X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out (#xplan)

Brilliant! Thank you!!

Bert Fulks

Friends, as most of you know, I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery.  Yes.  Young people.  I’m talking teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions.  I’m always humbled and honored to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand.  This also comes with the bittersweet knowledge that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children.

Recently I asked these kids a simple question:  “How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?”

They all raised their hands.

Every single…

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homemade irish cream — smitten kitchen

Look, we all have to draw the line somewhere. I have over the years insisted that making some things from scratch were just crazy, best left to others, and one by one come around and worse, as if I’d forgotten my repudiation of five minutes earlier like some sort of toddler, extolled the virtues of…

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These are a few of my fav things…internet part une (1)

Saturday morning!  Yeah!  Time to check the www to see what my fav bloggers, artists, retailers (hee hee) have been up to. As I’m a serious fan (oxymoron?) of Joanna Goddard, I always start with a cup of jo to see her happy weekend post from yesterday and, of course, any days that I may have missed the past week. She has two little boys as well, and though my youngest is just slightly older than her oldest, I still love reading about her parenting exploits and checking out her tips for the art of wrangling any age of child. Just in case I have to…you know…help parent someone else’s kid or one of my own who has reverted back to his toddler days (this happens more often than you might expect!!)

Also, her beauty uniform and mothering around the world features are captivating and inspiring!!  Thanks, Joanna!!

Next, is usually over to Molly Yeh (or is it Yeah??!!) for some amazing cakes, treats and savoury wonders too!  She’s a fierce photographer as well so there is always immediate food swooning following by artistic swooning!!  Yum for Yeh and yeh for yum!

Then over to The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, whom I absolutely adore!  And excitement abounds right now (more than usual) as her new Mercantile has just opened in Oklahoma!  Pawhuska, I believe.  For more facts, here is her link.  She is hiring, too! and I am sooo tempted-being the retail queen that I am. I pretty much live in the polar opposite of where she does but I am so desperately in love with her blog and have been for years, that who cares.  Really.  Who cares?  She speaks directly to my need for good food, pretty things, space and cattle! And, she’s on the Food Network!  So you’ve probably seen her there.  (I haven’t as I don’t have tv #Netflix)

Well, off to work now, but more of my favs to come…

Enjoy your day surfing but try to get some bit of fresh air and outdoor fun, too!!

Important #94callstoaction #youaremypeople #idlenomore

I attended one day of this summit yesterday in Banff, Alberta and, although, I have started processing the sad, moving and horrific information about Canada’s history and Canadian Residential Schools, I will never stop grieving.  That said, I learned many things about my people and when I say my people, I now refer to all of my people worldwide, including you.  You are my people. Especially, my friends descended from First Nations around the globe-you make up my people, you always did and you know that but now I will use the correct syntax henceforth thanks to my friend, Judy.

Please visit banffcentre.ca for more information or the Truth and Reconciliation Commision’s website or your country’s truth site-I hope there is one.  There are 94 calls to action. Please pick one and share with our people.

@banffcentre

#TRCbanff2016

http://www.idlenomore.ca/

 

I am now part of the #hive

Just downloaded my first ever Beyoncé song (Hold Up) the other day and I am hooked!! omg. She is fabulous.  Also found this cute crush article from the Guardian by . So true!!

So Natalie Maines had mentioned the whole visual album by bey thing at the DCX  show in Calgary a few weeks ago but I only just got around to checkin it out, quite by accident, on utube the other day…wow!

#sohooked

#crush

#fiercegrrlz

#elleking

#michelle2024

Brilliant reading!  Enjoy!

To the First Lady,With Love

Four thank-you notes to Michelle Obama, who has spent the past eight years quietly and confidently changing the course of American history…read more from the NY Times Style Mag…

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