BK2HK 2016 … Shave OR a Haircut …

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
~14th Dalai Lama

August. We know it’s hot. We know it’s humid. School is back in session, which means the morning commute is much more hectic.
August. It doesn’t sound like a very kind month, does it???

Well, IT is a kind month. And, here is where we explain ….. for the 4th year…. why it is so. Here are 3 examples of what this trait can accomplish.

First and foremost, it’s time to celebrate “Be Kind to Humankind Week”, also know as, bk2hk! Started in 1988 by Lorraine Jara from Toms River, New Jersey. This week was created to promote acts of kindness performed by peeps … to other peeps … all over the globe. It’s like one big kindness fest with a different theme each day, so take a look at the website, which will be listed below, and get that “kindness groove” moving on!!

ARE YOU READY????????? “Be Kind to Humankind Week” is August 25-31st, so we’re giving you advance notice to plan your kindness attacks!!!

Now, onto our second example ….. Saint Baldrick’s Foundation!!! Primarily fueled by volunteers, this not-for-profit organization is raising money to conquer childhood cancer. Their main fundraiser is their head-shaving events … they are actually called “the crazy head-shaving people” because they are crazy enough to think that this head shaving thing can raise enough money to help research and find cures for childhood cancer.

Their challenge ……. BRAVE THE SHAVE!!!!!!!!!

Are you willing to take the challenge???

Well ….. looks like we have a place for you!!!

Here is our third example ….. takin’ it local, ya’ll, because that’s what we do. The Chop Shop hosts a Saint Baldrick’s head shaving event every March for the last few years. Owner, Mike Platow, and his team of stylists set up shop on Main Street with clippers ready for anyone who is ready to “BRAVE THE SHAVE”, and to donate to Saint Baldrick’s. They are the “crazy head-shavers” who help to raise money for childhood cancer. We salute The Chop Shop and how they promote kindness by giving back.

 

Pictured: (left to right) Rhodie, Amber, Suzie, Tammy, Tiana ….. our 2016 example of what it really means to be kind to humankind.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Be Kind To Humankind Week
http://www.bk2hk.org

Saint Baldrick’s Foundatiom
http://www.stbalricks.org

The Chop Shop
Facebook: Thechopshop727

 

 

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

#WDoG … The Sequel!!!!

dsc_3857.jpegIt’s altruism at its best!

 

June 15th is “Worldwide Day of Giving” and we are so excited to share this with you for the second year.

 

It was created by Reed Sandridge as a tribute to his mother, who was always thinking of others before herself.  It all began with his yearlong journey to give $10 everyday to a complete stranger…all while being unemployed.

 

You can find out more on this story by checking out our blog post from June 2015.  (You know we love those extra hits!!!)   :)))

 

Consider this a game and go forth out into the world and make a stranger’s day!!!!

 

Here’s how to play …..

 

Choose one of three activities or choose all three.

 

1.   Give a stranger $10

 

2.  Volunteer

 

3.  Donate $10

 

Here are the explanations from the “Worldwide Day of Giving” website:

*Give a stranger $10-  Find a complete stranger.  Approach them and tell them that you are participating in the “Worldwide Day of Giving” and would like to give them $10.  The only rules are that you may not know the person and you may not receive anything in return for the $10 (aside from the goodness you will feel).

 

Volunteer- You can volunteer with any organization.  For those of you who are busy and can’t take off work, consider micro-volunteering on websites like http://www.sparked.com.  Many of the volunteer projects take 20-30 minutes.  You can volunteer on your lunch break.

 

*Donate- Give $10 to your favorite charity.  Don’t know who to give to?  You can donate through the Year of Giving website to help some of the 365 recipients Reed gave $10 to in 2010.

 

If you live in the village, we have a couple of suggestions in regards to donating on this most special day.

*Friends of the Safety Harbor Library     http://www.safetyharborfol.weebly.com

*Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center   http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

 

Why not start your own personal altruistic journey today?????????   AND… encourage others to do the same.

 

Reed’s Year of Giving

http://www.yearofgiving.org

Twitter @ReedSandridge

 

We would love to hear from you on June 15th!!!  Send us your pics via Twitter or Instagram!!!!

