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 …











Syd Entel bk2hkAs this week ends, we have come closer and closer to understanding what true kindness is all about. It’s about sacrifice, consideration, thinking with the heart, lending a helping hand, being thoughtful, forgiveness, and our last message to complete our “Be Kind To Humankind” Week salute is something we could all work on–the spoken word.

Today’s theme: Speak Kind Words Saturday…

Susan Benjamin, of Susan Benjamin Glass, and Michelle Alt, Director of Harborside Studios, proudly support “BK2HK” at the Special Art By Special Hands Exhibition at Syd Entel Galleries. They know the power of kind words and the positive influence they can have on humankind.

What can you do today???
Be aware of what you say and how you say it.
AND…one more…just because it’s the last day…do not gossip, or, at least, try not to.

Interested in learning more about verbal kindness? Check out the website: and take the pledge.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
~Mother Theresa
Decide to be kind.

Harborside Studios (check out our archives: “Beautiful Minds” March 2012.)
176 5th Ave., North
Safety Harbor, Fl 34695

Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass
247 Main Street
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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


Chokyn...bk2hkIt’s “Be Kind To Human Kind” Week…it’s Friday. We have two more important kindness messages for you. These may require a bit more work on your part, but rest assured, you’ll feel like a huge weight has been lifted off you…you’ll have a bounce in your step…you’ll be happier.

Today’s theme: Forgive Your Foe Friday…

Supporting “BK2HK” is Kelsang Chokyan, Resident Teacher of Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center. He teaches methods to help calm the mind through meditation. Breathe in…kindness and compassion. Breathe out…anger and unforgiveness. It sounds simple, but most of the time, it’s not. But, with practice and intention, letting go of grudges can be achieved.

What can you do today???
You are what you think. Try to practice kind forgiving thoughts rather than hateful or angry thoughts.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness
~Dalai Lama
Decide to be kind.

Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center
***Everyone is welcome***
201 6th Ave. South
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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


SH Galleria...bk2hkThe kindness train is chugging along, celebrating “Be Kind To Humankind” Week. Spreading acts of kindness is healthy…it’s free…it’s contagious. Why not try it out.

Today’s theme: Touch A Heart Tuesday…

April and Jana from Safety Harbor Galleria are proudly holding the “Be Kind To Humankind” sign, and letting you know practicing simple acts of kindness can become habit forming…if you just let it!

What can you do today???
Tell those you love, “I love you”.

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~Mark Twain
Decide to be kind.

Safety Harbor Galleria–Showcasing Local Artists
123 2nd Ave., South
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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


Animal Associates...bk2bhIf you did not tune in yesterday, here’s the scoop. We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Be Kind To Humankind” Week. Each day of the week we will post a different theme, per the “bk2hk” website, with pics of some of our fellow villagers supporting this week-long event devoted to kindness towards humankind…it’s a good thing, don’t ya think???

Today’s theme: Sacrifice Our Wants For Other’s Needs Sunday…

Employee of the month, Angel, from Animal Associates is raising the “Be Kind To Humankind” sign, as well as, raising our awareness…to kindness and kind acts.

What can you do today???
You can offer to walk a neighbor’s dog if he or she is unable to.

Do SOMETHING for someone else in need…it’s that simple.

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.
~Henry James
Decide to be kind.

Animal Associates
955 Delaware Street
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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


Bk2hk Terrie and meWhat does THAT mean???

It stands for “Be Kind to Humankind”…AND…this week-long holiday is upon us…August 25-31. Being kind…kindness…sharing kindness…spreading kindness…you know where we’re going with this. If not, here’s where we explain to all you peeps out there what’s up with “bk2hk” week.

“Be Kind to Humankind” Week is a celebration of people and the kind acts they perform all over the globe. It was started by Lorraine Jara, who after reading a very upsetting newspaper article, decided to start a campaign to promote kindness, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of “bk2hk” Week.

If you are familiar with this blog, you know how much we ❤ doing week-long projects dedicated to lighthearted topics. Here is no exception…it’s time to take your kindness level up a notch…or many notches.

Everyday we will be posting different themes, per the “bk2hk” website, and sharing with you simple acts of kindness that may help you start thinking with your heart and not your head. They will be easy…rewarding…AND…fun.

Here are Terrie and I giving you a day’s notice to put on your kindness cap…get out there and start promoting and spreading kindness everywhere you go, and, just take notice, of how it is mirrored right back at ya!

Have a joyous week and please drop us some comments on what this week means to you. Should you be so inclined to subscribe, well…we think that would be rather kind.
Decide to be kind.

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…

Soooo Shady…

soooo shady“It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses!………………..HIT IT!!!”
-Blues Brothers

Sunglasses…can make you look like a movie star or a rockstar…OR…maybe they just make you feel COOL!!!

