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
http://www.peaceoneday.org

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!

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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
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

 

 

 

 

 

The #PeaceDayProject2016 …

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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
http://www.peaceoneday.org

United Nations
http://www.un.org

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 …

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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
http://www.peaceoneday.org

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
peaceoneday.org

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
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Photography : Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

The #PeaceDayProject2016 …

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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?????????

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!!!!

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.

WOOHOO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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
http://www.peaceoneday.org

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 …

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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

http://www.peaceoneday.org

 

Photography:  Terrie Thomas

Words:  Karen Vest

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BK2HK 2016 … Shave OR a Haircut …

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
~14th Dalai Lama

August. We know it’s hot. We know it’s humid. School is back in session, which means the morning commute is much more hectic.
August. It doesn’t sound like a very kind month, does it???

Well, IT is a kind month. And, here is where we explain ….. for the 4th year…. why it is so. Here are 3 examples of what this trait can accomplish.

First and foremost, it’s time to celebrate “Be Kind to Humankind Week”, also know as, bk2hk! Started in 1988 by Lorraine Jara from Toms River, New Jersey. This week was created to promote acts of kindness performed by peeps … to other peeps … all over the globe. It’s like one big kindness fest with a different theme each day, so take a look at the website, which will be listed below, and get that “kindness groove” moving on!!

ARE YOU READY????????? “Be Kind to Humankind Week” is August 25-31st, so we’re giving you advance notice to plan your kindness attacks!!!

Now, onto our second example ….. Saint Baldrick’s Foundation!!! Primarily fueled by volunteers, this not-for-profit organization is raising money to conquer childhood cancer. Their main fundraiser is their head-shaving events … they are actually called “the crazy head-shaving people” because they are crazy enough to think that this head shaving thing can raise enough money to help research and find cures for childhood cancer.

Their challenge ……. BRAVE THE SHAVE!!!!!!!!!

Are you willing to take the challenge???

Well ….. looks like we have a place for you!!!

Here is our third example ….. takin’ it local, ya’ll, because that’s what we do. The Chop Shop hosts a Saint Baldrick’s head shaving event every March for the last few years. Owner, Mike Platow, and his team of stylists set up shop on Main Street with clippers ready for anyone who is ready to “BRAVE THE SHAVE”, and to donate to Saint Baldrick’s. They are the “crazy head-shavers” who help to raise money for childhood cancer. We salute The Chop Shop and how they promote kindness by giving back.

 

Pictured: (left to right) Rhodie, Amber, Suzie, Tammy, Tiana ….. our 2016 example of what it really means to be kind to humankind.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Be Kind To Humankind Week
http://www.bk2hk.org

Saint Baldrick’s Foundatiom
http://www.stbalricks.org

The Chop Shop
Facebook: Thechopshop727

 

 

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

#WDoG … The Sequel!!!!

dsc_3857.jpegIt’s altruism at its best!

 

June 15th is “Worldwide Day of Giving” and we are so excited to share this with you for the second year.

 

It was created by Reed Sandridge as a tribute to his mother, who was always thinking of others before herself.  It all began with his yearlong journey to give $10 everyday to a complete stranger…all while being unemployed.

 

You can find out more on this story by checking out our blog post from June 2015.  (You know we love those extra hits!!!)   :)))

 

Consider this a game and go forth out into the world and make a stranger’s day!!!!

 

Here’s how to play …..

 

Choose one of three activities or choose all three.

 

1.   Give a stranger $10

 

2.  Volunteer

 

3.  Donate $10

 

Here are the explanations from the “Worldwide Day of Giving” website:

*Give 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 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 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 have a couple of suggestions in regards to donating on this most special day.

*Friends of the Safety Harbor Library     http://www.safetyharborfol.weebly.com

*Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center   http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

 

Why not start your own personal altruistic journey today?????????   AND… encourage others to do the same.

 

Reed’s Year of Giving

http://www.yearofgiving.org

Twitter @ReedSandridge

 

We would love to hear from you on June 15th!!!  Send us your pics via Twitter or Instagram!!!!

