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It is Friday afternoon. Tom is cutting the grass. The green-fresh aroma rises up across the deck. I sit enjoying the gracious skies and the trees hinting of autumn to come. There is grace given in each day.

Mother Earth expresses her wonders today.

 

 

 

 

 

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All Aboard!

This is from Amy’s creative play time. The train pulls through the kitchen area right on schedule.

All aboard.  Minnie is the engineer. Angry Bird is stored luggage! (He better lose the attitude.) Winnie the Pooh goes First Class and all others are settled in along for the ride.

Ticket taker stands off to the left.

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You’ve Got A Friend

Just call me….and I’ll be there“. Carole King sang out over and over again on my old LP player.  Many of my friends come from that era, not the iTunes and favorite play list, at the easy fingertips of the youth of today.

Now ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend
when people can be so mean? They’ll hurt you and
desert you, and steal your soul if you let them…..
but don’t you let them!”

I am so blessed to have met the good kind of friend in every era of my life. Answer the old “land line” and there she is, a friend from early married time, just checking up to see how things are. The kind of friend you just pick up where you left off before, even though it has been maybe a year since you’ve talked.

Open an email, and there is your good friend, who was once a co-worker, and is in the elderly period of her life now.

Facebook friendships are sometimes the object of a joke….but I enjoy some catch-up family news and inspirational sharings from friends who care enough to “share” on facebook.

The Napkinwriter’s blog has given me three friends I’ve become very close to; two of them I’ve not met in person. Bree, I did meet on Mackinac Island, and became one of only many, many friends, as she created a constant vacation land for us through her words and photos of life on Mackinac Island.

CurtissAnn wrote some beautiful replies to several of my blogs and we both discovered a “sameness and simplicity of soul” in sharing our words and dialogue together. So much confirmation and feelings about what really matters in life. She, a writer of volumes of published vibrant, alive fiction stories. I do not forget her telling me “I am many things, but first of all I am a writer.” She is true to her vocation. And now she is successfully raising chickens besides.

Christine, dear Christine, in Australia. Again, we are friends through blog. But if we happened to live on the same continent, in proximity to each other, I would be active in her yoga instruction, I would attend her fabulous WomenFest Weekend events, and I would pester her by tagging along her photographic trail, as she simply enjoys and reveals God’s bountiful beauty in nature and all its creatures through her camera lens and words.

She’s got a friend, and so do I.

This picture of the soft velvet rose is a symbol of a particular good friend who became my pen-pal friend and we shared many a written note and long-distance (in the days you were charged fully for it) heart-to-heart talks on the phone at a time of middle-age adulthood. Very precious friendship, drawn short by her cancer. She remains in my life now as the grandmother of two of my grandchildren.

The strange thing is, we were in the same high school together, a couple of classes apart, but our strong friendship didn’t build until our own children met each other in college, fell in love and married. Our woman friendship was a blessing that resulted out of that union.

Our high school class of ’61 meets for a luncheon gathering once a month. And to have welcome and laughter and good cheer erupt and shared along with food and drink is a precious gift of grace across the years. Talk about time-warp. With memories and “the gift of gab”, there is still a sense of community and good will today between us “classmates.” And it is no problem at all to remember, “the way we were.”

My friends….I love them. I have so many who have neither “hurt me nor deserted me” and for this I am blessed.

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The tree leaves are changing their color. The sun rises brightly in the eastern sky, settles quietly in the west at day’s end. The wild geese are congregating in larger numbers on the ground. Preparing for the flight to come.

My soul beats with love. All is well in my world.

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Bettty Lue’s Reminder

 

I’ve been getting Betty Lue’s Reminders for many, many years and many of them are posted up on my walls or taped in my journals. I think today’s reminder is a great one for the Anniversary of 9-11;

It is so easy to “look away” for the causes of our conflicts and troubles, when I always need the reminder to “look within”.

It is there I also find love, joy, freedom and life abundant!

September 11, 2012 Loving Reminders

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September 11, 2012 Loving Reminders

Are You Willing to Take Responsibility?

Are you willing and able to respond in a helpful and effective way?
Are you willing to learn to respond with respect rather than react in fear?
Are you willing to listen and understand before you seek to be heard?
Are you willing to be open to change what does not work rather than push your way?

You are the one for whom you are responsible.
You have a mind with thoughts you can choose.
You have emotions which you can manage.
You have energy bodies which you can use.

You and only you have the power and sovereignty to choose what is best.
You can be responsible for your thoughts, your emotions and your use of your body.
Are you willing to stop blaming anyone else for your choices?
Are you willing to stop using excuses and justifications?

