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Thought for Today

“I used to believe that we must choose between science and reason on one hand, and spirituality on the other, in how we lead our lives. Now I consider this a false choice. We can recover the sense of sacredness, not just in science, but in perhaps every area of life.”— Larry Dossey, M.D.  [Source:  Reinventing Medicine]

2013 in review

Bob thought you might like to see the annual report for Espirational from Word Press. Thank you for your help in contributing to these numbers.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

In Memory of Nelson Mandela

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, Ju...
President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”   ―    Nelson Mandela [Source: Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela]

Need Help with Holiday Cooking?

holiday tableTis the season for the holiday food  help lines, hotlines and websites.  Below is a list of companies providing information, recipes and tips for holiday cooking.

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 800-BUTTERBALL (Live help during Nov. and Dec.), or via e-mail at  Automated assistance all year.

Foster Farms Turkey Helpline: 800- 255-7227

Honeysuckle White  (800) 810-6325 Recorded answers to frequently asked questions.

Perdue Consumer Help Line: 800-473-7383 or

Reynolds Turkey Tips Hotline: 800-745-4000

Nestle Toll House Baking Information Line (800) 637-8537 Year-round baking help, plus recipes.

Betty Crocker Hotline, open Monday-Friday year around, 1-888-275-2388

Crisco Pie Hotline:   877-367-7438

Fleischmann’s Yeast: 800-777-4959

Hershey’s open Monday-Friday, 1-800-468-1714

King Arthur Flour: 802-649-3717 or e-mail questions to

Land O’ Lakes  800-328-4155 year round.

Libby Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-854-0374  Tips and recipes for canned pumpkin all year round.

Ocean Spray Consumer Help Line: 800-662-3263 year round or

Campbell’s Soups Holiday Leftovers Hotline.  From the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 31 call 1-888-453-3868.

Food has answers to food safety questions, including how to thaw the turkey, cooking temperatures and how long food can safely sit on the buffet table.

Still need a few recipes and non-food celebration ideas?  Check out my eBook Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday in the Amazon Kindle Store.

Different is Not a Value Judgment

Different Strokes
Different Strokes (Photo credit: Abiola_Lapite)

Being different can be a scary thing.  Judgment usually accompanies the word different and often it is a negative judgment.

People not only distrust what is different they often fear it.  Why?  If we accept different ideas, beliefs, ways of doing things, even people,  we may find ourselves and our way of life changing.  One of the biggest fears of humankind is change.

Do you realize that the word different itself is not a value judgment?  Different can be positive, negative or just different.

When we refuse to open ourselves to new things we become stagnant, life becomes boring and problems take on a life all their own.  When we refuse to make room in our lives for people who are different we are refusing the wonderful gifts they may have to offer.  Can we really afford to squander the gifts of anyone in a world so much in need of fresh ideas?