Sunday, 9 December 2012

-- Christmas Magic--

December 9,2012                             

Many times the highlight of my Christmas has been an experience that was totally unpredictable.  These experiences  were not, in and of themselves, earth shattering or remarkable in any way.  They were simple events that because of their timing and meaningfulness to me made them part of what I refer to as Christmas Magic.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday


November 28,2012


There's a ship out in the harbour....

Wellness -- K.I.S.S. ( Keep It So Simple)


November 27,2012

With Thanksgiving 2012 an event in the past, we now are moving full tilt with our preparations for the  next big event for this year, Christmas!  The stores are, or in some cases have been, stocked with decorations , gift ideas and the commercials that are inundating  us with what the simply "have" to buy to be happy, to be like  our neighbors, to be able to relate to our co- workers, and others that are encountered, even by chance.  This time of "peace on earth" can quite rapidly become a "stress on earth" that is so unnecessary. We all want to celebrate, but it is how we celebrate that is important.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Wellness - Decorations

November 20,2012


 Hard to believe it is that time of the year again. I'm not talking about the weather, it's the "decorating the house" time.   You would think that after all these years of marriage we would have the whole dig-out-the boxes, pick out what you want, check that the lights still work thing down to a science. But in reality......NOT!!

Friday, 16 November 2012

Frivolous Friday-- Grammar Is Important. #3 of a series.



November 16,2012
Note: I am in the process of renewing my home page. It is a task intensive and frustrating ordeal, so please bear with me until the final edition is ready. In the meantime .....enjoy



This  is a series that  will appear on the Frivolous Friday slot for the next little while, in bi-weekly increments ( for fortnightly if you are from Britain). Although it is very basic grammar, most of it I learned while in junior high school.... now called middle school and the presentation reflects that age group.

 I am not a teacher, not do I have any idea what is or is not taught in the system today. It is just an idea that presented itself when I came across a grammar text ( see Oct.5/12) that was used in the schools "in my day".  I am hoping to refresh my memory and maybe even relearn a few things, but mostly I am going to make the effort to keep it, light, informative and above all, fun and humorous.  Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday

November14,2012


One of the last reminders of the season and the wonderful country that we live in.....

Friday, 9 November 2012

Frivolous Friday-- My Confused Garden

November 9,2012



For those of  us whose habitat is in the area of the 45 parallel  we experience 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall. Each season has a plant growth specific to that season.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Wellness--- Effects of Time Change.


November 6,2012                                                              

                                                           

   It's that "Fall Back" time of year again, when the clocks in thousands of homes are turned back by one hour  so that  daylight starts an hour earlier....actually it follows that night also starts an hour earlier, but that's not the point!!  The bottom line is that we experience more darkness in our normal work day.

Friday, 2 November 2012




This  is a series that  will appear on the Frivolous Friday slot for the next little while, in bi-weekly increments ( or fortnightly if you are from Britain). Although it is very basic grammar, most of it  I learned while in junior high school.... now called middle school and the presentation reflects that age group.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

This is a first for me. Saw this post for a cook book.... my weakness... and then after checking it out I was hooked!!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Wellness - Senses and Sensibility

October 23,2012


Ever have one of those days when everything is going along in a calm and predictable manner and you feel that all is right with the world..... well , at least all is  tolerable in your own little world. You actually feel that your day is progressing and accomplishments are... well, being accomplished.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Frivolous Friday -- Grammar 101

October 19,2012

This  is a series that  will appear on the Frivolous Friday slot for the next little while, in bi-weekly increments ( for fortnightly if you are from Britain). Although it is very basic grammar, most of it I learned while in junior high school.... now called middle school and the presentation reflects that age group.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Wellness --



October 16,201



                                                     Tis the season for sneezin'


 If you,  like many of us, either have children, or are around children, or in my case grandchildren, then this is for you!!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Frivolous Friday

October 11/12

Gourds

When contemplating something "frivolous" for this Friday's post, I was standing in my kitchen talking to  one of my granddaughters when she asked what was in the bowl on the table. My answer was "Oh, honey, they are gourds".  A  conversation ensued but the Readers Digest  version is something like this.

Gourds are pretty much useless pieces of fruit/vegetable that are primarily used for display . I checked them out on "Google".

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday.

After the Rain



 A Sunday Drive on Thanksgiving Weekend.

