Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Friday

My love and prayers continue for all those involved in the Ferry
tragedy in South Korea

Sending much love and many blessings to you all

an accident in Jindo sea. A 6,800-ton ferry, with 477 people on board, was reported sinking off the south-western coast of Korea while en route from of Incheon, west of Seoul, to Jeju island on 16 April. The passengers were mostly secondary school students on a field trip to Jeju island.
Information given to me by my sweet friend Mi Young Yoo in South Korea
We all feel so sad

“Life is not what one lived, but what One remembers and how One remembers it in order to recount it”

― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Holy Week

Appropriate for both Lent and Good Friday and always I believe:

Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of life.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of life.
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress; feast on verities that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds.
~ William Arthur Ward

On this Good Friday may we never forget the true meaning of Easter - 'For when He was on the cross, all of us were on His mind.'

We can find no greater proof of God's love for us than the willing sacrifice of his Son on the cross. Jesus' parting words, "It is finished!" express triumph rather than defeat. Jesus bowed his head and gave up his spirit knowing that the strife was now over and the battle was won. Even on the cross Jesus knew the joy of victory. What the Father sent him into the world to do has now been accomplished. Christ offered himself without blemish to God and he put away sin by the sacrifice of himself (see Hebrews 9:24-26).
Augustine of Hippo (430-543 A.D) comments on those who stood at the cross of Jesus:
"As they were looking on, so we too gaze on his wounds as he hangs. We see his blood as he dies. We see the price offered by the redeemer, touch the scars of his resurrection. He bows his head, as if to kiss you. His heart is made bare open, as it were, in love to you. His arms are extended that he may embrace you. His whole body is displayed for your redemption. Ponder how great these things are. Let all this be rightly weighed in your mind: as he was once fixed to the cross in every part of his body for you, so he may now be fixed in every part of your soul." (GMI 248)
In the cross of Christ we see the triumph of Jesus over his enemies - sin, Satan, and death. Christian writers down through the centuries have sung the praises of the Cross of Christ. Paul the Apostle exclaimed, "But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Galatians 6:14).
Hear what Gregory Nazianzen (329-389 AD), an early church father and bishop of Constantinople, wrote about the triumph of Christ's exaltation on the cross :
"Many indeed are the wondrous happenings of that time: God hanging from a cross, the sun made dark and again flaming out; for it was fitting that creation should mourn with its creator. The temple veil rent, blood and water flowing from his side: the one as from a man, the other as from what was above man; the earth shaken, the rocks shattered because of the rock; the dead risen to bear witness to the final and universal resurrection of the dead. The happenings at the sepulcher and after the sepulcher, who can fittingly recount them? Yet no one of them can be compared to the miracle of my salvation. A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and do for all men what the rennet does for the milk: joining us and binding us together. (On the Holy Pasch, Oration 45.1)
Rupert of Deutz (1075-1129), a Benedictine theologian and abbot, wrote:
"The cross of Christ is the door to heaven, the key to paradise, the downfall of the devil, the uplifting of mankind, the consolation of our imprisonment, the prize for our freedom."
The Cross of Christ is the safeguard of our faith, the assurance of our hope, and the throne of love. It is also the sign of God's mercy and the proof of forgiveness. By his cross Jesus Christ has pardoned us and set us free from the tyranny of sin. He paid the price for us when he made atonement for our sins. The way to peace, joy, and righteousness in the kingdom of God and the way to victory over sin and corruption, fear and defeat, despair and death is through the cross of Jesus Christ. ~Reflection on today's readings, John 18:1-19:42 and Isaiah 52:13-53:12

"They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. 'Hail, king of the Jews!' they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again...From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?'—which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' ...And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit."
-Matthew 27
On Good Friday every year, we try to stay silent from 12 to 3.
~The Heart's Alive/Tia

Good Friday, Good Parallels.
Buddha: "Consider others as yourself." Dhammapada 10:1
Jesus: "Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31
Buddha: "If you do not tend to one another then who is there to tend to you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick."
Christ: "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me."
Buddha: "The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour's faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides, as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler."
Christ: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Buddha: "The world gives according to their faith or according to their pleasure: if a man frets about the food and the drink given to others, he will find no rest either by day or by night."
Christ: "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
Buddha: Hatreds do not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth…Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good. Overcome the misery by giving, overcome the liar by truth.
Jesus: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. From anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold
Even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.
Buddha: Lose self to gain nirvana and escape from suffering.
Christ: Lose self to gain Christ and entrance into heaven, where there will be no suffering.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Butterfly food

