The #PeaceDayProject2016 … 21st September

Peace One Day 21st September

Happy Peace Day to you all!

What a pic!!!! As stated in an earlier post, sometimes a picture is all you need to convey the message. Thank you Safety Harbor, Florida for five years of investing in peace.

Are you interested in celebrating Peace Day with the people that started this movement? Join the global celebration of Peace Day by logging onto Facebook and watching live feeds on 21st September from the Peace One Day Headquarters.

NOW…. the quote we use every year because … well ……. it’s perfect. So, the perfect pic gets the perfect quote.

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

RIP Gerry Moynihan. Your birthday party gave us the perfect picture of peace.

Peace One Day

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

binvested in your community … binvested in your world … binvested in peace …
And we are out of here!!!


The #PeaceDayProject2016 … Bonus!

One more “bonus” day, because why not. We are so thankful that we live in a community that understands that we’re all in this together.  When we asked for help, we got it with gusto, and it’s ONLY because the residents of Safety Harbor committed to assisting us in making it happen.

Sometimes words just can’t express what this project means to us, but pictures do!!!

We know.

You’re tired of reading the questions, but it’s part of the project so ………

Who will you make peace with?

What will you do for peace one Peace Day?

Why not use social media to get the message out?  Tweet, share or like your way to peace, and tell all your followers about Peace One Day.

Peace to you!


Peace One Day

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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






The #PeaceDayProject2016 …

We’re winding down our peace project. Hopefully, if you participated, you’ll find your pic in one of our collages.

This day was unanimously voted in by the United Nations back in 2001. In September of 2015, the UN set forth a plan to help further along the idea of a more peaceful society. They adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. It’s called “The 17 Sustainable Development Goals” and they consider these to be the building blocks to achieve peace in our world. They also have created “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World” which gives simple ideas that you can choose to adopt into your daily life to help make an impact. Check out their website which is listed below.

Again … the questions …..

Who will you make peace with?

What will you do for peace on Peace Day?

How about takin’ it to the streets!!! Organize a walk for peace. Bring together your friends, family and community to unite on Peace Day, 21st September. Want to be anti-social? Take your own personal stroll in support of peace and global unity.

Walk on …. in peace!!!

Peace One Day

United Nations

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

RIP Lois Spencer…we miss you.

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

The #PeaceDayProject2016 …

Happy Monday!!! We’re counting down to Peace Day, and by now, we hope you are picturing what it would be like to live in a peaceful world.

We’ve shared all four #PeaceDayProjects, so the next few days we will be posting more pics of our villagers from Safety Harbor, Florida. Our town is approximately five square miles, which means we’re ALL neighbors. See….. we’re lucky! We aren’t faced with conflict like other parts of the globe. That’s why we support and promote the peace movement … even if it’s just for a day.

In an earlier post, we said that many hands have touched our yellow peace poster to pose for peace, so it is with great gratitude for your help in celebrating Peace One Day.  Aaahhhh, you villagers are the best!!!   Enjoy Monday’s collage!!!

And now, let’s return to the questions.

Who will you make peace with?

What will you do for peace on Peace Day?

How about breaking bread with neighbors or strangers. Cook a meal, get take-out, have a picnic and do it in the name of peace on 21st September.

Cheers! And pass the peace, please!!

Peace One Day

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

The #PeaceDayProject2016 …

Helloooo, and welcome back! The 2016 Peace Day festivities are underway, and we hope that you enjoying this project as much as we enjoyed creating it.

This project is about making a little change in the world and asking you all reading this to make a little change, as well. Peace is all about individual action so take some time and think about what your contribution can be. And, yes we have ideas for you in each post leading up to Peace Day.

2014 showed some impressive statistics with the Peace One Day Report which recorded over 1 billion people exposed to Peace Day messages and 10 million people behaving more peacefully on the day as a result of the movement.

Our throwback collage from 2014 was about how peace comes in all languages. It is with sincere appreciation to all the villagers that took the time to help us with expressing peace in their native tongue.

Now onto the questions …

Who will you make peace with?

What will you do for peace on Peace Day?

Here’s an idea for you!!! One Day One Goal uses the power of sport in observation of Peace Day, 21st September. Organize a soccer match or even a tournament dedicated to peace.

Not a soccer player??? Pick whatever sport you like.

Not the sporty type???

