Friday, May 28, 2010

Neale Donald Walsch:

 "You are living in a dream of your own creation.  Let it be the dream of a lifetime, for that is exactly what it is.  Dream of a world in which love is the answer to every question, the response to every situation, the experience in every moment."

I should attach a smiley face - because that's how this quote makes me feel.


When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, 
do not try to break them,
but bend them with gentleness and time.
            -- Saint Francis de Sales

I'm wondering about this thought.Maybe reading about Saint Francis de Sales will help. 
I have a long-term doozy of a challenge - and, honestly, I've tried every variation of Peace, Love, Gentleness found . . . . 

Any of you have something similar?
Any of you have tips?

Oh, I received a great Memorial Day Email - I'll see if i can post some of it . . .

Brilliant Day to You!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

How many stories and songs fit into a half hour????

It's Thursday.
Every Thursday at 11:30a.
We meet HERE
You never know who you will meet
Today it's "Thursday's Child" Story Time
You're Invited
Then, we'll see how many stories
and songs
in a half hour.

love & love,

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Good Morning!
I'm off to "Tiny Tot Storytime."  I've got Famous Amos Vanilla Sandwich Cookies and "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight."  If you have a little time this morning, pop in, we always have enough for sharing.
love & love,

Wednesday Morning Consideration . . . .

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?
            -- Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Traditional Irish Blessing

This one is fun . . . .

I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.
- - Arthur Hays Sulzberger

off to Baby Bean Story Time!
love & love,

Monday, May 24, 2010

We may go to the moon, but that's not very far. 
The greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us.
            -- Charles de Gaulle

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunshine Award

What a terrific honor! I have been given the Sunshine Award by my friend, the Sunshiny-ist Person I know, Carol. I'm certain you visit her blog "Enjoy The Journey" for your daily fix of encouragement, cheer and inspiration, so you know what I'm talking about.

She says I'm allowed to pass this award along - and, of course, you are allowed - encouraged even - to give this award to others. At this moment I'd like to send/give this lovely recognition to:

Enjoy The Journey

Franciscan Life

Karen Chase - Catch The Story Bug!

Steve Augarde

Steve Givens: Writer + Musician

The Bubble

Stone Goodman

A Thought & A Prayer

Superhero Journal

fine little day

Celtic Lady


I'd like to send an award to everyone on my list
And, if you know me, you KNOW this -
So, post on your blog and send to everyone you love
with my super blessing

love & love,

Friday, May 21, 2010

 "Public speaking takes the nerve of a bullfighter, 
the energy of a night club host, 
and the concentration of a Buddhist monk."

- - Jack Lemon

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Steven Sent this to me - it's so beautiful I just had to share w/you . . .

here's a hint:
you can click on it to see better - click again & it will get bigger

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
            -- Clarence Thomas

Yesterday I was given a wonderful treat.  I had a personal tour of a military base. 

I've visited plenty of military facilities, especially in the West.  I admit it was a very long time ago and the places then were utilitarian and quite frankly not - well, not welcoming.  Okay, when we watch "military movies" we are given a rough and tumble impression - as if our fighting forces live the toughest of lives with sparse supplies, unpleasant conditions and the forces can handle any situation, no matter how "dark." 
 The facilities of my childhood seemed a good backdrop for the "entertainment" found in movie theatres, but NOT a good model for living.

Imagine how surprised I was to see a Beautiful Community.  This place looked like the loving films released (back then in black & while) that upheld the highest dreams our society held.  Yes, there were signs of the ability to defend our nation, if needed - all clean and tidy, some on display, some not - but there were tree lined streets with gorgeous living quarters.  The entire area looked like the best planned community.  There were cushioned tracks for running, gyms, all manner of commerce, including barbers, RV rentals, golf course.
Definitely a place I'd like to live, or at least hang out.

I learned so much and saw so much beauty - then, I got to thinking about me - am I fully prepared to defend those in my care?  It's easy to expand my thinking to include a rather large portion of earth's populace inside my thinking - at least a "neighbor" - usually as "loved one."  I wonder if at any instant I am able to think/believe/pray effectively - to keep those "in my care" with love, peace, health, safety, prosperity . . .

I must work inside myself, until the inside, spiritual life I lead is at least as attractive as the facility visited yesterday.  I wonder if anyone meeting me would like to live close or hang out with me - as I would enjoy doing with the community I saw.  I wonder if I am able to hold them in thought lovingly - keep them in Love,

Well, I see I have work cut out for me . . . . if there were/are Minute Men - humans of honor willing to pick up arms if necessary - Shouldn't I be able to keep myself/my heart in preparedness - to love always?

Given myself a lot to think about today.

Need my heart to be as lovely as the community I experienced.  Guess I'll get to work . . .

Monday, May 17, 2010

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

This quote reminds me of a once famous performer. He had a couple of unusual puppets, of a sort. One was a box, when the box was opened you heard a booming voice declaring, "S'all right!" The other was made during the performance. The performer (Senor Wensas, I believe) would hold his hand in an open fist and draw lips around the opening, then add simple eyes. This puppet would bravely adventure through the situations presented during the act, saying in a small, shaky voice, "I yam not afraid."
("It is easy for you, but deeficult for me." "I yam not afraid.")
There were times I was able to try something that seemed too hard - remembering that puppet.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I heard this in a talk today - and I wanted to share with Carol . . .

 Forgive them anyway.
1. The version found written on the wall 
in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta:
              People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  
            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. 
 Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends 
and some genuine enemies.  
Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  
Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  
Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. 
Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  
Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  
Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God. 
It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa

love & love, g 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
            -- Henry J. Kaiser

(I hope my efforts "say" something for Good.)

Sunday, May 09, 2010

High Recommend


Saturday, May 08, 2010

When you have only two pennies left in the world,
buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
- - Chinese Proverb

There are people whom one loves immediately and forever.
Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.
-- Nancy Spain

Friday, May 07, 2010

Evening Lights Tonight


Two very different Alexanders and a Mother called Empress
click graphic for more information

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind.  To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because 
the challenge exists to make things better.

            -- King Whitney Jr.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Actions lie louder than words.
           -- Carolyn Wells

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Interesting, how we find the same wisdom in all paths of the heart.

The right way leads forward;
The wrong way backward.
Do not proceed on an evil path.
Do not sin in secret.
Accumulate virtue.
Increase merit.
Turn toward all creatures with a compassionate heart.

Assist those in need; and rescue those in danger.

Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain;
and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss.

I used to define myself as a "SpiritWalker"
On June 10th last, I became "maggid."
I am finding it to be the same - only now i have permission.

Two men look out through the same bars:
One sees the mud and one the stars.

-- Frederick Langbridge

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Monday, May 03, 2010

"It's Always Too Early To Quit."

Norman Vincent Peale

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
            -- Eckhart Tolle