                   (1 of 3)














Wellness --- Snoring

October 9,2012


                                                                Snoring        zzzzzzz    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz   zzzzzzzzzzz!!

While mulling ideas around in my head  what topic to address for the Wellness post today and heading to the medicine cabinet to get a pain killer for the headache I woke up with, I realized that the cause of my discomfort was in fact ....snoring.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

October 7,2012



To all the Canadian families and friends who  pop by and see the Sugar & Spice & All Things ?Nice blog this is my wish for you and yours.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Frivolous Friday--- Grammar

October 5,2012


As this post has no specific theme... hence the name, Frivolous Friday... I have decided to attempt to  have a short string of continuity for a while ... or  is that awhile ?? This is the quandary I have found myself in on occasion.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday

 About to change... from lovely to spectacular!

Wellness -- S.A.D.




October 2,2012




  With the onset of October we can pretty much bid a fond "Adieu" to  Lovely Lady Summer. The nip in the air during the afternoon and downright cold mornings and nights signal the arrival of Autumn. In this part of the Northern Hemisphere it also means each day is shorter than the last by about 3 minutes.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Frivolous Friday

September  28,2012





Reflections 





Well, here it is  the end of  September already, and we in this part of Canada are wondering where our summer went and how did it get away so quickly.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Wordless Wednesday

September 2,2012 

Learning about some of the sea creatures @ the Touch Pool at the Aquarium in St. Andrews,N.B.


 Another interesting fellow.......

Wellness



September 25,2012





-Benefits of Having Pets-


Many of us have, or had pets at one time or another. Our reasons for getting them are as varied as the people and pets, but for this post I am referring to the rather generic form of pets and that is cats and dogs.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Wordless Wednesday

September 19,2012
New sculpture for Saint John Park.

Wellness

September  18,2012


The All Too Common, Common Cold



As I sit here thinking about what would be a suitable "Wellness" post for this week's blog, I am also attending to my husband's very infrequent illness. The symptoms are "common", the effects are "common" and the treatment is also "common".

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Wordless Wednesday



Q.       What does this spider and Google have in common?  

Wellness

Tempus fugit sed vita bonum est *


The annual ceremony surrounding the "first day of school and  "back to school" tradition continued again this year.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Frivolous Friday

Lying on my back gazing skyward through out Maple tree.









Hello!  Well, how was your summer?  Did you get time to do all the things that you planned? You know,  when "summer" is in the near future and we are eagerly anticipating a time of  childlike freedom and endless hours at a setting of our choice..ie, beach, camp site, travelling etc., or just not doing what were usually do, every single other day of the year??

Walking on a beach with Grand daughters.
Do you know that I would have to answer "YES" to that question.( sorry, but felt compelled to use "shouty capitals" here).  I enjoyed more freedom, restful sky gazing, and countless meals outside than I have had in my entire adult life. I kept waiting for  sky to fall, or to wake up and find that I was just having a great dream, but you see, that never happened.   The truth of the matter is  that I am thoroughly and completely enjoying a "pre retirement"!

There is still part of me that has some guilt feelings about not dragging my weary self out of  bed in the am and frantically  rushing off to work, but I am putting serious effort into ignoring that part and replacing it with peace and quiet....... so far so good.!!~


Enjoyed many beautiful sunsets with my husband.

I am, however, hoping to return to some semblance of a  schedule with my blogging, so I plan on continuing to blog on Tuesday about health issues with a focus on  mental health and on Fridays.... like today, about what ever happens to tickle my fancy!!!! Humour is an important aspect of  my life and I try to convey that in whatever I do. Life is serious enough so a little levity now and again is needed!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Low tide in a area with 28ft tides, leaves this old house perching precariously on the shore awaiting the new tide.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Wellness

July 3 ,2012
                                                                                                      
Being "almost" retired means that I should have more  time on my hands, but lately I feel the time is on someone else's hands 'cause it sure hasn't been staying too long on mine!  Not that I  mind as it sure makes the time fly, but with summer finally upon us and the knowledge that we only have about 8 weeks of "summer-like" weather, I plan on making the most of it.

