Category Archives: The Good

Gun Safety and Self Defense Training was Absolutely Awesome

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Hows my form...maybe something I could work on 😉

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My grip looks good though

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I got a great score

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Because I had a great instructor...whos a bit of a hottie! 😉

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Making jewelry…

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This is a picture of a necklace that one of my friends is wearing. She said she’s had it for years.
I absolutely love it.
So im gonna try to recreate it.
I’ll take a picture of what i come up with.

A Post Secret share from my BFF

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A Post Secret share from my BFF.  I love my friends. They’re awesome.

Website traffic explosion…

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I’ve noticed that in the past week I’ve had a few posts that had an unusually large amount of traffic.

This of course has me scratchin my noggin. I started this blog in January and under a pseudonym for privacy purposes.

Im not a great writer and don’t exactly have a well organized blog so the traffic explosion has made me a curious lil kitten.

If you don’t mind sharing, i would love to know who my visitors are.

I would love it if anyone who wishes to share any info about yourself, name, location in the universe, what brought you to my site, and of course…what you think of the site.

No pressure, you can say as much as you like or nothing at all. Im just curious about the individuals that are only represented by some numbers on my site stats page.

I’d love to get some feedback from my sites patrons.

All comments are welcome and very much appreciated.

Thank you kindly,
LilyWhite

Since the dawn of time

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Mother’s have fought the same battles with their teenagers. This particular battle is one that I’m losing, and proudly so. I love my children’s desire to express their individuality.

Diamonds: A year exposed to extreme pressure and heat. Surviving through the support of family and friends.

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What makes a diamond so special? After a year that almost broke me and my family, we have, much like a diamond, withstood the intense pressure and come out of it with an unbreakable bond and a shine that sparkles even in the absence of light. This post is dedicated to my family.

Diamond, the king of gemstones. It is symboloized by the sun in astronomy: a testament to its powerful self sustaining energy, Diamond is a symbol of abundance and can help people to accumulate wealth. Diamond Folklore and Mythology In Ancient times, talismans were mad of diamond to ward off cowardice. It was thought to enhance invulnerability. Traditionally, it was beleived that the diamond’s powers only work when given freely from one person to another. It was thought to ensure love and harmony and dispel anger. It was one of the 12 stones used in the breast plate of the High Priest Aaron to protect him from injury. Diamond is used traditionally in modern times as the focus stone of engagement rings. Nowadays, we all know a diamond engagement ring is the most important jewelry purchase in a man’s life and the most significant to the woman who receives it. Diamond is the birthstone of people born in the month of April and is also used as the symbol of a sixty-year anniversary, such as a Diamond Jubliee. However, the symbolism of diamonds goes beyond romance. Through centuries diamonds have been a symbol of love, excellence and purification. Diamond, because of its remarkable hardness and clarity, also still reigns supreme in its symbolism of power, strength, brilliance and unparalleled beauty. Diamonds are enchanting treasures that have fascinated mankind throughout the centuries. Many regarded them as magical. Not only were they rare and beautiful, no tool could cut them and even the fiercest fire would leave the diamonds unscathed. Diamonds have been used symbolically because of their extraordinary physical properties. It was said that the Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars. In Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Vajrayana (Diamond Vehicle), diamonds are an important symbol and the Diamond Sutra is one of the most popular texts. [ ] In ancient India, diamonds were not cut for fear that they would lose its magical properties. During the Middle Ages, it was believed that diamonds would grow darker in the face of guilt and shine brightly for the innocent. Another belief is that in the presence of poison, diamond would also change color. The rainbow colors of the prism were thought to give one magical power over Evil Eyes. According to occultist myths, it was believed that diamonds possess several supernatural powers, e.g. a diamond’s hardiness can only be broken by smearing it with fresh goat’s blood. Or a diamond gives victory to he who carries it bound on his left arm, no matter the number of enemies. It was also believed to have been used as a healing stone. Such as a way of detecting and detoxifying poison, opening spirituality channels and assisting calming creatures. Today, diamonds are used to symbolize eternity and love. The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the XV century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond ring engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. At that time, the diamond was used in its natural crystalline structure. The octahedral or eight-sided formation, like 2 pyramid joined at the base, was mounted with the lower pyramid completely hidden in the ring setting and the upper half rising out of it. Light would be reflected from all four sides of this exposed upper point. The structure of this diamond mirrors the symbolism of the Egyptian pyramids. The union in 1477 was celebrated by the exchange of a diamond betrothal ring which would have been an early example and perhaps the first royal one.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Diamond-Symbolism-and-Mythology&id=202446

