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I read this quote yesterday in my favorite magazine….Where Women Create….and it made me stop and wonder….
“I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”
It is final….I have a rare breast cancer….it is only 1 %of all breast cancers and it seems….I HAVE IT. After visits with oncologist and our cancer care doctor….it appears to be a cancer that does not react well to treatments … does not extend life much at all. I was told that if I wanted chemo they would go ahead with it…but I am not about to spend the next 6-9 months dealing with the many side effects that would truly interfere in my life as it is right now….so…..it will be no treatments. That was difficult to swallow at first and my husband and I had to take a week to deal with it all. I spent many hours writing emails , talking on the phone, and sitting with friends and family discussion it all. I had decided that if I was going to die….I wanted those in my life to be a part of the whole process and so shared and shared and shared. It was a stressful few weeks but now that it has been done….I am so much calmer. At first I was so mad….m ad…mad, then so very scared, but for some reason now….it is aa if a page turned and a calmness crept in and life is ok now. My husband is the very best…he lets me talk about thoughts that float around in my head….and he is doing the same which makes it all so comfortable. Making sure all our stuff was in order, banks, power of attorney , will , palliative care, insurances and more has been important. We want to get all our ducks in a row so when the time comes ….things will go smoothly for everyone. I will have to stop here for today….lots to do. thanks for listening.
Winter would not feel so cold if our yards could look like this….
even with the snow all around..
.this sure would be nice to see in the morning.
Here are some other beautiful flowers to cheer you up during this long cold winter some of us have been going through.
Look very carefully at them and you will find they are made up f painted bodies. How cool is that???
How many heartbeats does one person have in a lifetime??
An old friend from years past got me thinking about this…heartbeats…how many have I used and how many do I have left…and how exactly will I spend them?
So…let’s say I live to be 75 (average life expectancy) …that gives me 15 more years of heartbeats at a rate 72 of beats a minute…to use…I am not going to bore you with the math.
Hmmm….it seems I have used up a good percentage of MY available heartbeats…so I had better not waste what may be remaining.
I also got wondering…how did I spent all those past heartbeats ?
Some years ago I spend numerous heartbeats … writing children’s stories/poems. Last week when cleaning out a space in my home, I found a binder with all the creations I had long since forgotten about. In thinking about heartbeats…I thought I would share some of them here on this blog …I suppose in doing this…
This is a way of sharing my present and past heartbeats with all of you.??
My mom will always tell me
“No, no, you shouldn’t, don’t
I find that quite confusing
Cause normally I won’t
But when she says “don’t do that !!!”
Whatever that might be
She makes me think about it
I get confused…you see???
When mom says please don’t do that
the first thing that I think
I really want to try that
Before I can even blink
Like when she says “don’t eat that”
before she has a clue
that thing if right inside my mouth
And I begin to chew
When in the tub… mom always says
“Don’t splash and please no bubbles”
But splashing makes the bath such fun
Which always causes trouble
Why does mom say “Don’t touch that” ??
Cause it makes me want to try
And so I touch it quickly
And then she wonders why??
On days when it is rainy
with big puddles on my street
Why does she yell “No splashing Sam”
Then… I can’t control my feet
And when I crawl in bed at night
Mom says ” Don’t suck your thumb”
But that just makes me want to
Isn’t that just dumb?
Mom gives me straws to drink my milk
Then says “No blowing bubbles”
If she would just not say such things
I’d cause her fewer troubles
My mother always tells me
She wants me to be good
If she didn’t give such fun ideas
I’d behave…I know I could.
Sally Unrau … May 23, 2006
Thanks for sharing my heartbeats today….I hope you enjoyed the first of many kids stories.
