Sillyness is Serious Business

I know we like to skim through blogs

because we live life on fast forward

but this is worth the  time spent for our health!

It is the underlying  theme for my blogs

I’m Learning to be SILLY

I make up silly songs and silly jokes. I use my time in silly ways, like juggling and working picture puzzles and building model airplanes. My imaging and visualizing and daydreaming are silly. I’m amazed by the world.

I didn’t used to be silly. I was responsible. I was efficient. I was productive. I was serious–deadly serious.

What’s the difference? Silliness is much more responsible and efficient and productive, that’s the difference.  Being serious is what’s really silly.

I could do serious imaging about weighty matters, and people I don’t like, and injustices that make me angry, and how the world is going to the dogs, if it hasn’t already. I know how to do serious thinking about great problems for which I have no solutions.

I used to do that serious kind of visualizing. I imagined what I’d say if someone did something nasty. I argued with imaginary opponents about angry issues. I awfulized the breakdown of the car or the death of a friend. I anticipated getting caught in a traffic jam or in the slow line at the bank. I spent a lot of time being serious. It made me sick. Now that was really silly!

If we’re silly, however, that means we’re serious about being healthy. Norman Cousins found that when he laughed at the silliness of the Three Stooges, he began to get well. Serious medical people said that was silly. Wasn’t that silly of them?

At the very least, silliness keeps me from thinking depressing thoughts, the sorts of images that lower the numbers of healthy agents in the body. Prayer is the same way. If I’m praying for myself or for others or for the world, even if the prayer is doing nothing else, it’s using my mind and energy so they can’t see images and think thoughts that are negative, that will make me sick. Of course, some people think prayer is silly, too. They’re right, of course. Prayer is silly and silliness is prayer–and they’re both good for us.

When children begin to have too good of time, adults say, “Now you’re being silly,” or “Don’t be silly!” I think adults are jealous of children. We aren’t allowed to be silly, so we don’t want them to be, either. “Get that silliness out of your head, child. Be serious. Be mature. Live a life of drudgery. Show how adult your are by getting sick and dying young.”

Attitude makes a difference. Silliness is the best attitude. You get sick on serious, and you get well on silly.

Jesus said, “You can’t enter the kingdom of heaven except as a child” (Mark 10:15 and Luke 18:17). How silly. All children do is play. Why does he think we spend our whole lifetimes trying to mature, to stop being like children? Children are silly. They don’t understand how serious the business of life is.

Ah, the “business” of life. But life isn’t a business, is it? It doesn’t have a profit-and-loss sheet, a bottom line.

Life is given to us as a joy. Little children understand that. There’s no business to what they do, they just do it. They look in wonder at the world about them and start laughing and roll down the hill.

I’m sure Jesus had childlikeness, not childishness, in mind. Childishness is when we think of no one but ourselves and our own immediate needs. It’s a stage we need to grow out of if we’re to live well with other people. Childlikeness, however, is a stage we need to grow back into as adults, the stage when life is such a wonder and so much fun that we fall down laughing at it.

We want to be childish when we first hear that we have cancer. We’re scared and hurt, and we can’t think very far beyond ourselves. Getting well is moving from that childishness to childlikeness.  Cancer helps us to get into heaven, because if we want to get well, we have to become like children again. Indeed, our task as adults, and especially as patients, is to become more perfect children.

It would really be silly not to be silly. No one gets well that way. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.

McFarland, John Robert. Now That I Have Cancer I am WHOLE. Kansas City:Andrews McMeel,2007 Print (141-143)

Have you heard this before?

Amazing frozen lemons

All it is… a frozen lemon

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.
How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.
Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky, wine…. the list is endless.

All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before.
Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.

Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself.
And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting.

But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top
of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

It’s also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

So place your washed lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer! That’s the lemon secret! Better late than never, right? The surprising benefits of lemon!
Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations?

As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.
The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas…
The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells.

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.
So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!!!!

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Why won’t some people talk to me?

Or even touch me

after they find out

I have or had cancer?

Here is an excerpt from the amazing book Now That I have Cancer I am Whole by John Robert McFarland.

“These folks are like the tree monkeys: See no cancer people, touch no cancer people, and especially, talk to no cancer people.”

“However, I think it’s mostly that I’m a walking (slowly, but still walking) reminder that “it” can happen to anyone.”

If I try to talk to them of death, even of pain or fear, they brush it off. “Oh, you are going to be fine,” they say. If I persist, they don’t say anything at all. They are gone as fast as a hamburger in a tiger cage. They cross the street when they see me coming.

I wish they would talk with me. They’re missing something special. So am I.

I wonder whether Jesus felt that way. When he was tried, and found guilty, and nailed to a cross, all his best friends deserted him. Not only did they not want to talk to him or see him, they didn’t even admit they knew him. That must have been very lonely.

So I do for those who won’t talk to me what Jesus did on the cross for those who persecuted him. I pray for them. They won’t talk to me, so I talk about them behind their backs to God. God and I have entered into a conspiracy of love. The more those folks refuse to talk, the more we talk about them. We don’t try to change them. We just love them. I still wish they would talk. It would be good for them. For me too. But until they have ears and tongues, they are at least going to have prayers.

Better look back, you silent ones. Those sounds you hear are the wings of prayer. Gotcha!” (pp168-169)

McFarland, John Robert.  Now that I Have Cancer I Am Whole. Kansas City: Missouri. McMeel Publishing 2007.

Oh No, tommorrow is Valentine’s Day

Sometimes enjoying the different seasons of life that once were fun, just seem too hard to face.

It’s okay….Not for long!

But someone you love wants to be acknowledged on Valentine’s Day so the most simple but clever way to do so, if you just don’t have the energy, or if you do… is a bar of soap! (No I am not offering frisky advice…this blog is g-rated)

Take a bar of soap and write a love letter on your sweethearts bathroom mirror. If  you have the energy walk around your house and on every glass surface draw a heart and if you want add little quick thoughts..On your microwave, computer screen, front hall mirror, rear view mirror in the car, you get the idea…write something like, “you’re cute, I love your walk, you drive me crazy with love…”  Or just draw the hearts.

Wahh-Lahhh! You just celebrated Valentine’s day! Easy clean-up. If you want an even easier clean up write it with a dry erase marker…But I prefer soap. It does have a more…intimate appeal!

If you want a few more ideas these are from my other blog. It shows how to do simple, cheap, cleaver ways to say I love you…

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day…You deserve it!

Sending a little  love your way…………….

Vermont College of Fine Arts
Vermont College
of Fine Arts

I decided to treat myself and step out of my comfort zone!

I enrolled in a program that will help me fulfill a lifelong dream of being a children’s picture book writer. I was accepted!

For 11 days in January this was my home away from home as I attending a Residency where I rubbed shoulders with famous writers, students, and illustrators.

It was a blessing for me to be able to attend.

I now am doing a rigorous 6 month one line course to better my writing with a famous children’s book author, Mary Quattlebaum as my adviser. She is amazing.  I even was instructed for 2 days by Henry Cole a famous children’s book illustrator who was there as a special guest. It was amazing and he was so fun and personable.

The program is intense! It has been a long time since I have had to meet stringent school deadlines. But I am learning! It feels great after chemo brain to get my mind busy and stretched.

I hope this will inspire you to treat yourself and look into your dreams by stepping out of your comfort zone when you are feeling ready!

You will not be sick forever! 

Become your dream!  Jen