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The Lighter Side. . . ©

The Lighter Side. . . ©
by Susie Mantell, award-winning author of the soothing relaxation CD, "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace"

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Dear Friends at,

*Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. * -Kurt Vonnegut

Golfers in Montana:
The Montana State Department of Fish & Wildlife is advising golfers to be on the alert for bears while in the Helena, and Lewis & Clark National Forest golf courses. They advise golfers to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert, but not startle, the bears. They also advise you carry pepper spray, in case of an encounter with a bear. It is a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity. Golfers should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings on the golf course. Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings have small bells in them and smell like pepper spray. (anonymous)

You Gotta Laugh!

Wacky Warning Labels
1. A 5-inch fishing lure with three razor-like steel hooks advises, *Harmful if swallowed.* If only carp could read. (Label took 4th place in the annual Wacky Warning Label Contest.)

2. 2nd place went to a Virginia man for a label on a sled: *Beware: Sled may accelerate to high speed under certain snow conditions.*

3. 1st place: Warning found on a bottle of drain cleaner. *If you do not understand, or cannot read, all directions, cautions and warnings, do not use this product.* (anonymous)

Dot.calm Corner: Where to Go if You*d Like to Know. . . One great way to reduce stress amid tense day-to-day life, is to learn about how the human stress response actually works, and create as many ways as you can to relieve, reduce, release or even better‹prevent stress wherever we can!

Stress & Immunity

Physicians as early as the 2nd century A.D. observed a link between melancholy and illness. Stress neurotransmitter Norepinephrine could be the link.

Meds Clock

The body*s chemicals ebb and flow in 24-hour cycles. Ulcers and asthma tend to flare at night, arthritis during the day, skin allergies late evening. Time-based dosing, (chronotherapy) synchronizes with circadian rhythms.

Book: *Learning to Speak Alzheimer's : A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease* by Joanne Koenig Coste. I seldom recommend a book this highly-but if you care for someone with dementia, or other loss-of-independence disorders, get, read, and keep this book as a well-indexed resource. Fabulous book on compassionate, realistic, care-giving. (Author prefers, *care-partnering*--nice.) Insightful, simple, practical and compassionate guide.

A Peek Around the Curve: Man or Machine

Heart transplants and knee replacement used to sound far-fetched. Now artificial intelligence flies airplanes, aids in diagnoses. Futurist Ray Kurzweil says the key is pattern recognition. The Foresight Institute in Palo Alto tells Ivanhoe, *We*ll be able to heal and cure conditions that today would be considered completely hopeless.*

Readers* Response to Last Month¹s Question: What¹s Your Favorite Feel-Good Music as Medicine. . .

Sweet, Stress-Less Nostalgia

* Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.* -Doug Larson

Ever wish you could slip back in time to savor a slower pace, and share it with children of today?

- When all girls had equally-hideous gym suits
- It took five minutes for the TV warm up
- A quarter was a decent allowance
- Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces
- Laundry detergent had dishes or towels inside the box
- It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant by your parents
- Kids played baseball with no adults -- just worked it out
- Groceries came without hermetic seals because nobody had ever tried to poison a perfect stranger
- If we took risks, our parents were the real threat--and their love was greater than that threat.
- Candy Cigarettes, Blackjack & Teaberry Gum
- Jukeboxes, 45 RPM Records & Hi-Fi*s
- Home Milk Delivery in Glass Bottles with Cardboard Stoppers
- *Race issues* were about who ran fastest
- Metal Ice Cubes Trays with Levers
- Roller-Skate Keys & Pop Guns
- Drive-Ins & 15 Cent McDonalds
- The Fuller Brush Man
- Howdy Dowdy, The Lone Ranger
- 5 Cent Packs of Baseball Cards w/ Stale Pink Bubble Gum
- Catching fireflies blissfully filled entire evenings
- The worst thing you could catch from boys/girls was Cooties
- Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a slingshot
- War was a card game
- Baseball cards in spokes, transformed any bike into a motorcycle
- Fights were settled by *eenie-meenie-minie-moe*
- Disappointments erased with, *Do Over!*
- *Oly-oly-oxen-free* made perfect sense?
- . . .and so did spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down.

Pass this on to anyone who needs a break from their *grown-up* life. [I double-dog dare you!]

If you enjoyed those, see
*Why Aren*t All People Over 25 Dead.?

Closing thought:
Life is very complicated.
Military life, even more so.
So for those of you who, "keep the home fires burning," providing strength and comfort and support and for those of you who wait, and pray, and love from the deepest parts of you. . .

Until next time, I wish you cards and letters and emails and only good news

And as always, above all. . .peace,


National stress-relief expert Susie Mantell's soothing, award-winning relaxation CD, "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace" is physician-recommended to relieve Stress & Sleeplessness, Pain, Depression, Addiction rRecovery and PTSD. Featured in The Los Angeles Times, NBC,ABC -TV, Billboard, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Services, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and The American Pain Society, listeners include The Mayo Clinic, U.S. V.A. facilities, Canyon Ranch (BEST SPA,") F.F.S.C.'s and MWR's. Customizing programs for American Express, Remington, The Arthritis Foundation, The National Conference on Loss, and The Coca-Cola Company , her techniques are found in Cosmopolitan, McCalls, WebMD and syndicated press. Fine more Free Stress-Relief Tips or Order "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace" at: (SPECIAL: ORDER 5--GET 1 FREE!)
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