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Spring in Friuli: Top 10 Things to Do

Casa delle Farfalle, Bordano
Note: Like much of the world, Italy has been on a nationwide lockdown due to the devastating coronavirus COVID-19. Although the activities and events listed below will almost certainly be closed or cancelled this spring, I’ve decided to go ahead and post this piece to remind us of the abundant beauty of the Friuli region. As new cases of the virus are beginning to slow down, we can look to the future, when life will eventually return to normal, albeit a new normal, and people can once again attend food festivals or concerts, visit places such as the butterfly house or spa, and dine in restaurants throughout the region and beyond. My heart goes out to all who are suffering during this catastr...
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No Chocolate Eggs?


Happy Easter!Did you hear they closed down See's Chocolate Shops right before Easter? Oh, no. What are we supposed to do?Don’t you know, Eve wrote three books and she's working on a fourth? Let’s read!  Do we need to wear a mask?No silly rabbit, you can read her books at home.Which one should we read first? Well, there’s Penniless Hearts about an artist who gets lost in Hawaii.Hawaii? Are there pineapples?I think so. The second one is Penniless Souls about the same lady in Vegas. Ooh, I bet that’s intriguing. Bunnies don’t bet.What’s the last one called? The Fifth Commandment. It’s perfect for Easter, 'cause Peter's in the story. Peter Rabbit? Peter at the gates of Heaven. Oh, he’s more impo...
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Happiness in #lockdown


.....is sitting on the terrace in the sun with my older brothers.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Recipe of the Month: April 2020


For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Pinza (Easter Bread), just in time for the holiday. While this sweet loaf was originally prepared as a special Easter treat, it may now be found in Trieste’s bakeries year round. In fact, pinza is common throughout Friuli, where it is often referred to as “focaccia”—not to be confused with the flat Ligurian focaccia. For my recipe, visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com.Original link
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The African Soul

 We Still Cry OutOur ancestors groan, telling the story of how we came in hopes of giving us a way outWe ignore the moans and try to do it our way, but the only way out is to cry out. We often say, it' s not fair, yet some of us prance up and down with such flare. Is it fair when so many of us still cry out?We abuse, misuse and accuse, this is not what our ancestors died for. They died in pain,disdain, and not even the chance to complain, so we should cry out.Cry out for the mercy of God, for forgiveness, for patience, to have empathy for thosewho are weak. It's hard to have empathy when you're tired, burdened, and ashamed of being who you are. So pray often, early, and be specific. Cries do...
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Whiling away time..


....perfecting poached eggs (hubby):On home made bread.Making a nut pie with leftover Christmas walnuts and hazelnuts:Simple things provide infinite pleasure and bring out the best in us.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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Top 20 Books on African History, Peoples, Healing from Slavery and More!

Join the Afro-Caribbean Heritage AllianceWelcome!In order to Heal Thyself, You Must Know Thy Self!Here are the Top 20 plus Books on African History, People’s, and Healing the Soul from Slavery, Sickness, Identity Crisis, and More!CLICK THE LINK BESIDE EACH BOOK TO PURCHASE!1. Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors: https://amzn.to/2VnvxjW*2. African Holistic Health: Read MoreOriginal link
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Is Infidelity A Private Matter?

There are plenty of people who believe what happens inside their home is private. It’s their home, their rules. Aside from abuse and harm, that’s generally understood. But what happens when the privacy factor is unknowingly opened up to another, such as a paramour? This particular guest is now sitting on the reading chair, drinking special occasion wine, using the newly renovated bathroom and getting snuggly under the sheets. Neighborhood Watch is bound to speculate. Not to mention other possible dropped hints of an interloper: unknown clothing, lipstick on a glass, unfamiliar cologne, misplaced jewelry, and used condoms. It may seem ridiculous and short-sighted for someone to invite a lover...
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The Silence of the Lambs

Near the beginning of his speech, when it has been established that most of the assembled audience already . . .Original link
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Overcoming Fear is Just a Minute Away

"The Only Thing We Have To Fear is Fear Itself"     If you've just read the headline, and listened to the words of the late president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, understand and believe it, then you just learned how to overcome fear this very minute and every time it shows its evil head.The famous quote by former president Franklin D. Roosevelt, delivered at his inaugural address on March 04, 1933, was more than a mere quote, it was a divine and deliberate act of reassurance during times of crisis, and personal agony. For Roosevelt himself, being a beacon of hope and courage in times of uncertainty was the only route to proving himself as a true leader who valued the trust of the people, and t...
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Life in the Time of the Coronavirus

