H2O : Don’t take it for granted.
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Okay, so the quote is waaaay outta touch with modern science but I still like it! I’ve BEEn interested in the wee BUZZards since I found out how unbelievably skilled and efficient they were in geometry. (I dig math, okay?!)
FACTS TO GET YOUR HEAD BUZZING ‘BOUT BEES…
~Bees do not see the color red but they can see ultraviolet colors
~~A queen bee chooses the sex of her offspring
~~~Honey bees are not born to make honey: they are taught by their elders
~~~~Been around for 30 million years
~~~~~A honeycomb is made of hexagonal cells with walls that are only 2/1000 inch thick, but support 25 times their own weight
~~~~~~Bees pollinate an average of 15 billion dollars in crops every year
~~~~~~~Bees dance to communicate
~~~~~~~~Bees are super-smart at math and can calculate angles
~~~~~~~~~The hexagonal honeycomb shape is a reflection of this ability, as it is the most efficient use of space for them to store food
~~~~~~~~~~Honey is the only food made by insects that is eaten by man
~~~~~~~~~~~Honey has everything in it to sustain life, with an added antioxidant that promotes brain functioning
~~~~~~~~~~~~Human brains have trillions of glial “glue” cells that form a honeycomb pattern that nourishes and protects neurons
In honor of All Saints Day, I am showing gratitude to my Catholic heritage by sharing with you one of my favorite saints, Saint Kateri Tekawitha, who was just recently canonized (fancy word meaning the big wigs in the church feel she is worthy of being called a saint) on 10/21/2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Kateri is the first Native American Indian to reach sainthood; she showed extreme courage and bravery in what she believed and gave great dedication to the environment and the sick. Her story has fascinated me, since I was a young girl.
My mom, grandma, and I went into Saint Louis city to visit my Uncle Jim , who was in the Kenrick seminary (fancy word for a college where you learn to become a priest). While we were in the gift shop, I spotted the book, Kateri Tekawitha, Lily of the Mohawks. My grandma bought it for me and I read it all the time. I think I even brought it to school for show-and-tell!
Hearing the news of Kateri’s sainthood, this October, put a huge smile on my face. It brought back a flood of memories of my grandma , who is now gone and my uncle, who recently passed away in September. As I grew older, and more rebellious of my Catholic upbringing, I often debated with them on the teaching and dogma of the church. It drove my mother CRAZY! I’m sure they are giggling, as I write this…
I am beginning to accept that in my questioning of my beliefs I do not have to completely shun and rebel from them, either. Although I am, currently, not a devoted Catholic, I find that my faith is still heavily rooted in Catholic teachings and prayers: I love reading about saints and angels, I still pray numerous Catholic prayers, almost daily, and when I do go to church, I get overwhelmingly emotional and almost always have tears. It is a part of me. It seems as though I cannot escape it, no matter how hard I try to run away…
Be Strong. Be Courageous.
I stayed up way too late the other night watching The Code on the Science Channel. For some reason my brain gets hungry for information late at night. I started watching The Code and was blown away (ha!) by the bubble artist and his explanation of the conservation of space that bubbles inherently possess. Check out the video, even if you’re not a number or shape freak, the bubble formations are incredible to watch!
Oh, I love sweet summer days! Summertime has always been a favorite time of year for me. When I was younger, it represented mommy-and-me time My mom was (still is) a teacher and her summers were mostly free, which meant we could plan all sorts of fun-time adventures and have lazy afternoons catching up on All My Children! Oh, I how could I forget my BIRTHDAY smack dab in the middle of Summer, too and so is my baby girl’s!~WHOOO HOOO!!!
This summer was SUPER FUN for me and my kiddo~ not quite as much for my husband, who worked a ton in the sweltering heat! He and my lil sugarplum did get a bit of fishing in down at our pond, so he didn’t complain too much.
My favs of this Summer were going to the Saint Louis Zoo and Science Center in July for baby girl’s birthday and going to Fairmount Park (Horse Racing!) in Illinois for my own birthday. I won on the last race and pocketed $75. My pops, however, knows his way around a track with all the stats and mumbo jumbo. He did over 10X better than I did and we went on a shopping spree afterwards. We brought home a hermit crab and lots of new clothes….HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
Check out my pics of the ZOO!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the monkeys and lions!!
Peace, Love and HAPPY SUMMERS to YOU!