I love posting my blogs each Tuesday on Wellness and  on Frivolous Friday  about what ever happens to tickle my fancy!. Wordless Wednesday is also a fav, but usually only requires a picture and not a lot of words. However, there is a certain urgency and pressure to maintain the quality of each post, and with that in mind I am giving myself permission to take a "vacation"from deadlines and pressures!
I plan on spending a few days camping with my two sisters , you probably know them, Monica, from Older Mommy Still Yummy   Kathy, from Oak Lawn Images
When the three of us get together, minus hubbies, kids, grand kids, computers,phones and such, it is pure relaxation. Walks on the beach..... yes, we really do that and we are not looking for "friends"!! Walks /hikes through the woods, and endless hours contemplating the flames of a campfire!!! The rest of the summer I will spend with my husband of many many  years and our wonderful family and friends, doing what ever the mood and the moment asks of us. It really doesn't get much better than that, does it??!!

I hope everyone that takes the time to read this post, takes the time to relax,  to enjoy the everyday pleasures and to be grateful for all that we have. As I wrote about in an earlier post it is all about perspective!  Will be back on track either later this summer or in early autumn ( with occasional posts in between). Have a safe  and happy summer!!

Be well and be safe!!
                                                                                                             
Patricia

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Wellness


June 26,2012



Congratulations to all the participants of the Biannual  Blogathon Bash! It was a fun week-end and a great learning experience.  But for now, back to what is "usual", and for me that is a post on  Wellness. After a brisk walk along a harbour front and the smell of sea air I feel rather invigorated. Also noticed that despite what you would think, I actually feel less tired,less stressed and better able to deal with  whatever this day has in store for me.

What  a  topic for  "Wellness" , says I!!!    Q. What causes this feeling of wellness?

A.  Endorphins are among the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which function to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system. At least 20 types of endorphins have been demonstrated in humans. Endorphins can be found in the pituitary gland, in other parts of the brain, or distributed throughout the nervous system.
In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress.


 Certain foods contain endorphins.  Chocolate..... that's right... and spicy foods, like  chili peppers, also release endorphins.The release of endorphins upon ingestion of chocolate likely explains the comforting feelings that many people associate with this food and the craving for chocolate. Endorphin release varies among individuals. You and I could both exercise the same amount, experience similar amounts of discomfort but not feel the same effects  of endorphins.

I came across this video  that discusses endorphins and  thought perhaps you might enjoy it.
Here's to chocolate, spicy foods, and....... feeling well!!  Cheers!

Take care !

Information for this post was obtained from MedicineNet.com

For  further information on this topic see: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=55001


Disclaimer

The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I encourage you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition with your health practitioner.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Biannual Blogathon Bash Day #3

 The finish line is in sight ( barely) now!  Although I have not been on my laptop as many hours as I had hoped , I still have been here longer than I was for  the Blogathon in the winter!!
The object, I believe is to learn something new or thanks to our Mini Challenge hosts, teach something new. That object has been achieved for me. Still more to learn but I am still at the point where I" don't know what I don't know"!!
Checking out the list:

  1. Learn more about the basics of blogging
  2. Learn more about how to successfully use the HTML thingy!!- I see there is a mini challenge for this
  3. Interact with more bloggers and hopefully have them reply in kind!
  4. See how to change my home page to something more "catchy"
  5. Become acquainted with  product review aspect of blogging.
  6. Have fun!(continues)
  7. Clean up my home page and rewrite my "about me" section.                       

Well, that's 5 1/2 out of 7..... Not so bad at all. After all I have to leave room for improvement the next time!!
 I have spent (aprox)  19 hours at this Bash. 6hrs Friday, 8 hrs, Sat and only 5 today.

Tons of thanks to all of those who put so much effort and ability into this season's Blogathon Bash, special thank-you to Kathleen Garber for her tireless efforts... Hope you have time to catch up on your sleep!!

Pat


http://sugarspiceallthings-nice.blogspot.com/>Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Biannual Blogathon Bash

Biannual Blogathon BashHere it is  Day #2 of the Blogathon Bash!!!
I have to thank  Callista's Ramblings for the expertise she showed for my mini challenge on" How to write a better tweet on Twitter".
Also to Geek with Style  for the Challenge "HTML-the Basics"
I gave them both a try and have learned something, and that, at least for me is what it is about!

Now on the more mini challenges and hopefully to cross a few more items off my list.
I have been trying to "meet" followers but have encountered a bit of trouble. Many of you are so advanced and have so many "gadgets", to click I am not sure which one to "follow". Any ideas to help?

