Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I think everyone is bound to face some growing pains in life. One of the more common areas of growing pains is in our academics. My cousin has recently entered into college and with her mid term exams coming up, she has been constantly nagging me for some Math help. Truth to be told, it has been years since I last hit the textbooks on the subject and the syllabus has been updated since then. The next best thing is to look for a Math Tutor for her.

I fired up Firefox and searched for Free Online Tutoring. After glancing through several search results, I found myself browsing through a potential Online Tutor, TutorNext. One of the main features which caught my attention is the Math Problem Solver, just type in your question and click on the button to connect to an Online Math Tutor. According to the website, they have thousands of Math Tutors Online so we do not have to worry about waiting in queue to be tutored. With cheap rates for Online Tutor services, I will definitely recommend TutorNext to my cousin.


Flora motif batik painting - “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

I read that a child laughs 400 times a day on the average, while an adult laughs only 15 times each day. Which is puzzling since laughter feels so good and is so good for us!

You may know the benefits of laughter on the mind and spirit, but are you aware of how much a good laugh can help you physically? Nor­man Cousins used to say that laughter is so bene­ficial for your body that it is like "inner jog­ging."

Mayo Clinic (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, March 1993) reports that laughter aids breathing by disrupting your normal respiration pattern and in­creasing your breathing rate. It can even help clear mucus from your lungs.

Laughter is also good for your heart. It in­creases circulation and improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout your body.

A good laugh helps your immune system fight off colds, flu and sinus problems by increas­ing the concentration of immunoglobulin A in your sa­liva. And it may help control pain by rais­ing the levels of certain brain chemicals (endorphins).

Furthermore, it is a natural stress reliever. Have you ever laughed so hard that you doubled over, fell off your chair, spit out your food or wet your pants? You cannot maintain muscle tension when you are laughing!

The good news is that you are allowed more than 15 laughs a day! Go ahead and double the dose and make it 30 times today. (You may begin to no­tice immediate improvement in your relationships!) Then double it again! You are bound to feel better, you will cope with problems more effectively and people will enjoy being around you.

Laughter: it's just good medicine!

From Lifesupport.

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Monday, June 28, 2010


Paper craft transit bus model - “A thought is an idea in transit.”

Diane Ackerman said, "Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is." Over the years, I have been learning what it is.

When I first got married, I wanted to show my love to my new wife. I was drawn to romantic stories like one from the time of Oliver Cromwell in England where a young soldier had been tried in military court and sentenced to death. He was to be shot at the "ringing of the curfew bell." His fiancée climbed up into the bell tower. Several hours before curfew time and tied herself to bell's huge clapper. At curfew time, when only muted sounds came out of the bell tower, Cromwell demanded to know why the bell was not ringing. His soldiers went to investigate and found the young woman cut and bleeding from being knocked back and forth against the great bell. They brought her down, and, the story goes, Cromwell was so impressed with her willingness to suffer in this way on behalf of someone she loved that he dismissed the soldier saying, "Curfew shall not ring tonight."

That must be love, I thought! That was the kind of commitment I needed to make! I wanted to give my all. To tie myself to the bell for her. To die, if necessary, for her. To sacrifice myself on the altar of true love! I wanted her to know that I'd give it all up for her.

But she never wanted me to die for her. Never! Clean the toilets, maybe, but never die. My commitment was to be shown in household chores! (I read that an exhaustive study showed that no woman ever shot her husband while he was doing dishes. What a relief. Washing dishes may lack inspiration, but at least it's safe...)

I was never called upon to tie myself to the bell. But I was still called upon to show my love - in little ways, mostly.

I was needed to comfort her before we were married when the doctor told her she could never have children…to hold her hand and tell her I wanted her more than I wanted a family.

I was called upon to sit by her hospital bed after surgery and encourage her.

I was called upon to hold her after her father died and let her cry.

I was also called upon to carve out alone time with her as often as possible and to make sure my plans included her as well as me.

I was never needed to prove my undying love through a glorious act of self-sacrifice. It was something I was required to do in little ways, through one small act of kindness at a time.

And that, I've learned, is love.

From Lifesupport.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010


A book for ladies - “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.”

Melodie Hartline relates in Reader's Digest (September 1996) that in her job as an employee of a jewelry store, she often arranged for engaged couples to have their wedding bands engraved with something special. She once asked a bride-to-be what she would like inscribed inside her fiancé's ring.

