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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pretty great

Did you all know about this?

I have really been loving it this winter. It makes random acts of kindness very easy. When you feel the need to give and help, you can do it so easily right here!
Be random.
Be kind.
Act!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

maybe?

How cool could this be?

The comments at the end were the best part!


Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit
Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/jordanchez
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Question: Was there a time when you wanted to quit but didn’t? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Moving

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Just begin the process

Really interesting.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Send love


This morning we sent flowers to the wake of one of the Sandy Hook Children. It was one of Addy's clients who lost his beautiful Grandson to this horrific event.
His name was Jack Pinto.
He was precious.
People all over are doing wonderful things for these children, and their families.
What can we do?
Sending flowers seemed so small.
Everything seems so small.
But then I remembered a quote, an old favorite from Mother Theresa, "We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love."
And so there is this:
The Paper Hearts Project:

"In memory of the recent tragedy in Newtown we are hoping to come together as a community in the thought that “those children are our children” and show the people of Newtown that we are in this together. So many of us watched the news with broken hearts and a feeling of helplessness. Here is the opportunity for all of us to show our love for Newtown, to let them know they are not alone. To let them know as they piece their lives back together that we are there to shed tears with them, prayer with them, and help in anyway we can.


Here is what you can do: Cut out a paper heart, decorate it, and write a message of love (positive messages only please). Address them to Hearts of Hope and send one or many and mail them to:

Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
14 West St, Newtown, CT 06470 or 

First Church Congregational, UCC
148 Beach Rd, Fairfield CT 06824

We are going to take these hearts and cover Newtown with our love from around the world. We are going to take these hearts and hang them up in local businesses, churches, and banks so that no matter where the people of Newtown go they will be surrounded by love and reminded that from hate rises love and support. That humanity is still very much alive and if we band together with love and hope in our hearts we can accomplish so much more. It really does take a village..."
Also if you would like to send donations that will help provide support, and help ease the families financial burdens after such a tragedy, these seem to be the most local places to donate to:

We have been getting many Emails on Who to Make Donations to. I am providing a Few organizations directly from Newtown. I urge you to visit the website and read ALL of the information provided before Donating. I have also provided Phone Numbers and Address Information Per organization for your convenience. 

*** I HIGHLY Discourage you to Donate to any other Private Links that have been circulating around & run privately Online through Fundraiser websites by other people. While I am sure these lovely people have good intentions with this, these have been provided DIRECTLY from Newtown. ****

Organization 1
* Newtown Youth & Family Services
Contact # 203-270-4335
Address: 15 Berkshire Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Website: http://www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org/

**Donations can now be directly made to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Please visit: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/

Ogranization 2;
*Newtown Parent Connection
Contact # 203-270-1600
Address: 45 Main Street PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470
Website: http://www.newtownparentconnection.org/
**ALL DONATIONS MADE TO THE NEWTOWN PARENT CONNECTION WILL BE DONATED TO THOSE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE SHOOTING

Organization 3
*Newtown Savings Bank
Contact # 800-461-0672
(Check Donations Only) Please call the number provided for other means of payment.
Website: http://www.nsbonline.com/blog/?p=187

Check donations may be mailed to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

****Questions have also been asked if The Fire Department & EMS personnel are Accepting Donations to their Local Fire Department, and the answer is YES. I spoke to them directly by phone and they are accepting them through Postal Mail at the Address below. Also there contact Number if you would like to call them. Very Nice Wonderful people.

Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue (SHVFD)
P.O Box 783
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Contact # (Non-Emergency) 203-270-4392

 Together we can send such love and outreach in a time that feels like what we can offer is so very small.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

