Top 5 Thanksgiving Treats for Pets

Top 5 Thanksgiving Treats for Pets

  • posted by Samantha, selected from Animal Planet

By Joy H. Montgomery, Animal Planet

As you gather around the table this Thanksgiving and give thanks for good food, good friends and even your cranky family members, don’t forget the furry or feathery member of the family — your pet. Of course, a pet doesn’t need a toast in its honor to feel appreciated, but a special treat would probably elicit an extra lick or cuddle from your best four-legged friend. Just remember that the holidays aren’t an excuse to break from tradition and serve your pet chocolate or other foods that might upset its sensitive stomach. However, there are some terrific Thanksgiving treats that are perfectly pet-safe and guaranteed to make your critter feel extra-thankful for such a thoughtful pet parent. Here are just five.


5. Fruits and Veggies

Not all pets can eat meat, including most pocket pets like gerbils, hamsters, rats and birds. Many people love these small pets, but often overlook them when it comes to holiday treats. Pocket pets can have small treats occasionally, but according to the educational staff at Drs. Foster and Smith, they tend to like treats better than real food, so it’s best to dish them out sparingly. In general, raw vegetables like carrots and broccoli are OK to give a small rodent, so when you’re preparing your Thanksgiving meal, save a few pieces for your pet. Pet birds also love fresh veggies and fruits, including cooked sweet potatoes and cranberries, which are both common staples on many Thanksgiving tables. Cooked vegetables like pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peas are terrific options for cats and dogs, too.


4. Bones and Chews

It might be tempting to toss a turkey bone your dog’s way during the holiday, but according to L.A. Animal Services, turkey bones can easily break, and the sharp splinters could cause damage to your dog’s intestines. If your pooch goes nuts for bones, look for store-bought bones or chews in special Thanksgiving flavors that will be a real treat without the risk. Pet trend expert Janet McCulley recommends turkey-flavored bones, or even organic dog chews made out of sweet potatoes or apples. Make no bones about it, you will be thankful your canine has a yummy Thanksgiving treat without the threat of a visit to the emergency animal hospital


3.Turkey Treats

If you like a traditional feast with a big turkey as the main dish, your pet is in luck. There are quite a few ways you can prepare some of your leftover turkey that will be paw-licking good. Be sure to remove any skin and bones and don’t serve your pet any turkey that’s been sitting out longer than two hours to avoid risk of salmonella poisoning. Skinless, boneless turkey is a great treat for most cats and dogs. Cut up a few pieces and add it to your dog’s regular food to give it its own Thanksgiving meal. For cats, try pureeing turkey with sweet potatoes or pumpkin and adding it to their regular food or letting them lick it straight from the spoon. And if you’ve ever wondered what to do with turkey giblets, try boiling them up for a yummy pet treat.


2.Biscuits and Other Treats

If you aren’t up for making your own treats or don’t have any leftovers, you can find a large variety of treats available at pet superstores or even your local market that will leave your pet feeling gracious. McCulley says ingredients like pomegranate, acai berry and quinoa, which have been fads in people food for the past few years, are now crossing over into pet treats. Look for items that are made with human-grade ingredients to ensure your furry friend is getting the very best. Many organic treats are made with natural ingredients such as pumpkin, sweet potato, and apple with ginger or cinnamon for a fun Thanksgiving twist.


1. Toys

If your pet is on a restricted diet or doesn’t usually handle new food well, pick out a toy that your animal will go gaga for. Consider a squeaky toy shaped like a turkey bone or a carrot. Some retailers carry “pampered pet” lines, in which you’ll find toys shaped like wine bottles or sushi (if turkey and all the fixings isn’t your thing). McCulley recommends interactive toys that dispense treats as a great way to keep your pet occupied while you’re entertaining human guests. By the time your furry friend has gotten all of the kibble out of the toy, you’ll be cleaning off the table and ready to spend the afternoon curled up in a turkey-induced coma with your pet.

Food to Avoid

  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Sage
  • Turkey skin and bones

Some one-on-one time like this is probably the best treat of all for your pet, but any of these five ideas can also help make sure your pet is a grateful gobbler this Thanksgiving.