"We aren't very romantic," she replied. Then she related that they were marrying on her fiancé's birthday so he wouldn't forget the date!

Melodie persisted, "Isn't there something you'll want him to remember as he looks inside his ring?"

There sure is," she said. And that's how "Put it back on!" came to be inscribed inside her husband's ring.

Perhaps she was trying to "help along" her husband's commitment to the relationship….

Catherine, from Scotland, may have wanted to help along her lover's commitment for several decades. And finally, her 68-year-old boyfriend, George, proposed after 44 years of courtship. Why the wait? "He is a bit shy, you know," Catherine said.

At the heart of any meaningful relationship is commitment. Further, commitment is vital to the success of any endeavor. Happy people are committed people. They commit to other people, they commit to themselves, they commit to God, and they commit to their dreams. They know that nothing is possible without firm resolve.

Author Ken Blanchard has said, "There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses - only results."

What about you? Are you ready for results?

From Lifesupport.

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Friday, June 25, 2010


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Thursday, June 24, 2010


Lining up at the counter - “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

Charles Allen, in his book Victories in the Valleys of Life (Fleming H. Revell, 1981), tells the story of a man who, one wintry day, went to traffic court in Wichita, Kansas, not knowing court had been canceled because of a blizzard. A few days later he wrote this letter:

"I was scheduled to be in court February 23rd, at 12:15 p.m., concerning a traffic ticket. Well, I was there as scheduled and, to my surprise, I was the only one there. No one had called to tell me that the court would be closed, so I decided to go ahead with the hearing as scheduled, which meant that I had to be the accuser, the accused and the judge. The citation was for going 46 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone. I had the speed alert on in my car, set for 44 miles per hour; and as the accuser, I felt that I was going over 35 miles per hour, but as the accused, I know that I was not going 46 miles per hour. As judge, and being the understanding man that I am, I decided to throw it out of court this time. But it had better not happen again."

He had a rare opportunity to judge himself and took full advantage. On the other hand, we probably judge ourselves all day long. We may even react more harshly to our own mistakes and errors than we would ever react to those same shortcomings in others.

Two thousand years ago a Roman writer named Publilius Syrus observed, "How unhappy are they who cannot forgive themselves." Whether dealing with others or with ourselves, it usually helps to err on the side of grace. Do you need to be gentler with yourself?

From Lifesupport.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


A scene in the market place - “Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science”

I have a friend who is a CPA. He lamented with me once about some of his wealthier clients – those with six and seven figure incomes. Some of these people, he said, even despite the obvious tax benefits, refused to give any of their money away. Some are spending more money on grooming their pets than on feeding hungry children. They simply have not discovered the importance and power of giving. And sadly, these wealthier clients are in a position to do something significant, but they choose to do nothing at all.

Author Kent Nerburn wrote a book titled LETTERS TO MY SON: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love. In one letter, he teaches his son the value of generosity:

"Remember to be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance, and none can say why
some fields will blossom and others lay brown beneath
the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past
your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours,
their choices in life no more easily made. And give.
Give in any way that you can, of whatever you possess.
To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less
for your harvest than how it is shared, and your life will
have meaning and your heart will have peace."

How fortunate for one boy that his father is showing him how to truly live!

People who live well are experts at giving. They give their money; they give their time. They share their wisdom and their skills. They quickly say yes when asked to help.

For them, the formula is simple: to give is to love and to love is to live. It's a formula for a successful life.

From Lifesupport.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010


Shiny cooking utensils - “Good painting is like good cooking: it can be tasted, but not explained”

I recall a story about Noah Webster (of dic­tionary fame), who suddenly found himself one day in an em­bar­rassing situation. He was caught kissing the maid in the kitchen pantry by none other than his wife.

"Why Noah!" she exclaimed. "I'm sur­prised!"

Always the semanticist, Noah replied, "No, my dear, you're amazed. I'm surprised!"

No, I don't know how they ever resolved that situation. But I do know that surprise and amazement are important if we are to make the most of life's journey. People are dying to really love life. But they have, too often, forfeited the pre­sent in or­der to worry about the future or lament the past.

Ruth Carter Stapleton wrote a succinct phi­losophy of life in 1981, which was later read at her graveside service. She said: "Time is passing. Each day is a glorious opportunity to live and enjoy. To­day I will let the past die - all the undone things, all the misjudged things.... Today, there are new pleas­ures, new challenges, new magic."

