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1. Attitude Is Everything

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel New World Library ePub

Maintaining a positive attitude, no matter what your circumstances, increases the likelihood of your finding future happiness and fulfillment. Why is this true? Well, if your attitude is negative and your mind is filled with worry and fear, it takes its toll on your body, mind, and spirit. In fact, by spending all your time creating a vision of an unhappy future, you help create that future. Remember, your thoughts guide your decisions, and negative thoughts lead to negative decisions. Nothing is solved by visualizing the worst outcome, but much can be accomplished when you desire and intend to achieve the best possible result. Optimists may not be more accurate about life — whether interpreting the past or predicting the future — but they live longer than pessimists.

Over God’s desk there is a plaque that reads, “If you go around saying I’ve got a miserable life, I’ll show you what miserable really is. And if you go around saying I’ve got a wonderful life, I’ll show you what wonderful really is.” A positive attitude can open many doors for you and help create the life you desire.

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Chapter 4. The Healing Diet: Lost Food Traditions

MD Heather Tick New World Library ePub

Eat food. Not too much.

Mostly plants.

— MICHAEL POLLAN,

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Before societies existed, we humans occupied most of our time with food. We spent our days foraging and hunting for it, preparing it, and eating it. Eventually, we learned to sow and harvest it, which allowed us to live and work in communities. Then the Industrial Revolution led to agricultural advancements and cheap, high-calorie foods that required little preparation. These new foods would make meals convenient for the growing blue-collar workforce in urban centers. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, we have drifted farther and farther from our original diets, toward more convenient ones — diets of cheaper calories that require less preparation time. Our eating habits have changed too. While our ancestors would spend hours eating and savoring their food, we see no problem with eating our lunches on the go — sitting on a bus or, worse, while running to catch one. Although our new food customs make eating easier, they are not necessarily better. Cheap calories do not mean nutritious ones, and fast food does not mean healthy food. But just how bad for us are these processed, empty calories? How much does our new food affect our health?

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20. Fixed-Gear Bikes on the Street: A Dangerous Fad? by Martin Neale

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Martin Neale

Fixed-gear refers to a bicycle drivetrain that has no freewheel (the ratcheting mechanism that allows you to coast, or to backpedal without going backward). If the wheels are turning, then so are the pedals, and vice versa.

In recent years you’ve probably become aware of the “fixed-gear trend” or “fixie culture.” Mainstream media stories about this trend usually involve fashionable twenty-somethings careening (and skidding) around the world’s cities on brakeless track bikes, crappy old 10-speeds, or, sometimes, nice old road bikes converted to fixed-gear.

The current spike in popularity of urban fixed-gear riding, particularly on track bikes, can be traced back to New York City messenger style and international messenger/courier culture in general. It is said that New York city’s messengers were influenced by Jamaican immigrants delivering goods on bikes either brought from home or styled after them.

More recently, this culture has been influenced by Japanese keirin (track) racing. It’s de rigueur to have parts stamped “NJS,” denoting authorization by the Japanese Bicycling Association, keirin racing’s governing body. Though NJS approval is hardly necessary for riding on North American streets, the parts are bound to be beautifully designed and made, and the fact that keirin racers are infamous for hard living just adds to the street cred.

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60. Get Up and Start Moving

Jim Donovan New World Library ePub

It’s not going to be a surprise to anyone when I say that people, especially in the United States, are terribly out of shape. The obesity problem in the States has reached a critical level and is costing billions of dollars in added health-care costs. We are among the unhealthiest people in the world, raking thirty-third on the list of the world’s healthiest countries (United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organization, 2012). We consume more food and have higher health-care costs than any other country. The problem has even moved into the adolescent population, creating a situation that could, if not addressed and rectified, bankrupt our health-care system.

One suggestion, made to me by the owner of my local health club, is to simply get up and start moving. We have become such a sedentary society, with all our modern conveniences. With so many people using computers while sitting at their desks, it’s no wonder we’re out of shape. A few generations ago there were no health clubs or fitness centers. People worked at jobs that required physical activity beyond clicking a mouse. Today, unless you live in a big city, where people walk places, you most likely drive to a job that requires little or no physical activity.

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Chapter 6: First Peoples and Native Traditions

New World Library ePub

Julian Burger explains (in The Gaia Atlas of First Peoples) that there is no universally agreed name for the peoples he describes as “first peoples”:

“... because their ancestors were the original inhabitants of the lands, since colonized by foreigners. Many territories continue to be so invaded. The book also calls them indigenous, a term widely accepted by the peoples themselves, and now adopted by the United Nations.”

p. 16

“‘Fourth World’ is a term used by the World Council of Indigenous Peoples to distinguish the way of life of indigenous peoples from those of the First (highly industrialized), Second (Socialist bloc), and Third (developing) Worlds. The First, Second, and Third Worlds believe that ‘the land belongs to the people’; the Fourth World believes that ‘the people belong to the land.’”

p. 18

NOTE: Texts and quotations by Julian Burger and the indigenous peoples are from The Gaia Atlas of First Peoples: A Future for the Indigenous World, by edited Julian Burger with campaigning groups and native peoples worldwide (London: Gaia Books Ltd., 1990). Some of what follows was written by representatives of indigenous peoples; some was provided by non-indigenous people.

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