Drawing a Larger Circle

circle of people
circle of people (Photo credit: PLCMC training account)

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly divided and fragmented.  We are separating ourselves from others based on race, gender, age, political or religious belief or affiliation and even perceived health and physical beauty.   What if instead of forming small groups to exclude others we drew a larger circle that took in others who may not share our beliefs or lifestyle?  Instead of drawing a circle that shuts others out, let love draw a larger, more inclusive circle that draws in all living in social isolation. When we do we will find that we are no longer alone and isolated, but even more, that we are no longer so “different.”

Thought for Today

English: Children dancing, International Peace...
English: Children dancing, International Peace Day 2009, Geneva. Français : Enfants dansant, Journée internationale de la Paix 2009, Genève. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” — Euripides

Thought for Today

Entrance to Grotto of the Redemption in Iowa
Photo taken by R.O. Robbins 2005

“We are an individuated Aspect of Divinity Itself. One truth that would free humanity forever.. God & We Are One.”—  Neale Donald Walsh

Things That Go Squeak in the Night

Horror film set from a distance
Horror film set from a distance (Photo credit: edmundyeo)

A mystery sound.  A tiny squeak heard only in the wee hours of the morning between sleep and waking when imagination turns anything into a nightmare.

The thought “MOUSE” strikes terror in my heart.  I’m not getting up!  Who would scream louder, me or the mouse?  Drifting back to sleep…

Next night brings memories of watching old horror movies late at night in a century old house.  Maybe we have a ghost.  Definitely not getting up!  Taking longer to go back to sleep.

Restless nights spent praying, “The light of God surrounds me…”  Oh Lord, don’t let it get me!  Finally, courage summoned for a trip to the bathroom and the thing that goes squeak in the night is about to be revealed…








Play Please
Copyright 2012 by R.A. Robbins

Darn Cat!!!

“Fear is created not by the world around us, but in the mind, by what we think is going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gawain

Thought for Today and a Few of my Own

Image copyright 2010 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

“Misery is a communicable disease.” — Martha Graham

The thought for today is a very important one. We must remember daily that misery and negativity in general are indeed communicable diseases spreading quickly without our even realizing it. This is why it is so important not only to watch our own attitudes and beliefs but to also surround ourselves with positive people.  This is important not only in our daily face to face interactions but also online.

Remember, “misery is a communicable disease.” Don’t be a carrier.

Ways to Add Flavor to Food Without Adding Bad Stuff

Potato medallions, with olive oil, parsley, he...
Potato medallions, with olive oil, parsley, herbes de provence, oregano, salt, and balsamic vinegar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In celebration of More Herbs, Less Salt Day let’s talk ways to add flavor without adding a lot of sugar, fat or salt.

* Garlic and onion are obvious. Cook first to make flavor pop.

* Vinegar adds a nice acidic bite.  Many varieties are available.

* Liquid smoke replaces pork as seasoning.

If you have limited knowledge of herbs and spices find a good spice chart.

* Citrus juice and zest add just a little tartness.

* Don’t forget salt free seasoning blends.

Remember mustard comes in powdered or prepared forms.

* Marinades are easy to make.  They tenderize as well as adding flavor.

How do you add flavor without adding the “bad stuff”?


Only the serious know how to truly laugh
Only the serious know how to truly laugh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I laugh a lot.  Not just a little giggle.  No, I laugh right out loud and don’t care who hears it.

A boss used to tease me about my laugh.  After I left for another job she called, telling jokes until I finally laughed. On the other end of the line I heard, “It’s about time! I miss that cackle of yours. No one laughs around here anymore.”  She didn’t know she could reintroduce laughter by laughing herself.

There are actual studies showing laughter may indeed be the best medicine.  So go ahead and laugh.  If anyone says anything tell them it’s for your health.

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