If she allowed herself to be surprised by the present, could she help but be amazed every day by the "pleasures," "challenges" and "magic" all around her? And how about you? Are you ready to put aside concern for the past and future long enough to truly experience the present?

Are you ready to be amazed?

From Lifesupport.

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Friday, June 18, 2010


Working at the registration counter - “The truth of the matter is that there's nothing you can't accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You're willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what's working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.”

A funny story has it that a police officer was investigating an accident. Referring to a woman lying unconscious in the street, he asked, "Who was driving the car?"

"I was," a man replied.

"How did you happen to hit her?" the officer inquired.

"I didn't!" he said. "As I approached the intersection, I saw that she was trying to cross the street. So I stopped for her and she fainted."

I'm not saying that courtesy is rare, but in some cities it's said that there are only two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead. Maybe it's that "common courtesy" is not as common as it might be.

A wonderful story comes from 19th Century England. According to the account, Queen Victoria was once at a diplomatic reception in London. The guest of honor was an African chieftain. All went well during the meal until, at the end, finger bowls were served. The guest of honor had never seen a British finger bowl, and no one had thought to brief him beforehand about its purpose. So he took the bowl in his two hands, lifted it to his mouth, and drank its contents down!

For an instant there was breathless silence among the British privileged guests, and then they began to whisper to one another. All that stopped, however, when Queen Victoria silently took her finger bowl in her two hands, lifted it, and drank its contents! A moment later, 500 surprised British ladies and gentlemen simultaneously drank the contents of their own finger bowls.

It was the queen's uncommon courtesy that guarded her guest from certain embarrassment.

"Knowledge, ability, experience are of little avail in reaching high success if courtesy be lacking," says George D. Powers. "Courtesy is the one passport that will be accepted without question in every land, in every office, in every home, in every heart in the world. For nothing commends itself so well as kindness; and courtesy is kindness."

From Lifesupport.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Mixed rice for lunch - “Thoughts mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire are powerful things.”

It's said, "If at first you don't succeed, give up; failure may be your thing."

I love the humor, but I don't believe the sen­timent for a moment! Everyone fails. And some­times in a big way! But it's also true that courage, persistence, faith, and self-confidence can build a mansion on the rubble left by our greatest failures.

You don't have to follow American foot­ball to appreciate that, in 1955, Johnny Unitas failed his first qualifying test to play football with the Pitts­burgh Steelers. Once on the team, he fumbled three times during his first regular-season game as quar­terback. Each of those fumbles, as well as an inter­ception he threw that game, re­sulted in a touchdown for the other team. But just fifteen years later, in the 1970 commemora­tion of the fif­tieth anniversary of the National Football League, Johnny Unitas was selected as the greatest quar­terback of all time, and the same year the As­soci­ated Press named him the outstanding profes­sional football player of the dec­ade.

What happened? He didn't give in to fail­ure. He made a decision to move on after each defeat. After all, every disappointment presents us with two options: to move on or to quit. And how you decide, in the long run, means everything.

From Lifesupport.

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Monday, June 14, 2010


Electric stand fan packing box - “Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.”

In a restroom at IBM's Watson Center, a supervisor had placed a sign directly above the sink. It had a single word on it: "THINK!"

The next day, when he went to the restroom, he looked at the sign and right below, immediately above the soap dispenser, someone had carefully lettered another sign that which read: "THOAP!"

Humor can make a serious difference. In the all areas of life. A sense of humor helps us to cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage even the scariest times.

Case in point: Six-year-old Hannah. She was diagnosed with cancer, lost all her hair during chemotherapy and sometimes wore a wig. One day while shopping with her mother, Hannah donned a ball cap with a fake pony tail sewn into the back.

Before long, Hannah noticed a small boy staring at her. She tried to ignore him, but he followed her. Finally, she ripped off her cap revealing her shiny, hairless head and said emphatically, "This is what happens when you don't eat your vegetables."

I don't know what became of the boy, but as for Hannah, her sense of humor helped get her through some of life's scariest times. And it no doubt aids her healing process, too.

Like entertainer Bob Hope once said, "I've seen what a good laugh can do. It can transform tears into hope." And sometimes, a little more hope is all we need.

From Lifesupport.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010


Sweet pastries for dessert - “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

Gloria Pitzer quips, "In parts of the world, people still pray in the streets. In this country they're called pedestrians."

The late theologian and educator Henri J. Nouwen said about prayer, "As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer."

