Saturday, April 22, 2006

Today in History 04.22.06

1889: At noon, by federal decree, white settlers were allowed into Indian Territory, sparking a land rush involving tens of thousands in what became Oklahoma Territory.

1724: German philosopher Immanuel Kant was born in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia).

1370: Construction began on the Bastille, the medieval fortress that came to symbolize French despotism.

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Musings of Sifu H.A. Diop 04.22.06

"Center and focus on your spiritual path and not on material excess or gain
as a knowledgeable, spiritual being."

▪ Rev. K.A. Sahure ▪

Friday, April 21, 2006

Today in History 04.21.06

James Starley

born April 21, 1830, Albourne, Sussex, Eng.
died June 17, 1881, Coventry, Warwickshire

British inventor and father of the bicycle industry.

In 1855 Starley moved to London, where he was employed in the manufacture of sewing machines, and two years later he moved to Coventry, where he became managing foreman at the Coventry Sewing Machine Company (later the Coventry Machinists' Company Ltd.). There he invented and patented new models, and many of his features are used in modern sewing machines.

In 1868 Starley became interested in bicycle improvement. His first bicycle, the Coventry, was quickly followed by the Ariel (1871), notable for its use of centre pivot steering. Considered the first true bicycle by many historians, the Ariel was the immediate precursor of the high-wheel ordinary and was the standard of bicycle design for the next decade.

Starley invented and manufactured the tangentially spoked wheel, with the spokes connected to the hub at a tangent. His design was a great improvement over radially spoked wheels and is still in use. In 1876 he introduced the highly successful Coventry tricycle and the following year incorporated into it the patented use of the differential gear in conjunction with chain drive.

In 1885 Starley's nephew, John Starley, designed and manufactured the Rover, regarded as the first successful safety bicycle and the prototype of all modern bicycles.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Musings of Sifu H.A. Diop 04.20.06

"One who lives in ignorance and has evil in his heart and soul
may be destroyed by his or her own actions."

▪ Sifu H.A. Diop ▪

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Musings of Sifu H.A. Diop 04.19.06

If a priest or priestess is no nearer to the secrets of a deity than a layperson, then he or she is no priest or priestess because neither speaks the language of the Gods and Goddesses.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Musings of Sifu H.A. Diop 04.16.06

"The universe is infused with manifestations of perennial tendencies
that only lead to degeneration."

▲ Dok Kheti, Hem-Netjer-Tepey ▲


Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Song of Wisdom

Behold me,
Behold me,
For in a sacred manner
I am walking.

~ Buffalo Calf Woman ~

Friday, April 14, 2006

Musings of Sifu H.A. Diop 04.14.06

"The past is never dead, not even is it past."

▲ Pharaoh Ramesses II ▲

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Musings of Sifu H.A. Diop 04.13.06

Being "out" (of the besom closet) is tough


being "in" (the broom closet) is even tougher!

Friday, April 7, 2006

The Four Herbal Directions

In TCM, there are four herbal directions related to the synergy of herbs:

Rising Herbs : Upward Energy

Sinking Herbs : Downward Energy

Outward Energy : Inducing

Inward Energy : Strengthening

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Monday, April 3, 2006

Healthy Herbal Tonics

Angelica Root soup can be used for improving circulation throughout one's body.

Celery tonic can be used to lower one's blood pressure.

Dandelion tonic can be used for cleansing the liver.

Indian Fennel tea is wonderful for a sore throat.

Shiitake Mushrooms have exceptional antiviral properties.

Sweet Cabbage juice can be used for a sour or upset stomach.

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Sunday, April 2, 2006

Common Sense. . .

"Common sense is often just another term for general ignorance."

Nicolas Camille Flammarion (1842-1925)

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Stress & Diet

Stress And Diet: You Aren't What You Eat
- by Chris Green
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"You are what you eat."

How many times have you heard this statement? In a world
where the food police virtually have an open book to hassle
everybody about their eating habits, they hammer this
message home to educate people about the benefits of healthy

In cases where individuals have become grossly overweight,
then this statement rings true. If your diet is based on
junk food - sugar, fat, fast food etc., then your body will
reflect your eating habits and you will put on weight and
your arteries will clog. You increase the risk of heart
attack, stroke and cancer.

But when we look at people who suffer from stress,
depression or anxiety, this statement has no foundation
whatsoever. The reason is simple. Foods, no matter what they
are, cannot make you stressed, depressed or anxious. And no
matter what the food police say, foods cannot cure these
problems. There are some foods that can help you feel
better, but they won't cure you. I'll reveal my choice picks

Many people who suffer the torment of a depressive,
stressful or anxious episode do so because of reasons
entirely unrelated to their diet. Also, I have personally
known people whose diet has been anything but healthy and
yet they are pictures of happiness. A very good friend of
mine is a great example of this. She eats junk food day-in,
day-out and yet, as anyone who knows her will testify, she
is one of the happiest and friendliest people you could wish
to meet.

Depression, stress and anxiety can and will arise no matter
how healthy your diet is. Foods don't cause these problems
and foods don't cure these problems. However, they can help
to boost mood and here's 3 quick, simple tips I have
personally used to help me boost my moods. Give them a try
and see how you get on.

1. Cod liver oil. Liquid is best but it's harsh to taste.
Try capsules. Failing that, try oily fish like mackerel. I
loathe oily fish but the capsules are fine. Oily fish is
high in Omega 3, an essential fatty acid. If you're taking
aspirin or you're on prescribed drugs, just check with your
doctor before you take an Omega 3 supplement.

2. I don't eat refined sugar, especially full sugar soda. I
cannot sleep if I drink just one can of full sugar soda so I
avoid it like the plague. I sleep better and I'm not as
fidgety during the day. Although sugar doesn't cause
depression, stress or anxiety, there are links to
hyperactivity and I'm definitely less hyper than I used to
be. See how you feel without sugar.

3. Sometimes, when you're feeling a bit down, comfort food
can be the equivalent of a hug. There are many comfort foods
but my favorite is just a simple bowl of buttery mashed
potato or failing that, creamy chicken soup. I love to do
this when I just want to shut out the world and have my own
company. I light the candles, play some nice music or watch
a good film curled up on the sofa with my comfort food
treat. It never fails to raise my spirits and it's a great
way to unwind and gather my thoughts.

The reason why food can only help and not cure stress,
depression or anxiety is because food doesn't cause these
problems. If you're depressed for example, changing to a
healthy diet won't cure you because it isn't as simple as
that. To permanently conquer stress, depression and anxiety,
the root cause has to be addressed. Diet can help, but only
if it is part of a complete program that addresses all of
the issues, especially the root cause.

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