- Scientists trigger ‘out-of-body’ experience using heartbeats (telegraph.co.uk)
- Things Can Change in a Heartbeat (fatguyinspandexradio.wordpress.com)
- There’s the Heartbeat! (aubreysimons.wordpress.com)
- catch my heartbeat (2amlyrics.wordpress.com)
- Heartbeat hilarity (hopethebean.wordpress.com)
- New study shows how singing synchronises choirs’ heartbeat (independent.co.uk)
- Your Heartbeat Is Your New Password (mashable.com)
- Visualized heartbeat can trigger ‘out-of-body experience’ (medicalxpress.com)
- Pearly Sparkle Paints! (leakarts.com)
- 10 Ways To Sparkle For Under $100 (theglitterguide.com)
- Summer Sparkle (essentjewels.com)
- ‘Tis the season of the bubblies (steveheimoff.com)
- Carnaval Sparkling Moscato Celebrates Gold Medal As America Discovers Brazilian Wines (sacbee.com)
- I Was Enchanted By You (gracieoverexposed.wordpress.com)
- Your eyes sparkle (mindyourmannerspj.wordpress.com)
- Motivational Monday – The Elements of Sparkle According to Me (runfindyourhappypace.com)
- Bellini (milabyc.com)
We have all hear people talking about ….waiting for their ship to come in…and maybe at times…we have wished that ours would come in as well.
Let’s think about it…a ship… is a large boat . ..that I for one… have never seen resting on a shore.
So I suppose that means …if you sit on shore and wait for it…you might be sitting there a very long time…unless there is a natural disaster that forces it to crash on the shore…
Your ship might come in but it will be damaged and broken …not exactly what you had in mind.
So I suppose.. if your ship doesn’t come in… swimming out to it would be in order…..Don’t know how to swim??…and the thought of learning to is frightening? ….you may have to just start building that long dock.
So… if sitting and watching…doesn’t bring in your ship….and you can’t swim or build…
you might have to reconsider the ship idea…
and settle for something a little smaller.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
I have spent hours on our lake waters the past three years…and each year I am amazed by the changes of the landscape and the wildlife that find a home within. However…. …Where are all the ducks, geese, small wading birds and muskrat??? Why would there be many one year and almost none the next???
The only thing that comes to mind is the differing water levels each year. This year the lake water were extremely high…and moving too fast….could that be the reason???
Was there no place for nesting to take place?? I miss watching the young grow up…and looking forward to finding them each time I visit the lake.
However…the Turtles…the beautiful painted turtles seem to be a constant in the landscape…everyday around 10 am.
I love to float beside them …near the reeds…as they hug a piece of driftwood and raise the heads toward the sun in unison, is always a special moment.
Yes…I am missing something this summer…. the creatures …however…I have spent more time observing the trees and the plants as they grow and change during the summer…more than ever before. I have observed the changing of the shores…how the rain , sun and wind affect the growth, in and around the waters edge… how the water surface explodes some days with new growth…and how it can visually change from being glasslike in one spot yet choppy with waves in another.
Ahhhh…change. Mother Nature seems to embrace it and accept the consequences .
Now…if only I could be as flexible as she.
- Turtles Flourishing in Golf Course Ponds (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Native turtles drowning in nets set in lakes and the Canning River (abc.net.au)
I attended a funeral yesterday.
I don’t know about you….but each time… I spend time in a church for such events…my thoughts wander.
And so….yesterday…that is exactly what happened…my brain wandered.
That is not to say..I did not listen to the service and what tributes were presented…in fact…I listened very intently.
I thought of the hours spent…assisting them from day to day…and the difficulties encountered along the way.
I .remembered each of their deaths and how very sad and different those last moments were.
For me….Sadly…I also remembered how guilty and relieved…… I felt with each of them passing.
But yesterday I had a bit of an epiphany ….I think I have felt these feelings before??
Yes I did….and that is when I thought of our daughter..
.I thought about the days when she decided to leave home and move on…
That was also a time of mixed emotions…sad to see her go…excited for her and what adventures lie in her future…guiltily happy… that she was leaving.
I never really knew when that time would occur…she might have decided to live at home for many more years.
Then it hit me…how her leaving home and death are so much the same…
….both are very natural/ inevitable life events….both are emotional …both are times when a loved one …taken a new path…has moved on.
Ok…not really so profound….but….it is what I was thinking about today.
Before I tell you my story, I thought it would be good to first….talk about ..Freedom…..what exactly is freedom???
For the purposes of my story….the following aptly applies….
