Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something. Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

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Stolen food is never tasty but a meal shared with friends is delicious. – Unknown Origin

Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the willingness to deal with them joyfully. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last week – Lower Saxony

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome. Simply drop me an email or leave a comment indicating you would like to submit a photograph.

  Where would you find this rather unusual, abandoned mysterious structure?

Last time the Monday Mystery photographer was was in Lower Saxony, Germany at Bentheim Castle.

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This castle was first mentioned in the 11th century and is still owned by the Prince of Bentheim-Steinfurt, who lives at Steinfurt Castle. Some of the Prince’s siblings live in Bentheim Castle and it is open to the public as a family museum.

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Drop me an email or leave a comment at Something to Ponder About if you would like to submit a photograph to Monday Mystery Photo.

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something. Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

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“Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.” – Carl Bard

Something proverbial to ponder about today

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

The proverb this week comes from Cocoaupnorth:-

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that colour your world…”

[Cocoa tells me it was written by Allen Klein and she found it on brainyquote.com]

Thanks Cocoa for allowing me to publish it here.

and some wise words, from The Dalai Lama –

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”

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Something to ponder About

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Tantalizing Tuesdays – Danish Spice Cake

I apologize in advance if you resent, dislike or even hate my post, due to the addictive properties of this recipe. As if the aroma of gingery,’Christmas’ spices wasn’t enough to entice you to cook it on a regular basis, your taste buds will be screaming out for just another slice! Read on and you’ll discover this cake recipe is not all bad, indeed it has many health benefits, derived mainly from the spices it contains. Amazingly, it is a cake that can actually help with weight control, and a variety of digestive ailments. Using a pro biotic yoghurt, instead of buttermilk, magnifies the benefits of a slice or two of Danish Spice Cake.

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Fast Facts about Spices:

Cinnamon is a source of calcium, iron, vitamins, fiber, and can assist with  a variety of digestive ailments such as gas and bloating and has a mild anti-inflammatory effect. Studies have shown improved insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control by taking as little as half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Improving insulin resistance can help in weight control as well as decreasing the risk for heart disease. [Source:http://cinnamonnutrition.com/index.html%5D ]

Then there is Cardamon, and its various health benefits – gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol control, relief from cardiovascular issues, and the improvement of blood circulation in the body. It is useful for curing dental diseases and urinary tract infections such as cystitis, nephritis, and gonorrhea. Cardamom possesses aphrodisiac properties and is also used as a cure for impotency, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation. [Source and read more here]

Enough of the fast facts: What are waiting for: bring it on!

Danish Spice Cake

Ingredients:

2 dl Dark Brown sugar

0.5 dl White sugardanish cake

4.5 dl Flour

1 tsp Baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp Ground  Cardamom

2 tsp Cinnamom

2 tsp Ginger

2 tsp Clove

1 tsp Mixed Spice

1 tsp Ground Nutmeg

2 tblspn  Cocoa Powder

Pinch salt

2ooml Buttermilk or Vanilla Yoghurt

2 Eggs

1ooml melted Copha/Coconut oil/Vegetable oil

 Method:

Mix all the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. Ensure melted copha and buttermilk is at  room temperature and add to the dry ingredients.

Mix well, but not too much.  If the copha solidifies, place the bowl over a hot water bath and gently fold until even.

Pour into greased cake tin, I used a ‘kugelhof’ mould

Bake in oven 175° celsius (350°F) for about 40 minutes.

Cool 10 mins  before turning out.

For extra decadence (entirely optional): Drizzle melted butter over the top and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar/dusting sugar.

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Tips for measure conversions: 

American

1 cup = 8 fl oz = 2.4 dl = 24 cl = 240 ml

British

1 cup = 10 fl oz = 2.8 dl = 280 ml

Australian

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1 deciliter = 6 (scant) tablespoons

There are many good reasons to indulge in a cake like this: It doesn’t require heavy lashings of icing, and the less sugar we eat, the better for us, right?  (there is plenty of sugar in the cake itself, so why add more?) And while we are eating it, think of all the good things the spices are doing for our bodies! That is really something to ponder about.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro

With the ubiquitous phone cameras accumulating an over-abundance of photos, joining in with the Phoneography challenge, over at lensandpensbysally , is almost a given.

Here is my macro submission! Cropped but no other filter applied.

Taken with my new Galaxy S4 note

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and the original for comparison, (and cuteness) :

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Hello there!

Macro photography –

revealing in its detail,

stunningly artistic in its form

and surprising in its (original) format

Join in over at Lensandpens

Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last Week Reykjavik, Iceland

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog.

I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.

MM3rdAugust15Where in the world is this fabulous castle located? mmphotoaug10Last week we were in cold and frosty Reykjavik, Iceland, guessed by Gerard from the thoroughly entertaining Oosterman Treats Blog and also Susie, from The Secret Knowledge of Spaces who knew it was Scandinavia, but wasn’t quite convinced it was Iceland! You were correct, Susie! It was Iceland and the most populated part.

mmaug3Reykjavik is a small, cosmopolitan city and tourists come moreoften to see the gushing waterfalls, geysers and spectacular, volcanic scenery Iceland is famous for. Reykjavik itself, has many museums of note, particularly interesting if you relish Viking history, and the imposing Hallgrimskirkja cathedral, Blue lagoon (actually at Keflavik)  and rotating glass dome of ‘Perlan’ are “must-sees.”

