DIY Beaded Wind Chime

Hello hippies!

Welcome back to Fun Fridays! Today’s craft is somewhat popular and I love the way this DIY craft looks! It’s pretty easy and you can really express your creativity in many ways with this. This one is great for adults and children alike, so let’s get started!

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Stuff you’ll need:

  • Assorted beads, the more colorful and wonky the better!
  • Some bells or noisemakers that will make a nice sound in the wind.
  • A piece of driftwood or wooden rod. Could be a dowel, some old piece of wood you found at a yard sale, or something you just picked up out of the trash on the side of the road! Nifty and good for the earth! 😉
  • Some kind of string, preferably something that will hold up to the outdoors like fishing line or nylon string.
  • A drill and small drill bit (or you could use a screw and screw it through and back out, that will work just fine.)

What to do:

  • First you’re going to want to drill holes about 1/2″ apart, and about 1/2″ to 1″ from each edge of the piece of wood.
  • On the two outer holes, tie a single string, one end on each hole, this will be how you hang your wind chime!
  • Next, tie one bead, larger than the holes you’ve drilled, to one end of the string. This will act as a stopper so the string stays in the wood.a3143eab97accd7038b41e5910d5fa18.jpg
  • Now you’ll want to just start putting beads on the string until each one is filled and finish the end of the string with your bell or chime.
  • Add any finishing touches you see fit and hang that beauty up inside or out!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Paint your piece of wood beforehand if that is your style! Solid colors or even a cool pattern!
  • Add feathers on the end of each bead string for added flair!
  • make the outer pieces of string with beads shorter and go longer as you go in for a cool
    chevron-like look!

Most importantly, have fun! Enjoy making this craft with your children, friends, significant other, or as just a nice alone-time craft for yourself!

Peace and Love,

M. Joy





Renewable Energy: Where Are We Now?

Hello My hippies out there!

Today, we are going to talk a little bit about renewable energy! I live in California and a (somewhat) new legislation has been brought to light which basically states that California aims to have 100% of “retail sold” electricity taken from renewable energy sources! Isn’t that fabulous?! Now, what does that mean? Well, let’s take a look.

What is a “renewable energy resource”?

  • Renewable energy is any form of electricity-creating resource that can not be depleted by use and replenishes itself naturally such as: solar power, wind power, rain, tides, and geothermal heat. Unlike fossil fuels, these resources for energy creation will never disappear, well unless you consider the sun blowing up.. but, 220px-solar_plant_klthat’s a different story altogether.
  • Eligibility Standards are set buy The Energy Commission of California.
  • There are tons of requirements for each specific type of energy creation so it is difficult to list them all here but here is a link if you would like to know more:

What is California’s end goal?

  • California released their plan a few years ago in 2002, in which they set specific goals for the percentage of retail energy to be created by renewable resources.
  • Our next goal is to have at least 33% of all retail energy (energy sold to public and businesses) collected by renewable resources by 2020.
  • Currently California is at 27% to our 33% goal (by 2020) already! For 2017 our goal was to make at least 20%, which we have passed with flying colors!

Where do we get our energy?

  • Currently, 39% of our renewable energy comes from wind power! Have you ever taken Wind-turbines.jpga drive to palm springs and seen all those windmills up there? Well, they are certainly doing their job!
  • The next highest resource would be solar at 23%. Boy do we have tons of that here in Cali!
  • After that, we have 19% with geothermal, 12% biomass, 4% small hydro power, and 3% solar thermal. WHAT? What are those?! Let’s go over that!

What are the renewable energy resources we have in California?