My daughter picked three movies last night for our “Movie Night”. She carefully spent time choosing them from our enormous collection and returned with “three movies I KNOW you love, mom!” I smiled when I saw Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium Yes, I live in fantasy land a majority of the time! As we watched Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of the quirky, lovable Mr. Magorium, I knew I had to post some of the WONDERFUL insights from the movie~ I hope you enjoy!
“I don’t know why grown-ups don’t believe what they did when they were kids. I mean, aren’t they supposed to be smarter?”
“Your life is an occasion, rise to it.”
“We must face tomorrow, whatever it may hold, with determination, joy, and bravery.”
“Fun and mental is fundamental.”
“There are a million things one might do with a block of wood. But what do you think might happen if someone, just once, believed in it?”
“Turn the page, continue reading, and let the next story begin…”
“We humans can never claim to do nothing, we breath, we pulse, we regenerate.”
“What Mahoney needed was the opportunity to prove to herself that she was something more than she believed.”
Have a MOST WONDERFUL DAY!
Okay, so the song is dorky but I would only be kidding myself if I did not own up to my dorky-side:)
I love Malt Shop Oldies (yes, I got that term from the infomercial) and I thought it was perfect for today’s alluring VENUS TRANSIT!
This is a SUPER DUPER time for everyone on this beautiful planet as the SUN and VENUS are joined together in the sky! I found this sweet little article that goes more in-depth and what I particularly found crazy/cool is that the author gives a mini-history lesson on the transit, as well! Hope you enjoy!
Don’t hold back! SPREAD YOUR LOVE!
Big THANK YOU to Real Women’s Health for nominating me for the SUNSHINE AWARD!!! I am into REAL info from REAL people and this site offers FANTABULOUS insights and reflections into healthy eating and living!
Below is a little list of some of my FAVORITE THINGS and a list 10 bloggers I think deserve a BIG BOUQUET of SUNSHINE!
Favorite Color~ PURPLE
Favorite Animal~ LION
Favorite number~ 33!
Favorite Non-alcoholic drink~ Coffee & Almond Joy Creamer
Facebook or Twitter~ I like both for different reasons
My Passion~ Analyzing & Creating
Prefer getting or giving presents~ Giving!
Favorite pattern~ My Birth Chart (Astrology)
Favorite Day of the Week~ SUNday
Favorite Flower~ Tiger Lily
FAVORITE BLOGS that inspire my thoughts, increase my awareness, make me laugh, and broaden my perspectives~ Check them out!!!
The roots of my intrigue with astrology seem almost imprinted in me. I have ALWAYS questioned the reasoning for stars it seems as though I have just always “known” about horoscopes, since I cannot recall ever being taught. My higher perception of astrology has given me an overall higher perception and awareness of both the Physical and Spiritual aspects of myself~
Here are a few sites that are sure to EXPAND THE MIND
TONS of USEFUL information to guide you along with the intense, slap-you-in-the-face energy that the wonderful monthe of June is providing! I love Dr. Standley’s guidance and insights into the planetary energies.
**Check out the WEEKLY HOROSCOPE page to Razzle Dazzle your brain
This blog is INSPIRING!! I love Eric’s positive and courageous outlook! He is SURE to SUCCEED. His site enhances perceptions of mental and physical health that move beyond the scope of traditional westernized bullshit medicine! As a nurse, who has worked in Mental Health and Family Practice, I truly believe Eric is providing a HUGE SERVICE to his readers! Check him out!!!
LadyRomp constintantly provides daily inspirational quotes and articles on a number of topics and people! I can almost guarantee that I will recieve a Message Alert to her posts by 7AM daily! Her posts include; Inspirational Women of the Day, Local Inspiration, Inspiration of Motherhood, Inspiration of Being Appreciated, etc.! She is ALWAYS positive and ALWAYS inspiring!
I am continually amazed by Amy Keast’s writings. She has a amazing gift of intuition and mediumship and is learning how to use it effectively. Her reflections on her abilities are down-to-earth and heartwarming and her channeling posts give me goosebumps I particularly enjoy her posts about her daughter, who also is also extremely spiritually connected.
Jeremiah beautifully writes about his connections to what he terms the “Sphere”. His words tune in to my own perceptions of the Roller-coaster ride of LIFE! GREAT writer~GREAT insights!
Change Your Perceptions and Change Your Life!