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CNA Staff (CNA) - Speaking before the recitation of the Regina Coeli April 5, the pope noted that Easter Monday is known in Italy as LunedĂŹ dell'Angelo, or the Monday of the Angel.

Referring to the Gospel reading (Matthew 28:1-15) in which Mary Magdalene and the other Mary encountered an angel at the empty tomb while looking for Jesus, he observed that the angel greeted the women with the words "Do not be afraid."

"We can reap a precious teaching from the angel's words: we should never tire of seeking the risen Christ who gives life in abundance to those who meet him," he said.

The pope gave his address in the library of the Apostolic Palace due to coronavirus restrictions. Italy entered a three-day nationwide lockdown on Saturday. Easter Monday -- also known in Italy as La Pasquetta, or "Little Easter" -- marked the final day of the lockdown, which the authorities hope will help to reduce a third wave of the virus.

Standing beneath Pietro Perugino's painting of the Resurrection, Pope Francis recalled the angel's next words to the women: "I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said."

He commented: "This expression 'He has risen' goes beyond human capacity. Even the women who had gone to the tomb and had found it open and empty could not confirm 'He has risen,' but they could only say that the tomb was empty."

"'He has risen' is a message... Only an angel could say that Jesus had risen, only an angel with the authority to be the bearer of a heavenly message, with the power given by God to say it, just as an angel -- only an angel -- had been able to say to Mary: 'You will conceive a son, [...] and he will be called the Son of the Most High' (Luke 1:31-32)."

The pope pointed out that in St. Matthew's account there was a "great earthquake" as the angel rolled back the stone at the entrance to Jesus' tomb and sat upon it.

"That large stone, that was supposed to be the seal of the victory of evil and death, was put underfoot, it becomes the footstool of the angel of the Lord. All of the plans and defenses of Jesus' enemies and persecutors were in vain. All the seals had crumbled," he said.

The image of the angel sitting on the stone before the tomb is the concrete manifestation, the visible manifestation of God's victory over evil, the manifestation of Christ's victory over the prince of this world, the manifestation of the victory of light over darkness."

"Jesus' tomb was not opened by a physical phenomenon, but by the Lord's intervention."

Francis contrasted the fear-filled reaction of the guards with that of the women at the tomb.

He said: "To find Christ means to discover peace in our hearts. The same women of the Gospel, after initially being shaken -- that is understandable -- experience great joy in discovering the Master alive."

Quoting a Communion antiphon, he continued: "In this Easter season, my wish is that everyone might have the same spiritual experience, welcoming in our hearts, in our homes, and in our families the joyful proclamation of Easter: 'Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more; death will no longer have dominion over him.'"

"The Easter proclamation is this: Christ is alive, Christ accompanies my life, Christ is beside me. Christ knocks at the door of my heart so you can let him in, Christ is alive. In these days of Easter, it would be good for us to repeat this: the Lord is alive."

The pope added that it was the Resurrection that inspired Catholics to pray the Regina Coeli prayer throughout the 50 days of Easter.

"The angel Gabriel had greeted [Mary] thus the first time: 'Rejoice, full of grace!' Now Mary's joy is complete: Jesus lives, Love has conquered. May this be our joy as well," he said.

Speaking immediately after he had recited the Regina Coeli, the pope greeted those watching via television and live stream.

"I am thinking in particular of the elderly, those who are ill, connected from their own homes or rest homes. To them, I send a word of encouragement and recognition of their witness: I am near them," he said.

Concluding his address, the pope said he hoped that everyone would live out the Easter Octave with faith.

"Take every opportune occasion to witness to the joy and peace of the Risen Lord," he urged.

"A happy, peaceful, and holy Easter to everyone! And please do not forget to pray for me."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Of Duty And Service To Both His Country And His Wife, Queen Elizabeth II

By  Ian Haworth

 

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh smiles during a visit to the headquarters of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force's (RAuxAF) 603 Squadron on July 4, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99.

The Daily Wire reported, “Buckingham Palace announced Philip’s death on Friday. The elderly prince has had a host of health problems and had surgery on his heart last month.”

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” a message posted to the royal family’s website says. “Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Born into the Greek and Danish royal families, Philip’s family was exiled from Greece — his country of birth — when he was just eighteen months old. After being educated at an American school in Paris, Cheam School in the United Kingdom, Schule Schloss Salem boarding school in Germany, and Gordonstoun School in Scotland, Philip joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 at the age of eighteen.

It was in July 1939 that he first began corresponding with Princess Elizabeth — who was thirteen-years-old at the time — whom he had first met in 1934. After graduating from the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, as the best cadet in his course, he served in the British forces during World War II.

He was appointed as a midshipman in January 1940 in the Royal Navy, spending four months on the battleship HMS Ramillies protecting Australian convoys in the Indian Ocean. He was also posted to HMS Kent, HMS Shropshire and in Ceylon. After Italy invaded Greece in October 1940, he was transferred to the battleship HMS Valiant in the Mediterranean Fleet.

He was involved in the battle of Crete, as well as the battle of Cape Matapan, and was later awarded the Greek War Cross. In 1942, he was appointed to the destroyer and flotilla leader HMS Wallace, which was involved in the Allied invasion of Sicily and the escort of convoys on the east coast of Britain.

In 1942, as second in command of HMS Wallace, he saved the ship from a night bomber attack. In 1944, he moved to the destroyer HMS Whelp, where he saw service with the British Pacific Fleet in the 27th Destroyer Flotilla, and was present in Tokyo Bay when the instrument of Japanese surrender was signed.

After the war, in 1946, Philip asked King George VI for Princess Elizabeth’s hand in marriage. King George granted his request, with a formal engagement delayed until Elizabeth turned 21 the following spring. The day prior to the wedding, King George bestowed the style of Royal Highness on Philip. On the morning of November 20, 1947 — the day of Philip and Prince Elizabeth’s wedding — Philip was made the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich of Greenwich in the County of London.

That day, Philip and Elizabeth were married at Westminster Abbey — which has hosted numerous royal weddings, including Prince William’s marriage to Catherine Middleton — while 200 million people worldwide listened to the BBC radio broadcast of the ceremony. 

In the decades that followed, Prince Philip dedicated his life to public service. In 1956, he founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which aimed to give young people “a sense of responsibility to themselves and their communities.” The award program still runs today. That same year, he opened the Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, and also became the first royal family member to cross the Antarctic Circle. 

Throughout his life, Philip was patron of approximately 800 organizations, and served as the president of many others — including the National Playing Fields Association for 64 years, and the World Wildlife Fund. He also served as chancellor of the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Salford, and Wales.

