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Friday, December 30, 2016

Nature: nothing does it better!







Quotes of the day... 12/30/16

“Hope smiles from the threshold 
of the year to come, whispering 
‘it will be happier’…”
    ~ Alfred Tennyson

“You can get excited about the future. 
The past won’t mind.”
     ~ Hillary DePiano

“Your success and happiness lies in you. 
Resolve to keep happy, 
and your joy and you shall form 
an invincible host against difficulties.”
     ~ Helen Keller

Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/29/16

I don't want my life to imitate art, 
I want my life to be art.
     ~ RIP, Carrie Fisher

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. 
What’s important is the action. 
You don’t have to wait to be confident. 
Just do it and eventually 
the confidence will follow.”
     ~ RIP, Carrie Fisher 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/18/16

“That which before us lies in daily life, 
is the prime wisdom.” 
     ~ John Milton 

“A man is not rightly conditioned 
until he is a happy, healthy, 
and prosperous being; and happiness, 
health, and prosperity are the result 
of a harmonious adjustment 
of the inner with the outer of the man 
with his surroundings.”
     ~ James Allen 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/27/16

I am in favor of animal rights 
as well as human rights. 
That is the way of a 
whole human being. 
     ~ Abraham Lincoln 

“Come friends, it's not too late 
to seek a newer world.”
     ~ Alfred Tennyson 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Christmas Eve!

May our day be joyful,
our night serene,
and may our hopes and dreams 
include warm wishes
for a kind and loving world.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/22/16

"Enlightenment means taking
full responsibility for your life."
     ~ William Blake

"To me, every hour of the day and night 
is an unspeakably perfect miracle." 
     ~ Walt Whitman

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/21/16

Happy Winter Solstice!!

And don't think the garden
loses its ecstasy in winter. 
It's quiet, but the roots 
are down there riotous.
     ~ Rumi

The winter solstice…
A time to dream,
to plant seeds 
in suspended animation,
to draw inward and rest
in preparation for growth…
     ~ paraphrased, Ruth Barret

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/20/16

“…life continues to be sweet.
The basics are still there -
beauty, food, and friendship,
reservoirs of love and understanding.
     ~ Rosamunde Pilcher

“Go and be happy.”
     ~ Rosamunde Pilcher

Excitement invites fun. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/19/16

“You can change your beliefs 
so they empower dreams and desires. 
Create a strong belief in yourself 
and what you want.”
     ~ Marcia Wieder 

Life loves to be taken by the lapel 
and told: I am with you kid. Let's go. 
     ~ Maya Angelou 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/16/16

An exchange of energy
says more than any words could.
We can’t misinterpret 
an exchange of energy.

“Connections are made with the heart, 
not the tongue.”
     ~ C. JoyBell C.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/15/16

“My only advice is to stay aware, 
listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.”
     ~ Judy Blume 

♪ People who need people
are the luckiest people in the world ♪

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/14/16

The kindlier we are to ourselves, 
the kindlier we’ll be to others, 
hence the kindlier life will be to us.
     ~ Stephen Russell

Whatever we project onto the story
is what the story will produce for us 
by way of special effect.
     ~ Stephen Russell

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BE AMAZED!!



If you're crying, if you're laughing, be amazed. 
If you're humiliated, if you're respected, be amazed. 
If you're betrayed, if you're supported, be amazed. 
If you're loved.... well, you're always loved. 
Don't let anything stick. Nothing is final. 
Ride. We're fragile. We're human. 
Be amazed!! 

Quotes of the day... 12/13/16

“The mystery of human existence 
lies not in just staying alive, 
but in finding something to live for.”
     ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“It's life that matters, nothing but life—
the process of discovering, 
the everlasting and perpetual process, 
not the discovery itself, at all.” 
     ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Monday, December 12, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/12/16

Hospitality is the invaluable opportunity 
we have when we host, 
that of welcoming and connecting,
intention and generosity.
     ~adapted, Chloe Carlson

"Dining with one's friends and family 
is certainly one of life's primal 
and most innocent delights, 
one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal."
     ~adapted, Julia Child, via Chloe Carlson

Friday, December 9, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/9/16

Every object and being in the universe 
is a jar overflowing with wisdom and beauty. 
     ~ Rumi 

The more astonished we are
the more life we have in our bodies. 

The pine tree said, "Paint me a sunset."


