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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 29, 2014



ItÕs the perfect 
time to reflect 
on gratitude and 
important role 
it plays in our 
lives. One might 
say that having 
gratitude and living in gratitude is the key to 
contentment. We honor and appreciate what we 
have and often feel a generous spirit toward others. 
There is this feeling of being lucky to be alive and 
honor to have the great life that we do. All our needs 
are taken care of for each moment in time.

 ItÕs real easy to live in gratitude when life is going 
well. Our problems seem small, our health is good 
and even the finances are doing ok. But then life 
happens, thereÕs a job loss, medical issue or loss of a 
loved one. Our inner light can become dim during 
these times of uncertainty. ThereÕs that feeling that 
what we have isnÕt enough, or the challenge or 
struggle weÕre faced with serves no purpose in our 

 So how, then can we become grateful in the midst 
of struggle and pain? Devotion to our practice.

 Our yoga practice is such a personal, spiritual 
practice. ItÕs often working for us even without us 
being conscious of the step-by-step progression. 

 Tending to our practice and keeping that 
connection to our deepest selves can bring lasting 
joy. ItÕs this connection that can bring us the 
assuredness we need during hard times. Our yoga 
practice serves us in all times of life, even moments 
when we feel we cannot do one thing right. Getting 
on the mat and finding our inner connection is 
always right.

 Cultivating gratitude, even in the smallest way, 
will bring an appreciation for the gifts we already 
have. Imagine how thankful each one of us is for 
our yoga practice and the unending hope, ambition, 
love and compassion it brings. 

 Each day is a precious gift and we are all lucky 
in some way. Choose to make your yoga practice 
an expression of your gratitude on and off the mat. 
Smiles and laughter are bound to lead the way and 
brighten up your entire being. Namaste friends.

In Gratitude,

Keely Totten

Teacher at Yoga Madre



Are you trying to 
avoid osteoporosis? 
Osteoporosis is a 
condition in which 
bones become fragile 
and more likely to 
fracture. Usually the 
bone loses density. 
There is usually a loss 
of minerals in the 
bone, one of which is 
calcium. Want to avoid 
osteoporosis? One of 
the best ways might 
be to increase your 
consumption of whole 
grains and legumes, 
meaning beans, split 
peas, chickpeas, and lentils. 

Research from the 1940Õs made some people leery 
of eating too many beans, nuts or seed because 
they contain a component called phylates. It was 
thought that the phylates inhibited the absorption 
of minerals by the body. Phylates are naturally 
occurring compounds that both legumes and nuts 
contain. Have you been warned to soak your raw 
nuts before eating them? That warning was issued 
so that the phylates would be removed from the 
nuts so we can absorb more minerals, like calcium.

Two recent studies found this is simply not the case. 
One study published in the Journal of Medicinal 
Food concluded that those who consumed higher 
pylate foods had stronger bones. The study found 
that these high phylate foods like chickpeas, kidney 
beans, split peas, whole raw nuts and seeds have a 
protective effect against osteoporosis.

There are numerous studies that show a correlation 
between legume intake and an increased lifespan. 
Now we have yet another reason to eat beans and 
that is to ward off osteoporosis. 

Dr. Tina is a traditional 
naturopath and nutritionist 
at Vibrant Living 
Wellness Center



A Compassionate, Cost-Effective Approach, Proven to Reduce Incarceration and Homelessness

Supervisors unanimously granted final approval for 
full implementation of LauraÕs Law, a comprehensive, 
treatment-based approach for the mentally ill -- many 
of whom are incapable of recognizing their illness, 
announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

 ÒLauraÕs Law has proven to significantly improve 
the lives of program of participants, reduce 
incarceration and homelessness, and enhance public 
safety,Ó said Antonovich. ÒIt provides a humane 
alternative to the revolving door of mental hospitals, 
jails and the street.Ó

 The BoardÕs action today provides the staffing and 
other resources necessary to move forward with this 
critically needed program.

 Supervisor Antonovich, who has worked tirelessly 
to support this effort, collaborated with former 
Assemblywoman Helen Thomson who authored 
the legislation that reformed the 1967 Lanterman-
Petris-Short law. 

 LauraÕs Law was named after Laura Wilcox who 
was killed by a delusional individual suffering 
with severe mental illness and patterned after New 
York StateÕs KendraÕs Law. Initiated by Supervisor 
Antonovich, the County had previously adopted a 
successful pilot program which has resulted in a 78% 
reduction in incarcerations and a 77% reduction in 
hospitalizations among program participants. 

RICH Johnson


Anyone know where we get 
the word trivia? ItÕs from the 
Latin word ÒtriviumÓ which 
means where three roads 
meet. Apparently, it was the 
perfect place to share bits of 
information from where each 
of the travelers had come from.

 I love trivia and I love quotes. I have 100-150 books 
on trivia, quotes and humor. They do gather dust 
more these days as the information is now a click 
away on the google monster. Oh well, here is some 
trivia, (also defined as: Òmatters or things that are 
very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; 
trifles; trivialitiesÓ) That pretty much sums me up.

 Do you know the significance of the following 
names: Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam. They 
were three of the names Charles Dickens considered 
in His, ÒA Christmas CarolÓ, for the character come 
to be known as Tiny Tim.

 How about some quotes from a couple of my 
favorite guys:

Groucho Marx. I didnÕt like the play, but then I saw it 
under adverse conditions Ð the curtain was up.

Groucho Marx. . I intend to live forever, or die 

Groucho Marx. Man does not control his own fate. 
The women in his life do that for him.

Groucho Marx. A black cat crossing your path 
signifies that the animal is going somewhere

Groucho Marx. Politics is the art of looking 
for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it 
incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

Groucho Marx. IÕve had a perfectly wonderful 
evening. But this wasnÕt it.

Groucho Marx. Those are my principles, and if you 
donÕt like themÉwell, I have others.

Groucho Marx. . If youÕve heard this story before, 
donÕt stop mem, because IÕd like to hear it again.

Groucho Marx. Before I speak, I have something 
important to say.

Groucho Marx. I worked my way up from nothing 
to a state of extreme poverty.

Groucho Marx. Who are you going to believe, me or 
your own eyes?

Groucho Marx. Quote me as saying I was 

Groucho Marx. IÕve got the brain of a four year old. 
IÕll bet he was glad to be rid of it.

Mark Twain. The secret to getting ahead is getting 

Mark Twain. Get your facts first, then you can distort 
them as you please.

Mark Twain. It is better to keep your mouth closed 
and let people think you are a fool than to open it and 
remove all doubt.

Mark Twain. The best way to cheer yourself up is to 
try to cheer somebody else up.

Mark Twain. Do the right thing. It will gratify some 
people and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain. All generalizations are false including 
this one.

Mark Twain. Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty 
to the government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain. Many a small thing has been made 
large by the right kind of advertising.

Mark Twain. The human race has one really effective 
weapon, and that is humor.

Mark Twain. ItÕs good sportsmanship to not pick up 
lost golf balls while they are still rolling.

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