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LIGHT YOUR CANDLE FOR THE NEW YEAR

Friday, January 07, 2011



LIGHT YOUR CANDLE FOR THE NEW YEAR

Light the candle in your soul,
Carry it into the dark.
If you find a flame that's lost its glow
Light it with a spark.

The flame only grows brighter
When it gives another light,
And a billion burning candles
Can drive away the night.

Believe in yourself to the depth of your being,
Nourish the talents your spirit is freeing.
Know in your heart when the going gets slow,
That your faith in yourself will continue to grow.
Don't forfeit ambition when others may doubt,
It's your life to live, you must live it throughout.
Learn from your errors, don't dwell in the past,
Never withdraw from a world that is vast.
Believe in yourself, find the best that is you,
Let your spirit prevail, "Steer a course that is true."


Hold up your candle for all to see,
Reach from shore to shore,
And light the world with kindness
Now and forever more!

Light Your Candle & Believe In Yourself

2 Combined Poems by Authors Unknown

  
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TRYINGHARD1948 1/8/2011 3:22PM

    Lita, once again a beautiful poem so right for this time of year. Hugs.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/8/2011 8:40AM

    Thank you Lita..great post!!

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WILLOW49 1/7/2011 6:48PM

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I AM THE NEW YEAR

Friday, December 31, 2010




I AM THE NEW YEAR



I am the New Year ...
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice
what you have learned about life
during the last twelve months.

All that you sought
and didn't find is hidden in me,
waiting for you to search it out
with more determination.

All the good that you tried for
and didn't achieve is mine to grant
when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do,
all that you hoped but did not will,
all the faith that you claimed but did not have -
these slumber lightly,
waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

I am your opportunity to make all things new.

I am the New Year!


~ Author Unknown





wishing everyone the very best 2011 has to offer you and yours............
blessings and hugs...............lita

  
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AHOLLAND0108 1/1/2011 3:35PM

    Thank you for giving me a better insight for 2011. You are truly a blessing to all of the sparkies....spark on my friend spark on.
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/1/2011 11:38AM

    Happy New Year Lita!!! May you be blessed as you bless others...
hugs
Holly

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TEXASGIRL48 1/1/2011 10:05AM

    You never cease to amaze me. You come up with the most appropriate poems no matter what the occasion. I wish I was as talented in poetry.

Happy 2011. Let's make this a great year.

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GERISE 1/1/2011 9:12AM

    What a nice poem Lita .. Many Blessing to you.

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KARENE10 1/1/2011 8:44AM

    What a nice poem! emoticon. And Happy New Year!!!!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/1/2011 3:44AM

    Thank Lita, a poem for making resolutions and reflection.

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WILLOW49 1/1/2011 1:11AM

    What a great poem! Thanks for sharing with us :)
Happy New Year!
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GOSPELCLOWN 1/1/2011 12:44AM

    Thank you LITA-

Best wishes to you and yours also! May 2011 be a great year of motivation and health for you.

Karen

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ILOVEROSES 12/31/2010 11:51PM

    Thank you Lita for another lovely poem.

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ANGELONE11 12/31/2010 9:05PM

    This is really nice and helps to keep things in perspective!

Enjoyed it!

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BUZYBEEDEBRA 12/31/2010 8:59PM

    I love this - thank you emoticon

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 12/31/2010 8:51PM

    a fresh start is always great. God Bless

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My Christmas Wish For You......

Friday, December 24, 2010





My Christmas Wish For You......


My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought

May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold

I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too

by Ruth Kephart



Why God Made Friends
God made the world with a heart full of
love Then He looked down from Heaven above,
And saw that we all need a helping hand,
Someone to share with, who'll understand.
He made special people to seeus through
The glad times and the sad times, too;
A person on whom we can always depend,
Someone we can call a friend. part
Of His perfect love in all our hearts. .
May joy and happiness come your way always.............


wishing you and yours all the Blessings of Christmas
blessings and hugs...............lita


  
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MOMFAN 12/31/2010 12:17PM

    Hope you had a wonderful time, are you back home yet?

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/25/2010 8:29PM

    Thank you Lita, sending you Christmas wishes and all the very best for the coming New Year.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/25/2010 12:23AM

    Thank you Lita..same to you!!! Hugs and love!!

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RAGGEDY_ANN 12/24/2010 11:51PM

    Thank you and a merry Christmas to you too! (I'm steeling this...)
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_CYNDY55_ 12/24/2010 11:06PM

    *(`'.(`'.**.').')* ~: L*I*T*A* .:~ *(.'(.'**`'.)`'.)* Thank You *
Wishing You And Your Family A Very Merry Christmas...Happiness And Health Too!
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BERRIMOUSE 12/24/2010 10:33PM

    Thank you Lita, may you and your family have a ahppy and blessed Christmas....... emoticon

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ETAGGEL 12/24/2010 10:20PM

    I wish you and your family peace and happiness

Phyllis

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WILLOW49 12/24/2010 9:55PM

    Thank you! Have a very merry Christmas!
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EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS...

