Posts Tagged ‘Happy New Year’


My year end blog report from WordPress said this was one of my top posts in 2014.  I thought I’d repeat it and bring a little bright yellow and sunshine to the end of the month of December and the end of 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone and may you enjoy the light of good health, happiness, joy and goodness in 2015 each and every day.

I conclude my posts of 2014 with #400 — a repeat, but I will start anew in January 2015. Just watch!

Daffodils and Life – Both Beautiful and Fragile

 When I post on my Facebook page or put a quote on my Peace in Our Hearts and Around the World  page, I usually use my own photography. The same is true for photos I put in my Napkinwriter posts.

But last week, as I traveled different routes around town, I was regularly surprised by the bright appearance and stately stature of the daffodils which have just burst forth. They always bring joy and it seems like I can almost hear them singing or trumpeting a resound of Alleluias in this  Easter season.

I hadn’t taken the opportunity nor the time to scout out some daffodils I could get up close and personal to with my camera yet, so I googled the internet for an image.  I put the one that  I found and liked on my Facebook page as my profile picture.

I got so many comments  and “likes” about those daffodils from others, that I know I am not alone in my love of these spring flowers, some of the first to arrive behind the frosts of winter.

They add delight to your moment. Not only should we stop to smell the roses, but we can enjoy the bursts of yellow telling us it is time for us, too, to turn to the earth and contribute our own gifts to the enhancement of our soil and the uplifting of our spirits through our creativity and grounding.

…when all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils…”
William Wordsworth

Spring and daffodills gently urge us to love life
and appreciate its mysteries.”
Alexandra Stoddard

I do both. I love my life. And as I get older and older, I surrender to its many mysteries, living them, not necessarily solving them.


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Happy New Year 2013Ring out the Old
Bring in the New!

2013 is Soon to be Here

“Behold, I make all things new.” Did St. Paul tell us that about Christ in his letters, or did Christ, himself, say those words according to one of the four evangelists who recorded his story. I am forgetting where that quote comes from exactly, but I do know this:

I always have room for and need of THE NEW in my life. And as I get older each day, I welcome the new with more enthusiasm and gratitude  ever more.

Not only is each year new. But I live each day new, as the gift it is as I set my feet upon the floor and take up the routines of the day…and enjoying tiny surprises held in short little moments that go by all too quickly.

The song of a bird…..the smile of a friend…..the surprise note in the mail…..a funny tidbit on Facebook….something unexpected arising in a treasured, long-time and well-known relationship.

The sun shining down upon me. It’s new again today even though I enjoyed it yesterday. A chance to serve. An opportunity to surprise another with a gift of friendship.

The aroma of fresh-baked banana bread. Enjoying the children’s laughter. Reading a good book. Taking a creative photograph. Feeling my new breath come in and go out.

Watching the daily  transformation of our grandchildren right before our very eyes. Love returned. Appreciation sensed. An understanding heart with open compassion for others.

All of these things make me “new again.”


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