“Peace on Earth”


“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”  –  W. T. Ellis



Good Morning Dear Friends:

Today is December 1st, and quite a special day for me.  It is the beginning of what I personally feel is the most beautiful month of the year.  I had plans to write a post about all the many reasons December 1st holds such meaning for me, until I came across something so wonderful it immediately changed my thoughts. 

I subscribe to the fabulous and inspiring magazine, FLOWER –  House|Garden|Lifestyle. Do Visit Here.  Seeing this magazine in my mail always turns an ordinary day into an extraordinary day, truly an absolute treat.  The Editor-In-Chief of this outstanding publication is Margot Shaw. She always writes a lovely column at the beginning of each issue, but her words in the November/December issue were so inspirational and held such truth, I felt, if possible, they should be shared. She so eloquently speaks to the exact purpose of why I created this blog.  Therefore, as we begin this most beautiful month, I am pleased to share, with her permission, her inspiring column.    


Peace on Earth,” by Margot Shaw

“As I leaf through this issue one last time before press, I’m transported by the warm, lustrous imagery of the season – the season of goodwill toward all men (and women).

But in the midst of the peaceful beauty, I experience a jarring disconnect while contemplating the culture.  I find I must speak of my heartbreak at the switches and ashes I witness in public discourse today.  There has been a jettisoning of simple, common courtesy and an adopting of vitriol and blame-casting that borders on barbarism.  There’s no willingness to hear differing viewpoints or feelings-only an immediate rush to judge, harangue, label and condemn.  I know there are terrible things happening in America today-worthy of condemnation-and I don’t presume to have solutions.  But I do know that inflammatory and hateful words and actions only exacerbate the problem.  I also know that no political position or policy (left or right) can heal our land.  You cannot legislate peace.  You cannot legislate love.

While we are just one voice at Flower, we make an effort to celebrate the good things in life – nature, creativity, home, and relationships – which we hope speaks to the message of goodwill.

So I ask all who read this, whatever your beliefs, to join me and our staff and light a candle, love a neighbor, forgive a trespass, say a prayer for this great nation, and perhaps, follow the words of the late, great Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol;  ‘I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” 

I believe beauty, love, and kindness holds great power – power to create a movement for change toward a kinder and better world. 

Thanks for visiting.  Wishing you and yours a most beautiful December !


Au Revoir,



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10 thoughts on ““Peace on Earth”

  1. Lovely, lovely thoughts. Our hearts long for our world and our peoples to come to our senses, and return to kinder ways. As Nancy Lindemeyer, former editor of Victoria magazine once said, “Nice matters “

    1. Brenda: Thanks for your visit and for taking the time to comment. Yes, “Nice Matters.” Such true words in all walks of life.

  2. It truly does begin with one…this is very refreshing, hopeful, and inspiring. This old world is in total chaos, there is no doubt. I pray, a lot! It is the time of year for love. Let us all join in! Thank you, Sandie! Good article…and thank you for my special gifts on Dec. 1, 2008.

    Your old friend,


    1. Dear Becky: Always so special to see you here. I thank you so much for your support in all my endeavors and for always taking the time to comment. You are the very best!

  3. Sandra, as always beautiful and comforting! Thank you! I hope to see the grand illumination at the house!!
    So much love to you and Mike!

    1. Thanks for the visiting, Margie. I do hope to get a post together for next week with a few of our favorite things.

  4. Sandra, I love this publication and Margot’s words are poignant and true! You have created a beautiful blog sharing inspiring sentiments and beauty! Blessings~

    1. Pam: Thank you so much for your very kind words and for all the support you have given me. We never forget those who are most kind to us and you are certainly one of them.

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