Guest Blog Video: “Dogs and Cats that Love Each Other Precious!” in PetsPeopleandLife’s exact words

Photo of pit bull dog hugging a tabby cat

Cats and dogs, dogs and cats — best friends for life, as this video from PetsPeopleandLife demonstrates.Do you think the dogs befriended the cats first or the cats befriended the dogs?

To see the video, click here or the first link you see below

Pets, People and, Life

I fell in love with this video and it makes me smile each time I watch the slide show. It’s just about the sweetest thing that I’ve seen in a long time. I hope who ever takes the time to have a look, will enjoy this video as well.

This video was posted on my FB Timeline by my blogging friend Val Erde, who lives in Wales. Val’s blog is “Coloring The Past” at https://colouringthepast.com/2017/08/16/curious-little-boy/ Face Book site is at https://www.facebook.com/valsvintagepotpourri

She is a talented artist who works magic with color. She is an expert at old photo restoration and also adds color to aged B&W photos.

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Video: “Fastest Way to Peel a Pomegranate Ever,” by Rob Barrett

Fellow pomegranate lovers — read, watch, and listen closely …

PomegranateI love pomegranates from their regal crowns at their bases and how the leathery red orbs look like holiday ornaments on their green tree branches, to how cream colored pith engulfs each seed that’s further cradled within jeweled juicy sacs.

Pomegranate seedsUntil recently, their sweet-sour winey taste and delightful crunch have been hard won. De-seeding always took a good fifteen minutes and both my kitchen and me would emerge speckled over with the bright red juice, looking like we’d been in a bloodbath had taken place.

No longer!

Joy, oh, joy!Yes, fellow pomegranate fans — no longer!!!

Yes, fellow pomegranate fans — no longer!!! My husband’s newly found ‘spoon technique’ has revolutionized my pomegranate experience. His new-found ‘spoon technique’ has revolutionized our pomegranate enjoyment!

Here’s a video with the marvelously simple and effect technique, demonstrated by Rob Barrett, of CookingforDads …

Guest Blog Post: “A Blogger’s Voice,” in Ann Coleman’s exact words

Photo of torn book page by Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com
Photo by Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com

Ever wonder whether your voice as a writer and as a blogger is truly valuable? Ann Coleman offers us encouragement …

Muddling Through My Middle Age

DSC00181When I was young and naive enough to believe I had a good shot at making a living as a free-lance writer, I attended lots of writer’s workshops.  They were always interesting, and some of the tips helped me place articles with local magazines and neighborhood newspapers.  I never did make a lot of money as a writer…my largest claim to fame was a short article in Bride’s magazine and the publication of one (count it, one) children’s book.  Still, I learned a lot in those workshops about writing, and especially about the delicate balance between giving an editor whatever he or she wants and developing my own unique “voice.”

The voice of an author is what distinguishes one writer’s work from everyone else’s.  It is what comes out when a writer taps into his or her deepest beliefs, inner-most fears, cherished dreams, etc.  It communicates the unique perspective of…

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Video: “Let’s End Ageism,” TED Talk by Ashton Applewhite

Author Ashton Applewhite is a great blogger too: ThisChairRocks.com
Author Ashton Applewhite is a great blogger too: ThisChairRocks.com

We’re in the age where we’re boxed into ‘isms’ — sellers want us to buy more, more, more — and the most effective way for them to reach us is to niche-itize us.

I’m sharing this video because author/activist Ashton Applewhite discusses more than simply old-ageism …

Please share your thoughts …

Guest Blog Post: “Universal Human Rights – Do you know them?” in Patty’s exact words

Dutch blogger Patty first wrote this great post for us about what it’s like to own a dog in Germany. Here she discusses why it is imperative that we all respect each other …

This post by Patty of DreamPack.org
This post by Patty of DreamPack.org

These days violence, intolerance, racism, discrimination seems to increase again. More and more people need to flee their homes and/or their countries, in the hope to find safety and peace elsewhere on our big Dreampack. When even leaders have forgotten our Universal Human Rights, I feel it’s time and very important to remind us all again of our Universal Human Rights.

Background:

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its 3rd session on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. The full text is available on the United Nations website.

