Walk in the Park Day

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Something on a Stick Day

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I love food on a stick, especially for birthdays or football parties

They are usually the first to go

Here are my original recipes

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Sticks

Recipe: Asian Beef Skewers

Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Recipe: Satay Pork Skewers

Fun Facts: Puppy Day

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“Man’s best friend” is his dog

Where does this expression comes from?

The phrase goes back to a 1870’s court case

In the 1870’s Missourian, George Graham Vest represented a farmer who claimed that his dog, Old Drum, had been killed by another man. He was suing for damages

During Vest’s closing argument he said: “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.”

Vest won the case and 90 years later a statue of Old Drum was erected on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn

The phrase “A man’s best friend is his dog” has been said many times since

Maybe he would have made more money if he copyrighted the phrase instead of suing the guy ?

IDO: World Meteorological Day

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World Water Day

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IDO: Diversity

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IDO: Happiness


Happiness is an inside job, you will never find it externally

Queen Elizabeth’s 65th Sapphire Jubilee



Can you even imagine having the same job for 65 years?  Most of us would be horrified at the mere thought, yet our Queen has accomplished just that, lovingly serving the Commonwealth for a staggering 65 years.  She was 25 years old when she became the Queen of England.  I don’t know too many 25-year-olds that would be capable of taking on the enormity of such a thankless task, not to mention the responsibility at that age.

I still remember fondly having to sing

God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
God save The Queen!
Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over us
God save The Queen!

at school assemblies growing up

and I remember when the national anthem was also changed and we no longer sang this anymore

We celebrated the Queen’s birthday long weekend in June, even though her birthday was in April? No one ever questioned it growing up, we were all too excited to be allowed fireworks in the back yard

My father took several photos of the royal family over the years and was given up close and personal access not many were afforded as part of the media press core

I have met and spoken to Prince Charles while the Queen was inside a church attending to official business

My mother is extremely fond of the Queen, they are very close in age

So I take this opportunity to thank her for her 65-year reign in the monarchy and to wish her majesty many more years to come…


Daily Prompt: Resist

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via Daily Prompt: Resist

There is a lot of division in the country at the moment

People fear change, they resist it and fight it when they feel threatened or unsafe, yet without change, everything remains the same.

I think the reason for this is because we didn’t initiate the change, thus we feel we have lost the power to control the situation. Change is easier to deal with when it is something we have chosen, rather than something that we feel has been thrust upon us.

One thing I know for sure, change is inevitable. Some change is necessary if we are to grow, to improve our situation or to move forward, for without it we stagnate and die

It is important that regardless of your viewpoint or stance, your ideologies or political persuasion, we all respect each other, we respect others opinions and  their right to have a different opinion.  We need to respect everyone has a right to live in a country free of violence, free of hatred, free of bias and discrimination

Yes, we are passionate about our viewpoint, and it’s easy to get heated and lose our temper with people who do not agree with us, but we MUST RESIST the urge to become violent. Our lives and safety depend on it, we must retain law and order.

We must live with non-violence and to do that, we must love our adversaries as well as those who agree with us. Hatred is a form of violence.

There are things within our control and some that are not.  We can be dignified in our response to those who don’t agree with us.  We can be loving toward those who challenge us and our beliefs

We can’t change the behavior of others, we can control how we react to them.  It is challenging to maintain decorum and dignity when others are abhorrent toward us.

We often hear “Lower your voice and improve your argument”, if we all adopted this philosophy, we would be a much more harmonious society

When we engage in meaningful dialogue, we remove the ‘noise’ (and the violence) and people are more likely to listen to us and more importantly ‘hear’ what we are trying to say.  No one is going to listen to someone that is yelling or being obnoxious

We have to meet people at their own level, listen to their point of view and provide meaningful dialogue to get our viewpoint across, offer compromise and solutions. We must address our fears rationally and logically.  We must assess the end result of change, not just look at the short term disruption.  Temporary changes may be necessary to be able to move forward and create a safer, more prosperous society for all.

When we resist the urge to respond with violence, we take power away from those we feel want to harm us, this works with relationships, with family, with society.

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