Changing environment, learning new language and new culture,being a wife and a mother, living far away from families and friends, I have come to share my views, thoughts, feelings, ideas on so many things that I cherish.

September 24, 2012

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers and Learners

Here are some inspirational quotes for teachers who are always life learners:

” Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

“A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out” – Anon

” Believe in yourself, be strong, never give up no matter what the circumstances are. You are a champion and will overcome the dreaded obstacles. Champions take failure as a learning opportunity, so take in all you can, and run with it. Be your best and don’t ever ever give up.” – Brad Gerrard

“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements” – Napoleon Hill

“Did you know that the Chinese symbol for ‘crisis’ includes a symbol which means ‘opportunity’? – Jane Revell & Susan Norman

“Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world” – Samuel Butler (1835–1902)

“Every artist was at first an amateur.” – Ralph W. Emerson
“I hear, and I forget.  I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.” – Chinese Proverb

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” – NLP adage

“If you find yourself saying ‘But I can’t speak English…’, try adding the word ‘…yet’ – Jane Revell & Susan Norman

“If what you’re doing isn’t working, try something else!” – NLP adage

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok

“If you know what you want, you are more likely to get it” – NLP adage

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and made things happen.” – Elinor Smith

“It’s not just about looking and copying, it’s about feeling too” – Paul Cezanne

“It’s ok to try things out, to ask questions, to feel unsure, to let your mind wander, to daydream, to ask for help, to experiment, to take time out, not to know, to practise, to ask for help again – and again, to make mistakes, to check your understanding” – Jane Revell & Susan Norman

“Learning is never done without errors and defeat.” – Vladimir Lenin

“Nothing we ever imagined is beyond our powers, only beyond our present self-knowledge” – Theodore Roszak

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he could not do.” – Henry Ford

“One must have strategies to execute dreams.” – Azim Premji, CEO Wipro Ind
“One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try.” – Sophocles

“People learn more quickly by doing something or seeing something done.” – Gilbert Highet

“Success comes in cans, failure in can’ts.” -  Unknown
“The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.” – Pierre de Coubertin

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.” – Chinese Proverb

“Too much credit is given to the end result. The true lesson is in the struggle that takes place between the dream and reality. That struggle is a thing called life!” – Garth Brooks

“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” – Aristotle

” The only dreams impossible to reach are the ones you never pursue.” – Michael Deckman

” There are two types of people; the can do and the can’t.  Which are you?” – George R. Cabrera

“Whenever you feel like saying ‘Yes, but….`, try saying instead ‘Yes, and….’” – Jane Revell & Susan Norman

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t…you’re right!” – Henry Ford

“Worry is misuse of the imagination” – Mary Crowley

“You haven’t failed, until you stop trying” – Unknown

“You’ve got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch onto the affirmative, don’t mess with Mr In-between” – Popular song

September 21, 2012

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits: Introducing Your Family to ORANGE Foods.

Brightly colored orange foods are good for your eyes, skin, immune system and heart. Orange foods contain high amounts of Carotenoids; these compounds help provide Vitamin A, or retinol, to the body. Vitamin A helps us see at night, keeps our immune system strong and keep our skin cells healthy. Orange foods are also loaded with Vitamin C. The color orange can also improve your mood and reenergize you. Be sure to brighten up your meals by eating at least one orange food a day.

