Friday, July 21, 2006

Got Hiccups?

Hiccups? Try the Beckwith "Endless Breath" Method

The beauty of this method is that it requires no gadgets, cups of water, or anything other than breathing correctly. Nor does it require heavy breathing. On the contrary. It works by removing the irritating gap between the inspiration and the expiration, thus creating a continuous flow of slow-moving breath.
To do it, it helps to imagine breathing in a figure-8. As the outbreath reaches the end, slow the breath and twist it around so that it becomes the inbreath. Then simply create a figure-8 of continuous breath.
The hiccups will subside almost immediately. It has never NOT worked for me or my clients, and always works within 10 cycles. Usually less.
The technique is also useful for other breathing maladies.

Other techniques available at WikiHow.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

War and It's Remedies : George Cone Beckwith

War and It's Remedies : George Cone Beckwith
The Book History Wanted to Bury

In 1847, George Cone Beckwith published a book called The Peace Manual: or, War and its Remedies. The book was so effective that it prevented the Civil War, both World Wars, The Korean and Vietnam War, and now it has prevented the Iraq War. Well maybe I overstate. Maybe it didn't prevent any of these atrocities, but one can't fault a guy for trying. He probably didn't realize what a bellicose nation he was living in. Nor did he anticipate a War Machine based on the profits and spoils of wars...deemed necessary for their economic survival. In other words, he didn't realize that America was going to be run by Satan and the Hell on Earth crowd, who actually thrive at the suffering of others.

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BECKWITH, George C., clergyman, born in 1800; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 12 May 1870. He was a Congregational minister, who devoted himself to the service of the American peace society, of which he was for thirty-three years corresponding secretary. He also edited its magazine, "The Advocate of Peace," and wrote the appeals issued in its name, in favor of peace congresses and the arbitration of international disputes.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

What's Black and White and Red all over?

What's Black and White and Red all over?
A legend of the Old West has roots in Virginia
Tall tales--some started by himself--surround the life of Jim Beckwourth, a Northern Neck native who blazed a trail out West.
By Ann McDuffie

Writing for and the Free Lance Star, Ann McDuffie tackles the very full life of James P. Beckwith, a son of Sir Jennings Beckwith, whose family lived in and around Fredericksburg before making their way out west, where adventure, exploration and discovery were a daily fact of life. At some point in his life, Beckwith changed the spelling of his name to include "Beckwourth", which he may have taken to fancy.

I have read several of the volumes written about Beckwourth, and consider him to be one of the most American of our early pioneers. I wish Americans today would live up to the standards he set for himself back then.