Tuesday, December 28, 2021

What Your Thoughts Make It

"Your life is what your thoughts make it." 
Marcus Aurelius

I have the sliding door open so I can listen to what's happening outside. The air is warm, the sounds are rich. I am enjoying the bird songs and flight and that jumping squirrel just to the right. 

I am living my dream, with strength and possibilities again inspired by the tree's marrow, and the hypnotic overcast sky on this beautiful new morning.

With reflection and prayers comes this simple, glorious fact: I am at my best when I am connected to Nature and motivated by love.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

To Share With You


Asheville, North Carolina

"Nothing more do I ask than to share with you
the ecstasy and sacrament of my life."
Emily Dickinson

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Seek What They Sought

Birmingham, Alabama

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise.
Seek what they sought."
Matsuo Basho

I am home from a hectic day at work and the sky greets me with spectacular colors. Red, blue, yellow, black. And the city lights make me catch my breath, too. I may have a busy week ahead of me, but I feel sweet gratitude for this gift of the present moment.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Giving And Forgiving


Birmingham, Alabama

"Cultivate an attitude of gratitude,
of giving and forgiving.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, November 19, 2021

See The Dawn Before The Rest


Full Moon, Birmingham, Alabama

"A visionary is one who can find his way by moonlight,
and see the dawn before the rest of the world."
Oscar Wilde

Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Happy Moment


Birmingham, Alabama

"Color possesses me. There is no need to seize it.
 It possesses me. I know.
Here is the meaning of the happy moment:
color and I are one. I am a painter."
Paul Klee

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Room In Your Heart


"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."
Mary Oliver

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion


Vallejo, California

"And I remind myself that if I only responded to the authentic self, I can only respond out of kindness, empathy, and compassion."
Shaka Senghor

You Have Your Way


"You have your way. I have my way.
As for the right way, the correct way,
and the only way, it does not exist."
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Sure Refuge


Vallejo, California

"In poverty and other misfortunes of life,
true friends are a sure refuge."

♡ I am home after six days in San Francisco. Joyous reunion with childhood friends with lots of art ideas, shopping... and photographs! My life is a memorable flow of discovery, exploration, and thousands of steps!

Here I am in front of a lovely piece
by Hawai'i artist, Pegge Hopper

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Friday, October 1, 2021

One's Whole Being


Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Alabama

"Sunrise demands this rightness,
this order, this true disposition of one's whole being."
Thomas Merton

♡ I discovered a new place to capture the sunrise, cresting sweetly over the Birmingham Airport...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Silent Pulse of Perfect Rhythm


"At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections,
there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm,
a complex of wave forms and resonances,
which is absolutely individual and unique
and yet which connects us to everything in the universe."
~ George Leonard

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Deep Into Their Roots


The Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

"I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep."
~ May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

 Every old tree has dignity and history. Place your palm on the trunk and feel the energy. Imagine the wisdom of each branch, the secret of every leaf.

This tree... was love at first sight for me. I looked up and tried to capture the grandeur and beauty in a photo, but it was as impossible as describing the ocean of laughter all around the beachfront tree.

This Indian Banyan tree stands proudly near the ocean at the Waikiki Moana Hotel. When last measured, the tree spanned 150-feet across and crowned at 75-feet. Planted in 1904, this miracle is on Honolulu's Exceptional Tree List.

"Exceptional" is an inadequate adjective.

Friday, July 30, 2021

You Learn Love By Loving

 "You learn love by loving--
by paying attention
and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done."
Aldous Huxley

You Learn Love By Loving.
Working at the Nursing Home,  I witness the fragility of life and see all the colors of dementia, courage, and joy. We are not here that long: Choose love and kindness when you can.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

In Harmony With Reality


“Impermanence is a principle of harmony.
When we don’t struggle against it,
we are in harmony with reality.”
Pema Chödrön

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Power of Gratitude


"The power of gratitude can be delivered in the smallest of moments."
Vivek Murthy

Hot summer days in Birmingham, Alabama and I continue to be enchanted by the sky and clouds. And of course, I find the shape of hearts formed by the sky. I discover joy when I look up.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Arising And Passing

"Coming and going. Arising and passing…
Everything changes."
Joseph Goldstein

I caught the sun yesterday, dancing with a heart-shaped lens flare in the trees. Ahhh, serendipity and wabi-sabi.