 

Photography:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Twitter:  @DahlTerrie          Instagram:  @terriedahl

 

Words:  Karen Vest

Twitter:  @karen_b_invest          Instagram:  @karen_b_invest

This is Safety Harbor,  Florida and this is our village…

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Knock Knock. WHO’s There …..

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Another day.  Another FUN holiday!!!!!!!!!

 

March 10th is …..

 

Wait for it …..

 

International Day of Awesomeness!!!!

 

And, their official tag line is:

“No one is perfect, but everyone can be awesome.”

 

The International Day of Awesomeness was created by Kevin Lawver at the suggestion of one of his interns.  As a joke Kevin posted it to Twitter.  Very soon after posting,  a feed of tweets flooded his timeline in support of a special day to perform and celebrate feats of awesomeness.

 

AND… why  March 10th???  Because it’s Chuck Norris’  birthday.  We hear he is pretty awesome or at least that’s what Wikipedia says.  You can decide for yourself, but we’re moving on to more awesomeness.

 

“Nobody’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome” is a reminder that we ALL have greatness inside.  Don’t settle for mediocrity!!!!!   Radiate that awesomeness out to the world, just like Chuck!!!

 

So, here is where we explain the title of this post and the pic.  With International Women’s Day celebrated this week, we would like to tell you about a  local charity support group by the name of WHO, Women Helping Others, in which the  wise owl “who” is watching over us,  is their logo.

Started in the fall of 2014, this group formed as a way of giving some of the women villagers a chance to connect while at the same time giving back to local charities that may need a little support financially.

Here’s the lowdown ….. a $20 tax-deductible donation is collected at the door for the designated charity (knock, knock) and everyone brings  either a dish or a bottle of wine to share ….. let’s call it  community and communion.  Local businesses donate raffle prizes and,  those raffle tickets sold raise the size of the donation.

Women Helping Others Mission:  In every community there are neighbors needing a helping hand.  WHO’s goal is to identify and support those in need of dignified giving.

 

The International Day of Awesomeness is a celebration that people are awesome everyday and their “feats of awesomeness” are rarely recognized.

Well, ladies … we recognize the good that you do and we thank you.

BTW … We will be sending this to the International Day of Awesomeness website to acknowledge your greatness!!!!  (Singing now…. Let’s Hear it for the Girls!)

 

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

 

The International Day of Awesomeness

http://www.dayofawesomeness.com

 

Women Helping Others

http://www.whosafetyharbor.weebly.com

 

Photog:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

 

Words:  Karen Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once Upon a Time …..

dino National Picture Book MonthEvery November Americans celebrate a day that is centered around giving thanks for our blessings. Family and friends coming together to enjoy a nice meal and to express gratitude for each other; it’s known as Thanksgiving but we like to refer to it as a shared experience.

Thanksgiving is not our focus here today. What we would like to talk about is … sharing an experience. One that involves a parent and a child or a teacher and his/her students ….. really anyone can participate in this “sharing fest” we’re FINALLY getting to.

November is …………. National Picture Book Month!!!

Founded by author and storyteller Diane de Las Casa, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book. Through essays, promotional kits and activities, such as the PBM Ambassador Badge and the themed calendar, PBM is encouraging us to turn the page instead of “swiping” the screen. Reading to a child with a “real” book stimulates imagination and sparks curiosity. For the adult, it gives us an opportunity to escape the mundane and slip into a world of enchanted forests and talking animals.

Sharing an experience like that??? COuld be the best twenty minutes of your day!

Now it’s time to take it into the village.

Dino Kotopoulis (pictured) is the illustrator of the book “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key”, which is an educational children’s book written by David Kinne. What is so amazing about this book is that it was created with no thought of profit to either author or the award-winning illustrator. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the book will go to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and its rescue … rehabilitate … release program.

Please check out “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key”, an adventure on the high seas … AND … learning a thing or two about protecting our endangered sea turtles.

BTW ….. Both author and illustrator are local residents of Safety Harbor, Florida. We are so blessed to have them in the village, and we salute them in their efforts to preserve nature and to preserve the “shared experience” ….. picture books.