In April 2009, Prince Philip became Britain’s longest-serving royal consort. In February 2013, he became the oldest male member of the British royal family in its history. On the subject of his age in 2000, Prince Philip — who was known for his wit and dry sense of humor — said that he could not “imagine anything worse” than old age, and that he had “no desire whatsoever” to reach the age of 100-years-old, saying “bits of me are falling off already.”

It wasn’t until June 2011 that, during an interview marking his 90th birthday, Prince Philip announced that he would be reducing his duties, saying that he had “done [his] bit.” For his birthday, Queen Elizabeth gave him the title of Lord High Admiral. In August 2017, Prince Philip retired from his royal duties, meeting with Royal Marines in his final solo public engagement at the age of 96, having joined the royal family 70 years prior, and having completed a remarkable 22,219 solo engagements since 1952. In November, he celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with Queen Elizabeth.

On April 9, 2021, Prince Philip died at the age of 99, just two months before his 100th birthday. His life was an exemplary act of dutiful service to his country —and to Queen Elizabeth II — dedicating his life to both its protection during World War II, and the continuation of its centuries of tradition as a member of the royal family.

As the generations pass, Prince Philip’s style of strength, duty and honor will hopefully stand as an example to others in our ever more selfish and self-obsessed world.

Ian Haworth is an Editor and Writer for The Daily Wire. Follow him on Twitter at @ighaworth.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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The first time they remember laying eyes on each other was in 1939.

She was 13, prim and proper. He was 18 and unrefined — a dashing cadet at Britannia Royal Naval College. Europe was months away from being consumed by World War II.

Margaret Rhodes, the queen’s cousin, wrote in her 2011 autobiography, “The Final Courtesy,” that “Elizabeth was truly in love from the very beginning.”

During the war, the two exchanged letters. Philip served in the Royal Navy while she was shuffled from palace to palace as Britain was being bombed. She eventually was settled with her younger sister, Margaret, at Windsor Castle.

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Marion Crawford, who served as their governess, wrote in her memoir, “The Little Princesses,” that Elizabeth was smitten with Philip’s arresting blue eyes and Viking good looks.

But they waited until after the war to get engaged. When the crowds cheered their wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1947, neither of them expected she would be crowned queen anytime soon. Her father, King George VI, was in his early 50s. Philip, named Duke of Edinburgh, intended to continue his career in the navy. But the king died five years into their marriage, and Elizabeth became queen at the age of 25.

Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh posing for a photo: Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain walks with her family on April 19,1965 at Frogmore, Windsor, England. During a picture session taken to mark her 39th Birthday. Prince Edward, 1, is in Pram with Prince Andrew, 4, holding on. Prince Philip and their two eldest children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, the heir apparent, complete the family group. (AP Photo)© AP Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain walks with her family on April 19,1965 at Frogmore, Windsor, England. During a picture session taken to mark her 39th Birthday. Prince Edward, 1, is in Pram with Prince Andrew, 4, holding on. Prince Philip and their two eldest children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, the heir apparent, complete the family group. (AP Photo)

Philip was forced to quit his naval career. In 1992, he told an interviewer, “I’d much rather have stayed in the navy, frankly.” He later called his resignation “naturally disappointing.” By many accounts, there was real tension in the marriage, and “The Crown” strongly hints that Philip was a serial cheater.

But he and Elizabeth endured, traveling the world together and producing four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. According to Tatler, which chronicles the lives of the British royals, he teased her in private, calling her “Lilibet" and “Sausage.” Or sometimes just “Darling.”

Early in their marriage, Philip often took on the role of homemaker while his wife attended official events, according to Philip Eade’s book, “Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II." He hung pictures and moved chairs at one of the flats they shared. He loved gadgets, once picking up an electric mixer.

He even bought Elizabeth a gift that scores of husbands through the years have gifted their wives — a washing machine.

“Philip was an avid homemaker,” Eade wro

Prince Philip dies at age 99

But he was also a frustrated one. Philip did not like all the formality. He preferred carrying his own bag, making his own martinis and talking to people himself — not through memos or messengers. While he yearned to have his old military career back, royal observers have written, Philip eventually came to enjoy his role as Elizabeth’s sidekick.

If marriage is a constant give and take between husband and wife, so it was between the queen and her prince.

The queen’s job demanded she be a rigid traditionalist. But Philip was decidedly not a traditionalist in filling his royal duties.

He refused, Eade wrote, to have his speeches written by a committee of palace public relations officials. Instead, he wrote his own or simply spoke from the cuff, often leading to notable gaffes. Philip also still insisted on hanging out with his old pals at clubs, which led to constant rumors of infidelity.

But the unlikely marriage would survive Philip’s fierce independence.

One of the last public images of them together was on their 73rd anniversary last year.

They were sitting together. Elizabeth, in a pretty light purple dress. Philip in a suit. They were looking at handmade anniversary cards sent to them by their great-grandchildren. They were smiling — the queen and her prince, husband and wife, proud grandparents.

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Prince Philip's funeral will take place next Saturday, as expected, and his coffin will be processed through Windsor Castle, royal officials confirmed.

The funeral will be at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at 3 p.m. U.K. time (10 a.m. ET) and will be broadcast live. The first details were confirmed at a briefing held by palace officials on Saturday.

It will be known as a ceremonial royal funeral and not a state funeral, which are generally reserved for monarchs. The funeral plans take into account the country's COVID guidelines and is "much reduced in scale with no public access," a palace spokesman said.

The funeral will take place entirely within the grounds of the castle and plans have been given final approval by the Queen but they "still very much reflect the personal wishes of the Duke. The occasion will still celebrate and recognize the Duke's life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the U.K. and the Commonwealth."

The late royal is currently lying at rest at Windsor Castle.

On the day of the funeral, at around 2:40 p.m in the U.K. (9:40 a.m. ET) on April 17, Philip's coffin will be moved in a small ceremonial procession from the state entrance to the castle to the chapel. The funeral will begin with a nationally-observed minute's silence at 10 a.m. (3 p.m. ET).

"While this is naturally a time of sadness and mourning for the royal family and the many others who knew and admired the Duke of Edinburgh, it is hoped that the coming days will also be seen as an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable life: Remarkable both in terms of his vast contribution and lasting legacy," the Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a hat: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Prince Philip© Provided by People Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Prince Philip

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Officials would not confirm Philip's future resting place, but he will initially be laid to rest in the crypt at the chapel. His coffin will be carried on a customized Land Rover – something that the keen designer took a leading role in modifying.

His naval cap and sword will be on top of his personal standard that will be draped over the coffin. A wreath of flowers will also decorate the coffin.

