Monthly Archives: April 2017

Diva Rambling: Depression

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We’ve talked about this before but it’s graduation and the time of year some folks find themselves in need of counseling.  Do be afraid to get help.  Here again are some of the signs you may wish to consider…..

8 Signs of Depression

Depression is more than just being sad and gloomy. It’s a chronic overwhelming feeling, self-loathing, and a feeling of helplessness. Almost everyone feels depressed at some point of their life, but not everyone talks about it or seeks treatment. The fear of judgment and criticism force them to bury their true feelings deep down, pretending to be someone totally different on the outside. You may have a dear one who is doing just the same at the moment, and you have no idea about it. But how does one identify or read the signs? Here are some characteristics of people who are silently suffering from depression. Keep your eyes open for these.

1. Personalities That Seem Happy

A major sign of people who are depressed secretly is that they don’t reflect any signs of it. They appear to be extremely happy and content with their lives. They smile a lot, and laugh a lot. Looking at them, you you would never guess that deep down they hate themselves and are silently suffocating in self-loathing. You have to closely examine their defenses and desires to see what they fear. Check for quirks, or small triggers that causes them to reveal their true selves- it may be hard to do so, but not impossible.

2. Their Brains Are Tired From Over-thinking

People who suffer silently from depression or anxiety cannot shut their brains down. They are constantly talking to themselves in their heads, unable to shush their minds. They might not remember the last time their mind was at peace. It is always one pointless debate after another. One endless argument after another. One fine day the brain will snap, tired of working continuously.

3. Their Greatest Fear Is Judgment

A major reason most depressed people don’t talk about what’s going on in their heads is because they hate being judged. Our society is to be blamed to a great extent for this fear as mental illness is still considered to be a taboo by majority of the people even today. They are scared of being linked to the prejudices and stigma linked to depression and other mental disorders. What they do not realize is that depression is an illness similar to any other illness in the world- there is nothing to be ashamed of.

4. They Want To Refrain From Hurting Others

It is natural for depressed people to snap at trivial things. When this happens, their empathy kicks in hard and they start seeing themselves as monsters who are capable of hurting everyone they love. So they try to hide it from their loved ones, without even realizing that doing so would cause everyone more pain and suffering.

5. They Hardly Trust Anyone

A common sign of depressed people is that though they will have tons of friends, they will trust only a handful. They might act like social butterflies, but deep inside, they feel lonely. Only few hold their confidence. In worst cases scenarios, not a single soul would hold their confidence, causing them to feel more and more lonely and sad.

6. They Are Hard To Read And Impossible To Get Close To

Another difficult trait seen in people suffering from depression is that they are awfully closed up. You may talk to them everyday, but you will hardly know anything about what is actually going on in their lives. They hardly reveal their innermost thoughts, and always stick to general topics when you talk to them. They always have a mask on, and you keep getting the feeling that there is so much more going on underneath all the layers they choose to hide behind.

7. They Are A Smart Lot

Being depressed and being silent about it makes them smart and strong. To endure pain in silence is not a simple thing. It makes a person mentally and emotionally strong and transforms them into something else. It takes a lot of mettle to suffer silently and act cheerful on the outside- not everyone can do it.

8. They Mess Up Things For Themselves

They struggle to be normal, but they can’t. They are genuine, they carry other’s woes, and they don’t seek attention. This makes their life a difficult one to live. This is how most depressed people behave. The last thing they want to do is trouble others, so they try to deal with things on their own, only to make matters worse. If only they knew it is completely okay to reach out for help!

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Diva Tasting: Sticky Roasted Chicken

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Sticky Roasted Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 Teaspoons Salt

  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika

  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme

  • 4 Tablespoons Chopped Rosemary

  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  • 2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 2 Onions, Quartered

  • 2 (4 Pound) Whole Chickens

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, rosemary, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub each chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place 1 onion into the cavity of each chicken. Place chickens in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

  3. Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F. Let the chickens stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Serve with Rolls, Broccoli Casserole, & baked potato.

Diva Tasting: Chicken Breast Marie’…

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Chicken Breasts Marie’

Ingredients

  • 8 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Stewed Tomatoes, With Liquid
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Distilled White Vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Mustard Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Hot Pepper Sauce

Directions

  1. In a shallow dish or bowl, combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper. Coat chicken breasts with flour mixture. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and brown chicken on all sides. Remove from skillet, and drain on paper towels.
  2. In the same skillet, combine the tomatoes, water, brown sugar, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt, chili powder, mustard, celery seed, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and return chicken to skillet. Cover, and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is tender, no longer pink and juices run clear.

Serve with a crusty baguette, garden salad and grilled asparagus.

Diva Tips…..Cancer Fighting Foods….

