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Friday, 31 August 2012

Basil - The Royal Herb

Basil plant leaves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Basil - The Royal Herb

The name of the herb "basil" comes from the Greek word meaning "king" or "royal", reflecting how the herb was valued.  The French sometimes call basil "l'herbe royale" too. In Italy, basil was symbolic of love and it was sometimes used as an aphrodisiac.
Basil sprout at an early stage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The English botanist Culpeper cites one "Hilarius, a French physician" as affirming it as common knowledge that smelling basil too much would breed scorpions in the brain. 

And basil did represent hatred in ancient Greece. But, there are many much nicer rituals and beliefs associated with basil. 

In Portugal, a dwarf bush of basil is traditionally presented in a pot, together with a poem and a pom-pom, to a sweetheart,  In Mediterranean countries, a pot of basil on the window sill denoted that an unmarried girl lived in the house. 

Scientific studies have suggested that compounds in basil oil have potent antioxidantantiviral, and antimicrobial properties.

And in sunnier climates such as Southern Europe, the southern states of the U.S., the North Island of New Zealand, and Australia, basil will thrive when planted outside.  Elsewhere it loves its sunny window sill. 

The most popular type of basil that is used in cooking is sweet basil, but some people like to cook with lemon basil, clove basil or cinnamon basil.

Basil goes well with any type of tomato dish, whether it is hot or cold, and it is also the main ingredient of the Italian pesto sauce

Other ideas for using basil in the kitchen are:
  • Sprinkling fresh basil over the top of your pizza.
  • Adding it  to tomato-based pasta sauces just before serving.
  • Adding to soups.
  • Sprinkling torn basil over a tomato and mozzarella salad.
  • Adding to stir-fried vegetables.
  • Using in a marinade with garlic and olive oil.
  • Adding fresh leaves of basil to your salad.
And I use is as a simple seasoning with pepper, salt, chives and oregamo when I'm cooking white fish.

Here's how to grow Basil



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Thursday, 30 August 2012

A Lakota Peyote Healing Song by Robbie Robertson


A Lakota Peyote Healing Song by Robbie Robertson

YouTube is full of music that claims to be Native American from North America and usually it isn't. It may be quite beautiful music but it is not what it claims to be. And in my view it does not have the same power.  This is authentic, beautiful and powerful

Singer, song writer and guitarist Robbie Robertson was born Jaime Robert Klegerman in 1943, in Toronto, Ontario. He was born to a Jewish father and a Mohawk mother and took his stepfather's last name after his mother remarried. He had his earliest exposure to music at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, Ontario where he spent summers with his mother's family. He is best known for his membership in The Band.
Here is a translation of the words
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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Learning To Share

English: Group of children in a primary school... (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Now I’m an only child. There lots of advantages to being the only one – lots of encouragement and love was focused on me. But there also disadvantages. One of the main ones for me was that I didn’t really learn fully how to share, with goodwill, until I was quite grown up. And that can present lots of issues in forming good and stable friendships and relationships

Some small children share without being asked and without any further intervention from anyone else. But, learning to share can be hard for most children. And certainly it can be hard when you have no siblings.

Young children tend to think about themselves and what they want or need for survival. Thinking about the needs of others is the beginning of learning to share. You can’t expect two- and three-year-old children to share. They are still working out how to meet their own needs. By age four, many children will share some of their things. By age six or seven, children begin to understand how to cooperate with other children.

Having siblings and playing in groups gives children a chance to learn about sharing and taking turns. When playing "turn taking" games, adults may need to make sure that each child has a chance to go first. It really helps if you support and praise children when they share. But don’t force very young children to share this can cause them to resent the whole idea of sharing.

As an adult set a good example and talk about sharing. Life is certainly pleasanter and more fun when you learn to share.

As for me well, I had to learn and practice and I keep on practicing. My first instinct is still to gobble down all the orange. But now I know half an orange shared with the right person is much nicer.

