Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hollywood Celebrity Quotes

I know I have a love handle or two, but I'm lucky that at this stage in my career, it's not hurting the work I do. And my wife loves the extra meat on me.

John Travolta
If he wants a job in Hollywood I could get him to play Terminator 4.

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Tony Blair

What Famous Men do to Succeed

I get the facts, I study them patiently, I apply imagination.

Bernard M. Baruch

Monday, August 28, 2006

Take a Test on Aims in Raising Your Child?

1> When you want to argue with your spouse, do you...

A> Pick up a quarrel as soon as he comes home.
B> Wait for your child to go out to play or tuitions before discussing things.
C> Discuss problems even when the children are around.

2> When your spouse does something good, do you...

A> Seek a private moment to thank
B> Openly compliment at the dining table
C> Thank him in your heart.

3> Do you...
A> Hide your negative traits
B> Can't control yourself even when children are around.
C> Portray only positive traits in front of children.
Answers - 1> B 2> B 3> C

Friday, August 25, 2006

Your Aims in Raising the Child.

Parents must have a few goals while raiding a child. An experienced parent teaches you the basics.

Give Enough Love.

The more you give, the more you get. True. Parents should shower affection. Not necessarily by buying things the kid loves. Or being with them all the time. But by being with them when they need you. Sharing your thoughts. Taking them out for a walk. Helping him clean his cycle. Perhaps, even cooking together.

Love binds the family together. It makes the child feel wanted. Consequently, the child does everything to get your approval. Love means overlooking faults, not criticizing, not being judgmental. It also means being caring, kind, generous and sympathetic.

But, you must express the feeling. The child must know you love him. Play, fondle, cuddle, kiss and let the child be all over you. Physical expression of love, though unapproved in many cultures, is essential.

Tell him the joy of having received a surprise card on your anniversary. Express the joy of having her in the family. Reward him for good behavior. And don't forget his birthdays.

Give him the best to eat, wear and learn.
Of course, all of us desire the above. Often we are willing to sacrifice, forgo even necessities for fulfilling the desires of children. Take care to provide him quality education, health and entertainment. But let him know the hard work behind it. Let him not grow up without knowing your hardship. The truth will make him more responsible.and he'll try to fulfill his responsibilities as a child at home and school.

Be there when he needs you.
Its vital. Maybe to lend a shoulder for him to cry on. To cheer him on the sports day. Pick him up from school or drop him at the gym. Listen even when you're busy. Talk to him about his likes and find time to walk together.

Do not expect too much.
In the event of the child not matching up your dreams who'll face agonizing disappointment. Naturally, you. Mould him wherever possible, but let him grow naturally. Find out his dreams, test his ability and then decide on what suits both. Its OK if he's not the best, provided he's given it the best shot. Forget it, if she isn't half as intelligent as you. But, has the child the good qualities that help him get along well with others, be confident at work and face the world bravely. That's vital.

Remember James Watt invented the steam engine, not his father.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Quotes on Believing in Yourself

Self belief is a positive tonic that helps people grow beyond their dreams. A collection of the best Self Belief Quotes to help you believe in yourself.

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
Michael Korda

It is not important what you believe, only that you believe.
Author Unknown

Fact of the matter is, there is no hip world, there is no straight world. There's a world, you see, which has people in it who believe in a variety of different things. Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.
Frank Zappa

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale, author

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Frank Lloyd Wright

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
Mary Kay Ash

To succeed, we must first believe that we can.
Michael Korda

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
Henry David Thoreau

Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe.
Mark Victor Hansen

What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it.
Ezra Pound

The depth of your belief and the strength of your conviction determines the power of your personality.
Brian Tracy

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.
Thomas Fuller

Some things have to be believed to be seen.
Ralph Hodgson

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France

It's not what you go through that defines you; you can't help that. It's what you do AFTER you've gone through it that really tests who you are.
Kwame Floyd

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama, Tibetian spiritual leader

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.
Alfred Korbzybski

The turning point, I think, was when I really realized that you can do it yourself. That you have to believe in you because sometimes that's the only person that does believe in your success but you.
Tim Blixseth

Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.
Mark Victor Hansen

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.Mary Kay AshTrust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Benjamin Spock

It is easier to believe than to doubt.
Everett D. Martin

God didn't have time to make a nobody, only a somebody.I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition.
Mary Kay Ash

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.
Gail Devers

You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can't have it.
Robert Anthony

Relationship with Spouse.

