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  Reporting from the streets of Vancouver, Canada, Stanley Q. Woodvine writes about the challenges of homeless life, as well as on personal interests like anime and computers. via sqwabb — Discover Nothing better to do tonight and looking for knowledge … Continue reading

* Haiku – all you are

It’s Nurturing Thursday.
I decided to join Becca Givens and I think you should, too, without invitation
https://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/nurturing-thurs-ride-the-waves/

Val is good enough to give me a tug by ‘liking’ one of the comments I posted in a blog.

Her site happens to be very nurturing in helping us to “Find Your Middle Ground”

Here’s to us and let us encourage one another by nurturing uplifting post.

Find Your Middle Ground

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Become all You are

Let go of roles and pleasing

Find Your Middle Ground

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If you are new to this site, welcome!

Please explore more about finding your middle ground by clicking here.

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on the problem of wanting

And here’s the writer of “To Fall In love with anyone, do this” New York Times Modern Love column written by Mandy Len Cantron. She teaches writing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

An excellent read and a recent FP. Enjoy.

See article on “To Fall in love with anyone, do this”

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For weeks I’ve wanted to write about all that’s happened in my life in 2015, but I couldn’t find a good way to get at it. I keep thinking back to a rainy Sunday night, about a year ago, when I met two friends for dinner. One was pregnant and doing interesting research for her PhD in linguistics. She and her husband were thinking about buying a condo or moving to a new, baby-friendly apartment. The other, a psychologist, I hadn’t seen since August, when she was in the midst of a messy break up with a not-at-all-nice guy. But by March she was living happily with her new boyfriend—a man who seemed unbelievably successful and kind and good for her. A man she met the day after her break up. She told us about helping to raise his two kids, and her summer plans to attend conferences and visit…

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Seventy years ago

Lest We Forget: Destruction and killings are going on in many parts of the world. “Violence begets violence.” And no country can be free from what is going on in other countries today.

WWII fire-bombing of Tokyo by US remembered 70 years
Seventy years ago on the night of 9-10 March, in the Japanese capital, 334 American B-29 bombers dropped thousands of tonnes of incendiary bombs on the city’s crowded wooden neighbourhoods.
They started a fire storm that burned at over 1,000 degrees and killed more than 100,000 people.

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WWII fire-bombing of Tokyo by US remembered 70 years on BBC News  It was an event that dwarfed even the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, yet it’s been all but …

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Seventy years ago

Tokyo was engulfed in fire

For what was that war?

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Quote and Unquote

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Focus_ThingsThatMatterA little thought on ‘today’

No matter if it’s a Monday or a Thursday,
a new month or the middle of it,
or the 1st of January or the 8th of February.
Any ‘today’ will give you the same opportunities
as these stated ‘start-over-days’ will do
– it’s just a matter of how welcoming we are
towards the concept of today.
Also how much we actually allow
ourselves to live in ‘the now’.

via A little thought on ‘today’.

Sketch: Carl Richards

Your Excused

Here’ a good one. Make sure you read ME’s excuse, that is the best part.

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“Anyone who truly

knows creatures

may be excused from

listening to sermons,

for every creature is

full of God,

and is a book.”

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~ Meister Eckhart

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Predator or Prey, Mother Nature supplies each

with their needs,

man is the only creature that

has his wants.

Survival of the fittest may seem cruel,

but there is nothing more cruel than one man

beheading another in the name of religion.

Creatures have compassion, many mate for life,

they are happy to do the will of God,

unlike the ugly creature man

who wants to argue with God.

Today, be happy, get to know Mother Nature

and her creatures.

Happiness is being excused from listening to sermons.

Happiness is helping someone help themselves.

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ME and the Boss

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The Endurance of Tacloban: Heart of the Philippines

China Sojourns provided us with an excellent photography, writting, lessons and Save the Children project on the impact of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban, Philippines. An Excellent post! And I want to add with the gifts of faith, hope, and love the Filipinos will recover and become stronger people. Thank you, Randall for keeping us up-to-date.

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Violent winds swirl the dark, ominous thunderclouds overhead. The pounding waves crash onto the rocky shore and the roar of the Pacific Ocean makes its intention clear: thrash anything in its path.

With electricity in the air, I am oblivious to everything except the power coming my way as rain beats against my face, sucking me into the depths of the storm.

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Ever since I was young, the powerful forces of storms, especially on the Oregon Coast, have held a rare type of electricity for me.  Electricity that excites my soul and eliminates any trace of fear I may have.

Chasing the idea of becoming one with the storm.  Not just to see the power unravel in front of me, but to physically feel this rare electricity.

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The past three days I’ve experienced a different type of feeling.

Walking along the Tacloban city coastline watching the sunrise, I am beginning…

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What it looks like when a society fails its vulnerable

This is worth sharing and a good read. Do you know another “Leon” and an employer like this?

The Cotton Boll Conspiracy

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Count your blessings. Be grateful for what you have. Stop and smell the roses. It’s likely most of us have heard all of the above at various time throughout our lives.

Far too often, however, it’s easier to focus on that burr under the saddle, no matter how minute, and bellyache about our problems. That, despite the fact that many of us, in reality, have been dealt a pretty good hand overall.

Just how good is sometimes evident when one is shown how the “other half,” for lack of a better term, lives.

The New York Times earlier this month ran a story about Leon Jones, a 64-year-old poultry worker who lives and works just up the road from me in Newberry, SC.

If you’re looking for someone who has a good reason to be less than happy with his lot in life, Jones would seem to be a…

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Waiting for us

This post resonates what is written in my “About” page. One cannot hurry up the waiting process. Trust in the slow process on waiting even though one is not religious. De Chardin has proven his point and Friar pointed it so well.