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We are all inventors,
each sailing out on a voyage of discovery,
guided each by a private chart,
of which there is no duplicate.
The world is all gates, all opportunities.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Precious moments in Vancouver British Columbia
Spring 2014

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew,
so does my gratitude renew itself daily.
The breaking of the sun over the horizon
is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.
~Terri Guillemets~

The steadfast love of the Lord never 
ceases, his mercies never come to an 
end; they are new every morning.
~Lamentations 3:22-23~

Butterfly populations have been decreasing due to habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use. Butterflies are very important for pollination.
Many species of butterfly require overripe fruit to supplement their diets. Decaying fruits have carbohydrates and minerals that most butterflies need. Help butterflies thrive by doing the following:
Place a large plate or dish outside with another smaller dish within it. Fill the outer larger dish with enough water to keep ants from the smaller dish. Place overripe fruit on the smaller plate cut in sections so they are easy to feed upon. Don't smash the fruit so the butterflies do not become stuck accidentally. Instead simply slice fruit pieces you would otherwise throw out and place them on the smaller plate. It will help the butterflies thrive! It is best to replace the fruit pieces either daily or when the fruit has begun to rot. No longer than a couple of days at a time however.
We posted this a year ago - let us know if any of you have had success with this method.

"You may not be able to help everyone who needs help, but at least have compassion for another human who is suffering."

"The woman who follows the crowd 
will usually go no further than the crowd. 
The woman who walks alone is likely to 
find herself in places no one has ever 
been before.”

- Albert Einstein.

Sleep on your right side.

Why it works: It will influence your dreams. Turkish researchers found that people who tend to sleep on their right side have mellower dreams, with themes of relief, joy, peace and love. They also report feeling better rested and less dysfunctional during waking hours. 

Strange, true thing that might convince you: Sleeping exclusively on the left side can put pressure on the organs on that side of the body, 

Today we are remembering Linda McCartney. Linda passed away on April 17, 1998.
Its is rare that two people will find a true "soul mate" in each other. We have heard that Linda and her husband, Paul McCartney only spent 9 nights apart while they were together.
Paul bought us so much joy and happiness through his music and Linda did the same for him.

Linda was only 56 when she passed after a long battle with cancer.
RIP Linda.

17th April 1998 (16 Years ago today)
Lady Linda McCartney sadly passed away at the age of 56 after a three year battle with cancer.
Of their last few days together: 
On the afternoon of Weds 15 April 1998, Paul and Linda went for a last desert ride. Paul had to put a hay bale down for Linda to step up on as she climbed carefully into her saddle. As they rode gently along the trails a rattlesnake crossed their path. The sun was setting as they arrived home, just before 7pm, smouldering red over distant Tucson, its last rays streaming through the sentinal cacti. The desert night has a timeless stillness, the stars very bright. When the sun rose on Thursday 16 April, Linda felt too unwell to get up and spent the day in her bed, a gentle breeze blowing through the house. She slipped into a coma. Night again, the last night. The darkest hours come before the dawn. The children told their mother they loved her. She became restless around 3am. Paul got into bed with Linda and told her she was on Blankit; they were riding through the Sussex woods; 'the bluebells are all out, and the sky is clear blue'. By the time he'd finished the story his wife was dead.
Credit to ~ from "An intimate life of Paul McCartney" by Howard Souness for the above piece. A book well worth reading for any fan.

and when I go away I know my heart can stay with MY LOVE♥

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Peter Rabbit's Carrot Apple Salad

Beautiful creation by my darling friend Dani
I love you and love all of your artwork

.Somebunny loves you
*(=' :') Somebunny loves you!

Peter Rabbit's Carrot Apple Salad

 Serves 4 to 6 people

prep time- 5 minutes

cook time- 0 minutes (no cooking necessary)

1/3 cup greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons real mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice

1 teaspoon lemon or lime zest

1 Tablespoon cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon clover honey

2 dashes cayenne pepper

5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced thinly on the diagonal

1/2 tart apple, unpeeled and chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine yogurt, mayo, citrus juice, citrus zest, vinegar, honey and cayenne in a small bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the carrots, apple, onion, and mint. Mix well. Pour yogurt dressing over and mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Season to taste with salt, pepper and a little more cayenne if you wish.