It will be one of two Land Rovers in his cortege. The congregation will be in line with national guidelines that limit guests to 30 people. However, that doesn't include the attendants and clergy, which will be led by the Dean of Windsor David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

The funeral will be held in line with the appropriate U.K. government guidelines, officials said. The palace hopes that people will not converge on Windsor Castle to lay flowers or pay their respects on the day, but stay at home and watch the service on the television.

Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are posing for a picture: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip© Provided by People Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Organized by the Lord Chamberlain, the funeral was to have included representatives from the charities that were associated with the Duke of Edinburgh during his long life of public service, in addition to foreign heads of state and other royal families that he was friendly with. Philip — a Greek and Danish prince by birth — was related to several royal houses across Europe. It remains to be seen who will be allowed to be at the ceremony.  

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a suit and tie© Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Prince Philip

While the country is expected to go into a period of 10 days of mourning, the royal household will do so for 30 days, and guardsmen will be seen with black armbands on their tunics during that period. Flags on government buildings are expected to stay at half staff until the end of the day of the funeral. 

There are likely to be more announcements via the media in the coming days. The original pre-COVID arrangements would have seen his coffin being taken to the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in the next couple of days.

After a week there, it was set to move across Marlborough Road to the Queen's Chapel where his four children Prince CharlesPrincess AnnePrince Andrew and Prince Edward were set to make a vigil.

On the eighth day after Philip's passing on April 9, his coffin was planned to be taken on a gun carriage in a procession from the chapel, with members of the royal family somberly walking behind him. It would then have headed out past the Queen Victoria Monument, up Constitutional Hill and through Wellington A


Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a suit and tie: Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Prince Philip© Provided by People Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Prince Philip

Prince Philip's funeral will take place next Saturday, as expected, and his coffin will be processed through Windsor Castle, royal officials confirmed.

The funeral will be at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at 3 p.m. U.K. time (10 a.m. ET) and will be broadcast live. The first details were confirmed at a briefing held by palace officials on Saturday.

It will be known as a ceremonial royal funeral and not a state funeral, which are generally reserved for monarchs. The funeral plans take into account the country's COVID guidelines and is "much reduced in scale with no public access," a palace spokesman said.

RELATED: Meghan Markle Will Not Be at Prince Philip's Funeral, Prince Harry 'Planning to Attend'

The funeral will take place entirely within the grounds of the castle and plans have been given final approval by the Queen but they "still very much reflect the personal wishes of the Duke. The occasion will still celebrate and recognize the Duke's life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the U.K. and the Commonwealth."

The late royal is currently lying at rest at Windsor Castle.

On the day of the funeral, at around 2:40 p.m in the U.K. (9:40 a.m. ET) on April 17, Philip's coffin will be moved in a small ceremonial procession from the state entrance to the castle to the chapel. The funeral will begin with a nationally-observed minute's silence at 10 a.m. (3 p.m. ET).

"While this is naturally a time of sadness and mourning for the royal family and the many others who knew and admired the Duke of Edinburgh, it is hoped that the coming days will also be seen as an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable life: Remarkable both in terms of his vast contribution and lasting legacy," the Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

© Provided by People Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Prince Philip

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Officials would not confirm Philip's future resting place, but he will initially be laid to rest in the crypt at the chapel. His coffin will be carried on a customized Land Rover – something that the keen designer took a leading role in modifying.

His naval cap and sword will be on top of his personal standard that will be draped over the coffin. A wreath of flowers will also decorate the coffin.

It will be one of two Land Rovers in his cortege. The congregation will be in line with national guidelines that limit guests to 30 people. However, that doesn't include the attendants and clergy, which will be led by the Dean of Windsor David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

The funeral will be held in line with the appropriate U.K. government guidelines, officials said. The palace hopes that people will not converge on Windsor Castle to lay flowers or pay their respects on the day, but stay at home and watch the service on the television.

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a suit and tie: Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Prince Philip© Provided by People Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Prince Philip

Prince Philip's funeral will take place next Saturday, as expected, and his coffin will be processed through Windsor Castle, royal officials confirmed.

The funeral will be at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle at 3 p.m. U.K. time (10 a.m. ET) and will be broadcast live. The first details were confirmed at a briefing held by palace officials on Saturday.

It will be known as a ceremonial royal funeral and not a state funeral, which are generally reserved for monarchs. The funeral plans take into account the country's COVID guidelines and is "much reduced in scale with no public access," a palace spokesman said.

RELATED: Meghan Markle Will Not Be at Prince Philip's Funeral, Prince Harry 'Planning to Attend'

The funeral will take place entirely within the grounds of the castle and plans have been given final approval by the Queen but they "still very much reflect the personal wishes of the Duke. The occasion will still celebrate and recognize the Duke's life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the U.K. and the Commonwealth."

The late royal is currently lying at rest at Windsor Castle.

On the day of the funeral, at around 2:40 p.m in the U.K. (9:40 a.m. ET) on April 17, Philip's coffin will be moved in a small ceremonial procession from the state entrance to the castle to the chapel. The funeral will begin with a nationally-observed minute's silence at 10 a.m. (3 p.m. ET).

"While this is naturally a time of sadness and mourning for the royal family and the many others who knew and admired the Duke of Edinburgh, it is hoped that the coming days will also be seen as an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable life: Remarkable both in terms of his vast contribution and lasting legacy," the Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a hat: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Prince Philip© Provided by People Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Prince Philip

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Officials would not confirm Philip's future resting place, but he will initially be laid to rest in the crypt at the chapel. His coffin will be carried on a customized Land Rover – something that the keen designer took a leading role in modifying.

His naval cap and sword will be on top of his personal standard that will be draped over the coffin. A wreath of flowers will also decorate the coffin.

It will be one of two Land Rovers in his cortege. The congregation will be in line with national guidelines that limit guests to 30 people. However, that doesn't include the attendants and clergy, which will be led by the Dean of Windsor David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

The funeral will be held in line with the appropriate U.K. government guidelines, officials said. The palace hopes that people will not converge on Windsor Castle to lay flowers or pay their respects on the day, but stay at home and watch the service on the television.

© Provided by People Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Organized by the Lord Chamberlain, the funeral was to have included representatives from the charities that were associated with the Duke of Edinburgh during his long life of public service, in addition to foreign heads of state and other royal families that he was friendly with. Philip — a Greek and Danish prince by birth — was related to several royal houses across Europe. It remains to be seen who will be allowed to be at the ceremony.  

© Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Prince Philip

While the country is expected to go into a period of 10 days of mourning, the royal household will do so for 30 days, and guardsmen will be seen with black armbands on their tunics during that period. Flags on government buildings are expected to stay at half staff until the end of the day of the funeral. 