Parents relationship with each other will shape the child's relationship and attitude towards the opposite gender.

A male chauvinist might make a strong impression on a boy that he ought to behave the same way with women in his life. While a devout mom might favourably impress her daughter. Treat you wife respectfully and with love and your child will do the same. Avoid arguments, atleast in front of children. Discuss issues before taking action. Express each other's positive traits openly when children are around. Compliment and encourage one another. Lend a helping hand. Do not let negative emotions be displayed. If the need be do it tactfully, sending the children out to play. Adult games shouldn't rub off on children. A mother should talk of the admirable qualities in her husband and vice versa even in the absence of the other.

A boy picks up his father's manners, attitude towards others, strength of character (or lack of it), values and discipline. While a girl unconsciously imbibes her mother's generosity, kindness, sacrifice and devotion. If a father is submissive, the son could reveal 'effeminate' traits in later life. And an overbearing mother will instill man-like traits in her daughter.
Though daughters naturally imitate their mothers, they have a strong romantic relationship with the father, who is the man they most admire. And the boy develops a strong bondage with the mother, though he want to grow up, strong and dominating, like his dad.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Funny Quotes

If it weren't for electricity we'd all be watching television by candlelight.
George Gobol

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.

Mae West
We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.
Jeff Marder

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
Rita Mae Brown

You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is 'never try'.
Homer Simpson

A collection of the best funny quotes.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Good Parent Test - Love Your Child Unconditionally

Children long for parental love. The more you express it, the deeper the bond. They derive emotional strength, feel safe and secure in this world and feel wanted when you shower affection. Learn to take the child with all its faults. A child who gets immense parental love will do anything for them. This makes it easy for you to set rules, change bad habits and influence his thoughts.

How good a parent are you? Take this quick test to find out.

1> After you child's report card is sent home, do you
a> Pat him for good scores and analyze poor ones.
b> Invoke his friend's scores to prove a point.
c> Call your neighbor to check her daughter's scores.

2> Is your son's report card
a> A reflection of your social standing.
b> A measure of your care and attention.
c> An assessment of the child's abilities.

3> How would you deal with a poor score
a> Rave and rant about how much you've struggling to make him study.
b> Send him to tuitions.
c> Tell him there's nothing alarming. You could always improve.

1. a 2. c 3. c

Never ever
1> Try to fulfill your ambitions through your children.
2> Scold or complain in the company of his / her peers.
3> Forget to encourage him when he's down.
4> Try setting things right by complaining to his teacher.
5> Forget that every child is unique. So remember, comparing reveals your ignorance.
6> Forget that every child is unique. "Am I the best mom, around"? or " Was I ever what I want him to be?" Think.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Child Care - Mistakes Most Parents Make.

Parenting a is like a trapeze artiste's balancing act, ever challenging. But here are tips to avoid common mistakes parents make.

Stop Comparing

You must understand that every child is unique. The genes are different. The family environment, the education, social circle, role models, lifestyle and habits vary. So are you reasonable in expecting your child to be like your neighbor's or friend's? If your neighbor's son scores top grades, your daughter could exhibit leadership qualities, be talented at sports or play the guitar like no child does. Why do you have to compare? Let the child be judged by what he does, not by what someone else achieves.

