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Conversations In The Garden: On Find...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Finding My Power

Message from the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: “As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you […]

Conversations in the Garden-On Persev...

Conversations in the Garden-On Perseverance

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill     If my gardens have taught me anything in the last 20+ years, it is the lesson found in this wonderful quote.  And oh how I have stumbled and bumbled around in my garden.  Planting mint or anything in the mint […]

Morning Time

Morning Time

“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing […]

Conversations in the Garden-On Self-N...

Conversations in the Garden-On Self-Nourishment

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self.” ~Brian Andreas     A few months ago I participated in a free online course where 30 inspiring people shared their thoughts and practices on self-love.  It was […]

Poetry Sunday-Lazy Days

Poetry Sunday-Lazy Days

  Lazy Days     Lazy days return with warm, soft breezes. Regaining my senses, my natural rhythm, I wake with the sunrise.  To go swimming and wading in the creek, Exploring meadows to pick fresh, fragrant flowers.     There are afternoon naps beneath tall trees, Gazing at clouds to spy a ship, a […]

Poetry Sunday-Love In My Garden

Poetry Sunday-Love In My Garden

  Love In My Garden     Love is whispered as the gentle breeze blows, And catches the light in the morning glow.     It sparkles in the early dew, And kisses each flower as the day renews.     Sit in the garden now and drink it up. Let nature be your loving cup. […]

End of Month Potpourri-May 2015

End of Month Potpourri-May 2015

“People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much…But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.”  ~ William Maxwell     As I end this special month of my birth, now another year […]

Surrender

Surrender

“I wonder if pain comes from surrendering or resisting?”  ~Donna Lynn Hope     I have been taking stock recently of my life.  This journey in retirement has been interesting, and has taught me many things so far.  With a year into this journey, I am not sure sometimes if I am where I am […]

Creating Pure Joy

Creating Pure Joy

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”  — Erich Fromm     One of the habits I have lost along the way was the ability to have fun.  I noticed it only recently when I was taking stock of myself and my habits after being retired for almost a year.  I did things that […]

Conversations In The Garden-On The Fr...

Conversations In The Garden-On The Freedom To Soar

“If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free.” ~Ajahn Chah      As the New Year dawned, I was excited for all the adventures and changes that I imagined […]

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Confessions of a Perfectionist

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe     It came as a complete surprise when I realized that I was a perfectionist.  I had been told before, in jest, that I was a perfectionist.  But I always shook it off and said, “no way”. […]

Tearing Down The Walls

Tearing Down The Walls

Be the kind of person you would like to be with. Some people come into our lives, make footprints on our hearts and we are never the same. People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.  ~Joseph F. Newton      With retirement comes major changes in one’s life.  I anticipated many.  The extra […]

Poetry Sunday-Trees

Poetry Sunday-Trees

I Am The Tree   Erect I stand, strong of will. Defying the wind, and all nature can swill.   I cast my eyes to take in the scene, While all around is washed white and serene.   The strength of my roots and courage in my stance, Will serve me well in life’s new dance. […]

Finding The Productive Path

Finding The Productive Path

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need […]

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

 “Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”  ~Ann Landers   I have been toying with the idea of retirement for a few years now.  As I neared the […]

Walking A True Path

Walking A True Path

This post was originally published 9/24/13 on Vision and Verb.  I am updating it a bit at the end. “Only by its own roots does a tree stand tall and only by its own light does the sun shine brightly and bring life to our world. So it is with you – only when you’re trusting, […]

Living From Happiness

Living From Happiness

“Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” ~Chuang-Tse   I don’t know when it all started, but for a very long time I was not a happy person…or should I say I could not maintain any sort of happy feeling for very long.  My happiness was a barometer that measured how things were going […]

Favorite Quote This Week:

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ~ Aristotle

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