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My Holiday Wish......

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Holiday Wish......

My holiday wish is that we may
See good in those who pass our way;
Find in each a worthy trait
That we shall gladly cultivate;
See in each one passing by
The better things that beautify —
A softly spoken word of cheer,
A kindly face, a smile sincere;
I hope each day that we may view
The things that warm one's heart anew;
The kindly deed that can't be bought
That only from good are wrought,
A burden lightened here and there,
A brother lifted from despair,
The aged ones freed from distress;
The lame, the sick, brought happiness.
Grant that before each sun has set
We'll witness deeds we can't forget;
A soothing hand to one in pain,
A sacrifice for love — not gain;
A word to ease the troubled mind
Of one whom fate has dealt unkind.
So, friend, my wish is that we may
See good in all who pass our way.

~By Phil Perkins

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SHIROIHANA 12/21/2011 12:52AM

    Thank you, friend, for sharing this lovely poem. We should hold on to this holiday cheer year-around. Happy Holidays Lita!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/16/2011 8:35PM

    Lovely LITA

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REDRUDY5 12/16/2011 7:04PM


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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/16/2011 3:19PM

    Thanks friend! Loved this.

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WILLOW49 12/16/2011 1:56PM

    Just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with us :)

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HOPESINGH 12/16/2011 1:25PM

    This poem is as sweet and caring as you. I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy Christmas. May your wish come true emoticon

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Hug It Forward … Magic in a Bottle

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Building Schools out of Trash
Can trash help to bring education to the poorest on the planet? Yes, it can! Hug It Forward, a San Diego-based non-profit organization, empowers communities to build new schools in Guatemala on a shoestring budget by turning plastic soda bottles and other trash into raw construction materials. Many benefits for the community, kids and our eco-system included.

Building up houses and schools is a pretty expensive undertaking in our hemisphere, widely funded by governments and local authorities. The situation in developing countries isn't that different, except the fact that comprehensive funds are widely missing. But there is a way to turn distant dreams of education into reality, by harnessing the power of community and collaboration.

First, each child in the village is asked to collect at least 20 plastic bottles. The students and volunteers
stuff the bottles with plastic waste, such as Styrofoam, snack wrappers and plastic bags for insulation.
The more compacted, the sturdier the building blocks and the less garbage remaining on the streets.

The bottles were bound between layers of chicken wire which are attached to a frame (usually made of
reinforced concrete, but made of metal in this picture). Students stuff waste plastic in between the bottles.

Up to three layers of cement mixed with sand is applied to the outside of the bottles,
with paint adding the finishing touch.

DONE! Isn't that an awesome and simple idea worth spreading?
It's not just about providing the much-needed educational infrastructure for poorer communities - streets get cleaned of non-biodegradable trash and environmental awareness is raised about recycling and proper trash management. Fostering community leadership and teaching new skills that can be used to gain employment or on other community projects is just another side-product. The ownership of the schools is given directly to the kids, because they built them up with their own hands and commitment. As reported on the Hug It Forward Website, the coming together as one during the project has a far reaching uniting-effect on the communities.

You would never know the main ingredient if they did not leave cutouts...
The Bottle School Project, by Hug It Forward, built their first school in Granados, Guatemala, in October 2009, over 5,000 plastic bottles were used to build two classrooms, containing 2053lbs of trash and using 9720lbs of cement. 297 children and youth currently attend the school, which serves a municipality of 13,860 people throughout 95.75 square miles. Since the completion of the Granados project, Hug It Forward has built 14 Bottle Schools and has four more in the works. Learn all about Hug It Forward's Bottle Schools in this Video
Insulating walls with plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash was pioneered in Guatemala by the organization Pura Vida. Instead of the common cinder-block walls used in Central America, "eco-bricks" are stacked in between chicken wire, and covered in cement. The bottles are used solely as insulation; the buildings are supported by professionally built, structurally sound frames. This method of construction is both eco-friendly and economical, and independent structural analysis has testified to the strength and safety of the buildings.

Hug It Forward works to support and empower communities in Guatemala
to build Bottle Schools using discarded plastic bottles and non-biodegradable
trash. Bottle School projects have many benefits, including:
— Providing much needed educational infrastructure for poorer communities
— Cleaning the streets of non-biodegradable trash
— Teaching environmental awareness, recycling and proper trash management
— Fostering community leadership
— Teaching new skills that can be used to gain employment or on other community projects
— Spending capital within the local community where the school is being built
— Giving kids ownership of the school, because they build it with their own hands
— Uniting communities, they come together as one during the project
If you'd like to know more about the Project visit their Website


or spread the word about their project via Facebook Here or Twitter Here. Hug It Forward's mission is to unite people across the world: we are all one people.

