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Father’s Day honors fathers and celebrates the influence father’s make in their children’s lives.
Many countries around the world celebrate the day. Father’s Day became a recognized holiday in the early 20th century, following the recognition of Mother’s Day – a holiday that was founded by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother.
The first celebration of Father’s Day was at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington in 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father, a Civil war veteran, William Jackson Smart, a single parent who raised his six children. After hearing a sermon about Anna Jarvis’s Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that Father’s should have a similar holiday honoring them.
Although it did not catch on right away, by the 1930s, Dodd stepped up the process to raise awareness for the holiday on a national level. However, it wasn’t until the mid 1966, when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard signed it into law in 1972.
Growing up and today, I have so many wonderful memories of my Father, Len, and my mother, Kathleen, who are both in their 80s.
My father, a college professor, PhD and author, continues to be a wonderful role model as loving, caring father.
Our education was top priority always. He taught my brothers, sister and I, to always be the best we can be and to pursue our dreams. He instills positive family values and lives by their example.
He and my mother set an amazing legacy of what a loving marriage should be.
Below is a poem I’d like to dedicate to my father and all the men in my family and to father’s everywhere:
What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad
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STOP and Smell the Flowers!
Do you find yourself rushing off to work in the morning, and getting home late every night?
Are you taking meals in the car or at your computer?
When you look at your calendar for the week, do you find that you are ever overwhelmed by the endless schedule of activities?
As the years pass by, do you find them getting shorter and shorter with dreams and vacations always put on the back burner?
It’s important for your health, well-being and success to stop and smell the flowers – or the coffee – EVERY DAY!
TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF LIFE
*Look at your calendar. Is every meeting and every appointment absolutely necessary? You might find you can combine a few meetings and/or eliminate one or two.
*Are you driving all over town without any plan? Try to organize your meetings in certain areas of town back-to-back. You might also want to coordinate meetings out of the office only 1 day a week. This will save on time and gas money.
*Make a part of every evening and weekends an opportunity to spend quality time with your family. Prepare dinner and weekend meals together. Use this time for uninterrupted conversation minus the electronics. Plan family activities.
*Enjoy the moment – the wind on your face, the taste of morning coffee, the sun on your shoulders.
*When you’re eating a meal – Sit down to a table or to nature, and enjoy your meal. Taste it. Eat natural, fresh foods and produce. You’ll feel better and find you need less food to satisfy you.
*Meditate and Pray every day. Give thanks for what you have.
*Write down your goals and dreams. Look at them often. You’ll find by doing this, you’ll begin to see them transpire in your life.
*If you are unhappy or depressed, look inside honestly and work to change what is ailing you. Seek counsel if necessary.
*Whether at home or at work – ask for the guidance and support you need – Delegate when possible.
*Plan ahead for vacations, weekend trips and special getaways that you can look forward to.
*Start TODAY to create love and happiness in your life. It starts with you. Express your love with a card, a text or a small token of your affection.
*Put a smile on someone’s face and SMILE a lot!
A friend of mine recently lost a young family member in an accident. Another person I know lost their parent suddenly. Don’t let a tragic event find you wishing you spent more time with a friend or loved one.
Take heed that it is the QUALITY of life, and the deep personal relationships that bring meaning – not the superficial material things we can’t take with us.
Enjoy simply delicious living EVERYDAY.
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A Simply Delicious Podcast - Luck of the Irish? You Decide.
Direct from the Writer’s Desk, Maryann Ridini Spencer shares a NEW way to look at “the luck of the Irish!” To Create Your Own Luck!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
SimplyDeliciousLiving.tv’s Maryann Ridini Spencer interviews Barbara A. Berg, author of “Ring Shui”
Maryann: Barbara, in your book RING SHUI you talk about the importance of rings on one’s fingers. This month is Valentine’s Day. How can single people bring romance into their lives?
Barbara: Rings play an amazing part in shifting our energy and amplifying our dreams and desires. They also play a very important part in the “wooing” and “courting phases” of developing relationships. They actually send off many signals as to whether to come closer or not.
While more men are beginning to wear more rings on more fingers, they still don’t wear them to the degree that women do, and their inner energy is still quite different from female energy when it comes to how they connect in relationships. Because of that, I have some similar and some different input on what single men can do to bring romance into their lives, and what women can do.
