Love and Kindness Blogger Award


“It is important for us to remember that we are One Family living in One World; we are Sisters and Brothers, no matter how we look, what culture we live in, what religion we practice or who we love.  In many ways, blogging removes some of the obvious barriers between us, and helps bring those of us from all walks of life, ethnicity, creed, colors and ideals together as One Family,” said Barbara.

Two of my friends on WordPress nominated my blog for this honor. I am very touched and grateful because of the name of the award.  Friendship and family are very important to me as well as love and kindness.

First, was nominated by Belsbror  at . Belsbror and I have been friends for most of my blogging time starting in early 2013. He is  a gracious man of the land, who fancies himself a simple man, but I agree with forgottenmeadows that he has the heart of a poet. ( Belsbror disagrees with that description)  I am most encouraged by his spiritual side and the universal truth language of love in his posts.  Check out his blog and be inspired.

The second nomination was from my friend Seaangel 4444 who is a Canadian expat who now lives in Chicago.   She is always an  enthusiastic observer of the “windy city,”  She can be humorous, serious or just plain weird while  brightening my day!

Thank you both for the love and kindness you  show me  and all the WordPress family !

Award Rules:

1.  Share an act of kindness that another blogger has done for you.

2.  Thank the blogger who nominated you  and link back to their blog.

3. Nominate as many bloggers as you want whom you feel practice kindness and love in their lives and writing.

I am choosing to honor bloggers even if they no longer accept awards. Passing forward awards is time consuming and  that makes it impossible for many of you to participate.  I just want you all to know how you and your blogs affect and bless me! 

Since I had two nominators, I decided to have quite a long list:

























My heartfelt thanks to all of you  ! Of course, it is entirely up to you whether you pass this award on or not, but I hope you do spread the love and kindness!  Have a wonderful weekend. . . . . . . .


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With Lots of Help from My Friends !


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followed-blog-500-1x Posts on TalesAlongTheWay. com

Dhan’yavada= Thank you

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Chennai, India St. Thomas Cathedral and Shiva

St Thomas Cathedral, Chennai

Caravaggio: Doubting ThomasThomas, the saint of doubters, is depicted in Caravaggio’s vivid  painting at the moment of his  belief of the resurrection  of Christ as he  inserted his finger  into the wound on Christ’s side.Thomas  was the first missionary for Christ in India where he served, was martyred, and buried in his adopted home. One guide told us that Southern India is 20 % Christian with a mix of Catholic and Protestant believers.  St. Thomas’  church in Chennai is one of only three in the world where relics of the  original disciples of Christ are under the alter.  These churches are  St. Thomas Mount, in Chennai,  St. Peter’s in Rome, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. 100_3207100_3206100_3205Chennai, is the current Indian name to the city that was Madras under the English. Some of you might remember the wonderful plaid cloth from the 60’s with  the same name that bled when it was  washed.  This modern city  has a prosperous atmosphere and  is  cleaner than most Indian city streets, a more organized  plan, trash trucks , but of course the proverbial poverty here and there tucked in the shadows.  There are many international  business firms, high rise apartment buildings and prominent hotels.  But of course there are rickshaws and buffaloes wandering through the streets , but fewer than we were used to.  We visited the Chennai palace which is now a museum where  we saw wonderful bronze statues including  the very famous Shiva’s Cosmic Dance.  Shiva is the creator god and this is the mythology of the creation of the  beginning of the cosmos.

Do you have a favorite painter?  Have you been to the south of India?  Chennai? 

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Special Market in Amersterdam, New York

I was thrilled that my friend Judy  pointed this out to me.  Please check out my post for KFC Ahmadabad and their “special ” restaurant!


This seems like a good idea all the way around. Why aren’t there more restaurants and markets with a mission?  If there was one near you , would you shop at a Liberty Fresh Market or a KFC?  Hopefully, others will be inspired to give this concept a chance. 

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Yellow Cable’s Summer Music Monday, The Everly Brothers, “Til I Kissed You”




The Everly Brothers were indeed brothers, Phil and Don. They were most  popular during the 1960s with country influenced rock and their close harmony style.  The brothers  were honored by induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Country Hall of Fame,  and being included on “Rolling Stone’s” 100 greatest artists.

Do you remember the Everly Brothers?  A favorite  song? Does this remind you of summer?  I really like “Wake Up Little Susie, too” 


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A Sunday Smile for a Guilty Dog!

Here is something to bring a smile to your lips. . . . . with so much tragedy in the world. My favorite moment is when the pup  brings the ball. . . . his most treasured gift of all!



This pretty much shows the level of intelligence dogs have, and Beagles are  not known to be the smartest!  Do you think dogs feel guilt, love, and other emotions?  Do you have a story you can share? 

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Girls’ Weekend in Skaneateles, New York

Just like last year, the guys in our family headed to Baltimore for a weekend of baseball.  This time to see the Yankees, who are universally  hated by most fans in the country unless, of course,  they are from NYC.  The series was split and professor was pleased that finally after a dry spell, the Orioles might be in the series. . . .  .long time until October, but hope springs eternal! unnamed (42)   Camden Yard, one of the urban fields in baseball. Enough baseball.. . . the girls from Troy headed to Skaneateles for the Lavender Festival!  The men were happy to miss that so it all worked out well. images (6)early-morn   Jul 09 2011_2283   Of course when there is a summer festival of any kinds, there are vendors selling jewelry, lavender creams, food, and even lavender iced tea. One of the tents held a mom seeling lovely glass jewelry and her teenage daughter was doing henna tatoos.  The girls were enthusiastic. 30-Easy-Simple-Mehndi-Designs-Henna-Patterns-2012-Henna-Tattoo-For-Beginners-21 9023c0fe2d8f6897870da8f0f2e712b4 She was doing simple elegant designs.  I had had my hands done at a wedding in India just days before we left so my family had seen it when we arrived home.  The henna tattoos last from one to two weeks. On the way back to Albany, we stopped at Wegmann’s the world’s most wonderful food market and their mama bought a book and bottle for the henna mix I had brought from India.  What fun to share this with their friends when there seems “nothing else to do during summer vacay!”   It was a hot day so the three girls took a dip in the Skaneateles Lake which is clear and very cold. It is the source for water for all of Syracuse, a very large city  nearby. 52255eed58095.preview-620 (1)   This shows that there is no beach just a swimming area near the center  of town.  This is an image from the public domain of a swimming race.

All were hungry so we decided to visit Doug’s Fish Fry which is very popular  and very tasty.  On Friday night, the traditional fish fry night, the line is continuously down the street for most of the dinner hour.  We decided on Saturday night when it was more accessible. storefront_skaneateles5 Friday night line at Doug’s. cafeteria-establishing-zojpg-2c226b98f40c2bb7_large Standing in line to order and large family table seating. our-fish-dinners-one Delicious fried fish and onion rings! Next day, we were off to Aurora another small lake town where Wells College is located. It is filled with lovely large old colonial homes that are inns and antique shops. We ate at the lunchroom connected to the bakery that produces  the delicacies served at the Inn.  I definitely want to return , stay the night and explore. images (3) images (7) images (9) images (10) unnamed (44) A stroll near the lake after dinner. unnamed (43) Notice the moon, though it looks tiny and far away. This was one of the nights when it is nearest the earth and looked huge!   Hmmm . . . .

Another weekend, with three generations of Bell females having fun and making memories!

final poster for website


Some images from public domain


Have you been to a lavender festival? What things do you like to do on a summer weekend?  Would you prefer  a festival or a baseball game?  How do you make family, multi-generational memories? 

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