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Freedom Friday: Be happy and grateful

Note for Mirror or Vision Board: BE GRATEFUL...more

My Mentors

 Today's blog is a hard one for me. I have so many people that I would want to be my mentor, depending  on which life goal I focus on.  I have four major goals in my life right now.  First, I want to draw closer to God spiritually. Secondly, I want to become a published young adult author.  Third, I want to become a published poet. Finally, fourth I want to build a popular blogging presence on the Internet.  Who would I want to serve as my mentor for each goal....more
I've been looking for a blogging mentor too. I haven't identified one yet, though I follow a ...more

Mom and Apple Pi(e)

March 14th. My mother died on this day in 1992. Today, March 14, 2013, I learned about Pi Day ( and am happy to know there is something else going on in the world (much like St....more

Looking Within for Happiness and Fulfilling Dreams.

Happiness is essential in fulfilling our dreams. That happiness can be derailed by searching for it in various areas–like our careers, marriages, becoming parents, finances, and social status. Those areas can easily fail us, in seeking that happiness, because they’re dependent on outside sources. We seek happiness from outside sources instead of within ourselves.What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. ―Henry David Thoreau...more

Adapting a Dream

When it comes to dreams, I have oodles. I'm full to over flowing with them, so much so that they're seeping out of my ears.  Recently I've started working a few, but so many more have been filed away for "some day". One of my dreams is to have an epic road trip. I want to drive across the country and set my feet in every state, seeing the vast countryside at ground level instead of 30,000 feet in the air. ...more
@HomeRearedChef I'm not so sure there will a 'career' in this, but there is certainly a job! I'm ...more

Action Alert! Stop the Monsanto Rider.

  Action Alert: Stop the Monsanto rider!Please take action today! This just in. From a morning e-mail on Wednesday, March 13, 2013: The biotech industry has again inserted a dangerous provision into the Continuing Resolution ("CR") that is about to be voted on by the U.S. Senate....more
@motherofnine9 Hi there, Melanie! Yes, this bill has far-reaching implications for us all and ...more

A View from the Top

While walking a hilly neighborhood with Hubbypants tonight we chatted about a trail booklet he received from our county parks system. To my surprise, the trails we've walked recently were rated strenuous. Really? I've been walking strenuous hills? Hot damn, I'm a rock star! Well, maybe like the D list version of rock stardom.  I'm sure there are plenty of hikers and exercise enthusiast who would snort while "pfft"ing over the rating, thinking it more of a brisk stroll.  ...more
@elaineR.N. Thank you! We are extremely lucky that the valley we live in is surrounded by such ...more

Obstacles to Taking the Big Risks

I have a major obstacle standing like  a sentinel in my way of fulfilling my dreams of becoming a writer.  I want to be a writer who moves people.  I want to be a writer who makes a difference.  Those goals are going to be hard to achieve with arthritis. I have ankylosing spondylitis. Considered a cousin of psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis impacts almost all major joints and even some organs like the lungs and eyes. I am taking methrotraxate for this condition as well as pain medication....more

This Blog Is Not Tested On Animals

Hooray!Europe has banned the sale of cosmetics tested on animals (or that contain ingredients that were tested on animals).  This makes the European Union the first zone in the world to have and enforce such a ban.While I may not like it I understand that there is a need for animal testing in medicine.  However cosmetic animal testing does not need to happen.  There are other methods.  And really, life-saving surgery and drugs are necessary, mascara is not....more