Very inspiring

Carla Ryan

One of the aspects of our family home, the one we’ve moved back into in recent months, is that – as one friend commented – it has character. Yes, it does. It has unique attributes that give it its own personality and atmosphere, similar to the way people have theirs. It got me wondering, “How does this happen to a house? How do we recognize when a person has character? What does that really mean?”

A few definitions for “character” include: personality, disposition, moral fiber, nature, spirit, and more. When applied to a house, it must come from its architects and, eventually, its residents. We can witness over time how a homeowner or family adds to the personality of a house through its décor, landscaping, and wear-and-tear – the livingness of life. The nicks and bruises, repairs and improvements, even the human or animal scents of those who live there…

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Native of Washington D. C.... raised in Compton.... wife, mother, and grandmother... Jewel Diamond Taylor is an international voice of empowerment born to teach possibility thinking. This popular conference speaker's resiliency story and years of experience empowers audiences and coaching clients to grow beyond feeling stuck, unworthy, fear, doubt and stress from life changes. Jewel (aka The Self-esteem Dr.) teaches impactful insights and actionable steps to empower you to experience; confidence, clarity, progress, emotional wellness, success, spiritual strength, connection, and a life of purpose.

1.       Plant a tree to help the planet.
2.       Rescue a pet.
3.       Volunteer as a teacher’s assistant.
4.       Donate sturdy shoes, thick socks and winter coats.
5.       Give warm biscuits to people living on the street.
6.       Start a food drive with your family and friends.
7.       Donate blood, plasma, and/or platelets.
8.       Join or create a support group.
9.       Console someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
10.     Help someone find a job.
11.     Help clean or cover-up graffiti.
12.     Volunteer as Santa or an elf.
13.     Read books to children at your local library or bookstore.
14.     Bring your pet to visit the elderly or disabled.
15.     Donate books to the library.
16.     Contact a homeless shelter to see what assistance you can provide.
17.    …

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4th of July…..Goal Checking

Desert Birds

We are now in the count down of the year so I am reflecting on where I am and what I have done so far.   As you remember I mentioned that I was doing a painting a day which has become my “Small Art series”.   I have been inspired with this because it allows me to start and finish a painting a day.  It also allows me to have new works at any given time for any art exhibits I want to be in.  I have marked this as not only as a goal completed but a goal that is very successful.

I find taking my digital camera with me everywhere allows me to take those shots that would be lost.  Most of the time when you get too close to birds they fly away, but this one just continued to sit and watch me.  I would take a step and wait, (he/she) did not move.  At first I thought well maybe it could not fly away, but later found it was gone.  Guess it just wanted to get in my blog for this month.  I am not sure what type of bird it is, but since It was in desert heat  it must be strong enough to endure that kind of heat.  This is the next painting I am working on as part of the daily painting.

Have a safe 4th of July everyone, remember your pets and fireworks don’t mix.  As always comments are important part of our blog so please leave them.  Art can be purchased at Thanks for following me and for all the Likes.