Green comes to town

Green cupcakes (2)Green is the buzz word during this special time of year.  Do you do green in March?

Green just happens to be my favorite color but what is significant with it?

According to Color-Meanings the color green symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. “Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision”.

Many analysts mention the color green is one of the most encouraging and uplifting colors, giving hope more than any other color.

Do you have a preferred shade of green?

So, is there any wonder the color emphasis this weekend is green – specifically referencing the St. Patrick’s Day emphasis?

I know practically anywhere you travel in the U.S.A on March 17 you will have your fill of green.  Just embrace it.

According to CNN the green shamrock is a “symbol of Ireland — known as the Emerald Isle because of its lush vegetation. And traditional Irish legend held that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns. Regardless of the reason, the world unites around the color green on StPatrick’s Day.”

Well, what about some of the origin?  If you check out Wikipedia you’ll  learn that green is associated with Ireland from the 1640s when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation.  “Green ribbons and shamrocks have been work on St. Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s.”

So let’s get on the bandwagon and celebrate – although we should do it responsibly.  There are already too many people dying on our roadways.  Please don’t let this happen to you, a loved one or a friend.

If you travel in the southeastern part of the U.S. – particularly near Savannah, Georgia, you may want to check out their events for St. Patrick’s Day – packed with parties, special events and a parade.  You may want to wear at least “something” green.  Activities may be viewed at

Savannah’s parade information may be viewed at  Oh, by the way, in case you want to follow tradition and “kiss” a military person in uniform the local authorities say stop.  I wonder how many will adhere to this latest green shamrocks

Now I’m curious.

Do other countries, aside from Ireland, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like we do in the U.S.A.?

Green cupcakes.jpgWhat experiences have you had celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Will you go green also?  I will.

I don’t want a Leprechaun to sneak up from behind and pinch me.

Time’s a changing!


Clock in Clinton, OK
Town clock in Clinton, Oklamoma


Depending on where you are around the globe you either adjusted your clock or you are about to change with the time.  Maybe you’ll change it later this month.  Maybe it’s time to actually “change with the time.”

How much daylight does the modern farmer need?

It’s what we call Daylight Saving Time when we turn the clock forward on the second Sunday in March in the U.S.A.  The idea was initially created to help farmers and others to have extra daylight.  Well, I could always use that extra hour of sleep I’ll lose tonight.  Many of you have already lost it.

Rise and shine with daylight as the sun signals the dawn of a new day.  In today’s modern society do we actually depend on the sun to light our way?

I feel for the person who will be late for work because he or she “didn’t get the memo” or forget to set the clock.  Well – maybe the clock can be blamed for it this time.

What about all of you traveling? Are computers automatic enough to keep up with your travels and the constant time changes?

Railroads and industry make good use of time and may be impacted by time changes.

Does the time change affect you in addition to the jet lag?

There has been some buzz lately about initiatives to keep the clock the same without having to “spring forward” or “fall back.”  Why can’t we just keep it the same?  I know I feel a little more tired each time we change – whether forward or backward – and it takes about a week to adjust.  Maybe it’s only my mindset.

Regardless, can’t we just keep it the same?  Has the time come where the time change doesn’t really matter that much?  I would like to hear your thoughts around the world.  Do you even change the time to accommodate the season?

In the U.S. Arizona and Hawaii don’t change and Florida has just passed legislation to keep the time on Daylight Saving Time.  I’m not sure if that is the right course of action.  If anything, can’t we keep it on the standard time?  I mean, it’s not like we get extra time.  We all have 24 hours in a day, right?

Maybe I’m not that smart to really understand the issues.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse in Florida shines brightly with upgraded lens compared to years past, still leading mariners and land travelers to their safety.

So, is light relative to the task at hand? Lighthouses are still in use (although more scarce) and provide their intended light.  If we need more daylight maybe, just maybe, we can use solar and other artificial light more effectively and efficiently. ( mentions a poll  conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicating “Americans liked Daylight Saving Time because ‘there is more light in the evenings / can do more in the evenings.’  A 1976 survey of 2.7 million citizens in New South Wales, Australia, found 68% liked daylight saving. Indeed, some say that the primary reason that Daylight Saving Time is a part of many societies is simply because people like to enjoy long summer evenings, and that reasons such as energy conservation are merely rationalizations.”

What say ye?

CNN reported that the idea of daylight saving was first conceived in the U.S. by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.  Wow, I didn’t know the idea goes back that far.  CNN has some other good information on the timeline and issues in their post at

“Daylight Saving Time is one of those weird quirks of the Western world — most countries outside Europe and North America don’t take part,” CNN states. “Everyone, for the most part, is pretty excited to fall back in October and bemoans losing an hour of sleep in March.”

I say let’s just make the best of it until we can “change with the time” again.



