Choosing our Elevator and Accomplishing Our Dreams…

“When God puts a dream in your heart, when He puts a promise on the inside of you, He deposits within you everything you need to accomplish that dream.” -Joel Osteen Choose Your Elevator Wisely Series #I - P Edwards Spector 2010 On Hate & Happiness II: Choosing our Elevator & Accomplishing Our Dreams… Yesterday, I shared a post on how an artistic installation in an elevator prompted another perspective; that we can view the image of riding an elevator through the lens of life and its ups and ...

3200 Years Old – 247 feet tall and still growing!

What is 3200 years old, 247 feet tall, measures 45,000 cubic feet in volume, is 27 feet wide and has 2 billion needles? The President of course! Image credit: National Geographic This giant Sequoia is not only awe inspiring, it’s still growing! At the rate of one cubic meter per year he is one of the fastest growing trees in the world, despite his great age. There is only one place on the entire planet where giant sequoias grow; the Sierra Nevadas mountain range ...

God’s Grace: The Day Time Stopped

“When you really look for me, you will see me instantly –you will find me in the tiniest house of time. Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath.” – Kabir cappadocia-region by MargeBotten via NatGeo This week’s prompt gave me much food for thought…   If you could stop time for 24 hours, what would you accomplish? A Meditation Heaven is long-enduring and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus ...

Fun Flower Facts: Tigridia (Tiger Flower)

Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Many of the species are native to Mexico and Guatemala. Tigridias are valued for their large, showy flowers that come in variety of bright colours and attractive sword-like leaves. Flowers come in vibrant reds, pinks, yellow, white and purple. These exotic beauties have 3 large outer petals and 3 small ...

On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words – Honoring Hemingway

“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.” Ernest Hemingway On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... The Old House For Rent, Old House, Rarely Occupied… On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... Doors of Paradise... Happiness, Met Me, At the Door… “The shortest answer is doing the thing.” Ernest Hemingway On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring Hemingway... Timbuktu home One Day, We Met, In Timbuktu… On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words - Honoring ...

Study Officially Links Flowers with Romance

You have probably always considered flowers as a material means of conveying affection, but is this truly because they are powerful psychological triggers of romance, or simply because it’s merely traditional? Well, according to a new study out of coming out of the University of South Brittany in France, Flowers absolutely do have a lasting affect on romance, and a powerful one at that! The study shows that women are substantially more susceptible to the advances of men while in the presence of ...

The Bomb Shelter Game

Back in 1967 when I was a junior in high school, Mr. Farrington, our social studies teacher, came up with an interesting idea that made us all stopthinking about our raging hormones to focus on something nearly as important—survival. The Soviet Union hadn’t crumbled yet and nuclear annihilation remained a distinct possibility, so engaging in a life and death struggle for survival, even if it was only a game, was far more interesting than the usual drivel we were exposed ...

Featured Blogger: Dietmar Fritze – Philosopher. Photographer. Musician & more…

“Meaning and morality of One’s life come from within oneself. Healthy, strong individuals seek self expansion by experimenting and by living dangerously. Life consists of an infinite number of possibilities and the healthy person explores as many of them as possible … The good life is ever changing, challenging, devoid of regret, intense, creative and risky.” Friedrich Nietzsche Featured Blogger: Dietmar in 1965 on his very first car, a Volkswagen Dietmar Fritze is truly an all around renaissance man; he writes music and ...

Best Satire Video of 2012: Whole Foods Parking Lot

We live near Washington, DC which has exposed us to a variety of new experiences – not the least of which is the Whole Foods Market  grocery chain. Living in New York most of my life, I’d never been to a Whole Foods until we moved south of the Mason-Dixon line. In a nutshell it is a high-end grocery store that specializes in selling expensive, sustainable, green-centric organic goods and unpronounceable, exotic vegetables. It’s what the Wegman’s grocery store chain would be if ...

