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 …

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 …


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 …









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

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…

Beautiful Minds…

I have a mantra for 2012.  Are you curious to what it is???  Maybe even a teeny weeny bit?????????  Well, it’s the reason for this post and for this blog.  My mantra is to…CONNECT–COLLABORATE–CREATE–CULTIVATE.

So, here’s the story of this remarkable group of peeps.  Pictured here are a few of the 45 students that attend Harborside Studio in Safety Harbor, FL–which is, an adult day program and gallery for developmentally disabled artists.  The cirriculum is art based with the focus being on paintings, crafts and ceramics.

Program Director, Michelle Ault and the Harborside Art Instructors are committed to CONNECTING with their students and assisting them to learn, grow and attain their highest potential in creativity.  It’s the staff, with the necessary gifts to allow students to speak their truth through the medium of art.  It’s the students giving the staff the beauty of being blessed with a career that gives back every minute of the day…now that’s what you call–COLLABORATION. The art that is CREATED from this teamwork is sold in the gallery and the artists benefit with a sense of accomplishment through a completed piece, and a paycheck with 60% of the sale for their work.

Here…exist the perfect community.  With perfection comes the need to CULTIVATE so it can grow and thrive…create more art…create more truth…give back…every minute of the day.

CULTIVATE???  Are you interested???  There is so much you can do…you can borrow my mantra and CONNECT–COLLABORATE–CREATE–CULTIVATE and invest in these beautiful minds. By donating your time, you can be part of the celebration of art that happens here.  Don’t have time?????????  Harborside Studio is more than thrilled to accept donations, money or art supplies, so they can continue to grow and welcome more artists to the program.

Pictured here are some of the students with Valerie, one of the Instructors. It’s their activity hour and they are dressed and ready to watch belly dancing and drumming, enlightening students to other cultures and other art forms.

Harborside Studio–It’s pure art!!!
176 5th Avenue, North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

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

Badda Bing, Badda Boom-Dominic’s Pizzeria…

It’s 8:30pm…Friday night…I’m just getting back to my village. Do I REALLY want to go home and start the necessary and tedious task of cleaning my closet??? It’s time to do this…I just found Christmas presents forgotten because of the abysmal closet. I’m at the 4-way stop–going straight through equals home and closet–OR–I can take a left and…AAAHHH…chairs, tables, umbrellas and the gathering of villagers. My youthful spirit is awakened and says, “Silly girl, take the left and leave the closet for another time–another year.” Well, you know…gotta go for the gatherings and the pizza, which is a folder for sure!!!

Dominic’s Pizzeria has an enchanting vibe that is bursting with young, fresh ways of taking our sleepy village and giving it some life. When owners, Tom and Anna, decided to open this classic pizzeria, they knew that Safety Harbor would be the perfect place. “It has a small community atmosphere, much like that of my hometown in Massachusetts,” Tom explained. They developed a menu that consists of soups and salads, subs, traditional Italian plates…AND…OF COURSE…THE PIZZA–which is–FUGGETABOUTIT!!!

The couple then went to work on giving Dominic’s Pizzeria its style, by adding an outside cafe that maintains a relaxed and casual ambiance. They hired a great group of employees. “They are like our family–our kids,” Anna said in a very endearing way, “and, we want them to feel that they are a part of this.”   They also do a great job of making customers feel like family…they remember their names and what they order…who wouldn’t want that!

So now,  it’s time to pull this all together for you.   Walk into Dominic’s and see the inviting, but fast paced way this Pizzeria is moving with a sort of pulsating current…it’s exciting with bright lights and conversation buzzing all around. Or, step outside and capture some of  the Harbor’s current and enjoy the outside cafe…fuggetaboutit!   AND THAT, my friends is…badda bing, badda boom.

Pictured here is Tom, Anna and Andrew inviting you to experience the vibe that is Dominic’s Pizzeria.

