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Cat Naps

By Cindy Black / August 7, 2009 /

Quoting results from a February 12, 2007 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, Medical News Today reported on February 19, 2007, “researchers found that midday napping (siestas) reduced coronary mortality by about one third among men and women.” Medical News Today continues, “The results showed that people who regularly took siestas, defined by the…

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Impossible Dreams

By Cindy Black / July 21, 2009 /

Use your brain to follow your dreams

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Balance

Balance

By Cindy Black / July 17, 2009 /

I know that my many interests and abilities revolve around a constant. The constant is my belief in the Divinity of life. The desire for Divine meaning, purpose, or connection has always been a palpable force within me – as obvious as my heartbeat and breath. Over the years I have expended a lot of…

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airplane

Things I always take on a plane

By Cindy Black / July 14, 2009 /

Besides a few snacks, magazines and my iPod, I always travel with a few things to protect myself from “plane air.” First and foremost, I try not to think about it too much. Next, I relax by doing a few things that offer me a little extra protection from real or imagined things floating around…

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When Loui Falls Over

By Cindy Black / July 4, 2009 /

Loui is one of our big black cats. We met him the day he was born in my closet, on a black bath mat, with his two black siblings, sleeping with his black mother. It was a mass of black fur, difficult to differentiate in the darkness of an unlit closet. The only difference between…

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Suburban Nature

By Cindy Black / June 30, 2009 /

  I moved to Florida from upstate New York 5 years ago. From dirt to sand, from country farms to neighborhoods, from nature to suburbia. Into a white house, with yellow shutters, a couple of trees and too much grass. Our yard was flat and trim, like every other yard on the block. In every…

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In A Heartbeat

In A Heartbeat

By Cindy Black / June 26, 2009 /

It’s happening all the time, the rhythm of your heart. Stopping for a moment to think about it can be a bit mind boggling. On average, our human hearts beat about 70 times per minute when we are sitting around at rest. It only takes 0.857 seconds for a single heartbeat. For each of these…

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Social Media for the Anti-Social

Social Media for the Anti-Social

By Cindy Black / June 23, 2009 /

When I first heard about how the internet was going to bring us closer, by allowing us to be physically further apart while we communicated, I wondered if I was missing something. I usually score low on those Reader’s Digest Mensa sample questions. Still, something felt “off” as I watched a newscaster being “close” to…

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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice, 2009

By Cindy Black / June 21, 2009 /

“…our Earth is taking part in a fantastic cosmic ballet. First, it pulls us through space at a speed of nearly twenty miles per second during its annual journey around the Sun. The Sun then drags the Earth with it during its voyage through the Milky Way at a speed of 140 miles per second.…

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Welcome

By Cindy Black / June 19, 2009 /

What is the focus here? Please, don’t ask for focus, my mind meanders. Wandering is the best part of a conversation. So, since the “social web” is all about the “conversation” these days, let’s wander together. The explorations in prolonged conversation can bring us all to a deeper and broader place that satisfies a psyche…

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