If you are serious about personal development, particularly personal development and your career, I think you will find our new programme interesting. It is at this link  http://gettingtherewithwisewolf.com/

Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with managers and professionals who want to make that jump to senior level while maintaining a good work/life balance. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at WWendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com


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Monday, 27 August 2012

Smiling Makes You Beautiful!

Everyone smiles in the same language. ~Author ...Everyone smiles in the same language.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smiling Makes You Beautiful!

I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. - Author Unknown 


Research has shown that smiling makes you feel better.  


Not only that, smiling boosts your immune system. So if you are feeling down - the weather is rotten, you feel chilly and you don't want to catch that cold, smile and smile again.  It will help you to get through the day!  

Smiling helps you feel less stressed too and it actually seems to lower blood pressure! 


The muscles you use when you smile help your face to look younger.  A smile makes everyone and anyone look more approachable.  So take your confidence and your smile and make friends - smile and most people will smile back! 


You can, make someone's day with a smile.


I started with a quote so I'll finish with one too!  No one knows who wrote this.  It is just someone's anonymous gift to the world.  And whoever you are - thank you!


"The Value of a Smile


It costs nothing, but creates much good. It enriches those who receive it without impoverishing those who give it away. It happens in a flash but the memory of it can last forever. No one is so rich that he can get along without it. No one is too poor to feel rich when receiving it. It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen for it is something of no earthly good to anybody until it is given away willingly."
-Anonymous

If you are serious about personal development, particularly personal development and your career, I think you will find our new programme interesting. It is at this link  http://gettingtherewithwisewolf.com/


Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with managers and professionals who want to make that jump to senior level while maintaining a good work/life balance. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at WWendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Friday Quotes - On Dieting And Just For Fun


Friday Quotes - On Dieting And Just For Fun

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever. Anon.

I'm allergic to food. Every time I eat it breaks out into fat. Jennifer Greene Duncan

I keep trying to lose weight... but it keeps finding me! Anon.

Avoid any diet that discourages the use of hot fudge. Don Kardong

Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake. Anon.

I'm not overweight. I'm just nine inches too short. Shelley Winters

Rich, fatty foods are like destiny: they too, shape our ends. Anon

The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet book - how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook. Andy Rooney

In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips, and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale. Stephen Phillips

When we lose twenty pounds... we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty. Woody Allen

Meanwhile if you are serious about personal development, particularly personal development and your career, I think you will find our new programme interesting. It is at this link  http://gettingtherewithwisewolf.com/

Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with managers and professionals who want to make that jump to senior level while maintaining a good work/life balance. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at WWendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com


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Thursday, 23 August 2012


How to get an Office Workout (With A Little Dignity)



No, not that - join Sarah and Wendy from Diet.com below as Wendy demonstrates some easy exercise moves you can do while at the office. Learn how to tone your abs, glutes, core, and more right from the comfort of your desk!



Get in some office fitness with this "how to get an office workout" video.http://www.diet.com/videos/ 
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

7 Tips For A Good Night's Sleep

7 Tips For A Good Night's Sleep

Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychiatrist with New York Presbyterian Hospital.  In this recent post she writes about the stress of modern and the toll it might take on our sleeping habits.  But as she says...
"Sleep is tremendously important, affecting both physical and mental health. Lack of deep, restorative sleep can lead to mood alterations, depression, hunger and fatigue. A lack of concentration means work performance suffers. Irritability means relationships suffer. It’s no wonder that sleep deprivation is used as a means of torture."
She doesn’t advocate taking sleeping pills for sleep problems that are likely temporary and related to the life you are living. Instead she provides seven tips for getting a good night's sleep and you can find them at this link
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/27575448/ns/today-today_health/t/tired-counting-sheep-tips-good-rest/#.UDT-5MFlSmI

Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychiatrist with New York Presbyterian Hospital. You can visit her Web site at www.drgailsaltz.com.