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

It Is Yours


"You wake up in the morning, and lo--

your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours
 of the unmanufactured tissue
of the universe of your life!
 It is yours.
It is the most precious of possessions."

Arnold Bennett

Again, with the sun, my heart rises: May the warmth of the sun create goodness and peace in me. May I radiate kindness to those I connect with today. May we all find rich inspiration, gratitude, and new knowledge in what we see.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

The Source Of Your Joy

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
Thich Nhat Hanh

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 The sky beckons and I am lost in the joy of the colorful moment. Sometimes I hear the laughter of the clouds as they dance around the sun. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Each Heart


"There are similarities, but each heart is different."
Michael DeBakey

I am walking in the light of the sunset, soaking in the colors and sounds.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

The Value of Saying No


"Freedom is control in your own life.
I have more control now than in the past,
and I'm learning the value of saying no.
That's very important."
Willie Nelson

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Never Let Go


“When you have a dream,
you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” 
~Carol Burnett

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Listen to Your Heart


"Listen to your heart.
What does your heart care about?"
Tara Brach

Early morning sunlight dances over the wet grass and my heart insists on a brief detour: The Magnolia Tree is blooming again out front, waiting for me to pick fragrant, juicy flowers for our Nursing Home residents. 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Until The Sun Rises In Your Veins

"Breathe in, 
Breathe out.
Breathe until you feel your bigness,
until the sun rises in your veins.
Breathe until you stop needing anything
to be different."
~ Julia Fehrenbacher

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Out Of The Storm


Birmingham, Alabama

"When you come out of the storm,
you won’t be the same person who walked in.
That’s what this storm’s all about."
Haruki Murakami

After the storm, spectacular dusk colors in the clear sky.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Lightly Child, Lightly

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard.

Lightly child, lightly.
Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen
and lightly cope with them."
Aldous Huxley

The Whole World Is Revealed

In the choice to let go of your
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes."
~ Danna Faulds

Friday, April 30, 2021

It's Resiliency That Really Matters


"All of us get knocked down, but it's resiliency that really matters.
 All of us do well when things are going well,
but the thing that distinguishes athletes
is the ability to do well in times of great stress,
urgency, and pressure."
Roger Staubach

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Other People's Reality


Birmingham, Alabama

"The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality,
and eventually in one's own."
Susan Sontag

Surprise: This surreal sunset to pause and celebrate. A moment where life expands and gratitude lingers like colors on the horizon.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Single Best Thing I Can Do Today


"What is the single best thing I can do today
and make this day an extraordinary one?"
Bernie Siegel

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Monday, April 19, 2021

If I Lose What I Have

"If I am what I have, and if I lose what I have, who then am I?"
Erich Fromm

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Heal Your Life


"You have the power to heal your life,
and you need to know that.
We think so often that we are helpless,
but we're not.
We always have the power of our minds…
Claim and consciously use your power.”
Louise Hay

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Chance To Be Extraordinary


"We must overcome the notion that we must be regular... 
It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary
and leads you to the mediocre."
Uta Hagen

Oh, the sky
the sweet morning sky
a serving of love
a feast of an extraordinary life.

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Clear and Radiant Glory

"The Sun. The bright Sun, that brings back, not light alone,
but new life, and hope, and freshness
to man-burst upon the crowded city
in clear and radiant glory."
Charles Dickens

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Endured, Never Expended


James Wolf, RIP

"There are some griefs so loud
They could bring down the sky,
And there are griefs so still
None knows how deep they lie,
Endured, never expended."
~May Sarton, A Durable Fire, 1972

"Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy." Eskimo Legend

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Help Others To Rise

I am breathing in the sky after a satisfying Saturday working at the facility...

 "Love one another
and help others to rise to the higher levels,
simply by pouring out love.
Love is infectious
and the greatest healing energy."
Sai Baba

And I am waiting for the sunset with a beer, watching the billowy clouds floating above me, and those two birds on the wire.

This moment is punctuation to the nonstop day of movement and hands. Just a quiet chance for me to be grateful, alone, and smiling at the sky.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

A Part Of Others

 "To be a complete person is to be a part of others,
and share a part of them."
Elliot Richardson

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Ecstasy and Sacrament of My Life

"Nothing more do I ask than to share with you
the ecstasy and sacrament of my life."
Emily Dickinson

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When We Hunch


"We lose touch with our wingspan when we hunch."
Martin Shaw

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