It’s June 27th. It’s National Sunglasses Day, and they deserve their own holiday because they protect pupils from harmful UV rays, as well as, help to avoid cataracts. Sunglasses are def the most important fashion accessory of summer, so why not put on your rose-colored glasses and read a few interesting facts about our topic for today…sunglasses!!!!!!

– In the US alone, every 14 seconds someone breaks their sunglasses by sitting on them…OR…looses them.

– Inexpensive mass-produced sunglasses were introduced to America by Sam Foster in 1929. Foster found a ready market on the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he began selling sunglasses under the name Foster Grant.

– Sir Elton John is reported to have a collection of 1000 pair.

– Aviator sunglasses or “pilot’s glasses” were originally developed in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb, and branded “Ray-Ban” for pilots to protect their eyes while flying.

Soooo kids, keep your eyes cool…wear sunglasses!!!!!!!!!! Aviators…Wayfarers…whatever you wear…just wear them with the style and the confidence for the outstanding pupils that you are in this university of life. Always remember, be BOLD…be DARING…AND…be a ROCKSTAR in your world. It’s the only way to go!!!

Pictured here is Rhonda Russel, Optician and Dr. Shaun Hollander of Safety Harbor Optical. They’re celebrating National Sunglasses Day and they are ready to help you with all your eye care needs.

To all my fellow villagers and to anyone reading this post, remember this…

Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses, cuz we were born this way…
-Lady Gaga

Safety Harbor Optical
330 Main Street
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

less than three Week…Saturday…

DSC_5291 Aahhh…Saturday has arrived. It’s really a great feeling waking up on Saturday morning…there’s no rush to get anywhere or do anything…you can just hang out and watch the trees grow…take a morning stroll…sit on the pier and take in the magnificence of Tampa Bay. AND…that’s where we found them…on the pier. Our last day of…the love fest…less than three week. We truly hope that you enjoyed all of our places…LAST BUT NOT LEAST!!!


We less than three The Safety Harbor Fishing Pier in Marina Park…what a spectacular view. It is one of the most relaxing places to be…just sitting there watching the current take away your worries. It’s also a fave place to watch the sunrise…bringing in a new day of possibilities…opportunities…gifts. That’s where we found them…our gifts for this day. They were sitting on a bench watching the water…we needed one more pic. We told them what we were doing and if they wouldn’t mind holding the ❤ prop and being in the pic. They were happy to help us out.

Pictured here are Carol and Ken Merker. They had just sold their house in Spring Hill, Florida and wanted to check out other communities that were inviting to them…maybe reside in. Carol found Safety Harbor on Facebook…and we found them at the pier. They love the village and the villagers seem quite nice. Who knows, maybe you'll see them around town some day…we hope so.

Only one oopsie in this whole week…but…really, it worked out rather perfectly, anyway. Check out our prop…it's backwards…BUT…there’s still a heart…no more words needed…

The Safety Harbor Fishing Pier
110 Veterans Memorial Lane
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

*****Next week-long project will be in September for the Peace One Day Campaign…just like last year…we’re so looking forward to it!!! We’re polishing up the peace sign…so get ready!!!

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

less than three Week…Friday…

DSC_5119It’s Friday!!! Who doesn’t ❤ this day, with the weekend just around the corner…OR…even better, if you're in school and summer break is just around the corner. Happy Friday, and just like your work week…school week…whatever week…we're winding down our week-long project devoted to <3. The weekend is almost here, so it’s time to get outside!!!


We less than three Philippe Park with it's towering tree canopy givin' off all that oxygen for us to sustain life. The trees provide us with shade to keep us cool throughout the long summer months, and their absolute beauty…well, there is nothing like it.

Pictured here are Fairl, Alex and Alaina lovin’ on the tree canopy at Philippe Park in Safety Harbor…looking forward to their last day of school this Wednesday and the lazy summer days they will spend here. AND…BTW…they thought our little idea was pretty nifty…they asked us to take a pic with our less than three prop. Teenagers liking our idea??? Well, it made Terrie and I feel like we still have some coolness left…and that’s a good thing!!!

Philippe Park
2525 Philippe Pkwy.
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…

less than three Week…Wednesday…

DSC_5239Woohoo!!! It’s Wednesday…hump day…it’s all downhill from here. So, let’s get on with it, shall we???


We less than three our Safety Harbor Public Library, with all it's cool programs. Summer Reading Kick-Off Party and Creative Writing Workshops are some that will be starting in June, but no need to wait for summer, just stroll on in and check out all the great programs and services the Safety Harbor Public Library has.

AND…remember kids, you can reserve your books online or send request for a book from another public library in the county…this is one of our personal fave services that they offer.

Pictured here is Librarian, Lori Polgar, taking a break from her desk to show her ❤ for the Safety Harbor Library. We all ❤ the library. Why not visit your local Library and show it some <3.

Safety Harbor Public Library
101 2nd St. North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

less than three Week…Tuesday

DSC_5002Happy Tuesday to all…OR…not. After a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend, it’s hard to get back to the chaos of morning traffic and the office, we hope this will brighten your day a little. We’re crossing our fingers!!!


