Thought I’d write a small Thanksgiving post about mindfulness and gratitude. After all, I live in California, home to the Hollywood lifestyle. A place where not too many people take things seriously anymore. I look around at the way people dress for work or even church and it’s obvious this is the land of casual living. We also know that Hollywood is the land of Max Factor cosmetics, face-lifts and plastic surgery central.I feel sorry for those movie stars because even though they look slim, all they want to do is portray regular humans like us. And we rock!! Yes us--the regular people with lives filled with real drama. Real lives that have tension and excitement. Lives that are impossible t...
“Stretch it out. Lock arms. Make that line straight! Walk into the water ankle deep. Look seaward. Keep that line straight! Drop and give me 50! (pushups)”The water is 55 degrees. Cold. SEAL candidates facing hours of shivering. And… quitting. Just swimsuits. Hell Week is 3 weeks away. 25% will survive…. By choice.Life has little value if there is no choice. Other nations and regimes with false doctrines denying freedoms are fake and painful. Freedom of choice. Choice is a gift from God. Permission to set your own course. You see, without God, there is no choice… Godless societies and Godless relationships bear no fruit worth tasting.So it is our choice as to whether or not to choose. Get it...
World War I9 Million dead; 29 Million wounded.“The war to end all wars”.Except that it wasn’t.All the king’s politicians and all the king’s senators still could not put lasting peace together again. So here we are with Iran, China, and Russia and others threatening our call to freedom.In memorial cemeteries around the world WWI headstones shine in the sun and glisten in the rain. They are the keyboards of our past.Each soul lost in its final keystroke…Serving the future with their Truths.Sacrifice entries in the journals of family pain.It is our Flag that must continue to fly high in honor of all lives lost in all our past wars. Let Freedom Ring. What is right is not left. What is right is o...
My favourite way to clear my head is to walk. Now, who would argue that not only does this view inspire but it relaxes too. Win, win all round and free!Walk it off in Beautiful Britain!Severn Trent Draycote Water, Rugby,Warwickshire. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
Good food that nourishes is not entertainment. They say in Hollywood that there are only seven stories but the interpretation of each is different. Cue to The Star Is Born, a perfect example of the same story told a different way. Cooking is no different. Forget celebrity chefs who are retelling a story you could discover yourself. This recipe is from my love who likes fish and wants easy peasy preparation which still allows for the ingredients and flavours to shine through. Fish with kale, onions and garlic, roasted in an open dish in a very hot oven. Really delicious and easy. Salt, pepper, olive oil and the fish of your choice. Simples.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
It feels good to say “I will never forgive you”. Never Forgive. It is a threat and an empowering statement. Don’t mess with me.But it is also too late if the act to be forgiven has already done its harm. “You slandered my family!” “You desecrated my flag.” “You mocked my God.” “I will never forgive.” “You stole my money.” “You wrecked my car.” “You killed my dog.” “You are history.” “I am coming for you in the night.”Red lines must be red lines. Someone must draw them. Otherwise there is nothing to fear if you are evil. Punishment must be more than words. Sometimes it must be violent and massively deadly. Innocent bystanders getting consumed in the flames. Their families will never forgive.D...
....I've written before about my dislike of supermarket bread which is why I make bread once a week. A boule lasts me 6-7 days. Ok, so this takes a couple of hours from start to finish but it's worth knowing what you're eating, isn't it? I think so.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Photo copyright SvD.What a shame that we Brits constantly complain about the weather as if it's a curse. Every twenty years or so we get an outstanding Summer where the vegetables actually mature rather than rot and the tomatoes go red in the fields. This year's Summer was glorious and the Autumn has not been too shabby either. I spend my weekends driving around the countryside, stopping at pubs with my love and our two dogs. We've hardly had to seek out the roaring fire indoors except once and usually will sit outside or finish our lagers and head off with the hounds for a casual stroll along the canals. Have you caught the clue as to where this photo could be? It's not on the Continent tha...
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