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Otter Know

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Divine Design…

The fur of the sea otter is denser than that of any other mammal, with some one million hairs per square inch (155,000 per sq cm). When the otter swims, its coat traps a layer of air close to its body. That air acts as an insulator, preventing the cold water from coming into direct contact with the animal’s skin and sapping its body heat.

Scientists believe that there is a lesson to be learned from the sea otter’s fur. They have experimented with a number of artificial fur coats, varying such factors as hair length and hair spacing. The researchers have concluded that “the denser and the longer the hairs are, the dryer or the more water-repellent the hairy surface is.” Put another way, sea otters can boast a truly efficient fur coat.

Researchers hope that their studies will lead to technological advances in the design and production of novel water-repellent textiles. This may lead some to wonder whether people who have to dive in cold waters may not be better off wearing a hairy wet suit—one similar to that of the sea otter! [excerpted reading highlights…AWAKE! No. 3 2017 The Sea Otter’s Fur]

Staying insulated by fresh/pure air…:)
6/19/17 @ 10:29 a.m.
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“Sounds of Life” are You Listening??! aka Sounding It Out!

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Heard this intriguing phrase “the sounds of life” in an encouraging talk.

How would You describe the “sounds of life” ??

may be? i’d sum up sounds this way:





(Life is full of extreme happy and extreme sad and everything in between these two states…hmmm.)

What sounds are You making/hearing?…(with my mind or with my mouth? or with my fingers pounding my keyboard?)

my mind is looking forward to any time off…in near future, and my body is looking forward to a cup of tea now. My ears are looking forward to an uplifting song…so, i don’t wallow in my own depths of selfishness…so, i can actively pursue compassion today..and keep working!

EnJOY some Sunshine Reader:) and hope You’re life is full of WOO-HOO’s…:) (aka results of wise choices.) Life gets tricky/complicated…it’s like a new compassion language word..sometimes You gotta s-o-u-n-d it out! (aka look to divine wisdom for help.)




5/31/17 @ 12:41 p.m.

related context (IF needed)…/wellness/2013/06/did-you-hear-that-sound/

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Am i stupid??

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Whoever trusts in his own heart is stupid,

But the one who walks in wisdom will escape. (PRO verbs 28:26)

i don’t follow my emotional heart– nor do i listen nor trust misleading songs, etc that tell me to do so…

The heart is more treacherous (deceitful) than anything else and is desperate. 

Who can know it?  (Jeremiah 17:9)

there is danger in letting (fleeting/deceitful) emotions dictate action(s)…especially if angry and/or discouraged/down…

The one who is quick to anger acts foolishly,

But the man who thinks things out (or the man of thinking abilities) is hated. (Proverb 14:17)

If you become discouraged in the day of distress, (times of trouble)

Your strength will be meager. (ProVerb 24:10)

5/19/17 @4:35 p.m.

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Taking Turns (at both poles?)

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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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Light By Day, Light By Night

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We live in times of uncertainty; that’s for sure!

2 “certain” things to trust:

The Sun.

The Moon.

“This is what Jehovah says,

Who gives the sun for light by day,

The laws (statutes) of the moon and the stars for light by night,

Who stirs up the sea and makes its waves boisterous,

Whose name is Jehovah of armies:” (Jeremiah 31:35, 36)

Man’s products: Light bulbs blow out and break. Candles melt and wicks burn up. (Aka whatever so-called “good” man can accomplish is only temporary at best including any solutions to problems.)
God’s creations: Everlasting Luminaries!:) (Permanent, reliable reminders of the surpassing superiority of Divine Wisdom at continuous work.)

Why not put your (complete) trust in God??


4/28/17 @ 8:32 a.m.

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Sunday 4/16/17

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So Sunday…just getting home; off goes my purple blazer…plopping down in a comfy chair–snap!…reflecting/meditating/”capturing” a moment about…

an important topic (my Fam and i heard an afternoon talk) “pursuing peace in an angry world.

Have You noticed?? how “many” are very upset, ANGRY and on the verge of losing it whether on the road or at the store or anywhere these days?? (Yes, we are all tired, over-worked, hurt, humiliated, sick, in pain, rejected, dejected, and stressed out, huh?!)

“Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man (person) we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Practical (Scriptural) Points to Help Us All…Pursue Peace with Fellow-Fragile-Life:

“Let go of anger and abandon rage;

Do not become upset and turn to doing evil.”

* (Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”) Psalm 37: 8, 9

Cultivate Peace: Being Kind. (When we choose to treat Others the way we would like to be treated (kindly, compassionately, and with respect); we don’t retaliate aka seek/scheme our own personal sense of justice by seeking some sort of vengeance: ouch!) Rather, we improve (IF possible) the situation/relationship by doing the kind/compassionate thing…anyway…e.g., “But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” * (That is, to soften the person and melt his hardness.)

We are all responsible for peace between fellow-fragile-life at home, in our respective communities, and globally…we can play a part in breaking the cycle of anger, hate, and violence:

Return evil for evil to no one. . . . If possible, as far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men.”—Romans 12:17, 18.


4/19/17 @ 6:53 p.m.

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Sensing Friday

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Divine Wisdom makes me appreciate that my senses can betray me. Studying “Proverbs” helps me understand the potential power sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste have over me to endanger my spirituality. I’ve also learned that whatever “happiness” “pleasure brings…is temporary (and) at best.”

