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Month: December, 2015

Happy New Year to one and all

I hope you have a great time wherever you are and however you will celebrate the coming of a new year. Keep safe and enjoy your party, friends and family around or in your thoughts, may you all be safe in the arms of one who loves you. May 2016 be filled with light and love for you and those around you, no fear no war no hate. This is my one desire at the end of the year that we may finally come together as one people who share this planet and seek to eliminate all her ills together regardless of our differences.

May we all celebrate the coming of a new dawn when we can work together to eliminate poverty and hunger. I’m certain that working together we can end disease (maybe not all, but certainly life threatening ones) and extend a helping hand to one another across borders and oceans. We share the planet why not join together for the good of all?

Life is precious and short, let’s spend it wisely in peace and love not hate and war. Imagine there’s no country it’s easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today aha. You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one, I hope some day you’ll join us and the world can live as one.

New Years Eve & Day Blog Party!

What a wonderful idea for a party…

Life of an El Paso Woman

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great day! I want to invite everyone to my New Years Eve & Day blog party on Thursday and Friday! This is perfect for those who don’t go out on Dec. 31st. If you have plans on New Years Eve, feel free to stop by anytime on New Years Day! Let’s get 2016 off to a GREAT start! Tell me what you plan on working on in 2016. Tell me if you have any New Years resolutions or not. Share some of your previous posts! Let’s have some delicious food and drinks here on Life of an El Paso Woman. Let’s make a champagne toast and meet new people! The party will start on Thursday at 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time until Saturday at midnight. Please spread the word by reblogging and/or on social media. I hope to see you all at the party! 

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December 25th 2015 – A warning to men

Wow, what a Christmas Day! My wife got me something I never thought she would and I screwed up again. The old faithful perfumes didn’t cut it this year. She kept asking for expensive things so often I gave up listening and missed what she said she really wanted this year. Guys we can’t keep doing this especially in December. No wonder we’re such screw ups every year.

Anyway I’m so excited and happy with my droid, bb8 is the best thing ever. Wow, my lady sure knows how to please me. I’m such an arse for getting things so wrong it reduces my pleasure to zero.

For the love of a woman

livingoutofasuitcase.wordpress.com asked me to write a few words about a memorable honeymoon and to include some pictures.

The first part is relatively easy, the second not so easy. I married my 4th, and current, wife on 14 February 2002 in Gretna Green, Scotland we spent the night before and after the ceremony at the hotel which contains the old blacksmiths cottage where we wed. On our way home as a married couple we were asked if we would mind witnessing another couple getting married as they had only decided to do so two days earlier and they had eloped. After acting as witnesses for them we wished them all the luck in the world and headed down to Blackpool where we were spending 2 weeks on honeymoon.

The wind was howling as we arrived at the guest house and before being shown our room we were given a very warm welcome by a lovely lady who was going to be our hostess for the next 2 weeks. We spent a lot of time sight seeing although it was bitter cold and the sea was rough due to the high winds. We went to the cinema three times in that fortnight but totally enjoyed each others company for the entire two weeks we were there.

I did take some photographs in Gretna Green but none in Blackpool actually came out, hence why I can’t include any. Blackpool was so enjoyable though that we have been back every year since, not in February we have gone back in the summer when it’s not quite so cold.

Introducing another chapter.

Today my son turns 18, I’m a few decades older as is his half sister. My daughter still wants nothing to do with me, she’s unable to forgive me for leaving her life so abruptly in 1997, almost 19 years ago. I’ve tried mending fences but the ball is now in her court, last time I tried was when my dad said she wanted me to get in touch, the letter I got back made it clear that she wasn’t just unhappy to hear from me but she wanted me to drop off the face of the earth.

For someone who had been told all his youth that he was useless and worthless by those who should have been encouraging his endeavour this was the straw that broke the camels back. I became morose and fey, tried to find a way to kill my self without leaving those behind worrying about why. Even my son couldn’t understand what I was going through. I was abusing the painkillers I was taking, giving myself 10 doses of 2 tablets instead of the maximum of 4. The doctor was querying why my script was being renewed so often but accepted that I was putting them out and then dropping a lot down the sink. Can’t do that now as they have to be signed for.

