Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday's Photo's - Herb Bouquets

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I love the look and smell of fresh herbs stored in a vase of water on my kitchen counter, waiting to be plucked out and used to make something taste better! Happy Friday!!
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(Photos Via &Via & Via & Jupiter Images)
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Is White A Color?

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The answers are many and conflicting.
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It depends upon whom you ask. Scientists consider black to be the absence of color and white to be the presence of all colors. Fine artists, on the other hand, believe the complete reverse: white is the absence of color.
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I asked my three youngest children if white was a color and my 7 year old son just pointed to a cloud and said with complete confidence, "There it is."
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Whatever the case - I love the "COLOR" white!!
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(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images and Zappos)----{A Re-Post From 4/30/08}

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mid-Week Pause - Reflection


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"I am not afraid of storms, for I have learned how to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott ~

(Photo Via Jupiter Images)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Love Makes A Family - ♥ Duh!

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With all the "joyous" weddings going on in New York { } I thought I'd re-post this.
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I would love to get this wonderful traveling display of photos presented at my children's school. We are fortunate to live in a very open community and my children attend a progressive school with an open mind and heart.
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Respect, tolerance and kindness are things we hold in very high regard.
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By educating people of all ages to recognize, support, and celebrate the full range of diversity helps reduce prejudice, stereotyping, and harassment of all people who are perceived to be "different" from the "norm."
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Love Makes a Family is a museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with families that have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge and change damaging myths and stereotypes about LGBT people and their families. At the most basic level, Love Makes A Family combats homophobia by breaking silence and making the invisible visible. By encouraging people of all ages - beginning in early childhood - to affirm and appreciate diversity, this traveling rental exhibit contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance, thereby making the world a safer place for all families.
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Designed for audiences of all ages.
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Elsasser-Robinson Family

"Our family life is a very traditional American one - early morning getting up, eating breakfast, getting dressed, making sure everyone has matching socks, getting the boys off to school, and then going to work. At night, it's homework and getting ready for bed. Michael and I have been class parents in Zach's and Justin's classes every single year. We could not imagine living without children. It's a wonderful experience to watch our boys develop and mature."

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Galluccio Family

This is the story of Jon and Michael Galluccio, two gay men living in New Jersey, who become foster parents to Adam, a premature baby born with AIDS virus and addicted to crack, heroin, marijuana and alcohol. While nursing Adam through the many medical emergencies of his first year and surviving the daily dramas that all new parents go through, they realize that this child, their son now, could be taken back from them at any time by the state, and they decide to try to legally adopt him._

Monday, July 25, 2011

We Are Our Choices (to borrow a line from Jean-Paul Sarte)

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We Are Our Choices (to borrow a line from Jean-Paul Sartre)
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Even when I was a child I knew exactly what I liked and did not like. “Yes, that’s what I want. No, I don’t want that.” Of course it helped to have a mother who gave me the space to choose. I went along through life happily this way without a care. Even difficult choices never seemed to bother me much. I guess because I listened to my guts. Not really a pretty way of putting it. I could have said, followed my heart, but it really never felt that way. Just a blunt decision– not much thought - kind of like following a stream of consciousness.” Of course life is never really that simple,” she said, stamping her foot. “Drat!” I've made my mistakes along the way. Overlooked a few diamonds right in front of me and of course made a few wrong choices - although I really don’t regret any of them. That’s another thing, I’m not much on regret or guilty feelings - too much to drag around through life - better to learn from the mistake and move on…right? Unfortunately many others don’t share this attitude. “Double drat!!” Like everyone else, all I can be in this world is me and that’s all I ever really wanted. Just the chance to live my life my own way and try to make things a little better for others along the life’s road. I have always admired those who charge straight out into life like Jack London. What an inspiration! On the other hand, I also admire those who - without notice most of the time - get the work done quietly and honestly, without the sounding of the trumpets. So I send a whispered "thank you" out into the void and hope we all get where we are going, in our own way and our own time. I like that!!

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(Photos via Jupiter Images)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday's Photos - Stone Fruit

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Link I hope everyone is enjoying "Stone Fruit Season" as much as I am! As a young girl, I lived in a house surrounded on both sides and behind, by a seemly endless apricot orchard. There was also a large walnut orchard across the street -- an almond orchard up the road to the left -- and cherry orchards to the right. I was completely immersed in orchard life and loved it!!
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I well remember all the seasons that pas
sed and all the hard work involved tending the trees before harvest season arrived. In summer, the orchards are humming with activity, as they’re irrigated, monitored for pests and pruned to optimize production as the fruit grows to maturity. Summer is peak harvest time. Growers check the fruit day by day, waiting for the proper color, size and maturity to be reached. A single orchard will often see at least three pickings over the course of a week to ten days so the fruit is harvested at just the right time. When harvest arrives, the fruit is harvested from the trees by hand using totes or buckets. The mature fruit is carefully selected from the tree, piece by piece. And this is only during harvest season. Year long the orchard is plowed and tended with great care.

So the next time you reach for that wonderful summer fruit (hopefully local & organic) take a moment to think about and appreciate the year-long process that nature and the farmer went to and send a little "thank you" out into the world. I know I will!!

Happy Friday!!

(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)

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