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A Great Sense of Achievement

Sometimes we set ourselves personal goals swept away on the crest of a wave by a moments reckless enthusiasm or, as in my case on this occasion, after a glass or three of cheap heady red wine. We believe anything is possible if we put our minds to it and of course it is if the goal is realistic. The NANoWriMo was for me one of those moments.Thank goodness I did not decide to become a brain surgeon or walk to ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

The road to positivity is strewn with the abandoned vehicles of the faint-hearted. Peter McWilliams Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned Spaces and Things Even though, I take pictures of all sorts of things, I often don’t take pictures of abandoned buildings because there is usually a sadness about them. But the truth is that at different points in our lives, we move on, abandoning what no longer serves our lives … It is part of our growth process. We must learn to embrace ...

100WCGU: The C Word

“The roman numeral for 100 is C so let’s make it the ‘Big C’. It can be any topic, any genre but to add a twist, each line must begin with a word beginning with the letter ‘C‘!” Click to learn more about 100wcgu ***************** “Can’t you do anything right?” Gretchen slurred. Choking back the tears, Connie was afraid to meet her mother’s hateful gaze. Coloring inside the lines was hard for a six-year-old, but Connie persisted. Clutching a yellow crayon in shaking hands, the little girl tried again. Carefully, ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Last week, on a grandparents day out, we took our little granddaughter to a huge lake with a beach and supervised swimming area. Once we’d found a suitable shady area to set up camp, laid out her blanket so she had a place to crawl, she sat motionless – almost mesmerised as she surveyed all before her. Watching her so lost in her own thoughts I wondered what she could be dreaming about. Is she looking at the breathtaking scenery or ...

Welcome to the Blog Tour de Troops!!

I'll be completely honest with all of you, I haven't participated in a blog tour, so I'm still in the learning process. That being said, this is a great honor to have the opportunity to share our work with the brave men and women keeping us safe and maintaining our freedom.  Over the next few days, my articles will address many levels of various heroes of war, and on November 13th, I will feature my first book, a medieval dark fantasy/action ...

Best Blog Posts of 2011 – #10

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting or funny. With that, here’s the 10th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: Top-10 Traffic Pet Peeves City Traffic Jam - courtesy of Wikipedia For whatever reason, climbing behind the wheel of a car transforms the average rational individual into a self-absorbed idiot. I’m not immune to ...

The Silk Road

We’d left Cappadocia and were driving along the Anatolian plain in central Turkey when our bus pulled off the road and headed down a narrow path, gravel crunching beneath our tires. I had no idea why we were stopping but at least it was an opportunity for me and Mrs. C. to stretch our legs. Our guide informed us that we’d arrived at the Sultanhani Kervansaray. “The what?” I mumbled under my breath. I didn’t remember reading anything about this on ...

How to Grow Hens and Chicks Plant

Today, March 19 is National Poultry Day! While some people may be celebrating this holiday by cooking delicious chicken and turkey recipes, vegetarians can plant a hens and chicks plant! Hens and chicks (sempervivum) is a perennial succulent native to southern Europe, North America and western Asia with more than 60 different varieties. Sizes and shapes will vary. They can range from 10 cm to These rosette-shaped succulents come in shades of green, red, pink, yellow or grey. In addition, they ...

Look, Ma, I'm tatting!

Back in March, my friend Amanda lent me a tatting shuttle and some crochet thread after she had shown me tatting.  Amanda did a demonstration on how to do it, and I thought it looked pretty. A few nights after that, I tried to teach myself.  And I tried.  I just couldn't do it.  I could not get that darn stitch to flip.  I gave up on it.  Until a few nights ago. Oh, what is tatting?  Tatting is a way to ...

‘Tis the Season to Use Branches and Berries in Flower Arrangements!

‘Tis the season to use branches and berries! Take a walk outdoors and let the beauty of nature delight your senses! As you wander and explore your neighbourhood, you will find that inspiration is all around you. Just look at all the fantastic foliage and those branches that have fallen. Branches comes in all kinds of wonderful shapes and forms. Some of them may even have berries! Use these natural elements to create interesting rustic floral arranges while adding height, ...

Snow Shoe Hat: Free Knitting Pattern

As promised, here is a free knitting pattern for based on the little hat I knit while up in Snow Shoe, PA over this past weekend. One little piece of trivia: This is Ludicraft's first birthday!  And I think there is no better way of thanking my readers than to share a new pattern with you.  Let's get rolling. SNOW SHOE HAT PATTERN Snow Shoe is a small town in North/Central Pennsylvania. I go there with my family to relax, unwind, and unplug. ...

Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions…

“The only valid thing in art is the one thing that cannot be explained, to explain away the mystery of a great painting would do irreplaceable harm, for whenever you explain or define something you substitute the explanation or the definition for the” Henri Matisse Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions... purple & pink azaleas Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions... purple lavendar We go through life learning to define things by their given names. We see the world through the lens our ...

Plant Diseases: Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew is a common and easily recognized plant disease caused by a fungus. Fruits, vegetable, flowers and even grasses can be affected. Lilacs, bee balm, phlox, zinnias, and roses are some flowers that can be affected by powdery mildew. Unlike other diseases that require rainfall, powdery mildew will spread quickly during warm, dry days and cool humid nights. Under favourable conditions, the spores are released and spread by wind or insects. Powdery mildew will cause leaves to develop small white spots ...

Red Clover, Red Clover, C’mon Over!

Like the dandelion, some people consider the Trifolium pretenseis to be a weed because they show up uninvited in large numbers on lawns everywhere. Their growth is fast and furious! Red clovers flower within 65 days of planting and will continue to flower every 30-35 days after harvest. These wildflowers will grow in any soil condition and climate. This short-lived perennial belongs in the legume family and can be found growing in the wild all over North America, Europe, Australia and northern ...

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Orea - The Higher Voice

Your Body: Made for Your Pleasure

Good morning.  All is well.  Things are proceeding as they should. Enjoy the rightness of this moment, and then the next. Breathe deeply and enjoy the sensation of filling your lungs, so simple and yet such a pleasure.

Think about it: Your body was set up so that the simplest things, the basic things you do to stay alive, bring pleasure to you, if you pay attention. Eating comes quickly to mind, but move on to the  less obvious, such as breathing.  Even, pardon our expression, using the toilet brings a sense of pleasure and relief, doesn’t it?  A warm shower or bath does, as well, and resting when you are tired.  We could go on and on.

When you consider this, how can you escape the notion that your body and your very life here were actually designed and intended to give you pleasure?

Yet, somewhere, it all went very wrong.  You forgot to pay attention and enjoy your many opportunities each day for enjoyment of your physical casing.  Physical pleasure actually became suspect.  Sexuality became separated from its loving and sacred origins.

Your body became something to subdue to your will, an enemy to be overcome and beaten into shape through force of will.

This was never what was desired or intended by your Creator.  He wanted to give you a physical vessel which you could inhabit with grace, and ease, and yes, pleasure, so that you could experience Life in a new and fuller way.

Someone, a lot of someones, obviously misunderstood.

Love your body, honor your body, but above all, enjoy it.  You won’t have it forever, so appreciate the opportunities it offers you, while they are available.

We love and bless you this day.  What are you having for dinner?

Namaste.

Orea - The Higher Voice

Spirit guides have been talking to me for over twenty years. It's time to share their wisdom. Years ago, I was challenged by God to learn to love, even the unlovable, to love without conditions or caveats. I'm still working on that. I desire to step out of the way and let my God-self flow through me without interruption or obstacles. The rest is small stuff.

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