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Merry Christmas and Peace to People of Goodwill!


What a difference a year makes! Twelve months filled with emotion and challenges. I am prone to negativity because of my family experiences but I was reminded yesterday by my love that seeing the worst only brings you down and turns you into a loser rather than someone who should see all that is good in life. In other words, if you think bad thoughts, an aura of gloom will forever fester over you. The good news in 2018 was that I found love and will forever be grateful that an old goat like me still has some life in her. Christmas is about love. Jesus asked that we love one another as he loved us. May I wish you all a Happy Christmas filled with joy and peace and LOVE. Photo copyright IC. Or...
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The Secret Language of Trees.


          I have written before on this blog about the secret language of trees which exists in their bark. We can tell their age, their health and the species of tree by looking at the bark. What captivates me is the pattern that defines the tree's personality. As an artist, I see a weave for a carpet here or brushstrokes of oil paint on a canvas. Imagination. It's the one thing you either have or refuse to cultivate. Let your mind roam and think about something else besides the hum drum of life. Go for a walk in the woods and look at the trees. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Focus On Love


Last month, a friend persuaded me to take part in National Novel Writing Month or NaNo, as it’s called by those who like to suffer. (Sorry, I’m joking.) While I love writing, I feel a goal of fifty-thousand words in one month is unreasonable. It’s a big deal to finish and miraculously, I finished. At first, I didn’t think I could do it. Plus, I started three days late. Things looked hopeless. Finishing however, had to do with the fact that I had a story running around in my head, which had to get out. So, even though I complained about the thirty-day deadline, in some ways I feel lighter. Free from a heavy-duty tale about world peace. Half way through, the topic felt enormous. In the morning...
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Food to heal


Tomorrow will be three weeks exactly since I got the winter bug: sore throat, lethargy, coughing. Oh joy! Antibiotics which I last took more than 20 years ago have helped clear the chest infection and food has also made a huge difference. I dragged myself to work though which set me back quite a bit hence coughing and spluttering still. I should add that the love of a good man has been wonderful too. This recipe, reminiscent of my childhood which my late mother made often, has the right balance of peppery kick to clear the lungs. Groundnut stew, chicken simmered in a thick peanut sauce over boiled rice went down a treat and it takes less than an hour. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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The Navy SEAL UDT Museum’s 33rd Muster – Memorial Service

The Navy SEAL UDT Museum’s 33rd Muster Memorial Service Swim Out – December 12, 2018 The Navy SEAL Museum's 33rd Muster – Memorial Service from Shine a Light Films on Vimeo . The post The Navy SEAL UDT Museum’s 33rd Muster – Memorial Service appeared first on ChrisBent . Original link
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Angel Flight


Angel Flight A little bit of history behind Angel Flights: Angel Flights are the U.S. Air Force planes (C-130’s) used to fly home our Fallen Soldiers. Angel Flight is also their call sign. In addition, Angel Flights have top priority in U.S. Airspace – as you saw the Towers say “number 1 for landing/takeoff” …. now of course, I know, there are other flights that have an even higher priority … but in reference to other standard military flights, Angel Flights get number 1 priority. “Heroes” – another term frequently used in the video is the term used to describe our Fallen Soldiers. Angel Flight Flares: Their “salute” with flares looks like an angel with wings. Here is a link to the actual An...
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Law Full

Law Full
Every law now has a new law which will soon get a subset law that will be codified or whatever. Laws about laws are now filling the airwaves and internet with attractive promises of payoffs if you meet the detailed criteria of qualification… Ha! I am sounding like them. They promise to protect and make fairness reign. Except that fairness must result in payments and payoffs. Who else can we turn to for fairness and justice? The police are constrained by process. Common sense may be uncommon now as fear of legislation looms. In battle, there is no time for courts. Shoot or be shot. There is something funny going on here. We all know what good and bad is. Or we think we do. Except that both ha...
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GHWB


Greatness Helps Wisdom Believe. What is Greatness? Winning a race? Being on a championship team? Being loved by your family and beyond? What makes you feel great? Balancing a tennis ball on your nose for 2 minutes? Having your black lab puppy curl up next to you? What does Helps mean? Something that makes it easier. Teaching your child manners? Teaching respect? Teaching real history? Saying “No” when it should be said? Being consistent? Not being afraid to pray when all other avenues are exhausted? Having your black lab puppy curl up next to you? Is Wisdom being smarter than someone else? Is it being patient? Is it knowing when not to talk? Is it seeing danger before others? Is it discernin...
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Thank You Lord!


Thank you, Lord, for this day. Thank you for sunny skies this morning. Perfect for our walk. Send us rain while we sleep. Thank you for the roof over our heads. Thank you for keeping us safe from raging wildfires. That includes friends and family. The morning glory that twists around the bottle-brush tree, The hummingbird that greets us at the park. The reassuring pitter-patter of tiny paws. Thank you for holding our hand during trying times. Thank you for faith, hope and most of all love. The gift of laughter and smiles we share. Delicious home cooking, unlimited dreams. Thank you for today, thank you for tomorrow, and all the incredible blessings you bestow. Original link
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The Beauty of the Human Condition.


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My salad days.