  • Well, we will gloss over wind and solar since most people know what those are, they are the most popular here and chances are you have seen a windmill here or a solar panel on a neighbors house.
  • Geothermal Energy (GE): Geothermal energy is energy taken from radioactive decay in the Earth’s crust. Much of collection of GE used to be only available near tectonic plate boundaries, but as technology advances we are seeing new ways to collect this type of energy. GE wells release tons of greenhouse gases but if we can collect these in stride while also curbing our reliance on fossil fuels we could potentially heal our atmosphere and curb global warming! Amazing! This is probably the best renewable we have so far, and as technology advances and allows us to harness more of this power, it will drastically improve earth’s condition!
  • Biofuel (biomass): Biofuel is a fuel created by biological process such as agriculture biofuelsand anaerobic digestion (as seen in some bacteria). This type of fuel can be collected directly from plants or indirectly from agriculture, and commercial, industrial, and domestic waste. When they talk about cars running on corn, this is what they mean! The hardest part about this fuel is the land mass needed to grow the crops to turn into biofuel as well as potential for high carbon emission and deforestation and land erosion from growing crops for fuel. Overall, biofuels produce more carbon emission than fossil fuels and may not be the best substitute for our needs. One seemingly feasible way to curb this would be with Algae! Some algae species have a 50% or more oil content which can be easily extracted and algae can be grown in many places with less impact on current environment such as specified ponds and even wastewater treatment plants!
  • Small Hydro (SH): Have you ever seen a movie where there is a little shack with one of those big wheels being pushed around by a river or stream? Well, that’s small watermill-shutterstock_152170721-600x398.jpghydro. When we talk about small hydro we are referring to hydroelectric power on a small scale, more for a local community or specific factory or business. Small hydro has a lot of potential for use, just needs to be enhanced before it becomes wide-spread.
  • Solar Thermal (ST): Basically, ST is a bigger and more bad-ass version of the common solar panels you might have to heat your house or pool. These solar panels focus tons of light energy and turn them into thermal energy or electrical energy which can be used on a much broader scale.

Which resource has the best outlook?

  • Most experts will agree that throughout the world, needs differ and each country, state, even city, will need to tailor their energy resources for their needs and what they have most readily available. Many will go so far as to say, however, hydropower and solar power seem to be the number one producers of renewable energy globally.

Are there any new advances in renewable energy?

  • YES! There are tons of scientists around the world researching renewable energy resources and new ways to create and collect the energy present in our world. Here are some of my favorites:
    • Artificial photosynthesis: This is a super cool new technology where a ‘bionic leaf’ so to speak, basically breaks water down into hydrogen and oxygen and uses bacteria to use the hydrogen from the water and carbon from the atmosphere to create energy! AND, just like plants, oxygen is released from this process!
    • There have also been crazy good advances in solar power whereas now they can collect the entire spectrum of color in light rather than our current solar panels which can only collect energy from the reds spectrum. (Violet to red in the visual light spectrum).

So there you have it! A little update on how we are doing with renewable energy, mostly in California, but as you’ve read, we are making great advances throughout the world! Isn’t science incredible!? Us hippies dream of a world where we worship (maybe not literally..) our earth and do everything we can to protect it! Well, here we are one step closer! As always, thanks for reading and feel free to leave a like or comment!


Peace and love,

M. Joy




Senate Bill No. 584


California Energy Commission – Tracking Progress

MIT Technology Review

The Experts: What Renewable Energy Source Has the Most Promise?

Cancer in Women

So, Women’s Wednesdays are going to focus on all things.. well, women! This includes super cool DIY projects, beauty tips, style, and, you guessed it, Women’s health! I am, by no means, a doctor, but I do have google, a brain, eyes, and I really like science and health, so I’m going to do the sleuthing for you and give you tips and tricks to keep an eye out for the health of your body.

Cancer in women, also known as gynecological cancers, are cancers that only effect women, or predominantly effect women. There are many types but some of these include: Ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, etc. So, let’s look at warning signs and symptoms, how to screen for cancers, tips on how to stay cancer free, and what to do if you think you have cancer or something else wrong. I understand this can be a sore subject for many, but let me give you a little background of myself:

When I was 19, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. For months, I had very strange symptoms and was in and out of the doctor with no answers, just more medicines and tests and blah blah blah. Well, after living through 6 months of chemotherapy, I work hard to keep up with my health, doctors visits, etc, and really try to spread the word to others about the warning signs of cancers, and how to deal with a diagnosis of cancer. If you have questions or need advice on this topic, let me know and I’ll be happy to help the best I can. So, here we go.

What happens when you have cancer?

