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Diet Basics

I am just a common guy who in 2004 lost over 90 pounds. I kept the weight off for five years and then the weight started coming back a few pounds each year. This time I am trying to lose 100 pounds, and share what I learned from my first diet as well as what I am learning now. I am only a fellow dieter and not a professional health care provider. Always consult a doctor before beginning any new program.

Many diet plans available today are all or nothing. The diets completely change the way we eat and all we can do is get used to it. This is extremely stressful. We are comfortable eating a certain way, and it is easier to make small changes slowly. Your mind and body need to be reasonably happy with the changes. Comfort and ease needs to be the priority. Consider this a marathon and not a sprint.

The basics of my plan are to make gentle easy changes. Observe the improvements that the changes have made and build a desired based on the benefits we see. For most of us, becoming overweight and unhealthy took many years. The Egyptians did not build a pyramid overnight. The same holds true for your health. If you make small changes and consistently work to improve yourself, your body will become healthier. The experts explain that small dietary changes can help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol. Losing just ten pounds can make big improvements in our health. Imagine what losing fifty or one hundred pounds can do.

My diet is totally customizable because you are learning what works and what doesn’t work for you. Which foods and exercises help you and which are a waste of time. We are all different. We tend to enjoy the foods that we have grown up with and it is important to learn to work around our preferences. We need to eat to survive, so we need to enjoy and be satisfied with what we eat. If you starve, you will struggle. It is much easier to do so gradually and let the results add up slowly.

Awareness

Awareness is the main tool I use to lose weight and stay healthy. To start using your awareness, take a week or two and learn a little more about what you eat and how it affects your weight, energy, and well-being. If you have a set of scales, weigh each day and try to figure out what foods worked and what didn’t. If you gained, try to figure out what caused it and if you lost, the same goes true. Do you feel better one day and poorly the next? Are you happy one day and struggle the next without any reason for the change. You can become aware by using just a scale and going back through the days and remembering what you ate and what happened, or you can keep a diary of each day. If you keep a record of your weight each day, the foods you ate and the ups and downs of living life, you can start to get a clear picture of what does and doesn’t work for you. Don’t get too serious about losing weight in the first few weeks as the main objective is to start developing awareness.

I weigh each day and write the date, day of the week, day of my diet, my weight, and total weight loss. I use a wire bound notebook to track these numbers. A note app on a phone or a spreadsheet on a computer works well too. I want to have a way of looking at several days at a time, comparing the numbers to assess my progress.

If you find it helpful to journal, track what you eat each day and add things like your sleep patterns. Did you sleep sound and wake up easily, or were you not ready to get up? Did you get any exercise, how was your energy throughout the day? Maybe add a quick paragraph on how your day went. Was it stressful or calm, happy or sad? Comparing these with your food intake and whether you lost or gained weight, can provide additional insight.

Continue to weigh and record the results each day as the diet progresses. Every morning, look over your weight of today, yesterday, and the last few days, and go over the events that occurred each day. This information, along with your eating patterns, helps you figure out how everything affected your weight. If you gain weight you can adjust your eating and lifestyle. If you lose, work on keeping everything the same. Each day will be different and you need to figure out how to work with each new day.

Try to give special attention to what you eat and how much. Figure out if high calorie, high fat, and high sugar foods can be reduced or eliminated. Ask yourself if you are eating a reasonable amount of good whole foods for a healthy body, or should you try to reduce the amount or type of the foods you eat.

Be Easy on Yourself

Do not beat yourself up for what you feel are mistakes. Just be aware of them. If you analyze, judge, make excuses, or try to do something about them, you are making a new story. This new story is making a new problem that is not in the present.
Becoming upset will only make more stress. Accept the fact you will make mistakes, overeat at times, eat the wrong foods, or not exercise. Problems and disappointments will happen that may cause you to give in to temptation. Accept and allow the difficulties to be part of the program.

The secret is to develop an awareness of what is going on. If you overeat, be aware of it. If you do more right than wrong, you will see improvements. This is not to say that you can eat whatever you want and, if you are aware of it, everything will be alright. You need to be responsible but, when you make mistakes, try not to be judgmental and upset. You are human, and problems and difficulties are a part of life. You can learn to be OK when everything falls apart.

Do what Works for You

Do not feel you have to follow my entire program. If something I suggest sounds wrong, do not do it. If you try an option in my program and it seems hard, give it a break. Find ones that are more comfortable. Once you become stronger, go back to the parts that were hard and give them another try. When I first started, many parts of my program were too difficult for me, and I stopped doing them. Over time, I brought them back and they were easier, more enjoyable, and doable.

If we can lose one pound a week, in one year our total weight loss will be 52 pounds. A 52 pound loss would improve anyone’s health. I lost 90 pounds in two years. The key is to change slowly. Continue eating what you are comfortable with, and start substituting unhealthy foods with ones that are healthy. Do not try to change your whole diet all at once. Small changes done frequently will make a big difference in the long run and will be less stressful.

Eating Healthy

It is tough to have a normal weight in America. We have fast food, prepackaged food, and frozen food. They are delicious and, best of all, quick and easy. Manufactured foods are high in calories, salt, fat, and sweeteners. Many are preservative-laden, artificially enhanced, and artificially colored. These foods are manufactured for success. They have long shelf lives and taste great, but the nutritional value is dangerously lacking. They are not natural foods and, as a steady diet, our bodies have a hard time living and being healthy on these.

Eating, for many of us, makes us feel good. A high calorie meal followed by dessert always made me feel good. Growing up my family had large meals. They were happy, positive times. A full stomach made me feel good and safe. All of us are different but, for many of us, overeating gives us something we feel we need. This was the hardest issue for me in reducing my weight. I enjoy eating, and it was difficult not to overindulge.

Make the program your program

Pick several parts of my program to begin. Develop these until they work for you and become part of your everyday life. Gradually add more parts. Keep it simple, easy, and comfortable. The trick is to find healthy changes that are comfortable and enjoyable, so that you can develop a program you can do each and every day. If you enjoy the experience and are receiving benefits, keep doing them. If they are not helping, let them go. Frequently add more to your program. Make small changes each month so that the program stays fresh, changes as you change, and is enjoyable and doable.

Eliminate Two Foods

Give up, or reduce, two foods that you eat often. Pick ones that you know are not good for you. On my first diet, I gave up soda pop and cheddar cheese. I kept these two foods out of the house for years. Before I started the diet this time I was eating and drinking these way too often. This time I have not completely eliminated them, but I have severely reduced them. My new item to eliminate is drinking homemade iced mochas. Eliminating just two foods will actually make you feel better right away, which helps make it easier to continue.

Do not throw every unhealthy food out of the house. Choose one or two foods to reduce or eliminate each time. Change slowly and keep yourself happy. Gradually change your eating habits, and give yourself time to reduce the fattening, unhealthy foods. Over time, you will be amazed at how the unhealthy habits of the past fade away, and you become comfortable in the healthier choices.

Reduce Volume

Reducing the volume of what you eat is a big step forward. I fix a plate with less than I think I need, after eating I give myself a few minutes before going back. Another tool is to eat in courses. Start with a vegetable, or salad, and make them large so you get filled up quicker on the good stuff. The more you can fill up with veggies, the less you will eat in the main course. Plan to give yourself a little time before eating the rest of your meal. This will allow you the time to become more aware of how and when your body will feel full and satisfied.

Drink More Water

Increase your intake of water. Try to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. Most regular drinking glasses are around 16 ounces. That means you need to drink 4 of these glasses a day. Drinking water helps you feel fuller and less hungry and is healthy for your body. Dehydration can cause many problems such as aches and pains in the body and is hard on the organs. If you do nothing else, start drinking water.

Know what is in Your Foods

Check out the ingredients of different packaged foods that you have in your kitchen. If you do not know what a particular ingredient is, Google it. Add the words “danger” or “side effects” to the search. For example, “side effects hydrogenated oils” or “danger hydrogenated oils.” Look for foods that have fewer ingredients, more whole food ingredients, and less harmful ingredients.

Each time you go grocery shopping, read one or two labels from the regular foods you buy. First look at servings per package. Many of the foods will be split up into sizes we actually eat and others will be unrealistic. If a product says 12 servings per package, and you eat it all in 4 servings, you will need to recalculate. You are eating three times the amount they are suggesting as one serving size. For this package, multiply everything by 3. The 100 calorie serving is now 300 calories; 3 grams of fat become 9.

Check the labels for contents of total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium. These nutrient amounts need to be kept as low as possible. Trans fat should be kept at zero. In excess, these have been shown to contribute to health issues such as heart disease.

Look at the Daily Value or DV in the label. It provides the percentage of each nutrient we should eat in one day for a 2000 calorie diet. A nutrient with a value of 10 percent means you can eat 10 foods with that same nutrient each day to equal 100 percent of that category. If you eat foods with 5 percent or less of specific nutrients you will have a wider range of foods you can eat and still be within the recommended percentages. Do not eliminate all foods that contain more than 5 percent of these nutrients as many are healthy, but the lower the percentages the more options you will have of foods to eat.

For example, take a one ounce piece of cheese that has 6 grams of saturated fat. The label says six grams are 28 percent of your daily value for saturated fat. One ounce is not much cheese. Before starting my program, I could easily eat two ounces of cheese as an after-dinner snack. This one tiny piece of cheese would cost me one half of my daily value for saturated fat.

Eat Whole Foods and Reduce Additives

Our best options for simple foods are to choose whole foods. Whole foods are fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, spices, and minimally processed lean meats. Unfortunately, most prepackaged foods in general, are not whole foods and are unhealthy. Many are high in fat, sugar, or salt. The only option we found is to cook at home using whole ingredients. Like everyone, we have very little time. Cooking is time-consuming, but it can be fun and relaxing. Thousands of recipes are available on the Internet. Look for recipes that are basic and have only a few ingredients. Working with fewer ingredients is faster to prepare and many times healthier.

Reduce preservatives, food colorings, and artificial Ingredients. Manufacturers maximize shelf life by taking out parts of foods that spoil and adding preservatives. Nature knows what is good for us, and we should listen and eat whole foods as much as possible. Read labels, and look for products that are natural and additive free.

Eliminate or reduce high fructose corn syrup, flavor enhancers, and artificial sweeteners. In my opinion, plain old-fashioned sugar is the best sweetener. Use it in moderation, as sugar is loaded in calories. Our bodies have used sugar longer over time than any other sweeteners, and sugar allows us to feel satisfied. Some artificial and non-sugar sweeteners may not trigger the response of fullness in our bodies. With artificial sweeteners, we may keep eating and never feel full or satisfied. Other options are liquid agave and honey. Liquid agave is a natural sweetener derived from the agave plant and has been used for thousands of years. It is a low glycemic index sweetener, but agave is still loaded in calories. Use all sweeteners as little as possible.

Fruit is a large part of my program. I eat fruit throughout the day. I go to a discount warehouse store and go all out in my fruit purchases. If it is in the house, chances are good that I will eat it. I buy strawberries, grapes, peaches, oranges, pears, watermelons, apples, and anything that looks good to eat. These are my snacks throughout the day. Fruit is low in fat and calories and high in fiber and healthy nutrients.

I try to add as many vegetables into my diet as possible. Fresh is best, frozen is better, and canned is good. Vegetables can help you feel fuller and most are extremely low in calories. Vegetables are super foods and are loaded in healthy nutrients.

Nuts make good snacks. They are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healthy oils. Nuts provide great nutrition but are high in calories so should be eaten in small amounts. I eat a small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts, or almonds nearly every day. Peanuts are not really nuts, but are healthy too. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are one of my favorites. Do not be afraid of the calories from nuts and seeds; just watch the serving size.

Eat Low Fat Proteins

Skinless chicken and turkey breasts are good sources of low fat protein. Instead of ground beef, substitute lean ground turkey. Look for a ground turkey that is 97 to 99 % fat free. It works great in tacos, burritos, and spaghetti. Ground turkey also works well in soups. I make a ground turkey, vegetable, and bean soup that is out of this world.

Many of us love red meat and, once in a while, it should be fine. I limit eating beef to once a week or less. Round, flank, and sirloin cuts of steak are better choices than T-bone, filet, or strip, because they are lower in fat. Leaner cuts will have less visible fat. If you see white marbling in beef, it will probably not be the healthiest choice. Enjoy your beef, but try to keep it lean and use it in moderation.

Lamb and buffalo are great lean meat options. They are lower in fat and cholesterol than beef. Lean cuts of pork, such as loins, are also good. Go easy on pork chops, bacon, and ground pork as they are high in fat and should only be eaten as an occasional treat.

Bake, Broil, and Boil

It is best to bake, broil, and boil foods. Reduce the frying from your diet.

Fats and Oils

Fats and oils are a complicated topic. I believe that science still does not totally understand what oils are good for us and which ones are harmful. First, we were told that saturated fats were bad and all polyunsaturated fats were good. Now we are learning that excessive amounts of polyunsaturated fats may be harmful.

Fat is extremely high in calories, so we need to reduce the fat in our diets as much as possible. It only takes a tablespoon of oil to add up to 100 calories. If you read labels, you will find that cottonseed and soybean oil are added to many pre-packaged foods. Fats are important to our health, but most of us consume excessive amounts of them.

We want nothing to do with trans-fat. It is a manufactured ingredient that starts as a liquid and is chemically turned into a solid substance at room temperature. This makes it last longer and reduces the need for refrigeration. Unfortunately, these solid fats do not work well in our blood vessels, causing inflammation and hardening of the arteries. The government requires trans-fat to be listed on food labels. However, in small concentrations, it is not required to be listed. If a food lists “partially hydrogenated” in the label, the product probably has small amounts of trans-fat.

Saturated fat is highly concentrated in the fats of animals and becomes solid at room temperature. It is also a component in some oils. It is not as harmful as trans-fat but can cause havoc in our cardiovascular system. Saturated fat needs to be as low as possible in the foods we eat.

Polyunsaturated fats are divided into two major groups, Omega-6 and Omega-3. Polyunsaturated Omega-6 is from vegetable and seed oil, such as cottonseed, soybean, safflower, sunflower, and corn oil. Fast food is fried in Omega-6 oils, and much of the packaged foods have cottonseed or soybean oil added. These oils are high in calories and are a major reason for weight gain. Studies suggest, in excess, these can cause inflammation. Inflammation causes problems with our cardiovascular and immune systems.

Polyunsaturated Omega-3 is from deep water fatty fish. Flax seeds and nuts, such as walnuts, also contain Omega-3 but are more difficult for our bodies to metabolize. Omega-3 oil fights inflammation and is primarily found in fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines. It is recommended to eat these fish two to three times a week to receive reasonable amounts of Omega-3. Always choose wild sources of these fish. We should consume equal amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 for good health.

There is one other component in oils to consider, and that is monounsaturated oils or Omega-9. Findings suggest that monounsaturated oils are heart healthy and are an excellent substitute for Omega-6 oils. Olive oil has higher concentrations of monounsaturated oil than most other oils. Extra virgin olive oil is from the first cold pressing, is nutrient rich and has all the goodness of the olive.

Carbohydrates

The main energy source for our bodies is carbohydrates. Sugars and starches make up carbohydrates, which include beans, grains, rice, potatoes, fruits, vegetables, sugar, and dairy. Carbohydrates are needed, but are healthier if they come into the body slowly and steadily. They are converted into blood glucose that provides the body with energy. Blood glucose is the same as blood sugar.

If your blood sugar rises quickly you will get an energy spike, but soon fatigue, agitation, and hunger can follow. Insulin is increased to pull the sugar out of your blood stream. This causes your pancreas to work harder. The quick rise and fall of blood glucose levels are unhealthy, and studies have shown it can cause inflammation. It is hard for the heart, pancreas, and cells of the body.

Glycemic Index

The Glycemic Index rates carbohydrates into low, intermediate, and high classes for glucose absorption. They are rated on a scale between 0 and 100. Ratings of 0 to55 are low, 55 to 69 are intermediate, and over 70 are high. Most refined grains, rice, and potatoes are high glycemic foods and most are higher than simple table sugar.

I always thought whole wheat bread would absorb differently than white bread. As far as the glycemic index is concerned, if they are the same particle size, they will have similar absorption rates. A few hundred years ago, all grains were milled rough. Today grains are milled fine, and it is this small size that allows the flour to be absorbed quickly. These refined products include breakfast cereals, breads, pastries, and anything with finely milled grains.

I also thought wild or brown rice absorbed differently than white rice. As far as absorption, most wild and brown rice are high glycemic foods along with white rice. There are some that are lower such as Basmati.

Whole wheat and brown rice do include the bran which is loaded in fiber. Most of us are severely lacking in fiber, so including these to your diet, in moderation, may be helpful in that sense.

Surprisingly table sugar is not as high glycemic as refined grains, potatoes, and rice. However, table sugar will still raise your glucose levels fast. There are exceptions in the rice, breads, and potato groups that are lower glycemic index foods, but in general they are all in the high or fast absorbing group. I try hard to reduce the white foods in my diet. These include bread, rice, potatoes, and sweeteners.

Most fruits, vegetables, dairy, beans, and lentils are low glycemic foods. Protein and fat such as in meats have a zero glycemic value as they are not carbohydrates. Dairy is a great low glycemic food as long as you do not have allergies to it. Try to stick with non- fat and low fat options.

One thing to know about the glycemic index is that, if you eat a low glycemic food with a high glycemic food, your glucose absorption will be an average of the two foods as long as they have the same amount of carbohydrates.

Controlling your glycemic intake can help you feel better and lose and keep weight off. Research the foods you enjoy, and eat more of the low glycemic foods while reducing the high ones. If you do eat a high glycemic food, add a low one to buffer it.

Add More Fiber

I believe in adding as much fiber to our diets as possible. The recommendations are 25 to 50 grams per day, and most of us do not come close to getting this amount in our diet. Eat foods with high fiber content. Fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, and whole grains are great sources of fiber. Consider adding a fiber supplement such as psyllium.

Add Probiotics or Beneficial Bacteria

Yogurt is low on the glycemic index and is a good option to add with a high glycemic food or eaten by itself as a snack. There are many good tasting yogurts available today. Look for yogurts with probiotics or beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacteria are important for our digestion.

I drink a product called Kefir. It is a product similar to yogurt in content. I drink about one half cup each day. People who have digestive problems have great results with Kefir. Kefir comes in a variety of flavors.

Juicing

I try to eat as many vegetables as I can, but I know it is not enough. In the past, I rarely ate green leafy vegetables such as chard, spinach, and leafy lettuces. These leafy vegetables are some of the highest nutrient dense foods we can eat. They are loaded in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and all the super healthy compounds that are good for us. The only way I can figure to eat these leafy vegetables is with juicing. Juicing provides most of the healthy benefits of vegetables in an easy to drink form.

If you choose to juice, start with produce you like. Start with fruit such as apples or oranges. Along with the fruits, add carrots and celery. Try different fruits and vegetables until you find a mix you enjoy. Over time, eliminate the fruit. Juicing eliminates the fiber, and we want to keep as much fiber as possible in our diets. Eat your fruit raw and whole.

After about a month, start adding spinach, or chard, in small amounts. Start with only one at a time and, after a week or two, add the other one. Gradually eliminate the fruit and slowly add more greens. Chard is a mild, healthy green. Leaf lettuce and tomatoes are a mild addition also. Mustard greens, kale and cabbage are stronger, and should be added in very tiny amounts. Try different mixes but if it tastes bad throw it out and start over. A bad tasting juice can ruin the experience for you for a long time.

Smoothies

One of my favorite smoothie recipes starts with 16 ounces of liquid. Orange, apple, or pomegranate juice works well, but make sure they do not have added sweeteners. I add one banana, one cup of frozen blueberries, and one cup of assorted frozen fruit. This makes two large glasses. The two cups of frozen fruit and berries keep it extremely cold and tasty. Not only are they loaded with healthy nutrients along with a good amount of fiber, they are also a tasty treat. This size works great for my wife and me with a little left over for the two dogs.

Take it Slow

I believe that when diets fail it’s because we try to do too much. This increases our stress, and we find ourselves unable to fulfill our expectations. Most of us want to lose big numbers and lose them quickly, and when it doesn’t work out it is easy to start judging and becoming angry with ourselves. Losing weight is a personal thing and we need to be aware and try to take the seriousness out of dieting. The calmer we can remain, and the more understanding we can be with ourselves, the easier the weight loss will be. Be consistent, try hard, but do not go overboard. Do not expect the pounds to come off every day. When the results are good, be happy, and when not, be ok with that too. Just know that tomorrow is brand new day where we can get right back on track.

Doing anything new will be challenging, but don’t keep doing something that gives you problems. If a particular change is too hard, let it go for a while and try another option. Listen to your mind and body, and tailor a plan that works for you. Keep a running list of the difficult parts you discontinued. When you become stronger, go back and try them again. Changes that were once difficult will be considerably easier.