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Just a friendly Spring Reminder.  The Universal Source gave us all of the foods and herbs we need to live a long, healthy, prosperous life.  Here are a few you need to include in your pantry all year round.  They are especially good right now as we approach summer. Make it fresh and organic.  You won’t be sorry.  Thanks to monteraybayholistics.com for the lovely picture…..

Diva Musing: Chakras…

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Many people like me collect rocks.  I love the intricate creation of each stone. They are the gifts from the Divine that no one pay much attention to.  I always believe the Divine Source gave us everything we need in creation.  Here is a list of some of those stones and some of the healing properties at which they vibrate….

Chakra Stones and Metaphysical Properties of Crystals

ROOT CHAKRA’S color is red, other colors associated with the Root Chakra are black brown, and gray. Chakra stones like garnetonyx, and red jasper are beneficial.

The NAVEL CHAKRA’S color is orange. Chakra stones like carnelian and orange zincite help to bring the system into balance.

The SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA’S color is yellow. Chakra stones like citrine and yellow sapphire are used.

The HEART CHAKRA’S color is green and the secondary color is pink. Chakra stones like rose quartz or green tourmaline are useful.

The THROAT CHAKRA’S color is blue like aqua or turquoise, secondary colors are various shades of lighter blues. Chakra stones like turquoise or blue lace agate balance this chakra.

The BROW CHAKRA’S color is indigo or shades of dark blue. Chakra stones like lapis lazuli or
sodalite compliment this area.

The CROWN CHAKRA’S color is purple, the secondary color is clear or white. Chakra stones like
amethyst or clear quartz are perfect.

Clearing and Programming Chakra Crystals

Chakra crystals are a tool and can be like a storage battery for thought energy. “Clearing” has to do with the energy of the stone or crystal. Chakra crystals can be “programmed” with our thought energy and then act on our subtle chakra energy fields. They also to help to create situations in our lives that will lead us in directions that allow positive growth and healing.

Clearing a Chakra crystal or gem stone is a simple task, and it is a way to insure that there are no left over negative energies from the person who owned it before you. It is a way to personalize your Chakra crystal, and create a new energy bond between you and your new gem stone partner. There are many ways to do this, but this is a simple and effective way – make sure you will not be disturbed. Hold your new crystal under running water, and as the water pours over it, close your eyes and imagine all the negative energies are washed away down the drain and out to the vast ocean to be purified by the cycles of life. You can also leave them in the warm sun, and allow the power of it’s light purify to the crystal with “fire”.

To program your new Chakra crystal, simply hold it in your hand, close your eyes, then in your imagination, create an image of what you want your crystal or gem stone to help you

Diva Tasting: Mediterranean Chicken and Tabbouleh…

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Mediterranean Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1 (4 Ounce) Can Sliced Black Olives, Drained
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Minced
  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 (15 Ounce) Can Cannelloni Beans, Rinsed And Drained
  • 1 (26.5 Ounce) Jar Roasted Garlic Flavored Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 Cup Asiago or Provolone Shredded

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place the chicken breasts in the baking dish, and sprinkle olives over the top. Pour the beans over the chicken, then pour the remaining ingredients over everything.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  • Cover, and bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the cover, and continue baking for 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink inside and cheese is brown and bubbly.

TABBOULEH BASICS

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Bulgar
  • 1 Cup Feta Cheese
  • 3 Tomatoes, Seeded And Chopped
  • 2 Cucumbers, Peeled And Chopped
  • 3 Green Onions, Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Cup Chopped Flat Leaf Fresh Parsley
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 2/3 Cup Olive Oil

Directions

  • Place cracked wheat in bowl and cover with 2 cups boiling water. Soak for 30 minutes; drain and squeeze out excess water.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, parsley, mint, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil. Toss and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Toss again prior to serving.

Diva Musing: Depression

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I have been observing of late some of the people I see each day.  If you look closely you’ll notice changes that are inexplicable. I’ve found when I get to the bottom of it, many of these signs are signs of depression in ones life.  If you are concerned about a friend the following 8 Signs of Depression may help you understand better so you can help.  

8 Signs of Depression

Depression is more than just being sad and gloomy. It’s a chronic overwhelming feeling, self-loathing, and a feeling of helplessness. Almost everyone feels depressed at some point of their life, but not everyone talks about it or seeks treatment. The fear of judgment and criticism force them to bury their true feelings deep down, pretending to be someone totally different on the outside. You may have a dear one who is doing just the same at the moment, and you have no idea about it. But how does one identify or read the signs? Here are some characteristics of people who are silently suffering from depression. Keep your eyes open for these.