Cancer is basically an illness where malignant cells in the body surpass the checks and balances in your body and multiply uncontrollably. This leads to serious problems and can spread systemically throughout the body, creating the different stages of cancer.

What are the warning signs?

Many cancers have little to know signs and symptoms; therefore, doctors stress checking yourself, where possible, for warning signs. Some physical warning signs for gynecological cancers can include: Pain and tenderness in the pelvis, breasts, or vaginal areas; Discharge from vaginal opening or urethra; discomfort in genitals; mass or lump in tissues of the vagina, vulva, breasts (these are the areas you may see or feel them, they can occur inside the uterus, fallopian tubes, etc, but you will most likely not see or notice them); abnormal period such as extremely heavy period, more painful than normal, or no period at all. Some other symptoms may include: Depressed mood; tiredness or malaise; weakness; fogginess of the mind; fatiguing quickly; nausea; headaches; and loss or abnormal gain in appetite.

How do you check for cancer?

The main way to check for cancer is TO GO TO THE DOCTOR! You must always keep up on check-ups and pap smears as often as your doctor recommends. You can also check your body for masses and lumps and have them checked by your doctor. You may see an abnormal lump in tissues in the breast, vagina, or vulva and need to have them looked at as soon as possible. Doctors can also do blood tests and other lab tests to check for signs of cancer.

What to expect if you are diagnosed?

If you do happen to be diagnosed with cancer, try to remain calm. It is an unfortunate thing that happens to some of us, but many cancers nowadays are very treatable! Your doctor is going to run many tests to determine the specific type of cancer you have, this will most likely include CT scans, blood tests, and a possible biopsy of the tumor or growth. After they have determined the type, they will do tests to determine which stage you are at; usually this includes a bone marrow test. These can be scary, but are not painful at all. After they have determined the stage and type, they will decide the best route and type of treatments for you. Chemotherapy is most often used and they will use a specific set of medications in varying intervals. I went to chemo every other week and received four different drugs that were one hour each. Some people, depending on the location of the cancer, will also receive radiation therapy and possible surgery. The number one thing to remember is that attitude is EVERYTHING in these situations. Keeping a positive attitude will truly help you to recover quickly and stay strong during the treatment time.

Something to think about:

What kind of hippie would I be If I didn’t think of herbal remedies? Well, this is one, but not something you should do without treatment as a “cure all.” Marijuana. Marijuana can help alleviate symptoms of treatment, and studies show it can help to fight off cancer, but it should not be used as a sole cancer treatment. I used medical cannabis during my treatment and could eat without vomiting, I could stay in a better mindset, it relieved pain, it helped me sleep, and overall I personally believe it helped to irradiate the cancer faster. I was originally supposed to go through an entire year of chemo treatment but was in remission in six months! I’m not saying I believe that cannabis did this, I have no way of knowing that, but regardless, it certainly made things easier for me. I tried to go through three rounds of chemo without medical marijuana, and I certainly will say, cannabis made the treatment and the entire experience a lot easier and helped me to stay in the fight by getting nutrients, sleep, and keeping happy. There are many ways to ingest marijuana and if there is a desire, I can post more about this subject later. If you have any questions, again, feel free to ask me over on the “contact me” section or comment on this post!

Overall, the point I’m trying to make is this:

Ladies, STAY ON TOP OF YOUR HEALTH! If something seems off, go get checked out. The faster you catch cancer, the easier it is to treat! Eat healthy foods, high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Check your body and know what to look for, and if you are diagnosed… just try your best to stay positive. Hopefully, through this post, I have maybe helped one person catch cancer early and inspired others to keep up on their health. As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, feel free to reply or contact me! Stay healthy, stay happy!

Peace and Love,

M. Joy

Antioxidants; Let’s Eat ‘Em!

Welcome back hippies, today is Tasty Tuesday! I want to focus on one ingredient or item to be in all the recipes and want to do one day’s worth of meals, so, for today we are going to focus on Antioxidants!

