Monday, June 29, 2009

My World Tuesday

It's Tuesday
and it's time for My World.
More information can be found for this meme here.

Let's go to downtown Houston and look at reflections on buildings.

Enjoy your day.

Simple Woman's Daybook

Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today... June 29, 2009

Outside my window... the sun is shinning brightly. Not a cloud in the sky.

I am thinking... that Hades couldn’t be hotter than it has been here the last several weeks. And, summer has just started! Ouch!

I am thankful for...another day on Mother Earth.

From the kitchen... despite the heat, I am going to bake. Banana bread and strawberry muffins are on the list. Sort of necessities -- use up the bananas and strawberries before they ruin.

I am wearing...white shorts, white World Wildlife T-shirt, no shoes

I am reading... just finished Happiness Is An Inside Job: practicing for a joyful life by Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D.

I am hoping...that it rains soon. (Seems I have a one track mind ... hot, hotter, sweltering, sultry, torrid, simmering, steaming, scorching, sizzling.)

I am creating... still working on the counted cross stitch (watch for a post later this week) and have started crocheting a wonderful pig for a little girl’s birthday.

I am praying... for Anne Marie and Cydney Marie, Debbie

Around the house... Mr. Dragon is in the shower. Kitties are sleeping. I hear the Doves cooing and the air-conditioner running.

One of my favorite things...Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice

A few plans for the rest of the week...I do have to grocery shop. Mr. Dragon has pen and ink workshops. That’s about all we have to get out for.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

This is from the Stitchery Catalog. Too good to pass up!

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Stay cool!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Morning

Fuschia Plumeria Blooming in Musashi's Garden

"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, June 26, 2009

Camera Critters 64

Camera Critters

It's Saturday and that means it's Camera Critters time. Today is Part 3 of the Behind The Scenes Tour of the Reptile House at the Houston Zoo and the star of the show, the Komodo Dragon.

I wanted to get a good photo of Judith's beautiful blue eyes. She is the head keeper of the Reptile House. She was a delight. She loves her animals and it shows. She is holding one of two small Komodo Dragons. The small guys are two years old.

The little guys are nephews of Smaug, the Houston's Zoo eleven year old Komodo Dragon.
The nephews were born at the San Antonio Zoo.

Their scales feel like tiny little beads.

Here is Smaug (named after Smaug the Golden, the dragon in The Hobbit).
He was born September 24, 1998 at the Miami Metro Zoo.
He weighs approximately 110 pounds and is 8 feet long.
You don't get a true feel for how large he is from the photo.
It was quite an experience being eyeball to eyeball with him.

Mr. Dragon adopted Smaug for me for my birthday in May.
I was visiting my adopted boy!
Judith gave Smaug a treat while we were there -- three white rats each around a foot long (not counting the tail). It took at most two gulps for each one and they were gone. Only dead prey are fed to the reptiles at the zoo (the exception - crickets for those who have them in their diet). This way they don't hurt themselves trying to catch the prey.

This gives you some idea about how large Smaug is with the reflection of the little boy in the window.

This is the only photo we didn't take ourselves.
This is Smaug's official zoo portrait.

There are over 3,000 lizard species, but the Komodo dragon wins the prize for being the biggest living lizard in the world. It is a type of monitor lizard, an ancient species of reptile with ancestors that date back more than 100 million years. These large lizards have stubby, bowed legs, clay-colored, scaly skin for great camouflage, and a huge, muscular tail. The yellow color of the Komodo’s long, forked tongue reminds people of mythical dragons that spit fire.

Most lizards are omnivores, but not Komodo dragons. Meat is what they seek. Dragons use their long tongues to pick up smells in the air, even if they’re a mile (1.6 kilometers) away. They aren’t too picky about their food, and will eat wild pigs, deer, wild buffalo, snakes, and fish that wash up on the shore. An adult dragon will hide along a trail and wait for an unsuspecting creature to walk by. Then, with long claws and short, sharp teeth, the dragon attacks. If the prey escapes, the dragon will simply follow it at a leisurely pace. That’s because the dragon’s bite contains deadly bacteria that will eventually kill its intended meal.

