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If you missed them, click for links to
my 2008 Blog Blasts for Peace:
Sacred Ruminations- The Strength of Gentleness
Small Reflections-A Revolution of Music,
Blog Rolls & Bling - What if?
(a Colorful Alternative to Bombs)
and last June:

Thirteen Thoughts on the Topic of Peace
Peace in Every Step

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year - ABBA

Thought for Today

"Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?" Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all ...

Christmas Lights
Synchronized to Trans Siberian Orchestra Nutcracker
with Beautifully Different Visual Displays

and one more for good measure ... just because ;--)
A Symphony of Christmas Lights

Thought for Today
"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary." Aaron Rose

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas ... another light display

Enjoy and share with others ... just because.

I'm writing notes in the Christmas cards (that I created & printed yesterday) this morning so I won't be visiting until I'm finished, but I wanted to leave a note here ... just because.

I created two new awards
for my bloggy friends
to express my gratitude to all who have visited & left comments on any or all of
my blogs during this busy holiday season during December.

You'll find them
here and here. Please snag, enjoy, and pass them along to friends as you choose as my holiday gift to each of you.

I hope you're enjoying the holiday season!

Thought for Today
"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Found & Shared ... just because ;--)

I found this link at Sylvia's ...
and laughed so hard I just had to share! Enjoy ;--)
What you miss by not attending church

Thought for the Day
"Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it."
Henry Ward Beecher

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Delightful Holiday Lights and Music to Share

Winter Wonderland
2007 Holdman Christmas Light Display

Bagpipes Merry Christmas
Animated Christmas Lights

You can find more of these at Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations throughout the holiday season and clips of Straight No Chaser in the next two posts.

Thought for Today
"Music is love in search of a word." Sidney Lanier

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Carol of the Bells - Straight No Chaser

The original members of Straight No Chaser
perform "Carol of the Bells" at the Musical Arts Center,
Bloomington, Indiana, December 7th, 1997.

See next post for info about their 2008 Christmas Album
and click to see & hear SNC perform
the original 1996 version of '12 Days'

Thought for Today
"Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead." Benjamin Disraeli

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

About Straight No Chaser's Christmas Album

Click the link below to see & hear SNC perform
the original 1996 version of '12 Days'

and the YouTube video to hear
their 'revival' plans ...

Thought for Today
"I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality." H.A. Overstreet

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Proposition 8 - 'The Musical'

This video clip is both entertaining and thought provoking on an issue that requires attention ... so I'm shining a bit of light thanks to Dianne of Forks Off the Moment who brought it to my attention. She writes:

"This delights me on so many levels …
First of all – what a collection of talented people.
Then - it addresses one of my favorite pet peeves – people who use the Bible to fit their own agenda.
And it brings up how, if it makes money, it usually ends up being as American as apple pie. In this case I pray that’s true."

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

See also this video clip with
Keith Olbermann speaking his mind
eloquently on the subject of Proposition 8.

Thought for Today
"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves." Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Whimsically Shared ... Just For Fun ;--)

I couldn't resist passing this along ... just because (with thanks to Schmutzie's Milkmoney for the link). It's really worth checking out, especially if you need a laugh!

Don't you just love this pooch?
See another entertaining video clip.
Click for others participating in Wordless Wednesday today.

Thought for Today
"The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic." Henry Ward Beecher
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I found this next one at Tiggerland's ... it's pretty cute ;--)
I don't drive much of anywhere these days, but those with a serious commute might find this utterly delightful to contemplate!

For more laughter ... check this doggie out
at Sacred Ruminations!

Thought for Today
"A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works." Bill Vaughan