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waiting1There are lots of different ways to wait. Scripture has over 162 verses that describe all sorts and manners of waiting. I suspect you are familiar with a good portion of the different kinds of waiting – after all, we all wait. In the military, the common experience was to “hurry up and wait.” We all wait. It is a common experience, and yet there are differences in waiting. There is a difference between expectant, on the edge-of-your-seat waiting; the patient “it will happen in its own good time and there is nothing I can do about it” waiting; and the waiting of dread, tedium, and despair. I think our “are we ever gonna’ get there waiting” because a flight to Europe can take 8+ hours, would fall on deaf ears for our ancestors who traveled months on boats to reach these distant shores. But things change, the world has…

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Introducing: His Name Was Ben

Calling all book lovers. This is a new book written by Paulette. The first one was a #1 best seller “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap.

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

My book just went live on Amazon paperback and Kindle for anyone interested in reading it. As with The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap profits are going to rescue dogs.

http://www.amazon.com/His-Name-was-Paulette-Mahurin-ebook/dp/B00NTACZ5Q/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

SYNOPSIS ON BACK COVER: SYNOPSIS Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with…

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We have time for everything…

Amy of “shareandconnect” takes photos that jumps out to life! Her photos brings the beauty of the world. I am taking this time to share her creativity. I can no longer keep her to myself.

The World Is A Book...

We have time …
We have time for everything

beeTo sleep, or to be all over the place,
To regret mistakes and do them again,
To judge others and find excuses for ourselves,

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We have time to kill a dream and recreate it later
We have time to make friends, and lose them

berryWe have time to get lessons and forget them later on,
We have time to get gifts and not understand them.

wildflowers-3We have time for everything.

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But we don’t have time for a little kindness…

Octavian Paler (July 2, 1926 – May 7, 2007) was a Romanian writer, politician, journalist and civil society activist.

Read more of this poem, please visit Seeker’s “In between times …is NOW“.  Seeker’s blog is known for covering great stories, wonderful readings, and her insights, where you can be inspired.

Have an enjoyable Sunday 🙂

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Suicide and the Narrative of Choice

COMPASSION… what we need is compassion for people who are suffering from any disease. For people that commits suicide or survive suicide, blame does not help or saying How can you do this! LEARN, we need to learn from another. I am still learning from my own history. This post is the best one I can relate to. As for now, I am filled with gratitude being alive. Faith, family, care givers and bloggers who shared their experience. Let us help one another understand with compassion.

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Whilst reading about the tragic death of the great Robin Williams I repeatedly stumbled upon the narrative of choice. Places like Psychcentral spoke about suicide being an “insidious choice”, but a “choice” nonetheless, so much so that they repeated the word to drive the message home. Meanwhile, whilst perusing social media I repeatedly came across variations of “people who commit suicide are selfish”, “how can anyone do that to their family?”. These sorts of comments make me twitchy. We’ve all heard them before.

In my own case they were personalised and weaponised, “How could YOU do that to your children? Do YOU not care about them?” I did, that was the problem. For some time I had felt like a millstone around the necks of my family. I loved them, but hated myself and could only see the ways I made their lives worse. After 2 failed suicide attempts in…

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What equals nine?

A funny post.
Question: What do you do with a “drive by commentators?” This reminds me of drive by “likers”. I call them hit-and-run. Worst are posts that use “pingbacks”.

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What do you wantOne of the interesting things about “blogging” is what happens off-line. WordPress has a feature for “comments” and it is a controllable feature. You can allow all comments and then remove inappropriate ones as you see fit. But then that means you have to monitor; sometimes manners and charity are not hallmarks of text and comments left behind. It takes time. Not willing to dedicate time to the supervising task? The blog administrator can not allow any comments at all.  That takes no additional time to oversee. There is at least one “middle way.” You can allow comments but require that all comments be approved before they are posted on one’s blog. That takes some time, but you have the luxury of getting to such things when you have time.

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Never Again?

As we are safe and sound in the confines of our own little world, posting beautiful happy photographs, let us be mindfull of what is happening to others: Note that this a graphic post that I am sharing with you. Viewers discretion advise.
http://universalfreepress.com/graphic-muslims-systematically-beheading-children-in-christian-genocide/
http://www.catholic.org/news/international/middle_east/story.php?id=56490

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Convert or die. ISIS militants are crucifying victims because to them crucifixion is especially humiliating due to its Christian implications.  Convert or die. ISIS militants are crucifying victims because to them crucifixion is especially humiliating due to its Christian implications.

“I don’t speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don’t have the power to remain silent” – Rabbi A.Y. Kook

Some of the images I`m including in this blog post are extremely graphic, at this point either read it or not, people need to see the real reality going on in Iraq

I`m breaking Shabbat just by posting this but it needs to be written, for the past week I`ve been

following the horrible crimes that have been committed in Iraq. ISIS has gone on a campaign of brutal violence and murder, destroying Christian communities and other minorities like the Yazidis. It makes me wonder why does the world not care about these people? Why does the world show any lack of remorse? Why are…

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Thursday Re-View — Of Ladybugs and Dragonflies…and Love

It’s wonderful that there are  signs and wonders given to us especially a Ladybug. I’m lucky enough to hear from Soul Gathering post that shares her Ladybug story. It’s a wonderful read.

Soul Gatherings

There are signs.

Signs of our departed loved ones telling us all will be well and that there is life after death, if we only have the faith and willingness to believe.

For Mom, it’s a ladybug. ladybug

When she died 25 years ago from breast cancer at the age of 59, (see “Remembrance”), Mom left behind a husband, 2 daughters and 3 grandsons. Speaking for myself, her “baby,” I was in total shock, having spent the entire month of February driving to the hospital after work and watching her suffer. After her death, I was totally drained physically, emotionally and spiritually.

