Happy Humpday Pic: Keeping Time


Clock Tower at Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA on Lake Union.  In the background, are some historical boats that have been restored and saved from Seattle’s maritime history.  There are pleasure boats, fishing trawlers and so on. It’s a treat to actually board these historical boats and vessels, to see how fishing and pleasures trips were taken, what life was like. As in all parts of life, they had schedules to keep, time to track.

How do we track time in these days?  Certainly with our smartphones, tablets, ereaders and apps. There are jobs, traffic, families on top of eating healthy, exercising and all the while doctors, nurses are telling us to keep stress out of our lives.  For our health. How ironic is that? The very things we do stress us to the point where we need to find ways to de-stress.

Finding little ways throughout the day to de-stress takes some time and effort but it can be done, with practice.  Traffic stresses everyone out. Instead of sitting and fuming right along with your car and the hundreds of other drivers, it would be a perfect time to try meditation. I don’t mean crossing your legs and arms while humming a word.  Instead, try deep and slow breathing.  Take  a deep breath, slowly, hold it and count five or ten seconds, then slowly let your breath out. Think of something that relaxes you: a sports game (football, baseball, etc), running or jogging, a sunrise/sunset. You would be surprised how well this works!

Finding time to relax sometimes takes effort while we are living our busy lives. Take joy in the things you do, be grateful you and your kids are healthy enough to go on errands, ballet lessons, soccer practice.  Smile more, be grateful.

Happy Humpday Pic 1/23/13

walkway along South Lake Union, Seattle.
walkway along South Lake Union, Seattle.

This was taken Summer of 2012, on a Sunny Summer day along a footpath around South Lake Union.  There is chat rock between an old rail path and it has a bench along the right side under some trees and bushes.  Very relaxing and at the same time, invigorating.

There is just something about exercise, walking around nature, water, sun and a breeze that opens the mind and clears the soul. This is a great way for me to relax: taking a walk in or around a park or body of water.

How do you relax and renew?

Humpday Picture: Pearl of Wisdom

glass pearl


Found this at the glass shop in my Belltown neighborhood and thought it would make a great humpday pic.

The Pearl of Wisdom, so difficult to find, eluding capture, alluded to in song, book, image. I wonder if the Pearl of Wisdom and the Muses are the same?  Is it finely tuned by the Three Graces and Three Fates? My Pearl of Wisdom is do something that makes you happy, keep your body and mind healthy and surround yourself with loved ones.

Where is your Pearl of Wisdom and how did it come to you?

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Weekly Humpday Pic 12/5/12


Happy Humpday all! This week’s picture is a chicken, the all-around low-fat, low-carb healthy meat we’re all supposed to be eating.  It’s featured heavily in my cookbook, ‘Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0″.

I’m sick this week, caught the bug that’s going around, so i’m simmering some chicken-tomato soup with bay, peppercorn, onion, garlic.  Fingers crossed it works!

What works for your colds?

Harrowing Hospital History

Normally I do not like to write about personal issues on my book blog here, but the past 18 months to two years, the hospital pharmacy that fills my prescriptions has been less than stellar. Here is what I’ve been dealing with at Harborview Medical Center‘s pharmacy at 9th and Jefferson in Seattle WA. If anyone has an ‘in’ with any government official or office that regulates hospitals, hospital pharmacies, pharmacies, the Harborview board of regents, attorney general’s office, etc, please feel free to forward this on.

We left a copy of what refills the pharmacy has on record for my pills which shows between 0 and 3 refills. You stated that all the prescriptions had six refills left, which is obviously higher than what the harborview pharmacy stated. This has been the issue, on and off, for the last 18 months, and consistently for the last six months. Each month they state that all the prescriptions have run out and have to rush to get new prescriptions from my doctors, only to start over again the next month.

Another issue is after ordering refills on harborview’s online refill website, they never get filled at harborview’s pharmacy. Consist

ently, the pharmacy asks me to return the next week/day/etc and see if they have been ordered and filled because ‘someone at the pharmacy’ isn’t doing their job. The past two months i’ve stayed my ground and made the pharmacy manager, “Bob” (who never gives a card or his last name) fill my prescriptions before I leave. The clerks are rude and uninformed about harborview’s pharmacy rules and regulations, often chivvying elderly and sicker patients off and out the door with the exact same issues.

Now, my kidney transplant is failing, I believe, partly due to the lack of work ethic and skill at harborview pharmacy. This ineptness cannot and will not continue. I will not die because of Harborview’s pharmacy manager, employees and doctors offices cannot get in sync.

I plan on sending my report concerning how I’ve been dealt with at Harborview’s pharmacy for the past two years to the hospital director, the board of regents, whatever government agencies regulate pharmacies, pharmacists, technicians, the state attorney general’s office and whatever else agency and organization that needs to be involved.

The pharmacy regularly has inaccurate records of prescriptions, numbers of refills and patient records. I don’t know what is going on between harborview’s doctor’s offices and the hospital pharmacy, but I believe several government investigations will get to the bottom of the issue.

Signed, A Harrowed Harborview Patient.

Humpday Pic 11/28/12


This is the El Castillo Neanderthal Painting, from the National Geographic article, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/06/120614-neanderthal-cave-paintings-spain-science-pike/.

Prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils on Spanish cave walls are now the world’s oldest known cave art, according to new dating resultsperhaps the best evidence yet that Neanderthals were Earth’s first cave painters.


If that’s the case, the discovery narrows the cultural distance between us and Neanderthalsand fuels the argument, at least for one scientist, that the heavybrowed humans were not a separate species but only another race.

Of the 11 subterranean sites the team studied along northern Spain‘s Cantabrian Sea coast, the cave called El Castillo had the oldest paintings—the oldest being a simple red disk.

At more than 40,800 years old, “this is currently Europe’s oldest dated art by at least 4,000 years,” said the study’s lead author Alistair Pike, an archaeologist at the University of Bristol in the U.K.

If the new dates are correct, they also could make the El Castillo art the oldest known well-dated cave paintings in the world—a title previously held by France‘sChauvet cave paintings (pictures), believed to be at least 37,000 years old.”


Isn’t this a beautiful painting? What does it inspire in you?