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Searching For The Peace Within

Is it wrong to want to know everything? Perhaps not, but wanting more can cost you the chance of finding true inner peace, and even destroying your very soul.   In today’s busy world, there are so many perceptions of what happiness is, what beauty is, and most importantly what love is.   The right thought process to find peace is simply finding one’s identity. When you know who you’re supposed to be, you’ll have a road map to follow. The rest of the way will be a journey of faith, so don’t stress about it. Choose to find and learn to love you.   The journey of life is like climbing stairs, as you take each step you are required to stretch higher, and may become fatigue, but with a committed ...
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Magic

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Magic is our term to label something we can’t explain. It is unexpected and usually harmless. A magician’s cape that hides the live rabbit. The swords that go through the magician’s body but don’t. Sleight of hand is a form of art that brings smiles of amazement to all ages. We are going through very difficult times. It seems as if evil and chaos are even more out of control. It will take a real magician to bring smiles back. Except that we all have our own capes. Given to us at birth. Each of us is so unique. There are people who are waiting for us. We love bringing smiles to children. Isn’t a child’s laugh the best?? The last magician magic I saw was at a Navy reunion. There was this teamm...
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New beginnings


Each day brings the promise of renewed hope. This Christmas hearts will be broken, our faith in others challenged and it will seem that nothing will ever be the same again. The sun always rises and sets, a reminder to ourselves that everything passes good or bad. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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How to launch a video channel and create a community

(BPT) - Today's teens can easily connect with like-minded people by making videos and sharing them. For some 85 percent of U.S. teens, a smartphone is their tool of choice to watch, share and publish videos, according to Pew Research Center. Video and social media platforms are great tools for teens to explore their interests, express themselves creatively and connect with communities around the world. Many creative teens have built personal brands and vibrant communities for people who like fashion, beauty products and video games. Some teens even partner with companies like Star Stable - makers of the world's most popular online, horse adventure game - to create video channels for a global...
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5 ways to get financially fit this New Year

(BPT) - In 2019, many Americans are planning for a "better me" in the year ahead. Gym memberships and diets are at the top of many lists, but what about financial health? Losing debt can be just as important as losing pounds, and financial fitness just as important as physical fitness. According to a new survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R), 74 percent of Americans think their financial well-being has an impact on their overall health and 64 percent feel they are not in the best financial shape they could be. On top of that, half of those surveyed (50 percent) think it's easier to get into better physical shape than financial shape and 59 percent consider tracking expenses and budgeting to...
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New Year, Healthy You

(BPT) - The new year is often a time filled with self-reflection and thoughts of personal transformation, prompting individuals to start hitting the gym, eating right and reconnecting with old friends. However, New Year's resolutions can often be short-lived, frequently not even lasting through February. Instead of taking on large, difficult-to-maintain resolutions, there are smaller, simpler steps and habits that can be embraced, bringing a lasting healthier you into the new year. Self-care isn't selfish When too many obligations and plans with family and friends become a burden, it's OK to take a pass. If needed, spending a night at home or retreating to the comfort of your bed can help ke...
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Make traveling somewhere exciting your New Year's resolution

(BPT) - Have you ever made a New Year's resolution before? If you have, chances are you've tried to lose weight, advance your career, learn a new hobby or achieve some other such goal to reinvent yourself. All of these goals require a long-standing commitment and many fizzle out, leaving you feeling unsatisfied. Now's the time to change things up. Instead of committing yourself to a long-term obligation, set a New Year's resolution around fun and excitement, the kind you simply won't find at home. Set your resolution to leave your same-old, same-old behind to travel and explore someplace new and exciting. Myrtle Beach can be that area for you and your family. With numerous attractions, it's ...
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Fighting an illness?

(BPT) - The winter months bring cold and flu season, which can take a toll on your health. While flu shots and rest are common advice for prevention, a strong immune system is critical to keeping you healthy all year long. According to Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE, a Registered Dietitian at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, "Your body's ability to fight infection and disease depends on your immune system." Margaret provides one-on-one nutrition consultations for people with cancer who have a weakened immune system due to the effects of treatment, but she says keeping a healthy immune system is important for everyone. "Boosting your immune system during and after cancer treatment can help...
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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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