Blogging Buddy Award


The lovely Xena at BlackButterfly7 created this wonderful award and nominated me for it. Here is what she had to say about the award’s creation:

The appreciation of being honored by peers cannot be expressed in words. I am humbled, and decided that rather than spend time today complying with rules to accept additional award nominations, I’d spend time thanking and awarding others.

The Award design isn’t perfect, (I’m no artist), but it’s from my heart.

Truly, I wish that I had more time to post comments and contribute to discussions on other blogs.  When I visit and read other blogs, I do leave behind that I was present by clicking “like.”  Standing in those shoes, I have appreciation for other blog administrators who take out time to do the same.

It’s a beautiful way to recognize those who visit our blogs and always comment and always provide encouragement, and I hope that I have done that for others.

Below are some people who have done so for me.  I really appreciate their support and enjoy their comments.  I appreciate that they are part of the WordPress Family, and therefore part of my family!

  1. MountainMae
  2. DrRex
  3. RoSy
  4. PrayingforOneDay
  5. HitandRun1964
  6. Crowing Crone Joss
  7. Toemailer
  8. Linne
  9. Al
  10. Hunt for Truth
  11. Austin
  12. Elfkat
  13. imaginecontinua
  14. mongaiandthegoa
  15. inavukic
  16. michael lai
  17. Spirit in action
  18. LandOfFun

Humanitarian Award

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Xena at Blackbutterfly7 nominated me for this award. I am particularly touched by this nomination because it was an award I created to honor Nelson Mandela and his life and legacy, and I am deeply touched to receive it back. I hope that my blog has been worthy of his great work!

The Rules for this award were deliberately made very simple:

1. To be eligible for this award, a blogger must blog about the importance of One World, One Family of Mankind, and One Love.

2. Recipients should Nominate 5 people who have demonstrated through their writing a love of the Human Family that encompasses all without regard for differences.

3. Give credit and thanks to the person who passes the award to you.

So, here are my 6 Nominees (yes, I know I’m technically breaking my own rule but, really, it’s not the first time!  Why do think I’m called IdealistREBEL. I can’t even tell myself what to do!):

  1. sasscer
  2. nadine mikhael
  3. mooreby
  4. valentine logar
  5. karen wan
  6. marounionmusic11

Rich, Custardy Eggnog Ice Cream: A Christmas Tradition

This sounds like heaven. But I did make homemade pepperoni bread today.


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A big mug of freshly brewed coffee and a couple scoops of eggnog ice cream dressed up with shaved nutmeg: Bring it on, Winter!

This ice cream is divine.

Rich Eggnog Ice Cream


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  1. Heat cream and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and heat until mixture almost boils, about 5 – 8 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low, using a heat diffuser if necessary.
  4. Meanwhile, beat yolks and sugar until the mixture is light yellow and smooth.
  5. Add 4 tbsp of hot cream mixture to egg mixture and stir until combined. This will temper the eggs.
  6. Slowly add warmed yolk mixture to warm cream. Stir continuously in order to not cook/curdle eggs.
  7. Cook entire mixture…

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The Beginnings of Solstice

axialtiltThe tilt of the Earth is why we have the Summer and Winter Solstice. In ancient times people had to find a reason for the days becoming longer and shorter. The short days were hardest on ancient people because without gas, electricity, and insulated homes it was hard for them to function. It was cold and dark and scary out there in the long long nights.

The decorated fir tree at Christmas echoes many ancient beliefs, including light and life. They had a solstice evergreen. The name coming from the fact that they didn’t lose their color and die back like other plants and trees. It didn’t wither and die. The evergreen tree signified the continuing presence of burgeoning life in the midst of Winter’s sleep.

In other parts of the world cherry trees or hawthorns are placed in water or in indoor containers to encourage them to bloom mid winter. If a young lady was in the house, its blooming indicated that a good husband would be found for her that year.

The first historical reference of a Christmas tree recorded comes from an anonymous German citizen. Actually, most of the records that have come down to us regarding early Christmas rituals are from Germany. The anonymous gentleman from Germany wrote, “At Christmas they set up fir trees in the parlours of Strasbourg and hang thereupon roses cut out of many colored papers. They cut out apples and put candies on the trees.” They used smaller trees than we do now.

