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Service Selfie


This post is sponsored by The Home Depot, but all opinions and my stories are my own.

I’ve always felt strongly that everyone deserves to have a safe and comfortable home they love. For years our family coordinated a monthly service day so our church community could help others make improvements to their homes. We helped build new homes, completed small household projects, helped families prepare their homes for a move in or out, and also participated in neighborhood cleanups so communities would feel cared for.


Our service was primarily focused on military families as the need for support and help through difficult transitions and long seasons of deployments was so great. It has always been an honor to help improve their homes as a small act of gratitude for how much these families have sacrificed for our own safety and security at home.

I love The Home Depot Foundation’s annual Celebration of Service campaign which rallies Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate volunteers, from September 1 through Veterans Day to improve the homes and lives of veterans nationwide. Team Depot volunteers are out in communities and partnering with nonprofits year-round, but during this two-month campaign they give back in every The Home Depot community to serve veterans.

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My wood maps of the usa family joins Team Depot in honoring veterans with our #ServiceSelfie. For each #ServiceSelfie nautical wood maps shared on Twitter and Instagram through Nov. 11, 2016, The Home Depot Foundation will donate $1, up to $500,000 in total, to five nonprofits who serve veterans: Meals on Wheels America, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Team Rubicon, Student Veterans of America and Volunteers of America.

You can help out, too, by snapping a selfie (just yourself or with a group) while giving back to your community! Post your photo on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ServiceSelfie, then like, comment and repost the service selfies of others participating to help spread the word and increase the donations. You can learn more about the campaign at thd.co/givingback

I would love to see your #ServiceSelfie, so tag me @theinspiredroom, too!

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The Landscape Zodiac of Britain part 12 Cancer

When we obtain this-far-north my sense-of which-way-is-up comes with a little overwhelmed. Y’see, when you’re actually IN Alaska, as-opposed to looking down-on-it, as-we-are, the Canadian boundary is eastern … Greenland is north (as is Scotland etc), Russia is western, as well as the Pacific Ocean is south … see-what-I-mean? Which lacks thinking about the ‘natural-conditions’ of total-darkness half-the-time as well as total-light for the other-half – just-like the Moon, huh?

Alaska was a part-of-Russia till they sold-it to the United States in1867, for $7.2 million – it’s the greatest of the 50 States and also the least-densely-populated, as well as fifty percent of the populace lives in Anchorage – a normally Cancerian place-name, if-ever there was-one.

The initial place-name of Alaska, was taken-from the supposed Eskimo or Aleut name for the land: Alaxsxaq, which indicates (they-say) ‘the mainland,’ or, more essentially, ‘the object to which the activity of the sea is directed.’ Well … that’s Cancerian-enough, in the-light-of land and also the action-of-the-sea … However, you-know me – I turned-to the Anglo Saxon dictionary, once again. The prefix ‘al’ suggests https://www.facebook.com/Carved-Lake-Art-425495574209040/ fire, burning, as well as the suffix ‘aska’ suggests seek-for, summon, demand, uncover and also hear-of.

Currently … I’m not stating ‘they’re’ existing concerning it implying ‘the mainland,’ however you have-to-admit that asking or summoning FIRE in these frozen-lands is a reasonable-enough name to give-it, innit? Even slightly-more reasonable compared to The Landmass. And also, y’ know, the Moon IS https://www.facebook.com/Carved-Lake-Art-425495574209040/ totally-invisible unless she stands-in-the-light, yeah? So … She’s constantly seeking the fire, ain’t she? Demanding it, even. I can listen to her-voice now, she’s summoning the old-fella, the Sunlight God: I require you bring-me fire, as well as bring-it-NOW!

The Aleut-tongue in which Alaska was named, originates from the Aleution Isles, a chain of 14 energetic volcanic-islands off the south of the mainland Alaska (our west)… in 1906 a new volcanic cone increased in between the islets of Bogoslof as well as Grewingk, near Unalaska, adhered to by another in 1907. These cones were nearly-totally knocked down by an eruptive eruption in 1907.

The native individuals describe themselves as Unangan – there’s a population of 8,162 on the islands, of which 4,283 live in the major negotiation of Unalaska. I had-a-look at Unangan in Anglo Saxon. The prefix ‘un,’ is utilized in the same-sense as ‘un-done,’ ‘un-elected,’ un-sullied,’ and so-on. The ‘angan’ suffix tells-us what they are ‘un’ – for these individuals it indicates they are unmolested, sort-of-thing. ‘Angan’ suggests to-approach, enter-into, assault, whilst ‘angang’ is entry, incursion, attack, assault, and also ‘angean’ is in the direction of, against, opposite-to, contrary-to, against, in-exchange-for, ‘once again,’ on-the-other-hand and on-the-contrary.

The arc-of-islands do not-half look like the claw-of-a-crab, don’t you believe … (Siberia would comprise the other-claw). In Anglo Saxon ‘aluetian’ would be writ: ‘alutan,’ to bend, incline, bow-down … not-only does this describe the curved-chain of the peninsula, it’s additionally exactly what the Moon and a curtseying-lady do, innit. bend, bow-down and so on

. Therefore, when we take into consideration the peninsula as a crab’s-claw – rather-a-big-one that’s bristling with sulphur-spewing cones-of-fire – unattacked and withdrawn is an extremely pertinent-way for the Natives to refer to themselves.

