Taking time to relieve stress and find peace
amid the tumult of everyday life can be difficult. Yet
finding out how to reach serenity can be as simple as
choosing the right kind of music to listen to, or
watching the langorous moves of a cat, according to Spiritual Healing.
The American Medical Association has stated that stress
plays a role in most human illnesses. But typical
stress-reducers such as exercise and meditation must be
approached carefully or they can actually lead to more
stress, says site author Jim Hartmann.
Meditation should be practiced with the least amount of
sensory input in order to quiet the mind. Having total
darkness and complete quiet can help, he says. Exercise
can calm the soul of sedentary people, but for the person
already overworked and physically drained, it makes no
sense to add additional workload, Hartmann opines.
Music can be soothing or nerve-wracking. Some meditation
tapes can be just as disturbing to the body as hard rock
or heavy metal. On the contrary, many selections of
Celtic or Native American music with loud drums or flutes
were found to be very soothing. The best example of
enlightened relaxation may be a feline curled up in
sunlight near your bedroom window.
your wardrobe is a virtual mess, then you'll want to
visit the Virtual Closet at Womenswire.com.
You'll get handy hints on how to pull off that polished
Start by choosing a
fashion type -- professional, casual or funky and click
around the site to get handy tips from experts on what
should be in your wardrobe. You'll see that you don't
have to be stodgy to pull off the high-powered
Then, when you're
through with the professional side of your personality,
go crazy and explore what "funky" things are a
must for the days you let your hair down. Then move on to
your casual self. There's even a quiz to help you figure
out your sense of style.
Counting on the year 2000 to boost
your investment average? Take a gander at the method
called Dogs of the
These aren't the pooches that droop behind,
but those leading the pack at the close of trading
Dec. 31. Choose the 10 exhibiting the highest dividend
yield, invest an equal amount in each and hang on through
the year, is the advice.
Had you invested that way each year since 1973, your
portfolio would have out-performed the D-J Industrials as
a whole and would have realized an average annual return
of almost 18 percent.
sites to visit on the web
Official NASA Mars
Polar Lander Site
Internet Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree and Ornaments
Christmas customs around the World
More World Christmas customs
of the Month
Need a great way to stay organized without
having to put real sticky notes on your monitor?
TurboNote uses small colored notes for
reminders, messages, phone numbers, to-do lists, and
more. You can modify the color and size of your notes at
will and temporarily move notes off the screen by
minimizing them. Because the notes automatically save,
they'll be there when you turn your computer back on.
Lots of other cool features make TurboNote
an indispensable versatile program.
Know Thy Table Settings!
You may know your salad fork from your soup
spoon, but can you remember exactly where all those
utensils all go on the dinner table? If you need a road
map to set your table for a dinner party, the Waiter's Digest has all the
late-night phone calls to the local deejay, the daily
toll of Total Request Live, the years of American
Bandstand--they all add up. And nothing more so than
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."
The tune made
famous by the Righteous Brothers is the most played song
on U.S. radio and TV this century, according to BMI, the
By BMI's count, the song, penned by Barry
Mann, Phil Spector and Cynthia Weil, has been spun on
radio or heard on TV more than 8 million times since its
mid-1960s debut. That's more than 45 years of
While the Righteous Brothers' original
chart-topping version is the best known, everyone from
Elvis Presley to Hall & Oates to Tom Jones has
offered up takes. This, from a song that, at almost four
minutes long, once was considered a dicey prospect for
Top 100 songs of the century
The Best Pictures Never Nominated for
"We wuz robbed!" seems to be the
plaintive wail you hear about four hours into each year's
Academy Awards show--about the time the Best Picture
Oscar is announced.
But the truth is, the worst travesties
happen long before the Big Night. That's when, for
reasons known only to the asylum escapees who vote in any
given year, outstanding productions that should be
contenders get a one-way ticket to Best Picture
Palookaville. Hollywood is full of horror stories. Countdown the 10 worst here.
They're Stone Cold,
But They're Still Red Hot!
In life, they had,
well...presence. And they still do. Oddly, being
dead hasn't slowed their careers. They're the musicians,
actors and comedians whose bodies may be in compost
production, but their celebrity is still heating up.
Now, we're not talking about the immortal
dead--icons like Elvis or Marilyn or James Dean. No,
we're digging up a fresh crop of star muerta. Some
are newcomers, so to speak--folks whose stars have risen
even more since their demise. And others are persistently
percolating old-school types who just won't go away (not
that we'd ever want them to).
Although the competition was--er, is--stiff,
these Top 10 are those very special performers
whose absence has given them even more presence.
Dear Miss Yenta,
WTF am I supposed to do with this snake basket I
got for Christmas. I have a snake phobia and
every time I look at it, it creeps me out.
The friend who gave it to me will be coming over
to visit occasionally, and I am sure will notice
it's missing. Although I don't think there was
ANY thought put into the gift at all. I think he
was either 1) recycling a gift HE didn't want or
2) just NOT sure what to get and is a bad gift
Can you recommend something artistic I can do it
or with it so that it isn't just a "snake
Thanks. And and may your shoes always match your
Dear Miss Xmas,
Obviously gracious gift receiving is not one of
your strengths. The person who gave the snake
basket to you is trying to tell you that he wants
to "slink" all over you. However,
knowing that snakes turn you off, may I suggest
you invite the gift giver to dinner. Some
suggestions for the meal:
bacon, lettuce and snake
snake and eggs
This will undoubtedly show the generous gift give
that it is indeed better to give than to receive.
Hoping this helps,
The Yenta (who is NOT Gabby and
has no need for matching shoes)
Got a problem? Ask The Yenta! She's
all-knowing and will tell it like is.
Hello! Welcome to the second installment of
Seth's Silver Sounds. Since the music industry doesn't
release many titles around the Christmas holiday, there
really isn't anything out there to review. Instead I
thought I would give you an idea of the artists whose CDs
are selling like hotcakes at the CD store where I work.
The most popular sellers in the pop category are, of
course, The Backstreet Boys, Nsync, 98º, Britany Spears,
Many Moore and Christina Aquilera. Mariah Carey is also
holding her own on the pop charts with her new CD titled
In the Rap section of the store, Dr. Dre is in the
running with his newest CD. Also; Nas, Sisqo, Tu pac,
Notorious B.I.G., Juvinile, Jay-Z, and DMX are big
Over yonder in the Rock section, you'll find Santana. His
latest CD is flying off the shelves. Along with Santana
we have Korn, Creed, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine,
Nine Inch Nails, Dave Matthews Band, and Limp Bizkit.
For all you country fans, Shania Twain has released a new
Remix of her "Come on Over" album. Leaan Rimes,
Tim mcgraw, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chics
are also very popular.
The Latin Scene has produced such favorites as Ricky
Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, and the ultimate
party song... Mambo #5 by Lou Bega.
My last section is Classical. The most popular artists in
classical music right now are Andre Rieu, Charlotte
Church, Andrea Bocelli, Helmutt Lotti, and Sara
That's it from here for now. Be sure to check back for
more tidbits about the music scene next month!