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1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup Spenda Brown Sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup low-fat yogart
1 cup ripe bananas, smashed
1 3/4 cup unbleached flour (wheat)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
dash or two of ground ginger powder

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Smash bananas, add oil, eggs, yogart, and sugar. Blend in flour, soda, salt and spices. Pour into a 9×9 glass baking pan that has been sprayed with Pam, and bake until tester comes out clean.

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Writing a blog is much like raising a child.  The same major problems exist in both.  From “birth” the “parent” wants to have success in the end product.  There are similar concerns in blogging.  Who influences how the product’s personality comes out, what to do with the problems that are revealed, how to handle outside criticism?  And then there is the actual growing process, how much and what kind of outside help do you get?

As in giving a child birth, it is assumed this is a planned event, but not always.  Some see others with a baby and want one of their own, so they start with “creating” one.  Blogging is the same.  A future blogger sees blogs they like and want one of their own — which is a good thing because it is a sharing of likes.  Unlike the baby, though, a blog’s personality is easier to control by the blogger.  The question of why one likes a type of blog is one of the first to creating their own blog.  Is it to ” converse” as in sharing interests or to display the beauty of the world?  Look around on the internet and one finds a lot of variety in format.  Pick what is most interesting for you.  The criticism of a blog can be the key to supplying a need through a blog of your own.  For example, when starting this blog, the blogger viewed several blogs already online and developed a blog that was the type they wanted to see and interact.  The two ways this blog “likes” other blogs are 1) we like the blog but wouldn’t do it ourselves and 2) we like it and may or may not integrate with a twist of our own.  The twist of your own can be what is lacking in the blog liked.  This is what this blog thinks when someone comments about “this or that should be done on this blog” :  as in being a parent, one finds there is a lot of well-meaning unsolicited suggestions people who are not “raising” your “baby” give.  Some of it is okay but each suggestion has to be reviewed and ruled in or out by the writer of the blog, not the visitor.  And like parenting, most outside suggestions are well-meaning and good.  Also like parenting, there are those who try to influence your blog by telling you, sometimes with malicious words, what you are doing wrong.  Just ignore them as the Writer’s Digest website on blogging rules states.  People who really care don’t use harsh criticism to guide you in how to be more “appealing to others” direction.

This is the first segment of this category.  For those seeking answers go to Writer’s Digest website :  writersdigest.com and read about writing and blogging by title of articles.  Blogging is mostly just doing it and doing it consistantly.  Just like parenting a child, what do you want to see your “baby” do and then share it with the rest of us.  Kindred spirits will find you.

Check out www.writersdigest.com for writing ideas and www.writersmarket.com for those interested in selling your writing.  Have a GREAT day this Happy New Year!!

Just to let everyone know we are still alive.   Just going through a lot of changes and some are not physical.  Found a new writer’s block—- How to write something when one feels as though they are blind-sided by an emotional crisis that tosses them like an undertow of a tidal wave.  Hopefully it will have a good outcome.  Everyone have a good holiday season!  Will try to write soon.

From our youth, each of us searches for that one person who is our “true love”.  The question “how will I know when I meet the right one?” has past over many of our lips whether we ask it of God and/or others.  Is there a right one, the one that is the one chosen for us to learn from the other how to be in a close relationship?  Many believe there is at least a type that is ideal if not a certain person.  It is apparent in fiction, such as Jane Austin’s stories which are rumored to be the basis for most modern romance stories.  Not just stories like the remakes into movies like “Sense and Sensibilities”, “Emma” or “Pride and Prejudice” or the obvious copies of  Bollywood’s “Bride and Prejudice” or “My Faraway Bride”.   Not just India’s movie makers find Jane Austin’s love story plots an engaging technique to  revealing lover’s quest.  Hollywood has a long list of movies that follow Austin’s plot lines.  And according to some “how to find your true love” books, so do each of us.

It may be that some of us in our youth’s quest to connect with the opposite sex either accidently bonded or “missed our ship passing by us”.  Quizzing the ones that connected produces interesting answers to the “how to know” question.   The response: “you just know” is not really a satisfying one and calls for further inquiry.  In this quest, a personal experience “popped” into mind and it was backed up in researching other’s love stories.  There seems to be two path’s to marrying “the right person”.  One is the best friend, and the other is a version of the scene where Mr. Darcy first sees Elizabeth Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice”.

In the 2005 movie version of “Pride and Prejudice”, there is a scene where Mr. Darcy is a guest with his friend and the friend’s sister.  When they are walking down the isle of parted dancing guest, Mr. Darcy barely looks at the others lining the crowded dance floor.  All of a sudden into his vision he sees Elizabeth Bennet.  They both have the sudden realization of the other.  This is the basic “you just know” moment.  The research reveals some important clues:  it is mutual, it is instant, it is like the clanging of two swords together that both of you have.  Putting it into other words: it is knowing each other when you first see each other.  Joe Wright, the director of the 2005’s “Pride and Prejudice” said, “In a way, finding the person you are supposed to be with is like coming home.”  “Recogniz- (ing) each other from their future . . .” is another comment of note the director made about the relationship between Darcy and Lizzie Bennet.  This is really a light bulb moment that those who realize they have had say “you just know”.

The other path produces just as strong, loving marriage: the best friend.  Young males, and probably females, don’t relish the “just friends” label with the opposite sex.  However, time has produced the best friend as the best and strongest marital relationship.  The “you just know” couple often instinctively have the best friend qualities inborn in the bond.  Thus it’s basis comes from the same angle as the best friends.  This relationship is based on caring more about the other person than most male-female relationships display.  It also is the purpose for developing relationships on earth; that is, to care for others as much or more than oneself and to want what is best for the other.

(Note from author— This is a segment from a male/female relationship booklet; so the last sentence/paragraph is not a closing one in a normal sense.)

Does anyone know the Olympic Committee’s address?  I don’t need NBC’s. 

It is sad to reveal sympathy and prayers only on days like today.  Praying for all who have lost loved ones and comfort for the injured.  May you be blessed. 

One of my many cloud photos

When one looks up and sees something like this, how can there be any doubt someone much greater than we shows how wonderful life can be. He just wants us to take the time and “Be still and know that I AM”.

This is to let you guys know I am receiving your comments, however they are being “filed” into the blog’s spam “box”.   This motivates me to check the blog (close to) daily.  I am new at this and in the exploratory stage so hopefully I will soon discover how to have direct contact.  For now, two things: you can find your comments on various post with a number in the single quote shape under the title of post on the same line as the date; and in a few days I will write in “About” which will have more information about this blog including an email address for you to use as a contact.  Thanks again!  I look forward to more “chats” with you.  May your days be good to you!

Some begrudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

The race is not always to the swift.

Please all and you please none.

“Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.” Will Rogers (quoted in Saturday Review)