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Comfort Food For The Economy

Posted on April 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

If Obama and staff can’t quickly energize the economy, we will all need more comfort food. And, we will be eating at home more. As a society, I think we needed to slow down a bit and enjoy more “moments.” Today’s economic downturn may just have been the wakeup call we needed.

I personally have felt like I’ve been on a 20-year roller coaster blending family, career, friends, networking, volunteering, raising a child beginning at 40, becoming a widow, re-marrying, getting my daughter through college, being her career advisor, and—going to the gym!! I made money, saved money, and spent a whole lot of money. Is all this pure craziness?

I had a 17-year-old student from France, Audrey, about 16 years ago. I took her to Costco. She was overwhelmed at the low prices we have. She loved America. Two years later she came to visit again. She observed, “In France we are taken care of from cradle to grave by the government. As a result we have no money and prices are high. We don’t have much ‘stuff’.” This time she was trying to evaluate which system was best. I became more conscious of how much “stuff” we have.

Audrey got me to begin thinking also that it is a lot easier to buy things than to get rid of them. I am sure my age is the main reason. Young people can’t get enough “stuff.” My 22 year old daughter is a prime example. However, I did teach her that she could buy many things, but it is best to only buy what she LOVED. One time when she was in high school, she went into Macy’s dressing room and tried on at least 20 garments. She came out with nothing and said, “I didn’t LOVE anything.”

Why is comfort food the medicine we need in a bad economy. Well, it reminds us of what our mothers and grandmothers cooked. It is often the retro or classic recipes that nouveau cuisine ignores. It is often a blend of a lot of food categories into one dish. It often cooks for 30 min. to an hour adding yummy smells to the home. It makes us feel secure that someone cares enough for us to cook dinner. And, we then all sit down and eat together.

Aha, this is sounding good. Can we stop long enough to dine together as a family? It has been proven that there are huge benefits to children to have family dinners. The conclusions of a study done by Columbia University show that teens who eat fewer than 3 family dinners a week are:

o Two and a half times likelier to smoke cigarettes.
o More than one and a half times likelier to drink alcohol.
o Almost three times likelier to try marijuana.

Two researchers at the University of Minnesota investigated the potential benefits of family mealtimes and found children gain these benefits:

o Better nutrition
o Better language and literacy
o Fewer eating disorders
o Fewer risky behaviours.

Joseph Califano Jr., chairman and president of the national Center on Addition and Substance Abuse, says that “the family dinner is more powerful than any law we can pass, any punishment we can level” for protecting children against risky behavior. “parental engagement is a critical weapon in the fight against substance abuse,” he says. “If I could wave a want, I’d make everyone have family dinner.”

The new cookbook, The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner, Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week not only is chock full of comfort food recipes, but one day of the week is dedicated to comfort food, Monday. The author Liz Edmunds says that this is because Monday is the day after the weekend where children need to get back into the routine of school for the week. Comfort food helps achieve this.

My new year’s resolution is to slow down, have comfort food for family dinners, and learn to make bread and home-made pizzas like the author of the above book exclaims is not as hard as you’d think and makes mom very “special.”

Airport Taxi Services – Reach Your Destination Comfortably After a Long Tiring Flight

Posted on March 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

It is important to hire taxi services while returning home from a long international journey by air. Firstly, you will be coping up with the jet lag and exhaustion of the journey, but at the same time, you would also want to make sure that your luggage is safe. Not to forget, you will have to go through the chaotic city traffic, before reaching your homes or hotel rooms.

Thus, you need a good taxi service, which can take you to your desired destination without any hassles. Once you hire their services, you will not have to worry about your luggage or the traffic, just get into the taxi, and enjoy your drive.

A few tips to choose the best taxi service at the airport are discussed below.

How to choose a good taxi service?

· The driver provided by the company must be experienced and should know the area and routes

· They should charge fairly

· Your life and luggage should be secured by them

· The journey should be comfortable

You need to check all these basic things before hiring a taxi at the airport.

How to plan for hiring cars?

Like any other program, you also need to plan well before hiring a cab at the airport. You will need to know about the various services they offer, and their charges. Also, find out if there are any changes in their rates, during peak or off seasons.

Car rental services charge a little more than usual during festive seasons like Christmas or the New Year. As there is high demand for such services during the holiday season, you need to plan your trip accordingly.

You can also get a very good idea about the car rental companies by going through their online customer reviews on various reputed review sites and blogs. You can shortlist the companies that have the maximum number of positive reviews on various online forums. You could also take assistance from your travel agency to help you choose a good car rental company.