Friday, December 17, 2010







EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS...

Every day is Christmas when you have the kind of mind,
That stores up all the goodness and the sweetness it can find
When you don't need an occasion, to spread a bit of cheer,
But just keep on a-giving, of yourself throughout the year

Every day is Christmas, with a gaily wrapped surprise,
When you've learned to see the friendship in someone else's eyes.
When you try a little harder, and complain a little less,
Holding fast to all the fervor of the faith that you possess

Every day is Christmas, when you've found that you can be
More concerned with words like 'you' and less with 'I' and 'me'.
When it's fun to do a favor, and to lend a helping a hand,
When being understood means less, than when you understand

Every day is Christmas, with a beauty deeply cast,
When you find it doesn't matter, if you're first or if you're last
When you can face your conscience, and be glad of who you are,
Then every day is Christmas, for you'll have friends near and far.

~ Author Unknown




i have recently being referred to a new orth dr for my knees it isn't till February so am looking forward to hopefully finding some level of resolution for my knees...........
i continue to plod along every day because of everyone here who keeps me coming back every single day!!!
thanks everyone for all the help and support given to me whether through my blogs teams or page.....
i truly appreciate everyone who has in one way or another dropped into my life............
you have all become a great blessings to me!!!
thanks again and again...........
blessings and hugs.........lita


  
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CATIATM 12/22/2010 10:43AM

    Lita,

Your poem warms my heart. It so easy to only see the problems and disappointments in life. You are a Godsend, and Sparkpeople is lucky that you do keep coming back, day after day!

Merry Christmas!
Cat

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GERISE 12/18/2010 1:36PM

    It is you who is the blessing lita you inspire me every day.. your guidance through everything has been so helpful.. I will pray that your new doctor will give you the results you need.

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MS5835 12/18/2010 11:32AM

    Have a wonderful holiday. Hope the new doc will have good news for you.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/18/2010 9:34AM

    and YOU are a blessing to US!!! hugs and love to you, Lita!!

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KARENE10 12/18/2010 9:23AM

    Very Nice blog! Good luck with the new Doc:) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILLOW49 12/17/2010 5:37PM

    GREAT poem :) Sure hope the new ortho doc can help you! I know what's it's like to suffer with bad knees...
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DETERMINEDJANET 12/17/2010 5:35PM

    Yes, every day should be Christmas!

Hope the new Ortho doc is helpful in the New Year!

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HOLIDAY 'GOTCHAS'

Friday, December 10, 2010

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HOLIDAY 'GOTCHAS'

No peeking at the answers until you finish the quiz ....

1. Which of these names does NOT belong to one of Santa's reindeer?
A) Comet
B) Prancer
C) Blitzen
D) Klaxon
2. In Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker", who is the nutcracker's main enemy?
A) A girl called Clara
B) The King of the Mice
C) Dr. Almond
D) Drosselmeyer the Magician
3. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in:
A) 1789
B) 1895
C) 1938
D) 1946
4. Why is the day after Christmas traditionally named "Boxing Day"?
A) The day the rich gave presents to the poor
B) The day people threw out all the Christmas boxes and packaging
C) The day on which important boxing matches were held
D) The day everyone packed away their gift boxes to re-use the next year
5. Which pie originates from medieval Christmas time?
A) Pigeon pie
B) Humble pie
C) Mince pie
D) Pumpkin pie
6. In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figure of a goat. Of what material is it usually made?
A) Candy
B) Straw
C) Uranium
D) Fir wood
7. Good King Wenceslas was king of which country?
A) Sweden
B) England
C) Poland
D) Bohemia
8. America's official national Christmas tree is:
A) Displayed at the Rockefeller Center in New York
B) Erected in Washington D.C. each year
C) Located in King's Canyon National Park in California
D) A Scotch pine
9. In the Ukraine, what does it mean if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning?
A) Good luck
B) Misfortune will strike in the coming year
C) The winter will be unusually cold
D) Your house needs cleaning!
10. Part of the fun of eating Christmas pudding is finding a trinket that predicts your fortune for the coming year. For instance, finding a coin means you will become wealthy. What will you be if you find a button?
A) Poor
B) Famous
C) A bachelor
D) Called away on a trip
11. One of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes takes place during the Christmas season. Which of these does the tale hinge upon?
A) A burglar disguised as Father Christmas
B) A blue diamond found in a goose
C) A cat trapped in an organ pipe
D) A poisoned flask of Napoleon brandy
12. Where did the real St Nicholas live?
A) At the North Pole
B) In Turkey
C) In Holland
D) In Finland




