How many times have you experienced a brilliant revelation while in the middle
of something else? Ten minutes later, you go to retrieve it, and it's gone.
Or you have a task that you know you must complete, perhaps a phone call at work,
but other items keep popping up. The day ends, you pull into your driveway,
and realize that you never made that call.
which he suggested that the number of items a person can keep in their short-term memory
is approximately seven, plus or minus two. With everything going on in the world
around us, it's no wonder that we forget so many things.
Productivity expert David Allen* believes that you should avoid having the same
thought more than once, unless you enjoy that particular thought.
Our minds are prone to remember items that happened recently or which contain
emotional content. Given the choice, we would probably prefer more selective
criteria, especially considering the space constraints of our short-term memory.
By writing notes, you free your mind to do more productive things such as coming
up with innovative new ideas or analyzing existing data.
than where they're to be implemented. Perhaps you've been discussing something
with a client, and you have an additional thought while standing in line at the grocery.
The reverse can also happen, where you remember that you are out of milk while
you're in the middle of a meeting. By writing these thoughts down when you have
them, you'll ensure that they'll be acted upon when the opportunity arises.
and a location to place these notes at work, at home, and when you're traveling
in between the two. The only thing worse than forgetting an idea is writing it down
and losing the note, which doubles your anxiety. You're wondering where the note
went, prompting fears that other notes have been lost, and you're trying to retrieve
an idea which you've already placed in your mental recycle bin.
(This bin is emptied regularly, unlike the one on your PC's desktop!)
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT
We can only create our lives from this present moment in time.
I think most of us are aware of this, yet so many live in the past,
unwilling to forgive, or in the future, afraid of what is around
the corner. If you are still looking for a New Season resolution
why not start by forgiving everyone for everything they have ever
done to you, and start off by forgiving yourself for anything
you may regret.
Whenever we refuse to forgive either ourselves
or others we are living in the past, and this living
in the past is precisely what keeps us from creating
our future. Haven’t we all done things that we
wish we had not? Maybe it was something mean
or just stupid. It is time to move on as we begin
another new year.
We all have a clean slate, not only every new year,
but every day, to create our lives.
We must begin by getting ourselves out of the past
and out of the future.
Forgiving our parents, children, bosses, spouses,
our government, the economy, ourselves, etc.
is a wonderful way to get our lives on track again.
How about it?
Can we all add forgiveness to our list of resolutions?
Believe me, it really feels good!!!
This is one of the happiness keys
How are you feeling about your future as this New Year rolls in?
Does the constant negative barrage of the news media
or even your friends leave you frightened and
insecure of what may be around the corner?
Does this fear of money, your health, your relationships,
terrorism, etc. affect your well being in the present moment?
NOW, yes right NOW, is the perfect time for us all
to take control of our thoughts, emotions, words,
and actions and begin loving our life experience
and manifesting our dreams.
Whenever the student asks, the teachers always arrive.
I had yet another wonderful example of how this works just yesterday.
I began writing this month’s newsletter a few days prior to January 1ST.
I chose the subject matter of “being in the now” and wrote a couple of paragraphs
with the idea of completing it later in the week.
The day I began writing this piece my wife Julie
was visiting a friend who handed her a movie DVD
he thought she and I might enjoy together.
That evening, Julie and I totally enjoyed watching
“Peaceful Warrior” starring Nick Nolte. What was
the topic of the movie?
That’s right, you guessed correctly. It was all about
being happy in the present moment in order to live
one’s life to the fullest! Was it just coincidence that
this movie came to me at precisely the time I am
writing on the same subject, of course not? It was just
the information I was silently asking for to complete
this month’s newsletter.
Do you want to learn how to be happy and live in
the present moment in order to enjoy life to the fullest?
Just start asking and your teachers will arrive.
I would love to be one of them.
Here is what I would like to share for now.
We all have our very unique picture of the life we
desire and this life will be created by our actions,
our thoughts, our emotions, our words,
our self-love, and the balancing of our male and female energies.
Our life is intended to be all about free will and free choice.
