The Heroine from Sweden

I have a new Heroine and her name is Tess Asplund!

Every once in a while when someone does something so utterly morally right simply because their whole being knows it’s should be done is when I find myself shouting my approval from the sidelines.

What Tess did to show her defiance of hate was a spontaneous act of unmitigated bravery.

“We live in a Europe where far-right ideas are becoming more popular, and there is also a reaction against them. It is a time when people are longing for something to channel their urge to resist the Europe that builds borders against refugees, the Europe that cannot cooperate anymore. Tess has captured one of the conflicts of our time,” -Daniel Poohl of Expo, the anti-racist foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

Last Friday I had a crazy-looking woman shout at me “to get out of the way of a person who is a jobholder” as I wrote my bike down the street of a very multicultural neighborhood where she looked to be out-of-place actually. Continue reading “The Heroine from Sweden”

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Ystävänpäiva = Happy Friend’s Day

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Today I received this message from my sister:

“Happy Valentines Day Pet I love you”

It made me smile despite the typo (Pat) and helped to settle my mind about the meaning of love for today.

Just thinking of her taking the time to quickly type a message to me on her smartphone before going to bed to be sure that I didn’t feel alone when I read it in another country thousands of miles away, motivated me to sent out a few messages of my own to women that I care about.

I’m glad I did and I hope that they felt the love conveyed within my individual messages to them.

Today I learned that Finland celebrates “Ystävänpäivä”, or Friend’s Day.

There, close friends will open cards and gifts that they have sent to each other.

Wouldn’t it be a lovely thing to send a message to someone that you care about. You could even pick up the phone to call them just to say why you cherish their role in your life.

Love is not just about Valentine’s and Chocolates with red roses from those who love you. You can decide to make it a day where you tell those women and men who may be a little lonely somewhere in the world that they matter to you.

“Ystävänpäivä”, to you all!

Love, Pat

The Faces of Santa Ana

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Sometimes, what’s written leaves a lasting impact upon us. In fact, some words can motivate us to reach out to others who are living within the straits of difficulties beyond their control. This was the experience of Brian Peterson who decided not to just look past the needs of those without housing in Santa Ana California. In this Q & A he shares what lead him to begin the Faces of Santa Ana project. Continue reading “The Faces of Santa Ana”

Epitaph

There are not many of us who get out of life without being something good and something bad.

The other day I read through an article [1] that decried David Bowie as being a rapist and sex-abuser. I had never heard of anything liked this being said about him before so, I read through the article. What I retain from it is that a member of the author’s family had been abused and she alone wanted nothing else to do with the abuser, etc. She did write a few lines about David Bowie alleging to something that happened sometime in the past. If it is true or not I can’t say. Continue reading “Epitaph”

They Chose Compassion

Choosing compassion is quite descriptive of what Glennon Melton from Momastery as well as Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Cheryl Strayed and Rob Bell who are the other members of The Compassion Collective would do. These 5, decided to join together to raise $1,000,000.00 in 24 hours to bring aid, support, comfort and care to refugees in Europe. It took them 31 hours and the support of 41,000 people to reach this goal. People who decided to follow them and be light givers in a time of great darkness to those in need.

They did this.

Yes! Continue reading “They Chose Compassion”

An Ever-lasting Legacy

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When I remember people that I have loved, it’s through thoughts of them being full of life and happiness. And through all the positive things that made them a person whose vibrancy comes to life again and again before my inner eye. Contrarily, negative people only come to mind if and when I remember a particular event or a feeling triggers the memory of the negativity of their time in my life. Continue reading “An Ever-lasting Legacy”

A Van for the Family

For some time now I’ve been following the work of an Artist who paints pictures of the homeless on Facebook. Faces of Santa Ana

A post that I read a few minutes ago caused so much joy that I’m sharing it with you too.

A Van for the Family

This is what one homeless man is doing to help a couple find shelter.

Will you help too? ❤ Patricia

Update:

$1, 563 was raised by 10 people in 3 days!

Three Cheers for Jesus all say “Hey! Hey!! Hey!!!” -River, Rebekah and John

‘Tis the Season, every single day of the year!

❤ Patricia