Thursday, March 17, 2011

welcoming and creating serenity

When the outside world feels heavy and formidable,
 I feel many of my own actions seem  insignificant in relation to
the enormity of  the issues or attempts to be helpful enough,
it is then that I look to bring serenity and lightness to my world.
 This project is something that I have been working on,
 the camera only captured part of it as it's quite large.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

for tomorrow . . .

I don't know the history of this vase. It belonged to my mother and I have always loved it. I still love it everytime I look at it.  The birds and flowers remind me of the delicate beauty of Japan. And in honor of all the hardships that the Japanese are going through, this is a reminder to me that with faith and perseverance somehow tomorrow comes. For the people of Japan and those that love and care for them . . . May there be happiness and beauty in their tomorrows.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

You . . .

                                                          Important things are simple.

Friday, March 11, 2011

sharing a moment

With everything that is going on in the world right now . . .
I share with you a moment of
 serenity and hope.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A paying it forward - thanks

Paying it forward . . .

      in today's mail I received a lovely  envelope with a surprise in it from my friend and fellow blogger Lori Anderson at
     It makes me happy to get something in the mail that isn't a bill, advertisment or junk mail. Not too often do we get fun mail. Personal snail mail is becoming rare.
     I remember as a child, my uncle used to write letters to me, of everyday simple things. Just getting the envelope addressed to me made me happy and feel special.
     Lori's envelope took me back to that time. Thank you Lori. Won't you stop by and visit her at her blog, she really does have pretty things to show you and kind words to share as well.

In honor of paying it forward . . . if you send your name and address (no matter where in the world you live) to my email (check my profile page, it's there), I'll be sending out a few Paying it forwards myself . . . maybe one to you. Won't you consider sending someone a snail mail, think of how much you appreciate it.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A story worth repeating . . .

Now,  I'll be honest . . . that's the best way to be anyway isn't it? 
 I didn't write this next little story, and the site I borrowed this from says that they didn't write it either . . . so I'm not sure who to give credit to.  But I really liked it and wanted to share it with you.

     Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived; Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge and all the others, including Love.
One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So all the feelings prepared their boats to leave. Love was the only one that stayed.

     She wanted to preserve the island paradise until the very last possible moment. When the island was almost totally under water, Love decided it was time to leave. She began looking for someone to ask for help.
Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked, Richness, “Can I come with you on your boat?”
Richness answered, “I am sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere.”
Love decided to ask Vanity, who was passing by in a beautiful vessel. Love cried out, “Vanity, help me please!” “I can’t help you,” Vanity said, “You are all wet and will damage my beautiful boat.”
Next Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, “Sadness please let me go with you.” Sadness answered, “Love, I'm sorry, but I just need to be alone now.”
Then, Love saw Happiness and cried out, “Happiness, please take me with you.” But Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn't hear Love calling him.

     Love began to cry, then she heard a voice say, “Come love, I will take you with me.” It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived on land, the elder went on his way.
Love realized how much she owed the elder and when she met Knowledge she asked, “Who was that who helped me?”
“It was Time,” Knowledge answered. “But why did Time help me when no one else would?,” Love asked.
Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity, answered,
“Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is.”

Friday, March 4, 2011

I've got your back

It feels good to know that someone is in your corner and believes in you.