The ability to act freely: a state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue restraints or restrictions…
To be released from captivity or slavery: release or rescue from being physically bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or imprisoned…
It occurred on Monday morning…I was enjoying a solo paddle on the lake…and…..as I looked ahead I could see a rock jutting out of the water…So as not to hit it I touched it with my paddle. To my surprise….it was not a rock but instead….a turtle…floating. It was not moving…was he dead?…or was he just hurt…. and so with my paddle, I lifted him onto the front of my kayak. I immediately noticed the fishing line…. coming from it’s mouth….and it turned out the other end of the line was attached to the shore of the lake.. Poor little turtle …I’ll call him Mike…all I could think was that he got caught on the line/hook…. and had been floating out there with no food days…so I did the only thing I could…..SET HIM FREE !!! I know the turtle Mike, was dead… but at least now… he could float freely into the reeds along the shore . I was a bit sad for the little creature…but it felt good that morning to give him his freedom.
- High school students help rescue sea turtle (newsherald.com)
- Rescued sea turtles released into gulf (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW) (nwfdailynews.com)
- Fishing line traps blue heron in Martin County (tcpalm.com)
- Some Are Still Not Free! (jcalexander.org)
- Rescue At Sea #2-From the Annals of Crazy Osprey Man (ospreycamerablog.wordpress.com)
- freedom (nicholasgamblin.wordpress.com)
“I’m drawn to places that beguile and inspire, sedate and stir, places where, for a few blissful moments I loosen my death grip on life, and can breathe again. It turns out these destinations have a name:
It was not until a few years ago , when my sister told me about her thin place,…that I first heard this term.
She shared with me…a favorite beach she likes to spend time at….where wild horses can be seen running on the sand… a location she called her thin place.
I immediately wondered….what is it that makes a place… thin….how does a person know if they have ever been ….to a thin place??
Is it a place where the… spiritual…the physical ….the mental….and the natural….have a fine line between them?..
when they are indistinguishable from one another???
Is a thin place….an actual physical location???…or is it a state of mind???
Some have said that a Thin Place… cannot be described with words.
So that got me to wondering….have I ever found myself in a thin place?
…the first thing that came to mind was…
my kayak… paddling all alone…. on the lake or down the creek in my kayak…
Yes…I do believe that is MY thin place.
A place where I can be alone but never feel alone….where my mind can breath and my body relax… where life as it is ….seems to disappear.
Perhaps that is why I look so forward to the end of a long cold Canadian winter… a chance to once again….return to that place…my Thin Place.
Have you ever been there?
Have you found your….
- Iona 2 – Thin Place (theinnerandouterjourney.wordpress.com)
- Pilgrimage and Thin Places-Seeking Intimacy with Yahveh (theseedofabrahamuk.com)
- What can you learn about happiness from the unhappiest place on Earth? (bakadesuyo.com)
- Summer Reading: The Geography of Bliss (skywalkwithme.wordpress.com)
- On Choices (tesssla.com)
Hope is the state which promotes the belief
in a good outcome related to
events and circumstances in one’s life..
Think about it for a minute….unconciously we are all… hoping…hoping everyday…all the time without even thinking….. hoping that it will be sunny…hoping that we get to work on time…hoping the traffic light does not turn red….hoping you will receive an email from a friend….and the list could go on and on. We hope all the time.
There are of course… times when hoping is what helps us to get through a tough day or a difficult time and is more conscious thought.
It is at those moments when having hope is what gets us through the day.
Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light,
adorns and cheers our way;
and still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.
Now… I am the first to say that, by just hoping ,we cannot make sure a good outcome to occur…however…it can sure make you feel better…more positive about the possible future…
So if all of this is true…why would we ever,ever want to…TAKE AWAY ANOTHER PERSON’S HOPE?
Oh no..!!!!! Makes me wonder.. have I ever taken away someone’s hope??
It takes four muscles to smile,
20 to frown.
Make someone smile today.
- Why should we keep smiling? (takeasmileindia.wordpress.com)
- Learn to Let Go (projectfirestarter.wordpress.com)
- Real Beauty and what I’ve learned as a chubby chick (scitascienda.com)
Do you think you are unique??…
Or….maybe we are equally unique….and so…differently the same??? And….If we are just like everyone else….is anyone really unique at all???
