The Spirit of D

Depression, Fear, Anxiety, Oppression, Health

Lost hope? Pick a subject. Any subject. Nowadays, you will find literally any topic, on any level laced with deadly amounts of fear, anxiety and lost hope. What has happened? Life should not be terrorized by these fatal emotions. Yet, are we allowing them to?

Recently I’ve seen growing cases of people suffering from serious bouts of depression, from every gender, ethnicity and across the board economically. What is going on? There really isn’t one single common denominator involved in cases I’ve witnessed or read about. Now mind you, as a disclaimer, I am not a healthcare professional, just an observer and participant in life. But I can truly understand how people can be stricken with severe cases of depression resulting from extreme fears, whether it’s about finances, relationships, saving the environment, losing their healthcare, the skyrocketing costs of education, protection from predators and so much more. Pick a subject, any subject.

If you remember the 1982 movie Poltergeist, it centered around a family living in their new home who were gradually terrorized by a host of evil spirits. As the terror reached climatic proportions, they finally discovered that their residential development was built on top of a cemetery. The father angrily confronted the wealthy developer and shouted, “You son of a bitch, you left the bodies and you only moved the headstones!” He grabbed his family and quickly left the premises of the horror.

Depression, Medication, PillsDeception, distractions, delusions, discouragement, and death are some of the bodies buried under the headstone of depression. How did we obtain ownership of the spirit of D? How do we get rid of it? There is no magical cure because many of these emotional and spiritual enemies grew over time. Yet, we don’t have to allow them to control our lives.

We hate to admit that we personally created some monsters of the worst kind that are instigating this spirit of depression which is disabling our way of life. Curling up in corners, not getting out of bed for weeks, not brushing your hair or teeth, looking disheveled and forlorn, or wandering around like a reclusive vagabond are symptoms of merely existing and not truly living your BEST life!

How long will we allow our lives to be stolen by the spirit of depression and controlled by the bandages of medication or addictions to controlled substances and poor choices? There are many things, death, job losses, health challenges, broken relationships, betrayal…pick a subject, any subject and therein we find disastrous storms that some people are unable to survive in the aftermath. In many cases, they’ve given up. But we cannot afford to give up. Whether we realize it or not, we have generations behind us who will inevitably go through challenges that will test the core of their being. We can’t give up, because if we do, so will they!

Like many of you, I’ve faced some challenges that tried to wipe the life out of me. People are walking or lying around like recluses and zombies. There isn’t a “one size fits all” solution but we have to cut off our spiritual energy supply to feed power into the “Spirit of D.” Some people may need to seek professional counseling to deplete the debilitating power of hopelessness. Sometimes the solution is right within our grasp, but we can be too distracted to see it. For me, when I get into a funk, I don’t stay there very long, because it catapults into a more serious condition. It may take applying a little lipstick, an outrageous nail color, sporting some stilettos or wearing a very bright-colored top to brighten my silly face and snaps me out of my sad trance.

While I don’t know what your test is that could inevitably fuel an awesome testimony, just remember whatever positive and encouraging method of escape you can use to rid yourself of the bodies under the headstone, just do it because it can turn out to be spiritual gold! Don’t allow the “Spirit of D” to become a ghost of toxicity and the grim reaper of death. It’s not about you, but it is about what this spirit can do to you if you don’t put a stop to it.

National Nutty Fudge Day on Food Porn Friday

Naational Nutty Fudge Day, Desserts, Fudge, Nuts

Image Source: cravelocal.com

Do you love pistachios? Do you love fudge? Why not combine the two and make this new twist on an old favorite. Today, we celebrate National Nutty Fudge Day on Food Porn Friday. Check out this Dark Chocolate Pistachio Fudge Recipe from Crave Local, that’s easy to make and just as easy to eat! 

Go ahead and sink your teeth into this chewy decadent treat, that you can celebrate today and enjoy any time of the year. You only need 4 ingredients. Why not make a batch for Mother’s Day?

Happy #NuttyFudgeDay on #FoodPornFriday!
#HappyMothersDay

Celebrating Our Mothers

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Mothers. It seems like we can never tire of saying enough about them. For those of you who are still blessed to have your mother around, then treasure those precious opportunities to spend time with her. For those of us whose mother has passed on from this life, we will always have fond memories of times we spent with them. For those of you who have fathers, guardians, aunts, grandmothers or stepmothers who are surrogates acting in a maternal capacity, then it behooves you to cherish that.

For all mothers, past and present, I honor you with this poem “I Applaud You” and wish all of you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

I Applaud You

I applaud you for the strength you unselfishly earned
your nurturing gift you so willingly impart
your character, immeasurable and priceless
your gentle spirit, so humble and genuine.

