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Elephant in the Room Editorial

The Root of Political Correctness

Products, services and ideas sell when there is a need, or demand, for them.  A common sales technique is to help people realize that they have a need for the product, to show folks how this offer will help them.  In other words, the seller wants to ‘create a need’ for whatever they are peddling.  This happens in manufacturing, but also in politics and government.

A political candidate has to show people why they need him/her for their leader. In so doing, they can create a loyal following.  The populace will be supportive because they believe that the politician will be able to solve their pertinent, sometimes desperate problems.

This is nothing new. In fact, much of what I see on social media is  just that, politicians creating a fictitious void that needs to be filled.  It is seen in articles and posts defending the cause of breast feeders, Downs syndrome folks, bullied kids, over weight (to some) women, working woman, minorities, outsiders, fringe groups etc. Thus, giving the impression that these specialty groups and activities must be saved.  Kind of like a save the seals campaign and many are blindly falling for it.

To me, this seemingly well-meaning and compassionate movement, is self-righteous, patronizing, demeaning and judgmental, as if everyone in the nation, except the writers, are racist, prudish and ignorant.  They imply that most Americans are bigoted haters. Well, we are not.

I have lived and worked around thousands of Americans, from multiple races, for over 50 years and met less than 5 racist people.  In fact, I see mixed races working, living and worshiping together everywhere I go, even here in the south.  Everyone gets along quite well.

Most people don’t care if you breast feed in public. Come on! Just be modest about it. It is common courtesy.  Americans care for children with disabilities and needs. We welcome and embrace law abiding foreigners.

This idea of unfairness and mistreatment as a major problem that our communities and government needs to solve is false. Can we do more to love and care? Yes. Have there been gross injustices? Yes, but the generalization is way off track. And it is off track intentionally.

There are some areas of the country where people are sorely under educated and unrefined (I blame government run schools for that) and you have insensitive, uncaring, even evil, people in every populace, but this is not the majority. We are largely a group of people who care deeply and give sacrificially.

While it is honorable to trumpet the cause of the needy and weak, honor the heroes and treat each other with respect, the tone of the articles that I have seen, run off base of these cherished virtues, demanding action, laws and protection for their cause, as if there is an onslaught that needs defending against.  This is an illusion and it leads to unnecessary regulations and broad sweeps of power that confuses our justice system, rather than improving it, and hinders our cherished American generosity, lifestyle and freedoms, rather than protecting them. It is polarizing our nation, pitting us against each other. Our common enemy is not our fellow Americans.

Why is this happening? Because pharisaical, power seeking politicians are spawning, propagating, even inciting, through media and through public and private education, this blown out of proportion thinking to develop a submissive following that willingly grant them the power to solve the perceived problems, all the while letting the constituency believe that they are fulfilling some kind of altruistic purpose.  It is the same old sales game and a potentially dangerous one.

Sue Davies

October 24, 2016

 

 

Have You Noticed?

We live in a day when anyone can have their own broadcasting platform. Everyone is a star with a fan base. The armchair critic has an electronic megaphone, as does every trumpeter of a cause, every social activist, sports enthusiast and writer. Artists have online galleries. Every Christian has a pulpit. Even babies and children are at risk of infamy. It seems every aspect on earth has been brought to this one focal point: social media.

On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the commoner, the mega star, the politician, the rich, the poor, the entrepreneur and the scammer are on level playing field. People, with something to say, or sell, are no longer at the mercy of sponsors, publishers or advertisers. A musician doesn’t have to wait for a big break to become known. One viral video makes you an overnight celebrity. And many times it is by accident. Remember the older couple who unintentionally recorded themselves as they were learning to navigate their laptop? They were cute, weren’t they? In addition, even animals can have their own stardom.

Some have abused the tool. Some with good intentions misuse it. I have. Some promote fear, hate, and control. Many have a personal agenda. Some enjoy broadcasting items that uplift, educate and inspire…me. Some just utilize for casual personal use and hobby. In fact, some think it should only be used for personal interest, “Keep your political and spiritual thoughts to yourself,”, they say.

It has taken a while for the populous to learn about, and adapt to, this new reality of world connectedness. Every institution has been affected and must adjust to survive and thrive in the new climate. How does a higher learning facility with a large physical campus stay relevant in the wake of so many online options? Banks, industry….retail has probably been the most affected. It affects our political climate. Even churches are staining under the shift. And we all know that customer service has taken a dive.

As a practicality, I have all my news, interests, work and personal together on my FB page so that I can get it all in one shot! This works great for me; however, when posting from the same page, I often forget that I have a wider audience. After years of trying to categorize my audience, thru the precarious Facebook settings, I finally just set it all to public (there was a personal and spiritual reason for this).  Any private correspondence with my close circle can be done in a different venue. Then again, in this age, what is privacy?

This emerging frontline of social networking has created a need for new etiquette and professional ethics. News outlets, with their drive to put out as much work as possible, have resorted to posting anything that gets attention. Some have at their social media helm, a staffer who forgets that they are not on their personal page, posting unprofessional or irrelevant articles. We still expect dependable, reliable and accurate reporting, but news outlets are not operating that way anymore. It seems most are driven by their own personal agenda. Ideologies are being delineated. Lines of thought are being refined and drawn tighter. A virtual Tower of Babel is being constructed, but that is the subject of another article.  The old methods of acceptable hours to contact someone have gone by the way, as have established methods of greeting, inviting, RSVPing and thanking. Even serious business transactions take place on social media.

So what does all this mean? What is the big picture perspective and how does it apply to our everyday lives? Well, for us middle age and older Americans, life as we know it has changed forever. We forget that the younger generation has only known this version of reality. We may have failed to pass on our cherished ways and are now bemoaning our losses.

Look back at our grandparents. Mine were born at turn of 20th century. They barely had cars let alone super highways. This was the beginning, along with air flight and camera technology, of a dramatic and dynamic shift in the American panorama. A person born just after the turn of century would be around 100 years old at the time of this writing (2016). Think of what changes they have seen over their lifetime. I don’t know how the old ones are not walking around in a continuous shock and amazement at the modern technology. I know I am.

Do you think, back in that day, that some resisted that change? I know someone who wrote a thesis on the old western cowboys that failed to adapt to the advance of western settlement. How do you adjust from freely herding cattle across the continent to encountering barb wire, roads and towns? It isn’t just a job or lifestyle. It is a whole mindset, a completely different paradigm. The changes were enough to cause some to lose their minds. We sometimes forget that it is the same for us. We only see the subtle day to day changes without stopping to see how far we have come.

