A Tribute To Olympic Families.

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The Olympics are over. How awe inspiring they have been! The healthy sporting attitudes of all the athletes, have been exemplary.Goals and dreams have been achieved , and medals have been won.

The support and love of the parents’, have had much prominence in the many interviews, and the ads showing their family dynamics. The two girks Heather Humphreys and Kaille  Morse, who won the gold medal in bobsledding, jumped up and down. The women’s Hockey game changed the medal rating, and it was all topped off by the curling team and the men’s Hockey . Canada is number one in the world , for men’s and woman’s Hockey Wow!

 

The profiles of the families have been displayed so well, showing the values and the discipline of the parent, and giving the child the choice of knowing what sport to choose.. The attitudes and philosophy of the  families have been very well represented, and the parents, grandparent and aunts and uncles were all watching the events where ever they were to cheer and rejoice in the results.It is wonderful to see the youth of Canada achieving the results of their hard earned efforts , from the past years of training. I am proud to be Canadian.

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Five Hostess Gifts

I have friends who often give me chocolates from the Christmas season that people had given them. There are only so many chocolates that a person can eat. I think it is great if we can substitute all this sugar for a nice book. I have chosen ones that I have received over the years, but there are others that I think are a good gift..
My own little book. “ A Little Bit Of Heaven Is” is a series of quotes that inspire and uplift my spirits throughout the day, or as an alternative to getting angry or frustrated. My favorite quote is ” Knowing that all women have an innate sense that a hug and a kiss can cure almost anything.” I sometimes read a quote to begin my day over a cup of coffee. Other ways to use the book is when you are on a coffee break, or stuck in a traffic jam. Have one in your glove compartment to help you refocus your thoughts.. My friend’s daughter helped me illustrate my book, and I drew a few pictures myself..

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My second book is a similar one to mine except it is written by an expert, Dr David Hawkins, a big friend of Linus Pauling who won a Nobel Peace prize. It gives 365 days of quotes each one thought provoking and insightful. These quotes offer insights into our own awareness of our consciousness, and once one understands the meaning behind the daily verses it can elevate your awareness to make progress.” The willingness to forgive others is reflected in our own capacity for self-forgiveness and acceptance.”
Think about that on your way to work. This book helps you focus within and look deeply into your subconscious

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My third book is from the lovely Louise Hay, an icon in the literary field from her first book “You Can Heal Your Life”. She wrote a book full of affirmations called “ Inner Wisdom” meditations for the heart and soul.. Louise helps us to connect with our inner light. Louise is convinced that the way we begin our day, and the tone we set through our meditations in the morning, is there for the whole day. When we go out I even have an affirmation for my car, like I bless everyone who is driving on the road, and I wish everyone a safe journey, even if the weather in Winter is not ideal to drive in. There are so many affirmations that can help us from her book. It is difficult to know which ones to choose, but I love one that says. ’I am willing to learn something new every day”, or ‘ I have unlimited potential” or even better “ I am motivated by love”
This is a great addition to a library for anyone, especially someone who is in the hospital or house bound.

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My fourth book is one of my favorite authors Dr Wayne Dyer. Everyone of his books are recommended, but the one I really like is ‘ Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life”. Doctor Wayne has applied the wisdom of the Tao, an ancient text of eighty one verses, and applied its lessons to every day life for us all to apply to our modern world. It is an excellent practical resource on topics such as living creatively, or living beyond the ego. Staying calm is one that really helps as many people I notice even in this season of joy, and peace are angry and frustrated when the parking spaces are taken in the malls or reckless driving on the snowy roads. Naturally to go within is the answer tom all of life’s challenges. To remain calm in the midst of a crisis is to be aware of, and responsible for, what you are feeling. This book is a life changer if you want to apply it to your life. It is another great hostess gift.

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My fifth book is a delightful coffee table asset. It was written by Dawn Abernathy. The title is ‘Nature Speaks” : a series of beautiful photos taken by Dawn highlight the book whose message is one that leads us to spirit through observing birds, animals and the whole of our beautiful world.
Dawn relates to us by knowing that if we all lived through our heart center , our lives are peaceful, happy, and full of love. Awesome Dawn!

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The Olympics

 

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The world comes together for the Olympics! What wonderful lessons we can learn from  our young people! They are great models of behaviour for the many young people who say I am bored or on drugs, or wasting time and energy on unproductive things.

The media coverage of the athletes are great , giving a more humane element to describe the person, the background and family of origin. The parents of the athletes were shown the , humble beginings of some , and the wonderful attitudes, on how they raised their children to help them to where they are today.

It is the passion and the challenge that stands out, the determination to excel and succeed. Each athlete had a goal and then put in the great effort to accomplish it. The medals speak for themselves. I loved the Lapointe sisters, all three in the same race. One achieving gold, one silver and the third one in twelfth place. what proud moms and dads . I loved the attitude of Mark Mc Morrissey, his first time in the Olympics and he won a bronze medal. Mark’s lovely manner makes him fans of many young people. I hope he gets more popular than Justin Beiber. W hat a great role model you are for your generation! Way to go Mark!!! I loved the ice-skating and the great support the other team members had for each other. I loved the Jamaican bobsled team who did not have the money to come to the Olympics, but put an ad on the Internet and the world sopported them.. What great Global Support.. Hope the politicians are learning from this. What a peaceful world we could have!

