Overload
Just in case anyone has been wondering about my whereabouts, my podner and I've been ultra busy attending films at the recent (June 11-15th) Maui Film Festival.
Being the movie-aholics that we are, we outdid ourselves with films. Now I don't even want to watch tv as I'm recovering from film overload.
Blogging is challenging and typing these few sentences is pushing myself. About the only thing I've done is Plurk & Twitter a little.
If you'd like to join me on Plurk, click here.
If you'd like to join me on Twitter, click here.
Now I'm going to go swing in my purple hammock chair, watch the sunset, jacuzzi, and chill!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
My Mama Said There Would Be Dayz Like This
And thus began my Day of Dropsies!
Everything wants to fall out of my hands today or spill or tip over and leave water or coffee stains all over the floor! WTF!
I even poked my left F-U finger with a bougainvillea thorn in my home renovation project. That hurt like a *$%H&!!! These bougainvillea thorns are sharp.
Me thinks it's best to lay low or curl up with a book that has zero sharp corners, but then again, I'll need to watch out for paper cuts.
It's one of those days every Mother warns you about.
And they know. They know ALL too well.
Late this afternoon, synchronicity strikes again, and I read these words in the latest What's Up On Planet Earth update:
"If you are one who has found yourself dropping things, noticing things falling through your fingers, and experiencing a strange inability to hold onto much of anything (whether literally in the physical sense or otherwise), it is simply because we are now finally poised to have something very new to hold onto once again.
Yes, a new anchor is finally arriving. Are you ready?"
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Summer Of Our Discontent
Of course most people would find it unbelievable to have discontent if they were living on Maui. Yet this is our truth. We blame our discontent on anything and everything and gritch like this:
It's toooo damned hot.
Why is the electric bill so high?
The grass beside the road and the vegetation looks brown and dry and ready for brush fires.
Everyone else in the whole wide world seems to be on vacation except for us. Sob!
Where is everyone anyway? The roads seem quiet.
Why hasn't it rained? We NEED rain.
It's time for us to move someplace cleaner and cheaper.
Can you believe this water bill?
And thus it goes for us every summer. Of course, there are a few cuss words thrown in for flavor and emphasis which I won't add for public consumption.
We search for things to be grateful for during the summer, and of course, there are MANY, many things for which we're grateful. However, if there was any season for us to count our blessings and work-it, it's the summer for us!
My inner child doesn't want to stay put in the summer. It wants to go off to camp....or to travel...to play all day and stay out late all night...it wants to eat ice cream, drink rose wine, swim and splash, dance to loud music...and it especially wants to be cool, comfortable, and merry. It wants to goof-off.
And what about you? Is summer time hard for you too?
Saturday, June 07, 2008
What Were YOU Doing Two Years Ago?
However, I wasn't very computer savvy, and since I had few friends who were blogging at that time, most of my learning came through trial and error and with the aid of computer angels. Mahalo Nui Loa for all those that helped me!
I made jokes about pulling my hair out and going bonkers. But those jokes were very close to home. Most of the acquaintances I know didn't want to hear me talk about blogging, and they'd rudely change the subject if I brought it up at parties.
My close family members totally supported me and encouraged my new passion. Another Mahalo to ya'll--I love you soooo much!
If anything could go wrong in constructing a blog, it did. Murphy had me on his radar. Sidebars would enrage me. I screwed up all the time, and I wouldn't know how to fix what I had done wrong. Those early days were frustrating times, but I kept creating blogs and learning something new every day. I was jazzed, and my output was amazing. Now I look back on my learning curve two years later, I can barely believe all that I created!
Those were the days before I got into Facebook, MyBlogLog, Twitter, Blog Catalog, Pownce, Fuel My Blog, Spicy Blog, Second Life, Squidoo, memes up the ying-yang, Digg, Mixx, and more!
Now I'm an old blog pro. Hah! I've got the basics down, and it's less time-consuming for me to post, yet there's always something new to learn, for the blogosphere is ever changing.
I have become smitten with blogs. Many bloggers are such talented writers and artists. Most of the ones I've grown to know have huge, loving hearts. Like Maui Girl, a blog buddy, who wrote recently in one of her posts that she plans to spend her holiday on Cape Cod catching up on her blog reading, I feel the same. I want to have a vacation where I can lounge around and read blogs all day long.
I blog less these days because I'm very busy working on other time-consuming projects, but there's usually at least one blog I post on daily. Blogging is in my blood now, and once you get your creative juices flowing, there's no stopping.
When I was very sick last year and close to checking-out, I STILL blogged.
That says something about the nature of creativity. And blogging!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Been There--Done That!
But the truth is once you're running around on the net, they find you or they cross you path like a black cat. And they annoy the hell out of me. They quote preposterous trainings and titles. In fact, they act entitled. They PRESUME they are MY/YOUR teachers, leaders, and healers.
Several such *false* ones have come to my attention recently through my net connections in yet another bid for attention and moolah, and I grumbled: "argghhh--not THEM again!"
Since Maui is on the New Age trail which includes Sedona, Marin, Santa Fe, etc., eventually these hucksters will pass their way through here or try to make this their home base....for awhile anyway.
I recently read a very well written article on how to spot these charlatans and false gurus, and you can click on the link here.
But I would like to add to this list by saying this:
The more they elaborate on their trainings, credentials, diplomas, and what-not, the MORE I distrust their offerings.
It's like these spiritual teachers/false gurus are trying too hard.
Their hard sell desperation is so visible. Don't they know it?
Monday, June 02, 2008
Sex And The Single Girl TWICE!
Once the movie started, there was TOTAL silence.
Let me tell ya--the girls love this movie, and it's having a great reception at the box office.
My partner and I critiqued it afterwards, and we agreed we liked the television series better. The fashion seemed so retro, and we were both mildly disappointed with the writing and wit. We didn't feel it transitioned well to the big screen, and the women looked better on tv.
BUT then I attended the movie again yesterday with a WOMAN!
And I experienced the movie in a totally different way. As a matter of fact, I REALLY liked it the second time around!! I even cried at the bridge scene.
Now I'm ready for another Girly Movie. There's simply not enough movies of this genre. Bring 'em on movie directors and producers.
We women are hungry!