In summary, antioxidants hunt out free radicals in the body which are produced as a byproduct of the body’s metabolic process to create energy. These free radicals can do harm to the body when not counteracted by antioxidants. The body naturally produces some antioxidants and seeks them out in our foods and these can help to limit and even repair problems created by oxidants and free radicals! If we increase our intake of anti-oxidants we can help to repair these damages such as: arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s, depression, cancer, diabetes, etc. Antioxidants aren’t a “repair all” and if you eat loads of berries every day that won’t guarantee you to not get cancer someday but increasing antioxidant intake can help to fight off some of these problems. Some foods that are high in antioxidants are berries, dark green veggies, dark colored grapes, nuts, and orange veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes. Now, let’s go through a day’s worth of recipes to try to increase antioxidant intake with healthy, delicious foods!


Sweet Potato and Spinach Omelet!



  • 2-4 egg whites
  • 1/3-1/2 cup diced sweet potatoes
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Shredded cheese of your choice
  • Toppings like salsa, or hot sauce if desired!
  • Oil or cooking spray


  • Pre-cook the sweet potatoes, diced, over med. Heat until done, these will just be thrown into the omelet after so they need to be mostly cooked.
  • When the potatoes are almost done, add some garlic and the spinach, allow that to cook until spinach is wilted and sautéed.
  • Pour your egg whites into a pan and allow them to cook most of the way.
  • When the eggs are cooked most of the way but are still pliable, add the spinach and sweet potato mixture to one half of the eggs. Add some cheddar or mozzarella cheese if desired!
  • Flip the other half of the eggs over top, allow both sides to brown and allow the middle to cook thoroughly.
  • Enjoy with some salsa, hot sauce, or avocado on top!


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Ingredients: (these are less measured and mostly just put as much as you would like.)

  • Baby spinach and salad greens (darker the better)
  • Chopped celery
  • Chopped pear
  • Walnuts
  • Berries of your choice
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Avocado
  • Goat cheese
  • Dressing: really you could put whatever you like but I would recommend a balsamic vinaigrette, maybe a sweet one.


  • Basically, your normal salad making procedure here but rinse the greens and chop the celery and pears.
  • Add all of it to a bowl. Mostly spinach and greens then add the toppings to taste.
  • Enjoy with some dressing or without!


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  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups diced sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups fresh shrimp
  • 3 cups trimmed and coarsely chopped kale
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • In a cast iron skillet: add olive oil over med. Heat.
  • Add onion and red pepper flakes, cook until onions are translucent.
  • Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.
  • Add sweet potato and cook until soft, you may need to add a few tablespoons of water to help steam the potatoes.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until pink.
  • Turn the heat down to low and add the kale, being sure to stir and cook until soft and wilted.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.


This is kind of a breakfast/snack/desert, but I’m going to use this as today’s desert:

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  • ¼ cup finely crushed or chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup granola
  • 2-4 tbs melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbs sugar or sugar substitute (optional, just helps add sweetness and cut the sour of the berries and yogurt)
  • ¾ cup – 1 ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 – 4 tbs of honey
  • 1 ½ cups+ Berries of your choice
  • A muffin tin and liners


  • Line each muffin tin with a non-stick liner
  • In a bowl, combine crushed almonds, granola, sugar, and coconut oil. This should be a malleable mixture that mostly stays together when you press it into the cups. Think graham cracker pie crust.
  • Add the honey to the yogurt and add to the cups on top of the crust.
  • Add the berries to the top. This can be blue berries, acai, raspberries, strawberries, black berries, etc.
  • Freeze until firm for about 6 hours. They should stay set after that to be left at room temp or in the fridge!
  • Enjoy!


Well, I certainly hope you have enjoyed this week’s tasty Tuesday and I am looking forward to hearing about how you liked these recipes! Make sure to leave a like and a comment and let me know what you would like to see next! See you tomorrow for Women’s Wednesdays!

Peace and Love,

M. Joy

Simon & Garfunkel: True Hippie Music

Hello hippie chicks, and dudes, out there! Once, again, thank you for reading, and welcome back if this isn’t your first time here! Today, we are going to be talking about one of the most notorious “hippie” bands in the world; Simon & Garfunkel!