One of the first things we did as a family without Mom was to drive 8 hours to my best friend’s wedding in North Carolina, the wedding that Mom promised to bake her delicious Italian cookies for (what is a wedding without countless trays laden with homemade…

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Sometimes You Just Need To Take A Break

To keep things in perspective: ” I remembered why I started blogging in the first place. It wasn’t for numbers. It wasn’t for business or money. It was all for myself and for my everyday moments of happiness, sunshine and gratitude; it was for sunrises and sunsets; for love and family. It was for friends and joy. “

Celebrating Sunshine

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I’ve been very busy for the past three weeks. I changed the theme of my blog, I read and collected blogging resources and I created tens of folders on my computer. I’ve also learned about working with pictures and Picmonkey. I created a Facebook page and made friends in some blogging groups. Creating a Facebook page, exchanging “likes” with other pages and interacting with Facebook groups of fellow bloggers is time-consuming. It is almost addicting.

So instead of writing posts, I was doing everything else. I’ve felt like I was always behind (and I really was behind), and always writing my posts in the last minute right before publishing them, having no time to read them over and eventually revise and edit them.
I knew I had to be more organized. I wasted too much time on Facebook. I wanted to create a schedule and I hoped to have, let’s…

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Knocking on heaven’s door

As a token of my appreciation for following my post. I have the same question. Do you read or you just like to push the button since it’s so easy to like?

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Most days I wonder if you actually read what I write here. Or just look at the pics, maybe hit the ‘like’ button and move on with your day.

Strange how we put our ideas out there, wanting, even hoping somebody would pick it up and make something of it. Little digital conversations sharing interests, thoughts, whatever. The excitement of another blog to explore and experience. An open door to a different world.

For closed doors are interesting only if they have a bloody bone for a lock.

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I took my final Camino step a year-ago today…. Or was it my first step?

Jim could have not said it any better what it’s like to walk Santiago de Compostela. in 1:56 minutes. If you can, take time to take this trip of your life time. I did walk last year and I must say, I am still processing the journey. Thank you for encouraging me, Jim. Blessings.

JIM'S 484 MILE WALK "CAMINO de SANTIAGO"

A year-ago today it was St. James day in Spain; I took my final step of my Camino de Santiago. Little did I know what the next year would bring and where would I be without this experience? Is it true that when you take your final step, a new life-long journey begins with a different view about life?

On my 56 day,  Santiago Cathedral, Spain On my 56 day,
Santiago Cathedral, Spain

I remember the day as I walked by myself to the end of my 56-day journey. My head and heart were filed with an emotion I never knew existed. My heavy backpack felt like feathers. I carried my pack every inch of the way from France through 164 villages to Santiago, Spain; it was over 500 miles. I walked with no money for food, which taught me the true meaning of humility!

As I stood in front of this historic cathedral, I looked at…

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BORROWING FROM GOD

At the end of the day, I need humour. And I got it and I don’t even have to wait….

WISDOM STORIES TO LIVE BY

A man was taking it easy, laying on the grass and looking up at the clouds. He was identifying shapes when he decided to talk to God.

“God”, he said, “how long is a million years?”

God answered, “In my frame of reference, it’s about a minute.”

The man asked, “God, how much is a million dollars?”

God answered, “To me, it’s a penny.”

The man then asked, “God, can I have a penny?”

God answered, “In a minute.”

Source | Roger Kuder, Jokes and Riddles
(lulu.com, 2012)  page 11

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Another rendition of the same story:

A man was talking to God one day, and he said, “God, I have always wanted to ask you this question.” He said, “God, from your perspective how long is a million years?”

God said, “In my perspective, a million years is a second.”

“Wow, a second!” He then said, “God, from your…

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The Epic Battle Between Mary And Martha

The joy of Being.
Read MK’s comment what it means. A lovely post.

MK pix

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As I entered my stifling hot car yesterday afternoon, I turned on the air conditioning. Then I switched on the radio, and I was immediately smacked upside the head by an interview with Anita Moorjani. She was recounting the lessons she learned from her near death experience. She spoke of how we are each unique Beings with our own unique purpose. And then she said “if your only purpose is to be you, you cannot fail”.

Anita Moorjani reminded me of my personal struggle between being versus doing. I spent decades working as a software developer. I was an analytic drudge. It was pure joy of an odd sort. It’s a kind of thinking that is actually a doing. It became my mode of living, instead of just a way to make a living.

The Source delivers frequent blessings in the form of reminders that our fulfillment comes in…

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Eyes Upon the Sparrow

LISTEN to Sunday Music: I sing because I’m Happy, I sign because I am free, I sing because He Loves Me.

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Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)

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SOLITUDE (for DVERSE)

The title alone of this poem is very catchy as well as the quote from Martin Buber: “Solitude is a place of purification.” I enjoyed reading this poem and I hope you do, too.

MY WALL

Swan Quotation
I dare not be silent for I am afraid
my own soul shall speak
of truth I do not wish to hear.
Where shall I hide from the tide
that will sweep me clean of myself?
There, in the praise of people,
in the shelter of kindred thoughts
that lift me up high
and shield my eyes from arms
raised in defiance of my desires;
there, in the thousand and one endeavors
that occupy my time and my hands
that convince me
I am doing something worthwhile.
But for how long?
How long can I escape
this Inquisitor that grows with the night
and lies in wait in my sleep?
“I am only human, flawed,” dare I say
to defend myself
against the Inquisitor convinced
I can rise above my nature’s imperfection.
How easy will it be
if I need not answer questions
about my accountability.
Yet, that is the…

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May Two-Four?

Canada is celebrating Victoria Day this weekend. This is a great history written by Bite Size Canada.

