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New Year Wish

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Happy New Year

In this new year, may you have a deep understanding of your true value and worth,

an absolute faith in your unlimited potential,

peace of mind in the midst of uncertainty,

the confidence to let go when you need to,

acceptance to replace your resistance,

gratitude to open your heart,

the strength to meet your challenges,

great love to replace your fear,

forgiveness and compassion for those who offend you,

clear sight to see your best and true path,

hope to dispel obscurity,

the conviction to make your dreams come true,

meaningful and rewarding synchronicities,

dear friends who truly know and love you,

a childlike trust in the benevolence of the universe,

the humility to remain teachable,

the wisdom to fully embrace your life exactly as it is,

the understanding that every soul has its own course to follow,

the discernment to recognize your own unique inner voice of truth,

and the courage to learn to be still. 

Janet Rebhan

Book Links

I’ve started another book reading blitz. I am now in the habit of reading for, on average, an hour after I’ve gone to bed. My “pile” of books to read include a few physical books sitting on my desk, a bunch of ebooks and I’ve found the graphic comic books of The Walking Dead on YouTube. Love the show and it’s interesting to see the differences between the two. And I have a bunch of Jackie Collins ready to go when it gets to hot this summer to move away from the fan.

Are you not reading as much as you would like? Lifehack.org lists 10 benefits of reading of why we should read each day.

Need some ideas on how to read more books this year? Random House Canada has them.

It’s National Library Week this week (April 13 – 19). This year’s theme is Lives change @ your library and Judy Blume is the honorary chair. In celebration of libraries, I found some links that book lovers may be interested in.

UNESCO General Conference proclaimed April 23 as World Book and Copyright Day   Their goal is

“…to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.”

Reading to kids  is a great way to get them interested in books and using their imagination. I missed this when it happened earlier this year but February 26th of each year is Tell A Fairy Tale Day. And remember, fairy tales aren’t just for kids.

Another one I missed was World Read Aloud Day that is held every March 5th. Their mission is

“…to empower children through literacy to lead lives of independence, hope, and joy.”

Something new I found was We Give Books. It was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation and each time you go to their site and read a book, they will donate a book. All the books online are age appropriate to age 10 and is a great opportunity to read aloud to a child or let them read a book.

If a child in your life is learning another language, or you are starting to learn another language and want to read something other than short phrases, there are sites such as Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project. This site has a large collection of free illustrated antique children’s books and some of the books also have translations for such languages as Spanish, Italian and English.

And there are always online sites such as archive.org and Project Gutenberg where you can find free ebooks.

Happy reading.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks (and a few treats for the wee ones)

It is that most joyous time of the year when EVERYONE is Irish! And I know that it’s the most joyous time of the year because St. Patrick’s Day is when my little blog has the most views of any day of the year so…

Beimedh a gole!

(Let us be drinking!)

Guinness, a popular Irish dry stout, is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. And it could have health benefits. According to this BBC News article, “A pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as a low dose aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.”

Drinksmixer.com has a variety of stout mixed-drink recipes such as Black Velvet, Guinness Float and Irish Russian.

I rarely drink coffee. When I do, either Irish Cream is involved or I’m having an Irish Coffee. Most Irish Coffee  recipes have similar ingredients and directions such as this one from BBC Food.

  • 1 cupful of strong, hot, black coffee

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 1 measure whisky

  • 1 small carton double cream

And here’s a video that shows you how to make an Irish Coffee along with some of the tricks of the trade such as warming the glass before preparing the coffee and how to get the cream to float on top.

If you prefer cocktails, discovery.com, those fine purveyors of science, technology and history, also have 10 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails for you to consider, such as the Emerald Isle.

Emerald Isle

1 part Gin

1 tsp Green Crème de menthe

2 dashes bitters

Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well.

Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Should you not want any alcohol in your drinks or you have some wee ones that will be joining you, spoonful.com has some non-alcoholic drinks and some treats for the kids such as a dairy-free shamrock shake and  shamrock drops that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Have fun, drink responsibly, have a designated driver or the taxi company’s phone number with you and enjoy being Irish.

International Women’s Day 2014

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

The above paragraph is from the About Page of International Women’s Day. Did you know that IWD is a holiday in some countries? Their About Page (under the 2000 and beyond section) lists the countries that have declared it a holiday.

The theme for 2014 is Inspiring Change. You can visit the IWD site and be inspired by women’s artwork and stories, find out if there are any events in your area  or watch a variety of videos such as how women can be agents of change.