There are likely to be more announcements via the media in the coming days. The original pre-COVID arrangements would have seen his coffin being taken to the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in the next couple of days.

After a week there, it was set to move across Marlborough Road to the Queen's Chapel where his four children Prince CharlesPrincess AnnePrince Andrew and Prince Edward were set to make a vigil.

On the eighth day after Philip's passing on April 9, his coffin was planned to be taken on a gun carriage in a procession from the chapel, with members of the royal family somberly walking behind him. It would then have headed out past the Queen Victoria Monument, up Constitutional Hill and through Wellington Arch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying Your Age

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Enjoying Your Age

 
 

Wishing to be younger or older is a denial of the joys that have been and the joys yet to be, as well as the beauty of your life in the present.

In each stage of life, there are wonderful experiences one can savor and valuable insights one can absorb. Every new decade and, in fact, every new year brings with it wisdom, transformation, and growth, as well as ends and beginnings. Many people, however, believe that there is one age that eclipses the others. They expend energy trying to reach it and, once it has passed, trying to retain it. But wishing to be younger or older is a denial of the joys that have been and the joys yet to be, as well as the beauty of your life in the present. Holding on to one age can make it difficult to appreciate each new milestone you reach. Taking pleasure in the delights of your age, whether you are in your 20s, 40s, 60s, or 80s, can help you see the magnificence and usefulness of the complex seasons of your life. 

Each new year gifted to us by the universe is replete with exciting and unfamiliar experiences. In our 20s, we can embrace the energy of youth and the learning process, knowing it's okay to not have all the answers. As we move through our third decade, we grow more self-assured as the confusion of our young adulthood melts away. We can honor these years by putting aside our fears of aging and concentrating instead on solidifying our values and enjoying our growing emotional maturity. In our 40s, we become conscious of the wisdom we have attained through life experience and are blessed with the ability to put it to good use. We are not afraid to explore unfamiliar territory or to change. In our 50s, we tend to have successfully navigated our midlife reevaluations and have prioritized our lives. In the decades beyond, we discover a greater sense of freedom than we have ever known and can truly enjoy the memory of all we've seen and done. 

Try to enjoy the age you are at now, for each age presents its own unique wisdom to savor.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking a Media Break

 
 

Taking a break from media in all forms is like a cleanse for your soul.

In this modern age, we seldom question the pervasive presence of the media. Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, telephones, and websites are part of most people's everyday experiences. They enable us to stay informed while sometimes taking us on amazing journeys. But the content and experiences that these outlets offer also consume space in our minds and can have a profound effect on our emotional state. If you are someone who feels like your life is oversaturated with the "buzz" that comes from the media, you may want to consider taking a break. A media fast involves not watching television, reading any newspapers or magazines, checking or sending any emails, or even talking on the phone.
 
On the simplest level, undertaking this fast will free up thinking space. When you are constantly being bombarded with signals coming from outside sources, it can be hard to disassociate yourself, particularly if what you are hearing or reading is negative or stressful. Avoiding the media for a few weeks, or even just a few days, can help you center yourself. As you enjoy some quiet time and reconnect with other interests, the fast may even introduce you to creative aspects of yourself that you didn't know existed. We may feel like something is lacking from our lives during the first few days of a fast. But it is this emptiness that opens up the space for a more expansive and clutter-free life.
 
Research has shown that both news and television programming can have an intense effect on mood, even causing sadness and anxiety. Without the "noise" of the media running through your head, you are freer to focus your attention inward. Ideas will present themselves to you more readily, and you will find yourself available to revel in the small joys of your own life. You also will be freer to live in the present moment, rather than focusing on what's going on in the news or your favorite soap opera. A media break can also help you develop a more conscious relationship with news and fictional entertainment. When you aren't continuously subjected to the media, you are able to look at what you are seeing or reading more objectively. Taking a break from the media may also give you a greater sense of calm, balance, well-being, and a new perspective on life.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Things That Are Quietly Poisoning Your Abundance Thinking

By Natalie Ledwell

Science has long proven that our childhood brains are like sponges; absorbing and storing everything we hear, see, feel and experience.

But there is a particularly spongy period from age 2 to 6 where - due to our brainwaves being in a ‘Theta’ state (the same state adults are in when they’re dreaming or sleeping) - we are particularly receptive and impressionable to external stimuli.

What you experience in this period leaves a lasting mark on your abundance thinking. And since most of us spend this period under the watchful eyes of our parents, these two people play a monumental role in shaping our lifelong approach to work, money and personal growth.

But no parent is perfect. So despite their best intentions, many of their flaws and limiting beliefs about money are unknowingly passed onto us as children, often through seemingly innocent beliefs and phrases like:

1. “Look at that rich guy. I bet he screwed over a lot of people to get to where he is.”

Mr. Burns from The Simpsons… Lex Luthor from Superman… every Bond villain that has ever existed… Given pop culture’s fixation on wealthy, greedy and evil villains, is it any wonder rich people have a bad reputation?

For those of us raised in working or middle class families, it’s also likely that our parents weren’t actually close friends with very many wealthy people… which would have kept them reliant on the sweeping stereotype, and oblivious to the reality that many wealthy people got to where they are because they provided real, honest value to the people around them.

How it’s affecting you: Your subconscious mind erects an invisible barrier between you and rich people. You don’t want to hang out with them, you feel uncomfortable around them, and you’re often suspicious of them.

2. “Money is hard to come by… it doesn’t grow on trees, ya know!”

You may have heard your parents uttering this phrase (or something similar) each time they paid for something or handed over your allowance - usually in an exhausted or agitated tone.

Given that you were too young at the time to earn your own money, a part of you probably accepted their worldview as reality - instead of believing what many wealthy people have known all their lives…

… that there’s more than enough to go around, and often all you need to do to receive money is to open yourself to it.

How it’s affecting you: You may feel a sense of guilt or fear when you spend money, even when you’re spending it on something that makes your life better. And because money is “hard to come by,” you often equate acquiring it with unpleasant hard work.

3. “More money just means more problems.”

For many parents, this phrase is an excuse. A reason for them not to challenge themselves in ways that would reward them with more money.

This phrase also leads to the damaging belief that there is virtue in being broke, and that a person is for some reason better off not earning more money, even if they can.

How it’s affecting you: You find yourself rejecting money and abundant opportunities because you subconsciously believe wealth leads to hardship and false happiness.

4. “Money is the root of all evil.”

Across time, this biblical phrase has filled up an ocean’s worth of unfulfilled dreams and unrealized potential - all because people choose to mistakenly attach morality to a neutral tool like money.

