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A Bettina Network Moving Sale

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Sale happens Saturday May 2, 2015    –   Look for the Bettina Network Flag flying in front of the house to know you are in the right place.

Starts at 10am and ends at 3pm

An Exciting Event Always

Bettina Network Lifestyle Community Members will be allowed in at 9am on May 2, 2015.

The address of the sale is 65 Huntington St, Milton, MA. 02186.

There are interesting items for sale:

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An elevator chair, which goes up and down the stairs.  The company will take it off the wall and we are sure for a small amount of money they will reinstall the chairs in your home.  There are two chairs.  One goes from the first to the second floor.  The second goes from the basement to the first floor – where the two stairs are not contiguous.

Many of the items we could not picture because Word Press only takes pictures up to 2MB.  So next time we will click accordingly – once we learn how.

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There are two lovely Tiffany-style hanging lamps which are quite old and beautiful.

Dining room table and chairs.  Porcelain dinner service.  Stem glasses.

Opalescent glass figures.  Book cases.  Bedroom set with queen-sized bed – real wood.

Mahogany book cases.  Pine book cases stained mahogany.

Miscellaneous items that will look lovely in your living or dining room where you need an extra something.

Clothes.  Fur coats.  A collection of 1930’s mink and fox throws for over the shoulder – remember the kind with the head, feet and tails intact – well come and see these (No conservationist comments please – this was the 1930’s and there were not many of these made).

Off-white Pinch pleated thermal drapes – lots of them.  The way they conserve heat and cold in your home will make up for the fox and mink shoulder stoles.

Nylon curtains – some with frilly ruffles for just $5.00.

An old sewing machine case – a little rubbing with coconut oil will make this case look lovely.

Oriental-style rugs – one for $25 and it is room size – the second for $125.

Pots and pans.  Kitchen miscellaneous.

Basement items, including professional floor cleaning equipment ideal for someone just starting a new business.  Use these until you have earned enough to buy the new, super shiny, over-priced machines that will take away most of your profit.

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As in all Bettina Network Sales, whatever is left after the sale is donated to Bettina Network Foundation, inc.  A 501 ( c ) 3 organization and the family gets a tax credit for the amount of the items so donated.  The Bettina Network Foundation, inc. gives all of these items to people who are recently homeless and are beginning to furnish their new permanent home and/or to people in difficult situations who these items can benefit and make their lives a bit easier.  We work with Therapists and Social Workers to determine who can best use the items available.  They are not stored they are taken immediately to their new home so volunteers at the end of each sale are crucial.

If you are a Social Worker, Therapist or someone working with the homeless and would like to volunteer to help in this effort to eradicate homelessness as best we can, call us.  We send you an inventory of items available and you let us know which ones your clients can use.

If you would like to volunteer some of your time to work with the Bettina Network Foundation, inc. we welcome you.  Speak to one of the people working the sale and they will give you more information.  It is fun -a good learning experience – and who knows where it will lead for you.  We need photographers, designers to help those receiving items have an idea as to how to place them for maximum beauty, those who like to clean and work with others to help them learn how to keep up what they now own, etc., but especially those who enjoy giving – being creative – finding a way where there was no way, etc.

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Coconut Oil Toothpaste?

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
A new kind of toothpaste?

A new kind of toothpaste?

Just when you think you know everything about a food along comes Dr. Mercola and mercola.com with something new.

If you have not subscribed to the mercola.com newsletter, we suggest you do so as soon as possible.

Their latest entry is  “6 Reasons to Start Using Coconut Oil as Toothpaste”.  To subscribe go to www.mercola.com and enter your email address where it says “subscribe now.”  In the search box put “Coconut Oil as Toothpaste.”  You won’t be sorry and you will be challenged to think and be conscious about your choices in food and other things.

Coconut oil to inhibit growth of bacteria responsible for tooth decay is a new one on even Bettina Network’s Blog.  We use it to clean and oil furniture; to put on the hair after washing it; using it instead of Olive Oil for cooking – we still use Olive Oil for salads where it is hard to beat – and we still use Peanut Oil for frying; and occasionally for an all over massage, but It has taken a little bit of daring to use it for toothpaste.  We will give it the Old School try and see what happens.

