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See You Under The Stars

{Images are not mine – sourced from Google and Pinterest}

Today is the last Saturday in March, and as such it is the day recognized worldwide as EARTH HOUR since it began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. It is now one of the most widely recognized environmental awareness events with people and organizations around the globe turning off all non-essential lights between 8:30 and 9:30pm local time.

To me this evening represents how small changes can add up to a big impact. Plus as a birding enthusiast, I’m always delighted to see fewer and fewer skyscraper lights illuminating empty floors and distracting evening migrants. Thank you to businesses and organizations who participate and role-model to others how it’s done! And beyond just today, rather using it as a springboard for change. My family and I will be pleased to display candlelight flickering in windows of our occupied rooms tonight as we darken our home and lower our energy consumption.

Let’s do what we can to lower electrical usage this evening. A couple of years ago my family played board games by candlelight, and last year we went for a long, enjoyable walk. What ideas do you have for an unplugged type of evening? Whatever it may be, do stay safe with burning candles and negotiating yourself in the dark, but do something. It matters more than you may know! Turn off the lights and let our hearts shine with hope. And I’ll see you under the stars.

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

{attributed to Margaret Mead but no source found *Wikiquote* ~ wise words nonetheless}

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

From the SCROOGED Movie Soundtrack, here is an excellent cover of Jackie DeShannon’s 1969 song, beautifully performed by Al Green and Annie Lennox.

 

Think of your fellow man
Lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
You see it’s getting late
Oh, please don’t hesitate
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see

Another day goes by
And still the children cry
Put a little love in your heart
If you want the world to know
We won’t let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see, wait and see

Take a good look around
And if you’re lookin’ down
Put a little love in your heart
And I hope when you decide
Kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see
Put a little love in your heart
Each and every day
Put a little love in your heart
There’s got to be a better way
Put a little love in your heart
Don’t you think it’s time we start
Put a little love in your heart

The Christmas Candle read aloud

Here is a story that takes less than ten minutes to enjoy yet its message is timeless.

I’m sharing this read-aloud story with my deepest humility, knowing I am very new to this. Certainly I will get better at my recordings, but I read and reread through my old, lovingly worn edition of the book until this version felt acceptable.

Strong has been the pull from within me to share this story from my children’s youth. Its message is very important for us to understand, all year round but especially at this time of year.

Let us see others as if they are illuminated with the magical light of the Christmas candle, and we will see that we are all members of one family.

Let there be peace, and let it begin with me.

Warmest blessings of the season! Gina

The Christmas Candle book cover

Please note, I only share links for your ease in finding the books that I discuss, and I receive no recompense. Libraries rock, and I adore second-hand bookstores. I believe that wherever you find this book you will find, as I have, that it is a gem. Also, buying it new sends the proceeds to a caring non-profit agency. Click here to view this book at Amazon.com

Doing the best we can

While I’m not yet up to sharing about where I’ve been as I’m not ready to write about grief or emote about how deep the love we have for our pets is, or attempt to describe the pain entailed when the lives in a family household go from 7 to 4, I did decide to share my YouTube video on a topic that rings deeply true to my heart year-round, but ESPECIALLY at this time of year. This is why I’ve returned without explanation to my absence. For now. All pain is fodder for growth, as well as helping build the foundation of a story that wants to be written. As soon as I’m ready to share about it, you’ll be the first to know!

My WP family is dear to my heart and you have been in my thoughts. I am finding my way back to my muse and back to my keyboard. The posts obviously stopped for a while, but my love and appreciation for you never did. Namaste.

courage dear heart

Each One of Them

“Every day I see Jesus Christ in all of His distressing disguises.”

~Mother Teresa

 

Jesus in disguise

My Project Inspired by a Song and Matthew 25:40

I am delighted to share with you something I’ve been working on. I hope you’ll enjoy! It’s a lyrics video to a song that really touches my heart so I decided to pull together some powerful images about those who are less fortunate. This topic is deeply important to me: caring for others as we would care for our nearest and dearest. Let us offer our loving compassion to all.

How would we change if we looked out of a different set of glasses… different lenses…?

What if we chose to see the poor differently? What if that person was Jesus?

Kindred Support

Be with those who “get” you. It’s important!

be with those RUMI

Choose your friends with caution,

Plan your future with purpose, and

Frame your life with faith.

~Thomas Merton