There are countless tables at which to feast…i choose wisdom’s table. A spiritual banquet that nourishes me and satisfies me. It humbles me constantly because it teaches me not to trust my own limited understanding/perception of things…Godly wisdom makes good “sense”.

Certain (mind/body) tables hold no curative value whatsoever for me (and what may ail me at the moment).

Curative Value (an important topic touching many topics, eh?) for example:

i LOVE honey!  Read the following:
“honey is easily assimilated by the body and quickly converted into energy. It is valued for its sweetness and curative properties.” “Pleasant sayings are spiritually refreshing, just as honey is good for the body.”
Questions for Consideration:
Can any so-called “leader” cure/heal humanity with unpleasant words and unpleasant tactics?
What curative powers do any so-called “leaders” in any realm/field/organization/government/religion/etc possess when words are bitter?
Do bitter words lead to bitter actions/bitter consequences?

Solomon says: “The discipline of the foolish ones is foolishness.” (Proverbs 16:22) They receive further discipline, often in the form of severe chastisement. The foolish may also bring upon themselves hardship, shame, disease, and even untimely death.

Cause and effect…HONEY! (a sweet solution:)

Pointing further to the wholesome effect that wisdom has on our speech, the king of Israel says: “Pleasant sayings are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and a healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24) As honey is sweet and provides quick refreshment to a hungry person, pleasant sayings are encouraging and refreshing. Honey also has health-giving and curative properties and is good for a person. So are pleasant sayings; they are healthful spiritually.—Proverbs 24:13, 14. (excerpts Wisdom is For a Protection W07)

Easily assimilated…life-sustaining energy…required (each day).
 10/21/16 @ 2:40 p.m.
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A.voiding (and) s.carring

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“We must realize that making a poor decision could scar us so badly that we may have to suffer serious consequences […] (and for a long time, eh?)

“Early detection of disease may save a person’s life. Similarly, we can avert disaster if we quickly identify tendencies that could lead us into temptation. As soon as we discover such leanings, it would be wise for us to take immediate action […]

Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception according to human tradition.— Col. 2:8 (excerpted w 14 8/15)

Honestly, do any of us really desire pain and suffering (and scarring)…Is it too difficult AVOIDING being a Jack ***??

(Acting promptly–a wise choice)  A lot easier to write than to live, huh?

9/21/16 @ 11:11 a.m.

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Wherever & Whenever

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This quote brought me a chuckle 🙂 this Sunday: 4/19/15!

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
~Oscar Wilde
Dare to contemplate: which “happiness” category i would fall/be put into…(both most likely?)..depending on whom You ask, huh?!  Though, idealistically, i would want to bring/cause/bring happiness wherever or whenever.

 Um, just a friendly reminder: You may exit this post whenever You wish. :)…and take some PEACE with You (i hope).
Oh, You decided to stay a little longer…okay. Then, may be ? You’ll read on (or NOT) Your choice. (I cannot make You do/read anything You ultimately don’t wanna.)
Personally, the following is a compassion obligation of mine:

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death,  And hold back those staggering to the slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11)

My thoughts are…1 minor way to accomplish this is being kind, helpful, compassionate and treating Others the way we would like to be treated…in effect helping to bring refreshment to tired-weary-souls in need of some heartfelt/sincere understanding and relief/rescue. Our choice of speech and our choice of action can be Oasis-like. We can reach painful hearts, appeal to positive qualities and help…the beaten down and those staggering to death…assisting them to…reach a “real” place of concealment from the rainstorm. (Making wise choices leads to greater happiness…and greater displays of compassion..whenever & wherever.)

We all need shelter from the storm…in whatever form storm takes. One storm that many of us face constantly/relentlessly is anxiety…stress/distress. We all turn to various things for comfort/help. As an avid reader/researcher, I enJOY or find comforting the book of Proverbs…wherever or whenever.

Dealing wisely with oneself. The book of Proverbs contains priceless counsel on avoiding alcohol abuse, cultivating healthful emotions and combating destructive ones, and being an industrious worker. (Proverbs 6:6; 14:30; 20:1) It warns that trusting in human judgment apart from the counsel of God leads to disaster. (Proverbs 14:12) It urges us to protect the inner self, the heart, against corrupting influences, reminding us that “out of [the heart] are the sources of life.”—Proverbs 4:23.

Millions of people the world over have found that living by such counsel makes for a better life. […]The book of Proverbs is a compilation of inspired counsel—mostly by Solomon—that provides guidance for daily life […]

  Where can satisfaction and meaning in life be found? Solomon was in a unique position to seek the answer. With immense wealth, wisdom, and authority, he was able to investigate whether these could bring him genuine fulfillment. He pursued the pleasures of material things, married many beautiful women, and enjoyed the best in recreation. He undertook great building projects. He explored the wisdom of learned writings. What did he find? “Everything is vanity.” However, he came to this profound realization: “The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole obligation of man.”—Ecclesiastes 12:8, 13. (excerpted: Divine Wisdom for Life)

 What did You find? (Hassle?) Happiness?

(p.s. depends, huh? What am i looking for?)

(published 2:17 p.m. 4/19/15)

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