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
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Photography : Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

#WDoG…

#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 http://www.sparked.com.  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

http://www.safetyharborfol.weebly.com

*  Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center

http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

 

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

http://www.yearofgiving.org

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

 

 

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

The #PeaceDayProject…Counting Down…4…

POD 2013-LibraryWe’re counting down to International Peace Day featuring a different department within our city government.

Day 4 of our #PeaceDayProject goes to…

Safety Harbor Library

Peace may sound simple–one beautiful word–but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.
~Yehudi Menuhin

Who will you make peace with???
http://www.PeaceOneDay.org

City of Safety Harbor
http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

Photography-Terrie Dahl-Thomas
http://www.irubdeadfish@Etsy.com

binvested in your community…binvested in your world…

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
chip.ter@tampabay.rr.com

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

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