Here's how my list is progressing:


My Goals for this Blogathon  are - (  list subject to change as much as I change my mind!!!)


  1. Learn more about the basics of blogging
  2. Learn more about how to successfully use the HTML thingy!!- I see there is a mini challenge for this
  3. Interact with more bloggers and hopefully have them reply in kind!
  4. See how to change my home page to something more "catchy"
  5. Become acquainted with  product review aspect of blogging.
  6. Have fun!(continues)
  7. Clean up my home page and rewrite my "about me" section.
I am now off and running in the rain here in our city. Hope you have a great morning.


Friday, 22 June 2012

This is my attempt to do something on the mini challenge  re HTML sponsored by Aeryn Lynn in Basics of HTML 
This is a picture that was added to a post of mine several weeks ago.
 This is my attempt at a "subheading"
I seem to be having difficulty with the "table" thing...... funny 'cause at my house the TABLE is the thing that I am most familiar with!!!!LOL
I see that another blogger was advised to "copy and paste" so am applying that strategy here so that the mandatory requisite is met!!
  After doing this I was unable to go any further as my cursor kept refusing to go beneath the table. ? to do?  
 This was fun... take care!

    
    
    

    
    
    
                                               
 Not quite sure what this would be used for, but at least it is here!!     <--

Biannual Blogathon Bash

Alright, I am off and running.... well, perhaps it's only a brisk walk for now... will start the running part after I have "warmed up"!!!

My Goals for this Blogathon  are - (  list subject to change as much as I change my mind!!!)

  1. Learn more about the basics of blogging
  2. Learn more about how to successfully use the HTML thingy!!- I see there is a mini challenge for this
  3. Interact with more bloggers and hopefully have them reply in kind!
  4. See how to change my home page to something more "catchy"
  5. Become acquainted with  product review aspect of blogging.
  6. Have fun!
  7. Meet new bloggers!!
Cheers all,
Patricia

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Wordless Wednesday

This was ``growing`` next to our house. Used as a science project for a little girl!

Wellness

June 18,2012


Although I am trying to keep my blogs short and hopefully sweet, I cannot  contain them in one word, but if I could that word for today would be "appreciate".Now, this word covers a huge range of emotions and feelings.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Frivolous Friday

June 8,2012

Marigolds on Main

I live in a comparatively small city on the east coast of Canada. We have   a fantastic view of the Bay of Fundy.... which empties into the Atlantic Ocean for those of you not familiar with the area.... four beautiful seasons  to enjoy each year, friendly people and an amazing population of young people,aka, kids!!

Every year for the past 15 years, the children of our city are bused or walked to one of the main streets in the  city which  is called....hmmmm,  what is it called again, oh yeah, Main Street!! Here the children, accompanied by their faithful and patient teachers and family come to plant Marigolds. The students have nurtured these plants from seeds, and in the process have learned first hand about biology, history of that part of the city,  community  involvement,planning, patience, co-operation and  the immeasurable joy of seeing the fruits of  ones labor. I personally think their teachers should each receive an award of merit as well!!!

Here, little guys, you stay here and grow up strong!!
Each year  over 1,000 children give 30,000 marigold plants a  new home down the center of the street and provide beauty and a sense of pride to all that view them.  To date about  2.5 million plants have been planted by students from neighboring schools.  This project has served as a model with more than 50 other sites  taking part in other areas.

I happened to be present at the fun exercise this year and was able to get a couple of pictures to show you what can happen at the grass roots....  or  in this case, the marigold roots, level!!!!

Just a bit of water to get started!








It was a cool day so some of the pre-K youngsters sought refuge after their work was done.



Everyone loves a day away from the books!!



For more information on this project see the following sites:

http://www.marigolds.ca/

http://www.saintjohn.ca/en/home/cityservices/communityenrichment/neighbourhoodsupport/marigoldsonmainstreet.aspx


Friday, 1 June 2012

Frivolous Friday


This post of frivolity is aimed at the life we have become accustomed to and how I deal with said life when it is not as I have become accustomed to.    Alright, now that have committed so many grammatical errors,I can't count them, I will continue.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Perspective

Downside looking Up



A very large spine.... or a trial of smoke????