When I was a university student in Bordeaux in the 80s, I lived off three things more or less: shop-bought Moussaka which I shared with my neighbour, Yves, washed down with bottles of beer and followed by numerous Camel cigarettes. The other favourite was Carbonara from the local Italian restaurant where the owner would start ladling extra sauce onto the spaghetti as I walked through the door. For the princely sum of 26 francs, I could eat a huge bowl of Carbonara laden with crispy lardons, a green salad and half a carafe of red wine. The owner was very generous  and ensured that my Carbonara was swimming in the egg sauce although it has remained a mystery to me how a large vat of the sauce ...
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6 Holiday Travel Hacks to Save Your Sanity

(BPT) - Follow these tips to save time, money and your sanity this holiday season. 1. Avoid busy travel days If you're willing to be flexible, there are a few ways to avoid the madness of popular holiday travel days. If your plans permit, take a red-eye, which is the last flight out each night. Red-eye flights are typically cheaper and less crowded. Traveling on the actual day of the holiday can also help you avoid airport congestion. 2. Clear your browser history, cookies and cache before searching flights Are you waiting for flight prices to drop and they just won't budge? Make sure to clear your browser history, cookies and cache before searching. Airlines and travel websites can track ho...
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5 Ways to Treat Your Family (and yourself) and Save Money This Holiday

(BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending - from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves, adding further to the shopping list. There's no better time than now to plan for holiday gift shopping in order to scoop up the best deals. Commit to doing the holidays differently this year with some quick season's saving tips, so you can treat yourself and your loved ones without breaking the bank! 1. Hold a secret gift exchange: Encouraging a secret gift exchange is a fun, festive way to embrace the...
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5 Ways to Host a No-Hassle Holiday Celebration This Season

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it's your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn't have to be this way. Try these five tips for a no-hassle holiday celebration and enjoy being fully present for the fun this season. 1. Cater in or stock up on pre-cooked holiday favorites Kick back and relax with the rest of your guests while you enjoy a hot and ready-to-eat delicious catered meal. Or, for those who are looking for a little holiday dinner help but prefer to have a hand in t...
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3 Tips for Making Gifting Easier This Holiday Season

(BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for savvy shoppers who leverage the following tried-and-true tips, holiday shopping can be stress-free, fun and convenient. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. There's no better feeling than watching a loved one open your gift and knowing they're going to love it. Take a step back and think about what the perfect gift looks like for everyone on your list. Whether that person values gifts that...
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Deck the halls with cherry preserves! Give Your Holidays a Healthy Twist

(BPT) - Bring the gift of nutrition to holiday gatherings by incorporating sweet cherries into your favorite menu. It may not seem the season for cherries, but this is the time to raid the summer stash that has been frozen, dried or canned. Adding a bright, festive touch, sweet cherries will provide a boost of flavor and nutrition to power you into the new year. "The holidays are a perfect time to unleash the goodness locked into preserved sweet cherries to help stay in peak health during the busy season," said Mia Syn, a registered dietitian nutritionist. "Change up traditional cranberry sauce with a cherry-cranberry version - it's low in sugar, quick, easy and versatile. Add some ginger or...
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How to assemble a holiday cheeseboard guaranteed to impress

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate. Food is at the heart of the holidays, so whether you're hosting an event or attending as a guest, you'll want to whip up something to impress a wide variety of taste buds. The perfect solution: A holiday cheeseboard. Creating a cheeseboard like the ones you see in food magazines might seem intimidating, but it's actually surprisingly simple. With a little planning and a few flairs, you'll put together a cheeseboard that guests will nosh on until every last crumb is devoured. Just follow these five steps to a delicious holiday cheeseboard that's guaranteed to get rave reviews. 1. Select a serving tray: A wood c...
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Five Show House Trends to Inspire Your Renovation

(BPT) - When it's time to remodel and renovate your home, you're no doubt on the lookout for the freshest takes in design and color choices, so you can ensure your renovation is a lasting investment. To go about your home refresh in a thoughtful way, it can help to turn to the top experts in the industry for their ideas and insight. With more than 145 years of leadership in the kitchen and bath space, Kohler Co. has worked side by side with the top designers to showcase the most inspired designs for the kitchen, bath and other areas of the home. To help you come up with looks you'll love for years, here are five head-turning trends that led the way in 2018. Make a statement with plants: Humi...
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Slippery Season:

(BPT) - With the winter season approaching, you may need to pay closer attention to watching your step. Even if you're active, healthy and full of life, statistics show that you have a greater chance of taking a debilitating fall as you age. Mayo Clinic notes that some 400,000 "fragility fractures" occur annually due to falls injuring osteoporosis-weakened bones. "We get injured when we try to do things beyond our abilities," notes Kim Lombard, an injury prevention coordinator at Mayo Clinic. "Often I hear 'I knew I shouldn't have done it, but I did' or 'I knew I should have asked for help.' People are so afraid to lose their independence they don't want to ask for help, but asking for help ...
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4 Tips to Keep Pantry Pests off Your Holiday Invite List This Year

(BPT) - When it comes time to plan your holiday guest list, your invitees generally fall into one of two groups: those you want to invite, and those you feel you must. There is a third group, however, that's never intentionally included on any guest list: pests. Whether by box or by bag, pantry pests such as Indian meal moths, merchant grain beetles, cockroaches and ants can invade your home without your knowledge and wreak havoc on your holiday cheer. Suddenly, your "must-invite" list doesn't look too bad. Pantry pests can infest common baking ingredients such as flour, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and more. They flock to secluded food sources like your pantry and can become major nuisances...
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