Sit comfortably and close your eyes while focusing on your breath. Deepak Chopra said thoughts will interfere but that is normal. He said to continue sitting quietly while focusing on your breath.

Turn your focus to your heart and ask yourself the following question: “What is my highest vision for my health and well-being?” Allow all the images you see in your mind to flow throughout your mind.

Next, ask yourself the question “What is my highest vision for love and relationships in my life?” Again, do not go looking for the answer in your mind. Let the answer naturally come to you in the form of sensations, images and thoughts.

The third question to ask yourself is “What is my highest vision for the realization of my goals and success in life?” Again, let the answer come naturally.

Ask yourself this final question, “How do I get in touch with my higher self, my spirit, so I can be inspired, creative and unleash my imagination to exercise free will?”

Deepak Chopra said this whole process should take about three minutes of your time. Dr. Oz said this simple meditation process can unleash your full potential and help you reduce the stress in your life.

I focus on Jesus’ love and protection while in this state rather than Buddha


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Happy Independence Day . . .

No summer is complete without a celebration of the American spirit under a sky of beautiful fireworks.  Enjoy the day and keep safe . . .


I often jokingly say that I was born in the building featured in the photo by Scott Spaulding as I worked in a law office located in the Lincoln Tower for many years.

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Happy First Day of Spring . . .

Man, you just can’t trust Ole Man Winter. He never gives up!
He danced that famous teasing tango with Lady Spring last night.
Yep, we got some of that white stuff in the Midwest, but not a whole lot . . . .


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Like a Rock . . .


My Rock is a river flowing deeply within my soul giving
strength in all that I do. When I’m weak, He makes me strong
like a rock . . .


Because of You

You are my strength, order and salvation
In a world created by absolute perfection –
Because of you, light and stardust sprinkle,
Stars in our space galaxy lovingly twinkle

You are synergism between heaven and earth,
The gateway to glory by miracle of virgin birth –
Because of you, my life is blessed with increase,
With grace sufficient, blazing pathways to peace

You are finest at performing acts of intercession,
Prayerfully echoed by golden bowls of expression –
Because of you, I sing praises for your blessings,
Forgiveness pardoning sinful ways by confessing

You are the river that flows deeply within my soul,
The key to knowledge helping me strive to be whole –
Because of you…

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Valentine’s Day Nears an End with Dark Breaking News . . . . . . .


What a sad occasion on this Magical Day of Love, February 14th, to have foreboding news arrive via the enchanted forest that Cupid has been seriously injured with an arrow through his head.

We will have more details later; but rumor has it Cupid’s hands were slippery from a 20-pound chocolate heart he had been gnawing on for weeks. It has been reported he had already eaten a butt-load of the heart before his accident.

What a way to end Valentine’s Day!

Stay tuned . . . .


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Hello February With Love

Hello February

“Learn to Love with all your heart & accept the unlovable sides.  For everyone can Love a rose but only a great heart can include the thorns.”  Unknown

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The Importance of Native Sumac

Such an informative and beautiful post of nature. I will definitely look into growing Native Sumac. What about you?

The Iris and the Lily

Numerous articles have been penned extolling the virtues of native plants.  The West Virgina Native Plant Society  has posted this article

Native Shrubs in wildlife landscaping

Exotics or invasive species squeeze out natives and diminish populations of both flora and fauna.

Terrestrial orchid flower Epipactis Helleborine  2 A Beautiful Invasive weed – Helleborine epipactis

In order to preserve our native ecosystems we need to recognize the importance of our natives.

Reflection of the sumac stand

This stand of sumac was a mass of shrubs when we became the caretakers of this farmstead.

3 flicker birds on sumac Northern Flicker

We carefully thinned out the stand and today we have sumac trees which feed our native bird population.

Titmouse bird on sumac Tuffed Titmouse

If you have Staghorn sumac growing on your property consider allowing them to reach their full potential.

Blue Jay  bird on sumac Blue Jay

American robin bird on sumac in winter American Robin

Both you and native wildlife will be rewarded!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on sumac Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker on sumac Downy Woodpecker

Ficker bird on sumac Northern Flicker

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Standing on a street corner named desire,
Shivering within from rawness of the wind,
Stolen loss of body heat, I dream of fire
As the bitter chill frosts every body limb;

Hugging my garment tighter, feeling naked,
Night air tantalizing my neck with icy breath,
Exotic embraces become nearly sacred,
Tearing away like sensation of death;

Clouds spewing misty sentiments of rain,
Exhilaration razors as I view the sky,
Brutal exposure causing frenzy of pain,
Scattering of sharp hail flying by;

Rigorous fingers of bitter polar force,
Behave as an amorous lover demanding,
Invading, probing his titillating course,
While on this corner I’m standing.


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If Only I Hadn’t Written This Post…

Here are some thoughts to embrace about God Winks through the wings of a butterfly. I’m definitely going to have to ponder those thoughts some more about those special memories of being in tune with surroundings and living in the now.

An Upturned Soul




If only I hadn’t written this post then I wouldn’t be where I will be then.

Look at the mess I am about to make, the worst part of it is that I think this is good, a good idea, as I am doing it, more than that I feel excited at the prospects which I envision rippling outwards from this tiny insignificant pebble being thrown into the swirling, turbulent ocean which looks like a placid pond… because I need it to appear that way. If I saw it the way that it actually is, then I wouldn’t do this. Which I shouldn’t do, but I am going to do it anyway, I have to do it, the compulsion is greater than the repulsion. And this isn’t just about me, even if it sometimes appears that way.

Life was so much better before I started living it forwards.

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When a Picture Won’t Tell the Story

I find it somewhat necessary to write about last night’s dinner evening in order to totally absorb it.  The company, food and service were all excellent despite not getting a request fulfilled for a favorite table in a quieter area along with minor distractions.  The room was instead reserved for a pre-wedding event.

I was desirous of catching up on conversation about my friend’s Italy trip among many other things. However, with the waitress interaction and the continual activity of other people meeting, walking by and some stopping to talk, it made it impossible.  Some of my favorite Halloween photos taken at this dining restaurant many years prior were shared because we could pass them around the table. That was about it, besides minor bits of conversation.  The evening became  hustle-bustle, holiday-like or New York-restaurant type of atmosphere.

I guess all in all, the night was not at all what I expected filled with a favorite table, quiet music and a somewhat serene atmosphere.  I had chosen to meet with friends on this Friday evening event because of wanting to take a walk down memory lane and there being blue-grass music entertainment.  The Venice is well-known for its excellent food, family atmosphere and beyond-festive-holiday events such as Halloween and St. Patrick‘s Day.

As I have missed attending this dining spot throughout the years, I now also miss altogether our Mexican restaurant that closed last year, and oh how I miss our Friday night hot spot that closed nearly 4-5 years ago.  The Venice still is going strong after many, many, many years of service.  I hope this to not be a sign of what may be forthcoming.

What best describes the experience is that we are meant for ongoing unexpected experiences for we know the only thing constant  is “change.”  All in all, it was great and we did fill “expected moments with friends” and cola glasses as we look forward to many more gatherings throughout the years.  We know they will be filled with unexpected moments while looking forward to new experiences as well.  It’s very comforting to hold on to the familiar before they become fond memories.

I post a song  by Andrea Bocelli as it appears music and The Venice Restaurant will be the closest to a little piece of Italy that I will come.

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