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5 Elements of Nature
According to Chinese philosophy the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – are fundamental to all interactions in the universe. Each element comes with characteristics of colour, direction, season, emotions and more.
Wood characteristics – green – Spring – East – creative – Azure Dragon.
Fire characteristics – red – Summer – South – passionate – Vermilion bird.
Earth characteristics – yellow – last month of each season – central – nurturing – Yellow Dragon.
Metal characteristics – white – Autumn – West – ambitious – White Tiger.
Water characteristics – black – Winter – North – bright – Black Tortoise.
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a waterfall of a bluish mauve to cool the mind … thank you
Wisteria is Wonderful
Wisteria made its way into my heart as a child. Seeing the abundance of purple blooms draping from balconies was amazing to me. I have loved it ever since.
Where I live the wisteria is out showing that Spring has arrived. This wonder of nature inspired my collection of wisteria for everyone to enjoy.
Let me know if you share my love of wisteria.
Scroll through these for more glorious inspiration.
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Japan is famous for wisteria gardens. Tennogawa Park is a fabulous example. One of the headings on the website talks of intoxicating people’s hearts. Looking at the photos it is easy to see why.
Have you ever visited these Japanese gardens? Or other places around the world where wisteria intoxicated your heart?
As we agonize over politics, finances or the thoughts in each person’s head, it’s necessary sometimes to remember just how irrelevant we are.
Humans have a gift, intentional or otherwise, for making life difficult for each other. I guess there’s some truth to the saying, “misery loves company.” What we get out of making life harder than it is? Who knows. Nothing of lasting value.
Mother Earth doesn’t care. Rich or poor, She can destroy anything we build or rebuild. Sometimes she gives displays of her power, just to remind us about her capabilities.
The photos below are from the US Geological Survey and show the lava waterfall and spatter at a lava lake on Kilauea this month. More are at
something to take into consideration
Diabetes is an ugly disease, affecting the physical health of those who have it. It may also affect the mental health of victims. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may be the cause of some verbal and physical violence in the home.
What we know.
- 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, according to a 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Of these, 8.1 million are undiagnosed.
- Another 86 million are pre-diabetic, meaning they are at risk for development of the disease.
- Diabetes results from a hormone imbalance (insulin) that results in excessive glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream.
- Diabetes places a person at risk for heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, risk of amputation, and death. It was the seventh leading cause of death in 2010 in the US.
- Diabetes may develop at birth or occur in adults. Risk factors include poor diet and obesity. (1)
What we’re not sure about and…
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learning transfer is awesome in nature too
School of brainpage theory is based on the neurological studies of book to brain knowledge transfer
Pathway learnography is important in the learning process of classroom to develop smart page in student’s memory centers for high performance. This is the motor science of space, object and time required in problem solving activities. There are three types of pages related to the learning transfer of school system and these pages are sourcepage, brainpage and zeidpage. Knowledge is written in the book and the page of learning book is known as the sourcepage of knowledge transfer. The teacher also reads source page to develop corresponding brainpage before he performs in the classroom. We also read some pages to create new ideas in brain circuits for the design of a particular mapping, pathways and structure.
It’s true that the most learning transfer of subject matter happens in the home learning of…
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no lies is a rarity and a beauty
great ideas here, take a break, take a walk …
I have just returned from 1950’s England.
Tomorrow, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs will visit. I will giggle, laugh out loud, and be dazzled by their sheer brilliance of language while I clean my house. I created this illustration out of my love of great writers, and the brilliant narrators on the audio versions. In 1996 I became a devotee to the magic of audio books, and have continued racking up over 500 books each year. A talented writer and a masterful narrator can transport your entire imagination into whatever world you may be in need of. Free for the asking through your public library. Just download and play!
In a time when pandemic fatigue, anxiety, politics, and the economy is wearing out our hopefulness, escaping into a wonderful book can refresh your body, mind and soul.
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This global experience of a virus enveloping us the people has made daily life uncomfortable. To those who have succumbed to the virus it has made daily life impossible.
We can blame lots people. It feels good for a minute but really has no power of bringing light to the situation. It doesn’t accelerate the development of a vaccine. It doesn’t allow me to walk into a store without a mask. It doesn’t change the incessant reports of increases of infections and deaths. Stop.
I want my thoughts back. I want the best of my world back. To pioneer into tomorrow.
The Pandemia we insist on repeating because in the first place we didn’t listen to those who focus in things like this. And because we don’t know the way forward has gotten old. It is tiring.
I am going to wash my hands and wear my mask and keep my distance and eat at home. And when my mind is my own this is what I am going to think about:
My wife challenges me to be the man I want to be.
My version of man is valid
Planet Earth is an example of Grace, Strength, Purpose and Growth.
Marriage needs clear & sincere communication to grow.
As an merging Elder I will provide wisdom to my community.
Are my beliefs up to date with my life?