Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

I can't believe we're already saying goodbye to another year. Where has the time gone? There's been some huge news stories, such as the BP oil disaster, Iran's nuclear defiance, the housing meltdown, Chile's miner rescue, WikiLeaks, and one that I won't soon forget-the accident that took the life of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a training run at the winter olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. So young, and such a tragic ending for a wonderful athlete.

This past year we've also lost quite a few celebrities. I was sad to learn of Tony Curtis's passing. I've always enjoyed his films, especially "Some Like It Hot". It never gets old seeing him and Jack Lemmon dressing up in drag. One thing I never knew about him until recently, is that he was an accomplished artist.  If you care to see some of his artwork, you can do that here.

If you'd like to reflect and remember more of those who were famous but have passed on this year, you can find them here .

So much can happen in a year's time. People move, they give birth, they divorce, they get promoted, they lose their jobs, they get engaged, they lose weight, they gain it back, and so on, and so on. Such is the way of life. We go about it on a daily basis, leaving every day behind, one after another. Hoping that a better tomorrow comes with the next sunrise. Sometimes it does, and sometimes we shake our heads and mutter, "Why does everything bad happen to me!" Alas, we go on. Still forging ahead, making our way to wherever our lives and fate leads us.

I hope to be able to look back at 2010, and remember the highs and lows fondly.  Not for too long though. I plan to be busy greeting 2011 like there's no tomorrow!

Wishing everyone better days ahead,  and a 2011 filled with hope, good health, prosperity, and love.

~Happy New Year~


Sunday, December 12, 2010

The magic of Winter

Brown grass, brown trees, brown leaves wrinkled and crumpled, have all been replaced by a winter wonderland today. White and fluffy it came. Falling on treetops, buildings and streets-covering everyhing in it's path. Cars driving by with their wheels making a slushing sound, made me wonder where everyone was going in such a hurry? Slow down, look up. Do you see the wonder of it all? Do you see the magic that is winter? Take time to step out of your car, your warm house, and look up, look around you. See that snowflake falling down? Stick out your tongue and feel it's coldness, it's sweet reminder as it melts slowly into your mouth. There's magic to be found there, in that one tiny snowflake. It's telling you that the earth is renewing itself. Blanketing all the despair and misery with hope. Hope that the season will bring kindness towards others. Sharing what you have, no matter how little you have to give. Let this canopy of white be what you need to rejoice, to remind you that a simple snowflake holds the power of faith and rejuvination of spirit.
And don't forget to look up.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mrs. Smith Treat and Tweet Giveaway

Is there anything better than a slice of warm pie on a cold day? It would be hard to beat for sure!

From the contest website:

"Nothing brings the family together like a delicious Mrs. Smith's® pie. Now, just in time for the holidays, we're giving away free pies to more than 100 lucky pie lovers! And every entrant has a chance to win the grand prize: a $500 Visa® Gift Card!"