Thankful Thursday: Oh Boy! Look What I Found!

I love it when, in the course of my web surfing, I come across someone who is making choices in their life using their powers of discernment, and not caving into peer pressure. Just earlier today, due to the wealth of information within my Twitter timeline on a healthy Vegan diet, I happened to check out the Dali Lama’s personal stance on eating animal products. In a nutshell, he made some half-hearted attempt at a vegetarian diet decades ago, but on advice of his physician was told he actually needed meat products. Meat-free choices were very limited back then. My research revealed that the Dali Lama followed what’s known today as a “junk food vegetarian diet”, so he became anemic and his doctors made an incorrect assumption. A healthy, well balanced Vegan diet (no meat, no dairy) by and large, does NOT cause health problems, and in fact is great for losing weight and building muscle. Many world-class Vegan athletes can attest to that!

While the Dali Lama is known to publicly denounce cruelty to animals, including raising them for food, he continues to consume meat 2-3 times a week. He seems to think being a “part-time vegetarian” is good enough. That may well be for the general public, but the Dali Lama is a spiritual leader and as such must be held to a higher standard. Otherwise, he is basically behaving like a hypocrite, which can’t help but seriously undermine his credibility as a peace advocate and compassionate leader. But all this is for another blog, which would include the many ways the Dali Lama has been an inspiration to his people and the world. His dietary choices are but one aspect of a basically decent human being.

That said, I did come across a very interesting blog entitled, “Why I’m Thinking About Going Vegan” which I must share with my readers. I am thankful to this beautiful woman, a former hair and beauty editor for her insightful comments on Veganism and what she’s learned from her health advocate boyfriend. She says they watched the health-conscious movies on Netflix, Forks Over Knives and FatSick And Nearly Dead, and that’s what inspired them to phase out meat from their diets… Read and enjoy!

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Dali Lama read this blog too? Better yet, he could watch those two films and enlighten himself. He has much to learn about a truly healthy AND compassionate dietary regimen!

Serene Sunday: Selected Poems to Soothe the Soul :-)

I found these poems through “PoetrySoup”, and I think they are delightfully sweet and soothing. I hope you think so too – Enjoy! ~

Test Of Time

Secrets blowing in the wind

Another gift, another lift

Words whispered from the soul

Echoing in the chamber of my heart

Looking ahead to the dreams we’ll have

It’s what we believe in

No turning back

Chosen —– Frozen

Lost in love

Lost in life

Wiping away all the tears

Soothing all our fears

Together our friendship

will survive the test of time

 by Tim Smith

Inner Peace

Unspoken word

Nothing is heard

Thoughts now deferred

Float in my mind

Safe from all harm

Peaceful and calm

Soothing with balm

Time to unwind

by Jan Allison


Star wishes, fantasies, and dreams

Fairy dust, wool gather, moon beams

Hope and desires coming true

  The day I fell in love with you

Sharing all your secrets

 Comforting all your fears

Soothing all that ails you

Drying away your tears

I live to light up your evenings

Hold you close beneath the stars

Drench myself in your holy waters

The future is finally ours

My love for you gets stronger

the more of you I know

The sun is shining brighter

my love for you now grows

by Tim Smith

Thankful Thursday: Gratitude Knows NO Bounds :-)

Today, April 2nd, is the birthday of a famous author who wrote fairy tales that became an treasured part of children’s literature. He was born a long time ago (Doesn’t this sound like I’m talking to my little girl? Good. I want it to!) in Copenhagen, Denmark and wrote tales like “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “Thumbalina” and “The Little Mermaid”… (My little one perks up, as she loves that movie!) AND “The Snow Queen”. (She looks a little confused now…) That story became another Disney movie, “Frozen”. (Well, now she’s jumping up and starting to sing “Let it Go!” – Omygosh, she’s a bundle of whirling energy!) You’d be surprised, even after all the hoopla and media coverage, and box office blockbuster sales, with “Frozen” the #1 highest grossing animated film of all time, having made over a billion $$$~! that most people don’t know who wrote the original story! And I don’t know why Disney chose to change the title for the animated film.

I am very grateful to Hans Christian Anderson for his beautiful picture storybooks, whether or not they ever became popular films. Though he’s from another era and died 140 years ago, his legacy of literature lives on! There is a place in California, near Santa Barbara called Solvang (means “sunny field”), that has a statue of Hans Christian Anderson in the town square. Every year on this date, the people of Solvang have a celebration of his life in a town that simulates Copenhagen, Denmark (great danish pastries there!):