Empowered Women

Photo of Mom Gray's painting
Wondering Woman by Bernice Gray

I must admit I wasn’t very familiar with the 2018 International Women’s Day for March 8 so I had to check it out a little further.  I initially heard about it on the news the very day it was beginning but didn’t think much of it.

According to the intent for the emphasis is to have collective action and shared ownership to move forward gender parity so there would not be such divides among us around the world.  “Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

In my opinion, progress has to be an ongoing initiative and effort by all – both women and men to achieve gender parity.  Do you agree?

As I pondered the morning news about the day’s emphasis, it must have struck a nerve to trigger my brain – or maybe it was a brain wave (however you want to describe it).

Occasionally during the day the thought entered my mind about how important women are in our world and I thought about the women who influenced my life.

Women, you are appreciated more than you may realize! I know there are so many in today’s society, around the globe, who abuse and mistreat even the lovely name of “woman.”  I’m sorry for that as you are more than deserving of kindness and love as well as respect.  I get it.  In fact, where would I be without a loving and caring mother who taught me the right principles of life and God’s Love, showing my why I need to honor God’s special creation.

While my dad was away trying to find a steady job my mother would take a job to help us survive.  The job I briefly recall is when she worked at a garment factory.  She would catch a ride with others before daylight and would arrive home late in the afternoon.

Mom would come home tired but ALWAYS took the time to ask us about how things went during the day and spend quality time with us.  She walked us a considerable distance to be involved in local sports.  She never complained.  By the way I’m sure thankful for grandparents too as they helped shape our lives during the day when Mom was away.

I remember at times when we would be hungry and there was limited food to eat.  All of a sudden my mother was not hungry.  I understand it now – that she was indeed hungry but she happened to lose her appetite so we would eat.  Wow! What unselfishness and reflection of love.

You see, my mother sacrificed more than I’ll never know.  I can only reflect on just a short piece about how significant she was in my life and that of my siblings. Mom maybe wouldn’t be considered a professional in today’s society but believe me – she was professional in every sense of the word.  Where would I be without her?  She is now passed into eternal peace and rest but her influence remains.

I’m sure Mom could have benefited from some of the work protections and equal pay we have today, even though we still need change.  Our whole family would have benefited.  I’m thankful we have seen many positive changes over the years.

In my eyes women and men ARE equal as God created us.  The laws and workplace policies and procedures need to continue changing to ensure these equalities in every nation around the world.  Why wouldn’t they?

In fact, God Himself is not a respecter of persons and loves us all equally.  He empowers us equally and wants the best from us equally.  Unfortunately, history doesn’t reflect these equalities.  Even societal norms didn’t favor women to the extent they should have.  We need to continue improving  to ensure the gifts and talents of women are used effectively and responsibly.

Did history record successful women at all? Sure but I wonder how many accomplishments were never recorded.

If you would indulge me just a couple more minutes, there is an historical account of a woman who proved herself among a community and gained the respect as a professional – against many obstacles.

Have you heard of Lydia  – the seller of purple? (By the way, the 2018 International Women’s Day color was purple as mentioned on Fortune.Com – )

According to Mary Fairchild at ( Lydia in the Bible was one of thousands of minor characters mentioned in scripture, but after 2,000 years, she is still remembered for her contribution to early Christianity. “Her story is told in the book of Acts. Although the information on her is sketchy, Bible scholars have concluded she was an exceptional person in the ancient world.”

“Luke, the author of Acts, called Lydia a seller of purple goods. She was originally from the city of Thyatira, in the Roman province of Asia, across the Aegean Sea from Philippi. One of the trade guilds in Thyatira made expensive purple dye, probably from the roots of the madder plant.”

Lydia was influential with her business in a town that was heavily involved in international trade.  She recognized the importance of being a professional in business as well as community involvement.  She no doubt earned the respect of the community.

It is believed Lydia was wealthy because she insisted the Apostle Paul and his companions stay at her home.  You don’t see this very much in the historical records.  It appears she contributed money or supplies for Paul’s further missionary work along the Roman highway.  It is likely she influenced thousands of travelers as well during the time she was at this location.

According to Fairchild, “Lydia ran a successful business selling a luxury product: purple cloth. This was a unique achievement for a woman during the male-dominated Roman empire. More importantly, though, she believed in Jesus Christ as Savior, was baptized and had her entire household baptized too. When she took Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke into her house, she created one of the first home churches in Europe.”

Lydia no doubt was a strong and successful businesswoman who was well respected by her community and succeeded in a society mostly dominated by males.

Are there Lydias in our society today?  You bet!  I’m confident they exist in every facet of life and place of business and employment. We need to recognize them.

