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Well, guess what I did in January……and February.   Move! That’s what I did. I couldn’t seem to find half a brain to write a full sentence, so here is my first attempt, which is a joint project from my on-line art processing class and a little SoulCollage review.  Also in the midst of moving, and three weeks leading up to the grand date, I was flattened and exhausted from severe bronchitus, which stuck like super-glue. Yes, like the tinman, I was seriously lacking in brainpower.

movingSo we have landed for the moment (a six month moment), for the apartment complex neglected to notify us that they were not putting us into the one we had agreed to be on the waiting list for, but a handicap accessible one.  There is pro and con about where a brand new “what we expected unit” is worth a move, but I fear the pro is going to win out.

 

Napkinwriter now shares a deed completed before a group call tomorrow in some of the art processing and writing exploration I’ve been doing.

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A DIFFERENT LOCATION, THE SAME JOURNEY

Cover for Klews  (Clues) SoulCollage exploration. The prompt is still…..”the direction is UP……the word is UP……the direction is New? or just everything Old is New again in QuestPath Journey? My love and I travelled UP to the top of the Eiffel Tower in May 2000, on a very, very windy day.We looked across a wide expanse of peoples and buildings and landmarks, wondering what marks lay ahead for us in our life journey together. 17 years later, Many paths led out from the center, just as the streets below formed diagonal slices of the pie of life. We have tasted many flavors. Some tart, some oh so very sweet.

 

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SoulCollage Klews for UP. Six of the twelve I found in my deck. Left to Right: She has always known her work to be among the people and based in love. She has stretched, she has served faithfully, and along the way, she has found both people and methods to balance an ego, once upon a time, so very, very frightened and unworthy. She has had some surprises, maybe more than her share, but the fire of Spirit burned brightly within, ego took a spectator seat and when she landed in strange lands, her non-GPS guided Intuition piloted her safely on to the next adventure. She relied more and more on the balance within her Soul. She swings high on the winds of the mystery of money supply and management, so many times called to follow “where others feared to go”, and it all seems to be working out ok. The muted swan, her throat chakra, needed a full long life experience to hear itself.

 

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2nd half of life with SoulCollage Klews: Under the mighty power of the horse, she found the powers of the Universe were with her when she was aligned with her purpose, something she had read so very much about before she believed and experienced it and continued to notice it. She thinks it was there all the time. She just had to NOTICE. Always UPward in open heart and in her travels, always, always. Now, white hair adorned, a contemplative flame burns in her soul and her prayer, and she contemplates a busy, busy, filled, and purposeful life scheduled across her daytime planners, and realizes, it is almost March 2017 and she has not yet purchased a planner for this year. What does Intuition have to do with this? She BELIEVES, as the butterfly, her soulsymbol leads upwards on the golden road that she is to breathe deeper, rest sounder, move when motivated and encourage that look on her face to widen, which seems to say, the critics’ time is past….enjoy, celebrate and even, my dear, even boast your magnificence along the way to this point. Just see what’s in front of you; what’s over the hill will come in view when it’s time and you are totally supported in it. You continue to choose well.

 

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Practice, practice, practice…..this will come back.

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 Light a Candle for Peace  – Reblog from Napkinwriter – Good for any season of the year.

My granddaughter, Amy, completed her Montessori pre-school education his month. In September, she begins kindergarten in the Richland Public School System.

She is greatly enriched and informed from all her Montessori experiences, and one thing in particular is she loves, loves, loves singing the Montessori Peace song with her classmates in public performances.

She even instructs grandma in the proper wording of the song if grama “slips up” on a word or two.

Ahh, changing the world….even being the change we want to see in the world.  This seems like such a monumental thing to many of us.

But truly, it is not.  Take this song which is a formation of consciousness and living for the children who attend Montessori.  Take all the debate about what can be and what cannot be allowed in public school education.

Take this simple but powerful song. No doctrine or mention of God by any name within it. What would be a reason for keeping it out of any education at the primary level?

There is a place to begin….right in your own place and then spread out over all the world.

Is this too easy?

Montessori Peace Song

Light a candle for peace,
Light a candle for love,
Light a candle that shines,
All the way around the world.

Light a candle for me,
Light a candle for you,
That our wish for world peace,
Will one day come true

Sing Peace Around the World
Sing Peace Around the World
Sing Peace Around the World
Sing Peace Around the World

Visit this inspiring website for precious insight.

http://singpeacearoundtheworld.blogspot.com/

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Opening to my path

To the beloved of Orlando and Planet Earth:

Guest Blog from Jan Richardson, Circle of Grace

Thank you, Jan for these words. We absorb them today.

” He came as a witness to testify to the light.” John 1:7

 

Blessed Are You Who Bear The Light

Blessed are you

who bear the light

in unbearable times,

who testify

to its endurance

amid the immeasurable,

who bear witness

to its persistence

when everything seems

in shadow

in grief.