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A New World Order

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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We first heard of a “New World Order” when George Bush was president and let those words slip.  We want to pick up those words and expand and change what that means – just a little.

We live and see others prosper as we recapture the past and move into the future world order.  Some of us see the past as that place full of light and goodness.  Others see this new technology creating that place full of light and goodness.  We think they are both wrong and totally destroying what they are trying to achieve and capture.  How does that happen?  How did and do they get it so wrong?

We have to go back to the old world understanding that we don’t own anything on this earth.  We contribute those ways of thinking to the ‘primitives’.  Those groups of people who didn’t understand and were very ‘unintelligent’ in their ways of thinking.  Their basic belief was that we don’t and can’t own anything in this world.  All of that changed.  But did it really or only in new constructs we chose to use to define who we are and how we live!

When we enter this world we do so with nothing except the body we take on at conception.  When we leave it, we leave with nothing – not even the body with which we have identified for as long as we have lived on this earth.  So how have we gotten everything so messed up, mixed up, confused and just downright wrong?

We need to go back to accept the fact of who we are instead of who our leaders have created us to be through their mythology – which we have accepted – and look at and accept who we really are and what we really own, if anything.  Once we do that, the Bettina Lifestyle is simple – it is a “New World Order” based on our shared humanity – and a joy to live.

Whatever we receive in this life is a gift and something we own only temporarily.  It really belongs to the earth – whatever that means.  So we should take care of every pin, every dot, every tittle and iota that comes into our possession because it is not permanent and it is not ours.  We keep all of these things for a second and then pass them on to someone else, unless we have ruined all of what we have possessed in the meantime and then we throw our things into the landfills.  Those things we claim to own came from someplace else and are going someplace else when we no longer have use of whatever we have acquired.

Enter the Estate Sale – the Yard Sale – the Garage Sale.  All ways we use to get rid of our ‘old’ stuff’ that we no longer want nor think we can use.  The thought of taking care of our things because we are passing them along in the future very seldom enters our minds.  We are the throw away society.  We use it and throw it away.  And what happens to those waiting to receive those throw away items?  Sorry, but they were trashed, discarded, uncared for because the person using them interrupted the cycle by their inability to recognize their humanity and the need to share everything with those waiting to receive.  We have dehumanized those waiting to receive to justify the way we have dehumanized ourselves.  We have re-created ourselves in the image of the god we created who would put up with our sins, and wastefulness and uglinesses to ourselves and to others.

If we had taken good care of what we ‘owned’ temporarily, and understood that what we have must be used by someone else, those things would continue their lives and would continue to be useful someplace else and to someone else.

Some people can only buy and use “new” stuff.  Some of us delight and cherish the ‘old stuff’ that we find at Estate Sales.  It is like winning the lottery to find something wonderful for a fraction of what we would have to pay for the same item “new”.  It is living on society’s throw aways, but what a luxury life.

Clothes are the best example.  If you wear your clothes carefully, you can pass them on to continue to be used by someone else.  So Bettina provides for that.  Bettina Network, inc. has estate sales.  Bettina Network Foundation, inc. gives away that which is given to us to those who need the give-aways to be able to participate in this society.  How wonderful to find those give-aways in good condition.

There is no understanding of the ugliness and selfishness of the society in which we live until one becomes homeless.  You can understand it on a very small basis as you interact and see the political fights, the petty jealousies, the coveting thy neighbors belongings. You can understand it only so far, if you also have a position which pays you money to work; friends in the same or better position of whom you can be jealous; belongings which don’t quite measure up to those of your neighbors.  Homeless,  you are cut off from all of that and are standing outside alone or with children or with other family or with friends- all of you alone -it is a stark emptiness, fear and feeling of what was it all about and what is it all about now that I am on the street!  But oddly enough, that tendency to create negative structures in which to live is so strong that the homeless recreate the same scenarios only on a different level from that which we find in the society at large.  What stops that?  What intervenes to get rid of all the myths which we have created to continue this insanity?

To be homeless raises the question as to what got me in this place? Did I do something or not do something that I wound up homeless and cut off from everyone and everything except those in my condition?  There are a few people who reach out to help, but they are not my friends.  They are making themselves feel good as a part of their “belonging,”‘  enhancing their position in society; reaching out to ‘do good’, but going back into the lifestyle and the society which created the underbelly of people that are not doing so good.

