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IT'S A NEW BEGINNING ... Time to Choose the Possibilities.....

Sunday, January 01, 2012

IT'S A NEW BEGINNING ... Time to Choose the Possibilities.....

Some people sit – some people try;
Some people laugh – some people cry;
Some people will – some people won’t;
Some people do – some people don’t.
Some people believe and develop a plan;
Some people doubt – never think that they can;
Some people face hurdles and give it their best;
Some people back down when faced with a test.
Some people complain of their miserable lot;
Some people are thankful for all that they’ve got;
And when it’s all over — when it comes to an end —
Some people lose out and some people win.
We all have a choice — we all have a say;
We are spectators in life or we get in and play;
Whichever we choose — how we handle life’s game;
The choices are ours — no one else is to blame.
(Author Unknown)

When your dreams start to seem so impossible,
When roadblocks are all you can see —
Look beyond all the problems that face you
Don’t limit your thoughts to the present
Or solutions you have learned from the past;
Remember to keep looking forward —
You may find the answer at last.
It is YOU who determines your future —
How your journey through tomorrow will be;
To fill all your days with adventure,
Dare to see what no one else dares to see.
So never let obstacles stop you —
Or keep you from doing your part;
Have faith that your dreams are all possible
If you truly believe in your heart.
(Author Unknown)

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SHARON10002 1/25/2012 9:45PM

    Love both of these! Thanks for sharing. More to add to my positive affirmation thinking.

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SHIROIHANA 1/3/2012 5:45PM

    Yes, life is full of possibilities. Thank you for sharing Lita.

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CHUBRUB3 1/2/2012 1:50PM

    Love it! thank Lita!

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AHOLLAND0108 1/2/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks Lita, I needed this as I am starting AGAIN!!!!!

I have the choice to do better and I WILL!!!!

Thanks for the reminder and encouragment.


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HOPESINGH 1/2/2012 3:29AM

    Thanks for reminding me. I keep complaining this semester about all the work I have to do, instead of being thankful for the money it brings, the fact that people find my work so good that they want me to work for them, the experience it gives me...
Keep reminding us these choices we have. I keep forgetting emoticon
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TRYINGHARD1948 1/1/2012 10:29PM

    "never let obstacles stop you" sometimes not easy, but worthwhile. Thankyou.

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WILLOW49 1/1/2012 6:02PM

    Perfect to read today! Thanks, my friend :)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/1/2012 5:45PM

    Very nice, Lita. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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PCOLAGATOR 1/1/2012 5:36PM

    I love those

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Friday, December 23, 2011


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

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.

appreciate all your help and support as we journey here together....
wishing you and yours all the blessings of christmas and may they follow you throughout the new year and give you peace love and joy..............
blessings and hugs..................lita

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CHUBRUB3 12/29/2011 9:09PM

    You always find something that touches my heart Lita.
Hugs and blessings my friend, so glad to be on this journey with you.

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WILLOW49 12/24/2011 4:07PM

    You bet it is! Wishing you a joyous Christmas and the happiest of new years!

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MOMFAN 12/24/2011 1:05PM

    Yes it is my friend. Merry Christmas!

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HOPESINGH 12/24/2011 5:49AM

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Have a wonderful Christmas, tomorrow and all through the year...

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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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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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OUTDOORGIRL69 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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