If your parents told you this, they most likely had a dysfunctional relationship with money - where they needed it to survive, but also begrudged that need, instead of being at peace and working in harmony with it.

How it’s affecting you: You tend to be suspicious of wealthy people, financial opportunities, and any situation that could expose you to the “evils” of money.

 

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5. “If you want to be rich, you have to sacrifice your health, your family and friends, your soul, or all of the above.”

Parents are people, and people have fragile egos. And to protect these egos, they’ll often look at people who have more money than them, and assume they sacrificed something terrible to get there - hence “balancing” things out and justifying their own lack of money.

But is this really true? What about the wealthy people who really do have it all?

The ones who have the freedom and resources to do what they want, with whom they want, and when they want?

Why shouldn’t we aspire to that too?

How it’s affecting you: You tend to feel that avoiding wealth and the risk that comes with it is a safer and better way to live - even if it means saying no to potentially life-changing opportunities.

6. “Money can never buy happiness.”

This phrase is yet another defense mechanism often spoken by parents who don’t want to feel like they’re “missing out” by not thinking abundantly, and therefore attracting more money.

And while it’s true that money itself can’t buy happiness, the peace of mind of not having to worry about money makes it a whole lot easier to pursue and spend time on the things that do make you happy.

How it’s affecting you: You may have a stubborn attitude towards money, never willing to go the extra mile to acquire it because it’s just “not worth it.”

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Now that we’ve reviewed six of the most common financial limiting beliefs passed down from our parents, the natural question is:

How Do You ‘Recode’ Your Brain To Attract Money & Success Instead Of Reject It?

You may not be a child anymore, but you can still retrain your brain to release the inherited negative programming that is dragging down your career and finances.

Start by determining what beliefs could be holding you back with this quiz.

 

About the Author

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Natalie Ledwell is a Law of Attraction expert, bestselling author and speaker. She also hosts an online TV Show, The Inspiration Show, and is a co-founder of the personal development company, Mind Movies, which offers online courses and coaching programs. Natalie is passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through personal transformation.

 

 

 

 

 

Real or Modified?

 

GMOs or genetically modified organisms, are making a big splash in today's food industry.

 

We've talked about them before.

 

Today I want to talk about a modification that's NOT recognized as GMO.

 

It's not fed to animals. It's used AFTER the animal has been processed.

 

We'll talk about that a little bit later.

 

First, when was the last time you went to the grocery store for a cut of steak?

 

You carefully screen the displayed meat. Searching for the perfect one.

 

Once selected you dream of the meal that you will make with it.

 

However, after eating your beautiful steak you may still experience intestinal issues.

 

Why?

 

Meat Glue.

 

A pink slime that can be added to your meat to "reform" it.

 

Meaning they take pieces of meat and glue it together to form a steak!

 

Just the thought of that makes me shudder.

 

And the general public is none the wiser....

 

Because the meat industry doesn't have to disclose when they use it!

 

And IF they do mention it on their packaging it looks something like this:

 

"formed from pieces of whole muscle meat" or

 

"reformed from a single cut."

 

Translation - you're eating glue.

 

And it gets worse...

 

Meat glue isn't only found in meats.

 

It is commonly used in hot dogs, chicken nuggets, constituted "chicken breast" meat, microwaveable dinner meats, fish sticks, sushi, ham, ribs and dairy products.

 

And those are the ones we know about.

 

If you are interested in more information on this topic and getting to the bottom of the science behind it click the link below.

 

The Dangers of Meat Glue

 

As always, I'm working to keep you informed.

 

To your health!

 

Dr. Osborne - The Gluten Free Warrior.

 

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6 Techniques to Blow Away Stress

 

 

If you feel like your stress is out of control, then it’s time to take steps to rein it in for the betterment of your health – physical and mental. You can easily take charge with six daily habits that will have you feeling better in no time.

Don’t waste another day of wallowing in what the world is throwing at you.

First of all, take solace in knowing that more than 60 percent of Americans say they feel significant stress daily. It can show up as a short temper, sweat stains, or frequent pen or toe-tapping that puts others on edge. For their sake and yours, watch for warning signs and prepare to dial them down

If you need motivation, remember chronic stress can cause end-of-day fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, muscle aches, moodiness, anxiety, depression, or lack of motivation. Who needs that?! Not you.

Try to identify the source of your stress and erase it first. For example, if you have a soul-sucking friend or family member, it’s time to block them for a while, or forever. However, if pressure is part of your job, then you have to face facts and deal with it as best you can, unless you are willing to change careers.

Here are some of the best ways to relieve stress:

1. Get a Sweat On 

Heart-pumping exercise, such as jogging, cycling, or dancing, distracts you from the irritants in your life and increases your level of endorphins, giving you a “runner’s high.” These hormones ease pain and reduce stress while decreasing cortisol and adrenaline production to make you more zen. It’s also a preventative measure for future stressful encounters. As an added bonus, it makes you feel better by giving you a sense of accomplishment once you’ve completed your workout. 

Find something you enjoy, whether it’s walking with a neighbor or taking up kickboxing. You want to tap into an activity that you look forward to doing, so you can commit to 150 minutes of exercising each week. You can mix it up to do a few activities if you need variety. Also, doing something you love will make you smile, which gives you a dose of dopamine, another feel-good hormone.

2. Stop and Relax

It sounds so simple, but it can make all the difference in your day. By practicing deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, you allow yourself to block out the world and focus on just you. 

When stress hits, you breathe faster and shallower – or actually hold your breath – to cope with your racing heart. Instead, inhale for four counts, hold it for seven then exhale for eight. This is a go-to technique for emergency workers so it’s a good one to try for your busy days. 

Meditation makes you mindful of the tension in your body and thoughts in your brain so you can release or process them. This type of awareness can help you when you face an unreasonable person in your everyday life. Begin at home or in a studio in a quiet place. Soon, you will be able to use its techniques in the car or at work.

Doing yoga early in the day can set you up for a peaceful start and you can maintain it for a while. It helps you control your cortisol levels and your blood pressure. You can also use it to destress at any point in the day, including some stretches to get relaxed and ready for bed.

3. Sleep Better

It’s almost impossible to operate on an even keel when you have had fewer than 40 winks. You’ll have less energy to be patient with people and will be less able to focus, which will frustrate you even further. Ideally, you should be crashing for seven to nine hours per night, but the challenge can be staying asleep once you conk out. Cortisol can keep you alert if you don’t get it out of your system at bedtime.