One HUGE thing you can do: Instead of getting gifts this year, why not ask your friends to make a donation to Bottle Schools in your honor? Your sacrifice will enable kids to build their own school and have the chance of an education and a brighter future. Donate Your Christmas HERE!


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GOSPELCLOWN 12/12/2011 7:03PM

    That is recycling done to perfection!

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HOPESINGH 12/12/2011 2:40AM

    What a wonderful idea!
Have you seen the Nek Chand garden in Chandigarh, India? A sculpture garden also made of trash:

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SMILEYBEE 12/11/2011 11:17PM


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AQUAGIRL08 12/11/2011 10:47PM

    Wow, what an amazing program! Thanks so much, Lita, for sharing all of the great information with us. I can always depend on you to share something profound!

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WILLOW49 12/11/2011 8:26PM

    That is so GREAT!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 12/11/2011 8:21PM

    That is emoticon. Thank you

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/11/2011 6:52PM

    How cool is that!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/11/2011 6:37PM

    Wow, that is emoticon

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PURESTILLWATER 12/11/2011 6:01PM

    This is really neat

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LOSE ONE......

Friday, December 09, 2011


LOSE ONE......

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:


The origin of this letter is unknown,

But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.


Hold on tight to the ones you love!

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MDGARDENGIRL 12/10/2011 5:57PM

    Good one LITA.... thanks so much!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/9/2011 6:11PM

    Yes, hold tight and make every moment positive even when there is sadness.

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SMILEYBEE 12/9/2011 12:31PM

    Here's to recognizing and valuing our treasures! emoticon

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WILLOW49 12/9/2011 11:58AM

    So very true. Thanks for sharing with us.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/9/2011 9:13AM

    Thanks for posting this Lita. Sometimes we all need to be reminded of just how precious life can be. I appreciate how you share with us. You're the best!!!

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GREGSTEAM 12/9/2011 7:05AM

    Lets not forget VT again!
God bless our troops!

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MARYBETH_OHIO 12/9/2011 12:30AM

    Amen to this thank you for sharing.. Huggles

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As You Travel Through Life….

Saturday, December 03, 2011

As You Travel Through Life….

By Unknown

As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.

There are some situations where all you can do
Is simply let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward -
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead

There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can't yet comprehend!

Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new things
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life,

Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
And see things that you've never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!

Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring
And somebody special who's there
To help you stay cantered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They'll be the right choices for you.

So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day...
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road -
Don't look back! You're not going that way!

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SMILEYBEE 12/7/2011 12:55PM

    Very inspirational ... thank you! Forward, ho! emoticon

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MARYBETH_OHIO 12/5/2011 10:29PM

    One word Beautiful..

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WILLOW49 12/4/2011 12:10PM

    You always share such wonderful stories, poems, etc. ! Thank you!


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AQUAGIRL08 12/4/2011 11:00AM

    That is just what I needed to hear today. Thanks so much for sharing this gem with us Lita!

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CHUBRUB3 12/3/2011 11:36PM

    Lita you always find such treasures!

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JAMER123 12/3/2011 11:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I enjoyed the poem!!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Be thankful that you don't already have
everything you desire — if you did,
what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something...
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times...
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations...
They give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge...
Which will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes...
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary...
Because it means you've given your all.
It's easy to be thankful for the 'good' things...
Yet, a life of rich fulfillment comes to those
Who are thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive...
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
And they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown

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BABYSTEPS84 11/27/2011 12:49AM

    Thanks for the share!

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AUNTC321 11/25/2011 10:45AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. This detailed many things I have been thinking about lately.

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WILLOW49 11/23/2011 2:23PM

    Just wonderful!

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CHUBRUB3 11/23/2011 11:08AM

    Wonderful! Thank you.

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CAROL- 11/23/2011 5:52AM

    emoticonWhat a beautiful reminder! Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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HOPESINGH 11/23/2011 4:05AM

    This is so true, but so hard to apply. I'm doing my best...
Have a nice thanksgiving, and thank you for these inspirational blog posts all year long!

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PEARL-LADY 11/23/2011 3:35AM

    Too true...thankyou for sharing

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MKPRINCESS007 11/23/2011 12:32AM

    Beautiful~ Once of the nicest Thanksgiving words I have seen. We should definitely live by this every day........

Have a great Thanksgiving,

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/23/2011 12:14AM

    Very nice, Lita!

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 11/23/2011 12:13AM

    Well said. Thanks for sharing this with us and reminding us that there are blessings to found in ALL of the 'happenings' in our daily lives.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!


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