Thankful for Our Children, Our Future, Our World

Universal Children's Day, Celebrating Children, Child Protection

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Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden. -Unknown Author

We know how we feel when we see a video showing children living in deplorable conditions or being abused in some sick twisted way. Right now we are pausing to put a spotlight on all of our children around the globe. Today we commemorate Universal Children’s Day.

We observe this day to celebrate and promote the welfare of children around the world. In 1954, Universal Children’s Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly. The rights of a child mean the right to be protected from all forms of abuse (like child labor) and untold violence. So let’s continue to protect our future…our children. They need us, we need them and we are grateful that they are here.

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The Attitude of Gratitude

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This week in our country and many parts of the world, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Throughout the week I will be posting a few things that warrant an attitude of gratitude, regardless of the day or occasion. Each morning, no matter how I feel, I wake up thanking God for witnessing a new day I will never experience again. To kick off this week and stay on target with what Thanksgiving means to me, I am dusting off my poem “Celebrating the Shades of Thanksgiving” to get this week’s gratitude meter rolling. Cheers!

Celebrating the Shades of Thanksgiving

In the spirit of giving thanks
reflect on your abundant blessings
remember the horn of plenty
overflowing with the fruitfulness of love.

The robust bouquet of Autumn’s hue
like a kaleidoscope of human diversity
with hands joined, eyes closed and heads bowed
our fundamental strength is embracing unity.

Gratefulness is the essence of life
infinite happiness by far
celebrating, no matter what you look like
giving thanks no matter who you are.

Acknowledging the gift of gratitude
not only on Thanksgiving Day
let your spirit flow with love, joy and peace
where superficial differences should not matter in any way.

(From my 2013 book, Wings of the Wind, A Cornucopia of Poetry)

Grab a Cup of Tea and a Slice of Gingerbread Quick Bread Lemon Glaze

Oh, the aromatic smell of freshly baked bread. Your mouth waters uncontrollably as you get a whiff of that tantalizing smell coming from the oven. Today, we celebrate National Homemade Bread Day with this awesome Gingerbread Quick Bread Lemon Glaze recipe from the kitchen of WillowBird Baking. Check it out and give it a try!

Gingerbread Quick Bread Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsulphered light molasses
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Glaze Ingredients:
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1-3 teaspoons milk
lemon zest

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with a square of greased parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, oil, molasses, and vanilla extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. 

Bake 45-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Run a thin knife around the sides of the bread to loosen it in the pan before letting it sit and cool for just 10 minutes. Invert the pan onto a long sheet of aluminum foil. Immediately fold the foil over the bread and secure very tightly to trap the steam in. Let the loaf cool inside the foil for at least an hour. Whisk together the glaze ingredients and set the loaf on a serving platter. Pour the glaze over the top, garnish with a little extra lemon zest, and serve.

Happy #NationalHomemadeBreadDay on #FoodPornFriday

Today’s Thought: Many People Sidestep Opportunity

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When I read this sign, I had to laugh, but there’s an inbred meaning within this sentence. Opportunity comes in a slather of ways and sometimes we often miss them because of the distractions that obscure our vision and our will. Just remember opportunity is often missed because we could dismiss it as trivial and insignificant. Don’t miss your blessings in disguise.

The Eyes Really Do Have It

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Eye love it!

Eyes are the windows to the soul and eyeshadow is the accessory to the eyelids. Taking eyeshadow to a different universe with increased dramatic, artistic personalities is something many makeup artists are creating.

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Tal Peleg

With the eyelids as a focal point canvas, these eye-scape masterpieces, by makeup artist Tal Peleg have taken art, artistry, cosmetics, and beauty to a totally mind-blowing level.

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye can’t believe my eyes!

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye am in shock!

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye am impressed!

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye can’t believe it!

Eye Shadow Art, Tal Peleg, Makeup Artistry, Eyes, Eyeshadow

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Eye think eye got it!

Don’t Start Your Day Off Worrying

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Do you ever have those days when you wake up and start thinking about problems that need solving before you get out of bed? You either feel a huge sense of dread or try to remind yourself to steer clear of distractions and negative thoughts before your day gets started. Sometimes I go through this thought process more than I care to admit, which is why I wrote this motivational affirmation as a reminder to look on the bright side of life, to be more than a conqueror, to make time to sit quietly, to be still and try to avoid worrying about the small stuff!

“Don’t start your day off thinking or worrying about unsolved problems from yesterday. Begin your day with a grateful heart by seeking new, undiscovered opportunities lying just ahead.”  -Kym Gordon Moore