Single people of all ages:
1. A good start is to make a point of wearing no rings on your thumbs or middle fingers when you are going to look for love. Middle finger energy can come across as you need to overly protect your heart from hurt and even seeming like you are “commitment phobic”. They also can express some inner anger about being hurt before Thumb rings set you up to connect in a way that can be either overly giving and unable to receive and/or being controlling and power hungry. These aspects are not good beginnings for love. (This is true for both men and women.)
2. Wearing a ring you like that does not have a major connection to your family of origin or a past love on your right ring finger is a beautiful expression of authentic self-love that can subconsciously inspire someone to be drawn to you and want to “down the road”, put a ring on your left ring finger as a betrothed love. Make a point of the ring not looking like a wedding ring of some sort so it doesn’t invite someone to think you are already connected to a love relationship of some intimate sort. This is especially a good idea for women. Men can wear a ring there also, but it is not as important for a man to do as for a woman, especially if he is truly sincere about finding someone to truly bond with and love.
3. Especially for women, if you have been wearing a ring on your right ring finger, and you are growing impatient about meeting someone, wear a ring on your right index finger also and make a point of actively getting out and going to new and unusual places that are safe and interesting to meet people. If a man wants to be creative in putting out “love seeking energy”, try wearing a ring on your right ring finger or right index finger. This just might “stir up the pot” and bring some new and interesting love energy in. – I advise men to try this for very short periods of time such as couple of days at a time, especially on the index finger and see what happens. Women can generally wear rings on their index fingers for longer periods of time and feel ok about it, as more women do this than men. However, more and more men are wearing rings on especially their right ring fingers. See what feels comfortable to you.
Maryann: How can those in a relationship and/or married continue to create romance?
Barbara: If you are married, wear your wedding ring and engagement ring. If you haven’t been wearing your wedding rings or engagement rings, put them on. You don’t have to explain; just slip it on and give your beloved a card saying you love them and see what happens. – Don’t feel you have to wait for Valentine’s Day. If you are a woman and are wearing your wedding ring and engagement ring, also wear a ring you got from your beloved on your right ring finger. This supports your love. If you don’t have one from him, get yourself a fun ring you like and place it there. See what happens.
Whether you are married or not, place a creative and possibly glamorous ring on your right or left index finger, and see what happens. If you feel you need some help in dealing with your relationship, the right index finger can be your best friend. This is especially a good idea for women. A creative man could try wearing a ring on his right index finger and come up with a creative way to express his love for his intimate person that is new for both of them. See what happens.
Maryann: What are the suggested stones or types of rings to create romance?
Barbara: Silver is known for love and gold is known for power. Sometimes wearing a mixture of both can bring in some nice energy from others. Choose the color of metal that looks and feels best on you. Also, for women, wear the color of metal that you would most want to get from a beloved down the road.
For women, a pink color on the stone or gem helps bring on healing and love. Rose quartz is a good idea. So is blue Topaz. Onyx is a good, solid stone for a man to wear on his right ring finger. That can help attract women to him. (I do not advise men to wear pinkie rings when they are looking for love. That does not come across as being sincere.)
Maryann: Why is wearing rings on the middle finger a No-No?
Barbara: They are especially unhelpful when actively looking for love, as they can invite conflict, anger, and/or gaminess from others- and they can bring out the “worst” in you.
Maryann: When rings are on for specific reasons, should a person also express affirmations? Explain.
Barbara: Yes. When you place a ring on your finger, look into the mirror and say out loud to yourself what you want this ring to represent to you- and say it over when you look at your ring and think about love. For instance, when your place a ring on your right ring finger and you are looking for love, say to yourself, “I am drawing to myself the kind of love that reminds me of how much I truly love myself and deserve to be loved. I am ready to receive and give the best love I ever have had in this life time.” That’s a good line for a woman to say. A good line for a man to say is, “I am drawing to me a person I want to shower my love upon that reflects the love I have for myself. I will also receive love from that person simultaneously as I choose them to love and they will hopefully choose me. (Due to the differences in testosterone and estrogen, it is still a good idea to let the man make the first more and as a woman, smile and stand perfectly still. When woman do most of the “wooing work” in the beginning, they become the man in the relationship. I learned from some pretty bright women that the princess tends to try too hard but the Queen stands still. He’ll enjoy coming to you, especially when you reward him with lovely appreciation.)
Maryann: Do Ring Shui principles apply the same way for men as they do for women?
