Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.
Anne Sweeney – American Business Woman-Former President of The Disney Channel
Yoga, Woman, Lake, Outdoors, Lotus Pose

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Martha Stewart (1941)? Martha Stewart is an American retail businesswoman, writer, and television personality. Trivia fans: Stewart is America’s first self-made female billionaire! Happy birthday, Martha!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: Be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”

— Serena Williams

17 Quotes About the Peace and Power of the Ocean

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Most of the Earth is covered by the ocean, and this vast salt water realm holds a special place in the hearts of many. The ocean offers opportunities for exploration, rest, and play, as well as food and employment. Many people feel quieted or excited in the presence of its beautiful, powerful, and ever-moving waves, or experience a sense of connection and belonging at the seashore — which is perhaps not surprising, given that our bodies are about 70% water. What’s more, the ocean makes up about 70% of our blue planet’s surface, and close to 97% of the world’s water resides in the ocean at any given time.

As we care for the ocean, we care for ourselves. The Native American Lakota Tribe have a saying that has spread throughout the environmental movement in recent years: “Water is Life.” The sea is the foundation of our ecosystem, providing access to clean water, air, and food. Enjoying the ocean is healthy for us, too: Time in nature has been found to be stress-reducing and healing; the fresh, salty air can ease respiratory distress; and, while UV protection is important, a sunny day at the beach provides crucial vitamin D. It’s little surprise that countless writers and thinkers have mused about the ocean’s soothing rhythms, timeless power, and magnetism, as these 17 quotes attest.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.
— John F. Kennedy

To me, the sea is a continual miracle; the fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?
— Walt Whitman

The sea, that great library of books one cannot read.
— Ian Fleming

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.
— E.E. Cummings

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
— Jacques Cousteau

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of the ocean.
—  H.P. Lovecraft

No water, no life. No blue, no green.
— Sylvia Earle, American marine biologist and author

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.
— Danish writer Karen Christence Dinesen

And somebody told me this is the place
where everything’s better, and everything’s safe.
Walk on the ocean, step on the stones.
Flesh becomes water, wood becomes bone.
— “Walk on the Ocean,” 1991 song by Toad the Wet Sprocket

Ocean… It is Time perhaps,
or the vessel filled with all motion, pure Oneness,
that death cannot touch, the visceral green of consuming totality…
— Pablo Neruda

Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.
— Rumi

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, Austro-German poet

A wave in the sea, seen in one way, seems to have a distinct identity, an end and a beginning, a birth and a death. Seen in another way, the wave doesn’t really exist, but is just the behavior of water, ‘empty’ of any separate identity, but ‘full’ of water.
— Sogyal Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought, and the shells and pebbles and the seaweed with tiny living creatures attached to it never lost their fascination for me.
— Helen Keller

In one drop of water are found the secrets of all the endless oceans.
— Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer and artist

He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea.
— George Herbert, English poet and priest

Quotes on Aristotle’s 11 Virtues, From Courage to Wit

Quotes on Aristotle’s 11 Virtues, From Courage to WitMarch 24, 2021

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Aristotle was not just a great philosopher; the ancient Greek scholar also wrote about poetry, drama, comedy, biology, physics, politics, and music. His thirst for understanding the world seemed boundless. When his works were studied in the Middle Ages, he became known as not just a philosopher but “The Philosopher.” In the poet Dante’s 1472 epic poem Divine Comedy, Aristotle is called “the master of those who know.”

Living in the fourth century B.C., Aristotle was the student of the renowned philosopher Plato and in turn became the tutor of Alexander the Great, then the prince of Macedonia. Serving at the royal courts, Aristotle became deeply concerned with how people might achieve eudaimonia, a Greek word meaning to flourish as a human being. To Aristotle’s mind, thriving in life was all a matter of character and virtue.

Aristotle believed that humans could learn to be virtuous by making a habit of moral acts — in other words, if you practiced acting like a good person, you would eventually become good. “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” he wrote in Nicomachean Ethics, one of his most influential works. “Men become builders by building and lyre players by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.”