Try to wind down before the lights go out, by doing a relaxing activity and following a regular sleep-wake schedule. Your body likes routine so hit the sack at the same time and get up when your alarm goes off. Stay away from screens and their awakening blue lights. Sip a soothing tea and relax. You’ve earned it.

4. Eat Well 

This does NOT mean feasting on rich foods but actually avoiding highly processed or sugary treats. The same goes for abundant levels of heart-racing caffeine. 

In their place, pick nutritious foods that enrich your body. Opt for crunchy or green vegetables and fruits that are rich in Vitamin C. Whole grains help you produce more serotonin, which is good for your mood and happiness. These three S’s – spinach, salmon, and soybeans – give you healthy doses of magnesium to fight back against fatigue and stress-induced headaches. Salmon also provides omega-3 fatty acids to help slow the surge of stress hormones. 

Stop yourself from bingeing to cope with stress, since it just makes it harder for you to sleep and to shake the guilt. 

5. Spend Time With People You Love

Friendship is a powerful tool, whether it’s found within your family or beyond. You can bounce your frustrations off other people as you let go, lowering your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormone levels. Getting a hug – even virtually – makes you feel you are not alone and releases feel-good hormone oxytocin levels. 

If you think hugs are great, sex is even better. Whether you act alone or with a partner, climaxing releases endorphins and oxytocin, making you feel better and forgetting your troubles. 

6. Laugh Out Loud

A good belly laugh can erase the stresses of the day if you are still immersed in them or long gone from the traffic jam. Laughing draws more air into your lungs, which shares them with your heart and your muscles. That relaxes your muscles and kicks in a hit of endorphins to make you less tense.

You can enjoy a laugh with loved ones, as noted above, or seek out a funny TV show, movie, podcast, book, or meme. However, shut that phone down early so you can get some quality shut-eye.

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You can try each of these on their own or combine them to get maximum benefit. Listen to a humorous podcast while on the treadmill, then do deep-breathing exercises on your drive home from the gym. 

Find what works for you and stick with it. Not only will it help you today, but it will also give you the skills to cope with stress-filled days in your future.

Reference: https://www.insider.com/how-to-relieve-stress

I hope you enjoy!

To your greatest health,

Ann Hutyra
Lead Relationship Manager
Modern Holistic Health

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Alternate hot and cold.” You’ve probably heard this advice before, right? The world of natural healing is full of stuff like essential oils, medicinal mushrooms, supplements, and the debate between herbs and over-the-counter medicines. But natural healing and mainstream medicine do agree on at least a couple natural therapies… …namely, hot and cold therapies, to be specific.

 

 

It’s widely accepted that heat and cold trigger amazing homeostasis and healing in the body. These “thermo-therapies” are definitely something that provide profound benefit, and must be researched more! And you’re probably already familiar with some of it: hot steam helps breathing and opens the lungs, while ice packs are soothing for inflammation. It’s almost basic first aid. Heat also improves circulation, while cold lowers inflammation. And that’s just the start. The miracles of temperature therapy can be seen everywhere. Beyond icing wounds and hot compresses, some researchers have looked deeper into cold and hot therapies, and some of these have some serious benefits! Such as:

  • SAUNAS OR STEAM ROOMS.

We’ve known for a while that these modalities are huge health-boosters.

 

Some form of “steam room” (or dry sauna) is found in almost every culture, for ritual and health purposes (or both): the Scandinavian sauna, the Latin American temazcal, Native American sweat lodges, etc.

 

Research shows tons of benefits from these types of heat therapies. They release endorphins for one, which can promote emotional well-being and boost mood. They also increase cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart disease!

 

Heat therapy may also have a hand in reducing chronic inflammation and detoxing through our sweat, while steam rooms may have soothing benefits for respiratory health and the lungs (potentially great for those with asthma).

  • COLD THERAPIES (ICE BATHS, COLD SHOWERS/SWIMS)

While heat therapies (also called thermotherapy) are found all over the globe, cold therapies (cryotherapy) have their own value— and research is starting to prove these more and more.

 

In Scandinavia, for example, “polar bear” swims are thought to be excellent for the body. Post-workout cold showers are becoming popular wellness boosts today, too— but what do these cold therapies actually do?

 

A lot, apparently. One study showed they may help people retain healthy weight or encourage weight loss. And like saunas, they might improve cardiovascular health as well as immunity, circulation, and depression.

  • WHAT’S BETTER THAN EITHER? BOTH!

Some research suggests both heat and cold therapy together can be better than the other alone! They found this to be true in Scandinavia: where sauna sessions were usually followed by time spent in the cold, either walking around or rolling in the snow (or just passing through extremely cold air temperatures). Both hot and cold might be healthier and more effective than just heat or cold alone. What are the “better” benefits of hot and cold? All the above: better heart health, mood, and metabolism. But there were also neurological benefits, such as reduced risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and all-cause mortality! If you haven't yet heard of Wim Hof (the "Ice man"), he is quickly becoming all the rage because of his impressive ability to use breath work in combination with cold submersion to create almost supernatural health. Check him out HERE. His work and research has inspired me to start my own cold plunge practice (as you can see in the picture above), and it has had truly noticeable positive impact on my mental health, mood, and energy. :) So next time you take a shower, or you’re stepping out of that sauna or steam room… …step back into a cold shower or turn the temperature way down to as cold as you can stand it, and let it run for 30-60 seconds, and then eventually work your way up to a few minutes. Your body will thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Scott: Let’s set the record straight on ‘woke supremacy’ and racism


I was criticized in this newspaper last week for saying that “woke supremacy” is as bad as white supremacy.

My comments, of course, were not comparing the long history of racial hate to the very short history of wokeism. That would be ludicrous. I am painfully aware that four centuries of racism, bigotry and killings does not compare to the nascent woke movement. As a country, we continue to pay a heavy price for our original sin.

My comments were a sound-bite-length reaction to yet another media figure accusing me of being a token for Republicans. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard that type of slur. I spoke out because I am gravely concerned for our future if we ignore either type of supremacy — both of which are rooted in racism or discrimination.

Criticism has included the suggestion that I and other Republicans are “living proof that neither racial nor gender diversity is a guarantor of progressive, inclusive and broad-minded thinking. Diversity, much in vogue, has its limits.” In other words, my ideology does not match that which they prescribe based on my complexion.

That is woke supremacy. It is the “tolerant” left’s intolerance for dissent. It is a progressive conception of diversity that does not include diversity of thought. It is discrimination falsely marketed as inclusion.

This isn’t the first time the woke folk have come after me. I’ve been called a member of the “coon squad” for sharing my story and conservative vision for America at the 2020 Republican convention. A former leader of the NAACP called me a ventriloquist puppet. I’ve been called an Uncle Tom and a house n-----, among thousands of other insults.