The city comes alive, especially at night, apparent even in winter, as Geo-thermal pipes running underneath the public footpaths, supply renewable energy to  the buildings and thus ensure that public areas are kept snow and ice free at all times.

There is a special light, in Iceland, in winter, a delicate eggshell blue, often on the horizon, that I have not noticed in other parts of the world, and I would so enjoy the chance to visit this amazing country again. Here is what I mean:

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My thanks must go the the very kind blogger, Drake, for this week’s guest photograph contribution and indeed his series of Monday mystery photos, posted here over recent weeks. Drake’s blog, Ledrakenoir is  definitely worth checking out, not least because of his beautiful photographs from many places around the world, but often interesting dialogue.

If you have a photograph you think would mystify readers of “Something to Ponder About,”  please do drop me an email or leave a comment indicating this, below. Guest contributions are very welcome and you will receive credit and link backs to your blog.

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Beneath My Feet – WPC

Sometimes I love what is “Beneath Your Feet.”

 20150613_134025~2 (Small)Nature’s colourful montage

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Sometimes I am not a fan of what is beneath my feet

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Bearded Dragon at Coolangatta, Australia

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My furry friend is the best thing beneath my feet

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Pondering what is beneath your feet today!

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Tech of the month: Long exposure

Long exposures allow you to blur motion and to collect as much light as possible. They often yield unreal yet beautiful images with vibrant colors and a large depth of field.

These are some experimental photos my daughter and I took on my Nikon D3100

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Connect the heart

Torch shutter speed

 

and the following two were taken with the Phone camera’s settings.

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ToM is a monthly photo challenge. To participate, take a picture according the theme, and when you post the picture, create a pingback to Lucile’s post here or here to share your achievement.

Something to Ponder About

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Proverbial thursdfly sml 3932Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

 

“Strive for progress, not perfection” –
Unknown Origin

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
Dr. Seuss 

Something to Ponder About this Thursday

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We?

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.

This week’s guest contribution comes from the well -travelled LeDrakeNoir

Where would you find the following vista? If you know, please leave a comment below.

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Le Drake Noir also kindly provided us with last week’s mystery photograph  which was correctly identified as Mount Etna in Sicily by Tara and Leya. Well done, Girls!

MondaymysteryphotoDrake 2008 bMount Etna is an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, and lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. [It is] the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius.  In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder and king of gods, and the forges of Hephaestus were said to also be located underneath it.[3]Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity.

Something to Ponder About

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“Why I never smoked” Guest post!

Forestwoodfolkart:

This is a thought-provoking post than is written in a very engaging way. Definitely worth a re-blog and a read. How we are so easily drawn in to the allure of addiction.

Originally posted on The happy Quitter!:

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Willow, my blogging friend from Willow’s corner, wrote a different guest posts and it hit home, I had to swallow hard,when I read about her twin sister. In her humorous, candid way she wrote a guest post from a non-smokers view:

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The Crime of Poverty

Forestwoodfolkart:

Berlioz has a post here that is crucial reading and is an entirely independent and refreshing view of the economic problems besieging the world.

Although the analogy with the natural world has some merit, I think that the natural world is far more ruthless than humanity. There is very little care for the sick and defective in the natural world, and the laws of nature and natural selection are tough but have meant survival of the species.

The very interesting parellel and commonality between nature and man’s world is the loss of land/habitat. This is the major reason for extinction of natural species and could also prove to be the reason for our extinction in the worst case scenario.

A worthwhile read. Thanks so much, Berlioz

Originally posted on Berlioz1935's Blog:

The beautiful Hunter Valley NSW, Australia The beautiful Hunter Valley NSW, Australia

We. my wife Uta and I, are members of the “Association for Good Government” and last Saturday they held a conference near Pokolbin in the Hunter Region  of NSW.

The association is propagating and teaching  the ideas and principles of the American economist and social philosopher Henry George.

The theme of the conference was  based on a speech Henry George gave on 1st of April 1885 at the  Opera House of Burlington. Iowa, USA.”The Crime of Poverty“.

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If you read the speech you will find it was no April fool’s joke. We learnt, that about four hundred people attended who each paid  a 50 cents entrance fee.

George suggests, it is not a crime to be poor but poverty is a social crime of which we, the whole society, are all guilty of. It…

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a QuotProverbial smle that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

 

 

 

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.    -Ashanti Proverb

 

“I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past”

           – Thomas Jefferson

 

It you are reading history, the above quote and proverb is something to ponder about

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We?

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.

This week’s guest contribution comes from the knowledgeable and well-traveled Drake from Le Drake Noir – Where would you find the following vista? If you know, please leave a comment below.

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The last Monday Mystery photo was located in the Dutch village of Hindeloopen, in the north of The Netherlands. Famed for its unique style of painting and folk costumes, this village even has a dialect more akin to the Scandinavian languages than Dutch due to the fact that for many centuries, this village was isolated from much of the Netherlands by the sea. After many devastating floods and tidal inundation to their town, a dyke enclosed part of the sea and created what is now known as the ‘Zuiderdee’. Prior to the construction of the dyke, it was easier to travel by boat to other Hanseatic ports than to take the long trip around to Amsterdam. Even today, the train journey from Schiphol to Hindeloopen takes several hours through the scenic Dutch countryside, and thus, the culture of this small town is preserved.

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Some of the painting peculiar to the town of Hindeloopen.

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Monday MysterySomething to ponder about this Monday.

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