Category Archives: never giving up!

Taking Turns (at both poles?)

birds Breathing-Fragile-Life education insights Joan Winifred logic never giving up! science & spirituality wisdom

or is it?…(patiently) waiting (my) turn…

“During their lifetime of about 30 years, terns may travel well over 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km). That is equal to three or four round-trips to the moon! “This is a mind-boggling achievement for a bird of just over 100 grams [3.5 ounces],” said a researcher. What is more, because arctic terns experience the summers at both poles, they see “more daylight each year than any other creature,” states the book Life on Earth: A Natural History.”

Their pattern and path is an indirect s shape…

“No matter where they began their migration, the arctic terns flew an indirect route. As shown in the illustration, a common Atlantic Ocean route took an S shape. The reason? The birds simply take advantage of prevailing wind system.” [excerpts article Awake! 2017 No. 4 The Amazing Arctic Tern]

Being (deliberately?) indirect can be quite effective/efficient, eh?! 🙂 (and quite the achievement!;)

(Don’t Ya just love birds/these tiny amazing birds?!)

5/10/17 @ 3:35 p.m.

So, the next time i think being more direct equates to getting more accomplished; …i’ll ride the prevailing wind! -lol;)

“IT WAS long believed that arctic terns flew about 22,000 miles (35,200 km) on their journey from the Arctic region to Antarctica and back. Recent studies, however, revealed that the birds actually fly much farther.” [Awake 2017 No. 4 excerpt]

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Pain Epiphany

insights Joan Winifred never giving up! pain

an epiphany tonight:
under the influence of severe/chronic pain…we may say or do things out of (our usual) character.

Inflammation…may manifest inflammatory speech, etc.

It’s hard when hurting Not to hurt!



all of us need a cure…(for some forms of pain)…i will not allow pain to push me…(over the edge) beyond the circle of compassion


5/5/17 @ 8:05 a.m.

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Palm Tree(s) thriving in desert

Heb., ta·mar […]The long taproot of the palm enables it to reach down to water sources not available to many plants and thus to thrive amid desert conditions. […]The tall, stately palm, with its straight, uniform trunk rising up to 30 m (100 ft) and cresting with a plume of long feathery fronds, makes a graceful silhouette of unique beauty. [excerpt Palm Tree Insight Vol 2]

for palms are sometimes used in the Bible to stand for uprightness. (Ps. 92:12 “But the righteous will flourish like a palm tree And grow big like a cedar in Lebʹa·non.”)


4/23/17 @ 11:50 a.m.

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Pressure Cooker

contentment hope humility Joan Winifred never giving up! stress management

Do You ever feel
inadequate? or not quite skilled enough
for the raw thrown at You??

(reality) pressure points..most of us have them..(feel them, eh?)

the minor and MAJOR momentary (seemingly relentless) challenges..(the circumstances, etc/the pot we find ourselves in)

key?…not reaching my boiling point! (or is it: finding contentment in chaos)

the refining process…(of clay life underway)

is a pressurized person tender/sterilized?…(clean spiritually speaking)

my simple symbolism…letting off a little steam.

Do i need a cup of tea?…this morning..(and better metaphors;)
(feeling poured out?)

cultivating self-control? not gonna raise my voice…just my words, huh?

3/24/17 @ 9:47 a.m.

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Chocolate Covered Cricket Cake!

cake humility Joan Winifred never giving up! wisdom

i need the recipe.


yeah, IF you have the recipe…with the exact measurements of ingredients…and follow precisely; a similar outcome/product occurs..(i mean bakes/cooks.)

(ever have chocolate covered cricket cake?!…for a little “cake” context: check out:…Tommi-Rae, Sequoia… tears & laughter… glad they gave each kid $1,000 prize…Hubby, kids and i loved this episode of chopped.)

And the chopped champion creates (insert drum roll) chocolate covered cricket cake:)

Making/Baking/Living: champions of compassion:

same ingredients, same measurements, same procedures, same outcome…SIMPLE!;)

where are my sticky notes??? aka recipe cards, may be.

i was thinking about thinking…yeah, some of us do that: think before we think? -lol or  mind preparation…it’s sorta like before i write ..i’m writing lots in my head..and may be ? for days, then the product comes out as words/sentences typed or written on pages…of virtual paper.

preparation to/for everything is key. Prep work.