Bite Size Canada

Tomorrow, May 19, is Victoria Day, acknowledging Queen Victoria’s birthday. So for today’s post, allow me to introduce you to Alexandrina Victoria.

Queen Victoria Photo of Queen Victoria; Photo de la reine Victoria. Date: 18 August 2007, Ottawa, by abdallahh. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/husseinabdallah/2082709783/

She was born on May 24, 1819 (Kensington Palace, London), and died on January 22, 1901 (Osborne House, Isle of Wight) at the age of 81.

The official name for this annual celebration is Victoria Day,and in French it’s called Fête de la Reine. Some also call it May Long Weekend, May Long, May Two-Four, or May Run. It is also informally considered as the beginning of the summer season in Canada.  It is celebrated every year on the Monday preceding May 25.  This year, it falls on May 19th.

Canada started celebrating the Queen’s birthday on May 24, 1845, when the legislation first passed by…

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It makes sense

Worth reading: “Hope is a state of mind, not of the world…. Either we have hope or we don’t; it is a dimension of the soul…an orientation of the spirit;…it is not the same thing as joy that things are going well…but rather an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed…. Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”

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he_qi_road_to_emmaus I have been leading Bible studies for a long time now. I think the first one was in 1984. When I think back, it seems to me, that each time we study St. Luke’s account called the “Road to Emmaus” the same basic questions arise. “How could these two people, clearly disciples, people who may have followed Jesus for maybe three years – having seen the miracles, the mighty works, heard the preaching, seen Lazarus raised from the dead, and heard Jesus proclaim that he would be put to death and then rise – how could they then hear the reports of the empty tomb and then walk away in a slow descent into despair? Don’t they get it? How could they not get it? Where is their faith? It doesn’t make sense.”

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Easter is coming…

Refuse to believe?? Think backwards!

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It is good to be reminded.

Easter is coming
But for many of us, this is not the ultimate reality
There is too much pain and suffering in the world today.
Death has the last word. It would therefore be foolish to say that the life and death of a first century
Jew names Jesus makes a difference.
Why? Might makes right. Power is superior to compassion and despair is stronger than hope.
So I refuse to believe a man can come back from the dead.
Sometimes the most important facts are the hardest to accept.
Resurrection is a false hope.
How can you say an empty tomb changes everything.
Don’t you see “God loves the world” is a lie.
“Money is God” and “The one dies with the most toys wins.”
I will tell you what I tell my children
There is no more to this world that what…

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Westminister Free Clinic

Making a difference in the community: Volunteer

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

My husband, Terry, and I volunteer Wednesday nights at a

free medical & legal clinic. I see patients and he sees people

with medical questions. I also have a volunteer gig at our

local public TV station, hosting shows. I was privileged to

be the host of the director of The Westminister Free Clinic,

where doctors, dentists, lawyers, nurse practitioners, dieticians,

chiropractors, and high school volunteers every Wednesday

night all year round. For a large part of the community, this

is the only health care they get. It’s non-government funded

and run exclusively by the kindness of those who can help, and

do. Being a part of this community service has been a real gift

for me and my husband. I hope you watch, enjoy, and feel free

to share the video. It’s also a hope it helps to inspire other

communities to follow suit so those without access to…

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“I’m Not Dead , Only Waiting to Sing”

For Debbie:

"Ye Shall Know Me by My Fruits"

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IOPEN LINK NIGHT  Imaginary Garden With Real Toads

Help me with my un-perceived progress

I stand still, everything around me sweeping

Like a Kansas tornado.

So many

voices within, held down and pressed,

It scares me to hear such a composing

Of songs I alone know

 

I pan for gold but all I’m left with is dirt,

Years are one Day to eternity’s mathematics

And yet, You see gold today.

I must be blind by mortality’s mud and hurt

Or reality’s crush and deafening static,

All that must with time decay.

 

What is hidden can always be found

If the search is sincere and I keep my heart,

If the mists are under my feet

The treasure is on sacred, holy ground

Along the stream of light that favors a lark

At sun’s turned up face in peace.

 

It’s all so momentary!  A second estate.

This reflection…

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SQUEEZE TIGHT!

I came to visit Debbie’s site today for a long silence and I am sorry to read that she is an Angel now. Our moments were brief yet she touched me. With love, Perpetua.

"Ye Shall Know Me by My Fruits"

So, friends, have you done it?  You’ve had seven days to do it.  Most of you probably have—written out your New Years goals, right?

This was a yearly “must” for my sisters and I, for years!  We were meticulous and, there were short a936494_369282396532037_68894665_nnd long-term goals; categories and by what date we should have accomplished them.  I’d always finish before the 31st of December, no buts or if’s about it!  Perfectionism flowed through my blood!  It pumped me up everyday better than CPR!  Life has inevitably slowed me down; disease and age have had their sway, too.  However, unless WISDOM wasn’t part of this mixture of daily living, I’d probably be making detailed lists up to this day.  Don’t take me wrong, I’m all for goals, stretching oneself to greater heights, chasing new dreams and, reaching brighter horizons.

Life has not only paced my race but has taught me…

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I’m “ALMOST,” WALKING!

I have been following Jim ever since he walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago. When he finished, it was my turn. Jim has the utmost tenacity of survival and gift of giving and helping. After the walk JIm had an accident and can barely walk. Now he is here to show us that he CAN. With my prayers and all the Angels watching over Jim, yes he can walk.

JIM'S 484 MILE WALK "CAMINO de SANTIAGO"

Angel nurse Judy, myself, my sister JoyAngel nurse Judy, myself, and my sister Joy

Welcome to all the newbies that have just joined this adventure. You can read some of the past post to see how I got to where I am today. Yep, I walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago and today I cannot walk five feet. Then again….just wait till tomorrow!