Blessed Are you

in whom

the light lives,

in whom

the brightness blazes–

your heart

a chapel,

an altar where

in the deepest night

can be seen

the fire that

shines forth in you

in unaccountable faith,

in stubborn hope,

in love that illuminates

every broken thing

it finds.

 

 

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Blessed to BE

Sue & Tom

Taking comfort in my family blessings and graces today. I am blessed to be wife and mother.

Blessed Are You Among Women

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“Hail Mary, full of Grace
The Lord is with you.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb
, Jesus”

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Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful family of women
who express in the world the highest esteem, respect and
faith in motherhood.

You set the foundation of our country
and give our future hope, otherwise unrealized.

I will call you by name:

Grandmothers:  Katherine Heffron, with whom I shared little girl stories and private sharings of what grandma was like in the “prairie days.” Grandma Tanberg with whom I shared blood heritage, giggles and hugs. Grandma Thompson, only a short stint of summer farm days. (But a secret alcove upstairs in the farmhouse, where I spent many hours alone going through scraps of fabrics and antiques of great-grandma and grandma’s possessions nobody else cared about).

Three beautiful mothers:  Doris Tanberg Heffron, who gave me birth and told her best friend, motherhood was the purpose of her life, which ended here on earth a few days after my birth. She was also mother to my older brother Dave, whom she told my father in the Catholic orphanage that: “this was the baby for us; nobody else would love him like I can.” So Dave got a sister a short year and one-half after he became first sibling in our family; me.

Marion Heffron – the mother I knew and loved from age 2, who created a home for us, being dad, Dave, younger brother John and me.  Mom’s creativity was homemaking par excellence and a soft, caring heart for others. She was in love with her grandchildren and puffed with pride at our daughters’ accomplishments, enjoying many of them before she died of Alzheimers. She loved it when Great-grandson Andrew pushed her wheel chair fast for her trips around the nursing home. She laughed and laughed and probably remembered herself doing what others said she did: “She drove fast!

Frances Helminski Hajec – I fell in love with my ” newest mom” the first day I met her when Tom brought his “intended” home to his family.  Mom was a gift of Mary to all her future daughters-in-law, who wanted nothing more than each of her sons to be loved and cared for by a good woman. And she DID get her wish 100%.

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Andrew and Great Buscia

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Daughters: Laura Sue Hajec Mitchell, wife of Carl Mitchell and mother of Amy; Kathleen Marie Hajec Warriner, wife of Gregory Warriner and mother of Devon and Andrew. Two daughters who grace the world with their gifts and talents of giving and focus on motherhood. They and their children make this world better by their being here.

Grama,Devon & Amy

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Andrew and Me

Bed time pals

Kathleen and Clarinet

Laura baby Amy

Amy and Dr. mom

Happy Mothers Day to sisters in-law Joan Heffron, wife of John and Linda Brown Heffron, wife of David who have been with us for many family celebrations and added to our lives with their creativity and generosity and presence.

Sisters in-law:  (Stan’s) Lucy Hajec, mother of Nick, Chris and Katie. We shared many summer vacations with them in Delaware with the young cousins romping about at the shore.

(Joe’s) Susan Hajec, mother and grandmother focused entirely on faith, family and health.  (and swimming!)

Mimi and grandson Robert

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(Dave’s) Donna Hajec – Gentle, quiet presence with direction. A guardian angel of a mother to her children.

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(Mike’s) Shirley Hajec – Center stage for laughter, fueled by a passion for living in the moment with what life gives you. A heart of deep compassion,  and …… quietness is not her thing!

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(Dave’s) Mary Hajec Russell –  Mary, the “apple of her five brothers’ eye”, the baby of the family grew in grace, as the prayer says. Mother to three wonderful boys, grown to fine men. The thing I remember Mary saying the most was “my boys”. That defined her life and now she enjoys those boys and their families,  Jeff, Dan, and Tim.

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My nieces and nephews from these families offer evidence that family comes first. As they share snippets of their family joys on Facebook, their aged aunt can enjoy the life-affirming values of love and family along with them. Each one, in their own way, live daily lives of creative energies going out across the land. Just as important is that love is taking root deep within their private lives, thus contributing to a growing goodness within our society.

And that makes for a very happy and joyous Mother’s Day.

Becky’s  and Ean’s children.

Becky's children

Donna and Dave’s son Brian and grandson Logan.

Brian & Logan

Happy Mother’s Day Brittany, mother to Nora. (lucky Charlie’s beloved wife).

Brittany & Charlie

Go Green! Nathan and Kyle, sons of Jeni and Dan Gould. God bless you all.

Danny and Jeni's boys - Kyle & Nate

Mean Machine, son of Kelly Hajec Hanson.

