All Good – August 2016

All Good
Issue 12 Volume 17
August 2016 Editor: Colleen Moulding
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In This Issue
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Enjoy Life to the Fullest
By Mitra Shahidi
5 Amazing Homemade Remedies With Honey And Cinnamon
By Laurel Abell
Midcentury Modern Furniture Design
By Ken Adney
Becoming More Organized May Be Easier Than You Think
By Paula Apfelbach
Lovely Links
Words Of Wisdom
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Enjoy Life to the Fullest
By Mitra Shahidi
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Enjoy life to the fullest, it has an expiration date.
Life today should mean pleasure, but our modern concept
of living is often just the reverse; negative in concept
and implying the resignation of one’s self-image. Modern
living often means abandoning satisfaction because of a
phantom called “twentieth-century anxieties”.

“Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life
to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is
later than you think.” ~Horace

Life should be a happy vocation. People should be useful
to themselves and to others. Pleasure must be part of us;
like our heart, our eyes, our hands, and our feet. It
should know no race, no creed, no colour, no status, no age.
The good feelings to life belong to us and there is no moral
aspect to it except that it is immoral for people to fester
in unhappiness. “Live life to the fullest because you only
get to live once”.

By forgetting the mistakes of the past, you can live each
day to the full. You can find pleasure in working, in living,
in friendship, and every other aspects of your life, if you
feel that you have a right to enjoy yourself. I am not a
great believer in sin, but if there is sin, it is for people
who sit around, finding fault with themselves for the mistakes
they have made; mistakes which are only human. “A life spent
making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful
than a life spent doing nothing” ~George Bernard Shaw

There are so many people who waste the wonderful power of
their imaginations and torturing themselves with their past
blunders. It is sad but true that many of us who blame
ourselves so severely have in reality lead lives characterized
by hard effort and a constant attempt to be decent human beings;
yet we give ourselves no rights.

When we criticize ourselves, we deny ourselves pleasure. Yet we
have the right to feel free of fear, to feel free of guilt; to
feel pleasure. In order to enjoy our lives to the fullest we
have to find resolution within our minds to be happy. It is a
victory of one’s positive thinking-imagining forces over negative
thinking-imagining forces. We prepare ourselves to enjoy our lives
as we strengthen our images of ourselves each day. We live vitally,
allowing ourselves pleasure because we feel that we deserve it.
“I have decided that no matter what is happening in my life, I will
choose to be happy! Not because everything is perfect, but because
I deserve it”.

Through strengthening your self-image, through seeing yourself
at your best, through encouraging your success instincts, you
can create pleasure for yourself. But the unfortunate fact is
that many people do not feel that it would be fair for them to
be happy. They do not feel they deserve it, and they use
rationalizations to explain their misery:

If only they had money…

If not for that financial catastrophe…

If that accident hadn’t happened…

If not for that childhood disease which only they had contracted…

A tragic event from the past is dredged up and used to explain
all the pain, all the lack of their pleasure in life. But what
they don’t realize is that everyone knows tragedy, everyone knows
pain; fate didn’t single them out for punishment. Successful,
happy people know pain, too, but they just keep pushing forward
through pain to pleasure. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm
to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain”.

Imagine a man sits at his desk; he is an executive for a large
company. His desk is full of menus, letters, contracts, and
other papers. Two lights on the side of his telephone flicker
on and off, indicating people waiting to talk to him. He is
in conference with two men who sit, waiting for his attention.
He looks at his appointment book and notes that another vital
conference is set for this day, and he must devote a few hours
to a project which is behind schedule, and also he must dictate
letters to A, B, C,…

The enormity of these pressures might overwhelm many of us.
“It is too much for us” we’d say. But not this man. He feels
pleasure and he enjoys doing it. He refuses to let a daunting
imagination ruin his effectiveness. Instead he sees in his mind
the successes that his day will bring. He Turns warmly to his
visitors, listens attentively, does his best to respond to their
needs and demands. He answers the phone, and getting to the heart
of communicating instantly, returns to his visitors. He tells
them what action he intends to take on the matters under discussion,
dictates a message into a machine, turns back to them to ask if
they are happy with his decisions. They are, and he ushers them
to the door, shaking hands warmly. Nothing phony, simple pleasure
in a direct, effective moving toward goals. This man projects his
imaginations into action in a positive way. He accepts his right
to feel happy and be successful. Many people fill their minds with
destructive, depressing thoughts; and pleasure is caught in a
squeeze in which it is crushed. They worry about disasters that
never or rarely happen. The feelings of happiness and satisfaction
from their work are not tolerated, and they obviously cannot function
in the successful way that this executive does. They do not enjoy
their work; they do not enjoy their life either. “We call pleasure
the alpha and omega of a blessed life. Pleasure is our first and
kindred good” ~ Epicuru

We must enjoy our lives to the fullest. We can feel pleasure
in our every day of living. We can sing in the shower and feel
musical thoughts in our minds and generosity in our hearts. It
is a question, basically, of what we will allow ourselves. We
must not block the attainment of our legitimate satisfactions.
No years can be creative if we deny ourselves the principle of
happiness and enjoying our lives to the fullest.

