The Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony

A few weeks ago, I somehow stumbled across an article about a herd of elephants who traveled to the home of a man in Africa who had recently passed away to pay their respects. As a Reiki practitioner, I am fascinated by the fringes of our knowledge; the behavior of the elephants of the article seeming to defy explanation, or at least giving us a glimmer into something by its very unusualness. Promptly, I borrowed and gobbled down The Elephant Whisperer, a book written by the man honored by the elephants: Lawrence Anthony.

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I’m a sucker for any kind of sweet treat, and don’t feel a meal is quite over until I’ve had at least a little bit of sugar. Homemade desserts are always the best, but with busy days I rarely have the energy for anything complicated. Next time the sweet tooth calls, these recipes are one my list to try for their promise of low effort and quick gratification:

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Superadobe, Jellyfish airplant, quantum physics, alone together

Just fascinating. The things that stopped me in my tracks and inspired me this week:

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Whether you’re looking for a last minute treat to add to your Easter table, or just want to celebrate the return of spring, here are some fun and festive ideas to make or bake:

Edible Flower LollipopsFlowers in Pot CookiesButterfly Cupcakes

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tea, amigurumi, Concorde, Valentine card

The internet has been subject to a barrage of random questions from me this week including how they roll tea leaves, why we don’t fly at supersonic speeds anymore, and what to do with yarn bits.

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Things that fascinated me this week included making my own Wheat Thins, getting back into Downton Abbey, being inspired by French street art, a quick and easy knitting tip, and some gorgeous nature photography.

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treating headaches with EFT, walking, oil-cleaning method, heat-sealing, Lawrence Krauss A Universe from Nothing/

I no longer can imagine a world without the internet. And Google. It’s like having a free university at my fingertips. My favorite things learned this week included a way to heal headaches without popping pills, better health in just 30 minutes, the counterintuitive idea of washing my face with oil, a kitchen tip, and the mysteries of science:

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The interwebs once again are full of  wonderful distractions. Some stories piquing my interest include a new take on a children’s classic, origami, learning more about my iPhone’s camera, and getting inspired by a neuroanatomist’s first-hand experience of stroke :

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The vast interwebs and never-ending yammer from the Twitterverse turn up some interesting things. The stories I’ve found interesting so far this week include a cautionary warning about our human intelligence, the making of an enlightened master, learning to fail, drawing on envelopes, and a book to add to my reading list:

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Despite the fact that some days (and weeks) can seem to drag on, somehow a year can just fly by. And while we say goodbye to 2011, the kind and talented folks across the interwebs have given us wonderful gifts to mark the days of 2012 — these six monthly calendars pages are all available free for to print at home.

Motivate Me 2012 CalendarWatercolor fruit and vegetables decorate monthly calendar pagesOwl-themed monthly calendar pages for 2012