This site was originally created to lend support to parents of teens going through similar issues. I’ve finally learned to laugh about it rather than cry! Thanks to my sister-in-laws who went through all this crap before me and gave me great advice!
I really do think I’m gonna make it through this… and it really really does get better! Really!
The site has since evolved into a hodge-podge of things that we find funny, disturbing, odd and entertaining. We included our own version of a ‘Zen Gallery’ (Thru My Lens). We hope you enjoy it and visit often.
We’re a family of 5. Shane and I have three kids and two dogs. The Saint Bernard is named ‘Old Brooklyn’ (Brook for short unless we’re mad then it’s Brooklyn!) and the Golden Retriever is ‘Dublin’.
We live in Northeast Ohio and have all our lives. It’s too damn hot in the Summer and too damn cold in the Winter. There really is no Spring and Fall doesn’t last long either.
We’re the people that call tech support and get a response of ‘gee, I’ve never seen that problem before’. Yep, we live according to Murphy’s Law. What can go wrong will and what can’t possibly go wrong will too!
But that’s okay because that’s what life is all about….and if you can’t laugh at yourself then you’re in trouble!
So anyhow this site is here to lend moral support to parents going through the same crap as we are. The talking back, the eye rolling, the whole teenage thing. You know…the stuff we never went through when we were their age. Search the site for stories about tattoos, piercings, politics, whatever interests you. Poke around the categories and enjoy yourself!
Hopefully our page will make you smile!
~ Sheila ~
Contact information: sheila (At) maviefolle dot com
Honor your Spirit.
Think about the relationship you have with God and the Universe. Whatever your traditions are, whatever path you are on…devote yourself to it. Whether you are reading scriptures or meditating give it your full attention.
Be inspired. Listen to others. Keep a journal. Value your self, your spirit, your higher power, your friends, neighbors, the strange lady on the bus. The same higher power is within all of us. Within all living things. Accept that but for our outer shells, the body we are in…we are all of the same spirit. Treat all others with kindness and respect regardless of what you have been conditioned to believe. We’re all linked together. What we do, think, feel impacts the lives of others as well as our self. Support one another.
Celebrate! Celebrate birth, death, a move, growing a garden, your children, your family, friends old and new, weather, nature, etc. Let it all sink in, create memories that will be recalled upon over the years. Beautiful memories to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Celebrate your personal growth. Celebrate differences between yourself and others. Turn them into a source of strength and joy from which you can draw. Think of them as an enrichment to life rather than letting them continue to make the world a miserable place filled with hate, fear, nastiness, greed and so many other negative qualities.
Mahatma Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Take a few moments to focus, reflect and celebrate. Enjoy the little blessings and you can recall them often.
Think about the relationship you have with nature. Just as we apply the golden rule to people, we should also apply it to nature. When I truly think about this it reminds me of Native Americans. I don’t know if it’s like this in other parts of the world, but in the US we seem to have grown to believe that we ‘own’ things. And once we own them they are ours to do what we wish with them. I think we need to contemplate some basic ancient beliefs and start seeing ourselves as caretakers for life. For nature. We need to understand that to live in harmony with nature keeps everything in balance like our ancient ancestors understood.
Honor the great spirit in all living things.
We know that plants have a reaction to how they are treated. Many children perform these experiments as science projects. They tend one plant with love & kind words and the other plant without. You can see an astonishing difference in the growth, the output, the life of the plants. There is a direct reflection in what you give the plant…to what the plant gives you.
You can learn a lot about life if you just pay attention to the nature around you. It warns us of impending storms, it gives shelter, warmth, wind, food. It will relax you if you listen and are still. It will amaze you and delight your eyes, your mind if you just take a moment to truly watch, absorb, see. Appreciate it. Nurture it. Enjoy it. Respect it.
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