The Curious Autodidact

February 16, 2016

Words of Rilke, Poetic Hero to Many

Filed under: helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 8:44 pm

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.”

Rainier Maria Rilke


February 8, 2016

Happiness According to Eleanor Roosevelt

Filed under: helpful hints,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:14 am

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and author (1884-1962)

November 27, 2015

Read This Before you Buy a Gift Card!

Filed under: helpful hints,money saving ideas — Honilima @ 8:31 pm


Before you buy a gift card for someone this holiday season take a good look at this posting from Mintlife called The Gift Card Minefield: How to get Your Money’s Worth. As regular readers know I love the visual display of information. These card are money makers, and we spend 87 billion dollars a year on these gift cards many of which will be mislaid and never redeemed. Tread carefully down the gift card trail, there are big pot holes you should avoid.

Okay once you’ve studied that illustration get a grasp of the true size of the African continent—-enjoy.

November 16, 2015

Best Eye Glasses for Your Face Shape: Fun with Infographics

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints — Honilima @ 7:28 pm

What are the Best Eyeglasses for Your Face Shape? infographic

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 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.

September 30, 2015

How “Green” are you at Home?

Photo by Fruggo, august 2004, garbage. Picture taken in Groningen, the Netherlands.  Ruby Ann City Parliament House. dumpster

Photo by Fruggo, august 2004, garbage. Picture taken in Groningen, the Netherlands. Ruby Ann City Parliament House. dumpster

This National Resource Defense Council page is an interesting look at the paper products we use in the home and which brands we buy that are best for spaceship earth.

Tom Watson, is the local hero and on the solid waste website for the hyper-recycling King County provides these waste calculators to determine how much you add to the waste stream.

Here’s a list of one hundred ideas of things you can do that will help reduce your impact on our planet, you likely could come up with a hundred more.

As if this isn’t enough take a glance at the ever dynamic world clock.

September 27, 2015

Leaning Into Sharp Points

Filed under: book related,end of life,helpful hints — Honilima @ 11:51 am

Leaning into Sharp Points by Stan Goldberg is a brilliant book full of insights and practical advice about what it is to be a caregiver and what ways one can properly care for someone with intention, compassion, and love.

There were several lines that I made notes of including: “The decision to die in a hospital has the underlying premise that the length of time left to live in more important than the quality of time remaining”

Reading the book cover-to-cover in order is an option but it is also a book that can be sampled and dipped in and out of. Clearly Stan Goldberg knows of what he writes and cares about the various people he has seen to as a hospice carer. His willingness to share his experience and wisdom is a gift to all readers.

I have read many books of this ilk and this one stands out as one of the best

September 7, 2015

Middle Age According to Doris Day

Filed under: helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 11:27 pm

The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you’ll grow out of it.

–Doris Day

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