Wellness

May 29,2012

I am taking a little "detour"  to get to the health aspect of this post. Emotional and mental wellness is about how we feel about ourselves, and although there is a definite  plus to the experience and knowledge gained with aging, most of us don't anticipate looking like we have "aged".  I , for one, accept the fact that many years have gone by since I was in my teens and twenties, but that doesn't mean that am willing to accept that my body and skin have to reflect this number of years, if there are ways to help prevent it.  I recently came across this article in AFPA -American Fitness Professionals and Associates ,written by   Vivian Rivera  and thought I would share some of it with you.
The seven most common factors of  Premature Aging

Friday, 25 May 2012

Miscellaneous




Product Details

YEAH!!! I won something.!!!!  Special thanks to   Oak Lawn Images- Photo Greeting Cards and Prints ( http://oaklawnimages.blogspot.ca/  ), as I was picked to receive an e- book  called  Get Skinny! The Six-Week Body Challenge by Scott Schmaltz!! I have just started this amazing book and feel better already!! Can't wait to see the results as I sure am up for the Challenge !!!   Will let you know how I did really soon! Check out Scott Schmaltz at
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or   http://www.amazon.com/Scott-Schmaltz/e/B005ME8NOO

Frivolous Friday


May 25,2012

It has been  unusually warm and sunny  for Eastern Canada in May. Consequently I have been outside much more than usual and as I am 97% retired I am thoroughly enjoying it.  However, it has caused me to miss a few blogs, and instead of being  contrite, I am putting things in "my" perspective.  Putting  my  words on .... I almost said "paper" ....a blog, versus being outside enjoying the sun and working in my yard, well, even if you don't know me, you can guess which side of Lady Justice's scales are tipping!!

Friday, 18 May 2012

Frivolous Friday

OK, so this is going to be a real "off the cuff" post. There has been a string of wet, grey days lately, there are a hundred things I "should" be doing now instead of sitting here at my computer and to say that I am frazzled would be an understatement!. Ever have a time when as much as you try to be all things to all people,you fail miserably, and realize the person you have failed the most is YOU!!   I have reached a point in my life when time seems to have taken on a whole new significance . It has become a lot more important and for once in my life I would like to spend some of it doing what I would like to do.
Phew, now that I have that rant out of the way, I can begin to tell you what I wanted to post for this week's Frivolous Friday.   There is, ironically, a connection between my little"hissy fit"( see above) and my topic. It is called "Relaxing Places to Be"  
Frequently......or would it be "often".... I never really fullly understood the subtle difference between the two... I would drive to an area near by and just sit and think or just sit and put my  mind in neutral.  It helps if you also have a cup of coffee, tea, or just a bottle of water with you, to refresh you as you engage in this arduous task.
Amazingly, just allowing yourself to be still and see the scenery around you has a calming and peaceful action. It is uncanny how often we "look" but don't "see". Everyone has their own name for what is around us, but I am calling it Mother Nature for now.  How life unfolds, slowly, surely,  and without fanfare has always and hopefully will continue to bring me peace and an acceptance of who or what I am.
Having a friend, spouse, or confidant with you can also be beneficial as you can bounce ideas and thoughts off them  and perhaps gain a whole new perspective of whatever it is that has you operating at less than optimal level.
I am putting a couple of photos here as they are beautiful places at any time, but seemed especially "peaceful" on the evening last week when I snapped them.  They  all are of the Kennebecasis River ( say that fast three times!) on a late spring evening.Maybe later in  year I will show you a  few others at different times of the year. Perhaps it is the combination of water, trees, new beginnings , but whatever it was it makes me relax and enjoy life even more than I already do!!



Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday

May 16,2012

                                      Our granddaughter's Spring Concert !! They grow so fast!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Wellness

May 15,2012


I've spent the last wee while trying to decide what mental health wellness topic to peruse for today's blog.  With Mother's Day just behind us for another year I was thinking how that "day" made me feel. Many years ago when I was a child,  I would pick violets for Mum as they were the only wild flower in bloom at this time of year. They had their stems carefully wrapped in  dampened paper and presented to her as if they were made of gold!!And amazingly the gift was received with equal  admiration.  Now this is where the thought part comes in.
It is not the "gift" but the thought that was so special to both the "giver" and "receiver".