Healthy Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Healthy Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

  • posted by Brandi, selected from Diets in Review

The day after Thanksgiving, aka Black Friday, is practically a food holiday too considering refrigerators across the country are still bursting with leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes and plenty of turkey. If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your size this holiday season, indulging in seconds and thirds of your favorite holiday dishes can really derail your efforts. As if one 3,000-calorie Thanksgiving meal wasn’t enough!

We don’t want that food to go to waste any more than you do, so here are some ideas to break up the monotony of that roasted turkey without turning a one-day calorie fest into a weekend smorgasbord.

Turkey Quesadillas: Typically we think of quesadillas being filled with cheese, which equates to fat and calories. Try putting a healthy spin on quesadillas and top them with fresh salsa, which has practically no calories.

Hot Turkey Club Sandwich: After an indulgent dinner like Thanksgiving, keeping your diet simple the next day is the easiest way to stay on track. Prepare a simple club sandwich by layering roasted turkey, tomato, spinach leaves or romaine lettuce, and a smear of guacamole or avocados (instead of mayo) on two slices of whole grain bread.

Turkey Waldorf Salad: Instead of a rich, turkey salad laden with mayonnaise and calories, opt for a lighter version of Waldorf salad. Add leftover apples, raisins, and walnuts for a satisfying crunch.

Turkey Apple Pita: Instead of grazing aimlessly during your Black Friday lunch, add roasted turkey to a whole wheat pita topped with apple slices and your favorite vegetables for a little savory and sweet flavor.

Red Beans and Rice: Let simmer all day and then serve a piping hot bowl of this New Orleans favorite while you watch football. Add any leftover roasted turkey for a leaner addition than the traditional andouille sausage.

Of course, turkey isn’t the only thing left in the fridge. Here are a few other ideas for cleaning out without pigging out.

  • Cranberries. Add a tablespoon of fresh cranberry salad to a plain, honey, or vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt for a sweet way to start your morning. If you have leftover pumpkin pie filling you can do the same with it.
  • Stuffing. Put leftover stuffing inside acorn squash or bell peppers and bake for a simple and healthy dinner.
  • Vegetables. Any leftover green beans, carrots, celery, onions, or other vegetables should be saved while you’re preparing the meal. Toss it all in a stock pot, cover with water, season with salt and pepper, and let simmer on low for several hours. Then strain the liquid off and you’ve got a homemade vegetarian broth.
  • Potatoes. Use any remaining roasted red or sweet potatoes to make a delicious side with an omelet. Heat a skillet, mist with cooking spray, and cook until warm and slightly browned.

This Thanksgiving Thank A Farmer

This Thanksgiving Thank A Farmer

  • posted by Judi Gerber

As I do every year at this time, I am writing about something that may seem obvious, but that we often take for granted: the connection between Thanksgiving and farming. Whether you are a vegan or a meat lover, the holiday is all about food. As we sit down at the table with the ones we love and count the things that we are thankful for, take time to acknowledge and thank the people who grew that food; our farmers.

While many of us grow a large percentage of our own food, most of us don’t grow it all, or depending on our climate, can’t grow it and we turn to local farmers. And if we didn’t’ have local farmers, whether urban or rural, we would have no fresh, local food.

As I have also written about often, not only is this week, Thanksgiving Week, it is also National Farm City-Week (November 18 – November 24, 2011). It’s a week designed by the National Farm City Council to highlight the important roles that urban and rural partnerships play in food and fiber production and to enhance the links between farm families and urban residents. Since 1955, the President of the United States has annually proclaimed the week leading to and including Thanksgiving Day as National Farm-City Week.

Many people, especially those who grow their own food may think that agriculture doesn’t directly affect them. But, this is simply not true. From the time you crawl out of the cotton sheets on your bed in the morning, until you brush your teeth at night, agriculture is there. And, if we want a sustainable, local system of agriculture, then we must do all we can to help support and protect it.

First, educate yourself on farm issues, learn all about legislation and policy. A good starting point is to familiarize yourself with the Farm Bill. Also check out the issues and actions that are the focus of family farm organizations like Farm Aid and American Farmland Trust. Both of these groups work solely for the purpose of keeping family farmers on the land.

