Thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah Once in 70,000 Years!

November 28, 2013

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Thursday, November 28, 2013 is a National Day of Thanksgiving in the USA

It is also the first day of Hanukkah so a new phrase has been coined with the hybrid name of, Thanksgivukkah. This will not occur for another 70,000 years so it is a very unique occurrence.

 

George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving and each President thereafter has written a Proclamation address expressing gratitude and Thanksgiving to and for the American people.

Share your traditions with family and friends or create some of your own if you have not started, incorporating gratitude and Thanksgiving into daily lives and actions!

The vision and the dream of the pilgrims should not be lost in 21st century technology.  We the people, need to unite in harmony, respect, kindness and love for one another.   Something to think about as you celebrate this holiday is how you fit into the growth and progress of America.  Those before us had a vision of freedom and fought to uphold the concept that all men are created equal.  Lets unite with our forefathers and live that dream together.

Happy Thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah 2013.

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Truth And Halloween

October 29, 2013

Learning about  the Truth and Halloween can be a rewarding, learning experience with young kids.

Our Flagstaff, Arizona  Sunday School class went on a family adventure in Williams, Arizona at, Bearizona, a wild life drive through park.  The journey was inspiring to say the least as the kids learned what Christ Jesus tells us,  “Ye shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you free.”  We learned the Truth about Halloween and can apply the principle to all kinds of unpleasant or scary situations.  When confronted about what is real and what is not real we saw the truth about a lie.

The original fun afternoon was just to have a picnic then drive through park and walk around the baby animal area. The 3rd and 4th grade boys found a Haunted Halloween House and wanted to go through it.  The haunted house was PG13 so a parent had to go with them.  One dad stayed with a 4-year-old and 2 moms and I went with the two boys with me bringing up the end.

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As we entered the haunted house we were greeted by a serpent that was alive and well.  A rather ominous welcome.  We later talked about the serpent in the Garden of Eden and the temptations we are often offered by this character in the first chapter of Genesis. We also talked about Moses and how his rod turned into a serpent and he took it by the tail and turned it back into the rod.

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The sign at the entry seemed to heighten the anxiety as we entered the Haunted house.  I mentioned  we would be walking with God and not to fear the unknown as he would be right there with us.

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The entry was very dark and we all went one by one into the haunted chamber.

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The first sounds and sights did create a lot of fear as the haunted chamber was so dark and the images appeared real.

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The kids started to scream as a hand reached out in the dark to touch them.  One of the mothers calmly shared the fact that the creatures were only in costumes and they were people pretending to be Halloween goblins and there was nothing to be afraid of.  We were in the middle of the Haunted House so we had to go back out the front or follow through to get to the light at the end.  I captured  proof of the creatures not being real by shooting the tennis shoes.  I reaffirmed what the mother had told them was so true that these were employees dressed up in costumes.  I had the shots on the camera so they need not be afraid of something evil trying to claim it was real when that was not the truth.  God was right there with us and taking us to the light.

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Once we could see the light the boys were elated and ready to move on with the day.  They found a  torture area and decided to try it out.  We talked about how Jesus was nailed to the cross and how that might feel the same. We were really covering a lot of concepts in the Bible in one Halloween adventure where we learned the truth about evil as not being real and knowing that God was protecting them no matter what.   Having the photos to be able to calmly discuss the Bible connection at the next Sunday School class was very helpful.

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Learning about God and his protection can be a fun adventure and applies to absolutely everything we experience, as we found the Truth in Halloween.   All the fear in the dark was NOT real.  There was nothing to be afraid of.  The people in the haunted house were just dressed in costumes and masked so we could not see the real individual employee who was kind and loving.  Once the mask is removed from any evil that appears to be real,  the Truth is then evident and all anxiety is gone.  God is all and it is all good Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that hehad made, and, behold it was VERY good.”  We walk through the door to the light and Love of God leaving everything that was untrue behind.

We found the Truth and what is real at Halloween.

Love Your Neighbor

July 14, 2013

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July 2, 2013

What does the 4th of July mean to you?
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For me…it’s my Birthday and everyone celebrates… I don’t have to go far to find a party and everyone has fun!  Yes, I did come in with a bang! 

If you are looking for some great 4th of July ideas check out all the pins on my 4th of July Pinterest Board.

Food, fun, games decorations and more!

Need a flag to share your thoughts… feel free to download on flickr and have fun with it.

