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review 2018-03-10 01:33
I swear I'm okay
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory - Caitlin Doughty

I've been thinking about death a lot. And not in an existential way or in a 'oh man she needs professional help' kinda way. I've been thinking about the culture of death and how I'd like my own death to be handled. To that end, I chose a few titles which I'm convinced has skewed the way my co-workers view me. (lol but really) The first is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty. (I'll be discussing her second book at a later date.) This is the autobiographical story of how Caitlin came to work in a crematory and the path that it led her down to discover the 'good death'. It's an exceptionally frank discussion of death but more specifically death culture (or lack thereof) in the United States. Here in America it's a taboo subject. Many people choose to remain ignorant of the reality of death because of a fear of their own (and their loved one's) mortality. Caitlin talks about the current death practices of burial, embalming, cremation, green burials (many different kinds), and donation to science. It reminded me that I should really draw up a will with the specifics of what I want and then discuss it with those who will most likely be honoring my wishes. (And you'd better do what I say or I'll haunt you! hahaha but really)


The truth is we are all going to die one day. Wouldn't it be better to see this as natural and be prepared for it? Having open discussions with those who will be charged with taking care of you after you have died makes the process less fraught with uncertainties and fear. Centuries ago, death was embraced because it was necessary to confront it head-on. There were no mortuaries like we know them today. The family was the one who cleaned, wrapped, and sometimes buried the bodies. The grieving process wasn't rushed but was allowed to progress naturally. (Think about the last funeral you attended and how the viewing was timed. Nowadays, you have to leave the cemetery before the casket is even lowered into the earth. Everything is orchestrated and sterile.) I don't think it's morbid to plan ahead and to try to make it as simple and straightforward as possible so that in the end it's about the life that I led and not the stress and confusion of what to do with me once I'm dead. 8/10


Something I made a few years ago about a similar book.


What's Up Next: The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates


What I'm Currently Reading: Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything by E. Lockhart


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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url 2017-10-31 10:56
Mindfulness and Self Development
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Variety of religious and spiritual movements, such as Yoga, New Age and the New Thought movement use mindfulness meditation for spiritual growth and development. 

Meditation is today a focus of increasing scientific research and over 1,000 research studies are published linking meditation to a variety of health benefits, Stress reduction, improvement of academic performance, sustained attention, increasing the one’s self control, and love.

From the point of view of psychology, meditation can induce altered states of consciousness. 


Alchemy of love mindfulness training conscious living quote by Nuit


To read more ' http://community.omtimes.com/profiles/blogs/mindfulness-and-self-development

Source: community.omtimes.com/profiles/blogs/mindfulness-and-self-development
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url 2017-10-31 07:31
Halloween Spiritual Practices
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my kids reminded me it is a #Halloween time :). Here is an article I wrote last year while wondering why the school authorities warned us not to go to celebrate the Halloween. These are "foreign" customs they told the kids at the assembly - not the traditional Christian ones... So, exploring the worlds religions, their beautiful #rituals around the Halloween and Wondering Souls... '


"Have you ever wondered why do we get so exited around this time of the year, dress into skeletons and run around streets in a search of red lanterns and hollow pumpkins, screaming seeing dead men walking, witches laughing, demons trembling and the sick bleeding.

Halloween Spiritual Practices respecting ancestors

The dead, the sick, the ghosts symbolically exit their graves and enter the world of living in the shape of masks walking aimless through the streets. All the cultures at all ages gave their due respect to death, to ancestors, or are scared of the consequences if they do not.

Both early Buddhists and the Indians burn the bodies of their dead..."

To read the full article go to the Publishers Blog Halloween Spiritual Practices

Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/179/halloween-spiritual-practices
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review 2017-10-05 16:10
Good self-help book
The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life - Martha N. Beck

A good self-help book which I could really have done with about 20 years ago when I started work. Now that i'm retired, it's less relevant but it contains a lot of very good advice about how to enjoy life more and put worries behind us. Recommended to all who feel that they're not getting the most out of life.

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text 2017-01-30 06:16
After creating a logo, strategic places to put it

Creating a logo is one thing and placing it strategically is the other. You may obviously have the logo on your site but it’s not enough. There are a lot of other places, online and offline where placing it can significantly increase the brand awareness as well as views thus paving way for more leads.


Let us see some of the most tactical locations to place your logo.



Online Locations


People spend a lot of time in the web these days; in fact a significant portion of your prospects are already mouse potatoes as several surveys conducted globally indicate. So, it’s better to start the branding process online first. Besides, it’s cheaper. Let us see where to place logos online.


 Website and blog



As said earlier, it is pivotal to place the logo on your website as well as blog. Landing page is very crucial and it should echo the way in which you want to signify your brand. It is conventional and proven that top-left corner is the ideal place to put your emblem in case of website. Though for blogs the same is recommended, the platform chosen should also be considered.


Email newsletters


Email communications are in fact similar to your stationary. So, the newsletter must have the emblem representing your brand. It is always better if you go for animated logos in email newsletters. This can grab the attention of customer with most ease.


Social Media


People always believe social media as it is unbiased. Different opinions and experiences related to your brand can be posted there. Even a person who reaches organically to your website will search for your presence in Facebook and Twitter etc. So, it must look professional on different social media websites. A logo design company always designs by keeping this fact in mind.




YouTube channel is very relevant because of the basic fact that people like videos more than anything else. More than a billion users are there to the credit of this video based website. Make the logo on your YouTube channel classy and professional while assuring that it matches with the one presented in other platforms including website, blog and social media.


Offline Locations


Professional logo done by a graphic design company is equally important in the physical real world as well. There are still people who don’t browse too often and it’s unwise to ignore their significance if you want your business to grow to the fullest of its potential.


Business cards


This is the basic thing. After shaking hands with someone, when you hand them your business cards, they should easily notice your brand identity. It should be presented nicely in a professional manner. Also include your website link and contact details clearly.




Putting your logo on cloths and caps gives you great coverage as people wearing them turn into your mobile advertisers. Even providing your loyal customers with free cap or T-shirt with your brand symbol on it would be a sensible investment. 


Water bottles and mugs


It’s again an impactful way to get publicity and strengthen the bond with customers. Whenever they drink water, coffee or tea, getting to see you have involuntarily positive impacts and you should not miss this opportunity. Pens, pencils, wallets etc. too can invoke the same level of loyalty and trust.




Not only emails are there to communicate. Real newsletters and paper stationary including invoices too work well, especially in B2B communications. Mailing labels should have logos so that people see it first when they get a bill or letter from you. Your professional logo design should be there in all such stationaries.


Signage and banners


All the signage and banners you put out for display must have logos on it. If you are focusing on a local population with brick and mortar shop, having a booth during fairs and festive occasions can b of huge help to increase walk-ins.


In fact, logos should be used everywhere possible. The only thing is to position them professionally so that its appeal and identity is never lost. Companies offering custom logo design services can help you with the same.


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