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A bit something that I have learned and that I believe to have benefited my life.

We Are All Beautiful People

-We Are All Beautiful People-

 

What color are our hearts that beat as one

our tears

 

Does our laughter move mountains when we’re surrounded by friends

Do we feel the same when we fall

Can we not feel the sadness of another

The happiness of lovers

Hopes of children

fear

 

The light of a brand new day

tenderness of a hug

The perfect timing of a kind gesture when you’re feeling down

 

A gentle touch when your in pain

soft smile when you’ve lost something special

 

A warm meal

 

How long can we live against the grain

where togetherness should be

we draw the same breath

desire

love

lust

long

believe

in a world where we can all be happy

 

Believe in a place where we uplift

congratulate

encourage

and teach

kindness to all

 

And, where We Are All Beautiful People inside and out.

 

Here’s to Our Hopeful World 2017

rising above the unknown


Cheers, to our hopeful world 2017!

While scouting out a site for our New Year ‘Hot Spring’ Break weekend my mind wandered to seismic activity.  After a few clicks and one  National Geographic article titled One of Earth’s Most Dangerous Supervolcanoes is Rumbling, my mind wandered back to the hot springs here in Northern California.

Were recent earthquakes the precursors to a larger disaster?

(a few more clicks)

Yellowstone is behaving as it has for the past 140 years…Odds are very high that Yellowstone will be eruption- free for the coming centuries.

– U.S.G.S. (United States Geological Survey)

Dodged that one.


fear of the unknown, you dirty b

 

2016 was a whirlwind that brought the United States President-elect Donald Trump. “A complete meltdown of humanity” in Aleppo; ISIS genocide, Civil War in Yemen, global warming, drought, and the declaration by the World Wildlife Fund  that 2/3rds of all species could be extinct by 2020.

The President-elect’s stance on climate change runs counter to physical evidence, near-universal scientific consensus, and analyses by military experts and the U.S. Department of Defense.

National Geographic

Trump promises to cut the Clean Power Plan, Climate Action Plan and the Paris Agreement and expand fossil fuel exploration on federal lands and waters.


SO…

Close your eyes, breathe deep, expand the abdomen, exhale and release, now open your eyes.

Lets remember the beautiful things that happened last year.


In 2016 we saw

  • an increase in minimum wage
  • unemployment at its lowest levels since the recession
  • withdrawal of  plans to drill in the Antarctic
  • Chicago Cubs win the World Series and
  • women of color got prominent government positions for the first time in history.

And a Tumblr post went viral called “Good Things That Happened in 2016” .

Our Hopeful World in 2017

Guess Who left the Endangered Species List

Here are a few of those Really

“Good things that happened in 2016”

  • The O-ZONE layer is in repair.
  • Scientists can now link prosthetic limbs to the glands in the brain that control intent, allowing those who need them to move without thinking about how.
  • Heart Disease related deaths are down 70% in the United States.
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge raised enough awareness to help the discovery of the gene linked to ALS. Which means treatment is on the horizon.
  • Pokémon Go fanatics placed tons of modules near children’s hospitals for the kids.
  • Bank to pay college tuition for children whose parents (employees) died in 9/11.
  • Precision cancer treatments have reached clinical trials and are working. Far beyond applying one treatment for all types of cancer.
  • South African man flies 80 rhinos from Africa to Australia – to create a veritable ‘Eden’, to protect the species from extinction.
  • 500 elephants relocated to a safe sanctuary, and tiger, manatee and panda numbers are up!

Human-kind relies on its ability to learn and adapt. As we watch the unraveling of our nation’s government surely we can live in peace and watch hopefully as it all unfolds.

Do NOT live in fear.

As our dear friend, author and motivational powerhouse, Hal Elrod says, you “can’t change it”.  If what’s done is done why worry about it – why give it your energy? Instead, how can we move forward, redirecting that energy?

For now we can remain hopeful that our environmental associations will remain steadfast during this time of unknowns.


Learn, grow, enrich and be gracious

More than ever we need to focus on uniting and understanding each other.

Our lives, our real earthly human-ess relies on our ability to love; to love our bodies and minds with continual growth and improvement; to love others not for what they know or do, but for who they are and what their life’s purpose is; to love giving, not for what you’ll get in return but for the empathetic means of sheer gratitude; and finally, love to teach others to love.