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Cookie creator, and mom sports enthusiast, Katie Gould, wife of Jeff.

Jeff and Katie

and dad Jeff, Kalamazoo Marathon runner, cheered on by his children.

Jeff and kids

Gives new meaning to Go Daddy!

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Happy Mother’s Day, Melissa, mother of Mark Hajec’s children, whose life center is “her boys”….ALL three of them!  Mark not shown here.

Melissa & Mark

Happy Mothers Day to Nan, wife of Mike Hajec, and their family.

Jill Hajec Radunzel, sharing with other mothers, and exemplifying a way of life for those waiting the return of their husband in military service to our country.

Jill

Jill sharing with other women

And Commander Joel, soon returns to heart and home!

Robert & Daddy

Grand niece, Jessica has added to the ever-present excitement in her family with the birth of her son. You can only slightly tell that young grandparents, Nick and Nancy Hajec, are slightly ga-ga over the little guy!

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and also celebrating their son Nick’s college graduation from Old Dominion and the start of a new teaching career. Another good teacher added from the ranks of Hajec heritage.

Nancy & NickMary HajecBorrowing from Mary’s wonderful photography  to
add these family pictures.

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OH HAPPY DAY.
Thanks for the thrill, honor, treat and blessing to be a mother.

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Rose - 2 become 1

I am telling you the story of the rose. It is a story of love.

It’s all about the boutonniere! I am a really good speller and I could not come close enough to the correct spelling of that word to get spellchecker to correct me.

On Sunday October 4, 2015, Tom and I joined other couples throughout the nine counties of Southwest Michigan at St. Augustine Cathedral. We were all celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Bishop Bradley presided at the liturgy and I felt blessed beyond all that our children, their spouses and one of three grandchildren were sitting in the pew with us.

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As we prepared on Sunday morning, Tom presented me with a beautiful wrist corsage, which I thought had come from the children. But, in fact, Laura had suggested to Tom that he give me one, and that she would arrange it all and drop it off. He could pick up the tab later. When I saw my corsage, which was beyond beautiful,  I immediately thought Tom should have a boutonniere, but it was very close to departure time. What to do??

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I immediately put in an SOS call to Kathleen and asked her to check on the slight chance she could pick one up at the supermarket on her way. The odds were less than favorable.

When Tom and I arrived at the cathedral, we had a welcome at the entrance which included our congratulations certificate AND a corsage for me and…..a boutonnaire for Tom and all the other couples!

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Moments later, Kathleen and Greg arrive. And she has a beautiful red rose boutonnaire, handmade by herself (which I did not know until much later that night, having missed her phone texts in my left-behind cell phone).

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Already pinned, we did not add this to Tom’s lapel, but I regret not having him loaded up with two beautiful flowers, one especially made from love.

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And the two shall become one.

The Mass liturgy and music were beautiful and reflective and evoked gratitude for the lives and loves we live. Greg and Kathleen had a 25 year Silver Anniversary this year and Carl and Laura are approaching their 20th Anniversary in the middle of this month. Ninety-five years of committed and intentional love between us. We each have a rewarding and demanding vocation. We look to each other all through our lives. We will ALWAYS be there for one another.

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So today, like the news anchor men who dress “top down” and maybe/maybe not below the desk (rumored), I had Tom dress again in his dress shirt and favorite green sports coat and pinned the beloved red rose from Kathleen on so I could take an official photo shoot.

There was power in that flower……The power of a daughter’s love.

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Kathleen,  dad’s smile says thank you. Love you back.

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It is two years later now and Tom and I repeated this story today. He is home healing well, after a surgery on his ear today and on the back of his neck two weeks ago, and removal of those stiches today.

The doctor and other medical personnel had come upon this blog and were delighted that it was written about their work. I received nice recognition for it. For a moment, I had forgotten that I had written it.

Tom’s pie choice today was strawberry rhubarb.

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Velveteen Rabbit

Tom’s skin cancer IS under watchful eyes, skilled hands, and caring nurses’ hearts at the University of Michigan Cancer Center and Mohs surgery clinic.

His last procedure was a little-more time consuming than the first few, so as he sat in the waiting room to return for final stitching, his early morning breakfast fuel ran out. So I dashed a floor above and got him a blueberry doughnut to hold him over, returned the elevator to the wrong floor, regrouped and got back to the original starting point, he had been taken back to the operating room.

After some time, the nurse came out to tell me it would be a little while yet, he was doing fine, but had to wait on the doctor (they were doing numerous procedures on many patients throughout the morning), I asked her to tell him his treat would be awaiting him.

She said…

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What Happened?

I don’t have time to mess with it now, but somehow I have messed up my Napkinwriter homepage…..will deal with this later and post a new story and hopefully recover my sidebar as it was.  ???

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