It’s okay, we have more ideas coming your way.,

Peace out, ya’ll!

Peace One Day

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

The #PeaceDayProject2016 …

wp-1473206541314.jpg And Awaaay We Go!!! ( Thank you, Jackie Gleason for the great opening line!)

We’re counting down to Peace Day with some throwback pics from our past projects that were registered with the POD Organization.

But, first … we would like to give you some statistics .

For Peace Day 2013 a 68% increase in the number of those aware of the day was recorded. That’s 470 million peeps!!! And, of that number, around 4-8 million peeps behaved more peacefully in their own lives as a result of this initiative. Can you say AWESOMESAUCE!!!!

The year 2013 meant that we had to step it up a notch … which meant we had to have a plan. We decided to ask our city government to take part in our #PeaceDayProject, of which, they gladly accepted. Thank you to the City of Safety Harbor for being part of that 470 million.

Now…onto the questions from the last post…

Who will you make peace with??? (This is personal. Search your mind and see what arises.)

What will you do for peace on Peace Day? (We can help with this one.)

Let’s try some art!  Paint, sculpt, sketch or photograph … changing the world by expressing yourself for Peace on that day.

Note: No names will be listed on any of the pics, so please stay tuned all week to see if you made it onto a collage. Who knows, we may even have a couple of extra posts this week! Be on the lookout and peace be with you!

Peace One Day

Photography : Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

The #PeaceDayProject2016 …


Can you imagine living in a world free from conflict, war, hate crimes, bullying, domestic and gender-based violence???

It would be nice, wouldn’t it??? But, that’s not the case. The world seems full of terror and hate, which fill our lives with fear, anxiety, and turmoil.

It’s time for some hope…

That’s why we support International Peace Day, a day of global unity and intercultural cooperation. A day that measures the amount of ceasefire and nonviolence all over the globe, and is celebrated on 21st September.

Peace One Day was founded by Jeremy Gilley, an actor turned filmmaker, who became concerned about what was going on in the world. He decided to give the world some hope, and in 1999 launched the Peace One Day Organization, which was unanimously adopted by the United Nations in 2001.

Now it’s time to take it local!!!

We are celebrating our fifth year of promoting Peace Day with … of course … another week-long project.

Every year we register this project with the Peace One Day Organization to be a part of the measurement of peace and peaceful activities. We also pick a different theme for every #PeaceDayProject.

(Here’s where we tell you this year’s theme!!!)

Are you ready?????????


We’re taking a walk down memory lane and saying thank you to all the residents that helped us promote peace throughout the last four years. A collage of pics every day of all you wonderful villagers from Safety Harbor, Florida that helped us promote peace will be published along with the theme chosen for that year.

By holding our little yellow peace poster, you also helped raise awareness for peace on a statistical level, as well.


So, here we go kicking off Peace Day!  Follow us on our journey and see if you made it in the collage.

This pic is from 2012 and our theme was . . . . . well . . . . . there was really no theme at all, but that’s okay.  It’s about the path to peace on all levels.

Today, we have two questions for you:
Who will you make peace with?
What will you do for peace on Peace Day?

Don’t worry!!!!  We’ll  be listing some ideas to help you celebrate  this most important day.


Peace One Day

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

RIP Tim Thompson

*A new sign off for this week

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

The #PeaceDayProject2016 …


Thanks for stopping by! We hope you are feeling more peaceful and hopeful for a more peaceful society in the future.

Jeremy Gilley, the founder of Peace One Day, has recorded over 900 hours of young people’s thoughts on the idea of a starting point for peace. Through a window of a day, they would be able to get involved in the peace process through art, sport, and music  … helping to move the efforts for a more peaceful society forward.

The year 2015 statistically showed this day becoming self-sustaining with an estimated 1.5 billion people now exposed to Peace Day messages with 709 million people now aware of Peace Day.  Of those aware, an estimated 13 million people behaved more peacefully on that day.

GOOD SHOW!!!!!!!!!

Let’s move onto our local project for 2015.  It was all about raising awareness for peace in the home.  We featured kids and canines ….. child abuse and animal abuse are not very peaceful in our book.  What about you?

Pictured above is our collage of our local littles and rescue pups.  Just look in their eyes and see the pure love and the pure joy of ………. being.  They make the world a better place so we should take better care of them.  Don’t you agree??

