Got Tenacity?

  This sunflower inspires me.  I’ve planted these cheerful blooms in my garden a number of times, and they haven’t come up–maybe, because the birds ate the seeds.  I really don’t know.  But, two summers ago, this little sunflower sprung up in our backyard of its own volition.  It didn’t just grow….it thrived.  To my surprise and joy, it bloomed […]

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And Then There Was Bizou

For those of you who follow this blog, you may remember Maud.  Maud was our beloved bluetick hound dog, who became ill in July 2015 due to an autoimmune disorder.  I wrote a number of posts about her illness as well as her progress, and finally her passing on April 8, 2016.  It was a joy to know Maud.  She […]

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Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

     I think someone once said that life is supposed to be challenging. Well, yes, the statement is true enough.  But, somehow, many of us believe that things should go smoothly a good part of the time.  Most of us work towards this end, and we count on it.  Then, when life goes awry, we’re upset, angry, and disappointed.  We dread challenges and vexation.  I’ll be the first to admit that I work very hard to keep my life on course.  I’m an “all your ducks in a row” kinda girl.  I follow the rules, keep my word, and act decently–treating others as I would like to be treated.  I basically over-analyze most situations, teasing out the pros and cons before making a decision.  However, despite my good intentions and best efforts, challenging stuff still happens.      Maybe, if we modified our view of challenging circumstances as a normal part of life, we wouldn’t be so surprised and upset when they occurred.  Also, what if we stopped interpreting the stuff that happens as positive or negative.  It’s happening, let’s try to accept it, and move through it.  You know, let’s stop judging the stuff.  Of course, this is easier said than done.  On the surface, some stuff looks pretty negative–even devastating at times. Which brings me to a quote by Elizabeth Gilbert that I absolutely love:  “Ruin is a gift.  Ruin is the road to transformation.” What if the […]

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Firefly Forest

  Welcome to a place of stillness, beauty, kindness, and compassion.  A magical realm that delights the heart and lifts one’s spirits.  Take a journey through Firefly Forest and experience the creative endeavors of a few, whose humanity touched the lives of many. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to enjoy a short film called, The Gnomist.  You may […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Unconquerable Soul

Bermuda   “Invictus”   Victorian poem by English poet, William Ernest Henley 1849-1903     Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.   In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.   Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.   It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.     Because….. sometimes, life is a little like a difficult relationship.     “Knock me down it’s all in vain, I get right back on my feet again.”   ~Pat Benetar    

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