Sunday, August 31, 2014

Soul Sunday


For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.  The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes.  To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. 

 Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

 You may feel frustrated because you keep waiting for the blooming of flowers of which you have yet to sow the seeds.

Every choice we make literally is a seed that we sow, and every see that we sow will bring some kind of harvest in our life.  And the mind is a garden. The thoughts are the seeds. The harvest will be either flower or weeds.

 It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in them. When I ponder on seeds I don't find it hard to believe that we've got souls that will live in other worlds. You could not hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone color and scent, if you hadn't seen the miracle, could you.

The blessing is in the seed.
 



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jello Shaved Ice

This is a very light, refreshing recipe that tastes just like a water ice.  Think it's best served a few hours after freezing it's a little softer and easier to scoop. If you decide to freeze it over night make sure to wrap the container tightly and upon serving let sit out for a few minutes to slightly soften for easier scooping.

Jello Shaved Ice

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
2 cups sprite or similar soda pop
1 four serving size any flavor Jello

Instructions

Whisk the Jello into the boiling water until dissolved in a square cake pan. Stir in the soda. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Use a cookie or ice cream scoop to shave the ice. Serve immediately.

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, GA, NJ, NY, PA, TX and WI all in need of good, loving homes!

Buddy is a Beagle mix who is sitting at the Los Angeles animal control hoping to be spared long enough to find a good home.  There are hundreds just like him waiting as well.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Buddy - Gardena, CA

 
 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
animalinfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov

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Johnny is a Labrador Retriver.  He is big, goofy adult, 70lb. chocolatelLab looking for a loving family of his own. Johnny is a very sweet, goofy labrador that loves tennis balls and water. This wonderful dog would love a home as active and playful as he is. One note, however, Johnny is a bit too rambunctious for kids.  Please lets find him a great home!

Johnny - Atlanta, GA

 
 LifeLine Animal Project
PO Box 15466
Atlanta, GA 30333
adoptions@LifeLineAnimal.org
http://www.LifeLineAnimal.org
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Oliver & Lexie are a bonded pair of West Highland Terriers. They are fully vetted. They will only be adopted together.  Please lets find them a good home!

 
 Pet ResQ Inc.
24 West Railroad Ave
Tenafly, NJ 07670-1735
Petresqinc@aol.com
http://petresqinc.org
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Iggy is an adorably silly 7 mo Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier mix. She is 7 lbs of pure energizer bunny.  A super fun loving puppy and with so much bouncing energy.  She loves to play with other dogs both small and big. She may be a bit too bouncy for young toddlers but kids over 10yrs+ would be perfect for her to play with. She still is not 100% housebroken but her foster mom is working on it. She walks on a leash very well and is getting basic commands down. She will need someone who is patient and tolerant and will take me to puppy training so she can be a balanced dog. She would do best with another dog to play with.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Iggy - Brooklyn, NY

 
 Tails of Love Animal Rescue, Inc.
Staten Island, NY 10302
cece@tailsofloverescue.org
http://www.tailsofloverescue.org
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Butter is a Chow Chow/ Shar Pei mix. She is a medium sized 14 year old mutt who was surrendered to Philly's animal control shelter when the family she had spent her entire life with could no longer care for her. Our best guess as to her breed is perhaps a Chow, Lab, or Shar Pei mix. Whatever she's made up of, it sure makes her cute. Besides her astonishingly good looks, Butter also has a wonderful personality. She has lived with children and other dogs in the past and is currently in foster care with dogs and cats. What a well rounded lady. Butter loves to meet new people, loves attention and loves to go for strolls through the city. She rides great in the car, loves to go on adventures and has the perfect blend of energy and mellowness. Butter came to the shelter a few pounds overweight, causing a bit of pressure on her joints. She's currently working on dropping a couple pounds and will be feeling like a new woman in no time. Other than some stiffness, Butter is otherwise healthy and is great shape for an older lady. Butter is also spayed and vaccinated. She will be microchipped before as well. Please lets find her a great home!
 
