Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Blessed Winter Solstice

Monday, December 20, 2010

Weeks 6, 7 and 8

Well, as you can see, I missed a couple weeks of posts. I humbly ask forgiveness and understanding. Let's review the tips for the last couple weeks (which you saw if you're my friend on Facebook).

Week 6: Pick up litter. That one is pretty self-explanatory, I think. If you see trash, pick it up. A clean neighborhood is one to be proud of.

Week 7: I posted this one on Bill of Rights Day. Read, understand and protect the first ten amendments for every person. Yes, even the ones who don't agree with you.

Week 8: Pause...In many of the world's religions the coming of winter and the impending return of the sun (at least here in the northern hemisphere) is a time of pause, reflection and celebration. Take time to stop, breathe deeply and relax.

I am going to be taking my own scheduled pause. I am going to take the next two weeks and spend time with my family and friends. I am also going to do my own relaxing and breathing. I hope to do a few picture and/or video posts during that time. I will be back in the new year with more tips for strengthening your community.

Have a wonderful winter holiday, whichever you choose to celebrate. If your chosen holiday has already passed, I do hope it was full of wonder and magic.

Thanks to http://decktheholidays.blogspot.com/2010_09_24_archive.html for the picture.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Here is a comment from one of my Facebook friends:

"Since moving to Iowa, we live these 'tips & values' every day. It's interesting to read these & think we used to have to work to make them happen. I love that I wave &/or talk to everyone I meet on our downtown square, whether I know them or not. I appreciate when something about us is in the newspaper, I open my mailbox & find a pile of the clippings from the elderly in town that thought to clip it for us to keep. I value when our neighbor is making a home improvement or changing a tire in his driveway, that we are always there to assist. It's so wonderful."