That is until that barbed wire slaps us in the face, as when we call our bank to get a simple, two second question answered, and instead, get a hold of a person halfway around the world that doesn’t understand or care what we need. (Why do these calls now take at least 30 minutes and end with me wanting to throw my phone through a plate glass window?!)

As with any social wave, many ignore, shun or even scoff the movement. I remember this happening when home telephone answering machines came out. To some, they were a rude insult, rather than simply a time saving tool. Even today, in the era of smart phones, some, at the frustration of family and associates who strive to connect with them, are still holding an iron grip to their flip phones, if they have them at all. The reality is that some people live for change, while some go kicking and screaming.

So much has changed just in the 20 years since my children were babies. Cell phones and email were virtually unknown. It required long distance phone charges to speak to far away family and friends. We had the heavy table top monitor and tower PC. Pictures had to be developed and mailed. Take a minute to contrast that to today’s continuous global connection. I have noticed that some of the 20-somethings are so burned out on this continuous contact that they just tune out, not responding to calls, texts or otherwise. Can you blame them? They have never known life without this. I cannot even wrap my head around that. I had corded phones and a handful of very child friendly local tv stations.

For us born in America in the 60s and earlier, these changes are exciting, but there are very dear aspects of our childhood, heritage and lifestyle that we have lost. They are gone and we are struggling with the weight of the losses. They come in the form of lost childhood innocence,safe neighborhoods, the sight and sound of children playing in the streets and yards, sense of safety, free enterprise, close family proximity, freedom of speech, customer loyalty, job security, honorable and loyal business dealings etc.

Friends, we are never going back. And I am not just referring to the internet and social media. All of the above is symptomatic of a drastic shift in life in America and worldwide. There are more adjustments to come. “The face of America is about to change.”  Many are wondering, even worried, if the changes will be negative or positive.  Well, the reality is both, but much of what we experience is dependent on us.

So, how do we approach this new frontier? Will we fade to irrelevance and indifference, not wanting to bother to learn and adapt, making do with the dated dinosaurs of our past? Are we afraid? Hoping we can hide away from the fray that threatens the security of our old identity? Will we be ignorant, so burdened by the everyday demand of the changes, that we are blind to the bigger picture? May I suggest that we be willing to jump in the game with both feet? Why not engage and embrace this new era? What choice do we have?

The best we can do is to first take a step back to grasp the big picture, to seek God for personal vision as to how we fit in to this new reality, look to understand how it will affect the thinking of our children and grandchildren and formulate a plan to wisely use this voice, this global access, to best affect our families and our communities for the next few generations. Then run with it.

Sue Davies

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Classical Education

What is Classical Education?

Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. This classical pattern is called the trivium.

The first years of schooling are called the “grammar stage” — not because you spend four years doing English, but because these are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid, just as grammar is the foundation for language. In the elementary school years — what we commonly think of as grades one through four — the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun. So during this period, education involves not self-expression and self-discovery, but rather the learning of facts. Rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar, poems, the vocabulary of foreign languages, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics — the list goes on. This information makes up the “grammar,” or the basic building blocks, for the second stage of education.

By fifth grade, a child’s mind begins to think more analytically. Middle-school students are less interested in finding out facts than in asking “Why?” The second phase of the classical education, the “Logic Stage,” is a time when the child begins to pay attention to cause and effect, to the relationships between different fields of knowledge relate, to the way facts fit together into a logical framework.

A student is ready for the Logic Stage when the capacity for abstract thought begins to mature. During these years, the student begins algebra and the study of logic, and begins to apply logic to all academic subjects. The logic of writing, for example, includes paragraph construction and learning to support a thesis; the logic of reading involves the criticism and analysis of texts, not simple absorption of information; the logic of history demands that the student find out why the War of 1812 was fought, rather than simply reading its story; the logic of science requires that the child learn the scientific method.

The final phase of a classical education, the “Rhetoric Stage,” builds on the first two. At this point, the high school student learns to write and speak with force and originality. The student of rhetoric applies the rules of logic learned in middle school to the foundational information learned in the early grades and expresses his conclusions in clear, forceful, elegant language. Students also begin to specialize in whatever branch of knowledge attracts them; these are the years for art camps, college courses, foreign travel, apprenticeships, and other forms of specialized training.

A classical education is more than simply a pattern of learning, though. Classical education is language-focused; learning is accomplished through words, written and spoken, rather than through images (pictures, videos, and television).

Why is this important? Language-learning and image-learning require very different habits of thought. Language requires the mind to work harder; in reading, the brain is forced to translate a symbol (words on the page) into a concept. Images, such as those on videos and television, allow the mind to be passive. In front of a video screen, the brain can “sit back” and relax; faced with the written page, the mind is required to roll its sleeves up and get back to work.

A classical education, then, has two important aspects. It is language-focused. And it follows a specific three-part pattern: the mind must be first supplied with facts and images, then given the logical tools for organization of facts, and finally equipped to express conclusions.

But that isn’t all. To the classical mind, all knowledge is interrelated. Astronomy (for example) isn’t studied in isolation; it’s learned along with the history of scientific discovery, which leads into the church’s relationship to science and from there to the intricacies of medieval church history. The reading of the Odyssey leads the student into the consideration of Greek history, the nature of heroism, the development of the epic, and man’s understanding of the divine.

This is easier said than done. The world is full of knowledge, and finding the links between fields of study can be a mind-twisting task. A classical education meets this challenge by taking history as its organizing outline — beginning with the ancients and progressing forward to the moderns in history, science, literature, art and music.

We suggest that the twelve years of education consist of three repetitions of the same four-year pattern: Ancients, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, and Modern Times. The child studies these four time periods at varying levels — simple for grades 1-4, more difficult in grades 5-8 (when the student begins to read original sources), and taking an even more complex approach in grades 9-12, when the student works through these time periods using original sources (from Homer to Hitler) and also has the opportunity to pursue a particular interest (music, dance, technology, medicine, biology, creative writing) in depth.

The other subject areas of the curriculum are linked to history studies. The student who is working on ancient history will read Greek and Roman mythology, the tales of the Iliad and Odyssey, early medieval writings, Chinese and Japanese fairy tales, and (for the older student) the classical texts of Plato, Herodutus, Virgil, Aristotle. She’ll read Beowulf, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare the following year, when she’s studying medieval and early Renaissance history. When the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are studied, she starts with Swift (Gulliver’s Travels) and ends with Dickens; finally, she reads modern literature as she is studying modern history.

