Choose Love

Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. -Yoda

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Choose love. Choose to be the light in the dark. In this time of change, when fear is ruling the world, choose not to give in.

Change begins with you and with me. I choose to take care of me and my own. To spread love in my little corner of the world. To offer respect and support to those around me, no matter their views. I choose to take action in my life to make the world a better place for me and my loved ones, right here. I will do what I can to make the world better.

If you do the same, the ripples of our kindness and our change will spread and intersect. We will change the world, one person at a time.

Choose to keep doing what you need to do. Choose to do it with respect, kindness, and love. Choose to be the change.

Choose love.

Practice Makes Perfect 

Clearly I still need to work on this whole daily post concept. It’s been a busy week, and all too easy to set this aside. So now I will stretch my brain a bit to see what I’ve been thankful for these last few days.

I am thankful for pizza.

I am thankful for flirting.

I am thankful for lazy days.

Not so hard to think of things. Especially when I don’t try to confine myself to “big, important ideas”. I can be just as thankful for pizza as I can for the miracle of a sunset, or the joy that is connection with others.

Maybe this means there are other areas where I don’t have to try so hard.

Close Calls

Today I am thankful for quick reflexes. They have been my saving grace.

Starting Small

So it’s been ages. Maybe two or three. But here I am, thinking about my blog again. Wondering why I never do seem to be able to keep up with it. So instead of just contemplating, I am doing. (for once)

Lots of people I know are taking the time for November to post on Facebook about one thing they are thankful for each day.

NaNoWriMo and NaPloBoMo are totally a thing.

Why not combine them, and get a new habit started?

One new blog post each day, and my topic is already decided – what am I thankful for today?

That’s not so hard, is it?

So I’m starting small.

Today, I am thankful for hot showers.

Rivers

Here I am, browsing the internet, not really looking at anything particular. Suddenly, there is an article about why rivers aren’t straight. This could be interesting. Now I know. The answer is cool, and actually pretty simple. Join me in learning this awesomeness. 🙂

http://www.upworthy.com/why-arent-all-rivers-straight-the-answer-is-kind-of-mind-blowing?c=ufb1

Ketchup vs. Catsup

So, in munching on my fries at dinner this evening, I was pondering. I had ketchup to dip my fries in. But what’s the difference between ketchup and catsup? And it’s a seriously weird word either way, so where did it come from? I decided that I must know, and so I did a little research. (Only a little, mind you. I’m lazy.)

Ketchup and catsup are different spellings of the same thing. Ketchup has pretty much become the standard spelling, although obviously catsup still pops up once in a while. It’s a modern, American variation of a European version of an Asian sauce. There is some debate about which sauce, but generally accepted to be a sauce based on brined or pickled fish or shellfish, herbs and spices.

See, told you this was a weird word. For a slightly more detailed article about the history, see my friends over at Mental Floss:  http://mentalfloss.com/article/29649/whats-difference-between-ketchup-and-catsup

Or this link at Diffen, where you can compare anything:  http://www.diffen.com/difference/Catsup_vs_Ketchup

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Really, it is. Quite chilly. Also currently raining, which I’m loving. But for fun, enjoy this video. Great duet, cute music video. And it’s been stuck in my head all day, so now I am sharing it with you. 🙂

http://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Idina-Menzel-Michael-Buble-Baby-Cold-Outside-Video-36125693

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