Archive for March, 2011

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This track makes my running go a lot further. Well, I’d like to think so…I love it so much. But I’m not going to be all up in your face that I understand what it’s all about, because that would be a straight up lie. I just love this track. Running wouldn’t be the same without it. It’s also great to wake up to, too. Enjoy!


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♡ Forgive everyone

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Revenge, anger, and hatred are exceedingly low energies that keep you from matching up with the attributes of the universal force.

A simple thought of forgiveness toward anyone who might have angered you in the past will raise you to the level of Spirit and aid you in your individual intentions.

Dr. Wayne D. Dyer, Daily Affirmations

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✈ Beijing-bound

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A holiday. Finally. My thoughts will be with you, Japan, as I’ll be so close. And Great Wall, here I come.

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Dear friends in Japan,

As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this tragedy, we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or manner, also have died.

The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of humankind. And the human species and the planet Earth are one body. What happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.

An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.

Here in France and at our practice centers all over the world, our brothers and sisters will continue to chant for you, sending you the energy of peace, healing and protection.

Our prayers are with you.

Thich Nhat Hanh, zen spiritual leader


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You may have a fresh start any moment you choose; what we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

– Mary Pickford

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This is my cat Maya. She was all blue-eyed Siamese (Asian like me!) and bilingual (English & Japanese), and she thought she was a dog. “Was” because she has now passed but she was with us for 17 years. I now visit my parents’ cat, an orange British Shorthair, named Hachi when I can. He’s cute and chubby, but not as wily and hilarious as Maya. He’s still less than a year old, so he’s still filling out. I love cats!

[This is by no means to belittle the relief effort of the rescue and support of people, which is highly imperative and paramount, so please support these organizations who are helping out in the relief effort (click here).]


The website The Conscious Cat highlights the various organizations that are helping the animals affected by the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. They include:

World Vets: They provide veterinary service. Click here at World Vets to help animals in Japan.

American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services: They have set up a fund to help animals in Japan. Click here to donate and learn more info.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation: Sent dog-search teams to help with rescue efforts in Japan. Click here to donate and learn more info.

Animal Refuge Kansai: An animal organization in Kansai (Osaka-are) of Japan, they are preparing for a large influx of rescue animals. Click here to donate, and learn more info.

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support: A coalition of three groups — HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network, to help with animal rescue and support. Click here to donate, and learn more info.

** The Conscious Cat notes: “the donation links for the organizations in Japan take you to the Japanese language version of PayPal. Once you enter the amount of your donation in Japanese yen (4000 yen is roughly $50 US), and enter your PayPal login information, it takes you to an English PayPal page and you can complete the donation.”

A spark of hope in this sweet story about a loyal dog who stays by the side of his ailing doggy friend in the tsunami area, read here.

[The English translation of the reporter’s words are at the bottom of this post, so scroll down when you click on there.]

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♫ Lean On Me | Glee (cast)

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To all those in Tohoku, Japan.

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