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Even Those of Us Who Are Perfect (LOL) Have Baggage

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Well at least the part about baggage is right. We all have it no matter what face we put forth. It's there behind the facade of our normal everyday selves. It hides behind the carefully constructed comfort zones we create. It resonates below the surface calm of a placid personality.

So, the next time you think you see someone who seemingly has it all, remember matter how charmed, successful and content they seem, they are hiding something too. No one has the perfect life. We all do the best that we can.

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COACHPENNY 10/19/2009 2:06AM

    Thanks to all for the comments on this blog.

Baggage....I ain't got no stink'n baggage...yes, Carli you are perfect....! emoticon

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CARLI_MAE 10/18/2009 2:40AM

    Baggage? Imperfections???????????

I never make mistakes.
I thought I made a mistake once,
But I was mistaken!

What can I say? Always a wise-arse in the crowd ... LOL ...

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STLRZGRRL 10/14/2009 10:03AM

    Perfect people are boring.

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MORRISDATTER 10/14/2009 4:16AM

    Amen! I guess it's human to look at people who seem to have it all and who seem to have it together completely and think "What do they know? They can't understand." And then something always happens to remind me how wrong it is of me to think that. Baggage, baggage, baggage. But the truth is we are all who we are because of where we've been and what we've done and what we've lived through. That history is a good thing.

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GLENDAJ5 10/14/2009 1:07AM

    Hear, hear, I agree.

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Thoughts about the Nobel Peace Prize

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This started out as a supportive response to my friend Morrisdatter's blog about President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. In writing this, I realized that we all have to stand up for the promotion of peace in the world. The prize itself is not an achievement in and of itself. It is a call to action to all of us....not an accolade to our President.

People who don't give much though to the importance of the Nobel Peace Prize sure have a lot of negatives things to say about it. If promoting of peace throughout the world is not a goal of the citizens of the US then what dominance? You would have thought that during the the two (and too) long terms of the Bush Administration.

The push for war was strong and in fact we still have the Prince of Darkness, Dick Cheney still promoting war and torture as evidence of strength and power. The problem with that strategy is that you will always be watching your back....alone.

Diplomacy, on the other hand, shows strength and power in ways that war cannot. By promoting peace, we promote unity. With unity we watch each other's back. The Nobel Peace Prize isn't about melding into a world nation. It's about creating strength and cooperation among nations for the common good of all nations of the world.

To those whom have nothing but criticism in regards to President Obama's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, I would ask.....Are you choosing to promote war and dominance or unity and peace? I choose PEACE.

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DMATT35 10/12/2009 2:37PM

    You are right...maybe I am taking that fact that Steph broke the trust we once all shared and stabbed me in the back out on you....I will say no more! May Peace and love be in your life forever!! Good-bye!

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COACHPENNY 10/12/2009 2:31PM


You have said enough already. I am having a hard time believing this is you.

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COACHPENNY 10/12/2009 2:23PM


I'm sorry if you think my blog about the Nobel Peace Prize was written in reference to you. It was not. There are so many people out there with critical views on this issue that I felt compelled to state my feelings. If I agree with someone else, I am not personally attacking you for your views. I don't agree with you but, I am not attacking you. AND, if you recall, I did not attack you when you previously stated your feelings on the subject. In fact, I wrote to you and discussed the frustration felt by all of us.

To be clear, my blog has nothing to do with YOU and everything to do with my personal feelings about the conservative factions that feel the need to degrade and attack our President. The Peace prize is awarded to those promoting peace and international diplomacy. It is not a report card on President Obama's success during the his first months in office.

Your strong words of anger are misplaced and misguided. If you think I should not be free to state my opinions in my own blog, you will be continually disappointed. Your discussion of the beauty of individuality has no merit when you berate me for showing my individuality and writing about how I feel. That you took this blog so personally doesn't really make any sense in light of what we have shared in the past and a fact of true friendship is that you don't have to agree on everything.

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SPARKLE1908 10/11/2009 7:30PM

    Nicely put...sadly the ones that criticize the U.S. Receiving such an honor are the same ones that cheered when the U.S. lost out on the Olympic bid...nevermind the fact that it would have given a boost to an economy for a U.S. city, they just cared that Obama was tied to it...and a defeat for him is great in their blind eyes....sad....

