“As long as you’re looking on the bright side of things you’ll be ignoring the not-so-good things in your life. What you give attention to grows, so if you’re focusing on what’s wrong in your life you’ll just get more of it to focus on. But if you focus on what’s right in your life, what makes you happy, what you’re grateful for, and why things are so fantastic for you, you’ll only get more of the same to be happy and grateful for. Some days are easier to face towards the sunshine than others, but it’s always there, you just have to try harder during hard times.” – BD
No, this is not symbolism; I’m actually really talking about rain here. We’re always taught, directly or indirectly, to regret the rain. To mentally throw our fist into the air and shout invisible slurs into the ears of angels; to curse the very nutrients coming down from the heavens. I may be one of the few people to actually like the rain. There is something very calming about the atmosphere when fresh rain is poured onto the ground, very soothing. Whether you’re cuddling with a spouse, enjoying a warm cup of coffee / tea, or reading a good book, you can always depend on the rain to inspire much needed meditation. Not that it’s raining now though, it’s actually nice and warm out here in Shreveport. So your probably wondering why I’d even bring up rain, just call it a random thought.
Here are some benefits of rain for the next time you find yourself wallowing in self-pity and regret because it rained on your parade—literally.
1) It puts moisture in the air
2) It helps with droughts
3) It fills streams
4) It washes away dirt from plants
5) It provides a drink for every living thing
6) It cools the temperature if it’s hot
7) It washes cars for free
8) It continues with the beneficial water cycle
9) It aids the poor in collecting water
10) It saves money from buying bottled water
11) It causes a rainbow to show up
12) It cleans roads with oil marks
13) It assists worms to move around the soil which aerates the ground
14) It can erode soil to form mountains
15) It can make certain insects and animals come out of hiding, like a snail which provides food for birds
Today’s Sunday Recipe is a nice sweet treat for all of our sugar addicts out there and is super-duper easy to make. There is also so much more you can do with this. You can make a cake or fill your pie with whatever ingredients you like. For this basic recipe you’ll need:
1 Pt. Softened Vanilla Ice Cream
8 oz Cool Whip
8 oz Whoppers Crushed (or Malted Milk Balls)
1 Graham Cracker Crust
Mix all of these delicious ingredients together. Make sure the Whoppers are crushed and be sure to leave some for the final touch.
Pour mixture into the Graham cracker crust and top with crushed or whole whoppers.
Freeze for 4 hours and top with whipped cream, more whoppers and anything else that tickles your taste buds.
This was such a difficult decision that I decided to wait until the end of November to announce this month’s Freebie Giveaway. As I have stated, I am picking two winners of a free $10 Barnes & Noble eGiftcard: one supporter from the PBS Facebook Page and one supporter from followers of the actual PBS Blog. It really boiled down to 3 main supporters. Their constant interaction continued to make this a very close call. In the end, I stuck with those who’ve been persistent in this support for this month. I need the following people to verify their e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org for your FREE Barnes & Noble e-gift card. Congratulations to:
Constance aka TehilaYah
This is a sista who supports everything that I do. Wherever I am online she is right there following. The sista is following me on sound cloud and I don’t even have anything posted lol. That’s just how dedicated she is and I love her dearly. She’s usually the first one interacting with our FB page, the first to like a post, and she also supports the actual book series Pearls Before Swine (for those who didn’t already know this is also the title to my book series), keeping in contact, her inquiries into the progress of Part 2 keeps me on my toes. Congrats Sis!
The Chatty Rachel at:
What I like most about blogging is that I get to meet a lot of new people and I get to network on a variety of different levels. I have followers who are professional chefs thanks to Recipe Sunday, subscribers who are learning different languages, professional bloggers, editors, etc. One Blogger in particular I would like to highlight is The Chatty Rachel at: https://rachelbeingchatty.wordpress.com/author/thechattyrachel/
Rachel is a big supporter in the LIKE department with a funny blog of her own that has gained over 2,000 followers (Her About Page https://rachelbeingchatty.wordpress.com/about/ ). Everything I post to my blog she likes. Her support proves that any amount of support is appreciated. Whether you subscribe to the blog, like the FB page or interact with the blog itself, every body part that does it’s job provides enough energy to keep the body moving and to keep it strong. By liking the content on this website, you help me to further understand whether or not the content is not just constant, but helpful in some way. It is because of the constant likes and comments that I know that this work is not in vain.
Congratulations Rachel and Tehilayah!
Sunlight spilling over the edge of clouds
flowers clothed in fine silk
an assembly of family and friends
a kind word playing joy against the backdrop of your heart strings
or maybe just the way that words are sculpted by other writers, ever so elegantly contextualized
what in particular insists that you MUST write?
“Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.” – W. C. Doane
“How do you tell a black woman, raising a son isn’t some type of inside joke …snickering at the soul of a single parent mother, dressing her son for graduation hoping he can make it across the stage, down the aisles or off the balcony quick enough to not be caught in his skin at the wrong time.” – Jasmine Mans