My goals

•        To walk only with a cane by the end of the month!

•        To make my stroke…. Un-permanent and show the Doctors, they were incorrect…. Because they did not know what this Polish boy can do!

•        To make my vision, re-adjust, so I will not see double, (except when getting donations for our new orphanage,) Oh yes, I am still having fun with this life thing!

Can I be in pain and peace at the same time?….YES!

This really has not been easy; however, I still strive for new life lessons…

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The history we write – the lives we lead

Mary Magdalene by Friar Musings. My gravatar is a picture of Mary Magdalene and I have shared you before that I happen to like her not because she was a prostitute but because she is so close to Jesus and was the first one to witness that He came back to life. Thank you, Friar.

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MM-Donatello Most people still think of Mary Magdalene as the unnamed sinner (possibly a prostitute) in Luke 7:36-50.  Of course we think of her as “the repentant prostitute” because she turns her life around because of the encounter with Jesus.  The problem is that for the first 300+ years of the Church, she was only seen as the first witness to the Resurrection.  Did you know that Mary Magdalene is mentioned 12 times in the gospels, more than most of the Apostles?  She was present at the crucifixion and was the first witness to the Resurrection (John 20 and Mark 16:9).  She was the “Apostle to the Apostles,” an honorific that St. Augustine bestowed upon her in the fourth century, and possibly he was but repeating a moniker already in use.

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My fish are dead*

There is no escaping should you suffer from a “brain” disorder. One cannot lie and hide about it. I have shared a bit of myself and I am sharing Escaping Elegance post. It speaks volume about what it’s like to have this “gift” I once mentioned before.

Escaping Elegance

my fish are dead

WARNING: If you are my mother, you may want to skip this post.

March is next week and I’ve just uncovered a pile of unopened Christmas cards in the kitchen drawer. I had a rough winter and things that I couldn’t face were pushed aside. If I open those cards, I’ll have to acknowledge the relationships they hold. Concede that there are people who care, have to care for them in return.

Life isn’t as easy to shove away as those colourful envelopes.

There have been too many lies in my life. I lie to cover-up my feelings and I lie to make people go away. Eventually the lies become too many; too many to keep track of and too many to care about. The lies are my shield, but they make me tired.

When I get too tired, I just want it all to end.

I now realize I’ve…

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I can show you God

Thank you, John, for sharing your words of wisdom.

“The places of peace

Ancient places and secrets hidden.
We allowed ghostly views of life and death.
I search for beauty hidden from the normal eyes.
Rare places to find peace.
I find cliffs to sit with Eagles.
I talk with the Gods of the wind and water.
I touch the soil and feel the energy and life.

The ancient Gods are fair.
They do not disturb or change our journey.
They just whisper. Life is fair.
Take what you need. Don’t abuse the land.
Love and respect your neighbors.

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I can show you God

A Poem by Coyote Poetry

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                                  I can show you GodThe great search for God is fruitless for some.
I knew a woman from  Santa Cruz.  We sat together often drinking hot and tasty
coffee on the Santa Cruz boardwalk. Her heart was cold and dead.

She  told me God is dead and forgotten.
We are just people struggling with no place to go or reasons to be alive.

I smiled and pointed to the sea.
I told her God is alive.
Look at the dancing sea.
The sun above us. Gifts for us from God.

God isn’t our master or guide.
Life is for us to decide.
She looked frustrated and asked.
Don’t God support to protect and save us?
Look at this world. War, murder, violence and dead-ends.”

I requested her to travel with me.
I…

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Have you ever fallen victim to the Friday afternoon office mirage?

Friday meme from Marti. I seem to see this on the daily basis. Pleasant days to all.

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I have…so now I don’t work Fridays!

When too many hours at work starts playing on your mind

What does your office mirage look like? 

My weakness is the sun drenched Aussie beach and comfy deck chair… and yours?

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More American Cartoons On Canada

Brett lives in America and blogs about Canada. I have used one of the New Yorker cartoons he posted and this one will tickle your funny bones.

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I enjoy the diversion of witty cartoons (especially those in The New Yorker magazine), and I’ve posted previously about funny cartoons that comment on American perceptions and stereotypes about Canada (for example, here and here).  Below are a few others that may provide for some amusement.

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This one deals with the general lack of knowledge about Canada by many Americans:

What part of Canada . . .

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Americans know they share many similarities with Canadians and might be happy to think that’s true in all respects but every now and then something will remind otherwise — such as the finishing of a sentence with an “eh?” or a different pronunciation of a common word (like “about” pronounced as “aboot”) — even if they can’t put their finger on it:

wYou-seem-familiar-.-.-.

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Of course, there’s the widely held perception of Canadians as being polite to a fault:

Canadian Mob

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It’s long been written

An amusing poem between letters, words and numbers. Enjoy.

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Poems have conversations between themselves
about us behind our backs, and what’s worse,
with total strangers. Yes, they lie meekly
enough on the page where we place them
but this is all a sham, because among themselves
they bunch into cabals and define us and measure us
and to be honest, find us generally wanting—
although wanting of what they’re not sure.

It’s best to let them go. That’s what I do.

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Words know that we isolate and abuse them,
split them and twist them and sneak them in wrongly.
They know when and how they’re hard done by
and that they get old, become jumbled and confused,
get left places where they ought not to be
and are ‘re-purposed’ out of retirement,
when they should have been left alone.
Then too, they get lonely and search for
solace and meaning between where they are
and where they aren’t, but mostly where
they should…

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Rules for Being Human

Humans, what do you think of these rules. I think it’s the plain truth.