It’s the Flag below with no content so feel free to share your own thoughts as we reflect on the 4th of July.

If you missed my fun post on great ways to use flickr to create url’s you can find it here.
As I get older the thoughts of the 4th of July get deeper…. so for growth in grace here we go!

Thinking about 1776, where we have come from and where we are going as America.
Thinking about the founding Fathers and who they had a common vision for FREEDOM.

Pondering:
• What responsibilities do I have as an American citizen?
• What can I do to help myself and others?
• What does the constitution mean to me and it’s amendments?
• How am I making a difference in America?

The basics include:
The Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Did you know that the 1st 10 Amendments are known as the Bill of Rights?
Did you know there are 27 Amendments to the US Constitution?
Did you know that the 26th Amendment gave 18 year olds the right to vote in 1971?

National Archives Building

The Discovery Chanel has created this video sharing how the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. with it’s contents, inspires Americans with history!

Be Safe, have fun and make a difference in America by considering the possibility of doing something to help others!

Thanking those who have served in so many selfless jobs to keep us FREE!

This year on the 4th of July answer the question… “what does this Holiday mean to me?” with some specific action.

How To Shoot The Supermoon

June 23, 2013

Would you like to know how to shoot the supermoon Sunday, June 23, 2013 and then share with the world?

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Take time to read the article and send your #SuperMoon shots to livescience.com or  SPACE.com

Important photography tips from Dennis Chow Space.com staff writer, can be found in his post below and will make your photo captures much better!

“Supermoon’ Rising: How to Photograph This Weekend’s Full Moon”

Have fun watching this great NASA video on the supermoon.

The moon will not be this close to earth again until August, 2014!

Enjoy shooting the moon and don’t forget to share Supermoon 2013!

3 Question Movie Review To Decide If You Should See “The Internhship”

June 22, 2013

Going to the movies this weekend?

Have you considered   +The Internship ?

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Took me a week to complete my movie review as the critics have been extremely hard on the humor and content…. I have three questions for you to ask yourself before you decide to go see this movie!

1.  If the photo above is not funny to you… DON”T go see the movie your expectations will NOT be met!

2.  If you do not understand the term #googliness then this might not be for you.

3.  If you liked Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the “Wedding Crashers” then this film IS for you!

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson humor is, what it is.. they are character actors, so be warned it is full on one liner funny!

Last Wednesday was a day full of  Cosmic Cow Pies™ so going to see #TheInternship was the perfect way to check out for 119 minutes of laughing.  External factors do play a part in even the most objective movie critics reviews no matter how good they think they are!  This is the perfect film to just be entertained and enjoy your google moment!

The story starts with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, protagonist “salesmen” who have been released from a watch company that has closed down because technology has reduced the need for telling time by looking at your wrist.

Thinking about the concept of being tied to the cell phone is sad in a sense because a watch is on your wrist all day without having to think about it and if you are depending on your phone for time, the electronic phone leash has taken over for your source to keep appointments.  I do still wear a watch but in the film you will see a boomer receptionist looking at her phone to tell the time when asked what time it is!  End of the watch story!

The two middle aged guys are now without jobs and no skills except their last century sales personalities.  The movie looks into personal motivation, the ability to adapt and to do what they do best… SELL!  In today’s world we are all selling something however the method in which we engage with a consumer has evolved into a new strategy and you will see how the new world and the old world colide to create a BIG BANG.

The movie touches on a lot of emotions, from individual human acceptance, to love and if you are watching you can see how the old school and the new school do have an important roles to play with one another in creating a balanced life in today’s world.

A prerequisite for this movie is to watch Flash Dance.
There many references to the 1983 film,  if you have not seen it you won’t “get” some of the funniest, motivational sequences.

Happy Potter concepts show up in a quidditch game with the Interns.  I had to explain  to my husband  about the game with  the broom sticks… if you haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books, the quidditch match is a sport that is very important at Hogwarts University.  In the Harry Potter series they can fly on the broom sticks… if only google could help us fly!

Favorite one liners:

“This is a mental Hunger Games against a bunch of genius kids.”

“Strap it in boys you two are dinosaurs.”

“You always figure out a way to screw things up and let people down.”

“Far more than brain power, googliness, intangible stuff.”

“The 12th man on the bench still wears the ring when the team wins.”

“Your imagination is so wild reality is going to be a let down”

“Google has single handedly cramped by ability to BS.”

“Their googliness is off the chart.”

