Welcome to 2022 and Beyond!

I am the Idealisticrebel or Barbara. I have been on a long hiatus due to health issues and a move down South. I am back now and eager to begin blogging. In addition to the subjects I have blogged about before, Peace, Woman’s Issues, Creativity and Spirituality, I am going to be blogging about the war.

Now I do live in the South on the banks of the French Broad River. The river is my friend and the friend, the ole man river greets me every morning and sparkles like diamonds as the sun dances across its surface. We have a little cold in winter but we seldom have snow and I do not like snow. When we do have snow, it is usually melted the next morning.

I raise orchids these days and it is challenging and fun. I continue to take photographs. I don’t think I will stop. It is the passion of my life. I feel as if I really see life only through a lens. I am gathering the tools together to make bread. I am going to begin to make Artisan breads and I am excited to take this on.

I have nine grandchildren. The oldest is 28 and is engaged. Three are down with sports injuries. Two are basketball players and one is hoping for a scholarship to college. They both tore their ACL’s. My youngest granddaughter is a gymnast and tore her meniscus. She had surgery this morning and is in a lot of pain. Seven of them are driving. The youngest wants to play baseball. One is a little scientist. My oldest granddaughter is in college to be a teacher.. Another is in college to be…determined at a later date. The oldest grandson is a brilliant musician and plays in a band. In the mix, I have a set of twins. A set of boys. They go rock climbing with their dad.

I have saved the best for last. I live surrounded by mountains. Sometimes I walk outside and it just takes my breath away. I live in a picture postcard. No matter the season or the weather those strong steadfast mountains are there pulling the corners of my mouth up.

I invite old readers, new readers, those who agree and those who disagree with me to join the conversation! I just ask for courteous remarks and civil language.



116 thoughts on “Welcome to 2022 and Beyond!

  1. thanks for visiting my blog and I’m thrilled to discover yours – a wealth of information. Thank you also for turning me on to the translator. Mi esposa and I look forward to exploring in depth.

    • Well, I am thrilled to welcome you to the family. I hope you will enjoy your visits. Hugs and blessings, Barbara

      • Peter says:

        Thanks for using my picture on your blogsite! (gorl on top of mountain) Don`t worry about copyright. I adapted the scenery from a creative commons (I think) offering Have fun. A girl`s just gotta have fun, now
        Fellas have beer instead..

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Thank you for your kind visit top LG, and what a lot of treats there are to see here 🙂

  3. Sue Hickey says:

    Hullo Barbara. Thanks for following our blog abuseendswhenyouloveyourself and glad to have found yours. Thanks for the comments and we hope to hear a lot from you. Always great to know others who are trying to do the same thing. Sue

  4. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please don’t feel any pressure to accept. Here’s the link to find out more. http://freelifecoachingblog.com/2014/10/31/one-lovely-blog-award/

  5. racerrodig says:

    Another safe landing zone I see. I say this again, why can’t we all just get along. I hope you don’t mind my opinions and observations.

    • We need to turn our backs on violence, hating, judgement and that will be a good start. My paternal grandmother used to say ” If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all.” Hugs, Barbara

      • racerrodig says:

        Can’t agree more, but I do have a tendency to speak ill of people like Ted Wafer, Fogen, O’ Mara, Wilson, Dunn and the like not out of hate, but because I’m human and can see what they are.

        My grandfather said what your grandmother said….and often I might add. If the racists and bigots would take the time to chill out and get to know people maybe they’d actually “get it” after all, it is 2014.

      • I think it takes a lot more time and energy to hate and to be violent, than it does to walk in peace. Aren’t grandparents wonderful? Hugs, Barbara

    • I welcome all opinions and observations. I am human and therefore flawed. Life is a journey of growth. Hugs, Barbara

  6. KOH  says:

    Thank you so much and shares~
    Have a nice sunday dear, Barbara^^

  7. I enjoyed your views and your courage in posting them.

  8. Loving your New Look Barbara… And you highlight so many things we all need to concern ourselves about.. Many thanks for all of your topics you post about whether it be of your own creation Barbara or a reblog.. You show the world we are ONE and its up to us all to CARE..

    Many thanks for all you do.. Love Sue ❤ xxx

  9. Shery Alexander Heinis says:

    Hi Barbara – Thanks for following my blog and for re-blogging my poem. Your words here are quite inspiring and timely. I share your sentiments on these issues. I’ve also contributed to Artists for Peace. Reminds me that I should write some poems in that vein. Blessings!

  10. I am very glad to have found your blog.You have beautiful thoughts.

  11. Thank you for choosing to follow my blog. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

  12. Hello Barbara! I want to thank you a million times, first for the work you are doing to make the world a better place for all, and secondly, for reblogging my post. I find you wonderful and knowing you is a great blessing for me. May God continue to guide you to be the light that will continue to shine and brighten the world.

  13. Kev says:

    This is a lot easier to follow Barbara… nice theme and intro. I thought I was already following your blog… don’t know what happened there. Anyway, all put to rights! 😀

  14. Momina Asif says:

    Your intro gives me hope that maybe one day this world will be a better place. Looking forward to browsing you blog 🙂

  15. Dr. Rex says:

    On another note, “It Is What It Is” has been nominated for an award. We are “paying it forward”. Please know that you don’t have to accept … just know your work is deeply appreciated!!