Comparison Breeds Contempt

Parents in their rush to keep up with Joneses of today, put a lot of unwanted pressure on children. The child, for them, is a reflection of their abilities, think parents. Loss of social standing on account of average performance of children is a constant worry. Parents hardly care about the abilities, interest and talent of children, pursuing their own agenda of raising a super-kid who makes them proud.

But, seldom do they understand that comparison breeds ill-will amongst classmates and friends. Sometimes it's a war like situation with face-offs between parents rushing with children's answer sheets for revaluation. And some parents ridicule the child: "Look at John, he's scored 99% in Maths. You are a 'bla bla bla'. When will you get 100% ?" Instead of John inspiring the child, it instills hatred for John (and parents too) who the child feels is responsible for the spanking and ridicule faced by him.

In hindsight, the parents could have positively put across the idea that John scored 99% because he does math for an hour everyday, practices, seeks the help of teachers to solve problems and enjoys the subject. And that "You too can do it if you follow similar methods. Shall we start from today?

Comparison Kills Individuality
Children are like flowers, they'll grow up naturally to give you unending joy. Do not force the child to ape someone or something, by comparison. Let the child grow-up finding it own way, of course guided by you all the way. Comparison stifles the child, forcing him to do things like others, just to please you. And he'll soon lose interest in those subjects.

Instead create interest, set goals, encourage, and guide him. He'll do better. He'll respect you for this. And it will bring the family closer.

The parents are the biggest influence on a child in the formative years. Boys are naturally inclined to 'act' like their fathers and girls imbibe a lot from their moms. Hence it becomes imperative that parents must portray themselves in a good light. Everything they do or say has a bearing on the child's outlook.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Chinese Proverbs

If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.

A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Don't open a shop unless you like to smile.

Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked.

Distant water won't help to put out a fire close at hand.

A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

Dig the well before you are thirsty.

Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.

There are always ears on the other side of the wall.

You can't catch a cub without going into the tiger's den.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Famous Chinese Proverbs full of positive thinking and wisdom.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Toys that Teach - Choosing right toy for Child.

Choosing the right toy isn’t child’s play. Learn how it can impact the growth of your kid.

Toys are important right from the first month. The tiny one can see and hear, so although he can’t hold or handle toys he is thrilled looking and listening to them. Anything colorful hung over the cot, or something that rattles will appeal to him. However, at this stage, the baby’s best ‘toys’ are the people around him and the variety of faces, sounds, sensations, which come with being picked up and held, are very stimulating to the child.

Are toys a substitute for personal involvement?

No, cuddling, talking, making sounds and playing peek-a-boo is far more vital to a child than any toy. But it is true that toys help develop a baby’s natural skills, hand – eye coordination and imagination.

Are some toys more educational than others?

Although all toys can be described as ‘educational’, to make the most of a child’s learning potential, the toys must be picked with an eye on his age. As a child grows, he needs a different set of challenges and so toys must be with the child’s abilities in mind.

When you step into a toy store, think of the ‘function’ of the toy for your child. The more versatile the better, since it can have a longer life than toys with just one function. Check out bricks, detachable pieces, constructions sets, see-and-make kits. Look for toys that have different functions for different age groups. In this way the toys can reappear later when the child reaches that stage.

Good examples of this are stacking kits, take apart and rebuild toys such as trucks, trailers or trains. Initially young babies enjoy the sound and sight of these. As they grow they begin to suck and finger them. When they’re about two years they begin putting the parts together.

Toys that don’t cost you anything
Toys don’t have to be only bought from the store. If you have a good sense of imagination, you could find ‘joys’ even at home, plastic spoons, cardboard boxes, empty plastic boxes or even your horlicks packs can become safe toys.
Check out for sharp edges, wires rods and stickers that can be peeled off easily. Look for small parts that a child could remove with his fingers or teeth because he could possible swallow pieces. Chiming metallic pieces must have a protective causing safety can be bought from reputed labels.

And remember to keep an eye on a little one when an older child is playing with toys. Since these toys could have detachable parts which the young one may swallow.

