Thought for Today

Above's non-profit fundraiser poster titled &q...
Above’s non-profit fundraiser poster titled “HOMELESS, NOT HOPELESS” where Above worked with the homeless population in Portland, Oregon. Above sold out every print and donated 100% of all the profits to a homeless shelter in Portland, U.S.A. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of thanksgiving.” 

~W.T. Purkiser

Celebrate Homemade Bread Day!

Sourdough bread.
Sourdough bread. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love to cook.  But what I love most are the stories of cooking in the family kitchen, eating at the family table, and sharing food with friends and strangers.

Bob says the smell of fresh baked bread makes a house a home.  When his mother made bread it was served with hot cocoa to dip chunks of fresh bread in.

My mom made the best hot rolls.  We always knew fresh rolls would be at the table for holidays and other family celebrations.

Now when I make bread it is gluten free.  I have a couple of recipes that are quite tasty but not as much fun to make.  You don’t get to punch and push around gluten free dough like you do wheat dough, but that’s another story.

Do you have a favorite bread story?  Did your mom or grandma make bread?  Do you?  Tell us about it.

Give of Yourself

English: NORFOLK (Feb. 19, 2009) Sailors sort ...
English: NORFOLK (Feb. 19, 2009) Sailors sort through food items checking expiration dates while volunteering at The Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. The volunteer project was part of a two-day training conference at Naval Station Norfolk to promote the Navy’s Community Service Program. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maddelin Angebrand/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do your holiday celebrations include giving back to your community? Think about ways your family could share their blessings with others. Perhaps you could volunteer to help serve the meal at the homeless shelter, make tray favors for a local nursing home, or help pack the food boxes for the needy at your local church or community center. Remember, your volunteer efforts are needed and appreciated throughout the year, not just at the holidays.

Life is a Balancing Act

Nastasia Lukin on the Balance Beam.
Nastasia Lukin on the Balance Beam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have learned in my own life that achieving physical, mental and spiritual balance is possible but not a once and for all kind of thing.  It is more like walking a balance beam.

If you watch a gymnast you will notice she makes subtle shifts in balance to stay on the beam.  So it is with life.

To live a balanced life we make subtle changes as required.  At first there may be very big, noticeable changes.  But as time goes on the shifts become so natural and so much a part of daily life we may not even notice them.

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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