The tradition of the mistletoe Bough hasn’t been around as long as the evergreen tree. This time of year three plants naturally bore fruit at the Solstice. They were the Mistletoe with its beautiful white berries; the ivy with its striking green and white leaves; and the holly with its scarlet fruit or berries. The mistletoe was actually a parasite that attached itself to certain trees. It was held sacred by Druids and other Pagans. (Pagan is a term that merely means living in atunement with Mother Earth.) The Druids held nothing more sacred than the mistletoe and the tree that bore it, They assumed that tree to be oak and chose groves full of oaks instead of just having one tree. They thought that everything that grew on that tree was in fact, sent from heaven. In the language of the Druids, mistletoe means all-healing. It wasn’t used to collect kisses like it is today. The Druid prienst would climb the tree and with a golden sickle would cut the mistletoe away from the tree.

The Celts also felt mistletoe was sacred. They called it the Silver Branch. The branch was generally cut from an apple tree because Celts felt they were sacred. In 1834, a coffin was discovered from the Bronze Age and when it was opened the skeleton was wrapped in mistletoe. This can lead one to the idea of how sacred it was considered but also that it was a means of crossing over to the Otherworld. It was kept in homes until shortly before the next gathering.

Holly was seen as a male plant, with its bright red berries and sharp prickly leaves, while ivy. clinging and gentler, was perceived as female. Traces still remain of a ritual drama in which the Holly King and the Ivy Queen fought or were fought for by two champions. A fifteenth-century carol, with its recurrent refrain, suggests how this may have developed. Here the ranks are drawn up all too clearly, with ivy described as having black berries, and as being cold, weepy, and accompanied by the owl, the bird of ill omen. Holly is described as being red nosed and cheerful, with merry men who dance and sing, and is accompanied by the nightingale and the lark.


The Four Noble Trees

O, the holly bears a berry as white as pure silk,

And the Lady bore the Green Man

when the ewes give their milk.

And the Lady bore the Green Man

our first hope for to be,

And the first Prince of the springtime

It was the birch tree.

Birch tree, birch tree.

And the first Prince of the springtime

It was the birch tree.

O, the birch he bears a leaf-o

as green as the moss.

And the Lady bore the Green Man

to dance in the grass,

And the Lady bore the Green Man

that merry we might be.

And the Princess of the Maytime

is the young hawthorn tree,

Hawthorn tree, hawthorn tree

And the Princess of the Maytime

is the young hawthorn tree.

O, the hawthorn bears a prickle

as keen as the sun,

And the Lady bore the Green Man

to die in the corn,

And the Lady bore the Green Man

our harvest for to be,

And the first Queen of the autumn

is the old apple tree,

Apple tree, apple tree.

And the first Queen of the autumn

is the old apple tree.

O, the apple bears a fruit-o, as blood it is red

And the Lady bore the Green Man

our last hope for to be,

And the first King of the winter

He was the holly,

Holly, Holly.

And the first king or the winter

He was the holly.

—Mark Vyvyan-Jones, from the traditional


The Solstice Tree

The Solstice Tree

Celebrating Christmas with the Juniors: Trench Town’s Stars, Glitter…and T Shirts

This is important. These children are the future of Haiti. And symbolize the future of the world.

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What does Christmas mean to the children of Trench Town? As much fun as it’s possible to cram into the school holidays. A little more freedom. And a little more fun.

Trench Town Reading Centre’s Christmas party was warming up when we arrived. Mariah Carey was giving those Christmas songs all she’d got on the music system. The bounce-about was in place. Now, this is a very important item on any respectable children’s party list in Jamaica. In case you don’t know, it is an over-sized inflated object, mostly enclosed. You get in, and start bouncing. It’s hard to keep your balance in it, so you fall all over the place. The smallest children usually have a rough time of it, poor things. It’s a dog-eat-dog world in there and those who bounce hardest last longest.

The scent of fried chicken was so delicious that a small group…

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Radha Krishna Statues – Prem Mandir Vrindavan

Krishna statues. Very amazing. Hugs, Barbara

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Radha Krishna Statues

 Prem Mandir Vrindavan

This monument to God’s love, Prem Mandir, is an elaborately carved, white marble wonder. Each stone of the temple has been hand carved by the hundreds of temple artisans, who have been working on this project since 2001.

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