Monday, May 18, 2015

We Are Too Comfortable Here in the U.S.

I sit here in my comfy house excited to see that the seeds I planted have sprouted and are growing. I hope to get them planted outside in the next day or two as the weather warms. My lilacs are blooming and my backyard smells heavenly. I got to babysit my sweet little granddaughter yesterday and got some great photos of her. We have some delicious left-overs to eat for supper tonight. Life is good. 

Then why am I feeling so unsettled? It's because I read this account of life in Iraq and what ISIS is doing to women and children there. It is absolutely heartbreaking! We are too comfortable here in the United States.  Read this article (it really is a must read) and hopefully you will be feeling unsettled too. Share this with the women you know. We need to get uncomfortable...We need to help. 
Do you know anything about the Preemptive Love Coaliton and their work?

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wise Tips for Living

I read about a woman who lived to be 91 and her husband to be 100. Her name was Helen Nearing. She was a great pioneer of simple living. Helen had eleven wonderfully wise tips for living not only a less stressful life, but for living in a more connected and organic way. 

Here are some of her tips:
1. Do the best you can, whatever arises.
2. Be at peace with yourself.
3. Find a job you enjoy.
4. Live in simple conditions; housing, food, clothing; get rid of clutter.
5. Contact nature every day; feel the earth under your feet.
6. Take physical exercise through hard work; through gardening or walking.
7. Don’t worry; live one day at a time.
8. Share something every day with someone else; if you live alone, write someone; give something away; help someone else somehow.
9. Take time to wonder at life and the world; see some humor in life where you can.
10. Observe the one life in all things.
11. Be kind to the creatures.
What a truly wise blueprint for living! I know that I need to get rid of clutter--in my home and even in my mind sometimes! I think if you nurture plants and animals you can't help but nurture humans too. The one that hit me the most was to share something with someone else every day. I thought that would be really easy but when I started to work on it--sometimes I had to really think about what I wanted to give and to whom. I should have just started with something easy like a smile but I wanted it to be a little more meaningful for me and the person I was sharing with. I am going to try to add more of these tips to my life.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Oh To Be Young Again!

Being part of the sandwich generation does have its upside. I treasure every minute I get to spend with my grandkids. I never mind taking care of them! 

This weekend I got to spend some one on one time with my little Miss Maggie. It is so fun to see her personality come through. She is spunky and knows her mind yet she can give the sweetest kisses. This little girl loves shoes so I know for sure we have wonderful shopping days ahead!

I had to share a few pics of Maggie from her stay with us. It was the first time she really got to wander around our backyard this spring. She was finding all kinds of stuff that piqued her interest. Oh to be young again and find fascination with the most ordinary of, grass, twigs...

She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty but kept the new shoes pretty clean!

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