The comfort point of view

You also need to know about the extent of comfort and security that your taxi services provide. Whenever you are travelling in a rented car alone or with a group, comfort and safety should be assured by the service provider.

There should be enough seats and space within the vehicle to comfortably accommodate everyone in your group. The cab interiors must not be too warm or cold. The seats should be flexible and adjustable.

If you are on a holiday tour, the chauffeur can also guide you to various places of interest in the city. Thereby, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable journey.

How to book?

You can easily book an airport taxi online by visiting agency websites. All you need to do is enter the details of the number of passengers, destination address, date and time of arrival, etc. on their website. Companies offer their services at economical rates, and you can hire them to visit almost any place you want, and at any hour of the day.


After Death Communication – An Esoteric Dimension of Inner Comfort

Posted on March 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

The conventional neurology that keeps the majority of people under its thumb does not encourage the people to explore what lies beyond the ending of life – an uneasy region they would like to avoid. This is partly because they get some comfort from their religious beliefs and would like to keep it that way. Exploring into the unknown may go against those beliefs and take away even the little comfort they derive from them. This is understandable but is not a wise path to take because beliefs are given to us by others and are not born out of our own perceptions. As a result, using beliefs as a shield against fear is like pushing the fear under the carpet. Obviously, that is not an intelligent way to handle the situation. Those who wish to boldly explore into the unknown have the opportunity to discover what lies beyond the apparent and hence can derive mental comfort from their own perceptions of truth – a comfort not based on conditioning but on first-hand discoveries through intuitive sensing.

The atheists and agnostics too obstruct themselves from moving into the unknown because of their unconscious over-emphasis of the rational mind and its reliance on the five-sense report. What is needed is the openness to let the wonderment guide them into an unbiased exploration of the dimension beyond the earthly life. If they would do this, they will soon see the inherent beauty of the human intuition and its power based on a non-verbal contact with the actuality.

For the people who wish to go beyond mere belief or disbelief, the paranormal phenomena offer a fertile field for investigation. Amongst such phenomena, the After Death Communication (ADC) is a good one. When we combine this with the Near Death Experience (NDE) and the Out-of-Body Experience (OBE), we are able to look at the ending of life from different angles and so get a glimpse of the truth about the afterlife.

Consciousness continues in some form after the bodily death. This cannot be proved in the same way as scientific things can be established, for the simple reason that science is completely within the five-sense realm while the afterlife consciousness is clearly outside that realm. The truth of such consciousness can be understood only through an earnest investigation well supported by intuition and not merely by ratiocination. Phenomenal patience and the deep eagerness to understand are essential.

There has been a lot of work done in ADC and some books written on it. A good example is the book Messages by Bonnie McEneaney. That book describes ADCs associated with premonitions, signs and visits from loved ones lost on 9/11. It is a book about hope and loving connections that go well beyond the boundaries between life and death. Bonnie herself had ADCs from her husband lost in 9/11. She endeavored to collect similar episodes from other sufferers like her from that event. She says that those ADCs gave her the firm feeling that the spirit never really dies and that our spiritual connection with those that we love is never lost. Most of the people who are certain they have known ADCs say those experiences have given them comfort and peace.

It may be surprising but it has been found that the percentage of widows experiencing an ADC is as high as 70 to 80 percent. (See newsletter Vital Signs of, vol. 31, no. 3). An article by Nancy Clark in that newsletter says the kind of ADC that happened to her within a month after her husband passed away is usually defined as synchronicity. This is the amazing way in which the person concerned receives a communication from the deceased person by an occurrence that cannot be explained away as coincidence. Its spiritual content can be known only by a firsthand experience of ADC. The skeptics may have to wait until they have an ADC!

When we learn about ADCs and blend the related perceptions with those that we derive from our exposure to NDEs and OBEs, we let insights flow into us in their own way. They help us face life and the afterlife with intelligence and wisdom. Inner peace radiates from us on to our near and dear ones and helps them too to move on to higher levels of living.

Sustained association with the paranormal phenomena can help people get a glimpse of the dimension beyond the known. That clarity lays a stable foundation for mental peace, which in turn augments a well-ordered and useful life. There will be no attempt to use God to one’s egoistic ends. The maturation process cannot take place through slavery to a belief system because such slavery does not encourage self-knowing and the wonderment about the ‘otherness’; fear is shielded against by attachment to preferred conclusions rather than moving on to freedom by discovering the source of fear. The freedom that ensues from the intuitive understanding of hidden truths not only subdues the fear but also dissolves the breeding ground for loneliness, regret, anger, jealousy etc. As a natural consequence, unqualified compassion begins to flow towards everyone like a primordial fountain.

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