The attidude of the Olympics is co-operation and healthy competition, and great sportsmanship. The long distance skier from Peru  came in a mile behind the winner , but the winner  was right there on the finishing line to greet him. How great! I am so proud of our Canadian Youth , and the Sochi Olympics.dae0bc00-91bb-11e3-b08b-092c4f740067_468077569 Russia has shown to be great hosts, and making sure that all athletes are safe and protected.

Pamella’s Ways to Help in Your Community at Christmas

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Develop an attitude of gratitude for what you have when you serve, it gives you a chance to develop. Most people have sympathy towards an others plight, but empathy sees another situation in order to develop compassion. . When one sees someone that is found dead on the street which is not uncommon , it is a sad reflection of a society that is so uncaring . We cannot judge an others circumstances around that persons situation. I know I would not want my life to end this way.

I have made some suggestions  to help out at this time of the year, to give assistance to those who are on the street or who are lonely My first option is to help out at a soup kitchen. You are preparing sandwiches, and soup and serving it to the customers. This can be very rewarding.

My second suggestion is to volunteer at the food bank ,stacking  shelves or driving around picking up goods.. In my building we recycle bottles, and the depots give money for the various cans , bottles etc. Another project I do is the Samaritan purse project or shoe box campaign. The box is filled with appropriate toys or school supplies for a girl or boy and a certain age group and then sent to over one hundred and thirty countries..

I love the idea of singing carols, especially in the malls or even on the street at this time of year. Children especially bring joy and gladness , sounding like little angels .It would be great to organize a group to do this in your community. Having an open house for friends and neighbors is a great way to see people rather than cooking big meals, and feeling tired afterwards.. This year I am having a Christmas  tea, so I will make some sandwiches, have a bakery make scones and then I will make a trifle . Less trouble than cooking a roast and  doing vegetables etc.

A retirement community is having a Scrooge breakfast, you buy a gift card for entrance . This year the cards are to support teenagers in the town , and then you receive your breakfast .Thus  a member of the community benefits and you receive your breakfast. These are just a few suggestions that people can do to help serve in your neighborhood. It is simple acts that make us truly appreciate each other .My  book The Global Christmas ,encourages  people to share and care not just for  day or two for  all. let’s make the world a better place to live in.

The shops are full of gifts and toys

.Ornaments and trinkets, does this create joy?

The sparkling lights are on the Christmas tree

.The message of the season is peace within you, and me.

Your credit card is often used to buy those glittering things.

What about giving from the heart.It doesn’t cost a thing.

Do you give a gift to impress, because it has a designer label.

What about a personal item from your kitchen table?.

It is the season where we can share in joy and love.

Let’s take a message of peace from a beautiful bird called a dove

Pamella Renzi B.A. B. Ed.M.D.

Ways to Help in Your Community at Christmas

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Develop an attitude of gratitude for what you have when you serve, it gives you a chance to develop. Most people have sympathy towards an others plight, but empathy sees another situation in order to develop compassion. . When one sees someone that is found dead on the street which is not uncommon , it is a sad reflection of a society that is so uncaring . We cannot judge an others circumstances around that persons situation. I know I would not want my life to end this way.

I have made some suggestions  to help out at this time of the year, to give assistance to those who are on the street or who are lonely My first option is to help out at a soup kitchen. You are preparing sandwiches, and soup and serving it to the customers. This can be very rewarding.

My second suggestion is to volunteer at the food bank ,stacking  shelves or driving around picking up goods.. In my building we recycle bottles, and the depots give money for the various cans , bottles etc. Another project I do is the Samaritan purse project or shoe box campaign. The box is filled with appropriate toys or school supplies for a girl or boy and a certain age group and then sent to over one hundred and thirty countries..

I love the idea of singing carols, especially in the malls or even on the street at this time of year. Children especially bring joy and gladness , sounding like little angels .It would be great to organize a group to do this in your community. Having an open house for friends and neighbors is a great way to see people rather than cooking big meals, and feeling tired afterwards.. This year I am having a Christmas  tea, so I will make some sandwiches, have a bakery make scones and then I will make a trifle . Less trouble than cooking a roast and  doing vegetables etc.

A retirement community is having a Scrooge breakfast, you buy a gift card for entrance . This year the cards are to support teenagers in the town , and then you receive your breakfast .Thus  a member of the community benefits and you receive your breakfast. These are just a few suggestions that people can do to help serve in your neighborhood. It is simple acts that make us truly appreciate each other .My  book The Global Christmas ,encourages  people to share and care not just for  day or two for  all. let’s make the world a better place to live in.

The shops are full of gifts and toys

.Ornaments and trinkets, does this create joy?

The sparkling lights are on the Christmas tree

.The message of the season is peace within you, and me.

Your credit card is often used to buy those glittering things.

What about giving from the heart.It doesn’t cost a thing.

Do you give a gift to impress, because it has a designer label.