Aristotle saw virtue as a balance between two extremes. The brave person, for instance, was one who avoided acting like a coward (considered a vice) but was also not rash or foolhardy (a vice on the other end of the spectrum). He believed moderation brought out the best in all people and made human society harmonious.

In his ethical works, Aristotle discussed the chief virtues a good and moral person should strive to possess as character traits. Here are Aristotle’s thoughts on 11 of the most important virtues.


Courage involves pain, and is justly praised; for it is harder to face what is painful than to abstain from what is pleasant.


By abstaining from pleasures we become temperate, and it is when we have become so that we are most able to abstain from them.


Of all those who are called virtuous the liberal are probably the best liked, because they are helpful; and their help consists in giving.


Falsehood is in itself bad and reprehensible, while the truth is a fine and praiseworthy thing.


The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person’s good, wishes it for that person’s own sake.


Justice is often regarded as the sovereign virtue, and ‘neither evening nor morning star is such a wonder.’


It is proper to a magnanimous person not to nurse memories, especially not of evils, but to overlook them.


The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and also in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended; so this person will be patient… because a patient person tends to be unperturbed and not carried away by feelings.


The magnificent man is like an artist; for he can see what is fitting and spend large sums tastefully.


We blame both the ambitious man as aiming at honour more than is right and from wrong sources, and the unambitious man as not willing to be honoured even for noble reasons.


Recherché rə-sher-SHAY Part of speech: adjective Origin: French, 17th century
1Rare, exotic, or obscure.
Examples of Recherché in a sentence “Adrianna had a recherché palate when it came to fine wines.” “The pearls gave a refined, recherché quality to the necklace.”
Recherchérə-sher-SHAYPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: French, 17th century
1Rare, exotic, or obscure.
Examples of Recherché in a sentence “Adrianna had a recherché palate when it came to fine wines.” “The pearls gave a refined, recherché quality to the necklace.”

Via: Below the fold newsletter

New rules aim to dismantle market power in the U.S. cattle industry
Wed Jul 21

Whole beef prices for American consumers are up 40%, but the profits from this surge are not being fairly distributed across the global supply chain. Four meatpacking companies (who have dominated the industry for roughly 25 years) are now making up to $1,000 in profit per head of cattle they slaughter and package, which is 20 times their norm of $50. Meanwhile the farmers raising and selling the cattle to these four meatpackers are struggling to break even.

In fact, while meatpacker revenues increased by up to 66% between 2010 and 2020, farmer shares decreased by 9%. Most farmers only make 14 cents per dollar spent on food (down from 35 cents in 1970). Now, the Biden administration has issued an executive order aimed at ending this abuse of market power. A number of steps have already been taken as a result, such as:Diversifying the market.. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will spend $500M to build more meatpacking plants closer to farmers, providing them an option outside the big four meatpackers to either keep processing local or negotiate better cattle prices.Opening up capacity. This investment in more packing capacity also helps avoid unplanned disruptions that limit supply and surge prices for consumers. For example, supplies were greatly reduced when a fire shut down a Tyson plant that processed more than 6,000 cattle per day for several months in 2019.Limiting long-term contracts. Meatpackers often make contracts months in advance, which secures their supply but leaves the sale price unknown to farmers. One bill introduced in the Senate would require meatpackers to instead negotiate prices every week to increase competitive bidding.Making it easier for farmers to sue contracted meatpackers over unfair, discriminatory, or deceptive practices. That said, R-CALF USA, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring profitability for the U.S. cattle industry, worries this is inadequate, given their ongoing 2019 lawsuits against the big four meatpackers.Until these changes return results, beef prices remain high. Grocery stores have increased beef prices by 5% and steaks 9%. Some restaurants have taken red meat off the menu altogether. In the meantime, consider purchasing your meat directly from farmers in your area. This local food directory from the USDA helps you find farms selling meat near you.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of  Wes Craven, director (1939)? Wesley Earl “Wes” Craven is best known as the director of many horror films, including the famed A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Scream films, The Hills Have Eyes, Vampire in Brooklyn, and My Soul to Take. Celebrate by snuggling in front of your favorite horror film with a big bowl of popcorn. Don’t forget to scream! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren’t so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?”

