The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Tuesday …

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

Sabai Asian Bistro

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

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

bk2hk megan

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
Decide to be kind.

Embracing Life Through Love
Bringing hope and healing.


*Dedicated in memory of Mark Alton Wedde.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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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!

Francie’s Studio
Owner: Francie Rogal

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

Tupelo on 4th
Owner: Melissa Haist

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

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#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  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

*  Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center


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

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

Twitter:  @karen_b_invest    Insta:  @karen_b_invest



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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

The League of American Bicyclists

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

Allstate Financial Services, LLC
Jeffrey Callahan

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.

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.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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Peace… Pass it On

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.


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

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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21st September… #PeaceDayProject2014

*********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.


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.

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
Join the movement.
Watch the Peace One Day Celebration on You Tube!

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

The #PeaceDayProject2014… Saturday

It’s Saturday…the day before Peace Day. Are you feeling peaceful???

Well are ya???

Well, any degree of peace that you feel is the way to a more peaceful planet. It all starts with you and your thoughts of what peace can bring– into your heart…your mind…your core…AND…Mother Earth.

We’re not kidding.

Now onto POD’S events.

Saturday…Peace Games…

Over a half a billion people around the globe play games for at least an hour a day. Peace One Day and lead partner, Playmob are promoting peace through virtual worlds. Using that “artificial intelligence” to change imput into a more peaceful environment. We likee…so do not AFR (away from keyboard) for very long.

Saturday…in the village.

He’s one of our favorite villagers. Here he is…drumroll please…Dino Kotopoulis asking in Greek.

Who will YOU make peace with???

Started his career in advertising in the 1950’s and worked on campaigns like Starkist “Charlie the Tuna” brand, for which he won a Clio award. He has also worked with Disney, Universal Studios and Hanna Barbera Cartoons. He is known for his humorous caricature drawings and sculptures in wood and metal, and now is working on illustrations for a book by the name of “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key” by David Kinne. Why not search Dino Kotopoulis and check out his story.

~Daisaku Ikeda
Join the movement.

Dino Kotopoulis

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

The #PeaceDayProject2014…Friday

It’s Friday!!! It’s almost time for the weekend…it’s almost time for International Peace Day. We sincerely hope the you make this upcoming day– YOUR day. And, by doing so, we KNOW that peace will envelop your being and your soul will start to smile again.

Friday…Set For Peace…

Another one of Peace One Day’s events is…Set For Peace. Whether you are a producer, DJ, or just someone who loves music, play a set for peace on Peace Day, 21st September. Bringing people together in the name of peace by the power of music encourages positive change. It’s all about peace in da club, so play that funky music, ya’ll!!!

Friday…in the village.

Singer/Songwriter, Leon Majcen, asking… in Bosnian.

Who will YOU make peace with???

Check out Leon’s new song “I Want to See You” and learn of his new album on his website listed below.

I’m calling all the world. Calling the whole wide world. C’mon people will you help me? Let’s scream and shout, because we want peace.
~Emmanuel Jal
Join the movement.

Leon Majcen

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

The #PeaceDayProject2014… Thursday

Let’s keep this peace train movin’ along. We want everyone to understand the importance of Peace Day and the magnitude of transformation that can be achieved if we all put forth a little effort in making peace a priority in our lives.

Thursday…One Day One Choir…

One Day One Choir is one of Peace One Day’s campaigns used to bring awareness; using the power of choral singing to promote peace and unity on Peace Day, 21st September. Start warming up those pipes…sing loud and sing proud…for peace.

Thursday…in the village.

SURPRISE!!!! Today we have a twofer.

Jae Bang and his wife, Aline Solis-Bang are jumping for joy because they are aware that individual action is the most important factor in manifesting the greatest gathering of people standing together in the name of peace. Jae is in the medical business, and his wife, Aline, is a Fashion Designer and entrepreneur. Here they are with Jae proclaiming WORLD PEACE in Korean, and Aline asking…in Spanish.

Who will YOU make peace with???

Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.
~Laini Taylor
Join the movement.

Aline Solis-Bang

Jaeson Bang

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

The #PeaceDayProject2014…Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!!! We hope you are having a great week, and giving your attention to promoting peace at every level.

Let’s move onto another of POD’s events.

Wednesday…One Day One Dance…

One Day One Dance uses the creativity of dance to promote peace. Anybody can get involved and all styles of dance are welcome. Dancin’… Dancin’… Dancin’…be a dancin’ machine in the name of peace.