An adult dragon leads a life of leisure. It will emerge from its burrow in the ground to look for a sunny spot to warm up. Then it’s off to find breakfast, followed by a nice long nap in the shade during the hottest part of the day. After a late afternoon meal, the dragon is ready for bed, sleeping soundly in its burrow until a new day begins. It is a solitary creature that lives and hunts alone.

Life for a young dragon is not so easy. As soon as the baby hatches, it scrambles out of the nest dug by its mother and scurries up the nearest tree so it won’t be eaten by the adults. That’s right—adult dragons think of the hatchlings as easy meals. Fortunately for the babies, the adults are too heavy to climb trees. Youngsters live in the trees eating eggs, grasshoppers, beetles, and geckos. When they are about 4 years old and 4 feet long (1.2 meters) they are ready to try life on the ground.

They are endangered in the wild due to reduction in habitat and loss of prey animals.

I hope you'll enjoy Judith talking about Smaug on this You Tube video from the Houston Zoo.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


I've been busy all day and opened up my email and found this surprise -- The Uber Amazing Blog award from my friend, Alicia at Boylerpf.

The Uber (synonym to Super) Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:
- Inspire you
- Make you smile and laugh, or maybe give amazing information
- A great read
- Has an amazing design
- Any other reasons you can think of that make them Uber amazing!

The rules of this award are:

- Put the logo on your blog or post.
- Nominate at least 6 blogs
- Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.

Thank you, Alicia and I'll try to continue to make you smile, be fun to read and occasionally give amazing information like the bitter melon!

I always have problems handing awards on to other blogs. I was going to start with Cottage Garden Studio, but Alicia already pass this award on to Sarah. However, I'm going to count it anyway!

I'd like to share this award with Kim at The Bodhi Chicklet. She entertains, inspires, makes me smile and is very real.

I'm always amazed when I visit Tatting Chic. Tatting is such a wonderful art form that I hope is never lost.

Pat at Remembrances of An Arkansas Stamper, I've known for many, many years. We reconnected in cyberspace because of our blogs. She is a wonderful story teller, has a lovely garden and takes beautiful photos.

There are so many blogs that deserve this award. Thank you all for your inspiration, writing, sharing your time, energy and talents with us. You've made the world a smaller, nicer place.

Joy To You!

Remember This?

I asked if you knew what this funny looking, cucumber looking, thing was. My buddy Lori at Pretty Things was correct. It is a bitter melon. We have a neighbor who grows just about everything in his front yard. His back yard (and I'm using the term yard to describe an area that is less than a quarter of a postage stamp) is filled with huge pots filled with citrus trees, star fruit, bitter melon and whatever else he can throw in. He is always sharing his goodies with us. I think he enjoys seeing our faces when he brings something over we have never seen. He's also one of the reasons that I grow tomatoes on our balcony -- I'm willing to try growing almost anything almost anywhere!

Back to the bitter melon. This is what it looks like on the inside. You remove the seeds. Our neighbor uses it in a number of different ways. He makes a juice out of it with cucumbers and tomatoes. Stir fries. In our case, I decided to use it in a stir fry. We were both a little concerned about how bitter it would be, but this light green melon is supposed to be less bitter than the dark green or so I read in this wonderful cookbook.

Since I usually review a book around this time of the week, I decided to share with you one of my all time favorite cookbooks (and the only cookbook I had with a bitter melon recipe). The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen by Grace Young is more than a cookbook. Grace tells family stories all centered around food and the kitchen. It is a pure delight and one I recommend highly for those of you who enjoy a good story along with a few good recipes!

Here is the stir fry recipe with the bitter melon along with directions for preparing the melon. If you click on the photo, it should become bigger and easier to read.

We didn't find the melon to be overly bitter and it added a little zing to the various tastes. You can see I added a few ingredients. I had asparagus left over so I threw it in along with some onion. I added a little garlic to the marinade. It made a complete meal with rice and was very good.

There really is something to trying something new!

Have a special something day.

Joy to You!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Take It For A Spin

I wanted to share part of my Monday with you. I had lunch with my tribe member, Mar. We both had birthdays in late May and hadn't celebrated yet. We lunched at Benjy's, one of our favorite restaurants and after, we played with paint. This is what I came home with.

