Saturday, November 09, 2013

Saturday's Musings

A happy Saturday, to all! The day requires one thing, and one thing only from each of us – JOY! Find yours. There is just too much craziness in the world for us not to focus on happiness, love and meaningful pursuits. Carpe diem! – paerki  (“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln)

Sarah Palin’s CHRIST(MAS) Adventure:

I can appreciate Christmas, and every other holiday, but what is so wrong with saying, “Happy Holidays?!” It’s a kind gesture. There is a time and place to say, “Merry Christmas!” However, not everyone celebrates Christmas. For others too, not everyone celebrates your holiday of choice... It’s not all about you.

I don’t necessarily celebrate Christmas, but the holiday season, which is supposed to be about love, joy and happiness. It’s about caring and sharing, hope and prosperity, and forgiveness too. More than anything, it’s about peace and goodwill towards all. We have a bad habit of forgetting that! Why must we make things harder than they need to be? Why?!

With a plethora of Santas, ornaments and Christmas fanfare, it is so easy to overlook the depth of the diversity present in America during the months of November, December and January. Use this long holiday season to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness with everyone you meet and greet, which includes your friends, family and neighbors. Let’s all build our understanding and awareness about each other, and there is no time like the present.

As for Sarah Palin, she can kiss my bony pale white ass. I’ll never ever forgive John McCain for foisting Sarah Palin on us. She’s a boil on the butt of humanity, a dumb box of hair and, quite frankly, an asshole. I loathe anyone spreading a message of fear and ignorance because they bring America down.

For those of you looking to put Christ back in Christmas… Stop playing into the corporate gift-buying trap. Is there anything wrong with purchasing a gift? Not at all, but will one gift not suffice? Too many times we buy gifts to impress others, or to receive something in return. Gifts are given out of joy and love, and to bring a smile to someone’s face. That’s all there is to it! I often think we don’t care about the person we are buying for, but our own self-ego of what we are purchasing (a harsh criticism, I know).

If you really want to put Christ back in Christmas… I dare you not to buy gifts this season, but instead make your friend/loved one dinner, clean their house, baby-sit their children, etc. Better yet, do something kind for someone you don’t know. I’m not talking about writing a check, but you could volunteer, buy that homeless man or woman you see everyday on your way to work a hot meal, etc.  (Thank you, Sarah Palin! Your ignorance makes me want to be a better person.)  Reference: Sarah Palin

Let’s Talk Religion:

I can appreciate this article, but it’s a bit one-sided. All of religion fails on these 10 things. However, these days, and for the past several decades Christian Fundamentalists have been leading the way when it comes to ignorance, intolerance and destruction – an embarrassment of riches. Let’s not cherry pick of whom we are going to include. If we are talking religion… Let’s talk religion! There is enough blame and finger pointing to go around. (Stop rummaging through your Bible looking for excuses to hate. Just stop!)

I'm a recovering Christian Conservative Fundamentalist (that’s frightening, and leaves a bad taste in my mouth). I’ve got many, many years of reality under my belt, and I have never looked back, and I’ve never been happier. Most, if not all Christians that I know are bigoted, racist and manipulators, living in fear, and that makes me plenty sad.

I believe there are good people in the world. I count myself as one of them, and I hope you are one too. Love more. Hate less. Find peace.  (I don’t enjoy listening to people talk in bumper stickers or Bible verses, but these days I can appreciate the following… Love thy neighbor!)  Reference: Conservative Christians

The Eve Of Carl Sagan’s Birthday:

Use your imagination. Be creative. Be happy. Love more. Hate less. We need each other to survive.

No one can truly be autonomous. There is evidence that a child who is denied human companionship will fail to thrive and eventually die. This is just logic.

Socially, I don't have to be around a lot of individuals to be happy, but I do need a few key people with whom I share a close and personal relationship to be happy. I can be happy when I am on my own for extended periods of days, but eventually I need to return to human company to be fully alive. In my experience, what I share with another is more satisfying than what I experience alone.


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“When people feel disconnected from those with whom they share mutual dependence, they are more likely to engage in destructive behaviors--destructive to the society as well as to the individual. Hopelessness in an individual stemming from disconnection can have devastating results. When entire communities feel as if they are cut off from the protections and benefits of the larger society, we get situations that are devastating to humanity. When it happens globally – unending chaos. We need one another on the grand scale as well as on the personal scale.” – Unknown  Reference: Carl Sagan

My Quote For The Day:

Isn’t it time to stop believing those lies you are telling yourself? That’s a nice gift you can give to yourself.

What would life be like without memories? It’s fair to say, there would be no life at all. Memory is our communication, reason, coherence, our action and more importantly, our feeling. Memories create our path in life, developing our psychology and leading us emotionally.

One of the best ways to create and store memories is with video. These simple effortless little snippets of time create diaries and become perpetual time capsules, which justify our walk on earth, telling all with great enthusiasm… I was here! I mattered! I lived! Please, don’t forget me.

Share your views, thoughts and opinions in the written word. Snap photographs so that your eyes can travel back in time, remembering the happy and sad moments that made you the person you were, are and became in life. But, whenever possible, capture video to enhance the memories you leave behind, so that others may pass the essence of your life on to future generations.

Homeland

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Baltimore City (Maryland)

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Evergreen Museum & Library

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Baltimore Book Festival

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Station North Arts District

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H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

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I love photographs! They have this amazing ability to tell stories of fun places, special moments, memorable events, and exciting places. They give us reason to pause and remember friends, family, coworkers and so many others. One photograph can conjure up a flood of memories taking us on a journey. They help us remember the past, enjoy the present and ponder the future.

On a cold and rainy day I love sitting in my living room with a roaring fire, a glass of wine, classical music playing in the background and my many photographs scattered about me. I love sifting through what I call my special collection, which refers to my favorites. They remind me of the saddest and happiest moments of my life. They remind me of challenges and overcoming.

My large collection of images are a testament to a life lived. Life happens all around us so it’s important to collect special memories, and what better way than with a photograph.

Edith Ann

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Peabody Institute

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Sherwood Gardens

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Browns Orchards

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Patterson Park

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Charles Village Festival

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There are many people in the world affected by disease. I never thought I would be one of the many. However, at any given time life can change. Mine did! There were many twists and turns, but I made it through and you can too. I am a Celiac on the move living life one meal at a time. Learn more about my life as a Celiac. Celiac Disease is a lifelong, digestive disorder affecting children and adults. In short, I have an allergy to gluten, and the treatment is a lifelong scrupulous avoidance of it.

No matter what, know this: You are never alone. There are people out there who’ve struggled, endured, made it through and are sharing their message of survival. No, they might not be at your side, but their spirit is out there in words, attempting to help others on their journey. Let’s all unite by sharing our individual stories, remedies for healthy living, food and recipes to keep us strong, and let’s find the laughter too because it can be some of the best medicine. Always remember, there is power in numbers. Check me out: A Celiac On The Move

Stony Run Trail

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Holi

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Alpaca / Lama Farm

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BMA (Sculpture Garden)

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Jones Falls Trail

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Country Drive

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"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

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