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Hippocrates was born c. 460 bc , island of Cos, Greece.  He died c. 375 , Larissa, Thessaly.  He was the most famous ancient Greek physician who lived during Greece’s Classical period and is traditionally regarded as the father of medicin.
Here are some quotes from him.  Given our current knowledge, how would you say he did?


Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.
Walking is man’s best medicine.
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.
There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
Life is short, the art long.
Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.
Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

I’d say he did quite well.
It’s amazing, how ancient wisdom turns out to be right on!



Trump’s campaign Slogan:”Make America Great Again.”

There is a gigantic assumption in this statement:  America isn’t great.
Who says she isn’t?  Who gets to determine that?

I say America is as great as her people!  I say we determine that, not someone trying to get elected!
If we have problems, we get to solve them.  Any lack of greatness is up to us; it’s not China’s fault; it isn’t those “bad Mexicans” who come here looking for work and do the jobs caucasions refuse to do.

There are simple things that every American can do to make this nation even greater than it already is:

1.  Take care about who you listen to.
There is an old assumption that news organizations are objective and report without bias.  Not so.  First, they are run by people who have their own bents, just like the rest of us.  Next, they are owned by corporations who have invested interests in what gets said and how.  That it’s on the news doesn’t make it accurate or true.

2.  Build on what is good and right.
If you look for one positive thing each day – an accomplishment, an act of kindness, something built, a difficulty overcome, you will find it.  Celebrate; find a way to build on it in your own life and community.
When you meet someone whose attitude and demeaner exudes positivity, highlight and mimic it.  If you are that person, thank you.  Keep spreading the cheer.

3.  Look for solutions.
Complaining tears down.  It digs the hole deeper.
Finding a solution brings light and healing.

4.  See to your own self.
Or as my father used to say, “Tend to your own knitting.”
Blaming also tears down.  It promotes anger, bitterness, feelings of powerlessness and chronic dissatisfaction.
If you create or find just one small part of the solution to a challenge, you become a hero.  You build something strong and good.
Each of us is responsible for choices and behavior; no one else makes us think, feel or do anything.  Take that responsibility and run with it!  Use it to build a great life.

5.  A great nation begins with great individuals; build in your own life and community.
If you are concerned about unemployment, find a way to get just one person back into the work force.
If literacy is on your heart, teach adults to read or spend some time reading to children.  IF this isn’t for you, buy some books.
If the matters of food and shelter concern you, donate to the local food program or shelter.  If you have the time, energy and inclination, volunteer.
You get my point:  Do your part!

The wonderful thing about all of these suggestions is, you don’t have to have a pile of money!  Anyone from the most wealthy to the most impoverished can join in making a stronger America..or England, Cameroon, South Africa, Australia, …

America is great; let’s make her even stronger!


Two ways to live;
Two ways to go;
Which will you choose?
How will you know
Which one brings life;
The one that’s right?
One is darkness;
The other light.


Clear is the way
Of love and peace;
Honor, respect,
Freedom’s release.
Will you choose this
In all you do?
Will you speak life;
Words that are true?


Dark is the way
Of mindless hate;
Words that tear down;
Bigotry’s weight.
Will you support
Such things as these?
Reject others;
Take what you please?


Two ways to live;
Choice that’s so clear;
One that builds up;
One that brings fear.
Will you please join
In choosing light,
Till darkness dies
And all is right?


Yours is the power
To make and build;
Choose better ways;
Exercise will.
Which way for you?
Darkness or light?
Anger and fear?
Or the way bright?


Do you ever create a meal that turns out especially good, to the point that you want to share it?
I did that for lunch today:
Get out a cookie sheet; set the oven to 325.
Now, peel beets and cut them into 1/4-inch slices.  (I call these “beet steaks,” especially if they are large ones.)
Next, cut onions  into slightly thicker pieces.
Then, summer squash – zuchini, crook-neck… About 1/4-inches thick is good.
Now for roma tomatoes:  Cut them in half.
Add any other vegies you want – garlic cloves (peeled, of course) peppers, Kohlrabi…
Rub everything but the tomatoes with a bit of oil.  I used olive; coconut would be interesting.
Sprinkle a little salt on everything.  Some garlic-herb seasoning is good on the summer squash.
Pop the cookie sheet into the oven and go do something else for about 25 minutes.
Then, put a thin slice of cheese on each tomato half.  I used smoked butterkase – YUMMM!

Give things another 15 minutes.  By then, all of the vegies should be tender.  Load up your plate; enjoy!

