Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day 7 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ Don't Be A Fruitloop

 I often think people mistake self-proclaimed peacemakers as weak-willed tree hugging fruitcakes. No backbone. No grit. No depth. As a self-proclaimed peacenik, I protest!
As should every one you who has ever longed for peace, prayed for a peace, or worked for peace and justice. You are the best of the best. The strongest of the strong. 
Definitely not fruitloops.....
I give you Day 7


 ~ Don't be afraid to stand your ground. Living a peaceful life sometimes means you have to fight for what is right.




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Day 6 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace Challenge ~ Trees Are People Too

 For me, it's all about trees these days. Trees in the forest of Bloggingham.  Tree-making for theatre sets. Trees! Trees! The trees are talking to me. The power company wants to chop down my Lily Lichen. Remember her? She was the subject of my peace post in 2012 (The Dream ~ Trees In The Courage of Time). Now she's fodder for the chip machine. I protested. I whined. I protested some more. But it looks like I'm going to have write a eulogy for Lily.  Oh, I get the power line thing. Overhanging trees, dead trees, diseased trees...they have to go. But do you HAVE to butcher them??! 
Trees are people too ya know.

 Day 6

~ Respect the bounty and beauty of the earth. Honor rivers, streams and peaceful forests.

 
Bloggingham's Love Tree


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Day 5 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace Challenge ~ Weigh Your Words

I've noticed something lately. Now that I am writing down one peace thought each day and five reasons to be grateful, I'm more careful with my words.  I've always believed in the power of words, but it seems to me that the weight of them carries more significance in this day and age. Just an observation....

 Day 5

~ You can't unsay words. They either bring life or death to the soul. They prophesy peace or proliferate unrest. Words carry energy and intent into the world. Your words will burden you or bless you. Choose them with careful deliberation before they ever leave your lips. Shalom.














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Day 4 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ Good vs. Evil

Have you noticed? The planet needs kindness. We're tired of the same 'ole weary dreary violent-splashed news stories. You don't have to be an ostrich. Be aware and alert of the madness. Educate yourself. Be in the know. But also know that kindness is under-reported and underrated. There is much more good than evil in the world. It's time to celebrate the good and pray for the evil to end. 

 Day 4 

Try to be as kind as possible to unkind people. It's not easy. But it's the only way to maintain your dignity and tip the scales in the right direction. Don't let unkindness breed more unkindness in you. Peace is the way.



#60Ways2Peace #60DaysofPeace

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Day 3 ~ The 60 Ways 2 Peace Challenge ~ Bless People Anyway

 I've had my share of chronic ailments during my time on planet Earth. With some age comes wisdom AND aches and pains. While my newest challenge has been rather daunting, I am finding that the more I move the better I feel. Some days are better than others! Each day I can choose those actions that keep me healthy or reap the ugly rewards of a different choice. It is empowering to know that it is always my choice.

Day 3

~ Take care of yourself. You can't bless other people if you are sick. But if you do get sick, bless other people anyway.

I will play a song for you.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Day 2 ~ The 60 Ways 2 Peace Challenge ~ Always Listen To The Somethings

Do you know how it feels to be at odds with someone? To have unfinished business? Unsaid words? I hate that feeling. Unfinished business causes unrest and there is no peace. There are times when it's necessary to cut people out of your life.  That is a different story. If separation brings peace to both, then bless each other and walk away.  But there are those avenues in life where the road is not so straight. And you end up wishing you could say or do something more to make things right.

Many many years ago I felt strongly compelled to visit someone in the hospital who wasn't supposed to live much longer. We certainly weren't at odds but he needed me and I wanted to be there for him. I had gone a few days earlier and planned to revisit on the weekend.  But by the time  Wednesday night came I was so distraught and worried about him that I couldn't sleep. Something said Go Now.
I went to bed, tossing and turning all night.  Go Now. My stomach was in knots. Go NOW. "But it's late," I rationalized, "I need to rest."  By 3am my spirit was so miserable I could barely breathe. But I decided not to drive in the middle of the night and waited until morning. I arose early to make my visitation, bustling around almost in a hurried panic to get on the road.  The phone rang before I walked out the door. He was already gone and it was too late.  He died alone. It took me years to forgive myself for that.  I know this is an extreme example, but it happens. Don't let it happen to you.
I vowed that day to "listen to the somethings." 
They always know.
 
Day 2 
~ Make amends with someone. No regrets.
 
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The 60 Ways 2 Peace Challenge ~ Day One

Peace bloggers everywhere are participating in the #60Ways2Peace Challenge - including me. 
I've posted the first 10 days on my Facebook page. I will continue there and now here for the remainder of 50 days. Jump in and join us. I'm reading some beautiful prose out there.
As always, I'm astounded by the commitment I see in the world for the pursuit of peace. Not only in the areas of war that pepper our earth, but also in the personal lives of ordinary people who just want a peaceful way to be. Here's my Day One - my way of finding peace. 
It is a simple way. And one that everyone can do.

Day 1 ~ Go sit under a tree.


You can do that, right?
I'm going right now....

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BlogBlast For Peace Nov 4 ~ The 60 Ways 2 Peace Challenge

There are thousands of peace bloggers in the world today. They come from six continents and 202 countries and territories.  Every post, status update, tweet, and peace globe is different. But the message is the same.
Dona nobis pacem ~ Grant us peace
You don't have to be a rabble-rouser, a tree hugger, a hippie or a street protester to speak strongly for peace in the world. All you need is a quiet determination, a blog, a Facebook profile, a Twitter account, an Instagram, or a website! Any other place on the web you call home.
And one more thing.....a belief in the power of words.
We believe that words are powerful. This matters.