 Butter - Philadelphia, PA

City of Elderly Love 
 2107 Fitzwater Street
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 Ginger is a Dachshund, about 6-7 months, 18 lbs. She is playful, somewhat mellow, loves naps, protector, very people oriented, love to be held and cuddled.  Gets along with dogs and children, not sure about catsCompletely vetted with all shots and de wormed. Crate trained. She even knows some commands. About 80% potty trained, trained to use the doggy door; does not mess crate.  Please lets find her a good home!


Ginger - Houston, TX

 
Red Collar Rescue
Houston, TX 77002
  alex20066@hotmail.com
http://www.redcollar.org

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Luke is a 11 week old Terrier mix. He loves to play, snuggle and go for walks. He is a fun loving little man.  Please lets find him a loving home!

 Luke - Saukville, WI

https://s3.amazonaws.com/filestore.rescuegroups.org/1488/pictures/animals/7335/7335200/21779627_500x666.jpg
Tail Waggers 911
121 W. Niesen Dr.
Saukville, WI 53080
(262) 268-7031
tail.waggers@yahoo.com
http://www.tailwaggers911.com

 

No paw left behind our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

National Dog Day


If a dog has brightened your life and every day silently accepted you without judgement, snuggled with you, forgiven your faults and loved you unconditionally then you know what a gift dogs are to this world.

Happy National Dog Day!  

XOXO, Mr Cooper

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Musings


This Monday I spent with my favorite niece.  There is nothing like the perspective of a six year old.  And if one really has the patience to listen to what they say, to their questions, ideas, thoughts and so on, sometimes not even what they have to say but the things they say through even just their actions....it can be so enlightening, grounding and help you understand what really matters.

One particular moment touched my heart....while playing Candy Land and basically not winning a round, my niece switches her piece with mine.  At that point she was way ahead of me. And she says to me "so you can win this time".  Thought to myself she gets it, something many adults don't even get. 

She wanted me to experience the happy feeling she got when she won.  She was willing to put aside her own happiness to allow me to feel happy.  It was a lovely moment.  She didn't even know that just playing the game with her was my happiness.  :)

Yeah I could go on about the previous week, all the work I did or how I spent the weekend helping my parents get up to date on the latest technology but I'm not. 

Instead I simply ask if your reading this, pass the happiness forward.  Put aside your happiness, or don't worry about it for a moment and just go make some one else happy. 

Sometimes happiness is all about the little things...




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Soul Sunday


In a recent Argentinian weekly publication, Pope Francis revealed his Top 10 guidelines for achieving happiness. No matter what ones belief it's great advice and inspiration for all.

1. Live and let live. As they say in Rome, Move forward and let others do the same.

2. Be giving of yourself to others. If you withdraw into yourself the ego may isolate you. Stagnant water becomes putrid, he said.

3. Proceed calmly in life. Strive for the ability to move with kindness and humility, along with that calmness.

 4. A healthy sense of leisure. 40 percent of Americans don’t take vacations because they don’t want to get behind in their work. The same fear goads us into checking our phones constantly. Studies show that taking real vacations and leisurely weekends prepare you better for problem-solving and creativity. It leads to happiness too. The pope said parents must set aside time to play with their children, even if schedules are full, and turn off the TV during dinner so you can talk to one another.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Sunday is for family, said the Pontiff, who wants a day off for all workers.

6. Young people should be able to work. We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs, he said. It’s not enough to give them food. Dignity is given them when they are rewarded for one’s own labor.

7. Respect and care for nature. Environmental degradation is like mankind committing suicide, he told the Argentinian reporter, and called it one of the biggest challenges we have.

8. Stop being negative. Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down, the pope said. Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.

9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. The worst thing of all is religious proselytism. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing: I am talking with you in order to persuade you, No.

