When Getting A “C” Grade Is More Than Enough

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Progress is perfect when it’s progress for the better, always!

Celebrate begins with “C”. Celebrate all “C’s”!

Go dad!

Colorado Floods in Boulder Didn’t Stop Couple From Wedding

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From Channel 9 Denver News:

Brian and Michelle chose to ignore the flood damage around them on Hazelwood Ct in Boulder and celebrate their love. The couple was married last night surrounded by their family, friends and community that have come together to help one another. We’re interviewing them now so they can tell you their story during our newscasts this afternoon.

COLORADO FLOODS

Oh, my, what great destruction a whole lot of water can make.

I am very grateful that where I live is has stayed safe. But, my heart goes out to all who have been so devastated by the floods in my area and all around Colorado this past week.

 

 

Ashton Kutcher Shines A Light For Younger Generation To Follow

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BRAVO ASHTON!
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Ashton Kutcher was outstanding at the Teen Choice Awards the other night – his acceptance speech was awesome, and hopefully a guiding light for lots of youth.
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Ashton (who plays STEVE JOBS in the upcoming movie, JOBS) began by sharing that his name, “Ashton” is his middle name, that his real, first name is Chris. He said that “As Chris”, he learned a lot of things that have helped build his life and career and wanted these millions of viewers to know. In this “new world” of texting, smartphones, and emails, this message is an old one that needs to be heard again, fresh and new.
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“I learned that…
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1. “Opportunities look a lot like hard work.”
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2. “Being sexy: The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, thoughtful and generous. Everything else is crap.”
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3. “Everything around us that we call life was made up by people no smarter than you. And, you can build your own life that other people can live in. Build a Life. Don’t live one.”
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Watch the video above for the full speech.
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Comic Book Heroes Lift Spirits, Fight Grime at Children’s Hospital

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Superheroes are not a dime a dozen, and we could all use one now and again. These guys get massive kudos for suiting up for sick kids.

Wow. I was in tears when I saw these photos, video and story. The patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh were barely awake Monday morning when the first ropes unfurled from the roof 12 floors up. Everyday window washers appeared outside windows clad as comic book superheroes, lifting the spirits of children and staff alike.

It’s not a new story, but new to me and maybe to you too. It’s sometimes the fun, little things in life that help others in their tough times.

Think of what you could do like this to help another, even for a moment, to laugh, release stress, pain and worry, and create images and pictures in their minds that will lift them for a lifetime.

Good job, high five! Read more here, see more pictures and video.

Happy Father’s Day, Trees and Apples!

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Hahahahaha!  The apple fell very close to this tree!

Happy Father’s Day, dads!

 

Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finds Dog During TV Interview

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Wow! What a role model for being this calm, collected and grateful in such devastation and loss.

Prayers for more blessings and finds for all natural disaster victims worldwide.

National Tie One On Day – Aprons That Is! The Day Before Thanksgiving

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National Tie One On Day™ celebrates the humble apron and the spirit of women of earlier generations who donned the universal symbol of home, family and mothering as the uniform of their daily wardrobe and helped make America the great country it is today.

National TIE ONE ON DAY™ is the opportunity to put the “give” in Thanksgiving by sharing our good fortune with someone in need of a thoughtful gesture. Annually recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events and celebrated the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov 21st this year.

On the day before Thanksgiving, EllynAnne encourages us to pause in the preparation of our own meal, wrap a loaf of bread in an apron, tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket, and tie one on…an apron, of course!, and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need of spiritual or physical sustenance.

According to EllynAnne, no matter which way you turn out of your own front door, someone who is deserving of a hug is very close by.

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal,” says EllynAnne, “and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”

Find out more here and get involved!

How to Help Our Local Veterans Today – And Every Day of the Year

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Have you thanked a Vet today… for your freedom?

My local paper, the Longmont Times-Call had a very good article today regarding ways to acknowledge, thank and help our/your local veterans.

We too easily forget that freedom isn’t free and these men and women gave their time, years, and many gave their lives for all that we can too easily take for granted today. This is the USA! It’s “normal” to be free and have all this stuff!! Really? Not really. People have paid for it dearly.

We can pay back with our time, financial support, acknowledgements and prayers.

Here are the highlights and link to the article for more. Wherever you live there are ways to help as well. Check them out.

~ Just say thank you

“When I walk into a room and someone thanks me for my service, that makes me feel good,” he said.  Mauck served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959, and a token of gratitude still carries meaning.

~ Help a homeless veteran

Donate to the local American Legion Post 32’s Stand Down event on Nov. 15. The event gives homeless and low-income veterans in the Longmont area access to a number of free services, including flu shots, bicycle tune ups, haircuts, legal advice, massage and acupuncture.

Right now, especially needed are financial contributions and donations of winter clothing, including coats and boots, Greg McMahon, commander of Longmont’s American Legion Post 32. Drop off items at American Legion Post 32, 315 S. Bowen St., Longmont. Call 303-776-2034 for details.

~ Support local veterans scholarships

Front Range Community College’s Veteran’s Club and the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society have launched a new scholarship in honor of a late Longmont veteran.