Wednesday…in the village.

Local Artist, Kumpa Tawornprom…asking…in Thai.

Who will YOU make peace with???

Please check out Kumpa’s innovative artwork on his website listed below.

Joy is peace dancing. Peace is joy at rest.
~Frederick Botherton Meyer
Join the movement.

Kumpa Tawornprom

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

The #PeaceDayProject2014… Tuesday

If you have visited this blog in the last couple of days, you know what we’re doing. If not, we’ll bring you up to speed, and…btw…WELCOME!!!

We’re here all week promoting International Peace Day, and letting you know what events Peace One Day has organized in the pursuit of peace. We are also throwing some of our villagers into the mix with words of peace in their native language.

Tuesday…One Day One Goal…

One Day One Goal uses the power of football (we call it soccer) to bring people together in peace and to spread awareness of Peace Day, 21st September……….GOAL!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday…in the village.

Fellow villagers, Elheme Halili Shala and Raif Shala moved here from Kosovo with their 16 children. Here they are with one of their daughters, Flora Shala, and they are asking you…in Albanian.

Who will YOU make peace with???

How come we play war and not peace? Too few role models.
~Bill Watterson
Join the movement.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

The #PeaceDayProject2014… Monday


The #PeaceDayProject2014 is underway. We are so excited to be taking part in Peace One Day’s campaign to measure peaceful activities all over the world.

The POD website has listed 7 categories of events that anyone can participate in, and we will be sharing those with you.

Monday…it’s all about INDIVIDUALS. Everyday YOU can make a difference–YOU can help to build a more peaceful world. No matter how small, everyday acts of kindness can help peace become a reality. You know what to do, don’t YOU? Set your intention to make peace your most active thought today.


Monday…in the village.

Let us introduce to you, local artist, Catherine Gueret Frym. She is sitting in front of one of her beautiful paintings and her question to you is…

Who will YOU make peace with…BUT… with a French twist!!!

If we would have saved one life, then it would have been a worthwhile mission.
~Jeremy Gilley
Join the movement.

Catherine Gueret Frym

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

The #PeaceDayProject2014…

POD...Sept 22 Karen
It’s that time again.

Third times a charm … so we hear.

21st September is International Peace Day and it is devoted to, not only, ceasefire between countries, but 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…

It started with one man and one crazy idea. Founder and Filmmaker, Jeremy Gilley, started a journey 15 years ago to establish a day of ceasefire and non-violence on a fixed calendar day. It was unanimously adopted by the United Nations in 2001, and with the help of Ambassador for Peace One Day, Jude Law, it has grown into a day far from symbolism.

This day is not just to create awareness–of which it does with magnitude. This day calculates and measures the amount of ceasefire, non-violence, and people acting more peacefully on 21st September.

The goal: 3 billion people aware of Peace Day and acting more peacefully by 2016.

Okay. Here is where we tell you what we’re doing to celebrate this most important cause. Each day of the week, leading up to Peace Day, a different villager will be pictured with their words of peace, in their native language. Also, we will be sharing with you some of the events that Peace One Day is conducting to spread the word. We have also registered this project–for the third year–with the organization to assist in the measurement for peaceful activities across the globe.

We think everyone has a role to play, so here we are — Terrie and Karen — holding our peace poster. We created this poster 3 years to commemorate this special day, and we’ve been toting it around ever since in promotion of peace and rasing awareness within our community.

And, so it begins.

Who will YOU make peace with???

Please, check out the website listed below.
Join the movement.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

I realize peace one day is about peace and recognizing the cultural differences around the entire world……however
this project, for me, is about embracing the cultural diversity WITHIN one community, living together in peace. I may not be able to read these signs written in a different languages but I know love feels the same for each of us. AND (Love has no political boundaries.)
~ Terrie Dahl-Thomas

AND… of course… a new sign off for this week.

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

BK2HK 2014…

wpid-dsc_1961.jpegThe last week of August is one of our faves.

AND…why…you ask???

But, of course! It’s “Be Kind To Humankind” week. Last year we promoted this “kind” observance with a week-long project. This year, however, we will be publishing one post, and challenging you to create your own personal “bk2hk” week. We are asking you to get your kindhearted nature on. Support this cause by raising your awareness to kind acts that you can perform everyday — making you one super-duper “kind” villager.

