New Year, New Friend

From my home to yours…all the love and warmth of a Rebel…to all my neighbors.

‘Tis the time to reflect, upon years past. ‘Tis the time of greatest hope, for the year to come. Some will set goals, some will give up things, and others will do neither. But, here’s my wish for all of you…just have a great TODAY!

As we look at 2020, some will see it wasn’t the ideal year. Should you examine every day, you’ll find you have lived through an epidemic. That’s already a plus. To those that have lost loved ones this year, I offer my condolence. Though, I know from experience, nothing can truly make a loss better, I do know that it helps to focus on those that are still here…and to have someone to lean on, eases the pain, too.

Every year is different. They all have their pros and cons. Some teach us more than others. There’s always the best and worst in our book of life. However, even on the worst years, we forget that things can always get worse. Or, we don’t realize that things will get better. So, celebrate the end of this year, not as a good riddance, but as a caring goodbye to an old friend…that you may welcome a new friend (hopefully a better one than the last), 2021!

And if 2020 was good to you, may your new friend be just as kind, or even more so.

Wishing you the best life has to offer, today and always.

Happy New Year!

The Candy Cane Story As Told By A Rebel

The story is titled: Making Candy Canes

Just a disclaimer, this post is based on the Story of The Candy Cane and its meaning, which is Christian based. No offense intended. Whether you are a religious person or not, be it Christian or other, I hope that you can still appreciate the work. There is also a bonus surprise for anyone to enjoy at the end. This is based on stories you can find online, but I have told it in my own way, with some fresh ideas on how I could imagine the story going. Purely fictional but for entertainment purposes. If you know of a story you would like to challenge me with putting my own twist on, leave a comment. I’ll pick one and give it a shot. So, please enjoy, and may you always be blessed with health and love.

–Rebel

PS. I made this wreath with my own hands, using items purchased at a dollar store. Total cost was $5.

Making Candy Canes

‘Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems. In a place that perhaps you have seen in your dreams. For the story you’re about to be told, began with the holiday worlds of old…

—Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas

              Once upon a time, long before X-mas took out Christ, there lived a Candy Maker who loved God very much. It just so happened that this candy maker was tasked with creating something incredibly special; a small but sweet, and inexpensive gift that anyone could present to their loved ones on Christmas morning. So, the Candy Maker came up with an idea, to create a candy that represented what Christmas was truly about…Christ. Thus, the Candy Cane was born. But, that is, exactly, what our story tells. This is where our story begins…

              Just 2 months before Christmas and all the town, looked to this man, his name now unknown, to make a special treat for everyone. This man was old and often tired so, but he had something special in his heart…God. After being tasked with making a treat for Christmas, he started, one night, by choosing the flavor and decided it should taste of hyssop. Little fact is that hyssop comes from the mint family and is remarkably similar to peppermint; thus, to mimic the flavor of hyssop, that is exactly what he used, peppermint. Why Hyssop? Hyssop was used for purification and sacrifice in the times of the Old Testament, which is what we strive for in life, that we may earn a place in heaven. The rest did not come easy. He just had to get everything right.

              Over the course of weeks, his idea grew. “It should be made of hard candy, because Christ is our rock,” he thought, “…and, it should be red and white, to represent God’s purity and sacrifice.” This made him think of the immense love God has for us, that he would send his only son to suffer and die for us, that we may be forgiven for our sins and find ourselves in the kingdom of heaven. That is when he came up with the idea to shape the candy into a J, which was perfect. Not only did the J represent Jesus by name, but if one turned it around, they would find the symbol of the Shepherd, the staff. This represents Christ as our Shepherd, leading us home and watching over us (that we do not wander and become lost). It also tells us that we are his sheep, and together, his flock (that we may follow Christ as we were meant to).

              As he began to draw up the design for this candy that would make history, he felt that representing the sacrifice of blood with red, just wasn’t enough. “Something is not right.” Thought the Candy Maker. “Only a few weeks ‘til Christmas and I haven’t made the perfect candy gift.” At that time, the man had but a candy cane draped in white, and dipped partially in red. Another week passed and he could not perfect his design. With only 2 weeks to Christmas, and still needing time to make hundreds of these treats, he decided he needed help. Before bed that night, he asked God for guidance. He prayed that his design would take shape as God willed it. God answered him in a dream.

Darkness. A white light, so bright and true, filled the surrounding space. From the distance, a baby comes into focus, a baby in a bed of straw, with a laughter that radiated peace and warmth. Suddenly, a violent wave of blood swirled around the baby and consumed him. When the blood cleared, only a man stood. A man with a thorn crown, nails through his hands and feet, and marks from lashes and thorns all over him. With tears in his face and dripping of red, he smiled and said, “Let these scars show you the way.”

              It was still dark when the Candy Maker awoke from this dream. Nevertheless, he began to draw a new design. One with swirls and stripes. Thick ones, to represent the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross for our sins (that we may be forgiven for ours). Thin ones, to represent the suffering he went through before being nailed to the cross. They were to look like lashes and lacerations, the scars left behind when Jesus was arrested and tortured. Now, the candy could remind us of all of the sacrifices God and his son made to ensure our souls could live an eternity in heaven (that we may always know the love God has for us).