Whenever possible, buy directly from farmers. Even those of us living in urban areas can shop at a local farmers’ market or join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

Buying from farmers not only helps them keep farming, but it helps keep the dollars in the local economy. You can also look for locally grown produce and other foods when shopping at the supermarket. Look for “Buy Local” or “Locally Grown” signs showing that the food was made in your region or at least, your state. If you don’t see them where you shop, then ask for them to buy local products, ask where your food is grown, and ask them to change their buying habits.

Use social media to thank our farmers, to spread the word and encourage others to thank them as well. Are you on Twitter? Then, send out a message with #ThankAFarmer hashtag in it. Or, share links to Farm Aid or other farm organizations on your Facebook wall and encourage others to do the same.

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

Myths About Turkeys

Myths About Turkeys

  • posted by Megan Zehnder

Benjamin Franklin, who considered the turkey to be “more respectable” than the eagle, argued the turkey should be the treasured national bird. Somewhere down the line, the turkey took a fall in many American minds to become nothing but a standard meal. Over 280 million turkeys are killed each year for humans in the U.S. alone. Factory farms have altered domestic turkeys so much to meet consumer demand, that many people don’t even connect them with their wild cousins.

Myth: Turkeys are so dumb they look up in the rain and drown.

The rumor that turkeys are so dumb they will look up in the rain and drown is false. Contrary to common belief, animal researchers say turkeys are both intelligent and sociable animals. According to Farm Sanctuary, people tend to justify eating food-animals by saying they are dumb, and therefore less worthy of compassion.

Myth: Turkeys are too dumb to know how to reproduce on their own.

To meet the large consumer demand, commercial turkeys have been bred to be twice the size of what they would be in the wild. According to United Poultry Concerns, “If a 7-pound human baby grew as fast as baby turkeys are forced to grow, the human baby would weight 1500 pounds at 18 weeks old.” Because of their unnatural size, factory-farmed turkeys physically cannot reproduce naturally, so the industry relies on artificial insemination.

Myth: Turkeys can’t feel pain.

Turkeys raised in factory farms endure painful toe and beak mutilations. Since they typically live in an area that’s less than 3-square-feet, they endure psychological stress that leads them to attack other turkeys. To deter damage to other birds, their beaks and toes are burned off without anesthetic. In the wild, turkeys are social and nurturing beings.

Ways to Help a Turkey

1. Sponsor a turkey! Donate 30 dollars to Farm Sanctuary and you can get a certificate with a picture and details about a turkey you helped save.

2. Have a bird-free Thanksgiving! There are so many delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes out there. Here are some to get you started:

Roasted Pumpkin Cheese Fondue
Cornbread Stuffed Pumpkin With Greens and Walnuts
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

3. If you have the space, adopt a turkey. Fill out this application and provide a loving home for a turkey.

Start a new tradition this Thanksgiving and make a turkey friend.

Feng Shui Tip of the Day for November 23

Arriving mere hours before a day that encourages being saucy with them, ‘Eat A Cranberry Day’ couldn’t come at a better time. Native to North America, cranberries were enjoyed as a culinary staple by Native American people a long time before they bogged down Pilgrim menus. According to lore, cranberries fall under the ‘protective’ foods umbrella and should be eaten when you’re feeling low, as it was believed that eating cranberries can raise your spirits. You are also advised to eat this tart and sweet berry whenever you feel like you’re absorbing negative energies from those around you. You can even gift that powerful protection to loved ones by giving away a little Thanksgiving Day party favor. Simply mix dried corn, cranberries, apples, grapes and pomegranates into your turkey stuffing and serve up some savvy protection. Or you can wrap these ingredients up in a gift pouch for a prosperous swag bag. Either way, this combination of ingredients has long been believed to bring protection, peace and prosperity, things to be truly grateful for on any given day!

By Ellen Whitehurst for

Your Daily Number for Nov. 23: 9

You could feel an urge to clean up your immediate environment and get rid of things that no longer have a purpose. It’s a great day for problem solving and behind the scenes progress. Also a time for thanks; someone in your world is quietly in your corner.