(Chopping…perhaps? that’s why my writing is choppy sans much punctuation/grammar.)

i cannot recall a day that i was not in………………………………………………………….deep

pondering/meditating/prep work about…whatever my mind/heart deemed worthy of my mind time.

Is thinking before doing just methodically formulating/following a mind recipe?

my mind work needs (my) music…(i’m tired and slow today & overworked & my mind/body needs recovering…aka a little rest and a little time off to recoop.)

will my mind give me the day off?? (nope: thinking is dope/cope)

Do not be overly righteous, nor show yourself excessively wise Why should you bring ruin to yourself?

Don not be excessively wicked, nor be foolish. Why should you die before your time? It is best to grasp one warning without letting go of the other; for the one who fears God will heed them both.

Wisdom makes a wise man more powerful than ten strong men in a city.


Who is like the wise man? Who knows the solution to a problem?

i applied my heart to acquire wisdom and to see all the activity happening on the earth, even going without sleep day and night. Then I considered all the work of the true God, and I realized that mankind cannot comprehend what happens under the sun. No matter how hard men try, they cannot comprehend it. Even if they claim that they are wise enough to know, they cannot really comprehend it. ~excerpts Ecclesiastes chapters 7&8.

Making cake means…recipe. Making life means…LOVE. <3

(Who wrote the first cake/life recipe?)

not me. not you.

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Fundamental Human Rights Joan Winifred never giving up!










*it’s my blog and i will write what i want to…

you would write




happened to



happily exercising my fundamental rights as fragile-life!!!:)…to write: (and laugh)


…cut it out?!…stop being a twerp -lol…make me:






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appreciation conscientious-ness control Joan Winifred lamentations of the heart never giving up!

Big yawn…i’m tired, I’m half awake… reading stuff & watching

A fitness infomercial… the exercise and portion control looks good…

Various colored containers for protein, veggies, etc…cheese

Yummy cheese

Too early to eat or drink… not hungry  and I may go back to sleep

Though (that may be irresponsible)

My mountains of work beckon loudly…

The thing about exercise is you have to keep your body guessing… or you plateau

Same with brain

I sorta fear plateau..sorta… is that a real fear? sure… Uh-oh… Is plateau progress?… inevitable?

This post stinks-lol:)… as in no rhyme nor reason

(I mean that’s what communicators do…communicate)

Do I have anything of value to communicate?? Today?? June 17th…where did this month go?

I have so many goals and positive things I want to accomplish each day…I can’t get it all done and that frustrates me!!… too much on my plate everyday..

But I console myself and tend to my wounds by knowing:

When it comes to my interactions of compassion And/or acts of compassion..people take priority… caring takes priority

I’m pursuing peace with everyone I can… meaning possible… within my control

I can’t wait to see my Mom & Bro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it’s so hard to be apart from those you love..(and for years)…I feel for those who have lost loved ones in death… but, sometimes distance feels like it (death)… when you never see someone or never run into them…

I’m already sad anticipating how I will let them leave aka going back to life without getting to see them regularly…

Processing pain and hope

That’s the thrust of this, eh?

IF any one is reading this..WOW..i’m sure you’re yawning 2 -lol:)

Colored containers of various sizes… everything in proper portions…wouldn’t life be so easy IF that was the solution??… may be it is with some things?

A HUGE container Green: HAPPINESS, Peace, Compassion, loved ones never leaving…

for me & You

All of a sudden: I’m starving… physically & spiritually:

I know you by name.—Ex. 33:17.

Gotta go… don’t want to miss SUNRISE:)

(don’t wanna miss you)


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Chasing Carrot(s)

attitude education exercise Joan Winifred never giving up! science & spirituality

what am i doing to my brain?? (taking a care of it, right? nurturing it?)