For some people, prayer is like a spare tire. They keep it in the trunk of their automobile and don't think about it most of the time. But it's there if they need it. When they have a flat tire they open the trunk and rely on the spare to get them through the emergency. Like the soldier in a foxhole: bombs were bursting all around and he prayed, "Lord, I haven't bothered you in twenty years. Get me out of this alive and I promise not to bother you for another twenty!" Prayer is far from unceasing for him; it is more like a spare tire.

For other people, prayer is a road map. Not discreetly tucked away in small compartment and rarely used. Instead, it is spread out on the car seat next to the driver and consulted regularly. They understand that the road map is essential if they are to head the right direction and stay on the correct path. It is there to guide their lives and must be used at all times.

People of many faiths practice prayer or meditation along life's journey. Let it become a frequently used road map rather than a spare tire and you'll find you end up where you need to be.

From Lifesupport.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010


Antique ceramic blue plates on display - “You can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try.”

I recently read of a study of ninety top lead­ers in a variety of fields. Interviewers were trying to determine just what it is that sets leaders apart. They discovered that those who rise to the top of their professions have the never-ending ca­pacity to develop and improve their skills. In other words, leaders are perpetual learners.

But shouldn't we always walk that path of learning? When do we feel as if we now know enough? When should personal growth end?

I once visited a friend who had just cele­brated her 80th birthday. Jessie talked with much enthusiasm about a quilt she had recently finished making for her great-grandson. She wanted the center square to be special and asked him what picture he would like for that square. The little boy replied, "I want a turtle."

Jessie had never made a turtle. "How about a dog?" she suggested. "Or a house? I can't make a turtle."

"Well, Gramma," he said. "I think you're old enough to learn."

And she did! The finished quilt had a turtle right in the middle!

Jessie was especially proud of that quilt be­cause she learned to do something new. And she discovered that he was right – she was old enough to learn!

Are you a perpetual learner? It's part of building a whole and happy life.

From Lifesupport.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I have been relying on machine translation services like Google Translate whenever I wish to view non English websites but the translated results leave much to be desired. Usually you can generally get the gist of things from machine translated results but you will encounter grammatically incorrect sentences. In other times, the machine translated results just appear to be outright silly! Then again, these machines translation services are free for everyone to use and so their translated results are basically good enough for a quick glance. But when it comes down to it, currently there are no machine translation services that can substitute for human professional translation services.

I recently come across Translia which offers professional translation services. The thing that catches my attention the most is the Money Back Guarantee offered which basically means 2 things: you get a refund if they do not meet your deadline and when you are not satisfied with the translated result. That really nails it in for me in terms of after sales service. If you are ever in need of professional translation services or service de traduction (French) do take a look at Translia.


Fresh vegetables for sale at the morning market - “You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.”

Walking into a noisy classroom, the teacher slapped her hand on the desk and ordered sharply, "I DEMAND pandemonium!" The class quieted down immediately. "It isn't what you demand," she later explained, "but the way you demand it."

It isn't always what you say, but the way you say it. Try saying, "I love you," with a scowl!

An international tourist came upon a group of people listening to an orator in the central square of a small European town. The speaker shouted from a makeshift podium. At one point, his arms waved about wildly, his stern face turned red and the veins in his neck were bulging.

Since he could not speak the language, the now curious tourist asked a man next to him what the speaker was ranting about. The man pointed to a church spire in the distance and said, "See that church steeple? The fellow who is speaking in the square is the pastor of that church. Right now he is preaching about the love of God!"

It isn't always what you say, but the way you say it. One marriage counselor sometimes asks couples who have difficulty communicating to forget words and take 20 minutes and simply look into each other's face and be silent together. They may see what they have missed: hurting eyes, longing hearts, unfulfilled dreams, unmet needs, or a yearning to love and be loved. They learn that deep communication is more than words.

Who needs to hear what is in your heart? HOW you share it will be as important as the words you use.

From Lifesupport.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010


Papercraft snow tractor model - “Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.”

Many of us feel passed over in a world that seems to place a high value on outward beauty. But a short poem by Anthony Ewell reminds us that physical attractiveness can be over-rated. He writes:

As a beauty I am not a great star,
There are others more handsome by far.
But my face, I don't mind it,
For I am behind it,
It's the people in front who get the jar!"

Maybe you are not the most beautiful person in the world. And maybe, as the poem suggests, it doesn't matter. There is hidden beauty in each of us that can be experienced by anybody who cares to explore.