You can stop giving away your power by blaming others.
You can stop weakening yourself by allowing others to make your decisions.
You can stop saying, “I don’t know” and take the risk of knowing what is true for you.
You can stop allowing past experiences to make decisions that no longer have validity.

YOU have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Are you living the life you want?
Are you freely expressing your truth and living your dreams?
Are you actively and daily choosing happiness for yourself?

None of this requires money or wealth.
None of this requires the approval of others.
None of this requires that you break rules or live an irresponsible life.
None of this requires absolute guarantees for success.

Life fully, freely, joyously and abundantly lived is risky.
When you are full of fear, worry and doubt, your push Goodness out.
When you are filled with Love, Joy and Peace, everything is within your reach.
You can do whatever you choose and commit to do for You.

For those who are first responsible for and to others, consider this:
When you are not at your best, you cannot give anyone else the Best You Are.
Take time daily to give you what is Good for you.
Then All the Good you do for others, fills you too!

Are you willing to be responsible for your own happiness?
Are you willing to be responsible for your inner peace?
Are you willing to be responsible for your healing and health?
Are you willing to be responsible for all you think and say and do?

Sounds like a really important and meaningful job, and it is!!
Betty Lue


For those who are first responsible for and to others, consider this:
When you are not at your best, you cannot give anyone else the Best You Are.
Take time daily to give you what is Good for you.
Then All the Good you do for others, fills you too!

Are you willing to be responsible for your own happiness?
Are you willing to be responsible for your inner peace?
Are you willing to be responsible for your healing and health?
Are you willing to be responsible for all you think and say and do?

Sounds like a really important and meaningful job, and it is!!
Betty Lue

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Photo: Christine Whitelaw

From Christine’s blog dadirridreaming:

Ballyvourney

by dadirri7

“The narrow winding road around Slea Head, with it’s spectacular views of the Great Blasket Islands and vivid green hillsides dotted with sheep, attracts many visitors. Some find their way down the cliffside to this beach, used for filming some of the scenes in Ryan’s Daughter. Low cloud is common here, on the western-most peninsular of land in Europe.”

Photo: Christine Whitelaw

“Pilgrims visit the old church, and a statue of Saint Gobnait, her grave and Holy Well, walking in a carefully prescribed pattern, reciting prayers. The instructions and directions are clear, and crosses are etched deeply into markers along the way. I followed the pattern, but said my own prayers for our Earth and the rise of the Divine Feminine that will restore balance and peace to us all.”

Napkinwriter thanks you Christine, for this meditative walk in Ireland — one she hopes to make with her own footprints one day.

http://dadirridreaming.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/ballyvourney/

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Isn’t the sunflower just magnificent! It gives such joy. Hope radiates out from its bright yellow floral petals. And the center seems to contain patterns of infinity.

I know we are told to consider the lilies of the field. And I do. They are my flower of Provision. They neither toil nor spin. I have done both. But when the lily is in bloom, I am reminded that I really don’t have to. The Infinite Wisdom has my back.

Fall flowers contain the Promise for me. After the seasons of rain, dust, growth and reward, autumn brings a kind of quietening with it. A willingness to listen to wisdom.

The tall, sturdy, proud and announcing sunflower knows you cannot resist gazing upon it.

(See credit at end of blog)

Standing straight and stalwart toward the blue or cloud filled sky, it is the flower of high expectations. It is the flower of release and tells us to “reach for our dreams” and follow our own path to destiny.

The intricate and patterned center advises us of our own delicate and planned design. This is a flower of magnificent revelation. This is a flower that invites the splendor of stillness in our own heart.

Do you hear it? “Be still and know that I am God.”

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Non-commercial use – source credit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sunflower_sky_backdrop.jpg

Description Logo for use in relation to CC-BY-NC and GFDL 1.2 only licencing
Date 05/03/2012
Source Own work
Author Fir0002

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September has arrived. We have a new feeding station on our deck for the birds. There are many, including the yellow finches, who fly in regularly for their meals.

The crisp air has returned to Michigan mornings, yet the afternoons run from warm to quite hot still. We’ve been working on bringing in the lawn this summer. Tom is the main “greenskeeper.” I have helped with fill in of seed in a few spots.

Amy helped her dziadzia put up the bird feeder and fill it with food and water and the birds are grateful. They beat us to the breakfast table every morning.

Amy’s gone back to school now, but we had some fun together this summer before school time came.

We went shopping together and visited Dr. Mom at work.

The vision fairy danced for her mom.

We played some putt-putt golf.

We finished off with dinner at Culvers and a sleep-over at grandma’s. All in all a pretty good day.

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