The year is almost over, thank goodness. Vaccines and therapeutics promise a happier and healthier 2021. Until then be safe, enjoy your family this Thanksgiving day. As we celebrate with our family, we wish you the gift of faith and the blessing of hope this thanksgiving day!
And as we gather around the table we shall say a prayer to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings to come.
Stress n. a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. I was stressed yesterday. I am stressed today. Work, the kids, the news, you understand, I see.
Stress is our body’s reaction to unfamiliar change requiring an adjustment or response. The body reacts with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.
Cool colors, like all shades of blue, are considered tranquil colors; use blue in those spaces designated for relaxation, conversation, and reflection.
How blue depends on you. Are you bold or subdued? A tried and true test is given below.
Soft Blue, as calm as the desert sky, blue like a Periwinkle, as tender as a Robin’s Egg; it’s a color that emphasizes youth, innocence, and kindly adoration, making it a soothing color year round.
Bold Blue, as deep as the evening sky, as mysterious as the sea, as rich as a Blueberry in summer, as pretty as an Oregon hydrangea, making it excellent for conversation, relaxation, and contemplation.
If you are wondering which blue you are, try this: go into your closet and look at your clothes. Are the dark or soft?
Laughter is the best medicine “they say”. They include the dour Sigmund Freud, who said a good joke is a defense against the absurdities in life. Even the yogis in India use laughter yoga to achieve a happier and higher state of mind. Nero-surgeons know that the brain’s plasticity is expanded by a chuckle, chortle, and cackle. So let’s laugh a little more.
What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
What makes a joke funny? Nobody really knows, but one thing is sure, if we knew the answer it wouldn’t be funny. Surprise is a good thing. It takes us off guard, releases tension, makes the smartest brainiac think he or she is not so smart after all.
And what do we learn? To laugh.
We all need to laugh. Right.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Laughter can increase your oxygen intake, which can in turn stimulate your heart, lungs, and muscles. Laughing further releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals our bodies produce to make us feel happy and even relieve pain or stress. The act of increasing and then decreasing our heart rate and blood pressure through laughter is also ultimately calming and tension-relieving. Laughter can even boost our immune system response through the release of stress-and illness-reducing neuropeptides.”
If you have the time here are a few jokes about time.
Why is it that every time my wife loses her keys, it is in the very last place she looks for it? … Because it is Time to stop looking.
An old man is talking to God. “God, how long is a million years?” God answers, “To me, it’s about a minute.” “God, how much is a million dollars?” “To me, it’s a penny.” “God, may I have a penny?” “Wait a minute.”
Did you hear about the two guys who stole a Fireman’s calendar? … The judge gave each one six months.
Time is a most precious thing, but, as we all know, too much of a good thing can kill.
This couple is planning their next vacation to Joten Heim.
Norwegians know it as Jötunheim, one of the Nine Realms of the World Tree, home of the ancient race of Giants, the Jötunn, of Mimir, and the well of wisdom, of Loki, the shape shifter and trickster, of Thrym, who stole Thor’s magic hammer Mjölnir. It is a frozen place of deep dark forests and jagged mountain peaks covered in ice. The giants who live there are of two kind, the rock giants and frost giants, for the fire giants live in Muspelheim.
Joten Heim possesses several strongholds including Utgard-Loki, which is made of snow blocks and icicles so big you cannot see the top. If you go there, you’ll find that nothing is as it appears, that it is impossible to distinguish between dreams and reality.
If you want directions, all we can say is that it is near Asgard and Midgard, and beyond the realm of order, a primordial place of chaos, magic, and untamed wilderness, and not on a map.
If you are planning your next vacation, we suggest that you make it Stressless.
I am curious, distracted, forgetful, lose my phone and my glasses when I go out to eat. Evenings I like to be tipsy by six. I read Horace and Seneca and can quote Shakespeare by heart, but find Milton a bore. I miss my wife, until, we are together again. I refuse to hang up my coat. I throw clothes in my closet til they make a big pile. I don’t always answer my phone. I blame others when something goes wrong and snore when I drink. I dream often, that is, when I find time to sleep; rise early, and watch the sun rise, and remember the good times and sad. I drink coffee, but that makes me pee. I pick the weeds from my grass, mow the yard, rake the leaves into neat little piles.
Mischief Night is an informal holiday the day before Halloween when children and teenagers engage in pranks and vandalism, i.e., knocking over the outhouse, smashing pumpkins, dog poop in a bag at the doorstep. Other names include, Devil’s Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, and Cabbage Night.
The costumes are made (or more likely bought), the kids are itchin’ to get out of the house; it is not Halloween, but Halloween Eve, a night made for mischief, for ambitious kids who jump the gun on the fun as soon as it’s dark.
Mom and dad are out buying candy, thinking it’s dandy we’ll have the house for ourselves. But who would have guessed that a ghost would show up, knowing it’s almost Halloween.
Why did he come, where was he seen, this Halloween Eve? At the bar in the den looking for boos, then to the ice box in the kitchen for a little dessert?
Renoir’s “Blue River” is a beautiful depiction of the blue Seine with white clouds and blue skies overhead. Even when Renoir painted umbrellas on a rainy day, he infused the canvas with blues to lighten the moment and calm the spirit. Renoir often painted women and girls in blue, because blue is pretty. But blue could be a case for reflection and for some, like Picasso, a time of introspection that borders on melancholy.
Better to stay on blue’s softer side. It’s a very soothing color that calms your mind, slows down the heart, lowers your blood pressure and reduces anxiety, creating a little peace of mind.