Beard of the day

Classic beard.

Classic beard.

Beach Bear Weekend

Coming soon, the fourth annual Beach Bear Ft. Lauderdale!

Coming soon, the fourth annual Beach Bear Ft. Lauderdale!

Early May is one of the most wonderful times to experience Ft. Lauderdale Beach. The weather is great as it is predictably warm but not yet into the hot days of the summer. Hotel rates have dropped to their off season numbers and the official rainy season has not yet started. May is the secret month for those of us who travel there often.

Knowing this my good friend that I’ll call Bob (cause that is his name) founded Beach Bear back in May of 2012. His dream of having a relaxed, fun and enjoyable event that centered of Ft. Lauderdale’s beautiful beach came to life that year as several thousand bears and their friends made the migration.

Each year it has grown yet maintains it’s goal of an enjoyable relaxed event where friends and memories are made. If you are thinking of a getaway, from experience I reccomend it. Check out the site link below and register early for special pricing. I hope to see you there.

http://www.beachbearweekend.com

 

Centered on Ft. Lauderdale's famous Sebastion St. Beach, Beach Bear attracts many men from all over the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Centered on Ft. Lauderdale’s famous Sebastion St. Beach, Beach Bear attracts many men from all over the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Don't miss it!

Don’t miss it!

These men are planning their bear hunt already…

Wisdom of St. Francis

Make me a channel of thy peace, that where there is hatred, I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; that where there is discord, I may bring harmony; that where there is error, I may bring truth; that where there is doubt, I may bring faith; that where there is despair, I may bring hope; that where there are shadows, I may bring light; that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Grant that I seek rather to comfort than to be comforted; to understand that to be understood; to love than to be loved. For it is by self forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

…..aka the prayer of St. Francis

Fearsome’s Favorite Apple Cake

Tonight I’m having some family over for dinner of lemon Kale salad, fresh olive bread, homemade beef stew, whole grain pasta and Fresh Apple cake for dessert!

Ok this cake is easy and delicious! So delicious. Did I say delicious? Well it is!

Fearsome Beard’s Fresh Apple Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

4 cups peeled then chopped Granny Smith apples, 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, (optional 1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice).

Place chopped apples in large mixing bowl. Break the two eggs over apples then add all other ingredients. Stir until well mixed into a creamy batter full of apple pieces. ( I chop my apples to fairly small pieces.)

Spray bundt pan with Bakers Joy ( or any other baking spray with flour in it) Spread batter into bundt pan and bake 1 hour.

Let cake cool in pan.

When cake is cool flip out onto cake plate and poke holes in it with a toothpick then make this glaze to pour on top.

Glaze: 1 stick real butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Bring to boil stirring in sauce pan on stovetop. Boil stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Pour over cooled cake.

Fearsome Beard's Fresh Apple Cake cooling in pan.

Fearsome Beard’s Fresh Apple Cake cooling in pan.

Glazed and ready to eat. Yummmmm!

Glazed and ready to eat. Yummmmm!

I thank my sister in law, Doris, for this recipe.

 

Love Liberates

… It does not bind.

I could in no way express better what Maya does here. It’s worth the 5 plus minutes to see love from her angle. I strive to grow just a little each day, may I be blessed with the strenght and compassion to love as she shares.

The above 5 minute clip is an excerpt from the one in the link below, which is a full 42 minutes. The full episode below, Oprah’s Master Class, is all Maya Angelou. If the five minute clip rings your bell, you will love the full episode. Maya is most definitely one of my inspirations. She was, and still is through videos and her books, a strong woman and an amazing example of the good of humanity.

Share love. Find love. Give love. Accept love. Be love.

Big Bang Contemplations

On my flight home to San Diego I watched 3 documentaries. You’ve all seen me post about recent movies and heard me say I ain’t no movie critic. Well… I ain’t. I do however post about what I might take from a movie….a message, thought or inspiration.

I liked all three documentaries. They were Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2, Sketches of Frank Gehry and Particle Fever. The third one, Particle Fever, was my favorite. I found it the most inspirational and surprisingly entertaining. It’s about the CERN super collider and the discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle. Who would have imagined that I would enjoy a flick following six physicists?

I honestly admit I only rented it because it was a 99 cent special on iTunes and I really enjoy the sitcom Big Bang Theory. So I thought to myself why not find out more about this thing that is so often referred to with humor in my favorite TV show?

What I got was a fun look into the work and lives of these amazingly intelligent scientists and some incredibly profound messages. Below are several messages that I actually stopped the film to replay and record as notes on my iPhone. I was not able to go all the way back to get the names for proper credit, but will credit them to the film in general so if anyone wants to source them to an individual they may consult the film.