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RULES FOR BEING HUMAN

1. YOU WILL RECEIVE A BODY. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period of this time around.

2. YOU WILL LEARN LESSONS. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

3. THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, ONLY LESSONS. Growth is a process of trial and error: Experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works.”

4. A LESSON IS REPEATED UNTIL LEARNED. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

5. LEARNING LESSONS DOES NOT END. There is no part of life…

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Tour of Duty

Another compelling story.

Pinoy Transplant in Iowa

I am sitting in an airport terminal in Seoul, waiting for my connecting flight back to the US. I have more than four hours of layover here – plenty of time to reflect on the things I have witnessed and places I have been in the past few days.

As I look around on this beautiful airport in South Korea, its sturdy structure, its opulent stores, the distant city skyscrapers glistening in the morning sun, I noted that all these provide stark contrast to the place I have just come from. It is a place where there was utter destruction everywhere I looked; what was left was a ghostly reminder of a once thriving city.

The place I went to was Tacloban.

We arrived in Tacloban 2 weeks after super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) basically wiped out the city. After seeing the horrific news of the calamity day after day…

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Heart Surgery Blues (for the Seeker)

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GAM Golden Colorado Morning

 

G.A. Miller sketched his self-portrait when he had a heart surgery, titled My Golden Colorado Days. Not only can he draw, he’s a singer as well. A good one I must. say. Listen and enjoy.

GAM thank you for putting this all together for me. Much appreciated. Seeker.

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Heart Surgery Blues

I’m in Golden Colorado / a streetlight shines between two pines

I’m not far from the brewery, / a thunderstorm and the School of Mines

heart surgery in the morning / heart surgery

sitting out on my back porch / with my guitar and my blues

the doctor told me not to / but I feel like drinking some booze

heart surgery in the morning / heart surgery

yes I’m gonna get a new valve / I said “could you please make it the plastic kind

I’d rather not have a pig valve / that is if’n you don’t mind

heart surgery in the morning / heart surgery

Buffalo Bill’s defunct* / he’s buried on a mountain** not far from here

it’s open mic night down at the bar / they’re down there laughing, joking, smoking, picking, grinning, singing and drinking beer

heart surgery in the morning…

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Seeking Peace, My Reflections

Everyday, I meditate and reflect on the Day of Grace post. I find it rewarding to be still, quiet my mind and eventually find peace in a world filled with unrest. Pax Tecum. Perpetua.

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God has called you to live in peace. 
1 Corinthians 7:15b

Peace in the world is hard to find.  There are wars and conflicts between nations and within nations.  There is anger, abuse, fighting, and disturbances in families, among friends, in schools and work places.  There are demands and expectations placed on us.  The different personalities and agendas of those around us are often difficult to understand.  This time of year it is especially difficult to be peaceful. 

Sometimes we need to remove ourselves from situations and settings to relax and find calmness to gain perspective of what is happening and why.  We need to seek peace and this may require work on our part.  A willingness to listen more than talk in conversations, willingness to compromise where we can ethically and morally do so.  Peace, in the world and in our homes and neighborhoods, is a fragile thing…

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A Changing Moment

Be a messenger.

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“One simple

act of kindness

can be the life

changing moment

for a person

in need of an

awakening change.”

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~ Kelly Young                   ~ WOW ~

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God has asked us all to be His messenger

from time to time.

The next time you are asked:

will you be the courier of hope

or the messenger of doom and gloom.

Have faith, know that God will give you the chance,

the choice will be yours.

Today, give a small kindness to everyone you meet

because it may be the message from God

that will awaken a lost soul.

Kindness is a changing moment.

Kindness is the beginning of a life filled with love.

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Finally! some good news!

How do we help one another in our blogging community?

By reblogging, or supporting them or steer them to the right direction hoping someone else will be able to give them a better advise than me. To cut the story short, I did not want a good blogger to be pushed because Polyvore quoted a post that was redirected to this http://www.slowmuse.com. I left a couple of messages and I never received a response.

Andy’s site is now back again in plain view. Congratulations, Andy.

What I am asking everyone to please be RESPECTFUL of blogger’s work. That should be easy and not too much to ask. Thank you. Perpetua aka seeker.

The worst storm on record

David Suzuki talked about climate change and the weather in the whole world is affected. Please sign the petition so we can help nurture Mother Earth. Thank you.

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The worst storm on record has devastated the people of the Philippines, and scientists say climate change fueled it. Leaders are meeting right now to decide whether to pay billions promised to help vulnerable countries recover from and protect against these climate disasters. Money that could go directly to helping the Philippines rebuild. The Filipino negotiator just went on a hunger strike for action and has started a petition on Avaaz — let’s stand with him:

SIGN THE PETITION
The horror of what’s happened in the Philippines is unimaginable. Ten thousand people wiped away by a 25ft wall of water driven by 300km/h winds. A city of 200,000 people looks like a nuclear bomb hit it. It’s the worst storm on record, but it’s just the beginning, unless we act.

Right now the world’s powers are in a global climate conference talking about whether to hand over billions…

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Manifestations

Today, be resolute…

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“Tenderness

and kindness

are not signs

of weakness

and despair,

but manifestations

of strength

and resolution.”

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― Kahlil Gibran

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We know that compassion begets compassion,

and misery begets misery, so do your part to build

an attitude of happiness and joy and have faith that

a loving Higher Power will give you the strength to carry on.

Today, be resolute, avoid the pitfalls,

the mean people and the slippery places

and go to where love and kindness

are strengths to be admired.

Kindness is a manifestation of strength and resolution.

Kindness is the beginning of a life filled with love.

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ME and the Boss

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Remembering that God is in control…

To All Americans. Praying and hoping with Miss Maria.

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Here’s a different perspective for you to ponder on so you don’t lay awake through the night wondering what the heck is happening to our country.