10. Work for peace. We are living in a time of many wars so the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chicken Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon

 

Chicken Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon

 

Ingredients

 

6 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
3 cups prechopped broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
3 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup unsalted chicken stock 
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/4 cups)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli to pan during last 2   minutes of cooking. Drain.
  3. While pasta cooks, place bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to drippings in pan; cook 4 minutes. Sprinkle with garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with turmeric; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  4. Combine remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, milk, stock, and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Add pasta mixture and 2 ounces cheese; toss to coat. Pour into 2 quart baking dish, sprinkle with remaining 3 ounces cheese and bacon. Bake until cheese melts and bacon begins to brown. 
Note: The recipe tends to be very creamy, adding less chicken broth and more cheese would give it a true mac and cheese feel.  Would also highly suggest adding more bacon.  In all my recipes I use rice milk in place of regular milk.

 Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon | MyRecipes.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Woof Wednesday


Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, FL, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!


Darcey is a very devoted and sweet one year old Dachshund/Fox Terrier mix rescued from a high kill shelter. She's still very much puppy at heart. She loves to cuddle and loves to play. Bravely, she is learning about the world and is very intelligent, curious, and happy. Darcy enjoys learning, and is very eager to please, She's already learned a few commands. Being only a year old, she needs space to exercise, run, and play. Darcy has never had an accident inside the house, and has been 100% consistent on puppy pads. Darcy loves to cuddle, and is quite affectionate and devoted, but also loves to play with her toys independently. She walks nicely on a leash, and is good meeting new people on walks. We've had Darcy spayed, fully vaccinated including rabies, heart worm tested and microchipped. She weighs about 14 lbs. If you'd like to meet Darcy, please complete our online adoption application found on dexterfoundation.com.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Darcy - Redondo Beach, CA

The Dexter Foundation Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 2508
Redondo Beach, CA 90277-8710
(310) 497-9574
contactus@dexterfoundation.com
http://dexterfoundation.com


 Nemo is a young Jack Russell Terrier just sitting in the animal shelter hoping to find a family.  Please lets find him a great home!

Nemo - San Pedro, CA

 
 Harbor Animal Care and Control Center
735 Battery Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(888) 452-7381
http://www.laanimalservices.com
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Little Meema is a Beagle and family dog that wants to be where it's happening. She is always curious about what is going on but in her sweet, laid back way. If no one is about in her her foster home, she will go find em!  She loves kids and does great with the other dogs. Meema is not shy and she has a relaxed confidence that will blend in well with just about any family. She is true to her breed in that she loves to sniff around outside. Meema has also done very well with potty habits in her foster home and has no problem being crated when the family is away. In fact, she likes her crate enough that she is happy to sleep there at night as well...but only if someone else is going to bed too. She definitely wants to be with her family. Please lets find her a good home!

Meema - Tampa, FL


SouthEast Beagle Rescue Inc.
PO Box 270631
Tampa, FL 33688-0631
(855) 422-3245
saveabeagle@SEBR.org
www.southeastbeaglerescue.org
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Salt and Pepper are Chihuahua Terrier mixes who are two peas on a pod. This bonded pair is completely in love and must stay together. Salt is a girl, Pepper a boy. They're three years old now (and about 15 pounds each) and have never been separated. They have perfect manners, walk great on a leash, are very quiet and low energy, and are completely housebroken! They get along very well with other dogs, cats, and everyone they meet.  Please lets find them a loving home!

Salt and Pepper - New York, NY


Social Tees Animal Rescue
325 East 5th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-9653
robert@socialtees.com
http://www.socialteesnyc.org
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Lila is a Terrier mix who is around 1-2 years old and 12 lbs. She was found as a stray on the streets. Please lets find her a great home!

Lila - Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16
  dogs@phillypaws.org
http://www.phillypaws.org
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Milly is a tan, Labrador Mix female. She is curious, loveable and wants a companion.  Please lets find her a good home!

Milly - Bryan, TX


Bryan Animal Center
2207 Finfeather
Bryan, TX 77801
(979) 209-5260
JBurkhaltr@bryantx.gov
http://www.BryanAnimalCenter.com

 No paw left behind our mission!
{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!   

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Musings

So far this summer has been rather cool, cool enough to make it feel like early Fall.  The flowers and vegetables are not liking the cooler temperatures.  Instead of flourishing in the cooler temperatures they are floundering.  Lack of heat and sun has caused less blooms, smaller plants and not as many vegetables to pick.  The hydrangeas haven't even bloomed, and many of the butterfly bushes haven't either.  While other years there were plenty of flowers to pick this summer there's been none. The trees are even starting to lose their leaves. As a person who looks forward to all the various blooms of summer it's been disappointing.