So what exactly is “bk2hk” week???

It is a celebration of people and the kind acts they perform all over the globe. Started by Lorraine Jara from Toms River, New Jersey 26 years ago, and it is still going strong with the message that kindness can enrich our lives if we decide to think…speak…act kindly.

Okay … back to the challenge. Try to consciously act a bit kinder this week with the themes per the “bk2hk” website that are listed below.

YES. We are a bit late…better late than never, right???

Here’s the list. Good luck!
* Sacrifice Our Wants For Others Needs Sunday
* Motorist Consideration Monday
* Touch-A-Heart Tuesday
* Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday
* Thoughtful Thursday
* Forgive Your Foe Friday
* Speak Kind Words Saturday

AND … why an animal in this pic???

Because kids, Dora is the one of the best examples of what “bk2hk” is all about. She is NEADS dog, which is a highly skilled assistance dog for people who are Deaf or have disabilities. Dora assists Mary Ann De Meo, Technical Services Librarian, in making her life run a little easier by being her ears in the world in which we exist.

Now that’s what we call KIND!

It’s what the WORLD needs now…it’s what we all need now.

Take the challenge and notice how your heart starts to sing, stress melts away and how your week flows like a lazy creek taking you downstream to the weekend…aaahhhh.
Decide to be kind.
Making a difference one dog at a time.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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Bound by Community…

Little Free Library This blog was created to appreciate the “little things” in our community that make it so special, and to recognize other causes and campaigns that can create well-being in our everyday lives.

Let’s start with the “little” part, shall we? Our lovely Safety Harbor Public Library is thrilled to be stewards of two Little Free Libraries to pop up in the village in the next week. These public art pieces will be housed with books that are free to anyone who stops by… that’s right, no library card needed. It’s a “take a book, leave a book” community gathering place, and it’s here in the village for the purpose of sharing literature and the love of books.

Now… onto the cause or campaign. The Little Free Library was created by Todd Bol, who constructed a miniature one room schoolhouse and hoisted it upon a sturdy foundation on his front lawn. He filled it with books–free to anyone–for the purpose of promoting literacy and sharing the joy of reading. The Little Free Library movement has grown rapidly since it first began in 2009. Today there are about 15,000 LFLs worldwide granting free access to books to all that visit.

LFL’s mission is:
– To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
– To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Pictured is one of the first two LFLs which Safety Harbor Library will be sponsoring. This brightly colored library was constructed and designed by fellow villagers, Steve Puskas and Susan Kelly. The other is a Key West style cottage created by Michael Wille, another one of our villagers. The library’s goal is to have a total of 10 LFLs stationed at various parks around town. Want to get involved and build your own??? Well, you know, we’re gonna list that info below, but first… the quote. It’s long…BUT…ahhh, so grand…

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
~Gilbert Highet

*To learn more:
Little Free Library

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Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

Rescue us…You Geek!!!

Rescue me...You Geek!!!They were once mocked for their intense interests in computers, comic books and video games. Yes, we are talking about geeks, and their upcoming holiday to celebrate everything that is geeky. So, mark your calendars kids, because July 13th is “Embrace Your Geekness” Day, and it recognizes the uniqueness of being a geek.

AWW C’MON…you know geekness is cool — don’t ya?

Who doesn’t want to be non-mainstream??? Who doesn’t want to be called an expert??? Who doesn’t want to be known as tech savvy???

Well, we do!!!!!!!!!

But, of course, we’re not. That’s why we are so fortunate to have Safety Harbor Computers in the village to clean out all our cookies, gives us more ram and protect us from those nasty viruses. Pictured here are Scott and Maggie Mascitelli, owners of Safety Harbor Computers, with one of the many villagers they rescue, Michael Marth. He relies on them to keep his computer running smoothly, which helps his business of music instruction and studio production. They have been in the village for over 16 years, and they service both residential and business systems. They are all “geeky” y’all — it means they know what they are talking about!

On another note, why not commemorate this day by teaching yourself a new function on your smart phone or computer. That would really help unleash your inner geekness. Or, maybe search to find a new app that will assist you in making your day-to-day life a bit easier.

July 13th is all things geeky day…watch a Sci-Fi…download a new dungeon game…visit your local comic book shop…anything geeky will do — celebrate the culture.

*********May the force be with you*********

Safety Harbor Computers
531 Main Street Suite J
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Michael J. Marth

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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