Sunday, December 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”

   - Marilyn Monroe

Friday, December 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

“The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”
  - Italo Calvino (from Invisible Cities)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them."

    - Leo Tolstoy 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

   -  Kurt Vonnegut

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quote of the Day

“Grief can destroy you --or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn't allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it's over and you're alone, you begin to see that it wasn't just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can't get off your knees for a long time, you're driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”

    -  Dean Koontz (from Odd Hours)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Quote of the Day


“Having all the answers just means you've been asking boring questions.”

   - Joey Comeau

Monday, December 9, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Nothing is going to happen if you do not make a concious decision."

    - Evelyn Lim

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Quote of the Day

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, November 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Insight comes suddenly, as though you've been wandering around in the dark and someone switches on all the lights and reveals a palace.  It's been there all along."

    -  Pema Chodron

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

"...delight in the preciousness of every single moment."

    - Pema Chodron

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

"The mind is a liar; it likes to tell you life is difficult.  Life is beautiful.  We just have to go through some tough things."

    - Anonymous

Monday, November 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you."

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Quote of the Day

"I encourage you to take this wild and exciting path of Truth Speaking because it's unfathomably rich. It's also risky. But what are you risking? All the facades that make your life dull and boring and complacent. By speaking the truth, we learn the difference between our authentic self and our facade. If we put our little masked self out there, the horror is that other people might accept and end up making love to it, while we starve and die of neglect behind it. It's much richer to interact genuinely with the world."

     - Ana Forrest (from Fierce Medicine)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Be who you want to be, not what others want to see." 

Quote of the Day

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” 
    ~Alan Watts

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of life."

   - Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

"The universe resounds with the joyful cry, I am."

   - Scriabin

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quote of the Day

"don't be afraid of the butterflies,"

   - Mark Doty (from Theory of Narrative)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

"the garden I saw one occasion of many.  And this
was in some way an accomplishment,
a contribution to the work; it took all of us
to make that garden known.  No one could assemble
the entire vantage we made together.
If anyone could...I felt in that moment
not dissolved in anything, not selfless, but joined
in a layering of singularities - a multiplicity."

   - Mark Doty (from Theory of Multiplicity)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

"...take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic."

  -    Marty McConnell

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway."

     - Emory Austin

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

It is impossible that you will ever fail.  Things might not always work out, but you will never fail.

     - Anon

Friday, September 13, 2013

Quote of the Day

"When I admire another to the point of being jealous or insecure, or when I want something (an opportunity or a relationship) so badly that I miss out on the joy and wholeness of the present moment, that is when I am robbing myself of the truth that I am already complete." 
    -  Jeanine Nicole Cerundolo

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Quote of the Day

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.”
    -  Rainer Maria Rilke (from Beauty and Terror)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quote of the Day

"I am a work in progress, but I am aware that as long as I do not abandon myself and as long as I love myself unconditionally, I will be okay and able to survive anything." 
~Erin Lanahan

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Quote of the Day

"I had that most rare of feelings, the sense that the world, so consistently overwhelming and incomprehensible, in fact has an order, oblique as it may seem, and I a place within it."

   - Nicole Kraus (from Great House)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Quote of the Day

"Do I live my life according to my own deepest truths, or in order to fulfill someone else's expectations?  How much of what I have believed and done is actually my own and how much has been in service to a self-image I originally created in the belief it was neccessary to please [others]?"

   - Gabor Mate (from When the Body Says No)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Quote of the Day

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of these things and still be calm in your heart. 
   – Unknown

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

"I hope I shall be able to confide in you completely, as I have never been able to do in anyone before, and I hope that you will be a great support and comfort to me."

       - Anne Frank

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Quote of the Day

"So when people I like do something terrible...I just flense them and forgive them...It's what whalers used to dod to whale carcasses when they got them on board...They would strip off the skin and blubber and meat right down to the skeleton.  I do that in my head to people - get rid of all the meat so I can see nothing but their souls.  Then I forgive them."

      - Kurt Vonnegut (from Bluebeard)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

"You think that the way you are now is the way you have to be. That isn't true. You can change all of it. You can change your relationships. You can change the way that you do things. You can change the way you feel."

 - Unknown

Monday, June 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

Life demanded a new language.

   - Nicole Kraus (from A History of Love)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Quote of the Day

Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. The new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable and open.

   - Stephen Russell

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Exercise and the Brain

This is a study I stumbled across that I found intriguing which shows changes in the structure and density of hippocampal astrocytes in rats undergoing an exercise program.  The references included in the introduction also seem noteworthy for those wishing to delve deeper into the subject of the effect of exercise on the brain and how this may relate to mental health issues.

"There is a considerable evidence to show that physical
exercise has a positive effect on brain function in both
humans (Hillman et al. 2008; Laurin et al. 2001) and animals
(Albeck et al. 2006; Farmer et al. 2004; Stranahan
et al. 2010). Physical exercise improves cognitive functions
(Kashihara et al. 2009; Kramer et al. 2006) and memory
(Alaei et al. 2008; de Senna et al. 2011), reduces anxiety
and depression (Martinsen 2008), and has protective
properties on a wide variety of neurological diseases,
such as Parkinson’s disease (Smith and Zigmond 2003),
Alzheimer’s disease (Mirochnic et al. 2009) and ischemic
stroke (Stummer et al. 1994).
Studies designed to shed light on the neurobiological
bases of these benefits have demonstrated that physical
exercise is involved in cerebral plasticity. Exercise can
induce neurogenesis (Kim et al. 2003; van Praag et al.
1999a, b, 2005) and increase the release of neurotrophic
factors such as: brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),
nerve growth factor (NGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF)
and their mRNAs (Berchtold et al. 2010; Go´mez-Pinilla
et al. 1997; Neeper et al. 1996). Physical exercise can also
induce long-term potentiation (LTP) (van Praag et al. 1999a)
and angiogenesis (van der Borght et al. 2009). In addition,
physical activity can increase the most common markers of
hippocampal synaptic and structural plasticity, such as
synapsin I, neurofilaments, microtubule-associated protein 2
(Ferreira et al. 2011).
Nevertheless, there are only a few studies that have
investigated the effects of exercise in astrocytes in animals
and humans. Some of these studies report that physical
exercise was able to increase the glial fibrillary acidic
protein (GFAP) expression as well as the number of GFAPpositive
astrocytes in the frontoparietal cortex and striatum
(Li et al. 2005), and stimulate the proliferation of the
astrocytes in the subgranular zone of the hippocampus of
rodents (Uda et al. 2006).
Thus, the goal of our study was to analyze the effects of
physical exercise in the morphology of GFAP-positive
hippocampal astrocytes, more specifically, in the stratum
radiatum within the CA1 (Interaural 6.70 mm/Bregma
-2.30 mm to Interaural 4.70 mm/Bregma -4.30 mm), a
region that contains numerous astrocytes and is involved in
important functions including learning and memory
(Catalani et al. 2002; Squire et al. 2004)."