If you think positive, any sound becomes music, any move becomes
dance, any smiles becomes laughter, and the entire life becomes a
huge celebration. So always think positive and live your life
happy to its fullest

We all have been given one life to live. Live every moment of
life because you don’t know what is going to happen on the very
next moment. Make the most of every opportunity that crosses
your path. Reach out for newer, richer, deeper, life-changing
experiences. And use those experiences as a means for personal
growth and pushing the boundaries of yourself mentally,
spirituality, and intellectually for the betterment of yourself
and the world at large.

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5 Amazing Homemade Remedies With Honey And Cinnamon
By Laurel Abell
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Honey and cinnamon have certainly become indispensable
ingredients in the international cuisine, not only
because of their delicious taste and flavor, but also
because of their numerous benefits. Honey has been used
for thousands of years to treat the symptoms of cold and
to add extra flavor to food, and here you will find 5
amazing homemade remedies based on honey and cinnamon:

1. Honey, Cinnamon And Lemon Cough Syrup

If you have caught a flu and you are coughing intensely,
then you should know that honey will certainly come in
handy – all you need for a delicious, nutritious and
effective all-natural cough syrup is one cup of honey,
three tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a
teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter of a cup of lukewarm
water. Slowly mix the lemon juice with the honey and then
gradually add the warm water and then take one or two
teaspoons of this homemade cough syrup before going to bed,
to relieve the symptoms of cough without experiencing any
side effects.

2. Natural Energy Booster

If you feel like you lack energy and you need an energy
boost, yet you do not want to resort to the pills and
supplements that you can find on the market, then you
should know that combining honey with cinnamon can turn
out to be a real, natural and efficient energy booster.
Mix these two magic ingredients in equal parts and you
will become more focused and more energetic for your
day to day tasks!

3. Cure Arthritis With Cinnamon And Honey

Arthritis is a very common condition and it affects millions
of people worldwide – if you are one of the sufferers, then
you surely know how difficult it is to keep the condition
under control. That being said, simply mix two spoons of
honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon and one cup of water
before breakfast. It must be said that this is a long-term
treatment for arthritis and it needs to be taken continuously,
for the results to show. However, if you follow the treatment
long enough, you will notice that the symptoms of arthritis
will slowly start to alleviate.

4. Improve Your Immune System

Mix two tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon
if you have been experiencing problems with your immune
system, and consume this on a daily basis. Not only will
the honey and the cinnamon boost your immune system and
make you stronger in front of viral and bacterial attacks,
but it will also provide your body with essential nutrients,
vitamins and minerals that it needs to function properly.

5. Cure Indigestion And Relieve Stomach Acidity

Last, but not least, by combining honey with cinnamon you
will support the correct functioning of your immune system
and you will also lower the stomach acidity levels. It
often happens that our stomachs produce more acid than
they are supposed to, especially when we eat spicy food – when
that happens, we can experience the bothersome heartburn.
Fortunately, mixing one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon
of cinnamon will keep you on the safe side!

Why Beeswax Candles Are Superior – Beeswax candles are
certainly one of the most beautiful and superior waxed
candles that are being massively produced. There are
various reasons on why other similar waxed based candle
products are inferior when compared to beeswax.

Buy Raw Honey – Unfortunately, most people like to buy
crystal clear, clean looking honey because they do not
know about the benefits of raw honey. Most of the time,
raw honey is not readily available on most supermarket
shelves. Raw, unfiltered honey normally crystallizes to
a very thick consistency just after a couple of months.

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Midcentury Modern Furniture Design
By Ken Adney
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The period between the end of World War II and the early
1960s brought a period of optimism and prosperity to America.
John F. Kennedy becomes president, a man flies into space,
and it seemed like a time when anything was possible. Gio
Ponti and Carlo di Carli added sensuousness to furniture
not seen since the height of Art Nouveau. Planned obsolescence
seemed like a good idea and disposable furniture was the craze.
Joe Colombo built a chair out of polyurethane foam covered
cylinders that could be taken apart and put in a duffel bag.
Wendell Castle made a chair of white molded plastic that looks
like a sand castle with only a depression in the center to sit in.

The new plastics allowed furniture to molded into every imaginable,
and some unimaginable, shapes. Places like the Superstudio and
Archizoom reacted to the excess by making what they called Anti-design…
furniture both awkward to use and ugly to look at.