              The next two weeks were spent working long and hard to make enough Candy Canes for everyone in town. The finishing touch, to wrap them in a clear wrapper, so that everyone could see the true reason for Christmas when a Candy Cane is presented. The rest is history, but it doesn’t end there. For, you see, every time a Candy Cane is shared, so is the meaning of Christmas, the story of Christ, and the love of God and Jesus. Is it a wonder that love takes two and when one brings two Candy Canes together, they form a heart? That’s, also, because when two people exchange Candy Canes, they are exchanging their love for each and sharing a piece of their heart.

And they shared happily ever after…with no end!

Additional treat: When Candy Canes are crossed, as in the picture above, it looks like two people leaned over hugging. So, if you can’t be with your loved ones this Quarantined Holiday Season, consider sending them a Candy Cane and tell them it represents love, a hug from afar, and a piece of your heart…because sweets are treats for everyone, and you don’t have to be religious to enjoy them. Thanks for reading to the end.

Just An Ordinary Word

Omelet Tostada

This is one of my creations in the kitchen. Mix eggs with seasonings and herbs of your choice. Cook 1/2 inch thick and round the size of a small skillet. Do not flip. Instead, cover with lid or foil to cook both sides. Instead of cooking your added ingredients into the egg, place fresh and uncooked ingredients over egg. Tomatoes, peppers, cheese, etc. If you would like melted cheese, place cheese over cooked omelet, as soon as the omelet is done, and let sit while covered for a while, before removing egg from skillet (stove/heat off). For meat toppings, cook meat separately from eggs and add with toppings. Top off with ketchup or hot sauce (optional). Enjoy!

I am not a person seeking fans. I do not write for others. I do not share for likes. This is not even about expression. When I take pictures or write something down, I do it for myself. I enjoy the time I spend creating. That time when boredom hides and emotions create. That time when thoughts turn into something more, and when burdens flee my side. This is my time. I cherish time. Time is the most valuable thing life has to offer, just as life is the most valuable thing this Universe offers. So, why bother to post at all? Why share my creations with anyone, when they were not meant to be seen, when created? Well, my deer audience, the answer is simple…

Once upon a time, I kept my creations all to myself. From poetry, to drawings, photography, and more. Projects made by hand and gifted to a select few, that is what started it all. People wanted me to share these things, that they found good. Although, aware of the term “good” being perspective, I thought to myself, “why not?”. Thus, little by little, I began to share. First, my photography. Then, my crafts. Now, my words. Perhaps, one day, I shall share more of my thoughts and creations, more of my ideas and inventions, and more of me. For now, I am but a single person, not seeking fame nor fortune.

I do not write for others; I do not share for likes. However, this does not mean I do not value my audience. I cherish time, yours as much as mine. You could have read something else. You could have stopped reading by now. Yet, you are still reading this verse. Thank you for staying. Thank you for your time. It is a blessing to have had your time and attention for this long. I hope I have not disappointed; I hope I do not disappoint. For your time, I offer this:

The wisdom of Heaven is love, the wisdom of Hell is happiness on Earth, and the wisdom of Earth is balance. For one to be wise, one must care to know more, learn from everything, and go through Heaven and Hell. The result is to be grounded on Earth, that is your peace and balance–that is your wisdom.

It Has Been A While

It has been a while since my last post. Things keep getting in my way and I haven’t fought hard enough. Right now, it is best that I get away from routine. You will not see me Wednesdays as you’re so used to, not always, anyways. Whenever I am able to sneak in a post, I promise to do so. You may see me missing for short or long whiles, but I haven’t abandoned you. I still have plenty to post and say. I still read blogs, I still take pictures, and I still write things. Hopefully, this makes it so you see me more, as you haven’t been lately.

I want to thank those of you who are still with me and I hope I can continue to provide whatever it is that keeps you with me. I do, however, wish to give you plenty to read, even in my absent periods…especially, in these times of “In Person” Social Distancing. Notice I say, “In Person”, with emphasis. That is because there are plenty of ways to stay social online.

These are my top 3 recommended Blogs…

The Travellothoner: Poems, book reviews, travel, and exercise are some of his most common subjects.

Eclipsed Words: Provides things such as poetry, inspirational material, helpful tips, advice, and positivity.

Flora Fiction: A great place for reviews, from music, to movies and series. Additionally, a go to for self help on mental health and psychology issues. Finally, she, too, posts poems.

LINKS: The Travellothoner Eclipsed Words Flora Fiction

Thank you,

-Rebel

True Love Potion

Love is powerful, love is magical…But, what is love?

Love is an eternal flame that burns in every caring heart.

Love can endure a lifetime and last forever more.

Love doesn’t cage, love doesn’t judge.

Love accepts and understands-seeing all flaws, but remains standing strong.

Love is kind, love is caring.

Love can be given to many, and has many forms.

Love is respectful, love is honorable.