Take It For A Spin

Here are a couple of close-ups of the texture.
It was my first time using modeling paste and I think I'm in love.
I already had several projects running around in the little gray cells.
Now we'll see if I can get the plans to come together!

We both collect collage elements for each other -- stamps, napkins -- we never know what will be in a package. Mar is a shopper extraordinaire. You name it, she can find it and it will be a great deal. I never know what she's going to find for me. Here's is my latest surprise. Do you remember the post on the linens from Provence? Well, look what Mar found for me -- a round tablecloth from France. The colors are perfect for my dreamsicle kitchen!

I was so excited I took this photo of the tablecloth straight out of the package.

Whatever you do today -- take it for a spin!

Joy to You!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My World Tuesday 2

It's Tuesday and it's time for My World!
For more information on this meme please check here.

I found some more photos of the Cullen Sculpture Garden
located between the Glassell School of Art
and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Law Building.
It was dedicated in 1986 and designed by Isamu Noguchi.

A wide view of part of the sculpture garden toward the
Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Law Building.

The sculpture garden is a public park.
You'll find family picnics and during the school year
kids having their sack lunch before or after their tour of the museum.

Giant Mushrooms anyone?!!

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Tuesday to You!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today... June 22, 2009

Outside my window... the sun is shinning brightly. Another hot day!

I am thinking... how happy I am to be having lunch today with one of my *sisters by choice*. I’m an only kid and I’ve picked some great women to have as sisters and tribe members. Mar and I will celebrate our birthdays today and catch up.

I am thankful for...another day on Mother Earth.

From the kitchen... I have portobello mushrooms and will make a marinade with pineapple. Yum! Also, fresh cherries and strawberries. Munchies!

I am wearing...real clothes for a change. Navy blue trousers, Navy blue blouse with tiny white fish all over, Navy blue shoes.

I am reading... I just finished The Death of An Irish Sinner: A Peter McGarr Mystery by Bartholomew Gill.

I am hoping...there is a break in our hot weather,but the weather guys say not until this weekend -- maybe. We are now officially in a drought. I’m not going to like the water or electric bills.

I am creating... counted cross-stitch continues, and online class. Also, see plans for the week!

I am praying... for Anne Marie and Cydney Marie, Coy, Debbie

Around the house...the kitties are waiting for their treat. Mr. Dragon is out watering the garden.

One of my favorite things...tea

A few plans for the rest of the week... lunch today with Mar, two Astros baseball games this week with the tribe. I’m going to look at crochet and knit patterns today. I have plenty of both. I’m looking for some good ones for a little girl -- a farm animal toy. I want to find some autumn patterns, too. That should keep me busy.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with was sent to me in an email with others. This was my favorite.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Camera Critters 63

Camera Critters

It's time for Part 2 of our Behind The Scenes Tour of the Reptile House at the Houston Zoo. I've had several emails asking why the reptile house. I've got several answers! First, it's hotter than Hades this time of year in Houston and the reptile house is indoors and air-conditioned. Second, I like reptiles and amphibians. 2008 was the year of the frog and my interest in these critters grew. It was a lot of fun for me to hold the Giant Waxy Monkey Tree frog.

Just a little about the Year of the Frog 2008:

The Global Amphibian Crisis Why do we need amphibians?

We need amphibians. Humans have discovered antibiotic and anti-tumor properties, analgesics, anti- inflammatory compounds, and natural adhesives from amphibians. We have used them to learn anatomy and for medical research and tests. Changes seen in amphibians have often been heralded as an indicator of changes in ecosystems because of their semi-permeable skin, which makes them particularly sensitive to changes in their terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Where are the amphibians?

The Problem
Frogs and toads are disappearing, along with salamanders, newts, and the unusual caecilians. Older than the dinosaurs, recent studies show that almost one-third of all known amphibian species (and there are over 6,000 of them!) are faced with the possibility of extinction, while 120 species are thought to have gone extinct in recent decades. No other class of organisms – birds, mammals, or plants – has faced such a high risk of widespread extinction.