But for most of the designers, form followed function and they
expanded on the stripped-down look of the Modernists. To the
Japanese influence of simple structures, they added bold colors,
stretch fabrics and molded plywood. The use of the widely versatile
aluminum influenced furniture design. Just as leisure became a
more important part of American culture, so designers began to
create chairs designed for slouching. Informality ruled and
lines stretched and moved into organic shapes only made available
by the new materials.

Like the pivotal work of Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson
at the Herman Miller furniture company took off with a style
demanding “durability, unity, integrity and inevitability”.
America, because it could so quickly recover from the ravages
of World War II, led the way.

Likewise, the Scandinavian countries were much less affected
by the war and so they were able to begin production much faster
than the rest of Europe. Hans Wegner designed his Model No. JH 501
chair that became so popular it was simply called The Chair. House
Beautiful declared it the most beautiful chair in the world. It was
the chair used for seating in the televised debate between JFK and
Richard Nixon.

One of the more interesting aspects of Scandinavian furniture
was the use of teak. Native to the Pacific Rim countries, large
military exercises cleared huge sections of forest in Thailand
and the Philippines and so teak became abundant and cheap. Finn
Juhl was a master at shaping teak into free form furniture.

Other hot items were the drop chair of Arne Jacobsen, with
its polyurethane shell in leather-upholstered foam and standing
on copper-coated tubular legs. His 3107 chair was so popular
that by the end of the 20th century, 6 million of them had sold.

One of the stranger pieces of the time was the UP5 chair by
Gaetano Pesce. It was made from high density polyurethane
foam and coved with stretch nylon. It was then placed in a
vacuum chamber and shrunk to 10 percent of its original size
and packed between two heat sealed sheets of plastic. When
you got it home and opened the bag, air would seep back in
and the chair would regain its full size and shape.

There are more articles on furniture history, care & design

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Becoming More Organized May Be Easier Than You Think
By Paula Apfelbach
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Becoming more organized may seem overwhelming, but it
doesn’t need to be. Try these tips and strategies to create,
bit by bit, a more streamlined, less frustrating life for
yourself and your family.

* Need, use, and love are always the “big three” criteria
for determining whether you should keep something. It
should help, too, to question whether something supports
the person you are today — not the person you were 10
years ago. Consider your current weight, interests, occupation,
leisure pursuits, and abilities.

* Make sure that things you use daily, weekly, and perhaps
monthly are within your “wingspan” — your arm’s reach — at
your desk. Things you use less often than monthly should be
stored farther away.

* Place a recycling bin and shredder near the door where
you usually enter the house, sort your mail there, and get
rid of whatever you can right away. But don’t just toss
junk mail! That’s like putting a tiny bandage over an
emergency-room-worthy wound. Not only will mail keep coming
from those senders, but they may also sell your name to other
companies, which will just perpetuate the problem. Make the
small investment in time every time you receive something
that you don’t want to get off of its mailing list for good.

* Create a “pending box”: a place where you store things that
aren’t leaving tomorrow, but are leaving soon, on a date that
you can actually name. When the time comes, you’ll know exactly
where those things are. It also helps if you make a note to
yourself in your planner to remind yourself that you need to
take something along.

* Similarly, create a “pending file”: a list of anything that
you’ve ordered or requested, from whom, and the date — plus
any related paperwork stored in a file with the list. Then,
every week, browse the list to see if anything has fallen
through the cracks on its way to you. With the paper trail
right there, you can easily follow up.

* Try what I call the “bin system”: put baskets, buckets, or
totes at places such as the tops and bottoms of stairs and
at your paper-processing place. Give each family member a
container as well, where you can place stray things that
you come upon. Each time you pass one of these bins, move
the contents on toward its ultimate home. You need not
follow that advice about handling things only once if you
ensure that things make progress each time you touch them.

* Also try what I call a “car bucket”: a basket, bucket,
or tote that goes between your launching pad (a designated
spot near the door you use the most that holds what you need
to take with you the next time you leave) and the car. It holds
whatever you want to take with you, and then whatever you gather
while you’re out so that things don’t land on the floor of the
car or get stuffed into your purse. When you return home, empty
the car bucket at your launching pad and send the contents
on their way via the bin system.

* Maintain a separate tote or duffel bag for each sport,
lesson, or activity that you and your family members engage
in so that equipment and materials are kept separate, contained,
and ready to go at all times.

* If you’re done with something, put it away. If it’s used up,
throw it away. If you don’t use it, give it away.

* Recall the “broad side of the barn” principle: I made this
up to say that you have to make it as easy as hitting the broad
side of a barn to put something away, or people probably won’t.
Keep storage very simple, and train family members where things
belong. They can’t be expected to put something away (and neither
can you) if there’s no designated home, or if they don’t know
where the home is.

* Store reading materials where you actually tend to do
your reading. Put them on a nightstand, next to your TV-watching
chair, in the bathroom, in the car for reading while waiting
for your kids, at your treadmill, or wherever you will
actually work through them and get them read.

