Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity--my video from what I could manage to see




This was an awesome day and an amazing rally...will write more about it later...

In this video Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are having a sing-off about being an American...pretty darn funny...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Brain Takes Less Than Second to Fall in Love -- by Liz Day (DiscoveryNews)

A recent study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to see how love affects the brain. Its calculations of love has attracted plenty of attention.

For example, the time taken to "fall in love" clocks in at about one-fifth of a second, not the six months of romantic dinners and sharing secrets some might expect.

Also, 12 areas of the brain work together during the love process, releasing euphoria-inducing chemicals like dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopressin. Love's high is similar to cocaine's rush.

Love influences sophisticated intellectual processes of the brain too. When a person feels in love, their mental representation, metaphors and even body image are also affected.

Researchers from Syracuse University, West Virginia University and the Geneva University Psychiatric Center retrospectively reviewed pertinent neuroimaging literature. They published their findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Overall, they found, love is really good for you.

Couples who had just fallen in love had significantly higher levels of nerve growth factor, or NGF. NGF is crucial to the survival of sympathetic and sensory neurons. Some believe NGF can reduce neural degeneration. Not a bad side effect.

Just as love is diverse, the part of the brain affected is also different.

Unconditional love, the type often seen between a mother and child, lights up the common and different brain areas, including the middle of the brain.

Not surprisingly, passionate love fires the reward part of the brain, but it also affects the higher-order cognitive function seen in body image.

A follow-up study about the speed of love in the human brain is expected to follow soon.
"Love has no end because the Beloved has no end."
- Dhul Nun Al Misri

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing."
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  
- Maria Robinson

I Could Have Lied --Red Hot Chili Peppers

There must be something
In the way I feel
That she don't want me to feel
The stare she bares cut me
I don't care
You see so what if I bleed

I could never change
Just what I feel
My face will never show
What is not real

A mountain never seems to have
The need to speak
A look that shares so many seek
The sweetest feeling
I got from you
The things I said to you were true

I could never change
Just what I feel
My face will never show
What is not real

I could have lied I'm such a fool
My eyes could never never never
Keep their cool
Showed her and I told her how
She struck me but I'm @#$!ed up now

But now she's gone yes she's gone away
A soulful song
That would not stay
You see she hides 'cause she is scared
But I don't care
I won't be spared

I could have lied I'm such a fool
My eyes could never never never
Keep their cool
Showed her and I told her how
She struck me but I'm @#$!ed up now

I could have lied I'm such a fool
My eyes could never never never
Keep their cool
Showed her and I told her how
She struck me but I'm @#$!ed up now

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. 
Dance in the middle of the fighting. 
Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free." 
-Rumi-
"The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along." 
-Rumi-