Okay … back to the questions ….

Who will you make peace with?

What will you do for peace on Peace Day?

Today’s suggestion is to make it a movie night.  Tune into YouTube and screen Jeremy Gilley’s film, “Day After Peace” which charts his journey creating Peace Day. Popcorn is optional but always more fun.  We hear that you can still buy Jiffy Pop to add a “pop” to the evening!  We know the littles might find it quite intriguing!

Have a peaceful 24 hours!


(Note:  To all subscribers that get this blog delivered via email, we had some computer shenanigans, but it needed a rewrite anyway, so sorry for yet another post delivered. )


Peace One Day


Photography:  Terrie Thomas

Words:  Karen Vest


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










Knock Knock. WHO’s There …..



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


Women Helping Others


Photog:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas


Words:  Karen Vest



































The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Sunday …

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 Join the movement!

Postcards For Peace

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

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

*To get involved locally:

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

Green Acres…

SH Community GardenIt’s the 41st anniversary of National Agriculture Week, and it is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the nation.

What a perfect time to tell all you out there about our Safety Harbor Common Ground Community Garden. It was founded in 2009 and sits on an acre of land, with it’s own well to supply hydration to approximately 30 10×10 plots.

Fennel, kale, carrots, squash…it’s all good. From beginning gardeners to the gardening gurus, the Safety Harbor Common Ground Community Garden is full of veggie enthusiasts ready to share ideas, create, connect and experience the delicious fruits of their labor.

In essence, they have created their own little community on common ground. They work together to keep the overall look of the gardens esthetically pleasing to view, they trade seeds and plants and they get together regularly just to socialize. Sound like a pretty solid community with common goals, joining together to grow the good life…don’t ya think???

Pictured are some of the garden members. They were getting ready to enjoy some of their harvest at their pot luck picnic.

The Safety Harbor Common Ground Community Garden…This is how we grow!!!

Check ’em out on Facebook!!!

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

Coastin’ into 2014…

Coastin' into 2014Did you miss us???

With projects like less than three, being kind to humankind and our Peace Day promotion…WHEW, we needed a little break. We decided to kick back and coast through the last part of 2013 to get inspired for upcoming tales of the village, but more importantly–the villagers.

So, enjoy the holidays, and remember to savor all the moments of the season. You will never experience this time again.

Get your oars in the water and glide along the coastline of your life–giving yourself the gift of time–to fully engage and connect to the wonder of this magical time of year.

To the WordPress family…we appreciate you all.  Thankyou for sharing your joys, heartfelt moments, frustrations, anger, art, addictions, photos, phobias, humor, misery, everyday life, sins, “aha” moments, anything and everything. We have enjoyed viewing and reading the plethora of talent and creativity that is out there.

Happy Holidays from binvested, Karen and Terrie, reminding you that there is so much love out there for all of us. We just need to slow down and attune to life’s blessings.

Thankyou John and Stacy Roth for letting us use your lawn decorations for this post.  You two are such a lovely couple that give so much of your time to making this community, the village that it is.  We love you!

Thanks to Fairl Thomas for taking our pic…we love you too!!!

AND…what about 2014??? We’re goin’ full throttle!

Happy Holidays from the village.

Stacy Schulstrom Roth

Photography–Terrie Dahl Thomas

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


Pizzeria GregarioHelloooo!!! We only have a few days left to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Be Kind To Humankind” Week. Let’s finish BIG, with random acts of kindness running amok, kind words being spewed in the home and workplace and kind thoughts rapidly firing in our minds without much effort. We can do it…we can transform ourselves with just a little shift towards kindness.

Today’s theme: Thoughtful Thursday…

Pictured here are Corey, from Pizzeria Gregario, along with the owner, Gregory, promoting “BK2HK” and the message that kindness and kind acts will enrich, not only our lives, but everyone else around us…our community…our world.

What can you do today???
Hold doors for people behind you.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
~Lao Tzu
Decide to be kind.

Pizzeria Gregario
400 2nd Street, N.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

Pikasso…in the Village…

Practically PikassoWant to find your inner Picasso?!?!?!

Who doesn’t.

Luckily for our villagers, there’s a place to choose and paint your very own masterpiece. It’s then glazed and fired, and in a week’s time, it’s ready to be displayed on your mantle. You will be the talk of the town with your creation…your personal vision…your piece of you!!!

