Decision Fatigue

My grandmother was a very busy, focused and productive woman.  The three delicious meals she prepared every day for her family of ten (including home-made Choice-overloadsoup and Italian bread each day for lunch) are still talked about today. Needless to say, at that time, all meals were made “from scratch”, using whole foods, a dash of creativity and a good dose of time.  In addition to all of her other household responsibilities, she was an extraordinary seamstress, who made all eight of her children’s clothes, sewing well into the night.

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The Gains and Losses of Getting Older

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Several of my friends have found themselves in the role of caregivers for husbands who are struggling with memory loss stemming from dementia and Alzheimer’s. In one case, my friend was having a conversation with her husband about the subject of memory loss. He said to her: Throughout life, whether you’re a kid, adolescent, young adult, middle-age, or old age, you constantly gain something and lose something with passage of time . . . we…

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Itadaki Masu

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Itadaki Masu* by John J. Brugaletta I have received water, flowing and pooled, salt and fresh, cold and hot; wind off the ocean, among the trees, over wheat fields; wool for the warmth. I am grateful for these, and for the many-touching octopi, the common beauty of oleanders, tough-limbed oaks, lithe ocelots, leather-skinned oranges, and pungent onions. About me lie perch from farm ponds, peppers and parsnips, potatoes and tellicherry peppercorns, pork and peaches, paprika,…

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Celebrate Your Foolishness

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April 1st is known for being April Fool’s Day. People play jokes on one another and it can be a way of creating a light-hearted atmosphere in a day when we feel overwhelmed and challenged. I like to think of April Fool’s day as a day when we can celebrate our foolishness. We can reflect on all the foolish things we’ve done in our life and smile at them now, since we may have been…

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Be Inspired! Table of Contents for Thirty Thousand Days – Spring, 2015

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Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living: Spring 2015 Table of Contents with Quotes You Are Not Drowning by David Berkun Socrates never said “I’d do great work if I didn’t have philosophy overload from hanging out at the agora.” Emily Dickinson didn’t complain of vocabulary overload in the English language. Picasso, Da Vinci, Tesla and Marie Curie all possessed amazing curiosities and could have easily been distracted away from their work by the…

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A Passion for Giving: Zell Kravinsky

Most of us aspire to be generous. We write tax-deductible checks at the end of the year. We volunteer at the local food shelf. We do what we can while devoting ourselves to those in our inner circle of loved ones. But Zell Kravinsky goes about it differently.

Zell gives with a kind of passion that raises questions and eyebrows. Giving is not something he squeezes into the margins of his life. It’s square and center, it’s what makes him tick, his raison d’êtret. And while everyone can agree on how extreme he is, there’s great controversy about why he does what he does. He’s a saint. He’s a martyr. He’s a troubled man.

But regardless of how you interpret his actions, you may be inspired by the courage and resolve he demonstrates as he follows the convictions of his own heart. (This video is long, but watching even a few minutes might give your mind and heart a good workout. What do you make of his challenging and thought-provoking message?)

Chef: What Can We Learn About Passion and Purpose?

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Movie Review Chef – What Can We Learn About Passion and Purpose? The central character in Chef is Carl (played by John Favreau) – a man who has a passion for cooking. A man who has found his purpose. The problem is that he hasn’t found the right place to carry out that purpose. As the film begins he is the head chef at a posh restaurant where he is at odds with the owner,…

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A Fun Prescription for Staying Youthful

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Alright, let’s put our cards, so to speak, on the table. What have you got? I’m out, let’s play again, but I deal this time. Do you make time to play cards now and then with your friends? Do you know where your cards are? Oh, you’re not sure you have a full deck? All the more reason to start playing — cards, chess, checkers, monopoly, any board game . . . just get those…

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