Store toys in a proper bag or box and clean them regularly. Wash them and check the bags regularly for wear and tear.

Choosing the toys
Upto 6 months
Tiny babies are interested in colorful toys. Especially ones that make sounds. The rattle is what comes to our mind. But it isn’t a good idea to leave a rattle in a child’s hands, as children under five months do not have proper control of their hands and could knock the rattle in the face.

Brightly colored pieces hung over the cot or pram draws his attention. Give the child a teddy or a smiling rag doll. Soon the baby will wave hands in excitement whenever he sees these toys. He will even try to reach them. Variety is the name of the games. Even babies get bored by the same rattle.

Don’t forget to play with your child. Talk to him, he loves to listen to you voice. Join in and enjoy his gurgles.

6-12 months
By now, babies begin to experience, explore and communicate. Babies of this age reach out to objects, suck them, poke their fingers in holes and look inside and underneath.

The now-you-see it now-you-don’t games thrill babies of this age. Wooden toys, with wheels, monkeys that flip over, rolling objects that jingle, are ideal toys. They even enjoy seeing books, clearing and sometimes even chewing them. Watch out for the first words that come up.

1-2 years
The child will now fast outgrow his toys. So look for things which have a longer life. Toys which have pieces to be fit into one another. He can take apart things, though he can’t put them together. Dolls and teddies will be cuddled, given food and put to sleep. Try giving a notebook and felt pen, to scribble. Large wooden trucks pulled by a string are popular with this age group.

2-3 years
Now, he can sit and concentrate for longer periods. Jigsaw puzzles and construction toys are appropriate. He will begin to put things together. He starts to show increased interest in ‘pretend’ play, talking to dolls, playing mother, father, sister or teacher. Now you have to give, not just a doll, but a doll with companions and a home. Bat and ball can be tried. Cycles, swings and slides enthrall him. Girls would have the entire cooking range, toys with refrigerator, tables, chairs and brooms.

So choose the right toy and help you child develop natural skills, at a early age.

Toys that teach...
A> Buy toys to improve your child.
B> Toys that thrill are for children upto one year.
C> Look for ones that improve hand-eye co-ordination.
D> How about turning a money, horse or elephant?
E> Mathematics, memory, thinking and problem-solving can be enhanced by choosing the right toys.

Let’s remember
A> Toys don’t always have to be bought. The soap box, toothpaste cover with wheels or bournvita boxes made into homes can make great toys to play.
B> Toys can teach. Find toys that educate the child.
C> Its unsafe to let tiny tots play alone without supervision.
D> Toys can not substitute parents.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Inspirational Sayings

A collection of the best and most famous Inspirational sayings that motivate and urge our inner selves to succeed. Quotes from across the world. Hand-picked by an inspiring author to give you that positive dose of energy early in the morning.

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Helen Keller (1880-1968 )

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.
Chinese Proverb

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
George Halas

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Frank Gaines

The reason Angels can fly is because they take themselves so lightly!

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
Napoleon Hill, Power of Positive Thinking

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Edward Gibbon

There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.
William Frederick

You have to make it happen.

By your thoughts you are daily, even hourly, building your life; you are carving your destiny.
Ruth Barrack Golden

Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it.
Michael Friedsam

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born to be a twin.

It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce.

Joy is not in things; it is in us.

Keep your values in balance. You will always find happiness.

The Wisdom of the wise, and the experience of the ages, may be preserved in quotations.
Benjamin Disraeli

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

The hardest battle you're ever going to fight is the battle to be just you.
Leo Buscaglia

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

The main cause for failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment.

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Janis Joplin

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
Ralph Ellison

One learns people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect.
Mark Twain

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Why the World hates Digg's Kevin Rose?

Why the World hates Digg's Kevin Rose?

Paper Millionaire or Vapor Millionaire.

BusinessWeek's Cover Story How this Kid Made $60 Million in 18 Months is the current online buzz. "People in the know say Digg is easily worth $200 million," says Business Week. And this has sparked fury worldwide and hate stories and comments are flooding websites and blogs. But, why are they angry. Read on to see what they say?