While the change of seasons is nice, sometimes when a season doesn't full bloom either it can make the others feel long. Such as this Winter it stretched on so long that not only was every one stir crazy but there wasn't much of a Spring. Without much of a typical Spring or Summer this warm weather, summer loving girl has been feeling out of sorts. Which is a good analogy for life right now as well.

There's a lot I've been doing, working on, contemplating....some of which has been paying off, some of which hasn't yet.  Yet is key as I keep trying any way.  Some of the feeling out of sorts may be physical stuff which has been weighing me down in ways.  And some involves the fact that there's so much more I want to be doing that I'm not.  So much more I want to experience.  At times a feeling of envy overwhelms when I see others doing what I wish to be doing.  Yet also a feeling of impatience as I try to deal with and/or remove those things standing in the way of getting to where I want to be and fulfilling those dreams.

But I also want to make sure to appreciate the moment, to be grateful for the special things that already fill my life as well.  That's equally as important.

Even this cool weather, though it's not producing the blooms and vegetables I had hoped for the breezes feel refreshing.  The opportunity to sleep listening to nature instead of the humming of the a/c is nice as well.

This Monday I know that the most important thing is to keep working toward those dreams and desires. No matter how small the steps may feel what matters is simply taking them.  And even though the hydrangeas never bloomed this summer, other flowers have and for that I'm grateful.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Soul Sunday



The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

 Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.

 Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Woof Wednesday


Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, GA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

 Bobby is a sweet Terrier mix sitting at the county shelter hoping to find a family. Please lets find him a loving home!

Bobby- Gardena, CA

 
 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
animalinfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov


Mona is a German Shepherd mix who just wants to have a nice bed and family to call her own.  Please lets find her a great home!

Mona - Gardena, CA

 
 Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566
animalinfo@animalcare.lacounty.gov
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
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Lillian is a sweet 3 year old pit bull / American bulldog mix. This snuggly girl loves her people and will gladly spend a rainy Sunday on the couch with you. She gets along with most other dogs, but can be a little jealous with toys and treats, so she would do best as an only dog or in a dog savvy-home. Lillian sometimes gets nervous in new situations, so she would like to find a family that will be willing to help her gain some confidence. This sweet girl is looking for a forever or foster home, so let us know if you are looking for a buddy who needs you as much as you need her, Lillian might be your girl. Please lets find her a good home!

 Lillian - Stone Mountain, GA
 
  Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, Inc.
6570 James B Rivers Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(678) 534-3483
info@aarfatlanta.org
http://www.aarfatlanta.org
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Hey there, my name's Prince. I'm a charming 2 year old Labrador Retriever mix ready for a home to love. I'm super sweet, but can be energetic - I love to go on walks, or just relax. I'm very well-behaved, and have manners fit for a true prince.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Prince - New York, NY

Animal Haven
251 Centre St
NYC, NY 10013
(212) 274-8511
dogsandcats@ah-nyc.org
http://www.animalhavenshelter.org
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Scruffy is a Terrier mix, around 2-4 yrs old and 10 lbs.  Who is still adjusting to being in the shelter. She came to PAWS in looking like she had been on the streets for a while, but she is a sweet dog who will respond to gentle handling from a sensitive owner. We think that Scruffy could live with another mannerly dog or cats. Older children might be a good fit for her, but she would need to meet them first to see. Please lets find her a great home!

Scruffy - Philadelphia, PA

 
 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-9901
adoptions@phillypaws.org
http://www.phillypaws.org
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Elsie and Wagner are Basset Hounds. They are bonded brother sister pair who suffered through a lot together and now want a happy ever after together. Wagner is 7 and more outgoing than Elsie, who is 6 and kind of shy. This dynamic duo is very bonded. They get along well with our dogs, are mostly house trained, and like lots of attention.This beautiful, super sweet pair is on the mend (their scars are likely from barbed wire) in a comfy, loving foster home. Please lets find them a good home!

