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What a great concept!!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

British town grows all of its own vegetables, witnesses improved civic life and reduced crime as a result

"When the small British mill town of Todmorden, tucked in between Yorkshire and Lancashire, first began installing fruit and vegetable gardens all around the area as part of the Incredible Edible program, it likely had no idea that the novel, yet simple, concept would make the town a foremost inspirational and self-sustaining model of the future.

Fresh herbs, succulent greens, and tasty fruits can be found growing near civic buildings, college campuses, supermarket parking lots, and various other places. Small garden plots, raised planting beds, and even small soil strips in these areas can be found brimming with fresh produce, all of which are free to anyone who want it, and at any time.

It is all part of a program called Incredible Edible..."

This idea is genius. We have so many people that can no longer make ends meet. Fruit and vegetables are missing from their diets. Food Banks are suffering from lack of donations because in today's world demand exceeds supply. Why not incorporate this in our cities. Let the school students do this as a course in Intermediate and High School and receive school credits for this. Heck, Grade School students would benefit from learning how to grow their own, it would be a great class project.

We all know the quote, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Well let's substitute fish for learning how to plant a garden and just imagine the possibilities.

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BUTTERFLYAT38 12/17/2011 9:04AM

    aahhh wonderful idea..we shouldn't lose touch to what is grown on the earth...there are so many courses that children should have..personal financial planning is another...

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GOLFGMA 12/16/2011 6:37PM

    I like the idea and love to see vegetables come through the ground. I notice a church near us that is doing this with several little plots for members to grow food. Right now their scarecrow is dressed for Christmas. emoticon

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LILBITWANNABE 12/16/2011 10:55AM

    Wow what a great idea!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/15/2011 9:26PM


Would love to do that here at the condo's :)_

I do plan on container gardening on the back patio as
time and $'s allow.

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L*I*T*A* 12/15/2011 8:00PM

    what an awesome concept....
maybe soon more will adopt this idea...
blessings and hugs........lita

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LGAR519 12/15/2011 7:12PM

    Bet my small town would benefit from this idea!

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BEME80 12/15/2011 3:04PM

    Wow that is great, there should be a world program for sure :)

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WILLOW49 12/15/2011 2:31PM

    Wonderful idea! Too bad more places don't follow that example!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/15/2011 11:53AM

    I like it, too. Wish it were all over the world.

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Greatest Card Trick Ever

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How did he do that? Amazing!

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WILLOW49 12/15/2011 11:30AM


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    That was pretty neat.

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SEASONS_CHANGE 12/14/2011 8:14PM

    too cool for school

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/14/2011 6:10PM

    WOW, that is incredible. Wonder how he does that?

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L*I*T*A* 12/14/2011 5:15PM


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SWEETSUGAR7 12/14/2011 2:54PM


Have a wonderful day!

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The W in Christmas, an email I received I had to share.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The "W" in Christmas
author unknown

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience.

I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing,
endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the
precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting
season for a six year old.

For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant."

I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production.
Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his
teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation.

All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then.

Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor
and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats.

As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legon the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment
songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.

So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.

Those in the front row- center stage - held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.

As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and
on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly,
we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down - totally unaware
her letter "M" appeared as a "W".

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered
at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they
were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W".

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised,
and we all saw it together.

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:

"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"

And, I believe, He still is.

Amazed in His presence... .humbled by His love.


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DEFIANTVEGAN 12/15/2011 6:37PM

    OH My Yvonne

I got chills all over my body and my eyes just watered that was awesome I didn't see it coming.

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EWEINHISPASTURE 12/14/2011 10:58AM

    I loved this! Thanks for sharing!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/14/2011 10:06AM

    Love this!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 12/13/2011 7:27PM

    Great post Yvonne

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SANDY-RENO 12/13/2011 6:42PM

    Wow, I just got goosebumps. So amazing!

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LGAR519 12/13/2011 2:37PM


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MERAINA 12/13/2011 12:05PM

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WILDLOTUS16 12/13/2011 11:40AM

    O my Gosh!!! Yay! Thanks so much! and how very true!

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/13/2011 10:52AM

    Yes Christ is LOVE!

The best kind.

Thanks for that Yvonne!


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L*I*T*A* 12/13/2011 10:39AM

    loved it...........
blessings and hugs.......lita

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VICKLET31 12/13/2011 9:59AM

    That was awesome! Thanks!!!

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Artificial Sweetener Disease; a new breed of sickness

Monday, December 12, 2011

One of the 1st things I mastered after joining Spark People was giving up my daily diet soda. It was hard but I did it. I gave up artificial sweeteners of all types in all foods. Maybe after you read this article you may decide to do the same thing. I hope so, it is poison!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/13/2011 2:02AM

    It is hard to give them up, but I know it needs to be done. Thanks for putting up the article.