The Culprits

- Habit loss

• Chemical pollutants -

• Invasive species -

• Disease - A mysterious fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (“Bd”), is the culprit behind both current and historic, dramatic and rapid amphibian population declines throughout the world, including “pristine” mountain areas.

I urge you to Google and learn more.

Meanwhile, back to our Behind The Scenes Tour!

Most of our tour really was behind the scenes, in areas the public doesn't see. We were surprised by the number of critters that are never placed on display. There were many critters that were confiscated at airports that now have permanent homes at the zoo and will never be on exhibition. There are snakes that have simply gotten too old to be out -- one has cataracts, another has a bad back, and other animals simply get too stressed to be placed on exhibition.

Cage after cage of venomous snakes.

Blue Poison Dart Frog

Dart Poison Frogs from the rain forests of the Americas come in a dizzying array of colors and patterns. Some are used by native tribes to poison the tips of blow-darts for hunting. Poison dart frogs, in general, are safe from predators because their bright, bold colors serve as a warning signal to birds and other animals that might eat them. The colors warn about potent toxins in the skin strong enough to kill almost any animal that eats it. Complex compounds in the skin secretions of dart frogs are now being studied by scientists for potential medical use. These hopping pharmacies have already provided a possible substitute for morphine which is non addictive and 100 times more potent.

Rhinoceros Iguana

Rhinoceros Iguanas, like all squamates, must warm themselves from external sources. Clever solar collectors, they shift position as the sun moves to fine-tune internal temperature.

Like all squamates, this Rhinoceros Iguana is covered in scales—small, hard, platelike thickenings of the skin. Scales protect bodies and help reduce water loss. Unlike fish scales, squamate scales are specialized folds of skin.


These big, heavy-bodied iguanas were once the largest animals on the Caribbean islands where they live. Their only enemies were—likely—birds of prey, such as hawks. Today, they are food for humans and their pets.


No one knows the function of the horns that give the Rhinoceros Iguana its common name. Bigger in males than females, they may be useful in combat among males and in displays such as head-bobbing.

A few of the 40 or so species in the family Iguanidae are medium-sized lizards, between 15 and 30 centimeters (six inches and one foot) long. But most species are large, and none is larger than the Rhinoceros Iguana. These animals have successfully crossed ocean barriers; several species live on remote islands.

Panther Chameleon

When Judith placed the Panther Chameleon in my hands she kept saying "he has claws. They may scratch you. I can't leave him out long. He gets stressed easily." Let's just say ... he stayed out longer than I think Judith imagined! We got along quite well. Unfortunately we didn't get a picture of Judith picking him up from me and putting him back in his cage -- he curled his tail around my fingers. Too cool!

Panther Chameleons are very finicky creatures, who require a precise environment which almost exactly mirrors that of a jungle, and are time consuming. They also require a lot of particular vitamin supplementation and have a demanding diet, consisting of mostly crickets. They also eat mealworms, super worms, wax worms, and butter worms, though the latter two are not recommended for sustained periods of time, as they are very fattening.

Panther Chameleons can live up to 10 years in captivity. Females, if bred often, usually only live 2-3 years after laying eggs (between 5 and 8 clutches) because of the stress put on their bodies.

Like most species of chameleons, the Panther Chameleon is very territorial. They spend the majority of their life in isolation, apart from mating sessions.

Parsons Chameleon

This Parsons Chameleon was one of the confiscated animals and will never be on exhibit.

The Parson's chameleon (Calumma parsonii) is a very large species of chameleon that is endemic to isolated pockets of humid primary forest in eastern and northern Madagascar. It is listed on CITES Appendix II, meaning that trade in this species is regulated. As with the majority of chameleon species from Madagascar, it is illegal to import Parson's chameleons from their native country.Despite their large size, these animals are very delicate in captivity. They may live to 20 years of age in the native land.

Parson's in Captivity
Because of their striking appearance, Parson's Chameleons were once imported to the United States of America in fairly large numbers. Sadly, because of their delicate nature, suceptability to stress, and lack of care on the part of the importers, nearly all of these animals died shortly after arrival in the USA.