National Picture Book Month
http://www.picturebookmonth.com READ * SHARE * CELEBRATE

Captain Tortuga & The Treasure Of Sand Key
Kinne / Kotopoulis
http://www.m.facebook.com/captaintortugabook
Insta: @captaintortugabook

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child
– Dr. Seuss

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … 21st September!!!!!!!!!

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HAPPY PEACE DAY TO ALL!!!

Thank you to all the lovely children and rescue pups that participated in our #PeaceDayProject2015.  There is nothing better than experiencing the pure essence of kids and canines!

Pictured just like a clock, check out ….. Kayla at 12 o’clock, Titiana at 3 o’clock, Isabelle at 6 o’clock and Elise at 9 o’clock, holding Cody. It’s “time” for everyone to celebrate Peace ….. just for one day. Who knows where we can go from there??? Thank you Dr. Mariana Delgado for allowing your daughter, Elise and her friends to participate in the #PeaceDayProject2015.

Now, the quote we use every year to end our project … May peace be with you always and in all ways …

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
~Lao Tzu

Who will YOu make peace with on 21st September?????????

Peace One Day
http://www.peaceoneday.org Join the movement!

Mariana Delgado, MD
802 2nd St N #1
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
727-799-7530

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

If you did not have time to watch the 17 minute video about Peace One Day on Sept. 14th to kick off the #PeaceDayProject2015, maybe you can watch the 1 minute video to end the project. PLEASE…AND…THANK YOU!!!

binvested in your world … binvested in your community … binvested in peace …

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Sunday …

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It’s almost … Peace Day 2015!

Now ……
let’s fast forward to 2050. What do you think Peace Day will be like??? We’re not sure, but if we keep working for peace on all levels, we may be able to reach the largest ever recorded cessation of hostilities both domestically and internationally. It’s all about individual action and getting children involved.

With that said, we would like to share with you a non-profit organization that focuses on getting the “littles” involved in Peace Day. They were inspired by Peace One Day and their campaign to raise awareness on the 21st September. They are a non-profit enterprise, and all money raised will go directly back into the company. It’s about children and education ….. it’s about peace, and moving it forward into the future.

We refer to them as our friends in peace, but you’ll find them on Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as … Postcards For Peace. They are all about getting young people involved in the peace process by raising awareness for peace and hosting events like a design competition and the postcard exchange network. All the info will be on the web address listed below, as well as, an introductory video of what Postcards For Peace is all about. Please watch and be inspired!

It’s time for another pic in our kids and canines week. Here is the lovely angel, Zoey and her rescue, Gracie. Thank you to Safety Harbor residents, Gloria and Kevin Francis for letting them participate in our peace party.

Today, instead of a question, we would like to give you a thought that was given to us by our friends in peace ….. I BELIEVE I CAN CHANGE MY WORLD!!!!

Peace One Day
http://www.peaceoneday.org Join the movement!

Postcards For Peace
http://www.postcardsforpeace.org

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

binvested in your community … binvested in your world … binvested in peace …

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Saturday …

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Nothing cryptic here:) ….. just kids and canines celebrating peace working up to International Peace Day, the 21st September.

Peace One Day has many goals … ceasefire, non-violence, peace within our homes, schools and communities. They also measure the amount of people coming together in the name of peace. This day is far from symbolism … that’s why measurement of peace on all levels is so important.

Now, it is time to promote peace together by individual action!!!

It’s called the “Thunderclap” and it’s an easy way for individuals to promote Peace One Day. It’s just a little click of a button and Thunderclap does the rest. It amplifies the message of peace and spreads it on social media via Twitter, Facebook or Tumbler. By registering on Thunderclap, you are allowing them to share a message on your behalf in support of Peace One Day. It’s just ONE message … ONE time only, which will be on Peace Day.

WHAT SAY YOU???

Why not put your individuality to work. Speak out for peace within homes, schools and communities. Speak out against child abuse ….. speak out against animal cruelty ….. let your voice be counted!!!

