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If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears.


Hello Followers,

This Tuesday morning, I woke up to the buds on the rose bush my daughter, son-in-law and grandson sent me for Mother’s Day.

One opened up and is this beautiful light red along the ream and the center is yellow. Danielle knows that my favorite color is yellow.

To me flowers are indeed one of the most beautiful creations on the planet.

And of those, Roses are the ones I admire the most. Did you know, the rose belongs to the genus Rosa, in the family Rosacea. Also, roses symbolize love, passion, admiration and nature’s beauty.

After all, their splendor is hard to resist.

Coveted throughout history for its incomparable beauty and spellbinding fragrance, Roses have been the best messenger of emotions. And with different colors of roses, the emotions can be expressed even better. In fact, the number of roses does signify a different meaning.

With its beauty and fragrance, it’s no wonder the rose is considered the queen of the flowers.

A matter of fact, it’s no surprise that Victorian poets romanticized the various colors of roses in their writings, developing an entire language and art to the way these blooms were gifted.

Roses have always captured gardeners and people as far back as the ancient Romans. the NYBG's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, houses more than 650 varieties of roses. The color codes, developed mostly in the mid-1800s, from peach to ivory and each shade of rose has its own unique meaning.

So, I find it fascinating and love to share for next time your pick of roses for someone; from a loved one to a friend - it will have special meaning for the color that was chosen.

Okay let’s start with the red rose. They are known to be the Universal Symbol of Love and Romance. The red color rose has been used widely to share the feelings of love and deepest emotions. They also send a message of appreciation and good wishes.

My favorite color rose is yellow! The color yellow has been associated with the sun, thereby making the yellow rose perfect for brightening people’s day and cheering them up. Yellow roses represent the gesture of appreciation and spiritual love. Now I know why they are my favorite!

Did you know there are orange roses! Yes, I said it; orange. This is Dan's favorite color! The beautiful blend of red and yellow creates the orange rose. This color symbolizes Desire and Fascination. They are given to celebrate small achievements and fill the day with zeal and enthusiasm.

One of the most common color is white which is seen at weddings. White symbolizes innocence and purity. It represents the purity of new love and the white rose is also known as the wedding flower. They are also associated with nobility and reverence.

Oh, and we can’t forget the lavender rose. Purple is the color of royalty and enchantment. And so is the purple rose. The shades of the lavender rose creates the aura of regal majesty and splendor. This color, lavender rose is a rare find.

Another color is the pink rose, the color pink represents unconditional love and appreciation. The combination of red and white, the color pink inherits the symbolization of both colors. A pink rose represents love, empathy, gratitude and appreciation.

So, now you can use this guide when you purchase a bushel or an arrangement!

As I continue to be re-reading my book that I wrote four years ago; it’s a personal journey of my everyday experience with treatments that I received in Mexico. In relations to the current series of QUOTES ABOUT LIVING, 3-13-11; SING ME A SONG OF HEALING.

My soul is glowing, so sing me a song that will heal me.

I need the reassurance that everything is all right, for I am fearing the worst.

My soul is glowing, so give me a melody that I can remember.

This will take over my heart and give me a peace of mind.

My soul is glowing so, come with me to the place of belief.

Lead me to the journey of fullness and end with the note of high.


Many people love to give. It’s a great feeling, and they do so with no expectations. But often they are awful at receiving and really deprive others of the joy of giving. If given a gift, they say – you shouldn’t have, it’s too much, or the worst; I feel bad that you got me this. Ouch, this creates bad feelings during what should be a nice moment, and through their intent was to be selfless and polite; its, actually ungrateful. When a gift is given, thank you says – they appreciate the time, consideration, and effort that person has already put forth. Giving is virtuous, but so is accepting gratefully.

Dan and I for several years have shared our experiences with enjoying life while managing cancer. By keeping healthy, our routine daily has been walking (exercise), meditation (for stress), Qigong (exercise and for stress). So, by now you know this is always in our routine for healing and keeping our body cells happy.

Did you do your walking? I know some will say they do not have enough time with work, kids and household chores!!! Dan and I have put together videos from WALK AT HOME together on our website, that you can follow in home; when you have short periods of time and unable to go out.

They are from 15 mins up to 30 mins depending on the miles. This is one of the first steps to making your cells happy!!

Also, meditation videos, help to lower stress and is also one of the first steps to making your cells happy; click on Again, they are no more than 10 to 20 mins and they are guided meditations.


People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. ♥ ♥ #people #travel #mountains #sea #rivers #ocean #stars #themselves #wondering #inspirational #motivational

We are still working on Qigong video’s to be posted on the website for easy access, until now you can go to the blog and on the right-hand side are hash # tag words, just click on the word #walk #Qigong #meditation. The post will pop up and then you can begin. Have fun with it!


If seeing a selfie with all of your friends tagged stirs the rumbling of FOMO deep inside, take a moment to remind yourself there will be plenty of other occasions for you to be part of the crowd.

Resolve not to log into social media until the next day and don’t search for pictures of the event you didn’t attend. Instead of looking at your phone, be really present in what you’re doing right now. Whether that’s listening to music, reading a book or cooking dinner.

Again, refreshing the word FOMO; anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.

My time was being eroded by hundred little distractions every day. I was literally clicking my life away. By A. N. Turner

This is the time to get ready for food and remedies that heal; alchemy of herbs. Today I’m continuing along with the herb, MUSTARD. How about a recipe – HOMEMADE MUSTARD?

Making your own mustard is really easy! As you get the hang of the basic steps, you can improvise with many different herbs for a variety of tastes. While the steps are supper simple, note that the mustard seeds need to be soaked for 2 days prior to release the favor of the seeds.

This following recipe uses both yellow and brown mustard seeds, but if you prefer a milder taste, omit the brown and double the amount of the yellow.


¼ cup of brown mustard seeds

¼ cup of yellow mustard seeds

½ cup of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoons paprika powder

1 teaspoon chipotle powder

1 teaspoon salt


1. Place ½ cup water, the mustard seeds, and the apple cider vinegar into a glass bowl.

2. Cover and let sit for 2 days.

3. Place the seeds, including the liquid into a food processor or blender.

4. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until the mustard is grounded into a paste

5. The mustard will keep in the fridge up to six months.

6. Enjoy!!

Until Wednesday, just remember - during the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, that there's a seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes a rose. STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES.


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