Diamond The only gemstone composed of one pure element, carbon, whose molecules are bonded with perfect symmetry in every direction. This perfect atomic structure is what makes it the hardest natural substance on the planet [a 10 on Moh’s scale], as well as an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. It also, as Geshe Michael Roach writes in The Diamond Cutter, “has the highest degree of refraction of any naturally occurring substance in the universe.” The diamond’s physical properties of clarity and hardness have given rise to it being a symbol of power, strength, innocence and incorruptibility, longevity, constancy, and good fortune. Of course, there are also the famously cursed diamonds, like the Hope, as well as an old Persian belief that the diamond was a source of sin and sorrow, which is not so unreasonable, considering how much blood has been shed in the mining, selling, and acquiring of the stone. When I was writing Rumor I became intrigued by a branch of diamond lore that claims the gem drives away madness and protects against ghosts, chimeras, enchantments and sorcery. And I was drawn to a photograph of the Javeri diamond pictured in Christopher Cavey’s book.

Diamond Mythology PostBy Avi Paz Group At 05.09.2010 Diamonds were first discovered in India and figure prominently in Hindu mythology, which believes that the stones were formed when lightning struck rocks. Diamond historian J. Willard Hersey notes that traditional Hindus referred to ordinary rock crystal as “unripe” diamonds, while the genuine stones were called “ripe diamonds.” Diamonds were also known in Persian culture. Hersey summarizes a Persian creation myth as follows: When God created the world, he had no need for diamonds, gold, or other precious metals and gems. But Satan noticed that Eve loved the brightly colored flowers in the Garden of Eden and created gemstones in the same seductive hues to tempt humans. Thus Persian mythology sees diamonds and gems as the source of much crime and suffering. The belief that diamonds are an antidote to poison was common in many cultures. In the Middle Ages, they were also believed to change color in the presence of a poison, while a diamond’s brilliance gave its possessor power over the evil eye. Black, or carbonero, diamonds carry their own wealth of superstitious beliefs. Ancient Indian culture perceived black diamonds as similar to the eye of a snake and associated them with Yama, the god of death. But traditional Italian society held that black diamonds have the power to reconcile fighting or estranged couples. If both partners touched a black diamond, their troubles would disappear. In Borneo, if a diamond contained a gray or black inclusion, the well in which it was found was abandoned. According to Malaysian belief, these gray or black inclusions represented the diamond’s soul, and if it were removed from the mine the mine would “die.”

http://www.avipaz.com/DiamondMythology

The word “Diamond” comes from the greek word “Adamas”, which means indestructible. It is the only gem known to man that is made of a single element, Carbon, besides graphite. Diamond is completely made of Carbon atoms (Chemical Composition -‘C’) crystallised in a cubic (isometric) arrangement.

http://books.google.com/books?id=_WI86J88ydAC&pg=PA34&hl=en

NOVA Online | The Diamond Deception | The Science Behind the Sparkle

The hardest substance known, diamond is prized for its exceptional luster and ability to break up white light into all colors of the rainbow (known as dispersion), which lend the gem its famous fiery brilliance.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/sparkle.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/inside.html

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond

What next?

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Putting one foot in front of the other, walking towards a brighter future and a new beginning.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
April 01, 2010

Presidential Proclamation — National Child Abuse Prevention Month

A PROCLAMATION

Our children are our most valuable resource, and they need our support to thrive and grow into healthy, productive adults. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we renew our unwavering commitment to protecting children and responding to child abuse, promoting healthy families, and building a brighter future for all Americans.

Every child deserves a nurturing family and a safe environment, free from fear, abuse, and neglect. Tragically, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse threaten too many children every day in communities across our Nation. Parents, guardians, relatives, and neighbors all share a responsibility to prevent these devastating crimes, and our government plays a critical role as well.

My Administration is committed to helping future generations succeed. We are focused on engaging parents in their children’s early learning and development, ensuring the safety and well-being of all families, and creating opportunities for all Americans. We are also partnering with Federal, State, and local agencies to better coordinate early childhood services and improve the lives of young children and their families.

