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Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”  Calvin Coolidge Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started… ♥ Think through that blog name ~ Choose one carefully and think long term ♥ Invest in a custom domain name and use it ~ Buy your name and use it ♥ Brand your blog name across a few social media sites not all ~ Stay involved ♥ Blogging, like any small business, ...

From Here to There

Amsterdam...Part Twee (Dutch for the word two) I am committed to wrap up my travelogue today....yes, I am sure you are eager for me to get back to my normal nonsense (with the word normal being used in the most broad spectrum sort of way).  The problem for today is whittling down this last post as I still had a number of things I originally planned to talk about. Things like cell phone usage in Europe, acquiring health care coverage for ...

Sushi Wednesday: Mikado

I had my first sushi rolls and my friend got what I had last week. One roll was called the "exotic roll" and I forget the name of the other one. One was mild and sweet and the other one was sweet and spicy, but not too spicy. I can't stand when people drown the taste of food in hot sauce or spicy condiments/veggies. This roll had just the right amount of kick. For dessert I got the triple chocolate mouse ...

Share Your World #35

Share Your World, too! 1) Have you ever bungee jumped?  If you haven’t, would you want to? No, I have not and YES, I would love to try it. I suppose some people must enjoy this! The Bungee Jump attracted a fair number of victims – but most people at the “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People” http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/ Summer Fayre simply decided that having a dog for a companion was far safer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 2) For your computer Mac or Windows based computer?  Desktop, laptop, Pad ...

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused / Downtown Lights Richmond Virginia

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused / Downtown Lights Richmond Virginia Taking photos as darkness falls can be challenging. I thought my camera settings were alright for this one but, as frequently happens, they were off a bit. And I was not using a solid surface of some sort to keep the camera still. There was a lot going on and surprisingly enough, something interesting resulted as many of the people sitting around at the folk festival looked like they were beamed ...

Weekly photo challenge – Silhouette

Moon over Spinalonga and sunset over Camp de Mar, Majorca ___ From about the author... ..I love travel, being near the sea, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, Italy, freshly cut grass, the smell of lavender, children’s laughter, the smell of autumn,  Christmas, church bells, freshly baked bread, family holidays, spending time with friends…………….. I have always written stories but confined my work to boxes and drawers, unsure of what to do, unsure of where to go. I recently enrolled on  a creative writing course feeling the time was right for me ...

Wendell Berry: Agricultural Activist

Over the last year I have spent considerable time studying and thinking about food. I have studied the connections between food and health, food and industry, food and the health industry and food and the government. It has been challenging on both an intellectual and an emotional level. I have been overwhelmed with facts and statistics. I have struggled to keep my temper in check. I have worked to be optimistic and not become too cynical. And most of all, I have tried to maintain ...

10 000 Plants Adorn London’s Largest Living Wall

Living walls have been a hot trend in gardening and landscaping for the last few years and the trend doesn’t seem to be going away! Just last month, London, UK unveiled its largest living wall on the side of two prominent hotels near Buckingham Palace. The Rubens at the Palace hotel is the home of an impressive 350 sq. m (3 770 sq. ft). vertical garden, containing 10 000 live plants, which includes ferns, buttercups, crocuses, lavender and winter geraniums.  There ...

Crochet, now?

I figured out how to crochet!  Not well, but I was working on a headband that called for a crocheted border, and I did it!  It looks nice. A few of you may remember one of my previous attempts at crochet some time ago, and I got pretty frustrated with it.  I currently am working on practicing with dishcloths, as seen below, and am attempting that behemoth of first projects:  a scarf. I don't plan on replacing knitting with crocheting.  I just ...

Using Mirrors To Change Your Perspective

Using Mirrors In Painting Using mirrors can be a very useful tool to apply your looking skills. How is it done? The first thing you need to do is to set up a large mirror behind you in your working space. The second thing is to turn around frequently as you work and look at the work in the mirror.  I would have to say this is the single most useful tool that I continue to use on a daily basis. I use this ...

How to make Old Fashioned Rose Skin Cream

Want to make your own lotion? It’s inexpensive and easy to do! Ingredients: 2 tbsp aloe vera gel 3 oz almond oil 1 oz lanolin 2 oz warmed rose water (Learn how to make your own rose water) 1/8 tsp USP borax rose essential oil or perfume (optional) Instructions: In a blender mix aloe vera and almond oil. Pour into top of double boiler and melt in lanolin over the hot water. Remove from heat and slowly add the warmed rose water to which borax has been added, while beating at medium ...

Beautiful Hand-Carved Flower Soaps from Thailand

Believe it or not, these beautiful flowers are actually soaps! Talented Thai artisans create these flowers with nothing more than a bar of soap and a few cutting tools! Soap carving originated in a village in Northern Thailand. The ancient art of soap carving has been passed down from generation to generation. Photos via OddityCentral.com Visitors to Thailand can buy these soaps as souvenirs at the street markets. You can even watch the skillful artists in action as they create these amazing ...

bathroom grief & nature stuff.

milo. snoozing on the back porch. "The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe murderer." ~Paula Poundstone oOo and here is the tale of the little earring that ripped our bathtub out! well, not really. but...sort of. a few years ago, sam & i bought a pair of tiny gold celtic trinity knot stud earrings. we each wore ONE. always. about 10 days ago, on the way to one of my appointments, i realized that my earring was gone! *shit* after calling my previous clients from ...

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 ...

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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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