We all have mothers or mother figures in our life at one time or another so we can relate to this emotion.  What happens here is that  we spend time and effort trying to make someone we care about  feel  special.  Now, just for a moment imagine if that type of emotion  could be experienced  on a daily, or at least very frequent basis, how  it might cause a pleasurable ripple effect to those around us. We don't have to even know the person, just imagine that they too, could benefit from the gift of your concern or at the very least your acknowledgement.

Let's take an example:  Start with something simple, say a smile.  Walking down the street, glance up and smile at a passerby. This is particularly helpful  if you are engrossed by texting on your phone, as it also allows you to check your surroundings and prevent walking into a wall or falling off the curb!! If you are fortunate enough to receive a smile in return there is a tiny little spark in you that is happy. It's OK to admit it, others feel it too!!

Another example: Going into or out of a store, bank, or other building, hold the door open for the person behind you. So easy to do, and the effect it has on the shopper usually causes them to do likewise, in the "pay it forward" fashion. Now, you say this is "just being polite", and although  you are right, it does make the recipient of your manners feel just a little "special" for that moment. Correct me if I'm wrong but who do you know that does not like feeling "special"???   

You get the point I am trying to make here. By treating others in a respectful and  compassionate manner  two wonderful events take place on a small but meaningful scale. You feel better about yourself and the  other person feels better about themselves..

I am not  naive enough to entertain the  idea that we  live in a Pollyanna world but come on, watch that lonely soul across from you and your friends at the coffee shop and see how they respond to  a smile or nod  as you pass by them.

Worse case scenario is no one retaliates in a positive fashion, but you tried . Maybe next time.

Be well!

Disclaimer

The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I encourage you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition with your health practitioner.                                                           








Friday, 11 May 2012

Frivolous Friday

May11,2012
                                                               Hypnosis                                                                  
After recently attending an entertaining evening  of stage hypnosis, I thought that would be a good topic for the Frivolous Friday post.  Like many people, I have over the years, been to a few such shows and found them quite entertaining  and a bit frivolous and just left it at that. After checking a bit, it is worth noting that  there are some beneficial results from hypnotherapy that are used in the medical field.  It is important to be aware of the difference in the two terms, however.

Wikipedia describes "hypnosis" as  "a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination."The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as "hypnotherapy", while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as "stage hypnosis"
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Mayo Clinic describes this procedure as "Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions." Hypnotism is used for a number of reasons intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviors or emotions or to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions. Hypnosis isn't considered a treatment or a type of psychotherapy. Rather, it's a procedure typically used along with certain treatments and therapies to help a wide variety of conditions.Some of these include pain control, smoking cessation, allergies, asthma .Skin conditions and Gastrointestinal problems are also among the areas that benefit from hypnosis.
Hypnosis that's conducted under the care of a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe complementary and alternative medicine treatment.                 





Stage hypnosis is  performed in front of an audience for the purposes of entertainment, usually in a theatre or club. Expert opinion is divided over whether participants' responses are best explained as being due to an altered state of consciousness ("hypnotic trance") or by a combination of deliberate deception and ordinary social psychological factors such as disorientation, compliance, peer pressure, and ordinary suggestion.
A modern stage hypnosis performance regularly delivers a comedic performance rather than trying to impress and audience with the powers of persuasion. Stage hypnosis performances often encourage
audience members to further look into the benefits of mind powers.

It was the latter that I attended and had a wonderful evening out and certainly had a lot of laughs, but am I a "believer"....... well, let's say that it has indeed encouraged me to delve more into the amazing power of our mind.       Close your eyes......you are getting sleepy!!!!!   ;-)






  Information found at www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypnosis/MY01020   and  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnosis

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday


Not exactly like the ones I wore...... Can you say "Funky Footwear"??

Wellness

May 8,2012

Wow! Hard to believe that it has been  almost 5 weeks since the last time I posted on this page.  I have enjoyed the challenge  and  the work involved for the annual A-Z Challenge. Now it is time to get back to basics. For those of  you who may drop by and have not been here before, let me get you up to date.  Every Tuesday I try to post something that is relevant to .... you guessed it....wellness. In my case, as I am a Registered Nurse, and have spent that last eight years working on a Mental Health Unit...aka, Psychiatric Unit, I am unabashedly biased when it comes to what I post! If you have the time to go back and check the previous post, by all means do so, but if not, I will try to sum it up thus far.