The sciences are studied in a four-year pattern that roughly corresponds to the periods of scientific discovery: biology, classification and the human body (subjects known to the ancients); earth science and basic astronomy (which flowered during the early Renaissance); chemistry (which came into its own during the early modern period); and then basic physics and computer science (very modern subjects).

This pattern lends coherence to the study of history, science, and literature — subjects that are too often fragmented and confusing. The pattern widens and deepens as the student progresses in maturity and learning. For example, a first grader listens to you read the story of the Iliad from one of the picture book versions available at any public library. Four years later, the fifth grader reads one of the popular middle-grade adaptations — Olivia Coolidge’s The Trojan War, or Roger Lancelyn Greene’s Tales of Troy. Four more years go by, and the ninth grader — faced with the Iliad itself — plunges right in, undaunted.

The classical education is, above all, systematic — in direct contrast to the scattered, unorganized nature of so much secondary education. This systematic, rigorous study has two purposes.

Rigorous study develops virtue in the student. Aristotle defined virtue as the ability to act in accordance to what one knows to be right. The virtuous man (or woman) can force himself to do what he knows to be right, even when it runs against his inclinations. The classical education continually asks a student to work against his baser inclinations (laziness, or the desire to watch another half hour of TV) in order to reach a goal — mastery of a subject.

Systematic study also allows the student to join what Mortimer Adler calls the “Great Conversation” — the ongoing conversation of great minds down through the ages. Much modern education is so eclectic that the student has little opportunity to make connections between past events and the flood of current information. “The beauty of the classical curriculum,” writes classical schoolmaster David Hicks, “is that it dwells on one problem, one author, or one epoch long enough to allow even the youngest student a chance to exercise his mind in a scholarly way: to make connections and to trace developments, lines of reasoning, patterns of action, recurring symbolisms, plots, and motifs.”

 

http://www.welltrainedmind.com/classical-education/

By the way…

I have so many great recipes!!!  I just have to take time to post some.  My recipes are made with REAL FOOD.  They are so delicious, healthful, fun to create, kid friendly and very satisfying to serve to hungry family and friends!

Would you help me out and share a few of yours so that this category will be more useful to the inspired cook? Remember, real food only.  We want our families and communities healthy.

Send to: saocommunity.com@gmail.com

Thanks!!

Sue <3

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Webster, Texas

Hiring a full-time Driver/Warehouse Assistant.
Candidate must be able to lift up to 75 pounds multiple times a day and work Tuesday through Saturday.
Needing to fill position immediately.

Please have anyone interested call me directly at 281.332.1118

Google Keyword to Hotline

Google

Monday, January 12, 2015

UPDATE: Helping Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Victims Around the World

According to the U.S. Trafficking In Persons Report, there may be more than 20 million trafficking victims at any time in the world, but only about 40,000 victims are identified each year. To connect victims of human trafficking to the organizations who can help them, we recently launched a new feature that displays human trafficking hotline numbers when users type in relevant keywords in search.

In July 2014, we launched this feature for the U.S., Japan and South Korea and today we are making it available in 9 more countries in 14 different languages. From working with our partners across the globe, we know that these hotlines play an indispensable role in the fight against human trafficking. Victims may be unfamiliar with support agencies or organizations in their area or unaware there is help available at all.

These hotlines can make life-changing connections to services like crisis response, emergency housing, counseling, and legal aid at the moment victims need them. Confidential hotlines make certain victims receive the anonymity and protection they need to stay safe.

This search feature was made possible because of the work the following organizations do every day to fight human trafficking around the world: Polaris (US), Lighthouse Support Center for Human Trafficking Victims (Japan), Dasi Hamkke Center (South Korea), Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation (Taiwan), La Strada (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, Poland and Ukraine), The A21 Campaign (Greece), ASTRA Anti-Trafficking Action (Serbia), and International Organization for Migration (Turkey).

Since the launch, this feature has already helped National Human Trafficking Resource Center to identify at least 25 human trafficking cases in the U.S. We hope that many more human trafficking victims and potential victims will be able to discover the help that they need when they need it.

Posted by Kasumi Widner, Program Manager, Social Impact and Chris Busselle, Principal, Google.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2015/01/update-helping-human-trafficking-and.html?m=1

Exodus Cry

At Exodus Cry, our Prevention efforts focus on eradicating sex trafficking at its root causes and addressing the societal factors that allow slavery to exist. We seek to stop this injustice before it starts so that the victimization of women and children all over the world is eliminated. We focus our prevention efforts on three main areas: mobilizing prayer, raising awareness, and advocating for domestic and international legal reform.

 

 

https://exoduscry.com/

Home of Hope Texas

  

Home of Hope Texas was established to provide a place of refuge and safety for adolescent victims of human trafficking. We exist to provide long term care, rehabilitation, and healing for victims of modern-day-slavery and sexual abuse. Our goal is to see these children regain value and self worth; to re-enter our society with their head held high and to live successful, productive lives. If possible we work to reunite the children with their family or place them into loving family environments, where they will receive the love and support they need for the rest of their lives.

 

http://homeofhopetexas.org/

2 Paragraphs To Success

A simple metaphor

I often use leave-in conditioner on my hair.   As I comb thru the tangles, the comb gets stuck on knots, so, rather than yanking on the comb and tearing up my hair, I pull the comb out and start back at the top of my scalp. Thanks to the conditioner, each time I pull the comb thru it goes a little farther before getting stopped on a knot.  Eventually, I can run the comb all the way from the scalp to the ends of my long hair. By this ethod, I overcome the challenges and save myself a lot of pain.

Do you see where I am going with this? In life, I have an option to try to work out problems on my own which can be painful and difficult.  I can tear through problems impatiently and recklessly, causing destruction.  Other times, I can try and try again only to get stopped by seemingly unsolvable complications. However, there is another option. I can, when presented by challenges, take a step back, infuse the Precious Oil of the Holy Spirit, through prayer for wisdom and help, and continue to make attempts to solve the problem.  Each time, because of the lubricating effect of the Spirit, I progress a little closer to the solution until at last the obstacle is overcome.