Elsie and Wagner - Houston, TX


Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas
PO Box 130244
Houston, TX 77219
(281) 657-7347
info@bbrtx.org

 
 No paw left behind our mission!  
 
{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page!   

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lifes Tragedies


Robin Williams passing is sad.  A man who made the world laugh suffered to the point he chose to leave this earth.  He isn't the first and won't be the last.  Some choose to by their own will, others have no choice.  But suffering on earth is a reality.

He struggled with addiction, depression, hard financial times, etc.,all things no one is immune to.  Sadly such things are becoming an all too familiar headline of the news.  And it's not just celebrities. While our world has made many advances and strides the fact remains it is also overwhelmed by addictions, diseases, drugs, wars, violence, horrible and senseless crimes, hatred, hunger, divorce and broken families, evil, unemployment, debt, pollution and many more unimaginable stresses.  Life is not easy by any means.

Truth is some of the greatest lessons in life come through such struggles and difficult things. But when too many of those things start to built in one persons, how and where are they suppose to turn?  What are they suppose to do? When the pain and suffering become too much to bear what is any one to do?  Most things in life are not black and white, there are shades of grey to life that leave many feeling stuck.  

Sometimes the world can be a very lonely, painful and selfish place.  Or at least feel that way at some point or the other.  And even though many put on happy faces to the world what lies beneath can be anything but happy.

It's easy to say hold on one more day, or it won't last forever.  But for those in pain or suffering in whatever shape or form, even one day can feel like an eternity. Maybe some made choices that put them where they are, maybe others didn't.  Does it really matter how people get there? 

What matters more is....How can we truly help those who need it?  Especially the ones that cannot help themselves?  And what about the ones that can get the help they need but refuse?  The complexities of life can even overwhelm those who want to help.

Maybe what we can take away from such tragedies is to see and try to understand that everyone truly is fighting a battle we know absolutely nothing about.  How can we possibly imagine what another suffers unless we actually walk in their shoes?  All we can do is try to understand, try to listen and be there for others.  


Is there something to be learned from every tragedy?  Is our world some how not grasping it. Can we prevent some of these tragedies?  It's a deep question, that needs deep thinking and solutions. So many questions, yet so little answers. 

Maybe we can all help by trying hard not to judge, assume or even gossip.  Try to be more compassionate, kind, loving toward others.  As a world we need to not only stand together but up for those who can't.  We need to stop the wrong that is occurring on a daily basis all over the world.  They say it takes village to raise a child, if that is true than it takes a every city in every country to come together to right the wrong in our world.


It all starts by simply reaching out to those in need and struggling, it could make a world of a difference.  It starts by making our voices heard. Believing that every one of us can make a difference no matter how small.  It starts by trying to help and support each other. We need to try to make the world a happier, healthier and safer place.  People say it can't be done, that it's impossible but nothing is impossible to those who believe and more importantly work together one small step at a time to accomplish it.  

We cannot let the pain and suffering continue we must find ways to improve life here on earth for every one.


Monday Musings


So I happened upon this question....Want to find more happiness in your life?  Why of course, who doesn't right.  The answered that followed it was this....Appreciate the small stuff. You are blessed more than you realize.

Maybe that's an important reminder this Monday as how often do we all over look the small stuff?  Probably a lot more than we even think.  It's so easy to get caught up in the craziness of life sometimes, easier to focus on what we don't have as opposed to focusing on what we do have. 

This weekend while spending the day with my niece and mother I tried hard to simply focus on that moment. To not let all the other stuff that's been weighing me down lately ruin the moment.  And you know what it felt good.  To be completely in the moment playing board games, basking in my nieces laughter, appreciating all the small things that came with that time together made my heart smile.

After what felt like a rough week it was needed.  It was a week of not exactly feeling good. And one in which dealing with a rather unkind, unpleasant person made me wonder if people come into the world as such or do they become that way because of their experiences?