“In exploration, and science is exploration, there needs to be this set of people that have no rules. They go into the frontier and come back with strange animals, interesting rocks and amazing pictures to show us what’s out there. Discover something! ”

“Jumping from failure to failure with un-diminished enthusiasm is the big secret to success.”

“We were not born to live as animals but to pursue knowledge and virtue (Dante). Science and knowledge are very important as is art is very important, both are needs of mankind.” –  “Why do humans do science? Why do humans do art? These very things that are the least important to survival are the very things that make us human.”

Now I stroke Fearsome in contemplation.

Have a wonderful day full of discovery!

Back to normal day

Whatever “normal” is.  I still haven’t figured that one out completely except I do know that “normal” is different for each person just as no two of us are exactly alike. Even identicle twins have differences. I personally am grateful that we are all different and have our own normal. I’m getting back to my normal.

My trip was great although not quite as eventful as Ron’s http://retiredindelaware.blogspot.com I’m not sure if I could keep up with him but it would be fun trying. How he finds time to blog it all I do not know. I try my best to get a bit of blogging in when traveling but being off my daily routine makes it a challenge. Kudos to Ron for having so much fun and finding time to blog.

I had something happen on this trip that had not yet happened to me since I started blogging. I received my first hate filled comment. I got used to occaisional spam shortly after I started blogging, but now I really know why comments are often moderated. It was a comment on my post about my God Son’s dance performance of The Nutcracker. Of all post to spew hate that I have posted, this person decided to choose a post about a fifteen year old. I started to quote the comment here but I can’t do it. Put it this way it uses the “N” word and other offensive terms toward people of color and sites this persons amazement that they are capable of something as advanced as The Nutcracker.

I was taken aback that a person who would say something as offensive as this comment would have taken the time to read my blog, much less comment on it. The comment brought to light what people are capable of when they let hate fill their thoughts. It makes me aware that this type of thought and action is still with us in 2015.

What can I do? I can only take care of my side of the street and lead by example. I will continue posting about hope, love, inspiration, acceptance, joy, gratitude, diversity and beauty. I can feel gratitude that it is not me that is stuck in a prison of hate. I can be grateful that I so rarely see or hear such nonsense that when I read it, it was almost foreign to me. I can forgive this lost soul and hope that one day in the near future that they may have a moment of clarity that will help free them from the chains of hate. I post about it here so I remember, contemplate and grow from the experience.

 

Thinking back

In August of 2013 Fearsome had his last major trim. He was a big beard by most standards but he was not the beard he is today. In fact he had no name, he was just your average full large beard. Every time he got big he would get a fairly healthy trim. This was the last of the sort. It was a very well done beard trim and shaping. Since I got him a minor trim last Friday I thought it might be nice to document where he started from to grow into what he is today. Fearsome Beard!

The young Fearsome before he even had a name 8/28/2013.

The young Fearsome before he even had a name 8/28/2013.

A few years back I started on a path of spiritual growth without realizing that I was. The past year has been very profound for me and as most if you know in June I started the blog to share the path, document it, learn from others and hopefully inspire others as well as myself. Fearsome Inspires me as he is growing as well. Looking back at this picture and reflecting on my growth as well as his, amazes me. I am at a point where my new awareness is finding application in my life.

May my soul be as rich and full as Fearsome. Have a blessed day!

Wind blown and loving it!

Breezy here in Ft Lauderdale. Walks on the beach have been exhilaratingly wonderful. Perfect 78 degree temp with a breeze strong enough to make it almost cool. Good eye candy, beautiful ocean and lively activity all around. Dinner with friends, good conversation, relaxation and some time to think have made it a worthwhile trip so far.

We, the better half and I, have some investment properties here thus why I travel here so often. It’s not a second home but is almost that. So I have regular habits, routines, familiar places and friends to connect with. Ft Lauderdale is not only a beautiful beach town but is a busy tourist destination so there is always an air of excitement from the vacation clientele. That’s an added bonus between my trips to Home Depot and my maintenance projects at the properties. Life is a joy. I enjoy feeling that around me.

This trip I’ve had the opportunity to find some clarity on some recent changes in my life. A few things that were beyond my control and left me puzzled and a bit bewildered seem to be clearer now and I can feel the acceptance growing within. I am a soul that grows as long as I learn, accept and incorporate. I am grateful.

Fearsome in the breeze walking along the beach.

Fearsome in the breeze walking along the beach.

Fearsome at dinner (Casablanca Cafe) yesterday evening just before sunset. Wonderful food and the good company of his friend Bo.

Fearsome at dinner (Casablanca Cafe) yesterday evening just before sunset. Wonderful food and the good company of his friend Bo.