A guest Blog – just for fun

Meet a fun possum!!


Hello, all. It’s me again, Barbara’s Sister. Barbara is under the weather today (well, not literally; I mean, it’s not like there’s this big snowdrift on top of her, or anything). She’ll be back with you soon, but since she’s tired and her sinuses have her brain under siege, I took over her keyboard so I can tell you a story.

One day, when we were living in our old house, where the trash cans were kept (neatly, behind a custom-built wall) by the side door of the house, I went to throw out the kitchen garbage one morning, and found myself face-to-face with a possum.

I realize not all of you are from the northern United States, so let me introduce to a possum:


Not a rodent, by the way, the only North American marsupial, and kind of cute, don’t you think?  Except, of course, that I’m from…

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International Women’s Day – March 8th, 2014

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The Why About This

By pedrojperez2

Depending on where you live in the world it is already International Women’s Day. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this celebration, allow me to share some information about this day.

While there have been various Women’s Day Celebrations in different parts of the world historically, it was in 1977 that the U.N. (United Nations) invited members to proclaim March 8th as the U.N. day for Women’s Rights and World Peace. Many countries now actively celebrate this day.

For both men and women this is an important day to note. We humans, of this planet Earth, cannot move forward without all of us working towards a goal of harmony, peace and growth for ourselves and  our planet.

International Women’s Day is about encouraging the freedom and rights all women are entitled to and deserve.

Some excellent resources to find out more.

International Women’s Day

Women in…

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“International Women’s Day” …. 2014 …. Google Doodle!

~~March 7, 2014~~

International Women’s Day 2014: Google Doodle compiles celebratory video

Google has marked International Women’s Day with an animated Doodle celebrating women from across the world.

International Women’s Day 2014 has the theme ‘inspiring change’ and celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women, while focusing world attention on areas that still need further action.

Google’s Doodle marks the day by showing over 100 women from all corners of the globe in a 80 second video. Some of the women featured include prominent figures such as Malala Yousafzai and – bizarrely – children’s character Dora the Explorer, who all say “happy International Women’s Day” in various languages.

Happy International Women’s Day 2014 – Google Doodle Video w/ music

Published on Mar 7, 2014

On 8 March 2014, Google Doodle celebrates the International Women’s Day with a short doodle video.

International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons.

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is “Equality for Women is Progress for All”.


International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, including Russia. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.

In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons.


~~2014 International Women’s Day~~

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is:

“Equality for Women is Progress for All”.

The Google Doodle on the eve of IWD 2014 (7 March 2014) featured an International Women’s day doodle video, showing images and videos of women around the world, with music by Zap Mama.


~~The United Nations declares an annual theme~~

2013: A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women
2012: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty
2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology
2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all
2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
2008: Investing in Women and Girls
2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
2006: Women in decision-making
2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future
2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
2002: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
2001: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
2000: Women Uniting for Peace

1999: World Free of Violence against Women
1998: Women and Human Rights
1997: Women at the Peace Table
1996: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
1975: United Nations recognizes International Women’s Day

UN Women Executive Director: International Women’s Day 2014

Published on Mar 3, 2014

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014 – celebrated on March 8 around the world – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stresses that “progress for women is progress for all.” Celebrating progress already made for women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality, she further urged women, men, youth, and leaders of nations, communities, religion and commerce to recommit to making gender equality a global reality.

For more information on International Women’s Day, please visit: http://www.unwomen.org

~~Being a woman today means~~

…balancing choice with obligation.

…the world is yours … if you’re bold enough to take it.

… Not expecting a thank you. You do something because either it’s expected of you, ’cause no one else will, or you just want to.

… the sky is the limit. I can walk on the moon (if they ever send anybody there again), run for president, become one of the richest people on earth – whatever the imagination conjures up is within our grasp…except of course – equal pay.

… working in a man’s world, while still living in a woman’s world

… having to establish that you DO have a brain and you CAN work a camera with the best of them, even if you are wearing high-heeled boots.


Being a woman sometimes means having the responsibility without the authority.

Being a woman today means going beyond what your mother thought was possible.

… feeling confident that I can do anything, be anything — until some guy exerts his male privilege when I least expect it.

… tirelessly juggling multiple jobs to serve many constituencies — family, employees, clients, community — with as much energy, love and grace as one can muster.

I’d love to hear what you have to say, so please finish the sentence:

Being a woman today means….







We ALL are ONE!! 


“Being a Light in the World” … Blog Award!!

~~March 7, 2014~~

A known blogger and dear friend Barbara from http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com/ nominated “It Is What It Is” for the “Being a Light in the World” Blog Award!!

She created this award on March 4, 2014.


“I’m creating this Award to celebrate all those wonderful people in the World who spread Light, and Love and Hope and Peace in the name of All.  These bloggers should consistently promote these qualities and work to be a force for peace and light in the world.


~~The Rules~~

Thank the person who gives you the award

Spread this award around to the people who you know who are doing this work, so that the work continues and the light is spread

Let your nominees know 

Never give up on your fellow human beings”


Before I continue on to list my nominees,  it’s an honor to humbly accept this award. To me, this award carries much value because it was created by my dear friend and also because of the meaning behind it.

Being a “light in this world” of ours brings a lot of responsibilities. There are many “forces” out there trying to extinguish the LIGHT … as they have done before. We must arduously work to continue to shine this light. First and foremost, keep the light alive within to be able to take it outside. 

We are ALL in this together!! 


~~My nominees for the “Being a Light in the World Award”~~

Barbara …. http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com/ …. YOU ARE THE FIRST ONE!



Mind Chatter …. http://nae50.wordpress.com/


Arlen …. http://arlenshah.wordpress.com/

Becki …. http://isurvivedamurderattackmyfamilydidnt.com/

Xena …. http://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/

Michael …. http://hulshofschmidt.wordpress.com/



I have nominated you for another award. If you do not wish to accept it – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration and for sharing your wonderful posts with us all.


Godspell – Light Of the World – Movie Version

Published on Mar 29, 2013

From the film Godspell released in 1973


We ALL are connected through this wonderful WEB!! 


We ALL are ONE!!


Powerful video …. needs to stand on its own!!

~~March 7, 2014~~

As I frequently do, I was surfing the net looking for pictures, graphics and videos for a post. I found this video depicting so much of what women experience that is so powerful that it needs to stand alone to do it justice.

Here it is.




We ALL are ONE!!