Sue Clark

Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies 2 
Raw veggies and coconut oil ready for the oven.
Serves 4
A simple and delicious side dish for any meal.  Fall and winter root veggies are perfect for this recipe
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-2 Sweet Potatos
  2. 1 Onion (I like red onion)
  3. 2-4 Beets (Depends on size)
  4. 2 Celery stalks
  5. 2 Carrots
  6. 2 Cloves Garlic
  7. 2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Peel the beets and the sweet potatoes (optional…I don’t peel the sweet potatoes)
  3. Chop all veggies and dice garlic
  4. Scoop the coconut oil on to the veggie mixture and put it into the oven.
  5. Once the oil is melted after a few minutes, give the mixture a stir
  6. Bake for 45 min to 1 hour

Reference: http://drpeggymalone.com/roasted-veggies

Truckers Against Trafficking

http://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/

“Our Mission

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c)3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.

Our Goals

  • Make the TAT training DVD, wallet cards (and other materials) a regular part of training/orientation for members of the trucking industry so that when they suspect human trafficking is taking place they can call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888 and report what they know.
  • Partner with law enforcement to facilitate the investigation of human trafficking.
  • Marshal the resources of the trucking industry to combat this crime.”

Stop Child Trafficking Now

http://www.sctnow.com/

“Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) was formed to make an impact in the fight against child sex trafficking—A problem that has been deemed as a growing issue in our nation, and nations around the world—one that needs every voice and every nation to rise against it.

SCTNow seeks to protect and deliver children from this heinous crime, by focusing funding on efforts on stopping the demand (buyers, predators, traffickers).”

 

“Our Mission

Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) funds efforts that target the demand side of child sex slavery.”

The Wellhouse-Birmingham, AL

http://the-wellhouse.org/

Sex trafficking — the forced prostitution of women and girls — is a billion-dollar industry and growing. As shocking as it may seem, it is happening here in America. It is happening in your city, at this very moment. That is why The WellHouse needs your help. By collaborating with law enforcement, we can rescue victims from the sex trade — nurturing and helping them realize their potential. Together, we can change the story of these lives.

A place of grace.

The WellHouse is a nonprofit, faith-based and Christ centered organization devoted to the rescue and recovery of women who are being sexually exploited. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, we reach out to victims of sex trafficking across the southeastern United States. In our program, victims are given shelter, food, clothing, spiritual guidance, and other necessary support. In the care of the WellHouse, exploited women are empowered to reclaim their stolen lives.”

Sample Submission

Kids,  strut your stuff here!!
Submit pictures of your projects; scans of your artwork; pictures of you, siblings and friends working on projects/art or whatever creative idea you want to share.
This category includes ages 0 through 12 years.  (There is a separate gallery for display of works by teenagers, ages 13 through 19.)
Make submissions to saocommunity.com@gmail.com.

What do you expect?

Have you been side-swiped by reality? Blind-sided by your unrealistic expectations?  I have, but I like to think that my life’s experiences have tempered those ‘all or nothing’ characteristics that I used to retain. Being an eternal optimist, I have had to learn that reality never lines up with my perfect imagination. Does that mean I should stop trying? No.  As one pastor said, “I would rather aim high and miss than aim low and make it.”  On the way to success, we will encounter failure.  It is all part of the journey.

We live in a fallen world, after all.  Storms will come. It is simply poor thinking to expect things to be without problems or changes.  As we mature, we learn problem solving and flexibility.   I remember a friend’s mother saying, to us teens, that life is all about problem solving.  I didn’t understand her words and they gave me pause.  I have always remembered them.

We will find this to be true in all we attempt, whether school, marriage, parenting, career etc. “No relationship is free of disappointment. No institution is totally free of corruption. No location is free of difficulty. No moment in our lives exists untouched by the fall.” (http://paultrippministries.blogspot.com/2008/02/realistic-expectations_29.html)

I have learned the valuable marriage principle called the 80/20 rule, which states that many people, though getting 80% of what they want out of their marriage, spend their time focusing on the 20% that they are not happy with, thereby, missing the pleasure of a complimentary union.

This concept is not isolated to marriage and has been expressed in other idioms.  “Focus on what you do have, and not on what you don’t have.”; “Count your blessings.”; “You don’t know what you’ve got until it is gone.”; “The grass is always greener on the other side.”;  “A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.” etc., all sage reminders to keep our priorities straight.

Disappointments in the workplace may seem to be  major roadblocks to our goals and aspirations.  Do you know any bible examples?  Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham, was a vibrant and influential person who maintained his character, and faith in God, while experiencing a lifetime of unexpected detours including family that betrayed him, unacclaimed talents and associates who lied about him.

More troubling, many times, than the weaknesses of our spouses, family and associates are the inconsistencies we see in ourselves.  We are imperfect. We let ourselves and others down. “In reality, we’re all in need of daily rescuing, forgiving, and empowering grace. We need that grace because none of us is free from the presence and power of sin. This means that, moment by moment, we need to be rescued from us!” (http://paultrippministries.blogspot.com/2008/02/realistic-expectations_29.html)

So what we are really talking about here is living free from the disappointment of unrealistic expectations.  We should foresee, and even embrace, problems and challenges.  The abundant life that God promises, to those who put their trust in him, is not about living a story book perfect life.   It is to love, and do, the best we can with what is in front of us.   The truth is we need to keep the right perspective.  Sue Clark 11/20/13

 

I was reminded about this lesson, recently, as I watched someone undergo extreme frustration due to repeated set backs to their day’s goal. It seems they did not take into consideration that obstacles may arise. As unforeseen detours occurred and time ran short, rather than making the necessary adjustment to their expectations, they allowed anger to build. This is a common trap that we all have fallen into, allowing our peace and joy to be dissipated for no good reason.
Sue Clark 8/27/14

 

 

 

 

 

My Old House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBgM5ZRzzjI

The House That Built Me- Miranda Lambert

(listen while you read)

This music video describes some  of how I felt, in 2012, when the Lord took me back to my two childhood homes in Ohio, and to my teenage home in New Jersey.  I had long wanted to bring my children to get a glimpse of their heritage, but the Lord let me know that this trip would be just him and I.  I had not been back to Ohio for almost 40 years. Wow. There is just something about connecting with your past self. There is a sense of mourning,  and a renewed sense of beginning. #Inspiration.