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/12/2011 9:01PM

    It really is hard to give them up.

I will go read the article. Anything that I can read
to make me stop is a good thing.

Thanks for all the wonderful things you
share with us.

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SEASONS_CHANGE 12/12/2011 6:37PM

    Holy cow... I didn't have a clue... thanks for posting

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/12/2011 3:58PM

    I had no idea about any of this. Wow!

I, too, stopped the diet soda and threw out all sweeteners. I do add honey to hot tea.
Thanks Yvonne for bringing this to light. I'll probably be sharing this link with my other teams.


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HOUNDLOVER1 12/12/2011 1:29PM

    Thanks for passing on this article. I have no doubt that all the sweeteners mentioned in the article are a very bad idea to add to anyone's diet and Xylitol and Stevia are better options. Stevia in the white powder form is not a natural food, though, so I'd recommend buying a plant and keeping it on the window sill.
Also coconut crystals are a low-glycemic natural sweetener.
Unfortunately there is not enough research to "prove" all the damage of artificial sweeteners but with the anecdotal evidence we have any further tests would be inhumane.

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WILLOW49 12/12/2011 12:47PM

    Thanks for posting this, Yvonne!

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HOBBITGAL 12/12/2011 11:22AM

    Amen! I gave up my Diet Mountain Dew two months ago, and all soft drinks the day before Thanksgiving. I can't believe what a difference that has made.

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L*I*T*A* 12/12/2011 10:51AM

    i am so glad i never had that issue...
great reminder...thanks....
blessings and hugs.....lita

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LGAR519 12/12/2011 10:49AM

    I am really trying to do without sweeteners of any kind. I think they are responsible for my sore mouth.

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MRSNOAHDRAKE 12/12/2011 10:41AM

    When I went to my doctor for help losing weight, he said no fake sugar. He said it doesnt satisfy the body and some people end up craving more sugar and more sweets because it doesnt signal the brain that its had enough. He said it can mess with metabolism, so even if its lower calorie than the regular sugar option, the regular item is the better choice. So even if it wasnt "poison" its still not our friend.

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PIXIESTIX6669 12/12/2011 10:26AM

    Yep, it does horrible things to your insides, that's for sure...not to mention hormone damage...and processed cane sugar is just as bad, if not new lifestyle was easy transition because I kicked my sugar habit...

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THINANDFITEMILY 12/12/2011 10:23AM

    and then there is the animal testing too-
It IS poison but oh does touch a nerve with many!

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Found a new show for me on TLC...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Wow, I don't have to leave my living room to see beautiful Christmas light displays. Nothing was on last night so I started flipping through the channels and ended up at TLC and their Christmas Light shows. They have Extreme Christmas Lights and Extreme Trees. There is even a European version of extreme Lights. I was in heaven. There were some neighbors that were annoyed in various cities and even went to the police to complain about the lights, traffic by the house, and the noise. What Scrooges! I thought they were GREAT!

This is an example of Extreme Christmas Lights (not profiled on TV last night)

How to Annoy Your Neighbors: Christmas Lights Edition

I especially love the synchronized lights. I was fascinated when the new chasing lights came out a few years ago. Who knew people made displays synchronized to music? Not me till I saw these on TV and then Youtube.

The Best Dancing Christmas Lights Ever

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DEFIANTVEGAN 12/15/2011 6:34PM

    Well I'm glad you got your fix it was better then nothing.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/12/2011 1:05AM

    I saw that show too, Yvonne. It was great to see all that wonderful Christmas Spirit. I decorate outside, have pictures up on a blog, but I am nothing like that. Maybe some day.

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SLS-NY2IN 12/11/2011 10:45PM

    Hope I see the program on a re-run. Sounds great.

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.DUSTY. 12/11/2011 10:42PM

    OMG me too Yvonne! I was trying to find something to watch also and got hooked. People are amazing!

The only thing for me would be that they have to start so early decorating that they skip over Halloween. Something I couldn't do, LOL! I mean Muhahahahaha!

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MR54BLD54 12/11/2011 8:20PM

    I love this program and also am tickled with the neighbors who did not like them. Yet when some complain, they did it in such great detail. They must have soaked it all in before they called and complained. LOL Merry Christmas emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 12/11/2011 7:41PM

    I like that show as well and thank you for the candy cane. I have loved that so much. Get a chance, stop by my blog - you will like it. Blessing.

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LADYJAKE1 12/11/2011 5:33PM

    I love when it is snowing, the lights seem so much prettier!

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L*I*T*A* 12/11/2011 5:10PM

    i saw the program last night as well.........
was awesome...
thanks for sharing.....
blessings and hugs............lita

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