Together, we can ensure that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment, free from abuse and neglect. I encourage all Americans to visit: www.ChildWelfare.gov/Preventing to learn what they can do to stop child abuse in their communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2010 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities that help prevent child abuse and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-national-child-abuse-prevention-month

Give the Gift of Innocence

http://www.d2l.org/site/c.4dICIJOkGcISE/b.6296313/k.7445/Give_the_Gift_of_Innocence.htm

 

 

http://www.stopitnow.org/resources_comprehensive

A must post because it touches my heart…

Unfortunately to protect the privacy of the author, I have to post an encrypted version.

BTW: THANK YOU! XOXO
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I’ve never read something so beautifully calming. I love your observations. xoxo

Family For The Abused and Abandonded

Yesterday, I spent my afternoon enjoying beautiful weather and good wine with my best friends. There is nothing like good conversation with my favorite people. With everyone’s busy schedules, these times have become few and far between. I have learned to thoroughly appreciate a few hours with my girls. I observed things a little deeper today, and noticed little things that make us more than friends. We are more like family; sisters. As M walked into my kitchen, she went straight to the cabinet where the wineglasses are kept, pulled out 3, one specifically was the one she knew I preferred. This seemingly automatic gesture is something most people would overlook. Today, I saw deep meaning in it. H settled down at the dining room table, quickly becoming engrossed in a jigsaw puzzle my family has been working on, another indicator of how relaxed we all are together. The fact that we all feel totally comfortable with each other calling down the random misbehaving child, regardless of whom the child belongs to, was another thing. Speaking of the children, they all feel equally at home in any of our houses. That always puts a smile on my face. The topic of conversation ranged from my sister’s recent cancer diagnosis to M’s boyfriend moving in (and how intensely “in like” they are) to H’s many social observations and experiments that occur during her daily shifts at a bar and grill. The talk was varied greatly from one moment to the next. During the 4 or 5 hours they were here, we shared laughter, tears, shock, and God knows what else. It was good stuff. These girls are my constant confidantes, my forever friends. When I feel all alone, I know they are the ones who will keep me company while I’m going through whatever it is bringing me down, and likewise I’m there with them when they need me. I’m at a point in my life where these friendships are sometimes all I have tethering me to reality. I’m so blessed to have them.

List of personality traits

List of Personality Traits

Personality Traits List of Personality Traits

List of Personality Traits
Positive Negative
accepts authority, loyal, devoted rebellious
accepts what’s given ignores, rejects what’s given
affectionate distant, cold, aloof
Ambitious, motivated self-satisfied, unmotivated
aspiring self-satisfied
candid closed, guarded, secretive
caring uncaring, unfeeling, callous
change; accepts, embraces it rejects change
cheerful cheerless, gloomy, sour, grumpy
considerate, thoughtful inconsiderate, thoughtless
cooperative uncooperative, unhelpful, combative
courageous cowering, fearful
courteous rude, impolite
decisive indecisive
devoted uncommitted, uncaring, hostile
determined indecisive, unsure
does what is necessary, right does what is convenient
perseveres, endures relents, gives up
enthusiastic unenthusiastic, apathetic, indifferent
expansive kept back, tight, constricting
faith in life life can’t be trusted
faith in oneself lack of faith in self
faith in others others can’t be relied on
flexible inflexible, rigid, unbending, stubborn
forgiving unforgiving, resentful, spiteful
focused unfocused, scattered
freedom given to others authoritarian, controlling
friendly unfriendly, distant, aloof, hostile
frugal, thrifty Wasteful, spendthrift
generous stingy, miserly, selfish
goodwill ill-will, malice, hatred
grateful ungrateful, unappreciative
hard-working lazy
honest dishonest, deceiving, lying
humble arrogant, conceited, ego-centric
interested indifferent, uncaring
involved complacent, indifferent
jealous, not jealous, envious, covetous
kind unkind, uncaring, cruel, mean
mature immature
modest vain
open-minded, tolerant narrow, close, small-minded, intolerant
optimistic pessimistic
perfects allows imperfection
persistent, sustaining flagging, fleeting, unsustaining
practical impractical, not viable
punctual late, not on time
realistic naïve, impractical
reliable unreliable, undependable
respectful disrespectful, rude, impolite
responsibility, takes blames others
responsible unreliable, undependable
responsive unresponsive, unreceptive
self-confident lack of self confidence, insecure
self-directed directed by externals
self-disciplined undisciplined, unrestrained, indulgent
self-esteem, high self-esteem, confidence – low
self-giving self-centered
self-reliant dependent
selfless selfish
sensitive Insensitive, indifferent
serious silly, trivial, petty
sincere insincere, dishonest
social independence social approval required
sympathetic unsympathetic, unfeeling
systematic unsystematic, disorganized, disorderly, random
takes others point of view insists on own view
thoughtful towards others thoughtless, inconsiderate, callous
trusting suspicious, mistrusting
unpretentious pretentious, affected, ostentatious
unselfish selfish
willing does, willingness stubborn, unwilling, reluctant
work comes first convenience first