Today I'm thinking it would be nice to have a day off from reality, maybe a day without people, problems and some of the bs that I've been dealing with.  A day to simply focus on all the small, good things about life.

Like vanilla frozen yogurt sundaes with crushed oreos, caramel and whip cream. Which happens to be my new favorite dessert!





Sunday, August 10, 2014

Soul Sunday


Always be yourself. Never try to hide who you are. The only shame is to have shame. Always stand up for what you believe in. Always question what others tell you. Never regret the past, it's a waste of time. There's a reason for everything. Every mistake, every moment of weakness, every terrible thing that has happened to you. Grow from it. 

The only way you can ever get the respect of others is when you show them that you respect yourself and most importantly do your thing and never apologize for being you. 

 To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.  

A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect. It is not what others think of you but what you think of yourself.  It is about being real, being humble, being compassion, being kind, being loving, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.   It is only then that we could have a full, happy and contented life.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Woof Wednesday


Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA,FL, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

Wally is a Westie/Terrier/possible Corgi mix. He is 1-2 yrs old and 20 lbs. He's been featured before and cannot believe he hasn't found a home yet. Such a sad story...their mom lost her house due to forclosure and brought her 2 dogs into the city shelter. She was crying and the dogs were crying when she left Wally and his brother there (Wally's brother got adopted). Wally gets along great with other dogs and cats. He's young and has a lot of energy. He loves to run and play with other dogs and we must place him with another dog around his age and size. He needs a calm, loving environment. He is very affectionate, sweet and adorable. Wally is healthy, house trained, neutered, current on all vaccines, and micro-chipped. Please lets find him a loving home!

Wally - Marina Del Ray, CA

 Adopt A Chow LA
P.O. Box 10606
Marina Del Rey, CA 90295
(818) 380-1219
deathrowdogsrescue@earthlink.net
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Rufus is a sweet Beagle who is so happy to be saved. He gets along well with the other dogs in the home. It appears that Rufus has not a lot of practice of just hanging out while people eat. Because of this, he needs to be crated when food is being brought out. He does not bark much in his foster home which is nice, although the three other dogs with him might give him a few lessons. It is odd, but outside he has not barked while in the yard. We think he may have spent a lot of time in the back yard before TBBR rescued him. If Rufus was kept mostly outside, it would explain his fear of thunderstorms. During storms, he shakes a bit and tries to climb somewhere high. He will need patience. Rufus loves toys. The first morning he was in the foster home, he took a Nylabone outside. His foster saw him under the pine trees by the fence and went over to check on him. It looked like he was building a nest. When the pine needles were searched through, the Nylabone was found underneath. Rufus was saving the bone until later although he did not dig a hole. Rufus always seems happy and his tail makes a thumping noise hitting the ground. We often say he should be named Thumper since we hear his tail frequently. His tail will wag even a little harder when he is adopted. Please lets find this guy a great home!

Rufus - Tampa, FL

 Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 271772
Tampa, FL 33688-1772
(813) 446-9663
info@tampabaybeaglerescue.org
www.tampabaybeaglerescue.org
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Jazzy and Bette Lou are two adorable dogs who came to Bideawee together after they were rescued in Alabama. They seem to be very bonded to each other, so we would love to see them adopted as a pair. Jazzy is a 5 year old Wheaten Terrier mix who weighs 43 pounds and Bette Lou is a 4 year old Rat Terrier mix who weighs 18 pounds. They are both housebroken already. Bette Lou is very selective about her canine friends, but she is very attached to her BFF, Jazzy. These sweethearts will do well with a gentle family with older children.  Please lets find these two a good home!
 
 Jazzy and Bette Lou - New York, NY
 
 Bideawee Inc. Manhattan
410 E. 38th St. between 1st Ave. & FDR Dr.
New York, NY 10016
(866) 262-8133
audrey.fisher@bideawee.org
http://www.bideawee.org
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 Sparkle is a 5 year old American Eskimo. She is around 15 lbs.  A calm girl that loves to be brushed.  She's good with other dogs, doesn't mind cats and likes kids.  She walks really well on leash and loves to go on walks.  She is house-trained.  She's very affectionate and loves being around people. She was surrendered by her owner for family reasons.  Please lets find her a loving home!
 