Why do we throw away our children onto the streets?  Why do we cast our elderly into buildings which harbor and collect all of the germs and diseases one gets as one gets older and keeps them from being seen and interacted with by others – the normal younger ones?  Why do we eliminate youth and family from these buildings and put those who are only one step above the elderly in such places to ‘care’ for them?  Is there something about youth who don’t tow the line and the elderly who shouldn’t be seen with the rest of us that makes us segregate?

As racism subsides are we so quickly replacing it with this form of elder-ism and creating more isms – so we don’t run out and might have to acknowledge our equality?  Separate and unequal now true for the elderly and for our children?

It is interesting that one sees, on the streets, people active until about age 70 and then it is rare to see those much older unless we see them amongst the homeless.  We have to go out of our way to these elder-buildings to see anyone older than 70.  Why do we so desperately need to be better than, that we will destroy other human beings to fill our need to be better than?

Marketing and advertising create the image of being stunned by those over 40 who look good (translate young) – who are not ill – who are active in society.  We just gasp at a 50 year old who looks younger and is still very active.  Corporations almost totally refuse to hire anyone over 45 and we go along with that.  Somehow, wisdom does not count.  And we can see that in how our society operates.  If wisdom were allowed in, and we commonly shared the experiences we have acquired  from having lived many years through much,  that might change the structures of our world and those who are busy creating this horror might have to give way to others who understand, acknowledge and act out of our common humanity.

If we treated our possessions as being with us only temporarily would that change all of this?  If we consciously understood that when we leave this earth we would not even be able to do so taking our own bodies?  Would that make a change?  If we passed on what we now own and use when we either no longer want or need it and we passed that on in good shape to others would all of this change?

As of now, wearing clothes someone else bought and wore and now throws away is not considered great.  Many of us won’t wear other peoples’ clothes.  We expect to immediately get sick and die from some terminal disease we catch in that process.  This need for new stuff and only new stuff has been created by a marketing and advertising campaign which has made us deathly afraid of each other and sometimes of ourselves.  We must feed the “growth through throw away” societal structure.  The faster we can get others to discard and throw away the faster new industries and companies can grow.

Look at this, –  we can’t stand to be around someone who has an odor. That has created a whole industry, which is thriving.  Try it sometimes and see how repulsed your friends and even your family can be if you smell.  And we all smell.  The exception is those who temporarily get rid of their smell by using chemicals which in the long run are harmful to one’s health.  Maybe those products need the addition in their television commercials to list all the bad things they do to the body, if you use them, as soothing music plays in the background.  Your smell is as unique as everything else.  Get used to it.  Can you walk into a room and know any of the people who just exited by the odors left or do you know the odors left by the brand of the chemicals used by the individuals?

We prefer to be around those who have more than we do and we will do some strange things to each other reaching ‘up’.  We cater to those who seem to have more, hoping they will acknowledge us and pull us ‘up’ with them.  And those already ‘up’ are doing their best to distance themselves from those who have less because they don’t want their ‘position’ compromised, especially by the unwashed.

Take a look at what keeps us without an odor – full of chemicals.  Take a look at what  keeps us clothed – chemicals, oil, especially in the middle classes and you will find these  chemicals and processed oils giving off gases into our bodies.  The food the chefs, who now make millions of dollars for the prattle produce, – can be really fowl, only we claim it to be exquisite because we repeat what we are expected to repeat to stay a member of the group.  Once upon a time these Chefs touted Olive Oil as the only Oil to cook with if you wanted to be healthy.  Slowly, too slowly, word got out that one can’t really cook with Olive Oil because it goes rancid as the temperature in the pot goes up and it doesn’t have to go up very far for the rancidity to appear killing all of the B vitamins in our system.

Try life in this New World Order.  Take good care of what you currently own,  with the thought that it will be owned by someone else in the not too dBettina Trademarkistant future and you want to preserve it so it can continue to be used and enjoyed.  Pass your belongings on to those who either won’t or can’t pay the top dollars required of the people buying new stuff.  What is this new stuff they are buying?  Shoes full of chemicals way into four figures; New pocketbooks which show off a certain status costing into five figures.  Instead of landfill, make sure those items with which you currently live are in such good condition they can be passed on to others to enjoy.

