Tuesday Tunes: The Concert

  Last Tuesday, I mentioned that my friend, Rhonda and I were planning to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in concert on Saturday.  Well, we set off from Virginia early Saturday morning and arrived in Philadelphia that evening.  It was a long drive and day, but it was worth it.  The concert was fantastic, and we had so much […]

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Friday Farm Favorites: There’s No Place Like Home

I’m truly grateful for this place…Green Hill Farm.  And, what I’ve come to realize is that no matter the challenges of living here, my love for this farm is constant and irreplaceable.  I love it for its enduring ability to lift my spirits, fill my heart, and give my life direction.  The very thought of it…is joyful.   I hope these photos of Green Hill Farm bring a bit of joy to your day.  Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂    

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Tuesday Tunes: Optimistic Defiance

My good friend, Rhonda and I are going to see Tom Petty in concert this weekend.  So, I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite Tom Petty tunes as well as the answer to a question that was part of an award from a fellow blogger.  A while ago, the joyful and effervescent Ritu of the blog, But I Smile Anyway, nominated me for the STARLIGHT Blogger Award.  She asked, “Which song would you use as the soundtrack to your life?”  Here’s my answer. I don’t know if I could narrow it down to just one song.  I’d probably choose a couple from the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album called, Anthology: Through the Years, namely:  “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and “Learning to Fly.” I chose these songs, because they speak to me about the journey of life.  I like how the metaphors of driving down a road, weather, and flying are used regarding life’s ups and downs as well as encompassing the lessons of faith and perseverance.  I also really LOVE the note of optimistic defiance in the lyrics. I think most of us can identify with the metaphor of life as a road in the song, “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” We start out on a sunny day, believing in our goals and dreams and that “anything is possible.”  And, as we’re heading down the road of life, we run into those people or circumstances that are stumbling blocks rather […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Hold On….

Farmgirl sharing a moment of joy with Sweet Sadie Circa 2006   “It was a very ordinary day, the day I realised that my becoming is my life and my home and that I don’t have to do anything but trust the process, trust my story and enjoy the journey. It doesn’t really matter who I’ve become by the finish […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Melt With You

  Basilica di San Lorenzo Chapel of the Princes Florence, Italy   It’s summertime, and the living is….well, HOT!  Hot enough to melt! The temperatures have been soaring into the 90 degree F. range not only in the Southern United States but in many other places as well.  So, the idea (or at least the memory) of something cold and […]

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Learning To Fly…

View from Cortona Tuscany, Italy May 2017       “Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” ~Dorothy Thompson   “Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” ~Carol Pearson   “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lao-tzu  

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So Many Reasons to Love London

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” ~Samuel  Johnson   I first visited London when I was 21 years-old.  I was on a study abroad program while an undergraduate at Hollins College (now Hollins University)—a four-year, private women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia.  To this day, I believe that my time living and studying abroad had […]

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Tuesday Tunes: Ode to a Butterfly

  One warm day last week, while walking Bizou and Dash in our awakening garden—awash with budding lilacs and daffodils, a tiny, blue butterfly flitted by us.  Bizou, our 10-month-old puppy, promptly jumped, chased, and frolicked after this unwitting insect—performing all manner of twists and hops to catch it. Anyway, it was such a joyful sight that I was inspired […]

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