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Better than TV


I've lived without a TV for over a decade. Apart from refusing to contribute to the outrageous salaries of BBC staff, I object to being told what to think. What and how I think is the last true freedom I have. Not being glued to a television means I can read, cook delicious meals from scratch  walk my dogs for hours on end, listen to some snappy guitar playing and enjoy after supper scrabble. We argue and laugh a lot playing scrabble and we're happier for it. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Marriage Is Not A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer

Marriage Isn't A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer Marriage is a covenant relationship between God and man. Marriage is designed by God. Hence, if one knows to contact the manufacture of let's say an iPhone, or kitchen appliance, etc. It is then sensible to lean on God for understanding concerning all phases of marriage including the rough times, however, people largely tend to lean on their own understanding. Guess what? God is always available willing to listen and offer us comfort in times of sadness, hope in times of uncertainty and certainly through each stage of life. May we take the time today to remember that God is in control and further, to show that we care about the marriage...
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The Marriage Fixer

Marriage Isn't A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer Marriage is a covenant relationship between God and man. Marriage is designed by God. Hence, if one knows to contact the manufacture of let's say an iPhone, or kitchen appliance, etc. It is then sensible to lean on God for understanding concerning all phases of marriage including the rough times, however, people largely tend to lean on their own understanding. Guess what? God is always available willing to listen and offer us comfort in times of sadness, hope in times of uncertainty and certainly through each stage of life. May we take the time today to remember that God is in control and further, to show that we care about the marriage...
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Beautiful England


A day of point to point with the Bicester Hunt with the Whaddon Chase. Playing with the hunting hounds. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Brrrrr...


Frosty nights these days. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Happy Easter Anyway!


I’ve heard stories about how the crocus flower peeps through the snow. Daffodil bulbs with an innate desire to grow. Tulips that thrived in the cold, withering when shipped to be sold. Fiona spots one of our tulips This one has blown away. I’ve read Eliot’s poem about April being cruel, especially noting the price of fuel. I see the icy highways on the news, wild seas and the unpleasant cruise. Watched our petals take to the sky, like butterflies waving a brief goodbye. Though things seem bleak, the way many speak, we cannot mope. We must understand this visual depiction of hope. The promising end to winter storms, as a time to be reborn. Easter-time. Original link
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Tis Of Thee

Tis Of Thee
My country… is facing challenges greater than ever. Who would have believed…? Elections were chaos… media lost leadership. Nobody knows what to believe any more. So we turn away. Never from our flag. Patriotism is going underground. The flag has been singled out as a symbol of distorted conservative religious propaganda. The left cries foul. Red, white, and blue is still waving in the mind. Only veterans and police now salute her. All schools used to. No more. Betsy Ross has shed a tear. There has to be a symbol of what we stand for other than a nuclear submarine. The flag will remain that. Too many have given their blood defending her. We must stand up to the forces of denial and salute aga...
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Because You Care

“Because You Care,” was written out of the over-arching need for us as human beings to prioritize better, and take care of our mind, body, and soul to keep on caring for others and the world. Many are stricken with sickness and disease because self-care is no longer a priority. I desire that this poem resonates with many; we all can use a word of caution now and then. I wrote this poem just because, I care! Love and Light, Crystal Elizabeth Melville Certified Relationship Assessment Facilitator and Coach www.crystalemelville.com Pre-order my new book “Surviving Me,” a Spiritual Journey Guide: Discovering God’s Grace Through Life’s Trials. #VOCALNPM #POETRY #NATIONAPOETRYMONTH #POEM #SELFCARE...
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Why Should You Get Married?