* Shop with a specific list, whether you’re looking for
clothes, hardware, books, or groceries. Resist impulse
purchases — they often end up becoming clutter later.
Use need as your guide when shopping, not want.

* Nest things such as mixing bowls, plastic storage
containers, and suitcases when it’s reasonable and convenient.

* Create “zones” in your rooms — like they do in kindergarten
— so that it’s easy to define what belongs (or doesn’t) in
that space. An object either supports what happens in that
defined zone, or it doesn’t.

* Buying some non-perishables in bulk can streamline your
weekly shopping, but don’t overdo it. Make sure you’ll
actually use the product within a reasonable amount of time,
and that you have the room to store it while you’re using it.

* Live by the “one in, one out” rule: when something new
comes in, an old one goes out. This applies to shoes,
clothes, books, toys, appliances, tools, dishes, glassware,
kitchen gadgets, computers and other electronics, telephones,
eyeglasses, linens, towels, pillows, umbrellas, and even
furniture. And especially magazines! If you haven’t made
it a priority to read one issue, when will you read two
— or five or 10?

* Keep bags or boxes going at all times for charitable
donations, things you’re going to consign, and/or items
that you’re going to give to a friend or relative. When
they’re full, put them in the car and plan to drop them
off very soon. If needed, schedule this drop-off with
yourself. Purged out is great; gone is better.

* Mentally redefine and then re-outfit a space according
to how you actually use it. For instance, the dining room
could become the dining room and the
homework/billing-paying/arts-and-crafts room if it contains
the tools that support all of those functions. Be clear
about the many ways that a space is truly being used.

* Create systems with your kids so that they can save
their own school papers and artwork. Display the pieces
on a clothesline in their bedrooms so that they can rotate
in and out, and then store a limited number of the keepers
in binders, files, or boxes. Perhaps mail the rest to
relatives, or make wrapping paper out of it.

* Empty and streamline your purse and any other frequently
used tote bags, briefcases, and duffels. Not only might
you find some treasures or stray money, but you won’t be
lugging around as much unnecessary dead weight.

* Keep these tried-and-true precepts in mind: store things
where you use them; store like items together (or, store
items that you use together, together); and store the most
frequently used items in the most accessible places. These
concepts may seem like no-brainers, but they’re often forgotten
or violated — and using them consistently can make a world
of difference in your daily travels around your home.

* At the start of each season, hang all of your clothing
the “wrong way” on the rod, with the open side of the hook
facing you. As you wear and clean each piece, replace it
on the rod the “right way.” Any item that’s still facing
the wrong way at the end of the season is one that you
didn’t wear that entire time, and you can probably get
rid of it. Do the same with folded clothes: put the clean
ones on the bottom after you’ve washed them, with a piece
of paper placed on top of the first one you put there. Any
item that remains above the paper at the end of the season
was never worn.

* Or try this: wear what’s at the left end of your clothes
rod, and when it’s clean, hang it on the right end. If you
resist wearing what comes up next, either get rid of it,
change it somehow so that you will wear it, or “audition it”:
wear it once to find out why you’re resisting it, and then
you’ll either find out why you’re avoiding it, or rediscover
a gem.

* Eliminate unnecessary horizontal surfaces. They’re clutter

* Think vertical. Hanging things from the walls, ceilings,
rafters, and both sides of doors is almost always a good idea.
When it’s not, use very visible methods or labeled, opaque
horizontal storage methods. It’s even good to label transparent
containers, because what you can see at the front or side may
not accurately represent everything else that’s inside… and
why use extra brain cells guessing or figuring it out?

* Ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that would happen if
I got rid of this?” And, if you had to, could you borrow or
rent a replacement, or come up with an alternative that would
work nearly as well?

Reducing your clutter can be relatively simple and doesn’t
require you to make giant lifestyle changes all at once. Take
your time, but do it: the sense of satisfaction, increased
motivation, and reduced frustration and stress are all well worth it.

Paula Apfelbach began her business, Breathing Room Professional
Organizing, in May 2005. She transitioned out of organizing
in the fall of 2010, but continues to write a free mini-zine
called “exhale” and accepts freelance assignments on the
subjects of organization and life simplicity.
Paula lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Words Of Wisdom
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To a mother, a son is never a fully grown man; and a
son is never a fully grown man until he understands
and accepts this about his mother.

A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter
is a daughter all of her life.

Clever father, clever daughter;
clever mother, clever son.
Russian Proverb

Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn’t matter if only
we could prevent girls from being girls.
Anne Frank

Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Your children are not your children. They are the sons
and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
Kahlil Gibran

Boys are beyond the range of anyone’s sure understanding,
at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and
90 years.
James Thurber

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That’s all for this month.
Have an awesome August!