Barbara: They apply similarly. However, due to the built-in hormonal incentive to take action when a man is so inspired, he is less inclined to need his energy amplified by a ring to pursue a woman and connect with her if she is interested. Women tend to wear more rings anyway, and rings can actually boost their self- esteem more as adornment tends to mean more to women than men. However if you are a man who likes rings, by all means wear them. Just don’t get too picky. (In my findings, interestingly enough, I have found that single men who wear no rings are less picky about small things than men who wear them. They also tend to be more straightforward and “what you see if what you get”. However, men who wear rings do tend to love themselves- and that can set them up to want to give a lot to a woman when they are inspired. They just might be choosier in whom they desire. But then again, they are very lucky to have any one of us women!)
For more information, visit: RingShui.com
By Maryann Ridini Spencer, VC Style
While exact numbers for holiday gift expenditures in 2011 are still to be tallied, according to the American Research Group, Inc., consumers from around the country planned to spend an average of $646.
One way to make the holidays greener, help preserve our environment and protect its natural resources, and perhaps even keep a little more green in your wallet, is to commit to green gift giving and not only for the holidays, but all year long.
Would you like to present a friend or loved one with a unique gift?
Try a gift hunt to an antique or thrift store. Treasures abound from vintage houseware items to paintings, lamps, jewelry, books, estate sale masterpieces and designer duds. If you feel your recipient might prefer selecting their own gem, many stores also offer gift certificates.
by Maryann Ridini Spencer for VC Style
The Jeffrey Foundation (TheJeffreyFoundation.com), a non-profit Child Care/Resource Center offering educational services, childcare and counseling for special needs children, was founded by Alyce Morris Winston in 1972.
Over the past 40 years, the Foundation, which strives to improve the quality of life for special needs children (ages 18 months through 18 years), serves children with such diseases as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism. Other children enrolled in their programs have a variety of physical impediments or are victims of abuse, neglect or in utero drug exposure.
At the Foundation, children and families are served through a variety of community-based therapeutic, recreational, educational and social programs including childcare, preschool, K-12 educational programming, speech therapy, occupational therapy, life skills, parenting education, after-school activities and social events.
While the Foundation serves the greater Los Angeles area, Morris Winston is also involved in a national and international outreach program, Special Child USA. Via Special Child, Morris Winston consults with other cities, states and even countries that are interested in developing similar childcare and resource centers.
“There are over 30,000 disabled youth in Los Angeles County that are in need of special interventions,” said Morris Winston. “Our Foundation is the only one of its kind in LA and we only have a capacity of only 124 children per day, and 40 families per month. So the need is great — not just in Los Angeles, but everywhere.”
Morris Winston, whose adopted son Jeffrey, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was two, abandoned her career as a Max Factor model and began the Foundation after discovering that there was not enough appropriate child care, resources or support for families with special needs children. What began in her living room is now housed in two professional buildings on West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles.
“Most of The Jeffrey Foundation’s students are referred by Child Protective Services or a Regional Center,” said Morris Winston. “Many of the families are headed by single mothers with multiple children. In the Foundation’s Parent Training program, over 85% of the children are in foster care and 10% are living with a parent who has lost custody at least once due to child abuse, neglect, maltreatment or abandonment.”
The emphasis of the classes and programs, which are inclusive, aim to build core competencies such as cognitive skill building, language development, gross and fine motor skills and social and emotional development, as well as provide health and nutrition education.
“We also strive to enrich our student’s lives by giving them the opportunity to enjoy some recreation and special events. We encourage them to learn and appreciate art, music and nature. Our mission is to improve the quality of every aspect of their live as well as serve as a support for their families,” said Morris Winston.
The current economic climate, and cuts in federal and state funding, are severely impacting the Foundation’s ability to keep some of their programs alive. To offset some of the negative impact, Morris Winston recently came up with the creative idea of “Project 40″ in honor of the Foundation’s 40 years.
Project 40 will be a series of 40 events and happenings to fight the economic turndown. Last night, one of the Foundation’s friends, Lladro Boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, hosted a kickoff reception and launch of the YES! Network (Executives for Special Needs Children and their Families). The YES! group will spearhead many of the Project 40 programs which will take place in Southern California as well as nationally.
Morris Winston hopes that through the YES! Network, different members of the business community will also become engaged to network, cross promote, as well as lend their expertise and support in developing new programs and fundraisers to sponsor and boost the Foundation’s needed programs.
“We support the community, and we need assistance from those in the community and beyond,” said Morris Winston. It does take a village and we want to be around for the next 40 years!”
To find out more about The Jeffrey Foundation, Project 40 and the YES! Network, visit: