The Year of the Luz 2014

Highlights and lowlights of 2014:

Quarter 1: Marijuana

I buzzed about pot and parenting, now that it’s legal in my state. It proved to be such a verdant topic I hashed it out a second time.

Quarter 2: Beelzebub in my Backyard

Dexter got infected by the Devil.

Quarter 3: Gross but Sweet

Body fluids featured prominently on this post about friendship, brotherhood and sportsmanship.

Quarter 4: Guest Stars

I shared an exquisite moment from my family’s life, and I turned the blog over to #flipthescript-ers.

2014 summary

And how was your year?

Images: Paul of (marijuana leaf) | LavenderLuz |Michael L. Baird [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons (girl) | Tracy Hammond (broken heart jewelry)

Peace I Leave With You, My Friends

Especially in light of so many polarizing events in 2014, I’m featuring this little story, retold from my teacher, Ethel, who was, herself, retelling it.


Why Can’t There Be Peace on Earth?

A child asked at bedtime, “Mommy why is there war? Why can’t there be peace in the world?”

peace in the world

“Well, to have peace in the world, we need peace in our country.

“To have peace in our country, we must have peace in our city.

“To have peace in our city, we must have peace in our neighborhood.

“To have peace in our neighborhood we must have peace in our home.

“To have peace in our homes we must have peace in our hearts.

“My child, do you have peace in your heart? Are you always kind to your siblings? Friends? Acquaintances? Strangers? Enemies?

To have peace in the world we must cultivate peace within.”

peace begins hyper locally

I wish each of you dear readers — and myself — peace within.

And here’s my annual singing Christmas card

…delivered with a little help from my sisters.

Images courtesy Stuart Miles and supakitmod at

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