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Monday, 20 August 2012

How Travel Can Create Cathartic Moments



Summer is often a time for travel and here not-for-profit executive Courtney Spence answers the question "What Have You Found Most Rewarding About Traveling to New Places?" She notes how the art and journey of traveling has helped her find breakthrough moments in her life. As she points out the trips do not need not be exotic - it is about the experiences that make a trip and leave a positive and inspirational impact on your life. 

As Founder and Executive Director, Courtney Spence leads the organization, Students of the World. It sets out to empower college students to use film, photography, and journalism to tell stories of global issues and the organizations working to address them.


Meanwhile if you are serious about personal development, particularly personal development and your career, I think you will find our new programme interesting. It is at this link  http://gettingtherewithwisewolf.com/
Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with managers and professionals who want to make that jump to senior level while maintaining a good work/life balance. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at WWendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Friday, 17 August 2012

Life really isn't too short to stuff a mushroom here is a recipe!

I am of the generation of women that grew up believing life really was too short to stuff a mushroom.  Here is a really cool little video showing that we were wrong.

Chorizo stuffed mushrooms - the easiest stuffed mushrooms recipe ever. In under 5 minutes, watch as a lovely appetizer is prepared. 



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Thursday, 16 August 2012

My Mother and "Peace in the Valley" by Elvis Presley


Elvis Presley died 35 years ago today. My mother was already in her late forties when Elvis came to prominence around 1956.  She bought just one record by Elvis - it was an "ep" (vinyl extended play) with four gospel songs on it.  This is the one she loved and so do I.  Thanks Elvis - wherever you are!
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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Choosing a mate - are you a Mummy's Boy or a Daddy's Girl?

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Choosing a mate - are you a Mummy's Boy or a Daddy's Girl?

Now we have talked about this for years.  But recent research has shown that we really do appear to choose a mate that looks like our parents.

Girls look for a boy that looks like dear old Dad.  And boys don't realize that their dream woman actually looks like their lovely Mum.  

Cognitive psychologist, David Perrett, of the University of St Andrews has studied what makes faces attractive to us.  He has developed a magick, morphing computer programme that can adjust faces over and over again until he gets what he wants.

He asked students to decide among his images of faces, which they fancied most.  What they didn't know was that the images he has showed them included their own face morphed into the opposite sex.  And that seemed to be the face that students preferred.  This suggests that we find our own faces attractive because they remind us of the faces we saw most in our childhood - Mum and Dad.

You can test out your own preferences by taking this face perception test, developed by Professor David Perrett.
Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with managers and professionals who want to make that jump to senior level while maintaining a good work/life balance. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com




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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

When You Feel Angry - Anger Management

Anger(Photo credit: ZORIN DENU)

When You Feel Angry - Anger Management

Feeling angry or having someone become angry with you makes you feel unhappy!

But anger is a natural feeling and it affects everyone.
Anger usually arises because you believe someone has acted against you or something you care about or believe in!

It doesn’t have to be real – you just need to believe that it exists!

It comes about in three main ways;
  1. Someone or some thing gets in the way and stops you achieving a goal or something you care about from happening
  2. Someone or some organisation breaks your personal rules. For example, ‘I've worked for them for years and now they want to get rid of me!’ Or, for example, believing that the government or an organisation s behaving unjustly
  3. Your self esteemed feels threatened or you feel a lack or respect to you or to a group that you belong to.
Mild anger can be expressed as annoyance or irritation. Anger about institutions or injustice can be a force for good in bringing about change. But anger can get out of control and it can harm you and cause problems with relationships, work and even the law.

Uncontrolled anger can lead to arguments and physical fights and aggression. It can cloud your thinking and judgement and may lead to actions that are unreasonable or irrational.

You may lash out verbally or physically. Or you may displace your aggression and take it out on someone else. Instead of attacking you may withdraw – you storm out of the room! Or you may attack indirectly – for example, subverting or spreading rumours – a passive aggressive response.