Conan O’Brien did a hangout on air with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson around Valentines day before the opening and you can really get some insight as to what went into the planning and production with #Google to make it fun, light and include a message!  I think we can see Veterans United +Sarah Hill  on the The Internship backdrop between Conan and Owen!
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Back to reality……To see what an internship at Google is really like, watch the video.

Need a google partner to help in your business?  Google is the 800 pound gorilla in the room so look at what they can do for you:

The Internship is a must see movie for those that love learning and are embracing the change taking place in our world today!

Watch the trailer, ponder my review,  then decide if this movie is for you!   Of course I want you to come back and share what you thought of  #TheInternship

The three question way to determine if you should go see The Internship.  What did you decide?

Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013.   The day of remembrance is always the last Monday in May.   The commemoration started after the civil war to honor those who had fallen during the conflict.

Today, Memorial Day is to remember the men and women who died while serving in the American armed forces.

This should not be confused with Veterans Day, November 11th, which celebrates the service of all U. S. military veterans.

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Memorial Day marks the start of summer and many people go camping, have picnics, go hiking, boating or bar-b-que with friends.  It has also become a time where many family members go to cemeteries  to place flowers or visit loved ones that have passed.  The tradition of placing a flag on the gravesite of a Veteran is an activity that takes place in many communities around the country.

Please feel free to use the stock photo below from Photos by Carra to share your memorial day thoughts with others.

It will also work for the 4th of July!

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America is so grateful to the men and women who help keep us free!  Free from  F E A R.

Your service is remembered, honored and appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma Tornado Victims Need Your Prayers

May 21, 2013

#PrayforOklahoma

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Today, May 20, 2013, a tornado of possibly, historic magnitude hit Moore, Oklahoma.

If you are needing help or want to give help, click on the RED CROSS site set up for Oklahoma. They need your donations and your prayers!

ABC news  is one of the hundreds of news agencies that have breaking information on what is happening.  They are updating this site on a regular basis.

Many people are waiting to help in any way possible after the devastation of today’s tornado.  The local service agencies are asking people to stay away as the first responders need to get in to help those in the rubble.

The most important thing we can do is PRAY for OKLAHOMA.  

We can also include the world and all the unrest we have going on in so many areas in our thoughts and prayers.  As we process the devastation in natural disasters of this past year  we can come together in individual neighborhoods to really love our neighbors before we are in a crises!

The Oklahoma tornado victims need your prayers and donations!  Pray For Oklahoma!

Join The Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photowalk 6-29-13

April 30, 2013

 Now is the time……

Join the Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photo Walk in your city!   

Cities world wide will have having Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photowalk on June 29, 2013 where anyone with a camera can meet up with google+ participants and walk around the city taking shots of their favorite places. This global event is FREE to anyone!   Registered Google+ participants will have an opportunity to enter 1 photo in each of 7 categories for grand prizes from sponsors.  Last year the prizes were over $7,000 in value and we expect more prizes this year.

As a real estate agent with a camera you can host a photo walk in in your city, at a specific location or join in an existing global photo walk where ever you are on June 29, 2013. Invite your clients and make it a fun customer connection event!  

This will be the 2nd annual history making photo walk to share with friends, clients, businesses in your community and affiliates. This will be a great time along with enjoying the Google SEO as you post and share this incredible opportunity to connect through photography. 

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Thirty cities are already on the map so check out the list on this google+ page and then go to the Google+ Two Year Anniversary Community and read the directions on the left and see all the cities that are set up with events.  If you set up a photo walk in your area with an event your link will be on this interactive google map with your name and a link to your event.  

The Event tool on google+ makes it easy for you to set up the photo walk in your city. Check out the event set up in Williams, Arizona and feel free to copy and modify the words to create the event in your area. People can RSVP on the Google+ event and they will be eligible to participate in the prizes offered by the sponsors by using the RSVP tool to prove they are google+ participants.

As an active member of your community this activity gives you a golden opportunity to participate in the Google driven event, use the hashtags, #G+2yearAnniversary. talk about the photowalk for the next 2 months, share your event and create posts with plenty of blog content and photos to share the fun!

This is a low cost, high return way to connect with past and current clients along the business community by inviting them to come and participate. It also allows you to connect with photographers in your community sharing photography which is now the key to opening the doors of communication. Digital imagery is how the world is sharing on Instagram, Pinterest, facebook, twitter and google+ so aligning with people who are enjoying photography can only enhance your digital experience and help improve your photography skills just by listening and connecting with those having more advanced techniques.

