My Name is Fazia

Dream Desire Achieve

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I am a Syrian child,
I am a casualty of war,
My name is Fazia.

You go to school and sing nursery rhymes,
I hide in corners at the sound of bomb shells;
You hug your siblings and say “good night”,
I hurdle with my sister on a mat in utter terror;
You go to sleep with a story read to you,
I go to bed praying it wouldn’t be my last night;
You stroll into town waving at trams,
I run on lonely paths away from fighter jets;
You decorate your house with pictures and flowers,
My house decorations are shrapnels and bullets holes;
You walk on paved streets, with street lights shining,
I walk on streets littered with dead bodies, sometimes in the dark;
Your world is surrounded by beautiful houses,
Mine is surrounded by ravaged and collapsed buildings;
You are surrounded by your mama, papa, and family,

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And Fire, Our Spirit

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

 Four elements captured in a Baja sunrise.

 Four elements captured in a Baja sunrise

“Earth, water, fire, and wind. Where there is energy there is life.”
― Suzy Kassem

The four elements, and fire our spirit

Submitted for the Weekly Photo Challenge Elemental.

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Blog Networking: 8/17/17

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Blog networking is one of the most undervalued and underused strategies for most.  But I believe it is at the core for growing a blog.

You will find links in this post to help eliminate some of the work; all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others. The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

Essential Living with Dakota

Obsolete Childhood

Everything In and Around Denmark

Kingdom Living

Pearls Before Swine

Rafa Farihah

Advocate for Mental Illness

Waldina

The Courage To Shift

Who’s My Favorite Today?

The Purple Almond

Progress not Perfection!

HorseAddict

Why would you watch this video? It is not an elegant and seamless execution of the FEI Intermediare 1 dressage test, that’s for sure. It is not a professional video and has just been shot on a smart phone. So why watch it?  Well, this is a video of Biasini and me taking our first complete run through of the Inter 1 test.  We have completed the six weeks no stirrups assignment and had worked up to a full 30 minutes with no stirrups. We had practiced some individual moves from the test during this time and now the moment of truth to put it all together.  Yes, there are lots of mistakes and I go off course a few times but overall I felt it was not bad. But that is not why it is worth watching.

It is worth watching just to listen to the instructions from my…

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Blog networking is one of the most undervalued and underused strategies for most.  But I believe it is at the core for growing a blog.

You will find links in this post to help eliminate some of the work; all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others. The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

Reclaiming Hope

Dream Desire Achieve

Better Twogether

Kim Knight – Author

Single Girls Rock

Blog of a Mad Black Woman

Aria-Bella Rises

Cyranny’s Cove

Tripping Through Treacle

Snow Cones

Who's My Favorite Today?

Sometimes it’s the simple things……. snow cones on a Sunday afternoon.  I am trying to treasure every minute right now.  Every second.

We have 10 more days until Avery moves into her college dorm.  I know things will never be the same after that.  She will be independent and her own person.  And I want her to be all that.  We have worked all these years for her to do well and go to college.  I know she is extremely privileged to be one of the few people of the population of the world that is able to do this.

I try not to worry.  If I begin down that trail, it is never ending.  There are so many things my mind can conjure up!  I have to trust that we have instilled in her the skills and judgement she needs to make it on her own.

I guess my…

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What is crown shyness?

Lucky Otters Haven

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“Crown shyness” is a real term that means the pattern a canopy of trees make against the sky.   They seem to avoid touching, which is responsible for the pattern.

One theory is this is due to branches rubbing against each other and then breaking off, leaving the jigsaw-puzzle like patterns.  Another theory is that the growing tips are sensitive to levels of light, and stop growing as they near the branch tips of other trees.

They’re better at maintaining good boundaries than humans are!

I never noticed tcrown shyness before, but now I’ll be looking for it whenever I walk in a forest or under a grove of tall trees.

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Photos not taken by me.  Credit: unknown.

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Blog Networking: 8/15/17

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Blog networking is one of the most undervalued and underused strategies for most.  But I believe it is at the core for growing a blog.

You will find links in this post to help eliminate some of the work; all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others. The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

Mind Elate

Getting Fit For Forty

Tales From the Cabbage Patch

Fearless-Jo Ann Maxwell

Multiple Experiences

Horse Addict

Lucky Otter’s Haven

Lucinda E. Clarke

Rendezvous En New York

Peace from Panic

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

If the World Gives You Beauty, Immortalize It With Words

RAFA FARIHAH

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Hello World! My name is Rafa Farihah, your neighborhood noob blogger. Just kidding, I have no idea where any of you live. I reside in the one and only Houston. I am a freshman at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. And no, we do NOT ride horses to college.

As I created this blog, I signed up for a workshop called Blogging 101 which hopefully molds my amateur blogging skills into something much more appealing to myself and others. Moreover, I began blogging as an attempt to share my passion of fashion , photography, and writing. Blogging is a wonderful mode of communicating with people across the globe, all unique in their backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.

I would like to share with you how I observe the world through my pupils and hopefully inspire someone, somewhere, somehow. Since my childhood, I have moved from New Jersey, to India, to…

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Danny’s World: Disney World Prep and YouTube

Danny's iphone 439I have been watching a ton of YouTube videos about Disney tips and tricks in preparation for our trip in November.  There’s so much to consider when planning a Disney trip; even when you’ve been several times before.  I found a channel that I love (The Tim Tracker) and have binge watched it over the weekend.

Tim and his wife Jenn live in Orlando and chronicle their journeys throughout the parks. It seems that they visit the parks 3-4 times per week and investigate the different resorts, new foods, new events, changes and upcoming changes and much more.  I will admit that I am addicted to their channel.

We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside resort this trip and I am using a simple tip that I believe will make our stay a bit more enjoyable.  I am using Amazon Prime and shipping all of our daily snacks, water, sunblock, ponchos, backpack and a few other items straight to the resort; our packages will be there waiting on us upon our arrival.

Another trick I’ve learned is to book breakfast in the resorts before the parks open which allows us to eat and then venture in before any crowds and lines develop.  This will be especially important at Magic Kingdom where certain rides develop long lines.

I’ll be curious to read how many people who follow my blog enjoy Disney.  Some can take it or leave it, but we think it is the most magical place on Earth!  Cheers folks!