Why Should People Get Married? MARRIAGE IS GOD'S DESIGN. It was God’s desire to create a family after his own heart to live here on earth to have as a perpetual blessing for all generations to come. THE REAL REASON WHY MARRIAGES FAIL: But what happened? According to Genesis 1-3, [1] “God created male and females in his image and designed them to complement each other. Each sex possesses unique strengths. Males and females are capable of far greater good together than they can achieve in isolation from one another.” Further, [2] God created male and female to function as a team and share the joys of God’s creation. Satan drove a wedge between them, and over the centuries males and females hav...
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ADHD in the Workplace: Another Mental Health Epidemic and its Cause

According to an article in Partnership for Work Place, Mental Health, (2016) “ Contrary to popular belief, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not just occur in children. ADHD can affect adults too. While some children seem to outgrow the disorder or learn to compensate for the symptoms, others do not. Many adults with ADHD do not realize they have the disorder. Common symptoms in adults include difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits. ADHD affects workplace performance. Research indicates that adults with ADHD put in 22.1 fewer days at work per year than people without the condition-nea...
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Pub which has been serving since 1620


As we continue exploring British pubs, this charming coach inn in Althorp has been serving thirsty punters since 1620. These photos are of the summer room overlooking the garden. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Metamorphosis and a Long Journey


You, tender little thing, along with millions of friends and relatives, were born down south, beyond the border in romantic, sunny Mexico. And yet, somewhere in the four steps of your life, perhaps while nibbling on the leaves of jalapeno pepper plants, as a hungry caterpillar, you remembered a song and had a deep desire to lift off someday, and head north. Perhaps it was part of an unspoken, mandatory plan. Patiently, you waited for the rain to subside. Inside that chrysalis, you changed into your superhero outfit. A flashy number in shades of tangerine orange, against a background of black, with white polka dots decorating the edges. In case you were wondering, the chocolate-hued lingerie ...
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This is what 55 looks like


No botox, no hair dye, no bullshit, just a good diet, long walks to overcome bad memories, a full time job and two fingers to anyone who has pissed me off. Life is short. Be yourself and enjoy getting older. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Life starts here...


Pity the kids trapped in urban ghettos or parents too uptight to let their darlings catch a few germs. In my garden today, I lay on the grass endlessly fascinated by this: Frog spawn. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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The Marriage Mindset

Besides being born, going off to college, or landing a dream job, the biggest adventure any human being will embark on is marriage. With that being said, marriage has often been played out in society as what it's not, an acquisition. Marriage is in fact a holy union of two souls connected by the spirit of their Creator, committed to a life long journey. Sadly, most people aren't raised to develop a "marriage momentum," throughout their early stages of development. The combination of mindsets, psychological health as individuals, and compatibility as a couple provides a promising vitality of lifelong love. Unfortunately, despite all of the good momentum required to have a life long union of h...
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Spring lambs


On my morning walk at the farm. How beautiful to see the Spring lambs. Their days are numbered of course but I respect the farmer's way of life. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Sunday Supper


Instead of potatoes with everything, why not replace them with vegetables? This was our supper last night: roast duck served with a medley of roasted root vegetables (cauliflower, beetroot, garlic). Everything cooked in the oven while we argued over Scrabble. A shaving of Parmesan on the vegetables added another layer of flavour. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Who Dares Wins


Nothing in life worth anything comes without risk. These days, doing good can be manipulated into something selfish or evil. People are now reluctant to take any position publicly. And they are losing. Inaction assures bad results… Saving lives requires risk. Saying NO to your children requires risk. Sharing traditional values requires risk. These days one can be instantly criticized worldwide on facecrook, twitter, and the maze of social networks. The meek withdraw. Except that everybody is retreating from the cacophony of the self-righteous left. You must dare to do good…or we all lose. The world’s toughest Special Operations Forces are in England. The SAS, Special Air Service. The SBS, Sp...
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Ten More Days Until Spring!!


Signs of Spring This Monday in March, I searched for evidence. A comforting reassurance hidden behind turbulent clouds. The garden fairies were sure to be shivering, But the sound of tiny wings fluttered above. Their voices subdued, as if humbled by the weather. Perhaps working overtime and exhausted, paintbrushes dry, canvases sodden with months of rain, they hide in the wild clover. Stitching petals in the overgrowth, behind evergreens and tall grass, on the other side of the gazebo, they create the magic. I noticed small hints. Wee colorful scraps, vivid shreds, akin to short pieces of yarn, swept into the dustpan after crafting. They popped out near the rosemary. Tiny bouquets of pink, s...
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Spring has sprung


The first lambs have been born, the birds are mating, the trees are coming into leaf. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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