Fast Facts

About the Number 9

Theme: Encompassing a love for all, Compassion, Patience, Selfless
Astro Association: Virgo
Tarot Association: Hermit

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Nov. 23 is 38: Diverging Interests

38: Diverging Interests

Hexagram 38

General Meaning: An image of estrangement is indicated here. One example used in ancient Chinese texts is how when brothers and sisters marry, they grow apart, since their allegiances now lie with new family groups. Though they will remain close enough to successfully deal with problems and share minor interests, they will be unable to undertake anything big together. Simply put, when people grow apart — even for the most natural of reasons — their points of view, values and interests start to diverge.

Diverging interests bring opposition into the world of human affairs. And when differences morph into alienation and enmity, no good results. But when opposition takes the form of healthy competition, or when contrasting energies or positions are seen as part of the natural order of things, good fortune is still possible.

Even when diverging energies make a situation seem stagnant or futile, there are always creative possibilities inherent in polarities. One is reminded of the yin-yang interplay that is fundamental to the creation of life itself. But when opposition arises from issues of principle, you must hold to your integrity and individuality. And avoid becoming involved with vulgar or base people who do not share your values. With both people and companies, one measure of stature is the quality of the competition.

Today’s Runes for Wednesday, November 23 is Eoh

Today’s Runes

Spirit Runes are most commonly used for questions about mysticism, spirituality, and religion. Eoh refers to the Yew tree. The Yew does not go dormant and therefore represents endurance. Even the wood of the tree is strong, resilient, and pliable – the Yew bends, but does not break. The evergreen nature of the Yew is present even in the rune itself, as it cannot be changed even by reversal. This rune is historically symbolic of death, but, as in the Tarot and as suggested by the nature of the Yew tree itself, death is seen only as a transmutation of something eternal and unchanging – the spirit.

Today’s Tarot Card for November 23 is The Lovers

The Lovers

This Tarot Deck: Etteilla

General Meaning: Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally the Lovers card of Tarot reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries.

Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.

Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the Fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.

Your Horoscope Spirit Profile

Your Horoscope Spirit Profile

  • posted by Annie B. Bond

Adapted from Earth Magic, by Claire Nahmad (Inner Traditions, 1994).

Most of us have read the personality descriptions on the online horoscope sites, or in the newspaper. But here is a somewhat deeper look at your Sun Sign’s primary qualities, seen from the perspective of the spirit.

Find out more about your deeper nature, right here:

Aries, March 21-April 19: Forceful, self-willed, enthusiastic, exaggerative, passionate, extrovert, pioneer, courageous, self-sufficient, idealistic.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Strong-willed, toiling, practical, sensuous, musical, literary, artistic, temperate, moist, fruitful, magnetic, beneficent, intractable.

Gemini, May 22-June 20: Communicative, inventive, alert, inquisitive, swift, sharp, versatile, dry, mental, ardent, youthful, mobile, idealistic.

Cancer, June 21-July 22: Reflection, sensitivity, memory, receptiveness, fluctuation, responsiveness, sympathy, magnetism.

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: Initiation, power, glory, vigor, ardor, beneficence, creative force, self-expression, full of ideas, talent.

Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Practicality, discernment, intelligence, healing (health, hygiene, diet), duty, fundamentals, craftsmanship, purity.

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Harmony, gentleness, stability, discrimination, beauty, affection, partnership, marriage, social awareness, justice.

Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Power, energy, intensity, will, magnetism, subtlety, resurrection, elimination, renewal, resolution.

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Honesty, clarity, dignity, benevolence, magnanimity, jollity, encompassing quality, optimism, loyalty, independence, generosity, love of education, literature, justice.

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: Responsibility, duty, toil, enquiry, restraint, secrecy, discipline, patience, persistence, doggedness, indefatigable aspiration, limitation, taciturnity, practicality, idealism.

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Independence, turbulence, fellowship, friendship, relationship, originality, genius, brotherhood, abstraction, optimism, intellect, remoteness, literature, science, inventiveness, peace, artistry, inspiration, perversity, tenacity, intuition.

Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Intuitive, impressionable, fanciful, naïve, free spirit, unworldly, creative, imaginative, clairvoyant, retiring, vulnerable, studious, romantic, emotional, trusting, vacillating, melancholy, indecisive, insecure, artistic.


Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, November 23

We may be feeling invincible as energetic Mars trines potent Pluto, culminating a positive cycle that began last week. Our vitality is strong and our emotions are concentrated by the intense Scorpio Moon. Still, an early trine from the brilliant Sun to unruly Uranus can add an element of uncertainty to the day. Additionally, trickster Mercury turns retrograde in adventurous Sagittarius late tonight/early tomorrow, bringing a simple twist of fate.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Reaching your career objectives or finding your life’s purpose becomes more important now as your desires intensify. You could even grow obsessive, afraid that you’ll miss your chance if you don’t push harder toward your goals. Unfortunately, it’s possible to ride roughshod over other people if you don’t stop and think about the consequences of your actions. Thankfully, you can be quite effective today if you simply take time and consider the feelings of those close to you.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

A relationship grows more complex if your friend or partner is as inflexible as you are today. Fortunately, you can change the dynamics of the situation by resolving to meet others halfway, instead of trying to fit them into your agenda. In fact, you might be so pleased with the responses you receive that you give more in return. Rather than trying to get your way now, seek common ground instead.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

It’s a bit unsettling when your rational thoughts are overpowered by intense emotions. You might even think that you’re losing control of the situation. However, this can be a magical moment if you’re willing to admit to yourself that you weren’t running the show even when you believed you were. Broadening your horizons by exploring uncharted feelings can tune you into a deeper message that’s buried behind the noisy distraction of language.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

This could be a day that’s filled with contemplation, but that won’t stop you from joining in with others if you think that you might have a good time. You want to enjoy the camaraderie, but you might have mixed feelings about engaging in lighthearted social chatter today. Nevertheless, you will probably be happier if you consciously set aside your serious thoughts for a while. Focusing too much attention on your emotions now gets old quickly and isn’t a smart idea.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may feel the need to work harder so you earn more money, but financial success could lose its importance in the weeks ahead. Luckily, you aren’t in a hurry now because you secretly believe that your patience will ultimately be rewarded. Don’t show all your cards yet, or you’ll give away your power too soon. Playing the waiting game is easier if everyone doesn’t know what you’re going to do next.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You have felt emotionally protected recently, but tensions still lurk beneath the surface. You may be smooth enough today to avoid an open conflict with someone close to you, but there’s still a world of difference that separates you from each other. Thankfully, you’re motivated by a desire for mutual respect and the tolerance of different beliefs. Giving the gift of freedom to others enables love to flourish in a healthy environment.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Perhaps you recently demonstrated your flexibility by encouraging the ones you love to pursue their own interests. But now the tables are turned and you may need to defend your core beliefs. You’re not so eager to go along with someone else’s vision if it contradicts your basic values. Overcome your fears and state your boundaries; although this can feel frightening at first, everyone should feel better after you make your limits clear.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

The Moon’s visit to your sign usually brings your emotions to the surface. Now, however, courageous Mars aligns with passionate Pluto, encouraging you to act on your feelings, rather than to talk about them. Although your mood changes throughout the day, your resolve remains steady and you won’t be easily deterred from your destination. Fortunately, you should be able to make great progress as long as you don’t try to cut any corners.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

The irrepressible Sun-Uranus trine sends shockwaves of change through your life. Others may not fully approve of your need to shake things up because they only see what’s working well. Meanwhile, your inner restlessness won’t go away until you do something about it. Embracing an uncertain future is a good idea, but don’t sacrifice your convictions for the sake of being flexible.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You may have an opportunity to retreat from your usual responsibilities today, giving you time to reconsider where your life is taking you. Normally, your ambition drives you on an upward path toward your career objectives, but now you’re less concerned with professional advancement than with spiritual fulfillment. Thankfully, removing the pressure to succeed could open new doorways to destinations that were not previously on your radar.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

It’s a busy day with the Moon’s presence in your 10th House of Public Recognition, but you may not be willing to live up to anyone else’s expectations now. Even if someone tries to tap into your wisdom and experience, you might avoid getting involved because you prefer journeying within today. You’ll be better off if you let others know your true intentions right from the start. Just make sure that you state your case kindly so no one’s feelings are hurt.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may feel rejuvenated as you regain emotional clarity today. However, your intense feelings about a relationship might not be received so well by someone else. Your message is very important, but so is the tone of your words. Even if your perspective is radical, there’s no need to purposefully provoke other people’s fears. Concentrating on the highest potential should keep you on a successful path.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for November 23