ANSWERS:
1. Which of these names does NOT belong to one of Santa's reindeer?
D) Klaxon: A klaxon is actually a powerful electric horn. Its name comes from a German word meaning "shriek".
2. In Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker", who is the nutcracker's main enemy?
B) The King of the Mice: The King of the Mice, usually represented with seven heads, leads his troops against the nutcracker's toy soldiers. He loses the battle when Clara, the heroine, stuns him with a shoe.
3. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in:
B) 1895: The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved to be much safer than the candles which had traditionally been used. Decorating Christmas trees originated in Germany, but has been hugely popular in England since 1841, when Prince Albert famously set up and adorned a tree for his wife Queen Victoria in Windsor Castle.
4. Why is the day after Christmas named Boxing Day?
B) It was the day the rich gave presents to the poor: According to British tradition, Boxing Day was the day the wealthy boxed up gifts for their servants. It was also the day in which money collected in church boxes was distributed to the poor. This practice was banned in the 14th century as being offensive, but became widespread once again in the 19th century. Today, traditionally people write their thank-you letters to those who gave them gifts.
5. Which pie originates from medieval Christmas time?
B) Humble pie: Humble or 'umble pie was made from the 'humbles' of a deer (the heart, liver, brains and other bits). Whilst the Lords and Ladies ate the choice cuts, the servants baked the 'humbles' into a pie, thus making the food go further. This is most probably the origin of the phrase, 'to eat humble pie.'
6. The Julbukk is a small figure of a goat. Of what material is it usually made?
B) Straw: Scandinavian Christmas festivities feature a variety of straw decorations in the form of stars, angels, hearts and other shapes, as well as the Julbukk.
7. Good King Wenceslas was king of which country?
D) Bohemia: 'Good King Wenceslas' is best known from the popular carol, written in 1853 by John Mason Neale. The actual historical figure, Wenceslas, was in fact the Duke of Bohemia, not the King, and lived in the tenth century. The song expresses his high moral character in describing King Wenceslas braving a fierce storm in order to help feed a poor neighbor.
8. America's official national Christmas tree is:
C) Located in King's Canyon National Park in California: The General Grant tree, the third largest tree in the world, is 267 feet tall and 107.6 feet in circumference at its base. The tree, believed to be about 3500 years old, was designated the "Nation's Christmas Tree" in 1926, and a service is held at the tree on Christmas morning every year.
9. In the Ukraine, what does it mean if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning?
A) Good Luck: There once lived a woman so poor, says a Ukrainian folk tale, that she could not afford Christmas decorations for her family. One Christmas morning, she awoke to find that spiders had trimmed her children's tree with their webs. When the morning sun shone on them, the webs turned to silver and gold. An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees.
10. What will you be if you find a button?
C) Bachelor: A ring means you will get married; while a thimble predicts spinsterhood. The idea of hiding something in the pudding comes from the tradition in the Middle Ages of hiding a bean in a cake that was served on Twelfth Night. Whoever found the bean became "king" for the rest of the night.
11. One of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes takes place during the Christmas season. Which of these does the tale hinge upon?
B) A blue diamond found in a goose: In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" Holmes manages to recover the jewel but, in the spirit of the Christmas season, allows the repentant thief to go free, on the condition that he leave England forever.
12. Where did the real St Nicholas live?
B) In Turkey: St Nicholas was born in 280 AD, in Patara in what is now Turkey. He was a rich and generous man, who travelled the country helping the poor with gifts of money and presents. To keep his identity secret he'd leave gifts late at night. A famous story about St Nicholas concerns a poor man who had no money for his three daughters' dowries. St Nicholas dropped bags of gold down the chimney and they landed in the stockings the girls had hung up to dry by the fire. Ever since, children have hung up stockings on Christmas Eve hoping that they will be filled with presents by Christmas morning!

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/14/2010 12:13AM

    I really enjoyed that! I got many wrong especially the US official tree, but maybe I'll remember the answers for next year.



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CATIATM 12/12/2010 3:30AM

    Fun! And I learned something, too!

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TRAVELNISTA 12/11/2010 9:44PM

    Loved this!

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GERISE 12/11/2010 9:40AM

    well i wasnt too smart here but i did learn something.. thanks Lita.. I love these

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WILLOW49 12/10/2010 6:05PM

    Thanks for sharing with us :)

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/10/2010 3:46PM

    Thanks Lita, very interesting how all our tales come from all over the world.

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DEBBIE_J 12/10/2010 3:42PM

    Very interesting. Some of the answers really surprised me. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/10/2010 11:25AM

    loved this thank you!! i coulda sworn it was going to be mince pie..

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