What about a personal item from your kitchen table?.

It is the season where we can share in joy and love.

Let’s take a message of peace from a beautiful bird called a dove

Pamella Renzi B.A. B. Ed.M.D.

Christmas Carols

Christmas carols have been around for many, many years. Sometimes we add a new one, and it becomes the seasonal favorite like the Little Drummer, however many old songs are from ancient times.

I love to hear singing in the malls, as well as church, especially the children who look and sound like angels. In England the famous boys choir from public schools like Eton are often the highlight of the season. The week before Christmas each night the event on the television was quite the ritual. The choir members both adults and boys wore the bright red cassocks with the lace collars, and they look and sound that they came from a heavenly realm.

I love most carols. I cannot say I have a favorite, but they all have a certain appeal depending on what you liked about the season. Coming from a Christian background. One carol I love for the tune and the words is “Do You Hear What I Hear” The words awaken the senses for you to become alert to the events happening. The wind tells the lamb. The lamb tells the shepherd boy, and so on till the king is alerted to the birth of the child who brings peace and joy.

“The Holly And The Ivy” is an all time favorite for me. The holly bush produces the lovely berries and it is used in wreaths or in a decoration. The vivid colors of the leaves and berries are awesome. It grows in the hedge groves in the country lanes in England. It is the plant for the season just as the poinsettia is in Mexico. The words of the song explain the similarities in the sing to the virgin Mary:

The holly bears a berry as red as any blood,
and the prickle bears a resemblance to a thorn.

This makes it like a crown in the comparison of trees. Thus it is a tree suitable for a king.

My next two carols were always favorites in the classroom, especially with little children. ‘Frosty The Snowman” who is happier to see a pile of snow coming to be human for a while and then disappearing, but promises to come back next year, with his corncob pipe and his button nose and coal for his eyes.. It would be interesting to know where the children would get the coal today if they were making the snowman. As a child I could just go in the backyard.

Rudolph was the reindeer with that red nose, who was not popular with the herd, but Santa made him feel special, so then he became part of the team to drive the sleigh. This in a way is about bullying so it happened to Rudolph saying. There is a special even. Jingle bells makes everyone feel like a special event is happening.. The sound of the gigantic bells coming from a church is a way of saying something special is happening, and we still have bell ringing in the churches in England.

The carol “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” is beautiful, but it is if you want to make it that way. There are many people on the streets that are lonely and homeless. It is sad that in our modern culture that our churches, and shelters and food banks are needed to just give a hot meal. It is great if we can all serve another in some way. This makes us so much more appreciative about what we have.

I hope everyone will sing this Christmas, and share our thought and wishes to all that we know.

My 5 Favorite Christmas Books

I love to read at Christmas time.
My cup of hot chocolate is so fine.
I sit by the fire, and feel its sensation.
I open my book  and feel the fascination.
For the colors, the story and the rhyming words.
I want to spend each day like this.
So don’t disturb.
Books at this time of the year sparkle.
They capture the excitement  of the season, with their colors, and illustrations.

christmasMy first book is “The Night Before Christmas,” the author is Clement C. Moore, and this version is illustrated by Barbara Reid, an award, especially  the dancing mice, and the lovely socks.

I can almost taste the ginger cookies they look so real. This book delights adults and children alike.

christmas-carol-coverMy second book is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. The story of Scrooge is from the original movie in black and white was so touching, especially when scrooge had no compassion for the boy who was crippled. It is the story of transformation like The Ugly duckling. Scrooge has a change of heart, and after the ghosts came from his past he changes his ways. I an happy he bought the turkey , and he changed his attitude about giving. There is a lesson here for all of us!

magicalchristmasstoriesMy third book is “Magical Christmas Stories” by Maureen Spurgeon and illustrated by Gill Davies .It is a potpourri of  everything. The story of the little donkey  tells of the journey carrying Mary to the inn. Then there is the cool grandpa who wants the skateboard for Christmas.

I love the Christmas fairies that slide on icicles, and skate on ice. It also has the original Christmas story as well as Santa’s helpers, elves, and a lovely poem about a snowman .This book has a little bit of everything for the season.

9781452555881_cover.inddMy fourth book is “The Global Christmas.” This is my book. I love the rhyming and Ashley Green did a wonderful job on the illustrations. When I go into schools the children love the posters, and want to help read the book to their classmates. The message is so simple, to share and care what we have. Santa is a kind and saintly man, and no-one is left out of a gift. I believe we can change the world when we change how we think about Christmas.

bearMy last book is “The Homeless Hibernating Bear” by Kids Livin Life. Why did I chose this book  when there are so many that are brighter and colorful? The illustrations are done by children. I just loved the motive, and the caring of the kids  who did it to help, other kids. The photo pf the illustrations are on the back of the book. How beautiful is this – twelve native students getting together!

They live in Wasatch Mountains  above Salt Lake city. The story is of a bear who gets lost. It is really the story of their lives. The money raised from the book  helps other kids do things in their community that did not have a chance before. I honor and praise the effort to be motivated to do this. A great gift and model of behavior for other youth to copy.

 

What are YOUR favorite Christmas books?

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