I lived in this first home until  I was three.  I have a surprising amount of memories from this home, considering I was less than three years old.  I remember our silver CHRISTmas tree with the red ornaments and color wheel.  I laugh when I think of our cat Linda (my first pet that I picked out for my 3rd birthday) climbing out of the station wagon window and walking around the outside of the car as we were driving out of the drive way, on moving day. Our Aunt and Uncle purchased the home so we were able to go back.

We lived in this second home until I was 10 years old. So many memories here.  Hide and seek in the back yard at night with flashlights, riding bikes, glow in the dark super ball fights in the basement in the dark, so much great food by mom, brothers working on vehicles in the  garage. So many family, friends and neighbors.

I lived in the last home, in Middletown, New Jersey until I was 19, then moved to Texas.  Most notable  from this era is our dog, Pepper.  All who were  around then remember Pepper and still reminisce about her to this day.

*These are recent pictures. I did not feel like digging for the ones from back in the day.  The first one has seen better days, but, hey, it has been 40 years. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for an amazing childhood. <3

 

1369 (8)1333 (3)28 borden rd

 

How To ALWAYS See A Return On Your Investment

Posted  on Nov 20, 2013 by Dani Johnson

Yesterday we talked about some “big picture” income investments, which form the backbone of building lasting financial security. But today, I want to discuss an even BIGGER and definitely the MOST important investment you could ever make!

It’s not some secret stock tip, not the hottest market trend, not even the latest currency updates. It’s you! Your income and your skill sets are directly linked together. This one major thing never involves a risk and always pays off a high return on your investment. The one, never-lose, sure thing is any investment in yourself.

Let’s face it, if your skill sets are average, you probably have an average paycheck with an average chance to move up in your career. If you aren’t working to improve your skill sets, you will likely remain stuck in “average-ville” forever.

Put your career on the fast track

Do you fear the “glass ceiling” and its limitations on your career? You know, where it feels like there are no promotions, raises or career growth in sight? Have you ever considered that It might not be your company holding you back? It could be your mindset! You can break through your ceiling and launch your career into the stratosphere.

You hear what I’m saying? If you are looking to break free of your current rut, you need to invest in your skill sets. This makes you more valuable in the marketplace and will increase your income, as well.

If you have a job, you probably think you’re done learning. You’ve stopped working on your skills and have settled into mediocrity, content to just “tread water.” But, even worse, if you aren’t working on yourself, your value in the marketplace is actually decreasing and you’ve gone from treading water to professionally drowning!

The marketplace is always changing, growing and moving on to the next big thing. If you haven’t added to the same skills you learned fresh out of high school or college, you are already BEHIND.

If you’re in the medical field, it doesn’t matter when you graduated. Nurses and doctors alike HAVE to stay up-to-date, because medical practices, medicines, treatments, protocols and research constantly change! Would you go to a doctor who was still practicing 20th Century medicine? Hello, think of everything that’s changed in almost 14 years!

Do you still cling to those “computer training” classes you took those same 14 years ago? Just as you expect your doctor to remain current, so does the marketplace… putting this on your resume makes you look as outdated as someone who’s so “last century!”

Today, I want you to think about making 2 major investments in YOURSELF:

  • What skills do you have that are losing value? How can you brush up, update or better that skill set?
  • What new skill can you learn to add value to your knowledge?

Everyone has something unique to offer to the marketplace. Do you want your skills to become overlooked or outdated? Or do you want to grow your skills and your value, along with your paycheck?

Share with me what new skill you’d like to refine or learn below. And make sure to “Like” today’s message. Tonight is the Spiritual Equipping Broadcast at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT. Join us then!

In great faith,

signature dani How To ALWAYS See A Return On Your Investment

http://www.danijohnson.com/2013/how-to-always-see-a-return-on-your-investment/

20 Things the Rich Do Every Day

20 Things the Rich Do Every Day

So what do the rich do every day that the poor don’t do?

Tom Corley, on his website RichHabits.net, outlines a few of the differences between the habits of the rich and the poor:

1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this.
4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.
5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.
6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read 2 or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% for poor.
7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% for poor.
8. 80% of wealthy make hbd calls vs. 11% of poor
9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for poor
10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs 2% for poor.
11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% for poor.
12. 79% of wealthy network 5 hours or more each month vs. 16% for poor.
13. 67% of wealthy watch 1 hour or less of TV. every day vs. 23% for poor
14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.
15. 44% of wealthy wake up 3 hours before work starts vs.3% for poor.
16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% for poor.
17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity  vs. 4% for poor.
18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detriment  vs. 9% for poor.
19. 86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% for poor.
20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% for poor.

http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/20-things-the-rich-do-every-day

“Master Tonic 101”

Master Tonic Ingredients

(note warning and cautions link at the bottom of this post)

1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitical)

1 part fresh chopped white onions, or the hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic)

1 part fresh grated ginger root (increases circulation to the extremities)

1 part fresh grated horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head)

1 part fresh chopped Cayenne peppers, Jalapenos, Serranos, Habeneros, African bird peppers….any combination of the hottest peppers available.

Preparation
· Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts of the above fresh chopped and grated herbs. Then fill to the top with raw unfiltered, unbleached, nondistilled apple cider vinegar.· Close and shake vigorously and then top off the vinegar if necessary. Begin this formula on the NEW moon and strain and bottle on the FULL moon, (approximately 14 days). Filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton, bottle and label.

· Make sure that when you are making this tonic that you shake it every time you walk by it, a minimum of once per day.

Remember that all the herbs and vegetables should be fresh (and organic if possible), and to use dried herbs only in an emergency.

Usage:
Strain liquids from solids through muslin cloth or strainer into a 8oz. Glass. Note: the solid ingredients retain almost the same potency as the liquid ingredients; therefore, these solids can be puréed to use with other ingredients like honey and lemon to make a salad dressing or to marinate meats of all sorts. For example mixing to taste with Peanut oil makes a great sauce to roast chicken. This formula will not spoil unless mixed with new ingredients.

Dosage:
1/2 to 1 ounce, two or more times daily, gargle and swallow. I hear it is not only the cure for the common cold but every other disease of mankind. lol

“This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh. Its power should not be underestimated. This formula is a modern day plague tonic. It is said that when added to an incurable routine it could cure the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases. It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. This formula is not just for the sniffles, it has helped to turn around the deadliest diseases.”

“…I designed this formula as a fresh herb alternative to Dr. Christopher’s plague formula, to be more alive, a herbal juice tonic, and believe me, you don’t want to be without formulas like this when you or your loved ones get ill; it will save your life. Make up plenty, it can’t go bad because vinegar already is, and will last almost forever..,” writes Dr. Shultz.

