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New Year's Recipe

Friday, December 31, 2010

Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.

You're bound to have a Happy New Year.

Author Unknown


Wishing all of my Spark friends a very happy, healthy 2011!

  
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TRAVELNISTA 1/12/2011 7:51AM

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this blog! emoticon emoticon

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QUEENPIFFLE 12/31/2010 10:34PM

    Thanks so much for sharing. Happy New Year. emoticon

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TRUELOU 12/31/2010 5:44PM

    Blessed New Year to you too:)

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ETAGGEL 12/31/2010 12:31PM

    Great! Happy New Year!

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L*I*T*A* 12/31/2010 11:52AM

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SHASTA11 12/31/2010 11:42AM

    It's too bad that the people that need this the most will never see it.

Thanks,

Hugs, Joan

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SANDRAFIVE 12/31/2010 11:26AM

    This is great. Happy New Year. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2010 11:14AM

    Love this! Happy New Year, my dear.

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Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

Every time a hand reaches out
To help another... that is Christmas.
Every time someone puts anger aside
And strives for understanding
That is Christmas.
Every time people forget their differences
And realize their love for each other
That is Christmas.
May this Christmas bring us
Closer to the spirit of human understanding
Closer to the blessing of peace!

-author unknown-

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/30/2010 4:45PM

    Wonderful words. Blessings to you.

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SEASHELL71 12/28/2010 10:35AM

    SO TRUE!! THIS CHRISTMAS FAMILY MEMBERS I HAVEN'T SEEN
IN ABOUT 7+ YEARS, GOD BLESSED US THIS YEAR!!

IT WAS A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS....I PRAY EVERYDAY REFLECTS
OUR CHRISTMAS DAY WE SHARED! emoticon

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QUEENPIFFLE 12/25/2010 12:11AM

    That is the true meaning of Christmas, thank you for sharing. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 12/24/2010 1:39PM

    all the best of Christmas to you and yours.....
blessings and hugs.......lita

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TRUELOU 12/24/2010 12:56PM

    So beautiful. Merry Christmas!
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EAGLES_WINGS 12/24/2010 11:57AM

    Truly the spirit of loving kindness in the world that eclipses any hardship that we might face at Christmas or any time.

Thank you, Willow!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/24/2010 10:08AM

    How lovely!! Merry Christmas to you my friend!!

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Christmas Gift Suggestions

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I received this in an email this morning; just had to share!

Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~Oren Arnold

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/3/2010 1:18PM

    EXCELLENT!!

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TRUELOU 12/3/2010 12:19AM

    Best gifts:) Merry Christmas!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/2/2010 7:01PM

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ETAGGEL 12/2/2010 10:25AM

    Thank you. That was lovely!

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QUEENPIFFLE 12/2/2010 12:16AM

    That was FANTASTIC! emoticon

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EAGLES_WINGS 12/1/2010 4:59PM

    Like a ripple, sending blessings out into the world, love out, love in, it is a gift we can give all year long. Thank you Willow!

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SHASTA11 12/1/2010 1:17PM

    Thank you; wise words.

Merry Christmas to all. emoticon

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Thank You!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'd like to thank all my great friends and team mates who were kind enough to wish me Happy Birthday.. Nothing could have prepared me for the amount of well wishes, goodies, and Spark Mails. Thanks so much for all of your kindness. Each and every one of you are special to me!

As some of you know, I spent the long weekend in Philly as my son & wife were up from GA. OnSaturday, we drove to Hoboken, NJ to Carlo's Bakery (The Cake Boss) to pick up a birthday cake for me. (Oh yum, best cake I've ever had!) Just a few blocks before reaching Carlo's, we were hit on the front passenger door. My son was driving my minivan. The fellow blamed us for running a red light (I know that did NOT happen), but just minutes before that told my dil "sorry". Thankfully no one was hurt except me. I was hit in my R leg by the door that pushed in. Panic set it because I'm very claustrophobic! Everyone else was out of the car; police, firemen, and ambulances came. I wanted out of that car! Took some doing, but finally I managed to push myself from the passenger bucket seat to the driver's seat, then had help getting my feet out of the car. Medics insisted on getting me in the ambulance. Obviously I didn't want to get inside anything at that point, but they wouldn't listen to me...lol They kept insisting that I go to the ER, but I refused. I was fine (or would be as soon as I got outside again!