The Aleution Isles are in the Alaska Maritime National Wild animals Haven, in addition to some 2,400 islands, coral reefs, headlands, tundra, rain-forests(!), cliffs, volcanoes, coastlines, lakes and also streams.

The greatest of the Aleutions is called Unimak where there’s an active-volcano Shishaldin, the highest-peak in the Aleutians. It is in-fact the most symmetrical cone-shaped glacier-clad hill in the world – above 6500 feet, the contour lines make nearly-perfect circles. The major settlement on Unimak is-called False-Pass, where the residents earn a living from fishing, setting-out on the frozen-seas from the little-harbour known-as Peter Pan Dock … Peter Frying pan was the little-boy who wouldn’t grow-up, of-course – and also I find-it somewhat suitable (as well as funny) that here, in a landscape thought about ageless, un-ageing or everlasting, for factors of its icy-preservation in-time, the citizens should go-and-name their dock after a little-boy that chose not to age … then the town’s name False Pass takes-on a myriad pun-worthy implications regarding Peter Frying pan – he was truly a very-old guy acting to be a child. Instead sinister … The name of Unimak has the very same ‘un’ of the reversed or reversed condition – un-ageing etc; the suffix ‘mak,’ is a derivative of ‘maca,’ mate, equivalent, one-of-a-pair, comrade, friend – the only sense to be constructed from this is to realise that the place-namers were aware that the Aleutions are a big crab’s-claw in the indicator of the Moon, Cancer the crab. The name Unimak identifies then that this crab’s-claw peninsula remains in some-way unequal, alone, and-yet one-of-a-pair of companions, friends. Crab’s claws are not the same-size, they’re unequal as well as have actually been experts – as well as various – duties to execute, sort-of like the left-hand right-hand dichotomy. I’ve pasted a photo of an Alaskan red-king-crab together with to show the difference in claw-sizes.

Concerning 75 percent of Alaskan indigenous marine https://www.facebook.com/Carved-Lake-Art-425495574209040/ birds, 15 to 30 million (55 types) birds frequently, and extremely, utilize the refuge – there are excellent nesting-habitats for an approximated 40 million seabirds – that’s 80 percent of all seabirds on the North American continent.

Other pets to-be-found below are sea-lions, seals, walrus, whales as well as sea-otters.

On the landmass Alaska stands the funding city, where 32,000 folks-dwell as well as which-is named-after some gold-prospector called Juneau, so I will not-bother attempting to equate that into sensible-ese, except-to-say that June of Juneau is a woman’s-name, the month of Summer Solstice and the sign-of-the-crab.

The Natives-name for the area where Juneau stands is Dz ntik’i H eni which the specialists tell-us implies nothing-more-than river where the flounders gather … I question if it really-does?

It’s just-that I find-it hard-to-believe that any-culture would certainly trouble to gift any-place in their sphere-of-knowing in such a mundane-way. I just choose not to believe-it.

To ease-my-mind it’s to-the Anglo Saxon book, then: ‘Dzan’ would certainly be ‘sang,’ sound, track, vocal singing; ‘tik’i’ is ‘ticcen,’ a youngster; as well as ‘heeni’ is ‘hean,’ lowly, disliked, inadequate, mean, abject; it additionally suggests something that increases out-of these problems – ‘hean’ is to raise, exalt, proclaim. Of-course(?) the reference of youngster refers to young-goats bleeting, soft-leather and also generally-speaking – children (likewise vocal singing) covered in a protective-skin. Then there’s the lowliness increasing in exaltation theme – this is the Moon, of course, and youngsters, and women. Do I require to clarify the Cancerian significance of any one of these products in this Alaskan place-name?

Juneau lies mixed-up level listed below mountains 3,500 feet to 4,000 feet high. Atop these the Juneau Icefield shines-in-the-Moonlight, from-which 30 glistening-glaciers slowly-flow to the sea.

Because the city is in the (to us) west-coast (their south) the Pacific keeps the climate pretty-mild, all-things-considered. The winters are lengthy and damp and ordinary temperature levels in January are around -6 C – in summer season it gets-up-to around 18. The snow comes in about November, drops around seven-feet (84 inches) of the white-stuff, and goes-away once again in March – and also it’s dark … err … it’s light. At the town of Barrow (that’s a burial-mound in England) they get exactly zero-hours of Sunlight in January, as well as in June and also July specifically the opposite-condition dominates – they obtain zero-hours of darkness; this much north the natural-conditions of opposite-extremes are really-like living-on the Moon.

A lot of individuals in Alaska live in Anchorage which they provide quite a number of wild-animals – black-bears, grizzly-bears, wolves, foxes, mountain-goats, moose, dall-sheep and beavers – all nearby as well as periodically coming-into-town. Two-people have been stomped to death by moose over the last few years – cross-country skiers as well as dog mushers making use of the city’s trails have been billed by moose, which-happens quite-often. In 2007 a variety of pet dogs were eliminated by wolves while they were being strolled by their proprietors.

The trouble-is that individuals as well as their accoutrements have been expanding-into new-territories which formerly were the exclusive preserve-of bears, wolves and moose. So, in 1920 there were a simple 1,856 people residing in Anchorage, but by 2010 that number had expanded-exponentially to more-than a quarter-of-a-million – 291,826.

I’m half-surprised that hundreds-more pooches haven’t fulfilled a sticky-end as a wolf’s-breakfast.