When we are in a place of fear, jealousy, anger, helplessness,
or revenge it is practically impossible to create a
joyous life experience. As human beings we have
control of the present moment, and how we use it
to think, feel, and act.
Author Eckhart Tolle in his recent book states that
in every moment of our lives we must be in a place
of enthusiasm, appreciation, or acceptance. Once here,
the power to create with free will exists.
One of the biggest factors keeping us away from the
present and in the past or future is lack of faith.
Faith is simply believing in something we cannot prove.
We cannot prove today what our future will bring,
but we can have faith that all we desire is on the way.
Faith cannot co-exist with fear and lack of forgiveness.
As we begin the New Season, many of us are getting
a wonderful new life test as our economic crisis may
be causing a great deal of personal upset. We are
learning that joy, happiness, and inner growth must
replace the negative emotional dominance of materialism.
Eliminating fear and loving our life’s journey begins
with being in the present with self-love, and this can be
learned and practiced. This will be the basis of my message
going forward. Want to learn more and have me speak or
do a workshop with your group?
Our wake-up call has arrived!!!
There are no victims, and it is all about self-responsibility.
Ask your questions, learn to love the present moment,
have faith, and the teachers and answers will come
streaming to you.
Happy 2012 to all!!
With love and appreciation,
GREAT RECIEPES FROM MY HOME TO YOURS
Mixed vintage furnishings and accents with new pieces in home and then used hefty doses of bold color to tie the look together. Susan Won Top prize in the Best Use of Color Indoors category of Better Homes and Gardens' Top 20 Home Improvement Contest.
|Bring a Room Alive with Color|
This bright and colorful living room features a simple combo of just two colors: green and gold. The warm palette is a perfect complement to Susan's interesting mix of old and new furnishings. "I'm not real strict about eras," she says. "If I like something, I try to incorporate it. The colors and fabrics pull everything together and make it all work." The armchairs, which belonged to Susan's mother, were re-covered to match the decor. The window treatment is embellished with holiday ornaments hung from ribbon.
|Foster an Eye for DIY Details|
A talented seamstress, Susan made all of the pillows and curtains in her living room. The pillow in the foreground includes interesting details, which Susan often adds to her projects. "I collect vintage buttons and I thought they were interesting enough to add to that pillow," she says. "I use a lot of knickknacks on my pillows and drapes."
|Show It Off|
After searching flea markets and garage sales for 20 years, Susan has amassed a colossal collection of colorful dinnerware. "Unfortunately, I have cupboards full of it," she laughs. She keeps a rotating display of her treasures in the kitchen in a custom shelf she had built to match an antique sideboard.
|Collect with Nonchalance|
Although her collection includes some familiar names, such as Fiestaware, Susan says she chooses pieces for their color, not their pedigree.
|Pick What You Like|
This mix-and-match collection of dinnerware includes dumpster finds, hand-me-downs, and gifts, such as these vintage rooster salt-and-pepper shakers.
|Find Color Cues|
The kitchen nook is filled with a large window seat and an antique table and chairs, which Susan found at an estate sale. "I liked the character and color of it" she says. "Also, I knew the family that owned it so I had a sentimental attachment." A colorful collection of dinnerware (on display elsewhere in the kitchen) inspired the room's citrus hues.
|Remodel with Purpose|
In her effort to make her new home feel as old as its historic neighborhood, Susan added wainscoting, moldings, and a vintage-looking utility sink to the guest bathroom. She added shots of yellow, which pop against the woodwork. "I like warm colors, but I also like the crispness of white accents."
|Add Flowers and Tchotchkes|
Tulips add color and life to the kitchen table. "I grow and love flowers so I try to keep them on display -- when my cats aren't eating them," Susan jokes. The vintage salt-and-pepper shakers are part of a collection that includes items chosen for their color and character.
Source: My Home Ideas/www.MyHomeIdeas.com
Photo: Mali Azima
It wasn't so long ago that the last room to be tackled in any interior makeover was the bedroom. Not so anymore. Check out six different bedrooms with six different styles. You're sure to find one to suit every family member.
