No Stress HolidaysWritten by Theresa Frasch
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Use this section of your notebook to plan your holiday meals and to plan your baking and candy making. Title each section accordingly. Jot down menu for your holiday dinner and make out your shopping list. Check your baking and candy recipes and make out your shopping list. If you have other special holiday items just add them here: decorative paper plates and napkins, Hickory Farms for unexpected guests, eggnog, a trip to liquor store. Keep track of everything you need here and you won’t be making second and third trips to store for forgotten items. Holiday Parties
This section is good whether you are planning a party, going to a party or both. Include sections on Decorations (what you will use, where they are, additional items you will need to purchase), Guest List, Food and Beverages (plan here for potluck parties you are invited to as well as menu for your party), Preparation (what needs to be done and who is going to do it--try to divide responsibilities evenly), Invitations and Wardrobe Planner (make sure you have all accessories as well as your main outfit for each occasion). Extras This section of your notebook will include Holiday Chore List. This is a place to list all of extras that need to be done for holidays: extra cleaning, getting guest room ready, putting up outside decorations, etc. Remember to schedule time sensitive chores onto your daily calendar in section one. The family meeting is a good place to discuss these extras and to divvy them up.
The Extras section is also a good spot for your Christmas Decorations inventory. Jot down items that you remember from last year that you need: extra lights, a bigger tree stand, new candles, etc. As you begin to decorate you can also add onto this list.
Planning your holiday season may seem like too much trouble, but benefits of planning in advance are numerous: no double scheduling, no wasted shopping trips, no scrambling around trying to find last minute gifts, peace of mind knowing that you did everything you wanted to do most, and joy of a no stress holiday season filled with friends, family and fun. And just think, next year you will have your holiday planner all set up and ready to go. Put this year’s planner in a safe place and bring it out next holiday season for another no stress holiday.
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The Fate of Public Enemy Number OneWritten by Tom Horn
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Could public enemy number one, Osama Bin Laden, be gripped by myth of Phaeton? His father was generally absent and died when Osama was ten. The boy was then brought up by his mother alone. This would have made him available to living trend. However, nothing is certain because living trends emerge in a surprising way. They are unpredictable, unlike events that occur under known laws of interaction. But you can see how Osama could be living tragedy of Phaeton. His father was missing. And plainly, in his war against west, he has bitten off more than he can chew and standard 'pattern' of living trend is emerging. Osama's followers think that he is some kind of religious prophet. He certainly looks like one, with his Biblical clothes, general demeanor and apocalyptic utterances. But appearances can be deceptive. If he were a prophet, why can't he 'see' 'power' in which he is caught up and fate that awaits him. He can't 'see' because he is 'blind'. He is 'blind' like rest of us who must go on in 'darkness' and live out, to very end, folly which we call human life. It looks as though George Bush will 'blast Osama Bin Laden out of sky', thus fulfilling archetypal 'pattern' that was 'intended' from beginning. But should George celebrate his great 'victory over evil'? Maybe not. You see, George is living out his own myth and it is an unpleasant surprise that awaits him too. It looks as if old George is living myth of problem solver. This is myth of Hercules. Our hero is seen chopping off heads of Hydra, only to be surprised by more problematic heads growing elsewhere on body of monster. So here we have George 'Hercules' Bush chopping off Osama's head only to be confronted by more terror tactics from monstrous AlQaeda terrorist network. Here also we have George ousting Taliban in Afghanistan, only to create a 'vacuum' which sucks in an equally unacceptable regime. So George's solutions are turning into new problems. He is simply acting out myth that most of us are embroiled in. So don't celebrate yet George. We shouldn't laugh, because human folly afflicts us all. In a world where recognizable patterns of development are unlikely, everyday life is crammed with them. These living trends or vortexes of disembodied 'intent' emerge, in a surprising way, from a dimension beyond time and space. Call this dimension what you will - unconscious, heaven, hell, underworld, eternity, void, phase space, it does not matter. The trends emerge just same to enlist each one of us in a life of folly. They get away with it because we are unconscious of nature of reality. We think we are in control but nothing could be further from Truth. You see, there is a transcendent 'pattern' for development of Osama and George and you and me. But this never manifests because something goes wrong early on. A father dies, imperfect knowledge is imparted, unrealistic mind viruses are contracted, some unforeseen event pushes us off-track. For transcendent pattern of a life to emerge it must be evoked by an already existing role model or by a special teaching. The teaching is designed to help a person correct imbalances and become available to a 'power' that creates nice surprises. In absence of nice surprises, all you are left with is living trends of science, technology, religion and culture. At end of those beguiling 'paths' is an 'abyss'.
For information on a Strategy for Getting Nice Surprises visit Tom Horn's website at: http://www.angelfire.com/ab4/goldenflower/