We would like to welcome to the village, Practically Pikasso–an eclectic art studio that provides creative fun in a variety of art mediums. It has everything you need to create your own personal artwork…a place to elevate your imagination and explore your artsy side.

AND…here’s how it works!!!
Choose your piece of unfinished pottery.
Choose your colors and paint your design.
It’s glazed and fired by the staff, and ready for pick up in one week.


Feeling the party urge coming on????????? What a great way to celebrate birthdays, bridal showers, divorce parties…whatever party mode you are in, Practically Pikasso can help you celebrate. AND…you may even experience the therapeutic benefits gained from painting your own pottery…aaahhh…

Whatever you need to say…say it with pottery.

Our picture is of Lynn, one of the owners of Practically Pikasso. “We were looking for a second location and kept coming back here. It’s a warm arts friendly community that promotes small independent businesses, and it seemed like the perfect place for us,” Lynn explained.

Go by and visit and unleash your innner Picasso!!!!!!

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

Practically Pikasso
500 Main Street, Unit 1
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography-Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

less than three Week…Thursday…

DSC_5411It’s Mattie Williams Thursday!!! Yes, it’s so sad…we’re almost at the end of our week-long project dedicated to…the heart…the love…the places that make our village so unique. Still, we must move forward…it’s the only way to go. SO, ON WITH THE COUNTDOWN!!!!!!


We less than three Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center. They provide programs and services that educate and support families in need. Food Pantry, Diabetes Testing and Clothing Closet are a few of this center’s ways in which they improve the lives of our fellow villagers. AND…BTW…they ❤ donations!!!

Pictured here is Executive Director, Janet Hooper…of course…displaying the love…the heart of our community’s non for profit organizations.

Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center
1003 Dr. ML King Jr. Street, North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Like them on Facebook!!!!!!

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

The Tiles of Life…

image-3 (1)Mosaics…the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone or other materials…used to create a pattern or picture. This art is about four thousand years old, and with the use of vivid color, skill and artistry, it can create a message or picture that cannot be created any other way.

Mosaics…the tiles of life…another community project for the future Safety Harbor Art & Music Center, also known as, SHAMc.

Terrie and I were so thrilled to be invited to the Whimsy House to participate in creating three by five foot mosaic panels that will be used on the outside, as well as, the inside of the SHAMc. Neither of us had ever tried it before, but we wanted to be a part of this project. It was there that we learned about mosaics…AND…the SHAMc Collective. It’s a core group of artists working tirelessly to create these panels and perfecting their personal skills in mosaics–which is one of the many workshops they will be conducting when SHAMc opens its doors.

Anything and everything creative…that’s SHAMc!!!

Local artists, Todd and Kiaralinda, winners of a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Program, are working to see their dream come alive…a place to discover and develop all forms of the creative process, whether it be art, music, writing, spoken word, film. They’re making it happen with the support of the community and this core group…The SHAMc Collective…pictured here is Kiaralinda, Barbi, Heather, Laura, Terrie and Luanne. They are placing one “tile of life” at a time…telling you…us…the story of what art and music can do for a village.

Want to learn more about Safety Harbor Arts & Music Center??? Check out the website listed below.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

A Recipe for Community…

3rd Annual Soup Cook OffThe Soup Cook Off is getting more popular year after year.  This is the 3rd time that O’GOSH has hosted this event that benefits the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Arts Center.  It was a simply spectacular day with unseasonably low temperatures, but there was enough bright Florida sunshine to ward off that “chilly to the bone” feeling. Great day for soup, RIGHT???

Being a member of O’GOSH, I–along with some my of fellow members–braved the cold to help with this event. We set out the soup entries and began to ladle tastings to all who attended.  At one point I looked around and had–what I call–a moment.  I guess what I’m trying to tell you is that I was so taken over by the absolute love and support my fellow villagers have for their community…their home…eachother…that I was inspired to create a little recipe for what, I believe, gives Safety Harbor its specialness.

Recipe for Community:


* 4.92 square miles
* 16,884 villagers
* 1 Espiritu Santo Natural Mineral Spring
* 1 Tocobaga Indian Mound
* 1 Baranoff Oak Tree
* 72.65 average temperature
* 11 public parks
* Grapefruit…this is not optional…because that’s how we roll!