Our pic of the day is from Ed’s Fine Wines in the village. His name is Brunello, and he is promoting a peaceful and cruelty-free society. Thank you to Brunello’s dad, Ed Giancola for letting Brunello be part of our #PeaceDayProject2015.

Always ……… the question is ……… Who will YOu make peace with???

Peace One Day Join the movement! Join the Thunderclap!
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Ed’s Fine Wines
***Check out Brunello’s Wine Blog***
http://www.edsfinewines.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

binvested in your community … binvested in your world …binvested in peace …

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Friday …

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Well, the weekend is upon us. We hope that you are thinking and acting more peacefully as we shift from work mode to weekend mode. For the sake of any newbies to the #PeaceDayProject2015, our theme this week is kids and canines!

This week-long project is about getting involved. What can you do to raise awareness for peace in the home? What can you do to stop animal cruelty? What can you do to support Peace One Day???

We have an idea!!!!!!!!

You can shop for peace!!!

It’s the weekend ….. it’s time for kicking back and doing a little retail therapy, don’t ya think??? The Peace One Day website will be listed below, so take a look and start hitting that “add to cart” icon. Fashion Designers Marc Jacobs, Dave Little, Stella McCartney and Toby Mott are all contributors with some really unique t-shirt designs that support the campaign.

And if you live around the village, please visits the businesses that agreed to be a part of our #PeaceDayProject2015. They didn’t do it for the advertising ….. they did it because they believe in this movement.

Pictured: Our crew of the day!!! Left to right we have Drew, Jake holding Hershey with Chloe keeping the family corralled together. Thank you Andy and Cammie Zodrow for allowing your family to participate in the #PeaceDayProject2015.

So, remember to love your littles ….. treat all animals with kindness ….. shop for peace ….. support your local businesses, because they want peace.

AND … the question of the day ….
Who will YOu make peace with on 21st September????

Peace One Day Join the movement and shop for peace!
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Andy Zodrow
Vice-Mayor, City of Safety Harbor, Florida
http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

Cammie Zodrow
Senior Dolphin Trainer
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
http://www.seewinter.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

binvested in your community … binvested in your world … binvested in peace …

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Thursday …

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Happy Thursday to all. We’re here all week building peace one day at a time.

As you can see, the #PeaceDayProject2015 is all about kids and canines, but we would like to let you know of something Peace One Day is trying to create … AND … how you can help!!!

Peace One Day actually measures the amount of peaceful activities on the 21st September on all levels. We feel that everyone has a responsibility to institutionalizing this day, and no effort is too small. That’s why we have registered this project for the last 4 years.

Now, onto what you can do!!!

Let’s make millions more aware of Peace Day by contacting the world’s most powerful search engine and asking for their support in this cause.

YEP …. that would be Google …. and, YES …. we’re talking Google Doodle!!!

Email Google and ask them to dedicate their doodle on 21st September to peace.

Are you creative???

You can suggest your own Google Doodle!!! The address will be listed below.

Pictured: What a trio!!! Left to right we have Jaxson, Hope and Nikki, and oh…what fun it was to meet these jewels from the village. Thank you to their parents, Steve and Kelli Chickos, owners of The Dog House of Safety Harbor for letting them participate in our project.

We end with this question…..

Who will YOu make peace with on 21st September???

Peace One Day Join the movement!!!
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Google
http://www.proposals@google.com

The Dog House of Safety Harbor
http://www.TheDogHouseOfSafetyHarbor.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

binvested in your community … binvested in your world … binvested in peace

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Wednesday …

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We are working up to International Peace Day with our week-long #PeaceDayProject2015. If you’ve been following along … WELCOME BACK!!! If you’re a first time viewer, thanks for joining our little peace party!!!

Our theme this year is …. kids and canines!!! Peace Day is not only about ceasefire between nations; it’s about peace on all levels. It’s about stopping the violence, torture, neglect and abandonment of our most beautiful treasures.

Pictured here, we have one of our little villagers, Ben with his bodyguard, Duke … our treasures!!! Thank you to their parents, Angel and Nate Johnson for your help in promoting the #PeaceDayProject2015!