Dominic’s Pizzeria
100 Main Street, Suite 104
Safety Harbor, FL

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

It’s Art About Florida-The Highwaymen…

So, who are The Highwaymen???

It’s a quite interesting story…AND…a great piece of Florida history. The Highwaymen are a group of landscape artists that broke through the traditional world of art, and the racial and cultural barriers of the time. This talented bunch consisted of 26 African American artists from the Fort Pierce area that started an art movement, which today is considered quite unique.

They were self-taught…they mentored each other. It was the 1950’s in the South and this group of young artists were starting their careers with…let’s just say, a lot of challenges facing them and that’s the remarkable part of this story. They rose above these obstacles by adopting enterprising ways to succeed in the business of being artists.

So, here’s the story…AND…the history. The Highwaymen loved to paint the natural landscapes that all Floridians and visitors to our state find so beautiful. Trying to find a gallery interested in artwork by unknowns with no formal training was impossible, and do not forget the unsettled racial times of the late 50’s in the South. These extraordinary artists painted on construction materials like inexpensive Upson board or masonite framed with crown molding. They packed their cars with their passion and headed down the highway selling out the trunks of their cars to businesses and individuals throughout the State of Florida. Today, their works of art are sought after by many…AND…our Nation’s Capitol has on ongoing exhibit of vintage paintings at Florida House–which serves as a goodwill embassy for Floridians.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the original Highwaymen, Mr. James Gibson, who is pictured here displaying one of his trademark pieces. This is the 13th year that the Safety Harbor Museum has showcased The Highwaymen but, this was my first time getting to see the artwork upclose. Had I taken the time to check out what my village has to offer, it wouldn’t have been my first viewing of this show.

Hint to the readers of this posts…take a walk around and discover all your village has to offer…support it…preserve it.

I would like to thank Mr. James Gibson for sharing his story…his history. Being a successful artist, James has not forgotten his community. He shares his time and talent with several charities, which range from youth programs to Alzheimers community care. Please check out his website for info, and check out the long list of accolades bestowed upon him.

James Gibson

I know…I know…I know…I went way past the word count that I usually use as my guideline. Just once!!!!

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

Artists Tested and Harbor Approved…

As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.
-John Lubbock

I would like to welcome to the village…”Tree”… pictured here with the artists, Gus and Lina Ocamposilva. Their sculpture won the honors of launching the new public art program called “Showcase Safety Harbor” created by the City of Safety Harbor and the Safety Harbor Public Art Committee–which is, to feature outdoor works of art for our enjoyment and the city’s committment to art and culture. This program launched a nation wide call to artists to submit a sculpture…AND…Gus and Lina were their first choice.

“Tree” is part of a series of sculptures the couple is working on to demonstrate why the elements of nature are so important to us all. “Trees gives us fresh air to breathe, and it’s important to take care of what takes care of us,” as Lina so eloquently put it.  “We are very proud of our contribution to the City of Safety Harbor.”

So…C’MON MAN!  Take a stroll by City Hall, and welcome “Tree” to its new home for the next year.

Thankyou, Gus and Lina for bringing artful color and beauty to our village and to our lives.

Please visit their website to see how these two integrate heart and soul into Sculptures bursting with creativity and connection.

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

Let’s Cultivate!!!

What do you want to cultivate in your life?

In the Dictionary the word cultivate is defined by preparing soil by labor and care to grow crops. Refine and improve are other words listed…sounds like this could be a metaphor for life. Cultivating means taking care of the things that matter to you most. By giving a solid foundation, like soil packed with nutrients…allows for the growth of a healthy root system. It also can involve refining and improving, like tiling the soil and proper fertilization and hydration…that will fortify vitality and resilience.

This Christmas Cactus was given to me a year ago on this day by my angel of a sister, Lisa. It was small and weak looking, but she assured me that if I took care of it, one day it would bloom like it is today.

Let’s cultivate…it’s the gift we give ourselves…our family…our community…our world.

Happy Holidays!

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…