Has it ever occurred to you that we are exactly where we are supposed to be in our country’s predicament? Turn off the news, turn away from negativity, don’t read the news from the media and trust that the person in office is exactly what our country needed. With all the division between the left and the right, we as the American people will somehow, someway will come together to realize that we are one. President Obama is the key, but not in the way that we may see. He is the key to having us unite as one as we should be. I have faith that what is stirring in our hearts is the wish and prayer of every single blooded American in…

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A Supple Mind

I am a lover of Rumi and Hazrat Inayat Khan. These two are classics on molding my spiritual life that I became more in tuned with the religion that I am born at. Because Catholicism is Universal, allow me quote a Sufi saying: “There are so many ways to kiss the ground”. This post speaks personally about the cognitive way of thinking.

Sufi Ways

by Navid Zaidi

Once there was a disciple of a Greek philosopher who was commanded by his master for three years to give money to everyone who insulted him. After three years, the disciple was asked to go to Athens to learn wisdom. A sage met him at the gate and insulted him. The disciple laughed at it. The sage asked him why he laughed. The disciple replied that for three years he had to pay money for being insulted and now he was getting it for free. The sage said, ‘ Enter the city. It’s all yours.’

(From Dalai Lama’s book: The Art of Happiness)

So it wasn’t hardship alone that opened the city of wisdom to the disciple. The prime factor that allowed him to deal with a difficult situation was his capacity to shift perspective, to view his situation from a different vantage point.

The ability…

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Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer

I am sending you blessings from Day of Grace.

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As I look back on what I have learned the last few days I am again amazed at how much I have to learn. I am also in awe of a God who lets us learn at a pace that is right for each one of us.  I have said the Lord’s Prayer all my life.  It is probably the second prayer I learned, the first being “now I lay me down to sleep”  which I still pray sometimes because it comforts me.

Here I will share some of the new things I learned about this prayer…and some of the things that I had forgotten or have been taking for granted.

  • Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Jesus tells us to pray to our Father, His and mine and yours.  Father is a personal and intimate term.  Not just anyone is your father only he who gives you…

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Baby cry and baby die

Does anybody care?

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Baby cry and baby die.

We fight useless wars.

USA spend 1.2 trillion on war. 10% of war budget could feed the hungry in our world.

Every 3.6 seconds someone will die from starvation.

1.5 million kids will died from starvation this year.

Mother cried in forgotten places and no-one is listening.

7.6 million will died from starvation this year.

Some world leader are proud of this number.

Better than 10 years ago.

I’m Ojibwa/Mexican and i believe.

We are one people and we live on one planet.

One child lost should break our heart.

11% of the USA people go to sleep knowing hunger.

Last year the rich made 4.2 trillion profit. Most in the history of the USA.

We have a rich man President, Congress and Senate.

Multi-millionaires are running the…

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Matthew 6:11 niv

Just for today, just for very moment … this prayer became my mantra. It help me focus and keep the mind from being anxious, It prevents the dark night of the soul from taking over. The continuous repetition of these words gave me the freedom and joy that surpasses beyond understanding. Give us this day….

Day of Grace

breadWe often ask for things we think we will need in the future forgetting about today.
However, today is what we have and we may not have tomorrow.
Perhaps the wiser course is to pray first for today than for the future.
The Lord knows what our futures hold and  provides for us day by day.

Are you too busy with tomorrow to pray for today?
How will praying for this day help you with the tomorrows of life?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Polite

Attention everyone: Bullying Prevention just left a comment on Belshor blog: Your opinion is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Seeker.

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I received the following comment yesterday.

I am asking as a favor to my followers that you change your picture, which is now an “EYE” I have 7 followers whom over the last month or so complained about the image, and are intimidated by this, or find it offensive, we at B.P are a family oriented site and expect followers to abide by our rules and regulations, meaning no offensive pictures or language. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.cheers and thank you.

Frankly, I am at a loss why a cat’s eye looks ‘intimidating. Or offensive. My readers, what do you think?
As you can possibly glean on my posts, I am a peace-loving individual. I believe in a compromise as long as it is fair to all parties involved, including myself.
I believe all…

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James, My Reflections

Many times I have mentioned to you about A Day of Grace how it enriches my life. I invite you to come and join us.

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This month all the devotions were from the book of James.  This was the first book I studied when I began my journey on this path of faith and my eyes and heart were opened wide and I learned much about the everyday life of being a follower of Christ.   This month my eyes and heart were once again opened wide and I learned new lessons and learned again some things had gotten lost in the clutter of life.

 Here are some of my reflections:

  • Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials…

There will be trials.  Trials are a given and they are a testing of our faith and are meant to develop perseverance.  Persevering brings us to maturity of faith and makes us complete in Christ.

  • Do not merely listen to the word…Do it…

Faith is not meant to be passive it is to be active.  As…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

To keep us “FOCUS” what is important in life.
Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station ~ Paulo Coelho

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As physicallytheymay not lookperfect. Butthey arethe most beautiful children that God ever created. When manypeoplearecomplainingwith their life, thesechildren, Jelita, UbayandBella are laughing happily and they are willing toplaywithus whovisit hem. Their cheerfulness is a gift tous. Wethink, we are the one who give something for them, but actually theirsmilegivesa lot of meaningtous.

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MY 500 MILE CAMINO WALK; I MADE IT….HAPPY FEET… ECSTATIC HEART!

So I have learned the difference between pleasure and joy. Pleasure is external, joy comes from within. Pain, whether psychical or mental is not bad, it can tell me something is right or wrong. However, suffering is always my choice, just as being at peace is. This journey has taught me this difference and most important, for me to know if my thoughts are coming from my head or my heart.

