Wednesday, November 30, 2011

life begins at 40 (again and again)

this is a story about a coffee mug, and it's journey.
if you clicked on the story at the link (above), then the pictures (below) will make sense.
(click on any pic, to enlarge)





1985-1996 (from hughie williams to his brother mike williams):








1996-1998 (from mike williams to his "brother,"  
lenny martineau):
        
..........1998-2000 (from lenny martineau to his brother, joe martineau):
 

2000-2006 (from joe martineau to his brother, john martineau):

2006-2008 (from john martineau to his brother, steve martineau):
 

2008-2011 (from steve martineau to his nephew, mike dunn):

where does the cup go from here? ..it will be interesting to follow the storyline.
one thing is for sure: this cup has welcomed more 40th birthdays than it ever could have imagined.
here's to the present (and future) recipients, may they sip and smile.
:)

check out clare's blog post about the cup, below:

migration

http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=Great+Migrations%3a+Wildebeest&FORM=TRSSPG

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

life begins at 40, but...

...but the brain ends at 53.

the proof?

1. last tuesday evening, on my way to work, it became apparent that i left part of my brother-in-law's Gift Exchange gift (a compact disc) in the cd burner at home.  (darn!)  

2. later on tuesday evening, as i was in line to depart from charlotte to providence on a 10:05 pm flight, i realized that i'd left my carry-on bag in the parking lot (by my car). ..luckily, we made a few phone calls, and they finally found the bag on wednesday morning. ..everything was still in it, and i picked it up at the lost and found yesterday, upon return.

3. sunday, i was supposed to bring a package to my sister clare's house. ..my brother (john) drove me there, and i soon realized that i'd forgotten the package back at my parent's place. ..john and i had to run a few errands, so clare went to my parents house to get the package. ..after looking throughout the house, they concluded that the package wasn't there. ..a couple of phone calls later, john and i realized that we had, in fact, brought the package to clare's in the first place. ..it was behind the front seat in john's car.  (ooops!)

4. a monday morning wake-up at 3 am is no picnic, but that's no excuse for packing 10 copies of pictures that i was supposed to leave for my niece. (yikes!)

5. and, finally... (drum roll, please)... at the airport on monday morning, at 4:30 am, at the do-it-yourself ticket machine... i was about to print the ticket when the machine asked if i'd like to switch to an earlier flight than my scheduled 6:40 takeoff. ..i thought "that's odd," considering no other flights would depart between 4:30 a.m. and 6-- uh, oh! ..yes, sport fans, i had unknowingly booked a 6:40 pm flight, and i had to be at work in charlotte by 10 a.m.! ..everything (all day) was overbooked!

(can i say it?  damn!)

luckily, u.s. airways allowed me to wait (on standby) for a 6:10 a.m. flight (which was overbooked by 4). ..Divine Intervention intervened, and no less than 4 people were "no shows," so i got the last available seat on the first flight out.

summary: if you think that your mind is going, do not worry -- there are other minds (out there) that are already gone.

-the end.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

life begins at 40

alternative title: the ripple effect of giving

on november 6, 1998, when i turned 40, my best buddy/brother willy gave me a coffee cup with "life begins at 40" painted on the side of it. ..he wrote a little note, describing how he recevied the cup (from his brother, hughie) when he turned 40, and how hughie had received the cup when he turned 40. ..along with willy's note was huey's note, with a few words of wisdom about coffee, growing older, life, etc.

naturally, i gave the cup to my brother (joe) with accompanying note, when he turned 40. ..then...
joe gave the cup (with his note) to brother john, when he turned 40, then...
john gave the cup (with his note) to brother steve, when he turned 40, and now...

steve is going to give the cup to our nephew (clare's son mike), since he recently turned 40. ..steve is planning on making a booklet, complete with all of the notes, for mike.
  • 4.27.1985: hughie received the cup from his then fiance, donna. ..they are still married.
  • 1.9.1996: willy received the cup from hughie.
  • 11.6.1998: lenny received the cup from willy.
  • 2.25.2000: joe received the cup from lenny.
  • 2.20.2006: john received the cup from joe.
  • 12.1.2008: steve received the cup from john.
  • 10.28.2011: mike turned 40, and will receive the cup from steve on 11.26.2011, at the martineau family gift exchange.
this post is dedicated to honoring the cup's past, 
and to contemplating the cup's future:

  • will mike give it to his brother (clare's son) rob, when he turns 40 (6.19.2015)?
  • will rob give it to his cousin (larry's son) peter, when he turns 40 (1.16.2019)?
  • will peter entrust the cup to his brother (larry's son) brian, on his 40th (11.16.2021)?
  • will (donna's son) james receive the cup when he turns 40 on 6.5.2023?
  • could (larry's daughter) cheryl be the first female recipient of the cup, on her 40th birthday (1.8.2025)...or might jen be thrown into the mix on 8.26.2017, opening the door for ashley via brian on  11.16.2022?
  • might cheryl pass the cup to (steve's daughter) stacy, on her 40th (8.16.2031)?

