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The Star Blogger Nominations

Hello my friends, I’m thrilled to announce I’m among the top 10 bloggers up for the Star Blogger Award. How How To Addict wanted to recognize interesting blogs and unique blogs.

I mentioned previously that I’m up for the Star Blogger Award. Well I would really appreciate your vote for WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) it is listed under Daisy Mae.  The link to vote is at: Star Blogger Award Nominations .  

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR VOTES. 

My Blog nomination is under Daisy Mae. Please help me and Vote for me. This Award would mean a lot to me.

My 2nd LIEBSTER award

 

 

THANKS cseveneaj for nominating me for my 2nd LIEBSTER Award. This is not only an honor but a pleasant surprise since this was unexpected. PENandPAPER has a great site and you should really check it out.

RULES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD 

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you, also try to give a little promotion of their blog.
  2. Give 10 fun facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers.

FACTS ABOUT ME

  1.  I don’t know how to cook.
  2. I love Hot Wings.
  3. I like playing with my cat.
  4. I hate snakes
  5. I met Maya Angelou when I was in College
  6. I’m very leery of dogs I don’t know since getting bit by a dog.
  7.  When I was in college, I drew my one dog who was an Alaskan Malamute.
  8. I like planting flowers.
  9. I am a family oriented person.
  10.  I like entering contests just to see if I can win and sometimes I do win.🙂🙂

MY NOMINEES ARE:

EVERYONE🙂🙂

You saw right, my nominees are EVERYONE. I believe every blogger has their own unique abilities of writing on their own blog(s). Every blogger should be recognized someway.

THANKS AGAIN PENandPAPER

Thanks for all your love and support my friends.

 

Choices: Good And Bad

 

Above are examples of choices. On the left, someone is choosing to go into the service and on the right a bear choosing to get something to eat in someone’s backyard. Both examples are risky choices.

We are given the ability to have choices to teach us responsibility. From a young age we are taught Right from wrong. When we get to our Pre-teen and teenage years, we choose for ourselves. Sometimes we make the right choice and sometimes we make the wrong choice.  Sometimes we regret the bad choices we make.

So before we make a choice be sure to think it through before you choose to go that way.  There is always a risk involved with whatever you choose but sometimes the risk pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.

If you don’t want to choose the wrong choice, here are some tips you can go by:

  1. Don’t hang out with the wrong crowd.
  2. Before making your choice think it through.
  3. Write the Pros down.
  4. Write the Cons down.
  5. Weigh the Pros and Cons.

You’ll find if you do some or all of these steps, it will help you make the best choice. However, remember animals don’t have this luxury.

By: Crystal Stewart

Please Note: If you have other tips you want to mention, please let me know in the Comment Section.

Please Note: Link is from bing.com

What The Colors Of The American Flag Really Mean!?

After writing  a poem called WHAT THE COLORS OF THE AMERICAN FLAG MEAN TO ME, I thought it would be interesting to find out what the colors really mean. So below are some links that will show you what they mean and the links are: What do the colors of the Flag mean,  What do the colors of the flag mean and  What does the colors of the flag mean(Google Search)  . The last link I provided has several links you can choose from.  Below are screenshots of What do the colors of the Flag mean?

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PART 2 OF 2 OF WHAT DO THE COLORS OF THE FLAG MEAN?

WHAT MEETING MAYA ANGELOU DID FOR ME

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A POEM CALLED “You are the apple of God’s eye” WAS GIVEN TO ME BY MY PARENTS. THIS POEM IS BY A UNKNOWN AUTHOR.

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UPDATE: POST PUBLISHED ON CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE CALLED SUNRISES AND SUNSETS: IN PHOTOS PLUS SOME OTHER POSTS THAT WERE REBLOGGED

UPDATE:

I did some blogging and reblogging on my new site, CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. I also just published another picture blog called SUNRISES AND SUNSETS: IN PHOTOS. I think in my opinion these blogs are pretty good.

On your dashboard under Links then hitting All Links, you’ll find both of my sites and their Links. If you don’t want to bother with that, here is the link for CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE.

Thanks to Everyone who has visited the site. I hope you follow it too.

 

THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO EVERY CLOUD AND HOW A SMILE AFFECTS YOU AND OTHERS

There is an expression that we have heard of and it is  “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The meaning and origin of this phrase is as follows:

The Meaning

“Every bad situation has some good aspect to it. “This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward.”

Origin

“John Milton coined the phrase ‘silver lining’ in Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634”

“I see ye visibly, and now believe

That he, The Supreme Good, to whom all things

ill

Are but as slavish officers of  vengeance

Would send a glistering guardian, if need were

To keep my life and honour unassailed

Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud

Turn forth her silver lining on the night?

I did not err; there does a sable cloud

Turn forth her silver lining on the night,

And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.”