JIM'S 484 MILE WALK "CAMINO de SANTIAGO"

WOW… what an extraordinary experience in my life! The Camino de Santiago is known to produce miracles in your life, and that it did. So much to tell you!

After 56 days of walking and putting on over 500 miles on my shoes, I took my final step in Santiago, Spain.  I did walk every inch of the way, carrying my overweight back pack every step.

I set out with several goals, to save a child’s life in Kenya and to prove that even today people have the compassion to help another in need just as the pilgrims did thousands of years ago. I was right, although I walked with almost no money for food; the pilgrim’s and the people of Spain were more than generous to feed me, not even knowing what my mission was. Yes, there were many nights, I went to bed hungry, but I did not starve.

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Blogging 101 for Authors with Tristi Pinkston!

I enjoy learning from the experts and I enjoy sharing what I learn in the process. Jodi has important points to teach us about Blogging. I recommend that you read this. Thank you, Jodi and Tristi.

My Literary Quest

In the current book market authors have to be more proactive than ever to promote their books.  Blogging is one of the handiest tools for an author to interact with their fans.  Not only is blogging fun, it helps tighten editing skills, opens doors to meeting terrific people, and gives prospective fans a chance to get to know writers.

Last week I attended a discussion to learn more about how to use blogging to attract readers presented by the award winning and all around awesome Tristi Pinkston.  With her permission I am now going to pass this secret knowledge to you.

Well, ok.  It’s not that secret.  Chances are, if you are an author, you are blogging already.  But, are you truly embracing this medium to it’s greatest extent?  If you’re an author and still working to get your first book published, or have already ventured onto the world stage…

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Only In Canada, You Say?

The best Canadian Blog Site, ever! Bite Size Canada… Oui!

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There are some things that belong to Canada — most we take for granted.  Mottos are a great example of that.  So many we hear often, and yet we don’t remember that they’re ours.  Such as:

Always got time for Tim Hortons.” (Coffee and Donuts)
At Speedy you’re a somebody.” (Mufflers)

Canada, the world next door.” (Tourism Canada)

“Ever been to sea, Billy?” (Cap’n Highliner foods)

Ex says it all.” (Beer)

Only in Canada? Pity.” (Red Rose tea)

The Champagne of Ginger Ale.” (Canada Dry)

Where you give like Santa and save like Scrooge.” (Canadian Tire)


I am Canadian!” (Beer)

I challenge everyone to come up with others!

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Authors: Three Great Pieces of Life Advices Writers Should Ignore

Another 3Ps, just like the Title of my Blog Site. I write for pure joy of entertaining myself and to play. Play is very important no matter how old I am. Good read.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

1148655_vintage_fountain_pen_3Why write? Well, in some ways, writing a novel is a lot like life. What it takes to succeed in writing fiction–perseverance, perspective, pride, overcoming your fear of mockery and of failure–can help shape you into a person ready to spring out into the world, be the best you that you can be, and make things better both for you and for other people.

However, there are some lessons that, while they’re important in life, don’t work so well when you sit down at the keyboard. Or with your pen and paper.

So remember, while you should adopt these policies in actual interactions with others, you can’t always abide by them in writing.

  • PLAY NICE WITH OTHERS. We all learn this as a kid: the importance of sharing, and being friendly, and being kind. Hopefully, we learn to protect those weaker than us. Well, that doesn’t fly with…

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Cat VS Internet

Another victory for the Cat. This came from Bite Size Canada. Visit TKMorin site for a wealth of information about Canada, eh.

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Cat VS Internet

For every other cat out there who is trying to get their owners to pay more attention to them, you may want to go read this comic.

My owner thinks it was funny, but I didn’t think so. I thought it was a touching story.

Judge for yourself as you go to The Oatmeal.com.

Yours truly,
Rufus
(white Persian cat)

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Acceptance

A thought about blindness on pets:
“Blindness is, boiled down to a point, only one of the senses. Yes it is a very important one, but the lack of it does not end our lives. Life goes on. We go on. Life is all about accepting the things we cannot change.”

Professions for PEACE

It’s often been said that we have much to learn from animals. Especially our pets, these beloved animals who have lived closely with us humans for long enough to have many things to teach us. My dog is teaching me acceptance right now.

light in the darkTen days ago I knew nothing about sudden blindness in dogs. Now I know an acronym SARD stands for Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration. It’s a canine disease that causes incurable and irreversible blindness within days, or a couple of weeks at most.

In the past few days my seven-years-young, medium sized mixed-breed spayed female dog has gone blind. Completely blind. It’s not cataracts or glaucoma which brings darkness gradually, or can be corrected. This event has been sudden and complete. It could be a side effect of the near-death starvation she suffered in her youth before I rescued her. Regardless of what caused it, she is…

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What-If-It-Sucks Syndrome

Who cares if our blog is not up to your standard. Just write, right! It’s my blog and it happens that I am entertaining myself. So forget about having that jittery nerves of “What If” I don’t have enough likes or comments. Who cares. Miss Four Eyes has something to say about this.

Miss Four Eyes

My name is Four Eyes, and I suffer from the What-If-It-Sucks Syndrome.

What-If-It-Sucks Syndrome: A mental state where a person second guesses everything they do. This includes but is not exclusive to writing, talking, blogging, and less commonly gift-giving. Symptoms may occur at any given point, and last for indefinite amounts of time.

I’m down. My batteries need recharging. I don’t know what’s happening. My head isn’t working! Work, damn it, work! I haven’t been able to think of a single thing to write. I start writing something, and then stop after I’ve decided that it’s a stupid idea.

There’s an evil voice inside our head that tells us we can’t do something. It’s a voice I’ve plotted to murder many (many, many, many) times (and quite violently). It comes back no matter what. I guess the only thing we can do about it is tell it to shut up and go…

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