Dusting Off Thanksgiving, Peace, Love and Joy

Thanksgiving, Joy, Peace, Love

This time each year, when I read greeting cards or listen to people’s perspective of why we celebrate the Fall/Winter holidays as we do, the same thing is repeated year, after year, after year…like a memorized speech.

Are the spiritual virtues of Thanksgiving, peace, love, and joy only unwrapped and dusted off for perhaps a couple of weeks…maybe…and then back in the box they go? Do we only express our love and affection on Valentine’s Day? Do we only recognize giving thanks and giving back on Thanksgiving Day? Do we only recognize and embrace joy and peace on Christmas Day?

Instead of showcasing these important characteristics primarily during the holidays, why not put these spiritual elements into play every day? Can you imagine how much better humanity would be?


My Thanksgiving Wish

Happy Thanksgiving, Gratitude, Thanksgiving Day

Throughout the week, I wrote about some element in our life that gives us the opportunity to be thankful for. As I reflect periodically on the news reports that leave us feeling hopeless, bewildered, and defeated I try to shift my thoughts on recognizing the gifts of gratitude that surrounds us every day. I try not to allow the senseless, challenging things in life to overshadow my feelings of being grateful for each breath I take and the people I love that surround me.

So, today we have arrived at Thanksgiving Day. It is my wish that you truly enjoy this day with friends, family or neighbors as you embrace the heartwarming love shared with others. Yes, many retailers are having some amazing sales today, but I hope you do not spend more time with them than you will with loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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.

Grilled Mahi Mahi Fillets on Food Porn Friday

National Seafood Month, Food, Seafood, Food Porn Friday, GRILLED MAHI MAHI FILLETS WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA

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I can literally have seafood at any time of the day. In celebration of National Seafood Month, I am featuring this recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi Fillets with Pineapple Salsa, courtesy of the folks in the kitchen at Ready Set Eat! Bon Appetit!

Flaky grilled mahi-mahi topped with a spicy, sweet pineapple salsa with zesty Ro*Tel tomatoes


PAM® Grilling Spray
1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
1-1/4 cups fresh pineapple, diced
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 Mahi-Mahi fillets (about 4 ounces each), thawed if frozen

NUTRITION INFORMATION – 202 calories, 11g Ca

Spray outdoor grill with grilling spray; preheat to medium-high heat. Stir together tomatoes, pineapple, red onion, cilantro and half the kosher salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Stir together the garlic, cumin, oregano and remaining salt in small bowl. Coat fish evenly with oil and rub fish filets with seasoning mixture.

Grill fish about 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until firm (145°). Remove from grill and place on individual plates or serving platter. Top each filet with pineapple salsa; serve immediately.
Grill fish on a piece of aluminum foil, sprayed with grilling spray, for easier clean-up.
For gluten-free preparation, confirm all recipe ingredients are gluten-free by reading product labels each time you make this recipe.

Happy #FoodPornFriday

As a MANNER of Fact

National Children's Good Manners Month, Polite, Courteous

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There are many monthly commemorations that I recognize, but I staggered a little when I noticed September is National Children’s Good Manners Month. Really? Then I thought, “Do we really need to designate a month to focus on teaching common courtesy, respect, thoughtfulness and overall good conduct to our children?” Shouldn’t this be something we normally teach them starting from a toddler at least? But what do I know? Maybe I’m just old-fashioned.

Be polite, say please, say thank you, say excuse me, are just some simple common courtesies to show respect right? Then I thought, considering how rude and inconsiderate so many adults are, perhaps we need to designate a month for “Grown People’s Good Manners Month.” It’s hard to teach children good manners when you embody bad manners and questionable behavior. Oh my gosh, is it really true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? How about new manners? I suppose this is something my inquiring mind wants to know about.

A Quick Shoutout to My Writing Peeps

Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month, Writing, Editors

I’m sending a shoutout to all of my fellow authors, poets, editors, content managers, bloggers and writing enthusiasts. September is Be Kind To Writers and Editors Month. Show some love and appreciation to the writers and editors in your writing community!

Happy Be Kind To Writers and Editors Month!

Keep writing!

What Can You Improve Today?

National Self Improvement Month, Self-Improvement

Try something new! That’s right. Right now!

Let’s face it, those 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that were made on January 1st are pretty much in the wind at this point. Why? Because of commitment to set those resolutions in motion. Did you plan on losing weight? Devoting more time to improving yourself? Exercising more? Eating better? Reading more books? Devoting more time to learning something new? Had you planned to travel more? What about designating more leisure time for family?

Self-Improvement, Self Awareness

Although this month we are observing National Self Improvement Month and International Self-Awareness Month, this does not mean you should only do something self-improving throughout the month of September. Nope! You should do something to improve your life and make a difference in the life of others every day, even if you are seeking more leisure time for yourself. You can find a laundry list of suggestions everywhere on self-improvement tips, but what are the best tips that are doable and more applicable to your lifestyle? What can you do to add more value to your life? What can you do to add more joy, love, and peace in your life? What can be done to fulfill your well-roundedness? Through your self-improvement practices, how can you contribute to making the lives of others better?

Exploring, Self-Awareness, Self-Improvement

Well, as you are fully well aware of, the clock is still ticking and it certainly will not pause just because you want it to. What are you waiting for? What can you say you did, to make positive changes for a better and more productive ‘you’ that will inspire those who enter your space?