Nov 25, 2009
I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.
The blessing of family and friends who love and respect you are a precious commodity that should never be taken for granted.
In a time which we are struggling to regain our foothold in this country, we should strive to support each other and to help those less fortunate.
Pray for our soldiers and their families whose sacrifices are felt across this country. They need our support during their service and especially afterwards.
In the spirit of Norman Rockwell,
let us remember what is most important in life.
The spirituality in our life, our family & friends, health and happiness....
also turkey & stuffing, mashed potaotes & gravy, cranberry sauce, peas, pumpkin pie and other goodies...YUM!
Happy Holiday all!!
at 9:03 PM
Nov 12, 2009
Milagros means miracles. These iconic votives come in the shape of body parts, animals , vegetables, fruits and animals etc. The petitioner places the icon, such as a leg, near their favorite saint and asks for healing or gives thanks for the healing or miracle. This custom originally came from Spain with the arrival of the conquistadors to Mexico. This practice assimilated well into the Native American (Aztec) customs of using amulets and talismans.
With the research of my family in Mexico, I have discovered the beauty of Mexican folk art. My favorite is the Milagros crosses. I have been collecting them over the last few years. Along with the crosses are other shapes such hearts. There are also some beautiful pieces of jewelry & collages.
These Milagros crosses represent gratitude... thankfulness...protection. In looking at them, they remind me of all the good in my life, it diminishes the negative. I place them where I will see them all during the day.
My favorite artist in Fernando Arellano of Mexico City. The crosses he designs are so beautifully done. I was able to buy a few on Ebay. They seem to go anywhere in the home. They also blend with any type of decorating style. That is the beauty of Mexican Folk Art.
The four crosses in the picture above have a prominent place in my kitchen
This was my very first Milagros Cross.
This heart shaped Milagros is one of my favorites because of the scorpion.
The crosses also can be different colors but I am partial to black with the silver. The icons also come in brass & copper.
I have posted some websites that give more information and art pieces for those of you interested.
Nov 10, 2009
On Veterans Day, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all the veterans of our wars who have served and sacrificed..... WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and active soldiers who have and are sacrificing every day.
Some veterans have not been given the respect that they truly deserved until recently. Some basically forgotten and others treated disrespectfully. I am happy to see that lessons were learned and attitudes have changed. I hope that everyone remembers to thank a Veteran, not just today but whenever you meet one.
Always thank them for their service.
I want to thank two soldiers in my life...my husband and my son.
Both are soldiers of the US Army.
My husband Steve is a Combat Vietnam Veteran with two Purple Hearts. He served proudly with the 1st Air Calvary Division, 1/12th Battalion from 1968-1969. He was wounded in Cambodia when hit by an RPG when his platoon was ambushed.
On October 15th of this year, Steve was awarded the Silver Star Honorable Service Medal from the State of Maine at the Sanford VFW Post. He and 30 other veterans from different wars, were presented with the medal by Major General Bill Libby, a Vietnam Veteran and 1st Calvary soldier, which I thought was very fitting for Steve. They also received certificates of award along with their medals. It was a wonderful ceremony for the veterans and their families.
This is Mr Peter Ogden, director of the Bureau of Maine Veteran Services, shaking Steve's hand. Mr Ogden started this program in 2006 to honor those Maine Veterans with Purple Hearts.
My son Aaron is active duty with the US Army reserves. He is currently stationed with the 716th Engineer Co, 368th Battalion
in Sommersworth, NH. He is being deployed to Afghanistan next year. He was recently promoted to Specialist 4...... four months prior to his eligibility. We are very proud of him of what he has accomplished and his courage to join the Army during wartime.
To both of you, Steve and Aaron....
I am so proud of you and love you very much.