Find someone homeless and bring them into your social circle.  Include them in your parties, your dinners, your outings, your vacations.  You don’t have to provide them with permanent housing.  When dinner is over they go back to their homeless state.  When you return from vacation, they go back to their homeless state.  When you pass someone homeless on the street – smile and speak.  When you pass anyone on the street – smile and acknowledge your common humanity.  What will that do?  Possibly cure this society’s penchant for creating homelessness and then not taking responsibility for what we have created.  How? By acknowledging our common humanity.  If I have a lot in common with that person on the street how can I do otherwise than to at least speak.  Maybe one day……………..

As the homeless are more included in your life and the lives of your friends and family maybe they will see another way to move out of the state they are in.  Maybe doors have been opened for them and within them to help move them off the street.

Try this beginning of a truly New World Order and see how far it takes you and us.

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Bettina Kale Chips – an addition

Friday, April 10th, 2015

We constantly try to pass along the comments you send in when we find them to be important.

“We are finding that as Kale sits in the refrigerator, it gets an ever stronger taste, which I found objectionable.

I didn’t know where that taste came from; didn’t realize it was the taste of Kale which was a few days old; and didn’t realize the taste became stronger the longer Kale sat after being harvested, so I tried different seasonings to eliminate it, thinking it was caused by the combination of seasonings I was using.  Discovered the cause when I returned from the store.  Before I put away the groceries, I stripped the Kale stalks,  put them in the oven and an hour later tasted the result.  It was dramatic.

Next time, I will put away the groceries first, but will not let the Kale sit longer than a few minutes after purchasing it. I think the taste I didn’t like came from Kale sitting in the fridge – even if it was only a day or two.  I now love Kale Chips.”

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Shake the Dust……Anis Mojdani…

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

One thing we discovered on Easter Sunday was the poetry of Anis Mojdani.  Jonathan Fields introduced us to “Shake the Dust”. When he started the recording he had on his telephone of “Shake the Dust” everyone was talking about other things and as Anis Mojdani started his poem the table became very quiet.

We wanted to share it with you.  “Shake the Dust” is the last poem he delivers in this TEDxAtlanta talk.  Listen to the end and you won’t be sorry.  Listening to Anis Mojdani’s poetry is a great use of time.

 

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We Live by Faith………….

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

 

 

In that very bright light is enormous love.

In that very bright light is enormous love.

 

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Breakfast is a fantastic time of day.

Good conversation with good food starts my day like nothing else, especially when you don’t know who you are going to have breakfast with, nor what will be discussed.

We have a family custom, which goes back to the days when my daughters were very young.  Whatever I read that I felt I wanted to keep and remember, I would put on three by five cards and serve them up with dinner.

It was impossible to get my daughters to bless the table before dinner so I would put a card at everyone’s place and they would read their cards.  That was fine as long as we didn’t have guests who were their age.  Then it would be horribly embarrassing for them and they would apologize to their guests for this horrific habit of their mother’s.

I have continued this practice, even though they are grown and gone. Without children to indoctrinate, I now use the cards for our breakfast guests.   They get these cards periodically although they are not required to read them.  Sometimes, we are happily surprised when guests read their cards out loud before eating.

This one morning, one card said “We Live by Faith not by Sight”.  A quote from 2 Corinthians 5-7.  That is a verse from the Bible that my grandmother used to quote to me when I was about 3 years old and would go inside to get her because there was someone under our house talking to me.  She would come outside, see nothing and assure me everything was fine and remind me that ‘we live by faith, not by sight’ and I should talk to whoever I was seeing at the time.  If it was important enough for them to come to talk to me, I should be polite enough to respond.

This particular breakfast one of our guests read that card, which was at her spot at the table and she was delighted .  That started a conversation on what this world is truly about and how handicapped we are, if we will only live with what we can see.  It was the first such conversation in which I had participated and it was fascinating.  For once, those who can’t ‘see’ were in the minority and those who recognized that faith takes you strange places were in the majority.