Life has shifted. Most of us have been affected in one way or another by the coronavirus aka COVID-19. I have, peripherally. I went to the doctor for an unrelated issue (I’m fine) and coughed, an allergy cough that comes and goes whenever allergens have their way with my immune system. The doctor asked about said cough, then as a precaution, proceeded to give me a mask and put one on herself. It was an odd feeling, very odd, but understandable. Interestingly enough, I coughed more because whatever was in the mask triggered a slight allergic reaction. Yet one more thing to consider.All this to say, these are confusing and challenging times, especially if you’ve chosen to self-isolate or have ...
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5 Ways To Relieve Anxiety During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Relieving anxiety during a pandemic isn’t impossible. Here are 5 ways to have hope in the face of hysteria: 1. Find your light. Remember that adversity and change are inevitable. Think back to when you overcame a situation similar to what you are currently experiencing. Have confidence in your experiences, especially the ones that teach you life-saving skills and lessons. As time goes on, you will feel more confident when unforeseen events and situations occur.2. Find Your Circle of Love. Realize that you are not alone during times of change and adversity. You are only one person, in a big world. People just like you are struggling, feel confused, anxious, and even angry when things get toug...
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The Talking Book Library Changes Lives for the Vision Impaired

The Talking Book Library changes lives for the vision impaired. I know. My father-in-law moved in with us at Christmas and we had no idea how much vision he had lost. Just as he is adjusting to the condition of … Continue reading →The post The Talking Book Library Changes Lives for the Vision Impaired appeared first on Katrina Shawver - Author.Original linkOriginal author: Katrina Shawver
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Places to avoid on a Friday night...


...due to caronavirus but we had a blast at our local pub. Great music and traditional fish and chips!Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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The Voice of Spring-(A poem)


Spring’s VoiceSpring pulled me aside to gossip about winter. She blew in my ear, gave me chills,made me grab my jacket. Pointing out the brittle leaves,complaining about the frost,she even whispered the truth about the bulbs.‘They won’t be coming up.’Her erratic laughter echoed in a layer of fog.Daunting, wet words drenched my path with rain. ‘Be still,” I said.‘I can’t,’ she replied.‘Show me your buds,Let me hear the birds.Better yet, tell me about summer.’The branches swayed,a swoosh of mist filled the air.‘You’ll miss me when I’m gone.’I ran for the house,As a storm approached.‘Yes, I will. I’ll miss every cool breath of windhowling under the window,distant rolls of thunder; distinct clou...
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The Winged Lion of Saint Mark


Piazza della Libertà, UdineThe original winged lion was an ancient bronze sculpture brought to Venice in the 12th century. Sitting atop one of two columns in Piazza San Marco, the lion eventually came to represent Saint Mark, the city’s patron saint, and has been the symbol of Venice ever since.As the Middle Ages drew to an end, two competing powers were emerging, the Venetian Republic and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This brought forth yet another period of unrest in Friuli, when cities were forced to align with one of the two sides. In 1382, when Venetian forces threatened to occupy the entire coastline, Trieste turned to Hapsburg Austria for protection. Nevertheless, Venice went on a vast...
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The Dark Room


It is very dark.Unseen images hanging on dark strips of undeveloped film.My daughter carefully puts them into a tray of developer.  Images take shape. Pictures of a newborn daughter. If something had gone wrong, we would never get that print to hang on the wall to cherish forever….All from a dark womb.Where first fetal movements are felt and even the sound of a thump?The mother is every second aware that she is the center of a miracle.  Life before death.  Created by Love and its powerful attraction.  Love is very often one’s first introduction to Truth.   And… Trust.Let the print be printed.Let the miracle be born.A life ahead to discover the miracles and beauty of life and… self…Where woul...
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Recipe of the Month: March 2020

balote (cheese-filled polenta balls)
For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Balote (Cheese-Filled Polenta Balls), a dish that originated in the town of Clauzetto, located in the mountains north of Pordenone. For my recipe, visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com.Original link
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Could Frmr.Vice President Joe Biden's Recent Behavior Confirm That We Need To Make Self-Care a Priority?

We don't have to be everything to everyone. It's high time we look inside and clear out all the gunk so we can think with clarity, listen effectively and speak purposefully. Often times we overload our lives with agenda's geared at people pleasing and forget the most important person on earth is to please, self.Wrong Priorities Even With The Best of IntentionsA video of Former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, 77, surfaced as he gave a very confusing speech in front of a crowd in South Carolina this past Monday. According to Independent.co.uk, the former Vice President is quoted saying, "My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over...
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Could Former Vice President Joe Biden's Recent Behavior Confirm That We Need To Make Self-Care a Priority?

We don't have to be everything to everyone. It's high time we look inside and clear out all the gunk so we can think with clarity, listen effectively and speak purposefully. Often times we overload our lives with agenda's geared at people-pleasing and forget the most important person on earth is to please, self.Wrong Priorities Even With The Best of IntentionsA video of Former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, 77, surfaced as he gave a very confusing speech in front of a crowd in South Carolina this past Monday. According to Independent.co.uk, the former Vice President is quoted saying, "My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over...
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