• It is well to be prepared for life as it is, but it is better to be prepared to make life better than it is. ~Sargent Shriver, Founder and First Director of the Peace Corps

    The Peace Corps celebrates its 50th year. On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy “issued Executive Order 10924 establishing the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State. The same day, he sent a message to Congress asking for permanent funding for the agency, which would send trained American men and women to foreign nations to assist in development efforts. The Peace Corps captured the imagination of the U.S. public, and during the week following its creation, thousands of letters poured into Washington from young Americans hoping to volunteer.”

    Source: BrainyQuote and peacebuttons.info

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  • 25 Feb 2011 /  Body, General, TGIFYGDF

    It’s all about choices….the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares with us how we can make good choices that lead to a happy heart.

    There is no time like now to get started! TGIFYGDF!

    Healthy Lifestyle: Diet and Nutrition, Exercise and Fitness

    A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight heart disease. Many people make it harder than it is. It is important to remember that it is the overall pattern of the choices you make that counts. As you make daily food choices, read nutrition labels and base your eating pattern on these recommendations:

    • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
    • Select fat-free, 1% fat, and low-fat dairy products.
    • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
    • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 mg of cholesterol each day.
    • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
    • Select and purchase foods lower in salt/sodium.
    • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man.
    • Keep an eye on your portion sizes.

    See CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Web site for more tips on nutrition.

    Physical activity in your daily life is an important step to preventing heart disease. You can take a few simple steps at home, at work, and at play to increase the amount of physical activity in your life. See CDC’s physical activity Web site for tips and more information.

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  • 23 Feb 2011 /  General, Spirit, Wednesday Wide Smile

    LESSONS IN HUMILTY…the lives and actions of the six men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima…66 years ago today. We remember them and their fellow soldiers who fought so gallantly.

    Following the video is a list of the six men who raised the second larger flag followed by a quote about each man. Source: The Flag Raisers

    Mike Strank – b. 1919 Jarabenia, Czechoslovakia – d. 1945 Iwo Jima, Japan
    Mike’s right hand is the only hand of a flagraiser not on the pole. His right hand is around the wrist of Franklin Sousley, helping the younger man push the heavy pole. This is typical of Mike, the oldest of the flagraisers, always there to help one of his boys. Two months before the battle Mike’s Captain tried to promote him but Mike turned it down flat: “I trained those boys and I’m going to be with them in battle,” he said.

    Harlon Block – b. 1924 Yorktown, TX – d. 1945 Iwo Jima, Japan
    When his mother Belle saw the Flag Raising Photo in the Weslaco Newspaper on Feb. 25, she exclaimed, “That’s Harlon” pointing to the figure on the far right. But the US Government mis-identified the figure as Harry Hansen of Boston. Belle never wavered in her belief that it was Harlon insisting, “I know my boy.” No one–not her family, neighbors, the Government or the public–had any reason to believe her. But eighteen months later in a sensational front-page story, a Congressional investigation revealed that it was Harlon in the photo, proving that indeed, Belle did “know her boy.”

    Franklin Sousley — b. 09/19/25 Hilltop, KY –d. 03/21/45 Iwo Jima, Japan
    “My regiment took the hill with our company on the front line. The hill was hard, and I sure never expected war to be like it was those first 4 days. Mother, you can never imagine how a battlefield looks. It sure looks horrible. Look for my picture because I helped put up the flag. Please don’t worry and write.”

    Ira Hayes –b. 01/12/23 Sacaton, AZ –d. 01/24/55 Bapchule, AZ
    When Ira learned that President Roosevelt wanted him and the other survivors to come back to the US to raise money on the 7th Bond Tour, he was horrified. To Ira, the heroes of Iwo Jima, those deserving honor, were his “good buddies” who died there.

    Rene Gagnon — b. 03/07/25 Manchester, NH — d. 10/12/79 Manchester, NH
    Rene was modest about his achievement throughout his life.

    John Bradley — b. 07/10/23 Antigo, WI –d. 01/11/94 Antigo, WI
    Bradley, a quiet, private man, gave just one interview in his life. In it he said . . .
    “People refer to us as heroes–I personally don’t look at it that way. I just think that I happened to be at a certain place at a certain time and anybody on that island could have been in there–and we certainly weren’t heroes–and I speak for the rest of them as well. That’s the way they thought of themselves also.”

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  • You are wherever your thoughts are. Make sure your thoughts are where you want to be. ~Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

    Source: The Empty Chair, Finding Hope and Joy

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  • 17 Feb 2011 /  General, Mind, Spirit, Wednesday Wide Smile

    Thanks to, Susan, a long-time Feed Your Good Dog friend and supporter, for the Fable of the Porcupine to remind us to appreciate the good qualities in others.