Please join the movement of Peace One Day and help to create the largest recorded cessation of hostilities both domestically and internationally.

Who will YOu make peace with on 21st September???

Peace One Day Join the movement!!!
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Angel Johnson
http://www.allstateagencies.com/CBednark
angeljohnson@allstate.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

binvested in your community … binvested in your world … binvested in peace …

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Tuesday …

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Woohoo!!! The #PeaceDayProject2015 is underway!!!

We’re here all week celebrating peace at every level.

Peace in the heart…
Peace in the home..
Peace between neighbors…
Peace in the cities…
Peace in the nations…
Peace in the world…

This year we have chosen children and rescue animals as our theme. Both have pure essences and a unique quality that most of us forgot along the years ….. unconditional love. So why is there so much abuse of these innocent souls??? A question for you to ponder as this week plays out.

It’s the age of innocence … in dog years!!! Because, that’s how we roll!!!

We hope you enjoy seeing some of our little villagers, as well as, some of our canine villagers promoting peace!

Pictured: Marissa holding the peace poster we made 4 years ago. Thank you to her parents, owners of Sabai Asian Bistro in the village for letting her participate in our celebration.

Who will YOu make peace with on 21st September???

Peace One Day
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Sabai Asian Bistro
http://www.sabaiasianbistro.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

binvested in your community … binvested in your world … binvested in peace …

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Monday …

Do you think one person can start a movement???

Please watch this 17 minute video and see how one man and one crazy idea has turned into a global celebration for peace.

No one can relay what International Peace Day really means like the founder, Jeremy Gilley.

Sooo, here we go again… the #PeaceDayProject2015. It’s our 4th year doing this week-long project promoting peace on all levels. Tune in tomorrow to find out how we will be celebrating ….. BUT …. we would appreciate it if you watch the video!

(Purdy please with suga on top!!!)

Peace One Day
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

*A new sign off for this week.

binvested in your community … binvested in your world … binvested in peace …

bk2hk 2015 ….. Going #BeyondTheBucket

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This is what we do, ya’ll!

We spread peace, love and ….. oh yeah ….. that “kindness” thing.

This is our 3rd year celebrating “bk2hk” week!

Before we explain this special week, we would like to share with you why we publish posts such as this. Sometimes … well, lots of times, we need to read about the goodness that IS happening in the world in which we live; so we can continue to have hope in humanity.

Soooo, here’s some hope!

Be Kind To Humankind Week is a salute to being kind and participating in kind acts toward other humans. It’s a chance for all of us to show some compassion to our fellow man, send a smile to a stranger or go above and beyond the call of duty, and it’s celebrated every August 25th-31st. Please check the link below and find out about “bk2hk” week ….. OR ….. you can check out our archives … which, would be in August……….
just in case you were wondering!!!

But, ENOUGH about us!!!

It’s time to explain what true kindness is, and what going #BeyondTheBucket really means.

You’ve all heard of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”, and you’ve seen the countless number of celebrities participating and nominating more celebrities to “take the challenge” or donate.

Now, we’re taking this challenge into and out of the village ….. AND ….. going #BeyondTheBucket!!!

Embracing Life Through Love is a Federal nonprofit organization and public charity that specializes in patient care and support services for those affected with Neuromuscular and Motor Neuron related diseases. It’s the diseases that have no cause and ….. no cure. Yes, it’s Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), MS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) …. even spell check couldn’t make out the last one. Remember, there is no cure.

Enter Stage Left ….. Megan Durgan, the founder of Embracing Life Through Love, and the vision of her organization is to develop a wellness retreat center — the first of its kind. It’s all about addressing the need for additional services that most insurances do not cover, and no one is turned away regardless of their ability to pay.

What this organization needs more than anything is donations. Please visit the website listed below, and do your part to make this vision a reality.

Pictured: Megan ….. going #BeyondTheBucket!!! That’s why she is our 2015 example of what it really means to be kind to humankind. Thank you!

Be Kind To Humankind Week
http://www.bk2hk.org
Decide to be kind.

Embracing Life Through Love
http://www.embracing-life.org
Bringing hope and healing.