Sparkle - Philadelphia, PA
 
 
Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-298-9680, ext. 16
  dogs@phillypaws.org
http://www.phillypaws.org
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Max is a Dachshund. He is a nice gentleman who has some mobility issues that we discovered when we got him from the shelter some time ago. Thanks to good medication and a strong love of life, you'd never know he has problems. Max's rear legs have some deformed bones and joints on both sides. The vet was unable to determine if he was born that way or if it's trauma induced from many years ago. In either case, there is no way to surgically correct the condition. He also has some chronic IVDD (back pain), probably age-related. Given that Max is very responsive to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication we are confident he can continue to enjoy his quality of life. Max is a happy boy who loves people, enjoys most other dogs, and is still mighty good looking for a senior gentleman. If you are not able to adopt a nice man with his needs please consider sponsoring Max by assisting with the ongoing expense of his medication.  Please lets find him a great home!

 Max - Dallas, TX

 Dachshund Lovers of Texas
P.O. Box 820984
Dallas, TX 75382
(214) 577-7536
info@dltrescue.org
http://www.DLTRescue.org
 
 
 Millie and Boo are Dachshunds who have been loyal, loving pets for years and are inseparable. They must be adopted together. The two are about eleven years old, and unfortunately their owner is in her 70's and is going through some medical problems that prevent her from continuing to keep them. We are trying to find a loving home to care for Millie and Boo through their senior years and to help make this as easy as possible on them, as well as on their owner. The two are current on everything, in good health, and still love to take walks, race down to the fence and back, bark happily if people come by, and visit they are social and even adore children (as long as the young ones are gentle). Millie is more of the long leash walk type and Boo is more of the master of the yard type who likes to patrol the perimeter but has no love for the leash and harness technique, but both are very active for their age. Millie and Boo are still with their owner for now so we don't have to move them until it's to their new furever home. We are hoping to find the right home for them before it becomes too difficult for their owner to continue to care for them. Want a couple cute Dachshunds, low maintenance and full of love. Millie and Boo may be the perfect pair for you. Please lets find this sweet pair a good home!

Millie and Boo - Dallas, TX

 Dachshund Lovers of Texas
P.O. Box 820984
Dallas, TX 75382
(214) 577-7536
info@dltrescue.org
http://www.DLTRescue.org
 
 
No paw left behind our mission!  
 
{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Musings


Hard to believe Monday is here already, let alone we are half way through summer!




The weekend was nice. Went to lunch at Olive Garden with my mother, then spent the day relaxing on porch.  Who doesn't love their soup and salad. Though cannot believe the restaurant discontinued their Italian sodas. Their vanilla Italian soda is the best. Why is it places bring out new items only to get people hooked and then discontinue them?


Sunday did some stuff around the house, spent time with Cooper and simply enjoyed the quietness of the house.  I wanted to savor every quiet moment.

During the week even got to spend time with my niece and sister.

The man went home to Long Island for the weekend, it kind of felt like a mini vacation. Being around any one 24/7 isn't always easy, people need their own space some times. So getting a break from the constant rambling of the tv felt nice.

Interesting as the man complained about how his sister takes over main room in their family's house basically sleeping all day. Yet in ways it reminds me of him, he takes over main room in our house watching tv all day.  When I tried to explain to him that he has a tendency to judge others instead of being more understanding of others struggles well it came out wrong. Leading to an argument of sorts where nothing pretty was said.  Just think he wants others to be compassionate and understanding of him but often times isn't willing to show same consideration back. Anyway....

Today it's back to the usual. And I'm starting to realize that the usual needs to change up a little.  Change is good some times, but change is hard isn't it?  Though we may want certain things to change, we don't want all things to and sometimes it truly isn't even in our control. (for instance some health issues)  Yet some times even one change can cause a domino affect of sorts, which can hold us back from making changes. We'll see.

Did I mention I've been spending a lot of time with this little guy lately?