The Declaration consists of thirty articles affirming an individual’s rights which, although not legally binding in themselves, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic transfers, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws. The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols. In 1966, the General Assembly adopted the two detailed Covenants, which complete the International Bill of Human Rights.” Source: Wikipedia 

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.” Source: United Nations

At my website you will find a permalink to a list of the 30 basic Human Rights: regardless where you were born, how you are raised, your circumstances, etc., as a human being you automatically have these basic rights. I added this link to make sure all the Beautiful Souls who visit my site, will be reminded of the rights we have.

During the upcoming weeks, I will select some of these important rights and add my personal view. I would like to encourage you to look up our Human Rights, not to take these for granted or to misuse, but as a reminder we are all Human beings, Beautiful Souls and therefore we all matter.

In addition, I hope to inspire the writers and artists among us to also use this topic for an article, story, poem, photograph, paint or any other piece of art and help me and many Human Rights Organizations to spread this information of huge importance.
Please be so kind to inform me, if you do; would love to read or view your input 😉

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Article 1 ~ Right to Equality

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

My personal view:

Regardless where we were born and into which family, or even the way we were conceived, we are all created by human beings and therefore: we are ALL Human Beings. As an infant, we don’t have a clue yet about violence, racism or other behaviors that could change our life entirely. To survive, is one of our basic instincts and all we want is food, shelter and a safe place to sleep. Most of all, I believe, we want to be loved and embraced… just for who we are. That basic need will never leave us and it is our birthright to get.

We humans are the only species on earth, who know that it knows (phrase Mr. Leen Mees) and we should, in my opinion, take care of this fact more thoughtfully. Yes, we are all born free and equal in dignity and rights. That doesn’t mean we should take it for granted, demand it or even worse; literally kill each other for that right.

Like the first article of our universal human rights describes; we should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. As evolved creatures, we should always choose peaceful ways to stand up for our rights, civil ways at the least and not turn to inhuman disgraceful alternatives.
I truly believe, we all now by heart, by or instincts given at birth, how to ‘be good’. It’s a choice how to go through life, to try to understand each other, to be tolerant, to be(come) a Beautiful Soul.

Let’s not forget: We are ALL born naked 😉

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What (a) Dreampack is to me: READ

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Resources:
Human Rights Library, University of Minnesota: http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/  (in more languages available)
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights
United Nations: http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

Be Your Own Best Role Model – & – Guest Blog Post: “Learning to make homes,” in Elizabeth Semende’s exact words

Thank you, Ryan McGuire.

Role models can be great. They provide wisdom for how to get where we’d like to be.

Take care, though.

In our eagerness, we risk blindness and deafness to how sometimes they’re better examples of what not to do. Of the ones we love, those who are closest to us, their familiarity can feel like normalcy.

The amazing poem posted by afroliz of Zimbabwe that follows illustrates what I’m trying to say.

I believe we must all continually work to be our own best role models. Let us be lighthearted in working toward that goal. Let us be as serious as happiness when it comes to understanding which role models we might already have unwittingly chosen.

I said these words.

In these places where women come to die

My mother’s words take turns to hit my ears:

“When you find a man, carve a home beneath his pride and

learn to make homes from nothing.”
Then I screamed: Mother this is not my home!

This is not a home!

It carries the weight of a man’s pride

the same way corpses carry the weight of tombstones​

In silence.

Mother did not listen.
She too found a home

In these places where nothing remains

but a swam of men urinating on the flame of our souls

She said: that is how we make homes out of nothing

By carrying the weight of a man’s pride

In silence.

© Elizabeth Semende

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Guest Blog Post: “I Lost Focus and How I Gain It Back,” in Kally’s exact words

Blogger Kally offers tried and true advice for work.
Blogger Kally offers on-the-job advice.

Exhausted inside and out? From skin to soul? Blogger Kally, who currently lives in Kuala Lampur, shares how she found her way back to wholeness …

MiddleMe

Exhausted without sleeping for anything more than 4 hours a day, physically and mentally I must admit I wasn’t ready to go through 7 months of sleepless nights. Oh, I don’t have a problem sleeping, if that is what you are thinking. Give me a room with soft pillows and queen sized bed, I’ll knock out as soon as you leave the room. My problem is the nightly feeds that I am fully in charge of. My little one feeds every 3 hours, hence the minute my body relaxes into the deep sleep, I am woken up by her hunger cries again.

Stubborn as I was, I’m still going on a full charge in accepting projects from my clients and handling housework on my own. At some point, I begin to lose focus. I went into the supermarket one day and totally forgotten what I need to buy. I nearly…

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