MY MIND IS PERPETUALLY HUNGRY…it can never get enough. (spiritual sustenance is in high demand…my drug of choice: the Bible)…playing “i can’t get NO satisfaction”... fuzzy/meticulous work.

what am i doing to my body?? (pummeling it! (neglecting it?) my body is a slave to my mind…and its logic aka manipulation; its mandate: “feed me first!!!”)…leading me in the (“spiritual”) way to go..

what kinda geek hangs out at library EVERY DAY??! (66 & brick = mentally & physically)…and drags her kids there…though, they run;)

what am i doing to my brain? time crunching, topic crunching, teeth crunching CARROT!

carrot=chemistry, abstraction, rhyme time aka poetry, regularities, observation…TRUTH!…seeking (at the moment) carrot…

{study, study, study, learn, learn, learn, write, write, write…night, night, night…fright! @ work over-load}

“simplicity within complexity”

my commitment to be committed

(duh! to the acquisition of accuracy)

Can’t get?…YES! 🙂

(off to my daily pilgrimage)

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Science Fact & Spiritual Fact = Truth (Part 1)

Joan Winifred never giving up! science & spirituality

i heard an awesome “sermon” better known as spiritually encouraging talk…1 point made: “truth” is a system of beliefs based on facts or “truth” is a body of real events and proven facts.

Credulity and genuine faith are not the same. Actual faith is built over time and is based on clear EVIDENCE!

(Science fiction is not science fact.)

Excerpts from an interesting NPR article: Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings,

 The pressure to publish original research can mean scientists are neglecting to verify the work of others. In its current issue, the journal Social Psychology is trying a different approach.

Steven INSKEEP: Okay. So what’s wrong with a pressure to publish particular findings as you discover them?

VEDANTAM: Well, the problem is that the incentives in science today are all about breaking new ground, and there’s much less incentive to making sure that the ground you’re standing on is actually solid. Most people think about science as being about breakthroughs, but science really is about the gradual accumulation of knowledge and retesting what we think we know.

BRIAN NOSEK: The issues are pervasive in every science. Scientists are rewarded for publication over accuracy. There isn’t a culture of replication across most disciplines. We’re not rewarded for redoing what someone else does. The main reward is for doing something novel. (Psychologist Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia.)

VEDANTAM: It can make or break your career, and so especially if you’re a young researcher the pressure to come up with a publication is extraordinary. Now, Nosek is the editor of a journal called Social Psychology and this is a field where some recent results have been called into question. And the way that journals typically work is the scientist does a study, writes it up, sends it to the journal, journal sends out the study to peer reviewers who review the study.

And if they give the okay, the journal considers it for publication. Nosek thinks this model creates perverse incentives, because if a study confirms an older result, the journals tend to say, well, we knew that already, it’s not a novel finding and they’re less inclined to publish it. Now, if the replication contradicts an earlier finding, where the journal sends out the study to the peer reviewers, some of the peer reviewers might have been the researchers who conducted the original study and they can now find ways to shoot down the study and reject the study and say we shouldn’t be publishing it anyway.

And so what this does is it creates a disincentive for researchers to conduct replications at all.


You know, a tendency, Steve, when we hear scientific results is to draw simplistic conclusions. Look, we have a breakthrough. Look, the breakthrough has been debunked. To me, what the replications are doing is open up questions we actually hadn’t considered. In this case the fact the replication failed in Northern California but worked in the Deep South raises questions. Is the effect due to demographics? Is it because of geography? Is it something else?

And now we are forced to be curious rather than judgmental.

INSKEEP: I guess this is a reminder that you need to keep an open mind and how subtly you can close your mind without realizing it.

VEDANTAM: And in many ways, Steve, that’s the point of science, to recognize that beneath what we think we know there are layers and nuances that are waiting to be discovered.

Hope is also about keeping an open mind…hope and/or truth…it’s layered/nuanced…like gems waiting to be discovered.

“The Bible acknowledges that life is “filled with trouble.” (Job 14:1) Today, everyone is touched by tragedy of one sort or another some people feel utterly hopeless about life, as if there were no light on the horizon, no prospect for a better future. Is that how you feel? If so, be assured that the Bible offers genuine hope—not just for you but for all humankind.” ~Why Go On? Because there is Hope!

Having a clear picture in our mind of our future reward helps us to endure, to have joy, and to make decisions. “If we hope for what we do not see, we keep eagerly waiting for it with endurance.” (Romans 8:25)~Imitate the faith of Moses

Dawn & Dusk…transitory…both bring/give HOPE of ?

Just because i may be experiencing (either) dawn or dusk (a transitory state…and/or transitioning aka the learning process)…doesn’t mean light and/or dark do not exist. At some point in time…through endurance i will reach…light.

Once hope is realized, it is no longer called “hope.”

(Hope exists…it’s not mere wishful thinking.)

Just like science fact & spiritual fact exists…

SOLID ground means trust/faith…actual legs to stand tall on!

(to be continued)


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