    Fable of the Porcupine

    It was the coldest winter ever.

    Many animals died because of the cold.

    The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together.

    They were covered and protected, but the quills of each wounded the closest companion.

    After a while, they decided to distance themselves, and they began to die, alone and frozen.

    So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

    Wisely, they decided to go back to being together.

    They learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by their close relationships because the most important part was the heat that came from the others.

    They were able to survive.

    The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but the one that forms when individuals learn to live with the imperfections and admire the good qualities of others.

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  • Thank you, Teresa, for your gift of Norman Vincent Peale’s Positive Thinking Every Day! Dr. Peale influenced the world with his philosophy of positive thinking. The following is an excerpt from the book’s introduction, which he wrote on January 13, 1993:

    I think that quotations from great thinkers can profoundly affect one’s life. … The thought struck me so forcefully that it vitally affected my total faith and still does.

    The truth of it seemed certain. I believed it. I accepted it. From my personal background I associated personal change with faith and in a flash of insight knew that I could change my life by changing my attitude. I have been advocating that truth about people people ever since. ~Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993).

    Source: Positive Thinking Every Day – Norman Vincent Peale – © 1993
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  • 11 Feb 2011 /  General

    Set aside time this weekend with your sweetheart – just the two of you – to take in a romantic comedy.

    Jenna Birch at Your Tango provides us with her list of The 10 Best Romantic Comedy Duos Of All Time complete with trailers of the movies the duos have appeared in together.

    There is nothing better than a slightly-sappy, hilarious, love-infused tale full of idealistic notions to make us feel a little lighter. Romantic comedies are simply the best, but in order for a rom-com flick to come together, casting is key.

    We want to fall head-over-heels for the screen couple’s relationship, so it’s nice when their chemistry is totally radiating from the screen. Well, actually, it’s rather essential. But of course, some actor pairings have captured that romantic essence better than the rest, and we’re counting down those duos right here.

    Take a gander and see if you agree.

    Click on the rom-com duo of your choice below to see a movie trailer and see if you agree with Jenna’s take on the chemistry between the actors. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • 09 Feb 2011 /  General, Spirit, Wednesday Wide Smile

    Success is relative to where we are in our lives…so with each success along the journey that is your life, celebrate!

    Family Circus Cartoon

    Source: Comics – JSOnline

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  • Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. ~Vince Lombardi

    Source: vincelombardi.com

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  • 04 Feb 2011 /  Body, Recipes, TGIFYGDF

    A good looking and better tasting vegetable soup for a chilly SOUPER Bowl weekend…thanks to Lya Sorano of The Accidental Gardener.

    Winter Weather Calls for Soup

    A simmering pot of soup on the kitchen stove can make a nippy winter day bearable. This is a time-consuming recipe (about one hour prep and two hours cooking), but it is oh, so worth it!

    This is what you need:

    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
      (the regular kind, not the sweet ones)
    • 6 to 10 cloves of garlic
      (depending on the size of the cloves)
    • 4 stalks celery, cleaned and diced
    • 3 or 4 carrots, peeled and diced
    • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
    • 2 large, firm potatoes (red or Yukon gold)
    • 2 medium turnips, peeled and diced
    • 3 parsnips, peeled and diced
    • 1 14.5 oz. can of whole tomatoes
    • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
      (or try a whole cup!)
    • 8 cups chicken stock
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    This is what you do:

    Stage 1 of 4:

    • Heat the oil in a large soup kettle.
    • Sautee chopped onions until golden.
    • Add garlic; stir for a minute or two.
    • Stir in celery and carrots.
    • Add cabbage; stir and cook till wilted.

    Stage 1 of Winter Soup Receipe

    Stage 2 of 4:

    • Add potatoes, turnips and parsnips.
    • Stir and cook for a minute or two

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    Stage 2 of Winter Soup Recipe

    Stage 3 of 4:

    • Add tomatoes, with liquid.
      (chop tomatoes a little)
    • Add parsley and stock; stir gently.
    • Partially cover the pot and bring to a boil.
      (gently!)
    • Cover completely, turn heat down and simmer for 2 hours.
    • Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

    Stage 2 of Winter Soup Recipe

    Stage 4 of 4 – the best!
    Eat!
    Serving suggestion: to each soup bowl, add a few drops of Tabasco and/or sprinkle with some grated Parmesan or Gruyere. But it is good without the additions also!

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