with joe's sons (danny and jason), john's son's (david and eric) and steve's daughter and son (jessie and kevin) in line... will the cup ever find its way to them? ..what about the great grandchildren?

nick? julia? luke? maddie? liliana (9.28.2048)?

could the cup ever be passed back to willy's family, when his daughter kelly turns 40?
would kelly give the cup to abby?

should there be "life begins at 40 cup reunions" where we all gather and sip from the cup, in a cult-like manner? ..will the cup ever be "retired"? ..will the cup ever be put on display?

the beautiful thing is this: nobody knows what may or may not happen to "the cup."  ..the holder of the cup is free to do with it as s/he pleases, and therein lies the mystery.

as life begins at 40, may we all re-member the joy that comes from giving... and never knowing the amazing ripple-effect of any of our gifts.

...and every act of kindness is a gift, with a built-in ripple effect...
an effect of unknown possibilities. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

taking it for grant-ed

this is what happens when the grant-writing team asks lenny to explain his wellness grant idea:

Friday, November 18, 2011

alogwcoot

a.l.o.g.w.c.o.o.t. [1]
by alog w. coot 

“a lot of Good will come out of this” 
– tim tebow

as every uplifting moment of existence is an opportunity to wallow in the amazement of it, so is every downtrodden moment (if wIe can shift to algowcoot).

click here for the quote (it's at the beginning of the second [short] video).



[1] martino, j. (10.30.2011). book 69: you don’t say. © 2011 www.wellnesseducation.us. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

bright side of the moon

even a cold rock in space has a bright side, even if that bright side is merely a reflection of Light.

maybe negative thoughts and experiences can act as cues, allowing us to re-Cognize...
...and to shift focus toward past/present/future brightness.

the mind can create universes.

maybe today is the day, maybe now is the moment...
...to focus on the Bright (Now), thereby pre-paving a brighter future.

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* photographs:
1. moonrise on caye caulker, belize.
2. sunrise over charlotte, north carolina.
note: both are "rising", but that's just another spin.  .maybe both are already risen.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

dark side of the moon

dark/light
by Al L. Light

rotate on an axis
save a little (face)
sunshine mixed with gravity in very funny space
oppositicality, no matter day or night
we can't see it, but it's tHere, and everywhere:
dark/light
__________________________________________________

* the rotation of the moon is a very interesting phenomenon (http://www.grantchronicles.com/astro29.htm).

* this post, however is about anything but.

* every light has a dark side, but... is the dark side Really dark? ..in Reality, darkness is a momentary illusion, due to the apparent absence of light.

* the only way (por moi) to wrap the mind around the atrocities, death, and doomsday messeges that appear during this journey -- is to:
1. re-Cognize that this is a very, very small Play in a Very Whole Playground.
2. re-Member that this is a very, tiny mo-ment in a very small Play.
3. re-All-eyes that Life doesn't end, even as this particular experience is full of beginnings and endings.

* someday (i hope) this little Play will end... resulting in a Backstage re-Union of Un-imag-in-able Connection. ..during that Celebration (i believe), that everyone (from villain to victim) will be holding hands, preparing to bow as the curtain is pulled back.

* in Truth (again, from this perspective), there is no such thing as darkness. ..shadows melt away as veils are re-moved.

* Light Is.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

state

various recent happenings have gotten me to (recently) think about former f.s.u. head coach bobby bowden, and the times spent listening to him speak (lunches at the t.l.c. civic center; the bobby bowden show, live; etc.).

unfortunately, this link cannot be embedded, but this is worth the watch:

veteran's day (on campus)












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Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11

today, on 11-11-11, let's celebrate 11's!

http://wellnesseducationblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/  11-stories.html

http://wellnesseducationblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/   111.html


http://wellnesseducationblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/  11 + 11 = One.html 

http://wellnesseducationblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/  lucky-11.html

(maybe) she's just crazy!



(maybe) she’s just crazy!  [i]
by c. razed

you might think you are bad
you might think you are lazy
she might convince you that you’re mad,
but (maybe) she’s just crazy!

she’s crazy if she thinks that you’ll become a facebook-queen
she’s crazy if she thinks that you’ll be texting, in-between
she’s crazy if she thinks that you can read her mind (it’s hazy)

so (maybe) you’re a horror-show, but (maybe) she’s just crazy!



you might be the worst thing on earth,
but (maybe) she’s just crazy!
__________________________


  • of course, she also might be right: you might be bad, lazy, mad, and the worst thing on the planet.  in fact, maybe you made her crazy!
  • take a step back, re-evaluate the totality of the circumstances.

((but [maybe] she’s just crazy!))