We less than three the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center. In 2011 the City of Safety Harbor and Safety Harbor Museum Board joined forces, and now they are proud to offer activities that celebrate the history of Safety Harbor, while welcoming a growing arts community. It's where arts and heritage come together.

Pictured here is Laura Kepner and she is lovin' on the Safety Harbor Museum and cultural Center. Laura is a local author who teaches writing workshops here at the Museum. BUT…she does so much more than teaching. Laura has teamed up with fellow author/villager, Warren Firschein, to co-author a book about Safety Harbor, and it's all about the peeps…the history…early pioneers to more modern times. It should be available by November at local bookstores and Barnes and Nobel.

With so much going on here, why not schedule a tour or sign up for one of the many cool workshops that are offered.

Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center
329 S. Bayshore
Safety Harbor, Florida 34695

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

less than three Week…Monday

DSC_5272Happy Memorial Day!!!

If you read yesterday’s post, you know what the plan is for this week…right??? If you haven’t, well you may want to go back and take a looksie…we won’t mind the extra hits…we less than three extra hits on our blog.

HINT…now is the time to go back and look at yesterday’s post…we’ll be waiting quite patiently for your return.

Aaahhh, there you are! Welcome back. Sooooo, let’s get back to the love fest.


We less than three the poolside tiki bar at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.

It’s a fun and festive place the whole family can enjoy, with outstanding bartenders, serving up refreshing cocktails. They also make frosty beverages for the little villagers, as they splash around the pool and soak up some sunshiny rays.

Pictured here is villager, Valerie Hersch showing her ❤ for the poolside tiki bar and those great bartenders, Chris, Ally and Greg. We think it’s the perfect place to celebrate Memorial Day or any day you need to unwind and get into that island mode.

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
105 N. Bayshore Dr.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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


DSC_0386That’s what Lola stands for and that’s what Lola’s Laces is all about.

Being a runner, I was super excited when I found out about an athletic store that was to open in the village. First, I love supporting local business, as well as, my fellow villagers. BUT, I was so happy to hear about the concept and the story of how this establishment came to fruition.

Anita Martin has lived her whole life…actively. She was an athlete in high school and went on to play field hockey and tennis in college. After that, she spent fifteen years working in a women’s athletic store, gaining expertise on how to make it successful. Putting her plan into action, she formed her dream and opened Lola’s Laces.

So, here’s the story of how they landed in the village…Anita and her husband, Randy, spent three winters in this area before deciding to move here. They had so much fun during their visits, and they saw and experienced the friendliness and kindness of the peeps that live here. They’re also dog lovers and wanted to live in a place where–as I like to say–dogs rule. So they packed their things…scooped up the dogs…waved goodbye to Pennsylvania, and now they’re here ready to fit you with the right shoes and the right gear.

Anita’s focus is providing technical clothing for women…whatever size…whatever activity level. Asics, Brooks and Saucony are the brands of footwear, while Moving Comfort, Life is Good and Shock Absorber are the brands of clothing that she features. One on one service is always a great treat these days…AND…that kids, makes for a pleasant shopping experience.

“We’re here to service the casual walker to the elite runner,” explained Anita.

Whether you’re running, playing tennis, dancing to zumba or just walking your dog, Lola’s Laces has shoes and gear for you. Please stop by and welcome Anita and her two beautiful Pembroke Welsh Corgis to the village. She’s here to help you every step of the way.

Lola’s Laces…Living Our Lives Actively…
101 Main Street Suite B
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Photograph: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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

It’s Collaboration Time…

DSC_7109 (1)What is blogging, anyway???

In the past, I seemed to think of it as a solo project. Just me in my office, standing in front of my computer and typing my thoughts to send out to the world. And yes, I do stand when I write…that way I can pace and play with my childish toys while I try to put words on the screen. My new fave–for the moment–is my Hole-y Cow Ball Launcher, but Daisy, my mechanical dog that walks and barks when I press buttons on the bone-shaped remote has a special place in my heart. Her barks are my little “shout out” that I’m on the right track.

I met Terrie about a year ago, when doing a guest blog for Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center and we became friends from that point on. I would call Terrie with ideas that I had to get her feedback…I got a bit obsessed, like the time I called her on New Year’s Eve when she and her husband, Chip, were getting ready to go to a party. I would ask her, “do you think I’m crazy?” She always replied, “you’re not crazy, and I like your concept.”

So, now it’s time for some collaboration…

From time to time, Terrie has photographed some of the images for this blog, and so I thought it would be great to have her join me as a co-creator. She shoots and I write…a great team…don’t ya think??? We’re doing this to give you a look into our little town and why we think it’s “purdy” neat.

I would like to welcome Terrie to the WordPress family, and I am looking forward to working as a team and the new experiences it will bring.

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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…