The Curious Autodidact

October 29, 2015

Helen Keller on Tolerance

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:46 am

The highest result of education is tolerance.

Helen Keller, author and lecturer (1880-1968)


October 26, 2015

Baking Substitutes: Infographic

Filed under: helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 6:32 pm

This for That: A Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions infographic

October 24, 2015

Symptoms of Inner Peace

Filed under: helpful hints — Honilima @ 7:43 am


Watch for signs of peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to it and it seems likely that we could find our society experiencing it in epidemic proportions, which then, of course, could pose a serious threat to what has up to now seemed a fairly stable condition in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:


1. Tendency to think and act spontaneously, rather than from fears based on past experiences.

2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

3. Loss of interest in judging other people.

4. Loss of interest in judging self.

5. Loss of interest in interpreting actions of others.

6. Loss of interest in conflict.

7. Loss of ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom!)

8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.

11. Increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

12. Increased susceptibility to love extended by others, as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

WARNING: If you have all or even most of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of PEACE may be so far advanced as to not be curable!

If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting several of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk!

This condition of PEACE is probably in its infectious stage. BEWARE!

October 21, 2015

Take a Tour of Wendy MacNaughton’s Studio

Filed under: cool internet stuff,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 10:33 am

Image result for google image Wendy MacNaughton


Don’t miss this chance to take an internet tour of Wendy MacNaughton’s Studio via In The Make a great site that takes readers inside artist’s studios.


Image result for google image Wendy MacNaughton

October 19, 2015

Keep Curiosity Alive

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:04 am

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive.

One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Eleanor Roosevelt

October 17, 2015

How Animals See the World

Filed under: cool internet stuff — Honilima @ 9:11 pm

October 14, 2015

What is an Advance Directive?

Filed under: end of life,helpful hints — Honilima @ 7:12 am

Advance directive is a general term for oral or written instructions about future medical care if a person becomes incapable of stating his or her wishes. In these documents, both wanted and unwanted treatment may be specified. In Washington State, there are three types of advance directives: the Health Care Directive (also known as a Living Will or Directive to Physician), the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, and the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.

Advance directives are only part of the process. Protecting your health care choices is a three-step process:

  1. deciding what you want;
  2. communicating your intentions so that others understand them;
  3. and committing your providers, family, and health care agent(s) to the acceptance (and sometimes defense) of your choices.

October 12, 2015

What Can You do Today to Help a Sister?

Filed under: money saving ideas,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 8:04 pm

There I was a gray-haired lady in the drug store when I noticed an advert for tampons at half-price. They happened to be the brand I was most familiar with and had years ago served me well —so I loaded up my cart and off I went. I was surprised by the young woman behind me that looked at me like “What the heck is that lady going to do with all those tampons?”  I smiled and explained to her that I was going to give them to a local food bank that they were well priced this week.

I went home and emailed my friends who lived close enough to this local drug store chain to follow suit and made a funny story about my encounter to share. It got quite a response from friends with a giving heart and a sympathy of not having enough.

I had been astonished to read this article about women in prison not having adequate personal hygiene supplies for their monthly menstruation. Poor women also face a similar dilemma.

Last Valentine’s Day I sent a Valentine and $20 to a young woman who was recently out of prison who had little support, living in a new town, keeping her head down, and trying to adjust to life “outside.” She was working full-time but told me she was going to use the money to buy personal hygiene supplies. I was so touched by this humble story and how this small gesture really made a difference to her a time she was no doubt feeling a bit out of sorts.

We take so much for granted in our rich country but there are so many people here who are in need.

Food Banks, Women’s Shelters, and other organizations are happy to receive these types of donations. I bought the combo pack! It was the loss leader that week and there was no a limit on what I could buy. It’s simple to find a great sale and spend $50 on something that will change the lives of women who are struggling. It is a simple thing but also so kind and unusual.

One person can make a difference, you can today in ways smaller than even this. Reach out and do a favor for someone you may never meet it could rock your world.

October 10, 2015

Bridges: To Cross or To Burn?

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 1:55 pm


“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” –David Russell


October 8, 2015

Wisdom of Edith Hamilton

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:00 am

It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought — that is to be educated.

Edith Hamilton, educator and writer (1867-1963)

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