Several times I have visited a natural wonder that is one of the largest and most spectacular of its kind in the world. Carlsbad Caverns is an immense series of limestone caves extending under much of southern New Mexico (USA). Native Americans took refuge in the gaping hole that is the main entrance, but they did not venture far. A hundred years ago settlers in the area were attracted to the opening by the awesome sight of hundreds of thousands of bats swarming from the hole every summer evening. Though a bat guano mining operation was set up, nobody explored much beyond the bat's dwelling places.

Eventually, a cowboy name Jim White explored deeper. He returned with fantastic stories of gigantic subterranean chambers, spectacular cave formations and unbelievably stupendous sights. Even in 1915, after black and white photographs were taken of the caverns, many did not believe. The government sent skeptic Robert Holley to investigate in 1923. He wrote in his final report, "I am wholly conscious of the feebleness of my efforts to convey in words the deep conflicting emotions, the feeling of fear and awe, and the desire for an inspired understanding of the Divine Creator's work which presents to the human eye such a complex aggregate of natural wonders."

A whole new world - majestic, wondrous and awe-inspiring - lay hidden from view. Its unimagined beauty can only be experienced by exploring beneath the surface.

And so it is with people. We each possess a unique inner beauty that can be discovered by anyone who cares to explore beneath the surface. You may have even successfully hidden it from yourself, but that does not mean it is not there.

Outward looks simply don't matter. Who we really are lays beneath the outer landscape like a magnificent subterranean palace. When you look for beauty beneath the surface, you will see what others have missed. And you will be rewarded beyond measure.

From Lifesupport.

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Friday, June 4, 2010


Special promotion sales exhibition - “The worst thing you can do for love is deny it; so when you find that special someone, don't let anyone or anything to get in your way.”

You've heard it said, "Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home." Well, there may be other and more important reasons for being careful how we treat one another.

I think that U.S. industrialist Charles M. Schwab may have gotten it right. At age 72, Schwab was sued for a large sum of money. Many high-profile persons would have settled out of court, but Schwab went through with it and eventually won the suit.

Before he left the witness stand, he asked permission of the court to make a statement of a personal nature.

This is what he said: "I am an old man, and I want to say that ninety percent of my troubles have been due to my being good to other people. If you younger folk want to avoid trouble, be hard-boiled and say no to everybody. You will then walk through life unmolested, but…" and here a broad smile lit up his face, "you will have to do without friends, and you won't have much fun."

Maybe that's why Henry James said, "Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." It's a vital part of a whole and happy life.

From Lifesupport.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Two tree trunks in the garden - “Friends aren't jumper cables. You don't throw them into the trunk and pull them out for emergencies.”

Do you remember the story of the sailor who over-imbibed and fell asleep at his table? His bud­dies smeared a bit of strong smelling cheese dip on his mustache, which caused him to wake up and look around. He sniffed and then walked out­side, sniffed again and came back in, walked out and back in one more time and finally sat back down in his seat. "It's no use," he said to his friend, "the whole world stinks!"

Ever felt that way? We have all experienced bad days and horrible situations. We've felt trapped, helpless and, at times, hopeless. We may have even believed that the whole world stinks.

But I like the tremendous way one woman has learned to approach living. She grew up in ex­treme poverty, but was privileged to be in a Sunday School class taught by a young woman named Alice Freeman Palmer, who was later to become president of Wellesley College. One Sunday, the teacher asked the children to find something beautiful in their homes, and then tell the other children about it the next week.

The following Sunday, when the little girl was asked what she found that was beautiful at home, she thought of her impoverished condition and replied, "Nothing. There's nothing beautiful where I live, except...except the sunshine on our baby's curls."

Years later, long after Mrs. Palmer's un­timely death, her husband was lecturing at a uni­versity in the western United States. He was ap­proached by a distinguished looking woman who fondly recalled that she had been a member of his wife's Sunday School class. "I can remember that your wife once asked us to find something beautiful in our homes, and that I came back saying the only beautiful thing I could find was the sunshine on my sister's curls. But that assignment your wife made was the turning point in my life. I began to look for something beautiful wherever I was, and I've been doing it ever since." That one suggestion turned her life around.

If you have been thinking your "whole world stinks," the daily habit of looking for some­thing beautiful can help you see the good that is in the world, and transform your hope into enough positive energy to build a life that counts.

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