Little tastes of happy

Boy oh boy did my kitchen smell yummy today…

Why do little cookie cutter cookies make me smile from mixing bowl to tummy?

Not sure but they always do.

So loved making sweet messes with my little girls last week!

Help yourself-

yum! yum!

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Have you ever accidentally slipped and cut your finger with a knife?

In that instant you know as the pain socks a punch, the blood begins to leak, and the shivers begin as you rush to cover and pinch.

But at Halloween, adding a jagged scar left over from a gruesome cut, perhaps with stitch marks achieves a great chilling affect to our costumes, decorations or pumpkin carvings that perhaps directly connect us to our own senses. We remember our own fear and pain. Scars are ugly and creepy…

But when Halloween is over some of us cannot remove those creepy imperfections by using soap and water; they are permanently a part of us and the true horror could be a mirror or the nightmarish memories. 

But not for a brave teenage Nigerian girl

who looks at scars with a powerful perspective…

“…I ask you right here to please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty, okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.

(Little Bee by Chris Cleave, page 9)

God bless my sisters and brothers in cancer who are beautiful with scars.

Never forget, no one can cut your spirit!

Celebrating Cancer Awareness Month

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The need to scream!


I encourage healthy screaming.

Life gets weird, lonely, frightening, hopeless, frustrating, unfair, and so out of whack that sometimes we need to scream because we want someone to hear us. 

But isn’t screaming a little extreme and impolite, you say?

That depends…

If you do not have some type of outlet for things out of your control then it becomes extremely dangerous for your inside self. Most people who have experienced cancer in their lives usually have kept screams inside…

I have been analyzing from my own life and the lives of other people ways we can healthy “scream,” often without straining our vocal chords. Healthy screams are statements we make or actions we do which make a very LOUD statement about something we need to say or to just “let off steam.”

Many people scream out in different ways such as running, competing in or participating in all different types of sports, yoga, meditation, breathing, attending concerts, gardening, driving a car, playing music, dancing, creating something, dressing a certain way, dying their hair, shopping,…etc. 

Regardless of how, if you need to scream choose a healthy safe way. Then let it go!

“Sometimes you just gotta yell and scream. Sometimes it’s the only thing to do. Noisy as a firetruck, you just gotta open up and get the crowds attention turned to you…” (Safety Kids Music)



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I am a survivor.
My life is a miracle and I bless every single day.
Today, October 1st marks the beginning of breast cancer awareness month. 
Pass along some lovin.’ Your cancer friends will love it. 
It’s great to be alive!

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Do you ever feel like the weight of the world is on your mind and shoulders…

…and to top it off you even skinned your knee…(look close)

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Can air feel familiar?

Can the earth in certain places or energy felt there feel so comfy and recognizable that your insides innately seek that homing-pigeon flight…to there; even if only in your heart.

What is it that makes a place stir a feeling inside that feels just right that you know you are home. It is different for every human but there are places on this earth that give us roots and stability.

It could be a flat in Harlem, NY where the smells or sounds bring that ‘my-people’ feeling back. It could be a ranch in the middle of Wyoming where God paints the sunsets and the smell of the earth fills up the fibers of your soul. It could be in a small suburban neighborhood where mom’s used to stay at home and kids would run in and out of neighbor’s houses, barefoot and carefree. It could be an annual vacation spot that brings up fond memories of childhood. But no matter where, every human longs for that place called home.

I recently heard a discussion from the children of the actors of the show, The Wizard of Oz. The underlying reason that the show was a huge hit was the message “There’s no place like home.” Dorothy HAD to get back home and everyone worked for that goal and believed in it because that was the most important place to be. It tapped into that subliminal feeling we all have that we long for home.

I believe “home” is a spiritual concept.

God placed “home” deep inside of us for us to long to come back to Him; our eternal HOME. When we feel close to that home feeling, it feels comfortable and warm and it is supposed to feel that way; spiritually.

In August we celebrated 19 years in our Eastern home. It was a difficult move for me, I will not lie. I worked very hard to change a foreign place and a house, (clear across the country), into our home; a spot where even the air feels familiar. Family memories, struggles, service, and the hustle-bustle of life contribute to filling the walls to make it ours. And now this place is home. But also is the air in the SF Bay Area and in Southern California, and in the mountains by a lake.

I love home.

It is my sanctuary; my refuge.

I believe the concept is deeper than we think and it feels right.

The sense of home is real and it is personal.

It is our own place to relax and be ourselves.

Home is necessary for our souls to feel secure someplace in the world.

It’s our spot…

on the big earth.





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personal eclipses

Did you feel the energy change during the Eclipse? It felt different in the atmosphere when the sun was blocked. The experience was cool and interesting yet I wanted it to be over with and back to normal. That big ball of sun-energy is my light and life source and I felt relief when it was back.

I have only begun to understand energy but I think of it a lot.

A wise teacher shared an energy dilemma she struggled with in her career which has been on my mind lately. She explained that her career choice sapped much of her physical and enthusiastic energy so when she came home to her family her energy fuel tank was close to empty. She was bothered that her husband and children did not get her best energy. She had no solution, just stating the truth.

She needed to work, but she asked me what I did to refuel good energy?

It made me think of my own personal eclipses and what it is I choose that covers or saps my best energy from the people I care about the most. I have been thinking what I choose which saps or restores my full shine.

I am at one of those filling stations that I choose. I have gone, since a child, to get refueled every summer with people I love at a tiny cabin at a lake. I feel exactly like a car on empty when I come and this place is the gas pump filling me to the brim. Even here eclipses affect people, including me. I have to consciously choose to keep the good energy flowing and not blocked.

Everyday we have eclipses that block our shine. What is stealing your energy away from your best you?


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