Stop, look and listen! The cosmos is a pressure-cooker right now and it’s relatively easy to experience a wave of anxiety and nervous tension. Early on today, you need to deal with two prominent solar encounters – the first being a square to Chiron (1:14AM PST) and the second being a trine to Uranus (2:15AM PST). They can combine to lift your spirits and give you several hours of revelations. Watch your dreams for clues about the future. Precognitive experiences often occur during the sleep state, but we fail to remember them to our own detriment later on. Your physical vitality is enhanced via a Mars-Pluto flowing trine in earth signs (6:08AM PST). Ride the style, fashion and elegance bandwagon for several hours during the monthly Moon-Juno union in Scorpio (10:22AM PST). This aspect can double as a cosmic agent that strengthens your emotional side. Strive for complete respect, harmony, peace and balance in affairs of the heart and every key relationship. The big news clocks in at 11:20PM PST when Mercury at 21 degrees of Sagittarius begins a three-week retrograde cycle that lasts until December 13. All Mercury themes – communication and transportation, language and learning skills, business and trade, health and medicine, dexterity, agility and the five senses, magic tricks and sleight-of-hand abilities, clever behavior, elusive tactics and theft – are emphasized tonight and over the next 24 to 48 hours. Be more cautious and careful concerning legal matters, signings and long-term commitments. As the dark-of-the-moon vibes also become potent – since the next New Moon (a Partial Solar Eclipse) happens tomorrow night – there are additional reasons to be a Rock of Gibraltar while millions of souls move along aimlessly. Giving you a late-night boost – on the business and investment fronts – is an inspirational, 72-degree link from Vesta to Jupiter (11:41PM PST).

Earth Science Pic of the Day for Nov. 23

Lenticular Sky at Sunrise

November 23, 2011

Lenticular clouds in Argentina

Photographer: Hector Fabian Garrido
Summary Author: Hector Fabian Garrido; Jim Foster

The photo above showing a sensational display of lenticular clouds was snapped near La Rioja, Argentina, at the base of the Andes Mountains, on September 9, 2011. I was doing seismic testing just after sunrise and was taken aback by the gold and tawny wave clouds that appeared across much of the sky. These lenticulars took shape to the lee (east) of the Andes, just west of my location — the Sun was behind the camera. Lenticular clouds are generally orographic in origin, forming in lee waves when air is forced to rise over elevated terrain. On this early spring morning, the smooth structure of the waves, the illumination by the low Sun, and the absence of other types of clouds, gave the sky a surreal look.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2011 November 23
See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

The View from Chajnantor
Image Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Guisard (Los Cielos de America), TWAN 


Explanation: From an altitude of over 5,000 meters, the night sky view from Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes is breathtaking in more ways than one. The dark site’s rarefied atmosphere, at about 50 percent sea level pressure, is also extremely dry. That makes it ideal for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) designed to explore the universe at wavelengths over 1,000 times longer than visible light. Near the center of the the panoramic scene, ALMA’s 7 and 12 meter wide dish antennas are illuminated by a young Moon nestled in the arc of the Milky Way. ALMA’s antenna configurations are intended to achieve a resolution comparable to space telescopes by operating as an interferometer. At left, a meteor’s streak and the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, the Large (bottom) and Small Magellanic Clouds grace the night.

Daily Zen Meditation for November 23

New Age Comments & Graphics
Meditation Hall

Clear the land, thatch the rush for roof,
All around cherish the empty, the pure.
Mountain blossoms fall by a secluded door,
Within, one who has forgotten the world’s schemings.
Concern with existence needs no possession,
Comprehending the void does not wait upon reason.
All things are of conditions born,
Profound is the silence in the midst of clamor.
A person’s mind is very much the same;
A bird in flight, leaving no tracks behind.

– Liu Tsung-yuan (773-819)

~Magickal Graphics~

Healing Lesson of the Day – Criticism Bites!

Criticism Bites!

Healing Lesson of the Day – November 23

By Phylameana lila Desy

Criticism has its place, but it is important to know when criticism is constructive and when it is hurtful.