 

Photography:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Twitter:  @DahlTerrie          Instagram:  @terriedahl

 

Words:  Karen Vest

Twitter:  @karen_b_invest          Instagram:  @karen_b_invest

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

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Knock Knock. WHO’s There …..

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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

http://www.dayofawesomeness.com

 

Women Helping Others

http://www.whosafetyharbor.weebly.com

 

Photog:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

 

Words:  Karen Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once Upon a Time …..

dino National Picture Book MonthEvery November Americans celebrate a day that is centered around giving thanks for our blessings. Family and friends coming together to enjoy a nice meal and to express gratitude for each other; it’s known as Thanksgiving but we like to refer to it as a shared experience.

Thanksgiving is not our focus here today. What we would like to talk about is … sharing an experience. One that involves a parent and a child or a teacher and his/her students ….. really anyone can participate in this “sharing fest” we’re FINALLY getting to.

November is …………. National Picture Book Month!!!

Founded by author and storyteller Diane de Las Casa, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book. Through essays, promotional kits and activities, such as the PBM Ambassador Badge and the themed calendar, PBM is encouraging us to turn the page instead of “swiping” the screen. Reading to a child with a “real” book stimulates imagination and sparks curiosity. For the adult, it gives us an opportunity to escape the mundane and slip into a world of enchanted forests and talking animals.

Sharing an experience like that??? COuld be the best twenty minutes of your day!

Now it’s time to take it into the village.

Dino Kotopoulis (pictured) is the illustrator of the book “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key”, which is an educational children’s book written by David Kinne. What is so amazing about this book is that it was created with no thought of profit to either author or the award-winning illustrator. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the book will go to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and its rescue … rehabilitate … release program.

Please check out “Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key”, an adventure on the high seas … AND … learning a thing or two about protecting our endangered sea turtles.

BTW ….. Both author and illustrator are local residents of Safety Harbor, Florida. We are so blessed to have them in the village, and we salute them in their efforts to preserve nature and to preserve the “shared experience” ….. picture books.

National Picture Book Month
http://www.picturebookmonth.com READ * SHARE * CELEBRATE

Captain Tortuga & The Treasure Of Sand Key
Kinne / Kotopoulis
http://www.m.facebook.com/captaintortugabook
Insta: @captaintortugabook

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child
– Dr. Seuss

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Sunday …

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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
http://www.peaceoneday.org Join the movement!

Postcards For Peace
http://www.postcardsforpeace.org

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Saturday …

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Nothing cryptic here 🙂 ….. just kids and canines celebrating peace working up to International Peace Day, the 21st September.

Peace One Day has many goals … ceasefire, non-violence, peace within our homes, schools and communities. They also measure the amount of people coming together in the name of peace. This day is far from symbolism … that’s why measurement of peace on all levels is so important.

Now, it is time to promote peace together by individual action!!!

It’s called the “Thunderclap” and it’s an easy way for individuals to promote Peace One Day. It’s just a little click of a button and Thunderclap does the rest. It amplifies the message of peace and spreads it on social media via Twitter, Facebook or Tumbler. By registering on Thunderclap, you are allowing them to share a message on your behalf in support of Peace One Day. It’s just ONE message … ONE time only, which will be on Peace Day.

WHAT SAY YOU???

Why not put your individuality to work. Speak out for peace within homes, schools and communities. Speak out against child abuse ….. speak out against animal cruelty ….. let your voice be counted!!!

Our pic of the day is from Ed’s Fine Wines in the village. His name is Brunello, and he is promoting a peaceful and cruelty-free society. Thank you to Brunello’s dad, Ed Giancola for letting Brunello be part of our #PeaceDayProject2015.

Always ……… the question is ……… Who will YOu make peace with???

Peace One Day Join the movement! Join the Thunderclap!
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Ed’s Fine Wines
***Check out Brunello’s Wine Blog***
http://www.edsfinewines.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Friday …

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Well, the weekend is upon us. We hope that you are thinking and acting more peacefully as we shift from work mode to weekend mode. For the sake of any newbies to the #PeaceDayProject2015, our theme this week is kids and canines!