Prolonged anger damages you mentally and physically!

You may believe that letting it out is the best way to deal with it. But these outbursts - ‘cathartic’ expressions of anger - reinforce your anger! This is because your underlying beliefs are strengthened.

The stress hormones released during repeated experiences of intense and uncontrolled anger are linked to health conditions, for example, high blood pressure, headaches and back pain.

Dealing with anger in a healthy way includes:
  • recognizing when you get angry
  • taking time to cool down
  • reducing your general stress levels in life
To get over being angry you have first to get over the idea that others make you angry! If others annoy you, it is you who presses the anger button! And, it is you who ‘blows your top’!

You ‘lose your temper’, no one takes it from you!

And you probably regret it later which shows that other options were available.

How you talk to yourself - your self talk - determines how you respond to a situation. Anger results from how you think about a situation, not the situation itself.

Examine for yourself the potential results of your anger in terms of damaged relationships, poor performance and the effect on your physical and mental health!

Then, look for alternatives:
  • being more assertive - standing up for yourself without loss of control,
  • developing an early warning system by recognizing the early signs of anger - muscle tension, clenched fists, the rising voice and impatience,
  • learning how to diffuse it!
You can talk yourself down or leave the situation! When you are calmer think how to deal with the situation in a more constructive way.

You can find some more self help tips at this link http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Anger-management/Pages/Self-help.aspx

And you can find the the UK Mental Health Foundation’s Cool Down booklet, which includes advice on where to get professional help at this link. http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/cool-down/  

Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with managers and professionals who want to make that jump to senior level while maintaining a good work/life balance. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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Monday, 13 August 2012

Organisational skills for Uni or College

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Organisational skills for Uni or College


If you have a family member going off to college this fall, they might find these basic but key tips on how to organise yourself for study very useful.

Organise your space

Make sure the space is big enough to work. You will need:
  • a writing surface where you can spread out your papers, books and files
  • space for a computer
  • bookshelves for books
  • light so you can read without straining your eyes
  • make sure that your computer is at a right angle to the window so light does not reflect on the screen
You will probably need a computer for your studies. This means that you also need to consider Health and Safety factors such as ensuring that you have appropriate furniture and lighting.
Organise your paper files
  • work on A4 hole punched paper rather than shorthand notepads and small books - you will find this makes it easier to file your notes
  • use a different coloured A4 ring file for each subject or module
  • label every piece of paper - file it
  • keep the content file at the front of the file up to date - this will save you a great amount of time searching for materials
  • use a light file or plastic envelope to carry round the papers and notes needed in the day and file this every night so that it does not pile up
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Friday, 10 August 2012

Happiness Is A Pomegranate Mojito

English: Pomegranate Blossom An opened up pomegranate. 
Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition. In India's ancient Ayurveda system of medicine, the pomegranate has been used as a source of traditional remedies for thousands of years. Today,  it is regarded as a super food and certainly research has shown that pomegranate juice may be effective in reducing heart disease risk. 

I love pomegranates, so here is a lovely recipe for a pomegranate mojito.

It includes fresh pomegranate juice, rum, pomegranate liqueur, fresh lime juice and mint. And Milawna explains how to muddle mint which was new to me!

The ingredients are combined into a refreshing and antioxidant-rich cocktail  



Presenter and expert: Milawna Renay Hammer. Milawna is a professional bartender at Tap Tap in Miami Beach, Fla. Contact: www.taptaprestaurant.com Filmmaker: Paul Muller


Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with managers and professionals who want to make that jump to senior level while maintaining a good work/life balance. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Something to Feed Your Spirit - Celtic Tranqulity Meditation

A tranquil and relaxing video brought to you by TheWisdomWarrior.com




Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with professional women who want to make that jump to senior level while maintaining a good work/life balance. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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