YES. IN ALL CAPS ….. P.L.E.A.S.E. D.O.N.A.T.E.

*Dedicated in memory of Mark Alton Wedde.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

Miss Independent (s) …..

Miss IndependentIn July we celebrate our independence with parades, fireworks and bar-b-ques.  It’s also family gatherings and festivities that just scream the words “proud” to be an American.

This week we are honoring another deeply rooted American foundation.  July 19-25 is National Independent Retailers Week.

It’s about making the choice to be a better consumer by supporting your local establishments, and in doing so, we shop our way to a better economy.  According to the American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), there is something called the “Multiplier Effect”, which is a boost to local economy brought on by locally owned businesses spending business revenue within the region.

So, let’s take this into the village!!!

Not only are we saluting our local independent retailers, but we would like to point out some of our village establishments owned by women.  They are passionate … they know their products … they know their customers. Literally.

Isn’t it refreshing to open up a shop door and hear your name, like an old friend greeting you as you walk into their shop… into their home.  It’s what they built and created … AND… they deserve recognition.  These ladies put the “special” in specialty.

That being said, you know we must give you a challenge!!!

We’re talking all-local all the time for the next 7 days.  Please visit your local shops, salons and restaurants; all the peeps doing the “local” thing. Do your part and help local businesses prosper and grow!

Pictured:
Francie’s Studio
Owner: Francie Rogal
franciestudio@gmail

Galleria
Jana LaBarbera, Kelsy Johnson, Owner- April Hayes, MT Haakon
Facebook: safetyharborgalleria

Tupelo on 4th
Owner: Melissa Haist
http://www.tupeloon4th.com

Thank you to all these lovely ladies and thank you for making an economic impact in our community!!!

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

#WDoG…

#WDoGIt’s about giving without expectations of reciprocity.

It’s about an unemployed man deciding to give $10 to a different person every day for a year.

June 15th is “Worldwide Day of Giving” and we are so excited to share this story with everyone reading this post.

BTW …. thank you for reading!!!

So, here goes it …..

Reed Sandridge had lost his job at a nonprofit organization due to the economy. Instead of giving into fear, he set out on a year-long altruistic journey that began on December 15, 2009 with the concept to give away $10 to a complete stranger everyday.

In honor of his mother – who was always thinking of others before herself – Reed created the “Year of Giving” documenting every $10-a-day giveaway.  He didn’t just drop $10 (remember…. all while unemployed) but rather, gave them a gift that was priceless.  He listened to their story … asked what they would do with the money … proved to them that they mattered!  Everyday is documented on his blog which is listed below.

 

Want to play?????????

Here’s how.

It’s three activities to choose from … OR … choose all three.

1.  Give a stranger $10

2.  Volunteer

3.  Donate $10

Explanations:  from the “Worldwide Day of Giving” website ……

*Giving a stranger $10-  Find a complete stranger.  Approach them and tell them that you are participating in the Worldwide Day of Giving and would like to give them $10.  The only rules are that you may not know the person and you may not receive anything in return for the $10 (aside from the rush of goodness you will feel).

 

*Volunteer-  You can volunteer with any organization.  For those of you who are busy and can’t take off work, consider micro-volunteering on websites like http://www.sparked.com.  Many of the volunteer projects take 20-30 minutes.  You can volunteer on your lunch break.

 

*Donate-  Give $10 today to your favorite charity.  Don’t know who to give to?  You can donate through the Year of Giving website to help some of the 365 recipients Reed gave $10 to in 2010.

If you live in the village, we would like to give you 2 suggestions for donating on #WDoG.

*  Friends of the Safety Harbor Library

http://www.safetyharborfol.weebly.com

*  Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center

http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

 

The secret to living is giving, ya’ll!!!

 

Get that crisp $10 bill out of your pocket and be ready to place it in someone’s hand on June 15th.   There’s someone out there that needs it.

NOTE:  Music video after the credits,  soooo … stay tuned!!!

 

Reed’s Year of Giving

http://www.yearofgiving.org

Twitter @ReedSandridge

 

We also would love to hear from you on June15th!  Listed under our names are Twitter and Instagram accounts.  Remember to #WDoG!!!