This week-long project is about getting involved. What can you do to raise awareness for peace in the home? What can you do to stop animal cruelty? What can you do to support Peace One Day???

We have an idea!!!!!!!!

You can shop for peace!!!

It’s the weekend ….. it’s time for kicking back and doing a little retail therapy, don’t ya think??? The Peace One Day website will be listed below, so take a look and start hitting that “add to cart” icon. Fashion Designers Marc Jacobs, Dave Little, Stella McCartney and Toby Mott are all contributors with some really unique t-shirt designs that support the campaign.

And if you live around the village, please visits the businesses that agreed to be a part of our #PeaceDayProject2015. They didn’t do it for the advertising ….. they did it because they believe in this movement.

Pictured: Our crew of the day!!! Left to right we have Drew, Jake holding Hershey with Chloe keeping the family corralled together. Thank you Andy and Cammie Zodrow for allowing your family to participate in the #PeaceDayProject2015.

So, remember to love your littles ….. treat all animals with kindness ….. shop for peace ….. support your local businesses, because they want peace.

AND … the question of the day ….
Who will YOu make peace with on 21st September????

Peace One Day Join the movement and shop for peace!
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Andy Zodrow
Vice-Mayor, City of Safety Harbor, Florida
http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

Cammie Zodrow
Senior Dolphin Trainer
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
http://www.seewinter.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

The #PeaceDayProject2015 … Wednesday …

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We are working up to International Peace Day with our week-long #PeaceDayProject2015. If you’ve been following along … WELCOME BACK!!! If you’re a first time viewer, thanks for joining our little peace party!!!

Our theme this year is …. kids and canines!!! Peace Day is not only about ceasefire between nations; it’s about peace on all levels. It’s about stopping the violence, torture, neglect and abandonment of our most beautiful treasures.

Pictured here, we have one of our little villagers, Ben with his bodyguard, Duke … our treasures!!! Thank you to their parents, Angel and Nate Johnson for your help in promoting the #PeaceDayProject2015!

Please join the movement of Peace One Day and help to create the largest recorded cessation of hostilities both domestically and internationally.

Who will YOu make peace with on 21st September???

Peace One Day Join the movement!!!
http://www.peaceoneday.org

Angel Johnson
http://www.allstateagencies.com/CBednark
angeljohnson@allstate.com

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

bk2hk 2015 ….. Going #BeyondTheBucket

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This is what we do, ya’ll!

We spread peace, love and ….. oh yeah ….. that “kindness” thing.

This is our 3rd year celebrating “bk2hk” week!

Before we explain this special week, we would like to share with you why we publish posts such as this. Sometimes … well, lots of times, we need to read about the goodness that IS happening in the world in which we live; so we can continue to have hope in humanity.

Soooo, here’s some hope!

Be Kind To Humankind Week is a salute to being kind and participating in kind acts toward other humans. It’s a chance for all of us to show some compassion to our fellow man, send a smile to a stranger or go above and beyond the call of duty, and it’s celebrated every August 25th-31st. Please check the link below and find out about “bk2hk” week ….. OR ….. you can check out our archives … which, would be in August……….
just in case you were wondering!!!

But, ENOUGH about us!!!

It’s time to explain what true kindness is, and what going #BeyondTheBucket really means.

You’ve all heard of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”, and you’ve seen the countless number of celebrities participating and nominating more celebrities to “take the challenge” or donate.

Now, we’re taking this challenge into and out of the village ….. AND ….. going #BeyondTheBucket!!!

Embracing Life Through Love is a Federal nonprofit organization and public charity that specializes in patient care and support services for those affected with Neuromuscular and Motor Neuron related diseases. It’s the diseases that have no cause and ….. no cure. Yes, it’s Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), MS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) …. even spell check couldn’t make out the last one. Remember, there is no cure.

Enter Stage Left ….. Megan Durgan, the founder of Embracing Life Through Love, and the vision of her organization is to develop a wellness retreat center — the first of its kind. It’s all about addressing the need for additional services that most insurances do not cover, and no one is turned away regardless of their ability to pay.

What this organization needs more than anything is donations. Please visit the website listed below, and do your part to make this vision a reality.

