ORIENTAL FLARE

Still Life with Fruit and Flowers by Henri Matisse

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WITH KEEN OPEN HEARTS

ARTISTS FILL EMPTY SPACES

WITH SIMPLE BEAUTY

…I see artists and writers as having a secret love affair sharing each others’ talents…

…what would you like me to write about and what kind of art would you like to see more of here?…

SUNBURST

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OFF THE CUFF Writing

Kiss The Past Goodbye

Do you have a sad song in your heart?

In the Old Testament Book of Ruth Chapter 1-4, Naomi and her daughters-in-law all lost their husbands.  In faithful fidelity, Ruth followed her mother-in-law Naomi to Bethlehem while Orpah left them.  Two women kissed their past goodbye and Orpha held on to her bitter memories.

Are any of you continuing in this new year with old thinking still?  I approached this question three years ago after my mother’s death; I no longer saw the value of those sad songs in my heart, and I believe my mother’s heavenly prayers helped me to let go.

Regrets, bitterness, loneliness, poor health and missed opportunities — kiss all that goodbye!  For all those closed doors behind you, God foresaw.  Time to protect the ‘perfect’ spirit God breathed into your life.  March is just around the corner, then Spring will pop.  Moving forward and reaching out for new dreams — that’s what we all deserve; better friendships and new work…and peace will emerge.  Kissing the past goodbye begets a higher calling for happiness.

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Flowers by Henri Matisse

May this variegated bouquet delight your senses and spring you on a vibrant life path

 

FIRST FLOWER

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FIRST GARDEN FLOWER

PUSHING UP AGAINST WINTER’S MOSS

LIFE’S BRIGHT DAFFODILS

…my broken right hand, not yet 100% back but healing well and I’m waiting anxiously for winter to die so I can play in the dirt and create an idyllic garden…what about you?…

 

WHAT HOLDS TOGETHER

Woman in a Yellow Hat by Pablo Picasso 1962

WEDNESDAY’S BLESSING

“Everything that touches us, me and you,

takes us together like a violin’s bow,

which draws one voice out of two separate strings.

Upon what instrument are we two spanned?

And what musician holds us in his hand?”

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Do we truly take into account the influence we may have on others in our daily living???

ROCKCLIFF

Rockcliff in Water by Photographer Sudarshan Mondal

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HOLDING ON TO THE ROCK

WITH LIFE’S CURRENTS TOSSING

GOD IS MY STRONGHOLD

…creating this blog allows me to share my life and its lessons with you, not to bore you but just to express my thanksgiving to God for everything that I have experienced – good, mediocre and painful – all of which have blessed me in one way or another.

I cherish and thank you for your audience

FULL BREATH

Bonsai at Shutterstock

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STEPPING INTO NATURE

SEEING FROM ITS PERSPECTIVE

HONOR THE MOMENT

…nature evolves, has that special quality of surprise – showing us something new in everyday encounters…

…what have you noticed different today from yesterday in your special world?…