Love to radiate the exact love that you feel inside. Be a beacon of light in a hopeful world. Do not burden others with your fear, for that is yours alone. Share only the messages that uplift and enlighten your peers.

Teach your children. Plan for emergencies, practice and develop drills . When we were young my sister and I took part in fire and tornado drills conducted by our parents. Even though we never had to use them, we were mentally prepared should a problem arise.

It’s always best to be ready. Garden – teach your children to survive. Teach them to swim, to run and jump. Play in the dirt. Dance in the rain.

The power of government relies on control. But don’t forget who’s in control of your life. Don’t believe everything you hear, think or even dream. Focus instead on the present. Be part of our hopeful world.

Be happy with your choices. Do not burden yourself with fear anger or sadness.

Our Hopeful World in 2017 - Simone Biles 2016 Olympics

Simone Biles – 14 World Medals & the title of the greatest female gymnast who ever lived.

Cheers to our hopeful world 2017 because now we’ve the fuel to rebuild.

Thank our mother earth for giving us this moment of realization. Thank humanity for continually amazing and for inherently loving, because when it is all said and done…that is why we are here.

x

Love is

Love is crisp white sheets softly brushing against my skin.

Love is a hug that melts your heart as your body is pulled in.

Love is a hidden treasure found in the strangest of places and its true it goes on even when it feels wasted.

Love is laughter and tears; talks of wishes and fears.

Love is a soft kiss on your hand or a nibble on your ear.


There is love that is beautiful, unconditional and strong.  There is love that is new and love that lasts long. Even though it seems effortless it takes so much strength to love and be loved is never a mistake.

 

Love with your whole heart and never in vain; for love is boundless and beautiful like the smell of fresh rain. We can run from love and we can run toward but one thing is for sure love helps us move forward.


 

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The Ruins in Colonia, Uruguay


There are a few different theories behind the history of Valentine’s Day.

 

In Ancient Rome on February 14th there was a huge celebration of the Goddess Juno, Rome’s Goddess of love and marriage. The following day, February 15th, they had the Feast of Lupercalia, where young men and women would draw a lovers name out of a bowl for a years courtship. Which often lead to lasting love.

 

It is also said that on this day the valiant St. Valentine took it upon himself to secretly wed lovers against the ruling of Emperor Claudius II who forbade weddings so that his infantry could fight without missing their wives. On February 14, about 270 AD St. Valentine was sentenced to death; and on this day lovers began sending little notes and tokens of love coined ‘Valentines’.

 

History also notes that in the Middle Ages roughly 498 AD, Pope Gelasius declared the date an homage for martyr Valentinus and the end of the Pagan celebrations.

 

Or was it something more natural?

 

Also in the Middle Ages they cited that February 14th was the first day of the mating season for birds, which is the reason this date is so significant as a day for love and togetherness.


Whatever the reason, whomever created it, I’m thankful for the happiness that it continues to spread throughout the world.

 

Whether single, wed or dating you are sure to feel a bit of extra passion welling up inside you. Focus on the positivity of that love and the happiness you share with friends and family. Let us focus on the way we show thanks for this love.

 

Love is so beautiful so raw and free always there to lend comfort when you feel you can’t breathe.

 

Love is never alone so you need not be.

Love is the perfect elixir both for you and for me.

 

Satu Malaysia

Northern Gopeng, Malaysia

The Hills of Gopeng on the Lake


 

Satu Malaysia | One Malaysia


 

You can feel the moisture in the air, each breath filtered by boundless vegetation.

 

Lush palm covered mountains, winding windblown streets, miles of emerald raindrop kissed leaves, glistening as they reach towards the sun.

 

You surrender to stillness.

Scarlet Dragonfly (Neurothemis terminata)

Scarlet Dragonfly – Banting, Malaysia

You allow the sensation of the warm air to soothe your bones.

 

Sweat surfaces upon your bosom – welcome to the rain forest.


 

October marks the beginning of the rainy season producing periodical downpours followed by symphonies of chirps and chatter. In the open air markets your warm skin is kissed by the windswept showers.

 

At once you begin to notice the life that surrounds you; beautiful blade-winged scarlet dragonflies bouncing on low-lying foliage, tiny chestnut squirrels swirling around tree trunks; and the quiet rustling of macacos through the canopy.

