Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Buy Nothing Day is Saturday November 27 2010

Buy Nothing Day is your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself – at least for a single day.

Can you really buy absolutely nothing for just one day? You might say “Sure!” but can you ACTUALLY go one whole day without transacting ANY business? Are you totally debt free so that you can go a whole day without accruing interest on your mortgage? Are you off the grid so that you can go a whole day without paying the power company? Do you have ANY utilities? Water, Sewer etc? Do you have a cell phone? Do you have stocks or other investments that transact business in your name every day without your input? Do you have other debts, such as credit cards that accrue interest? Can you really go one whole day without buying anything? Try it!

Of course, we say this not to push you to attempt the impossible or go to extremes. We just want everyone to think about how integrated these transactions are into our daily routines.

Definitely something worth thinking about!

This is a concept based on the Voluntary Simplicity movement – it’s something I teach my elite Platinum Members. Without going overboard, it helps you focus on what’s most important in life so that you get more enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction with less stress, pressure and frustration.

Proud to be Canadian

Canada Maple Leaf

Forget rednecks…

Here is what comedian Jeff Foxworthy
has to say about Canadians:

If someone in a Home Depot store
offers you assistance and they don’t work there,
You may live in Canada.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from
September through May,
You may live in Canada.

Canada Map

If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time,
You may live in Canada. Continue reading ‘Proud to be Canadian’

Great Sayings According To First Graders

I recently blogged about great quotes and our mothers’ wisdom. This one builds on that theme with a little more humour…

A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It’s hard to believe these were actually done by first graders.. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

1 Don’t change horses until they stop running.
2 Strike while the bug is close.
3 It’s always darkest before Daylight Saving Time.
4 Never underestimate the power of termites.
5 You can lead a horse to water but How?
6 Don’t bite the hand that Looks dirty.
7 No news is impossible
8 A miss is as good as a Mr.
9 You can’t teach an old dog new Math
10 If you lie down with dogs, you’ll stink in the morning.
11 Love all, trust Me.
12 The pen is mightier than the pigs..
13 An idle mind is the best way to relax.
14 Where there’s smoke there’s pollution.
15 Happy the bride who gets all the presents.
16 A penny saved is not much.
17 Two’s company, three’s the Musketeers.
18 Don’t put off till tomorrow what you put on to go to bed.
19 Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and You have to blow your nose.
20 There are none so blind as Stevie Wonder.
21 Children should be seen and not spanked or grounded.
22 If at first you don’t succeed get new batteries..
23 You get out of something only what you See in the picture on the box
24 When the blind lead the blind get out of the way.
25 A bird in the hand is going to poop on you.
26 Better late than pregnant.

Dr Simons Keeps On Ticking!

I’ve blogged about Dr Simons on numerous occasions quoting motivational stories his view on following your destiny and passion, his groundbreaking research on Cell Language Theory and of course some of his many Words OF Wisdom. Today’s post is an email I received from him this week…

I’m excited to show you Ann’s second art work titled “More than One Wisdom” that is hung in the Lobby of the Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center  (SYSUCC) in Guangzhou, China.

Some of you have seen the “Pillar of Life” triptych that Ann created in July with two Guangzhou artists which extends over two floors below ground level in the Radiation Center of the Cancer Center. The work can be viewed at Ann’s website, ‘Gallery’-(top right, then) ‘China Collaborative’ – 40 images and at

Since completion of “Pillar of Life”, a plaque has been erected, a picture of which I have attached.  The words are:

Ann Art Plaque Pillar of Life“This painting combines Western and Chinese styles.  The vine represents the interconnectedness of all life, reaching up towards the sun.  The branches consist of torn small pieces of DNA sequence paper; the code of life that is written in the genes of all living things.  Like the blue torn paper at the edge of the vine our lives can feel ragged and torn when we experience any change including the diagnosis of cancer which affects the lives of patients, their families and friends.  No matter how challenging, our lives are what we create out of whatever is in front of us. So we create whatever we can, looking for ways to contribute to the world during the brief time that we have on planet earth.  Ann dedicated this art work to her husband, Malcolm Simons, a cancer patient and a Professor at this Cancer Center, and to all other cancer patients. Ann and the local artists hope that this painting will contribute to the creation of a healing environment by bringing calm and comfort to patients, dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff, and helping to create a sense of hope in all who come here.”

Pearl River Cruise_Ann and MalcolmAnn and I have just returned from a third visit to Guangzhou.  A photo taken on a Pearl River Cruise will remind some of you how young one of us remains, and how the other is so happy to be aging, just by still being here!

At her meeting with SYSUCC President Professor Zeng Yi-Xin on this last visit, Ann came up with the idea of “More Than One Wisdom” when talking about my Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that she prepares for me.  The idea is that modern western medicine is a development from natural products having medicinal qualities.  Using materials from both Pharmacies (natural products, pill boxes, capsules, tablets, rice) and DNA paper, Ann created the work over five days that is shown in two attachments – one showing her manager assisting with erection, and the second a close up of the work.

Thank you for those of you who kindly ask how I’m travelling, now 8 years since diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma.  While Ann and I were in Guangzhou in September my myeloma broke out from a 15-month long ‘remission’ of wellness, the first hint of which was fracturing a rib by a seemingly innocuous cough.  Now, back home in Geelong, I’m reviewing experimental drugs under trial since there are no drugs remaining with proven clinical efficacy.  I’m very fortunate to have the choices that medical science continues to reveal, the privilege of which sustains my spirit.  If circumstances change for the worse, either I or Ann will notify you.  Otherwise, assume that every second of life is a joy, and any departure from complete wellness is being managed by the realisation that the alternative doesn’t bear contemplation!

Love from us both

Malcolm and Ann

Ann Art More Than One Wisdom Hung

Professor Malcolm Simons
Department of Experimental Research
State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China
Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center
651 Dongfeng Road East,
Guangzhou 510060, Guangdong Province, PR CHINA
Tel: (+86)-13711316374

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