Between January of 1988 and June of 1994, over 4000 C. parsonii were reported to have been imported to the USA. Most people agree that the actual number of animals entering the country was significantly higher. Not accounted for are animals smuggled on the black market or which were not accounted for in shipping documents.

Some people estimate that the total number of Parson's Chameleons imported for the pet trade in the USA could exceed 10,000 animals. Actual numbers are impossible to calculate, since records prior to 1988 are not available.

Of the estimated 10,000 animals imported, all but a few have died. A recent project by CIN to document all known captive Parson's turned up fewer than 200 imported animals. This suggests a deplorable survival rate for an animal whose life expectancy is estimated to be greater than 20 years.

Parson's are very stationary animals. Adults may go for long periods without moving except to eat, drink, mate or deficate. They also do not spend much time basking, like many other true chameleons. They will, however, sit in the sun for short periods and slightly flatten one side of their body toward the sun. These sunning sessions are rarely more than 10 - 15 minutes long and usually take place early in the morning as soon as sun is available.

Next week Part 3 and the real STAR of our visit!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wreck This Journal Week 3

This is week three in The Next Chapter book group and we are Wrecking a journal.

The wrecking seems to get easier with each passing week.

Or, maybe I'm just getting into it.

Mr. Dragon is even asking if there is any journal wrecking to be done today!
We've had several discussions about *turning loose* -
not being so left brained.
Relax. Enjoy. Be a kid and see where it leads us in our art/craft etc.

I followed directions and lost this page. Here it is almost torn out. I *lost* it on the running trail at Rice, but forgot to take the camera. I'm sure someone will pick it up and deliver it somewhere. Bye, Bye black page!

Burning the page was fun.
I hung the page over the kitchen sink with the water running and let it burn, burn, burn
and didn't set off the smoke alarm!
The ash started a nice mess on the next page.
A few pages near by are a little wrinkled from the water.

Onward and upward!

Here's to wrecking!

It's a Mystery

Actually, I have three mysteries for you.

The first is The Queen's Gambit: A Leonardo di Vinci Mystery by Diane A. S. Stuckart. We were looking through one of the many remainder book catalogs that we get and we both mentioned "hey, there's a Leonardo di Vinci mystery here" and didn't do anything about it. Later, we found this book, probably at Half-Price books as it is marked as a remaindered copy and we picked it up. It was okay. It had some good low level technical stuff on how frescos were painted and what it was like to be an apprentice to di Vinci. There was something here that I don't believe could happen, but if I told you what, I'd ruin the story for you and I don't want to do that.

From the book flap: " On a royal whim, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, orders a living chess game to be enacted by members of his own court. Di Vinci conjures up the spectacle in a single night, but his latest success turns bitter when one of the pieces - the duke's ambassador to France - is murdered. Di Vinci is the only man Sforza can trust to conduct the investigation." Di Vinci and his apprentice, Dino start to gather information. The most surprising secret may be Dino's.

Would I read another? Probably, if I was looking for brain candy and I do that a lot! Historical mystery fans looking for a cozy read will like this one.


The Hell Screen by I. J. Parker is a historical mystery of 11th century Japan featuring Sugawara Akitada. It is one in a series and I've read them all and in order. I have been known to read a series out of order. You could pick this one up and enjoy it without reading any of the others. I have enjoyed this series, its setting in Japan, the growth of the main character and getting to know the characters and enjoying their return ... almost like old friends.

From the book cover: " Akitada is on his way to the bedside of his dying mother when bad weather forces him to take refuge in a temple whose central treasure is a brilliantly painted hell screen. Perhaps its violent imagery influences his dreams: that night he is awakened by a terrible scream. It's only after Akitada returns to his family and a scene of domestic unhappiness and scandal that the significance of that cry becomes clear. For while he slept, a woman was murdered, and now he must find her killer, even if it means looking very close to home."

The conflict between Confuscianism and Buddhism is always interesting to me in this series. The law and what was considered a crime in 11th C Japan might surprise some folks. There is more than one death and crime for Akitada to manage, besides turmoil in his household.

And lastly,

Do you know what this is?

Have a great day!