I am proud to be both a Black man and a Republican. Because of those aspects of my identity, many critics have ignored things I have actually done. In the past few years alone, my Republican colleagues and I secured permanent funding for historically Black colleges and universities for the first time in history. We’ve passed bipartisan legislation to help those battling sickle cell disease. We’ve fought for school choice because poor, and often minority, parents are consistently the ones without choice. And I helped author the Republican tax reform that lowered taxes for single moms, doubled the child tax credit and brought Black unemployment to historic lows. That list barely scratches the surface.

Critics discount these accomplishments for the Black community because it conflicts with the caricature they’ve created of what it means to be Black and to be a Republican.

But the victims of woke supremacy aren’t just Republicans. After a recent vote against her fellow Democrats’ attempt to pass a job-killing minimum-wage hike during the pandemic, my friend and colleague Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) received so many death threats that she had to increase security for herself and her partner. I’ve received similar threats. A man — a “woke” Black man — is to be sentenced this month for threatening to gut me “like a fish” and blow me away with his rifle.

Woke culture is speeding our country toward ideological and literal segregation. Already, Columbia University has decided to host segregated graduation celebrations based on race or socioeconomic status. We are living in a society that has allowed “autonomous zones” that effectively prohibit law enforcement from protecting people from crime, and campus “safe spaces” to protect students from others’ opinions.

Carving out public spaces for people of only one race or mind-set? Since when is separate but equal back in vogue?

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

When you give license for one person or group of people to discriminate, you give license for everyone to discriminate. Dividing society along racial lines is everything leaders in the civil rights era fought against, yet leaders of the woke movement are attempting to codify discrimination in law, including by Democrats setting aside funding exclusively for non-White farmers in their recent stimulus package. Blood wasn’t shed on the Edmund Pettus Bridge or the streets of Birmingham so that we could reinvent the mistakes of our past.

Six years ago, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was not just a civil rights icon but also my friend, asked me to co-chair the march to Selma on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. When I think of my vision for America, I think about standing shoulder to shoulder on that bridge with John and Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, walking forward together.

So, we collectively have a choice: We can continue down the path of toxic woke mandates and virtue signaling that themselves create discrimination, segregation and hate, or we can choose to create equality of opportunity and access to the American Dream for everyone. Because I believe in the goodness of America, I remain hopeful that we will choose the Opportunity Society.

 

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Value Others by Speaking Their Name 

Value Others by Speaking Their Name

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:15-18, ESV

 

Peter’s confession of Jesus’s identity: “The Christ, the Son of the living God” invited Jesus to affirm how His heavenly Father had revealed this significant truth to Peter’s open heart. Peter’s correct interpretation became Jesus’s teaching opportunity for building His church. Jesus valued Peter’s name to the extent of associating its meaning, “rock”, with the church, validating both Peter and the building of Christ’s church. Jesus validated Peter’s name and challenged Peter's commitment to His church.

 

A Boss Who Called Me Brother

 

I once had a boss who for the duration of my five-year employment called me “brother”. In Christian culture this is an accepted manner to greet one another: brother for men and sister for women. But not to be a substitute for someone’s name. Yes we were brothers in Christ, but I needed to be known as Boyd. I agree, a strange southern name normally used as a last name so somewhat harder to remember, but the patronizing use of “brother” certainly bothered me with its overuse. My boss led from a position of seclusion so we seldom saw one another---maybe an occasional all staff meeting or annual retreat. With so many staff (200), and frequent turnover---name recognition required focused attention. Verbalizing a name validates a person's unique creation in Christ.  

 

A Neighbor Who Called Me Wade

 

Briefly we lived in a rental house in our new town while waiting to find a more permanent home to purchase. The neighbor across the street called me Wade from day one. I must have reminded him of a Wade from his past or maybe one in his present. I cordially corrected him to no avail, so I eventually just responded to Wade. Not a bad name, just not my name. Because of the brevity of our stay---6 months and the lack of connection with the basics---my name---not surprisingly, we failed to forge a friendship. Pronouncing a name accurately and spelling it correctly communicates you matter, I care and let’s get to know one another.

 

A Monk Who Called Me Boyd

 

Refreshingly, I met a monk a few years back who looked into my eyes and called me Boyd. “Boyd, nice to meet you”. “Boyd come on back and let’s visit”. “Boyd, I’m a Michigan State Spartan football fan”. “Boyd, Boyd, Boyd”---a dozen times he genuinely and affectionately addressed me peering into my eyes, with a “yes” face that said yes I want to know you. You are a special child of God, created in His image for good works. You mean something to me because you mean so much to your heavenly Father. He closed our 40 minute time together with this prayer, “Heavenly Father, I pray for my brother Boyd, for You to glorify Yourself through his life and that he would bear much fruit, in Jesus’ name, amen.” Hearing your name in prayer may be the greatest form of validation and love. Remember another’s name and pray for them by name. I only spoke with this monk for 40 minutes, but he marked me with love… for life.

 

Here Are Some Ideas to Help Remember Names

 

  1. Don’t say I’m bad with names, it may be true for now, but it is self-defeating.

  2. When you meet a new friend say her name back to her and ask what she is excited about. ‘Pam, nice to meet you. Pam, what are you excited about these days?”

  3. The next time you see her and you are not sure of her name, be real and say, “It’s Pam, right?

  4. Associate a name with something memorable. I met Cecilia at work a couple of years ago. I said “Cecilia you remind me of a 70’s song, “Cecilia you’re breaking my heart”. She said, “No, my friends changed the words and sing to me, ‘Cecilia, you’re blessing my heart!’”

  5. When on a phone conversation for the first time with someone, write down her name as a reminder and capture any interesting facts about her family, work or life.

  6. When around service staff with name tags or names printed on their uniform, look them in the eyes and thank them for a job well done. Yes and give them a nice tip!

  7. With uniquely spelled names ask the person to pronounce his name, so you honor him with the correct pronunciation.

 

Names matter, because people matter---so look people in their eyes and say their name. In doing so you will say: you’re special, you're important, I care about you, and I want to know you better.

 

“The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome” (Genesis 32:27-28).

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for knowing my name and for expecting me to believe in Your name, in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Application: What is one way I can better learn a person's name so I can better show I care?

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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You’re Just 4 Ingredients Away from Sticky Rice Cake Paradise

byAMELIA RAMPE

In the Philippines, there’s a group of glutinous rice desserts known as “kakanin” — and if they’re around, I am surely eating them. I particularly love suman, glutinous rice steamed in a banana leaf; carioca, rice flour balls that are fried and covered in caramel; and bibingkang malagkit or biko, a sweetened, super-sticky rice cake with a layer of coconut caramel on top. I have fond memories of my Lola making biko on special occasions and holidays.