I Am – The Human Condition

I found this article interesting enough to shamelessly copy and paste it word for word. I will of course highlight some of my favorite quotes from Mr. Benzel’s article and will be searching for the documentary I AM by Mr. Shadyac. It looks like it’s worth watching. 

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The Theme Beneath the Themes

Quin Benzel
For The Vancouver Voice

In Tom Shadyac’s new documentary, I AM, he begins every interview by asking eminent scholars like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Desmond Tutu if they have ever seen Ave Ventura: Pet Detective. They haven’t. “These are people who helped change me,” Shadyac said during a recent Portland visit. If you didn’t know the person but only his movies, it’d be easy to call bullshit. No way the man who made Evan Almighty could make something with actual meaning and intent. Could he? Has he all along?

Turns out Shadyac has more on his mind than an animal sleuth with social issues. “I’d been questioning things in my life for years,” Shadyac says. “As success came my way I started to notice a hypocrisy in my life.” At the film’s end, he gives his wealth to worthy causes, buys a bike and moves into a mobile home in Malibu. Now a teacher of screenwriting at Pepperdine University in California, Shadyac lives a much more deliberate life. But I Am is a tricky movie to describe, and most attempts to do so do not give it justice. It really is as simple as this: It’s about feeling and compassion and how we’re biologically engineered to cooperate and not compete with each other.

But it could also be a sense of closure for Shadyac, who made the movie after a bike accident brought life violently into perspective. “ I thought I was literally going to die. I had post concussion syndrome, and it’s quite torturous. I thought, ‘if I am going to die, is there anything I want to explore or say before I go,’ and that’s how I Am was born.”

However, just wanting to say something is easier than actually saying it. The movie could have easily turned into another hour-and-a-half exploration of why the world is so corrupt, but I Am has magnanimity on its mind. “I love documentaries, but I think for myself I’d moved beyond documentaries pointing out the problem. I wanted to know what we do. This film is very different because it’s very hopeful,” Shadyac says.

And through all the egalitarian themes and good vibrations the movie emits, Shadyac never once forgets who he is. “I’m the guy who directed Ace Ventura, and my sensibilities are in this film, so I think it makes it very accessible. There’s a humor and pace to it.” I Am doesn’t resort to such crude humor as having someone grab their ass cheeks and mimic talking through their butt, but it does display a sly comic tone—all while attempting to relate how we are meaningfully connected to the world around us.

It’s poetry blended with scientific fact. At one point we’re told that the chemical element argon is inert, and that when we breathe it, we’re taking a breath that could have once been inside the lungs of Joan of Arc. This may not be as important to understand as helping your fellow-man, but collectively it works as a means to help come to terms with the most essential parts of life. “Very few people will say ‘it’s [what’s most important in life] because my IRA matured.’ They all tell a very similar story. ‘I was apart of something creative, loving, a family, I grew,’”says Shadyac.

But the man credited for cramming more fart jokes into a dinner scene (The Nutty Professor) than anyone before him is by no means a distant memory. “I look back on all those movies with an incredible fondness. Making someone laugh is a way we connect with each other, and I would do it again,” Shadyac says. “The difference is I would do it differently. I would be much more efficient with the resources. I would do it with a simplified crew, and I wouldn’t be amassing all the wealth myself.”

And even upon a close look, I Am shares uniquely similar traits of the human condition that films like Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor or Patch Adams also did. I Am is the theme below those themes. It’s why we may lie to each other; it’s why we may put another person down. [It] looks at the root cause of the society we’ve built.” And even of his past projects, he says, “I think if somebody’s suffering in the hospital and they see Ave Ventura and it removes them from their pain, that’s a pretty important movie.”

Shadyac tells us that “nothing in nature takes more than it needs.”As humans, we’re the only species really capable of greed or unprovoked, malicious intent.But we’re also very susceptible to change. We can empathize, reason and understand. Shadyac says, “I Am presents a point of view; I’m welcome to other points of view. I just want to start the conversation.”

I Am is now playing at the Fox Tower in Portland