Photo: Pieter Estersohn
With a refreshing color palette and sharp details, T. Keller Donovan, a designer based in New York and Miami Beach, transformed this master suite into a cool, comfortable retreat.What Makes It Work
Bedroom Basics: Bedside tables should have closed drawers and doors. Everyone has clutter next to the bed, so invest in a good nightstand to store these items neatly.
|Crisp and Modern|
Photo: Tria Giovan
"Color is exciting. You don't need that in the bedroom. A bedroom should be quiet and serene," says D.C. designer Frank Babb Randolph. This master bedroom he designed in a Georgetown home is a study in quiet, with pale grays and a whisper of robin's-egg blue.What Makes It Work
Bedroom Basics: The clean, tailored look is increasingly popular as homeowners look to the bedroom to provide a place for serenity. Two sets of pillows on the bed, with bolsters or square cushions, and monochromatic linens help create a calm atmosphere.
Photo: Ka Yeung
For a '30s Tudor home in Dallas, architect Ralph Duesing, with designers Cathy Kincaid and Charles Birdsong, created an elegant bedroom that pays homage to the heritage of the house.What Makes It Work
Bedroom Basics: Most designers agree that sisal is too rough to feel comfortable on bare feet. For neutral texture, braided sea grass is much softer. If you prefer carpet, consider having it bound and installed as an area rug.
Photo: Erik Johnson
Under the direction of 11-year-old Virginia O'Connor, designer Elizabeth Reynolds and Virginia's mother, Cynthia, created a vibrant retro room inspired by Virginia's love of music from the '60s and '70s (she plays the guitar).What Makes It Work
Bedroom Basics: Swing-arm lamps by the bed offer wonderful reading light. They are generally placed 42 inches from the bottom of the shade to the floor, but experiment to find the right height for you.
|Fit for a Prince|
Photo: Andreas von Einsidel
Boys' rooms are tough. When the children are young, they're into sports, popular music, and all sorts of things that don't lend themselves to lovely wall decorations. Tailored stripes and plaids bring order to this 10-year-old boy's room designed by Jane Churchill.What Makes It Work
Bedroom Basics: Aqua or frosty blues, especially when used with taupes and chocolate browns, are sophisticated and fresh enough to work in traditional or modern rooms.
|The Pampered Guest|
Photo: Mali Azima
Though this cozy, charming guest suite has the appearance of being tucked up in the attic, it is actually the second story of a pool house. "It's almost like a dorm room," says Atlanta-based Jackye Lanham, who designed the interiors.What Makes It Work
Bedroom Basics: If you don't have an empty dresser, place a bench, trunk, or luggage rack at the end of the bed or along a wall so that guests can stow their gear, suggests Lanham.
FOGLE FAMILY TRADITIONS!
Roast Turkey with Cranberry Orange Glaze
Maple syrup, cranberry juice and orange marmalade combine for a glaze with traditional ingredient
-Thoughts from our President-
Collin McKinney Chapter of The DRT, Plano, TX
Kimberly Kaye Fogle, President
District III Workshop, October 10, 2009The Collin McKinney Chapter of The DRT is Alive and Well in Plano, Texas! We are very proud to report we have welcomed many members to The DRT over the past year, bringing our total membership to 49. From April '08 to April '09, we experienced fantastic growth with 10 new members from applications, transfers, and reinstatements giving us a 25% increase in membership! Our Registrar is working hard helping 38 prospective members complete their papers! We expect another year of growth as at our first meeting this year we had 3 introductions and one installation.
We are proud to sponsor the Col.John H. McGarrah CRT chapter, with 10 members and Kelsey Bolgiano as president.
Community activities in the past 12 months include:
· Decorating the historic “Doctor’s House” in Old City Park in period-correct pre-1900 style for Christmas
· Decorating a display case in a local library for Texas history in which we included our chapter flag and artifacts.
· Judging entries in the Murphy Middle School History Fair, conducted by our special Texas History 7th grade teacher, Donna Jenkins. At the conclusion of the fair, our Chapter was recognized and introduced as a historical organization in Collin County
· Descendants of Marmaduke Box participated in a Remembrance and Honor Ceremony at the Murphy / Decatur / Maxwell Cemetery in Murphy, Texas placing a Citizen of the Republic Medallion on his and his wife's gravestone. The grandson of Collin McKinney gave a short speech (he is in his 90's) and was honored as well.