Simon & Garfunkel are a duet consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel who wrote deeply-worded songs, many regarding the war and other news of the times. These two became a signal of revolution, love, and peace, throughout the 60’s with their popular tunes like “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson” and created quite a name for themselves among the young, anti-establishment, people throughout the world, specifically the U.S. and England.

The two met as children in 1953 in Queens, New York and wrote their first song together, “The Girl For Me,” in 1956 while attending high school together at Forest Hills High School. The duet received their first contract at age 15 under the names Tom & Jerry and released “Hey School Girl” which eventually went on to sell over 100,000 copies and became number 49 on the Billboard’s top 100!

In the early 60’s, Simon & Garfunkel made the transition from rock and roll over to folk rock, which had much better reception with the public. Around 1966, “The Sound of Silence,” originally written between 1963 and 1964, hit the top 100 launching Simon and Garfunkel into the top of their fame. This song brought them back up to the attention of the world where they earned their fame as one of the most notorious folk-rock bands of the 1960’s. I mean, you can’t think of the hippies without hearing Simon & Garfunkel in the background.

Simon & Garfunkel had many top-charting songs but despite their fame they did have a somewhat rocky music relationship and broke up many times to go their separate ways. Each went on to do their own solo work in the late 70’s back had gotten back together in the early 80’s and threw a free concert in Central Park in New York on September 19, 1981. This concert brought attention back to the duo once more and they re-launched their band and planned a tour for the next May, however, the two were unable to reconcile their differences and ended up not speaking for most of the tour. Since that time, Simon & Garfunkel have been on and off as a duet and have played a few shows since their falling out. The duet has now not performed together again since 2010.

Overall, the music of this great Folk duo inspires and relaxes the soul with the intricate melodies and highly figurative lyrics. If you want to be transported back into the mind of a hippie, just turn on some Simon & Garfunkel, light up some incense, (maybe pop a tab or two), and chill out. I guarantee if you like music in general, you will like Simon & Garfunkel, perhaps the most famous Hippie band to ever live.

Thanks all for reading, I hope you have learned a little interesting tidbit about one of my favorite duos, and I hope to have inspired you to go check out their music too!

Peace and Love,


Mrs. Robinson – Live

The Sound of Silence – Original

Want To Have A Hippie Sanctuary In Your Room?

This is just a short post on some tips on turning your room into a hippie sanctuary!

Everyone wants to totally deck their room our with their style to make the place into a jive, calming (hopefully), sensual, and totally relaxing chill spot. Well, here are some tips, tricks, and resources to help you out!

  1. Add cool tapestries to your walls!
    • You can find totally cool tapestries many places but one you might not know of:! Wish has some really cool stuff but they are a great place to find very hippie-esque tapestries at a really great price!
    • Make your own! You can get some really cool fabric from Walmart (though I dislike this place, they do have it at a great price), Micheal’s, or a local craft spot, or even online, at farmer’s markets, or at many other little stores and online shops. It’s super easy to either create a seem on each side, fold about an inch back, and sew it off to keep it from fraying, or you can cut 1″ wide and 3″ long strips all around the edges and tie knots then just pin this up on your wall, or create hanging tapestries with this tutorial:
    • Candles not only make your room smell great, they really add a lot to the ambiance of your space.
    • You can buy store-bought candles or make your own DIY Candle holders, I’ll probably post a DIY on this in the future.
  3. Posters and Black lights!
    • Even better BLACK LIGHT POSTERS! I LOVE black light posters and am looking forward to putting some of these up in my room in the near future.
    • These are super easy to find online on Wish or Amazon!
  4. Mood lighting!
    • Cool lighting in your room is a big plus in creating a relaxing environment in your domain. you can buy different colors of rope lights pretty inexpensively which look great around the top of your ceiling, around photos or around other items.
    • I personally love Christmas lights and buy them on sale after Christmas is over and just hang them around things in my room!
  5. A lava lamp!
    • Every hippie room needs a lava lamp! These are easy to find online or in stores like Spencer’s in the mall!
  6. If you like it, put it in there!
    • Your room should be all about what you like! Make it special, make it your own, and make it comfortable! especially if you plan to trip out in your domain, you want it to be comfortable, relaxing, and a safe place for you and any companions!

