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 …


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 …

Safety Harbor’s Race For The Booty Triathlon & Duathlon

Expect delay…Safety Harbor Triathlon…Sunday, October 30th…that is what flashed over and over on the sign placed on Bayshore a few days ago. This Triathlon and Duathlon was the first annual hosted by Safety Harbor Spa, Team Psych and Hot For Tri, and proceeds went to Success 4 Kids & Families, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Breast Cancer.

I was really excited to actually be watching and not participating in this race. Sometimes, one needs to take a break to watch, cheer and support other peeps and appreciate the roll of being a spectator in order to renew the love of competition. For me, it’s rising to the challenge and testing myself to keep going even when I have nothing left. Competition can inspire, humble and nourish the soul. It’s life…it’s living…and when there is no motivation to go on, there is someone on the sidelines or a fellow competitor that will cheer us onward. And, crossing the finish line…well, that’s when my heart sings with joy.

Here is some wisdom from Sister Madonna Buder –the 81 year old Champion Triathlete, also known as, The Iron Nun, “If we want to do it, we can. The only failure is not to try, because putting forth the effort is success in itself”.

This is a pic of some friends of mine that rose to the challenge. Congratulations to all…good show.

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

The Good Life -Or- Life Is Good…

I had just finished a long run and needed a much deserved cool down,  and taking a long walk down by this marina would be the perfect recovery. When I reached the end, I sat on one of the park benches just to admire the reflection of the clouds on the water. A young couple, holding hands and leaning on the railing were discussing the sailboats. I overheard one of them say in a slighty depressing tone…”Aaahh, the good life.”  That’s what gave me the idea for the creation of this post.

When I think of “the good life,” I get the feeling of pushing forward with force until, one day, I will have earned enough…for fun, let’s call it brownie points…to have goodness in my life. Then, there is “life is good,”…which gives me another view; one that makes me feel that goodness in my life is present–if I choose for it to be. It is to know that whatever may be in my path…the good, the bad, the ugly…I will maintain my happiness and joy, which will give me strength to endure when life decides to challenge me.

So I ask…what do you choose?

Enjoy your life…for it is good.

A lovely look at the marina in Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…

The Tree Canopy…

Every Thursday morning I meet running peeps in the park. We gather at one of the picnic shelters to warm up, stretch out and complain of our ailments.

And Then…

Aaahhh, the sunrise…I am always amazed at how all the complaining stops, almost instantly, and turns to quiet serenity, as the horizon is washed with color bringing forth a new day of beauty, splendor and hope.

But, really this post is about the tree canopy…the tree tunnel. It is quite a delighful site running towards it or inside of it…the branches tower above, sheltering us and beckoning us…the runners, the walkers, the peeps walking their dogs to make it a great day and to look for what’s good in our lives.

To me the tree canopy is absolute beauty…and the feeling I get…well, what is written below is the best way to describe it.

It’s not the number of breaths we take, it is the number of moments that take our breath away.
-James W. Moore

Taking my breath away…everytime…the tree canopy in Philipee Park.

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

A History Lesson In Graffiti…

In Safety Harbor we paint graffiti all over the city…the library, the community center, the Chamber of Commerce…well, just look around and you’ll see.

So, why the graffiti? Well, it’s about the grapefruit. Aaahh! the grapefruit…but, who is responsible for this? Who else, Odet Philippe (1780-1869), who was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall Of Fame. He was the first non-native permanent settler in Pinellas County, and where would that be? Well, of course, Philippe Park, and back in the day, it was a 122-acre plantation that established the first post-colonial grove on the west coast of Florida. Because of him, grapefruits now account for one fifth of citrus production in the sunshine state. The Indian mound that is there today was there in 1848 and protected the plantation from a devastating hurricane.

Graffiti artists…they call themselves “writers.”  They are passionate, skilled and community oriented.

What do you think about that???

Take some time and check out our graffiti. This pic is from the Chamber of Commerce, and the artist is none other than my friend, Kumpa…an exceptionally talented artist, giving us an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of our community through the “writing on the wall.”

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

Freedom…Our Greatest Glory

Villagers gathered at Verterans Memorial Park this morning to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It was a heartfelt and uplifting ceremony that gave me the concept for this post.

ALWAYS…remember and honor the events that cause you sadness and grief,
BUT…never deprive yourself of noticing and appreciating what is here now.

Take a moment…or several moments…look around at the places and people that give you inspiration…nourishment…purpose. You know. It’s the reason you got out of bed this morning.

Enjoy your day. This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…