1. Personalities That Seem Happy

A major sign of people who are depressed secretly is that they don’t reflect any signs of it. They appear to be extremely happy and content with their lives. They smile a lot, and laugh a lot. Looking at them, you you would never guess that deep down they hate themselves and are silently suffocating in self-loathing. You have to closely examine their defenses and desires to see what they fear. Check for quirks, or small triggers that causes them to reveal their true selves- it may be hard to do so, but not impossible.

2. Their Brains Are Tired From Over-thinking

People who suffer silently from depression or anxiety cannot shut their brains down. They are constantly talking to themselves in their heads, unable to shush their minds. They might not remember the last time their mind was at peace. It is always one pointless debate after another. One endless argument after another. One fine day the brain will snap, tired of working continuously.

3. Their Greatest Fear Is Judgment

A major reason most depressed people don’t talk about what’s going on in their heads is because they hate being judged. Our society is to be blamed to a great extent for this fear as mental illness is still considered to be a taboo by majority of the people even today. They are scared of being linked to the prejudices and stigma linked to depression and other mental disorders. What they do not realize is that depression is an illness similar to any other illness in the world- there is nothing to be ashamed of.

4. They Want To Refrain From Hurting Others

It is natural for depressed people to snap at trivial things. When this happens, their empathy kicks in hard and they start seeing themselves as monsters who are capable of hurting everyone they love. So they try to hide it from their loved ones, without even realizing that doing so would cause everyone more pain and suffering.

5. They Hardly Trust Anyone

A common sign of depressed people is that though they will have tons of friends, they will trust only a handful. They might act like social butterflies, but deep inside, they feel lonely. Only few hold their confidence. In worst cases scenarios, not a single soul would hold their confidence, causing them to feel more and more lonely and sad.

6. They Are Hard To Read And Impossible To Get Close To

Another difficult trait seen in people suffering from depression is that they are awfully closed up. You may talk to them everyday, but you will hardly know anything about what is actually going on in their lives. They hardly reveal their innermost thoughts, and always stick to general topics when you talk to them. They always have a mask on, and you keep getting the feeling that there is so much more going on underneath all the layers they choose to hide behind.

7. They Are A Smart Lot

Being depressed and being silent about it makes them smart and strong. To endure pain in silence is not a simple thing. It makes a person mentally and emotionally strong and transforms them into something else. It takes a lot of mettle to suffer silently and act cheerful on the outside- not everyone can do it.

8. They Mess Up Things For Themselves

They struggle to be normal, but they can’t. They are genuine, they carry other’s woes, and they don’t seek attention. This makes their life a difficult one to live. This is how most depressed people behave. The last thing they want to do is trouble others, so they try to deal with things on their own, only to make matters worse. If only they knew it is completely okay to reach out for help!

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Diva Tasting: Chicken And Asparagus With Penne Pasta

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Chicken And Asparagus With Penne Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds Chicken Breast Tenderloins
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic minced,
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt, Or To Taste
  • 1 Pound Uncooked Penne Pasta
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Fresh Asparagus, Trimmed And Cut Crosswise Into Thirds
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt, Or To Taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Spread the chicken breast tenderloins on the baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic salt and seasoned salt.
  • Bake chicken in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. Set aside; when cool enough to handle, cut tenderloins into large chopped pieces.
  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water, bring to a boil, and stir in penne. Cook pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until penne are cooked through but still slightly firm, about 11 minutes; drain.
  • Transfer penne back to cooking pot and stir in butter and cheeses until pasta is coated.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; place asparagus into the hot oil and cook until tender fold in garlic. Cook and stir until asparagus are tender, about 7 minutes.
  • Transfer penne pasta into a large serving bowl and top with asparagus and chicken tenderloin pieces. Lightly mix asparagus and chicken into the pasta drizzle olive oil to coat and serve.

Diva Musing: Haiku

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Haiku by Unknown

Measure for measure
Justice weighs good and evil
We get what we give

Measure by measure
We march to mortality
Each soul a set date

Measure by measure
We drink from the cup of life
Full or half empty

Is judgement measured?
To favor the corrupt? pure?
Golden Rule … prevails

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.” Galileo Galilei

This haiku, written in response to a daily post prompt, – measure – is a reflection on the delicate balance that rules our lives and how we make choices. It is also drawn from a William Shakespeare play by the same name. The characters are faced with their own flaws and corruption and are forgiven by the King who responds to a heartfelt plea from the beautiful Isabella. We are all flawed and, instead of spending time judging others, we must look within and work on our own issues. We must remember to extend the same measure of kindness we expect from others. While those eager to jockey for power and position might try anything to get their way, we must stay centered on our principles and value human life; do not stay silent in the face of injustice. During this Easter and Passover season, may we find understanding and forgiveness in our hearts. At the end of the day, may the Golden Rule prevail.

Mirth and Motivation

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