The opportunity to engage with the photographers who have signed up for an existing event in unparalleled. If there is not photo walk in your city, create your own photo walk and connect with them after they RSVP for the photo walk or contact a photographer now and do it together.

Think about how easy this global event makes it to introduce yourself and invite others to come and bring their friends or clients to this history making 2 year anniversary celebration for Google+.  Perfect way to connect with new google+ users and validate why engaging on google+ is so fun taking online relationships to a new IRL- In Real Life level.

How to get going:

Below are 2 examples of sharing photos from Williams with the information on the photo walk in Williams, Arizona.

  • Create an event for the photo walk in your city if you are going to host it.  Use the existing event link if one is already planned in your city.
  • Create posts on your google+ stream about the event.  Share all the details of the photo walk in a link and just have some fun.
  • Share the posts on google+ with different daily photo themes.  Be sure and share your posts with #MyCitySunday My City Sunday curated by activerain’s Sally Weatherley and me.  We will reshare your posts and spread the word about your event on the My City Sunday google+ page.
  • Create individual url links to your post and then share on other social media with a goo.gl shortener http://goo.gl/zOCDd  
  • Use the hashtag #G+2yearAnniversary and add your city when sharing your specific event  #G+2yearAnniversaryWilliamsAZ

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  • Add your photos to the event you create and keep adding photos during the week to create more interest in your city and the fun photo walk event.    Use the Goo.gl ink to post describing the photo and the walk.   http://goo.gl/9UWY3

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Don’t miss the incredible opportunity to socialize with your local businesses, past and current clients and local photographers on a fun filled photography day celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Google+.

When:  Saturday, June 29,2013  time to be determined by the event coordinator

Where:  ANYWHERE in the world.. you pick the place and share with the world!

Who: YOU!  Photographers of all skill levels, beginners to pros!  What if you only have a phone camera? YES, you too!

Why:  To celebrate the two year anniversary of Google+, hang out with other fun Google+ photographers and Google+ participants world wide. To share more photos, To meet new and interesting people!

Cost:  All FREE!  The best things in life are FREE right?

The link to be a new host is right here, it’s easy!

Put the power of google to work for you and have some fun!

Think about hosting a Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photowalk in your city today!  

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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

April 21, 2013

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Awareness Month?

Community Awareness Actions Can Make The World A Better Place

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Flagstaff, Arizona Coconino Country Court House is the location of a major statement sharingApril as Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

Last Sunday I was out taking photos of Spring in Flagstaff, Arizona and I came across this display in the middle of the city.  The recent events in ConnecticutBoston and West Texas have really put many of us on numb with reference to sharing online.  Upon reflection of the tragedies and how people have rallied to help their neighbors, it seemed like support of projects that are trying to reach out and create awareness need our attention as well.

If one more person becomes aware of the horrible death statistics for children during April that means we have started to become conscious of things around us that might need our help and love.   

It appears that the tragedies we have experienced recently all come back to the perpetrators feeling unloved and ostracized. Maybe we can take that information and reach out to anyone that might be hurting and express love in some way.   This means we need to be aware of those around us and giving a smile, offering a helping hand and showing kindness to those that may seem different is some way.

 

Tribute to child abuse victims

The flags in the lawn commemorate each child that dies last year in Arizona.  

The sign in front of the flags indicate 5 children a day die from child abuse across the country.

What a wake up call to stop and think about what each of us can do to help.  

 

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April 22, 2013 there will be nation wide marches across the country to help raise awareness on child abuse.

To find events in your area and more information on marchig against child abuse click here.  

The field of Hope display was shared and paid for by the Exchange Club of Flagstaff.  By making the financial commitment to create this statement they are touching the world.

Please consider sharing something about Child Abuse month with people in your area to make a difference in your community.

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Help is needed in Arizona through Prevent Child Abuse Arizona There are things you can do to make a difference.  Children are in need of foster parents, clothing and more.

For National information check out the National Movement for America’s Children.

Search child abuse awareness in your area and see what you can do to support your community. If the recent events have moved you to think about preventing tragedy before it strikes.. this might be a door to walk into.

We change the world by changing ourselves… it starts with us and and how we are thinking and processing the tragic things that are happening in our world today.

Community actions can make the world a better place and it starts with us.    

What can you do to prevent child abuse?   Google your community programs!  Get involved!

 

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