Mushrooms

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Mushrooms

As a little girl growing up in an Polish immigrant family, we would go mushroom picking in the Canadian forests. I do not know what kind of mushrooms these are in the photograph that I took as I was hiking in the woods of British Columbia. There are a lot of very good medicinal mushrooms like Reishi, Shitake, Cordyceps, and Maitake to name but a few.

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Are You There?

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Are You There?

Are you there? I can sense you but are you really there? You have your back to me and I don’t see you.

These two ostriches are busy ignoring each other while eating. It is kind of like modern society where entire families or groups of people are ignoring each other at a meal while being on their cell phones. They are present but are they really “present?”

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Three of Us

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Three Of Us

These three beautiful pink roses represent the three of us in our immediate family. I love the dew that has formed on these flowers while late in the autumn in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Rocks Amongst Greenery

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Rocks Amongst Greenery

This was taken at the Duck Pond in St. Vital Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The boulders are a great place to take family pictures at. There is bird home in the background up on a stilt. it was particularly green with algae that year.

According to Wikipedia, “St. Vital Park is a 100 acres park in southern Winnipeg, Manitoba, located on a bend of the Red River.”

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Sculpted Antlers

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Sculpted Antlers

Here is a beautiful view of sculpted antlers that nature has made. It is just perfectly made.

Wikipedia indicates: “Antlers are extensions of an animal’s skull found in members of the deer family. Antlers are true bone and are a single structure. They are generally found only on males, with the exception of the reindeer/caribou. Antlers are shed and regrown each year and function primarily as objects of sexual attraction and as weapons in fights between males for control of harems.”

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Choose to Win

Choose to Win

 

Book: “Choose to Win: Transform Your Life, One Simple Choice at a Time” Tom Ziglar, Harper Collins, 2019

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available: March 5, 2019

Tom Ziglar is the son of Zig Ziglar, an influential speaker over 40 years time. Tom has essentially followed in his father’s footsteps. He has written a book called “Choose to Win.” In it, he recounts the Wheel of Life which Zig Ziglar has used but not exclusively to him. I heard of the psychological concept about 20 to 30 years ago and many people have used it to balance life’s priorities and seven areas of life from the mental, the spiritual, the physical, the family, the financial, the personal and the career. The seven spokes are evaluated based on how well you are doing in each area. If you are well balanced in all areas, your spokes and tire pressure will be the same and all inflated to a good height level.

He reviews the areas in quite a bit of detail with individual chapters. He, however, repeats the same thing at the end of each chapter and so it is repetitive. He essentially says to replace a bad habit with a good habit. The premise of the book is basically this which to me is not a novel concept and is only common sense. I do not know how this is a new and exciting concept. Of course, you change a bad habit with a good habit and of course, you do it in incremental baby steps. Tom says you should do something for 66 days, but I have heard of 28 days, one month and so forth as other optimal times to make a habit habitual. James Clear agrees with Tom Ziglar but according to the Phillipa Lally’s study, it can take anywhere from 18 days to 254 days to form a habit depending upon a number of factors.

The other predominant concept in the book is to leave a legacy behind because you are already are either intentionally or not. This reminds me of another book I reviewed which deals in entirely with leaving a legacy by Terrie Davoll Hudson called “Leave a Legacy that Counts: Create One at Any Age.” It is quite a bit shorter but the messages between these two authors are similar.

Finally, the steps necessary to fulfilling a goal are as follows:

Step 1 – Identify your goals

Step 2 – My benefits to reaching this goal

Step 3 – Major obstacles and mountains to climb to reach this goal

Step 4 – Skills and knowledge required to to reach this goal

Step 5 – Individuals, groups, companies and organizations to work with to reach this goal

Step 6 – Plan of action to reach this goal

Step 7 – Completion Date”

Overall, this book has some good information in it. I found it heart-warming to hear of the last few days of Zig Ziglar’s life from the family perspective. As well, Tom Ziglar asks some very good questions throughout the book to help the reader along and has some good tips added in.

His trust and belief in God and Jesus Christ is paramount and not so different than the spiritual books I normally review.

I give the book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I have changed my mind since and now give the book a 3.75 based on the very good questions he asks.