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/7/16

“Do you know why the Indian 
rain dances always worked? 
Because the Indians would 
keep dancing until it rained.”
     ~ Sherman Alexie 

“...every moment of a life 
should be noticed,
taken seriously,
lived...”
    ~adapted, Sherman Alexie 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Quotes of the day... 2/6/16

“I wanted only to live in accord 
with the promptings which came 
from my true self.”
     ~ Hermann Hesse

“May what I do flow from me like a river, 
no forcing and no holding back, 
the way it is with children.” 
     ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Monday, December 5, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/5/16

“Life takes us by surprise and 
orders us to move toward the unknown - 
even when we don't want to 
and when we think we don't need to.”
     ~ Paulo Coelho 

“If we start without confidence, 
we have already lost half the battle 
and we bury our talents.”
     ~ Pope Francis

“Trust yourself. 
You know more than you think you do.” 
     ~ Benjamin Spock
     

Friday, December 2, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/2/16

“Do stuff... Pay attention. 
It's all about paying attention. 
Attention is vitality. 
It connects you with others. 
It makes you eager. 
Stay eager.”
     ~ Susan Sontag

“Curiouser and curiouser!”
     ~ Lewis Carroll

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Quotes of the day... 12/1/16

“I abandon myself to the fever of dreams,
in search for new laws.”
     ~ Antonin Artaud

I had forgotten that time wasn't fixed like concrete,
but in fact was fluid as sand, or water.
I had forgotten that we are not pinned
to any emotion, situation, or destiny.

     ~adapted, Joyce Carol Oates

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/30/16

“If our life lacks a constant magic 
it is because we choose to observe our acts 
and lose ourselves in consideration 
of their imagined form and meaning, 
instead of being impelled by their force.”
     ~ Antonin Artaud

“When the face in the mirror doesn’t please you, 
turn it into a canvas.” ~ Tablo

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/29/16

You can only advise someone after listening to them, 
absorbing the atmosphere and attitudes of their world.
     ~adapted, Tami Hoag

Everyone is a victim of something.
     ~adapted, Tami Hoag

“I have no desire to spend my life dancing backward.”
     ~ Tami Hoag

Monday, November 28, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/28/16

“We don’t have to 
go far or come up with 
grand projects to be charitable. 
Often the people closest to us 
could use our help.” 
     ~ Pope Francis

The world has been damaged
by the virus of indifference.
     ~adapted, Pope Francis

Community is an art.
It's a patient art, 
it's beautiful art,
it's fascinating.
     ~adapted, Pope Francis

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Late autumn beauty in the park this afternoon :)

Apparently snowflakes do not have exclusivity. 
This late autumn, ground plant shares the design. 
So beautiful, but don't touch. It has extremely protective thorns!


 Late autumn has it's own beauty!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/23/16

“Gratitude can transform common days 
into thanksgivings…
and change ordinary opportunities
into blessings.”
     ~ William Arthur Ward

“Remembering with thanks 
is what causes us to trust – 
to really believe.”
     ~ Ann Voskamp

“Thanksgiving creates abundance.”
     ~ Ann Voskamp

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
No quotes tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Quotes of the day...11/22/16

“A wise man once said that all 
human activity is a form of play. 
And the highest form of play 
is the search for truth, beauty and love.
     ~ Arthur C. Clarke 

“If you can say 
'I have learned' and 'I have loved,' 
you will also be able to say 
'I have been happy.”
     ~ Arthur C. Clarke 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/21/16

“Those who receive the truth
are those who see beyond its disguise.”
     ~adapted, Gina Greenlee

“New insights from being present are a gift.”
     ~ Gina Greenlee

“An unlimited supply of wonder and trust,
bolsters life lived as a process of discovery.”
     ~ Gina Greenlee 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Whenever you want to feel good, watch this!


Charlie Rose and Jon Stewart 11/17/16

Stewart said America wages a fight “against ourselves” because it is not “natural.”

“Natural is tribal. We’re fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever-- that’s what’s exceptional about America and that’s what’s, like, this ain’t easy,” Stewart said. “It’s an incredible thing.”


Friday, November 18, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/18/16

Truth can only be gleaned
moment by moment
via and open heart and mind.

“It is very important in life 
to know when your cue comes.” 
     ~ Søren Kierkegaard

Silence is our one true confidant.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/17/16

“When you feel yourself resisting differences, 
lean into them instead,
and have fun with what happens.”
     ~ Gina Greenlee

“Mistakes help to sharpen your next steps. 
They don’t prove that you shouldn’t try again.” 
     ~ Gina Greenlee

“When your safety is in question follow your intuition. 
It will help you balance along the precipice
between vulnerability and adventure.” 
     ~ Gina Greenlee

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/16/16

“To commune with your heart and soul, 
be willing to go out of your mind.” 
     ~ Gina Greenlee

Open to life…
“Cultivate the art of maximizing 
serendipitous opportunities.”
     ~  Gina Greenlee

Sometimes we didn’t even know
we had the question
until the answer showed up.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/14/16

“Any form of negative rumination—for example, 
worrying about your financial future or health—
will stimulate the release of destructive neurochemicals.”
     ~ Andrew B. Newberg 

Words will influence 
your happiness, your relationships, 
and your personal wealth.
     ~adapted, Andrew B. Newberg 

“Words are life. Carefully choose your words.”
     ~ Lailah Gifty Akita 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Treasures on the trails today!