 

Malay locals float seamlessly between raindrops undaunted by the cloudbursts overhead.

 

School children whiz past on scooters at competition speeds, their passengers glancing back as if seated upon living room chairs; cellphone in hand, head back laughing as they glide down the street.

 

Cendol

Cendol in Gopeng, Malaysia

Roadside vendors selling fresh coconut water for five ringgits ($1.15). Beleaguered workers seeking cendol in the morning; a refreshing drink of coconut milk, cool ice, brown sugar, tapioca noodles and red beans served with a wide straw or a shallow duck spoon.

 

Lengthened stares appear from all corners, interest peaked by the light colored skin making its way through the town. Grins and nods with tender eyes. Welcomed invitations to shop and shelter.

 

Aromas of nasi goreng (fried rice) and red chilis tickle the senses. As the sounds of distant prayers entrance your mind with a stillness and peace that is most welcome after a long journey.

 

 

Homemade Nasi Ayam from Tadom Hill Resort, Banting, Malaysia

Nasi Ayam – Banting, Malaysia

 

Surrounded by smiles you traverse the streets, lined with family restaurants each offering their most prized dishes.

 

Crisp grilled nasi ayam, (chicken and rice with a side of fresh broth); Nasi lemak, the Malaysian national dish made with coconut milk white rice (flavored with pandan leaves), garnished tiny fried fish (and the occasional freshly roasted peanut).

 

A slice of crisp cucumber and mouthwatering sambal decorating each plate. A glass of lemon teh to cleanse the pallet and the body – a teh tarik if you need a boost.


Distant Pondok - Gopeng, Malaysia

Distant Pondok – Gopeng, Malaysia

As you enter the village a mix of beautifully tumbled wood pondoks (cottages) balance delicately on stilts, recently constructed seemingly ancient rain-dyed stone buildings and palatial traditional wooden abodes with large plantation shutters hearken back to late 19th Century Asia.

Muzium Negeri Terengganu (Kuala Terengganu State Museum)

Hanging Bee Dripping with Vines

Roofs whose profiles resemble breaking waves topped with corrugated tin or wooden planks each kissed with intricate wooden finials at their highest points. ‘Motif Lebah Bergantung’ (Hanging Bee Motif) trailing along the overhangs, carefully carved upturned hearts and tear drops.

 

As you approach the front door and remove your shoes you are welcomed with beauty and grace; and sun-kissed caramel skin, a supple right hand reaches out to yours before retreating to its resting spot over the heart of your host. A small nod and a smile reaffirms your welcome.

 

It is not unlikely for your host to offer their bed as they sacrifice their comfort to you. Sharing with another or taking to the floor on a simple thin mat.

The Perfect View

The Perfect View

There is a raw timeless charm to these homes.

 

Tiny ants make trails along the staircases and into the corners near the ceiling. Intricately patterned moths and spiders shuffle along the walls and floorboards showing off their natural beauty. The soft bellow from distant geckos reverberates through the walls as the moon takes its place in the sky. One last prayer resounds before your head hits the pillow.


 

Upon waking, the door opens, you look up to a group of grinning Malay women softly reciting “makan, makan” (eat, eat!) looking down at you sweetly as if you were one of their young children. A drop of rain falls from the ceiling onto your shoulder.

 

As you step into the bathroom your feet touch the cool water of the wet room floor. The roof is simple, beautiful wood beams bursting with life. Either a tandas (toilet) or a porcelain vessel within the floor offers you sweet release, where no handle resides a bucket and ladle to wash down the night soil.

 

Today like the others you are humbled by the hearts and homes of the natives.

 

Embraced as if by family and treasured like a precious gem. Gifts of sweets and fresh homemade food, warm sweet tea, batiks and fresh fruit…

 

New Friends - Banting, Malaysia

New Friends – Banting, Malaysia

Undeserving of such offerings your attempts to take part are declined. As a guest in Malaysia you are cordially treated with the utmost concern.

 

As you arrive at the airport gleaming from warm days and endless rain you are embraced kissed on both cheeks and released. You’ll keep in touch. Time will never forget the kindness found in Malaysia; the sweet words of the Orang Asli (natural person) tribe and the soft touch of the hand that guides you down village streets or across lanes of frenzied traffic in the city.

Selamat Tinggal Malaysia, Jumpa Lagi.

 

Satu Malaysia.