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MARINAXANDE 10/11/2009 4:28PM
good read on Michaels take on Obama"s peace prize

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MORGANLAFEE 10/11/2009 3:13PM

    emoticon I approve this message. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 10/11/2009 2:58PM

    Thanks you for sayin' it like it is!

I'm so sick-and-tired of the idiots who are so quick to criticize the hard grind of change and so slow to recognize when something's worth shoutin' about!

YAY to our deserving and noble Nobel Laureate, the distinguished President of the United States of America, Barack Obama!

Blessed be!

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CARLI_MAE 10/11/2009 2:49PM

    emoticon That's telling it like it is! Of course the problem with all the Cheneys and blockheaded critics is that they really believe that by extinguishing all that is different or foreign to them, they will have peace, because they will have no opposition. But you know what happens when you collect too many rats together in one place, don't you? Well, it ain't pretty ... they still find something to fight over until they kill each other!

I am proud that for the first time since (I believe) Jimmy Carter got those stubborn M. Begin and Y. Arafat to shake hands, an American President has won the award. And the message he so eloquently delivered to the American public made me that much more proud. The message the world has spoken by bestowing the award on Obama speaks volumes. There is indeed something very wrong when the whole world apparently feels this President is moving in the right direction while some 30-46% of Americans themselves think otherwise. Kind of makes me want to up, pack my bags, and join Steph in Denmark, or perhaps my ancestral homeland, or France!

Ok, got to chill now ....

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MORRISDATTER 10/11/2009 12:25PM

    Well, I'll give a major AMEN to that. Very very well said, Penny.
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Get on the right side of left

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I don't usually use this blog for political discussion but, I am thinking now is the time. Our country is at a crossroads. The need for change was evident but, now we need the will to pursue it.

Our economy is going through the pains of withdrawal from lifestyles and greed that were unsustainable. The state of our national health is at risk because of those unable to put themselves in the shoes of the uninsured and under insured. Our moral code is threatened by the sins of the past.

So this is my call to our President, our representatives and all of us. Bipartisanship is pipe dream. We've lost our way trying to find middle ground after eight years of the most partisan leadership I have seen in my lifetime. We elected President Obama to promote change that will lead us into a future of hope with a dose of reality and common sense. We've elected our Congress to enact laws that are fair and just for ALL of us....not just the elite or the connected. We expect our Judiciary to uphold that which is right not only for those who shout the loudest but, for every citizen.

Get on the right side of the left.

Change the policies that allowed corporate fat cats to get rich on the backs of the middle class. Capitalism doesn't need to feed only the wealthy, it needs to sustain the rest of us as well. We don't need to throw out the bathtub....just change the dirty water.

Enact real health care reform with a public option. If our representatives had to pay outrageous premiums, had substandard coverage or no coverage at all...they might begin to understand the uneven load our current system promotes. Even those of us with health care are only a job or an illness or a pre existing condition away from losing it all. In the end real reform benefits ALL of us by creating a healthier population and eliminates an ecomonic burden.

Keep a moral compass. The path taken in recent years veered us toward an extreme right left dichotomy with policies that promoted division. Get us to the right side of the left and conversely the left side of the right. We need to make sure that our country fights to maintain it's moral leadership in the world. We cannot expect other countries to uphold human rights, create policies that sustain the planet and forge alliances to balance the resources of power if we are unwilling to lead by example. The right needs to stop obstructing and the left needs to live up to it's responsibility.

Leadership is about taking a stand and bringing about change. The time is NOW!

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DMATT35 8/26/2009 4:55PM

    Right On Penny!

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MYREALANA 8/26/2009 9:15AM


Very well said.

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MORRISDATTER 8/26/2009 8:37AM

    With you here, totally, Miss Money Penny. Good moniker, Keith. The conservatives are gloating that Obama's ratings are down and they, in all their questionable wisdom, have decided that this is because we think he's too liberal, too. Well, you fearful right wing wingnuts, the fact is that his polls are down because he has moved too far to the middle and therefore too far right for us to be happy. He is never going to please all the people all of the time, and the time is NOW for him to DO those things that are so unpopular for the wingnuts. DO those things that need to be done to help this country. DO those things that will give us a good social democracy.

JUST DO IT; OBAMA. Just do it. We are not scared of the fear tactics that the right is using. we know better. Show your liberal soul and let's get this thing done - this thing being, among other things, a viable national health plan and a real investigation into the war crimes and torture policies of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfelt!

