Svaha S.S ~ Love is All You Need!

IMG_4459My daughter shared this video with me, I had to pass it on. It is an important message that unfortunately is still not embraced by everyone in the world in which we live. Love is all you really need! When we feel loved, we flourish! We grow and pass that very same love we received on to others.

Give Love ~

Accept everyone for who they are ~

Stand up for those who are not brave enough…yet ~

With support and courage we can make a difference in the lives of those less courageous ~

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Family Ties

Tomorrow I am attending a weekend-long family reunion. We have not gathered for a reunion in ten years (unless you count weddings, funerals and anniversary parties). At this gathering one of our cousins is going to share some of the information she has dug up about our ancestry. It should be interesting. I’ve always loved hearing old stories about family members. It makes me feel connected to them somehow. I don’t know why that is important to some people and not to others but I’m one of those people who are fascinated by family history.

In preparation for our reunion, I’ve typed out some memories from my aunt about her grandparents. I learned some interesting tidbits while typing. One thing that made me snicker a little was our Scottish ties. I have always thought we were mostly Irish and English but it turns out we have quite a line of Scots in our blood. It made me giggle a little because John and I have recently gone to see the Pixar movie, Brave (which we really enjoyed) but now I picture my Scottish ancestors as characters from that animated film.

My great grandfather told my aunt the story of how his grandmothers cousin, Rory McLellan was a well known athlete who competed in the Highland Games. The story goes that while competing (in either the kyber toss or hammer toss) his throw went farther than the watching crowd had anticipated and accidentally hit and killed a spectator. He would never compete again.  A sad story for all involved and yet I can’t help but visualize the man as an animation. This is how I envision Rory to look (only with two legs):

Someone named Bonnie Kathleen really shouldn’t be surprised by her Scottish ancestry I suppose. Just like someone named John Johnson (pronounced Yawn Yawnson in Norway) shouldn’t be surprised by his Norwegian ancestry. And this also struck me as funny because the Scots and the Norsmen have had their battles and yet here we are happily united.  It all begins to make sense to me now…John (who likes everyone usually) has mentioned over the years that he doesn’t care for this actor or for that actor and one day I realized that all of these actors had one thing in common. They all had red hair! I think it’s the Norwegian warrior coming out in him. He has a deep seeded desire to defend his land from those red headed Scots. He can’t help himself, it runs deep. And yet here he has blindly gone and married one! I will have to keep my eye on him this weekend to be sure he doesn’t go and kick a ginger when he thinks no one is watching. 😉

I will update you next week if I learn of any interesting family secrets. Who knows, maybe my favourite singer Sarah McLachlan and I share some DNA.




911 Remembered

911 on set of Stargate September 11th 2001, a day that everyone can remember where they were and what they were doing.  I was in my trailer on set of the TV Series Stargate.  I was waiting for my Mom who was going to look after my baby girl while I did my part on the show.  When my Mom arrived she told me that a plane hit the World Trade Center.  I thought she meant a little Cessna plane.  She explained what she heard on the radio and we immediately went into the studio where the entire cast and crew stood silently gawking at the television.  Not one person could speak, we just stood and watched.  And then it happened, the second plane crashed into tower two right before our eyes, live.  The room was full of disbelief.  The only historical moment that even came close to this was the Kennedy assassination.

911 flood lights Whether or not your fears are large or small you can face them by changing how you think when the fear starts to surface.  When you stay in the moment you are able to deal with what is right in front of you.  Just as all the Brave Men and Women of 911 did on that frightening day 8 years ago.  You can never prepare yourself for a ‘Sept 11 th’ but you can celebrate the lives of those who had fear on that day and faced it head on to help complete strangers.

I decided right then I needed to be close to my family and living my life with no regret.  It put life in perspective for many of us.  We walked around after that day never really knowing when or if it would ever happen again.  Fear was in the mind of many.  Fear is hard to overcome, unless you are really willing to face it head on.  How do you even begin to face a fear so large?  You start small.  You move forward in life and celebrate the moments you are proud of.  You celebrate the people you are proud of.  You celebrate each and every moment that your life has to offer.

Heroes of 911

Today I will reflect back on the day that changed the way I live my life and I hope you will too.  I will celebrate and remember the Brave Heroes who were there helping others and while doing that they lost their lives.

honor tattoo for a sister lost in 911

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