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Book: Forgiveness

Book by Iyanla Vanzant

Book by Iyanla Vanzant

Book: Forgiveness by Iyanla Vanzant

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

If you are going to read “Forgiveness” by Iyanla Vanzant, be prepared to do some work. Not only does Iyanla give heart-warming personal stories to make the connection between what has happened in her life to requiring forgiveness, you will be writing responses to questions and learning to tap your problems away with ProEFT.

It is funny because although Iyanla gives space in the book to write, I did not think to actually write in it until half way through. Instead, I rewrote every word of the question section which took a lot of patience on my part. Next time, I would have used the space required.

With the ProEFT, I found it necessary to get more information and so I went to the website run my Lindsay Kenney and looked up more information. I also took advantage of viewing youtube videos that were on her website. I was getting confused between reversal statements and setup statements. I seemed to have figured it out and used it with the karate chop meridian points.

As for the tapping, there are 14 meridian points that are affected. It was interesting trying to go from an intensity level of 10 down to a 0. It took patience and effort.

This book also has a CD in it. I enjoyed the Stillness Meditation and the introductions to the new day. I personally find Iyanla’s voice soothing so I enjoyed listening to her.

There are other stories in some of the daily work. There is a little note above each section to indicate who wrote each section, however, I did not notice it until later and so I was confused about how the story related to Iyanla as the stories were different story lines. Just remember to read all the print.

Overall, this book is a good workbook. My only criticism is that it should have been formatted in a larger workbook format such as “Living in the Light Workbook” by Shakti Gawain. I found it hard to keep the book open to the pages I needed while copying down information. I had to memorize parts to get it transferred properly. Plus, I found it hard to keep the book open on sections that provided very specific tapping instructions on the 14 meridian points which were most helpful and gave me a better direction of what I was supposed to be tapping to. Finally, I would like to say that the tapping process is something that I was familiar with, however, never really truly worked on it. It seemed to work and I will be keeping up this type of work now that I understand it better.

If you are into having more peace and love in your life, I suggest this book for you. If you have enjoyed seeing Iyanla on TV in “Iyanla, Fix My Life” or on Oprah then this book is right in line with her other work. I found I enjoyed “Every Day I Pray” and also “Until Today.” Her work is continuous of the themes she works with in terms of compassion and forgiveness, to name two areas. It is time to move forwards with your life by forgiving everyone for everything.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Twin Souls

I love “The  Love” between these two animals.  They are gorgeous and magnificent horses.  They are Splendid in form.  I will assume they are twins and so therefore twin souls.  I have other cute images of the horses being close and loving to one another. First the one shows affection, then the other shows affection and sometimes, it is as if they embrace or show love at the same time to each other.

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Red Barn & Blonde Horses

These are gorgeous blonde horses in front of their home beside a brilliant red barn.   I am not sure how they are related whether two brothers, two sisters, brother and sister, mother and son or daughter, or father and daughter and son.  Maybe they are twins or are they just friends sharing a farm together.  Whatever the familiy relationship, they are just gorgeous horse specimens.

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Thistle Me This

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Thistle Me This!

Poem and Photography By Mary Mikawoz

“Thistle me this!

Thistle me that!

The firmer you place us together

The harder it is for you to tear us apart!!!”

I was inspired to write this poem because of the inspiration that George D. Mestral received in developing Velcro from the concept of thistles in how they work and how they cling to you by observing how burdock and bur seeds attached themselves to his dog’s furs and to his clothing.  He examined them under a microscope discovering all the little hooks and then put it into action.

This Swiss electrical engineer thought of the idea in 1941 and invented the idea of Vclcro in 1948.  Did you also know that Velcro fasteners made of Teflon loops, polyester hooks, and glass backing are used in Space Stations in outer space?

From  a personal point of view, my family went to Poland when I was 6 years old. That summer we visited a relative’s farm.  I remember running through some normal fields and then realizing that I had beautiful little flowers stuck all over and on my skirt when my sister pointed them out to me.  I thought they were pretty until I tried to take them off and they stuck firmly to my clothing and pierced my fingers.  Then I thought they were nasty but now I just see them for the beauty that they are in this photograph that I took.

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