Blogging A to Z: U: U.S.A.

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Today is U – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

U is for the U.S. of A.

As a Canadian, I am not immune to the politics of the south. What happens in the U.S. definitely has an effect on Canada. And now, with DT45 (sorry – but cannot say/write his name), the ripples are turning into damaging waves. Not only for Canada, but for the rest of the world.

I have already told my husband I will not travel to the U.S. while DT is in office. I feel lest safe about travelling there, and we usually go several times a year. (I will miss our yearly trip to Saratoga)

I ended up trying mind mapping and I apologize, as it got very negative. But I am afraid, that is what the vibe this Canadian is getting from the U.S government.

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Blogging A to Z: T – Travel

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Today is T – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

T is for Travel

I really believe that travel expands our minds, our hearts and our beliefs. It really can transform us. There is so much diversity in the world and travelling allows us to see so much. Yet it also allows us to see that people are so much like us.

A Mark Twain said:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” 

Scary statistics – only 46% of Americans have valid passport and lowest number in  pro-Trump states.  Read whole article here.

Check here for 10 reasons to Travel

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Blogging A to Z: S – Struggles

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Today is S – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

S is for Struggles

We all face challenges and struggles in our lives. We all fall or fail. But we define ourselves in how we face those struggles and the times we fail.

Nelson Mandela’s words come from much experience and speak of the power and wisdom of this great hero.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”      Nelson Mandela

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Blogging A to Z: R – Regrets

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Today is R – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

R is for Regrets

I have to agree with H. Jackson Browne who I quoted in yesterday’s post on “Quotes“. I have definitely regretted the things I did not do:

-going to to Norway

-divorcing my ex sooner

-signing a publishing contract

There have been others as well and even though I have failed in some things I did, or gotten hurt, I don’t regret loving or leaving certain people, leaving jobs, or spending money on certain things (including a black sports car).

Life shouldn’t be about regret.

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Blogging A to Z: Q – Quotes

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Today is Q – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

Q is for Quotes

For as long as I can remember, I have been collecting quotes and inspiring stories in journals. I have well over a dozen such books. I use these quotes for creating art quote cards and even canvases.

Quotes provide just the right message when you need it. Currently, I am creating “speak out” quote cards for the ABC Wednesday Challenge. (here is a link to my latest)

Here are a few of my favourite quotes – ones that have special meaning for me:

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Blogging A to Z – P: Pets

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Today is P – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

P is for Pets

For most of my life I have had pets – dogs and cats for sure, birds and fish, and even mice, a rat, lizard, hamsters to name a few.

There is something special, especially for children, to have a pet, care for it and bond with it. Yes, there is much sadness when they die, but the bond brings so much their growth as a caring human being.

I still miss our cat. We had her for 21 years and she has been gone over 3 years now. Her photo graces our dining room wall. I cannot imagine having another pet still. Maybe a dog would get me walking every day – but I’m not ready for that yet.

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Blogging A to Z: N – Nature

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Today is N – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

N is for Nature

This afternoon I took my camera outside to capture some of the new flowers that have sprung up the past few days. Nothing better than to see spring in full force.

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To be able to see green and flowers, open places, trees, water is a joy. Even in our city there are lots of places to stroll and see nature’s best.

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Blogging A to Z: M for Mor

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Today is M – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal every day.

 

M is for More

A book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – I Wish You More”- has started a movement. The yellow umbrella has become her symbol, urging us to do more, be more, love more.

I know I have been moved by her work, her videos, her message.  Take time to read her books, watch her TED talks.

Check here and here for more about this amazing woman

April 29th is Amy’s birthday and we are all asked to Do #More. What will you do?

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Blogging A to Z – L for Languages

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Today is L – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

 

L is for Languages

There are well over 6,000 languages in the world. That is an amazing number. Languages can vary from region to region, even town to town. No wonder it can be a challenge to communicate.

Canada has two official languages – French and English. Although as we become more diverse, many more languages can be heard in all corners of the country.

I grew up hearing French and although I can speak it as a native, I don’t use it much. Learning more than one language greatly enhances one’s brain power though. And opens up many doors.

The more we travel, the more we communicate with people from around the world, the more open we become to different cultures.  Language can either separate us or draw us closer together.

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