As much as I enjoy eating these treats, for the longest time I was intimidated by cooking with glutinous rice flour. I’d been given copies of a recipe for biko from my sister-in-law (who is Filipina), and it was like it was written in code — many of the ingredients didn’t have any actual measurements. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook that I finally had the confidence to try my hand at kakanin. I quickly realized glutinous rice is actually really easy to work with, and now I’m mad I didn’t do it sooner. I could have been eating kakanin all along!

Today, I want to share with you my recipe for biko, which has become my favorite special-occasion dessert that’s also easy enough for weeknights. You only need four ingredients: glutinous rice, coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt. I also included a few optional ones — fresh banana leaves and pandan — that are classically found in biko recipes. In the Philippines, the entire rice cake is sometimes wrapped in the banana leaf as it bakes, but for this recipe I simply line the dish so you still get all the delicious aromas. Neither of these ingredients are required, but if you’re able to source them, you won’t regret it.

You’ll begin by simmering rice in coconut milk and some salt until it’s mostly cooked through. Since you only want the rice to be par-cooked, I prefer the stovetop to the rice cooker because it gives you more control. If you’re using pandan leaves, you’ll add them to the pot, too. If they’re dried, wrap them in cheesecloth for easy removal. Fresh pandan can simply be tied into a knot and dropped into the pot and removed before you add the caramel.

While the rice is simmering, combine brown sugar (I prefer a mix of light and dark, but just one is fine), full-fat coconut milk, and salt, and cook until it thickly coats the back of a spoon. I’ve experienced varied caramel outcomes based on the brand of coconut milk used, so use the richest one you can find, like this one. (Regardless, you’ll have a delicious sticky rice cake.) Remove some of the caramel for topping, then add the par-cooked rice and stir until there are no white rice streaks left. If you’re using a banana leaf, use it to line the bottom of the baking dish, then pour the sticky rice mixture over top. Top with the reserved caramel sauce and bake until the top is bubbling in the center.

While the biko is baking, I recommend making an easy topping used in the Philippines called latik: you simply render coconut cream until the curds turn deep golden-brown and toasty. Sprinkle it on top of the cooled biko, slice it up, and devour.

At Kitchn, our editors develop and debut brand-new recipes on the site every single week. But at home, we also have our own tried-and-true dishes that we make over and over again — because quite simply? We love them. Kitchn Love Letters is a series that shares our favorite, over-and-over recipes

 
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The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.

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Laura Bush: Texans, turn out the lights at night to help migratory birds

It’s easy for every Texan to help ensure birds migrate safely.

By Laura Bush

12:45 AM on Mar 14, 2021 CST

Each year, nearly 2 billion birds migrate through Texas in one of the planet’s great wildlife spectacles.

Birds have intrigued me since I was a little girl. My mother was a knowledgeable, self-taught naturalist who was passionate about birds. Her fascination with bird-watching began when I was 10. She volunteered to be my Girl Scout leader, which involved helping us earn our bird badge. We would sit outside for hours with our binoculars and wait for birds, such as painted buntings and yellow warblers, to flit past. We would admire their beauty, their songs, and their freedom as they soared across Midland.

The sky in Midland was a flawless dome. The land didn’t pitch or rise but remained perfectly flat without buildings or bright lights to obscure birds’ flight, or our view. For as far back as I can remember, on spectacular summer nights, Mother would grab a blanket and we would go outside to lie on the ground and gaze at the sky. And as we lay together on the hard grass, she would say, “Look up. Laura, look up.” And it was then, as a bright-eyed girl, that I began to look up to not miss the beauty of the world around me.

As first lady of the United States, I highlighted our country’s national parks and focused on conservation initiatives. When I returned to Texas from Washington, D.C., I helped found Texan By Nature with a group of friends and committed conservationists. We believe that our health and prosperity are dependent upon our natural resources, and we hope every Texan will join us in caring for the land, water, skies and wildlife that make our state special.

Protecting migratory birds is an easy way to take care of Texas. U.S. bird populations are declining rapidly, with devastation to common and rare species across every ecosystem. Due to urban sprawl, tall buildings, highly reflective glass windows and bright lights, an estimated 1 billion U.S. birds die every year solely from collisions with buildings and structures.

But the good news is, there’s an easy fix. Every Texan can participate in protecting our feathered friends by simply turning off their lights at night. During Texas’ peak spring bird migration period April 19 to May 7, Texans should turn off all nonessential lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Each night, each light turned out helps save migrating birds. And as an added bonus, turning off nonessential lights also saves energy for cities, local businesses and homeowners.

Light pollution is a growing and underrecognized threat to birds. The light emanating from cities like Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston attracts and disorients birds, leaving them confused and vulnerable. Large numbers of light-related collisions have been documented in cities across the country for decades, including here in Texas. In 2017, nearly 400 migrating songbirds were killed in a single night at a brightly lit skyscraper in Galveston, prompting the building owner, American National Insurance Co., to collaborate with Houston Audubon and become one of the first commercial buildings in Texas to adjust its night lighting to protect birds.

Taking action now is vital because every spring and fall, between a third and a quarter of all birds migrating at night through the United States travel through Texas. Bird collisions can occur at any point during the full spring migration March 1 to June 15, but experts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology say that the window of April 19 to May 7, when half of the total spring bird migration traffic passes through our state, is most important.

As famed ornithologist and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson once shared, “Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.” Birds are critical, and they contribute to humans’ daily life.

Birds control pests, eating 400 million to 500 million tons of insects annually. They pollinate about 5% of the plants we use for food and medicine each year. They maintain diverse ecosystems by spreading seeds through their droppings. Birds help our economy, playing a major role in the ecotourism industry that boosts the United States by more than $100 billion annually. And they’ve sparked innovative ideas. From flight, to navigation, to noise reduction, birds’ example has been paramount to human progress.

So join me in the statewide effort to protect our birds. One in every three birds migrating through the U.S. will soon fly through Texas. I hope to see cities and citizens across our state take up the challenge and issue their own lights out proclamations, just like Dallas and Dripping Springs did last fall. We have an opportunity to work together to protect birds in the coming weeks.

And when the sun sets each night, and you turn off your lights, I encourage you to do as my mother would, and look up. You might just see something magical.

Laura Bush is founder of Texan By Nature and a former first lady of the United States. She wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.

Find guidelines for how each Texan can help migrating birds here.

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