Just something to think ……..
So next time you start to feel like you are special…or unique…remember….so is everyone else.
Is that really true?….The moment you wonder if you can…you will not be able to ?Interesting thought …wouldn’t you agree? If you were one of the characters in Peter Pan … would you be one who would be able to fly out that bedroom window?… Would you believe you could….or not? Well, I don’t know about flying….but what about less dangerous acts? ….Do you believe you CAN?…. I heard someone say…the other day…”Draw?????…me draw?????….I can’t draw a thing”. We all have said that about something or other …or …at least thought that. I suppose we can only truly know….if we give it a good try. Maybe it would be more correct to say….I don’t want to do it …or I don’t think I would like to do it…or…I just don’t want to put my time and efforts into THAT…..instead of…I can’t….. Do you believe you can fly:::??????
Have you found your place….next to another?
Do you both sparkle?
Do we help each other sparkle?
This got me wondering about sparkling….do I sparkle?
….How about you?…..have you found your place?…your constellation??
…Do you sparkle?….do you care?
I think there are days when we all sparkle….however….I know there are days when I don’t.
I wonder …is there is a way to keep my sparkle ??….
For me….for the past 3 years….I have made and kept a New Year’s resolution… I know that most people say….Bah, Humbug….to any kind of resolutions…We have all made them and tried our best to keep them with little or no success…so why bother???….Well…I have come up with a way to be able to make and keep a resolution….easily……The trick is to decide on a change that adds to your life….not one that causes stress
For example….one year I vowed to buy only vine ripened tomatoes when available….nothing less….then there was the NOT turning on the radio in the car unless driving more than 16 kms….how nice and quiet my rides were….and last year I decided to ….around the first of each month…to go clothes shopping for an item or two….to help update my shabby wardrobe. Now you must admit…..very easy resolutions to make….and follow through on. Not a bit of stress involved ….and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each year. And these resolutions I have continued to carrry on till the present!!!!!
So….now comes the difficult part….coming up with a new resolution for 2013…..but thanks to some friends of mine….on New Year/s eve….we did some brainstorming on possible ideas for resolutions…..such as….
- Once a month…..do a first….maybe trying a new food….or…buying a new kind of soap or shampoo ….or….watching a new tv show…or…how about just brushing your teeth with your other hand…or maybe going into a store you have never visited ….pay for a stranger’s coffee …etc. etc…!!!
- Once a month….Taking one item out of my freezer downstairs and using it….(I keep putting items in but never take them out) so it might be an adventure for me
I am feeling that the freezer idea will be it for me in 2013 ….I think once a month ….would be a good way to go this year…..Now I am a bit excited to find out what is lurking in that freezer downstairs. ….I am just going to have to come up with a date to start…..hmmmm….I suppose if I do it sometime during the first week of each month….will be it…..Hmmmm…although the thought of firsts really intrigues me …..could I maybe….do both…????
Could this is be a gentle way to step out????
- Clean Out Your Pantry, Fridge & Freezer in 20 Minutes a Day for 5 Days (thekitchn.com)
- Resolutions and Commitments (elizabeththomasphotographyofcapecod.wordpress.com)
- Link Time: New Year’s Resolutions Made Easy (bellasugar.com)
- One Big Fat Resolution (whateverstateiam.com)
- A Deliciously Healthy Freezer (thenextodyssey.wordpress.com)
Have a look …..a very careful look.!!!!
Is it true that we often see …only what we WANT to see??
Is this a leaf….a bug….an elephant?????…..Look again…it is really a person standing on his head..covered in body paint!!!!!
I had to look again and again before I was finally able to see this for what it really is.
- Body-Painting Optical Illusions (uniquedaily.com)
- When Awesome Body Painting Meets Contortion (oddee.com)
- Some Serious Bodywork. Car Wreck Made Of 17 Painted Bodies For An Anti-Speeding Ad and A Look Behind the Scenes. (ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com)
- Body Painted Models Bent into Yoga Poses, Create Human Motorcycles (laughingsquid.com)