Photography:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Twitter:  @DahlTerrie             Insta:  @terriedahl

Words:  Karen Vest

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This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

Shifting Gears …..

Greg Bike Month (2)Hold on to your handlebars!!! We’re trailblazing into May and celebrating National Bike Month, giving us an opportunity to get into some active transportation, while helping to reduce our personal carbon footprint.

National Bike Month was founded by The League of American Bicyclists.
Their Mission:
To represent bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities and a bicycle-friendly America.

So, in honor of #BikeMonth, we would like to give you all a list of some interesting benefits of biking that you may not know.

* Cycling 3 hours per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.

* A bike is 30 times less expensive to buy and maintain than a car.

* You can put 15 bicycles in the same place that one car takes.

* Bicycling significantly reduces transportation emissions while also reducing traffic congestion and the need for petroleum.

How much more beneficial to health, wealth and our environment can bicycling be??? Well, there is so much more but (because we like to keep the word count low) we have to move onto … THE … C.H.A.L.L.E.N.G.E.

Put the keys down for just one day or just part of the day. Shift the “gears” in your mind from living on auto pilot to a conscious and deliberate action, choosing to pedal to your next destination. We assure you, you’ll have some “bike moments” like, kid-like excitement and the feeling of flying. By doing this you are helping reduce your carbon footprint, saving on fuel and being good to body …. all at the same time. IT’S FANTASTIC, don’t ya think!!!!!

AND ….. to all the villagers that live here and are reading this …. we are only 4.9 square miles. Why not hit the pavement with another type of tread. Loose the routine of hopping behind the wheel of your car and start hopping onto your bike. Every trip will be unique and interesting, with new discoveries and enchanting views.

Soooo …. OFF YOU GO!!!! AND …. remember your brain bucket!

Pictured: Greg Seymour, owner of Pizzeria Gregario. He understands the importance of reducing his personal carbon footprint, choosing to cycle to and from his restaurant.

Pizzeria Gregario
400 2nd Street, North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
727.386.4107
http://www.facebook.com/PizzeriaGregario

The League of American Bicyclists
http://www.bikeleague.org/

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
~ H.G. Wells

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

Hey Batter, batter…

National Babe Ruth DayYep.  It’s that time of year again.

Spring has sprung and with it brings sun … fun … AND … America’s Favorite Past Time.

The month of April is brimming with days associated to the sport of baseball, but there is one special day we would like to point out that will be celebrated in ballparks all over the country.

April 27th is National Babe Ruth Day.

YOu know ….. “The Sultan of Swat” ….. “The Colossus of Clout” ….. “The Great Bambino” ….. nuthin’ but Babe and the house that he built.

This day was created in 1947 to honor one of the greatest baseball players ever. It was estimated that a crowd of over 58,000 packed Yankee Stadium that day to pay tribute to Babe, who was battling cancer at the time.

This day remembers Babe and the sport which is so rich in American history. It surfaces fond memories from childhood like being on the field, running the bases, catching that fly ball or hearing the crack of the bat. It’s the 7th-inning stretch … it’s “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” … it’s hearing “PLAY BALL” at the start of a game … it’s QUite SImply … tradition.

Why not take a minute. Close your eyes and think of one of your favorite baseball memories.

It’s okay.

We’ll wait for you ……..

Welcome back!!!

How do you feel???

Are you feeling the sunshine in your soul???

That is our wish for you; visit that place whenever you need that “baseball frame of mind” or to bring some brightness into your day. And, always remember, try to remain forever young.

Pictured: The Braves of Safety Harbor Little League along with Coach Jeff and Coach Kenny are jumping for joy in celebration of National Babe Ruth Day. Why not join them??? Stand and take a leap in the air for “The Great Bambino” and America’s Favorite Past Time.

May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
when the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young.
~Bob Dylan

(NOTE: Make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post. We have a little music treat for you!)

Safety Harbor Little League
http://www.leaguelineup.com/shll/

Allstate Financial Services, LLC
Jeffrey Callahan
http://www.jeff.callahan@allstate.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

A salute to the Babe Ruth and the “boys of summer”
for your viewing pleasure!!!