Words of wisdom I learned from my mother: If you can’t say something nice… SHUT UP! Okay, so those were not the exact words my mom used. I’m sure her instructive admonition for me was much kinder and friendlier, perhaps more like: If you can’t say something nice, please don’t say anything at all.

Sadly, all too often it is easier to point out a person’s flaws than it is to give that person a compliment. Criticism is sometimes the result of a self-esteem deficiency. Subconsciously, a person often might feel that criticizing someone else can boost his or her own feelings of superiority, but this is patently false, as I will explain.

Does it Hurt to Say Something Nice?

When someone says to you “Would it hurt for you to say something nice?” you might honestly be able to answer “Yes, as a matter of fact, it sort of does.” This may be true because, oftentimes, people who are the most critical of others are the same people who, on the flip side, are probably the ones who are the most uncomfortable when given compliments.

Oddly enough, some people respond more positively when a criticism is directed at them than when they are given a compliment. How people who are challenged with low self esteem respond to compliments and criticisms can be a possible clue as to why criticism is so rampant in today’s society.

How Do You Respond to Being Complimented?

Do you accept compliments graciously or do you promptly reject them? Or perhaps shrug compliments off as if they are unimportant?


Compliment 1:“What a pretty dress you are wearing.”

  • Denial response:“What, this old thing?”
  • Accepting response: “Thank you! I’m glad you noticed, it is one of my favorite outfits.”

Compliment 2:“You did a great job on that project.”

  • Denial response:“Anyone could have done as well as I did.”
  • Accepting response: “Thank you so much. I feel really satisfied that I was able to use my creative ideas to get the end result that I did.”

Are You More Accepting of Critical Barbs than Kind Remarks?

You might also want to think about your responses to criticisms. Are you more accepting of criticism than your are of compliments? Although we may reject criticisms outwardly, we often accept them internally. Are criticisms eating up your insides?

Not all criticisms are obvious. Sometimes there are those backhanded comments we hear that are intended to be caring, but can come across more often as an insult, such as: “You sure look tired. Are you getting enough sleep at night?” In so few words, someone just implied that you don’t look so good and has made the judgement that perhaps you aren’t taking proper care of yourself. OUCH! (And you thought you put yourself together just fine that morning and even had a perfect night’s rest. DOUBLE OUCH!!)

Be Kind to Others

Start making a conscious effort to choose your words carefully before you speak. Say kind words. When speaking to others, squelch any words that convey critical thoughts or judgments.

Offering constructive criticism to someone has its place. Only give it whenever it is requested or if it is truly required, such as when a parent is teaching a child, or an employer needs an employee to meet certain job requirements. Remember: Unasked for advice is really a form of criticism, so be careful when you offer advice.

In most circumstances, criticism is regarded as a “put down” that hurts both the criticizer as well as the target of the criticism. You don’t want to be on either end of those hurtful words.

Say Something Nice About Yourself in Response to Compliments and Criticisms

Notice what your normal responses are to the criticisms and compliments when given. Change any negative responses into positive responses. Very soon you will begin feeling happier and become prouder of the person you are!

As soon as you have learned to like yourself, you will become less critical of others. And when you feel good about yourself, it will become second nature for you to “say something nice” to others, as my mom always tried to teach me.

Have a great day! Accept others as they are with less criticism and extend more praise whenever you can.

Today’s Affirmation for Wednesday, Nov. 23

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Just for Today, I know that I am moving in the direction that is best for me. I follow my own path and do not question where it will lead. I have complete faith the path I follow will lead me to where I am suppose to go. I thank my higher power for the wisdom and insight to show me this path and the ability to follow this path without fear. Today and every day, I am grateful!
from Robin Wallace

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1 Day To Go! Yahoo! 1 Day To Go! Sorry, I Mean Happy Wednesday All!



I don’t know, do we really want to mess with this guy above, lol! 

Happy Wednesday All!


Wednesday Is Ruled By Mercury 

The day of Woden, whose name is also pronounced Odin, a Norse God of poetry, resourcefulness and all things mystical. Attune with these energies this day and you find Odin’s power will be with you. Other correspondences for Wednesday are:

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Rituals: Career

Element: Air

Colour: Orange

Number: 0