You gotta love it: Kevin Rose says users shouldn't be paid even though 30% of the front page stories come from the top 10 users on DIGG. Congrats on the cover of BusinessWeek Kevin, but be careful counting those chickens before they hatch (from someone who's been there).

DIGG has not been sold yet, from what I understand BusinessWeek is basing the $60M number on someone telling them that DIGG would sell for $200M. DIGG is making $3M a year from what people are saying. That would give them a 65x revenue, and if they have $500k in profit a 400x earnings multiple ($1M in profits would give them a 200x earnings multiple). Wow... makes Google look cheap!

  • Jason
  • one of those who firmly believes that diggers need to be paid

    Forget Paper Millionaire, Digg Founder's A Vapormillionaire
    It also never explains how Kevin Rose made $60 million (probably because he didn't actually make that money), though we're guessing that they calculated his share of that $200 million, based on his stake in the company. At one point it suggests that Digg could become a cash cow like MySpace, a site that's had problems monetizing its enormous base.

  • Joe
  • Techdirt

    Digging up Kevin Rose's net worth

    In other words, Rose has made actually zip, zero, nada. To Techdirt's frustration, BW doesn't offer many more clues in the piece as to how it arrived at the $60 million figure, citing "people in the know." Techdirt guesses that BW must be referring to the notional value of Rose's shares in the business, which BW's sources estimate is valued at $200 million. But of course, those shares aren't worth anything until Rose sells -- and he's said time and again that he doesn't want to sell Digg.

  • Owen Thomas and Oliver Ryan
  • in CNN Money

    That $60 million figure is utter BS. It's tossed out in mid-article with virtually no explanation along with another suspect figure that values Digg at $200 million. Quite a fairy tale, no? Reminds me of the days when a black-and-white sock puppet interviewed fellow canines, the billboard over 101 was still lush and everything was bubblicious.

  • John Paczkowski
  • , (Thomas Hawk is a digital media and technology enthusiast in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an investment advisor in a non technology related field) Good Morning Silicon Valley

    It is riddled with so many inanities, without any sense or logic, or journalistic norms, it sounds like a parody of a parody. Their idea of getting street cred among the tech-savvy/early-adopter/blogger crowd is this, and it sounds like a desperate ploy to stay relevant, even when they don'y. It is about the hype and the treatment that the story is being given. Factual errors, false deductive reasoning, and the general lack of awareness of the dynamics of Internet.


    Tuesday, August 8, 2006

    Inspiration during Depression

    All of us go through Depression sometime in Life, right? But, we are not alone. Find a shoulder to cry on. Find a hand that holds out. Find a way out of the MESS. The most famous Reveal How to Handle Depression Positively.....

    Whenever someone sorrows, I do not say, "forget it," or "it will pass," or "it could be worse" -- all of which deny the integrity of the painful experience. But I say, to the contrary, "It is worse than you may allow yourself to think. Delve into the depth. Stay with the feeling. Think of it as a precious source of knowledge and guidance. Then and only then will you be ready to face it and be transformed in the process.

    Peter Koestenbaum

    You are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power, and yet you have the key in your own hands, and you may make use of it the moment you learn to control your thoughts.

    Napoleon Hill

    With borrowed will,

    "Get Up," she said

    You haven't lost at all

    For winning is not more than this:

    To rise each time you fall.

    DH Groberg

    If you're feeling low, don't despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

    Dolly Parton, singer

    I want to help people with depression understand that there is hope, so that they can get the help they need to live rich, fulfilling lives.

    Tom Bosley

    At times of the severest depression, humor is what binds people together.

    Robert Carlyle

    The simple solution for disappointment depression: Get up and get moving. Physically move. Do. Act. Get going.

    Peter McWilliams

    Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.


    So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible.

    So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.