Healthy orange fruit & vegetable choices include:
  1. Pumpkins: Don't wait until Thanksgiving to include this excellent food in your family's meals. Add vitamin and antioxidant packed pumpkin puree to pancakes, burritos, and bread or muffin recipes. Pumpkin also makes great soup. 
  2. Peaches & Nectarines: Now is the time to eat fresh peaches and nectarines. In addition to Vitamins A and C and Carotenoids, peaches and nectarines are a good source of dietary fiber. Slice a peach in half and grill for a juicy and delicious side dish.
  3. Cantaloupe:This orange delight is chockfull of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Dice cantaloupe in fruit salads and vegetable salads. This gem also makes a very nice edible garnish. 
  4. Oranges: Some say you can taste the sunshine in a glass of orange juice. Eating oranges and drinking orange juice supplies your body with a great dose of Vitamin C for healthy skin and a strong immune system. Oranges also contain folic acid for healthy development. 
  5. Carrots:This sweet and crunchy super food helps to keep your eyes healthy, your skin radiant and your body cancer-free. Carrots make a great raw snack. Steamed carrots make a delicious, sweet side dish.
  6. Orange Peppers: Like their Red and yellow cousins, orange peppers add great flavor and good nutrition to meals and snacks. Serve orange peppers raw as a snack and in salads, sautéed in pasta, stir fried or roasted in soups and stews.
  7. Papaya:Nutritious and delicious papaya is loaded with Vitamin C, potassium, and beta-carotene. Add papaya to salads, smoothies and salsas. Or, use papaya as an edible garnish for chicken and seafood dishes.
  8. Sweet Potatoes:Eat Sweet potatoes on a regular basis, not just at Thanksgiving. Fiber and Vitamin A rich sweet potatoes taste great grilled, baked, mashed, roasted or boiled. For added nutrition, add mashed sweet potato to bread and muffin recipes. 
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September 20, 2012

Talking Early to Babies Helps the Brain (Research Article)

Study Shows Speaking Words to Infants Helps the Brain Form Categories
By Jennifer Warner, WebMD Health News, Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Words may have special meaning for babies long before they are able to speak.A new study suggests talking to babies as young as 3 months old influences their cognitive development and helps the brain learn to form categories.
Researchers found infants who learned to associate words rather than sounds with pictures of objects were better able to perform a simple categorization task.
“These findings offer the earliest evidence to date for a link between words and object categories,” says researcher Susan Hespos, associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University, in a news release.
Researchers say the results add to growing evidence that it’s important to talk to babies from an early age to foster infant development and cognition.

In the study, published in Child Development, researchers compared the effect of words vs. sounds on infant cognition skills in a group of 46 3- to 4-month old infants.
All of the infants were shown a series of pictures, such as a fish, that were paired with either words or beeps. Infants in the word group were told things like, “Look at the toma!” — a made-up word for fish — while they viewed each picture. Infants in the other group heard a series of beeps carefully matched to the word phrases for tone and duration.

Both groups were then tested on their categorization skills by being shown a picture of a new fish and a dinosaur side by side while researchers measured how long they looked at each image. If the infants had formed a familiar category in their brain with the fish from the previous exercise, they would look at one picture longer than the other.
The results showed infants who heard words had formed the category for fish, and those who heard sounds did not.
“We suspect that human speech, and perhaps especially infant-directed speech, engenders in young infants a kind of attention to the surrounding objects that promotes categorization,” says researcher Sandra Waxman, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, in the news release. “We proposed that over time, this general attentional effect would become more refined, as infants begin to cull individual words from fluent speech, to distinguish among individual words and kinds of words, and to map those words to meaning.”

September 17, 2012

Pregnant Women are Smug by Garfunkel and Oates: The Official Video

Hello Everyone, it's Musical Monday and I want to share this video with you. 
I saw it some weeks ago from a fellow blogger and I decided to share it it my readers. 
Here is - Pregnant Women are Smug by Garfunkel and Oates:

September 14, 2012

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop

Welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop where you can link up your favorite post of the week. Thank you for joining us and linking up. We are happy you are here and hope you will always come around. We have had a great week and now it's time for us to increase our followers by Blog Hopping all through the Weekend. Come and make new friends and find some interesting blogs to follow. You are free to link up to 3 different post or just your main blog. Happy Hopping.

September 05, 2012

The Philosophy Of Charles Schulz

A few questions based on the philosophy of Charles Schulz


The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.  You don’t have to actually answer the questions, just ponder on them.
Read the questions straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4  Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s World Series winners.

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..

Awards tarnish.

Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

The lesson:
 The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most 
credentials… the most money… or the most awards.

They simply are the ones who care the most.

‘Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia!’

”Be Yourself.  Everyone Else Is Taken!”
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