Finally we were on our way to Carlo's. Just down the street was a CVS. My son and dil purchased some clear duct tape, white plastic bags, and bungee cords and fixed the door so cold air woudn't blast in on me. (It pays to have a PA surgeon in the family :)

After we got back to Philly, we had supper out with my family and dil's mom. Then we all went back to the hotel for birthday cake and canolis! Oh yum!!! The next morning we had breakfast with my son & dil before they left for GA. That was the best birthday! Nothing else mattered as everyone was okay!

Quite the birthday, huh?!

Thanks again everyone; Spark friends are the best!!!


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TRUELOU 12/3/2010 12:27AM

    A cake fit for a Queen! Glad eveyone's ok:)
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WRITERGIRLMEL 12/1/2010 6:33AM

    I'm so glad you weren't seriously hurt! (And happy belated birthday. I missed it!)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/30/2010 10:10PM

    I'm so relieved that you were not seriously injured!!

Your birthday and you cake sounded wonderful. And I'm srue the best was spending quality time with family.

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/30/2010 7:33PM

    Ok, now I think I'm either going to have to make the drive up to Hoboken for some of that cake or pony up for one the next time they take cake orders for a charity event in south Jersey! Like I said before, glad you're ok. I hope the same can be said for the minivan once it gets repaired! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/30/2010 7:28PM

    good to hear all ended well and that you had such a great birthday...........
blessings and hugs.......................lita

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SHASTA11 11/30/2010 5:25PM

    I'm so glad your son and dil came up to meet you in Philly for your birthday. I want one of those cakes! You realize you drove almost a hundred miles to get that cake? Good thing it was worth it. You could have sent me and QL a piece!

How bad was the car door damaged? Have you talked to the ins co yet/who's going to pay for it? I hope the police did a report.

I'm glad you had the bestest birthday.

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EAGLES_WINGS 11/30/2010 5:25PM

    So glad you are ok and happy that you had a good time. emoticon

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LINDA! 11/30/2010 5:18PM

    This is going to be a birthday that you will ALWAYS remember!!! I am so sorry about the accident. Hope you are feeling better. emoticon

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WILLOW49 11/30/2010 4:36PM

    THE BEST CAKE I'VE EVER HAD!!!!! emoticon

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SDPARTON 11/30/2010 4:27PM

    Wow!!!! You couldn't have dreamed about a birthday like that, in your wildest dreams! I am so Thankful everyone was ok and that you managed to come out of an accident like that! You truly had a blessed birthday Willow! I am so thankful you could make light of a bad day and enjoy your birthday with your loved ones!
Oh.... The cake had to be to die for;)

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CONNORCOLINSMOM 11/30/2010 3:18PM

    Wow! So glad to hear you are okay and also jealous for eating a cake from Carlo's bakery. My son loves that show and we record it every week. Happy Birthday!

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Giving Thanks

Saturday, November 20, 2010

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
Author Unknown

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/25/2010 9:13AM

    Love it!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2010 9:58PM

    Great poem!!

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SQUASH@34 11/21/2010 9:55PM

    I find myself spending far too little time feeling thankful. I am blessed richly and am very thankful.

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JIBBIE49 11/21/2010 7:41PM

    emoticonI'm always thankful for having been born an American. My mother's mother was a full blooded Cherokee Indian who lived free in Illinois where the tribe ran a sawmill business. She was born in 1890 and got married at 14 and had my mother in 1908 when she was 18. My grandfather was an Englishman from Wales. I always think about how lucky I was to have my Grandmothers hardy genes as I know she was young and healthy.
I know how it is to have a difficult year. Last year I dealt with my son's Testicular Cancer & his surgery and Chemotherapy, and then my horrible gallbladder mess that caused me to regain 33#. So this year, I spent most of the time just getting that back off. This morning I was 165.2# on the scale and last year in July when I had the gallbladder attack, I was 169# so that is pretty awful that I've gotten no further than that, but regaining is bad. So, I'm just determined in 2011 to get the rest of it off. And I know I will. emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 11/21/2010 8:11AM

    we have a lot to be thankful for

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TRUELOU 11/20/2010 10:32PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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RAINBOWFALLS 11/20/2010 7:49PM

    Very nice.

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L*I*T*A* 11/20/2010 7:35PM

    great reminder to counting our blessings
blessings and hugs.........lita

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ZUMBAWITHTASHA 11/20/2010 7:33PM

    I Give Thanks For Everything!

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