Pictured: Megan ….. going #BeyondTheBucket!!! That’s why she is our 2015 example of what it really means to be kind to humankind. Thank you!

Be Kind To Humankind Week
http://www.bk2hk.org
Decide to be kind.

Embracing Life Through Love
http://www.embracing-life.org
Bringing hope and healing.

YES. IN ALL CAPS ….. P.L.E.A.S.E. D.O.N.A.T.E.

*Dedicated in memory of Mark Alton Wedde.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

Miss Independent (s) …..

Miss IndependentIn July we celebrate our independence with parades, fireworks and bar-b-ques.  It’s also family gatherings and festivities that just scream the words “proud” to be an American.

This week we are honoring another deeply rooted American foundation.  July 19-25 is National Independent Retailers Week.

It’s about making the choice to be a better consumer by supporting your local establishments, and in doing so, we shop our way to a better economy.  According to the American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), there is something called the “Multiplier Effect”, which is a boost to local economy brought on by locally owned businesses spending business revenue within the region.

So, let’s take this into the village!!!

Not only are we saluting our local independent retailers, but we would like to point out some of our village establishments owned by women.  They are passionate … they know their products … they know their customers. Literally.

Isn’t it refreshing to open up a shop door and hear your name, like an old friend greeting you as you walk into their shop… into their home.  It’s what they built and created … AND… they deserve recognition.  These ladies put the “special” in specialty.

That being said, you know we must give you a challenge!!!

We’re talking all-local all the time for the next 7 days.  Please visit your local shops, salons and restaurants; all the peeps doing the “local” thing. Do your part and help local businesses prosper and grow!

Pictured:
Francie’s Studio
Owner: Francie Rogal
franciestudio@gmail

Galleria
Jana LaBarbera, Kelsy Johnson, Owner- April Hayes, MT Haakon
Facebook: safetyharborgalleria

Tupelo on 4th
Owner: Melissa Haist
http://www.tupeloon4th.com

Thank you to all these lovely ladies and thank you for making an economic impact in our community!!!

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

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

#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…

Shifting Gears …..

Greg Bike Month (2)Hold on to your handlebars!!! We’re trailblazing into May and celebrating National Bike Month, giving us an opportunity to get into some active transportation, while helping to reduce our personal carbon footprint.

National Bike Month was founded by The League of American Bicyclists.
Their Mission:
To represent bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities and a bicycle-friendly America.

So, in honor of #BikeMonth, we would like to give you all a list of some interesting benefits of biking that you may not know.

* Cycling 3 hours per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.

* A bike is 30 times less expensive to buy and maintain than a car.

* You can put 15 bicycles in the same place that one car takes.

* Bicycling significantly reduces transportation emissions while also reducing traffic congestion and the need for petroleum.

How much more beneficial to health, wealth and our environment can bicycling be??? Well, there is so much more but (because we like to keep the word count low) we have to move onto … THE … C.H.A.L.L.E.N.G.E.

Put the keys down for just one day or just part of the day. Shift the “gears” in your mind from living on auto pilot to a conscious and deliberate action, choosing to pedal to your next destination. We assure you, you’ll have some “bike moments” like, kid-like excitement and the feeling of flying. By doing this you are helping reduce your carbon footprint, saving on fuel and being good to body …. all at the same time. IT’S FANTASTIC, don’t ya think!!!!!

AND ….. to all the villagers that live here and are reading this …. we are only 4.9 square miles. Why not hit the pavement with another type of tread. Loose the routine of hopping behind the wheel of your car and start hopping onto your bike. Every trip will be unique and interesting, with new discoveries and enchanting views.

Soooo …. OFF YOU GO!!!! AND …. remember your brain bucket!

Pictured: Greg Seymour, owner of Pizzeria Gregario. He understands the importance of reducing his personal carbon footprint, choosing to cycle to and from his restaurant.

Pizzeria Gregario
400 2nd Street, North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
727.386.4107
http://www.facebook.com/PizzeriaGregario

The League of American Bicyclists
http://www.bikeleague.org/

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
~ H.G. Wells

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