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Look away in order to understand - Socrates


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A Symbol of Eternity


Saint Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches, founded Mont St Michel in 708 after having been visited in his dreams three times by the angel, Saint Michel (Michael, the most glorious prince of the heavenly armies). Today it is France's third most visited site receiving 3.5 million tourists per year.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Photo Blog of Santa Rosas


 I wrote about hiking in the Santa Rosa mountains five years ago, during a drought. Here's the link to that post: https://evegaal.blogspot.com/2014/11/hiking-preserving-good-ideas-praying.htmlImagine how lovely everything is after the recent rains. Here's our April hike. Snow in the distanceCalifornia poppiesCrazy wild cactiThe adobesPoppiesThe road less traveled.Original link
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You lost, Rikki and Sita.


In France with not a care in the world.Original link
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The country where my soul will always belong.


Beautiful, poetic, delicious France. The greatest love of my life. And here I am currently on a well deserved break.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Finding The Meaning of Life

In a person's lifetime, there are many opportunities to grow, and attain "self actualization," a term coined famously by Abraham Maslow, in his theory called the Hierarchy of Needs. Essentially, a person seeks to find the meaning of life, maximizing their growth potential to experience an ideal lifestyle. However, how can one truly know what the "ideal lifestyle" truly is if there is no blueprint to pattern after? Is there such a blueprint? In the Creationist Worldview, which documents the creation of the universe and the world we live in six days. We are introduced to the Supreme Being, Almighty God "Yahweh," the Creator of "Heaven and Earth, the stars, all living creatures, and mankind. Th...
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Connecting With a Brilliant Author!


Connections. Isn’t that the entire reason for the Internet and all the various, social media sites? Here's a bizarre tale of a tale:The other day, we had a new LED bulb that went dark in the kitchen. I got on a chair with a wooden spoon and pushed the bulb, gently towards the ceiling, a tiny bit. It had lost its connection. When we flipped the switch on the wall, the bulb lit up like magic. Oddly, this was a precursor to a special connection I was about to make that very same day!You see, I have read a few books by my friend author Barbara Roman, but never thought I'd be lucky enough to meet her in person. I love reading many different types of books, but somehow, I’m especially drawn to fan...
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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 DelivererMarriage 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 co...
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The Marriage Fixer

Marriage Isn't A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A DelivererMarriage 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 co...
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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 tulipsThis 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 again....
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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 MelvilleCertified Relationship Assessment Facilitator and Coachwww.crystalemelville.comPre-order my new book “Surviving Me,” a Spiritual Journey Guide: Discovering God’s Grace Through Life’s Trials.#VOCALNPM #POETRY #NATIONAPOETRYMONTH #POEM #SELFCARE #SELFL...
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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 have be...
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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-near...
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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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