I applaud your determination to fight for the common good
your comfort during times of sadness, pain and grief
your encouragement during those moments when someone wants
to give up
your heart, more precious than the facets in a perfect diamond.

I applaud your tears of joy, glistening down your cheeks during
celebrations
your carefree attitude to enjoy life and live it abundantly
your wisdom from life’s lessons of hard knocks and
disappointments
your test of endurance to stand up, amid all reasoning to stay
down.

Regardless of what you’ve suffered
been diagnosed with
or the pain from heartbreaks you’ve endured,
I applaud you for your survival skills
despite the cards that you were dealt.

Your inner beauty radiates your graciousness
turning obstacles into stepping stones
ugliness into beauty
discouragement into courage
skepticism into faith
despair into hope
with complete reverence of God
I applaud you.

– Kym Gordon Moore (from the book “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry,” 2013)

Rip, Roarin’ and Ready To Go

Motorcycles, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Although I don’t own a motorcycle, I love them just the same! Guess that’s my wild, adventurous side speaking! I especially love this sweet BMW State Trooper’s motorcycle that was on display at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Fire Academy Career Day event in March! This is probably about as close to a State Trooper that I care to get!

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With the warm weather here, why not get your motor roaring and head out on the highway. To all of our motorcycle enthusiasts, even though you were born to be wild, it is of utmost importance that you practice safety. But don’t get too wild, because the state troopers are packing a lot of power in their motorbikes. 

Whether you like a Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, Honda, Indian, Yamaha, Kawasaki, BMW, Victory, Ducati or Moto Guzzi, go out and have yourself some two-wheeled fun! Take a ride on the wild side.

Happy Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month!

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Motorcycle, Vehicle, Bike

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Bike, Motorcycle

Motorcycle, Bike, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Motorcycle, Bike, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Motorcycles, Bikes, Motor Bikes

Who Let The Pets Out?

National Pet Month, Animals, Pets

Are you a pet owner? Throughout the month of May we celebrate National Pet Month. This commemoration promotes our responsibility of pet ownership, and how pets benefit and enrich our lives every day. In honor of National Pet Month I would like to share my poem, simply titled, “Pets!”

Pets

Some are cute, some are not
some are big and some are small
some are furry, sometimes loud and ostentatious
others are nocturnal, aquatic and often exotic

Pets.

We domesticate their mannerisms
training them to obey our commands
with personalities that intrigue and amuse us
they melt our hearts with those lovable awww moments

Pets.

They are family, friends, service animals and companions
they are alert to the spirit and abnormal vibes
they endure pain while still showing us compassion
when they die, their memory is forever etched in our hearts.

Pets. 

– Kym Gordon Moore © All rights reserved.

We Have To Talk, We Have To Listen

From Behind the Pen, Conversations, Eleanor Roosevelt, Quotes

Sometimes topics that become rather awkward to discuss are avoided like the plague, and very often are the ones that drive a great wedge in between us. Whether we notice it or not, our passion about those subjects can either make us defensive or highly offensive.

We are going to have to learn to find common ground, by having a heart to heart-filled dialogue about addressing the “elephant in the room” gap that divides us. Throwing in a little compassion and understanding wouldn’t hurt either.

What topic do you have the most difficulty talking about? Religion? Race? Gender parity? Politics? Poverty? Discrimination? If we don’t talk about those subjects we tend to shy away from, we will only continue to harvest generations of dissension and never find true harmony and understanding. Now, can we talk but more importantly, will we listen?

 

Sky-High Strawberry Pie on Food Porn Friday

Sky-High Strawberry Pie, National Strawberry Month, Fruit, Food Porn Friday

Image Credit: Taste of Home

May is National Strawberry Month and on Food Porn Friday and Cinco de Mayo, we celebrate this widely aromatic, bright red, sweet, juicy fruit which is a great source of manganese and dietary fiber. Did you know that strawberries are also low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium?

If you’re looking for a taste of spring with an easy dessert recipe using fresh strawberries and a few simple ingredients, then you’ll want to check out this mouth-watering Sky-High Strawberry Pie courtesy of the good folks at Taste of Home.Total prep time is 20 minutes (Cook: 5 min. + chilling). This recipe makes 8-10 servings.

Why not sink your teeth into a slice of deliciousness and transport yourself into dessert Heaven. You will find this recipe and many other epicurean edibles at http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sky-high-strawberry-pieOh, what a celebration this is! Bon appetit!

Happy #NationalStrawberryMonth!

Happy #CincoDeMayo and Happy #FoodPornFriday