Recipe as seen on Facebook thank you 

They are living the dream in Aloha land once again

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." - Crowfoot (Blackfoot Nation Chief, warrior and orator; 1821 - 1890)

"The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude."

Cat lovers! 
It’s Easter week, and that means lilies are everywhere……from supermarkets to roadside stands. But if you’re a cat owner, don’t even think about bringing one of these plants home. And don’t make it your Easter gift to anyone who owns cats.
The FDA released a warning about Easter lilies – as well as Tiger, Asiatic, Day, and Japanese Show lilies. The entire plant is poisonous to cats—even nibbling a leaf can cause acute kidney failure. The FDA also says that even if your cat brushes against the lily flower and gets a few grains of pollen on her fur, and then licks it off, the results can be traumatic.
Symptoms of lily poisoning include vomiting and lethargy. If you suspect that your cat has lily poisoning, rush her to the vet for immediate treatment. For more info:

Photograph courtesy of my fabulous cousin Wendy
We both always plant pansies for her late Beloved Father Ed
Today was his earth birthday and he loved pansies
he always said they had sweet faces
There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept,
things we don’t want to know but have to learn,
and people we can’t live without but have to let go.. and they live on forever in our hearts♥

Never a moment where you are not inside my heart and thoughts and prayers

Tree tunnels you should take a stroll through

This beautiful Easter Montage was found on 
Carol's Country Sunshine on Facebook

As found on facebook

Spring is the Queen of all seasons
and Easter is her crown
Golden memories of Easter with my late
beautiful beloved Mom and my sweet baby Sister

Your Mother is always with you.
She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and
perfume that she wore.
She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well.
She's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day.
She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a
rainbow. She is Christmas morning.
Your Mother lives inside your laughter.
She's crystallized in every teardrop.
A mother shows every emotion .......... happiness, sadness, fear,
jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy,
sorrow... and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good
feelings in life. She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's
the map you follow with every step you take.
She's your first love; your first friend, even your first enemy, but
nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space...not
even death!

 Author: unknown

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” 

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Not sure but  I think this was from Pinterest

Keeping everyone in my prayers

I stepped out on the back porch this morning just as the faintest light was rising in the east, the air crisp and cool...nature still sleepy, yawning under the gaze of the morning moon....
I stood there awhile, watching the morning take wings as the sun rose and the stars faded away...
I am continually in awe of this time of the day,
maybe because it is so fleeting,
brief, sacred moments,
when God himself breathes life
and light into the new day.
Makes me long for that city
where we will have no need. ~Neva
And the city had no need of the sun,
neither the moon, to shine in it:
for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the Lamb is the light thereof.
-Revelation 21:23
God bless you today!

From Snippets of life on Facebook

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Children Grow Up so Fast

Children grow up so fast

(¯`v´¯) "Treasure the knowledge you possess and all
`*.¸.*´the rich experiences you've had. Then get up,
¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨) get out there and get a whole lot more."
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“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori
“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Mr. Rogers
“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” – Erik H. Erikson
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” – Plato
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” -  Fred Rogers

Thank you to the loving Moms and Dads out there to raise happy healthy beautiful children

“There is nothing in the world that does not speak to us. Everything and everybody reveals its own nature, character and secrets continuously. The more open our inner senses, the more we understand the voice of everything.”
-Hazrat Inayat Khan

Never let a day pass without looking for the good, feeling the good within you, praising, appreciating, blessing, and being grateful. Make it your life commitment, and you will stand in utter awe of what happens in your life. ~Rhonda Byrne

I so needed to be reminded of Spring today especially since it is cold once again and it snowed last night

Sweet spring please return very soon
In the meantime please enjoy these gorgeous spring blossoms in Seoul
all photographs courtesy of my sweet and loving friend
Mi Young  thank you 

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” 

― Dalai Lama XIV

Keep your heart pure ~
Never let it to become so corrupted 
that you can’t feel happy even for 
those who have done much for you. 
Never let it to become so corrupted
that you want to harm and hurt even
those who have given you much love,
care and affection.
Purify your heart with meditation
and prayers.
Strengthen your heart with love
and gratefulness.
Keep it pure with good thoughts
and actions.
Keep your heart pure ~
Prem Tihan (Shafiq)