    Marian Wright Edelman

    We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

    Martin Luther King

    I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.

    Agatha Christie

    Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.

    Dodie Smith

    If you loved them, leave your Depression Quote, Feeling or Comment here!

    Monday, August 7, 2006

    What is a Kiss

    The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.

    Emil Ludwig

    The soul, the kiss, the heart; the first words of love.


    Scientific Definition of a Kiss

    A kiss is the juxtaposition of the orbicularic oris muscles in a state of contraction.


    A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

    Ingrid Bergman

    Love dictates, but a kiss writes the secrets of the heart.


    Why I Love America

    America is Compassionate

    I love America because we are a compassionate land. If there is an earthquake in India or Turkey, Americans are the first there with the most aid. If there is a typhoon in the Philippines, Americans are there first to render aid. If there is a famine in Afghanistan, even as we bombed that land in response to the terrorist attacks, we were also flying in food to the starving. Even before the war started, America gave more aid to Afghanistan than did any other nation. If there is a drought in Africa, floods in Central America, poverty in Haiti or Somalia, or ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, America and Americans are there to help.

    Zig Ziglar

    America is big-hearted

    I love every concept the Statue of Liberty stands for – that individual liberty is held above the objectives of government – that, as Washington and Jefferson said, America imparts good will toward all and threatens no one – that this country is so big-hearted and prosperous it can welcome people from all over the world fleeing oppression or poverty.

    Harry Browne, American Liberty Foundation.

    I love America more than anything else

    I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

    James A. Baldwin, author

    I Love America wholeheartedly and unabashedly

    When I think of what my country means to me on this Independence Day, there’s a lot that comes to mind. I love America without shame of seeming jingoistic and with a full realization of all its flaws. I love it wholeheartedly and unabashedly.


    Friday, August 4, 2006

    what love is....

    The mind becomes extraordinarily active, alert, sensitive; then relationship, which is really one of the major problems of life, has quite a different meaning. Then relationship is the beauty of love without the image. However much one may say "I love you", love is not there. Love is something entirely different, love is not pleasure, love is not desire. To understand love one must understand pleasure and pleasure goes with fear, with pain - you cannot have one without the other.

    Jiddu Krishnamurthi

    Thursday, August 3, 2006

    Art of Lateral Thinking

    Lateral Thinking expert Edward de Bono says With logic, you start out with certain ingredients, just as in chess you start out with given pieces. But what are those pieces? he says. In most real-life situations, the pieces are not given, we just assume they are there. We assume certain perceptions, concepts and boundaries.

    One is always confusing conditioned thinking with creative thinking. De Bone explains that Lateral thinking is concerned not with playing with the existing pieces but with seeking to change those very pieces. It is concerned with the perception part of thinking.

    Lateral Thinking Story
    What is Lateral Thinking? Edward De Bono, father of the concept explains through a simple story. Edward de Bono relates the story of a fat man and a thin man chasing after girls. They are not in a race, he is at pains to point out. That would be too bound by a constraining premise. He explains that a typical, logical approach to the fat man’s inability to catch the girls might be to ascribe his problem to his obesity, which slows him down. Thus the solution would be to put the fat man on a diet and give him athletics training.

    A lateral thinker, however, might give him a car, so he can catch up to the girls, and a nice expense account to buy them a good dinner. The point is that one does not eliminate the logical cause of a difficulty. A lateral thinker creatively seeks a positive outcome.

    As an amateur coach, I have handled such problems with lateral thinking. A mother once told me that her child hates eggs. I suggested "perhaps, the child doesn't like boiled eggs. Try scrambled, half-boiled or bullet." Later, she came back to thank me. Now her son does love eggs.

    Love Doing Things

    Love What You Do.
    Do What You Love.

    Wayne Dyer in the Secrets to Manifesting Your Destiny

    Albert Einstein Quotes

    The important thing is not to stop questioning.

    Albert Einstein

    Tuesday, August 1, 2006