what if

I am sure everybody knows about the school shootings. I don't have much to say about it. I think about the children and their families, about their christmas gifts under the trees, about their confused siblings, about anger.
I am mostly angry about the how this happened. I am not one who wants to rewrite the constitution or wants to make guns illegal.
We own a gun, one gun, for hunting. It would not be much use in protection as the bullets leave the house everyday with my husband. Honestly, I believe dogs are your best bet if you are afraid of a home invasion or something. They bark and know there is a creeper about. How would an unloaded gun in the closet protect you if you awoke to someone in your house who already had a loaded gun?
If we have rules, big annoying rules in place for flying, or a basic intelligence that needed to be met to operate a motor vehicle, why don't we have harder rules for gun ownership? Why are calls not made to the physician and psychologist, why can't there be a certain number to be achieved on a IQ test?
I know the shooter in this case was brilliant ( reports coming out, not a fact) But he also had a personality disorder and possibly Asperger syndrome. The guns were his mothers, legally hers. If you have a person living in your house that is not completely normal, should the guns be removed if you choose to let a person like that reside with you? Why did she have so many guns, maybe a cap on two per household? Maybe a special permit for multiple owners, collectors?  And I understand the hand guns, but why do we allow semi automatic weapons, machine guns, AK-47's and other military styled weapons be on our streets?
I look at a bunch of other countries that have very strict gun control, and the numbers of shootings are nothing like ours.
NOTHING.
We rank right up there with Africa, another country whose people are intent on slaughtering each other.
I am not saying that the right to bear arms should be removed. I am saying we simply should make it harder. I know there are other things involved here. But why is this happening here, why is it not occurring like this in other parts of the world? I know if people wanted to kill they could just get it illegally, blah blah blah. But why is this not happening elsewhere? I know there is always an excuse that people will just do this, or that, but that is just brushing aside and ignoring a problem. Remember when everyone was so pissed that our kids had to sit in carseats, and that we adults had to buckle up or be fined if caught?
How dare the Goverment tells us what to do, or impose such rules on us?
 It saved lives.
We do it naturally now.
  And Yes there was a shooting in Norway, a horrific shooting. But it was ONE. We are having it happen over and over and over.
School shootings?
 Instead of What? We say where?
I just think we could step it up. It's called control for a reason, and we are overly permissive and don't seem to have control.
It should be harder.
We need to discuss regulation.
We need to discuss education.
We need to discuss this.
How come we have to get our cough syrup by showing our license and can only buy one or two bottles behind the counter at a pharmacy, but people can stock up on Ammo? Why are no bells going off when they purchase 1000 rounds?
I know this won't stop all violence but it will cut it down because it will be a little harder, and some people that would have made the cut to have a deadly weapon will not have easy access.
If I was a Mama to one of these slaughtered babies, I would want people to make a change.
I would want it to be a little harder for you to gun down my child.
I just want it to be harder.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Good listen


This is a long but a very good listen.
It's various TED talks wrapped up in a single audio episode. If you don't want to run it on the computer, you can get the podcast and stream it in the car, or while your vacuuming, or doing the dishes.
 It's pretty awesome.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Truth


Sunday, December 9, 2012

choose happy

Friday, December 7, 2012

Can't wait

I can not wait to see what my kid's kids will be playing with!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fostering

If you check on my instagram feed ever, you would know that we have fostered two puppies, and can't wait to host another. If you know me at all, or if you have been here reading long enough, you would know how I truly believe in adopting shelter dogs, or adopting a pet vs buying at the petstore. My last 6 dogs were rescues. They were, and are great dogs!
 Did you know that the State of Texas animal control facilities euthanize on average 700,000 animals per year?
The humane society estimates that 6-8 million animals enter shelters each year, and approximately 3-4 million are destroyed.
This includes, bad dogs, good dogs, great dogs, puppies, mixes, and plenty of purebreds.
Don't believe me?
Look, look closely.
Pick your jaw back up, and wipe your eye, because you can help change that. I am not trying to be in your face or make you feel bad. But my intentions are straight forward. You can help change this, you can make a difference. If you want a dog, adopt. If you want a particular breed, you can find it. A dog is a dog. That's it. Not one kind is better than another. If you want a certain look, you can bet you can find it.
If you do not want a dog for keeps, there are other options that will help this get better, one person at a time. For instance you can foster. You can request older, house trained, good with kids, and cats, or you can go all out and get a little puppy. You might love and take care of it for 2 days to 2 months. And if it's not working or it's not a good match you can ask the rescue group for a switcharoo!  You can even adopt the little bugger if you want!
Say you can't even have a dog at the moment, well, there are even options for you! You can donate to a rescue of your choice, or you can sponsor a particular pet who may need a surgery, or who has had a rough start and needs medicines to be a 100% ready for adoption.
But you can do something.
We can always do something.
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. ~Albert Schweitzer