The woman who read her card out loud talked about what life was like for her.  She talked to dead people, knew things like when the phone would ring and it did, etc.  It was an incredible conversation.  She mostly talked about how, as she grew older, she realized there were many people like her although they did not share or talk about this gift because it is one that can make others look at you rather strangely and give you lots of room.

As we talked, I realized how deep one can go into ‘seeing’ by Faith and recognizing others who do the same.  It is a wonderful world of people who understand and know things just because………  and for whom Faith is a big issue.  Many people who have a deep, real, abiding faith generally don’t know where it came from, why or how they live on such a level.  Those who don’t have such faith live a very intellectual life or just life from day to day.  Some live saddled with great anxiety for reasons they don’t realize, recognize, can’t deal with, so they escape in some form or other.

Have you ever thought how some people can go through horrendous experiences in life and come out still loving, smiling, living and moving along in life and some go through less and are bitter, feel sorry for themselves, become victims and sometimes not very nice people?  Faith and lack of faith seems to be the difference.

It was a joyous breakfast.  One woman told a couple of us about our lives, – past present and future; another woman talked about her visions; another about helping those around her with what she could ‘see’ without saying anything to the people she helped.  I would love to live in such a community, but there is none that I have ever found.  It was an extremely spiritual breakfast where God seemed to be the one who brought all of us together to share that moment in time – and we are deeply grateful.

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Henry Ford once said —–

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Wisdom Comes from Experience and Age

Wisdom Comes from Experience and Age

                                                        “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”

Can it be true that success comes as a byproduct of failure for many people?

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The Lobster Stop

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
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The Lobster Stop
 723 Washington Street – Quincy, MA. 02169
Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Monday 11am-8pm
                                                    Telephone: 617 405 4760

I am in love, again!

We discovered a great restaurant.  One that will take you through the summer with fresh seafood cooked the way it used to be cooked in New Orleans.

I have been nostalgic for the restaurants in New Orleans that once upon a time, many years ago, lived on Claiborne Avenue.  That was before the Federal Government came in and built an overpass which killed the neighborhood, the street and most of the businesses that once thrived there.  It was the place you went to if you wanted an oyster Po’boy sandwich.  No one fried oysters the way they did along Claiborne Avenue.

Well, those businesses are gone and have been replaced by ones that are only a memory of the past.  However, we found one recently that is a total replica of those old New Orleans Creole Restaurants, only this one is in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Before I go any further I have to say this restaurant does not serve organic food. That is a downer, but the way they prepare and cook the food, along with the ambiance of the place, means maybe we should all take a bit of time and lobby for it to serve only wild-caught seafood and everything else organic.  I bet if they put their sandwiches and rolls on organic bread the place would be a run-away hit.

In the meantime, it is a place you have to try.  I loved the red and white checked tablecloths, the large tubs for live lobster, the friendliness and ‘down home’ attitude of the people who work there, but most of all we loved the food – fresh seafood cooked by those who knew what they were doing and we had no complaints.

Everybody with us had something different.  I reluctantly ordered fried oysters fully expecting them to be the way I normally find fried oysters in this New England area – not great, with lots of breading and kind of soft even though they claim to have been fried.  Can you imagine my surprise when the oysters arrived cooked to perfection.  In just a few minutes I was ready for seconds, but instead of ordering seconds, – I knew my job – I helped those with me finish their meal.  One had Lobster Bisque – which I couldn’t eat because I was within the sight line of the live lobsters.  Several years ago, I bought lobsters for one of my daughters birthday dinners, and they turned the lobsters into pets.  Since then, I have not been able to eat another lobster.  The clam chowder, however, was superb.  One person had a Combination Platter and I just had to help her finish what was too much for one person.  The Onion Rings were incredibly light, crisp and tasted like a little bit of heaven.  I ate until I literally had to be helped to the car I was so full.  Can’t wait for a return visit.  I did resist the French Fries.  Next time, I will bring a bag of organic potatoes and hope they will fry them up for me so I can add potatoes to what I enjoyed at the Lobster Stop.

What more can I say?  Next visit, maybe I will take a flyer on fried clams – or maybe I will try a Clam Roll – although the shrimp looked great!!!!!

Whenever you get close to Quincy, Massachusetts try the Lobster Stop – right next to the bridge.

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