Sunday, August 3, 2014

Soul Sunday



When we are honest, and live in truth our souls become free in a way that is not possible living in deceit or dishonesty.  Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.  Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.

And one will never find themselves until they face the truth.  It's been said that honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.

And that whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
 
Maybe honesty doesn't always pay, but dishonesty always costs. The greatest advantage of speaking the truth is that one doesn't have to remember what they said.  There is freedom of sorts, a pureness that comes when one lives an honest life. 

Today and every day focus on living in honesty and truth.  Be who you are, say what you feel, don't pretend to be some one or something your not.  Be honest. Live in truth.  As the truth will essentially set the soul free.

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.

Open your soul to the path of truth.

 




Friday, August 1, 2014

How Many Lies Is Too Many?


When I was younger always believed that any lie was too many.  Though still seemed to forgive most even if it was hard to trust them again.  Honestly some lies are easier to forgive than others especially if people are just trying to protect you. But as I got older for some reason seemed to become more forgiving. Willing to not only forgive but give second chances.  Maybe I realized how hard life can be, that people aren't perfect but if they are willing to commit to changing then it's worth trying to forgive.

But one has no idea the depths another can lie until they encounter a habitual liar.  Lets face it being lied to on a consistent basis is not only frustrating but disrespectful.  And hurtful.

It's said that lying goes hand in hand with addictions.  In fact, it's the first thing they inform loved ones of an addict.  To me it always sounded like a bunch of bs.  Like people let off addicts for lying simply because they have an addiction.

None the less, when the man began the recovery process back in May of 2013 lying was a huge thing that needed to be addressed.  But instead of working on himself he choose to recover by laying on the couch, zoning to tv,etc.  He avoided help because he felt there was no one anything could do or say to help him. He would not even work the steps.  He insisted no one/nothing could make him stop using pills or change anything about him but himself.  In his opinion it was just a sheer matter of will power.


I disagreed, as everyone needs help at one time or another. It helps to have a support system to fall back on, if nothing else but to just listen. And felt counseling was very much needed. He blamed everything on using pills, they were the reason he  gambled, lied, etc. But as most know usually there are deeper issues than just the addiction. And now I feel deeply worried.

Over a year later the man doesn't seem much better. He still hasn't recovered physically nor mentally. Some of those bad habits he was going to work on haven't changed so much.  And well it appears though the lying seemed dormant for a while it may be back.

I say this because just last night he's tweeting a person on twitter that he has built and sold two businesses already, when in fact he has done no such thing.  It reminded me of the outlandish things he would say while using. It left me with that pit feeling in stomach.

It's puzzling why he feels the need to lie to anyone like that.  Does he feel that bad about himself that he has to make up lies to make himself feel and sound successful to others?  If I were to ask him why he has to make up such lies, he would probably still not have an answer.  He doesn't seem to understand why he makes up such things.

It bothers me. Bothers me because recently he lied or well kept things from me, about stuff he didn't even need to.  I worry that his lying goes beyond his addiction issues, and that the lying is an addiction in itself.

When the men initially went into recovery I gave the man the benefit of the doubt, agreed to forgive his wrongs because truly believed he meant what he said about changing and putting the past behind us.  Starting a new happy life together. But any lie now, even a little one, even if not told to me.... concerns me.  Because part of recovery from addiction is changing ones negative habits and ways, that includes such issues as lying.

Truth is there is nothing pleasant about lying.  It hurts. It makes you feel like the person you live with is a stranger of sorts.  I'm not sure how to handle it. Yeah while this last lie wasn't directly told to me, it was still completely outlandish and not necessary.

If you feel puzzled at times like me by others lying here are great articles about Common Reasons  or if looking for a little more in depth there's How To Spot A Liar or Why People Lie.

As for me I feel confused, disappointed and don't understand why we live in a world where people feel they need or have to lie, especially to the ones closest to them.  If I could say one thing to everyone out there in this vast world of ours it would be this. "You are good enough just the way you are. You don't need to lie to get ahead, be successful, liked or loved.  Just be yourself and eventually the right friends, lovers, careers and whatever else will find you"

And think this says it even better....

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