— Wes Craven

Did you know…

… that today is National Friendship Day? Today is the day to make a new friend or reconnect with an old one. With each new friend, we expand our view of the world. Through friendships, we grow and broaden our horizons. Tell your friends how much you appreciate them!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.”

— Barbara de Angelis

17 Song Lyrics About Summertime

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The sun is out, the temperatures are climbing, and there’s nothing like some good music to get you ready for summertime. Whether it’s relaxing by the pool or heading out to the beach, music is a mainstay for our summer outings and celebrations. June 20 marks the first day of this season of fun and sun, so grab a cold drink, slather on the sunscreen, and enjoy these songs of summer.

Sunshine gonna wash my blues away.
— “Knee Deep,” Zac Brown Band (written by Wyatt Durrette, Jeffrey Steele, Cory Bowles, and Zac Brown)

Summer, summer, summertime / Time to kick back and unwind
— “Summertime,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (written by Ricky West, Hula, Claydes Smith, Kool & the Gang, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Will Smith)

We’re waxing down our surfboards / We can’t wait for June…
— “Surfin’ USA,” The Beach Boys (written by Brian Wilson and Chuck Berry)

She was sippin’ on Southern and singing Marshall Tucker / We were fallin’ in love in the sweet heart of summer…
— “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line (written by Jesse Rice, Chase Rice, Joey Moi, Brian Kelley, and Tyler Hubbard)

On an island in the sun / We’ll be playing and having fun / And it makes me feel so fine / I can’t control my brain
— “Island In The Sun,” Weezer (written by Rivers Cuomo)

Oh when I look back now / That summer seemed to last forever / And if I had the choice / Yeah, I’d always wanna be there / Those were the best days of my life…
— “Summer Of ’69,” Bryan Adams (written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance)

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
— “Summertime,” “Porgy and Bess” (written by Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and George Gershwin)

Summer love, by my side / we could rule the world / Just you and I
— “Summer Love,” Rita Ora (written by Rita Ora, Deleon “i/O” Blake, Amir Amor, Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Leon “Locksmith” Rolle, Yogi & Roméo Testa)

Feel that salt in my hair / almost there / Got that wind in my hair / Ray-Ban glare
— “Summer Fever,” Little Big Town (written by Karen Fairchild, RØMANS, Cary Barlowe, and Jesse Frasure)

Summer breeze makes me feel fine
— “Summer Breeze,” The Isley Brothers (written by Dash Crofts and Jim Seals)

Do you remember / How when you were younger / All the summers lasted forever?
— “Do You Remember,” Chance the Rapper ft. Death Cab for Cutie (written by Garren Sean, Francis and the Lights, Peter CottonTale, Nico Segal, Nate Fox, Justin Vernon, Eric Butler, Dwayne Verner Jr., Benjamin Gibbard, and Chance the Rapper)

There’s magic everywhere / Everywhere in the summer.
— “It’s Summer,” Gladys Knight & The Pips (written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong)

Sippin whiskey out the bottle, not thinkin’ ‘bout tomorrow / Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long.
— “All Summer Long,” Kid Rock (written By Ed King, Uncle Kracker, LeRoy Marinell, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Robert Wachtel, Warren Zevon, and Kid Rock)

Summer days, driftin’ away…
— “Summer Nights,” “Grease” (written by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs)

Cause I got that sunshine in my pocket, got that good song in my feet.
— “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” Justin Timberlake (written by Shellback, Justin Timberlake, and Max Martin)

In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky.
— “In The Summertime,” Mungo Jerry (written by Ray Dorset)

Sunshine, blue eyes, tan lines, slow tide.
— “Beachin,'” Jake Owen (written by Jaren Johnston, Jon Nite, and Jimmy Robbins)

Clocks: from Seth Godin’s Newsletter

Clocks [ ]

Either you’re using time.

Or it’s using you.

You can watch the clock, but if you do, it’s watching you.

Clocks have an agenda. They aren’t a part of the human condition–they’re fairly recent. They enabled industrialism, and the very fact that they have an ‘alarm’ built in is a clue.

It’s definitely possible to put time to good use.

But if we’re without a compass and a goal, we can find it using us.