Can you see the moose head in the moss covered, downed tree? 
Art is everywhere!


"There is nothing more powerful than your true nature. 
It is fearless, it has purpose, and it serves humanity." 
~ Cynthia Hull 
♪ And I see your true colors shining through ♪ 
~ Cindy Lauper



Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day, morning hike :)

“There's a language to nature. It speaks to us constantly, 
through animals and stones and trees...” 
~ Jillian Kristina


Orange is one of the Universe's favorite colors... stuck it right there between red and yellow as the second color in the rainbow. He decorates entire forests with shades of orange every autumn. It shows up in sunrises at the start of the day, sunsets at the end of the day, and in the glow of the moon at the right time of night. ~adapted, Reggie Joiner 


Quotes of the day... 11/11/16

“Nature's wisdom teaches us that 
where life is in motion, it's healthy; 
where it's stagnant, it's dying.”
     ~ Julia Butterfly Hill

“We live in a world that is full of problems,
 and we are the solutions to those problems.” 
     ~ Julia Butterfly Hill

“Nothing contributes so much 
to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose” 
     ~ Mary Shelley

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/10/16

"The only true disability is a crushed spirit; 
a spirit that's been crushed doesn't have hope."
     ~ Aimee Mullins

“Intend everything to work to your advantage 
despite not knowing how it possibly could, 
and it tends to do so.”
     ~ Stephen Russell

“Come dance with me.
Come dance with me.
Come dance with me.”
     ~ Hafiz

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/9/16

"I want to surround myself 
with things that make me feel good."
     ~ Stephen Huneck

"I’ve received inspiration 
to accomplish certain things in life, 
and that figures into a bigger equation. 
You have to give to get."
     ~ Stephen Huneck

There’s a magical quality to life
when we view everything we do as art,
our work, our play, our relationships.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/8/16

“Whatever may be the tensions
and the stresses of a particular day,
there is always lurking close at hand
the trailing beauty of forgotten joy
or unremembered peace.”
     ~ Howard Thurman

By choosing peace and joy,
for no particular reason other than to feel it,
we attract beautiful things into our lives.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/7/16

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor.
Sail, not drift.”
     ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt 

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement 
and the thrill of creative effort.”
     ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

 “Remember, remember always, 
that all of us, and you and I especially, 
are descended from immigrants 
and revolutionists.”
     ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/4/16

“Life is an unanswered question, 
but let's still believe in the dignity 
and importance of the question.”
     ~ Tennessee Williams 

“Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”
     ~ Tennessee Williams 

“There is only one true aristocracy . . . 
and that is the aristocracy of passionate souls!”
     ~ Tennessee Williams 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/3/16

“Let me give you some advice: 
Try to approach things without 
preconceived ideas, without 
supposing you already know 
everything there is to know about them. 
Get that trick down and you'll be 
surprised at what's really all around you.”
     ~ Charles de Lint   

So attend wholly to the one thing before you. 
And the radiance of the entire universe 
will dwell in that one small thing. 
     ~ Gerald Grow 

Be your authentic, creative, unique, 
weird, funny, unusual, and lovable self.
     ~ Doreen Virtue 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Quote of the day... 11/2/16

     “Not only do we all have magic, it's all around us as well. We just don't pay attention to it. Every time we make something out of nothing, that's an act of magic. It doesn't matter if it's a painting or a garden, or an abuelo telling his grandchildren some tall tale. Every time we fix something that's broken, whether it's a car engine or a broken heart, that's an act of magic.
     And what makes it magic is that we *choose* to create or help, just as we can choose to harm. But it's so easy to destroy and so much harder to make things better. That's why doing the right thing makes you stronger.
     If we can only remember what we are and what we can do, nobody can bind us or control us.”    ~ Charles de Lint 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Quotes of the day... 11/1/16

“Don't forget - no one else 
sees the world the way you do, 
so no one else can tell the stories 
that you have to tell.”
     ~ Charles de Lint 

“You've got to find yourself first. 
Everything else'll follow.”
     ~ Charles de Lint

“Look inside yourself for the answers - 
you're the only one who knows 
what's best for you. 
Everybody else is only guessing.”
     ~ Charles de Lint 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/31/16

“Sometimes life seems like a poorly designed cage 
within which man has been sentenced to be free.” 
     ~ Sheldon B. Kopp 

“All of the truly important battles 
are waged within the self.”
     ~ Sheldon B. Kopp 

In the long run we get no more than 
we have been willing to risk giving. 
     ~ Sheldon Kopp 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Protecting Your Dog From Pain

"By the time they are 3 years old, most dogs already show signs of gum disease (also called periodontal disease). As a result, dogs may be at risk for some of the same problems that chronic infection can cause in people, including heart, liver, and kidney problems.