· Sponsoring 4th and 7th grade entries in the annual DRT Texas History Essay Contest. At the conclusion of each competition, we give a participation party for the children. This is a time for food, games(Texas Bingo) and fun for Chapter members and the school!
· Our historian is writing a Texas History Column for the bi-weekly “Murphy Messenger” newspaper. This is a great opportunity to educate the community not only about Texas but about The DRT.
Our programs for the past year include:
· Sue Callies - The Cradle - “The Beginning”
· Helen Garrison (Granny G) - Hallie Stillwell, “A Pioneer Woman in Texas“
· Judge Nathan White - Sons of the Republic - “Collin County”.
· Joaquin Jackson - author of One Ranger
· Carole Strother, author of Collin McKinney, Texas Patriot and Statesman
· Helen Garrison - Emma Johnson Elkins, a “Woman in Texas History”
Programs planned for the coming year include:
Doug Hawes - “Eddie (Sarge) Stinson”, Dorothy (Dottie) Woodson “Green Gardening in Texas”, and Paul Ridenour - “Big Gen Stand Watie”
The chapter meets at Plano libraries on the third Tuesday of September - November and January - April, and holds an annual luncheon on a Saturday in May. We now have a Facebook page and all DRT members are invited to become fans to keep up with the chapter plans and activities.
We have received The DRT 6-star award for the past 3 years and look forward to achieving this honor yet again at the 2010 convention.
Thank you for the privilege of serving District III and The DRT.
God Bless Texas and The DRT.
Kimberly Kaye Fogle
Collin McKinney Chapter
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Not For Self but for TEXAS!
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Kimberly Fogle in DRT as a Vice President
Winter is in full swing and I’m very encouraged by the number of members and new visitors that attend our meetings each month. This past month we had the distinction of our District III Representative at our meeting, Helen Kelso. Thanks Helen for making the trek north to Plano… we so appreciated you being there. Thankfully the weather has been pleasant and not hindering our ability to get out in the evenings. The Hostesses (Kimberly Fogle and Margaret Frei) did a wonderful job and we had so many treats to eat! Thanks for your efforts ladies! Let’s keep up the great attendance…it makes for fun meetings!
At our January meeting, we were honored to have Robin Sims from Wal-Mart attend our meeting and present our Chapter with a check for $1000! Kimberly Fogle worked hard to make this possible for our Chapter and we are extremely proud and grateful to Kimberly for all her hard work. We have a great picture of the giant check we received. Check out the Fun Photos on page 4! Also at our January meeting, we had an extremely interesting program from Melissa LaPrelle. She is a professor of History at Collin College in Plano. Melissa spoke to us about the great Texas Women of the turn of the 20th Century. She had a very entertaining and educational program and I know we all have a better appreciation for the dedication of our women of Texas and what they’ve done to advance Texas into the future.
We didn’t have a ‘business’ portion to our January meeting, but as unfinished business I know that many of you would like some information about the upcoming DRT Annual Convention in May. The convention dates are May 14-17 and will be at the Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St in Tyler. I’m attaching a Registration Form to this newsletter and will probably continue to do so for a couple months. I realize that Convention is not in our own backyard this year as it was last year…but it would be great to have a good representation of our Chapter in Tyler. Please try to come! I’m told that the hotel rooms are filling or full, so that may become a challenge. If you’re planning on attending, start looking for a place to stay soon!
This is such a busy time for everyone that it’s easy to get pulled in many directions. Our Chapter has such a sense of momentum right now! You can really feel it in the monthly meetings and frequent correspondence with members and prospects! We’re growing and the new participation brings an energy that is exciting to witness. I look forward to seeing everyone in February and until then…
Texas, One and Indivisible
I am now also a proud Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution., DAR.
THE SWEET TREATS FOR LAST , BLESSINGS TO ALL!!!!1