[i] martino, joal. (4.29-1.17). (maybe) she’s just crazy!  book 79: bright [k]night. © 2017 by wellnesseducation.us

Monday, November 7, 2011

"occupy" (...as an occupation??)

after occupy wall street, and occupy london, and occupy tv, and occupy tim tebow...
..."to occupy" could be one of our country's fastest growing occupations.

a master's degree in occupy science (m.o.s.) might include:

first year, fall semester ...............................................................................credits
ocy 2000: introduction to occupation..............................................................3
ocy 2200: outdoor/indoor occupation.............................................................3
ocy 21530: tent-ative living.............................................................................3 (1 lecture, 2 lab)
ocy 2800: formulating a purpose.....................................................................4
art 1001: sign making and grammar (suggested elective)..................................2
....................................................................................................................15

first year, spring semester ...............................................................................credits
ocy 3100: outdoor cooking.................................................................................2
ocy 3230: occupation area cleanliness and sanitation............................................3
ocy 3500: occupational networking......................................................................3
.......(prerequisite: must have active facebook and twitter accounts) 
ocy 3970: occupational relationships ...................................................................4
......(prerequisite: match.com experience) 
ped 2310: street stretch (suggested elective).........................................................1
com 2430: blowhorns, microphones and stages (oh my!).......................................1
...........................................................................................................................14

second year, fall semester .................................................................................credits
hea 4100: the inverse relationship between body weight and the stock market........3
ocy 4520: ethics, professionalism and occupation...................................................3
ocy 4799: good, good, good occupation................................................................3
ocy 4920: nationalism and occupation.....................................................................3
hea 4400: genetic engineering of occupational food (the do's and don'ts)..................2
hea 1000: the many uses of water............................................................................2
.............................................................................................................................16

second year, spring semester  ...............................................................................credits
ocy 5100: occupy the universe.................................................................................3
ocy 5230: the politics of occupation..........................................................................4
.....-prerequisite: psi 5230: political arguing (or equivalent personal experience)
ocy 5500: international occupation............................................................................3
ocy 5970: never work again.....................................................................................3
.....(course includes a weekly field experience requirement)
psy 5310: occupy your inner you-niverse.................................................................2
...............................................................................................................................15
total credits..............................................................................................................60

Sunday, November 6, 2011

we can't not be in Heaven

alternative title: the "It's All Good" channel 

as the moments (and years) appear to flow by, the Truth is that (with a little practice) we can access virtually any desired emotion or feeling. ..often, we practice passively, such as the accessing of negative thoughts and feelings while focusing on things like "the news" (which is [Really] nothing new).

...but a virtual Heaven is right Here, right Now 
...awaiting our decision to access It.

sometimes (uuuhh, most of the time) i believe that even our "hell-acious" thoughts and experiences are necessary reflections that allow for the possibility of positivity -- which makes it All positive, and which makes It All Good, whether we choose to select the Good channel or not.

we can't not be in Heaven.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

taking the High road

recently, a friend of mine went through a break-up (which, nowadays, entails changing a thing called "relationship status" on a thing called "facebook").

while her "ex" took every opportunity to sport his new "status," and while he openly/immediately flirted with others, and while he seemed to encourage others to weigh-in on his recent break-up, she took the high road.

even as her friends asked her things like "wutsup!?", she's managed to keep her relationship drama off of the world-wide web.

here's to "taking the high road," and to keeping certain aspects of one's personal life private, confiding with a small group of family/friends who support, rather than report.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Love cannot not but Prevail

e-dictionary-google definition:
pre·vail [ pri v√°yl ]  
  1. be stronger: to prove to be stronger and in the position of greater influence and power
  2. win through: to prove to be effective
  3. predominate: to predominate or be the most common or frequent
synonyms: triumph, succeed, be victorious, overcome, win out, conquer, carry the day, win through

 ------------------------an alternative---------------------------
Prevail: to Pre-seed the veil, and, having preceded it, to Under-stand through the veil. ..to Know that there Is no veil -- that there is no separation between that which Is, Love-ing, Spirit and that which matters.

that which Prevails does not "defeat" or "dominate."  ..It doesn't judge, or condemn, or enact vengeance.

Love Pre-vails, but not by trying...
Love Pre-vails, but never at the expense of another...
Love Pre-vails, be-Cause Love Is the All, and because Allness was and Is, prior to the illusion of the veil...
Love Pre-vails, because my mother said so...
Love Pre-vails, Be-Cause Love cannot not, Be-Cause no veil could ever keep the All away from It-Self.
Love Prevails.

-the end/beginning/end/beginning...

what is the veil?

simply put, it is the apparent separation. ..it is that which allows Oneness to experience relativity, and therefore Infinite Variety via differentiation. ..the veil is the cloud, temporarily obscuring the Sun-Light. ..the veil is the screen, amplifying the projection and allowing for sense-ation.

the veil (sometimes called the ego) is not an adversary to be battled, but rather a doorway to dream sense-ational dreams...
...while (All the while) being tucked away Safe and Secure, at Home.

(just thoughts)