Start with 4.92 square miles of coastal heaven.  Mix in 16,884 peeps that are passionate about their community, and toss in relics like the Espiritu Santo Natural Mineral Spring, the Tocobaga Indian Mound in Philippe Park and the 300-500 year old Baranoff Oak.  Heat this to an average yearly temp of 72.65 degrees, and stir into this mixture 11…yes, that would be 11…beautiful public parks.  And, thanks to Odet Philippe–the villager responsible for bringing the grapefruit to Florida and a member of The Citrus Hall of Fame–for freshness, squeeze in some grapefruit juice and add slices to garnish. Aaahhh, enjoy the mixture.


* 0 calories

This pic is of the winners of the Golden Ladle Award…Mike Long and Ali Voepel with Safety Harbor City Commissioner, Nancy Besore.
Photo: Terrie Dahl Thomas

O’GOSH–ask us how to join??????
Check out my archives to find out about what O’GOSH is all about…July 2012.

Understanding your own village helps you understand the world.

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

Calling All Tree Huggers…Part Deux…The Elf Tree…

Elf TreeThe post that I published back in July 2011 about the Baranoff Oak is today, by far, one of the most popular. With that being said, how about another quite interesting tree that has actually assisted in our community developement.

It’s known as the Elf Tree. It is a Live Oak that is over 200 years old, and it is located right by Safety Harbor Library. The story goes sorta like this…the oak grew on an Indian Ceremonial Shell Mound…the Shell was later removed and used as road base material for our local streets. Removing the Shell gave this tree its unique appearance creating this space between the tree and the earth. To me what this tree represents is kind of like a metaphor for life…parts stay grounded while other parts shoot for the stars. Aaahhh…Heaven and Earth…what a good balance.

My good friend, Terrie Dahl-Thomas took this photo, and she sent me an email about her photo shoot with this striking piece of nature. Terrie wrote, “It is such a cool tree. I enjoyed walking around it and really looking at it. If it could talk, the stories it could tell.”

If you live here in the village, why not go by and do as Terrie did…walk around it…really look at it…hug it, if you like. The Elf Tree is quite extraordinary, which gives us another great lesson–why would you be anything less than extraordinary. Less than that would be boring…DON’T BE BORING!!!!!!!!!

To my delight, Terrie Dahl-Thomas will be doing some of my pics, and I am very thankful for having a trained eye for some of my upcoming posts. You can contact her at the address listed below.

Terrie Dahl-Thomas

The Elf Tree…a lil bit of Heaven and a lil bit of Earth

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

Pub Culture…The Heart of a Village…

Pub Culture...They have itPayday came and with it a beer.
–Rudyard Kipling

What is a pub??? It stands for public house…but it’s really so much more. It’s a place that celebrates community life…a place where locals meet and get to know each other…a place that welcomes all ages. It’s not a cafe or a club…it’s the pub…8th Avenue Pub, that is.

Creating a pub culture takes a family effort. Mike and Joan Kelly, pictured here, have established the true “pub atmosphere” with serving craft beers on tap and by bottle. Mixed drinks are also available…AND…lovin’ the new pizza oven. It’s a wood fired oven from Italy, and let me just say, the pizza is outstanding.

Drinks are consumed and friends are made…that’s pub culture…that’s Mike and Joan’s vision. They have lived in the village for over twenty-six years and they love it. Their children, Danny, Courtney and Sean all work for the pub to keep it running smoothly, whether it be working behind the bar, playing music or doing the books, it’s a true family affair…working hard to produce an atmosphere and also products that they are proud of.

They also added Tillie, Jenn, Flip and Jason…some key peeps in helping the pub to run efficiently and to make that delectable wood fired pizza that I mentioned earlier. I guess you could call them, Mike and Joan’s extended family.

“A sensitive community,” is what Mike calls Safety Harbor. He sees the camaraderie that can happen in a pub environment, and that’s why 8th Avenue Pub hosts many fund-raising events to assists with different charities and non-profit associations.

A pub culture…a warm culture…that’s 8th Avenue Pub. What a great place to meet and greet your fellow villagers. If you live near, why not walk on down and partake of some of that heart…of your community.

BTW…The garage concerts happen here, but that kids, truly deserves its own post. You’ll hear of that later this year.

8th Avenue Pub–experience the HEART of pub culture!!!
103 8th Avenue, North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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