Treasure Haunting

Today I’m packing my bags and heading back to my home town of Worcester Massachusetts for a week. I left there in 1989 with my husband and children, and although I’ve returned for the occasional visit; I miss it. This is where my history began and the people who I shared that history with still lives. My mind is bulging with all sorts of thoughts and expectations. I’m working on my second novel and I’m hoping to do some ...

New Suicide Trend Vs. "It’s a Wonderful Life"

Wonderful Life Character Contemplates Suicide Findings were released today of a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found suicide rates track inversely with the economy – so when things are financially good suicide rates drop, but when the economy slips the self-kill rate goes up. Full details of the study will be published in the American Journal of Public Health and the story from Reuters can be accessed at this link. http://tinyurl.com/3vzjgwr I guess that type of trend should not ...

I’ve Got the World’s Best Daughters…

Yesterday I had my first non-fiction book launch and it went extremely well – in fact, by the middle of the day my book A Question of Faith was ranked the #1 Hot New Release in Amazon’s Religion & Spirituality category. You can check out the Amazon screen shot HERE. But when I got home, there was an even more powerful visual hanging on the outside of our front door for the entire neighborhood to see – the image is captured ...

Write Poetry with Your Bookshelf

Take another look at the titles on your bookshelf (#bookspinepoetry). Do some of them speak to you beyond describing the book itself? They will for sure if you start thinking about them in poems of your own making. I’ve done a brief, four-line poem with the books shown. The poem would look like this: In the bleak midwinter, Listen to the warm– Selling the invisible By cunning & craft. This was a neat idea I first learned about from someone’s tweet awhile back. Wish I ...

Connecting With My Kids….

The girls and I with our new green belts (I'm the one in the middle) I’m so proud of my girls. For the past several months my daughters and I have been attending family karate classes. The school we attend is called BMI Karate and it’s the only dojo we found in a 50 mile radius that has families – adults and kids – take classes together. It’s been a great experience so far and our girls still say they love the ...

Friends Reunite to Talk Writing, Reading

Imagine eight animated adults chowing down at a table like this, in a small town in Maine. (Image credit: Rick Scully) Last Sunday brought together eight of us from last summer’s Stonecoast Writers’ Conference / Novel Writing class. (I wrote about the Stonecoast experience in blog entries on July 22and July 25, 2011.) Sunday’s reunion occurred thanks to the instigation and follow-through by one member in particular, who should get a medal but is characteristically humble about the role he played. We ...

Oooo! Oooo! Oooo!

Teacher: “Okay class, put down your pens. We're going to have an oral pop quiz! Who can define the meaning of living an authentic life?” Oooo! Oooo! Oooo! I feel like a kid raising my hand with the right answer. When I get full of something you know it’s going to overflow into my writing. So, here goes…. I am my authentic self and I am living an authentic life. It’s a funny term when you think of it…authentic self, authentic life. ...

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Dee - 40 Again
January 31, 2012, 7:29 am

Weekly photo challenge – Hope

Hope is a very powerful thing.  Without it, life for some is almost not worth living.  I have been very lucky to have been able  to travel a great deal, quite often on business but mainly for pleasure. Each time I have visited New York, if I have had time, I have joined one of the many boat trips that take tourists out to see  Ellis Island and an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty.

Each time I see Liberty standing guard as she appears to do, I think of the many millions of people, weary and scared as they neared the end of their long journey, seeing her for the first time.  Some refugees, fleeing from persecution;  some emigrants, escaping extreme poverty and hardship and I think of the hope she must have given them, as they sought a new life for themselves and their families.

Dee - 40 Again

Dee - 40 Again

I am a business owner, wife, mother, new grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, mother-in-law, great aunt - lots of different hats! I love my blog where I can write about things that make me smile, that interest or annoy me, I love comments and meeting new bloggers, also rather fond of chocolate - any type and an occasional glass of red wine.♥

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