If you can develop a program that you enjoy and gets results, you’re more willing to make it part of your life. Healthy eating can be fun and must be pleasurable to continue for a lifetime. Above all, enjoy what you are doing.
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Monument Valley Layered View (Arizona)
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Monument Valley is one of the most spectacular locations I have visited in my entire life. It is both breathtaking and overwhelming all at once. I do not think you can properly convey the scale and beauty of the valley through photography. You simply must visit it yourself.

At the same time, the visit to Monument Valley has its own challenges. It is located on the Navajo Indian reservation and, as a result, has tribal restrictions. You can only drive along a 13-mile dirt road loop during the day; you are not allowed to hike or explore the park on your own.

This creates some limitations in regard to photography. For example, the sunset or sunrise photography is limited in the summer months because the park is only open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

I planned on taking a paid, guided sunrise photography tour, but I could not make it work with my schedule.

I took the featured photo during my drive along the 13-mile loop. I drove slowly and tried to spot any opportunities for an interesting composition so that I could stop and take a few shots along the way.

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SugarLoaf Falls.
Just a little suburban set of falls which comes alight after alittle bit rain, well alot actually - its now (presumably yonks ago was not) fed only by road run off so even 24 hours after the monster dump of rain sydney had on the friday this was all that was flowing.
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IL GRANELLINO🌱
(Mt 15,1-2.10-14)
"Un cieco non può guidare un altro cieco", dice Gesù. Lo dice oggi anzitutto alle guide della Chiesa. Molti del clero si atteggiano a guide delle comunità che il Signore ha affidato loro, ma in realtà non hanno la sapienza, la verità, la fermezza e la misericordia di Gesù Cristo. Spesso, dove vado per la predicazione, i fedeli si lamentano dei loro pastori. Si lamentano perché essi non hanno voglia di confessare, di catechizzare, di spezzare la parola, di visitare gli ammalati e di pregare.
Sono molti quelli che mi dicono:" Padre Lorenzo, non è vero che i sacerdoti sono pochi, ma sono pochi quei preti che svolgono il loro ministero con passione". È vero: sono davvero pochi quei preti che lavorano con passione e sono divorati dallo zelo per il regno di Dio. Ci sono membri del clero che vivono un cristianesimo borghese. Dello zelo di Cristo ne hanno pochissimo. Per questo motivo molte comunità parrocchiali sono come la pianura di ossa inaridite che vide il profeta Ezechiele riguardo al popolo d'Israele che aveva abbandonato la legge di Dio.
La gente cerca Dio, ma non trova chi li guida verso di Lui. La gente ha fame della parola di Dio, ma non c'è chi li nutre con un catechismo adulto. Se la guida è piena di luce, la gente gli chiederà: "Guidaci!". Se la guida è piena di amore soprannaturale, la gente gli chiederà: "Insegnaci ad amare!".
Se la guida è un uomo di preghiera, la gente gli chiederà: "Insegnaci a pregare".
Quando i sacerdoti si rifiutano di guidare le comunità con la verità di Cristo, sono i laici che si mettono al posto loro. Se essi non sono santi diventeranno guide cieche per i gruppi di Spiritualità.
Sono i laici che prenderanno i loro posto.
Frequentando molti gruppi di spiritualità, mi accade di vedere che sono guidati da guru e sono la rovina di quelli che vogliono cercare Gesù. Preghiamo per un clero santo e santificante. Amen. Alleluia. (P. Lorenzo Montecalvo dei Padri Vocazionisti)

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Some days I pray for silence…..Have a fantastic day my dear friends :))

"Some days I pray for silence
Some days I pray for soul
Some days I just pray
To the God of sex and drums and rock 'n' roll.

Some nights I lose the feeling
Some nights I lose control
Some nights I just lose it all
When I watch you dance and the thunder rolls

Maybe I'm lonely
That's all I'm qualified to be
That's just one and only
The one and only promise I can keep

As long as the wheels are turning
As long as the fires are burning
As long as your prayers are coming true
You'd better believe it, that I would do….”
(Meat Loaf - I Would Do Anything For Love)
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Wisconsin Dells


Despite the heat of summer, it was cool and dark in this mini canyon, so I balanced the camera on the wooden railing as a makeshift tripod.

https://www.justenoughfocus.com/wisconsin-dells/

#wisconsin #WisconsinDells #roadtrip #sonyalpha #skylum
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