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by Wendy Gabriel

We have two garden beds in our backyard, Caleigh and Cadence designed one and the other is full of organic vegetables for us to eat. The girls decided to plant sunflowers, watermellon and cucumbers in their garden… the giant mutant sunflowers refused to allow the watermellon and cucumbers to grow and finally after growing to an enormous height, they decided to bloom. Can’t wait to roast the gigantic seeds!

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do. ~Helen Keller


Some of my favorite photos and photo blogs:
Twilight Earth’s Photo Sunday
Mother Nature Sunday Gallery: Beaming Flowers from Love Earth Always
Photo Terri
True to Words’ Friday Photography
Twin Cities Photo Blog

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By Wendy Gabriel

Good-bye 2007, you’ve been a great year.  A new baby made her on-time arrival at Gabriel Manor, another had a tail wind and came a bit early for my sister, we’ve all had life teach us new lessons and more than anything, we’ve had enough joy and laughter to fill up several years.

We’ve also had some low-lights . . . but that’s a blog for another time. 

Hello, 2008.  This year promises to be amazing, one that will be full of firsts.  Baby Greek Goddess’s first birthday.  Little Greek Goddess’s first skating lessons followed in short order by her first hockey class (she’s already tackled her first ballet and soccer classes).  My oldest niece will be the first of our 10 nieces and nephews to graduate high school.  Oh how time flies: I blinked and she went from wearing diapers to wearing Prada.

And so with the clock ticking down to 2008, it’s time for The Big Finish.  The grand finale to My Green Side, 2007.  For quite some time, I’ve been looking for a jumping-off point to leap into the new year; a light to follow, if you will, that will be something of a guidepost for the year to come.  As if on cue, I stumbled across a quote by Mother Teresa which really struck a cord . . . call it the sign in the road I was seeking:

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.  If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.  If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.  If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.  The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.  Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.  For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.  It never was between you and them anyway.”

You might be wondering what the previous paragraph has to do with living green.  To me, living green is more than just Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  It’s about living life in a way that benefits not only yourself and your family, but those around you.  It is about seeing the world, living in the world and improving the world in ways that leave a healthier blueprint for our children to follow, both physically and emotionally. 

Happy New Year!

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