Variation:  I get this really good sausage.  Today, it was roasted red pepper and garlic.  I put it on the cooki sheet with everything else.

Now, for dessert, you can start apples  about 20 minutes before the other things.  Cut them in half, core them, brush a little butter on them; sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar and let them bake until tender.  I think a little vanilla yogurt or ice cream would go nicely on top.


As I considered writing this, I thought it would be fun to share a little of my philosophy when it comes to food, especially dieting.
When I was in college, I wrote an essay called, “Dieting; America’s Eating Habit.”  We get it from all sides!  Take weight off fast with this pill or plan; try this cleansing diet; give up…name it – carbs, cooked foods, proteins, fats… We have calorie counters, carb counters, charts of every size and kind… and so it goes.


Let me start by asking you a question:  Are you managing your weight because you love and appreciate yourself; or are you thinking you’ll like yourself better once you reach that goal?


Take a little friendly advice from me:  Learn to love and appreciate yourself first.  Trust me, I know:  I lived with Anorexia for a number of years.  It’s hard to imagine how someone who doesn’t quite weigh 100 pounds can think she’ll be better at 90… At the risk of over siplifying things a bit, self rejection and hatred are often at the root of this sort of belief.  I have been well for 25 years now.  During that time, I have followed plans to lose weight and have kept it off without relapsing.  The keys to my healing are God first; then, the development of real love for myself.  If you are hoping to like yourself better, once you are slimmer, take some time to find some acceptance and appreciation before you make your food and exercise plans.


Step #2 in this process is to choose an approach that responds to your unique needs.  I, for example, eat more frequently and significantly reduce the amount of sugar, since that is the thing that causes me to gain weight.  I have a real need for protein, so I start my day with a good breakfast that includes some form of this much-needed ingredient.


I do the same kind of planning with exercise.  The areas that need the most attention are stamina and flexibility.  I don’t do well with a lot of weight lifting; besides, I get that in my daily routine.  I also need exercise to be enjoyable and easy for me to do.


You might want to talk with your doctor or health care provider as you develop your plan, especially if you have some sort of medical condition and take meds.


If you want some ideas for food and exercise, check out my mood management plan on the page called, “Practical Tools.”


Whatever you do, make sure you take good, loving care of yourself without punishment.
Step #3:  Do it!  Set a “start date” and make sure you begin.  If you mess up one day, get up and back on your plan the next.  Don’t try to make up for your mistakes and mishaps; just start where you are and proceed from there.


An overlying attitude needs to be respect:  For yourself and for the process.  When you see progress, take time to enjoy it; when you have setbacks, step away for a moment, make adjustments, take a deep breath and move on.  Lay down any perfectionistic ideals or notions you have.  All aspects of self care are part of a life-long journey, including diet and exercise.


Enlist people who will encourage and support you.  Coach them if necessary.  You might have to set some boundaries with people who aren’t so helpful.  That’s okay.


In short, make all physical care part of loving yourself.  Live “from the inside out,” recognizing that you are a whole person – spirit, soul and body.  If you start with this, keep it central to your planning and activity; then end with this, you will find success!



Can you think of something or someone you have encountered that really impacted you because of excellence?

One for me was Guide Dog School. There was a high quality there that extended from the physical environment, to staff and students. The expectation that everyone would join in this standard was explicit and clearly demonstrated.

Two things that I came away with because of this experience were that I am worthy of care and I want to offer that same honor to others.

This is a rather stark contrast to much of life these days. “Good enough” seems to rule, from food products that are less than nutritious for us, yet convenient and deceptively tasty, to televisions and electronics that can simply be tossed a year or two after they are purchased.

We sometimes stop at “good enough” in relationships as well. We keep the peace or act in a friendly manner, but don’t allow others too close. The result is isolation, which breeds fear.

What would happen if we raised the bar? I am thinking that peace and confidence would begin to replace fear; that honor would be much easier to demonstrate.

Another thing that would happen is that we would be healthier, which would give us more energy and enthusiasm.

As we dared to offer true friendship, isolation would disappear. We might even find that we have time to help others as they reach out to us.

Excellence fosters joy and hope: We find beauty where we missed it before; we become more creative; therefore, we are more fulfilled.

All of this is like a positive snowball: One thing builds on another, until poverty of soul and spirit are gone.

If there is good news about “good enough,” it would be that we can build on it. Instead of settleing for “that will do,” we can ask, “Now, how could this be better?”

What seems excellent to you? How would you like to build on things that are not quite there yet?

“whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8