Hopefully you guys liked these tips and tricks and in the future I’m going to be posting some DIY projects and hopefully some Youtube videos to accompany them!

as always, peace and love!

Marissa Joy

Eco-Friendly Date Ideas For the Eco-Friendly Couples Out There!

Hey there all my hippie peeps out there! As we all know, a big part of being a hippie includes being eco-friendly! Duh! So, when you want to go do something with your significant other, but also want to help the earth, or at least not hurt it, what do you do?? Here are some eco-friendly, hippie-friendly date ideas for you to try out!

  1. Beach day! – Go to the beach with your lover and pack a lunch! Bring reusable silver wear and a lunch in your eco-friendly Tupper wear and enjoy the sand and sun out at the beach! Just make sure to bring all your trash home, or extra challenge: Try to have little to no trash! Can you? Try it out!
  2. Beach clean up! – This could totally be paired with #1 but go to the beach and try to clean up trash together! Those sand sifters only do so much! Keep our beaches clean and enjoy time together making a positive impact! You could also do this on hiking trails, parks, and other places with high amounts of trash!
  3. Stargazing! – What a better way to enjoy a night than to go be dazzled by the millions of stars in the galaxy! Find a nice spot somewhere and gaze at those crazy balls of energy and gas! Just make sure you pick up all your trash!
  4. Bike Ride! – Bike rides are super healthy for you and your partner, get blood flowing, gets you some sun, and is just a great way to spend the day! Try not to bring anything that may end up as litter, or be responsible about snack trash, and enjoy a day on the trail!
  5. Go have organic beer, wine, and food! – There are tons of organic restaurants around California (where I’m from) and I’m sure you can find them all over the world! Go check on out and support organic, local businesses!
  6. Go check out a museum! – Even better if it’s a museum about your local area! Museums are such a great way to spend the day and you can have so much fun learning about wondrous things! What could be better?! You can pack a lunch too for bonus points!
  7. Ice skating! – Ice skating has no environmental impact as far as I’m aware and can be a great, full-of-laughter, time to spend with your partner! Angela, my partner, and I have yet to go, but I know it will be fun! Similar to this is the roller rink, which is super fun, and gets you great exercise at the same time!
  8. Go hiking! – Go check out your local scenery on a walk or hike! Make sure you try not to disturb the natural habitats of the animals around the trail, however, and pick up trash on your way! Such a fun way to spend a day, especially if there is a wonderful lookout point at the end!
  9. Check out your local Farmer’s Market! – Farmers markets are a great way to support local businesses in your area. Check out the farms and vendors there and see which are the most low-impact on the environment!
  10. Go to a poetry reading! – You can find book and poetry readings at most libraries and book stores. They are a wonderful way to spend a quiet evening together enjoying local artists’ work!
  11. Check out a local open mic! – You don’t have to be a musician to enjoy an open mic! Go check out and support your local artists! These are usually held at bars or coffee shops!
  12. Go fruit picking at an organic farm! – See if there are any organic farms near you that have fruit picking! They taste delicious, you can make tons of awesome fruit desserts and snacks together with all the fantastic and organic produce you’ve picked together and support local, organic farms together!
  13. Watch the sunrise/sunset together! – The sunrise and sunsets are so gorgeous when you make time to go see them! Pack up a little basket of snacks and find a lookout point to enjoy it! Coffee and muffins or tea and biscuits make for a great sunrise breakfast! I suppose you could have tea or coffee with some dessert to see the sunset!
  14. Do a craft together! – Crafts are so much fun to do together, especially when paired with a few drinks! Enjoy being creative together and let your creative side go wild!
  15. Plant a little herb garden together! – Planting herbs is a great, relaxing way to get a taste of nature and let your creative side flow! There is nothing like home-grown, fresh, herbs to add that extra kick to your meals!

Well, I hope you liked these ideas and try them out! Make sure you come back and tell me what you think! Angela and I totally enjoy these dates together all the time and I know you will too!

Peace and Love,

M. Joy