"Pets don't show pain from dental disease," says Tony M. Woodward, a veterinary dentist in Colorado. "When they're in pain I wish dogs would paw at their faces or stop eating, but they don't."

As a matter of fact, your dog can have a mouthful of abscessed teeth and still eat just fine, Woodward says.

"That's the main reason why people should care about dental problems in pets: It hurts them," he says."

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/brushing-dogs-teeth-beneficial

Take small steps. Don't give up because you can't accomplish every step right away!

Friday, October 28, 2016

"No one is useless in this world 
who lightens the burdens of another." 
     ~ Charles Dickens 

"Kindness is the golden chain 
by which society is bound together."
     ~ Goethe 

“There is some good in this world, 
and it's worth fighting for.” 
     ~ J.R.R. Tolkien 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Quotes of the day...

“I ask not for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.”
     ~ Louisa May Alcott

Far away there in the sunshine 
are my highest aspirations. ..
I can look up and see their beauty, 
believe in them, and…
follow where they lead. 
     ~ Louisa May Alcott

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/26/16

“Cry. 
Forgive. 
Learn. 
Move on. 
Let your tears 
water the seeds 
of your future happiness.”
     ~ Steve Maraboli

Do not let your fire go out, 
spark by irreplaceable spark…
Do not let the hero in your soul perish…
What you desire, what you deserve
can be won. It exists… it is real…
it is possible… it's yours.
     ~ Ayn Rand

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/25/16

“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, 
and seize whatever prey 
the heart long for, and have no fear. 
Everything exists, everything is true, 
and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.”
     ~ W.B. Yeats

“Think like a wise man but communicate 
in the language of the people.”
     ~ W.B. Yeats

“There is another world, but it is in this one.” 
     ~ W.B. Yeats

Monday, October 24, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/24/`6

“I simply knew that I was peculiar 
and that I was a puzzle to those around me. 
I was also learning that this weirdness 
was a part of me that was not to be extinguished.”
     ~ Nick Offerman 

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. 
Only when we discover it for ourselves 
does it become common ground and a 
common bond and we cease to be alone.”
     ~ Wendell Berry 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/21/16

“Find out what makes you kinder, 
what opens you up and brings out 
the most loving, generous, 
and unafraid version of you—
and go after those things as if nothing else matters. 
Because, actually, nothing else does.”
     ~ Nick Offerman 

“Always maintain the attitude of a student. 
When a person thinks they have finished learning, 
that is when bitterness and disappointment can set in...” 
     ~ Nick Offerman

The calmer I become, the more I enjoy my day. 
The more I enjoy my day, the more people enjoy me 
and the more they want to see me in my enjoyment.”
     ~ Nick Offerman 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/20/16

“When your heart is broken, 
you plant seeds in the cracks 
and pray for rain.” 
     ~ Andrea Gibson

“We have all fought for our lives 
more than we know, 
survived our own questions.” 
     ~ Andrea Gibson

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. 
The purpose of life is to give it away.” 
     ~ Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/19/16

From my friend and writer, 
the fiery and fierce, 
Jillian Locke ♥ 

“We need to know the prey we hunt 
before we string our bows 
and focus our energy. 
We need to see the beasts (goals) we seek. 
We need to be clear on why 
this conquest matters so much (process), 
and we need to give ourselves over wholly 
to the energy of the wood (trust) 
and the cunning of our heart (instinctual love) 
if we are to see the tracks, weaving through 
the roots and hidden beneath the fallen leaves.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/18/16

There are lenses we use to see the world;
Anger, joy, pessimism, optimism, etc.
Each experience will be perceived
according to the lens we choose
to see through.

“All the world is made of faith, 
and trust, and pixie dust.”
     ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

It’s a wonderful thing,
believing in people.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Quotes of the day... 10/17/16

“No matter what happened to you in your past, 
you are not your past, you are the resources 
and the capabilities you glean from it. 
And that is the basis for all change.”
     ~ Jordan Belfort 

“I’m not saying that you should deny 
the difficult events of your life. 
But the fact that you survived 
is also a wonderful story to tell. 
And that story, the story of the way 
you came through a difficult situation, 
found resources within yourself 
or outside of yourself, 
taken from that experience what you wanted 
and what you didn’t want going forward — 
that is a story that can inspire 
you and others to heal and grow.”
     ~adapted, Golda Poretsky