“‘Clouds and ‘silver linings’ were referred to often in literature from then onward,usually citing Milton and frequently referring to them as Milton’s clouds. It isn’t until the days of the uplifting language of Victoria’s England that we begin to hear the proverbial form that we are now familiar with-‘every cloud has a silver lining’. The first occurrence that is unequivocally expressing that notion comes in The Dublin Magazine, Volume 1, 1840, in a review of the novel review Marian; or, a Young Maid’s Fortunes, by Mrs. S. Hall, which was published in 1840:

As Katty Macane has it, “there’s a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if we could only see it.”

‘There’s a silver lining to every cloud’ was the form that the proverb was usually expressed in the Victorian era. The currently used ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ did appear, in another literary review, in 1849. The New monthly belle assembl`ee, Volume 31 include what purported to be a quotation from Mrs Hall’s book – “Every cloud has a silver lining”, but which didn’t in fact appear in Marian, which merely reproduced Milton’s original text.”

If you want to read more about “Every cloud has a silver lining” then you can go to these links: ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ and Links for ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’.

In my opinion, this saying is true. You see there really is a silver lining to every cloud and a lot of times we might not see the silver lining right away but for every cloud there will be a silver lining. Some examples of this saying are as follows:

Someone tells we can’t accomplish something

We might not accomplish what we want to do right away but the silver lining here it will be accomplished in the future.

We suffer the loss of a loved one and/or friend

It’s hard to find a silver lining here but there is one. It will take some time before we see it but the silver lining will eventually show up.

Becoming unemployed

If you ever been unemployed then you know it’s no fun. The silver lining here is you will get another job, retire or better yet start your own business.

Being Single

It’s hard to see the silver lining here especially if you’ve been single for quite some time. Remember the silver lining might be you find the right person and get married or you just stay single.

When a situation comes up in our lifetime, we shouldn’t think a bad situation is bad but think of it as a good thing because really if we think about it they’re stepping-stones to our destination. These stepping-stones that we may consider roadblocks make us stop and ask ourselves is this what we really want? Of course, this is a question that can have many answers and that’s because everyone has to answer this question every time a situation comes up.

You may be going through a situation that’s making you take a step back and ask is this what I really want? If you aren’t asking this question, then you either have already answered this question or your situation that caught you off guard is a good situation. Sometimes good situations do catch us off guard and make us ask the same question.

My hope for everyone is that you will have more good situations than bad situations. I want everyone to try to smile when you have both good and bad situations. I know it’ll be hard to smile through bad situations but if you do, you’ll find it’ll make it easier to get through your bad situation. It’s usually pretty easy to smile when you’re in a good situation but when you’re in a bad situation it’s not as easy.

Smiling through all situations that come our way will not only make us feel better and put us in a better mood. Smiling also makes other people want to be around us more.

In my opinion when you smile, I think you will find that people treat you better than when you aren’t smiling. So smile through both good and bad situations and you’ll go far. How far is up to you. If you smile through the bad then hopefully your reward will be that you have more good situations than bad situations. Also in my experience, I have found a smile will change your attitude from bad to good.  Even when you’re in a really bad mood and/or just plain having a terrible day you may be asking? Especially smile when you’re in a terrible mood and/or just having a terrible day because it will not only change your attitude but people will notice the change in you.

Let me share a tip about smiling and that tip is even if you have to put a fake smile on your face to change people’s attitude toward you, you will find even a fake smile will help your attitude. How do I Know? I’ve put a fake smile on my face many times and it actually did change my attitude and how other people viewed me. What happened when I smiled? It was contagious and made people ask why are you smiling?

Remember, Smiling is contagious and does have benefits. If you would like to learn more about smiling and the benefits you can go to THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO EVERY CLOUD AND HOW A SMILE AFFECTS YOU AND OTHERS. This link provides several links you can learn about why you should smile and the benefits a smile provides.

🙂🙂Do me a favor, Smile no matter what and you will be rewarded.🙂🙂

 

 

 

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My Niece, Kaitlin In Her Graduation Cap And Gown And Behind Kaitlin From Left To Right Is Her Dad, Her Mom And Her Older Sister

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My Niece, Kaitlin In Her Graduation Cap And Gown Holding Her Pet Dog

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My Niece, Alyssa With Her Grandfather In Their Shirts They Got Each Other

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My Niece, Kaitlin Getting Her Diploma

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My Niece, Kaitlin Who Graduated With Honors With Other Girls Who Graduated With Honors

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My Niece, Emily With Her Mother At Their Birthday Party

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My Nephew, Dylan Holding A Rabbit, In The Center Is My Cousin, Jeff And On The Right Is My Youngest Sister

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On The Left Is My Niece, Alyssa In The Center Is My Nephew, Dylan And On The Right Is My Oldest Niece, Emily

The above pictures are examples of smiling through good situations.

The pictures below are examples of smiling through bad situations.

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My Niece, Alyssa smiling even though she’s on crutches.

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My Niece, Alyssa with her brother, Dylan walking around our campsite even though she’s on crutches.

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My Niece, Kaitlin With Her Get Well Flowers And Her Smiley Balloon

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Get Well Flowers, A Little Stuffed Animal With A Smiley Balloon For My Niece, Kaitlin

*The Links In The Above Blog Are From Google*