Pathway Ahead by Bernice Gray

Do we need to protect and further the cause of the Lydias?  Absolutely.  I have seen positive changes over the years and while people may not agree with every motive and method to further women’s advancement today, they are nonetheless equal and need the equal parity in all walks of life.

Recognizing this need and keeping the vision and focus before us will make significant improvements toward true equality being a reality.  The path may seem narrow and uphill ahead but the journey must continue.


Coins and Travel

B Coin Image

Maybe I have not been as observant as you but I sense some changes in the wind – uh, future technology – and wonder how it may impact our lives, including travel.

First, I started seeing the trend with Bitcoin and couldn’t quite grasp its worth and usefulness, not to mention similar blockchains such as Ethereum and Litecoin.  It’s too much for my brain to grasp in a few hours, and probably a few years.

Now, I wonder about the ID Coin.

I was intrigued by the Helen Partz article this month titled “Microsoft To Implement Blockchain-Based ID System.”  She shared Microsoft’s post that Microsoft is “looking to provide new a model of digital identity that would not be controlled by any centralized institution and would guarantee fully private data storage, enabling the individual to have full control of ‘all elements of [their] digital identity’.”

I can’t quite determine if the Blockchain-Based ID System is the same as the ID Coin that I read about this month as well.  The Partz article was published on the Cointelegraph website and provided this comment for further clarity.

“After considering a number of standards for decentralized identity systems, Microsoft reports they decided that Blockchain technology and protocols were ‘well suited’ for the task, stating:

‘Some public blockchains (Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum, Litecoin, to name a select few) provide a solid foundation for rooting DIDs, recording DPKI operations, and anchoring attestations’.”

So, am I to assume the Bitcoin is used primarily for current and future transactions along with other blockchain-based systems whereas the future ID Coin will secure my identify?

I like Microsoft’s Explanimators that provide short video (cartoon-style) stories to help me grasp what this new technology means.  Microsoft Explanimators

Otherwise, it’s somewhat over my head as I’m not a traditional tech-savvy human if you know what I mean.

I am confident these new technologies will increase our wellbeing, both financial and personal identity.  Maybe our worldwide travels will become more secure.

It’s still a little scary though – especially the unknown.

#bitcoins #blockchains #IDCoins


Wow! Where was I?

Wow! Where was I?

Okay, have you been absent from something for awhile and forget where you left off, or what you thought, or your activity?

That’s me.  I can’t believe it’s been a long time since I last posted something on the blog.  When I starting writing it I wanted to express thoughts on a mother’s influence, life experiences and travels (primarily where most people have not gone).

But you know what?  Life does get in the way of our plans and intentions.  With various obligations writing became a back-burner.  Can you relate?  I’m sure most of you have plenty of time to share your thoughts on paper, right?

Well, I’m now entering a new stage of life where the “job” obligations are no longer and I have more freedom of thought – if I establish a sensible, time-conscious routine that doesn’t become a burden.

There are many places I’ve already visited – gathering images and information – but those images and thoughts just sit there.  I look forward to sharing them in the days, months and years ahead; of course mixed with more recent travels as well.

Maybe I’ll plan for one blog post a week, as long as I have something to say.  What do you suggest?

I appreciate those who have offered advice in the past to write “something” every day to stay in the routine, even if only for a few minutes.  I DO want to post meaningful thoughts however.

See ya soon.






Where is this?

Representation of the Roman Roads.

I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places again recently – kind of a world tour if you will.  Guess where it is?  Here are some photos first.

Short visit to Italy


Germany anyone?
China along the way
Patriotism for the U.S. is evident in this place.
Inside the American Adventure there is patriotic music, flags of nations, special themes, video reflection on the USA.


The Promise of America.  American Adventure showcases the importance of those who came to the U.S. over the ages and contributed to the building of a nation, and  allows those who want to enter for a new life and opportunity to do so under the law of the land.  The Statue of Liberty still shines bright.  (Rendition by Artist Herbert Ryman, 1982)

Westword Ho!  From the east to the west those who ventured for a new life in the U.S.A. endured many hardships to create for themselves one nation under God, with Liberty and Justice for all – and the pursuit of happiness.  Countless souls lost their lives to experience the opportunities while establishing the western U.S. (Rendition by Artist Jack Martin Smith, 1982)
Who is this?  Looks like part of the Scandinavian folklore.  
Can you locate the vegetative images from a popular animated movie?
This photo should confirm your suspicions.  You guessed it right!  Disney World Orlando – Epcot.  I returned this past week and decided to provide more updates.  

I’m curious.  Who has not gone to Disney World in Orlando, Florida?  If you haven’t what would you like to see if you were able to go?

For those who have gone, what is your favorite at Epcot?  I’ll post my favorite ones later.

(The Promise of America and Westword Ho! artwork in this blog is photography from Disney Imagineering in Epcot’s American Adventure.  Personal notes were added to the caption.)