The school will host a scholarship dedication at 4 p.m. Monday at 2190 Miller Drive, Longmont. The event is open to the public. To donate to the scholarship fund, contact Ryan McCoy at 303-404-5238 or Ryan.McCoy@frontrange.edu.

~ If you’re a vet, join a veterans service organization

Joining a veterans group allows your voice to be amplified. So when a group like the American Legion, which represents 3 million veterans, lobbies Congress for more veterans benefits, they have more clout.

“Congress understands anything, they understand votes,” said Ralph Bozella, chairman of the American Legion National Veterans Affairs Commission .

Go here to read the full article and find out how you can give back today.

 

Get Past Your Past and Your Clutter

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“History is history and no one can change the past.”
~ His Holiness The Dahlai Lama 

Most people live in the past. They still talk about regrets and events from years ago that can’t be changed. Most people also live in the future in “what ifs”, worry and fear. All a great waste of time — precious, fleeting time.
 
The truth is, no matter what your life issues — past, present, or future (problems, hassles, frustrations or stress) — three things are at the middle of each: 1) you, 2) your decision, and 3) your action to change your present reality.
 
LET GO OF YOUR PAST: THOUGHTS & THINGS
Mental and emotional (Inner) clutter create outer clutter and visa versa. When we don’t let go of the past, no matter what the valid or irrational reason, we get stuck. When we get stuck long enough we create more problems for ourselves which can include more fear, confusion, anxiety, depression, grief and illness. When we get fixed looking in the rear view mirror, we can’t drive safely to a new destination.
 
“Remember when…?” I’ve met many people who are still living in decades past. Some for good memories and experiences, some holding onto pain, resentments and anger. No matter, both keep us from our present, from joy, real emotions, healthy relationships, life and our dreams.
 
STORY
A man goes to Tibet, climbs to the top of the mountain, asks the Dahlia Lama the secret to the universe, the Dahlia Lama whispers to the man the universal wisdom, the secret of the universe, the man heads to the door, the Deli Lama calls out across the great hall “just don’t forget to make the car payment, and don’t be late for work again.”

 
“I can’t find the check book. Where did the credit card go? I can’t find the address book again. The bill’s getting paid late again this month because I couldn’t find it and forgot,” etc., etc. No matter what our life story and experiences that have brought us to today, when they keep us from attending to our everyday needs, responsibilities, desires and dreams, we have a problem. There is a solution!
 
BRING YOUR PAST TO THE PRESENT… AND OUT THE DOOR!
Do you have piles, boxes, stacks, stashes and more in your basement, attic, closets, storage unit or garage taking up room not only in your home but living rent free in your mind and cells? What will it take to move it out? What are you willing to lose in order to finally “have” to do it?
 
In ancient times temples in Tibet was built with two dragons standing at the front door, one represents “confusion” the other “paradox,” two states of consciousness that you have to pass through to get to the truth. What’s the truth? Your truth is in you and it can only be found by going past the dragons and into clarity, into the now, today, your present. The truth is that you have to go through your stuff, not around it.

 
“What is essential involves being able to transform the individual from within.”
~ His Holiness The Dahlai Lama

 
DECLUTTER, INSIDE AND OUT — OR — BUY A SHOVEL
What do you need to let go of your past piles and stacks? Hint: There is no “someday when.”
 
I am often asked, “Do you use Feng Shui in your organizing work?” I say, “No. I’m from a Midwest farming community. I use Func(tional) Way! Sometimes you just need to start shoveling out the piles and don’t look back, then the flow can take care of itself. Memories are attached to the past, to things and pictures, to clothing, books and toys. Memorabilia can be fun and enjoyable, but when it holds pain, it must go. When “it” holds pain, so do you, and it will trigger your pain over and over — until “you” go. Make a choice!
 
Do I sound a bit direct? Adamant? Let me finish my story about the phone call I received today. The man who called me asking about my services to help his elderly parents “dig out their years of hoarded stashes” also said this, “Dad spent the first part of his retirement trying to clean out the basement from their years of saving stuff. He now has Parkinson’s Disease and isn’t able to do much. He’s now going to miss out on the most fun part of retirement. wasting all those years trying to clean out nothing!”
 
BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN
I often ask my audiences to list what they would rescue and save (anything alive is not in the
equation) if they had only 60 precious seconds to go into their burning home. Do you know? Are you prepared for a crisis? The more past we have in the way of our present, keeping us from our  future, the harder it is to really know what we want and harder to get to — the harder it is to make clear decisions and take appropriate actions for our best options.
 
Even if there is a tiny little pile of the past lurking and jerking your memory and rattling chains that keep you off center, it’s okay to let go. You deserve better!

Organize Your Holiday Recipes

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy  

It’s too easy to go through a rushed holiday season and forget to keep track of what was really good, awesomely yummy and something you want to bake, cook, or create again next year.

RECIPE AND MEMORY KEEPER

Create a simple Holiday Recipes notebook, scrapbook or index card holder where you can keep all of your recipes in one place, share with others and hand down to your children in the future.

Be sure to add your personal handwritten notes to them too! Those are  great to read by the generations to come.

SCRAPBOOK THEM!

Embellish with photos  of your family and friends enjoying them too! Make it really fun to look at and use every year. Keep them clean buy using clear plastic sheets or laminate them.

Happy Holiday Cooking!

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