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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Our most priceless possessions are free...

"Everything that's really worthwhile in life comes to us free - our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our intelligence, our love of family and friends and country. All of these priceless possessions are free."
~Earl Nightingale

Think about it. You can lose all of your money and start over. If your house burns down, you can rebuild it. But things that cost you nothing, you can never replace.
One of the most important keys to self-motivation is to clearly identify your core values in life. You must decide what matters most. Why the need to identify your values? Many people think, "I know what's important; I don't need a list to remind me.". What they don't fully understand, however, is that those core values will often serve as critical guides for making important decisions. When they're in doubt, your core values will cut through the fog like a beacon in the night.
We all know there are many distractions along the road of life that will try to pull us away from our values. Sometimes we are forced to make difficult choices. But a good rule of thumb is that when you have to sacrifice material possessions for one of those "free things" that life has given you...you've made the right choice.
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp

The Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum explores the symbolic meanings behind Chinese animal paintings. Get guided through parts of the exhibition by the show's curator Hou-mei Sung.

An Artistic Talent from Cincinnati, Ohio


ECGMA says: A dear friend from good ol' Cincinnati, Ohio, USA is an exceptionally talented artist and many more. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.....paintings too! :))
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Life has been good.
Here are some sketches I did recently

Guilin, Li River
Porto, Portugal  Duoro River Cruise June 2009
Theater June 2009 Duoro River Cruise

These are a few of the sketches I did while traveling this year.

Take care!
Beth

It's been a fun year traveling

SPANISH LESSONA

A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'

A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:

  1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
  2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
  3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
  4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find your self spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(THIS GETS BETTER!)

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computador'), because:

  1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
  2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
  3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
  4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
Who do you think won?

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