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Ahoy Mermaids, Merlads, and People of Merness!

I remember really enjoying Gala Darling's "Carousel" series:

Gala would regularly (eventually irregularly) post a little catalog of interesting, useful, and beautiful things that she had read about that week (“Things I Love Thursday”) or that month (“Carousel”).

Austin Kleon does something very similar in his newsletter, and I always come away with something that gives me a wider persepective; something unique that I just don't hear about anywhere else.

I think this is such a wonderful way to chronicle one’s own swipe file AND share inspiration with others!

So here is the first installment of things to make your life better, things to make you wonder, and hopefully doors that lead you down many fabulous rabbit-holes! A little curiosity cabinet of weblinks.

There is alot here--the key is to glance through them and click on a few random links--they're all gems but don't feel like you need to read ALL of it.

I found out about columnist and author Fanny Fern--Sara Payson Willis Parton--from Shannon Selin’s website (everything you might want to know about the Bonaparte’s and more!):

Source: Public Domain

Some of it is an amazing peek into the majority mindset and “follies” of yesteryear, and some of it is fabsolutely timeless, like this quote from Fern Leaves From Fanny’s Portfolio, Second Series, “The Fatal Marriage”:

“She never tried to win hearts; and between you and me, I think that’s the way she did it.”

Looking for relationship advice (all kinds of relationships--parents, children, friends, enemies. bosses, underlings, family, acquaintances, lovers, and your own self…) in that dreamily elegant, wittily-worded, romantic-yet-conversational way of writing from the era of Mark Twain and Beatrix Potter? Give good old Fanny Fern a read. Her book Folly As It Flies focuses specifically on marriage and is available for free thanks to Project Gutenberg:


Source: MusicksMuseum, YouTube

Speaking of which, the intricate and beautiful tunes composed by Hortense Beauharnais, Empress Josephine’s daughter and Napoleon Bonaparte’s adopted daughter, performed by Paula Bar-Giese are Pure Talent.


Source: Kendra Baker, BilliSpeaks, YouTube

I remember reading in an old book, “Remember, your dog can understand every word you speak”. Nostradamus predicted talking animals. Ancient folk tales claim animals once spoke. The perceived differences between species shrinks again as people teach their pets to talk with the press of buttons. One person taught cat Billi and it just couldn’t be cuter:


Source: Bill Bengston, BengstonResearch.Com

Read--strikethrough--DEVOURED The Energy Cure by William Bengston, PhD. SO. MANY. takeaways, but one of the most amazing was his hypothesizing (based on his hands-on healing experiments where both the experimental groups and control groups kept in the same building spontaneously remitted from cancer, but control groups in unknown locations did not--and based on the research of Harald Walach) that the placebo effect may, in part, be from resonant bonding. It is also worth noting that intention may play a role, as researchers noted that the more caring and empathetic the administrator, the more likely a patient is to report positive effects.

Bill Bengston also explains that the greater the sample size, or the greater the dosage, the greater the placebo effect:

“In a 1978 review of John Hopkins University School of Medicine [Henry Beecher, “The Powerful Placebo,” Journal of the American Medical Association 159, no. 17 (1955): 1602-1606.] concluded that at least 50 percent of the effect of ANY drug [emphasis mine] that influences patients’ subjective state is due to the physicians’ expectations as transmitted to the patient--that is, at least 50 percent is a placebo effect. Harvard-educated doctor and biologist Andrew Weil was even more decisive in his 1983 book Health and Healing, in which he stated that the history of medicine is actually the history of the placebo response.

Until fairly recently, medical researchers regarded all things placebo with feelings of mystification, dismissal, and outright annoyance. If 35 percent of people in a control group who are given a dummy pill are going to react as if they have taken the real thing, then the results of all drug trials using humans are going to be seriously skewed. However, I discovered that placebos are a lot more interesting than that. As detailed in “Resonance, Placebo Effects, and Type II Errors” [William F. Bengston and Margaret M Moga, “Resonance, Placebo Effects, and Type II Errors: Some Implications From Healing Research For Experimental Methods,” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 13, no. 3 (May 2007): 317-327.]--an article I co-authored for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine--when drug trials are repeated, the placebo effect actually increases, so it’s fairly common for dummy pills to mimic up to 80 percent of the results of the drug being tested. Even more supportive of resonance: this effect is proportional, so if you secretly increase the dose of the drug, some of the control patients will react as if the dosage of their dummy pills was also increased. So pervasive are these implications for drug testing that U.S. pharmaceutical researchers no longer attempt to demonstrate that a new treatment is superior to the effect created in the control group. The new standard is to prove that the tested drug or treatment is no less effective for the same condition than any existing treatment or drug already on the market!”

--The Energy Cure (2010) by: William Bengston, PhD, pages 164-165

“British biologist Rupert Sheldrake has attempted to account for these phenomena through his morphogenetic field theory, presented in A New Science For Life, published in 1987 [Rupert Sheldrake, A New Science For Life: the Hypothesis of Formative Causation (Los Angeles: J. P. Tarcher Inc., 1987), 186-9.]. According to Sheldrake, each member of a species inherits an invisible information field(or memory bank or blueprint) specific to its own species, along with its DNA. This memory bank directs the development of the embryo using DNA as physical building blocks. It also continues to guide the behavior of the organism throughout its life by absorbing and circulating the experience of all members of the species, past and present. Therefore, the more members of a species that learn to do something, the quicker all other members will be able to learn the same task, until eventually it may become genetically fixed.

In the 1920s, the psychologist William McDougall of Harvard University [McDougall’s experiments are discussed in Sheldrake, A New Science For Life, 186-9] exposed thirty-two generations of white rats to a water tank with two escape gangways. The gangway that was brilliantly illuminated produced an eclectic shock, while the unlit one was safe. Since he kept changing these about, learning occurred when a rat discovered that illumination meant shock.

Though it took some first-generation rats 330 immersions, the last learned nearly 90 percent faster. However, he noted “the disturbing fact” that control rats from genetically unrelated stock also upped their learning speeds. When McDougall’s experiments were repeated by F. A. E. Crew of the University of Edinburgh, Crew’s first generation rats began with the average scores McDougall’s rats had achieved after thirty generations, with some rats performing perfectly without a single shock.

According to Sheldrake, unrelated rats were able to learn a skill with increasing speed simply because other rats had previously done so--an ability each inherited through its morphogenetic field. Sheldrake calls this ‘morphic resonance.’

My theory of resonance bonding also suggests that bonded organisms have ways of sharing information regardless of distance--resulting in observable physical effects. Like morphic resonance, this helps explain McDougall’s ‘disturbing fact’ that his control rats seemed to learn at the same time as his experimental ones. Resonant bonding differs from morphic resonance in that it is not species specific.”

--The Energy Cure (2010) by: William Bengston, PhD, pages 272-273


Source: Smoobs, C.C. on Wikipedia

The sculptures of Lynn Chadwick The energy coming off of his The Watchers in Balboa Park in San Diego, California is enough to make you turn around. The intersecting geometries on their surface make me think of 4th dimensional tesseract creatures, or the Yeis of the Navajo (the Desert Holy People of the Dine).