Quoted from Sam Biser’s “The Last Chance Health Report” on Killer Viruses: A formula for stopping them when drugs fail. http://www.its-my-health.com/documents/MasterTonic.pdf

 

*For full article and warnings: http://heal-thyself.ning.com/profiles/blogs/master-tonic-101

Stuffed Zucchini

These are amazing! **SHARE** to **SAVE** the recipe to your page!

MEAT, TOMATO, & MOZZARELLA STUFFED ZUCCHINI CUPS Recipe By Metabolic Cooking Book: http://tiny.cc/FatBurnCookbook

(Makes 6-8 servings) 

Ingredients:
2 large zucchini or yellow squash, about 12 inches long
2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (may need more, depending on your pan)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 green pepper, finely chopped
2 T finely minced fresh garlic
1 lb. ground beef (10% fat or less)
12 oz. ground turkey (10% fat or less)

1-2 tsp. accent seasoning (optional)
2 C pasta sauce i use prego flavored with meat
2 cups mozzarella or other mild white cheese 

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Chop onion and green pepper. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick pan, then saute onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to soften. Add minced garlic and saute about 1 minute more, being careful not to brown the garlic. Remove the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture to a bowl.

Add 2 tsp. more olive oil to the pan. Crumble in the ground beef and ground turkey, season with accent seasoning, and cook over medium heat until the meat is well browned. Tilt pan to see if there is any extra fat, and remove with a spoon if there is, then stir cooked vegetables and garlic back into the meat. Add tomato sauce and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes, then turn off heat.

While meat cools, cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak liquid when they cook.

Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and stand up zucchini cups, open end up. Stir 1 1/2 cups grated cheese into the cooled meat mixture (it doesn't need to be completely cool), then spoon the meat-cheese mixture into zucchini cups, pressing down with the spoon and mounding it up a little over the top of the zucchini.

Bake zucchini cups for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and use remaining cheese to top each one with a generous pinch of cheese. Put back in oven and bake 10-15 minutes more, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve hot.

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MEAT, TOMATO, & MOZZARELLA STUFFED ZUCCHINI CUPS Recipe By Metabolic Cooking Book: http://tin…y.cc/FatBurnCookbook
(Makes 6-8 servings)
Ingredients: 2 large zucchini or yellow squash, about 12 inches long 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (may need more, depending on your pan) 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 green pepper, finely chopped 2 T finely minced fresh garlic 1 lb. ground beef (10% fat or less) 12 oz. ground turkey (10% fat or less)
1-2 tsp. accent seasoning (optional) 2 C pasta sauce i use prego flavored with meat 2 cups mozzarella or other mild white cheese
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Chop onion and green pepper. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick pan, then saute onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to soften. Add minced garlic and saute about 1 minute more, being careful not to brown the garlic. Remove the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture to a bowl.
Add 2 tsp. more olive oil to the pan. Crumble in the ground beef and ground turkey, season with accent seasoning, and cook over medium heat until the meat is well browned. Tilt pan to see if there is any extra fat, and remove with a spoon if there is, then stir cooked vegetables and garlic back into the meat. Add tomato sauce and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes, then turn off heat.
While meat cools, cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak liquid when they cook.
Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and stand up zucchini cups, open end up. Stir 1 1/2 cups grated cheese into the cooled meat mixture (it doesn’t need to be completely cool), then spoon the meat-cheese mixture into zucchini cups, pressing down with the spoon and mounding it up a little over the top of the zucchini.
Bake zucchini cups for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and use remaining cheese to top each one with a generous pinch of cheese. Put back in oven and bake 10-15 minutes more, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve hot.

Stuffed Acorn Squash (Grain-Free, Paleo, Gaps)

squashServing Size: Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Squash:
  • 2 acorn squash, cut in half pole-to-pole, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoons ghee, melted (click here for an easy homemade recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Celtic sea salt
For the filling:
  • 4 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups “riced” cauliflower*
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup plumped raisins**
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Place squash, cut-side up, on a baking sheet. Combine ghee and honey then brush the squash with the mixture  using a pastry brush. Season with sea salt. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons ghee in a large sauté pan and swirl to coat. Add onion and celery  then cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes until soft. Stir in cauliflower and cook for 3-4 minutes until hot. Stir in thyme, pecans, raisins, sea salt and pepper. Spoon filling into acorn squash and roast for 20 minutes. Serve.

*To rice cauliflower: Cut cauliflower into bite-size pieces and place half of the pieces in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 12-15 times until cauliflower is the size of rice. Repeat. As an alternative, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop finely with a large chef’s knife.

**To plump raisins: Place raisins and 1/4 cup juice (orange, apple, even kombucha works!) in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer. Turn off heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove raisins.

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/stuffed-acorn-squash-grain-free-paleo-gaps/

11-12-13 Hmmm…just noticed this, today.

So, this morning, I noticed that it was the numerically interesting  date of 11-12-13.  Then,  my daily reading happened to be in  Mathew 27 and 28 where Judas’ 30 pieces of silver were thrown to the ‘Potter’s Field’.  Later on, as I went to check my email, I noticed that Yahoo had today’s date  as trending.  When I clicked that link it took me to:

Zechariah 11:12-13 w

13New International Version (NIV)

12 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.

13 And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.

My simple point is that I have never noticed that these two scriptures were connected. I am sure there is plenty of significant  material on this subject, I just had not seen it before.   I will pursue the subject. I love that I can learn new stuff daily, even though I have read my bible for decades.

Also, gonna go see what else I can discover about 11-12-13!

“Keep seeking Truth”

Colon Health- Herbal Fiberblend “Excellent Product”

I was in the Nutritional Health business for over 15 years. When I transitioned into a new career that involved travel, I discontinued many of my business associations.  Now, after a hiatus, I am adding back one line of products.

The reason why I have chosen to start with this one product is because I believe it is the A-PLUS, HAND’S DOWN, NUMBER ONE BEST DIGESTIVE HEALTH product that is available.   I have used this product since 1995.  I have heard numerous testimonies related to diverticulitis, bloating, constipation, cravings, irregularity, fatigue, heartburn, and more.

One of the features that sets this amazing product apart is the purity of it.  It has a base of psyllium, but also has the top herbs that are conducive to digestive health, with NO ADDED INGREDIENTS and NO SUGAR.

