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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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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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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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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 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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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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Making 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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Advertising Ideas--A Memoir


I remember stepping foot into his office. I’ll call him Jay. He was the first client who yelled at me. Later, much, much later, he warmed up, becoming cordial, but, that first meeting, when I was twenty-three, went something like this: “Hello, I’m from the newspaper.”“Yeah, so?”I wore a dress I had sewn on my mom’s Singer; Kelly green with small white dots over a white, puffy sleeved blouse. In hindsight, I looked like Snow White’s sister.“Thought I’d come by to talk to you about advertising.”At first, he said nothing. Then Jay’s eyes sort of bulged out of his head and he turned red. “What in heaven’s name do you know about advertising? I have owned this dealership for fifty years and you th...
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Spot the dog...


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Rissoles from leftovers


We had bought a goose from our local farmer for Christmas but after a surfeit of turkey, couldn't face it. And so it languished in the freezer until last Saturday when friends helped us devour it. Last night was the third day running of finishing the goose, by which time we had had enough! To liven it up a bit and make the leftovers more appetising, I made rissoles: crunchy on the outside, unctuous within. A real delight served with plain boiled potatoes and a purėe of vegetables. Waste not, want not.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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My Favorite Romantic Movies


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought you might want some suggestions for a romantic movie. You may have seen all, or most of these, but if not, you can’t go wrong with  some of my favorites. Here's a short list of the best!                                                         💖 So, pick a movie and cuddle up with either your pups, kittens and/or the romantic other, then dive into some kettle corn or chocolate bonbons for an entertaining evening! Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired. (Inspired to love, perhaps to write about it?)😊Original link
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New Year Image Blog


The sky above our home seems to be sending a variety of New Year messages, indicating what looks like, happiness, inspiration and peace. Maybe these glorified tweets or heavenly missives are meant to be shared?DRAMATICRADIANCECALMSPIRITUALMELLOWHave you looked up lately? Original link
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