  16. Hello, Barbara. I was surprised to see the changes – for the better. Really nice. Change is always good when it’s good. 🙂

  17. Just Patty says:

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award!
    Please check out: http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/december-award-shower/
    You don’t have to accept this award, just know that you are appreciated!
    Lots of Love

  18. Dr. Rex says:

    Hello!! I saw an email that informed me that you were following my blog … interesting. You’ve been the 3rd one …. I think something is happening with WP. Hugs …. 🙂

  19. Maxima says:

    I wish you
    a Merry Christmas
    and a wonderful New Year 2015!
    With Love Maxima

  20. You are doing some really good work here! Thanks for following “Anything is Possible”!

  21. Maxima says:

    My dear friend , Health and happiness to you in the New Year. With love Maxima

  22. Thank you for the follow and hope you enjoy my artworks 🙂

  23. kcg1974 says:

    Hello Dear Barbara: A lovely award for you. Please visit my site to see: http://kimgosselinblog.com/

  24. yprior1 says:

    Hi there IR – I cannot seem to find where your current posts are… hmmm

  25. kabir gandhiok says:

    I can’t thank you enough for visiting my blog and following, I’m humbled. It is great that you create awareness about women equality and encourage people to pursue their creativity. Nice to be connected 🙂

  26. Tish Farrell says:

    Many thanks for the re-blog, Barbara. Much appreciated. I also applaud all that your blog stands for.

  27. Dr. Rex says:

    On another note, “It Is What It Is” has been honored!! Humbly we accept and pay it forward. You don’t have to accept, just know that your worked is deeply valued. But, hey … there are no rules!!

  28. Thank you kindly for the re-blog.

  29. faridanaz says:

    Barbara, thank you so much for your beautiful blog and for your thought provoking posts. Love ❤

  30. Heartafire says:

    Love the new blog format Barbara!

  31. wilsonagaba says:

    I would like to nominate you for the Premio Dardos Award because of the great work you are doing bringing kindness and helping the world.

    Here are the rules for this award: You can accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his or her blog. Include the image of the “Premios Dardos” in the post. Pass the award to another 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement!

  32. Rellick says:

    I love your heart of compassion. You are an inspiration to all.

  33. Dr. Rex says:

    Thanks so much for your nomination. I humbly accept and feel so honored by it, Here’s what I did with it … I paid it forward!! TY … hugs!! ❤
    "It Is What It Is" has been nominated for an award. We would like to pay it forward. Please, know that you don't have to accept. Know that your work is valued and admired!!


  34. Congratulations! Your blog site does have a nice feel and layout and I need to acknowledge you for that.


  35. I like your blog, it looks very nice. I also like what you are saying! visit my blog if you have time it might interest you! I will now explore your blog!

  36. Oliana says:

    I look forward to read some of your posts. At Traces there is a bit of everything…some personal, me working through my demons, or writing to vent when hearing of abused youths. At stigmahurtseveryone.info I write about mental health, racism, abuse…informative blog. Oliana (my nom de plume)

  37. Xena says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Real Neat Blog award. The details are at:

  38. I am loving this blog already and thanks for sharing on mine.

  39. Thanks for the follow and introducing me to your blog. It’s beautiful.

  40. Dr. Rex says:

    Hi, sweet Barbara!! .. on another note, “It Is What It Is” has been challenged. Now I challenge you! You can participate, if you want to!! hugs ….

  41. aFrankAngle says:

    Cheers to peace and positive messages.

  42. amommasview says:

    So great to meet you 🙂

  43. I am so glad that I have found you again! I loved your former blog and I am sure I will find this as delightful! You post such relevant and important messages for women! Thank you! Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

  44. Dr. Rex says:

    Hugs, sweet Barbara … you deserve this award too!!
    ‘It Is What It Is” has been nominated for an award. We would like to pay it forward. There’s no obligation to accept. Just know that your work is admired and valued.
    This is my Christmas present to you! Thank you ….

  45. Advanced Research Technology says:

    Barbara, I relate to your spirit and what you are doing on so many levels.I look forward to your posts on the reader too. I’m nominating you for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Here’s the link: http://advancedresearchtechnology.org/2015/12/31/

  46. Pat says:

    Hi Barbara — it’s nice to meet you over here and it looks like we are speaking the same language. Thank you for stopping my my site. I hope to get to know you more and share our stories.

    Who knows, maybe somewhere along the way, it might make a difference because, as you said, “we are all Stardust and deserving of love and consideration from and for each other. (I love that.)

  47. Dr. Rex says:

    On another note …. “It Is What It Is” has been nominated for the “Respect Award” … we’d like to pay it forward. Take a look: https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/respect-award-nominated-by-dear-kitty-some-blog/
    ….. ❤

  48. Greetings dear friend. Miss you. I drove for first time today.

  49. Dr. Rex says:

    On another note …. Dear Kitty Some Blog has challenged It Is What It Is to 3 days of quote …. I challenge you today. It’s easy. If you want, feel free to do this at your own pace … Peace!!

  50. sedge808 says:

    I’m a big fan of yours.

  51. spearfruit says:

    Barbara, very nice to meet and learn more about you. Thank you for following my blog, I will certainly take time to visit yours as well.

  52. Daal says:

    so glad I found your lovely blog, Barbara! happy 2017!

  53. elizabeth labar says:

    Hello Darling Gal: I am looking for the entry and I find that I must be on a different blog than the one you mentioned in the PM. Alas! I am at a loss.

    • When you get into Idealisticrebel.com then cllick on The Idealisticrebel Says…let me know but you should have no problem getting in . I hope you enjoy looking around. Hugs, Barbara

  54. Linne says:

    I haven’t been around much for a while, but today I was thinking of you and popped by. You are still in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love and Light. ~ Linne

  55. Luanne says:

    Barbara, I have that peace pole! I see that you live in NC (I’ve been to ASheville once), but what you wrote reminds me of my cousin who lives in Arkansas. He raised orchids professionally in the mountains.

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