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CARLI_MAE 8/26/2009 12:49AM

    Right on, Sistah! Bi-partisanship and compromise are just more words for watered down, ineffectual policies. Why is it that we spent 8 years agreeing with Bush claiming "mandates" when he barely scraped by with election victories, and believing him when he said "there was no other choice" when it came to non-existent WMD's and waging war in Iraq ... and now that we have elected Obama by a landslide, we are trying to play "nice" with the Republican right and all the false fear mongerers?

We WON ... so I am urging my legislators to ramrod the President's original proposals through, if that's what it takes. AARP has finally gotten off the fence and is now speaking up regarding the Medicare scare tactics the health care industry uses to put doubt and fear into people's minds.


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KUZINKEITH 8/25/2009 7:30PM


I don't understand why so many of the dems are act like cowards. They were elected to help us and they just won't move forward. Thank goodness for the few that are proud to be on the "right side of left" ... and THANK YOU!

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CEELEE53 8/25/2009 1:25PM

    Penny...ITA! No surprise there, I suppose. The Dems need to get with the program...the reason they have the enact real change. They really need to start verbally standing up to the Repubs. and showing that they understand why we voted for them in the first place.

Yep...Get on the right side of left! Perfect campaign slogan! LOL! emoticon

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Just when I think that maybe I'm just destined to fit but, somewhat occurs to me that I've changed a lot more than I thought this last year on Spark.

I've changed how I look at food. I've changed the shape of my body, I've changed how I feel about my body and I've changed my goals. The weight loss has become secondary to health gain.

Ch-ch-ch-changes. They feel pretty good

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/12/2009 8:38PM

    What a great journey hey ;)


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KUZINKEITH 8/12/2009 7:48PM

    emoticon ATTITUDE

You are getting better & better one day at a time ... and it shows!


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MORRISDATTER 8/12/2009 4:19PM

    And you remain that same wonderful person insdie that is such a strong, kind, funny person. Life is good, eh?

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TMSDET 8/11/2009 10:57PM

    I chose to read your blog, as my inner voice is "ch ch ch changes" too! I've only been on SP just over a week now, and I am certainly feeling the positive energy, but this site is simply backing up the changes I have been putting into place. You are right, so many changes with just one a ripple in a stream...
Make it happen!

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SPARKLE1908 8/11/2009 10:47PM

    Well alright CoachPenny..great attitude and you are right...I need to focus more on my health gains instead of weight loss.....

I wish I lived by a beach... emoticon


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Ten More Steps, Ten More Minutes, Ten More Hours Leads to Health

Sunday, July 12, 2009

In the end I think that is all about exercise and fitness. We can and do watch what we eat. We can create better habits. But food does set us up for disappointment when we choose to indulge.

Exercise or any physical activity, on the other hand, has the potential to change our shape, our body image and the way we look at ourselves, even if we are still overweight. It also has the added benefit of releasing chemicals into our system that ward off depression and discomfort.

Exercise gives me a bank account to draw from, when I want a treat, when I am feeling low and when I need to feel like I have accomplished something.

It's not necessary to be an over-achiever but, you need to look at every activity, every movement as a plus. Ten more steps, ten more minutes, ten more hours of fitness a week might give you ten more healthy years on your life. It's worth it.

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CEELEE53 7/18/2009 6:42AM

    Keith is right, Penny...holding steady is good.'s a bonus, when life is stressful and busy.

I am exercising on a regular basis since joining Sparks. And I am eating healthier...and those occasional bad choices (Ben & Jerry's Fish Food comes to mind) don't send me on a mad spiral of eating that they used too. It must be all those endorphins from the exercise that help me say: I think I'll go for a walk or a swim...

I never looked at it as a "bank account" before...great analogy.

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KUZINKEITH 7/12/2009 11:21PM

    So true Penny ---
I'm exercising on a regular basis for the first time since high school. It does make me feel better physically and mentally. It helps relieve stress too.
I'm still having trouble controlling portions, and emotional eating remains as an obstacle. Without the exercise, I'd have gained more & more weight. I'm not really losing much these days, but I'm holding steady --- which for me is a minor miracle.
Thanks for the reminder that every little bit helps ... and it does add up!

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