I am trying very hard to  change, in my own little way, the manner that the general public perceives mental health. The negative connotations associated with anyone who has or  had an illness of their mind are  running rampant!  Therefore I am attempting to keep these posts upbeat and light with just a hint of  seriousness about  a disease or diseases that can, if not properly and timely treated, be very tragic.

On March 13th, we discussed how important good physical health is to proper emotional and mental wellness. There was a list of subjects that would help us to accomplish this and on subsequent posts , a couple were discussed in more detail. I hope to continue in that vein  starting next week.  For now, though I will be satisfied to just get back in the swing of things.  Keep in mind...ooops there's that word again.... that  this is a brand new blog  (aprox 2 1/2 months old) and I have a lot to learn and hopefully to pass on to you. Please let me know if there are any particular topics that would be of interest to you.
 Take care..
 

The following is an excerpt from a recent CTV video amd news clip, that explains how one man, Steve Stoesz, feels about his experience with mental health issues.


Date: Sun. May. 6 2012 10:56 PM ET
Afghanistan war veteran Steve Stoesz survived multiple combat injuries, but his biggest fight was a psychological one -- and it was waiting for him when he returned home.
The Canadian soldier who has been battling anxiety and depression continues to defy what he said was a direct order from the Department of National Defence not to talk publicly about proposed cuts to mental health services for soldiers.
Three days after he spoke to CTV News about his own struggle with mental health issues and obstacles veterans face when looking for treatment, Stoesz appeared on CTV's Question Period Sunday, despite being under investigation for talking to the media.
"I was ordered not to do this interview," he told Question Period. "But at the end of the day, I have to live with myself, and I couldn't live with myself not getting this info out there and making a difference."
"This cause is more worthy than the cause in Afghanistan, and I was willing to die for the cause in Afghanistan to me, so it goes to show how much this means to me," Stoesz said.
He is critical of proposed National Defence job cuts and the proposed closure of a mental health facility in Ottawa, which opposition MPs say will make it harder for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder to get help.
While Stoesz hasn't been diagnosed with PTSD himself, he said fighting in Afghanistan took an emotional and mental toll on him. Things only got worse when he completed his tour of duty and returned to Canada, Stoesz said.
"Most of my psychological injuries are coming from not getting the proper physical care," Stoesz said. "Since I've been home I've been fighting non-stop for my own kind of deal, and that's just brought such a psychological toll on me that it's been devastating to my whole life and my whole mental state. I have a battle with the medical system, and then as well one with Veterans Affairs."
Stoesz said he didn't meet the full criteria for a PTSD diagnosis even though he has "14 out of 15" symptoms of the disorder.

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20120506/steve-stoesz-speaks-out-120506/#ixzz1uEYPUQPx.



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Monday, 30 April 2012

A-Z Challenge -"Z" & Disclaimer



 Hi and welcome to my site!


As a very young girl I lived with my paternal grandmother for three formative years. Being an enthusiastic teacher and lover of words, she invariably had quotations written all over the house... literally. On the backs of cupboard doors, on calendars, napkins or wherever she happened to be.  With this in mind I am finding the authors, in alphabetical sequence, of many of her favorite quotations and am adding some of those that are special to my family as well.  Hope you enjoy!



                                                           
                                                                                   "Z"


Stefan Zweig (November 28, 1881 – February 22, 1942) was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. At the height of his literary career, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most famous writers in the world.



 There is no sense to a sacrifice after you come to feel that it is a sacrifice.

 Every wave, regardless of how high and forceful it crests, must eventually collapse within itself.

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Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902 – December 22, 1979) was an American producer,writer,actor, director and studio executive who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career being rivaled only by that of  Adolph Zukor). He earned three Academy Awards during his tenure.



If two men on a job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, then both are useless.
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Well, there you have it.... A-Z Challenge Complete!!!!Yeah!


Many thanks to all those who have stopped by my blog and to those who have "followed" this blog, as well. Looking forward to new and exciting challenges in the days and weeks ahead!! Cheers to you!!!


   DISCLAIMER

Information for author biographies for A-Z Challenge 2012 was obtained from Wikipedia .  Photos of authors from Google Images.  Some quotes from Brainyquote.com were used.  Many quotations used were written as they were taught to me. Any discrepancies between what is written and the author's actual words is unintentional.  Additional photos were either my own (usually accompanied by a caption) or from Google Images.