They call this product a ‘colon broom’ and many use it as part of a daily detox program.  Have you heard it said that, ‘death starts in the colon’? This is why it is so important to keep our colon cleaned out.  Did you know you can carry 10-15 pounds of fecal matter around in your gut?  Or that you should be eliminating your bowels several times a day?  Many are not taught this and it’s no wonder there are so many sick folks out there suffering needlessly.  And if they do not make the changes, it will get worse.  Also unknown to many is the commonality of parasites in the average American.  Yes, I said American.  It is not isolated to third world countries and missionaries. You may want to look this up, because parasites can drain our health and energy.

There are so many more great aspects to this product.  It is worth adding into your repertoire.  Everyone’s health strategy should include this.  When I was more actively in the health biz, one of the topics that I found myself repeatedly going over with people was how to budget for a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive.  There are plenty of frugal ways to have great products and food.  I have some good tips for this particular product.  So contact me if you would like to get pricing and to try a canister with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE…even after you use the whole container.  Really.  No charge. Money back.

To learn more about colon health and this product, print off a copy of the following data sheet.

I was in the Nutritional Health business for over 15 years. When I transitioned into a new career that involved travel, I discontinued many of my business associations.  Now, after a hiatus, I am adding back one line of products.

The reason why I have chosen to start with this one product is because I believe it is the A-PLUS, HAND’S DOWN, NUMBER ONE BEST DIGESTIVE HEALTH product that is available.   I have used this product since 1995.  I have heard numerous testimonies related to diverticulitis, bloating, constipation, cravings, irregularity, fatigue, heartburn, and more.

One of the features that sets this amazing product apart is the purity of it.  It has a base of psyllium, but also has the top herbs that are conducive to digestive health, with NO ADDED INGREDIENTS and NO SUGAR.

They call this product a ‘colon broom’ and many use it as part of a daily detox program.  Have you heard it said that, ‘death starts in the colon’? This is why it is so important to keep our colon cleaned out.  Did you know you can carry 10-15 pounds of fecal matter around in your gut?  Or that you should be eliminating your bowels several times a day?  Many are not taught this and it’s no wonder there are so many sick folks out there suffering needlessly.  And if they do not make the changes, it will get worse.  Also unknown to many is the commonality of parasites in the average American.  Yes, I said American.  It is not isolated to third world countries and missionaries. You may want to look this up, because parasites can drain our health and energy.

There are so many more great aspects to this product.  It is worth adding into your repertoire.  Everyone’s health strategy should include this.  When I was more actively in the health biz, one of the topics that I found myself repeatedly going over with people was how to budget for a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive.  There are plenty of frugal ways to have great products and food.  I have some good tips for this particular product.  So contact me if you would like to get pricing and to try a canister with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE…even after you use the whole container.  Really.  No charge. Money back.

To learn more about colon health and this product, print off a copy of the following data sheet.

I was in the Nutritional Health business for over 15 years. When I transitioned into a new career that involved travel, I discontinued many of my business associations.  Now, after a hiatus, I am adding back one line of products.

The reason why I have chosen to start with this one product is because I believe it is the A-PLUS, HAND’S DOWN, NUMBER ONE BEST DIGESTIVE HEALTH product that is available.   I have used this product since 1995.  I have heard numerous testimonies related to diverticulitis, bloating, constipation, cravings, irregularity, fatigue, heartburn, and more.

One of the features that sets this amazing product apart is the purity of it.  It has a base of psyllium, but also has the top herbs that are conducive to digestive health, with NO ADDED INGREDIENTS and NO SUGAR.

They call this product a ‘colon broom’ and many use it as part of a daily detox program.  Have you heard it said that, ‘death starts in the colon’? This is why it is so important to keep our colon cleaned out.  Did you know you can carry 10-15 pounds of fecal matter around in your gut?  Or that you should be eliminating your bowels several times a day?  Many are not taught this and it’s no wonder there are so many sick folks out there suffering needlessly.  And if they do not make the changes, it will get worse.  Also unknown to many is the commonality of parasites in the average American.  Yes, I said American.  It is not isolated to third world countries and missionaries. You may want to look this up, because parasites can drain our health and energy.

There are so many more great aspects to this product.  It is worth adding into your repertoire.  Everyone’s health strategy should include this.  When I was more actively in the health biz, one of the topics that I found myself repeatedly going over with people was how to budget for a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive.  There are plenty of frugal ways to have great products and food.  I have some good tips for this particular product.  So contact me if you would like to get pricing and to try a canister with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE…even after you use the whole container.  Really.  No charge. Money back.

To learn more about colon health and this product, print off a copy of the following data sheet:

http://www.theaimcompanies.com/datasheets/2/24E.pdf

 

WorshipMob

“What is worshipmob?

WorshipMob is a non-profit ministry, providing FREE, live, Spirit-filled worship music to the world.
The worship sessions are simultaneous & recorded live, as a group.
There are over 100 musicians from 25+ churches that have been involved in our worship recordings.We are committed to providing worship as a love sacrifice, to Jesus, just as He sacrificed Himself for us!”

www.realliveworship.com

Pecan Crusted Tilapia

I made this with Salmon, using some pecan meal that I had purchased from  a Texas roadside pecan grower/retailer.  Using the meal for this meal (couldn’t resist) made the preparations very simple.  I just rubbed the wild- caught salmon with EVOO and dipped it into the seasoned (with salt, pepper and garlic powder) pecan meal.  I baked it at 425′ for 15 minutes or so. Voila! Deliciosa!  SC

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 4 (6-oz.) fresh tilapia fillets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Golden Rum-Butter Sauce
  • Garnishes: lemon wedge, fresh parsley sprig

Preparation

  1. 1. Process pecans in a food processor until finely chopped. Sprinkle fish fillets with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Dredge fish in finely chopped pecans.
  2. 2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add fish, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until well browned and fish flakes with a fork. Serve with Golden Rum-Butter Sauce. Garnish, if desired.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pecan-crusted-tilapia-10000001867532/

Southern Living
JANUARY 2009

Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes with stems
  • 3 cups sunflower seeds, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup ripe red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

Directions

  1. Cut tops off tomatoes, leaving the stem in place and set aside.
  2. Scoop out the pulp and seeds leaving 1/4 inch around the outside edge and bottom.
  3. Blend sunflower seeds with 1/2 of the tomato pulp and paprika until smooth.
  4. Mix remaining pulp, green onions, bell pepper, basil, and garlic into the blended mixture.
  5. Stuff tomatoes to the top and decorate with your favorite fresh minced herb.
  6. Carefully replace tops but be sure they are stuffed enough so that the stuffing shows under the lid
  7. .Options: May add fresh corn kernels, shredded carrots, chopped celery, or chopped nuts if not using sunflower seeds.