 Simply post and promote peace on Nov 4.
Blogging for peace is easy.
Dona nobis pacem. Grant us peace.

I have a challenge for you! For the next 60 days leading up to Blog4Peace on Nov 4,
write down ONE way to be peaceful.
Go!

 (P.S. Of course, it would be awesome, if we actually did the things we wrote down.)
 GO!!!
 
 
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Lemon Pepper Dosey-Do Chicken. I May Be a Real Cookery Now.


My recipe for Lemon Pepper Dosey-Do Chicken has made it to the Health section of About.com. You longtime bloggers know that the Virgin Mary Herself must have been involved in the invoking of this miracle. Mimi? In a cooking article? 
 
Here's how it went down: One day in my desperate attempt to bring about some semblance of recognizable food for myself in the newly acquired exciting status of Type 2 Diabetes, I fumbled around with a few chicken breasts. All breasts being equal, I added a magic dancing ingredient to the list of haphazard things I was throwing into the mixtures and voila (!) The Queen's Dosey-Do Lemon Pepper Chicken was hatched.  My friend, peace blogger and cook extraordinaire, Janice D'Agostino (who is a reaaaallll cook) asked for the recipe and featured it on her blog. I had to measure out in backwards time the things I threw in the pot. Now she insists that I am a "cookery".... Me? 
The moral of this story is...If you see a bunch of dancing dipping and tripping chicken breasts falling all over the Intrawebs, they might belong to me.
I never said I was a serious cook.


See more of Janice's peaceful cooking ways on her fabulous blogs, The CC Palate, The Peaceful Palate and Mindful Palate where she is known as The SpoonMage. You can be listed as a cooking contributor too! I am listed as "The Queen." Janice's Calorie-Count blog on About.com. Enjoy the delicious and nutritious recipes there.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scrunchies!

Day 31 ~  August 8
Friday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today


1. Books
2. Tow trucks
3. Hot showers
4. Warm towels
5. Scrunchies. Because truly, where would the world be without scrunchies?

Goodnight Friends

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

St. Anthony, St. Anthony, Please Look Around...


Day 30 ~ August 6
Wednesday
Five Things I Am Grateful For Today


 1. FB Friends who said the St. Anthony prayer when I lost something tonight. I found it in 10 seconds flat. Seriously.

2. Butterscotch. I am suddenly craving butterscotch pudding.


3. Organization. But sometimes you're so organized you lose things. Ahem.


4. The little blue butterfly floating around by my car 


5. Fabric cleaner. After I tore the house up looking for the cellphone (I forgot I placed it in my red emergency bag last week. I now have to clean under the couch cushions because the cushions are thrown all over the living room floor. I found a bunch of crayons too.....and crumbs....

Goodnight Friends and Thank you!
Thank you, St. Anthony!
In case you don't know, it goes like this: St Anthony St. Anthony, please look around. What's been lost, must be found.
No kidding. I suddenly "remembered" where I'd put it about 10 seconds after asking you all to say the prayer today. Amazing!




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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blue Skies and a Little Highway

a short drive
into this kind of blue


makes heaven a little closer
to home


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Some People....

 Day 29 ~ August 6
Wednesday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today

1. Shampoo. Some people don't have any.


2. Lotion. Some people don't have any.
3. Soap. Some people don't have any.
4. Cotton balls. Some people don't have any.
5. Toothpaste. Some people don't have any.

Goodnight Friends

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Some Treasures Are Made of Crooked Smiles

Day 28 ~  August 5
 Tuesday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today



1. A box of mismatched tangled jewelry
2. Realizing that a chore turned out to be a blessing ....
3. In the middle of a pile of silver and gold
4. Where I found the greatest treasure inside a locket you see
5. I would give it all away just to see that crooked smile.

Goodnight Friends



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Inspiration From the Universe

Day 27  ~ August 4
 Monday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today

1. Hearing
2. Harmonies and chords
3. Clouds that drift by
4. Wind that moves clouds
5. Shelter

Goodnight Friends
Go find your shelter. The door is open.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thongs and Things

Day 26 ~ August 3
Sunday
Five Things I Am Grateful For Today 

1. That I just now caught a typo and didn't post Five Thongs I Am Grateful For Today 

2. All the closet cleaning is DONE!! No things/thongs/things (!) found


3. I can now actually walk in the walk-in closet 


4. The feeling of freedom that comes when you toss something out that brings a negative vibe. That is reason enough. 


5. Zen = no clutter. A more peaceful me.

Goodnight Friends
Since we are talking about thongs, there will be no pic tonight.



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Look Around and Count Your Blessings

Day 25 ~ August 2 
Saturday
Five Things I Am Grateful For Today 

1. Familiarity
2. Eggshell-white walls
3. Soft light bulbs and red fabric shades
4. Rugs that warm my feet
5. Home

Goodnight Friends
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Somebody Kick My Prissy Behind

Day 24 ~ August 1 ~ Friday
 Five Things I Am Grateful For Today

1. Fall cuddly weather in the middle of summer

2. Dishwashers and clothes dryers


3. Long naps on rainy days


4. My awesome female friends who keep me laughing, covered with prayer, and know how to kick my prissy behind...if need be...


5. I had a couple of "need be" moments today and nobody killed me

Goodnight Friends





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Monday, August 18, 2014

Progress In The War On Sugar

 Day 23 ~ July 31 ~ Thursday
Five Things I Am Grateful For Today

1. That I don't feel deprived when I see this sign. Really!

2. Caring health professionals


3. Pediatric needles in the grown-up lab. 


4. The new Thursday night show on ABC called The Quest. I think the castle fantasy might suit me well. 


5. For friends who cheer me up and onward.

Goodnight Friends
Thank you



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