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village.

A Second Shot, if You Will…

wpid-dsc_6773.jpgGuess what day it is?????????

October 17th is National Mulligan Day. It’s all about do-overs and celebrating the chances we get to redefine, re-evaluate and rediscover areas in our lives that hold… The Big R.

(Note: R = Regrets ….. )

Most of the time, second chances are about giving it to someone else, but what we REALLY need to master is giving ourselves a do-over… the chance to try again.

Before this get too deep, we need to shed some light on this whole Mulligan Day and how it came about. It’s a commonly used golf term that dates back to the 1920’s when one time manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, David Mulligan made a mistake during a game and retook his shot. To this day, not only golf, but other sports and games have adopted this phrase. Why not the game of life?

Sooo c’mon… take a Mulligan!!!

Let go of The Big R and give yourself the gift of another go, whether it’s redefining a former relationship with a friend or loved one, re-evaluating a past mistake and viewing it as an opportunity for self-growth or rediscovering a hobby or interest that didn’t go so well the first time.

Look at all your regrets with fresh eyes and curiosity to see from another vantage point…and just WATCH where it takes you.

DO-OVER!!!
DO-OVER!!!
DO-OVER!!!
Can you hear us cheering you onward?!?

Take the second shot.

What do you have to lose?

Nothing… but regrets…..

Laugh hard, smile no matter what you’re going through, give everyone a second chance, and don’t ever forget…rules were meant to be broken…life is too short to be anything but happy.
~Unknown

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas
http://www.irubdeadfish@Etsy.com

THIS IS Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

Peace… Pass it On

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Here we are again. The day after Peace Day. WHAT NOW…you ask???

It is our responsibility as human beings to keep this going. Do you agree???

You can join every movement…send money to every cause…wear clothing that supports some people and THEIR campaign.

OR……

Find something. That speaks to you and makes your heart sing.

That’s what we did.

Postcards for Peace made our heart sing in every way, and on all levels.

Their Mission:
Is to improve the well-being of those people, around the world, whose lives are affected by violence or prejudice, by promoting change and offering hope, support and compassion.

Buy their stuff, ya’ll. It’s so worth it.

PEACE…take part, pass it on.

Postcards for Peace
http://www.postcardsforpeace.org

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas
http://www.irubdeadfish@Etsy.com

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

21st September… #PeaceDayProject2014

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*********HAPPY PEACE DAY*********
We hope that you enjoyed our week-long project dedicated to a much-needed cause…PEACE!!!

Now, onto POD’s event.

Sunday…Peace Day…

Recording artist, Akon will headline the Peace One Day Celebration at Goma International Airport in celebration of this most important day. There will be a multitude of other performers in support of Peace Day, and the 15 year journey that has made this day… a day of empowerment… a day of kindness… a day of gentleness… a day of love. No one can deny the power of love. In essence, it is all there is.

AND.

Sunday…in the village.

Here is our collage of villagers and their expressions of peace on every level. Special thanks to Mayor Andy Steingold and Fire Department Captain, Ray Duke for your participation in our #PeaceDayProject2014.

It is with deep gratitude to this list of villagers that helped us with this project.

THANK YOU:
Jeff Fowler
Fairl Thomas
Barb & Sheryl Hollen-Hugg
David Lishan
Melissa Haist
Alan Webb
Debra Love Smith
Susan Dalton

We had an amazing and uplifting time working to promote Peace Day. Tune in tomorrow for one more peace post for 2014. Keep it goin’ ya’ll!!!

Now, the quote we have used for the last 3 years. There is nothing better than this. So it’s a threepeat!!! As we said at the beginning … three times a charm … so we hear.

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
~Lao Tzu

May you have peace in your mind…peace in your heart…peace in your core…always.
~Karen Vest

Peace One Day
http://www.peaceoneday.org
Join the movement.
Watch the Peace One Day Celebration on You Tube!

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas
http://www.irubdeadfish@Etsy.com

binvested in your community…binvested in your world…binvested in peace…