I recently found out, from my niece, that Sara and her husband had split up years ago but the person she was worried about telling was my dad as she hasn’t spoken to him since he told me she wanted to hear from me. I’m still concerned that she’s not been in touch with him as he tried to get us talking so I could meet my grandsons. That she doesn’t want them to know me still hurts to this day. Sorry but I’m going to have to end here.

10 Quotes for Peace

Thoughts for the 21st century, please comment on the original post and not just here, thank you.

Teach Peace Now

doveslicetopThis is the season when our minds turn to the contemplation of peace on earth, and we send cards and social media messages to our friends and loved ones wishing for peace.

We at TeachPeaceNow have gathered together ten thought-provoking quotes on peace that speak to the soul and heart and are not usually found on holiday cards.

  1. Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.
    — Daisaku Ikeda Words of Wisdom
  2. Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world.
    — Robert Muller Index of Ideas
  3. Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.
    UNESCO Constitution
  4. Peace is always beautiful.
    — Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass
  5. Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.
    Laini Taylor,

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So close to Xmas

I know Muslims don’t celebrate the birth of Christ, but if they come to a country which does then they should respect the traditions of their hosts. At this time of year we hear stories of people being told to remove their decorations as it goes against the teaching of Islam. So sorry people but if you feel threatened by our traditions feel free to return to Syria, Iraq or wherever you came from. You need us more than we need you.

The reason for that first paragraph is simple, I know a few Muslims who are grateful to be here, able to work and able to make a peaceful life for themselves here. They’re not critical of our traditions, they don’t celebrate themselves and offer no opinions about our celebration of a pagan festival in the name of Christianity. This is as it should be, disparate people getting along no comments about the differing beliefs because we’re all human. Respect for the different cultures that make up our modern multicultural society, everyone tolerant of others beliefs and the right to have them.

It seems to me wrong for Donald Trump to close the borders because 1% of Muslims want to radicalise the 99% of tolerant law abiding citizens the rest of the Muslims are. Do we condemn all white Americans because a few in the Southern States want a return of the slave trade? I don’t think so! Our brothers and sisters are here for the same reasons we are. Let’s learn from the past and share love especially at this wonderful time of the year. We’re all different but let’s embrace those differences and spread love around, in the words of the song broadcast live by Satellite all those years ago: All You Need is Love. Love can conquer all, even the hardest of hardliners can be moved by love. Thank you for reading, have a wonderful time regardless of your religious beliefs and enjoy the lights, sights, sounds and smells of this Holiday season.

A Night of Conflict

Introducing Jason Morales, please post comments against the original post and not here, thank you.

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Photographer:Barbora Biñocovà

a night of conflict

and i know that’s what i seem to
desire as a pyramid to tutankhamen’s
eyes lined with kohl and coal covered
fingers cupping flame to ceiling asking
asking what all those symbols mean
when everything can be taken
out of context and eventualities
which never quite eventuate
how you will it
to be

and i sold my palms
to the closest fortune-teller
willing me empresses and rivers
and rabbit-holes into my wonderland
where conversation is a silent motionless
enterprise of saffron and silk and
rustling curvatures implying
bodies dancing and living and laughing
and searching for the next
little thing

and i on the mezzanine and i
in a hallway circumventing solutions
mapped out by cartesian thinkers and notes
of endless misconceptions
given salt and pepper
to taste

i want all of this to crumble
for hieroglyphics to bathe in
green currents green…

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I Am My Father’s Daughter

I’m so pleased that you and your dad are making good memories, I just wish my daughter wanted to get in touch with me as 19 years apart is too long for me. This post touched me in ways I never thought possible, if it moves you too please leave a comment on the original post and not here, thank you.

A Thomas Point of View

This has been an interesting holiday season. I spent Thanksgiving at my grandma’s house which is something that I hadn’t done since college. It felt good to be in grandma’s house and in her presence. I love spending time with my grandma and this year I got to spend time with my dad.

As many of you know from my prior posts that my dad was an absentee father for many years. He wasn’t around. He chose not to have a relationship with me. It’s weird because going home to be with him was both scary and wonderful at the same time. I was getting to know the man who was standing before me.

I wanted to make memories. Good ones. I wanted to capture the essence of his spirit and remember his face because I’ve spent so many years missing him. Missing the man who used to tuck me into…

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I am not old she said

Thoughts from a traveller just like us, too good to ignore. Please leave comments on the original post and not just here, thank you.

The happy Quitter!

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I like the idea of being rare, I like it a lot.

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