Joy to YOU!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My World Tuesday 1

My World Tuesday is a new meme for me.
For more information you can go here.

All of these pictures were taken by Mr. Dragon.
Welcome to the Glassell School.
The art school attached to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The sculpture garden is next to the Glassell School and across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts.

Enjoy the Garden!

This sculpture moves in the wind.

One of my favorites -- running man.

Thanks for visiting.

If you were looking for Blog of the Week.
I'm taking a week off. It's harder than it looks to find that one special blog!

Have a wonderful Tuesday.
Joy To You!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

Simple Woman’s Daybook

For Today... June 15, 2009
Can you believe? Half of the month of June has flown by!

Outside my window... the sun is shinning brightly. I watched the city water truck come by and water the new sod.

I am thinking... how much we both enjoy Musashi’s Garden. The butterflies have been beautiful this year and the birds! They have been so much fun at the bird bath.

I am thankful for...another day on Mother Earth.

From the kitchen... bacon and lettuce sandwiches today. Have to use up our tomatoes.

I am wearing... navy blue shorts (I’m not going anywhere), white World Wildlife t-shirt, no shoes (as usual).

I am reading... I just finished a historical mystery Hell Screen by I.J. Parker. Having trouble picking the next read and it’s not because there isn’t an unread book in the house. Wonder what I’m in the mood for? Since I can’t figure it out -- I’ll look for some brain candy.

I am hoping...there is a break in our hot weather. We need some rain. I’m not going to like this months water bill.

I am creating... counted cross-stitch continues and I start a new online class today.

I am praying... for Anne Marie and Cydney Marie, Debbie

Around the house...the kitties are sunbathing. Mr. Dragon is in the shower.

One of my favorite things...sea shells

A few plans for the rest of the week... It’s amazing. There is nothing on the calendar except for Mr. Dragon’s art workshops. WOW!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Isn't this fun? When I saw it, I knew it should live with me. I ask you. How could a Texas girl pass up a cowgirl fairy wrangling ducks? And, it was so close to my birthday, I thought it would make a nice birthday present to myself. So, I ordered it from my pal, Sarah, at Cottage Garden Studio. If you haven't visited with Sarah, you should. Drop by and say "Hi".

Sarah, being the sweet thing that she is, threw this in as a surprise.
Thank you, Sarah.
I love you and your work!
You bring a smile to my face!

Happy Monday everyone.
Joy to You!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Morning

Duranta from Musashi's Garden

This was my favorite Daily Om for the week and I thought I would share it with you today.

June 12, 2009
Fanning the Creative Flames

The human mind thrives on novelty. What was once a source of pleasure can become tedious after a time. Though our lives are full, boredom lurks around every corner because we innately long for new experiences. Yet boredom by its very nature is passive. In this idle state of mind, we may feel frustrated at our inability to channel our mental energy into productive or engaging tasks. We may even attempt to lose ourselves in purposeless or self-destructive pursuits. While this can be a sign of depression, it can also be an invitation issued from your mind, asking you to challenge yourself. Boredom can become the motivation that drives you to learn, explore the exotic, experiment, and harness the boundless creative energy within.

In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, boredom is perceived as a pathway to self-awareness. Boredom itself is not detrimental to the soul—it is the manner in which we respond to it that determines whether it becomes a positive or a negative influence in our lives. When you respond by actively filling the emptiness you feel lurking in yourself, you cultivate creativity and innovation. If, when in the grip of boredom, you have difficulty acknowledging the merits of any activities you might otherwise enjoy, generate your own inspiration. Before you find yourself beset by boredom, create a list of tasks you can consult when it feels like there is simply nothing to do. Referring to a list of topics you want to learn more about, projects you’ve yet to begin, or even pending chores can spark your creative energy and reawaken your zest for life.

When we are troubled by boredom, it is not that there is nothing to do but rather that we are not stimulated by the options before us. A bored mind can be the canvas upon which innovation is painted and the womb in which novelty is nourished. When you identify boredom as a signal that you need to test your boundaries, it can be the force that presses you to strive for opportunities you thought were beyond your reach and to indulge your desire for adventure.

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