Courtesy: hacres.com

Principles of Health, Quotes and Inspiration

 “Let food be your medicine,
and medicine your food”
Hippocrates”
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures for anything.”
An Irish Proverb
 
“Lord, your discipline is good. 
It leads to life and health. 
You restore my health and allow me to live.”
Isaiah 38
 
Everytime we eat or drink,
we are either feeding disease
or fighting it”
 
Anonymous
 
“We mst remember that, with our health, as the scripture exhorts,
we reap what we sow.”
Sue Clark
 
“Out with the bad,
in with the good.
It is just that simple.”
Sue Clark
 
“The doctor of the future will no longer
treat the human frame with drugs,
but rather will cure and prevent disease
with nutrition.”
~ Thomas Edison
 
“With each meal,  
we are either walking toward health,
or away from it.”
Sue Clark
 
“Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant
throughout the earth,
and all the fruit trees for your food. “
Genesis 1

“The first wealth is health.” ~ Emerson

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” ~ La Rochefoucauld

Bestselling Novelist

“Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes – all bestsellers- and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe.”

In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when Her Mother’s Hope debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream, debuted at #12 on the same list just 6 months later, in September, 2010.

http://francinerivers.com/

Understanding Sexual Addiction

An Affair of the Mind

By Laurie Hall

Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; First Edition edition (1996)

“Mixing personal testimony with systematic critique is a staple of hortative religious literature, and Hall’s book is a superior example of the type. She has spent years struggling with her husband’s addiction to pornography, and for those who doubt that sexual obsessions can have effects like those of substance abuse on individual behavior and interpersonal relations, she lays out the dismayingly credible particulars of her troubled marriage in evidence. First deepening her Christian faith (abandoning herself to Christ, she says), she made prayer, reading the Bible, and learning about sexual addiction and the psychological dynamics of pornography and how to address them the everyday tactics in her battle to preserve her marriage and protect her children. Trusting the Lord and practicing Christian forgiveness (a quality she tellingly dissects) have been the foundations of her overall strategy. She urges women in similar circumstances to follow her–or, rather, Christ’s–lead. Meanwhile, she makes a case against pornography that, although rooted in Christian teaching about sexuality, even nonbelievers may find intuitively compelling.”

Ray Olson

http://www.amazon.com/An-Affair-Mind-Laurie-Hall/dp/1561794643

AUDA Guatemala

Mission

AUDA (Artisans United for the development of Lake Atitlán) is a community-based association dedicated to the economic and social empowerment of traditionally marginalized groups, particularly indigenous women and children in the Lake Atitlán region.

AUDA was founded in August of 2003 by Freida Whiddon Cox and her husband, Radford R. “Bobby” Cox, of Houston, Texas. The Cox´s have two grown children and four grandchildren that live in Texas, Tennessee and Iowa. Before moving to Guatemala, Freida and Bobby became interested in missions by hosting 8 foreign Bible students in their home for a year at the time. For more than a decade, they have been involved in foreign missions in the Guatemalan highlands.

Our goal in Guatemala is to help disadvantaged women and children achieve economic and social independence.

Brief History

AUDA works directly with local cooperatives and small businesses. This partnership enables them to increase their domestic sales and tap into international markets. The workers in these cooperatives earn a fair-living wage from their product. Profits from the international sales are reinvested into a community investment fund. The fund is managed by one representative from the cooperatives and the Board of Directors of AUDA.

*(The activitiy at this site is suspended until further notice.)

(Source: quoted, in parts, directly from the website www.audaguatemala.org)

http://www.audaguatemala.org/projects.htm

Avocado Supreme Sandwich

Ingredients

  • Organic tomato (single slice of a large or several slices of smaller tomatoes
  • Avocado – quarter of an avocado sliced
  • Sweet onion thinly sliced (optional)
  • Cucumber – thin slices (optional)
  • Vegenaise (Purple Label)
  • All purpose herb seasoning and/or sprinkle of Celtic Sea salt
  • Whole grain pita pocket OR whole grain bagel OR whole grain bread

Directions

  1. Spread mayo lightly on pita pocket OR bagel OR whole grain bread.
  2. Place tomato, avocado slices, cucumber and onion in the pita or on the bread.
  3. Sprinkle with seasonings.
  4. Serve with some whole grain corn chips OR  carrot and celery sticks.

Note from SAO admin: suggest to substitute Ezekiel Bread for the bread and olive oil for the Vegenaise….delish!!!

Courtesy www.hacres.com

Traumatic Experience in Childhood

Broken Children, Grown-Up Pain                                                                                                      
 
Understanding the Effects of Your Wounded Past    
By Dr. Paul Hegstom    

This book discusses what changes occur in the mind and emotions of a child at the time of trauma and how that change affects their maturity, realtionships and adult success.   And, most importantly, offers solutions to heal and grow.                             

“In Broken Children, Grown-Up Pain, Hegstrom explains how trauma affects pre-adolescent children.  Prior to puberty, children do not have the neurochemistry or biological maturity to process events cognitively.  Trauma arrests emotional development; present and future events are processed in relationship to the trauma and in a way that was normal at the age the trauma occurs.  Hegstrom says the five traumas most likely to arrest development are rejection, incest, emotional abuse and physical abuse.  Of the five, rejection is by far the most damaging.”  (http://www.bookpleasures.com/Lore2/article.php?id=2766&action=print )       

http://www.lifeskillsintl.org/index.html

 

http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Children-Grown-Up-Pain-Understanding/dp/0834119102

 

Why the name SAO?

Why SAO (pronounced by saying the name of the letters)?

Well, several reasons…

For one, I tried a few others, but Hostgator did not have the other choices available.

SAO (pronounced ‘sow’, as in the English word pig) means ‘Saint’ in Portuguese.

More importantly, the letters S, A and O are the first letters of my children’s names, Samuel, Abigail and Olivia.

Aren’t they cute? That is an old picture.  They are grown, now, and I am very proud of them. ♥

And there you have it!