Love may be hurtful, but it never aims to hurt.

Love is forgiving, love is a choice.

Love is never having to say “Sorry” but always wanting to.

Love is giving, love is sacrifice.

Love, in its true form, desires happiness for loved ones, even if it means saying goodbye.

Love is courage, love protects.

Love doesn’t excuse faults; instead, it helps one learn and grow.

Love is free, love is strong.

Love, in its own way is selfish, but selfless by nature.

Love is honest, love is vast.

Love gives without expecting and asks for nothing in return.

Love is natural, love is valuable.

Love is the most beautiful pain one chooses to endure for the greatest reward of all…

Love!

Happy New Year

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Half Dome
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Every New Year, people allover the World set resolutions/goals for themselves.

It is a time that reminds one that time is passing. “New year, new…”, they say.

Time, however, passes us by every day…every minute…every second.

Suns rise and set, leaving behind only the memories of days past.

In time, we gain and we lose; we fall and get back up; and, if we are lucky, time keeps passing us by.

Whatever the old years have given or taken, no matter what the new years bring…

May you continue to live…

May you continue to fight.

Happy New Day!

Meppy Chrwanzkahlidays

Images are from Bitmoji app and were put together with Layout app.

WARNING!
The following words may be found offensive and the subject is a sensitive one. If you wish to read on, you do so accepting that this is a ‘personal’ thought. It is not intended to attack or target anyone in a negative way. It is my personal believe that everyone has the right to theirs, and we shouldn’t disrespect one another just because we don’t share the same views.

This time of year, people tend to be disturbed or offended by others whom may wish you a ______.

This blank can be a “Merry Christmas”, a “Happy Hanukkah”, a “Happy Kwanzaa”, or “Happy Holidays”.

No matter your beliefs, religious or otherwise, it is important to analyze the meaning of these words.

People want others to take them into consideration, but often fail to do the same of others. If you try to force someone else to use a different phrase, or none at all, you are being selfish.

Instead, I present you with this:

The true meaning of these words is…”I wish you good things.”

If your opinion differs in any way (because that’s all a believe is, a strong opinion or view), you don’t have to say it back. A simple, “thank you” or “I wish you well, too”, will do.

This can be carried on through the year, too. Just because someone thinks or feels differently, it doesn’t mean we should get offended by it.

Unless the person means to offend, we must forgive others for hurting us unintentionally.

Lastly, when someone wishes you that “blank”, they are sharing with you something about themselves.

I believe the World would be a better place if we learned to be more accepting of others. Appreciate what people choose to share with you.

Best Wishes…ALWAYS!

Snowbird

Over the years, I have written many poems for friends, family, and other loved ones. Some celebrate special occasions or love; while others, are just because. Here is another birthday poem:

How wonderful the sounds of laughter are, that I may compare them to a snowbird’s song.

Love to sing, love to hop, and dance the light of day away.

“Come and play”, “Tickle my back”, and “Scratch my belly”, too.

The heart as pure as snow, comes with a smile to warm your heart, and a touch to melt it.

The winter months bring these delights, as they brought you to me.

Just one hug, one more kiss, to never let you go.

For as you grow, so smart and beautiful, I will miss these days so.

Everyday, you get older; but, once a year, I realize just how old you are.

If only I could keep you small, for every day to come.

Yet, age will never end the love I have for you; for, I could only love you more with time.

And, every day I have you, I celebrate with pride. But, once again, this time a year, I get to share my Snowbird’s special day with others.

So, call out the snow, because…

When winter is near, I know your birthday is here.

The Forgotten Friend

Sometimes, the word “friend” is used loosely. Other times, friendship is taken for granted. A real friend, a good friend, is hard to find. However, when you find one, you will know because they accept you and appreciate you, just the way you are.

For those whom feel abandoned and forgotten, here is your voice:

Who can appreciate the friend who’s always there? The one that provides an ear, guidance, and their shoulder to lean or weep on.

Who can appreciate the friend that, not only gives you time, but makes the time? Outside of spare time, aside from their time.

Who can appreciate the friend who truly cares? The one whom plays the angel on your right shoulder and never steers you wrong.

Who can appreciate a friend that loves and accepts for real? That one who values the real you.

Who can appreciate a friend like me?

…no one can!

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!

When life seems bad, and nothing goes your way;

If you struggle everyday, and you can’t get on your feet;

During times of pain and sorrow, where you cannot find the good in your life;

Think about the chance you have, the one you are given with every beat and every breath…

To fight on and find change.

Today you might be freezing cold; tomorrow you may still be hungry…

But, one day, any second, you may see change.

The pain you have may last forever, but the strength to endure it grows with time.

Whether you find yourself alone, abandoned, or forgotten…that may not always be the case.

Take a breath and feel your heart beat.

Know that life has challenged you, but don’t give up the fight.

For, in a sea of hope and faith, lies wonders that may flow your way.

Believe in yourself. I’ll wish you lots of luck, along the way.

So, if you can’t find anything to be thankful for, just breath in and say:

I’m thankful that I can still fight to have a better life!